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Don't Panic Over Monkeypox

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It's not just fear of disease that has folks on high alert over monkeypox, a viral illness that is similar to smallpox but less severe. Our society simply couldn't take another pandemic right now. But in the past 10 days, cases have been reported in the United States, as well as in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K. Typically, monkeypox is rare outside West and Central Africa.

In total, there were 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases as of yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

On the upside, there's little reason to think monkeypox will wreak the kind of havoc that COVID-19 did. It does not spread as easily or cause severe symptoms in most people. And it's not novel—we already know what monkeypox is and how to fight against it.

"Although the disease belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, its symptoms are milder" and "people usually recover within two to four weeks without needing to be hospitalized," notes U.S. News & World Report.

Monkeypox is "not as highly transmissible as something like smallpox, or measles, or certainly not Covid," Anne Rimoin, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of California Los Angeles, told Vox.

In addition, we already have a vaccine that provides some protection against monkeypox: the smallpox vaccine. And the U.S. has "enough to deal with the likelihood of a problem," said President Joe Biden in Tokyo this week.

"I just don't think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with COVID-19," said Biden. He says he does not expect quarantine requirements even for people infected.

On the downside, governments worldwide—and the people they control—have gotten used to enacting extreme measures for disease mitigation purposes.

So we could see a lot of early overreaction to monkeypox from leaders fearful of another pandemic or of repeating coronavirus mistakes. And we now have recent precedent treating lockdowns and other restrictions as appropriate ways to contain public health threats.

Sweden has classified monkeypox as a "disease dangerous to public health," which means authorities there could impose measures similar to those imposed for COVID-19. But they have not done so as of yet, and they say widespread restrictions are unlikely. (Sweden, of course, reacted to COVID with a relatively light hand.)

What are we dealing with here? Monkeypox is a viral disease that can cause lesions, fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, muscle aches, back pain, and fatigue. It can be transmitted through "close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding," explains the WHO. "The incubation period of monkeypox is usually from 6 to 13 days but can range from 5 to 21 days."

There are two types of monkeypox—the West African clade and the Congo Basin clade. The cases currently being seen are of the West African type, which spreads less easily.

"Monkeypox is usually self-limiting but may be severe in some individuals, such as children, pregnant women or persons with immune suppression due to other health conditions," says the WHO.

The disease has a fatality rate of 3.6 for the West African clade and 10.6 percent for the Congo Basin clade. But the fatality rate may be lower "in high-resource countries like the United States because people living there generally have better access to the supportive care that resolves most monkeypox infections," reports Vox. "In 2003, at least 53 people in the midwestern United States caught the infection from pet prairie dogs who'd been infected when they were housed near rodents imported from Ghana; none of the infected people died."

In the current outbreak, "reported cases thus far have no established travel links to an endemic area," says the WHO. "Cases have mainly but not exclusively been identified amongst men who have sex with men (MSM) seeking care in primary care and sexual health clinics."

"The identification of confirmed and suspected cases of monkeypox with no direct travel links to an endemic area represents a highly unusual event," the agency adds. "WHO expects that more cases in non-endemic areas will be reported."


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406 responses to “Don't Panic Over Monkeypox

  1. Covid is so yesterday, monkey pox is the new hot!

    1. Monkeypox isn't something to be worried about. So long as you don't eat ass in a gay bathhouse, you're pretty much safe.

      1. So long as you don't eat ass in a gay bathhouse

        And risk being homophobic?

      2. Eating ass at a gay bathhouse (are there any other kinds?) is a guarantee to get your mouth chlorinated at high concentrations from their potent chlorinated swimming pools and jacuzzis. Last time I went the fumes alone bleached my pubic hair. So feel free to be you, no one thinks you are gay for posting your self-loathing homophobic comment, and attend your local gay bathhouse without any guilt. The employees working there will pretend not to recognize you even if you have reached their highest tier as a gold star member.

        1. Huh, so they actually have baths at gay bathhouses?

          1. Golden showers?

          2. And excellent gyms with decent weight lifting equipment, cardio and tanning beds.

            1. Question...who wipes down the loads?

              1. The closeted married straights guys can not get enough of it up their ass. Tell us some of your favorite personal stories in this regard.

            2. What about Broadway show tunes?

              1. Only on campy mornings

      3. I take it you are Reform, Reconstructionist, or Humanist...or a very tightly closeted Ultra-Orthodox.

      4. The reality is that the current outbreak is yet another butt sex disease. None of the coverage I've read, including above, points this out explicitly and any hints end up in the fifth paragraph. The intention seems to be to terrify those not at risk about things like "droplets" and "touching" and depriving those who are at risk of information they need.

          1. You mean Rod "Lock me in the Benedictine basement! Stop me before I Gay-Marry" Dreher?

            1. No, I mean Rod "Curing Queers with Amperes" Dreher.

              1. Sounds like how he gets his jollies. If I'm gonna be put in Room 101, I'll be Goddamned if it'll be by a man like that!

            2. Rod “I left the Catholic Church and converted to Orthodox” Dreher who writes mainly articles complaining about the Catholic Church. Insert Brokeback Mountain film quip here:

              “I wish I knew how to quit you!”
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVK6yLqY54w

        1. Stereotyping [and it's cousins oppression and trigger] is the great crime of our age. It must be considered first and above all else.

          1. I thought it was this magazine

      5. Tony resembles that remark.

    2. Back in the early- to mid- Double-Aughts (or was that The Uh-Ohs?) this was a brief flash-in-the-pan news story. In response, WBT 1110 AM talk-show host Keith Larson sang:

      "Here's a little song that I wrote.
      You might want to sing it note for note.
      Don't Worry! Think 'Monkeypox!'"

      "Monkeypox: You Just Smile And Say It!" 🙂

    3. As one commenter astutely put it
      I'm not worried about monkeypox, I'm worried about the people who are worried about it

      1. It's like the Current Thing people are struggling to settle on some sort of religious doctrines, rituals and devils to replace the old ones, and never finding a good fit.

    4. A hundred monkeys, typing on a hundred typewriters, could write the next great American scamdemic about monkeypox.

      1. What about ten monkeys on Twitter?

        1. I don't think there are any monkeys on Twitter. I think they're all apes - based on my limited knowledge of simian hierarchy gleaned from years of watching all the Planet of the Apes movies.

        2. The minimum for dystopia is 12 monkeys

    5. There's almost a hundred cases worldwide.
      Time to shut down the global economy.

      1. Just 2 weeks...

  2. Don't Panic Over Monkeypox

    SIMPLY FOLLOW YOUR TRAINING

    1. “Now is the time to do as you are told”!
      A. Fauci

    2. What with Covid not eliciting the fear it used to, gotta have something new to be frightened of so you follow orders.

      1. Monkeypox is so 2003….literally

        From the calm, cool and collected CDC of that era:

        Update: Multistate Outbreak of Monkeypox --- Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, 2003
        https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5227a5.htm

        As of June 25, a total of 79 cases of monkeypox had been reported to CDC from Wisconsin (39), Indiana (20), Illinois (16), Missouri (two), Kansas (one), and Ohio (one)

        1. It crops up annually, as does bubonic plague.

          1. Yup. And sometimes there's even a media panic over bubonic plague. But it's extremely treatable disease, and trivial to avoid.

            I think the Covid pandemic era was the longest running panic in media history, next to the Cold War. Anything else dies off in three or four months at the most. Even Halloween razorblade stories fail to show up every Halloween.

            1. It's almost like the media has a file of scary diseases and other stuff that they can choose from on any given day.

              1. Yet even brandy here 100% fell in with the covid panic

                1. 100% safe and effective with no downsides.

                  1. The pandemic panic did get rid of Trump, so...

    3. A pox upon me for a monkey...er...prairie dog.

    4. "not as highly transmissible as something like smallpox, or measles, or certainly not Covid,"

      this is like saying that an animal is not nearly as large as a moose, or a blue whale, or certainly not a buffalo (assuming she's referring to the Omicron strain of covid, since in this example original recipe would be a golden retriever). Measels is a far more transmissible disease than any variant of Covid (or any other coronavirus strain, for that matter); smallpox is a little more tranmissible than "OG" covid, but not really close to Omicron which seems to be far more similar to the "common cold" in most regards).

  3. Fuck Joe Biden.

    1. With Joe Friday's 4 bit [an hour] dick.

    2. Fuck Joe Biden!

      1. I would be careful. Monkeypox is sexually transmitted you know, and Biden is quite the creep.

    3. Let's Go, Brandon!

    4. He's worse than you think:

      Biden signed law mandating all new vehicles sold after 2026 must be equipped w/ electronic "kill switches" that could be used by govt — or hackers — to seize control of cars without oversight. ... The "kill switch law" would potentially allow law enforcement to shut one's car off remotely, and also to track the car's metrics, location, and possibly even passenger load. The mandate was included under the pretext of helping to cut down on drunk driving while also preventing high-speed chases from occurring. Such backdoor kill switches work through cars being continuously connected to wireless networks.

      Let's go Brandon!

      https://www.climatedepot.com/2022/05/22/biden-signs-law-mandating-2026-later-automobiles-must-have-kill-switch-that-may-allow-govt-to-seize-control-of-ones-car/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email

      1. Ok so I'm good with cars from 2017 and 2019 then.

        "...and also to track the car's metrics, location, and possibly even passenger load." How is this not a fourth amendment issue?

        1. I will happily agree to such a switch provided Americans get to have a similar switch for the occupant of the White House. Fair is fair

      2. Remember, Joe is a moderate.

      3. They also want it to breathalyze the cabin air before starting

    5. Took y’all long enough.

      FJB

  4. President Biden said today that the U.S. would get militarily involved if China invades Taiwan.

    Dems love their war boners.

    1. President Biden said today that the U.S. would get militarily involved if China invades Taiwan.

      If the past two years are any indication, this means that Taiwan is fucked.

      1. That's what the war boners are for. Duh!!

    2. Civility has returned to America. Now we can focus on the domestic terrorists (white supremacists) at home and the international terrorists who threaten liberal democracy.

    3. The message to China is basically, "Please sink our carriers before beginning any Taiwan invasion."

      If China can do this, there is nothing that the US can realistically do to affect that war, absent escalating this to a nuclear, world war. Subs in the area may be able to damage amphibious operations, but once China has an airfield on Taiwan, they have time to bring whatever they need to bear. China has been spending YEARS focused on this one military problem, and for good reason.

      1. The message to China is basically, "Please sink our carriers before beginning any Taiwan invasion."

        I'm opposed to USA empire building as much as anyone but let's not get too carried away here. There's simply almost no chance of this being possible.

        1. The entire purpose of ballistic hypersonic missiles is to destroy a carrier group. The entire purpose of (China) putting a space station in orbit around the earth is to lock down entire regions from orbital bombardment.

          It is not only possible, it is China's express strategy.

          1. I understand their intent. I doubt their ability.

            1. Yeah, after watching Russia in Ukraine, my fear of Communist military might is somewhat diminished.

              1. My pet conspiracy theory I haven't heard anywhere else:

                All this new openness to talk about UFOs by the DOD and congressional hearings and releasing vids etc is actually an attempt to intimidate potential adversaries. It's all USA tech and it's very advanced and they want the adversaries to know it.

                :Shrug: no idea what's really going on just a thought I've been having.

                1. If it's earthly and foreign, no way we would be broadcasting it about. It makes sense if it's ours, though.

                2. Negative. The ufo bullshit has always been a cia psyop used against mostly Americans to see how viable it would be to use against enemies. Well, china already has demonstrated our ufo technology with their holograms they’ve shown in public numerous times.

                  Yes, most ufo’s are holograms, this is how they are silent and defy physics.

                  1. With multiple radar contacts?

                    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ufo-hearing-congress-pentagon-watch-live-stream-today-2022-05-17/

                    Investigators were able to identify one of the 144 reports analyzed in their study of unidentified objects "as a large, deflating balloon." But the other 143 reports of UAP from 2004 to 2021 remain a mystery. There is little doubt that the unidentified objects are real objects, whatever they may be, because at least 80 of the 144 incidents were detected by multiple sensors, the report found.

            2. https://newatlas.com/marine/china-autonomous-mothership/

              Confusing communist China with Russia is a big mistake. Over the period of a year, they have moved into building completely autonomous drone carrier ships. And this year, they are on track to having their own fully crewed space station (something that not even the US has).

              Russia created its own defense and manufacturing industry to counter the US Tech supremacy. The Chinese build all of our high tech. Sure, our military technology isn't manufactured over seas, but in many ways the technology driving commercial cars, drones, cell phones and general compute are enough to form the backbone of an alternative military.

              At the end of the day, all China needs is to think that it is capable of defeating our carrier fleet. At that point, they have little reason to leave Taiwan alone.

              The days of the Carrier Fleet as the supreme force projection system are numbered. We should be looking to that day. In many ways, I think the Right Person (tm) got to Trump when he was in office, and that is why the Space Force was created- he understands that space is where the next key battle will be fought.

              1. And to the extent that they continue their crackdown on free enterprise and wealthy entrepreneurs, and continue to overspend on space and the military, they will go broke just like the USSR did.

                1. Not to mention building whole cities there is no market need for.

                2. The question is whether they go broke before accomplishing their goals. Once they have global domination, they don’t care anymore.

                  I mean the US is broke and we don’t care.

          2. How does a single LEO platform "lock down" any particular region of the earth? With the time it'd take for anything dropped from 100-200 miles up to hit the surface (the thrust to drive a "hypersonic" missile would be enough to de-orbit an object from there, but not directly down, and it's still starting at 150-200 nautical miles AGL plus whatever lat/long differential there was)

            Nobody has the tech that would be needed to put a station at GEO, and bombardment from that far out would be detected long before impact, possibly far enough out for a carrier group to "dodge" anything less than a "strategic" yield nuke, or for an AEGIS ship to launch an interceptor.

        2. There's simply almost no chance of this being possible.

          China already has operation anti-ship ballistic missiles, capable of targeting ships from shore bases a thousand miles away. If the Chinese can catch the Pacific fleet off guard, like on a Racial Awareness down day, they could conceivably hit some carriers before their escorts can fire up the missile defense.

          1. Good point i forgot about all the DEI instruction that the staff is required to do, they could be caught off guard.

            1. After Afghanistan, it is an open question which military is more incompetent.

            2. Unless we have a diversity and equity battle.

      2. As I pointed out a few months ago, crossing 50 miles of open ocean for an amphibious landing against a well-armed and technologically advanced opponent, with the US Navy (ships, planes, submarines) intervening is a heck of a lot harder than rolling a thousand tanks across open prairie to invade your neighbor.

        And even that turned out to be a lot harder than people thought.

    4. WW3 that happened under orangehitler didn't kill enough folks, too many wrongthinkers left from the lethal .3% fatality rate of covid. The team blue loud-mouth, bully and grifter in the Oval Office apparently needs to start another war, with another major power. This time, it will be a cheque his bulldog mouth has written that his chihuahua ass cannot back up.

      1. Fortunately for him, his pudding brain will have no memory of any of it.

        1. Not fair! Joe remembers like it was yesterday when he and Abe Lincoln stormed up San Juan Hill just in time to stop Hitler from dropping the A-bomb on Pearl Harbor.

          1. Joe Biden is really John Belushi?

            1. You too old man

  5. ...there's little reason to think monkeypox will wreak the kind of havoc that COVID-19 did. It does not spread as easily or cause severe symptoms in most people.

    What the fuck does any of that have to do with anything.

    1. there's little reason to think monkeypox will wreak the kind of havoc that COVID-19 did.

      COVID-19 didn't wreak havoc, the government response to COVID-19 did. There's no reason why the government can't do the exact same thing for monkeypox.

      1. these responses are such easy layups to her that i do start to wonder, is she really that unaware?

        1. A bubble, she lives in one.

      2. Government health agencies and power-hungry pols could do the same thing with just about any infectious disease. I can't wait for the 2 week shut-downs to deal with a spike in cooties.

      3. And it's also assuming that these are just normal pox outbreaks like Brandy cited above, and not further gain-of-function fuckery by the NIH and their pass-throughs like EcoHealth Alliance.

        That question aside, it's notable that the reporting is focusing on outbreaks in first-world nations and not correlated reporting on outbreaks in Africa where this happens more frequently anyway. Between this and the hepatitis outbreak, the reporting continues the years-long panic orgy that the lefty press began indulging in starting around 2015 and sent in to overdrive in 2020.

        1. Fuck Mormonism.

        2. I don't think the hepatitis outbreak is just hepatitis, but it has similar symptoms. When you dig down it doesn't match any known hepatitis virus, the only virus they typically find in the blood of most patients is adenovirus41, but it doesn't show up in the tissue of the inflamed livers, which is odd if adenovirus41 is the cause. And the patients show no common contacts.

          Theres definitely something more going on. Adenoviruses are used in backbones of many vaccines, including the non mrna covid ones, as well as many gof/viral research projects. so who knows, but it's not any of our known forms of hepatitis.

    2. Covid didn't wreak anywhere near the havoc that was caused by authoritarian "just do something" pols and their MSM cheerleaders whipping the public into a sufficient frenzy to be proud of submitting to policies inspired by ideology of the CCP.

  6. ...governments worldwide—and the people they control—have gotten used to enacting extreme measures for disease mitigation purposes.

    Almost like it's been the point.

  7. The Communist Chinese Virus did not wreak havoc; politicians did.

    1. ^ this 100x this.

    2. The Xi flu has done a lot of damage. USA more than a million dead. The blue politicians were force multipliers on that so that the other 329 million of us would suffer along with the dead.

      1. A million dead huh? Crazy that no one died of anything else those two years. Nope, had to have been Covid.

        Bullshit inflated numbers. I still don’t know of a single death in real life. I think it was all just a psyop.

      2. Those are deaths with COVID, not deaths from COVID.

  8. Clinton approved sharing Trump-Russia "link" with reporter.

    Robby Mook, we hardly knew ye. RIP, brother.

    1. Yep, I was so sad to read of his suicide last Friday.

      1. Shot himself twice in the back of the head =/

        1. Fell down an elevator shaft...Onto bullets.

          1. While working out at the gym.

    2. Speaking of, here's yet another example of how the mighty have fallen at Reason. In the middle of all their Pro- and Con- TDS and Culture War drivel, Reason failed to cover that both Atheists and Libertarians lost one of the best of "one of our boys:"

      George H. Smith, R.I.P.
      https://www.cato.org/blog/george-h-smith-rip

      George H. Smith was the man whose classic work Atheism: The Case Against God used airtight logic and intellect to totally destroy my belief in an Omnific, Supernatural, Judeo-Christian God (as well as all others) and my belief in any truth in The Holy Bible.

      And Smith did this years before The Four Atheist Horsemen Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, and in fact Dawkins and Hitchens read and admired Smith's work.

      Reading George H. Smith's other shorter articles in Reason and elsewhere also introduced me to other schools of thought within Libertarianism such as Voluntaryism. George H. Smith was an extremely bright man whom I'll truly miss.

      *Tips caffeine of choice to his memory.*

      1. "...used airtight logic and intellect to totally destroy my belief"

        So he proved a negative?

        1. He proved the positive assertion that there is a God is a collection of logical contradictions if that is what you are saying. He settled the question of the existence of God for me and did it well.

          1. So by saying neither side can prove a god exists or not means for certain God doesn't exist? Interesting.

            1. Sounds like airtight logic to me!

          2. "...proved the positive assertion that there is a God is a collection of logical contradictions"

            So he "positively" proved a negative. Same thing.

          3. He proved the positive assertion that there is a God is a collection of logical contradictions if that is what you are saying.

            Showing that the logic behind a conclusion is not sound is not the same as proving the opposite conclusion.

            I don't know this fellow's work, but I did read The God Delusion and found it downright embarrassing for a celebrated scientist to have a published a book on a topic he clearly couldn't be bothered to do even the most basic research on before declaring himself an expert.

            Cherry-picking random statements from random theists and then wringing your hands that taken all together they don't make a coherent and sound argument is nothing more than an elaborate straw-man. You could do the same with absolutely any scientific principle, and yet disprove nothing.

            When one of these guys can show some familiarity with the ideas he's claiming to refute, I'll start taking him seriously.

            1. Isnt one of the tenants of Christianity that men are fallible? Therefore there will be contradictions across populations due to interpretation and false statements.

              1. Isnt one of the tenants of Christianity that men are fallible?

                And in particular that the true nature of things is well beyond human understanding.

                The thing that amuses me is that a guy like Dawkins will march right past a Thomas Aquinas asserting that nearly all statements about the Supreme Being are false, or the author of the The Cloud of Unknowing who actually does go as far as "all statements about the Supreme Being are false including 'Supreme' and 'Being'" and instead assert that there's no little old man living in the cloud, therefore the whole history of the theological traditions of all nations are bunk.

                And these are people that in other contexts are perfectly brilliant and are aware of the basic principles of logic, but in this one realm it all goes straight out the window.

                1. "And in particular that the true nature of things is well beyond human understanding."

                  So, like government science.

                2. No, these people are stupid in most fields. Like everybody.

                  What distinguishes them is that enormous success in one narrow specialty has bestowed upon them unlimited hubris and arrogance.

          4. He didn’t do his homework then. Even as a set of logical propositions, the assumption of the existence of a God like deity is perfectly consistent. But that’s not the content or meaning of religion anyway.

        2. ah, but who invented air?

      2. It is not up to atheists to prove God does not exist, it is up to believers to prove that he/she/it does.

        No proof as yet passes the smell test.

        1. It is not up to atheists to prove God does not exist, it is up to believers to prove that he/she/it does.

          It is up to the person making a statement to defend that statement, regardless of what that statement is.

          If your statement is "I can prove there is no God," the burden is on you to back up your statement.

        2. We've got the watch, but no sign of the watchmaker.

        3. There is nothing to prove or disprove. It’s your free choice to believe or not believe, and what to believe.

      3. With friends and advocates like that, libertarianism is doomed.

  9. When we make Taiwan the 51st state, will they vote democrat or republican?

    1. Which one is the party of Confucius?

      1. Asian-Americans are tolerated by the left, as long as they don't get too successful to be a "minority".

        1. Or go all conservative or, even worse, libertarian.

          Then of what possible use could they be to the cause? It's only a "hate crime" is the Asian victim is of the correct mindset.

          1. It's only a "hate crime" if the Asian victim is attacked by the correctly color coded perp.

            1. That standard has been reevaluated. Now, a person of any color can be inspired by white supremacy to attack Asian-Americans.

              1. True. Look at how many Asians were pounded by young black men in 2020. That caused a new anti-asian hate bill that was obviously inspired by Trump's racism inducing use of the phrase China Virus.

              2. But SUVs still have to be red.

                1. Despite the continuing fondness of gang-bangers and rap stars for Escalades and G-wagens, the SUV is fundamentally an oppressive white phenomenon. The same is true for capitalism, even when employed by some striving Korean family in an urban ghetto. Thus any crimes targeting Asians, including by the Harvard admissions office, are still part of the struggle against Whitey.

                  1. Everything is the "struggle against Whitey" and if not, is Whitey [supremacy] himself, right?

        2. Asians are a privileged victim minority with an above average median household income.

  10. President Biden said today that the U.S. would get militarily involved if China invades Taiwan.

    Raytheon does not like how many future tax dollars have been going to Pfizer.

    1. A pox on both their houses.
      Oh, wait...

  11. and they say widespread restrictions are unlikely.

    But there will be restrictions, you can count on it.

    1. No widespread fraud restrictions.

      1. ^this guy gets it.

  12. "Clinton approved the plan to share Trump-Russia information"

    Good. Mueller's investigation proved #TrumpRussia was the biggest scandal in world history.

    #StillWithHer

    1. If she approved it, it must be true.

      1. #BelieveHer!!!

        1. #BelieveAllWitches

    2. This is why they won so many awards in media for the reporting of these truths.

  13. Keep in mind that most of what we hear about these events is filtered through these guys:

    https://bitchute.com/video/gXE9QONmC9lV/

    These hollow, shameless, news-media cretins that have doused their credibility in jet-fuel and set it on fire. Investigative journalism and truth are dead in the mainstream media, and yet their incessant wall-to-wall lies and blatant propaganda get broadcasted relentlessly, blanketing the world like an evil curse.

    A nun caught doing pushups in a cucumber field is more credible in her stated motivations than any of these loathsome, miscreant, false witness "journalists".

    1. >Bitchute
      Take your alt-right links someplace else, punk. Regulated information portals free of misinformation and disinformation (especially of Russian origin) are absolutely necessary for America's liberal democracy!

      1. >Regulated information portals free of misinformation and disinformation

        Like CNN or MSNBC or FactCheck.org? hahaha

        Here is the truth about your "regulators":

        https://tritorch.com/criminal

        1. I understand your confusion but the good rabbi is dancing with Poe's Law. Good link though.

      2. If you can’t trust the information regulators, who can you trust?

        1. who will regulate the regulators?

          1. More regulators.

            1. Super regulators.

                1. Career misinformation fighters.

          2. Duh. The infallible Dear Leader.

    2. This has to be some public service announcement that was put out, right? Like literally reading a script for a commercial spot?

    3. They don't do pushups. It's Kegel. 😉

    4. Just read an article in the NYT about Haiti; seems one of the old gray lady's intrepid journalists just discovered that France imposed some reparations on Haiti after the revolted and killed their slavers back in 1803; according to the NYT THIS is why Haiti is such a mess, not corruption, lack of education, and any sense of how a democratic country should be, but because of something France did 220 years ago that poor Haiti just never had a chance.

      The 1619 Project is expanding.

      1. NEEDS MOAR VIKTIMZ

        1. I blame whitey.

          1. Don't we all.

      2. At least they adopted some French cooking techniques for their local cuisine. I hear that ample amounts of butter are used in the dirt cookies that the children eat.

      3. Was it a Haiti hate crime?

    5. A nun caught doing pushups in a cucumber field

      Video? ... please

  14. The achievement loss due to pandemic school closures "is far greater than most educators and parents seem to realize..."

    There comes a time in every generation where you just have to tell the kids to take one for the team. And then force them to do so.

    1. Nobody needs 23 kinds of learning.

      1. Or 26 kinds of letters. Or God knows how many numbers.

        1. The numbers thing is a trip. It’s like it never ends.

          1. Barbie: "Math is hard!"
            Feminist Barbie: "Math is sexist!"
            Black Barbie: "Math is racist!"

            1. Tran's Barbie: Math is a social construct.

              1. Lying Jeffy - 2 + 2 = 5

                1. I think Jeffy is one of those chubby ‘they’s and therm’s’ Stevie was talking about in Family Guy.

              2. Non-Binary Barbie: Math can be Science or English too

      2. Nobody needs 23 pairs of chromosomes.

        Oh.....wait...

        1. Huh, do you think you are a biologist or something?

          1. I identify as one.

  15. In 2017, we started a "Know your DA" education campaign with the ACLU...

    You had me then you lost me.

    1. Is this the same John legend who thinks black people should be allowed to steal?

      1. Dude, black people shouldn't have to obey the law. That's racist.

  16. "Singer John Legend on criminal justice reform and why people should care who their local district attorney is"

    I often stress the role of billionaires like Charles Koch and George Soros in promoting the soft-on-crime agenda. But we must not forget about that other key component of the Democratic base — wealthy entertainers. 🙂

    #EmptyThePrisons

    1. What do we do with anti-vaxx insurrectionists if we want to keep prisons empty?

      1. Reeducation and work camps aren't technically prisons.

    2. Who knows more about what’s best for normal everyday people than wealthy Hollywood types?

      1. Mao and Stalin?

      2. They are our enlightened ones; what passes for royalty in the States.

        1. This is, unironically, actually the case now, although they more resemble the Hapsburgs by the 1600s or the court of Versailles at its most degraded and decadent at this point.

        2. So sophisticated they don't have to wear masks during a deadly pandemic. The Covid cannot pierce their celebrity.

  17. Roe v. Wade Goes Down. What's Next?

    Donor email opportunities galore!

    1. two months of insensate rage and then a giant collective yawn. No one will care after a while.

    2. Did Roe go down on Wade? Or was it vice versa? I forget.

  18. "President Biden said today that the U.S. would get militarily involved if China invades Taiwan."

    Which is why foreign policy geniuses like Bill Kristol are all Democrats now.

    #LibertariansForEmbracingNeocons

    1. Together again.

      "Captain Kristol, his shirt unbuttoned and his Carnival captain's hat perched at a jaunty angle, purred 'Get over here Nancy'.
      'Oh Bill, It's been so long' Pelosi gushed as she ran into his embrace."

      1. Okay that was funny I don't care who you are.

  19. Germany is temporarily banning outdoor cats.

    And the Krauts' famous efficiency takes a huge subsequent hit.

    1. When do they start rounding up cats and putting them in camps?

      1. Cat camps, or catzentration for you conspiracy types.

        1. Nice.

          BTW, does this spending count towards their claimed increase in military budgeting?

          1. Hey those Stubentigers aren't going to herd themselves!

    2. Dear Germany,
      "Herding cats" is a joke. Please direct your considerable organizational skills elsewhere.
      Kthx,
      OCS

      1. German cats goose stepping! What a concept!

  20. Moneypox was planned last year. Literally, by a bunch of rich old men sitting around pretending war games thinking people wouldn't wonder why a "vaccine" was ready in days.

    The next thing to be scared of before midterms.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/docs-2021-intl-security-exercise-showed-monkeypox-bio-attack-may-15-2022/

    1. Also, using old shingles stock images as new monkeypox cases was priceless. Really made me a believer.

      1. we need some kind of Board of Misinformation to watch for this kind of fake news and inform us!

        1. It will be back, fortified and more subversive than ever in due time. Like, midterms.

      2. "Shingles stock images." Try saying that five times fast. Or "second shingles shot." 🙂

      3. It really does feed the conspiracies. The fact that the media is too fucking lazy to find an actual picture of monkey pox. I've seen pictures of at least different diseases run as monkey pox pictures.

        1. Hey, reporting has nothing to do with "facts".

    2. Almost makes you wish the warnings of Revelation were real, just because you know in the end that people like this get thrown in to a lake of fire for eternity.

      1. I'm still holding out hope for the lake of fire part.

          1. River of fire doesn't sound as bad.

          2. Randy Newman wrote a song about that back when he was cool. Roll on big river.

      2. Honestly, yes. I'll happily take my purgatorial lumps and be wrong on Jesus.

        1. I hear the Vatican takes Bitcoin for indulgences.

          1. If that doesn't earn them a magma sauna, Nietzsche was right.

  21. At least 357 sitting Republican legislators in battleground states have used the power of their office to discredit or try to overturn the 2020 presidential election...

    All without a dossier to unite around.

    1. Maybe offices shouldn’t have so much power.

      1. That seditious talk has no place on a libertarian web site!

    2. "... but remember that speculating that the 2016 election was stolen is still perfectly fine. As will be speculation about the 2024 election, should a Republican win."

    3. sigh

    4. If you want evidence that ENB is a raging, far left progressive...

      1. How else can she achieve 100% unionization of sex workers?

        1. With government paid abortions right in the contract!

  22. President Biden said today that the U.S. would get militarily involved if China invades Taiwan.

    The statement was immediately walked back, pointing out that Biden does not speak for the White House.

    1. It hurts. It hurts so bad.

      That's our President. 81 million votes. Most in history.

      Meanwhile, China has rolled out mandatory domestic farming training for its citizens to prepare for isolation after blitzing Taiwan.

    2. "C'mon, Man! I need a little puréed Dim Sum to go with my Jello Pudding and Boost!"

      1. Xia long boost?

    3. POTUS Biden is the Second Coming of Jimmy Carter. Only more inept and venal.

      1. And don’t forget about the corruption.

        1. But does his brother brew beer?

          1. "No, but his son smokes crack."

          2. I have an unopened six-pack of that swill on my bar.

        2. Jimmy wasn't a warmonger either.

      2. We only ran out of gas with Carter

    4. I thought we only got involved in wars in countries that employ(d) Hunter?

      1. Well, theoretically, Hunter did have some connections with China. Who says Biden would go in on the side of Taiwan?

        1. Exactly.

        2. Who said anything about going in on Taiwan’s side?

  23. discredit or try to overturn

    An abject lesson in how to turn a small number (20?) of more radical ideologues into 357...just widen the net.

    1. What does discredit even mean? Point out 2 dozen rulings regarding illegal election changes? Talk badly about Zuck bucks?

      1. Post a negative meme on the Twitt. 357 also has a nice, meany gun sound to it.

  24. "Sweden has classified monkeypox as a "disease dangerous to public health," which means authorities there could impose measures similar to those imposed for COVID-19. But they have not done so as of yet, and they say widespread restrictions are unlikely. (Sweden, of course, reacted to COVID with a relatively light hand.)"

    Let's pause a second and look at what Sweden is doing. They are not letting the science guide their policy. They are not playing a war of scientific papers as to how serious Monkeypox is. Because they don't believe a "serious disease" automatically means people lose their freedoms.

    Whether you believe lockdowns, mask mandates, and vaccinations decrease the spread of natural disease, it is morally wrong to force these infringements of liberty upon people.

    In a way, the Swedes have been clear-headed here in acknowledging the risk, so that we can get past the point where people feel compelled to "influence" (or "make-up") the science that drives the political decisions they want.

    1. Sweden, of course, reacted to COVID with a relatively light hand.

      If you remember correctly, everyone in Sweden died because of that .

      1. A bloodbath like we haven't seen since Florida opened up for summer.

        1. If only they had followed the Cuomo model.

          1. He wrote the book!

            1. Then burned it!

      2. DeSantis actually traveled back in time to visit Sweden and killed them all.

      3. And they're the reason it spread around the world and killed billions.

  25. Still wondering why in the year 2022 it takes so fucking long to count votes in Pennsylvania, and how many more days/weeks/months it'll be before we get to find out who won.

    Of course getting a highly accurate count is a lot tougher when you've got 2,000 establishment paid "mules" dropping off boxes full of shady pro establishment ballots at 3 in the morning, so you have to count again and again and again and again and again.......

    1. Still wondering why in the year 2022 it takes so fucking long to count votes in Pennsylvania

      Insurrectionist! How dare you discredit Our Democracy!

    2. "Early votes" still coming in. Bet the graph looks like Biden's and Macron's midnight victory bump.

    3. sigh

  26. I find it striking how almost universally in the media, questioning the 2020 election is referred to as "lies". Which seems like bad journalism, if for no other reason than that they can't really know that. For one thing, if you believe what you are saying it's not a lie, even if incorrect. And it's not completely obvious that all of the suspicions about the election are untrue (I think many are, but some funny business does seem to have happened, whether or not it rises to the level of "stealing the election".

    1. "I find it striking how almost universally in the media, questioning the 2020 election is referred to as "lies"."

      Not content with just calling it lies, they call it "The Big Lie" all the time; most likely in an attempt to associate Trump with nazis.

      1. I noticed that. Big stack of stories from multiple news places on an aggregator all using "Trump's Lies" or "Big Lie" -- specifically the word "lie" in the headlines. All of them. Like cut and paste from a Democrat talking points memo.

        There's always something fucky going on when lots of sources are all using exactly the same inflammatory, emotional, descriptor.

    2. Obama drew thousands of people to his rallies. Trump drew tens of thousands. Biden drew a dozen or two.

      Michelle Obama writes a book and it's an instant best seller. Dr Biden writes a book and it sells a few hundred copies.

      But questioning how Biden got 81 million fucking votes, that makes you a traitor. - MSM

    3. They are saying “this is so obviously false that if you say it, you must know it’s false, and hence you are lying”.

  27. Cato: Trump to blame for infant formula fiasco

    https://www.cato.org/blog/rock-bye-trade-restrictions-baby-formula

    Absurdly, provisions were added to the United States‐​Mexico‐​Canada Agreement (USMCA) to restrict imports of formula from Canada, supposedly because China was investing in a baby food plant in Ontario, and this new production might eventually enter the U.S. market (heaven forbid!). Thus, the provisions in the USMCA’s agriculture annex establish confusing and costly TRQs on Canadian exports of infant formula, and the United States imported no baby formula from Canada in 2021.

    Trump's taxes and protectionism is not libertarian, Peanuts.

    1. no baby formula from Canada in 2021.

      It wasn’t a problem in 2021.

    2. Well done, Mr. Buttplug. Everything "bad" happening under Biden is either rightwing disinformation, or is really happening but it's actually Drumpf's fault.

      #DefendBidenAtAllCosts

      1. Cato is defending Biden. Well, not really. They are critical of shitty Trump policy.

        Those bastards! How dare they criticize shitty policy and protectionism!

        1. But Mr. Buttplug, who wants to be the first to feed their baby formula made by the Chinese?

          Remember, these are the same Chinese who sold us tainted dog food that killed Fido, tainted wallboard with formaldehyde that poisoned the air of our homes, and the grand-daddy of them all....the damned China virus created in Wuhan. I think I am good with turning the screws on the Chinese via tariffs and trade agreements....from a national security and diplomatic perspective, not a purely economic perspective.

          1. China was investing in a baby food plant in Ontario

            made by Canadians.

            China investment

            1. The owners would definitely not have any say about what the ingredients might be or where they are sourced from.

    3. OMG! Today is the one year anniversary of your most profound insight into the legal case against Drumpf!

      "The Dotard will join his convict team soon." - Sarah Palin's Buttplug 2, May 23, 2021

      My understanding is he's still a free man. Any updates?

      1. Nope. turd remains a TDS-addled pile of shit.

      2. My understanding is he's still a free man.

        Misinformation.

      3. And now a bunch of the Trump/Russia hoax purveyors are heading to jail.

        Poor Shrike, his narratives always fall apart on him.

    4. turd lies; it’s all he ever does. turd is a kiddie diddler, and a pathological liar, entirely too stupid to remember which lies he posted even minutes ago, and also too stupid to understand we all know he’s a liar.
      If anything he posts isn’t a lie, it’s totally accidental.
      turd lies; it’s what he does. turd is a lying pile of lefty shit.

    5. I mean the opening sentence of the article puts the majority of the blame on the FDA..

      Over the last few months, a U.S. baby formula producer issued recalls both voluntarily and required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These recalls are rocking the U.S. baby formula market leaving parents facing higher prices and bare shelves.

      The United States subjects infant formula to tariffs up to 17.5 percent and tariff‐​rate quotas (TRQs); for TRQs some level imported are subject to a tariff with the excess subject to a tariff and additional duties.

      The formula isn't even available here to import based on the above FDA rules. Parents would gladly pay a 17.5% markup currently. They can't because of rules blocking importation. This isn't a tariffs issue dummy.

      Mexico is one of the few U.S. trading partners that has some duty‐​free access for infant formula, and uncoincidentally, is the top trading partner for U.S. formula imports.

      Oh. So tariffs don't effect the prime trading partner.

      Did you even read the article shrike? Or just the snippet David Brock told you to use?

      1. For example, the FDA requires specific ingredients, labeling requirements, and mandates retailers wait at least 90 days before marketing a new infant formula.

        So the FDA appears again.

      2. Technically, it is illegal to import baby formula from the EU for commercial purposes, but parents can (and do) import it for personal use. Recently, the FDA recalled some European infant formula because it did not comply with FDA labeling requirements. It is agreed by many medical experts that the differences between American and European formula are minor and are not worth the expense imposed by these regulations.

        So again... FDA.

        I dont think you read the article shrike. Just one sentence given to you by whatever leftist listserv you use.

        1. The shit-pile turd is not about to let any "facts" or "logic" interfere with his raging case of TDS!

          1. Wonder why shrike hasn't replied.

            He has to realize at this point that anytime he lists something he is probably lying about it.

            1. That never stopped him before.

  28. "On the upside, there's little reason to think monkeypox will wreak the kind of havoc that COVID-19 did."

    COVID-19 didn't wreak any kind of havoc. Power-mad tyrants empowered by a population too cowardly and stupid to sustain our civilization wreaked all the havoc. The same tyrants are now ruling over the same population.

  29. At least 357 sitting Republican legislators in battleground states have used the power of their office to discredit or try to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to a review of legislative votes, records and official statements by The NYT.

    Well, if we're gonna have the 17A, and Congress is going to consistently punt to the Executive, somebody's got to at least *try* to wrest control of the pen and phone away from the office.

    I thought more decentralized and tightly-representative self-governance was a good thing.

    1. I think the 2020 election did enough to discredit itself.
      That being said I totally trust the not at all biased or ever wrong nyt.

      When looking at any of the trash the nyt remember 1 important quote
      "no reasonable person would concider the nyt to be a source for news" - nyt legal council while testifying in court

  30. "In addition, we already have a vaccine that provides some protection against monkeypox: the smallpox vaccine. "

    Oh, well that's good. How many boosters are they going to try and make everyone get? They wanted people to have 2 boosters for the Covid one.

    1. CDC made a recommendation for a second booster for certain demographics. Nobody is making it mandatory. Where is the problem? What is the complaint?

      1. Our government is stupid and incompetent? Just guessing.

      2. The problem is that they feel they have the power to mandate nation wide medical experiments. Ow go kill yourself you evil peice of trash

      3. You mean like how the first coronavirus shot was recommended and nobody was making it mandatory this time last year?

      4. Just ignore the people who lost their jobs for not getting jabbed white Mike. Including military graduates not given their assignments.

      5. Are you saying it won’t ever be mandatory? Seems like that’s where we are headed.

        https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2022/04/appeals-court-reinstates-bidens-vaccine-mandate-federal-employees/365413/

      6. True libertarians lie on behalf of the government.

  31. Damn those red-neck, science denying monkeys for not wearing masks like normal, concerned people do.

    1. Be fair! Monkeys understand science as well as most people (and all human media).

      1. A monkey, chimpanzee, gorilla, and orangutan shuffle into the press room at the NYT and confront Paul Krugman.

        Who is the smartest primate in that room [don't answer too quickly]?

        1. Chimp > Orangutan > Paul Krugman > Gorilla > Monkey.

          1. Now put them in order of biggest asshole.

            1. It’s the reverse order of who has the biggest penis.

  32. Monkeypox. It's been around for a LONG time. But being related to smallpox, it got suppressed by the smallpox vaccine (but not eradicated because it wasn't smallpox). And it stayed suppressed. But then we stopped universal smallpox vaccinations. So it crept back.

    It's that simply. If it becomes a problem then we start smallpox vaccines up again. Or a monkeypox specific vaccine.

    And then the anti-vaxxers will have a shitfit over it, just as they have a shitfit over chickenpox vaccines.

    1. Excuse me, but I think you meant to say that we must have mandatory mail-in ballots for everyone.

      1. Democratic operatives and mega-donors standing by!

        1. How can I be expected to vote in person if I can't have gay sex while waiting in line?

          1. It's even worse, you may not be allowed an abortion while waiting in line

            1. Can I at least smoke a joint?

    2. First of all, there is no small pox vaccine. You get inoculated for small pox. Inoculation is not the same as vaccination.

      Second, unless you plan to have a lot of gay sex, there is no reason to get inoculated for monkey pox since you are very unlikely to get it.

    3. Smallpox could only be eradicated because it didn't have any animal hosts.

      Monkeypox is readily spread by rodents, so eradicating it is impossible.

      1. So much for attending the hamster sex convention.

  33. Amazing!
    Someone decided to headline "Roundup" as "Roundup" instead of "taxes" or some such!

    1. I think Reason often re-titles Roundup later in the day.

    2. When everybody is an editor, nobody is an editor...

  34. Anyhow, it'll come as news to no one that CA is having a dry span, where the rains are below average, and there's nothing much we can do about taht.
    Further, it's no surprise we are also dealing with a water shortage, about which we can and should have done something ever since the mid '70s when Moonbeam was guv the first time; also dry period with water rationing.
    He did something, alright, he signed the Dills Act buying tons of SEIU votes with money which could have been used to provide additional water storage or perhaps de-salination plants.
    Nope, and while the CA population doubled in the intervening years, CA's water storage facilities remained exactly as they were in 1975.
    So how does Newsom propose to deal with the issue?
    "California is about to begin the nation’s largest dam removal project."
    [...]
    "REDDING — After decades of negotiation, the largest dam-removal project in U.S. history is expected to begin in California’s far north next year..."
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/California-dam-removal-17187703.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    1. they floated a multi-billion dollar bond for this like about 10 years ago and nothing has happened yet. CA is an absolute disaster

    2. this is a Warren Buffet project. he learned from Nestle's actions in Africa he who controls the water controls the people and gets richer. They claim environmental reason but its all BS

    3. Don't worry. These guys are on the case!

      https://twitter.com/EcommunistForum/status/1528451083193831424

    4. It's almost like the "Progress" in "Progressive" is misleading.

  35. The WAPO article about the Sussmann trial reads like an ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????? brief for the defense.

    1. Okay, so that italics converter doesn't work here. "?????????????" should be "amicus curiae".

    2. What is his defense? Everyone agrees that he lied and said he wasn't representing Hillary Clinton when he spoke to the FBI. They guy is guilty as hell.

      1. Lied to the FBI? Why that would get him a prison term if he had a R next to his name. But, since he doesn't, nothing will happen except that the American Constitutional Center in Phila. will add him to its long list of inappropriate "Freedom Medal" winners.

        1. He will get a felony conviction with community service that no one ever checks to see if he does as his sentence. And he will keep his bar license as well.

      2. The prosecution has the billing records that show he billed the Clinton campaign for the Baker meeting. Whatever bar association of which he is a member should begin disciplinary action following the disposition of this case, regardless of the outcome.

        1. I'd bet he's licensed in DC.

        2. He's a DC lawyer connect to Clinton,
          1 nothing will happen to him
          2 anyone that testifies against him will commit suicide

      3. His defense is he didnt lie. And of he did it wasn't material to the investigation. Bakers testimony last week put a stop to both.

        Problem is the judge allowed 3 Clinton donors onto the jury.

  36. Thank God we vaccinate all illegal border crossers against smallpox.

    1. Wait--monkeys are sneaking across the border?

      1. Why not, everyone else does.

  37. Darklands is a gay men’s leather fetish, spank, and sex festival. One of the highlights of Darklands is called “Mr. Puppy,” where gay men in leather parade around with gay men dressed as dogs on a leash in a Westminster-ish competition. #GayPride!

    If I had to guess, I’d suggest the monkeypox may have been spread at the “Horse Fair,” where “mares” wear only hoods and boots, and “stallions” … uh … ride them. Mares may not refuse sex from any stallion, but they can say no to kissing. Don’t blame me, I didn’t make the rules.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2022/05/22/after-shocking-monkey-business-belgium-first-to-lock-down-over-monkeypox-whos-next-n1599868

    It is a good thing that gay culture isn't sick, disgusting and perverted or anything. Nope, they are all just pure as the driven snow just wanting to get married and adopt a disabled child or something.

    1. Wtf? People role playing as female horses can't say no?

      1. WTF indeed.

      2. Neigh means neigh!

        1. ^Winner of the day^

      3. They can only say neigh.

        1. A non-binding neigh.

          1. Don't say neigh.

      4. Believe all mares.

    2. Yeah, like straight folks never engage in that sort If behavior, right?

      Seriously, what planet are you from?

  38. Get your filthy paws off me you God damned dirty ape.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/73c09a21b69c03fe72cbe7e79bbb792cefd3629cc1609022cedf373c31974b98.jpg

    A hundred comments on Monkeypox and not a single reference to Planet of the Apes. Reason commentators, you disappoint me.

    1. you maniacs! You blew it all up! Goddamn you. Goddamn you all to hell!

      1. Courtesy of Jay and Silent Bob.

        1. I missed this scene somehow.

    2. Stop pushing replacement theory!

      1. As long as we are ruled by orangutans or chimps and not war like gorillas, I am fine with our new simian overlords.

      2. "Give me a year and I'll run this place."

  39. https://themichiganstar.com/2022/05/21/top-trans-medical-org-used-castration-fetish-site-for-research-to-develop-guidance-for-doctors/

    Top Trans Medical Org Used Castration Fetish Site for Research to Develop Guidance for Doctors

    1. Because of course they did.

      Chemjeff's top men, everyone.

      1. Given that Jeff is a bottom...

  40. the Sigh... thing should be illegal

    1. Ugh.

  41. "Sweden has classified monkeypox as a "disease dangerous to public health," which means authorities there could impose measures similar to those imposed for COVID-19. But they have not done so as of yet, and they say widespread restrictions are unlikely. (Sweden, of course, reacted to COVID with a relatively light hand.)"

    I don't disagree with "don't get too nervous over it" but are you trying to make a point or not? You could've picked any country to argue about "oh no, they're declaring it an emergency" but you picked Sweden who you yourself even admit never went overboard on covid-19 measures.

    Maybe you'd do better to argue against the standard reason policy line and just say that sometimes governments take extreme measures in times of extreme situations and then don't use those powers again as they're not called for. Almost as if there is no grand plan of every government to assert power and never relinquish it.

    1. There has never been a government power that wasn't abused. What reason misses is that that all but the most totalitarian governments' ability to abuse their powers is dependent on the public's willingness to tolerate it. They would no doubt like to abuse health powers again. The public, however, is unlikely to tolerate it so it is unlikely to happen in most places.

      1. They would no doubt like to abuse health powers again. The public, however, is unlikely to tolerate it so it is unlikely to happen in most places.

        I think you are giving WAY too much credit to the NPCs in America sir.

        1. No. I think there are a lot fewer NPCs than you think. About 20% of the country are NPCs. The other 80% have had enough.

          1. I sure hope you're right because new lockdowns are definitely coming, from Moneypox or something else.

            One data point in favor is that actually, most of the country never had time for this bullshit. It was highly concentrated in the bright blue urban areas mainly. In Texas and Montana etc it was like the so-called "pandemic" never even happened.

            1. In Texas and Montana etc it was like the so-called "pandemic" never even happened.

              I wouldn't say that entirely. Both states went along with it initially, but eventually said "fuck it" by the end of the year.

              I was in both a red state and blue state after the "fuck it" stage happened, and the atmosphere was like day and night. It's amazing what forcing people to hide behind masks for years on end will do to social cohesion, and the encouragement of already sky-high urban neuroses and anxieties.

            2. I very fortunately spent the pandemic in a red state with a reasonable gov.

              Some initial precautions but overall most places went on with life. I visited 2 different blue states (one being CA) and man, am I happy states get to do their own thing.

              High concentration D areas are proving to be modern day shitholes.

    2. " Almost as if there is no grand plan of every government to assert power and never relinquish it."

      Ill believe that when I see a single fucking shred of evidence its true.

      Thus far all is to the contrary

  42. "Don't Panic Over Monkeypox"

    The biggest threat to what's left of our free society, including individual liberty and market economics, is not power-mad politicians, tech oligarchs, rabid populism, or post-modern Marxists. That threat comes from a population that has been conditioned to panic any time they perceive a threat to their carefully curated, safe-space lifestyle. These people demand to be told what to fear, and then demand to be protected, including being told what to do.

    There is no chance for freedom when too many people not only surrender liberty, but fear and hate it.

    1. I think people are panicked out in a lot of places, at least in the US. But who knows what the UK, Canada and Australia will do. People seem to have gone full brain dead in those places.

      1. New Zealand is on line 1 and would like a word...

    2. "These people demand to be told what to fear, and then demand to be protected, including being told what to do."

      And more importantly that you and I should be forced [by the government, naturally] to do as they wish.

  43. https://www.thecollegefix.com/canadian-university-pulls-lgbtq-poster-after-muslim-community-complains/

    Canadian university pulls LGBTQ poster after Muslim community complains

    Which side does reason take in the coming Muslim versus gay conflict? I am betting they take the Muslim side.

    1. That is encouraging; if the Muslim community escalates it's hatred of all things gay [and most things sexual, for that matter] what a conundrum that will be. It's not like they are white non urbanites that are the poster children for all things bad.

      1. As the Muslim community grows and provides more votes for the left, the gays are going back in the closet. You watch.

        1. Not this Pansexual. They throw stones at me and I'll use all my kitchenware to slam them back at the Muslim rabble John McEnroe-style! Then follow up with lard-dipped arrows from my crossbows! Fuck Off, Islamofascists!

          1. Good luck with that.

          2. Modern problems require ancient pork arrow solutions.

      2. It's not like they are white non urbanites that are the poster children for all things bad.

        Nor that can be easily cowed with power words like "racism" and "homophobia," although they'll certainly appropriate such things to go after selected targets.

        Just look at Rashida Tlaib and the Arab population around the Detroit/Dearborn area--most of those people are dedicated marxists.

    2. At some point the left might actually have to deal with these inconvenient brown people.

      Currently they rail against the Christian boogeymen because it skews white so its very convenient for them.

      But I cant take them too seriously when they say white christian values are the absolute worst possible thing but muslims are virtuous victims. They think the "handmaid's tale" is bad, but dont seem remotely aware of how the majority muslim culture treats women and gays (and thats not even counting the extreme ones which are a whole different level).

    3. Lol. There is more tension between the lefts various victim groups than they will admit to. It’s gotta be tough to keep that coalition together.

      Good.

  44. re: "At least 357 sitting Republican legislators ... used the power of their office to discredit or try to overturn the 2020 presidential election."

    Okay. Now tell us how many sitting Democratic legislators used the power of their office to discredit or try to overturn the 2016 presidential election. Why is it "just politics" when the Ds do it but "insurrection" when the Rs do the same?

    1. Or how about 2000 and 2004? Remember how Bush was "selected"?

    2. (D)s write the articles here.

      1. White Mike and Lying Jeffy will be along to tell you how wrong you are. They're not Democrats, despite defending them ceaselessly.

    3. Sigh

  45. Our society simply couldn't take another pandemic right now.

    Is this why white supremacism is not being touted as a pandemic?

  46. "Don't panic over X!"; Is there any value of X for which that isn't good advice?

    1. ^ communists

    2. ricin?

    3. Daddy canceling your allowance?

  47. Seems like all of the loathsome media propagandists (left and right) are now running fearmongering stories about a disease that nobody heard of before last week (just because Biden was asked a question, and responded stupidly by claiming that he knew no details about the disease, but that everyone should be concerned/scared).

  48. In 2017, we started a "Know your DA" education campaign with the ACLU, because most people probably couldn't tell you who their DA was and didn't vote that far down on the ballot or just voted for the incumbent. And then we started looking for more progressive alternatives to run.

    Yeah, and after Soros bankrolled these fuckers in to office, crime and murder rates went through the roof, and you had shit like the Waukesha massacre happen because the woke-ass judges and DAs let these criminal assholes walk on minimal bail.

    Anything John Legend prescribes should be rejected on its face, just because of the source.

    1. https://instapundit.com/521518/

      And look who the victims of all the Buy Large Mansions DA's were? It is almost as if the whole thing was a sham designed to harm minorities and poor or something.

      1. I'd say it's a lot more venal than that. This kind of grift has been a pretty common ever since the late 60s, especially after Jesse Jackson started up PUSH.

    2. You've now caused jeff to rage at you for saying this pattern of leniency for violent crimes is a woke/democrat activity. Prepare to be yelled at for civility while he claims he doesn't defend the left.

      1. I'm sure there's some Republican somewhere that didn't prosecute a kid for swiping a pack of bubblegum that he'll refer to as proof that he's not a lying lefty shit.

    3. Hopefully Los Angeles County will be successful in recalling George Gascon, who's primary objective as DA is empty prisons.

  49. "President Biden said today that the U.S. would get militarily involved if China invades Taiwan."

    Foot-in-mouth disease; his handlers walked that back really fast.

    1. He is just a disgrace. Our only saving grace is that the rest of the world knows he isn't in charge and doesn't care what he says.

    2. Late stage alzheimer's in chief.

  50. • Singer John Legend on criminal justice reform and why people should care who their local district attorney is:

    Why is ENB touting far left wing socialist views of a far left wing socialist pop singer on a so-called libertarian website?

    1. Why do you think reason is a libritarian websight?

    2. I know reason claims to be libritarian, but do you also believe the bits that say they quit their jof at right aid and now make 5000 a week?

    3. Because criminal justice reform is an issue where progressives and libertarians can find some potential agreement? Like Trump's First Step Act, in 2018 (in contrast to the tough-on-crime Biden record and his DA VP.) I distinctly remember Dems applauding that one and Reason giving Trump the hat tip.

      But not like the "ignore real crime" DAs in places like Portland and Chicago and most lefty-run cities.

  51. I'd also recommend that we not monkey over panicpox.

  52. Didn't the CDC just release guidance that claimed Masks Work against Monkeypox, a disease that's known to spread through direct contact with bodily fluids?

    1. Only if everyone wears them.

    2. Maybe you're supposed to wear the mask like a loincloth?

      1. Or cup the mask under your balls when t-bagging.

    3. I think the new guidance is to wear one if these if public from now https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZBEUHJ4/reasonmagazinea-20/

    4. Aside from eating ass in a bathhouse, fluid droplets are fingered in the spreading of monkeypox.

  53. That's no fun! Panic is what we do. I'm still waiting for the return of the murder hornets....

    1. Beepocalypse didn't get them?

  54. Monkeypox, covid = Pestilence
    Food shortafes = Famine
    Russian war/ Endless Islamic fighting = War

    The Pale horse awaits it's Rider

    1. "Food shortafes = Famine"

      Would apply more if the poorest people in our country werent also morbidly obese and each consuming the calories of 2-3 actual adult servings.

      1. The Biden diet will fix that.

    2. Somehow I’m underwhelmed by these four riders. They seem like cheap imitations of the real thing.

  55. The ONLY way nonkeypox will become an yuge deal is if government decide to make it so. Just like they did with the Rice Rabies.

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