“That day, my body inhaled molecules of white supremacy as they seeped out of my computer from that proctored Zoom room.”
“This was a terror attack. 138 injured, almost 10 dead. Those responsible remain a danger to our democracy, our country, and human life in the vicinity of our Capitol and beyond.”
— Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has an occult talent for hysterics, on the January 6th “insurrection.” Claiming that there were “almost 10 dead” is an outright lie and deceitful in the extreme. Four people — not ten — died that day, and they were all Trump supporters. This constant need to exaggerate 1/6 speaks for itself.
“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody’s demands. And if you want to meet with me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have some conditions. First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”
— Comedian Dave Chappelle, whose Netflix special “The Closer” upset the delicate sensibilities of left-leaning Americans with fragile psyches, of whom there seems to be a depressing abundance. Hannah Gadsby is a lesbian comedian who, along with her fans, is upset because it was revealed that Netflix has paid Dave Chappelle much more money than her even though he made “transphobic jokes.” Chappelle also happens to be infinitely more popular and well-known, and there’s a significant number of people who think he’s one of the greatest comedians of all time. Gadsby, on the other hand, is someone who most people have never heard of.
“Why should Americans trust you and the NIH on the issue of COVID origins, when you didn’t even know about the programs it was funding with taxpayer dollars in China?”
— CNN’s Pamela Brown, who confronted National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins on whether the agency experienced an oversight failure in light of the admission that their funding “inadvertently facilitated” gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. “You’re just now finding out U.S. tax dollars were being used to pay for this risky research in that Wuhan lab two years ago,” she said. “So the question is how can you know what this money is going toward? What kind of research this is going toward in places like the Wuhan lab if you’re just now finding this out from EcoHealth Alliance how the U.S.’ taxpayer dollars were being used?”
“‘This is ridiculous’ is the highest form of praise.”
— Hiroaki Omatsu, a Japanese writer, speaking about the country’s popular vending machines that sell intentionally boring toys, like miniature gas meters or bar code scanners. Japan’s hundreds of thousands of capsule vending machines are called “gachapon” — onomatopoeia that captures the sound of the little plastic bubbles as they tumble through the machines’ works — and they dispense toys at random with the turn of a dial.
Hundreds of new products are introduced each month, and videos of gachapon shopping sprees rack up millions of views. The toys, which are also known as gachapon, have traditionally been aimed at children (think cartoon and video game characters). But their exploding popularity has been accompanied, or perhaps driven, by a surge in what the industry calls “original” goods geared toward adults — everything from wearable bonnets for cats to replicas of everyday objects, the more mundane the better. Talk about a niche hobby.
“Many kids are missing what are thought to be many key developmental experiences.”
— Thomas Dee, a professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, commenting on the nationwide school enrollment decrease of nearly 3 million students last year, dropping to the lowest share in more than two decades. Just 40 percent of 3- and 4-year olds were enrolled in school in 2020 and college enrollment numbers dropped to their lowest since 2007.
“We will work to end cash bail and reform our pretrial system, recognizing the harm these processes cause, particularly for Black women and families.”
— The White House National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, a 42-page document outlining a “whole government” approach to ending inequality between men, women, and transgender people. Among the critical steps necessary to remedy disparities between these groups, the White House alleges, is working to overturn cash bail, a legal mechanism that proponents say helps keep violent criminals off the street. One study by researchers at Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton universities concluded that pretrial release increases the likelihood of recidivism before the offender’s trial by 37%, as well as the chance the alleged criminal misses their court date.
Polling from the summer showed crime emerging as a top issue for voters, and some Democrats blamed rioting during Black Lives Matter protests for their poor down-ballot performance last November. The Biden administration’s decision to push for a radical criminal justice reform measure — even as broad swaths of the public say they are concerned about rising violence — is another example of an increasingly unpopular president feeling pressured to appease his party’s radical progressive sect.
“That day, my body inhaled molecules of white supremacy as they seeped out of my computer from that proctored Zoom room.”
— Kyla Golding, a student at Harvard who penned an op-ed (“A Pre-Med Letter of Resignation, With (Self) Love & Liberation”) announcing that she was leaving the pre-med track at the university because she was forced to take “an inorganic chemistry exam the same day that a grand jury failed to charge two police officers with the murder of Breonna Taylor.” Taylor was shot and killed by two officers who entered Taylor’s apartment while serving a search warrant. As they did so, Taylor’s boyfriend opened fire, hitting one officer in the leg, at which point they returned fire. Tragically, because Taylor was standing next to her boyfriend at the time, she was accidentally shot and killed.
A grand jury had the option of indicting the officers on any of four degrees of homicide; they declined to do so because in the state of Kentucky, a murder conviction requires that a defendant act intentionally to cause a death. In other words, his conscious objective must be to kill someone. Additionally, under Kentucky law, a police officer can use deadly force to defend himself from an attack that could cause “death” or “serious physical injury.” The Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron — the commonwealth’s first Black attorney general and the first Republican to hold the office in more than 70 years — declined state criminal charges.
“If confirmed by the Senate, she would become the first openly LGBTIQ+ commissioner.”
— NPR, regarding President Biden’s nomination of Jessica Rosenworcel as the Federal Communications Commission’s chair. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I was under the impression that the word for this is “lesbian,” and that it’s not possible for someone to be a “LGBTIQ+.”
“I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID.”
— President Joe Biden, during CNN’s recent town hall. Biden was mocking/imitating vaccine skeptics when he made the comment.
“As a user of the Site, you agree not to disparage, tarnish, or otherwise harm, in our opinion, us and/or the Site.”
— From the terms of service of “Truth Social,” the social media platform Donald Trump announced he’s launching through a newly formed company called Trump Media and Technology Corp. The company’s mission is to “create a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the Big Tech companies of Silicon Valley, which have used their unilateral power to silence opposing voices in America.” Trump has been trying to establish a new social media platform since he was sidelined from Twitter and Facebook.
“Let’s please untie the hands of our law enforcement officers.”
— Don Osborn, whose brother-in-law was killed by a stray bullet in Portland, Oregon. The city just hit a record number of homicides, a year after the police department was defunded by $27 million and was left 128 officers below authorized strength.
1,142: Number of kids that Terry McAuliffe — the ex-Virginia governor fighting to get his old job back in next Tuesday’s (11/2) gubernatorial election — said were in Virginia hospital ICU beds with COVID-19 on October 7th.
35: Number of kids that were actually in Virginia hospitals, never mind intensive care.
30%: Percentage of truckers who will quit if forced to vaccinate, according to polls by trucking publications Commercial Carrier Journal and OverDrive. As of right now, the American Trucking Associations estimate that America needs 80,000 more truckers to meet current transportation needs given the unprecedented supply-chain disruptions caused by the powers that be thinking that it was wise to simply shut down the economy for over a year and then try to start it back up. For context, if 20% of truckers quit because of the mandate, the country will lose about 15% of its transportation capacity. The consequences would be massive. U.S. Transports says that upwards of 70% of American freight goes by truck. (Thanks to Marc D.B. for this source.)
$1.3 Trillion: Projected 2021 U.S. holiday retail sales, up 7-9 percent from 2020, according to the newest update from Deloitte.
$1 Trillion: Tesla’s valuation, making it just the sixth company ever in the U.S. to reach that benchmark. Tesla joins an elite club including Apple (which rises above the rest at $2.5 trillion) as well as Microsoft, Google’s parent company Alphabet, and Amazon. It took Tesla 12 years to get to this mark after its first public offering, making it the second-fastest company to reach $1 trillion (Facebook took nine years.)
Forbes estimates that Musk is now richer than he’s ever been, and likely richer than any person to walk the planet before him, as he’s now valued at $255.2 billion (though it’s worth noting that nearly all his wealth is tied up in his companies). Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index is estimating $288.6 billion. This comes after a $25.6 billion fortune boost since Friday, when Hertz announced plans to buy 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla to use as rentals.
25 Miles: Total distance (in length) that freight trains were backed up trying to enter Union Pacific’s enormous Global 4 shipping facility in Joliet, Illinois, over the summer.
500: Number of football fields that would fit in that Global 4 facility.
17: Days it now takes for a container chassis to leave that facility and return for another container. It normally takes 3.5 days.
$3.4 Trillion: Increase in market value of the seven most valuable U.S. technology companies — Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Tesla and Nvidia — during the first year of the pandemic as hundreds of thousands of small businesses were forced to close due to government edicts subjecting them to punishing lockdown orders while big firms were deemed “essential” and allowed to stay open.
In an opinion piece for Newsweek, former investment banker Carol Roth details how, because big companies have more lobbying dollars and more connections, they were able to stay open by playing the political game. Thus, money that couldn’t be spent at closed businesses was shifted to the ones that were open, which were by and large big businesses, many of which naturally saw a substantial increase in revenue. The one-two punch of government fiscal and Fed monetary policy continued to destroy the fabric of the economy for the average American. It dislocated the labor markets and the supply chain and it has ultimately led to inflation, which is making the basic cost of living much more expensive for Americans all across the country.
In short, while your dollars today purchase fewer goods and services and your lives are more expensive and disrupted, those who are well-connected and asset-rich benefitted from outsized wealth increases driven by government policy. The trillions of dollars being sought for “infrastructure” and social spending are also by and large a cash grab that would benefit those connected and potentially create further inflation, perhaps even combined with slower growth.
1.2 Million: Viewers delivered by the Biden town hall from Baltimore, which was moderated by Anderson Cooper. In the demographic (25 to 54-year-olds) that advertisers covet most, the event garnered a paltry 271,000 viewers. For context in the cable news race, an average of 2.83 million viewers watched Fox News’s Tucker Carlson (8 p.m.) and the first half of Sean Hannity (9 p.m.). Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (8 p.m.) and Rachel Maddow (9 p.m.) attracted an average of 1.39 million viewers in taking second place. In February, Biden drew 3.4 million viewers during his first CNN town hall as president—over 60% more. Comparatively, the last Trump town hall hosted by CNN was in March 2016 when he wasn’t even the Republican nominee; he captured 3.26 million viewers.
75: Number of container ships that were waiting outside the Port of Los Angeles last Thursday (10/22), queued up to unload cargo because of how backed up the supply chain is.
40: Number of container ships that were waiting at all California ports on Sept. 1.
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