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The common chestnut among those with a bit too much Reynolds wrapped around their head:
This is part of a depopulation move to kill you all.
Why? Because while those who think they're your "betters" are indeed desirous of you all getting "out of their way", such as not being on Martha's Vineyard if you're brown and from Venezuela, unless of course you're already a servant (Want to see this in prime action? Visit Jackson Hole, MV, or any of these other places); if you are suddenly there and "in their face" they want those folks as actual people who expect to be treated on an equal footing about as much as a plantation owner wanted the black folks in his house sleeping in his bed (other than when providing sexual pleasure "on demand", of course.)
But even so all these people do fully understand that without plenty of roughnecks and "lessers" in the form of something as simple as a car mechanic they're fucked. Their jet is useless without fuel in size and to get it to their airport it first must be drilled for, extracted, refined and then transported and none of these people will dirty their hands to do any of that. Never mind that effectively zero of them could replace a wheel bearing on their nice expensive car if it required it; without said replacement when it needs to be done the vehicle is a 2-ton brick.
How about something more-simple? Not all that long ago the diverter door motors in my truck puked. The A/C and heat, while they still worked, were basically useless since the HVAC system knew those motors were faulted and would not do what the system wanted, and thus it limited things. One of those was the inability to run defrost on the windshield, which in the right conditions means you're not able to see while driving. How many of these "highfalutin" folks could crawl around under the dash of said vehicle and replace the actuators? You see, that's a job for the servants; they just throw money at the problem which is fine if you have the money but you also need the servants. What happens when they're gone? Your car is fucked, that's what.
So no, they didn't try to kill everyone. Not even close. And the problem with an indiscriminate "thinning" is that it makes the taxation and spending divide greater rather than lesser, and guess who doesn't pay any taxes? That's right -- the servant class. Why do you think people hire them instead of lawful immigrants who have green cards or are citizens? Simple: If you have to pay the taxes you also demand higher wages. The point is servitude thus its cheaper, and yes, the so-called "rich" are pigs at that level all the way up and down the line. They can afford it and choose to screw people, Americans and immigrants alike.
Thus there is an equally bad explanation that requires no tin foil around the head: Its all about the money and power; people and safety be damned where there is money to be made.
That has an extremely long history worldwide and, incidentally, was what spawned things like OSHA in the first place which, applied with reason, makes perfect sense and is probably necessary because the guard on that saw costs $20 and without OSHA the shop owner does not care if his "lessers" cut off their fingers; he can always just go get another "lesser" when the current one is no longer useful due to missing digits.
Here are the facts:
None of this requires any more motive than money. I point to two specific examples I have bought up before, both of which are proved and one of which is contemporary too -- statins and the recent approval of a drug for Alzheimer's.
Statins do reduce LDL cholesterol. That's a scientific fact. But, in persons who have not previously had a documented heart attack, they do not reduce all-cause mortality. Dead is dead, in short, and if the point of a given drug is to make it less-likely that you will be dead due to some body parameter being out of a claimed "acceptable range", the drug reduces the parameter and yet you still die then quite-obviously whatever is being claimed as the reason you become dead is wrong. Anyone claiming otherwise is neither a scientist or a doctor; they are money-grubbing assholes.
The Alzheimer's drug is another example. The disease has been believed for a long time to be caused by "plaques" in the brain. The seminal study, incidentally, that allegedly showed this originally has been exposed as almost-certainly a fraud, which you'd think would result in voiding all the downstream work including this drug. You'd be wrong. The drug does on a very-significant basis, reduce said plaques. However, it does nothing to halt or reverse the cognitive impairment from Alzheimer's in the studies submitted, and thus on the basis of what occurs with Alzheimer's disease it failed. The FDA approved it anyway despite this showing, and that's not an EUA either; it received full approval. Again, this is neither science or medicine; it is in fact exploitation of people suffering from a horrid disease with the only true motive being the acquisition of money.
In both cases there was lots of money to be extracted, billions in the case of statins and who knows how much will be collected from desperate Alzheimer's patients and their families (likely even more) is all that matters; obviously whether the drug(s) in question actually work to stop the bad thing from occurring is immaterial.
One final example: "Trans" stuff with kids. This also has nothing to do with anything but money. Witness the recent blow-up with VUMC (Vanderbilt) being caught peddling add-a-dick-to-me garbage and bragging about the increase in number of procedures. You think this isn't purely about the money? Like hell it isn't; not only is the surgery very expensive it generates effectively-mandatory continuing expense too; some estimates are that for every such person who "transitions" they make close to a half-million dollars!
Now look at our local hospital and its record of dead bodies during the back half of 2021 with Covid. Did our "illustrious and conservative" Governor give a crap about the latter? He said not one word and neither did our County Mayor; you see, lots of money was made.
All this comes down to is money. That's it. Callous disregard for the health of the public be damned; nobody cares about that, not in Congress, not in our regulatory agencies and definitely not in our pharmaceutical businesses. If their drugs and other devices happen to produce some measurable effect by which they can get an approval and make money that's all they care about.
We, as Americans, have steadfastly refused over the space of four decades to respond to this sort of corruption with a demand that it stop or we will stop it and we don't care what means are required to do so. The HIV/AIDS years should have been more than enough to bring about massive change in this regard, never mind Vioxx and countless others. One small part of the HIV/AIDS "make money" scam was pushing AZT to the exclusion of anything else, including a known effective prophylaxis against PCP pneumonia, Bactrim. Some sixty thousand people were shoved in the hole in America as a direct result of that, most of them gay men, and all because protecting the money flow from AZT was very important.
I remind you that AZT was also a failed cancer drug and it failed on toxicity, often doing critical damage to the marrow and immune system which is partially rooted there. This was known about the drug before it was "pushed" for AIDS and in the fullness of time it was found that in fact AZT did not work and did not save a single person who had AIDS.
At the same time creating more customers is part and parcel of the game too. Again, witness AIDS. It was known by the CDC within months of the original cases that gay bathhouses in San Francisco were the largest vector source for the virus. The obvious thing to do was to shut that crap down and make very clear that promiscuous gay sex was a literal death sentence for which we had no means of stopping at the present time. We didn't do that, deliberately, and thus seeded the virus all over the nation and indeed the world at a highly-accelerated rate.
The same thing just happened with Monkeypox, it was known almost immediately that men screwing each other in the ass was the common factor between people who got it and yet the CDC and state authorities have been and still are refusing to shut down large public events that feature as their prime attraction for gay men lots of highly-promiscuous and high-volume sex between said gay men.
Covid simply put into the public sphere something that was going to screw everyone to some degree and, since it was of nearly-universal impact the amount that could be grifted off and taken was much larger than, for example, a flu bug or even HIV. That's all.
Indeed grift, intentional crafting of trials to evade answering questions the companies know are likely to kill their drug's prospects and even tampering with trial data, which has repeatedly occurred and been proved has not led to those doing it going to prison. Never mind the alleged "trials" that, when run by a disinterested party, fail to produce statistically-identical results which implicates either sloppy procedure or intentional misconduct along with depraved indifference as to whether you live or die so long as there is money to be made.
In short the same pattern of behavior that has gone in the so-called "medical industry" for the last forty years continued and resulted in these failures and deaths. It was not different in character or motivation, only in impact and only because of the size of the target population, in this case damn near everyone in the United States and indeed worldwide.
If you're younger than 60 (yeah, this includes me) then get up and go look in the mirror. Your refusal to demand that this crap stop over the last 40 years if why it all happened this time and if you were one of those talked into it and you or a loved one got or get fucked that happened because you sat on your ass during those last four decades and did not put a stop to it.
It is a felony to wiretap someone without a court order.
"Tech" has claimed a "necessity defense" on this repeatedly, and there's logic to it to the extent it really is necessary. That is, it's not a felony for the phone company to "wiretap" (listen into your call) to find a fault in their circuit. The intent isn't to divulge the contents of the conversation or monitor it per-se; it is to find out why there's static on the line and repair the fault.
Same applies in the tech world. When I ran MCSNet if you were having problems with email, for example, there's nothing wrong with me, or a tech in the company, looking into the system to find the problem and fix it, even though we might wind up reading emails to or from you in the process. Our intent isn't to monitor your communications which you have a reasonable expectation of being private even though I did not encrypt them, it is to find and address technical issues with the service. This is perfectly legal.
Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.
Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.
IMHO that's a felony.
Facebook can respond to a subpoena; I used to get them from time to time and while you can challenge one I never got one that I believed was worth of challenge. We therefore complied rather than go to court because on its face the subpoena was reasonable. I didn't know if the claimed thing was true but that's not the test -- the test is whether or not the subpoena, given the information available to me without taking upon myself a duty I don't have (e.g. to investigate and prove up or not the allegations made) is reasonable. Said subpoena was reasonable in every case, therefore it was complied with.
I have, in other contexts, fought subpoenas -- successfully. In fact every time I did challenge one I prevailed and it was either withdrawn or quashed. Yes, people do use them as weapons and that's why you have a right to challenge them.
But the allegation here is that Facebook, despite holding forth the statement that "messenger" is a person-to-person and not public communications medium then systematically violated the privacy of the people involved.
There is no expectation of privacy in what you post to the public. But if I am having a private conversation via a venue or method that some company or other entity represents is limited to the knowing participation of the parties involved, as is the case for a phone call, surface mail with a stamp on it or, as is the case here, an electronic emulation of the same then for that to be systematically invaded for the purpose of monitoring the content and giving it to outside parties, including the government, without a subpoena is quite-arguably both a felony and a ruinously-serious civil cause of action as well.
So where are the handcuffs?
Oh, about in the same place they are for Pfizer's CEO who stated in public that his jabs prevented you 100% from getting Covid when he knew damn well that was a lie -- and yet without that being true there was utterly no basis, ever, for any mandate issued against anyone since all benefit, whatever it might be, would be entirely personal.
We will never stop the crazy in this country until and unless people who lie in this fashion are held to account -- and "held to account" does not mean the firms are fined.
It means people MUST go to prison, which is an equally-nasty consequence for all irrespective of how rich you are, a severity that is never true in the case of a fine because a fine that impoverishes a middle-class chump is laughed at by people like Zuckerpig.
... and you should too.
Biden, of course, will make the obligatory speech.
The terrorists killed some 3,000 Americans, all of whom died because the FBI was not just incompetent, they were willfully blind.
Do recall that all of the below happened:
Is 9/11 a day of somber remembrance? You bet it is.
It's one of the key bright-line test days in which it was proved our government no longer functions except as a grift, fraud and death-dealing machine that can and will be turned on anyone, including our own citizens, whenever some rich jackass demands it. Oh by the way, there are more than a few Americans dead this last time from combat with a virus for the exact same reason, so cry me a fucking river given that even after some nutjobs flew planes into buildings the American people refused to wake the fuck up.
PS: Before commenting make damn sure you read the FAQ. This post does not suspend the rules around here and I suspect I will obtain a nice upper-body workout at least once today...
This is the sort of nonsense that has zero balance and is fact full of falsehood; in other words an opinion piece masquerading as "news":
Tennessee’s law is one of the strictest in the country. It makes performing an abortion a Class C felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. There are no exceptions. This is the part that Akers has since found herself having to repeat, often eliciting raised eyebrows and deeply drawn breaths: Unlike many states’ abortions bans, including the one in Texas, this law does not explicitly exempt abortions performed to save a mother’s life.
Instead, it offers doctors an “affirmative defense.” The difference is linguistically subtle but extraordinarily meaningful in criminal law, Akers says. The law makes performing all abortions illegal. And instead of the state having to prove that the procedure was not medically necessary, the law shifts the burden to the doctor to convince a court that it was.
Yeah, which came about because "health" got twisted into knots to the point that having morning sickness was considered "lack of health."
In other words the presumption was shifted to put the decision into the hands of a judge and (potentially) a jury because the left went the other way to the point that outrageous falsehoods were run on the other side.
That's how the pendulum works in the US and its what the left deserves for what they did over the previous 30+ years, including in Casey.
There is in fact no chance that a doctor will be successfully prosecuted for removing an ectopic pregnancy, although this nutjob claims otherwise in that opinion piece. Absolute zero risk of such a prosecution exists; such a pregnancy is never viable, it can never result in a live birth and will almost-always kill the mother if not terminated.
Do I like the Tennessee law, living here and having read the entire thing? No. But I understand how it got passed and why it was proposed in the first place. It was specifically because nutjobs argued that it was perfectly acceptable to stick what amounted to a pair of scissors into the neck of a half-born child and kill it, calling that "abortion" and a civil right.
Newton's Third Law applies to politics. For every action there is an equal an opposite reaction. If the crazies on the left hadn't pushed the above crap the Tennessee law would have never been proposed, say much less passed.
I remind you that Roe, flawed thought it was, never provided for abortion on demand through the first breath of the newborn child. Indeed Roe's trimester "test" established that the presumption was that the State had a valid argument in prohibiting third-trimester abortions, with few exceptions. The problem is that the left refused to accept that.
Time and medical science have moved on since the 1960s. Today there is little to zero excuse for someone who wants an abortion to not produce one via medication and thus absent a serious medical complication (e.g. an ectopic pregnancy) that demands the mother's life be saved there are few if any instances in which a woman cannot procure an abortion on her own with two pills. Unfortunately what has also happened is that at the same time the left has been screaming about "abortion rights!" it has sucked off the medical and pharmaceutical businesses and allowed them to price said drugs at exorbitant mark-ups; a literal five dollars worth of medication is marked up by 100x or more so it is essentially the same price as surgery.
If the left gave a wet crap about women in general instead of seeing them as a walking ATM machine in the form of a uterus to be enslaved by the medical industry and pandered to unholy Hell would have been raised two decades ago and those two pills would be available over the counter at every pharmacy in the United States for under $10. The only valid question is "when was your last period?" and if you miss by more than a few days you spend the dollar on the test and, if pregnant and you don't want to be, ten bucks it is.
Note that this is perfectly legal in the US as of 2021 and thus in fact the pills are available over the counter:
On December 16, 2021, the FDA removed the in-person dispensing requirement for mifepristone and expanded the distribution to certified pharmacies in addition to certified clinicians.
But the price issue remains -- and it remains precisely because the Left doesn't want the problem solved; it wants a political wedge issue and is willing to injure or even kill women to have it.
There is zero issue with abortion access anywhere in the United States irrespective of state laws as exactly zero people know if you gobbled two pills.
But to admit this and solve the price problem means that the issue disappears as the means to score political points and profit from it, even though when you get down to it what's being sold in order to make said profits is the health and life of women, and it is specifically the left -- that is, the screaming harpies and Democrats generally -- that are doing it.
Look up the "ARPU" for any social media company.
Notice that Europe has vastly less money coming into said firms than the US.
Europe, however, has a reasonably-congruent per-capita income to the United States. No, not completely comparable, but reasonably close.
I have long held that alleged "advertising" is not their revenue model. It is data marketing and you're being screwed, not advertised to.
Because it is a fundamental economic truth that advertising must return the inverse of the operating margin in sales for each dollar of spending over time or you are literally lighting money on fire in the boardroom.
That is, let's assume you have a 10% operating margin. That is, of $10 in sales $1 is operating profit; the other $9 is spent producing whatever it is you sell. From that you must also deduct other expenses such as taxes, but we'll leave that alone for right now.
If I spent $1,000 on advertising and get $1,000 in sales from the advertising then I have lost $900. I literally lit the money on fire and I'm stupid for taking out the ad. It had a negative return for my company.
If I get $10,000 in additional sales I just break even.
If I make more than $10,000 in additional sales then and only then is the advertising worth it.
It is very difficult, however, to accurately measure sales impact. Companies do what they can (e.g. putting up coupon codes, tracking where you clicked on their site from and similar) in an attempt to do that. Its why when you hear a radio ad it often says "mention the code XXX for a special offer." That's how they know, mostly, that you learned about and made a purchase decision due to the ad.
Most firms have roughly a 10% operating margin. The reason is competition; more than that and you attract competitors quite rapidly, all of whom are convinced they will be perfectly ok with that 10% which means they can undercut your price. Much less than that and its not worth it. In any competitive market the exact number floats but it winds up settling around here.
WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday sued Idaho-based data broker Kochava Inc for selling geolocation data from hundreds of millions of mobile devices that could be used to track consumers.
The FTC said consumer data could be used to trace people's movements to and from sensitive locations including "reproductive health clinics, places of worship, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and addiction recovery facilities."
How did they get it (did they buy it, steal it, or?) and what leads you to believe they're anything close to the only people doing it? Further, is this not an admission that if its not used to figure out where you pray or go to get an abortion then from the government's point of view it's just fine?
For example, if it drives up the cost of your insurance without you knowing it then its just fine?
What if its used to price on a discriminatory basis because the data shows "you'll pay" where the dude across the street will not?
And pray tell, why aren't all of these so-called "firms" who generate that data in the first place shut down now?
Their own 10-Qs make quite a case that the real business model isn't "advertising" -- it is screwing you out of thousands a year without your knowledge or consent, all while claiming their service is "free." Yes, some third party does the actual screwing but they pay for the data and wouldn't, certainly not at the price they do pay, but for the ability to do that.
If that's not what's going on as I've made clear I believe for the last decade and more tell me once again why in Europe the ARPU is so much smaller than it is here in the US and Canada?
PS: How hard do you think it would be for me to sift such a data set to identify the exact residential address of every police officer, employee of a government agency, instrumentality or other entity that I wanted to harm? And, if that doesn't keep you up at night then contemplate what is the difference in terms of capability and ethics between someone who wants to harm them physically and someone who wants to screw you financially to the tune of thousands -- or more? Tell me again why you will allow one to be considered illegal and the other is what I argue is the entire business model of a large swath of our so-called "modern economy."
PPS: Want your blood to really run cold? Contemplate the real reason these firms banhammer anyone who puts up something they don't like, given the above. Think long and hard kemosabe and the light may come on. Hint: It ain't because they're Democrats.