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From Reuters:

Texas, Nevada drop out of state AG group suing to block Sprint, T-Mobile merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas’ attorney general settled with T-Mobile Inc (TMUS.O) and Sprint Corp (S.N) and will drop his opposition to the $26.5 billion merger, leaving just Democratic attorneys general fighting the proposed combination.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton had been the only Republican among the state attorneys general who had argued that the deal to combine the No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers would lead to higher prices and filed a lawsuit to stop it.

Also on Monday, Nevada said it would withdraw from the lawsuit in exchange for early deployment of the next generation of wireless in the state, creation of 450 jobs for six years and a $30 million donation to be distributed by Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and aimed at helping women and minorities, Ford’s office said.

It’s for women and minorities, so it’s okay for this politician to accept $30 million to hand out to his allies.

AG Ford’s $30 million slush fund reminds me of when Harvard president Larry Summers was trying not to get canceled in 2005, so he gave $50 million of Harvard’s money to Harvard’s Head-Feminist-in-Charge, Doctor Faust, leader of the Radcliffe Institute. But a year later, Larry got dumped anyway. And then — whaddaya know? — it turns out that Doctor Faust has $50 million worth of new friends and supporters and gets appointed President of Harvard in Larry’s place.

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  1. Anonymous[320] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve, are you going to review Midway? It was a great movie. Best movie of the year so far.

  2. Why is anyone surprised? Prostitution is legal in Nevada.

    (Most of it, anyway.)

    • Replies: @Wilkey
  3. That’s some Biden-level wheelin’ and dealin’ goin’ on there in America’s Ukraine.

  4. Ano says:

    Is that Aaron Ford, the same Aaron ‘there is…no corporation too powerful that I won’t take on’ Ford?

    Here’s a fly-on-the-wall documentary on his lottery-like windfall.

    PS: This is one story where the NYT headline can’t read ‘…women and minorities hardest hit’.

  5. @Anonymous

    Steve, are you going to review Midway?

    I thought he used O’Hare.

  6. anonymous[684] • Disclaimer says:

    wwebd said —- if Steve does, in fact, review Midway, one of the greatest movies of our time, may I point out the rather minor inaccuracies –

    (1) Nimitz in the movie said, when King told him he was going to be basically the commander in chief of the Pacific war, when they really need a tough bastard they call for a tough bastard

    of course in real life that was not Nimitz, a great admiral but it was another guy who was the tough bastard, Nimitz was tough but that was not something he would have said, another flag officer said it.

    (2) the Battle of Midway was one where the pilots had no expectation that there would be submarines stationed in the battle zone to rescue them if they bailed out: just saying, that was later in the war, and the scene where the downed pilot looked happy and full of hope was not accurate – he was saved, but he had no idea that such a thing would be possible.

    (3) the few scenes with Spruance were not accurate. He would never have grabbed a piece of paper from a subordinate: just saying.

    (4) the Officer’s Club in Honolulu was portrayed as being about two rungs better than the nicest Tiki restaurant in San Diego. Not likely. It was probably the best looking night club in Honolulu, but that is not saying much —- in the film it looked like a Disney cartoon version of an officer’s club. It looked way too clean and way too ritzy.

    (5) the really well filmed scene where Pearl Harbor survivors – heroes, of course – tried to avoid incineration on one burning ship by hand to hand rope escape to another less burning ship were good, but it is actually physically impossible to go, hand to hand, on a rope, for more than a few yards if your hands had just suffered extreme burns …. that was a great scene, but not an accurate one, sad to say

    (6) almost all of the actors looked way too healthy. The Pacific War was fought by guys with lots of medical and dental issues that would have been obvious in HD but this film “Midway” portrayed all the Japs and the all Americans as if they were living in 2019 with easy access to good dentists, to good shampoo for their hair every day, and not a single one of them – as opposed to the real warriors, 20 or 30 percent of whom had survived polio or tuberculosis or decades of malnutrition or similar forms of maltreatment – not a single one of the actors appears to have been willing to look like the typical undernourished average sailor of 1942. Just saying – not criticizing – just saying.

    (7) – as good a job as Woody Harrelson did, and despite the fact that he is probably older than Nimitz was during the war, he simply did not look as old as Nimitz looked. Not many actors can pull off the necessary thousand mile stare that genuine old American military officers who have seen war often have – Harrelson did as good a job as anyone else, but seriously, when anyone encountered Nimitz during the war, they were looking at a guy who had seen it all, and Harrelson did not pull that off.

    (8) —- as almost aways in war movies, decent NCOs and decent officers are sometimes shown with broad smiles on their faces, for various plot-related reasons, a mere few minutes or hours after their companions have been killed by the enemy. I understand that this is necessary for plot-related reasons but it is not accurate.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
  7. This is why there is a Trump. He may not even come close to putting the lid on these inequities, but at least the general public is now aware they exist on this scale. “This” being the most important word. Everyone knew about corruption, but, jeez.

    During my last stint in college for a year’s worth of part time classes, Gloria Steinen and RFJ Jr. were each paid $20, plus travel, lodging, etc. This was in 2005. Steinem’s poliitical relevance didn’t last beyond 1980 and RFK jr. never had any except that his dad was a dead Kennedy. There was never any hint of a conservative doing the same thing (for the same money).

    When it comes to leftists, never say sorry, never back down, never free up a dollar thinking it will assuage their rage against you. That’s why Chik Fil A is now dead to me, and the National Review (ahem..that Lowery guy) has been for a long time. A small coterie of insiders in it for themselves (Lowery didn’t have to give Derb the axe, he did it to bolster his bona fides to get paying TV gigs; and a lot of people went out of their way to help Chik Fil A, and were stabbed in the back. They were winning and decided to throw it away).

  8. Wonder how many more AGs get “educational funds”?

  9. @Reg Cæsar

    Steve, are you going to review Midway?

    I thought he used O’Hare.

    Gee, I really miss Meigs 🙂

  10. Anonymous[278] • Disclaimer says:

    I have thought since watching Tora Tora Tora, that the battle of Midway deserved similar realistic film treatment. If this is it, I look forward to watching it.

    Timing is interesting though, I suspect it’s a movie made at the clandestine behest of the US govt prepping us for war, military or economic, with China on some level. Yes I know Japanese are not Chinese but same yellow peril to the target of the propaganda.

    • Replies: @Anon
  11. Wilkey says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Yes but political prostitution is legal in every state. Democrats just tend to charge more.

    • LOL: Ash Williams
    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    , @TomSchmidt
  12. The “women and minorities” nonsense is just a smokescreen to divert everyone’s attention from the fact that the Republicans, Trump or no Trump, are committed to serving corporate power and the elites, and have no interest in defending the struggling white working and middle class. The slush fund is honestly the least interesting part of this story. Look at the big picture.

  13. bomag says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    Republicans, Trump or no Trump, are committed to serving corporate power and the elites

    Okay, but there sure doesn’t look to be any relief in the arms of Democrats.

    I’m thinking the Dem AGs are just holding out for a better deal.

  14. Flemur says:

    I prefer the phrase “everyone except white men” to “women and minorities”.

    • Agree: schnellandine
    • Replies: @ben tillman
  15. Faust was replaced by an administrator type from the business school. He is as woke as his predessor. At least Faust practiced scholarship. Her big book argued that the death toll of the Civil War affected the collective mind-set of the country significantly afterwards.

  16. @Peter Akuleyev

    True. America is a sadomasochistic corporate slave state. Democrats are the doms, Republicans are the subs.

  17. OT

    You hear a lot about “vaxxers” and their fake news – this story, that the oral polio vaccine used in “developing” countries actually gave people polio, doesn’t seem to have got much publicity. My emboldening.

    “New cases of polio linked to the oral vaccine have been reported in four African countries and more children are now being paralysed by vaccine-derived viruses than those infected by viruses in the wild, according to global health numbers.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners identified nine new cases caused by the vaccine in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and Angola last week. Along with seven other African countries with outbreaks, cases have also been reported in Asia. In Afghanistan and Pakistan polio remains endemic, and in Pakistan officials have been accused of covering up vaccine-related cases.

    In developing countries the oral vaccine is used due to its low cost and accessibility, needing only two drops per dose. In western countries, a more expensive, injectable version of the vaccine – which contains an inactivated virus incapable of causing the disease – is used as a preventative.

    The onset has been caused by a type 2 virus contained in the vaccine. Type 2 is a wild virus that was eliminated years ago, but in rare cases the live virus in oral polio vaccines can mutate into a form capable of igniting new outbreaks of the disease.”

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  18. anon[136] • Disclaimer says:

    I was surprised how good it was, of course critics gave it 43% and viewers 94%
    SJW critics were horrified that :
    there was no ‘hidden figures’ woman of color genius breaking the jap code
    no lectures about racism
    no womyn pilots who can fly better than men
    no man of color who’s insulted by his stupid white officers and saves the carrier…
    it shows the japs executing prisoners and killing chinese civillians…
    many of the white male pilots have southern twangs yet are depcited as heroes.

    can you see how ‘wrong’ all this is? just like ford vs ferrri –

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    , @Anon
  19. A typical report like this says, “government agency A said that in return for company C doing X, agency A would not sue company C for violation of antitrust laws.” Why is the agency allowed to ignore the law the legislature directed it to enforce? What are the penal provisions of this agreement? What happens if C does not fulfill its promise? And why are these penal provisions typically not reported? Are there ever any follow-up reports by the business press?

  20. Paul says:

    Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford apparently has his sight on higher office and wants loot in order to buy friends.

  21. Paul says:

    Big capital aims to reduce competition and raise prices.

  22. @Wilkey

    Democrat politicians are political prostitutes. Republicans are “escorts.”

    • LOL: Alden
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    , @Mr. Anon
  23. Anon[334] • Disclaimer says:

    Black guy. Weird history of arrests, IRS liens. Wife a black attorney. Prediction: He goes down in flames due to some sort of corruption sting or nepotism problem or the like.

  24. Look at all the giant “Settlements” for bad corporate actions. Wall St bank pays 100 million dollar fine for ripping off housing purchasers and borrowers. No jail time. It seems like in today’s America, if you give the government a cut you are allowed to prey on the public.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  25. Hunsdon says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    But just the Republican party, right?

  26. Polynikes says:

    It’s a blatant pay off. Of course, settlements often are.

    On the other hand, is this really an anti-competitive merger? My sense is that these two companies lag Verizon and AT&T by a lot. Their merger might actually bring a real third competitor in to the space.

  27. How does this not count as a bribe?

  28. @Buzz Mohawk

    But when it comes to Israel, they’re all $10 crack whores.

  29. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:

    It seems public corruption has drastically accelerated in the last 10 years or so. Indictments and convictions for such have not. Is my impression wrong? This seems more plainly a bribe than most settlements I read about.

  30. Romanian says: • Website

    I thought it was a great movie, much better than Pearl Harbor. I went home and looked up the characters on Wikipedia. I did not like Ed Skrein and his accent, which seemed too hammy.

    • Replies: @Anon
  31. > Doctor Faust

    lol, I thought you made this up. Ironic that Summers made a deal with a devil named Faust

  32. Off topic

    But have a read of this article in the Irishtimes

    Read to the end, the first comment is very good, but how long will it last

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  33. @Wilkey

    In the late 90s, that was the shock for the Chinese. Not that the Clintons had rented out the Lincoln Bedroom for bribes, but that they had done it for so cheap. I’m glad to see that they’ve learned.

  34. @(((They))) Live

    The “historical inevitability” argument….if it is so inevitable then why “lead” it?

    The hamster is running….

  35. Anon[393] • Disclaimer says:


    Checking out my old junior high school on the west side of Los Angeles, all white when I was there, on

    Black (59%): 2 out of 10 on state test scores

    Hispanic (28%): 5 out of 10 on state test scores

    White (7%): 10 out of 10 on state test scores

    Question: How can white kids do so substantially better when they are massively outnumbered by blacks and Hispanics, all the richer (and smarter) kids are probably in charter schools or private schools, and I presume the tracking of my days (the Jew classes that I as a smart gentile was happy to be in) is long gone?

    In general, I cannot believe how totally fizz-checked all my old schools are. Where oh where did the white kids go, I wonder. I haven’t been in California in 20 years, and I probably should avoid ever going back, I suppose, to avoid the heartbreak. I’m going to have nightmares about those 7 percent in a sea of numbskulls.

  36. Mr. Anon says:
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Democrat politicians are political prostitutes. Republicans are “escorts.”

    And they all work for the same pimps.

  37. Mr. Anon says:

    Nevada Attorney General Is Given $30 Million Slush Fund to Drop Antitrust Lawsuit

    When it’s just a C-note and a traffic citation, it’s called a “bribe”.

    Contrary to popular belief, America isn’t a low-corruption country, it’s a highly corrupt country. And the corruption isn’t small-scale and secret, it’s large-scale and out in the open.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  38. I’m sure Bryan Caplan is excited.

    But is there any evidence that major telecom mergers have ever produced lower prices and the oft-promised “innovative market solutions,” rather than just the status quo with fatter margins?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  39. Yes the GOP are money whores, tell us something we don’t know. But don’t count on the Dems to be the protector of consumer interest either. They’re just holding out for a better deal. They are all whores.

  40. Altai [AKA "Altai_5"] says:

    OT: But full of iSteve interest.

    There’s been a race row in Singapore over a Han comedian dressing up to play several different types of people from diverse Singapore in a government ad. A pair of Indian race-hustlers have turned it into an opportunity for a ‘conversation’ about how terrible it is to be Indian in Singapore. What’s interesting is that since the government of Singapore is deeply concerned with the topic and since Han Singaporeans have no guilt complex they took deep offense and hit back and called them out for being ‘racists’ themselves in their anti-Han rap.

    Singapore’s government has accused two YouTubers of making a “blatantly racist rap video” in an ongoing row over an ad which the rappers describe as racist.

    It said they showed contempt for Singaporeans concerned by their video.

    The payment app ad shows an ethnically Chinese actor in “brownface”.

    The satirical video, created by Preeti Nair – also known as Preetipls – and her rapper brother Subhas, is full of expletives and takes on the subject of race, highly sensitive in Singapore.

    In response, the YouTubers released a joint statement in which Preeti and Subhas Nair apologised “unconditionally” for the offence caused by the video.

    The pair said on Saturday they had hoped the video would “spark a conversation” about the portrayal of minorities in national media.

    “It has been a difficult time, but a silver lining is that brownface will probably never happen again in Singapore,” they added.

    The ad that set this row off was for a Singaporean e-payments company called Nets, featuring the actor Dennis Chew.

    Mr Chew, who is ethnically Chinese, was dressed up as four different characters – including an Indian man and a Malay woman. For this, his face was darkened with make up and he posed in a hijab.

    In response to the ad, Preeti and Subhas Nair released a satirical music video called K. Muthusamy – after the name given to the Indian character in the Nets advert.

    In that, the siblings rapped that Chinese people are, to paraphrase, “always messing it up” – although they used stronger language.

    Y’all be doing the least but still doing the most, is it the app or the stereotypes you’re trying to promote?” the pair added, with the offending advert behind them.

    Later the rappers issued a statement which appeared strangely familiar: “The message behind this music video is that opportunities must be for everyone. For that reason, K Muthusamy, well-known for his ability to address privilege, power and censorship in a single production in a light-hearted way, was selected as the face of this music video… We’re sorry for any hurt that was unintentionally caused.

    YouTube, Facebook and Twitter had also blocked the video from being viewed in Singapore after the government requested its removal.

    Law and home minister K Shanmugam later confirmed that the government had asked the sites to take the rap video down, and that it was being investigated by the police.

    “Let’s say a Chinese now does a video attacking Indians, Malays using four-letter words, vulgar gestures, same kind of videos,” he told Channel News Asia. “And let’s say there are hundreds of thousands of such videos. How do you think the Indians and the Malays will feel? Would people feel safe? Would the minorities feel safe?”

    Race has always been an ultra-sensitive subject in multi-cultural Singapore, ruled for decades by a government that fears instability and a repeat of past racial violence

    Over the years it has imposed strict laws which it says ensure responsible discussion of subjects like race – many in conservative Singapore would agree with that approach – but which critics say restrict freedom of speech and expression.

    But a small and growing number of Singaporeans – many of them young, voracious consumers of online content that has a similar tone to the video – see nothing wrong with it.

    This is a group that yearns for a franker and bolder conversation about race, and is frustrated with the careful tones of the discourse in the tightly-controlled local media. They are not content with how mainstream society and the government get to impose a certain definition of racism, and rules on how Singapore should discuss race.

    The new Singapore is gunna be great.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  41. just more evidence that Amazon will never face any serious anti-trust movement.

    has anybody looked up what it took to break up Bell Telephone? it took about 10 years of continuous federal lawsuits against them, sustained over 3 presidential administrations without even 1 of them deliberately dropping the continuous pressure, to force it to happen and to see it all the way through.

    does anybody actually think that could happen today?

    Amazon’s main danger window passed them a while ago, and it’s clear sailing from here.

  42. @Flemur

    I prefer the phrase “everyone except white men” to “women and minorities”.

    It’s a mistake to distinguish between white men and white women in the first place. They are in the same boat. But, yes, your term is more accurate than “women and minorities”.

  43. @anon

    FvF and Midway are doing well at the box office for the same reasons: no chicks, no homos, no trannies, no POCs, and no Message. Just a good story of white guys doing the manly stuff that made America great.

    Meanwhile Charlie’s Angels is on track to lose Sony $50+ million.

  44. @scrivener3

    It’s worse than you think. Judges often direct that the settlement money go to non profit community organizations who all just happen to be as woke as can be. The judge is essentially giving the capitalist’s money to those who will use it to hang him.

  45. @Carolingian Leprechaun

    But is there any evidence that major telecom mergers have ever produced lower prices and the oft-promised “innovative market solutions,” rather than just the status quo with fatter margins?

    No. There is no evidence that these mergers lower costs, produce economies of scale, or any other of the promised pie in the sky. The result is often quite the opposite. See the airline industry for example.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  46. @Anonymous

    All these movies about the War are now increasingly depressing as the nation these guys fought for has been sold out–turned into a marketplace for Bloombergians to loot and replaced by a rainbow hued fag fest.

    Would any of these guys given their lives for this?

    • Agree: BenKenobi
  47. Mr. Anon says:

    Would any of these guys given their lives for this?

    I doubt it. Especially not if they had known how the culture at large today would figuratively piss on their graves and try to erase them from history.

  48. Anon[232] • Disclaimer says:

    It was much better than Pearl Harbor.

    I agree that Ed Skrein was annoying and his accent was terrible. WW2 movies always seem to have characters with awful New York accents. The character he played, Dick Best, was a real guy who was apparently from New Jersey, but I doubt he had that terrible accent.

  49. Bill B. says:


    actions of the public have been widely praised, including by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Ms Dick, who said they had shown “extreme courage”.
    She added: “Ours is a great city because we embrace each other’s differences.
    “We must emerge stronger still from this tragedy. In doing that we will ensure that the few who seek to divide us will never, ever succeed.”

    Yes, yes, we know you are a lesbian police chief…

  50. Anon[355] • Disclaimer says:

    Actually, the movie was only made because of Chinese financing. Apparently Roland Emmerich couldn’t get domestic funding for the movie. Presumably because most of the Greatest Generation has passed on already and it’s not a comic book movie, the studios didn’t see much of a market for it:

    “Hollywood Revisits Battle of Midway—With Backing From China
    High-budget drama about World War II defeat for the Japanese draws funds from China despite country’s cool relations with U.S.”

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  51. @Reg Cæsar

    They should make a movie about O’Hare.

  52. @Reg Cæsar

    Eddie O’Hare missed out on Midway.

  53. @anonymous

    Some of the kids in my grade school had honest to God rickets. One kid (white) was a cripple who ran with one leg bowed way out. Another (black) looked at you with his head cocked to one side so he could see you with his one good eye. And this was in 1960.

    You’re right. Most Americans haven’t seen the effects of real poverty which, as you say, was much more widespread then than it is today. I’ve never lost my sympathy for those kids. However much we differed in class or upbringing, they were my school mates. All of them were well behaved and respectful towards our teachers.

    There was no chaos in our school. Even the poor kids were expected to wear button up shirts with the tails tucked in, no gym shoes in class, no blue jeans. Girls wore skirts or culottes.

  54. J.Ross says:

    If you savagely beat people shouting about how much you hate white people, if you harvest young girls for elite pedophiles, if you exploit our open borders to move slaves and narcotics, if you make millions of dollars from a foreign government for no discernable reason, if you attempt to subvert a national election, if you shoot a member of the United State Congress, if you derail a train carrying members of the United States Congress, if you bottleneck all the electronic communications of one party’s delegation to the United States Congress and sell it at very reasonable proces to our enemies, if you succeed in fixing intraparty elections, if you mishandle classified information in such a way that overseas assets are identified and killed, if you send money and instructions across state lines in order to effect violent disorders and property destruction —
    Well, see, that’s just not what the FBI is for.
    What the FBI is for is the monitoring of teenagers and online discussion forums, once video game enthusiasts discover that political activists are trying to take over their hobby, and that one of them is literally trading sex acts for suspiciously positive reviews.
    This actually happened. The same FBI that cannot find a motive in the Las Vegas shooting after a year of looking — has a gamergate file.

  55. @Father O'Hara

    They should make a movie about O’Hare.

    Where have you been the last 50 years?

    • Replies: @anon
  56. nebulafox says:

    Singapore’s founding generation was hyper-paranoid about any sign of racial friction: rather understandable, given the circumstances of the country’s birth. One of the big traditional justifications for the soft-core authoritarian system is to ensure that the Chinese majority can’t use their numerical weight to get everything their way.

    >What’s interesting is that since the government of Singapore is deeply concerned with the topic and since Han Singaporeans have no guilt complex they took deep offense and hit back and called them out for being ‘racists’ themselves in their anti-Han rap.

    Local Singaporean Chinese identify more with their Singaporean Malay and Indian neighbors than the mainland, and vice versa. That was the whole point of the social engineering policies of the 1970s and 1980s. And by and large, on the surface, it is still the case: the government to this day forces housing estates to accept a certain quota of each ethnic group to ensure that no ghettos are formed, and Singaporeans can only sell their apartments to co-ethnics. The government has little tolerance for outright racial ethno-nationalism of any stripe.

    However, mass immigration from the PRC is putting this all to the test. The immigrants have not been subjected to decades of social engineering and bring attitudes toward the non-Han minorities that can be charitably described as less than politically correct. This leads to predictable counter-disdain: my non-Han Singaporean girlfriend is *not* a fan of the mainlanders, or the PRC in general. Mass immigration is not a popular policy among average Singaporeans for economic reasons as well, to be fair. Singapore has enough competition and high rents that are inhibiting family formation as it is, they hardly need more. But nevertheless, it cannot be denied that racial tensions between the mainlanders and the non-Han are there, and that’s what the government is probably truly concerned about. It is a sign of how successful LKY’s policies were that the local Singaporean Chinese side with the latter. The Singaporean Chinese, Malays, and Indians all see themselves as having more in common with each other than with people from the PRC, Malaysia, and India, respectively.

    For the most part, this is still not remotely the same as the white guilt complex you’ll see in the West. There’s been some stuttering attempts among young people to import SJWism, like in Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, but it has failed to make much of a dent with the populace as a whole. Singaporean friends will still crack ethnic jokes about each other and themselves constantly in a way that would give white liberals mental breakdowns. On a more serious level, it is tacitly if not explicitly understood that the historical deal at work with the non-Han is less “celebrate diversity” and more “toe the line and accept tacit Han dominance, and in exchange you’ll get fair treatment, all the goodies that come with being a Singaporean, protection, and cultural autonomy within reason.” It’ll be interesting to see how this collides with Beijing’s interest in Singapore: last year, there was a hack in Singapore’s healthcare databases, and it is widely suspected mainland hackers were behind it.

    • Replies: @Altai
  57. nebulafox says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Mainland Chinese graduate students I used to know would regularly comment that the US just legalizes political corruption and calls it “lobbying”.

    I wish I could say they were wrong.

    • Agree: Houston 1992
  58. Altai [AKA "Altai_5"] says:

    It is a sign of how successful LKY’s policies were that the local Singaporean Chinese side with the latter. The Singaporean Chinese, Malays, and Indians all see themselves as having more in common with each other than with people from the PRC, Malaysia, and India, respectively.

    I wouldn’t say that is evidence of much success of any particular social engineering in Singapore, those populations have been present in stable forms for many many generations. It’s been such a long time since those populations had a connection to their ancestral homelands. I see this pretty commonly around the world. In the US I suspected this is underrated because there are so few white immigrants present for so long that Americans don’t realise how much they would consider foreign whites as truly foreign or a source of resentment if they appeared in great numbers, even if they came from the same ethnic milieu as most white Americans.

    Richard Spencer wondering why British people don’t welcome open borders with much of Eastern Europe (About 2 million came in a very short period of time) is a particularly amusing example, if maybe less applicable since it deals with two very different ethnicities, but Spencer didn’t understand since he is a white American and only thinks in terms of race whereas the Singaporean Han’s ancestors came mainly from the same regions as the current immigrants. The dissonance between reality and expectations for American Jews vis-a-vis Pale Jews is another example that maybe fits a bit more as the cultural and behavioural gap of uncouthness that is similarly displaced by the current Han immigrants in Singapore. The love-loss between real African Americans (Persons descended from the original slaves brought to the US) and modern West African immigrants is another.

    Moral of the story, people don’t like foreigners and immigrants, even when assume they will.

  59. @Mr McKenna

    I’m not sure what these folks are experts in, but I have a sinking feel that this is what the cardiac ER room will look like once we get “Medicare for All” implemented.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
  60. @Anonymous

    We Chinese!
    We play joke!
    We fund blockbuster movie to weaken US-Japan alliance!

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  61. @Anon

    Actually, the movie was only made because of Chinese financing.

    I saw that when I watched the credits as I always do. What is surprising is that the portrayal of the Japanese is quite even handed. They are depicted as warriors, not buck-toothed madmen. So maybe the Chinese did not have control of the final cut.

  62. @ThreeCranes

    There was no chaos in our school.

    No chaos in mine in the same time. Everyone was expected to do the right thing. Being poor was no excuse. I remember sitting next to a black kid named Sydney who looked like he’d never brushed his teeth, but he was as well behaved as everyone else. Girls got taken to the office and were made to kneel to show that their skirts were long enough. The most popular kid in my class was denied being class president because he knocked up some blonde in VocEd.

    Then came the late sixties…

  63. @AnotherDad

    Would any of these guys given their lives for this?

    No. They fought for family, friends an the prospect of a good life for their children. If they knew they were fighting for woketards they would not have lifted a finger for them – but they would have raised a finger to them.

  64. @ThreeCranes

    I’ll add this anecdote. I was a recent forth grade transfer to this school, which was far–both geographically and socially–from the one I had attended since kindergarten.

    About ten minutes after the teacher took roll, a small group of kids would get up and leave the room. They returned a half hour later. One day when I was walking through the hall at this time I saw my classmates, with others, sitting in the cafeteria eating. When I got back to my homeroom I asked the teacher about this. I was told that they were being fed breakfast. Well, this sounded pretty good to me so I asked if I too could go eat. The teacher tried to suppress a smile and just said “No, it’s just for certain kids.”

    Friends later told me it was for kids whose parents were too poor to afford food, mostly kids from the projects. Oh.

    One kid in my 5th grade class fell asleep every day, head down on his desk. When asked by the teacher “Why? he replied that he awoke every morning at 5 to help his dad run their trapline down along the levee. So, my education was twofold.

    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
  65. @ThreeCranes

    Can you elaborate on those cases of rickets ?
    What region and decade of the USA?

  66. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    85% of American residences and businesses have landline phone and internet service available through the Big Three companies, AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink. The other 15 percent are divided amongst over 150 independent customers. But they cover a majority of the actual land mass of the Continental US.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  67. Anon[393] • Disclaimer says:

    it shows the japs executing prisoners and killing chinese civillians…

    There was plenty of this on both sides. The Americans tended just to not take prisoners in the first place.

    I am old enough that a lot of my friends fathers and grandfathers were in the war. I noticed a difference between the European war guys and the Pacific war guys. The European guys always had stories to tell. With the Pacific guys, it was often, “He was in the war against the Japanese … he doesn’t really like to talk about it. He has a sword in the attic, but don’t ask to see it.” Pacific guys were more traumatized than European guys. Which is what you’d get if your commanding officers tell you that there aren’t resources to set up POW camps, and so just kill any, as you put it, “Japs” that you might otherwise be able to capture.

    As for Chinese, Japan came to the colonization game a little too late. They killed some Chinese. British killed citizens in their colonies. The Spanish … you probably know about that. Did you know about the Americans in the Philippines? Outside of colonization, How about the French after the war against German soldiers and French citizens who were less than acceptably active in the resistance?

    Winner writes the history has been a cognitive bias since the Carthaginian wars.

  68. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    How about the French after the war against German soldiers and French citizens who were less than acceptably active in the resistance?

    If all or most collaborators were killed apres-guerre it would have amounted to genocide against the French, since most of them either actively collaborated or carefully avoided any opportunity to oppose the Germans. Of those that did, opposition was often symbolic, i.e., axing the elevator cables in the Eiffel Tower so Hitler would have to walk up the stairs.

    And most of Le Resistance consisted of communists and criminals.

    After the war, of course, anyone old enough claimed to have been in the resistance and the government mostly went along with the charade. Hey, “charade”, that’s a French word, right? Well, sure sounds like it.

  69. Anonymous[157] • Disclaimer says:

    If you think the Big 3 are bad, wait until you move to the Texas hill country, New York’s Southern Tier, the putative Jefferson State in north California, or the Florida panhandle. These areas are served by co- ops whose cabling was put in in the fifties and sixties or whose new buildout was all done by illegal contractors using outside plant equipment bought on Alibaba.

    Most residential customers can just grit their teeth until 5G rolls out, but if you are trying to run a business in these places, it is a really serious issue. Being in AT&T territory vs. Podunk Valley Telephone has caused otherwise less desirable places to get the factory or warehouse.

  70. @YetAnotherAnon

    doesn’t seem to have got much publicity.

    It doesn’t align with their deeply held religious beliefs.

    Old news. Everyone knows that the oral polio vaccine causes paralysis.

    Bill Gates paralyzed 47,000 Indian children in 2011 with his gift of oral polio.

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
  71. @Peter Akuleyev

    Democrats serve the same billionaire/trillionaire families that the Republicans serve.

    Roosevelts – Democrats in Hyde Park, Republicans in Oyster Bay.
    Rockefellers – Republicans where R’s win, Democrats where D’s win.

    If Massachusetts had been a Republican haven, the Kennedys would have run as Republicans.

    Their loyalty is only to the elite, ultra wealthy, intertwined ruling families.

    The Voters do not matter at all. Vote for a sociopath politician or the other sociopath.

  72. @Adam Smith

    “Everyone knows that the oral polio vaccine causes paralysis. Bill Gates paralyzed 47,000 Indian children in 2011 with his gift of oral polio.”

    Links, sources?

    An engineer friend spent a good deal of the 80s drilling wells in India and Bangladesh for (IIRC) the Save The Children charity. Pity about the arsenic.

    The contamination of groundwater by arsenic in Bangladesh is the largest poisoning of a population in history, with millions of people exposed. This paper describes the history of the discovery of arsenic in drinking-water in Bangladesh and recommends intervention strategies. Tube-wells were installed to provide ‘‘pure water’’ to prevent morbidity and mortality from gastrointestinal disease.

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  73. Nevada has gone berserk blue, though the alternative has long been RINO red.

    The last not-totally horrible, GOP governor (Jim “fibbons” Gibbons) wasn’t re-nominated in ‘10.

    Gibbons had an eye for the (non-first) ladies (there was a divorce-related controversy over living arrangements at the governor’s mansion). He was also accused of doing favors.

    But his worst crime was that when the economy tanked in ‘08, he helped keep the budget balanced by canceling raises for the state’s already grossly overpaid schoolteachers; Nevaduh public education is the worst of the 51-worst. His ultra-RINO replacement reinstated the raises and then some.

  74. @YetAnotherAnon

    In one of the years (2011) there were an additional 47,500 children with paralysis [12] which was over and above the assumed NPAFP rate of 2/100,000

    People who receive OPV may shed the virus and can infect others, especially those who are not vaccinated. In areas with low vaccination rates, the OPV virus can continue to infect new individuals. In rare cases, the OPV virus can accumulate changes over time and become like wild poliovirus (WPV). These new viruses are called vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPV) and can cause polio disease.

    the truly alarming thing is that oral polio vaccines of the type still being distributed by WHO and supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were discontinued in the West some 15 years ago for the same reason: WHO and other health officials knew that it was causing VAPP!

    “In 2011 there were an extra 47500 new cases of NPAFP [non-polio acute flaccid paralysis]. Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Through this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated.”

    The Oral Polio Vaccines were given to Indian children. The CDC dropped the OPV from its vaccine schedule in the US because it was causing polio.

    While India’s oral polio vaccine (OPV) drives have eliminated polio from the country, they have also resulted in over 490,000 cases of paralysis during 2000—2017, says a new study based on national surveillance statistics.

    What is vaccine-derived polio?

    Shortly after the licensure of IPV in 1955, the vaccine manufactured by Cutter was found to cause paralytic disease.

    A persistent concern has been the possibility of the rare complication of paralytic poliomyelitis in vaccinees and their contacts, particularly those with impaired immunity.

    One recent published paper has suggested that increased administration of OPV doses among children in India is associated with increases in Accute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP), which is as crippling and deadly as wild type polio paralysis.

    Vaccines Spread Disease.

  75. @ThreeCranes

    I had a classmate in 7th grade like that. Everyday he’d put his head down and sleep. I asked the teacher about it and she said,”Oh,he stays up late doing blow.”

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