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My brain is too old and tired to follow all the ins-and-outs of Eastern European spy-vs-spy action, but the New York Post is headlining a scoop about apparent nefarious activities First Son (Presumptive) Hunter Biden has been up to in Ukraine.

Here’s what Twitter replies each time I try to tweet out the current cover story in the New York Post:

Twitter is refusing to let users tweet out the Post’s cover story. Facebook is said to be blocking as well.

You can still (as of right now) go to the article on NYPost.com by clicking this link:

https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/email-reveals-how-hunter-biden-introduced-ukrainian-biz-man-to-dad/

Isn’t visiting websites directly how the Internet used to work back in say, 2000? There were a lot of different websites and you clicked on the one you wanted to go to.

Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and web content they want to access?

By the way, you are currently still allowed to tweet out a samizdat link to an archived version of the NY Post article:

By the way, I haven’t even bothered to read the NY Post article, so I have zero opinion pro or con about the validity or significance of its contents. But I do have questions about letting a handful of monopolists censor the news.

Here’s Twitter supremo Jack Dorsey’s response:

 
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  1. gent says:

    It wasn’t spy vs. spy. Hunter Biden didn’t pay an 85 dollar fee for computer repair. His backed up files, by default, became the property of the shop’s owner. One day he was browsing through his miscellaneous collected data for the lols and found the goddamn motherlode. That $85 may do more to alter the course of this election than the millions in campaign spending thus far.

  2. ic1000 says:

    Paging Matt Stoller, paging Josh Hawley.

    • Replies: @ic1000
  3. It was a good idea if you’re Joe Biden.

  4. MEH 0910 says:


    [MORE]

  5. Anonymous[202] • Disclaimer says:

    Hidin’ Biden

  6. You know this is all 15th-dimensional chess by Mr. Trump, don’t you?

    If they serve everyone who wants to post on their site and someone posts something salacious/outrageous/libelous, they can crawl back into, “We don’t govern the content that appears here, our users do.”

    The more they moderate and regulate what goes out on Twitter or Facebook, the harder they will fall to a court suit that they indeed moderate, regulate and and even specify the content that appears in those places.

    Clever, wouldn’t you say?

  7. J.Ross says:

    I just don’t get it. Signalled to the tambourines. Holy hell, as in the book.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  8. ic1000 says:
    @ic1000

    > Paging Matt Stoller, paging Josh Hawley.

    Sorry, too cryptic. This was in response to Steve’s penultimate line, “Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and web content they want to access?”

    Stoller is one of the few on the left raising the alarm on tech-giant oligopolies, perhaps not coincidentally, he has been condemned by the great and the good as a racist. On the right, Sen. Hawley has spoken about similar concerns.

    • Replies: @gent
    , @PiltdownMan
  9. gent says:
    @ic1000

    Johnson, Cruz and Hawley have already taken action. This will slow drip for a few days and the the public will demand an explanation. They’ll demand in person debates to see them hash this out and to see Biden hang himself. This election is insane.

    • Replies: @lysias
  10. MEH 0910 says:

  11. donut says:

    That’s real cute Steve . The struggle between those who want free access to information and freedom and those who seek to control access to information and enslave their fellow humans is Darwinian . Like the the never ending contest between science and bacteria ; they develop an ABx and the bacteria counter it , develop resistance . They may win in the short term , and the “short” term maybe decades or centuries , but in the long term the “infection” will kill them , their system is unsustainable . Even if we all submit nature will triumph . So in the long run it’s either the poisonous system will die of it’s own toxicity or man’s “noble” nature will triumph and this eternal struggle between the light and the dark will go on . It can never be otherwise . I’ll bet most of your “fans” are here because they have been burned after rebelling against the Law . I know I am .

  12. Thoughts says:

    I think we need to ban social media and go back to the good olde days of getting catalogs in the mail and such and such

    People are slowly going insane

    • Agree: Just another serf
    • LOL: northeast
    • Replies: @Coemgen
  13. George says:
    @gent

    Suspect provenance of Hunter Biden data cache prompts skepticism and social media bans

    https://news.yahoo.com/suspect-provenance-hunter-biden-data-213825705.html?guccounter=1

    • Troll: Verymuchalive
  14. Muggles says:

    Great timing.

    The tech oligarch stooges have been testifying in Senate Subcommittee hearings about how they aren’t harmful monopolies or doing censorship.

    They are “neutral content carriers” per Sec. 230 of the FCC Act.

    Uh, no.

    Why some major news publication’s article about the VP’s errant son is somehow “harmful” etc. is absurd. Purely political. How many lefty lies have they eagerly retweeted from the TDS mafia about Trump, Russiagate, Ukraine impeachment, etc. ?

    But it appears they aren’t yet up to Chinese level standards of content blocking. Not yet.

    • Agree: Travis
    • Replies: @Redman
    , @Sean
    , @Justvisiting
  15. Lot says:

    “Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and web content they want to access?”

    The problem got its start a long time ago however, when people decided they wanted to use corporate chats like AOL Instant Messenger over IRC, web message boards and reddit over nntp/usenet, etc.

    Facebook just took that trend and made it worse. And of course now people are moving from blogs to twitter, from e-mail to facebook messages.

    The sad truth is, people want the zillionaire intermediaries. For one thing, they do a better job at blocking spam than e-mail and usenet.

    People also seem to like “smart feeds” where they follow/friend 500 people, and the zillionaire’s algo picks and chooses for them what to display.

    Finally there’s ease of use.

  16. It’s not that complicated.

    Hunter was paid by foreign agents in fake foreign jobs as a front so the foreign agents could gain access to the V.P.

    Joe denied it, and claimed he never even spoke to Hunter about his foreign jobs or had such meetings. Even though Joe admitted to protecting Hunter from Ukrainian prosecution by forcing Ukrainians to fire the prosecutor going after Hunter.

    According to these emails, Joe’s denials were lies; Hunter was actively coordinating meetings between his father and his Ukranian agents.

    So, its kind of like the Clinton Foundation, except instead of using a fake charity as a front, Joe just got his kids on payrolls of foreign corporations.

    • Thanks: Thomas
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @Joseph Doaks
  17. Rob McX says:

    I hope it damages Biden-Harris. But if Americans aren’t already alarmed at what these two will do to their country, it would take a massive scandal to rouse them from their stupor.

  18. Bernard says:

    Aside from the obvious lies Biden told ( though I believe there’s a good case to be made that he truly remembers nothing), a President was impeached over this.

    • Replies: @Ron Mexico
  19. JimB says:
    @George

    Yahoo News is garbage.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    , @danand
  20. Anonymous[285] • Disclaimer says:

    • Replies: @John Achterhof
  21. vhrm says:

    This looks really bad for FB and Twitter, imo.

    I’m also somewhat skeptical of the NYPost claims and i’m curious to hear more… esp about what the FBI found when investigating this for the past 9 months.

    However, even if it turns out the NYPost was had and the laptop or email is fake or doctored, i don’t see how it’s FB’s place to prevent the story, and i’m surprised they chose to block this.

    This just validates all the slippery slope arguments people were making a year and two ago when Milo, Alex Jones and the like were de-platformed. Those guys were relatively fringe, but now FB and twitter are really putting their foot on the scale for Biden right before the election.

    It’s hard to see this as anything but partisan. Where was the blocking of all the unproven “russia conspiracy” stories that ran for years? Kavanaugh accusations? Accusations of police misconduct against the cops who encountered St. George Floyd? Althea Bernstein’s “frat boys” ?

  22. Josh S. says:

    One very tiny pushback Trump could make today would be an Executive Order requiring all federal agencies to stop using twitter for public communications and switch over to Parler. Some accounts like NASA have tens of millions of followers so this would instantly help Parler gain a more mainstream following from regular Americans curious about government affairs and start providing Jack Dorsey with some more competition.

    • Replies: @Alexander Turok
  23. @Rob McX

    But if Americans aren’t already alarmed at what these two will do to their country, it would take a massive scandal to rouse them from their stupor.

    “A new scandal every week!” wasn’t all that effective a slogan for Bob Dole 24 years ago. He’s still around for consulting services, the second-oldest former Senator.

    Our old partner Baloo was a big fan of Sarah Palin, who ran against Joe in 2008. That means a number of cartoons to recycle:

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  24. The blatant bias by the MSM and big tech companies is terrible, but nothing new. Republicans have had to deal with this as long as I can remember.

    As to the accusations, doubt they will change the election results at all. Even if you had the media giving them serious attention, I don’t think it will sway many voters. Very few people are voting for Biden; many, many people are voting against Trump, if that makes sense.

    • Agree: Cato
    • Replies: @Travis
    , @Reg Cæsar
  25. lysias says:

    I just checked the Washington Post website. They still seem to have nothing about this story.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  26. Dr. X says:

    It’s mind-boggling to me that Trump was falsely accused of doing basically the same thing that Biden actually did in Ukraine — but Trump got impeached, while the media is censoring news to protect Biden, who should actually be in handcuffs over this.

    We are truly living in a house of mirrors…

    • Replies: @Redman
    , @Gordo
    , @tyrone
  27. MEH 0910 says:

    https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/house-gop-evades-twitter-censors-to-share-posts-hunter-biden-story/

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    , @MEH 0910
  28. A Pentagon insider, United States Marine Corps Colonel “Jiggs” Casey (the Director of the Joint Staff), stumbles on evidence that the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led by its charismatic chairman United States Air Force General James Mattoon Scott who was a former fighter pilot, a war veteran, a flying ace, Medal of Honor recipient and an honorable patriot, intend to stage a coup d’etat to remove Lyman and his cabinet in seven days. Under the plan, a secret Army unit known as ECOMCON (Emergency COMmunications CONtrol) will seize control of the country’s telephone, radio, and television networks, while Congress is prevented from implementing the treaty.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Days_in_May

    Twitter and FB apparently wants to be the “ECOMCON” as envisioned in the fictional scenario.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  29. lysias says:
    @gent

    Meantime, lots of people have already voted, or are voting now.

  30. New campaign theme:

    Joe Biden 2020:
    Come for the Corruption.
    Stay for the Senility.

    • LOL: Rob McX
  31. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910


    [MORE]

  32. Coemgen says:
    @Thoughts

    I think we need to ban social media and go back to the good olde days of getting catalogs in the mail and such and such

    People are slowly going insane

    Well, the First Amendment is pretty clear. It guarantees two specific and separate freedoms:

    1. Freedom of speech (from one’s lips to another’s ear)
    2. Freedom of “the press” (a machine that presses ink into paper)

    I doesn’t guarantee freedom of all communications. Perhaps the founders anticipated improvements in communications that could lead to the wall of propaganda we are now deluged with.

    So, there’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that guarantees “the media” the right to propagandize for their “friends” and suppress the voice of their “enemies.”

    Let the banning begin.

    • Replies: @Observator
  33. Whiskey says: • Website

    No one will care. Biden is winning in a landslide, up in SC of all places. According to the FT.

    And it’s a referendum on BLM, lockdowns and no cops. So far a landslide. I see a ton of Biden signs in my neighborhood, enthusiasm through the roof. Almost no Hillary signs last time.

    BLM signs everywhere in my neighborhood. And in OC. Reperation polls very well in CA

  34. @Josh S.

    He could start by ceasing to use it himself. But he won’t even do that. #WeakCuckPresident

  35. mousey says:

    When was it that Comey re-opened the investigation of Clinton emails? How many days before the election? NYP is a little bit early or Comey was late.

  36. I want to live in the timeline where this video is true and getting wall-to-wall MSM coverage:

    BREAKING: Whistleblower Drops HARD Evidence, Biden, Obama, Hillary EXECUTED Seal Team 6, Audio Proof

  37. Biden re Ukrainian fracas:

    “Look fat, here’s the deal….”

  38. Travis says:
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    They only need to sway about 40,000 votes in MN, WI and PA and Nevada to alter the election results.

    this is why Facebook banned the NY Post article. this is why the major media ignores all stories which hurt the Democrats. It works to sway a few thousand voters in the states which matter. This is why the polls cannot be trusted. the oligarchs will stop at nothing to get the Democrats back in power.

  39. @Rob McX

    “I hope it damages Biden-Harris”

    The nest of snakes writhing around in my head indicate that it was an Obama op intended to get the obviously senile Grinning Skull Joe to step down, replaced with Kamala. But Senator Harris is palpably awful and scares the children with her leer. So I don’t think the snakes are right.

    • Replies: @sayless
  40. @lysias

    I doubt that anybody who has already voted for Biden could be shown any piece of information that would make them want their ballot back. Same for Trump.

    I always marvel that there are supposedly people that say they are “undecided” 3 weeks from a presidential election – liars or morons?

    • Agree: Polynikes
  41. Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and web content they want to access?

    Actually, if Facebook and Twitter are two distinct companies with no business relationship between them, and yet are united in this, breaking their respective monopolies is not likely to change this situation.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  42. A PM, talk-radio guy was all over the story, especially the filtration angle.

    What difference does it make?

    Any political conservative who cares will know all about it before tonight’s late, local news (which won’t cover it).

    [MORE]

    Besides, is anyone surprised that politically connected types get rich off of who they know?

    Hunter should have opened an account at some DEM controlled, DE commodities broker, and traded in gas contracts on the Chicago Merc.

    I hear that HRC’s broker was a genius.

  43. @Joe Stalin

    “Air Force General James Mattoon Scott”

    I haven’t read the novel on which John Frankenheimer’s terrific film was based, but I’m pretty sure screenwriter Rod “Preachy” Serling wrote the character with Air Force General Curtis LeMay in mind.

    • Replies: @gcochran
  44. MEH 0910 says:


    [MORE]

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @AndrewR
  45. At first I automatically read the title as saying “NY Times”, as you are always reading this one for us. My first reaction was “whaaaa?”, as of course, that would never happen.

    I wanted to answer your question about how people use the internet now in pretty much the same way as Lot. Most seem to value convenience over a real search for the truth, which is still possible right now. Personally, with autocomplete, at least for one’s normal device I don’t see what is so damn hard about typing, or starting to type, in a URL. Failing that, doesn’t anyone use “Favorites” anymore? That’s pretty easy.

    Do people only want to read news when tweets and links are sent to them from their friends or just “Friends”?

    Another thing I’ve seen is people typing into google the same site name they know by heart over and over to get started each time. They do not know that google is not the browser. I believe google likes it this way.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @Lurker
  46. gent says:
    @George

    Note how they don’t dispute the photos.

  47. @Inquiring Mind

    The more they moderate and regulate what goes out on Twitter or Facebook, the harder they will fall to a court suit that they indeed moderate, regulate and and even specify the content that appears in those places.

    That would have been a lot more of a threat if it weren’t already 3 weeks before the election. President Trump had over 3 years to either bluff or actually implement this threat, but, no, it wasn’t personal yet. If it’s not personal, I just don’t think the man gets it.

    • Agree: Jim Christian, Gordo
  48. Anon[375] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s mind-boggling how incompetent Hunter Biden proved himself to be here. He had a job that was extremely fishy on its face, and he documented his influence peddling in writing….in unencrypted emails…stored on an unencrypted hard drive…that he gives to a computer repair shop….and forgets to pick up. He deserves to be convicted for sheer stupidity alone.

    • Replies: @Thomas
    , @Old and Grumpy
  49. @Lot

    Those are good arguments for monopolies, not for zillionaires and intermediaries.

  50. Anonymous[629] • Disclaimer says:

    Russian Disinformation? Or more simply Hunter’s ex-wife he left to nail Beau’s widow? She has motive, had the Laptop, phone pics etc? Maybe even a bitter daughter or son of theirs found it at home? Her divorce lawyer? Occam’s Razor, anyone?

  51. @Inquiring Mind

    The more they moderate and regulate what goes out on Twitter or Facebook, the harder they will fall to a court suit

    I’ve been waiting for that public square redeeming lawsuit for years, but every time a likely suit emerges, … something odd happens.

    https://www.unz.com/article/what-finally-happened-in-our-suit-against-twitter/

    • Thanks: Paul Jolliffe
  52. @Lot

    Finally there’s ease of use.

    Yes, but who is using whom?

    • Agree: Mike Tre
  53. lysias says:

    There now is an article on this on the Washington Post website.

    • Replies: @vhrm
  54. Twitter’s CIA liaison/manager told them it was Russian misinformation. They would tell you all about it but then they would have to kill you. : )

  55. @Bernard

    The wrong president was impeached over Ukraine and endlessly investigated over Russian meddling. What asshole was in charge of the Executive branch during both of these events?

  56. @vhrm

    Agree. If the White House were serious about about winning, they could hit the Twitter and Facebook with massive campaign finance violation charges for their in-kind donations to Democrats, but … they won’t bother.

    Similarly, Trump keeps calling to “repeal Section 230” yet his DOJ had three years to force the tech oligarchs to acknowledge their public square status or lose section 230 protection, yet they did zilch. Now Trump tweets impotently days before the election with many votes already cast.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  57. Thomas says:

    I assume the third debate will be off now.

    The writing was on the wall about where this was all going with Big Tech years ago. They had the plan to institute a Chinese-style lock down even before 2016. It was supposed to happen under Hillary’s administration: a “public-private partnership” to “fight online extremism and disinformation” so that someone like Trump would never happen again. The plan went off the rails when Trump won.

    Unfortunately, Trump spent the next 4 years on whatever petty beef he was consumed with any particular week on Twitter, rather than regulating it. And congressional Republicans, with only a handful of heroic exceptions, were more interested in doing their usual thing of being business agents for big business than regulating it either. So the narrow window to do anything about this was lost.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman, Gordo
    • Replies: @Stan d Mute
  58. Thomas says:
    @Anon

    Remember that Hillary’s emails got leaked thanks to Anthony Weiner. There’s always a “Fredo factor.”

  59. Anonymous[504] • Disclaimer says:
    @George

    Even if the MacBooks’ data dump is a forgery, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised by any other forthcoming accusations that Hunter Biden was habitually lax on infosec and DoD 5220.22-M compliance.

    If it’s real than I am again impressed by how Ukraine punches above its weight in geopolitical crap-stirring.

    • Agree: sayless
    • Replies: @anon
  60. TGGP says: • Website

    Steve, why are you tweeting out links you haven’t even read? I suppose twitter has lower standards than your blog, but one would hope you’re engaging in at least a minimum of curation.

    • Thanks: Corvinus
  61. newrouter says:

    The “billy bush tape” revenge?

  62. @Lot

    Agree. I recall about ten years ago asking an extremely online friend why she was using (proprietary) Facebook rather than (open standard) email for all her digital communications?

    Her reply: the little photo bubble next to each message. (At the time, Facebook was the only one using this gimmick.)

    She recognized it was a slightly silly answer, but didn’t care.

    Most people are like this.

  63. @Rob McX

    Remember according to the Trump campaign Biden is a socialist, which is the worst thing in the world. So if Biden is guilty of a little bit of corporatism, then that just means he’s less of a socialist which makes him a better candidate by the Trump standards.

    This Ukraine stuff doesn’t fit with the overarching (ridicuous, studid) Trump campaign narrative about Biden the way the Clinton stuff did in 2016. If Trump had been attacking Biden for being in the pocket of the credit card companies for decades and for promising a continuation of Obama era center left corporatism, then maybe it would resonate.

    • Agree: Supply and Demand
    • LOL: Coemgen
    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    , @PhysicistDave
  64. Anonymous[504] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    Twitter, originally aimed at techies, instead made it childishly easy for beautiful idiots to have an “online presence”

  65. @Travis

    They only need to sway about 40,000 votes in MN, WI and PA and Nevada to alter the election results.

    Yup.

    We’re going to lose this wonderful country to Bolshevism on the backs of a few thousand dumbass goodwhites and Karens.

    • Replies: @John Achterhof
  66. @Coemgen

    Notice that the way the First Amendment is worded does not enumerate freedom of speech, assembly, press or religion as positive rights that people possess, but rather as activities which the Legislative branch of the national government may not regulate. If Bill of Rights author James Madison had meant to stipulate them as positive “rights” belonging to the citizenry all he had to do was write it that way, but he chose not to. In the next clause of the amendment, peaceful assembly and petitioning the government are clearly stated in Madison’s deliberate and careful legal language as rights (presumably inalienable) of the people.

    In any case the first sentence of the amendment imposes no restrictions on the Judicial or Executive branches or on state governments or non-governmental entities concerning the stated “freedoms.”

  67. Redman says:
    @Muggles

    I’m a trial lawyer in NYC and pick juries all the time. I always ask prospective jurors where they like to get their news as a way to determine potential bias.

    In the last 4-5 years, I was amazed at how many people respond that they get their news from Facebook. I have a Facebook account but rarely go on it. So was initially confused by these responses.

    But the reality is that Facebook is the largest purveyor of news content in America now. To treat it as something different than a publisher is insanity.

    • Replies: @vhrm
    , @The Alarmist
  68. Anonymous[286] • Disclaimer says:

    Trump could’ve checkmated Jack Dorsey beginning 2017 by dedicating one day a week to using Parler or Gab or literally any other social media.

    “See what I can do Jack? I can take the action away from twitter for 24 hours.”

    And then if necessary just slowly increase the pain. Start breaking potus news away from twitter every weekend. Jack would’ve behaved like a trained seal. Raise the pain to three days per week and Jack would be wearing a diaper full time.

    But this all supposes that Trump has serious negotiation skills when there’s no evidence he actually does.

    TRUMP BLEW THE TWITTER NEGOTIATION RIGHT OUT HIS ASS A LONG TIME AGO.

    • Agree: AnotherDad
  69. vhrm says:
    @lysias

    There now is an article on this on the Washington Post website.

    I went to look for it and, when looking at https://www.washingtonpost.com (the homepage) the article is nowhere… the articles are all about “Barrett’s Cagey Testimony”, “Barron had Covid”, and “Trump struggles to mount clear closing argument against Biden”.

    except if you scroll down … the #1 item under “Most Read” is…
    “Hunter Biden’s Alleged Laptop. An Explainer” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/14/hunter-bidens-alleged-laptop-an-explainer/)

    So even when they finally acknowledge there’s a story… they apparently try to bury it by not showing it to people. (presumably it showed up in the top read list due to hits from the URL being shared on social media or something)

  70. These gals at the NY Post have committed journalism.

    Is that even legal? Shouldn’t they be in jail?

    • Agree: Supply and Demand
  71. A few hours ago I had a little fun messing with whoever is running the Drudge Report now. There is a box allowing readers to report news that Drudge might consider reporting. I wrote in the following: “Breaking news! Twitter and the Drudge Report are spiking stories of Biden corruption in Ukraine.” I just noticed that Drudge is now beginning to cover the story, albeit in a very restrained manner.

    • Replies: @Bernard
    , @onetwothree
  72. @NJ Transit Commuter

    Very few people are voting for Biden; many, many people are voting against Trump, if that makes sense.

    And against their own children, which does not.

    Soccer mom votes; soccer son suffers.

  73. @Guy De Champlagne

    This Ukraine stuff doesn’t fit with the overarching (ridicuous, studid) Trump campaign narrative about Biden the way the Clinton stuff did in 2016.

    Huh? The Hunter Biden stuff isn’t corporatism, it is open corruption like the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play deal.

    Trump’s only said “Drain the Swamp!” maybe a thousand times.

    The problem here is–just like his failure to explain why Hillary had a private email server and why you should care–Trump’s just really bad at explaining anything in a few coherent sentences. You get some sentence fragments from the guy “Hunter’s a coke head”… then his brain is on to something else. If you already know the story and what it means you can kind of suss out what Trump’s talking about. But since the establishment media is full on spinning against Trump, most people, not already plugged into conservative media networks, don’t know. And Trump with direct–past the media filter–access, doesn’t get his act together enough to tell them.

    • Agree: Redman
  74. @Whiskey

    The situation going into this election is unprecedented and horrifying. Unlike last time, I’m not certain of a Trump victory. However, I’m also not as certain as the MSM claim to be of a Biden-Harris victory. I don’t trust the MSM or the polls. Last time they were wrong. This time they may be wrong again and for the same reasons plus some new ones:

    (1) They are almost wholly run by progs, who fail to account for any subtle socio-politico-economic phenomena occurring outside the bubble in which they live.

    (2) Non-progs have learned to quietly oppose progs by various forms of passive aggression, e.g. not participating in polls and ignoring the MSM. This is a well-documented phenomenon yet pollsters still fail to compensate for it in any meaningful way.

    (3) Trump supporters have learned that it is often costly to reveal their political preferences to strangers.

    (4) The coming election may ultimately be decided by the level of enthusiasm/hatred potential voters have for the two pairs of candidates. The dimocrats are raking in money from big bucks, fat cat donors but few voters, sometimes literally none are showing up at Biden-Harris rallies. Meanwhile, Trump-Pence rallies are drawing record crowds.

    (5) The lockdowns, the blm/antifa rioting, the destruction of the economy are all pretty clearly the fault of progs of various stripes. This is not a situation the MSM choose to discuss but most potential voters are aware of it. This is likely to influence voting, once voters are in the voting booth or filling out their mail-in ballots.

    As I wrote earlier, I’m not as sure of a Trump election win this time as I was the last but I am certainly not ready to regard a Biden-Harris win as anywhere near inevitable.

    • Replies: @tyrone
  75. Anonymous[378] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Years back someone I knew quoted, “Where’s the outrage?” but admitted to not knowing who had said it originally, just that it was “a politician.” This was funny to me since I had once jokingly complained, “I remember! I was there!” in a different context, but likewise couldn’t remember the identity of my riff muse until who knows how long after the moment of saying it.

  76. @Charles St. Charles

    I always marvel that there are supposedly people that say they are “undecided” 3 weeks from a presidential election – liars or morons?

    They are undecided whether or not to vote at all. Hell, I never made up my mind which third party to give my vote until the last week.

  77. @Brás Cubas

    Actually, if Facebook and Twitter are two distinct companies with no business relationship between them, and yet are united in this, breaking their respective monopolies is not likely to change this situation.

    “United” implies collusion. That’s monopolistic behavior right there.

    • Replies: @Sean
    , @Brás Cubas
  78. I can see Hunter laying back on his barcalounger, crack pipe in one hand, a Newport in the other, being secretly delighted by all this. Just burn it down man. Burn it down.

  79. If there’s credible information present that the sources were obtained illegally, Twitter has every right under the law to bottleneck its dissemination. Hunter Biden is a private citizen, not an elected official.

  80. Redman says:
    @Dr. X

    We’re living in 1984. 36 years late.

  81. @AnotherDad

    Trump’s only said “Drain the Swamp!” maybe a thousand times.

    Trump hasn’t said anything about draining the swamp in 2020. As deluded as Trump is and as hyped up on his own nonsense as he is, I guess even he has his limits there. In a failed presidency, draining the swamp may be Trump’s singular, signature failure.

    Huh? The Hunter Biden stuff isn’t corporatism, it is open corruption like the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play deal

    Neither of them are “open corruption” at this point. We don’t know what, if anything, Burisma got from their cozy, corporatist connection to Biden. Maybe there’s enough there already to say that Biden should have recused himself from being the point man in Ukraine or that he lied about ever meeting with anyone on account of his son, but those are just more data points supporting Steve’s idea that Biden is the second most Trump like figure in american politics.

  82. JimB says:
    @lysias

    Meantime, lots of people have already voted, or are voting now.

    Only partisans vote early. Democrats will vote for Biden no matter what.

  83. @Charles St. Charles

    I always marvel that there are supposedly people that say they are “undecided” 3 weeks from a presidential election – liars or morons?

    I don’t plan on voting, but I’m basically split down the middle in terms of preference so it seems perfectly reasonable to me. Though supposedly most undecideds are just really low information voters.

    • Replies: @WJ
  84. SFG says:

    In other Lysenko’s Ghost news, JAMA tweeted an article showing racial differences in a protein that lets the coronavirus into your nose, and Twitter was unhappy…

  85. Sean says:
    @Muggles

    If Biden gets elected, Harris–though domestically disastrous– will be the lesser of two evils. The Deep State is concerned with external matters, and will not permit even one term for Biden.

    https://theintercept.com/2019/05/03/biden-son-china-business/
    CHINESE FUND BACKED BY HUNTER BIDEN INVESTED IN MAJOR CHINESE SURVEILLANCE FIRM
    The flurry of media reports about private investment in China’s increasingly sprawling surveillance state left out a prominent investor: Hunter Biden. {,,,] The app provides law enforcement with easy, daily access to data detailing the religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity used by ethnic minority Muslims living in the western province of Xinjiang.

    Five years ago today, Beijing Joe Biden demonstrated why American workers cannot trust him to stand up to China. “We want to see China rise,” Biden said. “A rising China can be a significant asset for the region and the world”
    Biden’s comment was part of a long pattern of him repeatedly dismissing China as a threat, defending the Chinese government, and parroting its propaganda while selling out America’s workers:
    Biden said in 2001: “China is not our enemy.”
    Biden said in 2011: “I’ve held the view for so many years and continue to hold the view that a rising China is a positive development.”
    Biden said in May 2019 that China is “not bad” and “not competition” for America.
    Biden asked in June 2019, “what are we worried about?”
    Biden said in October 2019 that “China’s not a problem.”
    Biden said in January 2020 that “we should be helping” China.
    Biden said in Febuary 2020 that “The idea that they are our competition, they’re going to beat us, is bizarre.”
    Biden sided with China during the coronavirus and opposed President Trump’s life-saving restrictions on travel from China, attacking it as irrational and “hysterical xenophobia.”

  86. @AnotherDad

    This is not America circa 1970. During Watergate, we had a homogeneous educated population and a functioning press that allowed the Republic to continue moving along after a political / constitutional crisis. The country could accept Nixon’s resignation as sufficient because shame was enough punishment to satisfy the voters.

    We now live in an era where identity politics is manifest. It is actually much further along on the left and they are nervously watching the right start to follow suit and they better strike now. For the left, it really does not matter whether Biden Jr. took a billion dollars from the Chinese or that Obama was spying on ALL of his political opponents as well as the SCOTUS and most businesses. RBG was a hack but she is held up as a saint. All that matters is that she always voted for and supported the “other” and fought against the evil goy. And the Lugenpressen is nothing more than bought and paid for propaganda arm of (((wealthy))) oligarchs that would not last more than a few minutes if they were stripped of their ill gotten gains.

    We are witnessing history. Enjoy it.

  87. @Reg Cæsar

    Undecided whether or not to vote at all. Hell, I never made up my mind which third party to give my vote until the last week.

    I hear you – I live in California, so the whole thing is an exercise in futility. There’s a bunch of crazy California propositions this time – let felons vote, continue to treat Uber drivers as serfs, um, I mean entrepreneurs, etc, but I’m moving out of here so f*** it.

  88. Anonymous[247] • Disclaimer says:

    • Thanks: Corvinus
    • LOL: PhysicistDave
    • Troll: YetAnotherAnon
  89. @Whiskey

    Whiskey’s Greatest Hits, Part II

    Part I is here:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/its-almost-as-if-the-democrats-coalition-of-the-fringes-tends-to-turn-into-a-circular-firing-squad/#comment-4139570

    Fearless Prognostication

    September 4, 2020

    The coup is in place. Drudge has retired Generals blasting Trump and of course Deplorables and White people.

    Trump might not even make it to Election Day. The Joint Chiefs could remove him in the planned color revolution on Sep 17.

    It’s clear Trump is toast. No way military let’s him be re-elected.

    What is not clear is who takes over. Generals in a Woke Pinochet? Helicopter rides for us? Nancy Pelosi? Harris? Or say a Soros puppet? Obama again? Hillary?

    None of that is known. But it is guaranteed that Trump is toast. The military hates him and wants wokeness 100%

    October 2, 2020

    OT Trumps luck has run out. In critical condition in Walter Reed according to msnbc.

    President Harris.

    Tingles All the Way

    September 25, 2020

    White women love the tingles that thuggery makes. black women the same of course see Breona Taylor. There is not a woman alive that does not tingle to the thought of violence and danger — as long as its not directly on her of course.

    All black people ESPECIALLY thugs and those thug adjacent are special and holy and have magical redemption powers. I saw it in the Green Mile movie. It had Tom Hanks, so it must be true!

    That is the thinking of most White women, and urban soyboy professionals. Anyone who has been around blacks knows that thugging it up is something that comes natural. Heck that Madea Writer/Director/Producer has made a whole career out of movies where big Momma tells it like it is to thugging it up younger ones and gets them on the non-thug path.

    Thug adjacent chick loves the thug. Get lots of thug. Then gets shot when thug shoots it out with cops. The end.

    But that truth conflicts with the fantasy of the Green Mile, so every nice White lady who gets tingles over rap videos and the NBA (that’s all of them) won’t have that. Feelz don’t care about your facts.

    September 8, 2020

    Standard stuff. Women if all races vastly prefer black men to White as sexual partners. Kanazawa has a fairly conclusive study. Of course the reverse us true. Men of all races vastly prefer White to Black women.

    White men are at a severe disadvantage compared to Black men. The nerdiest black men are perceived as more potential ly violent and dangerous than the average White man.

    White men don’t like hearing this but it’s true. A level playing field = loserdom. It’s why BLM events are filled with White women and black dudes. Segregation did a lot to improve the sexiness value of White men by making their rivals lower in status.

    In the post industrial world male provision has zero value. Thats why Jacob Blake Jr and George Floyd have 11 kids between them because not in spite of being scumbags and Zuckerberg has one in vitro conceived designer baby.

    Sexiness Uber tingles and black thugs do that better than White dudes.

    September 2, 2020

    Biden can’t lose. White women are dumping Trump big tine. They care deeply more about distant violent black thugs than the White men in their lives. And if they think about ut, the White men in their lives are not really Brad Pitt now. So they need to go. Msn has a story on White women trending 75% for Biden. They love riots and looting. Lady tingles time. blm displays are all black dudes and young White women. Telling. Like those color revolution s.

    It would not shock me to see the military remove Trump and install Hillary. The military from top to bottom hates Trump.

    August 25, 2020

    Trump is toast. Even Steve is calling it. Biden is surging on the riots as nice White ladies get tingles.

    Soros hrough his donor and DA network is keeping the riots going. More likely, the riots get worse and the military installs a Castro. Some one like Keith X as then front man. Military is 100% cucked and pozzed.

    Soros dies not hit the head without a plan. This is color revolution time aimed at the old White Pelosi wing and Schumer as much as Trump and the Deplorable.

    At any rate there is no way to turn it off. No cop or guardsman will do anything but get donuts now for three generations. Black crimes are like the Purge movie. Legal.

    August 24, 2020

    Proof positive that White women are the eternal and natural enemy of White men.

    Her son’s as allies will be at best janitors or Starbucks baristas or gig workers. While blacks get all the good, high paying jobs.

    But White women tingles for black criminal uber alles. Blm knows what it is doing. About 85% if White women tingle for black criminal s. Highlighting thugs is a feature for tingles. Not a bug.

    Biden and Harris especially are likely to get 85% of White women voters. Off tingles for black thugs.

    • Replies: @Whiskey
  90. MBlanc46 says:
    @Travis

    People tend to forget how narrow Trump’s victory in 2016 was. Add in massive fraud and Trump has a long, hard road ahead of him.

  91. MBlanc46 says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Trump’s had three years to do a lot of things, and done almost none of them. “Promises kept” my left ear.

    • Agree: vhrm
    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  92. @ic1000

    Senator Hawley sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission and another to Twitter.

    • Replies: @indocon
  93. @Anonymous

    That’s some serious Sheen-grade Tiger Blood energy.

  94. anonymous[200] • Disclaimer says:
    @MEH 0910

    I sent that bitch a link to Unz’s article about Jewish gangsters in CA. Asked her about her grandfather looting confiscated Japanese properties after WWII.

  95. Sean says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Class interests. A populist implicitly drawing on the ethnic majority is every billionaire and his handsomely paid hirelings’ worst nightmare. Easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than superrich people to not band together in order to defend their money. Biden became senator from Delaware in 1972; he is big business’s man (Delaware being corporate home to more than 60% of Fortune 500 companies). Media and social media corporations’ alarm at Trump fostering an implicitly ethnic populist outlook with implication for their profits is perfectly understandable. He might as well be using ‘Cross Of Gold’ rhetoric.

  96. @George

    Yes, reminds me of when Twitter banned links to NYT stories about the Steele Dossier because of its unclear provenance.

    • LOL: vhrm
  97. anonymous[200] • Disclaimer says:
    @gent

    Hunter Biden was a long time drug addict, it would have been easy for the idiot to have forgotten about the laptop or easy to get it from him in other ways. This clutching of pearls is ridiculous. I don’t know, without Assange, what WikiLeaks policies are, they very well could be another ACLU now but these releases could very well been given to them instead. There was supposedly a 12 min sex tape involving Biden on the laptop. Lol

  98. Mr. Anon says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Joe denied it, and claimed he never even spoke to Hunter about his foreign jobs or had such meetings. Even though Joe admitted to protecting Hunter from Ukrainian prosecution by forcing Ukrainians to fire the prosecutor going after Hunter.

    The prosecutor wasn’t just investigating Hunter Biden, but was investigating the firm he worked for – Burisma. Joe Biden was exerting US Government influence not only on behalf of his son but on behalf of a foreign company.

    • Agree: Travis
  99. Mr. Anon says:
    @JimB

    Yahoo News is garbage.

    Indeed. They shut down comments on their articles a few months back, because they were getting too many comments on their articles. They are just establishment propaganda.

  100. Jack D says:

    OT – very iStevey advice column in NY Times:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/magazine/im-jewish-and-dont-identify-as-white-why-must-i-check-that-box.html

    African instructs Jew to check the white box – you look white to me. Times (Jewish)readers object, vigorously deny being white – read the comments. Who is this uppity Negro to tell them that they are white?

    • Replies: @ziggurat
  101. @Lot

    The problem got its start a long time ago however, when people decided they wanted to use corporate chats like AOL Instant Messenger over IRC, web message boards and reddit over nntp/usenet, etc.

    Aw crap, I’m agreeing enthusiastically with Lot, what comes next? CORonaVINUS?

    It was obvious in the 90’s. One needed only look at the idiots using @aol addresses while the rest of us were hanging out at “elite” and pirate BBS’s and hacking MERIT. It was clear then that the low IQ multitudes were coming and would fuck it up like everything else.

  102. Whiskey says: • Website
    @Stan Adams

    The FT relies upon business readers. When they note that Trump can’t even carry SC that’s news. They are telling their business readers to bank absolutely in a big Biden win and a flipped Senate.

    I live in OC. Biden enthusiasm is sky high. No Trump support.

    As for my guess, if Trump wins he wont, the Joint Chiefs will remove him after riots. The military is 100% pozzed. The ruling elite can’t stand Trump and won’t allow him to remain.

    Twitter and Fb take a risk if Trump retains the Presidency. They have much better Intel than you in what people really think and will vote.

    Guess which bet they made?

    As for tingkes, thygs, and blm that’s about as established as it gets. All those nice suburban ladies with blm signs in my neighborhood don’t have them for chess club members. George Floyd was a thug and that was the whole point . If he had been Urkel no White women anywhere would care.

  103. Anonymous[592] • Disclaimer says:

    Well, too late for me, I already dropped it in the mail with a party-line Republican vote, except on the Presidential ballot, where I voted for Biden. It wasn’t “accelerationism,” it’s just that I have two young children I don’t want to grow up amidst four more years of “waaaaahhhhh, it’s sooooooo unfair!!!!” Here’s an idea, Donald, why don’t you grow a pair and do something about it for once in your pathetic Presidency?

    • Troll: Jus' Sayin'...
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @TWS
  104. Jack Dorsey tweets: “Our communication around our actions on the @nypost article was not great. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we’re blocking: unacceptable.”

    This reminds me of the type of response Obama always had when something that reflected poorly on his administration was revealed, such as the botched Obamacare roll-out, the IRS scandal, and the Veterans Administration disgrace: “No one is more angry about this than I am!”

    Even Jennifer Rubin noted it: “What’s up with the ‘madder than anyone’ routine? For one thing, it takes the place of being remorseful or embarrassed. It’s a way of distancing himself from the scandal and making others responsible. It’s also a way of trying to disarm his critics and the true victims. Hey, GOP critics of Obamacare aren’t really angry; he’s the really angry one!”

    Jack Dorsey can’t plausibly disclaim knowledge of, or responsibility for, his company’s suppression of non-liberal political views. So who’s going to bring him to heel?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  105. Anon125 says:

    These social media monopolies are developments (I won’t dare call them inventions) as important as, or even more important than, the telephone. They are a cross between private communication and public broadcasting. They give every individual the ability to broadcast to every one of their friends or followers what’s on their minds.

    But can you imagine if, when the telephone was introduced, the phone company had decided it was going to record all of your conversations? Then scan for the subjects of your conversations and sell that information to advertisers? Then only let one out of every ten calls from some of your friends or colleagues through? Then bleep out entire portions of your conversation if it didn’t like what you were discussing? Then randomly and without warning just disconnect your service because someone, without proof, alleged you were doing something inappropriate?

    And not only can Twitter and Facebook do all that, but they can change the rules on a whim. They can rise to monopoly status based on one set of rules, then abuse their power once they have achieved that status.

    They are monopolies, and they are also essential forms of communication. They need to be regulated as such. If not, then they should be held liable for every single violation of the law committed on their platforms.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  106. vhrm says:
    @Redman

    I always ask prospective jurors where they like to get their news as a way to determine potential bias.

    In the last 4-5 years, I was amazed at how many people respond that they get their news from Facebook.

    In the decade before that, did you get many who said the Daily Show with John Stewart? I kept hearing that that’s where hip people got their news back then. However, during the few episodes i watched i always wondered what people who did that would take away from it.

    i.e. if you were well versed in the actual news then sometimes the satirical twists were funny, but if you DIDN’T know the underlying story i don’t know how you were supposed to know which part was true and which part wasn’t.

  107. @Prof. Woland

    During Watergate, we had a press that focused like a laser beam on bringing down a president it had always hated.

    During the ongoing Russia-Collusion Coup Attempt, we once again have a president the press hates, and as a result it has averted its attention from the worst political scandal in American history.

    Seems to me the press is pretty much what it always was.

    • Agree: sayless
    • Replies: @Abe
  108. indocon says:
    @PiltdownMan

    These are all the water boys, complete frauds, they have had control of all kind of purse strings over past few years and I have absolutely done jack shit. It’s like Republicans believe that any private company can do no wrong, even if they are hell-bent upon killing their people. A true Stockholm syndrome.

  109. Bernard says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    A few hours ago I had a little fun messing with whoever is running the Drudge Report now. There is a box allowing readers to report news that Drudge might consider reporting. I wrote in the following: “Breaking news! Twitter and the Drudge Report are spiking stories of Biden corruption in Ukraine.” I just noticed that Drudge is now beginning to cover the story, albeit in a very restrained manner.

    I wonder what happened at Drudge. What was once a great portal for hot breaking news, is now another Democrat shill site. Their traffic must have slowed as a result. I haven’t been on it in weeks, in the past it was several times a day.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
  110. @Supply and Demand

    If there’s credible information present that the sources were obtained illegally

    Does the press have any concern over whether information from Trump’s taxes were obtained illegally?

    I don’t particularly care that Hunter’s a dirtbag. I wouldn’t even hold his father responsible for that. I do hold old Joe responsible for using his dirtbag son as a bagman for payoffs.

    It’s funny how Biden’s supporters will insist that there’s nothing illegal about any of this. Shouldn’t it be illegal, though? It stinks to high heaven. The only reason there would be nothing illegal about it is that politicians like Biden have taken care that there are no laws against it.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  111. @415 reasons

    Exactly. And the ridiculous “Intelligence Community Assessment”. And the claims that Flynn discussed sanctions with the Russians. And a thousand other lies much more dubious than this claim.

    • Agree: Coemgen
  112. Abe says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    During Watergate, we had a press that focused like a laser beam on bringing down a president it had always hated

    Watergate is Fake History and it’s funny how even Steve uses its mythology to make certain triple bank-shot rhetorical points- for example, selling immigration restrictionism by invoking the ghost of Rep. Barbara Jordan, who was both an immigration restrictionist and a star of the Watergate hearings.

    In 1968 Nixon coaxed the President of South Vietnam to stay away from peace talks that year so as to not give his Democratic opponent, who happened to be VP in the administration saddled with hugely unpopular Vietnam War, a foreign policy coup. Johnson was aware of this because he was wiretapping the Nixon campaign (all this is readily discussed on Wikipedia).

    So basically Nixon was going to be impeached for what Johnson did to him 4 years earlier while in the course of- he, Nixon- committing treason. Watergate, what a joke.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
    , @Prof. Woland
  113. Jack Dorsey apparently hasn’t learned about the Streisand Effect yet. Weird, for the CEO of Twitter.

  114. Neoconned says:

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/fbi-narrows-down-sighting-location-of-man-flying-in-jet-pack-near-lax/2423858/%3famp

    Elton John jokes aside, this is the 2nd time in a single month that a man in a jet pack was spotted near LAX. As in spotted by credible airline pilots who reported it to dispatch.

    It was seen again today…..

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.foxla.com/news/jetpack-spotted-flying-near-lax-for-second-time-in-weeks.amp

    What is weird is that Harry Reid the former Majority Leader of the Senate says the spooks are covering up UFOs:

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/nypost.com/2020/10/13/harry-reid-claims-us-has-been-covering-up-ufo-evidence-for-years/amp/

    Not saying this is an alien thing but some DARPA spook Area 51 project thing…..

    This reminds me of the stories from a decade ago where a mysterious”falling man” was spotted in New Jersey in September of 2010:

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/witnesses-watch-person-free-fall-from-the-sky/1854558/%3famp

    Is this some spook thing where they’re testing jetpacks or something? Its all very James Bondish, isn’t it?

    • Replies: @JMcG
    , @TWS
  115. ziggurat says:
    @Jack D

    Reminds me of the 60 minutes episode where Mike Wallace says that he’s not white, but rather Jewish.


    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/morgan-freeman-on-black-history-month/

    WALLACE: Black History Month, you find …
    FREEMAN: Ridiculous.
    WALLACE: Why?
    FREEMAN: You’re going to relegate my history to a month?
    WALLACE: Come on.
    FREEMAN: What do you do with yours? Which month is White History Month? Come on, tell me.
    WALLACE: I’m Jewish.

    FREEMAN: OK. Which month is Jewish History Month?
    WALLACE: There isn’t one.
    FREEMAN: Why not? Do you want one?
    WALLACE: No, no.
    FREEMAN: I don’t either. I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
    WALLACE: How are we going to get rid of racism until …?
    FREEMAN: Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You’re not going to say, “I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.” Hear what I’m saying?

  116. @Prof. Woland

    This is not America circa 1970. During Watergate, we had a homogeneous educated population and a functioning press that allowed the Republic to continue moving along after a political / constitutional crisis.

    The function of your “functioning press” was to manufacture a scandal and remove the President from office, which was easily accomplished only because there was no way for supporters of the most popular President in history to communicate with one another.

  117. @Anonymous

    The chance Rudy got his hacked Hunter Biden emails from Russians seems extremely high.

    As if that would make a difference! What a lunatic! The gaslighting these people do is shocking.

  118. Anon[278] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m having a hard time distinguishing between hacked emails relating to Biden and leaked/stolen tax returns of Trump. Twitter’s policy seems arbitrary. Presumably they would block images of copies of the tax returns?

    Nice Streisand Effect, however. It’s harder for media to ignore the story.

    • Replies: @peterike
  119. @ben tillman

    True in its way; but the again, this popular President’s “supporters” had not the clarity of vision to see that their entire public communications system had been infested and colonized by a hostile, invasive alien force. Moreover, they took no steps in counter action, did nothing to create a samizdat communications system of their own (hey, remember samizdat? You’re reading it right now.)

    Hell, even the Founding Fathers with their 18th century technology had the Committees of Correspondence. Where was that in 1971? Where is it now? Because you’re fighting an Evil (((Empire))) just like they were.

  120. gcochran says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    In the book, the Prez has negotiated a disarmamentt treaty with the Sovs. Many of the top generals think it’s a fraud – that the Soviets are taking bombs apart at site A and re-assembling them at point B.

    Turns out they’re right.

  121. Will big media block awareness of the Biden-Burisma scandal?

    Place your bets.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  122. Bumpkin says:
    @415 reasons

    It’s worse, they blocked the DNC email dump from Wikileaks last time, so this is nothing new.

    This is why techies like me never used centralized social media like these apps, but we should have built decentralized apps that would replace them too. I hope to chip in on that someday.

    • Replies: @slumber_j
  123. Clyde says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The answer to your questions is that today smart phones account for 50% of the way people get on the internet. I have an android phone and haven’t a clue where favorites (bookmarks) are saved.
    https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/mobile-desktop-internet-usage-statistics.
    I had a good laugh the other day from an article that said the youngsters have no idea what it means to save a file in a folder. They don’t know what a folder is. This says to me they only know smart phones and are computer-illiterate.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  124. danand says:
    @JimB

    “Yahoo News is garbage.”

    Roughly half of Yahoo’s News/Stories/Articles/Fabrications are now AI generated. Have to assume in the not too far off, all of Yahoo’s content will be human input free.

    99E6B22E-6599-456A-8BC1-43CD86373415

    • Thanks: sayless
  125. J.Ross says:
    @J.Ross

    I didn’t write this and don’t know what it means.

    • Agree: Yngvar
    • Replies: @sayless
  126. George says:

    “Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and web content they want to access?”

    Laziness, whiners could post on twitter alternatives, but they don’t.

  127. J.Ross says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Good news,

    “When Congress enacted the statute, most of today’s major Internet platforms did not exist. And in the 24 years since, we have never interpreted this provision,” Justice Thomas wrote. “But many courts have construed the law broadly to confer sweeping immunity on some of the largest companies in the world.”

    https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/10/14/justice-clarence-thomas-section-230-protections-for-big-tech-are-too-broad/

    • Thanks: Harry Baldwin
  128. J.Ross says:
    @Supply and Demand

    The reason all this is happening is he’s not a private citizen, he is an illegal parasitic growth upon an elected official, totally dependent on exploiting political office.

  129. vinteuil says:
    @Guy De Champlagne

    We don’t know what, if anything, Burisma got from their cozy, corporatist connection to Biden.

    On the contrary, we know exactly what they got: they got the prosecutor who was investigating them for corruption fired. Biden bragged openly about getting him fired by threatening to withhold aid from the Ukrainian government.

  130. Mr. Anon says:
    @Supply and Demand

    If there’s credible information present that the sources were obtained illegally, Twitter has every right under the law to bottleneck its dissemination.

    The Washington Post still pats itself on the back for publishing illegally obtained material – The Pentagon Papers. Hollywood even gave the Post a big wet sloppy kiss over the incident a few years ago.

    Hunter Biden is a private citizen, not an elected official.

    He’s a private citizen on behalf of whom a government official – the Vice President, his father – extorted a foreign government to sack one of thier officials so as to quash an investigation into the son and his employer. Jo Biden even admitted it in a public forum. His son has admitted in interviews that he’s only gotten a lot of the jobs he’s gotten because of his father.

    • Agree: Rob McX
  131. Mr. Anon says:
    @vhrm

    I’m also somewhat skeptical of the NYPost claims and i’m curious to hear more… esp about what the FBI found when investigating this for the past 9 months.

    You make it sound as if the FBI’s job is to actually investigate crimes. The FBI’s job is to cover up the government’s crimes.

  132. @Observator

    14th Amendment expands 1st Amendment protection against state and local action.

  133. Hhsiii says:

    Good thing I can just go buy a print edition of the New York Post. Hopefully no one with scissors got to it first.

  134. Mr. Anon says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    It’s funny how Biden’s supporters will insist that there’s nothing illegal about any of this. Shouldn’t it be illegal, though? It stinks to high heaven. The only reason there would be nothing illegal about it is that politicians like Biden have taken care that there are no laws against it.

    Occasionally, some pundit or journalist – channeling that old WASP good-government ethic – will talk about the need for government officials to avoid “even the appearance of impropriety”.

    But what the Biden clan has done (and not just with Hunter’s foreign gigs, but with Beau’s domestic credit-card company lobbying as well) is not “the appearance of impropriety”.

    It IS impropriety. It IS corruption. It IS malfeasance.

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  135. donut says:

    I want my , I want my

    ‘member ‘member when ?

  136. OT: Saw this on Twitter. Bari Weiss finally starts to notice that the Woke don’t much care for the Chosen:

    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/stop-being-shocked

  137. Gordo says:
    @Dr. X

    We are truly living in a house of mirrors…

    Wilderness of mirrors didn’t Mister Angleton say? And he would have known.

  138. MEH 0910 says:

    • Thanks: Buck Ransom
  139. MEH 0910 says:
    @Charles St. Charles

    • LOL: Stan d Mute
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  140. BBC News web front page isn’t reporting it at all , or on the “US Election” page, or the “US and Canada” page.

    Guardian confines itself to reporting on the Twitter and Facebook ban, heavily implying it’s fake news.

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/oct/14/facebook-twitter-new-york-post-hunter-biden

    “Facebook and Twitter restrict controversial New York Post story on Joe Biden – Social media platforms move to limit spread of article amid questions over its veracity”

    Facebook and Twitter took steps on Wednesday to limit the spread of a controversial New York Post article critical of Joe Biden, sparking outrage among conservatives and stoking debate over how social media platforms should tackle misinformation ahead of the US election.

  141. @Thomas

    Unfortunately, Trump spent the next 4 years on whatever petty beef he was consumed with any particular week on Twitter, rather than regulating it.

    You attribute this to incompetence, but it’s likely by design. No President wants to accomplish his entire agenda in his first term. Trump wasn’t about to finish the wall or he’d lose a major campaign issue. Likewise why have a neutered (at best) tech sector when he can run against it along with the partisan propagandists masquerading as journalists.

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    , @Dan Hayes
  142. @The Wild Geese Howard

    If you get yourself a Trumpy Bear it will be just as effective in getting you through the scary times ahead as a President Trump.

    • Disagree: The Wild Geese Howard
    • LOL: Gordo
    • Replies: @fnn
    , @AnotherDad
  143. @Jus' Sayin'...

    Just so you know, doing such things will have zero effect. At most, the interns who comb through such entries will roll their eyes at you.

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
  144. Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and web content they want to access?

    Because they need more money? #OligarchNation #ReturnUsToSerfdom

    Because most folks are uncurious and like to consume narratives spoon-fed to them rather than do a little research on their own? #FastFoodNation #ReadingIsHarderThanMath #BarbieNation

    In the good old days when a guy with ADD could still follow random hyperlinks, you would find gems like this

    http://www.facade.com/cindy_crawford_concentration/?begin

  145. tyrone says:
    @Dr. X

    Here’s an iron -clad rule: whatever the democrat/MSM accuse Trump and the republicans of doing is exactly what they are doing…….The Clintons ,obamas and the Bidens are criminal organizations .

    • Agree: Gordo, Manfred Arcane
  146. @Redman

    I’m a trial lawyer in NYC and pick juries all the time. I always ask prospective jurors where they like to get their news as a way to determine potential bias.

    I know it’s a shadow of its former self, but for kicks I tell people ZeroHedge just to see what sort of reaction I get. Many in the finance biz give a slight knowing grin.

  147. @gent

    Yes, but only because the crack pipe Hunter left behind in a rental car along with his ID couldn’t be tied directly to Creepy Joe.

    If Joe Biden died today, it wouldn’t make the MSM news until January 7th, 2021.

  148. tyrone says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Yeah,the polls are wrong by design ….those shit=heads know damn well how to conduct a fair and accurate poll…..they’re hoping the deplorables get demoralized and OD on fentanyl…..Buy a gun instead.

  149. nebulafox says:
    @Abe

    >In 1968 Nixon coaxed the President of South Vietnam to stay away from peace talks that year so as to not give his Democratic opponent, who happened to be VP in the administration saddled with hugely unpopular Vietnam War, a foreign policy coup. Johnson was aware of this because he was wiretapping the Nixon campaign (all this is readily discussed on Wikipedia).

    Yeah, comparing Watergate with Chennault is a pretty instructive exercise in MSM priorities, but that being said…

    The South Vietnamese did not need Chennault’s help to figure out that LBJ was a lame duck who was bluffing: he could not force them them to do diddly-squat, and they knew it. Nixon being Nixon, of course, he couldn’t help himself and tried anyway, but Thieu was a fluent English speaker who was not ignorant of people waving NVA/VC flags in the streets at the Democratic convention. Why would he have sacrificed his own political position in Saigon (accepting the VC as a “legitimate state” was a recipe for yet another coup) and more broadly his own nation’s chances at survival so the Democrats of all people could win?

    Nor were the North Vietnamese ignorant of the election: the reason they agreed to the “advance” in the talks was to improve Humphrey’s chances and get that sweet bombing halt that Nixon would be stuck with after the fact. Le Duan’s strategy remained what it always had been: reunification with the South through military means, no negotiations, Just Get Out. This issue suffers from the same problem a lot of Vietnam War topics do in American memory: the Vietnamese themselves are ignored entirely or reduced to passive observers in their own civil war. That’s not how it worked.

    • Thanks: Abe
  150. nebulafox says:
    @Mr. Anon

    >It IS impropriety. It IS corruption. It IS malfeasance.

    It is. So are a LOT of the dealings of our political class, Democrat and Republican alike. Biden’s just another classic Watergate baby grifter who has a failson to deal with. Biden is not The Problem. Trump is not The Problem. McConnell and Pelosi and Pence and Schumer and Obama and Bush and Clinton are not The Problem. They are Symptoms of The Problem-well, now a secondary problem, because Kamala Harris intends to make life miserable for anybody without any pull with the mandarinate. As much as corruption sucks, petty micromanagerial woke technocrat authoritarianism is worse.

    The American people would be pretty shocked if the degree of post-Cold War elite malfeasance, economic, military, media, and political, was ever given the light of day.

  151. El Dato says:

    Twitter is refusing to let users tweet out the Post’s cover story. Facebook is said to be blocking as well.

    Semi-unrelated, but Alien:Isolation had a good pesentation of robots, mechanical or bureaucratic, maintaining lockdowns and controlling communication

    “You are becoming hysterical”

    It even had BLM-style graffiti everywhere, giving a real Chaz feeling (although the AI, or rather the finite state machines, animating the human characters gave hilariously bad results).

  152. @Reg Cæsar

    Well, collusion or no collusion, the only solution would be to do away with social networks altogether, an opinion which seems to be implicitly shared by Steve, making my previous comment probably pointless. Anyway, when social networks helped elect Trump no Trump backer seemed to think they were such a bad idea.

    • Replies: @TWS
  153. AndrewR says:
    @MEH 0910

    “Democracy” for Jewish Supremacists and their lackeys is what they perceive to be good for Jews.

    In another tweet in this thread, she implies “hate speech” should be censored.

    “Hate speech” of course is nothing more than speech Jews hate.

  154. @Stan d Mute

    You attribute this to incompetence, but it’s likely by design. No President wants to accomplish his entire agenda in his first term.

    Stan d Mute – are you serious here? No – or are you? Just curious.

    • Agree: Thomas
  155. MEH 0910 says:

  156. @gent

    Highly doubtful. Over 50% of Americans are regularly abusing street drugs, alcohol, or prescription meds. All you guys found were images of Hunter smoking cigarettes and with a crackpipe in his mouth. This is nothing out of the ordinary for the average American. The average American has smoked crack, or meth, or heroin, etc, at some point in their life. The average American has made pornographic images of themselves. All these photos show is that Hunter Biden is an authentic person with character flaws — like everyone else.

    Instead, the photos will bolster his father’s chances of getting elected, and yours of committing suicide on election night when he wins by an historically wide margin. Living in a state of perpetual denial can do that to you.

  157. AndrewR says:
    @Supply and Demand

    Joe is technically a private citizen now.

    When he was a public official, his “private citizen” son used him for personal benefit, and Joe apparently used his official power to help his son.

  158. I don’t know much about where the FBI fits into the US justice system, but it seems remarkable that they’ve been sitting on this for nine months and done exactly nothing with it.

    Is it that it contains no prima facie evidence of breaking US law, or are they complicit in covering up to help the Biden campaign?

    • Replies: @Joseph Doaks
    , @vhrm
  159. “Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and web content they want to access?”

    A few other examples of “Why was it a good idea to …?”

    Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and {[ Doctors ]} they want to access?

    Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and {[ Dentists ]} they want to access?

    Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and {[ Elected Officials ]} they want to access?

    Why was it a good idea to set up a handful of zillionaire monopolists as the intermediaries between individuals and {[ You Name It ]} they want to access?

    One possible answer: it wasn’t and never will be.

  160. Anon[254] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Trump spends so much time whining about unfair treatment, he reminds me of a woman or a negro. Someone, maybe here, described Trump as “the first negro president”. A real man, a real white man, would brush it off, plow through it, and get the job done. I also voted for Biden because I dislike the Female Negro emotional style in a president.

    • Troll: YetAnotherAnon
    • Replies: @peterike
    , @Jack D
  161. tyrone says:
    @gent

    Now you know why criminal organizations hate drug addicts in their ranks ………it’s hard to be a smooth operator and a crack head . If Hunter wasn’t sleepy Joe’s son he would have been arkancided by now.

  162. slumber_j says:
    @Bumpkin

    This is why techies like me never used centralized social media like these apps, but we should have built decentralized apps that would replace them too.

    As I learned from this piece two years ago, Tim Berners-Lee and some open-source acolytes are already working on it:

    https://www.fastcompany.com/90243936/exclusive-tim-berners-lee-tells-us-his-radical-new-plan-to-upend-the-world-wide-web

    Having previously imagined this solution–as I’m sure many, many others had before me–I was very happy to know the inventor of the Web was on the case. Sadly his team’s work has yet to eviscerate these absurd monopolies, but I have hope.

  163. fnn says:
    @John Achterhof

    I bet you’re looking forward to the war with Russia the D’s have been agitating for the last four years. I’ll feel sorry for the pets and wildlife.

  164. @Guy De Champlagne

    Yeah, the “Trump Administration.” What ‘as the Trump Administration done for us, anyway?

    Well, there is standing up to China and other trading partners about their unfair practices?

    OK, there is standing up to China . . .

    And there is putting pressure on Mexico to follow UN rules on the handling of refugees so the caravans aren’t streaming over our border?

    So, there is standing up to China and stopping the caravans through Mexico.

    What about the Federal and Supreme Court judges. Lot’s of judges . . .

    Alright, there is standing up to China, stopping the caravans AND the judges . . .

    And then there is roll-back of Federal regulations and the encouragement of fracking. We achieved “energy independence” after years and years and years of just talking about it.

    (rolls eyes in exasperation) Well, the fracking goes without saying. Everyone KNOWS about the fracking.

    ‘ee didn’t start any foreign wars. ‘ee supports “law ‘n’ order” and opposes the rioting and Defund the Police. If we defund the police, we all know what it was once like around ‘ere to go out after dark . . .

    Alright, apart from standing up to China, stopping the caravans, the judges, low-regulation and the fracking, not starting foreign wars and being endorsed by every police organization out there, what has the Trump Administration ever done for us?

    (silence)

  165. @John Achterhof

    If you get yourself a Trumpy Bear it will be just as effective in getting you through the scary times ahead as a President Trump.

    Sure.

    But you don’t vote for Trump to slay dragons, you vote for Trump to keep the dragons *out* of power.

    • Agree: ben tillman
    • Replies: @John Achterhof
  166. JMcG says:
    @Neoconned

    Spooks near LAX? I agree, things are getting a little strange.

  167. Travis says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    exactly correct. For many people voting is a waste of time. Often they do not bother voting, but may vote if the weather is nice and they have nothing better to do on the first Tuesday in November. My wife has not voted since 2004. She may actually vote this year, since New Jersey is sending everyone a ballot to vote by mail. One reason she does not vote, she hates waiting in line.

    The media is again pushing the narrative that Trump is way behind in the polls in order to demoralize the opposition. Many people hate to vote for a loser, so they would rather stay home than go thru the psychological pain of voting for the losing candidate. People like to vote for a winner, so democrats are more apt to vote if they think Biden is going to win. It almost worked in 2016.

    • Agree: Old and Grumpy
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  168. @Clyde

    Thank you, Clyde. Yeah, it’s a whole different way of thinking. Where is that image I wanted to show you, in a text, in photos (no more “My Photos”, my this, my that, thankfully!), on facebook? Maybe there’s so much information that people don’t even try to organize anymore.

    In the old days of picture albums, you made a big effort. Now, the hundreds, or thousands of pictures one may take in a day, some just as screenshots to pass textual information are usually just left in date/time order. “Oh, yeah, I have a photo of you and that dog! Let’s see, was that last year?” Swipe, swipe, swipe … swipe some more. Did I ever link you all to my post that maintains that, though touch screens don’t make us gay, they are a big factor in making us LOOK gay? If not, here’s “Are modern electronic devices making us gay?”

    That was a digression, so while I’m at it, let me ask you, Clyde, if you don’t mind my replying to your last comment about Trump (under a 2 or 3 day-old thread) in another place, when it comes up again?

    • Replies: @Clyde
  169. peterike says:
    @Anon

    I also voted for Biden because I dislike the Female Negro emotional style in a president.

    Oh dear. Let the nation go to hell so long as your delicate sensibilities aren’t offended.

    Degenerate imbecile isn’t even nearly a strong enough description of you.

    • LOL: Clyde
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  170. @Anon

    Hunter knows no one in the Justice Dept or FBI will ever touch him. So what if he was careless? It was a bipartisan approved coup done to the Ukraine. The FBI set up NABU, and I believe still has a field office over there. Both Barr and Wray are swamp monsters and waste of space. Trump hired both because he is either a monumental dope, or just a willing role player.

  171. peterike says:
    @Anon

    I’m having a hard time distinguishing between hacked emails relating to Biden and leaked/stolen tax returns of Trump.

    How do these false ideas get spread? The Biden emails were not hacked. Stupid Hunter left a computer at a repair shop, didn’t pay his bill and didn’t come back for the computer. After 90 days, the computer and everything on it became the property of the shop owner.

    The shop owner has 100% legal right to give the information to anyone he wants. Twitter is full of it. On the other hand, Trump’s tax returns were stolen. The NY Times broke laws revealing them. Nothing gets done about any of this, but Twitter hypocritically promotes the spread of the Times story (in violation of it’s own published “rules”) and blocks the spread of the Hunter Biden story, which violated none of its rules.

  172. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910

    • Replies: @Travis
  173. Jack D says:
    @Anon

    Sorta ironic because if Sleepy Joe wins, there’s a pretty good chance that we will get an actual Female Negro as the President within the next couple of years.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  174. Hibernian says:
    @Observator

    Rights and freedoms both in quotation marks – you really fit right in here.

    • Agree: Coemgen
    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  175. @Supply and Demand

    Isn’t it funny that Twitter didn’t avail itself of any such “right” when it came to illegally obtained tax information of Trump’s?

  176. @Bernard

    I wonder what happened at Drudge.

    I’ve run across three theories:

    (1) Drudge sold the site to some rich prog for an immense amount of moolah.

    (2) Drudge’s current boyfriend is a prog who is exercising considerable influence over how the Drudge
    Report is manned and managed.

    (3) Drudge is repelled by Trump to a degree that amounts to Trump Derangement Syndrome and this has affected his judgement in other areas.

    I no longer pay any serious attention to Drudge although I still visit the site regularly. There are now many other news aggregation sites out there.

    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
    , @Jay Fink
  177. @MBlanc46

    Indeed, but in this case he hadn’t made any promise, and bringing the Tech Censors to heel would help him even more that his voters, yet he still did nothing.

  178. @onetwothree

    The email dump on Hunter Biden’s corruption and his father’s participation in and enabling of it will be hard to bury. Drudge is now no longer ignoring it but posting to desperate prog efforts to discredit the story. Many of those who check this material out will go on to learn more. This story has legs and staying power.

    • Agree: BB753
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  179. Cortes says:
    @Colin Wright

    Auntie (the BBC) found this

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54552101

    down the back of an old chifferobe.

  180. @Anonymous

    Apart from the dull, dubious resort to the tired propagandist refrain – Russia!!! – the authenticity and significance of the content stands apart from the identity and motive of the source.

    The chance of Jonathan Chait being a first ballot inductee to the American sleaze journalism Hall of Fame seems extremely high.

  181. Jack Dorsey: Is this behavior unacceptable and wrong? Yes. Will we keep doing it? Yes.

  182. @Anonymous

    Chait sounds pretty desperate. I sense that a lot of the fake news we’re seeing these days, Drudge has become a prime source, is a measure of prog desperation. They are terrified of the very real possibility that 2030 will prove to be a reprise of 2016.

  183. @lysias

    This early voting thing is a load of crap.

    Some of those voters will die before Election Day. I thought only Chicago allowed corpses to vote.

    Primary season, including selection of candidates for all the contests that will eventually appear on the ballot, is finished by the spring. Soon partisans will be able to cast their votes in June.

    For that matter, since partisans vote like robots anyhow, why not let them pre-vote their party ticket for every election going forward to the maximum voting age, e.g. 150 years?

  184. Travis says:
    @MEH 0910

    Time to remove Section 230 protection from Twitter and Facebook.

    Twitter and Facebook hide behind Section 230 protections, stating they cannot be held liable for what customers post on their platforms. But now that they are actively editing content , they should be held to the standard of a publisher, so that people like Nicholas Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School teen, can sue Twitter and Facebook for defamation. This may result in Twitter going bankrupt, which is why the oligarchs strongly support the Section 230 protections granted to them by congress.

    The justice department should also be investigating these firms for violating the civil rights of conservatives and other minorities. Since 1965 firms have been prohibited from discriminating against minorities. Banning conservatives from their platforms for disseminating news stories published in major newspapers violates the civil rights legislation statutes , which forces equal treatment of Americans by businesses. It is clear that Twitter suspends and blacklists mostly white men, this Disparate impact can be measured and used to litigate against twitter for its Discriminatory practices which denies equal access to their “platform”.

    Why are 99% of the suspended twitter accounts run by White males ? Why does Twitter refuse to ban speech from Blacks who advocate for violence, while banning Whites for attacking violence ? Twitter and Facebook deny equal access to their platform. It is a federal crime to deny equal access to all Americans. I cannot refuse to rent my home to BLM activists , nor can i refuse to rent my home to Mormons , Muslims or Republicans. Why is Twitter allowed to refuse service to me ?

    • Agree: BenKenobi
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    , @MEH 0910
  185. @JohnPlywood

    Yikes. It’s like you’re not even trying, CIA/DHS/State Dept./JDIF/deepstate whomever.

    • Replies: @Coemgen
  186. @ben tillman

    I think that during the Watergate affair the Republicans still believed in process, while Democrats, then as now, believed only in goals. Republicans like Senators Barry Goldwater and Hugh Scott and House Republican Leader JohnRhodes felt that Nixon had to be punished for process crimes, and so he lost the support of his own party. Democrats were only using those “crimes” to unseat him. They didn’t actually care about them, as they showed during the Clinton impeachment, when the Democrats voted “not guilty” in lockstep. Even Sen. Joe Lieberman, who had initially expressed disgust at Clinton’s behavior, fell into line and voted for acquittal.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    , @Jack D
  187. @Harry Baldwin

    We can now infer that the Deep State was there every step of the way advising him to do exactly the wrong thing to hide a crime he had no part in committing.

  188. Jack D says:


    Three possibilities:

    1. The email is fake. The drive apparently contained many intimate images of Hunter smoking crack, having sex, etc. that are almost certainly authentic and indicate that it was his computer, but the email could have been added separately. Anyone can type up an email.

    2. Pozharskyi is lying in the email and never met the VP – this would be a strange lie to tell.

    3. The Biden campaign is lying (or the denial is a carefully phrased non-denial denial) and the VP did in fact meet with Pozharskyi.

    I vote for #3.

    Also the FBI supposedly has the original drive and computer but it appears to have disappeared into a black hole in the FBI offices. FBI did not want to throw this election like they did the last one. The shopkeeper wisely made a backup copy of the drive before giving it to the FBI or else this story would never have seen the light of day. What is the legality of them subpoenaing the computer and then black holing it? Very fishy.

  189. @Guy De Champlagne

    Yesterday in Iowa:

    “We did not come this far to overcome this much and fight this hard only to surrender our country back to the depraved Washington swamp.”

    President Trump talked A LOT about the swamp.

  190. Jake Novak mentions that much of the pressure to censor any pro-Trump news comes from below — the fanatically ultra-woke young employees at Twitter and Facebook who are constantly pitching fits and threatening to walk.

    Harris meanwhile announces a COVID-alert pause to her campaign, conveniently giving the media something to talk about besides Burisma

  191. Jack D says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    All procedural arguments are insincere. When Obama wanted to nominate someone to the S. Ct. in his last year, Rs were against it and D’s were for. This year it is vice versa. The underlying principles have not changed but the who:whom has and that is what really counts.

    The R’s turned against Nixon because they saw their own careers being dragged down by Nixon’s sinking ship and they wanted to save their own asses. Lieberman weighed the vote calculus and decided he had more to gain by staying with Clinton.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Matt Buckalew
  192. @Muggles

    In the good old days all left-wingers were fervent trust-busters and wanted to end any type of de jure and de factor monopoly.

    These days they take over the monopolies and demand the government defend and fund them.

    Even the craziest SF writer could not have imagine this weird dystopian future.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
  193. Dan Hayes says:
    @Stan d Mute

    Wishful and/or delusional thinking!

  194. ladderff_ says:

    Steve,

    Work is underway; please see urbit.org. This is the real thing. Adoption is path-dependent and there are obstacles, but much thought has been put specifically into overcoming them.

  195. Anonymous[166] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    You miss the key point of who controlled the Senate in each term: Republicans.

    Their advice and consent as Republicans was “No” in 2016 because Merrick Garland in a Liberal, but “Yes” in 2020 because ACB is Conservative.

    There is remarkable precedent in 235+ years about who gets a confirmation hearing in the last year of a Presidency, and it is contingent upon who is running the Senate.

    • Replies: @Clyde
  196. @Charles St. Charles

    A Democratic vote in California is wasted, a Republican vote is not. It is very useful. Each one moves the needle closer to, not further from, 50%, which concentrates the party committees’ minds. So work on that.

    This is why both parties are paying closer attention to Minnesota each time, despite that state’s 11 consecutive D(FL) victories. The state’s post-Nixon Democratic presidential vote averages less than 50%, and centrist third parties– Anderson, Perot, McMullin– do very well, a sign of a flexible electorate. Jesse Ventura was governor, if you remember. Gopher electors are the brass ring on the GOP merry-go-round.

    Of course, Minnesota is more than twice as white as California…

  197. @AnotherDad

    I think Trump as figurehead and identity of the right is counterproductive to the prospect of the Republican party developing into a robust, articulate populist alternative to all the bad, ill-considered progressive ideas emerging on the left: identity politics, “antiracism”, nuclear-free green new deal, replacing much of the police with social workers, etc. While I didn’t vote for Trump (or Hillary) in ’16, I couldn’t help but wonder what sort of course lied down the radical prospect of a Trump presidency, and seeing it develop into reality on election night – counter to my perception of the whole thing as a well managed show – was a thrill. The administration has of course been largely thwarted and, it seems, persuaded down off of the populist wave of concerns it rode into office, and besieged by Democrats throughout in their determination to find a way to remove him from office, but I’m nevertheless in agreement with Sullivan and Will that Trump is unfit for office, in temperament and competence. Better perhaps for Americans to get a dose of what the left has in store and for the alternative to this course to regroup under competent leadership (such as Hawley) capable of being effective.

    • Disagree: Inquiring Mind
    • Replies: @Anon7
  198. MEH 0910 says:
    @Jack D

    Biden’s campaign would not rule out the possibility that the former VP had some kind of informal interaction with Pozharskyi, which wouldn’t appear on Biden’s official schedule. But they said any encounter would have been cursory. Pozharskyi did not respond to a request for comment.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  199. Jack D says:
    @MEH 0910

    This seems like they are hedging their denial. Where is the line between “some time” and a “cursory” meeting? 10 min? 15? 30?

    • Agree: MEH 0910
  200. Abe says:
    @Jack D

    Three possibilities:

    1. The email is fake.

    Hunter’s employer, Rosemont Seneca- what is that, a law firm, a consultancy? in any case just another swamp creature halfway house if Hunter was working there- certainly has a well-funded IT department with email server backups that would prove the legitimacy of this. Rudy (GAWD, I LUV HIM! His loyalty and service to Trump despite Deep State/Swamp attempts to personally destroy him a-la Roger Stone out of nothing more than personal friendship and honor makes me teary-eyed; Rudy is probably the most commendable figure of the entire Trump-era, beating out Trump himself and edging out Stephen Miller by a whisker)- what was I saying?- oh yeah, Rudy may not be a tech whiz but he’s sharp enough to understand that email has a forensic trail and so would never fabricate evidence that can easily be disproven.

    Oh, what’s that!- Rosemont Seneca’s IT department just announces the email backups for that month went to a tape with factory defects making them totally unrecoverable? Rear assured those emails are at peace now in Bit Heaven next to Jeffrey Epstein’s cell block suicide vid.

    OT- what’s with Netanyahu’s corruption trail? This has been ongoing for what feels like 5 years and 3 Israeli elections! The fact this keep repeating without any resolution or progress like Groundhog Day makes me think I’m living in some virtual reality as this is definitely a glitch in the program.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Anonymous
  201. Jack D says:
    @Abe

    Rudy wouldn’t, but there are hypothetical questions about the chain of custody. Maybe someone planted those emails on Hunter’s laptop. I doubt it, but without a clear chain of custody it is possible to raise doubts over their authenticity.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemont_Seneca_Partners

    I think Rosemont Seneca IS Hunter Biden. Crack addicts are not known for their careful record keeping or paying their cloud server’s IT bills so it wouldn’t surprise me if there were no backups.

  202. vhrm says:
    @Charles St. Charles

    continue to treat Uber drivers as serfs,

    AB5, the law that prop 22 is trying to address was an overly broad law that many industries got opt-outs for.

    I suggest voting against prop 22 only so Californians get to actually feel the impact of their policy preferences which would be that Lyft, Uber etc would be more expensive, less convenient (remember waiting 45 minutes for a cab? ) or not operating in the state at all. This would have already happened if AB5 weren’t on hold due to legal action.

    Note that cab drivers were independent contractors too (at least in the US cities I’m aware of).

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/AB5-gig-work-bill-All-your-questions-answered-14441764.php

  203. Anonymous[403] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    re: #2

    I wouldn’t put it past Ukrainians on the make to send fictional “thank you” emails to various public figures, just to establish Disputed Allegations via chutzpah. They are like the nation-level equivalent of a scheming stalker ex-gf.

    However, if Vadym [insert ridiculous Slav surname] is in fact an established log-roller and palm-greaser, a journalist *ought* to be able to establish a pattern. His schmoozing wouldn’t end with the Bidens. Instead, they are playing as ca. 2003 bloggers and complaining unctuously that the story is “full of holes.” Not helping matters, blogs and official Journalism have pretty much merged since then.

    Either way there’s a story here the Anglophone-search-engine sphere has been oblivious to (for better or worse). But licensed press don’t care, automatically reverted to “Protect the Queen!” type. As the saga of the Chappaqua Water-Closet Server demonstrated, it’s a non-sequitur to point out that an email might be a Dan Rather-style forgery. Anything in media can be a forgery. But an email by its telos, has to exist in more than 1 place, for at least a little while.

    I also thought it funny when a Twitter Journo observed, “There aren’t many Apple stores in Delaware.” Of course, the laptops weren’t taken to a Genius Bar, they were dumped off on lumpen-GeekSquad. But the Twitter Expert seemed to be pointing this out not in support of the local USB-jockey’s connection to the Biden brood, but to suggest rather risibly that the family would be unlikely not to take extra care with corporate IT policy, go through the proper channels, etc. You wouldn’t expect from them such lazy and tacky behavior. Inconceivable!

    • Replies: @Jack D
  204. @R.G. Camara

    “So, its kind of like the Clinton Foundation, except instead of using a fake charity as a front, Joe just got his kids on payrolls of foreign corporations.”

    The Clintons got away with it, why won’t the Bidens?

    • Replies: @Polynikes
  205. @vhrm

    “what the FBI found when investigating this for the past 9 months.”

    Where’s the evidence that they ever investigated it? Too busy looking for white supremacist terrorists I guess.

  206. Anonymous[403] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Couldn’t the FBI substantially clear up this whole thing? They subpoena’d the hardware pretty fast after the event.

    Stand back and wait for Liberals In Good Standing to inveigh against the integrity of the “corrupt, Trump-controlled” FBI in 3, 2, 1… Remember back when LIGS were all on-board w/ mail-in voting having just *the most* integrity– so many integrities, oh my God… That was a few weeks ago

  207. @Jack D

    Maybe for Jewish people but wasps have been known to make procedural arguments against their own interest- norms were important they were gone before I entered the world so I don’t give a shit about them but at one time they existed and were the basis of western exceptionalism.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  208. @Travis

    My wife has not voted since 2004. She may actually vote this year, since New Jersey

    She couldn’t have voted in 1804. But had she one, a widowed mother or unmarried heiress sister could have. There was no sex qualification for voting in New Jersey until 1807, but there was a property requirement.

    However, married women’s property was in their husbands’ names. Thus, they were disenfranchised on that score. When a girl married (after her 21st birthday), she gave up not only her name, but her vote.

    This wasn’t well-thought-out, or thought-out at all, really. It seems to have happened by accident. Jersey’s early election laws were a holy mess in general, and were thoroughly rewritten in 1807 to model other states’. Women’s suffrage was a minor issue; it just went by the wayside.

  209. @MEH 0910

    Random store owner has it, copies it (a crime) and gives it to the president’s lawyer while also responding to a federal subpoena? A bit odd. https://t.co/KKECYxBRcE

    So after stealing and publishing the President’s personal tax returns the MSM is now censoring evidence of Biden’s corruption because they are worried that someone made an unauthorized copy of the smoking gun? This MSM/Big Tech election meddling is really the death knell for any notion that they are anything but hack propaganda.

  210. @415 reasons

    Yes, reminds me of when Twitter banned links to NYT stories about the Steele Dossier because of its unclear provenance.

    You don’t need to go back that far, the NYT is still running stories this week about Trump tax returns that they illegally obtained from some Deep State agent at the IRS.

    Right now the NYT is, of course, just crickets on the both the New York Post and Big Tech censorship stories. The current MSM/DNC/Big Tech cabal is to just suppress anything that hurts Biden. We’ll see if they can get away with it.

  211. Philo says:

    “I do have questions about letting a handful of monopolists censor the news.” By your own showing, this “censorship” is not very effective.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
  212. TWS says:
    @Neoconned

    How hard would it be to fill a balloon with helium and let it go near am airport? A lot more likely than any jetpack.

  213. @Jack D

    Three possibilities:

    1. The email is fake…

    2. The check is in the mail.

    3. He’s from the government, and he is here to help you.

    I see a fourth:

    4. He respects you in the morning.

    That отправлено с iPhone is suspicious on its face. For one thing, it’s Russian, not Ukrainian (відправлено з iPhone). But as there are no angels, we set the devils against one another. The Bidens are guilty, even if this Slav or the other is as well.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  214. @vhrm

    It’s hard to see this as anything but partisan.

    Going after the social media monopolists is tricky. You can threaten them with consequences to try to keep them somewhat honest. But, OTOH, if they feel too threatened, they may go all-in to simply keep you out of power.

    At this point, however, they’ve gone so far and so obviously to the side of interfering for the Democrats, that Republicans might as well run like Teddy Roosevelt on a platform of busting their monopolies.

  215. Anonymous[166] • Disclaimer says:
    @Abe

    Rosemont Seneca is a Registered Investment Adviser. Friends and Family Office. Private Equity investments.

    Created by Biden, Christopher Heinz and Devin Archer to benefit their families.

  216. @YetAnotherAnon

    “Is it that it contains no prima facie evidence of breaking US law, or are they complicit in covering up to help the Biden campaign?”

    I say cover up. We need a new FBI director — I nominate Matthew Whitaker.

    • Agree: J.Ross
  217. @vinteuil

    On the contrary, we know exactly what they got: they got the prosecutor who was investigating them for corruption fired. Biden bragged openly about getting him fired by threatening to withhold aid from the Ukrainian government.

    As far as I can tell that’s just right wing echo chamber bullshit. Show me the link that says the old prosecutor was doing an investigation that threatened Burisma and the new prosecutor stopped it.

    • Replies: @Grahamsno(G64)
    , @vinteuil
  218. @Jus' Sayin'...

    (4) Drudge realized that his website is like crystal methamphetamine for Republitards, who are intellectually challenged and induced to grand mal seizures by mainstream news websites, with their incorporation of color and boundaryless content presentation; and thus he can serve them any kind of news he wants to, knowing the Trumptards will never be capable of kicking the habit.

    Despite the shift in bias, Drudge’s traffic rankings remain excellent:

    https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/drudgereport.com#section_traffic

    Like I’ve been telling Trumptards… Do you actually think you can run other people’s companies for them? Are you so deluded that you think your erratic and delusional political opinions are a pertinent business model in the 21st century? Do you really believe that Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter, Drudge, UCal, etc, would be investing in wokeism if it wasn’t profitable? Time to wake up and smell the biscuits. The world doesn’t need you anymore and is desperately trying to kick you off of it.

    • Troll: Jus' Sayin'...
  219. Jack D says:
    @MEH 0910

    That tweet seems to be gone. What crime was it for the store owner to copy the disk? When the customer (Hunter) abandoned his computer without paying the repair fee (typical crackhead behavior) it became the property of the store owner and he could do whatever he wanted with it.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  220. Jack D says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    A lot of (eastern) Ukrainians speak Russian better than they speak Ukrainian and do business in Russian. Russian was the lingua franca of the USSR.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @Jay Fink
  221. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    Crackheads always do business at certified Apple Genius Bars and would never drop their laptops filled with their sex tapes at the local “We Fix Cracked Screens” place and then forget to pick them up. That doesn’t fit the crackhead MO at all (sarc alert).

  222. @Inquiring Mind

    Overall the trade deficit has gotten way worse. The deficit with China has basically remained the same, so for Trump that’s a victory I guess but not for rational people.

    Maybe he’s slowed immigration (after years of doing nothing), but in the process he’s revved up all the pro immigration people who will more than undo what little good he’s done as soon as he’s gone. He’s done nothing to institute e-verify and punish employers, which the law allows the president to do unilaterally. With e-verify he could have passively and cheaply removed the vast majority of illegal immigrants and slowed illegal immigration to a trickle He’s done nothing like that, something he admitted was because it would place a burden on businesses.

    I don’t like trump rubber stamping federalist society judges that literally any other generic republican would appoint because I’m economically liberal (AKA not an economic cuck). Ditto on why I don’t support blanket deregulation.

    Then there’s the repeated obamacare repeal fiascos, the tax cuts, the letting people out of jail, the giveaways to military contractors, the attacks on Iran, the attacks on Venezeula, the rising crime, the riots, the doofusness and constant gratuitous chaos and confusion, the general real estate developed sleaze, the specific sleaziness that led to impeachment, the nepotism, the general failed coronavirus response, the fact that he hosted a coronavirus super spreader event after months of being criticized for bad protocols at the white house, etc.

    The country needed a great president and Trump wasn’t even a good one (though better than average in terms of post 1980 presidents even if he’s maybe one real test away from being hugely downgraded) . I know that’s hard to accept.

    I do like the Life of Brian reference, but that scene is meant to make fun of critics of colonialism and has nothing to do with Trump (who Idle and Cleese definitely, and I believe the rest of the surviving members, all hate). Rome taking over Judea had indisputable hugely important effects. Not so much for the Trump presidency.

  223. @Hibernian

    I think his point reflects reality. A number of the States had Established Religions when the Bill of Rights was penned.
    It was not intended then, nor should it be be read now, as interfering with the Staes Rights to do so.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  224. J.Ross says:
    @Philo

    It never is with truly intelligent, question-asking people. The idea with censorship is always the control of the unquestioning herd (which includes the nominally intelligent). That’s fine to an extent but in the past few years government officials have gotten away with high crimes (Thomas Farnan thinks Durham will let them get away with everything) and the worst subgroup of the herd has been deliberately agitated to indiscriminant violence. This is an evil and we should all hope it’s self-defeating.

  225. J.Ross says:
    @Matt Buckalew

    I had thought that the basis of the idea that Jews were greedy came from Jews at normal human greed levels being typically unapologetic about their wants within a Christian context where you were supposed to be as apologetic as possible even if you were lying.

  226. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    Over 80% speak Russian at home in the 8 eastern regions of the country.

    • Replies: @Abe
  227. @MEH 0910

    Brownouts too many

    I thought that with Mexican immigration at the levels it is, Brown-ins were the problem.

    Surprised Trump didn’t mention that.

  228. @Justvisiting

    In the good old days all left-wingers were fervent trust-busters and wanted to end any type of de jure and de factor monopoly.

    Its almost like the left is entirely about power and any principles they claim to have are merely for convenience.

  229. Jay Fink says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Liberty Daily reminds me of the Drudge Report of old although more partisan (to the right) than Drudge ever was.

    • Replies: @Jus' Sayin'...
  230. WJ says:
    @Jack D

    BS to the FBI throwing the election in 16. I assume you are referring to the last minute re-0pening of the e mail scandal. No one outside of some Wa Po hack believes this swayed supporters from Clinton to Trump. Smartest guy in the world Nate Silver had HRC with a 91 percent change of winning until 7 pm election night.

    We know now, of course, that the FBI attempted to throw the election with their fake scandals and set up of various Trump associates in an attempt to establish the Russia hoax.

  231. Jay Fink says:
    @Jack D

    I was amazed to find a 1962 interview of my great grandfather online. He talks about his experiences immigrating to the U.S. I found it interesting that he considered himself a Russian immigrant and made many references to Russia. Yet every city he mentioned was in modern day Ukraine…Kiev etc. He never once used the word Ukraine and my strong sense is everyone who lived in that region at the time considered themselves Russian not Ukranian.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  232. WJ says:
    @Guy De Champlagne

    Any white heterosexual male voting Biden Harris would have to be classified as low information voter. That is assuming that they are not accelerationists.

    • Agree: northeast
    • Replies: @Guy De Champlagne
  233. Abe says:
    @Art Deco

    Over 80% speak Russian at home in the 8 eastern regions of the country.

    It’s like dismissing the New Testament as not possibly the work of 1st Century Jews because it’s in Greek.

  234. Clyde says:
    @Anonymous

    Their advice and consent as Republicans was “No” in 2016 because Merrick Garland in a Liberal, but “Yes” in 2020 because ACB is Conservative.
    There is remarkable precedent in 235+ years about who gets a confirmation hearing in the last year of a Presidency, and it is contingent upon who is running the Senate.

    Precisely! I like the current Democrat propaganda that Trump is packing the Supreme Court by putting ACB in, so late in his term. Dems literally use the word packing. A lie of course. __________ They do this to give them cover in 2021 where they try to pack the Supreme Court for real. By expanding it to 11 or 13 justices. But first they have to capture the Senate and the Presidency.

  235. @Abe

    Watergate was an actual break in and cover up. The fact that the partisan press was zealous taking down Nixon does not take away from the facts. To further this, all the low level players ended up turning thereby bearing witness to what occurred. The Republicans took their lumps but were able to come back because they learned their lesson.

    Nowadays, the left that is willfully obtuse to the point that it does not matter what the press does or says. They are incapable of learning a lesson. With identity politics, things like being correct or right and wrong really don’t matter. All that matters is, “is it good for my people”. Whether is is Covid lockdown, Antifa being an idea or black on white violence, or Spy Gate, or Ukraine, or impeachment, etc. there is no dialectic, you are just talking to a wall.

    Call me paranoid but it is almost as if there is a force behind the left and their political arm, the Democratic Party, that is directing operations. Everything they do is a premeditated and coordinated joint operation. The media, the politicians, the rioters, the lawfare and Kritarchy, all work in conjunction with each other and rarely if ever operate alone. Like ants, they are mindless.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
  236. I was sad to see Drudge die earlier this year. It used to be so much fun whether it was a scandal or a hurricane.

    Good thing the change happened fast enough that there’s general awareness. Too bad it happened during an election year. But products change and brands usually die slowly while the managers pack more sawdust into the sausage.

    I’ve tried many of the suggested alternatives. Revolver.news is the best I’ve found for highlighting the interesting and relevant stories that I wouldn’t find otherwise.

    Maybe Steve can run a Drudge Dead post so we can compare alternatives?

    • Replies: @vhrm
  237. FCC Will Move to ‘Clarify’ Section 230 Protections for Social Media Companies

    Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday he will move to “clarify the meaning” of Section 230, the law which protects social media companies from being legally liable for the content their users post….

    “The Commission’s General Counsel has informed me that the FCC has the legal authority to interpret Section 230. Consistent with this advice, I intend to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify its meaning,” he added.

    Source: https://www.nationalreview.com/news/fcc-will-move-to-clarify-section-230-protections-for-social-media-companies/

    Gee, welcome to the party, Ajit. What took you so long? Oh, I guess you didn’t read UR.

    https://www.unz.com/anepigone/twitter-is-a-publisher/#comment-4212096

    https://www.unz.com/article/what-finally-happened-in-our-suit-against-twitter/#comment-4038205

    https://www.unz.com/ghood/heidi-beirich-cancels-generation-identity/#comment-4039660

    https://www.unz.com/article/if-you-dont-fight-your-enemies-they-win-why-conservatism-inc-wont-defend-free-speech/#comment-2332044

  238. Art Deco says:
    @Guy De Champlagne

    Your problem is with the Republican congressional caucus, who are hamstrung by a critical mass of careerists.

    • Agree: Polynikes
  239. @Bill Jones

    A number of the States had Established Religions when the Bill of Rights was penned.

    In New York, church establishment was by county.

  240. Jack D says:
    @Jay Fink

    I don’t when he left, but Ukraine did not exist as an independent country until 1990. Any Jew who came from the Pale of Settlement pre-WWI (even from Poland or Lithuania, which also did not exist) would say that they were from “Russia”, which was true enough – the currency was rubles, the Czar’s picture was on it, government business was transacted in Russian, etc.

    I’m sure he would have considered himself a Jew. Jews, Russians, Ukrainians, etc. were ethnicities but they were all citizens of the Empire of Russia and later the USSR. He might have been born in Russia but he was not Russian any more than being born in Detroit makes you Black. This is hard for Americans to understand.

    The guy who was emailing was probably ethnic Ukrainian but at some point E. Ukrainians (and Jews) living there switched languages just like Jews in America switched to English. Your ethnicity, your citizenship and what language you speak are 3 different things.

    • Replies: @Jay Fink
  241. vhrm says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Is it that it contains no prima facie evidence of breaking US law, or are they complicit in covering up to help the Biden campaign?

    The FBI is a national police force that investigates and arrests people for federal level crimes (i.e and sometimes helps State and local police with stuff.

    It implies that it contains no _strong_ evidence of _serious_ law breaking.

    They likely investigated it and they didn’t find evidence of serious law breaking or whatever indications they found they were not able to corroborate to a degree that a prosecutor could bring a case.

    Looks like some Congresspersons are already asking the FBI what they knew and when so we’ll find out at some point.
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-gop-fbi-hunter-biden-laptop

  242. @Prof. Woland

    Call me paranoid but it is almost as if there is a force behind the left and their political arm, the Democratic Party, that is directing operations.

    It’s called superior cost-benefit ratio. I disagree with Trump on many things but back him to the hilt because he’s one of two choices who might win the presidency who’s closest to my view of the world. I wish the other side were more fractious, but I’m not surprised that they aren’t. Because White House runs are ultimately a 2-horse race. Plenty of people back Biden who don’t 100% agree with him because they recognize this fact. Here’s to hoping that some otherwise middle-of-the-road voters recognize that Biden is the candidate of arsonists and looters, and overlook Trump’s bad table manners to vote for him as the candidate of law-and-order.

  243. Coemgen says:
    @Matthew Kelly

    In the blue collar milieu I grew up in, “Plywood” would have been known as a different construction material: cement.

    That is cement as in “CementHead.”

  244. @Guy De Champlagne

    I don’t like trump rubber stamping federalist society judges that literally any other generic republican would appoint because I’m economically liberal (AKA not an economic cuck).

    The word you’re looking for is socialist. The socialist candidate in this race is Joe Biden. It’s natural for Trump’s capitalist policies to rub you the wrong way.

  245. Corvinus says:

    “By the way, I haven’t even bothered to read the NY Post article, so I have zero opinion pro or con about the validity or significance of its contents.”

    Of course you have an opinion on it! This is just another one of your “winks and nods” to your audience. Here is why social media is “blocking it”. Pay close attention. And, remember, challenge the source material, not the sources.

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/10/giuliani-and-the-new-york-post-are-pushing-russian-disinformation-its-a-big-test-for-the-media

  246. OFWHAP says:
    @Charles St. Charles

    continue to treat Uber drivers as serfs

    A lot of Uber drivers are happy having the flexibility to drive as much or as little as they want whenever they want rather than having to drive for scheduled 8-hour shifts with two, 10-minute breaks and a mandatory 30-minute lunch break.

  247. Jack D says:
    @Corvinus

    I heard someone on the news tonight say (with a perfectly straight face and without snickering) that the nefarious Rooshian evil geniuses:

    1. Hacked Hunter Biden’s real computer for his porn-selfie stash.

    2. Injected the information into another laptop (with Biden Foundation property stickers on it) together with fake emails implicating his dad.

    3. Arranged for the fake laptop to come into Giuliani’s hands via the repair shop.

    “A classic Russian disinformation scheme”.

    When Trump says something that is not 1000% proven, the media says that it is “without evidence” but Biden shills are free to invent Mission Impossible type scenarios. The common sense explanation that it quacks like Hunter’s laptop because it IS Hunter’s laptop is rejected because reasons. Pure clown world.

    • Agree: Jus' Sayin'...
  248. @Guy De Champlagne

    Broadly agree with that assessment, particularly the observation on e-verify. Would add that some of the business regulations that Republicans & Trump are happy to clear cut, such as on air pollution, are good regulations.

  249. @Jack D

    ‘Sorta ironic because if Sleepy Joe wins, there’s a pretty good chance that we will get an actual Female Negro as the President within the next couple of years.’

    ? How would that happen? We might get an actual Tamil Brahmin as presidentrix — but where do you get the Negress from?

    • Replies: @Grahamsno(G64)
  250. Polynikes says:
    @Joseph Doaks

    Bill is intelligent. Biden is…not.

  251. @Travis

    This may result in Twitter going bankrupt, which is why the oligarchs strongly support the Section 230 protections granted to them by congress.

    Is discriminating against conservatives so important to Jack Dorsey that he is willing to risk losing his business over it? Wouldn’t a prudent man take care to be a lot more subtle about it?

    • Agree: vhrm
  252. MEH 0910 says:
    @Travis

    https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/facebook-limits-spread-of-the-posts-hunter-biden-expose/

  253. anon[424] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    Lol @ MoJones et al, this isn’t even Occam’s Butterknife. It’s something else.

    Occam’s paper knife only works on very gooey preparations whipped up in a factory.

    • Troll: Corvinus
  254. vhrm says:
    @Jack D

    From what’s been released and/or attested to so far, the scenario you describe is really not that far fetched though it wouldn’t have to be Russians; it could be anyone.

    However, especially since these are Macs, i’d think that the 3 laptops in question could have their serial numbers traced to see where they were sold. Even if the serial numbers were duplicated the original machines would still exist somewhere and would have had to be acquired and destroyed.

    One might also check if the MAC addresses of the machines are in the logs of offices and/or cafes where they may have been used (e.g. from the logs of what networks they connected to ). Prob a bunch of other things i haven’t thought of.

    I think it’s more likely than not that they’re Hunter Biden’s laptops and emails, esp since we haven’t heard denials to the contrary, but i wouldn’t stake my life on it.

    • Replies: @Getaclue
    , @Jack D
  255. Getaclue says:
    @Guy De Champlagne

    Trump is the only game in town — pretending otherwise is just moronic — total bs (get Biden/Harris in and things are going to be better? LOL please) — means your either a Leftist pretending otherwise or you are terminally stupid….Trump has problems but he is clearly the only choice right now in this clusterf. End of story.

  256. Getaclue says:
    @vhrm

    If it wasn’t his there would have been SCREAMING denials — they know they can’t do this — because when it all comes out it will be 100% proven to be his — they know this already so they are trying to throw whatever shade they can to get thru to November — without putting themselves in more jeopardy — it’s his, zero doubt.

    • Thanks: vhrm
  257. @Jay Fink

    Liberty Daily reminds me of the Drudge Report of old although more partisan (to the right) than Drudge ever was.

    Thanks. I’ve added https://thelibertydaily.com/ to my bookmarks. It looks like a good balance to the Neodrudge site.

  258. MEH 0910 says:
    @Corvinus

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  259. nebulafox says:
    @Jack D

    These people also give intelligence services impossible powers. As I have repeatedly pointed out in my commenting history, no intelligence service-no matter how gifted-can do anything other than exacerbate and encourage already existing political trends.

    The Russians are not tearing apart America, however much Putin sees the domestic chaos as good for him. Nor, similarly, are the Chinese. No, Americans are the ones doing that, and the only ones that CAN do that.

  260. vhrm says:
    @Chief Seattle

    https://rantingly.com/ is pretty alright. It’s definitely pretty right leaning, but generally points to reasonable sources. Been using it on and off for the year or so.

    (claims to be a one man show https://rantingly.com/threeyearsofrantingly/ )

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  261. Sparkon says:
    @Jack D

    After looking a little more closely at this Hunter Biden laptop story, I see a number of problems.

    First, does it really make sense that Hunter Biden would neglect to retrieve a laptop with compromising images and information on it?

    Second, the Mac repair shop owner didn’t actually see Hunter Biden drop off the laptop.

    Mac Isaac said he had a medical condition that prevented him from actually seeing who dropped off the laptop but that he believed it to be Hunter Biden’s because of a sticker related to the Beau Biden Foundation that was on it. He said that Hunter Biden actually dropped off three laptops for repair, an abundance of hardware that he chalked up to the Biden son being “rich.”

    Throughout the interview, Mac Isaac switched back and forth from saying he reached out to law enforcement after viewing the files in the laptop to saying that it was actually the Federal Bureau of Investigation that contacted him. At one point, Mac Isaac claimed that he was emailing someone from the FBI about the laptop. At another point he claimed a special agent from the Baltimore office had contacted him after he alerted the FBI to the device’s existence. At another point, he said the FBI reached out to him for “help accessing his drive.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/man-who-reportedly-gave-hunters-laptop-to-rudy-speaks-out-in-bizarre-interview

    In a winding interview with the media, John Paul Mac Isaac, owner of The Mac Shop in Wilmington, recalled how in April 2019 a man who identified himself as Hunter Biden brought three liquid-damaged laptops to his small repair shop in the Trolley Square shopping center.

    Only one was left for repair, he said. No one returned to retrieve it, he said.
    […]
    Mac Isaac repeatedly claimed he had shared the device with Costello because he was fearful for his safety. He did not explain how a move that would result in publicity would improve his security.
    […]
    He said he began hearing about Burisma and Ukraine shortly after Hunter Biden had left his laptop at the Trolley Square repair shop. When a customer doesn’t return after 90 days, Mac Isaac says he typically will reach out to them by phone.

    Asked if he called Hunter Biden, Mac Isaac said, “No comment.”

    “We have customers who abandon products all of the time,” he said.

    https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2020/10/14/meet-wilmington-repairman-who-reportedly-gave-biden-laptop-giuliani-associate/3655753001/

    So the laptop alleged to be Hunter Biden’s sat at the Trolley Square repair shop for 90 days, probably in a secure area where nobody could get at it, and even if they could have gotten at, it would take a lot longer than that to cobble together some fake e-mails, and put Hunter Biden’s face on some porn using Deep Fake technology, wouldn’t it?

    Of course it wouldn’t, but those Beau Biden stickers are probably really hard to come by, and if the stickers were on the laptop, perhaps the supposedly compromising material was on it too, but still no proof the laptop really belonged to Hunter Biden, nor that it was in fact he who had dropped it off.

    And finally, having Rudy Giuliani involved really does give this story the Imprimatur of Bullshit.

  262. Lurker says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Another thing I’ve seen is people typing into google the same site name they know by heart over and over to get started each time. They do not know that google is not the browser.

    Nearly twenty years ago I had a website. When it first went live I emailed the address, the exact address – the URL, to various friends and family.

    The results were dispiriting. The first one rang me and said he couldn’t see the site. I was worried, went to the site and. . . . there it was running normally. What the hell was going on?

    Turns out he had merely put the address into Google. Not the address line. It was too soon for Google to have found it.

    It turned out others were doing the same thing. They either couldn’t find the site at all or just random pages, not the home page. When I realised what was happening it was as if a vast hole had opened up beneath my feet. I simply couldn’t comprehend why otherwise competent people were flailing around in such a way. I left me wondering what other weirdness was going in people’s online habits.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  263. Jay Fink says:
    @Jack D

    He immigrated to the U.S around 1900. My genetic test makes it clear I have no Russian in me despite all my relatives immigrating from what is now known as Ukraine. 23andme says I am 100% Ashkenazi and 0% Eastern European. Although Myheritage says I am 2% Finnish.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  264. @Lurker

    Thanks for the reply, Lurker. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone was taught at least a non-technical overview of what the hell goes on with the internet?

    Let me give you an example from around 1996 when I was the same as your friends. I went to a 1-hour free class at the librarians to learn about “the internet”. The librarian teacher started off about “The Archie”, whatever search engine was the big one then, and maybe mentioned that there was this Netscape thing you click on.. etc. When I think back, I think she had no clue what any of this really meant.

    In that one hour, someone could have told us “This program is called a browser. It takes the text and tags and formats what the guy with the site wants you to see on your computer. Web sites are just data in files that get sent in pieces at a time via this “internet” to your computer when you type in this URL thingy … etc..” That kind of thing would have cleared it all up for me.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  265. Jack D says:
    @vhrm

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a bureau of the Federal government that could investigate such things and see if the VP’s son was selling access to the highest circles of our government? We could call this agency the Federal Investigation Bureau (FIB). I think it has a nice ring to it. They would surely have the resources to confirm serial #s and such and release their findings to the public, since it is a matter of great public interest.

    Knowing if a presidential candidate is on the payroll of some foreign government or company is surely a matter of great public interest. Democrats sure seemed interested to know if Trump was but they don’t seem very curious about Biden.

    Yeah, this is fake but the Steele Dossier is real.

  266. Hunter Biden’s very name brings back awful memories of Duran Duran:

    In touch with the ground
    I’m on the hunt, I’m after you
    Scent and a sound, I’m lost and I’m found
    And I’m hungry like the wolf

  267. @Reg Cæsar

    Hell, I never made up my mind which third party to give my vote until the last week.

    If anyone is wondering why common sense, good judgment, and prudential behavior is rare in America they need look no further than you. Biden and Harris thank you for not only volunteering to destroy the constitutional republic we were lucky enough to inherit by voting for a sure loser, but also for getting on this forum and recruiting others to follow your lead in launching the Biden-Harris glorious Soviet future! ™

    But hey, you will get to correct the grammar of your fellow inmates in the Gulag. For you, I am sure the benefits will outweigh the costs.

  268. Jack D says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    If you think of the old days, say you wanted information about that new radio kit that was coming out. In the back of Popular Mechanics, it would tell you “write to Heathkit Company, PO Box 211, Grand Central Post Office, New York 22, NY” for a free brochure. In fact, if you just wrote “Heathkit Company” the dead letter office had a directory and they would probably direct your request to the right address. Heathkit Company would get your request and mail a brochure back to the return address on the envelope. The internet is the same thing in electronic form.

  269. Anonymous[241] • Disclaimer says:
    @peterike

    If Trump was accomplishing something, I’d be right there with you telling people to hold their nose at his personality. But he isn’t. He is up against great force, and I’d be willing to listen to a case based on “here’s what we tried, here’s where the failure occurred, here’s what we’re gonna do next time to assure it’s not repeated.” He’s not making the case, instead he’s demanding everyone pretend he is winning, with those like Ann Coulter who dissent getting excommunicated. I don’t want to be a part of that gang of losers, and that’s what most of these people are, losers. The people who have real accomplishments, who have set a real goal, worked toward it, and achieved it, can see that Trump isn’t doing that. It’s only to those who frequently yell at inanimate objects who think Trump’s tough talk on twitter is the same as actual toughness.

    • Agree: John Achterhof
    • Disagree: Harry Baldwin
    • Troll: Manfred Arcane
  270. anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    >>If it’s real than I am again impressed by how Ukraine punches above its weight in geopolitical crap-stirring.

    Not sure if that’s rhetorical, but it’s clearly the Scotch Irish. They’re using Ukraine to agitate against Putin, the man who reasserted ethnic Russian rule over Russia and dispossessed the Scotch Irish kleptocracy of the 90s.

  271. Corvinus says:
    @MEH 0910

    Regarding Cambridge Analytica…

    https://cyberplayground.org/2020/10/08/cambridge-analytica-final-report-some-interesting-findings

    But the findings also introduce questions about the breadth and scope of the regulator’s current remit. Chief among them is whether the ICO, as an independent body funded in part by fees and government grants, is well suited to evaluating wrongdoing — both in terms of resources and expertise — which extends beyond the immediate remit of data protection law and UK jurisdiction.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/11/the-observer-view-on-the-information-commissioners-cambridge-analytica-investigation

    Elizabeth Denham, announced she had wrapped up a long investigation into the use of personal data in political campaigning in a letter to parliament that warned of “systemic vulnerabilities in our democratic systems”. The letter confirmed that Cambridge Analytica had exploited Facebook data and said that, as investigators closed in on the company, it drew up plans to take its data offshore to avoid scrutiny….Denham underlined that the investigation led to fines on Vote Leave, Leave.EU and Facebook, with the latter “given the maximum financial penalty we could levy”. Cambridge Analytica has since collapsed; if it hadn’t, it would probably have attracted further regulatory action, she added…A devastating Channel 4 report claimed recently that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign worked with a team from Cambridge Analytica and used data to target black voters for suppression through ads on Facebook.

    https://www.channel4.com/news/revealed-trump-campaign-strategy-to-deter-millions-of-black-americans-from-voting-in-2016

    Regarding the Steele Dossier…

    Regarding Trump owing money…

    that is correct, he does not owe hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kremlin. He just owes hundreds of millions of dollars to the bank that launders money for the Kremlin. The fact is that he is a serial tax fraud and he is in dire financial straits.

    • Replies: @Getaclue
    , @MEH 0910
  272. Corvinus says:
    @Jack D

    “I heard someone on the news tonight say (with a perfectly straight face and without snickering) that the nefarious Rooshian evil geniuses…”

    Thanks for the red herring. Now, how about actually addressing the points which were made?

  273. black sea says:
    @JohnPlywood

    When you pull statistics out of your ass, you ought to try to make them at least a little bit plausible.

    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
  274. @Guy De Champlagne

    The great wisdom of “Guy De Champlagne”

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    October 15, 2020 at 2:58 am GMT • 100 Words
    @Charles St. Charles
    > I always marvel that there are supposedly people that say they are “undecided”
    > 3 weeks from a presidential election – liars or morons?
    I don’t plan on voting,

    Thanks Guy! When the village idiot bows out everyone else cheers.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    October 15, 2020 at 2:49 am GMT • 100 Words ↑
    @AnotherDad
    > Trump’s only said “Drain the Swamp!” maybe a thousand times.
    > The Hunter Biden stuff isn’t corporatism, it is open corruption
    > like the Clinton Foundation pay-to-play deal
    Neither of them are “open corruption” at this point. We don’t know what, if anything, Burisma got from their cozy, corporatist connection to Biden.

    Yep, trust Joe Biden. He got as rich as Croesus by saving boxtops and sending them in for prizes.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    October 15, 2020 at 1:57 am GMT • 100 Words ↑
    @Rob McX
    Remember according to the Trump campaign Biden is a socialist, which is the worst thing in the world. So if Biden is guilty of a little bit of corporatism, then that just means he’s less of a socialist which makes him a better candidate by the Trump standards.

    Reasoning isn’t your strong suit, is it?

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    October 11, 2020 at 11:16 am GMT • 100 Words
    The idea that all black majority countries and black run cities form a giant, transcontinental, indistinguishable shithole simply isn’t even remotely true.
    Guy De Champlagne says:
    October 11, 2020 at 2:43 am GMT • 100 Words
    And as an aside, there are well run black majority cities and countries so your science isn’t very good either.

    We will believe you after you emigrate there, stay for five years, and return to tell us how wonderful it is.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    October 11, 2020 at 2:11 am GMT • 200 Words
    White christian men have to start by going tiny duck and understanding how patheticly weak and stupid they are and then move on from there. It’s the only way. Stop fantasizing about all the white male nobel prize winners as though a completely unrepresentative trailing indicator means anything.

    Of course, Tiny Duck is the model for Sailer readers! How could anyone have missed the appeal?

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    September 26, 2020 at 7:47 pm GMT ↑
    @Art Deco
    There’s no reason there can’t be a right wing anti gun movement aimed at getting guns away from dangerous people rather than just being a pretext to humiliate white christians. Who cares if that’s not the main thrust of the “discourse”?

    Yes, because taking away guns from the people in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union had nothing to do with the democidal debacle that anti-gunners perpetrated on an innocent populations.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    September 25, 2020 at 11:16 pm GMT • 100 Words
    Leaving out the fact that all the work is done by clerks and that senility is no obstacle to being an effective supreme court justice

    The wisdom of Guy – advocating for rule by neophytes and the catatonic.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    February 24, 2020 at 3:28 pm GMT ↑
    @newrouter
    > You communists really enjoy killing millions of people at a time.
    It’s more like billions although I don’t advocate letting them die.

    No, Guy won’t let them die, Guy will kill them. That will make it easier for them.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    February 23, 2020 at 11:31 pm GMT • 100 Words
    You do have to accept reduction in consumption and decide what to do with all the people that legitimately can’t afford carbon free energy

    Guy already knows what to do with them. Oh yes he does.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    February 23, 2020 at 7:28 pm GMT ↑
    @Achmed E. Newman
    Greta and her family look like they’re in pretty good shape. It’s much more the people who whon’t shut up about the value of manual labor or how they need their costume jewelry “assault weapons” to fight off government oppression that are morbidly obese.

    Yes, Guy and Greta will get your guns, and Greta looks good and is in good shape, so the rest of us should just get down on our knees and lick their boots. Especially Guy’s boots.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    February 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm GMT • 100 Words
    Yes Greta Thurnberg is a ridiculous figure in lots of ways (although a quite enthralling and enchanting one as well) but the people arguing for the reality of AGW and taking actions to reverse it have lots of people on their side, including a solid consensus of scientists. So who really are the ridiculous ones?

    Guy and his sfantasies about Greta. But SCIENCE is on Guy’s side. Because SCIENCE depends on a majority vote, so says Guy.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    February 23, 2020 at 4:29 pm GMT
    And you can’t wish away the incredible success of cultural liberalism. The vast majority of the whites with prestige, money, status, and influence in the US embrace not cultural liberalism but an increasingly strident and extreme version of it but you want us to think that they’re all broken and mired in their dysfunction. You sound completely ridiculous.

    No, and we know that Guy does not wish it away. Guy is busy trying to emulate it.

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    January 8, 2020 at 10:44 am GMT • 100 Words
    But the US does need to address global issues, principally global warming

    Yes, address global warming – all the Kool-Kids(tm) say the same. And Guy is a Kool-Kid(tm).

    Guy De Champlagne says:
    January 8, 2020 at 10:24 am GMT • 100 Words
    Hopefully Sanders gets the nomination and wins.

    Guy wants Venezuela for all. It is the only path to equality. How did America ever get along before the wisdom of Guy?

  275. @Corvinus

    Corvinus, what would we do without your citation of known liars, your recitation of the propaganda of bought and paid foreign nationals, your omission of relevant facts, your reflexive dissembling, and your relentless anti-Americanism?

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  276. @vhrm

    Thanks for that, I like the look of the site. One of the things I liked about Drudge when I used to read it was the number of quirky, non-political stories he included. I get tired of all politics, all the time.

  277. @Corvinus

    Hey, Crovinus:

    Have you seen that Steve Scully of C-SPAN has admitted to lying in order to create at bit of fake news?

    As the news stories indicate, Scully was a highly respected journalist.

    Yet, he lied.

    And C-SPAN has indicated they will take him back after a suitable time to reflect on his sins.

    This has happened too often.

    Brian Williams lied through his teeth. So, they let him anchor their late-night show on MSNBC. (Hey, I’m willing to be “punished” by being given a show on MSNBC — as long as I can also get Brian’s salary!)

    And then there is the whole Russian Collusion fraud.

    You see, Corvy, you cite sources that no sane person any longer trusts.

    They have lied too much.

    The MSM is no longer any more credible than the National Enquirer or the Daily Stormer or, for that matter, Marvel Comics.

    All
    trash. (Except, of course, Marvel Comics admits to being fiction.)

    And, no, I am not going to “prove” this to your satisfaction. I don’t want to. I want you to keep making a fool of yourself.

    But I’m just stating for the record that sane people no longer believe anything the MSM prints.

  278. @Guy De Champlagne

    Goofball De Champlagne wrote:

    So if Biden is guilty of a little bit of corporatism, then that just means he’s less of a socialist

    No. Socialism is the ultimate end goal of corporatism: one big corporation to rule them all.

    No coincidence that Mussolini was a bigwig in the Socialist Party of Italy before he became a corporatist fascist.

    Fascism = socialism with fancier uniforms.

  279. duncsbaby says:
    @JohnPlywood

    The average American has smoked crack, or meth, or heroin, etc, at some point in their life. The average American has made pornographic images of themselves.

    John Plywood’s America is John Holmes’s America.

  280. Clyde says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I read your blog entry. ….. Furtively scanning their small screens, Smart phones will ruin people’s attention spans faster than computers already have. For me to see and navigate the internet properly, and actually absorb what I read, minimum is my 15.6″ laptop screen. Though my 17.3″ laptop is better by 30%. But the best, most preferred is what I use at home, 27″ IPS monitor attached to a desktop computer. Obviously this 27″ LED can be attached to a laptop to save space.
    Screw tablets. I hate them. I am going to type on a keyboard on an LED screen? F No! A 12″ laptop is much better.

    The new generations will be called generation ubiquitous eyeglasses, going half blind from scanning their tiny phone screens their X number of hours per day.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  281. Clyde says:
    @PhysicistDave

    If you are bored and have the time go to James Woods’ twitter feed. Funny!

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
  282. @black sea

    I did not pull those statistics out of my ass, little boy. Here, receive a breaking:

    https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/addiction-statistics/

    Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment.

    Drug overdose deaths have more than tripled since 1990.

    From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 Americans died from overdosing on a drug.

    Alcohol and drug addiction cost the U.S. economy over $600 billion every year.

    In 2017, 34.2 million Americans committed DUI, 21.4 million under the influence of alcohol and 12.8 million under the influence of drugs.

    About 20% of Americans who have depression or an anxiety disorder also have a substance use disorder.

    https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

    Prevalence of Binge Drinking and Heavy Alcohol Use: In 2018, 26.45 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month; 6.6 percent reported that they engaged in heavy alcohol use in the past month.1 (See “Definitions” box for definitions of binge drinking and heavy alcohol use.)

    Consequences—Researchers estimate that each year:

    1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.19

    696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.20

    97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.20

    Roughly 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for AUD.21

    About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.22

    The prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in the United States was estimated by the Institute of Medicine in 1996 to be between 0.5 and 3.0 cases per 1,000.23

    More recent reports from specific U.S. sites report the prevalence of FAS to be 2 to 7 cases per 1,000, and the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) to be as high as 20 to 50 cases per 1,000.24,25 JohnPlywood comment: this is higher than the abortion rate of roughly 13 per 1000.

    Now crawl away quietly… My son.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  283. @Colin Wright

    We might get an actual Tamil Brahmin as presidentrix

    What’s really interesting is that she’s gained no traction in India, this should have been a huge story in India but there’s zero interest in her, weird isn’t it? The ruling party BJP and its leader the incumbent Prime minister Modi are huge Trump fans to the point that their might be a backlash should Biden win for being so brazenly pro Trump. Even in the Indian community in the US who are anti Trump there’s no enthusiasm for Kamala they consider her a fake Indian.

    • Replies: @Ancient Briton
  284. @Clyde

    I have a 43″ monitor plugged into my 16″ Macbook Pro.

    Think big.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    , @Clyde
  285. MEH 0910 says:

    Oops…heh, heh, heh:

    MAGA!

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  286. MEH 0910 says:
    @Clyde

    • Thanks: PhysicistDave
  287. @Steve Sailer

    That’s the way to go, Steve.

    For Clyde, yes I can already tell that young people have problems with visual judgment on the road. I don’t think they have got good accommodation, already. That should be an old people thing.

    BTW, I am typing “on” a tablet now, but with a small folding keyboard. The keyboard is smaller, of course, but this works pretty well for me. No way will I do this kind of writing on the tablet screen itself or a phone. It gets just plain stupid.

  288. MEH 0910 says:
    @MEH 0910

    BUT THE POST, for all its longevity, power and influence, ran smack into two entities far more powerful than it: Facebook and Twitter. Almost immediately upon publication, pro-Biden journalists created a climate of extreme hostility and suppression toward the Post story, making clear that any journalist even mentioning it would be roundly attacked. For the crime of simply noting the story on Twitter (while pointing out its flaws), New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman was instantly vilified to the point where her name, along with the phrase “MAGA Haberman,” were trending on Twitter.

    (That Haberman is a crypto-Trump supporter is preposterous for so many reasons, including the fact that she is responsible for countless front-page Times stories that reflect negatively on the president; moreover, the 2016 Clinton campaign considered Haberman one of their most favorable reporters).

    • Replies: @Jack D
  289. @PhysicistDave

    As the news stories indicate, Scully was a highly respected journalist.

    They got those now?!

    Isn’t that kinda like a highly respected child rapist?

    • Replies: @nebulafox
  290. @MEH 0910

    Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News

    It may be satire, but it appears Jack Dorsey is willing to actually do this.

    • Agree: MEH 0910
  291. Clyde says:
    @Steve Sailer

    I have a 43″ monitor plugged into my 16″ Macbook Pro.

    Very nice that your laptop can handle this high resolution. Perhaps it has a discrete graphics chip? You can divide your monitor into a few screens I suppose. If your laptop is getting hot from this burden you can elevate the rear with a wooden pencil or a Bic pen.

  292. Getaclue says:
    @Corvinus

    Anyone who at this point is still on about the “Russian Collusion” bs as to Trump is deranged, it is so completely discredited you have to be a special type of tool to go on about it at all anymore (notice it is NOT an issue in the Presidential Election, no DNC ads on it etc. i.e. it is so obvious a FRAUD they don’t even think of touching it, same with the FRAUD of the Ukraine “Impeachment” bs, never mentioned for that reason, except in your world LOL…) — all sane people now know, and most knew long ago, it was all a Hillary Clinton production from day one — just the type of operation she pulls with the incredible sleaze bags she employs– she could care less the damage to the country as long as she gets whatever it is she happens to want — the term Witch is inadequate to describe her. Quoting her “tools” in the Mainslime Media as reciting “facts” on “Russian Collusion” is beyond laughable….As a Propagandist you fail miserably because even the most uninformed know the “Russian Collusion” attack was nothing more than an operation by Clinton and her minions to destroy Trump. It failed. Sadly she is still on the loose as are the other haters who want to turn our country over to Soros and the other NWO creeps….Get a clue.

    • Agree: PhysicistDave
  293. TWS says:
    @Brás Cubas

    So they helped get Trump elected by censorship and restricting access? News to me.

    • Replies: @Brás Cubas
  294. TWS says:
    @Anonymous

    Interesting troll. Never really believe an anonymous you don’t have enough skin in the game.

  295. Jack D says:
    @Jay Fink

    Although Myheritage says I am 2% Finnish.

    This is just statistical background noise. If they can’t get 100% correlation then they make a wild guess at the remainder. I had a friend who came back as 98% Ashkenazi, 2% Polynesian – ain’t no Hawaiians in Vilna.

    My daughter did ancestry.com and she came back as 99% Ashkenazi, 1% E. European. Then a few months later they informed her that they had updated their algorithms and she is now 100% Ashkenazi.

  296. Jack D says:
    @MEH 0910

    As others have pointed out, I think there was a Streisand Effect here. Instead of preventing this story from becoming known to the voters, more people know about it now because of the attention that the censorship story drew. They can see that the strategy backfired and they are going to have to find a different way to help the Biden campaign – they are not going to try this exact tactic again.

    Haberman as pro-Trump was laughable. She was tweeting things like “why haven’t they arrested the shopkeeper yet for copy the disk?”

  297. @Grahamsno(G64)

    And not even a genuine fake Indian like Massachusetts’ own Sen. Liz Warren!

  298. Anon7 says:
    @John Achterhof

    “Better perhaps for Americans to get a dose of what the left has in store and for the alternative to this course to regroup under competent leadership (such as Hawley) capable of being effective.”

    The joke’s on you! Or it will be, if the far Left Dems win the presidency, the Senate as well as the House (all perfectly possible, and indeed likely, according to many analysts). Then they can:

    1) Pack the court with thirtysomething hard left PoCs
    2) Legalize all illegals, granting free stuff and voting rights (80+ percent will vote Dem)
    2.5) Open the borders to refugees and resettle them in red states until they turn blue
    3) Bring in a several new states, and welcome their Dem senators
    4) Lower the voting age to 16
    5) Allow all felons, including the currently incarcerated, to vote.

    I really think that after Gore lost and HRC lost, the Dems no longer feel like free elections are in their best interest. If some of the above actually happen, your “regroup under competent leadership” won’t happen in this century.

  299. @TWS

    I mean in the 2016 election. They helped by existing, not by doing anything. And there was not much (if any) censorship or access restriction then.

  300. Corvinus says:
    @PhysicistDave

    “Have you seen that Steve Scully of C-SPAN has admitted to lying in order to create at bit of fake news?”

    And he ought to receive the appropriate consequence. But all you are doing here is offering a red herring. Why not specifically address the substance of my post?

    “This has happened too often”.

    Not as much as you want to believe.

    “The MSM is no longer any more credible…But I’m just stating for the record that sane people no longer believe anything the MSM prints.”

    Nope, not sorry. That does not pass for a cogent argument. Besides, you are offering here a “No True Scotsman Fallacy”. The fact of the matter is that this “Fake News” is a farce, a joke. It leads people to become patently ill-informed. How? Because all it takes is someone to utter that phrase, and the assumption becomes “true”. A person who desires to be informed delves into the matter by perusing several sources and by astutely investigating one’s own recency or confirmation biases. In this manner, the person is more likely to arrive at a more objective finding of the available facts. Instead, anything that does not automatically fit into one’s crafted narrative as “fact” or “truth” becomes “Fake News”.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  301. Corvinus says:
    @Charles Erwin Wilson

    “Corvinus, what would we do without your citation of known liars, your recitation of the propaganda of bought and paid foreign nationals, your omission of relevant facts, your reflexive dissembling, and your relentless anti-Americanism?:

    That would be DJT, not I.

    Upon self-reflection on how we as humans conduct themselves, especially if we are searching for a particular avenue to convince others that there is but one specific way of behaving, we delude ourselves into believing we have found the ultimate answer. But that response is run roughshod by our own confirmation biases. Stated another way, we must be wary of how fundamental attribution error affects our analysis of the human condition.

    Now, while it makes perfect sense to categorize humans in your schema, the way by which how the categorization is employed becomes nonsensical. What ends up inevitably occurring is you conveniently and neatly arranging your ideological proponents and opponents into these compartments. The end result? A self-fulfilling prophecy and “evidence” your distinctions is entirely accurate. While people may TEND to be rational or impulsive, one must carefully take into account the situation and context of that behavior, as well as their own prejudices. Again, you are being prone to situational and dispositional attributions, considering that rationality and impulsivity runs on a continuum.

    Indeed, when confronted with conflicting evidence that challenges one’s world view, there is self-denial and convoluted arguments by the Alt Right. Be mindful that in a series of studies from 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in news stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs.

    “The general idea is that it’s absolutely threatening to admit you’re wrong,” says political scientist Brendan Nyhan, the lead researcher on the Michigan study. The phenomenon — known as “backfire” — is “a natural defense mechanism to avoid that cognitive dissonance”.

  302. Art Deco says:
    @JohnPlywood

    They’re promoting their work and jonesing for grant and fee income. Hunks o’ rock salt.

    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
  303. @Art Deco

    How about the life expectancy of rural white Americans, declining for over three consecutive years in an unprecedented reversal of global historical trends? Is that rock salt?

    If you bury your head in the sand, everything’s going to seem like fake news. Wake up and smell the biscuits. Trump’s America is circling the abyss in a morass of drug and alcohol abuse. The USA is the largest consumer and top destination of illicit drugs in the entire world. It’s over for your delusions.

  304. sayless says:
    @Whiskey

    Just curious Whiskey, where’s your neighborhood? Roughly.

  305. sayless says:
    @SunBakedSuburb

    Alternative theory: It’s Trump’s October Surprise.

  306. @WJ

    That’s a perfect illustration of how pathetic and confused white male christians are. Imagine being that devoted to the GOP in 2020 after everything that has happened over the last 60 years.

  307. sayless says:
    @Travis

    I think the Undecideds are often cagey, this time around. “Here is a complete stranger asking me who I am voting for in the most fraught election in decades. Better to hedge.”

    • Agree: PhysicistDave
  308. sayless says:
    @J.Ross

    Happens to all of us, darling.

  309. @JohnPlywood

    JohnPlywood wrote:

    The average American has smoked crack, or meth, or heroin, etc, at some point in their life.

    Really????

    I’ve known potheads, some guys who dropped acid, and of course various drunks.

    But I have personally never known a human being who I had reason to believe smoked crack, or meth, or heroin.

    Perhaps more significantly, my kid in college knows lots of kids who get drunk or smoke pot and some who use LSD. But no word on anyone who smokes crack, or meth, or heroin.

    Now I myself think alcohol is a complication in life that I do not need, and I see no reason to smoke pot. And I certainly do not condone college students’ drunkenness.

    But you made a very specific claim: “The average American has smoked crack, or meth, or heroin, etc, at some point in their life. ”

    The stats that you quote in your later post show mainly that there is a significant alcohol problem in American, which is surely true, but it does not show that “The average American has smoked crack, or meth, or heroin, etc, at some point in their life. ”

    Does it occur to you that just maybe your acquaintances are doing drugs that “most Americans” do not use.

    Just maybe you need a new circle of friends?

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
  310. @Corvinus

    Corvinus wrote to me:

    Why not specifically address the substance of my post?

    Why?

    I do not take you seriously, Corvy.

    No sane person takes you seriously.

    Corvy also wrote:

    Nope, not sorry.

    Huh??

    Corvy also wrote:

    That does not pass for a cogent argument.

    Corvy, unlike you, I have a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford. I am very good at constructing cogent arguments, but I have sworn an eternal oath to never provide one to you.

    That could be dangerous. One does not let children play with fire.

    Have fun on Halloween, Corvy.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  311. @PhysicistDave

    Dear dummy,

    Please see this quote from the beginning of that post:

    Over 50% of Americans are regularly abusing street drugs, alcohol, or prescription meds

    …and never proceed to waste your time typing long lie-filled posts ever again.

    My statement remains unequivocally substantiated and factual: over 50% of Americans are engulfed by a drug or alcohol problem of some kind. That is visually apparent to all people in all neighborhoods, and to anyone paying attention to the alarming mortality trends of the last few years.

    And so I’ll reiterate myself: the immoral and shameless leaking of Hunter Biden’s private information will bolster his father’s chances of getting re-elected. It will bring more Trumptards to the blue tent. They can see that Biden’s child has a drug problem, as their own children do. Trump did absolutely nothing to halt to stop the drug crisis from unfolding, and in fact, prior to the COVID shutdowns, record weights of drugs were flowing over the border, and in 2019 more people died and got addicted than before. Trump is doomed.

    • LOL: Bumpkin
    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  312. nebulafox says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Politics has nothing on journalism when it comes to the percentage of narcissists in the profession: and that’s saying a lot.

  313. MEH 0910 says:

    New York Post:

    Twitter still holding The Post’s account hostage over Hunter Biden links
    By Bruce Golding
    October 16, 2020

    Twitter has refused to unlock The Post’s account unless the news organization deletes six tweets about its own reporting on Hunter Biden’s emails — despite a policy change sparked by outrage over that very same social-media suppression of the stories.

    In a Friday afternoon email, a Twitter representative told The Post, “While we’ve updated the policy, we don’t change enforcement retroactively. You will still need to delete the Tweets to regain access to your account.”

    The demand that The Post remove links to its own stories came even though a new policy announced Thursday night allows other users to tweet the very same links.

  314. MEH 0910 says:
    @Corvinus

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  315. Corvinus says:
    @MEH 0910

    Charlatans like Tracey know that they are aware of their fraud peddling, so they seek to outright dismiss experts–areas in which Tracey is other than trained in–in a field who have legitimacy. As a result, Tracey resorts to mental gymnastics rather than addressing point by point the merits of his arguments.

    https://medium.com/the-innovation/five-terrible-takes-from-michael-tracey-4c48af3e267c

    Regarding metajournalism, which is fact-based journalism on steroids, not “experimental journalism which entailed hawking bias-affirming theories”.

    https://www.newsweek.com/metajournalism-old-media-trump-reporting-1530237

  316. I don’t want this story to break the momentum of the Russiagate probe. Republicans will typically end up with two impotent scandals instead of one potent one.

  317. Corvinus says:
    @PhysicistDave

    “No sane person takes you seriously.”

    That doesn’t pass as a cogent argument. In your field (physics), if you made that accusation that countered one of your positions, you would be viewed as being other than professional. I get it, though, as it is much easier intellectually for you to label me in that manner so you do not have to face uncomfortable facts.

    “Corvy, unlike you, I have a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford.”

    Thanks for your credential fallacy.

    “I am very good at constructing cogent arguments, but I have sworn an eternal oath to never provide one to you.”

    Then you are being patently absurd.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
  318. @Corvinus

    Corvinus wrote to me:

    That doesn’t pass as a cogent argument.

    Yes, yes, now you are getting it!

    As I said, I have sworn an eternal oath against ever giving you a cogent argument.

    It’s just too dangerous. It would be like giving matches to a toddler.

    Corvy also wrote:

    Thanks for your credential fallacy.

    You’re welcome, Corvy. I always like to make you happy.

  319. @JohnPlywood

    A pathological liar wrote:

    The average American has smoked crack, or meth, or heroin, etc, at some point in their life.

    And when I pointed out that the liar wrote this, the liar replied:

    Dear dummy,

    Please see this quote from the beginning of that post:

    Over 50% of Americans are regularly abusing street drugs, alcohol, or prescription meds

    …and never proceed to waste your time typing long lie-filled posts ever again.

    John, I quoted a specific sentence you posted that is clearly false. You responded by complaining that you also wrote something else that may, or may not be, true and proceeded to accuse me of lying.

    I did not address the other statement and did not need to.

    The statement I did quote by you is a pathological lie, and you know it. You are not even trying to claim otherwise.

    Game. Set. Match.

    Liberal = John Plywood = pathological liar.

    The defendant shall be sentenced to justified contempt and derision for all eternity.

  320. vinteuil says:
    @Guy De Champlagne

    Show me the link that says the old prosecutor was doing an investigation that threatened Burisma and the new prosecutor stopped it.

    Are you not ashamed?

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