Friday, December 2, 2022
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Tucker Carlson's Fox News producer is an out gay man helping 'ramp up' hate: LGBTQ journalist (AlterNet link): Fox News propagandist Tucker Carlson, whose nightly show frequently has the largest reach of any on cable news, regularly attacks the LGBTQ community with fear-mongering and hate-filled segments about gay people, transgender people, “groomers” and the latest target: “drag queen story hours.”
Last week, in the wake of the horrific anti-LGBTQ hate crime mass shooting Carlson hosted a guest, the head of the so-called “Gays Against Groomers,” who told Fox News viewers the attack on LGBTQ people at a gay bar in Colorado Springs was “predictable” and warned that these hate crime massacres will continue, “until we end this evil agenda” of gender-affirming care.
“It’s unlikely that any narrative would get broadcast by Tucker without significant buy-in from Justin,” Angelo Carusone, President and CEO of media watchdog Media Matters, told Signorile.
“Now he’s aided the extremists who deny that sense of safety and liberation to every future generation of queer people,” says Signorile, explaining that “Wells runs the entire Tucker Carlson operation, and is responsible for imprinting the Tucker Carlson brand, which is all about emboldening white heterosexual male grievance, furthering the racist conspiracy of ‘replacement theory’ and pushing an increasingly virulent anti-LGBTQ agenda.”
Mod: More at the link.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Elon Musk’s Job Cuts Decimated Twitter Team Tackling Child Sexual Abuse (Bloomberg link): Elon Musk has dramatically reduced the size of the Twitter Inc. team devoted to tackling child sexual exploitation on the platform, cutting the global team of experts in half and leaving behind an overwhelmed skeleton crew, people familiar with the matter said.
It comes as lawmakers in the European Union and the UK are planning broad-reaching online safety rules that will require social media platforms to better protect children or face significant fines. Twitter didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Mod: Apparently Eloon's ex-wife knows something interesting.sierramadretattler.blogspot.com
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
'I get to wear my kilt': Hunter Biden laptop repairman sets conditions for testimony to GOP House (Raw Story link): Computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac said on Monday that he would agree to participate in congressional hearings into President Joe Biden and his son Hunter — but only if he is allowed to wear a kilt.
"Would you respond?" he asked. "Would you be willing to go along with this committee under oath and answer questions from that committee?"
"I have been working with members of Congress over the past five, six months to make sure that that they have the resources, that they have my side of the story," he continued. "And I've also offered to continue that level of support if they want me to come in and testify, I only have one condition and that is I get to wear my kilt."
Monday, November 28, 2022
Trump has two paths to kill the GOP's 2024 chances if he is denied the nomination (Raw Story link): During an appearance with MSNBC host Ali Velshi, Donald Trump biographer David Cay Johnston stated that, should the former president pursue his dream of a third presidential run, it will take the Republican Party down three paths -- none of which will be good for the GOP's prospects of regaining the White House.
Sunday, November 27, 2022
As an obvious example, the debacle in Iraq that Bush the Lesser swindled us into in 2003 was an oil war. There was a lot of disinformation generated to make the infinitely trusting American people believe there were noble issues involved. Freedom for the Iraqi people. Removing Saddam Hussein, the bloody dictator we put in power. WMD, which never was found. Etc.
However, set aside those bollocks and what do you get? Oil and money, baby. That’s where the real action was found. And at quite a human cost. According to Opinion Research Business, which polled Iraqis about their personal loss during Bushapalooza 2, there were an “estimated 1,033,000 violent deaths due to the Iraq War. The range given (was) 946,000 to 1,120,000 deaths.”
Think about this next time you drive the Audi to Sprouts for $5 sushi Wednesday.
A big issue in California is the enforced conversion to electric cars in a decade or so. Here at the Crawford compound we already own a pair of EVs. Coupled with our solar panels, they run on sunshine. All the world’s problems solved, right?
Probably not. The fly in the ointment is lithium. It is a finite mined natural resource that has become increasingly sought after as electric cars have risen in popularity. As The World Economic Forum opines:
“The world could face lithium shortages by 2025, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says, while Credit Suisse thinks demand could treble between 2020 and 2025, meaning “supply would be stretched … About 2 billion Electric Vehicles need to be on the road by 2050 for the world to hit net zero, the IEA says, but sales stood at just 6.6 million last year.”
What has this to do with Ukraine? In the article “Lithium: The Link Between the Ukraine War and the Clean Energy Transition,” the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy claims:
“According to preliminary estimates, researchers believe that Ukraine is a treasure trove of lithium, holding about 500,000 tons of the ‘non-renewable mineral that makes renewable energy possible.’ … Skyrocketing global demand growth for lithium is estimated to range from 400% to 4,000% in coming years.”
A New York Times piece, “Before Invasion, Ukraine’s Lithium Wealth Was Drawing Global Attention,” adds this:
“Ukrainian researchers have speculated that the country’s eastern region holds close to 500,000 tons of lithium oxide, a source of lithium, which is critical to the production of the batteries that power electric vehicles. That preliminary assessment, if it holds, would make Ukraine’s lithium reserves one of the largest in the world.”
So did Russia really invade Ukraine to reestablish Putin’s dream of a united USSR? Realistically, no. Like Bush in Iraq, it’s actually about a precious energy resource and the extraordinary wealth to be made there.
On Twitter someone made this acerbic claim about Tesla’s highly eminent lithium consumer: “Elon Musk is just fulfilling his promises to Putin potentially in exchange for a lot of recently obtained Ukrainian lithium. Twitter is just a propaganda tool now. Elon is using it for leverage.”
The wars and politics of the electric vehicle era have now arrived. Welcome.
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Is America’s infatuation with billionaires finally coming to an end? (AlterNet link): It has long been evident that Elon Musk is a moron, at least to those willing to see it. Well before the Tesla CEO overpaid for Twitter in the throes of a tantrum, there was a chorus of mostly-ignored people pointing out, repeatedly, that Musk's mental maturity appeared to have stagnated around the sixth grade.
This presumption that wealth equals brains has so permeated our society that it's sometimes hard to see how pervasive it is. But the past couple of years — and indeed, just the past couple of months — have really done a number on the belief that having a fat bank account somehow inoculates one from being a dumbass.
But it's not just Musk. The same process is unfolding for the single person who has benefited more than any other from the myth that money means you're smart: Donald Trump.
Mod: More at the link.
Friday, November 25, 2022
Resurfaced photo shows young Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones with students trying to keep Arkansas school segregated
Resurfaced photo shows young Jerry Jones with students trying to keep Arkansas school segregated (Fox News link): An old photo recently resurfaced shows a 14-year-old Jerry Jones in a crowd, consisting of white students, attempting to deny access to six Black students at North Little Rock High School.
Two years earlier, the North Little Rock school board voted to integrate classes for seniors, but then-Arkansas Gov. Orval E. Faubus was largely opposed. Despite Faubus' beliefs, six students tried to enter the school, but with no luck.
Jones has acknowledged that it is him in the photograph, but he says he did not participate in protesting the integration and looked on curiously without animosity.
Jones also noted that his football coach at the time told his players to avoid the hysteria, but the now Dallas Cowboys owner did not oblige. He graduated from North Little Rock in 1960.
Jerry Jones Admits to Being In 1957 Photo Trying to Stop Black Students From Entering North Little Rock High School (Baller link): Are we surprised that an old, wealthy white man once participated in one of history’s most notable racially charged events? Not at all.
Leave it to social media to unearth never-before-seen photos that some hoped were long gone. On Wednesday, historian and civil rights activist, Joshua Clark Davis, tweeted a black-and-white picture from 1957 of six Black students trying to enter North Little Rock High School. They are surrounded by white men and teens trying to prevent them from entering the school.
According to Davis, the now 80-year-old has acknowledged it was him in the picture. While this may be surprising for some, the multi-billionaire has a sketchy past when it comes to Black and brown people. In 2013, he was recorded on video making an insensitive comment about a Black woman. Famously in 2017, as NFL players took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustices, Jones gave his players an ultimatum: stand for the anthem or be cut from the team.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Poor Jim Jordan Can’t Find Anything to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving (PoliticusUSA link): Jim Jordan isn’t happy. Ha, I know. Breaking news. But anger is the only platform one has when a party has no real “platform” (Lower taxes on the rich is not a platform, it’s a reason to breathe if you’re a Republican).
This tweet is Jim Jordan’s list of how he sees Thanksgiving coming down the pike. Why don’t you ask your friends at the oil companies making record profits about the price of gas? People would be less worried about being robbed if the country wasn’t flooded with guns. The price of groceries has gone up 9-10%, according to people who actually know and care about the truth:
Maybe you ought to listen to your aunt and critical race theory since you surely don’t know what it actually is. From kindergarten through high school, CRT is nothing more than teaching real American history, which means history from all Americans’ points of view. Jordan wants American history taught according to the only Americans he believes mattered throughout that history, white people. Maybe Jordan’s aunt could do him a service if he weren’t so scared of the world and bitter that he has nothing to be thankful for in Biden’s America.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Priest who had threesome with dominatrixes on church altar pleads guilty to felony obscenity (Raw Story link): A former Louisiana Catholic priest has pled guilty to a felony charge of obscenity after he video recorded a threesome with two alleged dominatrixes on a church altar, Nola.com reports.
The New York Post writes that "a representative of the Archdiocese of New Orleans was present in court and signed off on the sentence after Clark entered his plea Monday."
The report adds that "the 39-year-old was serving as pastor at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Pearl River one night in September 2020, when a passerby noticed that the lights were on inside the church," looked through the window and "saw a half-naked Clark having a sex romp with two women in corsets and high-heeled boots atop the altar."
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
'Hostage situation': GOP insiders fear Trump third party run if he loses primary (Raw Story link): Former President Donald Trump is still the frontrunner to be the Republican Party's 2024 presidential nominee -- but what would happen if he were defeated?
link) say they can't rule out the possibility that Trump would completely sabotage the party by launching an independent candidacy, with former RNC official Michael Short likening it to a "hostage situation."
The publication notes that Trump teased potentially running as a third-party candidate in 2016, which he boasted gave him "leverage" over the party as a whole.
"Trump was so successful in part because he ran against the elite and out of touch political establishment on both sides, so I’d say it’s not totally out of the realm of possibility," they explained.
Monday, November 21, 2022
Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooter is grandson of San Diego MAGA Republican representative Randy Voepel
The Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooter is reportedly the grandson of MAGA Republican representative Randy Voepel, who supported the January 6 insurrection and compared it to the Revolutionary War (Heavy link): Anderson Lee Aldrich is the 22-year-old suspect accused of perpetrating a mass shooting at Club Q, a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The November 19, 2022, attack left five dead and 25 injured.
Mod: In depth reporting available at the link.