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The riddle of the missing peep

Nov 5th, 2020 12:45 pm | By

Helen Dale points out an interesting fact:

It is reasonably obvious the People’s Republic of China is engaging in genocide—or something close to—of its Muslim Uyghur population. Everything from concentration camps to mass sterilisation to adverts for “beautiful” female slaves in Xinjiang papers has done the rounds. Sometimes the stories are doubted at first—being alert to WWI-style atrocity propaganda is always wise—but in each case, the rumour has been confirmed by reputable news outlets and national governments across the political spectrum and around the world.

It’s also reasonably obvious no Muslim-majority country anywhere has emitted a peep in protest, and that beyond perfunctory diplomatic representations, no Western government—with the partial and limited exception of Donald Trump popping off in

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Hell, maybe they’d even

Nov 5th, 2020 11:35 am | By

This is one take, but it leaves a lot out.

In the expectations game, the Democratic Party whiffed and whiffed badly. The Biden campaign and its allies managed to drive up turnout — but so did Trump. Republicans put up a hell of a fight, and not just, or even mainly, in the battle for the White House. Democrats have almost certainly failed to win a Senate majority, and so far they have lost some ground in the House as well (while still on track to maintain control of the lower chamber of Congress).

This is one reason it’s so infuriating to me that we ended up with Biden. A less inspiring candidate it’s hard to imagine. The Democratic … Read the rest



Not quick, not clean, not overwhelming

Nov 5th, 2020 10:36 am | By

Whether Trump goes or not, Trumpism isn’t going anywhere.

Democrats had hoped that four years of turmoil, attacks on norms and institutions and mendacity – plus a pandemic that cost 230,000 lives – would result in a quick, clean and overwhelming repudiation of the 45th president.

But on another miserable night for pollsters, it did not turn out that way. Trump proved resilient and increased his vote in Florida, Texas and other states. He found even more white working-class voters than last time and chipped away at Democratic support among Latinos. His cult-of-personality campaign rallies were as enthusiastic and rambunctious as ever.

Weird, isn’t it? His cult of loud boring stupid self-obsessed “personality” remains popular. Why? What’s to … Read the rest



Imaginary crimes

Nov 5th, 2020 9:54 am | By

No.

No, chum, that’s wrong. The concept of “blasphemy” is pretty much the reason we need the concept of freedom of expression and speech and thought.

“Blasphemy” is a stupid word, invented to defend stupid ideas about supernatural bullies who are vastly more powerful than we are yet still need us to defend them against rude remarks by non-believers. What sense does that make? Why can’t your god do its own defending or rebuking or punishing? Why does it need you stepping in? Why does it need you all stern and serious telling us what we can’t say?… Read the rest



The wait

Nov 5th, 2020 8:59 am | By

Still waiting.

Trump still bellowing nonsense.

Donald Trump is again tweeting in all caps, making false claims about the remaining ballots left to be counted.

“ANY VOTE THAT CAME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY WILL NOT BE COUNTED!” Trump said.

He doesn’t get to make new law via a tweet. He doesn’t get to make new law at all; he’s not a legislator.

Also, this is the guy who deliberately sandbagged the postal service, by appointing a stooge who removed sorting machines and banned overtime, thus causing the mail to back up, thus causing votes to be held up. Now he wants to execute the second arm of this plot by shouting that postmarks don’t matter.

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The team cannot know the individual’s gender identity

Nov 4th, 2020 4:21 pm | By

National Geographic informs us of the discovery of a 9 thousand year old burial of a hunter of large game in the Andes who turned out to be a woman:

…the remains found alongside the toolkit were from a biological female. What’s more, this ancient female hunter was likely not an anomaly, according to a study published today in Science Advances. The Haas team’s find was followed by a review of previously studied burials of similar age throughout the Americas—and it revealed that between 30 and 50 percent of big game hunters could have been biologically female.

This new study is the latest twist in a decades-long debate about gender roles among early hunter-gather societies. The common assumption was that

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By the fingernails

Nov 4th, 2020 3:07 pm | By

CBS is projecting Biden as the winner in Michigan.

Hahahahaha no Donnee that’s not how it works. You can “claim” it all you like but it doesn’t mean anything.

After the random number of …………….. he ranted about secretly dumped ballots. Twitter stamped “DO NOT BELIEVE THIS” all over both of them.

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Dirty tricks going on

Nov 4th, 2020 12:28 pm | By

More attempted election theft, not from the Democrats, again.

When the Republicans stole the election that way in 2000 the Dems folded. They must not fold this time. (They shouldn’t have folded then either.)… Read the rest



Floundering in filth

Nov 4th, 2020 11:52 am | By

Rudy Giuliani, former top NY prosecutor, is accusing The Wrong Party of stealing votes, on the basis of nothing whatever apart from the fact that he’s a piece of shit.

Quick fact-check on Giuliani’s tweet: there is no evidence of “massive cheating” in Pennsylvania or any other battleground state.

There is also no evidence that Pennsylvania Democratsare trying to “steal” the race. Election officials in the state continue to count valid ballots cast by election day.

This is America, where legal eagles tell lies about their … Read the rest



Thanks Milwaukee

Nov 4th, 2020 11:44 am | By

Biden’s won Wisconsin. We’re not dead yet.

The announcement from Wisconsin aligns with the Biden campaign’s statements that they are optimistic the race is moving in their direction. Biden’s electoral vote count is now up to 248, meaning he will win the election if he can maintain his leads in Nevada and Michigan.

Trump is demanding a recount but it’s unlikely to make a difference.

Nevada says it will update its count tomorrow. That’s fine, you guys take your time, we’re in no hurry.… Read the rest



It’s the racism stupid

Nov 4th, 2020 11:38 am | By

These two were a pair in my feed. A dismal truth.

Trump is an actual literal criminal on a massive scale, but it doesn’t matter because he’s a racist and he empowers racists.

It’s shameful being … Read the rest



First and only

Nov 4th, 2020 7:28 am | By

Lots of heavy breathing about this hot item:

In other words a man was elected state senator. Big first; much excite.… Read the rest



All shall have prizes

Nov 4th, 2020 7:12 am | By

A distraction while we wait. Yaniv sues again!

A Canadian transgender woman is suing a beauty pageant company for refusing to allow her to compete in its contest, according to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom, which represents the business.

But it’s a beauty pageant. It’s selective by its nature. Personally I don’t think the damn things should exist at all, but they do exist, and nobody expects them to include Joe of the beer belly and jowls to be able to participate.

Jessica Yaniv, a transgender LQBTQ rights activist, filed a human rights complaint against Toronto’s Canada Galaxy Pageants alleging it is in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the conservative legal policy organization announced Monday.

In

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He wants all voting to stop

Nov 4th, 2020 5:42 am | By

So now I’m picturing the Supreme Court justices huddling in their huddle room with Amy Coney Barrett all enthusiastic saying come on guys it’s time to stop the vote count the way Trump said to, that’s what I’m here for, what’s the holdup?

In any case, the fact that it’s this close after the past four years is absolutely disgusting. Who ARE these people?

At 2:30 in the morning his time Trump told some cheering people in the East Room that he had more votes in Pennsylvania at that moment so he wanted the vote counting terminated so that he could claim to have won. The cheering people duly cheered. There’s a slight technical problem with that which is he … Read the rest



Expelled

Nov 3rd, 2020 5:51 pm | By

Another from Pliny:… Read the rest



A few hours

Nov 3rd, 2020 5:21 pm | By

I see last time I stopped posting at 3:40 in the afternoon (Pacific time). It’s 5:15 now and it’s not looking good for Florida, which is important.

Last time my first post on the day after was…not happy.

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Good and not good

Nov 3rd, 2020 4:47 pm | By

No it isn’t. It isn’t extreme at all. Trump is a very very very very VERY bad man. I can believe Bush junior is a decent guy in private. I think he probably has some redeeming qualities. Trump has none, and believe me I’ve looked. I’ve said for the past four years that I’ve never seen anything like it – anyone so thoroughly bad in every single detectable category. He doesn’t even have charm, he’s not funnyRead the rest



Updated policy

Nov 3rd, 2020 11:42 am | By

Maybe this is where Amnesty International’s women-erasing new approach began:

Amnesty International releases updated policy on abortion

The updated policy recognizes abortion, provided in a manner that respects human rights, autonomy, and dignity, as the right of anyone who can become pregnant.

Well duh. Surely it did all along, even if it didn’t put it in that silly way.

“Around 47,000 women die each year as a result of seeking unsafe abortions. This global tragedy will not end until abortion is fully decriminalized and made accessible and affordable to everyone. Abortion must be treated like any other health service, and anyone seeking an abortion must be treated with compassion and dignity and with respect for their human rights,” said Rajat

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The eyeless women have it

Nov 3rd, 2020 10:54 am | By

And even more creepily, the cartoon women have no eyes.

Wtf is that about? Laydee because hair n lipstick but front of head above nostrils is BLANK SPACE.

But don’t worry – it’s actually a brilliant tactic to make real people think abortion matters because it’s not just for those boring blank women.

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But sir

Nov 3rd, 2020 10:22 am | By

If you want a laugh (or a puke-laugh) while waiting for the nightmare to end here’s Trump whining at Fox News for not promoting him enough.

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