February 26, 2020

STRANGE ICE AND WONDROUS HOT SNOW:  The Rebranding of Socialism as ‘Democratic Socialism’.

IT’S NOT A BLIND EYE. THEY’RE ACTIVELY TURNING OUT THE LIGHTS. BECAUSE DEMOCRACY (NOT TO MENTION THE REPUBLIC) DIES IN DARKNESS, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY’D LIKE TO HAPPEN:  Never forget the media’s blind eye to Obama’s corruption.

UNFORTUNATELY WHERE KIM DU TOIT IS CONCERNED, I MIGHT COUNT AS FAMILY:  ULD Reminder.

AND HE’S RIGHT! HAVING MINORITIES, WOMEN, AND THOSE NORMALLY LESS ABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO WOULD-BE TOTALITARIANS, LAW BREAKERS AND RAPISTS:  Gun-Control Exec Says Attempts to Sell Guns to Minorities, Women ‘Incredibly Dangerous’ .

WAIT, WHAT? THEY THINK ANY OF THE OTHER 3 MALE CANDIDATES ARE TO THE RIGHT OF BERNIE? OR DO THEY WANT A COMMIE WHO’S JUST BETTER AT HIDING IT?  Never Trumpers Hit Panic Button Over Bernie, Start Calling for Female Candidates to Drop Out.

(To be fair, Joe is not a commie, so much as suffering from dementia.)

NONE OF THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES ARE THE HAPPY LANDS THE LEFT PRETENDS. I HAVE FRIENDS THERE. AS PREDICTABLE, INDIVIDUALS HAVE TROUBLE SUCCEEDING BECAUSE THEY’RE CRUSHED UNDER THE BURDEN OF TAXATION. A GOVERNMENT THAT “LOOKS AFTER YOU” ALSO STOMPS ON YOU. BY DEFINITION:  The truth behind Bernie’s shtick that he just wants to make America like Denmark.

BECAUSE OF COURSE HE DOES:  Bernie The Commie Praises Castro On 60 Minutes.

OH DEAR LORD:  Warren Wants To Be Bernie’s Vice President.

February 25, 2020

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FRONTIERS OF THE OBVIOUS: Do You Need a Handheld Minigun? Of Course You Do. My only complaint: Needs more ammo.

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76! Biden says he negotiated climate deal with long-dead Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.

BERNIE SANDERS IS THE CORBYNIZER: Sanders calls Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu a ‘racist’ during Democratic debate.

(Classical reference in headline.)

HELL, IT’S NOT GONNA BE EASY TO KEEP OURS RUNNING: How Do You Keep China’s Economy Running With 750 Million in Quarantine? “The ‘demon virus’ threat has rattled the confidence of many Chinese in the regime’s ability to protect people’s lives and jobs.”

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76! Biden says 150 million people killed by guns since 2007. “That number, if it were true, would be significant as the Census Bureau estimated the U.S. population was 329.45 million in 2019.”

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YEAH, PRETTY MUCH:

U.S. SOLDIER TESTS POSITIVE TO CORONAVIRUS IN SOUTH KOREA.

I HAVEN’T WATCHED TONIGHT’S DEBATE, BUT THIS TAKE FROM A FRIEND ON FACEBOOK SOUNDS APT: “So much for the ‘return dignity to the White House’ trope. Sheesh, what a low-rent crew.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: From another friend: “I haven’t watched all the Dem debate tonight, but I’ve seen enough to see one thing clearly. The main reason Comrade Sanders is leading is that the rest of the field is absolutely terrible. Between Vice President Yells at Clouds, the Fake Indian, the Boy Mayor of a Town Smaller than Round Rock, the two Movie Supervillains and the Forgettable Senator, this is surely the weakest major party presidential field ever.”

OPEN THREAD: Make this one special.

“HARVEY WEINSTEIN IS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING AND A GOOD FRIEND.”

Michelle might want to say that she didn’t know, but everyone knew.

SPACE: NASA preparing for long-duration SpaceX commercial crew test flight.

MULTIPLICITY: Watch Side-by-Side Video of Re-Pete Buttigieg and Obama Giving the Same Speech.

“You know how when you make a copy of a copy, it’s not as sharp as… well… the original.”

‘PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1:’ Bernie-Bro Mark Ruffalo Invites Other Countries To Stop Trump’s Election.

Is Ruffalo really in any position to make such a request, given the racist industry of which he’s a part? Mark Ruffalo: ‘Hollywood has been white supremacist for 100 years.’

Related: Seven Awkward Questions the Press Should Ask Mark Ruffalo.

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Emily Halnon: My boyfriend’s wedding dress unveiled my own shortcomings over masculinity. “Those feelings illuminated some unanticipated boundaries of where I define attractiveness in men and when I still crave traditional masculinity. I realized I wanted less dress and more flannel shirts, trucker hats and sandstone Carhartts. . . . My boyfriend’s wedding dress pushed me to perform a scrupulous inventory of my deepest ideas about masculinity and helped me identify my shortfalls as a woman who wants to help rewrite gender norms. As I went through this exercise, I chatted with a handful of girlfriends about it, who could all identify their own small hang-ups with masculinity: their need for men who are bigger and taller than they are, or who are better than them at sports, or who don’t cry in front of them.” It’s hilarious, and sad, that she’s been conditioned to feel guilty about this.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Doctors and nurses fighting coronavirus in China die of both infection and fatigue. “The rate of new infections and deaths overall appears to be slowing in China. But the toll on medical workers reflects the harrowing costs of a politically delayed response that overwhelmed Wuhan and Hubei’s healthcare systems. Hospital staff were left underprotected, overworked and increasingly vulnerable, even as they became the touchstones between a frightened public and a misdirected government.”

Coronavirus latest updates: WHO mission director warns world is ‘simply not ready.’

Coronavirus: Outbreak spreads in Europe from Italy.

Austria Seals off Innsbruck Hotel After Reporting First Two Coronavirus Cases.

UK schools close as coronavirus panic spreads across Europe.

Cruise Ship Denied Entry to Cayman Islands.

Could a coronavirus pandemic be stopped? US warns of ‘severe’ disruptions.

Coronavirus monitoring systems strained to the extreme.

Was Coronavirus Made In a Lab? The DHS Can’t Rule It Out.

CDC expects eventual community spread of coronavirus in US.

CDC hopes the coronavirus outbreak is seasonal like the flu and subsides in the summer. Yeah, me too.

How to Prepare for the Coronavirus.

Sen. Mike Braun on coronavirus spread: ‘I think we’ve got the infrastructure and we are prepared.’

The coronavirus is tanking the stock market. Here’s what not to do.

US Economy Takes Hit in Wake of Coronavirus Spread. We’re not in the “wake” yet. Maybe the bow wave.

Electronics manufacturers expect coronavirus to delay shipments for several weeks, trade group finds.

DRUNK SOBERBLOG: Liveblogging the South Carolina Democratic Debate.

I’m unavailable tonight, so Tyler O’Neil is taking on the liveblog duties. I don’t know what he’s drinking, but let’s hope it’s strong.

PLUS: Devastating: Trump PAC Uses Obama to Eviscerate Biden’s Support Among Black Voters in SC.

Related (From Ed): Live at 8 p.m. ET: Nuke the commie: “If you’ve avoided the Democratic debates until now, here’s your — likely — last chance to watch one that counts. The next debate won’t happen until March 15, long after the Super Tuesday states will have voted. Bernie will be there; Mike Bloomberg will almost certainly be there; Pete Buttigieg will *probably* be there. But that may be it. If the Sanders express rolls through South Carolina on Saturday, taking out Biden and Tom Steyer, and then speeds to a bunch of victories seven days from now on Super Tuesday, that’s probably it for Warren and Klobuchar. Mayor Pete might stick around a bit longer, enticed by the prospect of a three-way debate where he’d be the clear middle option between the socialist Bernie and the plutocrat Bloomy. But unless something happens to change the trajectory of the primary tonight and on Saturday, when South Carolina votes, that mid-March debate won’t matter. Bernie will be home free.”

I FEEL LIKE THIS IS MOSTLY ABOUT THE MONEY: San Francisco declares local emergency amid coronavirus outbreak. “This declaration will help the city get resources they need to respond to an outbreak. . . . Three people have been treated for the coronavirus in the city. None of the patients are San Francisco residents.”

UPDATE (From Ed): To be fair, we are talking about San Francisco, after all: Fecal transmission may be responsible for coronavirus’s rapid spread.

DEMOCRACY DIES IN PROJECTION: ‘WTF. Really?’ WaPo sure picked an interesting photo to accompany its story about ‘racist rumors about coronavirus:

“Nothing to see here, just [the Post] running an article about ‘racist rumors about coronavirus’…featuring an Orthodox Jew in the foreground!”

FILE UNDER THINGS I HOPE ARE TRUE: Larry Kudlow says US has contained the coronavirus and the economy is holding up nicely. Kudlow has done an excellent job, and I like him personally, but nobody knows whether we’ve contained the coronavirus successfully, or where the economy is headed, at this point. On the other hand, I guess he’s expected to say stuff like this, to the point that it might promote panic if he didn’t. . . .

OF COURSE.

Here’s the link.

ATTEMPTED BOMBING AT PENTAGON STOPPED BY POLICE.

HMM: Debating the Value of PSA Prostate Screening.

DID THE EARTH MARS MOVE FOR YOU, BABY? First Direct Evidence of Marsquakes Was Just Revealed Amongst New InSight Discoveries.

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EVERY BABOON DIES. NOT EVERY BABOON REALLY LIVES: Baboon escapes vasectomy op at testing lab and flees with two female monkeys.

IT WOULD CERTAINLY SPOIL ME: Driving a McLaren F1 GTR and a Senna on the same day will make you lose your mind.

PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD: Trump Destroys CNN and Jim Acosta After Stupid Question About Russian Interference.

WHY ARE LEFTIST-DOMINATED INDUSTRIES SUCH CESSPITS OF ABUSE? FBI, NYPD raid fashion mogul Peter Nygard’s Times Square office in sex-trafficking probe.

NOT A QUESTION OF IF, BUT WHEN: Americans should prepare for coronavirus crisis in U.S., CDC says. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”

Related: Parents should be prepared for tele-schooling.

NEW YORK TIMES PUBLISHES GUEST EDITORIAL BY EMPEROR PALPATINE.

It’s from the Babylon Bee, America’s Paper of Record, but I don’t know if they thought this one through: Why would the Times publish something written by the good guys?

I’M NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE MACHINE THAT PASSES THE TURING TEST, I’M WORRIED ABOUT THE MACHINE SMART ENOUGH TO PRETEND TO FAIL IT: AI Deception: When Your Artificial Intelligence Learns to Lie.

I COULD MAYBE HOLD A PLANK FOR EIGHT MINUTES, BUT EIGHT HOURS? 62-Year-Old George Hood Broke The World Record For Holding A Plank. It gets boring after thirty seconds.

THE ROAD TO HELL: How Barack Obama’s Good ‘Intentions’ Destroyed Libya.

Humanitarian crusaders trot out a variety of excuses to evade responsibility when their military interventions go awry. One frequent excuse is that a failure is because the U.S. and Western commitment to the mission was either inconsistent or insufficiently robust. Another popular explanation for disappointing results is that the effort would have succeeded if not for malign foreign interference. That rationale has become a favorite for the architects of the Syria debacle, who contend that Russia’s intervention beginning in 2015 saved Bashar al-Assad’s beleaguered, evil regime. One striking feature is the absence of diminished confidence that a more determined U.S.-led effort can succeed or that Washington has a moral and strategic obligation to make the attempt, even when the previous meddlesome policy has imploded.

When those excuses are not available, defenders of a failed humanitarian crusade insist that their intentions were good, and that they should be judged according to that standard. The good intentions dodge is perhaps the most maddening. Barack Obama seemed to recognize the inherent deficiency when he first met Samantha Power, an advocate of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) doctrine, and a passionate proponent of U.S. involvement in multilateral military interventions for humanitarian goals. Obama reportedly praised Power’s book on the Rwanda genocide, but then he observed that it “seemed like malpractice to judge one’s prospects by one’s intentions, rather than making a stren­uous effort to anticipate and weigh potential consequences.”

Obama was right, but he didn’t heed his own insights. Not only did he choose Power for a series of high-level policy posts when he became president, culminating in her appointment as ambassador to the United Nations, but he launched several disruptive, catastrophic interventions, most notably in Libya and Syria. The unintended negative results of those crusades continue to reverberate nearly a decade after the initial U.S. actions.

Read the whole thing.

Related (From Ed): Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, The ‘Pharaoh’ Toppled By The Arab Spring, Dies At 91.

Curiously, CTL-F “Obama” in Reuters’ obit above brings up zero results. But as John Schindler wrote in 2016, “When his regime was collapsing in 2011, Hosni Mubarak, who had led Egypt for three decades as a loyal ally of America, was coldly abandoned by the White House. President Obama, against the advice of his own national security experts, cut Mubarak loose to the mob, refusing to take his panicked phone calls pleading for help.”

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: “I’m sorry, what?” Bloomberg adviser hints at mother of all oppo-research drops on Bernie: “Bernie has all of this loopy stuff in his background, saying things like women get cancer from having too many orgasms or toddlers should run around naked and touch each other’s genitals to insulate themselves from porn.”

“That’s not even the most shocking  part of this story,” Ed Morrissey adds. “The fact that [CNN’s Alisyn Camerota] got blindsided by this when it’s been in plain sight since 1969 is a massive indictment of the mainstream media, which has covered Sanders for decades without ever bothering to do any kind of actual research on his politics or ideology. This is the same media that made Mitt Romney’s high-school hazing antics a national headline story in 2012, let’s not forget.”

“AGAINST THE WALL, KULAK”?: Bernie Sanders Gives the Worst Possible Answer When Asked About How Much His Agenda Will Cost.

EUGENICS: S.Africa ‘Sterilised Pregnant HIV Patients Without Consent.’

THIS WILL END WELL: Key California reservoir to be drained due to earthquake risk.

Anderson Reservoir is owned by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, a government agency based in San Jose. When full, it holds 89,278 acre feet of water — more than all other nine dams operated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District combined.

In a statement Monday, Norma Camacho, the water district’s CEO said the impacts of draining the largest reservoir in Santa Clara County will be significant.

“With these new requirements, we expect to see an impact to groundwater basins that are replenished with water released from Anderson Reservoir, including South County and southern San Jose,” Camacho said. “Staff is already exploring other sources of water that will have to come from outside of the county. While residents have done an excellent job of conserving water since 2013, another drought during this time frame could require everyone to significantly decrease their water use.”

Camacho also said that draining the reservoir starting in seven months is likely to kill wildlife downstream in Coyote Creek, including endangered steel head trout, amphibians and reptiles. Coyote Creek flows from the dam through downtown San Jose to San Francisco Bay.

Complicating the issue, California may be heading into a new drought. On Monday, amid a dry winter, Anderson Reservoir was just 29% full. Nevertheless, the 26,133 acre feet of water stored there is an important part of the South Bay’s water supply — holding enough water for the annual needs of at least 130,000 people, and what the district considers an emergency supply.

Flashback: Overpopulation, Not Climate Change, Caused California’s Water Crisis.

Though not so much overpopulation, as fallout from the Malthusian enviro-freakouts of the 1970s and the concomitant “regulatory explosion.” Then-Gov. Jerry Brown, dealing with California’s water crisis in the mid-2010s, had to deal with the mid-1970s efforts of then-Gov. Jerry Brown to deliberately hamstring future generations of Californians. Or as Victor Davis Hanson wrote in 2015, “Brown and other Democratic leaders will never concede that their own opposition in the 1970s (when California had about half its present population) to the completion of state and federal water projects, along with their more recent allowance of massive water diversions for fish and river enhancement, left no margin for error in a state now home to 40 million people.”

THE RETURN OF THE ANGLOSPHERE: The possibilities of a US-Indo alliance are YUGE.

CHANGE: Cannabis use among seniors up by 75%, analysis finds.

THEN LET’S GET TO REPEALING SOME STUFF: Bernie Says ‘American People Will Write Gun Safety Legislation.’

OH, THAT LIBERAL FASCISM. Dem candidate Tom Steyer lays out his plan for a climate police state: “I will use the Executive emergency powers of the presidency to tell companies how they can generate electricity, what kind of cars they can build, what kind of buildings we’re gonna have…”

And it’s not just Steyer, of course: The absurdity of the Bernie Sanders and AOC anti-fracking crusade.  

Between gas, nuclear power (including future thorium and fusion power), geothermal, and hydroelectric sources, the U.S. will be able to eliminate nearly all carbon emissions without any more expensive renewable-energy subsidies or noxious social justice activism.

This will surely disappoint environmental fundamentalists. For as Ocasio-Cortez’s former chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti admitted, even her $97 trillion Green New Deal scheme was not really about the environment but about transforming society.

The far Left wants to return the U.S. to Year Zero, radically reorganizing the entire economy. This is not our claim — they say it openly. They want to begin with a cutoff of the abundant energy supply, which makes possible and affordable all the comforts that modern society takes for granted — everything from smartphones to toilet paper. Through central planning, these socialist politicians hope to disassemble profitable industries and reassign labor and capital according to dumb, naive, and poorly planned “five-year plans” and “great leaps forward” — something Ocasio-Cortez reminded everyone of last year with a well-produced animated video.

Every historical attempt at socialism has involved such plans, which always end in failure. Sanders’s plans are no different. The public can avoid relearning history’s lessons about those failures by voting against Sanders and any other candidate who wants to end or curtail fracking.

As Virginia Postrel noted about 20 years ago when discussing The Future and its Enemies with Brian Lamb on C-Span:

The Khmer Rouge sought to start over at year zero, and to sort of create the kind of society that very civilized, humane greens write about as though it were an ideal. I mean, people who would never consider genocide. But I argue that if you want to know what that would take, look at Cambodia–to empty the cities and turn everyone into peasants again. Even in a less developed country, let alone in someplace like the United States, that these sort of static utopian fantasies are just that.

Although socialist North Korea begs to differ:

After the Democratic presidential candidates’ apocalyptic-themed “climate change” town hall on CNN in September, Bryan Preston wrote, “If you like Venezuela, voting for any of them will bring you a whole lot of Venezuela. Thank you, CNN, just for letting these people talk. Do it again next week? Please?”

(Classical reference in headline.)

COMING SOON? Climate My Ass: The Green War on Freedom.

Writer and columnist James Delingpole and director Martin Durkin are teaming up to make a new documentary, Climate My Ass: The Green War on Freedom, and they’re currently in the fundraising stage. Per the film’s Indiegogo site: “The climate bandwagon has rolled on quite long enough. The ‘scientists’ and ‘science’ behind this nonsense have been exposed time and time again, but like some zombie ‘global warming’ refuses to lie down and die. What keeps it going is the political-bureaucratic, publicly funded monster, called the ‘Climate Consensus’. This is the monster which we aim to slay once and for all.” Donations to help produce Climate My Ass may be made here.

As I’m writing this, the Indiegogo page is being updated. When it’s back up, I plan on chipping in.

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76! Former VP Joe Biden tells a crowd in South Carolina he is “running for the U.S. Senate” and if they don’t like him they can “vote for the other Biden.”

UPDATE: More details here: Watch: Joe Biden says he’s a candidate for ‘United States Senate.’

(Updated and bumped.)

HARSH, BUT FAIR.

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING: Leading Democrats should speak out on Sanders.

I wonder how many other members of the old Journolist are scared of a Bernie candidacy?

IT’S CALLED COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA, AND BERNIE FALLS FOR IT EVERY TIME: Hans Bader:

According to UNESCO, Cuba had about the same literacy rate as Costa Rica and Chile in 1950 (close to 80%). And it has almost the same literacy rate as they do today (close to 100%). Meanwhile, Latin American countries that were largely illiterate in 1950 — like Peru, Brazil, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic — are largely literate today, closing much of the gap with Cuba. El Salvador had a less than 40% literacy rate in 1950, but has an 88% literacy rate today. Brazil and Peru had a less than 50% literacy rate in 1950, but today, Peru has a 94.5% literacy rate, and Brazil a 92.6% literacy rate. The Dominican Republic’s rate rose from a little over 40% to 91.8%. While Cuba made substantial progress in reducing illiteracy in Castro’s first years in power, its educational system has stagnated since, even as much of Latin America improved.

BULWARKING TRUE CONSERVATIVE CONSERVATISM THROUGH THE COERCIVE POWER OF THE STATE: GOP Ex-Congressman Joe Walsh Will Conserve Conservatism by Voting for the Socialist. “He could say he’s voting Libertarian. He could write in ‘Joe Walsh’ or ‘Marco Rubio’ or ‘Zombie Ronald Reagan.’ He could even sit this one out. But no.”

VIPERS ON DECK: Two USMC AH-1Z Viper helicopters prepare to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay. Photo taken February 19 somewhere in the Gulf of Thailand.

GRADUALLY, AND THEN SUDDENLY: How The Onion Went Full-On Bernie Bro.

The Onion laid out its new ideology unambiguously in an August 2019 piece titled “Democrat Party: Moving Left Vs. Remaining Moderate.” The article is less a series of jokes than a laundry list of familiar complaints from the activist, Bernie-friendly left about moderate Democrats, like criticizing their foreign policy as “10 percent less than whatever Dick Cheney would do.”

So what happened?

Nackers says it’s not that the Onion has decided to try its hand at actively abetting the Sanders campaign. To him, this campaign is simply the first one its staff has seen that embodies what it has been complaining about all along. Part of it is just how simpatico their policy preferences are: “The Onion started in Madison [Wis.],” Nackers said in an interview, “and people are pretty progressive … a lot of Bernie’s policies are progressive things that we want to back.”

Well, he’s certainly a very big fan of what used to be called “‘Progressives’ in a hurry”; what could go wrong?

Fortunately, America’s Newspaper of Record hasn’t lost its nerve: Bernie Sanders Disappointed To Learn Millions In Campaign Donations Were All In Venezuelan Currency.

BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW IT’S MOSTLY A B.S. EXCUSE FOR A POLITICAL POWER GRAB: Pew Research 2019 survey: ‘Climate Change’ Still Ranks As Low Priority – 17th place out of 18.

SYRACUSE REMAINS A MESS.

IT’S A 19TH CENTURY IDEOLOGY IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? ‘Progressivism’ vs. Progress.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: We Have Come for Your Children—Bernie Sanders Edition. “Democrats don’t really care about poor, put-upon working parents. They’re the ones who are taxing people to death and making them work that much in the first place, after all. The goal here is to get their grubby radical hands on the minds of children when they are most easily molded. They sell this horror by portraying the government as a benevolent caretaker that’s there to comfort you.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, COLLUSION EDITION: College admissions scandal meets foreign bribery.

HONG KONG: KFC Branch Closed Due to Coronavirus Infection of Employee.

BERNIE’S STILL RECITING 1960S APPARATCHIK TALKING POINTS, BECAUSE HE’S BASICALLY STILL A 1960S APPARATCHIK: I went to school in Cuba under Castro. Here’s what it’s like, Bernie Sanders.

“You know, when Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program,” you told “60 Minutes” host Anderson Cooper. “Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” . . .

See, despite your claims, senator, that it was Castro who started a literacy program in Cuba, a common and often-repeated lie, the girl’s mother worked in a literacy program in the countryside after graduation from a teacher’s college in the early 1950s.

Teachers had to do so to earn their spot in a city classroom.

Facts don’t matter. It’s all about the narrative. Socialists talk about making poor people better off. Capitalists actually do it. In a media culture that rewards talking over doing because it’s run by talkers rather than doers, the socialists get more credit.

Meanwhile: Sanders defends comments praising Castro’s Cuba: ‘The truth is the truth.’ SJWs always double down.

Plus: City Of Miami Announces Big Event After Bernie Makes Pro-Communist Remarks.

WINNOWING THE FIELD: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. With 7 Candidates Debating In South Carolina, The Stage Is, Umm, Getting Larger? “We’re at the point in the election cycle — after three states have voted — that the debate stage is supposed to shrink, not grow. But apparently the 2020 Democratic field didn’t get the memo. After six candidates debated in Nevada last week, seven have now qualified for this Tuesday’s showdown in South Carolina. The debate will reunite the six debaters from last week’s heated fracas and also welcome philanthropist Tom Steyer back to the stage.”

More than anything this is an indication that the party elders no longer have the muscle or clout to winnow the field in advance. The GOP has the same problem, but the result was Trump and a lot of #winning. We still don’t know what the same chaos will produce on the Democratic side.

HMM: Sanders-Warren ticket beating Trump-Pence, 48%-45%.

PRIVACY: Facebook’s privacy tools are riddled with missing data. “More than anything they’re a ploy to placate users’ concerns.”

The obvious holes in Facebook’s privacy data exports paint a picture of a company that aims to placate users’ concerns without actually doing anything to change its practices.

DATA LISTS ARE INCOMPLETE — The most pressing issue with Facebook’s downloadable privacy data is that it’s incomplete. Privacy International’s investigation tested the “Ads and Business” section on Facebook’s “Download Your Information” page, which purports to tell users which advertisers have been targeting them with ads.

The investigation found that the list of advertisers actually changes over time, seemingly at random. This essentially makes it impossible for users to develop a full understanding of which advertisers are using their data. In this sense, Facebook’s claims of transparency are inaccurate and misleading.

Well, Facebook.

THERE’S A LOT OF DODGING GOING ON: Sanders Campaign Manager Dodges on Whether Dem Leaders Who Spoke at AIPAC Support ‘Bigotry.’

ON THE CULT OF PERSONALITY AND ITS CONSEQUENCES”: Most speeches by politicians don’t say much, and what they do say often isn’t true. But on this day in 1956, First Secretary of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party Nikita Khrushchev shocked the members of the 20th Party Congress by doing something completely novel: He laid some truth on them about their late leader Joseph Stalin:

Stalin acted not through persuasion, explanation, and patient cooperation with people, but by … demanding absolute submission to his opinion. Whoever opposed this concept … was doomed to removal from the leading collective and to subsequent moral and physical annihilation. …

Lenin used severe methods only in the most necessary cases …

Stalin, on the other hand, used extreme methods and mass repressions at a time when the revolution was already victorious. … It is clear that here Stalin showed in a whole series of cases his intolerance, his brutality, and his abuse of power. …

Stalin’s willfulness vis-à-vis the party and its central committee became fully evident after the 17th party congress, which took place in 1934….

It was determined that of the 139 members and candidates of the party’s Central Committee who were elected at the 17th congress, 98 persons, that is, 70 percent, were arrested and shot ….

The same fate met not only the central committee members, but also the majority of the delegates to the 17th party congress. Of 1,966 delegates with either voting or advisory rights, 1,108 persons were arrested on charges of anti-revolutionary crimes, i.e. decidedly more than majority. This very fact shows how absurd, wild, and contrary to common sense were the charges ….

(Note that there are different versions/translations of what Khrushchev said. This is one of them.)

The speech was intended to be secret. But it was leaked. Its effects were shattering all over the Soviet Union. Riots in Stalin’s homeland of Georgia had to be suppressed.

Here in the United States, its effects among Communists were sweeping. In a 2017 New York Times article entitled “When Communism Inspired Americans,” Vivian Gornick (a red diaper baby herself) wrote of the devastating effect the speech had on American Communists: “Night after night the people at my father’s table raged or wept or sat staring into space.” Gornick reported that within weeks of the speech’s publication in the West, 30,000 members of the party in the United States had quit.

Note that Khrushchev’s speech has been criticized (and for good reason). What he said about Stalin was true, but he concentrated on the horrors of Stalin’s actions against party members. What about the millions of non-party members who died at the hands of the party? And he repeatedly contrasted Stalin with Lenin, whom he praised, when both deserved to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Still, it was a step forward for a nation that had seen nothing but horror from its leaders for decades.

I KNOW: The evidence doesn’t back Democrats’ panic that Bernie can’t win.

I don’t think Sanders will win but also won’t discount the possibility. The scariest part of a Sanders Administration — and apparently he and his team are already preparing for this — would be a raft of executive orders which would be happily put into action by the Democrats and progressives who dominate the all-too-powerful executive branch.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Trump: Coronavirus Threat Remains ‘Very Much Under Control’ Across United States.

Coronavirus – Brits among 1,000 trapped in rooms in quarantined Tenerife hotel after Italian tourist tests positive.

Deaths related to coronavirus have risen to more than 2,500 in China.

Wuhan’s easing of coronavirus lockdown measures lasted all of three hours. “The confusion over the lockdown measures suggest ongoing divisions between local governments and the central government in Beijing in managing the crisis.”

Iran confirms two more coronavirus deaths.

Coronavirus further isolates Iran, strains South Korea, Italy.

One of Korean Air’s cabin crew tests positive for coronavirus.

Fourth person from quarantined ship dies as Japan plans new measures.

Coronavirus ‘knocking at the door’ as travellers from lockdown zones in Italy told to self-isolate.

Coronavirus: Why did infections shoot up in South Korea?

CDC tells Americans to avoid unessential travel to South Korea amid coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Worst-hit countries boost containment efforts.

White House sends lawmakers emergency budget request for $2.5 billion to address coronavirus outbreak.

All 16 of Vietnam’s coronavirus sufferers cured.

Battle against coronavirus turns to Italy; Wall Street falls on pandemic fears.

Nikkei closes at 4-month low as coronavirus spreads beyond Asia.

UPDATE: BREAKING: Iran’s deputy health minister tests positive for coronavirus; he had previously looked unwell during a press conference.

Plus: The World Health Organisation (WHO) no longer has a process for declaring a pandemic, but the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak remains an international emergency, a spokesman says.

ELECTING SANDERS MEANS MORE, NOT LESS CORRUPTION: More regulation creates more opportunities for political corruption, Issues & Insights notes this morning, and it follows as logically as night follows day that electing Bernie Sanders will result in more of the very things he promises to get rid of in government. There’s even objective evidence of this process at work around the world.

 

CORONAVIRUS: One of Korean Air’s cabin crew tests positive for coronavirus.

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ACCOUNTABILITY: House Republicans considering criminal referrals against Mueller prosecutors.

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