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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/05/22

Welcome to the Summer Fun HFR!

It’s early August, we have a month to go ‘till Labor, so let’s enjoy it.  The photo and story linked above is in the New York Post.  She’s Mimi Israelah, a pro-Trump proud Filipino-American.  When she couldn’t find her driver’s license when pulled over, she showed the cops her White Privilege card for a laugh, and they thought it so funny they let her go.

The Post, however, doesn’t mention The White Privilege Card’s inventor, the “Legendary Black Redneck: himself, Joel Patrick.

Buckle up, folks.  We’re going for a fun ride.

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SKYE’S LINKS 08/04/22

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Huge jackpot win in the 9th Circuit on social media being a public forum and that the First Amendment prohibits viewpoint discrimination by public officials on this media.  This is a very big deal that has received practically no attention, and has immensely important consequences going forward.  If appealed to SCOTUS, I'm confident that this 3-0 decision will be upheld:

9th Circuit: Political Officials' Blocking of Social Media Comments May Violate the First Amendment

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Evidence of social media collaboration with the Federalies arrives:

CDC Gave Big Tech Platforms Guidance On COVID Censorship

The Rumble versus Google lawsuit moves forward to the discovery stage.  Here is why this is likely to be a very big deal:

Court Rejects Google's Attempt To Dismiss Rumble's Antitrust Lawsuit, Ensuring Vast Discovery

You see the Good News pattern here?

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SCOUNDREL’S VIEW OF MOUNT EVEREST

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You’re looking face on Everest’s West Ridge, the border of Tibet and Nepal. On the right is the Southwest Face in Nepal, on the left is the North Face in Tibet. Called Scoundrel’s View because this is a better view than trekkers to Everest Base Camp see (a viewpoint called Kala Patthar).

You have to make another trek up the Ngozumpa glacier (longest in the Himalayas) in the Gokyo valley, where above the fifth Gokyo lake at 16,400 feet you get to call yourself a “scoundrel” for seeing what Everest trekkers don’t.

High on the Northeast Ridge on the left horizon is the last place Mallory and Irvine were seen heading for the summit in 1924, and then disappeared. Hillary and Tenzing summited in 1953 via the Southeast Ridge over the right horizon. Everest Base Camp in Nepal is at the foot of the big snowy buttress below the West Ridge. Called the West Shoulder, it blocks any view of Everest from Base Camp.

On our Himalaya Helicopter Expeditions, we get an abundance of spectacular views of Everest, up close and personal – Scoundrel’s View is only one of many. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #29 photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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THE LIQUID RAINBOW – WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL RIVER

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This is Caño Cristales, a river flowing through an ancient tableland in a remote roadless region deep in the forests of Colombia. Known as The Liquid Rainbow, geologists consider it the world’s most beautiful river.

The colors are due to endemic riverweeds that grow only here, clinging to the rocks of the riverbed, and the crystal clarity of the water. It is not easy to get to – fly a light plane to an airstrip, take a boat upriver for miles, then walk a few miles more. But then you get to explore one of the most beautiful sights nature has to offer – replete with dozens of small fun waterfalls, surrounded by an uninhabited forest teeming with tropical birds.

No wonder National Geographic calls Caño Cristales “the River of the Garden of Eden.” Yet it is only one of the many extraordinary experiences in this huge country – for Colombia is larger than Texas and California combined. Wheeler Expeditions will be conducting an exploration of Hidden Colombia in 2023. Hope you can be with us. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #22 photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DECLARES OPEN SEASON ON RELIGIOUS HOSPITALS THAT OBJECT TO GENDER TRANSITIONS

wrong-appointee-for-health-servicesIn 2016, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule that would have forced doctors across the country to assist in “transitioning patients” out of their biological sex, regardless of a provider’s medical opinion or conscience objections.

The rule left no room for religious physicians or institutions to breathe, instead menacing them with draconian fines, were they not to toe the controversial new line.

In stepped the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which secured a permanent injunction in federal court that stopped the rule from going into effect, on the grounds that it violated the Administrative Procedure Act, and likely violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Tomorrow (8/04), however, Becket  will march back into the courtroom, having been dragged back in by the Biden administration and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra.

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OPEN LETTER TO PARENTS: IF YOU DON’T GET A GRIP ON YOUR KIDS’ SOCIAL MEDIA, TRANS ACTIVISTS WILL

transactivists-rallyAn elementary school in Indiana must allow a 10-year-old boy who “identifies” as transgender to play on its all-girls softball team despite a new state law preventing males from competing on female sports teams, a federal judge ruled last week (7/26).

This is just the most recent example of how the trans movement is affecting our kids: an elementary school’s all-girls softball team. What is behind all these stories of young children gender bending? Social media and smartphones could have something to do with it.

Parents are the only ones who can protect kids from trans influencers and other harmful content online. You are the ones on the frontlines, and circumstances are increasingly demanding that you “go nuclear.” Here’s how.

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RUSSIA’S GLOBAL DOWNSIZING

stuck-in-the-19th-centuryThe tide of the Ukraine war has subtly shifted as the Russian offensive has exhausted itself and the Ukrainian pushback has started to gain momentum.

The battle for Donbas, which became the central theater of the war after the battle for Kyiv was lost by overstretched Russian forces in early April, is deadlocked, and the new focal point is now Kherson.

It would have been strategically reasonable to withdraw Russia’s exposed troops there and present the move as a measure of “goodwill,” but no.  This stubbornness grants Ukraine an opportunity to score an important victory, which could destroy Russian discourse that the “special military operation” proceeds according to plan (Nezavisimaya gazeta, July 25).

It could unravel the entire Russian occupation of Ukraine.

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DO CONSERVATIVES GET TO PLAY BY THE LEFT’S RULES AFTER NOVEMBER?

thucydidesIn the era of Peak Woke we are supposed to accept any radical departure from long-held custom and tradition as the new normal.

Perhaps. But if so, is the improved new code of behavior at least reciprocal? Will the radical Left really wish to live by its own novel normality when it loses power?

Have leftists ever read Thucydides on the stasis at Corcyra and his warning that zealots who destroy laws, customs, and traditions for short-term gain, soon rue the day they began making such changes when, in vain, they seek refuge in the very sanctuaries of behavior that they have destroyed?

What if, upon gaining sweeping power in the ’22 and ’24 elections, a Right-controlled Congress and White House behaved towards the Left as the Left does now regarding the Supreme Court, the Military, the FBI, and conservatives in general?

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THE SANDS OF THE TAKLA MAKAN

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When Marco Polo crossed the Tien Shan mountains and reached the Silk Road oasis of Kashgar in 1273, he faced an enormous desert of endless dunes called the Takla Makan, meaning “You go in, you don’t come out.” To avoid this fate, the Silk Road at Kashgar splits in two – above to the north of the dreaded sand sea via the oases of Aksu and Turfan, and underneath to the south via the oases of Yarkand, Khotan, Charchan and Charklik. The two routes came together beyond Lop Nor, the eastern extension of the Takla Makan, at the oasis of Dunhuang.

His father Niccolo and uncle Maffeo had earlier taken the northern route to first meet Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan, but now with Marco they took the southern route. They traveled in caravans of two-humped Bactrian camels, often crossing dunes on the edge – just like the photo you see. In 2008, I retraced Polo’s route along the southern route – part of it by motorized hang glider. He would be fascinated, I’m sure, to see what a camel caravan looks like from the air! (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #13 photo ©Jack Wheeler)

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KEEPING YOUR SANITY BY UNDERSTANDING WHAT MONEY IS

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Last Monday (7/25), Jack’s Glimpse, The Money That Made Us Human, fit so well with my Sanity column on The Virtue of Trade and Money that I’d like to expand on all that this week. Here we go.

One day in East Africa, deep in our primitive past, an exceptional innovator carved a palm-sized, pear-shaped, razor-sharp axe head out of stone. This must have revolutionized the ability for him and his band of hunter-gatherers to hunt, butcher food… and to wage war on their neighbors.

Yet for over a million and a half years, as far as we can tell from the archeological record, what archaeologists call Acheulean hand stone axes was the extent of human and pre-human innovation. That was it! Nothing new for a over 1,600,000 years.

Then, something revolutionary happened; something that changed the nature of humanity, and transformed our cultural growth as a species… the world’s first jewelry was invented.

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