SKYE’S LINKS 09/14/23
“If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Car companies brag about the sophistication of onboard computers and connectivity as new cars sell driving, entertainment system choices, and driving maps with the manufacturer. In turn, 84% of that data is sold to third parties and made available to law enforcement (for now) upon request. Tesla and Nissan are the worst, and Renault and Dacia are the best.
And parts are available for older cars down at the junkyard. New cars are parked for lack of repair parts all over the world.
If you have a late model car, it is spying on you, sending data to the manufacturer, and they are selling it to many parties:
Full Mozilla car nonprivacy report here:
And while we are on the subject of companies ratting their customers out, do you own a Liberty gun safe? The company CEO is an Obama supporter, and its safes have a back door combination available to the FBI.
It is not so safe unless you have a locksmith change the combination, and even so, the electronic locking types will never be your friend:
Larry Sanger, Wikipedia Co-founder to Tucker, “It’s the establishment, and they have their own agenda,” he said. “It’s clear that between 2005 and 2015, [Wikipedia] was on their radar, Wikipedia moved on to the establishment’s radar, and of course, we do have evidence that CIA — and the FBI computers were used to edit Wikipedia.”
The Wikipedia co-founder said it’s “not just them; we know that intelligence now, a great part of intelligence — information warfare is conducted online, and where, if not on websites like Wikipedia?”
“They pay off the most influential people to push their agendas — which they’re already mostly in line with — or they just develop their owned talent within the community, learn the Wikipedia game, and then push what they want to say with their people,” Sanger concluded.
Wikipedia as a government disinformation conduit:
Facebook was surprised that the Biden administration treated false information as accurate. Maybe it is malicious; perhaps they cannot tell the difference.
Fauxbook as a government disinformation conduit:
Republican Bernie Moreno is challenging Republican Frank LaRose to become the candidate opposing Democrat Sherod Brown. LaRose is a lifelong politician with a strong track record of attracting big tech to Ohio in exchange for massive subsidies and tax breaks. With 600,000 or so university students in the pipeline and one of the world’s densest electrical grid distribution systems powered by coal, the state is a natural to replace Northern California in the energy-intensive tech industry.
Moreno is an immigrant from Columbia and owns several large car dealerships. He bought and sold his first car at age 16 using a few thousand dollars borrowed from his family and used the funds from flipping cars to attend the University of Michigan. If heavy manufacturing is in your blood, Michigan is still the place to study. He became a Saturn Motors executive shortly after graduation.
Moreno has a well-scrubbed family of student-athletes, and his wife is recovering from double full-mastectomy surgery due to cancer. His politics align with JD Vance and the drive to re-shore industry to North America.
Sherrod Brown, the democrat, graduated from Yale with a BA in Russian studies and later earned graduate degrees in education. Democrats believe his seat is necessary to keep the coal industry down. Radical leftists prefer the tech-friendly LaRose to the industry-friendly Moreno. Tech is backing LaRose for the primary but will switch to Brown in the general as he is promising a link to Ontario Hydro for future electrical supply.
Of course, they censor would-be paid political ads – from a Republican:
And here is some Big Government censorship specifically tailored to interfere with the next election:
Zoom up to 50,000 feet and look at this: If the courts eventually rule that government censorship violates the 1A, the possibility of declaring communism and warmism as religions and, therefore, unconstitutionally promoted by the government enters the Overton Window. The nation needs a very robust 1A conversation.
But here is the good news! The LA/MO First Amendment lawsuit against Federalie censorship via Big Tech proxies is moving forward successfully:
Scientism, not Science
Fauci lied about masks and continues to lie in support of his politics.
A lesson from my long and varied experience: No one who mistreats dogs should ever be trusted. This observation, though not scientific, has yet to be proven false.
This organization is the gold standard when it comes to analyzing medical trials. The truth about the lack of effectiveness of masks comes out – over noisy resistance:
Because of government minion falsehoods and censorship of the truth, masking is still widely promoted:
Trump tries to downplay the role that lying Fauci played in his Administration. While it is true that Trump could not fire him as head of his NIH Institute, Trump could have ordered him to shut up about Fauci/CCP virus policy – but didn’t. Trump should have put Dr. Scott Atlas in charge:
Puppet in Chief
Many people in their eighties are sharp as a tack. Age slows you down. But you can still play the game if you’ve gained wisdom through many years of experience. The problem with Biden isn’t so much that he’s frail and feeble—although those things are highly undesirable in a national leader. He lacks any semblance of ability, judgment, morality, and ethics. The world is asking: How degraded are the American people that they could not just elect but are thinking of reelecting, such a pathetic shell?
Trump is only four years younger, but he appears hale and hardy.
Doug Casey, an old friend, on the 2024 election:
In the past, Trump has made greatly exaggerated claims about the benefits of the Fauci/CCP virus vaccines. He has recently gotten the message that times have changed:
Crime and the 2A
Elections have consequences. It is now time for a chickens coming home to roost story:
Biden proposed a ruling that anyone possessing an unregistered firearm should be prosecuted as a felon. So far, the courts don’t agree.
The Marxist Dialectic of thesis + antithesis = synthesis plays out everywhere in politics. Peaceful citizens + urban savages = expanded government. Except when the peaceful citizen is armed. Crime is not a byproduct of poor government; it is a crucial feature of the dialectic in action.
With news like the above, it isn’t surprising that gun sales are still booming:
Will Hunter Biden plead the 2nd Amendment? This could be a landmark case:
“Today I issued a 30-day ban on the open & concealed carrying of guns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Gun violence is killing between 2 and 3 children every month in NM – every single one of these deaths is unconscionable and they must stop,” Grisham posted on X.
Today I issued a 30-day ban on the open & concealed carrying of guns in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Gun violence is killing between 2 and 3 children every month in NM – every single one of these deaths is unconscionable and they must stop.
— Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) September 9, 2023
‘Crat NM Governor goes full tyrant by using Public Health Emergency Executive Order to ban both open and concealed carry. Why not? Public Health Emergency EOs worked so well during the pandemic. Federal Court slap-down incoming.
The world understands the role of the police chief, and Albuquerque appears to have a good chief. However, the most important political office in America is the county sheriff. No one beyond the voters and the courts can overrule a sheriff, especially not a little woke commie governor.
The Albuquerque Police Chief says that her decree is unconstitutional and that he will not enforce it:
Virtue signaling ‘Crat tyrant faces calls for impeachment:
Elon Musk writes a few choice words on this subject:
This is such a clear violation of the Constitution that even David Hogg denounces it:
Gun Owners Of America, a very effective organization, sues, and the County DA announces that he will not enforce the Governor’s unconstitutional EO:
What is behind the Governor’s “public health emergency”?
Enrique Tarro, the group leader of The Proud Boys, was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for J6. He was not even there but had sent an email to someone who forwarded the email to someone else who also emailed Trump.
He was sent to prison for refusing to lie in support of the DoJ narrative. They offered him money and freedom. The takeaway is that a government led by money-motivated traitors assumes everyone is a money-motivated traitor.
Trump was absent from J6, and this is what irks the DoJ. Their expensive and carefully crafted entrapment collapsed; all they have left is the Simone Adamlee Maneuver. Somebody should make a film called Donald Trump’s Day Off.
Federalies tried to coerce Proud Boys leader into implicating Trump in J6:
It never was about the money, nor was it about anything other than promoting the socialist agenda. Part of society was ordered to give another part a massive cash transfer. Maybe just once, maybe forever.
With every forced wealth transfer, the concept of government actors as managers of the economic commons expands. The shocking part is that California, with only a 5% black population, voted 2:1 and not 95:1.
This is not a racial issue but a freedom: socialism issue.
A bridge way too far! CA voters oppose cash reparations by 2 to 1:
“We know now that inflation results from all that deficit spending.”
President Ronald Reagan
For investors, a massive flock of economic chickens are coming home to roost. Don’t bet on inflation subsiding in the foreseeable future. Higher for longer is here to stay:
For investors, Federalies announced a framework for regulating AI. This article mentions that the tech leaders and CEOs provided advice at the closed hearing. What it doesn’t say is what this proposed regulation is designed to do: create a high regulatory compliance cost barrier to bar the entrance of potentially disruptive new entrants to the field. Government regulations and licenses are the most significant enablers of monopoly and oligopoly. A $100 billion per year firm can easily afford to spend tens of millions on regulatory compliance and licensing costs, but that will kill all those pesky garage startups. From the Federalies point of view, there is nothing like threats to licensing and lawsuits over compliance to assure strict obedience to the powers that be. Government, especially at a national level, is primarily a racket based on threats of violence and actual violence against their citizens:
Wowzers. Even Senator Murkowski disagrees with this democrat move up in the ANWR oil patch.
Xiden’s puppet masters cancel vast oil leases in Alaska:
The federal government has become a bipartisan racket:
“We’ve uncovered millions in foreign money to various Biden family members, and we know President Biden was involved in meetings with Hunter’s foreign business ties. I applaud Speaker McCarthy for initiating this logical next step to use the full power of the House to bring answers to the American people, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Oversight Committee, under the exceptional leadership of Chairman Comer, to bring transparency and accountability to this Administration.”
Did you ever wonder whether the Xidens were more unusually stupid rather than more unusually corrupt:
The Transparency Index puts Ukraine between the Philippines and Zambia on its corruption scale. Bribes and such are wrong, but the United States paid the piper when it needed Clark Air Force Base.
Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, and Israel all score below the USA, yet few voices advocate disengagement from these countries over their internal corruption.
Most Ukrainians admit that their government has problems. At some point, Americans will realize the same about Washington.
Perhaps Ukrainians are more realistic than most Americans: