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My message to many in the Baby Boomer generation:
CanadianLibertarian
 May 03 2024 at 08:12 pm
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Allow me to preface by saying, do not take this personal if it doesn't seem applicable to your own situation. Suggesting your successive generations have a sense of "entitlement" to everything is not only akin to blaming the victim, it is also a classic example of "the pot calling the kettle black" or "people in glass houses throwing stones". It is those among your demographic, those who are the largest voting group (for now) and those who are in positions of influence and power (you) that have become the most entitled, selfish and overbearingly authoritarians in modern history that are the direct cause for all the poverty, pain and suffering that is happening in our once great country. In your younger years, it was YOU who burned the bras, YOU who fiercely protested those who oppressed and ruled over you, YOU who cried out for the return of your brothers and sisters who were fighting more unjust wars in foreign lands, YOU who caused those on both sides of the political aisle to come to the center in order to compromise for the betterment of each other, YOU who relied on your elders to pass the torch when their time had come, YOU who made damn sure the laws of our land did not infringe on your individual rights. Now that you are no longer feeling as relevant or vibrant as you once did, your attention has turned to a selfish desire to force your children and grandchildren to compensate for the misgivings and greed those in your very age group perpetuated on you. Using the power and force of government and big business to keep all the wealth, while leaving table scraps for the rest of us is about as entitled as you can get. Keep in mind, while that may serve you well for a short time, ultimately you will be left with nothing but possessions that can do nothing to fill the void you have created in your heart and soul. Not to mention the hardships, suffering and divide that will take a toll on each and every one of us. One must always keep in mind the profound reality of the fact that once you have reached the point in your life that we ALL must face, when only family and friends and loved ones will be there to comfort you in your final years and time of need; material possessions lose their luster. No accumulation of wealth, property or possessions will hold any real value to you. It's not too late to end this reality, and it would be in your own best interest to start healing the wounds...for future Historians will tell the story of what has transpired in our time. In the age of instant access to information and truth, there will not be any way to rewrite it, or propagate lies to those who seek the truth. Your legacy and how you will be remembered is up to you...make the right choice, not just for yourself...but for all of us. CL
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Winning over young men
Bettina Arndt
 May 14 2024 at 05:00 am
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Message to our politicians: If you have ever deluded yourself that you could ever harness the angry women’s vote, take a good look at the Albanese debacle late last month. Our Prime Minister indulged in classic virtue signalling by sucking up to the Canberra women’s protest rally, joining hundreds of women who had been cynically whipped up into a frenzy over the latest domestic violence tragedies – with the usual false claims of an epidemic of violence being used to fuel anti-male hatred and demands for more funding. Albanese muscled in on the podium to mouth his usual platitudes, only to have Sarah Williams, a canny activist and one of the rally organizers, call him a liar for claiming the protest had refused to allow him to speak. “Victim-survivor” Williams turned on the water works, claiming the PM was victim blaming, which led to days of grovelling and humiliation for Albanese. Slam dunk, for Williams. Another Prime Minister done over trying to suck up to the feminists. (Note that Williams is the same professional agitator who, only a few weeks earlier, was orchestrating the change.org petition against our Restoring the Presumption of Innocence conference. She’s a busy girl.) I’m not going to buy into detailed discussion of the truly impressive flexing of feminist power on display in the last month, with commentators attempting to outdo each other in their male-loathing, proposing ever more draconian measures to lock up accused men, deny bail, publish their details online. Grovelling politicians responded by handing out more and more of our money and promises to further curtail civil liberties. Never mind that in the middle of all the hysteria, the Australian Institute of Criminology released the latest figures which demonstrated a 30-year decline in intimate partner domestic homicide – “The female intimate partner homicide rate decreased overall by two-thirds (66 per cent) in the 34-year period between 1989-90 and 2022-23.” Statistically speaking, this year’s tragic cases are a tiny blip in the downward trend. But that went virtually unnoticed, apart from an excellent article by Angela Shanahan in the Weekend Australian which the current feminist editors omitted from her normal spot in the print version and only published online. You must watch this compelling video from Damian Coory, a commentator on ADH TV (the relevant section starts at 15:33). We are excited to announce that Damian, who has had a long media career, will be speaking at our conference about the role of the media in demonizing men. And who would have thought that Waleed Aly would dare to suggest that blaming all men for domestic violence was like blaming all Muslims for Islamic terrorism. But the icing on the cake was when Jess Hill, one of the leading feminist propagandists in the domestic violence industry, openly conceded that the advocated primary prevention strategy of promoting respect for women and attempting to “reduce gender inequity” wasn’t working: “Telling men and boys that if they make sexist jokes, or fail to challenge the attitudes of their mates, they are personally responsible for the physical and sexual violence or homicides committed by other males has not proven a compelling or successful argument.” Duh…. So, all those billions spent on television campaigns and shaming boys in schools has turned out to be misguided. Hill and her fellow author, UNSW criminologist Michael Salter, raise the possibility that it is increasing resentment by young men – which could backfire: “Situating all little boys as potential perpetrators not only risks diluting much needed resources and effort, but it also invites confusion and potentially backlash from boys and young men who were never at risk of hurting their partners in the first place.” Yes, growing up in a culture where the government is paying for programs which falsely claim you and your mates are responsibility for the rape and murder of women might just put you off that government, don’t you reckon? And put you off voting for all the parties lining up to jump on this feminist bandwagon. When will politicians realise that they will never appease the extremist feminists and misandrists who control not only social media but most legacy journalists? Well, while they remain fearful of extremists and their influence, the answer is – never. Of course, even our conservative politicians are driven by fear – fear of looking out of touch. To hell with the facts, with issues of fairness, and even with what is best for our nation. Which brings me to the Liberal Party, which sadly is the only hope of getting rid of the Labor government which has proved far more dangerous to men than we could ever have imagined – think of last year’s family law legislation removing children’s right to have a father in their lives. Every day this mob thinks of new ways of making lives miserable for men and boys. Tough times for conservatives everywhere There’s good reason for Liberal party strategists to be concerned about their future. Times look bleak for conservative parties, with growing evidence that successive generations are moving further left– both in Australia and overseas. What’s worse is they don’t appear to move back to the centre-right as they age. Forecasts are grim and include “a 35-seat reduction in Coalition seats in the House of Representatives by 2040,” according to a Centre for Independent Studies report on young people deserting the right. However, the statistics reveal an interesting, more complex trend. In January, a Financial Times article pointed to evidence that while the young women of Gen-Z are, as expected, more left than previous generations, the young men are defying expectations by turning to the centre or even right. Other surveys have confirmed this trend. American surveys by Survey Center on American Life, Newsweek and Glocalities report a split between young men and women. An analysis of global data by The Economist also shows a gender split but finds that the difference in Australia is less than some other countries. In Australia, Dr Intifar Chowdhury, a lecturer in government from Flinders University, analysed Australian Election Study (AES) data and concluded: However, while Gen Z has more men than women on the right, it has less right-leaning men than any other generation – so it would be wrong to say our young men are rushing to the right, like in South Korea or Germany. A tiny ray of sunshine? There are other ways of looking at this data. We’ve used the same AES data set but rather than placing respondents on a left-right spectrum, we have focussed specifically on survey questions about attitude towards the Liberal Party. And that revealed a small glimmer of hope for the Libs. Young men, on the cusp of adulthood, are far more favourable to the Liberal Party than most other age groups – and their political leanings differ strongly from their female cohort. I am reminded of the audience in many of Jordan Peterson’s talks here in Australia – who could forget all those eager young male faces looking for acceptance and enlightenment? Our analysis shows young (18-22yo) men are about equally divided on their attitude towards the Liberal Party – 42% dislike the party to some extent and 39% like it to varying degrees. Such indifference may not seem like cause for celebration, but it is significantly more positive than either the female cohort or the next older group of men. And look at how these young people actually voted, with the conservative parties attracting a solid swag of young men while more young women shun Labor to support the Greens and Teals. So, youngsters do offer hope for the Libs. But, as they mature, these young men go off the party. It’s not hard to see why. The great gender divide There’s plenty of media speculation about “gender divergence” in this young generation. The Financial Times points out that previous younger generations had a shared identity in terms of its politics and general ideology, but “Gen-Z is two generations not one”. The reason? Most suggest it is all about gender politics, with the rage generated by #MeToo radicalising young women and repelling young men. Surveys in Australia, USA and elsewhere show young women becoming more extremist and young men more likely to be hostile to feminism. It’s easy to see why:Young men have been more impacted by feminist policies than older cohorts. An American survey showed that about half of young men have suffered anti-male discrimination – a sharp increase from just 4 years ago: “Increasingly, men are reporting mistreatment in their daily lives.” In South Korea, nearly 80% of men in their 20s report they are discriminated against.Another American survey found that half of men agreed with the statement: "These days society seems to punish men just for acting like men."In the UK, most men under 30 report that feminism’s effect has not been positive.An Australian survey concluded that “younger generations of men view themselves as outsiders”.A 32-country survey found a majority of world citizens – 54% — believe that “when it comes to giving women equal rights to men, things have gone far enough in their country.” These views are especially strong among persons under 40 years of age. In some countries, gender politics is now a mainstream political issue, reflected in their voting patterns. The clearest example is South Korea where young men have pivoted sharply to the right – see earlier chart - as reported in The Economist. Similar trends have played out in Argentina, Poland and Germany. The result is significant policy changes. Argentina’s new president, Javier Milei, delivered a blistering attack against radical feminism at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland early this year, pointing out that feminism has become a noxious force because it engenders conflict between men and women. In South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol vowed to promote tougher penalties for those making false accusations of sexual misconduct. An anti-alienation law has just been passed by the Romanian government, where parental alienation is now included in child protection legislation. But what is truly exciting is news from Norway which has released the final report from their Men’s Equality Commission. Here’s one of the Left’s favoured progressive countries announcing a clear rejection of zero-sum thinking – working on behalf of boys and men does not dilute the ideals of gender equality, it applies them. Here’s how the Commission framed the argument: Many boys and men do not feel that equality is about them, or exists for them. The men's committee believes that equality's next step should be to include boys and men's challenges to a greater extent than today. . . Greater attention to boys' and men's equality challenges will strengthen equality policy, not weaken it. Read Richard V Reeves’ thrilled announcement of this evidence-based report, which spells out gender gaps in a range of key areas: education, work, health, leisure, crime family life and social isolation. And makes strong recommendations, including more men studying for careers in health, education and social care. Plus, gender neutral equality law – now how’s that for a radical suggestion? Not that we’d expect anything radical from the Libs – don’t forget it wasn’t long ago that Liberals were apologising to Brittany Higgins in parliament, funding a second National Plan to End Violence against Women despite the abject failure of the first and voting for Labor’s anti-father family law bill. This leopard isn’t going to radically change its spots. But perhaps they could come up with a few crumbs for those wavering young men looking for some sign that a future Coalition government won’t continue the divisive gender politics of Labor. Some reasonable suggestions include:An inquiry into barriers to males embarking on teaching careers.Measures to address the increasing disengagement of boys at school.Introducing blind recruiting into the public service. Ensuring equal opportunity in education and employment. And maybe even the most radical suggestion of all: evidence-based domestic violence policies?
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Masculinity Under Attack
Sadhika Pant
 April 24 2024 at 01:04 pm
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I was having one of those hypothetical scenario discussions with a friend the other day, when the line between a dystopian possibility and reality became uncomfortably blurred. The hypothetical scenario in question being - what might happen if men began to significantly diminish from public life due to societal transformations. It's concerning how a narrative fueled by animosity towards men is gaining traction in various developed societies, even spreading to more distant ones, such as mine. I recently came across news about a groundbreaking medical procedure allowing women to generate sperm cells from their bone marrow, potentially enabling self-impregnation or impregnation of another woman, the only catch being that the offspring in such a case would always be female. While I'm unsure about the feasibility or legality of such a procedure, especially outside Western countries, what staggered me was the volume of comments that supported the idea of a world without men. Such drastic methods seem to be supported by people who are keen to make men “obsolete” so to speak. I wouldn’t quite say that men can be obsolete, because that would mean that the entire male consciousness can be reduced to a bunch of tasks or roles that could be substituted by women, technology, or rendered unnecessary altogether. I came across a podcast featuring a person known as Teal Swan, who discussed the idea that there is a growing effort to marginalise men by rendering them unnecessary in society. Swan also questioned the impact of a society where women can do everything for themselves, asking what place men would have in such a world, and if women would stop needing them entirely. I don't know much about Teal Swan or her broader beliefs, and I'm not sure how accurate her claims are. While she didn't provide answers, she seems to be asking the right questions. I also have some questions, some of which might be deemed too politically incorrect or controversial to voice openly in modern society. Carl Jung discussed archetypes in his book, Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. If we think of a father, the typical imagery is of a tall, strong figure—a protector, a judge, a disciplinarian, perhaps a hunter or builder. It’s like all the traits of masculinity stack together like a deck of cards. Now consider a mother: the image that often comes to mind is of someone kind, caring, gentle, and soft-spoken, typically holding a baby or child. She's depicted as a feeder, a nurse, a caretaker, the epitome of femininity at its best. What happens when these archetypes become blurred? The traditional roles that men and women have fulfilled in society are vital for raising well-adjusted children. Men have historically provided for and protected their families, disciplined their children and led communities. Women have fed and nurtured their children, cared for sick family members, and maintained the household. It is true that some of these roles, like hunting wild animals or providing physical security, have become less relevant in a society where safety is largely governed by the rule of law. If these roles are outsourced to babysitters, cooks, maids, and robots, what happens to the bond between parents and children? Can children thrive without the active involvement of their parents? If the archetypes of father and mother become diluted to the point where they no longer resemble traditional figures in a child's imagination, what impact will that have on society? Boys might struggle to understand what it means to become a man if the traits typically associated with fatherhood—strength, protection, discipline, and leadership—disappear. Similarly, young girls could find it challenging to understand what it means to be a woman if the nurturing and caring aspects of motherhood become obsolete. In a world where gender boundaries blur, purpose becomes elusive, and family ties weaken, and confusion reigns supreme. Although tasks like providing and protecting can be handled by women or outsourced, and many roles are interchangeable between genders or even replaced by technology, there is more to being a man or a father. The unique male instinct, refined over centuries of survival in the wild, is something that can't be easily replicated or replaced. It is the instinct of the inventor who eased the problem of pain and disease. It's the instinct of the artisan who wielded tools to build infrastructure. It is the instinct of the explorer who drew the maps and established trade routes. It's the instinct of the ruler who established the foundations of societal order. Most importantly, it is the instinct of the father who passed on that legacy to the son.
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The Human Side of War
Santino.imagery
 May 14 2024 at 10:49 am
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There's a channel on Instagram called The Marvelous Mrs Fisher. I watched her reels occasionally because I thought she was kind of funny. Her humor lends towards rednecks and middle class American families. Her husband, who is part of the channel, seemed to be a farmer, or at least something outdoorsy. Last week she posted a video asking for people to donate to a Palestinian family that was trying to evacuate from the warzone. A lot of her fanbase revolted. She made it clear that this was not about politics, but about helping a family in need. But the response she got was something to the effect of "So you support Hamas??". I don't know what percentage leaned in that direction. I didn't scroll through all of the comments, but it was enough that they made a second video telling people that if they don't like it, they should unfollow her. Never a great response, in my opinion. And I assume people did. You're allowed to feel strongly about Israel's war with Hamas. I do. But even in war... especially in war, we have to hold firm to our humanity. If a Palestinian family wants to get out of the war zone, shouldn't we be sympathetic to that? Despite the disturbing Pro-Hamas trend we're seeing on college campuses lately, I would hope there were Palestinian families in the US who saw the war crimes committed on October 7th and said "This is evil." It doesn't matter what side you stand on in a war. There will always be innocents in the line of fire. Ignoring them doesn't make us "the good guys", even if in the end we are the victors. Should the Marvelous Mrs Fisher be punished for trying to help someone?
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What Does It Mean To Be Free?
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 14 2024 at 02:09 pm
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What does it really mean to be free? While this question is too complex to fully answer in a brief social media post, one essential aspect of freedom is undoubtedly the ability to make decisions that promote your health and best interests. Achieving this level of autonomy requires education and being well-informed. Today, when we observe our society, we see an education system that lags behind others globally, evidenced by subpar performance metrics and a troubling lack of critical thinking skills among students. Many seem predisposed to obedience rather than inquiry, and the situation is exacerbated by an internet dominated by algorithms that prioritize sensationalism and division, often spreading misleading information. Moreover, information that could foster independent thought is frequently censored as too controversial. These signs point to a troubling conclusion: our environment and the information within it are structured in ways that do not promote true education and awareness. So, how free can we truly be under these circumstances? If we genuinely aspire to freedom, waiting passively for systemic correction is not an option. True liberty requires proactive efforts to educate ourselves and our families, going beyond or supplementing what is taught in public schools. It involves challenging dominant media narratives and seeking diverse perspectives to better understand and critically evaluate the information we encounter. Freedom is not just a state of being; it's an ongoing process of learning, questioning, and understanding. What steps do you think we can take to become truly free in our thinking and decision-making? How do we ensure that our pursuit of knowledge leads to genuine freedom? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Bangladesh: An Inspiration for the World,...
Taminad.Crittenden
 May 06 2024 at 04:44 am
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In a more civilized world, the ethnic Armenians in what is technically Azerbaijan's "Nagorno-Karabakh" province would already enjoy independence. After WWII, many countries gained independence from their former colonial masters. And then came Bangladesh in 1971, which seceded from Pakistan to gain independence not from a colonial master, but rather from a peer nation that had formerly been colonized. Since then, world powers have been very reluctant to allow anyone else to mimic Bangladesh. Nevertheless, some regional ethnic groups since then have seceded to form their own independent countries with international recognition. Kosovo from Serbia. East Timor from Indonesia. South Sudan from Sudan. Some civilized countries have also allowed regional minorities to vote for independence or not, and they did not choose independence. Puerto Rico, Quebec, and Scotland are the primary examples. But Bangladesh was the first. Pakistan, however, did not allow Bangladeshis to vote; instead the Bangladeshis had to fight for independence, and could not have won independence without support from the Indian military. So, why is the world not doing more to support other regional minorities that want independence? Why did the world, for example, not support the ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh (also known as Artsakh) in their claim to independence after they voted for independence and won a liberation war gaining de facto on the ground independence in the mid 1990s? (For more information about why the world should support the ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh (a.k.a. Artsakh) exercising their right to self determination, see this earlier article.) The answer, unfortunately, is that due to Armenia’s landlocked situation, it is very difficult for outside military forces to help. Bangladesh probably would not have gained independence without support from the Indian military. Kosovo needed NATO. East Timor would probably not have gained independence without the INTERFET naval fleet led by Australia but with ships from the United States, France, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Italy, Canada, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. Whereas the military forces of other nations directly intervened in these instances, in South Sudan they did not. Instead, surrounding countries supplied weaponry to the South Sudan secessionists. Like South Sudan, Armenia is landlocked. And so, like South Sudan, Armenia has no hope of large numbers of military personnel coming to help their fight for independence in Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh. However, unlike South Sudan’s neighbors such as Uganda and Ethiopia who helped South Sudan gain independence, none of Armenia’s bordering countries will help Armenians. The Turks of Turkey and the Azeris of Azerbaijan are effectively the same people continuing their centuries-long ethnic cleansing genocide to eradicate the Armenian people. Georgia sides with Azerbaijan in order to continue receiving money from Azerbaijan’s petroleum pipelines running through Georgia to the Black Sea coast. Iran helps Armenia a little bit using Armenia as a tool useful to Iran at the moment (to help keep the ethnic Azeris of northwestern Iran divided from Azerbaijan), but Iran really does not help Armenia all that much. And that is it. Armenian refugee tents, fleeing from the genocide in the early 20th century. The only way Armenia could receive help without needing permission from Georgia or Iran would be from space. Armenia does not need anyone else’s permission to allow a rocket to come down from orbit onto Armenian territory. But there is no way that’s going to happen! And in any case, if Turkey and Azerbaijan wanted to, they could probably develop ways to shoot down descending rockets. Right now, the only thing that prevents even more aggressive ethnic cleansing from Turkey and Azerbaijan against Armenians is the very economic ties between Europe and America that also cause Europe and America not to clearly advocate for Armenia. European and America governments probably are threatening Turkey and Azerbaijan that Europe and America will weaken their economic ties with Turkey and Azerbaijan if Turkey or Azerbaijan more aggressively pursue their ethnic cleansing agenda against Armenians. The only thing Armenians can do themselves in order to persist and even change the tide to thrive going forward into the future, is to make their nation as strong as possible. Already Armenia is far more democratic, and far less corrupt, than Turkey or Azerbaijan. What else can Armenia do? Establish industrial worker cooperatives in order to strengthen Armenia’s defense industrial base and create decent jobs for workers and their (hopefully large) families. Recruit more help from the Armenian diaspora. This is the way. The world recognized Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, and so should be recognizing the independence that other ethnic minorities need such as ethnic Armenians who gained de facto independence in Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh in the mid 1990s. This the moral imperative and duty that the world should heed. _______________ Support Non-Violence writing by tipping me at Ko-Fi.com or by donating some Ethereum digital currency! 0x5ffe3e60a7f85a70147e800c37116b3ad97afd5e P.S. In a entirely coincidental sense of cosmic symbolism, there is a nice neighborhood in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan that is informally known as Bangladesh possibly in honor of Bangladesh’s independence in the 1970s. Armenia was in the Soviet Union at the time, and the Soviets supported Bangladesh’s independence. (America generally had been supporting Pakistan.) Little did Armenians at the time in the 1970s know that in just twenty years, their own people in Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh would win de facto on the ground independence from Azerbaijan/Turkey’s millennium-long genocidal agenda against Armenians, and then lose their hard-won de facto independence after 2020 because the international community did not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh’s independence whereas it did recognize Bangladesh’s independence.
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Predators and Progressives
Nancy Churchill
 April 30 2024 at 03:30 pm
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I planned to write about wildlife today, specifically the problems caused by introducing large apex predators like grizzly bears and wolves into rural areas where it is certain they will conflict with people. I have been thinking about how the progressive politicians running our country and the state of Washington value these wildlife predators over the lives and wishes of the people who live, work, and play in our more remote areas. This morning, I realized that the urban areas of the state also have a problem with predators: lawbreakers, thieves, squatters, protesters and rioters. These lawless people are also a kind of predator. For both human and non-human predators, the progressive left has created an entire legal structure to elevate the “rights” of predators over and above the rights of law-abiding, hard-working, tax-paying citizens. Big Gentle Diggers For a “grizzly” example, consider this week’s announcement by the federal government that it has decided to import grizzly bears into the North Central Cascade Mountains. From Q13 Fox, “The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that they have made the decision to actively restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades.” These are taxpayer-supported federal agencies which plan to import large, dangerous, apex predators into the mountains of Washington for the cause of “ecosystem diversity.” At one contentious meeting on this issue held in Omak, a government scientist explained condescendingly to us that the reason the ecosystem needed grizzly bears was because they are really very gentle and they eat carrion and because they use their long claws to dig in the forest floor. We pointed out that there are already lots of critters that eat carrion and dig, but he wasn’t having it: “But we need grizzlies,” he said, providing zero actual scientific data. Your government values Predators over you In fact, there’s an entire agency, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee which “... supports recovery and delisting, and ongoing conservation of grizzly bear populations and their habitats in areas of the western United States …”. This committee has pre-determined that it WILL introduce Grizzly Bears in the lower 48, starting in the western states. During the comment period for the planned introduction in the North Cascades, the agencies received over 12,000 comments on the proposal, and there was overwhelming opposition on both sides of the Cascade crest: “Darrington locals say 'no' to reintroducing grizzlies to the wild.” Another article, titled “Plans to restore grizzly bears in Washington has people drawing a line in the sand” noted: "When you look closer at the in-state comments, the support dropped as you got closer to the areas where re-introduction is considered." Weirdly, people who had to live with grizzly bears weren’t too excited about having dangerous and destructive new neighbors. It’s like not wanting a meth house in your neighborhood. Wildlife Shoplifters But it’s not just grizzly bears, the reintroduction of wolves has not gone well for the residents of northeast Washington as you can see from this headline: “Washington's gray wolf population recovering, warning issued for hikers.” In fact, according to the new WDWF Report, the state’s wolf population is up 20%. Most of them are in one small area of the state, and livestock producers are losing young, newborn stock to these predators, but the state doesn’t count these losses if there’s not a body left to count. Kind of like shoplifting doesn’t really count if the stolen goods are valued under $750, right? And don’t get me started about cougars, which are sneaky and like eating small humans and pets: "Olympic National Park is considered cougar territory, and visitors are encouraged to not travel alone, not bring pets and keep children within sight.” In Washington state, lions, wolves and bears (oh my) are protected by laws and regulations. Why do the progressives protect predators? The rancher losing stock to wolf depredations and the store owner losing stock to rampant shoplifting have the same problem. Predators are putting them out of business, and the predators are now protected by the law. Urban families losing their children to drugs and gang violence and wilderness visitors whose children (or pets) have been attacked by cougars have the same problem: predators are protected by law. But Why? It’s because the progressive left and the environmental groups have a common worldview: a Malthusian and suicidal hatred of humanity itself. On his Substack, Dr. Robert Malone, in a commentary introducing “Suicidal Society,” points out that our suicidal society “...is the logical consequence of the unquestioning acceptance of Malthusianism combined with endorsement of utilitarianism—ends justifying means. Malthusianism is the theory that population growth is potentially exponential, according to the Malthusian growth model, while the growth of the food supply or other resources is linear, which eventually reduces living standards to the point of triggering a population decline and an eventual global ecological catastrophe which it is believed can only be averted by resorting to globalized techno-totalitarianism and modernized fascism.” Malthusian (Anti-human) and Suicidal: That sums up the insane progressive world view in a nutshell. That’s why they protect predators of all kinds. How can everyday people protect themselves from these insane ideas? Vote Republican. Republican politicians may not be perfect, but they generally value human life and small government. Our society desperately needs a return to sanity. Nancy Churchill is a writer and educator in rural eastern Washington State, and the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party. She may be reached at DangerousRhetoric@pm.me. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own. Dangerous Rhetoric is available on thinkspot, Rumble and Substack. Support Dangerous Rhetoric Sources: 1) Grizzly bears will be actively restored to WA's North Cascades, 4/25/24 Fox 13 Seattle, https://bit.ly/3y49ML3 2) Washington's gray wolf population recovering, warning issued for hikers, 4/24/24 Fox 13 Seattle, https://bit.ly/3w458fM, 3) Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, https://bit.ly/4aWuT0A 4) Comments on Grizzly Bear Proposal, https://bit.ly/3UBCpIl, 5) Darrington locals say 'no' to reintroducing grizzlies to the wild, 11/7/23 Fox 13 Seattle, https://bit.ly/3UBwQK0 6) Plans to restore grizzly bears in Washington has people drawing a line in the sand, 11/1/23 Fox 13 Seattle, https://bit.ly/4ad5qPv, 7) 9-year-old girl recovering after being attacked by a cougar in Stevens County, 5/31/22 Fox 13 Seattle, https://bit.ly/44iae4G 8) 8-year-old girl attacked by cougar at Olympic National Park, 7/30/23 Fox 13 Seattle, https://bit.ly/3JE7QLT 9) Suicidal Society, Who is Dr. Malone & Dr. Mattias Desmet, 4/25/24, https://bit.ly/4ad5ONX
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The Business Of Ukraine
David Reavill
 April 29 2024 at 01:30 pm
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The American built M1150 exploding mines. ** The Russo-Ukraine War, which began in February 2014, took a dramatic and decisive turn precisely eight years later, on February 24, 2022, when Russian Forces crossed the border into neighboring Ukraine. Since the beginning of this most recent phase of the conflict, the United States has been the principal supplier of Ukrainian military arms and systems. It has presented America with an unrivaled test and assessment of its Military Production Capacity. On paper, this was a mismatch of historical proportions. After all, the US is the world’s most significant arms producer. Of every dollar spent on global military production, the US produces 63 cents. That’s right, nearly two-thirds of all weapons produced worldwide are “made in the USA.” On the other hand, Russia is far down the list of weapons producers, making only a one-ninth-dollar volume of ammunition, systems, and weapons compared to the US. It is inconceivable that Russia could hold a candle to the United States, a country whose annual defense budget approached ten times the Russians’ at the start of the conflict with Ukraine. When asked by a reporter on 60 Minutes if the US could handle the war in Ukraine, along with the conflict in Gaza, President Joe Biden responded: “We’re the United States of America, for God’s sake.” As if to underscore the seeming invincibility of American military might. Unfortunately, as anyone who has followed the Russo-Ukraine Conflict closely will attest, the tide for the American-supported Ukrainians appears to be going out. By any objective measure, captured territory, number of casualties, and available supply of arms, the Russians, not the Americans/Ukrainians, are prevailing. Russia currently controls nearly a quarter of Ukrainian territory. The average age of Ukrainian soldiers is estimated to be 43 years, indicating that Ukraine has been forced to throw a wide net in conscripting new recruits. But most concerning for today’s discussion is that America is running out of supplies to provide Ukraine with ammunition and equipment to continue the conflict. It’s been known for weeks now that the supply of 115mm artillery shells, the workhorse of NATO-designed infantry warfare, is nearly exhausted. How can this be? How has the American Military Colossus run short of such a vital munition? This question should concern every American. At its heart is the basic issue: Is America prepared to stand up to Russia, or much less China, whose arm production is nearly double Russia’s? Is there a severe crack in America’s seeming invincibility? Making matters worse, the 155mm artillery shortage is one of many areas we lack. Just last Friday, the US announced that it could not supply Ukraine with additional Patriot Anti-Aircraft systems. These systems are the pinnacle of US-produced anti-aircraft weapons and are vitally needed to combat Russian fighter jets, drones, and missiles. Without significant anti-air weapons, the Russians have nearly secured complete air supremacy. It has been the key to Russia’s current strategy of destroying Ukraine’s electric grid. The primary reason that several Ukrainian cities and towns are going dark is the US’s inability to provide sufficient air defense. Not only is America falling behind in supplying Ukraine with the quantity of weapons needed to oppose Russia, but many of the American weapons have not been up to standard. The Moscow Arms Show “There’s good news and bad news: Our Abrams and Bradley’s are already in the center of Moscow And the bad one? At the “Trophy Show.”  — Alexander Ivanov, on X Each year, Moscow puts on a significant arms show, like the Air, Navy, and Army shows held around the country. It’s an opportunity to show off the latest in military equipment and give citizens a look at the weapons and systems that stand by to protect them. This year, Russia presented several of its most advanced fighter and bomber jets and a mobile launch ICBM. All of them are pretty impressive. A selection of arms captured in Ukraine was added to the list of Russian-produced equipment. As you can imagine, many of the tanks and vehicles on display were produced in the USA. The very latest in American military technology is now in the hands of our Proxy enemy — an unmistakable declaration of Russian victories on the battlefield. The M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle Of all the American “trophies” in Russian hands, the M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle is perhaps the most exemplary. It is one of the most technologically advanced pieces of military equipment in the US Army and Marine arsenal. This 40-foot long, 72-ton behemoth uses the same chassis as the vaunted M1 Abrams Tank, the top-of-the-line in American armaments. Utilizing what is essentially a jet engine, the M1150 can generate a whopping 1,500 horsepower and reach a top speed of more than 40 mph. Each Assault Breacher costs $14 million to produce, not counting initial R&D. Five months ago, Ukraine paraded one of its newly acquired M1150s through the streets of Kyiv. Within the last six weeks, two of the M1150s have been captured by the Russians during their surge through the region of Avdievka, a town that has seen some of the most fearsome recent battles. Although this unit was not captured in time to make the Moscow show, there is a video of a Russian soldier reviewing it. The video is here on Sputnik Global, a Russian news site. https://sputnikglobe.com/20240427/russia-seizes-us-made-abrams-type-assault-breacher-vehicle-from-ukrainian-troops-1118139884.html Please watch if you can. One principle I’ve learned in business is that your harshest critic can often provide the best evaluation of your product. In brief, the soldier pointed out that the M1150 was too heavy to fight in Ukraine. While it may have worked wonderfully in the hard sands of the Middle East, it just sank into the black soils of Eastern Europe. Then, he pointed out how the Russian drone could take out the optical sensor, which blinded the unit. At that point, it was utterly vulnerable. He also called the M1150 a powder keg, with explosives stored high in the unit and exposed to arm’s fire. Finally, the Russian Soldier concluded: “At this point, this vehicle is only designed to break up protests against German farmers.” Soldiers around the world have a sense of humor. Developing The M1150 So, let’s put on our analyst caps and review the M1150. We’ll discover that the Russian soldiers’ opinions are not that removed from our Military establishment. Development of this vehicle began sometime in the 1990s. By 2001, the development program (Project Grizzly) was canceled. The Pentagon recognized that it could not support such a complicated, maintenance-heavy vehicle. In hindsight, it’s easy to see how the M1150 was developed: take the engine and chassis from the Abrams, combine some custom armor plates, a custom plow, and some line charges to clear the mines, and just one 50-cal machine gun to save costs. Put it all together and “abracadabra,” a new mine-clearing vehicle. It was a process that undoubtedly cost a couple of billion dollars. But, “ Hold on!” said the Pentagon. Like that Russian soldier, they realized it didn’t work in battle conditions (“too complicated and maintenance-heavy”). But by the time the Pentagon canceled the project, 239 M1150s had already been produced. The US Marines and Army took most of the vehicles, waiting for an opportunity to turn them over to some ally. That’s when Ukraine entered the picture. Lessons for America’s Military Industry Assuming that we’re even half right about the procurement and production of the M1150, the American production of armaments for Ukraine will become a “case study” for years to come. However, for that case study to have a real impact, this government must consider its critics, even the Russians. Unfortunately, I see no indication that this will occur. The fact that the M1150 project proceeded entirely through the development phase without meeting sufficient opposition to stop production indicates that the R&D Process needs to be completely revamped. The President has turned the production of military equipment entirely on its head. Biden, Senator Lindsay Graham, and others repeatedly point to the number of new jobs as the principal reason we must continue sending billions to Ukraine. Weapons To Win Wars, Or A Jobs Program? Throughout the recent debate over sending $61 billion in aid to Ukraine, Biden and Congress argued that this money would increase employment for Americans and that the Defense Industry would use these funds to hire new workers. This is a simple misdirection and a loss of our chief objective, if we have one, in Ukraine. No, Mr. President, the main goal of our Defense Contractors should NOT be to provide jobs. They should instead produce battle-ready arms and equipment that will give our troops or our allies the “winning edge.” This President and most in Congress have turned our most essential military contracts from providing the margin of victory into some kind of social program. Note that the entire debate over the recent military aid package to Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan centered on how many would be hired and in whose Congressional District. The debate was not on providing the support needed for Ukrainian battlefield victories. This explains how a country like the USA can spend more on defense than the rest of the world combined and yet produce sub-par products. In Washington’s eyes, America’s Defense Industry has become merely a jobs program. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Ridicule and Outrage
Numapepi
 April 28 2024 at 04:42 pm
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Ridicule and Outrage Posted on April 28, 2024 by john Dear Friends, It seems to me, the people’s reaction to the absurd Scottish hate crime law… is how it’s done. Soon that nonsensical abuse of thought will be tossed in the rubbish heap. Due to public outrage. Moreover that reaction will cause the elite to think twice before passing another absurd law like that. Outrage is only effective when the outraged tell their representatives though. Seething in quiet does nothing to help anyone. While it may seem safer, holding it in will eventually lead to it’s explosive escape. That’s exactly what the elite want. For us to rise up so they can clamp down. As Van Jones said. Holding our outrage in, will lead to us rising up. If however, were we to vent, the elite would bend in the steam. That’s one way we can straighten out our crooked as a coil elites. Outrage has immense power to change the paradigm. The elite live in constant fear of losing their power. Like chickens with an eye to the sky for birds of prey, the elite are on the lookout for any threat to their prerogative. Vociferous public outrage is the equivalent of a red tailed hawk perched on a post overlooking the chicken yard. Which will drive the elite to doing the right thing… even if it burns. That’s why we need to voice our opinion to our representatives. To vent, so pressure doesn’t build, and to let them know their beloved power is being threatened. If we add ridicule to outrage, we have the perfect weapon, to use against our narcissistic elites. Authority is corroded by ridicule more effectively than acid wears limestone. Because ridicule both defies authority and makes authorities a joke. We’ve been trained to only be outraged at the things the elite want us outraged at… and nothing else. No matter how outrageous it is. The elite have taught us to seek their approval to be outraged. If they’re outraged, then it’s our duty to be, and if they’re not, it’s bad manners to be outraged. We get our orders from the evening news. They tell us what we’re supposed to be afraid of, worry about and be angry at. Then they tell us how to channel that anger. We’re supposed to hate Elon Musk for being anti censorship. The elite want us to demand to be censored. It’s outrageous that you or I could say whatever we want. I demand to be silenced! Or not… depending on if I’m a puppet, or a sovereign human being. Puppets have no need for free speech… or the suffrage for that matter. The sovereign people of Scotland and indeed Britain have added ridicule to their outrage. The reaction to the absurd hate crime law was immediate and overwhelming. That’s how you do it. Immediate and overwhelming outrage directed at the elite. Followed up by round after round of vicious ridicule. You see how the Scottish elites backed down. Especially when the law they passed to tyrannize Scots was used against them. The reputation damage from the ridicule will haunt them for the rest of their lives. As it should be. If we reacted with the same level of outrage, when our elites act despotically, they would cut it out. That, or lose their power, the one thing the elite are terrified of more than anything else. As the elite in Scotland have shown. Outrage and ridicule are a steam chamber for us to assert our power to change the paradigm. If Americans had been outraged at the Waters of America law, it wouldn’t have taken 20 years and millions of dollars in litigation as well as all the harm done… to prove that legislation unconstitutional. Immediate outrage and ridicule would have saved millions in lawyer fees, two decades of lost wealth for American citizens, and kept the elite in line. Instead, we take it, and rely on someone else to go bankrupt to save our Rights. Try being a mature human being, don’t seethe inside, speak, let the elite know how you feel. Ridicule those elites who blurt stupidity, do idiotic things and pass moronic legislation. Threaten their power with ridicule and outrage… and they’ll straighten out. Sincerely, John Pepin
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RTE’s hopelessly unbalanced review of...
angelobottone
 April 20 2024 at 11:05 am
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At a time when the government is considering a further liberalisation of our already permissive abortion legislation, RTE Investigates this week aired a documentary on “the realities of Ireland’s current abortion services” which was far from being fair and impartial. In fact, we didn’t get to hear from a single pro-life advocate, and it did not tell us that some of the experts we did get to hear from are, in fact, long-time pro-choice advocates. All in all, a very bad day’s work. The documentary, which was aired on Monday night, included several ‘sting operations’, in an attempt to “expose” pro-life agencies that offer support to pregnant women. Three health professionals were introduced in neutral terms and were asked to comment on the advice those agencies were giving. One of them, Mark Murphy, portrayed in the documentary as merely a GP, actually served as the national spokesperson for Together for Yes, the organisation leading the campaign to repeal the 8th amendment during the 2018 referendum. We were not told this. Similarly, psychiatrist Veronica O’Keane featured in the documentary. She responded in shock to some of the advice being offered to pregnant women by the pro-life agencies, but she was a long-time critic of the 8th Amendment. Again, the innocent viewers at home were not informed of this, potentially leading them to perceive those doctors as impartial experts. Yet, the most egregious example involved Dr. Jonathan Lord, who was portrayed in the documentary solely as a “consultant gynaecologist.” In fact, Dr Lord is the Medical Director of MSI Reproductive Choices UK, one of the leading providers of abortion in the UK. This chain of abortion clinics has a history of failings that put women at risk, but we are not told about this either, which is interesting given that the programme was supposed to be partly an exposé of manipulatively emotional practices. In 2016, inspectors from the UK Care Quality Commission found numerous failings at MSI clinics, including staff “bulk signing” consent forms, limited clinical oversight, poorly trained staff, and at least one case in which a vulnerable woman was given a termination despite not understanding what was going on. A further inspection in 2017 found more failings. (You can read the official reports here: https://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-102643434/reports ) MSI were also accused of paying their staff performances bonuses for persuading women to have abortions. MSI Reproductive Choices UK used to be called "Marie Stopes UK" but in 2020 they removed the reference to Marie Stopes as she was a racist eugenicist who wanted the "hopelessly rotten and racial diseased" to be sterilised. Inviting a representative from the most fervently pro-abortion sector to offer insight on purported "rogue pro-life agencies" is akin to soliciting commentary on animal cruelty from the CEO of a slaughterhouse corporation. The programme also presented the stories of three women who went to England to have a termination. Their unborn children were diagnosed with some anomaly that would not qualify for abortion here in Ireland as they were expected to live more than 28 days after birth. We were not told what the anomalies were. What life expectancy did the children have? Was it weeks, months or years? Is RTE now effectively campaigning for abortion to take place in Ireland when a foetus is found to have an anomaly that might not result in death for years? Would that include Down Syndrome? We know from British figures that many of the Irish women who still travel to England for abortions (206 according to the last report), do so because their babies have conditions like Down Syndrome. Even though the documentary was about the operation of our abortion law, it signally failed to tell us how the number opting for abortion keeps on increasing, probably far past the point that the average person who voted Yes in 2018 expected. It looks like 10,000 abortions took place here last year. The undercover investigation of the counselling agencies didn’t even reveal very much. For example, one of the Gianna Care counsellors advised the RTE undercover reporter to read online about the possible bad emotional effects of abortion. But shouldn’t pro-choice agencies also do this? Two RTE journalists attended, on false pretenses, a spiritual retreat for women who regret their abortion. It would have been insightful to hear from those women. RTE failed to interview them, or to interview Bernadette Goulding, the organiser of those retreats, who herself regrets her past abortion and dedicates her life to supporting women who have undergone similar experiences. Furthermore, why would a documentary purportedly focused on “the realities of Ireland’s current abortion services” fail to even acknowledge, let alone interview, women who have undergone abortions after being incorrectly told that their baby had a fatal anomaly? The programme set out to review Ireland’s abortion law and services, but the lack of balance in it was so bad, it deserves a review of its own.
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"The Government Can Solve All Of Our Problems!"
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 11 2024 at 04:18 pm
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I've recently delved into the world of First Amendment auditor videos, which has not only opened my eyes to the complexities of constitutional rights but also deepened my appreciation for the dedicated public servants in government buildings. These government workers perform invaluable tasks that help maintain the fabric of our society, ensuring it functions smoothly for everyone. However, my observations have led me to reflect on the nature of government itself. While the individuals within may strive to do good, the government as a system can sometimes become an oppressive machine, seeking more power at the expense of personal freedoms. It's crucial to remember that one of the founding principles of the U.S. government was to ensure governance without tyranny, a stark contrast to the overreach by the British government that helped fuel the American Revolution. Today, there seems to be a reflexive tendency to look to the government to solve all our problems, a notion perpetually reinforced by constant political coverage on TV and social media. This 24/7 politicization turns governance into a spectacle and risks granting excessive power to the state, diminishing the power of the people and potentially stifling societal flourishing. What are some issues today that you believe the government is being called upon to solve but could be addressed differently? How can we bring awareness to the reflexive habit of turning to government solutions for various societal challenges? And in your view, which branches of government perform essential functions that truly benefit society? Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Lexicon
EuroFuturism
 May 14 2024 at 01:07 am
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The present lexicon of liberal democracies contextualizes words so as to make it difficult for European peoples to defend ourselves. To that end, a new Lexicon is needed in order to empower¹ European peoples. The only way to get out from under this system is by breaking its ability to control our thoughts. These ideas will be elaborated on in future posts. This post is subject to change as ideas are developed. Europhobia – The fear and hatred of Europeans Xenophobia – Traditionally, meant the fear and hatred of outsiders. Has been weaponized against Europeans to mean only Europeans can be xenophobic. Eurofuturism treats xenophobia as a trait the non-European class can hold towards Europeans. It will also be used to describe the view of the ruling class towards Europeans. Eurocentrism – The European perspective. Also, the right of European peoples, European civilization and European traditions to exist. Prioritizing the well-being of European peoples in the interests of pushing back against Europhobia. Eurocide – The systemic destruction of European peoples, culture and civilization, in part or in whole. Xenophilia – The irrational fixation on non-Whites by European peoples, esp. to the detriment of the European population native to the nation in question. Xenocentrism – Putting the interests, concerns, demands and any sense of entitlement non-Europeans feel they have above the interests of Europeans within the historic borders of European civilization. Subaltern – A colonized people - esp. Europeans - socially, politically, and geographically excluded from the hierarchy of power. ¹let’s reclaim words tainted by the left
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How Joe Biden Manages US Foreign Policy
David Reavill
 Yesterday at 01:59 pm
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The US withdraws from Afghanistan. ** Management, the ability to organize and direct groups of people toward a common goal or objective, has been a key attribute in building our country. In sports, each year, we celebrate outstanding management when we crown the World Champion in our most popular team sports: baseball, football, and basketball. We understand that along with the incredible individual talents that each player brings to the game, the coach’s role in organizing, motivating, and directing this group of individuals makes a championship team. Competent management is the essential element every team needs to reach its final victory. This kind of “management” has made names such as Knute Rockne, Red Auerbach, and Vince Lombardi legendary. These coaches/managers achieved team victories, year after year, and rightly deserved the title “World Champion.” But Sports isn’t the only endeavor that has seen the American model of Managerial Excellence. Business enterprise has been the most critical element in building this nation. Entrepreneurs have utilized their skills and creativity to build great companies that shape today’s American landscape. Often, this creativity began with a single technological breakthrough: Edison with the incandescent light bulb and Jobs and Wozniak with the Apple Computer. But they continued; they went on to build great companies through their direction, management, and organization of large numbers of people to produce their breakthrough products. Over a century ago, the academic community recognized the vital role of the manager when Harvard University created the Master in Business Administration Degree. For the last 100 years, many major colleges and universities have developed the finest scientific, technological, and business managers found anywhere. Truly world-class managers academically trained to coordinate, organize, and motivate organizations that achieve outstanding results each and every year. Regrettably, such management acumen is woefully lacking in our current President’s Administration. What’s worse, the ramifications of this lack of management capability may lead to an incredibly dire consequence, far beyond a missed Championship or poor quarterly earnings. This Administration’s poor management could lead to a global conflict, a conflict that would affect us all. This lack of basic management competence began early in the Biden Presidency, with the ill-planed, disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan. It was clear, to even the most casual observer, that the “boots on the ground,” the soldiers and airmen responsible for moving the vast quantities of arms and equipment, were not given proper direction over how much and how quickly those assets were to be removed from the US Bases. That iconic photograph of desperate Afghani-es trying to “hop on” the American transport plane will forever be the representation of poor planning and management of those final days of American troops in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the bitter lessons of Afghanistan have apparently not affected the President or his cabinet. In the most fundamental ways, America’s foreign policy is still “Mismanaged.” The most critical task for any manager is assigning the right person to the right job. In most modern companies, these responsibilities are evident: sales and marketing are generally performed by a competent individual with appropriate experience. The same is true for the financial officer, the operations officer, and so on. All report up to the corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for the company’s overall performance. However, that’s different from how the Biden Administration works. In the Biden Administration, people are assigned tasks that do not fall under their “job title.” It has been vividly displayed over the past few weeks. Let’s look at Ukraine, a country at war with Russia. Over the past months, the United States has supplied substantial arms and equipment for its battlefield operations. Most recently, Congress passed a massive aid package that included $14 billion as part of its “Security Assistance Initiative” and $23 billion to replenish US stockpiles, some of which are assumed will also go on to Ukraine. So, when America announced one of its most significant arms shipments to Ukraine, you would expect that the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, would coordinate this aid package. Austin is, after all, the most knowledgeable person in the administration and is responsible for all military equipment and supplies. What’s more, Austin is a retired US Army 4 Star General; his advice and assistance to Ukraine’s military would be invaluable. Austin is the person any competent manager would send to Ukraine to coordinate this aid package. But not in this Administration. Instead of sending Lloyd Austin to Ukraine, this President elected to send his chief diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken. A lawyer by training and a diplomat by vocation, Blinken did not serve in the military, and it could be presumed he has little to nothing to add to any discussion of the military conditions in Ukraine or the weapons we’re sending to support that war. Blinken is simply the wrong person, sent at the wrong time to Ukraine. It’s a failure of management. On the other hand, Secretary of State Blinken’s skills and capacity are vitally needed in negotiating a settlement between Israel, the Palestinians, and Hamas. So, you might suppose that Blinken would be on his way to Cairo, where the negotiations are taking place to hammer out a cease-fire. But that’s not how Joe Biden thinks. Instead of sending his chief diplomat, Blinken, to negotiate, Biden sent his chief spy. That’s right, Bill Burns, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, has been in Cairo as the lead negotiator for the US. It’s a bizarre choice, any way you look at it. While Burns has experience as a diplomat, taking him away from the CIA at this critical juncture makes little sense. It’s like taking your first baseman from his assigned position at first base and moving him over to third base. Yes, it may help the third baseman, but you’d be open at first! Likewise, it may be helpful that Burns is in Cairo, but who’s covering the office back in Langley, Virginia? The CIA is without its most senior officer at this critical moment when two (Gaza and Ukraine) conflicts are raging. These Presidential missteps reflect not just some remote HR issue but threaten America’s strategic posture. Hasty, ill-conceived actions, such as the withdrawal from Afghanistan, combined with improper personnel utilization, are a basic flaw in the Biden Management Plan. And it couldn’t come at a worse time. It is reported that virtually all communication between Russia and the United States has stopped. The US President and the Russian President have not spoken since the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022. It’s been “radio silence” for over two years between the world’s most formidable nuclear powers. Tensions between Russia and the United States continue to escalate. Recently, the Russian President ordered his military to perform drills on how to utilize tactical nuclear weapons. It indicates Russia is prepared for any potential conflict between NATO and the US. Russia is issuing a grave warning. ** But is America listening? Now is the time for the two military superpowers to engage. But to do so, the United States must first listen to and understand Russia’s motives and objectives. Unfortunately, that’s the role of the CIA, and its director is out of the office. It’s also time we begin to negotiate for sustained peace. But the nation’s chief diplomat, the Secretary of State, is in Kyiv. By day, he’s busy discussing military aid to Ukraine and rocking out at a local bar at night. I’m sure our chief spy and diplomat will return to their duties shortly. ** What’s so tragic is that the President could have rectified all this by utilizing the basic skills of a first-year B-school student or, for that matter, a competent team coach. Play with your best players, utilizing the most skilled at each position. Use a “game plan” that positions your team to win. Finally, meet the opponent in sports on the athletic field or in geopolitics at the negotiating table. Beginning today, the President needs to utilize these fundamental principles of management. 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Unrealistic Cougar Management
Nancy Churchill
 May 12 2024 at 12:15 am
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Washington state has some remarkable conversation success stories. The recovery of the cougar population is one of those success stories. Facebook groups that post trail camera images of cougar sightings show the beautiful animals are thriving in every corner of Washington, from the most remote areas to highly urban environments. Like many conservation topics, there are two sides of the issue. Some believe the cougars are on the verge of extinction in Washington and the species needs more protection. Others believe cougars have overpopulated their habitat, leading to increased pressure on ungulate herds and more frequent dangerous encounters between these large predators and people. Certainly, we need a population of the beautiful predators, but we also need to management that prioritizes public safety. A robust and open debate about the management of these beautiful but dangerous animals is part of this process. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission The Fish and Wildlife Commission consists of nine governor-appointed members who serve six-year terms. The commission establishes policies to protect wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities and maintaining healthy and diverse fish and wildlife populations. The commission has approved a petition that requested a review of the cougar hunting seasons. The petition, put forward by the Mountain Lion Foundation and affiliated groups, requests the current rules be revised to more strictly limit the hunting of cougars. The proposed rule language was published on April 30, 2024. Public comment is open until June 21, and a vote is expected in July. According to Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda) in his recent newsletter, “They (the commissioners) have directed the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to adopt more stringent rules on cougar hunting seasons and cap the number of cougars taken by hunters. “The commission, whose members are appointed by the governor, are once again going against WDFW’s own scientific recommendations and direction from wildlife officers who are on the front lines. These are the men and women who, more often than not, are the ones called to dispatch a problem cougar that has killed livestock or pets, or has found itself in the backyard of a residence.” Kretz continued, “I wrote an op-ed in The Spokesman-Review a few years ago addressing the cougar problem we’re seeing in northeast Washington. When I asked the department for the number of problem cougar kills by WDFW officers in 2015, that number was 26. In 2019 that number was 105!” An Unrealistic Approach Kretz believes that the 2024 proposed limits are “an unrealistic approach to cougar management. Once again, the ideology of those who live surrounded by steel and concrete, are trying to assuage their own guilt by demanding that we change. Us. The ones who live and cohabitate with cougars and wolves.” In the documentation that supported the current (2022) hunting regulations, the WDFW noted that “WDFW strives to manage for viable and productive elk populations with desirable population characteristics, as explained in WDFW’s 2015-2021 Game Management Plan. A recent risk-assessment conducted by WDFW has identified cougar predation as a leading cause of elk calf mortality. WDFW recognizes cougar management actions, which aim to reduce cougar numbers in specific areas, as a viable management tool to minimize potential predation on ungulates and provide support to the ungulate herd.” Fearless and Aggressive Unfortunately, cougars hunt more than deer and elk. And after hound hunting was banned in Washington, cougars have gradually lost their fear of humans. As a neighbor once shared with me, there is nothing quite as chilling as looking under your deck for your lost dog, only to see a cougar peering back at you, the dog lifeless in its claws. Thank goodness it was “just a dog”, and not a person. All over the state, we have seen a gradual increase in cougar-human conflict. From the Olympics in 2023, we have a documented cougar attack on an eight-year-old child, and from Eastern Washington in 2022, an attack on a nine-year-old child. And from urban King County, there is the story from March of 2024 titled “A cougar attacked them. They fought back for 45 harrowing minutes.” The aggressive cougar in this most recent story was a young cat in good condition and without rabies. It had no fear of the group of women on bikes! Those of us who live on the wilderness frontier love our wild neighbors, but we also should have the right to protect ourselves and our community when the wildlife lose their proper fear of people and choose the easy pickings that can be found near humans. Limiting the ability of wildlife managers to remove problem cats will lead to more conflict and more dangerous encounters. You CAN Influence the commission. Today, I echo the call to action from Rep. Kretz: “The commission will hold a public hearing on the new rules during their meeting in Vancouver on June 21 and 22. They will be taking public comment electronically until then.” Submit your comments at the page for the “2024 Annual Cougar Season Setting Proposal CR102.” Take five minutes to let the commissioners know you oppose the proposed rule changes, and that wildlife managers should be able to continue to follow the existing rules for the responsible management of Washington’s cougars. Nancy Churchill is a writer and educator in rural eastern Washington State, and the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party. She may be reached at DangerousRhetoric@pm.me. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own. Dangerous Rhetoric is available on thinkspot, Rumble and Substack. Support Dangerous Rhetoric - hit the tip jar! Sources: 1) Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, https://bit.ly/3UwfBbO 2) Mountain Lion Foundation, Cougars in Washington, https://bit.ly/3JNdb3x 3) Proposed Rule Making CR-102, WDFW, 4-30-2024. https://bit.ly/4drdaQA, 4) Rep. Joel Kretz, Newsletter, 2020-05-02, https://bit.ly/44tTyqQ 5) Joel Kretz, Op Ed 2020-05-08, Rep. Joel Kretz: Increased cougar hunting step in right direction, more needs to be done, https://bit.ly/3QxosJ6 6) Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2024 Annual Cougar Season Setting Proposal CR102, https://bit.ly/3y05YdS 7) 8-year-old girl attacked by cougar at Olympic National Park | Fox 13 Seattle, https://bit.ly/3JE7QLT 8) 9-year-old girl recovering after being attacked by a cougar in Stevens County | Fox 13 Settle, https://bit.ly/44iae4G 9) A cougar attacked them. They fought back for 45 harrowing minutes, https://bit.ly/4dpOrMt 10) Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 2022 Annual Cougar Season Setting Proposal CR102, https://bit.ly/3WxU8lt 11) Image Credit, KUOW Megan Farmer, https://www.kuow.org/stories/in-a-battle-of-apex-predators-cougars-are-killing-wolves-at-a-surprising-rate
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United Nations Admits Some Truth: Racist Hamas...
Taminad.Crittenden
 May 15 2024 at 05:23 am
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Honest people have recognized for decades that Hamas spreads lying lies about death figures. The current conflict that Hamas re-started is no different. Honest people also acknowledge that the United Nations (UN) is heavily biased against Jews/Israel, as evidenced by the fact that the UN spends more than half of its effort criticizing Israel, deprioritizing literally all the other conflicts in the world to the less than half its remaining efforts. While the UN is institutionally biased against Israel in general, its local United Nations personnel on the ground in Gaza are so much more biased that they themselves joined Hamas in committing massacres and kidnapping Jews. And yet even the UN sometimes has to tell fewer lying lies. Without calling attention to its correction, between 6 and 8 May 2024, the UN halved its own numbers of the women and children killed in Gaza, yet again demonstrating how falsified the numbers are that Hamas provides to the UN to report. (Not the focus of this article, but also recently, on 11 March 2024, the UN finally acknowledged that Hamas committed mass torture death rape.) Grudging admissions from the United Nations still only come nearer to the truth, but do not tell the whole truth. The whole truth is that Hamas is as evil as the Nazis and the Islamic State. Past articles in this Non-Violence publication have pointed out that for every terrorist whom Israel kills, Israel is saving the life of at least one civilian, and that roughly half of the people whom Israel kills are terrorists, the lowest civilian death rate achieved by any military in human history. Because terrorist-supporters do not want Jews to defend themselves using normal defensive warfare, they have to accuse Israel of fake war crimes even though no military in human history has done more to avoid civilian casualties during actual warfare than Israel is. The exact opposite is the truth: Israel’s military is the most humanitarian that humanity has ever seen. No other military in human history has fought urban combat against terrorists with such a low civilian death percentage/ratio. So, terrorist-supports want to deny a right that all other peoples on Earth have: to defend themselves. Israel dismantled its Gaza settlements and pulled out of Gaza in 2005, and yet rather than reciprocating that goodwill gesture, Hamas ramped up attacks. So, Israel justifiably ramped up its blockade against Hamas. Hamas could have chosen to focus on turning Gaza into a shining example of Islamic golden age prosperity and tolerance. Instead, Hamas and Fatah/PA both have cleansed all minorities out of Palestinian society, whereas minorities of all sorts (including 20% of Israel’s citizens who are ethnic Palestinians) increase in number in Israel. Golden Dome of the Bahá’í Faith in Israel, one of the minorities whom extremist Palestinians do not tolerate, but who increase in number in Israel. This fact also shows how absurd it is to accuse Israel of so-called “genocide”. Such accusations are gaslighting lying lies meant to turn attention away from Hamas’s genocidal intent. Can anyone seriously doubt that Hamas would genocide murder Jews if it were not for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)? No one honest can deny this fact. Hamas/PA/Fatah have already ethnically cleansed their societies of all minorities! So, rather than demonstrate a commitment to stopping attacks and thereby negotiate a gradual dissolution of the blockade, Hamas only ramps up attacks. What else do the terrorist-supporters expect Israel to do? Just sit back and let Hamas continue to launch attacks that kill thousands of Israelis indefinitely? Lift the blockade unilaterally, but then honest people have to admit that Hamas would use such an opportunity to acquire many more weapons with which to attack civilians. There are no significant differences between Hamas and the Nazis or the Islamic State. And so, the only reasonable response is to treat Hamas like the Nazis and Islamic State: Fight them for as long as it takes for whoever is left of their societies to start making different choices by turning away from extremism. This is the only reasonable solution out of this conflict: Convince chauvinistic Palestinians to stop treating non-Muslim Palestinians as lesser people. Convince them to treat non-Muslim Palestinians as equals and neighbors. Convince them to stop starting fights. But progressive leftwing terrorist-supporters are doing the opposite: They are inflaming and supporting extremist Muslim Palestinian chauvinism. _______________ Support Non-Violence writing by tipping me at Ko-Fi.com or by donating some Ethereum digital currency! 0x5ffe3e60a7f85a70147e800c37116b3ad97afd5e
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Government Surveillance Keeps Us Safe
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 09 2024 at 05:52 pm
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It's fascinating how often we encounter propaganda without recognizing it as such. Propaganda's primary function is deception; it's meant to influence us subliminally, bypassing our conscious awareness—like waging war with invisible bullets made of ideas. Yet, many seem to believe that propaganda would be overt, clearly labeled, easily spotted, and thus, easily dismissed. However, the reality is that we're bombarded by it more than ever, especially in the digital age through the internet and social media. Propaganda isn't just confined to posts on social media; it extends its reach through various channels—foreign and domestic governments, NGOs, corporations, and even through influencers, song lyrics, books, podcasts, and respected politicians. It's embedded in the news we read, including opinion pieces like a recent essay in the New York Times titled "Government Surveillance Keeps Us Safe." This piece struck me as particularly emblematic of modern-day propaganda, almost as if it's a page taken straight out of Orwell's "1984." This instance made me laugh due to its blatant approach, hoping it serves as a wake-up call for more people to recognize and understand how these tactics operate. Yet, I'm simultaneously concerned that many still accept such narratives at face value, digesting government-fed lines without question. I encourage everyone to maintain a healthy skepticism: challenge authority, question the information you consume, and strive to stay both healthy and awake. Have you come across any blatant examples of propaganda recently? Please share them, and let us know how you discern and navigate these often deceptive narratives. Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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Making Sense of Filing Week
Nancy Churchill
 May 14 2024 at 06:59 pm
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The week of May 6 to 10 was filing week in Washington state. Every person who wants to run for public office must file with the Secretary of State during that week. Now that filing week has ended, voters will have some clarity about the candidates they will see on their August ballots. There’s always some drama as the clock ticks down to the last minutes of filing week, as there are usually some last minute surprises. This year was no exception. Let’s take a look at a few of the races. Three-Bob Race for Governor The biggest story of the week was the state governor’s race. While Attorney General Bob Ferguson knew he was going to face some strong challengers, he didn’t anticipate he’d be facing two other candidates with his name! According to a story in the Seattle Times, conservative activist Glen Morgan recruited the other two Bob Fergusons to enter the race for governor. One of them is a retired state employee in Yakima, and the other is a military veteran in Graham. All three Bobs are running as Democrats. It will be interesting to watch this race and see if these unexpected Bob Fergusons impact the race significantly. In total, 30 people filed for the governor’s race, with AG Bob Ferguson leading the fundraising race with $6 million raised. The closest Democratic challenger is State Senator Mark Mullet with more than $1 million in donations. Dave Reichert tops all Republican hopefuls in fundraising with more than $3 million in donations. Reichert has strong name recognition in the Puget Sound region due to his time as King County Sheriff and U.S. Congressman. Former school board trustee Semi Bird lags in fundraising and name recognition, but managed to win the endorsement of the Washington State Republican Party at its April convention. The Senate Race Incumbent U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is facing nine challengers in her race. According to the Federal Election Commission financial data the best funded of the challengers is Republican Dr. Raul Garcia. Unfortunately for conservatives, Sen. Cantwell is sitting on a massive campaign war chest of over $6.5 million, so it will be extremely difficult for any other candidate to compete against that level of funding. Open Seat in the Fifth Congressional District With the retirement this year of Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, Washington’s 5th CD is wide open. This race has attracted eleven candidates, with five Democrats and six Republicans registered for the August top-two primary. The top Democratic candidates based on fundraising totals are former diplomat Carmela Conroy, marketing executive Ann Marie Danimus and OB-GYN Bernadine Bank. Six Republicans filed to run to replace Rep. McMorris Rogers during filing week: Rick Valentine Flynn, Rene’ Holaday, Jacquelin Maycumber, Jonathan Bingle, Michael Baumgartner and Brian Dansel. Spokane County Treasurer Michael Baumgartner and popular State Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber currently lead the field in fundraising. Ferry County Commissioner and former State Senator Brian Dansel was endorsed by the Washington State Republican Party at its convention in April. Two Republicans running against Newhouse In a surprise last-minute move, Republican candidate Tiffany Smiley announced she was running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse in Washington’s 4th CD. Smiley is a former nurse and veterans advocate, who ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Patty Murray in 2022. She joins former race car driver Jerrod Sessler, another well known Republican candidate, in the tough competition against the popular incumbent, Rep. Newhouse. There are a total of eight candidates in the race for CD04, including three Democrats, a “MAGA DEMOCRAT,” an independent as well as the three Republicans. Newhouse’s popularity with the district’s voters and significant cash on hand of over four hundred thousand dollars will make him tough to beat. In our next column, we’ll take a look at some of the other races impacting eastern Washington, including some of the other statewide races and the two open seats for state representative in Legislative District 07. If you are eager to look ahead, you can find all of the candidates running for office in this year’s August primary at the 2024 August Primary Candidates List. Nancy Churchill is a writer and educator in rural eastern Washington State, and the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party. She may be reached at DangerousRhetoric@pm.me. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own. Dangerous Rhetoric is available on thinkspot, Rumble and Substack. Sources: 1) Three Bob Night: Two more Bob Fergusons running for WA Governor, Seattle Times, 5-10-2024. https://bit.ly/3WF8zEr 2) 30 Candidates, including three Bob Fergusons, running to replace Gov. Inslee. King 5 News, 5-10-2040. https://bit.ly/3UHG0U2 3) FEC Financial Data WA Senate 2024, https://bit.ly/4bBRdMQ 4) Washington State Candidates 2024 Primary, https://bit.ly/4akez8E 5) FEC Financial Data WA State CD 05 Race, https://bit.ly/4bfmZPZ 6) FEC Financial Data WA Stat CD 04 Race, https://bit.ly/4ahaYZ5 7) House Republican who voted to impeach Trump gets new primary challenger, https://bit.ly/3wJ4apg Support Dangerous Rhetoric Nancy Churchill is a writer and educator in rural eastern Washington State, and the state committeewoman for the Ferry County Republican Party. She may be reached at DangerousRhetoric@pm.me. The opinions expressed in Dangerous Rhetoric are her own. Dangerous Rhetoric is available on thinkspot, Rumble and Substack.

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