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JHB's Journal
JHB's Journal
August 27, 2020

Somewhere in the Kremlin: "Watch. This is how it is done." said Mr. P. ...

"From his confidential schedule, right now he is in a meeting with that English hag," he said as he touched a contact on his phone.
"White House switchboard. How may I help you."
"This is Vladimir Putin. I would like to speak to the president. It is a matter of some small urgency, or I would have gone through more standard channels."
"I'm sorry sir, he's in a closed meeting right now. I will see to it he is informed as soon as possible."
"Thank you, my dear. I appreciate your diligence. May you have a good day."

After the disconnection, he slid his chair back and, one by one, swung his legs onto his desk and leaned back. "In about 15 minutes, you will hear the sound of a puppy peeing himself," he said with a smile.

August 27, 2020

Kenosha disinfo protection: the alleged molotov ain't one

RWers are pointing to a cell phone video from Kenosha to claim the shooter there was acting in self-defense after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at him.

They're either lying directly or heedlessly repeating a lie. As usual.

Here's a copy of the video. At the 9 s mark, at the center of the screen to the right of the bicyclist in the foreground, the first person to his right is the soon-to-be shooter. The second person winds up and throws something at him. It appears bright thanks to reflecting the lights on the building behind them. That's the object that is the alleged Molotov Cocktail.

However, here is the object, mere seconds later, from a different angle and closer than the video above.

No flames, no smoke.

Here's a cleaner view from the alternative angle, from even closer, as the cameraman was moving toward the shooting victim (this is also from a video, but I haven't found a copy I can post here). It isn't anything that was on fire. Nor a puddle of liquid that hadn't caught. The white part sticking up looks like pages, or a wrapper that had come undone; it's too indistinct to make out clearly, but it's an object, not flame or anything. It ain't no molotov.

August 25, 2020

Where's the dragon?

Fantasy at this level usually has a dragon.

August 16, 2020

Destroying USPS has been a Koch/Libertarian project since the '70s

Wait a Minute, Mr. Koch-Man: The Plot to Kill the Public’s Postal Service
Lisa Graves June 18, 2020

The Postal Service is the most popular institution in America. So why are some of the people who represent us in Washington, DC, willing to kill the most trusted brand and most popular institution in America?

One man, Charles Koch, has played a singular role.

He has used his vast fortune to fertilize theories that were once at the far fringes of society–like abolishing the Postal Service. And he has amplified his anti-government agenda through special interest groups he has grown.

The truth is that Koch, one of the richest men in America and the world, has been helping to fund and fuel efforts to kill the Postal Service and other public institutions dating back to the 1970s, though few Americans know it. Here is a quick timeline on this:

1970s Charles Koch stakes Robert Poole and Reason magazine and the Reason Foundation as they promote attacks on the Postal Service that endorse a for-profit postal system and “privatization” generally.
1976 Koch stakes the Libertarian Party, which urges the public institutions and programs be eliminated including “the abolition of the governmental Postal Service.”
1977 Koch stakes Ed Crane and co-founds the Cato Institute, which urges that government functions be handled by the “free market.”
1980 David Koch runs of Vice President on a privatization platform, including for the Postal Service. Poole publishes a book subsidized by the Reason Foundation, whose angel investor is Charles Koch, which urges the privatization of local government functions and more.
1980 Charles Koch stakes Richard Fink at George Mason, and Fink urges Ronald Reagan’s “Grace Commission” to privatize government functions; the Commission’s recommendations including outsourcing thousands of Postal Service jobs and Post Offices.
2020 Americans for Prosperity expressly denounces any funding for the Postal Service, despite the Postal Service performing “essential” work in the pandemic and with the growing need for vote by mail. Americans for Prosperity also begins running digital ads targeting several U.S. Senators to toe the Koch line against the Postal Service. Miller remains on the small board of Koch’s Americans for Prosperity, the longest serving leader of this arm of Koch’s political operation other than David Koch. The total amount Americans for Prosperity is spending on this campaign against the Postal Service is unknown.

More at the link, plus:

Interviews with the researcher:
CounterSpin, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting: https://fair.org/home/a-combination-of-forces-puts-our-postal-service-at-grave-risk/

8 O'Clock Buzz, WORT radio, Madison, WI: https://www.wortfm.org/wait-a-minute-mr-koch-man-the-plot-to-kill-the-publics-postal-service/

18-page briefing by the researcher (PDF available at):
August 11, 2020

Shiny new avatar (thanks to cayugafalls for graphics assist)

Edited because original version is now out of context.

Original message:

Dang! Can't squeeze the file size down to DU avatar requirements
Just gonna have to use it in the sig line

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