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Weekend link dump for September 19

“It is possible to be both a victim and a villain.”

“Last year, three cryptocurrency enthusiasts bought a cruise ship. They named it the Satoshi, and dreamed of starting a floating libertarian utopia. It didn’t work out.”

“Over the past year, as the conspiracy theorists have come together under one big apocalyptic tent—the “stop the steal” election truthers, the anti-vaxers, the anti-maskers—we have seen organized campaigns of harassment, threats of violence, attempts to harm members of school administrations, and physical altercations at school board meetings when masks are mandated.”

“Most viruses in an infected person are genetically identical to the strain that started the infection. It is much more likely that one of these copies – not a rare mutation – gets passed on to someone else. Research has shown that almost no mutated viruses are transmitted from their original host to another person. And even if a new mutant causes an infection, the mutant viruses are usually outnumbered by non-mutant viruses in the new host and aren’t usually transmitted to the next person.”

Evangelicals considered abortion a “Catholic issue” through most of the 1970s, and there is little in the history of evangelicalism to suggest that abortion would become a point of interest. Even James Dobson, who later became an implacable foe of abortion, acknowledged after the Roe decision that the Bible was silent on the matter and that it was plausible for an evangelical to hold that “a developing embryo or fetus was not regarded as a full human being”.”

“Not once does the story mention obstruction, which also carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. If you don’t mention obstruction — and your sources don’t explain that obstruction will get you to precisely where you’d get with a sedition charge, but with a lot more flexibility to distinguish between defendants and a far lower bar of proof (unless and until judges decide it has been misapplied) — then your sources are not describing what is going on with the investigation.”

More than a million children have already lost a primary caregiver due to COVID, according to one recent study.”

“President Joe Biden gave a gift to every major company in America by forcing them to mandate vaccines or stringently test their employees for Covid. Their reaction to the new rule: glee.”

“Researchers are finding that when pulverized rock is applied to agricultural fields, the soil pulls far more carbon from the air and crop yields increase. More studies are underway, but some scientists say this method shows significant benefits for farmers and the climate.”

Four words: Lab-grown woolly mammoths. You’re welcome.

RIP, Norm MacDonald, comedian, writer, actor best known for several seasons on Saturday Night Live.

“He’s ended America’s longest war, got vaccines distributed at no cost nationwide and halved the child poverty rate. So why all the stories about ‘Biden‘s Cruel Summer’?”

“Maybe Washington State needs to implement vaccine passports for crossing its state borders.”

The story of Bruce, the large fiberglass shark that went on an epic journey during Hurricane Nicholas.

You oughtta know that Alanis Morisette does not care for the forthcoming HBO documentary about her life.

RIP, Dotty Griffith, pioneering Texas food journalist.

“Remember that many unvaccinated Americans aren’t hardcore resisters, just people who need a push. The president gave them one.”

“I must say I take a personal glee at the outcome of the Republican attempt to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom, not just because it’s another setback for the party that advocates stupidity, the end of democracy, and the death of its members (don’t wear masks, don’t take vaccines, COVID is a hoax)— no, I’m thrilled because I personally know the candidate who lost — Larry Elder.”

“This dataset is all that’s needed to trace actual ownership and management of the fascist side of the Internet that has eluded researchers, activists, and, well, just about everybody.”

“I am happy to announce that we are offering Official letters for those Pastafarians who would like to be exempt from working in proximity to the unvaxxed. The unvaccinated may emit harmful virus particles which are forbidden to devout Pastafarians, therefore we expect all reasonable measures to be taken to help us avoid these virus particles. Please respect our religious liberty.”

“Netflix was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday over the mention of chess champion Nona Gaprindashvili in the final episode of the Emmy-winning limited series The Queens Gambit.”

“Vaccine requirements work: Raiders report more than 6,000 fans got the shot on game day”.

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  1. Jason Hochman says:

    I’ll say that Biden gave a gift to the companies, of course, Trump did, too, he’s the one that started the vaccines at Warp Speed, but between those two they’ve created a lot of new billionaires at Big Pharma:

    But hey, we’re all in this together. Some of us to suffer with rising inflation, and others to get richer and richer. The government exists to transfer wealth to the rich.

  2. voter_worker says:

    The stories about the Satoshi and the woolly mammoth regeneration project seem weirdly similar in how they are described as narrow-focus endeavors of a few highly-driven individuals who all seem to share a disregard for a vast array of complex externalities. Anyone interested in alternative communities should look into the intentional community movement, which has a fare share of small scale success stories. They all have one thing in common: a basic, sustainable way of life based on hard physical work and egalitarianism that likely will have little or no appeal to the crypto crowd.

  3. SocraticGadfly says:

    I hear all these stories about the “vax-hesitant” outnumbering the “vax-resistant.” Color me more skeptical the more I hear of these. Kind of like #BlueAnon whistling in the dark.

  4. Jason Hochman says:

    I agree, the “vax hesitant” are simply the people who don’t want to be coerced by a doddering boob, and people who understand science, and people who would prefer a better vaccine, like the Nova Vax, and people who aren’t wetting the bed over an illness with a survival rate over 99%, and people who have natural immunity after recovering from the illness. Biden is a bigger failure than Trump, and by becoming a dictator, he thinks that he will intimidate everyone into worshiping him. Biden is the guy who crashed the party, and won’t leave, but actually thinks he’s the life of the party and that everyone loves him.

  5. J says:

    JH, we all realize that YOU are the life of the party, and compared to you Nova vax doesn’t look like anything special.

    On Fox Biden is now the Towering Antichrist. You need to get better misinformation.

  6. Manny says:

    Jason, you are persistent with the misinformation.

    Nova vax, not better about the same. Moderna is slightly better.

    Nova vax is still not approved emergency or otherwise. One or more waiting for Nova vax, tens of thousands additional deaths.

    Like I keep saying, the Republicans/racists are the death squads.

    Jason, when you were claiming that Covid-19 was a hoax? I do.

    Jason, remember when you were recommending old people sacrifice themselves to reach herd immunity? I do.

    Stop the misinformation or go the way the other person, who should not be named, has gone. Disappeared.

  7. Jason Hochman says:

    Nova Vax is safer and has better efficacy. It is based on a stable protein that doesn’t change when the virus mutates, thus, it is better able to handle variants. It is not approved for emergency use yet.

    Please stop the blind support for Big Pharma and the Greedy Billionaires who have become newly minted billionaires. I stand with Sr. Maxine Waters, we should loot them, take their stuff, it’s their fault we are poor.

    Do you remember me recommending anyone sacrifice himself? Then you are remembering a fantasy.

    I am sure that I will also be disappeared by the Fascist Biden Militia. Although, in the Battle of Portland a few weeks ago, Biden’s troops were beaten by the Proud Boys. A battalion of BLM and a squadron of Antifa had heavy losses in the Battle.

  8. Manny says:

    Jason, I know that it is made the way other older vaccines are made. It is still in trials and has not been approved for emergency use by the FDA.

    You would have tens of thousands of people dead, not knowing if it had been as effective. Other of the same type, older based, has not been as effective.

    You are responsible for who knows how many deaths for the irresponsible misinformation that you post. If there is a hell, you will be there.

    Maybe for the very young, it may be a better alternative or going on in the future. But it is not better thus far than Moderna.

    I don’t lie the way you do Jason, like Dan Patrick, you said older people should be sacrificed. Not too long ago, you said the same thing about very young children. All so that the economy could be opened so you could get some petty job that you probably are not qualified for.



  9. Jason Hochman says:

    I am glad that you linked an article that supports what I said! The Atlantic also had an article stating that around half of the people hospitalized for/with Covid have mild or asymptomatic cases!

    Now, I am not responsible for any deaths. I’ve always told you to read The Science (not the media) and make your own best decisions. I issued a mask mandate when I saw that the vaccines didn’t prevent you from getting the Covid nor from spreading it.

    I gotta hand it to the Democrats. They love to blame everyone else for any problem that ever exists. They love to finger point, even when they are the ones to blame. The persistence of the Democrats is amazing. Formed for the promulgation of segregation, Jim Crowe, and Jim Eagle, the Democrats waited all this time for a way to implement segregation. Now, there is a separate Black National Anthem, and separate commencement ceremonies for Blacks. It used to be that we all had the same national anthem, went to school together, graduated together. The Party of Hate found a way to disguise itself

    Impressive also that when the Democrat hagiography is proven wrong, there is never any mention of it, never any humble pie sliced up and dished out. For example, the elites went on about how Gov. Cuomo was a hero, doing everything a president should do, and saving everyone. Even when we found out that he had the state with the highest death toll, he molested women, and then he wrote a book and cashed in on all of it, but the Democrats self confidence was not shaken. When we found out that the lab leak had some credibility, no apology from the Democrats. Now, Biden is pouring boiling water on the kids in his cages, again, no backlash. It is amazing how RESILIENT they are.

  10. Manny says:

    There you go with the lies again, Jason.

    It is a hoax, remember when you were claiming that?

    The Atlantic does not verify your lies.

    But you are a typical Republican, whines and lies, with at touch of racism.

    Why not go to A racist/republican blog you will find what you are looking for.

  11. C.L. says:

    Dr. Hochman, who are you employed by ? I ask because I’d like to send your Boss a glowing letter about the fabulous work you’re doing on behalf of the Community.