Open Thread – Weekend 6 Nov 2021


Self-Portrait, Rembrandt, 1658

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Bruce in WA
November 6, 2021 12:14 am

I want to thank my mother and father, and my wonderful agent … and the ballboys and umpires.

Thank you, thank you, thank you …. mwah!!

egg_
egg_
November 6, 2021 12:15 am

“Sovereign” citizen?

Victor Davis Hanson Diagnoses The Dying Citizen

Hoover Institution

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Border Closure

Is this where everybody comes to lift their game?

egg_
egg_
November 6, 2021 12:16 am

I want to thank my mother and father, and my wonderful agent …

And my competent armorer.

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
November 6, 2021 12:17 am

yes, Most of us come here to lift our game 😉

Me, I come here for amusement and motivation!

Bruce in WA
November 6, 2021 12:19 am

And my competent armorer.

😀 😀 😀

Or you could be like that big man, The Rock, who has vowed never to work on a fillum where there are real guns on set — only rubber replicas.

Wuss.

Rabz
November 6, 2021 12:21 am

Hey, Lizzie!

I will not kneel

Bruce in WA
November 6, 2021 12:24 am

Yeah, that’s this Dwayne Johnston.

egg_
egg_
November 6, 2021 12:24 am

Or you could be like that big man, The Rock, who has vowed never to work on a fillum where there are real guns on set — only rubber replicas.

The Rock now makes fillums for Duetsche rubber fetishists?

egg_
egg_
November 6, 2021 12:27 am

Rock, scissors, paper rubber?

MatrixTransform
November 6, 2021 12:28 am

Victor Davis Hanson Diagnoses The Dying Citizen

Thanks for that Eggsy

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
November 6, 2021 12:31 am

Smells ok so far here.

Pogria
Pogria
November 6, 2021 12:44 am

aaah, The Rock!

Biden’s personal pants man.

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
November 6, 2021 1:16 am

Ah yes, the ‘Rock’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgBA1jA2-mo

more like Mr ‘Replica’

Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:04 am

David Rowe (Anti-Business Daily).

Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 4:13 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 4:33 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 4:37 am

Over the past week:
Moderna down 36%;
Merck down 7%;
Pfizer up 6%.

First rule of Big Pharma: don’t be a one trick pony.
Second rule of Big Pharma: always have a shiny new drug in the pipeline.

FlyingPigs
FlyingPigs
November 6, 2021 5:58 am

Moderna down 36%;
Merck down 7%;
Pfizer up 6%.

sell Pfizer

Invest Merck tablets

jump off the ledge if your Moderna

FlyingPigs
FlyingPigs
November 6, 2021 6:08 am

For how long has Photias been an FBI agent?

feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 6:14 am

Two hours ago Aaron Rodgers was on the Pat McAfee show, the highest rating show on the Barstool Sports platform.
Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers & after Tom Brady he’s the second best in the last decade with daylight third.
He has COVID.
He’s dropping truth bombs about the adverse affects he’s seen from vaccines.
The twitter & youtube are shadow banning it & the short clips that are these online shows bread & butter.
Unless you go to todays Pat McAfee show on youtube, scroll to where he is on, it’s unlikely you will see it.

FlyingPigs
FlyingPigs
November 6, 2021 6:18 am

The elite dumb fucks were so unprepared for the Trump electoral win in 2016 that “Marie Antionette Turnbull” had to find minions, who had to find minions, to get Greg Norman to give the number.

I’ll bet Norman checked with Trump before releasing the number to frumpy flouncing turnbull’s minions.

FlyingPigs
FlyingPigs
November 6, 2021 6:25 am

feelthebern says:
November 6, 2021 at 6:14 am

if they are not on GAB or an alternative then forget it.

and twitter speak is about the same… a bunch of sparrows.

feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 6:26 am

Aaron Rodgers has to wear a yellow wristband whenever he is in a Packers facility.
A yellow wrist band.
To show others he isn’t vaccinated.
What the actual fuck.
I love watching American football.
I fucking hate the NFL organisation.

feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 6:33 am

Aaron Rodgers said he spoke with Joe Rogan.
Same batch of treatment.
He said the “I” word.
Ivermectin.
Youtube will now demonetise the broadcast & probably give them a strike.

johanna
johanna
November 6, 2021 6:34 am

Catching up on TheirABC (gotta know your enemy) and found this extraordinary piece of ‘analysis’ of the Virginia election by someone called Peter Marsh:

What’s behind the shellacking? Take your pick.

Likely candidates include Biden’s messy withdrawal from Afghanistan; the coronavirus coming back to disrupt normal life again; the President’s persistent lagging approval rating; trying to make an election about Trump when he’s not on the ballot; and Democrats being seemingly unable to pass spending bills in Congress because of intra-party issues.

It’s also worth noting that Virginia voters have traditionally given the incumbent president a clip around the ears when it comes to the Governor’s race.

As is often the case, it is what is not mentioned that is instructive. The two top issues for voters in Virginia were the economy and education, according to multiple pollsters. TheirABC’s searing analysis manages not to mention either of them, especially the pong surrounding school boards who cover up rape by ‘transgenders’ with penises, get the father of the victim arrested for complaining about it, and deny that they are promoting anti-white racist propaganda when it is obvious that they are doing just that.

This stuff has been in the news in the US for many weeks, but our eagle-eyed ‘analyst’ seems to have missed it, along with concerns about soaring inflation, especially fuel costs, and supply chain problems which will make Christmas a lot less merry.

It is said that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. But as we know, if you pay gold nuggets you can get three for the price of one.

feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 6:41 am

Hey Dover, Alex Berenson sent out a substack column at 6:34am (Sydney time).
I think you’re on his list, from what you’ve posted.
Critical piece.
Berenson doesn’t say it, but it’s something that has been clear for months.
If you took the mRNA treatments, you need to be taking a NAD/NMN supplement.
I already was, but boosted it 100% for the month pre the first jab & have/will continue it for the foreseeable future.

johanna
johanna
November 6, 2021 6:42 am

Oh, and I forgot to mention the other part of this extraordinary piece of ‘analysis’ – that the reason Youngkin won was because he didn’t mention Trump, and McAuliffe lost because he did.

In this Alice in Wonderland world, Trump’s name has supernatural powers, such that criticising him can cause a Democrat to lose an election, and not talking about him can cause a Republican to win.

Huh?

He really does send lefties off their heads. Pity this one is paid for by you and me.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 6:46 am

Trump’s name has supernatural powers,

When you’ve obsessed over someone for a very long time, it’s hard to let go. They’re like a jilted lover.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 6:56 am

On her permanent record.
Camballin gets formal reprimand

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 6:57 am

That’s a very odd auto correction

Cassie of Sydney
November 6, 2021 6:58 am

“Trump’s name has supernatural powers,”

Indeed, the left are possessed by Trump. We know that progressivism is a cult and like all cults/religions it needs an evil protagonist. Trump is the left’s Diablo/Satan.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 6:58 am
rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 7:00 am
Winston Smith
November 6, 2021 7:00 am

Zipster:

just goes to show that a bioweapon does not need to be particularly deadly to be extremely effective.

IIRC, Bioweaponry is classified as a psychological weapon rather than a killing one.

JC
JC
November 6, 2021 7:01 am

Christopher Nolan is doing a movie about the making of the A bomb by Harry Oppenheimer and the team
Below is a suggestion how it ought to be depicted,

Paul Hundred, GED
@paul_hundred
“i hope nolan is brave enough to tell the hidden story of the black women who really built the bomb but had the moral character to walk away before it was dropped on the oppressed minority island

Winston Smith
November 6, 2021 7:01 am

srr:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uO9V6R3_7E
The most unused resource we have available in the modern world is the generation who have retired.
They have skills, knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, and they are slowly dying, of loneliness and grief, as ignorant graduates of the Marxist systems of social deconstruction teach our children how to view the world through a distorted prism of politics.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 7:01 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 7:05 am

JC, that movie has already gotten some stick because they don’t have Jewish actors playing the leads.

Mark M
Mark M
November 6, 2021 7:11 am

Checked the Q&A twitter feed for a quick summary of last episode about failed doomsday global warming and COP26.

Despite the abc showing that Pacific islands are growing, the panel still peddled the doomsday fantasy of the islands are sinking … or soon will.

Their abc.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-08/why-are-hundreds-of-pacific-islands-getting-bigger/13038430

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 7:16 am

Speaking of a “lashing”, I’m pretty sure this was my problem with A Suggestion last night.

Nothing like a Friday night escalation.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 7:29 am

Don’t think you did anything wrong, calli.

Crossie
Crossie
November 6, 2021 7:31 am

I see most Brit cartoonists were having fun with Boris and the Gunpowder Plot.

The Marilyn Monroe effect with the kilt was funny too and I hope the most memorable thing that comes out of that crappy COP-26 shindig.

Cassie of Sydney
November 6, 2021 7:32 am

From the Daily Telegraph….so it seems that Baldwin, uber progressive, El Supremo Trump hater, was the producer on a set that was an unsafe workplace….

“A former crew member on the film Rust said he “never felt as close to death” on a set as he did in the days before Halyna Hutchins was shot dead with a live bullet, fired by the film’s star, Alec Baldwin.

Lane Luper was the lead camera operator for the production but resigned the day before cinematographer Hutchins was killed on the indie film’s New Mexico set.

In an interview on US TV, Mr Luper said he resigned from the movie over a growing number of issues.

“What I put in my resignation letter was lax Covid policies, the housing situation driving to and from Albuquerque, and specifically, gun safety, a lack of rehearsals, a lack of preparing the crew for what we were doing that day,” Mr Luper said.

According to a report in CNN, Mr Luper’s resignation email specifically expressed concerns over gun safety.

CNN reported that in the email, sent to unit production manager Row Walters, Mr Luper noted two accidental discharges of firearms and one accidental discharge of special effects explosives in the days before Ms Hutchins was killed during rehearsal for a scene.

He wrote: “During the filming of gunfights on this job things are often played very fast and loose.

“So far there have been two accidental weapons discharges and one additional SFX explosives that have gone off around the crew between takes.

“To be clear there are NO safety meetings these days. There have been NO explanations as to what to expect for these shots.”

Mr Luper said he wanted to speak out because, in his opinion, Hutchins’s death was caused by cost-cutting and cutting corners.

“Halyna’s death was so preventable by simply following industry safety rules that had been in place for literally decades,” he told Sky News.

“I have never felt more unsafe on set or off set. I’ve never felt I was more in danger of dying on the set or on the drive home, I was so exhausted.”

Earlier this week, Baldwin appeared to defend accusations that there were poor working conditions on set by sharing a post by Terese Davis, who worked in the film’s costume department. Ms Davis claimed guns were checked on set. She also claimed there were several safety meetings, which Mr Luper said is untrue.

“Even the producers have said that they only had three safety meetings by the time I left the show and that included the day of the shooting. I only personally remember two safety meetings that involved the entire crew. If there was a safety meeting I was left out of it if there were any more than the two,” he said.

Mr Luper added that he is not speaking out about the conditions on set for “personal gain” as some have accused him of.

“There’s no personal gain for me. I’m kind of sticking my neck out here. I don’t want to be on camera. I have a pretty unique perspective in that it’s important that I be a part of safety as the head of the camera department for protecting the camera, protecting the camera operators, knowing what the shot is. It’s very important that I play a role in safety,” he said.

Luper added that he had to take safety classes in Los Angeles in order to get his union card. Ultimately, he called Hutchins’ death the result of a “perfect storm.”

“I think with Rust it was a perfect storm of the armourer, the assistant director, the culture that was on set, the rushing, it was everything. It wasn’t just one individual. Everything had to fall into place perfectly for this one-in-a-trillion thing to happen,” Mr Luper said.

The camera professional also described the shooting as a “very rare thing to happen”.

He claimed safety bulletins, which he described as “basically an owner’s manual for how to run a safe set” were “ignored.”

“They were ignored and not attached to the call sheets which they’re supposed to be. Unfortunately that’s what led to a breakdown here,” he said.

As for accusations that there was shooting practices on set, Mr Luper said he didn’t personally “have any experience with that.”

“I don’t know about those claims beyond what was reported in the media. I did hear distant gunfire on the property but there is a nearby national guard armoury so all of us would kind of chalk it up to that. But in hindsight, it could have been,” he said.

Several are still questioning how live rounds made their way onto the set in the first place.

“A lot of things have to go wrong. The very first sentence in the very first safety bulletin about firearm safety is there shall never be live rounds anywhere on a studio lot or stage or set. It’s so unheard of,” Mr Luper added.”

JC
JC
November 6, 2021 7:32 am

Oh okay, Bern.

Cassie of Sydney
November 6, 2021 7:32 am

“Don’t think you did anything wrong, calli.”

Correct, Calli didn’t do anything wrong.

Nomad's Land Studios
Nomad’s Land Studios
November 6, 2021 7:36 am

“Large nuclear powered subs carrying humans may not be the future, at least for the anti- surface ship operations clearly envisaged for Australia’s proposed subs. Underwater unmanned drones, loiter-at-depth torpedoes and other weapons may well be the future. ”

That is really interesting. What is known about the communication potential in the watery environment? Surely you would still need a manned submarine reasonably close by?

Figures
Figures
November 6, 2021 7:44 am

skilled migration

Our Liberal government doesn’t care one iota about the fact that we are all now medical slaves and our economy is in ruins. The only thing that’s been bothering them the last two years is that they haven’t been able to import millions of permanent Labor voters because the Chamber of Commerce told them to.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 7:44 am

I just wish some commenters didn’t change their names when the old Cat carked. It’s very hard to get a “handle” on commenters you think are brand new, but aren’t.

Maybe that’s the point of the name change.

sfw
sfw
November 6, 2021 7:47 am

Anyone else think that in the header picture, Rembrandt looks to be a tranny in late stage transition? He seems (should I say they?) to have breasts and womens clothing. If you put him an an Admirals Uniform he’d look a lot like ‘Rachel’ Levine and about as attractive.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 7:47 am

There has been a bit of that, calli.

Indolent
Indolent
November 6, 2021 7:47 am

United Australia Party Leader Craig Kelly and Aussie Cossack

Long and interesting. Such a relief to listen to a real person who actually his own person.

Zatara
Zatara
November 6, 2021 7:51 am

Democrat Strategist James “The Snake” Carville James Blames ‘Stupid Wokeness’ for Democrat Losses: ‘People Need to Go to a Woke Detox Center’

“What went wrong was this stupid wokeness,” said Carville. “Don’t just look at Virginia and New Jersey. Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, even look at Seattle, Washington. I mean, this defund the police lunacy, this ‘take Abraham Lincoln’s name off schools, people see that.”

“Some of these people need to go to a woke detox center or something,” he continued. “They’re expressing language people just don’t use and there’s a backlash and a frustration at that. Suburbanites in northern Virginia [and] New Jersey, you know, pulled away a little bit. Youngkin never ran any ads against Biden.”

He said Youngkin “just let the Democrats pull the pin and watch the grenade go off on them. And we’ve got to change this and not be about changing dictionaries, and change laws.

And will the uber-leftists listen? Nope, but the voters are.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 7:52 am

I think clothing fashions were a bit different back in the day.
Rembrandt is not my favourite old master though.
Iirc there was an early work of his languishing in a basement in the gallery in Lyon til someone had a closer look.
Attribution is a fascinating aspect of the art world.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 7:56 am

I think that’s the one in the Frick collection, sfw. He painted lots of self portraits from quite a young age, if you put them in order you can watch him age and also get a sense of fading eyesight, or maybe his style just gets looser.

The clothes don’t help – a loose blouse with another gathered overshirt and belt. He obviously put on weight as he got older – in a culture where being a bit beefy indicated wealth.

I can’t help but see him as the Father of Selfies!

My favourite though, isn’t a self portrait. It’s the Return of the Prodigal Son hanging in the Hermitage. The early tour moved on to the next salon and I had to be torn away from it, it’s just so beautiful.

John Brumble
John Brumble
November 6, 2021 8:07 am

Let’s bee clear. Luper wants “moar bureaucracy”, which will definitely fix safety, because the bestest everest thing to do about anything is to employ lotsa union goons, shovel them money and have lotsa meetings.
Luper is not interested in personal responsibility.

FlyingPigs
FlyingPigs
November 6, 2021 8:10 am

hanging in the Hermitage.

ppffft… russians

Gab
Gab
November 6, 2021 8:17 am

The pandemic of the vaccinated. (no, it’s actually a dig at the evil politicians have done to us).

We’ve been lied to all along. Italy’s Higher Institute of Health: New medical analysis reduces Italy’s c-19 death tally by 97.1%. ”So of the 130,468 deaths registered by official statistics only 3,783 would be due to the power of the virus itself.”

https://www-iltempo-it.translate.goog/attualita/2021/10/21/news/rapporto-iss-morti-covid-malattie-patologie-come-influenza-pandemia-disastro-mortalita-bechis-29134543/?_x_tr_sl=it&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=it&_x_tr_pto=nui

Cassie of Sydney
November 6, 2021 8:19 am

“And will the uber-leftists listen? Nope, but the voters are.”

Agree, such is their arrogance and hubris uber-leftists actually can’t listen or take advice. As I said above, woke leftism/progressivism is a cult/religion and all of its tenets are akin to a house of cards…when you defy/critique/question one card, all the cards will collapse. All woke leftism is built on lies. A classic example is the whole transgender rubbish. Transgender spruikers insist transgender women are women….even when a man just self identifies as women and puts on a dress. So a full bodied male, wearing a dress, walks into a female only bathroom at a school in Loudoun county Virginia and then rapes a girl. The school board then tries to cover it up because it doesn’t fit with their uber leftist progressive narrative….the father of the raped girl is demonised and arrested by police for confronting the school board. The voters in Virginia saw all of this very clearly, along with the CRT indoctrination. But will progressives learn anything from this? No….instead they’re doing what they do best….they’re smearing voters as white supremacists and they’re babbling on about Trump, Trump, Trump. Such is that when a progressive house of cards collapses, progressives and leftists will still blithely maintain that the house of cards remains intact despite the evidence before their eyes. They lie and deflect. We saw this here after the Pell HC verdict…progressives cannot and will not ever admit that they’re wrong.

Indolent
Indolent
November 6, 2021 8:20 am

Revealed! UN Plan To Vax Children Without Parental Consent

This article from Infowars has a link to the full UN paper, which was published 2014 and relates to children between the ages of 6 and 17. Obviously, 6 is now felt to be too old, as they’re already going after 5 year olds.

Cassie of Sydney
November 6, 2021 8:23 am

“Luper is not interested in personal responsibility.”

I fail to see how “personal responsibility” has anything to do with a safe workplace.

Gab
Gab
November 6, 2021 8:25 am

As more and stories come out about the vaccinated being tested positive for c-1984, the unvaccinated will be blamed. Hence, Dan Andrews permanent pandemic Bill will be most certainly enforced, if the Bill passes in the Upper House.

So it’s best for the unvaxxed to steer clear of the vaxed, as much as possible, so no blame can be laid and also to avoid contracting the virus from them.

johanna
johanna
November 6, 2021 8:30 am

I’ve told this before, but it is worth repeating for new readers.

Years ago there was an exhibition of European art at the National Gallery. It featured a couple of showy Monets and also heaps of big paintings of Greeks goddesses in the nuddy. Wandering about, I saw a tiny, dark painting in a corner, of a chap. Due to the crowds, I didn’t get close enough to read the description.

So, I kept wandering, and admiring the big blue Monets (Brett Whitely should have fessed up) and the rest, but the tiny chap in the corner kept nagging at me. So I went back, and the crowd had thinned so I could see.

It was a Rembrandt. An ‘unimportant’ one. But it had the magic whatever it is that made me want to go back to have another look at this dark little painting of who knows who.

Some things are beyond rational explanation.

Cassie of Sydney
November 6, 2021 8:30 am

I suppose all the miners throughout history who’ve worked in unsafe mines and died on the job should have taken “personal responsibility”.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 8:32 am

In this Alice in Wonderland world, Trump’s name has supernatural powers, such that criticising him can cause a Democrat to lose an election, and not talking about him can cause a Republican to win.

Actually it does.

MacAuliffe’s crew ran fake ads of Trump endorsing Youngkin and also “Tiki Torch” (read, Charlottesville) *protestors* turned up and MacAuliffe staffers had a cry – then the public noticed the fake protestors were from MacAuliffe’s campaign.

MacAuliffe has been close to the Clintons. The 1990s were okay, but you didn’t like polity correctness?

MacAuliffe has been poisoning global politics for that long.

Good riddance. Hopefully he can sacrifice himself now for Colin Kaepernick and Gaia.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 8:33 am

Russia would be nice.

Could never be bothered to get a visa and generally speaking tours are anathema to me.

srr
srr
November 6, 2021 8:34 am

Winston Smithsays:
November 6, 2021 at 7:01 am

srr:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uO9V6R3_7E
The most unused resource we have available in the modern world is the generation who have retired.
They have skills, knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, and they are slowly dying, of loneliness and grief, as ignorant graduates of the Marxist systems of social deconstruction teach our children how to view the world through a distorted prism of politics.

Yes, I’m one of countless who can no longer work at what I set records around the world doing, thanks to the abhorrent dictatorial mandates Govts around the world have inflicted on us, BUT, I’m also greatly blessed in having children who value their parents as their children’s teachers in what matters in life, i.e. love and respect of family, understanding of history & how that prepares us for winning future battles, treating animals well, not because they are equal to humans but because we are not animals, how to solve problems, make & fix things, and all the games, songs & stories that prepare them for joyfully receiving those life lessons in their time.

My heart breaks for the children who don’t have such multi-generational experiences & love anchoring them, all the more for knowing just how many Grandparents have been effectively cut out of helping to raise their Grandchildren because Govts have strong armed “Child Care” “Professionals” into Grandparents natural place in the family.

God, I pray all the too long neglected oldies stick around for the time more young parents wake up to just how much they are needed.
I’m sure Muddy gets it to and his ‘Stick Around’ message isn’t only a quaint sign off.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 8:34 am

If course Trump’s name is supernatural.

https://pepethefrogfaith.wordpress.com/shadilay-the-sacred-word-that-founded-a-new-meme-faith/

You are not imagining things…

Zatara
Zatara
November 6, 2021 8:36 am
Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 8:36 am

My heart breaks for the children who don’t have such multi-generational experiences & love anchoring them, all the more for knowing just how many Grandparents have been effectively cut out of helping to raise their Grandchildren because Govts have strong armed “Child Care” “Professionals” into Grandparents natural place in the family.

Speaking from extended family experience….

You are more likely to get the ideal upbringing in a very rich family or very poor family in regional areas.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 8:38 am

Mother of Loudoun County Bathroom Rapist Blames Victim: ‘You’re 15. You Can Reasonably Defend Yourself.’

Okay now, I have plans for the weekend, bye.

Eyrie
Eyrie
November 6, 2021 8:38 am

Christopher Nolan is doing a movie about the making of the A bomb by Harry Oppenheimer and the team

Must be an alternate history movie. In our timeline Robert Oppenheimer led the team to build the bomb.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 8:40 am

Imagine if Oppenheimer had used DMT. Or knew about the thorium fuel cycle.

Wow. Whoa.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 8:42 am

This damned iPad is awful.

If –> Of, etc., … .

Indolent
Indolent
November 6, 2021 8:42 am

Digital Identity: The Point of No Return

I’m not sure if this has already been posted.

Zatara
Zatara
November 6, 2021 8:43 am

Everyone who is surprised at what she looks like raise your hand.

That picture alone would have been worth another 50,000 votes to Youngkin and his mates had it been published pre-election.

Which of course is why it wasn’t.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 8:47 am

The daily mail article about the Loundon county mother.
Somewhat garbled thinking.

Hence, rapist

srr
srr
November 6, 2021 8:49 am

johanna says:
November 6, 2021 at 8:30 am

[…] But it had the magic whatever it is that made me want to go back to have another look at this dark little painting of who knows who.

Some things are beyond rational explanation.

Yep and some things are so beautiful they can move you to grateful, joyful tears.

“After the Flood”(?*), a painting in a Canberra Gallery had such an effect on me.

Yes, obviously the scene was that of after a flood, yet the damage was washed away by beauty, peace, life & hope.

*That every attempt to search out the painting & it’s artist has search engines throw more & more depressing, ugly images of killer floods & devastation at me instead, gives you a good idea of just how uplifting that amazing painting is.

Rabz
November 6, 2021 8:49 am

Catching up on TheirABC (gotta know your enemy) part two:

Chiple j Nooze with Amber “Air Raid Siren” Jacobs, 8:30am, lead item – Grater Thunberger.

Thankfully, various breakfast preparation noises drowned out the rest.

Your taxes, being hoovered, very greedily, by imbeciles.

srr
srr
November 6, 2021 8:57 am

Indolent says:
November 6, 2021 at 8:42 am

Digital Identity: The Point of No Return

I’m not sure if this has already been posted.

Australia’s Trusted Digital Identity legislation is not an original idea; it is a foreign import.

Although it has been printed in Australia by hundreds of faceless civil servants and promoted via clueless ministers who think ‘the cloud’ is a side effect of Climate Change – the current concept of a ‘digital identity’ was conceived at a World Economic Forum conference in 2015 during a collaboration with Accenture.

It represents a global citizen-data initiative promoted to political leaders as ‘essential’ for economic success.
[…]”

Yes, well worth the click, read & listen of the whole thing, particularly considering how many still try to fob off every step in this Global Branding of Everyone Like Cattle, as ‘simply practical, innocent steps in more efficiency’-
https://goodsauce.news/digital-identity-the-point-of-no-return/

johanna
johanna
November 6, 2021 9:00 am

Zatara says:
November 6, 2021 at 8:36 am

Mother of Loudoun County Bathroom Rapist Blames Victim: ‘You’re 15. You Can Reasonably Defend Yourself.’

Everyone who is surprised at what she looks like raise your hand.

The interview I read was even worse.

She said – ‘All he wanted was to have sex in a bathroom’ as though that is a perfectly reasonable thing for him to want and a mother to defend. All he wanted – and who could deny him?

I have known a lot of mothers in my time, including some not very good ones, but find it hard to imagine that any of them would run a line like that.

No wonder the kid is screwed up.

No wonder the kid is

Indolent
Indolent
November 6, 2021 9:00 am

Dan Andrews lashed

With a wet lettuce leaf. Talk, not action.

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 9:02 am
Rabz
November 6, 2021 9:04 am

Ah – here we go, the swedish doom goblin has denounced various global “leaders” for not taking immediate drastic action to destroy their societies and economies.

This profound announcement was made while addressing a crowd of “thousands”* of young peoples in Glasgow.

*i.e. about twenty, most of whom were shambling past on the way to their smack dealers.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 6, 2021 9:04 am

Greta has spoken.

bespoke
bespoke
November 6, 2021 9:05 am

rosiesays:
November 6, 2021 at 8:47 am

A lot a cash and air time telling bloke’s not to be jerks but nothing targeting the female enablers. They are portrayed as sympathetic victims.

Rabz
November 6, 2021 9:06 am

I just wish some commenters didn’t change their names when the old Cat carked

You’ll just have to exist with it, sweetie. Resurrection is a blessing, when you can get away with it.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 9:08 am

LIFT YOUR GAME is the new REPORT THIS AD.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 9:08 am

I just wish some commenters didn’t change their names when the old Cat carked

#metoo.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
November 6, 2021 9:10 am

pfizer’s magical mystery pill

It’s a protease inhibitor like ivermectin, and it has an efficiency nearly as good as ivermectin. So do we pay a thousand bucks for a course of this one or do we pay $20 for a packet of the latter?

Pfizer Says Antiviral Pill Cuts Risk of Severe COVID-19 by 89% (Newsmax, 5 Nov)

Please unban ivermectin ScMo, and save us all a lot of time and money.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 9:12 am

Thanks, cutie-pie! 🙂

I can live with it. After nine years, I learned on DeadCat that some weren’t to be Trifled With. Now I have to re-learn.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 9:14 am

I don’t think he can, Bruce. Someone has his knackers in a vise.

They must be amazing negatives.

Diogenes
Diogenes
November 6, 2021 9:14 am

And speaking of movies, Operation Mincemeat is due out in January. Even Mrs D is looking forward to this one after I showed her the trailer.

Eyrie
Eyrie
November 6, 2021 9:15 am
cohenite
November 6, 2021 9:16 am

Test

Eyrie
Eyrie
November 6, 2021 9:18 am

So the scum at Pfizer are releasing a slightly modified Ivermection pill. Wonder if they chnged the molecule at all?

rosie
rosie
November 6, 2021 9:19 am

Don’t go changing to try to please calli
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
You’re no Leigh Lowe any more.

Rabz
November 6, 2021 9:23 am

The Hermitage …

Was on my bucket list, but it looks like I’ll never make it to Leningrad. Will have to settle for watching Russian Ark instead (which I still haven’t seen).

A collectivist mate of mine had this awesome soviet era hardback picture book of Leningrad. The photos were breathtaking. Humanity should be very grateful that neither the commos or the nayzees were ever able to destroy it.

FlyingPigs
FlyingPigs
November 6, 2021 9:26 am

Quarterback Aaron Rogers Catches COVID, Says He Will Follow Joe Rogan’s Advice and Take Ivermectin
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/11/quarterback-aaron-rogers-catches-covid-says-will-follow-joe-rogans-advice-take-ivermectin/

feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 9:28 am

I knew someone who did one of those European river cruises that ended in St Petersburg.
They flew out of there.
They did two half days at the Hermitage.
Said it was very worthwhile.

lotocoti
lotocoti
November 6, 2021 9:28 am

some germans did some data collection …

We are not claiming that all of these people fell ill and died because of the vaccination, nor that there is a proven connection in the case of a vaccination.
With more than seven billion jabs administered worldwide,
those more-likely-to-get-hit-by-lightning sub-optimal reactions begin to add up.
Probability wise though, that and multiplier in the chance of both
a bolt from the blue and being on the right hand side of the fitness bell curve
really starts to stretch the odds of random chance.
(Providing, of course, being pricked is the common factor in the cases quoted.)

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 9:28 am

Rosie, there are some you can joke around with and others who’ll give you the digital version of a basilisk stare.

I won’t be a-changing.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 9:29 am

FlyingPigssays:

November 6, 2021 at 9:26 am

Quarterback Aaron Rogers Catches COVID

Hi piglet!
Don’t other people do the catching?
Isn’t the quarterback the throwing guy?

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 9:36 am

St Petersberg is great. Spent two days there – Hermitage very early before they opened the doors to the public, so we had the run of the place. Still had two spooks following us around – might have thought I’d pocket the odd Fabergé trinket or two.

The palaces were vast but felt empty, fake Amber Room rather wonderful, churches magnificent. Poignant visit to the entombed Romanoffs and their servants who perished at the same time.

Go back a couple of streets from the main thoroughfares and you’re still in Soviet Russia.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 9:39 am

I just wish some commenters didn’t change their names when the old Cat carked

I think “A Suggestion” is “Ellie”.
Or “Deadman”.
Or possibly “Sinclair Davidson”.

jupes
jupes
November 6, 2021 9:47 am

Please unban ivermectin ScMo, and save us all a lot of time and money.

A lot of people should be serving very long sentences over this diabolical decision.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 9:47 am

Well, Sinc was the only one to ever tell me to F off, so there’s that.

Deadman has never had flashes of anger, also he’d never resort to middle English. More likely to send me packing in cultured ancient Greek (not the marketplace kind, natch).

Ellie – definitely not. An Ellie Knight…maybe.

All a storm in a wine glass.

johanna
johanna
November 6, 2021 9:47 am

Hey calli, how does your garden grow?

I just dispatched the most ginormous garden snail I have ever seen, maybe not the usual species. It looked just like the usual kind, but was bigger and browner and had a very hard shell.

The motelier has a fine collection of cacti and succulents. In the last couple of weeks, one of her Arizona-like cacti (of which there are several specimens) has flowered like mad – huge white flowers the size of bread and butter plates. I’ve never seen anything like it – there were dozens of them.

The things you find in Queanbeyan. 🙂

John Barilaro’s office, not far away, still features his smiling visage to the unsuspecting populace. It gives me the irrits every time I walk past.

The mall has reinstated places to sit down, thankfully. But, the grab ‘n’ go medical clinic is still dutifully protecting doctors from patients. Phone consultations only. It now takes my GP about four minutes to collect the fee for my (mandatory) monthly consultation for a prescription renewal. I had to go to the chemist to get my blood pressure checked.

The best and the brightest are allowed to become GPs – what a joke.

bespoke
bespoke
November 6, 2021 9:47 am

Usually takes five at most comments to work out who they are. People a creatures of habit.

Who is this Sinclair Davidson?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 6, 2021 9:49 am

And speaking of movies, Operation Mincemeat is due out in January.

Looking forward to that one.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 9:53 am

He’s bald like you bespoke, but not as yellow.

Joh, the weeds are going crazy here. The cactus are flowering, the summer zygos and the glorious epiphyllums. I still have one that survived from my grandmother’s garden. All the succulents seem to love this part of the world.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 6, 2021 9:54 am

Yes, if only people used their proper names. Perhaps ASIC will give us a unique identifier to solve the problem. And some sort of visual patch to go with our papers.

Indolent
Indolent
November 6, 2021 9:54 am

Mercola: How to Fight Vaccine Mandates and Passports

Unless you’re willing to give up all personal autonomy to the government, you have to say no to this clear authoritarian overreach, because it’s only going to get worse from here. There really is no telling what you’ll have to submit yourself to next in order to keep your “privileges,” which now include having a job.

It is encouraging to see that people are finally starting to wake up and push back.

lotocoti
lotocoti
November 6, 2021 9:55 am

Looking forward to that one.

Only if they use a properly accredited member of the Dead Actors Guild.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 9:55 am

White Knights!
I hadn’t thought of that.
Maybe you’re right.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 6, 2021 9:57 am

Who is this Sinclair Davidson?

Spruiker of Potential Greatness. Sadly, just another death cult.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 9:58 am

H B Bearsays:

November 6, 2021 at 9:54 am

Yes, if only people used their proper names. 

Wait!
Are you telling me you are not Humphrey B Bear?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 9:59 am

Who is this Sinclair Davidson?

What a ridiculous blog name.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 9:59 am

Another interesting thing about gardening on an old sand mine is the odd nutrient deficiencies brought about by extraction.

Manganese, for instance. Constantly having to top it up, along with a tendency towards alkalinity which locks up a lot of chemicals.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 6, 2021 10:02 am

Has anybody seen Percy Penguin lately? Or Olivia Newton John’s husband?

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 10:02 am

He is too! Definitely not wearing pants.

No need to with such a charming waistcoat and the boater set at a rakish angle.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 10:02 am

Only if they use a properly accredited member of the Dead Actors Guild.

Nicole Kidman has been granted honorary membership.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 10:05 am

Another interesting thing about gardening on an old sand mine is the odd nutrient deficiencies brought about by extraction

Given your rainfall, temps and sand, surely you have fantastic citrus?

lotocoti
lotocoti
November 6, 2021 10:06 am

Anyone looking for a kit home?
Bonus: Arthur Wellesley’s gaff.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 10:07 am

If you are religious or not, spare a thought or prayer (or change your Facebook filter) for the ambo from Batlow in the NSW SC now.

His case is thus: religious exemptions are not practically different to any other exemption.

Hopefully common sense prevails, but in current year, I remain doubtful.

johanna
johanna
November 6, 2021 10:08 am

bespoke says:
November 6, 2021 at 9:05 am

rosiesays:
November 6, 2021 at 8:47 am

A lot a cash and air time telling bloke’s not to be jerks but nothing targeting the female enablers. They are portrayed as sympathetic victims.

Oh yeah. There’s a rip-snorter running over at TheirABC about a ‘victim’ who claimed that when he threw petrol over her, she thought it was a joke, or he was bluffing, or something. This because he’d beaten her up many times before and he didn’t really mean it.

But he did light it, and she got burns all over her body.

Not mine, but Masochist + Sadist = perfect relationship.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 10:09 am

The Iron Duke was big on marlin?

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 10:11 am

Wellesley’s house seems like a bargain.

Where’s “Uncle” JC?

He’s like our George Soros.

I even promise to host Cat get togethers there.

Dot
Dot
November 6, 2021 10:13 am

Uncle JC, Professor Emeritus of the Ponds Institute of Fair Pay and Global Warming, Oligarch of the Olympic Damn Tribe.

Tom
Tom
November 6, 2021 10:18 am

Today’s beaut Ben Garrison cartoon wouldn’t load at 0400 because the DoverCat’s WordPress software regularly spits the dummy. I was reminded because Ben sends me a daily email from his foxhole in Lakeside, Montana.

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 10:32 am

surely you have fantastic citrus?

You’d think so. I made the mistake of buying a Meyer lemon and a Tahitian lime on dwarf “dragon” rootstock. Never again. Complete failures.

The Seville and blood oranges on the conventional stock have flourished, as have the cumquats. The problem here is a pest – leaf miner.

lotocoti
lotocoti
November 6, 2021 10:34 am

Somebody is going to get a lead brain tap from the Ministry of Public Security
when they get home.
Or maybe not.

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 6, 2021 10:39 am

Citrus, roses and tomatoes acquaint you with most horticultural diseases and problems.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 10:45 am

surely you have fantastic citrus?

How dare you!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
November 6, 2021 11:07 am

Somebody is going to get a lead brain tap from the Ministry of Public Security
when they get home.

Or accidentally fall from the embassy balcony?

Russian Diplomat in Berlin Dies in ‘Tragic Accident’ (5 Nov)

Those FSB guys and their tragic accidents! Maybe some additional OHS training is needed.

Pogria
Pogria
November 6, 2021 11:09 am

I am moving from a temperate climate to what is known as an Oceanic climate. Unfortunately, Oceanic does not mean lovely balmy temps through most of the year. It has four seasons, including a few snow days. But, it does mean although summers can be quite warm, the nights are relatively cool. Locals tend to not have to use air-con at night in summer.

I am looking forward to four seasons, also being able to enjoy trees that I could never grow where I am now. There are two mature Silver Birches, I discovered three of the ratty looking bushy things are Lilacs!. A deep purple and the standard Lilac shade. So happy!. There is a trade off though, I will have to make sure any citrus I plant are well sheltered during Winter.

The eighty year old stand of Conifers is definitely coming down over the next few years. They were planted as a wind break for the original property which is now my neighbour before this house was built. So, instead of protecting this house from the South, they shade it far too much from the North.

Lots to keep me busy over the next few years.

Rabz
November 6, 2021 11:12 am

Well, the lawn is mown, the Rainbows are back hoeing into the bottlebrush, the #@*!ing frangipani is finally sprouting some sizable leaves, it’s a sunny Saturday morning and I’ve just been for a run.

Life is passable.

cohenite
November 6, 2021 11:12 am

Durham is after shrillary. I don’t know how this is going to play out because while the evidence is over-whelming that there was major corruption behind the dossier and impeachment of Trump the same creeps behind that corruption are now in power.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 11:13 am

cohenitesays:

November 6, 2021 at 11:06 am

The fix is well and truly on:

BREAKING: New Jersey Senate President Won’t Concede to Republican Truck Driver

Never yield to the truck driver.

Rabz
November 6, 2021 11:14 am

I don’t know how this is going to play out

The wussians will save her house sized backside (again). Or Durham will experience a “mysterious fatal accident” (aka Arkancide).

H B Bear
H B Bear
November 6, 2021 11:16 am

Usually take a couple of years to work out how the sun/shade and everything works in a new garden. Or perhaps I’m just a bit slow.

P
P
November 6, 2021 11:16 am

The Mystery of the ‘Agatha Christie Indult’
K.V. Turley November 5, 2021

Why did the best-selling author sign the petition to retain the traditional Mass 50 years ago?

JC
JC
November 6, 2021 11:18 am

Cronkite

That may be true – he’s after Hillary, but I detect.. just detect.. that Durham is attempting to do a runaround and let the FBI off the hook by making them appear victims of a con job. That’s not how it happened. The FBI and the Crooked campaign knew the entire thing was a fabrication. Look, I could be wrong in my assessment as it’s likely more shit is going to come out against individuals. However, the top ranks of the FBI knew full well it was a gip.

The latest conviction made me concerned that it’s going in this direction. The charge is.. Lying to the FBI. Well, okay, but how about the FBI lying to the FISA courts?

Pogria
Pogria
November 6, 2021 11:22 am

Bear,

I will be paying attention to how the sun/shade works for the rest of the property, but the conifers are right along the driveway which is on the Northern end. They keep the driveway wet most of the time unless there has been a decent dry spell. The previous owners told me it was a problem for the fruit trees and the veg garden. The berries did okay.

The trees are so tall and broad they cast shade over almost two acres of productive land. The soil is to die for. Rich red Basalt that is easy to dig.

JC
JC
November 6, 2021 11:24 am

If there’s a policing unit that needs to be de-funded, it’s the FBI. All their investigative work should be delegated to the regional district attorney offices who have investigators report directly to them.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 11:26 am

H B Bearsays:

November 6, 2021 at 11:16 am

Usually take a couple of years to work out how the sun/shade and everything works in a new garden. Or perhaps I’m just a bit slow.

The sun keeps moving.
Have you noticed that?

JC
JC
November 6, 2021 11:28 am

Eyrie says:
November 6, 2021 at 8:38 am

Christopher Nolan is doing a movie about the making of the A bomb by Harry Oppenheimer and the team

Must be an alternate history movie. In our timeline Robert Oppenheimer led the team to build the bomb.

The most useful thing he’s ever posted for the years he’s been on Catallaxy. A correction notice – Harry to Robert. FMD.

Roger
Roger
November 6, 2021 11:37 am

The sun keeps moving.
Have you noticed that?

The earth revolves around the sun at a speed of 30km per second.

The sun itself – and our entire solar system with it -circles the centre of the Milky Way at an average speed of 828,000 km per hour.

Pretty amazing, eh?

johanna
johanna
November 6, 2021 11:38 am

Good luck in your new gardening adventures!

My only advice is to spend at least a year in your new home before making any big decisions.

You need to get a handle on the sun, the winds, etc.

Also, this year is not every year – study the local weather records.

That said, temperate gardens can be wonderful. I’m talking bulbs, annuals, azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons, trees that produce great colours in autumn.

Many happy hours ahead studying seed catalogues and gardening sites. 🙂

cohenite
November 6, 2021 11:38 am

The fbi, cia, doj and the rest of the security apparatus of the US should have gigantic pineapples stuck up their collective arses.

Cassie of Sydney
November 6, 2021 11:39 am

“johannasays:
November 6, 2021 at 9:00 am”

Great comment Johanna.

Megan
Megan
November 6, 2021 11:40 am

Wellesley’s house seems like a bargain.

Just tried persuading the SP to go for it. Summers in Ireland, winters in Sicily. I have always lusted after my very own walled garden thanks to my Georgian romance phase when I was an impressionable teenager. Not a highly sought after design feature in Oz.

I did find the lack of internal photos a little worrying though. Might not be as pretty on the inside. Plus EU governance is something of a downside.

cohenite
November 6, 2021 11:42 am

Salty on the NJ stitch up where the demorats are busy printing off new ballots to defeat the truck driver. Take a look at the demorat who Durr beat; straight out of the Sopranos.

Winston Smith
November 6, 2021 11:43 am

Indolent:

This article from Infowars has a link to the full UN paper, which was published 2014 and relates to children between the ages of 6 and 17. Obviously, 6 is now felt to be too old, as they’re already going after 5 year olds.

I notice the sleight of hand differentiation between the words ‘consent’ and ‘assent’.
Typical Leftie trick – give old words new – shaded – meanings, different to what we normally use.

Roger
Roger
November 6, 2021 11:47 am

Typical Leftie trick – give old words new – shaded – meanings, different to what we normally use.

“Freedom”, as in “Freedom Day”.

Reinforces the notion that human rights are bestowed by government.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 11:48 am

The sun itself – and our entire solar system with it -circles the centre of the Milky Way at an average speed of 828,000 km per hour.

Well, no wonder I got the Hale-Bopp orbit wrong.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
November 6, 2021 11:49 am

Salty on the NJ stitch up where the demorats are busy printing off new ballots to defeat the truck driver. Take a look at the demorat who Durr beat; straight out of the Sopranos.

There’ll be a lot of people on the GOP side not working very hard to help the truck driver.
If a truck driver who spent $6,000 (or maybe much less) on his campaign can win an election for the GOP in New Jersey, those squillion dollar salaries for political analysts, PR teams, fundraising impresarios etc. may start to look a bit superfluous.

Roger
Roger
November 6, 2021 11:55 am

Well, no wonder I got the Hale-Bopp orbit wrong.

Heh heh.

But seriously, physical cosmology is fascinating stuff, although the maths involved is way above my pay grade.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
November 6, 2021 11:56 am

The earth revolves around the sun at a speed of 30km per second.

The sun itself – and our entire solar system with it -circles the centre of the Milky Way at an average speed of 828,000 km per hour.

Pretty amazing, eh?

An excellent introduction to a debate on the existence of God.

Bruce in WA
November 6, 2021 11:58 am

Three Boer War veterans – including the famous Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant – who were convicted in disputed circumstances of shooting prisoners – have been posthumously awarded military service medals.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 11:59 am

An excellent introduction to a debate on the existence of God.

On Zoom.
With a mute button.

bespoke
bespoke
November 6, 2021 11:59 am

An excellent introduction to a debate on the existence of God.

Shit sterer!

More dad jokes please.

JC
JC
November 6, 2021 12:06 pm

Stagnation? Yep, it’s bullshit.

Barrons.

Only the Wealthy Have Prospered in America? That Isn’t True.

COMMENTARY
By Edward Yardeni

.

About the author: Edward Yardeni is the president of Yardeni Research and author of In Praise of Profits!

Most Americans are better off today than ever before. This is an easily verified fact, but to say so these days is to risk arrest by the cancel-culture police. It flies in the face of a core belief behind progressive policies—that only the wealthy in America have never had it so good. This simple belief, however, is wrong.

In the progressive narrative, the standards of living of all but a tiny percentage of Americans have been stagnating for decades. That’s supposedly because most of the gains in national income have benefitted corporate profits at the expense of labor compensation. The rise in productivity growth since the early 1970s has reputedly gone mostly to profits, meaning that employers have exploited employees.

The solution? Riches must be redistributed by taxing corporations and upper-income households, and the government must provide more support to lower-income households. This isn’t new. Indeed, the contention that most Americans are struggling has given rise to many social safety nets, including unemployment insurance, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP (food stamps), and Obamacare.

Let’s give credit where credit is due: The progressives have made much progress. But it is never enough for them. It should be. Belief in stagnation is based on myths.

Myth No. 1: the productivity/pay gap. Progressives, including at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, assert that the gap between productivity and inflation-adjusted hourly compensation has been widening since the mid-1970s. However, this calculation deflates hourly compensation with the consumer price index, which long has been recognized as upwardly biased. Doing so weighs misleadingly on real hourly compensation. The gap narrows using the personal consumption expenditures deflator, a more accurate measure of consumer prices.

Myth No. 2: wage stagnation. Adjusted for inflation using the PCE deflator, hourly compensation rose 2.1% per year, on average, from the first quarter of 1995 through the second quarter of 2021. That’s a solid increase in the standard of living consistent with gross-domestic-product growth.

Progressives usually counter that their preferred measure for the purchasing power of Americans is median household money income deflated by the CPI, a data series compiled by the Census Bureau. But this series distorts the picture: It is based on surveys asking respondents to provide their money income before taxes. Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and other noncash government benefits are excluded.

These sources of income are included in the personal income series compiled by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, however, which makes it the more accurate measure. Furthermore, the BEA data are based not on survey replies like the Census series, but on “hard” data, like monthly payroll employment statistics and tax returns. The BEA also compiles an after-tax personal income series reflecting government tax benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. The BEA series for personal income, disposable personal income, and personal consumption expenditure—on a per-household basis and adjusted for inflation using the PCE deflator rather than the CPI—refutes the stagnation claims.

The standard critique of using the BEA data series on a per-household basis is that they are means, not medians. So, those at the top of the income scale, the so-called 1%, in theory could skew both the aggregate and per-household data. That’s possible for personal income, but unlikely for average personal consumption per household. The rich can eat only so much more than the rest of us, and there aren’t enough of them to substantially skew aggregate and per-household consumption, considering that they literally represent only 1% of taxpayers.

Myth No. 3: the exploited workers. Since the early 1990s, the share of national income going to labor compensation has trended downward, and the share represented by profits has risen—angering many a progressive.

But these shares are misleading. They don’t reflect the fact that pass-through businesses—including S corporations, sole proprietorships, and partnerships—have grown rapidly in recent years. Collectively, their owners and employees account for more than half of employment. Many are small businesses run by entrepreneurs. S corporations account for about a third of corporate profits, while the income of sole proprietorships tends to be about 80% as large as corporate profits.

The true story about inequality. Progressives are right about income and wealth inequality, I’ll give them that. It has gotten worse. What they miss is the bigger picture: Economic inequality always gets “worse” during periods of prosperity. That’s a small price to pay for widespread prosperity that lifts all boats. Most workers gain on an absolute basis, especially since there is greater upward income mobility during periods of prosperity.

And what drives prosperity? Profits, mostly. It is profitable companies that expand their capacity and payrolls, revving the engines of an economy and creating prosperity. Profits are too critical to all of us in society, up and down the income ladder, to jeopardize the profit motive through the unintended consequences of ill-conceived, though well-meaning, progressive policies.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 12:10 pm

LIFT YOUR GAME!!

feelthebern
feelthebern
November 6, 2021 12:11 pm

If you own property in the US, you’ve had a good 18 months.
Even in Chicago & Detroit.

Roger
Roger
November 6, 2021 12:15 pm

An excellent introduction to a debate on the existence of God.

The teleological argument is indeed very strong – critics like Kant et. al., who were working with early modern physics and cosmology, notwithstanding – but at most it posits the need for an intelligent designer of such a complex universe that can yet be divined via the universal langauge of mathematics. The leap from that to God requires faith and not reason alone.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 6, 2021 12:17 pm

Three Boer War veterans – including the famous Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant – who were convicted in disputed circumstances of shooting prisoners – have been posthumously awarded military service medals.

The investigation – began at the behest of their own men – concluded they had carried out thirty six murders – including two twelve year old boys and one eight year old – but nobody got too upset about murdered Africans…

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
November 6, 2021 12:18 pm

More dad jokes please.

Q: Why don’t vampires read The Age?
A: Poor circulation.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
November 6, 2021 12:18 pm

The earth revolves around the sun at a speed of 30km per second.

The sun itself – and our entire solar system with it -circles the centre of the Milky Way at an average speed of 828,000 km per hour.

Pretty amazing, eh?

Pray that there’s intelligent life out there Somewhere out in space
Cos there bugger all down here on earth.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
November 6, 2021 12:20 pm

teleological argument
Kant et. al., who were working with early modern physics and cosmology
complex universe that can yet be divined via the universal langauge of mathematics

Good.
Goooood.

rickw
rickw
November 6, 2021 12:20 pm

A lot of people should be serving very long sentences over this diabolical decision.

As a minimum.

rickw
rickw
November 6, 2021 12:22 pm

Even in Chicago & Detroit.

Put a Trump sign in your yard and get a hands free insurance job by either Antifa or BLM?!

Top Ender
Top Ender
November 6, 2021 12:23 pm

The Morant story is a bit of a beat-up.

It looks as if no-one from the families claimed their medals, so now they are.

Big deal.

JC
JC
November 6, 2021 12:28 pm

Oh God.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
November 6, 2021 12:28 pm

Top Endersays:

November 6, 2021 at 12:23 pm

The Morant story is a bit of a beat-up.

It looks as if no-one from the families claimed their medals, so now they are.

As I understand it we are talking about stock-standard service or campaign medals.
Who says participation ribbons are a 21st century thing?

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Border Closure

Oh God.

Yes, my devoted disciple?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
November 6, 2021 12:34 pm

The Morant story is a bit of a beat-up.

It looks as if no-one from the families claimed their medals, so now they are.

Big deal.

There’s actually footage of certain Australian military historians, who were agitating for a pardon for Morant and Hancock, touring the Transvaal, meeting a group of the descendants of the murdered Boers, and being asked outright “How many unarmed men do you have to shoot, to be considered a war criminal?”

Winston Smith
November 6, 2021 12:35 pm

I think I’ve done this right, but not sure:
The Frangipani in the yard have all started having a go at the flowering thing.
The link is to my FB page where you should be able to see them.
Probably doxxed myself but I’ve done that heaps of times…
Not an issue.

Baba
Baba
November 6, 2021 12:36 pm

A morning’s manic posting almost made me forget twostix ripping someone a new one yesterday. But not quite.

P
P
November 6, 2021 12:39 pm

WHY GLENN YOUNGKIN WON VIRGINIA
by Darel E. Paul
11 . 5 . 21

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
November 6, 2021 12:40 pm

Runnybum is as incompetent a ‘destroyer’ as the Cat’s one-man Struth And Reconciliation Committee and the Boomer Shooter.

After all, the ‘destroyed’ are all still here and posting as if nothing as happened, while the ‘destroyers’ race in, fling insults, scream and rage when they are returned and run away again…

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 12:41 pm

Is Dover at the demmo?

calli
calli
November 6, 2021 12:42 pm

Baba, Twostix can sometimes get people very, very wrong. He is not the Knower of All Motivations.

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