That's a "yes, we do spy on congress"
IS IMMUNITY A CASE OF ROTHBARD’S LOST KNOWLEDGE? As Jeffrey Tucker explains, that would be something…
IS IMMUNITY A CASE OF ROTHBARD’S LOST KNOWLEDGE? As Jeffrey Tucker explains, that would be something that was generally known but which for unexplained reasons is lost and must be re-discovered. My thought is we aren’t re-discovering immunity to COVID-19 quickly enough.
And if you are of a mind to do a deep-dive on the data, Tucker did it and reached this conclusion: “The claim that lockdowns control viruses is pseudoscience or magical thinking of a deeply dangerous sort; it wrecks economies and lives.”
IF THE PRESS ISN’T DOING IT, IT’S BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW: I’m still looking for some h…
IF THE PRESS ISN’T DOING IT, IT’S BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW: I’m still looking for some high-quality investigative journalism about who is responsible for the violence and disorder accompanying the protests.
Risky name choice
The State Council, China’s Cabinet, has sent an investigative team with other government agencies to look into the recent resignation of over 90 nuclear security scientists at an institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the academy said on Tuesday.
The mystery surrounding the resignation of half of the employees in that research institute became one of the most talked-about topics in China.
The team consists of officials from the State Council’s general office, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the CAS and other departments. It will head to Hefei, Anhui province, to thoroughly investigate the situation, the academy said.
The recent resignation of over 90 nuclear security scientists at the academy’s Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology has ignited public speculation on institutional bureaucracy, employee poaching and inadequate financial support for young scientific talent.
Plus this zinger at the end: “The timing of their resignation also made the Chinese netizens wonder if the scientists wanted to break their ties with the Chinese Communist Party before its imminent demise.”
HISTORY DOESN’T REPEAT ITSELF, BUT IT OFTEN RHYMES: ON Friday, the rioters went after the Columbus statue in Chicago’s Grant Park. They didn’t succeed. But I’m a Chicago girl, so I’m livid.
A number of people keep comparing our present situation to the Weimar Republic. Since I am not exactly the world’s leading expert on the Weimar Republic, I asked my go-to guy for absurdly detailed knowledge of “commies and nazis”–my friend and colleague Maimon Schwarzschild–how apt the analogy is. Here is his detailed answer:
Germany’s Weimar Republic (1919-1933) was a deeply troubled state throughout much of its 14 year existence. It came into being with defeat in World War I; it was seen by many Germans, especially those on the political Right, as an illegitimate creature of the Versailles Treaty. It endured hyperinflation in the early 1920s, demilitarisation and some loss of territory, persistent unemployment, and an especially harsh experience of the world economic depression after 1929. It was plagued with violence and political street fighting, carried on by what amounted to private armies associated with the political parties in Germany.
There were at least four such private armies: the Communist force (“Rotfront” or Red Front); the Social-Democrats’ Reichsbanner; the “Stahlhelm” or Steel Helmet – a right-wing but originally non-Nazi armed veterans’ troop; and the Nazi SA (“Sturmabteilung” or Storm Troops).
These private armies – and other similar but more ephemeral forces – fought street battles with each other at various times during the 1920s and early ‘30s. There were short-lived take-overs of cities and towns, and attempted coups like the right-wing Kapp Putsch in 1920 and the Nazi Beer-Hall Putsch in 1923. There were local Communist takeovers after the War and in the early 1920s, usually suppressed by right-wing “Freikorps” – unofficial right-wing brigades. (My grandfather Fritz Schwarzschild was a member of the Soviet which ruled Strassburg for about ten days, until chased off by the French Army which recaptured the city after World War I.)
All of this was obviously different – in various ways – from events in the USA in spring and summer 2020. There were private armies on all sides politically in Weimar Germany. They had – and they used – military firearms. Thousands of fighters (and bystanders) were injured and hundreds killed in armed street battles. The fighters were mostly war veterans; the commanders were experienced officers. In fact, there were millions of recently demobilised veterans in Germany, many of them angry and unemployed, embittered by defeat, trained and experienced with weapons.
The riots we have seen in the US in recent days and weeks have not – thankfully – been on the Weimar Republic scale. The violent groups, to the extent they are organised, like the so-called Antifa and some associated BLM groups, are essentially all on one side. (There are said to be right-wing or “white supremacist” militias that exist as well, but they have not been in evidence in the recent violence.) The rioters or fighters are not mainly – if at all – experienced military veterans. The use of firearms has been limited: certainly no large-scale shootouts.
Yet there are some disturbing parallels, or at least echoes, of what happened during the Weimar years. First, the very emergence (or re-emergence) in the US of ideologically inspired rioting, looting, and street violence. Second, the fact that at least some of the violent factions – like Antifa – appear to be systematically organised and funded, with fairly sophisticated recruitment, training, and communications capabilities. Third, there is the truly disturbing fact that violence seems to winked at – if not actively encouraged – by sympathetic office-holders and by the ever-more-politically-one-sided media, in thrall to the political Left.
(In Weimar Germany, too, the political armies represented the political parties, and they were protected by office-holders – and also by the courts – which were sympathetic to them. In the Weimar Republic, it was especially right-wing governments and judges who winked at right-wing or Nazi violence. Hitler, for example, was liable for severe punishment, or even the death penalty, for the Beer Hall Putsch – his attempted coup by armed force in Bavaria in 1923. Instead, after a trial by sympathetic judges, he served less than nine months “fortress confinement” in Landsberg Prison, where he was accommodated comfortably and free to write, or rather to dictate, Mein Kampf.)
Politically-inspired rioting, looting, arson; bitter racial and ethnic grievances and divisions; deepening ideological antipathies. Colleges and universities that foster one-sided extemism. (The Nazis were especially strong in the Weimar-era universities.) Public officials and media who minimise or cover for violence – creating an atmosphere of impunity for one side in the political struggle. None of these are healthy symptoms.
History – thankfully – may not repeat itself. It’s worrisome though, or at least rather creepy, when it begins to rhyme.
So there you have it.
NOT THE BABYLON BEE:
I miss the carefree days of 2012, when media leftists only pretended to hear racial dog whistles in words like “golf” and “Chicago.”
AMERICA’S NEWSPAPER OF RECORD: Impressed Military Drops Portland Antifa In Hostile ISIS Territory To Continue Doling Out Justice. “Asked if they had any fear that the terror groups in the Middle East might kill them on site, AntiFa leader Thistle Matrix Harlequin said, ‘we have anti-Trump signs. As soon as we flash those, they’ll realize we’re not the bad type of Americans and will immediately shower us with praise and want to touch our faces.’ Harlequin’s partner, Moonshade Wolflust said he doesn’t want to fight ISIS, only learn their secrets. ‘The way I see it, ISIS is doing what we’re trying to do in Portland, only we use more vegan coconut milkshakes and stuff.’”
I HAVE THIS THEORY, THAT IF YOU PUT A COLLECTOR IN GEORGE ORWELL’S GRAVE, YOU COULD POWER MOST OF EU…
I HAVE THIS THEORY, THAT IF YOU PUT A COLLECTOR IN GEORGE ORWELL’S GRAVE, YOU COULD POWER MOST OF EUROPE FROM HIS GYRATIONS: California Legislature Votes to Strike ‘the State Shall Not Discriminate’ from Constitution, Opening the Door to Legalized Discrimination.
Every so often, I’ll notice a tweet that has some remarkable characteristic.
- Best tweet about capitalism vs socialism.
- The most depressing tweet.
- Trump’s worst-ever tweet.
- The best-ever counter-tweet.
- The most-flattering tweet about Trump’s policy.
- The best-ever tweet about inequality.
Today, we’re going to add to this collection.
The Democratic National Committee sent out a tweet back in April that seems like it should have been issued instead by the Libertarian National Committee.
My answer to the DNC’s question is “never.” That’s why I’m a libertarian.
Even when I grudgingly acknowledge that something is a legitimate function of government, I’m never tempted to say or think that “things seem to be going smoothly.”
Needless to say, the DNC wasn’t trying to recruit libertarians. The goal was to condemn Trump’s governing style, specifically with reference to a story about the administration’s chaotic approach to the coronavirus.
And I certainly agree that Trump gives critics plenty of ammunition.
The bottom line (as suggested by my collection of “Government in Cartoons“) is that Washington at best is a clumsy oaf. And quite often is a bloated bully.
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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ANNOUNCE THEY WILL NOT HAVE FANS IN ATTENDANCE THIS SEASON. Instead, the Giants…
Calling it the Giants Fan Cutout Program, the team said the cutouts will be an opportunity for fans to “be at Oracle Park even when you’re home watching the game.”
The cutouts will be made of weatherproof material and will be placed as close to the season-ticket holders’ seats as possible, according to the Giants. For a $99 fee, the team is also giving the option for non-season-ticket holders to have their cutout images displayed in the stands.
Flashback: “Two Giants pitchers are among the only major league players who know what it’s like to play in an empty stadium. Jeff Samardzija and Kevin Gausman joined four others as the only pitchers to appear in the lone crowd-less game in major league history…Due to civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed African-American man who was critically injured while in police custody, Gausman’s Orioles hosted Samardzija’s Chicago White Sox on April 29, 2015 in what is believed to be the only major pro sports game played without fans in attendance.”
THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE JACKPOT: Weird: Out of Nowhere, Something Just Rocked Earth’s Magnetic Field.
DUMB: Republican Senate bill seeks an end to ‘warrant-proof’ encryption. “It’s the latest attempt to…
DUMB: Republican Senate bill seeks an end to ‘warrant-proof’ encryption. “It’s the latest attempt to force tech companies to add a backdoor to encrypted services.”
“Warrant-proof” is a stupid euphemism for “effective,” and turning the keys to all our data over to Washington — where the CIA can’t even protect its own secrets — is actually quite a lot worse than dumb.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed into law Senate Bill 20–217 (“SB-217”), otherwise known as the Law Enforcement Integrity and Accountability Act. SB-217 includes a range of major policing reforms, including a ban on the use of chokeholds, limits on when police are allowed to shoot at fleeing suspects, and requirements that officers use body cameras and that departments release the footage within 45 days. But perhaps most notably, the law ensures that police officers in Colorado will not be able to avoid liability for their misconduct due to the unlawful shield of qualified immunity.
While many are summarizing SB-217 as “ending qualified immunity” in Colorado, what the law formally does is permit individuals to bring claims against police officers who violate their constitutional rights under Colorado law. SB-217 is therefore a kind of “state analogue” to Section 1983, our main federal civil rights statute. Whereas Section 1983 creates a cause of action allowing individuals whose rights are violated under the federal Constitution to bring a lawsuit for damages in federal court, SB-217 allows individuals whose rights are violated under the state constitution to bring a lawsuit for damages in state court.
Colorado, like most states, has a bill of rights that largely mirrors the federal Constitution (and in some ways is even more protective) so this means that SB-217 will cover things like excessive force claims, unlawful arrests, etc. And most importantly, SB-217 specifically provides that “qualified immunity is not a defense to liability pursuant to this section.” So, the law does not technically “eliminate qualified immunity,” insofar as we’re talking about the federal doctrine — if Coloradans bring Section 1983 claims in federal court, those claims will still be subject to qualified immunity. But the law does ensure, at least with respect to police officers, that Coloradans will have a robust alternative remedy to Section 1983 claims for violations of their constitutional rights.
Colorado is not the first state to enact a “state analogue” to Section 1983, but it is the first state to specifically negate the availability of qualified immunity as a defense through legislation. As it turns out, that clarification is crucial, because in nearly all of the other states that have passed similar laws, state courts have incorporated a similar or identical version of federal qualified immunity, even when the relevant statute says nothing about it. For example, a Massachusetts law provides that “[a]ny person whose exercise or enjoyment of … rights secured by the constitution or laws of the commonwealth, has been interfered with … may institute … a civil action for injunctive and other appropriate equitable relief … including the award of compensatory money damages.” But the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has nevertheless held that the legislature “intended to adopt the standard of immunity for public officials developed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.”
Thus, the proponents of SB-217 — in particular, the ACLU of Colorado — showed tremendous wisdom in recognizing that any civil rights legislation would need to specifically address and negate the defense of qualified immunity, lest the courts assume the doctrine was meant to apply. I was honored to have the opportunity to testify as a subject‐matter expert on qualified immunity before the Colorado House Judiciary Committee on March 5, 2020, where I explained how qualified immunity has blunted both the deterrent and remedial effects of similar civil rights legislation.
Another noteworthy aspect of SB-217 is that it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Colorado House approved the bill by a vote of 52–13, and the Colorado Senate approved it nearly unanimously by a vote of 32–1. This further demonstrates the extent to which there is a broad, cross‐ideological consensus against qualified immunity. As members of Congress continue to discuss this issue, I hope they’re paying attention to Colorado.
It may not share cinnamon’s popularity, but turmeric is another spice with powerful culinary and medicinal qualities that deserves our attention. Turmeric, known officially as curcuma longa and historically as Indian saffron, is a rhizome (root) of the ginger family. Its horizontal root system is dug up, baked, and ground into a bright orange powder, which then goes into any number of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Southeast Asian dishes. Pretty much every curry you come across anywhere, for example, includes a generous portion of turmeric. Common yellow mustard also includes turmeric, mostly as a food colorant. Recently, the health benefits of turmeric have come to light, and people are looking for more ways to get more turmeric into their diets.
Turmeric imparts a unique flavor: slightly bitter and a bit spicy, with a mustard-like scent. Upon tasting a dab of turmeric powder by itself for the first time, one is reminded of curries and other Asian stews. It’s a bit of an “Aha!” moment – when you taste it, you can finally put your finger on the earthy flavor that’s so common in your favorite dishes from around the world. Turmeric itself is actually fairly mild and unassuming, so using it as a solitary spice won’t turn every dish into a curry bonanza – in case you were worried.
In this article, I’ll cover the health benefits of turmeric, the science behind it, and how to get more of it.
Turmeric and Curcumin Benefits: What the Science Says
Turmeric and extracts of turmeric (curcumin) have been used for ages for a variety of ails, and especially for conditions rooted in inflammation such as:
- Certain types of arthritis
- Upset stomach
- Respiratory issues
- Skin conditions (used topically)
Years ago, I did a short piece on the anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory effect of turmeric. Turmeric was shown to improve insulin sensitivity and blood glucose levels in rodent models. Mice given the supplement were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and they enjoyed greater body fat losses. Good, promising stuff all around.
Curcumin Supplements and Altzheimer’s and Dementia
A growing body of research shows that curcumin may help alleviate the troubling symptoms of age-related cognitive decline. A sampling of the research…
- Curcumin supplementation has shown promise in improving and preventing Alzheimer’s disease.61
- Sustained low doses of curcumin were actually more effective in reducing beta-amyloid plaques, the hallmark of Altzheimer’s disease, than higher doses.62
- Altzheimer’s Disease incidence is lower in regions where turmeric is commonly used in cooking,63 like in India (compared to the United States) and in East Asia (compared to Europe).64
Curcumin May Protect Against Some Cancers
Curcumin may have anti-cancer effects.65 Here are a few of the research studies we have so far.
- Curcumin was shown to induce breast cancer cell apopstosis (where cancer cells destroy themselves).66
- Unlike many other anticancer agents that suppress the host’s immune system, curcumin may actually restore the immune system.67
- Disrupted cell growth is a large factor in cancer development, and curcumin may have a regulatory effect on cell function.68
- Large and small bowel cancer rates are relatively low in India, especially among rural folks (eating a more traditional diet, one assumes).69
Turmeric and Curcumin for Arthritis, Aches, and Pains
- Turmeric extract high in curcumin shows promise as a safe and effective approach to rheumatoid arthritis70
- Curcumin may inhibit the type of inflammation associated with arthritis71
- Topical curcumin may speeds up the healing of wounds72
- Curcumin may reduce muscle soreness and the resultant performance loss after exercise73
How to Take Turmeric
In general, you can use turmeric powders in cooking, or you can take a turmeric or curcumin supplement in capsule form.
Here are a few ways to experiment with turmeric powder in the kitchen:
- Turmeric pairs well with fish, often accompanied by little else than salt, pepper, and some lemon juice.
- Make a creamy cup of “Golden Milk,” or turmeric tea.
- For roasted chicken, I’ll sometimes rub the dry, raw bird with a turmeric-butter mixture before it enters the oven.
- You can turn that same turmeric butter into turmeric ghee – in Ayurvedic tradition, turmeric and ghee have a potent synergistic effect. Just mix softened butter with turmeric a couple hours before clarifying it.
- Add a few teaspoons to your chili for a subtle earthy flavor.
- The next time you roast a winter squash, sprinkle the finished flesh with turmeric, cinnamon, and butter.
- Make some easy turmeric scrambled eggs.
- Roast fresh cauliflower dusted with turmeric, cumin, salt, and pepper and tossed in your cooking fat of choice.
- Try this hearty lamb and kale soup with turmeric.
Turmeric Supplements, and More Concentrated Curcumin Supplements
Since it’s difficult to get a functional dose of curcumin from turmeric spice powder alone, a lot of people turn to curcumin supplements. They are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. To bolster absorption, look for a supplement that contains a small amount of black pepper or piperine (the active ingredient in black pepper).
Curcumin Dosage: How Much Turmeric Should You Take?
Most of the research on turmeric has revolved around curcumin, an active, antioxidant component of the spice. By weight, curcumin content of turmeric powder goes no higher than 3.14% – not a terribly large amount, considering the therapeutic curcumin dosages being studied.74 Doses of between 2-6g are typically used in curcumin research, and it’s basically impossible to eat enough turmeric to ingest that amount of curcumin.
Say you wanted a daily intake of 3g of curcumin, obtained through turmeric powder. Assuming you had the strongest stuff, you’d have to take about 3 ounces (conversion reminder: 16 ounces is 1 pound is 454 grams) of turmeric powder on a daily basis. That’s a lot of spice powder. I don’t care how much you love Indian food – it’s not going to be easy. Luckily, curcumin is widely available in capsule form, it’s non-toxic, and doses of up to 12g daily have been safely used. Note, though, that curcumin is a potential anticoagulant, so anyone taking prescription anticoagulants should check with their physician before supplementing.
Despite the focus on extracted curcumin, the epidemiology of cancer in India and other turmeric-using countries suggest that low, regular doses are beneficial, especially in cancer prevention. I love the taste, myself, so I’ll continue to use it regardless. I think you should, too. As with anything, though, you could go overboard, so don’t take too much.
Got any great turmeric recipes? Any success stories after using it as a health supplement? Let us know in the comments.
- and free radical-scavenging [ref]https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531708000365
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Police body cams are great. Having your own copy is even better.
THEY WANTED THEIR OWN COUNTRY, THEY GOT IT: Police, Fire Reportedly Refused to Respond to Crime in P…
They were probably thinking ambush.
THEY WANTED THEIR OWN COUNTRY, THEY GOT IT: Police, Fire Reportedly Refused to Respond to Crime in Progress in Seattle’s Breakaway CHOP.
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EPIDEMIOLOGY IS HOPELESSLY POLITICIZED AND COMPROMISED: NYC COVID-19 Contact Tracers Not Asking Abo…
EPIDEMIOLOGY IS HOPELESSLY POLITICIZED AND COMPROMISED: NYC COVID-19 Contact Tracers Not Asking About George Floyd Protest Participation, Despite Fears of New Virus Wave.
IT WAS EXPECTED, BUT IT STILL HURTS: The defenders of Proposition 209 were defeated in the Assembly …
IT WAS EXPECTED, BUT IT STILL HURTS: The defenders of Proposition 209 were defeated in the Assembly late Wednesday. Our opponents had votes to spare (including the votes of one Republican, two post-election defectors from the GOP, and one Democrat who’d told his constituents in 2016 he would oppose any effort to repeal Prop 209).
The issue will now go to the Senate where we have a better chance. If ACA5 passes there, it will go to voters for a November referendum.
My friend Ward Connerly tweeted, “I never thought I would see the day when American citizens would have to vote to preserve their right to be treated equally regardless of skin color. But, I never thought I would see the day when my government would require me to drink my soda from a paper straw either.”
Many great Americans helped in the effort to convince the Assembly.
On to the Senate.
Effort Underway to Get Legal Insurrection’s William Jacobson Fired From Cornell After Criticizing BLM
YOU MIGHT NOT BE INTERESTED IN THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG, BUT THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG IS INTERESTED IN YOU: Me…
YOU MIGHT NOT BE INTERESTED IN THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG, BUT THE GLEICHSCHALTUNG IS INTERESTED IN YOU: Merriam-Webster to Make Orwellian Update to the Definition of ‘Racism.’
WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Archaeologists map complete Roman city without lifting a …
WELL, THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Archaeologists map complete Roman city without lifting a shovel.
WELL, YES: “The American collegiate system, Thiel, his staff, and his fellows unanimously affirm, h…
WELL, YES: “The American collegiate system, Thiel, his staff, and his fellows unanimously affirm, has become a giant scam, transforming potential innovators into subservient drones; indoctrinating the disrupters of tomorrow into Marxist myths of resentment; and using the social-justice buzzwords of class privilege and structural oppression to crush the spirit.”
EXCLUSIVE: Donations, Including International Funding, to BlackLivesMatter.com Go Directly to the DNC – This Is Money Laundering
BlackLivesMatter.com appears to be an international money laundering scheme used by the Democrats to raise money from an international audience.
Black Lives Matter describes itself on its “BlackLivesMatter.com” website as a global organization:
The Wikipedia website describes Black Lives Matter as:
Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international human rights movement, originating from within the African-American community, which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. BLM regularly holds protests speaking out against police brutality and police killings of black people, and broader issues such as racial profiling, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.
So we know for sure that BLM is a “global” / “international” network because they admit this.
When you click on the “Donate” button on blacklivesmatter.com you are sent to an “ActBlue” donations page:
You can even read that the donations are being made to ActBlue in the fine print.
ActBlue claims to be tax exempt organization and all donations to it are tax-deductable. The terms and conditions also link to ActBlue and mention “Campaign Finance Laws”:
When you research the expenditures of ActBlue, all of their contributions are directly going to top DNC campaigns:
Act Blue is not a charity.
It appears more accurately to be an illegal funding arm of the DNC.
(Do all the individuals around the world know that when they donate to Black Lives Matter, they are really donating to the Democrat Party?)
It is against the law to funnel international money into US elections.
It is a violation of campaign contribution laws and is not legal.
This is just another corrupt wing of the Democrat Party.
(Hat tip SaveMyspeech at theDonald.win)