41 Inconvenient Truths on the ‘New Energy Economy’

Bill Gates has said that when it comes to understanding energy realities “we need to bring math to the problem.” He’s right.


A week doesn’t pass without a mayor, governor, policymaker or pundit joining the rush to demand, or predict, an energy future that is entirely based on wind/solar and batteries, freed from the “burden” of the hydrocarbons that have fueled societies for centuries. Regardless of one’s opinion about whether, or why, an energy “transformation” is called for, the physics and economics of energy combined with scale realities make it clear that there is no possibility of anything resembling a radically “new energy economy” in the foreseeable future. Bill Gates has said that when it comes to understanding energy realities “we need to bring math to the problem.”

He’s right. So, in my recent Manhattan Institute report, “The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking,” I did just that.

Herein, then, is a summary of some of the bottom-line realities from the underlying math. (See the full report for explanations, documentation, and citations.)

1. Hydrocarbons supply over 80 percent of world energy: If all that were in the form of oil, the barrels would line up from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles, and that entire line would grow by the height of the Washington Monument every week.

2. The small two-percentage-point decline in the hydrocarbon share of world energy use entailed over $2 trillion in cumulative global spending on alternatives over that period; solar and wind today supply less than two percent of the global energy.

3. When the world’s four billion poor people increase energy use to just one-third of Europe’s per capita level, global demand rises by an amount equal to twice America’s total consumption.

4. A 100x growth in the number of electric vehicles to 400 million on the roads by 2040 would displace five percent of global oil demand.

5. Renewable energy would have to expand 90-fold to replace global hydrocarbons in two decades. It took a half-century for global petroleum production to expand “only” ten-fold.

6. Replacing U.S. hydrocarbon-based electric generation over the next 30 years would require a construction program building out the grid at a rate 14-fold greater than any time in history.

7. Eliminating hydrocarbons to make U.S. electricity (impossible soon, infeasible for decades) would leave untouched 70 percent of U.S. hydrocarbons use—America uses 16 percent of world energy.

8. Efficiency increases energy demand by making products & services cheaper: since 1990, global energy efficiency improved 33 percent, the economy grew 80 percent and global energy use is up 40 percent.

9. Efficiency increases energy demand: Since 1995, aviation fuel use/passenger-mile is down 70 percent, air traffic rose more than 10-fold, and global aviation fuel use rose over 50 percent.

10. Efficiency increases energy demand: since 1995, energy used per byte is down about 10,000-fold, but global data traffic rose about a million-fold; global electricity used for computing soared.

11. Since 1995, total world energy use rose by 50 percent, an amount equal to adding two entire United States’ worth of demand.

12. For security and reliability, an average of two months of national demand for hydrocarbons are in storage at any time. Today, barely two hours of national electricity demand can be stored in all utility-scale batteries plus all batteries in one million electric cars in America.

13. Batteries produced annually by the Tesla Gigafactory (world’s biggest battery factory) can store three minutes worth of annual U.S. electric demand.

14. To make enough batteries to store two day’s worth of U.S. electricity demand would require 1,000 years of production by the Gigafactory (world’s biggest battery factory).

15. Every $1 billion in aircraft produced leads to some $5 billion in aviation fuel consumed over two decades to operate them. Global spending on new jets is more than $50 billion a year—and rising.

16. Every $1 billion spent on data centers leads to $7 billion in electricity consumed over two decades. Global spending on data centers is more than $100 billion a year—and rising.

17. Over a 30-year period, $1 million worth of utility-scale solar or wind produces 40 million and 55 million kWh respectively: $1 million worth of shale well produces enough natural gas to generate 300 million kWh over 30 years.

18. It costs about the same to build one shale well or two wind turbines: the latter, combined, produces 0.7 barrels of oil (equivalent energy) per hourthe shale rig averages 10 barrels of oil per hour.

19. It costs less than $0.50 to store a barrel of oil, or its equivalent in natural gas, but it costs $200 to store the equivalent energy of a barrel of oil in batteries.

20. Cost models for wind and solar assume, respectively, 41 percent and 29 percent capacity factors (i.e., how often they produce electricity). Real-world data reveal as much as ten percentage points less for both. That translates into $3 million less energy produced than assumed over a 20-year life of a 2-MW $3 million wind turbine.

21. In order to compensate for episodic wind/solar output, U.S. utilities are using oil- and gas-burning reciprocating engines (big cruise-ship-like diesels); three times as many have been added to the grid since 2000 as in the 50 years prior to that.

22. Wind-farm capacity factors have improved at about 0.7 percent per year; this small gain comes mainly from reducing the number of turbines per acre leading to a 50 percent increase in average land used to produce a wind-kilowatt-hour.

23. Over 90 percent of America’s electricity, and 99 percent of the power used in transportation, comes from sources that can easily supply energy to the economy any time the market demands it.

24. Wind and solar machines produce energy an average of 25 percent–30 percent of the time, and only when nature permits. Conventional power plants can operate nearly continuously and are available when needed.

25. The shale revolution collapsed the prices of natural gas & coal, the two fuels that produce 70 percent of U.S. electricity. But electric rates haven’t gone down, rising instead 20 percent since 2008. Direct and indirect subsidies for solar and wind consumed those savings.

26. Politicians and pundits like to invoke “moonshot” language. But transforming the energy economy is not like putting a few people on the moon a few times. It is like putting all of humanity on the moon—permanently.

27. The common cliché: an energy tech disruption will echo the digital tech disruption. But information-producing machines and energy-producing machines involve profoundly different physics; the cliché is sillier than comparing apples to bowling balls.

28. If solar power scaled like computer-tech, a single postage-stamp-size solar array would power the Empire State Building. That only happens in comic books.

29. If batteries scaled like digital tech, a battery the size of a book, costing three cents, could power a jetliner to Asia. That only happens in comic books.

30. If combustion engines scaled like computers, a car engine would shrink to the size of an ant and produce a thousand-fold more horsepower; actual ant-sized engines produce 100,000 times less power.

31. No digital-like 10x gains exist for solar tech. Physics limit for solar cells (the Shockley-Queisser limit) is a max conversion of about 33 percent of photons into electrons; commercial cells today are at 26 percent.

32. No digital-like 10x gains exist for wind tech. Physics limit for wind turbines (the Betz limit) is a max capture of 60 percent of energy in moving air; commercial turbines achieve 45 percent.

33. No digital-like 10x gains exist for batteries: maximum theoretical energy in a pound of oil is 1,500 percent greater than max theoretical energy in the best pound of battery chemicals.

34. About 60 pounds of batteries are needed to store the energy equivalent of one pound of hydrocarbons.

35. At least 100 pounds of materials are mined, moved and processed for every pound of battery fabricated.

36. Storing the energy equivalent of one barrel of oil, which weighs 300 pounds, requires 20,000 pounds of Tesla batteries ($200,000 worth).

37. Carrying the energy equivalent of the aviation fuel used by an aircraft flying to Asia would require $60 million worth of Tesla-type batteries weighing five times more than that aircraft.

38. It takes the energy equivalent of 100 barrels of oil to fabricate a quantity of batteries that can store the energy equivalent of a single barrel of oil.

39. A battery-centric grid and car world means mining gigatons more of the earth to access lithium, copper, nickel, graphite, rare earths, cobalt, etc.—and using millions of tons of oil and coal both in mining and to fabricate metals and concrete.

40. China dominates global battery production with its grid 70 percent coal-fueled: EVs using Chinese batteries will create more carbon-dioxide than saved by replacing oil-burning engines.

41. One would no more use helicopters for regular trans-Atlantic travel—doable with elaborately expensive logistics—than employ a nuclear reactor to power a train or photovoltaic systems to power a nation.

This article is republished with permission from Economics 21. 

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VIDEO: New DOD Documents EXPOSE Dr. Fauci’s Research

The documents in question stem from a report at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, which were hidden in a top-secret shared drive.

DARPA is an agency under the U.S. Department of Defense in charge of facilitating research in technology with potential military applications.

Here are some of the highlights from today’s release:

  • Military documents state that EcoHealth Alliance approached DARPA in March 2018 seeking funding to conduct gain of function research of bat borne coronaviruses. The proposal, named Project Defuse, was rejected by DARPA over safety concerns and the notion that it violates the gain of function research moratorium.
  • The main report regarding the EcoHealth Alliance proposal leaked on the internet a couple of months ago and has remained unverified, until now. Project Veritas has obtained a separate report to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, written by U.S. Marine Corp Major, Joseph Murphy, a former DARPA Fellow.
  • “The proposal does not mention or assess potential risks of Gain of Function (GoF) research,” a direct quote from the DARPA rejection letter.
  • Project Veritas reached out to DARPA for comment regarding the hidden documents and spoke with the Chief of Communications, Jared Adams, who said, “It doesn’t sound normal to me,” when asked about the way the documents were buried.

You can watch the video HERE.

We must continue to hold people in power accountable.

It’s about time We The People have a real say in the federal government’s COVID policies.

Stay tuned…more to come…


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WC4BL: Doctors Stop Practicing Medicine Now Treat Patients Based Solely on Race

“I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation—to reckon him who taught me this Art equally…”Hippocratic Oath (c. 400 BC) as translated from Greek by Francis Adams (1849).

“The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.” –  Dr. Josef Mengele German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer and physician, as quoted in Surfing the Tao : A Revolution of Free Will (2004) by Angela V. Michaels.

“White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) aims to dismantle racism in medicine and fight for the health of Black people and other people of color.”WC4BL website.


We now are seeing doctors and other medical professionals who only treat patients based on their race and not on the patients’ medical needs. Equality is gone in medicine. How do we know this?

Let’s look at a group calling themselves White Coats 4 Black Lives (WC4BL). The mission of WC4BL, according to their website, reads:

To dismantle racism and accompanying systems of oppression in health, while simultaneously cultivating means for collective liberation that center the needs, priorities, and self-determination of Black people and other people of color, particularly those most marginalized in our communities. [Emphasis added]

We were astounded when we read the WC4BL values and vision document. The WC4BL document reads in part:

Medical practice in the U.S. is informed by race as a political system, and works to legitimize race through false biological arguments. The very existence of American chattel slavery relied on scientific and medical justifications for Black inferiority. Race was created as a tool for exploitation by white people who placed themselves at the top of their invented racial hierarchy, in opposition to Blackness in particular. [Emphasis added]

After reading the WC4BL values and vision document we were reminded of the words of President John F. Kennedy given at a Commencement Address at Yale University on June 11 1962:

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Are the leaders and chapter members of WC4BL engaged in spreading myths that are persistent, persuasive and unrealistic?

WC4BL Chapters in American Medical Schools

WC4BL website states: Active White Coats for Black Lives chapters are listed below, along with their contact information. Want to start a chapter at your medical school or hospital? Check out our Chapter Guide to learn more.

Here’s the list of WC4BL Chapters:

Bastyr University (Kenmore, WA) – bukwc4bl@gmail.com
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA) – bidmc.wc4bl@gmail.com
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (University Park, NM) – bcomwc4bl@gmail.com
Chicago Health Coalition for Black Lives (Chicago, IL) – chc4bl@gmail.com
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University (North Chicago, IL) – rfuwc4bl@gmail.comhttps://sites.google.com/my.rfums.org/rfumsalliesforblacklives/home
College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) – msuchmwc4bl@gmail.com
College of Osteopathic Medicine at Kansas City University (Kansas City, MO) – KCUWc4bl@gmail.com
Creighton University School of Medicine (Omaha, NE) – creightonwc4bl@gmail.com
East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine (Greenville, NC) – brodywc4bl@gmail.com
Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA) – evmswc4bl@gmail.com
Florida State University College of Medicine (Tallahassee, FL) – fsuwc4bl@gmail.com
Frank H. Netter School of Medicine (North Haven, CT) – netterWC4BL@gmail.com
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Hanover, NH) – dartmouthwc4bl@gmail.com
Georgetown University School of Medicine (Washington, D.C.) – georgetownwc4bl@gmail.com
GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Washington, D.C.) – gwuwc4bl@gmail.com
Kaiser Northern California (CA) – kaisernorcalwc4bl@gmail.com
Kansas University School of Medicine (Kansas City, KS) – KUMCwhitecoats4blacklives@gmail.com
Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harrogate, TN) – lmudcomwc4bl@gmail.com
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (New Orleans, LA) – lsu.nola.WC4BL@gmail.com
Loyola University Chicago Stricht School of Medicine (Maywood, IL) – whitecoats4blacklives.stritch@gmail.com
Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA) – MGHWC4BL@gmail.com
McGill University – Faculty of Medicine (Montreal, Quebec) – mcgillwc4bl@gmail.com
McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center (Houston, TX) – uthwc4bl@gmail.com
Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, GA) – mcgwc4bl@gmail.com
Meharry Medical College (Nashville, TN) – meharrywc4bl@gmail.com
Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) – usf.wc4bl@gmail.com
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (Old Westbury, NY) – nyitcom.wc4bl@gmail.com
Northwestern Medicine (Chicago, IL) – NorthwesternMedicineWC4BL@gmail.com
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – novaftl.wc4bl@gmail.com
Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, OR) – orwc4bl@gmail.com
PCOM South Georgia (Moultrie, GA) PCOM SGA – pcomsga.wc4bl@gmail.com
Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, PA) – pscomwc4bl@gmail.com
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Philadelphia, PA) – pcomwc4bl@gmail.com
Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine (Iowa City, IA) – uiowaWC4BL@gmail.com
Rush University Medical College (Chicago, IL) – rushuniversitywc4bl@gmail.com
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Newark, NJ) – rwjmswc4bl@gmail.com
School of Medicine – University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS) – mississippisomwc4bl@gmail.com
Sidney Kimmel Medical College – Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA) – jeffersonwc4bl@gmail.com
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ) – scnmwc4bl@gmail.com
St. George’s University (True Blue, Grenada) – st.georgeswc4bl@gmail.com
TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine (Fort Worth, TX) – tcu.unthsc.wc4bl@gmail.com
Texas Tech Health Science Center El Paso (El Paso, TX) – FosterSOMWC4BL@gmail.com
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (Chicago, IL) – wc4blpritzker@gmail.com
Touro College of Medicine (New York, NY) – tourocomharlemwc4bl@gmail.com
Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA) – tuftswc4bl@gmail.com
UAB School of Medicine (Birmingham, AL) – uasom.wc4bl@gmail.com
UC Davis School of Medicine (Sacramento, CA) – wc4bl.ucdsom@gmail.com
UMass Medical School (Worcester, MA) – wc4blumms@gmail.com
UNC School of Medicine (Chapel Hill, NC) – uncsomwc4bl@gmail.com
University at Buffalo Residency Programs (Buffalo, NY) – ubresidentswc4bl@gmail.com
University of Arizona College of Medicine (Tucson, AZ) – uacompwc4bl@gmail.com
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR) – uamswc4bl@gmail.com
University of Colorado School of Medicine (Aurora, CO) – cusomwhitecoats4blacklives@gmail.com
University of Illinois College of Medicine – Chicago (Chicago, IL) – UIWC4BL@gmail.com
University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Lexington, KY) – ukcom.wcfbl@gmail.com
University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) – umaryland.wc4bl@gmail.com
University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor, MI) – ummswhitecoats4blacklives@gmail.com
University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis, MN) – whitecoats4blacklivesumn@gmail.com
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM) – wc4bil@gmail.com
University of Pennsylvania Residencies (Philadelphia, PA) – pennresidentswc4bl@gmail.com
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Pittsburgh, PA) – UPSOMWC4BL@gmail.com
University of Rochester School of Medicine (Rochester, NY) – urochesterwc4bl@gmail.com
University of the Pacific (California) – uop.wc4bl@gmail.com
University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences (Toledo, OH) – utcomwhitecoats4blacklives@gmail.com
University of Utah School of Medicine (Salt Lake City, UT) – uusomWC4BL@gmail.com
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (Madison, WI) – UWSMPHWC4BL@gmail.com
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University (New York, NY) – columbiawc4bl@gmail.com
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, RI) – whitecoats4blacklivesams@gmail.com
Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO)
Weill Cornell Medicine (New York, NY) – wcmwc4bl@gmail.com
Westchester Medical Center (Valhalla, NY) – wmc.wc4bl@gmail.com
Western University of Health Sciences (Lebanon, OR) – WesternUPomWC4BL@gmail.com
Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, CA) – WC4BLLebanon@westernu.edu
Wright State University – Boonshoft School of Medicine (Fairborn, OH) – WC4BLwsubsom@gmail.com
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) – zsomwc4bl@gmail.com

It appears that WC4BL is creating the next generation of doctors bent on using race as a primary goal of practicing and giving healthcare.

The Bottom Line

WC4BL believes:

Our job is two-fold: 1) dismantling dominant, exploitative systems in the United States, which are largely reliant on anti-Black racism, colonialism, cisheteropatriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism; and 2) rebuilding a future that supports the health and well-being of marginalized communities.

Doctors are trained in their specialty to provide their services to all of their patients regardless of race. When healthcare becomes political, healthcare suffers and patients suffer. When healthcare becomes a weapon to “dismantling dominant, exploitive systems in the United States” then medicine and doctors have become “fundamentally transformed” into political activists. We have seen doctors become agents of the state before, think of German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer and physician Dr. Josef Mengele who became the Nazi Party’s “angle of death.”

Hate for America, hate for those who believe that gender is binary (male and female), hate of capitalism, hate of whites are not about treating those who need treatment. There appears to be a Marxist based movement that’s now taking over the medical profession and some medical schools.

This movement is dangerous, unhealthy and can only lead to the destruction of the medical profession.

Medicine has become weaponized for political purposes.

In our column “The Rise of the Bio-Medical Security State” we wrote:

In February 1920, Hitler presented a 25-point Program (the Nazi Party Platform) at a Nazi Party meeting. In the 25-point program, Nazi Party members publicly declared their intention to segregate Jews from “Aryan” society and to abrogate Jews’ political, legal and civil rights.

Fast forward to January 2022 and we now see a Democrat Party Platform, enforced by federal bureaucrats, Democrat members of Congress and party leaders, to segregate the “unvaccinated” from “American” society and to abrogate the political, legal and civil rights of the unvaxxed.

Now, sadly, we can add doctors to the ranks of the Bio-Medical Security State.

Next time you visit your doctor ask if they are a member of WC4BL. If their answer is yes then you may want to find another doctor.

Sad, but true.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

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Arizona Crossing Sees 2,404.9% Hike in Illegal Immigrants Over Last Year

As illegal immigration continues to slam American cities near the Mexican border, one Arizona town in particular is feeling the heat with a ghastly 2,404.9% increase in migrants during the first two months of fiscal year 2022—which started in October—compared to the same period last year. Situated around 10 miles from Mexico on the banks of the Colorado River, Yuma, in southwestern Arizona, began to see an unprecedented influx of illegal aliens in fiscal year 2021 along with the nation’s other Border Patrol sectors. In 2021 eight of the nine crossing stations along the southern border saw triple-digit percentage increases in illegal immigrants over the previous year, according to government figures. Yuma took the prize with an unbelievable 1,200.4% hike in apprehensions at the end of the fiscal year in September.

As the new year gets underway, the numbers are growing at a disturbing rate for the municipality with a population of about 96,000. The city’s mayor recently declared a local emergency due to the humanitarian and border crisis caused by the unprecedented surge of migrants entering the area. During a five-day period in early December, more than 6,000 illegal immigrants crossed from Mexico through the Yuma area, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) figures cited in the mayor’s declaration. “Migrants are traveling through Yuma during a time of great uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus, and without provisions for adequate food, water, shelter, transportation and medical care,” a statement announcing the order reads. “This surge of migrants has and will continue to strain the ability of medical staff and local hospital resources to provide essential and necessary medical care.” In the statement Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls says the change in the movement of migrants greatly impacts his community. That includes the area’s agriculture industry because migrants are passing on foot through active agriculture fields. “The encroachment on active production fields results in food safety concerns and the destruction of crops, which leads to significant economic loss and property damage in the farming community, loss of agriculture-related jobs, and a threat to the nation’s food security,” the city emergency declaration states.

Yuma is hardly the only Border Patrol sector to start the year with a bang, the government figures show. Around 980 miles away, the Del Rio station in Texas has seen a 237.8% surge in illegal immigrants over the same period last year. Two other Texas sectors—Rio Grande Valley and Big Bend—also report alarming spikes at 166.6% and 118.7% respectively. Other crossings in Texas, California and Arizona have also seen major increases in illegal immigrants in the first two months of fiscal year 2022. San Diego reports an 89.1% boost, Tucson 71.9%, and El Paso 68.5%. Each of the crossings finished fiscal year 2021 with unprecedented gains in apprehensions. Del Rio led the pack with a 542.7% surge while Rio Grande Valley had a 508.7% increase. Big Bend and EL Paso recorded apprehension gains of 331.9% and 256.5% respectively in fiscal year 2021. Most of the illegal aliens, 608,000, arrested by the U.S. in 2021 came from Mexico followed by the Central American nations of Honduras (309,000), Guatemala (279,000) and El Salvador (96,000).

Nevertheless, federal agents along the Mexican border are encountering a lot more migrants from nations outside of Latin America, including those with terrorist ties. In fact, thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa and the Middle East were arrested in the first month of this fiscal year, indicating an alarming trend among migrants entering the country through the porous southern border. In October alone, the first month of fiscal year 2022, the Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector in Texas reported 28,111 illegal aliens from more than 50 countries. They include Syria, Lebanon, Eritrea, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, a central Asian nation that borders Afghanistan, which is controlled by the Taliban after the abrupt exit of U.S. troops last year. In November, the station apprehended six nationals of Eritrea, a northeast African country on the Red Sea coast, two Syrian males, a man from Lebanon, home of the terrorist group Hezbollah, two men from Tajikistan as well as a man from Uzbekistan. “We encounter individuals from all over the world attempting to illegally enter our country,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Ownes said in late November. “Our agents are focused and work hard to ensure that we detect, arrest, and identify anyone that enters our country in order to maintain safety of our communities.”

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Virginia Leads the Way Up from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Energy ideology is one thing.  Energy reality, another.

Just ask the motorists who spent a night stranded on I-95 in Virginia this week when winter dropped some epic snow if they’d rather have spent the night in an electric car.

Virginia foolishly joined eleven other states in a “Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative” which dramatically raised energy prices and covered pristine natural landscapes with inefficient wind turbines and solar panels.  All without making any meaningful impact on the temperature of the Earth.  The RGGI is a perfect poster child for “all pain no gain” policy making.

Gabriella Hoffman reports at CFACT.org in a piece that originally appeared in The Virginia Pilot:

“‘RGGI describes itself as a regional market for carbon, but it is really a carbon tax that is fully passed on to ratepayers. It’s a bad deal for Virginians. It’s a bad deal for Virginia businesses,’ Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin said. ‘I promised to lower the cost of living in Virginia, and this is just the beginning.’”

Gabriella further reports that:

“Virginia’s continued participation in RGGI will result in residents paying more for their electricity bills. According to recent State Corporation Commission filings, participation in the RGGI program will raise energy costs to $4.37 a month, or $52.44 per year, if enacted on Sept. 1. When paired with the new — and costly — Virginia Clean Economy Act, the net-zero law slated to raise energy bills $800 a year by 2030, this spells disaster for Virginians currently paying more to heat and power their homes.”

CFACT’s close friend Collister (Terry) Johnson is a tireless Virginia energy advocate.  Terry and his friends and allies did a brilliant job beating back plans to wreck Virginia’s energy infrastructure with the facts.  Well done!

Virginia under Governor-elect Youngkin is waking up to energy reality… fast.  Other states are heading for the RGGI exit as well.

Energy reality beats energy ideology every time.

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STEEP LOSSES: Democrat-run states of NJ, NY & CT saw more wealthy residents flee in 2021, annual moving survey shows

Droves of residents fled Democrat-run states with surging crime and COVID-19 restrictions last year — with New York, New Jersey and Connecticut among the five that suffered the steepest losses, a sobering new survey shows. Let’s hope these escapees don’t destroy the states they move to by importing their poisonous Democrat policies.

Democrat-run states of NJ, NY & CT saw more wealthy residents flee in 2021, annual moving survey shows

Droves of residents fled Democrat-run states with surging crime and COVID-19 restrictions last year — with New York, New Jersey and Connecticut among the five that suffered the steepest losses, a sobering new survey shows.

By Carl Campanile, New York Post, January 3, 2022:

New Jersey led the nation with 70 percent of the people involved in moves fleeing the Garden State, compared to just 30 percent who migrated in, according to United Van Lines’ 45th Annual National Movers Study.

Illinois — home to crime- and shooting-ridden Chicago — came in second with 67 percent of the moves recorded were of residents leaving the state, while just 27 percent were in-bound.

New York ranked third, with 63 percent of movers headed for the exits and 37 percent settling in.

Nearly 30 percent those who fled the Empire State said “family” was a primary factor in their decisions, with about 12 percent citing “cost.”

The survey also showed that the exodus largely involved the wealthy, with those making $150,000 or more comprising 45.3 percent of the total.

It’s unclear when those moves took place, but in April the state adopted a record $212 billion budget that targeted big earners with new taxes that rise as high as 10.9 percent.

Meanwhile, six of the top 10 metro areas suffering from the worst exodus were in the New York-New Jersey region.

Nearly 80 percent of the moves in Long Island’s Nassau-Suffolk counties were exiters — the highest outbound rate of any region in the country.

About 75 percent fled Binghamton and 73 percent exited Poughkeepsie/Dutchess County. Three New Jersey areas — Bergen-Passaic, Newark and Middllesex-Somerset-Hunterdon also had among the worst outbound rates.

Neighboring Connecticut didn’t fare much better — 60 percent of the moves recorded were outbound and 40 percent inbound.
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“The study also revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to accelerate many decisions to move, indicating that Americans were on the move to lower-density areas ” United Van Lines said in a release.
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For the entire Northeast, 60 percent of the moves were outbound.

The results from 2021 mirrored United Van Lines’ 2020 findings, when the COVID-19 pandemic first ravaged the NY-NJ metro region and later the entire country.

“The study also revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to accelerate many decisions to move, indicating that Americans were on the move to lower-density areas and to be closer to their families throughout last year,” United Van Lines said in a release.

And sunny California is no longer the Golden State — with more people leaving than “California Dreamin’.”

California — long a driver of population growth — was fifth-worst for movers heading for the exits, with 59 percent fleeing the state while only 41 percent of newcomers moved in.

All five states with the highest outbound rates have a few things in common: they are run by Democrats, are high-taxed and suffer from spikes in crime.
Crime in New Jersey
States with highest moving rates have a few things in common: They are run by Democrats, are high-taxed and suffer from spikes in crime.
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Less populous Vermont, represented by democratic socialist Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, broke the mold. It had the highest in-bound migration in the U.S., with 74 percent of the moves reported were of those coming into the state.

The other top in-bound states were South Dakota (69 percent), South Carolina (63 percent), West Virginia (63 percent) and Florida (62 percent).

In addition to the state-by-state data, United Van Lines also conducts an accompanying survey to examine the motivations and influences for Americans’ interstate moves.

This analysis found that about one-third of Americans who moved did so in order to be closer to family – a new trend coming out of the pandemic as priorities and lifestyle choices shifted.

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VOTER ID LAWS: And The Many Myths of ‘Voter Suppression’

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” – John F. Kennedy

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”  – John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11, 1962.


We are barely into the new year when we are already hearing myths about “voter suppression.”

In a The Daily Wire article titled “Biden Judicial Nominee Said ‘Proof of Citizenship’ is ‘Voter Suppression’” Gabe Kaminsky reported:

A left-wing activist with ties to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) nominated by President Joe Biden to be a federal judge has argued photo ID and proof of citizenship constitute “voter suppression.”

Nancy Gbana Abudu, the deputy legal director at SPLC, was picked by Biden in December to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The 11th Circuit covers parts of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. The vacancy came about upon the retirement of Judge Beverly B. Martin — a President Barack Obama appointee.

What exactly is a voter suppression myth?

When one political party, group, organization or individual calls any form of a Voter ID a way to suppress the vote. The ultimate goal is is giving anyone and everyone, regardless of age, citizenship, legal status or criminal background, the ability to vote.

The National Conference of State Legislatures reports:

Despite being one of the hottest topics in elections policy for the last several years, voter ID is not new. The first state to require voters to show some kind of identification document at the polls was South Carolina, in 1950. No photo was required—just a document bearing the voter’s name. In 1970, Hawaii joined South Carolina with a voter ID requirement. Texas (1971), Florida (1977), and Alaska (1980) rounded out the first five. In some states the request was for an ID with a photo; in others, any document, with or without a photo, was fine. In all these states, provisions existed for voters to be able to cast a regular ballot even if they did not have the requested ID.

Over time, and with little fanfare, more states began to ask voters to present an identification document. By 2000, 14 states did so. These states had Democratic and Republican majorities.

Those who want only “legal voters” to vote are labeled as racists.

According to Wikipedia, “Voter suppression is a strategy used to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing specific groups of people from voting.

Wikipedia is fomenting the “big myth” of voter suppression via its definition of “preventing specific groups of people from voting.” Question: Which groups?

The National Conference of State Legislatures says this about Voter ID Laws:

A total of 35 states have laws requesting or requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls.

[ … ]

The remaining 15 states use other methods to verify the identity of voters. Most frequently, other identifying information provided at the polling place, such as a signature, is checked against information on file. See NCSL’s Voter Verification Without ID Documents.

There’s a renewal of this issue as we are now into a mid-term election year. The issue at hand is Voter IDs.

Wikipedia defines a Voter ID:

A voter identification law is a law that requires a person to show some form of identification in order to vote. In many jurisdictions requiring voter IDs, voters who do not have photo ID often must sign a Challenged Voter Affidavit in order to receive a ballot to vote.

To Have Voter IDs or not to Have Voter IDs – That is the Question

There are many myths that a Voter ID is somehow racist or suppresses the vote. The counter argument is that Voter IDs are a way to insure only legal voters vote to insure our elections are free and fair. Non-citizens, convicted felons, illegal aliens and those under a certain age are generally not allowed to vote.

The idea is to have only legal of age voters vote. It has been this way since the first ballots were cast once the U.S. Constitution was approved.

Voter ID Election Laws by State

VoteRiders.org lists the Voter ID laws by state.

Strict Voter ID States

Voters need to confirm their identity with an ID when they vote in person. If you don’t bring your ID, you may cast a provisional ballot but you need to take additional steps for it to count.

Each state has a specific list of IDs that are acceptable for voting. Some states require a photo ID, while others accept some forms of ID without your photo.

PHOTO ID

NON-PHOTO ID


Non-Strict Voter ID States

Voters may need to confirm their identity when they vote in person. If you don’t provide ID when voting in person, there are other ways to cast a ballot that counts. Check your state page for more information.

Each state has a specific list of IDs that are acceptable for voting. Some states require a photo ID, while others accept some forms of ID without your photo.

PHOTO ID

NON-PHOTO ID

 


States with No Voter ID

Most voters don’t need to show ID to vote in person, with the exception of some first-time voters.

The Bottom Line

Voter IDs are part and parcel of the free and fair election system in the United States of America.

Here’s the issue of Voter IDs as viewed by two black men.

Democrat (Rev.) Al Sharpton on March 16, 2012 said:

“Your water fountain is voter ID.”

Former Republican Congressman Allen West on June 18, 2012 said:

“I don’t think it is disenfranchisement. I think that African-Americans that are citizens of [the] United States of America can get out and vote. Four years ago we saw them vote in numbers that had never been seen before.”

The Democrat sees Voter IDs as racist. The Republican sees Voter IDs as enfranchisement.

Today in the Democrat control states of California, New York and Hawaii you’re required to have a Vaccine Passport before you can leave your home. Yet Voter IDs are racist? Really?

REMEMBER: Every illegal vote cancels a legal vote.

That’s the truth. Everything else is a myth.

©Dr. Rich Swier. All rights reserved.

Liberal Democrat political class is a ‘machine that’s just devouring the city,’ economist says of NYC’s COVID-19 mandates

The Democrats have crushed the greatest city in the world.

Political class is a ‘machine that’s just devouring the city,’ economist says of NYC’s COVID-19 mandates

‘We’ve lost our minds,’ economist Jeffrey Tucker says of NYC’s COVID-19 mandates

By Teny Sahakian | Fox News

NEW YORK CITY – Lifestyles forced onto New Yorkers through restrictive coronavirus mandates are “not the way we’re supposed to conduct public life in this country,” a libertarian economist warned after seeing the Big Apple’s lockdowns firsthand.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, New York City took dramatic action to curb the spread of COVID-19. In March 2020, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses to close statewide and had shut down schools. More recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio imposed the first-ever vaccine mandate on all private-sector workers in the city.

“Freedom is what made New York great, and now people just make fun of that,” Brownstone Institute President Jeffrey Tucker, referring to public figures who have dismissed or mocked those who opposed vaccine mandates for reasons of personal freedom, told Fox News.

Tucker, who’s been to New York countless times, was in the city on March 12, 2020, when initial panic of the novel coronavirus struck.

DE BLASIO HINTS NYC’S NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION IN TIMES SQUARE RETURNING TO IN-PERSON

“People were just running through the streets trying to get out,” he recalled. “Not because of the virus, but because of the fear lockdowns.”

He made another trip months later and said it seemed “like a post-apocalyptic revival was happening.” He noticed fewer masks, more open businesses and city-dwellers attempting a return to normalcy.
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 22: A person walks across 42nd Street on March 22, 2020 in New York City. The “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone goes onto effect at 8pm on Sunday.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 22: A person walks across 42nd Street on March 22, 2020 in New York City. The “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone goes onto effect at 8pm on Sunday.

But more recently, Tucker traveled to New York in early December and was dismayed.

“Being back now since the mandates, it’s a complete shock what’s happened to the city,” he said, noting his initial surprise when he was asked show proof of vaccination at a bar.

“You can’t enter into any public building, any bar or restaurant, museum, library, anywhere without flashing the pass,” Tucker told Fox News.

Tucker called the requirement, which de Blasio dubbed the “Key to NYC Pass”, a “sadistic policy” that felt “degrading” and “un-American.” Only a handful of U.S. cities require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, New York City has implemented some of the most restrictive coronavirus-related mandates in the country. Earlier this month, de Blasio announced the vaccine mandate, which required all private-sector employees to be at least partially vaccinated by Dec. 27.

“Today [is] a historic day in New York City,” he said Monday. “We’re implementing the strongest vaccine mandate in the country, all private-sector employers, today.”

“This is what we need to do everywhere,” the outgoing mayor added. “Every mayor, every governor, every CEO in America should do vaccine mandates now, because 2022 has to be the year we leave COVID behind.”

New York is also one the few cities that requires children five and older to show proof of vaccination to enter many indoor establishments.

Tucker pointed out that the legislature didn’t vote on any of these mandates.

“This is not the way we’re supposed to conduct public life in this country,” he told Fox News. “You’ve got a kind of extreme segregation that’s developing there in the city … and somehow this is just lost on people, what’s happening in New York.”

“Right now, the crime situation is really a very volatile situation,” Tucker said. “But what are the cops doing? They’re going from bars to restaurants and enforcing, with very heavy fines, the vaccine passports.”

The city has completed nearly 52,000 inspections since the policy started on Sept 13. So far, 31 businesses have been fined $1,000 for violations. Fines can reach as high as $5,000 if a business does not comply with the mandate.

And a video that recently went viral showed New York City police kicking a child and his family out of a restaurant for not having a vaccine card.

“We’ve lost our minds,” Tucker told Fox News.

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THE LEDGER REPORT VIDEO: Roger Stone’s Bottom-up Fix for the 2020 Election & restoring the Republic

The governments’ (federal, state and local) attacks on Liberty in the name of battling a virus that has a near 99% survival rate is the latest, greatest threat to this Constitutional Republic. But this assault on the founding document has been unfolding for many decades.

Are we past the point of no return?

In this edition of the Ledger Report, Graham Ledger finds rays of hope and avenues toward a return to the Rule of Law as he speaks with the incomparable Roger Stone.

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Arrest of Terror Suspect Highlights Nexus of Terrorism and Immigration

On December 20, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release stating, “Bowling Green Man Arrested on Multiple Terrorism Charges.”

From the title of that press release, you would never imagine immigration was an issue in the case.

The suspect, who was arrested as a suspected terrorist, was simply identified as “Bowling Green Man.”

However, the very first sentence of the release states that the suspected terrorist, Mirsad Hariz Adem Ramic, holds dual citizenship in the United States and Bosnia.

This is a common ploy used by the Biden administration to downplay the link between immigration-related issues and national security.

We will examine this nexus shortly, but first, here is how that DOJ press release begins:

A federal court in Kentucky unsealed an indictment today charging a dual U.S.-Bosnian citizen with providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The defendant is also charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and receiving military type training from ISIS.

According to court documents, on June 3, 2014, Mirsad Hariz Adem Ramic, 31, of Bowling Green, Kentucky and two co-conspirators each departed the United States for Istanbul, Turkey in order to support ISIS. All three then purchased tickets with cash to fly to Gaziantep, Turkey, a city located near the border with Syria. From there, Ramic and the two co-conspirators crossed the Syrian border to join ISIS.

As alleged, after joining ISIS, Ramic attended an ISIS training camp where he received weapons and physical training and fired an AK-47. The FBI obtained photographs of Ramic in ISIS territory which depict him wearing camouflage clothing and standing in front of a pickup truck outfitted with an anti-aircraft gun and the ISIS flag. A second photograph of Ramic depicts him holding a rifle.

After joining ISIS, Ramic and his co-conspirators remained in contact with each other and discussed, among other things, Ramic’s presence in Raqqa, Syria, and his use of an anti-aircraft weapon to shoot at planes. Ramic and his co-conspirators also discussed jihad, martyrdom and fighting for ISIS. After joining ISIS, one of Ramic’s co-conspirators sent two e-mails to Western Kentucky University, stating that he had traveled to Syria to join ISIS and expressing his desire that ISIS conquer the United States.

Generally, there are only two ways for a person to hold dual citizenship in the U.S.

An alien who lawfully immigrates to the U.S. may become a naturalized citizen and may also retain his/her previous citizenship. Alternatively, a child born in the U.S. to alien citizen(s) acquires birthright citizenship and may claim the citizenship of a foreign-born parent(s), as well.

When an alien files applications for visas or immigration benefits to enable them to enter the U.S. and remain thereafter, statements concerning material facts must be truthful. Any lies could constitute immigration fraud. Immigration fraud is a very serious crime and one that, if it involves terrorism, can be punished by a jail sentence of up to 25 years and also result in stripping the alien of any lawful status, including citizenship. The relevant sections of law are: 18 U.S.C. § 1546: Fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents, 18 U.S. Code § 1425: Procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully, and 18 U.S. Code § 1015.

If Ramie was born in the U.S. he could not be charged with immigration fraud. However, if he was a naturalized citizen, his applications for various visas, immigration benefits, and even U.S. citizenship must certainly be scrutinized for possible fraud — not just to punish him, but in order to remove him from the U.S. after he completes his prison sentence for terrorism-related crimes, if he is found guilty.

This is vital because, as the press release noted, he expressed a desire for ISIS to conquer the U.S.

It is in the interest of national security and public safety that he should be removed from the U.S. if the situation permits, and this protective action should be taken.

If, on the other hand, he was born in the U.S. to foreign-born parents, their immigration applications must also be scrutinized to make certain that they did not commit immigration fraud to enter the country.

However, given statements made by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and given his checkered past wherein he ordered subordinate employees to “get to yes” when adjudicating applications for visas and immigration benefits, it is extremely unlikely that efforts to investigate and identify possible immigration fraud will be undertaken by the Biden administration.

Consider my recent article, “Biden Administration Plans to Protect Immigration Fraudsters,” which includes the following:

On October 13, 2021 the Washington Times reported, EXCLUSIVE: DHS drafts plan to allow fraudsters to keep citizenship: Memo would constrain ability to pursue denaturalization cases.

Here is how that report begins:

The Homeland Security Department is circulating a draft proposal that would severely curtail its attempts to strip citizenship from people who were naturalized based on fraud.

The Washington Times saw a draft of the memo, from Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the heads of the three immigration agencies. The memo says people might not apply for citizenship because they worry about losing it in the future.

“Naturalized citizens deserve finality and security in their rights as citizens,” the memo says. “Department policies should not cause a chilling effect or barriers for lawful permanent residents seeking to naturalize.”

America’s borders and immigration laws are supposed to serve to protect and defend the United States and its citizens from foreign nationals who pose a threat to national security, public safety, and public health.

It would appear that Mayorkas, Biden, and Harris never got the memo — and never read the 9/11 Commission Report or the companion report, “9/11 and Terrorist Travel – Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.”

©Michael Cutler. All rights reserved.

Florida Plans To Investigate State Holdings in Chinese and ‘Woke’ Companies

Florida is literally the leader of the free world thanks to DeSantis.

Florida Plans to Investigate State Holdings in Chinese Companies and ‘Woke’ Companies

By Jeremy Frankel | 27 December 2021 10:28 PM

Florida will be taking action against the Chinese Communist Party and “woke corporations” operating in the state.

After meeting with two other State Board of Administration trustees Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Ashley Moody, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida will investigate the state’s holdings in Chinese companies and “retake control of its shareholder proxy voting from ideology-crazed investment funds,” according to Just the News.

DeSantis, Patronis and Moody comprise the state’s Board of Trustees and oversee the SBA, its two chief officials and its staff. All three voted to revoke all proxy voting previously given to outside fund managers and clarified that fund managers are only allowed to act in the financial interest of Florida’s funds. The three also said that they planned to conduct a survey of the Florida Retirement System’s investments to see how many assets the state has in Chinese companies.

DeSantis stated that “if you look at how these major companies behave when faced with Chinese disapproval, they censor what the CCP tells them to censor and we see groveling apologies. Go back a generation, and the idea of the American elites was, ‘If we allow China into the WTO and give them most favored nation status, that will make China more like us.’ This experiment has failed and it has endangered our nation’s national and economic security.”

Regarding his plan for the state legislature to pass laws preventing Florida from using taxpayer dollars to invest in China and to look for ways to bring jobs to the state, DeSantis said that “I also don’t think that our country as a whole, but certainly Florida, would like to see more production and manufacturing re-shored and we would be a great place to do that.”

Patronis said that “A sad reality is that too many federal leaders for too long have been missing in action when it has come to holding China accountable. As Americans got our cheap goods, the Chinese government wasn’t playing by the rules when it came to intellectual property or trade. Meanwhile, they’ve been busy buying influence in Hollywood and Washington. Unfortunately, between COVID and the supply chain issues, we’ve seen how reliant our country has become on China.”

Moody stated that “Chinese government control and influence over businesses operating in China should be a source of concern for anyone investing there. As fiduciaries, we should understand these risks and ensure they are being evaluated by the Florida Retirement System.”

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Democrats Unanimously Vote with Islamic State, Al Qaeda

On December 14, 219 Democrats voted to advance the strategic objectives of the Global Islamic Movement – which includes Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), Iran, Hizbollah, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, and the entire Islamic world at the Head of State level – to impose the barbaric Islamic law called “Sharia” on American citizens.

By passing House Resolution 5665 by a vote of 219-212 votes straight down party lines, the Democrats openly and directly aligned themselves with foreign entities advocating for the overthrow of the American Republic and the enslavement of American citizens.

The bill was submitted and advocated for by Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who works directly with the designated Foreign Terrorist Organization Hamas doing business as CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), as well as many other prominent U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations on an ongoing basis to subvert the U.S. government.

According to the House of Representatives website, co-sponsors of this traitorous bill include: “Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Carson, Ms. Tlaib, Mr. Kim of New Jersey, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Rush, Ms. Bass, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Mr. Green of Texas, Mr. Grijalva, Mrs. Dingell, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Ms. Jacobs of California, Ms. Newman, Mr. Lowenthal, Ms. Norton, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Sires, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Ms. Dean, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Correa, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Payne, Mr. Jones, Mr. Bowman, Mr. Phillips, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Williams of Georgia, Ms. Pressley, and Mr. Pascrell.”

similar bill was put forward in the U.S. Senate by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).

According to the official Congressional website, the bill is summarized as follows:

Combating International Islamophobia Act

This bill establishes within the Department of State the Office to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia and addresses related issues.

The office shall monitor and combat acts of Islamophobia and Islamophobic incitement in foreign countries. The bill establishes the position of Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Islamophobia, who shall head the office.

The bill also requires certain existing annual reports to Congress about human rights and religious freedom in foreign countries to include information about Islamophobia, such as information about (1) acts of physical violence or harassment of Muslim people, (2) instances of propaganda in government and nongovernment media that attempt to justify or promote hatred or incite violence against Muslim people, and (3) actions taken by a country’s government to respond to such acts. The office shall coordinate and assist in preparing these portions of the reports.

“Islamophobia” is a term coined by the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic planning center known as IIIT – International Institute for Islamic Thought – in the late 1990’s. It is a term used to keep people from speaking truthfully about the barbaric and enslaving nature of Islam’s Sharia, as such speech is considered to be in violation of the Islamic law of slander.

Slander” in Islam is legally defined authoritatively among the U.S. Muslim community in the most widely used published Islamic legal manual as:

…to mention anything concerning a person (MUSLIM) that he would dislike

Violating the Islamic law of slander in Islam is a capital crime, and many people have been killed for it…just ask Theo van Gogh.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the largest voting bloc in the United Nations, and is made up of every Islamic nation on earth (56 nations) plus something they call the “State of Palestine.”

Every year representatives of every Islamic nation in the world, under the banner of the OIC, gather to discuss the Global Islamic Movement’s progress, and every three years, the Heads of State/Kings of all OIC nations come together and make decisions which are legally binding on the entire Islamic world.

In 2005, the OIC published its “10 Year Programme of Action to Meet the Challenges Facing the Muslim Ummah in the 21st Century.”

The language of HR 5665 passed by Democrats on December 14 is nearly verbatim to the OIC’s 10 Year Plan.

Compare the above language of HR 5665 with the OIC language below:

The entire Muslim world defines the phrase “Human Rights” as the imposition of Islamic sharia according to the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, which was served as an official document to the United Nations in 1993.

This means that every Islamic nation on planet earth officially has the same objective as Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, Hizbollah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and every other Islamic jihadi organization – to impose sharia on everyone on earth.

It is also worth noting that in Islam, “terrorism” is to kill a Muslim without right under Sharia, and is nothing like the definition of that word as it is understood in the West.

To Summarize

On December 14, 219 Democrat members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impose the Islamic law of slander on U.S. citizens, therefore making it a crime to freely express the truth about the barbaric and enslaving nature of Islam’s sharia.

For their part, Republicans did not fiercely fight against this bill; instead, Texas members of Congress including Michael McCaul said he agreed with the “spirit and intent of the bill,” and others such as Dan Crenshaw brushed it off as something Americans do not care about, instead of identifying it as the act of sedition and war against the Republic that it is.

Action Items

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COLUMN BY

John Guandolo is a US Naval Academy graduate, served as an Infantry/Reconnaissance officer in the United States Marines and is a combat veteran, served as a Special Agent in the FBI from 1996-2008, and was recruited out of the FBI by the Department of Defense to conduct strategic analysis of the Islamic threat. He is the President and Founder of Understanding the Threat (UTT).

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What Is “Surveillance Capitalism” and Should We Be Concerned?

Shoshana Zuboff’s book on so-called “surveillance capitalism” is written to fire up those already concerned about the “commodification” of online life.


“Pay attention.”

It’s a common exhortation, perhaps from a panicked parent to a careless child, or from a tolerant teacher to a sleepy student, or from a Zen master to his distracted disciples. Like our time, our attention is limited, and as such, what we trade our attention for matters a whole lot.

We spent some hours of our lives paying attention to a book on privacy in the digital world by philosopher and social psychologist Shoshana Zuboff. Zuboff’s book describes the evolution and impact of advertising-supported online services like Google and Facebook, and thus perhaps could have titled her book “Paying Attention.” But those words are too neutral and too unopinionated about online transactions that involve our attention.

Zuboff’s book is full of opinions, all supporting her overarching thesis that many consumer technology sector innovations, particularly those produced by Google, harm both consumers and society. Thus, much better suited is the title she did choose: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.

Like her book, no one should mistake the title’s two key words, “surveillance” and “capitalism,” as neutral. Each conveys an essential aspect of Zuboff’s vision of the power dynamics at play in commercial collection and use of personal information.

A French word combining sur—over—and veiller—to watch—“surveillance” connotes someone or something observing another from a superior position. The word may have made its way into English from the comités de surveillance (watch committees) set up during the Reign of Terror in France. Surveillance in that context could lead to execution.

Likewise “capitalism.” Although occasionally used benignly today by those who defend markets and free exchange from socialism, the word “capitalism” started malignantly. Historian Fernand Braudel details how early users of the word meant to describe a kind of social pathology that put the desire for wealth and the wealthy at the core of social life.

Zuboff’s combination of “surveillance” and “capitalism” thereby convict the innovations she attacks as characterized by uneven power dynamics and rapaciousness, setting them on their back foot—or perhaps on the hindquarters—from the beginning of the discussion. The semantics of “surveillance capitalism” make a powerful argument even before the reader turns a single page. Professor Zuboff’s title, then, reveals her as a partisan for one side in a long-running argument.

And the title is only the beginning. On the first substantive page of the book, Zuboff defines surveillance capitalism as “a parasitic economic logic … [a] rogue mutation,” and “a coup from above.” Zuboff has barely a single kind word for a set of companies that have created enormous economic value for the world economy and beneficial services for consumers. Yet despite this one-sided view, and underneath her bombastic rhetorical flourishes—which are sure to puzzle and annoy those not in the choir to which she is singing— Zuboff identifies three genuine issues in the present-day information economy that are worth grappling with.

First, Zuboff is concerned with excessive commercialization or “commodification” of online life. This critique is not particularly isolated to the online world—it is a common concern of the relatively well-to-do who prefer picturesque downtown stores while their less wealthy neighbors enjoy Walmart’s everyday low prices. Still, every human likely believes there should be spaces online and off that are not overrun by marketers plying their wares. But given that, as in the retail shopping example, people draw this line in different places, wouldn’t it be better to permit a multiplicity of options to develop?

Second, Zuboff argues that much of the companies’ acquisition of personal information is morally or legally wrongful. Zuboff argues that consumer technology companies are “dispossessing” people of information about themselves, suggesting that companies are essentially stealing personal information.

But this doesn’t match our experience online.

Most of the data Google collects about me is created by my interacting with other people’s computers. Why is observing this interaction “stealing”? And to the extent consumers actively submit information, they are typically sharing it subject to contract and occasionally abandoning it. Zuboff describes little or no benefit to this information exchange except to the companies. This may surprise anyone who has benefited from the commercially valuable services powered by this information, which the companies use to serve consumers’ interests at the same time that they serve their own.

Third, Zuboff argues that consumers are relatively unable to apprehend how personal information is collected, stored, shared, and used. We agree. Users don’t understand the risks of such collections. Information companies are in a relatively powerful position to gather more than they might need and use it in ways consumers might not prefer. But user risk tolerances in this space differ widely (outside of financially harmful identity theft), and it is unlikely that tech skeptics have accurately computed the risk / benefit calculus, either. Given the problems with discerning consumers’ true interests and the many trade-offs involved, it takes a kind of arrogance to decide for consumers what information terms they are permitted to agree to.

While Zuboff’s book emphasizes the rather new and relatively weak power imbalances between users and internet companies like Google, she says very little about a demonstrably strong and persisting power imbalance: that between government and citizen.

Unlike Google, the government can throw you in jail. There is a strong case – left untouched by Zuboff – that we ought to closely monitor and restrict the methods by which governments access personal information from commercial firms. This includes reconsidering legal standards for government access to personal information that fall below the probable cause threshold in the Fourth Amendment. Her book would have benefited from an acknowledgement that the very government she would have protect us from surveillance capitalism often poses a threat to human well-being – especially the disadvantaged and disempowered – through regular old surveillance.

Surveillance Capitalism is written to fire up the already convinced rather than persuade the skeptical. Starting with the semantically powerful title, Zuboff provokes. But when it comes time to consider policies to address the concerns she raises, we hope people will pay attention to what she leaves out.

COLUMN BY

Neil Chilson

Neil Chilson is a senior research fellow at Stand Together and the Charles Koch Institute where he focuses on technology and innovation.

Jim Harper

Jim Harper is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on privacy issues, and select legal and constitutional law issues.

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Census: Americans Are Fleeing Big Liberal States

They are fleeing Democrat ruin. They should be banned from bringing their cesspool politics with them.

Census: Americans Are Fleeing Big Liberal States

By: TrishIntel.Com Staff, December 22, 2021

(The Center Square) – New York, California and Illinois saw the largest declines in population due to outmigration in 2020, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data, as overall population growth slowed to the lowest levels since the nation’s founding.

The U.S. added only 392,665 people between July 1, 2020, and July 1, 2021 – about a 0.1% increase – when accounting for births, deaths and international migration.

“Population growth has been slowing for years because of lower birth rates and decreasing net international migration, all while mortality rates are rising due to the aging of the nation’s population,” Kristie Wilder, a demographer in the Population Division at the Census Bureau, said in a statement. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this combination has resulted in a historically slow pace of growth.”

California lost 367,299 people this past year through domestic migration, which accounts for those moving into the state and those moving out. For the first time since 1850, California’s population declined in last year’s Census estiates [sic], when it lost 70,000 residents. Increasing taxes, restrictive policies on businesses and ongoing lockdowns have led individuals and Silicon Valley companies to exit the Golden State in record numbers over the past two years.

New York lost the next most people over the past year – 352,185 on net – because of migration.

Illinois, which has been losing population for years, lost the third most…

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Pelosi Defends Insider Trading Members Of Congress And Their Families Who Traded Over $630 Million In Stocks This Year

One of the best accounts on Twitter was “Nancy Pelosi’s Portfolio Tracker.’ Her holdings are profit raking from insider trading was astounding. So of course the Twitter totalitarians took the account down. The elites – the aristocracy – is at war against the average American and a large number of Americans remain woefully unware under the spell of the Democrat ministry of media propaganda. enemedia – otherwise known as the America press.

Pelosi herself has a net worth of $120 million on a $220,000 salary. Ethics is a four letter word in the swamp.

Members Of Congress And Their Families Traded Over $630 Million In Stocks This Year

By Ben Zeisloft • Dec 18, 2021   DailyWire.com

A report from The New York Times’ DealBook — based upon research conducted by Capitol Trades — revealed that asset purchases amounted to $267 million, while sales amounted to $364 million:

About 60 percent of these trades were in company stocks, with the rest split among funds, bonds and other assets. Republicans bought $100 million worth of stocks this year, versus $75 million for Democrats, according to the average of ranges that lawmakers provide in filings.

Politicians from the two major parties displayed distinct portfolio preferences:

Democrats are really into tech stocks, which accounted for some $35 million, or nearly half of all purchases by the group (versus only 14 percent for Republicans). Microsoft was the most popular big-ticket buy: The husband of Representative Suzan DelBene of Washington is a former Microsoft executive who sold between $5 million and $25 million in the company’s stock in October, which she reported past the 45-day deadline, prompting criticism. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband is a real estate and venture capital investor who is active on the stock market, making a pair of million-dollar purchases of Microsoft stock during the year, among other trades.

Republicans are more about energy, buying $32 million worth of stock in companies in the sector during the year, about a third of all purchases (versus a mere 1 percent for Democrats). Representative Mark Green of Tennessee was associated with many of the biggest energy trades, spreading six-figure purchases across a range of firms.

According to The New York Times, members of Congress also traded $26 million in stock options and $300,000 in cryptocurrencies.

The report comes days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) disregarded questions on Wednesday as to why lawmakers should be allowed to trade individual stocks.

“Madam Speaker, Insider just completed a five‑month investigation finding that 49 Members of Congress and 182 senior Congressional staffers have violated the STOCK Act, the insider trading law,” noted a reporter on Wednesday. “I’m wondering if you have any reaction to that.”

“And secondly, should Members of Congress and their spouses be banned from trading individual stocks while serving in Congress?” the reporter asked.

“No, I don’t — no, to the second one. Any — we have a responsibility to report in the stock — on the stock,” Pelosi responded. “But I don’t — I’m not familiar with that five month review, but if the people aren’t reporting, they should be.”

“Why shouldn’t they be banned?” the reporter pressed.

“Because this is a free market and people — we are a free market economy,” Pelosi responded. “They should be able to participate in that.”

Earlier this year, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell ordered an ethics review after regional officials made large stock trades during the 2020 recession. For instance, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan held Apple, Amazon, Boeing, Alphabet, and Facebook stock, while Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren held stock in Pfizer, Chevron, and AT&T.

Following the review, the central bank concluded that senior policymakers — including the twelve reserve bank presidents and seven governors — will be subject to a more stringent set of rules for their personal portfolios, including a ban on purchasing individual securities.

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