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#1 – Fact Checking the Fact Checkers: Debunking AP’s “2000 Mules” Hit Piece – by Jennifer Van Laar
AP doesn’t comment on the reason one might be there in the middle night to drop off many ballots. I’m sure they will claim that it’s simply a hard-working person who just got off their night shift job and are dutifully taking all of their elderly relatives’ ballots to the drop box. Of course that same hardworking person would have also visited at most 10 additional ballot drop boxes, and five times to the identified non-profit organisations alleged as having served as stash house.
This sounds totally real.
#2 – Tom Hanks’ Son Gives Absolutely Choice Answer After Being Accused of Cultural Appropriation – by Bonchie
Look, far be it from me to suggest there’s much to learn from a white rapper who appears on reality TV shows and feeds off his father’s fame. His response in this situation is, however, very instructive. Are you looking to make the social-justice-warriors crazed? Just tell them to “pound the sand”. Their power comes from their ability to make others suffer through pressure and outrage campaigns. When you ignore them and don’t apologize, you neuter their ability to do anything but whine into the void.
#3 – Netflix Goes Scorched Earth on Woke Employees – by Bonchie
You run the risk that you will go broke if you wake up early. Netflix appears to be doing the same thing.
Following a financial report that saw its stock price plummet 37 percent in late April, Netflix is now moving to adjust its culture and reengage its frustrated audience. A new “culture memo” dealing with “artistic expression” has been sent out, and it’s clearly a shot at the woke staffers who have been sandbagging the company.
#4 – After 2000 Mules Premiere, True the Vote Promises to “Pull the Ripcord” and Release ALL the Data – by Jennifer Van Laar
The film’s findings are based a review of more than 4 million minutes of ballot drop box surveillance film obtained via public records requests and analysis of a large trove of cell phone geotracking data. True the Vote is a non-profit organisation that works on issues of election integrity. They obtained the data from Gregg Phillips and hired him as an investigator to help with the analysis. Likely knowing that the fact checkers were going to be out in force immediately to attack the credibility of the film and the data presented therein, Engelbrecht set up a plan to have investigator Phillips perform a massive data dump they’ve code-named “ripcord” so all of the information True the Vote has will be publicly accessible.
#5 – Russian Frigate Reported on Fire as the Intelligence Community Tries to Convince Us They Know What They Are Doing – by Streiff
The notion that you can provide intelligence on the movements of the Russian flagship and not think that at some point someone is going to do more than move pins on a map isn’t the least plausible.
Thursday, I posted on a New York Times story about US intelligence providing targeting information on Russian generals and how that has created Eastern Front levels of lethality for Russian flag officers (see Intelligence Community Claims Responsibility for Killing Russian Generals Because It Didn’t Happen Unless You Know They Did It). My overarching point was that even though Russia “knows” we are providing this sort of intelligence, to me, it seems dysfunctional to hoot-and-holler about how you are doing it. By way of analogy, I’ve known several couples where the husband was engaged in horndoggery, and his wife knew, but she could pretend she didn’t know and keep the marriage going. The moment the woman’s adultery was made public, she couldn’t avoid her eyes. This is when things fell apart. Then came the evil, cruel divorce lawyers.
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