Friday, October 30, 2020

Beach Report 10/20/20

Yesterday was a complete rain out, with the remnants of Hurricane Zeta colliding with a cold front over us, and leaving 3 inches of rain, ending early this morning.
Today is overcast and windy, 25 from the NW and 50 F. Skye is enjoying the cooler weather.
The rough water made it hard to find fossils, we only found 5 between us.

The Daily Biden Family Crime Family Update . . .

and a bit of Russigate, with some more on "Anonymous" Miles Taylor.  Post Millennial, Donald Trump Jr. correctly predicted NYT's 'Anonymous' author was 'very low-level person' and Donald Trump SLAMS 'Anonymous' writer Miles Taylor: 'He should be prosecuted', and before you think, oh he's just being a blowhard, yes, Miles Taylor should be prosecuted for theft of services. He was paid to work for the President, not against him. And what a nice precedent it would be. Stacy McCain explains why ‘Anonymous’ Miles Taylor Represents Everything American Hate About the GOP:

Miles Taylor is selfish, greedy and dishonest. Hired as a political appointee to a staff position at the Department of Homeland Security, he immediately began working to sabotage the administration that had appointed him, writing an anonymous September 2018 op-ed in the New York Times describing himself as part of the anti-Trump “resistance.” He then expanded that into a 2019 book, scored a job at Google and went on CNN earlier this year to deny he was “Anonymous.”

You cannot trust someone who acts this way, and the fact that Taylor was a Republican, who interned in the Bush administration and later worked on the staff of Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, tells you almost everything you need to know about what is wrong with the Republican Party. If there was one issue that elected Trump, it was his pledge to stop illegal immigration, and yet Taylor is clearly part of the pro-amnesty, open-borders crowd. How did someone like Taylor get hired at Trump’s DHS?

This is what makes people hate Republicans. Democrats are the anti-American party, in favor of surrendering sovereignty to the United Nations and other globalist institutions, while replacing the American population with foreigners. Barack Obama’s father was a Kenyan socialist who hated America; both of Kamala Harris’s parents are immigrants, and she spent most of her youth in Canada. One might expect that the Republicans would represent a pro-America policy, opposed to the Democrats’ anti-American policy, and yet we find that the GOP is staffed by people like Miles Taylor who either don’t understand this issue at all, or else fully embrace the anti-American agenda.

And onto the Biden Crime Family. PM again, Hunter Biden under criminal investigation according to FBI

Ace, Justice Department Official Confirms that the FBI Opened an Investigation Into "Hunter Biden and Associates" in 2019 -- and that that Investigation Remains "Open and Active" today  
I would say "Ha-ha, let the media try to cover this up now," but that would be stupid. They are beyond corrupt. They are brazen because they think they are untouchable.

Zach Evans at NR, FBI Investigating Hunter Biden for Money Laundering: Report

The revelation comes after Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, came forward with a trove of documents regarding the Biden family’s dealings with now-defunct Chinese energy firm CEFC. While Joe Biden has denied that he has ever spoken with Hunter regarding the latter’s overseas business dealings, Bobulinski claims the former vice president is lying.

Additionally, Bobulinski told Sinclair that he was interviewed by FBI agents for five hours last Friday and was listed as a “material witness” for the agency.

The interview “was a very cooperative deep dive into all the facts across that time period” during which Bobulinski conducted business with members of the Biden family, Bobulinski said.

Andrew Kerr at Da Caller,  NY Post’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Hunter Biden Email 100% Authentic, Forensic Analysis Concludes and  Here Are All The Times Joe Biden Allegedly Talked With Hunter About His Foreign Business Dealings. Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media, Treading Water: Biden Campaign Dodges on Key Corruption Question as More Evidence Emerges

On Thursday, Biden campaign spokesman Jamal Brown did not deny former Hunter Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski’s claims that he met with Joe Biden in person in 2017. 
TNP, Huffy Hunter Expenses Emails – Biden Claims He Is ‘Managing Director’ At Chinese Military-Linked Firm, Demands Massive Cash Reimbursements. Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog, Hunter Biden, Tony Bobulinski, and the Spy King of China. Breitbart, Media Fail to Ask Joe Biden About Secret Family Business Deal with Chinese Company


Roger Simon at the paywalled ET: Why Biden Will Never Be President for ‘All Americans.’. Fortunately, Insty copies a big chunk. A sub-chunk.
From the moment he took office, the Democrats accused Donald Trump of collusion with Russia, but it was shown, after a lengthy and expensive investigation, they hadn’t an iota of proof.

Indeed, there is a solid argument they knew they had no such evidence in the first place—even tried to manufacture it. This was one of the more repellent, if not the most repellent, political hits in our nation’s history.

With Joe Biden, the reverse is true. There is already a plethora of evidence of economic collusion with China, notably with high level members of their Communist Party, that, coupled with the activities of his son, are stunningly obvious subjects for blackmail and serious coercion.

This evidence has accrued in many forms—emails, texts, documents and the detailed public statements of Tony Bobulinski, the former Biden family business partner, including Bobulinski’s accounts of Joe’s personal involvement via face-to-face meetings about which the former vice president clearly lied.

None of this has been successfully controverted, not even remotely, while the evidence continues to grow on a daily basis, with another even bigger email dump emerging through Peter Schweizer.

And from Lenora at America, the Blog,  Leftists Declare Pedo Hunter Biden's Laptop a Nothinburger and Advise "Love" To "Deal With" Nazi-like Trump Supporters and Biden Family Enmeshment or Worse: What Are Their Actual Relationships With Each Other? "This is an oddly wealthy society family from Delaware who can't keep their paws off each other."

And then, there is the disingenuous response of the press to this matter. I managed to skip these yesterday, so today it's double stuffed. Tyler O'Neil at PJ, Evidence of Joe Biden Corruption Just Keeps Piling Up, and the Media Refuses to Cover It. Grabien,  Media Titans Subvert Reality About Biden/Ukraine Profiteering  Not to mention China, which I find to be a greater national security threat. But it's a pretty good layout of Hunter and Joe's Ukrainian adventures. Jim Treacher at PJ Media, CNN Refuses to Run Ad Criticizing Biden

CNN has informed the largest outside group supporting President Trump’s reelection that it will not run one of its new ads, saying the ad is false because it warns Democratic nominee Joe Biden will raise taxes on the middle class and implies that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) supports socialist policies.


Jordon Davidson, Da Fed, Twitter, Facebook Confess There Is No Evidence Of Russian Disinformation Behind Hunter Biden Story. Fox, Zuckerberg 'not aware' that Facebook election integrity official worked for Biden. I doubt it. NYPo, Twitter’s continued ban on The Post has no rhyme or reason — only bias and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey falsely tells senators company lifted ban on Post exposé. Ace, Zuckerberg: We Censored the Hunter Biden Story Because an Unnamed Individual at the FBI Told Us to be On the Lookout for Russian Disinformation

Two possibilities:

1. The FBI gave him a general, nonspecific warning about Russian disinformation, and Zuckerberg is just using this as an excuse for his own company's partisan censorship.

2. More chillingly -- the FBI, which was sitting on the laptop for a year and thereby keeping the story bottled-up, took the extra step of poisoning the well and claiming that the story was Russian disinformation to Zuckerberg, to make sure it got censored if it did come out.

If Zuckerberg's telling the truth, it's #2.

 Leah Barkoukis at Town Hall, What Crenshaw Realized About the Democratic Party After Big Tech Hearing That 'Should Terrify Americans'

So they drove one of the last honest liberals in the press out, NYPo, Glenn Greenwald quits The Intercept over ‘censorship’ of Hunter Biden article

 A bunch of similar, and overlapping links at JJ Sefton's The Morning Report - 10/30/20 at Ace's.

Fish Pic Friday - Lacey Loo

 

Lacey Loo, 6th Generation Floridian, Avid Angler, Swordfish Bill Artist, and Yacht Broker. Facebook, Instagram.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Reason #97 Trump Should be Reelected

 Ace, Unexpectedly, National Gross Domestic Product Grows At All Time Record, Doubling Previous Record Set in 1950

A usual rate of growth for a good quarter (annualized) of growth is 3%.

The US economy grew by 33.1% in the third quarter.
U.S. GDP accelerated at a 33.1% annualized pace in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported.

That was better than the 32% estimate from a Dow Jones economist survey.

A surge in business and residential investment along with stronger consumer activity helped the economy after its worst-ever quarter in Q2.
...
The gain came after a 31.4% plunge in the second quarter and was better than the 32% estimate from economists surveyed by Dow Jones. The previous post-World War II record was the 16.7% burst in the first quarter of 1950.
Meanwhile, Democrats, and NeverTrump Traitors, are pushing Lockdowns Forever for a respiratory illness which, while bad, is only twice as deadly as the flu we get literally every fucking year.
Earlier in the campaign slow Joe was talking about a K shaped recovery, without understanding what he was saying. I think he was trying to say the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, which is stupid.
Well, the "K" means that the rich get richer and everyone else flatlines. Think of the K tipped over on to its back.
but what IS happening could be described as a K shaped recovery as applied to different regions. Leftist shitholes are headed even further down - states that are opening up and allowing growth are not only getting their own natural growth, but also the growth from all of the business in the shithole states that is moving.

Posted by: Tom Servo
Also: the shitholes' primary industries seem to be arson and looting.

And you just can't build a future on that.

Unbelievable: So, as I mentioned above, the 33.1% growth rate is annulalized. That means, the single quarter of growth is multiplied by four to tell you how much we grew if this same rate of growth continued for a year.

This is literally how GDP is always reported -- taking the one quarter rate and multiplying by four to get an annualized figure.

When you read that a quarter's growth rate was 3.2%, that's the annualized figure. The actual number for the growth in just this quarter would be 0.8%.

But this is how it has always been reported.

Except now. Now the Washington Posts decides to, for the first time in history, report the GDP growth rate on a non-annualized basis, to make it look smaller.

However: The 31.4% contraction we saw in the second quarter was also annualized, or multiplied by four. The actual rate of contraction was around 7.5%.

So: Does the Washington Post reduce the second quarter's contraction in a consistent way, to compare apples with apples?

Answer: No, of course not. They claim that the growth this quarter was 7.4%, which of course barely compares to the second quarter's 31.4% contraction.

So it's either dishonesty or innumeracy. But then, it is the WaPoo, and reporters, so both is a reasonable choice too. 

From Sundance at CTH, V-Shaped Recovery Achieved – Third Quarter GDP Growth a Record Breaking 33.1 Percent…


So, this also means the WuFlu recession is over, a recession being defined as a negative GDP growth for two or more consecutive quarters.

Lousy Weather Good for Chesapeake Bay

 Chesapeake Bay dead zone smaller in 2020 due to summer storms

Experts from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are reporting that the 2020 dead zone is the second smallest observed in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay since monitoring began in 1985.

In their 2020 Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone Report Card, researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science also reported that throughout the entire Bay this year’s dead zone was smaller than most recorded in the past 35 years (80%).
. . .
In June 2020, researchers from the Chesapeake Bay Program, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Michigan and U.S. Geological Survey forecasted that the Bay would see a slightly smaller than average dead zone this year, due to reduced spring rainfall and less nutrient-rich runoff flowing into the Bay from the watershed.

In the short-term, experts believe that several factors, including more average river flows and unseasonably cool temperatures in May and September contributed to the smaller dead zone.

Over the long-term, the continued implementation of nutrient and sediment reduction strategies put in place by the six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia are continuing to help decrease pollution in the Bay and reduce the size of the dead zone.

Strong winds from Hurricane Isaias in August helped to mix the waters of the Bay, reducing the dead zone; hypoxia returned in September but quickly dissipated due to cooler temperatures and windy conditions.

This year’s dead zone started later and ended earlier than it has in the past several years.

Additionally, no anoxic areas were noted in the mainstem of the Bay this year.

It's been true at least since I arrived in the Chesapeake Bay region (1985) that the interannual variation in the hypoxia problem in Chesapeake Bay can be accounted for by weather events, and thus, ascribing any improvement due to the Chesapeake Bay Diet, and other clean up efforts is tenuous at best.

New Maryland Oyster Regulations Controversial

Chesapeake Bay Mag, Maryland Oyster Fishery Proposal Controversial

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is considering a change to the state policy on opening oyster beds for wild harvesting.

DNR is asking for public feedback on the plan it presented at the Oct. 12 Oyster Advisory Commission. The proposal establishes criteria to create new Public Shellfish Fishery Areas (PSFAs) or expand existing public fishery areas in places with five or more oysters per square meter of bottom. DNR explains that when PSFAs were established in 2009, a process was put in place to declassify PSFAs in the event of an aquaculture lease. But there was no process to add additional public shellfish fishing areas.

DNR portrays the proposal as simply closing a gap and fulfilling the intent of the law from 2009. The creation of new PSFAs would be good news for watermen who depend on their wild oyster haul, which is a fraction of what oystermen used to pull in. But it doesn’t come without controversy. Environmental groups believe allowing new PSFAs would open a dangerous door when it comes to oyster restoration.

When a public shellfish fishery area is established, the bottom can no longer be used for oyster restoration or oyster farming. The proposal could prevent reef restoration and aquaculture in large portions of Maryland’s Bay by keeping them exclusively for commercial harvesting, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) argues.

 

CBF says the proposal doesn’t just close a gap and fulfill the intent of the law, it’s actually a “major change in oyster management that undermines the spirit of the law.” The foundation is asking DNR to table the proposal entirely.

CBF Maryland Fisheries Scientist Allison Colden said in a statement:
“This proposal undermines the process put in place by the legislature to implement actions to increase the oyster population and end overfishing. It appears to be a one-sided proposal to increase the oyster harvest at the expense of restoration and aquaculture efforts that are helping to bring Maryland’s oysters back. Making more of Maryland’s Bay bottom off-limits to restoration and aquaculture makes no sense as oyster populations are wallowing at historic lows. The state must balance the interests of the fishery with the environmental and social benefits more oysters could provide, instead of reserving the remaining oysters in Maryland waters for harvest.”
One issue DNR points out is that the current regulations grant an aquaculture lease-holder exclusive access to harvest wild oysters from their leased bottom, even before they begin to farm oysters.

Why not? The shit from the farmed oysters would likely smother the wild oysters on the bottom. 

DNR’s proposal would include a mechanism to “preclude leaseholders from harvesting and selling wild oysters from newly acquired leases until they have invested in planting the lease area and complied with the active use requirements for at least one year.”

DNR says this could deter anyone who is motivated to pursue a lease site just to harvest and sell off existing wild oysters.

This does strike me as a small step backwards, not unexpected in the Hogan administration, which has traditionally been friendly to the watermen (which has also been true in the administrations of Democrat governors).

All of this would be irrelevant in a Fritz administration, in which harvesting wild oysters would be banned for 5-10 year, while we monitor to determine if wild oysters are still capable of widespread success in the modern Chesapeake Bay. If so, great. Open fishing on a truly sustainable plan, with an eye to keeping the populations growing. If not, explore importing other oysters (eg ariakensis) which might succeed. 

If we had adopted my plan when I first proposed it, we would be near the end of the 10 year hiatus.

A Big Heap of Biden Family Scandal

 So how is our great, but underreported scandal going today? Roger L. Simon at ET, Why Hunter Biden Really Does Matter … Big Time, behind the paywall. From Emily Jashinsky at Da Fed, With Biden Corruption, Democrats Are Once Again Reaping The Consequences Of Their Gentle Primary. I guess we'll see. 

Henry Rodgers at Da Caller, Senate Committee Successfully Verifies All Bobulinski Materials Reviewed To Date , most unlike the Steele dossier. Capt. Ed at Hot Air, RCI: Senate Committee Investigating Hunter Biden For FARA Violations. The original from Paul Sperry, Senate Panel Investigating Hunter Biden’s Failure to Register as Foreign Agent. Well, fair enough. It was good enough to convict Paul Manafort. 

But from Henry Rodgers, Da Caller, Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson Won’t Call Tony Bobulinski To Testify Before Election

“Senator Johnson has always wanted the truth to come out, and through media interviews and the troves of information Mr. Bobulinski provided to the committee, that truth is coming out day by day. Our staff is working tirelessly to continue verifying the information and using it to piece together a bigger picture about the Biden family’s significant conflicts of interest,” a Johnson spokesperson told the Daily Caller.

“Senator Johnson appreciates Mr. Bobulinski’s forthrightness regarding his first-hand account of the Biden family’s business dealings,” the Johnson spokesperson continued.
And from Roger Kimball: Tony Bobulinski and implausible deniability. He is a no-nonsense, forthright guy who is angry and determined to clear his name:
Bobulinski appeared on the scene as a complainant only because Adam Schiff decided to go on the record disparaging him as a Russian agent or source of Russian disinformation. As a patriotic American, Bobulinski objected and demand a retraction. No retraction was forthcoming, so he went to the press. ‘People were accusing my family of treason after I served this country and defended this country,’ he said. ‘I feel I have a patriotic duty to this country and to every American citizen.’
Most of the press, being wholly owned subsidiaries of the Democratic National Committee, violently disparaged his revelations where they did not studiously ignore them. As of early this morning, a search for ‘Bobulinski’ on the CNN site produced a search-not-found result. How odd!
As of the time of this post, Bobulinski’s name still produces no results in CNN’s search engine:

Ace, Tony Bobulinski Reveals That Biden Family Plan to Cover Up "The Chairman's" Role in Taking Foreign Bribes: "Plausible Deniability" "The corporate propaganda outlets are still refusing to even mention the story."  ET, Exclusive: Hunter Biden, CCP-Tied Billionaire Had Close Relationship, Texts Reveal. Matt Vespa at Town Hall brings Oh, We Have More Damning Calls Between Biden Whistleblower and Joe’s Family Operatives and Biden Whistleblower: The Biden Family Is Compromised

The Tennessee Star has some trenchant Commentary on the New Revelations on the Biden Family Scandal; October’s Surprise Part Two and Counting

It is hard to keep up with the Biden Family Scandal (yes, it’s worthy of a title) because more information unfolds daily. Joe Biden is counting the hours, no minutes, until this election is over. For every moment that passes and the Democrat media, in lock step with Democrat Big Tech, censors, Joe is hoping few will learn that the Biden family got millions of dollars from foreign entities and even foreign governments by using Joe’s position as Vice President of the United States.

Put another way: The Biden family used, exploited and abused the Office of the Vice Presidency to enrich the Biden family by millions and millions of dollars. Biden ducks and denies, but all the hair-splitting in the world and all of the carefully crafted wording by his campaign spinners and surrogates doesn’t negate that. . . .

 They say oftentimes the cover up is worse than the crime.  Not sure here though.  The American people are smart.  This mere sampling of the depths of the Biden Family Scandal is instructive.  Imagine if the media did its job.  Marvel how much the American people would learn if Big Tech didn’t behave like a fascist regime.  Indeed, the American people are well-poised to understand all of this.

Let’s be clear.  The Biden Family Scandal isn’t election season rhetoric.  This is an extremely serious matter involving potential violations of multiple laws (SEC, IRS, FCPA, FARA to name a few) and abuse of power that reach the highest levels of public office straight into the people’s house, the White House.

There is no way Joe Biden should be anywhere near the Oval Office, ever.  Voting for this man is a vote for Kamala Harris because she will be the first to boot him out, ironically using the Biden Family Scandal as the pretext.   That she is the most radical member of the U.S. Senate according to the nonpartisan GovTrack (yes, she surpasses Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) says it all.

But a funny thing happened on the way to Fox News, PM, WATCH: Tucker Carlson reveals damning Hunter Biden documents have suddenly vanished

Fox News' Tucker Carlson reported on Wednesday that a trove of Hunter Biden documents vanished while they were being delivered to him. His producer sent these damning documents from the Fox News studio in Manhattan, using a very popular shipping service.

Carlson states he never received the package as the company informed him it was emptied along the way. A comprehensive investigation is under way, but it is believed someone opened the package and took the documents contained within it. These documents still remain unfound.


Virginia Kruter at Da Caller, ‘Baffled And Deeply Bothered By This’: Tucker Carlson Says ‘Damning’ Hunter Biden Documents ‘Vanished’, Twitchy, Tucker Carlson says Hunter Biden documents disappeared en route from New York to Los Angeles, Mary Chastain at LI, Tucker Carlson: Damning Hunter Biden Documents Suddenly Vanished, and then some good news from LI's Mike LaChance, EXCLUSIVE: FOX News Has Copies of ‘Damning’ Biden Family Documents Removed From Shipping Package

And, not shockingly, Sundance at CTH has a slightly conspiratorial notion of what might have happened. Unfortunately, he has a bad habit of being right a lot of the time: Tucker Carlson: Bobulinski Documents Intercepted and Removed From Overnight Package….
I review this story from a position that I cannot fully explain. However, I have personal experience -recent experience- with a similar and rather unusual situation that cannot be explained by any method other than DHS surveillance. So here’s what I think took place.

The package, likely a Fed-X delivery, was intercepted by FBI agents using mechanisms for tracking and surveillance that open targeting through portals connected to DHS.

As an outcome of the U.S. Patriot Act, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has an agreement in place with mail shipping companies, public/private services, that essentially allows them a portal to track all in-state and interstate mail deliveries.



The FBI has access to this data network in the same way the FBI has access to federal transportation records. Just like when you book a flight and DHS portals are open that allow FBI to track your movements domestically. This type of portal is also accessed in private company transportation like Uber, Lyft etc. DHS, and as a consequence the FBI, can easily track your whereabouts.

Without much hesitation I will bet the FBI was monitoring the communication of Bobulinski, and by extension the entire Tucker Carlson production network. Once the shipment was known to be taking place, the DHS portals are opened; the package is tracked; and the FBI moves in to intercept the delivery.

The transport company doesn’t need to be participating because they are essentially unneeded. Their system network is connected to the FBI.

And even more fun links at the Wombat's  In The Mailbox: 10.28.20 and at JJ Sefton's The Morning Report - 10/29/20

A Small Dollop of Russiagate

Much like yesterday, at tad of Russiagate and a ton of Biden Crime Family antics. I'll deal with the Bidens in subsequent post. From Politico, FBI agents urge Biden and Trump not to fire Christopher Wray "Democrats, as well as many Republicans, on Capitol Hill have largely endorsed Wray as a straight-shooting, apolitical and effective leader of the FBI." I'm sure the ones who were deeply involved in the misuse of the FBI to go after Trump appreciate the cover that Wray has provided. WaPoo has the story too: FBI association calls on Trump, Biden to keep Wray as director. Oh, it's an association? Remembering O’Sullivan’s Law:

O’Sullivan’s Law states that any organization or enterprise that is not expressly right wing will become left wing over time. The law is named after British journalist John O’Sullivan.

The only other news, that I'm grouping loosely under the Russiagate banner is the revelation that the 'famous' "Anonymous" who wrote the NYT op-ed saying that he and many other high level members of the administration were opposed to Trump and were trying to subvert his goals, has finally outed himself. He turns out to have been Miles Taylor, who's highest title was Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Homeland Security. Not so high level. When asked by Anderson Cooper on CNN if he was "Anonymous" he denied it, and let Victoria Coates take the rap in the press.  TNP, Famed ‘Anonymous’ Trump Official Is Actually Junior Staffer Who Never Worked W/ POTUS

The former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Homeland Security from 2017 to 2019 claims to be “Anonymous” – the author of a 2018 article “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”

“I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” he wrote for The New York Times.

Now, however, Taylor is stepping forward as the author of the piece. Taylor recently made headlines for publicly endorsing Biden for President, as part of a Republican Voters Against Trump-backed effort.

Taylor has also appeared on several Lincoln Project videos.

The article garnered considerable traction in establishment circles, bolstering mainstream media’s claims about President Trump as an incompetent leader. Taylor’s claims, however, are undermined by the fact he was a junior staffer in the administration who never worked directly with President Trump.

John Sexton at Hot Air, Former Homeland Security Official Outs Himself As ‘Anonymous’ (Update: Will Remain As CNN Contributor),  AllahPundit at Hot Air, Trump: I Was Worried This “Anonymous” Sleazebag Might Be Hope Hicks Or Jared Kushner, Ace, Former "Senior Administration Official" (According to the Media) Who Penned Anti-Trump Diatribe As "Anonymous" Reveals Himself... and It's.. a Nobody

When this mid-level bureaucrat first wrote his screed in the New York Times, Trump suggested it was a mid-level bureaucrat.

CNN's Chris Cillizza said no way it's a mid-level bureaucrat, Trump You Demon Liar, because the New York Times would never publish a mid-level bureaucrat and claim he was a "senior administration official."

So is CNN going to retract and correct now? Will it admit the New York Times straight-up lies?

Sundance at CTH, Another Lie Exposed – Anonymous Source for NYT Op-Ed Revealed as Low Level Policy Advisor for Dept. of Homeland Security…

Miles Taylor was a low level policy advisor within the Department of Homeland Security when he wrote the op-ed for The NY Times; he later became spokesman for DHS under Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. A DHS “policy advisor” is a long way from a “Senior Administration Official…. and even the far-left loons are now left rolling their eyes at the revelation.

The Anonymous op-ed, and the resistance claims constructed therein by the newspaper, was a complete snow-job by the New York Times in an effort to intentionally frame a false narrative against the Trump administration.

Knowing the truth of their false presentation is now stark and admitted, what does that say about all of the New York Times reporting using anonymous sources? 
And the delightful Molly Hemingway at Da Fed demolishes him and the NYT in New York Times’ Miles Taylor Op-Ed Shows Everything Wrong With Anonymous Sources. A small quote, but read it all!
So Taylor was neither a senior administration official nor a principled conservative. The only thing that is really known about him is that he is capable and willing of lying, as he did on air when asked by Anderson Cooper if he was “anonymous.”

If The New York Times was willing to lie about how high-level its anonymous source was for their very high-profile September 2018 information operation, imagine the lies they’re willing to tell about all the other anonymous sources they use.

If the New York Times is willing to deceive readers about how high this author’s perch was, imagine how much other papers and media outlets are willing to lie in support of their anti-Trump narratives.Every time you read in an outlandish Big Media narrative that an anonymous source is “senior,” interpret it as “junior.” And if the reporters don’t even bother with that level of characterization, assume it’s someone they met on the street.

Tanlines Thursday

 


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Beach Report 10/28/20

A warm, but overcast day. Skye and I were on our own, because Georgia felt obliged to work in the garden.

A female Monarch at the end of her migration.
We hadn't seen Whitey, yesterday, but we didn't get this far up the beach. Here he was today, hanging out beyond 'the tangle.'
He allowed a couple of fossil hunters to pass without flight, but as Skye and I got closer, he started to seem restless, so we turned before he left.

30 Police Officers Injured in "Mostly Peaceful" Philadelphia Biden GOTV Rallies

Stacy McCain: Media Promotes BLM Lies in Philadelphia, as Rioting Continues for the Second Nigh

Looting is already being reported in Philadelphia tonight, the second night of #BlackLivesMatter riots following the Monday afternoon police shooting of 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr. In last night’s Mostly Peaceful™ Protest, “76 people were arrested for burglary including three with guns, 11 were arrested for assaulting police officers, and three were arrested for failure to disperse,” according to WPVI-TV.

Why riot over this case? Wallace was shot after he charged two police officers while brandishing an 8-inch knife. This was not the first time cops had to deal with Wallace, nor even the first time that day:
Police were called dozens of times in recent months about problems at Walter Wallace Jr.’s home, and had responded twice on Monday to reports of disturbances at the West Philadelphia house before two officers answered a third call and shot him as he approached them with a knife, according to law enforcement sources.
What happened during those earlier visits — including which officers responded and how much they knew about Wallace’s mental health problems — remained unclear Tuesday.
Yes, a lot “remained unclear” about what happened Monday, except that a knife-wielding maniac got shot by cops. While the media keeps repeating the theme that Wallace suffered from “mental health problems,” lots of people have problems, but they usually don’t get shot by cops. Why? Because they don’t charge at cops with 8-inch knives.

Who was Walter Wallace Jr.? You have to read down to the 13th paragraph of the Philadelphia Inquirer story to find out:
In and out of court since he was 19, Wallace had convictions for crimes including resisting arrest and robbery. Court records show that city judges routinely sought to get him mental health treatment.
Oh, he had “convictions for crimes”? Maybe that’s a fact important enough to include in a headline, as Information Liberation does:
Meet Walter Wallace Jr, The Career Criminal Whose Shooting by Police Triggered Riots in Philly
There’s some brutal for you, and maybe people would take a different view of the subject if they understood that Walter Wallace Jr. has been a violent menace to society his entire life. But the mainstream media won’t give you that kind of context, forcing you to read through a dozen or more paragraphs before they inform you that the lunatic who charged cops with a knife had an extensive criminal record. Would you like to see the suspect’s mug shot? How about 12 mug shots? . .

 Violence Tears Through W. Philly After Police Shoot, Kill Man; 30 Officers Hurt

Philly cleans up from protest as National Guard arrives ahead of more demonstrations

After a tense weekend — filled with a mix of peaceful and violent protests — Philadelphia is bracing for more unrest following the killing of George Floyd.

City and state officials called in the National Guard, who arrived early Monday morning, and SEPTA has suspended all Center City service until further notice.

Saturday and Sunday both featured large, mostly peaceful protests during the day, followed by vandalism and property destruction in the afternoon and night.

A Bite of Russiagate and a Major Serving of Bidengate

Let's start with the Russiagate. Bill Barr's DOJ has answered Judge Emmett Sullivan's demand that they pinky swear to the truth of their filings, and now demand that he dismiss the case. Jerry Dunleavy, WaEx, DOJ swears to accuracy of Flynn exhibits and calls on judge to dismiss case immediately
Following an order from the presiding judge, the Justice Department filed declarations swearing to the accuracy of the exhibits it relied upon in a motion to dismiss the case against retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the documents that it provided to his legal team.

The Justice Department also called upon the judge to grant to the dismissal, which he has so far resisted doing, with roughly a week to go before Election Day.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jocelyn Ballantine submitted a 46-page filing on Monday night, assuring the judge that “there have been no material alterations made to any of the 14 Government Exhibits filed in support of the motion to dismiss and the supplement to the motion to dismiss.” DOJ emphasized that it now “declares under penalty of perjury that the Government Exhibits and Discovery Documents are true and correct, are correctly identified, and have been faithfully transcribed.”

Judge Emmet Sullivan, who has fought the Justice Department’s efforts to dismiss the criminal charges against Flynn since May, ordered DOJ to provide sworn declarations "under penalty of perjury" last week after the Justice Department acknowledged that it had inadvertently included sticky notes with estimated dates on handwritten notes from former FBI special agent Peter Strzok and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in documents recently handed over to the Flynn team as part of the discovery process during a deep-dive review by U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen.

Sidney Powell, the lead attorney for Flynn, told the Washington Examiner last week that “DOJ is not the problem here. This is another stall tactic from an impossibly biased judge.” Flynn’s lawyers argued earlier this month that Sullivan’s “increasingly hostile and unprecedented words and deeds in what has become his own prosecution of General Flynn mandate his disqualification.”

Even more people swear under penalty of perjury.  

The Justice Department further said that it “has undertaken a comprehensive review of the documents produced in discovery in this case which were subsequently filed by the defendant as exhibits in support of the defendant’s supplementary filings” and that those documents had been “authenticated” too.

“The government acknowledges its obligation to produce true and accurate copies of documents. The government has fully admitted its administrative error with respect to the failure to remove three reviewer sticky notes containing estimated date notations affixed to three pages of undated notes (two belonging to former Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, and one page belonging to former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe) prior to their disclosure,” DOJ said. “These dates were derived from surrounding pages’ dates in order to aid secondary reviewers. These three sticky notes were inadvertently not removed when the relevant documents were scanned by the FBI for production in discovery. The government reiterates, however, that the content of those exhibits was not altered in any way, as confirmed by attorneys for both former FBI employees.”

What's Sullivan's next stall? 

Good news for Joe Biden, Tara Reide will be free to pursue him once he gets into the Oval Office, Capt. Ed, Hot Air VIP, Federal Judge To DoJ: Nice Try, But You Can’t Shield Trump In Defamation Case.

And onto the Biden Family crime syndicate. Lot's here. Sebastian Gorka, AmGreat, It’s Not About the Money or the Prostitutes "It’s about China, stupid." But the money, cocaine and prostitutes make it more interesting. Seamus Bruner and John Solomon at JTN, Hunter Biden's 2017 rant about Burisma: 'I was fighting for the only income I have left'. You might try dry wall.  Ace, Leaked Phone Call: Hunter Biden Says His Business "Partner" is the "F***ing Spy King of China", TNP, EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden Audio Confesses Partnership With China ‘Spy Chief’… Joe Biden Named As Criminal Case Witness

Hunter Biden – in an audio file labelled “Most Genius Shit Ever” – appears to be referencing Patrick Ho, who was a former Secretary for Home Affairs in Hong Kong, as a “spy chief of China” while lamenting how his business partner Ye Jianming of CEFC China Energy had disappeared.

Chuck Ross at Da Caller, Feds Obtained FISA Warrant Against Hunter Biden’s Chinese Business Associate, Documents Show  You know what that means? Joe Biden was only two hops away. Brian Preston at PJ Media, Bobulinski Bombshell: The Bidens are 'Compromised' and Lying About Joe's Knowledge of Hunter's Deals With China. Fox, Tony Bobulinski tells Tucker: Joe Biden denials of involvement in son's business 'a blatant lie' Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx, Hunter Biden's former business partner tried striking deals with politicians for years. Why? The same reason Bonny and Clyde robbed banks, that's where the money is.

Sundance at CTH had the video at He’s Got Tapes? -Tucker Carlson Interviews Hunter Biden Business Associate Tony Bobulinski – 8:00pm Tonight…, but somebody took it private. Let's see how long this one stays up:


Post Millennial, Email reveals deal planned between Hunter Biden and Mark Zuckerberg. Tim Worstall at WaEx says Hunter Biden wasn't the customer, he was the product
Whether or not it worked, the people handing over the money thought they were buying Joe Biden's attention. That's why Hunter Biden got those jobs. In effect, he wasn't the customer, or the employee, or the board member — he was the product.

This is just how that part of the world worked, and in parts still does work. Family members of important people are brought on as employees or on to the board in order to gain access to important people. It's possible to think that Hunter was ever so slightly sleazy in his actions (me too, to be sure) but don't think that either of us was too stupid to know what we were doing.


Now, we can go on to ponder how much this changed U.S. policy at a time that Joe Biden was running the Obama administration's Ukraine policy and wonder whether being in a venture-capital relationship with the Chinese government is quite and wholly unremarkable. No doubt, we'll all take politically partisan positions on either side of those questions.

But we do need to recognize the reality here: The people buying Hunter Biden's "business acumen" were doing so because he was the son of a long-sitting senator and then the vice president. That's just what such people in such places pay said money for, political influence. Hunter was retailing that dream of what people wanted to buy, whether he came through or not.

At JTN, John Solomon has Seven uncomfortable realities confronting the Democrat nominee about the Biden family scandal: 1. Appearance of a conflict of interest . . . 2. U.S. concerns about bribery on Hunter Biden's watch at Burisma . . . 3. Joe Biden's claim he did not discuss his son's business contradicted by public evidence . . . 4. Evidence suggesting Joe Biden had a secret stake in Hunter Biden's business world . . .5 . The videotaped confession Joe Biden made about strong-arming Ukraine to fire its chief prosecutor . . . 6. A Democratic firm's relentless pressure on behalf of Hunter Biden's Ukraine gas firm . . . 7. The National Security Question: Did flagged suspicious financial transactions compromise a political family?

Interesting thought from Leonora Thompson at America: The Blog: Are Hunter and Ashley Biden Subliminally Trying to Take Down and Escape Creepy Controlling Dad, Joe Biden?

Plenty more (and some overlap) at the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.27.20 (Morning Edition) and In The Mailbox: 10.27.20 (Evening Edition) and at Ace's in JJ Sefton's The Morning Report - 10/28/20.

The press, other than Fox, continues to play the coverup game. John Daniel Davidson at Da Fed, The Hunter Biden Scandal Has Exposed The Corporate Press’s Corruption And Condescension

As Matt Taibbi noted last week, the dogged refusal of the mainstream press to cover the story, together with Twitter and Facebook’s decision to block access to the Post’s reporting, might prove to be a bigger scandal than whatever Hunter and his dad were up to in China. Information about the Biden scandal has been so politicized, writes Taibbi, that American audiences can hardly look up anything about Hunter and China without running into “thickets of propagandistic contextualizing” — fact-checks and explainers and op-eds that keep readers away from what substantive reporting does exist, lest they come to their own conclusions about the Biden family business.

The NYT's caged conservative,  The Media’s Hunter Biden Conundrum "It should be possible to cover revelations about the Biden family that are neither disinformation nor the greatest scandal of our time." OK, I'll admit it's not the greatest scandal of our time. That has to go to Russia/Spygate, where the outgoing Obama administration used to power of the federal intelligence apparatus to hobble the incoming Trump administration. But this has a pretty good case for #2. Matt Vespa at Town Hall, Here’s ‘One of the Clearest and Most Important Sentences You'll Read’ About the Media and Hunter Biden

Joseph Klein at Front Page, The Dirty Deals of NPR
National Public Radio (NPR) does not serve the American taxpayers who are paying its bills. Most recently, NPR did its part to shield Joe Biden from the fallout of the Biden family pay-for-access corruption scheme. That’s nothing new. NPR has long served as the leftwing progressive Democrat Party’s propaganda arm. Back in 2016, for example, NPR shilled for the disastrous nuclear deal pushed by the Obama administration, after receiving funding from a pro-nuclear deal advocacy group. It is long past time to end the gravy train and defund NPR.

On October 22nd, NPR’s public editor rationalized NPR’s decision to suppress coverage of the New York Post’s expose of the Hunter Biden e-mails implicating Joe Biden himself in his son’s business dealings. NPR’s managing editor Terence Samuel tweeted: “We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”

The Media Research Center retorted: “How exactly is doing what is supposed to be your job of reporting and investigating a story with credible sources to be a ‘waste of time?’

Your Wednesday Wetness


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

This is going to have to pass as my "Chesapeake Bay" story from today, since it came to me from the Bay newsfeed and from the Bay Journal, Forests growing over shale bedrock help fight climate change

A swath of forests in the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York and West Virginia store much more harmful carbon than surrounding forests and should be conserved in the name of climate change, a new study says.

The federal government-supported study by two researchers at Penn State University found that trees grow much faster on top of shale bedrock, allowing them to store 25% more carbon — and 55% faster — than trees living above the more prevalent sandstone.


The study, published in Forest Ecology and Management, also noted that forests growing over shale have more diversity in tree species. A greater variety of trees will help forests survive better when threatened by shifts in precipitation or invasive species whose populations are projected to increase in a warmer climate, the study found.

Researchers studied forest inventory data from 23,000 trees in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region of Pennsylvania. There are about 262,000 acres of forest on shale bedrock in that region. There are four times as many sandstone forests in the region.

Most of the shale forests are on public land, where policy makers in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission make management decisions. 


The researchers said similar ratios of productive shale forests exist throughout the Appalachian Mountains, from northern Georgia to southern New York.

“I have a lot of hope that Pennsylvania and other regions will start to capitalize on our resources in terms of carbon storage. It’s a big tool in the toolbox,” lead researcher Warren Reed said.

Data showing the difference between underlying bedrock has been available for decades, but had not previously been used to understand tree growth or as a possible method of fighting climate change, Reed said.

“I was surprised to find the magnitude of difference so strong in our Ridge and Valley Province,” he said. On average, trees underlain by shale grew more than 19 feet higher than their counterparts in sandstone forests.

Scientists say trees are one of the most successful and cheapest ways of capturing carbon out of the atmosphere in the fight against global warming. As trees grow, they absorb and store carbon dioxide gas, which traps heat in the atmosphere. Trees soak up the gas and convert it to glucose and oxygen through photosynthesis.


I can't get too excited about this one. We know that trees grow better some places than others and have known that for a long time. Some places they hardly grow at all. I learned all that back in botany and ecology 101. Certainly, there are huge tracts of forest out west busy sequestering carbon; a few more acres square miles in the east won't add much. This is a scientist trying to get attention for his research on the back of climate change.

Of course, a mature forest is approximately in equilibrium with CO2 in the atmosphere, the amount of carbon being fixed into trunk, leaves and roots being offset by that amount being released back to the atmosphere by fire, decay, and consumption and respiration. If you really wanted to use forests to sequester carbon, you would harvest the wood, and use it to build long lived structures, like houses.

From the Annals of the Biden Crime Family

Really? Is half of America about to vote for the doddering, senile head of an organized crime family to be the chief executive? It would appear so.

Insty, THEY ALWAYS SHOW YOU WHAT THEY’RE AFRAID OF: Schumer sends letter to FBI director to ignore Biden scandal, says investigation could ‘undermine the rule of law.’ "In the Democrats’ lexicon, “rule of law,” like “democracy” means “our untrammeled power.”, and as if Wray had been rack and pinioned, BREAKING: DOJ source says FBI dropped Biden laptop investigation

One America News Network host Jack Posobiec tweeted Sunday that a source from the Department of Justice told the network that the FBI dropped the investigation due to supposed concerns over the story from the repair shop owner. Concerns were raised over the chain of custody in the case.

The source indicated that the FBI dropped the investigation "because they did not believe the repair shop owner's story would hold up in court, although Mac Isaac provided them with evidence," according to Posobiec, who added that "They found zero evidence of foreign involvement." 
Dan Chaitin at WaEx, Hunter Biden messages 'independently confirmed' to be authentic, GOP lawmaker says, and from Da Callers, Chuck Ross, Hunter Biden Sought To Avoid Registering As Foreign Agent In Chinese Business Venture, Text Message Shows. Remember, not registering as a foreign agent was one of the crimes for which Paul Manafort was convicted, and threats of using it against Michael Flynn and his son by the Mueller team were used to coerce the guilty plea, which he is still trying to retract.
“We don’t want to have to register as foreign agents under the FCPA which is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know,” Hunter Biden wrote to Bobulinski on May 1, 2017, according to a message obtained by the DCNF.

“No matter what it will need to be a US company at some level in order for us to make bids on federal and state funded projects.”

Biden appeared to be referring to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as well as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Biden did not explain in the messages why he thought the venture with CEFC would violate FARA or FCPA without the buffer of a U.S. shell company.

Beth Baumann at Town Hall, Newly-Released Text Messages Reveal Hunter Biden's Motive for Creating a Shell Company  At TNP, EXCLUSIVE: Emails Reveal Biden Family Lobbied For ‘Nepotistic’ Presidential Appointments AND Received Them and at Bongino, Alleged Hunter Biden Videos Prove Joe Biden Could Be a Major National Security Threat. Alleged should be in quotes. 

While sex tapes in general are embarrassing, it would be far more damaging to the Biden family, and dangerous for U.S. national security in the event of a Biden presidency, if the Chinese possessed evidence that a family member was involved in illegal or treacherous activities. And given Hunter Biden’s history of drug abuse and the recklessness with which he has lived his life, we have to assume that more compromising material exists.

Gordon Chang is a senior fellow at The Gatestone Institute and the author of “The Great US-China Tech War.” He joined Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday night. Chang’s message to viewers was basically, when you travel to China, you should assume you’re being surveilled. 
Sundance at CTH, Beijing Bribery – Bartiromo Releases Exclusive Segment With President Trump: “Deep Seated Corruption” and DC “People are Protected”… and Sunday Talks: Jim Jordan and Doug Collins Discuss Hunter Biden Laptop and Joe Biden Bribery Schemes…


And yet, even as Rasmussen reports Most Say Biden/Hunter Business Connection Likely, half the American public is planning of voting (or have voted) for him. 


And on the press reaction? Strategic Culture, Russiagate, The Sequel: Democrats Resurrect ‘Russia Bogeyman’ Ruse to Cover Joe and Hunter Biden’s Foreign Misconduct. Renegade liberal Matt Taibbi With the Hunter Biden Expose, Suppression is a Bigger Scandal Than The Actual Story "Unprecedented efforts to squelch information about a New York Post story may prove to be more dangerous corruption than whatever Hunter Biden did with a crooked Ukrainian energy company"




Plenty more at Ace's in JJ Seftons  The Morning Report - 10/27/20, BOMBSHELL BIDEN CRIME FAMILY REVELATIONS