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CPAC’s bold new vision

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 21/05/2022 - 2:30am in



Forced childbirth to solve the Great Replacement

The Conservative Political Action Committee is meeting in Budapest, Hungary this week and it started off with a bang. It may not feature any of the usual folks dressed in tricorn hats and white wigs annually observed at CPAC’s stateside gathering — and I don’t think they have a gold Trump Idol on hand — but CPAC Hungary may have something even better: Hungarian president Viktor Orban.

He opened the conference with this powerful call to arms:

Conservatives in Europe and the United States must fight together to “reconquer” institutions in Washington and Brussels from liberals who threaten Western civilisation ahead of votes in 2024, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday.

“Progressive liberals, neo-Marxists dazed by the woke dream, people financed by George Soros and promoters of open societies … want to annihilate the Western way of life that you and us love so much,” Orban told the conference. “We must coordinate the movement of our troops as we face a big test, 2024 will be a decisive year,” he said.

It’s not entirely clear what Orban meant by “troops” but it’s obvious that he believes their movement is global and that they must join forces to fight their common enemy. You’ll note that while he normally rails against immigrants polluting their Great White culture, he is now equally focused on “progressive liberals, Neo-Marxists and promoters of open societies.” Orban has declared a World Culture War and he is the leader who is showing the way forward.

The last time we talked about Viktor Orban, when he hosted Fox News personality Tucker Carlson for a week of shows extolling the virtues of Hungary’s white nationalism, it wasn’t entirely clear if he would be able to retain his seat in the next election. There seemed to be a strong opposition against him and there was some hope that he would be vanquished. Sadly, Orban’s policies of dominating the media and manipulating elections in his favor worked perfectly and he was “re-elected” in a landslide last month. He is now clearly feeling his oats.

Orban took the oath of office just last Monday and gave a speech obviously geared to the American right. His message is one that you may have heard quite a bit about recently:

“Part of the picture of the decade of war facing us will be recurring waves of suicidal policy in the Western world. One such suicide attempt that I see is the great European population replacement program, which seeks to replace the missing European Christian children with migrants, with adults arriving from other civilizations,” 

That’s right, Orban is the world’s most important proponent of the so-called great replacement theory, the motivating philosophy for the shooter who gunned down 13 people in Buffalo New York last weekend, 11 of whom were Black. That mass murderer would no doubt have been one of the “troops” Orban says must be coordinated for action in 2024. He just made his move too early.

But Orban wasn’t reacting to that horrible event. He’s been pushing the great replacement for many years. And he’s turned it into policy which right-wingers across the globe are watching very carefully. Aside from attacks on democracy and a free press, his Christian Nationalist values translate into a crusade against LGBTQ citizens and immigrants, as well as a strong push to make women give birth to as many children as humanly possible. All of this is in service of preserving Hungary’s cultural purity, which Orban believes is under assault from modern cultural forces.

At the center of Orban’s “great replacement” program is an obsession with birth rates. In a speech a few years back to the right-wing “World Congress of Families” (headed by Brian Brown, known for his crusade against marriage equality here in the U.S.), Orban laid out his vision:

Our homeland, our common homeland, Europe, is standing to lose in the population contest of the big civilizations. It’s important to say that it’s a national interest to restore natural reproduction. Not one interest among others — but the only one. It’s a European interest too. It is the European interest.”

This at least partly explains his antagonism to LGBTQ rights. Of course, he believes that it is a deviant lifestyle but when Orban says that “gender ideology” is a threat, it’s largely because he believes that same-sex couples are “non-procreative” and therefore fail to advance the cause. 

Abortion is the one issue in which the U.S. is about to become the global leader of the far-right white nationalist movement.

Meanwhile, Orban has instituted many policies encouraging Hungarian women to have many children but interestingly has not yet banned abortion, although they do make it as unpleasant as possible. That’s one issue in which the U.S. is about to become the global leader of the far-right white nationalist movement. The next step in curbing the Great Replacement is forced childbirth.Advertisement:

None other than CPAC’s Chairman Matt Schlapp made it explicit in an interview with Vice from Budapest on Thursday:

“Roe v. Wade is being adjudicated at the Supreme Court right now, for people that believe that we somehow need to replace populations or bring in new workers, I think it is an appropriate first step to give the…enshrinement in law the right to life for our own unborn children,” he said…

“If you say there is a population problem in a country, but you’re killing millions of your own people through legalized abortion every year, if that were to be reduced, some of that problem is solved,” Schlapp said. “You have millions of people who can take many of these jobs. How come no one brings that up? If you’re worried about this quote-unquote replacement, why don’t we start there? Start with allowing our own people to live.”

Asked again if he agreed with Orban’s comments about European countries “committing suicide” by embracing immigration, Schlapp said: “I think Orban is skeptical of their solution, and I think in America we have a solution that could be right around the corner.” 

That’s some good old American problem solving for you. The solution to the great replacement, then, is to simply force women to give birth against their will. Someone wrote a book about that a while ago. Everyone said it was a dystopian science fiction novel. It appears that it was actually a premonition. 


Beveridge Curves – Covid edition

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 21/05/2022 - 1:58am in



Beveridge curves are graphical representations of the historical relationship between unemployment and the job openings/job vacancy rate. They should be called ‘Beveridge Ellipsoids‘ as they are banana shaped (an ellipsoid with one bent axis, aside of banana-shaped there does not seem to be an official name for such an ellipsoid). Just calling it a ‘curve’ […]

“I wanted to send yinz a quick note”

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 21/05/2022 - 12:30am in



A Yinzer roughneck advances in Pennsylvania

Some of you likely saw the fundraising email from Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman after he won Pennsylvania Democrats’ nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday:

Omg, Tom.

Now that I’m *officially* the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, I wanted to send yinz a quick note to introduce myself + then ask you to split a $10 donation between my campaign and the Democratic National Committee. 🙏

When people first meet me, they usually notice two things: My height (I’m 6’9”!) and my tattoos. On my left arm, I have “15104”.

That’s the ZIP code for Braddock, Pennsylvania — my home and the community where I was honored to serve as Mayor for 13 years. My wife Gisele and I are raising our kids here, right across the street from Andrew Carnegie’s first steel mill.

The yinz jumped off the screen as a signifier of “average Joe” and a marker of authenticity. A comms friend yesterday praised it and sent along David Graham’s Wednesday newsletter about Fetterman:

Many Democrats are pinning their hopes on Fetterman—and future candidates in his mold—to bring blue-collar voters back to the party. The buzz around him reveals a party bereft of a national identity, a clear message, or an obvious successor to President Joe Biden. If there’s one thing most people seem to agree about, it is the appeal of Fetterman’s vibes. As I wrote last night, the attraction for many voters is not Fetterman’s actual policy platform but his persona: “Looking and sounding like a Yinzer roughneck is handy when many of the voters you need to win do too”—especially when you’re a relatively left-wing candidate.

Graham notes that Fetterman is sui generis, making him an unlikely role model for other Democrats. Younger Democrats who styled themselves after Barack Obama failed to catch on, he adds, as did Trump imitators such as Madison Cawthorn.

But authenticity matters. Project aloof and you’re toast. Only leftier-than-thou voters use issue checklists to decide how to vote. Even then, they are kidding themselves.

Looking back (January 3, 2020):

Yascha Mounk examines in The Atlantic the notion people voted for George W. Bush because, as a poll question revealed, “most undecided voters would have preferred to drink a beer with Bush rather than his opponent, John Kerry.” What if the question gets it backwards? What if people actually preferred the candidate they felt “would rather have a beer with them.”

Mounk explained:

The original formulation of the beer question invites the question of why voters would care so much about something that is exceedingly unlikely to happen. If you invert it, however, voters start to look a lot less irrational. After all, they can’t foresee all the decisions politicians will need to make once in office, and have few ways of holding them accountable if they don’t follow through on their promises. So they need to estimate which politicians are most likely to understand and advance their interests.

A candidate’s attitudes toward “people like me” thus become a powerful heuristic. If a candidate generally likes people like me, then it seems plausible that he will look out for my interests in a wide range of scenarios. If he dislikes people like me—if he would hate sharing a beer with me, and secretly thinks I’m trash—then he is far more likely to sell me out.

The best politicians I’ve met have that. Most voters are not policy geeks or activists.

So, once again:

As a field organizer in the South, I remind canvassers that, no, those voters are not stupid. They’re busy. With jobs and kids and choir practice and soccer practice and church and PTA and Friday night football and more. Unlike political junkies, they don’t keep up with issues. They don’t have time for the issues. When they go to the polls they are voting to hire someone to keep up with the issues for them. And when they look at a candidate — your candidate — what they are really asking themselves is simple: “Is this someone I can trust?”

One of my favorite southernisms is, “I wouldn’t trust anyone my dog doesn’t like.” That, I caution canvassers, is how most Americans really vote, like it or not. And if you don’t purge the thought, those “low information” voters? They will know you think they’re stupid before you do. Right before you ask for their votes.

Voters want to see themselves reflected in their candidates. Across much of Pennsylvania, Fetterman doesn’t have to say a word. Well, maybe only one.

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Dallagnol divide o palco com a nata do bolsonarismo evangélico em SP

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 21/05/2022 - 12:00am in



O ex-procurador da República e agora formalmente político Deltan Dallagnol, filiado ao Podemos do Paraná, é uma das estrelas do “Simpósio Futuro Brasil”, marcado para os próximos dias 27 e 28 de maio na imponente sede da igreja Bola de Neve na Pompéia, bairro de classe média da zona oeste São Paulo.

O evento é uma reunião da nata do bolsonarismo evangélico: além de Dallagnol, que frequenta a Igreja Batista do Bacacheri, em Curitiba, estarão por lá a ex-ministra e pré-candidata ao Senado Damares Alves, o igualmente ex-ministro e pré-candidato (ao governo de São Paulo) Tarcísio de Freitas e o ex-ministro e atual 02 de Jair Bolsonaro no Supremo Tribunal Federal, André Mendonça.

Não, você não leu errado: um ministro do Supremo estará em um evento de pré-campanha política da extrema direita. Pode-se imaginar o que Dallagnol, um adversário habitual do STF (na verdade, ele foi um dos lançadores da prática de atacar a suprema corte quando as decisões não lhe eram favoráveis), dirá a Mendonça nos bastidores.

Damares Alves, como sabemos, comandou um dos mais radicais ministérios do governo Bolsonaro. Durante a pandemia, o Ministério da Mulher, da Família e dos Direitos Humanos usou seu serviço de disque-denúncias (criado para receber informações sobre violações aos direitos humanos) para dar voz a quem se opôs à vacinação contra a covid-19.

A ministra Damares também usou a estrutura do governo para pressionar uma criança estuprada a não abortar (direito garantido por lei em casos como esse) e se juntou a Jair Bolsonaro e Marcelo Queiroga na caça por um cadáver infantil que justificasse a oposição do presidente à vacinação infantil – não encontrou, é óbvio.


Tarcísio de Freitas, pré-candidato a governar São Paulo, já anunciou o desejo de rever o uso de câmeras nos uniformes de policiais militares, que segundo ele “não permite que coisas que eram rotina aconteçam”. Ele tem razão, de alguma forma: nos batalhões da PM que usam as câmeras, os assassinatos cometidos por policiais caíram 85%. Curioso deus, o de Dallagnol, Damares e Tarcísio, que aprecia a morte, a violência e a mentira.

Eu perguntei a Dallagnol se ele não se sentirá constrangido ao lado de quem combateu as vacinas, é candidato para defender Bolsonaro ou se tornou ministro do STF para defender as posições da extrema direita. Como é de seu feito desde a Lava Jato só responder a perguntas que lhe sejam favoráveis, ele se calou.

A igreja em que será realizado o evento ocupa desde 2010 o prédio da antiga casa de shows Olympia, com capacidade para 3,5 mil pessoas sentadas. Ao lado de Dallagnol e dos ex-ministros bolsonaristas, estarão por lá o deputado estadual paulista para quem uma colega “teve sorte” por ser assediada sexualmente no plenário e um ex-prefeito que foi condenado por improbidade administrativa num caso e responde pela mesma acusação em outro.

Um time e tanto.

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They ain’t right. They’re disloyal.

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 11:00pm in



Whatever the GOP is now, conservative has vanished

President Donald Trump in a White House meeting suggested that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson should be arrested and executed for not calling the 2020 election in Michigan in his favor, Bensen claimed in an NBC News interview.

Eugene Robinson ponders whether what remains of the Grand Old Party is “a cult of personality or a seditious conspiracy.” Is there anything, really, to ponder?

It is now the party of Doug “Big Lie” Mastriano, the GOP’s candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, a Jan. 6 insurrection attendee. Other lunatic fringe candidates are still vying for the cult’s nomination for U.S. Senate there.

In North Carolina, the GOP is the party of Ted “Monster Truck” Budd who won the Republican nomination for Senate, and the defeated Madison “Gentile Politics” Cawthorn. The young Hitler tourist lost his reelection bid on Tuesday and vowed last night that Dark MAGA* would exact its revenge, crush its enemies, see them fly before them, etc. “Their days are numbered. We are coming.”

The key element behind this cult/seditious conspiracy, writes Robinson, is devotion to Donald Trump and “a willingness to betray democracy.” Robinson continues:

The Republican Party is shaping itself in Trump’s image, and Trump has shown nothing but contempt for the traditions of fair play and good will that allow our democracy to function. Refusing to accept the will of the voters is authoritarianism. Today’s GOP, increasingly, is just fine with that.

Robinson urges voters this fall to “reject Trumpism, both for its cultishness and for its proto-fascism.” But Robinson is soft-selling the threat to his Washington Post audience. Cultish? Proto?

Business Insider offers a primer on the Republican descent into darkness:

“A big part of the [Dark MAGA] aesthetic involves memes of a God-like, authoritarian Trump getting revenge on perceived opponents,” Dr. Caroline Orr Bueno, a behavioral scientist researching far-right extremism, told Insider. 

“It’s an aggrieved movement centered around the idea of a vengeful return to power. They’re embracing the role of the villain and stripping away any facade of decency or political correctness.” 

This is what Cawthorn referenced in his Thursday Instagram post. It inspired last weekend’s white-supremacist mass murder in Buffalo, suggests Jeff Sharlet.

According to Orr, the Dark MAGA aesthetic is inspired by accelerationist/neo-Nazi movements and iconography, including fashwaveterrorwave, and the so-called “skull mask network.

With Marjorie Taylor Greene, an elected congresswoman, and other prominent Trump supporters engaging with and amplifying Dark MAGA, it is bringing a previously fringe movement into the mainstream.

MAGA fascists got their movement rolling by questioning Barack Obama’s Americanness and his birth certificate. Now there’s nothing left of their Americanness except their birth certificates.

* Ben Collins of NBC News cautions:

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Book Review: The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis by Amitav Ghosh

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 8:15pm in



In The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in CrisisAmitav Ghosh explores the spice nutmeg as a parable for our contemporary climate crisis, showing how human history has always been entangled with earthly materials. Offering a lucid call to action that seeks to inspire a collective response to the crisis, this book is urgent reading, writes Shaan Kashyap.

The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis. Amitav Ghosh. University of Chicago Press. 2021.

The Nutmeg's Curse coverEver since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its First Assessment Report (FAR) in 1990, ‘colonialism’ was sweating it out to be documented by it. In 2022, the word finally made its way into the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. The two reports of the working group that examines the consequences of climate change on people identified colonialism not only as fanning the flames of the climate crisis, but also as an unremitting problem that is aggravating communities’ exposure to it. Amitav Ghosh’s thick description of the issue in The Nutmeg’s Curse could not be more timely.

In his previous work The Great Derangement, Ghosh questioned our collective imaginative failures in the face of global warming. Through his interrogative and illustrative descriptions, ranging from literary fiction to history, Ghosh wondered how ‘our’ thoughts on human-induced climate change and the urgent collective action it requires may not be compatible with our contemporary modes of thinking. Concurrently, he summoned a call for action, arguing that this will make more noise if literary and artistic echoes are put into play to spread the word on climate change.

Ghosh returns to do the same in his latest book. In The Nutmeg’s Curse, Ghosh recounts the histories of Western colonialism through the nutmeg. Yes, the spice that was originally found in the Banda Islands of Indonesia and has since travelled far and wide at the hands of trade and commerce to be present in kitchens across the world. What comes out of this fairly familiar trope of exploring a global commodity like nutmeg is a critical history of colonialism and capitalism that has been frequently told. What Ghosh makes fresh about this story is mostly due to the ‘time and space’ he is writing in – the Anthropocene.

So, for instance, in the first chapter titled ‘A Lamp Falls’, we are not only introduced to the Dutch East India Company, islanders’ resistance to it and the subsequent devastation of the Bandanese people in seventeenth-century Indonesia. Ghosh further complicates the narrative. The Banda Islands are shown to have been sitting upon ‘one of the fault lines where the Earth shows itself to be most palpably alive’ (7). This refers to how the islands and their volcanoes, such as the active Gunung Api, are an integral part of the Circum-Pacific Belt which is a path along the Pacific Ocean characterised by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Ghosh thereby evokes geology in his narration of colonial histories.

Ghosh remains finely sensitive to the life sciences as well, especially botany, when he talks about the ‘trees and their offspring’, adding how they ‘were of very different temperaments’. ‘The trees were home-loving and did not venture out of their native Maluku until the eighteenth century. Nutmegs and mace, on the other hand, were tireless travelers’ (8). This kind of description almost reworks some form of animism in which ‘non-humans’ are delineated with agency.

Nutmeg tree

Image Credit: Photo by Tyler Gooding on Unsplash

Ghosh also uses ‘planetarity’ to animate details. Consider how he describes the nutmeg: ‘Like a planet, the nutmeg is encased within a series of expanding spheres’ (10). He then proceeds to peel off the layers of the nutmeg to light up an analogy with Earth’s atmosphere. What is at play in all these brilliant moves is the evocation of agency. The author underlines that ‘Humanity is being so closely entangled with the products of the Earth that the past cannot be remembered without them’ (91). He calls for us to reevaluate the belief that ‘resources or commodities’, as we usually know of things such as the nutmeg, ‘have no world- or history-making powers of their own’ (91).

Yet, the author remains alert to the predicaments of the geopolitical order, which come out in stark detail when he talks about ‘non-renewables’ as ‘resources’. When he puts James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis to work, his dilemmas become evident. The first half of the book arguably emerges as an attempt to supplant simplified histories of colonialism with the complexities of geology and botany; conversely, the writing of ‘commodities’ as having their ‘own histories’ in the second half ultimately seems to fall back on the same distinction made by R.G. Collingwood. Collingwood differentiated between human history and natural history by remarking that ‘all history properly so called is the history of human affairs’. This has been recently challenged and reworked by Dipesh Chakrabarty in The Climate of History, but Ghosh still seems to have gone with the conventional distinction between natural history and human affairs. This is likely because Ghosh misses out the problem of scale when it comes to the climate crisis.

The time scale in which Ghosh works is a fairly recent one, going back some three or four centuries. By writing a history of colonialism, he falls back on the choices of the present that repetitively ask the same question: who is responsible for climate change? Of course, it is human-induced and anthropogenic, as even the policy documents testify. But on what scale and through what measures? Even while using the concept of Gaia frequently, Ghosh fails to show how the living organisms on the planet interact with their surrounding inorganic environment to configure a synergetic and self-regulating system that originally created the climate and biochemical conditions sufficient and responsible for creating ‘life’ on this planet. This is because Ghosh, while pursuing a global politics of vitalism (the belief that living beings have a vital force), still holds humans closest to his heart. A book that makes the case for a ‘planet in crisis’ intentionally emphasises human parables alone.

Colonialism leading to climate change through resource exploitation is not a new story. Historians, whether writing their imperial, anti-colonial, postcolonial or global histories, have remained conscious of this fact. However, they have faced the same problem that scientists do. Naomi Oreskes, an earth scientist and historian of science, once reminded us that despite the scientific consensus on climate change, the communication aspect is always an issue. Scientists coming to a consensus on the reasons for human-induced climate change does not necessarily mean that the message circulates.

We therefore rely on artists, authors, filmmakers and communicators to spread the message. The contribution of Ghosh is meaningful in that respect. His ‘non-fiction’ reads as much more lucid and obstacle-free than academic offerings that usually fail in communicating a call to action that would cement a collective response to crisis. Ghosh concludes: ‘It is essential now, as the prospect of planetary catastrophe comes ever closer, that those nonhuman voices be restored to our stories’ (257). This is precisely how The Nutmeg’s Curse becomes urgent reading.

Note: This review gives the views of the author, and not the position of the LSE Review of Books blog, or of the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Axel Leijonhufvud (1933-2022)

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 8:05pm in



from Lars Syll The orthodox Keynesianism of the time did have a theoretical explanation for recessions and depressions. Proponents saw the economy as a self-regulating machine in which individual decisions typically lead to a situation of full employment and healthy growth. The primary reason for periods of recession and depression was because wages did not […]

And so it begins

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 10:00am in



Oklahoma goes first with a total ban


The Oklahoma Legislature gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that prohibits nearly all abortions starting at fertilization, which would make it the nation’s strictest abortion law.

The bill subjects abortion providers and anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion to civil suits from private individuals. It would take effect immediately if signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican who has pledged to make his state the most anti-abortion in the nation.

“There can be nothing higher or more critical than the defense of innocent, unborn life,” State Representative Jim Olsen, a Republican, said Thursday on the floor of the Oklahoma House, where the bill passed on a 73-16 vote.

The measure is modeled on a law that took effect in Texas in September, which has relied on civilian instead of criminal enforcement to work around court challenges. Because of that provision — the law explicitly says state authorities cannot bring charges — the U.S. Supreme Court and state courts have said they cannot block the ban from taking effect, even if it goes against the constitutional right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade.

The Oklahoma ban goes further than the Texas law, which bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Supporters of abortion rights said the legislation in Oklahoma, and the ongoing rush to enact new restrictions in other Republican-led states, showed that a new legal reality had set in even before the official release of a Supreme Court opinion that many expect will overturn Roe v. Wade.

This isn’t a fire drill,” said Emily Wales, the president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, which has operations in Oklahoma. “This is not a rehearsal for what’s to come. We are living in this real world right now. The Supreme Court will finalize that this summer.”

The vote Thursday was the latest step by Oklahoma’s Republican-led Legislature, working alongside Mr. Stitt, to pass ban upon ban in an attempt to outlaw abortion entirely. Together, they have put their state at the head of the pack of Republican-led states rushing to pass laws that restrict or prohibit abortion in anticipation that the Supreme Court is soon likely to overturn RoeA leaked draft opinion written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. — along with oral arguments in the case at hand, regarding a Mississippi law that bans the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy — indicated that the court was prepared to do so.

In Oklahoma, outnumbered Democrats in the State House pleaded with their colleagues not to pass the bill on Thursday. Several urged instead for Oklahoma to focus more on funding for family planning services, or on improving the lives of young Oklahomans living in poverty.

“Legislation like this, on the surface, says that we are going to end abortion in our state,” said State Representative Trish Ranson, a Democrat who voted against the bill. “The manner in which it chooses to do so is punitive, it’s speculative and it draws the worst of us together.”

The bill makes exceptions for cases of rape and incest, but only if those crimes have been reported to law enforcement.

An Oklahoma Democrat, Cyndi Munson, in an exchange on the House floor with a Republican sponsor of the bill, said that many women — especially young girls who may be victims of incest — do not report rapes or incest to law enforcement.

“Can you explain to me why you’re OK with a person carrying on a pregnancy after they have been raped or there has been instances of incest?” Ms. Munson asked. “You understand what incest is, correct? You are OK with that?”

“I am OK with preserving the life of the child,” Wendi Stearman, the Republican sponsor, responded. “The child was not part of that decision,”

I’m pretty sure the rape and incest victims weren’t “part of that decision” either. And some of the people affected by this are innocent children as well. But it doesn’t matter. They are required to pay the price in order to preserve the daft notion that a collection of cells is a human being endowed with full rights while the fully formed human being in which those cells exist is really only an incubator who can be forced to allow those cells to develop over nine months and then go through arduous childbirth against its will. Incubators may not be human but they will be held responsible for failing to properly incubate the much more important person inside of it and could be committing crimes if it fails to do so. It’s up to total strangers to monitor its actions and bring in the law if they find it.

So that’s where we are. The fetus is a human being but the woman or girl, even those who were impregnated against their will, lose their humanity and are just incubators who have no agency when they are pregnant.

Oklahoma already has a trigger ban that would immediately ban abortion if the court overturns Roe, as well as a ban on abortion that has remained on the books since before the Roe decision in 1973. Two weeks ago, just after the leak of the memo, Mr. Stitt signed a six-week ban closely modeled on the Texas legislation. The previous month, he had signed a law that will take effect in late August, outlawing abortion entirely except to save the life of the mother. That ban imposes criminal penalties on abortion providers.

The new six-week abortion ban had already sharply reduced the number of procedures Oklahoma abortion providers could perform. Andrea Gallegos, the executive administrator at the Tulsa Women’s Clinic, said the governor’s signature on the bill passed Thursday would make performing any abortions in the state impossible.

These people are just frantically passing law after law after law. I have no doubt there will soon be laws against birth control, mandating miscarriage investigations and more. And they are enshrining vigilante justice to help enforce it. Guess who’s going to be doing that? Well armed, right wing extremists, of course.

The Supreme Court is green lighting all of it. And if you don’t like it, just move to a state where they aren’t doing it. For now. They’re planning a national ban as soon as they can get enough power to do it. And they don’t give a damn what the majority thinks. What are we going to do about it?


Dark MAGA?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 8:00am in



It’s as white as it ever was, I’m sure

Madison Cawthorne throws down:

“gentile politics”?

Will Sommer, who follows the batshit right for the Daily Beast tweeted this:

Dark MAGA has been a growing concept among very online Trump supporters this spring. Basically it means you stole the election from us, NOW we’re going to be bad.

So, it’s not just Caawthorne. There are others as crazy as he is.

I think what we are seeing is the beginning of the far right turning on Trump and his cronies for failing to be MAGA enough. Kathy Barnette’s campaign in Pennsylvania was the first I’ve seen that openly embraced that idea. And she’s not backing off:

Failed GOP Pennsylvania Senate candidate Kathy Barnette took to Twitter to blame Fox News host Sean Hannity for her primary election loss. 

“Never forget what Sean Hannity did in this race,” she said in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday. “Almost single handedly Sean Hannity sowed deep seeds of disinformation, flat out lies every night for the past five days and that was just extremely hard to overcome.”

Her comment comes after Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz said Tuesday Hannity has been giving him advice “behind the scenes.”

“I want to thank Sean Hannity. Sean has been like a brother to me. When Sean punches through something, he really punches through it. He understands exactly how to make a difference and he’s been doing that this entire campaign,” Oz said.

Oz and former hedge fund manager David McCormick are still in a battle for the GOP Senate nomination as the vote was too close to call on Tuesday night. 

Barnette declared she would not support Oz or McCormick in the general election, saying she had “no intentions of support[ing] globalists” before the election began Tuesday,

Maybe she and Madison can run for president on the QAnon ticket.


Philly Fed Manufacturing, home sales, miles traveled

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 20/05/2022 - 7:47am in



Post-war collapse theme intact:

Falling back to the pre-Covid war trend line:

We’re back burning fuel with abandon:


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