A comment on my last diary

1) About Kyle Rittenhouse: I really don't care if the mainstream media is "telling the truth" about him, or not. What was important to me was that the situation deteriorated so rapidly that he ended up killing people, probably in self-defense, but still. "The streets" used to be the imagined location where the revolution was going to happen. They were, after all, an important part of the French Revolution. Now it's this. That's the source of my complaint.

2) About Peng Shuai: my understanding of top-level tennis players is that they hang out with each other. That is, for instance, how Andre Agassi ended up marrying Stefanie Graf and telling everyone about it in his memoir. Wake me up when Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams tell me they've met with her in an actual, physical meeting, and that they feel she's okay.

3) About Nicaragua: the link I posted was of an article by William I. Robinson, a respectable, and respected, source. Like Robinson, I don't care much for Ortega or his well-positioned family and I don't care much for the organized opposition, which is doubtless taking money from the US State Department. Impassioned rhetorical battles about which version of capitalism is the better one do not inspire me.

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The Liberal Moonbat's picture

Forget "the streets", and that goes quintuple for their cyberspace analogues.

Ordinary humans are too cowardly for a victory of quantity to become anything other than a pack-mentality nightmare. Where you see disappointment in what has become of "the streets", I see confirmation of what I more or less already knew.

The bulk of a successful Revolution will take place in the shadows and along the hidden roads traversable only by an elite few - the REAL elite, mind you, not the morbidly-rich. The macro-mediocrity mice, like Shift the Ape and Puzzle the Donkey, have been playing at the whole world's expense because somewhere along the way, the cats went away after getting it into their heads that it was immoral to be better than others, kind of a "Jonah Complex" (woweee, that enough mixed literary allegories for ya???).

"Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so."
― Charles de Gaulle

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We live in a society in which "we live in a society" is considered a subversive and vaguely-threatening statement.

In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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A solution used throughout the world where guns are owned by people.
RE: Item 1.

Guns may never leave their owner's property.
That would be a felony.

Special accommodations are made for long hunting rifles in season and storing guns at the shooting range.

Simple. Clean. Doable.

It's tedious to discuss the fallout from a lack of critical thinking, don't you find it so?

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@Pluto's Republic Kyle Rittenhouse is an "indeterminate joiner." It's at 3:02 of this video.

The question we ought to be asking, then, is: "what was Kyle Rittenhouse joining?"

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"Freedom is always, and exclusively, freedom for the one who thinks differently.” -- Rosa Luxemburg

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@Cassiodorus
YouTube doesn't track Dislike votes anymore. It would've been 10 downs to 1 up. The comment section thoroughly schools them.

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@CB and they said so, with that old, reliable, and infinitely-persuasive argument: "I didn't like it." So by your standards that settled it. Perhaps someone on the video got their facts wrong. No need to discuss which facts those were, or whether or not they were germane to any argument one cares to name. We don't like them anyway.

And maybe I've read some of the things you've posted, either in this diary or the last one, but I didn't like any of them, and so that's good enough. No examination of reasons or arguments is necessary, at least not by your standards. I didn't like it, and that settles it.

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@Cassiodorus

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Chinese tennis star says she is safe in video call with Olympic official

BEIJING, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai had a video call on Sunday with the president of the International Olympic Committee and told him she was safe and well, the IOC said, after Western governments expressed mounting concern for her well-being.

Photos and videos of Peng at a children's tournament in Beijing published earlier in the day had done little to quell that unease, following a nearly three-week public absence after she alleged that a former senior Chinese official sexually assaulted her.

In a statement, the IOC said Peng began the 30-minute call with its president Thomas Bach by thanking the Olympic organization for its concern.

"She explained that she is safe and well, living at her home in Beijing, but would like to have her privacy respected at this time," the IOC's statement said.

"That is why she prefers to spend her time with friends and family right now. Nevertheless, she will continue to be involved in tennis, the sport she loves so much."


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Current and former tennis players, from Naomi Osaka to Serena Williams to Billie Jean King, had joined the calls seeking to confirm she was safe, using the social media hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai? World No.1 Novak Djokovic said it would be strange to hold tournaments in China unless the "horrific" situation was resolved.

The concern over Peng came as global rights groups and others have called for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February over China's human rights record.
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A full English language translation of Peng Shuai's Weibo post can be found here.

The Winter Olympics in China is due to open in February, 2022 and the US would like to put a crimp in it. Daniel Dumbrill explains how and why the US denigrates China:

Daniel Dumbrill's speech on the Military Industrial Complex & War Propaganda from "The Propaganda War Against China" panel organized by the Friends of Socialist China group.

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@CB I gather we'll be seeing her with Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams -- in person -- any time now, then.

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@Cassiodorus
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will be welcome to attend the Winter Games where I'm sure Peng Shuai will welcome them.

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@CB to have her name scrubbed from the Chinese internet.

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