Book “advances” and book deals are often payoffs for services rendered, I think most of us know

Not saying this is a case of that but if it were it might look something like this though why then becomes the question which could be answered by how someone opined on the most important case ever to come before the court though there could be other reasons and I do not mean to be implying one thing or another just pointing out what might or might not be in a general sense is all.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett has somehow managed to convince someone to hand over a whopping $2 million advance for a book about her legal philosophies, according to Politico. Former President Donald Trump’s final pick for the Supreme Court has reportedly written a manuscript that revolves around her belief that judges should never let their personal feelings cloud their decision-making. A publishing industry source told the site that the figure for the advance is an “an eye-raising amount” for a Supreme Court justice.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Pockets Massive $2M Advance for New Book, Says Report

Why USA is in decline and what we probably won’t do about it though maybe we will

Yet another very good essay from the Unz Review, where you will expose your tender eyes to ideas that shock the mainstream. A major reason Unz is good in the way that it is (variety, depth, boldness, truth, along with bs) is it fosters and encourages free speech. Essayists and commenters really can say what they want and that provides it with some of the best essays and hands-down the best comment section on the internet that I know of. As of 7 AM today, the comment section for this article is as good and thought provoking as the article itself.

Here are few numbers, we’ll start with two: 447 million and 4.67 billion. These two numbers speak volumes, and are in the foundation of the America’s decline and increasingly irrational behavior which may, quoting Bachman Turner Overdrive’s famous hit, get us to the point of a proverbial ain’t seen nothing yet. The first number is a population of European Union, while the second one is a population of Asia. Asia’s population constitutes around 60% of all the world’s population. Second place in this count is taken by Africa, around 1.37 billion, and the third–by Latin America and Caribbean with respectable 659 million which is considerably larger still than the population of the European Union. The Northern America’s population is around 371 million, which in the larger scheme of things doesn’t look that impressive. In fact, it isn’t.

The Dictatorship of Numbers

Infrastructure bill “just a cost shift” that allows blue states to divert funds: Stephen Miller

STEPHEN MILLER: I’m actually going to get technical for a second if I could, because I think it’s an important point to get across to your audience. One of the things we learned about infrastructure in the Trump Administration is that for all the money you’re spending on infrastructure you could have more roads, more bridges, more improvements to your community by throwing that entire bill in the trash can and passing the following one sentence into law: all approvals for new infrastructure shall either be approved or rejected within one calendar year. That one sentence will mean more roads, more bridges, more infrastructure, more new cement, more new asphalt, more new airports, more new everything. And it won’t cost you a single solitary penny.

What this money does, and it’s only a quarter of the massive bill, and what it does, is it actually takes money that blue cities and states have already earmarked for infrastructure, with their large tax hikes and their large tax plans that they already have in place, it takes that money, allows them to divert those funds to other left-wing projects, then fill in the hole with federal tax dollars. So actually no new infrastructure spending happens. It’s just a cost shift.

Stephen Miller calls Biden infrastructure bill a ‘cost shift’

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Free money!

Americans earned an extra $1.1 trillion in 2020 due to stimulus checks and other pandemic aid from the federal government. We probably only spent $15 trillion to do it.  We bankrupted the Soviet Union by luring them into a spending race on defense spending. We tricked them into spending more than they could afford, bankrupted their nation, and then watched as the whole thing fell apart. I think China is doing the exact same thing to us, only they have basically got their leftist politicians in the US spending as profligately as they can, to bankrupt our treasury in the exact same way. The only difference is we will not even have military hardware and defense capability to show for it when the collapse comes. Everything, from absorbing penniless low-IQ illegals who will drain our welfare and healthcare systems, to the free money buffet for everyone else, are all part of this planned, organized program, which will end for the USA exactly how the end came for the Soviet Union, with the possible exception we will have the Chinese move in and take us over. I’m still amazed at the parallels with the Soviet Union though. China must not be able to believe how lucky they are to have such total control over our media and political machines.

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A basic must for understanding DC endless bullshit

The last five years have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that DC is a corrupt economy that serves and maintains itself above all other interests. The linked article contains important information all Americans should know.

…The system of DC is based on a series of unwritten rules… “You don’t out me, and I will not out you… and that will protect us both.”   These rules cross over both parties to the extent they usually have a common enemy, us.  The staff of Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson and even the staff of House Oversight Ranking Member Jim Jordan are purposefully and willfully blind.

They choose not to know things; or at least they claim not to know and do an exceptional job of purposeful pretend.

The investigative information that makes up the news cycles amid the investigative right-side of the spectrum is generally compartmented or silo’d.  Within DC all branches and people within them keep information isolated from each-other in order to create and retain plausible deniability.  This permits their leadership to talk a good game on television while nothing is actually accomplished.

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Obey or be vaporized

Dark humor, why not laugh at our intellectual subjugation? Recommended short read by CJ Hopkins.

…And that is how reality-policing works. It’s a bullying operation, basically. The entire “cancel culture” phenomenon is. “Cancel culture” is a silly name for it. We are talking about a global empire imposing total ideological conformity (or, in simpler terms, its version of “reality”) on the entire planet through fear and force. The Nazis referred to this process as Gleichschaltung.

Global capitalism has reached the stage where it no longer needs to tolerate dissent (any kind of dissent, from any quarter) to maintain the illusion of “freedom and democracy,” because there is no alternative to global capitalism. It is everywhere. There is nowhere to run or hide. When the Reality Police find you, and threaten to “cancel” you, you have two choices … obey or be vaporized.

The New Normal “Reality” Police

How scientific journals make money while also impeding science

It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell

…The way to make money from a scientific article [is]…to duck most of the actual costs. Scientists create work under their own direction – funded largely by governments – and give it to publishers for free; the publisher pays scientific editors who judge whether the work is worth publishing and check its grammar, but the bulk of the editorial burden – checking the scientific validity and evaluating the experiments, a process known as peer review – is done by working scientists on a volunteer basis. The publishers then sell the product back to government-funded institutional and university libraries, to be read by scientists – who, in a collective sense, created the product in the first place.

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?