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From America First to America Last

As Biden prepares his administration we are moving from principals of America first back to America last. These people are all globalists and the worst of the worst, John Kerry, has been resurrected from political obscurity where he truly belongs.

Mr. Biden’s choices of Antony Blinken to run the State Department and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser will reassure world leaders discomfited by Mr. Trump’s disruption. Mr. Blinken has worked with Mr. Biden for years, which will give him significant policy influence. Mr. Sullivan worked with Hillary Clinton at the State Department and would have had a major job had she won the Presidency.

Both are mainstream liberal internationalists who believe in working on behalf of U.S. interests through multilateral institutions. They favor U.S. leadership as long as it is channeled through the United Nations, NATO and traditional alliances. To borrow a phrase from the Obama era, they favor leading from behind. They’re also enamored with arms control, and Mr. Sullivan criticized Mr. Trump’s withdrawal from the 1987 nuclear arms treaty with Russia despite blatant Kremlin cheating.

wsj.com

The big disappointment is John Kerry as a cabinet-level special envoy for climate. As a negotiator, Mr. Kerry never drives a hard bargain, as his Iran nuclear deal showed. His cabinet status suggests that climate will be a special negotiating priority rather than one issue among many in foreign policy.

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Election interference is real… and it seems to be Google

I have never clicked on the vote reminders from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Prior to the election all those services annoyed me to no end with prompts about the election. Turns out maybe I should have checked this out because Google, at the very least, has been subtly steering people towards liberal candidates. In fact, using over 700 people to conduct searches just days before the election it is revealed that Google only sent reminders to vote to those that leaned towards liberal candidates.

The above video is from Dr. Robert Epstein on November 9, 2020. He reveals how Google, through search, steers elections towards liberals. He previously testified before Congress pertaining to the 2016 election where he revealed his analysis about how Google pushed people to Hillary Clinton.

The presentation is a little dry but very revealing as to how the public is being manipulated.

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Nicor Gas… you suck

I just had contact with Nicor Gas over their “customer service” online chat. These people are not trained in customer service and there is no recourse. Who do I complain to? There is absolutely nothing anyone will do to even investigate my issue.

I engaged a customer service agent because my bill this month was double my last month’s bill. This makes no sense because the home has been unoccupied since September 30. According to my billing I used 35.66 therms between August 31st to September 30 and somehow used 129.02 therms between Ocotber 1st and November 1st. That is triple the usage with no one home and temperatures unseasonably warm.

The logic presented to me by the customer service agent was that because no one is home the furnace will use more gas. When we are home we set our cold weather temperature to 70 degrees, we also cook every single day, and we use hot water. How in the world could I possibly triple my usage with the thermostats set to 65, no cooking, and no hot water usage? Here is the chatlog I saved from Nicor’s online chat.

The chat agent would not end the chat. They simply just let it time out. My guess is so I couldn’t get to the part where they usually have a survey for you. I was not going to be kind.

Maybe I’m an asshole or maybe I would just like a customer service agent to make an attempt at customer service. I know the person on the other end doesn’t have any power to do much but at the very least she should have made an attempt to push things up the chain or find some way to help me.

Chat
Thursday,November 12,2020
System:
[09:34:02AM] Good Morning! Welcome Kevin Bae! We look forward to being of assistance.
System:
[09:34:02AM] You are first in the queue.
Customer:
[09:34:14AM] Good morning
System:
[09:34:27AM] The conversation request is being delivered to an agent. Please wait a second.
System:
[09:34:37AM] The conversation request has been accepted by an agent. Please start the conversation.
Agent:
[09:34:42AM] Thank you for contacting Nicor Gas. Please be advised our interaction may be monitored for quality assurance. My name is Georgia, how may I assist you?
Customer:
[09:34:47AM] I setup my account with autopay and online it says I’m enrolled but it doesn’t seem to be working
Customer:
[09:35:04AM] So my October bill is past due
Customer:
[09:35:17AM] Can you check to make sure things are set up correctly?
Agent:
[09:35:50AM] Sure, one moment please.
Customer:
[09:36:49AM] Oh, wait. I’m sorry. The payment did go through.
Customer:
[09:36:56AM] I was confused by the size of the bill.
Agent:
[09:36:57AM] I do show that the auto pay is active and will deduct the payments
Customer:
[09:37:12AM] Can you tell me why my November bill is so high?
Customer:
[09:37:23AM] The home has been unoccupied since the beginning of October
Customer:
[09:37:32AM] And the weather has been warm
Agent:
[09:38:17AM] The bill is actually for most of October, and even though we have had warmer days last week or so it has also been cold in the mornings as well as some days.
Agent:
[09:38:27AM] The reading and usage is inline with last yers usage.
Agent:
[09:38:32AM] *years
Customer:
[09:39:05AM] Right. But I was living in the property then. No one is there and the thermostat is set to 65
Customer:
[09:39:14AM] The usage should be way lower
Agent:
[09:40:27AM] When no one is living in the home, even if you have it at 65, it will use more gas than normal.
Agent:
[09:40:32AM] The house will be colder with no one in it.
Customer:
[09:41:17AM] That doesn’t make a lot of sense. There were only two of us living in the house. We won’t generate that much extra heat to make that much difference
Customer:
[09:41:46AM] Why would it be double of the previous month
Customer:
[09:41:51AM] Something is not correct
Agent:
[09:42:37AM] It will be more because there is more gas usage being used.
Agent:
[09:42:47AM] Same thing happen last year as well.
Customer:
[09:43:10AM] I lived in the house then. We cooked, used hot water, and had the thermostat set to 70.
Customer:
[09:43:28AM] Now, no one has been cooking, no hot water used, and the thermostat set to 65
Customer:
[09:43:37AM] There should be much less gas used
Agent:
[09:44:02AM] I understand that, but the furnace is still on.
Customer:
[09:44:07AM] My goodness
Customer:
[09:44:26AM] This defies all logic
Agent:
[09:44:27AM] The colder it is outside, the more gas will be used.
Agent:
[09:44:37AM] How?
Customer:
[09:45:01AM] October has been unseasonably warm
Customer:
[09:45:05AM] No one has been in the house
Customer:
[09:45:10AM] The house is set to 65
Customer:
[09:45:24AM] How in God’s green earth can you tell me more gas is being used?
Customer:
[09:45:49AM] Someone needs to physically check the meter
Agent:
[09:46:07AM] We obtain afctual readings each month.
Agent:
[09:46:32AM] The colder it is outside, even if you have it at 65 and no one is living in the home the more gas will be used.
Customer:
[09:46:36AM] Taking a reading is not the same as checking the meter
Agent:
[09:46:42AM] There is no body heat to warm up the home.
Agent:
[09:46:52AM] Do you smell gas?
Customer:
[09:46:54AM] So by your logic I would also use more electricity if I’m not home
Agent:
[09:47:07AM] There is no movement in the home, so the home will be colder.
Customer:
[09:47:07AM] By your logic not cooking and not using hot water uses more gas
Agent:
[09:47:12AM] I did not state that
Customer:
[09:47:26AM] You’re telling me that lowering my usage increases usage
Agent:
[09:47:27AM] This has nothing do to with ComEd.
Customer:
[09:47:46AM] No fucking kidding
Agent:
[09:47:47AM] This is for the gas being used by the furnace to heat up the home to obtain the 65 degree you have set the thermostat on.
Agent:
[09:48:07AM] I stated that the colder it is outside, the more gas you will use for the furnace.
Customer:
[09:48:09AM] End the chat
Customer:
[09:48:17AM] You have no interest in helping me
Agent:
[09:48:57AM] I am trying to explaain and assist you in all ways that I can and I am capable of.
Customer:
[09:49:14AM] Please end the chat
Agent:
[09:49:22AM] You can close the chat and chat with another agent, and they will state the same. The colder it is the more gas the furnace will use.
Customer:
[09:49:25AM] I’m hoping there’s at least a survey at the end of this
Customer:
[09:49:40AM] The more people in the house the less gas I use
Customer:
[09:49:44AM] This is what you’re telling me
Customer:
[09:49:49AM] That is utter nonsense
Customer:
[09:50:28AM] Hello. Are you capable of ending the chat?
Agent:
[09:50:52AM] That is not what I also stated.
Agent:
[09:51:07AM] I stated that if there is no one living in the home, the home inside will be colder.
Customer:
[09:51:12AM] This is exactly what you’re telling me
Agent:
[09:51:17AM] But I understand you wish to end the chat
Agent:
[09:51:27AM] Thank you for chatting with Nicor Gas. It’s been a pleasure assisting you today. Have a great day and stay safe!
Customer:
[09:51:31AM] End the chat please. Or do you get your jollies by continuing this nonsense?
Customer:
[09:51:39AM] I do not wish you the same
Agent:
[09:52:57AM] Thank you!
Customer:
[09:53:16AM] You’re not welcome.

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What are we to believe?

A postal worker in Erie, PA became a whistleblower saying the Post Office was back dating ballots. At first he was anonymous and then he came forward.

The media then reports that the whistleblower recants his allegations citing anonymous sources from people “briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee.”

Then the whistleblower comes out with a video saying he absolutely did not recant his allegations.

Are we to believe a news media citing anonymous sources or are we to believe what’s coming out of the person at the center of the story?

The media should be calling for a complete investigation so we can get to the actual truth of the story. Instead they are pushing so hard to sweep everything under the rug. If you want the American people to trust in the election outcome all these things need their time through the legal system. Otherwise there will always be a cloud over a Biden Presidency.

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Media disinterest in voter fraud and irregularities is irresponsible and harmful to the republic

I just watched a press conference by the Trump Campaign and the Republican Party. There are many serious allegations regarding the vote in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Republican Party in Michigan have affidavits from people alleging fraud. They have a whistleblower from the City of Detroit alleging back dating of ballots.

Maybe it’s true and maybe it isn’t. But, why is the media so disinterested in this story? They seem to only like “whistleblowers” when it fits their political ideology. Why are they not assisting in investigating reports of voter fraud and election officials refusal to follow their own rules for elections? There is more evidence here for fraud and abuse than there ever was with the Trump/Russia collusion allegations.

This is bad for the country. The media is basically a pseudo arm of the Democrat Party and the politics of the progressives. How can we expect to get the real story when they won’t even approach it? We’re left to hope that the courts take this seriously and the cases get moved through the system in rapid fashion.

We won’t know what is true or not until this gets sorted out.

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5 good things that happened for republicans this election

Regardless of Trump winning or losing (I hope he continues the fight and smashes the crap out of the current systems of handling elections) there were many good things Trump did for the Republican Party. They only have Trump to thank for this and if they don’t continue Trump’s agenda they may lose

  1. An expanded Republican voter base
  2. Instead of a blue wave there was a red tide
  3. Trump forever exposed media bias
  4. Trump exposed big tech’s bias
  5. Trump’s coattails allowed Republicans to make gains in state legislatures

What will the Republican Party do should Trump not prevail with his legal challenges? My guess, since establishment republicans largely hated Trump as much as the democrats, they will squander all that was gained. They will go back to their old playbook and in the mid-term elections the blue wave that was averted will arrive.

When Republicans look at their own foot they for some unknown reason take aim and shoot.

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Trump exposed “The Swamp” for what it is

I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 but did last Tuesday. I still don’t like him on a personal level but believe he is better for the country than Biden. I have tremendous respect for his ability to fight. He has been attacked by the entire establishment. The media. The Republicans. The a Democrats. The Justice Department. The entire administrative apparatus of the United States. All the knives were out and none could penetrate his thick skin. I now hope he’s able to pull the facade off the early voting, mail-in ballots (not absentee), and electronic voting machines and expose them for the fraud vectors they are.

I never thought I would say this. But President Trump is what this country needs.

This election proves that voting needs to be simplified and less technological. New technology isn’t always an improvement. Any “mail-in” voting needs to be absentee voting where a ballot is requested and can more easily be verified. Counting of votes by mail should be on a regular schedule as they arrive (maybe weekly) and added to the count on election day. No votes by mail accepted after the polls close on election day. Get rid of “provisional ballots” and same day registration. Perhaps even make the national election day a national holiday eliminating any arguments that people can’t make it out to vote. Any computer software needs to be open source and regularly audited for legitimacy and security. ID must be required to vote. Uniform rules for voting and process can be made by Congress but need to also allow for local control of the process due to differences in geography and density.

Trump shouldn’t have tried to drain the swamp. He should have gone scorched earth and burned it all down. A wildfire sometimes brings a much healthier and robust forest when the damage is done.

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The 2020 Election proves, once and for all, that money isn’t everything.

He’s Mike Bloomberg and he approved $600 million in messages.

The one sure positive from the 2020 Presidential Election season is that money alone cannot buy the election. The cry from the Democrats for as long as I can remember talks about the evil of money in a race and how a candidate with sufficient resources can buy an election. Mike Bloomberg proved in spectacular fashion that it simply isn’t true.

The billionaire Mike Bloomberg has suspended his Democratic presidential campaign after spending more than $500m on a failed attempt to seize the moderate lane from rival Joe Biden.

Bloomberg, one of the richest people in the world, blitzed the Super Tuesday voting states with an extensive and expensive advertising campaign, after controversially skipping the early primary voting states – with almost nothing to show for his millions of dollars.

The Guardian

Billionaire and former presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s more than $100 million investment into three key states fell flat as President Donald Trump appears to have captured all of them.

In the months after Bloomberg dropping out of the Democratic primary, the New York business leader huddled with advisors to plot a spending blitz to help Democratic nominee Joe Biden overtake Trump. It was initially decided that most of a $100 million spend would go toward the pivotal state of Florida. Later he would add Ohio and Texas into the mix.

NBC News is projecting that Trump will defeat Biden in those states.

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Dr. Fauci and the New York Times confirmed the PCR tests are too sensitive to be considered worth anything

In July of this year Dr. Fauci was on a podcast where they talked about the PCR tests, which are so beloved by the news media, and how a positive test using a cycle threshold of greater than 35 is essentially worthless.

Then, in August of this year the New York Times ran a story about how 90% of the positive PCR tests they analyzed were run at a cycle threshold of 37. Which meant that 90% of the “confirmed cases” had levels of the virus that were not transmissible to anyone.

The PCR test amplifies genetic matter from the virus in cycles; the fewer cycles required, the greater the amount of virus, or viral load, in the sample. The greater the viral load, the more likely the patient is to be contagious.

This number of amplification cycles needed to find the virus, called the cycle threshold, is never included in the results sent to doctors and coronavirus patients, although it could tell them how infectious the patients are.

In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found.

On Thursday, the United States recorded 45,604 new coronavirus cases, according to a database maintained by The Times. If the rates of contagiousness in Massachusetts and New York were to apply nationwide, then perhaps only 4,500 of those people may actually need to isolate and submit to contact tracing.

The New York Times

The sources are not crazy conspiracy sources. If these things are true why is this not being covered by all sources of news? Why are we continually locked down and told to wear masks?

The kind of nonsense we’re being sold is what makes people believe in conspiracies. There is no reason for this manufactured COVID crisis to continue. I’m turning the corner on the belief that the serious nature of this pandemic is a hoax. Are people dying? Sure. Have people died? Yes. But, are they dying at the numbers being attributed to COVID-19 or were 90% of the deaths confirmed at cycle thresholds above 35? If that is the case then the world is being lied to on a scale never before seen in the history of man.

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Straddling worlds is very confusing

Mainstream news outlets and non-traditional news sites show Americans are living in parallel universes. They meet at the nexus of events but veer off onto one side or the other. Same facts different beliefs and those of us that pay attention to both sides are very confused.

I read the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. All three have reporting that show Joe Biden as a shoe-in to win the Presidency. Columnists in all three papers are already measuring the drapes for the Oval Office. But if you watch a Trump rally or watch YouTubers and listen to podcasters that are covering your average person they swear the media is once again wrong and Trump will pull off a landslide win. One thing I don’t do is regularly watch TV news. It’s bad for your health. I see it in drips and drabs but I refuse to watch entire TV news programs as they have perfected the art of persuasion with their use of video. It’s propaganda at its finest.

Coverage of COVID-19 on TV news and in print covers a massive increase in confirmed cases and areas of the country that are reporting an increase in hospitalizations. But, if you pay attention to scientists and doctors on Twitter, Podcasts, and YouTube they show how while confirmed cases have spiked the death rate is practically non-existent. They also point to news in scientific publications that say the current testing method is flawed and producing positive results on people who are absolutely not capable of spreading the virus. The PCR tests amplify the RNA sample exponentially each cycle that is run and we’re running US tests at 45 cycles when it is recommended to run them no more than 30 to 35 cycles.

So, it may be true that confirmed cases are up. It may also be true in some places hospitalizations are up. But it is also true that deaths from COVID-19 are declining. Are we being subjected to fear porn from media outlets that want Trump removed from office?

On the subject of social distancing and masks. There are a lot of opinions by doctors and scientists on both sides of the issue. Common sense tells me that masks probably work to protect people that might be vulnerable and that masks are largely pointless for everyone else. If you are carrying the virus but are asymptomatic, which it appears the case for the vast majority of people infected, you are not likely to spread the virus because you’re not coughing, sneezing, or otherwise spewing spittle into the air. That is the approach Sweden took with the virus and they’re living life normally now while the rest of the world is still in hysteria. Perhaps that’s why they’re ignored on TV and in print.

Election season is a hell of a mess. I was entertained by it in 2016. I didn’t vote for Trump or Clinton then. I voted for the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. But this time around there is so much concentrated hatred towards one man. Hatred makes people irrational and they seem willing to sacrifice our protected liberties just to get him removed.

I don’t know what to think. This time around I voted for Trump. Mostly for economic reasons and my abhorrence of the Democratic Party’s push for globalism and the Green New Deal. I also believe Joe Biden is being abused by his party. They’re using his life-long desire to be President for their own ends. They don’t care about his cognitive decline and are moving heaven and earth to push him across the finish line.

I hope Trump wins.