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2020.09.26 18:06 friedavizelReport from the NYC Hasidic community, which has been open for months
I haven’t been active on this sub since it’s early days because, well, I’ve tried to cope. But it’s so encouraging to see how wonderfully the sub turned out. There's so much thoughtful conversation.Much credit to the(active!)mods.
I want to fill you in on the Hasidic Jewish community, which provides a fascinating case study of an outlier community in NYC. This is going to be long. TL;DR below. So I was raised in the Satmar Hasidic community. It is a very insular, closed off world. We are descendants of holocaust survivors, and our stubborn grandparents were determined hell over high waters not to become Americanized. So I grew up in a bubble. I spoke the Yiddish language. We had no TV, no movies. My marriage was arranged. We didn’t know about birth control so I was pregnant at nineteen, and expected to have lots of kids. My mother birthed more than a dozen. The Hasidic community has outposts in Brooklyn with like 100K people in Williamsburg, plus even more people in Boro Park. They have some similar outposts in New York’s suburbs. In other words, they are a big and fast-growing group. I left the community with my son ten years ago. Because, imagine this: I really couldn’t live down the tremendous conformity, the stifled intellectual life, the preening and virtue signaling. I wanted freedom to just live! Well, ironic isn’t it? Because ten years since I left, my work and my hobbies, and my son’s schooling all stopped, while the Hasidic community is living life as usual. The Hasidim tried to lock down for maybe four weeks. The push to shut down was ferocious in the beginning, when there were several deaths per night (this might well be in part because of neglect and aggressive venting, per my [conversation LINK] with the Hasidic funeral director.) According to my mother, the loudest most aggressive people were screaming at everyone to stay home. People celebrated an isolated Passover and held weddings in dining rooms or warehouses. Lots of people hunkered down in terror. The official community position was “we must listen to the government and experts”. To this day, the leadership tries to follow the health authorities. They are by no means lockdown skeptics. But the lockdown was culturally impossible. This community doesn’t do computers in the house, no TV, no video games to get the kids to stop nagging mom. Hasidim are also a lot more communal so kids are usually in public spaces, like synagogues and schools. Parents are not used to holding the fort all on their own. They also aren’t anywhere near as obsessed with safetyism as the west, especially because martyrdom for a higher cause is a value. So people will say “our grandparents risked their lives from Nazis to observe sabbath, and we cower at home?” In other words, the cultural ingredients that made the lockdown happen for us in the secular side weren’t there for Hasidim. Zoom school and Netflix in pajamas: verboten. Things began to open in April. At first, Hasidic families privately organized illegal schools for their kids. Then some of these classes moved to the school building, but many other families objected. Some even tattled to the media/city. Soon however, the holdouts caved and school went back to normal, even with bussing. During the spring, the government kept sporadically intervening. Hasidic kids were chased out of schools and parks by cops. Shops and wedding venues got citations with heavy fines. Some of the interventions by the mayor or cops were covered in this sub. It was especially hypocritical because BLM protestors marched en masse Williamsburg, in the Hasidic area! And the mayor condoned one and condemned the other. By early summer, the government seemed to look the other way. The community returned to normal. No masks, no nutty rules, no one ways, no pods, no spraying sanitizer into the air as you walk. I give walking tours in Williamsburg and we saw tens of school busses packed with kids, a packed Main Street, shops with people pushing elbow-to-elbow for designer bargains. Synagogues were as busy as any time. The people on my tour were stunned. We, and a few other “goyim”, were the only ones with masks. Now if you are going to say “well, the Hasidic community probably naturally social distances, like Sweden” let me quickly dispel that. The community I give tours in is in New York City. Let me repeat; it’s in that populous city people always talk about. Not only that, but families are large - let’s estimate an average of eight people per household, including the parents. Folks are always mixing at the synagogue, at parties, at neighbor’s, friends and grandparents. I’d say most Hasidim traveled during the summer. If anything, they naturally socially spread it. The flu season always hits the community with a vengeance. I had a close family wedding smack in the middle of the summer. Hordes of wedding guests of all ages came in pretty dresses and with sweet, full, open faces. The custom is to say “mazel tov”, shake hands and kiss the cheek. I sat next to my holocaust survivor grandmother who is up there in years. Hundreds of people came up to her to offer their congratulations: “mazel tov!”, shake hands, mua. She danced with little kids with great puffy dresses. I danced under-over and in the circle. I pressed into the sweaty palms of forgotten classmates who now have half a dozen kids or more. The music was loud enough to give you hearing loss, so we all bent into each other’s faces to scream our catching-up. It was lovely. Everyone was fine. It’s many weeks later. Grandma is great. Now, as the colder season arrives, there’s been an uptick of cases in the community. How bad are things? The charts from NYC gov don’t show any recognizable change for Brooklyn in either cases, hospitalizations or deaths. I’ve heard of people who had mild flu-like symptoms for a day or two, got tested and came back positive. It looks like barely anything is serious. If someone does get sick, generally an elderly person, the medical community is now pretty good at treating them. So why is the city threatening to lock down the Orthodox community? Here’s the NYT on September 25:
“One city health official estimates that about a quarter of new Covid-19 cases in New York City appeared to be emanating from Orthodox Jewish communities, though the official acknowledged that at present the data was imperfect.”
Where is the proof? It is very hard to sift through cases and figure out which positives are from an Orthodox Jewish person. I know because it’s the kind of data I am always trying to sort out. And besides, Brooklyn has a huge Orthodox Jewish population (which is the larger umbrella under which Hasidim fall). What is the point of what this fool is even saying? But here is the kicker in the NYT:
“Across one section of southern and central Brooklyn that include three neighborhoods - Midwood, Borough Park and Bensonhurst - about 4.7 percent of coronavirus tests were positive, which was far higher than in the rest of the city… Across the entirely of the city, between 1 percent and 2 percent of tests have been positive most days in the past two months.”
In other words, all they are not measuring how many people in a population are sick, but of the people who decided to stick a q-tip into their brains, how many came back as positive. For those of you who thought the solution to the casedemic was to avoid asymptomatic testing, here is a depressing outcome. If you test fewer asymptomatic people, the ratio of positives will go up. In NYC, we need a ratio of under 3% to stay open. So you need a lot of healthy people to get tested in order to create the right percent. So you test many many people, and the percent goes down. But of course, the actual number of positives simultaneously goes up. And creates a new avenue for doom. You can’t win. The Hasidim probably tested less. Hasidic businesses and schools didn’t require testing. And this: an audio recording circulated earlier this year of a community leader, Gedalya Szegedin, saying that medical facilities should test less because high numbers of positives were inviting a lot of negative scrutiny. (There is also another factor: a lot of Orthodox Jews go upstate in the summer and use medical services there - I don’t know how this played in.) So who knows what variable caused their numbers to look bad. It’s all Talmudic hair splitting and is divorced from reality. ** In May, June, July, August of Hasidim proved that you can take off the mask and go back to life. What did we learn from them then? Nothing. Now that there is a morsel of uptick, it’s proof that their lack of compliance is causing a shocking relative percentage of 4.7! Are you scared yet? Imagine how hard this circus will be ratcheted up if we have a harsh winter. This from the brains who point to the Hasidic community and call them the anti-science foolish fanatical bumpkins. I thought I left the dogma for open minded world where honest inquiry was valued. What a barrel of laughs. — TL;DR The Hasidic Jews in NY have been back to normal for months and they’ve been fine. The recent uptick is seasonal and it’s benign. If we learn anything from them, it’s that all blanket precautions are largely useless and that herd immunity is the natural strategy.
2020.09.25 20:08 Venus230Cheat-by-Mail. Months-Long Recounts. Riots. Endless Court Drama. The Democrats' 7-Step Strategy to Win the Election Using Vote-by-Mail Chaos
1. Never let a Covid crisis go to waste! Use the pandemic to push for a nation-wide vote-by-mail scheme. By now we’re all familiar with the inequities, even idiocies, of the Covid-19 lockdown rules. In many states and cities, it’s forbidden to have normal assembly for social gatherings, businesses, church services, and even hospital visits. On the other hand, it’s okay to have massive Black Lives Matter protests, Antifa riots, and anything else the left approves of, at least tacitly. Obviously, such unequal treatment is a formula for societal frustration, rage, and, yes, chaos. And what a friend the Democrats have in crisis and chaos! In fact, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris has said that this sort of chaos is likely to continue—and should continue—through the election. “Everyone beware because they’re not going to stop,” Harris said about the (often violent) protests erupting in American cities. “They’re not going to stop before Election Day in November, and they’re not going to stop after Election Day.” But according to the Democrats, the only certainty in all of this chaos is that Americans—who are safe to take to the streets in mass protests and riots—are not safe to vote in person on November 3. We must vote by mail, they tell us. Mail-in voting is “essential from a health reason because we want to keep people at home to vote without having them all collect on Election Day,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last month. “People should not have to choose between their health and their vote.” If you’re still scratching your head wondering why it’s safe to riot but not to vote, veteran political consultant Dick Morris explained the Democrats’ game plan: “If they feel they’re legitimately losing the election, [they] are going to use the excuse of the Covid virus—nobody can come out and vote in person, they claim … and they’re going to deliberately game the system by sending out millions and millions of mail-in ballots for people that don’t exist or have already voted.” “And the states will not verify the [mail-in ballot] signatures because they are under the control of Democrats,” Morris added. 2. Enlist all the messengers at your disposal (Hollywood, Corporate Media, Big Tech, Pro Sports) to push for vote-by-mail. The Democrats are using every tool in their considerable arsenal to push the vote-by-mail messaging, including multi-million-dollar super PAC ad campaigns. Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar has teamed up with failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to mandate a national vote-by-mail system, and a group called Stop Republicans has launched a digital blitz to push for the idea. But the Democrats’ favorite tool is, of course, Hollywood and pop culture. As early as April, about a month into the coronavirus shutdown, the Hollywood wing of the Democrat-Media Complex kicked into high gear to push vote-by-mail. Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, who were among the first big name figures to contract Covid-19, teamed up with former First Lady Michelle Obama and former Obama White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett in April for an ostensibly non-partisan virtual voter registration drive that encouraged states to loosen vote-by-mail requirements. 📷 Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson joined former First Lady Michelle Obama for a virtual get out the vote event on April 20, 2020, to encourage people to sign up for mail-in voting. (YouTube) In August, a group of A-list celebrities hosted a virtual “United to Save the Vote” gala—which they claimed was “fiercely nonpartisan”—to raise money to “protect the 2020 election” by, in part, increasing trust in mail-in voting. The virtual roster included Jennifer Lawrence, Jamie Foxx, Dave Matthews, Ed Helms, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Sia, Jake Johnson, Sarah Silverman, Kenan Thompson, Chelsea Handler, Gloria Estefan, Randall Park, Erich Bergen, Nick Kroll, Sophia Bush, Jonathan Scott, Kenny G., George Lopez, etc. You get the picture. According to the event’s website, thesezealouslyanti-Trump “fiercely nonpartisan” celebs gathered virtually to counter the efforts of “politicians who are undermining the security and validity of mail-in voting.” Meanwhile, the Democrat-Media Complex is engaged in a bit of journalistic jujitsu churning out stories about how the Republicans are the ones who plan to steal the election. Here’s a headline from the Washington Post: “Republicans’ long-term vote heist matters more than Trump’s tantrums.” And here’s one from Rolling Stone: “The Plot Against America: The GOP’s Plan to Suppress the Vote and Sabotage the Election.” But it’s hard to top this headline from the Daily Beast: “This Is How Republicans Steal an Election, and Maybe Kill Some Dems in the Process.” At the same time, the Democrat-Media Complex is also celebrating the new wokeness of pro sports, which is busy helping Democrats win in November. On September 7, Politico asked, “Could LeBron James Defeat Donald Trump?” As has been widely reported, the National Basketball Association has agreed to set up a “social justice coalition” to help get out the (Democrat) vote. 3. Get millions of questionable mail-in ballots into the system. Here we might pause to note the distinction between the various kinds of voting by mail. It is true that absentee voting by mail has been with us for many years. Even President Trump has voted by mail, and our active duty military regularly votes by mail. In fact, Republicans have been quite successful in the past with absentee voting. In Florida in 2016, for example, more Republicans voted by mail than Democrats, and Trump carried the state. There is even legitimate concern that any disparagement of mail-in voting could unintentionally hurt Republicans in November because their voters like voting by absentee ballots. Indeed, there are sincere and legitimate reasons for why absentee voting should be available during the pandemic. However, there is a big difference between allowing absentee ballots as an option for people who are unable to make it to the polls and mandating that an entire election be done by mail-in voting. And there is a really big difference between the long-standing practice of sending absentee ballots to voters who take the initiative of requesting them and the new Democratic proposal to mail out unsolicited ballots (or applications for ballots) to every registered voter regardless of whether those voters are still alive or eligible to vote in that jurisdiction. And, as we shall explain, this new effort to mail out ballots to every registered voter is coupled with the left’s years-long fight to prevent these same voter rolls from being updated to remove dead and ineligible people from the lists. And to make matters extra complicated and chaotic, every state has a different standard for mail-in voting. Some states have more safeguards in place than others. For example, some states require that every mail-in ballot include a verifiable signature, additional witness or notary signatures, and even an enclosed copy of the voter’s photo ID. Some states have few, if any, such safeguards. Some states are loosening or experimenting with the rules for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic. And then there is the issue of sending all these ballots through the mail. Can the U.S. Postal Service process them all in a timely manner? Every state has a different deadline for when these ballots need to be postmarked. What happens if they don’t arrive in time? Can election officials process them all in a timely manner? Counting mail-in ballots is much more time-consuming. It can involve matching signatures, checking postmarks, flattening out ballots that were crumpled in the mail, etc. If the recent primaries in Wisconsin and New York are anything to go by, mail-in ballots will take weeks to process and that process will be fraught with problems and potential for fraud. (To give you a flavor of the postal chaos to come, the chief clerk for Brooklyn’s Kings County Board of Elections testified in federal court last month that in 2018, the USPS delivered “several hundred absentee ballots from the previous November” — which was “five months after Election Day.” And in Wisconsin this week, three trays of mail, which included absentee ballots, were found in a ditch.) 📷 Election officials take receipt of a dolly loaded with mail-in ballots at election offices in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, on May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) There is also the issue of how voters can apply to vote by mail and who is eligible to do so. According to FiveThirtyEight, nine states and the District of Columbia will simply mail every registered citizen a ballot. In another 14 states, authorities will mail everyone an application to vote by mail. (Although, as we shall see, some states take a generous view of who, or what, might be eligible to receive such applications if outside interest groups decide to mail them out.) In 16 states, nothing is automatically mailed to voters, although voters can apply online to vote by mail. In six states, voting by mail is permissible only with a “valid excuse.” And the remaining states are some hybrid of the preceding categories. All of these different rules provide plenty of opportunity to game the system on questions ranging from the verification of identity, addresses, and signatures to the timeliness of postmarks and the ability of the postal service to deliver ballots in a timely manner. Because there are so many “moving parts” to the vote-by-mail process, mail-in ballots are fraught with the potential for fraud. Yes, we’ve seen voter fraud before, but we ain’t seen nothing yet. The further we get from requiring that voters go to the polls to vote in person, the more we expand the avenues for fraud. Consider, for example, the fraud potential that comes with mailing ballots to every registered voter. Back in 2012, a Pew Center study found that 1.8 million dead people were still registered to vote and that 24 million voter registrations were un-confirmable. Though some states have made progress in updating their voting rolls since the 2012 Pew study, a comprehensive analysis conducted this year by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) found that 349,773 apparently dead people still remain on the voter rolls across 41 states. And apparently the dead still vote! The report also discovered a surprising number of people who apparently voted more than once. The report found:
During the 2018 General Election, 37,889 likely duplicate registrants are apparently credited for casting two votes from the same address, and 34,000 registrants appear to have voted from non-residential addresses. Additionally, 6,718 registrants were apparently credited for voting after death.
According to the report, New York, Texas, Michigan, Florida, and California were the top five states with dead voters on the rolls, accounting for 51 percent of all the dead registrants. The crucial swing states of Michigan and Florida had 34,225 and 25,162 dead registrants respectively. That would seem to be a serious indictment of the system and a warning against mailing unsolicited mail-in ballots or even mail-in ballot applications to everyone on the voter rolls. But Democrats are working hard to bulldoze the path for vote-by mail, or, as Breitbart News often calls it, cheat-by-mail. Democratic governors in New York and Pennsylvania have already moved to ease vote-by-mail, as have local officials in Harris County, TX, population 4.7 million. Oh, and did we mention that in Nevada’s June primary, more than 223,000 ballots in Clark County (Las Vegas) went to a bum address? That means almost a fifth of all the ballots mailed out in the county went to a bum address. 📷 Election workers process mail-in ballots during a nearly all-mail primary election in Las Vegas, NV, on June 9, 2020. (AP Photo/John Locher) But, you might ask, why don’t we just make sure the voter rolls are accurate by removing people who have moved or died? Why don’t we have a standardized signature verification protocol and a requirement for an additional witness signature and photo ID for mail-in ballots to ensure they are legit? Good questions. The answer is the left fights these reforms. Left-wing groups want to expand access to voting by registering as many people as possible, but they also fight to block meaningful efforts to ensure that only eligible American citizens are voting. When Republicans enact legislation to encourage transparency and accuracy in our voting process by removing dead or ineligible voters from the rolls or mandating some form of identity verification, left-wing activists challenge these initiatives in court to stop any reform. Eric Eggers, the author of Fraud: How the Left Plans to Steal the Next Election, explained to Breitbart News how left-wing interest groups have fought for years to keep the loopholes that could potentially create a “tsunami of voter fraud” in November. “Organizations that are funded by George Soros both fight to keep those vulnerabilities in place, as in Ohio, by trying to prevent efforts to pass voter-ID laws or to make the voter rolls more secure,” Eggers said. “But then they also — and this is really the insidious part — they fund organizations that go out and round up voters, regardless of legality of their status, and force them through the vulnerabilities in the system.” “There are 248 counties in this country that have more registered voters than actual citizens of legal voting age,” Eggers said. “It’s a problem because it creates opportunity for organizations like the formerly known ACORN and La Raza — they’re all funded by [billionaire George] Soros — to go and figure out where the vulnerabilities are and force the voters — whether they’re legal or not — through the gaps.” But according to the establishment media, the instances of mail-in voter fraud are “infinitesimally small.” And to prove this, the media loves to quote the “non-partisan” Brennan Center for Justice. What the media fails to tell you is that the Soros-funded Brennan Center is leading the charge to expand mail-in voting. They don’t just have a dog in this fight — they have a whole kennel! Quoting the Brennan Center to deny the reality of mail-in voter fraud is like quoting Big Tobacco to deny that smoking causes cancer. And yet when Donald Trump or any Republican points out the obvious vulnerabilities in our voting system, the Democrat-Media Complex quotes biased sources to vilify Republicans. Nancy Pelosi actually called President Trump and Republicans “enemies of the state” for expressing concerns about vote-by-mail’s fraud potential. It seems fair to say that Democrats are making sure that the system works for them. Recently, Politico headlined a long piece, “Inside the Democratic Party’s plan to prevent vote-by-mail disaster,” detailing the efforts of the party, and its well-funded allies, to win the November mail war. A key part of that plan is legal challenges. For instance, in Georgia, the American Civil Liberties Union accused the state government of wrongfully purging nearly 200,000 voters from the rolls. In this legal battle, the ACLU is joined by the Palast Investigative Fund, one of the myriad “non-partisan” foundations that the Democrats always have at their side. Yet in the meantime, the ACLU has nothing to say when we discover, for example, that during the 2020 Michigan primaries, the number of ballots counted in 72 percent of Detroit’s absentee ballot precincts didn’t match the number of ballots cast. And the votes counted in 46 percent of all of Detroit’s precincts–both absentee and in-person–didn’t match the number of ballots tracked in the precinct poll books. For perspective on what such abnormalities might portend for the next election, we might observe that Detroit has a population of 670,000. In 2016, Donald Trump won Michigan by a mere 10,704 votes. Oh, and did we mention that a federal lawsuit filed last year alleged that the city of Detroit had over 2,500 dead people still registered on its voter rolls, and about 4,788 registered Detroit voters were flagged as having potentially registered to vote twice or even three times. But I’m sure none of those dead people will vote by mail, right? Oh, and while we’re on Michigan, we should also mention that Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State who was endorsed by Joe Biden and was a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention, misprinted the ballots that were created for Michigan voters serving in the military overseas. Guess which candidate was listed incorrectly? You guessed it: Trump! The bad ballots list the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate as President Trump’s running mate instead of Mike Pence. But don’t worry. The spokesperson for Michigan’s Democratic-Biden-endorsed-DNC-speaking Secretary of State has assured us that clerks “will be instructed to duplicate a vote for Trump” for any military voter who mails in one of these misprinted ballots. 📷 Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) speaking during the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 20, 2020. (DNC via AP) In the face of all this potentially embarrassing data, the Democrats have decided that the best defense is a good offense. For instance, Joe Biden stays on the offensive, regularly accusing President Trump of seeking to squelch vote-by-mail; but he never allows that vote-by-mail might need to be reformed. Biden charged on September 7 that Trump “wants to make sure those mail-in ballots don’t get where they’re supposed to get.” We might wonder: If Biden routinely accuses Trump of cheating, should we be surprised if Democratic activists get the hint and decide that they could, and should, cheat on Biden’s behalf? After all, they might rationalize these efforts as fighting fire with fire. Cheat-inclined Democrats might draw inspiration from an anonymous Democratic consultant in New Jersey who recently confessed to the New York Post that “fraud is more the rule than the exception.” The consultant explained the various ways in which political operatives can harvest mail-in ballots, change them by inserting different ballots into the envelope, use friendly postal workers to disappear ballots in neighborhoods that lean Republican, and so forth. A few hundred bogus ballots here and there can change an election. “An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes — it can make a difference,” the Democratic operative said. “It could be enough to flip states.” Indeed, even Democratic pets can make a difference—and they don’t even have to be alive! Recently in Atlanta, a family got a voter registration application in the mail for their deceased house cat named Cody. How did that happen, you ask? Well, outside third-party groups can rent mailing lists and randomly send everyone on the list an absentee-ballot application or voter registration application that they downloaded from the state’s election website. Have you ever used your pet’s name to subscribe to something because you didn’t want junk mail in your own name? If so, don’t be surprised if Fluffy or Spot gets a voter registration or absentee ballot application in the mail. Georgia’s election officials assure us that Cody the cat would not have been able to vote at the polls in the Peach State because the cat doesn’t have a license or state ID. But one wonders if he would be allowed to vote by mail, assuming his registration application cleared. And, of course, not every state requires a photo ID to vote like Georgia does. Speaking of Georgia, its Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensberger, announced on September 8 that his office had identified 150,000 Georgians who had applied for an absentee ballot and then showed up at the polls to vote in person in the June primary; that is, they wished to vote, carelessly or purposefully, for a second time. This in a primary in which a little less than 950,000 people voted; in other words, the attempted (or at least potentially attempted) double voting accounts for around a sixth of total ballots cast. Of these 150,000, Raffensberger added that perhaps 1,000 had actually succeeded in voting twice. Were these innocent mistakes? Simple confusion? Or guilty action? Whatever the truth about these would-be double voters and actual double voters, we should applaud Georgia authorities for minimizing what could have been a major electoral debacle; thanks to their good work, it was only a minor electoral debacle. In any case, the Georgia ACLU has nothing to say about that. Voter fraud exists even when you vote in person, but mail-in voting blows the doors wide open in fraud potential. And the Democrats are ready to fight for every ballot—pets and all! 4. Send Democratic lawyers into key districts to fight for every challenged ballot. Use the courts and progressive election officials to keep the count going as long as possible with as little verification as possible. As we have seen, each mailed-in ballot has the potential to foment a legal fight over its validity. In fact, the Washington Postreported on August 24, that more than 534,000 primary votes in 23 states have been rejected for one reason or another:
Democrats and voting rights groups are now waging court battles to ensure that absentee ballots are not discarded on technicalities, pushing to require that ballots postmarked by Election Day be counted and to make signature-matching laws more voter-friendly.
Meanwhile, in Indiana, a federal judge ruled that Hoosier election officials cannot reject ballots for dissimilar signatures without notifying the voter and giving him or her—aided, of course, by partisan pals—a chance to “cure” the ballot. In fact, 20 states allow a voter to attempt to cure a faulty ballot so that it can be counted. That might be a good idea, but we can see that each “cure” will take a lawyer, not a doctor. In fact, with such legal fights in mind, the Biden-Harris campaign has already built a SWAT team of 600 lawyers, expecting many more recruits to come. And just on September 14 came this headline, courtesy of the New York Times: “Biden Creates Legal War Room, Preparing for a Big Fight Over Voting.” According to the Times, two Democratic legal veterans–Dana Remus, who has served as Biden’s general counsel in the 2020 campaign, and Bob Bauer, a former Obama administration White House counsel–will co-head this legal effort. Others involved include former Obama attorney general Eric Holder and two former solicitors general in Democratic administrations, Donald B. Verrilli and Walter Dellinger. In all, the Times tells us that “hundreds of lawyers will be involved, including a team at the Democratic law firm Perkins Coie, led by Marc Elias.” The name Marc Elias might ring a bell because, as Breitbart News has reported, he was in the middle of the infamous fake-news Christopher Steele dossier, having retained the firm of Fusion GPS on behalf of the Democratic National Committee. And come to think of it, Bob Bauer, mentioned above, was also a longtime Perkins Coie lawyer, having been there, alongside Elias, during the 2016 presidential campaign and its Steele-y aftermath. Meanwhile, Kamala Harris herself is keeping up the drumbeat, warning Democrats of the many bad things Republicans are thought to be doing. “There will be many obstacles that people are intentionally placing in front of Americans’ ability to vote,” Harris said. “We have classic voter suppression. We have a president who is trying to convince the American people not to believe in the integrity of our election system and compromise their belief that their vote might actually count.” By “voter suppression,” she means any effort to make sure that only eligible living non-pet American citizens are voting in November. But while we’re on this topic, we should note that the Department of Justice announced this week that it’s investigating reports that nine military mail-in ballots were discarded in Pennsylvania. Seven of the ballots were cast for President Trump; the contents of the other two are unknown. Yes, it’s only nine ballots, but the campaign season is young, and there are lots of places where marked ballots can be discarded. And the crickets you hear is the sound of Democrats, normally so up-in-arms about vote suppression, now being oh-so-quiet about vote destruction. Democrats are armed and ready for a vote-by-mail total war. We can expect they will have a ground game in every district. Every disputed ballot will get its own Democratic lawyer. Every critical district and state will see litigation over signature-matches, addresses, postmarks, and anything else that might affect Democratic balloting. In fact, the Democrats’ legal team has already scored potentially game-changing court victories in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and North Carolina on how long ballots can be counted after Election Day. In Wisconsin, a federal judge ruled Monday that mail-in ballots can be counted up to six days after Election Day, and a ballot can be counted even if there is no “definitive” sign of a postmark on it. In Pennsylvania, the state’s Supreme Court ruled last week that mail-in ballots can be received up to three days after Election Day; and, similar to the Wisconsin ruling, these ballots can be counted even if there is no evidence that they were postmarked on time. (The Pennsylvania court handed the Democrats a second victory by keeping the Green Party candidate off the ballot, thereby preventing the Greens from peeling off any progressive voters. We note that the court didn’t grant the GOP a similar favor by kicking the Libertarian Party off the ballot.) The Pennsylvania Secretary of State also issued an order last week instructing clerks not to conduct signature matches on the mail-in ballots – which means that Pennsylvania essentially nullified signature verification because the state’s election officials won’t be verifying anything. In Michigan, a judge ruled that postmarked mail-in ballots can be accepted up to 14 days after Election Day, and third parties are allowed to deliver these ballots. This fraud-friendly delivery service is commonly known as “ballot harvest.” It’s all the rage in California and other third world countries. 📷 A ballot drop box in Detroit, MI, on Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) In North Carolina, a coalition of Democrat-aligned special interest groups got the state to agree to accept mail-in ballots up to nine days after Election Day and to allow voters to “cure” any problems with these ballots. North Carolina election officials also agreed to create vote-by-mail ballot “drop-off” stations, which is essentially an invitation for “ballot harvesting.” You’ll notice that these are all swing states, and three of them – Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan – were the Rust Belt blue wall states that put Trump over the top in 2016. He won them by 22,748 (WI); 44,292 (PA), and 10,704 (MI) votes. And the Democrats are stopping at nothing to win them back. Of course, these court victories were concerned with when the mail-in ballot delivery window will close. Let’s not forget the question of when the in-person polls will close. It’s a safe bet that Democratic lawyers will argue—and even sue, as they have in the past—for extra hours in places where their voters might come straggling in late. After all, many protestors and rioters seem to be night people.
Next three trains for a given line in one row (so that you don't have scroll among a sea of trains of the same color for the 2nd/3rd train when you know you are missing the 1st)
Status alerts (from within a station, and from a dedicated button)
Nearby (nearest 5 stations with link out to Google Maps)
So if you are like me, and cannot work from home/still rely on the subways - give it a shot! I am currently a bit tied up with regular work (which has nothing to do with development/programming) so I will prioritize any inaccuracy fixes as well as bug fixes, but new features will likely have to wait until 2021 For you iOS folks, I am learning swift to make an iOS version - but also likely 2021 Thank you for trying out the open beta!
2020.09.23 18:57 golokoyoI want to talk about China and misinformation.
I'm choosing to post this in this subreddit because I think it relates heavily to libertarianism. This is a difficult conversation to have, because I'm always called a shill for China when I bring it up. I just want people to be more skeptical about the criticisms we see about China. Do not mistake this as sympathy for China. In fact, I believe there are truths to all claims made against China. This is about the manipulation of truth, and why that occurs. And just so you're clear where I stand, America is better in nearly every way (for now). I'll give some background. I've been a content moderator for almost two years now. I can't talk about my job due to an NDA, but I'll say that it involves viewing a lot of conspiracy theories (among other things, like exploitation and violence), and that I never have the authority to remove content. I've followed some rabbit holes pretty deep without being a believer. Many of these rabbit holes can be traced to the Falun Gong. They are a far right, somewhat mysterious cult with a ton of capital that has legitimate claims of persecution by China. They are headquartered in NYC and run The Epoch Times (you may have seen their ads on youtube, or received their "newspaper" that they deliver to neighborhoods around the western world.) They spread misinformation that is emphatically pro-Trump, they claim corona is made in a lab, and they despise the CCP. The Falun Gong also has ties to a youtube channel called Edge of Wonder, which spreads Q-anon to a younger audience. They were prosecuted in China because they were growing and the CCP saw them as a threat to their power. I do not envy anyone who the CCP deems a threat, and I have no doubt that these people were treated inhumanely. At the same time, this is no excuse the allow them to spread lies and grow their cult in America. Their beliefs state that gays are abhorrent abominations and interracial babies are abominations that prevent salvation, and at the same time they call out China for being oppressive (China is, just pointing out hypocrisy). Being a victim does not remove you from scrutiny. My point about the Falun Gong is that people will misrepresent the facts so they can grow their belief system. When it comes to libertarianism, we ought to caution ourselves with this misinformation. The people propagating these lies are always far-right and typically have dogmatic views behind them. This article about Tibetan labor camps that was posted here yesterday was uncovered by Dr Adrian Zenz, who says his journalism is led by God (probably should be led by truth, right?). The claims made in this article are essentially the same claims (with different weight, scale, and ethical considerations) waged against Jeff Bezos and he's treatment of his workers, but it is framed as genocide. I haven't seen evidence that their labor has been forced upon them, but I will change my tune if I do. As far as I can tell, this is exploitative labor, which I won't defend. The point is, this is jumping the gun, and trying to frame an exploitation as forced labor, and even genocide. Ultimately, I worry about our citizens being lied to, because when we are lied to we get the patriot act. We get mass surveillance. I fear for what our AG will do if he can fully tie protestors to communism. Facial recognition may be implemented. His recent move to ban funding to cities that work to defund the police mirrors the social credit system we see in China, and he's reasoning boils down to "these are commie cities." When it comes to a global conflict between two superpowers like the USA and China, we ought to be concerned about our own rights first and foremost. I personally view the CCP as communist in name only. They don't have many private corporations since their large companies have ties to their government. Well, so are ours. They make claims that we are a country that commits atrocious, and they are right. We do the same to them, and we are right. We don't want to become China so we can compete with China. That's where this is heading, and we will only accept this if our government can stoke that nationalism. "China is stealing our data through TikTok. Let's use our government to take over the app! Oh, China still has access to our data? Oh well." Trump wants to impose patriotic re-education, yet the cult who fled China emphatically support this president? Our government is competing for world dominance, and that comes at the expense of us, just like in China. OANN, The Epoch Times, FOX news, our president. All of these entities propagate misinformation and that apparatus will strip us of our rights if we don't combat it. TL;DR: Misinformation is used to submit you. Pay attention to misinformation, especially if it plays off your preconceived notions. Americans already hate China, so when misinformation about them is propagated it is exceptionally hard to call out.
2020.09.23 05:53 sourovdebmishuHow Travel Will Change Post-Pandemic: 10 Expert Predictions (A WSJ report) Comment les voyages vont changer après la pandémie: 10 prédictions d'experts
We’ll rethink Europe. Expect a cooling of the romance with Europe’s capitals and new affection for less-crowded cities with strong cultural offerings. “I’d keep an eye on Lyon and Hamburg,” said UK-based travel writer Annie Fitzsimmons, who also predicts a rediscovery of less populated European islands. Among them: Germany’s 24-mile-long island of Sylt, a Teutonic Nantucket.
Alaska will beckon. The pandemic’s searing impact will add a FOMO-like urgency to personal bucket lists. The fresh air appeal of Alaska and Montana will propel them into top spots, thinks Erin Francis-Cummings, CEO of travel data company Destination Analysts.
As will esoteric food. Legions more food travelers will seek out the Faroe Islands, predicts TV producer Irene Wong, who travels the globe filming cooking shows. A windy island chain between Scotland and Iceland, it offers a unique cuisine centered on seafood, dairy and hardy root vegetables. “Any place that’s far and hard to get to is what gets people the most excited,” said Ms. Wong.
We’ll eye quick check-in. “In 10 years your face could be your airplane ticket,” said Andrew O’Connor, vice president, airports and borders, at SITA, a Swiss-based information technology provider. Biometric software installed in terminal video cameras will recognize and match your features to your flight while assessing your security and health risks, allowing most travelers to stroll unimpeded from check-in to gate.
We’ll pay for hygiene. Germophobic fliers might have the option to pay extra for “Hygiene Class,” a premium cabin that comes with a higher standard of cleanliness, according to Christopher Schaberg, author of “Airportness,” and, coming later this fall, “Grounded: Perpetual Flight…and Then the Pandemic.” Though the air filters shared equally with economy will still do the real work to prevent illness, these higher-priced seats will come with more frequent sanitization and scented sprays.
We’ll cruise the Arctic. As pleasure ships steam past the pandemic and implement new health protocols, expect to see new destinations. Cruise industry specialist Clare Weeden sees massive growth in trips through Canada’s Northwest Passage from passengers eager to view polar bears and other Arctic species before they vanish.
Alterna-tours will rule. City tour offerings with minority perspectives will flourish, predicts cultural travel consultant Norie Quintos. Black Panther Party tours in Oakland and explorations of Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish neighborhoods will increase in number. “Tours that make people think will only grow in popularity,” said Ms. Quintos.
We’ll tip robot-maids. Hotels will become airy places with AI behind the scenes, said Professor Stephani Robson of Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Open lobbies and guest rooms that allow the outside in will be the blueprint, with frump and fuss banished. Also booted: coffee makers and minibars. Anything hard to clean will be suspect in a post-pandemic-era room. Robots will be present but discreet, vacuuming hallways at 2 a.m.
Hover-bags will take off. Roam Luggage CEO Larry Lein imagines jets of air replacing the wheels on roller bags. Built-in tracking systems would pair the bag with your phone so the hovering luggage would tail you as you walked.
Leopards will matter even more. Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks, a nonprofit that manages 18 national parks and reserves, said countries combining good governance with conservation will become tomorrow’s stars. Two Mr. Fearnhead singles out: Benin and Malawi. The former, in West Africa, is developing Pendjari and W National Parks that feature elephants and lions, while Malawi, in southeastern Africa, is priming reserves with rhinos and leopards..
Nous allons repenser l’Europe. Attendez-vous à un refroidissement de la romance avec les capitales européennes et à une nouvelle affection pour les villes moins peuplées avec une offre culturelle forte. «Je garderais un œil sur Lyon et Hambourg», a déclaré la rédactrice de voyage britannique Annie Fitzsimmons, qui prédit également une redécouverte d’îles européennes moins peuplées. Parmi eux: l'île allemande de Sylt, longue de 24 milles, un Nantucket teutonique.
L'Alaska vous fera signe. L’impact fulgurant de la pandémie ajoutera une urgence de type FOMO aux listes personnelles de seau. L'attrait de l'air frais de l'Alaska et du Montana les propulsera dans les premières places, pense Erin Francis-Cummings, PDG de la société de données de voyage Destination Analysts.
Tout comme la nourriture ésotérique. De plus en plus de voyageurs de la gastronomie iront chercher les îles Féroé, prédit la productrice de télévision Irene Wong, qui parcourt le monde pour filmer des émissions de cuisine. Chaîne d'îles venteuses entre l'Écosse et l'Islande, elle propose une cuisine unique centrée sur les fruits de mer, les produits laitiers et les légumes-racines rustiques. «Tout endroit éloigné et difficile d'accès est ce qui excite le plus les gens», a déclaré Mme Wong.
Nous vous enregistrerons rapidement. «Dans 10 ans, votre visage pourrait être votre billet d'avion», a déclaré Andrew O'Connor, vice-président, aéroports et frontières, chez SITA, un fournisseur de technologies de l'information basé en Suisse. Le logiciel biométrique installé dans les caméras vidéo du terminal reconnaîtra et fera correspondre vos caractéristiques à votre vol tout en évaluant vos risques pour la sécurité et la santé, permettant à la plupart des voyageurs de se promener sans entrave de l'enregistrement à la porte.
Nous paierons l’hygiène. Les aviateurs germophobes pourraient avoir la possibilité de payer un supplément pour «Hygiene Class», une cabine haut de gamme offrant un niveau de propreté plus élevé, selon Christopher Schaberg, auteur de «Airportness» et, plus tard cet automne, «Grounded: Perpetual Flight … Et ensuite la pandémie. Bien que les filtres à air partagés à égalité avec l'économie feront toujours le vrai travail pour prévenir la maladie, ces sièges plus chers seront accompagnés d'une désinfection plus fréquente et de sprays parfumés.
Nous naviguerons dans l'Arctique. Alors que les navires de plaisance dépassent la pandémie et mettent en œuvre de nouveaux protocoles de santé, attendez-vous à voir de nouvelles destinations. La spécialiste de l’industrie des croisières, Clare Weeden, constate une croissance massive du nombre de voyages à travers le passage du Nord-Ouest canadien de la part de passagers désireux de voir les ours polaires et d’autres espèces de l’Arctique avant qu’ils ne disparaissent.
Alterna-tours régnera. Les offres de visites de la ville avec des perspectives minoritaires fleuriront, prédit Norie Quintos, consultante en voyages culturels. Les visites de la Black Panther Party à Oakland et les explorations des quartiers juifs hassidiques de Brooklyn augmenteront en nombre. «Les circuits qui font penser aux gens ne feront que gagner en popularité», a déclaré Mme Quintos.
Nous donnerons un pourboire aux servantes robotiques Les hôtels deviendront des lieux aérés avec l'IA dans les coulisses, a déclaré le professeur Stephani Robson de la Cornell School of Hotel Administration. Les halls ouverts et les chambres d'hôtes qui permettent à l'extérieur d'entrer seront le plan directeur, avec frump et agitation bannis. Également démarré: cafetières et minibars. Tout ce qui est difficile à nettoyer sera suspect dans une pièce post-pandémique. Des robots seront présents mais discrets, passer l'aspirateur dans les couloirs à 2 heures du matin.
Les hover-bags décolleront. Le PDG de Roam Luggage, Larry Lein, imagine des jets d'air remplaçant les roues des sacs à roulettes. Les systèmes de suivi intégrés associeraient le sac à votre téléphone afin que les bagages en vol stationnaire vous suivraient lorsque vous marchiez.
Les léopards auront encore plus d'importance. Peter Fearnhead, PDG d’African Parks, une organisation à but non lucratif qui gère 18 parcs nationaux et réserves, a déclaré que les pays alliant bonne gouvernance et conservation deviendraient les stars de demain. Deux M. Fearnhead en distingue: le Bénin et le Malawi. Le premier, en Afrique de l'Ouest, développe les parcs nationaux de la Pendjari et du W qui abritent des éléphants et des lions, tandis que le Malawi, dans le sud-est de l'Afrique, amorce des réserves de rhinocéros et de léopards.
2020.09.17 03:48 YodaminI am boggled by Intel support thus far
Here is my 3rd response to the support techs trying to convince me to leave things as they are. Had they helped me out to begin with the ticket would already be closed.
You responded to this request Today 09:32 PM Hi, Thanks for responding. I have replied to 2nd LvL the same way they replied to me. Please ask them to read the below answers to their comments. Hello 2nd LvL Support, My name is John. I have been a help-desk technician for Compaq, Hewlett Packard and Dell. I have worked onsite as a deployment technician for some major company’s such as Telus, CIBC, Wood Gundy, Bank of Montreal to name a few. I currently am the onsite tech admin for 5 separate contracts one of them being a major manufacturer city transportation rail cars. I am the PC/Network/Software and anything else kind of techie onsite. They call me an onsite Desk-side Support Technician. I am trying to impress upon you that I am fairly technical myself. I have been doing IT as a technician of one type or another for about 25-30 years and have also worked on 2nd LvL desks myself. I don’t believe I am smarter than everyone elsecated, far from it, but I like to think I know my way around desktop systems, Windows, Linux, software Fiewalls, IPS/IDS, proxies, etc,etc, from bix panels to signal media converters to routers and switches and patch panels (oh my!) to UPS’s to media players..and so on. Please read below and tell me you STILL will not help me get your Intel provided driver installed onto my system ME: The driver installed by Microsoft Windows is dated 2006; you’re saying it is the best driver? You: This will depend on the OEM configuration that is the reason for having the note on the download: "The driver or software for your Intel® component might have been changed or replaced by the computer manufacturer. We recommend you work with your computer manufacturer before installing our driver so you don’t lose features or customization's." ME: The manufacturer of this PC does not provided drivers for NvME, SSD or HDD. They are provided by the operating system. The operating system is currently using a driver which is dated 2006. NvME drives were not even sold in the year 2006. You are saying that your 2nd LvL tech support has said that a driver which was created in 2006 (14 years ago), before NvME drives were sold to the public, is the BEST driver to use and in fact is BETTER than the driver provided by Intel, who manufactured the NvME drive? I just want to be clear that Microsoft's 14 year old driver is the BEST driver to use on NvME drive manufactured approx. 2 year’s ago. Our current driver is from November 5th, 2019 Version: 188.8.131.523 (Latest) https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/29172/Client-NVMe-Microsoft-Windows-Drivers-for-Intel-SSDs?product=195432 Why would Intel release a driver in June 2020 if the best driver was from Microsoft in the year 2006? ME: I do not understand the “Not expected for now.” comment? Please elaborate. Not expected for now. Anyways, the trim function from Windows works just fine, but can I trust it since Microsoft had my NvME drive defragging like a regular physical hard drive for god knows how long. ME: See my introduction. You do not have to explain to me the difference between defrag and trim or how either of them works. I already know. Defragmenting a drive just rearrange the information so larger files and programs can be on the same place on the platter and not scattered all over the place to reduce the time while searching for the data but this is for HDD's, TRIM is an attribute of the ATA Data Set Management Command. The TRIM function improves compatibility, endurance, and performance by allowing the drive to do garbage collection in the background. This collection eliminates blocks of data, such as deleted files. Can I really trust the Windows TRIM function to do what it is supposed to do? ME: Explain how I can trust it when Microsoft's newest Operating System set my NvME drive to defragment instead of trim. AND, when they fixed that bug they then set the operating system to forget the last time the NvMD was trimmed and so it was “trimming” my drive approx. Every 3-4 minutes? So I turned of Microsoft's “optimized drives” function on the NvMEoff and I am now trying to remember to “trim” my NvME manually once a month or so. YES! ME: Your software is supposed to trim the drive, but that functionality seems to be broken because Windows is using a 14 year old driver for the NvME. I driver so old it was published BEFORE NvME drives were even soldto the public. Now, if I could get you to help me install the 8 month old driver provided by INTEL for the INTEL hardware I MIGHT be able to TRIM the drive using the INTEL provided software. ME: Thank you SO much for providing the link to the warranty. However the comment, which I deleted, was rhetorical and sarcastic and didn’t require a response. Since I now realize you are not able to recognize sarcasm in my comments or refuse to acknowledge it, I’ve removed the offending comment and offer my apologies instead. https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/memory-and-storage/intel-client-ssd-module-warranty.pdf What's wrong with using a driver from the manufacturer? ME: your answer below is PERFECT. Since Intel is the manufacture of the NvME drive in question, I would like help installing the INTEL provided driver of November 5th, 2019 Version: 184.108.40.2063 (Latest) instead of having to use the Microsoft provided driver which is, one more time so you don't forget, 14 years old and was published BEFORE NvME drives were sold to the public. THANK YOU for understanding. Nothing is wrong, in fact, is the best recommendation because they build their drives according to the hardware requirements and customization's Do you REALLY think Microsoft spent more money than it needed to giving me all kinds of fancy functions on the NvME drive that Intel sold me? ME: If you believe the above, I would like to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge for a low, low price of $200,000. T hats a right steal if you ask me! OOPS, sorry, sarcasm sneaking through again. Our drivers are generic drivers so MS build their drivers according to their versions and functions ME: After Microsoft's debacle of the Windows 2004 upgrade and the bugs and whoopsies that came with it I am not only willing, I REALLY WANT to take a CHANCE and use the INTEL provided drivers for my INTEL NvME. Thank you in advance for your time and participation. Me: It is and will always be, my pleasure! If there is anything else we can do for you, please let us know. ME: Yes, there IS one more thing. Please help me install the INTEL provided driver for the INTEL NvME I purchased less than 3 months ago. Thank You.
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Shortly before midnight on 9/11, Polish immigrant Henryk Siwiak was reporting to work for a cleaning service at a Pathmark supermarket in East Flatbush of Brooklyn. Henryk had worked construction, but due to the terrorist attacks earlier that day, his construction site was shut down indefinitely. Since he could not wait for the site to reopen (and not knowing when it would reopen), he sought out employment opportunities elsewhere, and found the job for a cleaning service at Pathmark. Henryk was unfamiliar with East Flatbush, and had his landlady help him come up with a route that would take him to the street where the Pathmark was located. The landlady did not ask for the actual address of the Pathmark, so she mistakenly told Henryk to get off at the Utica Avenue station. The Pathmark was actually located about 3 miles south of the train station. Henryk did not know anyone from the cleaning service, so he told the employment agency that helped him get the job what he would be wearing when he showed up for work that night. He was to be wearing a camouflage jacket, camouflage pants, and black boots. He got off at the Utica Ave station at 11:00 p.m., and began walking west to what he believed would lead him to the Pathmark located on Albany Avenue. However, he mistakenly began walking north instead of south and got lost. At 11:40 p.m., people living on Decatur Street heard an argument followed by gunshots. Henryk was shot once in the lung, and tried going to a nearby house for help before collapsing. Paramedics and police were called at 11:42 p.m., and they arrived within minutes to pronounce Henryk dead at the scene. Due to the terrorist attacks, Henryk's murder was not investigated properly. An evidence collection unit, which typically was only used in non-violent crimes, was used to collect the evidence at the scene. Only three detectives were able to canvass the area and interview witnesses, when there are typically 9+ detectives that are used in homicides. Henryk's killer had shot at him 7 times, but only hit him once. Henry's wallet contained $75 in cash, suggesting that robbery was not the motive. Due to the terrorist attacks, Henry's murder received little to no publicity and it faded into obscurity ever since. It still remains unsolved. The only 2 known theories, are that his murder was a hate crime, or a botched robbery. Henryk's family believes that his murder was a hate crime, and that he was mistaken as an Arab because of his olive complexion, dark hair, and thick Polish accent. The police believe that he was accosted by a would-be robber, but due to his poor English, he did not understand what was going on and an argument ensued which resulted in his murder. Unfortunately, both the police and Henryk's family are doubtful that the case will ever be solved. There are no leads. There are no suspects. There are minimal witnesses. Henryk Siwiak is the lone homicide victim recorded in New York City for 9/11. The New York Times summed up this tragedy best:
To be the last man killed on Sept. 11 is to be hopelessly anonymous, quietly mourned by a few while, year after year, the rest of the city looks toward Lower Manhattan. No one reads his name into a microphone at a ceremony. No memorial marks the sidewalk where he fell with a bullet in his lung.
2020.09.05 01:32 TheReimMinisterSam King, Lenin, monopoly and imperialism. A brief analysis of modern Chinese tech capability
I know that this argument has been made on this sub before but I wanted to synthesize it as a quick post and perhaps provide some additional insight. The point is to briefly explain (and provide more examples for) Sam King's thesis which underlines the mechanism behind modern imperialism and the recent "trade war" - hopefully providing a good reference point for these world affairs, a good chance for discussion and a good physical (digital) copy of my own thoughts on it. Introduction Over the past decade or so China has increasingly taken up space in the discourse of world politics and economy (to the surprise of nobody reading this). This has been conceptualized in several ways but I should only like to reference two which I have seen to be most common in the material I have interacted with: the "rise of China" and the "continued exploitation of China". Although there is some overlap between the two conceptualizations and a considerable diversity of arguments within them, they can be somewhat distinguished by their prominent thinkers: the former includes David Harvey and rightists/nationalists (like those on /Sino) who seek to prove that China has emerged as a global superpower to challenge the West, and the latter includes (but is not limited to) a more recent movement in anti-imperialist thinking which, in the tradition of unequal exchange, dependency theory and the Global Value Chain, attempts to explain why and how third world countries (including China) are perpetually exploited (John Smith etc). To crudely generalize these: either China is a rising threat to the West (indeed an equal player) or under the boot of imperialism. Obviously there is more nuance to these thoughts (especially from the anti-imperialist school) and they could not be so easily dismissed in an actual scientific article - but they shall serve for a small Reddit post (Smith, Cope and co. are indispensable and are only reduced here by design). These discourses are typically reconstructed in such a short form on Reddit anyhow, notably shown in recent discussions of the China-US "trade war" which has provided some real-time reference to the "rise/exploitation of China": some argue that Trump/Pompeo and the West are scared of powerful Chinese technology while others argue that they are strong-arming Chinese tech to ensure a continuation of the (unequal & exploiting) status quo. A third trend has been the claim that communists do not care about inter-capitalist rivalries and it would be beneficial for the world's proletariat if Chinese and American capital focused their destructive energy on each other, but without more nuance this (ironically) is just the inverse of Sino discourse. Each trend of thought is missing something: "China-boosters" (and their diametrical detractors) cannot accurately analyze China's position in the world, while most modern anti-imperialists accurately identify the global divide but cannot fully explain the mechanisms by which it is perpetuated. Monopoly & Technology: Samuel King & Lenin These are the arguments of Samuel King who, writing as a modern anti-imperialist, responds to and critiques both "China-boosters" and his modern anti-imperialist peers. China-boosters are debunked easily enough with a good reading of Smith or Cope and co. (or a direct argument from them), but this modern anti-imperialist thought, King argues, is limited in its explanation of modern affairs because it does not accurately engage with Lenin's basically-correct thesis of imperialism. My writing here is a generalization of King's arguments which are a response to and critique of 70+ years of anti-imperialist writing, so I would encourage the reader to read his thesis (linked above) to understand why he presents these criticisms. King painstakingly lays out Lenin's thesis of monopoly finance capital - in more specific terms, his argument that monopoly is paired with and maintained by the technological advancement of the labour process. For Lenin, as capitalism approaches monopoly "the most skilled labour is monopolized":
"Competition becomes transformed into monopoly. The result is immense progress in the socialisation of production. In particular, the process of technical invention and improvement becomes socialised." - pp. 40
As King notes, Lenin makes this observation while referencing monopolies such as the American Tobacco Trust. Lenin references a report by the American Government Commission on Trusts (pp. 39-40 in the version of Imperialism linked above):
"'Their superiority over competitors is due to the magnitude of its enterprises and their excellent technical equipment. Since its inception, the Tobacco Trust has devoted all its efforts to the universal substitution of mechanical for manual labour. With this end in view it bought up all patents that have anything to do with the manufacture of tobacco and has spent enormous sums for this purpose. Many of these patents at first proved to be of no use, and had to be modified by the engineers employed by the trust. At the end of 1906, two subsidiary companies were formed solely to acquire patents. With the same object in view, the trust has built its own foundries, machine shops and repair shops. One of these establishments, that in Brooklyn, employs on the average 300 workers; here experiments are carried out on inventions concerning the manufacture of cigarettes, cheroots, snuff, tinfoil for packing, boxes, etc. Here, also, inventions are perfected.'...."
The continued quote:
'"....Other trusts also employ so-called developing engineers whose business it is to devise new methods of production and to test technical improvements. The United States Steel Corporation grants big bonuses to its workers and engineers for all inventions that raise technical efficiency, or reduce cost of production.'"
To put it shortly (and again, this is a disservice to King's full revival of Lenin): King argues (through Lenin) that monopoly - more specifically monopoly over scientific advancements in the labour process - is the mechanism by which imperialism keeps the world divided. While Lenin made his observations on American tobacco firms and other monopoly firms of his time, King applies Lenin's theory to the "rise of China" (and more widely against 3rd world advancements); listing several Chinese industries which imperial capital holds monopoly over in the process. The marriage of finance and industry sees a dumping of huge amounts of capital into R&D to drive innovation and technological advancement, to which the non-monopoly capital of third world firms cannot keep up; thus occupying a subservient role in the global division of labour - possible domination, but never monopoly, over lower-level labour processes like textile manufacturing. This is the crux of King's argument. Briefly examining Chinese tech We are able to test this in real-time by observing (but not limiting ourselves to) the ongoing "trade war" and "rise of China". The firms which are targeted by imperialist governments most loudly - Huawei and TikTok - are some of the most technologically competitive firms from China and thus are the most threatening to monopoly capital. Both have set up shop (offices, R&D centres etc) in R&D hot-spots of the global north (like California) and both have been targeted at their weakest link. Huawei relies on foreign chip providers as Chinese chip technology tails the most cutting-edge chip technology of imperialist firms, while both Huawei and TikTok rely on Google mobile services to function and, by extension, access the international market. Unsurprisingly it is these areas by which Huawei and TikTok have been attacked, which - along with the obvious timing of these attacks - illustrates how King's revival of Lenin is correct. The stage is set for further maneuvering by monopoly capital as China begins to pour more and more capital into its domestic science and technology sectors in an effort to close the gap (Made in China 2025 - Qiao Collective has brought this up before in reference to the trade war). Here I will outline several areas where Chinese technology is behind but attempting to catch up (some of which I adopt from King and some of which are my own predictions) - these are areas to be watched as they are possible targets for future monopoly aggression. Unfortunately I do not have the same resources or thoroughness as King, so while King provides thorough statistics (profit, assets, return on profits) I will provide limited (but easily verifiable) data on tech supply and, by extension, a rough analysis of Chinese tech capability from both private and State-owned companies. Aerospace: COMAC planes are still years behind the tech level of the Boeing-Airbus "duopoly". This is most apparent in engine technology, for which COMAC must rely on purchases from Honeywell, General Electric and Rolls Royce. While China can subsidize its aerospace manufacturing domestically it is unlikely to compete independently in the global market if it cannot catch up on the technological front. As part of the China-Russia joint venture for production of the widebody CR929 aircraft, however, China's Aero Engine Corporation and Russia's United Engine Corporation have been working to develop new engines (and both countries have independent development teams as well). Should China/Russia catch up we should expect to see additional measures to ensure that these airplanes cannot enter wider markets (and so the planes will rely on domestic markets and emerging southern markets). If COMAC can jump ahead technologically and compete we should expect organizations like the FAA or ITC to provide some push-back at the behest of monopoly capital; this has precedence as seen in the experience of Bombardier, for example. Should they continue to tail Western technology, however, they will not be targeted as such; the West would profit off of tech transfer used for domestic Chinese aircraft as COMAC will be out-competed in advanced markets. Automotive: Advanced automobile technology is born and consolidated in popular R&D centres like Detroit and Wolfsburg, and typically only available to Chinese automakers through joint-ventures (ie SAIC-Volkswagen or SAIC-GM) or tech-leasing. For many years, China's domestic automobile technology has been exemplified by re-badeged Passats and reconstructed Daihatsus (etc). The most promising global contender based in China today is perhaps privately-run Geely, who was able to purchase Volvo Cars this decade and thus make a significant technological leap forward (Geely Holding Group also owns Lotus cars and has large shares in Volvo AB and Daimler). Another possible contender is privately-owned BYD automotive, a significant developer of EV technology whose parent BYD Co. is 25% owned by Berkshire Hathaway (with the rest split by various Chinese and American capitalists). BYD has operations in Canada, industry veterans on its design team and plans to expand into Europe, whereas Geely has design centres in Sweden, the USA and the UK. Both companies are targeting the international market; there are other Chinese automobile companies who export their vehicles (and SAIC did buy MG cars and have a R&D centre in the UK at one point) but none have maintained presence in the global north, so I predict that these 2 are the companies to watch (although foreign presence in BYD's stakeholder group will influence how they are approached). To clarify: these are private companies with multinational operations which do not exclude the input of the global north, and so it is possible that their trajectory will not bring them into direct conflict with monopoly interest. Heavy Industrial Machinery: The PRC has a significant industrial backbone rooted in the Mao era, but much like the automotive industry the technological capability of Chinese heavy industry is lacking. Chinese heavy machinery is often an amalgamation of tech from different sources; for example, a heavy-truck may have a MAN (German) chassis, a Magna (Canada/Austria) cab and a Cummins (USA) diesel engine; only sometimes containing components from domestic providers like WeiChai Power. Unlike Chinese aerospace and automotive who must compete against large monopolies (Boeing, Toyota etc) in established markets, Chinese heavy machinery has been seen some success internationally thanks to an emerging market in the global south. In other words, the Belt and Road initiative has been a boon for this industry. Just as American corporations like Caterpillar and Cummins saw huge profit potential in the Chinese construction boom, Chinese machinery manufacturers see increased sales as Chinese capital produces demand for them by funding construction products across the global south. This does not present a challenge to monopoly capital if Chinese industrial tech remains backward and Chinese manufacturers continue to rely on foreign tech input; however, if companies like Shandong Heavy Industry (State-owned and Weichai's parent company) and Sany (private) can develop sufficient technology through significant R&D investment and further foreign acquisitions then we may see more challenge in this area. Electronics: The most visible Chinese electronics companies are perhaps Huawei, Xiaomi, Haier, TCL and BBK Electronics (Oppo, OnePlus, Vivo). All of these companies sell a large amount of products yet none really stand out as innovative, overly profitable or competitive outside of their specific low-overhead niches and none (with the exception of Huawei) receive opposition from monopoly capital (Indian boycotting of Chinese brands is tied to nationalism; India does not compete). Therefore, I would like to focus on DJI electronics - a company which dominates the civilian drone market (mostly for photography/videography) and has faced push-back in the USA. A further qualifier: China has been cited as a leader in surveillance tech and supercomputing, and companies like HikVision are typical references, but Hikvision (and other surveillance and supercomputing firms) rely on Western tech (Intel, Nvidia, Seagate etc) whereas DJI is relatively independent and has even made foreign tech acquisitions (ie Hasselblad imaging tech). DJI has collaborated with BeiDou satellite systems to create unmanned chemical-spraying options for farmers, made inroads into robotics/AI, propulsion systems, logistics and security, and built R&D and production facilities in California (and several countries). These present the limitations to how DJI can be strong-armed by monopoly capital; the USA cannot disrupt DJI's supply chain so easily, and so they have to base their opposition on fabricated security concerns (which is what we have seen). Depending on DJI's trajectory (assuming further technological innovation which would challenge monopoly interest) I predict that the company will receive more push-back from the "spy" angle. Note: Chinese software, e-commerce and applications (Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu) may dominate their domestic markets but they present little challenge to entrenched monopoly capital - hence I have not listed them. If they were able to compete in wider markets they would be handled in the same way as ByteDance; unless, perhaps, Huawei was able to develop their own mobile services, which of course assumes that Huawei is able to fight off the aggression they themselves are facing. This further cements the idea that monopoly on higher labour processes is the linchpin of our analysis. Concluding remarks- catching up? A common thread through the above examples is the purchase of foreign technology by Chinese corporations. This most certainly appears to be a step up from joint-venture or technological leasing, but one should ask how advanced (and therefore profitable) the technology is which Chinese companies are able to get their hands on. Case in point: Google's sale of Motorola's patents to Lenovo, or IBM's sale of its computer business to (once again) Lenovo. These examples, which King has written about before (1, 2), point out a flaw in the assumption that the acquisition of foreign tech will allow Chinese firms to catch up: monopolies do not stop innovating in the meantime. If Lenovo, for example, is able to acquire today's "decent tech" from Google in the Motorola purchase, but Google's aim was to slough off less-profitable tech and pursue higher-and-higher areas, then what is the real takeaway? If the phones Lenovo creates cannot compete without Google services, and thus Google still holds monopoly power over them, then it would not appear that Chinese firms are catching up. I think it is safe to make the following assumption:
No Chinese takeover of tech, "encroachment" on new markets, or so-called advancement in scientific prowess should be considered as noteworthy if it is not challenged by monopoly capital.
While the goal of Made in China 2025 - the advancement of Chinese scientific/technological ability - is obvious, a less-obvious impetus for the Belt and Road Initiative is perhaps the need to create demand for Chinese products that cannot otherwise compete. When this market creation threatens monopoly interest it will be vehemently opposed, but when it presents no such danger it will not be focused upon. Why, for example, would existing imperialist interests take issue with Chinese expansion into the global south if the value ends up in their hands anyway? Chinese foreign capital investment therefore has no impact on global affairs (edit: poorly worded. What I mean to say is that this does not change the status quo of global division) if there is no monopoly capital backing it. In other words, China's attempt to tread water by carving out a niche for themselves has already proven that there is no push-back where there is no threat to monopoly, and monopoly is the mechanism which keeps China, and the rest of the world, subjugated. Should this actually be challenged in a meaningful way, then we will be facing definite escalation to war. This turned out much longer than I intended it to be, even while only looking at 4-5 industries, so I may go through it in the future and pare down certain paragraphs. Nonetheless I hope it provokes some thought in its current format. What are some other areas of Chinese industry and technology that should be analyzed in detail? What are some other examples of Global South industry being subjugated by monopoly capital? I'm curious to hear your thoughts.
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