Get on with my life? With all that FUD mongering, hate and bile in the wind?

The Significance of the Israel-UAE Peace. Joseph Puder – “The new paradigm in the Middle East. … Perhaps the most significant factors in the Israel-UAE peace are political, strategic, and psychological.”

“Unlike previous peace treaties Israel concluded with Egypt and Jordan, the impending peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), engineered by President Donald Trump, will be a warm peace. It won’t be just peace between the two governments that leaves the people of the two nations apart and hostile. This peace treaty will involve the Israeli and Emirati communities in trade, tourism, economic development, medical cooperation, intelligence sharing, sport exchanges, and cultural and religious activities. Israeli businesspeople are already operating in the UAE, and their Emirati counterparts have visited Israeli technology centers and Jerusalem. Both Emiratis and Israelis are awaiting with eager anticipation to have direct flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai. Thousands of Israelis are ready to visit the wonders of Dubai, the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa), the luxurious Burj al Arab hotel, the Palm Islands, the Dubai mall, and of course the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020. Emiratis are eager to visit the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the biblical antiquities, and the Hermon ski slopes. Israeli athletes have already been admitted to sport events in the UAE. Emirati athletes will also compete in Israeli sports events.

Waiting for John Kerry or someone like him. Scott Johnson – “Triggered by Kerry’s speech at the Democratic National Convention last week, David Harsanyi reviews the excruciating history in  “History Keeps Proving John Kerry Wrong.” Analyze this:”

Skepticism about the Bannon Indictment. Benjamin Wetmore – “During the Stockman trial, I saw the federal prosecutor’s tactics up close. … a close reading of the [Bannon] indictment shows that the politicization of the DOJ by elements of the radical left has been its own long-running fraud.”

“In a non-politicized judiciary, the question would be whether any donors made their donation relying on that statement, which almost assuredly they did not. The statement is not “material” and the “reliance” by the donor is likely near-zero. But again, from the example of Steve Stockman, the two donors involved in that case both said they didn’t care how the money was spent, didn’t check in on it, and wouldn’t have anyway because the amounts were so small. In political trials the facts don’t matter, and Bannon, as with Stockman, will suffer from a media avalanche of criticism swaying the jury and judge to push him into prison.

The defense against these ongoing persecution prosecutions is an informed skeptical public reading between the lines.

Steve Bannon may be guilty, or he may be innocent of the charges. He may also be innocent or guilty of other unindicted conduct. But no one should think that innocence will save him from conviction or prison

A Potential Landslide Agenda. Scott McKay – “An optimistic President Trump touting a positive platform.” … “Fighting for You!” “President Trump’s boundless optimism and certainty in America’s greatness is reflected in his second-term goals and stands in stark contrast to the gloomy vision of America projected by Joe Biden and Democrats.”

“What’s noticeable about it is that Trump’s agenda isn’t really all that ideological. It’s more like a performance agenda, which talks about things people on the center-right would like to see.

There isn’t a lot in here that looks like a political risk. It’s all typical Trump stuff, and it would be reasonable to call it more populist than conservative. But what it does is to reestablish Trump as an agent of change, something the public wants out of its president, without making him a wild-eyed radical.

America’s leading white supremacist announces his surprise endorsement. Andrea Widburg – “To fully appreciate what should be one of the biggest stories in the presidential campaign, there are two things you need to know: (1) who Richard Spencer is and (2) what the “fine people hoax” is.”

The remodeled White House rose garden drives Democrats mad. Andrea Widburg – “Part of being insane, apparently, means being clueless about the flowers that bloom in the spring:” … “What’s sad about the above craziness emanating from the Democrat end of the spectrum is that these two women sound almost sane compared to some other screams of outrage.”

Plasma Treatment Evokes Political Response. John Hinderaker – “I don’t know whether Trump’s belief that regulators are deliberately dragging their feet for political reasons is correct or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me. Trump Derangement Syndrome is present in the medical bureaucracy, as everywhere else in Washington. I doubt that a vaccine will have been tested long enough to be approved for general use by the beginning of November, but we can be sure that if such a vaccine is approved by then, it will be greeted with the same howls of politically-motivated dismay that we saw following yesterday’s announcement.”

“Get On With Your Lives!” – Oxford Professor Says “People Have Become Overly Frightened” Of COVID-19. Tyler Durden – “Even though BoJo’s system of localized COVID-19 measures seems to be working, the unrelenting hysteria peddled by the British press has left millions of Britons traumatized. … as the death rate has declined, it’s notable that cases and deaths have continued to decline even as society has opened up. … It’s all just one more reason to support the Swedish approach. ”

The Thin Veneer Of American Civilization… Has Been Blown Away. Victor Davis Hanson [via NationalReview.com to ZeroHedge] – “once beautiful New York City is in danger of becoming the nation’s aneurysm. That is, after the “recovery,” it and other blue cities may be seen as permanent weak veins and arteries prone to sudden fatal hemorrhaging that could implode at any moment, and thus may become metaphorically tied off, as the country reroutes around them.” … “Once upon a time, trying to torch a federal courthouse would earn years in prison. And simply taking over a large chunk of a downtown to re-create Lord of the Flies was unthinkable. Not now…”

“I wager that the NBA, the NFL, and perhaps even major-league baseball will soon have a come-to-Jesus moment. Either they will continue with the kneeling, the left-wing sloganeering, the mock-heroic logos, and the finger-pointing at their audiences, and thus slowly grow shriller and more irrelevant as Americans refuse to subsidize insults to their persons and country — or they will quietly return to the pre-Kaepernick world (as the NFL, for example, had in 2019) when politics was seen as bad business in a business, for-profit sport.

If the virus, lockdown, recession, and street violence have taught us anything, it’s that Americans don’t need LeBron James offering another pro-Chinese banality, another Kaepernick ad that hails his “courage,” or another appeasing quarterback fresh out of a North-Korean-like reeducation camp, apologizing for his now incorrect honoring of the flag.

The advantage of a Princeton or Stanford degree is now exposed not as proof of a superior education, but simply the purchase of a cattle brand to separate one’s future career from the herd — not much different from having Michael Jordan’s name on an otherwise pedestrian pair of tennis shoes.

The Sixties generation is going out as it came in: gross, loud, and cowardly, destroying the very institutions for others that it so selfishly consumed for its own benefit.

If we wish to know why America’s veneer of civilization was so thin, and this year so easily scraped away, revealing barbarism beneath, look to a generation’s architects in the university, the media, sports, corporations, and politics who long ago seeded their cultural IEDs and are now giddy they are at last going off, though terrified that the ensuing blasts are reverberating ever closer to home.

The Bill Comes Due for Renewable Energy. Alan Moran – “In addition to the direct regulatory cost as estimated by the AEMC, the average household annually pays for: government subsidies … Consequential increases to wholesale prices … Additional costs, about $70, for transmission and the Snowy2 scheme, which are being introduced to offset some of the unreliability … Further administrative costs”… Australia is not alone. The president of NV Energy sent out an email blast concerning requests for cutbacks in the heat of summer and bragging about installing significant infrastructure to support ‘green’ energy initiatives.

That Dirty Green Energy. I & I Editorial Board – “Those solar panels so precious to the you-must-conform greenshirts are a particularly nasty environmental menace. … Left out of the often mistaken, never in doubt assertions of renewables’ unalloyed goodness is the fact that the hardware used is hardly renewable. It wears out and needs to be replaced. Then what?”

Solar panels are starting to die. What will we do with the megatons of toxic trash? Maddie Stone – “They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives — and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing with that.”

 

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