Trump’s top China trade chief disagrees with Trump, on camera

 

The attention is on North Korea, but a trade deal shaping up with China is not getting the attention it deserves.

Trump is hoping/expecting a trade deal with China after extending the deadline before raising tarriffs. The end of March is the target date. Looks like his point man trade representative Robert Lighthizer is full of himself. Video below. The background:

“President Trump has already started promoting a ‘signing summit’ at Mar-a-Lago before an agreement has even been inked,” Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday. “I say to President Trump, it would be a momentous failure if you relent now and don’t receive meaningful, enforceable and verifiable commitments on structural reforms to China’s unfair trade policy.”

Considering that for decades no one cared one wit or bothered one wit to deal with China and our enormous trade deficit it’s pretty rich. Setting aside their theft of intellectual property. Sound familiar? How far did the previous administrations get with North Korea?

Looking at the headlines one wouldn’t know that Trump is the President and Bob is the worker bee – trade rep.

But now of course Schumer and the New York Times are more than happy to opine negatively. As far as Bob? From my quick lookie look just another swamp creature that worked government to make his bones, made his connections then moved on to a law firm to make the super big bucks on trade and now is taking his “skill set” back to government for a tune up.

New York Times:

Trump Undermines Top Trade Adviser as He Pushes for China Deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump has signaled that he is moving toward peace with China in a trade standoff that has rattled markets and businesses globally. But as he backs off his threat to impose higher tariffs, the president’s relationship with his own trade negotiator is now showing signs of strain.

The situation has left Mr. Trump’s trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, who is both an ardent supporter of the president and a longtime China critic, in an uncomfortable bind. While broad tariffs on Chinese imports brought Beijing to the negotiating table, Mr. Trump has grown impatient with the talks, and a consensus is growing in Washington that Mr. Trump will ultimately accept a weak deal.

And despite the lack of a transformative arrangement he once promised, the president has begun dangling the idea of a “signing summit” with President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s Florida resort. As a result, the president is undermining Mr. Lighthizer as he tries to pressure China to make big concessions.

 

Goodbye Lightie...U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer contradicted the boss in front of the Chinese delegation…then went on to get snarky.  Looks like Trump still can’t drain the swamp. This happened at a trade meeting presser? Don’t let the door hit you …. going out the door.

US president Donald Trump argued with his US trade chief during a televised trade meeting. When asked a question about trade talks with China, which have been taking place over the weekend, Donald Trump said he is against using memoranda of understanding [MOUs].

‘I don’t like MOUs because they don’t mean anything. To me they don’t mean anything,’ Trump said. Robert Lighthizer jumped in to explain that an ‘MOU is a contract … a binding agreement between two people’. To which a gruff Trump replied, ‘I disagree.’  Lighthizer got the message, adding ’from now on we’re not using the word Memorandum of Understanding anymore. We’re going to use the term trade agreement, all right?’

The Chinese delegates must have been aghast at the disrespect shown Trump.

 

 

Godfather  – Never tell outside the family what you’re thinking

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The benefits of an enlightened society

 

 

The benefits of an enlightened society

  by Mustang  –  Our man on the beat in the UK

 

Matthew Furlong is a fine young man.  He was raised in a good home.  His father is a detective chief inspector whose example motivated his son to one day follow in his footsteps.  And so, Matthew applied himself.  He stayed in school, earned a college degree (in particle physics), and applied for admission to the Cheshire Constabulary.  The application process was an exciting time for Matthew.  He was about to reach his “dream job” … he was going to be a copper, like his Dad.

He passed all the tests.  The interview went pretty well.  Matthew was on a roll.  But then it came time to accept or reject applicants.  Matthew was rejected.  He wasn’t going to get a job in the Cheshire police department.

It wasn’t that Matthew answered wrongly during the interview.  It wasn’t because he lacked a solid degree.  No, Matthew didn’t get the job because of four main factors:  He is white, not black.  He’s straight, not queer.  He’s normal, not a transgender, and he’s not disabled.  He’s also not accepted into the Constabulary.

Matthew did the right thing, though.  He filed a lawsuit against the police department for wrongful discrimination.  And the judge came to the right conclusion in pointing out that the police agency did wrongfully discriminate against Matthew, but if anyone thinks that the police hierarchy is repentant, think again.

After the ruling, the leader of the British police chief’s organization called for radical laws to allow police to positively discriminate in favor of ethnic minority candidates.  The chair of the National Police Chiefs Council, Sara Thornton, said that unless changes are made, the rank and file would remain overwhelmingly white for decades to come.

Apparently, the British police don’t want less crime or justice through the apprehension of criminals … they want more black, gay, sexually confused, or physically disabled street cops.  Meanwhile, violent crime in the UK is rising in leaps and bounds.

Instances of gang-fights with lethal weapons abound.  British citizens are prohibited from defending themselves, and so must rely on the police to do that for them.  When the British call for help, they are likely to wait a long time before anyone shows up, and they’ll have to deal with someone who may not be able or willing to help them.

This is what leftist society calls progress.  We are living in a world of opposite meanings.  Let’s be clear: this isn’t progress.  Citizens know this, but they have no power to change course.  With their inane ideas, people like Sara Thornton and Police Chief Constable Janette McCormick pose a clear and present danger to an orderly, respectful British society, and yet, in spite of this, they are allowed to continue doing irreversible damage to that society.

Matthew Furlong has gotten on with his life.  He has a good job, and I assume he’s making good money.  The problem isn’t resolved, however.  Police agencies controlled by social warriors continue to discriminate against white applicants.  They call this “positive discrimination.”  In the Furlong case, the judge’s ruling doesn’t matter.

The police agency may have to pay Mr. Furlong some compensation, and they will pay if the court so orders (no problem, it’s taxpayer money anyway), but they will not cease and desist their campaign to deny opportunities to straight white men.

If these are the benefits of enlightened British society, let us hope that the virus never makes its way to the United States.

Environmental Lawyers Target American Toilet Paper

 

Interesting isn’t it? One of the first “tells” in a declining democratic country is apparently the need to restrict by price or by other means diminish access to toilet paper. Venezuela a case in point.

Chicago Tribune

After socialists run out of other people’s money, the people eventually run out of something almost as precious as money:

It’s happening right now in Venezuela, once a socialist, oil-rich paradise and land of great shortstops. But Venezuela is fast becoming a thoroughly failed state.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen here. A nation without toilet paper is a nation ungovernable. The social chaos, the whining, the aggravation — not to mention the horror of alternative methods, like cobs of corn — would just drive people insane.

 

Now they are coming for our toilet paper. We are greedy users. And we don’t use the right kind.

Furthermore, it turns out that consumers – you and me – prefer pristine looking toilet paper to ugly, unbleached, 100% recycled stuff. It turns out few of us are prepared to pay extra for TP that has a higher ratio of recycled content. While TP manufacturers are criticized in this report, we are the real problem since we’re the source of that “demand for virgin fiber.”

From the report:

It is time to reexamine current norms of tissue production and consumption. It is also time for companies to act more as global citizens and usher the world into a more sustainable paradigm. Fortunately, solutions promoting healthy forests and a healthy planet already exist. Companies and consumers simply need to embrace them.

 

 

We have been led to believe that good forrest management is no forrest management. Just look at the tremendous fires we had last year. Good forrest management is cutting and removing timber from time to time. New growth offers food resources for animals. Sick and dying trees need to be removed to control the spread of disease.

But now we are under attack by the Greenies. It is at our peril not to respond to their court challenges as well as their lobbying.

“Everyone’s standard of living drops as daily necessities become more costly”

Here we go:

The Issue With Tissue: How Americans are Flushing Forests Down the Toilet is a real report. It was released last week by the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC).

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Described as one of America’s “most powerful environmental groups,” this outfit is a band of lawyers and lobbyists. Rather than doing something useful with their lives, they spend their time harassing businesses who employ people in small logging towns, including many First Nations/native Indian/indigenous breadwinners.

Nothing is ever good enough for these parasite lawyers. Even when forestry companies bend over backward to satisfy their demands, the goalposts keep shifting.

This report declares that “FSC and FSC-Mix certification are not enough” (p. 18). Over at the FSC website, we read that:

FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests…

But the parasite lawyers deem this insufficient. Why?

Because, these protocols don’t alleviate the significant demand for virgin fiber. Only transitioning away from forest content by incorporating post consumer   recycled materials and alternate fibers will stop the needless and unsustainable use of trees for throwaway tissue products. [bold added, p. 18]

Honestly, one doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. First of all, trees grow on trees. They’re another kind of crop. Humans grow them, harvest them, then grow more of them.

If the harvesting of this crop takes place in “responsibly managed forests,” there’s nothing unsustainable about it.

The NRDC’s use of those other morally-charged terms – needless and throwaway – is no accident. These people are pushing an extremist agenda that looks a lot like religious fanaticism. They consider it sinful for humans to feed their families by cutting down trees so that useful products can be made from them.

More at Parasite Green Lawyers Target Toilet Paper

For full report:

The NRDC press release about the TP report is here.

”WASHINGTON – A new report takes the largest tissue companies to task for destroying North American forests and exacerbating the world’s climate crisis.

The 31-page report can be downloaded here.

 

Cook County Officials vote to end gang database permanently

This should work out. Cook county, the infamous county in Illinois, has decided to completely dismantle their database of known or suspected gang members. Officials voted on Thursday to hang it up. Listed were more than 25,000 known or suspected gang members.

With all the new gang bangers – MS 13 – headed our way with our open borders, I would say this is quite timely.  530 people were murdered in Chicago in 2018, with victims ranging in age from 1 to 93. With all the news coming out of Chicago these days, let’s first take a look at Cook County.

Cook County is a county in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the second-most populous county in the United States after Los Angeles County, California. As of 2017, the population was 5,211,263. Its county seat is Chicago. the largest city in Illinois and the third-most populous city in the United States. More than 40% of all residents of Illinois live in Cook County.

Cook County’s population is larger than that of 28 individual U.S. states, and the combined populations of the seven smallest states.[5]

Wikipedia

According to the Chicago Sun Times.

The Cook County Board voted to destroy the county’s gang database Thursday, setting legal steps and guidelines to make sure the database can’t be restarted.

The vote was the death knell for the contentious database, also called the Regional Gang Intelligence Database. Last month, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office announced it had “terminated” the database, a decision that came after no other law enforcement agency agreed to host it.

The ordinance, which takes effect immediately, prohibits the Cook County Sheriff’s Office from maintaining, re-creating or sharing information on the database. It also mandates the sheriff’s office to “enact the final destruction” of the tool.

Keep in mind  51% of the Murders come from 2% of U.S. Counties

Sunday Respite – Traces of Time

 

For today’s Sunday Respite I am choosing Tom Barabas – Traces of Time.  Paintings are by Thomas Kincaid. I suggest watching this is full screen. Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

 

Jussie Smollett – Who are the Osundairo bros? Ola previously charged with attempted murder

 

It’s interesting that after weeks of coverage of Jussie Smollett there has been little discussion of the background of the two participants in the faux attack. “Abel” and “Ola” Osundairo.

Appears to be a Ola Facebook photo

The narrative created is a couple of nice “kids” just coming forth doing the right thing. Choir boys. Doing all they can to make things right. Innocent bystanders in this theater of the absurd. Forget this whole thing wouldn’t have gone down without them.

Maybe Ola, nicknamed “Juice”, may have helped Jussie with a drug or two…for a price. Oh, by the way, Ola had a charge of attempted murder…stabbed a guy… but I am sure it was just a one-off.

I did hear one vague reference that one may have been on probation, but no reason mentioned.

So I scoured what was out there and came up with portions of the following sources:

 

Chicago Sun Times :

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Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were unknown to most of the world until recently, when authorities revealed that the brothers — who are known as “Abel” and “Ola” — were intimately involved in the alleged bogus attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

Public records paint a picture of two men in dire financial straits. Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, 27, was also no stranger to violence.

Court records show that Olabinjo Osundairo was charged with attempted murder in a 2011 stabbing that occurred in the 4200 block of North Ashland. That is less than a block from the home that police raided in the Smollett investigation, where they recovered personal effects, including cell phones, a source said.

Olabinjo Osundairo reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery; he was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $674 fine. (Ed: It’s Chicago don’t forget.)

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Court records show both men filed for bankruptcy in September 2016 and collectively owed more than $120,000 in student loans.

At the time, neither brother reported having a full-time job. Their monthly incomes, they said, were $160 and $142, which they earned from various odd jobs.

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Abimbola Osundairo, in his bankruptcy filing, claimed an interest in investing. He reported that he owned four shares of a pharmaceutical company, one share of Berkshire Hathaway and one share of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company. He valued the shares at $300 at the time, though a single share of Berkshire Hathaway was worth more than $200,000 at the time of the filing.

(Ed: Otherwise known as fraud. Heck doesn’t every guy in the hood have a share or two of Berkshire Hathaway?)

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In 2017, Olabinjo Osundairo co-founded a home remodeling company. In his bio on the company’s website, he says he has three degrees, including a master’s degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in management. The other company co-founder could not be reached.

 

AP News

Abimbola Osundairo, 25, graduated from Lake View High School in Chicago, where he participated in football, track and field, soccer, and wrestling, before joining the football team at Quincy University in western Illinois, according to a football profile on the university’s website. Olabinjo Osundairo, 27, also was on the Quincy football team and had attended Latmos Comprehensive College in Lagos, Nigeria, according to his football profile.

The brothers are bodybuilders who have developed an online following and have dabbled in acting and at least one failed business venture, according to social media posts and news reports.

 

It appears that this is Ola’s Facebook though I have not been able to double confirm this, you decide:

In December 2018, Ola uploaded a picture of him and his brother modeling “Winter Face Masks” for $20 to Facebook. The pair also modeled hooded sweatshirts, vests and baseball caps with the logo “Team Abel,” which is Abel’s Instagram handle.

 

Ola and his brother were both football players at Quincy University, having also attended Lakeview High School in Chicago together. According to Ola’s official profile on the school’s website, he played a total of four games at varsity level during his time at the school between 2011 and 2014. In the 2013 season, Ola recorded a solo tackle. That profile describes Ola has having two brothers, one of whom, Abel, was a defensive back for the Quincy Hawks. The bio also says that Ola attended Latmos Comprehensive College in Lagos, Nigeria. The piece names their father as Lanre Osundairo.

More at Heavy

Arizona bill forces people to submit DNA

 

It’s Friday. So let’s take a look and see how our police state is coming along. The news from Arizona caught my eye, so let’s do a medley of news from “the front” with some flashbacks.

For those sucking up the Socialist kool-aid, there will be lots more of this coming to your town soon.

Arizona: Bonus: You have to pay the $250 buckeroos for it.

New legislation working its way through the Arizona Senate would establish one of the country’s first statewide DNA databases in which wide swaths of residents would be forced to give up their genetic material.

The DNA database would be maintained by the Department of Public Safety, which would include a person’s name, social security number, date of birth and last known address – and could be accessed and used by law enforcement for investigations. The database can also be shared with other government agencies across the country for the purposes for “employment, licensing, death registration, missing persons identification,” and IDing people using aliases or multiple identities, reports AZ Central.

No other state has anything this expansive in place, according to David Kaye, an associate dean for research at Penn State University who studies genetics and its application in law.

Kaye said the proposed bill is one step away from requiring DNA from anyone who wants a driver’s license. –AZ Central

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Arizona wants some DNA, but the FBI wants all of it

While Arizona’s bill collects DNA from certain categories of individuals – and eventually everyone once they’re dead, the FBI is creating a “nation of suspects” according to a US think tank, as they seek to collect every single American’s DNA for a massive database signed into law in 2017 by President Trump which comes into effect this year.

The Rapid DNA Act allows police to routinely collect DNA samples from anyone they’ve arrested, but before they’ve been convicted of a crime. The 2017 law requires several states to connect Rapid DNA machines to the “Codis,” the FBI’s national DNA database.

Approximately the size of a desktop printer, use of the Rapid DNA machines made by Thermo Fisher Scientific and others, are “expected to become as routine a process as taking fingerprints,” according to the Daily Star.

But John W. Whitehead from The Rutherford Institute believes it is a sinister development which will make everyone a suspect.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, he said: “The fact of the matter is that these machines are not full-proof.“But we could look at a situation in which someone could be arrested, have their mouth swabbed and then be charged within hours after generating a DNA profile.“We are looking at the erosion of the concept of innocent before proven guilty because it will allow police to go on fishing expeditions. –Daily Star

More at  Zero Hedge

 

Meanwhile Phones are making Minority Report’s Precrime a reality – and other things we’ve learned.

Phillip K Dick predicted it, Steven Spielberg committed it to film and FOX is about to bring it to TV – but it looks like Precrime is already becoming a reality.

We’ve been reading through a new report released by EPJ Data Science called “a survey of results on mobile phone datasets analysis” which looks at what 15 years of mobile data has taught us.

For example, a study published by Bogomolov et al has used mobile phone traces to try to predict whether a certain area would become a crime hotspot within the next month. The study used the estimated number of people in each area, the age, gender as well as work, home and visitor group splits. All of the information was directly gained from mobile phone data.

That information was then pushed through the system and it found they could predict whether a certain area would be the scene of a crime in the next month with an accuracy of 70%.

In a separate study Bogomolov et al set out to find out if mobile phones could predict a person’s daily stress levels from non-invasive sensors, as well as mobile data.

Only using one lot of data provided a poor result but if the data was combined with personality traits and knowledge of the weather conditions they found a 72% accuracy in predicted whether people were stressed. Full story over at Tech Data

Here is a home grown movie ad, inserting facts with the regular ad for Minority Report

 

 

Nestled in President Obama’s stirring speech reasserting America’s commitment to the Rule of Law was a stunning announcement of a plan for a new legal construct justifying the “prolonged detention” of people we think might misbehave in the future.

This is the change Obama promised. Swathes of the discontent rounded up and imprisoned indefinitely. The persecution of the witches was nothing to what the schemers pulling his strings have laid plans for.

From

Senate Intelligence Authorization Act, Would Allow Arrest of Journalists, Anti-war Activists, Academics and Students

Let’s add this final memory from my way back machine not so long ago:

Meet ‘Sensitivity Readers’ looking for thought crimes prior to publication

…Censors who study manuscripts for thought crimes so that books can be revised or rejected prior to publication are called “sensitivity readers.” The Chicago Tribune approvingly defines a sensitivity reader as “a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content.”

“The industry recognizes this is a real concern,” said Cheryl Klein, a children’s and young adult book editor and author of “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults.” Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.

Rigid control of what young people read is a higher priority, because their opinions are more malleable, still being in the process of forming.

Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate – fueled in part by social media – in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized [i.e., politically favored] groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group.

If you portray characters in any light that could possibly be construed as reflecting negatively on a politically preferred group like blacks, you are a racist thought criminal; good luck getting published. Avoiding this problem by ignoring blacks is exclusionary and therefore also racist. The only course of action that is not racist is to crowd your work with cartoonishly correct black characters who have been explicitly approved by the thought police. If you do that you are not racist; you are a cultural expropriator. More at Moonbattery

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