Big Q1 2023 layoffs are coming for the Washington Post – word is they’ve lost half a million subscribers. This is good on so many levels.
And I think it is just the start – when Musk bought Twitter it had 7,500 employees. From what I can tell, he’s down to less than a hundred now and the thing is running just fine. These employees were being paid San Francisco wages – so, you gotta figure even the mail rook clerk (do they still have those?) was making north of 50 grand a year. The cost savings are immense. Additionally, there is rumor than Musk will move it to Texas, thus saving massive amounts in taxes and other fees. Other companies will be looking at this and wondering just how much they can cut.
To be sure, any of us who have ever lost a job knows that it is devastating. You suddenly don’t have assurance of paying the bills and with that worry, you scramble for another position. On the other hand, the bloat in corporate America is massive. Huge numbers of people are employed doing nothing that produces the product sold, whatever that may be. Empire building doesn’t just happen in government bureaucracies – it is a disease of all bureaucracies. The most positive aspect of this is that the people most likely to be fired are those who pester the American people the most: the woke with useless degrees are going to find that the 200 grand a year job attending a couple half hour meetings per day is gone for good.
As I’ve said before, a huge amount of America’s workforce is employed in useless jobs – and it wouldn’t be so bad if they were just useless, but these people also use their positions to push ever more wokeness on us…because that is their bread and butter. The more DEI you get, the more money you make.
Until, of course, there is no more money to make. We can’t sustain a pack of parasites. We need our workers to produce useful product.
I’ve been thinking about it and I don’t think we realize just how malevolently insane the United States has become. We are no longer the good guys in the world. We’re funding the war in Ukraine when that could have been almost immediately settled by Ukraine giving up the ethnic Russian territory. We’re refusing to produce our own oil and natural gas while pressing foreigners to ruthlessly exploit their own resources and workers so we can have energy cheap enough to keep political damage to democrats to a minimum. We’re arguing over whether or not a healthy 14 year old should have a double mastectomy. We’re allowing what amounts to a new slave trade to operate on our southern border. On and on it goes like that – not just bad policies which could result from mistakes, but directly baleful actions which hurt our own people and people all around the world…all the while with an MSM lauding our leadership and everyone passing out awards to each other for doing it. A reckoning will come for this – and I do believe that in God’s mercy we will have to pay a high price for it all.
But there is some good news – the Temecula Valley (CA) school district has banned critical race theory. This is in California. And this shows just how crucial things like school board elections are. Just put a few sane people into office and, presto, the hate-filled insanity stops. I hope we can get more and enough of this soon enough to avert total disaster.
Donald Trump is not having a good time – ignoring polls (most are created to manipulate rather than inform), he’s just not gaining much traction for 2024. His core supporters are still with him, but it looks like enough other GOP voters are out there to deny him the nomination if they can swiftly coalesce around one candidate (more tricky than it seems). Now he’s saying he has a big announcement coming tomorrow. I guess we’ll see if he’s got something that will restore his fortunes.
Other companies will be looking at this and wondering just how much they can cut.
Sounds like the unemployment rate might bump up a skosh early next year.
I’ve been thinking about it and I don’t think we realize just how malevolently insane the United States has become. We are no longer the good guys in the world.
I’ve been thinking this same thing since 2020. My opinion of the United States of America has done a 180. We are the most corrupt country in the world and inflicting major damage. Illegal immigration, encouraged by our ruling class, is another major disruption to the world and it’s intentional. Think about all the human labor and resources Central America is losing. A good majority of all of their young people are migrating to the US because of promises made to them by Democrats, leaving those countries decimated. These beautiful cultures and traditions just going away because Americas ruling class needs political fodder. They are sick evil people.
And honestly how can anyone spend 5 minutes with Mitch McConnell and not realize he is a complete loser. Same can be said for a lot of them; Lindsay Graham, AOC, Pelosi, Maxine Waters, etc.. These people are losers and we need to start being more critical and judgmental of them. In other words, stop being so civil. Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice.
How long before the American people just get tired of this bullshit??
‘We’re not asking, we’re telling you:’ Business owner demands black people receive $350,000 EACH in reparations since ‘we worked for free’ during slavery – at California’s public reparations committee hearing
I’m fine with giving money to people who were enslaved here in this country. So far, none have stepped up.
The real problem is that many blacks in this country, even ones who are direct descendents of slaves, have allowed themselves to be enslaved all over again. Just a different kind of plantation.
These two photos say it all.
And just like during the slave trade, current blacks have largely been sold down the river by other blacks like the ones who make up the Congressional Black Caucus.
As long as black people operate as a monolithic group, they will always be taken advantage of by others. They are told, and they believe that because of their skin color, they are different than the rest of us, so they are their own worst enemies. They haven’t learned that yet.
And that’s a great depiction spook
Americans are lost
Regulars here will likely remember some of the spirited global warming/climate change “discussions” we used to have back on the old Blogs for Bush in the early 2000s. The fall-back for alarmists was that a study was “peer-reviewed,” and if it wasn’t, it just wasn’t true, or at the very least, not credible. Then in 2009 and again in 2011 prominent climate change “scientists” had their emails hacked in which they bragged not only about manipulating data but also about perverting the peer-review process. Suddenly “peer-review” was not mentioned much any more. Fast forward to C&C this morning in which Jeff Childers really lays into peer-review as it pertains to medical science. Grab some popcorn and sit back and enjoy.
Human nature NEVER changes. Money and power seduce and corrupt everything. Be highly critical of everybody and that will serve you well.
Need I say more??
A quarter of a million Americans die every year because they are misdiagnosed in the emergency room by bungling doctors, a federal report warns.
I only trust God. All others pay cash
The Covid virus has a 97% survival rate … even for those unvaccinated like me. Now those are good odds.
From the Daily Mail article:
My wife had several minor strokes over a decade ago. Last summer she woke up with paralysis on the right side of her face, and I thought she might be having another stroke, so I took her to the ER. They ran a bunch of tests, bottom line – no stroke, but the doctor said (and I’m not making this up) “don’t repeat this, and if you do I’ll deny it, but her condition is probably a side effect of the Covid vaccine.” The paralysis went away in a week or so, and I hadn’t thought anything more about it until reading your linked article.
Prayers for the Mrs.
Look what Democrats have done
‘Comply or it’s going to be a serious backlash:’ Activist demanding $800,000 for every black resident threatens California’s reparations task force … Protest political candidate and civil rights advocate Deon Jenkins warned California’s reparations task force that there will be ‘a serious backlash’ if they do not comply with his demands for hundreds of thousands dollars to be handed out
This is not going to end well. Thanks to Democrats. Maybe the nuclear war they almost have us in will save us from racial violence they are stoking.
What would you suppose, Cluster, speaking of violence, which, this generation has ever seen, true violence that is. Suppose the people rioting and looting and burning were Conservatives? In the same areas as those who burned and looted in Minneapolis or Los Angeles, with the same people in charge of those cities? How much would you want to bet that those people would tell the National guard to fire on and kill the rioters?
But, because they were their own in Minneapolis Los Angeles etc, they told the National Guard to stand down. Am I right?
Anyway, I grow ever more pessimistic about the prospects of any true reckoning ever happening in America. The longer time goes on, the less good people there are in this country, and the more bad people there are.
The men of today have made a mockery of our Founding fathers. When we had the American revolution and the Civil war there were no questions, they just did. When they fired the cannons they didn’t have long discussions for weeks on end about it they Just did. When they buried their fellow soldiers, they didn’t ask why, they just did. When they buried the bayonets in the enemy’s side, they didn’t ask should we, they just did. When Washington travelled to Valley Forge in the deep snow on horseback, he didn’t ask “should I?” He just did.
Sadly, we don’t have men with that testosterone this day and age. It’s awful men have been feminized and enjoy the comfort and pleasures of their labor, rather than try to preserve their children’s and grandchildren’s future. And their grandchildren and children, many who will be taken away and put in death camps to starve and breathe their last.
There’s a very bleak future for America. The young people are going to be the ones who suffer the most because of the false visions that they’ve been given by their professors.
I agree with you on the current condition of men. There are just too many complacent and confused men in America, but that again is by design. Large governments do not want strong, educated, independent men – they can become a threat to government control.
That being said, I am beginning to think that what is playing out is larger than one or two generations. I think this is the larger arc of humanity. Strong men create good times wherein weak men rise and bad times follow. I think you can look back throughout history and see this pattern.
Oh and the CIA killed JFK.
Read “The Men On The Sixth Floor” and tell me what you think
Will people ever acknowledge the fact that electric vehicles are much more harmful to the environment than fossil fueled cars?? Or do you ever think people will admit that electric cars are desired by governments because they can be controlled? And shut down. The truth is, this EV obsession by government and “saving the planet” … is just another lie.
It is now more than twice as expensive to charge an electric vehicle in Norway’s capital, Oslo, than to fill up a gas-powered vehicle.
So John Bolton was just on MSNBC talking about his potential run for President – and now I’ll give you time to laugh about that
But he said something that caught my attention – Bolton said that he is a “mainstream conservative” like Goldwater and Reagan … and now I know why we lose. The GOP elite has no connection with, and no longer represent the conservative movement. There are still too many big business, neo hawks in the GOP ie; Romney, McConnell, Bolton, Murkowski, etc. and they still control the purse strings. Time to purge.
They are not journalists. They are activists. BIG difference
Here is the CEO of Gab’s take on Musk taking over twitter…
“Elon Musk is in over his head when it comes to free speech.
Musk is quickly learning that in order to run a free speech platform you need two things: thick skin and a fanatical commitment to free speech, even when being pro free speech is bad for business, and even when being pro free speech means tolerating the most excoriating criticism of yourself.
Elon’s “free speech” saga at Twitter is really nothing of the sort. He’s treating the product, and his users, as his playthings. Flailing, hyper-feminine emotional outbursts are a substitute for a “leadership style.” All told, he has revealed that he has no interest whatsoever in bringing actual free speech to Twitter.
Twitter was, ironically, more measured and free when there were thousands of mentally ill blue-haired Communists with their fingers on the ban hammer. At least the Communists tried to come up with an objective and consistent rationale for their actions. Contrast with Elon, who waved the flag of free speech as soon as he took over but immediately began compromising on that promise for the sake of business expediency.
When it came to Alex Jones being reinstated, Elon had an emotional reaction and invoked the loss of his child. When it came to Kathy Griffin impersonating him, Elon had an emotional reaction and swung the ban hammer on anyone in his way. When it came to Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, posting a symbol of a French UFO cult which combined a swastika and a Star of David, Elon had an emotional reaction and banned him so as to be hip with all of the other California types who were throwing Ye to the wolves.
Now with the ElonJet and journalist ban situation, where constitutionally protected information which is publicly available is being removed from the site (despite being massively available practically everywhere else on the Internet) Elon is once again “leading” with his emotions and treating Twitter not as a product, not as an essential and vital publication utility for the entire world, but as a toy, and one controlled by a petulant child at that.
Men who lead do not make decisions and dictate on the whims of their emotions. Weak, hyper-effete men “leading” with emotions instead of reason and logic is a big reason Western society is crumbling. Given Elon’s Reddit-tier political takes and patchy soy beard, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to find out that he is low on the testosterone side. But I digress.
Gab is for free speech. The lefty journalists recently banned from Twitter might not believe it but when they find that they get zero engagement on Mastodon and are looking to join a serious social media platform again, but Gab will be here waiting for them – and we will protect them from all censors, foreign and domestic, to the greatest extent possible, as long as their speech is lawful.
Some of these journalists who were banned last night, like Matt Binder, have been extremely critical of Gab and our users in the past. I don’t like Matt. He’s been unfair to Gab in the past. But Gab exists for him. Gab exists to provide a home and a megaphone for viewpoints that don’t have a home anywhere else. Until Elon took over Twitter, that meant we were a home for the right and center-right. After Elon took over, we are ready, willing, and able to provide that home for the left and center-left, just as we are prepared to host anyone who agrees that they will not violate U.S. law in the use of our service.
We can no longer afford to give any power whatsoever to petty tyrants who think themselves to be god-kings. This is the outcome when emasculated emotional losers “lead” our society: chaos, hypocrisy, destruction, and censorship.
Twitter is a big corporation and it has big corporate baggage. It needs huge quantities of advertising dollars from all over the world, including the most censorial European countries, just to survive. When EU bureaucrats tell him to censor Americans he has to obey. Last week the EU asked us to censor some Americans – citing no law that had been broken, simply saying that certain users were posting “propaganda” – and we told them to pound sand. No US court will ever enforce an unconstitutional European rule. If we never sell a dollar of ads in the European Union, that’s perfectly fine with us.
The reason I run Gab because I believe that protecting freedom of speech is a divine command. We must refuse to be “led” by anyone who is not themselves led by Jesus Christ. We deserve strong God-fearing Christian leaders in media, business, technology, culture, education, and government.
I may not agree with your beliefs. You may not agree with mine. You may think my belief in God is a backward superstition. I may think your atheism is corrosive. None of that matters. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I, and this company, will defend your right to speak freely on the Internet as long as we are able to do so.
Jesus Christ is King of kings”
Free speech is not absolute. In the public arena, you can not threaten anyone, you can not incite violence, and you can not intimidate so there are limitations. I would also say that identifying someones real time location with the intent to intimidate would also be off limits. Other than that, Twitter is a private company, so they have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. And so can Gab. Just like the NYT can pick and choose their editorialists and content, so can Twiiter and Gab.
I was permanently suspended from Twitter for constantly mocking and ridiculing Democrats and you know what? I’m fine with that. They have a right to ban me. If I were them, I would probably ban me too.
This is just the beginning for California. I’ve read the entire State now is in the red too.
Go woke, go broke! San Francisco mayor warns crime-ridden city now faces a $728m budget deficit over next two years as remote work caused property taxes and public transit ridership to slump