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Record 117K unaccompanied children expected at the border this year.

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Are Petitions & Emails to Politicians a Waste of Time?

The Yankee Marshall

Hawaii Mileage May Very.....

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This is the man supposedly over half the voters in 2020 wanted to be president.  That's more votes than Obama got.   ???

Well, now we have him, and the warnings didn't take long to prove true.  He's just not mentally capable of learning, retaining and accurately conveying facts.  How do you think that will affect high level, international negotiations and agreements?  It'll be like a used car salesman taking advantage of an elderly, feeble-minded buyer.

Even CNN posted the first four FALSE CLAIMS in their town hall this week with Biden.  They said, "We're still looking into some of the claims Biden made, so this article is not comprehensive. But we can tell you now that he made at least four false claims -- all of them involving statistics -- about the minimum wage, undocumented immigrants, China's economy and Covid-19 vaccinations."

"We believe in truth, not facts!"  --Candidate Joe Biden

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Biden said the $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage is too low, then said soon after: "For
example, if it went -- if we gradually increased it -- when we indexed it at $7.20, if we kept
it indexed by -- to inflation, people would be making 20 bucks an hour right now. That's
what it would be."

Facts First: This is false; the White House told CNN after the event that Biden got mixed up
with another statistic about the minimum wage. Today's federal minimum wage of $7.25 per
hour, which took effect in 2009, would not be even close to $20 per hour if Congress had
decided to link it to inflation. Adjusted for inflation, $7.25 in January 2009 was equal to $8.98
in January 2021.

The White House told CNN that Biden was attempting to refer to a claim, from a progressive
think tank about how the minimum wage would have been $24 per hour in 2020 if the minimum
wage had kept pace with productivity growth (not inflation) since 1968 (not 2009).
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Biden said of the US population of undocumented immigrants: "The vast majority of the people,
those 11 million undocumented, they're not Hispanics; they're people who came on a visa -- who
was able to buy a ticket to get in a plane and didn't go home. They didn't come across the Rio Grande
swimming..."

Facts First: Biden was wrong to claim that the majority of undocumented immigrants in the US are
not Hispanic. While it is obviously difficult to compile comprehensive statistics on this population group,
the Migration Policy Institute think tank estimated in 2018 that 73% of undocumented people in the
US speak Spanish at home and 68% are from the Mexico and Central America region, with an additional
7% from South America. The Pew Research Center has found that the Mexican share of the undocumented
population has fallen over time, but that people from Latin America still made up 77% of the 2017
undocumented population.

Biden was more correct with his second claim, about the means by which undocumented people are
arriving in the US. A 2019 study by the Center for Migration Studies of New York, based on 2017 data,
found that, for the seventh straight year, more newly undocumented people overstayed visas than crossed
a border illegally; it was 62% overstays and 38% illegal crossings, according to the study.
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Biden talked about how he met with China's now-President, Xi Jinping, while Biden was vice president,
and then returned to the US and mused about China's demographic challenges. He said, "And I came
back and said they're going to end their One China -- their one child policy, because they're so xenophobic
they won't let anybody else in, and more people are retired than working. How can they sustain economic
growth when more people are retired?"

Facts First: It is not even close to true that more people in China are retired than working -- even today,
let alone when Biden was vice president and the Chinese workforce was younger. China reported having
about 775 million employed people at the end of 2019; China had a reported 254 million people aged 60
or above, the normal retirement-benefits age for men. "The working aged population has peaked and is
now declining and retirees are growing rapidly, so the ratio of workers to retirees is becoming less favorable.
But the ratio is still greater than 1," said David Dollar, an expert on the Chinese population who is a Brookings
Institution senior fellow.

Biden is right that China's aging workforce poses a challenge to the country, but he botched the specifics.
Even if you apply the usual dose of skepticism to official Chinese data, China is many decades away from
having more retirees than workers.

"I think he misspoke. Probably meant that the working age population is now slowly shrinking, a trend that will
continue for many years," said Nicholas Lardy, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International
Economics and another expert on the Chinese economy.
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Biden made a series of claims about the Covid-19 vaccine situation upon his January inauguration.
He said early at the town hall that when "we came into office, there was only 50 million doses that
were available." Moments later, he said, "We got into office and found out the supply -- there was no
backlog. I mean, there was nothing in the refrigerator, figuratively and literally speaking, and there were
10 million doses a day that were available." Soon after that, he told Cooper, "But when you and I talked
last, we talked about -- it's one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn't have when we came into office,
but a vaccinator -- how do you get the vaccine into someone's arm?"

Facts First: Biden got at least one of these statistics wrong -- in a way that made Trump look better, not
worse, so Biden's inaccuracy appeared accidental, but we're noting it anyway. A White House official said
that Biden's claim about "10 million doses a day" being available when he took office was meant to be a
reference to the 10 million doses a week that were being sent to states as of the second week of Biden's
term, up from 8.6 million a week when they took over.

The official said Biden's claim about "50 million doses" being available when he took office was a reference
to the number of doses that had been distributed to states as of the end of January. That was less than two
weeks into his term, but he could have been clearer on the time frame.

Biden's more dramatic claim here, that there was "nothing in the refrigerator" when he took office, has a solid
factual basis, though Biden could again have been clearer about what he meant. The official said this was a
reference to the fact that, as reported by the Washington Post in the week before Biden's inauguration, there
was no federal reserve of second doses available at the time. The Trump administration confirmed to the Post
for a January 15 article that the contents of the stockpile had been released to states; then-Health and Human
Services Secretary Alex Azar said the doses in the reserve could be shipped out "because we now have a
consistent pace of production." (It's worth noting that Biden's own transition team itself called for the release of
second doses from the reserve.)

It's also generally true that there were serious problems with vaccine supply just before Biden's inauguration.
Some states said that they had not been sent enough doses or that they faced major logistical issues in getting
doses to residents.

Some of Biden's Republican critics have focused on his claim that "we didn't have" the vaccine when we came
into office -- suggesting that Biden was denying that a Covid-19 vaccine existed at all under President Donald Trump.
Given the other comments Biden had just made, we think it's clear in context that this was not his actual meaning.
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Biden called for community college to be made free for all. He said this would cost $9 billion. Then he added:
"We spend almost that money as a break for people who own racehorses."

Facts First: There is no available evidence for the claim that the tax break for racehorse owners costs the
government almost $9 billion. The White House declined to provide a source for the figure.
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We can't call the claim flat false because we don't have definitive information ourselves. But it's worth noting
that it's very much unclear that Biden has any source. And Gleckman is skeptical that is true, though he noted
that Biden didn't say what time period he was claiming the $9 billion tax break covered.

Biden's $9 billion figure was, as of 2016-2017, roughly the national total for annual tuition and fees to two-year
institutions, according to federal data.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/17/politics/fact-check-biden-cnn-town-hall-anderson-cooper-milwaukee/index.html

It's scary to think this is the man responsible for shutting down pipelines, killing jobs, pushing gun control and negotiating with Iran, Russia, Mexico, the EU, etc., which you know are much more complicated issues. 

i doubt the man remembers what he had for lunch that afternoon.  Hell, he got his wife and sister confused with each other on the campaign trail. 

We're f*cked.

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Last week, WH Deputy Press Secretary TJ Dicklo was put on 1 week suspension and would no longer be allowed to interact with Politico journalists.

Today, he submitted his resignation.

This happened EVEN THOUGH Biden promised as a candidate that anyone who treated another person like Ducklo reportedly did would be "fired on the spot." 

Looks like they "focus grouped" Biden's staff's decision not to fire him, and it wasn't good for Joe.

This is the kind of crap we can expect for the next 4 years -- just like the 8 Biden was VP.  No matter what the administration says, they will do the opposite should something bad happen. 

When we go high, they "Duck Low."   :rofl:

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Legal and Activism / Calling All Internet Lawyers...
« on: February 12, 2021, 05:21:08 PM »
The Constitution provides 4th Amendment protection against illegal searches and seizures.  There must be probable cause and suspicion that a crime is being or has been committed.

Where is that protection not provided by the government within the US?

Answer:  100 miles from any border -- 100 miles inside the US from the Pacific Coast, from the Atlantic Coast, from the Mexican and Canadian borders, 100 miles within the borders of Alaska, and the ENTIRE STATE OF HAWAII.

Within those buffer zones, the Customs and Border Protection agencies are permitted to force you to let them inspect your phone, your computers, etc.

"Roughly two-thirds of the United States' population lives within the 100-mile zone—that is, within 100 miles of a U.S. land or coastal border. That's about 200 million people."

"Federal border agents are stopping, interrogating, and searching Americans on an everyday basis with absolutely no suspicion of wrongdoing, and often in ways that our Constitution does not permit."

https://www.aclu.org/other/constitution-100-mile-border-zone

So, if HPD or the FBI wants to get your phone or laptop and clone them for an investigation, what's stopping them from doing it through Customs and Border Protection?  No warrant, no probable cause.  Just a 1953 law that lets certain agencies operated outside the Constitution.
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Political Discussion / Step Aside, COVID! We Need a TDS Vaccine!!
« on: February 01, 2021, 07:10:43 PM »
Only people with TDS would think this way. 

The Washington Post published a "perspective" piece written by their Art and Architecture Critic, Philip Kennicott.  Not sure that qualifies him to offer opinions in matters of government records and blocking the establishment of presidential libraries.

Trump wants a library.
He must never have one.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/trump-presidential-library/2021/01/27/4ea5e8c0-5fed-11eb-9430-e7c77b5b0297_story.html

Now the Dems in Congress are wanting a bill to prevent a Library, School, Office Building, Park Bench, or anything else the gov't has the authority to name from bearing the name of President Trump.

#Unity
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Technical Support / Current rules for classified ads?
« on: February 01, 2021, 06:13:05 PM »
Saw this:
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Would u consider xxx for all

edited by macsak
per forum rules, take offers to pm

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That's not a rule according to the official link. 

http://2ahawaii.com/index.php?topic=3.0

It was requested to be added as a rule in 2018, but there was no "PM offers" rule ever added to the list.

If I'm wrong, please post the link to the current rules.
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Firearms and Accessories / Safes: Digital vs. Mechanical (reboot)
« on: January 30, 2021, 04:42:21 PM »
https://2ahawaii.com/index.php?topic=24715

That topic is more than 365 days old.  So, instead of resurrecting it, I'll just link it in...& it links to another thread, .... & so one, & so on ....   >:D

I've had my Rhino Big Horn safe from Costco for about 8 years now.  I'm starting to see a bit of degradation in the keypad.  Numbers are starting to show wear (which gives others a clue as to which numbers might be in the combo), and the "beep" is a bit weaker when indicating the last number has unlocked the lock.  I just replaced the battery in December, so I doubt that's a problem.  I metered the battery, and it is still above 9V.

So, instead of waiting for the inevitable failure and dealing with having to break into my safe, plus the immediate need of having to change the combo to avoid people using worn numbers to guess at it, I think it's time to replace it.

I found a video with a link to a dial lock that should work.  The price of that one was a bit higher than I thought it should be, and after searching Amazon, I found the same model for less:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002EDF466/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I also added my Debit Card to my Amazon wallet, giving me a $10 credit.  After tax, total price is $73.72 w/Free Prime shipping

I also found a good video on installing a replacement safe lock. 

Not the same safe, but the tips and instructions still apply. 
Main thing is to hold the relocking bar in place so it doesn't
have to be pulled back up when installing the relocking plate.



This guy gives a detailed walkthrough of his converted Big Horn
safe with the dial lock.  His video was where I found the
higher-priced Amazon link:



Both videos go into detail, so they aren't the most entertaining.   :sleeping:  The Big Horn video was shot with the camera positioned or zoomed in too tightly to make it easy to watch, but it's better than being too far out and missing the detail.


Anyone have experience with this lock?

Sargent & Greenleaf S&G Model 6730-100 Mechanical Safe Lock Kit

Any DIY dial lock installers with tips or tricks to share?

I may actually video the installation myself and post it. 

We'll see if I can do two things at once without screwing them both up.  I've read that only Millennials can multi-task!  :geekdanc: :rofl:
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Political Discussion / Do You Believe in Science?
« on: January 28, 2021, 01:10:32 AM »
Based on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING of what science is,
and your own understanding of what the purpose of science is,
would you say you believe in science when you're provided an
opinion that's endorsed by more scientists than not?

If you wish, post and/or discuss definitions of:

1.  Science

2.  Theory

3.  Hypothesis

4.  Science Believer

5.  Science Denier

6.  Consensus

Not looking for essays or copy/paste text from Wikipedia.  Just a short definition based on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING of these terms.
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This is a trailer for the documentary Not Evil Just Wrong.

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The film argues that the science behind climate change science is not settled. Not Evil Just Wrong
focuses on the British High Court ruling which found nine errors in Al Gore's documentary,
An Inconvenient Truth. The film also highlights assertions about the Medieval Warm Period and
Stephen McIntyre's alleged debunking of the hockey stick graph.[7][8]

The film also focuses on the impact of climate legislation in developing counties and average families
in America. The film states that one of environmentalists' first restrictions on industry was when DDT
was banned, led by Rachel Carson.[9] According to the film, the ban on DDT "...has needlessly resulted
in the deaths of more than 40 million children and adults in the developing world."[10].[11]

The film then continues to on a similar tack, arguing that climate legislation like cap and trade would
negatively impact the life for middle and low-income families in America,particularly those working for
energy-related jobs. The directors follow Tiffany McElhany and her family in rural Indiana, to see how
fossil fuels have given them better opportunities.[12]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_Evil_Just_Wrong

The film was shown on Amazon Prime as not available.   :wtf:

Here's one of the Directors giving a speech.  One word:  decaf  :shake: :

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TERMS OF SERVICE


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General Discussion / Expect ammo prices to continue to rise this year ...
« on: January 18, 2021, 03:56:04 PM »
Unconfirmed, but IMO not unexpected, plans for ammo makers to increase prices...

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International Sportsman obtained a letter to dealers from Vista Outdoor President Jason Vanderbrink,
which announces a price increase on Federal, Remington, CCI, and Speer ammunition of 3-15 percent.
We have reached out to Vista Outdoor to confirm. You can read the letter below:

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Dear Customer:

Thank you for your business and for your continued support of American manufacturing.
We have hired hundreds of people over the last 12 months and invested millions of dollars
to produce more ammunition to meet our customer and consumer needs. During this year
we have seen significant increases in raw material prices such as copper, zinc, and lead.
Additionally, increases in labor and health care have exceeded our projections as the COVID-19
pandemic has affected us all.

Effective 4/1/2021 Federal, Remington, CCI, and SPEER ammunition will take a price
increase of 3-15% across all products from our last price list.
Unless you notify us to
cancel an order, we will reprice all existing and future orders shipped on or after 4/1/2021 to the
new 4/1 prices.

You will receive your finalized price list no later than February 19th.

Thank you for your continued support of our brands and our American workforce.

Jason R. Vanderbrink
President Ammunition

https://www.internationalsportsman.com/2021-ammo-price-increases-federal-cci-speer-remington/
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Most people are using the "Unread Posts" feature on the forum to see what's new.  That means you can get your new message to most members by posting it ONCE.

Posting an identical message more than once in the same thread (Double-posting), or across more than one topic, forum or email list (Cross-posting) simply wastes everyones' time, clutters up threads, and is usually only relevant to one of the topics.  Having a message show up more than once in the Unread Posts list benefits nobody.

People get banned for this on other sites.  That's how serious it is.

Twenty Five Forum Posting Etiquette Tips
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11. Do not double post (post the same message twice in one thread) or cross post (place the same message across several forums).

http://EzineArticles.com/537856
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Trump wins title of Americans’ most admired man in annual survey

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President Donald Trump has come out on top as Americans’ most admired man for 2020,
according to Gallup’s annual survey, ending former President Barack Obama’s 12-year run
with the title.

This year’s poll results mark the first time Trump has won most admired man on his own,
after last year tying with Obama for the title. Former first lady Michelle Obama still ranks as
the No. 1 most admired woman in 2020, earning the title for the third year in a row, with Vice
President-elect Kamala Harris following in second place.

Eighteen percent of the U.S. adults surveyed named Trump when asked which man “living
anywhere in the world they admire most,” while 15 percent named Obama. President-elect
Joe Biden was third.

But, Biden won the election with more votes than Obama or Trump?

Right.

The poll is probably more balanced this year due to the lockdowns.  More Conservatives are answering polls as fewer of them are busy at work.

Just a theory.   :geekdanc: :thumbsup:
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Political Discussion / Dec 2020 Presidential Pardons
« on: December 24, 2020, 01:20:34 PM »
Among many pardons and commutations for people serving long sentences for minor crimes, President Trump is also issuing pardons and commutations for many of the people convicted of crimes related to the Russia Hoax.  Had the hoax not been initiated in the first place, it's doubtful any of the people would have been charged with a crime, especially those charged with procedural crimes, like lying to the FBI.

Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and others were pardoned by Trump.  Most logical people see this as a rational decision.  In courts, if a crime is uncovered as part of an illegal investigation, that evidence is "fruit of the poisonous tree" and is not admissible.  Even though the Durham report isn't done, it's obvious from Congressional testimony that the Crossfire Hurricane investigation was illegal, because it was predicated on a stack of verified lies.  Every single top official at the FBI and DOJ who testified before Congress said UNDER OATH that if they'd known then what they know now, they would have never certified the FISA warrants.  That's a fact, not an opinion.  It's debatable whether or not they actually knew the facts at the time, or whether they were simply incompetent -- rubber-stamping FISA warrants with no consideration as to the implications.

Of course, the Leftist MSM is spinning the pardons as "Trump is running scared."  They are saying he is afraid those people might flip on him after he leaves office, exposing him to criminal charges.  Pardons now eliminate the leverage law enforcement may have in the future to get them to testify.

LOL!  Too bad there's no herd immunity for TDS!   :crazy:
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Off Topic / Christmas Eve 2020 Designated Holiday for Federal Employees
« on: December 16, 2020, 02:29:15 PM »
December 24th is traditionally a full workday for federal workers with the exception of years in which the 24th falls on a Friday.  In those cases, it has been a half-workday.

This year, President Trump has signed an Executive Order designating Friday, Dec 24th, 2020, a national holiday -- giving federal employees a full day off.

President Trump makes Christmas Eve a federal holiday

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President Trump on Friday signed an order giving federal workers a paid day off work on
Christmas Eve.

The news was a welcome surprise for workers who expected at most a half-day.

Trump’s order says, “All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government
shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Thursday, December 24, 2020,
the day before Christmas Day.”

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton only gave half-days when Christmas fell
on a Friday, as it does this year.

Obama allowed a half-day in 2015 and 2009, GovExec reported. Clinton also allowed a half-
day in 1998.

https://nypost.com/2020/12/11/president-trump-makes-christmas-eve-a-federal-holiday/

 :geekdanc: :thumbsup:
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Off Topic / Your "Emotional Support" Pig is No Longer Allowed as "Carry-On"
« on: December 03, 2020, 02:03:51 PM »
U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule
on Traveling by Air with Service Animals


A few bullet points regarding the new ruling:

- Defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability;

- No longer considers an emotional support animal to be a service animal;

- Requires airlines to treat psychiatric service animals the same as other service animals;

- Allows airlines to require a service animal to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft;

They have to publish the rule for 30 days before it becomes effective.

Personally, if they want ONLY trained dogs treated as "Service Animals", they should change the label to "Service Dogs," to avoid confusion.

Here's the actual FAQs for the new rule:

https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2020-12/Service%20Animal%20Final%20Rule%20FAQs.pdf

A little expounding on the first two bullets above:

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The Department’s service animal final rule makes a number of significant changes to its
current Air Carrier Access Act service animal rule.

This includes:

(1) defining a service animal as a dog and no longer requiring airlines to
accommodate miniature horses, cats, rabbits, birds and all other service
animals that airlines are currently required to transport;

(2) permitting airlines to treat emotional support animals as a pet and not
requiring airlines to recognize emotional support animals as service animals;

(3) requiring airlines to treat psychiatric service animals the same as other
service animals that are trained to do work or perform tasks to assist a qualified
individual with a disability and no longer allowing airlines to impose additional
requirements on individuals traveling with psychiatric service animals as a
condition of transport; and

(4) allowing airlines to require service animal users to provide a form developed
by DOT attesting to the dog’s health, behavior, and training to assist the airline
in determining if the dog poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others
but prohibiting other forms.

https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/us-department-transportation-announces-final-rule-traveling-air-service-animals

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Your vote is being stolen, even if you don't see it happening.

Part 1:




Part 2:

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President Trump's administration announces a reduction in troop strength in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Each country will have US forces reduced to 2,500 each.

This is part of Trump's commitment to end the never-ending wars in the Middle East.  After 20 years, it's probably time to bring our people home.

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Political Discussion / The Big Reset is REAL
« on: November 16, 2020, 08:33:44 PM »
Conservatives on some podcasts have been discussing "The Big Reset".  It's not 100% well defined, but it sounds like a global economy controlled by a centralized world government, no personal property, and so on.  All radical Leftist ideals.

Of course, Liberals and anti-Conservatives are calling this a conspiracy theory -- of course.

I then saw a video on Louder with Crowder from the Canadian PM Trudeau giving an address actually explaining how these initiatives are needed and calling it a "reset".


Greta Thunberg approved of this message....   :shake:


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