☕️ MALL MIRACLE ☙ Thursday, November 30, 2023 ☙ C&C NEWS 🦠
New Michigan climate laws ban fossil fuels but put gas in the solar farm industry; a Christmas (tree) Miracle; fiery Elon Musk interview goes viral and truth leaks; mRNA contamination update; more.
Good morning, C&C, it’s Thursday! Your roundup today includes: Michigan signs up for assisted economic suicide with new 100%-green energy laws; a Washington DC Christmas tree miracle; Elon Musk drops truth bombs in feisty interview with New York Times and vows to go bankrupt before yielding to woke blackmail; and the mRNA contamination story continues apace with no sign of stopping.
🗞💬 WORLD NEWS AND COMMENTARY 💬🗞
🔥 Yesterday, Fox News ran a story headlined, “Michigan Gov Whitmer signs sweeping green energy bill forcing transition from fossil fuels.”
Supported by Michigan democrats, career climate “activists,” and industry “stakeholders” — people who hold a “stake” in the new laws, not, unfortunately, people holding stakes who would drive them into the vampiric legislation — lockdown queen Whitmer signed a series of bills completely banning dirty, nasty fossil fuels within sixteen years (by 2040).
But don’t worry, it starts much sooner! In six years the state must be half renewable. Better start buying solar panels now! “Clean” natural gas power plants are okay, but only if they’re equipped with a prototype carbon scrubber that has never successfully been installed in any working power plant anywhere. So good luck. And effective immediately, the new law strips “green” power project zoning authority from local governments, so the state can start approving hideous but lucrative black-and-steel solar “farms” in anyone’s backyard.
Anyone lacking friends in Lansing, that is.
In other words, the new gold rush is on in Michigan! Head for them thar hills! I mean mountains, sorry. Industry stakeholders, stake your claims. Michigan ratepayers, prepare for rolling blackouts and unexpected increased power rates.
🎄 It’s a good thing I’m not superstitious, because it’s tempting to see this next made-for-Hallmark story as some kind of a sign. NBC-4 Washington ran its article yesterday headlined, “Wind topples National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC.” But don’t worry, like all good Hallmark movies, it had a happy ending.
The day before today’s annual gala tree-lighting ceremony at the National Mall, at around 1pm, a vicious, Grinch-like “strong gust of wind” snapped a steel cable supporting a 40-foot tall, fully-decorated, West Virginian Norway spruce tree (nipped from the National Forest), and, since it lacked any roots, it obviously had no option but to unceremoniously topple over slowly into a colorful but disorganized heap. Which it did.
By sunset (around two o'clock in DC these days) Christmas was ruined. The Nation’s symbolic holiday tree lay on its side in a lump, lights twinkling in an SOS pattern, all dejected and discarded, looking sadder than a three-billion-dollar missile system left behind in Afghanistan on the Fourth of July.
(On that note, it’s too bad we can’t leave Joe Biden behind in Afghanistan. The Taliban can have him. And heck, if they aren’t sure about taking Joe — who can blame them? — we’ll even throw in all his lucrative Burisma contracts, too. I mean, it’s Christmas. Quick, somebody call Santa! Maybe we can still put this thing together. Dang it, I’m digressing again.)
The good news about the National Tree was that by around 6pm, an alert crane operator managed to haul the tree back into position and now, although kind of dented, maybe a little askew on one side, the tree is back in business, good to go, brightly shining, and all ready for today’s joyful holiday festivities.
The guy who knew how to work the crane saved Christmas.
And — I couldn’t confirm this — but the rumor is, while he was up in the cab running the equipment, the crane guy spotted an Unidentified Flying Sled Anomaly (UFSA), high up in the night sky, being driven by a body-positive guy who was giving him the thumbs-up.
Congress immediately subpoenaed the Pentagon for all its top-secret UFSA videos.
I guess the moral of the story is, you can knock America’s Christmas tree over, but you can’t keep it down. At least, I hope that’s the moral.
🔥 CNBC ran a character-assassinating story yesterday headlined, “Elon Musk claims advertisers are trying to 'blackmail' him, says 'Go f--- yourself’.” It’s true that Musk did seem a wee bit tense in a hostile interview that went viral yesterday, while sparring with New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin. Among other moments, the article described a colorful rant that exploded into a viral clip that most news junkies will already have seen. But the article failed to mention what in my view was Musk’s most important comment: Elon described something about the nature of good and evil that stabbed woke, leftist politics right through the eye.
To set the table, while denying he was on any kind of “apology tour,” Musk is almost certainly engaged in damage control after being attacked for some allegedly ‘antisemitic’ tweets about the Israel-Hamas war (which he later deleted and has apologized for). In response, a bunch of big advertisers boycotted Twitter. So Musk probably agreed to this interview as part of a rehabilitation plan, although you couldn’t tell that from his feisty tone.
Musk clearly did not want to be there. Sorkin was more excited than a Labrador puppy catching a glimpse of its leash at walking time.
Interviewer Andrew Sorkin is a financial columnist, an assistant NYT business editor, and a co-anchor on CNBC’s well-regarded financial show Squawk Box. During the interview, Sorkin pushed Musk hard over Musk’s alleged antisemitism, his opinionated tweets, and advertiser’s responses, at one point referring as an example to Disney’s CEO Bob Iger.
After a fiery back-and-forth, in which Musk, perhaps recklessly, vowed he’d rather Twitter go bankrupt than kowtow to advertisers’ political preferences, Musk said something very profound. At one point, the conversation wandered to Tesla, because Elon was noting how Tesla captured the electric car market without advertising. Then Elon boasted — fairly — that as Tesla’s CEO, he has arguably done more “for the climate” than any other individual on Earth.
Sorkin, smelling fresh meat, immediately prompted Elon: how did he feel about being that one individual. But Elon took it in a different direction, replying by saying he doesn’t care; since he’s using an internal yardstick, he doesn’t care about how other people perceive what he’s doing. And then Elon drove a militarized bulldozer directly through woke virtue signaling:
“What I care about is the reality of goodness, not the perception of it. And what I see all over the place is people who care about looking good, while doing evil. F— them."
Sorkin immediately recognized he’d overplayed his hand, that something significant had just happened, and he wasn’t sure exactly what to do about it. For a second the skilled interviewer was uncharacteristically speechless. He then adroitly changed the subject and none of the press about the interview has mentioned that quote.
But what Musk said pierced the heart of everything that is wrong with the world right now. The elites have inverted traditional ethics; they call good “evil,” and they call evil “good.” The perception of goodness is more highly valued by elites than is actually doing good. People used to be mocked for empty virtue signaling, but somehow now even obviously fake virtue signaling — not product quality — is required to keep a corporation financially viable. That’s how Bud Light wound up putting a mentally-ill, unattractive cross-dresser on its brand label.
The answer is simple: We need to get back to valuing doing good more than seeming good. Musk was right.
But unfortunately the interview got more attention yesterday for Musk’s admittedly inflammatory comment that Twitter advertisers can go pound sand (Musk’s exact quote suggested an anatomically-impractical solo maneuver). Musk frankly admitted that, without advertisers, Twitter would go bankrupt. So. But he warned that the public would ultimately judge who was right. Musk alluded to the irony that Disney, who is boycotting Twitter, is itself being boycotted over its woke politics.
If you’re interested, here’s a longer clip between Sorkin and Musk over the advertising issue, which includes the entire segment I described above in its complete context. CLIP: Musk tells advertisers to G.F.Y. with full context (4:46) (language).
Musk’s critics clapped back with a cafeteria of criticism. For example, they argued there is ‘no evidence’ of a Disney boycott. But I’m not too sure about that. Disney stock fell -14.5% in 2021 and a shocking -44% in 2022. And Disney park attendance has never recovered and remains far below pre-pandemic levels. Critics respond to these data arguing that pandemic knock-on effects hurt the entire vacation travel industry. But yesterday, Investors.com ran a story about Royal Caribbean’s stock performance headlined, “Travel Leader Sails Toward New Buy Point As Profits Swell.” So.
Unsurprisingly, long salivating for a chance to nail Twitter, corporate media pounced with uncontrolled glee. Rolling Stone’s headline yesterday called Elon ‘unhinged’:
Newsweek tried to make the rift between Twitter and Disney worse:
The New York Times, non-paywalled, and linking the full interview, primly held its nose over Elon’s frank, adult language:
We’ll see whether Twitter recovers from this fake, made-up, tempest in a chai latte. Welcome to the culture wars, Elon.
🔥 Finally, the mRNA contamination story is continuing to trickle through independent media. Yesterday’s example appeared in ZeroHedge, which ran a long-form story about the adulterated shots headlined, “DNA Contamination In COVID-19 Vaccines May Explain Rise In Cancers, Clots, Autoimmune Diseases: Pathologist.”
ZeroHedge is a libertarian-conservative leaning news aggregator. So far its contamination article has over 70,000 views. Since early this year, I’ve predicted this contamination issue will ultimately unravel the covid vaccines — and maybe even the whole vaccine industrial complex. Time will tell, but so far I have no reason to amend my prediction.
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