Lots of New & Interesting Info Coming Out in Mpls

Interesting facts:

How many times have you seen reported that Derek Chauvin is 5’9 and 140 lbs? That he was the LARGEST officer on the scene. And that Floyd was 6’4 and 230 lbs? And Floyd had 3 times the legal limit of fentanyl in his system? I found out by WATCHING THE TRIAL. Never saw it in MSM.

Correction in followup tweets from “legal” to “lethal”.

I’ve become less enamored of the Powerline blog of late, but I trust them to be honest. This rundown of the Chauvin trial so far is illuminating. Especially

That raises, once again, the question of whether Derek Chauvin can possibly get a fair trial. Everyone knows that if the jury doesn’t convict, and probably if it doesn’t convict Chauvin of murder, the city of Minneapolis will go up in flames [added link]. This is why the power of the state is arrayed so unanimously against him. Chauvin may have misjudged, may have screwed up, for four minutes on May 25, 2020. But he is being sacrificed to raisons d’État.

The comments to the Powerline post mention the postings coming from the Legal Insurrection blog (like this one, for example). The comments state that the Chauvin’s one man defense team

defense attorney Nelson is cleaning the prosecution’s clock. Nelson has torn apart the prosecution’s ‘expert’ witnesses. Nelson actually plans to call one of the prosecution’s experts to the stand as a defense witness.

The subdued tone of the Powerline post seems to reflect more the context in which this trial is taking place rather than the trial itself.

One other Powerline comment worth noting:

Robert Barnes (won big for the Covington Kids) believes that what really happened was that the drug dealer got Floyd to pass some counterfeit money in the store in exchange for drugs he had with him. When the cops came, the dealer told Floyd to ingest all the drugs so the police wouldn’t find them on him. However, the drugs were heavily laced with enough fentanyl to kill a horse, making the dealer guilty of negligent homicide. Floyd’s girlfriend said that the drugs the dealer had been giving them had been making them very sick…

Barnes also said that the MPLS police have used the neck hold over 200 times with never any deaths.

Barnes said this slipped out in Nelson’s cross examination of Floyd’s girlfriend, & that the prosecution has known this is the truth from the beginning –– which is why they forced the medical examiner to change his report. The narrative is everything & the State is sticking with it.

It may turn out that the city just paid $27 million to cover up the murder of Floyd by his drug dealer… Wow! I didn’t see this twist coming, but I knew the truth lay with either Floyd or the dealer being guilty of causing the overdose & the death.

There’s an awful lot of this theory that fits with the evidence that has come out during the trial.

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Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground, and Duty to Retreat

It occurred to me that I couldn’t explain these if I needed to. That said, what follows is simplified and the fact of the matter is that all of the following information is subject to the vagaries of local police, local prosecutors, and/or ultimately, local juries.

A castle doctrine, also known as a castle law or a defense of habitation law, is a legal doctrine that designates a person’s abode or any legally occupied place (for example, a vehicle or home) as a place in which that person has protections and immunities permitting one, in certain circumstances, to use force (up to and including deadly force) to defend oneself against an intruder, free from legal prosecution for the consequences of the force used

The Castle Doctrine removes or minimizes the Duty-to-retreat:

In law, the duty to retreat, or requirement of safe retreat, is a legal requirement in some jurisdictions that a threatened person cannot harm another in self-defense (especially lethal force) when it is possible to instead retreat to a place of safety.

The opposite of Duty-to-Retreat is Stand-Your-Ground:

A stand-your-ground law (sometimes called “line in the sand” or “no duty to retreat” law) provides that people may use deadly force when they reasonably believe it to be necessary to defend against deadly force, great bodily harm, kidnapping, rape, or (in some jurisdictions) robbery or some other serious crimes (right of self-defense). Under such a law, people have no duty to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense, so long as they are in a place where they are lawfully present. Stand-your-ground laws cannot be invoked by someone who is the initial aggressor or otherwise doing something illegal. The exact details vary by jurisdiction.

In MN, there is “Duty to retreat except in one’s home”:

No duty to retreat before using deadly force to prevent a felony in one’s place of abode; no duty to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense in one’s place of abode. This isn’t as clear as it appears, however. There are four cases in Minnesota where duty of retreat was upheld.

The info above came from Wikipedia. If I need to find better (more neutral) descriptions of the above, I’ll do it.

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The Libertarian Kryptonite

I was reading the reactions to a small tweet thread (two items) from a dyed-in-the-wool libertarian:

There shouldn’t be any form of government issued vaccine passport or mandates. But private businesses and organizations should be allowed to institute the health rules they want for their freedom of association.

when it suddenly dawned on me that libertarians have no idea how to deal with corporatism. The particular forms termed “liberal corporatism” or “fascist corporatism” literally use corporations to help manage (aka control) society at the behest of government. And indeed, the reason libertarians sound so nonsensical is that corporations are, in fact, at present, being used to manage society with (federal) government approval.

The vaccine issue as discussed here is one example, but the reactions of Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and Major League Baseball to a change of electoral law in Georgia is witness to the existence of corporatism in modern day America.

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The Most Important Thing is For All of Us to Stay Safe

You tell me,

According to a new CDC study, 30% of Americans who have received the vaccine plan to spend the rest of their earthly lives hiding in their basements just in case the vaccine doesn’t work.

“The most important thing is for all of us to stay safe,” said Cander Roybie, who has received all three versions of the vaccine. “Dr. Fauci said there may be a chance the vaccine won’t stop all forms of the virus, so I think the best thing I can do is stay here.”

Fake News or not?

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Textbook White Supremacy

Leonydus Johnson explains:

What’s painfully ironic about these idiotic takes is that they actually promote an ideology of white supremacy, themselves. The idea that black people have no agency and can only engage in animalistic reactions is the very position of a white supremacist.

in response to this

Black on Asian crimes only occur because of our system of white supremacy that strips African Americans of their economic opportunities while taking respect and dignity away from Asian Americans. Also, white people in power are experts at dividing and conquering to stay in power.

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A Dilemma

Saving lives is having a harmful impact on the planet.

Researchers say more than one billion single-use disposable masks were used by NHS workers last year, creating vast amounts of plastic waste and posing what they say is “an ethical dilemma in which saving lives now has a harmful impact on the planet”.

Paul Joseph Watson comments:

Oh shit. Nothing scrambles leftists’ brains more than juxtaposing their innate hatred for humanity (which they try to hide via virtue signalling) versus their concern for environmental issues. Who wins?

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Toyota Warns (Again) About Electrifying All Autos

Is Anyone Listening?

There’s no reason to add anything beyond that headline and a few quotes. The first few paragraphs are unnecessarily devoted to justifying the authority of Toyota’s opinion, so if you’ve been living under a rock for the past 50 years, you can find out about Toyota for yourself.

This week, Toyota reiterated an opinion it has offered before. That opinion is straightforward: The world is not yet ready to support a fully electric auto fleet.
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Toyota’s head of energy and environmental research Robert Wimmer testified before the Senate this week, and said: “If we are to make dramatic progress in electrification, it will require overcoming tremendous challenges, including refueling infrastructure, battery availability, consumer acceptance, and affordability.”
[...]
Toyota warns that the grid and infrastructure simply aren’t there to support the electrification of the private car fleet. A 2017 U.S. government study found that we would need about 8,500 strategically-placed charge stations to support a fleet of just 7 million electric cars. That’s about six times the current number of electric cars but no one is talking about supporting just 7 million cars. We should be talking about powering about 300 million within the next 20 years, if all manufacturers follow GM and stop making ICE cars.

The article systematically destroys the fantasy not only proposed by “watermelons” (green on the outside and red on the inside) but also people/organizations that should know better, like GM.

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Healthcare Worker Situation Update for COVID-19

Starting from an article in the New York Times, They Died Saving Others From Covid. Will Anyone Count Them?, Steve Sailer investigates:

So, all told, the total fatalities among health care workers appear to be somewhat under 10,000.

But what are denominators?

The NYT’s count of Covid deaths in the U.S. so far is 535,000.

So, less than 2 percent of Covid deaths are to health care workers.

How many health care workers are there? Health care is 17.7% of the GDP and Census estimates the number of health care workers at 20.5 million. So that’s a death rate among health care workers of under 0.05% or under 1/2000th.

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Skiing Is Racist

Ian Miles Cheong presents a video for which I can’t find the source in which two nice looking, overly earnest white people from the BBC declare that skiing is racist.

White people at expensive ski resorts complaining that those expensive ski resorts are too white is pretty much social justice activism in a nut shell.

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The Newman Differential

Posed and defined:

What’s the word for the gap between what you actually said and how somebody interpreted it?

We hereby coin this ‘The Newman Differential’

I wish I knew the backstory.

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