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Mike Bloomberg: China isn’t a dictatorship and its leaders listen to the public

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Not even one of the richest, most pro-capitalist Democrats in the country is beyond apologizing for ChiCom tyranny, it appears.

Remember that Xi Jinping is unaccountable to the Chinese public *even by the standards of Chinese leaders.* He was effectively installed last year as president for life after term limits were revoked, sparing him from mandatory retirement in 2023. It’s a huge advantage for him in his trade-war staredown with Trump, too. As tariffs begin to bite in the U.S., Trump has to contend with pressure from affected businesses and risks a backlash at the polls that’ll toss him out of office. Xi can wage war as long as he wants without fear of threat to his own power (from the population, at least). If Chinese business owners decide they’ve had enough and take to the streets, they know what awaits.

Bloomberg’s making the banal point here that not even monarchs govern with complete freedom. The Chinese elite and the leadership of the PLA could conceivably threaten Xi if conditions inside the country deteriorated sufficiently, and there’s an abstract risk of revolution of the sort that’s been playing out in Hong Kong for the last few months. But these are remote threats being cited in response to a question about a problem of alleged dire urgency — climate change. How do you pressure a dictatorship in a massive developing nation to cut emissions, asks Margaret Hoover? All Bloomy can do is stammer about how Xi will be forced to reduce pollution so that Chinese citizens aren’t choking on coal exhaust or whatever.

Which may be true — *some* pollution management may be needed to keep Chinese cities habitable. But how much more pollution management would be needed to meaningfully reduce the carbon load in the atmosphere, and what levers are there to force Xi to take that more aggressive action? Bloomberg doesn’t even attempt to answer the question, preferring instead to retreat into some fantasy about Chinese citizens making him do it even though that would mean sacrificing some of their own economic growth. That’s the great irony of this clip: Xi is better positioned than western leaders are to reduce his country’s emissions dramatically since he rules by edict and at the point of a gun. Just as he can set trade policy without fear of domestic reprisals, he can set environmental policy. But he prioritizes Chinese economic development over mitigating climate change. And instead of calling him on it, here’s Mike Bloomberg, global-warming warrior, making excuses for him.

It’d be bad enough to have him making those excuses in a vacuum. But to do it at a moment when the world is learning that China has sent a gigantic population of Muslims to concentration camps, with testimony at the UN as recently as two days ago that the government is harvesting organs from prisoners, is moral bankruptcy.

Does … this explain Bloomberg’s weirdly sanguine view? My lede in this post really has it backwards: It’s the richest and most pro-capitalist Americans who might logically be most reluctant to offend the “communist” overseer of the planet’s biggest market.

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Report: Vox Is Parting Ways with YouTuber Carlos Maza

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The Vox website is displayed on an iPad held by an Associated Press staffer in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Comcast, which became a TV powerhouse by signing up Generation Xers, is investing in online media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vox that attract millenial viewers. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

According to various reports, YouTube pariah and Vox video creator Carlos Maza will not be working at Vox anymore.

Maza recently obtained infamy after starting an online war with conservative comedian Steven Crowder that caused YouTube to crack down on which content gets monetized. This move effectively put many content creators bank accounts in danger and made Vox and Maza seem like villains.

According to the New York Post, Vox initially supported Maza in his war against Crowder, but as his battle became a crusade, Vox began distancing itself:

Initially, sources said, Vox executives had supported him in his battle with Crowder. But as Maza wanted to escalate the all-out war, their support seemed to wane.

Maza recently posted on Twitter that he went through the “shakiest” few weeks of his life, and posted a joke that he’s going through “trama.”

Whether or not this pertains to his parting of ways with Vox or not is still not known.

It should also be noted that while mainstream news outlets are reporting that Maza is out, there still has been no confirmation as to the validity of the reports.

Rumors have also been spreading based on these reports as to the nature of Maza and Vox parting ways. Various reports on Reddit claim that Maza has been fired from Vox. This would support some of the odd posts Maza has been posting about “trauma” and Vox’s unwillingness to follow Maza into a war with all of conservatism. Maza had also turned his attention toward Fox News host Tucker Carlson as well.

RedState will definitely be keeping its eyes on this story, but if this is the case, and Maza and Vox are parting ways over Maza’s zealousness, then it would show that even the mainstream media isn’t ready to take on the conservative movement, at least at its current level of strength.

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MSNBC: Hey, Isn’t Trump Firing People Basically Workplace Violence?

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What better way to start the day than with some absurdity? And what better place to find it than MSNBC?

Yesterday on Fox News’ The Five, Greg Gutfield shared a clip of the kind of ridiculous hysteria that passes for reasonable discourse during the Trump era. In it, we see a “National Security Analyst” named Frank Figluizzi on Nicole Wallace’s show opining about some of the recent firings in the Trump administration.

Not content with just bashing Trump the old fashioned way, i.e. calling him mentally ill, this guy hands his beer to the camera man and proceeds to say this.

(actual clip of MSNBC show starts at 10 seconds in…Gutfield’s full reaction follows)

Fox News’ website provides us with some excerpts.

Commenting on President Trump firing officials at the Homeland Security Department, a guest on MSNBC said: “What we talked about was a possible analogy between what we’re seeing in the president and studies of violence and acting out, particularly workplace violence…. The question we have to ask ourselves, from a behavioral sense, is are we watching a president essentially on his way to what we call a flash point, and are we beginning to see him act out in the form of purging and mass firing and completely not listening to any logic?

“Are we essentially watching a workplace violence incident play out at the highest level of our government, and is he acting out now, and where does this go if I’m right about that?”

What in the actual…

This is delusion on an entirely new level. How is firing someone analogous to workplace violence? I like how the Figluizzi says “what we call a flashpoint” just to up his “I’m an expert” cred a touch higher. If you sound like you stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, then Nicole Wallace will intensively listen and nod along. I can’t imagine why MSNBC’s ratings have cratered after the collusion hoax blew up in their faces. I mean, with such serious analysis as this, they should be dominating.

In all seriousness, and this doesn’t deserve much, what’s going on in that clip is another example of the media’s desire to constantly push a narrative of imminent doom. Everything Trump does is the end of the world. There’s never a time for balance or restraint in their minds. So the President fires someone and instead of getting simple disagreement, you get insane theories about Trump going postal on his subordinates and physically harming people. All you can do is laugh at this point.

It’s all very ironic because MSNBC are the ones who come out looking unhinged and off their rockers with “analysis” like this. They are probably helping the President in the end with their constant crazed, partisan theories and arguments.

There is a moral to this story though. The next time you see someone given the title of “National Security Analyst” on a cable news network, just assume they are an absolute moron.

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