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Thursday, October 29, 2020

What ails the USA

The two primary problems are debt and immigration, as can be seen by this comparison of 1952 and 2020 prices.

Any program or policy that does not directly address those two problems, or remove those responsible for creating those two problems from influence, will fail.

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Mailvox: an objection to the trilemma

DSC objects to the philosopical concept of Münchhausen Trilemma. Posted without comment.

I object to the notion that what is called "fundamentalism" is no better an epistemological foundation than the other two parts of the trilemma. 

Why do chemistry, physics and biology involve so much lab-based education? Seeing something first hand offers the hope that a person can better delineate between the realm of conjecture and "real" reality, the stuff that doesn't give a fig what you think. I find that the older I get, the more of an empiricist I become. While I have broad personal experience in but a minute part of the whole world, I base my pyramids of trust on people whose primary premises match up to my own personal experience. Those who have very little first hand experience in anything must have very little data on which to base their pyramids of trust.

I aver that there are four kinds of questions: Those answerable by logic, those where experiment yields what is essentially certainty, those that yield answers that can never be better than "today's best guess," and those that cannot be answered by empiricism at all.

  • As you know, some things are true by axiom, ex. a consumable cannot be consumed and still remain available for consumption. These axioms are the foundation for what Hans Hermann Hoppe describes in his essay The Democratic Leviathan.
  • Hard science rests on experiments where the outcome is the same no matter how many times one considers repeating it. While dropping a stone a thousand times to see it fall may induce someone to posit that on the 1001th try it will rise when released, such a belief is clearly irrational. 
  • Much of today's "science," as you've well described, falls into the third category. It is the realm of statistical study, where confidence intervals, poisson distributions and Student T tests live. The 95% confidence interval of course posits that the hypothesis is 19/20ths likely to be true, but this is not remotely the same standard as category 2 above. Vast amounts of "social science" attempt to mimic this style of study, but there's no substance to it at all. "Real" science, in my view, is that where variables can actually be controlled, a condition that is laughably absent in a vast amount of what today is billed as science.
  • What happens to us when we die? Do we have consciousness beyond our physical envelope? Is there life on distant planets? What color is a virion, and if we could see it like we see a golf ball, what would it look like? These and myriad other questions cannot be answered via empiricism. Providing systematic answers to empirically unanswerable questions is the province of religion. Today's Equalist Cult religion is particularly odd, in that most of its dogma and sacraments are actually at odds with empirically-derived reality. It is thus a pure exercise of the "power" Orwell illustrated when O'Brian forces Smith to "see" a different number of fingers than O'Brian extends. The first step toward wisdom comes by calling things by their right names.

The author notes that "Human beings are rational animals." This is daffy on its face. Most humans may be capable of reasoning, but it's self-evident that few spend any time at all in this part of their mind. As Kahneman shows, experiment after experiment documents that most of the time we let the nearly autonomic part of our brain do all the thinking. Only rarely do we invoke our deliberative, analytical mind. Most people are largely creatures of emotion, and their decisions are based on what action or belief would yield the greatest emotional comfort...and it's usually to think and do what the herd surrounding them thinks and does. I was dismayed to confront that intelligence does not coassort with rationality. Very smart people are especially good at rationalizing their folly. 

 These are the premises on which I base my objection to axiom and empiricism being lumped in with circular reasoning and "turtles all the way down." Reality exists. The notion that people see different things when observing the same thing is baloney. If I drop a golf ball and simultaneously launch one horizontally, they will always hit the floor at the same time, no matter who insists with great fervor that the dropped one lands first. If, upon observing them bounce simultaneously, an observer still insists that they hit at different times, it's not a case of competing epistemologies. Some systems of thought rest on axiom. From axiom comes reliance on empiricism, trusting ones eyes when what's seen conflicts with others' ideological constructs. This is not a three part problem. Two of the trilemma's legs are folly, the third is the only means of attempting to align with reality in order to decide and act. Among today's great follies is insistence on baseless conjecture as fact. Our society is structured under Taylorist notions, that there's one best way to live, and the dogma that populates this conflicts openly with observed reality.

A modern example: Say's Law is "In order to consume, you must first produce." This is a logical axiom, given that if people consume without producing, eventually there's nothing produced and thus nothing to consume. If that's "fundamentalism" and somehow not axiomatically true, show me (Mr. Macris.) Monetary Madness since the 1960's posits that the ability to enter the market (to consume) can be created out of thin air via the act of borrowing. The IOU (generally a T-bond/T-bill) becomes wealth, and the borrowed loot goes straight into someone's hands to be used (mostly) to consume. No production precedes this consumption, so the net effect is less product available (but a vastly rising perception of wealth, both in holding the debt and in the rising prices of assets goosed by a tsunami of credit money.) 

Since the bond market low in 1981, the US gov't didn't need to tax in order to spend. This is why spending could skyrocket as tax cuts were passed. Domestic production could be shipped to China, who then sent us endless pre-landfilled junk in exchange for Treasury Debt. Since China doesn't trade in dollars, that loot came back here...and we now see that Americans pawned their land, their businesses and THEIR POLITICAL SYSTEM in return for some trinkets. China bought our legislatures, our executive branch agencies and our judiciary. Pretty smart on their part. With the helicopter drop of $1,200/person thing this summer, we now see that credit creation has entered a new phase, where the government still does not need to tax, and people no longer need to work in order to consume. Everyone's a welfare recipient now., not just people on SSDI, AFDC, Section 8, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Prior to this summer, only Big Business oligarchs and financiers received such loot. 

Where'd Say's Law go?

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Forget the ticket

 Apparently it's the earworm that you have to take if you want to sell your soul. AC is, unsurprisingly enough, on top of the recent Joe Rogan antics.

One thing talked about in surveillance is the tendency of operators to fidget with their ears, due to discomfort with, and apparent intermittent unreliability of the deeply seated hidden earpieces. I assume they can move slightly while deep in the ear, making the sound diminish or change, and squishing the outside of the ear can jiggle them back and return higher sound levels. 4Chan is all abuzz, because during the Alex Jones interview, Joe looked bothered, reached under his headphone and began to mess with his ear, and suddenly a female voice can be heard saying, “Relax, we’re here.” People think it was Joe’s CIA-Cabal earpiece which tells him what to say malfunctioning, as somebody in the control room messed with feeds and accidentally put it through the main feed. I would have rated this a 51% likelihood of being interesting. But then 4CHan was immediately hit with post after post talking about Schizos and meds. That is not something the casually curious normal poster would post, but it is what you will see on any post talking about surveillance, gangstalking, or any other topic the powers that be do not want discussed.

And to precisely no one's surprise, Spotify disappeared the Alex Jones interview. In Rogan's defense, it's entirely possible that he didn't actually realize he was selling anything when he signed his big money deal. He's legitimately dumb enough to believe that his numbers actually justified the price. It will be interesting to see how he reacts when he finds out that they think they own him, as I tend to doubt he'll react in the "definitely not meth" path blazed by Jordan Peterson.

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More peaceful beheadings in France

 Multiculturalism strikes again, this time in Nice:

At least three people have been killed - two of them beheaded - and several others stabbed in a terrorist knife attack at a cathedral in Nice.

The attack began around 9am just as Mass at the Notre Dame basilica - the largest Roman Catholic church in Nice - was getting underway. Two of those who were killed died inside the church, French media reported.

It's time for another Crusade, albeit one to reclaim the West for Christianity. Multiculturalism isn't just wrong, it is dyscivilizational evil. Which is why there will be no peace until the repatriations are complete. More political bleating about "not being divided" are stupid, pointless, and offensive. Divisions and borders exist for a reason.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

If you want to know what's really going on

All you have to do is understand that SJWs ALWAYS lie, and oftentimes their lies are based on projection:

Do you know why so many Democrats accuse Trump of being a Russian asset?

BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL CHINESE ASSETS.

Precisely. Their accusations always tell you where to start looking.


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Arkhaven production

 A glimpse behind the scenes:

VD: I finished AH #9. Attached in case you want it for reference.

TLCD: You're still in single digits?

VD: You can't see it, but I'm waving a single digit in your direction.

It's not easy working with a legend. Especially a legend who is an insufferably bad winner. And yes, this means that all 12 issues of Chuck Dixon's Avalon are written and illustrated.

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You already policed my speech, Jack

Twitter's Jack Dorsey has the gall to try to hide behind free speech in an attempt to prevent Congress from removing Twitter's ability to engage in the publisher/platform dance:

Section 230 is the Internet's most important law for free speech and safety. Weakening Section 230 protections will remove critical speech from the Internet.

Twitter's purpose is to serve the public conversation. People from around the world come together on Twitter in an open and free exchange of ideas. We want to make sure conversations on Twitter are healthy and that people feel safe to express their points of view. We do our work recognizing that free speech and safety are interconnected and can sometimes be at odds. We must ensure that all voices can be heard, and we continue to make improvements to our service so that everyone feels safe participating in the public conversation—whether they are speaking or simply listening. The protections offered by Section 230 help us achieve this important objective.

As we consider developing new legislative frameworks, or committing to self-regulation models for content moderation, we should remember that Section 230 has enabled new companies—small ones seeded with an idea—to build and compete with established companies globally. Eroding the foundation of Section 230 could collapse how we communicate on the Internet, leaving only a small number of giant and well-funded technology companies.

We should also be mindful that undermining Section 230 will result in far more removal of online speech and impose severe limitations on our collective ability to address harmful content and protect people online. I do not think anyone in this room or the American people want less free speech or more abuse and harassment online. Instead, what I hear from people is that they want to be able to trust the services they are using.

Twitter doesn't believe in free speech, Twitter believes in actively and aggressively policing speech. The God-Emperor is right when he calls for the repeal of Section 230. 

I was banned by Twitter, without cause and without any reason or justification given, years ago. So, I don't believe a single word that is coming out of Dorsey's mouth. The fact that he is defending Section 230 is sufficient reason to eliminate it.

 

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Libraria Castalia in the wild

 


It's interesting to observe how the real 22k gold is actually less shiny than the gilding used on the Library editions. We're also learning that the goatskin dyes tend to turn out a little more subdued than the cowhide dyes; we'd expected the midnight blue of AWAKE to be a little darker. But regardless, the results have exceeded our original expectations.

There is still time to subscribe for Plutarch; the November/December book will be Summa Elvetica. We've decided that all the Selenoth books will feature the same blue for the Library and very dark green for Libraria.

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A trilemma transition

Contemplations on the Tree of Woe contemplates the implications of what appears to be a Münchhausen Trilemma transitory period playing out in modern society:

The so-called Münchhausen Trilemma is actually Agrippa’s Trilemma, attributed to Agrippa the Skeptic of the Pyrrhonist school of 4th Century BC. Agrippa’s Trilemma phrases the attack a bit differently:

  • Circularity: The truth asserted involves a circularity of proofs.
  • Progress ad infinitum: The truth asserted rests on truths themselves in need of proof, and so on to infinity. 
  • Assumption: The truth is based on an unsupported assumption.

However it is phrased, the Trilemma presents a choice of “three equally unsatisfying options.” Or so it is claimed. Is that the case? Perhaps one of the three options is not “equally unsatisfying” and there are good reasons for adopting one of these three. But before we delve into that, let’s first explain why it matters. It seems a strange thing, after all, to dwell on an unsolved 2,500 year old philosophical dilemma. Why should we care?

Human beings are rational animals; each of us is endowed with our own sense organs and our own mind. By our sense organs we receive precepts about the world, from which we form concepts about what we have perceived. What we perceive and conceive is unique to each of us; no one else has access to the qualia of our senses or the thoughts of our mind. Our consciousness is independent of others.

Human beings are also social animals, who by nature flourish only in society with others of our kind. To exist in society, human beings must cooperate, which requires establishing and asserting their needs and wants, and consensually exchanging value for value with others of their kind. When humans cannot or do not cooperate, they struggle instead, using force or fraud to extract value from others nonconsensually. In both cases, our existence is dependent on others, either as creators, traders, looters, or moochers.

The juxtaposition of our independent rationality and dependent existence creates the necessity for agreement on what can be justified as true. Man in solitude doesn’t need to know or care what others think is true. Man in society must know and care what others think is true: The very concept of exchanging value without fraud presupposes the existence of not-fraud, which is to say, truth.

When human society is simple, the justification necessary to establish truth is equally simple, and typically based on foundationalism relying on sense perception. “Is it rain out?” “Hand feel wet. Yes.” As the complexity of human society increases, the justification necessary to establish truth also becomes more complex. More and more matters arise over which each independent consciousness might disagree. “Does Theodore rightfully own Breckenridge manor?” is no simple question.

As a result, every society of sufficient complexity has created institutions such as courts of laws, trials by jury, assemblies of law, boards of peer review, and other tools to decide what is true. Each such institution fundamentally works the same way: The individual consciousness, with its ability to reason, is embedded within a group of other individuals, and a method used to force the group to come to an agreement (often by deliberation and voting, as in a jury or parliament, but sometimes randomly, esoterically, or even violently).

Over time these institutions, in the process of defining what is true, build a great scaffolding - law, custom, tradition, craft, and practice - that collectively form its culture. But always it remains that what is true about complex matters is reliant on a core set of propositions which are deemed foundational and outside the scope of deliberation. (In the words of America’s founders: “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”)

That is, the culture of every society has historically arisen from a series of agreements made out of necessity to permit cooperation to accept certain propositions as justified, with these agreements developing over time in a hierarchy as society becomes more complex, with all ultimately justified by reference to propositions held by that society as foundational.

But Münchhausen’s Trilemma holds that foundationalism is merely one of three “equally unsatisfying” resolutions to the impossibility of proving any truth. And if there is no possibility of proving any truth, it would seem there is no possibility of justifying the culture of any society as good, beautiful, or right. Worse, those who would argue against our society’s way of life do not even have to grapple with its truth-claims at all: They can simply develop another culture, based on another set of propositions that are self-consistent with themselves, and dismiss our own as irrelevant, unfounded, and wrong.

Read the whole thing there. Because what we tend to regard as a culture war is just as much a philosophical war as it is a spiritual war. The reason American society is showing cracks is that its philosophical foundations have been under assault for nearly 120 years.

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"A blatant lie"

Joe Biden is publicly called out for lying about his connections to his son's business dealings on Tucker Carlson:  

Bobulinski and Hunter formed a company in 2017, specializing in infrastructure investment. No deals appear to have been completed, and the firm folded in 2018. Joe had left the White House and was a private citizen at the time. Nevertheless, he has insisted he and his son never discussed business - which Bobulinski claims is untrue. 

'That's a blatant lie when he states that,' Bobulinski told Carlson. 'It's a blatant lie. It was made clear to me that Joe Biden's involvement was not to be made in writing, but only face to face.'

Bobulinski is listed as one of the recipients of a May 13, 2017, email detailing their business deal, and he claims that 'the big guy' mentioned is a reference to Joe, whom he claims Hunter regularly asked for business advice. 

Joe has always insisted he was not involved in Hunter's numerous business ventures. 

It should be interesting to hear how the Bidens otherwise account for the massive payments made to Hunter by a variety of foreign sources. It's not as if the guy isn't a complete screwup totally incapable of doing legitimate business to save his life. 

These are direct, credible, and easily provable allegations. And given the other Hunter Biden scandal, there can be little doubt about them being true.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Ent in the Moon

 

The Forge of Tolkien Episode 14, THE ENT IN THE MOON, is now live on #UATV.

Tolkien insisted that he did not consciously invent many of the details in his stories, including most famously the Ents. These characters, he insisted, were compounded of “philology, literature, and life,” drawing on particular words from Old English, stories like Shakespeare, and the actual differences between “male” and “female” attitudes towards gardening. In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown explores the roots of the Ents in the Old English poem “The Ruin,” Tolkien’s work for the Oxford English Dictionary on words beginning with “w,” the Green Knight in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the song Frodo sang at the Prancing Pony—and its “Mannish” predecessor about the Man in the Moon. What do giants have to do with towers and the “stain” on the Moon? It is all part of the mystery of “asterisk reality” and the love of Logos. 


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Hunter Biden = Samson

Or so Carlos Osweda concludes:

I've been looking at photos of the senile guy's son.

The newly released photos.

He exposed his father deliberately.

No doubt in my mind.

Why?

Here you go. Look at the son's face. It tells the whole story.

The son has steadily documented his self-destruction.

He seeks oblivion.

Since he can't escape what was done to him and what he chose to do, he's bringing down the whole rotten structure.

I'm more than a little dubious, in light of how in one of Hunter Biden's text messages, he talks about how merely making the accusations of his behavior is tantamount to putting a gun to his head. If he really wants to bring the whole thing down, all he has to do is go on Tucker Carlson and speak honestly about what he has done, and what has been done to him. 

But the theory would make for an intriguing story. The truth is that none of this began with Hunter and none of it will end with him. His ongoing public humiliation is merely proof of what many of us knew all along.

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Mailvox: a new religion

I'm a longtime reader of your blog and a pastor. Your denunciations of Churchianity are spot on, and I've lived through an ugly denominational transition out of the apostasy. I can testify to the rot. I'm attaching the letter I read to begin a sermon this year, where I call out the New Religion, so that you can see how at least some of us are fighting the good fight. I know there are other pastors out there doing the same, but the level of cowardice among so many of my peers in the pulpit is a shame to me.


There’s a new religion growing in our world.

A new Marxist faith.

A new Woke orthodoxy.

A new kind of Luciferian worship that is as old as sin and idolatry itself. 

Eight weeks ago I stood in the pulpit of this church and declared that the formal organization called Black Lives Matter was demonic in both origin and nature. That BLM isn’t, as it purports, an organization promoting racial justice – but, rather, is an organization that is actively working to undermine the knowledge and worship of the One True God.

Eight weeks ago I kicked off this sermon series aiming to help us understand the nature of our enemies by calling out this one organization, but BLM does not stand alone against God in this world.

Instead, what we have been seeing over the past six months, and what has become increasingly clear in the two months I’ve been preaching this series, is that this new Globalist religion has many apostles and adherents in the world – many individuals, groups, and organizations that have bowed the knee and are now demanding the same:

  • Antifa
  • Hollywood
  • Disney Corp.
  • Google/FB/Twitter
  • the Main Stream Media

along with Governors, Mayors, and other elected officials, at almost every level of government and in both political parties, who have pledged their allegiance to this new Globalist, Marxist, Anti-Christian religion.

And believe me when I call it a religion, because it literally has all the makings.

There are, for instance, blasphemy laws in this new religion.

Just try saying, “All Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter” in public or on social media. Try to link to a video with medical professionals breaking ranks and speaking to the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine and see how long it stays up.

And there are holy scriptures for this movement too.

Marxist ideologies and writings, which always and only result in class wars and totalitarianism, are the foundational texts of this faith.

Writings about Critical Race Theory pit people against one another based solely on the amount of melanin in our skin.

Prevailing Gender and Sex Theories clearly and purposefully undermine the Biblical definitions of man and woman, husband and wife, and family.

And, even more, this religion’s teachings on Intersectionality argue that victim status is the measure of a person’s worth – with victim status defined as follows:

The less white, the less male, and the less Christian you are, the more you’ve been the subject of systemic victimization, and the more we should be listening to you.

Which is precisely, by the way, how this new orthodoxy distinguishes between clean and unclean.

  • The more white.
  • The more male.
  • The more Christian.

And the more conservative you are politically, the less clean. The less pure. The less holy. The more sinful.

And so this new faith offers the rights of expiation – of having your “sins” forgiven:

Are you hopelessly locked into your White Privilege, and so unaware of your own deep-seated but invisible-to-you racism? Get on your knees and say sorry to a Black person today!

Have you offended the Race Hustlers? You can donate money to the right causes!

Is your workforce not diverse enough? You can make your employees complete sensitivity trainings!

Have you tweeted something the mob didn’t like? You can march with the protestors!

In fact, depending on the nature of the transgression you can do lots of things to seek forgiveness, but in this new Woke Church it only counts if the Priests of this new faith accept it; if the leaders of this cultural revolution deem you acceptable.

  • Has Colin Kaepernick vouched for you?
  • Do you have President Obama’s endorsement?
  • Does Rashida Tlaib, Shaun King, or Van Jones agree with you?
  • Have the influential pundits vouched for your credibility to the cause?
  • Is there a local person of influence in the movement that can accept your sacrifice?

Without this approval, no amount of sorrys will ever be enough.

Because this is a war over Truth, and this new religion demands your conversion.

As exhibit “A” I present to you this perverted faith’s one and only Sacrament – which is clearly the murder of the unborn through abortion. The zeal with which this Globalist, Marxist, and anti-Christian religion pursues this agenda reveals just how sacred a right they believe it to be!

It. Is. Demonic.

And so while it looks like we fight against these so-called priests, they are just men and women: blood and flesh. Their blasphemy laws and rights of forgiveness may be lived out in the physical world, but they are rooted in the spiritual forces of darkness. The “scriptures” they lift up can be held and read, but they are simply the tangible expressions of their spiritual agendas. Their definitions of “clean” and “unclean” are built on the foundations of power and control in the material world, but they have neither.

Because our real war is with the Principalities and Powers that lurk behind and empower from underneath – that hide their demonic faces behind the masks of institutional “progress” and “wokeness” and “being on the right side of history”.

Our real battle is not with the destructive fruits of this movement, but with its demonic roots.

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The end of the annual flu

The medical and scientific communities can't figure out where the flu has gone or why it has virtually disappeared:

In the Southern Hemisphere, where the flu season happens during our summer months, the WHO data suggests it never took off at all. In Australia, just 14 positive flu cases were recorded in April, compared with 367 during the same month in 2019 – a 96 per cent drop. By June, usually the peak of its flu season, there were none. In fact, Australia has not reported a positive case to the WHO since July.

In Chile, just 12 cases of flu were detected between April and October. There were nearly 7,000 during the same period in 2019. And in South Africa, surveillance tests picked up just two cases at the beginning of the season, which quickly dropped to zero over the following month – overall, a 99 per cent drop compared with the previous year.

In the UK, our flu season is only just beginning. But since Covid-19 began spreading in March, just 767 cases have been reported to the WHO compared with nearly 7,000 from March to October last year. And while lab-confirmed flu cases last year jumped by ten per cent between September and October, as a new season gets under way this year they've risen by just 0.7 per cent so far.... Other research by Public Health England has confirmed this. Globally, it is estimated that rates of flu may have plunged by 98 per cent compared with the same time last year.

'This is real,' says Dr David Strain, senior clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School. 'There's no doubt that we're seeing far fewer incidences of flu.'

So where has flu gone?

Covid-19 is the flu, obviously. Despite whatever differences there might be between a coronavirus and a rhinovirus, Covid-19 is simply playing the role that the annual flu strain, which is different every year, does. It is a little more dangerous than the normal flu virus, though considerably less dangerous than certain historical strains. Which is why all the lockdown and mask nonsense is now totally pointless, and is merely delaying the natural process of the virus working its way through the population before it finally peters out.

It wasn't a bad idea to err on the side of caution when the virulence of the disease was unknown. But now we know, so there is no reason to continue being paranoid about it.

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They rationalize too much

It's fascinating to see the media frantically citing the overwhelming Fake Poll numbers, as if by repetition they can stave off the approaching reckoning. And yet, they are observably worried that all the polls are wrong.

As Election Day approaches and President Donald Trump continues to trail Joe Biden by high single digits both nationally and in key states, their respective bases are buzzing with either hope or dread that "the polls could be wrong again."

In truth, public opinion polls are imperfect instruments, and there's always bound to be some degree of error, especially given the widely varying quality of the nation's pollsters. But Trump would probably need a larger polling miss than in 2016 to win re-election, and there's no guarantee a systemic polling error this year would run in his favor....

Fundamentally, the current polling in the 2020 race is different from 2016 in three important ways.

First, Biden's lead is larger and much more stable than Clinton's was at this point. Second, there are far fewer undecided and third-party voters left to woo — reducing the chances of a late break toward one side.

And third, the scores of district and state-level polls conducted by the parties to make spending decisions in down-ballot races generally align with national polls showing Trump running behind his 2016 pace, including in key states. In 2016, these same polls had shown flashing red warning signs for Clinton, particularly in districts with lots of white working-class voters.

The spinning won't stop until the Young Turks cry. Just for the record, let's note the prediction by The Economist.

95% Joe Biden 95% 249-421

05% Donald Trump 117-289

Trump winning the popular vote is really going to shatter them.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

The God-Emperor delivers again

Amy Coney Barrett has been confirmed by the Senate as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 53-46. She may not be ideal, but she's almost certain to be much, much better than the late, unlamented Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

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This is what gatekeeping looks like

While whining about how Amazon won't post his Very Important Review of The Plot Against the President, Powerline's Scott Johnson reveals his real imperative as a conservative gatekeeper:

I found three of the several talking heads in the film to be out of place: Mike Cernovich, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Jack Posobiec. However, I appreciated the inclusion of the eminent historian Edward Luttwak. Among Luttwak’s many books is Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook. He brings scholarly expertise to the theme of the film. He knows what he is talking about.

Keep in mind that the "eminent historian" is primarily known by historians for writing a book about Roman grand strategy while being clueless about Roman history, and is famous for wrongly predicting that Desert Storm was going to be a protracted and bloody campaign in which U.S. troops would suffer thousands of casualties. He has also written a book on the "grand strategy" of the Byzantine empire despite knowing no more about the Byzantine empire than you, me, or Kimberly Guifoyle.

Notice that Johnson doesn't explain why three people who are active observers of U.S. politics are supposed to be more out of place than an obvious ticket-taking globalist who still doesn't understand how Trump was elected in the first place, and whose referenced book is "a hilarious satire".

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Krugman admits economists were wrong

 About free trade and globalization:

Paul Krugman has never suffered fools gladly. The Nobel Prize-winning economist rose to international fame—and a coveted space on the New York Times op-ed page—by lacerating his intellectual opponents in the most withering way. In a series of books and articles beginning in the 1990s, Krugman branded just about everybody who questioned the rapid pace of globalization a fool who didn’t understand economics very well. “Silly” was a word Krugman used a lot to describe pundits who raised fears of economic competition from other nations, especially China. Don’t worry about it, he said: Free trade will have only minor impact on your prosperity.

Now Krugman has come out and admitted, offhandedly, that his own understanding of economics has been seriously deficient as well. In a recent essay titled “What Economists (Including Me) Got Wrong About Globalization,” adapted from a forthcoming book on inequality, Krugman writes that he and other mainstream economists “missed a crucial part of the story” in failing to realize that globalization would lead to “hyperglobalization” and huge economic and social upheaval, particularly of the industrial middle class in America. And many of these working-class communities have been hit hard by Chinese competition, which economists made a “major mistake” in underestimating, Krugman says.

It was quite a “whoops” moment, considering all the ruined American communities and displaced millions of workers we’ve seen in the interim. 

Notice that they still haven't admitted that they're wrong about immigration and debt. But they still think you should listen to them, instead of the contrarian economists who have repeatedly been proven correct by events. It will be particularly amusing if he cites my labor mobility argument against free trade. I tend to doubt he will credit it properly....

What I find infuriating, though, is the way their own simple mainstream GDP models quite clearly predicted what will happen in a trade war between the USA and China. Any nation with a seriously negative balance of trade will automatically benefit from reduced trade and therefore win the trade war because a reduction in trade increases the (X-M) total. Reduce imports, increase GDP. The relationship is basic math.

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Over the target

The blog is suddenly getting hit today by hundreds of spam comments. It's a clear indication that the Hunter Biden incest and corruption scandal is squarely over the target. Fortunately, we're already on full moderation lockdown, so most of the comments are going directly to spam.

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If you think you work hard

 I found this article about working with Sid Hartman to be both amusing and inspiring.

Another time I thought Sid was dead was when I got a phone call saying he had fallen and broken his hip.

I was unaware how dire a situation that was for an elderly person — and Sid was 96 at the time — but based on the tone of the conversations, I began to think Sid would never work again. I got hold of his son, Chad, to see if I could come visit.

Sid was in a recovery room at Fairview Southdale, lying in a hospital gown with an array of machines connected to him and doctors and nurses and family coming in and out of the room. I had never seen him in a vulnerable position. I went to his bedside and asked him, as quietly and kindly as I could, how he was doing.

He rose up slightly, “You tell them not to touch my column.”

He was back to work three weeks later, writing about the Gophers hiring P.J. Fleck as the football coach.

He would publish 612 more columns.

To put that in perspective, I wrote a grand total of 535 columns for WND, enough to fill three fat hardcovers. Sid Hartman wrote more than that... after the age of 96. You're not done until you're well and truly done. 

And on a sadder note, RIP Matt Blair. I met the great Minnesota linebacker twice as a child, and I still have the cards from his photography studio he started after retiring from the Vikings.

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Rumors

This one is more credible than the norm simply because it comes from the same source that first reported Jeffrey Epstein's death. That does not mean it is true, of course.

Don't ask me how I know but Hunter Biden died of a crack overdose over 20 minutes ago. Joe is already on his way to the hospital.

- ID:UvMEjwZB

If true, it might serve to explain a rather less credible rumor.

Biden halted his campaign today (not rumor) and rumor has it he had a stroke that was followed by a larger stroke and death. I did not say that, call it BUNK, but that's the rumor going around right now. It is somewhat safe to say he at least had a minor stroke. If Biden is indeed dead, he'll be kept alive until after the election If he is alive, he actually did suspend his campaign

At approximately the exact same time Biden’s campaign got suspended, all the Biden drops stopped. So there are also rumors that a deal was made, but I would not bet on it. I am betting on two things, the first being they got locked out of their servers and the second being they are in custody, under arrest or dead. There is absolutely no proof of anything right now. No proof of a stroke. No proof of server lockouts, no proof of arrests, but one thing is definite: something is very fishy.

If Hunter Biden did die, by OD or by Epsteining, that would also suffice to explain Biden halting his campaign. Gateway Pundit has said that "something very big and shocking is breaking" this morning. So, we'll see... Regardless, it's not hard to figure out why the stroke rumors started.

Joe Biden last night seemed to forget who the president was, noting that he was fighting against 'four more years of George.' Addressing supporters online, during a virtual concert to drum up enthusiasm, the 77-year-old sat next to his wife Jill.

'Four more years of George, er, George, er, he - we're going to find ourselves in a position where, if Trump gets elected, we're going to be in a different world,' said Biden. Jill appeared to remind him, under her breath: 'Trump,' as Biden faltered over such an elementary fact that it is the classic question asked of confused patients: 'Who's the President?'

Many speculated that he was thinking of George W. Bush, president from 2001-09, but he may also have been thinking of Bush Snr. who was in office from 1989-93.

UPDATE: This had better not be the "very big and shocking" news that was to break this morning. Literally no one cares about this sort of inside baseball. We have known since Ruby Ridge and Waco that the FBI is corrupt.

Wray Had Hunter’s ‘Laptop From Hell’ Since December — Kept It a Secret from President Trump  

UPDATE: The news release neither particularly big nor shocking to anyone who has been paying attention, it's merely proof that Joe Biden knew... whatever it is that is alleged, but hasn't been conclusively proved yet, involving Hunter and Natalie Biden.

In a text message sent to Hunter Biden from his Uncle Jim Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s brother, Uncle Jim shares that both he and former VP Joe Biden are upset with accusations of impropriety but they don’t believe them.  Jim and Joe Biden want to discuss with Hunter so they can all get their stories straight.

In an email to colleague and fellow board member on Burisma, the now felon Devon Archer, Hunter explains how he is not allowed to be around a certain person without his father, Joe Biden, being there. And a fifth text message shows Hunter explaining to a certain person that her mom told former VP Joe Biden that she would call the police if Hunter tried to see that person: 

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

No "tossup in Texas"

Now the media is just getting high on its own supply:

Former Vice President Joe Biden has regained a narrow lead over President Donald Trump in Texas, after wooing more independents and Hispanics, according to a poll released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler. Biden’s lead among likely voters is 48%-45%, within the poll’s margin of error....

“Texas remains a tossup because of the public’s attitudes toward President Trump,” said political scientist Mark Owens, who directed the poll.

I'm only posting this because I suspect it will be funny to compare it to the actual results. Meanwhile, 538 has actually bumped up Biden's chances from 77 percent a month ago to 87 percent today.

Election night promises to be a lot of fun watching the pollsters dance.

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The media blackout cracks

 The Daily Mail has addressed the Hunter Biden videos. Allegedly.

Alleged Hunter Biden sex tapes are uploaded on Chinese video site linked to Steve Bannon

Multiple videos and images claiming to show Hunter Biden in sexually explicit scenes and using drugs were shared on Chinese video platform GTV

GTV is a subsidiary of GTV Media Group, which was founded by former Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon and Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui in April 2020

The clips were uploaded by a single user Saturday night and one of the videos accuses Joe Biden of being '100% controlled by the Chinese Communist party'  

It's not clear if the footage came from the 'laptop from hell', but some images appear to be from a third party laptop 

Bannon has claimed that everything in the Hunter laptop scandal is true and accused Joe Biden of taking a 10 percent equity in his son's business dealings 

The footage has also been censored on Reddit

There does not appear to be any confirmation that the footage is legitimate.

The media is going to be spinning everything madly, of course, fighting every step along the way to deny what is right in front of their eyes, but the important thing is that the blackout has already failed.


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Pelosi is next

To exactly no one's surprise, it looks as if Nancy Pelosi's bagman will be the next to be exposed. The /pol/ anons are all over it:

Nancy Pelosi is next to get burned by the drops

HUNTER BIDEN DROPS ARE HAPPENING

Latest update: There have been a slew of photos released showing Hunter involved in sex with minors. Also a photo released of him having sex with his brothers's wife while she has the wedding ring on. Too much stuff like that to even go over but I am saving it all.

WORSE:

They are starting to drop the other stuff and Nancy Pelosi has now been dragged into this. Her boy, Paul, had a Taiwanese girl friend who has stated that Paul was setting up the same kinds of deals for Nancy that Hunter was setting up for Joe. At first she thought he was a legit business man but then discovered it was all fake shell companies being used to funnel money to Nancy from the Chinese government. When Paul figured out she knew, he left her and then sent CPS to take her 4 children. This story is growing, but Nancy is clearly another Joe.

The drops are now coming so fast that there is no way I can handle all of it, and it is now being dropped via multiple outlets once Twitter banned Gnews. All I was doing is saving files to the desktop as fast as I could and when I closed the browser it looked like I had a HUGE porn stache....

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE DAMNING AND ENOUGH TO DO THE TRICK, I HAVE ALL OF IT SAVED, YES, THIS STUFF IS REAL.

Imagine the effect if this continues all the way to the election. Wikipedia editors are already beginning to throw up their hands at the futility of trying to police the information flow. Although, as it happens, we may not have to imagine anything.

Gnews will expose hard drive content for the next 13 days.

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In fairness, it's his only chance

"We're in a situation where we have put together – and you guys did it for our admi ... the president, Obama's administration before this – we have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics."

- Joe Biden

Putting together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in American history isn't nothing. It probably isn't compatible with U.S. law or the U.S. Constitution, but one really shouldn't dismiss the historic accomplishment out of hand.

No wonder they're keeping poor old Creepy Joe on such a short leash. At this point, I'm surprised they let him talk at all.

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What the Biden videos prove

The shills at /pol/ are desperately trying to minimize the fallout from the growing number of Biden videos being leaked, saying things like "well, I guess I'm not voting for Hunter Biden then" and "OMG, do you losers not realize that some people actually have sex!" But the fact that Hunter Biden is a complete degenerate who may be even more incestuous than he was already known to be isn't the point. The point is who has the videos of him and why they have so many.

AC explains how the videos may alter our understanding of how the ticket works, since we don't know which comes first, the corruption or the offer.

I have said previously it has appeared one thing Cabal required to advance people to the highest levels was a willingness to prove fealty by giving their children to the machine. Now, I suspect it was not so much a request they made. Rather, the surveillance was always on the lookout for families like this. Fathers molesting children, sons molesting sisters, drugs, debauchery, and on and on. Remember it is highly likely almost everyone gets a few days of being followed and them listening in your house every year or two, and some may get much, much more. I thought they were on the lookout for threats, but now I think they were probably primarily looking for this. When they found a family like this, how high they rose was only a measure of how degenerate they were. The worse their behavior, the more blackmail Cabal would get, and the higher they would rise. Biden is a complete imbecile, but he is just a smidge away from being President, and if Cabal was in full control, he would be.

As a result of this, we may be poised to find out that almost the entire leadership of our nation is one big orgy of sexually abused people with uncontrolled hyper sexuality, having sex with each other, passing each other their children, and doing God only knows what else. And when you have degenerates like that, and China shows up with $1.5 billion for whoever will sell out American interests, the DNC will very rapidly turn into the DNCCP.

One doesn't need to force anyone to do what they are already doing. One merely need only facilitate and utilize their actions. Then again, there is no reason why both methods couldn't be utilized, since having access to the more degenerate set would only make it easier to corrupt the non-autodegenerate people. That's why I would expect more interfamily relationships like the reported Biden-Coons connection to come to light in the near future.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

The blackmail videos surface

Neon Revolt puts out the news of the release of the Biden blackmail videos on Gab:

A Hunter Biden sex tape was just released by G News (the outlet that's been working with Giuliani).... The Chinese did a poor job of censoring it, so I went in and re-censored it.

This shows you the kind of blackmail China has on Biden - which is FAR WORSE than just this. But this should dispel any notion that this is mere "Russian Propaganda," but fully demonstrate that China has full control of the entire Biden Administration.

UPDATE: There is more Biden-related news on Twitter.

BIG BREAKING NEWS: "Sources close to and with deep knowledge of the investigation, have informed me that Chris Coons' DAUGHTER in addition to seven other underage girls are also featured on [Hunter Biden's] laptop." 

UPDATE: Now Biden's daughter's diary has been leaked, in which she discusses "inappropriate showers". Not with Hunter. With Joe. 

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Ignore the Fake Polls

The God-Emperor's reign will continue unabated. Below is a reader photo from last night's Trump rally in Florida. Meanwhile, Creepy Joe can't get 10 people to show up to see him. #Trumpslide2020



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Boycotts work

Netherflix is seeing its subscriptions collapse due to popular disgust at its pedophistic support of the film Cuties.

Netflix’s disappointing third quarter earnings was the result of subscribers canceling their service at eight times the usual rate because of anger over the controversial French film Cuties, it has been reported.

Data unearthed by two analytics firms indicate that there was a sharp uptick in the number of people who cancelled their subscriptions at around the same time that calls were growing for a boycott of Netflix over its airing of Cuties. 

Antenna, a data analytics firm that tracks Netflix subscribers, reported a ‘meaningful spike in churn rate’ shortly after the hashtag #CancelNetflix went viral. ‘Churn’ measures the number of subscribers who cancel pay services like Netflix for any reason, according to USA Today. In mid-September, Antenna noted that Netflix was losing five times as many subscribers in the days after the release of Cuties than the company lost in the previous month.

The media loves to proclaim that boycotts don't work and that conservative consumers are all bark and no bite. But the reason they push this falsehood is precisely because boycotts are extremely effective, and the media is trying to stop them before they start.

Don't ever provide any support to those who hate you, your faith, and your nation.

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Where did Creepy Joe's money go?

Joe Biden's financial reports simply don't add up:

Joe Biden's personal finances — at least as he lists them publicly for voters — don't add up.

The politician who reveled in the moniker "Middle Class Joe" carried a relatively modest portfolio during 47 years in public office. But he scored a $16 million-plus windfall after he left the Obama White House. That includes $11 million he and his wife Jill earned in 2017, mostly on book and speaking fees, $4.6 million in 2018 and $985,000 last year, according to tax returns he made public earlier in the election.

But when he filed a federal financial disclosure form earlier this year to run for president, the Bidens listed only assets of between $1.5 million and $3.2 million. And that invites the question: Where did the rest of the money go?

"I can guarantee you if I was auditing those forms, I'd have questions," says Paul Miller, the owner of New York-based tax firm Miler & Company LLP. 

The corruption of the Biden crime family almost certainly exceeds that of famous crime families of the past. It's intriguing to see how so many of the reportedly rich don't actually have any money. Perhaps, like Rush Limbaugh having talent on loan from God, they only have money on loan from Satan.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Ichor and Potatoes

 


Episode 13 of The Forge of Tolkien, ICHOR AND POTATOES, is now live on #UATV.

After chanting his verses about Eärendel the Mariner in the Hall of Elrond at Rivendell, Bilbo challenged the Elves to determine which bits he had written and which were written by Aragorn. The question was a trick, as Aragorn only added a bit about a “green stone”, but it was also serious: why should the Elves be able to tell the difference in poetic style between a Hobbit and a Man? 

In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown explores Tolkien’s use of poetic style as a way into the problem of writing fantasy. Drawing on Ursula K. LeGuin’s advice to aspiring fantasists, she considers the importance of speech in the act of imaginative creation and how style is critical to the composition of Christian literature. Which is better when writing fantasy: ichor or potatoes? A style reaching for the sublime, or a style willing to humble itself even unto Hobbits? 

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The end of the political poll

Another reason to anticipate a Trump victory: when the President wins again, we'll never have to pay any more attention to the pollsters:

Should Trump once again dispatch his Democratic challenger, the polling industry is finished, Republican pollster Frank Luntz told Fox News on Thursday. 

“Well, I hate to acknowledge it, because that’s my industry,” he told Fox anchor Bret Baier. “But the public will have no faith. No confidence. If Donald Trump surprises people… my profession is done.”

Luntz insists that his polling is accurate this time, and that Biden will win. However, undecided voters may be leaning toward Trump. As the two men faced off in the final presidential debate in Tennessee on Thursday night, Luntz organized a focus group of undecided voters. After the showdown, a majority of these voters were leaning toward backing Trump. They described him as “controlled,” “poised,” and “surprisingly presidential,” while Biden was thought of as “vague,” “elusive,” and “defensive.” 

If a Biden-friendly pollster, backed by his latest focus group, is publicly opening the door to a potential Trump victory, the election gurus may not be as confident in their figures as they let on.

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver is another one of these gurus, and his predictions are taken seriously in Washington. Right now, Silver gives Biden an 87 percent chance of winning. Yet the nation’s premier pollster has also been hedging his bets. On the same day that he bumped Biden’s chances up to 87 percent, Silver took to Twitter to remind his followers that “Trump still does have a nontrivial chance.”

“There’s still some time left,” he continued. “Tipping-point state polls are closer than national polls, sometimes polls are wrong… and mail voting and court disputes create some additional uncertainties.”

The Economist’s G. Elliot Morris is similarly all-in on Biden, giving the Democrat a 92 percent chance of winning on November 3. Morris is confident in his prediction, overly so according to Silver. Yet even though Morris has declared the race “very probably” over for Trump, he couldn’t help but write an article explaining exactly how he may be wrong.

I expect both Luntz and Morris know perfectly well what is going to happen on November 3. Silver is the only one who is dumb enough to insist that his model is right and it is reality that has it wrong. Watch as the polls "unexpectedly" begin to "tighten" between now and then.

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The storehouse of knowledge

 Essays in Idleness observes that the libraries are metaphorically burning:

For a new generation of reactionaries, old printed books can provide a way to preserve the culture and knowledge now being systematically “re-curated” (i.e. censored and physically destroyed) everywhere I look.

But of course I meant small private libraries, that will have to be hidden from public view, and guarded against electronic penetration; not the extravagant starchitectural wonders that pass for “highbrow” among people who never formed the habit of reading.

Too, as in Aldous Huxley, and the age of Homer, we should be memorizing our most treasured works for the dark age to come. Intelligent schooling, even rote learning must, like the Catholic Church, survive underground.

This is one of the reasons we founded Castalia Library. It allows every subscriber to take on the role of those monks who saved so much human knowledge from the rise of the Dark. Given their censorious behavior, do you really believe Google Books and Amazon and other converged institutions aren't going to systematically eradicate those books that they find "problematic" for one reason or another?


UPDATE: Speaking of Castalia Library, the bindery just sent a picture of the test stamping of the Libraria edition of AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND.



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All right, we'll call it a draw

I didn't watch the debate last night. But all you have to do is see the mainstream media calling it a draw to know who won:

Biden brought up the former New York City mayor as he lashed out at Trump for not calling out Russia and other foreign powers for election meddling. In turn, Trump claimed Biden had enriched himself with foreign dollars alongside his son.

'I don't make money from China, you do. I don't make money from Ukraine, you do. I don't make money from Russia, you do,' Trump said. The president alluded to Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner to Hunter Biden that Trump brought to the debate as his guest. But it was only a passing mention given the drama Trump's campaign had orchestrated just hours before the clash on stage.

Prior to the debate, Bobulinski addressed White House reporters and claimed he had proof that the former vice president was aware of his son's business dealings with China.

'All of the email, the emails, the horrible emails of the kind of money you were raking in,' Trump said. 'And Joe, you were vice president when some of this was happening. And I think you owe an explanation to the American people, why is it - somebody just had a news conference a little while ago - who was essentially supposed to work with you and your family, but what he said was damning,' Trump continued. 'And regardless of me I think you have to clean it up and talk to the American people. Maybe you can do it right now,' the president added....

Trump also found a way to tie Biden's complaints to his own primary grievance: the Russia probe. After Biden tried to tie the apparent information dumps about his son to Russian election interference, the president scoffed.

'You mean the laptop is now the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?' Trump asked, incredulously.

'The laptop is Russia, Russia, Russia? You got to be kidding. Here we go with Russia,' he said – taking the issue that most endangered his presidency and brought on the multi-year Mueller probe and turning it on his rival.

Trump found ways to get in many of his favorite digs as the exchange went on and on. He called Hunter's laptop the 'laptop from hell.' He also found ways to put Biden on his heels by asking when he pitched various plans: 'Why didn’t you do it in the eight years' serving with Obama. Biden could only summon a brief answer that only hinted at the GOP opposition he once had to contend with in the House. 'We had a Republican Congress. That’s the answer,' he said, without expanding. 

Even with the personal animosity and charges of corruption, the debate lacked much of the fire of the first encounter in Cleveland, in part due to the technological change with the microphones, and possibly due to deliberate decisions by the candidates to hold some of their impulses in check. But a comparatively calm debate that some analysts were already calling a draw denied Trump the opportunity to reset the race, with Biden leading him by 8 points in the Real Clear Politics polling average. 

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