Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Reducing Penalties for Sodomy with Minors…


Date: September 14, 2020

01) Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Reducing Penalties for Sodomy with Minors

“Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) signed a controversial bill into law Friday that will give judges greater discretion to decide whether adults who commit sodomy with minors should be placed on California’s sex offender registry.

The bill, which passed the Democrat-led legislature last week, created a firestorm as proponents said its main purpose was to end discrimination against LGBT adults who have oral and anal sex with minors who claim to be consenting to the sexual activity.

State Sen. Scott Wiener (D), who introduced the legislation, said in a statement on social media the new law would put an end to “blatant discrimination against young LGBT people engaged in consensual activity.”

“It’s appalling that in 2020, California continues to discriminate against LGBTQ people, by mandating that LGBTQ young people be placed on the sex offender registry in situations where straight people aren’t required to be placed on the registry,” Wiener said.

SB 145 simply ends that discrimination by treating LGBTQ young people the exact same way that straight young people have been treated since 1944,” he continued, and added:

And make no mistake: the politics here are hard, with the massive Trump, QAnon, and MAGA misinformation campaign against the legislation. The facts are clear: SB 145 simply ends anti-LGBTQ discrimination. Today, California took yet another step toward an equitable society.

Wiener claimed the existing law, which states oral and anal sex between an adult within ten years of the age of a consenting minor requires the adult to be registered as a sex offender, discriminates against LGBT individuals:

This bill is about treating everyone equally under the law. Discrimination against LGBT people is simply not the California way. These laws were put in place during a more conservative and anti-LGBT time in California’s history. They have ruined people’s lives and made it harder for them to get jobs, secure housing, and live productive lives. It is time we update these laws and treat everyone equally.

Existing state law allows judges to decide whether adults who have “penile-vaginal intercourse” with minors must register as a sex offender.

Wiener said the current law targets LGBT individuals because they do not engage in penile-vaginal intercourse.

“This is such horrific homophobia,” Wiener said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s irrational, and it ruins people’s lives.”

Seems this does not legalize the acts…It just makes it less likely, that someone will end up on a “sex offender” register.

I’m reluctant to give a link to Breitbart…but, that’s where the article is at…

I also wasn’t sure what series I wanted to include this in…but once again, a piece of news has come about where I want to tether it to some series to make it a bit easier to find…or for readers to stumble upon.

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Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny Explain QAnon…


Date: September 14, 2020

01) Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny Explain QAnon

“Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny are NBC News reporters focusing on mis- and disinformation in health and politics. Here, they speak with Lawfare’s Quinta Jurecic and Evelyn Douek about QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory built around anonymous internet posts heralding Donald Trump as the righteous leader of a struggle against a cabal of “deep state” elites running an extensive child sex trafficking operation. They discussed how social media platforms have allowed QAnon to spread and how its ability to plug into other conspiracy theories, permeate the mainstream, and incite offline violence have made it particularly pernicious.”

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Date: September 13, 2020

01) 8values

“What is 8values?

8values is, in essence, a political quiz that attempts to assign percentages for eight different political values. You will be presented by a statement, and then you will answer with your opinion on the statement, from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree, with each answer slightly affecting your scores. At the end of the quiz, your answers will be compared to the maximum possible for each value, thus giving you a percentage. Answer honestly!

There are 70 questions in the test.
What are the eight values?

There are four independent axes – Economic, Diplomatic, State, and Society – and each has two opposing values assigned to them. They are:

Equality (Economic)
Those with higher Equality scores believe the economy should distribute value evenly among the populace. They tend to support progressive tax codes, social programs, and at high values, socialism.

Markets (Economic)
Those with higher Market scores believe the economy should be focused on rapid growth. They tend to support lower taxes, privatization, deregulation, and at high values, laissez-faire capitalism.

Nation (Diplomatic)
Those with higher Nation scores are patriotic and nationalist. They often believe in an aggressive foreign policy, valuing the military, strength, sovereignty, and at high values, territorial expansion.

Globe (Diplomatic)
Those with higher Globe scores are cosmopolitan and globalist. They often believe in a peaceful foreign policy, emphasizing diplomacy, cooperation, integration, and at high values, a world government.

Liberty (State)
Those with higher Liberty scores believe in strong civil liberties. They tend to support democracy and oppose state intervention in personal lives. Note that this refers to civil liberties, not economic liberties.

Authority (State)
Those with higher Authority scores believe in strong state power. They tend to support state intervention in personal lives, government surveillance, and at high values, censorship or autocracy.

Tradition (Society)
Those with higher Tradition scores believe in traditional values and strict adherence to a moral code. Though not always, they are usually religious, and support the status quo or the status quo ante.

Progress (Society)
Those with higher Progress scores believe in social change and rationality. Though not always, they are usually secular or atheist, and support environmental action and scientific or technological research.
What’s the “Closest Match” mean at the bottom of the results?

In addition to matching you to the eight values, the quiz also attempts to match you to a political ideology. This is a work in progress and is much less accurate than the values and axes, so don’t take it too seriously. If you disagree with your assigned ideology, send us an email at with your scores, matched ideology, and preferred ideology, and we’ll look into adjusting the system. Thanks!”

“Closest Match: Libertarian Socialism

Ideological matching is a work in progress, and is much less accurate than the values and axes.”

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Economic Update: U.S. Labor Crisis Deepens…

Date: September 13, 2020

01) Economic Update: U.S. Labor Crisis Deepens

“[S10 E35] U.S. Labor Crisis Deepens

On this week’s all new Economic Update, Prof. Wolff discusses the Federal Reserve’s pro-inflation policy’s causes and effects, professional athletes and “dual power,” more state-monopoly capitalism in the US, and Denmark vs US on Covid-19 battle. On the second half of the show, Prof. Wolff interviews journalist Bob Hennelly on the US labor crisis.”


Are We Seeing The Beginning Of A Global Food Crisis? Professor Richard Wolff…

Date: September 13, 2020

01) Are We Seeing The Beginning Of A Global Food Crisis? Professor Richard Wolff Joins

“Julianna welcomes back recurring guest, Marxian Economist Professor Richard D. Wolff to the show, to discuss how as China faces its first corn shortfall in years and food prices rise around the world, many are asking if food insecurity is the latest of the 2020 plagues? Professor Wolff talks about the food supply chains and whether or not we all need to be stocking our shelves.

Professor Wolff is an American Marxian economist, known for his work on economic methodology and class analysis. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, City University of New York, University of Utah, University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and The Brecht Forum in New York City.”


Nancy Pelosi: Mother Earth Is Angry…

Date: September 13, 2020

01) Nancy Pelosi: Mother Earth Is Angry

“Wildfires continue to rage in the Pacific Northwest.

“Mother Earth is angry,” the San Francisco Democrat said during an appearance Thursday on MSNBC. “She’s telling us — whether she’s telling us with hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, fires in the West, whatever it is … that the climate crisis is real and has an impact