California cows are leaving the state and that won’t help global warming

We have large corporations like Toyota and small businesses like restaurants leaving the State.  Now we find out California is not even good for the cows—they are leaving the State.  When you have the steel, auto and oil industry closed, the agriculture industry is being closed by President Newsom, what is left?  Even Hollywood is filming in other States.

“In the parlance of climate change, the phenomenon is known as “leakage.”

Last month, Northview Dairy in Ontario sold nearly 3,000 cows to a farmer with properties in Kansas and Colorado. During a recent lunch break — after tearing down the rows of cow sheds that have paralleled a stretch of Haven Avenue for three decades — Northview dairy manager German Cisneros said the sale was the result of a combination of increasing regulations, high prices for cows, and a great offer from an Irvine company to turn the land into housing.

It makes perfect sense from a business perspective. But those former California cows are now residents of states with different air quality laws. And in the global effort to combat climate change by cleaning up dairy farming, that matters.”

The cows will create methane gas in Ontario, California. as well as in Kansas.  This is about forcing businesses to leave California.  The only job Newsom is doing well is depopulating the former Golden State.

California cows are leaving the state and that won’t help global warming

California is nearly halfway to a 2030 goal for methane reduction. But that’s in part thanks to cows, and their methane, ‘leaking’ into other states.

By BROOKE STAGGS,| Orange County Register,   8/15/22   https://www.ocregister.com/2022/08/15/as-methane-rules-loom-some-southern-california-dairies-fl

In the parlance of climate change, the phenomenon is known as “leakage.”

Last month, Northview Dairy in Ontario sold nearly 3,000 cows to a farmer with properties in Kansas and Colorado. During a recent lunch break — after tearing down the rows of cow sheds that have paralleled a stretch of Haven Avenue for three decades — Northview dairy manager German Cisneros said the sale was the result of a combination of increasing regulations, high prices for cows, and a great offer from an Irvine company to turn the land into housing.

It makes perfect sense from a business perspective. But those former California cows are now residents of states with different air quality laws. And in the global effort to combat climate change by cleaning up dairy farming, that matters.

When Northview Dairy set up shop in the 1990s, there were an estimated 500 dairy farms housing some 400,000 cows in Chino and south Ontario, making the region one of the most concentrated places for milk production on the planet. Today, Cisneros said there are just 22 dairies left, surrounded by massive warehouse buildings and tract home communities with names like “Amberhill Farms.”

Many of the once-local cows have gone north to places like Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley, where land is cheaper and urban creep less intense. But, as with Northview’s herd, thousands of others have been shipped across state lines to dairies that don’t have to worry as much about rising costs, worsening water shortages and rigorous regulations around everything from animal welfare to air quality.

California has set the most ambitious goals in the nation for reducing methane emissions. These greenhouse gasses don’t stick around in the atmosphere nearly as long as carbon dioxide but are much more potent, which means they contribute significantly to global warming. And since dairies are responsible for more than half of the state’s methane emissions, legislators in 2016 set a goal to reduce emissions from farms by at least 40%, or some 9 million metric tons, by 2030.

Since passage of that law, the state’s 1,200 dairies have made huge strides in reducing methane emissions. A report this spring by the California Air Resources Board estimated state farms are nearly halfway to the goal.

But while half of those reductions have come from dairies changing the ways they process cow manure, the other half has come because California simply is losing cows. And when cows are moved, global methane emissions don’t actually drop. They just shift, or “leak,” into another state, where lighter regulations mean the greenhouse problems likely will get worse.

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A decades-old dairy farm in Ontario is in the process of being raised as seen on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. The once expansive dairy preserve in the southern portions of Ontario and neighboring Chino have been swallowed up over the last 10 years by housing tracks and warehouses. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Cow exodus

Many industry advocates fear that such leakage could get worse in the next couple of years.

So far, California has relied on incentives and outreach programs to get dairy farmers to help reduce methane emissions. But under the 2016 law, Senate Bill 1383, the state could shift to a more punitive approach, with possible fines attached, as soon as Jan. 1, 2024.

If that happens Michael Boccadoro, executive director of Dairy Cares, a nonprofit that promotes sustainability for the industry, said he fears more of the state’s remaining 1.7 million cows will head east — even as global demand for milk products rises.

“California doesn’t want to be accused of adopting policies that result in the export and increase of methane emissions,” Boccadoro said.

Farmers and industry advocates hope state and federal money will mean more support for the dairies that stay. And while some questions remain, many dairy operators are hopeful that new programs and technologies will help them meet emissions goals while also bringing needed upgrades and new revenue streams to their operations.

“The fact that there’s a lot of government assistance for it, and it’s developing rapidly, I think it creates some momentum with folks who want to get things done and who see long-term potential,” said Lakeview farmer Michael Oosten, 36, whose family’s Marvo Holsteins Dairy has been in Southern California since the end of World War II.

Solutions are working

When it comes to methane emissions from dairies, the problem originates from both ends of the cow.

A combination of what most dairy cows eat and how their digestive systems work leads to concentrated methane being released with each enteric emission — that’s polite farm talk for a burp. And when cow manure decomposes without oxygen, just as with all organic material, it releases methane along the way.

Aside from having fewer cows, the most proven way to reduce methane at dairy farms is to add an anaerobic digester system to deal with manure. Roofs are placed over manure lagoons to capture methane and other gasses as they’re released. Those gasses are then converted into renewable biogas, which can be used to power natural gas-equipped vehicles, injected into existing natural gas pipelines or used to produce electricity.

Already, more than 120 digesters are up and running at California dairy farms, and Boccadoro said at least another 120 are in some stage of development. Those systems are reducing methane emission from manure lagoons by 80%.

Digesters aren’t cheap, though. It costs about $6 million to add one at a 2,000-cow farm. Existing state incentives can cover up to 50% of those costs, but that comes through competitive grants, and the state says farmers typically request twice as much money from the state as what is available.

A few California farmers have covered the remaining costs themselves, Boccadoro said. In most cases, the companies that make the digesters cover most of the balance, then work out agreements with farmers to get a cut of the revenue that comes from selling the biogas. So industry insiders hope new public funds will add to the incentive pool for digesters.

Not one dairy farm in Southern California so far has a digester, though, according to Boccadoro. That’s because most local farms don’t flush manure into lagoons. Instead, farms like Oosten’s use some form of dry manure collection, which produces methane in a less concentrated fashion and makes digesters less economically feasible.

Those farms can reduce methane emissions by about 20% through “alternative manure management practices.” That can mean letting cows spend more time on pasture or building systems to let worms help digest the manure. Those types of systems typically cost less than $1 million. The state has grants to cover up to 100% of those costs, with 115 such projects funded so far.

Those projects, combined with California’s cow population declining by at least 0.5 % each year, have got the state almost halfway to its methane reduction goal. Another 210 digesters and 210 alternative manure management projects could get the state the rest of the way there, according to the air board. But industry insiders also are excited about potential options for tackling the other end of the methane problem.

Cow burps account for an estimated 30% of California’s methane emissions. The industry is waiting on government approval for a variety of products that, when added to cow feed, have shown promise at substantially reducing the amount of methane in each belch.

Replacing less than 1% of a cow’s daily diet with a red seaweed supplement, for example, has been shown to reduce methane by as much as 90%. Sprinkling a quarter teaspoon a day of a white powder called Bovaer — which is approved for use in Europe, Brazil, Chile and Australia — might cut methane by 30%. Researchers also are experimenting with a wide variety of other additives, from garlic to grape pomace.

Oosten said he’s particularly encouraged by early research showing some of these additives can also help improve cow nutrition and therefore milk production, which would mean more revenue to offset the cost of the products.

Farmers like Oosten see these methane-reducing steps as part of larger sustainability plans.

Like most of the industry in California, for example, he already gets up to 50% of his cow feed through byproducts from other industries, such as stale bread from bakeries and pulp from local citrus farms. This reduces resources needed to grow feed crops and it keeps those byproducts out of landfills, where they’d generate their own methane as they decomposed.

Oosten also added solar panels to his property, and he just ordered his first electric tractor.

Such practices, if widely used, could help the state’s dairy industry reach climate neutrality by 2027 predicts Denise Mullinax, executive director of the California Dairy Research Foundation, who said her organization reached that conclusion as part of a study it completed with a researcher at UC Davis.

Challenges remain

Of course, all of these promising programs have their challenges.

When it comes to food additives, cows are notoriously picky eaters. The seaweed option so far has proven pricey and tough to scale up, while the FDA hasn’t yet approved Bovaer. And even with fully natural ingredients, farmers have to worry about those flavors showing up in their products. Garlic-flavored milk, anyone?

“There is a lot of hope and potential behind it,” Oosten said. “But that’s about all we have right now.”

There are even challenges in accurately measuring emissions from each farm. Currently, methane samples from a farming area can be captured by plane. But such flights are expensive, and UC Riverside graduate student Zihan Zhu said the resolution in those tests is such that methane emissions from specific farms can’t be tracked.

That’s why Zhu is working with post-doctoral fellow Javier Gonzalez-Rocha on a drone-based system that promises to offer a cost-effective way to accurately measure methane and other emissions, even pinpointing emissions from one section of a farm to another. And measurements can be recorded downwind of the property, Gonzalez-Rocha said, so the process won’t disturb the cows.

Still, Gonzalez-Rocha  said some farmers aren’t thrilled about the idea of having drones flying nearby, or about many of the technologies coming their way.

“There’s definitely some old timers that are skeptical, that just don’t like government telling them what they need to do and not do,” Oosten said.

Some Inland Empire farms said they hadn’t yet even heard of the new law about methane reduction. At P&D Dairy in Ontario, Debbie Garcia said she’s sure it will just mean one more monthly report for her fill out.

Both Oosten and Boccadoro said they suspect farms in that area haven’t been focused on these programs simply because most aren’t expected to be around past the 2030 target date.

If the last dairies do get pushed out of the area, Oosten said he hopes the farmers — or at least their cows — can find homes elsewhere in California.

“If our goal really is climate neutrality, and it really is to help the environment and to help society, then we need to do it here in our backyard, not just kick it to our neighbors.”

Lacy: Lawsuit filed today to throw Oakland’s noncitizen voting measure off November ballot.

Last week it was announced that a lawsuit by Orange County attorney James Lacy was successful in stopping non citizens from voting in San Fran.  Now the city government of Oakland has decided they want non citizens to vote in local elections.  So on the November ballot is a measure to allow illegal aliens and criminals from foreign countries vote.  Remember, the school district has 72% of the black students can not read at grade level.

“A lawsuit was filed this afternoon in Superior Court in Alameda County against the City of Oakland and the County Registrar of Voters seeking a Court Order to remove from the November ballot a measure that if approved, would allow for the counting of noncitizen votes in Oakland school board elections.   The lawsuit alleges that Oakland City Council Resolution 89281, which places a charter amendment on the ballot that if approved would allow for noncitizens to vote in school board elections, is illegal and contrary to the California Constitution’s requirement that only citizens may vote in California elections.  

Glad we have attorneys like Jim Lacy willing to use the courts to stop the abuse of the electoral process.

Lawsuit filed today to throw Oakland’s noncitizen voting measure off November ballot.

Cites recent judicial decisions in San Francisco and New York City finding noncitizen voting unconstitutional.


 James Lacy, Press Release,  8/16/22        A lawsuit was filed this afternoon in Superior Court in Alameda County against the City of Oakland and the County Registrar of Voters seeking a Court Order to remove from the November ballot a measure that if approved, would allow for the counting of noncitizen votes in Oakland school board elections.   The lawsuit alleges that Oakland City Council Resolution 89281, which places a charter amendment on the ballot that if approved would allow for noncitizens to vote in school board elections, is illegal and contrary to the California Constitution’s requirement that only citizens may vote in California elections.  A copy of the lawsuit is available for download at https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b92b07db98a7889c286824f/t/62fc11d9e6cb751deed6b487/1660686810451/Complaint.pdf.

     James V. Lacy, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, said the lawsuit is necessary because “Oakland’s ballot measure violates the fundamental rule that in an election, only citizens vote, and if noncitizens are allowed to vote, the voting rights of all citizens are unconstitutionally deprived, diluted and devalued.”   Other plaintiffs in the case include two nonprofit organizations of which Lacy is an officer: the California Public Policy Foundation and the United States Justice Foundation; and Oakland voter Jim Eyer. .      On July 29, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard B. Ulmer, Jr., issued an Order which found that a similar Ordinance of the City of San Francisco allowing noncitizens to vote in school board elections “is contrary to the California Constitution and state statutes and cannot stand.”  A permanent injunction to stop San Francisco from processing noncitizen voting is now in place.  An effort to stay that Order pending appeal was denied by Judge Ulmer on August 12.  In denying the City’s Motion to stay, Judge Ulmer wrote that San Francisco’s noncitizen voting law “violates unequivocal provisions of the California Constitution and state statute; this is not a difficult or close question.”

     The successful challenge to the San Francisco noncitizen voting law was also brought by Plaintiff James V. Lacy and affiliated organizations, and San Francisco voter Michael Denny.

     The City of Santa Ana, one of the largest cities in Orange County, had been on track to adopt a ballot measure to enable it this November, but the Judge’s decision in Lacy vs. San Francisco was a decisive factor in the City Council “shelving” its plans.  “It would be a legal nightmare for the city,” Councilmember David Peñaloza told LAist. “It would definitely be challenged.”  

     Lacy said “we sense the momentum now in California is against allowing for noncitizen voting.” 
 
About James V. Lacy

-Author of Politico Bestseller “Taxifornia”, www.amazon.com/author/james.lacy
-Co-Host, KABC 790AM’s “Live in Taxifornia”, KABC.com
-Managing Partner, Wewer & Lacy Law Firm, www.wewerlacy.com
-Owner, Landslide Communications, www.landslidecommunications.com
-Publisher, California Political Review, www.capoliticalreview.com
-President, United States Justice Foundation, www.usjf.net

A disastrous megaflood is coming to California, experts say, and it could be the most expensive natural disaster in history

The hoaxsters and scam artists are at it again.  Now, we are in for a “megaflood”.  Of course they have us on edge with fires, regular floods, earthquakes—and of course the biggest scam, “Climate Change.

As for the megafloods, you have to go deep into the article to find that climate change has nothing to do with this—in fact in 1860-61 we had magafloods in the Sacramento area—before we had cars, planes and air conditioners!  These are natural.

We already have the scam homeless industry, now they want to create a subdivision of the scam climate change industry—this one will cost us billions, for studies, academics, research and phony devices to save us—never mentioning that this floods are natural.

A new study by Science Advances shows climate change has already doubled the chances of a disastrous flood happening in California in the next four decades. And experts say it would be unlike anything anyone alive today has ever experienced.

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with UCLA and a researcher involved in the study, describes a megaflood as, “a very severe flood event across a broad region that has the potential to bring catastrophic impacts to society in the areas affected.” He said a megaflood is similar to the 1,000-year flash flood events seen this summer in the St. Louis area and Kentucky, but across a much wider area, such as the entire state of California.

Just another grafter wanting to kill the economy.  Instead of taking him seriously, we need to ask him, what is the punchline to this joke.  Remmeber two years ago AOC claimed that in ten years the earth was going to melt away, in 1980 we were told we would have famine by 2000 and wars over food.  Hucksters instead of operating in a tent, now use government to operate.  Sick.

A disastrous megaflood is coming to California, experts say, and it could be the most expensive natural disaster in history

 

By Payton Major, Judson Jones and Brandon Miller, CNN, 8/14/22 

Many Californians fear the “Big One,” but it might not be what you think.

It’s not an earthquake. And it isn’t the mega drought. It’s actually the exact opposite.

A megaflood.

A new study by Science Advances shows climate change has already doubled the chances of a disastrous flood happening in California in the next four decades. And experts say it would be unlike anything anyone alive today has ever experienced.

Daniel Swain, a climate scientist with UCLA and a researcher involved in the study, describes a megaflood as, “a very severe flood event across a broad region that has the potential to bring catastrophic impacts to society in the areas affected.” He said a megaflood is similar to the 1,000-year flash flood events seen this summer in the St. Louis area and Kentucky, but across a much wider area, such as the entire state of California.

These massive floods, which experts say would turn California’s lowlands into a “vast inland sea,” might have previously happened once in a lifetime in the state. But experts say climate change is increasing the likelihood of these catastrophic disasters, causing them to occur more like every 25 to 50 years.

Climate change supercharges heavy rain events, making flash floods occur more regularly, as has been noted several times this summer in Eastern KentuckySt. Louis, and even in California’s Death Valley National Park.

California is prone to these floods from atmospheric rivers naturally, and major floods from them have happened before – but climate change is upping the ante, and millions of people could be impacted.

The study said atmospheric rivers could become consecutive for weeks on end, like seen in this animation. Xingying Huang, one of the authors of the study, made this loop, which illustrates the water vapor transportation and potential precipitation accumulation at selected time slices during the 30-day scenario.

The area with the most destruction would be the Central Valley of California, including Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield, the study’s authors project. The Central Valley, roughly the size of Vermont and Massachusetts combined, produces a quarter of the nation’s food supply, according to the US Geological Survey.

A flood with the size to fill this valley has the potential to be the most expensive geophysical disaster to date, costing upwards of $1 trillion in losses and devastating the state’s lowland areas, including Los Angeles and Orange counties, according to the study.

That would be more 5 times the cost of Hurricane Katrina, the current costliest disaster in US history.

“Such a flood event in modern California would likely exceed the damages from a large magnitude earthquake by a considerable margin,” the study showed.

This study is the first phase of a three-part series studying the effects of a future megaflood event in California. The next two phases are expected to be released in two to three years.

“Ultimately, one of our goals is not just to understand these events scientifically, but it’s also to help California prepare for them,” Swain said. “It’s a question of when rather than if (the megaflood) occurs.”

It’s happened before. It will happen again, but worse, warns scientists

Over 150 years ago, a strong series of atmospheric rivers drenched the Golden State, causing one of the most exceptional floods in history following a dry spell that had left the West parched for decades.

Communities were demolished in minutes.

It was the winter of 1861-1862 and a historic megaflood transformed the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys into a “temporary but vast inland sea,” according to the study. Some areas had up to 30 feet of water for weeks, obliterating infrastructure, farmland, and towns.

Sacramento, the new state capital at the time, was under ten feet of debris-filled water for months.

The catastrophe began in December 1861, when nearly 15 feet of snow fell in the Sierra Nevada. Repetitive atmospheric rivers dropped warm rain for 43 days thereafter, dumping water down the mountainous slopes and into the valleys.

Four thousand people lost their lives, one-third of the state’s property was destroyed, a quarter of California’s cattle population drowned or starved, and one in eight homes were a complete loss by floodwaters.

In addition, one-fourth of California’s economy was obliterated, resulting in a state-wide bankruptcy.

Swain warns a megaflood like this will happen again, but worse and more frequent.

 “We find that climate change has already increased the risk of a (1862) megaflood scenario in California, but that future climate warming will likely bring about even sharper risk increases,” the study warns.

Many of today’s major cities with millions of residents are built directly on top of the ancient flood deposits, Swain added, putting far more people in harm’s way.

About 500,000 people lived in California in 1862. Now, the state’s population is over 39 million.

“When this (flood) occurs again, the consequences would be wildly different than they were back in the 1860s,” Swain said.

Climate change increases the amount of rain the atmosphere can hold and causes more water in the air to fall as rain, which can lead to immediate flooding. Both are and will continue to occur in California.

The new study shows a rapid increase in the likelihood of week-long, recurring strong-to-extreme atmospheric rivers during the cool season. An atmospheric river is a long, narrow region of heavy moisture in the atmosphere that can transport moisture thousands of miles, like a fire hose in the sky. They usually bring beneficial rainfall to drought-prone regions like California but could quickly become hazardous with a warming climate.

Historically these winter atmospheric rivers dump feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada, but as climate warms, more of the snow will fall as rain. Instead of melting slowly over time, it all runs off, piles up, and floods immediately.

With a neighbor like the Pacific Ocean, California has “an infinite reservoir of water vapor offshore,” Swain added.

California’s mountainous terrain and wildfire risk make it especially vulnerable to flooding. Lingering burn scars from wildfires can create a steep, slick surface for water and debris to flow off. With wildfires becoming larger and burning more area thanks to climate change, more areas are susceptible to these debris flows.

Although models show this megaflood is inevitable, experts say there are ways to mitigate excessive loss.

Why climate change hits some communities harder than others

“I think the extent of (megaflood) losses can be significantly reduced by doing certain sorts of things to revamp our flood management and our water management systems and our disaster preparedness,” Swain said.

Huang, a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a researcher involved in the study, said everyone can make a small effort in combating climate change.

“If we work together to decrease future emissions, we can also reduce the risk of extreme events,” Huang said.

Biden’s CIA Director Employed Undisclosed Chinese Communist Party Members While Heading Elite DC Think Tank

If your company hired known Chinese Communist Party members, you would be shut down.  The FBI would raid you and you might find yourself by evening in Gitmo.  But, if you are a Democrat leading a phony “think tank”, hiring dozens of Chines Communist Party members, you get to be the CIA Director—anybody with an IQ over room temperature knows this Director does not work for us.  But, then he was appointed to the position by the Chinese Communist Party owned Joe Biden—head of the Biden Crime Family.

“During Burns’ tenure as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from February 2015 to November 2021, the think tank employed at least 20 policy experts whom the DCNF has identified as CCP members. These CCP members worked at both Carnegie’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and Carnegie-Tsinghua — the Beijing center Burns’ predecessor, Jessica Mathews, launched in 2010 in cooperation with Tsinghua University.

Yet, expert profiles on Carnegie’s website don’t disclose these individuals’ ties to the CCP. The DCNF only discovered their communist ties after analyzing hundreds of Chinese-language, Communist Party branch records and personnel profiles from more than a dozen CCP-linked organizations. 

The Carnegie Foundation looks like a front for the Communists of China—disagree?  Now you understand why Biden has been so helpful to the Chinese, while harming Americans.

Biden’s CIA Director Employed Undisclosed Chinese Communist Party Members While Heading Elite DC Think Tank

PHILIP LENCZYCKI, Daily Caller,  8/14/22 

  • CIA Director William Burns formerly headed a prominent D.C. think tank while it employed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.
  • Carnegie employed at least 20 CCP members while Burns was president, four of whom were brought on during his tenure, the DCNF found.
  • “If any Communist Party members have easy access to any sensitive information whatsoever, they’re certain to get a visit from Chinese intelligence,” a former vice-presidential national security adviser said.

Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns formerly headed an influential D.C. think tank while it employed undisclosed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members as well as individuals with Chinese government ties, the Daily Caller News Foundation has found.

During Burns’ tenure as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from February 2015 to November 2021, the think tank employed at least 20 policy experts whom the DCNF has identified as CCP members. These CCP members worked at both Carnegie’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and Carnegie-Tsinghua — the Beijing center Burns’ predecessor, Jessica Mathews, launched in 2010 in cooperation with Tsinghua University.

Yet, expert profiles on Carnegie’s website don’t disclose these individuals’ ties to the CCP. The DCNF only discovered their communist ties after analyzing hundreds of Chinese-language, Communist Party branch records and personnel profiles from more than a dozen CCP-linked organizations. 

Burns’ tenure at Carnegie coincided with increased alarm from the FBI concerning the CCP conducting “malign influence operations” against key American institutions. In July 2020, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that the CCP seeks to “influence our policymakers” and “manipulate our public opinion” by exploiting the “openness” of our society.

Considering such warnings, employing CCP members and those with Chinese government ties raises red flags, national security experts said.

“It’s pretty much a fatal cul-de-sac that [Burns] finds himself in,” Steve Yates, former deputy national security adviser to the vice president, told the DCNF.

“Either he appears to have allowed government-linked experts from a hostile power to affiliate with an organization boasting many former and future U.S. appointees or he didn’t know or bother to check — a remarkable lapse in operational security for a highly-cleared former U.S. official and pretty disqualifying for a director of Central Intelligence,” said Yates. “If you can’t track who was in your think tank, running a much larger intelligence agency is the wrong line of work.”

CCP members swear an oath to the Communist Party pledging to “fight for communism” and “sacrifice everything for the party and the people,” according to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China. Moreover, in keeping with China’s “Thousand Grains of Sand” intelligence-gathering strategy, Chinese intelligence often recruits members of the overseas Chinese community to collect information for the state, according to the CIA.

“If any Communist Party members have easy access to any sensitive information whatsoever, they’re certain to get a visit from Chinese intelligence,” said Yates. “They will have no choice but to gather and disclose on a regular basis going forward.”

CCP members will go to great lengths to “avoid suspicion” while they conduct influence operations against foreign institutions, added Brandon Weichert, a national security expert and consultant for the U.S. Air Force.

“They’ll do their job and you will not know that they are actually Chinese agents of influence until the moment that Beijing decides they need something,” Weichert said. “They could exist for years in a sleeper mentality.” 

Burns initially came under fire for Carnegie’s ties to the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) during his February 2021 CIA confirmation hearing. He testified under oath that he’d terminated Carnegie’s relationship with the Chinese government-backed group after being pressed on those ties by Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

“This is a relationship that I inherited when I became president of Carnegie and that I ended not long after I became president,” Burns told Rubio during the hearing.

The DCNF previously revealed that Carnegie’s relationship with CUSEF endured for at least two years after Burns became the group’s president in 2015. The DCNF’s past reporting was based on an English-language notice for a March 2017 event Carnegie held with CUSEF. While the notice has since been scrubbed from Carnegie’s website, Chinese-language reports for the event still exist.

The majority of Carnegie-employed CCP members were brought onboard before Burns’ tenure began. Among them was the president of the Carnegie China Management Board, Yan Xuetong — an acclaimed “outstanding CCP member” and the “inspiration” for launching Carnegie-Tsinghua from the Chinese side.

However, Carnegie also brought on at least four CCP members during Burns’ presidency, including Yang Xiaoping, an expert on South Asia.

When reached for comment, a CIA spokesman initially referred the DCNF to Burns’ confirmation hearing testimony. However, when the DCNF explained how Burns’ testimony did not address Carnegie’s hiring of undisclosed CCP members and individuals tied to the Chinese government, the CIA requested more time. Three and a half hours later, the CIA declined to comment and referred the DCNF to Carnegie. Burns himself could not be reached for comment at the CIA.

The Chinese Embassy did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

A spokesman for Carnegie also referred the DCNF to Burns’ confirmation hearing testimony, but did not address whether or not the think tank knew it was housing CCP members.

Yan Xuetong is one of the original experts at Carnegie-Tsinghua and is also a member of the CCP, although his Carnegie profile neglects to mention this association.[YouTube/Screenshot/Carnegie-TsinghuaCenter]

However, ignorance is no excuse, according to Texas Republican Rep. Lance Gooden.

“Nonprofits and think tanks like the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace have budgets in the tens of millions of dollars. These organizations have the monetary resources and the manpower to properly vet their donors and their employees, yet they choose not to because both go hand in hand,” Gooden told the DCNF.

“It would not surprise me if the nonprofit sector has knowingly turned a blind eye to CCP members in exchange for donations or political favors,” Gooden said. “If the reports of CIA Director Burns’ CCP contacts are true, there should be a full investigation into whether his ties to China disqualify him from government service.”

Because think tanks like Carnegie enjoy unique access to U.S. government officials, they should vet their staff for CCP ties, Weichert told the DCNF.

“The fact that most think tanks are government influence operations, I’d say it is a very serious priority for them to properly vet their staff for CCP ties, as well as their donors,” Weichert said.

Even if Burns claims he was unaware that Carnegie employed CCP members and other Chinese government allies during his tenure, such an admission would render him unfit to head the CIA, Weichert added.

“If they can’t be trusted in that position to employ the right people who aren’t under the sway of foreign governments, how the hell can we expect them not to do the same thing when they’re in an even more important position of authority?” said Weichert.

High-ranking members of Chinese government influence operations and government officials also joined Carnegie’s board of trustees under Burns, according to multiple sources.

Carnegie added Wang Chaoyong, vice chairman of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), to its board of trustees in June 2015, just months after Burns became president.

CCG is a pro-Chinese government group headed by a former member of China’s State Council who holds leadership positions in multiple influence operations, according to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission — a body chartered by Congress to report on national security implications arising from economic entanglement with China.

Although Wang left Carnegie after 2019, Zhang Yichen, senior vice chairman of CCG and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), remains on its board of trustees, as the DCNF previously reported.

Carnegie also hired experts with Chinese government ties during Burns’ presidency. For instance, Carnegie added Jia Qingguo, a member of the CPPCC and Foreign Affairs Committee, in 2017, and Lyu Jinghua, a retired colonel from the People’s Liberation Army, in 2018.

Rubio, who pressed Burns about past China ties during his CIA confirmation hearing last year, said “the Biden Administration doesn’t have a plan to protect America’s economic and national security from Beijing.”

“Either they don’t understand the Chinese Communist threat or they simply don’t care because they’re desperate for solar panels and electric batteries from China,” Rubio told the DCNF.

Author’s Note: Click here to see a list of CCP members and individuals with Chinese government ties Carnegie has employed.

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PFIZER CEO Gets COVID—After His Firm Made BILLIONS by Proclaiming Their Vaccine Would PREVENT COVID

Yesterday it was announced that Jill Biden got COVID—she was vaxxed numerous times, got lots of boosters—and still got   Her husband, using his office, demanded every child get the vaccine—without any idwea as to the risks involved—he, too, was vaxxed to the max—and got COVID.

Now we find the circus master—the man who had his company make BILLIONS from his promise this would end COVID—got it as well.

“Recall, just one year ago Albert Bourla claimed his Pfizer vaccine was 100% effective in preventing Covid in cases in South Africa.

“Excited to share that updated analysis from our Phase 3 study with BioNTech also showed that our COVID-19 vaccine was 100% effective in preventing #COVID19 cases in South Africa. 100%!” the Pfizer CEO said in April 2021.

This is the same guy who said people who dare ‘spread misinformation’ about Covid vaccines are “criminals.”

Bourla said people who circulate misinformation about Covid jabs and dare speak ill of his product are “criminals.”

The real criminal is Bourla and Biden—claiming this placebo worked.  They lied about the effectiveness.  At first, it was just one shot.  Then they said, to be safe, take a second shot.  Then they said, you are not safe, take a booster.  Now you need the placebo booster every 2-3 months, because this is the type of drug sold by scam artists in the 19th century out of the back of wagons—now they have government shilling the product.  Should Bourla be indicted for fraud?

Quadruple Vaxxed Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Catches Covid One Year After Claiming His Vaccine Was 100% Effective in Preventing Covid

By Cristina Laila, gateway Pundit,  8/15/22   

Quadruple vaxxed Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla announced he tested positive for Covid on Monday.

And of course he thanked his own vaccine.

Bourla also said he started a course of Paxlovid.

“I would like to let you know that I have tested positive for #COVID19. I am thankful to have received four doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and I am feeling well while experiencing very mild symptoms. I am isolating and have started a course of Paxlovid.” Bourla said.

Albert Bourla said he’s confident he will have a speedy recovery.

Recall, just one year ago Albert Bourla claimed his Pfizer vaccine was 100% effective in preventing Covid in cases in South Africa.

“Excited to share that updated analysis from our Phase 3 study with BioNTech also showed that our COVID-19 vaccine was 100% effective in preventing #COVID19 cases in South Africa. 100%!” the Pfizer CEO said in April 2021.

This is the same guy who said people who dare ‘spread misinformation’ about Covid vaccines are “criminals.”

Bourla said people who circulate misinformation about Covid jabs and dare speak ill of his product are “criminals.”

“Those people are criminals,” Bourla told Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe on Tuesday. “They’re not bad people. They’re criminals because they have literally cost millions of lives.”

Thousands of Californians Waited Weeks for Disability Payments While EDD Grappled With Fraud

President Newsom is a pretty boy.  He looks good, great gel in his hair.  Gavin likes to eat at the best places and Rules are not made for him.  He knows that when he breaks the law, DA’s and AG’s will look the other way.  But, when it comes to doing the job as Governor, he has little interest, unless he is able to run for President, that is all that matters.

“One morning in March, an undocumented farmworker on the Central Coast got ready to make a phone call she’d made dozens of times before, to a state agency where a human rarely answered.

It had been three months since she’d applied for the partial wage replacement most California workers are eligible for — regardless of immigration status — when they are disabled due to pregnancy or other health reasons.

But Reina, who at the time was six months pregnant, had not yet received a reply from the Employment Development Department on her claim, let alone the money she had counted on to pay rent. The 33-year-old said she was so anxious that she sometimes got headaches and couldn’t stomach food.

You read that right.  A law breaker is upset she could not get her unemployment check in a timely fashion.  Of course she knows it is ILLEGAL for her to work in the United States in the first place.  She has no reason to be upset.  But the media is upset—and the Governor wants to do better for thoe law violators—while allowing honest people to wait for their checks.  This is a reason for the poor and middle class to leave California—government is about supporting law breakers, not helping honest citizens.

Thousands of Californians Waited Weeks for Disability Payments While EDD Grappled With Fraud

Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED,  8/15/22 

One morning in March, an undocumented farmworker on the Central Coast got ready to make a phone call she’d made dozens of times before, to a state agency where a human rarely answered.

It had been three months since she’d applied for the partial wage replacement most California workers are eligible for — regardless of immigration status — when they are disabled due to pregnancy or other health reasons.

But Reina, who at the time was six months pregnant, had not yet received a reply from the Employment Development Department on her claim, let alone the money she had counted on to pay rent. The 33-year-old said she was so anxious that she sometimes got headaches and couldn’t stomach food. (KQED is not using Reina’s full name because of her immigration status.)

“It was so difficult for me and my family,” she said in Spanish, adding that the agency had paid her past State Disability Insurance benefits with little delay when she had her three older sons, now ages 2 to 10. “I never imagined it would take so long this time around.”

That same month, about 300 miles away in Santa Clarita, a frustrated Amanda Butler got in the car with her 2-week-old infant, 4-year-old son and husband. He drove the family nearly an hour to a crowded EDD office in downtown Los Angeles. Like Reina, Butler had tried calling the agency but couldn’t reach a person to explain why she hadn’t received her biweekly SDI payments yet.

 “It’s the last thing you want to deal with when you have a newborn, you are recovering from a C-section and you are having to nurse, like, every hour,” said Butler, 37, who manages fundraising campaigns for the nonprofit BreastfeedLA. “It was stressful.”

Potentially tens of thousands of disabled Californians have been forced to wait several weeks or even months for their benefits after the EDD redirected significant resources to respond to a fraud scheme that hit the agency late last year.

The EDD, which has struggled with outdated computer systems and costly fraud attacks, is still falling short of its own standards for processing benefits for eligible claimants in a timely fashion, while weeding out scammers.

Nearly 18 million California employees are covered by the SDI program through a payroll tax. The program often offers to pay 60% of a person’s wages for up to 52 weeks. A bill to significantly increase the payment rate is advancing in the Legislature.

Since January 2017, the EDD’s own statistics show it has received an average of 60,000 initial claims per month. But that figure more than doubled in December 2021. By January, the agency announced it suspended 345,000 claims it had flagged as suspicious.

The EDD aims to pay 86% of SDI claims within 14 days, as it expects some complex cases to take longer to investigate and resolve. Yet by April, according to new figures obtained by KQED, almost half of disability applications took 15 days or longer to process.

“It’s absolutely unacceptable, and it’s something we need to look at,” said Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland. “We have a social safety net for a reason. It’s to help people who are in need. That is a fundamental social contract the government has with its constituency. So it’s infuriating that this is happening.”

Wicks, who sits on a subcommittee that oversees the EDD’s budget, said she plans to raise the issue with the agency in the next legislative year.

The EDD declined several interview requests by KQED. In an email, an EDD spokesperson said delays have subsided, with close to 30% of claims — about 11,000 — affected by longer processing times as of mid-July.

But in press releases and emails, the agency said suspected organized criminals filed false claims using the stolen identities of medical providers who must certify a disability before the EDD issues payments.

The agency redirected resources to review hundreds of thousands of claims associated with about 27,000 fake medical accounts, and was able to block billions of dollars in fraud attempts, according to a spokesperson.

“The work involved in resolving that fraud attack issue certainly impacted our ability to remain timely with all of our claims at that time,” the spokesperson wrote.

‘A terrible experience’

It’s unclear whether the agency initially flagged Reina and Butler’s cases as potentially fraudulent, or whether the agency didn’t have enough staff to follow up promptly on their claims.

Butler believes her in-person visit to the EDD’s office in Los Angeles made all the difference. An agency representative told her they had mistakenly believed she’d returned to work when she hadn’t. Once the problem was fixed, Butler’s payments started a few days later. The delay she experienced was about a week, she said.

“I don’t think that they’re set up to really support a new parent, because of all the hoops that they have to go through in order to get paid,” said Butler, who has now returned to part-time work. “I can’t imagine having to wait longer.”

Claimants without valid Social Security numbers like Reina, who is not fluent in English, must file their requests on paper, according to the EDD.

Reina, who had to wait for seven months for her disability payments, struggled to feed her family, often having to stand in line at food banks. By April, she and her husband, also a farmworker whose seasonal work declined, couldn’t pay rent for their small house in Watsonville. The family was saved from falling into homelessness by a last-minute loan from Reina’s sister, she said.

“It was a terrible experience,” said Reina, who remembers longing to buy comfortable maternity clothes, but knowing that she didn’t have the money. “It felt very ugly.”

Prioritizing fraud claims over benefits

Earlier in the pandemic, the EDD delayed payments for roughly 5 million unemployed Californians and improperly denied likely 1 million more while it dealt with a sudden increase in claims and fraud, according to a report released last week by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

‘I don’t think that they’re set up to really support a new parent, because of all the hoops that they have to go through in order to get paid.’Amanda Butler, Santa Clarita parent

As of last fall, the agency had paid an estimated $20 billion in fake pandemic unemployment relief claims, nearly all of it tied to a now expired federal emergency program that the EDD administered. This summer, state officials announced the agency had recovered $1.1 billion.

But the EDD prioritized eliminating fraud over making sure eligible workers could easily get their unemployment insurance benefits, which caused hardships for Californians in need and held back the state’s economy, the LAO said.

“Our dozen or so recommendations are, in effect, a series of safeguards to ensure that getting workers benefits quickly is a top priority for the state because over the last several decades those safeguards haven’t been in place,” said Chas Alamo, the LAO analyst who authored the report. “And now we are in a position where we got a program that causes a great deal of frustration for workers during downturns.”

This year, legitimate disability claimants received no notice or communication from the EDD for months, according to Lizett Rodriguez Peña, an attorney at the Watsonville Law Center who helped Reina and a dozen more farmworkers navigate delays of on average six months on their claims.

When her clients tried calling the EDD to find out what they needed to do to get their benefits processed, they faced a wall of voicemail, she said. In January, calls to the agency’s disability insurance program surged to more than 5 million, as reported by CalMatters.

Even during her own maternity leave earlier in the year, Rodriguez Peña saw her SDI payments unexpectedly halted.

“I called multiple times and my call would just get disconnected,” she said. “This is why I find it so ironic, because I help individuals go through that, but I was struggling trying to get someone live to talk.”

With new state budget, hope for improvement

An EDD spokesperson said the agency agrees it must better balance the need to prevent fraud with the work of delivering timely payments to eligible workers.

The recently enacted state budget includes $136 million for the agency to boost its customer experience by improving call centers, simplifying forms, developing data tools to curb fraudulent claims and speeding up the pace of application processing, according to the agency spokesperson. The changes, which promise to also add multiple language options for users, are expected to be completed by June 2023.

While almost eight months pregnant, Reina said she spent half a day at an EDD office in San José with documents to help verify her identity.

The agency denied her claim in a letter dated April 22, claiming the strawberry picker had not earned wages to qualify her for SDI benefits, according to Rodriguez Peña. She said she followed up with the EDD, alerting them Reina had submitted proof of wages with her initial application on Dec. 1, 2021.

Finally, on June 21, the EDD reversed its decision and granted Reina disability payments totaling around $10,000. Her doctor had recommended she stop working after her third trimester, partly because Reina’s growing belly hurt too much while bending close to the ground to collect strawberries.

Looking back at the ordeal, the Indigenous immigrant from Mexico said she almost gave up. But she reminded herself that she’d paid SDI taxes with every paycheck.

Del Beccaro: Trump raid shows that FBI, Justice Department want to decide who can be our president

In the 1960’s the FBI smeared, abused, harassed and lied about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Since 2015, the FBI has decided it wanted to control the American government—and Donald Trump was an enemy of the totalitarian values of the FBI.  The false statements to judges to get FISA warrants, the lies to courts and Congress—and the media.  The open policy of the FBI not to allow Trump to be President.  Then when President did all it could—in conjunction with China, Russia and the oligarchs of the Ukraine’s to support the Biden Crime Family, to rid America of an American President.  And, install a financial slave to China.

“Without question, well before the 2016 campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke the law.  She maintained highly classified material, in her home, in an unsecure environment. 

No one can debate that. Nor can it be debated that there was no raid of her home, let alone a legal consequence for her behavior.

Hillary even destroyed, via BleachBit, potential evidence arguably under subpoena. She alone decided whether data she had on her computer was subject to the subpoena.  even after that evidence was destroyed, there still was no raid on her home.

The FBI protected the openly crooked Hillary, while trying to destroy the American running for President.  Now the question is how bad will this backfire on the FBI and Democrats for acting like a two bit Third World dictator.

Trump raid shows that FBI, Justice Department want to decide who can be our president

The FBI and Justice Department’s role in the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid has enormous consequences for democracy and our republic

By Tom Del Beccaro | Fox News, 8/15/22   

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The FBI raid of Trump’s home on August 8, in concert with the Department of Justice (DOJ), marks a dark and seminal point in American history. There can be no undoing of that act.  Sadly, the world has seen America, once the land of the free, descend into a new the realm with the DOJ and FBI attempting to decide who can be president of our country — not unlike so many military coups throughout history.

There will be much fallout over the raid at Trump’s Florida home. There are significant legal and political consequences, including potentially making Trump into a political martyr and even helping his 2024 presidential campaign. Those pale in comparison, however, to the FBI and DOJ’s stunning foray over the last few years into politics, a foray that was capped off by the Mar-a-Lago raid.

Stated in the starkest terms, the FBI and the DOJ are now in the business of deciding who shall be eligible to run for office in America.  Period.  Full Stop.

A simple review of the last few years proves the point.

Without question, well before the 2016 campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke the law.  She maintained highly classified material, in her home, in an unsecure environment. 

No one can debate that. Nor can it be debated that there was no raid of her home, let alone a legal consequence for her behavior.

Hillary even destroyed, via BleachBit, potential evidence arguably under subpoena. She alone decided whether data she had on her computer was subject to the subpoena.  even after that evidence was destroyed, there still was no raid on her home.

Keep in mind, in 2015, General David Petraeus was charged with “unlawfully and knowingly remov[ing] such documents and materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents and materials at unauthorized locations.”

On July 5, 2016, on national television, then-FBI Director James Comey laid out the case against Hillary to the world.  Yet, without legal authority to do so, he absolved her of any crime and effectively allowed her to run for President. She was allowed to do so even though, long before Comey’s nationwide address, the FBI and the DOJ knew of her crimes and hid them. That lax if not corrupt act of the FBI and DOJ allowed Hillary to get the nomination for president.

By contrast, the FBI and the DOJ, and even the attorney general of New York have been going after Donald Trump, virtually from the moment he announced his bid for the presidency – with or without probable cause. The raid is just the latest act.

The motive for that raid on Trump, was exposed by the Clinton operative Marc Elias. Mr. Elias, of course, was involved in the false Russia-gate scandal, which was an effort to bring down Trump’s candidacy and Presidency with the help of the FBI and the DOJ.

The current motive, plain and simple, is to prevent Trump for running again for office again.  Elias referenced US Code Title 18, Section 2071 in relation to Trump.  That code’s sections provides a penalty of disqualification “from holding any office under the United States.” Nothing more need be said.

How serious are the politicized FBO and DOJ actions in determining who can run for office? Quite serious.  

Think of the third world military coups through history, in Pakistan, Nigeria, Brazil and Peru to name a few of the hundreds throughout history.  Those coups saw military leaders determine who could be the leader of a country. In Russia, Putin regularly poisons his political enemies to prevent them from running against him. In China, they tolerate no opposition at all.

Today the FBI and DOJ are attempting to use their own corrupt legal processes to effect nearly the same outcome.  They have decided they are in the game of choosing who can be president and who cannot. Even when they lie about doing it, they suffer no consequences.

What greater danger could there be to a republic?

Beyond that, in a single raid, it has been confirmed that we have a two-tier justice system. Americans are right to confirm, after this raid, that we have one system of justice for Republicans and another for Democrats.  Republicans get raided or publicly shackled (Manafort, Stone, Navarro and now even President Trump), Democrats do not.  

Democrats can lie to federal authorities (Andrew McCabe) and sue the government for benefits and get them. Republicans get jailed. FBI officials can take federal government property/documents home (James Comey, Sandy Berger, and the Clintons) and nothing happens to them. Republicans cannot do the same – not to mention that Hunter Biden’s crimes are labeled disinformation.

As for a judge putting his stamp on the process, the same was done over and over on the lie of the Russia collusion story.  As a result, the American system of justice has taken yet another massive credibility hit from a judge who donated to President Obama.

It has also been confirmed, politically and historically, that the American paradise has been lost. The republic is now firmly in danger and America if no longer a beacon of freedom and justice to the world. Even the president of El Salvador, with that country’s past, questioned, “what [the] U.S. government would say if his Central American country’s police did something similar.”

As this story continues to unfold, President Trump stated Monday that he will do “whatever he can to help the country” after FBI raid and stated that the “Temperature has to be brought down.” The Democrats in Washington, on the other hand, seemingly can find no double standard or wrong. 

In the absence of unity on this issue, it will now take a true leader to summon our virtues to overcome this terrible abuse to the American ideal and the republic.

Tom Del Beccaro is the chairman of the CaRevival.com political action committee that is supporting right of center grass roots efforts in California. He is an author, speaker and the former chairman of the California Republican Party. His latest book is “The Divided Era: How We Got Here and the Keys to America’s Reconciliation.”

The KHive Retreats as Kamala Harris’ Popularity Vanishes

Even her friends are giving up on the Willie Brown mistress, Kamala Harris.

I am going to put into writing a prediction for 2024.  Harris will not run for President.

Instead she will run for U.S. Senate from California, to replace Dianne Feinstein.  She can win that—she can not win even California in a presidential primary.

““I would never, ever say that I regret supporting the first Black woman vice president, ever. But the disappointment is real,” said one self-described former member of the #KHive, who requested to speak anonymously so as not to alienate themselves from friends made through the movement. “I was obsessed with the idea of this person who could undo the systemic, the systematic racism and sexism and heterosexism in government with one fell swoop, and now I’m thinking to myself, did I just make up a person in my head who could do those things?”

By and large, the #KHive, being composed of the vice president’s most fervent—and, like most online fandoms, occasionally insane—supporters, does continue to largely support her. As they have since her relatively short-lived primary campaign, they still sport bee emojis in their Twitter handles and many who spoke with The Daily Beast pointed out that the vice presidency is an office that is, by design, second fiddle. Many feel that Harris is being held to a higher standard by dint of both her race and gender.

She got supporters, not because she was qualified, competent or bright—nope.  Racists and Feminists supported her because of her gender and race—third World values.

The KHive Retreats as Kamala Harris’ Popularity Vanishes

As Kamala Harris’ popularity has waned, so too has her support among her most rabid and online followers.

Scott Bixby, Daily Beast,  8/14/22 

To most of those paying attention, Vice President Kamala Harris appears to have hit the skids.

Her approval numbers are lower than President Joe Biden’s, as well as every one of her predecessors at this point in office. Her role has largely been limited to casting tie-breaking votes in the Senate or managing the administration’s stalled work on migration and voting rights—none of which is helping in the polling department. Fellow Democrats have begun openly fretting to each other (and to journalists) that she isn’t ready to lead the party’s national ticket, and at least one poll indicates that if a theoretical open primary were held today, she might command single-digit support.

But while they may not be as rabid as they once were, Harris can still count on the backing of one bastion of supporters: the #KHive.

Years after the end of the knockdown-dragout Democratic primaries, the loose collective of digital warriors are still fighting on her behalf. And yet, according to some of the #KHive’s leaders, the vibe has shifted since the heyday of the 2020 campaign, when Harris’ fervently—sometimes recklessly—devoted fans earned compliments from the campaign and a request for support from Biden himself.

“The job of the vice president has always been to take on issues that may not be politically sexy or easy wins for the administration. She knew that when she decided to accept the president’s offer to join the ticket,” said Chris Evans, who under the handle @NotCapnAmerica has been one of the most visible members of the #KHive. “However, I think even the vice president herself has admitted for the first year or so of her tenure she’s wanted to spend more time getting out into the country and being face-to-face with the American people.”

“I am consistently seeing people ask, ‘Where is Kamala?’” Evans said.

The Daily Beast reached out to more than a dozen high-profile members and former members of the #KHive to see if, after 18 months in office, the vice president has lived up to their hopes. And while most still say that they have her back until the end, some quietly admit that the comedown from the high of a victorious campaign has been harsher than they’d expected—not that they would ever say so publicly.

“I would never, ever say that I regret supporting the first Black woman vice president, ever. But the disappointment is real,” said one self-described former member of the #KHive, who requested to speak anonymously so as not to alienate themselves from friends made through the movement. “I was obsessed with the idea of this person who could undo the systemic, the systematic racism and sexism and heterosexism in government with one fell swoop, and now I’m thinking to myself, did I just make up a person in my head who could do those things?”

By and large, the #KHive, being composed of the vice president’s most fervent—and, like most online fandoms, occasionally insane—supporters, does continue to largely support her. As they have since her relatively short-lived primary campaign, they still sport bee emojis in their Twitter handles and many who spoke with The Daily Beast pointed out that the vice presidency is an office that is, by design, second fiddle. Many feel that Harris is being held to a higher standard by dint of both her race and gender.

“The last vice president was in charge of a public health crisis and see what happened—we have over 1 million people dead,” said Chantay Berry, another prominent #KHive member and organizer. “He was handed a very complex portfolio, like she was, and he dropped the whole entire ball.”

But even the #KHive has slowed its roll since 2020, with use of the hashtag on social media now being used to antagonize the vice president’s fandom as often as it is used to rally it. A Google Trends review shows that interest in the #KHive has decreased substantially since the 2020 election, and some of the biggest figures have left the movement, if one can leave a technically leaderless group of online stans.

Reecie Colbert, who was once one of the most visible and controversial members of the #KHive, told The Daily Beast that while she’s “a staunch VP supporter and always will be,” she hasn’t identified as a member of the community in nearly two years.

“I always understood #KHive as a rallying cry and hashtag, but after VP was selected the person who created it started talking about trademarking and ownership, so I decided to stop using it,” Colbert said. “I just don’t believe in answering to anyone in my advocacy… especially when I can be equally as effective without the hashtag.”

Some supporters, Evans said, have moved on to help other candidates and causes that they see as allied with Harris’ goals.

“Her supporters continue to defend her from unfair, baseless attacks, but now that she’s in office, they have largely pivoted to helping elect more Democrats at the federal, state, and local levels who will provide support for the Biden-Harris policy agenda,” Evans said.

The question of Harris’ political future still remains top-of-mind for many #KHive members, who remain confident that despite current polling indicating otherwise, she is best positioned to lead the Democratic Party whenever the opportunity presents itself.

“It’s been a rough year,” Evans said, ticking off the pandemic, inflation, the supply chain crisis and the Senate filibuster’s chokehold on much of Biden’s agenda as having bogged down both the president and vice president’s popularity. “There are very real challenges for the party in the coming years but I don’t think it’s specific to Vice President Harris.”

Berry said questions about Harris’ role in the party going forward distract from the more pressing issue that has hampered the vice president’s ability to be more visible outside of the nation’s capital.

“We need to focus on winning the midterms and everybody is jumping ahead two years later—like, we’re still in the midst of a primary, people!” Berry said. “She broke ties about 13 or 15 times within the first year. We gotta vote this year so that she doesn’t need to spend every moment breaking ties.”

Internal disputes are almost as common as external disputes within online fandoms—political and otherwise. None of the #KHive members who spoke with The Daily Beast pointed to any policy disagreements between members that have led to major fractures, as happened with the #YangGang, avid followers of failed presidential candidate Andrew Yang who have been split over Yang’s own embrace of Joe Rogan, increased funding for the New York Police Department and, most recently, a centrist third party with no policy platform.

But some admitted they got caught up in the stan-ification of politics that became widespread in the extremely online political circles of the 2020 Democratic primaries. Coordinated harassment and doxing campaigns between supporters of Harris, Sanders, Yang, then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg and others caused increasingly frequent headaches for candidates, particularly when they targeted “rival” supporters, staff, and reporters who were seen as insufficiently based.

“We all went a little nuts during the pandemic,” said another member of the #KHive, who still uses the hashtag on Twitter but has their mentions turned off so as to avoid being drawn into “my ten-millionth flamewar with some #BernieBot that just gives us both palpitations.” Nearly 1,000 days since they were last rivals for the presidential nomination, the blood feud between #KHive members and supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) continues, to the member’s exhaustion.

“Let’s chill and let the Vice President do her job,” they said of their more laid-back approach. “Acting clownish on Twitter isn’t going to make her job any easier.”

Bike Lanes Will Not Fight Climate Change In Southern California

The other day I had to swerve into the left lane to avoid a bike rider who refused to ride in the bike lane.  To create a bike lane they have to make car driving lanes more narrow.  That means more chances for an auto accident.  Now in some cities like L.A. and San Fran, three car lanes are now ONE—with a bike lane and a bus lane.  This of course slows down traffic, creates more climate change, costs more in expensive gas and endangers everyone on the streets.

“On the 2024 city ballot will be a voter initiative which, according to the Times, will add bicycle lanes, build wider sidewalks, plant more trees and create more visible sidewalks. 

The Times only mentions bike lanes in the initiative with no mention of bus only lanes. Schneider calls his initiative a “nuclear option.” Playing with weapons is never to be taken lightly, particularly nuclear ones, and his initiative will not lead the city, and the region, in the fight to reduce carbon gases needed to mitigate the climate emergency we now live in. The initiative seems more for the bicycle riders for ride for recreation, and does not take into account transportation for getting to work, shopping, eating, entertainment and other activities of urban dwellers.”

If passed, this would make Los Angeles one of the most dangerous places to travel.  My advice—stay away.  Between the illegal aliens, the lack of car lanes, crime, the homeless and the dirt d and disease, why travel through a backwoods Third World City?

Bike Lanes Will Not Fight Climate Change In Southern California

MATTHEW HETZ , City Watch LA,  8/15/22 

LA TRANSPO – The August 10, 2022, edition of the Los Angeles Times ran an article on a ballot proposal to require bike and pedestrian lanes in the City of Los Angeles when the city’s roads are paved.

On the 2024 city ballot will be a voter initiative which, according to the Times, will add bicycle lanes, build wider sidewalks, plant more trees and create more visible sidewalks. 

The initiatives backer, software entrepreneur Michael Schneider leads the organization “Streets for All.” Schneider seems impatient with the the City of Los Angeles’ execution of the city’s current plans on mobility and bicycles, and City Council President Nury Martinez’s own counterproposal for bicycles and pedestrians.  

The Times only mentions bike lanes in the initiative with no mention of bus only lanes. Schneider calls his initiative a “nuclear option.” Playing with weapons is never to be taken lightly, particularly nuclear ones, and his initiative will not lead the city, and the region, in the fight to reduce carbon gases needed to mitigate the climate emergency we now live in. The initiative seems more for the bicycle riders for ride for recreation, and does not take into account transportation for getting to work, shopping, eating, entertainment and other activities of urban dwellers. 

I fully support providing more protection to bicycle riders and pedestrians. I did not own a car until I was twenty-two and relied upon my bicycle. But, I have not ridden my bicycle for years because the roads are too dangerous. I was encountering increasing numbers of drivers who don’t drive well, are distracted, or just like to harass bicycle riders. 

I have been a regular rider of buses since 1993, and that also makes me a pedestrian and we are experiencing far too many tragic accidents resulting in deaths and injuries.  

If vehicle lanes are to be removed and replaced when the roads are repaved, as in the initiative, the replacements must be bus only lanes, not bicycle lanes, or both.  

As an independent contributor to CityWatch I do not have at my disposal a research team or department, and my time for personal research is limited, so I would like to give my personal accounts and observations, backed by some research, on why bicycle lanes to combat the climate emergency are not practical in Los Angeles and Southern California. 

Why bus only lanes must be given priority over bicycle lanes when roads are reconfigured: 

  • Usage. In the LAX area Sepulveda Boulevard and Manchester Avenue both have bicycle only lanes. They are rarely used. I ride buses on both roads and in one hour just one bus of passengers carries more people than bicycles use their lanes. During commuter hours bus frequencies are usually between 15-20 minutes. In that one hour time frame those three or four buses can carry more people than bicycle riders use the bicycle lanes for the day.  
  • Age. I am now a Medicare approved senior citizen. If I ill ride my bicycle on a city street it is with great trepidation. Typical of aging, my balance is not as good, my reflexes are slower. I am not alone in the aspects of aging. There were too many times when I did ride my bicycle on city streets that I made me a nervous wreck tying to cope with vehicle traffic. I suffer none of that when riding buses and walking streets as a transit rider. 
  • Reasons for riding a bicycle. It would seem riding a bicycle in Los Angeles is mainly recreational. From the United States Census Bureau: “Los Angeles had 1.0 percent of commuters bike to work, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today in a new brief focused on biking and walking to work. Nationally, 0.6 percent of workers commute by bike.” LINK

Additional information from the Census Bureau:  

“Transportation Highlights for Los Angeles:

  • Among the 1,745,818 workers in Los Angeles, 11.1 percent took public transportation, 1.0 percent biked, 3.7 percent walked, and 5.5 percent worked at home.
  • Of workers who did not work from home, the average travel time to work was 29.2 minutes.
  • Traveling alone by car, truck or van alone was among the most common commute modes.Transit ridership in Los Angeles”

Transit riders outnumber bicyclists on the order of ten times greater. This bolsters the need for bus only lanes over bicycle lanes because a far greater number of people will be served by bus only lanes. These lanes will reduce travel times because the buses will not be in the knots of gridlocked vehicle lanes but will be able to travel faster in their own lanes. 

Vehicle exhaust is one of greatest sources of carbon gases which have places us in our climate emergency. To entice workers out of their vehicles speed of travel is very important. Making faster speeds in bus only lanes will be a very attractive option to craziness of driving in Los Angeles. 

While riding buses workers can safely read e-mails and text messages, and use the internet. Reports can be read without worry of becoming distracted if driving. Bus riders can relax and before their time to start work prepare for the day, and after the work day relax. I have taken many naps on buses. The is no napping while riding a bicycle. 

  • Mothers and families. It is very common to see mothers and their children on buses. Like any child they can be restless but can be instructed to behave in a safe environment. It would be very difficult for a mother to take her children on a trip by bicycle. If too small to ride on their own they would be in a device over the back wheel or in towed carriage. If they could ride a bicycle, their small profiles and tendency to wander would make them extreme hazards to themselves. Like any bicycle rider for safe passage they would be at the mercy of the drivers on the road. 
  • Senior Citizens. This population is growing, and we are not going to take to the streets in bicycles to navigate the city’s roads. It is just too dangerous. Senior Citizens make up a good percentage of bus riders being safely transported around the city. 
  • Los Angeles is not Amsterdam. The Netherlands, and Amsterdam, are famous for their bicycle culture. This is fantastic. But that country and its cities,  and indeed like Europe, are built upon ancient foundations of small streets and density. This makes travel by bicycle possible. The Los Angeles region is not Amsterdam, but a sprawling mega city, too spread out to be conveniently traversed by bicycle. To cover this sprawl, buses, and Metros light rail and subway trains, make travel possible, and bus only lanes will add to the efficiency of bus travel by providing faster travel times. 
  • It’s a hot climate. Los Angeles is renowned for its climate. It is very temperate, and of course there is the heat, it is situated in an almost desert area. Climate change is making the city hotter. As a bicycle rider I know how hot and sweaty I get while riding. Going to work while sweat drenched is not pleasant. Then returning home sweat drenched is equally unpleasant. Walking to and from bus destinations can create sweaty moments, they are nothing like bicycle riding.  

As a resident near LAX, about four miles from the beloved Pacific Ocean, the temperatures are not as extreme as in other places in the Los Angeles Basin. Today it is 81º at LAX; 94º in Glendale; 95º in El Monte; and 98º in Northridge. To ride a bicycle in some of these temperatures would not be pleasant, can could dangerous. Buses are air conditioned. 

  • Traveling when dark. The city streets can be a hazard of potholes and debris. While this initiative would take place when roads are repaved, not all paving jobs leave perfectly smooth surfaces, leaving bumps and holes perfect to throwing a rider off balance. Then there is always debris on the streets to impede a bicyclists’ way. In the best of circumstance in the day these obstacles are hard to see and come up quickly, creating hazards. When dark, there are very hard to impossible to see, creating dangerous hazards to the bicycle rider. Riders on buses do not face these hazards. 
  • Asthma and bicycle riders. Bicycle riding can be great form of exercise, but when done on roads heavy with vehicles and their exhaust lung problems can happen. Increases in asthma are associated with consistent bicycle riding on vehicle heavy streets.  

In addition to injuries, some very serious, from falls from bicycle riding, there are proven health risks to bicycle riding in urban areas. From Science Daily: “People who cycle through London and other major cities have higher levels of black carbon in their airway cells, experts from the UK have shown.

The research, presented at the European Respiratory Society’s Annual Congress in Amsterdam, suggests that cyclists inhale more black carbon than pedestrians, which may cause damage to the lungs.

The combustion of fossil fuels results in the generation of large numbers of inhalable particles of soot (black carbon). There is increasing evidence that inhalation of black carbon particles is associated with a wide range of health effects — including heart attacks and reduced lung function.” LINK 

In the smog laden Los Angeles Basin this does not bode well for bicycle riders.

We are in the global warming climate crisis, and it will only get worse if we do not immediately reduce our carbon footprints by driving less. While bicycle riding is one option to confront this crisis, it is not the best option. That best option is leaving vehicles at home and riding buses, and trains, and riding buses is greatly enhanced when there are bus only lanes. 

This nuclear option with the ballot initiative to place bicycle lanes above bus only lanes in confronting the climate emergency does not help in the fight.

(Matthew Hetz is a Los Angeles native. He is a transit rider and advocate, a composer, music instructor, and member and President and Executive Director of the Culver City Symphony Orchestra.) 

Economic Justice Agenda Created with La Raza Group’s Help Gets $113 Mil from HUD

The Biden Administration is making sure racist organizations are well funded.  Now they have given $113 million of your money to La Raza (The Race)—an openly bigoted hate group supporting the takeover of America by criminals from foreign countries.

“An Economic Justice Agenda designed with the help of a leftist La Raza group is getting $113 million from the Biden administration to bridge the racial wealth gap by helping low-income renters achieve homeownership. The taxpayer dollars will flow through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is committed to expanding asset building polices for renters as a reparative tool for economic justice. “We’re looking at everything through a lens of equity and how we address systemic racism,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said in a statement announcing the nine-figure allocation.

This is literally theft—taking from one group of people to another, based on race—a KKK value.  When Sen. Warren says America is a racist nation, she is correct—it is run by the worst form of racist, Joe Biden and his Democrat buddies.

Economic Justice Agenda Created with La Raza Group’s Help Gets $113 Mil from HUD

Judicial Watch,  8/15/22  

An Economic Justice Agenda designed with the help of a leftist La Raza group is getting $113 million from the Biden administration to bridge the racial wealth gap by helping low-income renters achieve homeownership. The taxpayer dollars will flow through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is committed to expanding asset building polices for renters as a reparative tool for economic justice. “We’re looking at everything through a lens of equity and how we address systemic racism,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said in a statement announcing the nine-figure allocation. “We’re giving people who have historically been left out and underserved the resources to take a chance on their futures – to improve their credit, save resources for homeownership and other needs, and build wealth. That’s what this is all about.”

The HUD initiative receiving the sizable allotment is officially known as the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program and it aims to help those already receiving government assistance increase earned income and improve financial stability. It is part of an agencywide plan for economic justice that outlines actions to help low-income renters build assets. A 13-page document titled “Bridging the Wealth Gap: An Agenda for Economic Justice and Asset Building for Renters” outlines how the administration plans to accomplish it. Many of the ideas in the extensive HUD racial agenda were concocted with the help of an influential open borders group, National Council of La Raza, which changed its name to a less divisive UnidosUS a few years ago. Biden administration officials convened with the national open borders organization throughout the summer and fall of 2021, according to the agenda, which claims to provide a “cohesive framework to guide both internal policy creation and external stakeholder engagement.”

The HUD plan aims to bridge the wealth gap by focusing on asset building through increased savings, banking, and credit history improvement for the poor. “Unequal access to savings, positive credit history, and banking is a national problem that especially impacts renters and contributes to the racial wealth gap,” the agency writes in its economic justice agenda. The government must intervene, according to the initiative, because many hard-working families and individuals earn low incomes due to persistent and systemic inequality. “This agenda recognizes the role that government programs can play in perpetuating those inequalities and is an effort to break down some of the barriers within federal programs that can erode progress towards financial stability,” the plan states, adding that “asset building policies have the potential to move federal assistance programs in a more equitable direction and facilitate economic justice for millions of Americans.”

The backbone of the agenda is homeownership because it is a pillar of wealth building and is critical to creating a source of wealth that can be passed down to future generations, HUD asserts. “Therefore it needs to be attainable for more families, especially families of color,” the agency writes, adding that “racial disparities in homeownership remain significant” in the U.S. In fact, the agenda says, “recent research shows that in 2020, the Black-White homeownership gap reached 31 percentage points, the greatest gap in decades.” Part of the problem is that poor credit prevents minorities—especially blacks—from qualifying for home loans. HUD refers to this as “credit invisible” and reveals that black people have the lowest credit scores in the country, followed by Hispanics. The agency does not offer specific details on how to correct this pervasive issue in communities of color but does blame “wage gaps along racial and educational divides” as a big contributing factor to the crisis. “Families looking to increase their wages face numerous additional barriers such as racism, discrimination, and lack of accommodations for certain people such as parents who need childcare,” according to HUD.

Even in instances when black people attain the American dream of home ownership the properties are often “appraised at lower values and home value can depreciate over time,” HUD’s agenda claims. To correct the problem, Secretary Fudge launched an Interagency Task Force on Property Appraisal and Value Equity (PAVE) to “root out racial and ethnic bias in home valuation.” The federal agency charged with creating inclusive communities and affordable homes also writes in its economic justice agenda that homeownership is not enough to help the nation’s black population, though it “is a critical part of closing the racial wealth gap.” HUD points out that there are also racial differences in other mechanisms for generating wealth such as stock ownership that make the racial wealth gap difficult to close. It is not clear if the housing agency plans to launch a stock ownership plan for poor minorities.