The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.
When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
— Theodore Dalrymple
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Today is Wednesday, July 21st, the 202nd day of 2021. There are 163 days left in the year. It is National Hot Dog Day, National Junk Food Day, and Lowest Recorded Temperature Day.
This Day in History
In 1774, Russia and the Ottoman Empire signed a treaty ending the Russo-Turkish War.
In 1861, the first major battle of the War Between the States — the First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the Battle of First Manassas — ended in a victory for the Confederacy.
In 1907, the passenger steamer SS Columbia sunk after colliding with the steam schooner San Pedro off Shelter Cove, California, killing 88 people.
In 1919, the dirigible Wingfoot Air Express crashed into the Illinois Trust and Savings Building in Chicago, killing 12 people.
In 1925, Tennessee high school biology teacher John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching human evolution in class and fined $100.
In 1944, American troops landed on Guam.
In 1949, the U.S. Senate ratified the North Atlantic Treaty.
In 1954, the Geneva Conference partitioned Vietnam into North Vietnam and South Vietnam.
In 1959, NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, was launched as a showcase for President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” initiative.
In 1969, at 02:56 UTC, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. He was followed 19 minutes later by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.
In 1983, the world’s lowest temperature in an inhabited location was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at −128.6° F.
In 2011, NASA’s shuttle program ended with the landing of Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center.
This Day in Music History
In 1958, “Yakety Yak,” by The Coasters, went to No. 1.
In 1960, Elvis Presley received a first-degree black belt in karate.
In 1973, Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” reached No. 1.
In 1987, Guns N’ Roses released its first album, Appetite For Destruction. It featured the hits “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
In 1988, in South Carolina, James Brown pleaded guilty to charges of gun possession and resisting arrest.
In 1999, Charley Pride received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 73. Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, later known by his stage name Cat Stevens) is 73. Politician John Barrasso is 69. Actor and comedian Jon Lovitz is 64. Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is 50. Actress Jaime Murray is 45. Actor Josh Hartnett is 43. Model Sara Sampaio is 30.
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MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFING
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McConnell urges Americans: ‘Get vaccinated’ as cases rise
WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is imploring unvaccinated Americans to take the COVID-19 shot. He issued a stark and grave warning Tuesday that the U.S. risks a repeat of last year’s caseloads if people refuse to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Speaking at the U.S. Capitol, McConnell urged Americans to ignore the “demonstrably bad advice” coming from pundits and others against the vaccines. "Get vaccinated,” he said at his weekly press conference. A childhood polio survivor, McConnell has been one of the most outspoken members of the Republican Party in urging vaccinations to stop the COVID-19 virus.
Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions
LITTLE ROCK — A federal judge has blocked an Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions from taking effect this month. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction preventing the law’s enforcement while she considers a challenge to its constitutionality. The measure passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson was set to take effect July 28. The ban allows the procedure to save the life of the mother and does not provide exceptions for those impregnated in an act of rape or incest. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood, which had challenged the outright ban, hailed Baker’s decision.
US Catholic official resigns over ‘improper behavior’ claim
NEW YORK — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the resignation of its top administrative official ahead of a media report probing his private romantic life and alleging “possible improper behavior.” Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill was the conference's general secretary, coordinating a variety of administrative matters. The resignation was announced shortly before The Pillar, a Catholic webiste, published its article saying data “correlated to Burrill’s mobile device” indicated he visited gay bars and private residences using a dating app popular with gay people. Homosexual activity is considered sinful under Roman Catholic doctrine, and priests are expected to remain celibate. Burrill did not have any immediate public comment.
Netflix confirms move into video games as its growth slows
SAN RAMON, Calif. — Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. So it’s adding a new attraction to its marquee: Video games. The streaming giant on Tuesday announced it will offer video games in its existing subscription plans at no extra cost. Confirmation of the long-anticipated expansion came in conjunction with the release of its latest earnings report. The numbers showed Netflix added 1.5 million subscribers during the April-June period. That’s slightly better than Netflix’s own modest expectations, but still left the video service with its weakest first-half performance since 2013.
Shark bites new viewers for Discovery in 33rd year
NEW YORK — Shark Week is firmly into middle age for the Discovery network, but a new study shows its potency in pulling in new viewers. The study from LG Ads found that 37% of the people who tuned in to Shark Week last year hadn’t watched Discovery at any time in the previous month. The phenomenon was even stronger for Shark Fest, the version for National Geographic. Even better for the network, the study found that several of those new viewers stuck around for awhile. Discovery’s overall viewership numbers were down last week, with tough competition from basketball and baseball.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFING
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Fourth state in Mexico legalizes abortion, up to 12 weeks
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz has become the fourth of the country’s 32 states to legalize abortion. The Veracruz state legislature voted 25-13 to allow abortions in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy. Those who perform abortions on women after the first three months can be punished by 15 to 60 days in prison, which can be substituted by a fine and 50 to 100 of community work. Women who get an abortion after 12 weeks could be sentenced to up to two months of “integrated” health treatment. Mexico City, Hidalgo and Oaxaca have also legalized abortion. Laws in other states vary, but all allow abortions in cases of rape.
Flooding in central China turns streets to rivers, kills 12
BEIJING — At least 12 people died in severe flooding in a Chinese provincial capital that trapped people in subways and schools and washed away vehicles. The city of Zhejiang had 8 inches of rain fall in one hour Tuesday afternoon. The torrent of rain turned streets into rapidly flowing rivers and inundated subways stations and cars. Videos posted online showed entire neighborhoods covered in waist-deep water. Just to the north, the famed Shaolin Temple known for its Buddhist monks’ mastery of martial arts was badly hit. The official Xinhua News Agency said 12 people had died and 100,000 people had been moved to safer places.
Protests erupt in India’s Parliament over spyware scandal
NEW DELHI — India’s Parliament has erupted in protests as opposition lawmakers accuse the government of using military-grade spyware to monitor political opponents, journalists and activists. The lawmakers demanded an investigation into how the Pegasus spyware was used in India. A media consortium published an investigation Sunday about attempts to use the spyware from NSO Group, the world’s most infamous hacker-for-hire company, to infiltrate devices in 50 countries. The potential targets in India included Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, at least 40 journalists and an election strategist critical of the prime minister. India’s newly appointed information technology minister dismissed the allegations, but he too was identified as a potential surveillance target.
Haiti installs new leader as country mourns slain president
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s government has installed a new prime minister, while officials mourned assassinated President Jovenel Moïse and arrested at least three police officers implicated in his killing. Designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry was sworn in to replace interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who assumed leadership of Haiti with the backing of police and the military after the July 7 attack at Moïse’s private home. At least 26 people have been arrested. Police Chief Léon Charles announced four more formal arrests on Tuesday — at least three of them police officers, whose ranks he did not release. He said the police had been infiltrated.
Cyprus protests opening of ghost-suburb’s residential area
PARALIMNI, Cyprus — The government of ethnically split Cyprus has lodged formal complaints with the United Nations and the European Union over a decision by Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to reopen a residential section of an abandoned, military-controlled suburb. It says the move in Varosha violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and could scuttle peace efforts. The government says the five permanent Security Council members would be informed about what the president called a contravention of council resolutions prohibiting any change to the coastal area’s status. Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar said Tuesday a section of Varosha would revert from military to civilian control so Greek Cypriots who fled decades ago could seek to reclaim their properties.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Why do people join cults?
How prevalent are waste, fraud, and abuse in Albuquerque Public Schools?
Which is worse: Extreme cold or extreme heat?
How awful is Mitch McConnell?
The Cold War has been over for three decades — why does NATO still exist?
Do you watch “Shark Week”?
Should special taxes be levied on junk food?
Why didn’t nuclear propulsion for non-military ships become common?
What’s with all the flooding lately?
Favorite Jim Croce song?