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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/22/19

jussie-was-lyingSo, last May Roseanne Barr gets fired within hours by ABC after SJWs freak out condemning one single short tweet as “racist” (which it wasn’t, she was ridiculing ValJar’s looks, not her race, thought she was Saudi, not black).

And what do we wake up to this morning with the huge lead headline on Drudge?  A disgustingly obscene photo of a disgustingly depraved Trump-hating scumbag who was arrested yesterday (2/21) for his disgusting crime linking to this story: Jussie Smollett Returns to ‘Empire’ Set as Fox Struggles to Decide His Fate.

“Struggles”?  The evidence of Smollett’s hoax is overwhelming.  The retard wrote a check to pay his two accomplices staging his phony MAGA attack.  The two perps have confessed.  Fox pretending to be a conservative media company is as much a hoax as Smollett.

In announcing Smollett’s arrest yesterday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett orchestrated a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career."  Visibly upset, Johnson said to reporters:

"I'm left hanging my head and asking why? Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol? How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim?"

The noose is the key to all of this.  Take a look at this picture:

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THE ROUTE TO DHAULAGIRI

Dhaulagiri – North/Northeast Face ©2019 Jack Wheeler

Dhaulagiri – North/Northeast Face ©2019 Jack Wheeler

For the past three weeks, in our exploration of the greatest mountains of the Himalayas, we’ve learned the route to Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu, that to Makalu and Kanchenjunga, and to Manaslu and Annapurna.  In our final route, we’ll explore Dhaulagiri – and two fascinating regions nearby.

Remember this sat photo from last week?

annapurna-range This week, we’re not only going to the 7th highest mountain on earth, but the Hidden Tibetan Kingdom of Lo in Mustang, and the Sacred Blue Lake of Phoksundo in the wilds of Dolpo – yes, it really is that unbelievable color of blue.

By the end, we’ll have been to all eight of the “eight-thousanders” (8,000 meters+) in the Himalayas of Nepal – a feat few people have ever experienced.

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POTUS AND THE HAMMER

trump-tweets-021819 Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s interview on Sixty Minutes aired Sunday (2/17), previewed last Wednesday (2/13), is the strongest evidence yet hammers are now poised to drop on the evildoers.

McCabe confessed to orchestrating a coup to oust a duly elected president. Would he do that unless he knew proof of his sedition is about to be made public?

The only possible defense McCabe can mount is the coup attempt was justified. The purpose of the Sixty Minutes interview was to get his spin out before he’s indicted, and to throw shade on his arch enemy, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

It’s not working, the coup plotters know it, and they know Mueller will not lay a glove on POTUS.  They’re in a panic, they see the hammer coming down above them.

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THE JUSSIE SMOLLETT OF THE TRUMP RUSSIA HOAX

just-another-dem-politicianHe helped conceive a hoax so outlandish that only the most gullible, craven, or witless person could believe it.

The attack, as he called it, allegedly was executed by mysterious and politically motivated thugs with the intent to inflict harm. It exploited the political climate of the moment given that the chief goal of the ruse—and of the perpetrator himself—was to sow division in an already-fractured American populace for his own gratification.

Lawmakers, journalists, and celebrities acted as accomplices, allowing themselves to be duped and conferring immediate legitimacy to the event. As authorities began to expose the hoax, the mastermind lashed out, blasting his detractors and making incendiary accusations.

No, I am not talking here about Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who concocted an elaborate story about how MAGA-hat wearing hoodlums attacked him in the middle of a frigid night on an underground street in downtown Chicago.  I am talking about…

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DEMOCRATS ARE TEARING THEMSELVES APART

clash-of-the-monstersDemocrats are fighting mad — at each other. For once, President Trump is not the prime target of their rage.

Amazon’s decision to scrap plans for an HQ2 campus in New York sent the circular firing squad into action. The blue-on-blue attacks pit the far left against the far, far left in yet another front of the party’s civil war.

In addition to sharp differences about a Green New Deal, taxes, socialism, Medicare-for-all and open borders, Dems are now split over how and whether government should work with the private sector to create jobs and boost the tax base.

But while the battle still rages and analysts study the entrails of Amazon’s decision-making, here’s a thought: What if both sides of the Dem battle are wrong? What if both sides are causing the epidemic of the blue-state blues?

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BLACK SWANS AND GRAY RHINOS IN CHINA

one-man-rule-in-chinaDuring the Lunar New Year holidays this month, political circles in Beijing were abuzz with this question: “Who, or what, are ‘black swans’ and ‘gray rhinos’?”

This followed a major speech given by President and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping at the Central Party School (CPS) last month, in which the 65-year-old leader raised the highest alert for Party officials to “be on guard against black swans and keep watchful for gray rhinos” (jingti hei tian’e, fangfan hui xiniu / 警惕黑天鹅, 防范灰犀牛) (People’s Daily, January 22).

Noting that China’s national security and stability were under multiple threats from within and without, the “core leader” warned: “We must keep our highest alert about ‘black swan’ [i.e., unforeseen] incidents and take steps to prevent ‘gray rhino’ [i.e., known risks that are ignored] incidents.”

At first, the Beijing buzz was these threats are external, coming from an increasingly successful Trump administration in confronting China.  Now comes the realization that Xi means internal threats to his power and that of the Chinese Communist Party.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

three-states-comparison-chartLast week, there was the pitiful scene of Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York begging President Trump to restore a tax provision which unfairly benefitted New Yorkers.

It seems that many high-income New Yorkers have been moving their tax homes to Florida, undermining the New York tax base.

Those who live in New York City may be paying state and local income tax rates, in addition to the federal tax, of over 12 percent, giving some an overall tax burden of approximately 50 percent.

Florida imposes no state and local income taxes in addition to the federal income tax — yet Florida is booming, with a budget surplus, while New York is mired in debt. Only 50 years ago, New York had four times the population of Florida, and now Florida is larger than New York.

New York was the great “Empire State” for well over a century.  It’s flipped from being the Good state to the Bad, replaced by Florida. As for Virginia…

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HALF-FULL REPORT 02/15/19

Last Saturday through Tuesday (2/09-12), the Carnivale di Viareggio began with its now world-famous Corsi Mascherati, the Parade of Gargantuan Floats.  These towering massive paper mâché concoctions of political satire can stand fifty feet high and weigh forty tons – and that indeed was the size of the parade float that took everyone’s breath away:  that of God Emperor Trump created by Italian sculptor Fabrizio Galli.

God Emperor Trump is a larger-than-life mythical figure.  Then there is the living human being – who we discovered this week is not a superman.  He is a man who has just broken his promise to America.  What a shame, as it overshadows what a truly awful week it was for the Fascicrats.

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THE ROUTE TO ANNAPURNA

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Annapurna I ©2019 Jack Wheeler

For the past two weeks in our exploration of the greatest mountains of the Himalayas, we’ve learned the route to Everest, Lhotse, and Cho Oyo, and that to Makalu and Kanchenjunga.  This week we explore Manaslu and Annapurna.

height-of-himalayan-giants We first note that the five “eight-thousanders” (over 8,000 meters high) we’ve been to so far are on Nepal’s borders, while Manaslu and Annapurna (along with Dhaulagiri, we’ll get there next week) are entirely within Nepal.  (Shisha Pangma is in Chinese Tibet.)  So we get to go completely around them.

We ended  our experience with Kanchenjunga by returning to our home base in Kathmandu, the famed Yak & Yeti hotel.  We’re up at dawn the next morning to board our ultra-high altitude AS 350 B3 Eurocopters and head north for Manaslu.  Here’s the trekking route around the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters/26,781 feet.

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