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As Obamacare Repeal Dies Again, A Simple Answer

Cult of Climate Change: Bad news capitalist pigs! You will have to give up your land for the greater good

Marin goes all-in on climate change, wasting money and suing Big Oil

Collins, Rubio Help Muslims Pass Senate Resolution 118 to Criminalize Free Speech                           

The beginner’s guide to Brazil corruption”>The beginner’s guide to Brazil corruption

Why Trump’s  Pulling Out Of The Mideast Peace Process As DOA For Now

I Can’t Come Back!  I Don’t Know How It Works!

[VIDEO] On Obamacare, Bob McEwen nails the fundamental problem

Xavier Seen Such a Dishonest California Politician?  

Obama trapped Donald Jr. to justify spying on Trump

What You Need To Know About The Soon To Be Most Powerful Man In America

David Brooks: Further thoughts on his discriminatory cultural arrogance

Real ‘refugees’? White South Africans facing genocide

Progressive sex ed revisited: The Left wants your children more than ever

Berkeley’s Hatem Bazian – the most dangerous professor in America?

Leftist Delusion Syndrome

Yet another Liberal Malady This one discovered by William Teach of Pirates Cove

The Editorial Board of the Santa Fe New Mexican has decided to take a stab at immigration issues, more specifically one specific refugee, while mixing its metaphors

The U.S. should be a welcoming place

Tighter U.S. security and greater scrutiny of foreign visitors are not stopping the world from coming to Santa Fe this weekend in a glorious show of global harmony.

Why wouldn’t peaceful visitors from across the globe come to the most welcoming, charitable nation on earth? What planet are these fools from?

The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe is the antithesis of a U.S. that fears the world, desires to remain in isolation and keeps out Muslims and other “different” types of visitors and immigrants. What has happened in Santa Fe for the past 14 years — the coming together of master artists from all over the world — is a better version of the United States than one where foreigners are viewed as suspect.

Good Freaking Grief! We fear the world? We are isolationist? We want to keep “different” people out? How many drugs have these people done? WE are the most diverse, and tolerant nation on earth, yet, knuckle draggers like those on the Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial Board seem to have no clue. Here are some clues

The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 43.3 million, or 13.5 percent, of the total U.S. population of 321.4 million in 2015, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data. Between 2014 and 2015, the foreign-born population increased by 899,000, or 2.1 percent, a slower growth rate compared to 2.5 percent between 2013 and 2014.

According to the 2016 Current Population Survey (CPS), immigrants and their U.S.-born children now number approximately 84.3 million people, or 27 percent of the overall U.S. population.

Just to be clear, here is more

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the United States accepted 1,062,040 legal permanent residents in fiscal year 2011, a number that has been fairly steady over the past few years. Of this number, roughly 45 percent were new arrivals and about 55 percent were people already in the U.S. whose status was upgraded to “permanent.”

Separately, the U.S. admitted more than 4.4 million people in 2010 on a long-term temporary basis, either for employment or study. This number does not include a much larger total (roughly 42 million people) admitted for shorter stays, including visitors for pleasure or short-term business.

We looked at immigration statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a research group for advanced industrialized nations.

Using 2009 statistics, the only nation that came close to the U.S. in permanent immigrant inflows was Germany. That year, the U.S. had 1,130,800 permanent immigrants, compared to 606,314 for Germany. So the U.S. had numbers about twice as big. The third-place finisher, Spain, had 469,300.

Now is that indicative of an isolationist nation that wishes to lock out immigrants? Apparently the editorial board at the Santa Fe New Mexican thinks so. There is also this they missed because they cannot allow facts to interfere with their closed-mindedness

On the other hand, the U.S. does diverge from most of the rest of the world on the rights granted immigrants once they are made permanent.

“Where the U.S. differs from most European countries is that the immigrants we admit are generally eligible for full membership in society through naturalization, and that the immigrants’ U.S.-born children are automatically citizens with full rights,” said Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer with the Pew Hispanic Center. “Neither of these is generally the case in Europe.”

What backwards bigots we Americans are huh? But, again, none of this dents the metal plates in the heads of Leftist America bashers

As the folk art market was getting underway, this is what has been unfolding in Albuquerque. Kadhim Al-bumohammed, an Iraqi man facing detention and deportation, instead decided to seek sanctuary. Al-bumohammed, 64, had been told to report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials with a packed bag, likely to be sent back to his home country of Iraq. He has not lived there since 1994. His family believes he would face persecution in Iraq because he aided the U.S. military during the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91 and later taught language and cultural awareness at California military bases. In Iraqi eyes, he is a collaborator.

Al-bumohammed can be deported — he has misdemeanor convictions on domestic violence charges — and the U.S. is pushing to kick out foreign residents with any criminal black marks. Such a blanket action, though, does not leave room for human compassion or even for rewarding those who risked their lives to help our troops overseas. Al-bumohammed faces serious health conditions, including having limited kidney function. He takes oxygen because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and must take medicine daily.

So, because he is a violent criminal he might get booted? I suppose the editorial board cannot fathom that certain crimes might cause a hosting nation to give someone the boot? Do they not believe a nation, any nation holds the right to say who enters their lands, and how long they stay? And what offenses might cause such allowances to be rescinded?

Here is what Mr. Al-bumohammed did to get on the radar of ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Thursday that 64-year-old Kadhim Al-bumohammed (kah-DHEEM al-boo-MOH-HAH-med) was convicted in San Diego, California, in 1996 of a assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in 1994.

The agency says Al-bumohammed also was convicted of domestic violence in Merced County, California, in 1997. ICE says that domestic violence made him eligible for removal under U.S. law.

Wait! What am I saying here? I forgot, Leftists do not believe in national sovereignty do they? Of course not. They believe in Collectivism, and a global society. They simply do not believe that a nation reserves a right to set standards of behavior for immigrants seeking citizenship, or asylum. Nations also reserve the right to say who may enter, and nations hold the absolute right to vet those seeking entrance. This seems pretty straightforward to me.  For now Al-bumohammed is seeking sanctuary at a church  in Albuquerque.

If the Santa Fe Mexican wants to argue for Al-bumohammed to stay, then let them make their case. But to smear an entire nation as isolationist and fearful of immigrants because they have immigration rules and try to enforce them? Spare me the fake outrage and hand wringing.

Cross-posted at WOW! Magazine

Cult of Climate Change: Bad news capitalist pigs! You will have to give up your land for the greater good!

Just like every other front of Leftism, climate change leads to Marxism. Pirates Cove explains

But, no, remember, this is all about science” (via Watts Up With That?)

Can property survive the great climate transition?

There is ample activity aimed at making this happen, including through designing and building ecocities, and calls such as that of the Transition Towns movement, which suggests substantial changes to our ways of life might be both necessary and inevitable.

In all of this, very little has been said about the elephant in the urban living room – property. Property systems are the codification of our relationship to place and the way in which many of us make a claim to place, including a roof over our heads.

If our cities are to become more resilient and sustainable, our systems of property need to come along for the ride.

Ah the ride? The ride to the Socialist Utopia of Collectivism

Western systems of property law assume property is delineated and static: the property holder has invested (often substantial) financial resources to secure a claim to that neatly identified parcel of land and/or buildings. Further, the property owner expects to make a nice economic return on their parcel.

Unfortunately, the future doesn’t look neatly delineated or static. Many researchers and practitioners tell us the future might not look like anything we’ve ever seen. Some say we are reaching a tipping point, after which the rules we have constructed will no longer apply or be of use. (snip)

Living in colonised landscapes tells us it might be time to rethink which way around the “ownership” dynamic works in property relationships.

That is, if we are to think about and create property systems that are as dynamic as the landscapes we occupy, we might need to start thinking about ourselves as belonging to and answerable to the land, not the other way around.

So, what would this mean to us, you know, the people? William Teach edifies us

Follow this to the logical conclusion: the government would have all claim to property, and people would be allowed to live in places that government dictates. Because science.

And, of course, we must never, ever, under any circumstances, question the science, which is settled, so, no one dare question the settled science, which is, you know settled! Settled as in you better never, ever say anything like this

Yes, such speech as you see above must stop, because the science, you see, is, well , settled! So what can we expect if the definition of property changes the way Progressives seek? Well, consider this from TransitionNetwork.org

Transition is an approach rooted in values and principles.  These are described slightly differently in different parts of the movement, but broadly:

We respect resource limits and create resilience – The urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, greatly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and make wise use of precious resources is at the forefront of everything we do.

We promote inclusivity and social justice – The most disadvantaged and powerless people in our societies are likely to be worst affected by rising fuel and food prices, resource shortages and extreme weather events. We want to increase the chances of all groups in society to live well, healthily and with sustainable livelihoods.

We adopt subsidiarity (self-organisation and decision-making at the appropriate level) – The intention of the Transition model is not to centralise or control decision making, but rather to work with everyone so that it is practiced at the most appropriate, practical and empowering level

We pay attention to balance – In responding to urgent, global challenges, individuals and groups can end up feeling stressed, closed or driven rather than open, connected and creative. We create space for reflection, celebration and rest to balance the times when we’re busily getting things done. We explore different ways of working which engage our heads, hands and hearts and enable us to develop collaborative and trusting relationships.

We are part of an experimental, learning network – Transition is a real-life, real-time global social experiment. Being part of a network means we can create change more quickly and more effectively, drawing on each other’s experiences and insights. We want to acknowledge and learn from failure as well as success – if we’re going to be bold and find new ways of living and working, we won’t always get it right first time. We will be open about our processes and will actively seek and respond positively to feedback.

We freely share ideas and power – Transition is a grassroots movement, where ideas can be taken up rapidly, widely and effectively because each community takes ownership of the process themselves. Transition looks different in different places and we want to encourage rather than unhelpfully constrain that diversity.

We collaborate and look for synergies – The Transition approach is to work together as a community, unleashing our collective genius to have a greater impact together than we can as individuals. We will look for opportunities to build creative and powerful partnerships across and beyond the Transition movement and develop a collaborative culture, finding links between projects, creating open decision-making processes and designing events and activities that help people make connections.

Sound like a bad sales pitch? Yep! ut what choice do we have really. The science, remember, is settled! So, Capitalism is out. Private property? Please! The new word is sustainable comrades!

A few weeks ago I came home buzzing from a meeting in a chapel opposite Bondi Beach. That meeting will be remembered as the birth of a non-profit community organization set up “to establish and implement community land trusts as a viable affordable housing option in New South Wales.” Interest in community land trusts is snowballing in Australia, which gives me hope for shareable and resilient cities.

As we go forward with building alternative structures like land trusts, we have a major challenge before us: the broad-scale refit of our existing urban areas into more sustainable forms and systems.

Community Land Trusts he says? How would that work?

Community land trusts (CLTs) started in the United States in the 1970s as a civil rights movement. The model builds on Henry George’s land value tax model and is explicitly inspired by practices of common land ownership in indigenous America, pre-colonial Africa, and India’s Bhoodan Movement, which encouraged wealthy landowners to voluntarily share their property with lower castes, who would then manage the gift as a commons.

Since 1987, the number of CLTs in North America has tripled—and today, there are roughly 200 non-profit organizations holding title to land and sometimes buildings, ideally forever. CLT property holders then hold title to anything from the ground up – whether crops, individual condos, houses, or entire buildings. Property holders can be homeowners, renters, cooperatives, businesses, charities, affordable rental hosing providers, or other community organizations.

To balance the interests, rights, and responsibilities of the individual household, the broader community and the public at large, a ground lease between the CLT and the property holder then spells out use, inheritance, maintenance, resale and other conditions of the property. CLTs stipulate there be no speculation, no absenteeism.

So, the “landowner” would not really “own” the land, house, etc. Here let Julian Brave NoiseCat explain

We live in a world dominated by the principle of private property. Once indigenous people were dispossessed of their lands, the land was surveyed, subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. From high above, continents now appear as an endless property patchwork of green and yellow farms, beige suburban homes and metallic gray city blocks stretching from sea to shining sea.

The central logic of this regime is productivity, and indeed it has been monstrously productive. In tandem with the industrial revolution, the fruits of billions of acres of dispossessed and parceled indigenous land across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Ireland and Australia enabled two English-speaking empires – first the British and then the American – to rise to global dominance. The latter remains the most productive economy in the world.

Property also embodies and upholds a set of values and relationships to land. It propagates a utopian vision called the American Dream, wherein hard work, land and a home are platform for boundless opportunity – or at least escape – from capital domination. It separates humanity from all other animals and cements man’s mastery over the natural world and all living things.

While property has transformed the world, its flaws have never been more apparent. Open land on the frontier, if it ever actually existed for the common man’s taking, is long gone. Homeownership no longer provides the economic security it once did, and appears out of reach for younger generations. The richest 1% holds more wealth than the rest of the world combined. At the same time, environmental degradation and climate change proceed at a terrifying pace.

See! Capitalism is bad, evil, and imperialistic! 

Another, more cutting-edge possibility is to heed the diverse indigenous voices displaced and drowned out by imperialism. From Standing Rock to Queensland, colonized and indigenous people are demanding new relationships to water that sustains the life and land which provides for the people.

This approach entails returning lands and resources to indigenous control and rethinking our relationship to the environment by recognizing and protecting indigenous values and the rights of nature through the law.

So, there we have it. We must cede control of our land, and homes and begin to live as the State dictates we live because sustainability. Sure Capitalism has led to more prosperity, liberty, living conditions and yes, cleaner environments, but we must never argue because the science is, well you know.

So, who is up for handing over control of our land, then eventually the right even own land? Who is ready to be told where we must live? Who is ready to be told, by the State, how big a home, and a family is “sustainable”? Who is prepared to be told what we may eat, how much we can weigh, and what type of vehicle, if any we may own? Who is ready to be herded into large cities, to live in our sustainable homes? What? You do not trust the State to control all of these decisions for everyone? You want to sacrifice sustainability and the common good for your individual liberty? Maybe you should be sent to a re-education, ah, I mean a sustainability awareness program facility comrades!

Cross-Posted at WOW! Magazine

Roger Federer wins Wimbledon for record eighth time

And he did it at 35, without dropping one set during his run to his 19th Grand Slam. Best ever!

Roger Federer is a Wimbledon champion for a men’s record eighth time, defeating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday’s final.

The win moves Federer above both Pete Sampras and William Renshaw, who each have won seven titles at the grass-court major.

The 35-year-old Federer became the oldest champion at the All England Club, and he won his second Grand Slam of the year in impeccable fashion by not dropping a set throughout the two-week run. Federer joins Bjorn Borg (1976) as the only men in the Open era to win Wimbledon without losing a set, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

What is this WOW! Magazine you keep hearing about?

It is a collection of writers, thinkers, and folks devoted to the virtues of liberty. Here are some samples

The Rule of Law

Donald Trump Jr.: Traitor!

UK Acid Attacks Skyrocket – Britain’s Secret Shame

Seattle Wealth Tax Approved On Incomes Over $250K

Michael Brown: Punishment

Russia Russia Russia

Natalia Veselnitskaya, Magnitsky Act, Russian hackers, Putin’s tentacles, you name it…

CNN’s White House propagandist claims Trump delivered ‘white America’ speech in Warsaw.

Everybody wants you — flattering and overwhelming

Peruta: Liberty Denied?

Forum: Will Media Outlets Like CNN Ever Practice Journalism Again?

Face the Nation: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Trump and Putin’s G-20 meeting


Testing Tyranny, Part 4

Baltimore: Clueless

I’m a Victim, He’s a Victim, She’s a Victim, Wouldn’t You Like to be a Victim too?

Article V and the Code of the West

Go read and enjoy

Latest threat to mankind? Gendering your pet

Freaking Feminists!

Via Moonbattery

From the feminist revolutionaries at Medusa Magazine:

Pets cannot speak for themselves. They cannot tell you that they are being misgendered. It’s important not to make assumptions about what gender your animal is based off of its sex.

Hold on, it gets even crazier:

Sex and gender are separate things and are in no way intertwined. The sex of your pet is irrelevant. The only time you need to concern yourself with the sex of your pet is when you spay or neuter it (and this begs the question of whether or not we should perform operations on our pets without their consent). Animals can have diverse genders just like humans, and they can have diverse sexualities also.

Owners are advised to give their pets gender-neutral names and use gender-neutral pronouns. You wouldn’t want to offend your pet, which might be a trans-pet.

Also, it’s an important way to practice getting rid of gender norms all together [sic].

Good Freaking Grief! What type of loon thinks up this stuff??

Virginia Representative Brat calls CNN/Dems over Trump bashing

Collusion, collusion, collusion. That is all we hear, but, as Brat points out is whether or not a crime was committed is the important thing. We know the media is eager to get Trump on something, anything. We know that Democrats are using these stories/accusations/hyperventilating to deter the administration’s agenda. Could the president handle some of this better? Yes, of course. Should President use Twitter in a better way? Yep he could, and should. 

As already stated, most of the “Russia hacked the election” narrative is baloney. It is a nothing burger with extra nothing! The Republicans should, in my view, let the Democrats wail and whine. Republicans have the majority in both houses, use them! Scrap the filibuster, stop letting Chucky Schumer deter the agenda. Democrats do not play nice, why should Republicans?  Repeal ObamaCare rather than trying to keep most of it, get meaningful tax reform done, address the budget. And, if Democrats wish to help in any of those processes great. If not, then make damn sure to let the American people see who the party of no is. If the Democrats want to hold meaningless hearings, let them! Stop playing the Democrat’s game of delay, delay, and delay. In short lead!

The American people have given the GOP a majority of governorships. They have voted overwhelmingly for GOP majorities in legislatures across the nation. They voted for a Republican majority in the House, and in the Senate. They elected a Republican president. Given these facts Republicans ought to be able to see the writing on the wall. Americans gave the GOP a to do list. Now the GOP needs to start checking off items on that list!

I’m a Victim, He’s a Victim, She’s a Victim, Wouldn’t You Like to be a Victim too?

As you watch this, just substitute the word victim for pepper

Why is being a victim, or at least pretending to be a victim, and telling everyone within earshot how big a victim you are, so popular with people on the left? 

If you are a person who partakes in watching, and trying to understand the Left, you have no doubt asked yourself that question. And if you are a person who does the research, and looks at stats, and simply observes people you might have come to the same conclusion I have. The vast majority of people claiming victim status are not victims or racism/sexism/Homophobia/Islamophobia/ Transphobia or any of the dozens of other “Isms” and “phobias” the left has manufactured over the last thirty years.

Victim hood, and the selling of victim hood has become an industry of sorts. People like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and many other leftist activists have found that if they can convince a certain demographic, be it gender, racial, religious, sexual orientation, or socio-economic, that everything about them is defined by their “identity”, they can then convince that same group that they are victims. Victims who can only be helped by the very people, or groups that have convinced them of their victim status to begin with.

Once they have created enough “victims” They may then begin profiting in one way or another, from keeping those victims perpetually aggrieved, and angry. They are, in a way the slave masters of the 21st century. They shackle people with their “identity”, and then with a feeling of helplessness and  victimhood. They then use their power to get elected, sell books, raise donations, or gain influence or power, in short, it is all about the Benjamins, not helping anyone. If they really wished to help they would shut up, and start looking for actual solutions to actual problems. But, again, the Benjamins.

The victim-creating has become such a big business that now the Victim-Pimps are exploiting naive college students, attending very prestigious, and expensive universities that they too are victims. Anyone, anywhere who reads, or hears something that offends them is now a victim too. Even if you are not a victim, you will be!

If your candidate did not win an election? VICTIM!

If you pull a gun on, or try to take a police officer’s gun and get shot, VICTIM!

Someone chooses not to take part in your Gay wedding? VICTIM!

Your school invites someone with whom you disagree ideologically, to give  a speech? VICTIM!

If you are a woman Feminist and attractive, and a man notices you, VICTIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If a historical statue, monument, song, or holiday notes that at one time Southern states, for varying reasons, seceded and fought a war for that right? VICTIMS!!!!! VICTIMS EVERYWHERE!

If millions of Americans choose to legally buy, own, or carry firearms for self-defense? VICTIMS!!!!!

If you are transgender and anyone dares use a pronoun that refers to a specific gender? VICTIMS!

In fact there are so many victims now, that well, you likely are one, even if you do not feel victimized. Here are a few warning signs

If you are of any skin color, except White! YOU are a victim.

If you are of any gender, yes any of the 57, except male of course, unless of course you are Gay, or a male trying to become a female, then you are a victim.

If you are of any sexual orientation, VICTIM! Well, unless you happen to be straight of course, you sick freak!

If you are told that anyone except those that completely agree with you has a right to express their views………Oh yeah!

If you are triggered, by anything, VICTIM!

If you are a woman, well, then the Patriarchy is victimizing you every time a man looks at you, talks to you, asks you out, compliments you, treats you nicely, or well, breathes in your direction!

I wonder why anyone would want to be like these folks. Seriously (language warning) but this guy gets it!

The saddest thing is that these wannabe victims fail to see who their real victimizers are. They, for some inexplicable reason prefer pretending to be victims, than about throwing off the chains their actual victimizers are tying them down with.

Just another example of how Leftism destroys everything it touches

What new at WOW! Magazine?

Lots to read, so go, read

Russia Russia Russia

Natalia Veselnitskaya, Magnitsky Act, Russian hackers, Putin’s tentacles, you name it…


John Podesta, Hillary’s Campaign Chief Is The One With The Real Russia Ties

CNN’s White House propagandist claims Trump delivered ‘white America’ speech in Warsaw

Everybody wants you — flattering and overwhelming

Face the Nation: US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Trump and Putin’s G-20 meeting

[VIDEO] Being a millennial: “self-responsibility is a form of cruelty

San Francisco refuses to release videos of attacks on BART riders because

Because public safety is secondary to social justice or something!

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — In the last three months, there have been at least three robberies on BART involving groups of teenagers.

“I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors.

But videos of the attacks are not being released. Why?

Allen told us the agency issued an explanation for why it is being tight-lipped about the thefts.

“To release these videos would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district,” she was told. “And in addition it would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

According to a memo distributed to BART Directors, the agency won’t do a press release on the June 30 theft because it was a “petty crime” that would make BART look “crime ridden.” Furthermore, it would “unfairly affect and characterize riders of color, leading to sweeping generalizations in media reports.”

There you go, another example of how deeply demented those afflicted with Racial Obsession Syndrome are. Somehow it is better, to them, to protect thugs than to protect citizens. How soon do we see certain crimes being openly excused or simply ignored for the same type of flawed logic?

On this edition of “How in the Hell did they get elected?”

Via Moonbattery!

One problem with placing a courthouse too close to a homeless shelter is that jurors have to wade through human excrement to get in the door. One problem with electing moonbats is that they will object to hosing the excrement away, because that would be racist:

Councilmember Larry Gossett said he didn’t like the idea of power-washing the sidewalks because it brought back images of the use of hoses against civil-rights activists.

Good Freaking Grief! This has to be parody right? Oh, wait, I forgot that it is no longer possible to parody the Left!


The “Women’s” March does not think much of women apparently

Behind every “Progressive” movement is the ugly face of brutality, human degradation, state control, and evil. In the case of the Women’s March, that face is represented by noted bottom feeder Louis Farrakhan. Dana Loesch rips the mask off of Farrakhan and the “Women’s March”

Of course, these women know what Farrakhan is. They know what Sharpton is. They know. They do not desire freedom, or any justice. They are a collection of Leftists intent on destroying America, and individual liberty while enriching and empowering themselves. They are dividers, hate mongers, liars, and miscreants. They can paint the Women’s March any way they wish, but it, and the people behind it, are among the most intolerant and hateful souls you could ever find.

Black woman dares to question Leftism…….

The Left claims the banners of tolerance and diversity. But, what happens when anyone shows intellectual or ideological diversity? They are shunned, maligned, and brow beaten. You see, there is no tolerance on the left side of the ideological spectrum. And no tolerance either. There is only conformity to group think, or else