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On Twitter, a "ratio" occurs when someone tweets something so egregiously wrong or misguided that the number of comments on the tweet exceeds the sum of the likes and retweets. It's a healthy indicator that the tweet hit a nerve in the wrong way.
Yesterday, it was Emily Oster who drew the ire of Twitter with her article in The Atlantic titled “Let's Declare a Pandemic Amnesty”. The short article makes the case for forgiving leaders who, throughout the course of the pandemic, made more wrong than right choices. It's a stunningly tone-deaf plea that only someone isolated from the worst of the pandemic could make (Oster teaches at Brown University).
The ratio on Oster's tweet was massive. At press time, the tweet had received 28.5k comments compared to just 2k likes and 7k retweets, most of which were negative.
A sample of some of the responses:
- "If the damage they caused was merely psychological or something else subjective and hard to quantify, sure, amnesty. Except they destroyed people, harmed children, and used threats, coercion, and abused their powers. They revealed their contempt for us and will do it all again." @ifihadastick
- "No, we don’t need to give “amnesty” to the people who closed schools, shut down businesses, mandated experimental vaccines, engaged in gain-of-function research, revoked medical licenses, censored opposition and stole $6+ trillion. We need pandemic prosecutions. A lot of them." @Rothbard1776
- “They made people watch their loved ones die alone on FaceTime. No deals” @MerissaHansen17
As someone who chose to forgo the palliative mRNA shots the CDC chose to label as “vaccines”, I witnessed much of this demonization firsthand. Not that I cared all that much. How people responded to the manufactured Covid hysteria provided an effective filtering mechanism against those who would ultimately be a liability in my pursuit of the good life. If all it takes is a news story to radically alter a person’s mind, they probably can’t be trusted.
More and more every day, I hear of people who suffered adverse effects from the shots and who personally regret getting them. Oster's account, of course, skips this entire aspect of the government's coordinated focus on requiring a single treatment and excluding others for the virus—something no humane doctor in the history of mankind has ever decided was a wise approach to patient care.
Laced throughout the entire pandemic response was utter contempt for those whom Hillary Clinton called "deplorable." From the rampant—and inaccurate—headlines which declared "Red America" (deservedly) suffered the most from Covid to regime apparatchik Jimmy Kimmel laughing as he crowed on about how the unvaccinated don't deserve medical care, the lingering effects of America's Covid response go beyond even the massive wealth transfer and economic wreckage we're still sorting through. It left a deep, psychological scar in the minds of many citizens, awakening them to the fact that the government has little interest in improving their lives.
For me, the pandemic was essentially radicalizing. Before, I was somewhat apathetic toward the machinations of American politics. But somewhere between witnessing how ineffectively the government responded to new information, seeing how quickly people latched onto and "auto-responded" to information gleaned from CNN, and experiencing the complete disintegration of the rule of law in Los Angeles (where I then lived), the seed for starting this publication was sown.
Anger is justified when thinking back on all this. And it’s not wrong to expect that–as it would be in any sufficiently competent political system– the people who made the mistakes to be, at minimum, out of a job.
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❍ TONIGHT AT THE METRO COUNCIL
Even though the new stadium project isn’t finalized, tonight’s council meeting sure makes it seem like it is. We’re taking a glance at all of the stadium-related legislation, along with other resolutions and bills the council will consider during its first meeting of the month.
Attend or live stream tonight’s Metro City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Metropolitan Courthouse.
Despite council members’ continued attempts to push their way into the discussion, the stadium deal seems all but officially finalized. While the East Bank Committee tried to get direct answers regarding community benefits and affordable housing by playing hardball with the Mayor’s office last week, we don’t expect anyone to put up a fight at tonight’s meeting, where three pieces of stadium-related legislation will be introduced; while these proposed measures don’t codify the decision on building a new stadium, they do get the ball rolling.
Two resolutions are set to appear during public hearing and will be considered: the first is a term sheet, which describes the “conditions of the agreements and transactions required to finance, construct, and operate a new, enclosed multi-purpose stadium on the East Bank.” The second grants permission for Metro government to “issue a solicitation for development of portions of the Nissan Stadium campus.”
Also on the docket is a bill proposing a one percent increase to the hotel tax; this increase, plus a $2.50 room occupancy fee, will be allocated to the Sports Authority for stadium construction costs. Both the resolutions and the bill are anticipated to pass with no discussion on the floor.
YES ON 3
The council will be proposing a resolution urging Nashvillians to vote “yes” on constitutional amendment 3, which will appear on your November ballot. Amendment 3 proposes changing the language in the constitution to clarify the term slavery when referring to the unpaid labor that prison inmates participate in by replacing it with the following: “Slavery and involuntary servitude are forever prohibited in this state. Nothing in this section shall prohibit an inmate from working when the inmate has been duly convicted of a crime.”
MNPD AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S. MARSHALS
A resolution creating a new relationship between Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) and the United States Marshals Service (USMS) will be up for vote. If approved, it will enact an intergovernmental agreement between the USMS and MNPD, granting permission “to investigate and apprehend local, state, and federal fugitives.”
YOUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS AT WORK
The distribution of American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) funds continues. One resolution, if passed, will grant $399,149 to fund the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and Conexión Américas for a “two-year pilot program to provide defense for a renter or tenant opposing eviction proceedings.” A second resolution will grant $7,890,153 to fund the “Urban League of Middle Tennessee and Nashville State Community College to advance workforce equity and strengthen family foundations through education and training.” Lastly, a third resolution will grant $272,042 to the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition for immigration legal services.
- State Audit Reveals TSU Continually Mismanaged Funds (TCN) According to the audit, poor record keeping and procedures have made it difficult for the university to keep up with the amount of money that was going in and out of their accounts.
- Nashville among costliest cities for renters, SmartAsset study finds (NBJ) The financial tech company SmartAsset found that in Music City, two-bedroom renters earning less than $74,600 are considered cost-burdened by federal standards.
- Tennessee Becomes Highest Graded State And Most Improved State Grade On Child And Youth Sex Trafficking (Shared Hope) Since 2011, Shared Hope has laid the foundation for transformational policy, practice, and cultural change by supporting state legislators and stakeholders to enact the minimum fabric of laws needed to address child sex trafficking.
- It’s the last day to request absentee ballots for Tennessee election (TNJ) Tuesday is the last day for voters to request absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 election. Anyone age 60 or older can vote by mail, as can those who will be away from their home county on Election Day.
- Senator Brian Kelsey To Plead Guilty In Federal Campaign Finance Case (TCN) According to court filings, Senator Brian Kelsey (R-District 31-Germantown) is slated to plead guilty to federal campaign finance violations that took place during his failed 2016 congressional campaign.
- New Towers Proposed Along The I-40 Corridor in Midtown Nashville (Now Next)
- Sky View Eyed for Redevelopment In Nashville’s Sylvan Heights Neighborhood (Now Next)
- Metro OKs rezoning for two Midtown developments (Post)
- Berry Hill commercial building listed for sale (Post)
- Local investors pay $1.75M for Buchanan Street property (Post)
- Rezoning of downtown-area property sought (Post)
♨︎ EAST TENNESSEE'S BARBECUE
Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going
When people think of Tennessee barbecue, most are quick to bring up the original pit masters of Memphis. But in the Smoky Mountains, barbecue innovations have been flourishing for just as long. Each region of the country has its own sauces, seasonings, and methods. East Tennessee’s border with North Carolina made for a delicious crossover, bringing newcomers to the art, spawning chain restaurants, and pioneering one completely original dish: the Pig Burger. Here, I’ll take a look at some of the best barbecue spots on the east side of the state.
East Tennessee’s Opus
In 1946, Charles Andrew “Brother Jack” Jackson opened his barbecue joint on University Avenue in Knoxville at the ripe age of fifty-two. For most of his life, Jackson made a living as a butcher, but saw an opportunity in the rising popularity of restaurants at the time. He quickly became a local legend due to a simple but delicious creation: the fifty-cent pig burger. While the pig burger’s outstanding flavor and affordable price point left it open to rumors that it was actually made from opossum meat, the recipe was actually very simple: meat was taken off of a rack of spare (pig’s) ribs, ground up with salt and pepper, smashed into a patty and cooked very well done in sometimes day-old bacon grease and onions. This was served on a bun with Jackson’s famous Screamin’ Sauce, a recipe now lost to time that allegedly included ginseng root as its secret ingredient. This gave the pig burger a unique, sweet flavor.
While Brother Jack’s Barbecue would close in 1995 with the passing of his son, Clifford, the legend of the pig burger lives on. Foodmakers swear to sell Brother Jack’s original sauce, and other restaurants began offering the pig burger. Adam Alfrey, historian and food blogger at Nosh Tennessee, mentions Dixson’s Bar-B-Que in Knoxville, an early adopter. Dixson’s version of the pig burger was so successful that the Food Network’s Man vs. Food program featured it in 2010, before the restaurant’s closing.
𝓧 CHART OF THE DAY: DEFENSE SPENDING
⚔ MISSIVES ⚔
- 🐦 Elon Musk has dissolved Twitter’s board of directors and appointed himself the company’s “sole director,” according to a Monday securities filing.
- ⚡️ Beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Department of Energy will require applicants for research funding to explain how their research projects will incorporate the tenets of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- 🇧🇷 Truckers who support Brazil's outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro escalated their protests on Monday, blocking roads throughout the country in actions that could affect exports in one of the world's top food producers and cause wider economic chaos.
- 🇷🇺 Russia threatened to stop vessels carrying grain from Ukraine, two days after Moscow said it would abandon an agreement that guaranteed the safety of those exports and as ships continued to make the voyages Monday anyway.
- 📵 The Department of Homeland Security is quietly broadening its efforts to curb speech it considers dangerous. Years of internal DHS memos, emails, and documents illustrate an expansive effort by the agency to influence tech platforms.
- 🗳 Voters are giving Republicans a late boost in support just ahead of the midterm elections, as pessimism about the economy and the direction of the country jump to their highest levels of the year, a new Wall Street Journal poll finds.
- 📈 Fed officials have already indicated that they are likely to raise their benchmark federal-funds rate by 0.75 percentage point this week to a range between 3.75% and 4%. That would mark their fourth consecutive increase of that size as they seek to reduce inflation by slowing the economy.
THINGS TO DO
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🍺 The Pamphleteer hosts Bar Hours on the third Thursday of every month (the next meeting is this Thursday, November 18th) at Lucky's 3 Star Bar from 6-8 PM.
👘 The Weaving Splendor exhibit at the Frist presents rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish textiles drawn from the renowned collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Running until December 31st.
👨🏻🌾 Check out the Pamphleteer farmer's market guide.
🎧 There's so much great music in town this week. Listen to the highlights on our Spotify playlist, Pamphleteer's Picks. See ya out there, people.
🍔 Mac Sabbath @ Exit/In, 7p, Optional Donation, Info
+ Dress up as McDonald's foods and play Black Sabbath songs with burger lyrics
🌶 The Gypsy Kings @ The Ryman, 7:30p, $39.50, Info
+ A band of flamenco guitarists
🎸 Honky Tonk Tuesday @ American Legion Post 82, 5p, Free, Info
+ Two step lessons @ 7p, The Cowpokes @ 8p
🎸 Mr. Phlyzzz & My Wall @ Cobra, 8p, $10, Info
+ Bring earplugs
🕺 Topo Tuesday @ The 5 Spot, 9p, $5, Info
+ Dance Party
🎺 Todd Day Wait @ The Underdog, 11:30p, Free, Info
+ Honky Tonk Tuesday afterparty, down the street
ON THE RADAR
🎻 Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony @ Schermerhorn, (11/17-19), $26, Info
🕺 Drugdealer @ Third Man Records (11/27), $25, Info
🎸 Widespread Panic @ Bridgestone (12/30-31), Info
🎻 Sierra Farrell's NYE Circus Spectacular @ Brooklyn Bowl, (12/31), $35+, Info
🎙 Weyes Blood @ Brooklyn Bowl (2/22), $23+, Info
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