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TikTok’s Latest Assault: Ripping Off American Artists and Songwriters

Americans are by now broadly aware of the threat posed by Chinese-owned TikTok, including its threat to U.S. national security.

In recent days, we’ve witnessed in real time another emerging TikTok threat reaching the headlines:  The threat it poses to intellectual property protections, which undergird America’s status as the most artistically and musically productive and influential nation in human history.

Universal Music Group, however, has decided to stand up and fight back by removing its catalog of songs – including artists like Taylor Swift, Drake and Billie Eilish – from TikTok.

Tone-Deaf TikTok has built its aggressive worldwide empire largely on the backs of music created by American artists, as even its corporate leadership openly admits.  As TikTok’s very own…[more]

February 08, 2024 • 12:44 PM

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1 Green Groups Are No Longer Promoting a Cleaner Environment

The late, great humorist P.J. O'Rourke used to quip that everyone wants to save the world, but no one wants to wash the dishes. Well, now that can be said for traditional environmental groups that seem to have lost their way.  Green groups are supposed to be about keeping our rivers, lakes and streams clean. They are supposed to be about fighting…

2 The Great 'Green Energy Transition' That Wasn't

One of the textbook marketing flops of all time was the Ford Edsel sedan, which was heralded as the hot new car in the late 1950s. All the automotive experts and Ford executives said it was a can't-miss. Henry Ford (the car was named after his son) guaranteed hundreds of thousands of sales.  But one big thing went wrong: Nobody ever bothered…

3 If Biden Really Wants to Help Israel, He Must Stop the War on American Energy Now

President Joe Biden solemnly declared today that he stands with Israel against the terrorists. Great. But his actions in the White House have facilitated these homicidal attacks by financing our enemies. This was so predictable and avoidable.  Biden's war on American energy started on day 1. His first act as president was to kill the Keystone…

4 Climatologist Admits Distorting Data to Get Published

In their campaign to upend our economy and lifestyles, climate alarmists assure us that their agenda is simply “settled science.”   Their collective behavior, however, suggests otherwise.   If settled science supported their agenda, alarmists wouldn’t behave with such insecurity and fight so desperately to prevent…

5 CFIF to Congress: Stop California's Ban on Vehicles with Internal Combustion Engines

September 11, 2023 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy   Majority Leader H-232, The Capitol   Washington, D.C.  20515   Re:  In Support of H.R. 1435, the Preserving Choice for Vehicle Purchases Act Dear Leader McCarthy and Representatives:   On behalf the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) and over…

6 Why Has Biden Declared War on Natural Gas?

Natural gas is the world's wonder fuel: cheap, abundant, made in America, reliable AND clean burning.  So why are the Biden administration and environmental groups against it? There's really no good answer. What makes the Left's war against natural gas inexplicable is that the single biggest factor in reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere…

7 Is It Time to Ban Electric Vehicles?

The New York Fire Department recently reported that so far this year there have been 108 lithium-ion battery fires in New York City, which have injured 66 people and killed 13. According to FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, "There is not a small amount of fire, it (the vehicle) literally explodes." The resulting fire is "very difficult…

8 The Zero Carbon Flimflam

When politicians go green, vowing zero carbon, the public should see red.  We all want to protect the environment. But lefty pols are making reckless promises to "transition" entirely to renewables – wind and solar -- within a few years. Never mind that Joe Public will get clobbered with huge electric bills, blackouts…

9 Much of the Hot Air Is Coming From Washington

Baby, it's hot outside. Right on cue, a New York Times headline links this surge in temperatures to "climate change." Temperatures have climbed to well over 100 F in Las Vegas, Arizona, much of Texas, and New Mexico in recent weeks. In Phoenix, the heat wave is the worst since 1974. Is The New York Times right? Is this climate change?…

10 Electric Cars Are a Scam

The left likes to treat skeptics of electrical cars as if they were Luddites. Truth is, making an existing product less efficient but more expensive doesn't really meet the definition of innovation. Even the purported amenities and technological advances EV makers like to brag about in their ads have been a regular feature of gas-powered vehicles…

11 Americans Have Never Been Less Threatened by 'Extreme Weather'

"Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other weather hazard," is the first claim in this Washington Post piece warning about the deadly summer heat – and it is almost certainly false. Similar warnings about the deadly weather appear in virtually every mainstream media outlet. First off, the only reason…

12 Resist Dangerous Political Theater and Look to 'That Which Is Not Seen'

Too many politicians are thespians. When there's a conflict – as there often is – between appearing to solve problems and actually helping to solve those problems, politicians can almost always be counted on to put appearance over substance. Unfortunately, politicians succumb to this bias even when their theatrics make…

13 Stop Scaring Our Kids to Death

As nearly every standardized test is showing, our schools are doing an abysmal job teaching kids how to read or do math. In some cases, kids graduating from high school can barely read their diplomas. But the schools are wildly succeeding with their climate change indoctrination program. When I speak to kids on high school and college campuses and…

14 Who Turned the Lights Out? Joe Biden

Does the radical climate change agenda know no end? Earlier this year, it was gas stoves – and then lightbulbs. Then, a few weeks ago, President Joe Biden's administration announced much less gas cars after 2032. Even though about half of Americans say they don't want an electric car and only 6% of drivers are buying them. But that…

15 Biden's Fascistic EV Edict

President Joe Biden is set to "transform" and "remake" the entire auto industry – "first with carrots, now with sticks" – notes the Washington Post, as if dictating the output of a major industry is within the governing purview of the executive branch. The Environmental Protection Agency…

16 The Climate Apocalypse is Nigh – This Time They Really Mean It

In a new report substantively indistinguishable from its previous reports stretching back several decades, the United Nations warned this week of a “ticking climate time bomb” that demands immediate (and costly) action.   On June 30, 1989 – the week Milli Vanilli’s “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” topped…

17 America's $100 Billion Climate Change Flop

For at least the last 20 years, politicians in Washington, at the behest of green energy groups, have spent some $100 billion of taxpayer money to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. How is that going for us so far?  A recent Associated Press story, based on the latest data on global carbon emissions, provides a pretty accurate…

18 Biden’s War On “Big Oil” Backfires

In Gallup’s latest annual survey of what Americans consider the most pressing problem facing the nation, “government” leapt several places since last year to top the list.   That probably shouldn’t surprise anyone, considering the Biden Administration’s relentless effort to increase government intrusion into…

19 Why Did “60 Minutes” Celebrate Discredited Climate Alarmist Paul Ehrlich?

If the name Paul Ehrlich doesn’t ring a bell, it should.  With the possible exception of Al Gore, Ehrlich is the most humiliatingly and repeatedly discredited environmental doomsayer in the world, with over five decades of predictions contradicted by actual events.   The fact that climate extremists nevertheless consider Ehrlich…

20 Will Joe Biden Follow One Objectionable FERC Nomination with Another?

When it comes to nominating the next Chair for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Joe Biden is learning that Senator Joe Manchin (D – West Virginia) might not have been a man to scorn.   Earlier this month, Biden nominee and current FERC Chair Richard Glick acknowledged that his nomination was untenable after Senator…

21 Biden’s Venezuela Capitulation Deepens Energy Policy Incoherence

At this point, Joe Biden’s affection toward petroleum-rich dictatorships and hostility toward American energy producers approach fetish status.   Or, in the inimitable wit of Senator John Kennedy (R – Louisiana), the Biden energy policy amounts to a “moronathon.”   In the latest episode, the Biden Administration…

22 Manchin Shocked – Shocked! – that Biden Double-Crossed Him on Energy

With the 2024 reelection layout looking much more grim for Senate Democrats than 2022, new threats from Joe Biden against the U.S. energy sector have Joe Manchin sweating.   For all of the post-election punditry this week that Democrats exceeded expectations, keep in mind that only one Senate incumbent will suffer defeat if current trends…

23 'Zero Emissions' From Electric Vehicles? Here's Why That Claim Has Zero Basis

As California, New York, and other states move to phase out the sale of gasoline-powered cars, public officials routinely echo the Biden administration’s claim that electric vehicles are a “zero emissions” solution that can significantly mitigate the effects of climate change.  Car and energy experts, however, say there is no…

24 Biden Plays the Old Ugly American

The Left used to accuse imperialist, resource-hungry Yanquis in Washington of cutting selfish deals with illiberal dictatorships in Latin America to grab their natural resources. How odd then that President Joe Biden is now begging the despicable Maduro regime in Venezuela – corrupt, murderous, and anti-American – to…

25 Turns Out Biden's Empowering of OPEC Was a Really Bad Idea

If the average price of a gallon of gas falls by a penny, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain will take to Twitter and credit the Biden administration. In the last few months, due to lower demand and other factors, consumers have experienced a reprieve from historic highs. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre points out this is "the fastest decline…

26 Manchin Got Duped, Biden Depleted Our Strategic Oil Reserve

It takes a special talent to get duped by Joe Biden, a man who freezes in confusion while attempting to exit a stage unescorted.   Joe Manchin, however, proved up to that challenge.   In late July, Manchin helped raise Biden’s sagging political fortunes by signing onto the “Inflation Reduction Act,” which…

27 An Inconvenient Summer for Climate Alarmism

With August in the rearview mirror, did you notice something conspicuously absent?   Like “the dog that didn’t bark” of Sherlock Holmes mystery fame, it’s meaningful for its nonexistence.  Call it the climate alarm that didn’t sound.   For the first time in over eight decades, preceding Pearl…

28 Welcome to the Green New Deal, California

If California, our most populous state, were its own nation, it would rank as the world's fifth largest economy and boast the highest average household income (outside a handful of "countries" like Monaco or Luxemburg). And, yet, the governor is begging its citizens to stop using their appliances, turn off their lights and keep their thermostats…

29 Biden Has No Right To Declare a National Climate Emergency

The Washington Post reported Monday night that President Joe Biden is "considering whether to declare a national climate emergency" to "salvage his stalled environmental agenda and satisfy Democrats on Capitol Hill." A few hours later, the Associated Press reported that the administration would "hold off" on the announcement…

30 Buttigieg Wants to Mandate Electric Vehicles. He's Wrong

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, considered the most likely Democratic candidate for president in 2024 after Joe Biden in the latest Washington Post ranking, says the solution to high gas prices is getting "most Americans" to switch to electric vehicles – willingly or not.  Buttigieg is issuing federal regulations…

 
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