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23-08-2017, 08:24 AM
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The Real Reason Jeff Bezos Grinds Trump’s Gears

"Rather, the very existence of Bezos seems to drive Trump crazy. Trump’s image, to himself and his fans, is that of alpha male — the dominant primate in the room. Simply by going about his business (and largely ignoring Trump), Bezos refutes that claim. He is a far more admired and influential businessman than Trump and, of course, immeasurably richer. (Bezos doesn’t have to hide his financial records to maintain the appearance of wealth.)”

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23-08-2017, 12:12 PM
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An apology to Donald Trump, from the ‘fake news' media

Very clever. Yes

"While I'm apologizing for Nazi stuff, I'm sorry I entered your brain and forced you to express sympathy for Jeffrey Lord, a commentator who was recently fired from CNN for tweeting "Sieg Heil!" at the head of a liberal watchdog group.”

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23-08-2017, 12:21 PM
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Political Violence is not Okay
I don't always agree with everything Ben Shapiro says (I don't like it when people label their enemies as "The Left" or "The Right"), but at the very least his ideas are worth thinking about. Especially in this instance, where I agree with most of what he's saying.

Quote:So, what’s scarier: a thousand pasty and pathetic would-be tough guys marching around in the middle of the night shouting, “Jews will not replace us,” then weeping openly when arrest warrants are issued for violence, or the mainstream Left embracing violence in the streets? Some college-age dweeb goose-stepping around with a flag created 50 years before his birth, or somebody punching that guy, to the cheers of the media?

Quote:Yes, Nazis should be vigorously opposed — with words. If they break the law, the police should arrest them. But if we begin to legitimize political violence, where will the Left draw its lines? Antifa believes that all of its enemies are fascists, from actual white supremacists to normal Republican marchers in Portland, Ore. We’ve already seen the Left shrug off political violence in Boston at a rally labeled white supremacist — even though the rally organizers explicitly denounced white supremacism publicly. How far will the Left go to wink at violence?

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31-08-2017, 09:54 AM
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The Incredible Shrinking President

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31-08-2017, 10:11 AM
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There Are No Conservatives in Knee Deep Water

Killer piece.

"There are no conservatives in waist-deep water. Like an atheist in a foxhole, Texas conservatives are praying to Washington for help. Those trapped in the flood in Houston realize that they depend on the kindness of strangers. In Houston, no man is an island. A disaster of this magnitude swamps the capacity of the private nonprofit sector to respond, much less random strangers with a boat.

These are the times that try conservatives’ souls. They’d really like to think that individual liberty and responsibility is the answer to every problem, but every now and then it occurs to them that there are some problems that demand a collective solution. Natural disasters, public health, the common defense, the general welfare and other public goods.”

"The floods may open their eyes to the value of taking collective action not just after a storm hits, but also beforehand. Maybe they’ll begin to appreciate federal agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that provide the warnings that save lives. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency that helps cities and towns prepare for the inevitable, and that helps us recover and rebuild afterward. Not to mention the Coast Guard.”

"But individual responsibility isn’t adequate when we face a common danger. We need to work together, just as the public first-responders and private volunteers are working together in Houston to save lives. We can’t afford to live as if nobody else exists anymore.”

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31-08-2017, 01:51 PM
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Opinion: John Brummett: The Real Fake News


His first few paragraphs:
Quote:I got an adult dose of real fake news the other night on a local television station.

It came via a fellow called Boris Epshteyn. He is a Republican political operative and lawyer who, until March, was a White House employee coordinating surrogate cable news spokesmen for President Trump.

Now he's "chief political analyst" for Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the largest chain of local television stations in the country. That means the Russian-born Boris is the designated Donald Trump propagandist for a national pro-Trump broadcasting syndicate.

I do not overstate. Sinclair made a deal last year with the Trump campaign to broadcast exclusive interviews with him--free advertising--in exchange for special access.

Do you remember when the Montana Republican congressional candidate body-slammed a reporter a few months ago for committing real journalism by asking him a question he didn't want? A Montana NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair initially refused to cover the incident. One of Sinclair's top executives sent a contribution to that assailant, according to Politico.

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31-08-2017, 09:25 PM
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(31-08-2017 01:51 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Opinion: John Brummett: The Real Fake News


His first few paragraphs:
Quote:I got an adult dose of real fake news the other night on a local television station.

It came via a fellow called Boris Epshteyn. He is a Republican political operative and lawyer who, until March, was a White House employee coordinating surrogate cable news spokesmen for President Trump.

Now he's "chief political analyst" for Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group, the largest chain of local television stations in the country. That means the Russian-born Boris is the designated Donald Trump propagandist for a national pro-Trump broadcasting syndicate.

I do not overstate. Sinclair made a deal last year with the Trump campaign to broadcast exclusive interviews with him--free advertising--in exchange for special access.

Do you remember when the Montana Republican congressional candidate body-slammed a reporter a few months ago for committing real journalism by asking him a question he didn't want? A Montana NBC affiliate owned by Sinclair initially refused to cover the incident. One of Sinclair's top executives sent a contribution to that assailant, according to Politico.

Scariest thing I've read today.

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02-09-2017, 09:19 PM
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(31-08-2017 09:25 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  
(31-08-2017 01:51 PM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  Opinion: John Brummett: The Real Fake News


His first few paragraphs:

Scariest thing I've read today.

Ditto. If you've seen John Oliver's segment on Sinclair, their merger with Tribune means they'll have the local markets of double digit millions of American households cornered.

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29-09-2017, 03:50 PM (This post was last modified: 29-09-2017 04:05 PM by Full Circle.)
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There Is No Free Speech Crisis On Campus by Chris Ladd from FORBES

Excepts:

Thanks to a carefully orchestrated campaign, the notion that universities are hostile to the free exchange of ideas is slipping into mainstream opinion. It is a phony crisis manufactured by the same people who fuel the engines of climate denial.

Also from this poll, the college students who identified as Democrats were more open to free speech than their Republican peers.

There is no public space in America more open to diverse opinions than our college campuses. What we are seeing there is not a crisis of tolerance, but a stark collapse in support for the Party of Donald Trump among the cream of a rising generation.

For people too young to have ever sipped the cool, sweet waters of the whites’-only fountain, much of modern conservatism feels morally equivalent to Fascism or Communism – a repugnant, cultural cancer than can’t be eradicated quickly enough.

What is really happening on college campuses? Young Americans, exposed to some of the most intellectually open environments that have ever existed in a human society, are rejecting the values of The Last Jim Crow Generation to an almost unanimous extent. This trend extends beyond politics. Younger Americans are making better, smarter, more morally admirable choices than their parents and grandparents in almost every respect.

It is difficult to occupy an ideological position with little rational basis in a place where evidence-based intellectual persuasion is the dominant value. When you find that your ideas are unpersuasive in an atmosphere of open, fact-driven debate, the problem might be you.

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02-10-2017, 12:28 AM
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This German election marks a tidal change in European politics.

The success of the far-right AfD is symptomatic of a dissolving political centre-ground. Can the established parties adapt to changing times? Or will they stay the same, and fail? More urgently than ever we must ask what the alternatives are to European dissolution.

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

Mikhail Bakunin.
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