German media failed to report refugee crisis honestly, study finds

This is a shocker.

In Germany, like in the USA, there is an official narrative handed down from the wonks running the government, which is then repeated as truth by those in the media who have partnered with the government and want to get invited to the right cocktail parties.

Of course many people realize that it’s all BS, many more than in the past, but the media and the state are still very powerful and as such can pummel those who offer up an alternative analysis.

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Reporters Without Borders: Russian bill is copy-and-paste of Germany’s (terrible) hate speech law

Across the world states are trying to lock down speech. China is leading the way but Europe and the US are increasingly restrictive.

Of course it’s all an effort at restricting “hate speech.” Right.

Speech is speech, and “hate speech” as defined by the state is often just something someone somewhere in the state aparatus doesn’t want to hear.

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10 Surprising Ways the Government is Spying on You (VIDEO)

Sigh.

Great video.

It does seem that our dystopian future is going to be (is) a mix of both 1984 and A Brave New World.

And don’t forget, there are many government contractors making a lot of (taxpayer) money developing the surveillance state. (To keep an eye on the taxpayers.)

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Politico ‘Fat Shames’ the President (But we learn he has a ‘single digit handicap’?!)

Trump could stand to lose a few pounds. But so can the vast majority of America.

But one thing I learned in this article is that the president has a single digit handicap! That is something Obama could only dream of achieving. Though the author makes the point that Trump likes the cart too much, that, and I say this as one who enjoys the game of golf, is impressive.

(From Politico)

But according to those who have golfed with the president,

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As we said was likely, the Bushite NEOCONS and the Democrats are joining forces.

We predicted this would happen. As the conservative/libertarian coalition has expanded the neocons have looked for new friends in the Democratic Paty. (Really they are just reuniting.)

The Neoconservatives – actual conservatives MUST understand – are not conservatives at all. They are a small but powerful group of big government (both domestic and abroad) “Republicans” (they originally were Democrats) lodged in Washington who believe that for there to be “progress”

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Republicans expand government yet again: U.S. House Backs $696 Billion Bill Boosting Fighter Jets, Troops, (Spends even more than Trump wanted)

Who cares that we have no enemy that can project power beyond their own backyards (or ponds)? Let’s spend spend spend. This is small government Republicans for you.

Constitutionally speaking we are supposed to have a DEFENSE not a global domination machine. But military spending is good for the members of Congress because it’s a way for Republicans to dole out taxpayer money without getting hammered. For some reason Republican leaning voters do not get that the military is big government too.

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Audit the Pentagon before we increase defense spending by tens of billions

What a novel idea! Maybe we should figure out where we are wasting billions and billions of dollars before we start spending billions and billions more. I know it’s a crazy notion, but maybe we should give it a shot. I mean it’s only our money right?

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Super ‘liberal’ Democracy Now! : Glenn Greenwald: Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails Aren’t a “Smoking Gun” or Evidence of Criminal Collusion

We’ve said it before. Democracy Now!, though hyper-“liberal” is often excellent. They do great work all the time and the following article is an example of this. My hat really is off to Amy Goodman and company for the their (continued) efforts. Though we disagree with them often they aren’t afraid to address issues honestly (at least in our experience).

If you aren’t familiar with the outfit you should be.

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AntiWar.com: Was Trump Junior Framed?

Some people do not understand why we believe informed citizens should be very weary of the “official” narrative coming out of Washington with regard to Trump and Russia. The often brilliant Justin Raimondo, lays out an excellent case for skepticism below.

Are Trump and Putin buddies? We don’t know. Did they collude? We don’t know. Are there many people in the establishment who want anything BUT peace with Russia? Yes. Do the neocons want to expand NATO and generally support a German dominated European Union (that is hostile to Russia for historical reasons)?

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Yellen opposes the people auditing the Fed, says Federal Reserve officials need safe spaces to make decisions

Audit the Fed and then end it.

Yellen and the Fed bankers think they’ve weathered the storm. That the shamans of the “Temple” will be able to shuffle around in the shadows of the financial Vatican hidden from the view of the people they impact for another generation. They believe that they are above the public, and that the Fed’s actions, which impact the world dramatically, don’t need the kind of scrutiny one might expect in a free society.

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Seattle lawmakers pass tax on highest earners; mayor eager to be sued

It should be noted that Seattle actually has a statue to Lenin on display. They should have kept the red paint on his hands. But you know – “progress.” Talk about profound idiocy.

But hey. People can move. And they likely will. So chase the poor people out by raising the minimum wage. Then chase the new money out by taxing their income. Oh and don’t forget licensing dog walkers.

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