Category Archives: Fascism

How the Catholic Church ties in to Poland′s judicial reform | Europe | DW | 24.07.2017

“An authoritarian party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s ‘Law and Justice’ has shaken hands with fundamentalist Catholicism,” the theologian and former Jesuit priest Stanislaw Obirek commented as early as last year, in an interview with the German state broadcaster MDR. The church, he said, had become a political player.Although the chair of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, supported Pope Francis, the majority of the Polish clergy were conservative and openly urged people to vote PiS, Obirek said. The theologian’s assessment was that “it was only through the submissiveness of all political parties towards the church that we ended up with the political situation we have in Poland today.”

Source: How the Catholic Church ties in to Poland′s judicial reform | Europe | DW | 24.07.2017

How to culture jam a populist in four easy steps | openDemocracy

The recipe is universal. Find a wound common to many, someone to blame for it and a good story to tell. Mix it all together. Tell the wounded you know how they feel. That you found the bad guys. Label them: the minorities, the politicians, the businessmen. Cartoon them. As vermin, evil masterminds, flavourless hipsters, you name it. Then paint yourself as the saviour. Capture their imagination. Forget about policies and plans, just enrapture them with a good story. One that starts in anger and ends in vengeance. A vengeance they can participate in.That’s how it becomes a movement. There’s something soothing in all that anger. Though full of hatred, it promises redemption. Populism can’t cure your suffering, but it can do something almost as good—better in some ways: it can build a satisfying narrative around it. A fictionalized account of your misery. A promise to make sense of your hurt. It is them. It’s been them all along.For all those who listen, Populism is built on the irresistible allure of simplicity. The narcotic of the simple answer to an intractable question. The problem is now made simple. The problem is you.

Source: How to culture jam a populist in four easy steps | openDemocracy

Donald Trump drops Syria programme ‘in bid to improve Russia ties’ | US news | The Guardian – as viewed by others 60 minutes, Trump says 15 minutes – ROTFLMAO

According to witnesses, Trump rose from his seat and took a place next to Putin, then conversed for an hour with only a Russian interpreter present. The absence of an American official has been widely criticised as a breach of protocol.Sanders added: “They had a brief conversation

Source: Donald Trump drops Syria programme ‘in bid to improve Russia ties’ | US news | The Guardian

The White House just posted the emails of critics — without censoring sensitive personal information – Vox – Thus enabling Russian and GOP trolls the information needed to bully people exercising the 1st Amendment rights.

, the White House just released the sensitive personal information of a lot of concerned citizens giving feedback to their government. That’s made even worse by the fact that the White House did this when the thing citizens were complaining about was the possibility that their private information would be made public.As of Friday afternoon, the emails are still uncensored and available on the White House’s website. They include all sorts of feedback, from concerns about privacy to outright insults of the Trump administration. One email just links to an image of the terrifying pornographic meme Goatse. (Do not Google this if you value your eyes.)“DO NOT RELEASE ANY OF MY VOTER DATA, PERIOD,” said one person whose full name and email address were subsequently released in the collection of emails.The White House website does now warn about the possibility of personal information going public: “Please note that the Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted.” But it’s not clear if the people who sent emails to the White House knew of this before the commission’s website went up this week.

Source: The White House just posted the emails of critics — without censoring sensitive personal information – Vox

While He Was Tweeting: The Collusion Edition, Week 25 | Dame Magazine

Donald Trump Jr., who manages to seem even stupider and more callow than his father, which is quite a feat, took a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, after she promised him hot hot anti-Hillary info. All hell broke loose when this news hit, so Junior went on Fox News aka House Organ Hannity to swear that there were no more shoes to drop. And then news dropped that there was another Russian-American in the room, one who had been Kremlin-cozy too. And then it turned out that there were at least 8 people in the room, though we only know the names of five so far. This nothing-burger of a meeting has turned out to be a veritable clown-car of wannabe treasonists.

Source: While He Was Tweeting: The Collusion Edition, Week 25 | Dame Magazine

In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter | American Civil Liberties Union

Within seconds of exiting his vehicle after pulling Anthony over, Agent Joe Joswiak of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force opened the door of Anthony’s car, screaming, “Get the fuck out of the car, motherfucker!”Without hesitation, Agent Joswiak pulled, punched, and elbowed Anthony several times in the back while Anthony was still restrained by his seat belt. Agent Joswiak then yanked Anthony out of the car, threw him to the ground, and pressed his knee to the back of Anthony’s neck to pin Anthony facedown on the pavement while he and Sgt. Tim Gaul of the Worthington Police Department applied handcuffs.It turns out the agitated motorist Anthony encountered before being assaulted by Agent Joswiak was an off-duty police officer who called Joswiak to go after Anthony for tailgating him. The officer reports regarding the incident make no mention of any suspicion that Anthony was committing a drug offense.

Source: In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter | American Civil Liberties Union

Chris Uhlmann Australia’s Political Editor: Trump ‘has no desire and no capacity to lead the world’ | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Speaking on Sunday from the G20 conference in Hamburg, Uhlmann said Trump had shown “no desire and no capacity to lead the world” and was himself “the biggest threat to the values of the west”.“He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense that some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him,” Uhlmann said.“Where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea which would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it, they were prepared to back it, but it never came.”

Source: Chris Uhlmann Australia’s Political Editor: Trump ‘has no desire and no capacity to lead the world’ | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Maddow receives fake NSA Docs in attempt to discredit Russia reporting | 3CHICSPOLITICO

So while this president and his administration continue to claim that American journalists are on some anti-Trump crusade when it comes to Russia, it appears that someone – a person who wants the Trump-Russia story to go away – is intentionally distributing forged documents.The real fake news isn’t coming from Trump critics or trusted news organizations – it’s coming from an entity or person who wants to undermine journalists and protect the president.

Source: Maddow receives fake NSA Docs in attempt to discredit Russia reporting | 3CHICSPOLITICO

State Department concocting “fake” intellectual property “Twitter feud” | Ars Technica

So how is this fake Twitter campaign supposed to be carried out?According to the e-mail, the fake campaign is expected to start next week. It entails officials using the @StateDept feed to initiate pro-IP discussions and then the participants seeding the feed with positive responses.

Source: State Department concocting “fake” intellectual property “Twitter feud” | Ars Technica

Portland Republicans to use militia for security as far-right rallies continue | US news | The Guardian – Portland GOP endorses hate, racist and fascist thugs!

The Mercury reported that Multnomah Republicans had resolved in a meeting on Monday to “utilize volunteers from the Oregon Three Percenters, Oath Keepers, and other security groups” to protect their events. It was previously reported that the party was asking for donations to combat “threats of leftist violence”.

Source: Portland Republicans to use militia for security as far-right rallies continue | US news | The Guardian