Category Archives: pseudo-freedom

Trump’s Manchurian Candidate Denial was Un(President)ed | La Prensa San Diego

By allowing Russia to gain standing on the world stage, Trump is diminishing the foreign policy work laid since the end of World War II when the U.S. saved

Source: Trump’s Manchurian Candidate Denial was Un(President)ed | La Prensa San Diego

If Trump isn’t working for them, he’s not really work for us either. By allowing Russia to gain standing on the world stage, Trump is diminishing the foreign policy work laid since the end of World War II when the U.S. saved Russia.

The Cold War was waged over Russia’s desire for an expanded political role among world superpowers through a build up of nuclear weapons and the coercion of witting partners. After three decades of decline, Putin has put them back at the main table with Trump as his wing man.

‘Example to the world’: Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte’s war on drugs | World news | The Guardian – Lost soul in search of an icon – embraces summary assassination as his theme

President Maithripala Sirisena

Source: ‘Example to the world’: Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte’s war on drugs | World news | The Guardian

Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found | Technology | The Guardian – Time to just give up or… fund an international policing agency to track and disrupt the hackers and hack traders?

Store of 770m email addresses and passwords discovered after being posted to a hacking forum

Source: Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found | Technology | The Guardian

Brazil′s Bolsonaro begins firing ′left-wing′ public servants | News | DW | 03.01.2019

President Jair Bolsonaro has authorized the dismissal of civil servants who don’t share his government’s far-right ideology. The sweep will target officials deemed sympathetic to Brazil’s centrist and left-wing parties.

Source: Brazil′s Bolsonaro begins firing ′left-wing′ public servants | News | DW | 03.01.2019

Friday Open Thread | What the Loss of Mattis Means | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Mattis wasn’t perfect. Not even close. But, because of the rest of the clown car surrounding Dolt45, he was reassurance for the world that there was at least of pocket of normalcy. But, he’s gone….…

Source: Friday Open Thread | What the Loss of Mattis Means | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Opinion | Stumbling Upon Police Abuse – The New York Times

The impolite reality is that stories like this explain why frustrated residents in many communities see the police as an occupying force. This shows what a growing cross-section of Americans in both political parties mean when they speak of a two-tiered justice system. This is why the police, in neighborhoods and editorial pages across the country, often don’t get the respect they demand — or the trust they feel they deserve.

How US billionaires are fuelling the hard-right cause in Britain | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

he Kochs’ chief political lieutenant, Richard Fink, developed what he called a three-stage model of social change. Universities would produce “the intellectual raw materials”. Thinktanks would transform them into “a more practical or usable form”. Then “citizen activist” groups would “press for the implementation of policy change”. To these ends the Kochs set up bodies in all three categories themselves, such as the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Cato Institute and the “citizens’ group” Americans for Prosperity. But for the most part they funded existing organisations that met their criteria. They have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into a network of academic departments, thinktanks, journals and movements. And they appear to have been remarkably successful. As researchers at Harvard and Columbia universities have found, Americans for Prosperity alone now rivals the Republican party in terms of size, staffing and organisational capacity. It has pulled “the Republican party to the far right on economic, tax and regulatory issues”. It was crucial to the success of the Tea Party movement, the ousting of Democrats from Congress, and the staffing of Trump’s tra

Source: How US billionaires are fuelling the hard-right cause in Britain | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

Revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson | UK news | The Guardian

A separate study of about 600 Twitter accounts, believed to be directly tied to the Russian government or closely aligned with its propaganda, found significant numbers had tweeted prolifically in Robinson’s defence.

Source: Revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson | UK news | The Guardian

California fires: Zinke blames devastation on ‘radical environmentalists’ – Los Angeles Times Bigger POS than his boss

“It’s not time for finger-pointing,” Zinke said. “We know the problem. It’s been years of neglect, and in many cases it’s been these radical environmentalists that want nature to take its course. …You know what? This is on them.”

Source: California fires: Zinke blames devastation on ‘radical environmentalists’ – Los Angeles Times

Why the U.S. could lose the next big war – and what that means for Canada | CBC News A Set up to give military-industrial complex even more trillions of tax dollars

An alarming new analysis of the United States’ ability to fight and win a war with China or Russia rocked Washington last week – and it’s rattling the experts in Ottawa as well.

Source: Why the U.S. could lose the next big war – and what that means for Canada | CBC News