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  • Russia has rehearsed an invasion of SCANDINAVIA .. claims US security report

    06/26/2015 12:23:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/26/15 | Kate Pickles
    A mock invasion of Sweden and Norway has been carried out by 33,000 Russian troops, a US security think tank has claimed. Tens of thousands of soldiers rehearsed a military takeover of Swedish and Norwegian territory near the Baltic Sea in March, security expert Edward Lucas said in a report for the US-based Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). The exercise also simulated the invasion of other areas including the Danish island of Bornholm, Finland's Swedish-speaking Ĺland islands, and northern Norway, according to the report, The Coming Storm.
  • Gay rights supporters push beyond marriage to broader legal protections

    06/28/2015 4:36:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 27, 2015 | Paul Kane, The Washington Post |
    Fresh off their biggest legal victory, gay rights supporters began to expand their efforts beyond same-sex marriage to a broad push to rewrite civil rights law and extend protections to other personal and financial actions. A liberal coalition spanning gay rights groups and traditional African-American leaders turned its attention to a new legislative bid to outlaw discrimination against homosexuals in employment, housing, financial dealings and other regular actions not protected under the Supreme Court's ruling declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. "You can be married on Saturday, post your pictures on Instagram on Sunday and fired from your job on...
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS’S TED CRUZ GUN PHOTOS DISAPPEAR FROM IMAGE WIRE

    06/23/2015 5:49:10 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/23/15 | Ezra Dulis
    A search of APImages.com for “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)93% ” no longer yields a handful of photos from photojournalist Charlie Neibergall wherein the barrel of a gun on a poster points to the U.S. Senator and presidential candidate’s head.(snip) UPDATE: AP Vice President and Director of Media Relations Paul Colford confirms that the news organization has decided to prevent future licensing of the photos showing guns pointed at Cruz. Breitbart News asked whether AP had encountered any outside pressure from politicians to remove the photos. Colford replied, “this was entirely an in-house decision.”
  • Associated Press's Ted Cruz Gun Photos Disapper From Image Wire

    06/22/2015 12:55:40 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ezra Dulis
    A search of APImages.com for “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ” no longer yields a handful of photos from photojournalist Charlie Neibergall wherein the barrel of a gun on a poster points to the U.S. Senator and presidential candidate’s head.A screenshot of the latest search results for Senator Cruz show nine photos from the “Celebrate the 2nd Amendment Event” in Iowa where he spoke on Saturday, June 20th, then photos begin from his appearance at the “Road to Majority” event in Washington, DC Thursday, June 18, 2015. The controversial gun poster images from the Iowa photo op are nowhere to be...
  • My father was killed by Russian propaganda, says Nemtsov's daughter - Russian propaganda kills.

    06/20/2015 10:02:37 AM PDT · by free_life · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 19, 2015 | Zhanna Nemtsova
    Russian propaganda kills. It kills reason and common sense but it also kills human beings. The tragic death of my father on 27 February was an act of political violence for which Russia’s state TV channels, among others, bear responsibility. For years, they stoked hatred towards him and other opposition figures, casting them as “national traitors”. Propaganda is not a crime, in and of itself: it is part of the furniture of the modern world. What is a crime is to use propaganda to incite people to break the law, employ violence or wage war. It was for these crimes...
  • Al Jazeera America Sued for Bias Against Israel, Non-Arabs

    06/16/2015 6:47:45 AM PDT · by pabianice · 5 replies
    The former head of Al Jazeera America's documentary unit announced a lawsuit against her former employer on Thursday, charging the American branch of the Qatar-based news network with a vitriolic bias against Israel, as well as discrimination against non-Arabs and women. Shannon High-Bassalik, who formerly worked with CNN, NBC and MSNBC, sued the company for discrimination after being fired in February only half way through her three-year contract, reports The Guardian. She charged the company with showing a blatant pro-Arab bias both in terms of employment and news coverage, with the most intense bias coming out against Israel. High-Bassalik said...
  • Study: Nazi propaganda left life-long mark on German kids

    06/15/2015 9:51:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2015 3:42 PM EDT | Frank Jordans
    Anti-Semitic propaganda had a life-long effect on German children schooled during the Nazi period, leaving them far more likely to harbor negative views of Jews than those born earlier and later, according to a study published Monday. The findings indicate that attempts to influence public attitudes are most effective when they target young people, particularly if the message confirms existing beliefs, the authors said. Researchers from the United States and Switzerland examined surveys conducted in 1996 and 2006 that asked respondents about a range of issues, including their opinions of Jews. The polls, known as the German General Social Survey,...
  • Our Overnight Orwellian Unraveling

    06/15/2015 12:57:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 15, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let me get to this piece that I have been referencing for the first hour from the website the Federalist. "How to Escape the Age of Mass Delusion." Now, remember, I went searching for this because I was sent an e-mail from a Republican friend who thinks that the Republicans ought to drop the social issues stuff 'cause if they keep on they're gonna keep losing. I've always had a problem with that, and the headline of the story was: "Wall Street Is Getting Tired of Funding Socially Conservative Republicans Running for President." The problem that I have with...
  • How To Escape The Age Of Mass Delusion

    06/15/2015 10:23:41 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 8, 2015 | Stella Morabito
    Nearly 100 years ago, Walter Lippmann wrote about “the manufacture of consent” in his classic work, “Public Opinion.” On the heels of that book, Edward Bernays penned a little volume called “Propaganda,” in which he stated that an elite would always be responsible for making the public aware of “new ideas” which the public would then act upon as the elite nudged them into it. Related, but more in-depth is Jacques Ellul’s 1962 book, “Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes.”
  • Weapon Study Author reveals Biased Mindset

    06/10/2015 9:31:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Reuters recently published the results of a study about children involving "weapons violence", though the term was used just short of the broadest possible context.   What was telling was the quote from the author of the study.  From whbl.com: “Millions of children are being exposed to violence involving weapons, and many of them are victimized by guns and knives, with an elevated risk of trauma and serious injury,” said lead study author Kimberly Mitchell, a scientist at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. The author is a highly educated woman.  It is hard...
  • How to escape the age of mass delusion

    06/08/2015 9:38:51 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 74 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6-8-15 | Stella morabito
    [Snip] One of the best books that cracks the code on what we are living through was written by Dutch psychiatrist Joost A. M. Meerloo about 60 years ago. Mull over the first line of his book’s forward, and you will think he is writing about today: “This book attempts to depict the strange transformation of the free human mind into an automatically responding machine – a transformation which can be brought about by some of the cultural undercurrents in our present-day society as well as by deliberate experiments in the service of a political ideology.” That’s from “The Rape...
  • Secret Kremlin ‘Troll Farm’ Spreads Fake News About U.S.

    06/08/2015 4:57:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    Bewildered in recent years by all the vitriolic hatred directed toward the U.S. from foreigners? Turns out it’s not all real. The propaganda machine of the Kremlin during Russia’s communist era, known as Pravda, has reinvented itself and is making a resurgence, this time through “Kremlin Trolls” who litter onine news sites and social media with Vladimir Putin’s agenda. Yesterday, in a huge expose, The New York Times labeled it “the biggest trolling operation in history … a highly coordinated disinformation campaign, involving dozens of fake accounts that posted hundreds of tweets for hours, targeting a list of figures precisely...
  • My life as a pro-Putin propagandist in Russia’s secret 'troll factory'

    06/07/2015 1:06:46 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7 Jun 15 | Tom Parfitt
    When Lyudmila Savchuk heard about the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov earlier this year she was shocked and saddened. “I felt the bullets between my own shoulders,” she said, recalling how the Kremlin critic was gunned down near Moscow's Red Square in February. Yet within hours of Mr Nemtsov's death, Ms Savchuk and her colleagues were going online to pour bile on the former deputy prime minister and claim he was killed by his own friends rather than by government hitmen, as many suspect. “I was so upset that I almost gave myself away,” she said. “But I...
  • Mets pitcher Dillon Gee says he was tricked into encouraging gun control

    06/04/2015 11:24:22 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 18 replies
    Sporting news ^ | 6/4/15 | Joe Rodgers
    A day before being activated from the disabled list, Mets pitcher Dillon Gee was also activated as a promoter of Gun Violence Awareness Day, apparently without his knowledge. To show their support for "Wear Orange," an initiative of the Everytown for Gun Safety nonprofit co-founded by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Mets took a team photo Tuesday wearing orange shirts. The Mets became the first pro sports franchise to participate, but Gee was not pleased once he got more background on the campaign and took to Twitter to explain.
  • “Hope” poster artist is shocked that President Obama supports same policies as Senator Obama

    06/03/2015 5:06:46 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    wordpress ^ | June 1, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog The guy who designed the Obama “Hope” poster is shocked that President Obama supports the same policies as Senator Obama In 2006, Senator Obama voted to extend the Patriot Act. In 2011, President Obama signed another extension of the Patriot Act.A few days ago, Shepard Fairey, the guy who designed the Obama “Hope” poster, said:“… drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he’d support]…”In other words, the guy who designed the Obama “Hope” poster is shocked that President Obama supports the same policies as Senator Obama.And that reminds me of this...
  • ‘Nudging’ Goes to College

    06/01/2015 6:35:58 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 34 replies
    Minding the Campus ^ | May 31, 2015 | Rachelle Peterson
    Classical economics went wrong at its first turn, say Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler. Man is not homo economicus, the rationally calculating actor that the dismal scientists from Adam Smith down through Milton Friedman supposed our species to be. No, we are emotionally driven, contextually influenced, socially conditioned: Humans, not Econs. Sunstein and Thaler famously lay out their Human vs. Econ divide in Nudge, their 2008 bestseller that popularized a new sub-discipline, behavioral economics. Behavioral economists recognize that people make hasty decisions for non-rational reasons, relying on rules of thumb, heuristics, and past experiences that bias their judgment and prevent...
  • Lost ‘Hope’: Poster artist says Obama let him down

    05/30/2015 6:05:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015
    The street artist behind the iconic “Hope” poster of then-candidate Barack Obama says the president has let him down. In an interview with Esquire, Shepard Fairey said President Obama has not lived up to the expectations of the image that captured the verve behind Obama’s 2008 run. In fact, Fairey said, he’s “not even close.” “Obama has had a really tough time, but there have been a lot of things that he’s compromised on that I never would have expected. I mean, drones and domestic spying are the last things I would have thought [he’d support],” he told Esquire.
  • Why don’t Americans feel better about the economy?

    05/29/2015 11:16:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | Chico Harlan and Sarah Halzack
    If there was any time for American consumers to feel good, it would be this moment. Job growth is brisk. Paychecks are finally nudging up. And a surprise drop in gas prices has given the average household an extra $700 a year. But six years after the end of the Great Recession, Americans are startlingly anxious about their economic prospects. They are sitting on their money in a way that suggests that the consumer psychology may have fundamentally changed, with people less willing to spend than they were during other periods of economic prosperity. Government data released Friday showed that...
  • ‘The News’ now planted progressive propaganda

    05/29/2015 6:07:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/29/15 | Judi Mcleod
    America's first digital dictator In October of 2008 Obama and the Dems threw the Fundamental Transformation of America up in garish, jaw-dropping neon lights and the world thereafter was never to be the same. The communications world now digital gave an about to be jettisoned America its first digital dictator. Back then David Axelrod astroturfing portrayed Obama’s promised Brave New World as an empty screen, one on which Obama could be projected in whatever image folk wanted him to be, history’s first free phone and easy food stamp president. Down at core, the new messiah of Hope & Change was...
  • PROPOGANDA ANALYSIS

    05/23/2015 6:17:50 AM PDT · by PeterPrinciple · 7 replies
    Institute of Propaganda Analysis ^ | 2/28/11 | Institute of Propaganda Analysis
    It may seem strange to suggest that the study of propaganda has relevance to contemporary politics. After all, when most people think about propaganda, they think of the enormous campaigns that were waged by Hitler and Stalin in the 1930s. Since nothing comparable is being disseminated in our society today, many believe that propaganda is no longer an issue. But propaganda can be as blatant as a swastika or as subtle as a joke. Its persuasive techniques are regularly applied by politicians, advertisers, journalists, radio personalities, and others who are interested in influencing human behavior. Propagandistic messages can be used...
  • Norks -Deeply Offended by Accusation of Faked Submarine Missile Launch- Make Brazen New Claims...

    05/21/2015 3:45:14 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 May 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    (1 week prior to capitalist mission forever trumpeted in shallow propaganda of American running-dogs) More at Reaganite Republican
  • Pentagon asks media to scrap old footage of ISIS columns

    05/15/2015 5:25:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5/15/15 | Fox News
    Full title..."Not how they roll: Pentagon asks media to scrap old footage of ISIS columns" ISIS may be on the move, but not the way you see on television, claims the Pentagon. Footage of the menacing, black-clad terrorist army rolling across the desert in long convoys predates U.S.-led air strikes that have forced the jihadists to travel more discreetly, say senior State Department and Pentagon officials. They have asked television networks to stop using stock footage that makes the terror army seem more mobile - and more formidable - than they say it actually is. “One Toyota speeding down the...
  • Hollywood Traitors Supported Hitler and Stalin: An Interview with Allan Ryskind

    05/13/2015 6:46:25 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 46 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May, 13, 2015 | Brett M. Decker
    Hard-core Communists in Hollywood, and by that I mean those with party cards and whose allegiance was to Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, not the United States, made a major effort to take over the movie industry and nearly succeeded. The much-maligned House Un-American Activities Committee, as even liberal Hollywood historians Larry Ceplair and Steven Englund acknowledge, uncovered over 200 party members in Hollywood. My dad, Morrie Ryskind, one of the few outspoken anti-Communist screenwriters in Hollywood, said the number was closer to 300. They were part of a broad conspiracy of subversives who had penetrated America’s most critical...
  • The Oppression Narrative

    05/12/2015 9:41:45 AM PDT · by yuffy · 1 replies
    Politicalhat ^ | Posted on May 12, 2015 | The Political Hat
    We have previously mentioned the re-write of the AP guide for History. The new AP guide for teaching History is nothing less than (yet another) declaration of war against the very essence of America. Elizabeth Price Foley over at Instapundit has termed the MiniTru approved truth as “the oppression narrative.” An apt label for an education system that tears down American civilization as an “evil” and replaces it with a Howard Zinnified version of reality. As Foley notes: “How about just teaching our children about the founding, the Constitution, and the major historical eras? It isn’t a cultural anthropology or...
  • UKRAINE:

    Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Center for Military and Political Research, Coordinator of the Information Resistance group, Member of Parliament (People’s Front) 04.21.2015 Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine Based on the results of OSINT (open-source intelligence) and by summarizing the data of the IR group’s network, the experts of Information Resistance calculated the approximate numbers of combat equipment and auxiliary supplies which Russia has transferred to Donbas after the signing of the Minsk Agreements, and as of April 20, 2015. Tanks at DNR's training grounds. Photograph by Petr Shelomoiskiy Tanks at the DNR’s training grounds. Photograph by Petr...
  • What's to Account For Hillary's Astonishing Fall from Official Media Grace?

    04/19/2015 7:52:36 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 93 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 4/19/2015 | Sacra Pizza Man
     A Lioness in the Streets   In the 1930s, someone heard Adolph Hitler being screamed at behind closed doors by the head of the German Central Bank, Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht. Who could get away with screaming at Hitler and live? Someone fronting from a group so powerful, it could have ordered that Hitler be made into Hoffaburger. It turns out that when Hitler first assumed power, he went with hat in hand to make his case to the heads of German industry that his gangster militias could deliver labor peace.  The big talking heads are mum about all this, so let this...
  • Have We Passed the Point of No Return on Climate Change?

    04/13/2015 2:57:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Scientific American ^ | April 13, 2015 | By EarthTalk
    Dear EarthTalk: What is the best way to measure how close we are to the dreaded "point of no return" with climate change? In other words, when do we think we will have gone too far? — David Johnston, via EarthTalk.org While we may not yet have reached the “point of no return” - when no amount of cutbacks on greenhouse gas emissions will save us from potentially catastrophic global warming - climate scientists warn we may be getting awfully close. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution a century ago, the average global temperature has risen some 1.6 degrees...
  • Laurence Tribe Fights Climate Case Against Star Pupil From Harvard, President Obama

    04/07/2015 6:08:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 6, 2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Laurence H. Tribe, the highly regarded liberal scholar of constitutional law, still speaks of President Obama as a proud teacher would of a star student. “He was one of the most amazing research assistants I’ve ever had,” Mr. Tribe said in a recent interview. Mr. Obama worked for him at Harvard Law School, where Mr. Tribe has taught for four decades. Many in the Obama administration and at Harvard are bewildered and angry that Mr. Tribe, who argued on behalf of Al Gore in the 2000 Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case, has emerged as the leading legal opponent of...
  • Next for Steyer: put GOP candidates on climate change hot seat

    04/06/2015 2:52:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle's SF Gate Blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Carla Marinucci
    San Francisco activist Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Super PAC Monday announced the billionaire Democrat will wage a campaign to put Republicans on the “hot seat” about climate change and spend “what it takes” for an aggressive new high-tech “war room” to track — and attack — GOP candidates in 2016. The program, based at the NextGen headquarters in the Financial District — with satellite offices in Washington, D.C., and other cities — aims to make climate change a “top tier” issue next year. It will focus its firepower on turning environmental concerns into a “wedge issue,” especially with young voters,...
  • Russian Trolls' Vast Library Of Insulting Images

    04/06/2015 3:13:04 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | April 04, 2015 | Carl Schreck
    Ever wonder where the droves of Russian-language Internet trolls get those satirical graphics they deploy to smear Western and Ukrainian leaders? Turns out there's a website with a vast archive of images helping them pepper their posts with visual invective. Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on April 2 that the website with the Cyrillic address[...]translates from Russian as "in the headquarters") hosts thousands of these ready-made images for use by hundreds of paid trolls working for a secretive organization in St. Petersburg. The images -- mainly crude mash-ups or regular photographs touched up with sarcastic and juvenile captions -- are largely...
  • Russia anti-gay views on rise; teachers face brunt

    04/02/2015 8:25:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/2/2015 | IRINA TITOVA
    Alevtina is one of several teachers who lost their jobs in St. Petersburg after being outed by an anti-gay activist. While most resigned quietly, the 27-year-old music teacher decided to fight her dismissal in court — an unusual step in Russia where gays have faced increasing pressure in recent years. The rising anti-gay sentiment has coincided with the passage of a controversial Russian law that prohibits exposing children to gay "propaganda." The law has made it easy to target teachers, because they work directly with children.
  • Atlantic City Girl Meets President Obama: 'See Ya Sparkle!'

    03/29/2015 9:32:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NBC 10 Philadelphia ^ | March 28, 2015 | By Alison Burdo
    A New Jersey girl had a once in a lifetime thrill this week when she went to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and even had a chance to sit in his chair in the Oval Office. "I'm trying to be a community organizer," Sparkle Prevard, of Atlantic City, told Obama. Prevard visited Washington D.C. with several other young women who were all named Youth of the Year winners. The South Jersey teen, who graduated from Atlantic City High School, plans to attend Richard Stockton State College in the fall, according to the Boys & Girls Club in...
  • Jeh Johnson’s malfeasance

    03/26/2015 10:15:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-26-15 | Frank Gaffney, Jr.
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared Monday that “reading the Quran” reminds him of “quintessential American values.” The Muslim Brotherhood-aligned influence operation he addressed was pleased. The rest of us should be alarmed. There are, of course, passages of the Koran that are peaceable and encourage tolerance. Presumably, those are the ones to which Mr. Johnson was referring. Unfortunately, according to the authorities of Islam and their supremacist doctrine of shariah, such passages have been explicitly replaced by others that are virulently hateful and intolerant. They demand adherents engage in holy war, not practice true American values. Mr. Johnson is...
  • One Professional Russian Troll Tells All

    03/26/2015 7:55:01 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 315 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | March 25, 2015 | Dmitry Volchek and Daisy Sindelar
    More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremlin dialogue online. There are thousands of fake accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and vKontakte, all increasingly focused on the war in Ukraine. Many emanate from Russia's most famous "troll factory," the Internet Research center, an unassuming building on St. Petersburg's Savushkina Street, which runs on a 24-hour cycle. In recent weeks, former employees have come forward to talk to RFE/RL about life inside the factory, where hundreds of people work...
  • American Blogger Offered Money to Publish Russian Propaganda

    03/25/2015 12:19:04 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 18 replies
    Global voices ^ | 24 Mar 2015 | Maria Volkova
    An American blogger turned down the offer of a lifetime this past weekend: getting paid to do nothing. The slight catch was that he had to publish articles written by someone else on his blog and claim them as his own—no big deal, right? According to the blogger, David Swanson, after giving a talk at an anti-war event in Washington DC on March 20, he was approached by a young man with a thick Russian accent who introduced himself as Alexsei G. Padalko. This man showed Swanson his business card, which identified him as an air attaché assistant for the...
  • Pharrell Williams: “Happiness Is Your Birthright”

    03/22/2015 4:30:32 PM PDT · by Chris in VA · 56 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 3/22/15 | David Webb
    Pharrell Williams spoke to the UN General Assembly on International Day of Happiness according to the Daily Mail. At least, that is what the headline of the article is supposed to make you think.
  • Facebook: Monkey See, Monkey Do

    03/19/2015 5:21:08 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 12 replies
    Thought Crimes ^ | 03-17-15 | Chris Shugart
    You’ve probably heard the old statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters that they'd eventually pound out the complete works of Shakespeare. Now we know, thanks to the Internet, that this isn't true. The evidence can be seen by anyone who spends any time on Facebook, where sentient intelligence seems to have been replaced by boring insipid images. Facebook has gradually risen to a level of stature that’s taken on a dimension that’s even bigger than a posted photo of Kim Kardashian’s rear end. This premiere social media platform has evolved into an online political playground that...
  • OSCE official suggests finding fine line between free speech, countering Russian propaganda

    03/18/2015 3:07:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | March 18, 2015, 9:36 a.m. | Kyiv Post; Oleg Sukhov
    The Ukrainian government needs to find a “fine line” that would allow it to both protect free speech and fight Kremlin propaganda, a top official of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe said in an interview with the Kyiv Post. There has been a debate in Ukraine on whether pro-Kremlin media, which are inciting Russia’s war against Ukraine and fabricating lies, should be banned. While some argue that they are a threat to national security, others condemn such measures as an attack on free speech. “The Ukrainian government needs to find a very fine line with the help...
  • The Trolls Who Came In From The Cold

    03/16/2015 11:07:08 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 71 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | March 16, 2015 | Viktor Rezunkov
    ST. PETERSBURG -- Last May, Tatiana N decided she wanted a higher salary than the average journalist can expect. After responding to an advertisement in the popular HeadHunter job-search website, she became a Kremlin-paid Internet troll. Tatiana -- who, like others interviewed for this story, asked that her last name not be used -- worked out of a 2,500-square-meter warehouse in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. The job paid 40,000 rubles a month, significantly more than the 25,000-30,000 most journalists make. But it came, she said, "with pain." Tatiana joined a round-the-clock operation in which an army of trolls disseminated...
  • 25 Statist Propaganda Phrases (And How To Rebut Them)

    03/15/2015 9:19:16 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | March 14, 2015 | Tylor Durden
    3. “The social contract” A valid contract must be presented honestly and agreed to voluntarily, without duress or fraud. The social contract does not meet this standard because the state will initiate the use of force against anyone who does not voluntarily enter into the social contract. The state is also not automatically dissolved when it fails to uphold its obligations under the social contract, so the presentation is dishonest if it even occurs at all. Therefore, the social contract cannot be considered a legitimate contract.
  • Soros, Ford shovel $196 million to 'net neutrality' groups, staff to White House

    02/25/2015 11:19:29 AM PST · by W. · 55 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Liberal philanthropist George Soros and the Ford Foundation have lavished groups supporting the administration’s “net neutrality” agenda, donating $196 million and landing proponents on the White House staff, according to a new report. And now, as the Federal Communications Commission nears approving a type of government control over the Internet, the groups are poised to declare victory in the years-long fight, according to the report from MRC Business, an arm of the conservative media watchdog, the Media Research Center. “These left-wing groups not only impacted the public debate and funded top liberal think tanks from the Center for American Progress...
  • Obama: 'Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding'

    02/19/2015 9:04:47 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 151 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 19. 2015 | Susan Jones
    We hear a lot about the United States' Judeo-Christian heritage, but according to President Obama, "Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding." That's what the president told a White House conference on "countering violent extremism" on Wednesday. Obama has said similar things in the past: "I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story,” Obama said in a June 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt. "Islam has always been part of America," he said in a 2010 statement marking the start of Ramadan. And in a 2014 statement marking Eid, Obama...
  • The Most Surprising Gay Marriage Poll We've Seen In A While [retread zot]

    02/18/2015 3:41:54 PM PST · by Dalek · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/17/15 | Aaron Blake
    Everyone wants to know whether Jeb Bush can survive his support for Common Core and comprehensive immigration reform in today's Republican Party. One deal-breaker that might surprise people, though: His opposition to gay marriage. NBC News and Marist College are out with a batch of new 2016 primary polls. And as you might expect, Common Core, immigration reform, belief in man-made climate change and support for raising taxes on the wealthy are among those with the potential to alienate lots of conservatives. But according to the polls, so does opposition to gay marriage--an issue on which Bush agrees with basically...
  • The insane malady afflicting American 'democracy'

    02/15/2015 7:52:14 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Pravda ^ | 15.02.2015 | Montresor
    Contestant: "Who is Barrack Hussein Obama?" Trebek: "I'm sooooo sorry. Who..." All of a sudden, Trebek's legs start to shake, uncontrollably. The huge bulge in his tight pants starts to vibrate violently. Trebek stops; reaches down; he answers his i-phone1.
  • Baltic States Compete With Russia in TV Battle for Hearts and Minds

    02/15/2015 7:35:11 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Feb. 13 2015 19:02 | Reuters
    RIGA/VILNIUS — Responding to what they see as a wave of Kremlin propaganda over Ukraine, the governments of the three Baltic states are keeping a wary eye on pro-Moscow television channels and stepping up their own broadcasts in Russian. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, all part of the Soviet Union until 1991, are nervous of a newly assertive Russia and fret that their large Russian-speaking minorities could be susceptible to Moscow's message. But at a time of dramatic developments in eastern Ukraine, with fierce battles followed by a new cease-fire deal this week, the Baltic efforts to fight back over the...
  • How the fictional early papacy became real

    02/14/2015 1:16:14 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 527 replies
    Beggars All Martin Luther's Mariology ^ | June 7,2010 | John Bugay
    "Historically, Catholics have argued that the papacy was a divinely-given institution papacy (Matt 16:17-19) etc., and they have relied on the notion that there have been bishops of Rome extending all the way back to the time of Peter. This notion of bishops extending all the way back was thought to be actual history. In fact, as Shotwell and Loomis pointed out, in the General Introduction to their 1927 work "The See of Peter": With reference to the Petrine doctrine, however, the Catholic attitude is much more than a "pre-disposition to believe." That doctrine is the fundamental basis of the...
  • Decoding North Korea's Fish And Mushroom Slogans (North Korean Propaganda Slogans Alert)

    02/12/2015 8:16:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/12/2015 | Magazine Monitor
    For the full list of slogans, as translated by BBC Monitoring, read on: Let us all turn out in the general offensive to hasten final victory in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu! Let us greet the 70th anniversaries of national liberation and Party founding with high political enthusiasm and brilliant labour feats! Let us glorify the 70th anniversaries of national liberation and Party founding as revolutionary, auspicious events noteworthy in the history of Kim Il Sung's nation and Kim Jong Il's Korea! The great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are the eternal leaders of our revolution, the...
  • PRO-TERROR ISLAMIST GROUP HONORS ISIS HOSTAGE KAYLA MUELLER FOR PROTESTING JEWS

    02/10/2015 2:31:27 PM PST · by FR_addict · 110 replies
    GatewayPundit ^ | Feb 10, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Kayla Mueller protested Israel for ISM. PalSolidarity reported: Today, 10th February, Kayla Mueller’s family confirmed she has been killed. Abdullah Abu Rahma, coordinator of the popular committee in the village of Bil’in where Kayla joined the protests, told ISM: “Kayla came to Palestine to stand in solidarity with us. She marched with us and faced the military that occupies our land side by side with us. For this, Kayla will always live in our hearts. We send all our support to her family and will continue, like Kayla, to work against injustice wherever it is.” Kayla Mueller volunteered with the...
  • Obama: 1 in 5 women in America have experienced rape or attempted rape

    02/10/2015 8:39:06 AM PST · by pabianice · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/9/15 | Schow
    “And more than 1 in 4 women has experienced some form of domestic violence.” Wow, just wow. Gone are the days that the president makes false claims that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college. Now 20 percent of all women in America have been raped or nearly raped. And 25 percent of American women — not just college women — have experienced domestic violence. Let’s just think about that for a minute. The current population of the U.S. is 316.1 million, with women comprising about half. That means there are about 158 million women and...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Obama Administration Has Mastered ‘Propaganda and Spin’

    02/07/2015 5:45:20 PM PST · by upchuck · 30 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | Feb 7, 2015 | Philip Wegmann
    Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson says the government is growing increasingly savvy at evading reporters through the use of social media and other avenues to push “their propaganda and spin.” Speaking at a Hillsdale College conference on American journalism, the Emmy Award-winning journalist and Daily Signal senior independent contributor called out the press for going soft in pursuit of the truth.Attkisson said that “unless something pretty drastic happens, it stands to continue and get worse no matter who is president next.”The author of “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington” said it’s...