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/r/Neoliberal's Guide to the Next Pope!
2020.06.20 12:15 InternetBoredom/r/Neoliberal's Guide to the Next Pope!
Hey all! This is intended to be an effort-post detailing the selection of the Next Pope- when it will happen, what to expect, and who the candidates will most likely be.
How Does it Work?
When the pope dies (or resigns), every Cardinal under the age of 80 goes to the Sistine Chapel. They lock themselves in without any phones or ways of communicating to the outside, and begin the decision making process. A 2/3rds majority is needed to crown a Pope, and the number of votes/ballots taken before that majority is reached can range from 3 to (rarely) 100+. CGP Grey’s video on the matter is actually very high-quality, and I’d suggest you watch it if you want a more in-depth explanation of the entire process. Pope Francis has been stating that he plans for his papacy to be a short one, and that he will likely retire at some point. It’s anyone’s guess as to when that’ll be, but it’ll likely be after Pope Benedict dies. Whenever he chooses to do so, the next Papal conclave will begin.
Who is Eligible
Officially any Sunday Catholic can become pope (Including, theoretically, a woman), but in reality the Cardinals almost always vote for another Cardinal. Generally, Popes are expected to be within a certain age range (65-75) and bishops from inside Italy or who have ties with Italy are historically favored, though that is likely to change in the coming conclave. Pope Francis has spent his papacy stacking the cardinal-electors with bishops outside of Europe, and a lot of the criticism of Pope Francis in conservative Anglo-American media has (unsurprisingly) caused a bit of a backlash, leading to the church leaning away from electing a Ratzingerian-style European traditionalist. What this means is that the top contenders for next Pope are from all over the world!
The "Papabili" are the cardinals who are considered most likely to be selected pope. The word translates roughly to "Pope-able," and while it's common for popes to come from outside the Papabili ("Enter the Conclave a Pope, exit a Cardinal"), the list of Papabili do give a reasonable guide to who are the front-runners in any given conclave. Of the most recent popes, Pope Paul VI, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis were all considered Papabili going into the conclave, while Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II were not. During this effort post, I’ll be examining four of the top Papabili according to Vaticanologists: Peter Turkson, Luis Antonio Tagle, Pietro Parolin, and Seán Patrick O'Malley.
The African Leftist: Cardinal Peter Turkson of the Cape Coast, Ghana
A close ally to Pope Francis and a top Papabile from the 2013 conclave, Peter Turkson has long been Pope Francis’ mouthpiece for fighting climate change and critiquing modern capitalism. The 2015 encyclical against climate change that upset so many American Republicans was unveiled and in part written by Peter Turkson, and it was Peter Turkson who appeared in a UN summit with Ban Ki-Moon urging world leaders to take definite action to fight climate change. To many in the Vatican, Peter Turkson appears to be the image of a developing world Cardinal. He has been tireless in his advocacy of economic justice, often treading well to the left of where even Pope Francis dares to go. He frequently promotes his idea of “integral ecology”- the idea that the environment must be viewed as fundamentally connected to humanity, rather than separate. Hurting the environment should be viewed as the damage to humanity itself. He has been extremely active as of late criticizing governments for allowing coronavirus to spread rapidly among poor and minority populations, and is calling for debt cancellation to developing countries to allow for more money to be directed towards coronavirus aid. He has repeatedly called upon the US and other western countries to remove sanctions from countries like Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba, saying that they only serve to hurt already poverty-stricken people. One of Peter Turkson’s most extensive works was his comprehensive plan to reform the IMF and international finance, which included, among other things, the expansion of UN authority over financial markets, the establishment of a global central bank, and international sanctions on profiteering banks and financial institutions. Peter Turkson is, however, known to be rather tone-deaf by Western standards. He’s a staunch social conservative, on the right-wing even within the Church, and has been known to defend anti-gay laws and oppose the use of contraception even when it could prevent AIDs (And increasingly unpopular opinion within the Church). He has been known to minimize the importance of the sexual abuse scandals, even claiming that they are not a major issue in Africa due to “African traditional systems” which discourage homosexuality. He infamously showed off a far-right video fear-mongering about Muslim birth rates in Europe as a way of disparaging abortion use. If elected Pope, Turkson would represent a sharp turn to the social right-wing and economic left in the Catholic Church, as well as a major pivot away from Europe and towards the developing world in focus. Neoliberal Score: 4/10 Good intentions, but socially far-right.
The Francis of Asia: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, The Philippines
Of all of Pope Francis’ allies, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is likely the closest. His views align with Francis’ to the point that he has become widely known as “The Francis of Asia,” and it is an open secret that Francis himself seems to be setting Tagle up as his successor. Apart from the very Tagle-friendly cardinals Pope Francis has appointed, Pope Francis has recently given Tagle the title of Cardinal-Bishop, the highest rank of Cardinal one can achieve (There are only 6 Cardinal-Bishops as of now). Pope Francis has also appointed him to head the Congregation of Evangelization- a position colloquially called the “Red Pope.” This in addition to his ongoing presidency of Caritas International (Intl’ charity organization) makes Cardinal Tagle the second or third most powerful person in the Church today. Within the Philippines, Tagle is known to be extremely charismatic, even outstripping Pope Francis himself, and he is known to dispense with formalities, preferring his followers to refer to him by the nickname “Chito.” He would be a relatively young pope, being only 63, and would likely guarantee a 20+ year long papacy rivaling Saint Pope John Paul II himself. Cardinal Tagle is closely associated with the Bologna School of theology, a liberal school of thought known for producing a very controversial “progressive” interpretation of the Vatican II council. Though Tagle has officially rejected that interpretation, his rejection is viewed much in the same way that Pope Francis “rejected” liberation theology. Cardinal Tagle aligns with Pope Francis’ views that divorced people should be given Holy Communion on a case-by-case basis, he has sharply condemned the “harsh rhetoric” used by his colleagues against LGBT people, he is a known opponent of Duterte, and he is a proponent of loosening priestly celibacy rules (IE, allowing priests to marry). Despite this, Tagle remains a staunch theological conservative, opposing the use of both contraception and abortion (In the Philippines, they are considered equivalent) and denouncing “practical atheism.” Tagle is at heart a moderate pragmatist, much like Pope Francis, and Tagle’s election would indicate a continuation of Francis’ moderate-reformist message well into the future. Neoliberal Ranking - 6.5/10, Making him Pope be a fun way to piss off Duterte
The Diplomat in Red: Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State
Pietro Parolin is a relatively unknown candidate compared to the rest of the Cardinals on this list, but Vaticanologists believe he is one of the top candidates for the next Pope. Another close ally to Pope Francis, Parolin represents the more murky “diplomatic” side of Pope Francis’ legacy. Though Tagle may be the favored successor, Parolin is believed by many to be the true powerbroker in the Vatican. Despite beliefs that Pope Francis would weaken the office of Secretariat of State, Parolin has emerged victorious in many debates among Cardinals, pushing through his own slate of reforms to the Vatican finances and Vatican Bank. Parolin’s maneuvering within the Vatican and the decline of his primary rival- ultraconservative Australian Bishop and Vatican financial reformer George Pell- has left an unprecedented level of centralized power in Parolin’s hands. The secretive nature of Vatican affairs makes it difficult to tell exactly what Parolin is doing with that power, but he did recently get in some hot water over some loans of questionable repute. He’s also made some interesting statements about the ongoing sexual abuse reform efforts, accusing conservative Cardinals of forcing out a reformist clergyman who was trying to “shake the boat.” Moving on from internal Vatican politics, Parolin has an extremely long history of diplomatic service across the globe. He was at the forefront of efforts to promote the Nuclear Nonproliferation treaty back, he was involved in the 2007 Bush-era efforts to reopen Israel-Palestine peace talks, and he successfully reopened ties between the Church and Vietnam. He had a extremely influential role in the reestablishment of ties between the US and Cuba, and he successfully reopened ties between the Vatican and Russia after 20 years. His most famous and controversial actions, however, have been in working to reopen ties with China. The Catholic Church is rapidly growing in China, but it is divided between a large confederation of illegal “underground churches” that answer directly to Rome, and the (excommunicated) “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association,” which is controlled by the Communist Party, who appoints its bishops and priests. Parolin was integral in opening ties with the People’s Republic of China for the first time back during Benedict’s papacy, and has been seeped in negotiations with the CCP over the reunification of the Chinese Catholic Church. He was the one behind the recent deal that worked out an agreement for nominating bishops, but was accused of selling out to the Communists in response. One Cardinal stated: “They’re giving the flock into the mouths of the wolves. It’s an incredible betrayal.”. Under the agreement, new bishops will be nominated in a process involving both the Communist Party of China and the local Chinese bishops, which will then be sent for final approval by the Vatican. Certain bishops appointed by the CCP would be officially recognized by the Vatican, and the underground churches would eventually be rolled into the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Parolin is a deeply controversial figure within the Church. While a truly gifted diplomat, his move to re-open relations with communist states has earned him the ire of many. And yet, Parolin might just be able to catapult himself to the Papal throne. Neoliberal Rating: I’m not a International Relations Majo10
The American Candidate: Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley of Boston
Cardinal O’Malley is one of the few Cardinals on this list who isn’t an explicit ally of Pope Francis, and is notable just by virtue of being an American. He came in a competitive fourth place on the first ballot in the 2013 conclave, and was apparently beloved by the people of Rome in the leadup to the conclave. Though many vaticanologists claim that the politics of power make an American pope essentially impossible, O’Malley has the unique distinction of being popular by virtue of him seeming so incredibly un-American. He’s quiet, humble, non-materialistic, and largely uninterested in power. His colleagues describe him as pious and deeply spiritual. He’s a member of the Capuchin Monks, which take a vow of poverty and extreme asceticism. In a sense, he’s everything that Cardinal Dolan from NYC isn’t. One of the big reasons why he’s both extremely popular and likely to be considered is because he’s made some big moves in reforming his local church to deal with sexual abuse. He’s initiated a zero tolerance policy on it, and helped found the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. His tenure hasn’t been entirely without controversy- he was involved in a dispute over the government mandating Catholic adoption centers allow LGBT people to adopt- but he’s generally dealt with all issues in a timely and direct manner. He’s relatively pastoral in style- that is to say, orthodox in theology but moderate in tone- and he’s not closely connected to Pope Francis while being acceptable to both liberals and conservatives. Were he not American, he'd probably be a shoo-in. Were he not American. Neoliberal Score: 5/10 - More Conservative than Tagle, but also a legitimately pious guy.
I don’t quite have the time or space to give full write-ups about each of these Cardinals, but rest assured that they are very much in the running, though they are perhaps more of a long-shot than the ones listed above. The Church, however, is known for surprising people with their picks. Quite literally anything can happen. The Old Guard Liberal: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria Cardinal Schönborn was a major liberal contender for the papacy in 2013, and in this case the word “liberal” really means something. He’s publicly stated that he believes gay civil marriages are a good thing, and should be preferred over simply living together unmarried. He considers condoms the “lesser evil” when fighting AIDs, he supports the creation of married priests, and he was extremely active in fighting sexual abuse, earning him international recognition. Unfortunately, he recently suffered a major pulmonary infarction, which led to an odd scenario where he attempted to resign, but Pope Francis asked him to stay. Though he has largely recovered, these health concerns and the uproar his election would cause among the conservatives put somewhat of a damper on his papal chances. Neolib Ranking: 8/10 The Old Guard Conservative: Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec, Canada I once saw Ouellet described as the “Pope Benedict of Canada,” and that’s probably fair. Ouellet is the firebrand for conservatism and traditionalism within the Church- not the sort of homophobic far-right social conservatism represented by someone like Robert Sarah, but the “I only go to Latin Mass” sort of conservatism. His big concern is the increasing secularism in the Western World, which is probably fair given that he served as Archbishop of Quebec at a time when religiosity in Quebec dropped dramatically. The thing is, Ouellet is too conservative and too European. At a time when the Church is seeking reform and the college of Cardinals is packed with Pope Francis’ allies, being both of those things is a fast-track to getting ignored. Neolib Ranking: 4/10 The One Who Endorsed Tony Blair: Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, UK Cardinal Vincent Nichols is probably one of the most pro-immigration and pro-interfaith relations Cardinals in the entire church. He actually got in trouble with the traditionalists at one point for offering flowers to a deity at a Hindu shrine. He hosted a commemoration of the birth of the prophet Muhammed in his church, and he has very consistently called on the UK and Europe as a whole to accept more refugees. He’s also one of the most political Cardinals in the church. He endorsed Tony Blair back in the 90’s and then David Cameron in the 2000s (He liked his “Big Society” plan). He later denounced David Cameron’s govt when they started cutting welfare spending. He’s also been very active in attacking UKIP because, again, he absolutely adores immigration. Neolib Ranking: 7/10 The Other Italian: Cardinal Matteo Zuppi of Bologna, Italy I’m going to be completely honest with this one: I know almost nothing about Matteo Zuppi offhand, and I can’t find much info on him online. Apparently he’s a major figure in Italy and Europe, but is almost unknown in the US, which would explain it. Suffice it to say, I’ve seen 2-3 vaticanologists all name Zuppi as a papabile this time around, so he’s worth including on this list. Neolib Ranking: Zuppi/10 The Social Media One: Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Sao Paulo, Brazil Odilo Scherer is mainly notable because he is highly involved with social media while also being a very theologically moderate Cardinal. Unlike many others in his country, he has no ties to Liberation theology, but has also been very active in supporting Pope Francis’ “Church of the Poor” efforts, and as such he appeals to many reformists as a possible compromise candidate with the conservatives. Neolib Ranking: 6/10 Feel free to comment below who you think would be the best choice! I’m happy to answer any questions about the church, the cardinals, catholicism or the papabile. I’ll also be posting a poll in the comments shortly to see which Cardinal you would prefer. Hope you enjoyed the post!
It took months, but the White House finally has a cohesive national strategy for how states should address ongoing coronavirus outbreaks: Get out there and lie.
Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma all just set records for their largest one-day case increases. Ten states just saw their highest seven-day new-case averages since the pandemic began. In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) attributed the state’s surge to a ramp-up in testing rather than relaxed social distancing restrictions, which certainly accounts for the group of 16 friends who all tested positive after a night out at a recently reopened bar in Jacksonville Beach. (To be fair, nothing accounts for an adult having 15 friends.)
DeSantis is loyally parroting the official party line. On a call with governors on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence encouraged them to run with the administration’s explanation that case numbers are rising as a function of increased testing, which data analysis has debunked. Pence brought his optimistic lies directly to the masses on Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which he bemoaned media fear-mongering and pointed to our wonderful progress: Only some 750 Americans are dying every day! Why aren’t you wearing a party hat! (Coronavirus death curves lag infection curves by weeks, so the states seeing a surge in cases now will be reporting surges in deaths later in the month.)
While announcing Texas’s highest-ever number of new cases, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) assured Texans that there was “no reason today to be alarmed,” because the state still had plenty of open hospital beds. Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) has used the same line to justify his refusal to require masks or shut down crowded bars, prompting Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to rightly rip him to shreds: “I don't think it makes sense to design your policy based on whether or not there are enough hospital beds for people to die in.”
Evidence that masks effectively reduce the virus’s spread has been piling up, but not only have GOP governors refused to mandate their use, some have withheld that option from local leaders.
On April 27, Abbott signed an executive order barring Texas cities from implementing any rules that would impose fines on people for not wearing face coverings. On Tuesday, the mayors of nine cities, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, and El Paso, sent Abbott a letter asking for the authority to take the public-health measures he won’t. One Texas county has implemented a mask rule that complies with Abbott’s order (businesses would be fined for mask violations, not individuals), which may point the way forward.
As the White House relaxes its own mask requirements, Congress is tightening up. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked committee chairs to require masks at all hearings, and authorized the sergeant at arms to ban entry to anyone who refuses to cover their face. We are now taking bets on whether Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-STUNTS) brings out the ol’ gas mask or embarrasses himself in a creative, new way.
Pence’s op-ed was chock full of lies and misleading claims, but the headline, “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave,’” is unassailable.Look at this unholy graph comparing our case curve with the European Union’s, and every Trump administration talking point about America’s larger population or testing numbers falls apart. We’re still languishing in the first wave, and unless something changes, we’ll stay there.
Look No Further Than The Crooked Media
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Under The Radar
According to John Bolton’s forthcoming book, which is set to be released to the public despite a civil lawsuit by Donald Trump’s very own Department of Justice, the president asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help him win re-election, gave a thumbs up to Chinese concentration camps, defended the Saudi regime for murdering a U.S.-based journalist to distract from a news story about Ivanka’s use of private email, and didn’t know the U.K. was a nuclear power. (About an hour after the book write-ups came out, Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which had been presented to him over a week ago, into law.) The book reportedly outlines a long series of disturbing encounters between Trump and foreign leaders, as well as with his own advisors. Bolton also confirms the key findings of the impeachment investigation in which he refused to testify (thank you John), and writes, “I am hard pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations.”
The Minnesota Freedom Fund was caught up in an online firestorm after disclosing that it had spent only $200,000 of the $35 million it raised following George Floyd’s death. There’s no indication of anything shady here: MFF is a tiny local bail fund that was flooded with donations in just a few days, and needs time to build out its operation. The organization has already spent twice its annual budget, and bailed out every protester it could find. The controversy seems to have been fabricated by far-right accounts on Twitter angling to make racial-justice organizations look like elaborate grifts (of the kind that are dime-a-dozen on the right, cough), and some left-wing activists unwittingly amplified it as they sought accountability.
Is That Hope I Feel?
Netflix founder Reed Hastings will donate $120 million to historically black colleges and universities. Albuquerque and San Francisco have announced plans to stop dispatching police for calls that don’t have to do with violent criminal activity, so that unarmed, trained professionals can step in instead. Several other cities, including Los Angeles, are considering similar proposals. California will remove a Christopher Columbus statue that’s been in the state Capitol rotunda for 137 years. Facebook (we’re as surprised to see it in this section as you) has announced plans to provide a voter information hub with vetted resources, and set a goal of helping four million people register to vote ahead of the November election.
2020.05.11 15:26 derpblahWhen someone tells you to vote for Joe Biden, remember: The Democrats don't want your vote.
Progressives will refuse to vote for Joe Biden, as a bloc. Joe Biden will lose the election. Democrats will continue to lose. Again. And again. And again. Until they stop pushing right wing policies. Until they give us what we want. If you're a progressive, neither of the two powerful parties represent you. The Democrats have long pretended to, but as modern democracies continue to leave us behind, as the DNC continues to shovel the mantra of "that's not possible" and "how are you going to pay for that" while they go along with dumping trillions of dollars into the hands of big business and wall street with nary a peep of protest, the contradictions can no longer be ignored. The internet exists. We can actually interact with people from other countries, countries that have universal healthcare. But in the United States this is not possible? BULLSHIT. Let's run through a small list of issues and see what Joe Biden and the DNC are offering and their record on these issues:
Small adjustments to the ACA. Mitt Romney's healthcare plan. A ridiculous and failed attempt to allow insurance companies and the for-profit healthcare industry to keep running the show. Millions uninsured, policies that are ridiculously expensive and cover almost nothing, skyrocketing pharmaceutical prices. A joke.
“Joe Biden once spoke about jailing employers who hire ‘illegals,’ said sanctuary cities shouldn't be allowed to violate federal law, and argued a fence was needed stop ‘tons’ of drugs coming into the country from ‘corrupt Mexico,” source
Student debt. Biden is responsible for the student loan debt problem. He stripped bankruptcy protections from student loan debt.
Right wing education policy. Biden helped push through George Bush's No Child Left Behind, a move that has largely harmed public education and teachers.
Terrible judgement and war mongering. Joe Biden voted in favor of the Iraq War and proudly championed the push for war. Hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of people in the middle east are dead because of this decision, something he now says was a mistake. Can we really afford mistakes like that?
Democrats have given Trump every bit of military money he's requested.
Sabre rattling at Russia and now China.
Biden in particular seems to have a pattern of suggesting he can clean up messes he caused, whether its student loan debt, mass incarceration, or war in the middle east. If someone tells you Biden changed his position on any of the above issues, why the fuck should we believe him? His record is terrible and he is a proven liar. He won't even admit his "former" positions when there's video evidence. Democrats offer progressives lip service and token gestures, but the needle never moves. The country drifts further right, income inequality continues to rise, we work longer hours as the value of our wages declines. Every time the stakes are high, on every important issue, they betray us. When we come close to nominating a true progressive, they close ranks and pull out all the stops to block us. They work harder to stop progressives than they do conservatives. They pander to the right every single election. They work harder to earn the votes of conservatives than they do progressives. They don't want our votes. They would rather nominate a right-wing rapist than allow us to have health care. Enough is enough. Coronavirus has proven that incrementalism is complete and utter bullshit. The next time someone tells you that big changes cannot be made and small changes/slow transitions are the answer, just remember what happened the past few months. How much things changed. How they suddenly found trillions of dollars for the things they wanted to do.
2020.01.30 02:15 Exoprism¿Debería preocuparnos el Coronavirus?
Todos estamos conscientes la situación sanitaria del país. Hasta ahora no ha habido ningún caso confirmado del 2019-nCoV en Venezuela. Hace días hubo una alarma en Puerto Ordaz que fue desmentida (NTN24: Desmienten que Venezuela tenga un caso de coronavirus) Aquí no hay ciudades como Nueva York, Londres o Shanghai con una alta densidad poblacional y un fuerte flujo migratorio. Sin embargo, si hay migraciones desde y hacia China por gente que trabaja o vive aquí y que pudieran ser portadores del virus (que ahora se sabe es transmisible durante su periodo de incubación, i.e. puedes tenerlo, ser infeccioso y no saberlo). Todo esto sin mencionar que la mayoría de nosotros compra en abastos chinos con suma frecuencia. ¿Deberíamos preocuparnos o es solo pura paranoia? ¿El virus es tan grave como dicen o es puro fear-mongering? Esto considerando que el virus no parece ser letal si tienes un sistema inmune desarrollado (y en buen estado). ¿Deberíamos dejar de ir a sitios públicos, cines, reducir el uso de autobuses? (Recordando que hasta ahora no hay casos reportados en Venezuela) ¿Si se presentara un caso aquí y comenzara a esparcirse, estaríamos 100% jodidos? ¿Qué recomendaciones sanitarias / de protección consideran ustedes que deben tomarse?
2019.12.11 02:32 manoffit[PSA de un venezolano en Argentina] Así no piensen hacerlo ahora, tengan todo preparado para emigrar.
Hermanos argentinos, Si tuviera una máquina del tiempo volvería al 2005 para decirle a mis viejos en Venezuela dos cosas:
Compren muchos dólares YA.
Intenten tramitar alguna residencia en otro país.
Lo que se viene con el nuevo gobierno no es chiste. No saben lo mejor que sería mi vida si alguien le hubiese advertido a mis viejos lo que iba a pasar en Venezuela con el socialismo y la política monetaria. Les recomiendo fuertemente que vayan tramitando cualquier nacionalidad a la que tengan acceso, y que se dolaricen cuanto antes. Si tienen propiedades ociosas, liquídenlas y guarden los dólares. Los precios de los inmuebles se derrumbaron en Venezuela cuando empezó la crisis fuerte. Aunque lo más recomendable es irse ahora, les recomiendo fuertemente que al menos estén listos para irse cuando todo explote. No saben cuánto daría por que alguien le hubiese recomendado esto a mi familia hace muchos años. No quiero caer en fear-mongering, pero nosotros ya pasamos por esto, y la presencia del trimaldito de Jorge Rodríguez en el congreso hoy dice muchas cosas. No busco hacer política con este post; sólo quiero aportar el granito de arena que mi experiencia de crecer en populismo duro me dió. A ponerse las alpargatas que lo que viene es joropo. Capital, tierra y trabajo, Un venezolano refugiado en la Argentina.
2019.03.19 05:19 Verum_DiceturThe GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY, incl. bonus topics, 3/1-18
Following are some notes and including some articles that talk to the entire messy set of events for the past two plus weeks. Here is the Good, the Bad and the UGLY, that took place and so much more! I had been a tad busy but was paying attention. Here goes-- The GOOD: This section was perhaps going to be all too barren, but hope springs eternal and there really is some good news to talk about. One very good thing is that the tension between India and Pakistan seems to be decreasing. Yes, the threats continue but fortunately India may not have the type of Neocon and Neolib warmongers such that things will perhaps calm down. Can we please have some PEACE?. WWIII was perhaps averted, again. So very sorry, you nasty, evil warmongers out there, war is not happening. Looking right at you criminal Dick Chaney. The buzz and the effort to delete FAKEBOOK is IMO a very good thing. Brian Acton from Whatsapp knows what he’s talking about. Fakebook is merely a sad façade for a social media site. Their purpose is to gather everything and anything they can on all Americans such that they can then use that data to make even more money. Information is very valuable. They don’t care about your privacy. Have you really read the T&C’s? Best response is to permanently delete the account. Know that if you do this, it will only limit your exposure given all you have already given away. Here is some real good news from the MSM. Yes, it is akin to Ripley’s, Believe it or NOT. There is ONE, apparently ONLY ONE honest reporter that will simply NOT be beholden to anybody but her own principles. Her name is Lara Logan, formerly with CBS.. She will now be isolated, and be put on a list for spilling the beans about the fact that the MSM is in the employ of the DS and is totally biased per the script they are all given to read. The Mueller investigation is over! There was never any Russian collusion. Hillary made it all up at taxpayer expense, never mind the high crimes.. Ooops, sorry, I jumped the gun. The Dems will ensure that they continue investigating Trump all the Way to 2024, and well beyond. Is this their latest version of an Insurance Plan? Finally, here is some more REAL good news. All the while and in the meantime, Bernie Sanders was campaigning for president in 2020 at Navy Pier. Appropriately so, he is calling for change ‘from the bottom up’. In addition, Bernie was also seen in South Carolina, and in Henderson, NV. Yes, Bernie is right, Healthcare is a right! Single Payer is the Way to go. Never mind all the fear-mongering coming from the Republicans and all others, especially the medical industrial complex. Health care is a standalone issue that can succeed on its own. In this writer’s opinion, mucking it all up with all manner of other important but unrelated issues, will only and simply muddy the waters and dilute the Progressive message. Who would you rather follow, an experienced, tried and true hand, or a snot-nosed kid barely a month into office. What? You, me, none of US can have a greasy cheeseburger ever again? All the while this same kid and significant other are ordering a medium rare burger with fries on the side. That’s just wrong! What, we can’t fly on airplanes any more? The immigration crisis in the southern border is the same as the holocaust? Really?? People that do not want to work, don’t have to? Double really??? True or False? Please view this short video.. It is up to you, and me, and any reader to take this and do far more research and get a better understanding in order to confirm, validate, audit and ensure that we are dealing with facts. Never mind the source, research it on your own, and make the call. What is AOC's agenda? Why does that Green New Deal remind me ever so much about the fabulous Paris Accords that NOBama was desperate to bring to America? How about we talk about and look into a certain Mr. Saikat Chakrabarti? He was outed and came out of the shadows very recently. There was something about potential illegalities.. It is one thing to be a Socialist, A DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, it is quite another to be fully a radical. Do what you will, but I will stick with Bernie Sanders! IMHO, Bernie would be wise to distance himself as much as it possible from this messy pile of poop. No, I do not mean to offend anyone, but IMHO, AOC is fully a nemesis. The BAD: Can it be? Is it possible? Will HRC finally go away? She claims that, “I’m not running”. Guess what? I don’t buy it. It would NOT surprise me in the least, that she runs when the DNC somehow screws Bernie once again, the rest of the field is full of losers, and the Queen, HER majesty comes forth, saves the day, and runs ONE MORE TIME. Why do I say this? Only because the Clinton camp continues to stew over the Sanders 2020 campaign. The Brockroaches will do everything and anything they can to hurt the Sanders 2020 run.. In their limited, twisted and feeble minds, if SHE can’t win, neither can Bernie, NOR anybody else other than their QUEEN! Following is an example of what they think with their private voice. To Hillary & Co., which includes the DNC and Brockroach, Bernie is nothing more than a despised Jew rat.. This image is from one of the shirts that the DNC was selling in Philly back during the Dem convention. It is totally beyond me how someone like the ‘lovely’ Donna Brazile is now a contributor of any sort in any American news channel. What is next? Will Sesame Street hire Anthony “Carlos” Weenie next? Immigration: NOOOOO! There is no southern border crisis. It is all made up, or is it? Funny thing is that numbers do NOT lie. They simply represent a data set, information, data that can’t be easily dismissed. Let’s compare and contrast the numbers. NObama could have resolved this issue, but he CHOSE NOT TO. Yellow Jackets: NO news here! LOL According to the MSM -- This is NOT happening. Never mind 18 weeks of protests all over France. The MSM is trying to ensure that little if anything related to this significant matter is ignored. Trump BAD! Trump is the reason for the latest sad event and carnage in NZ, uh huh, sure! Israel/Palestine: Bibi is in dire straits. :D Charges have been leveled against him and he may actually lose the election. The world, no the universe, would be a better place if he lost.. It could not happen to a better man I say. No wait, he is no simple man, this guy is fully a criminal waste of a human being. Bibi the warmonger.. I support the two-state solution which the Zionist are desperately trying to negate and erase per their frenetic settlement building. Wonder why the support for Israel is in decline? Look no further.. AIPAC is a foreign agent fully working on behalf of Israel at the expense of America and everybody else. Congresswoman Omar is speaking to an inconvenient truth.. The truth is inconvenient only to Israel and their Zionist movement, nothing having to do with the Jewish faith or Progressive and decent Jews living in Israel, America and abroad. In America, you can criticize everything, but don’t you or anybody else ever dare criticize Israel, their PM, their Zionist government, and any and all of their crimes.. Nope, I pass. WAR: No report will ever be complete unless we talk about America’s largest, most valuable and critical foreign export. Former Congressman Ron Paul is fully correct. John Bolton is a war-monger nonpareil.. Bolton should be promptly sent to Gitmo. Giving that SOB bread and water would simply be too kind. Venezuela: What is this? Here I am thinking that America is going to bring so much Democracy and freedom to the people of Venezuela. Is it about Maduro, is it about Democracy or is it about BANKING, CAPITALISM via WAR, and perhaps ALL too much BLACK GOLD? Lil Marco and Warmonger Bolton want war, any war, so bad that they can just taste it in Venezuela.. Soros: Yes, you stinking filthy some beach, I have not forgotten you! That goes double for Henry Kissinger! Apparently it is now totally anti-semitic to write anything about Soros because it is immediately an anti-semitic crime.. Yet, nothing is further from the TRUTH. No man, no nation, no political movement, is beyond reproach. The UGLY: All too much UGLY so I broke it out into sections below. Senator ‘Songbird’ McCain remains a cowardly TRAITOR!. Needless to say, MSNBC yet again broadcast BLATANT lies. This time MSNBC lies about Bernie Sanders’s opening speech, and flat out Refuses to Correct Them.. While ugly, this is certainly not a surprise, NOPE, not one bit. Expect more of this and then some. The FBI, on orders from NObama, as directed by Lynch, and Weasel Comey fully protected Hillary in order to give her a very sweet, passive and literally non-existant investigation or FREE PASS such that criminal charges which were required became a mere simple “matter”.. FBI & DOJ: The NObama legacy is regrettably chock full of crime. Please see here. Why do we have agencies that do what they want to do, do not adhere to the letter of the law, and spend more time on criminality than on JUSTICE. When will all of these agencies work for WeThePeople? Maybe it is a time to tear it all down and start anew. When things have gotten so bad, best to demolish it and start anew more intelligently. In the meantime, the criminals should and MUST be locked up, ALL of them! The Dept. of Justice illegally unmasked Americans! The Fusion GPS Pee-pee dossier was totally and fully a pack of lies patched together from all too many lies pushed by CNN and too many other fake news sites. The Dept. of Justice and the FBI were complicit in lying to a FISA court and thus fully and illegally trashed the FISA process and the entire legal system in the US. Barack Obama fully ordered his agencies and others abroad to spy on an American citizen, a Presidential candidate no less, prior to and even after he took office. Former AG Lynch was fully complicit in all of this criminality and worked furiously to cover it all up because she was promised a set on the SCOTUS. Weasel Comey led the FBI into the gutter and in doing so betrayed all too many oaths to uphold the law of the land. His accomplices were many, well beyond the names that we all know. There is McCabe, Sally Yates, James Clapper and John Brennan and parts of their agencies, and so very many more. The MSM was complicit and fully a vested accomplice is pushing the Muh Russssia narrative that was nothing other than a lie created to protect Hillary Rodham Clinton (the vaunted Insurance Policy) and all too many criminals in the Deep State. Russiagate is a total and unadulterated LIE.. His name was Seth Rich, his name was . . . In effect, the Obama administration is at the core and center of launching, conducting and effectively managing a soft coup d’etat against a dutifully elected POTUS. To make matters worse, he engaged the help from the City of London. Looking right at you Queen Lizzy! NOT GOOD! All of these dirt bag, miserable, filthy scoundrels that had a hand in this should hang very high for their TREASON. Beyond this, all of those hidden or secretive, foreign and domestic operatives should hang first. And then, there is Uranium One.. To declassify or NOT to declassify! Do it! Screw it and fully declassify! Time to clean house, and get rid of the traitors, criminals and other vermin that have infiltrated the US Congress, and this great country, be they native and or foreign, and lets be rid of them all. In the meantime, for The Poors: Credit card debt is way too high.. The value of the dollar keeps on shrinking and households struggle to get by.. But somehow, through trial and tribulation, we shall make it past this too. All the while, the costs of all too many medicines simply grows unabated. November 2019 can’t come fast enough. Our man is in the race. It will be a tough race, but he has what it takes. Do you know why? It is because he has US. Together, there is much that is happening, much that will take place, much that WE can get done, such that what should have happened in 2016, can perhaps occur in 2020.
2019.03.12 04:16 kittehgoesmeowWhat A Day: Bad Bad Bad Bad Budget by Brian Beutler & Crooked Media (03/11/19)
"...He’s Just Not Worth It."—Nancy Pelosi, on impeachment, sounding like a badass even when she’s wrong
Medicaid? What Medicaid?
President Trump unveiled his budget today. It’s very bad! And it’s a reminder that the bigotry and fear mongering he pumps out every day are smokescreens for a wildly unpopular, far-right economic agenda. (From Lovett: Trump in the streets, Mulvaney in the sheets. Sorry.). The budget itself won’t become law thanks in large part to the fact that Democrats now control the House, but the law requires the White House to issue a budget every year, and every year it is a window into how the president’s party would govern if it had unchecked power. So what are Republicans real ambitions?
Cut Medicare spending $845 billion. (One small bright spot in this budget is that it shelves the GOP’s more unpopular goal of privatizing Medicare, so these cuts would be to provider reimbursements, which is why hospitals are so upset.)
There’s much, much more damning stuff in the budget, but these are the lowlights. It is fashionable for insiders to focus on the fact that this budget won’t become law, but it is more importantly a clear cut statement of the Republican Party’s values and will likely echo across politics through the 2020 election cycle. In that way, it’s not unlike the Green New Deal, which also isn’t going to become law any time soon, but has become one of the organizing issues in both the Democratic primary campaign and the Trump re-election campaign. The differences is, Democrats don’t have to lie about what’s in Trump’s budget to turn it into an effective political weapon, while Republicans drone on dishonestly about fake hamburger bans.
Media Matters, which unearthed the Carlson comments, claims there’s more to come. Yay?
Fox ultimately condemned Pirro. But this is a good reminder that less than one week ago, mainstream journalists rallied around Fox News, and the network’s news-side anchors and reporters, because the Democratic Party denied Fox the opportunity to host a Democratic presidential primary debate. None of those news-side anchors and reporters have condemned Carlson and Pirro. It’s almost as if they refuse to accept their role in lending credibility to the most destructive political organization in American public life! Weird!
The Democrats will hold their 2020 convention in Milwaukee, after finally figuring out where Wisconsin is on a map. Wisconsin Republicans responded the way Republicans do by attacking the biggest city in their state, where they held their own convention just last year. Cheese curds! Yes! An aide to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) resigned over her office’s handling of a sexual harassment claim, which is particularly bad because Gillibrand has built a presidential campaign around her leadership in the #MeToo movement. Facebook temporarily removed several Elizabeth Warren-for-president ads touting her plan to break up Facebook, which was, unintentionally, an in-kind ad for both Warren’s campaign and for her break-up-tech-monopolies proposal. President Trump, king of nuance, says that Democrats hate Jews, and his press secretary, who has no limit to what she’ll defend, backed him up by citing his support for Israel. This equation of Jewry with Israel (and, really, Israel’s current right-wing government) is textbook antisemitism in and of itself, but Republicans will celebrate it instead of pretending to be offended. The founder of the Florida massage parlor-turned-human-trafficking front where Robert Kraft got busted reportedly sold Chinese executives access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago, and helps lead two groups associated with the Chinese government, so this definitely isn’t a blackmail/espionage nightmare. Reminder, all Republicans in Congress have made it their mission to let Trump continue to operate his private businesses and conceal his tax returns. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellteamed up to invite NATO’s secretary general to address a joint session of Congress next month, a not-so-subtle bipartisan swipe at Donald Trump who has relentlessly attacked the western alliance since around the time Vladimir Putin offered to set him up with a lucrative real estate deal in Moscow. Dark horse presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg turned heads at SXSW in Texas this weekend, and had a great answer when Jake Tapper asked him whether Vice President Mike Pence would make a better or worse president than Trump. Can you imagine if AOC had confused a journalist named Germán Dam for an actual dam called German Dam, and used her misunderstanding to advocate for a Green New Deal? Anyhow, the point is that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is not very bright, and our political system is lousy with partisan, gendered, and other double standards. Donald Trump is good now.
Under the Radar
Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to privately “clarify” the dishonest testimony he gave the House Judiciary Committee at a contentious public hearing last month. Whitaker famously denied that President Trump had leaned on him to interfere in the criminal investigation of his campaign underway in New York, and chairman Jerry Nadler claims to have evidence that Whitaker lied under oath. But on Saturday, the liberal watchdog group American Oversight unearthed a directive from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordering an extensive investigation of Hillary Clinton. DOJ had denied under penalty of perjury that any written directive to investigate Clinton existed, but it was sitting in Whitaker’s inbox all along. Whitaker abruptly left the Justice Department last week. Cool cool cool.
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Is That Hope I Feel?
An appeals court in New York has taken an initial step toward unsealing the file in the case of Jeffrey Epstein, which would likely reveal key details about a sex-trafficking operation the politically-connected billionaire ran with his partner, and the filings that resulted in the unlawful, sweetheart deal that allowed Epstein to avoid prison time. The federal prosecutor who cut the deal with Epstein, Alex Acosta, now serves as President Trump’s labor secretary.
2019.03.03 04:49 bluecup51Heartfelt post from a Venezuelan
nezolanos en BostonFebruary 25 at 12:23 PM Do you know what’s deeply deeply exhausting?? That we Venezuelans not only have had to put up with 20 years of destruction in our country, persecution, human rights violations, economic disaster and more from the Chavez and Maduro regimes. But now we also have to put up with explaining every single day how we DO know what’s going on in here (because we actually live it), how its not or has it ever been the product of “US blockades” (until this past month, the only sanctions that have ever happened here are personal ones against certain individuals who have been investigated internationally for drug trafficking, corruption, crimes against humanity and more), how this is not about left against right (because no matter what your politics are killing and torturing people should be condemned), how we are not being naive about wanting the US and other countries to intervene (because yes, we do know our history and yes, we do know the US track record of interventions and yes, we prefer the US and other powers getting involved instead of continuing to have Russia, China, Cuba, Iran and other lovely countries such as those leeching off our resources, controlling our military, and manipulating our situation like they have being doing for years now; plus Maduro continuing to decimate our population in a humanitarian crisis of a level this continent has never seen.) I’m beyond exhausted after watching Venezuelans being butchered in the streets, of having to explain that we are not right-winging, Trump-loving, fascist-wanting, delusional war mongers. We are the people of Venezuela, who have suffered under the brutality of a regime that does not stutter when lying, torturing, killing, maiming, burning aid, starving or stealing. We deserve better from people all over the world but specially from the US, where I understand things are not peachy, but where you still have your basic freedoms and so much more that allow you to get access to sources like Amnesty International and other agencies that have reported for years on the true nature of the brutality of the narcodictatorship in Venezuela. Give us a break here! Imagine telling the Tutsis they were being duped about the Hutus real intentions. Or telling the Jews in Nazi Germany not to accept help from the US because they didn’t really mean well. Or telling the Bosnian Muslims that they really should consider resolving matters inwardly with “elections.” Please please please educate people around you. Please support us by getting people off their ideological high horse by exposing them to the hard truths of what’s going on in Venezuela. Please be a friend to Venezuela in our worst time and spread messages such as this.
2019.02.09 07:22 _POTUS_DonaldTrumpJust want to clear the air about something that I don't think gets discussed enough any more... Socialism shouldn't be scary.
Socialism shouldn't be scary but it seems like everytime I turn around I see a triggered right winger snowflake crying about it. I just want to know is there some conspiracy at play maybe MKultra or something that has convinced people of the US to fear the word? Our country is ranked below many socialist countries in terms of education and overall happiness (Look at the top ranked happiest places in the world list what do they have in common?) and yet the most they can conjure up is "Look at Venezuela!!" as if thats even remotely a good example as they are corrupt as shit, but rather why not bring up Finland ( the happiest place in the world ) . I just wanted to clear the air we do like socialism in the US right? People enjoy not driving on dirt roads to work in the city right? People like basic infrastructure like running water and sewage management right? People like to call 911 when there is a fire burning out of control right? People like to have the option of a public school system to place their child in while they go to work so their kid can one day be successful, right? So why is the RIGHT and hell frankly even some Liberals afraid of the word Socialism? Because these SOCIAL-services are very much, SOCIALIST. Is it because they are brainwashed by the govt or did they just not pay attention in public school social studies classes? Is there something larger at play here or is it just fear mongering rightwing propaganda that these poor people fell for? And isn't that a conspiracy in its self? why would they want people to hate what everyone loves so much? You never hear someone crying " I'm not paying taxes and busting my ass so some freeloader can drive on the same road as me " Think ,do your own research & formulate your own conclusions people! We can all do so much better a collective if we did those 3 things.
2019.01.07 07:50 EvilPhd666AOC takes money FROM THE PEOPLE during a SHUTDOWN while Trump is working FOR THE PEOPLE FOR $1
Below is a resourced and a bit more grammatically correct reply I had to a trump troll line of attack about AOC and ((((SOROS)))) control over her with a breathtaking whole $7,706 from Justice Democrats PAC. That AOC had the AUDACITY to take tax payer money during a shutdown while Trump only takes $1 Now let's really talk about the whole AOC and Trump Dollar thingy - it's because she made a quip about the shutdown. Why AOC and no one else? She isn't one of them and she won't play nice that's why. The shutdown is over The Wall, not some Trump's $1 dollar salary. The Wall is a giant blinder to our history of corruption in the central and south American region. Trump is really missing out on a great opportunity to dunk on Clinton and Obama's screwing around with Honduras and fast and furious gun and drug running, but he won't talk about that because then it exposes him to his critique and sanctions of Venezuela, who hurt poor Rex Tillerson's sore butt when they kicked him out. Trump could, if he really was only beholden to his dollar a year salary and no one else, expose the corruption of the State department and how it's been used as a tool of the rich to extort wealth for the American corrupt. Trump could, if he was only beholden to his single dollar and the American people, stop fucking around down south and leave them the hell alone so they can elect their own leaders and run their own country how they want to without the interference of the United States trying to make it all a Banana Republic for the Military Industrial Complex, World Bank, and the party's top donors. As Smedly Butler put it in War is a Racket the military was used for corruption. He won't do that though will he? He won't address the corruption. In fact he's invoking sanctions on them FOR WHAT? What the hell has Venezuela, or Honduras, or Nicaragua done to harm or threaten the United States? Not a god damn thing. Yet when the blow-back from decades of our economic destruction of their country, assassination of their elected leaders, our corruption of their politics, our sending guns and funding drug wars and gangs down there on behalf of our own corruption come knocking at our door for reprieve - do we reflect on that in any way? NO. We scream racist terms, fear monger, rally up jingoism, and deflect any and all talk to a box that's controlled by the media whose major investors have a profit motive in keeping the status quo, and a stupid wall like some one closing their eyes to their own filth they created. Trump's wall is nothing more than saying to the world "We are not going to change our corrupt foreign policy." That is what is holding the government up. The Democrats won't say that either because they are complicit with it and can't admit fault themselves. Trump's $1 dollar VS 1 freshman congresswoman is a shiny distraction for you all instead of reflecting on the foreign policy disasters that led up to this.
2017.08.16 05:20 Loud_VolumeBenjamin Fulford: "US Threats to North Korea linked to bankruptcy negotiations and global reboot" US regime has lost a lot of trust and allies as a result of its anti-social behavior around the world. An indication of this is the fact the Italian junk bonds now have a higher price than US Treasuries
I don't post Benjamin Fulford stuff very often, but this one is quite intriguing. He brings up some great points. Have a read. Benjamin Fulford: US Threats to North Korea linked to bankruptcy negotiations and global reboot World events have been stuck in a holding pattern this summer but a major paradigm shift is possible this fall if we make it happen. The holding pattern is as follows: The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CORPORATION, which defaulted on its debt payments on May 1st of this year, has been threatening war against North Korea as a negotiating tactic with its creditors. Its main creditor, China, has been calling the corporation’s bluff by promising to protect North Korea in the event it is unilaterally attacked. At the same time, the Chinese have been staging limited military actions on their border with India, reminding the Americans they have the technical ability to take over that 1.3 billion person country within a matter of months, if it came to war. The Chinese have also said they will not protect North Korea in the event they strike the first blow. At the same time, the Russians and the Pentagon have informed the Israelis they will be attacked if they try to launch a nuclear missile from one of their submarines and make it look like North Korea did it, Pentagon and Russian FSB sources say. This has effectively checkmated any Khazarian mafia attempts to start World War 3 because any attempt to do so will affect only them. They are no longer able to fool us into starting a war. In any case, the US military has run countless scenarios involving an all out war with China and the result is always the same, 90% of humanity dies and the northern hemisphere becomes uninhabitable. The Chinese are fully aware of this. That means all this war talk is just table thumping. The situation thus appears to be a stalemate. However, it is not a stalemate. The Kharazian faction of the Trump regime, realizing their war talk is going nowhere, is now considering cutting off Chinese exports to the US. This is the old “if we do not buy, they die,” talk heard in US intelligence agency circles. However, from the Chinese point of view, losing a customer who has been paying with his credit card for the past 40 years, and is unable to pay his credit card bill, would actually be a plus. Nobody benefits from a deadbeat, especially a criminal deadbeat like the US that has been at war for 220 years of its 241 year existence. If the Americans do decide anyway to go ahead anyway and use tariffs and trade barriers to cut off Chinese imports and end the Chinese trade surplus with the US, there will be many third order consequences, most of them very bad for the US. Basically speaking the US would suffer a sharp drop in living standards and would become a pariah in global trade if it tried to do such a thing. The US regime has lost a lot of trust and allies as a result of its anti-social behavior around the world. An indication of this is the fact the Italian junk bonds now have a higher price than US Treasuries. www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-10/italian-junk-bonds-yield-less-treasurys-insanity-bond-market-4-charts Let that sink in for a minute, since World War 2 US Treasuries have been considered the safest haven for money in the world and now the market judges them to be more risky than junk bonds issued by private sector companies in the also bankrupt nation of Italy. Now financial authorities in the UK have indirectly exposed the US Corporate government tactic of buying their own debt, and making it look like foreigners (Belgium, Ireland etc.) did it, to make it appear all is well in US financial markets. They did this indirectly with an admission by the Financial Times that 103 years ago, when almost nobody bought English bonds for World War I, it lied to the public by reporting the bond issue was oversubscribed. www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-08/none-it-was-true-103-years-later-ft-admits-it-lied-and-colluded-bank-england When I was a corporate media financial journalist my bosses often told me to support this sort of lie “in order to boost market psychology.” In other words we were told to be cheerleaders, not objective news reporters. Now more and more corporate media people in the US are risking their careers to expose their bosses’ agenda. For example, Brian Williams of NBC admitted on a prime time broadcast that “our job is to scare people to death over North Korea.” www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-09/nbcs-brian-williams-our-job-scare-people-death-over-north-korea The aim of this fear-mongering was to push investors to go for US bonds as a “safe haven,” but it is not working. Instead, the plan remains to remove all final vestiges of Khazarian mob rule in the US. “Trump is ready for all out war on the [Washington] DC swamp after firing leaker and Paul Ryan ally Rence Priebus,” Pentagon sources say. There are also many other signs the swamp is being drained of the Satan worshipping Khazarians, the sources say. Now that the top Khazarian henchmen like the Clintons and John McCain have been removed, lower level functionaries are being fired. For one thing “Israeli whore UN ambassador Nikki Haley’s 2 top aides were fired, and she may be next,” the sources note. For another, “Iran hawk and [General David] Petraeus crony Derek Harvey was fired from the National Security Council, as marine general John Kelly becomes White House Chief of Staff,” the Pentagon sources note. Furthermore “Mossad’s Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the NSC intel director, was fired after Kelly took over for being a national security risk and opposing the Iran deal,” the sources note. Any other staffers traveling to Israel or having links to that rogue nation will also be fired, they say. Ezra and his ilk were previously unfireable because of Trump son in law Jared Kushner, the sources say. However, “Kushner himself may get his security clearance canned by Kelly,” they add. Kushner is being sent on wild goose chase in the Mideast to showcase his incompetence as peacemaker, the sources note. To replace Khazarian control, the Pentagon the Russians and the Chinese have formed a big three alliance, sources in all three camps agree. This is being seen in Venezuela, which has become a de facto Russsian protectorate after the Russians were given a big stake in that nation’s oil industry. This could not have happened without a nod from the US military. In other words, this means Khazarian plans to start a war with Venezuela, as well as their plans to start a war in North Korea, have been stopped. The big three are also pushing for peace in the Korean peninsula so that a North-South Korean rail link can be set up and the over $10 trillion worth of minerals in North Korea can be put to use, the sources say. There is also heavy pressure to end the fighting in Afghanistan so that nations’ mineral wealth can also be put to work for bettering people’s lives. There are also high level negotiations going on now between Canada and North Korea, Canadian government sources say. The North Koreans are conveying to the Canadians an Asian secret society offer to finance a leveraged buy-out of the US Corporate Government, sources close to the negotiations say. US military and intelligence community white hats support the idea of a unified North America with a competent democratic government in charge. On a final note, many groups are calling for a mass meditation during the solar eclipse on August 21st. Since the current hybrid war going on is really about who controls the psychological process of deciding what humanity does in the future, a positive group think session might actually help. One does not have to be Hindu or Buddhist in order to practice meditation. People can instead take time to envision what sort of planet we would like to live in and what they can personally contribute towards making that happen. Until now, our planet has been run by fear and war mongers. They have been manipulating us by saying we must fear and fight “the infidels, the Muslims, the communists, Al Qaeda, the Russians, ISIS, the Chinese, the North Koreans etc.” We are now ready to shift instead to a positive outlook based on thinking “how can we help each other turn this planet into a paradise for all.” This autumn, as the September 30th fiscal deadline for the US corporate government approaches, we can make it happen. It is time to drain the DC swamp and then go after their P2 Freemason black sun worshipping overlords. Please rest well for the last weeks of summer and prepare for a busy autumn. Let us finish what we have started. Source: https://benjaminfulford.net/ Additional information regarding some of the occult things mentioned. www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_brotherhoodss25.htm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_Due awakeningforums.com/thread/546/saturn-worship-til illuminatiwatcher.com/decoding-illuminati-symbolism-saturn-black-cube/ With the solar eclipse coming this month, we all have a unique opportunity to collectively shape and mold our future. That is why there is so much "division" taking place in the media. Whipping up fear for something that does not exist. We can harness our collective consciousness and make a truly better world for us all. It is our time to do so. http://awakeningforums.com/thread/254/studies-collective-benefit-group-meditation What do you guys think? Let's hear
2017.05.01 20:18 autotldrSkirmishes start as Venezuelan leader's foes, backers rally
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CARACAS Security forces fired tear gas toward opposition supporters in several parts of Caracas on Monday, witnesses said, during rival May Day marches for and against Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The skirmishes broke out as the opposition began a second month of protests demanding elections to try and end the Socialist Party's 18-year rule of the South American oil producer. In downtown Caracas, red-shirted backers of Maduro rallied en masse, cheering a huge inflatable doll of his predecessor Hugo Chavez and railing against opposition "Terrorists." OPPOSITION WANTS ELECTIONS. Thousands of supporters of both sides were gathering in Caracas and other major cities. The government laid on hundreds of buses for its backers but closed subway stations in the capital and set up roadblocks, impeding opposition mobilization. "The workers are in the street to defend our president against the violent coup-mongers," said Aaron Pulido, 29, a union worker with migration department Saime gathering in downtown Caracas in a sea of red banners.
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." can we please stop this culture of bashing or lifting cults of personality and get back to science? (807 points, 143 comments)
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340 points: Vaultoro's comment in Just paid 23 cents on a $3.74 transaction. When does it end? $1.00 per transaction? $2? $5? I don't wanna stop using this peer to peer currency, but I'm fast being priced out of it.
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2016.10.25 08:25 DwizKhalifaThe famous opening scene of The Newsroom has been pissing me off for years and I've never really gotten a chance to rant about it
I'm referring to this scene. Now, I like a lot of Aaron Sorkin's work, but I've never watched The Newsroom. However, I first saw this scene pop up on my Facebook feed maybe 3 or 4 years ago. Ever since then, I've regularly seen it resurface in different places with people watching it for the first time and being completely floored by it. It is exclusively spoken of in pure, utter reverence. And I hate it so fucking much. Now, it wouldn't be a big deal to me if it wasn't popular. People say stupid and wrong things that fade into obscurity every single day. It's not worth the effort to be upset about. But this video is shaping many Americans' perception of the current state of our country and the world. It's spreading misinformation and perverting our sense of values and it's able to do so because, even if I disagree with him, Aaron Sorkin knows how to make a convincing-sounding argument, dammit. At this point you may have already dismissed me as being an ignorant prick because the video's argument seems very reasonable. So I'll have to pick it apart to make my point. And some of this is definitely going to be petty nitpicking, but my anger is rooted in much more fundamental issues. 1) The premise is silly. Of course that's subjective, but I have a hard time believing that the girl would ask such a cartoonishly simple question and have it be received completely seriously by everyone. Only one man challenges an obviously, fucking obviously questionable assertion that this girl makes. And the reason this is so unbelievable to me is something I'm going to address when I begin talking about American self-esteem later. 2)I fucking hate the audience-insulting attitude that this guy's speech would be treated as such a monumental revelation. You know how when you are in the shower, you play out an argument in your head and you come up with the just the perfect response to your opponent? Something that will totally shut down their argument and completely change the way they think about the issue? But then when you actually find yourself in an argument, this doesn't happen. This scene is the equivalent of that same unrealistic and immature fantasy. This guy is voicing an opinion that is neither challenging nor novel nor based in strong facts or reasoning, yet everyone in his audience is fucking ASTONISHED at his words. They've never thought about it that way before. They can't believe the audacity it takes for him to say such craaaaAAAAaaazy opinions. People stop to take photos and video because they have to capture this fucking revolutionary moment. It's like when you read stories on /ThatHappened and it always has a crowd of onlookers clap for the narrator for doing something they imagine is spectacular but is actually underwhelming and likely to end up coming off as kinda cringey if they ever did it in real life. 3) He's right. The biggest turn-off of Liberals in America is that they lose a lot. However, he implies that this has something to do with them not being as smart as everyone thinks. I have never in my life met someone, even a die-hard conservative, even a conservative with no education in civics, who thinks this is the problem of Liberalism. Even the crazy alt-righters who think that Liberalism is founded on stupidity and misconception still attribute its failures not to their stupidity but rather to their failure to appeal. They'll spout nonsense like "we have the silent majority on our side. The evil ignorant Liberals can't brainwash everyone." And while I may not agree with that reasoning, it's still closer to the truth than McAvoy's explanation (I looked up the character's name). Liberals lose because civic involvement is not as popular to them. Liberals usually don't vote as much. For every American generation of the last century, they leaned Liberal when they were young, and they didn't vote as much. Young people don't vote as much, and young people lean Liberal. Popular Liberalism, like what you'd find among hippies or edgy socialists or Marxists or minorities like Black Americans, usually involves a distrust of authority and a skepticism towards "the man," inevitably making it harder to convince them to vote. It's not about Liberals not being smart enough; it's about them not trusting an established system (our voting and political process), something which is naturally at odds with their negative attitude towards rigid establishments and institutions (i.e. the core value of Conservatives). 4) Maybe my privilege is showing, but I've never been told by a professional educator, or anyone in a position of any authority for that matter, who legitimately claimed that America is the only country with freedom. Kids are not being taught that. The college girl who is supposed to represent a naive generation that has been raised to believe that is a purely fictional character. Yes, I'm sure, hypothetically, there is some sorority girl somewhere in America who thinks that. There are more than 300,000,000 people living in the U.S., so she's out there somewhere. But that girl and her simple perception of America is in no way representative of any significant population of Americans that affects change on our country. 5) Almost every point in his list of statistics about America is either extremely misleading or flat-out wrong. I'll try to not to open up a lengthy argument about each one. Obviously there is a lot of debate about how to define literacy. His claim that the U.S. is in 7th place, I think, comes from this study. He himself did just mention that there are around 200 countries, so 7th is actually pretty damn good, right? He's neglecting to point out that 7th place out of 200 is AMAZING. And no matter how it is defined, the U.S. literacy rate is not currently a problem. In 1991, the CIA World Factbook reported the U.S.'s overall literacy rate to be 97.9%, and every report by them since that has only increased. To compare, it's believed that in 1985 the U.S. literacy rate was as high as 80%. 1 in 5 Americans couldn't read English (a great essay written during that time, by Jonathan Kozol, is here). My point is that in America, the problem of illiteracy has been all but conquered. His other statistics are just as questionable. This article does a good job at fact-checking them, I think. Even when America technically isn't number 1 in a lot of these categories, it's so close to the top that it doesn't fucking matter. To poo-poo on the U.S. for being 7th in literacy is undermining the achievement that HOLY SHIT there are dozens of countries that have almost universal literacy now. Another one that I really want to point out is the perception that American education is low-quality. This is not true. Yes, the education system is deeply flawed and in need of major revision. It is plagued by poorly thought out incentives and goals but the actual quality of the education itself is some of the best in the entire world. We've been ranked as having the best higher education system in the world, despite not having as many college graduates as China, for example. This is an important distinction: yes, China puts out a lot of engineers, but "the average Chinese engineering graduate may know no more than an auto mechanic". 5.a) I'll give him credit here: I believe our incarceration rate and prison-industrial complex to be one of the biggest problems of our country, and while his actual numbers about defense spending might not be right, it would be pedantic to deny the valid point he's trying to make. A lot of Americans have no idea how insanely powerful and resourced our military is. It drives me crazy when someone like Donald Trump says that our military is a disaster when HOLY SHIT nothing else he has said before has been further from the truth. For example: the U.S. has 19 aircraft carriers, compared to the rest of the world's combined 12 (and ours are bigger and more advanced, too). So yeah, it's important that people know how disgustingly bloated our military is. 5.a.i) This isn't concerning something he says in the video, but it's related in philosophy. A lot of Americans don't know much about the economy. That's fair, because most Americans aren't economists. I don't think it would be fair or reasonable to expect everyone to be experts, but I do think we would do well to put more trust in the qualified experts. A lot of people think that the United States is failing compared to other countries' economies. No. Just, no. Think that other countries have us by the balls through oil? About 36% of our oil is domestic,, and another 21% came from our solid ally Canada. Third largest supply is Mexico, which might have some stability issues internally but internationally is unquestionably our ally in trade. Notice that more than half of our supply is not at risk at all? And all of the Gulf states combined only make up 13% of our oil. Yeah, some of our suppliers are unfriendly with us, so you say it's reasonable to think that we are at risk of being hurt by them if they cut us off. But then you have to consider that while, yeah, 11% of our oil is from Venezuela (no small percentage to be sure), the United States represents HALF of Venezuela's oil exports. If they cut us off, it would definitely hurt us. For them? It would totally cripple them. The damage to our economy would be incomparable to the damage they'd be doing to themselves. And when people think that other countries have us by the balls because we are so indebted to the rest of the world, this demonstrates a massive misunderstanding of how national debt works. This misunderstanding is perpetuated by fear-mongering rhetoric in the media that tells people "China owns us". ninemiletree did an amazing write-up to debunk this notion here, which reinforces a lot of my other points. When I teach and study international relations, I often find myself going back to the same (admittedly simplified) idea: as an American, when you start your education on global affairs, you naively think that the U.S. is the most importantest country in the world (when you are in, like, grade school). Soon enough, you come to understand that the world is much bigger than the U.S. and that it's all a global system and there's a certain balance-of-power between countries (this is taken as a given by the time you get into high school). But if you go on to study the subject further, you find more and more evidence to support the idea that, Jesus Christ, the United States has a stupidly enormous amount of power. This is probably the snobby academic liberal in me showing, but it's hard to read about the Military-Industrial Complex or Reaganomics and Neoliberalism or the CIA's operations in South America and the Middle East and then still think that America isn't the most influential actor in every single area of life. They have power everywhere, for better or worse. I can't fucking believe that people believe Trump when he says we don't win anymore. 6)This might be my biggest pet peeve in here. He says this girl is part of the worst. generation. ever. FUCK. THAT. Yeah, I'm a millennial. I'm clearly biased. No denying that. And I'm pretty sure my generation hasn't come under any greater level of attack than any other generation had when they were at my age. But I'm sick of it. I'm fucking sick of people blaming societal problems on the youth. Generation after generation. We'll be doing it to our own kids and it'll be stupid then, too. It makes no sense. "All of the systemic issues present in society today are the fault of the one demographic that has the least amount of power to define the systems making up our society." How does that make any sense? No, this ridiculous prejudice has nothing to do with logical or reasonable understanding of social dynamics. It's most likely a bias people become more naturally inclined towards as they age, as they don rose-colored glasses while thinking retrospectively. Of course the world today and its youth seem inferior if your perception of the past is a fucking cartoon wonderland that never actually existed. America idealizes the 50's even though everyday life was objectively worse back then. Those people who think that millennials are disconnected from reality compared to previous generations? They should try, I dunno, maybe reading a book and actually getting back in touch with reality. Now I know Cracked.com isn't always the most reliable source, but these three articles lay out a good enough body of evidence to support that not only is this generation doing great, but that all of society today is doing great (found here and here and here). I doubt I need go on about this point, because I'm fairly certain that most of Reddit is pretty sympathetic towards millennials and is sick of this rhetoric, too. After all, /lewronggeneration wouldn't so popular if people didn't agree with me here. 7)Now this is a lot of misinformation, but maybe the soul of it is still true. I believe it is important to turn a critical eye towards America, and I definitely don't think it is the best country in the world. However, he undoes any valid opinion he may have had when he starts claiming that the U.S. "used to be" the best. Aaaaand we're back to the rosy retrospection fallacy. The great irony here is that this is the part the American public actually does believe, for the most part. Again, they make it sound like he is announcing a revelation, but this is already how a lot of Americans see their history. They believe that all our wars (aside from Vietnam) were fought for moral reasons and the history of our legislation was based on moral arguments. They (understandably) don't study these topics deeply enough to understand that in reality, from the very beginning, there have been all kinds of motivations driving every single actor in American politics. Money has always been a factor, foreign power has always been a factor, bureaucratic self-interests have always been a factor, economic competition has always been a factor, securing election campaign support has always been a factor, maintaining resource interests has always been a factor, keeping allies happy has always been a factor, debating states' rights and the power of the government has always been a factor, and on and on and on. I'ma throw another shout-out to a fellow Redditor here with this example: a few years ago MYGODWHATHAVEIDONE wrote this summary about the perception of Cold War politics versus the reality of it, and how the ideological conflict of fighting communism was actually not the main incentive for our actions (even though people still think it was). Yes morality has a place in the decision making history of our country. It has a place alongside a lot of other things, though. It always has, and it is no less important today then it was back in the 50's. For this asshole to claim that only in the past did we innovate in technology and cure diseases and cultivate great artists is an unforgivable insult. Oh, and yes, people have been identifying themselves by who they voted for in the last election for a while now. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard someone summarize their political philosophy by explaining that they voted for George McGovern. I said earlier that this bothers me so much because it is popular. I'm not trying to be Hipster-y, here. I'm saying that this is causing real damage because it is influencing a lot of people in a negative way. So many people I know, people who I trust and whose opinions and credibility I respect, still subscribe to the ridiculous suggestions this McAvoy asshole is making. And the whole thing seems so unbelievable and insulting to me because it reinforces a very unrealistic perception of America's self esteem. Everyone in the world knows that Americans are among the proudest of all nations, and that we are obsessed with ourselves and have bloated egos and we are convinced that we live in the best country on earth and are totally ignorant to all the damage our country causes. So many people think that about us. Including ourselves. So many Americans think that Americans are like that. How. How?? It's such a bizarre paradox. "No one drives in New York because the traffic is so bad." "Americans believe that America isn't actually that great because all Americans think America is greater than it is." Let me make something clear: no one, and I mean no one, is more critical of the United States than American citizens. Yeah, even in North Korea or ISIS, where folks call us "the Great Satan," does the hatred fall short of some people I've met here. Not just me: we've all at least seen "that guy," the one who blames the U.S.A. for every single bad thing that has ever happened. True, these people are rarely moved to commit unspeakable acts of violence like the aforementioned dictatorship and terrorist group. But I'd say they provide more substantial arguments for why America sucks (marginally so). Americans shit on our own country constantly. Just look at Reddit. For the past year, our shitty presidential election has creeped its way into almost every single thread on this website, and it is never spoken of as a positive thing. Do you think that all that criticism is coming from the European Redditors? Hell, those guys are usually only able to get their input heard when there's an /AskReddit thread specifically soliciting it. Americans are convinced that most Americans are ignorant to the terrible crimes our nation has committed, like the treatment of the indigenous peoples here and the internment camps for the Japanese during WWII. What? What? I've never met an American who didn't know about these things, yet they almost all think they are in the minority for possessing that rare, arcane knowledge. It is the most thoroughly ingrained circlejerk in the history of modern civilization: Americans complain that their country sucks endlessly. And even the minority that actually does claim that "America is the greatest country on Earth" are paradoxically still the biggest critics of this country. They claim to hold that belief only nominally, and in reality are America's most significant opposition domestically (David Cross did a hilarious segment about this in a standup once, which I'll link here). Well the rest of the world hates us, right? I'm pretty sure that's another misconception. There are plenty of non-Americans who are fine with us. Did you know most Iranians like America, just not it's government? A lot of polls suggest that most people around the globe think that America has a positive influence on the world, and even among those who don't we still usually have a higher approval rating than Russia or China. So when everyone in McAvoy's audience is fucking shocked, shocked that he would even suggest that America might not be the greatest country in the world... ...I can't handle how fucking absurd this scene is. We usually divide people into optimists and pessimists, even though that's unfairly limiting. We almost all agree that optimists are naive and we almost all identify with the pessimist characters. But have you ever noticed that pessimists are in denial about it? No one on Earth would vocally identify as a pessimist: they always call themself " a realist." "I'm not cynical, I'm just being realistic." I fucking hate this so much. And it doesn't go both ways. True optimists are usually humble about it. They don't deal with pessimists by saying "you have an inaccurate worldview." They say "well that's the way things seem to me and I hope you can find a way to see things that'll make you happy." I hate that cynics always claim to be taking the realistic viewpoint because it leaves no room for their position's accuracy to be questioned. Optimism is optimistic. Pessimism is NOT realistic. You know what is? REALISM. Realism is realistic, and pessimism is pessimistic. It is one half of the spectrum, not the center. The center is the center, dammit. If you think that the world is getting worse, then buddy unless you are talking about climate change then you are being objectively unrealistic. Realism is when you prioritize the facts over your subjective experience, even if they don't agree. Realism is recognizing that things might seem worse (or better) than they really are. Realism is trusting that your perception is fallible and you need to rely on the truth where it can be found. (And for anyone else who also studies International Relations: yes, it really gets on my nerves that Realist Theory is called such when it is universally regarded as the cynical perspective in our field). McAvoy is encouraging an unrealistic and pessimistic view of America and validating peoples' flawed perceptions of it by disregarding facts, and worse yet, substituting them with false facts that then make his argument sound more realistic and credible. People need to know that America is not the greatest country in the world, and they need to know that it has nothing to do with what this guy is talking about.
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