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Will France Sound the Death Knell for Social Democracy?

One afternoon in September, Franck Sailliot marched through the northern French city of Lille alongside a couple of thousand leftist trade unionists and students. The marchers waved union flags, blew whistles, bellowed slogans. “Enough, enough, enough of this society, where there’s only unemployment and insecurity!” they yelled. “We don’t want the law of the bosses! The only solution is to revoke it!” Sailliot, a 48-year-old trade unionist who had worked much of his adult life in a paper mill in a town about an hour’s drive to the east, shuffled along, mostly silent, his hands in his pockets. As the demonstrators made their way through Lille’s town center, passing the ornate 17th-century stock exchange, they shouted, “Fire the stockholders!” and “Everything they have, they stole it!” One man wielded a bloodied, severed mannequin head and waved a French flag emblazoned with the silhouette of Robespierre, who presided over the Reign of Terror. It was a revolution of sorts, but Sailliot seemed a bit bored. The French left has long protested the encroachment of an unbridled free market, and despite some victories in halting its progress, the overall trend was one of demoralizing defeat. Sailliot debated peeling off from the crowd ... Read More

Secret Space Program and a Television Show Pilot too Hot to Handle

I've edited out the usual television show re-caps after every commercial. Not sure when this was made because Bill and Kerry are no longer partners. I can understand why Bill could not work with her any longer ... Read More

The problem with the English: England doesn’t want to be just another member of a team

Brexit is the result of an English delusion, a crisis of identity resulting from a failure to come to terms with the loss of empire and the end of its own exceptionalism, argues Cambridge University professor Nicholas Boyle There is a great lie peddled about the referendum: that it expressed the will of the British people. The pattern of voting showed up a colossal divergence between England, with its Welsh appendage, on the one hand, and Scotland and Northern Ireland on the other. This was far more significant than any division between ‘metropolitan elites’ and ‘those left behind by globalisation’. Are there no elites in Edinburgh or Belfast? Is no one left behind in the Scottish or Irish hinterlands? Even if such a division is present across the UK, and indeed the whole of the Western world, and it plainly is, why only in England did it express itself as so powerful a revulsion from the EU? To explain the referendum result as a ‘howl of pain at austerity’ is a pious flight from reality. It is to ignore, to cover over again, the wound, festering below the threshold of public consciousness for two generations, which the referendum opened up ... Read More

Defeated Media Elite Alienate Many With Anti-Trump Coverage

White House press secretary Sean Spicer holds his first press conference. The Trump White House has made it clear they see the mainstream media as part of the opposition. And based on polling data, they may be right. (Ron Sachs/Zuma Press/Newscom) RAGHAVAN MAYUR and TOM WESTERVELT 2/03/2017 http://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/defeated-media-elite-alienate-many-with-anti-trump-coverage/ After failing in its attempt to delegitimize and defeat Donald Trump through persistently negative coverage of the candidate throughout the recent campaign, the establishment news media might have been expected to acknowledge its failures and make some effort toward restoring objectivity to journalism. However, the American public, which has lost confidence in the news media due to its antagonistic approach to President Trump and his supporters, has little hope that the media will cover the Trump presidency in a fair and objective way, according to the findings of a recent Investor's Business Daily/TIPP Poll. For much of our nation's history, the press earned the trust of the American people with a tradition of objective reporting aimed at providing the public with the facts. During the American Revolution, newspapers were instrumental in both keeping colonists engaged in the effort and inspiring many to join the fight. Nearly 200 years later, the Washington Post's ... Read More

Robert Barnes: Trump Could ‘Go Full Andrew Jackson’ and Ignore Interference from Activist Judges

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Attorney Robert Barnes joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily to discuss his latest Breitbart News column, “Hawaii Obama Judge Rules Muslim Imam Has Special Constitutional Rights to Bring Anyone from Terror Countries into America.” Marlow asked Barnes to begin by explaining why Trump’s temporary ban on various terror countries was blocked. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER LISTEN: “The district court judge in Hawaii, who was a fellow law graduate of Harvard law school with former President Obama – and, in fact, Obama was in Hawaii yesterday before the decision was issued, so some people have speculated on the coincidence of that. But he issued a decision that blocks the ability of anybody to enforce the order anywhere,” Barnes said. “So he went beyond just the district of Hawaii. He said no state can enforce it. Nobody in any part of the country can enforce it. Nobody anywhere in the administration can enforce it. He issued what’s called a nationwide injunction, and it precludes any application of the order, pretty much, on any aspect of the order, pretty much, until there’s further review.” “His basis for doing so was an extraordinary interpretation ... Read More

Emma Watson responds to Vanity Fair photo controversy

(REUTERS) - Actress Emma Watson hit back at critics on Saturday (March 4) who have been commenting either in the press or on Twitter that a photo of her in the latest Vanity Fair magazine isn't "feminist" as she bares part of her breasts. Watson, who is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and pioneer of the HeForShe campaign to make men advocate for feminism, talked about the controversy while promoting her latest film, the Disney live action "Beauty and the Beast." "It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is," she said during an interview with Reuters. "Feminism is about giving women choice, feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with, it's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality. I really don't know what my tits have to do with it. It's very confusing." "I'm confused. Most people are confused. No, I'm just always just quietly stunned," she said. The photo shoot was carried out by acclaimed fashion photographer Tim Walker and displayed Watson in an open white crocheted bolero jacket with no bra or shirt underneath. "The shot itself I was honestly slightly taken aback ... Read More

Earth is a sphere. Few proofs for the Flat Earth Society

10 EASY WAYS YOU CAN TELL FOR YOURSELF THAT THE EARTH IS NOT FLAT Humanity has known the Earth to be round for a few millennia and I’ve been meaning to show more methods that prove the world is not flat ... Read More

Why Democrats and Republicans hate each other more than they hate the Russians.

This article from "The Slate" sums up the problems with fighing each other instead of fighting together ! Our Own Worst Enemy ... Why Democrats and Republicans hate each other more than they hate the Russians. By Reihan Salam In 1947, at the dawn of the Cold War, Michigan Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, a Republican, justified his firm support for the foreign policy priorities of Democratic President Harry Truman by insisting that “we must stop partisan politics at the water’s edge.” Coming from Vandenberg, these words carried great significance, for he had spent much of his tenure in the U.S. Senate as a leading light among Republican isolationists. The Second World War and the rising Soviet threat changed Vandenberg irrevocably, and convinced him that Republicans and Democrats had no choice but to stand together in solidarity against Soviet imperialism. One wonders what Vandenberg would make of today’s headlines. There is good reason to believe that the Russian government took extraordinary measures to tilt the scales in an American presidential election. While Democrats are furious, President-elect Donald Trump and many of his Republican allies have downplayed the news, suggesting that senior Democratic officials were to blame for leaving themselves vulnerable to Russian ... Read More

Marine Le Pen loses immunity from prosecution over IS images

Image copyright AP Image caption Ms Le Pen is currently running to be French president The European Parliament has lifted French far-right leader Marine Le Pen's immunity from prosecution after she tweeted pictures of so-called Islamic State (IS) violence. Ms Le Pen is under investigation in France for posting three graphic images of IS killings in 2015, including the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Her position as an MEP has so far meant she could not be prosecuted. Ms Le Pen is currently running to be French president. Opinion polls suggest she is on course to win the first round in April, but centrist Emmanuel Macron is gaining ground and looks likely to beat her in a second round in May. A Figaro/LCI poll on Sunday put Mr Macron - who was unveiling his manifesto at the same time as it was revealed Ms Le Pen had lost her immunity - on 58% in the run-off, against 42% for Ms Le Pen. Media captionWhy people are voting for Marine Le PenThe European Parliament vote - carried by a "big majority", according to acting parliament speaker Dimitrios Papadimoulis - confirmed a preliminary decision taken on Tuesday by the legal affairs ... Read More

Trump went from mocking disability to using it to further his agenda

This is the sort of negative coverage ( from Vox News) that give the media the term "FAKE" after their name , they just can't resist to make a negative point ! Comment below if you don't agree ! Trump is no fan of regulations and is willing to use people with disabilities to cut them. President Trump may have successfully read his teleprompter during his address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, but his attempt to assuage members of the disability community may have fallen flat. After mocking a disabled reporter during his presidential campaign (twice), which, according to one poll, people considered one of the most inexcusable acts over the course of his entire campaign, Trump has angered some disability advocates by using a woman with a disability, Megan Crowley, as a vehicle to justify his stance on loosening regulation on the Food and Drug Administration. Crowley who had the rare illness Pompe disease, was saved by an innovative treatment created by a company her father launched in 1999. “Megan’s story” Trump declared, “is about the unbounded power of a father’s love for a daughter. “But our slow and burdensome approval process at the Food and Drug ... Read More

‘Secret Hitler’ sent to US senators as timely warning

"Really, you can't be serious" ...editor Published time: 26 Feb, 2017 16:25 Get short URL Senators across the US received a copy of a new board game called Secret Hitler in a move that is part publicity stunt, part timely political statement warning of the dangers of fascism. Each of the 100 US senators received a letter along with the social deduction game that models the rise of fascism in a democratic system. “To achieve his evil ends, Adolf Hitler required the cooperation of well-meaning men who hoped to appease and control the Nazis,” the letter reads. “Our game explores that relationship and highlights the difficulty of recognizing your own manipulation before it’s too late.” “Although our game takes place in 1933 Germany, we thought you and your staff would find our game relevant as you negotiate the balance of power within the Trump White House.” Secret Hitler players are given an identity, liberal, fascist or Hitler. The fascists are aware of their identity, and of Hitler’s, but the liberals and the player with Hitler token have no idea of their character. In each round, there is a president and a chancellor. The president gives the chancellor three policies and ... Read More

The Real Reason the Mainstream Media Hates Trump

BY ROGER L SIMON AUGUST 9, 2016 CHAT 364 COMMENTS In a much talked about August 7 piece—“Trump Is Testing the Norms of Objectivity in Journalism”—New York Times "mediator" Jim Rutenberg takes the mainstream media out of the closet and publicly declares them in the tank for Hillary. As front page news this is not exactly man bites dog, but he goes further actually to excuse this bias because, after all, Trump is Trump: If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him? How're you supposed to cover a woman whose family foundation helped Putin corner the uranium market? Oh, never mind. Rutenberg's point is that the barbarian Trump has put those Fourth Estate idealists in a quandary as never before. The poor dears always try to be neutral, but The Donald is just too many bridges too far. They just can't be even-handed anymore. (Please stay clear of your computer screen if you start to sputter.) But the truth is that—although he can be ... Read More

For the first time in a long time, every EU economy is growing at the same time

The European Union is facing its biggest crisis since… well, since its last big crisis. The perpetually problematic union is threatening to come undone, with Britain in the process of quitting the bloc and numerous populist movements elsewhere also threatening to sever ties. But economically speaking, the bloc is performing better than it has in a long while. For the first time since 2007, all 28 of the union’s member economies are growing at the same time, on an annual basis. Inflation-adjusted GDP in the EU will rise 1.8% this year and next, according to the European Commission’s latest projections. This is expected to push unemployment across the region to its lowest rate since 2009. For its part, GDP in the euro zone has risen for 15 consecutive quarters. This is not to say that Europe’s economy is thriving, which is readily apparent by how successfully populist politicians have been blaming Brussels for their countries’ apparent financial malaise. The European Commission warns that the risks to its forecasts are “exceptionally large,” thanks to the unclear intentions of US president Donald Trump, high-stakes elections across Europe this year, and the ongoing Brexit negotiations. If Trump follows through on pledges to spend ... Read More

The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump’s Presidency

When all seemed to be falling apart for Trump last summer, one shadowy billionaire offered up his own massive political infrastructure, which included Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, and saved Trump’s campaign from demise ... Read More

US election final results: how the Democrats were out of touch and Lost !

This is the fifth time the popular vote winner has not won the Presidency; the other occasions were 1824, 1876, 1888 and 2000. Clinton’s popular vote percentage margin is the largest for a loser since 1876, and the 1876 election was heavily disputed. Turnout at this election was 60.0% of eligible voters, up from 58.6% in 2012. Clinton won the overall popular vote by 65.84 million votes, to 62.98 million for Trump, a difference of 2.86 million. Clinton’s raw vote was down only slightly from Obama’s 65.92 million in 2012, while Trump was over 2 million above Mitt Romney’s vote. At the US election held on 8 November, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by 306 Electoral Votes (EVs), to 232 EVs for Hillary Clinton. While this seems a convincing victory, Trump won four states by 1.2% or less: Florida (29 EVs), Pennsylvania (20 EVs), Wisconsin (10 EVs) and Michigan (16 EVs). Had these states been won by Clinton, she would have won the Electoral College by a 307-231 margin. The final Electoral College map from ElectoralVote is at the top of this article. Numbers below state two-letter abbreviations are the state’s EVs. Red represents Republicans (Trump), and blue Democrats ... Read More

Democrats, Slavery, and the American Record

In both 2008 and 2012 black voters seemed to overwhelmingly favor Obama, and today, at least according to an August 8th headline at The Atlantic, Black Pastors Are Breaking the Law to Get Hillary Clinton Elected. That article doesn't mention the fact that the Clintons are caricature Republicans: old, white, southern, and very rich - or that Obama's eight year war on the middle classes has left black Americans significantly worse off financially, socially, and psychologically than they were in 2007. That contradiction underlies much of what is going on as black rights organizations do less and less for blacks and more and for Democrats.  The Black Lives Matter manifesto, for example, demands both reparations for slavery and solidarity with Palestinian terrorists, but quite fails to note that Muslims routinely participate in, and profi from, the modern slave trade. A context free quotation attributed to a commentary on American education by Duke Pesta on the smalldeadanimals site suggests both the extent and the provenance of the public gullibility Democrats rely on to keep their voters from realizing just how newspeaky most of the public discourse on the social consequences of slavery has become: I started giving quizzes to my juniors ... Read More

Right After Trump’s Immigration Ban, Oprah Lands Brand New Job That’s Dropping Jaws

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey has been hired by CBS News to serve as a special contributor on 60 Minutes. “There is only one Oprah Winfrey,” the show’s executive producer, Jeff Fager, reportedly said in a statement Tuesday morning. “She has achieved excellence in everything she has touched. Her body of work is extraordinary, including thousands of interviews with people from all walks of life.” “She is a remarkable and talented woman with a level of integrity that sets her apart and makes her a perfect fit for 60 Minutes. I am thrilled that she will be bringing her unique and powerful voice to our broadcast.” Oprah, who is known as the “Queen of All Media” over the success of her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired for 25 full years before ending in 2011, was ecstatic about the new gig. “I’ve been a big admirer of 60 Minutes since my days as a young reporter,” she said. “I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling.” “At a time when people are so divided, my intention is to bring relevant insight and perspective, to look at ... Read More

The smug style in American liberalism

by Emmett Rensin on April 21, 2016 There is a smug style in American liberalism. It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence — not really — but by the failure of half the country to know what's good for them. In 2016, the smug style has found expression in media and in policy, in the attitudes of liberals both visible and private, providing a foundational set of assumptions above which a great number of liberals comport their understanding of the world. It has led an American ideology hitherto responsible for a great share of the good accomplished over the past century of our political life to a posture of reaction and disrespect: a condescending, defensive sneer toward any person or movement outside of its consensus, dressed up as a monopoly on reason. The smug style is a psychological reaction to a profound shift in American political demography. Beginning in the middle of the 20th century, the working class, once the core of the coalition, began abandoning the Democratic Party. In 1948, in the immediate wake of Franklin Roosevelt, ... Read More