During the Cold War the Soviets were contained by physically surrounding them with allies (NATO) while pelting its firewall with messages from the Voice of America, Newsweek and CNN. Precious little got through. Just how total this exclusion was in pre-Internet and BC (Before Cellphone) age is illustrated by the story of defector Viktor Belenko´s reaction to American supermarkets. Nothing the vast array of goods and absence of rotten smells in these establishments the defector suspected Fake News. "I congratulate you," Belenko said en route back to the mansion. "That was a spectacular show you put on for me." "What do you
FTA: The Chinese aren´t afraid of Putin, but they are terrified of what they perceive as chaotic process. In the West it´s just the opposite. No one fears a chaotic process. They´re all afraid of a man.
Now who might that be? /sarc off
Conventional wisdom posits the chief challenges facing the post-Cold War World are Global Warming and the decline of international institutions. But maybe that assurance is a species of Fake News.
The new information technology--not to mention the fracking revolution that has made oil and gas unacceptably (to the Left) cheap--has made the outside world a more dangerous place for totalitarians like the Chinese and Russian governments. Also a more dangerous place for would be totalitarians like Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats, who hoped out loud for our gasoline prices to achieve parity with Europe at between $7 and $9 per gallon. Whom would that have helped? Our enemies and competitors, so admired by the screwball Left.
In totalitarian states people´s access to information must be rigorously controlled lest nascent urges to be free burst out all over these "managed" populations.
President Trump is about to lead the USA to some very beneficial changes, changes that will hurt the Left and its cheerleaders in Big Media (BM), who wish the worst for this great Nation. No wonder they hate him. He´s pushing in the direction of their political extinction.
This article describes the major reasons that Trump is so reviled, that he can succeed, and the Left KNOWS this. The Left has been working on undermining Capitalism because they KNOW that it is the linchpin that has allowed the US to accomplish all that it has done.
What are a couple major threats to the US and the world? Islamism and an expansionist Russia. Both are upheld by oil earnings. The success of US in fracking and other energy technologies has already devastated the Russian and Middle Eastern economies, and that is with BO kicking and screaming and desperately trying to stop it.
Imagine Trump unleashing the full power of the US economy fueled by our vast energy resources, similar to what Reagan did with our military resources. Reagan destroyed the USSR without firing a shot. Trump could annihilate Islamism and completely corral Russia easily. The US has THAT much strength and Trump knows it. The Left is terrified of it because it would unleash an American supremacy that would dwarf what happened after the USSR collapsed. With such a powerful America, North Korea could finally be swatted. The ongoing attacks against Israel would we starved for money and the supporters of it would be forced to back away. Technology unleashed could seriously clean up the environment and would prove that global warming is an idiot´s paradise.
The very real potential is there for a golden age ... BUT the globalists, Islamists, Leftists would have no say in it´s creation or implementation. THAT is the fear, the complete and utter loss of power.
Frankly, the biggest impediment to that golden age is our own Congress, terrified of their own shadow and grasping for their own power. They are fools.
It is a given that the news media intentionally lies and distorts - they think that they can´t be ´racist´ and report the fact that the robber was a black man, so just leave race out, simple. Of course, then when you report that the robber was a white man, we learn that if no race is reported, it was a black man.
We try to adapt, see through the intentional lies, but we need to find better, more honest sources. KC has a relatively new online source of news and commentary, edited by Jack Cashill.
Worth your time, although definitely KC-area focused. I think this sort of honest, alternative sources of news are the future. I know that NYT is essentially certain to be lying to me, so I just won´t go to their site, ever. But The Sentinel is a source that I can trust, I can relax my BS sensors a bit, because they don´t lie.
After he had been in CIA hands for a year or more, he wanted to see the USA on his own - and from his book, to break through the Potemkin Village that he thought he was living in and see the real America. He asked for and got a big American car (used Pontiac, IIRC) and took off driving, choosing a random path, and stopping to see shopping and hospitals in different towns. Somehow the CIA was one step ahead of him every time, setting up these fancy, fake supermarkets and phony hospitals. No matter how long he drove, and how he, himself, had no plan or idea where he was headed, the CIA managed to stay ahead of him, setting up fake supermarkets for him to find. HOW did they know where he was going? How did they have time to set things up before he got there?
After months of this he was literally on the brink of a mental breakdown, since he knew, as an immutable fact that the USA was filled with poverty and had worse conditions than in Russia, but somehow he just couldn´t break through the curtain no matter how far, fast or in what direction he drove. He could not grasp that his whole lifetime world view was the fake.
He met a US woman, she befriended him, and helped him to understand the real world, and keep his sanity. He has remained a staunch anti-Soviet, anti-Russia person all these long years since his defection with a MiG-25 in 1971.
In Monday´s Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes did his best to knock some sense into GOP lawmakers, advising them to compromise on healthcare ("Republicans Aren´t Team Players"), but it seems Jerry Moran and Mike Lee, at least, weren´t listening. The Kansas and Utah senators announced they would vote no on their party´s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, joining Susan Collins and Rand Paul in the nyet column, therefore tanking the bill. Bravo to them. They maintained their ideological purity. But that´s the problem, because in so doing they have put our country on the royal road
WASHINGTON - Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday criticized his likely 2018 rival Rick Scott during a Senate floor speech on climate change. "Just last month in the state of Florida, the Florida Legislature passed and the governor signed into law a bill that allows any resident of the state, regardless of whether or not they have a student in school, can challenge what is being taught in the public schools," Nelson said. "So, if a single resident objects to a certain subject that students are being taught having to do with science -- a subject such as what´s happening in
A new paper analyzing government temperature data says the Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data published by NASA and NOAA are "not a valid representation of reality." In fact, the three respected scientists who published the paper hint strongly that the data may have been fudged. (Snip) The scientists are not arguing that adjustments to temperature data are not necessary. Over the 160 years or so of recorded temps, the weather stations where the data is gathered sometimes move, or a city grows up around them, or there is a change in sea levels where the temps are recorded. All
Comedian Bill Nye received an Emmy Award nomination Thursday for his Netflix show’s “Sexual Spectrum” episode. The Television Academy Awards nominated writers on “Bill Nye Saves The World” for a musical number suggesting that sexuality exists on a spectrum. The episode raised concern from conservatives and YouTube denizens alike, many of whom mocked the show for awkwardly associating social sciences with physical sciences. “It’s been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth,” Television Academy Chairman Hayma Washington said in a press statement announcing this year’s Emmy nominations. “We are thrilled to once again honor the very best that television has
The movement to stop prosecuting subway fare-beaters, announced recently by the Manhattan district attorney and soon to be adopted in Brooklyn, must be expanded citywide, public defenders argue. The Legal Aid Society, the Bronx Defenders, Queens Law Associates and other groups have joined efforts to pressure prosecutors in Queens and the Bronx to get onboard with the cause, which advocates say will help unclog the courts. Advocates say arresting turnstile jumpers unfairly disadvantages the city’s poor population. “Fare evasion is the ultimate crime of poverty in New York City, yet the Queens and Bronx district attorneys continue to prosecute our clients and others
The Associated Press pined to write an article about how international travel to the U.S. is down because foreigners hate President Trump, or because of the travel ban. Or something. Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a “Trump slump” in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. There might even be a “Trump bump,” says Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, a nonprofit representing the travel industry. A few months ago, Dow and
Last week, Democrats and two mainstream media outlets branded Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Christian legal nonprofit which has won seven Supreme Court cases in seven years, an "anti-LGBT hate group." Worse, this "hate" designation comes from a terror-linked organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). ADF has demanded an apology and attacked this "media malpractice." "Why is ABC and NBC willing to promote propaganda and cut and paste the Southern Poverty Law Center press release?" Kristen Waggoner, a senior vice president at ADF, asked Tucker Carlson on Fox News Friday night. "Americans are losing trust in the media for this
Al Gore has been advocating for climate change for 30 years, and the former vice president said he is more than willing to put his "money where his mouth is" and invest in green companies. In an interview on "Good Morning America" this morning, the climate change guru commented on a quote from a story in Tuesday´s New York Times that referred to Gore as the first "carbon billionaire" and said he profited from policies he supported. Gore said the comment was from a "denier" and "certainly not true. "I am proud to put my money where my mouth is for the
I usually try to give global warming hysterics the benefit of the doubt–sincere but misguided, not good at math, unacquainted with the Earth’s highly variable climatic history, and so on. But sometimes data come along that make that sympathetic attitude hard to sustain. Like this paper by Dr. James P. Wallace III, Dr. Joseph S. D’Aleo, and Dr. Craig D. Idso, which was published last month. Its title is “On the Validity of NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature Data & The Validity of EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding.” You should read it all, but one portion that struck
Mark Leibovitch, chief national correspondent for the NYT Magazine recorded his impressions of Washington DC, the town that melted down. He paints a portrait of Sean Spicer trying to survive "in the shadow of a capricious force". He sketches John McCain, in a permanent funk "traveling the globe to the point of weariness, seemingly on a personal mission to reassure allies unnerved by Trump." He describes the institutional Republicans walking around looking "as if they were bracing for a chandelier to drop on their heads". Most compelling of all are cameos of the bit players: the staff members, lobbyists, newspeople,
No bigger example that punditry is a dangerous game exists than Lincoln Steffens´ wildly optimistic declaration -- after a three-week visit to the Soviet Union in 1919 -- "I have seen the future and it works!" I am on my way back from a two-week tour of Baltic cities, including one in Russia, and I will throw caution to the wind with my own declaration -- "I have seen the future and it´s miserable." I was tempted to say "stinks," rather than "miserable," but I decided to hold back just a tad. After all, the six cities I visited -- Copenhagen, Gdansk,
President Trump´s overall approval rating may have fallen, but there´s one issue on which he has the support of 60% of the American public. That´s the proposed travel ban from certain Muslim-majority countries, according to a Politico-Morning Consult poll earlier this month. In fact, Trump has enjoyed the support of a plurality of all voters, Democratic as well as Republican, since he first proposed a travel ban in December 2015. Trump´s boldness horrified the Establishment but probably won him the nomination; three-quarters of Republican voters in the key South Carolina primary backed the travel ban. The whole Republican leadership abhorred
Miami, a city of 430,000 people, could disappear within the century if the worst climate change predictions come true. New York Magazine´s David Wallace-Wells spoke with dozens of climatologists and researchers in related fields for an investigation on the outcomes of climate change if aggressive preventative action isn´t taken. The results were not pretty. (Snip) Within the century, a combination of polar melting, carbon emissions, and ice-sheet collapses could cause chronic flooding to wipe out Miami — and as many as 670 coastal communities, including Cambridge, Massachusetts; Oakland, California; St. Petersburg, Florida; and four of the five boroughs of New York City, according
Since Hillary Clinton’s unexpected loss to Donald Trump, her donors have strategized with Democratic leadership about how to revive the failing party. Billionaire George Soros held a closed door conference with wealthy donors in November 2016 that addressed how to “take back power” and was attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. On the weekend of Trump’s inauguration, David Brock hosted a retreat for the most prolific Democratic donors to figure out how to “kick Donald Trump’s a--.” On July 15, Page Six reported that Sen. Kamala Harris, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, met with top Clinton donors in the Hamptons. Many figures in Clinton’s inner circle attended, including Clinton’s
Susan Rice will no longer be appearing in front of the House committee on Tuesday to answer questions about her unmasking of Trump and his private associates. Rice was expected to give a testimony to the House committee probing her unmasking scandal. It has apparently been postponed. (Snip) As TGP previously reported, independent journalist, Mike Cernovich broke the Susan Rice unmasking story in early April. Cernovich reported via Medium: The White House Counsel’s office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking after examining Rice’s document log requests. The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions.
The mainstream media’s silence over Klaus Eberwein’s death is deafening. Eberwein was a former Haitian government official who was expected to expose the extent of Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week. He has been found dead in Miami at the age of 50. The circumstances surrounding Eberwein’s death are also nothing less than unpalatable. According to Miami-Dade’s medical examiner records supervisor, the official cause of death is “gunshot to the head.“ Eberwein’s death has been registered as “suicide” by the government. But not long before his death, he acknowledged that his life was in danger because he was outspoken on
Ann Coulter´s series of tweets targeting Delta Airlines stretched into a second day on Sunday after the conservative author said she lost a prebooked "extra-room" seat on a flight. "The worst airline in America" she said in a tweet Saturday night. "Just when you think it´s safe to fly them again, the worst airline in America is STILL: @Delta," she added. [Tweet] Coulter said a flight attendant responded "I don´t know" when asked why the "extra-room seat I specifically booked" was given to another customer. Coulter then took a picture of the woman who was given the seat, and said
Just after musician Kid Rock tweeted out the possibility of Senate run in Michigan, Olympic gold medalist and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner told a New York radio audience she is eyeing a Senate run in California.Jenner told radio host John Catsimatidis that she was mulling whether she could accomplish more as an outsider “working the perimeter of the political scene” or “from the inside.” (Snip) “For me, philosophically, I’m on the Republican side. I have conservative views. But I’m also trans," she said. "…I would much rather convince Republicans to do better with (LGBT) issues than to try to convince Democrats to
The condition for which Senator John McCain had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said on Sunday. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has already announced that votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will not begin until Mr. McCain’s return. A statement released by Mr. McCain’s office on Saturday had suggested that he would be in Arizona recovering for just this week, but neurosurgeons interviewed said the typical recovery period could be longer.
Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran jointly announced Monday night that they will oppose a vote to open debate on the Senate GOP´s healthcare bill, meaning Republicans currently do not have the votes to advance the legislation in its current form. Lee, R-Utah, and Moran, R-Kan., announced their opposition to the bill in tweets in which they cited one another, but they issued separate statements.With Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, already coming out against advancing the healthcare bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., no longer has the votes he needs to have least 50 of 52
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has been accused of “slut-shaming” female players after introducing a new dress code that forbids plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts on the course. Reactions to the move by golf’s governing body have been overwhelmingly against it, with Teen Vogue, the influential youth magazine, saying the dress code had set women “way back”. In an email sent around by LPGA player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman on July 2, players were warned that they would face a fine of $1000 if they breached the new dress code which comes into action on July 17.
Pensions: Even in normal years, the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees´ reports typically get overlooked. This year is far from normal. But the reports should be top of mind for anyone who cares about retirement security. The Social Security report finds that the "trust fund" will run out of money in just 17 years. The news only gets worse from there. The program´s unfunded liability over the next 75 years is now $12.5 trillion, which is up from $11.4 trillion last year and $4.7 trillion a decade ago. In other words, Social Security´s long-term unfunded liability has increased by 166% in
Former Vice President Al Gore condemned President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement in an interview Monday. “We’ve never had a president who´s deliberately made decisions the effect of which is tearing down America’s standing in the world,” Gore said on the "Today" show. The one-time Democratic presidential nominee also attacked Trump for “undermining our alliances” and damaging America’s reputation in “many ways.” Gore–who has spent most of his post-political career as a climate change activist–has occasionally weighed in on the president’s decisions. In December, during the
Subway wants to freshen up the look of its stores as it tries to stem a sales decline. The sandwich chain says the redesign - which includes a brighter atmosphere, displays of vegetables behind the counter and ordering tablets - is the first major revamp since the early 2000s. The changes will take place as stores around the country are remodeled and new ones are built. The makeover comes as Subway´s sales have fallen for four straight years amid competition from places including Jimmy John´s and Firehouse Subs. Since 2012, Subway´s average annual sales per store are down 13 percent