Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Louisiana coast line disappearing


Ends with a whimper let the whining begin


Conservatives freak out over ‘UN takeover’ after spotting trucks made in Virginia and sold overseas

Conservatives freak out over ‘UN takeover’ after spotting trucks made in Virginia and sold overseas

The rumor-debunking website Snopes contacted Alpine Armoring, the manufacturer named in the Daily Mail report, and found the vehicles were made by American workers for the UN to use abroad.

The UN trucks are then driven by flatbed trucks on the interstate to their final ports of call.

Similar sightings in October 2014 sparked fears of martial law or a UN takeover, which Snopes pointed out had not taken place.

The website was unable to verify that the trucks were spotted in Lexington, Kentucky, which is hundreds of miles from any seaports, and speculated that some commenters had confused the city with a Virginia city by the same name.

  

Get it, yet?


Tom Brokaw said it.  I believe it.  That settles it.


MSNBC Viewers Dump Morning Joe As Scarborough Is Lowest Rated Cable Morning News Show

MSNBC Viewers Dump Morning Joe As Scarborough Is Lowest Rated Cable Morning News Show

However, unlike every other country reaping hundreds-of-millions, and indeed billions, of taxpayer dollars for defense, only Israel is allowed to spend the billions it receives every year to subsidize its own defense sector. Any and all other governments receiving American aid for defense has to spend it on American-made weapons, but because of the “special relationship” with America, Israel uses American aid to bolster its own defense industry and President Barack Obama wants that atrocity to come to an abrupt end. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is of a different mindset and doesn’t like the idea of America ending its subsidies that create jobs and economic benefit to Israelis at the expense of American jobs and its economy.

  

President Obama Says It’s Time To Stop Subsidizing Israeli Defense Industry

President Obama Says It’s Time To Stop Subsidizing Israeli Defense Industry

However, unlike every other country reaping hundreds-of-millions, and indeed billions, of taxpayer dollars for defense, only Israel is allowed to spend the billions it receives every year to subsidize its own defense sector. Any and all other governments receiving American aid for defense has to spend it on American-made weapons, but because of the “special relationship” with America, Israel uses American aid to bolster its own defense industry and President Barack Obama wants that atrocity to come to an abrupt end. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is of a different mindset and doesn’t like the idea of America ending its subsidies that create jobs and economic benefit to Israelis at the expense of American jobs and its economy.

  

Dan Rather slams media for acting like a ‘business partner of Donald Trump’ to boost their ratings

Dan Rather slams media for acting like a ‘business partner of Donald Trump’ to boost their ratings

“Well, he handles tough questions by doing the old side shuffle most of the time. And with rare exceptions — I give Jake Tapper credit here on CNN — with rare exceptions, nobody bores in and keeps asking the tough question,” the former 60 Minutes host stated. “The other thing that’s disappointed me a bit, and I do think there’s been some media complicity in the rise of Trump. It’s not the only factor, but it has been a factor in providing him so much airtime, and in some cases being complicit in arranging that airtime.”


“For the news viewer, for the consumer of news, I think never more has it been necessary to deal with skepticism. Not cynicism, never cynicism but skepticism,” he continued. “Skepticism, saying ‘OK, Trump is on for an hour and a half on this network. Why is he there?’ The answer, of course, is because he’s very good for ratings and very good for demographics.”

Asked by the CNN host if the networks should “have some sort of blackout” of Trump, Rather disagreed.

  

Monday, June 27, 2016

The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America -- Society's Child -- Sott.net

The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America -- Society's Child -- Sott.net

There has been a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in America, unlike most other Western countries. Richard Hofstadter, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his book, Anti-Intellectualism In American Life, describes how the vast underlying foundations of anti-elite, anti-reason and anti-science have been infused into America's political and social fabric. Famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said:
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

  

Justice Thomas Passionately Argues That Convicted Domestic Abusers Need Easier Access To Guns | ThinkProgress

Justice Thomas Passionately Argues That Convicted Domestic Abusers Need Easier Access To Guns | ThinkProgress

In the dissenting opinion for the latter case, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argues that convicted domestic abusers have been defrauded of their right to deadly weapons.
At-issue in Voisine v. United States is a technical question of whether two men with convictions for “reckless” domestic assault fall under a federal law prohibiting people convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from possessing a firearm. The law prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing firearms wasn’t the question under discussion — instead, the question was how far that law reached over certain states’ differing domestic assault laws.
Justice Thomas, however, was very concerned in arguments about the broader law that domestic abusers at large can’t have guns — breaking 10 years of silence on the Court to complain at arguments in February.