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Saturday, December 24, 2016

10 Times The United States Interfered in Foreign Elections



Over a month after the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election, politicians and unnamed sources quote in various media outlets continue to raise the spectre of Russian interference in the elections.

As TIME pointed out last week, this is a fear that goes back to the time of America's Founding Fathers, with Alexander Hamilton, for instance, concerned about, "the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils."

Yet, as Glenn Greenwald has pointed out throughout the controversy, there is not yet any substantive evidence that has been brought to public attention, proving or strongly evidencing Russian interference in the election:

"To begin with, this is a second-hand report so you have somebody whose identity is being shielded describing what the CIA supposedly concluded, laundering that through the Washington Post. These are assertions that are being made completely unaccompanied by any evidence whatsoever, let alone evidence that we can touch and rationally review.

There’s all kind of reasons to suspect the CIA statements, including the fact that they’re wrong all the time, they’re programmed in a lot of cases to disseminate disinformation and there’s lots of reasons to view them as political actors.”

But if it turns out to be true that Russia had interfered in the US election, it would be just one more good reason for the United States foreign policy establishment to reconsider its heavy-handed intervention in overseas affairs, because it would be an example of what the CIA calls "blowback."

The United States has a storied record of interference in foreign elections, and while that does not justify foreign intervention in our elections, it does legitimize it as a geopolitical tactic, endangering the integrity of our own democratic process.

Here are 10 times the US interfered in another country's elections:


Read the rest at The Independent Voter Network.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Donald Trump's New Secretary of Health Wants to Save You Some Money

President-designate Donald Trump named his Secretary of Health and Human Services this week, picking Rep. Tom Price, a conservative Republican congressman from Georgia and a former practicing orthopedic surgeon of twenty years.

"Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity," Trump said in making the announcement official early Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

25 Fake News Stories From The Mainstream Media

One of this week's main news stories is the proliferation of fake news websites and their potential effect on US elections.

One purveyor of fake news drew heavy fire for boasting, "I think Trump is in the White House because of me."

Meanwhile Google and Facebook announced they would be banning fake news websites from their advertising networks, citing the immense popularity of fake news with partisans on social media the election cycle.

So it's important now for the independent, critically-minded reader and sharer of news to note and reflect on the amount of fake news stories propagated by mainstream media sources, sometimes unknowingly through unacceptable carelessness and lack of proper journalistic rigor, other times knowingly and deliberately to influence elections or support a policy agenda.

Remember that after this election, even the New York Times, America's "newspaper of record," has had to apologize and "rededicate" itself to honesty, fairness, and scrutiny.

This kind of fake news is arguably more egregious than the kind we've been hearing about this week because it abuses the trust people have in an ostensibly reputable media source. The following list of 25 fake news stories from the mainstream media shows just how difficult it is to tackle the problem of fake news.

Banning click-bait upstarts will only scratch the surface of a much deeper problem, the systemic duplicity of a corporate mass media that serves entrenched interests and is every bit as interested in monetizing page views as the lone wolf peddler of bogus news.


Read the rest at The Independent Voter Network.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

SNAP: EIGHT States Just Legalized Marijuana Yesterday


In a watershed electoral victory for drug policy liberalization in the United States, an astounding eight states voted to legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes Tuesday.

That’s an especially resounding win for marijuana legalization considering that nine states had marijuana on the ballot, putting marijuana reform at an 88% success rate on election day.

In four states—Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Montana—voters passed medical marijuana initiatives, and voters in four others—Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, and California—passed initiatives to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 and older.

Read the rest at The Independent Voter Network.

The New Idol

Sunday, November 6, 2016

No Joke: 10 Major Ways Hillary Clinton Is Just Like Donald Trump


In a presidential election with record-setting unfavorable ratings for both major parties’ nominees, no small number of people will be voting against a candidate instead of for the candidate whose name they check on the ballot.

Many are calling this election the ultimate choice between “the lesser of two evils.” In fact, that very phrase was repeated over and over again when CNN went on a tour through two major swing states, Ohio and Florida, to talk to voters about their concerns and motivations this election.

But for “the lesser of two evils” argument to even make any sense for supporting one candidate over another, there has to be some substantive difference between the two candidates. The following, well-sourced list shows that on major, substantive issues of public policy there is no such difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In fact, Hillary Clinton is just like Donald Trump.

For those of you weary of how the mainstream media has covered this campaign, please note with relish just how much you’re about to find yourself reading about actual policy for a change. And please say a big thanks to the Independent Voter Network for being willing to go there.

Read the rest of my latest article at the Independent Voter Network.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Sexism (D) - The Democrats' War on Women" On Sale Now!


I just published a book:

"Sexism (D) - The Democrats' War on Women"

Does any of this sound sexist to you?

“The broader question if Sarah Palin becomes vice president, will she be shortchanging her kids or will she be shortchanging the country?” -NBC correspondent Amy Robach

"Like this right-wing slut, what’s her name, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over." -MSNBC’s Ed Schultz

”It's pretty clear that Nikki Haley is being chosen because the Republican Party has a diversity problem.” -DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

"She's a dumb bitch!” - celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton about Miss USA contestant, Carrie Prejean

"I want her laying next to me in bed. That's the way people vote." -CNBC’s Donny Deutsch about Sarah Palin

"On so many levels S.E. Cupp is a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work Planned Parenthood does." -MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann

"I’m all for masturbating to Christine O’Donnell… but why limit it to one day? I hereby declare every day between now and November 2 — when O’Donnell’s nomination costs the GOP a Senate seat — to be Masturbate to Christine O’Donnell Day. Rub one out for freedom, people!" -internationally syndicated columnist, Dan Savage

“One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game— during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” -David Letterman about Sarah Palin's 14 year-old daughter

This book will astound you with how prominent Democrats in politics and political news media talk about and treat women.

Some of the stories about how prominent Democrats have hurt women will disturb and outrage you if you have any humanity.

And if you haven't heard this story yet, your heart will break when you read about Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton's first criminal defense case that left a young girl telling interviewers many years later:

"Hillary Clinton dragged me through hell."


This is not a partisan book.

It is the other half of the bipartisan effort to blow the whistle on sexism in the dirty business of electoral politics.

The half that hasn’t been done.

Until now.


Buy a copy today on Amazon: "Sexism (D) - The Democrats' War on Women"

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

I've Been Hired on as Campaign Manager for Beanie for President!


There's one candidate for the office of the United States Presidency in this election that we know for a fact:

...at least cannot make anything worse.

I encourage you to visit the new campaign website:

Beanie for President 2016.

America, let's all take a break for a few years.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

NO STEP ON SNEK


Saturday, July 30, 2016

The National Conventions Were Very Conventional

Ugh... another pep rally.

The party in power always says how good things are and how it's only going to get better if we keep them in power.

The party out of power always says how bad things are and it's only going to get better if we unseat the ruling party.

This has been going on forever.

Of course it has been.

Problem is, they flip back and forth, in and out of power against each other with pretty great regularity.

And society seems to move in the same general direction regardless of which party is in power.

And the past few years can't really be all good or all bad the way these parties make it out to be.

Just because of one political party.

When it just so happens to be the thing they need to say at that moment to get back in or stay in power.

Maybe they call it a convention because it is very conventional, what's always been done, for obvious reasons.

The script writes itself.

And couldn't write itself any other way.

Yawn.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Why Were Libertarians All Wrong About Inflation?


My libertarian friends,

We were all so sure we were right. Like we were smug as could be about how sure we were right about hyper inflation.


Our kindred of mind had called it right so many times before on both monetary and military policy, against the overwhelming disagreement of the uncritical, less curious masses.

Hayek had the boom and bust cycle figured out.

Ron Paul nailed it so many times, we were sure he has to be some kind of prophet or something.

So where's all the hyperinflation we've been talking about since the last major war in 2003 and all the monetary expansion starting in 2008? Anyone else notice it didn't happen?


Here's my Facebook feed today:


^^Haha, look how smug I was. #winflation


I know a lot of you shared that level of certainty with me, so the lack of hyperinflation going on right now is glaring in light of this reminder of where a lot of us were at four years ago.

Here's where Gold was when I went to buy a bunch of it in June 2012, hovering around $1600 USD per ounce:


Now watch what happened:



(Thanks, Kitco for the graphs.)

Four years later, we're below $1300 per ounce.

Despite the $2 trillion war in Iraq. (The Congressional Budget Office says it cost you personally $6300.)

Even more hard to comprehend is this is what's going on despite the Adjusted Monetary Base (how much money der is out der) increasing by a factor of 5(!!!) since 2008.


(Thank you, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis for the graph. And also #*@! you.)


Now I don't know about you, but I haven't heard about any record-shattering gold discoveries of some mother lode of gold out there somewhere, have you?

Has the supply of gold doubled since 2012 like the monetary base has?

So the question of the day year, that libertarians absolutely have to answer for themselves, is what the H- E- double hockey sticks is going on out there that we didn't see coming?

All that powerful upward pressure on US dollar prices is not showing up at the check out counter, at the gas station, in the gold markets. Was Hayek wrong?

You and I both know how sound his understanding of markets was, and the impressive predictive power of his theory.

So what is exerting an even more powerful downward pressure on prices than the upward pressure of maddeningly massive, exponential-level monetary expansion?

There's something happening.


Monday, June 20, 2016

That Ron Paul Video That Got Us Paying Attention

Anybody else remember this Ron Paul video back in 2007?

I remember activists back then telling me how this video was so good it gave them chills and made them wonder who this congressman was that they had never heard of.



I remember seeing those signs that said, "Who is Ron Paul?" like it was yesterday, and the obvious reference to Ayn Rand's classic novel, Atlas Shrugged. Share if Ron Paul ever played an important role in your political awareness...