Fanatics, politics, and one-track minds

As I’ve said many times, I’m neither Republican nor Democrat, neither left-wing nor right-wing.  I have my own views on life, the universe and everything, shaped and formed through some pretty eventful experiences, and I don’t expect anyone else to subscribe to them. Nevertheless, I try to understand what both wings of politics are going on about.  That’s particularly important when neither side seems willing to compromise in any respect whatsoever.  The Z man addresses this as observed on the left wing of politics.  Can the same be said of at least some of those on the right? Being on the Left

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Karma. Dogma. Self-assembling, in the long run.

Charles Hugh Smith recently examined dogma versus karma, and pointed out some inevitable truths.  He spoke from an economic perspective, but his words apply equally well to our nation as a whole. Karma covers a lot of ground, but it boils down to consequences: consequences not just from your actions but from your convictions, schemes, obsessions, and yes, dogmas. The reason why Karma runs over Dogma is that nobody clinging to a dogma sees themselves as dogmatic. The true believer never sees their conviction as dogma, but as Revealed Truth, as self-evident, a view that is buttressed by all the other

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“Journalists are prostitutes”

That’s the title of a very enlightening essay at Lew Rockwell.  It describes the life and experiences of German journalist Udo Ulfkotte, who explains just how journalists are “bought” and paid off by the powers that be.  It’s long, but very interesting.  Here’s an excerpt. Now to the subject of lying media. When I was sent to the Iran-Iraq war for the first time, the first time was from 1980 to July 1986, I was sent to this war to report for FAZ. The Iraqis were then ‘the good guys’. I was bit afraid. I didn’t have any experience as a war

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Propaganda versus fact

As an exercise in judging the torrent of political propaganda that’s spewed at us from all sides in these tenuously United States, here are two articles covering the same subject;  President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from the area of Syria near the Turkish border, to avoid getting involved in a shooting war with the Turks over the Kurds.  (We’ve spoken of his decision before, here and here.  Basically, I think it was correct.)  They offer very different perspectives. The New York Times thinks the President got it disastrously wrong, and has endangered US prestige, policies and security as a result. President

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When corruption becomes the reason for existence

Last week, the Z man put out an article titled “Too Corrupt To Fail“.  It equates the current Ukrainian “scandal” with the situation in the Catholic Church and its clergy sex abuse problem, and with other similar major issues.  I found his case compelling. In all of the big institutional scandals, there is always a question that rarely gets addressed and that is, how did it go on for so long? By the time the thing starts to become public, the number of people involved, either actively or passively, has reached a point where it became impossible to hide. In

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A new – and dishonest – tool in the progressive far-left toolbox

It seems some progressives are prepared to deliberately twist copyright laws to use them against those whose political views they abhor. RJ Jones writes, “My friend gave me a tip! If you need to drown out fascists, bring a speaker & play copyrighted music at their rallies cause it will be easy to report their videos & get them taken down for copyright.” This is a reference to Youtube’s idiotic Content ID automated takedown system (soon to be mandatory for all online platforms in the EU), which indiscriminately blocks anything that it believes to contain a copyrighted work. It’s not clear whether

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Automatic, real-time censorship… the future of the Internet?

I might consider that headline alarmist, except that it’s already happening in China, and it appears to be on the way in this country too – driven by ideologically motivated corporate executives who are also politicians. First, China.  Technology Review reports (bold, underlined text in all quoted excerpts is my emphasis): WeChat is a window into the future of the internet in many different ways. Based in China and boasting over 1.1 billion global users, it’s one of the world’s most advanced and popular apps. What’s remarkable is the way it reaches into so many corners of a Chinese person’s life: it’s the

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The manipulated media, and how it manipulates you

Sharyl Attkisson describes how the news media and social media are manipulated by special interests, and how they in turn try to manipulate us.  In the light of the Covington affair, the Smollett fiasco, and other recent events, this is well worth watching. Ms. Attkisson has been independently investigating and reporting on scandals for years.  She knows whereof she speaks. Peter

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After Covington, a helpful reminder from Mark Twain

The news media’s performance over the Covington affair was so shameful as to almost defy belief . . . yet they’re mostly unapologetic, and even eager to do it all over again at the earliest possible opportunity.  The truth is not in them. In that light, this quotation from Mark Twain is worth remembering.  (A tip o’ the hat to HMS Defiant, where I found the graphic.) Word. Peter

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Big Brother is watching – and it’s not doing a damned bit of good

As part of its overall anti-terrorism strategy, the British government introduced a program called Prevent.  It appears to have become more an instrument for Big Brother-style thought control, rather than an effective tool against terrorists.  Reason reports: Part of a larger anti-terrorism strategy, Prevent was designed to prevent radicalization and seeks to monitor supposedly vulnerable people for evidence of extremism in the materials they peruse and the ideology they express. The idea is that, once identified, these individuals can be steered by authorities away from negative outcomes. “Interventions can include mentoring, counselling, theological support, encouraging civic engagement, developing support networks (family and

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