“...parts of the U.S. jobs report for January seem fishy...”
Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in his final State of the Union address, President Obama said, “Our brand of democracy is hard.” A more accurate characterization might have been: “Our brand of democracy is cold hard cash.” Cash, mountains of it, is increasingly the necessary tool for presidential candidates. Several Powerball jackpots could already be fueled from the billions of dollars in contributions in play in election 2016. When considering the present donation season, however, the devil lies in the details, which is why the details follow.
The conservative movement is starting to look a lot like Syria.
If Fox asked Facebook to tabulate the number of viewers at tonight's GOP republican debate, the answer would probably be over 1 billion. The reality is that most potential viewers will likely be hijacked to tonight's "alternative" event, the one taking place concurrently in Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where Donald Trump will address Wounded Warriors & Veterans but what he will really do is school the rest of the republican field how to truly control the media narrative and to remain constantly in the spotlight especially when he noweher near it.
Donald Trump "won't be bothering" with Thursday's GOP debate thanks to the fact that Fox's Megyn Kelly is among the event's moderators, but he will be hosting his own "special" event in the same city at the same time, setting up a ratings battle with the network. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz has challenged the bellicose billinoaire to a one-on-one showdown worth $1.5 million for veterans charities.
"She's biased against me, she knows that, I know that. Do you really think she can be fair at a debate?"
"The truth is, he doesn’t get to control the media, and while he’s made his position clear about me after that first debate, Roger Ailes made his position clear too."
Earlier this month, Fox News released a poll showing Ted Cruz leading Donald Trump by four points, and the mainstream media and GOP establishment quickly huddled around the campfire, content that The Donald had jumped the shark and normal service could resume with a candidate that was 'bearable'. Well that is over... As WaPo reports, Trump is now up by 11 points, a 15-point swing in the two weeks between surveys with gains across the board.
Just when we thought the surreal story surrounding Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's second capture couldn't get any more bizarre, it does just that, but in an oddly satisfying way, one which ties the soon to be incarcerated criminal south of the border with a criminal located right inside Washington D.C., one who however will never be punished. According to the Hill, a .50-caliber rifle recovered from El Chapo's hideout was one of the firearms lost by the U.S. government's gun-smuggling operation Fast and Furious.
There are now more than 100 FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton. Her denial that she is at the core of their work is political claptrap with no connection to reality. It is inconceivable that the FBI would send such vast resources in the present dangerous era on a wild-goose chase. It is the consensus of many of us who monitor government behavior that the FBI will recommend indictment. If the FBI recommends indictment and the attorney general declines to do so, expect Saturday Night Massacre-like leaks of draft indictments, whistleblower revelations and litigation, and FBI resignations.
In what may be the latest bad news for Hillary Clinton, whose various "previous life" scandals - from emails, to Clinton foundation donations - refuse to go away, the Hill reports, citing Fox News, that the FBI has expanded its investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State to determine whether her Clinton Foundation work violated public corruption laws.
In 2015, the iron fist of power clamped down on humanity, from warfare to terrorism to surveillance, police brutality, and corporate hegemony. The environment was repeatedly decimated, the health of citizens was constantly put at risk, and the justice system and media alike were perverted to serve the interests of the powers that be. However, while 2015 was discouraging for more reasons than most of us can count, many of the year’s most underreported stories evidence not only a widespread pattern that explicitly reveals the nature of power, but pushback from human beings worldwide on a path toward a better world.
- Oil ends 2015 in downbeat mood; hangover to be long, painful (Reuters)
- Recession, retrenchment, revolution? Impact of low crude prices on oil powers (Guardian)
- Midwest Flooding Might Make the Oil Glut Worse (BBG)
- From Oil Glut to Shortage? Some Say It Could Happen (WSJ)
- Ten Years After Blowup, Amaranth Investors Waiting to Get Money Back (WSJ)
- China Fires a Warning Shot at Yuan Speculators With Bank Bans (BBG)
The aristocracy’s control over all the mainstream ‘news’ is ironclad - and this includes the political magazines as well as ‘intellectual’ magazines. American ‘news’ media stifle democracy in America; they’re not part of democracy, in America. They’re like poison that’s presented as being ‘medicine’ instead. Suckers don’t just swallow it; they come back for more of that propaganda. A press like this makes it impossible for there to be intelligent, informed, rather than misinformed and/or stupid, voting in national political elections in the United States.
People are waking up to the darkness in American policing, and the cops don't like it one bit...