Someone is poisoning the well

Tillerson: Jerusalem Move Unlikely

Trump Signed the same wavier Obama signed. Now Tillerson is pushing back the timeline.

All Trump really did was say it out loud. All words no action. He's a con man.

Still, I'd rather have a president who was an honest broker. Instead of just calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel also...
  • Name it the capital of Palestine.
  • Tell Netanyahu to stop all new settlements.
  • And.. clear out any settlements on Palestinian land.
  • And.. Withdraw to the 67 borders.
  • And.. be in DC next week to sign a fair treaty with the Palestinians.

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Manipulate the People

NO PASSING FANCY | Gin and Tacos:

from the comments:

  • Sigh. The perpetual problem of how to manipulate the lower classes.
  • Religion of some sort.
  • Bread and circuses.
  • Divert the hate to an out group, not the elite upper class.
  • Lies, disinformation, and propaganda, of course.
  • Sending dissenters to the coliseum, the gallows, all varieties of prisons.
  • Hiring mercenaries/enlisting state police/military to massacre rioters.
  • You'd think we'd have figured out how to curb this shit by now and tax our oligarchy perpetually into merely upper middle class status.

Applies to both Rs and Ds. 


Fake Media

Fake News

I don't understand why you never see the normal, crappy media calling out Trump and Fox News?

Fox has been a propaganda tool of the R's for years now. Turning out fake stories and manufactured scandals, driving up the rage as needed but no major media source ever calls on it. The others play nice while Fox kicks their ass. WTF?

I think it's a bully versus the nerd thing. The major media has been playing by certain rules for ever. Yeah, they're crappy. They screw up stories, slant stories but it's basically in good faith. They are trying to get it right they're just not very good but...... they play nice or at least by the rules.

Fox said fuck that... lets give them short skirts and something to be pissed off about. Fuck the truth. We'll make our own truth.  So they did and it worked by delivering an enraged R base ready to vote against any corrupt, god-damned, main-stream backed liberal, out there.

Those nice news services just didn't know how to handle it. They played along for a while, just accepting that Fox was real and letting them drive every news cycle, until Fox delivered Trump, the Fox News President

But now, eyes have been opened. The center has seen what a focused propaganda arm can do and with Trump hammering "fake news" everyday, I get a sense that the nerds have just about had enough.

It's going to be an ugly couple of years

A stunning new study shows that Fox News is more powerful than we ever imagined - Vox:

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Why Jerusalem?

It wasn't really for the evangelicals though it will make them happy too.

Trump calls Jerusalem Israel's capital to win Alabama voters, say Dionne and Shields:

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Turkey vs Israel

The Difference between Israeli Policy and Turkish: Calling Each other Terrorist State | Informed Comment:

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What’s College Good For?

What’s College Good For? - The Atlantic:

This is not your fathers education system, stuffy and concerned about making students work and think.

This is American Capitalism's race to the bottom being played out in our education system.

Sometime in the last thirty years or so, our education system realized there were boat-loads of money to be made by ramming young people through it whether they learn anything or not.

The more students you could grab, the more cash you could make. This gave us
  • Lots of college marketing with new stadiums, new multi-million dollar training facilities, and new condo-like dorms to draw students in.
  • Less work and and more play for students along with grade inflation to keep them enrolled.
  • A play-now, pay-later financing scheme to make it seem so "affordable".
  • More administration and fewer or at least "cheaper" professors at traditional schools along with new "for-profit" schools to put the cash in the right hands. 
So now, we've made a lot of money but have a system that doesn't teach most students what they really need for decent employment.

Mr. Caplan is a free-market libertarian so he blames the education system but I think he should look a little closer to home.

This is a perfect example of what happens when you let free-market capitalism invade an area of your economy that exists to help someone other than stockholders.


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Trickle Down

Booze, Women, and Movies: Chuck Grassley Couldn’t Be More Wrong about Taxpayers:
Tax Cuts for the rich. Deregulation for the powerful. Wage suppression for everyone else. These are the tenets of trickle-down economics, the conservatives’ age-old strategy for advantaging the interests of the rich and powerful over those of the middle class and poor. The articles in Trickle-Downers are devoted, first, to exposing and refuting these lies, but equally, to reminding Americans that these claims aren’t made because they are true. Rather, they are made because they are the most effective way elites have found to bully, confuse and intimidate middle- and working-class voters. Trickle-down claims are not real economics. They are negotiating strategies. Here at the Prospect, we hope to help you win that negotiation.

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