Tuesday, January 3, 2017

This Is What It’s Like to Read Fake News For Two Weeks

OMG, the convergence of violent TV and video games lashed with pseudo-elitism and pseudo- intellectualism and decades of humans pissing their psych meds into the water supply...

Must Read!
I lived Michael Flynn Jr.'s media diet so you wouldn’t have to.

A few weeks ago, perplexed by the persistence of fake news, I attempted to think like someone I wasn’t. On December 13, I created a dummy Twitter account. More of a clone, actually. I chose to emulate Michael Flynn Jr., the 33-year-old son of President-elect Trump’s choice to be national security adviser. Flynn Jr. was also one of the most prominent believers in the invented “Pizzagate” scandal that had prompted an armed man to fire shots inside a D.C. pizzeria in hopes of breaking up a child sex ring that didn’t exist. My working theory was that you can learn a lot about a fake news adherent from the company he keeps—especially on social media, where it’s possible to create bespoke echo chambers.
In the days after the election, fake news—the vast majority of which demonized Hillary Clinton or manufactured good press for her opponent—had become the fixation of the mainstream media. Watchdogs published lists of websites to disbelieve. Facebook pledged to vet bogus information; gullible readers would be educated by cigarette pack-style warnings. And yet there was no perceptible decrease in the quantity of fact-free fare being peddled by enterprising young internet trolls, from California to the Balkan states—“Trump Offering Free One-Way Tickets to Africa & Mexico for Those Who Wanna Leave America" was a particularly popular one. 


Putin Trains The Willing

Sonny Perdue, Potential Trump Pick For Sec Of Agriculture, Thinks You Can Pray Drought Away

In his ongoing effort to select a diverse, multicultural cabinet, Cheetolini is leaning toward nominating an old white guy, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, for Secretary of Agriculture. The secretary of agriculture is in charge of the U.S. Forest Service as well; included programs are SNAP and WIC, and the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Back in November, the idea was floated that current Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant would be offered the job, as a reward for being Trumpty Dumpty’s bitch.
Bryant campaigned for Trump in Florida, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, and raise more than $2 million for him in Mississippi in short order. Bryant and Trump reportedly hit it off — Bryant spent a good deal of time with Trump and his family including visits to New York — prompting speculation from Mississippi politicos that Bryant would be in position for a plum assignment in a Trump administration. (Clarion Ledger)
Unfortunately it does not look like we will be getting rid of Reverend Phil any time soon; like most other people who worked closely with the campaign, he appears to have been left behind when it really matters.
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Skywriters Against Trump

Robert Reich explains Authoritarianism, Trump's threat to Democracy

Published on Dec 21, 2016
FIRST: please visit Robert Reich at http://robertreich.org/ and follow him on Facebook. This is a small snippet of this man's insight..... At his blog, and, on Facebook you can get more information and learn what you can do to resist/oppose the Trump agenda. Regardless of who you voted for, you should hear this analysis! This is an excerpt from a recent Robert Reich podcast in which he explains how Donald Trump's authoritarian approach to rule is at odds with American democracy, and the fundamental ideals upon which this country was founded. Reich views Trump's behavior as something which is a menace to traditional American freedoms and democracy, itself - and I think he's spot on.

Trump's Treasury Pick Excelled at Kicking Elderly People Out of Their Homes

Grandma loves camping...

He led a company that foreclosed on at least 50,000 people.

This story originally appeared on ProPublica.
In 2015, OneWest Bank moved to foreclose on John Yang, an 80-year-old Korean immigrant living in Orange Park, Florida, a small suburb of Jacksonville. The bank believed he wasn't living in his home, violating the terms of its loan. It dispatched an agent to give him legal notification of the foreclosure.
Where did the bank find him? At the same single-story home the bank had said in court papers he did not occupy.

Still OneWest pressed on, forcing Yang, a former Christian missionary, to seek help from legal aid attorneys. This year, during a deposition, an employee of OneWest's servicing division was asked the obvious question: Why would the bank pursue a foreclosure that seemed so clearly unjustified by the facts?
The employee's response was blunt: "You're trying to make logic out of an illogical situation."
Yang was lucky. The bank eventually dropped its efforts against him. But others were not so fortunate. In recent years, OneWest has foreclosed on at least 50,000 people, often in circumstances that consumer advocates say run counter to federal rules and, as in Yang's case, common sense.
President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary has prompted new scrutiny of OneWest's foreclosure practices.
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 Senate Democrats Are Excepting Real Stories Exposing This Crook

Repealing Obamacare affects everyone

So Trump Voters ~ This is what you voted for thinking you can save a few bucks and never endure a phone call that begins with, "Please Press 2 For English". You selfish bastards.  Oh well the joke is on you. Trump will be your own punishment for trying to commit suicide and taking the rest of us along with you.

Obamacare touches just about everyone.

It's not just for the 20 million people who have health insurance through the individual Obamacare exchanges or Medicaid expansion.
Under Obamacare, senior citizens pay less for Medicare coverage and for their prescription drugs. Many Americans have received free contraceptives, mammograms, colonoscopies and cholesterol tests. And small business employees with older and sicker workers have not been slapped with super-high premiums.
Full Article Via CNN

Biden to GOP: Go ahead, repeal Obamacare

The Democrats Plan to Fuck with Eight Cabinet Nominees

Only 8?

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has graciously informed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Democrats may be in the minority, but they have zero fucks left to give about Trump’s insane cabinet picks. Therefore they plan to slow this process down and keep the Republicans from ramming their whackjob regulating billionaires down our throats.
Schumer gave a statement where he said the President-elect was trying to hire rich ass white people who’ve made a freaking fortune off the very industries they are now supposed to be in charge of, and by the way, most of them are opposed to Trump’s scampaign promises, too!
He continued telling it like it is: Any attempt by the GOP to rush this shit through before the inauguration, before everybody’s had a chance to learn all the fun and incriminating stuff about them, ain’t gonna happen. There will be a fair hearing for all, and fucking deal bitches. (WaPo)
Full Article w bullet points to all 8 candidates

It's On

Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda

For six years, since they took back the House of Representatives, Republicans have added to a pile of legislation that moldered outside the White House. In their thwarted agenda, financial regulations were to be unspooled. Business taxes were to be slashed. Planned Parenthood would be stripped of federal funds. The ­Affordable Care Act was teed up for repeal — dozens of times.
When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate, much of that legislation will form the basis of the most ambitious conservative policy agenda since the 1920s.

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Corporate Puppet and Russian Puppet discuss how selling your soul, "Is so worth it".

Jeb Bush’s consolation prize

Jeb Bush has friends?

There may be a silver lining for Jeb Bush — the elevation of his longtime friend, patron and political ally, Betsy DeVos, as education secretary. 


There may be a silver lining to the 2016 presidential election for Jeb Bush — the elevation of his longtime friend, patron and political ally, Betsy DeVos, as education secretary.
If DeVos is confirmed by the Senate as most expect, Bush could see his views on education — repeatedly ridiculed on the campaign trail by Donald Trump — given new life as she turns their shared vision into national policy.
Full Story Via Politico

Picking Bush's Brains

Clever Weasel Gingrich Hedging His Bets

Job mooch Newt Gingrich continues to speak as a Trump surrogate. So far that tact has not been panning out for him.
Newt already ate national crow when he displeased Trump by stating Trump was no longer using "CUTE" catchphrase, "Drain The Swamp". Desperate to belong to the Trump administration, he accepted being singled out for humiliation by Trump and grovelled before all saying he made a boo boo.

“He now says it was cute, but he doesn’t want to use it anymore.” Drain The Swamp

Groveling Gingrich Apologizes after incurring Trumps wrath by Tweet 

Here Gincrich dares to incur Trumps wrath again as he exclaims that "I FEAR Donald Trump Might Lose His NERVE" 

Here he goes again sucking up.

Gingrich has a contingency plan for either way this goes down. Either he gets in the administration or continues being a political hack plugging his new book about of all things....

Wow, what a great idea for a novel. Wondered what inspired him?
Via Amazon ~ THE WORLD'S MASTER TERRORIST, known only as the Falcon, has infiltrated Washington's highest corridors of power, threatening the very existence of our democracy in this realistic tale of modern day TREASON.

Trump Claims Will Reveal His Special Knowledge of Russia Cyber Attacks By Tomorrow

Yes, Donald Trump ‘lies.’ A lot. And news organizations should say so.

With Trump set to take control of the presidency, media figures are currently engaged in a spirited debate over how to handle the Trump administration’s approach to the news media, now that it looks likely he will continue employing the unprecedented levels of dishonesty he wielded to great effect during the campaign.
The early returns in this debate are not encouraging. In fact, they suggest that we in the news media are simply unprepared for the challenges the Trump presidency will pose to us. I’ve already tried to argue that news orgs are needlessly helping Trump’s use of unverified claims result in precisely the headlines he wants.
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Why Corporations Are Helping Donald Trump Lie About Jobs

Donald Trump's War Against Facts

Trump gets caught lying about his charitable foundation

Trump Just Showed Us We Should Always Assume He Is Lying ...

Trump tweets Chicago might need federal help on violence

So apparently federal troops will help? Doesn't anyone remember the sixties?  Is this Obama's punishment for interfering with Trump and Putin's BIG PLANS? 

Chicago Tribune
President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to again draw attention to Chicago's struggles with surging violent crime, this time suggesting that perhaps Mayor Rahm Emanuel should seek help from the federal government.
"Chicago murder rate is record setting — 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016," Trump wrote on Twitter. "If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!"

"As the president-elect knows from his conversation with the mayor, we agree the federal government has a strong role to play in public safety by funding summer jobs and prevention programming for at-risk youth, by holding the criminals who break our gun laws accountable for their crimes, by passing meaningful gun laws, and by building on the partnerships our police have with federal law enforcement," the statement said. "We are heartened he is taking this issue seriously and look forward to working with the new administration on these important efforts."
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Trump Threatens North Korea, Insults China In 140-Character Snippets

The tweeter in chief wades into the fray over Kim Jong Un’s remarks on his country’s nuclear capabilities.

01/02/2017 11:07 pm ET Huff Post  S.V. Date

WASHINGTON ― The incoming president is once more creating foreign policy 140 characters at a time, with tweets Monday evening lashing out at North Korea and China over the renegade nation’s nuclear weapons program.
“North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” Donald Trump wrote in a 6:05 p.m. tweet.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said in his annual New Year’s address that the nation’s plans for launching a missile are almost complete. “Research and development of the cutting-edge tech weapons are actively progressing and strengthening our defense capabilities, including last stage preparation of tests for intercontinental ballistic rocket launch have been continuously succeeding,” Kim said, according to a CNN translation of the televised speech.
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Donald (desperate to Nuke something) Trumps foreign policy tweets...

With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

Making it official. No more pesky ethics to hinder the dismantling and exploitation of our country. Part of Putin's plan no doubt. From New Deal to Raw Deal...closed door session of Republicans. No more independent oversight. Gonna use the GOP honor system? 

WASHINGTON — House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail.
The move to effectively kill the Office of Congressional Ethics was not made public until late Monday, when Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that the House Republican Conference had approved the change. There was no advance notice or debate on the measure.

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Congress Votes to ELIMINATE Ethics Office and Police THEMSELVES on Day 0!