Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Elite

Council on Foreign Relations Doesn’t Understand Voters’ Anger

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 25, 2016:  

In his article published by the Project Syndicate on Thursday, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) revealed that he doesn’t understand voters’ anger manifesting itself in the unexpected success of candidates viewed as establishment outsiders such as Senator Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

He noted voters’ “considerable anxiety” and even their “outright anger” but cannot understand why they feel that way. After all, he said,

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New York Times: More Kinds of Guns and Ammo “Must be Outlawed”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, December 6, 2015:  

In its Saturday edition, the New York Times published a front-page editorial for the first time since 1920. The last time the Times gave one of its editorials this kind of prominence was when the editors criticized the Republican Party for nominating Warren Harding for president. Harding won anyway.

This time, according to Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., the publisher of the Times and the chairman of the New York Times Company (which owns the paper), it was necessary “to deliver

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Where is This “Safe Space” Yale Students are Preparing for?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 11,2015:

English: "A Front View of Yale-College, a...

“A Front View of Yale-College, and the College Chapel, New-Haven, printed by Daniel Bowen from a woodcut.

Yale University adopted the first section of the Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale back in 1975 as official policy, and has continued to abide by it, at least up until last Friday. Apparently, claims for a “safe space” for students is now the rule at Yale: no dissenting opinions, no contrarian points of view, no First Amendment rights.

Named for the committee’s chairman, C. Vann Woodward, the final paragraph of that now defunct policy reads:

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The Fix Is In for Hillary, Says DNC Official

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 16, 2015: 

According to a committeewoman in the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the fix is in for Hillary Clinton to be the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, she spoke with the British tabloid the Daily Mail immediately following the Democrat debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday. She listed the women in key positions at the top of the DNC, including Debbie Waserman Schultz, Donna Brazile, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, calling them a “female cabal” who have decided to make things easy for Clinton to win the party’s nomination. She said:

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Clinton and Warner Join the Luddites Opposing the “Gig” Economy

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 17, 2015:  

English: Mark Warner, member of the United Sta...

Mark Warner

Luddites used violence in their failing efforts to stall progress. Democrats are much more circumspect in their intentions. Writing in the Washington Post, ultra-liberal Democrat Mark Warner voiced his “concerns” about those seeking to make a living outside of corporate America in the “sharing” or “collaborative” economy:

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“He Who Lives in a Glass House, Shouldn’t”

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 13, 2015:

English: U.S. Congressman

George Nethercutt

 

According to his own Wikipedia page, George Nethercutt touts himself as a “conservative.” After all, in the 1994 Republican landslide that gave the Republican Party control of the House for the first time in 40 years, Nethercutt replaced Speaker of the House Tom Foley. It was close: just 4,000 votes out of more than 215,000 cast. But that was enough.

In truth that meant that Nethercutt won by 2,000 votes, as that was the number of votes to be changed to allow Foley to keep his seat. Nethercutt’s promise that he would leave after three terms likely made the difference. After all, Foley had been representing Washington for 30 years as a hard left liberal Democrat, and voters had finally had a bellyful of him.

Unfortunately Nethercutt was in Washington, DC, long enough to drink the Kool-Aid of excessive hubris and self-importance, and when it came time for him to honor his promise,

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Putin Demands All Data About His Citizens Be Stored Inside Russia

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 5, 2015:

 

On December 31, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the latest version of his country’s “personal data law” that, starting September 1, 2015, will require all companies to store data about Russian users only on computer servers inside the country. That way, according to the New York Times, “it will be easier for the government to get access to it.”

Whether those companies — Facebook, Twitter, and Google, among others — will comply is an open question. When Putin’s Internet “regulator” Roskomnadzor demanded that Facebook take down a page promoting a rally in support of political activist Alexei Navalny (whom the Wall Street Journal called “the man Vladimir Putin fears most”), Facebook complied. But within hours dozens of copycat pages popped up elsewhere, creating even more publicity for the January 15 event. 

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Chris Hughes – Just the Man to Resuscitate The New Republic

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, December 12, 2014:

Chris Hughes at Hacking Education event

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes is so smart that he once was caught reading the French author Honoré de Balzac, in the original French. He led a pampered life, first attending and graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and then moving on to get a BA degree at Harvard University.

His roommates at Harvard were Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg was fooling around with a computer program that would link Harvard students together online when Hughes suggested that the program be extended to other schools.

When Facebook was officially launched, Hughes became Zuckerberg’s spokesman, making himself wealthy in the process. In 2008, he helped a virtually unknown senator from Illinois get elected president by running a social network website for him called

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The New Republic Magazine: New Format, Same Old Socialism

English: Chris Hughes Website

Chris Hughes, The New Republic’s new owner

This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 9, 2014: 

 

The announcement late last week by top staffers at The New Republic (TNR) magazine that they were resigning to protest its “new direction” was met with rejoicing on the Right and consternation and anger on the Left.

In his subscription newsletter, Gary North called it “great news,” noting that the magazine had “always been a mouthpiece of the American left.” Wrote North:

The disappearance of The New Republic is part of a trend. Part of the trend is the shift from printed to digital communications. The Left has not made the transition. The other part is the shift away from traditional American liberalism.

On the Left, establishment journalist Dana Milbank, a graduate of Yale University (where he was a member of Skull and Bones), and later the author of a polemic biography of Glenn Beck, took it personally. He attacked TNR’s new owner, Chris Hughes, calling him “a dilettante and a fraud.” He explained the reason for the mass exodus: 

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Media’s encomiums for Pete Seeger fail to inform of his radical background

In announcing the death of Pete Seeger who passed away on Monday night at the age of 94, the mainstream media applauded his lifetime as a folk singer, singing, as the Washington Post put it, “songs of love, peace, brotherhood, work and protest” and calling him a “20th-century troubadour” known for popularizing “If I Had a Hammer”, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and especially the “anthem of the civil rights movement”: “We Shall Overcome.”

The Post noted only briefly Seeger’s close relationship with

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Controversial Harvard Professors predict high inflation and defaults for the US

The two Harvard professors who made themselves famous, and then infamous, are at it again, now predicting that America will soon be forced to

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Newtown Protests Fizzle

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Thursday, December 19th, 2013: 

For some reason the first anniversary of the Newtown shooting came and went without fanfare, despite the Colorado shooting the day before that would ordinarily have amped up the media’s anti-gun rhetoric once again.

The silence was almost deafening. On Saturday, the LA Times had a couple of articles about the Colorado shooting while USA Today noted on Monday that Colorado Governor Hickenlooper had visited one of those grievously wounded in the attack. Google news had nothing

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Is there more to Google-Berg than Alex Jones is telling us?

Alex Jones, author of Infowars.com and a self-admitted conspiratorialist, has offered his take on the two back-to-back summits taking place the second week of June in Watford, UK. The first is known colloquially as

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Time Warner Continues to Shrink, Selling Off Most of its Magazines

With the announcement that Time Warner (TW) is selling most of its print magazines to little-known mid-west publisher Meredith Corporation, the media giant continues its great shrinking act which dates back to 2001. At the time of the AOL-Time Warner merger in January, 2000, the combined market capitalization of the company was $350 billion. Today its book value is

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Feinstein admits her bill has no chance

I outlined her bill, and her intentions, here. It’s clear that she means what she says, and intends the results of her actions: disarming the American people, leaving them defenseless against government tyranny. I tried to get inside her head a little bit, but have concluded simply that she is a

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Davos’ Theme of “Resilient Dynamism” Hides Real Agenda

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, opened on Wednesday with the theme “Resilient Dynamism” and an agenda that is the polar opposite. That theme, promoted by the WEF’s founder, Klaus Schwab, began with an accurate assessment of how the push for global government is increasingly being resisted, and

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Where Are the Spending Cuts?

Cutting your Spending

Cutting your Spending (Photo credit: Tax Credits)

The fiscal cliff “deal” about to be signed into law by President Obama is all about tax increases. This is what The One has wanted since he got into office. He wanted to overload the system so much that taxpayers would be forced to pay more. It’s more of the “leveling” required to push the US down relative to other deadbeat nations who also can’t pay their bills. The easier to be “absorbed” into the new world order run by non-elected elites. But I digress…

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the “deal” consists of $15 billion in spending cuts (over the next ten years, mind you) compared to $620 billion in new taxes – a ratio of 41:1. What a deal!

“We’ll address spending cuts later” is now the cry from sycophants like Grover Norquist. “We got a deal we can live with,” they say. “Now let’s get down to business.”

Sorry. Business is already done. That window of opportunity to hold the government accountable is closed. Obama got what he wanted. Boehner caved in. End of discussion.

I’m biased (!). But I think the fiscal cliff turned out to be a speed bump on the road to more

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Newsweek’s last Print Issue is December 31st

The Wall Street Journal noted the end of an era with the final print edition of Newsweek magazine coming out on Monday, December 31st. It will transition to an online-only format with plans to charge subscribers for its content after the first of the year.

The end has been coming for some time. On October 18th, Tina Brown, Newsweek’s editor, announced the change on the same day that she

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Responding to an email about Social Security and Medicare

I received a respectful email from a reader who asked about Washington’s response to the fiscal cliff:

With all this talk of going off the cliff and how not to…

Why is it that instead of spending billions of dollars for bailouts and giving billions to other countries…wouldn’t it be [better] to start bailing out Medicare and Social Security first?…

We the working class contributed to [them]. Once they get [our] money back into [them] they can figure out how to adjust it for the future [and] not penalize everyone [by hiking] the age to collect?…

Thanks for reading this even if you don’t answer.

I wrote her back that I would respond here, and now I’m stuck! How do I tackle this in such a short space (I try to limit my comments to 300 or so words – more than that, I’ve found, and people will move on)?

I have a few thoughts. First, the bailouts went to the banks and financial institutions because they are more important to the elite than Social Security and Medicare. They dare not let their precious money center banks fail. That’s the primary goal of the Federal Reserve, to protect bankers from the consequences of their bad behavior.

Secondly, you’re right that Washington has borrowed your money from your Social Security account and spent it elsewhere. What’s left is a pile of IOUs that will have to be redeemed by the government in the future. In fact, since Social Security is already in deficit, the government is being forced to redeem some of them right now just to keep making payments to current Social Security beneficiaries. But, as Harry Reid says, there’s a huge pile of those IOUs still in the account so we won’t have to worry about running out of them for many years!

Thirdly, I think you’re asking about priorities and how one would spend the government’s revenues in a sane and sensible world? Given that we don’t have such a world, then we can only dream of what things would look like if we did.

For one brief shining moment, the world was reasonably sane and sensible, the time that would allow the miraculous creation of the Declaration of Independence, to wit:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men…

From there the founders created the Constitution which attempted (and succeeded, for a while) to secure those rights by limiting severely the power of the national government to a few enumerated ones.

Here’s the bad news: none of those limited enumerated powers included Social Security or Medicare or bailouts or the Federal Reserve. These are all manifestations of ignoring the Constitution and its limitations by insiders who now use the national government to promote their own ends which, sadly, are vastly different from making sure that Social Security and Medicare is solvent.

I don’t know if this helps. I hope so. In order to restore sanity we must go back to binding down the government from mischief by rebuilding the chains of the Constitution. That’s where the effort begins.

I’m way over my limit. Thanks for writing.

Online College Courses Disrupt the Educational Cartel

Lecture hall at the University of Paris, France

Lecture hall at the University of Paris, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My oldest grandson, Will, is getting his college degree online. He just turned 20 and he’s already in his junior year. He’ll have a full-on accredited undergraduate degree by the time he is 21. He is already looking for work following his graduation. He is officially courting Savanah. He is at least two years ahead of his peers, maybe more.

This article in The New York Times explains the phenomenon and points out some of the ramifications. There are others as well.

These online courses are called MOOCs:

A handful of companies are offering elite college-level instruction — once available to only a select few, on campus, at great cost — free, to anyone with an Internet connection.

Moreover, these massive open online courses, or MOOCs, harness the power of their huge enrollments to teach in new ways, applying crowd-sourcing technology to discussion forums and grading and enabling professors to use online lectures and reserve on-campus class time for interaction with students.

There are so many advantages here. First is

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