News Sources Worth Checking Out

I have been asked repeatedly what my favorite news sources are so I thought I’d dash off my top ten pending further refinement (or expansion!) Please keep in mind that I am listing news sources I think offer original insights and aim for the truth but I don’t agree with or even vouch for every one of them in their entirety. They might not all be perfect but they are all worthwhile either because they offer a different perspective, a deep insight or hard to find information. (For a quick scan of today’s headlines from across the web, scroll down the right column of this page.)

In no particular order other than top ten top-of-mind:

  1. Newsbud
  2. The Corbett Report
  3. American Everyman
  4. Voltairenet
  5. Mises
  6. 21st Century Wire
  7. Global Research
  8. ZeroHedge
  9. Lew Rockwell
  10. Ron Paul

I know as soon as I post this, I’ll think of ten more or kick myself for leaving one off – I didn’t do anything exhaustive to come up with this list so please go to the comments section below and add to it–thank you!

Update: GS suggests www.antiwar.com

People Puppets!

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Just a few days ago, I called my ten year old son into the TV room where I was watching the recent remake of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I said to him, “Look at this—it’s a CARTOON—a CARTOON!! They are now fully capable of, or will be by the time you grow up, literally fabricating human events that look like real people and are not…DON’T BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT COMES OUT OF THAT BOX even (especially!) if they say it’s news!!!”

Check out this video below to see how it’s done. If this is a bunch of students with a commercially available camera, imagine what the government has! I had a friend who interviewed for the CIA when she got out of college over a decade ago…they told her the government was ten years ahead of the public in technology. It’s likely more than double that now as these things tend to change exponentially (and they were probably soft-pedaling it to her in the first place!)

But there’s a brightside! This finally puts to bed my fears about writing private things in emails. I’ve always contended that they could make up emails and texts anyway—it’s just letters on a screen. Now I know reality needn’t be a factor anymore at all!
(ht FreedomActRadio)

Update (4/1/2016): Looks like Stanford pulled this video…here’s a copy from someone who seems to have recut the original expose… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFC7vqDzUQA

Who’s the Bigger Scammer, the Media or the Fed? Podcast of March 19, 2016 Show

On the show this week, one caller said he saw the results of Obama’s election accidentally pop up on TV before the election; another caller reprimanded me for not dismissing this out of hand. My answer? Stranger things have happened. The tweet above was sent by Newt Gingrich on November 13, 2015, more than two weeks before the San Bernardino attack on December 2, and there is no other relevant “California terrorist attack” to which Newt could have been referring. Happily, I got a little twitter support on this:

This little exchange was just the beginning. We hit on many different topics this week, so after the podcast links, I have put up links to some of the references I made…hope that’s useful. I also respond to comments, so feel free to start a conversation below…

Hour 1

Read moreWho’s the Bigger Scammer, the Media or the Fed? Podcast of March 19, 2016 Show

“A Cautionary Tale” Courtesy of “Decent Conservatives”

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Here is a picture of Donald Trmp with Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged procurer for convicted sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein. Trump: “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it–Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

As I laid out in this week’s show, my fear is that Donald Trump, who is not being vetted by the Republican primary process–at least not before it’s too late, will be thoroughly vetted by the Clinton Machine. The result could well be both a Hillary presidency and an object lesson in straying from the establishment.

My gut tells me this is no accident and the boldness and effectiveness of such a plot, if that’s what it is, is downright Axelrodesque. Though he denies being behind it, it is widely believed that David Axelrod’s approach to Obama’s Senatorial elections was to use the same bold tactic in both the primary and the general: to get the divorce records unsealed of Obama’s opposing candidates in time-frames that precluded effective replacement candidates. In this case, the tactic, in both the primary and the general election, appears to be to pit Hillary against polarizing candidates who, it will end up, could never quite get 50% of the vote, without revealing that fact until it’s too late to make other choices. Unlike the opponents of the aspiring Illinois Senator, however, I think Bernie and Trump are playing along. (Here is an article I wrote laying out why I think there’s something fishy going on with Trump’s “self-financed campaign.”)

And now, as I had feared, the Republican establishment has begun to blame the anti-establishment voter for destroying the party. In the articles linked below, today’s Wall Street Journal demonizes the allegedly Trump-supporting grassroots (I don’t believe he’s as popular as “the polls” tell us and without exit polls we will never really know), insinuating that they are naive and foolhardy for going outside the establishment. “…A cautionary tale….”

  • Staring at the Conservative Gutter
    Donald Trump gives credence to the left’s caricature of bigoted conservatives.

    • “It would be terrible to think that the left was right about the right all these years. Nativist bigotries must not be allowed to become the animating spirit of the Republican Party. If Donald Trump becomes the candidate, he will not win the presidency, but he will help vindicate the left’s ugly indictment. It will be left to decent conservatives to pick up the pieces—and what’s left of the party.” (Emphasis added.)
  • The Donald and The Terminator
    The perils of a conservatism where the messenger trumps the message.

    • “Before there was Donald, there was Arnold. And therein lies a cautionary tale with particular resonance this Super Tuesday.” (Emphasis added.)

If The Wall Street Journal and her sister FoxNews really fear a Trump nomination, why do they and the media in general give Trump from 10 to 25 TIMES the media coverage of all other GOP candidates combined? I believe they are setting up Hillary to win and setting up the anti-establishment voter to take the fall.

See also:
Trump Spends Zero & Is Crushing It…How?
#loseonpurpose

And don’t miss the comments section below.

The Media's Been PUNKED! Hard!

On today’s show, I had a caller John lamenting about our media…shortly thereafter, I got an email from another caller, Johnny (aka @freedomactradio), saying John’s call reminded him of this video…it’s pretty amazing….

And what’s so crazy about is, is that every single one of them, with only two exceptions, said “may be about to” – literally read the points right off the one press release or fax or whatever that went out…I’ve called the American media an “echo chamber” before, but this surprised even me…that even beats this, which until now was the best media prank I ever saw…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmFA7jDnk_w

The Media’s Been PUNKED! Hard!

On today’s show, I had a caller John lamenting about our media…shortly thereafter, I got an email from another caller, Johnny (aka @freedomactradio), saying John’s call reminded him of this video…it’s pretty amazing….

And what’s so crazy about is, is that every single one of them, with only two exceptions, said “may be about to” – literally read the points right off the one press release or fax or whatever that went out…I’ve called the American media an “echo chamber” before, but this surprised even me…that even beats this, which until now was the best media prank I ever saw…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmFA7jDnk_w

CNN Democratic Debate Mystery….How did Anderson Cooper know what O'Malley was going to say??

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Beginning at time marker 1:08:04 in the youtube video below, Anderson Cooper changes the debate topic from “Do black lives matter or do all lives matter?” to income inequality by saying,

Senator Sanders, let’s talk about income inequality. Wages and incomes are flat. You’ve argued that the gap between rich and poor is wider than at any time since the 1920s. We’ve had a Democratic president for seven years. What are you going to be able to do that President Obama didn’t?

After Senator Sanders’ response, Cooper puts the question to Hillary,

Secretary Clinton, how would you address this issue? In all candor, you and your husband are part of the 1%. How can you credibly represent the views of the middle class?

Clinton says the economy does better with a Democrat in the White House, then Cooper says, “Governor O’Malley, I want you to be able to….[he trails off]”
Then O’Malley band-wagons on some of Sanders’ comments and adds,

But there’s another piece that Senator Sanders left out tonight, but he’s been excellent about underscoring that. And that is, that we need to separate the casino speculative mega-bank gambling that we have to insure with our money from the commercial banking, namely, reinstating Glass-Steagall. Secretary Clinton mentioned my support eight years ago. And secretary I was proud to support you eight years ago. But something happened in between, and that is, Anderson, a Wall Street crash that wiped out millions of jobs and millions of savings for families and we’re still just as vulnerable Paul Volcker says today. We need to reinstate Glass-Steagall and that’s a huge difference on this stage among us as candidates.

Cooper then says, “For the viewers at home who might not be reading up on this, Glass-Steagall are Depression Era banking laws repealed in 1999….” and proceeds to read a description of Glass-Steagall from a blue note card in his hand. My jaw dropped! As the only on-point tweet I could find put it: “What a scam BS the is. Anybody notice how @andersoncooper had a cue card about Glass-Steagall Act. Guess he had ESP.”
I reviewed the clip several times and looked at the notes Anderson had (see the screenshot above). I’ve had plenty of experience compiling notes in an effort to anticipate callers’ points on the air. I usually have a stack of notes with labeled tabs for quick access to detailed information for when I want to respond to callers with specifics like the Glass-Steagall facts Cooper read. I have a big pile of material and my show is usually only on one topic–not every possible relevant topic as this debate was. Furthermore, I am actually a participant in the debate when I take calls on the air. Cooper is just a moderator who wouldn’t be expected to have at his fingertips detailed information on every possible topic that gets raised. Yet Cooper had that exact tidbit of information either in his hand or within easy reach, on a specific item that wasn’t even in the question he asked! He didn’t seem to be scrambling either. He had a small array of cards on the table and a few cards in his hand, and immediately, rapid-fire, without skipping a beat, he started to read the relevant details about an item that wasn’t even a direct response to his line of inquiry.
So how did Anderson Cooper have that information at his fingertips in response to something of a non-sequitur? After seeing this, I couldn’t help but conclude that this debate was scripted. As I continued to watch, I became increasingly convinced, especially as the debate wrapped up with closing statements from all the participants (beginning at time marker c. 1:58:50) in which the candidates made specific references to what was covered in the debate, the tone that was achieved, and even verbatim quotes from other candidates. Either these candidates, some of whom were facing the largest audience of their lives, squandered their one opportunity during the evening to have a prepared statement (ie, they decided to wing their closing statements), or they somehow perfectly anticipated the way in which the debate would unfold.
Oh, and one more thing…did you get the impression that O’Malley is actually running for Vice President? He’s reminiscent to me of Marco Rubio in that way, and also in the way he alwasy seems like he’s going to burst out crying (it’s his “sincere” voice.)
Here’s the debate…what do you think? (You can just watch the three and a half minutes beginning 1:08:04 for the Glass-Steagall stuff–the video should already be cued up to that spot–or go to the very bottom of this post for the critical minute or so.) And don’t miss my update below for a bonus fact!
https://youtu.be/qNaHbbIDdik?t=1h8m4s
UPDATE: Here’s a fun fact…Anderson Cooper’s only job outside of media was the two summers he spent working for the CIA while an undergrad at Yale 🙂 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anderson_Cooper#Career
The first video I included to show the debate disappeared. In case the second one disappears too, I just grabbed the critical minute or so from my TV recording…
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WHOA! Just in the amount of time it took me to load my little homemade video and post a replacement for my original above which disappeared, the new one on youtube disappeared too! And it didn’t say for copyright infringement, it said, “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content. Sorry about that.” Well, I can’t disagree with them classifying this as deceptive!

CNN Democratic Debate Mystery….How did Anderson Cooper know what O’Malley was going to say??

anderson cooper's notecard

Beginning at time marker 1:08:04 in the youtube video below, Anderson Cooper changes the debate topic from “Do black lives matter or do all lives matter?” to income inequality by saying,

Senator Sanders, let’s talk about income inequality. Wages and incomes are flat. You’ve argued that the gap between rich and poor is wider than at any time since the 1920s. We’ve had a Democratic president for seven years. What are you going to be able to do that President Obama didn’t?

After Senator Sanders’ response, Cooper puts the question to Hillary,

Secretary Clinton, how would you address this issue? In all candor, you and your husband are part of the 1%. How can you credibly represent the views of the middle class?

Clinton says the economy does better with a Democrat in the White House, then Cooper says, “Governor O’Malley, I want you to be able to….[he trails off]”

Then O’Malley band-wagons on some of Sanders’ comments and adds,

But there’s another piece that Senator Sanders left out tonight, but he’s been excellent about underscoring that. And that is, that we need to separate the casino speculative mega-bank gambling that we have to insure with our money from the commercial banking, namely, reinstating Glass-Steagall. Secretary Clinton mentioned my support eight years ago. And secretary I was proud to support you eight years ago. But something happened in between, and that is, Anderson, a Wall Street crash that wiped out millions of jobs and millions of savings for families and we’re still just as vulnerable Paul Volcker says today. We need to reinstate Glass-Steagall and that’s a huge difference on this stage among us as candidates.

Cooper then says, “For the viewers at home who might not be reading up on this, Glass-Steagall are Depression Era banking laws repealed in 1999….” and proceeds to read a description of Glass-Steagall from a blue note card in his hand. My jaw dropped! As the only on-point tweet I could find put it: “What a scam BS the is. Anybody notice how @andersoncooper had a cue card about Glass-Steagall Act. Guess he had ESP.”

I reviewed the clip several times and looked at the notes Anderson had (see the screenshot above). I’ve had plenty of experience compiling notes in an effort to anticipate callers’ points on the air. I usually have a stack of notes with labeled tabs for quick access to detailed information for when I want to respond to callers with specifics like the Glass-Steagall facts Cooper read. I have a big pile of material and my show is usually only on one topic–not every possible relevant topic as this debate was. Furthermore, I am actually a participant in the debate when I take calls on the air. Cooper is just a moderator who wouldn’t be expected to have at his fingertips detailed information on every possible topic that gets raised. Yet Cooper had that exact tidbit of information either in his hand or within easy reach, on a specific item that wasn’t even in the question he asked! He didn’t seem to be scrambling either. He had a small array of cards on the table and a few cards in his hand, and immediately, rapid-fire, without skipping a beat, he started to read the relevant details about an item that wasn’t even a direct response to his line of inquiry.

So how did Anderson Cooper have that information at his fingertips in response to something of a non-sequitur? After seeing this, I couldn’t help but conclude that this debate was scripted. As I continued to watch, I became increasingly convinced, especially as the debate wrapped up with closing statements from all the participants (beginning at time marker c. 1:58:50) in which the candidates made specific references to what was covered in the debate, the tone that was achieved, and even verbatim quotes from other candidates. Either these candidates, some of whom were facing the largest audience of their lives, squandered their one opportunity during the evening to have a prepared statement (ie, they decided to wing their closing statements), or they somehow perfectly anticipated the way in which the debate would unfold.

Oh, and one more thing…did you get the impression that O’Malley is actually running for Vice President? He’s reminiscent to me of Marco Rubio in that way, and also in the way he alwasy seems like he’s going to burst out crying (it’s his “sincere” voice.)

Here’s the debate…what do you think? (You can just watch the three and a half minutes beginning 1:08:04 for the Glass-Steagall stuff–the video should already be cued up to that spot–or go to the very bottom of this post for the critical minute or so.) And don’t miss my update below for a bonus fact!

https://youtu.be/qNaHbbIDdik?t=1h8m4s

UPDATE: Here’s a fun fact…Anderson Cooper’s only job outside of media was the two summers he spent working for the CIA while an undergrad at Yale 🙂 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anderson_Cooper#Career

The first video I included to show the debate disappeared. In case the second one disappears too, I just grabbed the critical minute or so from my TV recording…

[wpvideo uBwkI8Ej]

WHOA! Just in the amount of time it took me to load my little homemade video and post a replacement for my original above which disappeared, the new one on youtube disappeared too! And it didn’t say for copyright infringement, it said, “This video has been removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content. Sorry about that.” Well, I can’t disagree with them classifying this as deceptive!

Trump Bait? Podcast of August 8, 2015 Show

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Hour 1

Hour 2

Hour 3

But what did Trump really mean??

Check this out…In the same interview, two minutes after Trump said of Megyn Kelly, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever,” he said of Chris Wallace, he had “blood pouring out of his eyes too.” (at time markers 2:56 and 4:55 in the video below). What do you think Trump meant? Is the grossest possible interpretation still the most likely one? And do you agree Don Lemon was baiting Trump?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up8hbWjYI34