The Return of the Neocons, the plan to make the Alt Right beg for a conservative welfare state, fake news tells us to watch out for fake news, cultural conditioning and much more on this 12th episode of the Propaganda Report.
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Here is the book laying out Trump’s philosophy of loyalty & revenge:
The Making of Donald Trump
There’s also: TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald. Light & kinda funny.
Trump’s campaign pretty much followed the strategies in this book: The Art of The Deal
The people demand a “Conservative Welfare State.” Really?
Steve Bannon on Politics as War
The Trump adviser talks about the winning campaign and says the political attacks against him and Breitbart News are ‘just nonsense.’
“It’s not important to be known,” [Mr. Bannon] says in a telephone interview Thursday night, among his first public comments since the election. “It was Lao Tzu who said that with the best leaders, when the work is accomplished, the people will say ‘We have done this ourselves.’ That’s how I’ve led.”
Pollsters Face Hurdles in Changing Landscape
Pollsters rethink how they operate after a string of astonishing misses around the globe this year
“A corporate market research project, you don’t know if your polling is shit because there’s no election day,” Dan Wagner, head of Democratic research firm Civis Analytics, which also conducts nonpolitical surveys, said in an interview prior to the election. In politics, “there’s a day where you’re going to find out whether you were right or whether you’re an idiot.”
Trump’s NATO Demand Clashes With EU Budgets
Countries under pressure to narrow deficits are bracing for a U.S. call to spend more on defense
“There’s enough money,” [Bruno Lété, a defense expert at The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels] said. “The problem is that the Europeans have been very ineffective. We have 28 navies, 28 air forces, and 28 armies…. The big problem is the issue of unity. There is no unity.”
According to Wikipedia, the EU has 510 million people and GDP of $17.1 trillion. The US has 325 million people and GDP of $18.6 trillion. By pushing NATO to be a unified military power, we would be creating a multi-polar world that might lead to a balance of power but might also be handily stitched up into a One World system. I’m all for folding up NATO, but not for egging them on to escalate worldwide militarization nor to further consolidate regionally–as a libertarian, I am not a fan of increasing governmental centralization. It is interesting to note, by way of comparison, Russia has 146.5 million people and a GDP of $3.7 trillion, and China has 1.4 BILLION people and a GDP of $20.9 trillion. It is also interesting to note relative defense spending among those four entities: US $581 billion, EU $170 billion,* China $129 billion, Russia $70 billion. So the next time you hear some war hawk ask for more defense spending, you gotta wonder what kind of incompetent system spends more than everyone else combined (some of whom are allies!) and still can’t get the job done. (*EU defense spending total estimated as Germany, France, UK & Italy.)
Speaking of China, this is a must watch…
Stalin was in power from 1922-1952.
There was more to the Cold War than met the eye: From Major Jordan’s Diaries
Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave: Kushner, Christie, Trump, Clinton...
Now that‘s racist: Donald Sterling
Who is “they”? There are various possibilities (including The Lizards, as Binkley likes to point out), but whoever “they” are, here are some of their directions to the entertainment industry (h/t GR): EIC on Guns
Poland Exhumes President Killed in Russia Plane Crash
Autopsies on President Lech Kaczynski and others killed in the 2010 crash have been ordered amid a probe into possible foul play
I’m not sure what to make of this video, but it’s haunted me for years…
Seriously? In order to watch this ad, you have to watch an ad….