Items tagged with: RightWinged

Usual subject to conspiracy theories began to spread conspiracy theories

(Normally, this article is outdated, but I only now stumbled across it, and found it immediately interesting. Hence, why not share it, though? It shows us how mentally deranged the liar in chief really is, to spread conspiracy theories instead of fighting them, being what he is supposed to be, namely a beacon of safety, hope and prosperity in uncertain times.)
And his tabloid-fueled, campaign-trail instigations about the JFK assassination—he suggested the father of a political opponent, Ted Cruz, was somehow involved—are the backdrop against which the public must attempt to contextualize a presidential decision about open records.

Yet Drumpf isn’t just indifferent to truth, as any neutral party can see; and he isn’t solely set on deceiving the public, despite what many of his critics insist. Donald Drumpf isn’t even first and foremost a performer. He’s a pretender. And he has a preternatural sense for what people want him to be.

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Why fascists have always been trolls

The Nazis were dedicated trolls who weaponized their insincerity to take advantage of liberal societies ill-equipped to confront them. This was not done just for political advantage—rather, the insincerity itself was a moral act, an expression of contempt for the weak.

The original Nazis were open about their intentions, but their strategic insincerity created a fog of doubt that allowed observers to avoid the obvious. In 1922, The New York Times infamously declared that many believed “Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not so genuine or violent as it sounded, and that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch masses of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic, and in line for the time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be employed effectively for political purposes.” In 1930, even after the Nazis had become the second-largest party in the German legislature, the Times assured its readers that “there is no present basis for assuming that th... Show more...

Rupert Murdoch's son Lachlan to succeed his father in leadership

Decades ago he was promised the mantle at Fox, but the company he will run is not what anyone expected, and disappointments have lined his path to this moment. Not only is Lachlan more distant from the White House than his hard-charging father, he will oversee a much smaller company — parent to Fox News, Fox Sports, Fox Entertainment and Fox TV Stations.

On the other side of the political spectrum, several Fox News staffers said they fear Lachlan is less loyal to the network than his father, who has always backed the cable channel without question. The opinionated, conservative faction of the company that supports Trump is already testing his authority.

The Murdochs agreed to the Disney offer as the Justice Department was fighting AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. In contrast to the hostility Trump displayed toward that deal, Trump spoke to Rupert the day the Fox deal with Disney was announced and “congratulated him,” according to... Show more...

Former CA governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unamused about Reality TV starlet-turned-POTUS' comment on John McCain

He told me that Drumpf’s swipes at McCain are both disgraceful and destructive. “He was just an unbelievable person,” Schwarzenegger said. “So an attack on him is absolutely unacceptable if he’s alive or dead—but even twice as unacceptable since he passed away a few months ago. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to do that. I just think it’s a shame that the president lets himself down to that kind of level. We will be lucky if everyone in Washington followed McCain’s example, because he represented courage.”

Drumpf wasn’t invited to the McCain funeral service, which some of his allies describe as a hurtful snub. “McCain’s funeral was calibrated to insult Drumpf—from not inviting him to the way the media played it up,” the former senior White House aide Steve Bannon told me before the president spoke in Ohio.

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Ban on military rifles executed in New Zealand, subsequent to Christchurch mosque shooting

Jacinda Ardern said the ban goes into effect immediately and would be followed by legislation next month. New Zealand's citizens should make arrangements to turn in weapons banned under the new laws, Ardern told the nation in a live television announcement.

She said an amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in by citizens. The New Zealand cabinet will also implement a buyback plan for banned weapons, and there will be "tightly regulated" exemptions for some owners such as hunters and farmers.

About 1.5 million firearms are owned – legally and illegally – by civilians in New Zealand, according to police data tracked by GunPolicy.org, a website run in conjunction with the University of Sydney. This equates to about 30 firearms per 100 people. In the United States, the rate is approximately 120 firearms per 100 people, according to the site.
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Rep. Devin Nunes (R - CA) sues Twitter and three users for «silencing conservative voices»

(Guess that our GOP snowflakes can't stand the criticism they raise with all their mockery, their outspeaking and such. Please hand this man down some essays on what free speech is all about, because it seems to me like he didn't understand it. Anyway, let's read on.)
Fox News on Monday uploaded a copy of the complaint to its website. It was unclear whether the suit had actually been filed, since the copy did not bear a case number. Nunes’ lawyer could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Guess he was only screaming for attention. But as we all know, one must not count one's chickens before they are hatched.

“They spread this fake news and the slanderous news,” Nunes told host Sean Hannity in an interview on Fox News, accusing Twitter of “proliferating out things that they agree with, with the algorithms” he said the company has developed.

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Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to meet with Donald Trump

“It’s the first time in a long time that a Brazilian president who is not anti-American, comes to Washington,” Bolsonaro said on Twitter after he arrived.

Outside the White House on Sunday afternoon, dozens of demonstrators gathered to protest the visit — holding signs including one that accused Bolsonaro of being a “murderer” over apparent links to suspects in the killing of rights activist Marielle Franco. Police have said those ties are coincidental.

The 63-year-old former paratrooper shares Drumpf’s hostility to the “dictator” Maduro, who took over after the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez in 2013.
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On the rise of right-winged terrorism

The regrettable truth is that expressing deep sympathy in the immediate aftermath of an attack comes much more easily than longer-term reflection on the role that politicians, and social and traditional media may play in creating an environment in which far-right terrorism can flourish.

Or we as the people ourselves...

Britain is not alone in this: in the US, the number of far-right terrorist attacks quadrupled between 2016 and 2017. Last year, 11 people were shot while worshipping at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Yet President Drumpf has slashed funding aimed at reducing domestic terrorism.

Last year, Boris Johnson compared Muslim women wearing burqas to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. According to the hate crime monitors Tell Mama, this led to a rise in incidents targeting women wearing the burqa. In 2016, Zac Goldsmith’s campaign for London mayor deployed a series of racist dogwhistles to imply that Sadiq Khan had links to Muslim extremists. Not only did he fac... Show more...

Teenager smashed egg on AUS Sen. Frasier, police investigates

Video circulating on social media shows a man holding the teenager in a headlock while a man can be heard telling him: "You are nothing but a weak human f--king being, you prick."

"Having seen that footage I instructed that our people examine the whole of that footage with the relevance to whether any assault charges be laid [against]anyone in that footage that may have committed an offence, not only from that first egging incident, but then everything that followed on from that," Mr Ashton said.

Last year, Mr Erikson was convicted of inciting serious contempt against Muslims, over a mock beheading he staged in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo in 2015.
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Alabama newspaper editor resigns over publisher's comment to the KKK to «ride again»

“He never left the building,” said Moore about Sutton, whose family has owned and operated the Democrat-Reporter based in Linden since 1917. “It seemed like (Dexter) would be real energetic and her (hiring) was the right thing.”

Several politicians, including U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, called on Sutton to resign. Sutton was also stripped of his past journalism awards, and was censured by the Alabama Press Association.

“They had a decent newspaper about 16 years ago,” said Moore. “His wife was a very good investigative reporter and a very nice person. When she passed away, all the credibility of that newspaper left.”
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On the Christchurch shooting and its causes

The shooter says he carried out the attack for “my people,” because he believes that Muslim migration to European countries constitutes an “invasion” for which he wished to exact revenge. But he also included a number of ironic tropes intended to signal to his in-group and obscure what he was thinking to the out-group, only widening the cultural gulf between the two.

_The gleeful cruelty of the alt-right’s shposting in 2016, for instance, fooled mainstream journalists who couldn’t imagine people being glib about death threats or ethnostate advocacy. Their defensive and outraged reactions to something ostensibly ironic fueled the thing they were trying to stamp out. Shposting is ironic, vacuous. But it can also conceal something darker, as the apparent shooter’s 8chan post reveals: “Well lads, it’s time to stop sh**posting and time to make a real life effort post.”_

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The Human Rights Movement was born out of a fear of democracy

Both developed out of the emerging European movement following the Second World War. This movement was motivated by conservative ruling elites’ need to manage democracy in the face of political threats, in particular the perceived threat of the spread of socialism from Eastern Europe (1).

Duranti notes that ‘while their socialist opponents called them anti-democratic, conservatives saw their aim at The Hague Congress as protecting democracy from itself’. Throughout the congress, the spectre of Nazism and the threat of Communism were presented as possible outcomes of untrammelled democracy.

A speech given by one leader showed how human rights were always conceived of as part of broader efforts towards European federalism. She proclaimed that given Europe’s ‘future is a federalist future, we believe that the defence of human rights is impossible in international terms except in a federalist framework’.

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On the basis of internet culture that fuels hate crimes

The shooter’s manifesto and the livestream both contain a handful of references to internet-related things. Before he begins his drive to the mosque, the shooter says, “Subscribe to PewDiePie” — a phrase that recently became a meme via the YouTuber’s fans’ fervent efforts to preserve PewDiePie’s status as the channel with the most subscriptions on that platform. In the livestream recording, the shooter plays a piece of music known among channers as “Remove Kebab” (taken from an old Serbian propaganda video) while on his way to the mosque, and later plays a remix of “Grün ist Ünser Fallschirm,” a German paratrooper song preferred by channers. The one uniquely garish twist to the shooter’s livestream was his decision to write messages directly on his weapon, which is visible in the video at all times, similar to in a video game. It’s a tactic that feels cribbed from the popularity of streaming and “Let’s Plays.... Show more...

The right-winged extremists' new strategy

Data collected by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism shows a staggering 182 percent increase of propaganda incidents in 2018, with 1,187 cases reported, compared with 421 in 2017. This is the highest number of reported propaganda efforts on record.

Identity Evropa often posts flyers that appear to be innocuous paeans to Western European art. Patriot Front leans heavily on red, white and blue signage with mainstream conservative messaging, including “America First” and “Fake news — don’t buy it.” When they gather for events, Patriot Front members are far less circumspect about their racism, frequently shouting “Blood and Soil!” — a callback to a Nazi slogan.

When they share these images with their virtual community, these groups are patting themselves on the back, celebrating their ability to overcome the obstacles set up by the “mainstream media,” “leftists” and, of course, the Jews.
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On Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - MN) and the Republicans

Where a few weeks ago, cable television networks cut to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s live commentary about Drumpf and Russia, this week they carried her uncomfortable words about seething fellow Democrats.

As Pelosi and Democratic leadership have come under pressure to rebuke Omar, for example, three of the party’s presidential candidates — Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — pushed back. The result was a watered-down resolution introduced on Thursday that did not single out Omar by name and condemned both “anti-Semitism” and “anti-Muslim discrimination.”

White House aides are in the midst of a pressure campaign pushing GOP lawmakers not to support a resolution set to rebuke the president for invoking his national emergency powers to build his border wall. Next week, Drumpf is likely to quash the measure with the first veto of his presidency.
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On the anti-Semitic wagon that was spot on the carnival of Aalst

1. Brussels Times:

In another part of the parade, a procession resembling the Ku Klux Klan were seen celebrating with town officials, in the presence of Flemish nationalist politician Senator Guy D'haeseleer.
Le me guess: The Vlaams Belang has created the anti-Semitic wagon. It wouldn't have been a surprise to me if this was the case. Some people don't care to hide their misanthropic ideology, even during the carnival season. But I am surprised how hard the ushering towards the right has influenced the carnival, throughout the world.
The Aalst carnival was included in UNESCO’s list of intangible world heritage in 2010. It’s origin dates back to the Middle Ages. However, only events from 1923 organised by Aalst city council are officially counted.


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On Dan Crenshaw, the latest starlet in the GOPs

“A society full of people who are easily enraged by every tweet they see, or some news story that comes out—so susceptible to outrage culture, so ready to be offended—it’s not a sustainable society. It’s a society at each other’s throats,” he says.

He seriously sounds like a reaonsable conservative. I like him.

[...] whether he’s slamming his Democratic colleagues, speaking fluent Spanish in a video supporting the Venezuelan people or humble-bragging about his double ax-throwing skills—are frequently shared and “liked” by thousands or tens of thousands of people.

he supports free trade, wants to reform Medicare and Social Security, and thinks American troops should stay in Afghanistan (where an IED took one of the veteran’s eyes) as long as they’re needed to prevent another 9/11. That puts him at odds with Drumpf, whom Crenshaw has been unafraid to criticize, going so far as to call his rhetoric “ins... Show more...

On CPAC and Trump's speech

1. The Atlantic:

Instead, he returned to his list of greatest hits: the Russia “witch hunt,” the worst trade deal ever, criminal immigrants, Crooked Hillary, socialist Democrats, and even the crowd size at his inauguration. Compared with his freewheeling rally speeches or his rambling remarks last month in the White House Rose Garden, the president’s CPAC speech was a wild ride.
When the inferiority complex hits your unexpectedly hard...
His time at the podium may have even been the longest presidential oration in American history, according to the political writer David Rothkopf, eclipsing William Henry Harrison’s 8,445-word inaugural address in 1841—the outdoor speech in cold weather that famously gave Harrison pneumonia and caused his
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Former TV star-turned-racist bitch expressed her two cents again

The comedian sat down with conservative commentator Candace Owens in an interview that posted on YouTube Sunday to talk politics, Hollywood, race, religion and the #MeToo movement, taking specific aim at the women who accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct while in his hotel room.

Barr said her insight into women is different than most because she has two sons — 23 and 40 — and five grandsons. “I know a ho when I see one,” she told Owens. “I’m telling ya, they come for my boys ’cause my boys, you know, I’m their mom and they’re, you know, we have a little bit money. So I got an eagle eye for this thing.”
#Barr #RoseanneBarr #Feminism #Racism #NoRacism #NoDiscrimination #WomensRights #MyBodyMyChoice #LouisCK #News #Politics #Conservatism #RightWinged #RightWing #RightWingedPopulism #AltRight

Daughter to recently deceased AZ Sen. John McCain criticises comment on her father at CPAC

“I care that ‘the ghost’ of my beloved father was used as ghoulish and deeply disturbed political propaganda on CPAC’s stage, but hey maybe that’s just me,” McCain wrote Sunday.

“I’m looking at you, retired Paul Ryan. And yes, I’m looking at you, Mitch McConnell! And yes, I’m looking at you, Bush family!” Malkin said at the conference, before pausing briefly and pointing up at the roof and continuing: “And yes, I’m looking at you, the ghost of John McCain!” Malkin’s comments received a standing ovation.
#CPAC #Conservatism #RightWing #RightWinged #RightWingedPopulism #McCain #JohnMcCain #News #Politics #Trump #DonaldTrump #GeorgeBush #GeorgeWBush #GeorgeHWBush

News on Trump, Mueller, and the probable impeachment

1. CNN:

The President reacted to his worsening plight with a vehement defense on Sunday, after a week in which testimony from his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen deepened his political vulnerability and ahead of the expected filing soon of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

And given his responsibilities and powers, the warning from Nadler took the President's political and legal nightmare to a new plane, and opened a new, more serious stage of the showdown between House Democrats and Drumpf.

Drumpf also sketched a defense for two potential areas of vulnerability: his call for Russia to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails during the 2016 campaign and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey in 2017.


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Are there double standards for lying before Congress?

Both men pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress, but Cohen also pleaded guilty to tax evasion, filing false statements on a loan application and hiding an illegal campaign contribution. That last one involved payments to porn star Stephanie Clifford (also known as Stormy Daniels) to buy her silence in the closing weeks of Drumpf’s presidential campaign.

Abrams supplemented that cash with a $10 million contribution from the sultan of Brunei. Abrams gave the sultan’s representative a Swiss bank account number to complete the transaction.

Labels aside, there is credible and corroborated reporting that the Contras killed unarmed men, women and children, committed rape and torture, attacked civilian facilities, such as hospitals and food warehouses, and conducted mass kidnappings. While not all Contra groups were human rights violators, some acted with extreme brutality.
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On the Ciudadanos' directional crisis

It will be about the unity of Spain and it will be a contest between the Socialists on the one hand and a three-headed block to the right of centre in which Ciudadanos has lined up with the pp and Vox, a new ultra-conservative party.

The Economist has a strange comprehension of what conservatism actually is. Because Vox surely are not conservative, let alone ultra-conservative.

From nowhere, Vox took 11% of the vote in a regional election in Andalucía in December, helping to eject the Socialists from the regional administration they had run for almost 40 years. Mr Rivera’s vetoing of Mr Sánchez is thus a “defensive move” to stop Ciudadanos voters moving to Vox, says Mr Llaneras.
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AOC compared to the politicians who ended the iron curtain

She is the gift that will keep on giving in a thousand soundbites. She is in their faces with the stridency of a world they loathe, almost martial in the way she articulates the multi-cultural energy of the new generation of progressives.

She for sure has got her platform for free promotion, there will always be scribes to shovel some more coal for her train.

That kind of deliberate misallocation of meaning invoked to scaremonger is part of the putrefaction of language used by demagogues through the ages. Fear of that didn’t deter Bernie Sanders, the first presidential hopeful in recent history with the balls to invoke socialism’s true principles and urgent application.

Then, almost out of nowhere, came the true slayer of inequality and plutocracy, AOC. First, to get elected, she managed the defenestration of a primary opponent backed by a complacent big city party machine. The next they knew she was sashaying along the corridors of Congress flanked by a posse... Show more...

Trump going to sign EO to enforce free speech on college campuses

Mr. Drumpf made the announcement at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after he called up onstage Hayden Williams, a conservative activist who was assaulted while on a recent recruiting trip to the University of California, Berkeley.

“First of all, he can take a punch…that was a hell of a hard punch,” Mr. Drumpf said. “Ladies and gentlemen, he took a hard punch in the face for all of us and we can never allow that to happen.”

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On the incident that sparked this presidential EO:

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«On censorship in Social Media», by Donnie Jr.

(Could also someone please explain the POTUS' son the difference between right-winged populism and conservatism? I really detest this swinging switch between those two lines in right-winged politics, because to me, this entire family is far from conservative views. I mean, real conservatives knew that intentional misgendering and deadnaming may not be a reason for censorship, but still lame, immature, and completely unnecessary. Conservatives, unlike their populist counterparts, are able to use their brain, and have some respect towards their next. Decency is what differs one from the other. Thanks a lot)
I’m sure Instagram will claim that this, too, was all just a terrible mistake. It’s funny how these “mistakes” never seem to happen to liberals at the critical moment of a news cycle. More to the point, if this is really a “mistake,” then why does it keep happening?

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MN GOP branch compares Bernie Sanders to Adolf Hitler

The post included side-by-side photos of Sanders and Hitler and compared several planks of their respective platforms, which are virtually the same. They include: “Called/calls himself a socialist”; “Believed/Believes state power would/will fix Germany/America”; and “Promised/Promises a political revolution.”

Completely not abstract and surely not appliable to other parties' programs. If you want, you can compare anyone to anyone.

“There are a LOT of reasons this is a ridiculous, spurious comparison, and even more reasons why it’s deeply offensive, and anti-Semitic,” the JCA tweeted.
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Highgate Cemetery going to invest in security after vandalism case

Much more of a problem was the second recent hammer attack on the 1881 family headstone that had been incorporated into the 1956 monument. In the first hammer attack, the vandal hadn’t reckoned with the thickness of the marble, but he or she appeared to have returned with a lump hammer.

Though he does not want to be complacent, Dungavell is not entirely persuaded. “There are recent graves right by Marx where we have families visiting. I’m not sure they would welcome any cameras.”

Maybe one has to move Marx' grave somewhere else, in a remote, adjacent area, where CCTV would not bother any bereaved family member of someone's grave.

He placed the brooding bronze bust high up on a plinth, using Cornish granite facing over a brick core. The design proved its worth when it survived a pipe bomb attack in 1970 (a subsequent threat by the National Front to restorers – “when you’ve repaired the statue of that commie bastard we... Show more...

On the meltdown last night on «Tucker Carlson Tonight»

(One word may be written previous to the article's (and interview's) quotes: Now This has been linked, it recorded the interview as well and added subtitles to it. Enjoy, it's worth the full length!)
BREGMAN: You’re a millionaire funded by billionaires. That’s what you are. I’m glad you finally now jumped the bandwagon of people like Bernie Sanders and AOC, but you’re not part of the solution, Mr. Carlson. You’re part of the problem, actually.

CARLSON: I want to say to you — why don’t you go fuck yourself, you tiny brain — and I hope this gets picked up because you’re a moron, I tried to give you a hearing but you were too fucking annoying …

For what it’s worth, a landmark paper in the American Economic Review in 2017 found that Fox News meaningfully shifts votes to Republicans in presidential elections, and that the network chooses to be more right-wing than it would be to maximize viewership.... Show more...

Spanish far-right party Vox moves forward

After securing 12 seats in Andalusia on December 2 on a pro-Spanish unity and anti-immigration message, Vox got an early start on its campaign for regional and municipal elections in Madrid with a Sunday rally in Torrejón de Ardoz.

Vox’s choice of locations in Madrid is the result of lessons learned from the Andalusian election, where the party attracted nearly 400,000 votes (11% of the total), many of them in municipalities with large numbers of non-EU foreign residents, such as El Ejido, Algeciras or Níjar.

“My kids go to school with immigrant children, and the relationship is good,” says Ana Isabel Oliver, 39. Others who declined to provide their names said that “there are barely any Torrejón-born people left” in the neighborhood of San José because the latter sold their apartments and moved away when the migrants arrived.
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CNN has hired Sarah Isgur in terms of appearing less biased

Isgur’s LinkedIn page indicates she has no journalism experience. She has, however, worked for a variety of right-wing organizations and campaigns, including the Carly Fiorina and Mitt Romney presidential bids, the Republican National Committee, and a Ted Cruz US Senate campaign.

The Washington Post reported that during an early 2017 Oval Office meeting with President Donald Drumpf, Isgur — who was critical of Drumpf during the 2016 campaign — “kowtowed to Drumpf” and pledged loyalty to his agenda as a condition of getting the job as Sessions’ spokesperson.

While the network hasn’t commented on its reasons for bringing Isgur aboard, it stands to reason that CNN sees hiring a conservative as a way to push back on the perception that it’s biased against Drumpf. Unsurprisingly, news of her hire was applauded by at least one prominent right-wing voice.
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White nationalist Richard Spencer sick and tired of counterprotests at his rallies

Spencer said the left-wing coalition known as Antifa has made attending his speeches too dangerous and not “fun” by intimidating his supporters and shouting down his lectures.

Spencer won a legal victory to speak at MSU but only about 20 people attended his speech. Outside, both sides clashed, and police arrested about 20 people as counterprotesters screamed, "Punch a Nazi in the face!" and "Nazis go home."

Spencer has been banned from visiting large portions of Europe and Great Britain by government officials who said his speeches fostered hatred. He spoke at the University of Florida in October after the governor declared a state of emergency over security concerns. Spencer was one of the featured speakers at last summer's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va.
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Karl Marx memorial site in London vandalised for second time

"I wouldn't like to say who or why someone did it but it was clearly someone very critical of Marx and that part of history. I am just surprised that somebody in 2019 feels they need to and do something like that."

Moreover, this was the work of stupid idiots (most likely right-winged trolls) who don't know anything about his philosophy, his criticism, his work in general. There's never been any greater sign of stupidity from one side. Or did you ever hear about any acts of vandalism against the graves of right-winged philosophers? If yes, then tell me in the comments. Or otherwise, we have seen another symptom of a completely deranged political discourse, unfortuanately.

Ian Dungavell, the trust's chief executive, said that incident of vandalism on the Grade I-listed monument, which puts it on a par with the most important buildings in the country, was "very upsetting".

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Two comments on the Green New Deal

1. New York Times: The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Look Like

It is a technological exoskeleton for the species. Everything most of us do, we do through it: calling our parents, getting to work, moving for a job, taking the family on vacation, finding food for the evening or staying warm in a polar vortex.

Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider that we’ve been doing it all along, usually without owning up to it.

To the left of the Green New Deal, there will be louder calls to nationalize fossil fuels in order to leave them in the ground. (A carbon tax would be compatible with any of these visions, depending on who paid it and how the revenues were spent.)
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Italian minister of inferior not content with singing contest's victor

Matteo Salvini took to Twitter as the song contest ended to voice his preference for the second-placed finisher Ultimo, and to ask: “The most beautiful Italian song?!?”

Mahmood, who is of Sardinian-Egyptian heritage and was born and raised in Italy, was forced to answer questions about his identity again just moments after his victory at Sanremo, telling a pressing conference: “I am 100% Italian."

Why do right-wingers always have to behave like little snowflakes? He's Italian, he has won, why not let him become the representative for the Eurovision Song contest? Maybe he will reflect a more visible image of this broken country.

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Eduardo #Bolsonaro joins #Bannon's far-right alliance

“I’m very proud to join Steve Bannon as the leader of The Movement in Brazil, representing Latin American nations,” Eduardo Bolsonaro was quoted in a statement released by the group.

Bolsonaro’s inauguration was attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

#Brazil #LatinAmerica #SouthAmerica #RightWing #RightWinged #SteveBannon #JairBolsonaro #News #Politics #RightwingedPopulism

Any progressive hopes in Europe?

Charismatic and openly gay, Biedroń has been compared to French President Emmanuel Macron, who disrupted France’s political establishment in 2017. And his prospects certainly look good: His “movement,” not yet an officially registered political party, has already claimed 9 percent support in recent polls, compared to 37 percent for the governing right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party and 25 percent for the main opposition grouping, Civic Platform.

When he was compared to Macron, I would not call this a progressive left-winged hope in Poland. Just because he may create a stronger opposite side to the ruling PiS party, doesn't mean he is good for the country he intends to overtake with his current nine percent of support in this country. Of course parties like PiS need to be removed as soon as possible, but not at all costs, if you wish.

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#Italy's like an addict in rehab: It’s fallen into a vicious cycle

The Italian economy, the third-largest in the eurozone, contracted by a quarterly rate of 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, the national statistics agency said.

Though the eurozone is performing better than in the dark days of the debt crisis, which threatened to break up the euro currency, it’s still lagging the U.S. economy, which is projected to have grown about 3 percent in 2018. As a result, unemployment in the eurozone is about double the U.S.’s 4 percent at 7.9 percent.

#Euro #Europe #Eurozone #EU #Salvini #MatteoSalvini #RightWing #Rightwinged #RightwingedPopulism #News #Politics #Economy #Economics #Recession #GDP #Poverty #Inflation #InterestRate #ECB EuropeanCentralBank

Right-winged libertarians on the federal branches during government shutdown

The sites were closed because 22 employees were furloughed and "volunteers also can't return to work" (because reasons, I suppose).

No possible oversight of what they do, I guess. Still, I wonder how voluntary they would have been under these circumstances, nobody knows.

After all, an important recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's own Inspector General pointed out that Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France "commercialized their air traffic operations via independent air navigation service providers" that "are financially self-supporting." The report added that the United States could learn from their experience.

You can indeed learn a lot from it: Bad payment, lack of examinations of an aviator's state of mentality, cheap flights, and comapnies going bankrupt, letting all of them down. Things t learn from us, right?

After all, an important recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's own Inspector Gene... Show more...

"Conservative" appreciates the market to destroy the 1st amendment if the stories don't suit him

This is the right-wingers' understanding of how the freedom of speech works. Let them speak freely but also feel the opposition to their opinion, and everything is fine. But be not right-winged but either in the so-called centre, or even on the left, speak freely and they will enforce the powers of the market to ride you bankrupt. The Gawker case was similar, and also includes the well-known Trumpist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. They sued Gawker for 140 mn. dollars, thus driving them right down the abyss. Why? Because of a mistake that has been made in a report. Mistakes are not uncommon but are corrected soon after. That's why many outlets have an apparent section in the bottom of their reports, to report mistakes or typos to the reporter or the editor. Right-wingers, on the other hand, are thin-skinned snowflakes who can't stand one bad word about them, especially when it's true. So, you see - when the market works without conditions, free speech is doomed.

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Thousands gather at Syntagma square in Athens to protest the name change of #Macedonia

“Police's stance was defensive and they made the minimum necessary use of chemicals to face the masked attackers. [Note: some were unmasked]. The riot police faced furious attacks with rocks, pieces of marble, explosive firebombs and direct aim flares. If no chemical use was made, police would have to chase the attackers inside the crowd, and it could get of hand,” these sources said.

A Ministry official also defended the use of chemicals, saying that chasing the troublemakers inside the crowd “would create panic and further tension, with unforeseen consequences...Responsibility for what happened lies not with the police but the groups of extreme right masked people that caused the incidents.”

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Furious woman speaks out about #MAGA boy who behaved disrespectful in front of Native American war veteran

The site said the woman was not the mother of the boy featured most prominently in the footage, who has since identified himself as Nick Sandmann and released a lengthy statement denying that any intimidation or mocking took place.

“We will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion,” a statement said. “This behaviour is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.”

However, a separate and much longer video showed how the children were subjected to a barrage of abuse including homophobic slurs and racially charged language by the group of black men mentioned by the student’s mother. The men, who claimed to be “Hebrew Israelites” according to the New York Times, argued aggressively with the students.

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Catholic student claims to have received death threats from black people

_Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School, said he was "mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen -- that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans. I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart and did not witness any of my classmates doing that."__

Does anyone believe him? Well, I don't. He will have to provide some evidence. Is there any police commissioner who has seen those death threats? Is there any physical proof of these death threats? So far, this sounds like a bitter lie. Also, if he has received death threats, how does this justify his behaviour during this march? I can't see any reason why this should be fine then.

However, Sandmann said, the students were confronted by four members of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, who "called us 'racists,' 'bigots,' 'white crackers,' 'f----ts,' and 'incest kids.' They also taunted an Africa... Show more...

#Sweden's Stefan Löfven re-elected for second term

“In times when right-wing extremist forces are growing in many countries, Sweden has chosen another way forward,” said Anders Ygeman, who is group leader for the Social Democratic Party.

Actually, it made the same mistake as Germany: To re-elect a leader who should have realised that he (or she, as in our case) has fallen out of time and would better make space for a new leader. Of course not a right-winger, just because those populist crybabies scream out aloud without thinking twice about what would be the right way in a trying situation, but another, more progressive and more rationale personality, a contemplative personality who doesn't shoot out of the hip but first studies the problem and then discussed alternate solutions.

#Sweden #Scandinavia #Löfven #StefanLöfven #Liberalism #LeftWing #LeftWinged #News #Politics #RightWing #RightWinged #Coalition

Los Angeles' homeless' crisis grows uncontrollably

Los Angeles is grappling with a homeless epidemic. "It's the worst human catastrophe in America," says Andy Bales, a pastor who runs the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row.

Think about it again. You live in the country which is also confronted with the so-called opioid crisis. Do you think that Hollywood'ss homelessness crisis is the country's biggest, or a crisis that is related to drug abuse and goes beyond states?

And nowhere have the twin forces of inaccessible housing and inequality created a more explosive mix than in Venice Beach, a hotbed of entertainment executives and talent where the median home price is $1.9 million. Many of these residents are now grappling with a quality-of-life issue that defies their own liberal ideals.

I hope that the liberal factor will appear soon enough. Because so far, I can only see the aftermath of uncontrolled capitalism that has since not abolished the use of currencies as a neutral device to trade. Because this was obvious to happen: The more... Show more...

#Facebook and #Twitter ask right-winged groups to referee free speech

For users frustrated by the lack of clarity around how these companies make decisions, the added voices have made matters even murkier. Meetings between companies and their unofficial advisers are rarely publicized, and some outside groups and individuals have to sign nondisclosure agreements.

Mr. Akbar advised Mr. Dorsey against kicking off Mr. Jones, despite pressure from users and Twitter employees. Mr. Akbar argued that Mr. Jones hadn’t violated any of the site’s rules—a point Mr. Dorsey also made when he explained the decision in a Twitter post. Mr. Dorsey didn’t disclose Mr. Akbar’s involvement.

Mr. Amerige says he felt Facebook was trying to avoid allowing anything controversial on the platform, and hampering free speech in doing so. The move to involve more outside grou... Show more...

#Italy and #EU agree over household plan

The re-drafted budget, agreed with the European Commission, cut the deficit for 2019 to 2.04% gross domestic product after Brussels rejected its original proposal of 2.4%, saying it broke fiscal rules.
The win by the government with 327 yes votes to 228 no’s followed a three month battle with Brussels over the proposals.

I still can’t believe they managed to find an agreement, they really did it. Well, now we have to see how this is going to work out, and whether they will not dare to violate it. It’d be the first right-winged populist government that could be “tamed” by the EU.

Conte said on Saturday the budget was the “first step of a broad and ambitious plan of reform” which would “turn Italy inside out like a sock” and boost its slow economic growth.

I doubt that…

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#Italy and #EU agree over household plan

The re-drafted budget, agreed with the European Commission, cut the deficit for 2019 to 2.04% gross domestic product after Brussels rejected its original proposal of 2.4%, saying it broke fiscal rules.
The win by the government with 327 yes votes to 228 no's followed a three month battle with Brussels over the proposals.

I still can't believe they managed to find an agreement, they really did it. Well, now we have to see how this is going to work out, and whether they will not dare to violate it. It'd be the first right-winged populist government that could be "tamed" by the EU.

Conte said on Saturday the budget was the "first step of a broad and ambitious plan of reform" which would "turn Italy inside out like a sock" and boost its slow economic growth.

I doubt that...

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#Russia bans goods from #Ukraine in retaliation

The ban list, updated by the Russian government Saturday, covers wheat, chocolate, vegetables, fruits, beer, tractors, paper, furniture, children’s and feminine care products, among dozens of other goods and products.

An interesting mixture; as we all know, sanctions always work out well in the beneath-lying intent. History has taught us so, and so we can use them now to empower our interests. Go on!

The updated ban, which the Kremlin claims values around $510 million in 2018, comes as tensions rise again between the two countries in a conflict that stems from Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

#Politics #News #Putin #VladimirPutin #Sanction #War #NoWAr #EasternUkraine #Separatism #AzovRegime #RightWing #RightWinged #Fascism #StopFascism
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