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Samantha Power: Why Foreign Propaganda Is More Dangerous Now – The New York Times

Washington on a Building
Though I don't agree with the motivation that clearly prompted this author to write I do agree with her ultimate conclusion. What I mean by that is, I don't think that Russia caused Hillary to lose or Trump to win. She points out that such efforts failed to unseat Reagan or Thatcher. I don't believe for one moment that this is the kind of foreign influence George Washington was talking about. But ...
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Is it time to stop paying farmers for doing nothing?

I'm a platypus that understands the incredible importance of farming and ranching to our nation. Unlike some who don't know where their food comes from and don't know an udder from a, well, you know, I have a healthy knowledge and respect for farmers and just what they mean to us. Cheap food (and cheap fuel) have been the driving forces (aside from liberty) of the American experiment. We need them...
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Taxation isn’t Rape (or Theft)

Taxation be represented ya'll
One of the libertarian pages actually attempted to explain "taxation is theft",  one of their favorite bits of propaganda. I give them credit for this. Interesting it occurred on the very day I posted my article on roads in which I accuse them of never explaining their two favorite things (taxation is theft and government shouldn't build roads). However, I do not think their self-named philosop...
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Textbook Banned in Connecticut for Accurate, but Insensitive Content

Slavery was bad.
Maybe Pink Floyd should have sung "we don't need no public education, we don't need no thought control..." in order to be more accurate. Attacking public education (and make no mistake that's just what I'm doing) brings immediate backlash from people. "Do you want our kids to be stupid?!" "Sure, let the Chinese just pass us up!" "How can our kids compete?" "Teachers are underpaid!" ...
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Propaganda is on a Need to Know Basis

Media spoon feeds the masses
The reason I'm posting this has nothing to do with who Trump picked for EPA chief. That article came this morning and you can read it if you want. This article is about bias in news. Forget what you should know, or what you want to know, this article contains what you "need" to know. As you can imagine the only things you need to know are about climate change, oil, and - wait for it - I'm not k...
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Russia and the Hacking of the US Election

The whole so called Russian interference with the US election should never have been a story. The media decries fake news while ignoring the very fact that they are the fake news. It's like they think people are not going to notice. They point behind you and yell "look, a distraction!" they are sure people will still think they are reliable and honest. In the past that might have been true. People...
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The Broken Record of “Taxation is Theft” and the Logical Fallacy

Taxation is theft is an absolute and therefore prone to error
Libertarians love to make the flat statement "taxation is theft". If you spend any amount of time among them you recognize it for the propaganda and attempt at brainwashing that it is. Of course they don't see it that way. Taxation is certainly a strong issue with me as well and I certainly find common ground with Libertarians on the current state of US taxation...it's bad...very very bad. But my ...
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