A couple of days ago, Politico published a fascinating piece describing how factions associated with the current Ukrainian government apparently interfered in the U.S. election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The findings seem pretty damning…

Over the weekend, America’s leading economists gathered in Chicago for their annual AEA conference. The mood perfectly encapsulates the state of affairs of a profession that is more to blame for our current predicament than any other.

It’s quite ironic that the one newspaper most hysterical in warning the American public about the dangers of “fake news,” has become the most prolific publisher of it. The most recent example, of course, relates to the entirely made up story that those dastardly Russians had hacked into the U.S. power grid through a Vermont utility. The paper’s source for the story? Anonymous government officials. Unsurprisingly, the entire thing was a fairytale.

PutinThere is absolutely no upside to any conflict with Russia when it comes to 99.9% of us.
The fact so many pundits, anonymous intelligence officials and Hillary Clinton cultists are encouraging such an outcome based on zero publicly available evidence that Russia hacked the DNC/John Podesta and provided it to Wikileaks for the purpose of electing Trump, should be seen as the gigantic red flag that it is.
So what’s actually going on?  As is so often the case, it is all about money and power.

After coming under attack, the alternative media successfully appropriated and reassigned the now ubiquitous term “fake news” to a variety of disingenuous mainstream media outlets.
The corporate media is not too happy about this, and it’s doing what it does best (aside from cheerleading for war); it’s whining about it to its readers:

The media still can’t let the election go. In its obsession with “fake news” and Russia, the U.S. press is once again betraying the public trust.
Alternative media didn’t suddenly appear out of nowhere and hypnotize millions of patriotic Americans into becoming Kremlin-puppets.  Alternative media didn’t find Americans, Americans found alternative media.

The very next day after essentially telling the world that the “consensus view” of intelligence agencies is that the Russians interfered in the U.S. election in order to help Trump, The Washington Post had to admit that the FBI disagreed.
“The bureau, true to its law enforcement roots, wants facts and tangible evidence to prove something beyond all reasonable doubt. The CIA is more comfortable drawing inferences from behavior.”
In other words, the CIA is more comfortable with making shit up.

To set the stage, we need to examine the types of people who are most jumping on the “fake news” meme. What you’ll find is that it’s a who’s who of the most contemptible and corrupt people in America…

If Facebook or Google start presenting SilverDoctors, Liberty Blitzkrieg, Zerohedge, or Naked Capitalism with warning labels, the intelligent amongst us with see right through this tactic and become disgusted.
So let me end this with a warning to Facebook, Google, and all the other tech behemoths.
You start this fight at your own risk…

The demonization of Stephen K. Bannon from all angles as soon as he was named Trump’s chief strategist was unlike anything I can recall.
It was even worse than what the media said about Trump throughout his campaign, which immediately made me wonder —
is this guy really as horrible as they say?

cry-wolfTrump made gains among blacks. He made big among Latinos. He made gains among Asians. The ONLY major racial group where he didn’t get a gain of greater than 5% was WHITE people. I want to repeat that: the group where Trump’s message resonated least over what we would predict from a generic Republican was the white population.