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Wednesday, September 2. 2015
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How Airbnb actually makes NYC affordable
Government Exercise: See the NIH’s Embarrassing Fitness Recommendations
Colleges' Big Fail: Protecting Feelings, But Not Speech
It's not about feelings - it's about giving in to bullies
Sheep Led To The Slaughter: The Muzzling Of Free Speech In America
Not here on the Farm
Texas Top State Where Americans Move, New York Last - Florida brings in greatest wealth from new residents
NOAA METEOROLOGIST: POLITICS AND MONEY DRIVE GLOBAL WARMING HYSTERIA
59% of Americans Support Trump on Deportation of Illegal Aliens
It's the first major wave of immigration since the US became a Welfare State
THE SOCIALIST DREAM WILL NEVER DIE
WaPo editorial writer about to become very unpopular with #BlackLivesMatter
Thinking about Obamacare while in Cabo
Jindal: Hillary ‘Literally One Email Away From Going to Jail’
Hillary Clinton Repeatedly Originated And Distributed Highly Classified Information
The Middle East Diaspora Descends on Europe
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re Sheep Led To The Slaughter: The Muzzling Of Free Speech In America
Related. There was this at The Federalist the other day.
10 Key Ways To Break The Mass Delusion Machine
From the article:
PC is the engine of the propaganda machine that produces mass delusion. PC is basically a calculated process of molding public opinion through psychological manipulation. The process is twofold: saturation and suppression. Saturation is the practice of repeating a deception relentlessly and injecting it into every corner of public life so that it becomes accepted as truth. It involves control of most communications outlets.
A perfect example is how the transgender lobby has saturated the media and pop culture with its talking points through Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and incessant Hollywood shilling. Suppression is the PC practice of quashing ideas that compete with the PC message, usually through speech codes, shout-downs, or smears. No matter how implausible an idea may seem, it can gain acceptance in the minds of the citizens as the forces of PC relentlessly repeat and hype the notion in the public square. The twin processes of saturation and suppression, if diligently applied, can produce the illusion of a public opinion shift, or a “cascade.”
Yes indeed, Bill.
However, as the article suggests, it can just be an illusion.
Case in point. We are told by both political parties how unlimited immigration is a good thing. Opponents are shouted down as haters, bigots and racists. However, an IBD poll released the other day shows 59% of Americans want them sent home. Regardless of how one feels about immigration, that's a lot of people whose views are being frustrated.
My thinking is that political correctness is just a way to tie down the safety valve. If it remains tied down long enough one shudders to think what will happen when it blows up.
Socialism has always been promoted like a religion.
"The Middle East Diaspora descends on Europe"
Europe has handled this very badly. They are experiencing a slow invasion and their politicians are confused and ineffective in handling it. They want to seem "human" and generous but they are throwing their citizens under the bus and handing over the keys to the country to these "immigrants". Their actions are encoraging and abetting this mass immigration/invasion. The only thing that can reverse it would be a strong stand against it and immediate deportation of anyone found in country illegally. It is as simple as that; either deport or give up. Right now they are giving up. Eventually as more and more money and "free stuff" is needed and the citizens must pony up there will be some serious push back. It will be too late by then to reverse it but it will also be impossible for it to end peacefully. There will be violence and possibly civil war once it actually sinks in that the citizens of Europe must pay the fullcost of the immigrants.
related from Belmont Club
Marx Materializes at the Border
"Though tragic and disturbing, these events mark the first time that the Western left has had to directly face a reality, which until now has been held at romantic arm’s length. Africa and the Middle East have come to Berlin and the clash may break the EU.
There is nothing new in what the Eurocrats are saying. The perfection of windmills, the nobility of ship recycling, the progressive nature of Third World Marxism, the beauty of punitive taxes, the majesty of world government, and the inspiration of Islam have long been part of the standard Narrative. What is unique, what is different this time is that the Narrators are going to have to call the play while they are being overrun by the exemplars of their ideals.
Those who wanted a world without America have gotten it.
The collapse of MENA has not only created a crisis in EU, it has forced European social democracy to squarely face its own cherished beliefs. This may be the first time the Western disciples of Karl Marx will meet the logical consequences of their thinking. "
They're socialists and multi-culties, and won't defend themselves.
They may well die before they allow themselves to face reality.
The fact CA is now run by Democrats and TX is now run by Conservative Republicans (an important distinction) speaks volumes.
One was once the envy of the world for 130 years and is now a Third World sewer.
The other was part of the Democrats' much-scorned Solid South for 130 years and is now the envy of the world.
The problem is that all of that migration into TX is from NY and CA. I'm betting the majority of that is people fleeing what they destroyed.
And will try to change Texas to resemble California and New York.
It has already happened. With people from "progressive states" and illegal immigrants from Mexico, the demographic is rapidly changing. The first thing they want to do is make Texas like the cesspools they left. I can't understand it.
There is new evidence every day. The latest is a proposed indoor gun range near a school. "Parents said that they worry about kids seeing people carrying guns into the shooting range, hearing the sounds of shooting .... " In Texas! for Pete's sake! When we were kids, you could carry a long gun to school in your truck. (Really, no one asked or was curious, you could have had a pistol or anything.)
Very interesting article by Mardy Fish regarding tennis and mental health.