Dec 22

National Security coverage on MSNBC and CNN is entirely controlled by government agencies

From the beginning of the FISA Court, critics predicted it would become an embarrassment. New revelations show this was an understatement

Libertarian journalist and civil rights activist Glenn Greenwald dismantles the recent Inspector General report in The Intercept. According to the IG report, the FBI routinely cuts corners in its FISA Court pleadings. Moreover, the IG report shows that the “mainstream” media has been complicit in the abuses.

The secret FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Court system was created by Congress in 1978 amid claims that investigations involving top-secret, classified, information are best conducted behind closed doors by trusted government-loyalist judges and government officials.

The FISA Court is a government tribunal without any press coverage or private-sector input.

In 2018, only 1 of 1,080 requests for government wiretap applications were rejected by the FISA Court. In most years there are NO rejections.

According to Greenwald:

It’s long been the case that CIA, FBI and NSA operatives tried to infiltrate and shape domestic news, but they at least had the decency to do it clandestinely. In 2008, the New York Times’ David Barstow won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing a secret Pentagon program in which retired Generals and other security state agents would get hired as commentators and analysts and then – unbeknownst to their networks – coordinate their messaging to ensure that domestic news was being shaped by the propaganda of the military and intelligence communities.

But now it’s all out in the open. It’s virtually impossible to turn on MSNBC or CNN without being bombarded with former Generals, CIA operatives, FBI agents and NSA officials who now work for those networks as commentators and, increasingly, as reporters.

All of this has meant that U.S. discourse on these national security questions is shaped almost entirely by the very agencies that are trained to lie: the CIA, the NSA, the Pentagon, the FBI.

Dec 20

Millionaire Michigan Troopers rake in $400,000 ‘pensions’ (on top of their salaries) WHILE WORKING

Government “workers” nationwide are often enriched by schemes which allow them to “double dip”: getting “retirement” pensions from one agency even as they “work” for another agency.

Now a report finds that senior Michigan State Troopers are collecting as much as $400,000 from THEIR OWN agency ON TOP of their pay.

Dozens of Michigan State Police employees have received payments of more than $300,000 to $400,000 in addition to their annual salaries. One Michigan State Police employee received $459,924.

Many others received more than $300,000 over the six-year period in exchange for agreeing not to retire early. See here.

In some cases, as with Long Island Railroad “workers,” it is customary for them to trip or stumble during their final years on the job—thereby earning lucrative “disability” checks for life in addition to their six-figure pensions.

Many government agencies base pension amounts on the average of the “worker’s” last 3 years on the job. A low-level janitor will be promoted to ‘district supervisor’ during his last 3 years in order to max out pension pay from struggling taxpayers.

The State of Illinois currently pays out more to its retired professors than it does to its entire University system.

Anyone living in Las Vegas can often see hundreds of these millionaire government workers gambling and partying during weekend junkets at luxury casinos.

“Disabled” Long Island Railroad employees can be seen on New York’s exclusive golf courses and drinking in private yacht clubs.

Meanwhile homelessness and desperation continue growing in the private sector.

Dec 19

California enacts law against “gig” work in September; hundreds of jobs are lost by December

The American “labor movement” began by spreading awareness of worker health and safety, low wages, and long hours.

Today the “movement” is a government-controlled racket typified by pro-government extremism and anti-capitalist ideology.

The recent rise of digital communications led to ride-sharing and other “gig” work—which improved the lives of everyone involved.

But government views this growth in gig work as a major threat to its control over workers. The government of California recently imposed a law requiring most gig workers to be designated as ‘employees’ rather than subcontractors. ‘Employers’ of ‘employees’ must pay exorbitant taxes and insurance premiums, including workers comp and unemployment insurance. ‘Employees’ must also withhold payroll and income taxes.

Just two months after the new law took effect, hundreds of California gig workers have been driven out of work. The entertainment firm Vox “decided to cancel the contracts of some 200 or so freelancers that now work for SB Nation. It will “replace them with 20 new part-time and full-time staffers,” a “source familiar with the decision” told the Los Angeles Times.”

See here.

Dec 18

9 of the 20 richest counties in the U.S. are D.C. suburbs

Like Tolken’s mythical city of Mordor, the District of Columbia is rapidly drawing the wealth of the nation to itself. Nine of the 20 richest counties in the U.S. are D.C. suburbs where America’s millionaire government workers reside in gilded mansions.

Even as taxation and regulation drive more Americans into homelessness, the median household income in Loudoun County, Va., where many federal employees reside, was $140,382 as of 2018. Indeed, with the exception of the New York City and San Francisco areas, the wealthiest counties are all government capitols or suburbs of capitols. Los Alamos County, New Mexico—where many federal government scientists and defense industry parasites dwell—ranked #4.

Dec 16

92 percent of Americans say their rights are under siege

A new Harris Poll released on Bill of Rights Day shows that 92 percent of Americans believe their rights are being threatened by government.

“Americans are most concerned that their freedom of speech (48%), right to bear arms (47%) and right to equal justice (41%) are at risk.” See here.

The “mainstream” media (government supporting and supported) reported the poll results as a product of political division.

Dec 16

Singapore government orders critics to correct news story

Singapore, by many accounts, is one of the freest places on earth. The people of Singapore slowly crawled out from the misery of socialism during the 1960s and built a thriving market capitalist society. Today, life expectancy in Singapore is ranked 3rd in the world (behind Spain and Japan). (By comparison, life expectancy in the U.S. is ranked 43rd in the world–and declining as government takes a larger role in “health care.”)

But over the past two years, the government of Singapore (copying other governments) enacted a “fake news law.”

Last week, the Singapore government invoked its fake news law to order an opposition party to publish corrections on two social media posts and an article on its website about local employment.

See here.

Dec 10

Zerohedge: Wikipedia has been taken over by government and “establishment” trolls

Just like Facebook, Google, Youtube and Twitter, Wikipedia increasingly censors anti-government content

The online open-source encyclopedia called Wikipedia frequently provides the first source of information following a google search. This is major-league influence, so it is to be expected that powerful entities such as Big Pharma, major corporations and government agencies seek to closely control the content of many Wikipedia pages.

At least ostensibly, anyone can apply to be a Wikipedia editor. The more editing one does, the higher his ‘rank.’ After 500 edits and 30 days an editor can be an “Extended Confirmed User” (ECU). An ECU can then apply to be an Administrator or “SysOp.” A SysOp can do things like undo changes, block users, delete pages, and modify fully protected pages.

Some Wikipedia pages are deemed so controversial or significant that only SysOps can modify them – such as the page for Donald Trump.

Beneath the surface, Wikipedia is not nearly as ‘opensource’ as it advertises.

Large governmental and organizational entities employ full-time editors (or ‘trolls) whose jobs are to monitor and control certain Wikipedia entries. One ‘volunteer’ named “Philip Cross” has been found to edit Wikipedia 24 hours a day 7 days a week for 5 years. “Cross” deletes controversial / anti-government content and replaces it with pro-war “mainstream” content. Analysts assume “Philip Cross” is one of many full-time CIA (or NSA, or FBI, etc.) fronts across the Wikipedia editorsphere.

According to a report by Zerohedge, there are thousands of full-time editors of Wikipedia’s supposedly open-sourced content.

“[W]e should include Wikipedia as part of the Mainstream Media (MSM),” according to Zerohedge’s report.

Dec 09

New poll reveals government employees are threat to free speech

A new Heartland/Rasmussen poll shows startling results: FORTY-TWO PERCENT of government employees support a ban on “speech by individuals that a majority of Americans believes to be offensive.” (Only 27 % of Americans generally support this.)

Moreover, Of those government workers who said “offensive” speech should be banned, 62% said “those who violate such bans against offensive speech” should be JAILED.

54% of government workers said offensive speakers should be banned from any public office.

See here.

Dec 09

Peter Thiel: Government growth has decreased human invention

Roger Roots. Antigovernment News Bureau.

THE ENTIRE WORLD IS DROWNING IN TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT

We often think we are in an age of technological advancement. But the growth of cops, taxes and government regulations have strangled true scientific advancement.

Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal and other enterprises, was in a friendly debate with the great futurist George Gilder on the Stanford campus in March 2012. (I recently saw the video for the first time and found it so compelling I had to share my thoughts. –RR)

The Thiel/Gilder debate may have been the debate of the century.

According to Thiel the speed of scientific advancement has slowed since the 1970s—despite obvious advancements in computers and digital technology. In many industries, such as transportation, construction and energy, progress has actually reversed under government regulation.

Transportation moved faster every decade from about the 1500s until the 1970s as humans perfected sails, steam, stirrups, rails and airplanes. But the peak speed of travel—manifested in Concord jets in 1976—ended when government regulations led to the permanent grounding of the Concord in 2003. TSA screening at airports has meant air travel is slower today than in the 1960s.

Similarly, the peak of space travel was in the 1970s, and few advancements have occurred in the years since despite governments spending billions on space programs.

New discoveries in rocketry or nuclear technology are now mostly banned by governments.

Medicine technology exploded throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But today there are only 1/3 as many drugs under the FDA’s approval process as during the 1980s. (Libertarian scholar Mary Ruwart has shown that the FDA approval process has caused millions of people to die prematurely.) Congress declared ‘War on Cancer’ in 1970 but cancer rates have slowed only modestly after billions of dollars of government spending and thousands of pages of government regs and proclamations.

Real median wages have been stagnant since the government “War on Poverty” in 1973. Humans have made little progress toward curing diseases such as Alzheimers since government began taking over health care.

Thiel notes that the Golden Gate Bridge took 3 years to build during the 1930s but that a single access ramp to the Bridge now takes 7 years and costs the same in real dollars as the original bridge—due to government impositions. The Empire State Building was built in 1-1/2 years during the Great Depression but the recent World Trade Center reconstruction took 10 years.

Shockingly, there are now a hundred times more “scientists”—almost all funded by governments at government agencies and colleges—than in yesteryear. Yet productivity per scientist is less than one percent of what it was a century ago. (In some fields, government “science” has utterly stalled growth in real learning; witness the hoax of apocalyptic climate science—driven by socialism and government expansion. –RR.)

George Gilder, for his part, mostly agreed with Thiel regarding the stifling role of government. Gilder points to a 30 % tax on candles by the British government in the early 1800s which brought advancements in lighting to a standstill until the Rockefeller (fossil fuel) era a half-century later.

Nov 28

Singapore is new ground zero for freedom of press

Singapore, one of the freest places on earth by some accounts, is struggling to throw off press repressions.

The Singapore government recently imposed new laws purportedly aimed at stamping out fake news.

“A blogger said on Thursday he would not comply with a Singapore government order to correct a Facebook post in the first test of the city-state’s new ‘fake news’ law.”

“Singapore’s home ministry said the post on the Facebook page . . . which contained allegations of election rigging, was “false” and “scurrilous”.”

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