Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:57 UTC
Tony Soprano, Walter White, and Frank Underwood are just a few recent examples of the enormously popular characters who have, each in their own way, stood in for the role of the complicated bad guy who fascinates millions of Americans.
Antiheroes have long found homes in Westerns, gangster movies, and crime dramas, such as Al Pacino's portrayal of Miami drug kingpin Tony Montana in "Scarface." Tony begins an epic decline and fall in the film with a nasty fight with his wife at an exclusive Miami country club. She publically humiliates him in front of a bunch of dumbstruck, WASPy, black-tie wearing, golf-playing white hairs by loudly accusing him of being a murderer, a drug dealer, and incapable of being a decent father.
Comment: Postmodernism is a pathological, schizoidal philosophy. It's also fundamentally self-defeating, because it is fundamentally wrong and anti-human. Like it or not, the only way to win in a society as infected by it as is our Western civilization is to use its rules and weaknesses against itself. However, introducing chaos into the system creates uncertainty as to what direction the "new normal" takes.
Why? Because Putin "has been working assiduously not just to delegitimize American democracy by interfering with the election but to destabilize Europe and weaken if not destroy NATO, which he blames for the Soviet Union's collapse." And based on what Trump has been saying about the alliance and the E.U., it appears that, as of noon on Friday, Putin has a co-thinker in the White House.
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:21 UTC
Comment: This article has been translated by SOTT.net. Original article can be found here.
Interviewer: You are very critical of the media coverage on Syria. What is bothering you?
"The idea that a popular uprising took place against President Assad is completely false. I've been in Qara since 2010 and I have seen with my own eyes how agitators from outside Syria organized protests against the government and recruited young people. That was filmed and aired by Al Jazeera to give the impression that a rebellion was taking place. Murders were committed by foreign terrorists, against the Sunni and Christian communities, in an effort to sow religious and ethnic discord among the Syrian people. While in my experience, the Syrian people were actually very united.
Comment: Notice that Al Jazeera did the exact same thing in Libya:
Behind the Headlines: NATO Slaughter - James and Joanne Moriarty expose the truth about what happened in Libya
If you were a journalist in Libya during this time you were relatively safe; not because these animals respected journalists as neutral observers, but because the journalists were on their side. The Moriartys have evidence of embedded journalists, not least from Qatar-owned Al Jazeera, whose staff were among the terrorists from day one, personally calling in airstrikes and working side-by-side with the terrorists.
Before the war, this was a harmonious country: a secular state in which different religious communities lived side by side peacefully. There was hardly any poverty, education was free, and health care was good. It was only not possible to freely express your political views. But most people did not care about that."
US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard returns from fact-finding mission to Syria: 'The Syrian People Desperately Want Peace'
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 03:33 UTC
It is clear now more than ever: this regime change war does not serve America's interest, and it certainly isn't in the interest of the Syrian people.
Comment: More on Rep. Gabbard fact-finding mission in Syria:
Rep. Gabbard calls on US to stop 'supporting terrorists' after meeting Syria civilians and Assad
The Hypocrisy of Michael Moore, Corporate Feminists and Controlled Opposition of Women's March in Washington
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:53 UTC
Trump inauguration TV ratings second biggest in 36 years - With online viewings included, biggest ever?
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:57 UTC
The swearing-in of the 45th president was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks.
The only inauguration over the last three decades that tops Trump's number in the linear ratings? Barack Obama's first inauguration back in 2009, which had a record-setting 37.8 million viewers. So Trump was down from the last new president to take office.
But before that, to get an Inauguration Day number this high, you'd have to go all the way back to Ronald Reagan in 1981, who was seen by 41.8 million viewers (Nielsen released tracking for inauguration ratings back to 1969).
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00 UTC
Other media happily followed suit with lowball estimates of Friday's crowd. Two points: one, there is not, and never will be, an official estimate of crowd size for either the 2009 inauguration or last Friday's. The National Park Service stopped doing such estimates in the 1990s. Two, the issue normally would be analyzed by looking at satellite photos, but Friday was too cloudy for such pictures. Hence the uncertainty.
The obvious question, of course, is when the Times's photo of Trump's inauguration was taken. Brit Hume - a far more reliable source than the New York Times - weighed in on Twitter:
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev bids farewell to Obama in scathing FB post, damns him with no praise
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:03 UTC
Observing Russian practice, Russian President Putin has been careful to avoid making any personal comments about Barack Obama, now no longer President of the United States.
I would add that it is a courtesy that was not reciprocated. Obama on occasion personally, and his officials frequently - including especially Vice-President Biden - spoke of Putin, and did so in the most offensive terms.
It has therefore been left to Prime Minister Medvedev to sum up the Russian government's view of Obama and his administration in - of all places - a Facebook post.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:52 UTC
But, he argues, this so-called progress came at the expense of millions of people of colour. Global inequality is not an accident, he argues - it is designed to keep the hierarchy of race intact.
Comment: Do our readers agree?
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:55 UTC
"I don't know Mr. Trump personally, I have never met him and don't know what he will do on the international arena. So I have no grounds to attack him or criticize him for anything, or protect him or whatever," Putin said.
Despite the fact that elections in the US are over and ended with a "solid win" for the Republican candidate, an intense political struggle continues in the US, the Russian president observed, adding that there are certain forces that aim "to undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect."
"I have an impression they practiced in Kiev and are ready to organize a Maidan in Washington, just to not let Trump take office," Putin said, apparently referring to anti-government protests in the Ukrainian capital in 2014, which resulted in the leadership being ousted.
Those anti-Trump forces in the US also want to "bind hand and foot" of the newly elected leader, Putin added, saying that this way they want to interfere with Trump's both domestic and international policies outlined in his presidential campaign.
By doing so, these forces "severely harm US' interests," Putin said.
Comment: Here's the full quote from TASS:
"What we see is the continuing sharp domestic political struggle although the presidential elections are over and they ended with a convincing victory of Mr. Trump," Putin told reporters after talks with Moldovan President Igor Dodon.
This struggle has several goals, Putin said, adding that the first of them is to "undermine legitimacy of the US president-elect."
"Whether the people who have been doing that really wish it or not, they do cause harm to the interests of the United States and that harm is enormous," Putin said. "One has the impression that upon gaining the required experience in Kiev they may go as far as staging Maidan type of protests in Washington in a bid to prevent Trump from taking office."
"Another aim they pursue is to bind the president-elect by hand and foot to not let him act on home and foreign policy election pledges," Putin said.
Comment: It's gonna be an interesting week!