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Trump inauguration TV ratings second biggest in 36 years - With online viewings included, biggest ever?

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Donald Trump's inauguration ratings were the second-highest in 36 years, according to Nielsen.

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).

Wall Street

Fake News alert: Liberal media caught understating crowd size at Trump inauguration

Apart from the overhyped "women's" marches, yesterday's biggest news story seemed to be the conflict between the news media and the Trump administration over the size of the inauguration crowd. The liberal media said it was small, relying largely on this photo comparison by the New York Times of Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration and Trump's.

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:

Comment: Trump and spokesperson Spicer accuse media of understating number of supporters present at inauguration

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Russian Prime Minister Medvedev bids farewell to Obama in scathing FB post, damns him with no praise

Russian Prime Minister Medvedev and former US President Obama
In a scathing final assessment Russian Prime Minister Medvedev accuses former US President Obama of wrecking US-Russian relations by paying no heed to Russian concerns and by underestimating Russia.

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.

Blue Planet

The west was built on racism. It's time we faced that

Dead white men are revered by many as responsible for the advancement of civilization, says sociology professor Kehinde Andrews.

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?


Putin: 'Maidan' maybe coming to DC this week - Fake news makers 'worse than prostitutes'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has no grounds to attack or protect US President-elect Donald Trump, since he does not know him personally. He added though that those behind the recent allegations on Trump have "no moral scruples."

"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!


CIA, Obama and major media outlets trolled by 4chan fanfiction asserting Donald Trump was being blackmailed by Russian spies

Defying all reason and journalistic duty, BuzzFeed may have now topped the Washington Post in the quickly burgeoning Fake News market, publishing accusations President-elect Donald Trump has "deep ties to Russia" — but the astoundingly baseless claim seems to have unraveled in the most hilarious way possible.

"A dossier, compiled by a person who has claimed to be a former British intelligence official, alleges Russia has compromising information on Trump. The allegations are unverified, and the report contains errors," the collaborative BuzzFeed article asserts.

Duly noting the dubious quality of the information presented, BuzzFeed chose to publish the threadbare 'dossier' sans any evidence of its legitimacy — and the rush to perhaps damn Trump before the upcoming inauguration has tentatively been discredited by one of the most unlikely sources: 4Chan.

First, ZeroHedge noted of the contents of the original dossier,

"For those pressed for time, here is the best - as in most laughable - part, discussing 'Trump's personal obsessions and sexual perversions', in which we learn that when staying at the Ritz Carlton Moscow hotel, in order to defile a bed in which Obama had stayed in previously, he employed 'a number of prostitutes to perform 'golden showers' show in front of him.' Good stuff."

Comment: For images of the 'evidence' surrounding these allegations: Trump Intelligence Allegations by zerohedge on Scribd

More details:
As a final point, the memos authored by the operative claim that the Trump campaign and the Kremlin had established an "exchange of information" of "mutual benefit," and that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, met secretly with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016.

However, Cohen quickly denied that he has ever been to Prague, promptly demolishing the entire argument.

"I have never been to Prague in my life. #fakenews," he tweeted, attaching a photo of his passport.
The Russians respond:
Peskov told Intefax...
"The information is not true and is nothing other than a total fabrication."

"It's a complete fake, it's a complete fabrication, it's total nonsense."
Trump tweets:

And WikiLeaks:

Russia Insider's Dean Parker blasts the Atlantic for essentially saying that all the networks who knew about the allegations, but who kept them private because they knew they were lies, but who decided to report on the secret allegations as if they were real news, did a very bad thing:
In other words, the CNN knew how laughable the "dirt" on Trump was, but kept that from the viewers, while opting to pretend this was a serious story. Whereas at least BuzzFeed gave the readers enough data to allow them to judge for themselves.

So a passing grade for BuzzFeed and an F minus for CNN?

Not according to The Atlantic. No, Obama's favorite paper has just slammed BuzzFeed, and only BuzzFeed. Apparently it's perfectly OK to talk about a supposed explosive secret Russian dossier on Trump like CNN did, as long as you don't reveal how incredulous the contents of such an alleged dossier must be like BuzzFeed did.
The real problem for The Atlantic is that BuzzFeed inadvertently revealed just what lying shits and peddlers of fake news the mainstream media really are. It should have maintained the conspiracy of silence and sat on the document it had like CNN, Politico, Lawfare and many other according to The Atlantic did.

Instead it unintentionally helped kill a perfectly good Trump story the MSM could have kept on banging for days, or years.

The Atlantic hit piece ends with a lecture on why it is important for journalists to keep things away from the public.
The Daily Beast gave the soapbox to the man 4chan claims they trolled, and of course he denied their account:
Wilson dismissed all of r/The_Donald and 4chan's claims in a tweet Tuesday night. "You're wrong if you believe 1. What we had came from /pol 2. That I was Buzzfeed's source. Try again, boys," he wrote.

"The information was out there looooong before the 4chan posts," he replied to another user.

Reached by phone earlier in the evening, Wilson told The Daily Beast that the Russian allegations were "making the rounds before anyone talked about it publicly." He said that they were being discussed as early as a year and a half ago.

"Trump always knew it was out there," Wilson said. "He thought he could bullshit his way through it.

"This stuff is real and it's bad. It's going to be something that weighs on him," he added.
Real stuff? That right there says everything about Wilson you need to know.

Meanwhile ZeroHedge has published the chain of events that allegedly leads from 4chan's message boards all the way to McCain, CNN, and Buzzfeed. One priceless image includes:


White Helmets: The Mask of Terror (VIDEO)

White Helmets claim that they are a non-governmental organization and do not keep in touch with any of the armed groups in Syria. All their work is aimed at saving as many lives of ordinary people. In liberated Aleppo ANNA-News crew was able to find unique materials that shed light on the true activity of the so-called rescue workers in Syria.


New "Russian hacking" intel report: Still no evidence

After Hillary Clinton was defeated in the U.S. presidential election the relevant powers launched a campaign to delegitimize the President elect Donald Trump.

The ultimate aim of the cabal is to kick him out of office and have a reliable replacement, like the Vice-President elect Pence, take over. Should that not be possible it is hoped that the delegitimization will make it impossible for Trump to change major policy trajectories especially in foreign policy. A main issue here is the reorientation of the U.S. military complex and its NATO proxies from the war of terror towards a direct confrontation with main powers like Russia and China.

The cabal consists of President Obama, the defeated candidate Hillary Clinton, neoconservatves like the State Department's cookie dispenser Victoria Nuland, the Republican senators McCain and Lindsay and the military-industrial complex. (One of the few neocons planted near to Trump, former CIA director James Woolsey, threw the towel today and left the Trump transition team.)


Prof. Jordan Peterson's New Year's Letter to the World

Dear World:

On January 16, I am going to talk with Sam Harris, on his podcast, Waking Up with Sam Harris. Dr. Harris is one of the so-called New Atheists, of which there are four. Like the other three Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett and Richard Dawkins - who, by the way, I have always particularly wanted to debate — Dr. Harris is a smart guy, and I'm certainly not complaining that I will encounter him, instead of Dawkins. So I am preparing my arguments, carefully (although I have been doing so for years). The specific ideas I am going to share with you today were obsessing me the moment I woke up, somewhat fitfully, this morning, so I dictated them to my son, and then edited them.

The central problem of human beings isn't religion, as the New Atheists insist. It's tribalism. We know this in part because chimps, our closest biological kin, go to war, and they are not religious, although they are tribal. Tribalism also has a central problem — and it's not competition, despite the tendency of competition to produce, at least temporarily, winners and losers. It's cooperation, because cooperation is what allows us to exist as bounded groups. A group, by definition is a collective cooperatively aiming at something. It can't be aimed at nothing, because nothing cannot unite. It only divides. Thus, attacks on collective purpose, because of its tendency to produce tribalism, merely divides. The politics of identity, which emerge when the central purpose is criticized too destructively, inevitably produce the situation described in the story of the Tower of Babel: Everyone fragments into primitive tribes and speaks their own language.


Maria Zakharova: Obama Admin Threatened Russia Would "Feel Pain" for Intervening in Syria - Proved That Evil Is Claimed Right of Mightiest Nation

Russian FM spokeswoman Maria Zakharova
In a recent interview with Russia 1 TV channel, Russian government spokeswoman Maria Zakharova exposes the direct, murderous threats that were leveled at the Russian government and military by Western politicians, in particular officials from the US State Department, including John Kerry.

(Those outside of the U.S. may be able to view the video on YouTube.)

Zakharova cites statements made at private discussions between Russian Foreign Minister Segey Lavrov and John Kerry, and at other high-level meetings, where Russia was directly threatened with "pain" and a "media campaign" to twist the truth of what Russia was doing in Syria:

Comment: See also: Zakharova telling it like it is: Entire world 'disgusted by Obama administration's foreign policy'