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What is 'Open Society'? But Soros is part of the elite...

© Tim Hayward
The idea is familiar and sounds attractive. But attractive ideas can be used in different ways, and not always those you expect. Some interpretations of 'Open Society' actually conflict with others. The latent battle of ideas within is not obvious from a superficial look at definitions.

Yet the idea has become embroiled in some of the most significant political controversies of our time. Some might argue it has played a part in decisions affecting the fate of entire nations and the lives and deaths of people in them.

People choose to die for ideas. People can also be killed because of the ideas of other people. Seen in this light, spending a little time thinking about ideas is not time wasted.

Comment: From the pen of George Soros himself: George Soros: Open Society needs defending, I can't control EU anymore


Snakes in Suits

Trump tells reporter to be 'quiet' for asking healthcare question at photo op

© Joshua Roberts / Reuters
President Donald Trump
Journalists are criticizing President Trump after he rolled his eyes and told a reporter to be "quiet" when he was questioned about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and healthcare during a White House photo op.

Trump was posing in front of media for a photo with White House interns Monday when he was asked by Associated Press reporter Catherine Lucey if he thought Sessions should resign, to which he rolled his eyes.


Comment: "Who was giving you your manners? Who was bringing you up?" ( Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov )


USA

"It's just a goddamned piece of paper!" - Jeff Sessions & Co.'s thinly veiled plot to rob us blind

"Laws are no longer made by a rational process of public discussion; they are made by a process of blackmail and intimidation, and they are executed in the same manner. The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principle - a mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game. If the right pressure could be applied to him, he would be cheerfully in favor of polygamy, astrology or cannibalism. It is the aim of the Bill of Rights, if it has any remaining aim at all, to curb such prehensile gentry. Its function is to set a limitation upon their power to harry and oppress us to their own private profit."- H.L. Mencken
© Pinterest
Let's not mince words.

Jeff Sessions, the nation's top law enforcement official, would not recognize the Constitution if he ran right smack into it.

Whether the head of the Trump Administration's Justice Department enjoys being the architect of a police state or is just painfully, criminally clueless, Sessions has done a great job thus far of sidestepping the Constitution at every turn.

Most recently, under the guise of "fighting crime," Sessions gave police the green light to rob, pilfer, steal, thieve, swipe, purloin, filch and liberate American taxpayers of even more of their hard-earned valuables (especially if it happens to be significant amounts of cash) using any means, fair or foul.

In this case, the foul method favored by Sessions & Co. is civil asset forfeiture, which allows police and prosecutors to "seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets-all without so much as charging you with a crime."

Under a federal equitable sharing program, police turn asset forfeiture cases over to federal agents who process seizures and then return 80% of the proceeds to the police. (In Michigan, police actually get to keep up to 100% of forfeited property.)

This incentive-driven excuse for stealing from the citizenry is more accurately referred to as "policing for profit" or "theft by cop."

Despite the fact that 80 percent of these asset forfeiture cases result in no charge against the property owner, challenging these "takings" in court can cost the owner more than the value of the confiscated property itself. As a result, most property owners either give up the fight or chalk the confiscation up to government corruption, leaving the police and other government officials to reap the benefits.

And boy, do they reap the benefits.

Video

Truth of Ukraine War revealed: Watchdog Media releases definitive chronological timeline video of Ukrainian War from Euromaidan to MH-17

On the three year commemoration of the tragic shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17, Brisbane, Australia based Watchdog Media has released the most thorough and accurate chronological portrayal of events occurring between the start of Ukraine's Euromaidan in November 2013 and the tragic destruction of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 on July 17, 2014.

Between 2013 and 2017, the Watch Dog Media Institute compiled and archived the largest known video volumes of first-person video related to the Ukraine war, as well as the largest and most substantial amount of all mainstream media footage related to such.

These volumes have been aptly and poetically titled Roses Have Thorns, and are accessible at the Watchdog Media You Tube page linked below. These chronological video volumes include 17 videos totaling over 32 hours of first-person and MSM video clips related to the war. This downloaded and archived footage has been thoroughly sorted over the past two years and placed into a 5 hour video timeline that reveals the true and terrible nature of the Ukraine war and its horrific effects on the civilian population. This is the most revealing video in existence highlighting what actually took place in Ukraine.

Evil Rays

Australia - Goodbye Internet Privacy, Hello Police State

It hasn't been a Good News Week over the last seven days in Australia. You all remember us, right? We may be on the other side of the world, way down under, and not very significant politically, but as a vassal of the American empire, what happens down here is usually pretty indicative of what's happening in the rest of the "international community". So let's see what this latest week had in store for us.

On Friday morning, the 14th of July, the prime minister of the 'Lucky Country' informed the multiverse that math was no longer relevant in Australia. Here's the quote:
Malcolm Turnbull: "Well the laws of Australia prevail in Australia I can assure you of that. The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.
Apparently, laws written by politicians and enforced by judges and juries, can somehow overrule basic mathematical concepts such as "1+1=2", proven in the early 20th century and documented in the Principia Mathematica by Whitehead & Russell, and intuitively known by humans for millennia if not longer. Clearly, Malcolm Turnbull has joined the neocon "reality creator" club, where a person can just "act" and the rest of us can then "judiciously" study the 'reality' they just supposedly created. The laws of government trump those that govern reality. Obviously.

Mr. Potato

Lost California senator: 'KGB and billion dollars a year' fuel RT success, US not keeping up

© Evgeny Biyatov / Sputnik
The US isn't doing enough to counter RT and Sputnik, media outlets which are powered by lavish Kremlin funding and the KGB, according to Ed Royce, the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman.

During a breakfast meeting last week at the Ripon Society in Washington, DC, Royce voiced his concerns over the rise of anti-American trends in Central and Eastern Europe, which he eagerly blamed on Russia.

"If you remember back to the 1980s, the United States was very effective using Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. It is now the case that Moscow is every bit that effective," the California Republican said, as cited by the Ripon Society website.

According to Royce, the Russians "have become expert at supporting a certain pattern of thought - which is very authoritarian, very hard-edged, and which increasingly in Eastern Europe is moving an illiberal element into positions of power."

No Entry

Lavrov surprised at the 'mass hysteria' in US politics over alleged Russian meddling

© Vladimir Pesnya / Sputnik
"Sane people" in Washington arguing for common sense in relations with Moscow now find themselves in "a difficult position," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, branding the recent mood in American political circles "mass hysteria."

"We do understand how difficult it is for the people who try to stick to common sense amid the total, paranoid Russophobia," Lavrov said in an interview with the Kurdish news agency Rudaw on Monday.

At the same time, Lavrov added, months of investigation have failed to produce a single fact that could prove Russia's alleged meddling in American affairs.

"Sane people find themselves in a difficult position there," the foreign minister said.

Bizarro Earth

'Drain the Sewer': Trump blasts Russia collusion allegations, zero evidence

© Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
Politics in Washington has turned into a sewer, US President Donald Trump said, blasting allegations of his campaign's collusion with Russia as his son-in-law Jared Kushner was being interviewed in Congress on the issue.

"Drain the Swamp should be changed to Drain the Sewer - it's actually much worse than anyone ever thought, and it begins with the Fake News!," President Trump began in a series of tweets Monday morning, as Kushner was heading off to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Blackbox

Scott Adams: How 'confident' are intel agencies re: Russian election interference?

Remember when all seventeen intelligence agencies agreed that Russia interfered with our elections?

Turns out it was only four.

Do you know how you get four agencies to agree on something of this nature? It's easy. One publishes an opinion and the other three loyal agencies assume it is credible, so they support it. Do they all do independent investigations?

I kinda doubt it.

Based on my experience on this planet, probably one intelligence agency out of seventeen investigated and told the others they did a great job of it. Still, you can't ignore even one intelligence agency that did an investigation and is totally positive Russian interfered with the election. That's still credible information.

Comment: Adams took to Periscope to discuss his blog post:


A nd it includes this gem of insight: "So how dumb do you have to be to conclude that because somebody in the government says something's true [that it's true] - oh and by the way, the people who say it's true, they lie for a living. They're actually trained liars."


Snakes in Suits

'A Better Deal': Democrats offer new explanation for why Trump won - and it's not Russia

© James Lawler Duggan / Reuters
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in Berryville, Virginia, US, July 24, 2017.
Top Congressional Democrats have unveiled their new economic pitch to middle-class Americans, admitting nine months after the election that Donald Trump won because "he campaigned talking to working people."

Democratic lawmakers took a field trip to Virginia on Monday to roll out what they branded as "A Better Deal" for American workers. They talked about breaking up monopolies, raising the minimum wage and investing in workers' training.

"President Trump campaigned talking to working people, that's how he won," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said as he introduced the Democrats' new messaging campaign. "Too many Americans don't know what we stand for."