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MindMatters: How Did We Get Here? The Atrophy of Liberalism in the West, with Nicholas Capaldi

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Today on MindMatters we interview renowned American philosopher Nicholas Capaldi, author of numerous books, including The Art of Deception and the definitive biography of John Stuart Mill. Recently retired, Professor Capaldi reflects on his experiences teaching, the increasingly oppressive climate in American universities, the political philosophy of Mill, and why things have gotten so crazy in the West. Erudite and engaging, Capaldi takes us deep into the American political psyche with the hope of finding a way out of the current crisis.


Running Time: 01:39:12

Download: MP3 — 90.8 MB



Camera

Journalist who photographed border patrol agents on horseback debunks media and Biden's claims that Haitian migrants were 'whipped'

Biden Horsemen
© Paul Ratje
US President Joe Biden • Border Patrol on horsegback
On Thursday, the photographer behind the images of Border Patrol agents on horseback set the record straight on what exactly those viral photos depict.

The photos, which were taken on Sunday, were mistakenly said to have depicted the agents on horseback with whips in their hands, causing outrage.

Photographer Paul Ratje, speaking with KTSM, said that he and his colleagues taking photos that day never saw any of the agents whipping the Haitian migrants they were moving.

"Some of the Haitian men started running, trying to go around the horses," Ratje said.


Ratje, who is a photographer based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, said he took the photographs from the Mexico side.

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Eye 2

Hack Arizona Republic reporter Jen Fifield pens 7,000 Word hit piece on AZ auditor Doug Logan, DOXXES HIS FAMILY before audit release

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Jen Fifield getting schooled by Vernon Jones in June.
The Arizona Republic (TAR) newspaper and their website AZCentral are the most committed to disparaging the historic Arizona Senate audit. As a USA Today affiliate, they are owned by Gannett. GateHouse Media merged with Gannett in 2019, they now represent over 550 newspapers. TAR has dispatched a cabal of 15 journalists and photographers to cover the audit. Their articles are distributed to Yahoo News, MSN, USA Today affiliates, and other GateHouse rags. The negative audit coverage by TAR reporters has been rewarded with appearances on MSNBC, CNN, Rachel Maddow, Nicolle Wallace, etc.

Jen Fifield is the worst of all the audit reporters. Last September the Arizona Republic promoted her to cover elections for the very first time, for Maricopa. The newspaper's leadership has molded this young lady into a hammer looking for a nail, while absorbing all this paper's liberal groupthink.

Comment:
"The [Arizona Republic]'s leadership has molded this young lady into a hammer looking for a nail, while absorbing all this paper's liberal groupthink."
Exactly. Fifield is no doubt a product of the corrupt schools of "journalism", steeped in critical race theory. She doesn't report facts, but is tasked with shaping a portion of the Deep State narrative.


Bullseye

Palm Beach County: Anatomy of an arrogant and clueless school board

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Sit down and take it, serf. Or don't. The choice is yours.

We've seen some pretty pretentious school board actions over the last COVID-laced year and half.

Liberal, white "progressive" boards have jumped on the critical race theory bandwagon and spent thousands, even millions, of dollars on so-called "anti-racism" and "equity" trainings.

The board for Florida's Palm Beach County schools may take the cake, however.

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Bad Guys

Arizona election audit: Cyber Ninjas' Doug Logan uncovers additional 57,000 issues (not counting Dr. Shiva's 17,000 issues)

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© AP Photo/Matt York, Pool
Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
Doug Logan of Cyber Ninjas shared at the Senate presentation in Arizona after Dr. Shiva in the audit of the 2020 results in Maricopa County.

Doug Logan began his presentation by providing an overview of the process his team took in performing their work related to the audit of the 2020 Election results of Maricopa County. Much of his team's work was done at the Maricopa County Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Logan next discussed the status of his work.

Comment: More from Gateway Pundit:
Ben Cotton shared the IT results from the audit of the 2020 Election Results in Maricopa County. During his presentation, he noted that files were deleted by those involved in the election the day before the machines were to be handed over to the audit team.

Cotton noted that his team was able to identify the time stamps for when the files were deleted and altered by Maricopa County officials.
Ben Cotton: "We have captured screen shots of Maricopa County people at the keyboards during those time periods."
The audience cheered in hearing the news!

At the 3:30 mark you can see Cotton's remarks.

The Arizona Republic sues state Senate, Cyber Ninjas for election audit records


No Entry

China declares transactions involving cryptocurrencies illegal, claims they 'disrupt economy, facilitate crime'

China bank
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The People's Bank of China said the currencies disrupted the financial system and were used in money-laundering and other crimes.
China's central bank has intensified its clampdown on cryptocurrencies by making all transactions in the virtual assets illegal, triggering a drop in the price of bitcoin on Friday.

The move signals the latest attempt to rein in cryptocurrency use in China, where regulators fear it might weaken the Communist party's control over the financial system and promote criminal activity.

In a notice issued on Friday, the People's Bank of China said bitcoin, ethereum and other digital currencies disrupted the financial system and were used in money-laundering and other crimes. "Virtual currency derivative transactions are all illegal financial activities and are strictly prohibited," the bank said on its website.

Comment: China has previously justified its ban on cryptos by saying that they "are not supported by real value", their prices are easily manipulated, and the contracts are not protected by Chinese law. Prior to the ban, China accounted for nearly 90% of the speculative market, which could conceivably have made the Chinese economy vulnerable to the fluctuations but also to financial attack.

See also: 'Eerie silence' as China's debt-laden property giant Evergrande misses payment deadline

And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Confessions of an Economic Hitman: Interview with John Perkins


Eye 1

'AI-driven community surveillance': US cops reportedly using invasive tool to grab suspects' social media, Pornhub & Tinder data

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© Getty Images / gorodenkoff.
A number of US law enforcement agencies are reportedly using a shadowy AI surveillance program that trawls social media accounts, dating apps, online shopping wishlists and even Pornhub pages to help identify persons of interest.

The tool, known as SocialNet, maps out the networks of these individuals by harvesting data from over 120 different platforms, including Facebook and Instagram posts, Reddit, Tinder, YouTube, LinkedIn, Spotify, Paypal Amazon accounts and even the dark web, according to The Intercept.

The investigative news outlet has obtained documents showing how Michigan state police are leasing the software, developed by Wyoming-based cyber-intelligence firm ShadowDragon. In addition, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has reportedly twice purchased a license for the program since 2019, while several Massachusetts police departments have also acquired it.

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Mr. Potato

Oregon health officials say you can kiss on dates -- if both vaccinated

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© Carol Yepes
Oregon health officials now say that fully vaccinated people who are taking COVID-19 precautions can kiss — without wearing masks.
During the beginning of the pandemic, state health officials declared 'you' as your safest sex partner.

If you're vaccinated and looking for a smooch, now might be the time to visit Oregon.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on Wednesday revised its position on safe-dating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and now says it is OK to get intimate with your date--as long as you've both been vaccinated.

"If you're both vaccinated and taking COVID-19 precautions, intimacy is likely to be safe," OHA wrote on Facebook.

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Microscope 1

How the CDC used the movie 'Contagion' to exploit the anthrax plot and increase their staff and budgets

Contagion movie still Jude Law
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"Contagion" by Steven Soderbergh, 2011, Warner Bros.
Newly released documents have revealed the extent of the CDC's role in the 2011 film, and how they milked the positive publicity. But they also beg the question why they weren't more prepared for a real pandemic, like Covid.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the fastest-growing federal agencies of recent decades. In 1987, their budget was $590 million but by 2020 it had ballooned to over $8 billion, leading journalist Eric Boehm to observe, "If the agency had grown with inflation since 1987, it would have a budget of about $1.3 billion today. Total federal spending, meanwhile, has grown from a hair over $1 trillion in 1987 to $4.4 trillion last year — which means that the CDC's budget has grown faster [than] the government's overall spending."

A 2009 report by Senator Tom Coburn's office into questionable spending at the CDC found they had invested $1.7 million in setting up their own Hollywood liaison office, "to get health messages into television and film." Since then, the CDC have worked on documentary series including 'Breakthrough' and the BBC's 'Horizon', as well as episodes of the TV drama 'Cedar Cove' and the romantic comedy 'My Lockdown Romance'.

Comment: The CDC has morphed into a propaganda outlet (if they were ever anything else) sowing fear in order increase their Big Pharma buddy's bottom line. That they would reach out to Hollywood, purveyor of false idols and cultural propaganda is a match made in heaven.

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Sherlock

Hunter finds body of man missing for 53 years

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© Getty
Deputies from Lemhi County Sheriff's Office in Idaho found the remains of a hunter missing for 53 years who had been discovered by another hunter.
A man in Idaho made an unexpected discovery while out hunting when he came across the remains of a hunter who had been missing for more than half a century.

Raymond Jones, a 39-year-old from Salmon, had not been seen since September 7, 1968 when he went out bowhunting for mountain goats in the east fork of Hayden Creek in Lemhi County, EastIdahoNews.com reported.

A search by land and air involving dozens of people was launched the following day after Jones failed to return to a hunting camp 30 miles southeast of Salmon.