Thursday, August 22, 2019

GDP Ain’t What it Used to Be!

by David Haggith, The Great Recession Blog:

Let me help remove the rose-colored glasses for anyone who still thinks GDP this year is good.

First, GDP growth in the first quarter was not “great” as I’ve heard some claiming. It was, by US historical standards, a little lower than mediocre. Second, the biggest tax cuts in history only got us down to 2.9% GDP growth for 2018. GDP growth had been pegged originally around 3.1%, but that was revised down, as is usually the case. Every administration tends to estimate GDP on the rosy side because bad news is swallowed easier the further back in time it lies. So, estimate high and revise lower seems to be the government’s perennial approach.

What the Elites Think Americans ‘Need’ Has Nothing to Do with Individual Rights

by William Sullivan, American Thinker:

You may have noticed that all advocates of federal gun control are arguing for the same end result, which is federal limitations upon the individual right to own firearms. But the underlying arguments as to why they believe that the federal government should be allowed to do so can vary, and often pretty wildly.

There are some who argue, for example, that the Second Amendment was never meant to guarantee any individual right, as CNN’s Chris Cuomorecently argued.  Some others may argue that the Second Amendment only protects guns owned for the purposes of hunting or sport.  That’s all intellectually indefensible, given the precise words of the Second Amendment and ample facts which provide the historical context for its inclusion in the Constitution.  As such, these examples are rarer than the other, more honest argument among gun control activists that I’ve encountered.

Media Wants To ‘Teach’ Readers How To Think By Switching From Russia Collusion Lies To Race Baiting Fake News – Devastating NY Times Leak Crushes Narrative As MSM Rushes From One Hoax Story To Another

by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

For nearly three years Americans were fed a constant diet of liberal establishment fake news about Donald Trump’s campaign colluding with Russia. Wall to wall coverage, with many of their written stories having to be changed, retracted, corrected and in some cases totally deleted, which continued right up until the release of the special counsel’s long-awaited report which determined there was no conspiring or coordination by any American citizen, including the Trump campaign, with Russia.

Faced with severely disappointed and angry readers and viewers who just had their last hope of negating the 2016 election buried under an avalanche of reality, the media needed to change gears to give their dwindling audience something else to be outraged about. The decision has now been made that “racism” will now replace “Russia” in their coverage, as evidenced by an internal “town hall” over at the New York Times, to which a recording was leaked to the leftist outlet Slate.

Federal Judge Orders FBI to Search for More Christopher Steele Docs

by Debra Heine, PJ Media:

After years of legal wrangling, a federal judge has given the FBI 60 days to cough up records of their communications with former British spy Christopher Steele after he was terminated as a confidential human source.

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch first sought FBI documents on Steele in May of 2017 through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The court initially sided with the FBI but reopened the case in 2018 when evidence emerged that Steele was an FBI informant. Judicial Watch again asked the FBI to search for their Steele records, but the FBI continued to stonewall, declining to confirm or deny that they even existed.

Billy Eilish, Epstein & The Luciferian Agenda

from SGT Report:

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Billy Eilish is celebrated as a genius for her Satanic lyrics and Luciferian imagery. The all out assault on our culture has reached a fevered pitch. By the way, TMZ will get all revenue from any ads you see on this original 9-minute micro-doc. That’s how YouTube fixes the system for its corporate partners.

Pentagon Officials Eager to Present a Recovering ISIS, but Facts Don’t Support It

by Jason Ditz, The Anti Media:

Throughout August, one of the most persistent stories has been the claim that ISIS is making a substantial recovery in Iraq and Syria, a claim based on a single Pentagon report which implied only that this might potentially be the case.

The Pentagon clearly wants this to be true, because they are using it to spin a US military withdrawal from Syria as dangerous. Even though that withdrawal never happened in the first place, this narrative has refused to die, and the New York Times is against claiming ISIS is “regaining” strength, in its top story, as though it’s an absolute fact.

Leaked Audio Exposes Oil Lobbyist Bragging About Success in Criminalizing Pipeline Protests

by Jake Johnson, Activist Post:

As a growing number of states move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests and hit demonstrators with years in prison, an audio recording obtained by The Intercept showed a representative of a powerful oil and gas lobbying group bragging about the industry’s success in crafting anti-protest legislation behind closed doors.

Speaking during a conference in Washington, D.C. in June, Derrick Morgan, senior vice president for federal and regulatory affairs at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), touted “model legislation” that states across the nation have passed in recent months.

AFPM represents a number of major fossil fuel giants, including Chevron, Koch Industries, and ExxonMobil.

Statistical Analysis of America’s 8 Stage Decline Into Genocide

by Dave Hodges, The Common Sense Show:

Gregory H. Stanton, President of Genocide Watch, wrote the most salient paper on the topic of Democide, that is by definition, genocide by government against its people. In his analysis, Stanton identified 8 key stages related to the process of genocide?Classification Symbolization Dehumanization Organization Polarization Preparation, Extermination and Denial.

Stanton defines genocide as “A process that develops in eight stages that are predictable but not inexorable. At each stage, preventive measures can stop it. The process is not linear.  Logically, later stages must be preceded by earlier stages.  But all stages continue to operate throughout the process. In other words, the processes and stages overlap and this is precisely what we see in modern day America.

Lindsey Graham Says of Russia Probe, ‘I Want People to See How Off-the-Rails’ Things ‘Got’

from True Pundit:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is adamant about revealing what went on behind the scenes of the Russia investigation — and is looking forward to the American people learning about what happened.

“I believe the Horowitz report will be ugly and damning,” Graham told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.” That report has been anticipated for months, but it has faced delays in recent months.