Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News

Drudge Retort

User Info

bayviking

Subscribe to bayviking's blog Subscribe

Menu

Special Features

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Nicaragua is the only country victimized by the US-backed Central American Wars which is not also a source of immigrants to the US. This is due to the Sandinistas' effective social programs. But, these programs rely on foreign loans. Last year, the US House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act of 2017 (NICA Act) which would cut that already-poor country off from foreign loans. The US will never forgive the Nicaraguan people for overthrowing the US-backed Somoza dictatorship in 1979, for militarily defeating the Contras and for then voting back in the Sandinistas in 2007. The NICA Act is pay-back, but the Senate has not acted on it yet. Nicaragua has remained a symbol of opposition to US imperialism, and that has galled the powers-that-be in this country, particularly Neo-Cons such as current National Security Adviser John Bolton. So the US Deep State is now funding violent demonstrations through various NGOs. read more


Monday, April 23, 2018

With an unambiguous lead in technological capacity, Western nations have not required direct colonization in order to guarantee essentially ‘captive' markets for their goods and capital. But, the rise of China has destroyed the West's monopoly on finance and market access. This threatens the entire carefully crafted system of global extortion on which US and EU prosperity is based. Unable to rely on economic coercion alone to keep countries within its ‘sphere of influence', then, the West has relied more and more on military force. Thus,when once our productive superiority insured our continued supremacy, the West is increasingly reliant on military force alone. And this military superiority is diminishing daily. Eventually, economic superiority will convert to military superiority. And this gives the US and its allies a shrinking window of opportunity in which to USE their military superiority to preserve their deteriorating global power. read more


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Ralph Nader: Curry, a former Connecticut state Senator, elected state Comptroller, and counsellor to President Bill Clinton, argues that the people hate corruption but are not given its true costs. Curry says, "As Connecticut Comptroller I learned how to count it. An example: a single corrupt bargain struck with health insurers cost the state $1.5 billion, an amount equal to the record deficit our current governor faced on taking office in 2011. There was never a prosecution." Bill Curry wonders why corruption is the center of debate or upheaval in every country but ours? One reason is that corruption has been institutionalized. Our elected politicians gain campaign funding, lobbyists with gifts, speaking fees, revolving doors for corporatists taking key government positions to thwart law enforcement, and lucrative offers pending retirement. All these lures are much more persuasive when the general public is quiet and unorganized. read more


Ralph Nader: Curry, a former Connecticut state Senator, elected state Comptroller, and counsellor to President Bill Clinton, argues that the people hate corruption but are not given its true costs. Curry says, "As Connecticut Comptroller I learned how to count it. An example: a single corrupt bargain struck with health insurers cost the state $1.5 billion, an amount equal to the record deficit our current governor faced on taking office in 2011. There was never a prosecution." Bill Curry wonders why corruption is the center of debate or upheaval in every country but ours? One reason is that corruption has been institutionalized. Our elected politicians gain campaign funding, lobbyists with gifts, speaking fees, revolving doors for corporatists taking key government positions to thwart law enforcement, and lucrative offers pending retirement.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

The internet is generally viewed as a force for good, in support of inclusive democracy. But it is also an overwhelming Pentagon designed surveillance tool. Internet platforms like Zuckerberg's broke the back of the working press first by gutting their distribution networks, and then by using advanced data-mining techniques to create hypertargeted advertising with which no honest media outlet could compete. This wipeout of the press left Facebook in possession of power it never wanted or understood. The Facebook mess is really the final chapter in a decades-long collision of the news media with the Internet. Many smart people expected this tale to end well. It hasn't. The creators of the Internet sold their invention as inherently democratizing. Instead, information is now so concentrated that a 1984 scenario is just a few clicks away. We shouldn't ask Facebook to fix the problem. We should fix Facebook. read more


Comments

Drudge Retort
 

Home | Breaking News | Comments | User Blogs | Stats | Back Page | RSS Feed | RSS Spec | DMCA Compliance | Privacy | Copyright 2018 World Readable