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The Birth Of Cultural Marxism: How The “Frankfurt School” Changed America

If you don’t know what the Frankfurt School is, you better find out. It was founded in Germany but moved to Columbia University in the US in 1934. Its purpose was to undermine any aspect of Western culture that encourages personal independence so that, eventually, all citizens must be dependent on and obedient to the state. Communism was the goal but not by that name. Generally, this strategy is known as Cultural Marxism.

The Frankfurt School created a coalition of minorities, including blacks, women, and homosexuals, who have been imbued with the ideology of victimhood, which is the belief that all undesirable aspects of life are caused by ‘exploiters’ who are the product of capitalism. They also say that the only way to end exploitation is to replace the capitalist system with communism or some other variant of collectivism.

When we survey the political and cultural landscape of today and compare it with what it was in the 1950s, there is no doubt that The Frankfurt School has totally achieved its goal. If America is to survive in freedom, we have no choice but to reverse this process. That’s what Freedom Force International is all about.  ‘GEG

The 1950s were a simple, romantic, and golden time in America.

California beaches, suburbia, and style. Atlas Shrugged was published, NASA was formed, and Elvis rocked the nation. Every year from 1950–1959 saw over 4 million babies born. The nation stood atop the world in every field.

It was an era of great economic prosperity in The Land of the Free.

So, what happened to the American traits of confidence, pride, and accountability?

The roots of Western cultural decay are very deep, having first sprouted a century ago. It began with a loose clan of ideologues inside Europe’s communist movement. Today, it is known as the Frankfurt School, and its ideals have perverted American society.

When Outcomes Fail, Just Change the Theory

Before WWI, Marxist theory held that if war broke out in Europe, the working classes would rise up against the bourgeoisie and create a communist revolution.

Well, as is the case with much of Marxist theory, things didn’t go too well. When war broke out in 1914, instead of starting a revolution, the proletariat put on their uniforms and went off to war.

After the war ended, Marxist theorists were left to ask, “What went wrong?”

Two very prominent Marxists thinkers of the day were Antonio Gramsci and Georg Lukács. Each man, on his own, concluded that the working class of Europe had been blinded by the success of Western democracy and capitalism. They reasoned that until both had been destroyed, a communist revolution was not possible.

Gramsci and Lukács were both active in the Communist party, but their lives took very different paths.

Gramsci was jailed by Mussolini in Italy where he died in 1937 due to poor health.

In 1918, Lukács became minister of culture in Bolshevik Hungary. During this time, Lukács realized that if the family unit and sexual morals were eroded, society could be broken down.

Lukács implemented a policy he titled “cultural terrorism,” which focused on these two objectives. A major part of the policy was to target children’s minds through lectures that encouraged them to deride and reject Christian ethics.

In these lectures, graphic sexual matter was presented to children, and they were taught about loose sexual conduct.

Here again, a Marxist theory had failed to take hold in the real world. The people were outraged at Lukács’ program, and he fled Hungary when Romania invaded in 1919.

The Birth of Cultural Marxism

All was quiet on the Marxist front until 1923 when the cultural terrorist turned up for a “Marxist study week” in Frankfurt, Germany. There, Lukács met a young, wealthy Marxist named Felix Weil.

Until Lukács showed up, classical Marxist theory was based solely on the economic changes needed to overthrow class conflict. Weil was enthused by Lukács’ cultural angle on Marxism.

Weil’s interest led him to fund a new Marxist think tank—the Institute for Social Research. It would later come to be known as simply The Frankfurt School.

In 1930, the school changed course under new director Max Horkheimer. The team began mixing the ideas of Sigmund Freud with those of Marx, and cultural Marxism was born.

In classical Marxism, the workers of the world were oppressed by the ruling classes. The new theory was that everyone in society was psychologically oppressed by the institutions of Western culture. The school concluded that this new focus would need new vanguards to spur the change. The workers were not able to rise up on their own.

As fate would have it, the National Socialists came to power in Germany in 1933. It was a bad time and place to be a Jewish Marxist, as most of the school’s faculty was. So, the school moved to New York City, the bastion of Western culture at the time.

Coming to America

In 1934, the school was reborn at Columbia University. Its members began to exert their ideas on American culture.

It was at Columbia University that the school honed the tool it would use to destroy Western culture: the printed word.

The school published a lot of popular material. The first of these was Critical Theory.

Critical Theory is a play on semantics. The theory was simple: criticize every pillar of Western culture—family, democracy, common law, freedom of speech, and others. The hope was that these pillars would crumble under the pressure.

Next was a book Theodor Adorno co-authored, The Authoritarian Personality. It redefined traditional American views on gender roles and sexual mores as “prejudice.” Adorno compared them to the traditions that led to the rise of fascism in Europe.

Is it just a coincidence that the go-to slur for the politically correct today is “fascist”?

The school pushed its shift away from economics and toward Freud by publishing works on psychological repression.

Their works split society into two main groups: the oppressors and the victims. They argued that history and reality were shaped by those groups who controlled traditional institutions. At the time, that was code for males of European descent.

From there, they argued that the social roles of men and women were due to gender differences defined by the “oppressors.” In other words, gender did not exist in reality but was merely a “social construct.”

A Coalition of Victims

Adorno and Horkheimer returned to Germany when WWII ended. Herbert Marcuse, another member of the school, stayed in America. In 1955, he published Eros and Civilization.

In the book, Marcuse argued that Western culture was inherently repressive because it gave up happiness for social progress.

The book called for “polymorphous perversity,” a concept crafted by Freud. It posed the idea of sexual pleasure outside the traditional norms. Eros and Civilization would become very influential in shaping the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Marcuse would be the one to answer Horkheimer’s question from the 1930s: Who would replace the working class as the new vanguards of the Marxist revolution?

Marcuse believed that it would be a victim coalition of minorities—blacks, women, and homosexuals.

The social movements of the 1960s—black power, feminism, gay rights, sexual liberation—gave Marcuse a unique vehicle to release cultural Marxist ideas into the mainstream. Railing against all things “establishment,” The Frankfurt School’s ideals caught on like wildfire across American universities.

Marcuse then published Repressive Tolerance in 1965 as the various social movements in America were in full swing. In it, he argued that tolerance of all values and ideas meant the repression of “correct” ideas.

It was here that Marcuse coined the term “liberating tolerance.” It called for tolerance of any ideas coming from the left but intolerance of those from the right. One of the overarching themes of the Frankfurt School was total intolerance for any viewpoint but its own. That is also a basic trait of today’s political-correctness believers.

To quote Max Horkheimer, “Logic is not independent of content.”

Recalling the Words of Winston (Not That One)

The Frankfurt School’s work has had a deep impact on American culture. It has recast the homogenous America of the 1950s into today’s divided, animosity-filled nation.

In turn, this has contributed to the undeniable breakdown of the family unit, as well as identity politics, radical feminism, and racial polarization in America.

It’s hard to decide if today’s culture is more like Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World.

Never one to buck a populist trend, the political establishment in America has fully embraced the ideas of the Frankfurt School and has pushed them on American society through public miseducation.

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Candidate Trump Pledged To Pull Out Of Harmful Treaties Like NAFTA. Now He Says: “I Will Negotiate Rather Than Terminate.”

President Trump dismissed talk about a split inside his White House between aides who are nationalists and those who are globalists with a nationalist or globalist orientation. “Hey, I’m a nationalist and a globalist,” he said. “I’m both.” Putting America first is no longer part of the presidential rhetoric. Trump’s advisors, Gary Cohn and Steve Mnucin, are outspoken globalists with close ties to Goldman Sachs. Voters who trusted Trump to vigorously oppose globalist agendas in trade, international banking, and foreign policy are in shock. –GEG

Wall Street Journal:

President Donald Trump was prepared to end the North American Free Trade Agreement deal, which had governed trade relations for the past 23 years, with a dramatic announcement Saturday at a Pennsylvania political rally marking his 100th day in office.

As rumors spread of the possible action, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto called the president urging him not to pull out of the accord. “Let me think about it,” Mr. Trump said. Within a half hour a call came in from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with a similar request.

After the talks, Mr. Trump was convinced “they’re serious about it and I will negotiate rather than terminate,” the president said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

…Watching events play out, veterans of past White Houses say Mr. Trump needs a more consistent, unified message. Part of the trouble may be that his White House is split into factions: a nationalist wing symbolized by chief strategist Steve Bannon that is wary of multinational treaties and trade deals, and a more mainstream group that is comfortable with the trend toward globalization.

That mainstream group has been actively sending reassuring signals to business leaders in other countries, even as they have been locked in internal battles in Washington.

One senior Toronto bank executive said Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin — former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executives now serving as chairman of the White House National Economic Council and as Treasury Secretary, respectively — have on a few occasions reached out to senior Canadian business officials in recent weeks to counsel them that despite the internal Trump administration divides over trade policies, they expect no significant Nafta changes.

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Hundreds Of Communist Flags Carried Past White House By Climate Protesters. Media Does Not Mention The Flags

Washington, DC: Thousands of  ‘climate marchers’ in favor of more taxes and government regulations in the name of fighting global warming, walked past the White House carrying hundreds of red Communist flags. Mainstream media and political commentators praised the march and spoke about “nine clever signs from the climate march” but, somehow, missed the comrades and their flags. –GEG

While thousands marched past the White House with hundreds waving communist flags, the media ignored it. The Hill and other media outlets praised the march but didn’t bother to mention the red flags. They had an entire story around “nine clever signs from the climate march” but never noticed the communists.

The NY Times said these leftist clowns were “alarmed by Trump’s environmental agenda”. Fox said “tens of thousands protest Trump’s climate policies”.

They are indeed loons.

The Climate March today was a communist march which isn’t a surprise to many of us. The extremists in the movement want control of the populace, in part, to destroy Capitalism and to promote cultural Marxism.

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Venezuela Falls Deeper Into Food Riots. Government Withholds Food From Dissidents And Unleashes Armed Goons To Intimidate Them.

The poor in Venezuela, who traditionally are strong supporters of Communist governments, have become angered at the lack of food available to them, and the middle class is angered at the collapse of the economy. Now that the inevitable consequences of collectivism have arrived, Marxist rhetoric is no longer convincing. President Maduro and his supporters are becoming desperate and are resorting to brutal violence to maintain control in the face of food riots. –GEG.

In the cramped hillside slums where they once adored Hugo Chávez, hungry families now jeer and bang pots at the man struggling in his shadow, President Nicolás Maduro.

Chávez, a master showman who promised his country a socialist “revolution,” loved to wade through crowds of poor Venezuelans, blowing kisses and dispensing hugs. But when his successor has ventured out in public in recent months, he’s been pelted with eggs and chased by angry mobs.

“Maduro is so different,” said Irene Castillo, 26, who lives in El Guarataro, a tough neighborhood not far from the presidential palace. She voted for Maduro in 2013 when Chávez died after 14 years in power. But no one on Castillo’s block supports the government anymore, she said. “Now, those who remain ‘chavistas’ are just the radicals.”

As the country’s bloody, volatile, month-old protest movement hardens into a prolonged standoff between demonstrators and the government, the loyalties of poorer Venezuelans like Castillo have become a swing factor in determining whether the president will survive.

The thousands of demonstrators pouring into the streets in recent weeks are mostly middle class, outraged by Venezuela’s economic collapse and the government’s increasingly authoritarian rule. But Venezuelans from longtime chavista strongholds are starting to join them, at considerable risk. Residents of Castillo’s neighborhood protested openly against Maduro for the first time last week.

Pro-government block captains in neighborhoods like El Guarataro have responded by threatening to deny food rations to those who march with the opposition or fail to join pro-Maduro rallies. Militia groups armed by the government and known as “colectivos” are deployed to intimidate would-be defectors and are suspected in the deaths of several protesters.

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Bankrupt California Considering Universal Health Care For All, Including Illegal Aliens

The California legislature is considering a universal health care, single-payer plan that would include preexisting conditions, vision and dental bills, and provide coverage for everyone in California, regardless of immigration status. It is not stated how this program could be funded, but there is little doubt that, when the state finally self-destructs financially, it will receive federal money (created out of nothing by the Federal Reserve) in return for total obedience to Washington – much the same as the IMF gives money to Third-World dictators in return for their political loyalty at the UN. –GEG

California politicians aren’t sitting around waiting to see what becomes of Obamacare reform on Capitol Hill; the state Senate Health Committee voted 5-2 in favor of a single-payer bill for Californians on Wednesday.

Sponsored by state senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, the bill—as the Los Angeles Times noted back in February–would institute a state-run health care plan that would cover everyone living within California, regardless of immigration status. The government would then pay for all medical expenses and prohibit insurers from offering similar benefits, among other details.

“With today’s vote we are closer to being able to say, once and for all, that healthcare is not a privilege, it’s a human right,” Lara said in a statement. “Every family, every child, every senior deserves healthcare that costs less and covers more, and California has a chance to lead the rest of the nation toward universal care.”

This is not the first time a state has considered such a policy, or even the first time California has. Vermont thought about such a plan in 2011 but scrapped it three years later after the government had a hard time implementing the law. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor of California, he vetoed single-payer legislation twice, in 2006 and 2008. And Colorado defeated a single-payer measure on the ballot last November.

Yet, as congressional Republicans continue to deliberate on ways to scale back Obamacare, backers of the California bill think that the timing is ripe for an overhaul of the state’s health care system. Questions, however, remain over how the state government would fund the program.\

Those who favor the bill mentioned the large amount of support—particularly from labor groups —and said that it would be the best way to provide coverage for all residents.

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Israel Is Prime Suspect In Bombing of Damascus Airport As It Wages War On Syria

Israel implied that it was responsible for the missile strikes at the Damascus airport in Syria that they claim was a depot for weapons imported from Iran by Hezbollah militants.  Hezbollah is allied with Assad’s forces and is fighting against ISIS. Earlier this week, Israeli forces bombed a military camp for pro-Syrian forces. There is no doubt that Israel is waging war against Syria. –GEG

Israeli strikes have hit an arms depot operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport, Syrian opposition sources told Al Jazeera. Witnesses said a total of five strikes occurred near the Damascus airport road, about 25km from the capital, early on Thursday. Syrian state TV quoted a military source saying rockets fired from Israeli territory targeted a military area in the southwestern part of the airport which caused explosions.

Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from the Turkish city of Gaziantep near Syria’s border, said opposition activists posted pictures online showing a huge fire near the area.

“We do understand that the Israelis have been carrying out strikes in the past. The last one was in January targeting the Mezze military base.

“In 2015 they also launched attacks near the capital Damascus and in the Golan Heights, killing two prominent Hezbollah commanders, including Jihad Mughniya who is the son of the top military commander of Hezbollah Imad Mughniya who was also killed in Damascus in 2008,” Ahelbarra said.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, speaking from the United States where he has been meeting US officials, told Israeli Army Radio: “I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah … Naturally, I don’t want to elaborate on this.

“The prime minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act.” Katz added. An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.

Reuters news agency, citing an intelligence source, said the depot that was targeted handles a significant amount of weapons that Tehran, a major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sends regularly by air. The source said the arms depot gets a major part of the weapons supplied to an array of Iranian backed armed groups, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands of fighters engaged in battle against Syrian rebels.

Rami Abdurrahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the blasts were heard across the capital, jolting residents awake. Activist-operated Diary of a Mortar, which reports from Damascus, said the explosions near the airport road were followed by flames rising above the area.

This is the second Israeli attack on Syria in the past week: on Sunday, Israeli forces bombed a camp for pro-government forces killed three fighters near the Golan Heights on Sunday according to AFP. Two fighters were also wounded in the attack on the Al-Fawwar camp near Quneitra in southwestern Syria, adding that it was unclear whether the damage was inflicted by an air strike or shelling.

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University of California Concealed $175 Million While Demanding More Funding, Audit Says

A recent audit revealed that the University of California concealed the existence of $175 million in funds while its leaders asked the state for additional funding. It was discovered that Janet Napolitano, former head of The Department of Homeland Security who now is in charge of the school system, overstated how much is needed to run the system.  Napolitano also paid school employees significantly more than state employees and interfered in the auditing process. –GEG

The University of California hid a stash of $175 million in secret funds while its leaders requested more money from the state, an audit released on Tuesday said.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the audit found that the secret fund ballooned due to UC Office of the President overestimating how much is needed to run the school system that includes 10 campuses in the state. Janet Napolitano, the former Department of Homeland Security chief, is in charge of the school system.

Napolitano denied the audit’s claim. She reportedly said the money was held for any unexpected expenses. Her office also denied the amount in the fund.

“The true amount is $38 million, which is roughly 10 percent of (the office’s) operating and administrative budget, a prudent and reasonable amount for unexpected expenses such as cybersecurity threat response and emerging issues like increased support for undocumented students and efforts to prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment,” her office said in a statement.

Elaine Howle, the state auditor who came up with the report, found that from 2012 to 2016 the office looked to raise more funding by inflating estimates. Howle also said that a top staff member in Napolitano’s office improperly screened confidential surveys that were sent to each campus. Howle said answers that were critical of Napolitano’s office were deleted or changed before being sent to auditors.

“I’ve never had a situation like that in my 17 years as state auditor,” Howle said. “My attorneys are looking at whether any improper government activities occurred.”

The UC Board of Regents is now hearing calls to overturn its decision to increase tuition this fall by 2.5 percent.

Howle said Napolitano also overcharged the system’s 10 campuses to fund its operations, paid its employees significantly more than state employees and interfered in the auditing process.

“Taken as a whole, these problems indicate that significant change is necessary to strengthen the public’s trust in the University of California,” Howle wrote in the report.

The audit found that over the course of four years, the UC’s central bureaucracy amassed more than $175 million in reserve funds by spending significantly less than it budgeted for and asking for increases in future funding based on its previous years’ over-estimated budgets rather than its actual expenditures.

“In effect, the Office of the President received more funds than it needed each year, and it amassed millions of dollars in reserves that it spent with little or no oversight,” the report said.

Napolitano argues the amount accounts for 10 percent of the operating and administrative budget. She called it “a modest amount for an organization our size.”

The office argued it did not need to disclose its reserves because the regents had approved the spending in previous years’ budgets. Howle said the undisclosed funds included $32 million collected from campuses that could have been spent for other purposes.

University employees and lawmakers, who requested the audit, expressed outrage over the audit’s findings.

“Today we learned that after squandering millions of public dollars on bloated management and unaccountable ‘initiatives,’ (the Office of the President) has effectively been operating a slush fund that shields hundreds of millions of public dollars from public scrutiny,” Kathryn Lybarger, president of UC’s largest employee union, said in a statement.

She criticized the office’s “skyrocketing executive pay,” a reference to the audit’s finding that the 10 executives in the office were paid a total of $3.7 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year — over $700,000 more than the combined salaries of their highest paid state employee counterparts.

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French Mayor Found Guilty of a Thought Crime For Saying Schools With 91% Muslim Students Are a “Problem”

France: Robert Menard, Mayor of Beziers and an adviser to Marine Le Pen, was fined 2,000 euros for saying there were too many Muslim children in his city’s schools because they account for 91% of the student population.  The native French population is being replaced, but it is a thought crime to speak about it.  –GEG

The Independent:

A key adviser to Marine Le Pen has been found guilty of inciting hatred against Muslims.

Robert Menard, mayor of Beziers, was fined 2,000 euros for saying there were too many Muslim children in his city’s schools.

During an interview on TV, Menard said: “In one of the classrooms in my town centre, 91 per cent of children are Muslim. Obviously this is a problem”

He had also posted a tweet comparing a school picture from the 1970s to one taken recently which he said proved the conspiracy theory of a “great replacement,” which claims Muslim immigrants are replacing the traditional French population.


It’s a “conspiracy theory” to point out documented demographic changes.

As Menard said initially after being charged: “I just described the situation in my town. It is not a value judgement, it’s a fact. It’s what I can see.”

The prosecutor said Menard had reduced children “to their religion, regardless of whether they have French nationality or do not practice”.

Menard was convicted of an “incitement to hatred and discrimination”.

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Fox News, Last Bastion of Conservative Views on TV, Is Crumbling Under Attack From Political Left and Right

Fox News, the sole remaining ‘conservative’ channel on TV, is under attack, not only from the left but from the right as well. Roger Ailes, the founder and former CEO of Fox was ousted last year over claims of sexual harassment. Bill O’Reilly was ousted last week also over allegations of sexual harassment, Sean Hannity now is under attack on similar allegations, and now a class-action suit charging racial discrimination has been filed against Fox.  Researcher Ethan Ralph reports that this is because of ‘undue influence’ from the daughters-in-law of Rupert Murdoch (the owner of Fox) who embrace the ideology of collectivism and globalism. [We are compelled to add that Murdoch, himself, has a long affinity to these ideals, as evidenced by his membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberger group. To imply that he is ‘unduly’ influenced by the women in his life misses the point completely. It is more likely that they are influenced by him.] –GEG

As I mentioned yesterday, and as you have no doubt already heard (unless you’re living under a rock), longtime cable news kingpin Bill O’Reilly was unceremoniously dumped from his primetime perch at Fox News Channel (FNC). I will say this upfront: I don’t really like Fox News all that much, besides Tucker Carlson’s show. However, they are useful as a counterweight against the extremely “progressive” mainstream media news organizations that comprise pretty much all of the TV landscape besides Fox. But  they’ve sold plenty of bad goods over the years, like the Iraq War and various other Establishment GOP boondoggles. Let’s not let them off the hook for those disasters.

Still, reports in the wake of O’Reilly’s ouster are pretty worrying if you value the balance FNC helps provide. Apparently, the wives of the ascendant sons of Rupert Murdoch, James and Lachlan, have been making moves behind the scenes. First, they succeeded in their efforts to get the guy who helmed Fox News since its inception, Roger Ailes, shitcanned last summer. Now, they’ve gotten an arguably even bigger scalp

Two powerful women quietly helped behind the scenes to bring Bill O’Reilly down.

Sarah and Kathryn Murdoch — the wives of the ousted talk show host’s young bosses — are at least partially responsible for his humiliating exit from Fox News Wednesday…

Behind the scenes, Sarah and James Murdoch’s wife, Kathryn, also pushed to sever the network’s ties to the prickly host, several sources said.

While Fox News politically leans to the right, the wives of its top executives lean to the left.

Kathryn and James Murdoch are the co-founders of the charity Quadrivium, which funds progressive causes like environmental protection, science, childhood health and equal opportunity in the workplace — issues not exactly aligned with many of Fox News’ biggest contributors.

Someone linked me to the Twitter account of Kathryn Murdoch earlier this morning, and at first, I thought this had to be a fake. How does it only have 227 followers, I asked myself. Then I went and looked at who those followers were. Two people who have written extensively about the Murdoch clan follow the account, as do bigwigs from the New York Post (a Murdoch property) and the Wall Street Journal (another Murdoch property).

 I think it’s very safe to say this is her real account.

The most troublesome thing I see here is the globalist worldview that is represented in tweet after tweet. Such as her antipathy for so-called “fake news.” She means sites like mine, ones that deviate from the elitist narrative that is preferred by the jet-setting rich who have no real home country. They consider themselves citizens of the world.

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Portland Cancels Avenue of Roses Parade Over Antifa Threat To Attack Republicans Who Planned to Participate

Portland cancelled the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade and Carnival after Antifa, a Communist group, threatened to physically attack the Multnomah County Republicans who were planning to march in the parade. Antifa said they would assemble 200 followers to carry out the threat. Instead of defending citizens’ right to hold a peaceful parade, the city council and mayor canceled the event. This sent a message to Antifa that it is OK to threaten violence if the threat comes from the left. [We can only wonder what the politicians would have done if the threats had come from the Republicans.] –GEG




Israeli Threat-Hoaxer Planted Drugs On A US State Senator And Threatened To Murder The Children Of A Pentagon Employee

su_note note_color=”#efe1a7″ text_color=”#00000″ radius=”5”]Israel: Last month the FBI discovered that hundreds of death threats against Jewish facilities in the US were perpetrated by Michael Kaydar, a 19-year old Jewish man who claims to have a brain tumor and to be autistic.  Actually, he is high-functioning entrepreneur who ran a cyber-terror supermarket on the dark web, offering services such as threatening phone calls to private homes for $40 and threatening school massacres for $80.  Kaydar threatened a former Pentagon official that he would kidnap and murder his children.  He tried to blackmail a Delaware state senator and, when the Senator refused to pay in Bitcoin, Kadar shipped drugs to him and called the police so the drugs could be discovered. Israel’s refusal to extradite Kaydar to the US (he is a dual citizen of Israel and the US) has raised suspicion that he could be involved with the Israeli Mossad. –GEG [/su_note]

Yesterday, Ynet reported on the massive business enterprise Michael Kaydar created, selling his services to buyers around the world who sought out cyber-terror attacks.  They ranged from phoning bomb threats against Delta airlines to threats to explode the heads of children at a Jewish day school.  Once he claimed there was a suicide bomber in the air.  Another time that he was an ISIS fighter with a bomb on a plane.  He threatened a plane carrying the Boston Celtics.  A threat against an El Al flight traveling from Los Angeles to Ben Gurion caused French and Swiss air force planes to scramble and intercept the Israeli passenger jet.  He personally threatened a former Pentagon official that he would kidnap and murder his children.  He attempted to extort a Delaware state senator who had disparaged his terror campaign, demanding bitcoin payment.  When none was forthcoming, he sent drugs to the man’s home and threatened to call the police to inform them that the senator was a drug-dealer.  There were 162 threats to bomb airplanes and 2,000 bomb threats overall.  In addition, he sent another 31 mail threats.

george little & michael kaydar

Former Pentagon official, George Little, whose children were threatened by Kaydar

He didn’t do this out of personal animus or mental infirmity (though his family claims otherwise).  He did it out of a good, old-fashioned motive: greed. Kaydar operated a cyber terror supermarket.  He plied his wares on dark web sites like Alpha Bay, advertising them akin to the restaurant or hair salon which lists its services and their prices for client to choose.

Kaydar had a laundry list of “services” which he offered and the prices for each type of exploit.  A threatening call to a private home would set a buyer back $40.  A call threatening a massacre at a school cost $80.  A letter threat against a school called for a discount and cost only $30.  A call to threaten to bomb an airliner cost $500.  He informed potential clients that they could devise their own threats and he would execute them for a special price.  If one of his threats didn’t lead to the evacuation of the targeted institution and summoning of police, he would return the fee to the client, considering it a failed operation.  Buyers paid in bitcoin because it was untraceable.  By the time of his arrest, he’d amassed a hefty fortune of $500,000.

Hand it to Kaydar, he mass-produced cyber-mayhem.  And all by himself.  Quite the entrepreneurial spirit of the Israeli Start-Up Nation!

Israeli media have been prohibited from naming the 18 year-old Kaydar or featuring his picture because he began his spree when he was a minor.  In fact, he likely will be tried in a juvenile court for at least some of his alleged crimes.  This could drastically reduce the amount of jail time he might expect if he’s convicted.

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Republicans Fail To Repeal Obamacare And Pass The Buck To The States

su_note note_color=”#efe1a7″ text_color=”#00000″ radius=”5”]The ‘Freedom Caucus’ that stopped Trumpcare from passing has endorsed a new plan that fails to repeal Obamacare.  It would allow the states to opt out of the federal requirement to cover pre-existing conditions and mandated services. This may look like a step forward, but the entire structure and its megalithic bureaucracy remain in place, and this opt-out feature easily can be restored in the future when public interest becomes diverted to other issues. –GEG [/su_note]

On Wednesday, the House Freedom Caucus endorsed a new version of Obamacare quasi-repeal in the House that would give states the freedom to opt out of federal insurance regulations forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions and mandated services. The states must pledge that the changes will either reduce prices or increase coverage.

“While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare,” the House Freedom Caucus said in a press release, “we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs. We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill.”

That seems to be the consensus: conservatives are willing to hold their noses and back this version of Trumpcare. Club for Growth President David McIntire said, “While we’re still short of full repeal, this latest agreement would give states the chance to opt out of some of Obamacare’s costliest regulations, opening the way to greater choice and lower insurance premiums.”

In other words, this may be the best conservatives can get.

If so, it’s not very much.

There is a basic problem with this version of Obamacare repeal: it doesn’t repeal Obamacare. It leaves regulations in place on the federal level with regard to insurance companies; the state opt-out merely puts the ball in the court of the states to opt out of Obamacare. But this reverses the federalism polarity: normally, the federal government does not get to participate in a cramdown of federal policy, giving states the option of cancelling it. Instead, the federal government does not get to occupy an area, and states have the obligation to fill it if they so choose.

Here’s why this matters: it’s actually just Congress kicking the can down the road. Now Congress doesn’t have to take the blame for killing the pre-existing conditions and mandated services provisions of Obamacare – they can blame states for doing so. They get to join with Obama in saying they cared about such issues, but those cruel state Republicans wouldn’t get on board. That’s why Congressional moderates could vote for the proposal. But how many governors are actually going to take responsibility for killing the most popular provisions of Obamacare, even if it lowers cost – particularly while the rest of the Obamacare repeal cuts the amount of Medicaid to the states, turning it into a block grant program rather than a need-based program?

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