Brexit: Corbyn’s Cakeism; Norway Rejects “Norway”

7 December 2018 — Naked Capitalism

Due to competing duties, we’ll be brief on Brexit today. The newspapers are consumed with whether Theresa May will be forced to put off the vote on her Brexit deal due to the likely margin of rejection being so high as to make her continuation as Prime Minister untenable. I doubt the mechanism for an exit next week (if her bill is rejected roundly as anticipated) would be a vote of no confidence; the DUP said it would support May if her bill failed and the Tories are highly unlikely to run the risk of a general election, although the “no confidence” timetable allows 14 calendar days to find a new PM. Even the fabulously stubborn May might accept her ministers telling her she had to resign if she lost by a 100 vote margin.

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Why Sherlock Holmes was never considered a conspiracy theorist (and alternative media shouldn’t be either) By Robert Bridge

7 December 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

It is difficult to understand how the Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle remains so popular today with his adventures of the world’s most famous detective when any critical thinking that contradicts the status quo is dismissed out of hand as the ranting of a lunatic.

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Jacques Ellul: A Prophet for Our Tech-Saturated Times By Andrew Nikiforuk

7 December 2018 — Counter Currents

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By now you have probably read about the so-called “tech backlash.” Facebook and other social media have undermined what’s left of the illusion of democracy, while smartphones damage young brains and erode the nature of discourse in the family. Meanwhile computers and other gadgets have diminished our attention spans along with our ever-failing connection to reality.

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A Public Service Internet for Europe?

7 December 2018 — Media Reform Coalition

By Professor Angela Phillips (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The French Government announced in October that the National Assembly and Army Ministry would no longer be relying on American digital companies for Internet search.  They are in future going to be using the French and German developed Quant search system which doesn’t track its users’ personal data and doesn’t therefore expose users to the misuse of personal data for advertising or propaganda purposes.

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Black Agenda Report 7 December 2018: If There’s Hell Below, BAR Obituary George HW Bush; All US Presidents Are War Criminals; Mueller, Manafort and Assange

7 December 2018 — Black Agenda Report

If There’s A Hell Below, That’s Where He’ll Go: The BAR Obituary on George H.W. Bush 

– Bruce A. Dixon , BAR managing editor
George H.W. Bush, the 41st US president was the son of a 20th centyury slavemaster, a blue-blooded war criminal, and possibly a CIA officer since the early 1960s. He was part of a team. Not ours.

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Kiev Regime – A Western Frankenstein Creation

7 December 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Russian President Vladimir Putin put it succinctly when he recently warned that prospects for peace in Ukraine were negligible as long as the current authorities in Kiev remain in power. Worse, given a new rash of provocations by the Kiev regime, the entire region is being threatened with conflict, and even all-out war.

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