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As ‘Wayne’s World’ turns 25, I talk to director Penelope Spheeris who reflects on the iconic box office comedy that took $183.1 million worldwide.
These people are unbelievably tone deaf — insulated in their word of fetishes and drugs and all of the worst elements of mankind. Here is neo-liberal Chris Cuomo from CNN, in an interview with Michael Smerconish on Sirius XM yesterday, telling his listeners that saying ‘fake news’ to a journalist is the same, mind you, as calling a black person the ‘N word’ or derogatory term to an Italian (if alive, his father would smack him in the face with a meatball hero).
Nevermind the fact that the ‘N word’ is rooted in hatred for a group of people for nothing other than the color of their skin. Juxtapose that against the term ‘fake news’, used against corrupt journalists and organizations using their platforms to deceive people, purposely, for political/social justard means, and one could make an indelible argument that Mr. Chris Cuomo is, in fact, a fucking moron.
Let’s not forget his infamous foray into the Wikileaks dilemma this summer, telling viewers that it was, in fact, illegal to view the Wikileaks — that they should reserve such a privilege to the professionals in the media.
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See the luxe hotel’s transformation and read some anecdotes about former US President Obama’s stays in Kuala Lumpur.
As protests continue to break out all around the nation over President Donald Trump’s desire to scrap Obamacare, Politico reported Tuesday that many politicians are beginning to worry about their own personal safety — to the point where some are having private sessions to discuss the matter.
Citing sources who were in the room, Politico writes:
“House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staffs from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare.”
Some of the suggestions, the news outlet reports, include “having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor at congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office-door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos.”
While protests are popping up all over, the Republicans’ private session was no doubt prompted by events that happened over the weekend. While speaking before a raucous crowd in Roseville, California, Representative Tom McClintock had to be escorted from the stage and away from the event by local police officers.
McClintock, who held town hall meetings during the politically volatile days of both the Tea Party and Occupy movements, told The Hill he’s never seen anything like it:
“This was something very different. After an hour, the incident commander for the Roseville Police Department advised us the situation was deteriorating and felt it necessary to get me out of the venue. That’s never happened before.”
This sentiment appeared to be echoed at Tuesday’s closed-door session. Commenting on the meeting, Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker of North Carolina stated:
“The message was: One, be careful for security purposes. Watch your back. And two, be receptive. Honor the First Amendment, engage, be friendly, be nice. Because it is toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.”
Sources told Politico that the potential for violence is serious enough, in fact, that the House sergeant-at-arms has asked congressional offices to report any threat. That office is also passing out manuals on best practices to keep staffers safe.
Ironically, the backlash over the possible repeal of Obamacare that Republicans are facing now is similar to the backlash faced by Democrats years back as they were trying to force Obamacare into law.
“It’s not that you run from protesters,” Representative David Reichert of Washington said during an interview after the meeting, “but if someone presents some sort of physical threat or are espousing a verbal threat that could lead to a physical threat, if you feel that you’re in danger and your staff is in danger, call 911 and leave and go out the back door.”
In other words…run. Call the cops and run.
Ask any economist or trader over drinks, or in any other setting, what they think about Chinese economic data or financial reporting and the answer will be one and the same: it’s all fake.
And it’s not just skeptical outsiders who share this view: China has made it all too easy for anyone to be convinced, with reports such as this one “China Threatens Its Economists And Analysts To Only Write Bullish Reports, Or Else“, and, of course “Chinese Province Admits It Fabricated Economic Data For Three Years.” Apparently, China is also a master when it comes to deadpan humor and/or self-referential irony – or is merely galactically obtuse – because on Thursday China’s Vice Premier, Zhang Gaoli, warned that economic statistics “must not be fabricated” and that those caught manipulating data should be punished and face consequences in their careers.
According to Xinhua, the central government requires authentic and reliable economic data to set policy, and China should have a traceable system to punish those found responsible for faking statistics, Zhang said Wednesday during a visit to the National Bureau of Statistics, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Zhang also encouraged local authorities and other agencies to better coordinate their work and enact statistical reforms.
It gets better.
Following the recent humiliation when in January it was revealed that Liaoning province had faked its fiscal revenue and other statistics from 2011 to 2014, the government was humiliated, not so much that Chinese data was fabricated data – everyone knew that was the case long ago – but that it was caught. And since the genie was officially out of the bottle, Beijing had no choice but to show a bold facade and signal that China’s leaders are “attaching greater importance to data accuracy”, to demonstrate to the world just how serious it is in cracking down against data manipulators.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported last month that the central government has planned steps that will “improve” the independence of data collection and reduce the influence of local governments. In other words, Beijing is trying to scapegoat provinces and regional governments, for engaging in what it itself does.
And since the data rigging will not end for the economy which always comes within 0.1% – and usually just above – of the “consensus” GDP number, we wonder if the Chinese government will be as quick to “punish” its own members once more data manipulation cases are exposed following the crackdown on “regionally” fabricated data. We doubt it.
The family of Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is bidding for the Miami Marlins. Previous efforts connected to Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney to buy the team have failed.