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Trump Killed the TPP? Bullshit

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Cenk Uygur praised Trump for “killing” the TPP Monday. He kept citing a New York Times article during his video.

May 2012

Folks are all a tither about Donald Trump signing an executive order yesterday saying the US is no longer ready to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership (or TPP) with 11 other nations in the Asia Pacific and Mexico. This is supposedly some sign that Trump is going to keep at least some of his campaign promises and stand with the workers of this country.

Bullshit.

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British Supreme Court Says Corrupt British Parliament Must Vote on Brexit Start

by Scott Creighton

The British Supreme Court has ruled that the Brexit vote held last year, June 2016, which simply asked “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” was essentially meaningless other than serving as a sort of massive opinion poll. According to them by an 8 to 3 count, the United Kingdom cannot leave the European Union without a vote in Parliament first. In fact, the ruling says Theresa May cannot even begin talks with the EU about Britain’s exit without a vote.

Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The judgement means Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing – although this is expected to happen in time for the government’s 31 March deadline.

But the court ruled the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say.

Brexit Secretary David Davis will make a statement to MPs later on Tuesday.

During the Supreme Court hearing, campaigners argued that denying the UK Parliament a vote was undemocratic.” BBC

The British parliament is about as corrupt as the American congress. Maybe more so. I don’t know how anything could be more corrupt, but I guess it’s possible. What’s interesting is the fact that their Supreme Court decided that taking the will of the people and acting upon that would be “undemocratic”

It’s an interesting definition of the term they use I suppose. Perhaps it’s something akin to all those “democracies” we install, promote and prop-up in other countries across the globe.

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Fascism vs Neoliberalism w/ Chris Hedges

Trump pledges to cut taxes and regulation ‘massively’ (for Big Business)

from Politico

President Donald Trump told business leaders visiting the White House on Monday that he will cut taxes and regulation “massively,” while urging them to make their products in the United States.

“We are going to be cutting taxes massively both for the middle class and for companies — and that’s massively,” he told the executives gathered in the Roosevelt Room.

The tax rate for companies, Trump suggested, should go down to 15 or 20 percent. And his administration thinks “we can cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe more,” he said, arguing that existing regulations on businesses are cumbersome and unnecessary.

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Appearance of military officers during Trump’s inaugural address still unexplained

(If you watch the USA Today video you can clearly see Trump turn to former president Obama and thank him for the graceful transition right as the doors behind him open and the soldiers come down the steps. They have no umbrellas in their hands. After getting new orders from anther officer, they turn, disorganized, and walk away. Turning their backs on the new president as they left.)

by Jerry White, WSWS

A strange and disturbing sequence took place behind President Donald Trump as he delivered his inaugural address Friday, which has gone virtually without comment in the news media.

Early in his address, ten military officers walked up and stood behind the president so they would prominently appear with Trump in the camera shots beamed across the US and the world. After 45 seconds, a Marine officer prompts the sailors and soldiers to leave, and they walk away.

The unusual incident prompted two comments during the New York Times live blog of the address. Jon Meacham, a presidential historian and the current executive editor at publisher Random House wrote, “The military guard behind him seems unusual; am I right?”

Maggie Haberman, the New York Times White House correspondent, responded, “Yes, and they have dispersed, but was it because it was raining?”

Meacham is presumably a well-informed commentator on inaugural protocol, having written a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Andrew Jackson in 2009 and a 2012 biography of Thomas Jefferson. However, the Times, the Washington Post and other major dailies and news networks never commented on the event further. The only mention of it was in the celebrity gossip web site TMZ and in the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom.

The innocent explanation about protecting the president and his guests from the light drizzle does not seem credible. While the first Air Force officer comes down with an umbrella in hand at 1:00 into the speech, the other officers who appear 16 seconds later have nothing in their hands. What happens next was not seen by most viewers because most networks cut away from Trump to view former President Obama nod approvingly as Trump praises Barack and Michelle Obama for “their gracious aid during this transition.”

However, a more distant camera shot available on the web site of USA Today provides more detail. At one minute and 16 seconds into the speech, Trump turns around, at which point two marine sentries behind him open the doors of the west side of the capitol building to allow the group of 10 officers to walk down the steps to stand directly behind Trump.

The group, consisting of mostly junior officers along with captains and higher-ranking officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, appeared just as Trump was saying, “Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another—but we are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the American People.”

“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.”

At that point, the Marine officer tells the officers to disperse.

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Instant Astroturfer Classics: Alex Jones Flubs, Stumbles, Drinks and Rants at Trump Inauguration (and dances with 5 Israelis… hmmm)

by Scott Creighton

“IF YOU CANT TELL, THIS IS ALL AN ACT. ITS SCHTICK. THAT’S WHY I ACT ALL CRAZY AND SHIT FLAILING MY ARMS.. ITS AN ACT… I NEED MONEY!… YOU WANT SOME BEER?”

Di$info Jone$ was feeling it at the Trump inauguration and the marches this past weekend. It was his moment to shine and shine he did.

At one instance, Di$info found himself surrounded by a massive crowd of about 20 people, so he cut loose with his trademark “bull in a commie China shop” routine. He was flexing his flabby arms, making the “crazy with AmeriLOVE” face and ad-libbing like no one else can… I tell ya he was in the zone and feeling it boys… until, tragedy struck.

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OOPS

Yeah, it was Donald Trump who came up with “crooked Hillary”… or so the story goes. Sometimes it’s good to have a script or at least something planned. That way you don’t fuck up and call your new neoliberal hero an idiot in front of a bunch of his supporters. Watch his face right after he says it. Watch him try to win back the crowd. It’s funny.

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CNN CAUGHT Reporting Fake News On Russian Hack