Why tech billionaires are trying to create a new California city by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Good to see that the billionaire city is getting more coverage. The issue here is that the rich have essentially the ability to dictate our urban policies.

Jan Sramek, a 37-year-old Czech-born, former Goldman Sachs trader-turned-aspiring city-builder, is trying to convince the public that the project isn't just an oasis for billionaires or some high-tech city of the future. His vision: turn all this farmland into a walkable city in the mold of Savannah, Philadelphia, or New York City's West Village.

Some super rich individual should not be dictating urban land use policies.

Almost 2 months after it destroyed Baltimore’s Key Bridge, the Dali cargo ship has been moved and docked. Here’s what’s next | CNN by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Given how long this whole ship moving has taken, I think in many ways, this is a sign of the US in decline.

A Deep State Failure | Larry Johnson on how badly Boeing has messed up by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Whatever and whoever makes up the so-called ‘Deep State’ is controversial. What is clear, however, is that it has failed to handle the Boeing case properly. It should have paid more attention to the experts and critics who had been pointing out the deficiencies at Boeing for many years. The Deep State should have been doing serious research into why the institutional system in the US has been so defective and has been producing results contrary to the national interest. It boggles the mind to think that the US can expect to issue rules for setting and controlling the world order and can apply those rules to some 200 countries, while being unable to manage a single aircraft manufacturing company within its own borders.

The irony of this situation is that the Deep State is its own worst enemy. If they had built competently built aircraft, this would not have happened. Boeing put greed over all else.

Bullshit Blowback | The latest crisis in Georgia is an example of Western "elites" building echo chambers feeding them their own delusions by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Instead of rationality, they display a consistent pattern of being delusional with hubris, constantly overestimating their own standing and capacities, mistaking their wishes for reality, and, in general, misreading the global room we call humanity. Clearly, a complete theory of this epidemic of Western “elite” delusion is beyond a short essay. There is no doubt that is has something to do with having had it too easy for too long while wielding too much power far too easily: Hegemonitis, as some observers have aptly called this syndrome.

I think that the Western elites have become drunk with their delusions, especially after the end off the Cold War.

But what even the critics of such dishonest and self-defeating strategies do not pay enough attention to is another effect: The prancing Western politicos high on their latest “color revolution” trip (a historic city center preferably in winter, after dark, or well-fumigated by the smell of burning tires and a touch of tear gas; enthusiastic crowds who don’t know any better, wrapped in mass-distributed EU flags; a speech giving you that “Kennedy in West Berlin” high; a brave march when you know you would never be touched by the police because that would be a scandal – you know the drill…) are not merely annoying. Unbeknownst to them, they are also very symptomatic. For having its own bullshit about its own “value”-“garden” superiority echoed back to it by those too inexperienced or dependent to know better is one way in which the West has made itself so very, very stupid.

The reality is that the US doesn't care about the Georgians - what they really care about is trying to get a puppet in Tiblisi to open up a second front against the Russians because Ukraine is losing badly. The reality is if there is a coup regime and it goes to war, it will lose badly to the Russians - far worse than 2008. The US is merely using the Georgians.

Trillion dollar war: How Europe struggles to fund the Ukraine War | Governments face increased borrowing, taxes and public sector cuts to finance their soaring military budgets. European NATO members are set to spend a record $380 billion on defense this year — a tough sell to voters. by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Leftist political parties in several countries have led calls for peace between Russia and Ukraine and have stoked the debate over whether the new military spending could be better spent on health care or social programs.

That's why the left is being persecuted by the ruling elite.

I think that after this conflict is over, we are going to learn that the Western world spent far more than is commonly revealed on a losing war with Russia.

The 3 Scenarios Facing Assange | On Monday, Julian Assange’s fate may be determined by the High Court: it could allow his extradition, grant him an appeal or even free him, reports Cathy Vogan. by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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It's obvious that the US is trying to intimidate the would be leakers of the future by persecuting Assange in this s manner. If he goes to the US, I'm sure he will face torture.

Your Margin and Your Life by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Even if you do not agree with 100% of the new economics that are being proposed, I'd recommend supporting this simply because they are challenging the establishment.

China Builds World's First Dedicated Drone Carrier - Naval News by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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It sounds like the US Navy is worried.

One of the consequences of the US falling behind on technology and manufacturing, it will be harder for the US to maintain leadership (ex: the first nation to do xxx military or technological feat).

In Red Sea, US Navy paying the price of shipbuilding failures | The Littoral Combat Ship was designed with the current crisis in mind, instead it turned into a boondoggle. Here's why. by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Ships built with shareholder profit in mind rather than any higher sense of purpose are always going to have these issues.

‘My whole library is wiped out’: what it means to own movies and TV in the age of streaming services by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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It's an Orwellian nightmare in the West.

INTEL Roundtable w/ Johnson & McGovern: Weekly Wrap Up for May 17 by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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It's obvious that the US is like fish flailing about on land.

Note the discussion about China.

PRO PALESTIBE DOG! A dog decided to rather bite a riot cop, than the pro Palestine protesters in Amsterdam. by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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On the lighter side of things, but still funny to watch.

I Don’t Want To Spend My One Wild And Precious Life Dealing With Google’s AI Search - Aftermath by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Seems like Google is getting worse. This is no doubt an attempt to boost profit.

‘This Weaponization Is Meant to Shift Focus Away From Gaza’: CounterSpin interview with Sam on Students for Justice in Palestine by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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This is first and foremost about Gaza. It’s about the genocide, it’s about Palestine. It’s not about standing with Columbia students. They have repeatedly asked: Don’t center them; center Gaza. And, basically, we reject the university system as the arbiter of our futures, the arbiter of right and wrong. And we’re going to make our own learning spaces until they listen to us and stop investing our tuition dollars in genocide.

Naturally the mainstream media is desperately trying to draw attention to the students and away from the Israelis.

When AI helps you code, who owns the finished product? | It's not settled law. And it's going to mean trouble by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Somehow I have the feel that the courts will rule in favor of the rich owning everything.

Russian Forces Captures Nine Villages in New Offensive, As Kiev's Troops Crumble w/ Andrei Martyanov by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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What's shocking is how incompetent the Western ruling class has been, as Andrei has noted.

This war has been screwup after screwup. Now it's starting to fall apart.

US lags behind Russia in electronic warfare – ex-Pentagon official | A retired general has reportedly warned that Washington is being outclassed in jamming technology by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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This war is going to expose a lot of Western military equipment as overpriced and overrated.

‘My whole library is wiped out’: what it means to own movies and TV in the age of streaming services by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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That's the danger of not truly "owning" your movies or software.

Pepe Escobar’s New Book | The Russia–Iran–China search for a new global security order by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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At the UN Security Council, China now openly questions not only the state terror attack on the Nord Streams but also the US–Israel combo’s blocking of Palestinian statehood. Moreover, Beijing, just like Moscow recently, hosts Palestine’s political factions together in a conference aiming to unify their positions.

Everyone knows the US destroyed Nordstream.

As for the US decision to block Palestinian statehood, that's something indefensible.

Putin's new administration & the Security Council of Russia by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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There are certainly some changes, but I think that overall, not much is going to change in terms of the outcome of the conflict. The West is heading to defeat.

Canada’s Secret Is Out: Growth Is Dead by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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I suspect that this is true throughout the Western world.

Sharma identifies Canada as one of several “breakdown nations,” along with Chile, Germany, South Africa, and Thailand. These are nations that have experienced sharp declines in real per capita income growth and a decrease in their share of global gross domestic product.

So long as these nations embrace the neoliberal model, it's over.

In blow to Canadian mining companies, Ecuador rejects international arbitration | Investor-state dispute settlements allow foreign investors to sue governments for policies that could weaken their profitability by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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In a victory for the country’s social movements, 65 percent of voters rejected a return to international arbitration.

Since 2008, Ecuador has spurned investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, a provision that allows companies to sue countries for alleged violations of trade agreements. In practice, this means companies can take states to court if their profits are put at risk by government policies.

Obviously when informed, people will overwhelmingly reject ISDS because it's rigged against the taxpayers of that nation.

UK government must address domestic institutional disinvestment | UK banks, asset managers and individuals see better returns from dumping UK stocks and investing elsewhere, but the impact eventually becomes ruinous. (Don't cry for shareholders, but rather the real economy investment decline) by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Keep in mind that a lot of this crying is because of the UK shareholders not making as much money as they could - no sympathy for them.

The real issue is the fall in the real economy. Fewer new capital investments, less research, job creation, and lower productivity.

Today, We Remember Striking Workers in Occupied Europe | On this day in 1941, workers in Belgium launched one of the first strikes in Nazi-ruled Europe. Tens of thousands of strikers risked dire repression to stand up against poverty wages — and showed the working class’s determination to resist... by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Keep in mind that Nazi Germany wasn't just awful because of how they waged war, but also the people they occupied that weren't targeted for genocide would still have been treated poorly.

Today, despite the obvious importance of the Strike of the 100,000, it is largely unrecognized in Belgium and unknown abroad. There are no major commemorations or monuments acknowledging this historic event. Victory in Europe Day on May 8 is no longer a national holiday in Belgium, a status it enjoyed until 1978.

I have no doubt that the capitalists deliberately suppressed this memory to be an inspiration for other future labor actions.

Steve Albini, the Facilitator | Steve Albini, who has died aged 61, was one of the most uncompromising figures to ever defend art against its corruption by market forces, and for musicians to be considered as workers who deserved the full fruits of their labour. by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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RIP Steve - there's a case to be made that art has been exploited by the capitalists.

As with so many prolific, working artists who die, mourning the person includes mourning the work that is left unmade. With Albini, who helped bring so many other people’s art to life, it hurts that bit more. Among the many tributes from collaborators, Low’s Alan Sparhawk tweeted, ‘He INCLUDED us/you in his brilliance. What a gift’ His generosity will be deeply missed.

I wonder if he had lived longer what might have been.

Yemen’s strategic escalation into the Mediterranean | Ansarallah’s maritime operations against Israeli-linked shipping just expanded into the Mediterranean Sea, the Eurasian waterway NATO has long considered its own domain, home to Israel’s oil and gas platforms, and the site of Washington’s new... by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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What's sad is that Ansar Allah, or the Houthis are the only real support the Arabic world has provided for the Palestinians.

Far from being a mere political and military backwater, Yemen has demonstrated far-reaching military capabilities and impressive strategic planning that has confounded the world’s greatest naval powers. Sanaa’s formidable maneuvers in West Asian maritime zones have catapulted it to the forefront of the region’s Axis of Resistance as the member most capable of influencing global maritime security and regional stability.

NATO if anything has proven itself to be a rather weak force, having been unable to beat Ansar Allah.

Why Technocratic Elites Aren’t Trusted (Sam Altman Edition) by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Sam Altman and his ilk are part of the problem. They are trying to maximize their net worth.

Fake Offensives, Dud Treaties and Prospective Coups by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Russian authorities, meanwhile, are reported or rumored (as discussed in his broadcast today by Alexander Mercouris) to be issuing arrest warrants for senior Ukrainian politicians and officials, including Zelenskiy, for war crimes. If true this is possibly intended to reduce the perceived legitimacy of the Zelenskiy regime and provides further confirmation that Russia will not negotiate with the existing regime - which will very soon be completely illegal (it has been illegal since the US-instigated coup of 2014). Zelenskiy’s recent dismissal of Zaluzhniy from the Ukrainian armed forces (on the grounds of ill health), removing his entitlement to give orders, may suggest that Zaluzhniy may be involved, or is seen to be involved, in a coup attempt against Zelenskiy in the wake of the supposed uncovering of an assassination plot involving two Ukrainian colonels.

I think that it is obvious that the Russians are increasing the pressure on the Ukrainians.

Jeffrey Sachs: There Is No Shortcut to Peace | Endgame #175 (Luminaries) by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Jeff Sachs may not be well regarded in Russia, but he seems to be a consistent voice for the future.

Record Revenues From the Sales of Weapons by the USA, Poland Among Top Buyers. by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Poland is going to ruin itself financially by buying US weapons - the reality is that the Poles should seek peace with Russia and a rapprochement.

Baby boomers are losing their life savings to phone scammers claiming to provide tech support, authorities say by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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It's clear that as the US declines, these scams are going to be more and more common.

Perhaps due to their age and wealth and (I know this is a bit of a stereotype), lack of tecfh skills, the Baby Boomers are vulnerable.

UAW workers establish ‘Union Village’ as hundreds rally for Rafah on Sproul by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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It's obvious that unions are good for not just negotiating a better workplace or higher pay for workers, but also for being politically active.

The Roots of U.S. Corruption in Ukraine – Interview with Andriy Derkach by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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We cannot consider the political situation in Ukraine in isolation from the ‘external management’ by the US deep state, the Democratic Party, and the business that Poroshenko built together with the Democratic Party on the territory of Ukraine. It is no secret that after the coup (actually it was an unconstitutional voting mechanism) the United States, namely (Victoria) Nuland, appointed Poroshenko as President of Ukraine. Next, the spheres of influence were divided. You know that Biden started to be in charge of Ukraine together with Nuland, and what happened next is called privatization of positions, and privatization of management. What is that? Poroshenko placed in charge of the National Bank of Ukraine Gontareva his partner in the financial business. He also started to control the credit and financial resources. Nuland put her friend Jaresko as finance minister and began to control financial flows and the aid allocated to Ukraine by the international community and the United States. It turned out to be a symbiosis of politics and business (influence peddling and excessive earnings). And, what is important here, the spheres of influence were divided. Joe Biden got Naftogaz, and (Amos) Hochstein, his favorite advisor, became chairman of the supervisory board – with a crazy salary. I don’t think any state-level manager in the United States received the kind of salary that Hochstein and his appointees on the Naftogaz supervisory board received for implementing a corrupt “reverse gas” scheme, funneling Russian gas back into Ukraine from Europe, bringing in an additional 500 million euros a year in extra profit.

That's why the US is so deep in Ukraine. They are making money off of this whole corruption.

Ukraine SitRep: Eating The Seed Corn - Intervention Threats And Responses by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Yep, same. They also underestimated the Russian reaction once they realized that the Western world was trying to seeixe the Russian natural resources and break up their nation.

Russia Remembers, The United States Forgets [This is a reference to Victory Day in Europe when the USSR played the leading role of defeating Germany in WW2] by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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https://archive.ph/LDAxo or if archive is slow, https://web.archive.org/web/20240510054401/https://sonar21.com/russia-remembers-the-united-states-forgets/

The failure of the vast majority of Americans to commemorate May 9 will, I fear, come back to haunt us. If we do not find a way to live in peace with Russia, China or Iran, Americans are not likely to have the good fortune to avoid massive casualties. I hope I am wrong.

It's more that the US ruling elites have chosen war over peace. Ordinary people have no decision making power.

Boeing whistleblower says he was pressured to hide defects by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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This sort of culture of trying to silence staff seems to be widespread at Boeing.

Keep in mind that the danger is that some of these could be fatal flaws in the design of aircraft.

England’s rivers to remain in poor state as EU laws ignored post-Brexit, says watchdog | Government’s failure to match EU measures to improve condition of rivers, lakes and oceans called ‘deeply concerning’ by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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You can debate whether or not the UK was right to vote for Brexit, but one thing is for certain, the UK has executed everything post-Brexit in a very incompetent manner.

Are the West and Ukraine Going to Send Putin an Inauguration “gift”? by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Essentially the West and Ukraine, having lost the conventional war, are resorting to terrorism, as the Crocus City Hall Attacks indicate.

The problem for them is that these attacks tend to harden Russian opinion.

Ukraine SitRep: Eating The Seed Corn - Intervention Threats And Responses by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Yep - the issue is the neocons did something truly dumb - take on Russia rather than a weaker power and now they are getting hammered.

The Evolution Of Revolution by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Action and reaction are, in many ways, the eternal law. Causality. Only White Empire would impose such massive violence on a population and then call them terrorists. This is the Resistance they designed in many ways. It evolved in response to imperial predation. Empire asks why the Resistance isn't secular, after killing or couping the socialists or communists. They ask why they're not non-violent, after shooting the unarmed March of Return in the knees. They ask why there isn't peace in the Middle East, while being the warring party. They ask why the Resistance is seemingly everywhere, without even the dimmest sense of everything.

It's all falling apart now due to their own greed.

The revolution is slowly happening.

War of Attrition vs War of Manoeuvre by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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The bottom-line is simple — the United States and NATO are not equipped, organized or trained to fight a peer force like Russia or China in a war of attrition. One of the biggest short-comings are the costly, fragile weapons that account for NATO’s supposedly premier means for pursuing a war. Take the F-35 joint fighter. This is a boondoggle and a turkey, but it has made Lockheed Martin shareholders wealthy. Matt Gaetz dissected the problems with the F-35 while grilling U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin:

Pretty much the US is weak, but pretending to be tough.

The United States excels at producing very expensive weapons — e.g., $13 billion aircraft carriers and $10 million Abrams tanks, which require 8 hours of maintenance for every hour of combat operations. Yet, these weapons systems are very vulnerable to inexpensive countermeasures, such as a drone or artillery shell disabling the Abrams tank.

The limits of U.S. military power, especially with respect to aircraft carriers, is on display right now in the Red Sea. Tiny, backwards Yemen has thwarted a U.S. and NATO combined operation to open the sea-lanes and shut down Yemen’s missile threat to commercial ships. After almost six months of Operation Prosperity Guardian, Yemen is still attacking ships.

Yep. After the current conflict, the limits of American military power are going to be apparent.

The rise of Sweden's super rich (This level of inequality is very bad) by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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I've been very reluctant to link the BBC, as I see them as the UK's propaganda outfit. Nonetheless, the Swedish rise of the really rich is a very bad thing. It's not the egalitarian society it was and no model for the left.

US woos estranged NATO ally Turkey - Indian Punchline by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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From last month, but still relevant - what can the US offer to the Turkish people these days? They clearly seem to think that Turkiye is theirs to command.

Barclays increases investment in Israeli arms firms: Report | According to reports, Barclays invested $2.4 billion in Israeli arms firms despite shareholder pressure to divest by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Behind all of the talk of social responsibility and all of that corporate propaganda, the big banks are really about making as much money as they can no matter what the human cost.

Speaker Mike Johnson Received a $95,000 Payment From Lobby Group Shortly After Passage of $14.5B Military Aid Package Late Last Year by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Yeah there's a lot of dirt that is behind closed doors we need sunlight on.

Ukraine SitRep: Eating The Seed Corn - Intervention Threats And Responses by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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Yep Colin Powell was an example, and he was forced to lie for Bush for that. But he opposed war unless there was no alternative.

Interview with Congressional candidate Dennis Kucinich on the genocide in Gaza and the corruption of the two party system. | Chris Hedges by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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https://archive.ph/SaGfT

Evidently, the "Real News" is nothing more than a "fake news" outfit of the Establishment that doesn't tolerate dissent from people like Hedges and Kucinich.

Gareth Fearn | Liberalism without Accountability by RandomCollection in WayOfTheBern

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https://web.archive.org/web/20240506204949/https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2024/may/liberalism-without-accountability

Feels like we have the worst of both worlds - claims of being liberal, but really authoritarian.