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D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy, by John W. Whitehead

Here are the ABCs of tyranny, from John W. Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; a culture-death is a clear possibility.” — Professor Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Discourse in the Age of Show Business

What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.

Played out on the national stage and eagerly broadcast to a captive audience by media sponsors, this farcical exercise in political theater can, at times, seem riveting, life-changing and suspenseful, even for those who know better.

Week after week, the script changes (Donald Trump’s Tweets, Congress’ hearings on Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the military’s endless war drums, the ever-widening field of candidates for the 2020 presidential race, etc.) with each new script following on the heels of the last, never any let-up, never any relief from the constant melodrama.

The players come and go, the protagonists and antagonists trade places, and the audience members are quick to forget past mistakes and move on to the next spectacle.

All the while, a different kind of drama is unfolding in the dark backstage, hidden from view by the heavy curtain, the elaborate stage sets, colored lights and parading actors.

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Seattle is Dying, by KOMO News

This is an intrepid look at the drug abuse and homelessness that’s killing Seattle. It could have been filmed in any number of once great US cities. From KOMO in Seattle:

Don’t Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs, by John W. Whitehead

Police are shooting a lot of dogs, many of which are harmless. From John W. Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“In too much of policing today, officer safety has become the highest priority. It trumps the rights and safety of suspects. It trumps the rights and safety of bystanders. It’s so important, in fact, that an officer’s subjective fear of a minor wound from a dog bite is enough to justify using potentially lethal force, in this case at the expense of a 4-year-old girl. And this isn’t the first time. In January, an Iowa cop shot and killed a woman by mistake while trying to kill her dog. Other cops have shot other kidsother bystanderstheir partnerstheir supervisors and even themselves while firing their guns at a dog. That mind-set is then, of course, all the more problematic when it comes to using force against people.”—Journalist Radley Balko

The absurd cruelties of the American police state keep reaching newer heights.

Consider that if you kill a police dog, you could face a longer prison sentence than if you’d murdered someone or abused a child.

If a cop kills your dog, however, there will be little to no consequences for that officer.

Not even a slap on the wrist.

In this, as in so many instances of official misconduct by government officials, the courts have ruled that the cops have qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that incentivizes government officials to engage in lawless behavior without fear of repercussions.

This is the heartless, heartbreaking, hypocritical injustice that passes for law and order in America today.

It is estimated that a dog is shot by a police officer “every 98 minutes.”

The Department of Justice estimates that at least 25 dogs are killed by police every day.

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Why The ‘Blue Vests’ Movement Could Bring Protests In France To A Whole New Level, by Richard Enos

As demonstrations, protests, riots, and outright revolutions become more common throughout the West, a crucial question arises. Which way do the praetorians, the police and military, go? From Richard Enos at collective-evolution.com:

  • The Facts:A protest about working conditions and pay on the part of police officers in France dubbed the ‘Blue Vest’ protests adds a new wrinkle of complexity to where the Yellow Vests movement may go.
  • Reflect On:What would be the consequence of a collective awakening to higher truth on the part of a country’s law enforcement officials?

As the motives and mandate of the Yellow Vests movement come more clearly into focus, and the sense of power and potential within individual citizens continues to rise, not only in France but in other countries as well, another development occurring alongside the protests has the potential to take things to a whole new level:

Police in France have repeatedly warned about fatigue and frustration seeping into the ranks in recent years and it appears the month-long and often violent yellow vest protests has pushed them over the edge.

They have already warned the government that they are at breaking point and on Wednesday they will launch their own protest movement, which has earned them the title “les gilets bleus”  – the blue vests, after the protective body gear that they wear.–France’s The Local

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Government now wants to seize your car for going 5 MPH over the limit, by Simon Black

Civil asset forfeiture easily ranks in the top 10 list of government scams, although there’s plenty of competition. From sovereignman.com:

We’ve discussed this on and off for several years now. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the government to seize assets and cash from citizens without any due process or judicial oversight.

You don’t even have to be charged with a crime. You are assumed guilty unless you can somehow prove your innocence.

Of course, not everyone has this ability… if you aren’t local, state, or federal law enforcement, this is called stealing, and you go to prison.

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But the government is actually a bigger problem than common thieves.

A 2015 report showed that law enforcement used civil asset forfeiture to steal more from US residents than every thief, robber, and burglar in America combined.

About $4.5 BILLION worth of cash, cars, homes, and other property is taken by civil asset forfeiture each year — hundreds of millions more than common criminals steal.

And it happens at every level. Your local cop can use civil asset forfeiture just like your state trooper. And then any one of the armed agents of the US government—from the FBI to the Fish and Wildlife Service—can rob you for whatever reason they want.

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UK: Terror Investigations an “Inconvenience”? by Judith Bergman

British authorities are more concerned about hurting Muslims’ feelings than they are about investigating Islamic acts of terror. From Judith Bergman at gatestoneinstitute.com:

  • If you do not even dare to link terrorism to its source, then surely neither can you prepare for it.
  • No one seems to be holding roundtable talks with non-Muslim communities across the UK to address their legitimate fears and concerns about religiously-motivated terrorism on their lives.
  • Perhaps the main reason that terror victims had nowhere to turn is that even after years of living with Islamic terrorism, British authorities and public services still appear to be more concerned with dealing with perceived “Islamophobia” than with the real, devastating consequences of terrorism.
Pictured: A police officer stands guard near the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017, following a suicide bombing by Salman Abedi, who murdered 22 concert-goers. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images

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You’re a Little Whitey, Aren’t Ya? by Porter

You know the left has gone over the deep end when white males are demonizing white males…because they’re white males. From Porter at kakistocracyblog.com:

Diversity destroys diversity. This is as axiomatic as it is meticulously unmentioned. To state the obvious, turning every unique human genetic profile on Earth into an indistinguishable mustard-brown hybrid is hardly the work of an honest diversity enthusiast. But maybe if they’re all wearing Nikes while listening to rap on an iPhone the fine distinctions will come more into focus.

The truth is human diversity resides in abundance even where there is no “diversity.” Diversity exists between separate but similar nations, as well as those nations that should be separate if God weren’t so mischievous.

Consider one obvious example: Southern conservatives and north corner leftists. That these two disparate groups share the same polity is surely the work of providence that feels affection for neither. Yet visibly they are very similar creatures. But so are king and coral snakes. And who can really say which you’d rather have share your bed sheets.

The point being that non-diverse populations can be very diverse indeed. Portland, Oregon is one of those highly diverse places. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in that city; most of it pining for Mogadishu.

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