Starbucks recently caught some flak when the company stepped up its virtue marketing by publicly vowing to hire 10 000 refugees, signalling opposition to the Trump administration’s 90-day-travel-ban. With Republicans all over the country now boycotting the brand, even though Starbucks made the same vow in 2015 regarding veterans, one could say that move backfired.
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines feminism as:
1. 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2. 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
Feminism is described as an organized movement, a “political theory,” including political activity for the benefit of women’s rights and furtherance of equality. Most feminists would argue they are working to improve the lives of women. But who exactly organizes the political activity at the center of contemporary feminism, and what are the real motivations behind these groups?
When reviewing the political movement as a whole, especially in light of the recent Women’s March, one quickly finds glaring evidence that the political movement known as feminism has been hijacked by interests whose work opposes or ignores women’s rights. Continue reading “Feminism Has Been Hijacked By Outside Interests”
We’re no longer living in the 1990’s and the age of computer science major-driven startups which various entrepreneurs grew out of their garages to become transnational conglomerates. Tech groups now permeate every aspect of our lives. Their products document our day to day existence, they keep us in instant touch with each other and follow most of us around in our pockets. It’s an exciting change in humanity’s existence with potential for both great good, and great evil as well.
As these corporations have grown, however, they seem to have forgotten their initial dedication to fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and freedom of speech. Ramping up to a new level of intensity during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, the online censorship which some have argued should be an expected “price of admission” users must pay to use social media. But others do not share that view, and the numbers show it. Continue reading “Gab CCO Utsav Sanduja On Censorship, Monopolistic Abuse And Social Media’s Human Rights Potential”
Despite desperate calls for Trump’s assassination in the lead-up the Inauguration, the event went smoothly on Friday. Expectations of mass protests proved largely unfounded, as participants seemed few in number and definitively lacking in motivation. Clashes with police took place and fires were ignited, a limo was in flames at one point and shop windows in various districts of Washington D.C. were shattered. Ultimately the day was symbolized by a good Samaritan Trump supporter who extinguished the flames.
Meanwhile, anti Trump protesters were epitomized by a group of “atheist Satanists” who appeared remarkably lackadaisical as they marched in DC after the inauguration. As of the time of this writing 217 protesters had been arrested by DC police while six officers were injured by protesters. More protests including the Women's March are scheduled to take place tomorrow, which should see increased enthusiasm in mostly dispirited groups in the streets today.
Popular pro-Trump subreddit r/the_donald was also defaced later in the day when a moderator account appeared to have been hacked, altering the site's CSS to display hardcore pornography featuring animals. Although the source of the hack remains unknown at this time, it appears to related to general anger among anti-Trump elements that President Trump was safely and calmly inaugurated. The hack follows shocking media references alluding to assassination attempts.
Trump lashed out against establishment values and globalism in his inaugural address, returning to familiar aspects of his platform including border policy and smaller government. The new President’s remarks deepened the feud with legacy news organizations, which have recently created ominous comparisons between the newly elected President and JFK, openly fantasizing about hypothetical Trump assassination outcomes. One can only hope that Trump’s actions will (safely) follow through on his strident rhetoric when it comes to shaking up oligarchical Washington status quo and fighting globalist interests.
Trump highlighted the financial crisis during his inaugural comments, reminding the audience that “Washington flourished, but the factories closed. Their triumphs were not your triumphs. Their victories were not your victories…” This recalled the role of establishment politicians on both sides of the isle including John McCain and Hillary Clinton who are accused by many of representing the investment banker class as opposed to democratic constituents. McCain suspended his unsuccessful ’08 presidential run, eventually voting for the $700 billion in government bailouts of the ‘big banks.’ He was also instrumental in the release of the controversial ‘pissgate‘ dossier. Trump’s inauguration symbolized a rejection by the American people of such insiders whose financial show they represent international interests like George Soros more than American voters.
Trump’s derision of “Washington insiders” reemphasized his status as a political outsider verses an ingrained establishment. As a former Bernie supporter, this writer has unique perspective on Trump’s populism. The groundswell of support for Trump manifests similar grassroots enthusiasm Bernie Sanders enjoyed. Both candidates claimed to represent a stance for “the people” and the shrinking middle classes against a corrupt international “elite.” Both men were disparaged and dismissed by legacy media as ‘unelectable.’ Although I have deep reservations about some of Trump’s appointees and close advisors, and differ with them strongly on social issues, I interpret the outpouring of support both candidates saw in 2016 as essentially elements of the same movement. Such unprecedented support for anti-establishment political figures on both the left and the right signifies a significant overall movement in the political awareness of Americans. The United States is collectively becoming cognizant of large-scale political corruption and abuses despite elite backlash and media attempts at censorship.
The address struck against big government and corrupt political interests. Trump noted that the inauguration symbolized not just a transfer of power from one President to another, but in his words a transfer from “Washington to you, the people.” As noted by the Intercept, President Trump and the ‘shadow government’ appear to have been “at war” in the days leading up to inauguration. CNBC shockingly lectured Trump, suggesting he should take lessons from JFK; a blunt allusion to threats to the new President’s life. CIA Director Brennan ‘warned’ Trump to stop speaking on Twitter. Trump also question whether Brennan was the source of the “pissgate” story. Wikileaks entered the fray, calling the CIA a “rogue organization out of control” in a tweet containing a video by comedian Jimmy Dore on expose of the CIA during the Church Committee.
Such blatant divisions between Trump and the shadow government bodes ominously for the his first days in office. He said during his address -“What matters is not which party controls the government, but whether the government is controlled by the people.” This spoke to the concrete nature of his standpoint against a globalist power structure in real terms. Such a stance may provide reason for hope for the famously shrinking American middle class. Unprecedented community support experienced by Sanders and Trump during 2016 and an excessive establishment media backlash all serve to indicate that the newly inaugurated President Trump will (hopefully) shake up the international oligarchy strangling America and receive massive popular support in doing so.
Trump emphasized this further in his address, saying: “the elite reaped the benefits, while the people bore the cost…” I was shocked to once again to note close parallels between Trump’s statements and those of Bernie Sanders, who repeatedly expressed contempt for ‘crony capitalism’ and oligarchical corruption. Bernie Sanders also criticized international corporations who profited by sending American jobs overseas. Trump concluded his remarks with a call for unity. If Trump’s inaugural speech is any indication to go by, Washington and the establishment are going to be more shaken up after the inauguration than in the period leading up to it.
Hollywood and corporate media continue to rage at their loss of control over America as the Trump inauguration approaches. Drawn out infantile diatribes daily escalate in volume and hypocritical intensity, from Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe hypocrisy to Rosie O’Donnell’s recent statements supporting martial law.
Despite establishment success in Clinton’s defeat of Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary race, corporate media and Hollywood continue to deride any voting population disobedient to their will. Meanwhile the party line narrative becomes increasingly out of touch with reality. CNN even went as far as to incorrectly admonish viewers that reading wikileaks Podesta emails was “illegal”.
Among recent narcissistic Hollywood attempts to portray itself as victimized is the performance by Emily Stone, Michelle Williams, Andrew Garfield and Natalie Portman of a mock version of “I will survive.” The video portrays Hollywood actors as the victims of Trump’s success, never mind the democratic process. Meanwhile New York Magazine published a story in late November 2016, titled: “Natalie Portman is Jackie Kennedy, in a Dark Time for the Nation.” Comparisons between Presidential assassination and Clinton’s loss may be slightly overkill, in this writer’s opinion.
Hollywood repeatedly backs the Clinton dynasty with unified vitriol for any candidate who opposes their dear leader. This applies to left-wing competitors such as Bernie Sanders, or Trump in the general election. When Sanders raised an unprecedented $44 million from small donors during his primary run, followed by Donald Trump’s win, both sides of the political spectrum rejected an establishment candidate and narratives. Elites are simultaneously panicking in the face of such unexpected disobedience while sneering at all who oppose them.
The New York Times showed a particularly unfortunate disconnect with reality when they published predictions of Hillary’s chances at winning the Presidency to be 90% on October 18. Their unfortunate title read: “Is This Election Over?” Meanwhile Hollywood figures blatantly prostituted themselves for the Clinton campaign. Miley Cyrus went on a personal door knocking photo op, while Madonna took the joke literally and made a tongue in cheek offer to give oral sex to Hillary voters. The night before the election Lady Gaga spoke at a Clinton rally dressed in a Nazi-esque Michael Jackson jacket. Hollywood and the media establishment seemed utterly disconnected from electoral reality in the days before the election.
Madonna went so far as to release a picture of unidentified pubic hair on twitter in protest of the inauguration. I don’t think anyone has let Madonna know that media prostitution for the Clinton machine was not intended literally.
In the wake of Clinton’s loss, derision of the American voter has become unintentionally ironic as in the case of Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes tirade. She attempted to shame Trump, accusing him of “promoting violence.” Her scolding included a description of the alleged victim as: “Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”
However Streep had no such moral squeamishness in ‘03 when she led a standing ovation for child rapist Roman Polanski. Despite Polanski having fled the country to avoid prosecution for raping a minor, Streep enthusiastically and publicly applauded the abuser. Where was her concern for those in powerless and victimized positions at that point? Such straight-faced hypocrisy undercuts assertion of moral authority over Trump or his supporters. The power dynamic between with Polanski and the minor he raped would be more fittingly described in Streep’s statement: “Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.” Even the ridiculously biased Snopes had to admit that this event occurred.
Streep’s hypocrisy is overt when viewed in the context of recent media reaction to the torture of a disabled man, which was dismissed and belittled by Hollywood and news due to the victim’s political leanings. When Jordan Hill, Tesfaye Cooper, Brittany Covington, and Tanishia Covington, were charged with aggravated kidnapping, hate crime, aggravated unlawful restraint, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and residential burglary, Don Lemon said he “didn’t think it was evil” that a disabled individual was treated this way. Hollywood and the legacy media news outlets apparently find rape of children and abuse of the disabled morally unproblematic, depending on the adherence to groupthink of parties involved. Expectations of the public to obediently accept this brand of blatant hypocrisy being sold to them is downright laughable.
Hollywood hysteria reached a near boiling point when Rosie O’Donnell recently stated that she supported imposing “martial law” and a delay of the inauguration. These apparently ridiculous remarks show further an escalation in Hollywood’s desperate, narcissistic attempts to regain literal political control over the American people. Going so far as to advocate authoritarianism and the literal overthrow of American democracy shows only the latest chapter in Hollywood’s attempts to force their will on the public and prevent Trump’s inauguration.