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5 Stories Americans Missed While Fighting Over A Viral Video That Has No Effect On Their Lives

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.

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An essentially pointless video of a white Catholic teen wearing a MAGA hat staring at a Native American veteran—who approached him—was at the forefront of every major news outlet this week. The video did not show a crime or government corruption, yet it was able to draw a line through this country on a massive scale. The video is being used by both sides of the political spectrum to paint the other side as monsters. Regardless of which “side” you take, however, the society as a whole will still lose.

The video only affected two people, Nick Sandmann and Nathan Phillip, yet the entire country—quite literally at the direction of mainstream media—allowed it to affect them. The media is getting so good a cutting the country in half on random issues that there is actually a term for it. Videos and instances like this are called a “scissor.”

As Ross Douthat recently pointed out, in a short story published last October, “Sort by Controversial,” Scott Alexander imagines a Silicon Valley company that accidentally comes up with an algorithm to generate what it calls a “Scissor.” The scissor is a statement, an idea or a scenario that’s somehow perfectly calibrated to tear people apart — not just by generating disagreement, but by generating total incredulity that somebody could possibly disagree with your interpretation of the controversy, followed by escalating fury and paranoia and polarization, until the debate seems like a completely existential, win-or-perish fight.

This win or perish fight has become the go to reaction for nearly every news story. Instead of critical thought on news articles, people simply build their defenses and prepare for war—actual truth be damned.

“OMG, the MAGA hat is literally a swastika! It represents everything wrong with society!” Or, “those stupid libtards are trying to ruin this country by preventing Trump from building that wall!” Meanwhile, both sides are missing the point. Their ridiculous infighting is keeping them distracted from actual issues that affect their lives. More

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Why is it so hard to find the truth today?  It is because the mainstream media has been controlled by major corporate players for years and years.  Day by day their reports are loaded with deception which is so massive that a locomotive barreling down the track is losing steam because it can barely pull the load.  More

Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?

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The Commission did not investigate but merely sat and wrote down the story told to it by the government. Afterwards, the Commission’s chairman, co-chairman, and legal counsel wrote books in which they said that information was withheld from the Commission, that the Commission was lied to by officials of the government, and that the Commission “was set up to fail.” Despite all of this, the presstitutes still repeat the official propaganda, and there remain enough gullible Americans to prevent accountability.

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There is a great mystery afoot across our country.

According to unofficial sources its cover name is geo-engineering, and it is said to be a way of reducing global warming. But to a growing number of investigators it is blatant genocide, which could mean death to you, me, and those we love.

Its more common name is chemtrails, short for chemical trails sprayed into the atmosphere by high-flying jumbo jets. This means death to much of our plant, animal, and sea life.

Still, many people are unaware of the chemtrail phenomenon, even though dark elements of our intelligence forces have filled our skies from coast to coast for decades with deadly chemicals.

How can we expect the majority of our citizens to understand the complicated machinations of the New World Order, which are cleverly hidden within the left/right paradigm, when most of us have not even noticed the aerosoled toxins that have been turning our blue skies into a murky haze?

Without the need to be able to read or write, the evidence that the US federal government is our enemy is right before our eyes. More

Am I Really, Libertarian, Or Will I Find The Right Keyword?

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By R.F. Goggin

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I’ve never been much of a political person, generally, nor an activist of any measurable sort, but in some manner, gradually; through no conscious effort which I can attribute it to, I now believe that after my nearly fifty years of my drawing breath on this ridiculously whacked out planet, that if I had to acknowledge how I have come to lean, politically, I would call myself a Libertarian. If indeed, one’s being Libertarian, is actually being political? I most curiously do look  forward to any feedback in that regard, if anyone would care to indulge?

Not sure why, but I find it significant somehow, that if I am exposed too heavily or for too long a period of time to either right-wing or left-wing political philosophy; either by means of a television set, radio or internet connection, I invariably end-up so hopelessly frustrated and disgusted by what prospects loom before me, that I am prone to the rigors of temporary insanity.

Be it a Sean Hannity – or a Rachel Maddow, either, bi-polar, episode of one or the other, in large enough doses, manages only to turn my stomach over and yet over once again. Even a mere internet news aggregator such as Matt Drudge – is eventually capable of pissing me off royally, despite his not publishing so much as a single interesting paragraph of his own (think I can safely exclude the ghost written Drudge Manifesto, simply upon the universality of its reviews). His link titles alone, suffice. Yet, for the sake of an art that the man evidently lacks, I am nevertheless am obliged; nearly everyday of the week, to sift through the Sludge Report (couldn’t resist using a familiar tactic to him) that he compiles, for something to inspire me because I tend to write more prolifically well, when I am seeing red. Alas, I suppose, being one of this fellow’s 33 million visitors per day, I suspect my own web site story link won’t be aggregating in Drudgeville anytime soon. Unless, perhaps, its this very article, due to its merely mentioning his existence, of course, and that it just may wind up getting itself around somehow. Wish me luck, if you would, that the silly fellow chooses to Google’s himself again today. If just a 1% of this human parasite’s die-hard patrons clicked on me, I would virtually enjoy an outrageous surge of 300,000 page visits. Outlandish, isn’t it? Perhaps, Drudge, shies away from opinion writers or commentators, preferring his own outdated philosophies and his mercifully – somewhat clever (some of the time), political inferences. More

Why nobody trusts the mainstream media

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You already knew you couldn’t trust them to tell you the truth about anything, why are you tuning in?  Spin…the new buzzword to describe lying, is now taught at our colleges and unniversities.  Very little of what you hear on MSM bears any resemblance to the truth, unless of course its a celebrity birthday, crotch shot or DUI.

The Consumer Price Index Never Lies…It Just Doesn’t Include All Pertinent Data.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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I like smart people.

Most of my friends I think are, of course, smart people.

These are people from coast to coast, border to border. Now by smart I don’t mean “I chose not to join MENSA because it bores me” kind of folks, but people who hold an average job doing average things getting by with average salaries while living pretty average lives. I guess we are kinda boring and that works for us. I think in a way “we” represent a cross-section of Americans. There really isn’t a common thread among us of race, economic status, or political ideology. We have just sorta’ developed over the years into a loose circle of communicators.

So when I talk with these people, my first question over the past three years or so has been “I hear the economy is improving – what is it like where you are?”. More

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