It’s a matter of trust: rogue institutions, self protection, integrity

Institutions gone rogue By Richard W. Rahn – “Many government organizations hide scandalous behavior behind noble causes.”

Domestic and international government institutions and agencies are created on the premise that they will make things better for the people. But all too often, those who lead these institutions and agencies drift away from the core mission or become corrupted. When they do so, they undermine faith in civil society.

Government institutions become particularly dangerous when they have police powers or sufficient funds that they can spend to threaten or intimidate critics.
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Citizens rely on law enforcement agencies to be competent, honest and impartial. Yet, Americans are faced with a situation where the previous two U.S. attorneys general — Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — as well as former FBI Director James Comey and current Internal Revenue Service Director John Koskinen, all apparently were not truthful while under oath.
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A number of international institutions have also gone rogue with dangerous implications for both economic growth and civil liberties around the world.
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Part of the solution is to shrink the size of the rogue institutions while requiring greater transparency and accountability.

An example of the self protection behavior is Maryland attorney general seeks to derail probe into Hillary Clinton’s lawyers By Stephen Dinan – “He said it was unfair to David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson.”

The commission changed its rules after Mr. Clevenger filed his grievance, apparently to head off any future attempts, and Mr. Frosh, the attorney general, now says the new rules apply retroactively, since it was only a procedural and not substantive change.
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“Normally, when an attorney is accused of misconduct, bar prosecutors order that attorney to respond to the complaint in writing and then share a copy of the response with the person who filed the complaint. If Maryland had followed its normal procedures, Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers would have to choose between answering the complaint or asserting their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination,” he said.

The Trump collusion with Russia effort is an example of frivolous as it has yielded no evidence of its thesis. Clinton is an entirely different manner and her ability to slide has been due to a lot of people who have put themselves into an awkward position to assist her defense.

How the liberal leanings of Google, Facebook shape the political landscape By Jeff Mordock – “Algorithms have become a modern-day Cronkite deciding what news reaches the eyes and ears of many Americans.” The problem here is that blaming a company or its methods is an escape. The real issue belongs with the citizen who needs to know enough about history and civics to put perceptions in context and needs to deploy an appropriate skepticism and discernment in his acceptance of information.

Robert Epstein tried a simple experiment in the run-up to the presidential election: running searches on Google and Yahoo for political topics.
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Those algorithms have become the modern-day Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow, deciding what news reaches the eyes and ears of Americans in an increasingly Google-Facebook-Twitter media environment.
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The companies have denied the claims. They insist the algorithms are designed to capture the most-read news stories across the political spectrum. A computer program cannot distinguish between liberal and conservative, they say.
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Patents suggest search engines may be increasingly tailoring results to the individual’s history, promoting websites or story themes the searcher seems to select the most.
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“If 70 percent of the news media is liberal, you can expect there to be some unequal results to come from a search engine,” Mr. Diakopoulos said.
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“When accused of a liberal bias, these companies say, ‘It’s not us; it’s the algorithm,” he said. “That is so hilarious because they programmed the algorithm.”

“What Google and Facebook lost with a Trump victory is cronyism,” Mr. Motley said.
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Although Mr. Trump’s Twitter account gets the most attention, his campaign said it was Facebook that helped them win the presidential election.
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“The social media companies will engage in full-scale censorship with the approval or rejection of advertising content in the next presidential election,” he said. “Trump’s advertising will be critiqued in a way that they will not do to the Democrats.”

Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford Press Conference: U.S. Troop Deaths and Niger Mission… by sundance – the ambush and killing of four green berets has become a political issue. Here is some background.

Several years ago we wrote about how those massive stores of former terror armament looted from the Gadhaffi caches was going to be a major -yet unreported- story. We’re not talking about a few pounds of yellow-cake, or a few Man-Pads. No, we’re talking about 20,000+ shoulder fired SAAMs, Stinger Missiles, hundreds of Man-Pads and thousands of canisters of mustard gas and serin componentry.
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For almost six full years EVERY ACTION in the region was about strategic retrieval of the “stuff” from the Libyan garage sale. The garage sale President Obama and Hillary Clinton put up the signs for.

Irony – Rep Frederica Wilson Wrote Legislation Demanding DoD Policy That Framed Lethal Mission of Sgt. Johnson… by sundance.

Representative Frederica Wilson, a devoted member of the professional grievance club, has been at the epicenter of a story surrounding the death of Sergeant La David Johnson in Niger ever since Wilson politicized the bereavement call of President Trump, and the bereavement of Sgt. Johnson’s widow, her constituent, Myeshia Johnson.

Representative Johnson has also claimed she was unaware of why we are carrying out military engagements in Niger, and has called the mission “President Trump’s Benghazi“.

Given that level of expressed outrage it might surprise people to know that it was Representative Frederica Wilson who personally constructed H.R. 3383 / S.1632, joint House and Senate legislation that directs the State Department and Dept of Defense to execute military missions in Niger.

CNN face plant trying to troll Trump By Thomas Lifson – “Evidently, the lack of self-awareness at CNN has reached a critical stage, leading the cable news pioneer to embarrass itself while trying to put down President Trump.”

No doubt, the “fake news” label applied to CNN by Trump really stings. But by adopting a tone of Olympian infallibility as a reporter of facts, while by implication looking down on Trump, the 30-second promotional video CNN tweeted out yesterday enters the realm of self-satire
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Condescension as a communications strategy is rarely useful, and when dealing with a mass audience, always a mistake.
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We’re not talking about Candy Crowley arguing with Mitt Romney … We’re not even talking about transparently partisan reporters like Jim Sciutto or Jim Acosta. We’re talking about CNN political analysts like Julian Zelizer
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We’re talking about CNN host Chris Cuomo, who, in addition to his hopeless bias, regularly offers factually impaired assertions on every media platform available to him.
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When people are laughing at you, it is impossible to be taken seriously. Trump Derangement Syndrome has struck CNN and is taking a terrible toll.

President Trump Is Right: The Media Escape Accountability by Shaun Mccutcheon – “President Trump recently made headlines for another necessary critique of the left-leaning mainstream media.”

Democrats immediately cried out in outrage. … Meanwhile, the liberal media predictably played victim.
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They all face an inconvenient truth: Donald Trump is right. The liberal media continue to escape any semblance of accountability, as a handful of left-wing media CEOs control the prevailing narrative and spread their biased message to the rest of the country. Cable news networks like CNN operate under the guise of objectivity, only to flood the airwaves with falsehoods about the Trump administration for political purposes.
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Politically involved Americans are strictly regulated, but biased media personalities can hide behind the veil of objectivity while engaging in blatant political advocacy.
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The emergence of right-leaning websites like the Daily Caller, Independent Journal Review, and Washington Free Beacon provides Americans with more news sources than ever before. Not only do these new alternatives challenge left-leaning reporting with more factual narratives, but they also hold the long-standing media monopoly accountable to the American people.

If Americans detect bias in a news story, they’ll just go somewhere else for their information.

Democrats’ George W. Bush Nostalgia Smacks of Political Opportunism By Scott Jennings

This newfound Bush nostalgia smacks not of legitimate respect but of political opportunism, the latest harbinger of the rising tribalism plaguing American politics. How shallow must your political beliefs be if you are willing to tout the words of a man you used to think was a stupid racist war criminal who should be in jail?
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The flippancy with which Democrats treat their political rhetoric is astounding. Yesterday’s war criminals, invalids, tax cheats and murderers are today’s indispensable statesmen, not because of their principles and decency but because Democrats lost an election and still can’t figure out why.
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But don’t hold your breath waiting for them to own or understand it. People as lost and empty as today’s Democrats wouldn’t know shame or regret if Trump Tower landed on their head.

Trump voters are not animals to be studied by elitists on ‘safari’ by Matthew Walther – “Since last November, we have had any number of scientifically minded visitors.”

It’s not clear to me what any of these sojourners hoped to find. Why President Trump won the election? The antidote to “fake news”? The secret to political success? The first thing anyone who talks to Americans who are not part of the bicoastal political allegiance industrial complex finds is that neither of our major parties, in theory or in practice, is representative of most people’s views or aspirations. Trump’s America contains multitudes.
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The problem with the Third Way was not that voters rejected its policies. No one even knew what they were. What voters objected to was its existence, the vision it was created to perpetuate of governance as a cold technocratic exercise in meta-calculation in which they were each variables meant to respond with a crudely mechanical regularity to a certain number of proposed affordable inducements.
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This was not because voters are irresponsible or childish or too stupid to know what’s good for them. It is because they are know all too well that they are human and would appreciate not being treated otherwise.
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People in the “real” America aren’t opposed to jobs programs or improvements to the Affordable Care Act. They’re opposed to treating these things like the more or less viable conclusion of painstaking data analysis rather than the dictates of justice or the fruit of common sense.

“So these two millennials are getting ready to sacrifice a goat…” By Jazz Shaw – “when we have more than half of people in their twenties thinking that astrology is an actual science, something has clearly gone wrong.”

Ten Psychological Tactics for Avoiding Climate Science Accountability by Duncan Smith – “Ten psychological tactics for avoiding accountability and how to address them” by Kelly O’Donnell (PhyD). According to the article, here are the “tactical tricks” … it appears that there are psychologists observing behavior in these interesting times. The O’Donnell post at CHS Alliance is a good introduction to cognitive dissonance. Besides the list of tactics, there are suggestions for avoiding falling into their trap.

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