Monday, July 13, 2015

Headlines below the fold

Oh well....not only do the Chinese hackers have my personnel file from when I was a federal employee, but now they probably have my file from when I was in the National Guard.

Information released Friday night, so it was probably a devestating leak, since most important information is released late on Fridays, when people are busy doing weekend things.

but the OPM is covering their tushes: I now have "insurance" in case they use my identity to steal money.

and ignore that Iran is getting technology to make their bomb.

 the MSM is touting the meme to destroy all Confederate symbols: a distraction from what is really important.

So now, Dukes of Hazard is banned, and Elizabeth Foley (tongue in cheek) wonders if they will dynamite Stone Mountain the same way the Taliban blew up the Buddhist statues.

StrategyPage has a long article on how The Big Lie works as propaganda.

This is actually older than this century: the diamond necklace and the lies against Marie Antoinette that was spread to inflame the populace to support the French revolution... other examples include the anti-Catholic lies of Elizabethan England that remain in American history books, the "white man's burden" that insisted that the Irish, Africans and South Asians really needed the benevolent hand of the UK/France/Netherands/Belgium to become civilized (/s) and the "black legend" against the Spanish (it was infectious disease, not massacres, that depopulated the Americas).  Or to go furthur back: don't forget Ramses the Great's win at the Battle of Kardesh: believed by historians until the Hittite archives told a different story. Of course, maybe the Hittites were also lying...

A similar "big lie" is that only evil religion (aka Christianity) was behind all of the wars of history, a lie that is now the meme on the internet.

The problem with the meme: one sided cherry picking by those who don't know history (ignore the Hittites, Darius the Great, Julius Caesar/Scipio Africanus/Trajan, most of Chinese history, the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1600, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane).

And did you read that the UN's Human Rights council passed a resolution supporting the traditional family?

The resolution notes that the family is “the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children,” and that while the State is responsible for protecting the human rights of all, “the family has the primary responsibility for the nurturing and protection of children.”
Both recent resolutions received strong opposition from states and organizations with a pro-“sexual rights” position on the basis that they might be used to “advance highly contentious family values and family-oriented policies,” according to a statement by the group Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), which exists to promote the extremely contentious notion of “sexual rights” within international institutions.

You see, in a lot of countries that don't have or can't afford a huge socialist Big Brother government, the family needs to be strengthened: as Pope Francis said:

“The family is the nearest hospital; when a family member is ill, it is in the home that they are cared for as long as possible. The family is the first school for the young, the best home for the elderly. The family constitutes the best ‘social capital’. It cannot be replaced by other institutions. It needs to be helped and strengthened.”

but that resolution didn't get a lot of publicity either in the MSM..

Silly me: I'm old enough to remember when America used to mean "mom and apple pie".

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