Globalization Devastates Western Towns & Values as Elites Benefit

The cult of multiculturalism is a paradox.

The West that birthed globalization is now in an open revolt over its own offspring, from here in Eastern Europe to southern Ohio.

About half of the population in Europe and the United States seems to want to go back to the world that existed before the 1980s, when local communities had more control of their own destinies and traditions.

The Czech Republic, to take one example, joined the European Union in 2004. But it has not yet adopted the euro and cannot decide whether the EU is wisely preventing wars of the past from being repeated or is recklessly strangling freedom in the manner of the old Soviet Union — or both.

In places devastated by globalization — such as southern Michigan or Roubaix, France – underemployed youth in their mid 20s often live at home in prolonged adolescence without much hope of enjoying the pre-globalized lifestyles of their parents.

Eastern Europeans are now discovering those globalized trade-offs that are so common in Western Europe, as they watch rates of marriage, home ownership, and child-rearing decline.

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Melania Trump’s $51,500 Coat Reminds Us We Live in an Oligarchy

Look upon it and despair.

I don’t know about you, but most of the time I can hum along on my daily routine without being crushed by the sheer unfairness and brutality of the world. We all live on a spectrum between children born in a war zone and people who get Instagram famous because of their gross displays of wealth, but thinking about it too much makes existence unbearable, and ultimately leads to a shattering sense of a life unfulfilled.

So my advice is to not let your gaze linger on the jacket Melania Trump was wearing at the G-7 summit in Italy this week. It costs $51,500, and if you want to buy one just like it, you have to make a $25,750 deposit, only it’s not available right now and also you can’t afford it because who can? Not the workers at Ivanka Trump’s Chinese clothing factory, who reportedly get paid around $60 a week. Not Americans making the federal minimum wage, who earn around $15,000 a year if they only have one full-time job (they probably have to have more than one in order to survive). Not you, unless you are fabulously wealthy, in which case congrats.

oligarchy – a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes
Donald Trump was said to have been a billionaire and likely lost hundreds of millions running for President. They have the means & lived THAT lifestyle. How much were Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits & designer jackets? How much did the Clintons earn AFTER Bill left office AND WHILE Hillary was SoS?!? Lastly, is the Clinton (Foundation) Global Initiative still active? NO!

‘Saturday Night Live’ And Stephen Colbert May Be Further Dividing Americans

Late-night TV probably isn’t changing any minds.

Six months after Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, it feels as if America has never been more obsessed with late-night political comedy.

A willingness to wade ever deeper into political waters has been widely credited for ratings success: Stephen Colbert beat out former late-night king Jimmy Fallon, a happily apolitical host, in total viewers this season largely by attacking the president. Meanwhile, Season 42 of “Saturday Night Live” enjoyed a 23-year ratings highwith Melissa McCarthy’s role as Sean Spicer, Kate McKinnon’s turn as Kellyanne Conway and Alec Baldwin’s spot-on Trump.

But as biting as it can be, the humor of “SNL” and “The Late Show” probably isn’t changing any minds.

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7 Tips For Moving From College Into The Professional World

What new college graduates really need is practical guidance on how to transition to the professional world. So here is some.

Tis the season of pomp, protests, platitudes, and, unfortunately, when commencement speakers “just can’t help themselves,” politics.

But what new college graduates really need is practical guidance on how to transition to the professional world. Here are seven tips (and a postscript for women) for now, or to pull out later when that first day of work nears for you, a younger friend, or family member.

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Vermont DMV Caught Using Illegal Facial Recognition Program

Local, state, and federal law enforcement were allowed to search DMV photo database, documents show

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has been caught using facial recognition software — despite a state law preventing it.

Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont describe such a program, which uses software to compare the DMV’s database of names and driver’s license photos with information with state and federal law enforcement. Vermont state law, however, specifically states that “The Department of Motor Vehicles shall not implement any procedures or processes… that involve the use of biometric identifiers.”

The program, the ACLU says, invites state and federal agencies to submit photographs of persons of interest to the Vermont DMV, which it compares against its database of some 2.6 million photos and shares potential matches. Since 2012, the agency has run at least 126 such searches on behalf of local police, the State Department, FBI, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

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Aleppo Reporter Exposes White Helmets, West For Working With al-Qaeda; Debunks “Assad’s Brutality”

As more and more evidence reveals the terroristic nature of the White Helmets and the fact that the groups is nothing more than a wing of al-Qaeda/Nusra, the facts surrounding the terrorist support group seem to be snowballing. After in-depth research by Vanessa Beeley of 21st Century Wire and The Wall Will Fall seriously damaged the credibility of White Helmets-based propaganda, Beeley herself was able to travel to Syria and document evidence that the White Helmets were indeed working with al-Nusra and al-Qaeda.

Now, independent journalist Khaled Iskef, who is based in Aleppo, has followed up on Beeley’s work by releasing a series of reports of his own detailing the information he obtained as a result of analyzing the contents of files, documents, and papers left over in the East Aleppo White Helmets headquarters which, notably, was located directly next to the Nusra headquarters.

In the series of reports included below, Iskef reveals through the documents he obtained (footage is constantly rolling in the background showing the documents, graffiti, and buildings he is discussing) that the White Helmets were specifically trained by Qatar in Turkey. Like Vanessa Beeley’s report, Iskef also shows on camera the fact that the White Helmets headquarters contained not only their own logo but also the logo of ISIS.

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Black College Leader: Trump A Step Up From Obama

Blacks didn’t fare so well under America’s first black* president.

“Sadly — and it pains me to say this — over the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major economic category,” liberal black broadcaster Tavis Smiley said in 2016.

During Obama’s tenure, black Americans below the poverty line rose to 26%; real median income dropped; food-stamp recipients soared 58%; home ownership dropped down 9%, National Reviewreported.

Still, many black leaders praise Barack Obama for his efforts to advance the lives of African Americans. But not Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University in New Orleans, a historically black school. Kimbrough says leaders of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) “are noticing that Trump is a step up from Obama,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

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