The Nuts and Bolts of Bolton in Russia, and How Big Tech is Controlling Your Mind
Welcome one and all to our USA Really daily podcast for October 24. This is where we give you a quick rundown of the news and analyses you can find on our site today, to whet your appetite a bit. Today we’ve got plenty of John Bolton in Russia news for you, but also a smattering of some other hot topics.
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With those announcements out of the way, let’s take a look at today’s opinion piece. It’s another one from Seraphim Hanisch, the hot new author on the block: “Something funny happened on the way to the Midterms.” He opens by saying, “Something funny happened on the way to the US Congressional midterms. The emergence of the debate on actual policy appears to be taking center stage as the elections approach.” That is funny! Since when is that what matters in politics? I thought the important thing was how outraged you are and who you sleep with…? And Hanisch continues, “That debate comes down, really to just one main question: Do you, the American voter, believe your nation has a right to its own sovereignty?” I would hope everyone would say yes, and probably most people would, but if they had to actually think through the consequences of their beliefs, I think many would realize they aren’t so big on sovereignty. In other words, is it right to close the border, particularly our nation's southern border, to build and maintain the border wall and to stop illegal immigration into the United States? According to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, this is the issue of the 2018 Congressional midterm elections. And in fact, the person who made the issue stand front and center is none other than Democrat Minority House Leader, Nancy Pelosi. And anyone who has a pulse knows that immigration, the border, the wall, are hot topics today. But what’s Pelosi been doing and saying, and how’s it looking for her and her party as compared to the Republicans? Well, check out this piece for the full breakdown.
Next up: our daily “This Day in History” piece. On this day in 1871, there was a terrible tragedy in LA that saw between 17 and 20 Chinese Americans killed in Chinatown, Walt Disney testified about commie colleagues this day in 1947, and the D.C. sniper attacks, that left 17 dead and 10 wounded ended this day in 2002. Of course, we give you the stories behind the headlines, so if history is your thing, then so is this piece.
And the major news of the day is that John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Adviser, is in Russia and gave a press conference yesterday. We’ve got a few pieces on what he said, so buckle in for the ride, folks. First, “John Bolton Said He Sees No Threat to the Upcoming Midterm Elections in the United States.” Supposed Russian meddling didn’t affect the 2016 election he says, and he said the country doesn’t feel threatened with interference in the upcoming midterms, although he did warn that any interference is not worth the trouble. As for lifting sanctions put in place because of so-called meddling, well, there needs to be some talks first about efforts made, Bolton says. He also says there’s new evidence proving the meddling, so we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for that.
The next piece is pretty exciting: “Bolton Says Trump and Putin Will Meet in Paris.” It’s expected to go down just about 2.5 weeks from now, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Armistice. The details have yet to be worked out, but the meeting comes as President Trump says he's pulling the U.S. out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the Reagan-forged agreement that Bolton claims Russia is violating. These are two of the most important, if not the most important actors on the global stage today, so we can hope for big things from this meeting. Or, it could just be pleasantries. As always, we’ll have to wait and see.
And another: “Bolton Stressed the Need to Pay Attention to Iran’s Behavior in Syria and the Middle East Generally.” That was the gist of his comments here, and earlier in the day, he had a discussion with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. They talked over the Iran nuclear deal and the situation in Syria and Afghanistan, as well as the nuclear issue with the Korean Peninsula. Of course, all the details are waiting for you in this piece.
And paid protestors. You’ve probably heard of them, but are they real? Certainly there are people who deny their existence, but a new lawsuit sure seems to think they’re real. Actually, the Beverly Hills firm that pays protestors is being sued. And they don’t even hide what they do, so yeah, paid protestors are definitely real. According to the lawsuit filed by Czech investor Zdenek Bakala, Prague investment manager Pavol Krupa hired the Beverly Hills company Crowds on Demand (COD) to bring protesters to march near his home in Hilton Head, SC, and to call and send emails to the Aspen Institute and Dartmouth College, where Bakala serves on advisory boards, urging them to cut ties with him. Bakala alleges that Krupa has threatened to continue and expand the campaign unless Bakala pays him $23 million. Well, what to say? That sounds pretty messed up. Paid protestors also swarmed Washington during the whole Kavanaugh circus, which should surprise no one. Anyways, this piece brings you an in-depth look at this phenomenon, so make your way on over there for the full scoop.
And hey—if you live in Wisconsin, you can leave work to vote! I don’t know, that probably exists elsewhere, but it definitely does in Wisconsin. You get to take off for 3 hours, although its unpaid, but still—no punishment for being gone. There’s much more info to enable Wisconsin voters to make their voice heard, so especially you Wisconsinites check this one out.
And according to a recent national poll, two weeks out from the midterms, the Dems still have an edge, which is depressing news. The overall interest in voting is high this time around too. There’s been lots of high energy political thising and thating lately, and it’s got people riled up, I guess. 72% of Democrats say they have high interest in the upcoming election, versus 68% of Republican respondents. And among all registered voters, 65% have high interest — the largest for a midterm electorate dating back to 2006 in the NBC/WSJ poll. Here we break down for you which subgroups are pumped to vote and who they’re pumped to vote for, so definitely give this one a read.
Next up, we have a pretty in-depth look at how Big Tech companies, like Facebook, are influencing the elections by what stuff they allow, what they ban, what they promote, what they put first in searches, and so on. A whole big study was done, with millions of users, sending people messages about voting with or without links to their friends who have voted, to compare how much of an impact there was. In this piece we take you through the study, analyzing the results, and we tell you how Big Tech is rewriting history, grabbing the entire network, and reprogramming our minds. Sounds like sci-fi, but it’s the legit truth! Check it out!
And that migrant caravan is still coming this way, I guess, still causing trouble. Well, it looks like the internet is blowing up cause someone spotted a Star of David on a supply truck that was bringing stuff to the traveling band of invaders. Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, which sometimes turn out to be true, and here people are throwing around allegations of forced-migrant assistance being given on behalf of “our greatest ally.” But with these thousands of migrants trying to move in, where are the typically loud-mouthed Democrats? Head on over to this piece for all the details there!
Here’s something screwed up for you: A soldier in Vernon Parish, Louisiana and his alleged girlfriend were arrested after his wife’s body was found in the trunk of a car with two children in the back seat. Seriously, it reads like a horror movie, but its unfortunately real. And the guy immediately confessed. But what I want to know is, who does this, first of all, but who does this with children in the car?! People. Can. Be. So. Sick.
And a nuclear arms factory in Texas had to go on lockdown for half an hour or so. The plant is saying it was an “operational emergency,” but other reports say the local police department called in the bomb squad and a "suspect" was detained. Hmmmmm, so something’s obviously being hidden here. “Texas nuclear arms factory activates “emergency response’ due to “security event”– plant on LOCKDOWN” brings you as much as we know.
And here’s a real shocker (please note the sarcasm): CNN is taking jabs at Fox News against the background of the upcoming elections. Yah, while they’re busy finding Russians every around every turn and under every bush, they’re running their own misinformation campaign. It seems CNN is quoting Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in an advertisement that takes aim at Fox news: “This is CNN, not Fox. You have to bring facts to the conversation” Gillum says in the quote used by CNN as part of its “Facts First” campaign. The quote was pulled from Gillum`s recent debate with former Florida Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis. Of course, CNN has ratings in the toilet, and just after this came out, Gillum got caught up in a hot fresh scandal. Head on over to our piece to find out what’s going on there!
And our last piece for the day is going to blow your mind! Apparently smoking pot impairs your driving skills! Whodda thunk it? States where pot is legal have seen an increase in accidents. Friggin’ geniuses … crashes are up as much as 6% in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, compared with neighboring states that haven't legalized recreational marijuana use. Researchers estimated the frequency of collision claims per insured vehicle year, controlling for differences in other factors that could contribute to an accident, including age, location, job status, and weather, and still saw an increase. Again, how could anyone be surprised by this?! What is wrong with these people?!
Well, on that note of slight exasperation, we head out for the night. As always, thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know!