What’s Scarier: White Supremacists or the NYC Subway?
Welcome, welcome, welcome to our USA Really daily podcast for November 15. You’ve come to the right spot to fill your lil’ noggins with all the latest newsy goodness that you’ve been craving. We’ve got it all for you today—politics, fraud, subways, hate crimes, and yes, even children’s toys. So strap yourselves in and get ready!
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Well, as always, let’s start things off with a look at today’s opinion pieces. First up, we have “Why South Korea and Other Economic Powers Begged Washington for Sanction Waivers to Buy Iranian Oil” by Alexander Azadgan. He writes: “It is outrageous that a powerful country like South Korea, the world’s 11th largest economy, had to ask and in fact beg for a waiver to conduct business with the world’s 4th largest oil and natural gas producer, Iran… The spirit of the neo-liberal economic order was fundamentally designed and intended to avoid such unilateral bullying and economic and political mafia diplomacy, a noticeable forte of President Trump, and instead create a somewhat functioning international community of nations. Of course, this is far from reality where only 10 to 20 powerful nations get to dictate and bully others in a social Darwinistic and law of the jungle manner. This does NOT constitute a true “international community”. Far from it, it is a farce!” Well, that’s some mighty big words! Check out this piece today to see how Azadgan backs them up!
Our second piece comes to you from Seraphim Hanisch—it’s Part III of his series on America at the Midterms. In the first two parts he reported on the mindsets of a number of people across the United States, revealing a great lack of ideological thought with regards to the election, though some of the mainstream media and cultural influences were evident in some people’s responses. One common element was that the point of view primarily concerned local matters more than national matters. While there were many such viewpoints expressed, there are those among the general populace in the United States that do take the long view. Thus, in this part, Hanisch brings you the in-depth thoughts of an 80-year-old priest in Florida who used to be involved in politics down there. They cover Nancy Pelosi, Jim Acosta, the wall, the caravan, and so much more! Check it out FO SHO!
And let’s do that history thang! In today’s “This Day in History” piece we take a look at the beginning of Sherman’s march to the sea in the Civil War in 1864, the death of Harry Turner, a pro football player who died from injuries sustained playing in 1914, and the establishment of NBC radio waaay back in 1926. Head on over to the piece for all the details on these important events.
And let’s kick the news off with one to get you enraged (or, at least, it SHOULD get you enraged): “Man in MAGA hat assaulted in downtown Tucson.” Yup, you heard/read correctly. Of course, is that really a surprise at all? NO. Jonathan Sparks was just walking around downtown, supporting his favorite pres, and BAM! Some wanker nails him from behind, giving him an ankle broken in four places and a day in the hospital. Luckily some other people helped him out and even held his attacker down until police could show up and arrest him for assault. So that’s some icing on this turd cake.
And, in another piece that isn’t all that shocking: The NYC subway is a dirty, dangerous place. A recent NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation study showed that it is even more dangerous for women to be in the MTA than men because they are at risk of being robbed, harassed, or insulted. The respondents were about 52% female, including cis, trans and female-presenting. Of the respondents, 76% identified as white, 7.7% as Asian or Asian-American, 7.1% as Hispanic or Latino, and 3.3% as black or African-American. According to the results, 75% of female respondents had experienced harassment or theft while using public transportation, mostly on subway trains, compared to 47% of male respondents. But, on the bright side, the MTA authorities previously said that they will soon completely change the metro system, making it more convenient and safer for people.
And here’s something to depress you: Hate crimes went up 17% in 2017 the FBI says. That’s quite a bit for one year. The number of bias-motivated incidents submitted to the FBI increased from 6,121 in 2016 to 7,175 in 2017. 59.6% of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ race/ethnicity/ancestry bias; 20.6% were targeted because of sexual-orientation bias; 1.9% were targeted because of gender identity bias; 0.6% were targeted because of gender bias. This is all very sad. All I can say is I’m glad I grew up in such a family and culture where I can’t even understand these kinds of crimes. Who the heck attacks someone because they’re Jewish or black or whatever? It’s frickin’ stupid.
And continuing our Voting problems, fraud, scandals plague polling places across America series, get ready for California. To start off with, we just recently reported about the same person casting four ballots. Ridonkulous. Polling places ran out of English and Spanish-language ballots. One white dude had to vote on a Chinese ballot. One girl had to go around to like three separate polling places to find one that could finally accommodate her. Candidates’ names were left off ballots. All-in-all, it was a disorganized crap fest over there, although it’s starting to sound like this happens just about everywhere.
Next up: “White Supremacist who called synagogue shooting a “dry run” arrested on illegal gun charges.” While, in general I think Antifa are just a bunch of useless thugs, here’s a case where it sounds like they did some good, digging up dirt on legit white supremacists who were definitely planning some kind of massacre. And Jeffrey Clark — the 30-year-old man federal agents arrested in DC on Friday after he said the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims “deserved exactly what happened to them and so much worse” and his relatives worried he might try to launch a race war — wasn’t shy about being a neo-Nazi. He posted about it online a good bit, and especially after his brother committed suicide not long before the synagogue attack, he really ramped up his hateful rhetoric and his family became really worried and went to the authorities about him, and THANK GOD they did!
This next one is hilarious. Some company has come out with a lego-like toy in a product line called “Maga,” with the toy/game being “Build the Wall.” There’s 100 wall pieces and a Trump figure with a MAGA hard hat. Come on, that’s just funny.
Then here’s something pretty freaky—coincidence or conspiracy—we’ll leave that up to you, but apparently, the California wildfires map lines up with the proposed high speed rail in California. Does it look suspicious? Who benefits from this? Can it be beneficial for Democrats to push for "urban renewal" zones as a way of breaking the resistance of holdout landowners? Could it be beneficial to those who control this project to obtain a better prize? We’re not making any conclusions, but we couldn’t ignore the at-least coincidence. Check it out to see what you think.
And, unfortunately, three people have lost their lives in a truck collision in Kansas. According to the crash log of the highway patrol, a semi driven by Gary Allan Heald, 55, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, was westbound on US-54 when it crossed the center line and collided with the other semi, driven by Justin Wise, 38, a resident of Arkansas City. Cheryl Marie Thoma, 56, also of Fergus Falls, was a passenger in the semi driven by Heald. The passengers allegedly were not wearing their seatbelts, to their detriment. As there is no proper medical facility in Wellsford, the victims were taken to Western Plains Hospital in Dodge City, where they died shortly after. Lord have mercy!
And let’s close out the news with part 6 of Voting problems, fraud, scandals plague polling places across America, this time looking at Colorado. At 8:28 p.m. on November 6th, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office released its latest breakdown of the voter turnout, showing an unprecedented result: Unaffiliated voters had turned in more ballots than Democratic or Republican voters. Unaffiliateds make up the largest bloc of active voters. The surge of unaffiliated voters in the midterm election is a startling development that will have repercussions for both parties. Also there’s stuff about judges who get bad ratings who somehow keep getting re-elected. Methinks the voters need more info? Maybe just maybe.
Alright yins, let’s close this thing with a look at tomorrow’s opinion piece from Jeffrey Silverman: “Why is BIG Brother/US Intelligence Community "Scared" of Sites like “USA Really” and Veterans Today?” He kicks it off with a bang: What in the hell is going on; why are such websites in the crossfire these days? Honestly USA Really's articles are not that interesting or threatening, rather humdrum at best, at least at first impression. However, the way they are written appeals to average Americans; they are not written over their heads in Orwellian Doublespeak--'it's a beautiful thing, the destruction of language.” But apparently that is the problem. I suspect that is what has the American establishment, i.e., security agencies, and the like, so very upset. The powers in the US are threatened by anything that tells it like it is, easy to understand, and does not come from the corporate-controlled and US-government manipulated corporate media (MSM). Is this just a beacon of what’s to come? Check out Silverman’s piece tomorrow to find out!
Alrighty kiddos, let’s pack it in for the night. Thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know.