The CIA vs. the Law, and Carols Announcing Christmas to All
Welcome back everyone to our USA Really daily podcast for December 24—CHRISTMAS EVE! It’s here, people! So crazy. I hope you all had a great weekend and I hope you’ve got everything ready for Christmas now. Get your gifts wrapped and your turkey in the pan! And don’t forget to make your way to church tonight or tomorrow. That’s what the holiday is all about, after all. The gifts and decorations are nice, but they mean nothing without the birth of Christ. Keep that in mind!
And here’s something else for you to keep in mind: Don’t forget to check out our Global Democracy Award contest, on the theme of the US government’s interference in other states, and our Zuckerberg Wanted action where we’re looking for you to hook us up with some sweet evidence of the government being a pain in the butt and enforcing illegal censorship online, especially on social networks. Both of these items could you bring you several thousand dollars, so check them both out today!
Alright, folks, let’s get things started with a look at Saturday’s opinion piece: “Is the CIA Above the Law?” and it’s by Charles Lee Gillenwater. Gillenwater takes to task the author of an article who claimed that the Venezuelan government fleeces its people and behaves as a corrupt actor, pointing out that the assertion had no facts to back it up. And he suggests that the real reason for Venezuela’s terrible economy is actually CIA operations that have carried out an economic war there. Moreover, he writes: “While President Nicolas Maduro’s recent accusations that the U.S. is trying to over-throw the Venezuelan Government, have not been substantiated, there is precedent for CIA activities along these lines, specifically, regime change in countries which refuse to passionately embrace Western ideology and leadership.” This piece offers an in-depth analysis of American involvement in Venezuela, pulling the mask off of what we usually hear in the media. So what is the truth about the CIA’s actions there? Read the piece to find out!
And don’t forget to check out our “This Weekend in History” piece to see what happened on December 22 and 23 in US history. On December 22, 2010, Obama repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I would imagine you all know what that means, right? On December 23, 1913, the Federal Reserve Act was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. This was one of the most important economic acts ever signed, since the Federal Reserve Act created a system of private and public entities. There were to be at least eight and no more than twelve private regional Federal Reserve banks. And on December 23, 1941, the Battle of Wake Island in the Pacific Theater of WW2 came to an end. This was a loss for the Americans. The human losses were light, but strategically it was a blow.
And today we’ve got two poems for you that were submitted as part of the Global Democracy Award contest. The author here is Daniel Bruno, a native New Yorker. The first poem is called “Make America Great Again,” and I guess from the title you can guess what it’s about. It starts out: “Oh say can you see, by the dusk´s gloomy light, Where proud cities stood, the check points and blight, Of drug wars waged and generations locked up, A police state came of age but it was just a mock-up.” The second poem is “The New National Anthem of the United States of America” and it starts: “Oh say can you see, by the dawn´s early light, Our nation reborn and a country re-branded. Where once oligarchs stood and a clique ruled by might, The army rebelled and The People commanded.” Click the link for the full poems!
Then a more traditional opinion piece for today is “Heralding Christmas With Carols in Glen Rock, Pa” by Jesse Dominick. This piece is about an old Christmas tradition in a small town in Pennsylvania, where every year on midnight of Christmas Eve- Christmas, a group of carolers gathers in the center of town to go throughout the town all night singing old English Christmas carols. Hundreds of people gather to follow behind them too. This piece takes you through the whole history of this fascinating tradition that began when a small group first decided to go caroling in the burgeoning town in 1837. Of course, it was already a 400-year-old tradition from England at that time. It began with 5 men and now there’re about 50 full-fledged members of the Glen Rock Carolers. Check out this piece to learn more about the history and about the traditions carried out every year. You’ll be glad you did!
Then we’ve got our “This Day in History” piece for today. On this day in 1814, the Treaty of Ghent was signed. Now, I remember hearing about this—I’m sure I learned about it in school, but I’ll be darned if I can remember what it was. Oh, apparently it’s the treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the US and England. I guess that means the War of 1812 extended beyond 1812. Fancy that. And in 1826, America saw the Eggnog Riot. Apparently this was a riot at West Point caused by a drunken Christmas party. It actually led to the court martialing of 20 cadets and one enlisted soldier. And in 1913, the Italian Hall Disaster occurred in Calumet, Michigan. 73 men, women, and children, mostly striking mine workers and their families, were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely shouted "fire" at a crowded Christmas party. How sad!
And here’s a warning to you all: “Be aware of Merry Criminal Christmas!” Everyone knows this is a great, magical time of year, but, you know, criminals see it the same way! It’s their hot time of year—so many gifts around, so many people distracted and getting sauced, that it’s just that much easier for criminals to get away with something. So, be aware of Merry Criminal Christmas and take care!
In our next piece we break down for you the three big reasons why the middle class is leaving NYC. The city is losing 100 residents a day — with departures exceeding new arrivals. Researchers see a few reasons for this decline. First, relentless taxes lead to decades of sharp income erosion. Second is escalating living costs. And last but not least--wage reductions thanks to technological changes. New York City’s middle class comprises 48% of city residents, with median annual incomes between $30,000 and $60,000. 31% earn lower incomes, and the ranks of the rich account for 21% of New York City residents. By contrast, in the early 1970s, about 61% of New Yorkers were ensconced in the middle class; today, fewer than half are. This piece has all the stats and info you need on what exactly is going on in NYC.
Then we’ve got a real screwed up story: “Trans Football Player Prevails in Discrimination Lawsuit against Minnesota Team, League.” So basically, a dude tried out for a woman’s football league. They were going to accept him, but at some point they came across his social media page and realized he’s a dude, so they said he can’t join, cause, you know, it’s a chicks’ league. So the dude got upset: “What, are they calling me a freak?” so he sued … and WON! How absurd! Obviously a dude competing against women is going to easily dominate because men just are physically bigger and stronger. That’s just a fact … because men and women are different! Libs are hailing this as a great victory, but it’s actually a great loss for common sense and decency.
Then our last news piece for the day is another load of BS. So there was a wrestler with dreadlocks who didn’t have his hair properly covered. Obviously wrestling leagues will have rules about this—you can’t just be wrestling with Bob Marley hair. So a ref told this kid he would have to forfeit if he didn’t cut his dreads, so he cut his dreads. Now the ref has been suspended and there’s this big investigation, because, of course, to make him cut his dreads must be racist!!!!!! It couldn’t poooossibly have anything to do with hair length, rules, safety, and all that. Some Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs, whoever that is, has jumped into the fray on social media and is all kinds of ticked off about this. He’s sure the ref is a racist. What a load of crap.
That’ll do it for our news, so let’s wrap things up with a look at tomorrow’s opinion piece. It’s entitled: “US-Imposed Media Sanctions: PR Windfall or Last Days of Alternative Media Outlets?” and it’s by I. G. Chopan. It is an understatement to say that America is sanctions crazy these days. But the motivation for these is highly suspect, and if it doesn’t stop and consider what it is doing the US government will end up shooting itself in the foot. The most recent victim of sanctions is not some third world country, Iran or a competitor state. It is not even a Tin Pot dictator, as in Saudi Arabia, but USA Really - a fringe alternative media outlet alleged to be connected to Russian intelligence services and the Kremlin. Chopan is a friend of Jeffery Silverman who has written several articles on the troubles he’s faced because of writing for USA Really. Chopan shares about his own troubles over the years due to his journalistic endeavors. Sounds like shiz gets real for these guys. Then Chopan has an intriguing line: “We have reached the point my generation thought we would never reach - when Americans are just as afraid of BIG BROTHER as the residents of the worst dictatorships.” Definitely check out the rest of this super interesting piece tomorrow!
Well, my friends, that’ll do it for us for the night. I hope you all have a great Christmas Eve and a very Merry Christmas, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know!