Worth the time just to watch wacko Alex Jones talk for five minutes. Guy is electric --
The Trump transition has been an interesting to follow. Rumors are rampant and it's fun to watch people (myself included) get worked up in a tizzy about who may or may not get top level government posts. While the process is still far from over, there is one person who we know will have the ear of the President-Elect on a daily basis. That person is Steve Bannon.
Included this in a memo last year, but is especially poignant now --
Income inequality, globalization, the proliferation of technology are all things that have contributed to the divide felt by many in America. Economic opportunity has moved to the major cities, leaving the middle of the country behind. With this divide comes resentment, felt by both sides. Until there becomes a greater understanding that resentment will continue to fester.
Rodrigo Duterte has made the most of his short time as President of the Philippines. He's told President Obama to "go to hell", while also enacting a violent drug war within his own country. Vigilantes run through the streets killing drug dealers and users without regard. The death toll has reached over 3,000 since Duterte took power and doesn't look to have an end in sight.
If you're a foreign policy nut, you'll enjoy this interview with the polarizing Henry Kissinger.
Facebook's Fake News Problem
The emergence of viral fake news, by all sides, has become a serious issue. Consider these two facts -- more than half of Americans get their news from Facebook, and more than half of Americans are not intelligent. That's not a great combination given the profileration of fake news on Facebook. Sprinkle a little distrust of the media, and America has a lethal combo that may or may not have gotten Trump elected.