Feminism flouts the Separation of Powers


The popular brief definition of democracy is along the lines of “the right to vote”. However, universal adult suffrage by itself doesn’t amount to much. Any shit hole could give everyone the vote and then blithely carry on as a tin pot dictatorship. The antithesis of dictatorship is not the right to vote, but the Westminster system: the rule of law, parliamentary supremacy, and the separation of powers.

The real greatness of the Westminster system is was in the separation of powers. The powers are the Executive, the Judiciary, and the Legislature. Notice that I crossed out “is” there and replaced it with the past tense. The UK, the birthplace of the Westminster system, is now heading towards a Police State.

A police state is a government that exercises power arbitrarily through the police force. Most police states have never known anything else. They have the excuse of ignorance, I suppose, but the UK has no excuse at all. After developing the Westminster system and practicing it for centuries, the UK is now flouting the separation of the powers.

We can see evidence for this in the website of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which is an arm of the Judiciary (a.k.a. the judicial system or court system) in the UK. The CPS is exercising power arbitrarily through the police.  The CPS’s initial reasons for these measures were hate crimes against people with disabilities, but let us be under no illusions as to their long goal:

 

The policing of speech and expression.

(The quotes below are all taken from the CPS website. Emphasis is all mine, as are the inserted comments in red)

Informants (secret informants as I will explain below) will inform the police of hate crimes. The police will inform the CPS. The CPS, not the police, will decide whether there should be a charge. Their definition of hate crime did not come out of the Legislature or legal precedent. The police and the CPS decided it themselves:

“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person’s disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”

Note “motivated”. The crime is in your head. Worse, it is the informant’s perception of what’s in your head. The wheels of the State start to turn against you from the moment an informant decides to inform on you.

Ideology will own this power:

Disability… race… religion (viz Islam)… sexual orientation… transgender… all these are the darlings of feminists and libtards. The CPS will be an agency for ideological enforcement.

For evidence of this, see the “legal guidance” section of their website, and “flagging” of hate crimes on Compass CMS. It is not CPS policy to remove a flag even if the court acquits you of a hate crime. “This in part reflects the commitment to treat hate crime seriously and to support the victim’s perception and also to encourage community confidence in reporting all such offending.”

On the strength of someone’s subjective perception, your file is entered into a police/CPS hate crime database and it remains there, regardless of your innocence.

As we should all know by now, any disagreement with the leftist / feminist mindset is perceived as hate. The CPS’s arbitrary definition of “hate crime” is broad enough to accommodate these perceptions.

 

Conviction rate for “hate crime”

As at October 2014, the CPS prosecuted 79.3% of the cases referred to it by the police. Almost 85% of prosecutions (66% of referrals) resulted in a conviction. Now, in 2017, the official goal is to increase both referrals and conviction rates.

 

Citizens to be secret informants against other citizens:

“Victims and witnesses” are encouraged to be informants for the state. The CPS bends over backwards to make it easy to be an informant:

“If you do have to go to court and give evidence, we will ask you what help you need…”

Actually, you don’t even have to go to court:

“Special measures include, but are not limited to **:

  • screens/curtains in the court room so the witness does not have to see the defendant [and the defendant cannot see the witness – level 1 of secrecy for the informant];
  • a live video link allowing the witness to give evidence away from the courtroom. This could be from a separate room within the court, or from a dedicated live link site outside the court building [level 2 of secrecy for the informant];
  • evidence given in private, through a professional intermediary or using communication aids [level 3 of secrecy].
  • ** [You can bet your bottom dollar the name of the informant will usually be suppressed]

The UK no longer has an independent Judiciary

The Judiciary, via the CPS, is exercising police and administrative functions. “The principle of ‘Judicial Independence’ states that if the judiciary starts exercising administrative functions then its independence will be negated. An independent Judiciary… is an integral part of protecting and implementing the rule of law.”

 

Who are the culprits for this huge step backwards?

All western countries have compromised their separation of powers. In Commonwealth countries the Executives have often used Orders in Council signed by Governors General as a way to bypass the Legislature. In the USA there was the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter, which in effect was an arbitrary law complete with the threat of financial penalty on the universities that failed to comply.

The culprits are the usual control freaks: feminists, SJWs, marxists and libtards. The separation of the powers is incompatible with any autocracy, but feminism in particular hates the patriarchy and all its creations. The Westminster system and separation of the powers are anathema to feminism for no better reason than that.

We ain’t seen nothing yet. There will be rich pickings for gender studies and diversity graduates in the mushrooming departments of the Judiciary and the police, and across the board, that are working to suppress the masses.

Feminism in particular will go on to wreck the Westminster system as it has wrecked everything else that it got its claws into. “Girl power” is proving itself to be the reverse of the patriarchy’s journey towards liberty and enlightenment.

Posted in Cill, Feminism, Politics, SJW
156 comments on “ Feminism flouts the Separation of Powers
  1. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Cill,
    I have to wonder what Oliver Cromwell would think about all this? He is probably headed upstairs to the attic to retrieve his helmet and cuirass.
    Feminists only pay lip service to the rule of law. They must see it as a tool to oppress men.
    In the meanwhile, it would be good to lodge as many complaints as possible against feminists. It can be argued that they are a hate movement too.
    I feel for our Glorious Patriarch.

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  2. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Pukeko in NZ has news about Houston. It is disappointing.
    http://pukeko.net.nz/blog/2017/08/nard-arson-and-houston/

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  3. SFC Ton says:

    You can have limited government, individual liberty, prosperity or universal suffrage but not all 4

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  4. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I hope this is significant. If high school students in Australia have no patience with feminists, it has gone far enough.
    http://www.3aw.com.au/melbourne-school-goes-into-damage-control-over-guest-speaker-controversy/

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  5. Yoda says:

    Two women dressed as nuns armed with handguns attempted to rob a Pennsylvania bank Monday afternoon, police say.

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/29/police-women-dressed-as-nuns-armed-with-handguns-attempt-to-rob-pennsylvania-bank/

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  6. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    A bad disguise that is. i wonder if they will be found out when they brag about it on social media?

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  7. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Off topic,
    It looks as if Tommy Robinson is going to be in trouble again.

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  8. Yoda says:

    With that disclaimer out of the way, let me cut to the chase. I’m 99% sure the Brexit negotiations are going to collapse and the UK will thus be entirely separate from the EU. In the medium term that will be a good thing, but in the short term it will cause chaos for the UK, Ireland and probably much of Europe.

    Why do I think this? because the EU leadership want to punish the UK for having the temerity to

    hold a referendum on the EU
    actually follow the popular wishes expressed in said referendum

    https://ombreolivier.liberty.me/prediction-hard-brexit/

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  9. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Here is something I had not thought about. It is well worth reading.
    http://www.thinkinghousewife.com/wp/2017/08/barbie-and-the-sexual-revolution/

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  10. Farm Boy says:

    The Georgia Board of Regents voted earlier this month to streamline reporting and investigation of sexual-misconduct claims across the public university system.

    In cases that could result in suspension or expulsion, colleges will have to notify the university system itself. Accused students will get written notice of the complaint and allegations and the right to remain silent “without an adverse inference resulting,” among other safeguards.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/08/29/due-process-sexual-assault-charges-returning-georgia-campuses/

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  11. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Farm Boy,
    What PJ Media reported on sounds good. Why am I feeling so skeptical?

    Yoda,
    How can a completely unelected body have claim to so much authority?

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  12. Yoda says:

    Wonder where Cill is I do?

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  13. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    That I cannot answer. He is usually pretty good at staying on top of the threads to his posts. He also bring a lot of people on his coattails, Moe, Molly, Choicy, and the long absent Padewan. Should I link some George Thorogood?

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  14. Cill says:

    7 a.m. here. I’ve been catching up with office work, others will have been asleep.

    Just been out to collect stuff from my garden. Whizzed it up with some spring water and yoghurt and poured it into a glass:

    apples
    kiwifruit
    kale
    silverbeet
    cinnamon

    I can recommend it. It is actually quite good.

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  15. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Cill! You were missed.
    Here is extreme Molly bait. Shift a twin stick transmission.

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  16. Yoda says:

    Moe eat that concoction he would?

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  17. Cill says:

    I would like to drive that truck.

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  18. Moehau Man says:

    Yes well, I only eat stuff that promotes a good stool

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  19. Cill says:

    I think you 2 blokes must be insomniacs. East USA timezone are you not?

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  20. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Cill,
    It is about four in the afternoon here. It is tough for me to calculate time in your area. It must be compounded by flipping Daylight Savings too.
    I am glad that you liked the truck. I can’t imagine driving it in the city.

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  21. Yoda says:

    “High fiber” Moe is.
    Wonder if eat sawdust from making Kauri clubs he does I do

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  22. Cill says:

    “It is about four in the afternoon here.” I got that completely wrong. Must need some sleep.

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  23. Moehau Man says:

    Moehau Mans eat Puha for roughage. In days of yore I think we ate a bit of Pakeha as well.

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  24. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Cill,
    It may prove easier for you to calculate the time in Patriarch-land. Just take five hours away from that.

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  25. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Sorry, wrong link.

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  26. Moehau Man says:

    The base of the thumb is the tastiest part of a Pakeha. It tastes like chicken without the feathers.

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  27. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I hate feathers too. Spitting them out makes for poor table manners.

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  28. Moehau Man says:

    “Good roughage though”, Mrs Moehau Man (my practical old mum) confirmed just then.

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  29. Moehau Man says:

    I confirmed it meself. Just then

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  30. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    At least with fruit and vegetables, I don’t have that problem.
    It is good to be an omnivore.

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  31. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    The writer who broke the story about Melania’s shoes has been identified. Milo has pictures and she is hideous. Be warned.
    https://milo.yiannopoulos.net/2017/08/meet-the-vogue-writer-who-criticized-flotuss-shoes-warning-graphic/
    I would much rather look at Melania.

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  32. Yoda says:

    Dignity to dress appropriately she should have

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  33. Spawny Get says:

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  34. Cill says:

    The UK no longer has an independent Judiciary

    The Judiciary, via the CPS, is exercising police and administrative functions. “The principle of ‘Judicial Independence’ states that if the judiciary starts exercising administrative functions then its independence will be negated. An independent Judiciary… is an integral part of protecting and implementing the rule of law.

    ————————-

    A added the above to the post

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  35. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    Medusa could not have looked worse.
    Antidote is needed. We need a new candidate.

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  36. Yoda says:

    Kinda looks like Angela with a partial Hitler mustache she does

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  37. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    She looks like something I would have bad dreams about. Bears rarely have bad dreams.

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  38. Yoda says:

    I confirmed it meself.

    Full of shit Moe will be

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  39. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    There is a remedy for that. All he has to do is hang his butt over a high cliff.

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  40. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    The best drainage ever devised could not deal with that.

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  41. Ok seriously.

    That…thing and the hippo yesterday. We need a rule. Ya gonna post somethin like that you post an eye bleach warning first. God, hitler and Bozo the clown had a baby.

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  42. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Horseman,
    In my post, there was a warning and there was one in the link.
    How is this for antidote? Sadly, she is married with two kids.

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  43. Yoda says:

    A picture of Andrea drive Horseman insane it would.
    One should post that picture not

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  44. http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/08/28/houston_might_not_have_enough_construction_workers_to_rebuild_after_harvey.html

    Before ya build that wall on the southern texas border, ya might wanna consider using the help to rebuild. Cajun Navy followed by Houston Hammerswingers?

    Just sayin.

    Also heard only 20% have flood insurance.
    So lets say 1\4 have flood damage of 6 million.
    So about 1.5 million, 80% on the hook.
    About 800,000+ homes needing fixing without insurance and most with mortgages.
    Cant sell if its damaged, cant afford to fix it.
    Plus the loss of property taxes to the rebuilding efforts.

    Um….Houston is double fucked.

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  45. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Which reminds me, you and Farm Boy have been kind in not posting SheWhoWillBotBeNamed. Since Scarlett Johansson spoke at the women’s march, the quality of her as an antidore went south.

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  46. Farm Boy says:

    Build a wall on the Mexican border with pictures of Andrea, the above woman, the false rape accuser etc. on it. It probably would be effective.

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  47. Hey ya want ugly. THIS is in the paper daily. Kathlyn Wynne the libtard Premier of Ontario

    http://www.torontosun.com/2017/06/22/wynne-wildly-unpopular-inside-and-outside-ontario-poll

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  48. At least its countered by the daily sunshine girl

    http://www.torontosun.com/sunshine-girl

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  49. Oops my bad. Eyebleach warning.

    Two comments back.

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  50. Farm Boy says:

    Is Ms. Ontario a lesbian?

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  51. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Horseman,
    That is likely to be interesting. Incentives matter.

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  52. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Horeman,
    The Premier of Ontario could stop immigrants having a “sexual emergency”.

    Good idea, Farm Boy, Send them back to Mexico screaming. They will never think about coming here again. They will have nightmares for the rest of their lives.

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  53. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    It sounds like it has got to “I don’t want to know any more” stage for Wynne.
    The Sunshine gal has two kids also, but is unmarried.

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  54. Cill says:

    “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has an approval rating nationally of 54%”

    They’re daft.

    In NZ the pragmatic National party had a huge lead not long ago, about 30 points ahead of their closest rival, Labour. In the space of a week that all changed. Labour replaced their old male leader with a young woman and suddenly National and Labour are neck and neck. Women support her. Elections next month.

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  55. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Cill,
    Uh oh!

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  56. Farm Boy says:

    What does she look like?

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  57. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I just has a wicked thought about Maori constituents saying she looks good enough to eat.

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  58. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Close, he is from Tasmania.

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  59. SFC Ton says:

    Texas has the labor to rebuild; builders don’t want to pay them so they run articles like that to justify more taco benders from mexico

    Every time you see am article saying the usa is short of some kind of labour it’s propaganda for open borders and lower wages

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  60. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Cill,
    I just looked it up. If she is a feminist, your country has less than a month to discredit her.

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  61. Cill says:

    Jacinda Ardern, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 1 August 2017. She was first elected to parliament as a list MP at the 2008 general election. Age 37.

    She’s clever. Very clever.

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  62. Yoda says:

    Wynne married had three kids, married twenty plus years. Divorced now has life partner, technically female.

    So a lesbian or not she is?

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  63. SFC Ton says:

    110 miles should be an easy 4 day march, 3 days would be a little tougher but these fuckers wanted 10 days and couldn’t make it 2 days

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/29/it-only-took-a-day-for-the-march-to-dc-to-lose-nearly-all-of-the-marchers/

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  64. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    “So, lesbian or not she is?”
    Is your interest academic? For me,It is at the “I don’t want to know any more” stage.

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  65. Cill says:

    Jacinda tsunami is looking very hard to halt

    “Occasionally New Zealand elections produce a tidal wave… The pre-conditions are in place.

    It is very hard for any government to win four elections in a row… The signs are it will be a tidal wave.

    First the tide goes out for the minor parties as it has for the Greens, United Future and Maori Party. New Zealand First is also losing votes to Labour.

    Then the wave sweeps in. Anecdotal evidence is urban ‘John Key’ women voters are switching to Jacinda Ardern.”

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  66. Cill says:

    One Day and all but 35 of the anti-white marchers drop out.

    BWAHAHAHAHAA!

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  67. Cill says:

    Bloody hell, my little nephews could do better than that. Wee Meddy can tramp up and down rough terrain for hours already.

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  68. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    It’s good to hear about Wee Meddy.

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  69. Ame says:

    Texas is addicted to ‘southern’ labor – it’s all about paying them as little as possible and not having to pay full wages to locals. it will be interesting how it all plays out.

    – – – – –

    apparently now everyone’s freaking out about the two gas pipe lines houston is going to shut down for awhile and there are lines at the pumps and stations running out of gas.

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  70. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Ame,
    At the last place that I lived in California, I had to clear a pasture of weeds taller than I was. I could not afford to hire illegals. They would nave been paid more than I was making and no one was compensating me to clear the pasture. I ended up doing it all myself, pulling the weeds by hand. Twenty two pickup loads to the dump. It had to get done. The firehouse was two doors down.

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  71. Ame says:

    wow, Fuzzie.

    it will certainly be interesting. families are inter-mixed … tons of paychecks and social security payments are sent overseas and south of the border. even in the northern parts of Texas many job descriptions prefer bilingual Spanish and English. ugh.

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  72. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Ame,
    I don’t know what to think. For me, it was the cost of living that killed me in California. People could not afford to work there unless they had some angle on rent. Illegals had more leverage negotiating pay than straight workers.

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  73. Cill says:

    Is it compulsory for employers to pay pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) tax for their wage and salary earners in the USA?

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  74. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Cill,
    Taxes are withheld by employers and remitted to the federal and state governments quarterly, I think. That is standard.

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  75. Cill says:

    That’s what we call PAYE.

    Do employers pay PAYE on the wages and salary earned by illegals?

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  76. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    No, it is “under the table”. The illegals get the full amount without deductions.

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  77. Ame says:

    one of the things that makes hiring illegals … mexicans … ‘tacos’ … so attractive is that they often pay in cash under-the-table. no record. no taxes.

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  78. Ame says:

    Fuzzie – i don’t know how anyone can afford to live in california – everything i’ve seen about there it’s beyond atrociously expensive.

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  79. Ame says:

    i do know that for many of the foreign employees in the usa who file send their social security back home.

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  80. Cill says:

    That explains why “Illegals had more leverage negotiating pay than straight workers.”
    Illegals will receive more and employers will pay less. The tax man misses out.

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  81. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I have heard that Mexican families are absolutely dependent on these remittances. It is not just Mexicans who do this. Ukrainian women work under the table domestic jobs in Western Europe, sending as much as they can back home. Grandma is watching the kids.

    This is why Ukrainian immigration has been throttled to a trickle. It is nearly all women, they will work, and, if they marry, they will treat men better.

    Ame,
    California is ridiculous.

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  82. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Cill,
    It was over ten years ago, but it had to be in the fifty percent area. These were people willing to do short term for homeowners. My guess was that they had a stronger union. 🙂

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  83. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    To give you an idea of how hard it is for people who work to cover the rent in Coastal California, a customer of mine, who knew that I was in a house share, needed a place. He was a set builder and stage hand at the local theater. His landlord had sold the property he was caretaking and he and his wife were going to lose their cottage. I didn’t have anything and didn’t know anything, so I couldn’t help him. The next thing I heard, he had done himself in.
    Shit!

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  84. Spawny Get says:

    From elsewhere. Assign whatever credibility that you wish

    A : I suspect all this ‘posturing’ by both sides of the EU ‘negotiation’ is nowt but bread & circuses.

    B : Not according to my friend working within the Commission, real and visceral anger.

    B : Only spoke briefly last night, the 3 hour dissection of the Brexit Bill was brilliantly forensic and caused such anger and dismay that further discussion was not possible.
    Barnier and team had booked an entire restaurant for post negotiation working dinner, that was cancelled, Barnier left to see Juncker (actually his chief of staff as Juncker is incoherently drunk after 6pm most days- referred to as ‘meditating by his staff), EU negotiating team furious but unsure how to respond.

    B : He has been at the Commission for 6 years, very bright, very able, joined as a convinced European.
    Voted Leave.

    B : An ex colleague now works at the Commission, spoke to him last night briefly, he reckons the Brexit team are playing a blinder and Barnier is so angry he cancelled the working dinner with his team and left to meet Juncker.
    He has advised to watch the press conference if you like fireworks.

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  85. Spawny Get says:

    Also

    This is a Telegraph article reposted here upon request…..

    Morning Postaliers. In response to a request on previous thread:

    There was a time, before social media, when humility was seen as a virtue, rather than a debilitating character flaw. It’s not just Twitter’s fault: our new, self-consciously meritocratic ruling class is so convinced of its superiority that it cannot see the point of trying to be humble. If you are so good, why not shout about it? If you are so clever, why not tell everybody – Emmanuel Macron’s strategy in France?

    Which would be fair enough, perhaps, if everything were hunky-dory and such self-confidence were warranted. There are just two small problems: from North Korea to the economy, much of great importance is going terribly wrong; and it turns out that large swathes of this “elite” aren’t as good as they think they are. At best, they are overselling themselves, asking us to trust them to tackle problems that are unsolvable; at worst, they are no better than previous generations, merely a ruder, more entitled iteration.

    No wonder the public is angry: it feels the brunt of myriad policy failures, from falling real wages to terrorism, and yet keeps being lectured by a delusional, self-aggrandising establishment that blames everybody but itself. Elites demand respect and the trappings of power, but don’t want to be responsible for actually gripping problems. They measure their success by the esteem in which they are held by their peers, or by how efficiently they can signal their virtue, rather than whether they achieve anything of lasting value. This fundamental disconnect is the key to understanding the alienation engulfing Western societies.

    Our new establishment judges its success by how efficiently it signals its virtue
    This is certainly not an argument against elitism per se, or a tirade against all elites. One problem is that many of our experts are not good enough: they have been tested and found wanting. They are too arrogant to realise the limits of their knowledge. It also goes without saying that much of the establishment is performing superbly, not least the entrepreneurs who keep inventing better goods and technologies, and the brilliant scientists who keep discovering ever more wondrous drugs.

    The real problem lies in the political, cultural and bureaucratic spheres, the bits that control governments, central banks and set the agenda: their inadequacy is proving to be an existential challenge for our civilisation. The only genuine policy triumphs of the past few decades – the end of communism and the drastic reduction in global poverty – were the product of elites dramatically loosening their grip and trusting individuals to take their own decisions. In every other area, utter failure has been the order of the day.

    It is hard, even for an optimist such as myself, not to despair at our shocking inability to fix long-term problems. North Korea is merely the latest case in point: everybody has known for years that this totalitarian regime would eventually become a flashpoint, and yet the world may now be about to pay the price for our leaders’ decision to stick their heads so firmly in the sand for so long.

    Even if Donald Trump and the Chinese do miraculously strike some sort of deal with North Korea, the wider issue of nuclear proliferation remains terrifyingly real in a world of rogue regimes, terrorism and drones. The situation in the Middle East may be improving slightly, thanks to Isil’s retreat, but long-term it is likely to worsen further. The cycle of Western interventionism has failed disastrously, yet nobody learns any lessons, offering only more of the same. The Gulf states may collapse with the internal combustion engine, and with them the whole region. The terrible truth is that there is no answer: we are stuck with flawed borders and an appalling ideology in Islamist extremism.

    Mass migration, in part caused by the problems of the Middle East, is another challenge which our policy-makers have no clue how to handle. Tens of millions will want to move over the next few years, with many landing in the European Union, a dysfunctional technocracy if ever there was one. There are many reasons why I doubt the EU will survive for more than another decade, and this is certainly one.

    Then there is education: standards continue to decline in much of the West, even if we have managed to reverse that slightly here in Britain. But universities are in a deep crisis: social science and humanities departments have fallen prey to extreme groupthink, rejecting capitalism and enlightenment values, while student movements, especially in the US, are swapping free speech for a deranged form of authoritarianism. Combined with the deleterious impact of social media on our ability to have rational, nuanced, in-depth debates, it is hard to see how Western countries will be able to think clearly when new challenges emerge, or how a generation afflicted with the shortest of attention spans will be able to re-skill in the face of artificial intelligence and robotics.

    The economic establishment has failed to predict or understand just about all recent recessions, bubbles and busts; its performance prior to and during the financial crisis was especially pathetic. It didn’t predict the slowdown in productivity or the hit to real wages (in the UK, it didn’t predict the good news and the return to full employment, either). It was wrong about the disastrous euro, wrong about disinflation and will, in time, be shown to be wrong about Brexit. The developed world is now addicted to cheap money, which could yet prove to have been one of the most catastrophic economic experiments of the past 50 years. Will we really be able to relearn to live with interest rates at 5 per cent or even higher?

    Brexit is one of the few rays of light, a necessary but not sufficient condition to ensure the UK’s long-term success and to rebuild a properly functioning democracy. Yet the only reason this is happening is as a result of a revolt against the elites, and they are waging a quiet counter-revolution.

    Given such a record of total, systemic failure, it is easy to understand why electorates are losing trust. Our ruling class needs to show a little humility: it could start by apologising for getting it so wrong so often on so many things, and admitting that some problems just cannot be solved. Our political and cultural elites are not the anointed ones, and they should stop behaving as if they are.

    Obviously though, they can’t apologise for the mistakes because they have no other policies. They’re still flogging the same snake-oil, all they’ve ever done is give you a choice as to the colour of the label on the bottle: red or blue.

    Until BREXIT (I hope) and Trump (I hope)

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  86. Spawny Get says:

    http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/why-ireland-should-seriously-consider-irexit-1.3202154

    FWIW I require BREXIT under whatever conditions

    That said, if the Irish want to come along? Fine. If they don’t? Okay.

    But the Irish economy is probably fucked if the EU requires them to sacrifice themselves in order that the EU can give the UK a shite deal as a ‘lesson’ to others.

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  87. Spawny Get says:

    Could be fun. It’ll be packed to the gunnels with bullshit empowerment though

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  88. Spawny Get says:

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  89. SFC Ton says:

    Unscrupulous employees like illegals not only because the reduction in payroll taxes but they can ignore safety regulations and all sorts of other things. The illegals can’t exctaly complain to labor boards about paychecks being late or overtime not being paid, they can’t bitch to OSHU or what have you about safety problems, can’t say them out to the EPA…..

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  90. SFC Ton says:

    Rebuilding Huston
    There is an estimated 600k plus illegals in Huston so that’s about 100k homes etc that don’t need rebuilt

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  91. Yoda says:

    Were you planning to instruct your child about the value of hard work and civility? Not so fast! According to a current uproar at the University of Pennsylvania, advocacy of such bourgeois virtues is “hate speech.”

    https://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/scandal-erupts-over-promotion-bourgeois-behavior-10581.html

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  92. Yoda says:

    “At a white-serving and male-serving institution like Princeton University—with ties to slavery and racial and gendered exclusion—we must hold our university and each other accountable,” the statement contends, later adding that students “must recognize and challenge the ways in which the university currently underserves students of color, LGBT and non-binary students, women, undocumented students, students with disabilities, and low-income students, despite touting diversity and inclusion.”

    https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=9677

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  93. Yoda says:

    A man was arrested for attempted murder in central Stockholm, the capital of Sweden Thursday morning after a police officer was stabbed in the neck while on patrol, the second attack against police in the city in a matter of hours.
    The incident took place on the Medborgarplatsen on Södermalm, one of the Islands that makes up the historic center of the city.

    Police have said it is too soon to talk about possible motives for the “unprovoked” attack, but Nyheter Idag reports a “well-established police source” that the would-be killer was a Moroccan youth.

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/08/31/stockholm-lockdown-police-officer-stabbed-neck-city-square/

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  94. Choicy says:

    As usual when I finally see my alerts of a post by my mate it is late at the end of this digger’s day. I don’t check that gmail enough, Tell my mate I dropped in if you see him. Goodnight mates.

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  95. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Choicy,
    Even though you won’t see this, sleep well. You are a loyal friend to Cill.

    Yoda,
    That the authorities would let the story out on this stabbing shows a remarkable change. Could they be at the end of their patience?

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  96. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Some thoughts on Melania’s shoes. It is a good essay.
    http://bobagard.blogspot.com/2017/08/goody-two-shoes.html

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  97. Stephanie says:

    Fuzzie, Melania’s making me force myself to wear more heels when I go out now lol! Unfortunately I seem to have fallen into the tennis shoes and workout clothes look. I forgot how much I love my heels and stilettos!!

    She really is inspirational ❤

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  98. Cill says:

    Goodnight Choico. I know you work from dawn to midnight. We’ll get together again one of these days. Come over for a break. Some hunting, fishing, diving, get up to mischief.

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  99. Cill says:

    Pork PPP #3, maybe…

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  100. Cill says:

    Yeah Fuzzy, he is a good friend. It’s not just talk either, he really does watch his mate’s back. Most outback Aussies I’ve known are like that. Good bastards.

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  101. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Stephanie,
    i do have an issue with Melania in high heels. She is five foot eleven to start with. Once she puts on sky high heels, she can end up taller than her husband. OOPS! My Mom was of a different generation. While she was five foot ten, she never wore heels higher than two and half inches.

    Horseman,
    Emily Harris never disappoints. She will still be making these videos forty years from now.

    Cill,
    He works hard too. I wish the camels would stop asking for a second bedtime story, so he could get more sleep.

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  102. molly says:

    YEESS it’s the first day of Spring!
    let’s invite Choicy over and have a bbq in the nice Spring weather y’all YAY! LET’S GO!

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  103. molly says:

    Sheesh wish I could liven myself up. I’m yawny and tired all the time.

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  104. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Molly!!!
    Is the baby getting you up at night? Maybe Stephanie knows something?
    I had this linked earlier and Cill liked it.

    Burrito, burrito, burrito.

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  105. molly says:

    I am making breakfast for my man. Here’s me paying him back for being a g-o-o-d operator lol
    Bacon sausage eggs and crumbed Flounder for a special cool man. ❤

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  106. Yoda says:

    Emily never disappoints. She will still be making these videos forty years from now.

    Wonder if still get guy volunteers she will I do

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  107. molly says:

    Mmmm

    Crumbed Flounder

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  108. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Mmmmmm…Fresh salmon. Yum!

    Yoda,
    Always find volunteers she will.
    Be in wheelchairs they might.

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  109. Yoda says:

    Molly’s fish meal looks better it does

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  110. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Fresher my salmon is.
    In my mouth and still flopping it is.

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  111. Yoda says:

    Commentators have rightly observed that the ACLU has defended far-right speech since its founding, despite fierce criticism. But there is a common and mistaken premise in this analysis. It assumes that the organization has always believed, as it does today, that “freedom of expression is an end in itself.” In reality, the early ACLU viewed free speech as a tool of social justice, suited to particular purposes under particular conditions.

    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/31/l-a-times-op-ed-aclu-should-reject-free-speech-in-favor-of-social-justice-principles/

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  112. molly says:

    Hey bear.. drive the gear jammer truck! Pump the left foot. Double clutch! Pump right foot for exact right revs while it is in neutral, eh.

    ♫ Running my rig around ninety-five,
    Rockin’ and rollin’ in overdrive ♬ 🎶 ♪

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  113. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Molly,
    Your baby is going to think that George Thorogood writes lullabies. This will get interesting.

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  114. molly says:

    .

    🎸 🎼

    🎶

    Something gets in my way you know I’m gonna ram it, ♫ ♬
    Nobody fools around with this gear jammer ♪
    ♪ ♫ ♪

    LOL

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  115. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Don’t end up in the slammer
    Nobody should mess with this gearjammer.

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  116. molly says:

    F Wuzzie ya need notes around the words!
    LOL

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  117. molly says:

    🎸

    ♪ 🎶
    🎼 The police catch me I’ll end up in the slammer, ♫ ♬
    ‘Cause the law don’t want no gear jammer ♪
    ♪ ♫ ♪

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  118. molly says:

    Gotta go. See yall in the by’n by.

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  119. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Nolly,
    It was good to have your company.

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  120. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    Miss Tarn I do.
    Comics sales more stable they would be if stayed away from social justice issues they did.

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  121. Spawny Get says:

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  122. Yoda says:

    A gift to you this is

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  123. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yoda,
    While watching that, I was reminded that all print media is on the edge if they haven’t shut their doors already. It is hard to find a bookstore. That Marvel has developed all the SJW characters does not help. However, from other sources, I have heard that Marvel was going to drop the SJW stuff and go back to the original plan of writing good stories. We’ll have to wait and see.
    I had another thought. I’ll bet that all these SJW proponents were hired by HR ditzes with gender studies degrees. That is more fuel for the fire to argue that HR is killing companies.

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  124. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    It seems that the Southern Poverty Law Center is doing strange things with their money. They are sending it out of the country. Could they be anticipating lawsuits?
    http://bobagard.blogspot.com/2017/08/more-on-southern-poverty-law-center.html

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  125. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I was going to counter link to something silly, but I won’t. Yoda does provide much wisdom.
    In response, may I offer Russian imposters operating on a shoestring? They are fans.

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  126. Ame says:

    has anyone heard from Tarn since she went off-grid? 😦

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  127. Yoda says:

    “I don’t shrink from the word ‘superior’” with regard to Anglo-Protestant cultural norms, Prof. Wax told a student newspaper. “Everyone wants to come to the countries that exemplify” these values. “Everyone wants to go to countries ruled by white Europeans.”

    https://pjmedia.com/spengler/2017/08/30/are-some-cultures-superior/

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  128. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Ame,
    None us know what happened. I don’t think that anyone from here made her mad to the point where she would leave without a word. She never had a problem with sharing how she felt. The last word I remember was that she was leaving her BF’s house to find a place of her own. She gave up her own place to carry him while he was down, then he found a new job. I hoped that she was holding off until she could pay for internet.
    I did try to leave messages at her gmail address.

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  129. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Spawny Get,
    That Star Wars music clip was worse than awful. in honor of Tarn’s absence,

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  130. Yoda says:

    A woman’s intelligence is considered far more attractive to a man than her breast size, according to University of Cambridge professor David Bainbridge, who researches evolutionary biology.

    Believe this I do not

    https://pjmedia.com/drhelen/2016/02/01/do-men-really-prefer-intelligence-to-big-breasts/

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  131. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Yosa,
    Dr Helen Smith is careful to see that the camera is set up so that her butline is not in the picture. She is pretty and people do not notice that she has breasts that are large. So in her case, she is in possession of both. Nothing to be learned here. She did include this comment from her source,
    “Sorry, guys….. I do not believe this for one second. If this were true, The Kardashians would be a family of astro-physicists.”
    The women in that family are remarkably devoid of any intellectual ambition.

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  132. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    Sorry. Bustline, not “butline”.

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  133. SFC Ton says:

    Top ten signs your woman is crazy a
    1) She has a vagina
    2) She has a vagina
    3) She has a vagina
    4) She has a vagina
    5) She has a vagina
    6) She has a vagina
    7] She has a vagina
    8) She has a vagina
    9) She has a vagina
    10) She has a vagina

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  134. SFC Ton says:

    The most intelligent thing to come out of a woman is…… 😉

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  135. Ame says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    sooo thankful i didn’t hadn’t just taken a drink when i read that – i would have spit it out laughing! 🙂

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  136. Farm Boy says:

    The story in the New York Times this week was unsettling: The New America Foundation, a major think tank, was getting rid of one of its teams of scholars, the Open Markets group. New America had warned its leader Barry Lynn that he was “imperiling the institution,” the Times reported, after he and his group had repeatedly criticized Google, a major funder of the think tank, for its market dominance.

    https://gizmodo.com/yes-google-uses-its-power-to-quash-ideas-it-doesn-t-li-1798646437

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  137. Farm Boy says:

    This moment matters. It matters because it shows that monopoly power, and Google itself, is a threat to the free flow of ideas upon which our democracy depends. It matters because it proves that if we do not stand up to monopolists, they will keep our public institutions quiet about their growing power. And it matters most of all because it shows that we can reclaim our democracy if we try.

    http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/08/31/matt-stoller-google-got-colleagues-kicked-think-tank/

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  138. Farm Boy says:

    The 33 signatories cut and paste the most offending phrases from Wax’s op-ed and subsequent interview with the Daily Pennsylvanian: “All cultures are not equal”; various social problems would be “significantly reduce[d]” if “the academics, media, and Hollywood” would stop the “preening pretense of defending the downtrodden”; “Everyone wants to go to countries ruled by white Europeans,” because “Anglo-Protestant cultural norms are superior.”

    Do the authors rebut these arguments? Do they offer counterevidence? No. Apparently the thesis of Wax’s op-ed is so patently beyond the pale that it is enough for the signatories to assert: “We categorically reject Wax’s claims.” In the absence of any attempt at refutation, that is simply a case of virtue signaling.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/450996/penn-law-school-amy-wax-open-letter-condemns-wax-bourgeois-values-op-ed

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