11 thoughts on “News/Politics 12-26-16

  1. Hmmm. Interesting. Now I’m really expecting Trump to get a good deal out of Boeing.

    Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting the deputy transport minister as saying that his county will only pay half of the announced price for 80 new Boeing planes, given the reductions in its purchasing options.

    According to the Sunday report, Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan says that despite an initial $16.8 billion deal with Boeing to purchase 80 passenger planes, “Regarding the style of our order and its options, the purchase contract for 80 Boeing aircraft is worth about 50 percent of the amount.” He did not elaborate.

    Boeing has made no immediate comment.

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2016/12/26/iran-says-will-only-pay-half-price-for-new-boeing-planes.html

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  2. Michelle’s article @10:00 is interesting. A few sentences immediately popped out regarding similarities today:

    …. But at the time, it was considered near-impossible. Why was it that so many academics, government officials, and experts failed to foresee the end?

    On the one hand, the ideological assumptions of analysts of both left and right blinded them………

    As in the fall of the USSR, I wonder if the ridged ideologies we so often continue to employ now are preparing even more “surprises” for us. One has only to look at even a relatively minor upset, such as the unexpectedness of the election results, to see that this could pose more problems than we are prepared to handle. As the stakes get higher (and they do when the country is extremely polarized) the effects tend to be more substantial.

    Another interesting statement in the article:

    … . Other social scientists and revisionist historians avowed that things were much, much more complicated than a simple totalitarian tyranny, and that if you squinted your eyes just right, the system was responsive and nearly democratic. None saw the collapse coming….

    This sounds so much like our current vision of China, it’s errie. But I doubt a Chinese collapse could be supposed to have the beneficial results seen after Soviet disintegration. For one thing, China is more insular. In addition, because of China’s horrific one child policy and the resulting disproportionate abortion of female children, they now have a dangerously unbalanced population. With so many potential male soldiers who have no domesticating family influence, collapse could propel them outward in uncharacteristic militarism. We could be seeing the beginnings of that already.

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  3. Ihe end of a long article, mostly NOT about the law. But it app[ears that Obama has signed into a law a provision for the government to sort out what fake news is. I don’t know how they can do this under our “free Press” provisions. However, under any circumstance, this is not good.
    We cannot allow the government to decide what is true and not true.

    “In short, long before “fake news” became a major media topic, the US government was already planning its legally-backed crackdown on anything it would eventually label “fake news.”

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  4. The ‘fake news’ push is worrisome but seems to fit well with the left’s desire for control over everything from speech to thought these days.

    Let the reader/viewer decide and sort it out, let truth and falsehood compete in a free society. It’s certainly NOT the government’s role to intervene and tell the people what news they should consume. (Or Facebook’s, for that matter.)

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  5. DJ – I agree.

    There really is a lot of fake news of varying kinds online (I’ve seen plenty of it), but we don’t need government censorship to “protect” us from it.

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  6. And ultimately, making a call on what is or is not “real” can wind up being very subjective. I know people who automatically dismiss anything reported on or by Fox News, out of hand.

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