Category: Government

Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump: A friendship of convenience

Rupert Murdoch embraces President Trump.

The way CNN’s parent company views it, Fox News has adopted a role similar to the one played by Murdoch’s British tabloids when they helped advance the agendas of British leaders. As Blair learned, however, even a special relationship with the media baron can sour quickly. He and Murdoch – once so close that Blair was the godfather to Grace Murdoch – are no longer on speaking terms.

During the British government’s 2012 inquiry into the mogul’s political influence, the former prime minister described what it was like when a story subject falls out of favor with a Murdoch-controlled tabloid.

“Once they’re against you, that’s it,” Blair said. “It’s full on, full frontal, day in, day out, basically a lifetime commitment.”

Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump: A friendship of convenience

Man Builds Park Stairs for $550 After City Gives $65,000 Estimate

(ANTIMEDIA) Toronto — City officials in Toronto are upset over the fact that a resident took it upon himself to fix a problem the government was slow to deal with — and he did it for a fraction of the cost. From Canada’s CTV News: “A Toronto man who spent $550 building a set of stairs in his community park says he has no regrets, despite the city’s insistence that he should have waited for a $65,000 city project to handle the problem. The city is now threatening to tear down the stairs because they were not built to regulation standards.” Adi Astl, a retired

Source: Man Builds Park Stairs for $550 After City Gives $65,000 Estimate

Exposed: A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

The Intercept has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalogue of dozens of cellphone surveillance devices used by the military and by intelligence agencies. The document, thick with previously undisclosed information, also offers rare insight into the spying capabilities of federal law enforcement and local police inside the United States.

Source: Exposed: A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Why do voters fall for the con that “small government” is a desirable thing? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Speak to any Young Liberal and it won’t be long before you hear the phrase “nanny state”.  In fact, we have a Senate inquiry into the evils of the nanny state going on right now instigated by that champion of small government, David Leyonjhelm. Sounds good.  We don’t want no stinkin’ bureaucrats telling us what…

Source: Why do voters fall for the con that “small government” is a desirable thing? – » The Australian Independent Media Network