2016 was a year for the history books. Major, unforeseen political upheavals took place, which threw the establishment a curve ball. A mass populist uprising swept across the United States, resulting in one of the most unexpected events in modern times: President Donald J Trump.
Amid all the chaos, it has become increasingly difficult to retain a portion of sanity. It is easy to fall down the trap of getting lost and disheartened amongst the abundance of false news narratives, violent riots, and the total division of the nation. To that end, I’d like to offer you a few points of advice on how to stay sane following these events, and on how to remain hopeful for a future of unity:
Don’t believe the mainstream media: Headlines aim to invoke strong reactions. This is largely achieved by stating false, or whitewashed information. It’s important to stay level headed, think rationally, and remain skeptical of the things you read. More often than not, there is a hidden—or blatant, depending on how lazy the outlet is in attempting to hide their bias—intent behind the way a news story is presented. The mainstream media will always pick a side and remain partisan in favor of a particular political party and agenda. Therefore, the content that is shown to you will almost always be cherry-picked and biased. Particular media outlets will appeal to different demographics with a certain majority view point. Be aware that just because BuzzFeed reports “Oh my god! Trump is literally Hitler! White males are so toxic!” does not mean it’s accurate or true in the slightest. If we believed everything BuzzFeed reported, we’d all be cowering messes rocking in the corner, too afraid to walk outside in case we see gum on the ground and get “totally triggered” by the fact that this reflects the size of our tiny brains.
There is no excuse for violence based on political differences: It comes down to the fact that simply because you hold an opposing political view, this does not in any way justify or solicit acts of violence against those who do not agree with you. Regardless of the strength of your belief, using physical violence against anyone who disagrees is only counterproductive to your cause. It delegitimizes your view and will ring with nothing but connotations of inhumanity and dread. It’s all too easy to get caught up in a collective hive of one thought within mass protests, to succumb to violence amid the passion of your cause, but it will never achieve anything worthwhile and will most likely result in backfire against the questionable ethics of your ideology.
Know what you’re fighting for. Know why you subscribe to a certain view point: On countless occasions, protesters have vigorously proclaimed intense fervor towards a subject, and are eager to shout their opinions. However, upon further inspection, it’s clear that when they’re away from the masses—which act as reinforcement offering them safe spaces to crawl back into—and are politely questioned, they have no real knowledge of their cause or what they’re protesting about. Therefore, if you’re wanting to express your views publicly, it’s crucial that you have a broad and deep understanding of the topic, that your argument can stand up to scrutiny, and that you acknowledge you’ll probably experience backlash.
Stay inquisitive, expose yourself to different opinions: Staying inside an echo chamber of similar opinions will only give you a one-sided view of the world. While you might strongly believe in your view, it’s essential to step outside of that circle of thought and to achieve a wider scope of knowledge. Talk to people, have productive discussions, and hopefully you’ll gain an understanding as to why they have their views. Although circumstances may appear more and more bleak in terms of engaging in peaceful debate, if we start with individuals, and build an open, free and diverse environment for dialogue, as opposed to violently screeching into each others ears and causing further division, hopefully we’ll see progress.
To conclude, 2016 was an interesting year for all of us, to say the least. However, there were some fundamentally vital life lessons we can take away from it. It’s important to remember that while we may have different views, we’re all human beings sharing this planet together. We’re all striving to better ourselves and the lives of others. The better we can communicate and collaborate together, the more chance we have of successfully bettering everyone universally. Wishful thinking? Maybe. But if nothing else, I hope these points have brought a little more humanity into the sphere of politics, and have given you some useful inspiration on how to survive all the weird and wonderful events that may occur in 2017.
Luke Rudkowski’s response to the latest Politico hitpiece:
This sorry excuse for a story is one of those that puts the “lame” in the lamestream media, and it attempted to call out both me and WeAreChange.org, saying that we spread “fake news.” In reality, Simon Van Zuylen-Wood’s “This is What It’s Like to Read Fake News for Two Weeks” reads like the diary of a New York Hipster who is bitching and moaning because his echo-chamber has burst and he is trying to cope outside of his safe space.
There is one initial point Simon makes that I agree with, when he writes, “My working theory was that you can learn a lot about a fake news adherent from the company he keeps—especially on social media, where it’s possible to create bespoke echo chambers.” But the agreement stops there.
Alright, you say you spent TWO WEEKS investigating “fake news” and then you bring my name into it, so I want to know—what do you have on me? After investigating me, what is the worst thing you found?
“I scanned my feed to determine who was right. Cernovich was mostly doing Pizzagate coverage but also recommended I return to www.wearechange.org, where a contributor named @LukeWeAreChange was narrating developments in Syria,” Simon wrote. “Luke was filming himself at his desk, where he addressed the dichotomy head on. ‘With Assad having victory, the west and the mainstream media are freaking out in full hysteria,’ he told his viewers. ‘A lot of biased information meant to emotionally manipulate you.’”
He then went on to writer that I said, “You’re not getting this side of the story by the American mainstream media.” Uh yeah… BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT!
You had two weeks, and this is the worst thing you could find on me? I gave both sides of the story. I showed you a source from an American mainstream media article, and I showed you what someone on the ground reporting from a different point of view and what they’re telling their audience.
That is what journalism is! You present multiple sides, and you let the audience decide for themselves! You actually take the time to investigate, and then you source the information—as we do on our YouTube channel and website.
What Simon did was nitpick information and sources in order to make the claims he listed in his story, and he didn’t even address, investigate or debunk them. All he did was bitch and complain about them. He then hints at censorship he would like to see that doesn’t hurt his own personal bias.
“Watchdogs published lists of websites to disbelieve,” Simon wrote — OK… You mean that fake “watchdog” website Propornot that was promoted by the Washington Post before they were forced to place an “editor’s note” on their story admitting that Propornot was not a credible source???
Simon then wrote that he “watched and tried to imagine what was going through the mind of the man who sees the world through faux-tinted glasses.” — He might as well have been talking about himself. In his “attempt” to break through the barrier of his own echo chamber, he is only calling for more censorship on the people who do not fit into his liberal safe space.
If Simon Van Zuylen-Wood really wanted to get to the bottom of fake news, he wouldn’t be writing for a news organization that has supported a chief political correspondent like Glenn Thrush, who identified himself as a “hack” when he was submitting stories about Hillary Clinton to her campaign—before submitting them to his own editors.
Just to clear things up for people like Simon…. I am not left. I am not right. I call things like I see them. There is a reason Bill O’Reilly called We Are Change “Jihad-loving liberals,” and Chris Matthews attacked us as “Right-wing racist tea-baggers.” We call out the establishment when it needs to be called out. That is the true dichotomy that we’re facing here. Establishment vs. non-establishment.
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The main stream media has yet again been caught doing lazy journalism with their recent attack on alternative media and free speech with another hit piece this morning. This is not the only problem this independent news organization faces as WeAreChange was just issued a legal notice from our ad company about being labeled fake news with a verified sourced documented article. As our numbers are demised and the establishment is hell bent on stopping anyone speaking the truth we need your help more then ever on https://www.patreon.com/WeAreChange
The Real Truth Behind The CIA Report Of Russian Hacking Electing Trump
Published on Dec 11, 2016
In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest news of the CIA’s claim of Russian hackers electing president Donald Trump. There is a lot of disinformation in the mainstream with this story only perptrated by real FAKE NEWS the Washington Post and Jeff Bezos. To fight againts fake media support real independent media through https://www.patreon.com/WeAreChange
Legal marijuana sales are experiencing explosive growth in the United States, and are expected to top $7 billion this year.
The drug is now legal in some form in more than half of all U.S. states after ballot initiatives passed in several parts of the country in November elections.
As CCTV America’s Steve Mort reports from Florida;
The increasing availability of legal marijuana is spawning a host of industries designed to support the cannabis sector.
At this tech company in Fort Lauderdale, programmers have reason for optimism. Patrick Vo runs BioTrackTHC which is set to benefit from moves to legalize marijuana. Vo’s company develops computer programs to help retailers and the government keep tabs on sales.
BioTrackTHC began as a traditional tech firm, developing software to monitor pharmaceutical sales.
But with annual legal marijuana sales expected to top $22 billion by 2020, BioTrackTHC is capitalizing on strict state-level rules requiring cannabis plants to be accounted for from seed to sale.
While some pot-related technology companies are helping the marijuana industry meet its legal obligations, others are reaching out to marijuana users themselves.
Darren Roberts and Kenny Frisman came up with an idea for a social media platform called HighThere! which they describe as a “Tinder for tokers.” Their app connects some 400,000 marijuana users in about 15 countries.
“People connect in a comfortable environment where the stigma that, at times, comes with the cannabis consumer is sort of lifted,” Darren Roberts Co-founder, HighThere! said.
But with some form of legal marijuana now permitted in 28 U.S. states, industry analysts believe the cannabis tech startups will eventually face stiff competition from Silicon Valley.
The cannabis industry is also keeping a watchful eye on how the incoming Trump administration will treat marijuana which remains illegal under federal law.
But with legal cannabis sales expected to increase 26 percent this year, budding marijuana tech entrepreneurs say they’re confident, at least for now, that their plans won’t go up in smoke.