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“Don’t Meddle In The Election” Trump Jokes With Putin At G20

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Opinion | At the G20 summit in Osaka Japan, United States President Donald Trump joked with Russian President Vladimir Putin, about the accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump also made comments about fake news and suggested that the Russian government doesn’t need to worry about problems like that. However, Putin corrected him and told him things are the same in his country.

“Fake news. You don’t have this problem with Russia, We have. You don’t have it,” Trump said.

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“Yes, yes. We have, too. The same,” Putin responded in English.

Trump later cracked a joke to Putin about the election interference accusations.

“Don’t meddle in the election, president,” Trump said.

Putin seemed amused by the joke.

The television news channels seemed outraged the exchange and attempted to suggest that Trump was calling for the death of journalists.

CNN said that Trump made “a mockery” of the Russian “election interference.”

However, there was no real evidence of election interference on behalf of the Russian government, aside from the possibility that some fake Facebook ads may have been purchased in support of different candidates and issues.

It is also strange that positive relations between two world leaders would draw such outrage from the media.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting at the G20 leader’s summit in Osaka, Japan. Photo Credit. Reuters, Kevin Lamarque

At a time where Russia and the United States are struggling with diplomatic relations, and both countries are caught up in a variety of proxy wars, the media should be celebrating the fact that the leaders of these two countries are getting along so well.

There are many valid ways to criticize Trump, but the alleged election interference is not one of them. In fact, it is dangerous to incite division between the leaders of such large superpowers.

Just decades ago these two countries were on the brink of nuclear war, or at the very least a third world war. Diplomacy has come a very long way since the cold war, but in the past several years, relations have deteriorated as a result of the election hysteria.

 

Alex Baldridge is an activist and freelance journalist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a writer after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Alex is especially interested in topics like surveillance, the rise of automation, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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More Celebrities Are Starting To Voice Their Support For Donald Trump

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Last week, 50 Cent created a huge controversy when expressing his support for US President Donald Trump, but he is just one of many celebrities who are sticking their necks out to put the power of their platforms behind the sitting president. Many of them, like Ted Nugent or James Woods will come as no surprise to anyone, but some of these names are a bit shocking, such as punk rock legend Johnny Rotten.

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Each of these celebrities offer different reasons for their political leanings, and some of them don’t give any reason at all. However, all of these people are millionaires, so they share some of the same class concerns, as 50 Cent noted last week when he expressed his frustration with Biden’s tax plan for the wealthy.

Below are a few of the celebrities who have voiced support for Donald Trump.

1. Kelsey Grammer

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Allen Kelsey Grammer is an actor, comedian, singer, producer, director, writer and conservative political activist, best known for his two-decade-long portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. He was very open about voting for Trump in 2016.

2. Roseanne Barr

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Roseanne Barr is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and former presidential candidate. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy before gaining acclaim in the television sitcom Roseanne. She has been openly supportive of Donald Trump for years, and has stirred up controversy as a result.

3. Dean Cain

Dean Cain is the star of the show Lois & Clark and he endorsed President Trump during the 2016 election. More recently, he defended Kirstie Alley against attacks for her support of Trump.

4. Kristy Swanson

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Kristen Noel Swanson is best recognized for having played Buffy Summers in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer and appeared in the 1996 film The Phantom. She has been very vocal about her support for Donald Trump.

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5. Robert Davi

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Robert Davi is an actor whos is best known for his roles in The Goonies, Die Hard, and Licence to Kill. Davi is a vocal Trump supporter who has even contributed to Breitbart News.

6. Ted Nugent

The former rock artist Ted Nugent called President Trump the “greatest president of our lifetime” at a recent Trump rally in Michigan.

7. Johnny Rotten

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Johnny Rotten is best known as the lead singer of the late-1970s British punk band the Sex Pistols, but has recently made headlines over his support for Trump. He was even photographed wearing a Trump shirt.

8. Isaiah Washington

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Isaiah Washington is best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke in the first three seasons of the series Grey’s Anatomy. Washington supports the #WalkAway campaign, a movement urging people to “walk away” from the Democratic party and recently told Fox News that he supports Trump.

9. Jon Voight

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Jon Voight is an academy award-winning actor who starred in numerous blockbuster films.

10. Lee Greenwood

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The country music star Lee Greenwood allows the Trump campaign to use his song “God Bless the USA” at rallies.

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Which Dictator Killed The Most People?

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A popular infographic on the site memolition compares many different ruthless dictators through history, and shows their death counts illustrated by drops of blood to represent one million people killed.

Mao Zedong is at the top of the list, having directly or indirectly led to the deaths of 78 million people, followed by Joseph Stalin with an estimated 23 million, and Adolf Hitler with 17 million.

However, there are many scholars who suggest that these numbers are not so cut and dry, and may not offer an entirely accurate representation of what took place. To start, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong were both ruling over much larger populations, for a much longer time than Adolf Hitler, and many of the deaths that were caused under their regime were caused indirectly through poverty and famine.

Of course, Russia and China during these eras had brutal police states, where citizens were routinely killed or thrown into prison for defying the state. The primary goal of those regimes was maintaining power, which is fairly common of authoritarian regimes. However, with Hitler and the Nazis, the genocide was targeted at specific ethnic and social groups, and eugenics was at the forefront of the regime’s philosophy. Many scholars have argued that even though the Nazi regime killed fewer people than its communist counterparts of the time, they represented a unique danger because they were seeking to use military force to reshape the genetics of the world.

Leopold II of Belgium, who has been mostly forgotten by mainstream history, was also listed in the graphic. Leopold is said to be responsible for an estimated 15 million deaths. The vast majority of the killings took place during Belgium’s colonization of the Congo in Africa, where the country controlled a large number of mining operations. To encourage higher production at the mines, Leopold’s regime is said to have cut off the hands of men, women, and children when quotas were not met.

Each of these people were ruthless murderers, regardless of the circumstances, and many of the people who are in leadership positions in government today are not much different.

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List of 20 Songs The CIA Used To Torture Prisoners Of War

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According to numerous witnesses and declassified reports, video evidence, and testimony from prisoners, guards and soldiers, the CIA used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.

In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees.

Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion. Some of the songs are annoying and could understandably be considered torture, specifically the Barney & Friends theme song, and the Meow Mix commercial.

Some of the artists who have had their songs used for torture have been very opposed to US foreign policy, especially Rage Against The Machine. In some cases, bands have even sued the US government for using their music in Guantánamo torture. For example, the Canadian electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy famously sued the US government after learning that their music was being used to torture people at Guantanamo Bay.

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Below are some of the songs that have been identified most often as being used by the US military in their torture programs.

1. Deicide: **** Your God

2. Dope: Die MF Die, Take Your Best Shot

Bruno Godinho · Dope- Die MotherF*cker Die

3. Eminem: White America, Kim, The Real Slim Shady

4. Barney & Friends: theme song

5. Drowning Pool: Bodies

6. Metallica: Enter Sandman

7. Meow Mix: commercial jingle

8. Sesame Street: theme song

9. David Gray: Babylon

10. AC/DC: Shoot to Thrill, Hell’s Bells

11. Bee Gees: Stayin’ Alive

12. Tupac: All Eyez On Me

13. Christina Aguilera: Dirrty

14. Neil Diamond: America

15. Rage Against the Machine: unspecified songs

16. Don McLean: American Pie

17. Saliva: Click Click Boom

18. Matchbox Twenty: Cold

19. (hed)pe: Swan Dive

20. Prince: Raspberry Beret

This torture technique is nothing new and has also been used during protests and stand-off situations. In some cases, they don’t even use music but instead will just play loud noises on repeat for hours. This is often part of a sleep deprivation strategy, which includes keeping lights on subjects for hours or even days at a time.

When the United States invaded Panama in December 1989, General Noriega took refuge in an embassy on December 24th, which was immediately surrounded by U.S. troops. For about a week, the military blasted rock music, including Van Halen’s song “Panama.” They also played episodes of The Howard Stern Show for extended periods of time.

Musicians are becoming increasingly frustrated with their music being used by politicians and government agencies. Last year, a large group of musicians signed a letter asking politicians to stop using their music for campaign rallies and other government purposes, unless they have direct consent from the artist. Torture is technically banned by the Geneva convention, but many governments get around this international law by simply not classifying their actions as torture. This is much the same way that police agencies use weapons on protesters that are capable of killing people, but still refer to them as “less than lethal” weapons.

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