It’s brilliant actually. The mainstream media tries to do their job; calling out lies, illustrating potential conflicts of interest, and exposing the past of his nominees. But he declares it “fake news,” even while demanding the press do their job. Regrettably, the ignorant and The Deplorables blindly accept – even rabidly parrot – this.

The only official news has become that spouted by Big Brother. The only truth is the “truth” from Big Brother. He threatens that contradiction will be punished. “Alternative facts” quickly become the norm. We are to pay no attention to what was said last week; the “truth” is what they say now. It is true, and has always been true.

Joseph Goebbels would be proud, and George Orwell would be impressed.

- The Mad Sonneteer

theatlantic.com
Obama's Parting Blow Against Privacy
The NSA is relaxing its privacy rules, allowing more information on the private communications of Americans to be sent to 15 different intelligence agencies.
By Conor Friedersdorf

The outgoing Obama administration has just made NSA-collected data available to 17 different federal agencies, providing myriad new possible ways for mass data collection to be abused. And just in time for President Trump.

JUST BECAUSE A DEMOCRAT DOES IT DOES NOT MAKE IT OK. THIS WAS A STUPID IDEA.