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The Dutch Euthanize Their Elderly, and Other Scary GOP Lies About Europe - Heather Horn - International. Rick Santorum says 10% of Netherlands deaths are from euthanasia, the latest Republican fear-mongering about supposed European barbarity.

The Dutch Euthanize Their Elderly, and Other Scary GOP Lies About Europe - Heather Horn - International

Reuters The American right sure seems to like stories about foreign countries killing their citizens. London 2012 Olympics Win Gold Medal For Cluelessness By Banning Video And Photo Uploads To Social Media During Games. As Techdirt has reported, the London 2012 Olympics bring with them a range of "special" measures guaranteed to make London a place for lovers of freedom to avoid this summer.

London 2012 Olympics Win Gold Medal For Cluelessness By Banning Video And Photo Uploads To Social Media During Games

Journalists Smeared Online While Investigating Pentagon Propaganda [Updated] A reporter and an editor from USA Today have become targets of a shadowy online misinformation campaign while investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors, according to the paper.

Journalists Smeared Online While Investigating Pentagon Propaganda [Updated]

Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker noticed fake websites, Twitter accounts, Facebook profiles, and even Wikipedia pages start popping up right after they began asking around about the military's "information operations" programs in Iraq and Afghanistan. USA Today reports, "If the websites were created using federal funds, it could violate federal law prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption. " Conservative Alleges New York Times Covered Up Recession. The hilariously over-the-top partisan slant of conservative organs like Fox News is often a puzzle — just how does any sentient conservative justify this sort of thing as news?

Conservative Alleges New York Times Covered Up Recession

The usual response is that conservatives consider Fox News nothing more than an antidote to the equally biased liberal media. I don’t personally consider the charge of liberal bias to be purely fiction — on social issues, in particular, the news media pretty clearly lean left — but in the conservative imagination, the mainstream news media is a pure organ of partisan bias. Consider a sample. Last week, the New York Times published a story suggesting that the economic recovery is faltering. False Equivalence: Here's How You Deal With It - James Fallows - Politics. [Please see update below.]

False Equivalence: Here's How You Deal With It - James Fallows - Politics

Joe Nocera -- disclosure: longtime friend -- has a column in the NYT today about the "controversy" over the Chevy Volt. The controversy is whether this ambitious hybrid car, which can get very high mileage per gallon of gas (~ 200 mpg), illustrates Obama-administration overreach for industrial planning, enforced conservationism, and across-the-board liberalism gone mad. As Nocera points out, Fox News has repeatedly presented it that way. There was even a Volt-ish allusion in some of the argument against the Obama health care plan before the Supreme Court last week.

If the government can force me to buy medical care, why shouldn't it force me to buy not just broccoli but also an electric car? Message Machine - Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand - Series. Fear Itself: Americans Believe Iran Threat on Par With 1980s Soviet Union - Max Fisher - International. A new poll shows that Americans today are more afraid of Iran than they were of the USSR in 1985, a peak of the Cold War.

Fear Itself: Americans Believe Iran Threat on Par With 1980s Soviet Union - Max Fisher - International

Left, Russian troops move an intercontinental SS-19 missile. Right, parading a mid-range Shahab-3 missile in Tehran. AP In November 1985, CNN commissioned a poll asking Americans to gauge the Soviet Union's threat to the U.S. The century-old novel right-wingers believe guides Obama - Barack Obama. “For a long time I have known that this hour would come, and that there would be those of you who would stand affrighted at the momentous change from constitutional government to despotism, no matter how pure and exalted you might believe my intentions to be.

The century-old novel right-wingers believe guides Obama - Barack Obama

“But in the long watches of the night, in the solitude of my tent, I conceived a plan of government which, by the grace of God, I hope to be able to give to the American people. … (H)ateful as is the thought of assuming supreme power, I can see no other way clearly.” — from “Philip Dru: Administrator” “Philip Dru, Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935″ is a novel about a successful rebellion against a hopelessly corrupt U.S. government. Its leader then becomes a benevolent dictator, and restores the rule of law to the Republic. Though he didn’t put his name on the book, author Colonel Edward Mandell House was a Texas political insider who worked assiduously to make Woodrow Wilson president. Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012. April 19, 2012|By Rex Huppke, Tribune Newspapers.

Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012

Hidden links between #Kony2012, "The Family," and Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill. What Wilson dug up is now detailed in an extensive blog post.

Hidden links between #Kony2012, "The Family," and Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill

There's a lot to sort through, but it's exhaustively-researched stuff. The Imperial Mind. Americans of all types — Democrats and Republicans, even some Good Progressives — are just livid that a Pakistani tribal court (reportedly in consultation with Pakistani officials) has imposed a 33-year prison sentence on Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani physician who secretly worked with the CIA to find Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil.

The Imperial Mind

Their fury tracks the standard American media narrative: by punishing Dr. Afridi for the “crime” of helping the U.S. find bin Laden, Pakistan has revealed that it sympathizes with Al Qaeda and is hostile to the U.S. (NPR headline: “33 Years In Prison For Pakistani Doctor Who Aided Hunt For Bin Laden”; NYT headline: “Prison Term for Helping C.I.A.

Find Bin Laden”). How Do You Sell a Car to a Millennial? - Jordan Weissmann - Business. Twenty-somethings are unemployed, living with their parents, and driving less. But Chevrolet's youth guru still sees a big market in generation stuck. The Chevrolet Tru 140S, a new concept car aimed at Millennials; Photo: Chevrolet The auto industry is facing a conundrum. The Millennial generation, those Internet-addled 80s and 90s babies, now make up 40 percent of the potential U.S. car-buying population. Unfortunately, they just don't seem that interested in buying cars. Just 27 percent of new vehicles are purchased by 21 to 34-year-olds, according to the industry analyst CNW Market Research, down from about 38 percent in 1985.

ALEC Sends Out an SOS to Breitbart Bloggers. Shortly after issuing a press release announcing that it was disbanding its "Public Safety and Elections Task Force" after 30 years, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held a training for the right-wing blogosphere. ALEC Director of External Relations Caitlyn Korb spoke yesterday at a Heritage Foundation "Bloggers Briefing," begging conservative bloggers for help while prepping "a very aggressive campaign to really spread the word about what we actually do. " Korb appears to be a new ALEC employee who recently worked for the Cato Institute. Both ALEC and Cato have received funding from Koch family foundations. The Heritage Foundation is an ALEC member. Review & Outlook: Shutting Down ALEC.