March 28, 2020

Fear, Complexity, Environmental Management: Only “Insiders” Can Predict

I was sent a link today to a 2005 lecture given by the author Michael Crichton to the Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy. If you want a medium to long read on how our minds are manipulated, go take a look. It’s quite good, especially if you are susceptible to having your mind manipulated.

Suppose you were sitting outside on your deck at your very country/rural home, when you decided perhaps you would turn on the radio and tune in to some soft, relaxing music to assist in wiling away the hours doing basically nothing. And then, while searching for the right station, you happen on to “breaking news.” What catches your attention is that you hear the name of the town and exact road that you live on. You listen closer and hear an excited reporter telling listeners that at the very address you live at, the forests and all surrounding vegetation has been completely destroyed due to Climate Change. The world is going to end if we don’t do something NOW.

You pause and look around. Nothing has changed. You can see with your own eyes. All the trees are still there. There’s understory vegetation, flowers, birds, bees, your lawn is green and needs to be mowed. The lettuce is up in the garden and all seems just fine. What the hell is this person talking about?

While perhaps an exaggeration, and I’ll admit probably not the best analogy in the world, don’t miss the point I’m going to give a shot at making.

Crichton’s lecture is “spot on” as they say. Who are they? What is “spot on?” I don’t know. I’m still looking. I find the author of over 200 million copies of books mostly “spot on” because he tells of several things I want to believe. Are the things Crichton shares truth? I think he might believe them to be. He is a very brilliant man.

The short of the lecture is mostly about how we live in a complex world and yet think (I use the term very loosely) linearly. As such, issues too complex for 99% of people to grasp, become dealt with only in ways in which we are capable of making sense out of, i.e. linear thinking (more accurately defined as what the media tells us).

Crichton uses many examples to explain his theory, such as “management” of animals and the general environment of Yellowstone National Park. It was when I began reading everything about Yellowstone that the lecturer spoke of, did I realize, here’s a brilliant man, the author of so many books, and the best he could do was echo what he had read or had been told about wildlife in Yellowstone and the history of the region. Had he been there? Did he have hands on experience and vast knowledge of the history and all the things he shared? I don’t think so. In other words, he became the reporter on the radio telling people my trees and vegetation had all died due to Climate Change. No difference…NONE!

Mind you the lecture was brilliant. I found myself becoming engrossed in each example of how the “media” (let’s not be fooled as to who might be the biggest media mogul in this discussion) gets sucked into current events, including those concerning the environment. This “linear” approach is, just about always, and Crichton gives examples, laced with brilliant choices of terminology designed to not just sell copies, but to purposefully scare the be-jeepers out of all of us. It works. Fear controls the masses.

If, let’s say, all reports that attempt to fill us with fear about such things as Climate Change, is the normal, then isn’t it honest to assume that Crichton’s attempt at telling us that exaggerated and embellished actions and reactions never pan out and we shouldn’t fear such things, the antithesis, or HIS normal?

If we shouldn’t get caught up in the media’s fear-mongering about climate, environment, wildlife, etc., because, as Crichton says, what is being reported is most always wrong, is soon forgotten, and history shows nothing predicted and expressed through fear-mongering ever materializes, then why should we believe what he is telling us? Why should you believe what I’m telling you?

The premise of what Crichton expresses is quite accurate and shouldn’t be lost in this point and counterpoint. Fear is a powerful tool and it is one that has been used since the beginning of time to effect change and desired responses.

We are a society nurtured on Media, and I believe the majority of the world is the same; some more than others. We have become incapable of self-education and self-study, yielding self expression and thought. Any desire for such has been basically bred out of our existence. We are actually demonized and mocked for doing so.

If we are willing to accept the analogy of the radio announcer telling a completely different story than what you can see with your own eyes, are we willing to take that notion to an even higher level of understanding and consider there is little reason to also believe those who offer counter explanations, based as well on reports and data/information published by other men? The Media is an echo chamber. To rebut the Media with Media is a false premise. It can be argued that what constitutes an accurate premise, or logical validity in those things being presented, is consistency in what you speak of, not necessarily the truth. Think about that for a moment and then consider this.

I believe that I have many years of self-learned knowledge of what Crichton used in supporting his premises about Yellowstone National Park and wildlife management, to know that he was guilty of using false and embellished media accounts, and unproven claims of fact, in his own supposition. While much of what he presents I would agree as good argument, it is incomplete and so, presents itself as no better than the topic of his lecture.

Aren’t we honestly at a point where we can only believe what we see with our own eyes? I will have to also question whether or not what we see is what is real or whether it is what we want to see. How bad off are we?

I have expressed often the dangers wildlife biologists and managers are embroiled in while attempting to do their work under the false pretenses of Climate Change. If, as Crichton points out, the emotional clap-trap and fear huckstering readily on display, shows in the end that all the media clatter from the beginning was not even worthy of the effort, what does this have to say about the time and money being spent by wildlife managers who are hamstrung by the inaccurate proposition of Climate Change? As victims, we have abandoned tried and true management practices; convinced ourselves that what we see with our own eyes and has been passed down, is less believable than the radio announcer.

For me, there were two very important take aways from Crichton’s lecture. The first was when he was discussing how businesses, such as those involved in the financial market places, cannot predict what is going to happen, but it doesn’t stop them from offering “speculation” (fear) in order to artificially and dishonestly alter things for personal gain.

Crichton writes that nobody can predict the financial markets, “…except insider traders.” This slightly off-the-cuff comment is, perhaps, the basis for the entire concept that the Media influences everything in our lives to the point that regardless of whether proof is provided or not that the Media lies, embellishes stories, and causes us to do things an independent thinker would never dream of, we continue to turn to the same source for our food.

The Media, the ones seemingly responsible for “linear” thinking in a complex existence, are not stand-alone enterprises – somebody owns them and somebody controls them. If you are considering the explanation that all media are lies, then it’s even more important to understand who manipulates the Media and for what purposes.

The second take away involves what Crichton says at the end of his lecture. I will attempt to paraphrase. He said that all of this media hype and carrying on is akin to the years that people have repeatedly said the end of the world is coming, and yet it hasn’t. And yet he says nothing has changed. Hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes are all just a normal part of being here on earth. He ends his lecture by saying, “Is this the end of the world?  No: this is the world. It’s time we knew it.”

I’ll leave you with some parting thoughts. If all the commotion about things around us, i.e. environment, wildlife, politics, science, etc., is much ado about nothing, and ALL media, including Michael Crichton, is controlled manipulation, then is it safe to say that Crichton’s attempt at telling us all that nothing is changing and nothing will change, the work of someone who doesn’t believe in the Holy Scriptures? How are his claims any different than those of the Media he pokes fun at?

We are in a boiling frog syndrome. We cannot see the changes before us because we have been subjected to them over a long gradual period of time. Perhaps not the hurricanes, storms, earthquakes…yet, but there will come a point when things will begin spinning out of control. Then what? Will you still be saying, this IS the world? Or this is the END of the world?

Somewhere out there, there is a smart aleck who will comment that if what I write I believe, then why should anyone believe what I write? My answer is simple – you shouldn’t. If it stimulates independent thought and most importantly prompts you to seek GOD, the only source of truth, then I have done my job.

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Come Now! Progressivism Caused by Republican Somnolence?

*Editor’s Note* – Below is a link to Victor David Hanson’s piece on the “Progressive Race to the Bottom.” What he writes is, for the most part, quite accurate but lacking in real, in-depth read searching as most members of the Media seem instructed to do. What I am not sure of is whether Hanson actually believes all that he writes.

He correctly blames the rapid transformation of a society into a progressive frenzy that seems out of this world to any true conservative, on a “somnolent” Republican Party. However, Hanson, after showing readers point blank truth that there is no such thing as a Democrat and Republican Party, tries to show hope for the future that the Republican Party will wake up. Wake up from what? Does nobody anymore see the historic Tom Foolery of the make believe two-party system? It’s right in front of our eyes and yet it can’t be seen?

When the Republicans are in control of the White House and Congress, it’s all talk and no action. This cannot be seen in the reality it is because brainwashed, well-trained automatons keep their short attention spans focused on News, Facebook, Twitter, etc. never lifting their hand to read search and discover the real truth that is no longer spoken or made easily available.

When the Democrats are in control of the White House and Congress, it’s all talk and no action. I could verbatim repeat what I just wrote above, but why bother. Both parties practice somnolence it appears, not by choice but by order. Order of whom?

Hanson talks of how Obama changed the goal post in a violent swing to the Left with his presidency of executive actions. We should know, but most don’t, that executive actions can all be erased by the next president. So how has Trump done in erasing Obama’s executive orders? How about socialized medicine? How about secure borders? What has really changed to slow down or halt the out-of-control migration to progressivism? If it can be built with executive actions surely it can be destroyed by the same.

To the extent in which Hanson describes how the society/slaves of the U.S. Corporation, has progressed into socialism and on the verge of communism, there obviously is no longer enough collective brain power to see the obvious – that all of this radical progressive shift didn’t just happen because the Republicans feel asleep. Or, you can continue to dither and believe that that is the real reason. See you later.

Both parties have their sleeping disorders. Politics in government follows a path and plan that is laid out by someone or something bigger than a political party or a college and university system.

The message here seems to be to hear what I say, BUT DON’T GO LOOK! Society and politics is terrible! We’re all gonna die! BUT DON’T GO LOOK!

Until such time as people are willing to put away all the false teachings that have been and currently are being shoved down their throats as truth, we will never move beyond a handful of people willing to spend ten minutes reading someone’s incomplete perspective of why we are where we are and doing what we are doing.

Much of the world is somnolent, incapable of moving beyond the false dichotomy of a Democrat and Republican Party. It’s much, much bigger than that.

Wake Up!!!

“The old Democratic party championed the working classes, wanted secure borders to protect middle-class union wage earners, and focused generous federal entitlement help on the citizen poor. Civil rights were defined as equality of opportunity for all.

That party is long dead. An updated Hubert Humphrey or even Bill Clinton would not recognize any of the present “Democrats.”

Even the old wing of elite liberals is mostly long gone, with its talk of legal immigration only, opposition to censorship, pro-Israel foreign policy, let-it-hang-out Sixties indulgence, and free speech.

It was superseded by grim progressives who are not so much interested in a square, new, or fair deal for the middle classes, as an entirely different deal that redefines everything from the Bill of Rights and the very way we elect presidents and senators to an embrace of identity politics as its first principle.” <<<READ MORE>>>

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Just a Question

If the “Left” doesn’t control the media, or should I say mostly dominate the propaganda that is dished out, as they claim they do not, then why do they fight so mercilessly to protect it for what it is?
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Government, Media, Propaganda: The Image of the Beast. Why I Hate it All

I was asked by someone last evening why, it seemed, that I didn’t have much interest in discussing the current events going on in this country and around the world. Below is my basic response, edited in order to share with the public. This may help to explain where I am coming from with information that I share on this website.
There is seldom a day goes by that I don’t desire to simply pull the plug on all of this. Why do I keep doing this? I don’t want to anymore! But I keep feeling that maybe if I can reach one person that might cause them to think for themselves and seek Yehwah for answers instead of man-gods and governments, my work will not have been in vain.
I don’t know. This platform is being censored and controlled more and more with each passing hour. One day soon this website will be gone…probably before I have a chance to decide to pull the plug.
Hang in there! In the meantime, you have decisions to make.
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I don’t know that it is lack of excitement in discussing issues as much as I don’t really follow any of it anymore. I find that all of it is a Satanic lie that is being used to destroy, distract, and deceive the masses in order that they do not keep their eyes on God. And it is working wonderfully. The world is insane. It is pointless to attempt to have a rational conversation with just about everybody.
I was having a bit of a conversation yesterday and I got pretty wound up telling this person how insane we all were because we are addicted (by design) to cellphones and social media. And I have said since the beginning of the technology that it would finish the destruction of society and civilization as we once knew it. I was right. I am right. God is right. I told this person how that we have conversations about this fact and how you “know” and “agree” and yet 5 mins later you got the Beast stuck in your face feeding on your uncontrolled desires to be filled with lies, lies and more lies.
God warned us that if we got caught up in this stuff that one day his people would be gone and perhaps the rest would ask, “What happened?” Or maybe not. That’s the insanity that exists. We mouth that FB, cell phones etc. are terrible. We mouth that the media lies. We mouth that government lies and is corrupt and evil and yet that’s where we turn all our attention. It is insanity to seek help and answers from those that have caused our insanity.
I told this person to just look at what government and media are doing to people. There is absolutely no way to find a reason that all of it is nothing but the work of Satan. I’ve never seen so much anger, hatred, and emotion as I am seeing from people who want to believe the lies. There is no reason to think or believe that anything we are being told or are reading about is truth…NONE! And yet we can’t help ourselves. BE NOT DECEIVED we are told by God and yet we practice and perpetuate the ultimate in deception. How do I know this? Because nobody believes they are deceived. They believe they are the holders of truth. All else is wrong.
I don’t belong to any of this world. I have nothing in common with anything in this world except my trees, garden, digging dirt and going to the bathroom in the morning. The rest of it I want to see destroyed. It can’t come quickly enough.
I was quite vocal yesterday telling this person that we all sit around with our cell phones stuck in our faces, mesmerized by the Beast, the anti-christ, and then we run off to church where they got it all messed up and tell people that one day in the future this beast, this antichrist will rise up and control the people and cause them to only buy and sell if they have his mark. Like it was some long into the future event and they are already living it. Prophecy has come true. They are deceived. They are being lied to. They carry it with them constantly and can’t live without the “image of the beast.” It is destroying all who go to it. And we going WILLINGLY!
And right now probably this person sits on the couch with the “Image” reading lie after lie after lie, believing they have the truth. More than likely they will waste many hours of their life today glued to that evil piece of shit that I have hated since the day it was created. And we thought television was going to destroy society.
So, this person being no different than the rest of us – we know not what we do – agrees with all I said yesterday and then turns and tells me how something has to be done to correct all these “crises” etc. that we are being told are taking place. All I said was, “So you don’t agree that there is no reason to listen to any of that because we don’t know what is true and what isn’t true.”
They said they are trying to find out the truth. And I said you prove my point. The insanity of stating you think the media and the Internet, FB etc. is all lies but yet we select which lying entity we will take information from. WHY? Because they say things we want to hear? YUP!
Insanity, Insanity, Insanity. Jesus come quickly. I can’t take this much longer.
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We’re All Gonna Die!!! Or Are We Making America Great Again

More reasons to NEVER believe and above all, NEVER TRUST the media.

Yesterday, about 24 hours ago, we saw where we are all going to die –

Get Ready for Most Cryptocurrencies to Hit Zero, Goldman Says

17 hours later, Make America Great Again –

Cryptocurrency market could hit $1 trillion this year with bitcoin surging to $50,000, experts say

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The Left, The Right, Reality and Zinke’s Proposed Forest Management Practices

From the Left all we ever hear is “We’re all gonna die!” From the Right all we ever hear is “It’s about time we’re gonna get it right!” The reality is nothing ever changes. But, don’t go look. The Left/Right paradigm is fake but exists only in echoed rhetoric and that is exactly what we are seeing when Trump’s new Secretary of the Interior announced changes in forest management practices.

The West is burning up, as one report this morning stated. Forest fires are popping up everywhere and as is usually the case, the Left blames is on Global Warming, and the Right blames it on poor forest management practices that result in the creation of tinder boxes.

Another example of the emotional reactions of brainwashed and blinded people is that immediately fear mongering began about the possibility that a tree might now be cut on Maine’s new and mostly unwanted national monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters.

The Right claims that their intent is “a healthy forest through active timber management,” with never a definition of the intent – and that is for a reason. The Left threatens a lawsuit if Zinke tries to cut down one tree in Katahdin Woods and Waters.

St. Clair, the original owner’s son, who is now the front man, without having a clue what Zinke meant by changing forest management practices, said, “We didn’t donate this land to be used as a commercial timbering operation.”

And this is business as usual here in the U.S. of A. While nothing changes in the Federal Government, except that which the ruling establishment wants to change and Congress just does as they are told, a part of what never changes, which is the reason the Federal Government gets away with what they do, is that the Left and Right continue their reactions and responses in the usual manner. In this case, the Left says we’re all gonna die and the Right says it’s about time to get it right. And then it’s on to the next round of fake announcements and none of these mouthy people ever go back to examine exactly what took place.

I think James Beers, former member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says it quite well as to why nothing will change – except the emotional rhetoric that always accompanies false political announcement. The Left controls every aspect of government, as well as every non-governmental agency. Because of the infiltration and successful years of brainwashing and mind control throughout our indoctrination factories, even those, like Sec. Zinke, who, to the Left, appears to be a Rightist intent on destroying the forests, cannot help but do anything except what the Left desires – protect the forests and create the tinder boxes. Only politics calls for the political rhetoric to satisfy the voters of each perspective party.

Beers points out much the same when he says that the only way anything could change is through serious changes and/or repeals of certain draconian federal laws that prohibit change of any kind. And we know that will NEVER happen because it is not intended to happen. And so we keep on keeping on.

Beers writes in a recent email:

All of these above mentioned reasons for fuel accumulation and many, many other dwindling public land benefits that are slated for elimination by fiats, regulations and unjust law authorities granted federal bureaucrats in the past 40 to 50 years have a common taproot..  Past Administrations, their appointees and the bureaucrat “scientists” they have hired, all have this land closure and sustainable natural resource management elimination  as their ultimate goal.  Unless and until that “legal” (?) authorization for federal bureaucrats in federal laws like the ESA and Wilderness Act is either repealed or severely and specifically controlled in the specific federal laws authorizing such tyranny I don’t believe these somewhat generic and feel-good directives amount to anything.  The next Administration (look to all the Obama directives and letters, etc. on a wide variety of subjects) will simply issue their own directives (and probably in less than 9 months) and just drop the government truck into high gear and truck on down the road from where they left off on 19 January, 2017.

Because we cannot see, with each announced or “leaked” (that’s funny) change to anything, we will always keep hearing, we’re all gonna die, and it’s about time to get it right, but the truth is nothing ever changes, because “We the People” call all the shots and “we the people” have nothing to say about it – but we are trained to think we do.

Yep, somethings never change. Just more talk.

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NRA To Washington Post: You Do More To Damage The Country With Your Keyboards Than Our Members Ever Have With Their Guns

*Editor’s Note* – SAY WHAT??? I must be tired this morning.

The media is a better option since they sin in ways great and small every day and everyone on the right has their own list of grievances about them. And the NRA’s base is decidedly right-wing: Per a recent Pew survey, 77 percent are either Republican or lean Republican, making them prime targets for an anti-journo message. For the moment, Trump’s running for reelection a la the old Bush 41 joke, “Annoy the media, vote Republican.” This is the gun-rights version of that. Annoy the media, support the NRA.<<<Read More>>>

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But Isn’t It ALL FAKE?

The Patriot Post has an article about how “nefarious,” “alarming” and “minus perspective” media reports have become concerning global warming. While the author’s information may or may not be true, does it really matter? Disputing what and how others report on “Climate Change” is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

The article states: “Like any policy discussion, the field of science can be easily distorted and misconstrued when it lacks proper perspective and insight.”

Great! But, so what? If the New York Times reports that, “nothing can be attributed to mere natural causes any more. It all has to be because of global warming,” and this is followed by a report that science can and is distorted along with a lack of honest perspective with no truth presented for readers, it is then “Fake News.” In the context of what is being written, one has to ask then if rebutting on “Fake News” doesn’t by default become “Fake News?”

Who knows what the proper terminology should be for what is being written. It’s all mostly a lie and worthless (to me) propaganda. I understand that media outlets have to make money and so they publish what they think will make them money. Not everyone can see it as such. Of course the Media hide behind their responsibility as journalists, blah, blah, blah. However, the short and long of it all is that it’s but mere entertainment and that’s why we read what we read. Who would actually read facts and figures?

The reader isn’t interested in discovering truth because to do so requires work. One has to dig beyond the emotional clap-trap. Nobody does that nor do they care. And, the media knows that and that’s why they entertain their readers with Fake News because THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT TO READ AND HEAR!

Consequently what we are left with is Fake News, faking out the fakers who fake news.

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There Is No Credibility When Talking Moose and Global Warming

It’s just a constant echo chamber! It never ends. Stupid begets stupid and the heritage of ignorance is perpetuated.

Moose in Northern New England are being killed by winter ticks…at least that is part of the reason. So long as fake scientists, along with the tools of the inept media echo chambers keep repeating utter nonsense, there is no hope.

In a recent diatribe from an environmental website, there is a relentless onslaught of how global warming and the existence of man is just screwing everything up. As an example of just plain stupidity, the author tells readers that what destroyed the moose in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont around the turn of the century was unregulated hunting and logging operations: “the moose—nearly disappeared from New England in the 19th century, a result of unregulated hunting and the clearing of forests.”

This statement is immediately followed by this one: “In recent decades, they found ideal habitat among the mechanized logging operations of Maine…. The timber industry provides a constant supply of new tree growth, the animal’s primary food.”

In another recent email I received, someone was quoted to say that warmer winters were a benefit to the deer population in Maine, followed by a statement saying, however, global warming was killing off all the deer in Maine.

There is no credibility. It matters not whether there is full, some or no truth in the points these people are trying to make. When you make such absurd statements that once a Second Grader could pick up on, one must find real difficulty in swallowing any of the rest of the regurgitated offal the media and fake scientists toss out at us.

The short of it all is this. Greed and the perverse worship of animals (worship of the creation over the Creator) demands that wild animals can be viewed regularly from the comfort of ones home or automobiles. An honest scientific application to achieve healthy wildlife populations has taken a back seat to social demands made by ignorant and greedy people unwilling to get outdoors and find the creatures where they are.

With this ingrained into our society, don’t ever expect that things will change…there will continue to be prevalent diseases.

My God! Didn’t we use to learn this stuff in like 3rd Grade?

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Ford’s Funding of “Fake News” Through Ad Revenue Raises Questions

*Editor’s Question* – When Obama was in the White House and Fox News spent every waking minute being “hostile” toward the man, was Fox News also “Fake News?” Isn’t this just getting a bit carried away?

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Shareholder Activists Want to Ask Ford Motor Company Executives About Potential Backlash for Advertising on News Programs Hostile to Trump Administration

Will Automaker Use Virtual Format to Avoid Answering Tough Investor Inquiries?

Washington, DC – On Thursday, the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project  (FEP) – the nation’s leading proponent of free-market investor activism – will seek to ask Ford Motor Company executives if they believe there is a reputational risk and potential consumer backlash from advertising on television news programs hostile to the Trump Administration.  FEP representatives are hoping for the opportunity to pose this tough question during Ford’s first online shareholder meeting – a departure from traditional in-person meetings.

“Ford executives will be tested to see if they are willing to tackle hard questions at a virtual shareholder meeting where they control access,” said National Center Vice President David W. Almasi.  “When liberal politicians wanted to avoid angry constituents during the Tea Party movement, they held virtual meetings to avoid uncomfortable interaction.  We are hoping Ford executives will not employ the same strategy.  Annual meetings are the one time a year when shareholders can question corporate leadership.  To restrict that opportunity would be a disservice to the investment community.”

The Ford shareholder meeting will be held on May 11 at 8:30AM eastern in an audio-only format accessible through the Ford website.

During the meeting’s question and answer session, FEP hopes to ask if Ford executives think that advertising on news programs hostile to the Trump Administration could harm the Ford brand by exposing it to “reputational risk” now that “fake news” and leaked emails showing collusion between liberal political operatives and members of the media have caused public trust in the media to plunge.

“We filed a shareholder resolution asking Ford to detail the risk to its reputation of doing business with media outlets that were exposed by WikiLeaks as working closely with the political class to promote specific political and policy agendas.  Rather than being transparent about such risks, the company petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeking approval to exclude our proposal, arguing that this was an issue in which shareholders shouldn’t have a say.  The SEC ultimately agreed with Ford, but we are still seeking answers,” said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq., who is set to represent FEP at the meeting.  “Now, many of those same news outlets that we expressed concern about in our proposal are seemingly at war with the White House.  President Trump has called much of the mainstream media an enemy of the American people and has accused specific media outlets of peddling fake news.  The risks to Ford’s reputation of continuing to advertise with such outlets appear to be increasing, not diminishing.”

This is the third time FEP will participate in a Ford shareholder meeting.  In 2011, FEP asked Ford to reassess its membership in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) – a fringe political group pushing regulations that FEP noted might negatively impact Ford and its consumers. Ford left USCAP  in 2012.  In 2014, a FEP representative asked the automaker to educate the public about how government regulations increase the cost of producing a vehicle and to consider listing regulatory impact on sales stickers of new Ford cars and trucks.

 Launched in 2007, the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project is the nation’s preeminent free-market activist group – focusing on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business.  Since 2014, National Center representatives have participated in nearly 100 shareholder meetings to advance free-market ideals in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers’ rights and many other important public policy issues.  This is the fourteenth shareholder meeting the FEP has attended in 2017.

The National Centers Free Enterprise Project activism has yielded a tremendous return on investment:

  • FEPs highly-publicized questioning of support for the Clinton Foundation by Boeing and General Electric helped trigger an FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundations activities that dominated the 2016 presidential campaign.  
  • FEP inquiries prompted Facebook to address political bias against conservatives in social media.
  •  Company executives acknowledged media bias at ABC News (Disney), the Washington Post and CNN (Time Warner) in response to FEPs challenges, which helped to bring about more objective reporting and more balanced political representation.
  • FEPs Employee Conscience Protection Project strengthened protections for the political beliefs and activities of over five million workers at 13 major U.S. corporations.
So far in 2017, the FEP has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Variety, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Breitbart, WorldNetDaily, Drudge Report, Business Insider, CNET, National Public Radio, American Family Radio and SiriusXM. In 2016, the FEP was also featured in the Washington Times, the Fox News Channel’s “Cavuto,” the Financial Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Newsmax, the Daily Caller, Lifezette, the Seattle Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribuneamong many others.  The Free Enterprise Project was also featured in Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassels 2016 book The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech (Hachette Book Group).

 

 The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 60,000 active recent contributors.  Sign up for email updates here.  Follow us on Twitter at @NationalCenter for general announcements.  To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at @NCPPRMedia.

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