The Boston Tea Party Myths Examined

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Executed by the Sons of Liberty 243 years ago today, The Boston Tea Party was the political protest that began the trend towards the American Revolution. Frustrated about paying taxation without representation, the Sons and their men, some in disguise, boarded ships and dumped their tea cargo into Boston Harbor.

That much we know. But from there, much of the who-what-why of it all can get criss-crossed. The Journal of the American Revolution has a great list of myths and what’s going on behind them. In his November 2013 article, Benjamin L. Carp laid out and investigated 7 interesting myths back. For example, about that “Boston Tea Party” in 1773:

The earliest known reference to the phrase “Boston Tea Party” comes from a newspaper story on December 30, 1825.  At a dinner celebrating the landing of the Pilgrims, W. P. Hawes offered the following toast: “The Boston Tea-party—May tyrants and oppressors throughout the world be speedily invited to a like entertainment.”[ii] Then shortly afterward in 1826, another story mentioned “a temperate, hardy old veteran” named Joshua Wyeth who “often boasts of the ‘Boston tea party.’”[iii] Initially the phrase may have referred to the party of men who dumped the tea, not the event itself.  An 1829 obituary of Nicholas Campbell reported that he “was one of the ever memorable Boston Tea Party.”[iv]  For the first fifty-three years afterward, people referred to the events of December 16, 1773, as “the destruction of the tea in Boston harbor,” or something similar.

Mr. Carp cites all his findings and it’s a great list, check it out here.

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Tucker Carlson Crushes Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald

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Newsweek Senior Writer Kurt Eichenwald sat for an interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight. It wasn’t pretty. Tucker called Kurt out for his biased attacks on Donald Trump, reading off a long list of quotes from his Twitter feed. Eichenwald came prepared with attitude, research on the Tuck, and long winding backstories. But when Tucker pressed, Kurt went into secret message mode. Watch Tucker’s reaction:

 

  • Tucker’s opening 10-ton question @ 0:18
  • Tucker reads from Kurt’s Twitter feed @ 0:47
  • Eichenwald strikes back with his own counter-intel @ 1:50
  • Tucker’s crushing “one last question” question @ 7:11
  • Tucker gives Kurt the last 30 seconds @ 7:53

Scott Adams: The Election Fog is Starting to Wear Off

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Scott “Dilbert” Adams has another great post about the hallucinogenic fog that we all just lived through. He explains our primitive brains didn’t evolve to clearly understand reality, and we each live inside our own unique “movie” of life. This can account for an election that either brought the American Spring or Hitler 2.0.

As the fog of hallucination begins to lift, he starts to breakdown the contradictions:

If you REALLY believe Hitler just came to power in the United States, why would you stop protesting? What are you doing that is more important than stopping Hitler?????????

So why did the protests fizzle out? I find this question fascinating. So should you

Scott gives a long list of evidence showing Trump is not very Hitler like– which should calm those still tripping out. He points out Trump actions:

7. Trump keeps meeting with people that opposed him, and both sides seem pleased with those meetings. That isn’t very Hitlerish.

8. Trump is non-interventionist. That doesn’t seem very Hitlerish.

Its a great read. Find Scott’s full post here.

Along with his blog archives on persuasion, you can find that and more on his blog Scott Adams’ Blog.

Comey Implies Obama Is Pushing the False Russian Hack Story

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Newsmax is reporting President-Elect Trump and FBI head James Comey spoke on the phone. They talked about there being no clear evidence showing Russia influenced the election result. Comey told Trump that DNI James Clapper agrees with him, but CIA head James Brennen does not. Comey implied that was probably because of President Obama:

The only member of the U.S. intelligence community who was ready to assert that the Russians sanctioned the hacking was John Brennan, the director of the CIA, according to sources who were briefed on Comey’s conversations with Trump.

“And Brennan takes his marching orders from President Obama,” the sources quoted Comey as saying.

Comey feels the story being pushed is an effort delegitimize Trump’s presidency by Democrats. While the FBI has been aware the Russians might cause mischief around the election, Comey told Trump it was unclear if anything happened or why Russia would prefer one candidate over the other.

Read the full story here on Newsmax.

Watch The Century of the Self – Part 4: Eight People Sipping Wine In Kettering

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The final episode in Adam Curtis’ four part mini-series The Century of Self looks at how the pendulum has swung back once again. Starting with mass mind control, swinging to unencumbered individual consumerism, Part 4: Eight People Sipping Wine In Kettering, shows how politicians and those in power across the world have pushed back, using all they now know to combine both approaches for total control.

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Stefan Molyneux – Why Civilizations Rise and Fall with Michael Woodley

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Stefan discusses the effects of nature on human I.Q. and its impact on society with Dr. Michael Woodley of Menie.

 

Highlights:

  • Impact of the cold and its retreat to a warmer planet @ 20:00
  • Measuring by cognitive ability Reaction Times @ 31:00
  • The “dark matter” of Intelligence Studies @ 48:00
  • What does the future hold if we’re losing an IQ point per decade @ 1:10:00

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Reddit’s Steve Huffman Begs for Forgiveness – Is It Too Late?

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The continuing saga of the Reddit Meltdown moves into the next stage of CEO Steve Huffman coming clean in a mea-culpa that may prove to be too little too late. Sitting down with Re/code and reported on CNBC.

Huffman, showing how clearly out of touch he still is, laments that people are using “his” platform (emphasis ours).

“The irony is, they’re on my platform. I’ve defended their right to be on our platform many times,” he said. “I don’t want to take your voice away. I just want you to stop being a_______s.”

Yes, he is CEO and currently in charge of Reddit. But last I checked it was owned by Condé Nast Publications. Importantly, the only value web properties like Reddit have are their User base. Reddit is a User sustained community with all of their content coming from user submissions. The platform is the Users. Without them there’re nothing. He’s more a steward than an owner

You can read the original post and listen to the full podcast on Recode/Decode.

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P-E Trump Names Ret. General John Kelly to Head DHS

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President-Elect Donald Trump has named Marine Corp Retired General John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security. As reported by Reuters, the Trump Team feels General Kelly is an important of locking down the free-flow U.S. border immigration. From the Trump statement, General Kelly will:

“spearhead the urgent mission of stopping illegal immigration and securing our borders”

You can read more quotes and background on Gen Kelly at Breitbart, along with some video.

PJW Breaks Down the False Russia ‘Hacking the Election’ Narrative

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Over at @PrisonPlanet Paul Joseph Watson (JWS) does a great job of fleshing out the malarkey surrounding Russia ‘Hacking the Election’.

He runs through the whole story: Democrat reaction to the election loss, ginned up CIA claims, James Clapper spearheading the info, pundit calls for nuclear strikes on Russia (from a non-citizen no less).

Check out he video here and be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel here.