European Copyright Leak Exposes Plans to Force the Internet to Subsidize Publishers

Clerk Note: With the drip-drip-drip of boring legislation, the mighty rock of freedom is cracked. Follow the money.


European Copyright Leak Exposes Plans to Force the Internet to Subsidize Publishers


By: Jeremy Malcolm
Date: 2016-08-26

A just-leaked draft impact assessment on the modernization of European copyright rules could spell the end for many online services in Europe as we know them. The document's recommendations foreshadow new a EU Directive on copyright to be introduced later this year, that will ultimately bind each of the European Union's 28 member states. If these recommendations by the European Commission are put in place, Europe's Internet will never be the same, and these impacts are likely to reverberate around the world.

The 182-page document identifies three general objectives—ensuring wider access to content, adapting copyright exceptions to the digital and cross-border environment, and achieving a well-functioning marketplace for copyright. In this initial article we examine the recommendations that fall under the third of these three objectives, which are amongst the most alarming proposals, including new obligations on Internet platforms, and new copyright-like powers for news publishers.

Martin Luther King survived shooting, was murdered in hospital: an interview with William Pepper

Martin Luther King survived shooting, was murdered in hospital: an interview with William Pepper


By: Craig McKee
Date: 2016-09-03

For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassin’s bullet. – William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)

The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.

Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and “Dixie Mafia” crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).

CHEMTrail Plane Shot Down Above China

CHEMTrail Plane Shot Down Above China


By: Lukas Magnuson
Date: 2016-08-11 (?)

Reports circulating in the Kremlin today are stating that a US government contracted airplane piloted by American CIA agents and carrying a cargo of a "mutated" swine flu virus intended for aerial spraying was shot down at China's Shanghai Pudong airport by a saboteur team of what are believed to be Israeli Mossad soldiers seeking to prevent an American attack upon one of their Central Asian bases located in the Central Asian Nation of Kyrgyzstan.

US government contracted airplane was shot down by Israeli Mossad soldiers

According to Chinese media reports on this incident the stricken Zimbabwean MD-ll plane, owned by the CIA linked Avient Aviation company operated by a former British military officer named Andrew Smith and registered in the UK, killed 3 American CIA agents and injured 4 other personal who are reported to be from United States, Indonesia, Belgium and Zimbabwe.


Interlocking Agencies that Conspire to “Create Terror”: We Do Not Need the Police to “Create More Terrorists”

Interlocking Agencies that Conspire to “Create Terror”: We Do Not Need the Police to “Create More Terrorists”


By: Mark Taliano
Date: 2016-08-10

Unsuspecting citizens are paying for a nexus of interlocking agencies that conspire to create terror, war, and police-state legislation in a War of Deception that serves to devastate humanity.

Without its arsenal of fabricated war pretexts, and its fabricated Fear apparatus, the warmongering oligarchy would be denuded and reveal itself as the mass-murdering terrorist entity that it is.

Most recently, in Canada, Justice Catherine Bruce disclosed the true nature of an RCMP terror plot when she overturned terror convictions against two patsies – John Nuttal and Amanda Korody – who were set up by police operatives to commit a terrorist act for which they would otherwise be totally incapable of performing.

Creating a New Paradigm

Creating a New Paradigm


By: Want To Know .info
Date: 2016-09

The Old Paradigm

Together, we are creating a new paradigm on Earth. Yet in order to give meaningful suggestions to further support this, we first need to speak candidly about the old paradigm. It appears that there are factions within the world's power elite which still desire to exert as much control as possible over the world.

Their primary means for establishing control are through promoting fear, secrecy, and polarization, and through distracting people from their deeper purpose in life. When these factions gain greater power and control, our freedoms and liberties are increasingly taken away, sometimes without our even realizing it.

Fear is used as a powerful tool of control by these factions of the global elite. "The terrorists want to kill us all. Your job, home, and retirement are no longer secure. You are either for us or against us. We might be attacked at any time." All of these messages push us towards fear. And by encouraging us to focus blame on others such as terrorists and "evil" leaders, the global power brokers push us away from feeling in control of our lives and towards the role of powerless victims, so that we look to them for protection. The more we slip into fear and being victims, the easier it is for us to be manipulated.


This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

Every move you make. Every click you take. Every game you play. Every place you stay. They’ll be watching you.


By: David Gauvey Herbert
Date: 2016-08-05

Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of public and nonpublic records—known addresses, DMV records, photographs of a person’s car—and condense them into comprehensive reports costing as little as $10. Now they can combine that information with the kinds of things marketers know about you, such as which politicians you donate to, what you spend on groceries, and whether it’s weird that you ate in last night, to create a portrait of your life and predict your behavior.

IDI, a year-old company in the so-called data-fusion business, is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers. The Boca Raton, Fla., company’s database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data. Chief Executive Officer Derek Dubner says the system isn’t waiting for requests from clients—it’s already built a profile on every American adult, including young people who wouldn’t be swept up in conventional databases, which only index transactions. “We have data on that 21-year-old who’s living at home with mom and dad,” he says.

The Conspiracy Theory Narrative: Are You a Mind-Controlled CIA Stooge?

The Conspiracy Theory Narrative: Are You a Mind-Controlled CIA Stooge?


By: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Date: 2016-08-31

Do you smirk when you hear someone question the official stories of Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris or Nice? Do you feel superior to 2,500 architects and engineers, to firefighters, commercial and military pilots, physicists and chemists, and former high government officials who have raised doubts about 9/11? If so, you reflect the profile of a mind-controlled CIA stooge.

The term “conspiracy theory” was invented and put into public discourse by the CIA in 1964 in order to discredit the many skeptics who challenged the Warren Commission’s conclusion that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald, who himself was assassinated while in police custody before he could be questioned. The CIA used its friends in the media to launch a campaign to make suspicion of the Warren Commission report a target of ridicule and hostility. This campaign was “one of the most successful propaganda initiatives of all time.”


The Shadow Brokers Publish NSA Spy Tools, Demonstrating Possible Flaws in the NSA’s Approach to Security Vulnerabilities

The Shadow Brokers Publish NSA Spy Tools, Demonstrating Possible Flaws in the NSA’s Approach to Security Vulnerabilities


By: Rainey Reitman
Date: 2016-09-02

The Vulnerabilities Equities Process in Unaccountable, Secretive, and Nonbinding

A group calling itself the Shadow Brokers recently released powerful surveillance tools publicly on the Web and promises to publish more dangerous tools for the price of one million bitcoin – or to whomever makes the best offer, if they can’t get to a million.1

Snowden Calls 'Shadow Brokers' Hack of NSA Hackers 'Significant' Turn in Spy Wars

Snowden Calls 'Shadow Brokers' Hack of NSA Hackers 'Significant' Turn in Spy Wars


By: Nika Knight
Date: 2016-08-17

Calling leak of sophisticated spy tools unprecedented, whistleblower says things 'could get messy fast'

"This leak is likely a warning that someone can prove U.S. responsibility for any attacks that originated from this malware server," Snowden tweeted. "That could have significant foreign policy consequences." (Photo: AP/Patrick Semansky)

The National Security Administration (NSA) was allegedly hacked by a mysterious group calling itself "The Shadow Brokers," and the "most powerful espionage tools" of the NSA's elite hacker team, as the Washington Post put it, were leaked to the internet this weekend.

Powerful NSA hacking tools have been revealed online

Powerful NSA hacking tools have been revealed online


By: Ellen Nakashima
Date: 2016-08-16

Some of the most powerful espionage tools created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers have been revealed in recent days, a development that could pose severe consequences for the spy agency’s operations and the security of government and corporate computers.

A cache of hacking tools with code names such as Epicbanana, Buzzdirection and Egregiousblunder appeared mysteriously online over the weekend, setting the security world abuzz with speculation over whether the material was legitimate.

The file appeared to be real, according to former NSA personnel who worked in the agency’s hacking division, known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO).

By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines

Clerk Note: Russian hackers? Ha! Red Herring alert. Who's being scape-goated here? What about our own (US-based) devious aparatuses motivated to manipulate the elections, as the Democratic Primary clearly demonstrated in many states? This article has the whiff of disinformation.


By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines


By: Bruce Schneier
Date: 2016-07-27

Russia was behind the hacks into the Democratic National Committee’s computer network that led to the release of thousands of internal emails just before the party’s convention began, U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded.

The FBI is investigating. WikiLeaks promises there is more data to come. The political nature of this cyberattack means that Democrats and Republicans are trying to spin this as much as possible. Even so, we have to accept that someone is attacking our nation’s computer systems in an apparent attempt to influence a presidential election. This kind of cyberattack targets the very core of our democratic process. And it points to the possibility of an even worse problem in November — that our election systems and our voting machines could be vulnerable to a similar attack.

If the intelligence community has indeed ascertained that Russia is to blame, our government needs to decide what to do in response. This is difficult because the attacks are politically partisan, but it is essential. If foreign governments learn that they can influence our elections with impunity, this opens the door for future manipulations, both document thefts and dumps like this one that we see and more subtle manipulations that we don’t see.

Retaliation is politically fraught and could have serious consequences, but this is an attack against our democracy. We need to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin in some way — politically, economically or in cyberspace — and make it clear that we will not tolerate this kind of interference by any government. Regardless of your political leanings this time, there’s no guarantee the next country that tries to manipulate our elections will share your preferred candidates.

Even more important, we need to secure our election systems before autumn. If Putin’s government has already used a cyberattack to attempt to help Trump win, there’s no reason to believe he won’t do it again — especially now that Trump is inviting the “help.”


How Many Guns Did the U.S. Lose Track of in Iraq and Afghanistan? Hundreds of Thousands.

How Many Guns Did the U.S. Lose Track of in Iraq and Afghanistan? Hundreds of Thousands.


By: C. J. Chivers
Date: 2016-08-24

Early this year, a Facebook user in Baghdad using the name Hussein Mahyawi posted a photograph of a slightly worn M4 assault rifle he was offering for sale. Veterans of the latest war in Iraq immediately recognized it. It was a standard American carbine equipped with a holographic sight, a foregrip that was military-issue during the occupation and a sticker bearing a digital QR code used by American forces for inventory control. Except for one detail — an aftermarket pistol grip, the sort of accessory with which combatants of the current generation often pimp their guns — it was a dead ringer for any of the tens of thousands of M4s the Pentagon handed out to Iraqi security forces and various armed militias after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003. And here it was on the open market, ready for bids.

Was this a surprise? No. A little more than four years after the United States withdrew all its military forces from Iraq, and not quite two years after a smaller number of American troops began returning to the country to help fight the Islamic State, the open sale of such an M4 was part of Iraq’s day-to-day arms-trafficking routine. Mahyawi’s carbine was another data point attesting to an extraordinary and dangerous failure of American arms-trafficking and public accountability and to a departure from a modern military’s most basic practice: keeping track of the guns.

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the United States has handed out a vast but persistently uncountable quantity of military firearms to its many battlefield partners in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today the Pentagon has only a partial idea of how many weapons it issued, much less where these weapons are. Meanwhile, the effectively bottomless abundance of black-market weapons from American sources is one reason Iraq will not recover from its post-invasion woes anytime soon.

An inkling of just how expansive these arms transfers were, and how stubbornly resistant they are to precise measurement, is apparent in a new attempt at weapons-tallying compiled in a project led by Iain Overton. Overton is a former BBC journalist who is now the executive director of Action on Armed Violence, a charity based in London that researches and lobbies against weapons proliferation and violence against civilians; he is also the author of “The Way of the Gun,” a dark examination of some of the roles firearms play in modern society. With a string of Freedom of Information Act requests that began last year, he and his small team of researchers pooled 14 years’ worth of Pentagon contract information related to rifles, pistols, machine guns and their associated attachments and ammunition, both for American troops and for their partners and proxies. They then crosschecked the data against other public records. Overton is releasing the data and his analysis today. It covers 412 contracts and merits pause for reflection as the parties to the international Arms Trade Treaty gather this week in Geneva. The treaty, which took effect in 2014 and of which the United States is a signatory, is intended to promote transparency and responsible action in the transfer of conventional arms and to reduce their diversion to unintended hands — exactly what the United States often failed to do in recent wars.

In all, Overton found, the Pentagon provided more than 1.45 million firearms to various security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, including more than 978,000 assault rifles, 266,000 pistols and almost 112,000 machine guns. These transfers formed a collage of firearms of mixed vintage and type: Kalashnikov assault rifles left over from the Cold War; recently manufactured NATO-standard M16s and M4s from American factories; machine guns of Russian and Western lineage; and sniper rifles, shotguns and pistols of varied provenance and caliber, including a large order of Glock semiautomatic pistols, a type of weapon also regularly offered for sale online in Iraq.

Labor Day Is a Scam to Keep You Broke and Miserable Forever

Labor Day Is a Scam to Keep You Broke and Miserable Forever


By: Tom Cahill
Date: 2016-09-05

Labor Day is our annual reminder that our government has managed to turn a day of revolutionary action into a day of sleeping late and binge drinking.

May 1, which is known throughout the world as International Workers’ Day (or May Day), remains one of the chief exports of the United States, as the holiday we created is celebrated as an official state holiday in over 90 countries. One of the greatest accomplishments of the US government is the elimination of May Day from American culture. Labor Day is a sorry replacement for a day originally rooted in direct action.

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds

Clerk Note: September 10, 2001 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon could not account for $2.3 Billion. The next day, the investigators and records from the Office of Naval Intelligence, the only group to move into the newly remodeled Pentagon wing, were killed and destroyed by an alleged aircraft.


U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds


By: Scot J. Paltrow
Date: 2016-08-19

NEW YORK, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The United States Army's finances are so jumbled it had to make trillions of dollars of improper accounting adjustments to create an illusion that its books are balanced.

The Defense Department's Inspector General, in a June report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up.

As a result, the Army's financial statements for 2015 were "materially misstated," the report concluded. The "forced" adjustments rendered the statements useless because "DoD and Army managers could not rely on the data in their accounting systems when making management and resource decisions."


Beyond Misinformation: 9/11 FGNW

Clerk Note: Pretty much sums up why my belief that 9/11/2001 was nuclear.


Beyond Misinformation: 9/11 FGNW


By: Maxwell C. Bridges
Date: 2016-03-11

This article makes the case that Fourth Generation Nuclear Devices (FGND) were used on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center. In doing so, it discusses why the leading theory of Nano-Thermite proposed by many influential leaders in the 9/11 Truth Movement does not go the whole distance and is therefore wrong. This work demonstrates evolution in the beliefs of the author when presented with new information, although much of this article's content has been published previously.

9/011 a conspiracy theory

Clerk Note: Such as awesome, brief summary.


9/011 a conspiracy theory


By: Corbett Report
Date: 2015-02-09

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Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Involvement in the 9/11 Attacks and the 28 Pages: “Red-Herring”, Propaganda Ploy

Saudi Arabia’s Alleged Involvement in the 9/11 Attacks and the 28 Pages: “Red-Herring”, Propaganda Ploy


By: Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Date: 2014-04-14

BBC live report of the collapse of WTC building 7, more than minutes before the collapse took place. Building Seven in the background is still intact.

Author’s note

Fifteen years ago. Commemorating 9/11: September 11, 2001: The following article was published in April 2015.  In the meantime, the issue of the mysterious 28 pages has resurfaced. the 28 pages were made public. Essentially they serve as a distraction which undermines 9/11 Truth. They revive the role of Al Qaeda supported by Saudi Arabia. But Al Qaeda was not behind the attacks and therefore the links to Saudi Arabia constitute a non sequitur .  

It is fairly well established that Al Qaeda could not been behind the 9/11 attacks. This is confirmed by the analysis of Richard Gage and Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The WTC towers were brought down through controlled demolition.  

Bob McIlvaine on how his son’s death points to controlled demolition

Clerk Note: Mr. Craig McKee does good work. I was not aware of the explosive damage to the 23rd floor, but do not dispute it. I'd like to know sources.

In the article, Mr. McIlvaine said:

... [T]he tower was divided into three vertical sections. Each elevator (except for the basement-to-penthouse maintenance elevator) serviced only one section. Thus, someone travelling from top to bottom would have had to take three different elevators. This configuration would have prevented fuel from pouring down elevator shafts and causing the destruction.

A minor quibble. If a person / WTC employee wanted to get from the lobby to any floor other than the penhouse visitor center or restaurant or floors below the first transfer floor, they would need to take at least two elevators: (1) an express to a transfer floor and (2) a local elevator servicing 1/3 of the building between transfer floors.

I do not believe that tourists were required to use more than one elevator. Therefore, it could be said that these would be express ground-floor-to-penthouse.

For those morbidly curious to see disinformation at play, follow the link to its source and see what happens in the comments, leading Mr. McKee to close them a day later. Dr. James Fetzer arrives on the scenes. I think he is right about nuclear devices, although could maybe refine his argument further with Dr. Andre Gsponer's fourth generation nuclear devices. Were he to do so, he'd more easily be able to withstand the Travis & sockpuppet2012 attacks about radioative dust. FGND describe the nature of the beast appropriately.

Dr. Fetzer doesn't go into FGND or my premises, even after contacted directly for opinions on article "Beyond Misinformation: FGND". Dr. Fetzer is a showman procuring a little fame and retirement income. If he keeps some batshit crazy in his portfolio, it provides some insurance against being taken out. Therefore he won't correct mistakes in his understanding.


Bob McIlvaine on how his son’s death points to controlled demolition


By: Craig McKee
Date: 2016-09-10

This article is a lightly modified version of a piece I just wrote for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, which you can read here. I thank the staff at AE911Truth for making it possible for me to speak with Bob McIlvaine and write this article.—CM

Bob McIlvaine and his family are not alone in having suffered a devastating personal loss on September 11, 2001. The loved ones of the nearly 3,000 victims of the destruction at the World Trade Center know what he has endured for the past 15 years.

But McIlvaine is different from most of these families in important ways. In addition to his unwavering and often lonely fight to expose the complicity of the U.S. government in this false flag attack, he has strong forensic evidence that his 26-year-old son, Bobby, was killed by a powerful explosion as he was about to enter the lobby of the North Tower. That evidence is corroborated by the accounts of many FDNY members, police officers, and workers who reported explosions in the lower parts of the towers before the buildings were destroyed—some of them even before the first airplane struck.

America Nuked on 9/11

Clerk Note: I give Dr. Fetzer credit for his skills in self-promotion. The conspiracy theory realm is a hard market to earn a living in. At some point, the limits of our wallets and our patience turns many into embracing bat-shit crazy things if it can increase market share and revenue in a market that is both small and monetarily poor (because, "Hey, the Federal Reserve is neither and makes fiat money out of literally nothing, the system is rigged, and I can be spiritually happy and richer by pursuing other things.")

I don't have time or inclination to go into all of the rabbit-holes that Dr. Fetzer promotes. Many I agree with, or more correctly, haven't researched to the depths where I would find disagreement. For example, the JFK conspiracy; I agree and don't really know what nuances Dr. Fetzer brings to the table.

On the other hand, I have have issues with Dr. Fetzer in a couple of areas of 9/11. He embraces in a very lame way "no planes at the WTC" (NPT) using dubious physics, ignoring evidence of aircraft parts, and relying on disinformation sources (Rich Hall). Holograms is part of his answer (that has to badly misstate radar capabilities as well as cloaking technologies), and can't be defended with real-world examples that would be convincing from many perspectives on a small scale, let alone the grand scale needed for 9/11. [NPT (@ WTC) is a disinformation campaign in part designed to distract and detract from the real instances of no planes at the Pentagon and Shanksville that would, could, should bring down the official government theory AND THOSE IN LEADERSHIP PROMOTING IT like the house of cards they are.]

The realm of America being nuked on 9/11 is one where Dr. Fetzer and I have agreement. (Maybe I should be concerned about that.) I haven't acquired or read his book yet. From discussions we've had through various blogs and email, he never brought up anything to counter or enhance "Beyond Misinformation: 9/11 FGNW". I'm sure his book relies on many of the same information sources.

In the near future, I will probably make an investment in Dr. Fetzer's retirement by purchasing and reading this book.


America Nuked on 9/11


By: Dr. James Fetzer
Date: 2016-07-11

Compliments of the CIA, the Neocons in the DoD & the Mossad

If you want to know the WHO, the HOW and the WHY of 9/11, this book provides the answers. In 28 extensive, thorough and detailed studies, 14 authors contribute their expertise on different aspects of 9/11 to resolve the issues decisively. 9/11 was brought to us compliments of the CIA, the neocons in the Department of Defense and the Mossad in order to justify the transformation of U.S. foreign policy from one in which we never attacked any nation that had not attacked us first to one in which we became the greatest aggressor nation in the world, launching a series of invasions intended to take out seven governments over the next five years, as Wesley Clark, former Commanding General of NATO, has explained. It hasn’t played out that way, but not for lack of trying.

28 pages and 80,000 pages: The hunt for a Saudi support network for 9-11 hijackers

Clerk Note: Amazing what time does to a person. In past years, I'd have been all over this 9/11 almost-revelation. Now I see it as stage craft; going through the motions on 9/11.
28 pages and 80,000 pages: The hunt for a Saudi support network for 9-11 hijackers

By: Dan Christensen, FloridaBulldog.org
Date: 2016-06-01

Lawyers for the Florida Bulldog have asked a federal judge to award substantial attorney fees for years of efforts to obtain secret reports about the FBI’s post-9/11 investigation of Saudis in Sarasota with apparent ties to the suicide hijackers.
The court papers filed Tuesday seek a court hearing and also show how the Fort Lauderdale Freedom of Information (FOI) case ties into a better-known push to declassify 28 pages that were cut out of a 2002 report by Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the terrorist attacks. Those censored pages involved “specific sources of foreign support” for the hijackers while they were in the U.S.

Demolition Expert Debunks the Debunkers

Clerk Note: Very much a scripted event, chocked full of truth. Alas, A&E9/11 Truth's analysis is limited, because it doesn't attempt to explain all of the evidence. "Sags/arches", "steel doobies", and under-rubble hot-spots that burned for weeks come to mind. The latter alone represents massive quantities of chemical materials, unspent from their original pulverizing purposes.


Demolition Expert Debunks the Debunkers


Date: 2010-07-05

Former explosives technician from Controlled Demolition, Inc explains why controlled demolition could have been used to destroy the WTC.

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The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Why Donald Trump Is Just A Symptom

The Half-Life of Deindustrialization: Why Donald Trump Is Just A Symptom

Its economic, social and psychological effects continued for decades after plants closed and across generations.


By: Sherry Linkon
Date: 2016-08-19

Every four years, the white working class gets a fresh round of attention from candidates and the media. At campaign stops in Rust Belt cities, candidates promise to fix the economy, while pundits yet again claim that white working-class voters are the key to election victory. The pattern is being repeated this year, but this time, both the news media and social media seem especially baffled by the attitudes and behavior of working-class voters.

As a number of commentators have noted, the roots of this year’s populism lie in deindustrialization, though some seem baffled that white working-class people are still troubled by either NAFTA, which went into effect in 1994, or the loss of industrial jobs, which peaked in the early 1980s. In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks suggested that working-class people should not be so strongly affected by the economic hardship of deindustrialization. After all, he suggested, it’s not as if life in a coal town was ever easy. What he and others don’t realize is that deindustrialization was never only about economics. Its economic, social and psychological effects continue for decades after plants closed and across generations, affecting the worldviews of younger people who never worked in steel mills or auto plants. Like radioactive waste, deindustrialization has a half-life.