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Fake News On Our Side

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Yeah, it’s a thing. Not as big a thing on the left, but it is a thing, unfortunately. I am sorry if it comes across as incendiary, but we can’t afford to peddle anything that comes close to being fake news.

So, the Gateway Pundit has this rather alarmist article about that stupid fucking idiot Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ghastly Green New Deal.

Figures. Sandy Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Calls for End to Air Travel — Build Trains Over the Oceans -Duh.

This is how democracy dies. At the hands of a deranged idiot. Democrat darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released information on the Democrat Party’s Green New Deal. The radical Democrat-Socialist plan will destroy the country in months… if not days. The plan ends air travel with ocean bridges, ends traditional forms of energy and will kill millions, …

This post is based on a report from another site, Americans for Tax Reform (which seems to be inundated with horrible ads – thank God for uBlock Origin. Open it in a new tab, because it’ll clog up your history).

https://www.atr.org/green-new-deal-air-travel-stops-becoming-necessary

So, based on GP’s hysterical headline, is she really calling for giant ocean bridges? Not exactly.

Americans for Tax Reform helpfully posted a link to the document in question, and you can look at it here. It’s a six-page PDF file.

So this is the headline by Jim Hoft:

Figures. Sandy Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Calls for End to Air Travel — Build Trains Over the Oceans -Duh.

Here’s a screencap, in case it changes.

screenshot-www.thegatewaypundit.com-2019.02.08-10-46-08

Also, an archive link.

The headline at the Americans for Tax Reform website isn’t as sensational or crazy, but the assertion that the Green New Deal calls for giant ocean bridges came from that site. The document put forth by Ocasio-Cortez isn’t particularly well-written and it’s really, really vague on how any of this will be achieved short of government coercion, and how it’s all going to be paid for, beyond “let’s do it like World War 2” or something.

But, the document never mentions building bridges of any sort over oceans. Here’s what the Tax Reform site says:

Build trains across oceans and end all air travel!

“Build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary”.

Here is the full paragraph from the document itself:

“Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electrical vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops being necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle”

It doesn’t explicitly state that they want to build bridges over the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. That being said, looking at the wording of that part, one could logically conclude that eliminating air travel means eliminating international air travel as well, but no distinction is made. I took it to mean that they wanted high-speed rail available for the continental US. That’s something I’d actually love to have. I don’t like flying. The airline companies need competition, and we, the public, shouldn’t have to settle for cramped flying tin cans. Especially at the prices they’re charging for tickets now.

I can see how someone would read that and go, “oh my god, the bitch wants to build BRIDGES over the OCEANS!!!!!” but let’s not put words in her mouth. The shit coming from her is bad enough as it is. We don’t need to make her look worse, because that only hurts our cause.

Example: the document mentions wanting to get rid of “farting cows and airplanes.” I’m not kidding. It’s right there, and it’s cringey as fuck. The bitch doesn’t need our help in looking stupid. She does that quite well all on her own.

Also, how ragingly hypocritical is it for her to basically call for the extinction of COWS? Yeah, I look like I’m doing the same thing as Jim Hoft and the Tax Reform site, but hold on a second. Cows can’t help but fart. How are you going to stop them from farting, Occasional-Cortex? What if you can’t stop them from farting? They should have led with that. I couldn’t believe that they had actually written that in their document.

To Jim Hoft and the Americans for Tax Reform’s credit, they’re right about everything else. But that headline is obvious clickbait, and I really, REALLY wish bloggers on our side (I am also looking at you, Twitchy) would stop it with the bullshit clickbait post titles already. At best, it’s mega-cringey. At worst, it’s fake news.

I’ve mirrored the document at Scribd (alternate at DocDroid in case Scribd deletes it).

Green New Deal FAQ

Overview  We will begin work immediately on Green New Deal bills to put the nuts and bolts on the plan described in this resolution (important to say so someone else can’t claim this mantle).  This is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline.

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