Cyprus banks re-open, media spin is hilarious

The banks reopened in limited capacity in Cyprus today, with significant capital controls put forth by the Cyprus Ministry of Finance in order to avoid a run on the banks. These controls are supposed to be in place for the next seven days, and, according to Reuters, the Cypriot depositors will be unable to:

• Cash a check

• Withdraw more than €300 a day

• Take more than €3000 in cash per person in any currency out of the country

• Purchase more than €5000 in foreign goods and services with a credit card each month

• Make non-cash payments outside Cyprus without documentation showing they are paying for imports

On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu broke down the ridiculousness of the situation – in particular, the media’s ‘nothing to see here’ coverage of the banks re-opening.

“They are allowing you up to 300 [euros]. It's great. Everything's fine in Cyprus,” Pat quipped. “Oh, man, you haven't been to the bank in almost two weeks and if they allow you 300 bucks, now you're set. That's fine.”

No need to worry! The media has provided some truly groundbreaking reporting today, letting us know that everything is fine on the streets of Cyprus.

“Have you seen the spin on this,” Pat asked.

“Oh, yeah, I have,” Glenn responded. “I think it's up on TheBlaze, I read it this morning, all of the tweets coming out this morning saying, ‘Guys, there's no problem’; all the journalists over there, ‘There's no problem.’”

TheBlaze compiled some of the commentary coming out of Cyprus in story posted earlier today. The Associated Press reported:

“Across Cyprus, large but orderly lines formed ahead of the opening of banks for six hours from noon, and guards from private security firms reinforced police outside some ATMs and banks in the capital, Nicosia… People filed calmly into banks across the country once they had opened, and no crowd issues were reported.”

4 News took a similar tone, with economic editor Faisal Islam reporting:

“For Cypriots, who have been struggling to cope with the bank closures that have seen cash rationed at ATMs, the reopening of bank branches was an orderly, welcome development, despite the stringent new controls on the use of cheques and the export of cash… So far, it would be wrong to call this a bank run, even though it looks like one. It’s transactional demand for cash after two week closure… Calm, dignified, and not a bank run. But impossible for it to be so, because of capital controls. Cypriots making best of bad situation.”

The Wall Street Journal took a slightly different approach, but the message from multimedia producer Dipti Kapadia was still:

“Surprisingly, little panic as Cyprus banks reopen."

While all may appear fine and dandy on the ground, Glenn explained the ramifications of the Cyprus bailout will be anything but. The larger implications of this situation allow for complete governmental control.

“Well, first of all, they are only allowing you 300 [euros],” Glenn said. “Why go to the bank? Just go to the ATM. Why even go to the bank… This is not a good situation. But, train them. Train the people: You'll take out as much as we tell you can take out. And you'll do it in an orderly fashion.”

“And you'll remove none of it from the country,” Pat added, referencing another one of the capital controls.

“That's right. That's right,” Glenn concluded. “Welcome to it, gang.”

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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