Three Things You Need to Know - November 13, 2017

The NFL Tries to Make Up for Protests With Giant Flags on Veterans Day

The NFL did their best yesterday to try and make their fan base forget the past two months. Giant flags were draped across the field during the national anthem, players that had previously sat or kneeled were now standing - well, besides two members of the 49’ers - and pre-game tributes were kicking off all over the country.

Officially, the NFL hasn’t changed their policy during the national anthem, and Commissioner Roger Goodell made that clear in a statement on Saturday:

“There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized.”

The NFL has been locked in a PR battle for over two months. How could they reconcile allowing their players to disrespect the entire country, but somehow remain receptive to their employees, the players. The solution was to let their national anthem and flag protest continue, but sneak in a little patriotic imagery whenever possible. Yesterday’s Veterans Day displays were the culmination, but they’ve been working on this for weeks. Maybe you’ve noticed the NFL camouflage gear that players and coaches have been wearing on the sidelines. The use of that apparel mysteriously increased as NFL ratings were going down and calls for boycotts increased. One Facebook page, called Boycott the NFL, had over a quarter of a million fans vowing to watch something else on Veterans Day. Ask nearly any veteran, they’re not fooled by any of this.

Newsflash to the NFL, you can’t defecate all over the flag on every other day leading up to Veterans Day, and all of a sudden pretend all is well. You can’t fix this with a parade, theatrics and camouflage clothing. Want to fix the problem for real? Change your policy. Require your employees to show a little respect. They can protest their country all they want, just not during working hours. Encourage them to use their fame at the local levels. Go to police departments and engage in actual conversations. That would do some good, and the premise wouldn’t be crapping all over the men and women that have died to keep them safe. Men and women that have died to ensure they can make millions of dollars chasing an oval shaped pigskin ball around a field.

Now, I don’t believe these players actually intended to insult veterans and the country when they began this protest, but I do think they just didn’t think it all the way through. There’s so many better ways they could get their point across. Most football fans are just sick and tired of this. They want to watch football again without all the politics. Yesterday’s tribute was a good start, but if a change in policy doesn’t follow, they’re not fooling anyone.

YouTube Blocks Alwaki's Jihadist Videos

YouTube needs to get its priorities straight.

The company is finally taking steps to block the late Anwar al-Awlaki’s videos that preached jihad against Americans. After receiving complaints for nearly a decade, YouTube is taking away this major recruitment tool for terrorists. This is a very good thing. But why are they just now doing it?

Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google (which is YouTube’s parent company) got called into the principal’s office last week on Capitol Hill where they got reprimanded for allowing Russia to exploit their services to mess with the U.S. election. But the problem of jihadist videos on YouTube has been around much longer. Awlaki’s jihad propaganda influenced the terrorists who attacked Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, Orlando and many attacks in Europe.

Six years after Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen, his videos remain the top English-language jihadist recruitment tool. Just a few weeks ago, a search for Awlaki turned up 70,000 results on YouTube. Now it returns just 18,600 videos that are supposedly mostly news reports and commentary about him, rather than his rants about killing Americans.

YouTube is using its “video fingerprinting technology” to find and block Awlaki’s videos. This could be a major turning point in policy because YouTube and other social media companies have usually argued that they’re just neutral platforms with no responsibility for what users’ post.

For a technology company, YouTube was seriously slow to get to this point. They first made a public commitment to block videos like Awlaki’s in 2010. Yet, even Awlaki’s famous 12-minute “Call to Jihad” sermon was available on YouTube until 2016.

Recently, YouTube restricted several Prager University videos that inform viewers about Islamic extremism, as if they contained controversial views. Ironically, YouTube is now blocking Awlaki’s jihadist messages, the very kind of extremism that the Prager U videos expose. It’s just another example of how the Left trips on its own shoelaces a lot.

North Korean Radio Station Hacked

Europe has the secret weapon against North Korea’s threats.

No, not the continent. The band.

Over the weekend, a brave soul hacked Radio Pyongyang and played Swedish rock band Europe’s 1986 hit “The Final Countdown” on loop.

Needless to say, 80’s hair metal isn’t regular programming on Radio Pyongyang.

The North Korean regime usually uses the station to broadcast coded messages ahead of provocations.

For example, North Korea made broadcasts on the station two days before conducting a nuclear test, one day before a ballistic missile test, and one day before Japanese flyovers.

You can imagine it was probably quite a shock to hear Joey Tempest’s vocals instead of super serious coded announcements.

This heroic act comes on the heels of President Trump meeting with Chinese leaders to reaffirm their stance against North Korea’s attempts to obtain nuclear weapons. Trump said, “All nations must come together to ensure that this rogue regime cannot threaten the world with its nuclear weapons.”

In a world where everyone is constantly afraid of North Korea’s raging instability, it’s nice to sit back and laugh at them every once in a while.

Especially when it feels like every day dealing with Kim Jung Un is going to result in…the final countdown. Sorry I had to do it.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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