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  1. Dr. Lawrence Britt has examined the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each: 1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays. 2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc. 3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc. 4. Supremacy of the Military - Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized. 5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution. 6. Controlled Mass Media - Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common. 7. Obsession with National Security - Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses. 8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions. 9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite. 10. Labor Power is Suppressed - Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed. 11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts - Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked. 12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment - Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations. 13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption - Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders. 14. Fraudulent Elections - Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections. http://www.rense.com/general37/fascism.htm
  2. It's Official. Hurney is the GM

    Well, supposedly Shula was not Shurmur's first choice for OC. Reports indicate Pat's first choice was not allowed to interview for the job. Perhaps Shula is only a stopgap OC until Shurmur's first choice becomes available at the end of next season? Shula working for a former OC, rather than someone like Rivera with a defensive background, might help him to become more successful or at least limit the damage he would otherwise cause. Reports indicate Shula's responsibilities will be scaled back from those he had here, certainly that is true if he is no longer going to be calling the offensive plays on gameday. Whatever happens, it should be interesting to see how this situation plays out over the course of the next few years.
  3. I'm not about to celebrate people being fired, but after 20 plus years of JR's Mom and Pop routine, chances are a Wall Street mogul taking the reins will result in a culture shock for many of the current Panthers employees. The smart ones might want to explore other job opportunities before new management takes over.
  4. Every GM Drafting rankings over thier tenure

    Can you not distinguish the difference between 30% and 50%? At the end of the day, I would hope for something better than 50%, but I definitely would not favor a person that delivered a 30% rate of success over the course of a decade to one that delivered 50%. I hope you use better judgement in your daily life.
  5. Every GM Drafting rankings over thier tenure

    Hurney apparently missed his true calling.
  6. It's Official. Hurney is the GM

    Hurney is a good litmus test for the new owner. If he keeps Marty around in a position of responsibility, that will signal it's business as usual and time to look for more productive pastimes to occupy my Sunday afternoons.
  7. Every GM Drafting rankings over thier tenure

    BTW, OP you should edit the title of this thread.
  8. Every GM Drafting rankings over thier tenure

    Yeah, like no other team has had to rebuild. A full decade as GM and only three winning seasons to show for it. Marty actually got worse as time went by, not better. When do you hold a GM accountable for their failure to field a winning team more than 1/3 of the time? After a decade, maybe two or three decades? Too soon? Maybe Marty should just be given a lifetime guaranteed contract as GM? Would that even satisfy you? How about in perpetuity? Chances are Hurney's winning percentage would likely improve in the afterlife. It certainly couldn't get much worse.
  9. Every GM Drafting rankings over thier tenure

    Four straight years of losing, 3 winning seasons out of ten. At what point do you start holding the person tasked with being in charge of the franchise accountable?
  10. Every GM Drafting rankings over thier tenure

    I use this obscure metric to judge my team's GM, it's called winning. By that metric Hurney's last four seasons were a failure. Furthermore, having been GM for more than a decade, Marty managed a grand total of three winning seasons. Calling Marty Hurney a mediocre GM would be an insult to mediocre people everywhere and throughout the entire course of human existence.
  11. It's Official. Hurney is the GM

    If I were the new owner of the Panthers, having spent a couple of billion dollars for the privilege, I'd take some time to sit down with Marty Hurney and get his take on the state of the franchise and where we needed to go in the future. After that, I'd thank Marty for his input and fire him on the spot. Then I'd have my executive assistant line up interviews for his replacement, fully knowing what NOT to look for in my next GM.
  12. what's the goal with the trump/russia stuff?

    “If you elect the establishment candidate, you are going to get more of the same,” Paul told a crowd in Scottsdale. “You need someone with the courage of their convictions. If they do not have the courage of their convictions, they will be a rubber stamp for leadership.”
  13. So lets talk about this David Hogg kid

    Wow, you really need to spend some time outside whatever echo chamber you're trapped in.
  14. what's the goal with the trump/russia stuff?

    Quite a bit, but here is some low hanging fruit: Meaningfully demonstrate to the American people that the democratic party isn't beholden to the interests of the donor class. That they are once again the "party of the people". Or, dems, show me you aren't the crooked opportunists you appear to be. A good place to start? Demand that restrictions on purchasing prescribed medications from Canada be lifted. These are the very same medications Americans are paying 2, 3 or even ten times as much for here in the states, thanks to our politicians being in the pockets of Big Pharma. Another area, lambast the GOP for these ridiculous increases in military spending. Call for cutbacks and also demand an audit of the military's wasteful spending. Where are the billions of missing dollars? Furthermore, call for an end to all these undeclared wars. If congress hasn't publicly voted for a war (as this nation's constitution requires) bring our troops home. Dems need to be the party of peace, not war. Education: Invest in our people. A high school degree is no longer enough to escape poverty. Give every child the opportunity to go as far as their drive and ability will allow them to go. Meaning that our young people should not be burdened with massive debt simply to get an education. Those with more education tend to get better paying jobs and pay more taxes. It is a win-win situation that should be a no-brainer. Instead the dems stand idly by while Trump and his cronies look to enrich their buddies on Wall Street at the expense of our youth, our nation's future. Healthcare: Single payer is simply more cost efficient and provides better outcomes than what the American people have now. Dems need to go all in on Single Payer Healthcare. We should not be the only industrialized nation without it. It is simply shameful that we are.