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"Finally, a technocrat. Let's hope he won't blow the chance", a friend reacted to Emmanuel Macron's election in France. Indeed, his victory over the much bigger evil Le Pen seemed like good news, and a breath of fresh air. But is it really? Let's dig a bit deeper into this.

When French journalist Olivier Tonneau of The Guardian described on his blog how he met another French journalist during the presidential election campaign, the latter having dedicated his entire column to bashing JL Melanchon, the leftist candidate, and praising Macron, the candidate of the French oligarchy, Tonneau directly inquired if there was some sort of general plan on part of the mainstream media to push Macron to the 2nd round of the election, thus giving him a certain victory over Le Pen. The response? "What kind of quesiton is that? Of course there is! We have worked on this for a whole year".

Of course, with or without this anecdotal confession, the PR strategy of the ruling class, in combination with a few oligarchs who happen to control 95% of the French media, was pretty apparent. A synthetic political product was created out of nothing, to guarantee the continuation of the neoliberal insanity - not without the help of a unprecedented, totalitarian political media campaign.

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Has the Shambling Mound finally stopped? No, of course not. It's just for the second time in a row other events have had priority and let's face it, the stumbling of Lord Dampnut, mayor of the global village, after a while, do give a sense of more of the same. It's almost that sheer incompetence, random lurching, and a complete disdain for facts has all become the new normal. It was appropriate then, that the weekend started with Earth Day and a March for Science in 600 cities around the world. Because in 2017, this is apparently necessary.

The first item of the week was revelations that the Senate Intelligence Committee into Russian influence in the 2016 election had failed to make much progress, with much blame being laid on chairperson, Richard Barr, who apparently was refusing to sign any letters for even a single subpoena. Meanwhile it was revealed that former National Security adviser Michael Flynn had received payments from Russia Today and over a half a million dollars on payments from Turkey for lobbying purposes - quite clearly I'm in the wrong business - and all without authorisation or proper disclosure.

Moving to economic matters House Republicans tried to avoid a government shutdown by removing $1 billion USD proposed to build Wall of Evil. Lord Dampnut quickly assured on Twitter (where else?) that the Wall would be built, and followed up with a tariff on Canada (Congress Republicans are desperately trying to get Lord Dampnut not to abandon NAFTA). The following day was a frankly insane tax policy which included reducing the number of tax brackets, reducing the corporate tax rate by more than half, and getting read of inheritance tax (gee, who will that benefit?). Economists were less than impressed, but what would they know? They know what the weakest growth in three years means.

The weekend of the fifteenth week started with Lord Dampnut skipping the White House correspondents dinner (the first time in 36 years), and going to a rally in Pennsylvania to celebrate 100 days as Lord Mayor of the global village - and claimed a record attendance; apparently facts don't matter. And they didn't matter the following day with the gaffe that Andrew Jackson was really angry about the US civil war. I'd be angry too if I had been declared dead and buried for sixteen years before the war even started.

Another attempt to end the Affordable Health Care Act was a feature of Week 15, but whilst actual humans had another story to tell, it managed to get through the House with a wafer-thin majority (217-213), replaced with the American Health Care Act. Comparisons between the two systems are inevitable; you can decide for yourself. The medical professions were not impressed. The Senate plans it's own health care bill. But at least the soul will receive healthcare; an executive order is signed allowing for religion to be more involved in politics.

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