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The Latest Member of the Intellectual Dark Web…Will Smith?

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Another major celebrity has gone rogue.

Will Smith, quite a conventional star known for his squeaky-clean hip-hop and superior acting abilities, has stunningly come out to praise Kanye West for leaving the ideological plantation of the left and pursuing his own ideas.

OK, so he didn’t really put it that way, but he did praise Kanye for pursuing his own ideas and enduring the resulting media backlash, which was severe.

“It’s not an easy task to say and do things that elevate people. That’s what I love about Kanye right now, and he is willing to take the smash down in order to push ideas,” said Smith in a video, which was retweeted by Dave Rubin, a prominent figure in the so-called Intellectual Dark Web.

So what is the Intellectual Dark Web, to which Rubin welcomed Smith, the latest celebrity to dare think outside of the one-size-fits-all left-wing Hollywood paradigm?

The Daily Wire, home to Ben Shapiro who just so happens to be another key member of the group, explains:

IDW is a controversial subject to some, an unknown acronym to others, but most importantly, it’s an informational safe haven.

As reported by The New York Times, the IDW “is a collection of iconoclastic thinkers, academic renegades and media personalities who are having a rolling conversation — on podcasts, YouTube and Twitter, and in sold-out auditoriums — that sound unlike anything else happening, at least publicly, in the culture right now.”

It is a break from the controlled narrative, a glitch in the system, and a powerful movement that is wrecking through the ironclad control of establishment media.

Dr. Eric Weinstein, accredited with coining the term IDW, elaborated further on a Rubin Report podcast: “We have gained the confidence with each other that [dialogue] won’t devolve into name-calling.”

In a hyper-polarized culture, when losing the battle of ideas, some lose gracefully, while others not so much. The dialogue begins to break down and the integrity of the process is lost: winning only matters, not being accurate or honest.

The New York Times paints a vivid picture of a potential IDW meeting: “First, they are willing to disagree ferociously, but talk civilly, about nearly every meaningful subject: religion, abortion, immigration, the nature of consciousness. Second, in an age in which popular feelings about the way things ought to be often override facts about the way things actually are, each is determined to resist parroting what’s politically convenient.”

Confirming the intellectual honesty and rigorousness of the IDW, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro reflects on a conversation with Sam Harris: “I want to hear the most sophisticated version of the pro-choice argument, not the simplest. There is something adventurous about someone who is exposing a rift in your thinking that now has to be [reckoned] with,” Shapiro stated.

The most powerful think about the IDW is that it is not defined by party lines, ideological labels, or really anything other than free and independent thought.

It’s actually a decent reflection of a reality many have lost sight of, which is that ideology is on a spectrum and not binary (you bigots). It’s refreshing to see so many people willing to break free of this binary view of intellectualism and join together in the search for truth and productive discourse.

So, Will Smith, you are in good company!

 

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Popular News Commentary Show ‘The Schaftlein Report’ Now Available as Podcast

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You can now listen to The Schaftlein Report on your favorite podcast platform!

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CBMJ Inc. (OTC: CBMJ), through its operating subsidiary DeDonato Enterprises LLC, is pleased to announce the launch of The Schaftlein Report podcast.

The popular online show, produced in the Market Mover Media studio in Irvine, California, and hosted by political commentator Mark Schaftlein, launched its podcast version this week. The Schaftlein Report features a number of regular contributors and guest political analysts, authors, and media personalities. The shows are produced daily Monday through Thursday with relevant and engaging dialogue regarding current events.

The Schaftlein Report is enjoying a rapidly growing national audience reached through the company’s websites, social media accounts, and an in-house email list. The expansion into the podcast sphere delivers reach to new audiences and offers another option for accessing the show’s content. The podcast’s audio format is intended to provide commuters in particular the ability to enjoy the show on their podcast platform of choice.

“The addition of The Schaftlein Report delivered as a podcast with its daily newsworthy content, exceptionally knowledgeable and authoritative guests will give commuters a great alternative to the repetitive —and oftentimes mindless— talk radio,” executive producer and studio owner Marc Garabedian stated. “Schaftlein is an extreme rarity in today’s world of broadcast journalism with his wealth of knowledge and ability to engage his guests with intelligent, spirited, and informative discussion and without the use of conventional electronic crutches like teleprompters.”

Through a partnership with Market Mover Media, The Schaftlein Report is now available on Apple, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms.

“Our goal is to one day make the show available on Sirius and other wise-reaching media platforms,” says host Mark Schaftlein.

Mr. Schaftlein has been a conservative political commentator on the International stage through VietnewsTV, and hosts the televised political talk show, which seeks to address factual political news without the left-wing bias of mainstream media.

For more information about The Schaftlein Report visit the website at schaftleinReport.com

DeDonato Enterprises is a digital marketing agency based in Atlanta that specializes in reaching a conservative/libertarian/religious audience. DeDonato Enterprises operates a number of social media accounts across several platforms with over 2 million followers along with 12+ million email subscribers. It also manages Liberty Hub, Constitution.com, and Great American Politics along with e-commerce sites Patriot Depot, Thrasher Coffee, Flag & Cross and Vallorani Cigars.

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You can now listen to The Schaftlein Report on your favorite podcast platform! Apple Podcasts iHeart Spotify Podcasts Amazon Audible Podcasts Player.FM CBMJ Inc. (OTC: CBMJ), through its operating subsidiary DeDonato Enterprises LLC, is pleased to announce the launch of The Schaftlein Report podcast. The popular online show, produced in the Market Mover Media studio in Irvine, California, and hosted by political commentator Mark Schaftlein, launched its podcast version this week. The Schaftlein Report features a number of regular contributors and guest political analysts, authors, and media personalities. The shows are produced daily Monday through Thursday with relevant and engaging dialogue regarding current events. The Schaftlein Report is enjoying a rapidly growing national audience reached through the company’s websites, social media accounts, and an in-house email list. The expansion into the podcast sphere delivers reach to new audiences and offers another option for accessing the show’s content. The podcast’s audio format is intended to provide commuters in particular the ability to enjoy the show on their podcast platform of choice. “The addition of The Schaftlein Report delivered as a podcast with its daily newsworthy content, exceptionally knowledgeable and authoritative guests will give commuters a great alternative to the repetitive —and oftentimes mindless— talk radio,” executive producer and studio owner Marc Garabedian stated. “Schaftlein is an extreme rarity in today’s world of broadcast journalism with his wealth of knowledge and ability to engage his guests with intelligent, spirited, and informative discussion and without the use of conventional electronic crutches like teleprompters.” Through a partnership with Market Mover Media, The Schaftlein Report is now available on Apple, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms. “Our goal is to one day make the show available on Sirius and other wise-reaching media platforms,” says host Mark Schaftlein. Mr. Schaftlein has been a conservative political commentator on the…

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Americans, Still Trapped in Afghanistan, Plead with Biden Administration

The trouble in Kabul continues…

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Just because the news cycle is short and forgetful doesn’t mean that conditions are improving in stories that have fallen to the wayside.  This is just the new human attention span, and the marketing industry’s ability to hone in on the speed needed to stay ahead of your own thoughts.

And so, despite the unwillingness of the mainstream media to speak on the subject, there are still American citizens trapped under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, begging to be brought home.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Thursday released a letter to President Joe Biden penned by an American citizen from San Diego, California, who is still trapped in Afghanistan alongside his wife.

“I am pleading with you again as a fellow proud American and as a husband to help my wife and I get home from Afghanistan,” the American citizen wrote in the October 15 letter to President Biden, weeks after the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from the Taliban-controlled country.

Their tale is harrowing.

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The American explained that he and his wife risked their lives to get through Taliban checkpoints, only to discover that the October 4 flight was canceled “because passengers did not have visas for UAE, where the flight was to land.” Another flight left on October 11, but the American said they never received a call to go to the airport.

“The third scheduled for 13 October was apparently cancelled. We learned details of the latter flights from our Congressman, the Hon. Darrell Issa, who flew to Doha to meet us, and not from the DOS,” he continued, explaining these were not their only attempts made since August.

President Biden promised that US forces would remain in-country until each and every American can get home safely, but then abided by a Taliban deadline to evacuate, abandoning a great many Americans and our allied partners.

Just because the news cycle is short and forgetful doesn’t mean that conditions are improving in stories that have fallen to the wayside.  This is just the new human attention span, and the marketing industry’s ability to hone in on the speed needed to stay ahead of your own thoughts. And so, despite the unwillingness of the mainstream media to speak on the subject, there are still American citizens trapped under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, begging to be brought home. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Thursday released a letter to President Joe Biden penned by an American citizen from San Diego, California, who is still trapped in Afghanistan alongside his wife. “I am pleading with you again as a fellow proud American and as a husband to help my wife and I get home from Afghanistan,” the American citizen wrote in the October 15 letter to President Biden, weeks after the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from the Taliban-controlled country. Their tale is harrowing. The American explained that he and his wife risked their lives to get through Taliban checkpoints, only to discover that the October 4 flight was canceled “because passengers did not have visas for UAE, where the flight was to land.” Another flight left on October 11, but the American said they never received a call to go to the airport. “The third scheduled for 13 October was apparently cancelled. We learned details of the latter flights from our Congressman, the Hon. Darrell Issa, who flew to Doha to meet us, and not from the DOS,” he continued, explaining these were not their only attempts made since August. President Biden promised that US forces would remain in-country until each and every American can get home safely, but then abided by a Taliban deadline to evacuate, abandoning a great…

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