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"The truth is that the newspaper is not a place for information to be given, rather it is just hollow content, or more than that, a provoker of content. If it prints lies about atrocities, real atrocities are the result."
Karl Kraus, 1914
WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
We are the world, we are exceptional, we cannot fail. The elite will lie, and the people will pretend to believe them. Heck about 20 percent of the American public will believe almost anything if it is wrapped with the right prejudice and appeal to passion. Have a pleasant evening.
jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com, Feb 04, 2015
Controlling the narrative is how society operate -- it preserves the society cohesion. Which is a good thing, unless price is too high. If the question of controlling the narrative arise, that means that elite became too detached from the regular people (let then eat cakes situation), and there are cracks in the society facade, line now there are cracks in neoliberals facade today. They are patched with lies and distortions. And it work until it does not.
In such cases the elite usually resort to policies which in the USA are called McCarthyism: attempt to smear and suppress dissidents claiming that they are associated with the particular (presented as hostile like Russia today, or really hostile like the USSR was) power.
While MSM supporting the "Party line" are masquerading as impendent new outlets.
Correlation with the foreign power policies might be actually accidental if this particular power " see future deeper" as unforgettable Madeline "Not So Bright" Allbright quipped. For example now correlation with RT policies does undermine the US foreign policy. We need only decide whether this is a good or bad thing and whether the US imperial policies are good for American people, or only for large transnational corporations. I think Tucker Carlson also undermines the US foreign policy and as such you can find a correlation between his positions and RT position. Now what ?
In such case elite presents association with the foreign power as a "politically correct" reason for suppression. So the only new moment is blatant hypocrisy. But that's how all societies work and in this sense there is nothing special in the fact that dissident voices are suppressed. In middle ages heretics were burned at the stake. If you are a dissident you fate in most societies are far from rosy.
The current situation in the USA is interesting because neoliberalism is definitely on the decline and as such represent now (unlike say 10 year ago) a rich target of attacks. And as the USA acquired since WWII, expanded after collapse of the USSR and try to preserve its neoliberal empire such attacks usually attack the US foreign policy. The real question is what alternative the particular outlet proposes -- the return to the New Deal Capitalism in some form or shape, or new socialist experiment is some form of shape.
Meanwhile the US became "an empire of illusions", when both elite and common people entertain various myths, which has nothing to do with the reality, the process that started after WWII and entered a new phase in 1962, when an important historic event (JFK assassination) became distorted by the fabricated by CIA illusion and false narrative (The United States of America’s Doll House, by Edward Curtin):
In a 1969 interview, Jim Garrison, the District Attorney of New Orleans and the only person to ever bring to trial a case involving the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, said that as a result of the CIA’s murderous coup d’état on behalf of the military-industrial-financial-media-intelligence complex that rules the country to this day, the American people have been subjected to a fabricated reality that has rendered them a nation of passive Eichmanns, who sit in their living rooms, popping pills and watching television as their country’s military machine mows down people by the millions and the announcers tell them all the things they should be afraid of, such as bacteria on cutting boards and Russian spies infiltrating their hair salons. Garrison said:
The creation of such inanities as acceptable reality and unacceptable reality is necessary for the self-preservation of the super-state against its greatest danger: understanding on the part of the people as to what is really happening. All factors which contribute to its burgeoning power are exaggerated. All factors which might reveal its corrosive effect on the nation are concealed. The result is to place the populace in the position of persons living in a house whose windows no longer reveal the outside but on which murals have been painted. Some of the murals are frightening and have the effect of reminding the occupants of the outside menaces against which the paternal war machine is protecting them. Other murals are pleasant to remind them how nice things are inside the house.
But to live like this is to live in a doll’s house. If life has one lesson to teach us, it is that to live in illusion is ultimately disastrous.
In the doll’s house into which America gradually has been converted, a great many of our basic assumptions are totally illusory.Interview with Jim Garrison, District Attorney of Parish of Orleans, Louisiana, May 27, 1969, kennedysandking.com
That is not the case for most Americans. When approximately 129 million people cast their votes for Donald Trump and HilIary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, you know idiocy reigns and nothing has been learned. Ditto for the votes for Obama, Bush, Clinton, et al. You can keep counting back. It is an ugly fact and sad to say. Such a repetition compulsion is a sign of a deep sickness, and it will no doubt be repeated in the 2020 election. The systemic illusion must be preserved at all costs and the warfare state supported in its killing. It is the American way.
It is true that average Americans have not built the doll’s house; that is the handiwork of the vast interconnected and far-reaching propaganda arms of the U.S. government and their media accomplices. But that does not render them innocent for accepting decades of fabricated reality for so-called peace of mind by believing that a totally corrupt system works. The will to believe is very powerful, as is the propaganda. The lesson that Garrison spoke of has been lost on far too many people, even on those who occasionally leave the doll house for a walk, but who only go slightly down the path for fear of seeing too much reality and connecting too many dots. There is plain ignorance, then there is culpable ignorance, to which I shall return.
In many respects, the media creates reality, so perhaps the most effective route toward changing reality runs through the media. "Controlling the narrative" is the major form of neoliberal MSM war on reality. By providing "prepackaged" narrative for a particular world event and selectively suppressing alternative information channels that contradict the official narrative, neoliberals control and channel emotions of people in the direction they want. Often in the direction of yet another war for the expansion of the global neoliberal empire led from Washington, DC.
libezkova said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs... January 29, 2017 at 08:31 AM
It is hard to disagree with the notion which was put by several authors that American society is living in a cocoon of illusion which conveniently isolates them from reality: entertainment and escapism infuse our society, economy, and political system with severe consequences. Among such authors are Aldous Huxley, C. Wright Mills, Sheldon Wolin, Ralph Nader, Karl Polanyi, Jared Diamond, Paul Craig Roberts, Chris Hedge and several others. If we compare dystopias of Huxley and Orwell, and it clear that Huxley in his famous New Brave World predicted the future much better:
"Huxley feared was that would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one... the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance."
The central idea here is that we now live as a society in which citizens become so distracted (and by extension detached) from reality that they lost any ability to influence their political or economic destiny. It is the same phenomenon that is described under the label of Inverted Totalitarism.
This is one of the truly malevolent aspects of today's modern neoliberal world order and we need to confront it. It allows the old game of blaming the weak and the marginal, a staple of neo-fascist and despotic regimes; this illusion empower the dark undercurrents of sadism and violence in American society and deflect attention from the neoliberal financial vampires who have drained the blood of the country
"The tragedy is that we have become a screen culture, televisions, computers, phones, tablets, etc. Our electronic hallucinations have produced a society that has little time or patience for introspection or deep thinking. It reinforced my decision to maintain a television free life. For some, what Chris has to say may cut to close to the bone. But those with the courage to do so are usually the ones that care the most."
The biggest and most invisible elephant in the American psyche is this: our government has long since abandoned the goal of managing this nation as a nation. Instead, America as a nation is managed as a means to global empire.
For example the loss of the critical skills of literacy (seven million total illiterates, another 27 million unable to read well enough to complete a job application, and still another 50 million who read at a 4th-5th-grade level) have led large part of the US population to become incapable of thinking for ourselves.
In fact they have become as malleable as children. 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a single book in a year. Despite technology and internet access we are becoming a society of functionally ignorant and illiterate people.
For example there is widespread illusion of inclusion. This is the illusion that we are or will be included among the fortunate few because misfortune happens only to those who deserve it. There are plenty of people who understand that the corporate model is one in which there are squeezers and those who are to be squeezed. So the illusion of inclusion provides what can be called "a plantation morality" that exalts the insiders and denigrates the outsiders. Those content with this arrangement obviously view themselves as insiders even when they work for companies that are actively shedding employees. Many of these people are happy to be making good money for digging graves for others, never stopping to wonder if maybe someday one of those graves might be their own.
One of the first recorded metaphors which explained this phenomenon of substitution of reality with illusion was Plato's tale about cave dwellers, who thought the shadows on the wall were the actual reality. Illusion can also serve as a deliberate distraction, isolation layer that protects form unpleasant reality. The point is that now it is illusions that dominate American life; both for those that succumb to them, and for those that promote and sustains them. It is the use of illusions in the US society that become prevalent today, converting like into the cinema or theater, where primary goal is entertainment.
Modern MSM are driven by postmodernism which includes among other things substitution of reality with artificial reality, fragmentation of history and push for historical amnesia, substitution of the subject with emotions, and juxtaposition of opposites. But the key feature is controlling the narrative.
|The Journalist Udo Ulfkotte ashamed today that he spent 17 years in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...he
reveals why opinion leaders produce tendentious reports and serve as the extended Arm of the NATO press office. ...the author
also was admitted into the networks of American elite organizations, received in return for positive coverage in the US even a
certificate of honorary citizenship.
In this book you will learn about industry lobby organisations. The author calls hundreds of names and looks behind the Scenes of those organizations, which exert bias into media, such as: Atlantic bridge, Trilateral Commission, the German Marshall Fund, American Council on Germany, American Academy, Aspen Institute, and the Institute for European politics. Also revealed are the intelligence backgrounds of those lobby groups, the methods and forms of propaganda and financing used, for example, by the US Embassy. Which funds projects for the targeted influencing of public opinion in Germany
...You realize how you are being manipulated - and you know from whom and why. At the end it becomes clear that diversity of opinion will now only be simulated. Because our "messages" are often pure brainwashing.
Controlling the narrative means control and deliberate selection of the issues which can be discussed (and by extension which are not) in MSM. It represents real war on reality. Non-stop, 24 by 7 character of modern media help with this greatly (The Unending Anxiety of an ICYMI World - NYTimes.com):
We used to receive media cyclically. Newspapers were published once (or sometimes twice) a day, magazines weekly or monthly. Nightly news was broadcast, well, each night. Television programs were broadcast on one of the major networks one night a week at a specific time, never to return until a rerun or syndication. Movies were shown first in theaters and on video much later (or, before the advent of VCRs, not until a revival). There were not many interstices, just discrete units — and a smaller number of them.
Now we’re in the midst of the streaming era, when the news industry distributes material on a 24-hour cycle, entire seasons of TV shows are dumped on viewers instantaneously, most movies are available at any time and the flow of the Internet and social media is ceaseless. We are nearly all interstitial space, with comparatively few singularities.
Media became out windows to the world and this window is broken. The notion of 'controlling the narrative' points to dirty games played by PR gurus and spin merchants with event coverage (especially foreign event coverage) to ensure the rule of elite. A good part of the White House budget and resources is spent on controlling the narrative. Creation of the narrative and "talking points" for MSM is the task of State Department. Former State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was a pretty telling "incarnation" of the trend.
And MSM are doing an exemplary job controlling the political narrative. This way they demonstrate their faithful service to the state and the ruling political class. Nowhere is more evident then in coverage of wars.
Only social media can smash the official version of events. And in some case that has happened. The USA MSM honchos are now scratching heads trying to understand how to control their version of events despite Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.
On Ukraine, despite the most coordinated propaganda offensive of Western MSMs, the Western elite failed to fully control the narrative: a sizable number of Europeans are still clinging to the notion that this story had two sides. You can see this trend from analysis of Guardian comments (The Guardian Presstitutes Slip Beyond the Reach of Embarrassment ). More importantly the EU political establishment has failed to maintain a central lie inside official narrative -- that the EU is benign and a force for good / peace / prosperity. EU elite has shown its ugly face supporting Ukrainian far right.
Another example were initially MSM totally controlled the narrative (the first two-three weeks) and then when the narrative start slipping away they need to silence the subject Shooting down Malaysian flight MH17
The thing is, once you've lost control of the narrative, as happened with coverage MH17 tragedy, there's no way back. Once Western MSM lost it, no-one any longer believed a word they said about the tragedy.
And little can be done to win back that credibility on the particular subject. Moreover, due to this Europeans are becoming more and more receptive of a drip of alternative media stories that completely destroy official EU narrative. They came from a multitude of little sources, including this site and they collectively cements the loss of trust to the EU elite.
There also more subtle nuances of controlling the narrative. Actually controlling the narrative does not mean that you need to suppress all the negative news (like propagandists in the USSR often did -- leading to complete discreditation of official propaganda in minds of the USSR people -- it simply became the subject of jokes). As John V. Walsh noted:
There is a simple rule that is followed scrupulously by U.S. commentators of every stripe on world affairs and war – with a very few notable exceptions, Paul Craig Roberts and Pepe Escobar among them.
This rule allows strong criticism of the U.S. But major official adversaries of the U.S., Iran, Russia and China, must never, ever be presented as better than the US in any significant way. The US may be depicted as equally bad (or better) than these enemies, but never worse.
In other words, any strong criticism of the US presuppose scapegoating and vicious propaganda campaign against major official adversaries of the US such as Russia. It must never, ever be presented in a better light then the US in any significant way. In selected cases, the US may be depicted as equally bad, but never worse.
The most recent incarnation of this rule was during Hillary Clinton campaign for POTUS in 2016.
The informational function of the media would be this to help us forget, to serve as the very agents and mechanism for our historical amnesia.
But in that cast of two features of postmodernism on which I have dwelt here -- the transformation of reality into images, the fragmentation of 'me' into a series of perpetual presents -- are bother extraordinary consolant with this process.
... We have seen that there is a way in which postmodernism replicates or reproduces -- reinforces -- the logic of consumer capitalism.
Frederic Jameson “Postmodernism and Consumer Society
Chris Hedge Empire of Illusion is a penetrating analysis of this effort of "entertainment society" and converting everything including politics into entertainment. It was published in 2010. Hedges discuss complex issues and a clear, succinct way. You might agree with him, you might disagree with him but you will enjoy his brilliant prose.
Those who manipulate from the shadows our lives are the agents, publicists, marketing departments, promoters, script writers, television and movie producers, advertisers, video technicians, photographers, bodyguards, wardrobe consultants, fitness trainers, pollsters, public announcers, and television news personalities who create the vast stage for the Empire of Illusion. They are the puppet masters. No one achieves celebrity status, without the approval of cultural enablers and intermediaries. The sole object is to hold attention and satisfy an audience. These techniques of theater leeched into politics, religion, education, literature, news, commerce, warfare, and even crime. It converts that society into wrestling ring mesh with the ongoing dramas on television, in movies, and in the news, where "real-life" stories, especially those involving celebrities, allow news reports to become mini-dramas complete with a star, a villain, a supporting cast, a good-looking host, and a neat, if often unexpected, conclusion (p. 15-16).
The first big achievement of Empire of Illusion was "glorification of war" after WWIII. As the veterans of WW II saw with great surprise their bitter, brutal wartime experience were skillfully transformed into an illusion, the mythic narrative of heroism and patriotic glory sold to the public by the Pentagon's public relations machine and Hollywood. The extreme brutality and meaninglessness of war could not compete against the power of the illusion, the fantasy of war as a ticket to glory, honor, and manhood. It was what the government and the military wanted to promote. It worked because it had the power to simulate experience for most viewers who were never at Iwo Jima or in a war. Few people understood that this illusion was a lie. p. 21-22.
Media evolved into branch of entertainment. He gives great insight on American society. Several chapters should be a required read for all sociology, film, journalism students, or government leaders. Much like Paul Craig Robert's How America Was Lost you might feel unplugged from the matrix after reading this book. This is the book that corporate America, as well as the neoliberal elite, do not want you to read. It's a scathing indictment against everything that's wrong with the system and those that continue to perpetuate the lie in the name of the almighty dollar. In a way the USA as the rest of the world are amusing itself into a post apocalyptic state, without an apocalypse. It is simply cannibalizing itself.
That books also contains succinct, and damning condemnation of globalization (and, specifically, the USA's role in it). You can compare it with Klein's 'Shock Doctrine', but it cuts a wider swath.
The discussion the follows was by-and-large adapted from D. Benor Amazon review of the book
We consume countless lies daily, false promises that if we buy this brand or that product, if we vote for this candidate, we will be respected, envied, powerful, loved, and protected. The flamboyant lives of celebrities and the outrageous characters on television, movies, and sensational talk shows are peddled to us, promising to fill up the emptiness in our own lives. Celebrity culture encourages everyone to think of themselves as potential celebrities, as possession unique if unacknowledged gifts. p. 26-7. Celebrity is the vehicle used by a corporate society to sell us these branded commodities, most of which we do not need. Celebrities humanize commercial commodities. They present the familiar and comforting face of the corporate state. p. 37.
Reporters, especially those on television, no longer ask whether the message is true but rather whether the pseudo-event worked or did not work as political theater for supporting particular (usually State Department in case of foreign events) talking points. Pseudo-events are judged on how effectively we have been manipulated by illusion. Those events that appear real are relished and lauded. Those that fail to create a believable illusion are deemed failures. Truth is irrelevant. Those who succeed in politics, as in most of the culture, are those who create the most convincing fantasies. This is the real danger of pseudo-events and why pseudo-events are far more pernicious than stereotypes. They do not explain reality, as stereotypes attempt to, but replace reality. Pseudo-events redefines reality by the parameters set by their creators. These creators, who make massive profits selling illusions, have a vested interest in maintaining the power structures they control. p. 50-1.
A couple quotes: "When a nation becomes unmoored from reality, it retreats into a world of magic. Facts are accepted or discarded according to the dictates of a preordained cosmology. The search for truth becomes irrelevant." (p. 50) "The specialized dialect and narrow education of doctors, academics, economists, social scientists, military officers, investment bankers, and government bureaucrats keeps each sector locked in its narrow role. The overarching structure of the corporate state and the idea of the common good are irrelevant to specialists. They exist to make the system work, not to examine it." (p. 98) I could go on and on citing terrific passages.
The flight into illusion sweeps away the core values of the open society. It corrodes the ability to think for oneself, to draw independent
conclusions, to express dissent when judgment and common sense tell you something is wrong, to be self-critical, to challenge authority,
to grasp historical facts, to advocate for change, and to acknowledge that there are other views, different ways, and structures of
being that are morally and socially acceptable. A populace deprived of the ability to separate lies from truth, that has become hostage
to the fictional semblance of reality put forth by pseudo-events, is no longer capable of sustaining a free society.
Those who slip into this illusion ignore the signs of impending disaster. The physical degradation of the planet, the cruelty of global capitalism, the looming oil crisis, the collapse of financial markets, and the danger of overpopulation rarely impinge to prick the illusions that warp our consciousness. The words, images, stories, and phrases used to describe the world in pseudo-events have no relation to what is happening around us. The advances of technology and science, rather than obliterating the world of myth, have enhanced its power to deceive. We live in imaginary, virtual worlds created by corporations that profit from our deception. Products and experiences - indeed, experience as a product - offered up for sale, sanctified by celebrities, are mirages. They promise us a new personality. They promise us success and fame. They promise to mend our brokenness. p. 52-3.
We have all seen the growth of a culture of lies and deception in politics, banking, commerce and education. Hodges points out how this has been facilitated by our abandoning the teaching of values and analysis in our schools.
The flight from the humanities has become a flight from conscience. It has created an elite class of experts who seldom look beyond their tasks and disciplines to put what they do in a wider, social context. And by absenting themselves from the moral and social questions raised by the humanities, they have opted to serve a corporate structure that has destroyed the culture around them.
Our elites - the ones in Congress, the ones on Wall Street, and the ones being produced at prestigious universities and business schools - do not have the capacity to fix our financial mess. Indeed, they will make it worse. They have no concept, thanks to the educations they have received, of how to replace a failed system with a new one. They are petty, timid, and uncreative bureaucrats superbly trained to carry our systems management. They see only piecemeal solutions that will satisfy the corporate structure. Their entire focus is numbers, profits, and personal advancement. They lack a moral and intellectual core. They are as able to deny gravely ill people medical coverage to increase company profits as they are to use taxpayer dollars to peddle costly weapons systems to blood-soaked dictatorships. The human consequences never figure into their balance sheets. The democratic system, they believe, is a secondary product of the free market - which they slavishly serve. p. 111.
I quote Hodges at some length because of his cogent, clear summaries of the problems leading us to self-destruction and to ways we might someday restructure society to be supportive and healing to the individual - rather than exploiting people and viewing them only as valuable as they can be manipulated into being gullible consumers.
This is one of the clearest and best focused discussions I have seen on the problems of modern society that are leading us to societal suicide
Hedges points out how a cycle sustains itself between elite educational institutions (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc.), the Government (think Congress in particular) and Corporations. Ivy league schools basically turn-out lackeys that do whatever is necessary to maintain their elite, self-absorbed status. The last chapter is entitled, "The Illusion of America," and this is where Hedges does a fantastic job of pulling together all the elements of this dysfunctional society. Other books touch the same themes, sometimes more forcefully but in this book most important elements of this picture put together.
Among the booksHedges cites:
The book Gekaufte Journalisten by Udo Ulfkotte was a revelation. Of cause, we suspected many things he described, but now we know detailed methods and mechanisms of suppressing alterative opinion in German society, methods that are probably more effective that anything propagandists in the DDR and the USSR ever attempted. One of the central concept here is the concept of "Noble Lie".
Guardian became neoliberal as soon as Tony Blaire became Prime minister. As any neoliberal publication is subscribes to the notion of "noble lie". The latter actually came from neocons playbook. No they knowingly try to dumb down their reader substituting important topic with celebrity gossip and hate speech. Even political issue now are "served" to the public as dishes under heavy sauce of personalities involved, which is a perfect way to obscure the subject and distract the readers.
geronimo -> MurkyFogsFutureLogs 14 Mar 2015 12:31
Under the retiring editor, all politics seems to have been reduced to 'identity' politics. Forget about class, war, class war and so on... If it can't be reduced to Hillary's gender or Putin's, er... transcendental evil... then it's barely worth a comment above the line.
As I've said before, for the Guardian 'the personal is the political' - or rather, for the Guardian as for Hillary, the political reduces to the personal.
A marriage made, not so much in heaven, but somewhere in political-fashionista North London.
In reality most prominent journalists are on tight leash of "'deep state". As Udo Ulfkotte book attests this is a rule, not an exception. While this was known since Operation Mockingbird was revealed, nothing changed. As revealed by Senator Frank Church investigations (Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities) in 1975. In his Congress report published in 1976 the authors stated:
According to the "Family Jewels" report, released by the National Security Archive on June 26, 2007, during the period from March 12, 1963, and June 15, 1963, the CIA installed telephone taps on two Washington-based news reporters. Church argued that misinforming the world cost American taxpayers an estimated $265 million a year.
In February 1976, George H. W. Bush, the recently appointed Director of the CIA, announced a new policy:
"Effective immediately, the CIA will not enter into any paid or contract relationship with any full-time or part-time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station." He added that the CIA would continue to "welcome" the voluntary, unpaid cooperation of journalists.
But at this point only handlers and methods changed, not the policy. They are still all controlled by deep state. The most recent revelations of this fact were published by Udo Ulfkotte’s in his bestseller book Bought Journalists. Here is one Amazon review of the book:
Unicorns & Kittenson May 1, 2015
I've managed to read a bit of the German version ...
I've managed to read a bit of the German version and now I think I understand why this is still not available in English although it was supposed to be released in this and other languages seven months ago. I will be very surprised if this shocking and destabilizing book (which names names) is made available to Americans ... even though it's primarily about the abusive tactics of American intelligence agencies. Please keep asking why it isn't published - despite being a best-seller in Germany -- and how we can get it here on Kindle.
As one Amazon reviewer said "This book will change for ever the way you read and watch the mainstream media! " Here is some additional information from russia-insider:
... ... ...Ironically, however, it’s likely that one of the biggest threats (especially in Europe) to Anglo-American media credibility about Ukraine and other issues is coming from a very old-fashioned medium – a book.
Udo Ulfkotte’s bestseller Bought Journalists has been a sensation in Germany since its publication last autumn. The journalist and former editor of one of Germany’s largest newspapers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, revealed that he was for years secretly on the payroll of the CIA and was spinning the news to favour U.S. interests. Moreover he alleges that some major media are nothing more than propaganda outlets for international think-tanks, intelligence agencies, and corporate high-finance.
“We’re talking about puppets on a string,” he says, “journalists who write or say whatever their masters tell them to say or write. If you see how the mainstream media is reporting about the Ukraine conflict and if you know what’s really going on, you get the picture. The masters in the background are pushing for war with Russia and western journalists are putting on their helmets.” 
In another interview, Ulfkotte said:
“The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia. This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say…it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do, and have done in the past, because they are bribed to betray the people not only in Germany, all over Europe.” 
... ... ...
Apparently, Pomeranzev has forgotten that important October 2004 article by Ron Suskind published in the New York Times Magazine during the second war in Iraq (which, like the first, was based on a widely disseminated lie). Suskind quoted one of George W. Bush’s aides (probably Karl Rove): “The aide said that guys like me [journalists, writers, historians] were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality…That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do’.” 
It’s a rather succinct description of Orwellian spin and secrecy in a media-saturated Empire, where discerning the truth becomes ever more difficult.
That is why people believe someone like Udo Ulfkotte, who is physically ill, says he has only a few years left to live, and told an interviewer,
“I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I don’t like to have this situation again, because war is never coming from itself, there is always people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists too… We have betrayed our readers, just to push for war…I don’t want this anymore, I’m fed up with this propaganda. We live in a banana republic and not in a democratic country where we have press freedom…” 
Recently, as Mike Whitney has pointed out in CounterPunch (March 10), Germany’s newsmagazine Der Spiegel dared to challenge the fabrications of NATO’s top commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, for spreading “dangerous propaganda” that is misleading the public about Russian “troop advances” and making “flat-out inaccurate statements” about Russian aggression.
Whitney asks, “Why this sudden willingness to share the truth? It’s because they no longer support Washington’s policy, that’s why. No one in Europe wants the US to arm and train the Ukrainian army. No wants them to deploy 600 paratroopers to Kiev and increase U.S. logistical support. No one wants further escalation, because no wants a war with Russia. It’s that simple.”  Whitney argued that “the real purpose of the Spiegel piece is to warn Washington that EU leaders will not support a policy of military confrontation with Moscow.”
So now we know the reason for the timing of the April 15 U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information.” Literally while U.S. paratroopers were en route to Kiev, the hawks in Washington (and London) knew it was time to crank up the rhetoric. The three witnesses were most eager to oblige.
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...Life today seems like a dream, doesn't it? Surreal to the point where everything seems haunted and betwixt and between, or this against that, or that and this against us... Or a Luis Buñuel film. The logic of the irrational. Surrealistic. A film made to draw us into an ongoing nightmare. Hitchcock with no resolution. Total weirdness, as Hunter Thompson said was coming before he blew his brains out. A life movie made to hypnotize in this darkening world where reality is created on screens, as Buñuel said of watching movies:
This kind of cinematographic hypnosis is no doubt due to the darkness of the theatre and to the rapidly changing scenes, lights, and camera movements, which weaken the spectator's critical intelligence and exercise over him a kind of fascination.
Here we are in Weirdsville, USA where most people, whether of the left, right, or center, are hypnotized by the flickering screens. That's what movies do. That's what long planned psychological operations do. That's what digital technology allows corrupt rulers and the national security state with its Silicon Valley partners in crime to do.
We now live in a screen world where written words and logic are beside the point. Facts don't matter. Personal physical experience doesn't matter. Clear thinking doesn't matter. Hysterical reactions are what matter. Manipulated emotions are what matter. Saying "Fuck You" is now de rigueur, as if that were the answer to an argument.
It's all a movie now with the latest theatrical performance having been the January 6, 2021 stage show filmed at the U.S. Capitol. A performance so obvious that it isn't obvious for those hypnotized by propaganda, even when the movie clearly shows that the producers arranged for the "domestic terrorists" to be ushered into the Capitol. They let the "Nazis" in on Dr. Goebbels orders. Thank God Almighty they were beaten back before they seized power in their Halloween costumes.
Now who could have given that order to the Capitol and D.C. police, Secret Service, National Guard, and the vast array of militarized Homeland Security forces that knew well in advance of the January 6 demonstration? Who gave the stand-down orders on September 11, 2001, events that were clearly anticipated and afterwards were described by so many as if they were a movie? Surreal. Dreamlike.
As with the events of September 11, 2001 and the subsequent anthrax attacks, the recently staged show at the Capitol that the mainstream media laughingly call an attempted coup d'état will result in a new "Patriot Act" aimed at the new terrorists – domestic ones – i.e. anyone who dissents from the authoritarian crackdown long planned and underway; anyone who questions the vast new censorship and the assault on the First Amendment; anyone who questions the official narrative of Covid-19 and the lockdowns; anyone who suggests that there are linkages between these events, etc.
Who, after all, introduced the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act in 1995 that became the template for the Patriot Act in 2001 that was passed into law after September 11, 2001? None other than former Senator Joseph Biden . Remember Joe? He has a new plan.
Of course, the massive Patriot Act had been written well before that fateful September day and was ready to be implemented by a Senate vote of 98-1, the sole holdout being Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. In the House of Representatives the vote was 357-66.
For those familiar (or unfamiliar) with history and fabricated false flags, they might want also to meditate on the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964 that gave Lyndon Johnson his seal of approval to escalate the war against Vietnam that killed so many millions. The vote for that fake crisis was 416-0 in the House and 88-2 in the Senate.
In the words of Mark Twain:
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
Harry Houdini, the magical performer who was able to escape from any trap, any nightmarish enclosure, any lockdown, once said,
It's still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really hurts a performer.
The question has been answered. It doesn't hurt at all, for phoney events still mesmerize millions who are eager to suspend their disbelief for the sake of a sad strand of hope that their chosen leaders – whether Biden or Trump – are levelling with them and are not playing them for fools. To accept that Trump and Biden are scripted actors in a highly sophisticated reality TV movie is a bit of "reality" too hard to bear. Exposing them and their minions doesn't hurt at all. There's no business but show business.
Houdini knew well the tricks used to deceive a gullible audience hypnotized by theatrics. "A magician is only an actor," he said, "an actor pretending to be a magician." This is a perfect description of the charlatans who serve as presidents of the United States.
Life today seems like a dream, doesn't it? "Will wonders ever cease," said Houdini, as he closed his shows.
When I was a child I had a repetitive dream that I was trapped in a maze. Trying to escape, all I could hear as I tried desperately to find an exit was a droning sound. Droning without end. The only way I could escape the maze was to wake up – literally. But this dream would repeat for many years to the point where I realized my dreams were connected to my actual family and life in the U.S.A.
Then, when I was later in the Marines and felt imprisoned and was attempting to get out as a conscientious objector, the dream changed to being trapped in the Marines, or the prison I was expecting if they didn't let me go. Even when I got out of the Marines and was not in prison, the dreams that I was continued.
It took me years to learn how to escape.
I mention such dreams since they seem to encapsulate the feelings so many people have today. A sense of being trapped in a senseless social nightmare. Prisoners. Lost in a horror movie like Kafka's novel The Castle in which the protagonist K futilely seeks to gain access to the rulers who control the world from their castle but can never reach his goal. But these are dreams and The Castle is fiction.
On a conscious level, however, many people continue to rationalize their grasp of what is going on in the United States as if what they take to be reality is not fiction. Trump supporters – despite what are seen by them as his betrayals when he said on January 7 that
The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy .My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation
still cling to the belief that he is the man they believe in and was going to "clean the swamp" but was sabotaged by the "deep state." Biden supporters, driven by their obsessive hatred for Trump and the ongoing delusions that the Democratic Party, like the Republican, is not thoroughly corrupt, look forward to the Biden presidency and the new normal when he can "build back better." For both groups' true faith never dies. It's very touching.
As I have written before, if the Democrats and the Republicans are at war as is often claimed, it is only over who gets the larger share of the spoils. Trump and Biden work for the same bosses, those I call the Umbrella People (those who own and run the country through their intelligence/military/media operatives), who produce and direct the movie that keeps so many Americans on the edge of their seats in the hope that their chosen good guy wins in the end.
It might seem as if I am wrong and that because the Democrats and their accomplices have spent years attempting to oust Trump through Russia-gate, impeachment, etc. that what seems true is true and Trump is simply a crazy aberration who somehow slipped through the net of establishment control to rule for four years. A Neo-Nazi billionaire who emerged from a TV screen and a golden tower high above the streets of New York.
This seems self-evident to the Democrats and the supporters of Joseph Biden, and even to many Republicans.
For Trump's supporters, he seems to be a true Godsend, a real patriot who emerged out of political nowhere to restore America to its former greatness and deliver economic justice to the forgotten middle-Americans whose livelihoods have been devastated by neo-liberal economic policies and the outsourcing of jobs.
Two diametrically opposed perspectives.
But if that is so, why, despite Trump and Biden's superficial differences – and Obama's, Hillary Clinton's and George W. Bush's for that matter – have the super-rich gotten richer and richer over the decades and the war on terror continued as the military budget has increased each year and the armament industries and the Wall Street crooks continued to rake in the money at the expense of everyone else? These are a few facts that can't be disputed. There are many more. So what's changed under Trump? We are talking about nuances, small changes. A clown with a big mouth versus traditional, "dignified" con men.
Trump's followers were betrayed the day he was sworn in, as Biden's will be shortly unless they support a crackdown on civil rights, the squelching of the First Amendment, and laws against dissent under the aegis of a war against domestic terrorism.
I'm afraid that is so. Censorship of dissent that is happening now will increase dramatically under the Biden administration.
Now we have the "insurrection," also known as an attempted "coup d'état," with barbarians breaching the gates of the sacred abode of the politicians of both parties who have supported bloody U.S. coups throughout the world for the past seventy plus years. Here is another example of history beginning as tragedy and ending as farce.
But who is laughing?
If you were writing this script as part of long-term planning, and average people were getting disgusted from decades of being screwed and were sick of politicians and their lying ways, wouldn't you stop the reruns and create a new show?
Come on, this is Hollywood where creative showmen can dazzle our minds with plots so twisted that when you leave the theater you keep wondering what it was all about and arguing with your friends about the ending. So create a throwback film where the good guy versus the bad guy was seemingly very clear, and while the system ground on, people would be at each other's throats over the obvious differences, even while they were fabricated or were minor. This being the simple and successful age-old strategy of divide and conquer.
I realize that it is very hard for many to entertain the thought that Trump and Biden are not arch-enemies but are players in a spectacle created to confound at the deepest psychological levels. I am not arguing that the Democrats didn't want Hillary Clinton to win in 2016. I am saying they knew Trump was a better opponent, not only because they could probably defeat him and garner more of the spoils, but because if he possibly won he was easily controlled because he was compromised. By whom? Not the Democrats, but the "Deep State" forces that control Hillary Clinton and all the presidents. A compromised and corrupt lot.
The Democrats and Republicans were not in charge in 2016 or in 2020. Their bosses were. The Umbrella people. Biden will carry out their orders, and while everyone will conveniently forget what actually happened during Trump's tenure, as I previously mentioned, they will only remember how the Democrats "tried" to oust this man in the black hat, while Biden will carry on Trump's legacy with minor changes and a lot of PR. He will seem like a breath of fresh air as he continues and expands the toxic policies of all presidents. So it goes.
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Jan 19, 2021 | www.rt.com
Some pointed out that the accusations leveled at Trump supporters could just as easily be lobbed back at their accusers – specifically the part of Hassan's checklist in which the cult member is discouraged from seeking " outside " sources of information and gaslighted with revised versions of the past.Jenny @55Massey Replying to @Lesqueenb ...
Read the soldiers are being vetted to see if they're Trump supporters, resulting in some uploading photos of themselves on social media with red MAGA caps on :-)
Jan 19, 2021 | i.postimg.cc
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Phil Greaves @PhilGreaves01
Better to be a conspiracy theorist than a bootlicking fantasist who thinks a bunch of eugenicist billionaire parasites are just 'incompetently' trying to save pensionersWe warned these people relentlessly that the despotic 'public health' policies they demanded from the regime would immiserate millions more workers, they laughed and mocked us, now they cry crocodile tears at the obvious consequences which they enabled.
from a media-inflated flu, but 'mistakenly' imprisoning & fleecing the population in the process.
Jan 19, 2021 | www.rt.com
banallwars 1 hour ago 19 Jan, 2021 04:32 PMWhat a lie. The bombs being dropped from the U.S. made jets the Saudi pilots fly over Yemen killing civilians leaves blood all over his hands not to mention shaking the hand of the Saudi that murdered a journalist before selling him weapons to kill Yemen's civilians.Waryaa Moxamad 48 minutes ago 19 Jan, 2021 05:36 PM1) False flag chemical attack on Syria. 2) killing Soleimani in a sovereign country he was invited to 3) Guaido 4) Bolivia. 5) continuing the wars predecessors started.
Jan 19, 2021 | kononenkome.livejournal.com
Right, it banned this hashtag .
Jan 19, 2021 | twitter.com
Aaron Maté @aaronjmate Jan 18Have you heard of #BlueAnon ? Here, two top members speculate that Trump spoke to Putin before the MAGA riot and call for a 9/11-style commission on Trump-Putin ties (FBI & Congressional probes were presumably insufficient). As this cult's mantra goes: "All roads lead to Putin."aaronjmate Jan 18
Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton · Jan 18 .
@SpeakerPelosi and I agree: Congress needs to establish an investigative body like the 9/11 Commission to determine Trump's ties to Putin so we can repair the damage to our national security and prevent a puppet from occupying the presidency ever again.@aaronjmate As I wrote last week, while Trump's movement is uniquely violent & dangerous, it does not hold a monopoly on xenophobic conspiracy theories in response to election failures.aaronjmate Jan 18@aaronjmate Their Russiagating BS is getting so tiresome! Thanks for your great work, Aaron! 1 4 33Meurig Davies @crustycobs Jan 18Some people have become completely delusional + share the Russiagate, which was actually Britishgate, delusion in the wake of the muted reports of it's non-existence.Tommy Knocker @Hutijin Jan 18Replying to @aaronjmate Jan 18@aaronjmate The lengths this woman will go to not look at her own faults is astounding! Russia, Russia, Russia, instead of "hey maybe I'm just a warmonger and the people don't like that"... The disconnect is strong with this one!
Jan 19, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
downtownhaiku , Jan 19 2021 22:46 utc | 46
Say your prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance every night
And tomorrow you'll be feeling all right
House Un-American Blues Activity Dream
Mimi and Richard Farina
I knew Richard and Mimi in 1963
Jan 19, 2021 | kononenko.me
Rabid fighter for gender nutral terms, the Speaker of the US Congress, Nancy Pelosi, is eighty years old. It's time to think about something eternal. And what could be more eternal than the great and mighty English language. Known for its vast vocabulary. Which the Democratic congressional caucus decided to slightly reduce by voting on Monday for new rules for official record-keeping.
Instead of the words "he" or "she", it is now recommended to use the gender-neutral terms. Instead of "father", "mother", "son", "daughter", "brother", "sister", "uncle", "aunt" -- generalized "parent" or " child". And instead of "brother" and "sister", it is better to use the word "sibling". And so on.
Which means Joseph Biden got very unlucky. Because every one of the forty-five presidents before him was called " Mr. President." And "mister" is no longer allowed. Because this word has a clear gender connotation.
And there's nothing he can do about it: the law is the law.
Jan 19, 2021 | kononenkome.livejournal.com
For ten years, humanity has been preparing to meet the coronavirus pandemic prepared, if not from a medical point of view, then at least from the technological point of view. And maybe with the medical one, too -- after all, we do not encounter the achievements of genetic modeling in everyday life as often as with the achievements of digital technologies. But the minimum time frame for the development of a coronavirus vaccine seems to tell us that in this area, too, the past ten years have not been lost for all of us.
And here we are faced with a dialectical contradiction. On the one hand, technology has enabled us to withstand the pandemic and adapt to to working from home for those who can allow it. On the other hand, if it were not for technology, there would be no pandemic. It would be no air travel, no places of the big congestion of people, without a developed industry of tourism and travelling. And-who knows-maybe the virus itself would not exist without technology. Although here I am entering on a slippery slope of unsubstantiated assumptions.
Jan 19, 2021 | off-guardian.org
Judith , Jan 18, 2021 12:47 PM Reply to Moneycircus
I think Catherine Austin Fitts had the perfect term for Q – "hope porn".
I read Q a few times based on a friends repeated exclamations that the indictments were coming. This went on for 4 years. Nothing.
I tend to think it was just part of the theatre of the absurd which is what American politics is.
It would be humorous if it was not so tragic.
Jan 19, 2021 | www.strategic-culture.org
It is difficult to agree that the "values" spoken of by Pompeo equate with the Washington Post report on January 14 that the National Mall in Washington will have to be closed on the day of Mr Biden's inauguration as 46 th President of his nation. The Post noted with dismay that "The extraordinary closure is the latest in a series of security measures to harden the city against the type of violence that rocked the Capitol on January 6. Local and federal officials had already established a downtown security zone and called up more than 20,000 National Guard troops to protect the presidential swearing in on January 20. The move is significant because the Mall has been the traditional site where much of the general public has gathered to view the inauguration at the Capitol in person."
It would not be surprising if a similar paragraph had appeared in the media concerning such cities as Baghdad, Tripoli or Kabul, which have suffered grievously from U.S. attacks, simply because these places are unstable to the point of collapse. But for this sort of military action to be necessary in the national capital of "the greatest country on earth" is a sad indication of the depth to which Trump has taken America. The Trump storms have caused turmoil, and it is essential for the U.S. that there now be reorganisation, regrouping and calmness.
Jan 14, 2021 | www.zerohedge.comCassandra.Hermes 6 hours agoChief Joesph 4 minutes ago
Trump got most bipartisan presidential impeachment in history. Only five democrats voted for Clinton's
Second Impeachment! Trump certainly didn't make America Great Again, but he certainly has established a notoriety for himself...
Jan 19, 2021 | www.strategic-culture.org
... within just 72 hours of this ban madness starting, Russian Social Media/Messenger Platform "Telegram" gained 25 million new users . This is unlikely to be a fluke or coincidence. Furthermore, this new member surge brings the total user base to healthy 500 million. It is important to note that there are only some 250 million+ Russian speakers on the planet and not all of them like to follow intellectual feeds and memes on Telegram. This means that the majority of Telegram's audience are now not connected to Russia in any way. The platform has reached the critical mass needed to become a mainstay of daily life across the globe.
... During the Cold War, thanks to the dismal state of Soviet media, the youth of the USSR was listening to Radio Freedom and doing anything that it could to jump into the Western media sphere of influence. It was simply the better alternative that gave them breathing room to think about life without a framed Lenin picture in the background
Jan 19, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Passer by , Jan 19 2021 19:49 utc | 14
Internet and phone lines cut off in the russian consulate in New york.
Sunny Runny Burger , Jan 19 2021 20:57 utc | 23
The stuff about the NY consulate really sets me off, Sputnik said the phones are down for two days running and internet intermittent.
It's hard to guess at the reason for any of it since it could be almost anything (and pretty much entirely stupid no matter what) but what's much more noticeable is the apparent lack of interest in truly clarifying what the hell the point is/was supposed to be (instead of bs) from anyone inside anywhere in the US government structures, or intelligence services, or armed forces.
Dystopian and dysfunctional become synonyms at some point.
Other than that I'm only waiting to see if anything within the Pentagon will get a move on to clear up all the mess (rather than "worrying" about National Guards who will do whatever they're told). If anything happens I expect it to be clean and orderly and then after the fact maybe the NG troops will be told something or the other a little before everyone else, and that's about it. They don't have any need to know about anything in advance or as it happens.
That's just me, at least a little bit more realistic in my "if-so" than the FBI and Pelosi gang? :)
Jan 17, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
There is a better chance of Joe Biden remembering his own name tomorrow than the Blue Team admitting that the impeachment was bogus, no matter how strong the evidence. They knew before the impeachment.
Jan 17, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Trump finally succeeded at getting Congress to build his wall.
Can we bill Mexico for the wall built around the Capitol?
Jan 17, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
MhOOMan 5 hours ago remove link
Below is a list of which House Republicans voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday.
- Rep. John Katko (N.Y.) : "To allow the President of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy. For that reason, I cannot sit by without taking action. I will vote to impeach this President."
- Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) : " There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President. "
- Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) : "There is no doubt in my mind that the President of the United States broke his oath of office and incited this insurrection I will vote in favor of impeachment."
- Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.) : "Enough is enough. The Congress must hold President Trump to account and send a clear message that our country cannot and will not tolerate any effort by any President to impede the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next. Thus, I will vote to impeach."
- Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.) : "I believe President Trump acted against his oath of office, so I will vote to impeach him."
- Rep. Dan Newhouse (Wash.) : "A vote against this impeachment is a vote to validate the unacceptable violence we witnessed in our nation's capital. ... I will vote yes on the articles of impeachment."
- Rep. Peter Meijer (Mich.) : "With the facts at hand, I believe the article of impeachment to be accurate. The President betrayed his oath of office by seeking to undermine our constitutional process, and he bears responsibility for inciting the violent acts of insurrection last week."
- Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio) : "When I consider the full scope of events leading up to January 6th including the President's lack of response as the United States Capitol was under attack, I am compelled to support impeachment."
- Rep. Tom Rice (S.C.) : "I have backed this President through thick and thin for four years. I campaigned for him and voted for him twice. But, this utter failure is inexcusable."
- Rep. David Valadao (Calif.) : "Based on the facts before me, I have to go with my gut and vote my conscience. I voted to impeach President Trump. His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense. It's time to put country over politics."
Jan 17, 2021 | responsiblestatecraft.org
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The most important thing to remember in this regard is the difference between an "attack" and an act of espionage. The SolarWinds hack has been generally described in the United States as the former (including by incoming national security adviser Jake Sullivan , and Biden ), but was in fact the latter. Nobody is suggesting that the hackers in this case introduced viruses to paralyze U.S. state systems or damage domestic infrastructure and services. This was purely an information-gathering exercise.
This distinction is crucial. An attack on the citizens or infrastructure of another state has traditionally been considered an act of war. Actions by the United States, Russia, Israel and other countries in recent decades have somewhat blurred this distinction. But no one can doubt that if another country carried out a major act of sabotage on American soil, (especially one threatening the lives of citizens), then Washington's response would -- rightly -- be a ferocious one.
As a matter of fact, while Russia has engaged in limited operations against Estonia and Ukraine, the only countries that have to date carried out a truly successful and destructive act of cyber-sabotage are the U.S. and Israel, through the " Stuxnet " virus, which as introduced into the Iranian nuclear system and first uncovered in 2010.
Espionage by contrast is something that all states do all the time -- often to friends as well as adversaries. We may remember the scandal under the Obama administration when U.S. intelligence was found to have hacked into the communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior leaders of NATO countries. The hacking of a Belgian telecom company by British intelligence (" Operation Socialist ") is another example. And I would be both shocked and deeply disappointed to learn that U.S. intelligence is not trying to penetrate the state information systems of Russia and China.
And for each revealed act of espionage there is a well-established and calibrated set of responses. The aggrieved country issues a formal protest and expels a given number of "diplomats" from the country responsible. That country expels an equal number of diplomats. The media and the writers of spy thriller writers have a party. Then everything goes back to normal. For after all, everybody knows that there is no chance whatsoever that states will ever give up spying.
There are, however, three aspects of cyber-espionage that make it different from and more dangerous than traditional espionage.
Firstly, as Jake Sullivan has pointed out, unlike most forms of espionage, hacking can be used both for spying and for sabotage, and one can form the basis for the other. A key goal of responsible statecraft should be to establish a clear line between the two when it comes to cyberspace: to develop a set of calibrated and limited responses to cyber-espionage, and to make clear that cyber-sabotage will lead to a much fiercer and more damaging retaliation.
Secondly, unlike traditional espionage, the cyber variety is an area where third parties, uncontrolled by either side, can play a major role and cause serious damage to relations (and of course this also gives all sides plausible deniability -- as with U.S. moves against Iran).
For example, those behind the authors of the 2011 cyber-attack on the G20 summit in Paris have never been identified. Several major hacks have been conducted by independent cyber-anarchists, or even by clever teenagers, sometimes it seems simply for fun. In the present atmosphere, however, all such hacks against the United States are likely to be blamed on Russia and to lead to a further deterioration of relations.
Thirdly, and in part because of these blurred lines, no clear and understood international traditions are in place concerning the response to cyber-espionage, and there is a serious risk of overreaction leading to a spiraling escalation of tension and retaliation.
This is what the Biden administration must avoid. Apart from the immediate damage to relations, overreaction would mean that when -- as is bound to happen someday -- Russia or China eventually discover a cyber-espionage operation against them by U.S. intelligence, they will not only look justified in a disproportionate and escalatory response -- they will actually be justified.
One thing that Biden must definitely not do is to follow the suggestion that the United States should shut Russia out of the SWIFT international bank transfer system which -- the most damaging of all U.S. sanctions against Iran, and one that would have a disastrous effect on Russian trade.
Last year, then Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia would regard such a move as equivalent to an act of war and would respond accordingly. Various Russian responses would be possible, including a definitive move into the Chinese geopolitical camp and massive military aid to Iran. Without doubt however, one of them would be to move from cyber-espionage to cyber-sabotage against the United States.
The most sensible response would in fact be to follow literally President-elect Biden's statement that his administration will "respond in kind" to the attack is the most sensible -- that is to say in the cyber-field. The first step (as after any counter-intelligence failure) must obviously be to strengthen U.S. cyber-defenses which. Amongst other things, this requires using presidential orders to combine, streamline, and rationalize the competing plethora of U.S. agencies currently responsible for cyber-security.
The second entirely appropriate response is for Washington to intensify its own existing cyber-intelligence operations against Russia. That, however, is another reason not to engage in overblown moral outrage over the latest hack. The American pot already has quite a global reputation for calling kettles black, and there is no need to blacken it further.
Finally, the Biden administration should do everything possible to develop agreed international restraints on state cyber-operations, including an absolute ban on cyber-sabotage. This should involve opening new negotiations with Moscow on longstanding Russian proposals for an international "arms control" treaty in the area of cyber-warfare, and for a joint U.S.-Russian working group to establish mutual ground rules and confidence building measures.
These Russian proposals cannot be accepted as they stand (above all because of Moscow's desire to limit free flows of information); however, more than a decade ago, then- National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander said that "I do think that we have to establish the rules, and I think what Russia has put forward is, perhaps, the starting point for international debate." This remains true today, and the danger of a failure to reach international agreement has grown vastly since then.
One of the worst things about hysterical statements in the United States about "cyber-attacks" is that unwary readers might mistakenly conclude from them that things can't get any worse. They can get much, much worse.
Jan 17, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Mao Cheng Ji , Jan 17 2021 19:03 utc | 23
@steven t johnson: "reactionary Republicans"
Since you like Hitler analogies so much, dear Steven, why don't you contemplate the 'reactionary' aspect of those Germans who resisted, in the 1930s, the 'progress' of the National-Socialist movement.
'Reactionary' simply means 'opposing the change', and the changes instituted by global finance, aided by their faithful servants, your liberal comrades, -- those changes should be opposed by all decent citizens.
And they are opposed by all decent citizens, and especially by the American working class, which is why your liberal comrades have to resort to fascist methods: goebbelsian propaganda, censorship, blacklisting, police repression.
Jan 17, 2021 | www.rt.com
OneHorseGuy 1 day ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:17 PM"79% of Americans think the US is falling apart" those not accounted for are possibly homeless or illiterate and don't have the opportunity of putting their view forward.RTaccount 1 day ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:22 PMThere will be no peace, no unity, and no prosperity. And there shouldn't be.TheFishh RTaccount 1 day ago 15 Jan, 2021 03:38 PMThe US regimes past and present have worn out their bag of tricks. A magician is a con-man. And the only way they can entertain and spellbind the crowd with their routines is if everyone just ignores the sleight of hand. But people are starting to call the US out for the tricks it is pulling, and that's where the magician's career ends.SJMan333 23 hours ago 16 Jan, 2021 01:02 AMAmerica as a whole is now reaping the fruits of its decades of exceptionalism complex. Through its propaganda machine, Americans as individuals and collectively as a society, have been brainwashed into believing that laws, rules and basic human decency do not apply to themselves. These are only sweetened poisons for them to shove down the throats of other lesser countries, especially those in Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Asia ((bluntly put, non-white countries)) when it suited America's global resource thievery and daylight wealth grabbing. Habitualized into bullying every other countries with no resistance, Americans are now showing their ugly faces on each other. The same exceptionalism delusion "the laws apply to you, not me'' is driving every American (except the colored Americans probably) to blame all the ills of the country on everyone else except himself. Nancy Pelosi advocated total lock-down but treated herself to a total grooming in a hair saloon is just one example. For the sins it has committed over the decades, I guess the time is right for USA to have a dose of its own medicine. Except in this case, America never thought it necessary to develop an antidote.
Jan 17, 2021 | www.rt.com
Robert Bridge is an American writer and journalist. He is the author of 'Midnight in the American Empire,' How Corporations and Their Political Servants are Destroying the American Dream. @Robert_Bridge 15 Jan, 2021 14:33 Get short URL 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' (1992) Dir: Chris Columbus © Hughes Entertainment, 20th Century Fox 175 3 Follow RT on Cancel culture is now rampant in the entertainment industry, which wants to edit Trump from Hollywood history. Stalin would be proud, but this kind of thinking is dangerous and could have devastating consequences for the US.
If you blinked, you'd have missed it – a brief cameo appearance by Donald Trump speaking to child actor Macaulay Culkin in the 1992 film ' Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' .
The now notorious scene takes place inside the iconic Plaza Hotel where Trump tells Culkin, playing the role of Kevin McCallister in the popular Christmas film, " down the hall and to the left ." Not exactly R-rated material. Fast forward to these touchy times and Culkin says he is " sold " on the idea of having Trump digitally replaced from the John Hughes film.
So it's not enough to vote out Donald Trump after four tumultuous years in the White House; it's not enough to impeach him, twice; it's not enough to remove him from every major social media platform, effectively alienating him from his 75 million supporters. Now the insatiable woke wolves must work retroactively to delete from the public mind any positive associations it may still have with the real estate magnate turned American president.
But this little harangue is not really about Donald Trump, nor is it about Hollywood, where the annual Academy Award ceremonies have become blood-curdling 1984-style Trump hate-fests. Even less is this about Macaulay Culkin, who, like many other famous child actors, has struggled throughout adulthood to prove he's just as lovable as his former pintsize self. Instead, this is about the dangers of forgetting history and being " condemned to repeat it. "READ MORE Welcome to the Big Tech Sweepstakes, where BLM looters win corporate prizes, and Capitol Hill rioters get the boot!
Whether Hollywood has forgotten or not, there have been other attempts throughout history to erase the historical record. One famous case involved that of Nikolay Yezhov, the head of the feared NKVD under Joseph Stalin, who presided over trials and executions (1936-1938) during the Great Purge, a rather joyless period when hundreds of thousands perished without a trace.
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Pushing the Trump-inspired populist movement underground may only cause it to resort to more drastic measures. As the leftist libertarian reporter Glenn Greenwald observes ,
"these people know they are scorned and looked down upon... and the more you humiliate and make them feel powerless, the more you take away their ability to organize and express that rage, it's gonna find an outlet in more destructive ways."
As a former professor at a top-ranking university, I favored a Trump re-election, not because I support Trump so much as abhor what the opposition represents and is proving itself to be. In response to the social media threat to expression, I have inaugurated a new group on Telegram called 'Thought Criminals'. There, fellow 'thought deviationists' like me are able to express views that are effectively proscribed on mainstream social media platforms. No one among us advocates violence or the overthrow of the government. None of us is 'racist'. We advocate only the rights enshrined in the US Constitution.
But some groups, no doubt, are intent on violence. Yet the violent extremists consist mostly of Antifa and related 'activists', who will unfortunately trick Trump supporters into another error during the inauguration, like some appeared to do when involved in the Capitol siege. It's not as if violent extremists among the Trump base were always there, ready to pounce on any opportunity to express their "racist," "white nationalist" views.
Rather, as the rising party has already demonstrated, these people stand to lose the most under a Biden-Harris regime, whose Big Tech and mainstream media allies act as governmental enforcement apparatuses.
Trump supporters have been hated and demonized simply for wanting to live without being reprimanded and punished for their whiteness, their middle-Americanness, or their values. They face an anti-white, anti-native, anti-middle-America extremism that is set to silence and crush them into submission.
These and others will form a new underground under the prevailing ideological and political hegemony. This banishment of millions, and not Trump, is why the nation will fall apart, if indeed it does.
JJ_Rousseau 5 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:58 PMThe best thing that could happen is for USA to "balkanize". For the rest of the world, and for Americans too. The founding fathers intentionally put restraints on the federal government's power to prevent the situation we now face. Both parties (actually the duopoly) are guilty of breaching the constitution, on so many levels we have lost countRonj14848 JJ_Rousseau 1 hour ago 15 Jan, 2021 07:23 PMThe USA have more American in uniform outside America than civilian Americans inside America. You bleed yourself dry trying to be the boss of the world.chert JJ_Rousseau 3 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 04:52 PMRight, states should have more power than the federal government. Case in point: North Dakota is trying to pass a law to sue Facebook and Twitter for those who have been censored on those platforms. But federal law under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act will supersede because federal law wins.apothqowejh 4 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 04:17 PMAs an American, I can't say a reckoning hasn't been overdue. The myopia in this country, and the tolerance for evil, was bound to rebound. From a refusal to honestly look at 9/11, a refusal to accept responsibility for Iraq, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan and a host of other insanely brutal blunders, to an acceptance of such horrors as the USAPatriot Act and the COVID scam, everyday Americans have obliviously sleepwalked into a totalitarian dystopia. Tyranny abroad inevitably leads to tyranny at home, and we have well-earned it by refusing to vote for peace and non-interventionism; for limited government, for responsible spending. Now our votes no longer matter, and we are caught helpless in the whirlwind of our own destruction.newagerage apothqowejh 4 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 04:33 PMThe CIA, NSA, Pentagon... all these corporations lead to disaster as the employees have to keep causing trouble to justify their jobs and spend, spend like crazy, the Army and intelligence agencies spending the hard worked money from Silicon Valley and other sectors. The country just doesn't make sense, first outsource jobs to China and then when they see that Chinese people are smarter than them outsource those to India? are Indians idiots? I don't think so... both countries will rule the World by the end of the century. And the most important of all... where is your public education system? you can live without a proper health system, China does, but without a decent public education system? most Americans don't know where Portugal or Belgium is placed, no matter black or white...ceshawn 6 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:31 PMTrump didn't do this. The irrational reaction to Trump did this. It started with the now-fully mythological Russia-gate nonsense (that started with an almost ridiculously made up FISA warrant application). Continued through constant over-the-top challenges by Democrats of Trump following Obama-era laws (separation of children and adults for illegal border crossings) and the clear obstruction used by opponents during his entire Presidency. Trump was a disaster, Biden will be a nightmare (or a complete liar), but the left shouldn't be complaining when the reaction to their candidate is equally as disturbing as their reaction to the right (and yes, the circus that was the "raid" at the Capitol is just as bad as the intel community doing shady things against a sitting President).Ronj14848 ceshawn 1 hour ago 15 Jan, 2021 07:27 PMTrump didnt start new wars......but he has created a situation that foriegn wars will spring from his actions. He has created hate for a country that during the second world war was a much loved country.billy brown ceshawn 4 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 03:36 PMWhat could the 'rioters' do? We aren't going to let them poison us anymore. This election will not be stolen and the new patriot act isn't going to get passed quietly. They are going to have to crush us or allow a partition of the countryceshawn 5 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:36 PMIf I were Russia or China, I would be watching carefully. Biden almost HAS to go after Russia over the Crimean disaster of Obama and China will be his easy-out enemy if things are complicated otherwise. North Korea will somehow become a big deal again as well. Let those missiles fly, because the incoming administration has a proven track record of blowing up innocent women and children for "funsies" (drone strikes on "suspected" terrorists...oh and their families) without any form of due process or care for the safety of collateral damage.Ronj14848 ceshawn 58 minutes ago 15 Jan, 2021 07:36 PMTrue...the media support the military industrial complex. Their friends own the miltary industrial complex . See who they support politically and avoid them like the plague.Ronnie Spelbos ceshawn 2 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 06:04 PMif I was Russia or an Eastern European nation I would offer asylum to white heterosexual men and their families who want to leave the US. Take advantage of the brain capital and work ethic of this group. The US is no country for white men.Ohhho 6 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 01:41 PMThe Evil empire felt vulnerable so it lashed out with vengeance! None if it helps to fix the issues behind the problem so I expect to see more of it in the near future!TheFishh Ohhho 5 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 03:32 PMThere are literally just a few things the US can do to rebound as a decent country, but the establishment doesn't want to make those moves. They rather see everything collapse than see their wealth and power decreased by any amount.OneHorseGuy 6 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:17 PM"79% of Americans think the US is falling apart" those not accounted for are possibly homeless or illiterate and don't have the opportunity of putting their view forward.Ronnie Spelbos OneHorseGuy 2 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 06:02 PM102% think the US is falling apart - cites Dominion.newswithoutbord OneHorseGuy 6 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:31 PMSpot on, mate!RTaccount 6 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:22 PMThere will be no peace, no unity, and no prosperity. And there shouldn't be.TheFishh RTaccount 4 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 03:38 PMThe US regimes past and present have worn out their bag of tricks. A magician is a con-man. And the only way they can entertain and spellbind the crowd with their routines is if everyone just ignores the sleight of hand. But people are starting to call the US out for the tricks it is pulling, and that's where the magician's career ends.omyomy RTaccount 5 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:54 PMWe the sane people know who is picking a fight. No matter what the propaganda outlets decree.Tor Gjesdal 6 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:18 PM79%,sure? OK. Very soon 85% of Westerners will understand their Countries are heading for failures. They have been deceived for way too long.Twenty Tor Gjesdal 5 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 03:23 PMThe alternative to western governments is dictators, one party rule. Yes, most western governmental concepts are idealistic, but we wouldn't trade for anything else because we know better.JIMI JAMES Tor Gjesdal 6 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 02:31 PM0 covid cases,i dont think so.soumalinna1 4 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 03:36 PMCorrect. America will never be the same again. Democrats and CNN destroyed a once great nation.Ronnie Spelbos soumalinna1 2 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 06:06 PMThe 1965 Immigration Act destroyed the US. A country too diverse with little in common was always bound the fall apart.Drayk soumalinna1 3 hours ago 15 Jan, 2021 04:42 PMHow did they do that?
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Tom , Jan 15 2021 21:12 utc | 122
So now that BLM and ANTIFA have been implicated with the events of Jan 6th in DC, can we just say it was a mostly peaceful protest and everyone can go on to the next manufactured crisis?
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In their efforts to expunge the Trump movement from memory let alone existence, these neo-Stalinists are hellbent on nullifying constitutionally guaranteed rights – freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to bear arms are under assault.
In place of the Bill of Rights, they would impose a Bill of Don'ts:
Don't say what we don't want to hear.
Don't gather where we don't allow, especially if you are a 'deplorable'.
Don't bother petitioning for grievances, because we don't care. Don't own weapons and don't defend yourself when you or your property are attacked, even as the police are defunded.
Don't tell us about your right to privacy because our right to surveil you supersedes it.
Don't tell us you have the right to confront the witnesses aligned against you, or see the evidence alleged against you, or to present evidence and witnesses in your own defense. That's your white privilege speaking, and we will not tolerate hate speech.
Don't expect us to be bound by due process or the rule of law. Feelings and desired outcomes trump facts and rules, both of which are tools of oppression, relics of the fascist patriarchy.
Don't object, or we will cancel you entirely from these Disunited States of Woketopia.
And first and foremost, don't dare have the temerity to question election results that have handed us uncontested power.
Only authoritarians sanction this state of affairs. The harm they will do, as they neglect and inflict further pain on the Republic, will be immeasurable. The nation is failing, not merely because it is divided, but because a contingent has rejected its foundational principles. That contingent is now in control.
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Pilgrims, students at Harvard University are petitioning to have the degrees of alumni who supported Trump revoked. Bless their little hearts!
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Coll Doll , says: January 15, 2021 at 2:18 pm GMT • 3.8 hours ago
When Trump used his government twitter account to send tweets, aren't all those tweets protected by the Presidential Records Act of 1978? https://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/laws/1978-act.html
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Multiple local news stations say the same thing verbatim - YouTube
Quinn Taylor , 2 years agochaoticcranium , 8 months ago
Mom pick me up it's scary hereHeidi Melcarek , 2 years ago
This is extremely dangerous to our hypocrisy.
So ironic their own message is being used to show what puppets they are...
Meme Machine , 8 months agothegdoat1 , 7 months ago
This is what happens when five companies control almost all Media.Rebecca A , 8 months ago
I can't believe this hasn't been removed yet.webhead2777 , 2 years ago
I feel like I'm in the book "The Giver" and I'm just now seeing how brain washed we all are. We're spoon fed shit by pretty people on tv and are expected to accept it as the only truth we'll ever need.
Fake news is extremely dangerous to democracy
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Mira Golub 9 January, 2021 9 Jan, 2021 08:45 AMPelosi is an epitome of America - exceptionalism, incompetence, vindictiveness and total lack of self awareness. It's like looking at yourself in the mirror and hating what you see.
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Piotr Berman , Jan 15 2021 14:18 utc | 102
Cop shoots lady in the back. Lady who is no threat to him at all. She is entering a small hallway where there are three or more cops with rifles. The situation is completely under control and a lady gets shot in the back.
And still no one is nervous, no one takes cover. They all just stand there. Cop who flouts all rules has just discharged his firearm for no good reason ...
Posted by: oldhippie | Jan 15 2021 11:42 utc | 94
On the basis of other video of police shootings, fatal and found blameless by prosecutors and/or grand juries, the cop action was more justified than most. For example, it is more typical that the deceased citizen is shot in the back while trying to escape, frontally in the chest while immobilized etc. The lady was advancing at the cop, momentarily with her behind first, and looked quite a bit more fit. She was squeezing through a window in a door panel that was cleared from glass mostly by others. Perhaps she took the initiative being slimmer then the majority of the crowd -- the crowd and the cops "looked like America", i.e. mostly chubby. Yea, that meant that most of them would not repeat what she was doing.
What I am trying to say is that the shooting was FULLY within de-facto norms in U.S.A. Cops have an absolute right to be panicking beyond reason in a wide variety of situation, and I never read about cops being instructed to shoot first at body parts that do not cause death and to stop shooting once the target cannot move. For example, the target tries to open the door of his own dwelling while keeping in the other hand a dangerously looking sandwich. I bet he was shot in the back, but we are not suppose to second guess split second decisions motivated by the defense of lives of common people.
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"Shame, shame on the ten Republicans who joined with Speaker Pelosi & the House Democrats in impeaching President Trump yesterday," Graham tweeted on Thursday. "After all that he has done for our country, you would turn your back & betray him so quickly? What was done yesterday only further divides our nation."
In a separate Facebook post, Graham, a longtime influential supporter of the president, further elaborated on his disappointment.
House Democrats impeached him because they "hate him and want to do as much damage as they can," he wrote. "And these ten, from [Trump's] own party, joined in the feeding frenzy. It makes you wonder what the thirty pieces of silver were that [Democratic House] Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi promised for this betrayal."
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William Dorritt 1 hour ago remove link
The Putsch Govt and Tech & Media Oligarchs are "Riding the Tiger"
The reason I'm laughing, is because Joe and the deep state are exposing themselves for who they are, a bunch of corrupt government officials who don't have the support of the citizens. Joe is going to have a really hard time unless they institutionalize the election fraud and continue it, which is my biggest fear because it means we've become a corrupt banana republic, and poverty will quickly ensue. Big government brings poverty to the public (and riches to the deep state) while freedom (i.e., small government that just protects our freedoms, rather than socialism that promises to provide for us but instead brings government forcing us to work) brings prosperity to the people.
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Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,
"The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering... all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face."
That was a quote from George Orwell's seminal work 1984 - a masterpiece that describes life in a totalitarian state that demands blind obedience.
The 'Party' controlled everything - the economy, daily life, and even the truth. In Orwell's 1984 , "the heresy of heresies was common sense."
"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered."
"And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."
If you were ever caught committing a thoughtcrime -- dissenting from the Party for even an instant– then "your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten."
Now, our world obviously hasn't become quite as extreme as Orwell's dystopian vision. But Big Tech, Big Media, and Big Government certainly seem to be giving it their best effort.
70,000 thought criminals have already been purged from Twitter. Facebook and Reddit are feverishly removing user content. Apple, Google, and Amazon have banned entire apps and platforms.
Undoubtedly there is plenty of wacky content all over the Internet– misinformation, ignorance, rage, hate, violence, and just plain stupidity.
But these moves by the Big Tech companies aren't about violence. If they were, they would have deleted tens of thousands of accounts over the last few years– like the mostly peaceful BLM activist who Tweeted "white people may have to die".
Or the countless others who have advocated for violent uprisings against the police
Then, of course, there's the #assassinatetrump and #killtrump hashtags that has Twitter has allowed since at least 2016. Or the #killallmen hashtag that's allowed on Twitter and Instagram.
This is not about violence. It's about ideology. If you hold different beliefs than the 'Party', then you risk being canceled or 'de-platformed' by Big Tech.
Icons like Ron Paul– who spent years criticizing the current administration's monetary and national defense policies, and had nothing to do with the Capitol, have been suspended or locked out of their Facebook pages.
The hammer has dropped, and it is now obvious, beyond any doubt, that you better watch what you say– your livelihood, your social life, and your safety may just depend on it.
Or else, you will be purged, canceled, deleted from the Internet, denied payment processing by Visa, PayPal, and Stripe, and expelled from domain registrars like GoDaddy.
The message is clear: behave and think exactly as we tell you, or you will lose everything you have worked for, in the blink of an eye.
Sure, the 'Party' may give lip service to tolerance and unity. As long as you fall in line. Otherwise it's more rage and ridicule.
They act like you're a crazy person because you have completely legitimate questions and concerns– whether about Covid lockdowns, censorship, media misinformation, etc.
It's extraordinary that after so much deliberate misinformation and bias, the media still expects people to take them seriously. CNN seems to believe that think anyone who doubts their credibility is a 'conspiracy theorist.'
All of these trends are probably making a lot of people very nervous. Even scared. Despair has undoubtedly set in, much like in Winston Smith, the main character in Orwell's 1984.
So, for all the Winstons out there, the most important thing right now is to remain rational. As human beings we tend to make terrible decisions when we're scared, sad, or angry.
Have confidence in knowing that you have MUCH more control over your own life, livelihood, and future than they want to you believe.
But you absolutely will have to make some deliberate, potentially difficult decisions.
For example, if you're fed up with Big Tech, you can de-Google your life. No one is holding a gun to your head to have a Facebook account or use gmail. There are plenty of other options out there that we'll discuss in future letters.
More importantly, you might find that your hometown isn't safe anymore– especially if you live in a big city controlled by politicians intoxicated on their Covid powers.
It's really time to consider your immediate environment – if the local schools are brainwashing your kids, the dictatorial health officials shutting down your business, or nosy neighbors ready to turn you into the Gestapo for having family over for the holidays, then you might think about moving.
That might simply mean moving a few miles to a new county. Or a new state/province. Or potentially overseas. We'll help provide you with information on plenty of options.
It might also be time to reconsider some of your business infrastructure– to have backup web servers and payment processors, for example, if you have an online business.
It might be time to consider some new financial options as well, lest the banks jump on the band wagon and start 'canceling' accounts for heretics.
But that's the silver lining: we've never had more alternatives than now. Everything– technology platforms, financial institutions, and even our personal residence– it's all replaceable. All of it.
We have never had more control over our own privacy, data, livelihood, and environment as long as you have the willingness to take action.
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GAB and Brave browsers,
rumble and bitchute video,
Signal for voice and messaging,
Session for messaging,
Epoch times for news,
Fastmail and ProtonMail for email,
Duchduckgo and dogpile for search,
And use a paid VPN like private internet access
Leave the phone at home as often as you can and pay cash.Fateful Destiny the Book 2 hours ago
Use https, not http exclusively and don't use any web site that won't take it.
Fastmail is owned by Opera and its mail servers are located in the US, so it will not protect you from subpoenas.
The GAB browser is called Dissenter.
Consider TOR for infrequent forays into the "dark web".
Don't forget that BitCoin (BTC) is traceable.
Use a free version of CCLEANER after every browser session to erase as much of your tracks as you can.
Signal is a suspect because of its controlled ownership community
Using the same vendor for VPN as Anti-Virus is against IT security best practices
Paying for anything with your bank card is a red flag. Whoever you give your credit card to now has your identity, including ZeroHedge. Consider creating an LLC or other identity (preferably offshore) to fund a "burner" credit card or get a refillable debit card that you can fill up using cash. Then you can pay for VPN, email and paid content subscription services using an assumed name or LLC cover name. Assume that any payment to any tech service with your personal card will be used for identification purposes.
Pay with money orders if possible.
Change cellular phone companies every 1 to two years. Avoid data usage on cellular phone, consider using multiple WiFi hotspots for calls.
Consider 2-3 cheap used phones with cheap, pay as you go services and swap them regularly and randomly.
Do not have contact lists on your cell phone and reset to factory settings every 6 months to wipeout any data.
Reload from bare metal your laptop or desktop PC OS every 6 months.
Send random gibberish as an encrypted email every month or so and check if it's unusually slow to be received or if any vendor calls or asks you about anything. If they do, you are being tracked. There are no coincidences.
Make infrequent but regular phone calls with your multiple phones to law enforcement, federal "three letter agency" main switchboards, politicians and random people. Just tell anyone who answers it was a mistake and an improperly dialed number. If you get hold music, then stay on as long as you can because traffic analysis will not know if your actually talking to someone or not. If anyone is investigating or tracking you, your signals traffic (CDR) will automatically confound them and involve unwanted parties that will confound and scare the hounds.
If you are technically competent, consider getting any open source product you use and then compile it yourself after reviewing the source. Check for hidden open doors or reporting communications that aren't needed.TheLastMan 1 hour ago
1984 was prophetic for its time, but Fateful Destiny is the new dystopian benchmark novel for what is to come. Get yours now: https://amzn.to/3owM5ShOpenEyes 1 hour ago
The media filter is dominant. Control the narrative, control the world. The official narratives are perpetually meshed into daily consciousness. You must know it is literally spellbinding.
Similar dangers exist on alt media sites like zh. Beware the narrative. Look for at least three sides to every story - his side her side and maybe the truthMisesmissesme 3 hours ago (Edited) remove link
As much as possible, now is the time to start 'going grey' (if you haven't already started).
One example: I see a lot of people, understandably, saying to delete your facebook account, gmail account, twitter account etc. My recommendation, DO NOT do this. You don't think "they" aren't keeping track of those who are doing this, especially right now? By taking those actions you are pinning a big red flag on yourself.
No, my advice, just simply abandon your account. Stop commenting, posting, reading, etc.. simply walk away and stop using those accounts. It will take some time for 'them' to notice that your account is inactive, if they even do. And, an inactive account will likely be treated far less seriously than an actively deleted or cancelled account.
Keep your heads down and your family safe. Best wishes to all.Cardinal Fang 2 hours ago (Edited)
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever. - George Orwell: " An Instruction Guide for 2021 "Jim in MN 2 hours ago
Like that scene in The Graduate where the guy leans in and tells Dustin Hoffman 'One word...Plastics' I am going to lean in and say 'One word...Wearables'
So Google just completes their acquisition of 'FitBit'...even though the Justice Dept has not finished their anti-trust investigation...
Anyhow, it's all coming clear. The next stage in our Orwellian nightmare is Covid will be the excuse to make you 'wear' a device to prove you are Covid free in some way. It will be your permission slip, plus they can spy on you in real time even if you leave your phone home, because you will not be able to leave your home without your 'Wearable'...
Then, in short order, you will get tired of your 'wearable' and beg for the chip implant.
You will beg to be vaccinated and chipped like sheep.
They literally can't help themselves.Dr.Strangelove 2 hours ago
All new and improved ankle bracelets!
Only $299.99 and yes, it is required or else.
Batteries, monthly surveillance fees and random fines not included.SullyLuther 1 hour ago remove link
I just watched 1984 and it is scary similar to the US political environment.
We are all Winston.Workdove PREMIUM 1 hour ago
Huxley will be proven correct. Z O G doesn't need a boot perpetually on our necks, when we are so passive and ignorant.NIRP-BTFD 3 hours ago
They just need to make narcotics and psychedelics free and his vision of the future will be complete. Orwell was correct too. We got both.seryanhoj 2 hours ago
Now, our world obviously hasn't become quite as extreme as Orwell's dystopian vision. But Big Tech, Big Media, and Big Government certainly seem to be giving it their best effort.
This is just the beginning. The technocrats at the WEF are planning to control your thought with chips and brain interfaces. Now tell me what is neuralink that Musk is workign on? I'm sure DARPA has technologcy that can allready do this.
It's hard to believe USA is now headed to a society like the worst days of the USSR.
Back in the fifties , paranoid Senator McCarthy used similar extreme methods to cancel all those who he considered to by stealth communist sympathizers, or anyone who had been within 100 feet of one. Ironically his methods resembled those of Joseph Stalin.
He was finally discredited by an outstanding and brave news man who took the risk of persecution by denouncing senator McCarthy's methods as unamerican .
So this kind of thing is not without precedent in USA.
In The Transparency Project v. Department of Justice, et al., my client asked to see records indicating whether the CIA or its Directorate of Digital Innovation, its contractors, etc. inserted Russian "fingerprints" into the metadata of the emails that were released publicly. (You can review the entire request by clicking here and reading Paragraph 11).
In a joint report filed today , the CIA informed the court that it intends to assert a Glomar response to the request, i.e., that it "cannot confirm or deny" the existence of such records. . . . [In other words], The Central Intelligence Agency will neither confirm nor deny that it fabricated the Russian "fingerprints" in Democratic National Committee emails published in 2016 by Wikileaks and "Guccifer 2.0.", and the FBI implicitly acknowledged today that it never reviewed the contents of DNC employee Seth Rich's laptop despite gaining custody of the laptop after his murder.
Full disclosure--Mr. Clevenger is a friend of mine. He writes in his article that he reached out to me and I made some phone calls to retired friends who held senior positions at the CIA. My friends and I agreed that a GLOMAR response to the basic question, Did you spy on Mr. Butowsky and/or Mr. Couch was a tacit admission-yes! Ty explains this point clearly and succinctly:
Allow me to illustrate the point. If I asked the CIA for intercepted emails from the president of another country, the CIA would rightly issue a Glomar response, because it would not want to confirm or deny that it has been spying on the foreign president. That's what Glomar is for, because the CIA is in the business of secretly spying on foreign presidents, officials, agents, etc.
My client's request, on the other hand, is more akin to asking the CIA for records showing whether it helped Lee Harvey Oswald assassinate President John F. Kennedy. We would expect the CIA to declare that it has no such records because it would never do such a thing.
Why would the CIA spy on Mr. Butowsky, for example. Ed Butowsky was brought into the Seth Rich saga in December 2016 by Ellen Ratner, the sister-in-law of Julian Assange's former lawyer. Ellen spoke with Julian in November 2016 and asked Mr. Butowsky to reach out to the parents of Seth Rich and get them some help investigating who murdered their son.
It should come as no surprise that the CIA, the NSA and Britain's GCHQ were monitoring every communication going in and out of Wikileaks, including all communications of all personnel working at or associated with Wikileaks.
We know this thanks to the evidence and writings of Mr. Edward Snowden. Once Snowden made his escape to Russia with the help of Wikileaks, Wikileaks became a number one intelligence target.
Both the United States and the United Kingdom had ample cause to ensure that no new secrets leaked out of Wiki and caught them unawares. In light of the comprehensive monitoring of all Wiki communications, I believe the intel folks knew exactly the contents of Ratner's chat with Assange, which ultimately led them to Ed (i.e, Ellen Ratner talked to Julian and then talked to Ed to relay a request from Julian to help the Rich family).
Now that Donald Trump has finally released FBI documents on Russiagate (I do not know if there are any CIA documents in the pile), we shall see what the FBI had to say about Mr. Rich. Too bad the President waited so long to do this. If he had forced the issue last year the plot to steal the 2020 election might have been disrupted.
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JOKES. Just heard this one: I can make anti-Putin jokes on Russian social media. So, what, I can make anti-Putin jokes on Western social media. (A re-tread of a Soviet-era joke). Or this: Due to travel restrictions abroad, Americans have done a coup at home.
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Donald Trump has been deleted from the internet.
He hasn't been put behind a warning or had his followers reduced, or been forced to switch platforms. He's gone.
Snapchat. Twitter. Facebook. YouTube. Google. Amazon. Instagram. Shopify. Twitch. Tiktok. Gone.
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Mao , Jan 15 2021 4:38 utc | 67
A major scandal is unfolding in the US naval community. It turned out that a whole class of ships, on which America had pinned great hopes a couple of decades ago, turned out to be utterly incapable of combat. What exactly are the problems with these ships? Why did they only show up now? What does the massive corruption in the United States have to do with what is happening?
Political events in the United States have overshadowed everything that happens in this country. Including one event related to the Navy, which would indeed have exploded.
We are talking about a whole type of warships, both already delivered to the US Navy, and those still under construction – the so-called Littoral combat ship (LCS) of the Freedom type. And it's not that they're useless. And not at the prohibitive cost. And not even that the gearboxes of the ship's main power plant (GEM) do not withstand the maximum stroke, and with the speed of 47 knots, which was the ridge of this project, he will never be able to walk – they also resigned themselves to this.
But at the end of 2020, it turned out that they generally cannot move faster than a dry cargo ship for more or less a long time. That is, it is not just scrapping metal; it is also almost stationary scrap metal.
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ian , Jan 15 2021 4:16 utc | 71
"The Democrats aren't stupid."
I'm not sure about that. Seems to me you can always count on them to overplay their hand. They lack the true artist's sense of when to quit, and they don't trust anyone to draw their own conclusions. So you get these apocalyptic remarks about 'assaulting the very temple of Democracy!' or similar nonsense, when everyone can see it was a bunch of hooligans acting out in a demonstration that got too rowdy.
The smart thing would be to just let it slide - ignore him, treat him as something humorous and irrelevant - and just move on. Treat it like 'this was unpleasant, but we've got more important things to worry about'. In other words, defuse things. The one thing Trump has always tried to be is the center of attention - so the best way of punishing him is to relegate him to obscurity.
It is especially stupid to let the impeachment trial continue past the inauguration - it will compete for attention with Biden's legislative agenda and you can count on Trump to drag it out as long as possible. It is also open to challenge on constitutional grounds.
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Thanks to the following website I am reminded of something I hardly remember today. Back on November 7, 1983 the Senate was BOMBED !!!!
"[M19 member Susan] Rosenberg, sentenced to 58 years on explosives charges, was pardoned by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office. [M19 member] Judith Clark, convicted of murder in the Brinks case, had her sentence commuted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo "
"Susan Rosenberg [long after Bill Clinton pardoned her] has served as vice chair of the board of directors for Thousand Currents, an organization that provides fundraising and fiscal sponsorship for the Black Lives Matter Global Movement ."
The people involved were pardoned by Clinton and Cuomo !
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Lucius Septimius Pertinax
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to Newsmax TV: Filing to Impeach Joe Biden
"I would like to announce on behalf of the American people, we have to make sure that our leaders are held accountable. We cannot have a president of the United States that is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments, Chinese energy companies, Ukrainian energy companies."
"We don't need a man serving in the presidency of the United States who is guilty of committing the crime of abuse of power and is under investigation with Hunter Biden's laptop, his very own son."
"There is an ongoing investigation into Hunter Biden's laptop in being bought and paid for by Chinese communist energy companies," she continued
...Not enough votes to impeach or convict...
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Dmitry Rubanovich @drubanov 7hAnyone complaining about "whataboutery" is always, without exception, demanding that everyone ignores their hypocrisy.
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Petri Krohn , Jan 14 2021 12:44 utc | 4
SolarWinds spyware attack - NSA and CIA did it?
All last year we were hearing how Huawei is a threat to US national security. Chinese state operatives would insert spyware into Huawei networking equipment. The software that runs on Huawei equipment is open source and open to inspections. It is unlikely to contain hidden threats. But similar backdoors and spy gates are sure to exist on Western equipment.
The real threat to US "security" comes from the US not being able to install their spyware on European networks.
It seems that a massive US spy operation has just been exposed. The US presidential elections have overshadowed this from the news, but at the end of December this was the top story in the US. Allegedly "Russian hackers" had infiltrated US government organizations. According to Lou Dobbs on Fox News this was a new Pearl Harbor.
The story broke out in mid December when the cyber security company FireEye noticed that their servers had been attacked and the code for their Red Team assessment tools had been stolen. They soon discovered that the attack had utilized a backdoor in SolarWind's Orion IT monitoring and management software. FireEye called it a supply-chain attack.
There are several layers of misinformation in the way the Western media reported this.
- Supposedly 18,000 organizations were attacked. This is the number of users of the SolarWinds network management software. No evidence has been presented that any of these organizations were actually attacked.
- The attackers were supposedly Russian. Cyber attribution is usually impossible. It could as well have been the NSA or CIA acting as "Russians". Actually no technical analysis has ever been presented that points the attack to Russia. The whole Russia story was invented by the media or by their masters in the US Intelligence Community.
- The real story not in how US government organizations were possibly attacked, but in how the spyware found its way into the SolarWinds source code in the first place.
The spyware was part of the source code for the "BusinessLayer.dll" shared library. I find it impossible that the spyware code was somehow inserted from Russia. It is likewise far fetched to assume that some Russian mole was working for SolarWinds and secretly inserting spyware into the source code. No such mole has been arrested. It is more likely that the malware was inserted by US actors.
This "sophisticated supply chain attack" would have been impossible without US insiders in the company. Most likely the whole software team was compromised. The attack vector must have been part of the specification of the software. Proof of this comes from the fact that it has taken several weeks and SolarWinds still has not fixed the problem. The spyware must be so embedded and intertwined with the rest of the software that they would not know what to remove. Instead, they said their "investigations are early and ongoing". They have the source code, yet they have not published any part of it.
No links in this post. I have collected some links and sources on my wiki.
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EyeClean 41 minutes agoPliskin 39 minutes ago
I wouldn't hire this woman to take out my garbage.
I would hire a garbage-man to take out this woman..!
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"Many of us are altering our routines, working to get body armor, which is a reimbursable purchase that we can make," Meijer told MSNBC in a Thursday interview.
Dennis Wayne Pennenga 3 hours ago 14 Jan, 2021 06:05 PMBetter wear helmets too.Paulino Avina Dennis Wayne Pennenga 1 hour ago 14 Jan, 2021 08:29 PMWhite?
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James , Jan 14 2021 18:28 utc | 4
Pelosi's 2017 tweet where she claimed "Our election was hijacked. There is no question" resurfaces
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Linguo 5 hours ago remove linkHandful of Dust 5 hours ago
They can also call it the Fourth/Neoliberal Reich.MrNoItAll 5 hours ago
Well, it looks like another 4 years of getting absolutely nothing done to improve the quality of life for the "everyday Americans."
Every day a sh*tshow and more hate without getting anything constructive accomplished.
For new bridges, roads, ultra modern airports, you'll have to move to China or Vietnam these days. You may not like them, but they get stuff done.
If you can't see that the whole capitol riot fiasco was a staged and manipulated event intended to achieve propaganda goals, then you must be blind.
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maximin thrax 4 hours ago (Edited)get nothing and like it 4 hours ago
They've lowered the bar considerably. Once Republicans take congress back in 2022/24 they had better immediately impeach both Biden and Harris concurrently. Biden for his Ukraine dealings and Harris for inciting riots over the summer, saying they should never end. They have no excuses. It should be in the GOP platform. Make impeachment the Democrat's problem.US Banana Republic 4 hours ago (Edited)
The precedent is set - impeachment can be for anything without any merit. Start the Biden impeachment now!jim942 11 hours ago
Congress has resisted the temptation to use Impeachment as a political tool of vindictiveness for almost 250 years. In one fell swoop Nitwit Nancy Pelosi cheapened it to satisfy her selfish vengeance.
I am ashamed that she is an American.
Nancy is 80 years old. Likely in 20 years she will be dead and certainly forgotten. But this damages our country and our Constitution forever.jim942 11 hours ago
Mitch thinks he is going to purge the Republican party of Trump influence?tangent 23 minutes ago (Edited)
The New York Times reported that McConnell has told associates he is privately pleased with the impeachment, calculating that it will make it easier to purge the party of Trump's influence.hoytmonger 19 minutes ago
In your honor I will do three minutes of research into the claims of election fraud tomorrow. Here is what I found in three minutes today:
45% of the WI mail-in ballots are invalid:
And, a Wisconson supreme court judge ruled those votes should be tossed:
These absentee votes went from from about 14,000 in 2019 to about 169,000. This type of fraud alone resulted in an estimate of 76,000 illegal votes.
The problem is they will never investigate because the dictator has already been appointed.tangent 17 minutes ago
With evidence like youtube videos,
What court in their right mind wouldn't look at that case?tangent 7 minutes ago
The source for this information is the Voter Integrity Project. Sorry you don't like being proven wrong.BoiledFrogs 41 minutes ago
I believe they showed that there were about 100,000 people who made false claims of being too handicapped to vote regularly in Wisconson. Everyone has a bias, so by your standard nobody can do the study.Face-off 1 hour ago remove link
In truth, Snowden told us about the Deep State. As for the swamp, they've been teaching government by the bureaucracy in college political science for decades.
Trump showed us nothing. He simply hitched a ride on our anger and resistance, rode our coattails.Xena fobe 3 hours ago
This is called being railroaded...on a hyped up bogus charge. TJohn Hansen 3 hours ago
Trump was impeached by multinational monopoly corporations for the crime of representing the people of the US.de tocqueville's ghost 3 hours ago
That sums it up pretty good.NoBigDeal 3 hours ago
the person who videoed the woman being shot was a convicted BLM activist...I wonder why he was in the building right behind her?mojo_jojo 12 hours ago
Apologies. CIA putting on an Oscar winning performance as a MAGA loving Trump supporter.PyrrhicVictory 1 hour ago (Edited)
Democrats are truly delusional. They keep telling the big lie to try and convince everyone that it's true.Mamachief 1 hour ago
Trump accomplished exactly zero.
Trump didn't even try.
Why did Trump even want to be President?Judge_Smails 1 hour ago (Edited)
I've asked myself the same question.
Vanity?OutaTime43 2 hours ago (Edited)
Do you really think Trump gives a sh*t about a West Virginia coal miner or a Michigan auto worker? No - he only cares about his Wall St buddies and BillionairesOutaTime43 1 hour ago remove link
Article 5 is the final hope. Conservatives need to put forth an amendment to the constitution to add term limits to congress. Via state conventions. It's the only real solution.. Forget twitter, etc. This is the real thing that would make a difference.
Time to put an end to the career politican and all the corruption it brings along with it.NAV 2 hours ago
Hyperbole much? 3 terms for the house. 2 terms for the senate. After those, you get out and let someone else run. Simple. Vastly reduces corruption.chiquita 2 hours ago (Edited)
" Today We unconstitutionality Impeached an Innocent Man!" -- - Mark Levin
(Levin will be on Hannity tonight arrmed with the information that the Capitol Police and Metropolitian Police had intell the day before the rally that armed groups were planning violence, but their requests for extra security were turned down. In all probability Pelosi and Schumer knew about this and maybe McConnell. But no one told Trump who should have been warned by the FBI to remain home.)Lucius Septimius Pertinax 2 hours ago
I've been posting all day that Pelosi refused to add any extra security/protection to the Capitol despite being asked under the circumstance that there would be big crowds. The whole incident was a planned set up and everything moved way too fast afterwards to make it anything but that. Remember Rahm Emmanuel's "don't let a good crisis go to waste"--in this case they took an opportunity, created a crisis and ran like hell with it. They haven't stopped running yet.fxrxexexdxoxmx2 3 hours ago (Edited)
Nancy is making a big mistake. By doing this impeachment she keep Trump in the news. You know the saying, there is no bad news, only being in the news. Trump is getting all the air. If you do not want him to run again, you do not give him airtime. Also conducting another impeachment. without debate, without presenting evidence, without allowing the defense to ask questions and present a defense, is called a kangaroo court, and may even in the end provide some sympathy for Trump. This is the type of impeachment one would likely see in Stalin Soviet Union. Lastly she is not doing anything to promote unity.Libtard Clown World - The New Nazi Party 4 hours ago
...President Trump today.
https://mobile.twitter.com/RSBNetwork/status/1349492790531645441littlewing 4 hours ago
Ever wonder why the DNC kneecapped Bernie Sanders? ...Lucius Quinctius 4 hours ago
Kamala put blacks in for profit prison owed by Diane Feinstein for smoking pot and kept them there beyond their sentences.radical-extremist 4 hours ago (Edited)
Further , she laughed when asked about her own pot use.12Doberman 5 hours ago
Trump was at no time a danger to the country. He was a danger to the entrenched elite establishment in Washington. He was a threat to their power and control over the country. They were afraid he was going to expose their racket and every time he hinted that he would, the hammer came down. He was not going to be a "team player" like most outsiders are threatened to agree to. "Six ways to Sunday." ...onewayticket2 5 hours ago
"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you'd be cracking the skull of a cutthroat."
― Aleksandr SolzhenitsynAHBL 5 hours ago (Edited)
is the Peace deal (historic) "unethical"?
was giving away his salary unethical?
cutting taxes unethical?
unprecedented vaccine development to save millions of lives is unethical?dogfish 5 hours ago
1) His peace deal? Are you talking about Israel's pacts with Middle Eastern countries...those are grotesquely unethical
2) Yes, when you compensate for it by renting out your hotel rooms to foreign dignitaries, fail to divest, allow for your son in law to do business deals in middle east
3) Absolutely. More trickle down economics increasing the wealth gap and further lowering the effective corporate tax rate, which is already at a historic low of 11% average effective
4) That's just sad, you are giving Trump credit for that one...but that's fine, i'll agree it happened during his term...despite the fact he royally screwed over Covid responseLA_Goldbug 6 hours ago (Edited)
Not for lack of trying to start wars.kharrast 6 hours ago
Democrats are the modern version of Communists.
Pervert Clinton pardoned Senate bombers and there wasn't even a stir. Why ? Because it was a Juice Rosenberg . Now a few dimwits stormed the Capital and Trump is made to be responsible. US is finished if this goes through.NAV 11 hours ago (Edited)
The impeachment will pass but I don't think the senate will convict. In the end, it will be a meaningless media show. What else are they going to do. No one will watch TV to see what Sleepy Joe and Kamala are up to.consider me gone 1 hour ago
Regardless of whether he is convicted in the Senate, a second impeachment would further stain a presidency that has culminated in a frightening assault on the storied center of the American democracy. -- - Bloomberg
Bloomberg! From Bloomberg, the biggest reject in the Dems primaries, toppling like all the rest of the rejects until they finally got down to the only primary rejects left, Biden and Harris.
the storied center of the American democracy?
Congress? That den of thieves and traitors? We are witnessing before our very eyes the takeover of the United States bu a massive power network of oligarchical conspirators; how they gained control over the press, radio, tv and social media; how they manipulated themselves into total control of the Congress, the courts, and now the presidency; and how they used open borders to over rule the vote of the majority of the America people by handing it over to third world socialists.
And it all began in earnest when a handful of international bankers took control of America's currency and parlayed it into the world's reserve currency - all which they own - via the Fed.Dyler Turddin 54 minutes ago
World Tribune: Pattern recognition specialist Jovan Hutton Pulitzer has released his report on election fraud and foreign interference in the 2020 election which concludes that by "eliminating the counterfeit mail-in and absentee ballots," President Donald Trump "almost certainly wins."Fart Vandelay 1 hour ago
If there was so much fraud in the 2020 election, then why did the Republicans gain so many seats in the House? And again, why did they have to have a runoff January 5th in Georgia to decide the Senate? If there was massive cheating and fraud, they Democrats would not have been stupid enough to let the Republicans pick up seats. You idiots think they targeted Trump with cheating and gave all other republicans a pass.tangent 1 hour ago remove link
Here is your daily update Trumptards. 7 DAYS left to ACCEPTANCE
Let's see where we are.
- Trump is going to win in a landslide
- Republicans are going to win back the house
- Trump is winning by bigger numbers than 2016
- Independents will break massively for Trump
- Trump can still win without Arizona
- Release the Kraken
- Trump can still win without Wisconsin
- Trump can still win without Michigan
- Trump can still win without Georgia
- Trump can still win without Pennsylvania
- Release the Kraken
- Trump can still flip Arizona back
- Trump can still win with the Supreme Court
- Release the Prawn
- Trump can still win with faithless electors
- Trump can still win in Congress in January
- Trump will try to cry like a b1tch to his Trumptards claiming he has proof
- GA goes red and declares Trump winner~3k idiots show up to another rally on Jan 6
- Trump will not leave office and will evoke the Insurrection Act <=== You are here
- Trump leaves as a disgrace and the worst president in history
- Trump is free to run and win in 2024
- Kamala files criminal case against Trump
- Trump won't be indicted
- #LOCKHIMUP become top trending on Twitter
- Trump won't be convicted
- Trump won't spend any time in prison
- Trump will be pardoned.
- Kamala won't be president.blumenthal 4 hours ago (Edited)
By all appearances Trump actually did win the 2020 election. By the way, how many wars do you suppose you're invalid hero Biden and her police state sidekick Kamala will start?Lucius Septimius Pertinax 4 hours ago
i could still remember the campaign, it was a debate with Hillary:
Hillary: "it is just awfully good, that someone with the temprament of Donald Trump ist not in charge of the law in our country"
Donald: "because you'd be in jail!"
I thought to myself, hopefully he's not a big mouth. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed during his term in office, because draining the swamp has not worked out, on the contrary, he has brought some bog bodies in the team. I am disappointed because I had hoped for more from him. His Middle East policy was also a big failure, too much Israel, the canceled treaty with Iran, war in Yemen, the cowardly murder of Soleimani .........John Hansen 4 hours ago
This time it is. Impeachment is not removal. And this impeachment in the house, was without debate, and without trial. Even if removal happened in the Senate, (which is unlikely) it is not binding, as Trump does not hold office.TryingSomethingNew 5 hours ago remove link
Nancy made it trivial.hcettnauq 5 hours ago
The NANNY-NANNY FRAUDSTER MORONS impeached my President again, so he couldn't run for a second term, in spite of brokering peace in the Middle East, lowering prescription drug costs, and generally kicking *** in a skillful and efficacious manner. That is PRECISELY the type of stupid, petty ********, that (dumb) posturing posers do in ineffective workplaces, institutions, and governments around the world.KidTwist 5 hours ago remove link
"brokering peace in the Middle East"
nonsense. Throwing the Palestinians under a bus isn't "brokering peace." The treaties that Chabad terrorist Kushner put together serve Israel and the Saudi Arabian beheaders that Trump bowed down to.JSBach_1 6 hours ago remove link
Cocaine Mitch may be pleased in deep-sixing Trump, but the ******** just signed the Repubs death certificate.Judge_Smails 2 hours ago remove link
Recall what Nancy Pelosi stated publicly:
Nancy Pelosi:If capital crumbles to the ground, o ne thing that'll remain is "our" commitment to Israel :
https://youtu.be/53x_zrkJwDshoytmonger 2 hours ago
Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign was one of the greatest marketing campaigns ever - they made a New York real estate shyster look like a Man Of the People.Pdunne 2 hours ago
Trump dropped more bombs than Obama or Bush 43...
And he conducted more drone strikes than Obama...
So much for the "peace" President.hoytmonger 2 hours ago (Edited)
Not if you account for Hillary's proxy war in Syria.SurfingUSA 3 hours ago (Edited)
Yes, it does.
Take into account drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia.
Then the massive increase in bombing in Afghanistan.
Trump dropped 3-4x as many bombs.alleger 2 hours ago remove link
I was 9 when JFK went thru his public execution. I remember feeling sick to my stomach for an age afterwards. Like history had been ripped and interrupted and it was a mistake.
Now of course I am more philosophical about Trump getting jobbed, but without irony, I am just glad that he was not similarly assassinated except in slow motion.
The globalists and Deep State pay NO ATTENTION to any president who sneaks in without their blessing, so all those who thought DJT could prevail based on his authorit-tay alone were mistaken. He would have had to compromise his populism even more than we saw, and go full-CCP, to out-Biden Biden etc. Or else get the military on his side on Day 1 and engineer our transition from a Constitutional Republic to a soft dictatorship. Coloring within the lines, as we saw, no longer works.
The main flaw in your premise is that you assume the oligarchs behind the curtain are too dumb to conjure up a populist hero for whom the 'bewildered herd' can suspend their disbelief.
Hence, you let a New York billionaire tycoon--who's created nothing of value all his life--do all the dystopian sh!t you accused his opponent of wanting to do; and you let him get away with it.
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@Bemildred | Jan 13 2021 21:48 utc | 28House voted to impeach again.
How does that work after Trump has already resigned? This is just childish idiocy, in fact much worse. Does this mean that Biden/Harris have no other policies than being anti Trump? So now they want to make him a martyr? This looks like it is going to blow up in their faces, figuratively or literally.
Bemildred , Jan 13 2021 23:28 utc | 56
Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 13 2021 22:35 utc | 40
Trump's 2nd impeachment: what it reminds me of is the impeachment of Andrew Johnson during reconstruction, a lot of historical resonance there, the bitterness, the desire to undo as much as possible, and I'd say that this now is in some sense unfinished business from back then.
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Mario , Jan 14 2021 0:56 utc | 67
"...Fellow-Satanists, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen! The year 2020 has been a banner year for our society and for His Satanic Majesty! [Applause]
Our major success of 2020, of course, was in locking down half the planet by hyping a not-too-dangerous respiratory virus that's mostly dangerous for the old and the sick with the help of Satanic Minion Tedros Adhanom Boutros-Boutros-Boutros Ghebreyesus at our affiliate World Health Organization. This has allowed us to proactively set in motion a controlled demolition of the global economy. It stands to greatly enrich our members, whereas the inevitable spontaneous collapse would have wiped us out. [Enthusiastic applause, shouts of "Bravo!"]
Still, we must not grow complacent; the virus ploy will stop working for us at some point. We do not want to find ourselves in the situation of a Boutros-Boutros-Boutros who cried wolf one time too many! The hype is wearing off already. The use of the term "lockdown" was unfortunate; after all, it is US prison slang for locking inmates in their cells. Plus those damnable Russians seem to have developed their Sputnik-V, a vaccine that actually works. Now everybody seems to want it instead of our preferred toxic, fertility-destroying potions. Still, it brought tears of joy to many a Satanist's face watching millions of people wear face masks and stand 1,5 meters apart just as shown in Stanley Kubrik's excellent film "Eyes Wide Shut" starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. [Confused looks; some stifled guffaws, a smattering of applause]..."
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JohnGault 3 hours ago (Edited)
June 4, 2020
The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Across the nation, Americans are peacefully protesting to demand an end to the pattern of racial injustice and police brutality that has killed so many innocent Americans, as we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd.
It is alarming that here in our nation's capital, the thousands who have turned out peacefully have been confronted with the deployment of various security officers from multiple jurisdictions, including unidentified federal law enforcement personnel.
We have seen soldiers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. We have witnessed Bureau of Prisons officers in Lafayette Square. We have seen National Park Service officers hassling peaceful protestors. Several states have deployed members of their National Guard to D.C. This is in addition to the FBI and other security forces operating in our nation's capital.
We are concerned about the increased militarization and lack of clarity that may increase chaos. I am writing to request a full list of the agencies involved and clarifications of the roles and responsibilities of the troops and federal law enforcement resources operating in the city. Congress and the American people need to know who is in charge, what is the chain of command, what is the mission, and by what authority is the National Guard from other states operating in the capital.
To make matters worse, some officers have refused to provide identification and have been deployed without identifying insignias, badges and name plates. The practice of officers operating with full anonymity undermines accountability, ignites government distrust and suspicion, and is counter to the principle of procedural justice and legitimacy during this precarious moment in our nation's history.
The Department of Justice itself in the past has stated that allowing officers to work anonymously creates "mistrust and undermines accountability" and "conveys a message to community members that, through anonymity, officers may seek to act with impunity." In recent days, many former high-level DOJ officials have echoed these concerns and warned that allowing federal law enforcement officers to operate without identification can fatally weaken oversight efforts and fails to send the message that abuse will not be tolerated.
As peaceful people all over the country turn out to honor the memory of George Floyd and protest for change, we must ensure that their safety and their constitutional rights are being respected.
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.
Speaker of the House
Besides the obvious irony, the funniest part of this letter is that Pelosi calls crowds that took control over parts of cities, caused over $1bn in damage, and cost the lives of over a dozen people "peaceful"...
You cant have it both ways, lady....
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Itchy and Scratchy 4 hours agoMongoStraight 4 hours ago remove link
The DemonRats still have a week and could impeach him for a 3rd time! Like a hat trick in hockey!Jim in MN 4 hours ago
Look! Orange Man bad! Stop looking at those pesky election irregularities!Art_Vandelay 4 hours ago remove link
Trump STILL won in a landslide.
Can't change that Nancy.Schroedingers Cat 4 hours ago remove link
I'm glad everyone is enjoying the theater. They have to keep the masses focused on this soap opera. Double the homelessness is not good optics during this great depression.de tocqueville's ghost 4 hours ago
Trump Close To Filling Impeachment Punch Card For Free Sub Sandwich
https://babylonbee.com/news/trump-closing-in-on-filling-impeachment-punch-card-for-free-sub-sandwichJohn Hansen 5 hours ago
that is pretty funny.Iron Noob 5 hours ago remove link
Impeachment used to mean something.
Now it just means you scared a bunch of girls and old women.John Hansen 5 hours ago
Right now, I'm really wishing Buffalo Man were still Speaker.
Mostly peaceful protest = mostly pointless political show trial.
Jan 14, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
BarkingWolf 4 hours ago (Edited)boyplunger7777 1 hour ago (Edited)
Speaker Pelosi names Rep. Eric Swalwell among Trump impeachment managers
Eric "Fang Fang" Swalwell leading the impeachment committee. If this doesn't say it all about how Dems have betrayed the average American I do not know what does. Americans will not forget this.
Jan 13, 2021 | www.unz.com
Franklin Ryckaert , says: January 13, 2021 at 8:16 am GMT • 13.6 hours ago
If the attack on the Capitol was already so clumsy and ineffective, how could those same people succeed in the much more difficult task of seccession?
Jan 13, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
PT 5 hours agoCJgipper 4 minutes ago
If CON is the opposite of PRO then does that mean:
The opposite of Congress is Progress?
The opposite of Constitution is Prostitution?Handful of Dust 6 hours ago remove link
I hope they spend the next 4 years on this impeachment hoax.
I'm pretty okay with the laws as they are, certainly don't want these monkeys monkeying with them.Catullus 6 hours ago remove link
"Crucifixion was invented by the Persians in 300 BC, adapted by the Romans in 100 BC to crucify Jesus Christ, and extensively used by Democrats in 2021..."Dangerclose 5 hours ago
Willfully inciting violence in a crowd that he wasn't in. He wasn't within miles of the Capitol at the time. He gave no orders to anyone. Tweeted nothing. No evidence of conspiring with anyone in the crowd.NAV 4 hours ago (Edited)
The "illegal entry" was starting before Trump even spoke. He was twenty minutes late for his speaking time. Antifa was rousing up the crowd well before Trump spoke.nsurf9 5 hours ago (Edited)
And so they're impeaching Trump because he won the election. And hunting down his supporters for voting for him and participating in Washington's largest rally to show their support for him and America. And because they expect a no-show for Biden's inauguration, they've created an armed insurrection scare as an excuse for why no one attended.
And all we have to do is not fight the noose that already is around our necks.
Written Transcript of President Trump's 1/6/21 Speech on Ellipse
Video of President Trump's 1/6/21 Speech on Ellipse
"We're going walk down to the Capitol, and we're going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women."
"I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard."
I don't see where Trump encourages anyone to go INTO the Capitol. Nonetheless , the Capitol Visitor Center is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and on Inauguration Day. Capitol Visiting Hours - Open to the Public..
Jan 13, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Mao Cheng Ji , Jan 12 2021 21:54 utc | 31
Sorry about that.
Mario , Jan 12 2021 22:01 utc | 3 2
...Blinded, the rest of the world did not see that the United States has reverted to what it was in the first four years of its foundation: an oligarchic system, this time in the service of a class of international billionaires.
What a shame!!!
Jan 13, 2021 | www.unz.com
Priss Factor , says: Website January 12, 2021 at 9:30 pm GMT • 6.8 hours ago
Look, the deep state is after the mob, but this can't last long.
After 9/11, it was like the panic would never be forgotten, but people soon forgot about it.
There is a simple way for the mob to win the long run.
Turn 1/6 into a populist holiday and celebrate it every year. Have BBQs and get together.
Do it every year, and there is nothing the deep state can do about it. Think long-term.
Jan 13, 2021 | www.unz.com
Don Bacon , says: January 12, 2021 at 3:34 pm GMT • 12.7 hours ago
re: "Many protesters were recorded saying that the Capitol building belonged to the people, not to the people working in it on behalf of the people. They are right."
from the web at house.gov: " Time for a Tour: Visiting the People's House . . .If you are planning a trip to the U.S. Capitol and want to know more before you arrive. . .
Jan 13, 2021 | www.unz.com
erfudzie , says: January 12, 2021 at 2:36 pm GMT • 13.7 hours ago
This is an excellent article.
The Clintonites touted (Trump) "not my president" . Well it's our turn now,
"Biden-not our President!' and like a wedding and marriage, the biblical phrase, "the two become one" applies therefor, Harris isn't either!
Did I hear someone say, nuclear codes? Hello, America you've just muscled into office a senile old dote who can't put two sentences together he's got his shaky finger the button now
Jan 13, 2021 | www.unz.com
SimplePseudonymicHandle , says: January 12, 2021 at 2:07 pm GMT • 14.2 hours ago
The Saker is capable of superb writing when he chains his inner imp and refuses to indulge his adolescent GI Joe fantasies.
The essential question is: can Americans who do not understand Marxism or socialism – and who seem in self-conscious refusal to understand – to be in a persistent, calorie-burning state of willful ignorance and stupidity – can such Americans self-govern?
Jan 13, 2021 | www.unz.com
anonymous  Disclaimer , says: January 12, 2021 at 12:22 pm GMT • 15.9 hours ago@obwandiyag tol false flag). This will be a Soviet-style gerontocracy with senile figureheads pretending to be in power (think Biden vs Chernenko here). Looking at the old, Obama-era, names which are circulated now for future Cabinet positions, we can bet on two things: the new rulers will be as evil as they will be grossly incompetent, mostly due to their crass lack of education (even Nuland and Psaki are back, it appears!). The Biden admin will be similar to the rule of Kerensky in "democratic" Russia: chaos, violence, lots and lots of speeches and total social and economic chaos. The next crucial, and even frightening, question now is: what will replace this US version of a Kerensky regime?
Jan 13, 2021 | www.unz.com
Just another serf , says: January 12, 2021 at 6:24 am GMT • 21.9 hours ago
The best we can hope for from President Biden's administration, is possibly a UBI of $1,200/month granted to the legacy white populace. That guaranteed income would allow those racists a modest diet, heat in the winter, some gasoline to drive their vehicles and some basic medical care.
Joseph Biden has been in public service now for nearly 60 years. He's seen the inequalities, the systemic racism throughout his career. The nation is fortunate that he's still alive and possesses the energy and conviction to finally change things.
He's a wonderful man, with a gigantic heart and the will to put this country right. Also, his spouse, Dr. Jill Biden, along with their son, Hunter (an heroic figure himself) will guide the nation forward.
Jan 13, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Virgile , Jan 12 2021 19:27 utc | 13
Pompeo's last shouts before he competes with Condie Rice on making conferences about 'evil' and 'nefarious' Iran.
Trump and Pompeo are now deflated balloons...
Jan 08, 2021 | colonelcassad.livejournal.com
Heroes of democracy
Heroes of democracy in Hong Kong and rioters storming the Capitol.
"A Beautiful sight"(c) Nancy Pelosi and her seat taken
"We stand with the people of Hong Kong" (c) Mike Pompeo vs. "Lawlessness and disorder are always unacceptable" (c) Mike Pompeo
"The people of Hong Kong are sending an exciting message to the world" and "This is not a protest, this is a rebellion."
The Chinese of the Global Times are fretting over American doublethink and hypocrisy.
Jan 11, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Authored by Matt Taibbi via TK News,
The moment a group of people stormed the Capitol building last Wednesday, news companies began the process of sorting and commoditizing information that long ago became standard in American media.
Media firms work backward. They first ask, "How does our target demographic want to understand what's just unfolded?" Then they pick both the words and the facts they want to emphasize.
It's why Fox News uses the term, " Pro-Trump protesters ," while New York and The Atlantic use "Insurrectionists." It's why conservative media today is stressing how Apple, Google, and Amazon shut down the "Free Speech" platform Parler over the weekend, while mainstream outlets are emphasizing a new round of potentially armed protests reportedly planned for January 19th or 20th .
What happened last Wednesday was the apotheosis of the Hate Inc . era, when this audience-first model became the primary means of communicating facts to the population. For a hundred reasons dating back to the mid-eighties, from the advent of the Internet to the development of the 24-hour news cycle to the end of the Fairness Doctrine and the Fox -led discovery that news can be sold as character-driven, episodic TV in the manner of soap operas, the concept of a "Just the facts" newscast designed to be consumed by everyone died out.
News companies now clean world events like whalers, using every part of the animal, funneling different facts to different consumers based upon calculations about what will bring back the biggest engagement kick. The Migrant Caravan? Fox slices off comments from a Homeland Security official describing most of the border-crossers as single adults coming for " economic reasons. " The New York Times counters by running a story about how the caravan was deployed as a political issue by a Trump White House staring at poor results in midterm elections.
Repeat this info-sifting process a few billion times and this is how we became, as none other than Mitch McConnell put it last week , a country:
Drifting apart into two separate tribes, with a separate set of facts and separate realities, with nothing in common except our hostility towards each other and mistrust for the few national institutions that we all still share.
The flaw in the system is that even the biggest news companies now operate under the assumption that at least half their potential audience isn't listening. This leads to all sorts of problems, and the fact that the easiest way to keep your own demographic is to feed it negative stories about others is only the most obvious. On all sides, we now lean into inflammatory caricatures, because the financial incentives encourage it.
Everyone monetized Trump. The Fox wing surrendered to the Trump phenomenon from the start, abandoning its supposed fealty to "family values" from the Megyn Kelly incident on. Without a thought, Rupert Murdoch sacrificed the paper-thin veneer of pseudo-respectability Fox had always maintained up to a point (that point being the moment advertisers started to bail in horror, as they did with Glenn Beck ). He reinvented Fox as a platform for Trump's conspiratorial brand of cartoon populism, rather than let some more-Fox-than-Fox imitator like OAN sell the ads to Trump's voters for four years.
In between its titillating quasi-porn headlines (" Lesbian Prison Gangs Waiting To Get Hands on Lindsay Lohan, Inmate Says " is one from years ago that stuck in my mind), Fox 's business model has long been based on scaring the crap out of aging Silent Majority viewers with a parade of anything-but-the-truth explanations for America's decline. It villainized immigrants, Muslims, the new Black Panthers, environmentalists -- anyone but ADM, Wal-Mart, Countrywide, JP Morgan Chase, and other sponsors of Fortress America. Donald Trump was one of the people who got hooked on Fox's narrative.
The rival media ecosystem chose cash over truth also. It could have responded to the last election by looking harder at the tensions they didn't see coming in Trump's America, which might have meant a more intense examination of the problems that gave Trump his opening: the jobs that never came back after bankers and retailers decided to move them to unfree labor zones in places like China, the severe debt and addiction crises, the ridiculous contradiction of an expanding international military garrison manned by a population fast losing belief in the mission, etc., etc.
Instead, outlets like CNN and MSNBC took a Fox-like approach, downplaying issues in favor of shoving Trump's agitating personality in the faces of audiences over and over, to the point where many people could no longer think about anything else. To juice ratings, the Trump story -- which didn't need the slightest exaggeration to be fantastic -- was more or less constantly distorted.
Trump began to be described as a cause of America's problems, rather than a symptom, and his followers, every last one, were demonized right along with him, in caricatures that tickled the urbane audiences of channels like CNN but made conservatives want to reach for something sharp. This technique was borrowed from Fox , which learned in the Bush years that you could boost ratings by selling audiences on the idea that their liberal neighbors were terrorist traitors. Such messaging worked better by far than bashing al-Qaeda, because this enemy was closer, making the hate more real.
I came into the news business convinced that the traditional "objective" style of reporting was boring, deceptive, and deserving of mockery. I used to laugh at the parade of "above the fray" columnists and stone-dull house editorials that took no position on anything and always ended, "Only one thing's for sure: time will tell." As a teenager I was struck by a passage in Tim Crouse's book about the 1972 presidential campaign, The Boys in the Bus, describing the work of Hunter Thompson:
Thompson had the freedom to describe the campaign as he actually experienced it: the crummy hotels, the tedium of the press bus, the calculated lies of the press secretaries, the agony of writing about the campaign when it seemed dull and meaningless, the hopeless fatigue. When other reporters went home, their wives asked them, "What was it really like?" Thompson's wife knew from reading his pieces.
What Rolling Stone did in giving a political reporter the freedom to write about the banalities of the system was revolutionary at the time. They also allowed their writer to be a sides-taker and a rooter, which seemed natural and appropriate because biases end up in media anyway. They were just hidden in the traditional dull "objective" format.
The problem is that the pendulum has swung so far in the opposite direction of politicized hot-taking that reporters now lack freedom in the opposite direction, i.e. the freedom to mitigate.
If you work in conservative media, you probably felt tremendous pressure all November to stay away from information suggesting Trump lost the election. If you work in the other ecosystem, you probably feel right now that even suggesting what happened last Wednesday was not a coup in the literal sense of the word (e.g. an attempt at seizing power with an actual chance of success) not only wouldn't clear an editor, but might make you suspect in the eyes of co-workers, a potentially job-imperiling problem in this environment.
We need a new media channel, the press version of a third party, where those financial pressures to maintain audience are absent. Ideally, it would:
not be aligned with either Democrats or Republicans;
employ a Fairness Doctrine-inspired approach that discourages groupthink and requires at least occasional explorations of alternative points of view;
embrace a utilitarian mission stressing credibility over ratings, including by;
operating on a distribution model that as much as possible doesn't depend upon the indulgence of Apple, Google, and Amazon.
Innovations like Substack are great for opinionated individual voices like me, but what's desperately needed is an institutional reporting mechanism that has credibility with the whole population. That means a channel that sees its mission as something separate from politics, or at least as separate from politics as possible.
The media used to derive its institutional power from this perception of separateness. Politicians feared investigation by the news media precisely because they knew audiences perceived them as neutral arbiters.
Now there are no major commercial outlets not firmly associated with one or the other political party. Criticism of Republicans is as baked into New York Times coverage as the lambasting of Democrats is at Fox, and politicians don't fear them as much because they know their constituents do not consider rival media sources credible. Probably, they don't even read them. Echo chambers have limited utility in changing minds.
Media companies need to get out of the audience-stroking business, and by extension the politics business. They'd then be more likely to be believed when making pronouncements about elections or masks or anything else, for that matter. Creating that kind of outlet also has a much better shot of restoring sanity to the country than the current strategy, which seems based on stamping out access to "wrong" information.
What we've been watching for four years, and what we saw explode last week, is a paradox: a political and informational system that profits from division and conflict, and uses a factory-style process to stimulate it, but professes shock and horror when real conflict happens. It's time to admit this is a failed system. You can't sell hatred and seriously expect it to end.
Jan 11, 2021 | turcopolier.typepad.com
" If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face -- forever. " - George Orwell.
Jan 11, 2021 | turcopolier.typepad.com
Parler has not only been deplatformed from the App store, it was deplatformed by Google, amazon (AWS), and their email provider, and their lawyers.
" Additional precise and specific actions must also be taken: Reveal who is paying for advertisements, how....." said Mozilla, and it looks like a number of people followed instructions .
That'll keep them in line. Notice the narrative of the media that kept us informed of the mostly peaceful blah, blah, blah all summer long?
.... Meanwhile the head of the flight attendants union says 'rioters' should not be allowed to fly . Rumours are that some are already on the No Fly List. I wonder if any are Muslim?
Jan 11, 2021 | www.rt.com
Michael Chan 1 day ago 9 Jan, 2021 03:10 PMTrump should use Tik Tok or Wechat.
Jan 11, 2021 | turcopolier.typepad.com
We are about to participate in "The Great Experiment V. 2.0" in my opinion. This decides which of the Georges, Washington and Orwell, is right. My money is on Orwell for a reason I will tell you later.
...The checks and balances have been replaced with (Bank) checks and (Bank) balances. The richest men in the world are overseeing this experiment which is going global quicker than you can say"Google". They are enabled by the University academics who as Raymond Asquith once observed are always prepared to provide an intellectual justification for vile acts if the price is right and journalists will laud said acts to the heavens as decent, moral doings if they want a paycheck next week from their masters.
The Legislature is bought. The Executive is bought. The Supreme Court are ninnies...
... And you enabled all this yourselves. When you applauded the Patriot Act. When you cheered at the vilification of muslims, "sand niggers", "rag heads". When you justified the use of torture. When you masturbated watching targeting videos of drone strikes on Afghans. When you credulously watched fantasies on television about "Irans nuclear threat". When you listened and watched uncritically (or perhaps with secret pleasure) as the media lied to you breathlessly about the President disporting himself on a urine soaked bed with Russian hookers. Where was your sense of outrage then? Every time you deny the humanity and human rights of anyone, no matter how vile they be, you are destroying your own rights.
Jan 11, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
vk , Jan 11 2021 11:56 utc | 104
SolarWinds hack linked to Russian spying tools, say researchers
Here's the "evidence":Investigators at the Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said the "backdoor" used to compromise up to 18,000 customers of the US software maker SolarWinds closely resembled malware tied to a hacking group known as Turla, which Estonian authorities have said operates on behalf of Russia's FSB security service.
So, the backdoor "resembles" a tool that is only "tied to" a hacking group which "Estonian authorities" "have said" (i.e. claim without evidence) serves the FSB.
This is not the first time The Guardian uses absurd extrapolations to create a big fat lie. Last week, it put a criminal headline - with potentially grave consequences on public opinion and geopolitics - stating China had refused to receive a WHO team to investigate the origins of the SARS-CoV-2. China defused the fake news by releasing on its own MSM that they were still making the arrangements of the visit - which will happen this Thursday -, not that it had blocked the WHO.
What did The Guardian want to achieved with that headline? Prepare the British people for war against China? Are they insane?
uncle tungsten , Jan 11 2021 12:04 utc | 105
Mentioning Estonia at any time would indicate pure unmitigated BS. But mentioning BOTH Estonia and the Grauniad in the one post is just painfully obvious that the entire story is bollocks.
Jan 11, 2021 | thesaker.is
Doubting Thomas on January 08, 2021 , · at 4:10 pm EST/EDTBeirut on January 08, 2021 , · at 4:55 pm EST/EDT
He may have something to say. I get to "pressitutes" and stop reading.
A made up word only a moron would use.
you might have a point here.
The notion "presstitute" is likely far off, in that it is still too flattering.
What kind of promiscuous garden tool variety would you deem appropriate, if I may enquire?
Jan 11, 2021 | thesaker.is
Bob on January 07, 2021 , · at 9:35 pm EST/EDT
There is reason for some optimism for the future of White Americans, if not for the USA. Yesterday was the proudest day of my entire life! When I saw those patriots, a great many of them middle aged people just like myself, march on the capitol and demand entry, I saw that the survival instinct of my fellow Americans may have been dormant, but it is not dead. It is now awakened and nothing will put it back to sleep now.
We embark now upon an epic struggle against powerful dark forces but at least now we will play on a field where our numbers can be brought to bear. We are the many, they the few. We will win this war, though I fear the cost is going to be greater than any struggle this nation has ever had to grapple with.
This will be my last post online. It is not safe to do this any longer. But please, continue with your work so long as you can do so in safety Dr. Roberts. It is more important now than ever. Thank you and Goodbye.
Bosnian Croat on January 07, 2021 , · at 7:42 pm EST/EDT
Jan 11, 2021 | thesaker.is
America's Color Revolution - The Vineyard of the Saker
exiled off mainstreet on January 08, 2021 , · at 7:41 pm EST/EDT
I have said already, collapse of USSR is the worst thing that could happen to United States of America.
They have converted this into a sort of Reichstag fire characteristic of fascist regimes consolidating power. Now they are labelling all opponents terrorists. They must be hoping to incite a civil war before the opposition can adequately organize and mobilize and consolidate a 21st century version of politically correct fascism where the prejudice is against the normal and the traditional majority.
Jan 11, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
EoinW , Jan 11 2021 13:05 utc | 114
Mao | Jan 10 2021 19:05 utc | 35
I think the Nobel Prize for medicine should go to the Canadian scientist who just isolated Covid by discovering it's most dangerous outside from 8pm to 5am. Thus the current curfew in Quebec, with Ontario joining shortly.
Second nominee: to the medical staff that discovered there's no Covid in big box stores.
Seriously, thank you for the Cuban link.
Jan 11, 2021 | turcopolier.typepad.com
'It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy,' Pelosi said."
I don't think people around the world think what happened at the capital was about whiteness. It's really too bad the Democratic Party leadership has such a simplistic view. It also shows how anti-white some white people can be and why they want so much immigration we don't need.
Jan 10, 2021 | www.unz.com
During last year, many government buildings were taken over by Dem-sponsored BLM activists, and in not one case did the police use lethal weapons or even rush the protesters out of buildings.
"Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the locked King Street entrance to the Capitol, chanting "Break down the door!" and "General strike!" Moments later, police ceded control of the State Street doors and allowed the crowd to surge inside, joining thousands who had already gathered in the Capitol to protest the votes. The area outside the Assembly, which is scheduled to take the bill up at 11 a.m. today, was crowded with protesters who chanted, "We're not leaving. Not this time."
Department of Administration spokesman Tim Donovan said although protesters were being encouraged to leave, no one would be forcibly removed. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said he had instructed Police Chief Noble Wray not to allow his officers to participate in removing demonstrators from the building."
Jan 10, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Mao , Jan 10 2021 14:55 utc | 3
Voice of America CEO Accused Of Fraud, Misuse Of Office All In One Week
Fresh crises and fresh challenges confront the Trump-appointed CEO of the parent of Voice of America, even with less than two weeks left of the Trump presidency.
To start, the Attorney General of the District of Columbia this week accused U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack of illegally funneling more than $4 million to his private documentary company through a not-for-profit that he also controls.
Jan 10, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
TruthHunter 21 hours ago
We've gone full Alice in Wonderland. This Congress will make impeachment as common the filibuster.
Biden will be impeached for some senile tantrum.
Why invoke the 25th when they can humiliate another president?
Jan 10, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Bluedotterel , Jan 10 2021 18:47 utc | 33
Now this is amusing from Israel Shamir https://www.unz.com/ishamir/trumps-last-stand/
"The city of Detroit gave 95 per cent of its vote to Biden/Kamala, a number that Mr Kim Jong-un would view with slight envy, while Mr Lukashenko would murmur, "How can it be done?" It is highly likely this mind-boggling result was achieved in the following way.
Detroit Dems outsourced ballot harvesting to local drug lords, offering them as a prize – recreational marijuana business licenses. These licences are the best thing since a licence to print money. Having such licenses is like having your own ATM. Here you can read about their profitability and the lengths criminals will go to obtain them. Detroit Dems had changed local laws allowing the sale of marijuana in their fine city (it was forbidden until November 2020). They changed local laws prescribing the issuing of marijuana licences to drug dealers with previous convictions for drug dealing.
They let drug lords out of jail. They changed local laws to allow ballot harvesting; that is, collecting postal votes and assisting with the filling in of ballots.
After that, the drug dealers went around collecting postal ballots and filling them in immediately, if they were conscientious, or just filling them in at their leisure, if feeling lazy. They had a judge at their disposal, Cynthia Stephens, who single-handedly changed Michigan election laws, and then rejected Trump's claims of fraud."
Jan 09, 2021 | www.rt.com
Tech companies were once the primary tools of US "soft power" used to overthrow authoritarian regimes by exporting 'digital democracy'. Now they employ the same tactics of suppression as those regimes to silence dissent at home.
The permanent suspension of President Trump's Twitter account, carried out unilaterally and devoid of any pretense of due process or appreciation of the First Amendment rights of Donald Trump, represents a low moment in American history. Trump's ban was followed by a decision by Google to de-platform Parler.com, a social media alternative to Twitter favored by many of Trump's supporters. Apple also gave Parler a "24 hour warning" asking it to provide a detailed moderation plan. Twitter, Google, Facebook (who also banned Trump) and the political supporters of President-elect Joe Biden cite concerns that the content of the president's Twitter account, along with exchanges among pro-Trump users of Parler, constituted an "incitement of violence" risk that justified the actions taken.
In the aftermath of the storming of the Capitol by protesters seemingly motivated by the words of President Trump, there is legitimate justification for concern over the link between political violence and social media. But if history has taught us anything, the cure can be worse than the disease, especially when it comes to the issue of constitutionally protected freedom of speech.
This danger is illustrated by the actions of the former First Lady Michelle Obama who has publicly called for tech companies like Twitter and Facebook to permanently ban Trump from their platforms and enact policies designed "to prevent their technology from being used by the nation's leaders to fuel insurrection." The irony of the wife of the last American President Barack Obama, who weaponized so-called digital democracy to export "Western democratic values" in the struggle against authoritarian regimes, to turn to Twitter to release her message of internet suppression, is striking. The fact that neither Michelle Obama nor those who extoll her message see this irony is disturbing.
The Obama administration first sought to use 'digital democracy', the name given to policies which aim to use web-based social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as vehicles to enhance the organization and activism of young people in repressive regimes to achieve American policy objectives of regime change, during the 2009 Iranian presidential election. US 'digital democracy' efforts anchored a carefully orchestrated campaign to promote the candidacy of Mir Hossein Mousavi. These efforts included a phone call from a US State Department official, Jared Cohen, to executives at Twitter to forgo a scheduled maintenance period and keep the lines in and out of Iran open, under the premise that it was essential to make sure that digital messages sent by Iranian dissidents got out to an international audience. Digital democracy became privatized when its primary architect, Jared Cohen, left the State Department in September 2010 to take a new position with internet giant Google as the head of 'Google Ideas' now known as 'Jigsaw'. Jigsaw is a global initiative 'think tank' intended to "spearhead initiatives to apply technology solutions to problems faced by the developing world." This was the same job Cohen was doing while at the State Department.
Cohen promoted the notion of a "digital democracy contagion" based upon his belief that the "young people in the Middle East are just a mouse click away, they're just a Facebook connection away, they're just an instant message away, they're just a text message away" from sufficiently organizing to effect regime change. Cohen and Google were heavily involved the January 2011 demonstrations in Egypt, using social networking sites to call for demonstrations and political reform; the "Egyptian contagion" version of 'digital democracy' phenomena was fueled by social networking internet sites run by Egyptian youth groups which took a very public stance opposing the Mubarak regime and calling for political reform.
The Iranian and Egyptian experiences in digital democracy-inspired regime change represent the nexus of the weaponization of social media by tech giants such as Twitter and Google, and the US government, which at the time was under the stewardship of Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden. The fact that both the Iranian and Egyptian efforts failed only underscores the nefarious nature of this relationship. The very tools and methodologies used by Iranian and Egyptian authorities to counter US-sponsored "digital democracy" – suppression through de-platforming – have now been taken up by Twitter, Google, and the political allies of Joe Biden to silence Donald Trump and his supporters from protesting an election they believe was every bit as "stolen" as the 2009 Iranian presidential election that gave birth to 'digital democracy' in the first place.
In a recently published report addressing the issue of internet freedom, Freedom House, a US government-funded non-profit, non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights, observed that internet connectivity "is not a convenience, but a necessity." Virtually all human activities, including political socialization, have moved online. This new 'digital world', the report noted, "presents distinct challenges for human rights and democratic governance" with "State and nonstate actors shape online narratives, censor critical speech, and build new technological systems of social control."
Freedom House was one of the supporters of 'digital democracy' in Iran and has been highly critical of the actions by Iranian authorities to shut down and otherwise control internet connectivity inside Iran. It noted that such tactics are indicative of a system that is "fearful of their own people and worr[ies] that they cannot control the information space." In its report, Freedom House wrote that "when civic organizing and political dissent overflow from the realm of social media onto the streets dictators shut down networks to choke off any calls for greater democracy and human rights."
In July 2019, the US 2nd District Court of Appeals ruling on Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump determined that President Trump's Twitter account "bear[s] all the trappings of an official, state-run account," meaning that the First Amendment governed the conduct of the account. As such, "the First Amendment does not permit a public official who utilizes a social media account for all manner of official purposes to exclude persons from an otherwise open online dialogue because they expressed views with which the official disagrees."
By banning Trump from their platform, the unelected employees of Twitter have done to the president of the United States what he was accused of doing in Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump. If it was a violation of First Amendment-protected free speech for Trump to exclude persons from an otherwise open online dialogue, then the converse is obviously also true.
The notion that Trump's tweets somehow represented a "clear and present danger" that required suppression is not supported by the law. In 1919 Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote the majority opinion in Schenck v. United States , a case which examined the limits of free speech protections under the First Amendment, and famously observed that "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater and causing a panic [t]he question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent."
Holmes' opinion in Schenck was later limited by the Supreme Court in its 1969 decision in Brandenburg v. Ohio , which replaced the "clear and present danger" standard with what is known as "imminent lawless action," which holds that speech is not protected if it is likely to cause violation of the law "more quickly than an officer of the law reasonably can be summoned." By suppressing the social media expressions of Donald Trump and his supporters, Twitter, Facebook, and Google – egged on by the political supporters of Joe Biden – appear to have unilaterally adopted the "clear and present danger" standard which deviates from the constitutionally-mandated norms, as established by Supreme Court precedent, that govern the protection of speech in America.
Political speech is not just a human right – in America, it is an essential constitutionally guaranteed freedom. When the political supporters of Joe Biden, along with the unelected heads of media giants such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google, actively collaborate to silence the ability of Donald Trump and the tens of millions of Americans who support him to express themselves on social media, they become no better than the authoritarian regimes they once sought to remove from power.
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Ed Lindgren , 08 January 2021 at 12:50 PM
"Biden: "No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn't have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol. We all know that's true, and it is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable."" foxnews
Mr. Biden is not off to a very credible start on his campaign promise to "heal the soul of our nation."
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Craig Nelsen , says: January 9, 2021 at 11:13 am GMT • 14.9 hours ago@Priss Factor
"Techession (tech-secession or techxodus) "
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Mao Cheng Ji , Jan 9 2021 19:39 utc | 24
Are you aware that long before dirty commoners violating the sanctity, back on Jan 5th, Apple Maps stopped navigating to Washington DC? Apparently, one couldn't get directions to DC for driving, public transport, or walking.
"Directions "Not Available"". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWfDoAPc4t4
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Hmm....I read that Pelosi is coming unhinged because several laptops with incriminating information are now in Trump's posession....thanks to this stunt ay_arrow
Obamanism666 3 hours agojourney80 34 minutes ago
Naw they just contianed her Luxury Ice cream orders..... apparently the flavors have alcohol in them
COMING unhinged? That happened a couple of decades ago.
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William Gruff , Jan 8 2021 23:58 utc | 108
Can the hysterical little girls freaking out about tourists in the Capitol building do me one little favor? I just want to see one video clip of rioting in DC back on the 6th.
All of these posts and we don't have a single link to evidence of rioting or mob-like behavior. This is important because years from now people reading this thread may not clearly remember what you imagined you saw and need some visual reminders of this imaginary rioting that you are talking about. Please include some links or people of tomorrow will suspect that what you little girls are wailing about didn't happen. In particular I want to see some imagery of "baseball bats and metal pipes" on the scene in DC. Is this too much to ask for?
Digital Spartacus , Jan 9 2021 0:00 utc | 109
Indeed. Lots of froth, no substance or citations from many here.
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Jan 8, 2021 7:03 AM
This event is a confirmation that everything is a great show. From the election to the fight between Trump and Biden. It is all settled long time ago. Seems that all this stuff is just distraction, enterteniment for the masses with the old same purpose. There is no saviours amigos. All the guys work for the same "master". So if you still have some hope that trump or whatever the hero is gonna sace the world, i guess you are lost and u will have a big surprise. The plan is still on. Nobody is gonna save u. Just u uniting with people and once amd for all understand that the future is in your hands and your will.
tike , Jan 8, 2021 4:49 AM
Great coverage. Loved the expansion of the four points. What a clown show, complete with silly costumes. Do people really fall for this sh!t? Sadly, too many do.
Here's a refreshing and insightful discussion between Ryan Cristian and Whitney Webb on The Last American Vagabond channel:
The Opening Act Of The New "War On Domestic Terror" https://odysee.com/@TLAVagabond:5/The-Opening-Act-Of-The-New-_War-On-Domestic-Terror_:a
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George Mc , Jan 8, 2021 10:11 AM
A new headline suggests that the Pfizer vaccine just so happens to work against the new variant. Hallelujah! It's a miracle!
Jan J , Jan 8, 2021 10:25 AM Reply to George Mc
I know! And realistically, would you even have had time from the announcement of the new variant until now, also keeping in mind public holidays in between, that this was scientifically tested, published and peer reviewed by people who had this as their job? NO, there is not enough time, so what the hell is this statement based on?
It's like they are adjusting the narrative to the stupidity of the masses – they see that most people just accept it anyway, so why bother even doing it properly when you can make it up as you go along?
Cal , Jan 8, 2021 12:53 PM Reply to George Mc
Too late for Gregory Michael MD of Mount Sinai Medical Centre, who died 'due to a strong reaction to the COVID vaccine' (Heidi Neckelmann, his widow). RIP
ToyAussie , Jan 8, 2021 11:25 PM Reply to Cal
yup, I'd say that's a "strong" reaction ..
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President-elect likens Cruz, Hawley to Nazi propagandist Goebbels, says they share blame for inciting violence
... Speaking to reporters on Friday, Biden said Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) share responsibility with President Donald Trump for inciting the violent protesters who breached the US Capitol on Wednesday. Rather than being forced to resign, he said the two senators should be voted out of office when they come up for re-election.
Cruz and Hawley led opposition to certifying results of the November 3 presidential election – at least not before an investigation – citing allegations that Biden won based on hundreds of thousands of fraudulent votes in Georgia and other swing states. "If he's the only one saying it, that's one thing," Biden said of Trump. "But the acolytes that follow him, like Cruz and others, they are as responsible as he is."
Biden's comments were not unlike the Nazi-invoking rhetoric that was used against Trump and his supporters for the past four years. And the comments came one day after he leaned on another anti-Trump theme, racism, suggesting police failed to protect the Capitol because they responded more leniently to Wednesday's rioters than if the protest had been a Black Lives Matter event.
Jan 09, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.orgJohn Merryman , Jan 9 2021 2:30 utc | 162
So we get the next two years of Biden, Schumer and Pelosi, clinging to power like it is a life raft. Should be interesting, to say the least.
Babyl-on , Jan 9 2021 2:53 utc | 167J W , Jan 9 2021 2:57 utc | 169
"By using the 'terrorist' moniker Biden, and the media, are taking this thing into the wrong direction. It creates more extremism and will likely have bloody consequences."
By this point Yankees would get a Patriot Act 2.0 faster than a $2000 check.
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AnonFromTN , says: January 8, 2021 at 8:35 pm GMT • 2.8 hours ago@Patricus
Now half the country believes the government is fraudulent.
As someone commented on this site, Americans fall into two categories. One believes that the election was fraudulent and it is good, the other believes that the election was fraudulent and it is bad.
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Uncle Sam , says: January 8, 2021 at 7:55 pm GMT • 3.5 hours ago@anonymous
Except for the Coast Guard, which is a purely defensive military, any White American who would want to join the other military branches has to be incurably stupid.
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Chu , says: January 8, 2021 at 5:19 pm GMT • 6.1 hours ago@Chris Moore
And how can you say you're 'draining the swamp' when you just pardoned Jared Kushner's father.
That move was a slimy as Bill Clinton pardoning Marc Rich.
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ploni almoni , says: January 8, 2021 at 7:51 pm GMT • 3.6 hours ago@Robjil
Russian ambassador handing out Borscht and Buckwheat groat kasha to Trump Protestors who are still at the Capitol.
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Robjil , says: January 8, 2021 at 7:27 pm GMT • 4.0 hours ago
Why wasn't Vicky Nuland handing out cookies at this event? She was just hired again by Biden. Why only foreign nations get cookies?
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Kolya Krassotkin , says: January 8, 2021 at 3:37 pm GMT • 7.8 hours ago
I just read that Simon and Schuster has decided not to publish Josh Hawley's book.
Given that, if someone else publishes it, I will now definitely buy a copy. If the establishment hates it, then I want to read it.
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Heironymous Dosh , Jan 8 2021 22:25 utc | 81
The arrival of CIA regime change events in the US is met with a perfect display of hypocracy by the likes of Pelosi and Pompeo.
Heironymous Dosh , Jan 8 2021 22:16 utc | 79
Oh noes, I am totally gutted. It turns out the Viking Man is a GRU agent all along, and this is all a last ditch effort by Russia to keep their man in place.
As the duly selected leader of Binomo, I will be having serious words with my Head of Intelligence over this embarrassing political imbroglio.
Jan 08, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.orgCemi , Jan 7 2021 15:43 utc | 112
I found this reminder on the German blog "nachdenkseiten.de":
This is how it looked in Washington DC during the BLM demonstrations in May:
Quite a difference to the resistance against protesters yesterday, huh?
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Stonebird , Jan 7 2021 16:39 utc | 130
How do pacify 72 million voters, many of whom are convinced that they have been cheated?. How do you stop them ALL from marching on the White house?
Answer; You stage a psyop . You let in a number of colourful figures disguised as "Manhatten-cowboy style trappers " - add a bit of shoving and pushing, lots of shouting. Cameramen(or women) at the ready. and bingo... everyone can go home afterwards saying "we tried" or "we did our bit".
Item one, a clip: Notice the two cameramen, one following the "break-in+, and the other at the top of the stairs. All filmed in glorious technicolour and HD by professionals)
I love the first demonstrator signaling the cop to retreat, small hand signal.
The MSM and "Governments" can all now play the " we support Democracy, look how we are above all this mayhem ". Visible moral fibre on tap and statements prewritten?
Zuckerberg and mass media can silence any comment including Trumps or those that come from the "deplorables". Which is what they have done to silence any revision of the narrative, before it gains traction. (Zuckie rules, he must do as he wasn't elected, probably got there by hereditary means )
The bit-parts were played by members of the house who had their masks ready under their seats.
The unfortunate lady was probably an accident as the Police there just can't resist shooting someone.
Stonebird , Jan 7 2021 16:45 utc | 133foolisholdman , Jan 7 2021 16:47 utc | 135
Item two; the police open the gates.
https://twitter.com/cevansavenger/status/1346920924310867968michael , Jan 7 2021 16:51 utc | 136
psychohistorian | Jan 7 2021 6:31 utc | 6Read Trump's earlier stuff from Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The chaos in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday unfolded after President Donald Trump spent weeks whipping up his supporters with false allegations of fraud in the Nov. 3 election, culminating in a call to march to the building that represents U.S. democracy.
The real question is was the election stolen? On balance, I would guess that it was and that is why the courts all refused to examine the evidence, instead of allowing the evidence to be presented and refuted. Trumps case was never answered only trashed and ridiculed.the pair , Jan 7 2021 17:03 utc | 141
I also find it incredibly disingenuous that protestors/"rioters" made it into the Capitol building despite sturdy doors, and the police couldn't stave it off.J Swift , Jan 7 2021 17:11 utc | 143
just another addition to the "both sides are assholes" exhibit: the first comment on the NPR tweet about the unarmed woman killed by a cop is "coups have consequences".
even putting aside the whole (valid) "if it was a black woman killed by a cop" argument, i've loved seeing the past 4 years of so called "liberals" slowly losing their mask of humanity. they complain about the MAGA types as if they're the barbarians at the gate but they're ALL americans and therefore have violence and hatred of the "other" baked in from birth.
also, if that shitbag thinks this was a "coup" then they're even less informed than their idiotic comment would suggest.
@ William Gruff 57
Very well said. It's amazing how much you can tell about the agenda of the deep state just by careful reading and noticing the words chosen--especially when you keep seeing the same words repeated incessantly.
And incidentally, at first I was a bit curious about all this over-the-top sudden calls to impeach Trump and that sort of nonsense...I was thinking it was just a matter of continued venting of hatred at him for his "gift" of exposing the hypocrisy and duplicity of the deep state, and the US in general. But it just occurred to me that no, it's because it has dawned on them that a Trump drummed out of office by a clearly fraudulent election (i.e., righteously indignant) could be quite a rallying point for the disenfranchised regular citizens of the US. So, they're hoping to spend these last two weeks doing everything they can to tarnish his reputation and try to destroy his ability to rally the troops, so to speak. I don't think it will work, but then again who knows to what depths they will sink to permanently sink Trump. Expect a lot more craziness these last two weeks.
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That the incoming president declares a number of activist from the opposing party to be 'terrorists' demonstrates how unqualified he is for that job.
Is this a terrorist? These were not terrorists but tourists who came from all over the states to Washington for fun and to register their disagreement with the 'elites'.
Those rabbles were in no way terrorists. They were not even a mob. Most of them were out-of-town rednecks who felt that they had been wronged. They wanted to express that. They were surprised when they found how easy it was to enter the Capitol and they apparently took more time to take pictures than to rearrange the furniture.
Another such view :[L]et's be clear about what did not take place at the Capitol Building last night. This was not a fascist coup, as so many shrill, supposedly liberal commentators are claiming. Their flagrant use of the word 'fascist' to describe every political movement they disapprove of is an insult to reason and history. This wasn't a coup full stop. The National Guard suppressed the morons, the barricades were put back up, and even their hero Donald Trump told them to go home. A coup is a conscious effort to illegally seize power from the government. These people couldn't even believe they made it into the Capitol Building. They were like children finding a candy store unguarded.
A children's game. Indeed.
Yet Biden and others are furious about the stunt because it lifted the veil off their vaunted U.S. 'democracy' and its empty rituals:Nicholas J. Fuentes @NickJFuentes - 21:01 UTC · Jan 7, 2021
The US Capitol is hardly a "sacred temple of democracy," it's the sleaziest brothel in the world, totally bought and controlled by powerful interest groups and foreign governments. Who are they kidding?
Congressional processes are dirty fights about the distribution of the loot. There is nothing sacred about it. Just consider the massive bribes that were taken during the Georgia Senate races. Those hundreds of millions of 'donations' will have to be paid back in kind.
The real danger to the people does not come from those 'deplorables' who walked into the Capitol but from the 'elite' who will use the incident for their purposes :The threat inflation, the wild claims about a fascist coup, are transparent efforts by the cosseted political and cultural elites to endow their project with moral importance; to give their restoration of managerial, technocratic power after the four-year populist experiment – which is fundamentally the project that Biden and his influential supporters are currently engaged in – the gloss of historical urgency. It is mission creation.William Gruff , Jan 8 2021 21:35 utc | 56
Worse, this narrative-building will allow the elites to circumscribe even more forms of political thought and speech than they already desire to do , on the basis that the latent fascism among the American rabble is likely to be stirred up by inflammatory ideas and commentary. Indeed, we've already been given a chilling glimpse of this post-incursion clampdown on 'violent' speech in Twitter's extraordinary decision to ban, outright, three of Trump's tweets last night and to lock him out of his account for 12 hours.
It strikes me that this unilateral use of corporate power by Silicon Valley to prevent the democratically elected president of the United States from engaging with millions of his voters and supporters, to physically forbid him from partaking in online discussion, is a grave assault on democracy, too. More grave, I would say, than the immoral and anti-democratic incursion of the Capitol Building. Already, right away, we are seeing that the threat-inflating response to last night's events will likely have longer-lasting negative consequences for open debate and democratic norms than the thing itself.Biden is famous for mixing his words up. He meant to say that the protesters were "domestic tourists" . I'm sure he meant to thank them for doing their part to revitalize America's service economy.Heironymous Dosh , Jan 8 2021 21:57 utc | 69My man Viking Guy has done it again. He managed to trick the son in law of Nancy Pelosi into a selfie https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ErH5LslW4AAOiyv?format=jpg&
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miz_porky , Jan 7 2021 16:04 utc | 119
"A banana republic, if you can keep it."
Relax, dude. It's been a banana republic since the evening of Nov 22, 1963. The batteries got another recharge on Sept 11, 2001. Nothing new here.
andee , Jan 7 2021 16:11 utc | 122Arch Bungle , Jan 7 2021 16:33 utc | 128
@expat 63I mean, how many times do they have to say things like "totally unproven" and "unsubstantiated" in every sentence before people start to think that they're being treated like idiots?
Been listening to BBC radio news...? ;)
Looking at scenes like these coming from the Capitol
It strikes me that the classic of contemporary American cinema "Idiocracy" has moved from comedy to documentary:
Life indeed imitates art ...
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alaff , Jan 7 2021 14:00 utc | 90
Oh, this is so undemocratic!
Peaceful protesters only want democracy, freedom, and the realization of their civil rights. The totalitarian American machine suppresses them, one citizen was even shot in the chest. Monstrous barbarism and encroachment on the rights of people to peacefully protest! So awful. It is the duty of the free world to support civic activists and sternly condemn the American oppression machine of freedom!
I think it would be nice for the Russian Foreign Ministry to make a corresponding statement. It would be very appropriate to troll the "western partners" well. The most splendid trolling would be to try to call an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council because of the events in the United States and discuss the oppression of peaceful protesters and the repression of the American totalitarian power machine.
A resolution is also absolutely necessary urging the American authorities to immediately end the harassment of peaceful protesters and to release the detainees. Of course, sanctions are also needed in connection with the oppression of civil liberties by the American authorities.
Well, the boomerang returned to those who threw it. That's wonderful.
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Armed Resistance 6 hours ago remove linkSelectedNotElectedBiden 7 hours ago remove link
My new drinking game includes a sip every time somebody on CNN or MSNBC says the words "a threat to our democracy". Yesterday I passed out at noon.Democrycy 7 hours ago remove link
"Either the U.S. Congress has the worst security personnel that any of us have ever seen, or this was allowed to happen on purpose."
My immediate thought yesterday.wasd 7 hours ago
They were let in by the security. There's plenty of video evidence. They even removed the statutes in the hallway for them.walküre 5 hours ago (Edited) remove link
'security' 'tour guide' same diffSmedley of Tarsus 6 hours ago remove link
Which public building that was just "stormed" and evacuated gets reopened, lawmakers resuming the most important session of all?
No sweep for hidden toxins, viral exposure (Covid !!!!), booby traps and so on?
Even the grocery store needs to close min. 24 hours for a deep clean under Covid rules!
How many hours before someone gave the 'all clear' and resume the process?
Do you believe this?GoldenDebt PREMIUM 5 hours ago
This was entirely false flag.mrjinx007 7 hours ago
Remarkable how even Fox News used yesterday's even to trash and throw Trump under the bus.
The Capitol Building event is being used as cover so that investigations of voter fraud are brushed away as if voting fraud never happenned.
Like I said, it was all planned so the Con-men could certify it without hearing the objections. The Reps are in it as much as Dems. It gave them the easy way out.
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Curmudgeon , Jan 7 2021 12:16 utc | 53
This is our reward for heckling the 'intelligence agencies' after Trump's vanguard bought Hillary's Broom for display purposes only, nothing to see there. Biden is now mayor of munchkinland. Still can't figure out who is 'Great Oz'.
When the going gets tuff, I listen to Frank Zappa and George Carlin, in that order while chopping onions. Sleep well my pretties, I know I will.
expat , Jan 7 2021 12:37 utc | 56
It's too late now, but a "win-win" solution might have been for Congress to certify Juan Guaido as President.
That way, Trump would be replaced by his (or maybe it's Pence's) protégé, and the wokesters would have their first latino head of state. And of course in politics, other than one's identity, what the hell else matters?
Who says there isn't a way to reconcile red and blue America?
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Down South , Jan 7 2021 13:22 utc | 71
In Dmitry Orlov's irreverent style addressing a very serious topic:And this brings us to the final traditional part of the year-end report: the forecast. According to our Satanist friends at Deagel.com (lovely understated Satanic logo, by the way, kudos to the designers!) by 2025 the United States will lose 70% of its population, 92% of its real GDP and its economy will be slightly smaller than that of Mexico. Meanwhile, China will remain the world's largest economy, growing slightly, while Russia and India will skyrocket to rank second and third. The world rankings will look quite different. Germany will find itself somewhere between Chile and South Africa. Switzerland and the United Kingdom (should this silly anachronism still exist) will rank somewhere between Slovakia and Greece. The Swedes will be poorer than the Romanians... and so on. The world is changing before our eyes and nothing will ever be the same.
World Satanic Society 2020 Year-End Report
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lex talionis , Jan 7 2021 7:52 utc | 26
...If we follow the Maidan / Gene Sharp playbook, though, we will need our first sacrificial victim.
Maidan's first victim
They aren't that organized in the US to set up a revolution. We lack a US embassy.
I agree with Grieved that Orange Man Bad will experience his peripeteia. He was only some half rate shegetz in their opinion.
With so many anti orange man people who have shown up lately, I am surprised Woody Guthrie's song about Orange Man's father hasn't been posted. This one's for you Mark2, you muppet tosser! Work on your spelling, too. ( or grow a pear )
Ain't got no home / The Ballad of Old Man Trump
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Canadian Cents , Jan 7 2021 7:34 utc | 24
Thanks b for reminding us of how the Western mainstream media all presented Hong Kong rioters and thugs as "peaceful pro-democracy protesters," despite months upon months of ample violent video evidence to the contrary (which they of course never aired because it didn't fit their narrative directives.)
Yet the Western mainstream media now somehow characterize these relatively far more peaceful pro-democracy protesters in Washington as "thugs" and "mobs", and of course their protests about election fraud concerns are all labeled by the media (again, as if by directive,) as "baseless" and "unsubstantiated" without any investigations into them.
Meanwhile, our media has repeatedly demonstrated that it has absolutely no problem with reporting unsubstantiated claims as fact when it fits their directed narratives. (ex. White Helmets, Navalny, Uighurs, etc.)
Belarus was another example of our media's blatant double standards.
Thanks too for the reminder that Pelosi gushed "It is a beautiful sight to behold."
This line from Biden probably provoked a guffaw from most the world: "An assault on the citadel of liberty".
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Tollef Ås/秋涛乐 , Jan 6 2021 18:43 utc | 3
Point on! Trump was never 'the Russians' bitch'. He was the whore of the Russian émigrés mafia that had relocated to the US in south Queens in New York City. A major difference!
Jen , Jan 6 2021 20:01 utc | 17uncle tungsten , Jan 6 2021 20:25 utc | 21
Of course the whole point of US and Western MSM obsession with demonising Russia and China, and castigating those like Trump (for not going far enough to oppose either one or the other nation, or both), is to divert public attention away from govt failings at home and to push the public into supporting regime change against both Russia and China.
B's post should be read as a companion piece to his previous post on China as an existential threat to the US, as an example of a nation that achieved stability, peace and enough prosperity for most of its people by pursuing an alternate political and economic ideology in the space of 40 years. An ideology that moreover challenges the ideology that the West has followed for the past 500 years, and the assumptions on which that ideology is based. Despite Western attempts to destabilise, break up and impoverish Russia in the 1990s, in order to steal its energy and mineral resources, that nation managed to bounce back to some level of stability and economic security. In addition Russia and China signed a friendship treaty in 2001 and are committing to a closer political ans economic relationship.
All this serves to marginalise the Anglosphere nations and to deny the US, the UK and their elites the opportunity to plunder these nations and their allies for their natural resources.Jackrabbit , Jan 6 2021 20:28 utc | 23
Tollef Ås/秋涛乐 #3Point on! Trump was never 'the Russians' bitch'. He was the whore of the russian emigrée mafia that had relocatet to the US in south Quens in New York City. A maijor difference!
Exactly that, thank you. The mafia that manages the D party are of Mediterranean roots and are totally pi$$ed of with the Russians.
Enough of this polite avoidance of the reality of the USAi gangland - it is a mafia state. The D 'reformist' squad just blew their best chance to start the reformation. They will be neutered well before another chance arises.
Trump appeased . . . NOT is only half the story.
AFAICT Russiagate's neo-McCarthyism and Trump's supposed friendliness toward Putin was a set up prior to Trump negotiations with Putin at Helsinki.
"I'm your only friend ... and your last best hope ..." is a powerful pitch - especially when it is accompanied by generous offers of aid and support. And perhaps it would've worked if it had come years before.
So now we have a new Cold War - with both Russia and China.
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these scumbags are way overplaying their hand.
I assure you these "scumbags" are not very far from the top of the intelligence agencies food chain.
Jan 06, 2021 | off-guardian.org
Super militarized super equipped police essentially did not put much resistance and allowed protesters into the building.
Kalen , Jan 6, 2021 11:06 PM
Choreographed Protesters orderly following Capitol Hill visitors lines even wiped their feet before entering House and Senate chambers making sure not to disturb nothing so usual spectacle of anointing a new stooge of oligarchy May proceed shortly after a photo op with a Getty Images hired photographers and live transmitting via FB MSM correspondents that happens to be there. All fake, badly choreographed and directed with no shred of credibility
if their goal was to stop or disrupt the debate or to stop rotten political charade of lies and deceit they did really nothing to achieve that, likely as planned. They did nothing to prevent voting Biden in ...
. ...Corruption is embedded feature of American electoral system for over 230 years where every election have been stolen by oligarchy from the people and where they could be no shred of democracy existing where routinely 75% or more US citizen opposed or did not support installed POTUS and where opinions of 95% of population are ignored or directly contradict US congress actually enacted policies.
Although a little shitting in pants by congressmen and senators is never bad, the existence of this abhorrent imperial regime cannot be threatened this way...
S Cooper , Jan 6, 2021 11:18 PM Reply to Kalen
"The aphorism that in SHAM DEMOCRACY USA every "election" above that of local dog catcher is rigged is not far from the truth. WE THE PEOPLE do not choices, we have owners."
livingsb , Jan 6, 2021 11:38 PM Reply to Kalen
I agree whole-heartedly. This is much of a sham as was Trump being a true 'wild card /rogue' President. Absolute hogwash. Staged Opposition.
Jan 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.orgpsychohistorian , Jan 6 2021 21:35 utc | 45
@ v | Jan 6 2021 21:18 utc | 37 who wrote
Some MAGA nutter has just announced that the Kansas State Capitol has been taken over.
The interesting thing to me has always been that if you get the nutters on both sides of the mythological left/right to say how they feel about the private bankers, you know, the top/bottom reality we live in, they both agree that private banking is bad. But we can't have that coming to the fore especially in the face of the China example of public banking.
So its MAGA, USA, MAGA, USA, MAGA, USA forever, or until another narrative gripping opportunity comes along or is manufactured.
Jan 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.orgS , Jan 6 2021 21:08 utc | 33
Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland 8th District, just now on C-SPAN: "Violent attacks on the U.S. government are absolutely unacceptable."
Sure, sure. But when the same thing started happening in the Ukraine in 2013–2014, that was "awesome", right?
Jan 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Stonebird , Jan 6 2021 19:36 utc | 11
I see that "cookie monster" Nuland is supposed to become Deputy secretary of State under Biden. As a new of version of Pompeo she will obviously be sending tins of fresh home baking to Putin.
Maybe she will use her Maidan experience and let Joe sniff a bit first.
William Gruff , Jan 6 2021 20:53 utc | 28
Unconfirmed reports of Vicky "Fuck the EU!" Nudelman handing out cookies in front to the Capitol Building.
Jan 06, 2021 | www.newsmax.com
Ex-AG Barr Reportedly Met With Jeffrey Epstein's Last Cellmate Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention Feb. 26, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
By Charlie McCarthy | Tuesday, 05 January 2021 07:06 PM
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Former Attorney General William Barr investigated the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, reportedly even meeting with the multimillionaire sex offender's last cellmate.
Epstein was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan early on Aug. 10, 2019. Efrain "Stone" Reyes had shared the cell with Epstein until being transferred a day before the suicide.
Epstein's death rattled the highest levels of the Justice Department, according to the New York Daily News on Monday.
Following Epstein's death, Reyes was pulled from a privately run jail in Queens to meet frequently with authorities, once with the attorney general himself.
"Barr wanted to know about what was going on in [the Metropolitan Correctional Center]," a source told the Daily News. "Barr told him, 'I owe you a favor, thank you for telling us the truth.'
"He said [Barr] was a good guy. Barr was nice about it. He just wanted to know if [inmates] were being mistreated. What [Reyes] believed happened. Just basically that. He told them everything. He cooperated with Barr."
The Daily News source said he befriended Reyes when both were being held at the Queens jail, per the Daily Mail .
A Justice Department spokesman declined comment to the Daily News.
The New York Times reported previously that a "livid" Barr was personally overseeing four inquiries into Epstein's suicide.
Reyes caught coronavirus at the Queens Detention Facility earlier this year, was released in April and died last month. He was 51.
The source said he and Reyes watched a documentary about Epstein, who associated with some of the world's most powerful men while allegedly running an international child sex trafficking scheme.
"[Reyes] was like, 'I just didn't see that from him. I didn't see that side of him. I never pictured him being with young girls. Some guys like that are creepy,'" the source recalled. "He said he never really got that side of Epstein -- like he was someone who took advantage of girls. But we all have our secrets, you know? You never know."
Jan 06, 2021 | www.rt.com
Again with the 'likely': US spies accuse Russia of SolarWinds hack in repeat of Russiagate hysteria Nebojsa Malic
is a Serbian-American journalist, blogger and translator, who wrote a regular column for Antiwar.com from 2000 to 2015, and is now senior writer at RT. Follow him on Twitter @NebojsaMalic 5 Jan, 2021 23:52 Get short URL FILE PHOTO © Reuters / Benoit Tessier 6 Follow RT on US intelligence and security agencies declared that the SolarWinds hack was 'likely Russian in origin,' echoing evidence-free mainstream media claims as well as their own language in the 'assessments' about the 2016 election.
In a joint statement on Tuesday, the FBI, NSA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said that their investigative work "indicates that an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin" was behind the compromise of SolarWinds Orion software, first revealed three weeks ago.
"At this time, we believe this was, and continues to be, an intelligence gathering effort. We are taking all necessary steps to understand the full scope of this campaign and respond accordingly," the statement added.
What does "likely of Russian origin" even mean? Don't expect the mainstream media outlets to ask – they've all been accusing Moscow for weeks, using unverifiable assertions by anonymous sources instead of any actual evidence.
Several things in the statement jump out. One, that CISA was put in charge of "asset response" and mitigation. This is the same agency that on November 13 hosted a statement – attributed to it by the media, but in reality coming from two advisory committees – declaring the 2020 US election "the most secure in American history," hastening to add that "There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."ALSO ON RT.COM 2020 was 'most secure election in American history' says DHS advisory council, claims NO EVIDENCE of lost or deleted votes
That was a remarkable rush to judgment, given the subsequent claims to the contrary that seem far more credible than any assessments of "likely" Russian hacking.
Americans can surely sleep easy knowing the FBI is the "lead agency for threat response," which is presently still collecting evidence, and analyzing it "to determine further attribution."
This is the agency once run by James Comey and Andrew McCabe, who discussed an "insurance policy" in case Donald Trump gets elected with senior staff like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and framed General Michael Flynn over a perfectly legal and legitimate conversation with a Russian ambassador.
This is the same FBI that hastened to send 15 agents to investigate a garage rope pulley in Talladega, but sat on Hunter Biden's laptop for a year and did nothing with tips about the suspected Nashville RV bomber.
Again, the mainstream media will not point any of this out, but will parse the "likely" as "definitely" and claim the statement somehow proves their claim Russia was behind the SolarWinds breach. Just watch.
That's precisely what happened with the infamous "Intelligence Community Assessment" published in January 2017. A handpicked group of FBI, CIA, ODNI and NSA staff was first conflated with "all 17 US intelligence agencies" and then their "assessment" treated as established fact. Only in November 2018, after the midterm elections, did the source material the ICA was based on see the light of day.
It was quickly forgotten, however, as it made clear that the assessment was based on wishful thinking about what the US spies believed was "consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts." Couldn't have this frank admission interfere with the fantasy political interests in Washington needed to believe, after all.ALSO ON RT.COM We want to believe: 'Russian hacking' memo REVEALS how US intel pinned leaks to Kremlin
Note also that no one involved in the exercise in dissembling that was Russiagate ever faced any consequences. Only one person – a FBI lawyer named Kevin Clinesmith – has been prosecuted for altering evidence in the Flynn case, and he got a slap on the wrist . Meanwhile DNI James Clapper and CIA chief John Brennan got cable news sinecures, while FBI director Comey landed lucrative book and TV deals. McCabe, Strzok and Page went on to become media darlings and heroes of the #Resistance.
With all that in mind, it's curious that the "likely" and "believe" are doing a lot of heavy lifting in that joining statement about the SolarWinds hack. Why should US spies couch their claims in bureaucratic language, designed to shield the author from consequences of being wrong, when impunity is the order of the day in Washington? Policy is based on assessments anyway, and it's pretty obvious at this point that evidence – or lack thereof – is an irrelevant detail to the US establishment.
But again, that's a question one shouldn't expect the mainstream media to ask.
Jan 06, 2021 | original.antiwar.com
Forget what Vice President Pence has suggested he might do this week regarding counting the votes for president and forget President Trump's ominous military buildup near Iran, the Sunday New York Times two-column, above-the-fold lede tells us what we should really be worried about: "Scope of Russian Hacking Far Exceeds Initial Fears." The on-line title was " As Understanding of Russian Hacking Grows, So Does Alarm ."
Forget, too, that this latest NYT indictment of Russia, does not substantially advance the story beyond the information available two weeks ago, when "neither the actor, nor the motive, nor the damage done [was] known for certain in this latest scare story." Although no evidence is adduced to show that Russia is behind this latest flurry of hacking – Russia no doubt sits toward the top of a long list of suspects. The Times ominously quotes Suzanne Spaulding, a senior cyber official during the Obama administration, saying Russia is the foregone conclusion:
"We still don't know what Russia's strategic objectives were," she said "But we should be concerned that part of this may go beyond reconnaissance. Their goal may be to put themselves in a position to have leverage over the new administration, like holding a gun to our head to deter us from acting to counter Putin."
The Sanger Sewing Machine
NYT Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger is listed first on the byline for Sunday's story together with Nicole Perlroth and Julian Barnes. That should give us a clue, given Sanger's record for sewing things out of whole cloth. In a word, Sanger enjoys an unenviably checkered record for reliability. Until we are shown more in the way of evidence attributing the recently discovered hacking to the Russians, we would do well to review his record.
Sanger's reporting on Iraq before the war was as wrong as it was consequential. Those who were alert at the time may remember that Sanger was second only to Judith Miller in spreading the party line on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Seldom do historians obtain documentary evidence of plans for a war of aggression, but on May 1, 2005 the London Times published a paper (now known as the "Downing Street Memos") that recorded what Sir Richard Dearlove, head of MI6 (the UK counterpart to the CIA) relayed to Prime Minister Tony Blair on July 23, 2002 about what he was told by George Tenet at CIA headquarters on July 20, 2002. (No one has challenged the authenticity of the minutes.)
"C (Dearlove) reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action." [Emphasis added.]
With David Sanger and his colleague Judith Miller having cried wolf on WMD so many times over the prior two years, the Times decided it would be best to suppress the embarrassing revelation that the "intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." So the Times ignored it for more than six weeks, when Sanger wrote an article to put the whole thing in perspective, so to speak.
The title of Sanger's June 13, 2005 article was "Postwar British Memo Says War Decision Wasn't Made." Those looking for a measure of Sanger's credibility could do no better than read this masterpiece of deceptive circumlocution. Here's the lead paragraph:
WASHINGTON, June 12 – A memorandum written by Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet office in late July 2002 explicitly states that the Bush administration had made "no political decisions" to invade Iraq, but that American military planning for the possibility was advanced. "
And those asking how Sanger could write that with a straight face need only to read the Downing Street Memos , which are quite succinct and clear.
One could almost sympathize with Sanger, who had co-authored a piece with Thom Shanker, on July 29, 2002 in which WMD were flat-facted into Iraq no fewer than seven times. See: " U.S. Exploring Baghdad Strike As Iraq Option of July 29, 2002 ." That was about a week after CIA Director Tenet had briefed Dearlove on the fixing of the intelligence and the facts. It is a safe bet that Sanger's sources in the intelligence community briefed him on what line to take on those (non-existent) WMD.
Years Later Still Drinking at the Government Trough
On July 26, 2016 , Candidate Clinton reportedly approved a "blame-Russia" plan. According to a letter from Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sept. 29, 2020, CIA Director John Brennan briefed President Obama on "Russian intelligence analysis" regarding "alleged approval by Hillary Clinton of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services."
The Russian intelligence analysis report was deemed important enough that on Sept. 7, 2016, US intelligence officials forwarded an "investigative referral" to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding it. ( Such a referral usually indicates that a leak has occurred about a particularly sensitive issue or program. Thus, it is possible that the putative leaker wished to get the information out into the open.)
But it is one thing to leak; quite another to get an Establishment journalist to write about it without checking beforehand with the intelligence community for a nihil obstat . There has been no additional reporting about the "investigative referral." But if it was about a leak, the information never saw the light of day at the time.
July 26, 2016 : The exact date timing may be coincidence, but on the same day Mrs. Clinton was alleged to have given the go-ahead for Russia-gate, Sanger co-authored an article with Eric Schmitt titled: "Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C.":
"WASHINGTON – American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have 'high confidence' that the Russian government was behind the theft of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee, according to federal officials who have been briefed on the evidence."
There is much more that can be said about Sanger's reporting on very consequential issues. On Iran, for example, taking Sanger's reporting at face value, one would think he never read the National Intelligence Estimate that helped prevent a war planned by Cheney/Bush for 2008. I refer to the November 2007 NIE the unanimous, "high-confidence" key judgment of which was that Iran had stopped working on a nuclear weapon at the end of 2003 and had not resumed such work. That key judgment stands, but you would never know that from Sanger's reporting.
Beware chief Washington correspondents; or at least look at their record.
Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year career as a CIA analyst includes serving as Chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer of the President's Daily Brief. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).
Jan 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
jetty 7 hours agoZeroscum 4 hours ago
Polls close at 7:00pm. Republican votes shredded at 8:00pm. Boxes of Democratic votes brought out from under the tables at 9:00pm. Dems declared winners at 10:00pm.lovedaville 3 hours ago
I love the smell of shredded Republican votes in the morning...
Dominion machines... Why vote?
Jan 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Tuesday satire from the Babylon Bee , here are 9 things you need to know about the Georgia election:
1. If your preferred party loses, the whole thing was rigged. If your preferred party wins, it was a legitimate and fair election.
2. There are a lot of good songs about Georgia. " Midnight Train to Georgia", "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" -- lots of great songs.
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5. Before you read any information on the election, call Mark Zuckerberg's cell to make sure it's legit. He's there for you. Always. In every corner of your house. Watching you.
6. Pay no attention to the briefcases under the vote-counting tables. They are there for decoration, OK?
7. This election is a clear choice between vegan Communist baby-killers and racist Klansmen who want to kill grandma. Choose wisely. The choice is clear. We don't want vegans in office, do we?
8. Remember to wear a poncho just in case pipes start bursting as soon as Republicans start winning. Plumbing tends to explode at opportune times.
9. No matter what happens, Jesus is still king. Hey, I thought this was supposed to be satire!
Jan 06, 2021 | turcopolier.typepad.com
Leith , 04 January 2021 at 08:29 PMdifferent clue , 04 January 2021 at 09:37 PM
In that same article I posted above, Assange compared Clinton to cholera. Or maybe it was the opposite, Trump is cholera and Clinton is gonorrhea? I forget.
In any case Politico is kind of evenhanded and has articles by both lefties and righties. Even our host Colonel Lang has sourced Politico in the past.
If someone that President Trump knows and trusts were to convince President Trump that a total pardon for Assange would drive the PKKK ( Pink Kitty Kap Klintonite) Democrats to a new height of frenzied rage and hate, he might consider it worth doing. To pardon Assange would be to fling a drippy bag of burning snot right straight into the face of Hillary herself.
If President Trump were to see it that way himself, how could he resist the temptation to do it?
Dec 17, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) quashed two election integrity bills in July last year after receiving thousands in donations from Dominion lobbyists.
In July, McConnell blocked two bills, one that would provide $775 million to "bolster election security," along with requiring a physical paper trail of every single ballot cast in the country, and a second that would mandate political candidates, their staff members, and their families, to notify the FBI if any foreign government offered to assist them.
Dominion Lobbyists Paid McConnell Thousands Before He Crushed Election Integrity Bills, Ignored Election Contests - National File
Jan 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Electro Static 8
They are not stupid, they are selfish, leading to a great capacity for evil. The love of money, sex and power. Sex being replaced with litigation for those over 50. As most married men know, sex is replaced by to-do lists after about the first 6 years or so....
Jan 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
King of Ruperts
There will be a water main break. When everyone leaves, Mike Pence will pull a suitcase from under the desk and count those electoral votes.
Jan 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
"I am 100% confident that if @VP or members of Congress spent 15 minutes reviewing contents of Hunter Biden laptop, they would NEVER let Joey "Bribes" Biden get within missile range of White House.
Biden is a CCP puppet, a criminal, & a pervert. A few other things too. None good."
Jan 05, 2021 | www.rt.com
Dostoyevsky 4 hours ago 5 Jan, 2021 10:08 AMHow about we cancel "cancel culture"?KHANHATER 3 hours ago 5 Jan, 2021 11:21 AMBravo Mr Atkinson bravo, cancel culture is killing life as we know it. Humour and comedy is 99% at somebody's expense and if you cant laugh at yourself sometimes you dont deserve to live.
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TV , 04 January 2021 at 02:32 PMSerge , 04 January 2021 at 03:13 PM
Rename for "patriots" - Fort Obama, Fort Pelosi...elaine , 04 January 2021 at 04:09 PM
Camp Trayvon Martinsuresh , 04 January 2021 at 06:46 PM
Fort Biden, Fort Obama, Fort Clinton, Fort BLM, Fort Antifa,
Fort Weenie-Wok, Fort Pelosi, etc, Fort Apache...I could babble
on but you get the idea...if math wasn't currently considered racist they could simply be renamed numerically to avoid future renaming's,
like Fort 1, 2, 3, etcdsrcwt , 04 January 2021 at 06:55 PM
Names that will be selected
1. Fort George Floyd
2. Fort Breonna Taylor
3. Fort Malcolm X
4. Fort Angela Davis
5. Fort Toussaint Louverture
6. Fort Martin Luther King
7. Fort Nat Turner
8. Fort Dred Scott
Any objections will be met by cries of racism, and the new names will be accepted eagerly by the Army Brass. However the effect on the soldiers morale will be devastating
In an era when everything is for sale, they could sell naming rights, as they do for stadia. Fort Walmart, Fort Citi, Fort Goldman-Sachs?
Jan 04, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com
"Obama Official Ben Rhodes Admits Biden Camp is Already Working With Foreign Leaders: Exactly What Flynn Did" [ Glenn Greenwald ]. "Any doubts about how customary it is for such calls to be made by transition officials were unintentionally obliterated on Monday night by former Obama national security official Ben Rhodes, who is almost certain to occupy a high-level national security position in a Biden administration. Speaking on MSNBC -- of course -- Rhodes, while amicably chatting with former Bush/Cheney Communications Director turned-beloved-by-liberals-MSNBC-host Nicolle Wallace, admitted in passing that ' ,' all to ensure 'as seamless a transition as possible,' adding: 'the center of political gravity in this country and the world is shifting to Joe Biden.'" • Presumably the FBI should be interrogating Rhodes about his guilty knowledge. Anyhoo, I'm so old I remember when IOKIYAR was current in the blogosphere: "It's OK If You're A Republican." But now IOKIIOG: "It's OK If It's Our Guy."
Billpreston , November 10, 2020 at 2:20 pm
Logan Act? What Logan Act?
Obama Security Adviser Admits Biden Is Already Talking With Foreign Leaders; A Breach Of The Logan Act
zagonostra , November 10, 2020 at 2:34 pm
>David Sirota – "That was enough to barely defeat Trump.."
I'm getting confused, was Trump officially defeated. If not why are all these folks making these kinds of statements without any qualifications, none, zip. He could have said "most likely" or some other qualifier. Am I missing something here? Let the legal process of contesting the election play out for Pete's sake.
ex-PFC Chuck , November 10, 2020 at 7:42 pm
In the words of the late, great Yogi Berra, "It ain't over til it's over."
Jan 04, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Bluedotterel , Jan 3 2021 18:23 utc | 14
Another kind of amusing take on Covid times:
"The most important takeaway from the COVID-19 crisis isn't the science. The 'science' depends entirely on one's politics. Whether to get on with life and take our licks or hunker down and ride it out at home has nothing to do with empirical evidence or peer review; it's entirely about our ideological leanings and psychological profiles.
Thousands are dying, billions are locked down, business is shuttered; life as we knew it has basically come to a stand still. The clocks and the oranges are in a standoff and the stakes are probably much higher than most realize.
This is not about a pandemic. What we are deciding now is the kind of world we want to live in. The clocks would love us to sit back, follow their sage advice and allow them to usher in a 'new age'. Sooner or later they will get their way, but are the oranges ready to give in just yet?
So what is it kid? Are you a clock or an orange?"
Myself? I suspect I am a clockworked orange.
Jan 04, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
When you think of your average Antifa type ( these mug shots may be representative), does that Antifa guy or gal strike you as the kind of person who would carefully avoid getting any paint on bricks so as to spare Pelosi the inconvenience of getting the paint off the bricks?
Soloamber 3 hours agolennysrv 2 hours ago
No doubt this was a false flag . You don't think Pelosi has security covering her yard, house, cars ?
Nobody gets that close to her house without a swat team there in a minute. So where is the video showing who did it , when , and how . This will be used to justify some full time guard house or something else .JZ123 6 hours ago
You are absolutely correct. Years ago, when John Kerry was a candidate in the Democrat primaries, I was walking near his neighborhood in Boston. Near. As in about eight blocks away. Not even close to his house. I didn't even know he was living there. I was challenged by a Secret Service agent and his backup friend (in a vehicle behind him). SS guy asked who I was, what I was doing, why I was there, etc. Spoke into a microphone beneath his overcoat. Told me that my chosen route was no longer available and that if I would be well-advised to head the other direction. The point being that nobody, not a single person, gets near Pelosi's house without a bunch of security knowing about it and stopping it.
This entire "vandalism" thing is a complete tub of BS.The Ordinal Numbers PREMIUM 4 hours ago remove link
Pelosi pulled a Juicy smollet? Nah, I think the hatred is real for these people. The volcano will erupt this year.Lamejokes 7 hours ago
I feel redeemed. I've been saying that these photoshopped since the news broke.
FAKE NEWS is real....SirBarksAlot 2 hours ago
You don't understand. Russian agents, following the last plan written by Soleimani, arguably his master plan, tagged poor Nancy's door, and - and there's where you can see how tricky and evil Russians and Iranians are- they PURPOSEFULLY protected the walls, so people would think it's fake, and accuse poor Nancy, that gorgeous woman, that Saint, of manipulation attempt!
(Do I really need a /s here?)AlphaSnail 6 hours ago
And just like the Pentagon on 9-11, there were no pictures of the event6 hours ago
the cameras were epsteinedMieleBauknecht 7 hours ago
To those of you that noticed it was a hoax congratulations, you passed the ".gov finger on the pulse of society" test. For those of you who believed it hook, line, and sinker; get more omega 3 fatty acids in your diet, stop voting, and cut back on the high fructose corn syrup and Cheetos.Alexander 2 hours ago
antifa's are vegetarian. The hogshead itself is sufficient proof of false flag.HomeBrewPrepper 2 hours ago
You are fricken dreaming if you think nancy would even pay someone to clean this garage door. She's getting a new garage door and YOU are going to pay for it.toady 2 hours ago
I thought she lived in a gated, luxurious house?
That looks like a house in Dundalk, Md. Outside of Baltimore.Ms No PREMIUM 5 hours ago
That's her 4th house in the city where she houses her Chinese slaves.
...People should scream that at her: "Why did antifa use tape around your garage, you lying b*tch?"
Jan 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Authored by Silvio Canto Jr., via AmericanThinker.com,
What do 2001, 2005, and 2017 have in common? We inaugurated three GOP presidents, and Democrats challenged their electoral vote each time.
Yes, three for two, or three times for the last two GOP presidents sworn in.
Check out Senator Van Hollen :
Sen. Hawley's actions are grossly irresponsible.
He's attempting to undermine our democratic process, fuel Trump's lies about voter fraud, and delay the certification of Biden's win.
In the end, this reckless stunt will fail, and Joe Biden will become President on Jan. 20, 2021.
Jan 03, 2021 | www.rt.com
After pushing phony stories of 'Russian interference' and working for an agency that interferes in elections, ex-CIA agent now Congressman Will Hurd thinks the GOP should accept Joe Biden's win, or risk helping the US' "enemies."
A dozen Republican Senators are getting set to object to the Electoral College's certification of Joe Biden's win in November, unless an "emergency 10-day audit" is held in a number of key swing states won by Biden. The move is also backed by a number of Republican representatives in the House.
However, there's a rival faction of Republicans who want to put allegations of Democrat fraud behind them and go back to business as usual under a Biden administration. Outgoing Texas Rep. Will Hurd is one of them, and he made a novel argument against questioning the election on Saturday.
"When I was undercover at the CIA, I saw firsthand how our enemies steal elections and try to interfere in ours," he tweeted. "Elected officials continuing to sow doubt amongst the public for petty political gain is playing into our enemies' hands."
As for who these "enemies" are, Hurd was presumably referring to the reliable old specter of "the Russians." Throughout Trump's four years in office, Hurd has repeatedly claimed that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election, despite there literally being zero proof for these claims.
" This is honestly one of the most hilarious mega-viral tweets I've ever seen on Twitter," journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted. In a follow-up tweet, Greenwald joked that Hurd "must have been in a different part of the CIA" than former Director James Woolsey, who told Fox News' Laura Ingraham in 2018 that his agency had meddled in European elections during the Cold War "in order to avoid the Communists taking over," and continues to dabble in election meddling, but "only for a very good cause.
Hurd was mocked on all sides. First for condemning election interference from an agency famed for interfering in elections
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And then for bragging about his undercover status...
Dec 30, 2020 | www.youtube.com
Trump Team Hacks Dominion Machine In Real Time During Senate Hearing! - YouTube
Violence is Life , 2 days agoJason Stewart , 2 days ago
Orwell taught us how to understand double-speak "Most secure" translates to "rigged"Cameron Gunn , 2 days ago
If this is the cleanest election ever, omg can you imagine what's went on in the past!Phalanx443 , 1 day ago
Did you hear the Democrats screaming for him to shut up? This shit is hilarious
It's like peeling an onion. Each layer reveals more corruption. I cannot wait to see how this movie ends!
Jan 02, 2021 | www.youtube.com
Peter Sepall , 2 days agoDevon Marr , 2 days ago
If Pelosi is on a committee on wealth equality, it is most likely designed to destroy it and not promote it.
r/nottheonion "Lady worth over a hundred million creates inequality commission so she can claim she cares."
Jan 02, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times,
...Terms to be struck from clause 8(c)(3) of rule XXIII , the House's Code of Official Conduct, as outlined in the proposed rules ( pdf ), include "father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, [and] granddaughter."
Such terms would be replaced with "parent, child, sibling, parent's sibling, first cousin, sibling's child, spouse, parent-in-law, child-in-law, sibling-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, half-sibling, [and] grandchild."
According to the proposed rules, "seamen" would be replaced with "seafarers," and "Chairman" would be replaced with "Chair" in Rule X of the House.
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The rules package will be introduced and voted on once the new Congress convenes.ay_arrow
Joebloinvestor2 1 hour agoDayWear 1 hour ago (Edited)
Isn't great to see congress addressing the real important ****?
What a FARCE.St. TwinkleToes 1 hour ago
First thing to erase is 'Madam' Speaker. Perhaps just 'Speaker" from now on to keep it gender-free?RoboFascist 1st 1 hour ago remove link
That title actually represents who she is. A 'Madam' running the largest whore house in the world.pmc 1 hour ago
Well... that rules me out as Speaker of the House.
I wouldn't be able to stop from using expressions like...
"The Chairman recognizes the m0ther****er from Rhode Island..."
"The s0n-0f a b!tch from New York has no remaining time left."
Proposed House Rules Seek To Erase Gendered-Terms
If this doesn't give you a clue the inmates are running the asylum I don't know what will! Aren't there more important things to worry about then gender terms.... like homelessness or people losing their livelihood because of policies they're putting in place!
Jan 02, 2021 | www.ipsos.com
This claim is disputed.
Jan 02, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
b , Jan 1 2021 8:16 utc | 7
June 26 2020, New York Times
Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says
August 17 2020, CNN
US intelligence indicates Iran paid bounties to Taliban for targeting American troops in Afghanistan
December 31 2020, Axios
Scoop: Trump administration declassifies unconfirmed intel on Chinese bounties
January 1 2021, Moon of Alabama
Sources: To Keep Troops In Afghanistan U.S. Intel Paid Militants Bounties To Kill Them
Date corrected :-)
Another factless headline in today's NYT:
Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Viewed Some of Its Source Code
Microsoft said no such thing.
Nowhere in Microsoft's blogpost on the issue is there mention of 'Russian', 'Russia' or some other attribution.
Arch Bungle , Jan 1 2021 9:05 utc | 9
Posted by: Antonym | Jan 1 2021 6:13 utc | 1
CHINESE SPY NETWORK EXPOSED IN AFGHANISTAN
I've already exposed pajwhok news as a European-created front organisation.
Repeating the same endless propaganda every few days just makes you look like a mindless digital drone.
Jan 02, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
BarkingWolf 16 minutes agoBen A Drill 1 hour ago
It also contains a provision to rename military bases named after Confederate generals .
Oh yes, THAT is important.
Huh uhh ... THAT will protect the country from CCP agents like Mtch McConnell and the rest of the Congressional scum, nursing themselves from Baphomet's engorged teets guised as the nipples of the Chinese Communist Party ... AND ... keep the MIC swine at the public trough well fed and fat.
Good thing McConnell kept that $2000 (wish he'd take back the $600 chump change too) payout to the American taxpayer ... actually ... refunds and paltry compensation for being robbed not only of their wealth, but their voting rights via a stolen election courtesy of the congressional and judicial sucklings at the nipples of the CCP goat god.
play_arrowDadburnitpa 34 minutes ago
MIC with all their lobbyists. How did you really think this would be any different.DickMustard 41 minutes ago
It's like the scene from Animal House: "Forget it, he's rolling".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7vtWB4owdEStranded Observer 4 minutes ago (Edited)
Camp Liberace.debtserf 13 minutes ago
Now what? Fort George Floyd. Among other thingsIm4truth4all 32 minutes ago
Camp BLM and Camp Antifa anyone?Hurricane Baby 6 minutes ago
"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except the endless present in which the party is always right." - George Orwell
"The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth." - George Orwell
If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself. - Joseph Goebbels
Now that the names of Confederate generals will be removed from military bases located in the South, we can stop pretending that they are not garrison bases for an occupation force.
Jan 02, 2021 | turcopolier.typepad.com
By Robert Willmann
A short comedy sketch is a staple on New Year's Eve in Germany, featuring Miss Sophie and James the butler. The introduction is in German and the skit is in English. Happy New Year to All, and fireworks may well extend to and beyond the 6th of January--
Jan 01, 2021 | zerohedge.com
Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via The American Institute for Economic Research,
The paper of record in 2020 shifted dramatically to the most illiberal stance possible on the virus, pushing for full lockdowns, and ignoring or burying any information that might contradict the case for this unprecedented experiment in social and economic control. This article highlights the exceptions.
Even within the blatant and aggressive pro-lockdown bias, and consistent with the way the New York Times does its work, the paper has not been entirely barren of truth about Covid and lockdowns. Below I list five times that the news section of the paper, however inadvertently and however buried deep within the paper, actually told the truth.1. Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn't Be.
I'm still stunned that the paper did a study that confirmed what people have suspected, namely that a high cycle threshold used on PCR testing was creating the appearance of a pandemic that might have long receded. The testing mania was generating wild illusions of millions of "asymptomatic" carriers and spreaders. How severe was the problem? Read this and weep:
In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found.
On Thursday, the United States recorded 45,604 new coronavirus cases, according to a database maintained by The Times . If the rates of contagiousness in Massachusetts and New York were to apply nationwide, then perhaps only 4,500 of those people may actually need to isolate and submit to contact tracing.
The implications of this revelation are incredible. A major reason for the ongoing lockdowns are due to the pouring in of positive case numbers from massive testing. If 90% of these positive tests are false, we have a major problem. The whole basis of the panic disappears. All credit to the Times for running the article but why no follow up and why no change in its editorial stance?2. Scientists See Signs of Lasting Immunity to Covid-19, Even After Mild Infections .
Byline By Katherine J. Wu
Gone missing this year in public commentary has been much at all about naturally acquired immunities from the virus, even though the immune system deserves credit for why human kind has lasted this long even in the presence of pathogens. That the Times ran this piece was another exception in otherwise exceptionally bad coverage. It said in part:
Scientists who have been monitoring immune responses to the virus are now starting to see encouraging signs of strong, lasting immunity, even in people who developed only mild symptoms of Covid-19, a flurry of new studies suggests. Disease-fighting antibodies, as well as immune cells called B cells and T cells that are capable of recognizing the virus, appear to persist months after infections have resolved -- an encouraging echo of the body's enduring response to other viruses .3. Why You Shouldn't Worry About Studies Showing Waning Coronavirus Antibodies .
Researchers have yet to find unambiguous evidence that coronavirus reinfections are occurring, especially within the few months that the virus has been rippling through the human population. The prospect of immune memory "helps to explain that," Dr. Pepper said.
Byline Apoorva Mandavilli
Reinforcing the solid point above:4. Schoolchildren Seem Unlikely to Fuel Coronavirus Surges, Scientists Say .
Data from monkeys suggests that even low levels of antibodies can prevent serious illness from the virus, if not a re-infection. Even if circulating antibody levels are undetectable, the body retains the memory of the pathogen. If it crosses paths with the virus again, balloon-like cells that live in the bone marrow can mass-produce antibodies within hours.
Byline: Apoorva Mandavilli
It's still a shock that so many schools closed their doors this year, partly from disease panic but also from compliance with orders from public health officials. Nothing like this has happened, and the kids have been brutalized as a result, not to mention the families who found themselves unable to cope at home. For millions of students, a whole year of schooling is gone. And they have been taught to treat their fellow human beings as nothing more than disease vectors. So it was amazing to read this story in the Times :5. One-Third of All U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Nursing Home Residents or Workers .
So far, schools do not seem to be stoking community transmission of the coronavirus, according to data emerging from random testing in the United States and Britain. Elementary schools especially seem to seed remarkably few infections.
Byline Karen Yourish, K.K. Rebecca Lai, Danielle Ivory and Mitch Smith
Another strangely missing part of mainstream coverage has been honesty about the risk gradient in the population. It is admitted even by the World Health Organization that the case fatality rate for Covid-19 from people under the age of 70 is 0.05%. The serious danger is for people with low life expectancy and broken immune systems. Knowing that, as we have since February, we should have expected the need for special protection for nursing homes. It was incredibly obvious. Instead of doing that, some governors shoved Covid patients into nursing homes. Astonishing. In any case, the above article (and this one too) was one of the few times this year that the Times actually spelled out the many thousands times risk to the aged and sick as versus the young and healthy.Notable Opinion columns
The op-ed page of the paper mirrored the news coverage, with only a handful of exceptions. Those are noted below.Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?
Op-ed by David Katz
I am deeply concerned that the social, economic and public health consequences of this near total meltdown of normal life -- schools and businesses closed, gatherings banned -- will be long lasting and calamitous, possibly graver than the direct toll of the virus itself. The stock market will bounce back in time, but many businesses never will. The unemployment, impoverishment and despair likely to result will be public health scourges of the first order.Quarantine May Negatively Affect Kids' Immune Systems .
Worse, I fear our efforts will do little to contain the virus, because we have a resource-constrained, fragmented, perennially underfunded public health system. Distributing such limited resources so widely, so shallowly and so haphazardly is a formula for failure. How certain are you of the best ways to protect your most vulnerable loved ones? How readily can you get tested?
Op-ed by Donna L. Farber and Thomas ConnorsWhat Has Lockdown Done to Us? .
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the world is unwittingly conducting what amounts to the largest immunological experiment in history on our own children. We have been keeping children inside, relentlessly sanitizing their living spaces and their hands and largely isolating them. In doing so, we have prevented large numbers of them from becoming infected or transmitting the virus. But in the course of social distancing to mitigate the spread, we may also be unintentionally inhibiting the proper development of children's immune systems.
Op-ed by By Drew Holden
Our mental health suffers, too. The psychological effects of loneliness are a health risk comparable with risk obesity or smoking. Anxiety and depression have spiked since lockdown orders went into effect. The weeks immediately following them saw nearly an 18 percent jump in overdose deaths and, as of last month, more than 40 states had reported increases. One in four young adults age 18 to 25 reported seriously considering suicide within the 30-day window of a recent study. Experts fear that suicides may increase; for young Americans, these concerns are even more acute. Calls to domestic violence hotlines have soared. America's elderly are dying from the isolation that was meant to keep them safe.
Jan 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.complay_arrow
Son of Loki 9 hours ago44magnum 8 hours ago
Inevitable decline of the United States hastened by corrupt politicians, greedy CEOs, dishonest MSM and the well-funded Marxists who have infected every aspect of USA, from local mayors to the Supreme Court.
Jan 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Originally from: These Are The 10 Worst Mayors In The Nation In 2020 - ZeroHedge
Authored by Jennifer Oliver O'Connell via RedState.com,
As one of our RedState diarists Dana Pico mused ,
"There are times that I wonder if today's Democrats see George Orwell's 1984 not as a warning but a model of good government."
In celebration of a 2020 that desperately needs to come to an end, here is a list of the Top 10 Worst Mayors in the nation. These mayors most definitely use Orwell's 1984 as their policies and procedures manual, if not their Bible.
It comes as no surprise that all 10 of the mayors on the list are Democrat (something about that political party), and that five of the 10 are mayors of West Coast cities (something about the Pacific Ocean).
Several of the mayors have overseen a mass exodus of people from their cities, and even their state in a 10-month period. But most of all, every one of these mayors stand out as abject failures of governance, with constituents that literally despise them.
Without further adieu, here is the Top 10 Worst Mayor's list for 2020:10. Michael Hancock (Denver)
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock could have stayed under the radar and never made it to the Top 10 on this list. But thanks to his Holiday Hypocrisy, he landed firmly in the final spot.
My colleague, Scott Hounsell wrote :
"According to the news report, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was spotted leaving the state to go spend Thanksgiving with his daughter in Mississippi. The Mayor's office said that the Mayor had canceled his big holiday dinner this year, but "traveled alone" (aside from the whole public transportation and flying from a crowded airport thing).
"His flight allegedly also took off 30 minutes after he posted this little gem to his Twitter account:"
Local investigative reporter Nicole Vap dropped the hammer, exposing Mayor Hancock's hypocrisy of not only telling others to stay at home, but hopping a flight from Colorado to Mississippi without so much as an eyelash blink.
Hancock was "deeply regretful" about his decision, saying he led with his heart and not his head.
When do they ever lead, let alone actually use their head to do so? Asking for a friend.9. Sam Liccardo (San Jose)
Our first Coastie Mayor enters the fray. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, like Hancock of Denver, probably could have avoided this list too; but, when you dictate to people that they are required to follow certain behavior, you better make sure you're dictating to yourself.
Liccardo decided the City of San Jose needed to be scolded and reminded
Another plug for local journalism, as I reported :
"San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (Democrat-Duh), ignored his own protocols <clutch the pearls!> and had Thanksgiving with family members outside of his own household.
" 'The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned Liccardo celebrated with his elderly parents at their Saratoga home with an unknown number of other guests. While the mayor's staff did confirm the dinner took place, they have not disclosed how many other people attended, how many different households were present, and whether any of those in attendance wore masks while not eating.' "
So much for Liccardo avoiding the big gatherings and keeping people safe. The San Jose Mayor assumed because he wasn't Governor Gavin Newsom, that no one would be watching. Dude, we're all stuck at home -- you know we're watching.
Jan 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Tigbits 9 hours agoDucks 8 hours ago
Seeing those geriatric demonrats on their knees with their kente cloths, paying homage to a dead drug addict was one of the more hysterical moments of 2020.Is-Be 9 hours ago
Its a disgusting image. and my Black American peers agree.bobroonie 9 hours ago
The word missing is "chutzpah".u25dtp1 8 hours ago
Watching scummy democrats in pro slavery garb bend the knee for a POS that OD'd is comedy gold.radical-extremist 8 hours ago
Is that what they were doing, I thought they were looking for Nancy's Ben and Jerrys. Sorry, My irrationality
They do it because it works. Democrats love the theater. They don't mind being lied to if it benefits them. Many of them actually believe it's not theater and that their political heroes are being authentic and sincere....with crocodile tears, feigned outrage and other drama techniques. I would have to give Adam Schiff an Oscar, but Chuck Schumer definitely gets second place.
Jan 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
BY TYLER DURDEN THURSDAY, DEC 31, 2020 - 17:30
Authored by Tom Luongo via Gold, Goats, 'n Guns blog,
I've been on vacation in Mexico for the past two weeks. But that isn't the reason content from me has been scarcer than normal. Yes, vacations are supposed to be for recharging and taking a break from your routine.
But as I sat down to write this morning the overwhelming sense of futility washed over me . And nothing saps your will to work more than reading through the headlines and noting the complete lack of conscience on display by the media, our political leadership or frankly anyone with half a brain.
We live in a world today where the legislature of one of the most important states in the Union, Pennsylvania, released a report where more than 200,000 votes were counted than were actually cast. And no one in our media seems to think this is news.
Worse, most people in America can't even be bothered to care about such things. And if you were to confront them with the evidence there must be some good reason why that 'just can't be true.'
The FBI, which couldn't find any issues with Hunter Biden's laptop for months nor ever do anything substantial with Anthony Weiner's laptop in FOUR YEARS somehow solved the case of the Nashville bomber in less than 48 hours conclusively.
And that conclusion was the same as every other major terrorist event in this country's recent history - a lone crackpot blew himself up to make a half-formed political statement. At least this time they had the good sense to vaguely tie the patsy to the political left versus turn him into a mouth-breathing MAGAtard with a Q-complex.
And somehow no one seems to care. Nor does anyone care about the lack of conclusion about the shooting in Las Vegas a few years back.
Notice the trend? Major stories that are supposed to matter are dropped the moment they get anything close to uncomfortable for those in power who are chosen to remain in power.
... ... ...
If we've reached this level of whitewashing of the news and the truth to this point, I'm having to wonder why it is North Korea is so hated? I'm at a loss to come up with anything more accurate than competitive envy at fiction writing.
Hundreds of millions of people's lives are being actively destroyed by overzealous governors and heads of state issuing draconian lockdown orders over a virus with multiple vaccines that are less effective than our own immune systems. A compromised WHO and CDC issue conflicting recommendations weekly and Dr.
MengeleFauci openly admits to lying to us.
They all do this without any sense of shame, shedding crocodile tears so unconvincing they could be runner-ups at a Miss America pageant. But we're supposed to think we're saved because Congress decided to give us a $600 advance to pay our 2020 income taxes with?
The same operation has been done with COVID-19, any and all data associated with it, the death statistics, the miraculous immunity to influenza Americans now seem to have, etc.
And if we are going to just sit back, mask up, accept the $600, put our heads down and "believe all talking heads" then what's the point in pointing out the hypocrisy of it all?
The new Super-COVID is here and it's time to believe it all again.
Isn't that the real lesson of 2020? Don't fight the crazy just cling to the delusion that a mask isn't a muzzle, guns can't protect you and we still live in a society with something approximating rules.
Isn't that what all of this irreality is for, to desensitize us to their outrageousness? To normalize their grotesquerie? I mean, really, does anyone honestly believe any single word that comes out of Nancy Pelosi's mouth?
I didn't think they made masks big enough to contain the Pinocchio nose she has to have at this point. Maybe she's had to have so much plastic surgery to contain it that it collapsed like Michael Jackson's and it's actually now just negative space.
Tigbits 9 hours agoDucks 8 hours ago
Seeing those geriatric demonrats on their knees with their kente cloths, paying homage to a dead drug addict was one of the more hysterical moments of 2020.Ms No PREMIUM 9 hours ago
Its a disgusting image. and my Black American peers agree.
The biggest problem is that we are an occupied people but tools don't want to acknowledge that fact. A tiny minority took power long ago and have pretenses to have a majority. The innact all forms of destruction on the people and the idiots keep think writing on a piece of paper changes that. You have no courts, you have nothing but some sheriff's left.
Jan 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Stalin's quote "It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes." can now be engraved over the entrance to the Supreme Court.
asteroids 8 hours ago remove linkBen Sequestered 6 hours ago
Most of the world is amazed that the US, with all its technological advances can't hold foolproof elections.Herodotus 8 hours ago (Edited)
It's VERY easy to do, but for some odd reason, "they" don't? Why would that be??
Lyin', cheatin' and stealin' ?
Jan 01, 2021 | turcopolier.typepad.com
"Eighteen percent of the survey's respondents named Trump as their most admired man, compared to 15 percent who named Obama and 6 percent who named President-elect Joe Biden . Three percent named National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci , while 2 percent chose Pope Francis .
Barbara Ann , 29 December 2020 at 12:43 PMDeap , 29 December 2020 at 02:09 PM
Biden gets only 6% - what on earth were Gallup doing wrong? This looks like a tremendous sales opportunity for Dominion voting systems, I'm sure their special vote adjudication process can fix the problem.
I look forward to seeing Trump's figure next year and BHO's for that matter. Let's see what the next few days bring.
No one admitted they actually liked Biden; they just did not like Trump.
Except for those who do like Trump, and those now suffering from buyer's remorse waking and finding they are now in bed with Biden.
Dec 30, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Authored (satirically) by Titania McGrath via TheCritic.co.uk,
Before 2020, the world was a bleak dystopia overrun by Nazis. It never ceased to amaze me how many Nazis I would encounter on a daily basis once I had decided that everyone but me was a Nazi.
This was the year that intersectional identity politics went mainstream, and there is no going back. The gender-neutral genie is out of the bottle, and xe is fabulous.
There were uprisings against systemic injustice, statues of straight white males were torn down, and Ben and Jerry's reminded their customers how racist they all were in order to encourage them to buy more of their New York Super Fudge Chunk ice cream.
This was all made possible because Covid-19 refused to spread during our mass protests , which just goes to show that even pathogens have gone woke.
The world finally accepted that there are more than 400 genders , and that all of these have been persecuted throughout history. Even the ones we invented last week.
Intersectional feminism triumphed over transphobia. All of a sudden, major companies were using phrases such as "menstruators", "vulva owners" and "people with a cervix". All of which is far more respectful to women: or, as I like to call them, bipedal gestation units.
We are now living in a post-BLM world, where Critical Race Theory has been received as the hallowed truth that shall guide us towards salvation. At last, we are amplifying voices of colour that have been historically marginalised. (Except for the ones who don't agree with defunding the police or dismantling capitalism, who are just white-adjacent scumbags that are best ignored.)
Best of all, Joe Biden triumphed over that malevolent incubus Donald Trump. Already Biden has discovered a vaccine for Covid-19, which explains why he spent most of his election campaign in a basement.
As we move into 2021, Biden's brave message resounds throughout our new woke empire. It is time for healing. It is time for hope. Above all, it is time for unity.
So let's make a list of everyone who voted the wrong way and deal with them as soon as possible.