Softpanorama

Home Switchboard Unix Administration Red Hat TCP/IP Networks Neoliberalism Toxic Managers
May the source be with you, but remember the KISS principle ;-)

Aftermath of US Presidential Elections of 2020

The question about 202 election can be viewed as the start of the constitutional crisis in the USA --  the next stage of the crisis of legitimacy of neoliberal elite

Who Rules America > Two Party System as polyarchy

News Do the US intelligence agencies attempt to influence the US Presidential elections ? Recommended Links Ballot harvesting Voting Machines Fraud Benford's law and 2020 elections CIA democrats panic about disclosures NeoMcCartyism Israel lobby
 Creepy neocon Joe Biden Nasty and pushy Kamala Harris CIA Democrats Gina Haspel  Donald Trump2020 Trump as America’s First Zionist President Trump's impulsivity and incompetence Trump inauguration speech Trump tax cut for the rich
Post-Russiagate remorse -- the second Iraq WDM fiasco Final report of Special prosecutor Mueller is a failed hatchet job: disingenuous and dishonest Adam Schiff Witch Hunt MadCow disease of neoliberal MSM Myth about intelligent voter Crisis of legitimacy of neoliberal elite Neocon foreign policy is a disaster for the USA Do the foreign states influence the US Presidential elections ? Steele dossier
FBI Mayberry Machiavellians: CIA globalists dirty games against Sanders and Trump Sustained anti-Trump Hysteria in major neoliberal MSM Brennan elections machinations British attempts to rig the US elections Israel attempts to rig the US elections Saudi Arabia attempts to rig the US elections Wiretaps of Trump and his associates during Presidential elections 2016 Anti-Russian hysteria in connection emailgate and DNC leak Amorality and criminality of neoliberal elite
Bait and Switch Strzok-gate Rigging the elections and money in US politics Elite Theory And the Revolt of the Elite Militarism and reckless jingoism of the US neoliberal elite US and British media are servants of security apparatus Hypocrisy and Pseudo-democracy Superdelegates fraud at Democratic National Convention  Audacious Oligarchy and "Democracy for Winners"
Media-Military-Industrial Complex Corporate Media: Journalism In the Service of the Powerful Few US Presidential Elections of 2016 as a referendum on neoliberal globalization The Real War on Reality The Deep State Lesser evil trick of legitimizing disastrous, corrupt neoliberal politicians in US elections First after the post elections enforce two party system Politically Incorrect Humor Etc
  The neoliberal experiment – lower taxes on the rich, deregulation of labor and product markets, financialization, and globalization – has been a spectacular failure. Growth is lower than it was in the quarter-century after the second world war, and most of it has accrued to the very top of the income scale. After decades of stagnant or even falling incomes for those below them, neoliberalism must be pronounced dead and buried.

Vying to succeed it are at least three major political alternatives: far-right nationalism, centre-left reformism and the progressive left (with the centre-right representing the neoliberal failure). And yet, with the exception of the progressive left, these alternatives remain beholden to some form of the ideology that has (or should have) expired.

The centre-left, for example, represents neoliberalism with a human face. Its goal is to bring the policies of former US president Bill Clinton and former British prime minister Tony Blair into the 21st century, making only slight revisions to the prevailing modes of financialization and globalization. Meanwhile, the nationalist right disowns globalization, blaming migrants and foreigners for all of today’s problems. Yet as Donald Trump’s presidency has shown, it is no less committed – at least in its American variant – to tax cuts for the rich, deregulation and shrinking or eliminating social programmes.

Neoliberalism must be pronounced dead and buried. Where next?
by Joseph Stiglitz The Guardian may 30, 2019

Note: for the analysis of previous Presidential election see  November 2016 as a referendum on neoliberal globalization


Introduction

A house divided against itself cannot stand
~Abraham Lincoln

The lection of 2020 were less a referendum on neoliberal globalization then 1026 election. This happened mainly to COVD-19 epidemic and coursed by it recession.  This combination of factors favored neoliberals to take back power from "national neoliberals" like Trump (although he governed strictly as a typical republican president, kind of Bush III, betraying most of his promises to his electorate)

But "COVID junta" which probably will come to power in 2021, if Trump legal maneuvers fail, faces litany of structural problems which they in no way are ready or willing to solve. Add to this the fact, that expected by neoliberal democrats the "Blue wave" that will give them not only both Presidency and the control of Senate and the House, simply did not happened.  Despite all his blunders and "pro-rich" tax cut Trump retained large part of his voting  base and that helped Republicans to preserve their standing in Senate and actually increase their block in House of representatives. 

Looks like people were not exited about the idea of the restoration of neoliberal globalization and the return to the status quo which existed before Trump.  People still hate neoliberalism and neoliberal Dems, and it looks like they managed to create a situation in which many people hate them more then Republicans.  Which is not that surprising, if we think about neoliberal Dems as sellouts to Wall Street interests and financial oligarchy.

Those election are no about Trump or Biden (both are dismal candidates, with Biden being an actual war criminal, who should never be on the ticket) , but about the course the country should take to space from the crisis of neoliberalism which started in 2008.

Biden (who represent Clinton faction of Democratic Party) proposed the return to the "status quo" (which deceptively marketed as the "return to normal") which existed before 2016. Which is both impossible and dangerous idea, as you can't enter the same river twice. 

But the most interesting part is that it look like neoliberal Dems tried to manipulate election in their favor resorting to voting fraud and this way they caused a constitutional crisis in the USA, which might have profound implications for the future of the country, independently of who will become the next President (and, in reality, Biden domestic program and, especially, foreign policy program, do no differ much from Trump. In foreign policy both are neocons and Zionists; in essence Biden is Trump-light or Trump with human face if you wish .) That's essentially de-legitimize COVID-19 junta and gives Republican opportunity to block most of their legislative initiatives with the goal to capture the House in 2022.

The same is true, if Thump by the miracle will get the second term. He had spend all his political capital and his legitimacy will be questioned even more forcefully than in 2016 when neoliberal MSM launched Russiagate hoax against him, supported by powerful factions within  major US intelligence agencies.

While 2020 election was less then 2016 referendum on neoliberalism and neoliberal globalization the issue of collapse of neoliberal ideology remains and will affect the future of global governed from Washington neoliberal empire.

Is this a neoliberal counterrevolution

If we assume the Trump lost, this 2020 referendum went in favor of the neoliberal elite that supports neoliberal globalization and as such the result of this election represent not normalization, but a counterrevolution.

So they managed to return from zombies state they entered in 2016. And not without help from intelligence agencies which created the wave of Neo-McCarthyism and gaslighted the population of the country with "Russian threat" for  four years.

And that happened despite the fact that we all now live in the period of collapse of neoliberalism and increase diverseness of the society. Part of this string turn of event can be explained by Trump flaws and the fact that he betrayed his voters both in his domestic policies and foreign policy. 

In 2020 the market fundamentalism and neoliberal globalization both needs to go. They caused the slide of the standard of living of lower 80% of the USA population. They actually prevent realization of democracy, replacing the notion "one person one vote" with the notion "one dollar one vote" (money as free speech). 

Neoliberals put economic growth above the value of having a healthy middle class, leading to century-high levels of inequality. It emphasized individuals over communities and divided us by race, class, and culture. And because it preferred markets to democracy, it looked away as the wealthiest people and corporations rigged the government to serve their own interests, even at the expense of everyone else:

This is not an ordinary political moment. Everywhere around us, the old order is collapsing. The golden age of postwar economic growth is over, replaced by a new Gilded Age of inequality and stagnation... People once united by common culture and information are now fractured into social media echo chambers.

The [neo]liberal international order is cracking as nationalism grows in strength and global institutions decay. The United States’ role as a global superpower is challenged by the rising strength of China and a new era of Russian assertiveness.

Optimists hope that generational and demographic change will restore inexorable progress. Pessimists interpret the current moment as the decline and fall of democracy.

..  we are currently in the midst of one of these epochal transitions. We live on the edge of a new era in politics — the third since the Great Depression and World War II. The first era is probably best described as liberal.... from the 1940s through the 1970s, a version of political liberalism provided the paradigm for politics. Charting a path between the state control of communists and fascists and the laissez-faire market that dominated before the Great Depression, liberals adopted a form of regulated capitalism. Government set the rules of the road for the economy, regulated finance, invested to create jobs and spark consumer demand, policed the bad behavior of businesses, and provided a social safety net for Americans. Big institutions—big government, big corporations, big labor—cooperated to balance the needs of stakeholders in society. In the United States, it was called New Deal Liberalism. In Europe, social democracy. There were differences across countries, of course, but the general approach was similar. ...even the conservatives of the time were liberal. Republican president Dwight Eisenhower championed the national highway system and warned of the military-industrial complex. President Richard Nixon said, “I am now a Keynesian in economics.” His administration created the EPA and expanded Social Security by indexing benefits to inflation.

...since the 1980s, we have lived in a second era — that of neoliberalism. In economic and social policy, neoliberalism’s tenets are simple: deregulation, privatization, liberalization, and austerity. Under neoliberalism, individuals are on their own and should be responsible for themselves. Instead of governments, corporations, and unions balancing the interests of all stakeholders, the primary regulator of social interests should be the marketplace. Neoliberals opposed unions and unionization, they wanted to pursue vouchers instead of public provision of services, and they sought to shrink the size and functioning of government, even if it meant a less effective government. Markets worked like magic, and market logic would be applied to all aspects of life. Around the world, the neoliberal era came with an aggressive emphasis on expanding democracy and human rights, even by military force. Expanding trade and commerce came with little regard for who the winners and losers were—or what the political fallout might be. ...It was President Bill Clinton who said that the "era of big government is over" and  who celebrated the legislation deregulating Wall Street.

...With the election of Donald Trump, the neoliberal era has reached its end. While in control of the House, Senate, and presidency, Republicans neither repealed the Affordable Care Act nor privatized Social Security and Medicare. Their party is increasingly fractured between Trumpist conservatives, who are far more nationalist, and the never-Trump old-line conservatives like Bill Kristol or Jeb Bush. An increasing number of people recognize that neoliberalism’s solutions are unsuited to the challenges of our time.

The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics,… (Hardcover) by Ganesh Sitaraman

I would recommend to listen to the interview by John Anderson by Victor Davis Hanson  -- US Election 2020 - YouTube. While he is Trump supported many of his point sound relevant to people who consider Trump a short-lived aberration, which sooner of later will be deposed by the neoliberal establishment (aka the "deep state"). And before that was fully cooped by Republican establishment and pushed "tax cut for the rich." For example, he pointed out that the primary role of pollsters is the suppression of votes.

PorkyPricklyPants, 2 days ago
Joe Biden’s political Career by year:
1973 Biden enters politics
1974
1975
1976
1977 Biden fights to keep schools segregated because "allowing blacks to integrate would create a racial jungle"
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983 Biden taxes SS
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988 Ran for president but had to end it after getting busted for plagiarism
1989
1990 C’mon man, almost there
1991
1992
1993 Biden taxes SS again
1994 Biden writes the stop and frisk law which is what African Americans blame for systemic racism today
1995
1996
1997 Almost, not yet because y’know the thing
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008 Calls Obama the first articulate and clean mainstream African American
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020 and now he’s ready to "FIX" the Country.

Imagine being so dumb that you think the guy in office for 4 years is the problem and the guy in office for 47 YEARS is the solution

Jeff Olp 1 day ago

President Trump is exposing the lie and corruption of the whole thing. That is why the old guard are so upset. Opening up the eyes of the people about the lie they live is part of the reason I voted Trump. They can not let the debt slaves wake up to the truth or their power is destroyed.

Every government on earth are part of the lie and corruption. They keep us divided so they can pit us against each other. Cruelty they created but blame on others so they can have their power hungry appetite fed.

Doug Sjogren 1 day ago

Since the days leading up to the election I've felt as if the air had left the room and I was slowly suffocating. I couldn't believe the world I was seeing. The poles were lying, legacy media was lying, big tech was lying, the FBI was lying and I was slowly dying inside. My hope was leaving for sure. T

he last hour listening to this man speak with such clarity, and intelligence has become a rush of fresh air into the room. I again have hope for the future of this country because the left has made such a huge mistake in ignoring the middle class in the election. They really thought that we couldn't see thru all of this bullshit. The people who stole this election from Trump and the conservative Americans will have their day of reckoning.

They will lose the race because they have lost every shred of their credibility. It will start in two years when they loose the House and in another two years when they loose the White House and the Republicans have a super majority with the House, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Thank you Donald Trump, for taking all of the rocks and arrows. You will never be forgotten for pulling the drain stopper in the swamp.

What to expect from Biden's COVID-19 junta, if he wins

Crisis of neoliberalism will not magically disappear in 2021. It might get worse due to effects of the COVID19 pandemics.

In foreign policy Biden was always a neocon warmonger, so members of his cabinet probably will not differ much from Trump. So the Secretary of State might be less abrasive them Pompeo, but the policies stay the same: attempt to preserve and whoever possible to expand the global neoliberal empire governed from Washington.

But this will be a tough task. First of all Biden,  has Chinagate waiting for him in the wings. Also relations with Russia are already at such a low point that the step might be, God forbid,  shooting. In other words he has very few degrees of freedom.  Biden was an important player in Russiagate hoax, so it is reasonable to expect that  everything will be spoiled and toxic in this area in his administration.

Another important negative  factor is that Biden probably incorporates way too many female chickenhawks in his administration. Suffering from "inferiority complex" those chickenhawks will probably be way too jingoistic, and will contribute to the adoption of  the most dangerous and counterproductive policies. For example, in Syria. 

The key USA problem -- mass unemployment will not subside

On domestic front  the key USA problem -- mass unemployment will not subside. As Biden is Wall Street stooge he will do nothing serious about it. Race relations, aggravating by BLM and antifa riots and destruction of monuments, will only get worse with "race-neutral" white American probably moving to the right.

The measure taken against COVID-19 epidemic by COVID-19 junta probably will worsen that state of the economic in the USA dramatically and increase unemployment to the levels of Great depression.  Several important industries such as hospitality industry, restaurants, health clubs,  theaters and entertainment industry in in general, and airlines already took severe hits and probably will not recover. Those hits will propagate down the food chain to cause additional shocks.

As The American Conservative put into the headline If You Thought 2020 Was Bad, Just Wait for the Next Ten Years A zoologist looks into his crystal ball (MICAH MATTIX NOVEMBER 13, 2020). He is a notable quote:

Graeme Wood  talks to Peter Turchin about his model of the rise and fall of civilizations:

The fundamental problems, he says, are a dark triad of social maladies: a bloated elite class, with too few elite jobs to go around; declining living standards among the general population; and a government that can’t cover its financial positions. 

...The problems are deep and structural—not the type that the tedious process of democratic change can fix in time to forestall mayhem. Turchin likens America to a huge ship headed directly for an iceberg: ‘If you have a discussion among the crew about which way to turn, you will not turn in time, and you hit the iceberg directly.’

The past 10 years or so have been discussion. That sickening crunch you now hear—steel twisting, rivets popping—­­is the sound of the ship hitting the iceberg.


Top Visited
Switchboard
Latest
Past week
Past month

NEWS CONTENTS

Old News ;-)

[Nov 26, 2020] It seems the Democrats are hellbent on the major confrontation

Nov 26, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Down South , Nov 26 2020 18:55 utc | 27

Should Trump Be Prosecuted?
That's one way to ensure he doesn't run for office in 2024.

Take the above, the Lincoln Project and the Trump Accountability Project and given the fact that most Republican voters agree the election was fraudulent, it seems the Democrats are hellbent on provoking a civil war.

[Nov 26, 2020] Internal policies of those who pull the strings of senile walking dead will accelerate the downfall of the Empire

Nov 26, 2020 | www.unz.com

AnonFromTN , says: November 26, 2020 at 4:21 pm GMT • 3.5 hours ago

@Alfa158 is on the cards. Look on the bright side, though: in response to US aggression Iran will sink quite a few US Navy ships and devastate US military bases in the area. The US response would likely be the same as to Iranian shooting at the US base in Iraq: a string of ever-changing lies purporting to show that nothing much happened.

The danger is that the US might go nuclear, starting WWIII. That would be the end of the US and most of mankind. Maybe aborigines in Papua and some primitive tribes in the Amazon basin will survive. Like Einstein predicted, world war four will be fought with sticks and stones.

JimDandy , says: November 26, 2020 at 4:24 pm GMT • 3.5 hours ago
@RoatanBill

It seems pretty clear now that the Antifa and BLM riots have been psyops orchestrated for the purposes of influencing the courts. It seems probable that even the SCOTUS will ignore facts in favor of preventing upheaval. Trump supporters don't loot or riot. Violence and lawlessness will be rewarded by the courts, and civilized behavior will be punished–the exact opposite of what really happened in the voting booths.

AnonFromTN , says: November 26, 2020 at 4:31 pm GMT • 3.4 hours ago
@Corvinus

Except there is no evidence of fraud

Those who refuse to see are blinder than the blind. Suffice it to mention lots of sworn affidavits testifying to massive election fraud. In addition, anyone who saw 85-95% of votes counted within about 10 hours, and the rest "counted" for two weeks, cannot help smelling the rat. Statistics bear this out: senile half-corpse got more "votes" than Obama in swing states, but fewer everywhere else, be it the bluest San Francisco or the reddest rural TN. Sapienti sat.

Johnny Walker Read , says: November 26, 2020 at 4:34 pm GMT • 3.3 hours ago
@Anon

We know where your head is @Anon 241, it is really quite obvious.

TKK , says: November 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm GMT • 3.2 hours ago
@anonymous try to go Atticus Finch. My first job as a misdemeanor prosecutor (I lasted less than a year) I put on a big restitution hearing to make an animal abuser pay the State back for all the care his animals needed after his disgusting abuse. It was emus and ostriches.

The County Judge, after he denied ANY restitution, called me back in his office and told me never to "put on a dog and pony show like that again."

It has a real chilling effect on your view of the Law. Trump will not find any justice with the SCOTUS.

They didn't make it this far up the food chain by being brave.

Joseph Doaks , says: November 26, 2020 at 4:51 pm GMT • 3.0 hours ago
@Dumbo

"So Biden was the most voted candidate in the history of the U.S.? Biden??"

Yeah, all those rallies attended by just 25 people were only a head fake. Those Democrats are incredibly clever, aren't they?

Peripatetic Itch , says: November 26, 2020 at 4:59 pm GMT • 2.9 hours ago
@Corvinus that we do not see smaller vote updates with mail-in votes which favor Biden more heavily

Anomalies in Vote Counts and Their Effects on Election 2020
https://votepatternanalysis.substack.com/p/voting-anomalies-2020

They further demonstrated that the steal encompassed by these dumps was enough to throw the election.

One might well conclude you were among the pencil pushers filling in Biden circles all night long. You probably had a good case of carpal-tunnel syndrome by morning.

Art , says: November 26, 2020 at 4:59 pm GMT • 2.9 hours ago

I will never believe that Biden* honestly won the election. I believe that Trump is psychologically a beaten man. Something is wrong, he is not fighting – he is quiet. Either he has Biden* all rapped up and headed to jail because of the Hunter emails – or Trump wants out.

Good Americans are not going to give up. They are going to push the truth of the fraud to the Supreme Court. The problem is – can the Supreme Court find a way to fudge the truth and the law and give Biden* the election. If they give Trump the election there will be civic hell to pay by the left. Not so if they give it to Biden*.

The best way out of this quagmire is for Trump to concede. Will he demand a deal? I say give it to him. Four more years of Trump derangement syndrome will tear the country apart.

p.s. Iran War? How many B-52s did he send to the ME? Twenty means war.

p.s. Biden* is appointing mostly mainline Jews to his cabinet. The Jews like the status quo – they are not going to go hard left.

follyofwar , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm GMT • 2.9 hours ago
@Jus' Sayin'... s ran the country for 6 months, until a fair election can be held? Neither party would be required to stick with their current candidates. Biden is so corrupt and mentally incompetent, and Trump so divisive, that it would be better if different candidates were chosen by party leaders.

If the country makes it thru this interim period, without a war or other catastrophe, then perhaps we voters could make this three-pronged executive permanent. Three heads are better than one. It often works well on the township and county levels, where three commissioners (two from one party, one from the other) decide policy.

RoatanBill , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm GMT • 2.9 hours ago
@JimDandy ies digging up dirt on them. Only dirty people get elected or appointed to positions of authority so they can be controlled via blackmail and the threat of assassination.

Every once in a great while a Ron Paul mistake is made, but even he's a disappointment. He took his salary for 26 years and accomplished next to nothing. Trump was told how the cow ate the cabbage after his inauguration. He's hired neocons, criminals, war mongers and the dregs of society as a result because he was told to do so while bullshitting his MAGA supporters.

And people waste their time voting. I can't understand that.

Sick of Orcs , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:03 pm GMT • 2.8 hours ago

It's almost as if the Democrat establishment didn't really want to win the Presidency for the next four years.

Feasible theory. Trump-hatred has united every faction of shitlib kook, despite Trump failing to build a wall or fix immigration. Weaponized demographics ensures Trump will be the last Retardicuck president ever.

As for the rest:

Democrap majority = Democraps control congress

Retardicuck majority = Democraps control congress

Secession from blue state swine is logical and desirable.

Onan the Barbarian , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:05 pm GMT • 2.8 hours ago
@follyofwar

Right.
The question is what, if the status quo is maintained, either Trump or the Biden-Harris-Obama-Clinton cabal can reasonably expect to achieve during the next four years, with the country split into two halves hell-bent on blocking each other, violence erupting on the streets, the tech and media overlords trying to gain control, and the Islamic world licking its lips.

Justsaying , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:12 pm GMT • 2.7 hours ago

Were the two candidates not cutting such pathetic and tragic figures, the whole election circus could be quite hilarious. And all the fuss about one donkey stealing the election from another makes it even more so. But what can one say when each donkey commands the following of tens of millions?

Parsnipitous , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:17 pm GMT • 2.6 hours ago
@Phil4Phil

I talk to "internationals" and – aside from their media – Trump is not seen as an embarrassment. He's not a deep thinker for sure and pretty inarticulate. But I think most mature people can appreciate that he's one of the few objects standing between them and the CultMarx hordes.

This obsession of American liberals with how "the world" sees them is laughable. A more positive step would be to stop being represented by Hollywood.

Zarathustra , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:19 pm GMT • 2.6 hours ago
@follyofwar

It is definitely a possibility. I also see breakup along cities and rural areas lines.

BiggDee55 , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:23 pm GMT • 2.5 hours ago
@A123

Is this the same ABC123 from SD?

BiggDee55 , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:25 pm GMT • 2.5 hours ago

As long as "Patriots" have porn and bass boats, they ain't going to do nothing.

AKINDLE , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:26 pm GMT • 2.4 hours ago

Trump and his staff favored blacks over whites. Him and his whole family are n lovin' losers. There was no reason to vote for him. Case closed.

James O'Meara , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:27 pm GMT • 2.4 hours ago

I honestly don't understand the issue here. Will Trump attack Iran?[1] Of course he will.

The only issues Trump is on record as caring about are 1. Birtherism and 2. Ending the Joint Agreement and attacking Iran. Oh, and cutting taxes on the rich. The other stuff, "Trumpism", was created by his handlers as "winning issues" among hoi polloi.

According to Trumpism, we shouldn't engage in wars of choice. But an exception has always been made for Iran. As always in politics, there are "principles" but also "places where it OBVIOUSLY doesn't apply". Cf. "all men are created equal, except women, slaves, and the poor."

Biden differs only because he wants all the wars. So Biden will surely attack Iran.

Why should Trump give Biden the "glory" for doing something they BOTH want to do? Of course, Biden will whine about Trump acting during the interregnum, but really (such a "principle" of course OBVIOUSLY not applying to future Democrats, see above) but that would just be sour grapes.

So yeah, Iran is toast. Probably around Christmas (a la Nixon).

[1] Leftists, mostly, like to point out that Trump as such won't go into battle (like Goliath) but this is a synecdoche for the US military. (as in "That's our fascist government, not the American people, man"). In this case, it's even more true: Trump can issue the orders, but will the military obey? As Saker says, they have no stomach for war, so they could use the "not really President" excuse, perhaps even activate Biden's wet dream of removing Trump.

Curmudgeon , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:38 pm GMT • 2.2 hours ago
@The Alarmist As for curling up under his desk, like many things related to Trump, there may be method to his madness. The more he talks, the more the issue becomes about him, not the legalities. The more it becomes about him, the less likely the SCOTUS will rule on the legalities. Similarly, the outrage that is escalating is becoming more about the election fraud than Trump. That is the rage that the Courts and legislatures needs to hear in order to push them to do the right thing, or minimally do a proper investigation. If the voters turn on the politicians backing the fraud, the gravy train will be over for them, and they know it.
Zarathustra , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:38 pm GMT • 2.2 hours ago
@AnonFromTN

One way or the other Biden is in shit up to his neck.
If Biden start a war with Iran, there will be domestic uprising.
If Biden does not start a war with Iran Natanyahu will have him killed. (discrete way of course like at annual check up. Or car crash maybe.)

frontier , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:38 pm GMT • 2.2 hours ago
@rebel yell o overturn the will of the people expressed in referendums, to institute gay marriage, trans rights, etc, etc but how and why we've got that is an important question for another time.

The fate of Trump, is in the hands of the Republican Party . The state legislature decides the electors and I believe GOP holds majority in PA. WI and GA and almost every other state that might decide that the vote was fraudulent and appoint different Electors. How much faith do you have in the Republican party? that's the question the Saker should write an article about and what to do if they cave in.

Curmudgeon , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:50 pm GMT • 2.0 hours ago
@chris

While it is possilbe that Trump may attack Iran, I think it is a step too far. He campaigned on no wars and bringing troops home. The last month or so it has all come out how the crowd in Defense and the Pentagon lied and withheld evidence to block troop withdrawal. Troop withdrawal is happening now. He has the opportunity to leave office being the first President in gawd knows how many years, not to start a war. Why would he blow that now?
Biden/Harris are every bit up Israel's arse as Trump, if not more. If Bibi wants a war, leave it to the Democrat War Hawks.

RoatanBill , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:08 pm GMT • 1.7 hours ago
@JimDandy hive or has he extended the secrecy to protect the deep state? Is Hillary any nearer to prison now than 4 years ago? Has he gone after Twitter or Facebook? Has he come right out and stated that his followers should abandon the most visible free speech detractors and follow him on the nascent competition?

Face it, the man is ineffective. Admittedly he faced incredible opposition, but he made so many mistakes and missed so many opportunities that his failures must eventually rest on his shoulders. I'm convinced he was told to shut up or he or his family would be JFK'd. He won't do anything heroic because he's beaten.

Joseph Doaks , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:25 pm GMT • 1.5 hours ago
@Art

"If they give Trump the election there will be civic hell to pay by the left."

Good, that would show the world exactly how EVIL the left actually is. Every body knows that if Trump would only concede and go away quietly his 73 million supporters would regretfully and peacefully accept that outcome. The Democrats are like the Nazis of the 1930's and BLM and Antifa are their Brownshirts. Heil Biden, or else!

Curmudgeon , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:27 pm GMT • 1.4 hours ago
@metternich ontrol of the Board. What happens to computer systems outside its country of origin may be entirely different than what happens internally. Note that the EU and OAS observers, along with Jimmy Carter's crowd, certified Chavez's election wins as free and fair. The OAS is a US sock puppet, and the EU follows US orders.
The reality is that Trump and Chavez, just as with Trump and Sanders, have more in common with each other than they do the Uni-party. They identify many of the same issues, but have very different ideas for solutions. The Uni-party won't identify the real issues, and doesn't want real solutions.
AnonFromTN , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:39 pm GMT • 1.2 hours ago
@Uncle Sam

These rioters, looters and burners don't have the necessary zeal to give up their lives for their beliefs

Most of them don't even have any beliefs. All these stormtroopers are rent-a-crowd cowards, out to make a buck, not to die for a cause.

Sean , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:46 pm GMT • 1.1 hours ago

This is why I believe that it is very dangerous to make any assumptions about what the Justices might or might not do.

Biden said before the election that he was going to introduce a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court Justices, and and add to the number of Justices on the Supreme Court. Promising to make those Justices that decide whether he gets to be president irrelevant if they decide for him, that was great thinking. Always one step ahead is Joe.

obwandiyag , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:50 pm GMT • 1.0 hours ago

What you fail to address is that this "agonizing" US was manufactured. The powers that be deliberately and artificially divide the public into two and only two opposing camps, get the group hate going, egg on the exaggeration of their differences, suppress the mention of their similarities, and bob's your uncle. Without top-down manipulation, everybody'd pretty much agree that it's time to lamppost the rich and free the country of such blood-sucking parasites.

[Nov 26, 2020] THE [DS] PLANNED OUT AN ELECTION COUP AND THEY GOT CAUGHT:PATRICK COLBECK

Nov 26, 2020 | www.unz.com

Priss Factor , says: Website November 19, 2020 at 8:43 am GMT • 7.6 days ago

THE [DS] PLANNED OUT AN ELECTION COUP AND THEY GOT CAUGHT:PATRICK COLBECK


https://www.bitchute.com/embed/kfiBy43P8abX/

[Nov 26, 2020] Everyone should look at this forensic analysis of the big ballot dumps in Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia in the wee hours of Nov. 4.

Nov 26, 2020 | www.unz.com

Peripatetic Itch , says: November 26, 2020 at 2:18 pm GMT • 4.8 hours ago

@rebel yell p> Trump may not be able to sufficiently prove fraud at the ballot box

Everyone should look at this forensic analysis of the big ballot dumps in Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia in the wee hours of Nov. 4. The chances of getting these one-sided dumps in legitimate elections are less than 0.001, on several metrics. All three state results could and should be overturned on this one finding.

Anomalies in Vote Counts and Their Effects on Election 2020
https://votepatternanalysis.substack.com/p/voting-anomalies-2020

[Nov 26, 2020] Trump's Last Hurrah- by The Saker

Nov 26, 2020 | www.unz.com

There seems to be a quasi consensus that Trump will not prevail and that Biden and Harris will get into the White House no matter what. To my surprise, even the Russian media seems to be considering that the Trump presidency is over.

Yet, I am not so sure at all.

Why?

Because at this point in time, I think that it would fair to conclude that anybody actually willing to look at what has been revealed by this election will have to agree that this election was stolen, rigged, falsified – chose your expression – and that going to the courts to challenge this obscene miscarriage of the democratic process is a fundamental civil right and something which any democrat (small "d") should support.

And yet, because we live in a media-created pseudo-reality in which absolutely crucial things like the rule of law seem to have become secondary to ideological imperatives, no matter how extreme, there are those who simply refuse to see the obvious. Yes, the 9/11 false flag trained the western societies well and many now simply lack the lucidity and courage to face reality.

Courts, however, are bound by the rule of law, at least in theory, and don't have the luxury to simply pretend like crucial evidence presented to them simply does not exist.

True, the lower, state, courts are unlikely to resist the pressure put upon them to come up with the "right" conclusions, but never say never – all it takes is one single principled judge and Trump or, more accurately, the Giuliani team, might get the break they need. Still, it is pretty obvious that Giuliani's real hopes are with the Supreme Court. This makes sense, local judges are much easy to influence and sway than Supreme Court Justices who are unassailable and who realize that they will make history, the only question being is: how till they go down in history books, as a "profile in courage" or as impotent cowards who betrayed their oath?

I will say that I am, to put it mildly, not impressed by Trump's demeanor during these crucial days: he completely ceded the narrative to his opponents (a couple of incoherent and poorly phrased "tweets" do not qualify). True, Trump never displayed the qualities of a real leader, so this is hardly surprising.

Giuliani, however, is a tough SOB and he seems to be determined to take this fight right up to the Supreme Court. This is why I believe that it is very dangerous to make any assumptions about what the Justices might or might not do. Is it possible that even the Supreme Court justices would betray their oath and cave in to the Dem's pressure? Yes, I suppose so. Concepts such as truth, honor, integrity, courage and heroism are very much out of fashion in the modern world, especially in the US. This is why the traditionally hallowed term "hero" is applied left and right to every bureaucrat or civil servant simply doing his/her job: real heroes are long gone.

Then consider this: if the SC sides with Trump and overturns the hundred of thousands of illegal votes, the US will be immediately plunged into an orgy of chaos and violence, all of it encouraged and coordinated by the legacy corporate ziomedia à la CNN. The thugs of Antifa/BLM will immediately engage in Kristallnacht-like rampages in "protest" against the "racist system". Their main target? White, Christian, males, of course!

Some justices might even feel torn between standing up for what is both legal and moral and the practical considerations of the consequences of an adjudication in Trump's favor. Their oath ought to be their guiding principles, but considering how often the SC voted along party/ideological lines in the past, I am not very confident that the Justices will strictly do the only legally and morally right thing: uphold the law and vote their conscience.

Finally, whatever we may think of the election itself, it is obvious that the US elites have created the appearance of a fait accompli , hence the kind of nonsense like, say, Biden and his "Office of the President Elect". It is therefore reasonable to assume that even if the Supreme Court fully sides with the Trump campaign, the US elites will never accept this. They will try to find a way to impeach, legally or otherwise, those Justices who voted "wrong".

I think that there is also another consideration which we have to remain aware of: Trump's entire presidency is been one long and never ending prostitution of the United States to the desires and whims of Netanyahu and his gang of thugs. True, as Israel Shamir pointed out , the Israelis failed to deliver anything in return to Trump. And yet, as Philip Giraldi recently explained , Trump is still very much Israel's prostitute, which is why there are an increasing number of Israeli experts (see here and here ) who believe that Trump might strike at Iran as a "farewell" present to the Israelis.

Is that really possible? Could Trump really do something so crazy?

You betcha he could!

One one hand, I have always maintained that Trump is the Zionists' " disposable president ", meaning a one term president who will do everything the Likudniks want of him and who will then be jettisoned and replaced by a truly "kosher president" like Biden/Harris. On the other hand, however, there is the precedent of the US meekly taking the Iranian missile attacks in retaliation for the murder of General Soleimani which seems to indicate that the Pentagon just does not have the stomach for a full-scale war against Iran.

So which will it be?

Nobody knows. The only thing we can be sure of is that we are certainly entering very dangerous times.

Those who hope that a Biden/Harris presidency might be better are deeply deluded.

Why?

Because, as many have already pointed this out, even if Trump is ejected from the White House, "Trumpism", as an ideology, is here to stay. Even if you believe that Biden/Harris beat Trump in a fair election, surely must you still realize that there are tens of millions of Americans who feel that the election was stolen and that Biden/Harris are usurpers.

There seems to be a quasi consensus that Trump will not prevail and that Biden and Harris will get into the White House no matter what. To my surprise, even the Russian media seems to be considering that the Trump presidency is over.

Yet, I am not so sure at all.

Why?

Because at this point in time, I think that it would fair to conclude that anybody actually willing to look at what has been revealed by this election will have to agree that this election was stolen, rigged, falsified – chose your expression – and that going to the courts to challenge this obscene miscarriage of the democratic process is a fundamental civil right and something which any democrat (small "d") should support.

And yet, because we live in a media-created pseudo-reality in which absolutely crucial things like the rule of law seem to have become secondary to ideological imperatives, no matter how extreme, there are those who simply refuse to see the obvious. Yes, the 9/11 false flag trained the western societies well and many now simply lack the lucidity and courage to face reality.

Courts, however, are bound by the rule of law, at least in theory, and don't have the luxury to simply pretend like crucial evidence presented to them simply does not exist.

True, the lower, state, courts are unlikely to resist the pressure put upon them to come up with the "right" conclusions, but never say never – all it takes is one single principled judge and Trump or, more accurately, the Giuliani team, might get the break they need. Still, it is pretty obvious that Giuliani's real hopes are with the Supreme Court. This makes sense, local judges are much easy to influence and sway than Supreme Court Justices who are unassailable and who realize that they will make history, the only question being is: how till they go down in history books, as a "profile in courage" or as impotent cowards who betrayed their oath?

I will say that I am, to put it mildly, not impressed by Trump's demeanor during these crucial days: he completely ceded the narrative to his opponents (a couple of incoherent and poorly phrased "tweets" do not qualify). True, Trump never displayed the qualities of a real leader, so this is hardly surprising.

Giuliani, however, is a tough SOB and he seems to be determined to take this fight right up to the Supreme Court. This is why I believe that it is very dangerous to make any assumptions about what the Justices might or might not do. Is it possible that even the Supreme Court justices would betray their oath and cave in to the Dem's pressure? Yes, I suppose so. Concepts such as truth, honor, integrity, courage and heroism are very much out of fashion in the modern world, especially in the US. This is why the traditionally hallowed term "hero" is applied left and right to every bureaucrat or civil servant simply doing his/her job: real heroes are long gone.

Then consider this: if the SC sides with Trump and overturns the hundred of thousands of illegal votes, the US will be immediately plunged into an orgy of chaos and violence, all of it encouraged and coordinated by the legacy corporate ziomedia à la CNN. The thugs of Antifa/BLM will immediately engage in Kristallnacht-like rampages in "protest" against the "racist system". Their main target? White, Christian, males, of course!

Some justices might even feel torn between standing up for what is both legal and moral and the practical considerations of the consequences of an adjudication in Trump's favor. Their oath ought to be their guiding principles, but considering how often the SC voted along party/ideological lines in the past, I am not very confident that the Justices will strictly do the only legally and morally right thing: uphold the law and vote their conscience.

Finally, whatever we may think of the election itself, it is obvious that the US elites have created the appearance of a fait accompli , hence the kind of nonsense like, say, Biden and his "Office of the President Elect". It is therefore reasonable to assume that even if the Supreme Court fully sides with the Trump campaign, the US elites will never accept this. They will try to find a way to impeach, legally or otherwise, those Justices who voted "wrong".

I think that there is also another consideration which we have to remain aware of: Trump's entire presidency is been one long and never ending prostitution of the United States to the desires and whims of Netanyahu and his gang of thugs. True, as Israel Shamir pointed out , the Israelis failed to deliver anything in return to Trump. And yet, as Philip Giraldi recently explained , Trump is still very much Israel's prostitute, which is why there are an increasing number of Israeli experts (see here and here ) who believe that Trump might strike at Iran as a "farewell" present to the Israelis.

Is that really possible? Could Trump really do something so crazy?

You betcha he could!

One one hand, I have always maintained that Trump is the Zionists' " disposable president ", meaning a one term president who will do everything the Likudniks want of him and who will then be jettisoned and replaced by a truly "kosher president" like Biden/Harris. On the other hand, however, there is the precedent of the US meekly taking the Iranian missile attacks in retaliation for the murder of General Soleimani which seems to indicate that the Pentagon just does not have the stomach for a full-scale war against Iran.

So which will it be?

Nobody knows. The only thing we can be sure of is that we are certainly entering very dangerous times.

Those who hope that a Biden/Harris presidency might be better are deeply deluded.

Why?

Because, as many have already pointed this out, even if Trump is ejected from the White House, "Trumpism", as an ideology, is here to stay. Even if you believe that Biden/Harris beat Trump in a fair election, surely must you still realize that there are tens of millions of Americans who feel that the election was stolen and that Biden/Harris are usurpers.


rebel yell , says: November 25, 2020 at 10:37 pm GMT • 20.5 hours ago

Two points to add:
1. The most important fraud in this election wasn't with the ballots. The important corruption of our democratic process was the relentless media propaganda against populism, with increasing censorship of populist advocates, and the violent riots sponsored by the democratic party to destabilize the country. The Left used censorship and outlaw violence to swing the election. The outcome is illegitimate for those reasons alone, regardless of stuffing the ballot box.
2. Trump may not be able to sufficiently prove fraud at the ballot box to get the Supreme Court to overturn the results certified by state officials. The court will set a high bar for evidence before they will be willing to overturn state decisions on this. Even if fraud was widespread, meeting a high level of proof in a very short time, as Trump has to do, is not likely. Possession is 9/10ths of the law. If you can steal it and have it in your hand, a court may let you keep it.

A123 , says: November 26, 2020 at 1:43 am GMT • 17.4 hours ago

I rarely agree with The Saker, however this summary makes a great deal of sense.

There seems to be a quasi consensus that Trump will not prevail and that Biden and Harris will get into the White House no matter what.

Yet, I am not so sure at all. Why?

Because at this point in time, I think that it would fair to conclude that anybody actually willing to look at what has been revealed by this election will have to agree that this election was stolen, rigged, falsified

Ask yourself this question:

Why are the Biden drones so desperate to obtain a concession?

If they were certain they had it, they would be moving on to other things. Only FEAR can explain the "Trump Must Concede Now" frenzy from the TDS crowd. At some level they sense that their Blue Coup could fall apart at any second.

#NeverTrump took two big hits today in Pennsylvania and Nevada:

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/judge-blocks-certification-pennsylvania-election-results

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/huge-court-win-lets-trump-present-ballot-evidence-could-overturn-nevada-result

So many things are wrong in so many places, it is hard to see how the courts can resolve all of the challenges from multiple states before a Constitutional deadline in reached. They couldn't resolve a few problems in one state back in 2000.

Time is on Trump's side. If the Electoral College fails, it goes to the U.S. House. Each State gets 1 vote, first to 26 wins. The GOP controls 26 state delegations, DNC 21, Tied 3.

PEACE

Robert Dolan , says: November 26, 2020 at 5:12 am GMT • 13.9 hours ago

https://www.revolver.news/2020/11/definitive-case-proves-donald-trump-won-election/

Mikhail , says: Website November 26, 2020 at 6:01 am GMT • 13.1 hours ago

Netanyahu congratulated Biden as the new US prez. Does that limit Trump's enthusiasm for doing something so rash in Israel's favor?

The Real World , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:25 am GMT • 12.7 hours ago
@IvyMike

It's been going on a loooonng time, Mike. Where have you been living, Siberia?

And the 2020 election? It's so over-the-top how brazen and multi-tiered it was. Russell Ramsland knows precisely some of the electronic cheating angles. He showed election people in KY how it happened in their Gov race in 2019. Scroll to 30 min mark and watch that action.

Here, educate yourself.


https://www.bitchute.com/embed/7iHamGlCJNgJ/

A Competent Physicist , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:41 am GMT • 12.5 hours ago

Sometimes, things can turn on a dime.

https://defendingtherepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/COMPLAINT-CJ-PEARSON-V.-KEMP-11.25.2020.pdf

Ray Caruso , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:41 am GMT • 12.5 hours ago
@IvyMike

The falsity of the Russian collusion allegations, for which there was zero evidence, in no way impugns the veracity of the current allegations of electoral fraud. In fact, the opposite is true: the existence of the Russia collusion allegations indicates a pattern of fraudulent scams directed against Trump by Democrat cockroaches. The Democrat Party is a criminal organization, one a country worthy of respect -- that is to say, a country very different from the United States -- would ban and one whose members said country would prosecute for corruption, sedition, insurrection, and treason.

Jimmy The Cop , says: November 26, 2020 at 6:59 am GMT • 12.2 hours ago

Would love to see Trump thumb his nose at the establishment on his way out by pardoning a whole cast of characters like Assange, Manning, Snowden, Peltier and countless other "enemies" of the state.

The government of the US is too important to leave to the will of a mob. Therefore you will hear nothing of what really happens when you vote. Maybe freeing a few whistle-blowers will shed some light on the deep, dark state of affairs that really pull the strings in the swamp.

Dumbo , says: November 26, 2020 at 7:04 am GMT • 12.1 hours ago
@IvyMike

So Biden was the most voted candidate in the history of the U.S.? Biden??

Lee , says: November 26, 2020 at 8:11 am GMT • 11.0 hours ago

For the more hopeful -- lawsuits have just been filed in GA and MI.

They can both be read online. Pretty convincing stuff -- will it be enough -- IDK.

Hard to believe that any lawsuit could cause a states court system to rule against the legislators that put the process in place that created the systemic voter fraud. We will see.

Derer , says: November 26, 2020 at 8:49 am GMT • 10.3 hours ago

Trump (most likely) lost the election. He was defeated by three forces:

a) Democrats' dishonest manipulation of mailing ballots especially in states they administratively control. Abhorrent deeds.

b) Corporate globalists influence Tramp was not their president.

c) Military junta influence they need wars and not withdrawal.

Jake , says: November 26, 2020 at 1:14 pm GMT • 5.9 hours ago
@RoatanBill of an occupying parasitic regime which sees them solely as a (cheap) commodity.

That parasitic regime is not new. It is the American version of the UK parasitic regime that saw the Irish, Scots, Welsh, and virtually all the non-elite English as serfs to be used and abused and cast aside when profitable to do so. It is a WASP thing, a central feature of WASP culture.

And for those who must have the villain be Jewish, as Jews have been indispensable bankers of WASP Empire back to archetypal WASP Oliver Cromwell, it is also a Jewish thing.

It is part and parcel of Anglo-Zionist Empire.

Jake , says: November 26, 2020 at 1:14 pm GMT • 5.9 hours ago
@RoatanBill

The best single line in that cogent overview is this one:

Whether they realize it or not, most Americans are serfs of an occupying parasitic regime which sees them solely as a (cheap) commodity.

That parasitic regime is not new. It is the American version of the UK parasitic regime

[Nov 26, 2020] Sidney Powell sues Georgia officials, alleging massive scheme to rig election for Joe Biden - Just The News

You can read the suit here: COMPLAINT-CJ-PEARSON-V.-KEMP-11.25.2020.pdf
Notable quotes:
"... "There is incontrovertible physical evidence that the standards of physical security of the voting machines and the software were breached, and machines were connected to the internet in violation of professional standards and state and federal laws." ..."
Nov 26, 2020 | justthenews.com

"The fraud was executed by many means, but the most fundamentally troubling, insidious, and egregious is the systemic adaptation of old-fashioned 'ballot-stuffing,'" Powell's suit alleged. "It has now been amplified and rendered virtually invisible by computer software created and run by domestic and foreign actors for that very purpose. Mathematical and statistical anomalies rising to the level of impossibilities, as shown by affidavits of multiple witnesses, documentation, and expert testimony evince this scheme across the state of Georgia.

"This scheme and artifice to defraud affected tens of thousands of votes in Georgia alone and 'rigged' the election in Georgia for Joe Biden," the suit added.

Powell's suit made a variety of allegations, including that:

The suit asked for more than a dozen remedies including an injunction blocking the state's certified results showing Biden as winning by 12,000 votes from being sent to the Electoral College, an audit where signatures are matched, the impounding of election machines, and the securing of video surveillance tapes from vote-counting settings.

[Nov 26, 2020] Voting Machine Company Co-Founder Killed in Small Plane Crash in Caracas

Nov 26, 2020 | www.bradblog.com

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States of the acquisition of Sequoia Voting Systems by Smartmatic, a foreign-owned company

Even CNN Reported

The Democrats were worried

There are numerous articles going back decades on this stuff up until about two months before the election by all the major networks and newspapers. Everything got very quiet two months prior to the election.

Dominions manual says they have a remote access feature and they are connected to the internet despite their lies in front of Congress in January 2020 saying they did not. Their tabulators can be accessed remotely using Webx and other custom applications.

Unfortunately I have the manual in PDF and the link is not available. I find it interesting that their older manuals have blacked out portions just like a FOIA document release. Look for Dominion Democracy suite manuals 4.4 and 5.5 and up.

Look at the black box voting website and a gentleman on a voting commission built a simple application that runs in the background and switches vote fractionally across all voting company platforms as the software was all built on the same foundation application from Venezuela.

https://blackboxvoting.org/
The video is called fractional magic.

Evidence of fraud? It is massive and everywhere. We need to get back to paper ballots and same day voting with absentee ballots given on request with a legitimate excuse for not showing up on election day. Signature verification and sign in to vote. Voting locations in every precinct not a few locations per county. That is how it used to work. That would be cheaper than 100 million dollar mega systems connected to the internet with remote access.

Posted by: circumspect | Nov 26 2020 21:57 utc | 43

[Nov 26, 2020] 5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms

Nov 26, 2020 | thefederalist.com

5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms Surely the journalist class should be intrigued by the historic implausibility of Joe Biden's victory. That they are not is curious, to say the least. J.B. Shurk By J.B. Shurk NOVEMBER 23, 2020

In all the excitement among objective journalists for Joe Biden's declared victory, reporters are missing how extraordinary the Democrat's performance was in the 2020 election. It's not just that the former vice president is on track to become the oldest president in American history, it's what he managed to accomplish at the polls this year.

Candidate Joe Biden was so effective at animating voters in 2020 that he received a record number of votes, more than 15 million more than Barack Obama received in his re-election of 2012. Amazingly, he managed to secure victory while also losing in almost every bellwether county across the country. No presidential candidate has been capable of such electoral jujitsu until now.

https://4a5b66b3edc23ce16b2131c8e91024ea.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

While Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton's 2016 totals in every urban county in the United States, he outperformed her in the metropolitan areas of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Even more surprising, the former VP put up a record haul of votes, despite Democrats' general failures in local House and state legislative seats across the nation.

He accomplished all this after receiving a record low share of the primary vote compared to his Republican opponent heading into the general election. Clearly, these are tremendous and unexpected achievements that would normally receive sophisticated analysis from the journalist class but have somehow gone mostly unmentioned during the celebrations at news studios in New York City and Washington, D.C.

The massive national political realignment now taking place may be one source of these surprising upsets. Yet still, to have pulled so many rabbits out of his hat like this, nobody can deny that Biden is a first-rate campaigner and politician, the likes of which America has never before seen. Let's break down just how unique his political voodoo has been in 2020.

1. 80 Million Votes

Holy moly! A lot of Americans turned out for a Washington politician who's been in office for nearly 50 years. Consider this: no incumbent president in nearly a century and a half has gained votes in a re-election campaign and still lost.

https://4a5b66b3edc23ce16b2131c8e91024ea.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

President Trump gained more than ten million votes since his 2016 victory, but Biden's appeal was so substantial that it overcame President Trump's record support among minority voters. Biden also shattered Barack Obama's own popular vote totals, really calling into question whether it was not perhaps Biden who pulled Obama across the finish lines in 2008 and 2012.

Proving how sharp his political instincts are, the former VP managed to gather a record number of votes while consistently trailing President Trump in measures of voter enthusiasm . Biden was so savvy that he motivated voters unenthusiastic about his campaign to vote for him in record numbers.

2. Winning Despite Losing Most Bellwether Counties

Biden is set to become the first president in 60 years to lose the states of Ohio and Florida on his way to election. For a century, these states have consistently predicted the national outcome, and they have been considered roughly representative of the American melting pot as a whole. Despite national polling giving Biden a lead in both states, he lost Ohio by eight points and Florida by more than three .

For Biden to lose these key bellwethers by notable margins and still win the national election is newsworthy. Not since the Mafia allegedly aided John F. Kennedy in winning Illinois over Richard Nixon in 1960 has an American president pulled off this neat trick.

me title=

Even more unbelievably, Biden is on his way to winning the White House after having lost almost every historic bellwether county across the country. The Wall Street Journal and The Epoch Times independently analyzed the results of 19 counties around the United States that have nearly perfect presidential voting records over the last 40 years. President Trump won every single bellwether county, except Clallam County in Washington.

Whereas the former VP picked up Clallam by about three points, President Trump's margin of victory in the other 18 counties averaged over 16 points . In a larger list of 58 bellwether counties that have correctly picked the president since 2000, Trump won 51 of them by an average of 15 points, while the other seven went to Biden by around four points. Bellwether counties overwhelmingly chose President Trump, but Biden found a path to victory anyway.

3. Biden Trailed Clinton Except in a Select Few Cities

Patrick Basham , a pollster with an accurate track record and the director of the Democracy Institute in D.C., highlighted two observations made by fellow colleagues, polling guru Richard Baris of Big Data Poll and Washington Post election analyst Robert Barnes. Baris noted a statistical oddity from 2020's election returns: "Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton in every major metro area around the country, save for Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta and Philadelphia."

Barnes added that in those "big cities in swing states run by Democrats the vote even exceeded the number of registered voters." In the states that mattered most, so many mail-in ballots poured in for Biden from the cities that he put up record-breaking numbers and overturned state totals that looked like comfortable leads for President Trump.

me title=

If Democrats succeed in eliminating the Electoral College, Biden's magic formula for churning out overwhelming vote totals in a handful of cities should make the Democrats unbeatable.

4. Biden Won Despite Democrat Losses Everywhere Else

Randy DeSoto noted in The Western Journal that "Donald Trump was pretty much the only incumbent president in U.S. history to lose his re-election while his own party gained seats in the House of Representatives." Now that's a Biden miracle!

In 2020, The Cook Political Report and The New York Times rated 27 House seats as toss-ups going into Election Day. Right now, Republicans appear to have won all 27 . Democrats failed to flip a single state house chamber, while Republicans flipped both the House and Senate in New Hampshire and expanded their dominance of state legislatures across the country.

Christina Polizzi , a spokesperson for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, went so far as to state: "It's clear that Trump isn't an anchor for the Republican legislative candidates. He's a buoy." Amazingly, Biden beat the guy who lifted all other Republicans to victory. Now that's historic!

5. Biden Overcame Trump's Commanding Primary Vote

In the past, primary vote totals have been remarkably accurate in predicting general election winners. Political analyst David Chapman highlighted three historical facts before the election.

First , no incumbent who has received 75 percent of the total primary vote has lost re-election. Second , President Trump received 94 percent of the primary vote, which is the fourth highest of all time (higher than Dwight Eisenhower, Nixon, Clinton, or Obama). In fact, Trump is only one of five incumbents since 1912 to receive more than 90 percent of the primary vote.

Third , Trump set a record for most primary votes received by an incumbent when more than 18 million people turned out for him in 2020 (the previous record, held by Bill Clinton, was half that number). For Biden to prevail in the general election, despite Trump's historic support in the primaries, turns a century's worth of prior election data on its head.

Joe Biden achieved the impossible. It's interesting that many more journalists aren't pointing that out. J.B. Shurk is a proud American from Daniel Boone country.

[Nov 26, 2020] PA Data Scientist Says He 'Personally Observed' USB Cards 'Being Uploaded to Voting Machines' over 24 Times

Nov 26, 2020 | www.breitbart.com

910 PA Senate Republicans

https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.426.0_en.html#goog_951791370 ROBERT KRAYCHIK 26 Nov 2020 516 5:07

Gregory Stenstrom, a poll watcher in Pennsylvania and CEO of a data sciences company, testified on Wednesday that he witnessed over 24 instances of USB cards being connected to voting machines during the ballot counting process.

Stenstrom spoke at a State Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing in Gettysburg, PA. He addressed his observations as a poll watcher in Delaware County, PA:

me title=

I personally observed USB cards being uploaded to voting machines by the voting machine warehouse supervisor on multiple occasions. I saw this personally. I brought it to the attention of the deputy sheriff who was there stationed, who was a senior law enforcement officer, and I brought to the attention of the clerk of elections.

I brought it to their attention. I objected, and I said this person is not being observed. He's not part of the process that I can see, and he's walking in with baggies -- which we have pictures of and it was submitted in our affidavits -- and he was sticking these USBs into the machines.

So I personally witnessed that happen over 24 times. We have multiple other witnesses who saw it, including Democrat poll watchers.

Stenstrom said he had been told by U.S. Attorney William McSwain such conduct with USBs and voting machines is unusual.

"As of today, 47 USB cards are missing, and they are nowhere to be found," added Stenstrom. "I was told personally that these 24 to 30 cards that were uploaded weren't there." jerryg1018 14 hours ago

The democrats had four years to plan for this. Probably accelerated their plan once they realized Trump wasn't going to be removed from office by impeachment.

50 Reply Share › Avatar Deplorable Badger jerryg1018 9 hours ago

My wife and I listened to the entire 3.5 hours yesterday on Right Side Broadcasting. I think the Demonrats were planning for a much lesser amount of cheating that would keep the books balanced, which probably entailed shaving votes from Trump and giving them to Biden. After seeing Trump was up by 700,000 votes at 9:00 am, they shut down the counting and did massive cheating during the night. According to PA's Secretary of State website, 1.8 Million absentee ballots were mailed out and 1.4 Million were returned. They final absentee ballot count was 2.5 Million. This cheating was massive and planned in a panic mode and seems to be getting uncovered.

After Trump rightfully wins his second term, Rudy Giuliani needs be appointed a Special Prosecutor or become Attorney General. Rudy sounded to me like he is putting together a RICO case against the bad actors. Rudy needs to crush the cheating Demonrat bastards. SoA-to-SoE Deplorable Badger 5 hours ago

Once again, they underestimated the vote count for Trump. Once it became apparent he was running away with this election, he was up so much, they had to move to plan D. With this amount of correction, things are bound to get sloppy and there are several loose ends. Hence the hurry to put a lid on it, declare Biden the winner and move on. Again, the man fights back which they still don't understand. The longer this goes on, the more nervous the bad actors get and all it will take is for Rudy to subpoena the people who want to come forward but fear for their safety if they come forward on their own. Once you get one songbird, this thing folds like a deck chair on the Titanic. This has been so coordinated and orchestrated at the highest levels it will shake this country to its core. Buckle up. amans patriam Deplorable Badger 6 hours ago

1.8 Million absentee ballots mailed
1.4 Million returned
2.5 million absentee ballots counted

On that data alone, how can any reasonable, fair minded, honest person conclude that the final PA vote tally should be used as a basis to select PA's EC electors?

I wonder if there is some confusion over "absentee" and "mail-in". Do the numbers cited above relate ONLY to "absentee" ballots? Gatsby'sPool amans patriam 4 hours ago • edited

Where did you get those numbers from?

The actual numbers are 3 million requested and 2.6 returned.

https://electproject.github... tom amans patriam 6 hours ago

Look at the charts on dominion , spike at 99% for biden after they shutdown the count . They have recorded the spikes and charted the impossible reading that doctoral country's don't get . Witnessed by a cyber war expert tom Gatsby'sPool 4 hours ago

Eyewitness testimony by the most professional tech guy watching 24 chips being up loaded into a internet vote counting machines. jersey jerryg1018 8 hours ago

They had a few primary elections to practice on first. I read somewhere they used same crap to steal primary election from Bernie in a few states.

[Nov 26, 2020] Judge Blocks Certification Of 'Remaining' Pennsylvania Election Results; Boockvar Appeals To PA Supreme Court -

Nov 26, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday ordered state officials to not certify the results of the 2020 election until her court holds a hearing on an election contest on Friday.

Commonwealth Judge Patricia McCullough ordered the state to not take any further steps to complete the certification of the presidential race, which the state announced on Tuesday. She also blocked the certification of all the other election results.

"To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday," the judge wrote in her order ( pdf ).

" Respondents are preliminarily enjoined from certifying the remaining results of the election, pending the evidentiary hearing ."

McCullough is presiding over a lawsuit brought by Republican lawmakers and candidates against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf (D), Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

The plaintiffs alleged that Pennsylvania's vote-by-mail stature -- Act 77 -- is in violation of the state's constitution.

"Act 77 is the most expansive and fundamental change to the Pennsylvania voting code, implemented illegally, to date," the lawsuit , filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, states.

"As with prior historical attempts to illegally expand mail-in voting by statute, which have been struck down going as far back as the Military Absentee Ballot Act of 1839, Act 77 is another illegal attempt to override the limitations on absentee voting prescribed in the Pennsylvania Constitution, without first following the necessary procedure to amend the constitution to allow for the expansion."

The plaintiffs include Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Republican congressional candidate Sean Parnell, and Pennsylvania House of Representatives candidate Wanda Logan.

Marc Elias, one of the top attorneys leading the Democrats' post-election legal battles, called the lawsuit frivolous.

"Republican Congressman Mike Kelly has filed a new frivolous lawsuit in Pennsylvania seeking to block the state from certifying the election results and having the state legislature choose electors," Elias wrote on Twitter on Nov. 21. "This is absolutely shameful."

President Donald Trump responded to Elias, writing: "This is not at all frivolous. It is brought on behalf of one of the most respected members of the United States Congress who is disgusted, like so many others, by an Election that is a fraudulent mess. Fake ballots, dead people voting, no Republican Poll Watchers allowed, & more!"

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, signed Act 77 into law on Oct. 31, 2019. Eight of the nine sponsors of the bill in the Pennsylvania Senate were Republicans.

[Nov 26, 2020] Pennsylvania Judge Halts Further Vote Certification Steps

Nov 26, 2020 | www.msn.com

A Pennsylvania judge issued an order preventing the state from taking additional steps to certify its election results until she holds a hearing on Friday morning.

The ruling on Wednesday by Commonwealth Court Judge Patricia McCullough in Pittsburgh halts the process "to the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election." Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar certified President-elect Joe Biden's 80,555-vote Pennsylvania victory yesterday, and Governor Tom Wolf appointed electors for the state. Boockvar and Wolf are both Democrats.

he case before McCullough is separate from the federal lawsuit by President Donald Trump's campaign that seeks to undo Pennsylvania's certification unless it tosses out tens of thousands of mail-in ballots the suit alleges are illegal. The state case was brought by Pennsylvania Republicans led by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly, who sought to derail certification by arguing that the state's expansion of mail-in voting was illegal.

[Nov 26, 2020] Nevada Election Fraud case given the go-ahead for depositions. Read the full court filing that shows MASSIVE fraud, clear violations of US Constitution Equal Protection Clause use of faulty, faulty, faulty AI voter signature machines:

Nov 26, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

UndergroundPost , 1 day ago

And don't miss this:

Nevada Election Fraud case given the go-ahead for depositions. Read the full court filing that shows MASSIVE fraud, clear violations of US Constitution Equal Protection Clause & use of faulty, faulty, faulty AI voter signature machines:

https://www.democracydocket.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2020/11/nov-17-doc-2.pdf

Will Geriatric Joe Puppet and the lying DEM Machine be so keen on "reconciliation" after their fraud is so overwhelmingly apparent proving Trump really won?

[Nov 26, 2020] Fatal Vulnerabilities

Nov 26, 2020 | www.mintpressnews.com

Experts on both sides of the political divide concede that both voter fraud and election fraud occur with considerable frequency since the advent of electronic voting machines. In addition to Dominion and ES&S, only five other companies dominate this space: Tenex, SGO/Smartmatic, Hart InterCivic, Demtech, and Premier (formerly Diebold).

Virtually all have been accused of vote count manipulation or other irregularities associated with their systems. Hart, for instance, was accused of vote flipping (the practice of switching the votes from one candidate to their opponent) in Texas. Dominion also ran into issues in the Lone Star state when its systems failed certification over accessibility problems.

"Much of the equipment being used to record and count votes," explains Jonathan Simon, "is either modem-equipped, which leaves it highly vulnerable to remote interference, or programmed with the use of other computers than are internet-connected, allowing the alteration of memory cards and code running in either precinct-level machines (like BMDs, DREs, or Optical Scanners) or central tabulators."

Examples of these dangerous weaknesses were explored in a recent video published by a self-styled national security professional, L. Todd Wood , where conservative elections security expert, Russ Ramsland, breaks down his findings from a forensic analysis of a 1000+ page voter log taken out of Dallas County's central tabulation center in the aftermath of the 2018 midterm elections.

https://cdn.iframe.ly/M7DMJcB?v=1&app=1

Ramsland identified instances of votes being replaced in 96 precincts, an inordinate number of database "updates" and other serious irregularities that point to vote-count manipulation and amount to election fraud. His most explosive allegation centered around claims of real-time vote-swapping in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Kentucky, where Ramsland asserts that thousands of votes originally given for the Republican candidate were swapped live on a CNN broadcast and added to the tally of the Democratic candidate, Andy Beshear, who would end up winning the election.

Ramsland also alleged that the election data of that race was being stored in a server in Frankfurt, Germany before being cycled through the central tabulation database, which syncs automatically with the numbers shown to television viewers. This server has been pounced on by Trump supporters in recent days and repeated by Rudy Giuliani in his podcast on Friday when he also purported to have direct evidence of election fraud.

While it is practically impossible for the layman to unravel the complexities underlying the encryption and cloud technologies underlying the present-day election system in the United States, few can doubt that moving towards a digital voting system removes whatever last vestiges of control the regular American citizen had in a once participatory exercise of democracy.

Asked if democracy can even exist under such conditions, Simon refers to a prediction he made in "CODE RED," in which he augurs "an inexorable progression to where we are now: public trust eroded, the losers making wild allegations, no one able to prove anything, [and] everyone kind of waking up to the realization that our concealed computerized vote-counting process does not yield evidence-based results."

[Nov 26, 2020] It's critical that the legal team nail down the machine manipulation using SMOTE (Synthetic Minority Over-sampling Technique) written by Aleksandar Lazarevic.

Nov 26, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

BulkBeing , 1 day ago

It's critical that the legal team nail down the machine manipulation using SMOTE (Synthetic Minority Over-sampling Technique) written by Aleksandar Lazarevic. Trail leads to Belgrade, Serbia and Dominion Voting Systems with chips made in China.

[Nov 26, 2020] The Help America Vote Act (HAVA), passed by a Republican-controlled House was the Troyon horse which made centralized election hacking possible

Nov 26, 2020 | www.mintpressnews.com

.

In a prolific time for draconian government overreach, one of the lesser-known pieces of legislation proposed by the Bush administration was the Help America Vote Act ( HAVA ), passed by a Republican-controlled House and a unanimous vote by a Democrat-led Senate in December 2001. The bill was signed into law 11 months later and "greatly accelerated the full computerization of U.S. elections," according to Jonathan Simon, an election integrity advocate and author of "Code Red, Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century," in an interview with MintPress .

Simon describes the legislation's carrot-and-stick approach to goad states into adopting technologies like touchscreen voting systems known as DREs, which were later replaced with barcode systems or BMDs, which were "entirely lacking in cyber-security provisions to protect the increasingly concealed process it promoted." Among the bill's authors is none other than the current Senate leader and Republican kingmaker, Mitch McConnell, who has defended Trump's right to challenge the election results without committing to a particular outcome.

"If, as was claimed," Simon continues, "HAVA would make voting easier and thus increase turnout, as we can see clearly today, that was decidedly not a GOP goal, certainly not of a tactician like McConnell." The partisan motivations Simon ascribes to HAVA are clear enough, and, as he points out, should have been clear to Democrats as well. But, the argument that the American liberal establishment had no inkling of the ramifications fails to account for the Democrats' own forays into the closely held universe of electronic voting systems.

[Nov 26, 2020] Spook Paradise

Nov 26, 2020 | www.mintpressnews.com

With the extremes of the American political spectrum lighting up in deep reds and blues, whatever emerges out of the ashes won't resemble much that came before it, and regardless of the election results, America's inexorable march towards techno-fascism is moving right along.


Watch | America's Election Debacle Highlights Anti-Democratic Hijinks of Both Parties

https://cdn.iframe.ly/Mu3dkPd?playerjs=1&click_to_play=true


Actual voter and election fraud takes place in every national American election and is just as prevalent in state and municipal elections, as well. From vote splitting to voter suppression tactics to direct manipulation of election results, both political parties have usurped the electoral processes to lie and cheat their way into power more than once.

But with the advent of digital voting systems, even the scandals we always seem to hear about far too late will vanish from sight, as well. The most straightforward aspect of democracy – voting – is disappearing behind a curtain of ones and zeros that only technocratic lackeys will be able to pull back. Trump, who was plucked from the reality TV screen like Jeff Daniels in "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and inserted into the national contest for the highest office in the land, will do nothing to change that.

Publically available FBI documents show the sitting president has been an FBI informant since the early eighties and his rise to the highest office in the land was not the case of a brash, independent billionaire who decided to run for president to "Make America Great Again." After all, Donald Trump's long-standing ties with the very "deep state" many of his staunchest supporters are convinced he is dismantling, actually reveals a factional war among the ruling class behind the scenes.

With a president who is as deep state as it gets, if there's something we can take away from the last four years and these last few days since the election, it's that the American establishment's over-the-top partisanship has been a ruse undertaken to hide the fact that they are united in waging a class war like never before.

[Nov 26, 2020] Jimmy Carter warned 15 years ago of serious 2020 election problems

Nov 26, 2020 | www.wnd.com

Jay Stephen 2 days ago • edited ,

This election proves that our Department of Justice, the FBI, CIA, and all our intelligence agencies are controlled by the deep state and the military industrial establishment so that they can install the candidates of their choice in every election, otherwise they would have exposed the totally unsecure Dominion voting machines years ago. They didn't manipulate the 2016 presidential election because it was a foregone conclusion with them all that Hillary was a shoe in. It has been proven that they were able to access the software to flip votes in 2018 from Bevin to Beshear to install him as governor in Kentucky.

HongryHawg 2 days ago ,

So now the question becomes, why bother to vote at all, Republican or Democrat. The fixers are gonna choose, regardless of who gets the lever pulled for them the most. "Every vote matters" no longer matters.

IrishMailey HongryHawg 2 days ago ,

NO, always vote. The reason there is such obvious cheating on a national level is so many voted for Trump the leftist had to dig up pre-print4d "Biden" votes in the middle of the night in PA, WI, NV, and MI to counter the real vote. And their fear and mammoth cheating has displayed for the world how criminal and anti-American the left is. And for that blatant felony, we are going to win the election legally.

[Nov 26, 2020] Yes, Election Fraud is Real. And its a Longstanding Tradition on Both Sides of the Aisle

Nov 26, 2020 | www.mintpressnews.com

Cyberbullies

Part of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency's mission centers on assuring compliance with DHS dictates surrounding election security protocols. The standalone federal agency with oversight from the Department of Homeland Security was formed two years after an embarrassing incident involving DHS occurred during the 2016 general election, when Georgia's then secretary of state,­ – now governor – Brian Kemp, announced that cyberattacks on its voting systems had been traced to the federal law enforcement agency.

Washington Mulls National Guard at Polls as Obama-era Russiagaters Profer Election Advice A neoliberal think tank filled with Obama-era national security officials has been advising State District Attorneys Offices on how to prepare for election violence. MintPress News | Raul Diego | Nov 16

In 2020 with CISA firmly in place, DHS' cybersecurity division implemented a " 24/7 war room " to ostensibly guard against election hacking. CISA's Krebs, a former cybersecurity policy director at Microsoft, led the effort to "monitor a network of every state's election system simultaneously until every vote is counted," according to News Nation , which was allowed to bring a camera crew into the operation in Fort Meade , Maryland.

In the lead up to the 2020 election, warnings about Russian and Iranian cyberwarriors running roughshod over the electoral contest were everywhere in U.S. media. Dire warnings of an existential threat to democracy by foreign actors that never materialized were leveraged to implement new security measures in partnership with the private sector. Krebs floated the excuse for a conspicuously absent horde of Eurasian hackers, that America's enemies chose to "sit out this election" in a recent New York Times article .

The fact is that neither Russia nor Iran have anywhere near the level of access to America's election system as the handful of private companies who are part of an electronic voting machine cartel, which currently controls over 92% of the elections market in the United States.

[Nov 26, 2020] Exclusive -- Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis Receives Threats- 'You Deserved to Be Raped'

Lawyers by nature of their profession sometimes are representing horrible criminals. So such threat need to be investigated as terrorism (use of vioolence to achieve a political goal) and the threat to the integrity of the US legal system.
Nov 26, 2020 | www.breitbart.com

Jenna Ellis, a legal advisor to President Donald Trump and senior legal adviser to the Trump campaign, has received threats, late night phone calls from unfamiliar numbers, and public calls for her disbarment, she told Breitbart News exclusively Wednesday.

Via direct message (DM), Ellis told Breitbart News that she had received "Hundreds of DMs and messages etc threatening me."

Some threats have been public, like attempts to have her disbarred and encouraging the public to file Bar complaints.

Others have been more direct -- and less subtle.

She added: "CNN reporter messaged today accusing me of my bar license being lapsed. Unknown number has called my cell dozens of times between midnight and 4am to blow up my phone and try to get through the DND [do not disturb]."

Ellis provided Breitbart News with a screen grab of text messages from an unknown person who attempted to provoke her to respond, ending with: "You're a f**king c**t. You're the reason people despise humanity. You deserved to be raped."

Other Trump attorneys have been harassed, including by the Lincoln Project, a group of Never Trump Republicans who have encouraged the public to harass law firms taking up the president's case.

The mainstream media has defended these efforts; the Washington Post , for example, published an op-ed Nov. 12 titled "Yes, going after Trump's law firms is fair game." Trump's lawyers in Pennsylvania withdrew the following day, reportedly because of threats.

Joe Biden has not said anything about the threats against Trump's legal team, as scholar Jonathan Turley has noted.

"When such actions were taken against lawyers representing civil rights groups and others in the 1960s, it was correctly denounced as an outrageous abuse of our legal system," Turley tweeted this week. "Now it has become a campaign supported by politicians, lawyers, and the media."

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump's Presidency . His recent book, RED NOVEMBER , tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak .

[Nov 26, 2020] A Trump win will make Israel more open more reckless more racist and more strongly and vaingloriously a terrorist entity.

Nov 26, 2020 | www.unz.com

Anon [241] Disclaimer , says: November 26, 2020 at 1:54 pm GMT • 5.2 hours ago

@A123 onducting unconventional warfare. That form of combat is defined by the U.S. government's National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 as "activities conducted to enable a resistance movement or insurgency to coerce, disrupt or overthrow an occupying power or government by operating through or with an underground, auxiliary or guerrilla force in a denied area" in the pursuit of various security-related strategic objectives.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-just-admitted-arming-anti-assad-syrian-rebels-big-mistake-1.6894850

[Nov 26, 2020] Who's kidding who?

Nov 26, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

donten , Nov 26 2020 17:15 utc | 14

Biden: 'America Is Back,' 'Ready To Lead World'

USA won't even take care of its own people, and the world does not need a wannabe King of the Hill. Get ready for a complete tragedy...

Flournoy, Haines, and Haspel, who's kidding who?

[Nov 26, 2020] Trump vs Biden- Will the Future Belong to the Patriots or the Globalists

Nov 26, 2020 | off-guardian.org

t is an undeniable fact that the republic has entered one of the most dangerous crises of its short existence. This is not only due to the disputed election results of November 3 rd , but also to a multitude of other factors beyond American borders, including the global financial crisis which a certain pandemic has unleashed upon the world, and slide towards a major world war between great powers that has accelerated chaotically in recent years.

As unpopular as it might be to state in polite society, as of this writing it is still impossible to state with 100% certainty that Joe Biden will in fact be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. The simple reason for this is that verifiable evidence of vast partisan vote fraud tied to the highest echelons of British Intelligence have mounted with every passing day with Dominion voting systems most recently accused of erasing 2.7 million Trump votes across the nation , and giving 220 000 pro-Trump votes to Biden in Pennsylvania (along with hundreds of other vote counting anomalies and technology glitches across all major swing states).

These and other major signs of mass vote fraud have giving rise to reasonable questions of the validity of the official results which will be taken to the courts as Gen. Michael Flynn's Attorney Sidney Powell eloquently laid out recently.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/SFCXPw1t17o?feature=oembed TRUMP, BIDEN AND THE ONCOMING MELTDOWN

By now most people reading this are aware (or should be aware) that the trans Atlantic financial system has been set to melt down under a $1.5 quadrillion derivatives time bomb being held together by a mix of wishful thinking, hyperinflationary money printing and vast unpayable securitized debts waiting to default. It should also come as no surprise that the Great Reset Agenda designed to coordinate the "post-COVID world order" has nothing to do with any actual pandemic, and everything to do with imposing a new bankers' dictatorship onto the nations of the earth.

If you are uncertain about these claims, I invite you to read my recent study "What the Great Reset Architects Don't Want you to Know About Economics".

Both Trump and Biden profess to support American leadership to the world going into this storm, but both men operate on very much opposing paradigms of what this means, and what foreign policy tradition should be activated.

Where Biden has championed the idea that "America should lead the world" in opposition to the dangerous rise in "authoritarianism, nationalism and illiberalism" giving the reigns of foreign policy over to a team packed with hawkish representatives of the Military Industrial Complex, Trump has done something different.

On November 9 the incumbent president fired Mark Esper (possibly to subvert a planned coup) and instated General Christopher Miller to the position of Defense Secretary who has called for a total end to the 19 year Afghan war stating :

we are not a people of perpetual war. It is the antithesis of everything for which we stand and for which our ancestors fought. All wars must end."

Having vocalized his desires to return the USA to its traditional protectionist, non-interventionist agenda repeatedly over four years, Trump famously characterized the battle at hand as one of "patriots against the globalists."

And yet, despite these facts, many apparently intelligent people have celebrated that the "bad orange man" has finally been ousted and normality may once again occur.

Hogwash.

In an April 2020 Foreign Policy article , Joe Biden called for the re-assertion of American leadership of the world order stating that "for over 70 years, the United States under democratic and republican presidents, played a leading role in writing the rules" of the world order. Predicting the two possible scenarios that will befall the world should the USA continue to "abdicate our leadership" as Trump has done, Biden says that either: 1) Someone else takes America's place as global hegemon that doesn't "advance our interests and values or 2) "No one will and chaos will ensue".

But wait a minute!

Shouldn't there be a third option in Biden's crystal ball? What about the option of a world defined by sovereign nations working in win-win cooperation and mutual self interest? Sadly, from a zero-sum mind that can only think in "balance of power" terms, this third scenario cannot exist.

The paradox for such little minds, however, is that the very essence of America's emerging from WWII in a leading position that Biden praises is entirely premised on the understanding that the world is more than a zero-sum system.

THE FORGOTTEN MULTI-POLAR TRADITIONS OF THE USA

From the drafting of the UN Charter in 1941, the formulation of the Bretton Woods system in 1944, to the UN Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, there is no doubt that there is very little that America has not directly influenced.

While this leadership is undeniable and often objectively destructive as sin, it is too easily forgotten that the UN Charter, as outlined by Franklin Roosevelt was premised on the belief that America must never become an empire but merely help those in need by providing the means of industrial development. This was essentially understood as the internationalization of the New Deal which included social safety nets, bank regulation, productive work guarantees and infrastructure projects to all other nations aspiring independence across Africa, Asia and the Americas or struggling the heal from the destructive effects of the war.

FDR's vision for the IMF/World Bank mandates were never to reconquer poor nations under a new system of debt slavery and conditionalities, but to extend productive credit for long term megaprojects that were in the common aims of mankind and which angered Churchill immensely.

Most importantly, this vision was premised on the need for a trust-based U.S.-Russia-China alliance that never would have permitted the emergence of a bipolar Cold War.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/3VRRQO1bRjQ?feature=oembed

Working alongside such anti-imperial co-thinkers as Republican leader Wendell Willkie, Vice President Henry Wallace, economist Harry Dexter White, confidante Harry Hopkins, Asst. Secretary of State Sumner Welles and Attorney General Robert Jackson (to name a few), this small but powerful group of patriots representing both parties, worked vigorously to ensure not only that the Wall Street/City of London Frankenstein Monster of Nazism would be put down but that Churchill's vision of a restored British Imperial system would not succeed.

THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Unlike the earlier "League of Nations" which intended to destroy all national sovereignty in the wake of WWI, the United Nations was always meant to become a platform for dialogue, and economic multilateral trust-building much more in harmony with the multipolar alliance now sweeping the world (and scaring the hell out of the thing that controls Joe Biden).

If this is hard to believe, let me cite article one :

To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;

To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;

To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and

To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.

These principles were expanded even further to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948 which re-iterated the founding principles of America's Declaration of Independence- extending those unalienable rights to all mankind as FDR envisioned stating in its preamble :

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

These were the ideas that were meant to give life to the "Four Freedoms" first enunciated by President Roosvelt in 1941 and re-asserted by his anti-imperial Vice President Henry Wallace in 1942.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/_p2TQaUf3pQ?feature=oembed

Now admittedly this positive American foreign policy outlook which launched the post-war age is a far cry from anything the world has come to recognize in the USA since the emergence of the Cold War and especially since the murder of John F Kennedy who had done much to resist America's full takeover by this newly revised British Empire (which some have chosen in recent years to label "the deep state").

Much like the US Constitution itself, these principles largely remained ink on parchment as a new age of Cold Warriors, Rhodes Scholars and Fabians directed from British Intelligence created NATO , divided the world among the lighter skinned haves and darker skinned have nots while unleashing a system of endless wars onto the earth under a new Pax Americana.

These are the forces like Lord Mark Malloch Brown and George Soros who together have poured billions of dollars into promoting the post-nation state order using anti-UN Charter doctrines like Responsibility to Protect (R2P), overthrowing governments with color revolutions and running a current coup against President Trump .

Today a small window is still open for a renewal of the forgotten traditions of the American republican traditions that were upheld by such leaders as John Quincy Adams, Lincoln, Grant, Garfield, McKinley, Harding, FDR and JFK. President Trump has clearly taken a stand in opposition to the reconquest of the republic by the deep state and it remains to be seen if the American people have the fortitude to do everything in their power to organize themselves in defense of the republic and civilization more generally.

Originally published at Strategic Culture .

Antonym , Nov 24, 2020 4:12 AM

"OR"
There are also middle ways: my ideal would be a real United Nations without dominant bullies, capable of reigning in globalist MNCs, governments or religions.
Population numbers will have to weight in much more for voting power and no SC privileges for amassing nuclear bombs.

Melvin Logan , Nov 23, 2020 1:08 PM

This essay includes McKinley as a defender of "Republican traditions," and of course it's hard to argue against that position, seeing as how McKinley was a tool of the Big City corrupt political system. That he fraudulently used the sinking of the "Maine" to declare war on Spain, and then put down an insurgent revolt by natives of the Philippines by allowing U.S.soldiers to garott them, is simply in the tradition of Republicans. We agree.

Doctortrinate , Nov 22, 2020 9:41 PM

who will the future belong to ?

not to those, who repeatedly ignore the past.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/xQOekCIEEhc?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

Paul Vonharnish , Nov 23, 2020 1:02 AM Reply to Doctortrinate

Excellent scripting in the court scene. I remember seeing this film when it was first released. Made goose bumps
The public has been drummed down to the point where they refuse to question what props up the fake wigs on the court jesters

Doctortrinate , Nov 23, 2020 5:02 AM Reply to Paul Vonharnish

yes, It was an eclectic time examination post experimentation perhaps .and there was room for it, uncrowded by the weight of obligation – keeping it at distance was comfortable even held the sense that the destructive order was being outrun, until..the reconditioning ascent of a harpy and it's handbag,

those wigs.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/U1wcDiOuo6Q?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

Binra , Nov 23, 2020 11:52 AM Reply to Paul Vonharnish

The cess-pit beneath our seeming foundation, is become a source for self-righteous vengeance – coming into our very private chambers after we seemed to 'save face' or raise it over and against the hateful in conquest.

The presumption to be free of the evil that one has set ones face against is the generating of the 'cess-pit' as something to be eradicated, lidded over, cancelled, such as to preserve the 'order' that runs above its denial.

Self-revulsion as a concept, can be opined about, but human self-hatred is a hell indeed if not a final fact.

The revealing of us to ourselves can be the dis-illusioning of what we thought to be and truly believed but was never true – even though lived.
or the tarrying in such illusion as the exploiting of its underlying themes of 'getting' for a self set apart from the life it represents.

richard , Nov 22, 2020 9:02 PM

"THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Unlike the earlier "League of Nations" which intended to destroy all national sovereignty in the wake of WWI, the United Nations was always meant to become a platform for dialogue, and economic multilateral trust-building much more in harmony with the multipolar alliance now sweeping the world "

Oh really? hear are some U.N. quotes:

"To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas." – Brock Adams, Director UN Health Organization

"A world government can intervene militarily in the internal affairs of any nation when it disapproves of their activities." – Kofi Annan, U.N. Secretary General

"Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order [referring to the 1991 LA Riot]. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond [i.e., an "extraterrestrial" invasion], whether real or *promulgated* [emphasis mine], that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this *scenario*, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government."
Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference, Evians, France, 1991

"No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation."
David Spangler, Director of Planetary Initiative, United Nations

"The UN is but a long-range, international banking apparatus clearly set up for financial and economic profit by a small group of powerful One-World revolutionaries, hungry for profit and power.
"The depression was the calculated 'shearing' of the public by the World Money powers, triggered by the planned sudden shortage of supply of call money in the New York money market .The One World Government leaders and their ever close bankers have now acquired full control of the money and credit machinery of the U.S. via the creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank."
Curtis Dall, FDR's son-in-law as quoted in his book, My Exploited Father-in-Law

"The planning of UN can be traced to the 'secret steering committee' established by Secretary [of State Cordell] Hull in January 1943. All of the members of this secret committee, with the exception of Hull, a Tennessee politician, were members of the Council on Foreign Relations. They saw Hull regularly to plan, select, and guide the labors of the [State] Department's Advisory Committee. It was, in effect, the coordinating agency for all the State Department's postwar planning."
Professors Laurence H. Shoup and William Minter, writing in their study of the CFR, "Imperial Brain Trust: The CFR and United States Foreign Policy." (Monthly Review Press, 1977).

"The most powerful clique in these (CFR) groups have one objective in common: they want to bring about the surrender of the sovereignty and the national independence of the U.S. They want to end national boundaries and racial and ethnic loyalties supposedly to increase business and ensure world peace. What they strive for would inevitably lead to dictatorship and loss of freedoms by the people. The CFR was founded for "the purpose of promoting disarmament and submergence of U.S. sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government."
Harpers, July l958

Paul Vonharnish , Nov 23, 2020 12:47 AM Reply to richard

Hello richard: Excellent listing of verifiable quotes. Thanks!
The establishment of the United Nations has done more to dis-unite the world than any other singular effort. Yet civilians are still looking for some daddy authority to straighten out the sticky fuzz they found in their navels

Dave Patterson , Nov 23, 2020 3:49 AM Reply to Paul Vonharnish

I don't know, I think the US going around the world for the last 100+ years bombing anyone who threatened their capitalist hegemony can pick up a pretty good share of the blame for an unstable world

paul , Nov 22, 2020 6:02 PM

Neither will win. As always, the only real winners will be a certain Levantine minority. Heads they win, tails you lose.
The great mock battle to choose Israel Puppet 46 will play out over the next few weeks as pure theatre, with Creepy Joe picking up Trumpo's somewhat tarnished crown in due course. For all the difference it makes. Creepy Joe will be marginally even more of a puppet than Trumpo.
The court challenges are going nowhere. Some have already been dropped or dismissed, and the rest soon will be, irrespective of vote rigging and ballot stuffing on an epic scale. Likewise, there will be no attempt to reverse the current outcome at the electoral college next month. Nothing's going to happen. Nada. Zilch. It's all pure kabuki.
Clowns and court jesters like Alex Jones or Giuliani will caper about making an exhibition of themselves, peddling their vitamin supplements and lining their pockets.
Trump will squeeze whatever cash he can from his gullible base to pay off his campaign debts. But none of this is serious. Trumpo has gone AWOL. He is not holding any public events. The lawsuits have been dropped. He is not putting any of his own money into them. The electoral college delegates will not go rogue to keep him in power. Georgia is gone. He is not going to flip Michigan or Pennsylvania.
Trumpo deserved to lose, whether he actually did or not. He abandoned his base the minute he was elected, and served out his time as a Zio Shill.
He built a grand total of 4 miles of his Big Beautiful Wall. Some of it has already fallen down. That only leaves 1,996 miles for the Beaner Illegal Immigrant Hordes to walk through. Obomber deported far more illegal immigrants than Trumpo, 1.1 million v. 800,000. His idea of draining The Swamp was to appoint Bolton, Abrams, Pompeo, Haspel, and half of Goldman Sachs to all the senior posts in his administration. The same goes for Bringing The Troops Home. None will actually be withdrawn from Afghanistan, despite the latest announcement. Like Rebuilding The Infrastructure.
Trumpo is a con man, a Bunko Artist. He achieved nothing. Because he never intended to. He never even tried. He was just another Mitt Romney.
Trumpism will just provide him with a meal ticket for some time to come. He needs to find another $400 million from somewhere to pay off his debts. The GOP will go full on Zionism, Globalism, Faggots, Trannies, Globo Homo, Open Borders, Amnesties.
One of Trumpo's last of many favours for Israel is to pardon the traitor and Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. He will soon be on his way home to a hero's welcome in Kosherstan.
Biden's new administration will be virtually 100% kosher, apart from a few token black/ gay/ trannie/ vagina/ shabbos goys.
Chief of staff, Attorney General, Treasury, all Chosen Folk.
Trumpo was never more than a Zionist puppet, just like Wilders, Orban, Salvini, AFD, Duterte. All 100% Faux Right Controlled Opposition created by the Chosen Folk.

Jean Wilson , Nov 22, 2020 7:57 PM Reply to paul

Thanks Paul, for that excellent description of Trump and what we can expect from Biden until he leaves/dies and we have Kamala. The policies will remain virtually unchanged as the President is irrelevant.

Researcher , Nov 22, 2020 5:58 PM

Bankers have been running the world for centuries, not empires, not presidents, not parties, not nations.

They provide nation states with two (or more) parties with seemingly oppositional values, but who are controlled behind the scenes by the same banking cabal. Trump is working with the cabal, just as closely as his predecessors, Obama, Bush, Clinton etc., to create the illusion of opposition, the illusion of difference, the illusion of choice and the illusion of hope.

Just as the election was obviously stolen, so too it was planned to create internal conflict and violence. Both parties play the game of electioneering to obfuscate the theft of civil rights and assets from the populace without opposition. The media enhances the process of obfuscation. The voters are too busy fighting amongst themselves to see the outright theft of their real assets.

There are no individuals or groups who attain positions of power in any government or nation who oppose the banking cartel that rules the world, owns and controls all the largest corporations, security state apparatus, the militaries and defense sectors of all nations.

There are no heroes coming to anyone's rescue. No white hats, no black hats. They are all agents of the cryptocracy, because the goal has always been the enslavement of humanity, and that goal was attained long ago and has never wavered.

The New World Order was achieved with the formation of the United Nations as a front for the cryptocracy (banking cartel) to further its objectives through the cooperation of governments individuality and collectively controlling their populations.

Whether our enslavement was achieved using a kindler, gentler slavery called "capitalism", based on the consumption of poorly made goods exploiting cheap labor by corporate entities majority owned and controlled by the cryptocracy, in faux democracies, using the fake two party system, or whether slavery was achieved by force through communism where an appearance of state ownership obfuscated cryptocracy ownership and control, so wages could be lowered and people more tightly controlled, both political systems were a sham. Both systems were always controlled by the same cryptocracy; the banking cartel.

The cryptocracy ruled the capitalist West and the communist Eastern bloc with ease.

Researcher , Nov 22, 2020 6:06 PM Reply to Researcher

Just as all political parties are false enemies who work together behind the scenes, so too is the enmity between nation states and the supposedly opposed political and nation state blocs and alliances.

Opposition is created as a facade and pretext to facilitate immensely profitable skirmishes, occupations, hot wars, cold wars and civil conflicts. These methods of manufactured conflict accomplish control and ownership for the cryptocracy of large tracts of land with rare earth minerals and energy reserves as well as the labor and industry of large and small populations plus access to the taxes and wealth of all nation states.

These faux oppositional forces whether they be internal or external, create an illusion of a divided, hostile and fractured world for the unknowing and distracted public, who have had their history altered and rewritten, indoctrinated with propaganda in a Prussian model of education as 'learning by rote' instead of learning through exploration, reason, logic, invention and experimentation. As such, 'educated' populations have become another tool of the controllers where they are largely ignorant of the inextricable links between politics, energy, economies, the monetary system, wars, governments, crime, industry and human enslavement.

The false appearance of separation of these issues into compartmentalized subjects, compartmentalized thinking, are further enhanced and driven through sound bites using the cryptocracy owned corporate media.

Binary choices, compartmentalized issues, and supposed random events are sold to humanity to corral thinking, coerce conformity, limit options and choices within illusory paradigms where full spectrum dominance is fulfilled. Subsequently, all resources on earth including populations can be easily exploited for the purpose of profiteering, while simultaneously inflicting unnecessary misery and suffering through the leverage of usury and forced taxes within the monetary system.

Researcher , Nov 22, 2020 6:10 PM Reply to Researcher

The banking cartel (BIS, IMF, World Bank) own the major energy corporations, green and carbon based and that is why there has been a decades long push for carbon control and capture, using climate change pseudo science and propaganda as a way to control and limit our individual, national and collective energy consumption and output.

Since energy is the real currency that runs the world, and energy is also the way which we as humans and living creatures survive, innovate, create and function – as electrical and energetic beings – the cryptocracy believe that all energy, including our physical and neuronal bodily functions be wholly controlled by them, and them only. The cryptocracy already control our external energy and power systems and grids, and all oil, coal, gas, wind, hydro, nuclear, solar and hydrogen, which fuel human and economic activity.

The cryptocracy are not content to let us decide our own fates, occupations, business dealings, economies, health or lives using our inherent freedom as thinking, sentient and independent beings who are born free. They seek to further enslave our every thought, function and action through the technocracy and the biometric control and data grid they have built around us for the last century.

In the beginning of the 20th century, the banking cartel through their control of the chemical industry, extended their model of human slavery to include profiteering from destroying people's health, by controlling genetic and epigenetic expression through increased toxic exposure to external radiation, a poisoned and altered food chain, deficient soil, a poisoned fluoridated water supply, increased exposure to carcinogens, endocrine disruptive chemicals and unnecessary vaccines that wrought irreversible, long term negative effects.

The medical industrial complex and vaccine industry sought to claim credit for the eradication of diseases that had already been quelled through proper sanitation, plumbing, better nutrition and improved living conditions.

The control grid of populations through the economic system, military industrial complex, monetary system, faux governments, and the medical industrial complex has merged into a totalitarian model of complete control of all human behavior, health and bodily functions using faux pandemics, where governments coordinate terror operations against the citizenry.

The bankers are transitioning away from the current monetary, economic Ponzi scheme using the US petro dollar fractional reserve banking system, which could only function for a limited time, in a debt expansionary environment, underpinned by constant economic expansion and population growth.

Researcher , Nov 22, 2020 6:13 PM Reply to Researcher

A number of factors including increased standards of living, women entering the workforce, contraception and immunocontraception and cultural changes have inhibited population growth in developed nations, so that expansionary model has reached its 'limits of growth'. Governments have been hiding the lack of population growth using immigration. They've been hiding the contracting economic activity in developed nations by creating fake financial products and accounting frauds, banking fraud, rigged market indices and markets. The cryptocracy knowing this economic model would eventually collapse at their discretion, created unseen enemies to unite us against, be it a fictional virus, or fictional global warming, the result being a coordinated, top-down authoritarian monitoring, control of populations, economies and individuals.

The bankers, governments and industrialists are forcing humanity to transition to a technocracy controlled economy based on humans as capital, the collection, collation and control of all organic and non organic resources on earth including our biometric data and behavioral obedience, while they simultaneously enforce a liquidation of assets phase.

We are their assets and we are being liquidated.

At the end of every transitory economic cycle or created currency or financial crisis, the banking cartel and their minions facilitate a global catastrophe, whether that's a planned war between nations, civil unrest or a manufactured terror event. This serves as a cover for the harm that their planned economic transition (and failure) creates. These planned failures of economic systems created by the cryptocracy provide additional profits for the banking cartel where real assets are stripped from citizens in the form of savings, land, property, assets, businesses and redistributed by force, upwards to the oligarchs and cryptocracy.

That is the purpose of the lockdown and the faux pandemic. A continued and further redistribution of the global wealth of the majority of citizens to the 0.01% so that bankers, industrialists and governments who already control our food and energy supply, can force the majority into compliance with the vaccine program. The vaccine program creates a legal and cost efficient liquidation of the majority of humanity and the biometric enslavement of the remaining youth who manage to survive, while transitioning to the new economic model of a global digital currency based on physical human enslavement, human data management, with central command control using Artificial Intelligence.

Jean Wilson , Nov 22, 2020 8:07 PM Reply to Researcher

Thank you Researcher. Brilliant writing!

Lost in a dark wood , Nov 22, 2020 4:41 PM

No wonder the CIA hates Trump!

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/361227-us-begins-bombing-taliban-opium-plants-in-afghanistan
US begins bombing Taliban CIA opium plants in Afghanistan
11/20/17
The U.S. military has begun bombing opium production plants in Afghanistan as part of a new strategy targeting Taliban revenue, a top general said Monday. "Last night, we conducted strikes in northern Helmand [Province] to hit the Taliban where it hurts, in their narcotics financing," said Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support in the country.
--

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/11/21/merkels-germany-tells-trump-not-to-bring-troops-home-from-afghanistan/
Merkel's Germany Tells Trump Not to Bring Troops Home from Afghanistan
21 Nov 2020
The German government has come out in opposition to President Donald Trump's plan to bring American troops home from Afghanistan, arguing that putting an end to America's longest war would be too "hasty".

sharon marlowe , Nov 22, 2020 6:03 PM Reply to Lost in a dark wood

What has happened to people? If the U.S. says it is bombing an opium production plant, that means they're lying. First thing I think of is who did the U.S./CIA/Trump want killed and why? But you interpret it as Trump trying to stop the opium business of the CIA?

And then you follow it with Trump, after four years of bombing Afghanistan, is somehow being pressured by Germany to continue bombing Afghanistan?

This is pro-Trump propaganda.

wardropper , Nov 22, 2020 7:03 PM Reply to Lost in a dark wood

Frankly, I don't think we have any idea what the CIA thinks of Trump.

Researcher , Nov 22, 2020 7:32 PM Reply to wardropper

They must think he's the greatest actor on earth, since apparently some who understand the bankers are in league with and controlling governments, the UN, WHO and the WEF against humanity, yet they also believe that Trump is standing up for the Constitution against the banking cartel, the military and the vaccine industry.

Except he isn't and hasn't.

By declaring a fake emergency and continuing that emergency, while creating OPERATION WARP SPEED, he handed the country over to the military, PhRMA and FEMA.

He has no intention of handing it back to the citizens and he's had every means and every opportunity.

I think a great majority of people are simply in denial on the left and the right because they don't want to believe they've spent their entire lives being conned by bankers, politicians and oligarchs using cheap tricks, third rate acting, fake science and obvious monetary fraud and gangster governments.

The veil of their human enslavement has been lifted off their faces and they still refuse to see the obvious truth.

Instead they hide behind masks, false enemies and the lies they tell themselves. It'd be sad if it wasn't so pathetic.

wardropper , Nov 22, 2020 7:58 PM Reply to Researcher

I agree with all that, but the CIA is not renowned for advertising what it 'thinks'

Moneycircus , Nov 22, 2020 11:08 PM Reply to wardropper

The CIA does not 'think'. It was set up by Wall Street and the bankers as the muscle of Wall Street and the bankers


paul
, Nov 24, 2020 12:58 PM Reply to Kit Knightly

Trumpo deserves to be put on trial and executed after a suitably fair trial if only for his actions in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Palestine and elsewhere. For the murder of General Soleimani and 30 others, for all the children who have died in those countries as a result of US economic terrorism and actual terrorism on his watch. It doesn't matter if he failed to control others who were allowed to pursue their own agenda. A commander who loses control of his troops is fully liable when they run amok.
Their is very little to be said in his favour. We have come very close to war on a colossal scale on several occasions over the past two years as a result of his actions. The fact that this did not come to pass and disaster was avoided in no way goes to his credit. This should be attributed to the Grace of God or my lucky rabbit's foot. And the fact that Russia, China, and even Iran and North Korea have incomparably better and more responsible leadership than we do.
Western leadership, Obama, Clinton, Trump, Sarkozy, Macron, Merkel, May, Cameron, Johnson, is the worst in its history. Arrogant, venal, corrupt, irredeemably ignorant, delusional and ideologically driven.
So can anything positive at all about Trump's legacy?
Biden may be even worse.
Clinton, rabid and deranged, and even more dishonest, certainly would have been.
But we deserve something better than the choice between a dogshit sandwich or a catshit sandwich.
Trump has at least exposed the MSM for what it is, and forced the deep state to take off the mask of sham democracy and reveal its true ugly face.
But it's not much of a legacy for four years.

John Goss , Nov 22, 2020 1:08 PM

The Second World War was the turning point here in the UK and in the US, When the war finished there was a Labour Party which was actually a Labour Party. For some years before that the US Democratic Party had been and was a Democratic Party, When paper ballots mitigated against fraud Franklin D, Roosevelt was elected for an amazing 4 terms. He died days before the end of the war having introduced welfare reforms that endeared him to people.

It has been pretty much downhill since then, ending up with Keir Starmer at the head of the Labour Party and Joe Biden at the head of the Democratic Party. Need I write more?

el Gallinazo , Nov 22, 2020 3:19 PM Reply to John Goss

Problem>reaction>solution. The Great Depression in the USA was triggered by the banksters being instructed to create a vast credit bubble in the 20's with their fractional reserve system (being able to lend 9 fake dollars for every one they actually owned) and then instructed to withdraw credit very rapidly, creating a cascade of defaults.. That is a historical fact easily researched.

This article's view of recent history is among the most superficial I have ever read. I do not believe in democracy being an Agorist, because democracy is a trick of the predator class. When I see a government which does not enforce its rules through the barrel of a gun and cages, I may be tempted to re-evalute my views. Still waiting however. That said, the one thing that I agree with in this article is that Trump won the election handily based on legal and valid votes and the apparent Biden win was based on huge fraud. One should never underestimate Sydney Powell, even with her sweet Georgia Plantation accent. She may be the first competent snd trustworthy hire Trump has ever made in the last four years, and one may ask why this is. On one level, the fraud was designed to put Biden in the White House. On a deeper level, it was designed to rip the country apart. I would recommend that the American people rushing to the giant box stores (which are permitted to stay open while the various governors' blatantly illegal EO's have shut down their mom and pop competitors) to buy toilet paper for the coming Darkest Winter of the fake scamdemic, would be wise to load up also on beer and popcorn so they can watch this shitshow on their giant plasma TV's from the sofa.

Melvin Logan , Nov 23, 2020 1:34 PM Reply to el Gallinazo

The notion of "fraud" in the election is a charade. Research the Dominion voting system and you will discover that Ms. Powell, despite the high regard she has attained, is blowing smoke. Her entire case against Dominion from Chavez to German vote counting is a fat joke. On her, and on us. Why is she doing this? We will find out in due time.

[Nov 26, 2020] A battle between neoliberal corporatist Vs Neoliberal Corporatist is being described as left verses right

Nov 26, 2020 | off-guardian.org

It is like Gerald Celente always says. 'When everything fails they take you to war.'


Janken , Nov 22, 2020 12:11 PM Reply to White Horse Mountain

"The 2020 election was stolen because leftists were able to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to weaken, alter, and eliminate laws that were put in place over the course of decades to preserve the integrity of the ballot box."

'Leftist' in the American context is nonsense, there is nothing left-wing about these 'Leftists' Nothing! Political terminology in the USA has become absolute nonsense. This is Alice in wonderland stuff. A battle between neoliberal corporatist Vs Neoliberal Corporatist is being described as left verses right, it isn't. It is a war of the far-right against the far-right. They are the same, in every meaningful way.

Glen Batterham , Nov 23, 2020 11:21 PM Reply to Janken

True it's like a gang of mobsters.
Even though there is regular infighting for supremacy, they're all still in on the same racket.
Faction X vs faction Y is probably a better description than Democrat vs Republican or Labor vs Tories, or whatever. But it definitely isn't left vs right in any traditional sense.

Thom , Nov 22, 2020 9:17 AM

I think you mean 'imperialists' not 'globalists'. Globalism isn't a bad objective, which is probably why the far-right are trying co-opt and thereby malign the term.

From Far Away , Nov 22, 2020 1:47 PM Reply to Thom

[ Globalism isn't a bad objective ]

So what exactly are you talking about?

Here are three three examples:

(1) The development of social, economic, cultural, or technological networks that transcend national boundaries.
(2) The attitude or policy of placing the interests of the entire world above those of individual nations.
(3) The policy or doctrine of involving one's country in international affairs, alliances, etc.

[ which is probably why the far-right are trying co-opt and thereby malign the term. ]

I suggest you at least try to strive for a fair, honest discussion instead of impulsively ascribing bad motives on people. Sadly your observation reveals no logical, reasoned evidence but rather your obvious dislike of some people you clearly have no problem wilfully demonising.

Berrent , Nov 22, 2020 9:05 AM

Empire does some stuff under the banner of 'the left' for 4 years and then they do other stuff under the banner of the far-right. This creates the illusion of democracy. It's a sedative for the people. The fake left will never do anything that really helps the population, that is not allowed. The 'Green New Deal' is Corporate welfare just like Trump's tax cuts were. Nov 22, 2020 8:15 AM

George Soros's Antifa has gone quiet after the U.S.presidential election of November 3rd. Or has it? Two Republican election board officials in Michigan reversed their opposition to certifying the election after threats were made to them and their families.

Coincidentally similar, transparent threats went viral and no doubt election supervisors in many other districts saw this as a threat of vengeance if they dared to follow their conscience and stand up against election fraud.

You can be sure Antifa is moving hell and high water to ensure party discipline, as per the Open Society Foundation's objectives. They're busy. That's why they haven't been so active on the streets, except to swarm and threaten citizens who dared to rally in Washington DC and other cities in favour of fair and open elections.

JFK WAS JUST AN APPETIZER
Be careful what you wish for, is a trope in politics, especially when it means collaborating with anti-democratic forces for short-term objectives. The event of Nov 22, 1963, was a hair trigger, since when the willful destruction of the American political system has gone into overdrive. Like one of Shakespeare's tragedies, one murder required another until brother and son were silenced and then all those involved stood in line to share in the spoils: LBJ, Nixon, Ford and the Bushes in particular. To this day only Donald Trump and arguably Jimmy Carter were not connected to the assassins in some way.

The public execution of John F Kennedy was the work of external influences as much as internal. The U.S. has long been the plaything of interests that show no loyalty to mere citizens or institutions.

Those interests may be home-reared, like the criminal Rockefeller combine or foreign, like the bankers hiding behind the red shield or star. What they have in common is their readiness to use America as a permanent factory of war – the wartime economy as much as the people – and then to dump them.

Not only to drop them when they have served their purpose but to disassemble the economy on which they rely, to infiltrate society and destroy every one of its pillars – from family to fatherhood, selling a false promise to women and mothers that ends in loneliness and dependency, and attacking their children by promoting the dealing of drugs with a for-profit prison at the end of a one-way street.

When I first encountered the campaign of former LAPD detective Michael Ruppert against the Central Intelligence Agency's distribution of cocaine in inner city neighburhoods, I struggled to understand the mentality of those who would do this. See Ruppert confront CIA director John Deutsch https://youtu.be/IMBu0YTwfXc&nbsp ;

CONSUMING SOCIETY
George H.W. Bush came into focus because his involvement in the JFK assassination, which is beyond doubt: his long involvement in preparing the Cuban exiles cover story; his deliberate misdirection as to his whereabouts on Nov 22nd; his deliberate fingering of an innocent man; his attempt to misdirect FBI Director J.E. Hoover, recorded in a memo; photographs of Bush on the day; and the presence of he and his son in the long line of succession from the assassins.

His motives bothered me. I tried to get inside his mind: was it that of an ultra-right wing patriot who though he was saving his nation through assassination? (I think of Bush's associate in El Salvador's death squads of the 1970s-80s Roberto D'Aubuisson who ordered the murder, as he celebrated mass, of Archibishop Oscar Romero).

Then I returned to the work of Michael Ruppert and Gary Webb who exposed how Bush and his CIA-FBI-LAPD cohort viewed the country's Black population as nothing more than disposable, to be turned into an internal market for crack cocaine so that Bush could finance his wars in Central America; so that the FBI could undermine the Black Panther movement and create fake, FBI-manufactured terrorists in order to push the domestic political agenda rightward.

It goes on to this day. See Trevor Aaronson's The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism .

The LAPD built a computer database on the population from which it could not only track criminals but, arguably, cultivate them and use them in manufactured happenings for reasons much more nefarious than trying to justify a bigger police budget. After the FBI's counter intelligence program CoIntelPro was exposed in 1971, the LAPD's files found their way to the Western Goals Foundation, linked to the John Birch Society and the World Anti-Communist League.

JOHN BIRCH AS ORANGE MAN BAD
Here we veer into distraction. Researchers of the 1970s and 80s saw the John Birch Society as a hard-line wedge to build an authoritarian society -- and the CIA and the Council on Foreign Relations must have been happy for the Birchers to take the heat.

What we know today, however, casts a different light on those vested interests and we have a clearer view of who was seeking an authoritarian society in the service of globalist masters.

See this interview with Western Goals founder Congressman Larry McDonald on the links between the CFR, the United Nations and the CIA. McDonald speaks to Pat Buchanan and Tom Braden, co-hosts of Crossfire.
I recommend reading the words of Tom Braden with an ear to CNN journalists today, along with the rest of the Corporatist Media. The tone is identical, but so is their focus on denying a particular agenda.

MEDIA MOCKINGBIRDS AT WORK
Tom Braden was a CIA operative and journalist. In true Mockingbird media style, Braden quotes one of the CIA's own Mockingbird outlets, Newsweek, as if it is an independent source: "The John Birch Society considers communism only one arm of a master conspiracy in which socialist American insiders are plotting to establish world government."

Tom Braden: "That kind of silly, asinine statement is what makes people laugh at the John Birch Society."

This week the New York Times blithely ignored the World Economic Forum's stated policy and declared: The baseless 'Great Reset' conspiracy theory rises again , Nov 17, 2020.

MORE AT: https://moneycircus.blogspot.com/2020/11/from-jfk-to-new-world-order.html

Larry McDonald on the New World Order. Pt 1/2

https://www.youtube.com/embed/hlkD5z740w0?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

Moneycircus , Nov 22, 2020 9:01 AM Reply to Moneycircus

Fixed link
Michael Ruppert confronts Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch over the use of inner city Black populations as a dumping ground for drugs https://youtu.be/IMBu0YTwfXc

Gerell , Nov 22, 2020 11:16 AM Reply to Moneycircus

There was NO New World Order, that is now very clear. it was a fantasy put out by the alt-right (CIA) to distract from the USA's aim of world hegemony, and which is the only game in town, supported by a ubiquitous CIA and 800 US military bases around the world, enforcing the dollar as universal currency.

The threat is not socialism, (I wish), the real threat is American Empire and their neoliberal corporate oligarchy which is sweeping the world.

kevin , Nov 22, 2020 5:12 PM Reply to Gerell

Actually, it is increasingly clear that we are on the verge of the totalitarian New World Order, and you don't need to be "alt-right" or whatever to see it.

Seamus Padraig , Nov 22, 2020 12:07 PM Reply to Moneycircus

Antifa is definitely not dormant. They attacked some of the demonstrators at the Million Maga March in DC just last weekend.

As far as the John Birch Society is concerned, they were controlled opposition from start. John Birch himself had actually been an OSS asset during the war; his 'missionary work' in China was just diplomatic cover. (The OSS, for those of you who don't know, was the Office of Special Services–the predecessor organization of the CIA founded during the war.) After his death, it was candy magnate Robert Welch who founded the society that bore his name. The Birchers would rail on and on about 'communism' rather than Globalism during the Cold War in order to give patriotic Americans the impression that all of the subversion going on in their country was the work of a foreign power rather than their own élites and government. And that's why, even though they sometimes raised a good point here or there–most controlled-opposition groups do eventually–they were never a true threat to the system, just a controlled opposition. (And they never, ever attacked Zionism . A Bircher could be expelled merely for uttering the J-word in public.)

kevin , Nov 22, 2020 5:00 PM Reply to Seamus Padraig

Larry McDonald, president of the John Birch Society at the time of his death, did condemn the subversion of the globalist elite: "The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent."

kevin , Nov 22, 2020 4:29 PM Reply to Moneycircus

Carter was definitely connected to the assassins, but much later. He was handpicked for the presidency by David Rockefeller after being recruited by his protege Zbigniew Brzezinski through the Trilateral Commission Rockefeller established in 1973, whose first director was Brzezinski. Carter's administration was known as the Trilateral administration with good reason. Carter himself may not have turned out to be the president they hoped for, however.

If it wasn't for their relationship with the Rockefellers, especially David, both Kissinger and Brzezinski would have spent their lives in academic obscurity.

Molinos , Nov 23, 2020 2:38 AM Reply to Moneycircus

Don't forget to add CIA boss Allen Dulles to your list of JFK conspirators. JFK had fired him and I am convinced he was the ringleader. See the book "The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret government" which is available as a PDF.

Lost in a dark wood , Nov 22, 2020 6:59 AM

I remember long ago when this used to be the standard way of doing interviews; i.e. calmly asking intelligent questions with the intention of eliciting information and clarification, and allowing the person the opportunity to give a proper answer.
--

Sidney Powell: 'Biblical' Lawsuit Coming, Accuses Georgia. Gov. Kemp of Deal With Dominion
https://www.newsmax.com/newsmax-tv/sidney-powell-campaign-lawyer-dominion/2020/11/21/id/998181/
By Eric Mack – Sat, 21 Nov 2020
Levying explosive claims of widespread voter fraud specifically tied to Dominion Voting Systems and potentially a pay-for-play scheme with GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell on Newsmax TV vowed to deliver a "biblical" voter fraud case this week.
--

Sidney Powell: It will be BIBLICAL
Newsmax TV
Nov 22, 2020
Frontline member of the Trump legal team Sidney Powell comments exclusively on the claims that are going to be made in the legal battle to come over the presidential election results. – with political analyst Mark Halperin and Newsmax TV's Rob Schmitt

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y68pEknYyCM?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

paul , Nov 22, 2020 4:14 AM

None of this should be taken too seriously.
As Carleton-Browne of the Foreign Office would say, the situation is hopeless but not serious.
As the US teeters on the brink of complete financial bankruptcy and general institutional dissolution, our Exceptional Friends are kind enough to provide us with a final Grand Spectacular Election Extravaganza, no effort or expense spared, starring none other than the Great-Showman-In-Chief himself, Trumpus Magnus. Like one of his late great beauty pageants, unfortunately minus the bimbos. Instead, we have a star studded supporting cast of billionaires, close relatives, superannuated generals, fraudsters, grifters, chancers, conmen, halfwits, religious nutjobs, certifiable lunatics & rabid warmongers.
Pitted against him are an equally colourful and motley crew, fronted by a gerontocracy worthy of the late unlamented Soviet Union in its final death throes.
Trumpus Magnus himself, at 73, appears a scandalously callow youth beside Pelosi, 80, at the helm of the legislature, Bernie, supposedly the Great "Left" Hope at 79, and Creepy Joe, who at 77 is slated to become the new Commander-In-Chief, or Vice President, or Senator, or Something Or Other, provided he can remember his own name and which country he's living in at the time.
So just break out the popcorn and watch the whole tawdry, degrading spectacle. It's the Greatest Show In Town, and it's all completely free.
They charge fifteen quid now to get in the local cinema, though admittedly that does include the popcorn.

Watt , Nov 22, 2020 5:43 PM Reply to paul

An enjoyable read, in spite of the unprepossessing content. Satire is truly a gift.

Schmitz Katze , Nov 22, 2020 2:26 AM

President Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address, known for its warnings about the growing power of the "military-industrial complex

Eisenhower's "Military-Industrial Complex" Speech Origins and Significance

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gg-jvHynP9Y?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

John Ervin , Nov 22, 2020 5:15 AM Reply to Schmitz Katze

It was so awfully cute of Ike to mildly fulminate to us so, well, almost "democratically", in his farewell speech to the nation, and so soon after he had just woken up from a Rip van Winkel-esque nap of 8 years, next the Oval Office.

It was almost as if he cared. He had shortly before this swan song told his security honchos, "I have nothing to leave the next President but a legacy of ashes" -- a phrase which became the title of a condemnatory tome on the CIA by Tim Weiner, who had previously received a Pulitzer for his first book on that murky topic.

"A LEGACY OF ASHES". That gray pile accrued while Eisenhower was working out the geriatric kinks of his golf swing, a passetemps made as familiar to us in our own times by another Republican President.

During his two terms, the actual bona fide Nazi Gestapo had completely embedded itself in Langley, with Josef Mengele (according to Fred Burks of wanttoknow.info, among others) training our agents on site, thanks to favoring treatment by Allen Dulles and Hitler's top Nazi spy, General Reinhard Gehlen, the two leading that key Agency all on Ike's dubious "watch".

And the rest is history, mystery, and much misery.

Ours, and above all, the rest of the world's .

You can trace the origins of our current Covid pickle directly to that.

Thanks Ike! For the warning Farewell.

Hope you didn't let the door hit you on the way out.

£4£+$4$+MY2¢~~~~

martin , Nov 22, 2020 6:47 AM Reply to John Ervin

May I add a reference to Eisenhower's death camps..

James Bacque 'Other Losses: An Investigation into the mass deaths of German prisoners at the hands of the French and Americans after World War II

John Ervin , Nov 22, 2020 7:31 AM Reply to martin

Yes, I've seen some on that. I just am not very impressed with Eisenhower, since many really sinister things rolled into our government and country, on his "watch". And it seemed like he didn't do much about it.

After JFK's execution, I heard an interview with "Jackie" not long ago, it happened back in those days:

REPORTER: So what DID your husband think of Eisenhower?

JACQUELINE: "Not much."

Frankly, it seems like in the court of (real) History, he would need a real good lawyer.

Robert MacNamara said in the great film by Erroll Morris' "The Fog of War" that if we had been the conquered, there would have been some real Nuremberg-esque war tribunals trying our leaders and hanging U.S. for war crimes.

That "confession" is in the film, from the lips of a man who bombed the hell out of much of Asia in his stint under Curtis LeMay, and his dubious commands.

And LeMay remained "gungho" after WW II.

I mean, any way you slice it, there is too much of that, from all of them.

It's just not right.

But, hey, Ike warned us about the MIC on his way out of the Big Round Room.

Why are we not impressed?

kevin , Nov 22, 2020 5:51 PM Reply to John Ervin

Eisenhower was a servant of the Wall Street/Eastern Establishment (now globalist) ruling class based in and around the Council on Foreign Relations and the CIA at its highest levels. Allen Dulles, CIA director under Eisenhower and CFR president in the late 1940s, was its embodiment. Eisenhower was their president and his warning about the military-industrial complex probably had more to do with the potential threat it posed as a rival to Wall Street interests.

Researcher , Nov 22, 2020 7:07 PM Reply to John Ervin

Yes. Too little, too late. It's like JFK's speech to the newspaper men in NYC. He was talking about future censorship of the press and a heating up of the Cold War. If he'd actually intended to expose Secret Societies and the banking cabal with their eugenics agenda, to the public he could have done it any time.

Maybe his only real mistake or perhaps secret purpose was signing Executive Order 11110 which gave the US the ability to issue its own notes against US silver reserves without going through the Fed.

The US silver reserves were probably stolen by the Fed from the Treasury after JFK's death. Going off the gold standard by Nixon further exacerbated the debt and inflation.

Certainly the manipulation of the silver market by JP Morgan and others and the inability of Congress or an independent body or any agency to audit the Fed, or Fort Knox is connected to aspects of that Act, Executive Order 11110.

Sometimes I wonder if the US really had a president with any integrity since Andrew Jackson left office.

[Nov 26, 2020] Lin Wood to Newsmax TV- Court Must Stop Certifying of Georgia Electors - Newsmax.com

Nov 26, 2020 | www.newsmax.com

The 39 Best Black Friday Deals of 2020 Home | Platinum Tags: 2020 Elections | linwood | georgia | lawsuit | appeal Lin Wood to Newsmax TV: Court Must Stop Certifying of Georgia Electors (Newsmax TV/"The Chris Salcedo Show")

By Brian Trusdell | Wednesday, 25 November 2020 07:00 PM

Short URL | Email Article | Comment | Contact | A A Copy Shortlink

Famed attorney Lin Wood told Newsmax TV on Wednesday that he has filed an appeal with the 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals to overturn Georgia's election results based on his claim that the Georgia secretary of state unilaterally and unconstitutionally changed election rules.

Wood, who famously represented Richard Jewell -- wrongfully accused of the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing in 1996 -- said he is seeking to void the election results and have the matter turned over to the Georgia legislature.


[Nov 26, 2020] Trump Legal Team And PA Republican Legislators Election Hearing At Gettysburg

Highly recommended!
Contains 3:54 video LIVE- Pennsylvania State Legislature Holds Public Hearing on 2020 Election - YouTube
From comments to YouTube: "570,000 votes for Biden in 90 minutes" (1:30), "IM HONORED TO BE HERE REPRESENTING FREEDOM!", "The Legislature, are our Lawmakers and they need to enforce and protect the people from corrupt politicians who seek to capitalize on their position of power for person profit and personal gain."
" Fascinating testimony. Amazingly straightforward and easy to follow. Not surprised at any information given, only sadly disappointed that our country allowed itself to get to this point by not standing firm and stopping the deceit for several generations. Thank you for finally standing up and addressing the disgrace."
"It's in everyone's interest to have a full vetting of election irregularities and fraud," Giuliani said in a statement Tuesday. "And the only way to do this is with public hearings, complete with witnesses, videos, pictures and other evidence of illegalities from the November 3rd election."
"There were serious irregularities, we have proof of fraud in a number of states, and it is important for all Americans to have faith in our electoral process," Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said in a statement. "All we have wanted from the outset is to count every legal vote and discount every illegal vote."
Nov 26, 2020 | www.realclearpolitics.com

WHO: Senate Majority Policy Committee Chair David Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill); Senate Majority Leader-Elect Kim Ward (R-39); State Rep. Dan Moul (R-91); State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89); and State Rep Paul Schemel (R-90); among other lawmakers will join Senator Mastriano in this historic hearing.

Mastriano is clear what is at risk.

"Elections are a fundamental principle of our democracy – unfortunately, Pennsylvanians have lost faith in the electoral system," said Mastriano, who recently called for the resignation of State Department Secretary Kathy Boockvar for negligence and incompetence. "It is unacceptable."

"Over the past few weeks, I have heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians regarding issues experienced at the polls, irregularities with the mail-in voting system and concerns whether their vote was counted," said Mastriano. "We need to correct these issues to restore faith in our republic."

WHERE: Wyndham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

The hearing will be streamed live on policy.pasenategop.com.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 25th at 12:30 pm.

"We want assurance that the issues encountered during this past election don't happen again," said Chairman Argall. "Senator Mastriano requested this meeting because Pennsylvanians deserve a fair election."

[Nov 26, 2020] Propaganda, Election Fraud and the Death of Journalism

Nov 23, 2020 | www.realclearpolitics.com
(Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Easy question: Is it illegal to steal an election or not?

You would have to assume that it is no big deal based on the response to claims of widespread fraud in the contest between President Trump and Joe Biden. Big Media says the evidence just doesn't exist, and most Americans seem to be lost in a blue haze of blind acceptance that whatever they are told by the talking heads on TV must be true.

Recommended

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/distroscale-public/vplayer-parallel/20200902_2348/ima_html5/index.html

me title=

This kind of unthinking obedience to authority is a frightening harbinger of an America that is no longer a nation of laws, but rather a nation of edicts. You can already see that unfolding in the sheep-like acceptance of COVID-19 restrictions that blatantly ignore the Constitution. But if you dare do your own independent assessment of facts -- whether regarding the efficacy of mask use in preventing spread of coronavirus or regarding the security of electronic voting -- you will quickly come to a different conclusion than that which is approved by Big Tech, Big Media and Big Money.

Unfortunately, most people don't take the time to do their own research. They simply believe whatever is told to them. For those in thrall to the establishment media, that means they believe that Trump's allegations of election fraud are "baseless." Remember, the media made that declaration within hours of the election, long before any evidence had been presented in a court of law and before analysis had begun on the raw vote totals. Once that narrative was established, it didn't matter how many affidavits were presented, how many witnesses came forward, or how much analysis suggested that the vote count may have been manipulated. The jury of the American people had already been tainted by Big Media to believe the narrative that Trump is a sore loser.

Don't forget, the mainstream media -- in the interests of public enlightenment (now known as wokeness) -- have spent the past four years reporting as fact that the duly elected president of the United States is a liar, a tax cheat, a Russian puppet, and a racist. In other words, he is a con man who never should have been anywhere near the Oval Office in the first place. So why would anyone now believe his claims that Democrats used phony mail ballots, vote-counting software and foreign manipulation to steal the election? Most of the media is pretending that there is not even a real story to report in what, if true, would be one of the gravest constitutional crises in the history of our republic.

As Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said in his press conference Thursday, "The coverage of this has been almost as dishonest as the scheme itself. The American people are entitled to know this," he warned the press. "You don't have a right to keep it from them. You don't have a right to lie about it."

But, the newsrooms at CNN and MSNBC are keeping it from the public. They refused to even carry Giuliani's press conference laying out the evidence of election fraud. As for Fox News, they covered it, and then put a reporter on the air to say the claims were "simply not true" or "baseless." Clearly, we are not going to get the truth from the media. Has there been even one reporter for a mainstream outlet such as the Washington Post asking questions about the vulnerability of electronic voting systems to hacking or manipulation? Is any news organization demanding that the Justice Department or FBI get to the bottom of the story?

The loss of a free and neutral press means that democracy cannot work even if its elections were completely above board. The capacity of the people to self-govern is dependent on their access to true and accurate information. Sadly, the opposite principle applies as well. When journalism abandons objectivity in favor of an agenda, then the people are in the position of cattle being led to slaughter.

Thomas Jefferson described the abuses of a free press in 1814 in a letter to his friend Walter Jones:

"I deplore the putrid state into which our newspapers have passed and the malignity, the vulgarity and the mendacious spirit of those who write for them These ordures are rapidly depraving the public taste and lessening its relish for sound food. As vehicles of information and a curb on our functionaries, they have rendered themselves useless by forfeiting all title to belief This has, in a great degree, been produced by the violence and malignity of party spirit."

Ouch! Take that, New York Times! Take that, CNN!

Of course, it is just such a malign "party spirit" that informs almost all mainstream journalism in the Age of Trump -- a spirit that is visible in the hostility towards Trump himself, but also in the accommodation towards Democrats such as Joe Biden. Last Monday's Biden press conference was a stunning abdication of responsibility by the media for its much-vaunted role of "speaking truth to power" -- or at least asking tough questions.

Three of the first four queries were merely anti-Trump questions asked in a new way. Instead of asking Trump "How do you justify your unprecedented attempt to obstruct and delay a smooth transfer of power?" the reporters merely asked Biden what he thought about Trump's "unprecedented attempt" blah blah blah. Then the next three questions were about COVID, which after six months of campaigning, even Sleepy Joe Biden could answer with his eyes closed.

Mgid PACIFIC HORIZON Legal Steroid Turning Men Into Beasts Even With No Exercise LEARN MORE →

Isn't the media going to hold Biden accountable just like they claimed to hold Trump accountable? Why not ask about the curious patterns of vote counting in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia that make millions of people think Biden tried to steal the election? Shouldn't he be asked to support a full investigation to prove his victory was legitimate? How about a question about whether Hunter Biden will come out of hiding now that the election is over? How about asking the "president-in-waiting" to condemn the BLM and antifa violence that sent several innocent Trump supporters to the hospital two weeks ago?

How about our celebrity journalists celebrate their own crucial role as defenders of democracy? If they don't want to "render themselves useless," they need to swear allegiance to facts, wherever they lead, and not to one party. Or as Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana put it more indelicately, "They have to be equal opportunity assholes."

But they aren't -- and sooner or later the American people will get tired of being manipulated. Journalism is supposed to give an honest account of the facts so that people can make up their own minds what they believe to be true. Propaganda, on the other hand, is a dishonest attempt to persuade people not to examine the facts for themselves. Journalism starts with facts and allows people to reach their own conclusion. Propaganda starts with a conclusion and manipulates people into accepting it as fact. You can decide for yourself whether what we have today is journalism or propaganda.

But the bottom line is this: Whether or not Donald Trump can prove his case in court should be irrelevant to the job of the press. What honest reporters ought to recognize is the significance of the allegation itself, the historical nature of the crime being alleged, and the importance to the future of our republic that the case must be heard.

Too bad there are so few honest reporters left.

Frank Miele, the retired editor of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell Mont., is a columnist for RealClearPolitics. His new book "How We Got Here: The Left's Assault on the Constitution" is available from his Amazon author page . Visit him at HeartlandDiaryUSA.com to read his daily commentary or follow him on Facebook @HeartlandDiaryUSA or on Twitter or Parler @HeartlandDiary.

steve399 2 days ago

Journalism has gone from news to confirmation bias. Thats the problem and not part of any solution.

Reply 47 6

Show 2 more replies

Uncle+Sam 2 days ago

Americans say there are greater conflicts between Democrats and Republicans than exist between other groups. If one steps back and looks at such partisan polarization dispassionately it becomes clear that by making the conscious decision to suspend judgment and truly listen to the "other side" reconciliation is possible. It seems if peace can break out in the Middle East certainly we can achieve it here at home. :-o

Reply 21 15

Show 8 more replies

jamessamuelwalsh 2 days ago

Frank is 100% correct. The media wants us to believe the people committing the fraud are credible when they deny the fraud. Let's get to the bottom of it. There is far more evidence of voter fraud than there was Russian collusion, but we still spent 3 years "investigating" Russian collusion.

Time to do the same. Appoint a special prosecutor. Spend 2 years and $60M million. Interview hundreds of Democrats, and file unrelated charges when applicable. Until we do the investigation, Biden is and forever will be a #FakePresident.

cubicle-monkey 2 days ago

Remember the old nugget that Washington Post film critic Pauline Kael allegedly said something to the effect of, "How did Nixon win [in a landslide]? I don't know anyone who voted for him." Well, now the right in their own bubble is doing the same thing, but unlike Kael, they conclude that if Trump didn't win, it must have been fraud. Why? They don't know anyone who voted for Biden! Or Trump's rallies were so big!

Ruckus 2 days ago

Biden received more than 15 million more votes than Barack Obama received in his re-election of 2012. Yet, Biden lost in almost every bellwether county across the country. No presidential candidate has been capable of such electoral jujitsu until now.

Ruckus 2 days ago

Trump's victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin were on target until, in the middle of the night, counting was arbitrarily halted. Miraculously, several hundred thousand votes – all for Biden – were mysteriously 'found'; Trump's real leads subsequently vanished.

Paul in Colorado 2 days ago

In the late 1500s the printing press destroyed the monopoly on information that the Roman Catholic church had held for over a thousand years, and its appalling corruption was exposed. A hundred years of religious war followed as the church tried to suppress the Reformation, but free minds prevailed and the Enlightenment followed in the 1700s. Now the Internet has destroyed the American Ruling Class's monopoly on information, and its appalling corruption is being exposed. Now they too are trying suppress the new information channels, but their violent reaction to independent thought will also fail. They do not understand or respect the American character, and the marionettes they put up as opinion leaders have no credibility. The power centers of their thought-police - the press, the TV networks, academia, Hollywood, social media, on-demand riots, etc. - are now greeted with disgust and derision, and their business models are collapsing. The peasant rebellion that put Trump in the White House is real, the hundreds of thousands of Americans who stood in line for hours to attend his rallies are real, and the continual erosion of Ruling Class power in America is real. As is their panic, so amply displayed in this election.

The times, they are a-changing, and a new Enlightenment is coming into view. One without the stifling dead hand of an ossified Ruling Class desperately clinging to its perch.

Ruckus 2 days ago

Donald Trump was pretty much the only incumbent president in U.S. history to lose his re-election while his own party gained seats in the House of Representatives. It's a miracle!

Notmisguided 1 day ago

Its certainly pretty interesting that all but one of what have been the "bellwether" counties since 2000 went for Trump. There was certainly fraud in this election but questionable as to the extent of it.

Ruckus 2 days ago

In a larger list of 58 bellwether counties that have correctly picked the president since 2000, Trump won 51 of them by an average of 15 points, while the other seven went to Biden by around four points. Bellwether counties overwhelmingly chose President Trump, but Biden found a path to victory anyway.

JZ North AZ 2 days ago

Great in dept look at journalistic fraud and its impact on of molding the opinion and will of the unthinking American public. Unfortunately, as a society we must have not reached rock bottom, yet. Otherwise, the people who need to read this would be and the people who recognize it as happening and speaking up to defend against it, would be thanked. Thank you!

Uncle+Sam 2 days ago

While it may seem easy to dismiss such attempts to expose alleged election fraud, following years of a coordinated effort to oust a duly elected president it doesn't seem so far-fetched. :-o

Rob Sjoberg 1 day ago We are to believe that Joe Biden went from 4th in the Iowa caucus to 5th in the New Hampshire Primary to 1st in the South Carolina Primary, after which he proceeded to run the board? Then practically without campaigning went on to win the Presidency, despite the fact his events had trouble drawing 50 people? A telling little detail is that the debates shown on Biden's YouTube channel would consistently have many more down votes than up votes, until late at night when suddenly about 30% of the downvotes would be gone, and just like that old Joe would be the winner! Come on, man!

DisgustedwithElitismNC 2 days ago

'Mika Brzezinski's exact words in reference to Donald Trump's calling out of the media for the failure to accurately report factual information were:

" that he can control, uh, exactly what people think, and that is, that is our job."'

from 'Is it true that MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski stated, "Our job is to control exactly what people think"?' (www. quora. com/ Is-it-true-that-MSNBC-host-Mika-Brzezinski-stated-Our-job-is-to-control-exactly-what-people-think)

So much for getting the fact

Ruckus 2 days ago

Biden underperformed Hillary Clinton in every major metro area around the country, save for Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta and Philadelphia." Robert Barnes, the foremost election analyst, observes in these "big cities in swing states run by Democrats the vote even exceeded the number of registered voters."

[Nov 25, 2020] MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT finds there is SUBSTANTIATED EVIDENCE of troubling and serious allegations of VOTER FRAUD AND IRREGULA

Nov 25, 2020 | thedonald.win

Michigan Supreme Court says they find the evidence of voter fraud to be SERIOUS, TROUBLING, and SUBSTANTIATED! Nothing said is to diminish the troubling and serious allegations of fraud and irregularities asserted by the affiants offered by plaintiffs, among whom is Ruth Johnson, Michigan's immediate past Secretary of State, who testified that, given the "very concerning" "allegations and issues raised by Plaintiffs," she "believe[s] that it would be proper for an independent audit to be conducted as soon as possible to ensure the accuracy and integrity of th[e] election." Plaintiffs' affidavits present evidence to substantiate their allegations, which include claims of ballots being counted from voters whose names are not contained in the appropriate poll books, instructions being given to

disobey election laws and regulations, the questionable appearance of unsecured batches of absentee ballots after the deadline for receiving ballots, discriminatory conduct during the counting and observation process, and other violations of the law. Plaintiffs, in my judgment, have raised important constitutional issues regarding the precise scope of Const 1963, art 2, §4(l)(h) -- a provision of striking breadth added to our Michigan Constitution just two years ago through the exercise of direct democracy and the constitutional initiative process -- and its interplay with MCL 168.31a and other election

https://www.democracydocket.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2020/11/162245-2020-11-23-or.pdf

[Nov 25, 2020] How Joe Biden Plans to Make The American Empire Great Again

Nov 25, 2020 | www.mintpressnews.com


hroughout his campaign, Joe Biden railed against Donald Trump's 'America First' foreign policy, claiming it weakened the United States and left the world in disarray.

He pledged to reverse this decline and recover the damage Trump did to America's reputation. While Donald Trump called to make America Great Again, Biden seeks to Make the American Empire Great Again.

Among the president-elect's pledges is to end the so-called forever wars – the decades-long imperial projects in Afghanistan and Iraq that began under the Bush administration.

Yet Biden – a fervent supporter of those wars – will task ending them to the most neoconservative elements of the Democratic party and ideologues of permanent war.

Michele Flournoy and Tony Blinken sit atop Biden's thousands-strong foreign policy brain trust and have played central roles in every U.S. war going back to the Clinton administration.

In the Trump era, they've cashed in, founding Westexec Advisors – a corporate consulting firm that has become home for Obama administration officials awaiting a return to government.

Flournoy is Biden's leading pick for secretary of defense and Blinken is expected to be national security advisor.

Biden's foxes guard the henhouse

Since the 1990s, Flournoy and Blinken have steadily risen through the ranks of the military-industrial complex, shuffling back and forth between the Pentagon and hawkish think-tanks funded by the U.S. government, weapons companies, and oil giants.

Under Bill Clinton, Flournoy was the principal author of the 1996 Quadrinellial Defense Review, the document that outlined the U.S. military's doctrine of permanent war – what it called "full spectrum dominance."

Flournoy called for "unilateral use of military power" to ensure "uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources."

As Bush administration officials lied to the world about Saddam Hussein's supposed WMD's, Flournoy remarked that "In some cases, preemptive strikes against an adversary's [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities may be the best or only option we have to avert a catastrophic attack against the United States."

Meet the Filthy Rich War Hawks That Make up the Joe Biden Foreign Policy Team Meet the filthy rich war hawks, including Susan Rice and Michele Flournoy, that make up the foreign policy team of President-elect Joe Biden. MintPress News | Alan Macleod | Nov 13

Tony Blinken was a top advisor to then-Senate foreign relations committee chair Joe Biden, who played a key role in shoring up support among the Democrat-controlled Senate for Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq.

As Iraq was plunged into chaos and bloodshed, Flournoy was among the authors of a paper titled "Progressive Internationalism" that called for a "smarter and better" style of permanent war. The paper chastised the anti-war left and stated that "Democrats will maintain the world's most capable and technologically advanced military, and we will not flinch from using it to defend our interests anywhere in the world."

With Bush winning a second term, Flournoy advocated for more troop deployments from the sidelines.

In 2005, Flournoy signed onto a letter from the neoconservative think tank Project for a New American Century, asking Congress to "increase substantially the size of the active duty Army and Marine Corps (by) at least 25,000 troops each year over the next several years."

In 2007, she leveraged her Pentagon experience and contacts to found what would become one of the premier Washington think tanks advocating endless war across the globe: the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

CNAS is funded by the U.S. government, arms manufacturers, oil giants, Silicon Valley tech giants, billionaire-funded foundations, and big banks.

Flournoy joined the Obama administration and was appointed as under secretary of defense for policy, the position considered the "brains" of the Pentagon.

She was keenly aware that the public was wary of more quagmires. In the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, she crafted a new concept of warfare that would expand the permanent war state while giving the appearance of a drawdown.

Flournoy wrote that "unmanned systems hold great promise" – a reference to the CIA's drone assassination program.

This was the Obama-era military doctrine of hybrid war. It called for the U.S. to be able to simultaneously wage war on numerous fronts through secret warfare, clandestine weapons transfers to proxies, drone strikes, and cyber-attacks – all buttressed with propaganda campaigns targeting the American public through the internet and corporate news media.

Architects of America's Hybrid wars

Flournoy continued to champion the endless wars that began in the Bush-era and was a key architect of Obama's disastrous troop surge in Afghanistan. As U.S. soldiers returned in body bags and insurgent attacks and suicide bombings increased some 65% from 2009 and 2010, she deceived the Senate Armed Services Committee, claiming that the U.S. was beginning to turn the tide against the Taliban.

Even with her lie that the U.S. and Afghan government were starting to beat the Taliban back, Flournoy assured the senate that the U.S. would have to remain in Afghanistan long into the future.

Ten years later – as the Afghan death toll passed 150,000 – Flournoy continued to argue against a U.S. withdrawal.

That's the person Joe Biden has tasked with ending the forever war in Afghanistan. But in Biden's own words, he'll "bring the vast majority of our troops home from Afghanistan" implying some number of American troops will remain, and the forever war will be just that. Michele Flournoy explained that even if a political settlement were reached, the U.S. would maintain a presence.

In 2011, the Obama-era doctrine of smart and sophisticated warfare was unveiled in the NATO regime-change war on Libya.

Moammar Gaddafi – the former adversary who sought warm relations with the U.S. and had given up his nuclear weapons program – was deposed and sodomized with a bayonet.

Flournoy, Hillary Clinton's State Department, and corporate media were in lockstep as they waged an extensive propaganda campaign to deceive the U.S. public that Gadaffi's soldiers were on a Viagra-fueled rape and murder spree that demanded a U.S. intervention.

All of this was based on a report from Al Jazeera – the media outlet owned by the Qatari monarchy that was arming extremist militias to overthrow the government.

Yet an investigation by the United Nations called the rape claims "hysteria." Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch found no credible evidence of even a single rape.

Even after Libya was descended into strife and the deception of Gadaffi's forces committing rape was debunked, Michele Flournoy stood by her support for the war.

Tony Blinken, then Obama's deputy national security advisor, also pushed for regime change in Libya. He became Obama's point man on Syria, pushed to arm the so-called "moderate rebels" that fought alongside al-Qaeda and ISIS, and designed the red line strategy to trigger a full-on U.S. intervention. Syria, he told the public, wasn't anything like the other wars the U.S. had waging for more than a decade.

Despite Blinken's promises that it would be a short affair, the war on Syria is now in its ninth year. An estimated half a million people have been killed as a result and the country is facing famine,

Largely thanks to the policy of using "wheat to apply pressure" – a recommendation of Flournoy and Blinken's CNAS think tank.

https://cdn.iframe.ly/PqnRfT3?playerjs=1&click_to_play=true


When the Trump administration launched airstrikes on Syria based on mere accusations of a chemical attack, Tony Blinken praised the bombing, claiming Assad had used the weapon of mass destruction sarin. Yet there was no evidence for this claim, something even then-secretary of Defense James Mattis admitted.

While jihadist mercenaries armed with U..S-supplied weapons took over large swaths of Syria, Tony Blinken played a central role in a coup d'etat in Ukraine that saw a pro-Russia government overthrown in a U.S.-orchestrated color revolution with neo-fascist elements agitating on the ground.

At the time, he was ambivalent about sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, instead opting for economic pressure.

Since then, fascist militias have been incorporated into Ukraine's armed forces. And Tony Blinken urged Trump to send them deadly weapons – something Obama had declined to do.

Trump obliged.

The Third Offset

While the U.S. fuelled wars in Syria and Ukraine, the Pentagon announced a major shift called the Third Offset strategy – a reference to the cold war era strategies the U.S. used to maintain its military supremacy over the Soviet Union.

The Third Offset strategy shifted the focus from counterinsurgency and the war on terror to great power competition against China and Russia, seeking to ensure that the U.S. could win a war against China in Asia. It called for a technological revolution in warfighting capabilities, development of futuristic and autonomous weapons, swarms of undersea and airborne drones, hypersonic weapons, cyber warfare, machine-enhanced soldiers, and artificial intelligence making unimaginably complex battlefield decisions at speeds incomprehensible to the human mind. All of this would be predicated on the Pentagon deepening its relationship with Silicon Valley giants that it birthed decades before: Google and Facebook.

The author of the Third Offset, former undersecretary of defense Robert Work, is a partner of Flournoy and Blinken's at WestExec Advisors. And Flournoy has been a leading proponent of this dangerous new escalation.

In June, Flournoy published a lengthy commentary laying out her strategy called "Sharpening the U.S. Military's Edge: Critical Steps for the Next Administration".

She warned that the United States is losing its military technological advantage and reversing that must be the Pentagon's priority. Without it, Flournoy warned that the U.S. might not be able to defeat China in Asia.

While Flournoy has called for ramping up U.S. military presence and exercises with allied forces in the region, she went so far as to call for the U.S. to increase its destructive capabilities so much that it could launch a blitzkrieg style-attack that would wipe out the entire Chinese navy and all civilian merchant ships in the South China Sea. Not only a blatant war crime but a direct attack on a nuclear power that would spell the third world war.

At the same time, Biden has announced he'll take an even more aggressive and confrontational stance against Russia, a position Flournoy shares.

As for ending the forever wars, Tony Blinken says not so fast.

The end of forever wars?

So Biden will end the forever wars, but not really end them. Secret wars that the public doesn't even know the U.S. is involved in – those are here to stay.

In fact, leaving teams of special forces in place throughout the Middle East is part and parcel of the Pentagon's shift away from counterinsurgency and towards great power competition.

The 2018 National Defense Strategy explains that "Long-term strategic competitions with China and Russia are the principal priorities" and the U.S. will "consolidate gains in Iraq and Afghanistan while moving to a more resource-sustainable approach."

As for the catastrophic war on Yemen, Biden has said he'll end U.S. support, but in 2019, Michele Flournoy argued against ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Biden Signals a Desire To End the Yemen War. Here's Why Yemenis Aren't Buying It Joe Biden has a real chance to add ending one of the twenty-first century's most violent conflicts: the war in Yemen. MintPress News | Ahmed Abdulkareem | Nov 13

Biden pledged he will rejoin the Iran deal as a starting point for new negotiations. However, Trump's withdrawal from the deal discredited the Iranian reformists who seek engagement with the west and empowered the principlists who see the JCPOA as a deal with the devil.

In Latin America, Biden will revive the so-called anti-corruption campaigns that were used as a cover to oust the popular social democrat Brazilian president Lula da Silva.

His Venezuela policy will be almost identical to Trump's – sanctions and regime change.

In Central America, Biden has proposed a 4 billion dollar package to support corrupt right-wing governments and neoliberal privatization projects that create even more destabilization and send vulnerable masses fleeing north to the United States.

Behind their rhetoric, Biden, Flournoy, and Blinken will seek nothing less than global supremacy, escalating a new and even more dangerous arms race that risks the destruction of humanity. That's what Joe Biden calls "decency" and "normalcy."

Feature photo | Graphic by Antonio Cabrera for MintPress News

Dan Cohen is a journalist and filmmaker. He has produced widely distributed video reports and print dispatches from across Israel-Palestine. Dan is a correspondent at RT America and tweets at @ DanCohen3000 .

[Nov 25, 2020] A military fiasco of the United States might be needed in order to bring "cruise missile liberals" to understand the need of of abandoning Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine

Nov 25, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

One Too Many , Nov 25 2020 6:24 utc | 93

This is nothing new, the war machine keeps going and going. I actually found an individual that has the same outlook on stopping the behavior of the United States as I do. International lawyer Christopher Black in this interview had the following to say.

A Biden Administration Will Be Dominated by More U.S. Aggression

Question: What in your view needs to change in order to make U.S. foreign conduct abide by international law and therefore enhance the prospects for world peace?

Christopher Black: It will require a revolution in the United States to do that, an overthrow of the economic powers that control the machinery of the state, but there is no prospect of that happening. There is really no effective opposition to these policies in the U.S. The peace movement is weak and fragmented, dominated by the "cruise missile liberals". The voices of reason have no power, no real influence among the masses of the people which are dominated by a sophisticated propaganda machine known as the "media". Censorship is increasing and the few critical voices that exist are being silenced.

It will take, in my view, a military defeat of the United States in order to bring about the conditions necessary for the required changes. And, perhaps that will happen, as China has stated time and again, that if Washington decides to take direct control of their island of Taiwan and the Americans interfere or if they are attacked in the South China Sea, they will defeat the U.S. But such a war would have world consequences and would cause realignments of power not only in the USA, if we all survive it.


Line Islands , Nov 25 2020 11:05 utc | 103

Biden is a tent revival for the aptly named "cruise missile liberals" and some of the more shadowy neo-conservative forces in retreat and determined to bring democracy building home after their colonial expeditions extinguished it at home, hastening the rise of America's own Saddam in Trump. Biden's own instincts may be decisive, however, and he was against war in Libya while also in favor of splitting Iraq. The dementia rumors are nonsense; Biden is a canny and often mendacious operator, and while I think Trump is a fascist and quite possibly a Russian mafia sub-boss, Biden may well be the restoration of more homegrown, American mafia rule. An argument that Giuliani has made in so many words, standing as he does on the Russian side and yelling into the shifting parapolitical winds.

William Gruff , Nov 25 2020 11:59 utc | 104

Line Islands @102

It's not really that complicated for China. They have no interest in or need to strike the American mainland. That would only be necessary if they were seeking global hegemony like the US, which they are not. Their strategic nuclear capabilities are strictly deterrence. All China has to do is survive the coming conflict arising from the Thucydides Trap that the US and China are caught in with minimal damage to their industrial capacity, infrastructure, and population.

That I specified "survive" and not "win" is not a mistake. The default outcome if nothing is done is that China ascends to uncontested sole global economic superpower status. That is not necessarily their intention but rather the natural outcome of China continuing the development of their domestic human capital and quality of life for 1.4 billion people. China doesn't have to take the fight to the US to end up on top, and the US has no choice but to somehow turn back the economic clock in China to keep its position as global imperial hegemon. Color revolution attempts, trade war, and bioweapon attacks have all failed the empire miserably, so all the US has left is to go kinetic.

The "US aircraft carrier force projection model" is effectively nullified by China, but those assets are still protected by America's delusional reality exclusion zone: "Destroying our carriers is unthinkable! No one would ever dare do that!" . That defense will prove inadequate against China's variety of "carrier killer" missiles.

As for America's stealth aircraft, China's defenses will likely be a surprise to many in the American empire. Furthermore, America's only stealth aircraft with sufficient range to reach China's mainland on anything other than a one way suicide mission would be the B-2 bomber, of which America only has 21. Those 21 will not last long in a kinetic conflict. Quite a few will likely simply be destroyed on the runway in Diego Garcia while the survivors will get to find out how well China's nifty new quantum radar works. The F-22 and F-35 would require refueling to get from carrier stand-off distance to the mainland and refueling again to get back, with America's aerial tankers needing to loiter within range of China's air defenses... not a good battle plan for the empire. Those stealth aircraft will not shift the advantage in the empire's favor, and attrition will be much higher than expected among them.

It must be repeated that China doesn't need to destroy the United States. They are not playing the board game "Risk" after all. China just needs to defeat the American empire's military force projection capabilities in their own neighborhood, and China already has that capacity right now. Every day that elapses shifts the advantage further into China's favor, so the empire needs to act while they still have the ability to do so. Trump's unwillingness to do more than bark loudly and his resistance to going kinetic is why the imperial elites had to fraud the elections so openly to get a more compliant figurehead into office ASAP. That the empire couldn't wait another four years means that we will see "interesting times" (yeah, even more interesting than the preceding twelve months!) real soon now.

Bemildred , Nov 25 2020 13:29 utc | 111

"A cornered dog will bite, even if it is obvious that it cannot win."

So will I, so what?

"It was never China's nor Iran's intention to "corner" the empire. That is simply the situation that America finds itself in now that its economy is in "late capitalism" decline. It is really not even anyone's fault, not even Trump or Reagan or any of the other usual suspects."

I agree, but again, so what? I'm not concerned with who is morally correct, I'm mainly concerned with whether there is going to be a big war and what happens if there is, that's not a moral question. I've been waiting around 40 years to watch our collapse, and I still think there is enough that is/was good here to be worth hoping for a soft landing. That's probably better for the rest of the planet too, but it's arguable.

Neither Iran of China is cornered, they are well-prepared, well-supported by "partners", and on their home turf. WE are not ready. We are vunerable. But we are not cornered either, nobody is going to come over here and interfere while we fight among ourselves.

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 25 2020 13:10 utc | 109

oldhippie , Nov 25 2020 13:34 utc | 112

What scares me about Blinken and Sullivan is the career trajectory. Both had completely unearned and unreasonable success every step of their lives. There is never any explanation for this manner of success but family connections. Neither has done anything of note other than to occupy positions of power.

Sullivan is all of 43 years old, has been a mover and shaker since his twenties. Any who have never read Halberstam's Best and Brightest might look at that now. We are in for a shit show. Biden is not going to do anything but take his meds and take a lot of naps. Already he is not to be seen. The crew named so far will steamroller Kamala, she is no more than a figurehead.

Likely she won't even stay in the room when it gets serious. Best possible outcome is that kids who have never done anything but suck up won't know what to do when they are left in charge with no adult supervision. Or there will be shadowy figures in background who steady the rudder.

More likely is war.

William Gruff , Nov 25 2020 13:45 utc | 114

Bemildred @111

Yes, it is not a moral question, it is an economic one. Wars have never been about morality.

That said, China has for a number of years now been preparing for a minimally damaging escape from the Thucydides Trap, and by "minimally damaging" I mean for the US as well. As I said above the Chinese are not at all interested in hurting the US.

The plan is to "spring" the Thucydides Trap in the South China Sea and hopefully confine most of the damage to that area. If successful then the empire gets its soft landing (albeit with significant amounts of military materiel and personnel sacrificed) and humanity moves beyond the Trap.

I have my fingers crossed that the plan works.

Piotr Berman , Nov 25 2020 14:31 utc | 116

@ PB 75
visible costs of vassaldom . . costs of American presence....decreasing the national security. . .participating in sanctions
Yes, plus a primary reason . . .Cost of buying US military junk like F-35. Foreign military sales is a mainstay of the US economy.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 25 2020 3:43 utc | 83

When you add the numbers, "military junk" has notable prestige -- with matching prices, but the total loot of American companies is probably many times larger. For example, Trump waged a series of trade wars to perpetuate negligible taxation of "technology giants" like Google or Amazon. "Intellectual property" was a stumbling block in the trade war with China, with dire consequences for soy growing farmers in USA (and a boon to their colleagues in South America). Then there is pharma. It seems that the really big companies are comfortable being in relative shadow behind arms makers, and discourse on security threats and needs --because Russian use trolls to interfere with elections, we (all countries that cherish what is good and precious) need new generations of nukes, planes, ships and toilet seats. However illogical, it is more noble sounding than preventing the likes of Apple from more than nominal taxation.

[Nov 25, 2020] What We Know About Sidney Powell by Jeremy W. Peters

Nov 25, 2020 | www.nytimes.com

>

Ms. Powell did not have much of a reputation in conservative legal circles until last year when she took on the case of Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump's first national security adviser, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. but later sought to withdraw his plea. The case became something of a cause célèbre among many Trump loyalists, who have long insisted that the president and his allies were the target of nefarious "deep state" law enforcement and intelligence officials.

Ms. Powell, a native North Carolinian who began her legal career as an assistant federal prosecutor in Texas, certainly believed that. And through her aggressive defense of Mr. Flynn -- she often used incendiary rhetoric, accusing the F.B.I. of committing "atrocities" against her client -- she became an admired figure on the right and a frequent guest on conservative radio and television programs.

... ... ...

In a statement to The New York Times earlier this year, Ms. Powell said she had long considered "prosecutorial misconduct and overreach" a problem. Conspiracies within the American government have been a preoccupation of hers for some time: In 2014 she self-published a book that purports to be a seminal work in "exposing 'the Deep State.'"

The book arose from her work in private practice, where she spent years representing defendants in the Enron financial scandal, including the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and James A. Brown, a former executive at Merrill Lynch. During that time she began to impugn the motives of one of the federal prosecutors on the case, Andrew Weissmann, who went on to be a member of the special counsel team under Robert S. Mueller III, who led the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

... ... ...

In an interview last week on the top-rated "Rush Limbaugh Show" -- in which she spoke for nearly 20 minutes and faced no skepticism from the guest host, Mark Steyn -- Ms. Powell claimed that the voting machines in question had been designed to rig elections for the former ruler of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013. They were "so hackable a 15-year-old could do it," she said. And she cited unnamed "math experts" she had supposedly consulted who told her how an algorithm added votes for President Trump to Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s totals.

In an interview the day before on Fox Business, Ms. Powell also said the conspiracy involved "dead people" who voted "in massive numbers" -- again offering no proof -- and described how fraudulent paper ballots were also part of the scheme.

Speaking early last week to the right-wing radio host Mark Levin, who has the fourth-largest audience in talk radio, Ms. Powell said she had obtained an affidavit from someone purportedly present when the scheme was hatched by pro-Chávez forces in Venezuela to rig his elections.

Because of her involvement in the Flynn case, the pro-Trump media often presented her as an expert with unimpeachable credentials.

"Sidney Powell is no joke," declared one Breitbart article published last week, which mentioned her early career as a federal prosecutor and her work for Mr. Flynn. Mr. Limbaugh, too, told his audience last week that he seriously doubts she would be putting her credibility on the line if she hadn't uncovered serious wrongdoing.

Other Trump allies were less convinced that her claims should be taken seriously. Tucker Carlson of Fox News said last week that when he pressed Ms. Powell, she failed to produce any evidence to support the elaborate conspiracy she purported to have uncovered. His dissent was not appreciated by the president's defenders, or by Ms. Powell, who said Mr. Carlson had been "very insulting, demanding and rude" to her.

Despite initial praise from the president, who announced less than two weeks ago that she had been added to his team of "wonderful lawyers," it was never clear during her brief time with the campaign what her job was supposed to be. Her efforts on behalf of the Trump campaign appeared to be largely limited to public relations She has defended the president and attacked the integrity of the vote solely on Twitter, on television and at news conferences, acting more as a publicity agent than a lawyer.

She has said she plans to file a suit in Georgia but hasn't yet. It is unclear whether that work will continue now that the Trump campaign has cut her loose.

Jeremy W. Peters covers national politics. His other assignments in his decade at The Times have included covering the financial markets, the media, New York politics and two presidential campaigns. He is also an MSNBC contributor.

[Nov 25, 2020] In Nevada: a Judge has allowed NV Republicans to present findings of widespread voter fraud in a Dec. 3rd hearing

Nov 25, 2020 | twitter.com

Mark Meadows @MarkMeadows Nov 24

BIG news in Nevada: a Judge has allowed NV Republicans to present findings of widespread voter fraud in a Dec. 3rd hearing. Americans will now hear evidence from those who saw firsthand what happened -- a critical step for transparency and remedying illegal ballots. Stay tuned.

[Nov 25, 2020] Listen VERY closely to what this witness in PA says happened with roughly 600K votes during curious "spikes" in the vote count... 570K to Biden... just 3,200 to Trump

Nov 25, 2020 | twitter.com



Dinesh D'Souza @DineshDSouza 7h
Listen VERY closely to what this witness in PA says happened with roughly 600K votes during curious "spikes" in the vote count... 570K to Biden... just 3,200 to Trump?!?!? 470 7.8K 16.5K

[Nov 25, 2020] Yes, Election Fraud is Real. And its a Longstanding Tradition on Both Sides of the Aisle

Nov 25, 2020 | www.mintpressnews.com


merican democracy is in limbo after the long-anticipated, contested election has finally come to pass. More than a week removed from November 3, Democrats and Republicans peddle their own version of events as a corporate media blitzkrieg tries to manufacture consent for Joe Biden as president-elect in true Guaidó style. Trump plays the villain, ensconced in the Oval Office while his cabinet officials pitch weak legal challenges that fail to address substantive issues of electoral fraud and serve to simply prolong the stalemate and build up the tension for the grand finale.

Despite evidence of fatal vulnerabilities underlying the electronic voting infrastructure of the United States that leave the systems at the very heart of the democratic process open to election rigging on a massive scale, much of the American public is unaware of the extent of the problem and how easily election results can be manipulated without leaving a trace.

The bumbling incompetence of the Trump administration provides cover for the machinations of the U.S. establishment, which more nuanced independent coverage has revealed in great detail. Taking the deliberate preparations made for this particular eventuality into consideration, complete with table-top exercises and the creation of new federal agencies and programs since the start of the 2016 presidential race, it is clear that the 2020 Election was targeted as an opportunity to fundamentally transform the American political juggernaut, in tandem with the ongoing worldwide economic reset.

A statement released last Thursday by the director of one of the newest agencies, in charge of overseeing cybersecurity infrastructure in the United States, claimed that there was "no evidence [ ] any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised." Chris Krebs, the head of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), directly contradicted the Trump-appointed chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), who last week told the conservative outlet Newsmax that voter fraud was definitely taking place.

Cyberbullies

Part of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency's mission centers on assuring compliance with DHS dictates surrounding election security protocols. The standalone federal agency with oversight from the Department of Homeland Security was formed two years after an embarrassing incident involving DHS occurred during the 2016 general election, when Georgia's then secretary of state,­ – now governor – Brian Kemp, announced that cyberattacks on its voting systems had been traced to the federal law enforcement agency.

Washington Mulls National Guard at Polls as Obama-era Russiagaters Profer Election Advice A neoliberal think tank filled with Obama-era national security officials has been advising State District Attorneys Offices on how to prepare for election violence. MintPress News | Raul Diego | Nov 16

In 2020 with CISA firmly in place, DHS' cybersecurity division implemented a " 24/7 war room " to ostensibly guard against election hacking. CISA's Krebs, a former cybersecurity policy director at Microsoft, led the effort to "monitor a network of every state's election system simultaneously until every vote is counted," according to News Nation , which was allowed to bring a camera crew into the operation in Fort Meade , Maryland.

In the lead up to the 2020 election, warnings about Russian and Iranian cyberwarriors running roughshod over the electoral contest were everywhere in U.S. media. Dire warnings of an existential threat to democracy by foreign actors that never materialized were leveraged to implement new security measures in partnership with the private sector. Krebs floated the excuse for a conspicuously absent horde of Eurasian hackers, that America's enemies chose to "sit out this election" in a recent New York Times article .

The fact is that neither Russia nor Iran have anywhere near the level of access to America's election system as the handful of private companies who are part of an electronic voting machine cartel, which currently controls over 92% of the elections market in the United States.

You Don't Really HAVA Choice

In a prolific time for draconian government overreach, one of the lesser-known pieces of legislation proposed by the Bush administration was the Help America Vote Act ( HAVA ), passed by a Republican-controlled House and a unanimous vote by a Democrat-led Senate in December 2001. The bill was signed into law 11 months later and "greatly accelerated the full computerization of U.S. elections," according to Jonathan Simon, an election integrity advocate and author of "Code Red, Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century," in an interview with MintPress .

Simon describes the legislation's carrot-and-stick approach to goad states into adopting technologies like touchscreen voting systems known as DREs, which were later replaced with barcode systems or BMDs, which were "entirely lacking in cyber-security provisions to protect the increasingly concealed process it promoted." Among the bill's authors is none other than the current Senate leader and Republican kingmaker, Mitch McConnell, who has defended Trump's right to challenge the election results without committing to a particular outcome.

"If, as was claimed," Simon continues, "HAVA would make voting easier and thus increase turnout, as we can see clearly today, that was decidedly not a GOP goal, certainly not of a tactician like McConnell." The partisan motivations Simon ascribes to HAVA are clear enough, and, as he points out, should have been clear to Democrats as well. But, the argument that the American liberal establishment had no inkling of the ramifications fails to account for the Democrats' own forays into the closely held universe of electronic voting systems.

Electronic Voting

Voting machines fill the floor for early voting at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Oct. 12, 2020. Brynn Anderson | AP

A week ago, FOX Anchor Maria Bartiromo casually let slip on air that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's chief of staff, Sidney Powell, had become a lobbyist for Dominion Voting Systems – one of a handful of companies that maintain a close-knit cartel of electronic voting systems, which together control 92% of the election marketplace. Nevertheless, Dominion's market share is dwarfed by ES&S; the largest election voting machine company in the United States and whose "subcontractors that [do] the actual programming, maintenance, and distribution" are controlled by GOP political allies, according to Simon.

The wrangling these firms engage in to steal electoral markets from each other, and the inseparable political problems such dynamics can cause, was on full display in Louisiana just before the 2018 midterm elections when its Democrat governor, John Bel Edwards, canceled a $95 million dollar contract that had been awarded to Dominion after competitor ES&S filed a complaint about the contracting process. Edwards was accused by his Republican secretary of state of siding "with his political buddies over election security," which contradicts the prevailing notions of a pure partisan split along this issue.

Fatal Vulnerabilities

Experts on both sides of the political divide concede that both voter fraud and election fraud occur with considerable frequency since the advent of electronic voting machines. In addition to Dominion and ES&S, only five other companies dominate this space: Tenex, SGO/Smartmatic, Hart InterCivic, Demtech, and Premier (formerly Diebold).

Virtually all have been accused of vote count manipulation or other irregularities associated with their systems. Hart, for instance, was accused of vote flipping (the practice of switching the votes from one candidate to their opponent) in Texas. Dominion also ran into issues in the Lone Star state when its systems failed certification over accessibility problems.

"Much of the equipment being used to record and count votes," explains Jonathan Simon, "is either modem-equipped, which leaves it highly vulnerable to remote interference, or programmed with the use of other computers than are internet-connected, allowing the alteration of memory cards and code running in either precinct-level machines (like BMDs, DREs, or Optical Scanners) or central tabulators."

Examples of these dangerous weaknesses were explored in a recent video published by a self-styled national security professional, L. Todd Wood , where conservative elections security expert, Russ Ramsland, breaks down his findings from a forensic analysis of a 1000+ page voter log taken out of Dallas County's central tabulation center in the aftermath of the 2018 midterm elections.

https://cdn.iframe.ly/M7DMJcB?v=1&app=1

Ramsland identified instances of votes being replaced in 96 precincts, an inordinate number of database "updates" and other serious irregularities that point to vote-count manipulation and amount to election fraud. His most explosive allegation centered around claims of real-time vote-swapping in the 2019 gubernatorial election in Kentucky, where Ramsland asserts that thousands of votes originally given for the Republican candidate were swapped live on a CNN broadcast and added to the tally of the Democratic candidate, Andy Beshear, who would end up winning the election.

Ramsland also alleged that the election data of that race was being stored in a server in Frankfurt, Germany before being cycled through the central tabulation database, which syncs automatically with the numbers shown to television viewers. This server has been pounced on by Trump supporters in recent days and repeated by Rudy Giuliani in his podcast on Friday when he also purported to have direct evidence of election fraud.

While it is practically impossible for the layman to unravel the complexities underlying the encryption and cloud technologies underlying the present-day election system in the United States, few can doubt that moving towards a digital voting system removes whatever last vestiges of control the regular American citizen had in a once participatory exercise of democracy.

Asked if democracy can even exist under such conditions, Simon refers to a prediction he made in "CODE RED," in which he augurs "an inexorable progression to where we are now: public trust eroded, the losers making wild allegations, no one able to prove anything, [and] everyone kind of waking up to the realization that our concealed computerized vote-counting process does not yield evidence-based results."

Spook Charade

Giuliani's promises of whistleblowers coming forward to save the day for the MAGA crowd and call the election off aren't likely to produce anything of consequence as this charade only serves to further pave the way for the ruling classes, who are consolidating their grip on power and wealth at mind-boggling speeds thanks to the peculiar advantages bestowed upon them by the pandemic protocols. Real evidence of election fakery is too widespread to confront as part of a national discussion, as that would threaten the position of the politicians who depend on a rigged system and the powerful interests that control them.

With the extremes of the American political spectrum lighting up in deep reds and blues, whatever emerges out of the ashes won't resemble much that came before it, and regardless of the election results, America's inexorable march towards techno-fascism is moving right along.


Watch | America's Election Debacle Highlights Anti-Democratic Hijinks of Both Parties

https://cdn.iframe.ly/Mu3dkPd?playerjs=1&click_to_play=true


Actual voter and election fraud takes place in every national American election and is just as prevalent in state and municipal elections, as well. From vote splitting to voter suppression tactics to direct manipulation of election results, both political parties have usurped the electoral processes to lie and cheat their way into power more than once.

But with the advent of digital voting systems, even the scandals we always seem to hear about far too late will vanish from sight, as well. The most straightforward aspect of democracy – voting – is disappearing behind a curtain of ones and zeros that only technocratic lackeys will be able to pull back. Trump, who was plucked from the reality TV screen like Jeff Daniels in "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and inserted into the national contest for the highest office in the land, will do nothing to change that.

Publically available FBI documents show the sitting president has been an FBI informant since the early eighties and his rise to the highest office in the land was not the case of a brash, independent billionaire who decided to run for president to "Make America Great Again." After all, Donald Trump's long-standing ties with the very "deep state" many of his staunchest supporters are convinced he is dismantling, actually reveals a factional war among the ruling class behind the scenes.

With a president who is as deep state as it gets, if there's something we can take away from the last four years and these last few days since the election, it's that the American establishment's over-the-top partisanship has been a ruse undertaken to hide the fact that they are united in waging a class war like never before.

Feature photo | Graphic by Antonio Cabrera for MintPress News

Raul Diego is a MintPress News Staff Writer, independent photojournalist, researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker.

[Nov 25, 2020] A complete schism from reality by Caitlin Johnstone

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... Because people are a lot more likely to click, read and share information which validates their pre-existing opinions and follow people who do the same, social media is notorious for the way it creates tightly insulated echo chambers which masturbate our confirmation bias and hide any information which might cause us cognitive dissonance by contradicting it. Whole media careers were built on this phenomenon during the years of Russiagate hysteria, and we see it play out in spheres from imperialism to Covid-19 commentary to economic policy. ..."
"... Someone benefits from this dynamic, and it isn't you. As we've discussed previously, we know from WikiLeaks documents that powerful people actively seek to build ideological echo chambers for the purpose of propaganda and indoctrination, and there is surely a lot more study going into the subject than we've seen been shown. Splitting the public up into two oppositional factions who barely interact and can't even communicate with each other because they don't share a common reality keeps the populace impotent, ignorant, and powerless to stop the unfolding of the agendas of the powerful. ..."
"... It's just people manipulating you away from your natural, healthy inclination toward peace. Get out of your echo chamber, look at the raw information instead of the narratives, and stop letting the sociopaths manipulate you. ..."
"... Hate is the only thing that holds the American Empire together. Without its Two Minutes of Hate, America will break up apart into a million pieces. ..."
Nov 25, 2020 | caitlinjohnstone.com

This Is Your Brain On Echo Chambers -- Right Calls Biden A Xi Puppet As He Packs His Cabinet With China Hawks – by Caitlin Johnston

... ... ...

This complete schism from reality, where you've got an incoming administration stacked with Beltway insiders who want to attack Chinese interests running alongside an alternate imaginary universe in which Biden is a subservient CCP lackey, is only made possible with the existence of media echo chambers. It's the same exact dynamic that made it possible for liberals to spend four years shrieking conspiracy theories about the executive branch of the US government being run by a literal Russian agent even as Trump advanced mountains of world-threatening cold war escalations against Moscow in the real world.

You see this dynamic at work in conventional media, where plutocrat-controlled outlets like Breitbart are still frantically pushing the Russiagate sequel narrative that Hunter Biden's activities in China mean that his father is a CCP asset. You also see it in social media, where, as explained by journalist Jonathan Cook in an article about the documentary The Social Dilemma , "as we get herded into our echo chambers of self-reinforcing information, we lose more and more sense of the real world and of each other."

"We live in different information universes, chosen for us by algorithms whose only criterion is how to maximise our attention for advertisers' products to generate greater profits for the internet giants," writes Cook.

Because people are a lot more likely to click, read and share information which validates their pre-existing opinions and follow people who do the same, social media is notorious for the way it creates tightly insulated echo chambers which masturbate our confirmation bias and hide any information which might cause us cognitive dissonance by contradicting it. Whole media careers were built on this phenomenon during the years of Russiagate hysteria, and we see it play out in spheres from imperialism to Covid-19 commentary to economic policy.

Someone benefits from this dynamic, and it isn't you. As we've discussed previously, we know from WikiLeaks documents that powerful people actively seek to build ideological echo chambers for the purpose of propaganda and indoctrination, and there is surely a lot more study going into the subject than we've seen been shown. Splitting the public up into two oppositional factions who barely interact and can't even communicate with each other because they don't share a common reality keeps the populace impotent, ignorant, and powerless to stop the unfolding of the agendas of the powerful.

You should not be afraid of your government being too nice to China. What you should worry about is the US-centralized power alliance advancing a multifront new cold war conducted simultaneously against two nuclear-armed nations for the first time ever in human history. There are far, far too many small moving parts in such a cold war for things to happen in a safely predictable manner, which means there are far, far too many chances for something to go very, very wrong.

Whenever someone tells you that a US president is going to be "soft" on a nation the US government has marked as an enemy, you are being played. Always, always, always, always. It's just people manipulating you away from your natural, healthy inclination toward peace. Get out of your echo chamber, look at the raw information instead of the narratives, and stop letting the sociopaths manipulate you.

By Caitlin Johnstone , an independent journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her website is here and you can follow her on Twitter @caitoz


USA-MA BIN LADEN / NOVEMBER 25, 2020

America desperately needs its Two Minutes of Hate against other countries like a meth addict needs his next hit.

Hate is the only thing that holds the American Empire together. Without its Two Minutes of Hate, America will break up apart into a million pieces.

Deep down, Americans know that – and that is why they so readily engage in these spittle-flecked campaigns.

Welcome to the Orwellian world of America where the same American Empire that bombs, invades, sanctions, regime changes, encircles, or colonizes multiple nations around the world whines like a triggered little snowflake that poor innocent war criminal America is being "threatened"!

Truly pathetic.

CHRISTIAN J. CHUBA / NOVEMBER 24, 2020

There are many good websites (in addition to this one of course). I'd always tell someone, just look to see what speaks to you my list some are 'out there' I'll summarize.

  1. https://www.antiwar.com/ – Kind of like a drudgereport for decent people on world events. They go through the effort of summarizing AP and other official news outlet stories rather than mindlessly link to them. Just hearing the same stories minus the slavish propaganda will deprogram many people.
  2. https://responsiblestatecraft.org/author/ppillar/ – Ron Pillar, I'm a groupie. Does investigative journalism, along the lines of Cailtlin.
  3. https://thegrayzone.com/ – Max Blumenthal contributes here, U.S. imperialism in South America.
  4. https://www.mintpressnews.com/ – M.E., Yemen, if your friend is very sensitive to anything that insinuates that Israel is not the celestial city he might be offended.
  5. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/author/daniel-larison/ – If your friend has a conservative bent, foreign policy restraint. This Larison is passionately against our atrocities in Yemen but polite about it.
  6. https://southfront.org/ – Ah .. on our State Dept list of Russian disinfo. Discuss military conflicts, sympathetic to the countries at the receiving end of our attention.
  7. http://thesaker.is/ – Saker was an intel guy from the 'other side' during the Cold War, values decency, Orthodox Christian, only site that regularly publishes speeches from Nasrallah, does military analysis, arrogant but I always feel like I learned something.
  8. http://www.moonofalabama.org – anonymous analyst, German Intel guy, writes very well. I put him last because he has been on a pro-Trump binge lately. I think they are secret lovers. Given what he normally writes about I have no idea what he sees in him.
CAITLIN JOHNSTONE (AUTHOR) / NOVEMBER 25, 2020

"I listen to the entire political spectrum, from Republican warmongering corporatists all the way to Democratic warmongering corporatists!"

[Nov 25, 2020] Bidens's "Cruise missile liberals" will bring "democracy builking" back to the homeland. That should scare most of US people, if we judge by thier results in Ukrain, Syria and Libya

Highly recommended!
Nov 25, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Line Islands , Nov 25 2020 11:05 utc | 103

Vicky left fake democracy promotion was always about expanding and sustaining controlled from Washinton global neoliberal empire. It is a part and parcel of Full Spectrum Dominance doctrine implementation. So it will lean to further drop of the standard of living on the majority of US people.

Biden is a tent revival for the aptly named "cruise missile liberals" and some of the more shadowy neo-conservative forces are in retreat and determined to bring democracy building home after their colonial expeditions extinguished it

[Nov 25, 2020] Biden's foxes guard the henhouse

You can't find better smarter neocons to pursue the Full Spectrum Dominance Doctrine to the total decimation of the standard of living of ordinary Americans ;-)
Nov 25, 2020 | thegrayzone.com

Since the 1990s, Flournoy and Blinken have steadily risen through the ranks of the military-industrial complex, shuffling back and forth between the Pentagon and hawkish think-tanks funded by the U.S. government, weapons companies, and oil giants.

Under Bill Clinton, Flournoy was the principal author of the 1996 Quadrinellial Defense Review, the document that outlined the U.S. military's doctrine of permanent war – what it called "full spectrum dominance."

Flournoy called for "unilateral use of military power" to ensure "uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources."

... During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Biden declared, "In my judgment, President Bush is right to be concerned about Saddam Hussein's relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction"

As Iraq was plunged into chaos and bloodshed, Flournoy was among the authors of a paper titled "Progressive Internationalism" that called for a "smarter and better" style of permanent war. The paper chastised the anti-war left and stated that "Democrats will maintain the world's most capable and technologically advanced military, and we will not flinch from using it to defend our interests anywhere in the world."

... In 2005, Flournoy signed onto a letter from the neoconservative think tank Project for a New American Century, asking Congress to "increase substantially the size of the active duty Army and Marine Corps (by) at least 25,000 troops each year over the next several years."

[Nov 25, 2020] Biden NSA Pick Called Steele Dossier 'Perfectly Appropriate' - Newsmax.com

Nov 25, 2020 | www.newsmax.com

Joe Biden's national security adviser pick defended the anti-Trump dossier in 2018 as "perfectly appropriate."

Many news outlets have declared Biden the president-elect. Newsmax has yet to project a winner, citing legal challenges in several key battleground states.

Jake Sullivan, who worked for Biden when he served as vice president in the Obama administration and as a senior foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton during her presidential race in 2016, made the comments on a podcast interview with David Axelrod, the chief strategist for Obama's presidential campaigns.

"I mean, I believe that it is perfectly appropriate and responsible if we get wind, or if people associated with the campaign get wind, that there may be real questions about the connections between Donald Trump, his organization, his campaign and Russia that that be explored fully," he said at the time, The Daily Caller reported.

https://274b4c66c3248245933d19a14f4d7121.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Sullivan worked for Clinton when a law firm representing her campaign hired an opposition research firm to investigate Trump's possible ties to Russia. The firm hired Christopher Steele, the author behind the dossier alleging a "well-developed conspiracy of cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russian government."

Special counsel Robert Mueller later found those claims to be unfounded during his probe into Russian interference in the election, writing in his report "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

Related Stories:

[Nov 25, 2020] ELECTION 2020- What President Biden Won't Touch Consortiumnews

Nov 25, 2020 | consortiumnews.com

ELECTION 2020: What President Biden Won't Touch November 24, 2020 Save

Considering the think-tank imperialists in the bunch Biden is naming to direct U.S. foreign policy, Danny Sjursen expects little to change in the essence of the war-state.

Military aircraft streaming red, white and blue during the welcoming ceremony for President Donald Trump, May 2017, King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (White House, Andrea Hanks)

By Danny Sjursen
Tom's Dispatch

I n this mystifying moment, the post-electoral sentiments of most Americans can be summed up either as "Ding dong! The witch is dead!" or "We got robbed!" Both are problematic, not because the two candidates were intellectually indistinguishable or ethically equivalent, but because each jingle is laden with a dubious assumption: that President Donald Trump's demise would provide either decisive deliverance or prove an utter disaster.

While there were indeed areas where his ability to cause disastrous harm lent truth to such a belief -- race relations, climate change, and the courts come to mind -- in others, it was distinctly (to use a dangerous phrase) overkill. Nowhere was that more true than with America's expeditionary version of militarism, its forever wars of this century, and the venal system that continues to feed it.

For nearly two years, We the People were coached to believe that the 2020 election would mean everything, that Nov. 3 would be democracy's ultimate judgment day. What if, however, when it comes to issues of war, peace, and empire, " Decision 2020 " proves barely meaningful?

After all, in the election campaign just past, Donald Trump's sweeping war-peace rhetoric and Joe Biden's hedging aside, neither nuclear-code aspirant bothered to broach the most uncomfortable questions about America's uniquely intrusive global role. Neither dared dissent from normative notions about America's posture and policy "over there," nor challenge the essence of the war-state, a sacred cow if ever there was one.

U.S. presidential debate, Sept. 29, 2020.

That blessed bovine has enshrined permanent policies that seem beyond challenge: Uncle Sam's right and duty to forward deploy troops just about anywhere on the planet; garrison the globe; carry out aerial assassinations; and unilaterally implement starvation sanctions . Likewise the systemic structures that implement and incentivize such rogue-state behavior are never questioned, especially the existence of a sprawling military-industrial complex that has infiltrated every aspect of public life, while stealing money that might have improved America's infrastructure or wellbeing. It has engorged itself at the taxpayer's expense, while peddling American blood money -- and blood -- on absurd foreign adventures and autocratic allies, even as it corrupted nearly every prominent public paymaster and policymaker.

This election season, neither Democrats nor Republicans challenged the cultural components justifying the great game, which is evidence of one thing: empires come home, folks, even if the troops never seem to.

The Company He Keeps

As the election neared, it became impolite to play the canary in American militarism's coal mine or risk raising Biden's record -- or probable prospects -- on minor matters like war and peace. After all, his opponent was a monster, so noting the holes in Biden's block of Swiss cheese presumably amounted to useful idiocy -- if not sinister collusion -- when it came to Trump's reelection. Doing so was a surefire way to jettison professional opportunities and find yourself permanently uninvited to the coolest Beltway cocktail parties or interviews on cable TV.

George Orwell warned of the dangers of such "intellectual cowardice" more than 70 years ago in a proposed preface to his classic novel Animal Farm . "At any given moment," he wrote, "there is an orthodoxy that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is 'not done' to say it Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness."

And that's precisely what progressive paragon Cornel West warned against seven months ago after his man, Sen. Bernie Sanders -- briefly, the Democratic frontrunner -- suddenly proved a dead candidate walking. "Vote for Biden, but don't lie about who he really is," the stalwart scholar suggested . It seems just enough Americans did the former (phew!), but mainstream media makers and consumers mostly forgot about the salient second part of his sentiment.

Cornel West speaking at a house party for Sen. Bernie Sanders in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 15, 2020. (Gage Skidmore, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

With the electoral outcome now apparent -- if not yet accepted in Trump World -- perhaps such politeness (and the policing that goes with it) will fade away, ushering in a renaissance of Fourth Estate oppositional truth-telling. In that way -- in my dreams at least -- persistently energized progressives might send President Joe Biden down dovish alternative avenues, perhaps even landing some appointments in an executive branch that now drives foreign policy (though, if I'm honest, I'm hardly hopeful on either count).

One look at Uncle Joe's inbound nieces and nephews brings to mind Aesop's fabled moral: "You are judged by the company you keep."

Think-Tank Imperialists

One thing is already far too clear: Biden's shadow national security team will be a distinctly status-quo squad. To know where future policymakers might head, it always helps to know where they came from. And when it comes to Biden's foreign policy crew , including a striking number of women and a fair number of Obama administration and Clinton 2016 campaign retreads -- they were mostly in Trump-era holding patterns in the connected worlds of strategic consulting and hawkish think tanking.

In fact, the national security bio of the archetypal Biden bro (or sis ) would go something like this: she (he) sprang from an Ivy League school, became a congressional staffer, got appointed to a mid-tier role on Barack Obama's national security council, consulted for WestExec Advisors (an Obama alumni-founded outfit linking tech firms and the Department of Defense), was a fellow at the Center for New American Security (CNAS), had some defense contractor ties , and married someone who's also in the game .

It helps as well to follow the money. In other words, how did the Biden bunch make it and who pays the outfits that have been paying them in the Trump years? None of this is a secret: their two most common think-tank homes -- CNAS and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) -- are the second- and sixth-highest recipients, respectively, of U.S. government and defense-contractor funding . The top donors to CNAS are Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and the Department of Defense. Most CSIS largesse comes from Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon.

How the inevitable conflicts of interest play out is hardly better concealed. To take just one example, in 2016, Michèle Flournoy, CNAS co-founder, ex-Pentagon official, and " odds-on favorite " to become Biden's secretary of defense, exchanged emails with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ambassador in Washington. She pitched a project whereby CNAS analysts would, well, analyze whether Washington should maintain drone-sales restrictions in a non-binding multilateral " missile technology control " agreement. The UAE's autocratic government then paid CNAS $250,000 to draft a report that (you won't be surprised to learn) argued for amending the agreement to allow that country to purchase American-manufactured drones.

Michèle Flournoy, at right, on front of WestExec Advisors homepage.

Which is just what Flournoy and company's supposed nemeses in the Trump administration then did this very July past. Again, no surprise. American drones seem to have a way of ending up in the hands of Gulf theocracies -- states with abhorrent human rights records that use such planes to surveil and brutally bomb Yemeni civilians .

If it's too much to claim that a future Defense Secretary Flournoy would be the UAE's (wo)man in Washington, you at least have to wonder. Worse still, with those think-tank, security-consulting, and defense-industry ties of hers, she's anything but alone among Biden's top prospects and nominees. Just consider a few other abridged resumes:

Tony Blinken, on left, with President Barack Obama, on WestExec Advisors homepage. Tony Blinken , [named secretary of state on Monday] a longtime foreign policy adviser, to serve as secretary of State; frontrunner for national security adviser: CSIS; WestExec (which he co-founded with Flournoy); and CNN analyst. Jake Sullivan , [named national security adviser on Monday]: the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace ("peace," in this case, being funded by 10 military agencies and defense contractors) and Macro Advisory Partners, a strategic consultancy run by former British spy chiefs. Avril Haines [named director of national intelligence on Monday]: CNAS-the Brookings Institution; WestExec; and Palantir Technologies , a controversial, CIA-seeded, NSA-linked data-mining firm. Kathleen Hicks , probable deputy secretary of defense: CSIS and the Aerospace Corporation , a federally funded research and development center that lobbies on defense issues.

An extra note about Hicks: she's the head of Biden's Department of Defense transition team and also a senior vice president at CSIS. There, she hosts that think tank's "Defense 2020" podcast. In case anyone's still wondering where CSIS's bread is buttered, here's how Hicks opens each episode:

"This podcast is made possible by contributions from BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and the Thales Group."

In other words, given what we already know about Joe Biden's previous gut-driven policies that pass for "middle of the road" in this anything but middling country of ours, the experiences and affiliations of his " A-Team " don't bode well for systemic-change seekers. Remember, this is a president-elect who assured rich donors that "nothing would fundamentally change" if he were elected. Should he indeed stock his national security team with such a conflicts-of-interest-ridden crowd, consider America's sacred cows of foreign policy all but saved.

Biden's outfit is headed for office, it seems, to right the Titanic, not rock the boat.

Off the Table: A Paradigm Shift

President Barack Obama meeting with his national security team, April 25, 2011. Michèle Flournoy, as under secretary of defense for policy. is on the president's right, seated against wall. (White House, Flickr, Pete Souza)

In this context, join me in thinking about what won't be on the next presidential menu when it comes to the militarization of American foreign policy.

Don't expect major changes when it comes to:

One-sided support for Israel that enables permanent Palestinian oppression and foments undying ire across the Greater Middle East. Tony Blinken put it this way: as president, Joe Biden "would not tie military assistance to Israel to things like annexation [of all or large portions of the occupied West Bank] or other decisions by the Israeli government with which we might disagree." Unapologetic support for various Gulf State autocracies and theocracies that, as they cynically collude with Israel, will only continue to heighten tensions with Iran and facilitate yet more grim war crimes in Yemen. Beyond Michèle Flournoy's professional connections with the UAE, Gulf kingdoms generously fund the very think tanks that so many Biden prospects have populated. Saudi Arabia, for example, offers annual donations to Brookings and the Rand Corporation; the UAE, $1 million for a new CSIS office building ; and Qatar, $14.8 million to Brookings. America's historically unprecedented and provocative expeditionary military posture globally, including at least 800 bases in 80 countries , seems likely to be altered only in marginal ways. As Jake Sullivan put it in a June CSIS interview : "I'm not arguing for getting out of every base in the Middle East. There is a military posture dimension to this as a reduced footprint."

Above all, it's obvious that the Biden bunch has no desire to slow down, no less halt, the " revolving door " that connects national security work in the government and jobs or security consulting positions in the defense industry. The same goes for the think tanks that the arms producers amply fund to justify the whole circus.

In such a context, count on this: the militarization of American society and the "thank-you-for-your-service" fetishization of American soldiers will continue to thrive, exhibit A being the way Biden now closes almost any speech with "May God protect our troops."

All of this makes for a rather discouraging portrait of an old man's coming administration. Still, consider it a version of truth in advertising. Joe and company are likely to continue to be who they've always been and who they continue to say they are. After all, transformational presidencies and unexpected pivots are historically rare phenomena. Expecting the moon from a man mostly offering MoonPies almost guarantees disappointment.

Obama Encore or Worse?

Tony Blinken, at right, as deputy national security advisor, with President Barack Obama, Sept. 19, 2014. (White House, Pete Souza)

Don't misunderstand me: a Biden presidency will certainly leave some maneuvering room at the margins of national security strategy. Think nuclear treaties with the Russians (which the Trump administration had been systematically tearing up) and the possible thawing of at least some of the tensions with Tehran.

Nor should even the most cynical among us underestimate the significance of having a president who actually accepts the reality of climate change and the need to switch to alternative energy sources as quickly as possible. Noam Chomsky's bold assertion that the human species couldn't endure a second Trump term, thanks to the environmental catastrophe, nuclear brinksmanship, and pandemic negligence he represents, was anything but hyperbole. Yet recall that he was also crystal clear about the need "for an organized public" to demand change and "impose pressures" on the new administration the moment the new president is inaugurated.

Yet, in the coming Biden years, there is also a danger that empowered Democrats in an imperial presidency (when it comes to foreign policy) will actually escalate a two-front New Cold War with China and Russia. And there's always the worry that the ascension of a more genteel emperor could co-opt -- or at least quiet -- a growing movement of anti-Trumpers, including the vets of this country's forever wars who are increasingly dressing in antiwar clothing.

What seems certain is that, as ever, salvation won't spring from the top. Don't count on Status-quo Joe to slaughter Washington's sacred cows of foreign policy or on his national security team to topple the golden calves of American empire. In fact, the defense industry seems bullish on Biden. As Raytheon CEO Gregory Hayes recently put it , "Obviously, there is a concern that defense spending will go way down if there is a Biden administration, but frankly I think that's ridiculous." Or consider retired Marine Corps major general turned defense consultant Arnold Punaro who recently said of Biden's coming tenure, "I think the industry will have, when it comes to national security, a very positive view."

Given the evidence that business-as-usual will continue in the Biden years, perhaps it's time to take that advice from Cornel West, absorb the truth about Biden's future national security squad, and act accordingly. There's no top-down salvation on the agenda -- not from Joe or his crew of consummate insiders. Pressure and change will flow from the grassroots or it won't come at all.

Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. Army officer and contributing editor at antiwar.com . His work has appeared in the LA Times , The Nation , Huff Post , T he Hill , Salon , Truthdig , Tom Dispatch , among other publications. He served combat tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at his alma mater, West Point. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge . His latest book is Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War . Follow him on Twitter at @SkepticalVet . Check out his professional website for contact info, scheduling speeches, and/or access to the full corpus of his writing and media appearances.

This article is from Tom's Dispatch .

[Nov 25, 2020] ELECTION 2020- The Other America Consortiumnews

Nov 25, 2020 | consortiumnews.com

Today, in the early winter of an uncurbed pandemic and the economic crisis that accompanies it, there are 140 million poor or low-income Americans, disproportionately people of color, but reaching into every community in this country: 24 million Blacks, 38 million Latinos, eight million Asians, two million Native peoples, and 66 million whites.

More than a third of the potential electorate , in other words, has been relegated to poverty and precariousness and yet how little of the political discourse in recent elections was directed at those who were poor or one storm, fire, job loss, eviction, or healthcare crisis away from poverty and economic chaos.

In the distorted mirror of public policy, those 140 million people have remained essentially invisible. As in the 1960s and other times in our history, however, the poor are no longer waiting for recognition from Washington. Instead, every indication is that they're beginning to organize themselves, taking decisive action to alter the scales of political power.

[Nov 25, 2020] Trump's Legal Battle for the Election is a Mess by John Jalsevac

This is highly relevant critique of Trump legal team. But what the author misses is the systematic campaign of promoting mail-in ballots and enabling ballot harvesting fraud, which is quite provable and which violated constitutions os several states in which it was practiced. For example in Georgia the agreement was reached between the Secretary of State and Tracy Abrams, but the secretary of State has no legal authority to change the state election laws, COVID or no COVID.
Is not interruption in vote counting qualify as brazen interference? It was never explained. Just swiped under the carpet. Does neoliberal Dems manipulations with mail-in ballots quality as "brazen interference" ? i would say yes, it does, This is replica of Pendergast Political Machine methods. Please note that I am not a Trump supporter. I actually consider both Trump and Biden to be very similar abominations.
Nov 25, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

... ... ...

There is a lot of bad reporting in the media, but a lot of the blame rests on Trump, his legal team and the magnitude, complexity and implausibility of their claims

Trump's lawyers spent a lot of time at the podium lecturing the media on their "fake" reporting on the fraud claims. No doubt, after four years of mainstream media malpractice, they have reason for making this claim.

However, the moralistic lecturing was myopic and counterproductive, simply because even honest journalists (if there are any left) have been left with their heads spinning by the quantity and magnitude of the claims the Trump administration is putting out there right now.

Any honest person approaching the fraud claims without a pre-determined position on their validity (something that is, unfortunately, all too rare) has inevitably been left feeling overwhelmed and confused. There's just too much information. There are too many conflicting claims. There isn't enough time to adjudicate each one of them properly. Not only is some degree of media skepticism to be expected, it's actually the only responsible thing to do , given the complexity and magnitude of the fraud claims, and the stakes at play.

One of the central claims being made by Trump's legal team is that there exists a vast national and global conspiracy involving a network of shadowy electronic voting companies, communist regimes, foreign dictators, vote routing, switching and deleting involving complex algorithms, and the complicity of numerous Democratic governors and election officials. The evidence proffered so far to support this claim is a single affidavit by an unnamed Venezuelan official, and a number of non-specific allegations of data anomalies on election night.

Should we -- should the media -- simply assent to these claims, based solely upon the heat of Sidney Powell's rhetoric, and a single affidavit? How seriously should we even take them, given that the clock is ticking, and it is hard to imagine the Trump team actually proving these allegations by the safe harbor deadlines, whether they are true or not? How much effort should they expend chasing every new bone Sidney Powell and MAGA surrogates throw their way?

"Dianne Feinstein's husband! George Soros! Scytl! German servers! Raids by U.S. military! Spain! Hugo Chavez! Nancy Pelosi's chief of staff! Bill Gates! Cuba!" And so on and so forth.

It's exhausting just trying to keep up. However you look at it, much of it is extraordinarily confusing and, frankly, prima facie unbelievable. Of course, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Powell could be right. But how likely is it that all her increasingly wild allegations should come together just as she has laid them out? And how surprised should we be that people outside the MAGA camp are skeptical?

3) The whole thing feels like intellectual blackmail

Rudy Giuliani complained that his team is preparing and presenting cases that would normally take months, if not years to prepare and argue in normal circumstances. The media should give them time to make their case, and wait for the evidence, he said.

But who's fault is this? The Trump administration had four years to investigate Dominion, Smartmatic, and the dangers of electronic voting in general. They could have convened bipartisan committees to investigate voter fraud and the vulnerabilities of these voting machines.

In 2016, even after he won, Trump claimed that there were millions of fraudulent votes. If he really believed that, why didn't he do something meaningful about it while he was in office? Posting about it on Twitter doesn't count.

Sidney Powell has raised some good questions about electronic voting, if only that people will readily believe wild claims of fraud using it. These questions should be pursued, however, a few days ago, most of us had never even heard of Dominion, Smartmatic and Scytl, etc. Now we're being told that we must simply believe Powell's theory that these companies stole the election. Countless MAGA followers are posting that they are absolutely sure , without the slightest shadow of a doubt, that Dominion is behind the electoral theft. This feels mad.

"She's a competent lawyer!" her supporters say. "She's brilliant, she's honest! She's a patriot!" Maybe she is all of these things, but I'm not going to make a judgment about the outcome of a presidential election, or assent to a vast, complex, and highly implausible theory, based upon such thin gruel.

I need time. I need evidence. I need witnesses and counter-witnesses, examined and cross-examined. And being told by the MAGA crowd that I must assent to the theory, and to declare certainty that an election is invalid and that a coup has been perpetrated, without any of these, feels like intellectual blackmail.

The simple fact is, this process should not be happening under the gun like this. And that's on Trump, not the media.

4) Trump's legal team is making an amateur error in its approach to convincing the public

A thousand doubts does not constitute proof. Amateur debaters often fall into the trap of trying to win a debate by listing as many arguments as they can come up with. The mistake is in thinking that people are convinced by sheer quantities of evidence.

In reality, this almost always backfires. When you pound people over the head with argument after argument, they tend to become confused, bewildered, and, in the end, resentful. They resent not having the chance to really think through any one claim or argument in detail. Inevitably they begin to suspect that you're just trying to pull a fast one on them. Usually, they're right.

Trump and his legal team have fallen into this trap. At the press conference, they made repeated reference to the "hundreds" of sworn affidavits they have gathered, and the large number of their lawsuits. However, while hundreds of affidavits may be "evidence," in the legal sense of the term, they do not amount to proof.

A journalist for The Blaze reviewed the affidavits filed in Michigan and noted that many of them do not actually contain allegations of fraud. Instead, they often have to do with circumstantial things, such as how GOP challengers felt they were being "treated" by election officials, or described "fraudulent" behavior that could plausibly be interpreted as election officials following normal procedures that GOP challengers simply failed to understand.

Maybe some of the affidavits obtained by Trump's legal team contain slam-dunk proof of widespread fraud, but if they do, they are being lost in the noise.

Expert debaters know that the best way to win an argument is to select only the very best arguments, and to focus on those. If you go for quantity of evidence, inevitably you will include low quality evidence in your arguments. Your audience, which is not so much weighing each piece of evidence (an impossible task), as whether you are the sort of person who should be trusted, will often only remember your bad or weak arguments. The result is that they will write off everything else you say, as coming from a fundamentally unreliable source.

Trump and his surrogates have raised important questions about election integrity. Unfortunately, however, they have also repeated and promoted numerous false claims. Starting on election night, Trump began retweeting every claim of fraud that came across his Twitter feed, without any effort to fact check them. Many of them have subsequently been proven to be baseless.

It should come as no surprise that those who are not already on board the Trump Train are reacting to each new claim made by Trump with deep skepticism. The tragedy is that some of these claims may be valid. However, Trump's carelessness with the truth has fatally undercut his ability to lead a productive inquiry into voter fraud.

5) The fraud 'investigation' is being conducted ass-backwards

Trump, his legal team, and MAGA supporters all began with the conviction that the election was stolen. Then, they went in search of the proof.

People are skeptical of the effort, because that's the worst possible way to go about an investigation. The point of conducting an investigation is that you do not know the answer. You have a hypothesis or a suspicion, but not proof.

The Trump admin has, from the very beginning, claimed absolute certitude. Unfortunately, this isn't just bad epistemology, it's also insanely reckless, since, by definition, the very claim calls into doubt the very existence of democracy in America.

The word " coup " is being tossed around by MAGA followers carelessly. To say that's a loaded word is an understatement. But Trump and his team have left themselves no escape route. Even if incontrovertible evidence shows up at some point that the election was not stolen, a significant portion of the MAGA crowd will always believe that it was. At this point, there is nothing that could convince them otherwise.

Clearly, having a large body of citizens who believe that their government is illegitimate comes with potentially catastrophic unforeseen consequences. Nobody in the Trump administration or MAGA crowd seems to be giving any thought to this. Damn the torpedoes.

Given that it's Trump, we can expect him to throw out outrageous claims without making any real effort to determine if they're really true. However, it is our responsibility to prioritize truth over political expediency. Whatever our political affiliations, our duty is to investigate with indifference to the outcome, rather than seeking ways to substantiate our personal preferences. When faced with a choice between truth and winning, choose truth, every time.

6) The U.S. electoral system is a mess

Rudy Giuliani has at least this much right. The evidence Giuliani and his team have collected of conflicting processes and procedures around the country, the reports of irregularities, the evidence of actual fraud, and the ongoing efforts of Democrats to push less secure voting methods, may not be sufficient to actually overturn the result. But it absolutely is sufficient to suggest that the whole system is a mess, and vulnerable to exploitation.

While I believe the odds of Trump's fraud claims leading to the election being overturned are slim (although I am keeping an open mind on the question), we can at least hope that the whole sordid episode leads to some serious and much-needed bipartisan electoral reform, so that this does not happen again.

But in the end, that's only going to happen if cooler heads prevail, and reckless rhetoric only leads the country down a dark road of further division and strife.

John Jalsevac is currently working towards a PhD in philosophy. Prior to grad school, he worked for over a decade as a journalist, editor, and pro-life activist. His previous journalism and creative writing have appeared in The Public Discourse, Gilbert! Magazine, Dappled Thing, LifeSiteNews, and others.

muzan-e 4 days ago

The "conspiracy" gets more interesting the more deeply you look into it. For instance :

A government body exists that certifies voting machines and software as being 'okay to use' by individual states. There's a voluntary aspect to this, I believe -- states can choose to ignore the certification, yeah? But that doesn't matter, because the conspiracy is about Dominion , and Dominion was certified safe.

And this means that potentially complicit in the communist/globalist/Soros conspiracy to overthrow Trump are:

* Dominion, obvs.
* Those heads of state that okayed the use of Dominion machines (possibly)
* Those members of that government body most directly responsible for repeatedly certifying Dominion products
* The laboratory (Wyle, almost always) which repeatedly tested and cleared Dominion products

And if Wyle is itself on the take from communists/globalists/Soros, shouldn't we reasonably assume that every other voting product they've tested and cleared is therefore suspect?

And if that election commission is on the take from communists/globalists/Soros, mustn't we assume that they are only certifying voting products which serve their agenda?

And should we not question those most responsible for advancing the responsible parties in that commission to their present exalted state?

And what of Wyle's owners? (National Technical Systems) Should we not be particularly concerned by their voluntary acquisition of a laboratory group that exists as a tool of communists/globalists/Soros and sways elections on their behalf?

... ... ...

kalendjay muzan-e 4 days ago

We need a public hearing all right. Like Watergate. Reminds me of when Sam Ervin said the telephone is the instrument of the devil. Wiser words I cannot think of.

John Woodard muzan-e 2 days ago

Every precinct in the United States uses a paper trail to ensure results can be audited. Every single vote cast involves a piece of paper with voter selections on it. In Georgia, where Dominion systems were used, the hand audit produced virtually identical results. That was a full hand recount. If the tally machines were switching votes, even a partial audit would pick up on that immediately.

Aurelian 4 days ago

Very good article here, and does a good job explaining why so many of us have trouble taking the claims of fraud seriously. Especially given Trump's long estrangement with truth generally, and his tendency to promote conspiracy theories, especially those which stand to benefit him if believed (see QAnon.)

The issues with electronic voting machines have been known for years, and I've seen the case made convincingly by commentators left, right, and center. I'm certainly glad to have cast a paper ballot in the last election, as everyone in my state does. Hopefully a silver lining from this mess will be the adoption of more robust paper balloting systems nationwide.

John Woodard Aurelian 2 days ago

Everybody casts a paper ballot in one way or another. In the few places that have voting machines (and I think it's very few honestly), a paper ballot is generated for auditing purposes.

Aurelian John Woodard 2 days ago • edited

Per my understanding, electronic voting machines are fairly widespread and fall into several categories. While some states do require a paper ballot to be generated for auditing purposes, there are some states like Kentucky and Indiana that have direct electronic voting without that capability. It is worth noting that none of those states are the swing states now in contention though, and that they are invariably red states.

See here: https://ballotpedia.org/Vot...

Martha Smith John Woodard 13 hours ago

My jurisdiction briefly switched to all-electronic machines, then quickly returned to the paper ballots read by optical scanning device . . . a much better system.

EyeProvidence 4 days ago • edited

"The mistake is in thinking that people are convinced by sheer quantities of evidence."
It works for the democrats, that all they ever do is 'level charges without evidence' in the MSM, and where Tucker was attempting to take Ms. Powell and it seems your on board like all the other conservatives tell us, we have to accept Biden, while we look into voting irregularities and fraud, sometime in the future [post GA's Jan 5th 2nd electronic vote steal].

EliteCommInc. EyeProvidence 4 days ago

I am going to eschew the question about Mr. Carlson and Ms Powell ----

But your observations about what works is accurate. It's a tactic that does work. It works for prosecutors How do you get 50 million people to believe the Russians actually invaded election boards and their processes across the country.

And yet, here we have vast irregularities in differing parts of the country. I think there is a case for fraud, but whether or not that is demonstrated, there is clearly a case for an audit on both machines and mail in ballots. and there absolutely needs to be an audit of votes to registered voters and no one needs to a HS diploma to comprehend that it's near impossible for all mail in ballots to be for x candidate and less than a 6th grade education to know that if you have 2000 registered voters or even a population of 2000 that the total number of votes is never going to exceed 100% -- if it does, there's serious problem.

disqus_5GSc0nKbtM EyeProvidence a day ago

What, no comment forthcoming from you about the terrible, awful, totally crooked election that happened in 2016, with millions and millions of fraudulent votes--- that Trump never looked into? In 4 years? At all?

Until he lost this election? He's been whining about how this election was going to be rigged, couldn't he have skipped a few golf games to actually look into it before it reared its ugly head and kicked him out of the White House? Sure, sure.

Scott 4 days ago • edited

No They haven't ! This thing is just to show President Trump won. And the election was fix. Everyone knows there not going to change anything.

The deep state was never going to let this to happen again. In 2016 they got caught with there thump up there ***

this time they were ready.

President Trump biggest mistake was his picks. AG Barr and Wray both big time never trampers. We the people sound nice but it's 🐂

LgVt 4 days ago

One thing that seems to have gotten lost in the fog--and that definitely got lost by this author--is that Giuliani and Powell are working on effectively two separate cases. Both are working for Trump, and both are working against Biden et al with regards to this election, but there is a clear line of demarcation between the two. Powell's focus is primarily, if not solely, on Dominion and the electronic case, while Giuliani's primary focus is on alleged physical fraud.

It makes no sense to assume that Powell's investigation should have begun four years ago, and then use that as a basis to sneer, as this author does, at Giuliani--whose investigation could not possibly have begun before November 4--for complaining about having to compress a type of investigation that typically takes years into less than a month.

I'm not sure what Powell has. Some of the anomalies she has obliquely referred to are already out there, if you look for them, and they are indeed suspicious (e.g. successive batches of votes, often 10 or more in a row, all with the exact same ratio of Biden-to-Trump votes--a statistical, if not literal, impossibility). However, it doesn't look like those would be enough to swing the election, because even in her telling, if the race had been closer, the Dominion irregularities would not have been discovered at all. The electronic interference was significant, but it wasn't what made the difference.

The meat of this case, with the potential to flip the results, lies with old fashioned physical fraud--ballot-manufacturing and box-stuffing--and Giuliani's mad scramble to find enough evidence in time.

My gut says he won't make it.

There are very strong indications that what Giuliani and the Trump team suspect did indeed happen. Most notable is the Democrats' brazen interference with GOP poll-watchers in multiple states; it is inexplicable if they did not have something to hide. But by the same token, that very interference successfully hid whatever it was that they did, and because of that, they have already gotten away with it--the evidence that Giuliani needs is gone forever.

The room is filled with smoke, but the fire has already been extinguished--and without the fire, Trump can't win.

Kent 4 days ago

"The mistake is in thinking that people are convinced by sheer quantities of evidence."

Evidence, philosophically, is something that is true. If I have an apple in my hand and I reach out and drop it, I can truthfully tell you that it will fall towards the ground. It is evidence of the existence of gravity. I can't see gravity. But I can see the apple fall (and anything else I drop). So can everyone in the world.

An affidavit is not evidence. It is a statement that someone is claiming is true. The statement may or may not be true. So a lot of affidavits is not a "sheer quantity of evidence". It's not evidence at all. Trump supporters need to understand that. And this is why Trump continues to have these court cases thrown out: he is not presenting any real evidence of fraud. Why? Because there isn't any.

REM Kent 4 days ago

You've got this wrong because your definition of evidence is wrong. An affidavit IS evidence.The truthfullness or importance of it is something decided in court. It is evidence just much as a fingerprint at a crime scene is evidence. The relevance of the fingerprint evidence still has to be determined in court.

eddie parolini 4 days ago

What's most obvious to me is that the lawyers making these far-fetched claims didn't themselves believe the claims. The effort was geared to flood the zone, so to speak, to create confusion and doubt resulting in state legislatures stepping in to settle electoral vote allocations.
Sowing doubt this way might be acceptable in criminal court, where defense lawyers are trying to establish reasonable doubt, however, here the objective should be to determine what happened, and not inventing things that might have happened.

Soros, Chavez, Spain and communists? I believe the term is "jumping the shark."

Adriana Pena eddie parolini 3 days ago

Those lawyers risk being charged with barratry. And it could cost them their licenses.

Miles R. 4 days ago

Mr. Jalsevac confuses two different facts under heading no. 6, "The U.S. electoral system is a mess." (1) The US electoral system is not a genuine system at all but an aggregate of electoral systems that vary by state and even by county. (2) Some of these systems are untrustworthy. It is clear that the second fact is cause for concern and in need of remedy. It is not so clear that the first one is. The diversity of electoral systems is a feature that contributes to the difficulty of manipulating national electoral results. It is the chief reason why the Trump team has had to resort to grotesque conspiracistic fantasies to maintain its claim that Trump is the legitimate winner.

Carlo Cristofori 4 days ago

"Durable, hand marked paper ballots must be established as the national standard for democratic elections in the United States. While using paper may sound antiquated, the consensus among election security experts is that nothing else provides the needed reliability,security, and transparency. Durable, voter marked paper ballots are appropriate technology for public elections....Hand Counted Paper Ballots are considered the 'Gold Standard' of democratic elections" ~ National Election Defense Coalition https://www.electiondefense...

Feral Finster Yourcenar 4 days ago • edited

Are there any electronic voting machines in Team D-controlled states? How did they get there? Did they sneak in across the border? Which political party held the presidency from 2008-2016? Were they pushing relentlessly for paper ballots, hand counted in public? For that matter, following the 2016 election, I heard lots of conspiracy theory talk from Team D, but little in the way advocating for paper ballots, hand-counted in public.

The Senate report was long on words, light on specifics. Great, if continuing a new cold war is your objective. Note that the House did not impeach on that basis, after two years and change of promising russiagate bombshells that never came.

marku52 Feral Finster 4 days ago

Both parties are in favor of hackable machines when they can get their hands on them. Neither advocates for clearly transparent elections.

gnt Feral Finster 4 days ago

According to this article, there are 8 states still using voting machines that produce no paper trail. It's not a long article, but I extracted this list:

"eight states that will use some form of paperless voting in 2020: Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky and New Jersey. "

https://thehill.com/policy/...

gnt 4 days ago

There have been Democrats complaining about electronic voting machines for at least the last 20 years. You're a bit late to the party, but you're welcome to join. Our democracy works best when citizens are willing to work together toward goals on which they agree, regardless of whether or not they agree on all goals.

I would also be glad to see bipartisan electoral reform, but only if includes measures taken to protect votes before the actual voting starts. Some of the voter suppression measures we.ve seen in the last few years are:
- Purging of voter rolls near an election to keep voters from having a chance to vote
- Implementing postal procedures to reduce the speed of mail delivery to make it more difficult to vote by mail
- Removing mail sorting machines and post office drop boxes to make it more difficult to vote by mail
- Reducing the number of polling sites in areas populated by the other political party to complicate voting in person
- Rejecting mailed in ballots because trivial differences in the signature, such as a missing middle initial.

All of the Republican handwringing about "voter fraud" in the election seems to boil down to complaints that the judges stopped their efforts to steal the election. Some of that gets dressed up with pontification about the importance of the credibility of the election. The credibility of an election is supremely important, but voter suppression damages that credibility as much as voter fraud.

gnt 4 days ago

I noticed you did not mention the Ramsland affidavit in your discussion of the competence of Trump's legal team. The affidavit attempts to identify areas in Michigan in which more votes were cast than the number of registered voters. Unfortunately, all the examples provided were in Minnesota. That does not suggest thorough research. In addition, the areas listed in the affidavit tend to be in very Republican areas of Minnesota, suggesting that any voter fraud may be as likely to be Republican as it is to be Democratic.

Mark Thomason 3 days ago

"Keeping copies of the physical ballots does nothing to assuage these concerns"

I disagree. Here in Michigan we do regular hand checks of randomly chosen scanners, and of all of them if any problem arises. It has been remarkably accurate in my town.

The opposite of such scanning is prolonged counting, by fallible humans some of them partisan and fighting with other partisans. I don't see advantage there.

But yes, hacking of any electronic device is a monster problem, and must be addressed by regular and randomized physical confirmation, just as is done with any quality control issue.

Annie from Alaska Mark Thomason 3 days ago

To be effective against fraud the count needs to be compelled by law and done on a truly random sampling of ballots until statistical near-certainty of the result through hand-counting alone is achieved, falling back to a count of all ballots if the election is close.

Optional procedures executed in creative ways by goofy partisans is what "regular hand checks" sounds like to me, though I may be wrong.

I agree it's not worthless to save the ballots, and I'd even agree with you far enough to disagree with the author and say it's possible to design a good manual-check procedure. But I read what he said as a simplification of the truth: in 2016 there was so much sillyness in the law and the implementation of recount procedures that it'd be better if the machines weren't there at all, and I doubt that's changed.

Mark Thomason Annie from Alaska 3 days ago

When it is close, we by law have an automatic 100% recount of machine scanned ballots by hand. That is what was done in 2016. That was discontinued by agreement of both political parties after the initial round of those counts showed zero error. Zero. By agreement. Thus, it can be done. But you are correct about the sampling idea, and the need for uniform enforceable law on the matter.

Johnson 3 days ago

Now we're being told that we must simply believe Powell's theory that these companies stole the election.

No, you must either do your own investigating to try and ascertain the truth, (which NO media outlet seems to be doing) or keep an open mind that Powell will be able to prove what she says. Powell is not some two-bit lawyer. She's a seasoned federal prosecutor putting a lot on the line in making these claims. Grant her a modicum of respect in entertaining the possibility that she can back up what she says.

Also, the Trump campaign has filed exactly 3, and now 4 lawsuits - not 30-something as is continually and falsely reported and regurgitated by the media. The other lawsuits are by supporters and allies, but not Trump's lawyers. Yes, it's hard to keep up, but YOUR JOB is to at least try. Thank you.

John Seiler 3 days ago

I suggest young Master Jalsevac spend a couple of years living in one of our fine major cities to see how things really are run outside of political philosophy books.

Thomas Storck 3 days ago

One of the oddest things about this is that in the past, particularly in 2004, many Democrats charged that the Republicans had stolen the election, particularly in Ohio. Google: 2004 election stolen. You will find a lot of hits. Does anyone remember Diebold voting machines? Are they still in use? Were they manipulated on behalf of Republicans, then or later? I have no idea. But I want to make a few points: 1. Liberals have at times complained loudly about stolen elections and the ease of manipulating electronic results by various Republican-connected people. 2. Whether these were true or not have they ever been sufficiently investigated? 3. Why, now is it only a vast liberal conspiracy that is alleged to exist, and not perhaps the still existing conservative conspiracy from 2004? In November 2005 Mother Jones reviewed a book, Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too

Woland Thomas Storck 3 days ago

The voting machine division of Diebold was taken over by Dominion Voting Systems. That's the easiest conspiracy theory in history. The real question, if you want to believe, is why the Republicans sold their election-stealer to the Democrats.

KevinS 3 days ago • edited

The Judge's decision in the PA case Rudy "argued." He is a absolute disgrace!

The full decision is here:

https://www.courtlistener.c...

This conclusion:

"In other words, Plaintiffs ask this Court to disenfranchise almost seven million voters. This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated. One might expect that when seeking such a startling outcome, a plaintiff would come formidably armed with compelling legal arguments and factual proof of rampant corruption, such that this Court would have no option but to regrettably grant the proposed injunctive relief despite the impact it would have on such a large group of citizens.

That has not happened. Instead, this Court has been presented with strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence. In the United States of America, this cannot justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter, let alone all the voters of its sixth most populated state. Our people, laws, and institutions demand more. At bottom, Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. Therefore, I grant Defendants' motions and dismiss Plaintiffs' action with prejudice."

Robert Gardner 3 days ago

You know, this kind of reasonable and thoughtful writing is why, as a liberal, I like coming over here to the dark side of town to see what's going on. Even while struggling to present an open mind, he admits to being buried in the silliness of it all. A good read. Not surprised to see all these calls for crucifixion in the comments.

Hannibal Barca Robert Gardner 3 days ago

You know, this kind of reasonable and thoughtful writing .......

It is neither reasonable or thoughtful. It pretends to be condemning the defense while pretending that they would otherwise have a case. And he is refusing to acknowledge that the why Trump has to turn to Rudy - his last resort - is because the reputable lawyers he had on his team are refusing to make bogus claims in court; to be fair, so does Rudy, but he is willing to make them to the press and they are not.

Even while struggling to present an open mind, he admits to being buried in the silliness of it all.

You are doing what Liberals so often do. They are so hungry for a Republican who is not calling them names and willing to admit that Trump is at fault, that they completely miss the point that the "admission" is trying to make. When Comey admitted that Hillary Clinton omitted no indictable offense, they praised him for his "fairness". But he was not being fair at all. He would have to be an evil crook to indict the nominee of one of our major parties when he knew she could not be convicted. But he broke every rule of propriety and launched into a condemnation that handed Trump what he needed to win the election. So this writer admitted that Trump is making no case . So what? You seem to have missed the fact that he is falsely claiming that Trump does have case to make. And that claim is utterly baseless!

I am not a partisan. I detest political parties. But I also detest seeing partisans complimented for being non-partisan for simply not being on the raving extreme of their party. It lowers the standard of what it beings to be non-partisan. Non-partisan means to make judgements consistently on principle, applying the same standards to everyone. I expect that many Republicans will read my post and conclude that I am being partisan - because that is taken nowadays to mean "condemns my party". But I get accused just as often by Democrats to being a Republican, so that is alright with me. But in so far as this particular quarrel is concerned, President Trump has no case at all. The Pennsylvania elections were run be declared Republicans. Prominent Republicans, and they gave both Republican Senators more votes. They counted the legal votes as they were cast. They ran a fair, honest and honorable election!

Robert Gardner Hannibal Barca 3 days ago

Thanks for the magnificent reply, 414 words, all thoughtful. You may have me there in your sterner criticism of Rod's equivocation about Trump, but consider the audience, after all. As for being a liberal hungry for a conservative who is not an asshole, guilty as charged. You make a good point that Rod still seems still to yearn for Trump to have a case to make and that is true, but I think Rod is fairly conflicted in this and other conundrums conservatives must find themselves as the whole enterprise sinks into hopelessness and tawdry hopelessness at that. It is a hard row to hoe, after all. I never said he was non-partisan, just a poor conservative religious guy trying to make his way in the difficult world while continuing to try to be a decent man. It is what is endearing about his writing to me sometimes. But I thank you for this response, it shows both feeling and intelligence.

John Woodard Robert Gardner 2 days ago

This is not the dark side. There are way darker places than TAC.

[Nov 25, 2020] Here is quite the interesting take on Trump allowing the GSA to move forward with "transition". Biden must sign / attest to / deny any "foreign interests" including investments. #laptopfromhell

Nov 25, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

ay_arrow


Pigeon , 5 hours ago

Here is quite the interesting take on Trump allowing the GSA to move forward with "transition". Biden must sign / attest to / deny any "foreign interests" including investments. #laptopfromhell

https://gellerreport.com/2020/11/gsa-letter-forces-biden-to-disclose-conflicts-of-interest-interest-with-himself-and-his-team-to-foreign-nationals-and-other-foreign-agents.html/

Letter from Emily Murphy: "I remind you that Section 6 of the Act imposes reporting requirements on you as a condition for receiving services and funds from the GSA."

Gyromancer , 5 hours ago

And the contents of the laptop are available online now; leaked within the last couple of days, if nor before.

Very interesting stuff on there.

mikka , 5 hours ago

Care for a link?

Gyromancer , 5 hours ago

Check out thedonald.win

There are threads about it with links. The traffic is through the roof there, and it's hard to get in sometimes.

Pigeon , 5 hours ago

Thanks for the link.

SurfingUSA , 5 hours ago

Here's the main discussion with links to the laptop files:

https://thedonald.win/p/11QRyIPAtb/this-is-the-most-important-thing/c/

Gyromancer , 5 hours ago

https://ia601507.us.archive.org/view_archive.php?archive=/8/items/hb-docs/HB_DOCS.***

[Nov 25, 2020] Gingrich- The Thieves Who Stole Our Election Got Sloppy -

Nov 25, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Newt Gingrich, op-ed via The Epoch Times,

Laziness leads to sloppiness, and sloppiness is how the most brazen heist in American history is being exposed...

Stealing the 2020 election was a mammoth undertaking, involving widespread lawlessness and illicit partnerships between private actors and public officials. They've been working to cover their tracks since Election Day, but they didn't work fast enough. Now, the courts need to stop them from destroying any more evidence so that the people of Pennsylvania -- and the rest of the country -- can accurately assess the ramifications of their wrongdoing.

Explosive new litigation filed in federal district court on Nov. 21 details and documents a wide variety of illegal practices that were used to inflate the number of votes received by Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, including disparate treatment of voters based on where they live and outright manipulation of Pennsylvania's voter registration system by partisan activists.

An unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots were cast this year, and practically everyone expected that this would result in a higher-than-usual rate of ballots being rejected for various flaws, such as lacking a secrecy envelope or missing information. In Pennsylvania, tens or hundreds of thousands of ballots were likely to be rejected, based on historical patterns. Instead, a mere 0.03 percent of mail-in ballots were ultimately rejected -- somewhere in the neighborhood of about 1,000 votes.

Considering that a significant majority of mail-in votes were cast for Biden, the Democrat candidate benefited handsomely from this discrepancy. But how did this anomaly happen?

It turns out that election officials in Democrat strongholds such as Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Philadelphia County, and Philadelphia's collar counties -- particularly Delaware County -- exceeded their authority in order to give voters preferential treatment that wasn't afforded to voters in Republican-leaning areas of the state.

Specifically, election workers illegally "pre-canvassed" mail-in ballots to determine whether they were missing a secrecy envelope or failed to include necessary information. When ballots were found to be flawed, voters were given an opportunity to correct, or "cure," their ballots to make sure they counted. In at least some cases, Democrat Party officials were even given lists of voters to contact about curing their ballots.

Election officials in Republican-leaning counties rightly interpreted this as a violation of Pennsylvania's election code, but Democrat Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidance authorizing the illegal practices despite lacking the statutory authority to do so.

https://lockerdome.com/lad/13084989113709670?pubid=ld-dfp-ad-13084989113709670-0&pubo=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com&rid=www.zerohedge.com&width=890

That's not the only way Democrats broke the law to give their candidate an unfair advantage, though. Extensive on-the-ground investigations conducted over the past year and a half by attorneys and investigators with the Amistad Project of the nonpartisan Thomas More Society have uncovered another element of the plot that involved even more egregious behavior.

Boockvar also exceeded her authority by granting private, partisan organizations -- including the notoriously pro-Democrat group "Rock the Vote" -- access to the Commonwealth's Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE).

"Rock the Vote's web tool was connected to our system, making the process of registering voters through their online programs, and those of their partners, seamless for voters across Pennsylvania," the lawsuit quotes Boockvar as saying.

That's not supposed to happen. It's one thing for outside groups to submit registration applications to the state on behalf of would-be voters, but election clerks are the only ones who are supposed to enter this sort of information directly into the records.

It's easy to see why by inspecting post-election voter lists, which contain names such as "Mary April Smith," followed by "Mary May Smith," "Mary June Smith," "Mary July Smith," and so forth through the rest of the calendar. When the same voter lists were purchased just a week later, however, those suspicious names had mysteriously disappeared from the rolls.

NEVER MISS THE NEWS THAT MATTERS MOST

ZEROHEDGE DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX

Receive a daily recap featuring a curated list of must-read stories.

Under the circumstances, that's direct evidence of a systematic effort to conceal wrongdoing. All further alterations to the SURE system should be immediately halted to allow a thorough investigation of the records before any more evidence can be destroyed.

The thieves who attempted to hijack the 2020 presidential election were bound to slip up somewhere, and now they're trying to clean up the glaring evidence of their wrongdoing before the full extent of their crimes can be exposed to the American public. We can't allow that to happen, or we may never be able to trust the integrity of our elections again.


[Nov 25, 2020] Lin Wood filed the lawsuit as a citizen of Fulton county, GA can be copied, names and dates changed and then filed by every other citizen of Fulton county, GA too.

Nov 25, 2020 | theconservativetreehouse.com

President-Elect TwoLaine , November 17, 2020 at 9:54 pm

BTW, if you all haven't heard the Lin Wood interview it is really good.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/R2OHdRUM9Gc?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

He said the lawsuit he filed yesterday as a citizen of Fulton county, GA can be copied, names and dates changed and then filed by every other citizen of Fulton county, GA too.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yam5mxlrkn9r3o5/2020-11-16%20Verified%20Amended%20Complaint_Wood%20v.%20Raffensperger%20et%20al.pdf?dl=0

[Nov 25, 2020] Mark Steyn Interviews Sidney Powell on Rush Limbaugh Show - The Last Refuge

Nov 25, 2020 | theconservativetreehouse.com

David Vicknair , November 18, 2020 at 12:12 am

Unfortunately IMHO, the Kraken was either a careless misspeak or a bluff to shake the trees to see if a whistleblower would fall out. If the later, it failed. If the former, I am inclined to give Sidney a break. She has done yeoman's work for Flynn. And so the Kraken seems destined to remain a creature of Scandinavian lore and Hollywood movies. I wish it were not so. The Dominion software apparently is easily hacked and allows votes to be directly manipulated without a trace. Hard to make a case without an audit trail. I wonder whether the outcry from MAGA supporters will be sufficient to encourage states to choose a more secure vendor or will Dominion still be in widespread use during the midterms? Kemp, Raffensberger and company should be ridden out of GA on a rail after a good tar and feathering. Other states have their own corrupt actors who should receive the same consideration. They all have sold us out -- if the Dems take the Senate, even to slavery under socialism -- for 30 pieces of silver. As for Kemp and Raffensberger, in a different age I might have suggested an appointment with a high, sturdy branch in one of GA's many 100 plus years old live oaks.

Maximus-Cassius , November 18, 2020 at 9:50 am

"Releasing the Kraken" would be Trump invoking BOTH the Insurrection Act AND his 2018 EO protecting against foreign intervention in our elections.

Will it happe? Who knows, but if Trump is to survive, IMO, that is his ONLY card left to play.

President-Elect TwoLaine , November 17, 2020 at 9:33 pm

It's going to be a bloodbath, on all levels.

President-Elect TwoLaine , November 17, 2020 at 10:23 pm

As I listened to Lin's interview today I tho't that there must be something in the Southern water. Both he and Sidney have that Southern drawl. Very genteel, polished and extremely intelligent.

I am a very brave soul, but I don't think I would want to go up against either of them in a court of law. 🙂

JustDoItNow , November 17, 2020 at 9:28 pm

I forget who it was, either Lou or Tucker, that ended their interview telling Sidney half jokingly to remember to lock her doors at night.
Please remember to PRAY God's protection for this wonderful woman!

Liked by 27 people

GB Bari , November 18, 2020 at 12:03 am

I have no doubt the President has put a very capable guard team around Sidney & family.

Liked by 1 person

Pvt. Idaho , November 18, 2020 at 1:37 am

It was Mark Levin who told her.

UniPartySlayer , November 17, 2020 at 9:37 pm

When are they going to lay out the case? Lin Wood and Sidney have been making serious statements. They have reputations beyond reproach. I believe them when they say they have the goods. It's like they have to get the election called for Trump or they will surely be political prisoners.

President-Elect TwoLaine , November 17, 2020 at 10:04 pm

Count on it! And DEFINITELY 2018.

IF you watch the movie "Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections"* you will see that a steal was supposed to happen in Florida that day and it got thwarted, before it got started,

PLUS, they didn't have the mail in ballot scheme in place yet to back up their theft back then. China Virus was their plandemic to make that happen, and to get the cash from the Care$ Act to get machines for everyone.

*"(2020)From voter registration to counting ballots, data security expert Harri Hursti examines how hackers can influence and disrupt the U.S. election system."

President-Elect TwoLaine , November 17, 2020 at 10:49 pm

This is the video I took it from. This is the Eric Coomer Whistleblower.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9tHeiYgErnw?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

Liked by 1 person

jessetmims , November 17, 2020 at 10:33 pm

@ Right to reply In my opinion, the Democrats SUCCESSFULLY stole JFK's election, at least one of Bill Clinton's, and BOTH of Obama's.

James Urso , November 17, 2020 at 11:03 pm

Love Sidney Powell but that interview did not give me a lot of confidence. I sure hope she has some solid evidence. Doesn't sound like she has much though. Don't have much time left.

Biggest heist in the history of the US and nothing can be done about it is sickening. Barr and Wray should be ashamed of themselves for letting something like this happen on their watch. They did nothing. Thanks to them the constitution is now worth nothing. The rights are gone. Law and order is gone. We are on our own.

How do Barr and Wray even look at themselves in the mirror?

Ospreyzone , November 18, 2020 at 6:46 am

Finally, I found out from this interview where I could send money to support this legal effort. I'm tired of the RNC doing nothing. Sidney Powell will get my direct support now.
DefendingtheRepublic.org – is the right place.

[Nov 25, 2020] One thing Trump layers certainly have shown, beyond any reasonable doubt, is that electronic voting is a terrible idea.

Nov 25, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

At this point, the Trump administration has filed so many lawsuits, with so many affidavits, and has made such far-reaching claims of fraud, that it's nearly impossible to sort through them to know what, if anything, has actually been proven . However, one thing they certainly have shown, beyond any reasonable doubt, is that electronic voting is a terrible idea.

Notice, I do not say that anybody has proven that any fraud actually took place using electronic voting machines in the 2020 election. They haven't. Sidney Powell has presented many troubling questions about the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines. As of yet, however, we have no hard evidence that anybody actually exploited those vulnerabilities (if they exist).

This is a distinction that many Trumpists are unfortunately failing to make. Casting broad doubts about the security of voting machines does not prove that the election was stolen. Such doubts, even if they turn out to be well-founded, will almost certainly be insufficient to convince any judge to invalidate a single vote, let alone overturn the entire election result.


[Nov 25, 2020] Another Look At Joe Biden's Foreign Policy Team

Nov 25, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Sakineh Bagoom , Nov 24 2020 16:37 utc | 1

The choices the incoming president Joe Biden has made so far are not great at all. The people he so far selected are staunch interventionists who will want to continue the wars they have started during their previous time in office.

Tony Blinken will become Secretary of State. (It was probably thought to be too hard to get Senate confirmation for the similar bad Susan Rice.) In 2013 the Washington Post described his high flying pedigree :

Blinken is deputy national security adviser to President Obama, who has also invoked the Holocaust as his administration wrestles, often painfully, with how to respond to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons. One of the government's key players in drafting Syria policy, the 51-year-old Blinken has Clinton administration credentials and deep ties to Vice President Biden and the foreign policy and national security establishment in Washington. He has drawn attention in Situation Room photos, including the iconic one during the May 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden's compound, for his stylishly wavy salt-and-pepper hair. But what sets him apart from the other intellectual powerhouses in the inner sanctum is a life story that reads like a Jewish high-society screenplay that the onetime aspiring film producer may have once dreamed of making. There's his father, a giant in venture capital; his mother, the arts patron; and his stepfather, who survived the Holocaust to become of one of the most influential lawyers on the global stage. It is a bildungsroman for young Blinken -- playing in a Parisian jazz band, debating politics with statesmen -- with a supporting cast of characters that includes, among others, Leonard Bernstein, John Lennon, Mark Rothko, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Abel Ferrara and Christo.

The man is a war mongering psycho:

Blinken surprised some in the Situation Room by breaking with Biden to support military action in Libya, administration officials said, and he advocated for American action in Syria after Obama's reelection. These sources said that Blinken was less enthusiastic than Biden about Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a strike in Syria, but is now -- perhaps out of necessity -- onboard and a backer of diplomatic negotiations with Russia. While less of an ideologue than Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (a job for which he was considered), he not surprisingly shares her belief that global powers such as the United States have a "responsibility to protect" against atrocities.

He has since shown no remorse about those foreign policy failures:

Blinken maintains that the failure of U.S. policy in Syria was that our government did not employ enough force. He stands by the false argument that Biden's vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq was a "vote for tough diplomacy." He was reportedly in favor of the Libyan intervention, which Biden opposed, and he was initially a defender and advocate for U.S. support for the Saudi coalition war on Yemen. In short, Blinken has agreed with some of the biggest foreign policy mistakes that Biden and Obama made, and he has tended to be more of an interventionist than both of them.

Jake Sullivan will become National Security Advisor. He is a Hillary Clinton figure :

If you can't quite place Jake Sullivan, he's was a long-serving aide to Hillary Clinton, starting with her 2008 race against Barack Obama, then serving as her deputy chief of staff and director of the State Department's Office of Policy Planning when Clinton was Obama's secretary of state. (...) In 2016, during her failed presidential campaign, Sullivan once again teamed up with Clinton, and he was widely expected to have been named to serve as her national security adviser or even secretary of state had she won.

Since 2016, and since the creation of NSA, Sullivan has emerged as a kind of foreign policy scold, gently -- and sometimes not so gently -- criticizing those who reflexively oppose American intervention abroad and who disparage the idea of American "exceptionalism." Indeed, in an article in the January-February issue of The Atlantic, "What Donald Trump and Dick Cheney Got Wrong About America," Sullivan explicitly says that he's intent on "rescuing the idea of American exceptionalism" and presents the "case for a new American exceptionalism".

Sullivan send classified documents to Hillary Clinton's private email server. He wrote to her that Al Qaida is "on our side in Syria." He also hyped fake Trump-Russia collusion allegations.

It is yet unknown who will become Secretary of Defense. Michèle Flournoy is the most named option but there is some opposition to her nomination :

[B]ackers of Michèle Flournoy, his likely pick for defense secretary, are trying to head off a last-minute push by some left-leaning Democrats trying to derail her selection, with many progressives seeing her nomination as a continuation of what critics refer to as America's "forever wars."

I expect that the progressive will lose the fight and that either Flournoy or some other hawkish figure will get that weapon lobbyist position.

Progressives also lost on the Treasury position. Biden's nomination for that is Janet Yellen who is known to be an inflation hawk. She is unlikely to support large spending on progressive priorities.

As usual with a Democratic election win the people who brought the decisive votes and engagement, those who argue for more socialist and peaceful policies, will be cut off from the levers of power.

In three years they will again be called upon to fall for another bait and switch.

Posted by b on November 24, 2020 at 16:32 UTC | Permalink

There are so many creatures that the swamp holds. Don't be surprised by what comes next.


gottlieb , Nov 24 2020 16:54 utc | 4

The entire project for Democrats in this election cycle was to get rid of Trump. There was never any vision for the future or a presentation of policy to gain voters. It was all "Trump is an existential threat and the only priority is to defeat him at the polls." Bernie Sanders made this all quite clear as he again led his legion of lemmings off a cliff and into an ocean of Neoliberal/neoconservative Forever Empire.

But hey, it's all worth it to get rid of The Man With The Golden Toilet.

Meanwhile, yeah, it's back to future with more of the same as far as the eye can see. Which, with an economy in shambles, and a populace with a death wish, might not be as long as one thinks.

Geoff , Nov 24 2020 17:03 utc | 6

At the very least "gravitas" will have been restored to its venerable and "sacred" institution. And a good portion of the american population can heave a huge sigh of relief, and go about their business of profound ritualistic conformity.

Gravitas restored by an aging old man, potentially on the verge of dementia, which is a sad condition by any measure. A collection of Human beings about as bereft of solutions of philosophy of spiritual comprehension as possible, at this point in human history. We all have an enormous amount to look forward to!

Josh , Nov 24 2020 17:08 utc | 7
It's a veritable who's who of the same criminals who instigated and executed the covert (and sometimes overt) military and economic aggressions across several regions of the globe, to include North Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Josh , Nov 24 2020 17:11 utc | 8
Furthermore,
https://journal-neo.org/2020/11/23/the-murky-foreign-actors-behind-us-election-fraud/
The same faction tried to pull the exact same nonsense last time, but some rather serious elements of the intelligence, military, and security services elected to not allow it (via real time monitoring and enforcement).

[Nov 25, 2020] Biden might walk away from a confrontation with China

Nov 25, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

karlof1 , Nov 25 2020 0:52 utc | 73

US-based companies doing business in/with China are also very pleased at the prospect that Trump's draconian trade restrictions will soon be lifted:

"US multinationals aim to clear away a stumbling block, the Trump administration's protectionism and anti-globalism, to push forward their international plans, in particular their exploration of the Chinese market, experts said. They made the comments in response to news that New York business leaders signed a letter urging the Trump administration to start the power transition to the incoming Biden administration.

"They also predicted that many of the prejudicial and disruptive policies launched by the Trump administration against China, like sanctions on Huawei and tariff hikes, will be corrected once Biden becomes the new US president.

"More than 160 top US executives have signed a letter pressing the Trump administration to acknowledge Joe Biden as the president-elect and begin the transition to the new administration, according to a report by The New York Times. Most of the executives come from US multinationals including Mastercard, Visa, Condé Nast, WeWork and American International Group.

"Many top executives from US financial companies have signed the letter, including David Solomon, chief executive of Goldman Sachs and Jon Gray, Blackstone's president."

Such an attitude might sway Biden away from a confrontation first policy with China since the overall balance of power has changed greatly since he was Vice-President. Perhaps the Neocons will finally learn Peace is more profitable than war.

Don Bacon , Nov 25 2020 1:57 utc | 79

@ karlof 73
Trump's draconian trade restrictions will soon be lifted

wiki: The trade war has negatively impacted the economies of both the United States and China. In the United States, it has led to higher prices for consumers and financial difficulties for farmers. In China, the trade war contributed to a slowdown in the rate of economic and industrial output growth, which had already been on a decline. Many American companies have shifted supply chains to elsewhere in Asia, bringing fears that the trade war would lead to a US-China economic 'decoupling'. In other countries the trade war has also caused economic damage, though some countries have benefited from increased manufacturing to fill the gaps. It has also led to stock market instability. Governments around the world have taken steps to address some of the damage caused by the economic conflict.//

As on war, and many other issues, the corrupt US Congress has allowed "executive privilege" to enact measures and programs that would never be allowed in a real "democratic" country, governed by citizens with availability to a free press.

Edward Abbey: "Democracy--rule by the people--sounds like a fine thing; we should try it sometime in America."

[Nov 25, 2020] Biden's getting the Obama band back together again for an encore performance celebrating nostalgia for a never-was golden age

Nov 25, 2020 | www.rt.com

The incoming Biden administration's cabinet carries a strong whiff of deja vu, and that's no accident – the uninspiring president-elect is staking everything on evoking a lost utopia that never existed under ex-president Obama.

The Biden campaign's rule of thumb for his cabinet appointments seems to be to channel the Obama administration – with an extra helping of wokeness where possible. This has seen him float Pentagon veteran and dyed-in-the-wool megahawk Michele Flournoy as the first-ever female Secretary of Defense and former DACA czar Alejandro Mayorkas as the first Latino-Jewish head of the Department of Homeland Security.

ALSO ON RT.COM Biden signals US return to full-on globalism and foreign meddling by picking interventionist Anthony Blinken as secretary of state

There's also the rumor he's planning to pick Obama's former Fed chair Janet Yellen as the first-ever female Treasury Secretary – but even if she's not the lucky lady, fellow former Clinton adviser Lael Brainard could get the nod, or one of two black candidates – one of whom happens to be gay. Whoever he picks, they'll be a "first" – and, given their institutional history as reliable servants of the ruling class under Obama, a dependable source of more-of-the-same fiscal policies.

Lest all this wokeness turn off the Republicans who defected to Biden out of distaste for President Donald Trump's determination to upset the military-industrial applecart, the presumed president has also brought back ex-Secretary of State John Kerry, who'll be returning to Washington to serve as a 'climate czar' on the National Security Council. While Kerry would be the first person to hold such a position, which will allow him to skip a Senate confirmation that could be unfriendly given the chamber's Republican control, Kerry's time at the head of the State Department saw the Obama administration continue digging the US deeper into its portfolio of ill-advised wars. And Kerry was the man who signed the Paris Climate Accords on behalf of Washington in 2016, a treaty President Donald Trump wasted no time removing the US from. He should go down plenty smooth indeed.

Most of the Biden picks were second-stringers during the Obama years and thus haven't quite become household names yet. This is likely to be a point in their favor – if the history of would-be Secretary of State Antony Blinken is any indication, Biden has good reason for picking relative unknowns. A report from the American Prospect revealed Blinken had spent the post-Obama years getting rich quick at consulting firm WestExec – which coincidentally (or not) was co-founded by would-be Pentagon chief Flournoy after her most recent stint at the Pentagon. The firm focuses on "helping new companies navigate the complex bureaucracy of winning Pentagon contracts" – suggesting a Biden presidency won't just deliver a fatter Pentagon budget, but new wars to go with it.

ALSO ON RT.COM Michele Flournoy might be breaking a glass ceiling as Pentagon chief, but even feminists aren't buying

It's no surprise, then, that Washington-watchers are sinking into deja vu. Biden was elected as the "anti-Trump," a return to some vague fantasy of "normalcy" . Except the nostalgia for the Obama era that helped shoehorn Biden into office earlier this month was based on a wholly synthetic reimagining of the eight years in which the career politician served as vice president.

Obama may have inherited George W. Bush's financial crisis in 2008, born of rapacious investment banks that mistook people's life savings for free chips from a casino, but the " recovery " he claimed as his own never bothered to lift up most working- and middle-class Americans . Many of these lost their homes, and if they didn't, their children "failed to launch," in no position to strike out on their own. The younger generation were either mired in student debt or merely unable to afford even the cheapest 'starter homes' due to an absence of living-wage jobs open to young adults entering the workplace.

ALSO ON RT.COM Biden puts Homeland Security in hands of Alejandro Mayorkas, the Cuban-American lawyer who championed citizenship for immigrants

Biden made it clear repeatedly in the run-up to this month's election that he had no interest in feeling these people's pain. "I have no empathy for it – give me a break," he said, complaining that millennials had been given everything by his own generation, the Baby Boomers. In reality, those "whiners" so loathed by the president-to-be made 20 percent less than Biden's generation at the same age at best – assuming they were lucky enough to have a job at all. Back when it was still considered acceptable to trash Biden, most establishment outlets raked him over the coals for such tone-deaf comments. But such negativity was memory-holed when the Democrats crowned Biden their pick to run against Trump – speaking ill of the anointed one got progressives labeled Trump supporters or Nazis or worse.

Those whose rose-colored glasses let them see Biden as the second coming of Obama forget that "Bush in a black-man suit" turned two wars into seven, allowed Citibank – one of the worst offenders of the 2008 financial crisis – to shape his cabinet, and passed a mockery of "universal healthcare" that forced the lower-middle-class to purchase health insurance they couldn't afford or shoulder a tax penalty they also couldn't afford. Biden has promised to reignite the war in Syria, veto the actual universal healthcare policy that is Medicare for All, and ensure nothing will fundamentally change for his fat-cat Wall Street donors – and those donors seem to be picking his cabinet just like they did his boss' in 2008.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

ALSO ON RT.COM Familiar faces: Biden picks Obama's Secretary of State John Kerry as his climate czar & finds job for ex-CIA deputy Avril Haines

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

82

Robin Olsen 13 hours ago 23 Nov, 2020 10:23 PM

Restarting the war in Syria will take a major false flag that is bullet proof in order to get Russia to withdraw...not one false flag chemical attack staged by Obama and Biden actually worked in the past. Trump's failed too. The world is onto America's false flag strategy...To get Americans behind another 20 years of forever wars is also gonna take significant false flag. Americans will fall for it, they always do...but no one else will...not this time. Without international support he cannot restart anything, the British are not enough to counter Russian interference and I don't think Bojo will survive the next election anyways.
HypoxiaMasks 17 hours ago 23 Nov, 2020 06:17 PM
With any luck he will bless us with Hillary, Comey, Brennan, the corpse of McCain and as an added bonus Lil Bush and both Obamas
DukeLeo HypoxiaMasks 9 hours ago 24 Nov, 2020 02:50 AM
Biden has not officially been pronounced winner in the elections, and he already has picked a neocon team. What a big surprise. Makes you wonder how many people who voted for him really knew what they were doing.
Ibmekon 17 hours ago 23 Nov, 2020 06:34 PM
When Trump got into power he soon overtook Obama record of 26171 bombs in 2016. Trump since 2015 has dropped over 133,000 bombs . Trump tried to get troops out - the MIC just sent them back in. Joey Biden and new secretary of state are committed to keep the troops out occupying countries around the world - which requires the bombs to keep falling, one every 12 mins. Because nobody actually wants the USA military in their country (apart from a few well bribed military/religious dictators) We have no number for those murdered - the USA refuses to keep any count.

[Nov 25, 2020] TRUMP Listens To JIMMY DORE

Nov 25, 2020 | www.youtube.com


Willcheck
, 5 days ago

Jimmy speaks so much truth, it's like throwing holy water on all the corrupt industries running this country.

mattcolver1 , 6 days ago

How is bringing troops home "unsafe" for the troops? CNN is just the CIA's propaganda channel.


marianoV612
, 5 days ago

"Stopping the wars is my pet issue". You're a good man, jimmy.

M , 5 days ago

Every American should put their Biden vs Trump bs aside, get together and have a march on Washington to finally bring ALL these troops home. Enough already.


Juan Pizarro
, 5 days ago

Real consequences is our kid's dying for nothing and civilians being killed.


tommy8715
, 5 days ago

I can't praise Jimmy Dore any more... he's the ONLY ONE left of center willing to speak TRUTH!! THANK YOU Jimmy Dore and Stef!!

[Nov 25, 2020] Saagar Enjeti REVEALS How The SWAMP Will Run Top Levels Of Biden White House - YouTube

Nov 25, 2020 | www.youtube.com



S. D. H.
, 5 days ago

It's a swamp, regardless - Biden or Trump. Corruption & cronyism is what our system is all about at this point.

Anthony Twohill , 5 days ago

Lobbyists are basically corporate sales people: stupid, uneducated, smarmy, and greedy.


Autism Adventures
, 5 days ago

The swamp was never emptied. Trump hired Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary. He worked for Goldman Sachs. Everyone he hired was a swamp monster also. It's now going to be the same swamp just different monsters again.


Ninja Stinger302
, 5 days ago

Why are people surprised that Biden wants the swamp? Were people not paying attention before?


Gabriel Gadsden
, 5 days ago

Quoting Jim Crow Joe Biden: "Nothing will fundementally change." So why should we be shocked by all over this again?

Wilfred Bach , 5 days ago

Jimmy Dore called it before the election: Corporate America will win the election, and a day after the election Jimmy informed us that Corporate America won the election. A Jag-Off comedian has more insight than all these so called analysts.

Pyotr Kropotkin , 5 days ago

Biden swamp or Trump swamp, not much of a difference, and from the differences, there isn't a "lesser evil" or better choice. Americans keep passing the ball between the fake two-party system and getting nothing in return. When will we learn as a people?


Peter Sepall
, 5 days ago

How the swamp abiding bloodsuckers will continue to drain the public.

MrMissingnin44 , 5 days ago

"If you like your swamp, you can keep your swamp"


king james
, 8 hours ago

The Biden admin will be the most corrupt in history.


hudson2441
, 5 days ago (edited)

Thus why many don't bother to vote. The funny part is none of these people see themselves as corrupt. They rationalize it all day I'm sure. Lobbyist shouldn't be an actual job title someone has.


Luis Madrigal-Hidalgo
, 5 days ago

Returning to the Swamp? We never left the Swamp! Washington is a revolving door of the most egregious order.

Holly W , 5 days ago

Two things you always need to do to understand politics, crimes, and wars: 1) Cui bono? and 2) follow the money.


Brandon Bouvy
, 5 days ago

Biden is a dottering old man, when he gets out of bed in the morning is decided by other people. He is the PERFECT puppet for the swamp, and I am sure a breath of fresh air for Wallstreet, who had trouble controlling trumps erratic behavior.


Derrick Fowler
, 5 days ago

47 years in Washington, Joe Biden is the swamp


Jonathan Talsma
, 4 days ago

Look in to Jimmy Dore Show to get a deeper understanding of the cesspool

[Nov 25, 2020] Objective opinion is the opinion about the people we do not like: Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, on Trump s presidency

Nov 25, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

H.Schmatz , Nov 24 2020 18:49 utc | 32

It is curious, but for all the invented illnesses, demons, and direct orders to shut up by Trumpsters on any of us, here a guy who sees it as we did/do, the worst US presidency ever. He must be suffering that syndrome too, anyway with an exceptional intelligence service, that we lack, to keep him on the trails, in case he could deviate through delusional paths, which he obviously does not.

He makes no illusions on Biden´s presidency, but describes what has been in front of the eyes of the whole world ( at least researching a bit on geopolitics ), for anyone who wanted to see.

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, on Trump´s presidency :

Of course, emotionally, there's no doubt –and I'm talking about my personal feelings here– that when you look at the Trump administration, the Trump government, it turns out to be the worst government (in US history), or, if not the worst, it is one of the worst US governments in history. This government was the most heinous, the vilest, the most despotic, the most arrogant, the most contemptuous of its friends and allies –for example, there was a difference in the way Trump behaved with Saudi Arabia [repeated humiliations], and his way of addressing Iran: when he addressed Iran, he was more balanced, more measured, more cautious; and he will step down from power with bitterness over not having been able to find a single Iranian official to answer him on the phone. It was the most tyrannical, the most despotic, the most arrogant, the most criminal, the most terrorist government Such was the Trump administration.

Let's remember what he did for 4 years. For 4 years, he put the whole world on the brink of war, whether he (deliberately) played on the level of psychological warfare, (on the permanent threat) of the brink of the abyss, or whether he was serious (and willing to go to war). Against North Korea, he brought things to the brink of war. Likewise with China, with Iran, with Venezuela, with Cuba, with Syria, with many places in the world. He brought the whole world to the brink of war! As far as states and peoples are concerned, he has intensified blockades, acts of manifest aggression and the most explicit interference in internal affairs Of course, we recognize in Trump a very important quality, which is that he showed the true face of the United States. This is their true face. Arrogance, tyranny, (permanent) aggression, despotism, imperialism, terrorism, bestiality, crime, (mass) murder, corruption This is what Trump showed. His predecessors wore make-up and measured their words, but his quality is that he showed the US as they were to the peoples of the world, (without wearing a mask or using false rhetoric).

(...)But at a practical level, we need to know, through our assessment of these four years (of Trump's rule), that under such an aggressive (US) government, having such a high level of tyranny and willingness to enter into war Because it is obvious that the possibility of the Trump administration going to war was higher and will remain higher than that of the next administration. This administration was very inclined to go to war. They had no caution, no limits.

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on November 11, 2020 .

[Nov 25, 2020] Biden is to the extreme right of Trump on the issue of the US's endless neocolonial wars. And Biden is already laying the groundwork for the deconstruction of Social Security, work he began as VP to Obama. That makes Biden to the extreme right of Trump on foreign domestic issues...all thanks to the "blue no matter who" crowd.

So what Biden is trying to achieve is to stem the collapse of neoliberalism and with it the global US-controlled neoliberal empire.
Notable quotes:
"... IMO, all three of the turn-of-the-century free-market-neolibral model, the hypothetical Trump(ish) nationalist model, and the revised technocratic-neoliberal schemes, are fatally flawed. Despite the political rhetoric of US Republicans, there's no real prospect of an even mildly leftist (i.e. inclusive, egalitarian, and internationalist) alternative anytime soon in the US. I suspect the same is true in most neoliberal countries. ..."
Nov 25, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
S Brennan , Nov 24 2020 17:14 utc | 10

The man is a war mongering psycho:

Blinken surprised some in the Situation Room by breaking with Biden to support military action in Libya, administration officials said, and he advocated for American action in Syria after Obama's reelection. These sources said that Blinken was less enthusiastic than Biden about Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a strike in Syria, but is now -- perhaps out of necessity -- onboard and a backer of diplomatic negotiations with Russia. While less of an ideologue than Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (a job for which he was considered), he not surprisingly shares her belief that global powers such as the United States have a "responsibility to protect" against atrocities.

He has since shown no remorse about those foreign policy failures:

Blinken maintains that the failure of U.S. policy in Syria was that our government did not employ enough force. He stands by the false argument that Biden's vote to authorize the invasion of Iraq was a "vote for tough diplomacy." He was reportedly in favor of the Libyan intervention, which Biden opposed, and he was initially a defender and advocate for U.S. support for the Saudi coalition war on Yemen. In short, Blinken has agreed with some of the biggest foreign policy mistakes that Biden and Obama made, and he has tended to be more of an interventionist than both of them.

Jake Sullivan will become National Security Advisor. He is a Hillary Clinton figure :

If you can't quite place Jake Sullivan, he's was a long-serving aide to Hillary Clinton, starting with her 2008 race against Barack Obama, then serving as her deputy chief of staff and director of the State Department's Office of Policy Planning when Clinton was Obama's secretary of state. (...) In 2016, during her failed presidential campaign, Sullivan once again teamed up with Clinton, and he was widely expected to have been named to serve as her national security adviser or even secretary of state had she won.

Since 2016, and since the creation of NSA, Sullivan has emerged as a kind of foreign policy scold, gently -- and sometimes not so gently -- criticizing those who reflexively oppose American intervention abroad and who disparage the idea of American "exceptionalism." Indeed, in an article in the January-February issue of The Atlantic, "What Donald Trump and Dick Cheney Got Wrong About America," Sullivan explicitly says that he's intent on "rescuing the idea of American exceptionalism" and presents the "case for a new American exceptionalism".

Sullivan send classified documents to Hillary Clinton's private email server. He wrote to her that Al Qaida is "on our side in Syria." He also hyped fake Trump-Russia collusion allegations.

It is yet unknown who will become Secretary of Defense. Michèle Flournoy is the most named option but there is some opposition to her nomination :

[B]ackers of Michèle Flournoy, his likely pick for defense secretary, are trying to head off a last-minute push by some left-leaning Democrats trying to derail her selection, with many progressives seeing her nomination as a continuation of what critics refer to as America's "forever wars."

I expect that the progressive will lose the fight and that either Flournoy or some other hawkish figure will get that weapon lobbyist position.

Progressives also lost on the Treasury position. Biden's nomination for that is Janet Yellen who is known to be an inflation hawk. She is unlikely to support large spending on progressive priorities.

As usual with a Democratic election win the people who brought the decisive votes and engagement, those who argue for more socialist and peaceful policies, will be cut off from the levers of power.

In three years they will again be called upon to fall for another bait and switch.

As I said over at Ian Welsh's blog

"this is brought on by the "blue no matter who crowd" who can't understand that guaranteeing their vote at the outset without extorting any firm quid pro quo a priori guarantees that [working people] can be safely ignored. And yet, almost everybody here [reminder, posted at Ian's] argued for just that and will the next time and the next.

Why will something like that happen

If the polls are to be believed, Biden is the most popular Democrat of all time and by a large margin. If polls are to be believed, the DNC denying the Sanders wing was the smartest thing the DNC has ever done. If polls are to be believed, Biden strode through battle unscathed while lessor Democrats were squashed. The DNC was right, the Sanders people are fools, if polls are to be believed. The immense Biden vote proves once and for all, that any who diverge from DNC dictata should be ignored for all time.

That was the message sent in 2020"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Biden is to the extreme right of Trump on the issue of the US's endless neocolonial wars. And Biden is already laying the groundwork for the deconstruction of Social Security, work he began as VP to Obama. That makes Biden to the extreme right of Trump on foreign & domestic issues...all thanks to the "blue no matter who" crowd. Meanwhile, the election "make 'em scream" ploy Pelosi employed will toss millions off federal extensions of unemployment midnight 31 Dec 2020 until congress reconvenes.

And for all those who claimed Trump to be evil incarnate, worse than Hitler...in a few weeks, facts will show those people to be clownish frauds.


ptb , Nov 24 2020 18:20 utc | 25

yep. sad. Yellen for Treasury is interesting, and a crucial position to watch. Mnuchin basically ran the Trump administration's economic policy, as far as there was one.

One of the watchwords of the coming era is the "Great Reset", i.e. a limited shift in the direction of a technocratic planned economy. In a way, this began after 2008 when the FED intervened in stock and bond markets to such a degree that its interventions became the dominant driving force. With that, "market forces" couldn't plausibly remain a reflection of free competition as the theory postulated. The fact that this measure had to be taken (i.e. markets had to be overtly "fixed"), is an implicit admission that the thesis of the free-market purists, the dream of the Reagan-Clinton era, has been falsified.

The proposed solution, at least the version coming from the high business class (and exaggerated further still by right-wing critics of Great Reset) seems like a recipe to worsen the problem of "regulatory capture" above all else. I.e. the agents and beneficiaries of the neoliberal era making an effort to adapt, without giving up the benefits of the prior economic regime. Likelyhood of fixing inequalities is nil. The emphasis is on reinforcing the stability of the system, holding on to power, perhaps competing with threatening alternatives from the "outside", although that would seem to be a second priority.

Trump did put up a facade of a nationalist alternative, which had the effect of acknowledging the inequalities and failures of the neoliberal system, but offering an equally harmful solution. Besides that, if you look at who was making economic policy in the past 4 years (Treasury Dept), the nationalist facade was false, as far as domestic economic matters were concerned.

IMO, all three of the turn-of-the-century free-market-neolibral model, the hypothetical Trump(ish) nationalist model, and the revised technocratic-neoliberal schemes, are fatally flawed. Despite the political rhetoric of US Republicans, there's no real prospect of an even mildly leftist (i.e. inclusive, egalitarian, and internationalist) alternative anytime soon in the US. I suspect the same is true in most neoliberal countries.

So Biden comes into this moment, with a clear mandate -- from the sponsors -- to reinforce the status quo. He brings Yellen into this moment in a the crucial position.

Lex , Nov 24 2020 19:08 utc | 38

Of course Biden's foreign policy team and the policy itself will be shit. As it was for the trump admin, the Obama admin, the Bush II admin, the Clinton admin, the Bush I admin, the fucking Reagan admin, then there's carter and Nixon. Look, I can take this back all the way to Washington. Biden's not special. It's always been an empire; trump did nothing to dismantle it; but now it's a failing empire.

And don't try the "Trump's instincts were dashed by the deep state". Dude constantly bragged about how much he spent on the DoD. If he could find a way to personally profit from the empire he would have.

karlof1 , Nov 24 2020 22:25 utc | 62

Here's an interview given by acclaimed Canadian International Law lawyer Christopher Black who is rather pessimistic given the team members and its chief. While I disagree on a few minor points, I agree with his overall assessment:

"The Americans proclaim they are all for competition but we know that means only when it puts them in the superior position; and to maintain their position they are willing to threaten and attack the world if necessary; and there are a myriad of domestic problems in the USA which they have no way out of, since the two ruling parties have no solutions to offer, except war."

I would disagree with war being a solution; rather, it exacerbates many already existing problems. However, war would make revolution more likely. Since it's highly unlikely the Empire could make the "Moderate Rebel" ploy work again, to escalate in Syraq as Biden's nominee wants would require a direct assault by Imperial Stormtroopers, and that would be a huge domestic error during the continuing pandemic.

oldhippie , Nov 24 2020 23:32 utc | 65

Mark2 @ 63

Your buddy was born in Havana and grew up in Miami's Cuban hole. And he's Jewish. I'll eat my hat if the family was not personal friends/business partners with Meyer Lansky and Myer Schine. Wonderful, Homeland Security has been given to the Mafia.

Expect more of same from Biden.

vk , Nov 24 2020 23:42 utc | 67

It reminds me very much Khrushchev's government. He went in guns blazing, accusing Stalin as outdated and promising a whole new paradigm (economic and geopolitical). He failed miserably in both. He was toppled in 1964 and substituted by a figure of the "establishment", Leonid Brezhnev, who basically restored what existed during Stalin and effectively gave up making the USSR better. The first proletarian State would disintegrate soon.

Not saying Yellen-Biden will be the American Brezhnev - they are much lesser historical figures than he was - but pay attention to the pattern.

Trisha , Nov 25 2020 0:00 utc | 68

Should come as no surprise that where it matters, Biden is Trump wearing a smiley face, just like Pelosi is Trump in a wig. Actually, considering actual body count and misery inflicted on vast populations, Biden's record is WORSE than Trump.

[Nov 25, 2020] Banksters are the root of all evil

Nov 25, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

smellmyfingers , 5 hours ago

The banksters.

"I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.

Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents".

General Smedley D. Butler

[Nov 25, 2020] Trump Blasts World's Most Overrated General After Mattis Urges Biden To Eliminate America First Policy

Nov 25, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

_arrow


leosden , 4 hours ago

And that coming from Trump who put APARTHEID Israel first

and did more for that racist country than he did for America.

whether underground , 5 hours ago

Exactly. And biden will for sure, 110% COMPLETELY END any idea of putting Americans first in anything other than shackles. F all of them.

Mr Poopra , 5 hours ago

People still think Biden will actually assume office? If Trump won't win in the courts, he's going to burn the entire thing down on his way out. Full Declass coming. Swamp creatures tremble!

SurfingUSA , 4 hours ago

Problem is the agencies are openly defying him on declass (and have been). Would have to send in U.S. marshals.

CJgipper , 4 hours ago

trump will do nothing. he should have already done the declassifications.

FingerInTheDarkness , 4 hours ago

Dropping the Biden laptop after most of the mail in ballots were already in the mail is all you really need to know. Biden was installed. The only question is what to do next? He will come for the guns and he will force the poison shots. Options are few.

cankles' server , 4 hours ago

He's already tried the declass route regarding Russia hoax and was thwarted by swamp creatures.

"Means and methods" will be the mantra for obstructionists.

FingerInTheDarkness , 4 hours ago

Just like he declassified the JFK stuff, err wait a damn minute. We been had!!!

eatapeach , 3 hours ago

Even if it's released, you can bet Israel's complicity in the murder/coup will be omitted, despite the fact that Jack Ruby (Rubinstein) was a Mossad asset and AIPAC got the massive benefit of NOT having to register as a foreign agent.

Dragonlord , 5 hours ago

I am more amazed that the left love wars more than Trump and thats after the former accused the latter of starting WWIII

Herodotus , 5 hours ago

They made sure that Goldwater was defeated so that they could build up the war there and insure that 58,000 Americans would die in Vietnam.

Fizzy Head , 4 hours ago

...Once they had JFK out of their way.

BarnacleBill , 4 hours ago

For as long as Americans honour the 58,000 invaders more than the 2,000,000 victims of the invaders' activities, there is no hope for the USA. And no respect, either. Sorry! I wrote this post (link below, "The war against women") eight years ago, and it's still sadly relevant.

https://barlowscayman.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-war-against-women.html

Everybodys All American , 5 hours ago

You really have to wonder about an American generals loyalties when they do not like or recommend an America first policy. Who exactly is the guy Gen. Mattis working for?

Rich Stoehner , 5 hours ago

Mattis is working for a globalized cartel of ho-mos.

Dapper Dan , 4 hours ago

Who is Mattis working for?

He did work for Elizabeth Homes briefly.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2019/8/31/20839873/james-mattis-book-theranos

it's about the money. Always has been always will be

'Holmes'

highwaytoserfdom , 4 hours ago

What you talking about Elizbeth..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stdi-1tIUhM

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/02/theranos-founder-elizabeth-holmes-fraud-case-mattis-kissinger-murdoch-are-possible-witnesses/

frontierland , 3 hours ago

"America First" was a con. What we got is a 'J3w5 First' foreign & domestic policy.

Biden's isn't hiding his ''J3w5 First' foreign & domestic policy.

The only difference between the two are stylistic, the goal is the same.

Haboob , 3 hours ago

The difference is how they operate.

Trump wants peace through business and Mattis wants peace through war?

frontierland , 3 hours ago

Peace has nothing to do with it.

Trump conned White America with his pro-White dog-whistles, a tactic developed by his mentor Arthur Finkelstein. The establishment doesn't like this approach as it woke the sleeping giant, White America, while delivering no pro-White policies... Which made White America self-aware, with expectations raised, awake and pissed off with Trumps failure to deliver.

The "Left" arm of the neoLiberal establishment prefers an honest, open anti-White approach... The long, slow-boil of White America.

Seal Team 6 , 4 hours ago

Mattis also threw in a dig at Trump's coronavirus response, noting "The pandemic should serve as a reminder of what grief ensues when we wait for problems to come to us."

Really now? It seems to me that the US did exactly what Mattis says by the Obama administration helping to fund the level 5 Wuhan lab, along with the French and the neo-marxist government in Canada.

Does anyone in the MSM ever ask any of these turds questions that are actually relevant, or do they give them an open mike to fabricate history however they like?

Max21c , 4 hours ago

Mattis is a product of the Deep State and an agent of the Deep State. He's been brainwashed by the Deep State and his loyalties are to the Pentagon Gestapo and CIA and Deep State. His loyalties are not to the American nation, American citizenry, Constitution and Bill of Rights. He works for and sides with the secret police and state security apparatus.

d_7878 , 4 hours ago

Ron Paul: "Trump Does The Bidding of the Deep State".

https://www.nationalmemo.com/ron-paul-trump-does-the-bidding-of-deep-state

Record Wealth Disparity and trump gives the rich 100% expensing for their planes because they need moar.

[Nov 25, 2020] Trump and EU: he increases the cost of vassaldom

Nov 25, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Don Bacon , Nov 25 2020 3:43 utc | 83

@ PB 75
visible costs of vassaldom . . costs of American presence....decreasing the national security. . .participating in sanctions
Yes, plus a primary reason . . .Cost of buying US military junk like F-35. Foreign military sales is a mainstay of the US economy.

[Nov 25, 2020] Trump Says He Will Never Concede To 'Fake Ballots And Dominion'

Nov 25, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

President Donald Trump said late Monday that, despite the General Services Administration (GSA) being given the green light to engage with Joe Biden's transition team, he would "never concede" in what he called "the most corrupt election in American political history," and his team would continue with legal challenges.

" What does GSA being allowed to preliminarily work with the Dems have to do with continuing to pursue our various cases on what will go down as the most corrupt election in American political history? " Trump wrote .

"We are moving full speed ahead. Will never concede to fake ballots & ' Dominion ', " the president added, referring to the Dominion Voting System elections platform that has come into the spotlight, with Trump's legal team arguing that alleged exploits in the voting system were used to switch votes in Biden's favor.

Sidney Powell, an attorney once affiliated with Trump's legal team but now acting independently, said she has a deluge of evidence that Dominion and other voting systems were exploited to swing the election, saying she soon intends to file a lawsuit of "epic" proportions that will detail the evidence . This builds on previous remarks she made, claiming the proof she said she was receiving regarding election fraud was massive, and likened its eventual disclosure to "releasing the Kraken."

Dominion has repeatedly denied that its systems were compromised or used in a fraudulent manner. Meanwhile, while a joint statement put out by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on behalf of a national elections infrastructure coalition with links to Dominion through the company's membership in CISA's Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC), called the Nov. 3 election "the most secure in American history."

Trump later fired then-head of CISA, Christopher Krebs, claiming the joint statement was "highly inaccurate in that there were massive improprieties and fraud."

The president's message that he would "never concede to fake ballots & 'Dominion'," followed an earlier missive in which he indicated that the GSA would make transition resources available for Biden, while insisting that he still has a good shot at victory.

"Our case STRONGLY continues, we will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail!" he wrote in a Twitter post .

The president's message followed a letter that GSA Administrator Emily Murphy sent to Biden ( pdf ), where she notified the former vice president that some transition resources, including around $7.3 million in funds, would be available to him and his team.

In her letter, Murphy noted that the decision to provide transition resources should not be understood as a determination that one of the candidates has won the election.

" GSA does not dictate the outcome of legal disputes and recounts, nor does it determine whether such proceedings are reasonable or justified, " she wrote. "The actual winner of the presidential election will be determined by the electoral process detailed in the Constitution."

play_arrow

highwaytoserfdom , 1 hour ago

stop acting like a bunch babies and do something.

https://vashiva.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/request-for-public-records.pdf

get it done mail fraud is Federal.

BLOTTO , 2 hours ago

Any chance that this is a whole charade.

.

Powell has damning evidence to blow the lid off this mofo and now she's gone?

.

Either a massive betrayal

or we just got duped again!

twh99 , 1 hour ago

She has shredded her reputation.

Why have massive press conferences outlining all of this but provide no proof? Totally unnecessary.

When she files this "massive" suit it will be tossed because she has no standing, unless she gets Trump or other candidates to sign on.

tAXED Joe , 1 hour ago

Gone? If she is an official representative of the Trump campaign, she has all kinds of limits on what kind of funding she can accept. Notice that both her and Lin Wood have been "disowned" by the Trump campaign. This allows megadonors to be more liberal in funding the investigation.

Also, this fraud is absolutely massive. Many felonies were committed. This will take years to sort out. Do you think a lawsuit against Dominion will be over in a few weeks? These kind of lawsuits take years to unfold (and normally take years to assemble the evidence in the first place). Trump is on a timeline. Powell and Wood are not.

Roacheforque , 1 hour ago

Not the case. Trump legal strategy is based on what is provable and winnable in a short period of time. They are only going after election official fraud.

Powell strategy will take much longer, with many more cases against deep staters in CIA, FBI, NSA and all the other three letter factions - and their conspirators. The Biblical version will easily take years, and she will either be JFK'd, or emerge an Amazonian Goddess/Hero. Mainstream media and Silicon Valley assets are very strategic. It's a good 4 year plan for her and Trump.

I still contend that the deep state has fractured into mostly left leaning criminals, but with a few traditional, Constitutional patriots, to be called as witnesses.

The criminals make Stalin blacklists while the patriots use the law to fine, jail and (my favorite) SEIZE ASSETS!!

WatchingWithPopcorn , 2 hours ago

Couldn't agree more. Someone prove the fraud. The courts have dismissed every.single.case . There is no evidence. Or, are the conspiracy theorist tin foil hat brigade on here gonna say the courts are in on it too? Good grief....

chiquita , 1 hour ago

The courts have not dismissed every single case. You're not paying attention. The Michigan Supreme Court just passed down a ruling indicating there were some major issues that need further investigation. Other courts have given small victories, but the main push is to get the constitutional violations into the US Supreme Court where all of this belongs. By the way, in Wisconsin, during the audit, there are currently enough ballots that have been challenged for cause to overturn the vote count.

Aqualung , 1 hour ago

hereistheevidence.com

CallOfTheWild , 18 minutes ago

Signed affidavits presented to the court......IS EVIDENCE.

You know what perjury is??

captain noob , 2 hours ago

80 million votes for a candidate who didn't campaign

Hillary got 65 and Obama 65 and 69

Something doesn't add up

Goldencrapshoot , 2 hours ago

He doesn't even remember running for president!

spyware-free , 2 hours ago

Biden can't even read a teleprompter now. Drugs not helping anymore. Dementia is advancing.

https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1330754567764647937

But Orange Man Bad.

Londo , 2 hours ago

Dominion is a CIA regime change tool. The venezuela connection is a useful cover.

spyware-free , 1 hour ago

Software originated in Venezuela in 1998. Morphed into CIA scorecard program which is what was used in foreign color revolutions and in U.S. since 2008.

BaNNeD oN THe RuN , 56 minutes ago

If you bothered to view the actual analysis of the Venezuelan CEO of SmartMatic he says that in 2004, there were over 1,000,000 more votes counted than were fed through the vote tally machines and this was only possible because the Venezuelan opposition parties did not participate in the vote audit.

Dominion vote tally machines do not use SmartMatic software.

https://heavy.com/news/dominion-voting-systems-glitch-clinton-pelosi-michigan-georgia/

In Georgia, the hand recount confirmed the machine count, so their Dominion machines did not alter the election results.

If there was fraud it was at the ballot level. That is almost impossible to prove after the fact.

What troubles me is that Project Veritas and others reported illegal ballot harvesting at least a month before the election and no one did anything about it.

LSMFT , 1 hour ago

Let me fix your "stupid" (ignorance, really, but ignorance can be cured.) - dated today:

Pittsburg Area Antifa Leader Tweets Warning To Trump: "We are armed If you do not concede by Sunday at noon, we will begin to block roads in conservative areas"

The embedded tweet from Adam Rahuba may enlighten you there, quanty...

[Nov 25, 2020] Fractional Magic (Ballot Tampering) The Burning Platform

Nov 25, 2020 | www.theburningplatform.com

Magic (Ballot Tampering) Ads by Revcontent HOW DOGS CRY FOR HELP: 3 WARNING SIGNS YOUR DOG IS CRYING FOR HELP Dr. Marty Is Your Dog licking Their Paws Nonstop? Dr. Marty Neuropathy & Nerve Damage? Do This Immediately (Watch) NerveShieldPlus Do This Immediatly If You Have Enlarged Prostate (Watch) FastProstateFix.com

Well, this is mind-blowing stuff, if true.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Fob-AGgZn44?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

If you don't have time to watch a 25 minute video, here is text explaining it (this is not a transcript of the video).

1 – SUMMARY –

This report summarizes the results of our review of the GEMS election management system, which counts approximately 25 percent of all votes in the United States. The results of this study demonstrate that a fractional vote feature is embedded in each GEMS application which can be used to invisibly, yet radically, alter election outcomes by pre-setting desired vote percentages to redistribute votes. This tampering is not visible to election observers, even if they are standing in the room and watching the computer. Use of the decimalized vote feature is unlikely to be detected by auditing or canvass procedures, and can be applied across large jurisdictions in less than 60 seconds.

gems-usaGEMS vote-counting systems are and have been operated under five trade names: Global Election Systems, Diebold Election Systems, Premier Election Systems, Dominion Voting Systems, and Election Systems & Software, in addition to a number of private regional subcontractors. At the time of this writing, this system is used statewide in Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah and Vermont, and for counties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. It is also used in Canada.

me scrolling=

Fractionalized vote:

Instead of "1" the vote is allowed to be 1/2, or 1+7/8, or any other value that is not a whole number.

What fractionalized votes can do:

They allow "weighting" of races. Weighting a race removes the principle of "one person-one vote" to allow some votes to be counted as less than one or more than one. Regardless of what the real votes are, candidates can receive a set percentage of votes. Results can be controlled. For example, Candidate A can be assigned 44% of the votes, Candidate B 51%, and Candidate C the rest.

GEMS fractionalizes votes in three places :

Every New Jersey Medicare Recipient Needs to Read This! EVERY NEW JERSEY MEDICARE RECIPIENT NEEDS TO READ THIS! Medicare Savings
  1. The "Summary" vote tally, which provides overall election totals for each race on Election Night
  2. The "Statement of Votes Cast", which provides detailed results by precinct and voting method (ie. Polling, absentee, early, provisional)
  3. The "undervote" count

Fractions in results reports are not visible.Votes containing decimals are reported as whole numbers unless specifically instructed to reveal decimals (which is not the default setting). All evidence that fractional values ever existed can be removed instantly even from the underlying database using a setting in the GEMS data tables, in which case even instructing GEMS to show the decimals will fail to reveal they were used.

Source code : Instructions to treat votes as decimal values instead of whole numbers are inserted multiple times in the GEMS source code itself; thus, this feature cannot have been created by accident.

Fractionalizing the votes which create the Summary Results allows alteration of Election Night Web results and results sent to the Secretary of State, as well as results available at and local election officials.

Fractionalizing the "Statement of Votes Cast" allows an extraordinary amount of precision, enabling alteration of results by specific voting machine, absentee batch, or precinct. Vote results can be altered for polling places in predominantly Black neighborhoods, and can parse out precincts within a mixed batch of early or absentee votes.

Fractionalizing the undervote category allows reallocation of valid votes into undervotes.

Voting rights abomination

According to programmer notes, a weighted race feature was designed which not only gives some votes more weight than others, but does so based on the voter's identity. Ballots are connected to voters, weights are assigned to each voter per race, stored in an external table not visible in GEMS. Our testing shows that one vote can be counted 25 times, another only one one-thousandth of a time, effectively converting some votes to zero.

The study was prompted by two issues: (1) Anomalies in elections in Shelby County, Tennessee, which uses the GEMS election management system, in which inconsistencies were observed in reporting of results by GEMS; and (2) Concerns raised regarding the presence of middlemen during the election process, such that a single individual gains remote access to the election management program, in some cases in multiple jurisdictions.

The questions we examine are these:

Can election outcomes be controlled with enough versatility to allow a national impact? Does any mechanism exist that would enable a political consultant or technician to capture elections for repeat customers?

If the necessary features exist within the election management system to facilitate this:

Were such features embedded accidentally or on purpose; for what stated purpose were such features installed; if a reason was given, is that reason justifiable?

How might risks associated with inside access be mitigated?

Next:

Part 2: Context, Background, Deeper, Worse http://blackboxvoting.org/fraction-magic-2

[Nov 25, 2020] The Daley Machine vs mail-in ballots harvesting today

Nov 25, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com


5 hours ago

Not sure if this passes ZH / United States Censors:

Newspaper research . . .

The Daley Machine was one of attraction, promotion, and fear. Votes were generally cast at the Police Precincts. No one wants to go down to the Precinct; however, blocks of human populations of neighborhoods are divided into, as some would designate, Precincts.

The Daley Machine was composed of neighborhoods with party member volunteer canvassers who would distribute Voting Ballots to each address.

The Canvasser would wait for the Voting Ballot to be marked. Toe-tapping, fingertip tapping, brow-beating the Voter to mark a Voting Ballot, then collect, and then all canvassed Voting Ballots are aggregated to the Precincts. The bundles were twined. Twining is not a skill nowadays, but boxing is. The aggregate would be delivered to giant warehouses for counting. Seems all legitimate for the old ladies and old men volunteers who would not know who, which, or where the bundle or now box originated. Simply Count. Innocent.

The problem is/was many canvassers are lazy or expedient or late. Laughable - some voted multiple times, others dead, others gone, others - the newspapers sold much ink and paper for the disclosed variety of . . . uh . . . diversity of Voting cheats.

Traditional ingrained / inculcated PSYOP: Each voter studies the candidates. Each voter self-educates about a request/vote for action by government employees from Voters. After contemplative pondering based on personal assessed facts and desires, intelligently marks the ballot. Winners take all. And all congratulate the winners. Simple.

The Trumps were subject to massive, not fraud per se, but via hand held transceivers canvassers were organized that actually did travel address to address and waited for the occupant(s) to fill out the provided Voting Ballots.

With this toe-tapping, fingertip tapping, brow-beating and an sense of Hurry, canvassers waited as those who had no intention of voting marked Voting Ballots with a marker - ink, etc. And those who did not know were told to at least mark for the election of the President. The completed Voting Ballots were boxed and shipped for counting. Is this legitimate - yes. Are Voting Ballots properly filled - yes.

The Contemplative PSYSOP conflicts with Hurry-Up Reality. However, the Reality overrides the PSYOPS because the acts are legitimate.

If Voting Ballots are proven Daley Ballots the Trumps are going to have a very difficult time.

If Voting Ballots are proven not legitimate then the implication is the Entire United States Federal, State, County, City, Town, Village Governments run by United States Federal, State, County, City, Town, Village Government Employees are also not legitimate and Corrupt.

All United States Senate - not legitimate.
All United States House of Representatives - not legitimate.
All Executive Decisions and Bills signed in to USC Law - not legitimate.
All Supreme Court Decisions - not legitimate.

All Appointees by the Elected are not legitimate.

The entire United States Federal, State, County, City, Town, Village Government Employees Elected and Appointed - not legitimate.

If United States President Trump "wins" Voting Fraud lawsuits, the Entire United States Federal, State, County, City, Town, Village Governments run by United States Federal, State, County, City, Town, Village Government Employees are not legitimate.

Rules, Regulations, Policies, Procedures, and Laws - all not legitimate.

The afore is exactly why all those previous Elected and Appointed are adamantly against United States President Trump threatening the Foundations of the United States (corrupt) Democratic Republic with Truth.

United States Citizens and Others who are now tensioned, aghast, constricted over farcical sham Voting and Appointments would feel truly free, relieved, relaxed, and energized to participate once again. For many: The Truth Shall Set U Free!

The Greatest Event in Human History to remember for most all Remaining Human Time on Planet Earth is United States President Trump confirming what most people both United States Citizens and Others in previous centuries decades and years come to understand, know, and realize: Voting in the United States is a complete utter Farce and Fraud.

And, yes, United States President Trump would be remembered until the End of Time as the Greatest United States President who ever lived.

The End. play_arrow 8 play_arrow

NAV , 5 hours ago

It's a disgrace how the COVID19 coup d'etat was designed to allow hordes to shop for virtually anything at Costco et al or to riot and burn down cities but deemed it it too dangerous for the people to stand in line to vote.

SurfingUSA , 4 hours ago

Daley?

[Nov 25, 2020] Democrats and Media Abandon Democracy by Paul Craig Roberts

Nov 25, 2020 | www.unz.com

Michigan State Attorney General Dana Nessel has attributes of a Nazi. She, like Washington Post columnist Randall D. Eliason, wants to falsely prosecute attorneys who represent those making challenges to the election. She also wants to prosecute election officials who refuse to certify until irregularities are properly dealt with, and she wants to prosecute Pennsylvania Republican state officials who met with Trump at the White House. In other words, Dana Nessel has proved herself unfit for any public office by her effort to weaponize law for her political agenda.

George Washington Law School professor Jonathan Turley discusses Dana Nessel's attempt to coerce Republicans by threatening them with indictments. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/michigan-ag-calls-criminal-charges-against-gop-certifiers-who-wont-fall-line

Matthew Brann, a federal district judge appointed by Obama, refused to accept Giuliani's lawsuit against the Pennsylvania election fraud. The judge was not content to deny the case a hearing. He used the occasion for a propaganda attack, demonizing the lawsuit, based on affidavits from witnesses who signed under penalty of perjury, as "speculative accusations unsupported by evidence." The judge knows full well that affidavits are always evidence. So we now have an Obama federal judge who for political purpose pretends to be thoroughly ignorant of law and not know that affidavits signed under penalty of perjury are always evidence.

The presstitutes are not interested in Brann's extraordinary pretense of utter ignorance, which if true would disqualify him as a judge. Instead they are using his ignorant pronouncement as "proof" that the legal team has no evidence. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/pennsylvania-judge-throws-out-trump-campaign-lawsuit

Democrats, who share Dana Nessel's determination to weaponize law and destroy democracy, are pushing Biden, if he becomes president, to prosecute Trump and his supporters. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Democrat from New Jersey, declared that "Donald Trump along with his worst enablers must be tried for their crimes against our nation and Constitution." If this sounds like a South American banana republic, that is what the Democrats are turning us into. https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/526978-biden-faces-politically-thorny-decision-on-trump-prosecutions

Attempting to prosecute Trump, of course, is what the Democrats have been doing for four years with Russiagate and Impeachgate without any evidence. Clearly, the Democrats envison a one-party state under them in which the abuse of law for political purpose to which they are giving birth cannot, in turn, be used against them. The Democrats are greasing the skids for America to become the most corrupt country on earth. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/11/22/the-dnc-an-american-politburo/

... ... ...

Americans are faced with a so-called Democrat political party that has abandoned America's democratic ways. Democrats have made a power grab for ideological purposes that are hostile to principles such as election integrity which is essential for democracy. Americans are also faced with the absence of a media that serves as watchdog and reports objectively. Without objective reporting, Americans are denied the information that democracy requires to function. Instead, the media controls explanations for the Democrats that support the Democrats' power grab. The picture is clear that both Democrats and media have abandoned democracy because democracy is a check on their agenda. They value their agenda more than they value democracy, and they are going to force their agenda down our throats whether we want it or not.

According to polls, a majority of Americans believe the November 3 election was stolen by the Democrats -- https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/11/21/30-of-democrats-believe-democrats-stole-the-election-and-75-of-republicans-think-so/

If the Democrats succeed with their theft, whatever is left of public confidence in American institutions will evaporate. After Clinton's lies, 9/11, Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, Assad's use of chemical weapons, Iranian nukes, Russian invasions, Russiagate, Impeachgate, Covid, and now a stolen presidential election, confidence in government must be close to nonexistent. When there is no confidence raw power takes over. If Democrats get away with their theft of the election, we will have crossed the Rubicon.

Some say there has always been voter fraud in American elections and ask what is new this time. What is new this time is election fraud on a national level with the appearance of a plot to create a one-party state. What is new this time is the entirety of the media in support of the party that committed the election fraud. What is new this time is the calls for prosecution of members of the defrauded party. What we are witnessing is not only the suppression of evidence but also the prosecution of those who present it.

Despite the evidence of election fraud, the Democrats have a good chance to succeed with their theft. First of all, we all know that the media will not present the case against the Democrats. The media will continue to deny that hundreds of affidavits are evidence. Most Americans will never hear the story of the extraordinary audacity that stole a presidential election.

Second, Trump is a populist, and few populists in America have ever succeeded at the national level. Populists are in the way of the elite who have more money and more influence. From the media's perspective, Trump's majority are "deplorables"–racists and misogynists who must be overthrown. The fact that Trump is a Republican does not mean that he has the support of the Republican Party. Republicans have just as many feet in the establishment as Democrats have. To the establishment Trump is an outsider and, thereby, a potential threat to their interest, just as his intention to normalize relations with Russia was seen by the military/security complex as a threat to their budget and power.

The absence of any Republican Party support for Trump is obvious in the failure of the Barr Justice Department to bring (1) any indictments against the government officials who orchestrated the Russiagate hoax and committed federal felonies, (2) any indictments against Biden and his son for the corruption evidenced in Hunter Biden's laptop in the hands of the FBI, and (3) the lack of any Justice Department interest in obvious election fraud backed up by hundreds of affidavits.

The Republican Establishment has hung Trump out to dry and is urging him to concede.

A minority of Republican voters themselves, although they regard the election as stolen, nevertheless believe that Trump should concede and thereby preserve the undeserved reputation of "American Democracy." These feeble-minded people think that it is not democracy itself that is at risk, but America's reputation.

Over the course of my life I have watched the politicization of the federal judiciary. Judges are no longer appointed because they are competent to interpret law according to the intent of Congress and the Constitution. They are appointed according to whether they do or do not support abortion, racial and gender quotas, homosexual marriage, open borders, amnesty for immigrant-invaders, the globalist agenda, and so forth. The American judiciary is chosen according to which party's agendas are ascendant. This is the way countries are destroyed.

Consider: if federal district judge Matthew Braun truly believed that Trump's legal team's Pennsylvania lawsuit is invalid, the partisan judge would accept the case and let its falsity be proven in court. What better way to dispose of the charge? That he closed the court to the case despite majority opinion of the public that the election was stolen is proof that he knows the lawsuit is grounded in evidence. So he suppresses the case instead of trying it.

When it is not only the Democrat Party and media who don't respect evidence but also federal courts, the basis for evidence -based law no longer exists. Instead, law is based on power. Who has power has the law.

The country that the Democrats and media are birthing will not know justice.


anonymous [146] Disclaimer , says: November 23, 2020 at 4:12 pm GMT • 1.0 days ago

Banana republic. Funny you should mention that. The whole world came out with it at this month's Universal Periodic Review of the US, the most public forum in the world (remember the wall-to-wall press coverage of this vital gauge of US international standing?) Paraguay knows their banana republics, and they were the ones to adjure US compliance with SDG 16. This is the most halting, wobbly baby step of sustainable development: rock-bottom minimal institutional integrity of key state institutions.

For years now, international forums have related to the US in more and more pointed elaborations of "What the fuck is wrong with you people?" – aimed at the delegation apparatchiks, not at the long-suffering population. Russia, with no fucks to give, pointed to the underlying rot – CIA control of elections. (Thanks for that Wikileaks cable, by the way.) Here's the facts from Hopsicker and his monster stones (he got a visit from them, he's so balls-out)

https://www.madcowprod.com/2020/11/15/short-history-election-fraud/

At some point Sidney has to switch from Chavez euphemisms to the direct bill of indictment against CIA. That will be a very touchy moment in the Supreme Court. If it doesn't go just right, all nine hacks will wind up sporting matching petechiae at Cibolo Creek Ranch.

Patrick in SC , says: November 23, 2020 at 7:38 pm GMT • 20.6 hours ago

This creature is a sociopath. She is a direct descendant of the ethnic clique which murdered the Tsar and his children during the Bolshevik revolution. She has in mind the same thing for us.

Richard B , says: November 24, 2020 at 2:41 am GMT • 13.5 hours ago
@nickels e result is a devastating social incoherence. If enough people recognize this to form a critical mass a culture crisis breaks out. And that's the position we're in. From this perspective their rhetorical mask is a small band-aid on a gaping wound that won't heal because it can't stop bleeding.

Their efforts to establish a society free of control and sustained by force only increases the uncontrolled exercise of naked power. And that force, constantly applied, destablizes the very social institutions that power controls . Especially economic institutions. And when force fails there's no alternative. So the whole thing collapses. In fact, it already is.

TKK , says: November 24, 2020 at 7:17 am GMT • 8.9 hours ago

I researched the federal docket system PACER and deduced a possible reason The Trump Campaign distanced from Sidney Powell.

Attorney Powell is pursing Dominion's election corruption on a systemic level. This is a wide and far investigation with many moving parts: the software flipping votes, international actors, connections to Kamal Harris's husband.

Attorneys Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani must frantically laser focus on state election official's certification of 7 million votes in PA and before the December 14 when the Electoral College convenes.

Judge Brann, the repellent obese hack appointed by Obama but who is a Republican , did exactly as Mr. Robert's aptly stated and amazingly ruled on substantive issues when only procedural ones were being presented at that time.

Because of Judge Brann's ruling dismissing (and demonizing and ridiculing) the complaint , Trumps's lawyers have filed an Expedited Emergency Motion for Leave to the Amend the Complaint to the 3rd Circuit.

This is just a way of saying: Let us present our evidence!

If the 3rd Circuit affirms Brann's dismissal- the Supreme Court is next step.

If SCOTUS denies review (which is most likely) that's the last Stop.

Derer , says: November 24, 2020 at 8:18 am GMT • 7.9 hours ago

Democrats imitating the 1918 Bolsheviks power grab in Russia but naively hopping in bloodless version of the coup unlike Bolsheviks. Ironically the main players are from the same brethren Lenin, Trotsky, Sverdlov, Kamenev, Zinoviev = Schumer, Nadler, Schiff, Soros, Bloomberg.

GeeBee , says: November 24, 2020 at 8:33 am GMT • 7.7 hours ago
@Franz he plutocrats have more money than the politicians – 'the vote' counts for nothing. Which is to say that to all intents and purposes, there is no 'vote' and thus, there is no 'check on government power'. The oligarchy wishes to implement – and therefore demands – what we might call 'Agenda A', and thus, at all elections in the entire West today, the hapless 'voters' are given the choice of electing 'Agenda A' in a red rosette, or 'Agenda A' in a blue rosette.

This is our much vaunted 'democracy and it stinks. The moment that the merchant became wealthier than the king – once the counting-house had more money than the palace – the people's fate was sealed.

John Wear , says: November 24, 2020 at 8:46 am GMT • 7.5 hours ago

This is an excellent article. I agree with Paul Craig Roberts that the federal judiciary has become heavily politicized. I also agree that if Trump's case is so weak, Matthew Braun should have heard the case and let its falsity be proven in court.

AnitaHulluvachick , says: November 24, 2020 at 10:04 am GMT • 6.2 hours ago

As a woman, I'm beginning to think we need 100 years in the penalty box for producing these creatures. Maybe we should reconsider the 19th amendment. Lol

Anonymous [290] Disclaimer , says: November 24, 2020 at 11:03 am GMT • 5.2 hours ago

When it is not only the Democrat Party and media who don't respect evidence but also federal courts, the basis for evidence -based law no longer exists. Instead, law is based on power. Who has power has the law.
The country that the Democrats and media are birthing will not know justice.
https://www.unz.com/proberts/democrats-and-media-abandon-democracy/

Paraguay knows their banana republics, and they were the ones to adjure US compliance with SDG 16. This is the most halting, wobbly baby step of sustainable development: rock-bottom minimal institutional integrity of key state institutions.
https://www.unz.com/proberts/democrats-and-media-abandon-democracy/#comment-4301369
.

That's about as basic as things get. Institutional integrity of key state institutions has (as Roberts says) been lost, and in the 2020 Federal elections and current aftermath to same this integrity loss has been used to threaten the general population.

This has been done before with the USSR and the CCP. But all one-party rule does is place a rhetorical mask over the incompetence and corruption and does nothing to solve the many problems involved in the exhausting task and unrewarding responsibility of social management. It doesn't even work in homogenous cultures. How could it work in one as diverse as the USA?
This is exactly why what we're really witnessing is nothing less than The Pyrrhic Victory of The Hostile Elite. The reason is, though they may have been very good at infiltration, subversion, radical ingratitude, insane hatred, brazen effrontery, shamelessness, betrayal, destruction and death, they're no good at social management
. . .
Their efforts to establish a society free of control and sustained by force only increases the uncontrolled exercise of naked power. And that force, constantly applied, destabilizes the very social institutions that power controls. Especially economic institutions. And when force fails there's no alternative. So, the whole thing collapses. In fact, it already is.

https://www.unz.com/proberts/democrats-and-media-abandon-democracy/#comment-4302391

All of the above is true, and the underlying thought has been known in the West and repeatedly demonstrated for several thousand years. How, exactly, could these bedrock principles have been abandoned? Let's look outside of political theory and history of ideas.
Here's an earlier example of physical / economic events fundamentally changing political thought: Nietzsche pointed out c.a. 1900 that industrialization had destroyed European society. Religion died. ""God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?" Ideas previously considered speculative and harmful had become mass beliefs as people moved from the farm to the city, found their village life impossible to live in the city, and looked for a new way of life that would let them eat and raise families. They found it in Enlightenment theory.

Here is our version of physical events changing political thought:

Franz , says: November 24, 2020 at 12:11 pm GMT • 4.0 hours ago
@Stonehands

Yes he did.

How many times are the soldiers better than the generals? More often than we think, maybe.

Or as David Niven once famously said of Errol Flynn: "You could count on him. He ALWAYS let you down."

Trump is still a mystery to plenty of people. If he's canny, why does he listen to Jared and Ivanka? If he wanted normal relations with Russia, why didn't he grab the ball when Putin literally tossed it to him? Why did he tolerate four years of hostile media when he had the money, or at least the investors, to start a network of his own?

Nothing in the last four years makes any sense. Not one bit.

RouterAl , says: November 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm GMT • 3.1 hours ago

Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee who's grave I often visited in Greyfriars church Edinburgh Scotland is reported to have said

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

The ironic part in all this is that the Jews and the oligarchs think they will be the beneficiaries of this collapse they have engineered , however they are in error. When law and order breaks down the strong will prevail over wimps like Zuckerberg, Bezos, Gates etc and all the rest of the spoiled virtue signalling wimps. The ex-military will become the strong and they will start the destruction then re-building of what's left of White Western Civilization. Maybe this time they will finally sort out Usury and what's left of the Jews, blacks and deny any role in public life for women, I can but dream, but at 70 I will not be here to see it.

Anonymous [315] Disclaimer , says: November 24, 2020 at 1:12 pm GMT • 3.0 hours ago

I live in Michigan. There was something very off putting about the 2018 Michigan election. That election swept many extremists into office. Mostly women. How we get rid of them is beyond me. Once these people get into office they seem to be firmly entrenched. No matter how awful they are, they have an equally awful fan base.

I absolutely believe in election fraud, and Michigan 2018 was a perfect example. Yet, no one has said a word. The population of Michigan will be further eroded because of the political climate in this state.

Realist , says: November 24, 2020 at 1:50 pm GMT • 2.4 hours ago

Michigan State Attorney General Dana Nessel has attributes of a Nazi. She, like Washington Post columnist Randall D. Eliason, wants to falsely prosecute attorneys who represent those making challenges to the election. She also wants to prosecute election officials who refuse to certify until irregularities are properly dealt with, and she wants to prosecute Pennsylvania Republican state officials who met with Trump at the White House.

So what dumbass Americans elected them.

AnonFromTN , says: November 24, 2020 at 3:26 pm GMT • 48 minutes ago

You cannot abandon something you don't have. The US was not a democracy for decades, if it ever was. Western media have declined in quality over the last ~30 years, from something palatable representing different viewpoints to today's monolith with uniformity of "opinions" matched only in Hitler's Germany in 1930s and Stalin's USSR in the same period.

[Nov 25, 2020] An Expert on Voting Machines Explains How They Work - Scientific American

Nov 25, 2020 | www.scientificamerican.com

Although the technology used in voting continues to evolve, it remains vulnerable to both malicious and unintentional errors. To protect the systems against both, explains Douglas W. Jones , a computer scientist at the University of Iowa and co-author of the book Broken Ballots , election officials need to be able to check and double-check the election's results.

"There's a nice dictum that that [computer scientist and electronic-voting-security researcher] David Dill came up with at Stanford University: if we do it right, the Devil himself could build the voting machines, and we could hold an honest election," Jones says. "And doing it right means having genuinely auditable technology -- with ballots where the average voter knows that the marks they made on their ballot express their real intent." Scientific American spoke with Jones about how voting machines work, their vulnerabilities, and what to expect on and after Election Day.

me title=

ADVERTISEMENT

[ An edited transcript of the interview follows .]

What kinds of machines are in use across the U.S. today?

We've gotten rid of the punch card and mechanical lever voting machines. Those are now not so ancient history. What we're left with are two categories of voting machines, both of which were introduced in the 1960s and 1970s. Optical scan voting machines are the ones that are closely related to standardized test scoring machines, where you fill in a bubble on the ballot next to the candidate names. Those are, at this point, the most widely used voting technology in the U.S. The other category we have are the direct-recording electronic voting machines. The first of those was actually deployed in the 1970s in Illinois, but the vast expansion in the use of those machines happened after the Help America Vote Act was passed in 2002. It's very clear [that] the authors of the Help America Vote Act anticipated that direct-recording electronic voting machines would become the new normal. But, in fact, they were extraordinarily problematic for security reasons.

A fundamental flaw of direct-recording voting machines -- that is, ones where you pull the lever on an old mechanical machine or you touch the touch screen on a modern one -- all of those machines end up being completely impossible to audit. There's no way to know whether the machine was honest or not, short of taking it apart and actually being able to inspect the mechanism. We have no good way of doing that with software. The complete lack of any auditable record of the count, so that you had to completely trust programmers, was a real problem. [But] the vast majority of votes in the U.S. today are being recorded on paper ballots that are filled in by hand. That makes me feel reasonably good. And furthermore, a growing number of states have some kind of an audit law.

What other problems do we see with modern voting machines?

me title=

ADVERTISEMENT

This is an old rule in computer security that I first learned in the 1970s, no less true today. And that is: the biggest threat to all of our systems is not the malicious outside hacker but rather the fact that there are lots of perfectly honest normal people making errors. We humans have an amazing ability to be remarkably accidentally inventive with the mistakes we make. With fill-in-the-bubble ballots, a typical error would be printing the ballot with the candidates in one order but programming the scanner with the candidates in a different order. There was a famous incident of this happening [in] Pottawattamie County, [Iowa], in 2006 in its June primary. The net result was that the numbers that came up were pretty nonsensical and bore no relationship with anyone's expectation of the outcome of the race. The election officials noticed. They did a hand count, and that completely resolved the problem. And they could because they had paper ballots.

In-person voters can feed their paper ballots directly into a scanner to be automatically counted. But how are absentee ballots tallied up?

Late into the night on Election Night, at the election office, they've been counting absentee ballots all day, piling them up and putting them through high-speed scanners that scan 800 ballots per minute -- speeds like that. Some jurisdictions have automatic envelope openers where you just take a whole stack of absentee ballot envelopes, stack them up neatly, put them in the machine, and it goes up and takes a sixteenth of an inch off the edge of each envelope so that the ballots can easily be shaken out of the envelopes. You have signature-verification software being used by some jurisdictions, where the envelope gets sucked into the machine, put in front of a camera, and the signature is -- either by software or displayed on someone's remote computer screen -- checked. These actually resemble very closely the machinery used by the Post Office for automatically reading mail addresses, except the purpose is to verify the signature. And that's another whole can of worms, because in many cases, none of our laws really govern how we check signatures. It turns out that the mathematics of signature acceptance and rejection ends up being horrible. If you reject any signatures, chances are you're rejecting more signatures of honest, valid voters than you are catching invalid signatures.

newsletter promo

Sign up for Scientific American 's free newsletters. Sign Up

Does the counting process continue after Election Day?

We have long-standing traditions of things like a postmark deadline on the eve of the election. That's how it's been in Iowa for as long as I've been here. So for the week after the election, late mail is still dribbling into the election office -- and all those late envelopes are checked for their postmarks and, if the postmarks are acceptable, counted. Now there's a problem there, as the Post Office, over the past few decades, has been reducing the frequency with which it applies postmarks of any kind to letters. Yet the Post Office does automatically bar code every envelope that goes through its scanners these days. The Post Office has the records to tell you when that bar code was applied. Its computer system is really good at this, but it's not acceptable under some state laws. So postmark deadlines are a real problem because the Post Office has reduced the extent to which classical postmarks are still used.

me title=

ADVERTISEMENT

There's this period after the election during which the counts are checked and cross-checked, [a process called the canvass ]. For example, in Miami, they have this giant spreadsheet showing one column for each candidate for each office; one row for each precinct. After they had all those data, then they would go through the tapes printed out by the voting machines at the precinct -- the summary tapes that showed the total number of votes -- and they would compare it with that spreadsheet for the purpose of ruling out any error in their central tabulating software because there have been such errors. This can take several days after the election, even if they aren't handling late absentee ballots. At that point, the Board of Elections then signs off on the report of canvass. And the report of canvass is then forwarded to the state, which goes through the same process. A growing number of states do postelection audits before they sign the official canvass reports, and in other states, like Iowa, we do a postelection audit after signing the report of canvass. Although the Iowa law says that the audit cannot change the outcome of the election, at least you discover [if] you made a mistake. So it can take several weeks after the election to put the election to bed.

[Nov 24, 2020] Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers- - CounterPunch.org

Notable quotes:
"... U.S. cabinet positions are positions of power that can drastically affect the lives of millions of Americans and billions of our neighbors overseas. If Biden is surrounded by people who, against all the evidence of past decades, still believe in the illegal threat and use of military force as key foundations of American foreign policy, then the international cooperation the whole world so desperately needs will be undermined by four more years of war, hostility and international tensions, and our most serious problems will remain unresolved. ..."
"... Medea Benjamin is ..."
"... of CODEPINK for Peace, and author of several books, including Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection . Nicolas J. S. Davies is a writer for Consortium News and a researcher with CODEPINK, and the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq ..."
Nov 24, 2020 | www.counterpunch.org

NOVEMBER 11, 2020 Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers? BY MEDEA BENJAMIN - NICOLAS J. S. DAVIES Facebook Twitter Reddit Email

Photograph Source: Steve Jurvetson – CC BY 2.0

Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as America's next president! People all over this pandemic-infested, war-torn and poverty-stricken world were shocked by the brutality and racism of the Trump administration, and are anxiously wondering whether Biden's presidency will open the door to the kind of international cooperation that we need to confront the serious problems facing humanity in this century.

For progressives everywhere, the knowledge that "another world is possible" has sustained us through decades of greed, extreme inequality and war, as U.S.-led neoliberalism has repackaged and force-fed 19th century laissez-faire capitalism to the people of the 21st century. The Trump experience has revealed, in stark relief, where these policies can lead.

Joe Biden has certainly paid his dues to and reaped rewards from the same corrupt political and economic system as Trump, as the latter delightedly trumpeted in every stump speech. But Biden must understand that the young voters who turned out in unprecedented numbers to put him in the White House have lived their whole lives under this neoliberal system, and did not vote for "more of the same." Nor do they naively think that deeply-rooted problems of American society like racism, militarism and corrupt corporate politics began with Trump.

During his election campaign, Biden has relied on foreign policy advisors from past administrations, particularly the Obama administration, and seems to be considering some of them for top cabinet posts. For the most part, they are members of the "Washington blob" who represent a dangerous continuity with past policies rooted in militarism and other abuses of power.

These include interventions in Libya and Syria, support for the Saudi war in Yemen, drone warfare, indefinite detention without trial at Guantanamo, prosecutions of whistleblowers and whitewashing torture. Some of these people have also cashed in on their government contacts to make hefty salaries in consulting firms and other private sector ventures that feed off government contracts.

– As former Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Advisor to Obama, Tony Blinken played a leading role in all Obama's aggressive policies. Then he co-founded WestExec Advisors to profit from negotiating contracts between corporations and the Pentagon, including one for Google to develop Artificial Intelligence technology for drone targeting, which was only stopped by a rebellion among outraged Google employees.

– Since the Clinton administration, Michele Flournoy has been a principal architect of the U.S.'s illegal, imperialist doctrine of global war and military occupation. As Obama's Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, she helped to engineer his escalation of the war in Afghanistan and interventions in Libya and Syria. Between jobs at the Pentagon, she has worked the infamous revolving door to consult for firms seeking Pentagon contracts, to co-found a military-industrial think tank called the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and now to join Tony Blinken at WestExec Advisors.

Nicholas Burns was U.S. Ambassador to NATO during the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2008, he has worked for former Defense Secretary William Cohen's lobbying firm The Cohen Group, which is a major global lobbyist for the U.S. arms industry. Burns is a hawk on Russia and China and has condemned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as a "traitor."

– As a legal adviser to Obama and the State Department and then as Deputy CIA Director and Deputy National Security Advisor, Avril Haines provided legal cover and worked closely with Obama and CIA Director John Brennan on Obama's tenfold expansion of drone killings.

Samantha Power served under Obama as UN Ambassador and Human Rights Director at the National Security Council. She supported U.S. interventions in Libya and Syria, as well as the Saudi-led war on Yemen . And despite her human rights portfolio, she never spoke out against Israeli attacks on Gaza that happened under her tenure or Obama's dramatic use of drones that left hundreds of civilians dead.

– Former Hillary Clinton aide Jake Sullivan played a leading role in unleashing U.S. covert and proxy wars in Libya and Syria .

– As UN Ambassador in Obama's first term, Susan Rice obtained UN cover for his disastrous intervention in Libya. As National Security Advisor in Obama's second term, Rice also defended Israel's savage bombardment of Gaza in 2014, bragged about the U.S. "crippling sanctions" on Iran and North Korea, and supported an aggressive stance toward Russia and China.

A foreign policy team led by such individuals will only perpetuate the endless wars, Pentagon overreach and CIA-misled chaos that we -- and the world -- have endured for the past two decades of the War on Terror.

Making diplomacy "the premier tool of our global engagement."

Biden will take office amid some of the greatest challenges the human race has ever faced -- from extreme inequality, debt and poverty caused by neoliberalism , to intractable wars and the existential danger of nuclear war, to the climate crisis, mass extinction and the Covid-19 pandemic.

These problems won't be solved by the same people, and the same mindsets, that got us into these predicaments. When it comes to foreign policy, there is a desperate need for personnel and policies rooted in an understanding that the greatest dangers we face are problems that affect the whole world, and that they can only be solved by genuine international collaboration, not by conflict or coercion.

During the campaign, Joe Biden's website declared, "As president, Biden will elevate diplomacy as the premier tool of our global engagement. He will rebuild a modern, agile U.S. Department of State -- investing in and re-empowering the finest diplomatic corps in the world and leveraging the full talent and richness of America's diversity."

This implies that Biden's foreign policy must be managed primarily by the State Department, not the Pentagon. The Cold War and American post-Cold War triumphalism led to a reversal of these roles, with the Pentagon and CIA taking the lead and the State Department trailing behind them (with only 5% of their budget), trying to clean up the mess and restore a veneer of order to countries destroyed by American bombs or destabilized by U.S. sanctions , coups and death squads .

In the Trump era, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reduced the State Department to little more than a sales team for the military-industrial complex to ink lucrative arms deals with India, Taiwan , Saudi Arabia, the UAE and countries around the world.

What we need is a foreign policy led by a State Department that resolves differences with our neighbors through diplomacy and negotiations, as international law in fact requires , and a Department of Defense that defends the United States and deters international aggression against us, instead of threatening and committing aggression against our neighbors around the world.

As the saying goes, "personnel is policy," so whomever Biden picks for top foreign policy posts will be key in shaping its direction. While our personal preferences would be to put top foreign policy positions in the hands of people who have spent their lives actively pursuing peace and opposing U.S. military aggression, that's just not in the cards with this middle-of-the-road Biden administration.

But there are appointments Biden could make to give his foreign policy the emphasis on diplomacy and negotiation that he says he wants. These are American diplomats who have successfully negotiated important international agreements, warned U.S. leaders of the dangers of aggressive militarism and developed valuable expertise in critical areas like arms control.

William Burns was Deputy Secretary of State under Obama, the # 2 position at the State Department, and he is now the director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. As Under Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs in 2002, Burns gave Secretary of State Powell a prescient and detailed but unheeded warning that the invasion of Iraq could "unravel" and create a "perfect storm" for American interests. Burns also served as U.S. Ambassador to Jordan and then Russia.

Wendy Sherman was Obama's Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, the # 4 position at the State Department, and was briefly Acting Deputy Secretary of State after Burns retired. Sherman was the lead negotiator for both the1994 Framework Agreement with North Korea and the negotiations with Iran that led to the Iran nuclear agreement in 2015. This is surely the kind of experience Biden needs in senior positions if he is serious about reinvigorating American diplomacy.

Tom Countryman is currently the Chair of the Arms Control Association . In the Obama administration, Countryman served as Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs. He also served at U.S. embassies in Belgrade, Cairo, Rome and Athens, and as foreign policy advisor to the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Countryman's expertise could be critical in reducing or even removing the danger of nuclear war. It would also please the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, since Tom supported Senator Bernie Sanders for president.

In addition to these professional diplomats, there are also Members of Congress who have expertise in foreign policy and could play important roles in a Biden foreign policy team. One is Representative Ro Khanna , who has been a champion of ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen, resolving the conflict with North Korea and reclaiming Congress's constitutional authority over the use of military force.

Another is Representative Karen Bass , who is the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and also of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights, and International Organizations .

If the Republicans hold their majority in the Senate, it will be harder to get appointments confirmed than if the Democrats win the two Georgia seats that are headed for run-offs , or than if they had run more progressive campaigns in Iowa, Maine or North Carolina and won at least one of those seats. But this will be a long two years if we let Joe Biden take cover behind Mitch McConnell on critical appointments, policies and legislation. Biden's initial cabinet appointments will be an early test of whether Biden will be the consummate insider or whether he is willing to fight for real solutions to our country's most serious problems.

Conclusion

U.S. cabinet positions are positions of power that can drastically affect the lives of millions of Americans and billions of our neighbors overseas. If Biden is surrounded by people who, against all the evidence of past decades, still believe in the illegal threat and use of military force as key foundations of American foreign policy, then the international cooperation the whole world so desperately needs will be undermined by four more years of war, hostility and international tensions, and our most serious problems will remain unresolved.

That's why we must vigorously advocate for a team that would put an end to the normalization of war and make diplomatic engagement in the pursuit of international peace and cooperation our number one foreign policy priority.

Whomever President-elect Biden chooses to be part of his foreign policy team, he -- and they -- will be pushed by people beyond the White House fence who are calling for demilitarization, including cuts in military spending, and for reinvestment in our country's peaceful economic development.

It will be our job to hold President Biden and his team accountable whenever they fail to turn the page on war and militarism, and to keep pushing them to build friendly relations with all our neighbors on this small planet that we share.

Medea Benjamin is cofounder of CODEPINK for Peace, and author of several books, including Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection . Nicolas J. S. Davies is a writer for Consortium News and a researcher with CODEPINK, and the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq

[Nov 24, 2020] Grading candidates for Biden's foreign policy team- William Burns -- Nonzero

Nov 24, 2020 | nonzero.org

By Robert Wright and Connor Echols , Nov 22 2020

Background: Burns, a career diplomat who has served as ambassador to Russia and as deputy secretary of state, gets particularly high marks for cognitive empathy -- understanding the perspectives and motivations of international actors.

For our grading criteria, click here .

Military restraint (B)

Few if any contenders for foreign policy positions in the Biden administration surpass Burns when it comes to appreciating one tenet of progressive realism: military interventions have a way of leading to bad things. In a ten-page memo Burns wrote to Secretary of State Colin Powell, then his boss, during the runup to the Iraq War, he laid out a cornucopia of possible unintended consequences, including some that became all too real. (Like: Iran feels threatened and acts accordingly.)

Even highly surgical uses of violence, Burns recognizes, can have blowback. Last year he wrote that, during the Obama administration, as "drone strikes and special operations grew exponentially," they were "often highly successful in narrow military terms" but at the cost of "complicating political relationships and inadvertently causing civilian casualties and fueling terrorist recruitment."

So it's not surprising that Burns has often pushed for non-military solutions to foreign policy problems. Still, he has supported dubious interventions -- such as America's joining allies in arming Syrian rebels, a policy hatched while Burns was deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration.

In retrospect, it's not shocking that this policy only succeeded in amplifying the killing and chaos, given the conflicting agendas of our allies and the divergent aims of the various rebel groups -- not to mention the aforementioned inherent unpredictability of military action. Yet, even with years of hindsight, Burns confined his criticism of this proxy intervention to matters of timing and execution. In his 2019 book The Back Channel , he said we should have given more aid to the rebels earlier. But Burns does, at least, get credit for considering Obama's public demand for regime change ("Assad must go") unwise, and for having initially hoped for more open-ended negotiations than that demand permitted.

Cognitive empathy (A)

Burns is adept at seeing the perspectives of international actors, as demonstrated in particular by his views on Russia. He has a history of dealing effectively with the country, and he takes Moscow's interests seriously. Unlike many in the foreign policy establishment, Burns doubts the wisdom of NATO expansion -- including its early phases but especially its later ones. When the US "pushed open the door for formal NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia," he has said , "I think that fed Putin's narrative that the United States was out to keep Russia down, to undermine Russia and what he saw to be its entitlement, its sphere of influence."

Burns believes that, though Putin clearly sees the US as an adversary, he doesn't see the US-Russia relationship in purely zero-sum terms; Putin is capable of seeing "those few areas where we might be able to work together. He is capable of juggling apparent contradictions."

Burns is very aware -- as many US officials over the years have not been -- that hectoring foreign countries about how they should behave can be counterproductive. "I've always felt we get a lot further in the world with the power of our example than we do with the power of our preaching," he said in a New Yorker interview. "Americans can sometimes... be awfully patronizing overseas."

Respect for international law (B)

Burns is generally a strong advocate of international law. And in the course of his career he has often had occasion to invoke it -- as when, in 2014, he said disputes over islands in the South China Sea should be resolved via adjudicatory mechanisms outlined in the Law of the Sea Convention. (Had he not been speaking for the US government, he might have added that, regrettably, America itself has not ratified that convention.)

Unfortunately, Burns seems to have adopted the habit, widespread in the foreign policy establishment, of being more fastidious in applying international law to adversaries than to the US. In The Back Channel he offers some practical criticisms of America's 2011 intervention in Libya, but he doesn't note that when the mission shifted from defending imperiled civilian populations to overthrowing the regime, it arguably violated the letter of the authorizing UN resolution and certainly violated its spirit. Similarly, his discussion in that book of Obama's arming of Syrian rebels evinces no concern about the fact that this intervention, according to common legal reckoning , violated the UN Charter.

Support for international governance (A)

Burns certainly supports international governance of a progressive sort -- agreements and institutions that address climate change and arms control, for example, and the inclusion of labor and environmental provisions in trade agreements. And he has been deeply involved in multilateral problem solving, such as the Iran nuclear deal.

But what sets Burns apart from your typical progressive supporter of international governance is his understanding of the need to expand it beyond these traditional areas. He recognizes, for example, that if work in artificial intelligence and genetic engineering proceeds without restraint in a context of intense international competition, bad things could happen. So he wants to "create workable international rules of the road" in these areas, and he wants the US State Department to "take the lead -- just as it did during the nuclear age -- building legal and normative frameworks."

Universal engagement (A-)

As a quintessential diplomat, Burns believes that the U.S. should be open to relations with any country willing to talk. He is especially emphatic about the importance of maintaining diplomatic and economic engagement with China; he criticizes those who "assume too much about the feasibility of decoupling and containment -- and about the inevitability of confrontation. Our tendency, as it was during the height of the Cold War, is to overhype the threat, over-prove our hawkish bona fides, over-militarize our approach, and reduce the political and diplomatic space required to manage great-power competition." And Burns recognizes one of the biggest payoffs of engagement with China: to "preserve space for cooperation on global challenges."

Burns eschews a Cold War not just with China but with authoritarian states more broadly. He is refreshingly skeptical of proposals -- fashionable in neoconservative and some liberal circles -- to form a "league" or "concert" of democracies that would fight "techno-authoritarianism."

Burns doesn't seem to have expressed the degree of skepticism about America's promiscuous use of economic sanctions that a progressive realist might like. But he gets points for at least recognizing the inconsistency of their application. "We focus our criticism on Maduro, in Venezuela, who richly deserves it, and then pull punches with Mohammed bin Salman, in Saudi Arabia," he said in a New Yorker interview.

Burns also recognizes that the foreign policy establishment's obsession with Iran is, well, obsessive. Tehran has "an outsized hold on our imagination," he says . Yes, he believes, Iran poses threats to American friends and interests, but those threats are manageable, in part because, contrary to a common American view, Iran is "not 10 feet tall."

Miscellaneous

(1) After leaving the government, Burns became president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. That's a highly and rightly respected position. But it should be noted -- since any good progressive realist wants to root out the influence of the military industrial complex -- that Carnegie has taken money from Northrup Grumman ( as well as from such foreign countries as Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates and from NATO).

(2) Burns deserves credit for seeing that the foreign policy establishment, confronted by Trump's jarringly disruptive policies, is in danger of mindlessly retreating to pre-Trump policies that in fact need sharp revision. Recounting (and embracing) the bipartisan opposition to Trump's abrupt withdrawal of military support for Kurds in Syria, he adds , "If all this episode engenders, however, is a bipartisan dip in the warm waters of self-righteous criticism, it will be a tragedy We have to come to grips with the deeper and more consequential betrayal of common sense -- the notion that the only antidote to Trump's fumbling attempts to disentangle the United States from the region is a retreat to the magical thinking that has animated so much of America's moment in the Middle East since the end of the Cold War." This magical thinking, he continues, involves "the persistent tendency to assume too much about our influence and too little about the obstacles in our path and the agency of other actors."

Overall grade: A-


Illustration by Nikita Petrov .

[Nov 24, 2020] Trumpism will probably be better off without Trump: It's Time for Conservatives to Dump Trump, by Robert Merry

We need to distinguish the future of Trumpism and the issue of integrity and transparency of the elections. Thos are two separate issues. The author failed to understand that
Notable quotes:
"... And you think Trump is undermining democracy? There is no democracy to undermine. Just a series of polite norms hiding an ugly reality. ..."
Nov 24, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

tt's time for conservatives to dump Trump. He's a loser and a disgraceful one at that. Though he scored a political achievement of historic magnitude by transforming the political debate in America and setting the Republican Party upon a new course that could prove powerful in coming years, he now has reached a point with his antics whereby he's hurting his party and his cause. And by continuing to defend the man and refusing to call him out, Republicans and conservatives are likewise hurting their own cause.

The object of politics in America is to build up a body of support within the polity that is sufficient to win elections and govern effectively. Trump couldn't do that. He couldn't even talk to people who weren't already in his camp, the voters he needed to pull into his coalition in order to command a majority of the electorate and set the country on a new course. He could talk only to people already wearing MAGA hats. It's great to fire up the base, and Trump did it as well as anybody. But without also expanding that base, he couldn't operate effectively on the margin of politics, where all battles are won and lost in a democratic system.

His popular vote total earlier this month, more robust than many anticipated, demonstrated that he actually could have pulled together that governing coalition -- not based on anything he could have said or done in the heat of the campaign (his fate was already sealed by then) but in terms of what he could have accomplished if, throughout his term, he had devoted his governance to the arts of coalition-building. The Republican electoral performances in congressional and state-legislative elections bolster the view that a successful presidential term was possible for Trump if he had known how to pull it together or had any real desire to do so.

Without a governing coalition, he couldn't achieve any truly impressive legislative successes, even when he had both houses of Congress in his sway. Without a capacity to converse with the American people in soothing and inspiring ways, he couldn't find a means of getting America out of any inherited military involvements in the Middle East, as he had promised to do during the 2016 campaign. Without any zest for the heady brew of true leadership, he couldn't take charge of the COVID crisis in a way that would enhance his public standing and his support. He couldn't give the country any lasting solutions on the critical issues of immigration or health care.

... ... ...

But democratic politics is always about the future, not the past. And the future belongs to those who can orchestrate it. Trump paved the way with his instinctive understanding, back in 2015 and 2016, that millions of Americans were disoriented, disgusted, and frightened by the direction of the country. He redefined the issues and political fault lines that had been ignored by the political class, including just about the entire Republican Party.

... ... ...

Robert W. Merry, former Wall Street Journal Washington correspondent and Congressional Quarterly CEO, is the author of five books on American history and foreign policy.


Cosmin Visan
an hour ago

The whole media attacked Trump with a vitriol reserved for state-controlled media attacking opposition figures in Kazakhstan. Stories unfavorable to Biden were disappeared. Google biased their searches against him. Twitter banned his supporters and censored him. Facebook too.

And you think Trump is undermining democracy? There is no democracy to undermine. Just a series of polite norms hiding an ugly reality.

I understand you don't want to face that reality.
But this election was neither free nor fair.

Matthew Etzell 6 minutes ago

It is certainly true that Trump lacks both the temperament and the aptitude to be an effective leader. However, there are serious problems with the author's analysis.

He couldn't even talk to people who weren't already in his camp, the voters he needed to pull into his coalition in order to command a majority of the electorate and set the country on a new course. He could talk only to people already wearing MAGA hats. It's great to fire up the base, and Trump did it as well as anybody. But without also expanding that base, he couldn't operate effectively on the margin of politics, where all battles are won and lost in a democratic system.


Trump won an unusually large proportion of minority voters for a Republican. And you think he failed to expand the base?

Without a capacity to converse with the American people in soothing and inspiring ways, he couldn't find a means of getting America out of any inherited military involvements in the Middle East, as he had promised to do during the 2016 campaign.


What does being soothing/inspiring have to do with getting the US military out of the Middle East? The American people already supported getting the US military out of the Middle East; Trump's promise to bring the troops home was part of the reason he was elected in the first place. It was the Beltway establishment that opposed bringing the troops home, not the American people, and the Beltway crowd couldn't be convinced because they had (and still have) a vested interest in perpetuating US involvement in those conflicts.

Without any zest for the heady brew of true leadership, he couldn't take charge of the COVID crisis in a way that would enhance his public standing and his support.


1) Most public-health authority rests with the state and local governments.
2) What do you call Operation Warpspeed? What do you call his efforts to encourage production of medical supplies/equipment?
3) If you are referring to lockdowns/masks, there is no evidence that quarantining healthy individuals (including asymptomatic carriers) or having them wear masks is effective in slowing transmission of respiratory viruses. Likewise, there is no evidence that contact-tracing slows transmission of respiratory viruses. Indeed, the WHO released a report in 2019 showing that these measures were not effective in slowing transmission of influenza.

He couldn't give the country any lasting solutions on the critical issues of immigration or health care.


True. It is also true that the Legislative Branch (Congress) is supposed to write the laws. Additionally, as with our Mid-East military adventures, there are a great many people in Washington with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo with regard to immigration.

There is no serious evidence that electoral irregularities robbed Trump of victory on November 3.


https://justthenews.com/pol...
https://redstate.com/shipwr...
https://redstate.com/streif...

In light of that, he should concede gracefully in the interest of the country ...


Because trying to protect the integrity of US elections is just so gauche.

[Nov 24, 2020] Mark Steyn Interviews Sidney Powell on Rush Limbaugh Show

Nov 24, 2020 | turcopolier.typepad.com

LondonBob , 24 November 2020 at 10:22 AM

I agree with Robert Barnes, the Dominion stuff distracts from the main fraud of ballot stuffing and ballot harvesting. He views it as a deliberate distraction. Signature matching should be the focus and will be sufficient to flips most of the states needed, and PA and MI the legislature can just send there own electors if they vote to do so.

https://twitter.com/Peoples_Pundit/status/1330949246216937474?s=20

[Nov 24, 2020] Occam's razor would have you agree that voter suppression did occur

Nov 24, 2020 | www.theamericanconservative.com

PerceiveToBeWise bumbershoot 7 days ago • edited

Occam's razor would have you agree that voter suppression did occur (wildly inaccurate polling data broadcast from the MSM to suppress Trump voter turnout in the months, weeks, and days leading up to election (why vote when you are going to loose by double digits). Occam's razor would have you agree that electronic theft and illegality switching of votes which has been both proven in real time recorded on TV as vote totals were updated and shown in the JSON files which demonstrates substantial systemic voter fraud. This is rather humorous because your posts lack any intellectual rigor on your part or even showing any desire to dig for the truth - hence, you are just a troll

[Nov 24, 2020] The Ruling Elite's War on Truth by Chris Hedges

Nov 23, 2020 | consortiumnews.com

American political leaders display a widening disconnect from reality intended to mask their complicity in the seizure of power by global corporations and billionaires.

By Chris Hedges
ScheerPost.com

Joe Biden's victory instantly obliterated the Democratic Party's longstanding charge that Russia was hijacking and compromising U.S. elections. The Biden victory, the Democratic Party leaders and their courtiers in the media now insist, is evidence that the democratic process is strong and untainted, that the system works. The elections ratified the will of the people.

But imagine if Donald Trump had been reelected. Would the Democrats and pundits at The New York Times , CNN and MSNBC pay homage to a fair electoral process? Or, having spent four years trying to impugn the integrity of the 2016 presidential race, would they once again haul out the blunt instrument of Russian interference to paint Trump as Vladimir Putin's Manchurian candidate?

Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani are vulgar and buffoonish, but they play the same slimy game as their Democratic opponents. The Republicans scapegoat the deep state, communists and now, bizarrely, Venezuela; the Democrats scapegoat Russia. The widening disconnect from reality by the ruling elite is intended to mask their complicity in the seizure of power by predatory global corporations and billionaires.

... ... ...

Compare this to how Hillary Clinton, during the recent primary campaign, warned that the Russians were "grooming" a female candidate, widely assumed to be Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, to run as a third-party candidate to serve Russian interests.

Previously, Clinton called the 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein a "Russian asset." She insisted, although Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors found no evidence to support her charge, that the Trump campaign worked closely in 2016 with Moscow and WikiLeaks -- which she insists is a Russian front -- to defeat her. Hillary's staff put together a "hit list" in the final days of her 2008 campaign, according to the book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, listing those who were loyal to the Clintons those who were not. They used a scale of 1 to 7.

"Step back and think about it," Clinton wrote in her book, What Happened , about the 2016 election.

"The Russians hacked our election systems. They got inside. They tried to delete or alter voter information. This should send a shiver down the spine of every American."

Never mind that both ruling parties are silent about the massive interference in our elections by Israel, which uses its lobbying groups to lavishly fund political candidates in both parties and flies members of Congress and their families to Israel for junkets at seaside resorts. Israel's intrusion in our political process, including when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress in 2015, without informing then President Barack Obama, to attack the president's Iran nuclear deal, dwarfs that of any other country, including Russia.

Fictional & Dangerous Narratives

The two warring factions within the ruling elite, which fight primarily over the spoils of power while abjectly serving corporate interests, peddle alternative realities. If the deep state and Venezuelan socialists or Russia intelligence operatives are pulling the strings no one in power is accountable for the rage and alienation caused by the social inequality, the unassailability of corporate power, the legalized bribery that defines our political process, the endless wars, austerity and de-industrialization. The social breakdown is, instead, the fault of shadowy phantom enemies manipulating groups such as Black Lives Matters or the Green Party.

"The people who run this country have run out of workable myths with which to distract the public, and in a moment of extreme crisis have chosen to stoke civil war and defame the rest of us – black and white – rather than admit to a generation of corruption, betrayal, and mismanagement," Matt Taibbi writes.

These fictional narratives are dangerous. They erode the credibility of democratic institutions and electoral politics. They posit that news and facts are no longer true or false. Information is accepted or discarded based on whether it hurts or promotes one faction over another. While outlets such as Fox News have always existed as an arm of the Republican Party, this partisanship has now infected nearly all news organizations, including publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, along with the major tech platforms that disseminate information and news. A fragmented public with no common narrative believes whatever it wants to believe.

I first assumed t his job posting from The New York Times for a Moscow correspondent was a parody posted by The Onion . It wasn't. It speaks volumes about the self-immolation of The New York Times and the press.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Vladimir Putin's Russia remains one of the biggest stories in the world. It sends out hit squads armed with nerve agents against its enemies, most recently the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony in the West to tarnish its democratic systems, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out in his villa. If that sounds like a place you want to cover, then we have good news: We will have an opening for a new correspondent as Andy Higgins takes over as our next Eastern Europe Bureau Chief early next year.

Of course, every charge leveled here against Russia regarding foreign interference can be leveled in spades against the United States, both in the present and past, and even the implied criticism of its pandemic response seems like a textbook case of projection. More to the point, why should the Times even send someone to Moscow to report on what Russians think, feel and how they view themselves and the world if they have already decided they are a cartoon villain? Why have a Moscow bureau at all?

A parody response circulating on the internet imagined a parallel posting by Pravda for a U.S. correspondent:

JOB DESCRIPTION: Donald Trump's America remains one of the biggest stories in the world. It sends out its armies, its drones, and its agents around the world to kill its enemies. It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony, undermining and overthrowing regimes, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out on the golf course. If that sounds like a place you want to cover, then we have good news. We will have an opening for a new correspondent.

... ... ...

The flagrant partisanship and discrediting of truth across the political spectrum are swiftly fueling the rise of an authoritarian state. The credibility of democratic institutions and electoral politics, already deeply corrupted by PACs, the electoral college, lobbyists, the disenfranchisement of third-party candidates, gerrymandering and voter suppression, is being eviscerated.

Silicon Valley billionaires, including Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, donated more than $100 million to a Democratic super PAC that created a torrent of anti-Trump TV ads in the final weeks of the campaign to elect Biden. The heavy infusion of corporate money to support Biden wasn't done to protect democracy. It was done because these corporations and billionaires know a Biden administration will serve their interests.

... ... ...

More Targeting & Censorship Ahead

The election of Biden is also very bad news for journalists such as Matt Taibbi, Glen Ford, Margaret Kimberley, Glenn Greenwald, Jeffrey St. Clair or Robert Scheer who refuse to be courtiers to the ruling elites. Journalists who do not spew the approved narrative of the right-wing, or, alternatively, the approved narrative of the Democratic Party, have a credibility the ruling elite fears.

... ... ...

The censorship and manipulation of information was honed and perfected against WikiLeaks . When WikiLeaks tries to release information, it is hit with botnets or distributed denial of service attacks. Malware attacks WikiLeaks' domain and website. The WikiLeaks site is routinely shut down or unable to serve its content to its readers.

Attempts by WikiLeaks to hold press conferences see the audio distorted and the visual images corrupted. Links to WikiLeaks events are delayed or cut. Algorithms block the dissemination of WikiLeaks content. Hosting services, including Amazon, removed WikiLeaks from its servers. Julian Assange, after releasing the Iraqi war logs, saw his bank accounts and credit cards frozen. WikiLeaks' PayPal accounts were disabled to cut off donations.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation in December 2017 closed down the anonymous funding channel to WikiLeaks which was set up to protect the anonymity of donors. A well-orchestrated smear campaign against Assange was amplified and given credibility by the mass media and filmmakers such as Alex Gibney. Assange and WikiLeaks were first. We are next.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told CNN during this campaign that Russian disinformation efforts are "more problematic" than in 2016. He warned that "this time around, the Russians have decided to cultivate U.S. citizens as assets. They are attempting to try to spread their propaganda in the mainstream media."

This will be the official mantra of the Democratic Party, a vicious red-baiting campaign without actual reds, especially as the country spirals out of control. The reason I have a show on Russia-funded RT America is the same reason Vaclav Havel could only be heard on the U.S.-funded Voice of America during the communist control of Czechoslovakia.

I did not choose to leave the mainstream media. I was pushed out. And once anyone is pushed out, the ruling elite is relentless about discrediting the few platforms left willing to give them, and the issues they raise, a hearing.

"If the problem is 'American citizens' being cultivated as 'assets' trying to put 'interference' in the mainstream media, the logical next step is to start asking Internet platforms to shut down accounts belonging to any American journalist with the temerity to report material leaked by foreigners (the wrong foreigners, of course – it will continue to be okay to report things like the 'black ledger')," writes Taibbi , who has done some of the best reporting on the emerging censorship.

"From Fox or the Daily Caller on the right , to left-leaning outlets like Consortium [News] or the World Socialist Web Site, to writers like me even – we're all now clearly in range of new speech restrictions, even if we stick to long-ago-established factual standards."

Taibbi argues that the precedent for overt censorship took place when the major digital platforms -- Facebook, Twitter, Google, Spotify, YouTube -- in a coordinated move blacklisted the right-wing talk show host Alex Jones.

"Liberal America cheered," Taibbi told me when I interviewed him for my show, " On Contact ":

"They said 'Well this is a noxious figure. This is a great thing. Finally, someone's taking action.' What they didn't realize is that we were trading an old system of speech regulation for a new one without any public discussion. You and I were raised in a system where you got punished for speech if you committed libel or slander or if there was imminent incitement to lawless action, right? That was the standard that the Supreme Court set, but that was done through litigation. There was an open process where you had a chance to rebut charges. That is all gone now.

Now, basically there's a handful of these tech distribution platforms that control how people get their media. They've been pressured by the Senate, which has called all of their CEOs in, and basically ordered them, 'We need you to come up with a plan to prevent the sowing of discord and spreading of misinformation.' This has finally come into fruition. You see a major reputable news organization like the New York Post -- with a 200-year history -- locked out of its own Twitter account. The story [Hunter Biden's emails] has not been disproven.

It's not disinformation or misinformation. It's been suppressed as it would be suppressed in a Third World country. It's a remarkable historic moment. The danger is that we end up with a one-party informational system. There's going to be approved dialogue and unapproved dialogue that you can only get through certain fringe avenues. That's the problem. We let these companies get this monopolistic share of the distribution system. Now they're exercising that power."

In the Soviet Union the truth was passed, often hand to hand, in underground samizdat documents, clandestine copies of news and literature banned by the state. The truth will endure. It will be heard by those who seek it out. It will expose the mendacity of the powerful, however hard it will be to obtain. Despotisms fear the truth. They know it is a mortal threat. If we remain determined to live in truth, no matter the cost, we have a chance.

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for 15 years for The New York Times , where he served as the Middle East bureau chief and Balkan bureau chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News , The Christian Science Monitor and NPR. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show "On Contact."

This column is from Scheerpost , for which Chris Hedges writes a regular column twice a month. Click here to sign up for email alerts.

The views expressed are solely those of the author and may or may not reflect those of Consortium News.

[Nov 24, 2020] Time to tit-for-tat for the neoliberal Dems Russiagate gambit?

Republicans in Senate can raise Chinagate story to the level Russiagate quite easily, if they want to. That would real tit-for-tat. But in reality many o them prefer Biden to Trump for obvious reasons: Biden is more controllable and more predictable. Biden is a moderate republican and staunch neoliberal in domestic policy and rabid neocon in foreign policy. If you thing that his Secretary of State of Ste will be less obnoxious and jingoistic then Pompeo, you are missing the point. Presidents change but the foreign policy stays the same.
Nov 24, 2020 | consortiumnews.com

A week after CN, Cable News Network reported that Donald Trump knows he lost but is holding out to get back at the Democrats for undermining his legitimacy with Russiagate.

By Joe Lauria
Special to Consortium News

L ast Thursday, CNN posted an article online that began:

"(CNN) -- President Donald Trump told an ally that he knows he lost, but that he is delaying the transition process and is aggressively trying to sow doubt about the election results in order to get back at Democrats for questioning the legitimacy of his own election in 2016, especially with the Russia investigation, a source familiar with the President's thinking told CNN on Thursday."

The article went on to say that Trump's refusal so far to concede the election to Joe Biden comes in part from his "perceived grievance that Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama undermined his own presidency by saying Russia interfered in the 2016 election and could have impacted the outcome, people around him have said."

... ... ..

Hillary Clinton laid the groundwork during the 2016 campaign to undermine Trump by recklessly branding him a 'Putin puppet.'

That blossomed into four years of full-blown Russiagate, which was meant to question the validity of Trump's election, undermine his legitimacy and hamper his ability to act as president.

Now the Republicans are questioning the validity of Biden's election, undermining his legitimacy and hampering his ability to act as president-elect, and later as president.

This is tit-for-tat for the Russiagate gambit."

Missing the Point

The reliably pro-Democratic CNN could not resist the opportunity to insult Trump, as if sticking to the facts about his presidency isn't damning enough. And it threw a compliment Clinton's way that misses the point.

The CNN story said:

"Trump continues to hold a grudge against those who he claims undercut his election by pointing to Russian interference efforts, and he has suggested it is fair game to not recognize Joe Biden as the President-elect, even though Clinton conceded on election night in 2016 and the Trump transition was able to begin immediately."

First off, it's journalistic malpractice to speak of "Russian interference efforts" as if it's a flat fact, when the two core elements of Russiagate -- a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign and a Russian hack of Democratic servers -- have been debunked by none other than Special Counsel Robert Mueller and CrowdStrike president Shawn Henry.

The latter's sworn testimony to the House Intelligence Committee admitted to no evidence that anyone had hacked the servers, and Mueller reported no evidence of such a conspiracy. In case you missed it:

Frank Desantis , November 23, 2020 at 19:40

Joe right on. The cast of characters in the Obama and Hillary approved Deep State led 4 year campaign to delegitimize the Trump presidency is an unparalleled assault on the rule of law and the Constitution itself.
I am not a Trump fan but loathe the successor, another lap dog of the Isrseli state and the MIC. Pity this country.

Tom Kath , November 23, 2020 at 18:58

To question the validity of an election that has so far only been proclaimed by the MSM controlled by one side, is surely what real journalism should do.

[Nov 24, 2020] Archie Bunker

Nov 24, 2020 | disqus.com

an hour ago

Democrats the Media and Big Tech rendered the Voter obsolete.

[Nov 24, 2020] Perdue, Loeffler Join Trump Call for New Georgia Recount

I do not understand why statistic sampling of address envelopes was not done in key states, especially in Georgia and Pennsylvania, where there are signs of "other irregularities." This will allow to establish the margin of error for mail-in ballots and this is important for Trump. Percentage of dead people voting and out of state people voting can be easily established is the sample is representative and large enough. And this does not cost much Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger can't be missing this so he acts as an enemy of honest and transparent elections.
Nov 24, 2020 | www.newsmax.com

The Trump campaign Saturday filed for a second Georgia election recount , saying the first failed to include signature matching and "other vital safeguards."

... ... ...

Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp asked Raffensperger last week to conduct an audit of signatures on ballot envelopes because of accusations from the Trump campaign and others.

"It's important to note that this audit only looked at ballots, not the signatures of the absentee applications or the signatures on the ballot envelopes," Kemp said. "It seems simple enough to conduct a sample audit of signatures on the absentee ballot envelopes and compare those to the signatures on applications and on file at the secretary of state's office."

[Nov 24, 2020] Rep. Barry Loudermilk to Newsmax TV- Ga. Needs 'Deeper Forensic Audit'

Nov 24, 2020 | www.newsmax.com

There has to be a deeper forensic audit done," Loudermilk told Monday's " Stinchfield. "

"What the Secretary of State is saying is we've already verified the signatures and we've separated the ballots from the envelopes. You still have to verify that people who are voting are people that should be voting.

"Whether you can discount their ballot or not in the last election, we need to know, if it's people who voted illegally, that they don't do it again in this runoff."

... ... ...

Regardless, the fraud needs to be rooted out of Georgia, Loudermilk told host Grant Stinchfield.

"I believe there was fraud in this election," Loudermilk said. "People say, 'give us the evidence.' Well, you have to investigate to get to the evidence. We have a lot of circumstantial evidence. I mean, if you look in Georgia, Republicans won up and down the ballot, except for the presidential and the Senate race.

"Tell me how that has happened – when we Republicans held the House and the Senate. We made great gains in Georgia.

"A lot of interesting things will come out of this election, but we have to continue to fight to make sure future elections are trustworthy, that they have integrity."

[Nov 24, 2020] Dershowitz- Trump Has 'Two or Three Legal Constitutional Paths' -- 'I Don't Think that the Election Is Going to Be Reversed'

Nov 24, 2020 | www.breitbart.com

DERSHOWITZ: Well, let me give you my completely objective, not wishful thinking, constitutional analysis.

They have two or three legal constitutional paths. For example, in Pennsylvania, they have two very strong legal arguments, one, that the courts changed what the legislature did about counting ballots after the end of Election Day.

That's a winning issue in the Supreme Court. I don't necessarily support it, but it's a winning issue in the Supreme Court. And Justice Alito has already hinted that's a winning issue.

They also have a winning issue on the Supreme Court on equal protection, that some counties allowed flawed ballots to be cured, while others didn't. Bush vs. Gore suggests that an equal protection argument can prevail.

The problem with that argument is, they don't have the numbers necessarily to support it. If it's right that Biden is ahead by some 70,000 or 80,000 votes, they have to show enough contested votes, under those two legal theories, to change the outcome.

The other legal theory they had, which is a potentially strong one, is that the computers, either fraudulently or by glitches, changed hundreds of thousands of votes. There are enough votes to make a difference, but I haven't seen the evidence to support that.

So, in one case, they don't have the numbers. In another case, they don't seem yet to have the evidence. Maybe they do. I haven't seen it. But the legal theory is there to support them if they have the numbers and they have the evidence.

[Nov 24, 2020] PBS Newshour did piece on Dominion voting system before the election and what they found was troubling

[VIDEO]
Nov 13, 2020 | therightscoop.com

PBS Newshour had a 'white hat hacker' named Harri Hursti inspect the system and he said "they have set up a complicated system which is centralized; it doesn't seem to have any safeguards."


https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&client=ca-pub-2393086864991938&output=html&h=197&slotname=5474955634&adk=2134360794&adf=2593770318&pi=t.ma~as.5474955634&w=786&fwrn=4&lmt=1606198020&rafmt=11&psa=1&format=786x197&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Fvideo-pbs-newshour-did-piece-on-dominion-voting-system-before-the-election-and-what-they-found-was-troubling%2F&flash=0&wgl=1&tt_state=W3siaXNzdWVyT3JpZ2luIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9hZHNlcnZpY2UuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbSIsInN0YXRlIjowfSx7Imlzc3Vlck9yaWdpbiI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXR0ZXN0YXRpb24uYW5kcm9pZC5jb20iLCJzdGF0ZSI6MH1d&dt=1606198020440&bpp=29&bdt=1224&idt=326&shv=r20201112&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dfa15264f8f5e9303-22948486b2c4004e%3AT%3D1604799131%3ART%3D1604799131%3AS%3DALNI_MYiGeaL9-g-LGs8RfOR8WPwmLRuHw&prev_fmts=786x280%2C300x600&correlator=6699014133115&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1761694073.1604799131&ga_sid=1606198021&ga_hid=2103001401&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=4503599627149864&dssz=97&mdo=0&mso=0&rplot=4&u_tz=-300&u_his=4&u_java=0&u_h=864&u_w=1536&u_ah=864&u_aw=1536&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=182&ady=1765&biw=1519&bih=762&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&oid=3&pvsid=1503887534316833&pem=987&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fduckduckgo.com%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=640&brdim=1536%2C0%2C1536%2C0%2C1536%2C0%2C1536%2C864%2C1536%2C762&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CEebr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8320&bc=31&ifi=2&uci=a!2&btvi=3&fsb=1&xpc=RPMMC5NDU7&p=https%3A//therightscoop.com&dtd=514


They described the system as having a lot of moving parts, saying "it's an assortment of laptops, iPads, magnetic cards, touch screens, printers and scanners."

PBS says the devices replaced touchscreens in 2019 which didn't created a paper ballot, but one of the women responsible for bringing about this change isn't terribly happy with the new system either. And election experts have found several troubling problems with the new system, especially the Q.R. codes it creates for tabulation:

Alex Halderman looked closely at the Q.R. codes where the votes are encoded for the scanner. "By analyzing the structure of the Q.R. codes, I have been able to learn that there's nothing that stops an attacker from just duplicating one, and the duplicate would count the same as the original barcode."

And in late September, another concern came to light. During testing, election workers found half the names of the 21 candidates for Senate intermittently disappeared from screens during the review phase. Dominion sent out a last-minute software patch.

Halderman caution: "I'm worried that the Georgia system is the technical equivalent to the 737 MAX. They have just made a last-minute software change that might well have unintended consequences and cause even more severe problems on Election Day."

Hirsti expressed concern that the system was being rushed out with the proper testing:

You never want to rush something which is mission-critical, and this is mission-critical, into production without proper time for testing.

That's really one of the ways bad actors are finding the vulnerabilities to exploit is looking for honest vulnerabilities and finding out if they can be weaponized, if they can be exploited.

The actual segment goes on for 7 minutes and you can watch it below:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/v62C-riEZ0I?enablejsapi=1&autoplay=0&cc_load_policy=0&cc_lang_pref=&iv_load_policy=3&loop=0&modestbranding=1&rel=0&fs=1&playsinline=0&autohide=2&theme=dark&color=red&controls=1&


IWannaBFree 9 days ago ,

Face it, politicians in general are lazy, incompetent, power-hungry, greedy and worthless. Very few actually care about the American people or want to work for us. They keep getting re-elected over and over because of promises made and NOT kept. They get in a back room and make deals to NOT do their jobs and draw straws on who will take the blame. When election time rolls around again, the people continue to believe their propaganda and vote them in again...and the cycle continues. Look at Biden, 47 years in public office. The man has NO skills...he can't do anything else. Same for most politicians. Never vote for someone that has not worked in the real world...and don't vote for lawyers (they always find the loophole in every law and use it to keep themselves living a lifestyle we only dream about).

Warlock 06 IWannaBFree 9 days ago ,

When you look at politicians, they are mostly made up of failed lawyers.


Ken Fowler
10 days ago
,

All of the Dominion Voting machines should be impounded; the States to be reimbursed and each machine checked by the Federal Government to see if software is corrupted or preprogramed to favor one party or the other. Then the Federal Government should order new unbiased machines-all should be checked and be calibrated in time for the next election. These should be stored under lock and key in a Federal Facility and guarded by Federal Marshals during the voting. It should be a Federal Crime to impede the will of the peoples vote. Next Subpoena Soros to testify in front of the Senate to explore his tactics and recommend Federal Prosecution for any violation of Federal or State Law in the United States.

Skiptomylou Ken Fowler 9 days ago ,

Everything connected to the internet is hackable. Why don't we just go back to paper ballots, photo ID and same day in person voting? I think it really is that simple.

Warlock 06 Christine Alford 9 days ago ,

I Georgia there are paper ballots, after choosing the candidates you want you review the screen then push print. A paper ballot with the selections are on the paper with the QR code. The ballot is then scanned into a machine where it is also collected in an internal box. Voters are encouraged to make sure their selections shown on the paper are correct before feeding the ballot into the machine. I voted in Georgia, but I did not know there were all of the problems with the security of the machines.

Derek Smalls Christine Alford 10 days ago ,

All those machines keep a digital photo of the ballet and election boards are required by federal law to keep those images for 22 months.

John E Turner Derek Smalls 10 days ago ,

Apparently Michigan turned off that option on their machines!

TXGRunner Fᵉᵈᵉʳᵃˡ ᶦˢᵗ ☑ 10 days ago • edited ,

The corrupt politician/attorney leading CISA (@CISAgov IT sec agency within DHS) is Christopher Krebs (@CISAKrebs). He only has 3 years experience in IT sec, much of that on non-IT related infrastructure security. He has no IT or IT sec background. His bachelor degree is "environmental sciences" and then he earned a JD. The schmuck is a lawyer who brownnosed his way into DHS 3 years ago and was handed IT/infrastructure security with zero experience.

Now, he says:
- 2020 was most secure election ever
>> bogus, unprovable claim: secure in what sense? Based on what, % of voter fraud, how would he know that for any previous, let alone current election.
- 2020 had highest voter turnout in since 1908, based on that alone, even if fraud % were steady with previous cycles, this election would have the most fraudulent votes cast ever, and as turnout goes up, fraud exploits do to.
- 2020 saw a huge % increase in mail-in and early votes, which are most subject to fraud; we would expect a higher % of fraudulent/illegal votes based on that alone - there is no metric upon which to base his claim
- he claimed there was no evidence of fraud
>> demonstrably untrue - the Texas SOS office recommended denial of Dominion software precisely because it lacked safeguards and was unsecure. As per reports above, Georgia had issues with software during primary. We also know of issue in Antrim County, Michigan. Krebs is lying.

- he told voters with questions about irregularities to "turn to your trusted election officials" - the same ones committing the irregularities...that's like asking the Nigerian Prince email scammer if he's real, do you expect them to be honest?

Krebs should not only be fired, he should be barred from working for the federal government ever again.

I've worked IT security for two decades. We wouldn't hire this joker to work frontline helpdesk.

WhiteBluecollarRedneck 10 days ago ,

Dominion voting systems got an "upgrade" before the election. But the powers that be don't care.
They won. They won because of it. Future historians will write about it, but by then, it won't matter.

mikwcas1 10 days ago ,

Paper ballots, in person voting, on voting day, across the country. 99% of the problem, solved.

nativeson mikwcas1 10 days ago ,

That's the way the GA runoffs should be handled. No absentee, mail-in or machine voting.


Recognizing_Truth
nc ✓s & balances 10 days ago
,

With a paper ballot, even if the machine screws up, and there is a recount, they recount the ORIGINAL PAPER BALLOT, and do so by hand.

With electronic votes, if they screw up vote assignment, you can't tell. If they lose votes, the counts don't match, but you've still lost the original vote. In both cases, it's IMPOSSIBLE to do a proper recount.

Rollercoaster on Fire 10 days ago • edited ,

Again, I believe this is where the focus should be. People need to know these systems worked properly.

Edit: GA republicans were so afraid of being called racist that they allowed this nonsense. Just shows how powerful such accusations can be.

[Nov 24, 2020] Report- Man gets death threats after exposing 'Dominion guy'- Internet profile is being 'scrubbed'

PBS Newshour had a 'white hat hacker' named Harri Hursti inspect the system and he said "they have set up a complicated system which is centralized; it doesn't seem to have any safeguards."
Alex Halderman looked closely at the Q.R. codes where the votes are encoded for the scanner. "By analyzing the structure of the Q.R. codes, I have been able to learn that there's nothing that stops an attacker from just duplicating one, and the duplicate would count the same as the original barcode."
Halderman caution: "I'm worried that the Georgia system is the technical equivalent to the 737 MAX. They have just made a last-minute software change that might well have unintended consequences and cause even more severe problems on Election Day."
Nov 16, 2020 | www.worldtribune.com

A Denver businessman said he has received death threats after exposing a Dominion Voting Systems employee who boasted about being able to rig the 2020 election against President Donald Trump, a report said.

In an interview with the Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft on Sunday, Denver businessman Joe Oltmann said he was able to infiltrate Antifa and during a Sept. 27 conversation with Antifa members discovered "Eric from Dominion".

Oltmann told the Gateway Pundit that "Eric" was telling Antifa members they needed to "keep up the pressure." When one of the caller's on a September group call asked, "Who's Eric?" someone answered, "Eric, he's the Dominion guy."

As the conversation continued, Oltmann said someone asked: "What are we gonna do if F*cking Trump wins?" Oltmann paraphrased how Eric (the Dominion guy) responded, "Don't worry about the election, Trump's not gonna win. I made f*cking sure of that!"

Oltmann identified the "Dominion guy" as Eric Coomer. In 2010, Coomer joined Dominion as vice president of U.S. engineering, the report said. According to his biography, Coomer graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics.

Coomer was later promoted to voting systems officer of strategy and security at Dominion. He has since been removed from the Dominion page of directors.

Oltmann said he was banned from Twitter after exposing Coomer.

Oltmann also told the Gateway Pundit that Coomer's profile is in fact being completely "scrubbed from the Internet."

https://www.youtube.com/embed/IbqNLx1KXDw


[Nov 23, 2020] Swiping the dirt under the rug

Nov 23, 2020 | www.breitbart.com

Pennsylvania Legislative Committee Shuts Down Election Audit Request 3,782

A Luzerne County worker canvases ballots that arrived after closing of voting until Friday at 5 p.m. and postmarked by Nov. 3rd as vote counting in the general election continues, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
JOSHUA CAPLAN 23 Nov 2020 1,738 3:08

Pennsylvania state lawmakers on Monday turned down a formal call for the 2020 election to undergo an audit as President Donald Trump continues to challenge the key battleground state's election results.

PennLive.com reports:

me title=

A bipartisan, bicameral legislative service agency on Monday, in a rare move, rejected a request from the House of Representatives to conduct a statistical-level review of the conduct of 2020 general election. The Legislative Budget & Finance Committee officers voted 2-1 against performing the "risk-limiting" audit that was ordered by House Resolution 1100 . That resolution, sponsored by Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford County, passed the House on Thursday by a 112-90 vote, with all Republican members and three Democrats supporting it. [ ] Sen. Jim Brewster and Rep. Jake Wheatley, both Allegheny County Democrats, voted against taking on the audit. Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Montgomery County, favored the committee accept the assignment. Rep. Steve Barrar, R-Delaware County, who is retiring from the House at the end of this month, didn't participate in the Zoom meeting.

During the committee hearing, the Democrat members criticized the idea of conducting an audit to validate Pennsylvania's election results.

https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&client=ca-pub-9229289037503472&output=html&h=280&adk=2736325427&adf=1262648085&pi=t.aa~a.4101735639~i.13~rp.4&w=640&fwrn=4&fwrnh=100&lmt=1606184481&num_ads=1&rafmt=1&armr=3&sem=mc&pwprc=4447812914&psa=1&ad_type=text_image&format=640x280&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2F2020-election%2F2020%2F11%2F23%2Fpennsylvania-legislative-committee-shuts-down-election-audit-request%2F&flash=0&fwr=0&pra=3&rh=160&rw=640&rpe=1&resp_fmts=3&wgl=1&fa=27&tt_state=W3siaXNzdWVyT3JpZ2luIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9hZHNlcnZpY2UuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbSIsInN0YXRlIjowfSx7Imlzc3Vlck9yaWdpbiI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXR0ZXN0YXRpb24uYW5kcm9pZC5jb20iLCJzdGF0ZSI6MH1d&dt=1606185003092&bpp=8&bdt=800&idt=-M&shv=r20201112&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3D41f18ada65038798-2254e2a13cc400f3%3AT%3D1603479558%3ART%3D1603479558%3AS%3DALNI_Ma_MbMqN5jLfiBUKGi7DG2VL9rOxg&prev_fmts=0x0&nras=2&correlator=229391216647&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1120795352.1603479559&ga_sid=1606185003&ga_hid=411692872&ga_fc=0&iag=0&icsg=35662008&dssz=22&mdo=0&mso=0&u_tz=-300&u_his=6&u_java=0&u_h=864&u_w=1536&u_ah=864&u_aw=1536&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=275&ady=1401&biw=1519&bih=762&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21068108&oid=3&pvsid=142919557945219&pem=203&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2F2020-election%2F2020%2F11%2F23%2Fpoll-79-of-trump-voters-believe-election-was-stolen-through-illegal-voting-and-fraud%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=1408&brdim=1536%2C0%2C1536%2C0%2C1536%2C0%2C1536%2C864%2C1536%2C762&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7Cs%7C&abl=NS&fu=8320&bc=31&ifi=9&uci=a!9&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=9KX7qU2iXJ&p=https%3A//www.breitbart.com&dtd=32

"I'm at a loss as to what the purpose of the resolution is and why it's even necessary if the work is going to be done" by state counties, said Brewster.

"I really would suggest there are other ways to validate our election results," Wheatley added.

Conversely, Pennsylvania state Rep. Jesse Topper (R) argued that an audit would ensure "a statistical level of confidence in not only the outcome of this past election, but [also] ensure trust in all future elections here in the commonwealth."

"I'm disappointed that the fact they thought it was going to be too difficult and too much work dissuaded them from doing what I think is absolutely necessary for us to move forward with changes," Topper stated. "Anybody who [thinks] on either side changes don't need to be made to the process after what we saw in the days leading up to, during, the day of, and the days after the election is simply not engaged in reality."

"The Department of State is currently involved in litigation concerning this election and their role in providing a lot of the confusion that went on," he added. "Now we'll have to figure out a different path forward."

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) claimed that the legislative-request audit was pointless.

Wolf said in a statement: "The Legislative Budget Finance Committee has no expertise or role in election administration and no statutory authority outside the fiscal realm, and it is inappropriate to pretend it does. An audit by the LBFC would be incomplete, duplicative and unreliable." Bry 4 hours ago

What are they afraid of?

94 Reply Share › Avatar Mason Buschkopf Bry 4 hours ago

The same thing all criminals are afraid of, being exposed, going to prison, dropping the soap, that sort of thing. R@bbit61 Bry 4 hours ago

That's exactly the point. If there's nothing to hide, if there's no evidence of fraud, if this was such an open and honest election, why are they so dead set against finding out? If you want to be seen as guilty of something, act like it and this is exactly what they're doing. John Wayne R@bbit61 2 hours ago

They are scared of all the skeletons that will be exposed under such scrutiny. Not Buying It R@bbit61 4 hours ago

34 cases tossed out and no fraud wins. They are afraid of lying in a court of law.

18 4 Reply Share › Avatar Rick Crosley Not Buying It 2 hours ago

democrat judges

20 2 Reply Share › Avatar kai savage Rick Crosley an hour ago

Not to mention, Vichy RINO's. dibbledobble1 kai savage 19 minutes ago

"Vichy" is a good descriptor for these cruds. I would go as far as "Quislings" too.

[Nov 23, 2020] Neocon chickenhawks are back in power

Full spectrum dominance theorists are dusted off and put in key positions in new administration. Instead of punishment and jail terms Russiagaters got promotion.
Nov 23, 2020 | www.rt.com

Biden signals US return to full-on globalism and foreign meddling by picking interventionist Anthony Blinken as secretary of state

Joe Biden has named Anthony Blinken – an advocate for isolating Russia, cozying up to China and intervening in Syria – as secretary of state, cementing a foreign policy built on military forays and multi-national motivations.

Biden, the nominal president-elect, announced his selection of Blinken along with other members of his foreign-policy and national-security team, which is filled with such veteran Washington insiders as John Kerry, the new climate czar and formerly secretary of state in the Obama-Biden administration.

READ MORE: Biden supporters rush to defend reported Sec-of-State pick Antony Blinken, who 'got rich off corporate consulting'

Blinken, a long-time adviser to Biden and deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, has been hailed by fellow Democrats and globalists, such as retired General Barry McCaffrey, as an experienced bureaucrat with "global contacts and respect." Enrico Letta, dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, called Biden's choice the "right step to relaunch transatlantic ties."

He was even praised for a 2016 appearance on the Sesame Street children's television program, where he explained to the show's 'Grover' character the benefits of accepting refugees.

While some critics focused on how Blinken " got rich working for corporate clients " during President Donald Trump's term in office, the new foreign-affairs chief's neoconservative policy recommendations might be cause for greater concern. He advocated for the Iraq War and the bombings of such countries as Libya and Yemen.

ALSO ON RT.COM Michele Flournoy might be breaking a glass ceiling as Pentagon chief, but even feminists aren't buying

Blinken is still arguing for a resurgence in Washington's military intervention in Syria. He lamented in a May interview that the Obama-Biden administration hadn't done enough to prevent a "horrific situation" in Syria, and he faulted Trump for squandering what remaining leverage the US had on the Bashar Assad regime by pulling troops out of the country.

"Our leverage is vastly even less than it was, but I think we do have points of leverage to try to effectuate some more positive developments," Blinken said. For instance, US special forces in northeast Syria are located near Syrian oil fields. "The Syrian government would love to have dominion over those resources. We should not give that up for free."

Blinken also sees Biden strengthening NATO, isolating Russia politically and " confronting Mr. [President Vladimir] Putin for his aggressions."

ALSO ON RT.COM The return of the Obama 'adults' in a Joe Biden administration is likely to spell ruin for America

As for China, Blinken has said Washington needs to look for ways to cooperate with Beijing. Reinvesting in international alliances that were weakened by Trump will help the Biden administration deal with China "from a position of strength" as it pushes back against the Chinese Communist Party's human-rights abuses, he said.

[Nov 23, 2020] Administrations change but Full Spectrum Dominance Doctine and the desire to portect and emand global neoliberal empire controlled from Washinton is intact. It will eventually banrupt the country much like was the case with the British Empire

Highly recommended!
Neocons still dominate both the State Department and NSC. That's bad.
Nov 23, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Top Biden Advisors Flournoy & Blinken Promise More Secretive 'Permanent War' Policy - Zero Hedge

Authored by Dan Cohen via TheGrayZone.com,

Throughout his campaign, Joe Biden railed against Donald Trump's 'America First' foreign policy, claiming it weakened the United States and left the world in disarray. "Donald Trump's brand of America First has too often led to America alone," Biden proclaimed.

He pledged to reverse this decline and recover the damage Trump did to America's reputation. While Donald Trump called for making America Great Again, Biden seeks to Make the American Empire Great Again .

Joe Biden: "Tonight, the whole world is watching America. And I believe at our best, America is a beacon for the globe. We will lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example."

Among the president-elect's pledges is to end the so-called forever wars – the decades-long imperial projects in Afghanistan and Iraq that began under the Bush administration.

"It's long past time we end the forever wars which have cost us untold blood and treasure," Biden has said.

Yet Biden – a fervent supporter of those wars – will delegate that duty to the most neoconservative elements of the Democratic Party and ideologues of permanent war .

Michele Flournoy and Tony Blinken sit atop Biden's thousands-strong foreign policy brain trust and have played central roles in every U.S. war dating back to the Bill Clinton administration.

During the Trump era, they've cashed in through WestExec Advisors – a corporate consulting firm that has become home for Obama administration officials awaiting a return to government.

https://lockerdome.com/lad/13084989113709670?pubid=ld-dfp-ad-13084989113709670-0&pubo=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com&rid=www.zerohedge.com&width=890

Flournoy is Biden's leading pick for Secretary of Defense and Blinken is expected to be the president's National Security Advisor.

Biden's foxes guard the henhouse

Since the 1990s, Flournoy and Blinken have steadily risen through the ranks of the military-industrial complex, shuffling back and forth between the Pentagon and hawkish think-tanks funded by the U.S. government, weapons companies, and oil giants.

Under Bill Clinton, Flournoy was the principal author of the 1996 Quadrinellial Defense Review, the document that outlined the U.S. military's doctrine of permanent war – what it called "full spectrum dominance."

Flournoy called for "unilateral use of military power" to ensure "uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources."

https://www.youtube.com/embed/ivFFZ95EQvY

This video report was originally published at Behind The Headlines . Support the independent journalism initiative here .

As Bush administration officials lied to the world about Saddam Hussein's supposed WMD's, Flournoy remarked that "In some cases, preemptive strikes against an adversary's [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities may be the best or only option we have to avert a catastrophic attack against the United States."

Tony Blinken was a top advisor to then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Joe Biden, who played a key role in shoring up support among the Democrat-controlled Senate for Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq.

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Biden declared, "In my judgment, President Bush is right to be concerned about Saddam Hussein's relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction."

As Iraq was plunged into chaos and bloodshed, Flournoy was among the authors of a paper titled "Progressive Internationalism" that called for a "smarter and better" style of permanent war . The paper chastised the anti-war left and stated that "Democrats will maintain the world's most capable and technologically advanced military, and we will not flinch from using it to defend our interests anywhere in the world."

With Bush winning a second term, Flournoy advocated for more troop deployments from the sidelines.

In 2005, Flournoy signed onto a letter from the neoconservative think tank Project for a New American Century, asking Congress to "increase substantially the size of the active duty Army and Marine Corps (by) at least 25,000 troops each year over the next several years."

In 2007, she leveraged her Pentagon experience and contacts to found what would become one of the premier Washington think tanks advocating endless war across the globe: the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). CNAS is funded by the U.S. government, arms manufacturers, oil giants, Silicon Valley tech giants, billionaire-funded foundations, and big banks.

Flournoy joined the Obama administration and was appointed as under secretary of defense for policy, the position considered the "brains" of the Pentagon. She was keenly aware that the public was wary of more quagmires. In the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, she crafted a new concept of warfare that would expand the permanent war state while giving the appearance of a drawdown.

Flournoy wrote that "unmanned systems hold great promise" – a reference to the CIA's drone assassination program. This was the Obama-era military doctrine of hybrid war. It called for the U.S. to be able to simultaneously wage war on numerous fronts through secret warfare, clandestine weapons transfers to proxies, drone strikes, and cyber-attacks – all buttressed with propaganda campaigns targeting the American public through the internet and corporate news media.

Architects of America's Hybrid wars

Flournoy continued to champion the endless wars that began in the Bush-era and was a key architect of Obama's disastrous troop surge in Afghanistan. As U.S. soldiers returned in body bags and insurgent attacks and suicide bombings increased some 65% from 2009 and 2010, she deceived the Senate Armed Services Committee, claiming that the U.S. was beginning to turn the tide against the Taliban: "We are beginning to regain the initiative and the insurgency is beginning to lose momentum."

Even with her lie that the U.S. and Afghan government were starting to beat the Taliban back, Flournoy assured the senate that the U.S. would have to remain in Afghanistan long into the future: "We are not leaving any time soon even though the nature and the complexion of the commitment may change over time."

Ten years later – as the Afghan death toll passed 150,000 – Flournoy continued to argue against a U.S. withdrawal: "I would certainly not advocate a US or NATO departure short of a political settlement being in place."

That's the person Joe Biden has tasked with ending the forever war in Afghanistan. But in Biden's own words, he'll "bring the vast majority of our troops home from Afghanistan" implying some number of American troops will remain, and the forever war will be just that. Michele Flournoy explained that even if a political settlement were reached, the U.S. would maintain a presence.

Michele Flournoy: "If we are fortunate enough to see a political settlement reached, it doesn't mean that the US role or the international community is over. Afghanistan without outside investment is not a society that is going to survive and thrive. In no case are we going to be able to wash our hands of Afghanistan and walk away nor should we want to. This is something where we're going to have to continue to be engaged, just the form of engagement may change."

In 2011, the Obama-era doctrine of smart and sophisticated warfare was unveiled in the NATO regime-change war on Libya.

Moammar Gaddafi – the former adversary who sought warm relations with the U.S. and had given up his nuclear weapons program – was deposed and sodomized with a bayonet.

Flournoy, Hillary Clinton's State Department, and corporate media were in lockstep as they waged an elaborate propaganda campaign to deceive the U.S. public that Gadaffi's soldiers were on a Viagra-fueled rape and murder spree that demanded a U.S. intervention.

Fox News: "Susan Rice reportedly told a security council meeting that Libyan troops are being given viagra and are engaging in sexual violence."

MSNBC jumped on the propaganda bandwagon, claiming: "New reports emerge that the LIbyan dictator gave soldiers viagra-type pills to rape women who are opposed to the government."

So did CNN.

As the Libyan ambassador to the US alleged "raping, killing, mass graves," ICC Chief Prosecutor Manuel Ocampo claimed: "It's like a machete. Viagra is a tool of massive rapes."

All of this was based on a report from Al Jazeera – the media outlet owned by the Qatari monarchy that was arming extremist militias in Libya to overthrow the government.

Yet an investigation by the United Nations called the rape claims "hysteria." Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch found no credible evidence of even a single rape.

Even after Libya was descended into strife and the deception of Gadaffi's forces committing rape was debunked, Michele Flournoy stood by her support for the war: "I supported the intervention in Libya on humanitarian grounds. I think we were right to do it."

Tony Blinken, then Obama's deputy national security advisor, also pushed for regime change in Libya. He became Obama's point man on Syria, pushed to arm the so-called "moderate rebels" that fought alongside al-Qaeda and ISIS, and designed the red line strategy to trigger a full-on U.S. intervention. Syria, he told the public, wasn't anything like the other wars the U.S. had waging for more than a decade.

Tony Blinken: "We are doing this in a very different way than in the past. We're not sending in hundreds of thousands of American troops. We're not spending trillions of American dollars. We're being smart about this. This is a sustainable way to get at the terrorists and it's also a more effective way."

Blinken added: "This is not open-ended, this is not boots on the ground, this is not Iraq, it's not Afghanistan, it's not even Libya. The more people understand that, the more they'll understand the need for us to take this limited but effective action ."

Despite Blinken's promises that it would be a short affair, the war on Syria is now in its ninth year. An estimated half a million people have been killed as a result and the country is facing famine.

Largely thanks to the policy of using "wheat to apply pressure" – a recommendation of Flournoy and Blinken's CNAS think tank.

https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1141440589143126021&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fgeopolitical%2Ftop-biden-advisors-flournoy-blinken-promise-more-secretive-permanent-war-policy&siteScreenName=zerohedge&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

When the Trump administration launched airstrikes on Syria based on mere accusations of a chemical attack, Tony Blinken praised the bombing, claiming Assad had used the weapon of mass destruction sarin. Yet there was no evidence for this claim, something even then-secretary of Defense James Mattis admitted: "So I can not tell you that we had evidence even though we had a lot of media and social media indicators that either chlorine or sarin were used ."

While jihadist mercenaries armed with U..S-supplied weapons took over large swaths of Syria, Tony Blinken played a central role in a coup d'etat in Ukraine that saw a pro-Russia government overthrown in a U.S.-orchestrated color revolution with neo-fascist elements agitating on the ground.

At the time, he was ambivalent about sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, instead opting for economic pressure.

Tony Blinken: "We're working, as I said, to make sure that there's a cost exacted of Russia and indeed that it feels the pressure. That's what we're working on. And when it comes to military assistance, we're looking at it. The facts are these: Even if assistance were to go to Ukraine that would be very unlikely to change Russia's calculus or prevent an invasion."

Since then, fascist militias have been incorporated into Ukraine's armed forces. And Tony Blinken urged Trump to send them deadly weapons – something Obama had declined to do.

But Trump obliged.

The Third Offset

While the U.S. fueled wars in Syria and Ukraine, the Pentagon announced a major shift called the Third Offset strategy – a reference to the cold war era strategies the U.S. used to maintain its military supremacy over the Soviet Union.

NEVER MISS THE NEWS THAT MATTERS MOST

ZEROHEDGE DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX

Receive a daily recap featuring a curated list of must-read stories.

The Third Offset strategy shifted the focus from counterinsurgency and the war on terror to great power competition against China and Russia. It called for a technological revolution in warfighting capabilities, development of futuristic and autonomous weapons, swarms of undersea and airborne drones, hypersonic weapons, cyber warfare, machine-enhanced soldiers, and artificial intelligence making unimaginably complex battlefield decisions at speeds incomprehensible to the human mind. All of this would be predicated on the Pentagon deepening its relationship with Silicon Valley giants that it birthed decades before: Google and Facebook.

The author of the Third Offset, former undersecretary of defense Robert Work, is a partner of Flournoy and Blinken's at WestExec Advisors. And Flournoy has been a leading proponent of this dangerous new escalation .

In June, Flournoy published a lengthy commentary laying out her strategy called " Sharpening the U.S. Military's Edge: Critical Steps for the Next Administration ."

She warned that the United States is losing its military technological advantage and reversing that must be the Pentagon's priority. Without it, Flournoy warned that the U.S. might not be able to defeat China in Asia: "That technological investment is still very important for the United States to be able to offset what will be quantitative advantages and home theater advantages for a country like China if we ever had to deal with a conflict in Asia, in their backyard."

While Flournoy has called for ramping up U.S. military presence and exercises with allied forces in the region, she went so far as to call for the U.S. to increase its destructive capabilities so much that it could launch a blitzkrieg style-attack that would wipe out the entire Chinese navy and all civilian merchant ships in the South China Sea . Not only a blatant war crime but a direct attack on a nuclear power that would spell the third world war.

At the same time, Biden has announced he'll take an even more aggressive and confrontational stance against Russia , a position Flournoy shares: "We need to invest to ensure that we maintain the military edge that we will need in certain critical areas like cyber and electronic warfare and precision strike, to again underwrite deterrence, to make sure Vladimir Putin does not miscalculate and think that he can cross a border into Europe or cross a border and threaten us militarily."

As for ending the forever wars, Tony Blinken says not so fast: "Large scale, open-ended deployment of large standing US forces in conflict zones with no clear strategy should end and will end under his watch . But we also need to distinguish between, for example, these endless wars with the large scale open ended deployment of US forces with, for example, discreet, small-scale sustainable operations, maybe led by special forces, to support local actors In ending the endless wars I think we have to be careful to not paint with too broad a brush stroke."

The end of forever wars?

So Biden will end the forever wars, but not really end them. Secret wars that the public doesn't even know the U.S. is involved in – those are here to stay.

In fact, leaving teams of special forces in place throughout the Middle East is part and parcel of the Pentagon's shift away from counterinsurgency and towards great power competition.

The 2018 National Defense Strategy explains that, "Long-term strategic competitions with China and Russia are the principal priorities" and the U.S. will "consolidate gains in Iraq and Afghanistan while moving to a more resource-sustainable approach."

As for the catastrophic war on Yemen, Biden has said he'll end U.S. support; but in 2019, Michele Flournoy argued against ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia .

Biden pledged he will rejoin the Iran deal as a starting point for new negotiations. However, Trump's withdrawal from the deal discredited the Iranian reformists who seek engagement with the west and empowered the principlists who see the JCPOA as a deal with the devil.

In Latin America, Biden will revive the so-called anti-corruption campaigns that were used as a cover to oust the popular social democrat Brazilian president Lula da Silva.

His Venezuela policy appears little different from Trump's – sanctions and regime change.

In Central America, Biden has presided over a four billion dollar package to support corrupt right-wing governments and neoliberal privatization projects, fueling destabilization and sending vulnerable masses fleeing north to the United States.

Behind their rhetoric, Biden, Flournoy, and Blinken will seek nothing less than global supremacy , escalating a new and even more dangerous arms race that risks the destruction of humanity. That's what Joe Biden calls "decency" and "normalcy."

naughty.boy , 14 hours ago

deep state will bankrupt the USA with forever wars.

Distant_Star , 14 hours ago

Yes. As a bonus neither of these Deep State wretches has even seen a shot fired in anger. They are too "important" to be at risk.

[Nov 23, 2020] Biden to Name Russia Hoaxer, CNN Analyst Tony Blinken Secretary of State

Nov 23, 2020 | www.breitbart.com

Former Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly set to announce this week that Tony Blinken, who supported the idea of "Russia collusion," would be his Secretary of State.

Bloomberg News reported Sunday evening:

President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of State, according to three people familiar with the matter, setting out to assemble his cabinet even before Donald Trump concedes defeat.

In addition, Jake Sullivan, formerly one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, is likely to be named Biden's national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the matter. An announcement is expected Tuesday, the people said.

Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security advisor under President Barack Obama, has also been a New York Times opinion writer and a "global affairs analyst" for CNN. In that capacity, he supported the "Russia collusion" hoax.

As Breitbart News reported in 2017, Blinken told CNN: "The president's ongoing collusion with Russia's plans is really striking, intentional or not." He said that Russia had sown doubt about American elections and institutions.

(Subsequently, an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.)

Blinken also apologized earlier this year to left-wing anti-Israel radical Linda Sarsour, regarded by many critics ( even on the left) as an antisemite, after the Biden campaign tried to distance itself from her views.

He is also married to Evan Ryan, a former aide to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. Ryan worked for Clinton at a time when Clinton's chief of staff, Margaret Williams, acknowledged accepting a campaign donation from entrepreneur Johnny Chien Chuen Chung.

Chung said that the donation was meant to help Clinton pay for Christmas receptions for the Democratic National Committee at the White House, in exchange for "VIP treatment for a delegation of visiting Chinese businessmen," according to the Los Angeles Times .

Biden is expected to name several potential Cabinet nominees in the coming days.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump's Presidency . His recent book, RED NOVEMBER , tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak .