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Aftermath of US Presidential Elections of 2020

The aftermath of 2020 election revolved around claims of election fraud and it can be viewed as the start of the constitutional crisis in the USA --  the next stage of the crisis of legitimacy of neoliberal elite

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  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


A house divided against itself cannot stand
~Abraham Lincoln

Neoliberal elite celebrated the fact that Trump was deposed. And there are definitely positive aspects of this. But what they do not understand, or do not wish to understand, is the revolt against neoliberalism that brought Trump to power did not dissipate. In other words their victory is yet another Pyrrhic victory and it will definitely create new Trumps. New fighters against neoliberal globalization, including unlimited movement of workers and immigrant and offshoring of manufacturing.

We will not moralize about whether the victory of globalists was a dirty and comes at the  cost of destroying the trust in the US election. Color revolutions (and this coup against Trump was a color revolution) are always dirty and always involve intelligence agencies and bought journalists and MSM outlets. That's the nature of the beast.   The real problem is that neoliberal elite lost the legitimacy in 2016 and did not restore it in  2020. So, in a sense, no matter how one judge 2020 election Biden administration will, by definition, lack the legitimacy.

The Presidential elections of 2020 were less a referendum on neoliberal globalization than 2016 election. This happened mainly to COVD-19 epidemic and coursed by it recession.  Also Trump self-destruct betraying his electorate, pandering to Israel lobby and neocons. In short governing as Bush III. He also proved to be mediocre (or worse) politician.  This combination of factors favored classic neoliberals to take back power from "national neoliberals" like Trump.

Also it demonstrated the power of dirty "troika" of  Amazon (WaPo, control of AWS), Facebook and Twitter and their ability to influence election by pushing the desired narrative and suppressing all alternative information.

But "COVID junta" 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.  Getting equal number of Senate seats required from them inordinate amount of money and efforts( including the mobilization all of their resource for the utilization of mail-invoting bonanza, created under false pretext of COVID-19 scare) while fighting against weak Republican candidatures. Despite all his blunders and "pro-rich" tax cut Trump retained a larger part of his voting  base, then it was expected,  and that helped Republicans to preserve their standing in Senate and, paradoxically, increase their block in the House. 

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.  Which is the only agenda Biden proposed under the disguise of the "return to normal" (meaning Clinton-style normal ;-)

People still hate neoliberalism and neoliberal Dems, and, paradoxically, neoliberal Dems managed to create a situation in which many people hate them more then Republicans (which was and is the party of big business).  Which is not that surprising, if we think about neoliberal Dems as sellouts to Wall Street interests and financial oligarchy.

Both 2020 election were nor about Trump or Biden (both are dismal candidates, with Biden being a war criminal,  if judged by Nuremberg tribunal standards), but about the course the country should take to escape 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.  Both the country and the world changed.  Trump did not proposed anything -- his campaign was based on personality and did not have any distinct agenda outside of mainstream Bush-style conservatism (which would be difficult in  case case due to betrayal of his elections 2016 agenda).

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. And the attempt to swipe it under the rag via Trump impeachment leave a bitter taste in the mouth.

In reality, Biden's 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 a human face" if you wish. Similarly Blinken is Pompeo light (this is true at least for their weights ;-).  But "kicking the neoliberal can down  the rod"  policies did not address the huge problems facing the country and gives Republican incentive to block most of their legislative initiatives with the goal to capture the House in 2022 on the wave of voters disappointment with the performance of Biden Government.  What country needs is a kind of the New Deal II and rejection of neoliberalism on official (both parties and the government) levels. Which is about asking for two much as both parties are so married to neoliberalism that they will go over the cliff with it.

Trump had spend all his political capital and after he got into Dec 6 trap his legitimacy will be questioned even more forcefully than in 2016 when neoliberal MSM launched Russiagate hoax against him, supported by powerful factions within  the major US intelligence agencies and the Republican Party.

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

Is this a neoliberal counterrevolution

The neoliberal elite that supports neoliberal globalization and that was defeated in 2016 returned to power. They forgot nothing and learned nothing. As such the result of this election represent not normalization, but a counterrevolution.

Neoliberalism remains in zombie state which it entered in 2016. The only avenue to maintain the status qui is false flag operations and repressions. And we see implementation of this strategy, 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 cracks within the society. Part of this sad state of affairs can be explained by Trump flaws and the fact that he betrayed his voters both in his domestic policies and foreign policy.

In 2021 the market fundamentalism and neoliberal globalization approached the end of their shelf lives. 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 [neoliberal 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 a Trump supporter 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 who, before this was fully cooped by Zionist lobby and the 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.

Biden claim that he can fix the country is high questionable taking into account his record as a staunch neoliberal and warmonger:

PorkyPricklyPants, 2 days ago
Joe Biden’s political Career by year:
1973 Biden enters politics
1977 Biden fights to keep schools segregated because "allowing blacks to integrate would create a racial jungle"
1983 Biden taxes SS
1988 Ran for president but had to end it after getting busted for plagiarism
1990 C’mon man, almost there
1993 Biden taxes SS again
1994 Biden writes the stop and frisk law which is what African Americans blame for systemic racism today
1997 Almost, not yet because y’know the thing
2008 Calls Obama the first articulate and clean mainstream African American
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

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 then Pompeo, but the policies stay the same: attempt to preserve and whoever possible to expand the global neoliberal empire governed from Washington.

In Domestic policy Biden represents a mix bag. On one hand he needs to placate "progressives" support of which contributed to his victory. On the other he remains staunch neoliberal and it is difficult to teach old dog new tricks

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 next step down 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.  And this fact hangs like albatross around his neck.

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

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[Jul 23, 2021] Pennsylvania Decertifies County's Voting System, Cites Violation Of Election Code

So the voting system should be treated as a black box fully controlled by Dominion staff, right? That's an interesting turn of the events.
Jul 23, 2021 |
JUL 22, 2021

Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly via The Epoch Times,

Pennsylvania 's top election official has decertified the voting system of rural Fulton County for future elections, saying that an election assessment by a third party had violated the Keystone State's election code, according to a release on Wednesday.

Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid, an appointee of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, informed the Fulton County Board of Elections that she "did not arrive at this decision lightly."

Wake Technology Services Inc. (Wake TSI), a software company based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, had carried out an election assessment that involved its workers visiting Fulton County in December 2020 and in early February.

The company in May released a report that concluded the election was "well-run" and did not indicate any signs of fraud in Fulton County. However, five "issues of note" were uncovered , three of which are related to Dominion Voting Systems , whose electronic voting system was used in the county for the 2020 election.

"While these may seem minor, the impact on an election can be huge," Wake TSI said of the five issues. At the time, Dominion disputed the report's findings.

The Pennsylvania Department of State said in a statement on Wednesday that Wake TSI's access to the Fulton County's voting system "undermined the chain of custody requirements and strict access limitations necessary to prevent both intentional and inadvertent tampering with electronic voting systems."

It added that the "unauthorized access" prevents the vendor -- Dominion -- from "affirming that the system continues to meet state and federal certification standards."

Fulton county officials had allowed Wake TSI to "access certain key components of its certified system, including the county's election database, results files, and Windows systems logs," and to "use a system imaging tool to take complete hard drive images of these computers and other digital equipment," the department noted.

"These actions were taken in a manner that was not transparent," Degraffenreid said in her letter to Fulton County officials on Tuesday. She said the access given to Wake TSI has caused Fulton County's voting system to be "compromised," and that neither the county, state officials, nor Dominion could now "verify that the impacted components of Fulton County's leased voting system are safe to use in future elections."

"I have no other choice but to decertify the use of Fulton County's leased Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5A voting system last used in the November 2020 election," Degraffenreid wrote.

The Fulton County Board of Elections and Wake TSI did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Pennsylvania Department of State previously said that a risk-limiting audit of the 2020 election has confirmed the state's election results.

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reported that Fulton County needed to pay $25,000 to lease new equipment for its municipal elections in May, because Dominion refused to let the county use the voting machines that Wake TSI had accessed. According to the outlet, Dominion told the county that it violated its contract in letting a unaccredited and non-certified company inspect the machines.

Wake TSI's assessment in Fulton County was "set" by Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, according to a Dec. 31, 2020 document signed by the company that was obtained and published by the Arizona Mirror and The Washington Post. Wake TSI said in its report that Mastriano and Pennsylvania Sen. Judy Ward, also a Republican, "were aware of our efforts."

The document also said that Wake TSI was "contracted to Defending the Republic," a nonprofit founded by lawyer Sidney Powell, who has alleged that widespread fraud occurred in the 2020 election.

Mastriano earlier this month issued letters to York, Tioga, and Philadelphia counties requesting that they voluntarily submit information and materials by July 31, to enable what he calls a "forensic investigation" of the 2020 and 2021 elections. He told The Epoch Times that he seeks for an investigation that would be "a big deep dive, like we saw in Arizona, but even deeper."

Wake TSI was also involved in the election audit still underway in Arizona's Maricopa County up until its contract expired in May. The audit in Maricopa County was ordered by the Arizona state Senate's Republican majority. Dominion machines in Maricopa County will also be replaced .

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, said the machines were not tampered with during the audit and questioned the Board of Supervisors' decision to get new machines.

"If their experts can't prove the machines have not been tampered with, then how does the [Secretary of State's office] or County Elections certify the machines before every audit to make sure the machines haven't been tampered with?" she asked in June.

[Jul 19, 2021] Capitol 'Rioter' Sentenced To 8 Months, Not Accused Of Assaulting Anyone Or Damaging Property

Jul 19, 2021 |

This is no longer fight club 5 hours ago

And yet Hunter still walks free. No questions asked.

Dis-obey 5 hours ago

He paid the 10% to the big man so he was covered.

snatchpounder PREMIUM 5 hours ago

And an agent of the state executes an unarmed woman and he'll never be prosecuted for it.

Poppavein 5 hours ago

That's because we didn't burn down cities in protest.

[Jul 16, 2021] Arizona Election Audit- Maricopa County Stonewalling - Will Not Turn Over Routers, Chain Of Custody, Ballot Images As Discrep

Comments suggest high level of discontent amount this selected category of US citizens. How large is such a group is anybody guess, but just the existence of such a group is a threat to the current neoliberal system in which corruption is systemic indeed.
Jul 15, 2021 |

Update (1352ET): Oddly, right as Senate President Karen Fann suggested that auditors may not be able to determine whether a ballot had been duplicated once, or ten times, YouTube pulled the feed we had originally embedded , claiming it violated their Terms of Service.

An alternate stream has been embedded below.

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The Arizona Senate is holding a public briefing with leaders of the ongoing election audit authorized by Senate President Karen Fann.

Fann is joined by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Peterson, along with Senate audit liaison Ken Bennett and the leaders of two of the vendors hired to conduct the audit, Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan and CyFIR founder Ben Cotton, according to KTAR .


More via KTAR :

Cyber Ninjas was hired as lead contractor for the audit, which started April 23 after the Senate won a legal battle with Maricopa County for access to election equipment and approximately 2.1 million ballots from the November 2020 general election in metro Phoenix.

Fann told KTAR News 92.3 FM's The Mike Broomhead Show on Tuesday that the number ballots tallied during the audit didn't match the total documented by Maricopa County, but she didn't know how far off the counts were.

Most audit operations have wrapped up, but counting machines are being used to recheck of the total number of ballots, a process that was expected to continue into next week.

Audit officials have said a final report was expected to be released in late July or August.

The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee sent Logan a letter Wednesday requesting documentation about Cyber Ninjas' role in the audit, funding and possible connections to former President Donald Trump or his surrogates.

Cyber Ninjas had no previous experience conducting election audits. Fann's selection of the Florida-based firm's $150,000 bid quickly drew scrutiny over Logan's deleted Twitter account, which had activity supporting unfounded election conspiracy theories.

The low bid doesn't cover the cost of the operation, expected to be in the millions, and fundraising has been taking place in the name of the audit.

Fann has said the aim of the process is to restore faith in the election system and find ways to improve Arizona's voting laws, not to reverse the result of the election.

However, many Trump supporters see it as a step toward invalidating President Joe Biden's victory and returning Trump to office.

[Jul 05, 2021] Drop the Georgia Election Lawsuit by The Editorial Board

Jul 05, 2021 |

Attorney General Merrick Garland is the front-runner so far for 2021's bad timing prize. The Justice Department last month rushed out a lawsuit claiming that Georgia's new election law violates Section 2 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act only days before the Supreme Court laid down standards that make the lawsuit a nearly certain loser.

Justice knew the likely timing of the Court's ruling in Brnovich v. DNC, so a fair guess is that Mr. Garland succumbed to White House and progressive pressure to make a political statement to support Democratic efforts in Congress to federalize state election laws in H.R.1.

Bad call. Now federal judges hearing the case will have to contend with Justice Samuel Alito's five principles in Brnovich as they assess the Georgia statute.

It won't be easy to find legal fault under those principles. Mere voting inconvenience can't be considered disqualifying, since all voting imposes some inconvenience. Any specific voting provision, such as the number of drop boxes, must also be considered in the overall context of a state's voting rules. Georgia's rules are generally lenient and don't especially burden the ability of minorities to vote.

Perhaps Justice can find a federal judge somewhere to rule against Georgia, but such a ruling is unlikely to survive on appeal to higher courts. The legal and political result of the lawsuit is therefore likely to vindicate Georgia Republicans during the 2022 election season or leading up to 2024, depending on how the lawsuits proceed. Mr. Garland would be wise to drop the suit in light of Brnovich, lest his term at Justice be marred by the continuation of this patently political lawsuit.


Robert Amrine

Given what we have seen of Mr. Garland thus far in his questionable legal performance as AG, it is looking like the Republicans were prescient in blocking his appointment to the Supreme Court.
David Schmidt
Politics will always supersede good judgment.
Yep, apparently its a burden for some of the libs to put a stamp on an ballot and mail it it (I'm going one step beyond the extraordinary burden of getting off your behind to go to a local polling location).
paul grunder
Looks like Coca Cola and Major L. baseball made a mistake. do you think they will have second thoughts about leaving GA.? I know I now love Pepsi and don't watch baseball much at all anymore. You can bet someone in each organization is saying, how do we save face over this. p's wife
Brien Akers
None of this matters. Not lawsuits, not SCOTUS rulings, not State election laws, not lower court rulings. None of it matters. Why? Because the Democrats know that they cannot win without cheating as surely as they know the sun is going to rise tomorrow. That means they will simply ignore all the laws and do they same thing in 2024 that they did in 2020. Ask yourself this: Who's going to stop them? Question number two: Who will reverse the election results?
Tell us what citizen cannot vote in the next election? (no, felons don't count). Its not hard to vote. Besides, where were all the whiners 4 years ago, 8 years, 20 years ago if GA's laws were so restrictive. This is such nonsense.
Greg Elsden
I say keep going, Garland. Your party is known for epic fails (eg Russian Delusion and two impeachments).
Steven S
The chances of DoJ voluntarily dismissing its lawsuit against Georgia's more-lax-and-liberal-than-Delaware's voting regulations are somewhere between slim and none.

And Slim has left town.

Litigation of this kind takes years to wind its way through the lower courts and to reach SCOTUS. By then, the Supreme Court could be packed with Justices of the same mindset as the dissenters in Brnovich.

Only the "Jim Crow" Filibuster stands in the way of court packing.

David Alan
Another reminder that we dodged a bullet by not sending Merrick Garland through to SCOTUS.
Robert Bridges
Amen to that. He isn't a moderate after all...
Jim Walsh
Democrats need the issue so that they can continue to use minorities, who they truly think are too stupid to vote. It is insulting and stupid,
James Stock
Garland is really just a bureaucrat with a law degree. Deep down, he doesn't believe is this ridiculous lawsuit. He made a deal with the devil by working for an incompetent president.

[Jun 26, 2021] Senate Republicans Block Democrats' Election-Law Push - WSJ

Jun 22, 2021 |

The voting measure has inflamed Republicans, who accused Democrats of engaging in demagoguery.

"This bill is brazen," said Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), ticking off a list of provisions in the Democratic bill that he called damaging, including one that would shrink the Federal Election Commission to five from six members, which he said would enable the president to turn the agency into a weapon against political rivals. Mr. Cruz accused Democrats of "deliberately inflaming racial tensions" by attacking policies like requiring voter identification that Republicans say are designed to protect the integrity of the vote.

... ... ...

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.), the sponsor of the Senate bill, a version of which cleared the House in March , told CNN on Monday that there are ways to advance voting legislation that would involve changing the filibuster, which requires three-fifths of the Senate, or currently 60 members, to end debates and vote on most legislation.

"Fifty members getting into a room and deciding how we go forward will be kind of another stage of how we proceed," Mr. Merkley said later on a call with activists.

The pressure-cooker environment in which the debate lands was highlighted by nascent campaigns inside and outside the Capitol. Republicans are calling attention to a provision in the Democrats' bill that would allow signatures in lieu of voter identification cards, saying such a policy could be abused and would weaken trust in the validity of elections. A Monmouth University poll released Monday found that 80% of Americans support requiring voters to show photo identification to cast ballots.

Meanwhile, the progressive group Just Democracy is running ads aimed at Ms. Sinema, suggesting that she is weak on voting policy because she hasn't come out in support of ending the filibuster to make voting legislation possible.

Ms. Sinema is up for re-election in 2024. Her state is currently roiled by an audit of votes cast in 2020 in Maricopa County, which Mr. Biden won, and is defending some of its voting rules at the Supreme Court.


Michael Quick

Ending the filibuster may get Democrats everything that the want for another 18 months. But they will not be able to keep the legislation that they have passed.

As soon as control of both chambers and the White House passes to the other party, they very quickly will repeal each and every bit of legislation that had been passed by the Democrats.

At that point, Republicans will be able to pass absolutely everything that they want, probably for 18 months.

By ending the filibuster we will get national laws that change with every change of administration.

Aren't we better off, keeping the filibuster, so that nothing is ever accomplished by either party? Deadlock.

Deadlock pleases politicians and the primary voters in their party, but it frustrates the 80% of Americans who are moderates. They want Congress to act to deal with the country's problems. But deadlock it will be.

[Jun 20, 2021] Bovard Blasts Biden's Buffoonish War On Extremism

Notable quotes:
"... ...the prerogative to define extremism includes the power to attempt to banish certain ideas from acceptable discourse. The report warns that "narratives of fraud in the recent general election"¦ will almost certainly spur some [Domestic Violent Extremists] to try to engage in violence this year." ..."
"... If accusations of 2020 electoral shenanigans are formally labeled as extremist threats, that could result in far more repression (aided by Facebook and Twitter) of dissenting voices. ..."
Jun 20, 2021 |

...the prerogative to define extremism includes the power to attempt to banish certain ideas from acceptable discourse. The report warns that "narratives of fraud in the recent general election"¦ will almost certainly spur some [Domestic Violent Extremists] to try to engage in violence this year."

If accusations of 2020 electoral shenanigans are formally labeled as extremist threats, that could result in far more repression (aided by Facebook and Twitter) of dissenting voices.

How will this work out any better than the concerted campaign by the media and Big Tech last fall to suppress all information about Hunter Biden's laptop before the election?

The Biden administration is revving up for a war against an enemy which the feds have chosen to never explicitly define . According to a March report by Biden's Office of the Director of National Intelligence, "domestic violent extremists" include individuals who "take overt steps to violently resist or facilitate the overthrow of the U.S. government in support of their belief that the U.S. government is purposely exceeding its Constitutional authority." But that was the same belief that many Biden voters had regarding the Trump administration. Does the definition of extremism depend solely on which party captured the White House?

The report notes that the "Department of Defense is reviewing and updating its definition of prohibited extremist activities among uniformed military personnel." Bishop Garrison, the chief of the Pentagon's new Countering Extremism Working Group, is Exhibit A for the follies of extremist crackdowns on extremism. In a series of 2019 tweets, Garrison, a former aide to Hillary Clinton, denounced all Trump supporters as "racists." Garrison's working group will "specifically define what constitutes extremist behavior" for American soldiers. If Garrison purges Trump supporters from the military, the Pentagon would be unable to conquer the island of Grenada. Biden policymakers also intend to create an "anti-radicalization" program for individuals departing the military service. This initiative will likely produce plenty of leaks and embarrassing disclosures in the coming months and years.

The Biden report is spooked by the existence of militia groups and flirts with the fantasy of outlawing them across the land. The report promises to explore "how to make better use of laws that already exist in all fifty states prohibiting certain private "˜militia' activity, including"¦state statutes prohibiting groups of people from organizing as private military units without the authorization of the state government, and state statutes that criminalize certain paramilitary activity." Most of the private militia groups are guilty of nothing more than bluster and braggadocio. Besides, many of them are already overstocked with government informants who are counting on Uncle Sam for regular paychecks.

As part of its anti-extremism arsenal, DHS is financing programs for "enhancing media literacy and critical thinking skills" and helping internet users avoid "vulnerability to"¦harmful content deliberately disseminated by malicious actors online." Do the feds have inside information about another Hunter Biden laptop turning up, or what? The Biden administration intends to bolster Americans' defenses against extremism by developing "interactive online resources such as skills-enhancing online games." If the games are as stupefying as this report, nobody will play them.

The Biden report stresses that federal law enforcement agencies "play a critical role in responding to reports of criminal and otherwise concerning activity." "Otherwise concerning activity"? This is the same standard that turned prior anti-terrorist efforts into laughingstocks.

Fusion Centers are not mentioned in the Biden report but they are a federal-state-local law enforcement partnership launched after 9/11 to vacuum up reports of suspicious activity. Seventy Fusion Centers rely on the same standard""" If you see something, say something """that a senior administration official invoked in a background call on Monday for the new Biden initiative. The Los Angeles Police Department encouraged citizens to snitch on "individuals who stay at bus or train stops for extended periods while buses and trains come and go," "individuals who carry on long conversations on pay or cellular telephones," and "joggers who stand and stretch for an inordinate amount of time." The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security recommended the reporting of "people avoiding eye contact," "people in places they don't belong," or homes or apartments that have numerous visitors "arriving and leaving at unusual hours," PBS's Frontline reported. Colorado's Fusion Center "produced a fear-mongering public service announcement asking the public to report innocuous behaviors such as photography, note-taking, drawing and collecting money for charity as "˜warning signs' of terrorism," the ACLU complained.

Various other Fusion Centers have attached warning labels to gun-rights activists, anti-immigration zealots, and individuals and groups "rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority." A 2012 Homeland Security report stated that being "reverent of individual liberty" is one of the traits of potential right-wing terrorists. The Constitution Project concluded in a 2012 report that DHS Fusion Centers "pose serious risks to civil liberties, including rights of free speech, free assembly, freedom of religion, racial and religious equality, privacy, and the right to be free from unnecessary government intrusion." Fusion Centers continue to be bankrolled by DHS despite their dismal record.

The Biden report promises that the FBI and DHS will soon be releasing "a new edition of the Federal Government's Mobilization Indicators booklet that will include for the first time potential indicators of domestic terrorism""related mobilization." Will this latest publication be as boneheaded as the similar 2014 report by the National Counterterrorism Center entitled "Countering Violent Extremism: A Guide for Practitioners and Analysts"?

As the Intercept summarized , that report "suggests that police, social workers and educators rate individuals on a scale of one to five in categories such as "˜Expressions of Hopelessness, Futility,' "¦ and "˜Connection to Group Identity (Race, Nationality, Religion, Ethnicity)' "¦ to alert government officials to individuals at risk of turning to radical violence, and to families or communities at risk of incubating extremist ideologies." The report recommended judging families by their level of "Parent-Child Bonding" and rating localities on the basis in part of the "presence of ideologues or recruiters." Former FBI agent Mike German commented, "The idea that the federal government would encourage local police, teachers, medical, and social-service employees to rate the communities, individuals, and families they serve for their potential to become terrorists is abhorrent on its face."

The Biden administration presumes that bloating the definition of extremists is the surest way to achieve domestic tranquility. In this area, as in so many others, Biden's team learned nothing from the follies of the Obama administration. No one in D.C. apparently recalls that President Obama perennially denounced extremism and summoned the United Nations in 2014 to join his "campaign against extremism." Under Obama, the National Security Agency presumed that "someone searching the Web for suspicious stuff" was a suspected extremist who forfeited all constitutional rights to privacy. Obama's Transportation Security Administration relied on ludicrous terrorist profiles that targeted American travelers who were yawning, hand wringing, gazing down, swallowing suspiciously, sweating, or making "excessive complaints about the [TSA] screening process."

Will the Biden crackdown on extremists end as ignominiously as Nixon's crackdown almost 50 years earlier? Nixon White House aide Tom Charles Huston explained that the FBI's COINTELPRO program continually stretched its target list "from the kid with a bomb to the kid with a picket sign, and from the kid with the picket sign to the kid with the bumper sticker of the opposing candidate. And you just keep going down the line." At some point, surveillance became more intent on spurring fear than on gathering information. FBI agents were encouraged to conduct interviews with anti-war protesters to "enhance the paranoia endemic in these circles and further serve to get the point across that there is an FBI agent behind every mailbox," as a 1970 FBI memo noted. Is the Biden castigation campaign an attempt to make its opponents fear that the feds are tracking their every email and website click?

Biden's new terrorism policy has evoked plenty of cheers from his Fourth Estate lapdogs. But a Washington Post article fretted that the administration's report did not endorse enacting "new legal authority to successfully hunt down, prosecute, and imprison homegrown extremists." Does the D.C. media elite want to see every anti-Biden scoffer in the land put behind bars? This is typical of the switcheroo that politicians and the media play with the terms "terrorists" and "extremists." Regardless of paranoia inside the Beltway, MAGA hats are not as dangerous as pipe bombs.

The Biden report concludes that "enhancing faith in American democracy" requires "finding ways to counter the influence and impact of dangerous conspiracy theories." Bu t permitting politicians to blacklist any ideas they disapprove won't "restore faith in democracy." Extremism has always been a flag of political convenience, and the Biden team, the FBI, and their media allies will fan fears to sanctify any and every government crackdown. But what if government is the most dangerous extremist of them all?

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James Bovard is the author of Lost Rights , Attention Deficit Democracy , and Public Policy Hooligan . He is also a USA Today columnist. Follow him on Twitter @JimBovard .

[Jun 20, 2021] Georgia Secretary Of State Outlines 100,000 Names To Be Cut From Voter Rolls - ZeroHedge

Jun 20, 2021 |

Authored by Zachary Steiber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours) ,

Georgia's secretary of state this week announced he is set to remove some 100,000 names from voter rolls , the first major voting list maintenance following the 2020 election.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger holds a press conference on the status of ballot counting in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 6, 2020. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

The names are being removed because of a National Change of Address form submitted to the U.S. Postal Service, election mail being sent to them bouncing back; or having no contact with elections officials for at least five years.

" Making sure Georgia's voter rolls are up to date is key to ensuring the integrity of our elections, " Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger , a Republican, said in a statement.

"That is why I fought and beat Stacey Abrams in court in 2019 to remove nearly 300,000 obsolete voter files before the November election, and will do so again this year. Bottom line, there is no legitimate reason to keep ineligible voters on the rolls ," he added.

The case in question saw Abrams, a failed gubernatorial candidate, take Raffensperger to court through her group Fair Fight Action. A judge ruled against the plaintiffs, but Raffensperger's office eventually reinstated 22,000 names because, it said, it was interpreting a state law differently. Fair Fight Action claimed the reinstatement came due to their case.

Critics said they'd be reviewing the list of names set to be removed.

Voters stand in line to cast their ballots during the first day of early voting in the U.S. Senate runoff, in Atlanta, Ga., on Dec. 14, 2020. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

"The last time Secretary Raffensperger conducted a massive voter purge, he was forced to admit 22,000 errors -- 22,000 Georgia voters who would have been kicked off the rolls were it not for Fair Fight Action's diligence. We'll be reviewing the list thoroughly and reaching out to impacted voters," Lauren Groh-Wargo, CEO of Fair Fight Action, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution .

The major maintenance is taking place separately from regular monthly removals of names for felony convictions and deaths. It's the first major effort since 2019. Raffensperger's office cited federal law as to why no such undertaking happened last year.

Voters who want to see if they face removal can visit this website . They will be able to block their removal if they provide information within about a month.

Voters who are ultimately removed can reregister.

The number of removals is 1.3 percent of Georgia's registered voters.

1 hour ago

Amazing how 100,000 votes here and 100,000 votes there can swing an election. play_arrow 26 play_arrow

Solomonpal 1 hour ago

Or triple counted ballots and mysteriously appearing boxes from under the tables. View the tapes and consider the source.

SoDamnMad 1 hour ago

Shout out here to Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shayne Moss for that "under the table" trick.

Not Your Father's ZH 40 minutes ago (Edited)

Riggers, eh? };^D ====> <====

WE CAUGHT THEM: President Trump Warned Raffensperger and His Attorney Ryan Germany About Election Fraud – New Evidence Shows Germany Was Made Aware of Election Fraud on Election Night And Hid This From President Trump


systemsplanet 20 minutes ago

Raffensperger got a kick back for installing Dominion voting machines to fix the election.

personal109 4 minutes ago

Raffensperger better lawyer up, and while he's at it, get a criminal lawyer, he's gonna need it.

KirkPatrickN 51 minutes ago

100,000 fake votes here, 100,000 fake votes there, and pretty soon your talkin' "real" "President" who got 81M votes, the all time record, when Trump broke the previous all time record with 73M. The same year.

Pro_sanity 46 minutes ago (Edited)

And the one who got 81M couldn't fill a middle school gym during the campaign. The other overflowed major sports arenas with spillout to the streets.

Not Your Father's ZH 35 minutes ago (Edited)

Because rayzism.


NYT Midwit Mara Gay -- Affirmative Action Face of America's Anti-White Cultural Revolution

Back in 1997, the New York Times Had the Courage to Report That Critical Race Theory Was Self-Serving BS

And a Happy Juneteenth to All Involved!

Free at last, free at last, thank Gawd awmighty, free [sh1t] at last! The Spirit of Juneteenth

Freedom Rang Out on Juneteenth! Mass [Black on Black] Shooting in Oakland at the 2021 Juneteenth Festival

CDC Senior Scientist and Whistleblower: 'We trashed data showing vaccine-autism link in African-American boys' - shades of Tuskeegee

[Jun 20, 2021] Was the "Capitol Riot" an Inside Job?

Jun 18, 2021 |

karlof1 , Jun 17 2021 23:24 utc | 46

Was the "Capitol Riot" an Inside Job? IMO, good reasons to think so are surfacing. Putin's upped the game by saying they could easily be considered political prisoners whose constitutional and human rights are being violated. And given the FBI has orchestrated numerous terrorist attacks in order to frame innocents provides some credibility to that possibility.

And the beat goes on........

[Jun 20, 2021] The shades of election fraud

Jun 20, 2021 |

Not Your Father's ZH 6 hours ago (Edited)

Georgia's Dominion Voting System Implementation Manager Gabe Sterling Negotiated a $144,000 Salary Increase for Himself Last Year ===> <===

ARIZONA AUDIT UPDATE "" Dr. Kelli Ward: June 26th "" More Leftist Lies DEBUNKED on "Montana Counting" and National Guard at the Scene (VIDEO)

Multiple Individuals Pushed Stacks of Ballots through Tabulators Multiple Times in Georgia. This Is Illegal. Law Enforcement Did Nothing.

How Many dead VOTERS Voted In Georgia?! Raffensperger Cleans Voter Rolls AFTER Fraudulent Election

Boris Epshteyn: Subpoenas Are Being Prepared in Pennsylvania for Another Audit (VIDEO)

Maricopa Audit Liaison Says They Need to Investigate Anomalies" Like 52 Ballots Submitted From a Two-Bedroom Home

PANIC IN THE PEACH STATE: Fulton County Georgia Defense Attorneys File Motion to Prevent Scheduled Testimony of Dirtbag Richard Barron on Monday

International Auditor: Maricopa County Audit Report Not Expected for 8 Weeks "" A Potential Sign There Are Numerous Issues to Inventory and Report

[Jun 16, 2021] FBI Operatives Likely 'Unindicted Co-Conspirators', Organizers Of Capitol Riot- Report

Comments for this article are pretty instructive about the particular strata of US population mindset right now. Reminds the mood of dissidents in the USSR.
Jun 16, 2021 |

Tucker Carlson dropped several bombshells on his show Tuesday night, chief among them was from a Revolver News report that the FBI was likely involved in organizing the Jan. 6 Capitol 'insurrection,' and were similarly involved in the kidnapping plot against Michigan Governor Gretchin Whitmer .

" Why are there so many factual matters that we don't understand about that day? " asked Carlson.

" Why is the Biden administration preventing us from knowing? Why is the administration still hiding more than 10,000 hours of surveillance tape from the US capitol on January 6th? What could possibly be the reason for that - even as they call for more openness... they could release those tapes today, but they're not. Why?"

Carlson notes that Revolver News has dissected court filings surrounding the Capitol riot, suggests that unindicted co-conspirators in the case are likely to have been federal operatives.

We at Revolver News have noticed a pattern from our now months-long investigation into 1/6 -- and in particular from our meticulous study of the charging documents related to those indicted. In many cases the unindicted co-conspirators appear to be much more aggressive and egregious participants in the very so-called "conspiracy" serving as the basis for charging those indicted.

The question immediately arises as to why this is the case, and forces us to consider whether certain individuals are being protected from indictment because they were involved in 1/6 as undercover operatives or confidential informants for a federal agency.

Key segment from Tucker:

"We know that the government is hiding the identity of many law enforcement officers that were present at the Capitol on January 6th, not just the one that killed Ashli Babbitt. According to the government's own court filing, those law enforcement officers participated in the riot - sometimes in violent ways . We know that because without fail, the government has thrown the book at most people who were present at the Capitol on Jan. 6. There was a nationwide dragnet to find them - and many are still in solitary confinement tonight. But s trangely, some of the key people who participated on Jan. 6 have not been charged ."

Look at the documents , the government calls those people 'unindicted co-conspirators.' What does that mean? Well it means that in potentially every case they were FBI operatives ... in the Capitol, on January 6th."

"For example, one of those unindicted co-conspirators is someone government documents identify only as "person two." According to those documents, person two stayed in the same hotel room as a man called Thomas Caldwell - an 'insurrectionist.' A man alleged to be a member of the group "The Oathkeepers." Person two also "stormed the barricades" at the Capitol on January 6th alongside Thomas Caldwell. The government's indictments further indicate that Caldwell - who by the way is a 65-year-old man... was led to believe there would be a "quick reaction force" also participating on January 6th. That quick reaction force Caldwell was told, would be led by someone called "Person 3," who had a hotel room and an accomplice with them . But wait. Here's the interesting thing. Person 2 and person 3 were organizers of the riot . The government knows who they are, but the government has not charged them. Why is that? You know why. They were almost certainly working for the FBI. So FBI operatives were organizing the attack on the Capitol on January 6th according to government documents. And those two are not alone. In all, Revolver news reported there are "upwards of 20 unindicted co-conspirators in the Oath Keeper indictments, all playing various roles in the conspiracy, who have not been charged for virtually the exact same activities and in some cases much, much more severe activities - as those named alongside them in the indictments."


Revolver , meanwhile, has important questions about January 6th

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has demanded an explanation from FBI Director Christopher Wray:


We recommend you read the entire Revolver piece, which includes the fact that at least five individuals involved int he "Whitmer Kidnapping Plot" were undercover agents and federal informants .

_Rorschach 7 hours ago

Just remember folks

a Klan meeting is always 33 FBI agents

and 2 ACTUAL white supremacists

Dragonlord 7 hours ago

No CIA? I am disappointed.

_Rorschach 7 hours ago (Edited)

Glowies are never at the meetings

theyre busy planting bombs for the false flag afterwards

Misesmissesme 6 hours ago

90% of "terrorists" would never commit acts of terror if the US Guv wasn't coercing them to commit said acts. The wrong people are in jail.

Wonder who in government started the ball rolling on 9/11 before it got away from them?

Sedaeng PREMIUM 6 hours ago

it never got away from them! They directed through and afterwards... Patriot act just 'happened' to be on standby just in case? ha!

Not Your Father's ZH 6 hours ago (Edited)

Amid this chronic Machiavellian conniving, here are creatures who know how to act right:

Goldendoodle Harley saved fawn in lake and then loved on her keeping her safe

"Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing things historians usually record; while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks of the river." ~ Will Durant, "The Story of Civilization"

"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss , the abyss also gazes into you." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humor in Heaven." ― Mark Twain

thomas sewell 6 hours ago

everything in the USA is bull sheet. its all polluted with mind fook.

the last 1+ year has gone beyond any psycho drama i could ever imagine.

krda 5 hours ago

Didn't Brennan issue the 9/11 hijackers' visas?

zedwork 1 hour ago

Yes, but no planes. That would have been way too risky when you can just add them into the live feed later using CGI.

Bob Lidd 1 hour ago

You mean like what happen in the 1993 WTC bombing.....??

Misesmissesme 59 minutes ago

How there hasn't been a day of reckoning yet is beyond me.

SexyJulian 6 hours ago

And stacks of bricks.

E5 5 hours ago

The FBI does not have the right to commit a crime. They chose to run an operation they should disavow all agents involved and they know it. Arrest them.

Not Your Father's ZH 4 hours ago

Breaking: Court Documents Confirm FBI Planned & Executed Jan. 6th 'Insurrection'

vova_3.2018 3 hours ago remove link

The FBI does not have the right to commit a crime. ...

Like 9/11, the "Capitol Hill Riot", was a false-flag operation staged by the Deep-State and falsely attributed to a group the DS sought to target.

BaNNeD oN THe RuN 7 hours ago

DoD also has a domestic undercover army of 60,000... so they may have been more involved than the FBI...

There is strong evidence that Ashli Babbit's shooting was also fake...

DinduNuffin 6 hours ago

that video destroys the whole narrative ... EVERYTHING IS FAKE

Not Your Father's ZH 5 hours ago

The Pentagon Uses the World's Largest 'Secret Army' of 60,000 Undercover Operatives To Carry Out 'Domestic & Foreign' Operations

Feck Weed 6 hours ago

With Wray out there spreading fear about the Great White Supremacy Threat, you can bet the FBI is working overtime to make something newsworthy happen. Remember folks: 3 "militia" = 2 FBI informants + 1 patsy

eatapeach 7 hours ago

Until the JFK murder/coup is brought to light, you can bet it's all hoax, including Trump being an 'outsider'. He's not. He did everything Israel told him to do.

GhostOLaz 3 hours ago

America's perception of the FBI comes from TV "programs", not history or reality.

Joiningupthedots 1 hour ago

"Why is the administration still hiding more than 10,000 hours of surveillance tape from the US capitol on January 6th?"

For the same reason the UK government wont release the Skripal Tapes from Salisbury, UK.......LMAO.

Its an inside job........OBVIOUSLY!

Faeriedust 2 hours ago

So. Incidents are being staged and then used as excuses for more draconian State security powers. How is this different from the behavior of known historical groups such as the SS and the KGB? How can this be interpreted except as the actions of a totalitarian State?

Sizzurp PREMIUM 6 hours ago

Scary stuff. They manufacture their own crimes to suit their political narrative and agenda. This is straight out of the Nazi playbook.

Garciathinksso 6 hours ago

this is SOP for FBI, long rich history of manufacturing crimes and low, mid and high level corruption . Prior to that the BOI was even worse.

JaxPavan 7 hours ago remove link

The chickens coming home to roost.

This was a "color revolution" by us, against us. And, it was designed to fail. Like a freakish side show.

Why? Let off political steam. Keep all the people in their respective aisle of the democan and republicrat uniparty bus. Distract political attention away from the full ****** plandemic lockdowns. Keep the rest of the world agape for a few more years thinking things will fall apart on their own, while their resources are extracted. . .

Jam 47 minutes ago

This scam getting some press now is better late than never, but not by much. Some of these media types being all surprised by this must have lived pretty sheltered lives and are lacking any street smarts. This set up was obvious since day one, this is the same bunch that won't call out these crooks for rigged elections.

Oxygen Likes Carbon 48 minutes ago

It should be painfully clear that with the level of surveillance in 2021, nobody can walk into high security governmental building, without being arrested. Let alone organize a mass demonstration then go into Capitol Building during the day, while the politicians being there, to take ... selfies.

... without some help, or coordination from some governmental services.

anti-bolshevik 7 hours ago (Edited)

Replace 'unindicted co-conspirators.' with Agent Provocateurs.

The entire chain-of-command that authorized / planned / executed / gave material support to this Operation should be indicted and prosecuted.

Reminder, Fordham Law's findings

In this course of its investigation, researchers at Fordham discovered that EVERY SINGLE ONE of the 138 terrorist incidents recorded in the USA between 2001-2012 involved FBI informants who played leading roles in planning out, supplying weapons, instructions and even recruiting Islamic terrorists to carry out terrorist acts on U.S. soil.

Enraged 56 minutes ago

With FBI Director Comey, Assistant Director McCabe, and FBI agent/covert CIA agent Strzok acting against President Trump, this should be considered treasonous, and hopefully they will be prosecuted.

The question is who authorized the latest actions on January 6 since Comey, McCabe, and Strzok were fired.

Conductor "Corn Pop" Angelo 38 minutes ago

I can think of two to start with. Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi. Both refused additional security even after being told that the latest intel suggested there was going to be a protest at the capital building on Jan 6th. The two were offered National Guard troops, in addition to Capital Police, to help out, but refused. IIRC, both the Senate and House Sgt at Arms lost their jobs over this, too

Make it three, Mayor Bowser had the same intel and did nothing

Andro1345 7 hours ago

These are old tricks by the FBI. They have been just as bad as the CIA for years.

So many instances going back so far. They plan things, set it up, help to encourage and supply sheep to do these things. If I had someone trying to encourage me to get on board something similar my first guess would be a government operative, seriously.

WeNamedTheDogIndiana 1 hour ago

I attended protests after the election, and it was obvious to be that the rallies at our state capitol were infiltrated by FBI/deep state stooges. A number of them were talking civil war, and said it too boldly in my opinion, and then many of them were carrying AKs, when that was not necessary.

The only rally that I attended that seemed uncorrupted was the first protest in DC a few weeks after the election.

taketheredpill 7 hours ago

Don't be shocked if the FBI funded some of the trips, hotels etc.

And for sure the FBI operatives "wound up" the participants...

But you won't find out for 10 years.

Alfred 7 hours ago

Not just infiltrated.

The FBI actually creates the organizations they then infiltrate.

Someone goes on a good rant here or there, can expect to be befriended by someone of like mind. Thereafter that someone undergoes radicalization and then organization via FBI sting ops. They get funding, they get resources, they get ready, they get busted.

Ha! It's all shake-n-bake, baby!

ProudZion 6 hours ago

...The proud boys was led by a FBI agent....

Mad Muppet PREMIUM 1 hour ago

They're called Agents Provacateurs and it's nothing new. The Government always initiates the violence they say they want to prevent.

Ms No PREMIUM 1 hour ago remove link

"Informants" is a very misleading title. They aren't out there ferretting info of people up to no good. It's more an infiltration and steering game and always has been.

They are basically agents without the boundaries of law. Good front guys too. They will keep them out of trouble and protect them if they can but if it gets too hot they are expendable and even easily patsied. It's all actually actually technically illegal because even when they do real informant work it's actually entrapment.

We used to be protected from these things and now you see the reason behind that. Nothing is new it just has different names and since it's always avoided by media, some of it doesn't even have proper names, at least for the public.

It's basically false flag color revolution operations.

QuiteShocking 6 hours ago (Edited) remove link

The USA's standing in the world is vastly diminished by the continue lies and mischaracterizations of what happened on Jan 6th by the democrats. The police officer died from a stroke and not from the rioters. The unarmed white woman was executed by capital police and no one was held responsible. The democrats have continued to blatantly lie and mislead on what really happened on Jan 6th for political gain...

Max21c 7 hours ago

We recommend you read the entire Revolver piece, which includes the fact that at least five individuals involved int he "Whitmer Kidnapping Plot" were undercover agents and federal informants .

People were already aware that the FBI kidnapping plot against Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was an FBI thing from the start and all throughout. Just as many if not most of these things are as they involve the secret police creating the plots and then unraveling the plots they've created and managed and orchestrated all along the way.

Angular Momentum 7 hours ago

The states need to outlaw entrapment in cases like that. The FBI moles need to be punished as severely as the dupes.

junction 7 hours ago

The FBI and the CIA apparently fund the so-call White Supremacist organizations. Your tax dollars at work. Meanwhile, total silence for a decade from the FBI as Jeffrey Epstein ran a transnational white slavery operation out of his Manhattan mansion, aided by the Israeli Mossad.

Max21c 7 hours ago

The intelligence community and secret police community were well aware of what was going on with the Epstein operation. It's not just the US side either as the UK and Israelis were aware of it also.

Uncle Sugar PREMIUM 7 hours ago (Edited) remove link

Trump is better than Xiden, but

He left Chris Wray running the FIB

He didn't prosecute Comey, Brennan, anyone

He pushed the "Vax"

He spent worse than a drunken sailor

Conclusion - He's not the answer

OldNewB 6 hours ago

He should have pardoned Snowden.

otschelnik 7 hours ago

Well looks like the DOJ is bringing back the Obummer spygate team. John P. Carlin who was head of DOJ/National Security Division is now deputy AG. He let the FBI give 4 civilian contractors access to the NSA database for 702 inquiries, which Admiral Rogers stopped. Also back is Lisa Monoco who oversaw the FISA warrants for Carter Page, and now she's going to be heading up Garland's domestic terror task force.

That's all very ominous.

Farmer Tink 4 hours ago

I didn't realize that Carlin was back. He tried to defend his actions in the annual report to the FISA court but Adm. Mike Rogers, on whose watch the NSA found out what the DOJ was doing, carried the day. I also didn't realize that Lisa Monaco was the one in charge of those illegal Page warrants. It's just sickening that they are being rewarded. Thanks for the info.

glenlloyd 2 hours ago (Edited)

With such a high percentage of those 'involved' in the "insurrection" (said loosely here) and the so called Whitmer kidnapping being from FBI / CIA / other intelligence agencies AND those same people end up apparently being in leadership roles in these groups that are supposedly going to be doing the kidnapping and insurrecting, then it's really hard not to come to the conclusion that the fault was with the FBI et al.

It just seems like the FBI et al were way more involved in this than they should have been, if you're going to suggest that it was the others that are to blame. The tough pill to swallow is the claim that it was the people the FBI et al infiltrated and coerced into do these things, that are to blame.

Things really do stink with this.

newworldorder 5 hours ago

How are these actions are not "entrapment."

InfiniteIntellRules 5 hours ago

I will stop, just too many tales of FBI corruption. Last 1

From the book " The United States of Paranoia " by Jesse Walker:

Under COINTELPRO, FBI agents infiltrated political groups and spread rumors that loyal members were the real infiltrators. They tried to get targets fired from their jobs, and they tried to break up the targets' marriages. They published deliberately inflammatory literature in the names of the organizations they wanted to discredit, and they drove wedges between groups that might otherwise be allied. In Baltimore, the FBI's operatives in the Black Panther Party were instructed to denounce Students for a Democratic Society as "a cowardly, honky group" who wanted to exploit the Panthers by giving them all the violent, dangerous "dirty work." The operation was apparently successful: In August 1969, just five months after the initial instructions went out, the Baltimore FBI reported that the local Panther branch had ordered its members not to associate with SDS members or attend any SDS events.


heehaw2 6 hours ago

All happened under Trumps watch. He said he was going to lead the March to Capital building, then totally disappeared.

MrNoItAll 7 hours ago

Got to hand it to them. Those Fed guys sure know how to stage a riot to get media attention and shape public opinion. How else could they explain why all the guard troops were needed in D C. When getting them there could have been the primary goal of this staged event.

lightwork 7 hours ago

In the early 70's it seemed that a government informant/ mole was instrumental in the activities of virtually every left wing group in the country. It became common knowledge that whomever was most vocal and advocated the most activist positions was usually "that guy". It was effective since paranoia caused most groups to disintegrate.

otschelnik 8 hours ago remove link

Probably more snitches than that.

Oath Keeper Thomas Caldwell who is one of the lucky few released but still charged is a former FBI contractor who had top secret security clearance according to his lawyer.

Proud Boy Enrique Tarrio who was arrested 2 days before the riot for vandalism (burning a BLM banner), had been an informer to the FBI and law inforcement in Florida, according to his lawyer.

Max21c 6 hours ago remove link

They forgot Antifa and BLM in their list of groups.

State sponsored terrorist groups favored by Liberal Elites and their secret police are generally omitted and immune.

heehaw2 6 hours ago

George Bush Senior, then head of CIA was in Dallas when JFK was assinated. Ol George announced as President the New World order

QE49er 6 hours ago

Reichstag Fire style false flag.

Ruff_Roll 6 hours ago

It makes perfect sense that FBI or government supported operatives were acting as agents provocateurs on 1/6, organizing and instigating the riot, and subsequently let off as "unindicted co-conspirators." Pelosi was probably in on it, too.

TheySayIAmOkay 7 hours ago

This is the biggest "duh" ever. Of course the government is involved. Just like they were in 9/11. Just like they were stealing the election. Just like they are in at least some of these mass shootings (the FBI was warned about the Parkland shooter multiple times). Just like they will be in the next big incident that massively strips rights from the people.

The Deep State is real. And it is the upper echelons of the FBI, DHS, CIA, ATF, etc. They are the shadow government that wags the tail. They can do whatever they want and nobody can do anything about it. Do you think if Ted Cruz or Nancy Pelosi killed someone they'd get away with it? No. They are figures. The limits of their power can be stripped with a single, stupid, scandal. How about John Brennan? I have absolutely no doubt in my mind he could. Because who will hold him accountable? Nobody in the CIA or FBI went down for not listening to the FBI agent about the 20th hijacker. Mueller got PROMOTED! He's deep state. Brennan was regional chief of the CIA in Riyadh leading up to 9/11. He got... PROMOTED! Deep state.

3-fingered_chemist 7 hours ago

The fact the Capitol had essentially zero security the day all members were present to tally the EC votes and people still think this wasn't faked?

Jim in MN 7 hours ago

Speaking as someone who actually attended the earlier 'Stop the Steal' rally in DC, I said at the time that the Jan. 6th event didn't smell right and felt like a setup. Recommended that folks stay away, expect trouble and stay frosty at that time.

Note that the FBI was/is also deeply involved in the BLM riots. AKA a criminal conspiracy to destabilize US civil order. Of course a lot of mayors and police chiefs are also involved in that criminal conspiracy.

The more you know.....

jammyjo 7 hours ago

FBI is making contact with unstable people, and do nothing but keep them on a list of "assets" to be activated when needed.

Patmos 7 hours ago

Gives new meaning to false narrative. More than just spin, they actually create the events themselves. Not quite a false flag, because nothing really happened.

Is anyone involved going to stand up and say no? Or have they all just decided to reserve themselves to being corrupt little b!tches?

Feck Weed 7 hours ago

FBI is the US domestic secret police force for the Globalist Empire. Nationalism is the enemy of the globalists...

[Jun 16, 2021] I guess the crazy conspiracy theorists were right again: FBI Operatives "highly likely" were the organizers Of Capitol Riot

FBI sponsored Arab Spring in the USA ?
Jun 16, 2021 |
WeNamedTheDogIndiana 7 hours ago

Shocked, I tell you. Shocked.

LeadPipeDreams 3 hours ago

The men on the street corners with "The End is Nigh" placards are beginning to resemble Walter Kronkite in demeanor as well as credibility.

But then again Walter was one of the CIA's finest...

Nona Yobiznes 7 hours ago

I guess the crazy conspiracy theorists were right again.

benb 3 hours ago (Edited)

Dumb Hannity used to call the FBI "The Crown Jewel of Law Enforcement,."

C Rabbit PREMIUM 7 hours ago

Why has the FBI never released the surveillance videos from the Alfred P. Murrah Buildings and the others around it from the morning of April 19, 1995. "It's still under investigation."

Why have the videos from all around the Pentagon taken on the morning of 9/11 never been released?

Why does the CIA refuse to release all of their files on the JFK assassination?

Why? Why? Why?

Muffdiver2269vIII 7 hours ago

Ahh, they are waiting for Durham to complete the reports?

wootendw PREMIUM 6 hours ago

"Congressman Matt Gaetz calls on FBI Director Christopher Wray to fully disclose the role and involvement of FBI operatives during the January 6th Capitol riot."

That would be self-incrimination.

radical-extremist 7 hours ago (Edited)

FBI will never talk because that would be revealing "classified methods and procedures".

Why of course they troll the boards looking for "extremists" to exploit. They befriend them and groom them, until they eventually enable them to commit the crime itself. Conspiracy to commit the crime isn't near as sexy as the real thing, let's put these people away for life. If there's collateral damage now and then, so be it. "Justice" comes at a cost. /s

Jim in MN 7 hours ago remove link

WELL WORTH a minute of your time.

The Federal Prosecutor, 1940

If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants. Therein is the most dangerous power of the prosecutor: that he will pick people that he thinks he should get, rather than pick cases that need to be prosecuted. With the law books filled with a great assortment of crimes, a prosecutor stands a fair chance of finding at least a technical violation of some act on the part of almost anyone. In such a case, it is not a question of discovering the commission of a crime and then looking for the man who has committed it, it is a question of picking the man and then searching the law books, or putting investigators to work, to pin some offense on him. It is in this realm-in which the prosecutor picks some person whom he dislikes or desires to embarrass, or selects some group of unpopular persons and then looks for an offense, that the greatest danger of abuse of prosecuting power lies. It is here that law enforcement becomes personal, and the real crime becomes that of being unpopular with the predominant or governing group, being attached to the wrong political views, or being personally obnoxious to or in the way of the prosecutor himself.

[Jun 12, 2021] Georgia County Election Officials Subpoenaed in Historic Fraud Case - News Punch

Jun 12, 2021 |

Georgia County Election Officials Subpoenaed in Historic Fraud Case June 10, 2021 Sean Adl-Tabatabai News , US 8 Comments


Three Georgia county election officials have been hit with subpoenas to testify in a historic fraud case regarding the 2020 ballot count, according to reports.

Fulton County poll workers Wandrea Shaye Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman have been ordered to give depositions regarding events during the 2020 election count.

Freeman and Moss were central to the after-hours ballot-counting operation at State Farm Arena during the presidential election. reports: David Makever Alligood and Ruby Freeman were both served affidavits to give videotaped depositions. Freeman is notorious for being suspected of election malfeasance during the 2020 election. Among those activites were dragging out boxes of ballots from under a table after election observers were wrongfully sent home early at State Farm Arena.

The sworn deposition will provide an opportunity for Freeman to explain her videorecorded activities.

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Ruby Freeman's daughter, who was actually her boss, was also subpoenaed to explain herself before the court.

Wandrea Shaye Moss also participated in dragging out boxes of ballots after she personally sent election observers home early. She would then run stacks of ballots through tabulators on video, some of them multiple times. She will provide a videotaped deposition on June 10, provided that she shows up.

Fulton County election officials are taking the probe very seriously. They have hired two top criminal defense attorneys for the case, even though the court is not adjudicating criminal charges.

"The Fulton County Board of Registration & Elections has hired two of Georgia's top criminal defense attorneys & filed paperwork to halt the audit proceedings previously ordered by the judge,"¯ Heather Mullins of Real America's Voice noted.

The two attorneys, Donald Samuel and Amanda Palmer, are affiliated with the high-powered Garland, Samuel and Loeb law firm in Atlanta.

The Fulton County lawsuit has prompted a much-anticipated election audit that will put physical ballots under further inspection. The ballot inspection will hopefully resolve what fair-minded observers witnessed on video: Fulton County election officials appearing to run stacks of ballots through tabulation machines multiple times on election night.

[Jun 07, 2021] Putin sees 'double standard' in US Capitol riot prosecutions

Jun 07, 2021 |

"They weren't just a crowd of robbers and rioters," Mr Putin said of the Trump supporters who stormed Congress on 6 January and temporarily suspended a session to certify Mr Biden as the winner of last November's election. "Those people had come with political demands."

When the forum moderator at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum suggested Mr Putin's comments about the Capitol riot could see him banned from US social media platforms, the Russian leader drew applause from the audience by retorting: "I don't give a damn about being blocked somewhere."

Earlier this week, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the Capitol rioters were being "persecuted" by the US government.

Some 500 suspects have been arrested for the riot, most of them charged with entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds. Many have been released pending trial, but some are being held in solitary confinement.

A member of Mr Biden's own Democratic party, Senator Elizabeth Warren, has said some of the defendants were being subjected to "cruel" treatment.

Mr Putin also rebuked the West for its criticism of Russian authorities' response to anti-Kremlin demonstrations, including jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Opposition protests across Russia earlier this year were suppressed with crackdowns. Riot police were seen beating and dragging protesters away, while thousands of people were detained.

The Russian leader told business leaders that protesters in Europe have faced an even tougher police response, with some shot in the eye by what he mockingly called "democratic rubber bullets".

It is not clear what he was referring to, but a number of French demonstrators were blinded by rubber bullets fired by police during the so-called yellow vest rallies that began in late 2018.

[Jun 01, 2021] Shades of dementia: Bidden claims that human rights R us.

May 31, 2021 |

Don Bacon , May 31 2021 0:12 utc | 29

Believe it or not, the president says that human rights R us.

Hear that, BLM? Women? Asian Americans? Hispanics? homeless? heavily indebted students? . . the list goes on.

Biden said so, May 30, 2021

"I had a long conversation -- for two hours -- recently with President Xi, making it clear to him that we could do nothing but speak out for human rights around the world because that's who we are. I'll be meeting with President Putin in a couple of weeks in Geneva, making it clear that we will not -- we will not stand by and let him abuse those rights." . . here

..reminds me of Aeschylus: "In war, truth is the first casualty."

[May 30, 2021] How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... No other book out there has the level of breadth on the history of US imperialism that this work provides. Even though it packs 400 pages of text (which might seem like a turnoff for non-academic readers), "How to Hide an Empire" is highly readable given Immerwhar's skills as a writer. Also, its length is part of what makes it awesome because it gives it the right amount of detail and scope. ..."
"... Alleging that US imperialism in its long evolution (which this book deciphers with poignancy) has had no bearing on the destinies of its once conquered populations is as fallacious as saying that the US is to blame for every single thing that happens in Native American communities, or in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, etc. Not everything that happens in these locations and among these populations is directly connected to US expansionism, but a great deal is. ..."
"... This is exactly the kind of book that drives the "My country, right or wrong" crowd crazy. Yes, slavery and genocide and ghastly scientific experiments existed before Europeans colonized the Americas, but it's also fair and accurate to say that Europeans made those forms of destruction into a bloody artform. Nobody did mass slaughter better. ..."
Feb 19, 2019 |
4.6 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews Reviews

Jose I. Fuste, February 25, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive yet highly readable. A necessary and highly useful update.

I'm a professor at the University of California San Diego and I'm assigning this for a graduate class.

No other book out there has the level of breadth on the history of US imperialism that this work provides. Even though it packs 400 pages of text (which might seem like a turnoff for non-academic readers), "How to Hide an Empire" is highly readable given Immerwhar's skills as a writer. Also, its length is part of what makes it awesome because it gives it the right amount of detail and scope.

I could not disagree more with the person who gave this book one star. Take it from me: I've taught hundreds of college students who graduate among the best in their high school classes and they know close to nothing about the history of US settler colonialism, overseas imperialism, or US interventionism around the world. If you give University of California college students a quiz on where the US' overseas territories are, most who take it will fail (trust me, I've done it). And this is not their fault. Instead, it's a product of the US education system that fails to give students a nuanced and geographically comprehensive understanding of the oversized effect that their country has around our planet.

Alleging that US imperialism in its long evolution (which this book deciphers with poignancy) has had no bearing on the destinies of its once conquered populations is as fallacious as saying that the US is to blame for every single thing that happens in Native American communities, or in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, etc. Not everything that happens in these locations and among these populations is directly connected to US expansionism, but a great deal is.

A case in point is Puerto Rico's current fiscal and economic crisis. The island's political class share part of the blame for Puerto Rico's present rut. A lot of it is also due to unnatural (i.e. "natural" but human-exacerbated) disasters such as Hurricane Marķa. However, there is no denying that the evolution of Puerto Rico's territorial status has generated a host of adverse economic conditions that US states (including an island state such as Hawaii) do not have to contend with. An association with the US has undoubtedly raised the floor of material conditions in these places, but it has also imposed an unjust glass ceiling that most people around the US either do not know about or continue to ignore.

To add to those unfair economic limitations, there are political injustices regarding the lack of representation in Congress, and in the case of Am. Samoa, their lack of US citizenship. The fact that the populations in the overseas territories can't make up their mind about what status they prefer is: a) understandable given the way they have been mistreated by the US government, and b) irrelevant because what really matters is what Congress decides to do with the US' far-flung colonies, and there is no indication that Congress wants to either fully annex them or let them go because neither would be convenient to the 50 states and the political parties that run them. Instead, the status quo of modern colonial indeterminacy is what works best for the most potent political and economic groups in the US mainland. Would

This book is about much more than that though. It's also a history of how and why the United States got to control so much of what happens around the world without creating additional formal colonies like the "territories" that exist in this legal limbo. Part of its goal is to show how precisely how US imperialism has been made to be more cost-effective and also more invisible.

Read Immerwhar's book, and don't listen to the apologists of US imperialism which is still an active force that contradicts the US' professed values and that needs to be actively dismantled. Their attempts at discrediting this important reflect a denialism of the US' imperial realities that has endured throughout the history that this book summarizes.

"How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States" is a great starting point for making the US public aware of the US' contradictions as an "empire of liberty" (a phrase once used by Thomas Jefferson to describe the US as it expanded westward beyond the original 13 colonies). It is also a necessary update to other books on this topic that are already out there, and it is likely to hold the reader's attention more given its crafty narrative prose and structure Read less 194 people found this helpful Helpful Comment Report abuse

David Robson, February 26, 2019
Why So Sensitive?

5.0 out of 5 stars Why So Sensitive?

This is exactly the kind of book that drives the "My country, right or wrong" crowd crazy. Yes, slavery and genocide and ghastly scientific experiments existed before Europeans colonized the Americas, but it's also fair and accurate to say that Europeans made those forms of destruction into a bloody artform. Nobody did mass slaughter better.

The author of this compelling book reveals a history unknown to many readers, and does so with first-hand accounts and deep historical analyses. You might ask why we can't put such things behind us. The simple answer: we've never fully grappled with these events before in an honest and open way. This book does the nation a service by peering behind the curtain and facing the sobering truth of how we came to be what we are.

Thomas W. Moloney, April 9, 2019
This is a stunning book, not to be missed.

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a stunning book, not to be missed.

This is a stunning book, not to be missed. If you finished Sapiens with the feeling your world view had greatly enlarged, you're likely to have the same experience of your view of the US from reading this engaging work. And like Sapiens, it's an entirely enjoyable read, full of delightful surprises, future dinner party gems.

The further you get into the book the more interesting and unexpected it becomes. You'll look at the US in ways you likely never considered before. This is not a 'political' book with an ax to grind or a single-party agenda. It's refreshingly insightful, beautifully written, fun to read.

This is a gift I'll give to many a good friend, I've just started with my wife. I rarely write reviews and have never met the author (now my only regret). 3 people found this helpful

P , May 17, 2019
Content is A+. Never gets boring/tedious; never lingers; well written. It is perfect. 10/10

4.0 out of 5 stars Content is A+. Never gets boring/tedious; never lingers; well written. It is perfect. 10/10

This book is an absolutely powerhouse, a must-read, and should be a part of every student's curriculum in this God forsaken country.

Strictly speaking, this brilliant read is focused on America's relationship with Empire. But like with nearly everything America, one cannot discuss it without discussing race and injustice.

If you read this book, you will learn a lot of new things about subjects that you thought you knew everything about. You will have your eyes opened. You will be exposed to the dark underbelly of racism, corruption, greed and exploitation that undergird American ambition.

I don't know exactly what else to say other than to say you MUST READ THIS BOOK. This isn't a partisan statement -- it's not like Democrats are any better than Republicans in this book.

This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I am a voracious reader. The content is A+. It never gets boring. It never gets tedious. It never lingers on narratives. It's extremely well written. It is, in short, perfect. And as such, 10/10.

Sunny May 11, 2019
Excellent and thoughtful discussion regarding the state of our union

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and thoughtful discussion regarding the state of our union

I heard an interview of Daniel Immerwahr on NPR news / WDET radio regarding this book.

I'm am quite conservative and only listen to NPR news when it doesn't lean too far to the left.

However, the interview piqued my interest. I am so glad I purchased this ebook. What a phenomenal and informative read!!! WOW!! It's a "I never knew that" kind of read. Certainly not anything I was taught in school. This is thoughtful, well written and an easy read. Highly recommend!!

[May 29, 2021] Judge Postpones Georgia Election Audit After County Hires Criminal Defense Attorneys, Files Motion To Dismiss - ZeroHedge

May 29, 2021 |

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times,

A judge in Georgia told parties in an election integrity case on May 27 that a previously scheduled meeting at a ballot storage warehouse was canceled after officials filed a flurry of motions in the case .

Media crews film while election workers process absentee ballots at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Nov. 2, 2020. (Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero said a May 28 meeting was no longer taking place because of motions filed by Fulton County , the county's Board of Registration and Elections, and the county's clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts, a spokesperson for the court confirmed to The Epoch Times.

Amero said the motions must be heard before the plaintiffs can gain access to the absentee ballots. He proposed a June 21 hearing, but the order scheduling the hearing hasn't yet been filed.

"It seems like a desperation move. The silver lining is that we now have more time to perfect the changes we had to make in our inspection plan," Garland Favorito, the lead petitioner, told The Epoch Times via email.

County officials argued that the complaint filed by voters should be dismissed because the petitioners failed to serve, or even attempt to serve, the county. They also said Fulton County doesn't have final control over elections, that petitioners aren't entitled to declaratory judgment, and that petitioners haven't complied with election contest requirements.

Amero heard in a hearing last week that petitioners weren't able to properly examine ballot images they've received because of their low resolution -- 200 dots per inch (DPI). Amero granted the petitioners' request to unseal the mailed ballots and said they could go to where they were stored in order to observe county workers create higher resolution images of the ballots.

Amero mentioned during the hearing that no parties had filed a motion to dismiss, allowing petitioners to obtain some discovery.

During the hearing, lawyers for the county urged the judge not to grant access to the ballots.

Before the latest update in the case, some officials had supported the ballot examination.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, opposed letting petitioners get access to the ballots , but said he supported Amero's ruling.

"From day one, I have encouraged Georgians with concerns about the election in their counties to pursue those claims through legal avenues. Fulton County has a long standing history of election mismanagement that has understandably weakened voters' faith in its system. Allowing this audit provides another layer of transparency and citizen engagement," he told The Epoch Times in an email.

However, Democrat Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts criticized the attempt to examine the ballots.

"It is outrageous that Fulton County continues to be a target of those who cannot accept the results from last year's election," he told news outlets in a statement.

[May 28, 2021] New Video Reveals Capitol Police Officer Giving Protesters Permission To Enter Building

May 17, 2021 |

Authored by Julie Kelly via American Greatness (emphasis ours)

A newly-obtained video shows United States Capitol Police officers speaking with several January 6 protestors including Jacob Chansley, the so-called "Q shaman"" inside the Capitol that afternoon.

One officer, identified in the video and confirmed by charging documents as Officer Keith Robishaw, appears to tell Chansely's group they won't stop them from entering the building.

" We're not against . . . you need to show us . . . no attacking, no assault, remain calm ," Robishaw warns. Chansley and another protestor instruct the crowd to act peacefully. " This has to be peaceful, " Chansley yelled. "We have the right to peacefully assemble."


The video directly contradicts what government prosecutors allege in a complaint filed January 8 against Chansley: "Robishaw and other officers calmed the protestors somewhat and directed them to leave the area from the same way they had entered. Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders."

Chansley later is seen entering the Senate chambers with a police officer behind him; he led several protesters in prayer and sat in Vice President Mike Pence's chair . (The man in the yellow sweatshirt is William Watson, a drug dealer out on bond. He was arrested in January.)

Chansley is not charged with assaulting an officer; he faces several counts for trespassing and disorderly conduct. He has been incarcerated since January, denied bail awaiting trial. He has no criminal record.

American Greatness obtained the video from RMG News. The 44-second clip is reportedly part of a much longer video that has yet to be released.

* * *


Who the hell was this "cop"?? Why encouraging people through?

"" Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 16, 2021

I've watched this clip 100 times and I still can't believe it

"" Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) January 8, 2021

[May 28, 2021] Biden aministsration is building a coalition to challenge China. It wants to neutralize Russia. Nord Stream 2 is an element of contention

May 20, 2021 |

Max , May 19 2021 21:16 utc | 26

@ Old man of the sea | May 19 2021 20:46 utc | 22

One can't blame everything on Israel. Yes, it is part of five eyes, more like SIX eyes.

Biden (JB) is building a coalition to challenge China. JB's administration wants to neutralize Russia. Nord Stream 2 is an element of contention and by making a concession JB is making Germany and Russia happy. Agree, that its completion will be a "huge geopolitical win for Putin". Let's see when Nord Stream 2 becomes fully operational. Time will tell.

Russia's main focus is De-Dollarization, stability in Russia and in its neighborhood.

China's announcement about Bitcoin led to it dropping by 30%. What will China, Russia, Turkey and Iran announcement about the U$A dollar do to its value and the market? When will China become the #1 ECONOMY?


Stonebird , May 19 2021 21:42 utc | 29

Old man of the sea | May 19 2021 20:46 utc | 22

The US is now the largest provider of LNG, so there is relatively little more financial advantage to be gained from a direct confrontation with Germany or Russia. Political maybe, but the dedollarisation is starting to take hold. (Aside; even Israel depends on the strength of the dollar to continue, like musical chairs, when the music stops there will be precious few chairs left ). The Gas/Oil lobbies in the US who are behind the sanctions may have some other trick up their sleeve, but the deflation of Zelensky in Ukraine, and the opening up of a steal-fest of Ukrainian assets might compensate.

Note that the West has closed Syrian Embassies so as to stop Syrians voting for Assad. They steal it's oil, and Syria is still next to Israel and doing relatively well in spite of tanker bombings, and missiles. It is also possible that, as you say, there is a price for non-interference in Israel itself.

[May 28, 2021] Florida, in a First, Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates

May 26, 2021 |

( 371 Posted by msmash on Monday May 24, 2021 @04:00PM from the how-about-that dept. Florida on Monday became the first state to regulate how companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter moderate speech online , by imposing fines on social media companies that permanently bar political candidates in the state. From a report:

The law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is a direct response to Facebook's and Twitter's bans of former President Donald J. Trump in January. In addition to the fines for barring candidates, it makes it illegal to prevent some news outlets from posting to their platforms in response to the contents of their stories. Mr. DeSantis said signing the bill meant that Floridians would be "guaranteed protection against the Silicon Valley elites."

"If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable," he said in a statement. The bill is part of a broader push among conservative state legislatures to crack down on the ability of tech companies to manage posts on their platforms. The political efforts took off after Mr. Trump was barred after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Lawmakers around the country have echoed Mr. Trump's accusations that the companies are biased against conservative personalities and publications, even though those accounts often thrive online. More than a hundred bills targeting the companies' moderation practices have been filed nationwide this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many of the bills have died, but a proposal is still being debated in Texas.

[May 28, 2021] DOJ Seizes $90K, Charges BLM Agitator John Earle Sullivan Who Stormed Capitol And Sold The Footage

The real question is who is behind this guy...
Notable quotes:
"... John Earle Sullivan of Provo, Utah, was also hit with additional criminal charges and now faces a total of eight criminal counts, including weapons charges , according to Reuters . Sullivan is one of more than 440 people charged in connection with the Jan. 6 'insurrection' in which Trump supporters who rejected the outcome of the 2020 US election stormed the Capitol with the full support of several Capitol Police officers - some of whom took selfies with the protesters. ..."
"... During one conversation with others while inside, Sullivan said, "We gotta get this [expletive] burned." At other times, he said, among other things, "it's our house [expletive]" and "we are getting this [expletive]." ..."
"... Sullivan told U.S. Capitol Police officers to stand down so that they wouldn't get hurt, according to the court filing ( pdf ). He joined the crowd trying to open doors to another part of the Capitol, telling people "Hey guys, I have a knife" and asking them to let him get to the front. He did not make it to the doors. He later tried to get the officers guarding the Speaker's Lobby to go home, telling them: "Bro, I've seen people out there get hurt." ..."
"... Following the riot Sullivan appeared on several mainstream television networks CNN and MSNBC, which paid him for the footage. ..."
May 23, 2021 |

US authorities have seized approximately $90,000 from a far-left BLM organizer who 'stormed the capitol' right alongside Trump supporters and sold footage he took of US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt being shot dead by a Capitol Police Officer.

John Earle Sullivan of Provo, Utah, was also hit with additional criminal charges and now faces a total of eight criminal counts, including weapons charges , according to Reuters . Sullivan is one of more than 440 people charged in connection with the Jan. 6 'insurrection' in which Trump supporters who rejected the outcome of the 2020 US election stormed the Capitol with the full support of several Capitol Police officers - some of whom took selfies with the protesters.

After breaking into the Capitol through an open window, Sullivan was heard encouraging protesters to climb a wall to gain entrance .

During one conversation with others while inside, Sullivan said, "We gotta get this [expletive] burned." At other times, he said, among other things, "it's our house [expletive]" and "we are getting this [expletive]."

h/t @Cernovich

Sullivan told U.S. Capitol Police officers to stand down so that they wouldn't get hurt, according to the court filing ( pdf ). He joined the crowd trying to open doors to another part of the Capitol, telling people "Hey guys, I have a knife" and asking them to let him get to the front. He did not make it to the doors. He later tried to get the officers guarding the Speaker's Lobby to go home, telling them: "Bro, I've seen people out there get hurt."

Following the riot Sullivan appeared on several mainstream television networks CNN and MSNBC, which paid him for the footage.

[May 24, 2021] New Hampshire Election Auditors Find Ballot -Fold- Issue, Only 28% Of GOP Votes Counted In One Machine - ZeroHedge

May 24, 2021 |

New Hampshire Election Auditors Find Ballot "Fold" Issue, Only 28% Of GOP Votes Counted In One Machine BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021 - 12:50 PM

Authored by Samuel Allegri via The Epoch Times,

Auditors for a 2020 election investigation being carried out in Windham, New Hampshire, are saying that some of their latest findings are "large enough to account for discrepancies" in the election results.

Auditors said they found "experimental confirmation that if the contest is undervoted, a fold through a vote target can create a vote."

"Something we strongly suspect at this juncture, based on various evidence, is that in some cases, fold lines are being interpreted by the scanners as valid votes," Mark Lindeman, part of the audit team, told WMUR .

Harri Hursti, another auditor, said on Twitter that testing proved folded ballots were misinterpreted by machines.

"Test decks proved that foldings across a vote targets is misinterpreted as additional phantom votes or subtracts votes due to false overvotes," he wrote in a post.

Auditors finished the hand recount on May 21. The audit began on May 11.

AccuVote didn't respond to a request for comment about the audit authorization by the Epoch Times. The AccuVote machines' intellectual property are owned by Dominion Voting Systems.

Windham's four state representative seats were all won by Republicans on Election Night. The presidential election was not an item for this audit.

Democrat candidate Kristi St. Laurent, who lost by a narrow margin of 24 votes, requested an audit ( pdf ) claiming that the machines were improperly programmed, and that double voting was involved.

As a result, New Hampshire's Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, signed a bill last month that gave authorization for forensic analysis and a comprehensive recount of the 2020 election votes in Windham related to optical scanning AccuVote machines.

An automatic recount was done, resulting in St. Laurent losing 99 more votes after a hand recount. Meanwhile, four Republicans gained about 300 votes each.

The other three Democrats gained between 18 and 28 votes.

The audit team said that more issues could be involved besides folded ballots being misinterpreted.

"The fold effect is large enough to account for discrepancies, but might not be all that's going on," the team said on Twitter on May 22.

"75 folded ballots voted straight Republican. Only 48 votes recorded for them. Folds generated overvotes. This is machine used on Election Day [for] most absentee ballots."

Another machine was found to have "an even more dramatic problem" by the auditors, who said that only 28 percent of the votes for Republican candidates were counted.

"The work is not completed yet. While the folding seems to be a strong contributor it clearly is not the only factor," Hursti said on Sunday.

"For example: We have observed vastly different error rates on two machines processing the same ballots. Work continues."

[May 24, 2021] Vulnerabilities in Billions of Wi-Fi Devices Let Hackers Bypass Firewalls by Dan Goodin
May 21, 2021

One of the things that makes Wi-Fi work is its ability to break big chunks of data into smaller chunks and combine smaller chunks into bigger chunks, depending on the needs of the network at any given moment. These mundane network plumbing features, it turns out, have been harboring vulnerabilities that can be exploited to send users to malicious websites or exploit or tamper with network-connected devices, newly published research shows.

In all, researcher Mathy Vanhoef found a dozen vulnerabilities, either in the Wi-Fi specification or in the way the specification has been implemented in huge numbers of devices. Vanhoef has dubbed the vulnerabilities FragAttacks , short for fragmentation and aggregation attacks, because they all involve frame fragmentation or frame aggregation. Broadly speaking, they allow people within radio range to inject frames of their choice into networks protected by WPA-based encryption.

Bad news FURTHER READING Serious flaw in WPA2 protocol lets attackers intercept passwords and much more Assessing the impact of the vulnerabilities isn't straightforward. FragAttacks allow data to be injected into Wi-Fi traffic, but they don't make it possible to exfiltrate anything out. That means FragAttacks can't be used to read passwords or other sensitive information the way a previous Wi-Fi attack of Vanhoef, called Krack , did. But it turns out that the vulnerabilities -- some that have been part of Wi-Fi since its release in 1997 -- can be exploited to inflict other kinds of damage, particularly if paired with other types of hacks.

"It's never good to have someone able to drop packets into your network or target your devices on the network," Mike Kershaw, a Wi-Fi security expert and developer of the open source Kismet wireless sniffer and IDS, wrote in an email. "In some regards, these are no worse than using an unencrypted access point at a coffee shop -- someone can do the same to you there, trivially -- but because they can happen on networks you'd otherwise think are secure and might have configured as a trusted network, it's certainly bad news."

He added: "Overall, I think they give someone who was already targeting an attack against an individual or company a foothold they wouldn't have had before, which is definitely impactful, but probably don't pose as huge a risk as drive-by attacks to the average person."

While the flaws were disclosed last week in an industry-wide effort nine months in the making, it remains unclear in many cases which devices were vulnerable to which vulnerabilities and which vulnerabilities, if any, have received security updates. It's almost a certainty that many Wi-Fi-enabled devices will never be fixed.

Rogue DNS injection

One of the most severe vulnerabilities in the FragAttacks suite resides in the Wi-Fi specification itself. Tracked as CVE-2020-24588, the flaw can be exploited in a way that forces Wi-Fi devices to use a rogue DNS server, which in turn can deliver users to malicious websites rather than the ones they intended. From there, hackers can read and modify any unencrypted traffic. Rogue DNS servers also allow hackers to perform DNS rebinding attacks , in which malicious websites manipulate a browser to attack other devices connected to the same network.

The rogue DNS server is introduced when an attacker injects an ICMPv6 Router Advertisement into Wi-Fi traffic. Routers typically issue these announcements so other devices on the network can locate them. The injected advertisement instructs all devices to use a DNS specified by the attacker for lookups of both IPv6 and IPv4 addresses.


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An exploit demoed in a video Vanhoef published shows the attacker luring the target to a website that stashes the router advertisement in an image.

FragAttacks: Demonstration of Flaws in WPA2/3.

Here's a visual overview:

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In an email, Vanhoef explained, saying, "The IPv6 router advertisement is put in the payload (i.e. data portion) of the TCP packet. This data is by default passed on to the application that created the TCP connection. In the demo, that would be the browser, which is expecting an image. This means that by default, the client won't process the IPv6 router advertisement but instead process the TCP payload as application data."

Vanhoef said that it's possible to perform the attack without user interaction when the target's access point is vulnerable to CVE-2021-26139 , one of the 12 vulnerabilities that make up the FragAttacks package. The security flaw stems from a kernel flaw in NetBSD 7.1 that causes Wi-Fi access points to forward Extensible Authentication Protocol (AP) over LAN frames to other devices even when the sender has not yet authenticated to the AP.

It's safe to skip ahead, but for those curious about the specific software bug and the reason the video demo uses a malicious image, Vanhoef explained:

To make the victim process the TCP payload (i.e. data portion) as a separate packet, the aggregation design flaw in Wi-Fi is abused. That is, the attacker intercepts the malicious TCP packet at the Wi-Fi layer and sets the "is aggregated" flag in the Wi-Fi header. As a result, the receiver will split the Wi-Fi frame into two network packets. The first network packet contains part of the original TCP header and is discarded. The second packet corresponds with the TCP payload, which we made sure will now correspond to the ICMPv6 packet, and as a result, the ICMPv6 router advertisement is now processed by the victim as a separate packet. So proximity to the victim is required to set the "is aggregated" Wi-Fi flag so that the malicious TCP packet will be split into two by the receiver.

The design flaw is that an adversary can change/set the "is aggregated" flag without the receiver noticing this. This flag should have been authenticated so that a receiver can detect if it has been modified.

It's possible to perform the attack without user interaction when the access point is vulnerable to CVE-2020-26139. Out of four tested home routers, two of them had this vulnerability. It seems that most Linux-based routers are affected by this vulnerability. The research paper discusses in more detail how this works -- essentially, instead of including the ICMPV6 router advertisement in a malicious TCP packet, it can then be included in an unencrypted handshake message (which the AP will then forward to the client after which the adversary can again set the "is aggregated" flag etc).

Punching a hole in the firewall

Four of the 12 vulnerabilities that make up the FragAttacks are implementation flaws, meaning they stem from bugs that software developers introduced when writing code based on the Wi-Fi specification. An attacker can exploit them against access points to bypass a key security benefit they provide.

Besides allowing multiple devices to share a single Internet connection, routers prevent incoming traffic from reaching connected devices unless the devices have requested it. This firewall works by using network address translation, or NAT, which maps private IP addresses that the AP assigns each device on the local network to a single IP address that the AP uses to send data over the Internet.


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The result is that routers forward data to connected devices only when they have previously requested it from a website, email server, or other machine on the Internet. When one of those machines tries to send unsolicited data to a device behind the router, the router automatically discards it. This arrangement isn't perfect , but it does provide a vital defense that protects billions of devices.

Vanhoef figured out how to exploit the four vulnerabilities in a way that allows an attacker to, as he put it, "punch a hole through a router's firewall." With the ability to connect directly to devices behind a firewall, an Internet attacker can then send them malicious code or commands.

In one demo in the video, Vanhoef exploits the vulnerabilities to control an Internet-of-things device, specifically to remotely turn on and off a smart power socket. Normally, NAT would prevent a device outside the network from interacting with the socket unless the socket had first initiated a connection. The implementation exploits remove this barrier.

FURTHER READING Microsoft practically begs Windows users to fix wormable BlueKeep flaw In a separate demo, Vanhoef shows how the vulnerabilities allow a device on the Internet to initiate a connection with a computer running Windows 7, an operating system that stopped receiving security updates years ago. The researcher used that ability to gain complete control over the PC by sending it malicious code that exploited a critical vulnerability called BlueKeep .

"That means that when an access point is vulnerable, it becomes easy to attack clients!" Vanhoef wrote. "So we're abusing the Wi-Fi implementation flaws in an access point as a first step in order to subsequently attack (outdated) clients ."

Getting your fix

Despite Vanhoef spending nine months coordinating patches with more than a dozen hardware and software makers, it's not easy to figure out which devices or software are vulnerable to which vulnerabilities, and of those vulnerable products, which ones have received fixes.

This page provides the status for products from several companies. A more comprehensive list of known advisories is here . Other advisories are available individually from their respective vendors. The vulnerabilities to look for are:

Design flaws:

CVE-2020-24588 : aggregation attack (accepting non-SPP A-MSDU frames) CVE-2020-24587 : mixed key attack (reassembling fragments encrypted under different keys) CVE-2020-24586 : fragment cache attack (not clearing fragments from memory when (re)connecting to a network)

Implementation vulnerabilities allowing the injection of plaintext frames:

CVE-2020-26145 : Accepting plaintext broadcast fragments as full frames (in an encrypted network) CVE-2020-26144 : Accepting plaintext A-MSDU frames that start with an RFC1042 header with EtherType EAPOL (in an encrypted network) CVE-2020-26140 : Accepting plaintext data frames in a protected network CVE-2020-26143 : Accepting fragmented plaintext data frames in a protected network

Other implementation flaws:

CVE-2020-26139 : Forwarding EAPOL frames even though the sender is not yet authenticated (should only affect APs) CVE-2020-26146 : Reassembling encrypted fragments with non-consecutive packet numbers CVE-2020-26147 : Reassembling mixed encrypted/plaintext fragments CVE-2020-26142 : Processing fragmented frames as full frames CVE-2020-26141 : Not verifying the TKIP MIC of fragmented frames

The most effective way to mitigate the threat posed by FragAttacks is to install all available updates that fix the vulnerabilities. Users will have to do this on each vulnerable computer, router, or other Internet-of-things device. It's likely that a huge number of affected devices will never receive a patch.

The next-best mitigation is to ensure that websites are always using HTTPS connections. That's because the encryption HTTPS provides greatly reduces the damage that can be done when a malicious DNS server directs a victim to a fake website.

Sites that use HTTP Strict Transport Security will always use this protection, but Vanhoef said that only about 20 percent of the web does this. Browser extensions like HTTPS everywhere were already a good idea, and the mitigation they provide against FragAttacks makes them even more worthwhile.

As noted earlier, FragAttacks aren't likely to be exploited against the vast majority of Wi-Fi users, since the exploits require a high degree of skill as well as proximity -- meaning within 100 feet to a half-mile, depending on the equipment used -- to the target. The vulnerabilities pose a higher threat to networks used by high-value targets such as retail chains, embassies, or corporate networks where security is key, and then most likely only in concert with other exploits.

When updates become available, by all means install them, but unless you're in this latter group, remember that drive-by downloads and other more mundane types of attacks will probably pose a bigger threat. Promoted Comments

Artem S. Tashkinov , As long as you're using DoT/DoH and HTTPS, you're safe.

When I'm networking I always assume the network I'm connected to is completely compromised, so all my devices use these things and are properly firewalled in which case these attacks are pretty much worthless.

While only new versions of Android support DoT out of the box on the system level, Google has recently added the support for DoH to Chrome, so in case your device is running an older version of Android you might want to enable DoH in Chrome to feel safe.

And as for Firefox it's had the support for DoH for years. I've gone as far as to set network.trr.mode to 2 in about:config to be extra safe. 3 is even better: 178 posts | register

[May 16, 2021] There is a suspicion among cynics like myself that GOP bossmen conspired with DNC to rig 2020 for the opposition.

May 16, 2021 |

chunga 8 hours ago

They have a lot of work to do. There is a suspicion among cynics like myself that GOP bossmen conspired with DNC to rig 2020 for the opposition.

Moribund Mitch was congratulating Catatonic Joe while the election was still contested and GA runoff polls were still open. Mike Pence folded up like a ten dollar suitcase.

SurfingUSA 7 hours ago remove link

"Suspicion" ????

Those facts are locked down. See the following GOP champions of Domino Ion Voting with documented roles in getting the equipment and obstructing investigations:

Note Domino Ion election management is to an extent a front for the CCP.

chunga 7 hours ago

The recount thing in AZ is a stunt as far as I'm concerned. Nobody ever bothered to question suitcase girl. It is inexplicable.

YuriTheClown 7 hours ago

Don't do the China thing. That is the Republican version of Russia! Russia! Russia!

While I am sure China spreads the cheese around we all know it's the Giewash Mob banking cartel that is firmly in control. The Cartel can shut off Chinese Cheese in a heart beat when desired. They just like using other people's money.

19331510 3 hours ago

Main street does not want perpetual wars, why do you think Trump was elected for a second time?

Miniminer1 8 hours ago

CNN and the msm will keep putting her on TV like she's important and telling their few viewers she might be president and will go after evil trump and thereby keeping the brainwashing alive . Keep fighting for justice president trump!!!

No_Pretzel_Logic 7 hours ago

CIA News Network is 100% Deep State operated.

I can flip to that channel anytime of day and within 120 seconds I am pointing at the TV and saying, "Liars!"

It is almost completely Pravda-programming and remains a real threat to this country. Same with MSDNC.

YuriTheClown 7 hours ago

You watch TV????

aegis551 8 hours ago

Cheneys is a neocons and a globalist. Hopefully the good people of Wyoming can see that and kick this POS to the curb.

Paul Bunyan 8 hours ago

Darth Cheney is not pleased the GOP has discredited his daughter. I am sure he and the Bushes will be doing everything they can to keep Trump from running in '24.

SPACE-CADET 8 hours ago

Little Bush killed 10,000 americans and over 1 million Iraq.

He retired to Texas with a cushy pension.

Paul Bunyan 8 hours ago (Edited)

Never mind the pension. The Bushes are American royalty and British royals before it. His mother Barbara is a Pierce, as in the former POTUS and NYC banking dynasty. Everyone knows CIA asset George Sr. Then there is patriarch Prescott who was a Senator, a banker with the Harrimans ( THE bank that funneled Nazi money through Wall Street) and a Scull and bonesman (as was GHWB and GWB). Then there is Uncle Bert Walker, where both names Herbert and Walker come from. This man traces both names back to British royalty, where both the Herberts and Walkers ruled on the British courts for hundreds of years. So for pensions, these families have power and wealth that can not be imagined.

YuriTheClown 7 hours ago

Nah. As per Eustace Mullins ( a national treasure his recordings )

Bushes are high functionaries

arby63 7 hours ago

They all hated Trump because he wasn't in the club. This scum Cheney is a name I've had to endure for 40 years.

Thats why they hated Trump. He wasn't one of them.

[May 14, 2021] Dominion, Maricopa County Rebuff Arizona Senate's Attempt To Get Election Machine Passwords - ZeroHedge

May 14, 2021 |

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Dominion Voting Systems and Maricopa County officials are refusing to hand over passwords for election machines to auditors in Arizona.

Contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, which was hired by the Arizona Senate, examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 1, 2021. (Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)

Dominion said in a statement to news outlets on Thursday that it would comply with the audit, but Cyber Ninjas, the firm hired by the Arizona Senate to conduct it along with three other companies, is not accredited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

" Releasing Dominion's intellectual property to an unaccredited, biased, and plainly unreliable actor such as Cyber Ninjas would be reckless, causing irreparable damage to the commercial interests of the company and the election security interests of the country ," Dominion said. "No company should be compelled to participate in such an irresponsible act."

Cyber Ninjas did not respond to a request for comment.

Maricopa County officials previously said that they did not have passwords to access administrative functions on Dominion Voting Systems machines that were used to scan ballots during the election, according to the Senate's audit liaison, former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

"They've told us that they don't have that second password, or that they've given us all the passwords they have," Bennett told One America News at the site of the audit in Phoenix last week.

The county is also withholding routers from auditors , claiming security concerns.

Both routers or router images and access to election machines were part of the materials the state Senate subpoenaed late last year. A judge in February ruled that the subpoenas were valid and should be obeyed.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, recently threatened to subpoena county officials if they didn't stop their noncompliance with the subpoenas, but backed off the threat in a letter on May 12.

Instead, she asked Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers, also a Republican, to cooperate voluntarily by attending an upcoming meeting at the state Capitol to go over the audit issues.

Fann said auditors have found discrepancies in the ballot count, including one batch that was supposed to be 200 but only numbered 165. She also said the audit teams found an entire database directory from an election machine had been deleted, and that the main database for the election management system software was not located anywhere on the machine, suggesting that the main database for all data related to the 2020 election had been removed.

Sellers on Thursday indicated he would not attend the meeting and disputed the allegations.

Deleting files off the server "would be a crime -- and it is not true," he said.

"After reviewing the letter with County election and IT experts, I can say that the allegations are false and ill-informed. Moreover, the claim that our employees deleted election files and destroyed evidence is outrageous, completely baseless, and beneath the dignity of the Arizona Senate," he added, calling for an immediate retraction of statements senators and their liaison team made on social media and to the press.

The Board of Supervisors, which held a closed-door emergency meeting on Friday, plans on holding a public meeting on Monday to address the matter.

Fann, an Arizona Senate Republican Caucus spokeswoman, and the liaison team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 6, 2021. (Matt York/Pool/AP Photo) Auditors Pack Up as Senate Signs Lease to Extend Audit

Auditors, meanwhile, began packing up on Thursday evening because the audit will take a break due to scheduling conflicts.

The audit has been taking place at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the state fairgrounds in Phoenix. High school graduations are scheduled to take place at the building beginning May 15.

Hand counting stopped at 7 p.m. on Thursday and workers began collapsing tables and preparing to move ballots to another location.

About 500,000 of the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election have been counted in the audit, according to Bennett.

The Arizona Senate signed an extension to their original agreement that allows auditors to store materials in the Wesley Bolin Building, which is also on the state fairgrounds, from May 12 to May 23.

The approximately 19,000-square foot building has a large open floor plan and two large roll-up doors, according to the Arizona State Fair website.

"Due to temperatures during the summer months, this building is not recommended for use between May through September," the site states.

Bennett told The Epoch Times in a previous interview that the materials will be secure and that the site at which they'll be stored can be tracked online via 24-hour streaming, just like the audit itself.

" There's no deadline for the audit ," Bennett said. " The goal is not speed; the goal is accuracy and completeness. "

The audit teams can resume occupancy of the coliseum on May 23 and use it until June 30, according to a copy of the extended agreement obtained by The Epoch Times .

The original scope of work document from Cyber Ninjas said reviewing voter registration and votes case would take approximately 20 days and that work would be conducted remotely. The vote counting phase would take about 20 more days, it said, while the electronic voting system phase would take some 35 days.

But all three of those phases could be carried out simultaneously, according to the firm. An additional week was said to be required after completing everything else to finalize reporting.

The audit started on April 23.

Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Follow Zachary on Parler: @zackstieber

[May 12, 2021] The repetitive use of the term of "baseless" does not make it so.

May 12, 2021 |


The repetitive use of the term of "baseless" does not make it so. G Gregory Dolinajec

How would Liz Cheney, Kristina Peterson (writer of this column) or anyone else ( including William Barr) know whether Trump is correct or not.? The obfuscation created by governors, legislatures and judges made the process inscrutable. I personally believe it more likely than not that Trump is correct.

The repetitive use of the term of "baseless" does not make it so. No one can possibly ever know. The Supreme Court had the opportunity to examine it. Justices Thomas and Alito were correct, the court should have taken the Texas case. Cheney obviously hates Trump. That's what motivates her -- not some higher cause.

The repetitive use of the term of "baseless" does not make it so. G Gregory Dolinajec
How would Liz Cheney, Kristina Peterson (writer of this column) or anyone else ( including William Barr) know whether Trump is correct or not.? The obfuscation created by governors, legislatures and judges made the process inscrutable. I personally believe it more likely than not that Trump is correct.

The repetitive use of the term of "baseless" does not make it so. No one can possibly ever know. The Supreme Court had the opportunity to examine it. Justices Thomas and Alito were correct, the court should have taken the Texas case. Cheney obviously hates Trump. That's what motivates her -- not some higher cause.

The repetitive use of the term of "baseless" does not make it so. G Gregory Dolinajec
How would Liz Cheney, Kristina Peterson (writer of this column) or anyone else ( including William Barr) know whether Trump is correct or not.? The obfuscation created by governors, legislatures and judges made the process inscrutable. I personally believe it more likely than not that Trump is correct.

The repetitive use of the term of "baseless" does not make it so. No one can possibly ever know. The Supreme Court had the opportunity to examine it. Justices Thomas and Alito were correct, the court should have taken the Texas case. Cheney obviously hates Trump. That's what motivates her -- not some higher cause.

[May 06, 2021] Maricopa County Defies Subpoena, Won't Release Hardware For Election Audit Over 'Security Risk'

May 06, 2021 |

Update (1400ET) : Wow, something must be really worrying Democrats?

There appears to be a full court press effort to delay and defer any and every effort to audit Maricopa County's election results. The Biden justice department added to pressure from Arizona's chief elections officer (a Democrat) and the Arizona Democratic Party, and now, Daniel Payne at reports that officials in Arizona's Maricopa County are withholding materials subpoenaed by the state legislature as part of its audit of the county's 2020 election , claiming that surrendering them would constitute a security risk for both law enforcement and federal agencies.

A Monday letter sent from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to Ken Bennett, the former Arizona secretary of state and the liaison between the state Senate and the auditors, said the county had elected not to turn over "several routers" requested by the legislature due to an alleged "significant security risk to law enforcement data utilized by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office as well as numerous federal agencies."

Given that President Biden is the most popular president ever and we know from the mainstream media that there was no, none, zip, nada, election fraud anywhere in America, why are Democrats so aggressively interfering in the process of auditing the county's election?

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Update (1300ET): Shortly after Arizona's top elections officer raised concerns about the Maricopa County election audit process, the Biden Department of Justice piled on, expressing concern about ballot security and potential voter intimidation.

As AP reports, in a letter to GOP Senate President Karen Fann, the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said the Senate's farming out of 2.1 million ballots from the state's most populous county to a contractor may run afoul of federal law requiring ballots to remain in the control of elections officials for 22 months.

And Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela S. Karlan said that the Senate contractor's plans to directly contact voters could amount to illegal voter intimidation.

"Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters, which potentially can implicate the anti-intimidation prohibitions of the Voting Rights Act," Karlan wrote.

"Such investigative efforts can have a significant intimidating effect on qualified voters that can deter them from seeking to vote in the future."

So, Democrats play the race-card again?

"We are very concerned that the auditors are engaged in ongoing and imminent violations of federal voting and election laws," said the letter sent by the Brennan Center for Justice, the Leadership Conference and Protect Democracy.

Why are they so worried? They already told America there was no fraud?

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As The Epoch Times' Mimi Nguyen Ly detailed earlier, Arizona's top elections officer Katie Hobbs on Wednesday alleged multiple points of concern regarding the forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election currently underway in Maricopa County .

In a letter ( pdf ) to former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican who is the state Senate's liaison for the audit, Hobbs outlined 13 points of concern over how the audit is being run. This included seven points of concern over counting procedures that the state Senate and audit contractor Cyber Ninjas disclosed, as well as six points of concern over what her observers saw at the audit site.

Under terms of a lawsuit settlement filed on Wednesday, defendants Bennett, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, and the lead auditor, Florida-based Cyber Ninjas have 48 hours to respond to Hobbs' concerns. If the concerns are not addressed, Hobbs could take them back to court for breach of contract.

The audit began on April 23 and continues at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, a venue the auditors have booked and secured until May 14.

Hobbs, a Democrat, alleged that the procedures governing the audit do not ensure accuracy, security, and transparency.

"I'm not sure what compelled you to oversee this audit, but I'd like to assume you took this role with the best of intentions," she told Bennett in the letter.

"It is those intentions I appeal to now: either do it right, or don't do it at all."

The Arizona Democratic Party filed a last-minute lawsuit against state Senate leadership to try to stop the audit from going ahead but their bid to immediately halt it was rebuffed by a judge. The settlement means the case has concluded.

"The settlement in ADP v Fann requires the Senate to have procedures to protect our ballots, election equipment, and data. Today, I put the Senate on notice that security shortfalls remain and must be addressed under the agreement," Hobbs said in a statement.

The official Twitter account for the audit, run by Bennet's team, said late on Wednesday that Hobbs "continues to make baseless claimes [sic] about this forensic audit but has never led an election audit in her entire career."

The message declared, "The audit continues!"

The group furthermore encouraged Twitter users to retweet if they think audits are a state right. Another statement released later on Wednesday reads:

"Democrat [Secretary of State Katie Hobbs] who does not support election audits or transparency now wants the Federal Government to get involved in the Arizona Senate forensic audit. Arizona has the authority to conduct this audit without interference from the Feds!"

Bennett did not immediately respond to a request for comment over the contents of Hobbs' letter.

He told the Arizona Capitol Times late Wednesday of Hobbs' concerns, "I think that most of the things in her letter are completely unfounded . And the ones that have a little bit of legitimacy can be dealt with pretty easily."

Bennett did not elaborate as to what concerns would fall into the latter category.

Real-time camera footage of Maricopa County's large-scale audit of the 2020 election, Maricopa County, Ariz. (Screenshot/The Epoch Times)

Among the seven concerns based on the disclosed procedures, Hobbs alleged that there were "no procedures for hiring qualified, unbiased counters." She noted that former State Representative Anthony Kern, a Republican, has been among the people counting the ballots in the audit.

Kern's name is listed on the ballot "not only as a candidate for State Representative but as a Presidential Elector -- the exact race for which he is counting," Hobbs wrote, adding, "While these facts would be disqualifying in any professional recount or audit, unfortunately, there are additional reasons why Mr. Kern is not trustworthy to fulfill this role."

Hobbs in her letter also took aim at a number of procedures that she said "appear better suited for chasing conspiracy theories than as a part of a professional audit," which included using UV lights to search for watermarks, measuring the thickness of ballots, searching for folds in ballots, and looking at ballots under a microscope.

She said these measures are "completely unnecessary steps if the goal of the audit is to validate the election results."

She also questioned how tally sheets from ballot counters would be added up, and noted that her office had "received no real explanation" over the matter "other than that an accounting firm will handle it later."

"This is not transparency. Further, it appears that a single person enters the totals from the tally sheets into an electronic spreadsheet, leaving wide open the opportunity for error, inadvertent or otherwise," she wrote. "At minimum, a bipartisan team of at least two individuals should aggregate the tally sheets or otherwise confirm that data is entered accurately for aggregation."

In addition to concerns over the disclosed procedures, Hobbs alleged in her letter that observers from her office have seen a number of problems, which include inadequate physical security of ballots, unattended computers at the forensic analysis tables, constantly changing rules in the audit procedures since the beginning of the audit, and "frequent violations" of the procedures that do exist.

The Arizona Republican-led Senate previously hired four out-of-state firms to carry out the audit, which are Wake Technology Services, CyFIR, Digital Discovery, and Cyber Ninjas.

The state Senate has said that the " broad and detailed " audit "will validate every area of the voting process" and includes, but is not limited to, scanning all the ballots, a full hand recount, auditing the voter registration and votes cast, the vote counts, and the electronic voting system. This includes examining some 2.1 million ballots, as well as voting equipment that includes 385 tabulators.

Bennett told The Epoch Times on Monday that the audit may last longer than originally planned. An analysis of the equipment used in the 2020 election was completed over the weekend, but reviewing other materials will need more time, he said.

President Joe Biden was the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Maricopa County in decades.

[May 03, 2021] Some other countries of the world just aren't swallowing Bidan and his handlers worshipping of all things non-white..

May 03, 2021 |

Defender , says: April 30, 2021 at 8:51 am GMT • 18.6 hours ago

Some other countries of the world just aren't swallowing Bidan and his handlers worshipping of all things non-white..

BorisMay , says: April 30, 2021 at 1:38 pm GMT • 13.8 hours ago
@Chris Moore to eternal servitude as debt slaves.

*** Please Note: Russia is not weak considering that it has the ability to nuke America in to ashes within 30 minutes, or any other bunch of idiots that chooses to step over her red lines. Okay the US has 350 million people compared to 150 million Russians, but the US is irrevocably divided and Russia is fully united even the Muslim minority is united with the State in Russia. A divided house can not stand no man can serve two masters. On top of that the US has no moral values whereas Russia is a Christian country where marriage is between a man and a woman, by State law. Biden can fly all the queer flags he likes but he still leads a divided nation with a corrupt State comprised of dual passport holders, amoral materialists and deluded mentally challenged idiots like Waters and Pelosi.

[Apr 29, 2021] Crisis in American expertise- Washington has a dangerous destructive pattern of willful ignorance on Russia by Natylie Baldwin

Notable quotes:
"... Bernie Sanders in 2016, the self-described democratic socialist "showed little interest or knowledge about US-Russia relations and the attendant dangers of a new cold war." Instead, Sanders was ultimately content to mimic the juvenile and Manichean "democracies versus authoritarians" model of international relations. ..."
"... in the Obama era, as mediocre academics like Celeste Wallander were given positions on the National Security Council, and an ideologue like Michael McFaul was bizarrely appointed as ambassador. ..."
"... Under Biden – who caved to pressure from the foreign policy blob to not appoint Rojansky – the advisers who are in place or in line, including Jake Sullivan , Antony Blinken , Madeleine Albright/Hillary Clinton adviser Wendy Sherman, the German Marshall Fund's Karen Donfried , and State Department nominee Victoria Nuland represent more of the same dangerous ineptitude and strident thinking. Many of these advisers, like their predecessors, have little on-the-ground experience with contemporary Russia. ..."
"... Neoconservative ideologue Nuland, of course, is a slightly different case in that she has put her boots on the ground in the region. Unfortunately, that experience includes facilitating the dangerously divisive 2014 coup in Ukraine, without which Crimea would still be in Ukraine and the Donbass would be at peace. Competent officials would have warned Obama and Biden that the Maidan would lead to consequences like these. ..."
"... importantly, this 'perceived enemy' and its corresponding narrative sells... it enriches the military complexes, CIA etc. Even if it sounded unbelievable and outrageous, they will still be regurgitated and at best, given a new guised repackaging ..."
"... the author assumes that the mistakes made by advisors to Obama and others were because of incompetence, when in fact it should be seriously considered they were actually quite deliberate and planned ..."
"... the job was NOT to deliver facts to the public; the job was to tell the public how to think and what to believe; ie. anti-Russia propaganda. ..."
Apr 29, 2021 |
The rejection of Matthew Rojansky's candidacy as a Russia adviser to Joe Biden represents an escalation, and not a departure, from a pervasive bipartisan American pattern of dangerous ignorance about Russia in the post-Soviet era.

It was reported last week that Joe Biden's government would not be hiring Rojansky, of the Kennan Institute think tank, to help form policy towards Russia. Though the analyst is known as a moderate realist regarding Russia issues – in other words, he is not a virulent anti-Moscow ideologue – he was considered too controversial to be allowed a hearing during White House deliberations on policy regarding the world's largest country.

Rojansky's sin? Unlike many of the current crop of foreign policy officials, he actually has some expertise and experience on the subject.

While the scholar's fate may be a glaring and extreme example of an anti-Russia mindset in Washington that is counterproductive, it represents only a new low, and not a change from a pervasive bipartisan pattern in the post-Soviet era.

Those who aspire to, or attain, the most powerful executive position in the United States have shown a disturbingly willful ignorance of Russia. I learned from a former State Department official that, in response to a renowned Russia expert attempting to brief presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in 2016, the self-described democratic socialist "showed little interest or knowledge about US-Russia relations and the attendant dangers of a new cold war." Instead, Sanders was ultimately content to mimic the juvenile and Manichean "democracies versus authoritarians" model of international relations.

Similarly, an American business executive told me that, during a lunch with him and other leaders of commerce at the US Embassy in Moscow in 2012, then-Vice President Joe Biden showed no interest in his interlocutors' suggestions that it was in the US' best interests to partner with Russia after they offered social, economic, and strategic justifications for their view.

Biden seemed to see the meeting as an opportunity to lecture on his position rather than to learn or seek insight on Russia.

Moreover, once a US president is in power, the advisers that are appointed to counsel the commander in chief about Russia have been less than impressive from the 1990s onward. Condoleezza Rice served as an expert in the George Bush Senior administration and was wrong about the impending collapse of the Soviet Union. During her stint as secretary of state in the second term of the junior Bush administration, her Russian counterparts who spent significant time with her made the observation that Rice was "a Soviet expert, and not a Russia expert."

There was little improvement in the Obama era, as mediocre academics like Celeste Wallander were given positions on the National Security Council, and an ideologue like Michael McFaul was bizarrely appointed as ambassador.

According to investigative journalist Gareth Porter, advisers to Obama were so utterly incompetent that those serving in the administration really didn't think Russia had the ability or inclination to counter Washington's provocative actions in Syria, and therefore they did not plan for that possibility. This incompetence was also highlighted by Obama's public comments to the Economist in 2014, in which he claimed that Russia didn't make anything, immigrants didn't go there, and male life expectancy was 60 years – three claims that anyone with actual expertise on Russia should have easily known were false.

In fact, at that point, Russia was the second most popular migration destination in the world, after America itself, while average lifespans have been converging with those of the US over the past decade. As for manufacturing, Obama said these words at a time when the US, for instance, was totally reliant on Russian rockets for access to space, having retired its own unreliable Space Shuttle fleet. If he had access to a competent adviser on the subject, would he have made these mistakes?

Under Biden – who caved to pressure from the foreign policy blob to not appoint Rojansky – the advisers who are in place or in line, including Jake Sullivan , Antony Blinken , Madeleine Albright/Hillary Clinton adviser Wendy Sherman, the German Marshall Fund's Karen Donfried , and State Department nominee Victoria Nuland represent more of the same dangerous ineptitude and strident thinking. Many of these advisers, like their predecessors, have little on-the-ground experience with contemporary Russia.

Neoconservative ideologue Nuland, of course, is a slightly different case in that she has put her boots on the ground in the region. Unfortunately, that experience includes facilitating the dangerously divisive 2014 coup in Ukraine, without which Crimea would still be in Ukraine and the Donbass would be at peace. Competent officials would have warned Obama and Biden that the Maidan would lead to consequences like these.

It takes a special kind of hubris for the US political class to keep thinking they can get away with this level of sloppiness in understanding the world's other nuclear superpower – a country so massive that it straddles two major continents and is the sixth largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity – without serious consequences. At what point will God's providence run out?

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ewel Gyn 9 hours ago 9 hours ago

"Washington has a dangerous & destructive pattern of wilful ignorance on Russia in post-Soviet era" It is not just wilful ignorance per se. Without a 'perceived enemy', the narrative for Russia will fall apart. Ditto China, Iran, N Korea et al.

But importantly, this 'perceived enemy' and its corresponding narrative sells... it enriches the military complexes, CIA etc. Even if it sounded unbelievable and outrageous, they will still be regurgitated and at best, given a new guised repackaging, but with the antiquated contents remaining intact.

dotmafia 6 hours ago 6 hours ago
Good article, but, the author assumes that the mistakes made by advisors to Obama and others were because of incompetence, when in fact it should be seriously considered they were actually quite deliberate and planned. In the example of Obama's remarks to The Economist, the job was NOT to deliver facts to the public; the job was to tell the public how to think and what to believe; ie. anti-Russia propaganda.
Levin High 8 hours ago 8 hours ago
It used to be said that you couldn't be fired for buying IBM, now days in the US you seem to be hired for blaming Russia.
apothqowejh 9 hours ago 9 hours ago
The US State Department is packed with idiots, political appointees, ideologues and globalist nut jobs. Their lack of anything remotely like competence is as astonishing as the CIA's full on embrace of evil.
wowhead1977 4 hours ago 4 hours ago
The cabal in America always want to blame Russia. I'm a American citizen and have no problem with Russia. These so called sanctions on other countries is a control tactic that most Americans didn't vote for. This race baiting tactic is from The Fabian Society play book. Wolf in sheep's clothing is the Fabian Society logo.

We must realize that our Party's most powerful weapon is racial tension. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races, that for centuries have been oppressed by the Whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party ... In America, we will aim for subtle victory. While enflaming the color people minority against the Whites, we will instill in the Whites, a guilt complex for the exploitation of the color people.

We will aid the color people to rise to prominence in every walk of life, in the professions, and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the color people will be able to intermarry with the Whites, and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause." ~ Israel Cohen - Fabian Society Founder

[Apr 27, 2021] Gauleiter: Swedish Filmmaker Exposes Biden Corruption In Eastern Europe And Ukraine

Apr 27, 2021 |

Norwegian , Apr 25 2021 14:19 utc | 9

Must see video

Gauleiter: Swedish Filmmaker Exposes Biden Corruption In Eastern Europe And Ukraine

Norwegian , Apr 25 2021 14:34 utc | 11

@Norwegian | Apr 25 2021 14:19 utc | 9

Btw, I think the filmmaker is Finnish, not Swedish. This is judging from his dialect and the video contents.

@jared and @Lelush : Thank you

[Apr 26, 2021] Now, this should be interesting

Apr 26, 2021 |

" as a condition, the judge insisted that the Dems post a $1 million bond to cover potential costs incurred as a consequence of the delayed recount. And, by the afternoon, the outlet said, the state party had indicated it wouldn't do so.

That cleared the way for the recount to go on as planned.

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans exercised a subpoena to move voting equipment and ballots from county storage to the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where they have said a team will spend a month doing a hand recount and forensic audit.

According to the Post, Senate leaders have said the process is intended only to explore ways to improve future elections, not to cast doubt on Biden's win by more than 10,000 Arizona votes over Trump.

But the recount has been slammed by Dems and other critics and voting rights advocates as lacking proper oversight and having potential to perpetuate baseless claims of an illegitimate election outcome.

Trump insisted for weeks following the vote that he'd been defeated only because of rampant, systemic fraud. He filed numerous lawsuits, but they gained no traction ; Biden was sworn in, as scheduled, on Jan. 20.

Comment: "but they gained no traction" Oh BS! The damned judges and boards would not hear the evidence! The worst was SCOTUS who would not hear Texas' suit against Pennsylvania in what was a matter of Original Jurisdiction for SCOTUS, i.e., a dispute between states as sovereign entities.

The result of this re-count will be interesting. pl

  1. Sam says: April 25, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    The question is if they're just gonna count the ballots or first verify that the ballot is valid by comparing signature to voter roll if it is a Mail-in ballot? If the latter what are the criteria to verify signature compliance? Reply

    • Avatar Deap says: April 25, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      Looks like they will be using special scanners, ala Jovan Pulitzer's pattern detection technology, to determine the initial validity of the ballot itself- scanning for water marks, creases and machine-made markings.

      This comes from someone who observed what looked like this sort of equipment was present on a table, from the in-house surveillance cameras. Not confirmed.

      Since the goal is surveying for in inherent voting procedure flaws that would undermine any election integrity, this would be a reasonable up front physical ballot evaluation to make.

      How can you mail in a ballot that has no creases? Put it in a large envelope is one way – perfectly valid. Thousands of them – all for one candidate? All with the exact same down ballot choices?

      No watermarks – someone took the money for himself and hired the cheapest bidder to print up non-water marked ballots and sent them out as "official" – and there was no double checking?

      Machine printed ballots, filled out at home. Handicap accommodations? How many ways to Sunday can phony ballots be added into the final count. How may ways to Sunday ballot anommolies can finally be explained.

      How to reverse engineer as many possible methods of voting fraud as can be speculated. Everyone wins in this case, even if any one favored candidate does not win the final new vote count in the long run.

      Look for loop holes, build in every imaginable level of fraud prevention. We can settle for nothing less. But first we have to know all the ways to Sunday voting fraud can possibly take place. Democrats should be joining in this speculation – surely Stacey Abrams would want to know more about her "stolen" Georgia governors race election. She might have been on to this a lot earlier than 2020. Reply

    • Avatar JohninMK says: April 26, 2021 at 7:18 am

      They are doing a lot more than just count the ballots, its going to take them a month. I don't know but I assume, as everything else is being double checked, that signatures are being validated against those previously held on file.

      Longer answer below. Reply

  2. Avatar Eric Newhill says: April 25, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    AZ still has enough deplorables in the population that the Governor and a lot of the state legislature retains the will to fight the woke bolshies. AZ recently joined other states in a commitment to defy the federal government on whatever attacks they make on the second amendment.

    Pretty sure that if the recount/audit shows that Trump actually won AZ, we are all going to hear about it. That fact would lend support to the state fighting back against Washington (DC?) in whatever manner the state sees appropriate. Reply

  3. Avatar Antoinetta III says: April 25, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Will we be able to trust the results of this re-count any more than we can trust the outcome of the election? Reply

    • Avatar English Outsider says: April 25, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      I can no longer remember whether Arizona was one of the States where the evidence was destroyed. Hope not. Reply

    • Avatar Deap says: April 25, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Does that not answer your own question? How indeed does one know there is a valid vote count. Looks like a lot more failsafe mechanisms need to be put in place. This new survey will be a good place to get started adding deeper transparency to the process. Continuing to use vote counting systems that cannot be made transparent is one way not to ensure vote count integrity.

      A couple of layers that need a lot more transparency: valid registration; valid ballots; valid counting; valid reporting. . Reply

    • Avatar JohninMK says: April 26, 2021 at 7:14 am

      I think the answer to that question is yes.

      For a start it is being done under the unblinking gaze of 9 CCTV always online to the Internet.

      Every aspect of the votes is being checked from signatures to mail in ballot folds, visually and with UV. All ballets sent for manual intervention in November are being digitally rechecked.

      The hardware and its firmware, comms links and associated software is also being pulled apart.

      On top of that electors are going to be interviewed to double check that what they thought they voted was recorded. The external teams will also investigate the large number of ballots from single addresses.

      AZ was won with a majority of under 12,000 so if failed votes over that are found all kinds of issues arise. This is no doubt with the Democrats have a very large crack team of lawyers on the job. As an example, in the court case today they have apparently forced the recusal of the current judge by appointing an attorney who was once one of his interns. Using every trick in the book. Reply

  4. Avatar SAC Brat says: April 25, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    A fun part of the new state voting law in Georgia is that the state can take over voting in counties that have shown to have problems with running elections. Some counties have always had problems even when the state has rules for the number of ballot marking devices per eligible voters to prevent long lines. Some counties often have interruptions in their counting. Another function of the law is to make ballot drop off boxes more secure.

    I suspect a lot of the noise against the Georgia law is that the state will take away control of some of the polling from the local political machines and prevent unfolded mail-in ballots from being counted. Reply

    • Avatar akaPatience says: April 26, 2021 at 1:03 am

      My husband has become woke in recent years. I still love him, but don't get me started Anyway, yesterday I heard pundits on either MSNBC or CNN (of course his main sources of news) RANTING about how, due to the new GA voting laws, that no one's allowed to offer food and drink to people waiting to vote, and that it'll harm minorities . Why, they could get sick or even die of thirst or starvation don't you know! And this will discourage them from voting!

      As has become typical and customary among far too many leftists, this RACIST claim presumes that people of color can't bring a bottle of water or snack along with them if they anticipate a long wait at the polls. I say it's racist because it infers white people are smart and conscientious enough to have a contingency plan and take care of themselves, but not minorities. The same goes for providing acceptable ID at the polls, or returning absentee ballots in a timely manner, etc., etc. SMFH Reply

  5. Avatar mcohen says: April 25, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Has become Useless Reply

  6. Avatar robt willmann says: April 26, 2021 at 9:39 am

    The audit is to be at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, for Maricopa County, Arizona. Nine cameras are set up inside at a distance that are broadcast live over the Internet– Reply

[Apr 24, 2021] Blinken's Winking and Nodding to the Neocons -- Strategic Culture

Apr 24, 2021 |

Biden's Western Hemisphere foreign policy is not much different from that of Obama's, Wayne Madsen writes.

Like proverbial bad pennies, the neocon imperialists who plagued the Barack Obama administration have turned up in force in Joe Biden's State Department. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has given more than winks and nods to the dastardly duo of Victoria Nuland, slated to become Blinken's Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the number three position at the State Department, and Samantha Power, nominated to become the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Nuland and Power both have problematic spouses who do not fail to offer their imperialistic opinions regardless of the appearance of conflicts-of-interest. Nuland's husband is the claptrappy neocon warmonger Robert Kagan, someone who has never failed to urge to prod the United States into wars that only benefit Israel. Power's husband is the totally creepy Cass Sunstein, who served as Obama's White House "information czar" and advocated government infiltration of non-governmental organizations and news media outlets to wage psychological warfare campaigns.

True to form, Blinken's State Department has already come to the aid of Venezuela's right-wing self-appointed "opposition leader" Juan Guaido, whose actual constituency is found in the wealthy gated communities of Venezuelan and Cuban expatriates in south Florida and not in the barrios of Caracas or Maracaibo.

Blinken and his team of old school yanqui imperialists have also criticized the constitutional and judicially-warranted detention of former interim president Jeanine Áñez, who became president in 2019 after the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) government of President Evo Morales was overthrown in a Central Intelligence Agency-inspired and -directed military coup. The far-right forces backing Áñez were roundly defeated in the October 2020 election that swept MAS and Morales's chosen presidential candidate, Luis Arce, back into power. It seems that for Blinken and his ilk, a decisive victory in an election only applies to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, not to Arce and MAS in Bolivia.

It should be recalled that while Blinken was national security adviser to then-Vice President Biden in the Obama administration, every sort of deception and trickery was used by the CIA to depose Morales in Bolivia and President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. In fact, the Obama administration, with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, claimed its first Latin American political victim when a CIA coup was launched against progressive President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras. Today, Honduras is ruled by a right-wing kleptocratic narco-president, Juan Orlando Hernández, whose brother, Tony Hernández, is currently serving life in federal prison in the United States for drug trafficking. For the likes of Blinken, Power, Nuland, and former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, who currently serves as "domestic policy adviser" to Biden, suppression of progressive governments and support for right-wing dictators and autocrats have always been the preferred foreign policy, particularly for the Western Hemisphere. For example, while the Biden administration remains quiet on right-wing regimes in Central America that are responsible for the outflow of thousands of beleaguered Mayan Indians to the southern U.S. border with Mexico, it has announced that Trump era sanctions on 24 Nicaraguan government officials, including President Daniel Ortega's wife and Nicaragua's vice president, Rosario Murillo, as well as three of their sons – Laureano, Rafael, and Juan Carlos – will continue.

Biden's Western Hemisphere foreign policy is not much different from that of Obama's. Biden and Brazilian far-right, Adolf Hitler-loving, and Covid pandemic-denying President Jair Bolsonaro are said to have struck a deal on environmental protection of the Amazon Basin ahead of an April 22 global climate change virtual summit called by the White House. A coalition of 198 Brazilian NGOs, representing environmental, indigenous rights, and other groups, has appealed to Biden not to engage in any rain forest protection agreement with the untrustworthy Bolsonaro. The Brazilian president has repeatedly advocated the wholesale deforestation of the Amazon region. Meanwhile, while Biden urges Americans to maintain Covid public health measures, Bolsonaro continues to downplay the virus threat as Brazil's overall death count approaches that of the United States.

Blinken's State Department has been relatively quiet on the Northern Triangle of Central America fascist troika of Presidents Orlando of Honduras, Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, and Nayib Bukele of El Salvador. Instead of pressuring these fascistas to democratize and stop their genocidal policies toward the indigenous peoples of their nations, Biden told Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador that he would pump $4 billion into supposed "assistance" to those countries to stop the flow of migrants. Biden is repeating the same old American gambits of the past. Any U.S. assistance to kleptocratic countries like those of the Northern Triangle has and will line the pockets of their corrupt leaders. Flush with U.S. aid cash, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador will be sure to grant contracts to greedy Israeli counter-insurgency contractors always at the ready to commit more human rights abuses against the workers, students, and indigenous peoples of Central America.

Biden is also in no hurry to reverse the freeze imposed by Donald Trump on U.S.-Cuban relations. Biden, whose policy toward Cuba represents a fossilized relic of the Cold War, intends to maintain Trump's freeze on U.S. commercial, trade, and tourism relations with Cuba. Biden's Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, a Jewish Cuban-American expatriate, is expected to reach out to right-wing Cuban-Americans in south Florida in order to ensure Democratic Party inroads in the 2022 and 2024 U.S. elections. Therefore, even restoring the status quo ante established by Barack Obama is off-the-table for Biden, Blinken, and Mayorkas. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Cuban-American and ethically-challenged Democrat Bob Menendez, has stated there will be no normalization of pre-Trump relations with Cuba until his "regime change" whims are satisfied. Regurgitating typical right-wing Cuban-American drivel, Mayorkas has proclaimed after he was announced as the new Homeland Security Secretary, "I have been nominated to be the DHS Secretary and oversee the protection of all Americans and those who flee persecution in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones." The last part of that statement was directed toward the solidly Republican bloc of moneyed Cuban, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, and Bolivian interests in south Florida.

While Blinken hurls his neocon invectives at Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Cuba, he remains silent on the repeated foot-dragging by embattled and highly unpopular right-wing Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on implementing a new Constitution to replace that put into place in 1973 by the fascist military dictator General Augusto Pinochet. The current Chilean Constitution is courtesy of Richard Nixon's foreign policy "Svengali," the duplicitous Henry Kissinger, an individual who obviously shares Blinken's taste for "realpolitik" adventurism on a global scale.

While Blinken has weighed in on the domestic politics of Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, he has had no comment on the anti-constitutional moves by Colombian far-right authoritarian President Ivan Duque, the front man for that nation's Medellin narcotics cartel. It would also come as no surprise if Blinken, Nuland, and Power have quietly buttressed the candidacy of right-wing banker, Guillermo Lasso, who is running against the progressive socialist candidate Andrés Arauz, the protegé of former president Rafael Correa. Blinken can be expected to question the results of the April 11 if Lasso cries fraud in the event of an Arauz victory. Conversely, Blinken will remain silent if Lasso wins and Arauz cries foul. That has always been the nature of U.S. Western Hemisphere policy, regardless of what party controls the White House.

[Apr 19, 2021] Why now -- Trey Gowdy on Biden's move to pull troops from Afghanistan

This was Bush racket. Invasion on false pretenses to establish a foothold and get to former USSR republic. This move was initially a big success (and Putin helped by using his influence on Northern Alliance) but later backfire. In other words this was typical imperial policy.
Apr 19, 2021 |

Gary Buchanan , 3 days ago

This time, let's don't leave all our equipment and ammunition for them to use against us.

Julie Monarch , 3 days ago

Shut the door! That's how you stop them from coming.

R. Dillon , 3 days ago

I would guess 2 things, 1. He's hoping if he ends the war then none of the terrorists that just snuck in won't attack. 2. He plans on starting a war elsewhere.

Cris Renner , 3 days ago

Please, get them out of office, before they do anymore damage!!!

Clarence Spangle , 3 days ago

"Obama may have gotten (U.S. soldiers) out wrong, but going in is, to me, the biggest single mistake made in the history of our country." -- Donald J. Trump

Ratpatrol Renegade , 3 days ago

Afghanistan's a racket. We're rebuilding their country instead of America. Power plants hospitals and schools that they're never going to use

[Apr 19, 2021] Biden's Russia-China Tactic Is To Wage War AND To Ask For Cooperation. It Will Fail

Apr 19, 2021 |

Clueless Joe , Apr 17 2021 19:04 utc | 12

The policies of the Biden administration towards Russia and China are delusional. It thinks that it can squeeze these countries but still successfully ask them for cooperation. It believes that the U.S. position is stronger than it really is and that China and Russia are much weaker than they are.

It is also full of projection. The U.S. accuses both countries of striving for empire, of wanting to annex more land and of human rights violations. But is only the U.S. that has expanding aspirations. Neither China nor Russia are interested in running an empire. They have no interest in planting military bases all over the world. Though both have marginal border conflicts they do not want to acquire more land. And while the U.S. bashes both countries for alleged human rights issues it is starving whole populations (Yemen, Syria, Venezuela) through violence and economic sanctions.

The U.S. power structures in the Pentagon and CIA use the false accusations against Russia and China as pretense for cold military and hot economic wars against both countries. They use color revolution schemes (Ukraine, Myanmar) to create U.S. controlled proxy forces near their borders.

At the same time as it tries to press these countries the U.S. is seeking their cooperation in selected fields. It falsely believes that it has some magical leverage.

Consider this exchange from yesterday's White House press briefing about Biden asking for a summit with Putin while, at the same time, implementing more sanctions against Russia:

Q What if [Putin] says "no," though? Wouldn't that indicate some weakness on the part of the American administration here?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think the President's view is that Russia is on the outside of the global community in many respects, at this point in time. It's the G7, not the G8. They have -- obviously, we've put sanctions in place in order to send a clear message that there should be consequences for the actions; the Europeans have also done that.

What the President is offering is a bridge back. And so, certainly, he believes it's in their interests to take him up on that offer.

The G7 are not the 'global community'. They have altogether some 500 million inhabitants out of 7.9 billion strong global population. Neither China nor India are members of the G7 nor is any South American or African country. Moreover Russia has rejected a Russian return into the G7/8 format:

"Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement ..

Russia has no interest in a summit which would only be used by the U.S. to further bash Russia. Why should it give Biden that pleasure when there is nothing that Russia would gain from it. Russia does not need a 'bridge back'. There will be no summit.

... ... ...

If Biden wants cooperation with Russia or China he needs to reign in the hawks and stop his attacks on those countries. As he is not willing or capable of doing that any further cooperation attempts will fall flat.

The U.S. has to learn that it is no longer the top dog. It can not work ceaselessly to impact Russia's and China's military and economic security and still expect them to cooperate. If it wants something it will first have to cease the attacks and to accept multilateral relationships.

Posted by b on April 17, 2021 at 17:53 UTC | Permalink

"It can not work ceaselessly to impact Russia's and China's military and economic security and still expect them to cooperate"
You have to understand the USA. They're doing it against Europe on a daily basis, and it actually works... Get them confused why it doesn't always work against others.

Mao Cheng Ji , Apr 17 2021 19:17 utc | 15

It's interesting what's happening right now (in the past hour or so).

First: Russian and Belorussian news about the arrest of leaders (or key participants) of an attempted military coup in Belarus, planned by the US security services.

Then, 30 minutes later: the Czechs expel 18 Russian diplomats, accusing them of spying and of connection to some explosion back in 2014.

I could've been skeptical about the details of the first story, but the second one seems to confirm it. The second story appears to be an obvious attempt to squeeze the first one out of the news. And who else could order the Czech government to do this with a 30 minute notice?

oglalla , Apr 17 2021 19:27 utc | 18

Wouldn't Oceania rulers love to print more of their own currency to buy up all the paper rights to industrial output without having to invest in the factories or anything else! They love this kind of business model.

"The secret of success is to own nothing but control everything."

Because of what's at stake and how little I trust Oceania, I confess I no longer have an opinion about global warming. Even if many of its scientists are *earnest*, who obtained, processed, and stored the data before they started building models? Those institutions are capable of anything.

[Apr 15, 2021] Corporations want to control US election by manipulating mail-in votes

Apr 15, 2021 |

Hundreds of corporations, including Starbucks, Amazon, and Netflix, have signed a letter signaling their opposition to election integrity efforts in numerous states, promising to oppose any related legislation they deem "discriminatory."

The effort, led by former American Express chief executive Kenneth Chenault and Merck chief executive Kenneth Frazier, both of whom recently led a group of black business leaders urging corporations to take a stand against election integrity efforts, has corporations vowing to stand against "any discriminatory legislation," representing what the New York Times deemed "the broadest coalition yet to weigh in on the issue."

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"We stand for democracy," the statement reads . "A beautifully American idea, but a reality denied to many for much of this nation's history. As Americans, we know that in our democracy we should not expect to agree on everything":

However, regardless of our political affiliations, we believe the very foundation of our electoral process rests upon the ability of each of us to cast our ballots for the candidates of our choice. For American democracy to work for any of us, we must ensure the right to vote for all of us. We all should feel a responsibility to defend the right to vote and to oppose any discriminatory legislation or measures that restrict or prevent any eligible voter from having an equal and fair opportunity to cast a ballot.

"Voting is the lifeblood of our democracy," the statement continues, calling on Americans to take a "nonpartisan stand for this most basic and fundamental right of all Americans."

Signers include Bank of America, Amazon, Estée Lauder , Eventbrite, General Motors, Netflix, Starbucks, Synchrony, Nordstrom, PayPal, Peloton, Pinterest, United Airlines, Twitter, Under Armour, and more.

Some, such as Coca-Cola and Delta, which spoke out after Georgia passed its election integrity law, did not add their names to the list, nor did Home Depot , as the Times reported:

Coca-Cola and Delta, which condemned the Georgia law after it was passed, declined to add their names, according to people familiar with the matter. Home Depot also declined, even though its co-founder Arthur Blank said in a call with other business executives on Saturday that he supported voting rights. Another Home Depot co-founder, Ken Langone, is a vocal supporter of Mr. Trump.

Coca-Cola and Delta declined to comment. Home Depot said in a statement on Tuesday that "the most appropriate approach for us to take is to continue to underscore our belief that all elections should be accessible, fair and secure."

JPMorgan Chase also declined to sign the statement despite a personal request from senior Black business leaders to the chief executive, Jamie Dimon, according to people briefed on the matter. Mr. Dimon has publicly declared that he supports Black Lives Matter and made a statement on voting rights before many other companies, saying, "We believe voting must be accessible and equitable."

"It should be clear that there is overwhelming support in corporate America for the principle of voting rights," Chenault said.

While the statement does not list specific state election efforts, it follows the debate over Georgia's recently signed election integrity law, which the left has inundated with misinformation, including the false claims it eliminates "Souls to the Polls," thereby suppressing minority votes. In reality, the law expands ballot access in several ways, including by increasing the mandatory days for early weekend voting.

"The nuts and bolts of [the law] are this, it makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat," Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) said during a March appearance on Breitbart News Daily :

The biggest -- probably the top four things to me -- is it replaces a signature match with a voter ID on absentee ballots. It secures ballot drop boxes around the clock It also requires poll workers to continue tabulating ballots until all votes are counted and then it actually -- contrary to what the national media and those that are profiting off of this whole exercise of not being truthful with people -- expands voting access, especially on the weekends.

A Rasmussen Reports survey released last this week revealed a majority of likely voters, or 60 percent, believe it is more important to make sure there is no cheating in elections rather than prioritizing making it "easier for everybody to vote." Additionally, a majority of likely voters, including a majority of black voters, reject the notion that voter ID laws are discriminatory against some voters.

[Apr 14, 2021] Biden's Presidency Will Be Destroyed By His Foreign Policy

Apr 14, 2021 |

Posted on April 8, 2021 by Larry Johnson

Dementia Joe and his coterie of enablers have embarked on a foreign policy that is likely to result in a new war that will endanger America and further a growing perception that the United States is weak and divided. There are three troublesome flashpoints (Ukraine, China and Iran) that could explode at any time and catapult our nation into a costly, deadly military confrontation. Topping the list is the Ukraine.

The corrupt dealings in Ukraine over the last four years by Joe and Hunter Biden leaves them completely compromised and subject to coercion, even blackmail. With this as a backdrop the decade long effort by the United States to weaken Russia's influence in eastern Ukraine has been revived with Biden's arrival in the White House.

Let me first introduce you to some essential facts:

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  1. Pat Lang Pat Lang says: April 8, 2021 at 9:54 pm


    Try to remember to turn the page counter on. Reply

  2. Avatar Ishmael Zechariah says: April 8, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Larry Johnson,
    If the Ukraine blows so will Syria! Then the situation might transition from nemesis to tisis in short order. Here is a strangely appropriate analysis with just one word blanked out.
    In the years ahead, _____________ will assuredly find itself in new international crises involving nations or groups that have powerful leaders. In some cases, these leaders may have a special, dangerous mindset that is the result of a "hubris-nemesis complex." This complex involves a combination of hubris (a pretension toward an arrogant form of godliness) and nemesis (a vengeful desire to confront, defeat, humiliate, and punish an adversary, especially one that can be accused of hubris). The combination has strange dynamics that may lead to destructive, high-risk behavior. Attempts to deter, compel, or negotiate with a leader who has a hubris-nemesis complex can be ineffectual or even disastrously counterproductive when those attempts are based on concepts better suited to dealing with more normal leaders.
    We, too, pray for sanity.
    Ishmael Zechariah Reply

  3. Avatar Walrus says: April 8, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Larry, I unfortunately agree with your observations and conclusion.

    I would add that in my opinion, the Russians are a lot more determined, as are the Chinese and Iranians, then the generally self absorbed younger generations in the West. "Woke" culture has no answer to sunken warships, downed aircraft and body bags. Do the SJWs want to die for LBGTIQ rights in Russia or another of their pet obsessions de jour? I don't think so.

    My concern for President Biden and America is that, if Ukraine attacks, unless President Putin succeeds in delivering a very short, sharp and successful lesson to Ukraine there is not going to be a clear path forward to a negotiated armistice. If that doesn't happen through bad luck, the fog of war, etc. Then I don't think Biden has the intelligence to get us out of the mess.

    If you add to that the possibility that Zelensky may demand American support "or else" when he starts to lose then we are in very very dangerous territory. If I were the Chinese, I would just stand back and watch. Taiwanese independence is a meaningless concept without American military backing and I'm sure the Taiwanese know it.

    The wild card to me is what is Israel's attitude? Is it possible that they might be a moderating influence for a change? Reply

    • Avatar Thomas says: April 9, 2021 at 8:08 pm

      Oh, yeah .!!!!!! The country that shoots women and children who get too close to the fence they have constructed in PALESTINE on other people"s land will be the moderating party. Or maybe Mad Dog Bolton.

      Try getting real, and come up with real world situations. Not some fantasy of killers acting like kittens. The Russians seem more balanced in responding to such provocations than the U.S. & it's gang of follower- puppets. How long would any of the these follower-puppets be able to go toe to toe with Russia in all-out-war situation. I'd bet less than 24 hours, probably far less. Or as a Chinese General once asked: would you want to give up Los Angeles to save Tiwan? The U.S. doesn't seem to have any sort of reliable anti-missile defence system. Would Ole Uncle Joe really like to get into such pissing contest so early on in his term of presidency? Maybe I am wrong, but from what I have seen so far, he just seems to be throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. In this game, if one blunders, the walls vanish, an the lights go out. Reply

  4. Avatar Andrei Martyanov says: April 9, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Russia moves cannon boats and amphibious vessels from Caspian Sea to the Black Sea, but in reality these combatants are perfect for operations in shallow waters and that means Azov Sea and Ukraine's South-Western flank. These ships can form both a surface group capable of dispatching anything Ukraine may have on Azov Sea, plus form excellent tactical amphibious group which can land a battalion or two of marines and support them with fire from the sea, both artillery and MLRS. Of course, there are other forces Russia has there but it is a good way to give Caspian Flotilla a chance for yet another combat deployment, after its missile ships spearheaded first salvos of 3M14 cruise missiles at ISIS targets in Syria in 2015. Here are some of those ships:

    Russia has an overwhelming firepower in the Black Sea proper and whatever the US is sending there is primarily for ISR purposes in case Ukies go bananas and decide to attack Donbass in death by cop scenario. The US will not interfere in any meaningful way other than supplying Ukies with recon data. Reply

  5. Avatar Peter Reichard says: April 9, 2021 at 6:28 am

    It is bigger than Biden or even the Military Industrial Complex. The establishment foreign policy apparatus transcends political parties and has a continuity that survives changes in administrations. It is obsessed with Russia. It opposed not just communism but Russia itself so when the Berlin wall fell for it the Cold War never ended and it successfully pursued the the break up and looting of the Russian Empire and the relentless eastward march of NATO. Putin pushed back on this resulting in him being demonized by the orchestrated Western media. Trump for all his faults had at least a halfway rational view of these matters but now the Borg is back and spoiling for a fight. I never cease to be amazed by the stupidity of these people, their apparent lack of understanding of the importance of Ukraine and Sevastopol in Russian history and their inability to read a map or know the basics of military operations to see the obvious indefensibility of Ukraine's eastern border. The danger now is that Ukraine's leaders will overestimate the support they think they have from the United States and start something they can't stop. This has the feel of 1914. Reply

    • Avatar Thomas says: April 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      Or the Georgian/Russian of 2008 when Georgia attacked on Russian territory. President Bush was talking tough, saying he would send aid to Georgia on warships. But the rules governing ships entering the Bosferus proscribed such stuff, aND Bush ended doing nothing. The Russians quickly neutralized the Georgian forces and pushed deeper into Georgia where they currently remain. The odiot who started the mess was forced out of Georgia & was afterwards appointed a governor or some such in Ukraine. But I think that too went bad. Such is the level of governance in Ukraine. Reply

  6. Avatar john kliss says: April 9, 2021 at 6:35 am

    The last 5 Ukros killed were killed by mines. The contact line has many zones where minefields are employed by both sides. It appears some were killed in their own minefield according to local reports. Civilians in the LPR and DPR have been killed by incoming fire, most recently a 5 year old boy. Of course OSCE is worthless except as a "bean counter"; who fired what and where is too much to record.. Reply

  7. Avatar JohninMK says: April 9, 2021 at 7:09 am

    Another good analysis there LJ.

    US defence attache with a group was up at the front yesterday as well as the comic.

    Ukraine really has its back up against the wall financially. This year with big interest payments due and no way to get the funds as the IMF seems to hit its limit on their 'we're never getting it back' budget. Their only steady source of funds is ironically Russia with the gas transit fees guaranteed at $7B total over the next four years, much of which will go to the EU and IMF as interest payments. After that the gas fees will drop to zero as the gas transits move to TurkStream and NS2. With nothing to pay Russia, apart from the little mentioned oil transit fees, Russia may stop shipping gas/coal/electricity for local consumption as well. At that point either Ukraine crashes or someone else has to pick up the bill.

    Although Kiev will lose dramatically there are very good reasons why Kiev would push the button. Will they ever again have this PR opportunity to play the innocent victim? Reply

  8. Avatar BillWade says: April 9, 2021 at 7:51 am

    Earlier this morning I saw a pic of Zelenskiy visiting the front, behind him was a makeshift field tent with a sign on it, the sign is in Ukrainian but translates as "Vietnam". Is Biden serious about backing Zelenskiy, I guess we'll find out soon enough. Reply

  9. Avatar jonst says: April 9, 2021 at 8:34 am

    wondering if anyone can point me to a fairly, anyway, reliable, (assuming one exists) 'war games scenario' document on an attempted invasion of Taiwan by China. Intuitively, it would seem a difficult challenge, especially given China's lack of any appreciable experience in seaborne invasion. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide, and my apologies upfront LJ if you deem this offtopic. Reply

    • Avatar Yeah, Right says: April 9, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      Not meaning to be a smart-alec about it, but why assume that an invasion has to be "seaborne"?

      In WW2 the Royal Navy had total control of the waters around Crete. So the Germans simply went over the top of them and invaded the island from the air.

      It was very definitely touch and go for a while until German paratroopers managed to capture an airfield, and from that point it was all over.

      No idea how well defended Taiwanese airfields are, but the PLA would only need to capture one and, again, the final result will not be in doubt. Reply

      • Avatar jon stanley says: April 10, 2021 at 9:49 am

        well, the quick answer to your question would be 'fine, alter my initial question to include war games scenarios on airborne attacks on Taiwan. The glib answer might be, Taiwan is not Crete. And the Chinese PLA are not the Wehrmacht. Who, by the time of the Crete attack had built up a record that included many successful airborne attacks. I see no such history with the PLA. That, by no means rules it out. But, in any event, I can't imagine the PLA would role the dice, SOLELY, on an airborne attack. They would have to have a seaborne plan of attack, in case Plan A failed. So, in any event, I would be still be in search of that war games scenario. Reply

  10. Avatar Seamus Padraig says: April 9, 2021 at 8:38 am

    Absent any new evidence, I am going to continue to assume that this is really about Nordstream II. The Biden Junta are probably planning on having their Ukrainian cat's paw make a lunge at DNR/LNR, forcing the Russians to intervene directly. Ukraine, of course, is not actually a full NATO member, so no Article 5 will be triggered. Instead, Washington just self-righteously hollers 'Russian aggression!' and demands that Merkel immediately shut down Nordstream II -- the Russian pipeline into Germany -- just before it's ready to go online.

    And then, as a lush reward for their undying loyalty, the Germans get to import frack-gas and oil all the way from the US at four or five times the market rate. Problem solved! Reply

    • Avatar Terence Reeves-Smyth says: April 9, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      you are correct – the Ukraine state does not really want the return of the Donbass region let alone Crimea as it would result in a complete change in the balance of power in the Ukraine with the Russian-speaking population being able to form the government, as it had done pre 2014. They really want to push the Germans into stopping Nord Stream 2 by provoking Russia Reply

  11. Avatar Some Dude says: April 9, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Struggling to understand how a Ukraine with such supposedly strong ties to National Socialists of a century ago managed to end up with a Jewish comedian as President. Reply

  12. Avatar J says: April 9, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Larry, Colonel,

    Here's a backgrounder from the Ukraine military veterans of the Ukraine's 93rd Brigade's point of view. This was the period of 2014-2015.

    93: the Battle for Ukraine – first days of the war

    93: the Battle for Ukraine – around Donetsk Airport Reply

  13. Avatar J says: April 9, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Here's the viewpoint of Ukraine Army's snipers who are primarily composed of volunteer housewives. While to D.C. and Moscow, it's part of their sphere of political chess, however to those on the front lines, it is survival and protection of their loved ones.

    The Female Fighters of Ukraine's Forgotten War Reply

  14. Avatar Ed Lindgren says: April 9, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Almost half a century ago, I took a course in the German language as a refresher during the summer session at my local junior college. The woman who taught the course was a native Ukrainian. She told the class a little about her background.

    When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, she was in her mid- to late-teens. She had an intense dislike (hatred) of the Russians and took a job working for the German military government of occupation as an interpreter. She said they had welcomed the Germans as liberators from the oppression of the Soviet Communists.

    Later, when the Red Army juggernaut was rolling west through Ukraine, she realized that it would not be good for her long-term prospects to remain at home. She chose to move west with the retreating German army. Subsequent to the end of the war in Europe, she rattled around for awhile in displaced person camps, and ultimately made her way to the United States.

    I have no reason to doubt the veracity of her story. This was my first introduction to the enmity between the Russians and the Ukrainians. Reply

  15. Avatar Deap says: April 9, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Biden is a tin-hat emperor moving tin soldiers in his bathtub at play time. Surrounded by self-selected idiots who make him dangerous as hell. This is what his "return to decency" looks like? May he be struck down deaf and dumb. Reply

  16. Avatar Deap says: April 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Two front war – Russia moving into Ukraine at the same time China moves on Taiwan. They put their wet fingers up to the wind to see which way the Biden operation blows.

    And they could not escape the conclusion this was the time to strike if there is any fortuitous time to strike. Biden and his new team muddle deeply into reckless ineptitude. And Kamala Harris doesn't have anything to wear. Reply

    • Avatar Yeah, Right says: April 10, 2021 at 3:22 am

      An odd thesis. The Russians are signally very, very strongly that they do not want the Ukraine to start a war by attacking the rebels in Donbass.

      They could not be more explicit if they sent a hypersonic cruise missile through Zelensky's office window with a sign on it that reads "Don't start something you won't even live to regret".

      They very clearly do not think that this is "the time to strike", nor even that they think there is a "fortuitous time" for them to go to war with Ukraine.

      If Ukraine strikes first then, sure, they'll strike back. But I fail to see how anyone can come to the conclusion that the Russians are provoking this when it is very clearly the Ukies and their promoters in the White House who are pushing these buttons.

      Similarly with Taiwan.

      The Chinese are not provoking this. They made their red lines clear to everyone as far back as Nixon's trip to China i.e. if the USA sticks to a one-China-policy then the mainland will refrain from using force against Taiwan.

      But the USA is not sticking to the one-China-policy. Recent US diplomatic moves look exactly like what it is: maneuverings to prepare for when the Taipei government declares independence.

      Which is crazy.

      But in both cases the USA may well provoke a conflict and then dump their patsies like a discarded toy.

      Which would be beyond crazy. It would be an outcome so loopy that there isn't even a word to describe it. Reply

      • Avatar Eol says: April 10, 2021 at 3:20 pm

        Thank you for setting it straight.. it seems pretty evident Russia does not want a war but is sure as hell ready to finish this business if a war is pushed on to them and pushed on to them by the Americans. Ukraine has been armed by the U.S , funded by the IMF, and cheered by NATO. They will not do a single thing without their owners permission. Reply

  17. Avatar BillWade says: April 10, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Hunter's dad and his administration is making Trump look like the greatest statesman that ever lived. Reply

  18. Avatar J says: April 10, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Back in December 2020 Putin had an expanded meeting with his Defense Ministry Board. In it he laid out several items and agendas to be carried out by the Military Staff.

    The recent reinforcements by the Russian MOD to counter NATO along the Ukraine border region, it appears that the MOD has deployed the incorporation of their (RChBD) capabilities into their Military Field Hospitals. And it appears that Putin has authorized deployment of their Iskander near the Ukraine border. The Iskander is multi-faceted, EMP, fuel air explosive, as well as thermonuclear. Back in 2015 Putin authorized nuclear employment should they be needed.

    March 24th saw Ukraine's Zelensky virtually declaring war against the Russian Federation. One can not rule out Zelensky using the trade deals with Doha and use the direct flights between Kiev and Doha to smuggle in Jihad's from Syria and Libya to fight in Donbas. Zelensky on March 3rd in a joint press conference with the European Council President in Kiev stated that the retaking of Crimea from Russia was now Ukraine Official Policy. Reply

  19. Avatar J says: April 11, 2021 at 10:42 am


    Speaking of 'foreign policy', question is who will win out -- D.C. or Tel Aviv?

    'The model' is headed to D.C. to try and convince our IC's head-cheeses that the Iran JCPOA isn't such a good deal, and Tel Aviv is trying to get him an audience with his high-arsed the 'King', China Joe. If D.C. swallows 'the model's' spiel, then they're bigger suckers than they already appear to be.

    Mossad chief said heading to Washington in bid to block US return to Iran deal Reply

    • Avatar Deap says: April 11, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      Assume this Mossad meeting will take place between Kackling Kamala who will be channeling Obama-Jarrett; or will it be Stinking Liar Susan Rose channeling Obama-Jarrett? But the Big Guy will be out to lunch. Reply

  20. Avatar English Outsider says: April 12, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Mr Johnson – this was posted today by a commenter on Dr North's blog. Reply

[Apr 14, 2021] 75% Support Voter ID Laws- Rasmussen

Apr 14, 2021 |

Posted on April 7, 2021 by Pat Lang

" voters still overwhelmingly support laws requiring that voters show identification before casting a ballot.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver's license before being allowed to vote. Only 21% are opposed to such a requirement. (To see survey question wording, click here .)

Thirty-six states have enacted some form of voter ID law, but those laws would be nullified if the Senate approves H.R. 1, which passed the House on a party-line vote. Critics say H.R. 1 " would force states to allow anyone to vote who simply signs a form saying that they are who they claim they are. "

"Support for voter ID laws has actually increased since 2018 , when 67% said voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver's license before being allowed to vote.

Eighty-nine percent (89%) of Republicans support voter ID requirements, as do 60% of Democrats and 77% of voters not affiliated with either major party."

Comment: In Virginia it was not necessary to present identification at a polling place untl about 20 years ago. This was a relic of an older time when most Virginia communities were quite small and it was expected that one or more people would recognize acitizen at the polling station,

IMO the time has come when national ID cards would be a good thing. The trick would be to make it as tamper proof as possible. pl akaPatience says: April 7, 2021 at 6:12 pm

I recently got a new driver's license, the kind that complies with airport security in order to be able to fly. And boy, my county Department of Motor Vehicles office was absolutely TOUGH, real hard asses, when it came to the documentation required to qualify for such a license. I had to go back THREE TIMES with various documents in order to satisfy them and meet their criteria EXACTLY, with no exceptions. So did my husband. I would hope that any national ID, if ever mandated, would be obtained by fulfilling similarly rigorous standards and conscientious processing. I bet it would set off leftists and libertarian-leaning rightists BIG TIME though, for different reasons: leftists would want lax standards and libertarians would oppose the notion per se .

[Apr 13, 2021] Fox News hires high-profile defense team in Dominion defamation lawsuit

High profile attorney means possible troubles for Dominion and its lobbyists. such layers ten not leave a single stone unturned, which is not in Dominion best interest. Emails will definitely be subpoenaed and judging from the behaviour of one Dominion executive they were not too careful.
I kel the joke "Are their lawyers also going to argue that no reasonable person would believe Fox news?"
Apr 13, 2021 |

Fox News has hired two high-profile defense attorneys to combat a $1.6 billion lawsuit filed against it by voting technology company Dominion.

The media outlet disclosed in a court filing that it had Charles Babcock and Scott Keller for its defense. Fox News confirmed the hirings to The Hill.

... ... ...

Fox News Media told The Hill after Dominion filed its suit that it is "proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court."

libsrnazi OhNo 12 minutes ago

And yet discovery will be very interesting, and Fox News is now pitted against Dominion, and their best way to defend themselves is to show that the criticisms were legitimate...

Fox can now subpoena anything relevant from Dominion, and Dominion has to comply or be criminally prosecuted...


Bruce libsrnazi 8 minutes ago • edited

There is not much to discover with Dominion. It mainly functions like a windows 10 computer. so it is hackable. It is very easy to install fraudulent software on these machines

See Harryi Hursti KILL CHAIN: THE CYBERWAR ON AMERICA'S ELECTIONS and look at his affidavit See "Investigators for Attorney DePernoReportedly Discover Modem Chips Embedded in Michigan Voting System Computer Motherboards" via today on theGatewayPundit

When testifying before the MI legislature, the Dominion CEO recommended that a full forensic audit be ordered if voters suspect that these machines were connected to the internet.

On Dec 1 election officials deleted the electronic voting data in violation of state la

OhNo libsrnazi 11 minutes ago

If that is fox news's defense they are done 🤣

libsrnazi OhNo 8 minutes ago

Keep tellin' yourself that... Eventually, even YOU might come to believe it...

When they lose the fight against the subpoenas, Dominion will drop the lawsuit, and claim the subpoenas are moot...

The media would like to give the impression that "hands" were the most washed body part in 2020, when in actuality, it was the "brain"..

Sherman's Tiki Torch #PizzaGaetz 31 minutes ago

Turns out the Kraken was fakin' and now her bacon is about to expire in the fire.

Grundune Sherman's Tiki Torch 16 minutes ago • edited

Sidney Powell lit a fuse. She woke the Republicans and others who want election integrity, so the Democrats won't be able to steal any more. At least not with the same tactics

Bruce Man in the Moon!! 23 minutes ago • edited

Lou Dobbs might have gotten confused once. I believe he said that an affidavit that criticized Smartmatic had instead criticized Dominion. However, there are so many problems with Dominion, I would consider it to be an immaterial mistake. After all these machines appear to be unusable:

[Vote counting machines] "presents serious system security vulnerability and
operational issues that may place plaintiffs and other voters at risk of
deprivation of their fundamental right to cast an effective vote that is
accurately counted," U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg wrote in a Oct 2020

Electionic vote counting machines were banned in France, Ireland and the in
the Netherlands via Gateway Pundit because they were unreliable.

The Gateway pundit could be sued if they make false statements.

via Twitter:

Elections Canada @ElectionsCan_E

· Nov 16

Elections Canada does not use Dominion Voting Systems. We use paper ballots counted by hand in front of scrutineers and have never used voting machines or electronic tabulators to count votes in our

100-year history. #CdnPoli

It is very easy to install fraudulent software on these machines See Harryi Hursti on seeKILL CHAIN: THE CYBERWAR ON AMERICA'S
ELECTIONS and look at his affidavit

Dutchcourage 19 minutes ago • edited

The actual claim is here (400+ pages):
www DOT documentcloud DOT org/documents/20527880-dominion-v-fox-news-complaint

These lawyers have their work cut out for them. As explained in the claim, Dominion contacted Fox multiple times after the first accusations. They provided Fox with independent assessments and other evidence that their systems were sound. Fox ignored it, never mentioned this and continued presenting that Dominion systems were fraudulent (and stated that as a fact, not as an opinion).

This will go a long way to the "with malice" part

labman57 19 minutes ago

Once again, FOX News will likely claim that they are an entertainment network, not a news agency ... and therefore they should not be expected to propagate facts on their broadcasts.

Jrgolden Golden 14 minutes ago

Discovery should be fun. Don't settle with FOX, grind their assets into the ground

ballyb11 9 minutes ago

Re this "The election was stolen" conspiracy theory of Trump's.

How did the Democrats pull off this massive election fraud?

It had to be an insanely well coordinated effort.

And not one Republican infiltrator, not one Democratic operative flipped to expose the fraud.

Done with surgical precision.

An absolutely masterful effort.

Fred ballyb11 8 minutes ago

And headed up by a guy with dementia.

[Apr 13, 2021] Dominion v. MyPillow Guy poses a stark test for America's libel laws

Dominion fights as its image was damaged and it has deep pockets. But how valid are their claim is for the court to decide. In no way they are as clean as they pretend. Their connection Dem party operatives is probably provable beyond reasonable doubt. The whole story with Dominion replacing Diebold on this business is murky to the extreme.
Apr 13, 2021 |
Roger Parloff · Contributor Tue, April 13, 2021, 5:06 AM · 22 min read

... "Instantly," said Steven Bellovin , a professor of computer science at Columbia University with almost 40 years of experience in computer networking and security. That's how long it took him to realize, he said in an interview, that a certain purported spreadsheet that I showed him was "not just fake, but a badly generated fake by someone who didn't know what they were doing."

The spreadsheet, together with an animated film that was said to illustrate its data, formed the crux of a nearly two-hour "docu-movie," called "Absolute Proof," which aired at least 13 times last February on the One America News Network. The movie, presented in a news magazine format, was hosted, co-produced, and relentlessly flacked by Mike Lindell, the irrepressible CEO of MyPillow, Inc. It purported to furnish absolute proof that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump in an international cyberattack exploiting vulnerabilities in voting-machine software that had been intentionally designed to rig elections.

Dominion Voting Systems, which makes voting technology, filed a $1.3 billion defamation suit against Lindell and his company in late February -- the third of four massive cases it has filed since the election -- in part because of "Absolute Proof," which referenced Dominion more than 40 times. (An in-depth analysis of Dominion's suits over bogus election-fraud claims, as well as one brought by a rival voting-device company, Smartmatic, is provided in an earlier story I wrote here .)

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[Apr 12, 2021] Margaret Sullivan Gets it Wrong, Libel Law Is a Good Thing by Dean Baker

The column is extremely week and fragments are republished here for the sole purpose to critique/
I think Dean Baker is very superficial here. Dominion is a corporation business model of which is based on lobbying Congress and states. It is definitely closely connected to the Democratic Party apparatchiks. This is a very questionable model. So now it tried to present being White Knight defending itself again absurd claims like Hugo Chaves claim. This does not change the nature of their business. In reality this is two dirty persons struggling in a mud peat.
Also the key question remains unanswered: are Dominion machines do any good to the USA voting system? If yes, then defending itself makes some positive sense. If not, why bother?
Apr 12, 2021 |

...Hugo Chavez, the former president of Venezuela who has been dead for eight years, figures prominently in many of the stories. Nonetheless, many Fox News viewers believe them.

For a voting machine manufacturer, the claim that your machines are rigged is pretty much a textbook definition of a damaging statement. Therefore, Dominion should have a pretty solid case.

Sullivan doesn't dispute any of this, instead, she points out that libel or defamation suits can also be used against news outlets doing serious reporting. She highlights the case of Reveal, a nonprofit news outfit that is dedicated to investigative reporting. Reveal was nearly forced out of business due to the cost of defending itself against a charity that it exposed as being run by a cult. Sullivan's takeaway is that defamation lawsuits can be used as a weapon against legitimate news organizations doing serious reporting.

Sullivan is right on this point, but wrong in understanding the implications. Every civil course of action can be abused by those with money to harm people without substantial resources. There are tens of thousands of frivolous tort cases filed every year, but would anyone argue that we should deny people the right to sue a contractor that mistakenly sets their customer's house on fire? The same applies to suits for breach of contract. If I pay someone $10,000 in advance to paint my house and they don't do it, should I not be able to sue to get my money back?

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The reality is that our legal system can be abused by the powerful to harm those with less power. That is the result of the enormous disparities of income and power in this country, and the inadequate shields against abuse in the legal system...

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[Apr 02, 2021] America Is Back- Collides With A Multipolar Reality

Apr 02, 2021 |

Patroklos , Apr 1 2021 20:35 utc | 26

The World Health Organization recently published its report on the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus which has caused the Covid-19 pandemic. Most scientist agree that the virus is of zoonotic origin and not a human construct or an accidental laboratory escape. But the U.S. wants to put pressure on China and advised the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom, to keep the focus on China potential culpability. He acted accordingly when he remarked on his agency's report:

Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy.

The U.S. State Department fetched the pass and ran with it. It asked its allies to sign on to its Joint Statement on the WHO-Convened COVID-19 Origins Study which requests more unhindered access in China:

The Governments of Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America remain steadfast in our commitment to working with the World Health Organization (WHO), international experts who have a vital mission, and the global community to understand the origins of this pandemic in order to improve our collective global health security and response. Together, we support a transparent and independent analysis and evaluation, free from interference and undue influence, of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, we join in expressing shared concerns regarding the recent WHO-convened study in China, while at the same time reinforcing the importance of working together toward the development and use of a swift, effective, transparent, science-based, and independent process for international evaluations of such outbreaks of unknown origin in the future.

The most interesting with the above statement is the list of U.S. allied countries which declined to support it,

Most core EU countries, especially France, Spain, Italy and Germany, are missing from it. As is the Five-Eyes member New Zealand. India, a U.S. ally in the anti-Chinese Quad initiative, also did not sign. This list of signatories of the Joint Statement is an astonishingly meager result for a U.S. 'joint' initiative. It is unprecedented. It is a sign that something has cracked and that the world will never be the same.

The first months of he Biden administration saw a rupture in the global system. First Russia admonished the EU for its hypocritical criticism of internal Russian issues. Biden followed up by calling Putin a 'killer'. Then the Chinese foreign minister told the Biden administration to shut the fuck up about internal Chinese issues. Soon thereafter Russia's and China's foreign ministers met and agreed to deepen their alliance and to shun the U.S. dollar. Then China's foreign minister went on a wider Middle East tour. There he reminded U.S. allies of their sovereignty :

Wang said that expected goals had been achieved with regard to a five-point initiative on achieving security and stability in the Middle East, which was proposed during the visit.

"China supports countries in the region to stay impervious to external pressure and interference, to independently explore development paths suited to its regional realities ," Wang said, adding that the countries should " break free from the shadows of big-power geopolitical rivalry and resolve regional conflicts and differences as masters of the region ."

Wang's tour was topped off with the signing of a game changing agreement with Iran:

Suffice to say, the China-Iran pact deeply is embedded within a new matrix Beijing hopes to create with the Arab states of the Persian Gulf and Iran. The pact forms part of a new narrative on regional security and stability.

The "U.S. led rules based international order" is finally finished . Russia and China buried it :

Countries in Asia and further afield are closely watching the development of this alternative international order, led by Moscow and Beijing. And they can also recognise the signs of increasing US economic and political decline.

It is a new kind of Cold War, but not one based on ideology like the first incarnation. It is a war for international legitimacy, a struggle for hearts and minds and money in the very large part of the world not aligned to the US or NATO.

The US and its allies will continue to operate under their narrative, while Russia and China will push their competing narrative. This was made crystal clear over these past few dramatic days of major power diplomacy.

The global balance of power is shifting, and for many nations, the smart money might be on Russia and China now.

The obvious U.S. countermove to the Russian-Chinese initiative is to unite its allies in a new Cold War against Russia and China. But as the Joint Statement above shows most of those allies do not want to follow that path. China is a too good customer to be shunned. Talk of human rights in other countries might play well with the local electorate but what counts in the end is the business.

Even some U.S. companies can see that the hostile path the Biden administration has followed will only be to their detriment. Some are asking the Biden gang to tone it down :

[Boeing] Chief Executive Dave Calhoun told an online business forum he believed a major aircraft subsidy dispute with Europe could be resolved after 16 years of wrangling at the World Trade Organization, but contrasted this with the outlook on China.

"I think politically (China) is more difficult for this administration and it was for the last administration. But we still have to trade with our largest partner in the world: China," he told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit.

Noting multiple disputes, he added: " I am hoping we can sort of separate intellectual property, human rights and other things from trade and continue to encourage a free trade environment between these two economic juggernauts. ... We cannot afford to be locked out of that market. Our competitor will jump right in."

Before its 737 MAX debacle Boeing was the biggest U.S. exporter and China was its biggest customer. The MAX has yet to be re-certified in China. If Washington keeps the hostile tone against China Boeing will lose out and Europe's Airbus will make a killing.

Biden announced that "America is back" only to be told that it is no longer needed in the oversized role that it played before. Should Washington not be able to accept that it can no play 'unilateral' but will have to follow the real rules of international law we might be in for some interesting times :

Question: Finally, are you concerned that deteriorating international tensions could lead to war?

Glenn Diesen: Yes, we should all be concerned. Tensions keep escalating and there are increasing conflicts that could spark a major war. A war could break out over Syria, Ukraine, the Black Sea, the Arctic, the South China Sea and other regions.

What makes all of these conflicts dangerous is that they are informed by a winner-takes-all logic. Wishful thinking or active push towards a collapse of Russia, China, the EU or the U.S. is also an indication of the winner-takes-all mentality. Under these conditions, the large powers are more prepared to accept greater risks at a time when the international system is transforming . The rhetoric of upholding liberal democratic values also has clear zero-sum undertones as it implies that Russia and China must accept the moral authority of the West and commit to unilateral concessions.

The rapidly shifting international distribution of power creates problems that can only be resolved with real diplomacy. The great powers must recognize competing national interests, followed by efforts to reach compromises and find common solutions.

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has repeatedly asked for a summit of leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council:

Putin argued that the countries that created a new global order after World War II should cooperate to solve today's problems.

"The founder countries of the United Nations, the five states that hold special responsibility to save civilisation, can and must be an example," he said at the sombre memorial ceremony.

The meeting would "play a great role in searching for collective answers to modern challenges and threats," Putin said, adding that Russia was "ready for such a serious conversation."

Such a summit would be a chance to work on a new global system that avoids unilateralism and block mentality. As the U.S. is now learning that its allies are not willing to follow its anti-China and anti-Russia policies it might be willing to negotiate over a new international system.

But as long as Washington is unable to recognize its own decline a violent attempt to solve the issue once and for all will become more likely.

Posted by b on April 1, 2021 at 17:52 UTC | Permalink

Very thought provoking b, I wish time off brought me back firing on all cylinders like this!

No doubt vk will chime in here better than I but it surely cannot be a matter of "if America decides". There are historical forces at work in this financialized phase of late capitalism that are not grasped by the US leadership, let alone factored into intelligent policy debates. Biden is an arch-lobbyist for the vested interests which compel the US's unilateral and interventionist foreign policy. I'm quite sure he is incapable of 'deciding' anything (not just mentally but institutionally). But the underlying dynamic of world-historical change is beyond him and his whole country. The die was cast long ago when the Soviet Union fell and the US couldn't help themselves. Junkies for unilateralism since 1989, they will keep shooting up until they OD (Boeing notwithstanding...). I suspect they will end up like the schizoid UK, psychologically unable to accept increasing and humiliating losses of empire until it hits the bottom of the dustbin of History.

[Mar 31, 2021] The US-China meeting in Anchorage took place 75 years almost to the day of the Winston Iron Curtain speech in Fulton, Missouri

Blinken is no Churchill
Mar 31, 2021 |
Baron , Mar 31 2021 21:40 utc | 27

The US-China meeting in Anchorage took place 75 years almost to the day of the Winston Iron Curtain speech in Fulton, Missouri. Just as the latter signalled a break point in the uneasy, war forced cohabit of the West with the communist Soviet Union, so too the Anchorage will enter the history as the break point in the US hegemony threatening collaboration of the West and China.

Since WW2, no other nation, not even Russia, has confronted the US so firmly and so publicly as did Yang Jiechi, one of the ruling member of the Chinese Politburo when he said that "the United States does not have the qualification to speak to China from a position of strength'.

That was a slap in the face the Americans will have to respond to, and it's in the nature of the response one will find whether the American Governing elite is prepared to share power or go for a confrontation.

[Mar 30, 2021] Blinken calls warmonger Madelaine Albright his "role model"

Mar 30, 2021 |

Channel profile picture @Dwaine.Castle852 2 hours ago

I hope that someone sends her a pair of the Nike Satan sneakers. Perhaps with the blood of a few children inside. Channel profile picture @Tsigantes 2 hours ago

'role model' ?
We are warned....for what "it's worth" !

[Mar 30, 2021] Delusions of neocon Blinken

The real question is not about his neocon delusions, which are pretty predictable, but about the ability for the USA project global dominance in the decade to come.
Blinken is a marionette. And pretty much second rate even in that.
Notable quotes:
"... Let's consider this headline for a moment: "Blinken Accuses China of Trying to Undermine US-Dominated World Order." Blinken provides us with a definition of that "world order" in his own words cited in the article: "'... preserve the rules-based international order, in which we have all invested so much over the past 75 years , and which has served our interests and values well'." [My Emphasis] ..."
Mar 30, 2021 |
karlof1 , Mar 30 2021 17:08 utc | 28

Let's consider this headline for a moment: "Blinken Accuses China of Trying to Undermine US-Dominated World Order." Blinken provides us with a definition of that "world order" in his own words cited in the article: "'... preserve the rules-based international order, in which we have all invested so much over the past 75 years , and which has served our interests and values well'." [My Emphasis]

Clearly, he's referring to the rules put in place by the UN Charter. But as we at this bar all know, it's the Outlaw US Empire for whom Blinken works that's the #1 criminal when it comes to violating the UN Charter which is why it's "served our interests and values well."

Now when we turn to reality, it become very clear that China seeks to uphold the UN Charter--it's one of the foundational members of the newly established Friends of the UN Charter Group that the Outlaw US Empire will certainly snub because of the reality of its actual relations to that Act and Organization .

Indeed, what is being said by the very formation of that Group is a big NO!! to the Outlaw US Empire's attempt to say it abides by the system it's continuously violated for the past 75+ years. Yet, it's also clear that NO!! isn't being shouted out by global media enough, particularly when Outlaw US Empire officials give such an excellent opportunity to be rebuffed and ridiculed for their lies.

We have many good writers here who could take Blinken's words and turn them into an indictment of himself and the nation he represents. That implies that writers for global publications are just as good but need to examine the framing of their articles. Peace won't come to our planet unless the Outlaw Bully Nation is daily accused for what it is and does.

NATO is a distinct minority yet it holds the world captive in a terroristic manner. It's well past time to stop groveling and kow-towing and to stand-up and call out the bullshitters for what they are since being nice isn't getting us anywhere.

[Mar 28, 2021] Bidens missteps so early on are a very worrying indicator that his foreign policy team is worse than just being malign. They are incompetent. Thats a very dangerous combination.

Mar 28, 2021 |

PlutoniumKun , March 27, 2021 at 8:25 am

To go back to a previous BTL discussion on Patrick Cockburns recent article in Counterpunch, Bidens missteps so early on are a very worrying indicator that his foreign policy team is worse than just being malign. They are incompetent. Thats a very dangerous combination.

I don't think the Russians, Chinese, or most other major countries (apart from Europe) had a fundamental problem with Trumps approach. They understood him, and were quite happy to ignore his bombast and threats and focus instead on what was happening in the real world. But things are different for someone like Biden, and I'm very surprised nobody in his team seem to realise this. When he talks on the record, its assumed that it is a reflection of a real policy. At first, I thought maybe he was just doing the usual new guy in power thing of talking tough to set the ground for later compromises (the opposite of Obama, who appeared very weak to other leaders, and then just looked indecisive when his policies turned more hardline). But that does not seem to be the case so far.

I've no idea what the final outcome will be, but I do think that this is one of those points in history where things take a very sharp and irreparable change in direction. Obviously, things have been brewing for years, but the ineptness of US foreign policy seems to have created a strategic Russian/China alliance which will force many countries to make some very hard choices about which side of the fence they are on.

On a related note, I woke up this morning to find that a speech by Lawrence P. Wilkerson, who is associated with the conservative paleoconservatives is getting very wide circulation in China (you know this has to be officially approved otherwise it disappears very rapidly on WeChat. He makes a claim that the CIA back in the early '00's intended to use the Uigurs as a sort of proxy army to destabilise China. For all sorts of reasons, I would doubt that, but it is now widely believed among Chinese people, even those who have no liking for the CCP. The notion that the Uigurs are a sort of third force within China, and as such need to be destroyed now seems to be very deeply embedded in Chinese thinking, and the interference by 'official' western NGO's are undoubtedly making things much worse for them.

pjay , March 27, 2021 at 9:41 am

"[Wilkerson] makes a claim that the CIA back in the early '00's intended to use the Uigurs as a sort of proxy army to destabilise China. For all sorts of reasons, I would doubt that, but it is now widely believed among Chinese people, even those who have no liking for the CCP."

Just curious as to what your reasons would be for doubting this. The CIA has been doing precisely this all over the world for over 70 years. There is a clear pipeline between the Uighurs in China and the CIA-supported "rebels" in Syria. The expatriate Uighur organizations that are integral to the Western propaganda apparatus is supported and amplified by the NED and other CIA fronts, as your last sentence implies. This is not to deny the historical Uighur desire for autonomy in Western China, nor to defend Chinese policies toward them. Rather, it is to acknowledge the CIA's use of ethnic tensions to sow chaos and division in non-conforming nations *everywhere*.

PlutoniumKun , March 27, 2021 at 10:32 am

Its unlikely because:

1. The US has had little to no success in its many attempts to establish an intelligence foothold in China. There is zero evidence, direct or indirect, that it has had any successful contact with Uigur groups directly, although contacts via others, such as the Pakistani or Turkish intelligence agencies are possible. If there was even the tiniest amount of evidence of such a link, the Chinese would be broadcasting it from the skies, and not just re-messaging out tired CT stuff. Chinese intelligence is far ahead of the US in that region, so they would certainly know if something like that was happening.

2. Uigur groups in general such as we know about them tend to be as virulently anti Western as anti Han Chinese. All evidence suggests that the brand of Islam that has been belatedly introduced into those regions is essentially second hand Wahhabism (traditionally, they were never all that religious).

3. Any such attempt could be easily countered by China – simply by dumping Uigur radicals into Afghanistan to bolster the Taliban, or anywhere else that would create trouble. The fact that they haven't done this strongly suggests that the Chinese themselves see no link.

4. US military intelligence is often a misnomer, but even the CIA can't be stupid enough to think that fostering another islamic state on the borders of Afghanistan is anything but a terrible idea.

Of course, no doubt some mid ranking CIA officer may have circulated some report saying more or less 'hey, maybe we can use those Uighurs or whatever they are called'. But thats an entirely different thing from suggesting that there have been active links and a strategy for using them to destabilise the borders of China. The reality is that the US has been entirely unsuccessful in any attempts (when they've been made) to undermine China via internal Chinese ethnic or religious groups.

Incidentally, the reliability of Wilkerson (who I actually quite like and who says some interesting things), on that topic can be measured by his statement that the invasion of Afghanistan was motivated by an attempt to stop the Belt and Road Initiative. It's quite impressive intelligence if that was the case as the invasion predated the Belt and Road Initiative by more than a decade.

David , March 27, 2021 at 10:57 am

Yes, I think the important point is your last one. It's not out of the question that on a rainy afternoon in Virginia some junior CIA analyst amused himself by sketching out such an idea, and one day the product may leak and be presented as "proof." But for the reasons you give, the political leaders who would have to approve the scheme would turn it down, even if it were physically possible. I doubt it would be, actually: from what little information is publicly available, the US seems to be having little or no luck penetrating that area.

pjay , March 27, 2021 at 11:48 am

Thanks for the systematic reply. I appreciate each of your points, and pretty much agree with the first one – including your comment about Turkish intelligence. But regarding the others, the fact that we are talking about anti-Western Wahabist radicals does not mean the CIA (or elements of the CIA or other military/intelligence operations) would hesitate to weaponize them if possible. We did this in Afghanistan, Bosina, Kosovo, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Chechnya etc. Indeed, we seemed to *welcome* the fostering of an Islamic State in Eastern Syria, because the various jihadists were a means to destroy the Syrian government. When the goal is to foster chaos and destruction in order to *undermine* an existing state, the calculus of unleashing the head-choppers is different than if we were actually interested in fostering stability in the region. I admit that such a strategy might sound insane to *us*, but Einstein's definition of insanity seems to rule our National Security Establishment.

David , March 27, 2021 at 1:28 pm

Not PK, but I would suggest these cases are not only different from each other, but also different from the Uigurs. Essentially, there was a war going on in all of these cases, and the US (and they were scarcely the only ones) decided to try to get a bit of influence by arming one or more of the factions. This is a tactic which is as old as arms themselves, and has a pretty spotty record of success, if that. Its advantage is that it is low-key and doesn't require a massive presence (the classic case is the Soviet Union and the Chinese flooding Africa with AK-47s and copies in the 1960s and 1970s). But the cases you mention are very disparate. In Bosnia there do seem to have been some (illegal) CIA deliveries to the Muslims in violation of the embargo, but these were very small scale and in any event the Muslims were one of the major parties to the conflict, as well as constituting the de facto government in Sarajevo, because the other ethnicities had withdrawn. Likewise, and in spite of preening memoirs and films, the US influence in Afghanistan was quite small : the mujahideen were already forming in the 1970s, and the only contribution the US really made was to supply anti-aircraft missiles, which complicated the Russians' existence quite a bit. But actually fomenting and arming an insurgency next to one of the three or four major powers on the planet, with highly skilled intelligence services? There is stupidity and there's downright insanity.

upstater , March 27, 2021 at 7:33 pm

I the 1950s, the CIA and MI6 trained and armed the "Forest Brothers" in the Baltics. Neutral Sweden and Finland were across hundreds of km of water. Land access was through Soviet territory or satellites. There was no significant international trade or commerce in the area at the time. Yet they had tens of thousands of well supplied (for that era) resistance fighters that took a decade for the USSR to stomp out.

To suggest that today's CIA is incapable of stirring things up in a well-connected Xinjiang when thousands of foreigners travel there, tons of business shipments and international flights and road transport is a mystifying statement. Particularly after CIA's decades of experience managing jihadis all across North Africa, Mideast and Central Asia, more than a few being Uigurs.

And suggesting that the only thing the US supplied the Afghan jihadis were Stinger missiles is far off the mark. It was a multi-billion dollar per year operation conducted by the US with collaboration of the ISI and Saudis. All those tens of thousands of jihadis didn't arrive by camels and make slingshots.

I agree "There is stupidity and there's downright insanity" in fomenting troubles in Xinjiang. The US has already passed that test. Many times.

Yves Smith , March 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm


We are three generations past the 1950s. Not a relevant example.

The US is not even remotely as good as you'd have to believe to accept this theory. For starters, we don't begin to have enough people with native level language competence, much the less willing to live there long enough to be trusted. They'll take our arms, but our directives?

It is in the interest of the CIA to take credit for all sorts of things where their role was non-existent to marginal because funding.

PlutoniumKun , March 27, 2021 at 2:20 pm

David put it so much better than I could.

I can't claim any great knowledge or insight into the region, but the notion that the Uighurs were part of a grand CIA strategy, or that they have had sufficient influence in the region to manipulate them into opposing China, just doesn't pass the smell test. Unfortunately, like the notion that Covid is spread on frozen food, so far as I can tell it is now considered 'a fact' by most Chinese, inside and outside the country. As a result, even Chinese who strongly dislike their government are not at all bothered by reports coming out of the region.

For what its worth, I knew an English guy who lived for a few years in Urumqi with his Chinese wife about 15 years ago. He was virulently anti-muslim and didn't much like the non-Chinese locals he met, but I remember at the time that said that what he saw around him convinced him that things were going to end very badly for the Uighurs, the Chinese were just waiting for the opportunity to wipe them out. I was in Tibet at that period (I was fortunate to get a visa on the last year solo traveller were allowed in) and witnessed the way Tibetans were openly abused on the street by Chinese soldiers. Even Tibetans said that the Uighurs got it worse.

drumlin woodchuckles , March 27, 2021 at 5:53 pm

The US government and privately motivated US citizens have no credibility on this issue. That means if anyone is going to raise it, it will have to be someone other than America or Americans.

That doesn't change the fact of Great Han Lebensraum genocide-policy against the Uighurs on the part of the Chinese Communazi Party. And Chinese statements about their Lebensraum genocide against Uighuria are just as much hasbara as Israeli statements about antiPalestinianitic persecution in the Occupied West Bank.

And if that purely-private opinion of a mere U S citizen makes any Great Han hasbarists ( or might I say . . . Hansbarists) on this thread mad, then that makes me happy.

Fern , March 27, 2021 at 6:14 pm

Your friend was English; I have not seen this attitude on the part of Chinese friends or Chinese I've talked with. I was traveling on a domestic flight in China a number of years ago and found myself sitting on a plane next to a random Chinese soldier -- a memorably tall, handsome young man. He spoke English well enough to have a discussion (the relaxed atmosphere and the need to pass the time does wonders when it comes to breaking down language barriers). Major Uighur terror attacks and unrest had been in the news (around 2009), so I asked him what he thought about it. He said that he grew up in Xinjiang. His parents were Han Chinese who had first come to Xinjiang during the cultural revolution to build some local infrastructure/improvement project (he described it to me but I don't remember the details). They saw their goal as improving conditions in the region. Of course, the government wanted to solidify Chinese presence in that region of their country, but I heard no hint of anger or derision toward the Uighur. He said he was very concerned that the Uighur people were happy and he hoped China could find a way to mend the relationship. He said that growing up, there were many mixed Chinese/Han marriages and that "people say" that mixed Han/Uighur marriages produced the most physically beautiful children. I didn't see any evidence of the malignant racism you describe on the part of your English friend.

Strong central governments vs violent separatist movements tend to create lasting problems. Growing up in a border state over 100 years after our own civil war, I grew up with the fact that many people had still not let go of that resentment. Southerners still maintained a sense of grievance back then. The Maryland state song that I learned as a child is only now being decommissioned by the state legislature. One stanza refers to the "Northern scum".

This week's WaPo headline: "Maryland poised to say goodbye to state song that celebrates the Confederacy".

drumlin woodchuckles , March 27, 2021 at 10:40 pm

If your Han Chinese interlocutor's feelings are widely shared among the ruled-over rather than ruling-over ordinary majority of Han citizens, then it would appear that it is the MonoParty RegimeGovernment ruling over China which is Communazi, not the people as such.

Regardless, it will be up to countrygovs which have moral standing in this area to comment or not, not the US anymore. At least for now.

Probably the Uighurs have it even worse than Tibetans because Uighuria is very inhabitable by Han settlers whereas Tibet is high and dry enough that ( I have read), that lowland-adapted Hans have trouble physically coping over time with the lower oxygen levels at Tibet altitude.
If that is so, then the High Tibetan Plateau at least would not provide Lebensraum for millions of Han Settlers in any case, so why clear the Tibetans off the plateau and out of existence? Not so much need, in Tibet's case.

Keith Newman , March 27, 2021 at 2:43 pm

I have no knowledge about points 1 to 3, but totally disagree with point 4.
The hubris and desire of the US alphabet agencies to meddle is remarkable. A current example is the CIA support of jihadis in Syria that the US military itself is fighting against.
Interesting caution re Wilkerson – do you have a link?

The Rev Kev , March 27, 2021 at 10:03 am

Here is a link to an article talking about that talk PK. Having a coupla thousand Uygurs in Syria gaining combat experience for use later who knows where was probably proof enough for China of western intentions. Just think of the other Jihadists who have been used in places like Libya and the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war and the Chinese would be drawing their own conclusions-

[Mar 28, 2021] 'He's toast'- GOP leaves Raffensperger twisting in the wind - POLITICO

Mar 28, 2021 |

The Georgia GOP secretary of state who bucked Donald Trump is up against serious resistance within his own party.

..."He's toast," said Jay Williams, a Georgia-based Republican strategist. "I don't know that there's a single elected official who would put their neck out for Brad Raffensperger right now."

Not everyone in state political circles is convinced Raffensperger's political plight is so grim. Some still see a path to reelection, despite the serious resistance within his own party.

Either way, as the GOP forges its post-Trump era identity, Raffensperger's reelection campaign is emerging as one of the earliest and most contentious test cases for the direction of the party.

...Jason Shepherd, the chair of the Republican Party in Cobb County, Georgia, said he has friends who are "completely uninvolved in politics" who tell him "there is no way they are going to vote to reelect Raffensperger."

That sentiment, he said, is coming from "the type of person you're almost surprised they know the name of the secretary of state."

Earlier this week, Rep. Jody Hice, a defender of Trump's effort to overturn the election, announced he's running with Trump's endorsement to unseat Raffensperger. And the Georgia Republican Party isn't exactly sitting on the sidelines.

The state executive committee publicly called this week on Raffensperger to repudiate his staff for misquoting Trump's words in a December phone call in which Trump urged a Georgia elections official to find "dishonesty" in the vote in an attempt to reverse the election results.

The party said Raffensperger has "dodged repeated attempts" by committee members to discuss the issue with him.

Closer to home, Raffensperger failed this past weekend to get Republicans in his own precinct to elect him as a delegate to his county's upcoming Republican Party convention, said Stewart Bragg, executive director of the Georgia Republican Party. After Raffensperger wrote a letter asking to be elected, no one at the precinct meeting moved to nominate him, Bragg said.

In a statement, the chair of the Fulton County Republican Party, Trey Kelly, said he was unaware of any letter from Raffensperger, adding that, "like many others who did not attend Saturday, he was not added to the delegate or alternate list for the county convention." A person close to Raffensperger also denied that he sent a letter seeking election.

His representatives otherwise declined to comment for this story, pointing to Raffensperger's past public statements.

Raffensperger's official responsibilities have also been targeted by Republicans in the state. On Thursday, the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law, signed by Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, that removes the secretary of state as the state election board chair -- to be replaced by a person approved by the state legislature.

The law, in effect, hands control of the five-person board over to the state legislature: Two other members on the board are picked by the respective legislative chambers. The law also gives the state election board the ability to suspend county election officials, who are replaced by an individual picked by the board.

... ... ...

Raffensperger has joined the chorus of Republicans across the country in opposing H.R. 1, or the For the People Act, congressional Democrats' sweeping piece of legislation that would drastically remake most aspects of federal elections, penning an op-ed in USA Today on Friday that says the bill makes "reckless demands of Georgia's elections system."

At the same time, Raffensperger has been harshly critical of the falsehoods about the 2020 election promoted by Trump and embraced by Hice, saying voters will punish Hice because of it.

[Mar 26, 2021] Biden foreign policy is counterproductive and can only lead to more isolation.

Mar 26, 2021 |

bayviking , says:

waw , says: March 25, 2021 at 9:25 pm GMT • 23.3 hours ago

The sooner America collapses, the safer the rest of the world will be, excluding the Ashkenazi

[Mar 26, 2021] Coomer filed a defamation suit in Denver state court, seeking unspecified damages by Roger Parloff

Mar 26, 2021 |

On Dec. 22, Coomer filed a defamation suit in Denver state court , seeking unspecified damages, against Oltmann and 14 others, including the Trump Campaign; Giuliani; Powell; the One America News Network (OAN); OAN chief White House correspondent Chanel Rion; Newsmax Media; Newsmax contributor Michelle Malkin; The Gateway Pundit website; and radio and podcast host Eric Metaxas.

[Mar 22, 2021] Biden Picks a Pointless Fight with Russia - Eunomia

Mar 22, 2021 |

The Russian government is responding angrily to Biden's derisive comments about Putin:

The Kremlin has reacted angrily to US President Joe Biden's remarks that Russian leader Vladimir Putin is "a killer," calling the comment unprecedented and describing the relationship between the two countries as "very bad."

U.S.-Russian relations have been deteriorating steadily over the last ten years, and it always seemed unlikely that Biden would improve them. Now there will be even less of a chance that Biden can work constructively with his Russian counterpart. The president's blunt answer to a rather silly question from George Stephanopoulos has further damaged the relationship to neither country's benefit. Anatol Lieven observed recently that this is a "completely unnecessary confrontation with Russia" at a time when the U.S. needs Russian cooperation on some important issues. Lieven cites U.S. reentry into the JCPOA and extricating U.S. forces from Afghanistan as his examples of issues where Russian cooperation could be very valuable, but he could have added new negotiations on future arms control agreements as well. Making progress on any one of these becomes much more challenging when our president is gratuitously insulting theirs. For an administration that prides itself on practicing diplomacy, they have a funny way of showing it.

[Mar 22, 2021] Nephew has described the destruction of Iran's economy as "a tremendous success," and lamented during a visit to Russia that food was still plentiful in the country's capital despite mounting US sanctions.

Mar 22, 2021 |

Mao , Mar 21 2021 16:06 utc | 14

The Joseph Biden administration has named Richard Nephew as its deputy Iran envoy. As the former principal deputy coordinator of sanctions policy for Barack Obama's State Department, Nephew took personal credit for depriving Iranians of food, sabotaging their automobile industry, and driving up unemployment rates.

Nephew has described the destruction of Iran's economy as "a tremendous success," and lamented during a visit to Russia that food was still plentiful in the country's capital despite mounting US sanctions.

Nephew's appointment to a senior diplomatic post suggests that rather than immediately returning to the JCPOA nuclear deal, the Biden administration will finesse sanctions illegally imposed by Trump to pressure Iran into an onerous, reworked agreement that Tehran is unlikely to join.

jayc , Mar 21 2021 17:56 utc | 23

Mao #14

Grayzone's report is fascinating in a "banality of evil" kind of way.

Nephew's "simple framework" for "sanctions to perform their expected function" reads like a torturer's manual (replace "target state" with "prisoner"):

- identify objectives for the imposition of pain and define the minimum necessary remedial steps that the target state must take for pain to be removed

- understand as much as possible the nature of the target, including its vulnerabilities, interests, commitment to whatever it did to prompt sanctions, and readiness to absorb pain

-develop a strategy to carefully, methodically, and efficiently increase pain on those areas that are vulnerabilities while avoiding those that are not

-monitor the execution of the strategy and continuously recalibrate its initial assumption of target state resolve, the efficacy of the pain applied in shattering that resolve, and how best to improve the strategy


farm ecologist , Mar 21 2021 18:10 utc | 25

Kudos to Alan Macleod and MintPressNews (cited above by b) for providing further evidence of how the US and its allies don't care about human suffering and death as long as they are able to further their political goals. A previous article in this series uncovers this striking bit of disregard for human life in the 2020 Annual Report of the US Department of Health (sic) and Human Services:

Combatting malign influences in the Americas: OGA (Office of Global Affairs) used diplomatic relations in the Americas region to mitigate efforts by states, including Cuba, Venezuela, and Russia, who are working to increase their influence in the region to the detriment of US safety and security. OGA coordinated with other U.S. government agencies to strengthen diplomatic ties and offer technical and humanitarian assistance to dissuade countries in the region from accepting aid from these ill intentioned states. Examples include using OGA's Health Attaché office to persuade Brazil to reject the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, and offering CDC technical assistance in lieu of Panama accepting an offer of Cuban doctors.

Translation: Deaths in Brazil are skyrocketing, but at least we prevented them from using that damned Russian vaccine.

[Mar 21, 2021] Blinken, like his boss, is a complete moron.

Mar 21, 2021 |

uncle tungsten , Mar 21 2021 3:55 utc | 181

Blinken, like his boss, is a complete moron. He blew it with his patronising threatening 'rules based order' drivel because he has no expertise. Blinken has been doing this for a decade or two: Syria, Libya, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran, and on and on. He has the form of a killer, the mind of a killer and the intentions of a mass murderer. He has proven the latter and is the type of global ambassadorial psychopath that one should meet with once and then never meet again.

The USA has lost its mind and every day that passes proves that point.

This bar deserves broader analysis of other quarters of the planet and no more references to the Guardian or NYT.

Mao , Mar 21 2021 5:58 utc | 186

Three Takeaways from China-U.S. Alaska Meeting

Mao , Mar 21 2021 5:58 utc | 187

Posted by: willie | Mar 20 2021 15:31 utc | 116

A majority of american ambassadors are rich businessmen and women,who have not the slightest idea what diplomacy is about.

Stop Letting Rich People Buy Ambassadorships
President Biden could score a quick win by dismantling the donor-to-ambassador pipeline.

Biden under pressure to tap fewer political ambassadors than Trump, Obama
Donors are growing impatient as Biden delays naming coveted ambassador posts.

curmudgeon , Mar 21 2021 6:52 utc | 190
I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms. Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code. But we know how to uphold our interests. We will work with the United States, but in the areas that we are interested in and on terms that we believe are beneficial to us. They will have to reckon with it despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults. They will have to reckon with this.

The author provides basic but essential definition of conflict resolution. The USians either don't understand or defy it.
oldhippie , Mar 21 2021 7:25 utc | 192

James @ 170

Your link to statement by Blinken & Sullivan is propaganda as you say. It is also an expression of how deeply limited and very stupid these two are. They have no idea what just hit them.

[Mar 12, 2021] H.R.1 (the -For the People Act-) Legitimizes WaPo's McCarthy-ite PropOrNot -Reporting,- Institutionalizes Ballot Marking Devi

Notable quotes:
"... By Lambert Strether of Corrente. ..."
"... Citizens United ..."
"... the QR code is the ballot ..."
"... I'm surprised Republicans haven't done as much to sink the Libertarian Party. ..."
"... The Ballot Marking Devices section in essence legalizes election theft.) ..."
"... The dems carried AZ and PA AFTER they got the Greens removed from the ballot in both states. It tells you all you need to know about the Democratic Party and "free elections". ..."
Mar 12, 2021 |

H.R.1 (the "For the People Act") Legitimizes WaPo's McCarthy-ite PropOrNot "Reporting," Institutionalizes Ballot Marking Devices, and Cripples Minor Parties Posted on March 9, 2021 by Lambert Strether

By Lambert Strether of Corrente.

H.R.1 (the " For the People Act ") is the enormous election law reform bill just passed by the House and sent to the Senate. (The PDF has 791 pages.) Black Agenda Report describes the 2019 version as "a sleazy ghetto ice cream truckload of empty promises." Associated Press uses more measured language:

House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, was approved on a near party-line 220-210 vote. It would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes.

The stakes in the outcome are monumental, cutting to the foundational idea that one person equals one vote, and carrying with it the potential to shape election outcomes for years to come. It also offers a test of how hard President Joe Biden and his party are willing to fight for their priorities, as well as those of their voters.

This bill "will put a stop at the voter suppression that we're seeing debated right now," said Rep. Nikema Williams, a new congresswoman who represents the Georgia district that deceased voting rights champion John Lewis held for years. "This bill is the 'Good Trouble' he fought for his entire life."

To Republicans, however, it would give license to unwanted federal interference in states' authority to conduct their own elections -- ultimately benefiting Democrats through higher turnout, most notably among minorities.

Here is a guide to the Bill from the Brennan Center ; is a conservative assault on the bill from the National Review ; and a list of bullet points from Daily Kos :

Establish automatic voter registration at an array of state agencies; Establish same-day voter registration; Allow online voter registration; Allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register so they'll be on the rolls when they turn 18; Allow state colleges and universities to serve as registration agencies; Ban states from purging eligible voters' registration simply for infrequent voting; Establish two weeks of in-person early voting, including availability on Sundays and outside of normal business hours; Standardize hours within states for opening and closing polling places on Election Day, with exceptions to let cities set longer hours in municipal races; Require paper ballots filled by hand or machines that use them as official records and let voters verify their choices; Grant funds to states to upgrade their election security infrastructure; Provide prepaid postage on mail ballots; Allow voters to turn in their mail ballot in person if they choose; Allow voters to track their absentee mail ballots; Require states to establish nonpartisan redistricting commissions for congressional redistricting (possibly not until the 2030s round of redistricting); Establish nonpartisan redistricting criteria such as a partisan fairness provision that courts can enforce starting immediately no matter what institution is drawing the maps; End prison gerrymandering by counting prisoners at their last address (rather than where they're incarcerated) for the purposes of redistricting; End felony disenfranchisement for those on parole, probation, or post-sentence, and require such citizens to be supplied with registration forms and informed their voting rights have been restored; Provide public financing for House campaigns in the form of matching small donations at a six-for-one rate; Expand campaign finance disclosure requirements to mitigate Citizens United ; Ban corporations from spending for campaign purposes unless the corporation has established a process for determining the political will of its shareholders; and Make it a crime to mislead voters with the intention of preventing them from voting.

There's certainly a lot of good stuff here (though as readers know, I loathe early voting, since it can only increase voting for Party, not candidate, and would prefer a system that maximized in-person voting, with Election Day a national holiday, and hand-marked paper ballots hand-counted in public. But I recognize this is an outlier's position). Whether the bill will pass is, of course, another matter, given the filibuster . In fact, the bill ( as BAR points out ) seems designed to have its various sections lifted out and turned into standalone bills. From Axios :

Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21 and a longtime proponent of campaign finance reform, says Democrats have a 3 -- 5 year strategy for enacting the key elements of H.R. 1 .

So, we'll see. In this post, I will focus on concerns more familiar to NC readers: H.R.1's shocking[1] legitimation of the Washington Post's McCarthyite PropOrNot debacle; its institutionalization of Ballot Marking Devices (which are not the same as "hand-marked paper ballots"), and its provisions to cripple third party formation and growth. I don't know if these issues are deal-breakers for anyone, or anyone who matters, but I do know that the mainstream has not raised them.

Legitimizing PropOrNot

From the text of the bill , "Subtitle C -- Strengthening Oversight of Online Political Advertising, SEC. 4203. FINDINGS":

(2) On November 24, 2016, The Washington Post reported findings from teams of independent researchers that concluded Russians '' exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment * * * as part of a broadly effective strategy of sowing distrust in U.S. democracy and its leaders."

Frankly, I'm gobsmacked to find this quotation from WaPo codified as a Congressional Finding and embodied in statutory language[2]. For those who came in late, I'll unpack my gobsmackedness, beginning by quoting Craig Timberg's WaPo story, " Russian propaganda effort helped spread 'fake news' during election, experts say, " which was oddly[3] placed in the Business Section:

Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment , as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House.

One of those "teams" was PropOrNot:

PropOrNot's monitoring report, which was provided to The Washington Post in advance of its public release, identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans. On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed more than 213 million times.

As described by Max Blumenthal :

[A shady website, PropOrNot,] has compiled a blacklist of websites its anonymous authors accuse of pushing fake news and Russian propaganda. The blacklist includes over 200 outlets, from the right-wing Drudge Report and Russian government-funded Russia Today, to Wikileaks and an array of marginal conspiracy and far-right sites. The blacklist also includes some of the flagship publications of the progressive left, including Truthdig, Counterpunch, Truthout, Naked Capitalism, and the Black Agenda Report , a leftist African-American opinion hub that is critical of the liberal black political establishment.

UPDATE As the Columbia Journalism Review commented at the time:

It became apparent soon after that the Post had itself fallen for shoddy information. The story relied heavily on a report by PropOrNot, an anonymous internet group that bills itself as "Your Friendly Neighborhood Propaganda Identification Service, Since 2016!" While its study claimed to show how a deliberate Russian effort had unduly influenced American public opinion, it included in its calculations non-fake, left-wing sites like Naked Capitalism and Truthdig, among others.

One of the ways the Post's journalistic malfeasance "became apparent" was a fusillade of posts by Yves (" PropOrNot's Grandiose Fabrications ", " Washington Post Refuses to Retract Article Defaming Naked Capitalism and Other Sites ," " We Demand That PropOrNot Remove Its Blacklist, Report, and Browser Tool Defaming Naked Capitalism and Issue an Apology "). WaPo ultimately deigned to place a credibility-destroying "Editor's Note" at the head of article, reading in relevant part:

A number of those sites have objected to being included on PropOrNot's list, and some of the sites, as well as others not on the list, have publicly challenged the group's methodology and conclusions. The Post, which did not name any of the sites, does not itself vouch for the validity of PropOrNot's findings regarding any individual media outlet, nor did the article purport to do so [wowsers]. Since publication of The Post's story, PropOrNot has removed some sites from its list.

So the story was . what? Some goons made a list the Post won't vouch for? Swell reporting standards there[4]. You can't spell "McCarthy" without including " Marty ," I guess. And there the matter rested, just one of those stupidities that our famously free press routinely emits. One might have supposed it forgotten. Until the story appeared in the text of a bill House Democrats passed!

Institutionalizing Ballot Marking Devices

From the text of the bill, " Subtitle F -- Promoting Accuracy, Integrity, and Security Through Voter-Verified Permanent Paper Ballot, SEC. 1502. PAPER BALLOT AND MANUAL COUNTING REQUIREMENTS ":




(I) The voting system shall require the use of an individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballot of the voter's vote that shall be marked and made available for inspection and verification by the voter before the voter's vote is cast and counted, and which shall be counted by hand or read by an optical character recognition device or other counting device. For purposes of this subclause, the term 'individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballot' means a paper ballot marked by the voter by hand or a paper ballot marked through the use of a nontabulating ballot marking device or system , so long as the voter shall have the option to mark his or her ballot by hand.

This language is extremely broken. Hand-marked paper ballot advocate Jenny Cohn suggests a revision:

Los Angeles County's horrid VSAP system uses QR codes ( discussed at length here ). Here is why QR codes are both unauditable and (if the ballot marking devices are hacked) enable election fraud by insiders:

Voter makes selections on touch-screen (software, hence buggy and insecure), selections are stored (ditto) and printed out (ditto) on a page with a human-readable receipt reflecting (one assumes) the touchscreen selections, and the ballot itself, which is the QR code, which is not human-readable. The page is then scanned (ditto) and QR code is then tabulated (ditto). The sleight of hand is, of course, the ballot itself. A human may think that their reciept, which they can read to check that it matches what they selected on the touch screen, also matches the QR code, which they cannot. But there's no reason on earth to think that! And the unreadable QR code, since that is what is tabulated, is the ballot! Take the matter out of the delusional digital realm. Suppose voting worked like this: You voted by hand-marking a yellow paper ballot. You then handed the yellow paper ballot to an official who, behind a screen so you could not see, marked a blue ballot that you could not read, sealed it so you could not read it, and then handed the blue ballot back to you and told you to put it in the ballot box, that's your vote. Does that make any sense? That is how a "Ballot Marking Device" works.

In essence, ballots printed out by Ballot Marking Devices are not hand-marked ; the digital (i.e., the hackable) interposes itself at every point: At the touchscreen, at the printer, at the reader. And because the printed-out QR code is what is counted, the QR code is the ballot . And since the QR code is not human-readable, voting is not transparent to the slightest degree.[5] (The VSAP post describes many other problems with ballot marking devices, but this is the most important.)

Crippling Third Parties

Finally, H.R.1 makes ballot access for minor parties even more diffcult than it already is. From Maryland Matters, " Opinion: Sarbanes' H.R. 1 Has Poison Pill to Kill Minor Party Competition ":

H.R. 1 contains a poison pill designed to reduce political competition and voter choice by weakening minor parties, at exactly a time where, according to a recent Gallup poll, support for a third party is at an all-time high .

Ever since then-presidential candidate Barack Obama shunned the federal public matching funds program in 2008 , among all parties' general election candidates, only Green Party presidential nominees have applied for and qualified for these funds. H.R. 1 would solve this minor party/Green Party "problem" by raising the threshold to qualify for matching funds beyond the realistic ability of Greens (and other minor party nominees) to reach.

This move to disempower minor parties and their voters is cloaked within the promise of a new and improved matching funds program, designed to entice major party candidates to opt into the program, with the promise of substantially increased funding.

The current donation threshold to qualify for a 1:1 match is to raise at least $5,000 in each of at least 20 states, in donations no larger than $250 each. The public already supports funding minor party candidates under this formula. Green candidates Jill Stein (2012, 2016) and Howie Hawkins (2020) each qualified for matching funds in the last three cycles.

The new H.R. 1 threshold would replace the existing 1:1 match program with a 6:1 match, but would simultaneously increase the minimum amount of donations by 500% to a minimum of $25,000 in each of 20 states. It would also increase the minimum number of contributions to reach it by 625%, by subtlety lowering the size of donations that can count toward reaching the threshold from $250 to $200. This would make it even harder on minor party candidates -- who are mostly excluded from candidate forums and media coverage and have a far smaller base of well-funded donors to draw from -- by disqualifying 20% of the $250 donations they are able to raise.

The real-world effect of eliminating the existing 1:1 threshold would be to eliminate a matching funds threshold that is demonstrably reachable by minor party candidates and replace it with a category reachable likely only by top-tier major party candidates. This sleight-of-hand will lead people to think Democrats are for increased public funding, but apparently only for themselves.

Once again from Black Agenda Report :

I was part of Jill Stein's campaign team in 2015-2016, and I can tell you we barely met the old threshold in about 22 states. It was a near thing. Eliminating those federal matching funds for a Green Party presidential campaign would mean all but certain erasure of the Green Party from the ballot in a good dozen or more states for 2020, and maybe a dozen more in 2022. Since most states also require a presidential and/or US Senate nominee to appear at the top of the ballot, HR 1 would prohibit the Green Party from running any local candidates in states where a defunded Green Party's vote drops below a certain level, and it will plummet if Green campaigns, which which accept no funding from corporations will be far less able to hire staff or contractors and to perform the necessary functions of a campaign.

Hard to believe that Democrats would do such a thing deliberately, but here we are.


So these are the three flaws that I can see in H.R.1. Whether these flaws should be sufficient to sink the bill, I don't know. Readers?


[1] It does not speak well of our national security goons that this material still lives in their institutional memory.

[2] A foreshadowing of RussiaGate, perhaps. It turns out that anonymous sources don't need a layer of indirection, like a shady website. You can just quote them, and nobody calls you on it.

[3] Timberg's story dropped on Thanksgiving Eve. We were told at the time by sources in a position to know that his piece made it into the paper without being vetted by the national security desk at which he once worked, which led to some fiery internal email exchanges at WaPo.

[4] On the begrudging and sluggishly inserted Editor's Note, CJR commented :

[T]he editor's note vaults into verbal gymnastics in an attempt to simultaneously rationalize and distance itself from an obviously flawed primary source. Any data analysis is only as good as the sum of its parts, and it's clear that PropOrNot's methodology was lacking.

The Post, of course, was merely reporting what PropOrNot said. Yet it used declarative language throughout, sans caveat, lending credence to a largely unknown organization that lumps together independent left-wing publications and legitimately Russian-backed news services. The Post diminished its credibility at a time when media credibility is in short supply, and the non-apologetic editor's note doesn't help.

A Post spokeswoman declined to comment further on the episode, saying that the editor's note speaks for itself.


[5] The hacker's exploit would make it so the human readable part of the ballot read as if the voter voted for candidate A; but the QR code, that which, being tabulated, is the actual ballot, would be for candidate B, or whatever else the hacker wanted it to be, like a spoiled ballot.

Michaelmas, March 9, 2021 at 8:17 pm

I'm surprised Republicans haven't done as much to sink the Libertarian Party.

They can't really do that at this point. One effect of Obama and the Dems' criminal complicity with Wall Street after the 2008 GFC was the Tea Party's rise as a reaction to that, which in turn enabled Charles Koch -- a libertarian, NOT a Republican -- to pour money into supporting Tea Party candidates.

As a result, Koch may effectively have a hold on a majority of the competent political operators in the Republican party now. Thus, when Trump won in 2016, he was compelled to hire people straight out of the Koch machine -- Pence, Kellyanne Conway, Pompeo, McCarthy, and approximately 60 percent or more of the Trump administration's rank and file have CVs directly attaching them to the Kochtopus if you investigate (and whenever an old-school Republican left, the Koch people would move one of their one into that position as, forex, when Pompeo replaced Tillerson).

One presumes Trump was too stupid to have figured this out. Anyway, Koch overall now has a more sophisticated political machine than the Republican party as a whole. It's easy to assume Charles Koch is some kind of standard evil capitalist Richie Rich born with a silver spoon in his mouth. In fact, he's highly intelligent with two MIT master's engineering degrees, one in nuclear and one in chemical engineering, and his companies were among the first American companies to integrate computers into their operations back in the 1970s. Thus, when you heard all the squawking about Cambridge Analytica, and the Mercers and Steve Bannon subverting democracy, the reality is that Koch has operated an electoral data-collection and targeting company called i360 doing all the things Cambridge Analytica was accused of for the last decade and a half. It's far more sophisticated than anything the Republican Party has in-house and the Koch machine uses it to support candidates it approves of even at a loss.

Why don't you hear about this and how does Koch get away with it? Because, again, he's a libertarian, not a Republican, and thus the Koch machine gives money to Democratic politicians and organizations, too.

JBird4049, March 9, 2021 at 7:24 pm

So what happens with an undeniable win of an unapproved party happens? Will the reformers of the correct "losing party" just accept it?

Also, seeing the security state's apparatchiks in Congress, along with the Nevada Democratic Party's pettifactors and pettifoggers, and the national nomenklatura or high priests with their following of fanatical believers concerned citizens doing a good job is heart warming.

Finally seeing competent ruling in action is good; we must keep those unwashed proles along with the displaced disposables in their proper places.

I am in awe of the Democratic Party physical congress of the American people during the last forty years. Why, they are almost as good as the Republicans.

Lambert Strether, March 10, 2021 at 4:40 am

> I guess I just don't understand the urgency, here.

The urgency is Republican efforts at the state level, most (all?) of which have the effect of making it harder to vote and restricting the franchise. It's all pretty bad, but it's possible that H.R.1 could make it worse. (The Ballot Marking Devices section in essence legalizes election theft.)

Michael Ismoe, March 10, 2021 at 1:11 pm

Ummmmm. It's "bi-partisan"

The dems carried AZ and PA AFTER they got the Greens removed from the ballot in both states. It tells you all you need to know about the Democratic Party and "free elections".

Just another political party trying to get a leg up on the other one. Nothing to see here.

Tom Stone, March 9, 2021 at 9:15 pm

Describing HR1 as "Fixing" the election process is a rare example of truth in advertising by our congresscritters.

John Anthony La Pietra, March 9, 2021 at 10:23 pm

Probably not a great surprise to the commentariat that the Green Party opposes HR1 -- and opposed it last session too.

Some outlets in the designated free-speech zone bleachers on the farther side of the stadium have taken notice of this year's statement; from the nearer side, not so much yet that I've seen. But here's hoping. And thanks to NC for coming straight at this fraud repeatedly. (Thanks too for knocking the props out from under the PropOrNot provision.)

George Phillies, March 10, 2021 at 12:06 am

" Since most states also require a presidential and/or US Senate nominee to appear at the top of the ballot, HR 1 would prohibit the Green Party from running any local candidates in states where a defunded Green Party's vote drops below a certain level, " I don't believe that that claim is correct. It is certainly not true in Massachusetts (where I am a former Libertarian State Party Chair) and does not match my knowledge of New York, New Hampshire, or California.

The Libertarian Party Presidential candidate has almost always ignored Federal campaign funds for the nominating campaign. The last LP campaign to take Federal nominating funds appears to have lost money on the deal. The Libertarian Party has repeatedly had a Presidential candidate on the ballot in every state, thanks to the efforts of its donors and volunteers.

The Green Party's difficulty (and the difficulty faced by the third Third Party, the Constitution Party, which appears to have been forgotten here) is that it is small, a third or a half the size of the Libertarian Party, and therefore lacks the resources it needs. It does not help the Greens that they have sometimes worried about causing the Democratic Presidential candidate to lose. Libertarians as a group do not have this concern. While the other two major parties are not the same, neither of them is viewed by Libertarians as being desirable people to hold office.

Lambert Strether, March 10, 2021 at 4:38 am

I added material from a contemporaneous article on the PropOrNot debacle from the Columbia Journalism Review . I also cleaned up the notes, which I had misnumbered (fifty lashes with a wet noodle for lambert). And I did a little copy editing.

Bjorn, March 10, 2021 at 5:39 am

The analogy presented about BMDs is not very apt, for two reasons:

1. If both the human-readable receipt and the QR code are scanned, this provides after-the-fact auditability.
2. Although QR codes aren't human-readable, they're very easily readable by a personal device that everyone carries around in their pocket. This provides in-the-moment auditability, with unpredictable, distributed auditors.

The combination of those two factors make life extremely difficult for any attacker: if even one person happens to check that their QR code matches their receipt and discovers it doesn't, it's going to trigger an audit of the entire system, and the attack will be discovered.

The analogous system described, with the sealed blue ballot, provides no in-the-moment auditability, and if we are to assume that the yellow ballot is thrown away, no after-the-fact auditability.

expr, March 10, 2021 at 11:46 am

There is no requirement that what you see when you scan the QR code will make any sense to the voter. A bunch of race/candidate code pairs not necessarily in an order compatible with the paper ballot and perhaps encrypted

Another Scott, March 10, 2021 at 6:58 am

Did anyone else notice this?

"Ban corporations from spending for campaign purposes unless the corporation has established a process for determining the political will of its shareholders"

So it's ok for a corporation to donate if it's shareholders approve. Do the donations have to mirror the political will of the shareholders? Is a simple majority sufficient? What if it has two-class share structure?

That's before getting to the two big issue: firstly, the tax advantage of making campaign (or any political donation) through a corporation as I can't deduct a contribution, but I'm pretty sure that a corporation can. In addition and more importantly, what about all of the other stakeholders?

Why not simply prohibit any campaign contributions from corporations?

lyman alpha blob, March 10, 2021 at 12:17 pm

I can see it now -- Corporation X asks its shareholders to support political donations to candidate Y. You as a shareholder must confirm your support or the C Suite might have to find something else to do with all that cash that was going to be distributed as dividends. And if you fail to mail in your proxy at all, they'll just take that as tacit agreement of support.

marym, March 10, 2021 at 7:56 am

Did every Democrat in Congress just write down their favorite wish and they collected them all into a single bill? Do they actually want it to pass the Senate? Surely they don't all want some controls on corporate campaign spending!

We do need national standards for some of those bullet points that enable voters and help make machine voting more secure. That would be difficult enough without all the other baggage in the bill.

Maybe there will be a deal in the Senate -- Democrats get to use their excuses for losing in 2016 to suppress third parties and dissenting views, and Republicans use theirs in 2020 to suppress the voters.

If a bill does pass would be interesting to understand which pieces they cared about enough to make severable from the whole before the lawsuits start.

In any case, they really need to pass the voting rights bill HR 4/S 4263 to restore the full protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, before we get mired in some "3-5 year strategy" for HR 1.

Dean, March 10, 2021 at 8:15 am

A duopoly of power exists in the electoral-legislative-executive industrial complex. Anything that stifles outside competition is a feature, not a bug.

Jerry, March 10, 2021 at 9:01 am

Don't overlook this clause: " so long as the voter shall have the option to mark his or her ballot by hand."

That means BMDs exist only along side of current hand marking, never in place of hand marking. Most voters will mark by hand so few BMDs will be purchased, likely only one per precinct. That will cause a waiting line for the BMD and result in its non-use by any voter capable of making direct marks by hand.

The ability to steal an election with QR codes via BMDs will be so remote that it won't be worth the trouble to attempt it.

Will S., March 10, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Do you not remember the issues with provisional ballots in the Democrat primaries? Having the "option" to hand mark a ballot doesn't mean it will be easy to exercise that option, and in fact you may be outright lied to by the volunteers running the polling booth and told you don't have that option.

William Hunter Duncan, March 10, 2021 at 9:37 am

I have always known the Republican party to be disegenuous in the extreme, untrustworthy and authoritarian. I long thought Dems to be milquetoast anodyne. Since 2015 however I have come to be even more opposed to the Dem party than the Republican party, this HR 1 being an example of how they have become authoritarian in the extreme while hiding behind preening moral superiority.

I have been wondering too though, with the spate of election reform bills in Republican controlled states, why I have not heard any calls to outlaw Dominion and the like?

Clearly both parties want to "fix" the system in their (nefarious) favor.

[Mar 12, 2021] The real election theft seems to happen long before the ballots are even printed

With the spate of election reform bills in Republican controlled states, why I have not heard any calls to outlaw Dominion and the like? Clearly both parties want to "fix" the system in their (nefarious) favor.
Mar 12, 2021 |

Bjorn , , March 10, 2021 at 5:39 am

The analogy presented about BMDs is not very apt, for two reasons:

1. If both the human-readable receipt and the QR code are scanned, this provides after-the-fact auditability.

2. Although QR codes aren't human-readable, they're very easily readable by a personal device that everyone carries around in their pocket. This provides in-the-moment auditability, with unpredictable, distributed auditors.

The combination of those two factors make life extremely difficult for any attacker: if even one person happens to check that their QR code matches their receipt and discovers it doesn't, it's going to trigger an audit of the entire system, and the attack will be discovered.

The analogous system described, with the sealed blue ballot, provides no in-the-moment auditability, and if we are to assume that the yellow ballot is thrown away, no after-the-fact auditability.

expr , , March 10, 2021 at 11:46 am

There is no requirement that what you see when you scan the QR code will make any sense to the voter. A bunch of race/candidate code pairs not necessarily in an order compatible with the paper ballot and perhaps encrypted

Susan the other , March 10, 2021 at 11:01 am

It would be good to get rid of electronic voting machines.

I like paper ballots. It might not really do anything to discourage corporate influence to simply ask the corporations to represent all of the politics of their employees. That is a murky requirement at best. But it is (citizen's united) currently a blatant form of gerrymandering.

Most of this is just paper trail stuff, however the real election theft seems to happen long before the ballots are even printed. How did we get a clearly senile president? He was the chosen candidate in a "party" process that is not the least bit answerable to the general electorate. Or even to its own electorate.

What better example of election malpractice is there than Joe Biden? So, obviously, the national committees of the opposing political parties need some restrictions here. They could be subjected to tighter regulation.

Their influence could be diluted by allowing many more political parties to participate in both primary and general elections. We need regulations that promote transparency on all the sausage-making before a party candidate is chosen. We also need transparency on the king makers, whether corporate or political.

Who is backing the candidate? HR1 doesn't really scratch the surface. It basically just encourages people to get out and participate in a very corrupted institution.

Dean , , March 10, 2021 at 8:15 am

A duopoly of power exists in the electoral-legislative-executive industrial complex. Anything that stifles outside competition is a feature, not a bug.

Jerry , , March 10, 2021 at 9:01 am

Don't overlook this clause: "so long as the voter shall have the option to mark his or her ballot by hand."

That means BMDs exist only along side of current hand marking, never in place of hand marking. Most voters will mark by hand so few BMDs will be purchased, likely only one per precinct. That will cause a waiting line for the BMD and result in its non-use by any voter capable of making direct marks by hand.

The ability to steal an election with QR codes via BMDs will be so remote that it won't be worth the trouble to attempt it.

Will S. , , March 10, 2021 at 2:02 pm

Do you not remember the issues with provisional ballots in the Democrat primaries? Having the "option" to hand mark a ballot doesn't mean it will be easy to exercise that option, and in fact you may be outright lied to by the volunteers running the polling booth and told you don't have that option.

William Hunter Duncan , , March 10, 2021 at 9:37 am

I have always known the Republican party to be disingenuous in the extreme, untrustworthy and authoritarian. I long thought Dems to be milquetoast anodyne. Since 2015 however I have come to be even more opposed to the Dem party than the Republican party, this HR 1 being an example of how they have become authoritarian in the extreme while hiding behind preening moral superiority.

I have been wondering too though, with the spate of election reform bills in Republican controlled states, why I have not heard any calls to outlaw Dominion and the like? Clearly both parties want to "fix" the system in their (nefarious) favor.

Jeremy Grimm , , March 10, 2021 at 10:35 am

Both parties seem intent on delegitimizing the U.S. electoral processes. I sense growing unrest and discontent with our political processes and government. The myth of free elections is an important pressure relief for venting popular discontent. I believe the actions of our Elite are becoming increasingly arrogant and imprudent.

[Mar 12, 2021] Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. The Dems want greater voter participation but only if they are the beneficiaries

Mar 12, 2021 |

Carolinian , March 10, 2021 at 10:52 am

So the Dems want greater voter participation but only if they are the beneficiaries. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

The Duopoly is the real flaw in our system as some of us see it. What good is greater public involvement if the public only has two corrupt choices? It's still a rigged game.

[Mar 06, 2021] Biden's -Nothing Will Fundamentally Change- Promise Extends To His Foreign Policy

Mar 06, 2021 |

Laguerre , Mar 4 2021 18:27 utc | 1

"America is back" claimed Joe Biden to no ones amusement. But the world has changed after four years of Trump and after a pandemic upset the world. The U.S. position in this world and its role in it have thereby also changed. To just claim one is back without adopting to the new situation promises failure.

As candidate Joe Biden promised that there would be no changes.

Joe Biden to rich donors: "Nothing would fundamentally change" if he's elected

Former Vice President Joe Biden assured rich donors at a ritzy New York fundraiser that "nothing would fundamentally change" if he is elected.

Biden told donors at an event at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan on Tuesday evening that he would not "demonize" the rich and promised that " no one's standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change ," Bloomberg News reported.

That Biden statement destroyed the illusion of those who had hoped that he would lift the standard of living for the average Amercian.

Biden stayed true to his words at the fundraiser. There will be no rise in the minimum wage. The $2,000 checks he promised to all voters will now be only $1,400 checks. They will also be heavily means tested . Those who made more than $80,000 in 2019 but lost their income in 2020 will get no check at all.

Even as they hold the White House and the House and Senate majorities the Democrats are unable or unwilling to deliver basic progress. This will likely cost them their House majority in 2022 and the presidency in 2024.

Biden's "nothing will fundamentally change" attitude extends into foreign policy.

Secretary Pompeo @SecPompeo - 0:29 UTC · Dec 21, 2019
Today, the #ICC prosecutor raised serious questions about the ICC's jurisdiction to investigate #Israel. Israel is not a state party to the ICC. We firmly oppose this unjustified inquiry that unfairly targets Israel . The path to lasting peace is through direct negotiations.
Secretary Antony Blinken @SecBlinken - 1:34 UTC · Mar 4, 2021
The United States firmly opposes an @IntlCrimCourt investigation into the Palestinian Situation. We will continue to uphold our strong commitment to Israel and its security, including by opposing actions that seek to target Israel unfairly.

With that, and with its lack of punishment for the Saudi clown prince, the Biden administration has blinked on human rights which it had emphasized in earlier statements .

That nothing will change is also expressed in two policy papers the Biden administration released yesterday. The early emphasis on human rights, which distinguished it from the Trump administration, is already gone.

The common theme is now 'democracy' as if that were not just a form of government but a value in itself.

The White House published an Interim National Security Strategic Guidance (pdf). The paper is dripping with ideological LGBTQWERTY librulism. Its central claim is that 'democracy' is under threat:

At a time when the need for American engagement and international cooperation is greater than ever, however, democracies across the globe, including our own, are increasingly under siege . Free societies have been challenged from within by corruption, inequality, polarization, populism, and illiberal threats to the rule of law. Nationalist and nativist trends – accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis – produce an every-country-for-itself mentality that leaves us all more isolated, less prosperous, and less safe. Democratic nations are also increasingly challenged from outside by antagonistic authoritarian powers. Anti-democratic forces use misinformation, disinformation, and weaponized corruption to exploit perceived weaknesses and sow division within and among free nations, erode existing international rules, and promote alternative models of authoritarian governance. Reversing these trends is essential to our national security .

It then singles out China:

We must also contend with the reality that the distribution of power across the world is changing, creating new threats. China , in particular, has rapidly become more assertive. It is the only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system. Russia remains determined to enhance its global influence and play a disruptive role on the world stage. Both Beijing and Moscow have invested heavily in efforts meant to check U.S. strengths and prevent us from defending our interests and allies around the world. Regional actors like Iran and North Korea continue to pursue game-changing capabilities and technologies, while threatening U.S. allies and partners and challenging regional stability. We also face challenges within countries whose governance is fragile, and from influential non-state actors that have the ability to disrupt American interests.

To fight China the U.S. will (ab)use its allies:

We can do none of this work alone. For that reason, we will reinvigorate and modernize our alliances and partnerships around the world. For decades, our allies have stood by our side against common threats and adversaries, and worked hand-in-hand to advance our shared interests and values. They are a tremendous source of strength and a unique American advantage, helping to shoulder the responsibilities required to keep our nation safe and our people prosperous. Our democratic alliances enable us to present a common front, produce a unified vision, and pool our strength to promote high standards, establish effective international rules, and hold countries like China to account.

Good luck with that. Neither the European U.S. allies, nor the Asian ones, have any interest in following the U.S. into a confrontation with China. It is their greatest trading partner and they do not perceive it as an ideological or security threat.

A speech Secretary of State Anthony Blinken gave yesterday touches on the same points. It is headlined A Foreign Policy for the American People

The main theme is again 'democracy':

The more we and other democracies can show the world that we can deliver, not only for our people, but also for each other, the more we can refute the lie that authoritarian countries love to tell, that theirs is the better way to meet people's fundamental needs and hopes. It's on us to prove them wrong.

So the question isn't if we will support democracy around the world, but how.

We will use the power of our example. We will encourage others to make key reforms, overturn bad laws, fight corruption, and stop unjust practices. We will incentivize democratic behavior.

But we will not promote democracy through costly military interventions or by attempting to overthrow authoritarian regimes by force. We have tried these tactics in the past. However well intentioned, they haven't worked. They've given democracy promotion a bad name, and they've lost the confidence of the American people. We will do things differently.

The "lie that authoritarian countries love to tell, that their's is the better way to meet people's fundamental needs and hopes" is targeted at China. But that China did and does much better than the U.S. to meet its people's needs and hope is not a lie. The pandemic has again demonstrated that.

The last quoted paragraph has seen some positive attention on social media. But it is based on a falsehood. The U.S. has not once used military means to 'promote democracy'. Not ever. It has used war to gain markets and power, to destroy its competition. The neo-conservatives have claimed to be motivated by 'democracy promotion'. But that was always just a pretext to hide the real reasons for waging war. Iraq became democratic not because the U.S. wanted it to be that. In fact, after invading Iraq the the U.S. pro-consul Paul Bremer tried to prevent universal elections in Iraq. Only the insistence of Ayatollah Sistani on a universal vote led to a somewhat democratic system in Iraq.

Blinken is, just like Pompeo before him, focused on China:

And eighth, we will manage the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century: our relationship with China.

Several countries present us with serious challenges, including Russia, Iran, North Korea. And there are serious crises we have to deal with, including in Yemen, Ethiopia, and Burma.

But the challenge posed by China is different. China is the only country with the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system – all the rules, values, and relationships that make the world work the way we want it to , because it ultimately serves the interests and reflects the values of the American people.

That there is no change from the Trump to the Biden administration in hostility to China is disappointing only for those who had expected some:

Pang Zhongying, a specialist in international relations at Ocean University of China, said Beijing would be disappointed with the Biden administration's approach to "continue and even elevate" the tough policies of the Trump era and to strengthen alliances to deal with China.

"There does not seem to be any change yet in the serious tensions in China-US relations," he said. "I think there may be some frustration in Beijing that after more than 40 days [of the new administration] they have not seen any change but there is actually more pressure from the US."

Beijing will manage the conflict and it is likely to see it as a chance.

The U.S. failure to adopt to new circumstances will accelerate its demise. The U.S. empire was a historical abnormality and its twilight is near :

[The Realist professors of International Relations David Blagden and Patrick Porter] observe America's "position as 'global leader' is premised on a set of impermanent and atypical conditions from an earlier post-war era", but " the days of incontestable unipolarity are over, and cannot be wished back ". The result is that "overextension abroad, exhaustion and fiscal strain at home, and political disorder feed off one another in a downward spiral, cumulatively threatening the survival of the republic".

The US empire is, then, at an impasse. Its moral and political justification of overseeing a global order of universal liberal democracy -- the closest real-world equivalent to the Kantian perpetual peace that has both motivated and eluded liberal idealists for the past two centuries -- is now beyond its capabilities to maintain.
How does this end for America? Biden and the presidents after him will be forced to make a hard choice: whether to retrench to a smaller and more manageable empire, or to risk a far greater and more dramatic collapse in defence of global hegemony.

Biden has made his choice. Nothing will fundamentally change under him. He is thereby likely to repeat all of Trump's foreign policy failures. There will be no new JCPOA with Iran nor will there be any win for the U.S. in the Middle East. North Korea will continue to test bombs and missiles. The U.S. will continue to be stuck in Afghanistan. The Chinese-Russian alliance will strengthen. U.S. allies will further distance themselves from it.

We can not yet know what, at what point will cause the collapse of U.S. hegemony. But we are coming more near to it.

Posted by b on March 4, 2021 at 18:04 UTC | Permalink

Did anybody expect anything else?

Bemildred , Mar 4 2021 18:28 utc | 2

Frankly, Biden's speech to the grand poobahs sounded more like a plea for understanding than a promise, and if you take what the policy paper says at face value it suggests that "Biden" understands that we have to change to compete. It is also an admission that they have presided over a period of decline in Uncle Sugar land, so of course they don't want to dwell on that. I think Biden is worried the "owners" wom't let him do anything.

And it is totally appropriate that Biden is the guy up there trying to deal with this mess, because he as one of the prime intigators or the present situation, going back 40 years.

Prof K , Mar 4 2021 18:43 utc | 3
Patrick Porter's book, The False Promise of Liberal Order, is good.

But, his realist critique of vulgar liberal propaganda for US imperialism doesn't locate the source or material roots of US grand strategy.

Realist theory understands power, hegemony and balancing only in terms of military power. That is the only currency of power in realist thinking, because realism rests on a state centricity which insists on the autonomy of the state from any social or economic factors. Military power is thus all that remains.

This theory obviously fails to explain the real history of US foreign policy, which has used militarism and other tools in support of strategic economic interests on a global scale, primarily in the South. The military balance of power is by and large only an expression of the economic balance of power and the class interests of ruling classes derived from it.

Porter and other realists point out the contradictions of liberal theory and practice but fail to provide a scientific explanation for consistent US policies.

dsfco , Mar 4 2021 18:54 utc | 4
"The Chinese-Russian alliance will strengthen."

There is a partnership currently but it's not yet an alliance. The rationale for one is very strong. Russia needs China or it will be overwhelmed by a hostile US and fairly hostile Europe. China needs Russia to save it from a resource embargo by US and allies. Together they will form a huge power bloc in Eurasia combining their respective territories with joint influence over Central Asia. Other countries in Asia like South Korea, Vietnam and India will see bloc and decide to stay neutral or side with the China-Russia bloc.

As compelling as this vision is it hasn't happened yet. It takes time sure but there must be reluctance from within the countries and other challenges. Which side is dragging its feet more? It would be interesting to understand why things aren't moving faster.

Canadian Cents , Mar 4 2021 19:02 utc | 5
As Ron Paul observed in Biden's Syria Attack: An Actual Impeachable Offense :

When President Biden says "America is back," what he really means is "the war party is back." As if they ever left.

The neocons just shifted their attention to the other side of the same coin.

eps , Mar 4 2021 19:25 utc | 6
As compelling as this vision is it hasn't happened yet. It takes time sure but there must be reluctance from within the countries and other challenges. Which side is dragging its feet more? It would be interesting to understand why things aren't moving faster.
Posted by: dsfco | Mar 4 2021 18:54 utc | 4

A guess: PRC having vastly greater economic power thinks its share of influence should be greater. Russia having vastly superior military power & technology, disagrees. For example the Chinese government might like access to the most advanced Russian military technology; the Russians having been invaded many times from both East & West, probably take the long view.

[Mar 06, 2021] We've Gone To A Liberal Form Of John Bolton -- Rand Paul Blasts Biden's Foreign Policy

Mar 06, 2021 |

This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a confirmation hearing for Wendy Sherman, nominated by the Biden White House to serve as deputy secretary of state.

The career diplomat answered the usual questions on how she views United States posture toward American rivals and official enemies like Russia, China, and Iran. Once again it was Sen. Rand Paul who had the most direct pushback and biting criticism against an administration that seems bent on returning to the foreign adventurism and unilateral military interventionism of the Obama and Bush years.

"We've gone to a liberal form of John Bolton," Paul said of President Biden during his turn to question Sherman. Paul is especially outraged over Biden's Syria strike without consulting Congress last week.

During the above exchange with Wendy Sherman, Paul in his concluding remarks had blasted away at Biden's vision of the world, citing past failed Democratic-led military interventions in places like Libya, Yemen, and Syria.

"I think we've gone to a liberal form of John Bolton with your new boss and that's something I'm really concerned with," Paul said.

"All I will say is that we're bombing now again in Syria without Congressional approval and we're sending more convoys in there without Congressional approval . It's a messy war - it's been going on forever, there's nothing good that's going to come out of our involvement," Paul explained in his statement.

"People say 'well US lives are at risk' ... yeah because we put'em there . We put them in the middle of a civil war that's largely over but can continue if we keep putting troops into there... to put our troops as a 'trip wire' to get involved in a further escalation of this war."

And that's when the Republican Senator from Kentucky blasted President Biden on his Syria stance and general interventionist foreign policy:

"I hope that we'll be sane voices and I hope that you'll be one of those," he said addressing Sherman.

"But I don't have a great deal of confidence that we've actually gone away from John Bolton, I've think we've gone to a liberal form of John Bolton with your new boss, and that's something I'm very concerned with ."

Sherman in response had tried to claim that the Biden admin is not trying to get more deeply involved in the Syria conflict, but maintained the 'countering ISIS' stance that the Pentagon has used for years to argue it must continue the occupation of the northeast portion of the country.

[Mar 06, 2021] Lesson in history: Only the truly delusory ever believed in an honest count. In 1960 there would have been few places in US where anyone expected an honest count. And fewer where that expectation came to pass.

Mar 06, 2021 |

oldhippie , Mar 4 2021 21:15 utc | 24

bob Sykes @ 20

Richard J. Daley, also known as King Richard I, ran the most honest elections Chicago has ever had. Which is not saying much. Prior to Richard the basic system was City Hall told ward bosses what the numbers would be night before, ward bosses passed orders to precincts. Precincts did as told. It was notorious that African American precincts always turned out big numbers for the machine even though polling places never opened the doors.

I could tell quite a few stories about my own adventures in voting in Chicago in more recent years. Main reason to vote was until very recently a voters receipt was good for a free drink at many taverns. Also the precinct captain often kept track of who showed and who neglected to show. Only the truly delusory ever believed in an honest count. In 1960 there would have been few places in US where anyone expected an honest count. And fewer where that expectation came to pass.

[Mar 03, 2021] Trump's Last Stand by Israel Shamir

Trump proved to be a politic weakling. He got what he deserved.
Mar 03, 2021 |

President Trump was decisively beaten, if not fair and square. The hopes of millions of American voters were squashed and extinguished. The saga of the Orange Man is over. The victors used a gambit: they sacrificed the sanctity and security of the Capitol, allowed intruders in, permitted them to take selfies in the Speaker's office, and then faked horror and outrage. The attempted calls for electoral transparency were deflated in real time as huge crowds were dispersed, electors were confirmed, and the ascendancy of Biden was assured, while Trump followers were branded 'domestic terrorists'.

Donald Trump denounced the people whom he personally called to protest. His close political allies withdrew their support. Within hours, or even minutes, this ruler of the world admired by millions became a non-person. Like a boy who posted an obscenity, he was banned by Twitter and Facebook. Time will tell whether he will go to prison, as so many Dems pray for, but his political life seems to have ended, even if his cause may live.

[Mar 01, 2021] 4 Arrested In Texas On 150 Counts Of Voter Fraud - ZeroHedge

Mar 01, 2021 |

4 Arrested In Texas On 150 Counts Of Voter Fraud BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, MAR 01, 2021 - 14:40

Authored by Isabel von Brugen via The Epoch Times,

Four people were arrested in Texas last month on 150 counts of voter fraud dating back to the 2018 Medina County Primary Election, according to reports.

The Texas attorney general's Election Fraud Unit on Feb. 11 arrested Medina County Justice of the Peace Tomas Ramirez, and earlier detained Leonor Rivas Garza, Eva Ann Martinez and Mary Balderrama on election fraud allegations, News4SA reported.

According to a release from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office, the case involved allegations of vote harvesting at assisted living centers in Medina County in the 2018 Medina County Primary Election.

Ramirez faces one count of organized election fraud, one count of assisting voter voting ballot by mail, and 17 counts of unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope, according to the news outlet.

Balderrama is charged with one count of organized election fraud, nine counts of illegal voting, two counts of unlawful possession of ballot or ballot envelope, one count of mail ballot application, two counts of unlawfully assisting voter voting by mail, two counts of tampering with government record, and eight counts of election fraud.

Garza faces a single count of organized election fraud, two counts of illegal voting, eight counts of unlawful possession of a ballot or ballot envelope, two counts of election fraud and four counts of fraudulent use of an absentee ballot by mail.

Martinez is charged with a single count of organized election fraud, nine counts of illegal voting, 28 counts of unlawful possession of ballot or ballot envelope, three counts of purportedly acting as an agent, five counts of tampering with government record, 14 counts of election fraud, and four counts of fraudulent mail ballot application, according to News4SA .

The Texas attorney general's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times.

In a separate incident, Raquel Rodriguez, a Texas woman who bragged about being able to deliver thousands of votes for tens of thousands in cash was arrested in January on charges including election fraud and illegal voting.

Rodriguez was filmed during an undercover project by Project Veritas, an investigative journalism nonprofit. She was recorded in footage released last year that she could deliver "at least 5,000" votes "county-wide" for $55,000 in cash and that it would hire her "entire team." She acknowledged what she was discussing could land her prison time.

Based on the footage, Paxton, a Republican, opened an investigation. That probe led to the arrest, Paxton announced on Jan. 13.

Rodriguez faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years if convicted.

1980XLS 17 minutes ago


When comes PA & GA?

Mr. Magniloquent 58 seconds ago (Edited)

New Hampshire might be where fraud gets unravelled . All it takes is one.

rjk0279 7 minutes ago remove link

Election fraud isn't real! Unless Trump wins again....

Francis Marximus 9 minutes ago

The high courts claimed that Trumps cases had no validity. But yet they refuse to see things like this. Corruption...corruption..corruption in the high courts.

BarneyFife714 7 minutes ago

Can't we just all agree please that voting our way out of tyranny is a pipe dream now?

KekistanisUnite 10 minutes ago

Alright how about some arrests in AZ, GA, MI, NV, PA, WI?

1980XLS 8 minutes ago

At this point, what difference would it make?

[Feb 26, 2021] "Engagement with the world" and a "restoration of the pre-Trump era" was Biden's platform. Don't ask me why but this made him more popular. He was literally the VP in the most interventionist Presidency in US history.

Feb 26, 2021 |

Not Only Wrathful , says: February 26, 2021 at 11:13 am GMT • 15.4 hours ago

Biden has been a major disappointment for those who hoped that he'd change course regarding America's pathological involvement in overseas conflicts

Who hoped that? He didn't run on such a platform. "Engagement with the world" and a "restoration of the pre-Trump era" was his platform. Don't ask me why but this made him more popular. He was literally the VP in the most interventionist Presidency in US history.

... People like Giraldi sometimes seem like plants put in place to discredit anti-interventionism by trying to make it synonymous with anti-semitism.

Robjil , says: February 26, 2021 at 11:58 am GMT • 14.7 hours ago

Biden is a Israel firster like Pelosi. He has been one for a long time. He is an American laster like many presidents since 12.13.1913.

In the late 1980s, Rannie Amiri, an independent commentator on political affairs, challenged then-Senator Joe Biden on his stance toward the Israel-Palestine conflict following a campus speech that Biden gave, asking him:

Rather than succumb to the influence of various lobbying groups in Washington, such as AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee -- which promotes the views of Israel's right-wing Likud Party], and the untold amount of money they use to dictate policy, wouldn't it be more prudent to examine the real effects that collective punishment, daily humiliation, and countless civilian casualties inflicted by the Israelis have on an occupied population, and use that understanding to formulate a more rational approach toward the Palestinians?

Here is Biden response to that:

At the end of the exchange, Biden turned, put his arm around Amiri's shoulder, and addressed the audience.

If this was not such a fine, articulate, and sincere young man, and he implied that my vote had been bought, I would give him a swift kick in the ass.

The audience roared in applause, and Amiri sat back down to his chair defeated. However, a friend rose up to defend him, telling Biden: "If my father heard you say such a thing, I believe he would have done the same to you first."

The tribal stupidity of the people who support Israel first is beyond words. Who would think in the 20th and the 21th century we would be led by primitive thinking of tribal fantasies from thousands of year ago?

Most of the us in the west did not know that this has been going on for so long since we have been deluded with the term "free press" to describe our press in the west. We are slowly waking up to reality with some "freedom" here and there on the internet like this site.

Sick of Orcs , says: February 26, 2021 at 12:39 pm GMT • 14.0 hours ago

So, Biden has been a major disappointment for those who expected that he might change course regarding America's pathological involvement in overseas conflicts while also having the good sense and courage to make relations with countries like Iran and Israel responsive to actual U.S. interests.

You're giving the morons way too much credit, Sir. It's doubtful even 5% of voters know or care about geopolitics, and probably less than 1% who voted based on fraudsident biden's foreign policies.

For 5 years it was nonstop Trump-hatred from the ((( lügenpresse ))) even as Trump did weasel jared's bidding. Stevie Fking Wonder could see the election was rigged.

The USA is kaput, the supreme joke spineless

The ((( Underminers ))) are a c ** t-hair away from total control.

The Free United States must part ways with the devils in DC. Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, the Dakotas and Montana for starters.

Realist , says: February 26, 2021 at 1:53 pm GMT • 12.8 hours ago

Biden's Journey: Change Is Imperceptible

That's how it is with the two sides of the Deep State coin, Republican/Democrat heads they win, tails you lose. It's been that way for decades.

[Feb 24, 2021] Ralph Nader poses tough questions for Pelosi about her complete bungling of the Impeachment Trial--twice!

Feb 24, 2021 |

karlof1 , Feb 21 2021 21:46 utc | 60

Ralph Nader poses tough questions for Pelosi about her complete bungling of the Impeachment Trial--twice! The message IMO is there's to be no law enforcement when it comes to High Crimes committed by the POTUS, for much of what Trump's guilty of Obama and Biden are as well--and in several cases far worse since they committed thousands of Capital Crimes.

[Feb 24, 2021] If the 'show trial' showed anything, it demonstrated again the hold that Trump has over the party base. The trial might well have consolidated that hold if anything

Feb 24, 2021 |

Bemildred , Feb 22 2021 17:15 utc | 123

Alistair Crooke explains the Great Reset:

"Yes, the Republican Party may be entering a period of contention or civil war, but if the 'show trial' showed anything, it demonstrated again the hold that Trump has over the party base. The trial might well have consolidated that hold if anything – even if some old-style conservatives depart a metamorphosised GOP, in search of a more peaceful and civil anchorage. McConnell's conservative contingent seems, in retrospect, to emerge as the ephemeral element, rather than a key pivot around which a new GOP might form.

Yet Biden, in many ways, is in the politically weaker position. His party is less than homogenous – it is a more conflicted bunch. Many of its components simply detest each other. The Clinton-Obama neoliberal wing is fixated in its belief that they, and the U.S., have been on the global side-lines for far too long – and are agog to jump back in. They are escalating in Afghanistan, in Syria, and preparing a new push in Ukraine. Trump's troop withdrawals have been all reversed (even for Germany) – and numbers deployed rather, have been augmented.

In spite of their heady eagerness to lead the world, they are likely to find themselves banging heads with a changed world. Iran, Russia – even the EU – are not showing regard to the Biden bugle call: 'America is back'."

The 'Transition' of the Élites

[Feb 21, 2021] One thing is crystal clear: Unconstitutional, illegal changes to voting laws generated millions of irregular ballots -- a hundred times greater than the margin between the candidates, in some swing states. If the balloting is illegal, there is no way the count can be correct.

Feb 21, 2021 |

Knockwood , says: February 16, 2021 at 4:19 am GMT • 4.0 days ago

Presidents' Day in a Divided Nation

February 15th is Presidents' Day.

America has two Presidents on this day, besides Washington and Lincoln.
One half of the country believes Trump rightfully won.

Yet the events of Jan. 6th still hang like a cloud over Washington.
Critics fault his claims of a stolen election for provoking the protests.

But what if the Democrats really did steal the election? Wouldn't the fault be theirs?
And how can we know whether they really stole it?
Claims of "Massive fraud" on one side vs. "No sign of fraud" on the other -- who is right?

One thing is crystal clear: Unconstitutional, illegal changes to voting laws generated millions of irregular ballots -- a hundred times greater than the margin between the candidates, in some swing states. If the balloting is illegal, there is no way the count can be correct.

An unconstitutional vote can only produce an unconstitutional result. Everything that followed -- the certification of the popular vote, the electoral college vote, and the inauguration -- none of these steps had any legal foundation.
Bad data makes bad decisions. Since Nov. 3, our machinery of government has been spinning off course on erroneous, unlawful inputs.

The only solution in such cases is to correct the error.
Until runoff elections are held in conformity with the law, we will still have two Presidents.
Only one of them can be the rightful one.

[Feb 21, 2021] The optics for the establishment of the capital incursion were so horrible I find it hard to believe it was planned. It was used after it occured

Feb 21, 2021 |

Alfred Muscatia , says: February 15, 2021 at 5:44 pm GMT • 4.5 days ago


The optics for the establishment of the Capitol incursion were so horrible I find it hard to believe it was planned. The photoshop of bed guy that the FBI presented as criminal evidence doubled down on the humiliation. Honk honk! They can't keep this together for long I don't think.

[Feb 21, 2021] The invasion of the Capitol building was clearly a setup. The Capitol police made no attempt to keep crowds out of the building like they are actually employed to do.

Feb 21, 2021 |

Wally , says: February 17, 2021 at 7:19 pm GMT • 2.4 days ago

@dimples on the Capitol "insurrection":

The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot , by Glenn Greenwald:

Capitol "Insurrection" Hoax / How Our Lying Press Would Have Spun Jan 6 Protest If Trump Were A Democrat :

dimples , says: February 15, 2021 at 9:04 am GMT • 4.8 days ago
@AReply that the Japanese Navy was heading towards Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Well played, Party* gerontocracy and affiliated corporate elites! That's two wildly successful covert operations in as many months, the other being the fake election.

3. The massive beat-up of confected hysteria by the media, turning a mildly raucous event into an 'insurrection' complete with police state witch-hunt of the mainly bumbling dupes who participated, culminating in yet another show trial of the leftists preferred scapegoat/scumbag , is to anybody with half a brain, symptomatic of the massively diseased and terminally cancerous state of the modern JSA.

*there are no Parties any longer, just the Party.

thotmonger , says: February 15, 2021 at 9:50 am GMT • 4.8 days ago

What crime? The no-warning shot, cowardly point blank murder of Ashli Babbit? The treasonous mass censorship/public hanging of the First Amendment? Other than those two atrocities, all I saw was a Tea Party. And it was beautiful.

p.s. The broad wisdom of Gen. Petrov (RIP) is worth some study. for example:

GMC , says: February 15, 2021 at 11:28 am GMT • 4.7 days ago

The problem, is that Trump is dirty , has a whole lot of dirty baggage and everyone knows that Washington's middle name is blackmail or assassin. If he were to ever succeed as a reformer, he'd have to be ready to commit political and business suicide for the cause – and he 's not the type. More than 1/2 of America, wanted what he was selling – but that just turned out to be campaign BS. America is toast unless something really big happens at the peasant level . What a shame.

Walter , says: February 15, 2021 at 1:39 pm GMT • 4.7 days ago

Despite the naming of the process as "election", the actual function of the process is the creation of consent, the belief that so and so is legitimate in custom and law.

Seen objectively, the recent "election" failed. There is no consent. That does not mean that Mr 10% and his gang or cohort will now go home. It means that they will now use force. That will work, for a while.

In the longer term, however, regions will invite in the Chinese and Russians, as they have thousands of tons of gold, functioning industries, and massive resources, and they will pay the army.

It's collapse. After a time it happens. Empires fall.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

Old and Grumpy , says: February 15, 2021 at 2:32 pm GMT • 4.6 days ago

I love optimism, but I just don't do it. Biden is ruling with EO, and the Supreme Court made it almost impossible for EOs (unless they're Trumps) to go away. So despite the theater of a two party system, we are under a corporate dictatorship. Kind of a fascism, except the corporations and bankers are on top. Gotta a plan for fighting any of that? The GOP is in on it. As for the Donald, he needs to purge his movement of the Kushners to show he is serious. Since he won't do that, MAGA is toast.

For the record my suggestion is to go small and take as much independence as you can from the system. Corporations don't like confederations, which will lead them to demand fed action. The feds are run by doddering old fossils, inbred bureaucratic aristocrats, silly woke girls , and not nearly bright as advertised Zionist Jews. I think if we act like our ancient ancestors, we can work against the feds.
And can the corporations even function without using the government for cheating? I have my doubts on that. We just need to give up defending the USA , and move on to defend ourselves.

Mustapha Mond , says: February 15, 2021 at 2:47 pm GMT • 4.6 days ago
@Flying Dutchman fornia, it is expressed thus:

California's Evidence Code § 1230[3] defines "Declarations against interest" as:

"Evidence of a statement by a declarant having sufficient knowledge of the subject is not made inadmissible by the hearsay rule if the declarant is unavailable as a witness and the statement, when made, was so far contrary to the declarant's pecuniary or proprietary interest, or so far subjected him to the risk of civil or criminal liability, or so far tended to render invalid a claim by him against another, or created such a risk of making him an object of hatred, ridicule, or social disgrace in the community, that a reasonable man in his position would not have made the statement unless he believed it to be true."

Realist , says: February 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm GMT • 4.6 days ago
@Mulga Mumblebrain

There hasn't been an actual election in years. The Deep State has been in control for decades.

Neutral Observer , says: February 15, 2021 at 3:08 pm GMT • 4.6 days ago

Now Trump is more powerful than when he was in the White House.

That anybody celebrates that is nuts.

Nitwit narcissistic Donald Trump is a fatally flawed, fatally failed and totally bogus change agent. What America needs is a genuine change agent with genuine intelligence, genuine wisdom and genuine integrity. And that ain't Trump.

Even Ann Coulter, one of Trump's earliest high profile supporters sees Trump for what he really is, a selfish rank opportunist. America will be hosed as long as Trump is the front for the anti-Status Quo movement.

Realist , says: February 15, 2021 at 3:17 pm GMT • 4.6 days ago

Trump only tapped into the anger but did nothing.

Trump did plenty he fooled you and tens of millions of other Americans into believing he was on their side.

Trump is a minion of the Deep State sham just part of the cast.

Trinity , says: February 15, 2021 at 3:23 pm GMT • 4.6 days ago

As a man who doesn't give two shits about Trump and his carpet bagging family that includes a greasy Jewish Supremacist racist like Jared Kushner and as a man who thinks "Honest Joe" is just about the sleaziest individual that I have ever laid eyes on lemme say that it is at least refreshing to see a positive article here.

Beautiful Evidence , says: February 15, 2021 at 5:22 pm GMT • 4.5 days ago

The reason I enjoy this website and is because at least a reasonable attempt is made to see through the MSM propaganda. It doesn't mean, however, that dots are sufficiently connected to see what is actually happening. For example, thinking that Glenn Greenwald is some beacon of truth instead of a seriously flawed controlled opposition proponent misses the point dramatically. And not just Greenwald, if you analyze any of the so-called truth tellers you'll find they won't be willing to discuss the massive mind fuck that is 9/11 or the Kennedy assassinations. Our government is a one party system is that is broken beyond all repair. Thinking that is country is winning at all is blind.

[Feb 14, 2021] 'We've opened Pandora's Box'- Graham floats idea of impeaching Kamala Harris if Republicans retake House -- RT USA News

Feb 14, 2021 |

US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) may have voted against impeaching Donald Trump, but he seems open to holding Vice President Kamala Harris to the same standard after the 2022 midterms.

Appearing on 'Fox News Sunday,' Graham railed against the impeachment trial in the Senate, which ultimately failed, with the 53-47 vote not enough to reach a 'guilty' ruling. He called it an "affront to the law" and "unconstitutional."

Despite its failure, however, the Trump-supporting Republican says Democrats have "opened Pandora's Box" and leaders like Harris could pay the price.

"We've opened Pandora's Box to future presidents. And if you use this model, I don't know how Kamala Harris doesn't get impeached if the Republicans take over the House," he said.

Harris was brought up multiple times during the impeachment trial for her past promotion of a bail fund for Black Lives Matter protesters that released rioters who ended up rearrested on separate criminal charges.

Graham's apparent threat to Harris, mixed with his own disapproval of the standard used to try and convict Trump for "inciting an insurrection," have many blasting the senator for hypocrisy, with many also rushing to Harris' defense.

"Well it only works if the impeachee is a Democrat, a woman or Black (in VP Harris' case she meets all three of Jim Crow Caucus chairman @LindseyGrahamSC's criteria," MSNBC's Joy Reid tweeted in response to a user asking how impeaching Harris could be possible.

Others even suggested Republicans taking control of Congress could mean a chance to overturn election results in 2024.

"Graham is correct about the stakes of the 2022 midterms: If Republicans take Congress, they could not only impeach Biden and/or Harris (though unlikely they'd have the votes to convict), they could potentially succeed in overturning the results of the 2024 election," former Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau suggested .

Graham also revealed to Fox News that he'd spoken to Trump since the trial ended and suggested the former president will be actively involved in the Republican Party going forward.

ALSO ON RT.COM 'Traitor' spray-painted outside of home of Trump's impeachment attorney, as he says he's received 'nearly 100 death threats'

"I spoke to him last night; he was grateful to his lawyers. He appreciated the help that all of us provided. You know, he's ready to move on and rebuild the Republican Party," he said, adding the former president is "excited" for the 2022 midterm elections.

Trump's influence over the Republican Party has been a hotly-debated topic, especially in light of seven Republican senators voting to impeach on Saturday, and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) seemingly turning on his past support and giving a speech on the Senate floor saying Trump was "responsible" for the January 6 riot at the US Capitol – despite voting against impeachment – and suggesting he could be pursued in criminal court.

Graham said McConnell's speech could come back to haunt Republicans.

"I think Senator McConnell's speech, he got a load off his chest, obviously, but unfortunately he put a load on the back of Republicans," he said. "That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns."

jfc46wv 6 hours ago 14 Feb, 2021 04:13 PM

I don't understand the talk of retaking the house or Senate or winning the presidency in 2024. How is this supposed to happen now that the Dems have masterered the fine art of controlling the votes?
silvermoon jfc46wv 2 hours ago 14 Feb, 2021 08:12 PM
Another election steal line and obvious while trying to be subtle. You don't even need any evidence. Of course non has ever been given.
Austin Rock jfc46wv 3 hours ago 14 Feb, 2021 07:20 PM
No, in mid terms, two years from now you will see a swing and a lame duck president for last three years. I dont think anyonevtruthfully believes their was electoral craud on a scale to affect result. Trump lost, tough.
Blackace180 5 hours ago 14 Feb, 2021 04:38 PM
The dems took their best shot and failed, but they did loose the dogs of war. What goes around comes around. Trump was right about a large number of things and the dems will find out the hard way. Taxes Gas Forever wars Open borders Free trade China virus... See more
Bob Blackace180 2 hours ago 14 Feb, 2021 07:37 PM
sorry to say-the GOP is one with the Democrat party on all these issues Donald Trump was the ONLY one not playing by the SWAMP playbook.
Blackace180 6 hours ago 14 Feb, 2021 04:22 PM
Impeach the former escort. I say impeach, impeach, impeach. Take her out tonight. It amazes me the hate they hurled at Trump and then they want unity and actually expect to return to normal. No, it ain't happening. Impeach.
justliloleme Blackace180 1 hour ago 14 Feb, 2021 08:53 PM
She also encouraged BLM riots that murdered >19 people according to Forbes who expects that to be a low number They also rioted, spreading covid widely She should have been arrested when she encouraged that on TV
CarolABinkley Blackace180 2 hours ago 14 Feb, 2021 07:47 PM
That, too, is my concern. Why wait?

[Feb 14, 2021] Impeachment champion

Feb 14, 2021 |

This marks the second time in twelve months that Trump has survived impeachment.

Eric Trump @EricTrump


[Feb 14, 2021] McConnell Says Trump -Responsible For Provoking Attack After Voting To Acquit

Feb 14, 2021 |

In a rather stunning and head-scratchingly self-serving and hyprocritical moment, Leader McConnell spoke after the Senate acquitted former President Trump and threw him back under the bus while covering his own political ass.


This marks the second time in twelve months that Trump has survived impeachment.

[Feb 14, 2021] House Managers Fold -- Will Not Call Impeachment Witnesses After Pelosi Subpoena Threat

Feb 13, 2021 |

Update (1300ET) : After a couple of hours of 'negotiations' during which Sen. Cruz threatened to subpoena Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Trump's lawyers said they would call "100s of witnesses", a deal has been reached that means no witnesses will be called.

House impeachment managers dropped their request to obtain testimony from Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler after senators agreed instead to enter into the record an account of her secondhand account of a phone call between Trump and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

This agreement has averted the prospect of an avalanche of requests for testimony from both sides that would have extended the impeachment trial beyond its expected conclusion later today (and perhaps delayed any attempts at reaching a stimulus agreement).

As a reminder, Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been advising Trump's legal team, said that if the Senate agrees to the request by House impeachment managers to depose Herrera Beutler, he'll insist on "multiple witnesses"...starting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

He said she should be required "to answer the question as to whether or not there was credible evidence of pre-planned violence before President Trump spoke? Whether Speaker Pelosi, due to optics, refused requests by the Capitol Hill Police for additional resources like the National Guard?"

* * *

Just when you thought Donald Trump's second impeachment trials was over, five Republicans have joined their Democratic colleagues in a Saturday morning vote (55-45) to call witnesses - an unexpected development in this snap impeachment over Trump's alleged role inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

GOP Sens. Collins, Graham, Murkowski, Romney and Sasse were the five.

The move - which was originally opposed by several Democrats, will allow them to strengthen their case. It is unclear what kind of delay this may cause, after impeachment managers and Trump's defense team estimated it would be over on Saturday.

In response to the vote, Trump attorney Michael van der Veen answered that if witnesses are going to be called, " I'm going to need more than 100 witnesses , not just one," adding "we should close this case out today," but if that doesn't happen, "Do not handcuff me by limiting the number of witnesses I can have."

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren suggested that a debate on the number of witnesses should not take place, saying "I don't think there's any limit right now, and that's part of what will be debated."

As Axios notes, Trump himself is Democrats' most desired witness , however the former president has already quashed that - saying he would not comply willingly . The Senate could subpoena him, however it's unclear whether they would have enough support.

Instead, Democrats plan to call GOP Rep. Jamie Herrera Butler of Washington, who the NY Times reported on Friday said Trump 'sided with the mob' during a phone call as the attack was unfolding. Herrera Butler, who voted to impeach Trump in the House, was requested to testify by House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin.

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, Republican of Washington, at the Capitol last week.Credit...

In a statement on Friday night, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, Republican of Washington, recounted a phone call relayed to her by Mr. McCarthy of California, the minority leader, in which Mr. Trump was said to have sided with the rioters, telling the top House Republican that members of the mob who had stormed the Capitol were "more upset about the election than you are."

She pleaded with witnesses to step forward and share what they knew about Mr. Trump's actions and statements as the attack was underway. - NY Times

" To the patriots who were standing next to the former president as these conversations were happening, or even to the former vice president: if you have something to add here, now would be the time ," said Herrera Beutler in a statement.

According to her account, McCarthy 'frantically' called Trump on Jan. 6 and asked him to "publicly and forcefully call off the riot," and that Trump replied that it was Antifa, not his supporters, who were responsible. When McCarthy pushed back saying that wasn't true, Trump allegedly said "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are."

Senate Democrats who initially opposed witnesses include Kristen Gillibrand of NY, who said on Thursday: "We've heard from many witnesses based on their interviews and their video presentations, so, I feel like we've heard from enough witnesses." Sen. Angus King of Maine said "I think the case has been made. I don't know what witnesses would add."

Once witnesses have testified , impeachment managers and Trump's defense team will present closing arguments - with each side allotted two hours. A full vote on whether to convict or acquit will follow.

To that end, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has told his fellow Senate GOP in an email that he will vote to acquit the former president - writing "As I have said for some time, today's vote is a vote of conscience and I know we will all treat it as such," according to Politico 's Burgess Everett.


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Foe Jaws 3 hours ago

McConnell got had by the D Rats and now he is backing out of the bargain they made to fcck over Trump.

Foe Jaws 2 hours ago

Same for Mike Pence. All he had to do was investigate the election fraud and he betrayed every single Trump voter in America. Pence can burn in hell forever.

Doom Porn Star 2 hours ago

Even IF Trump had been provided with intelligence indicating that fringe organizations were plotting a violent protest at the Capitol, doesn't the power to call in the National Guard reside with the local DC mayor Bowser who made the decision to call them up or not during the BLM protests earlier in 2020 and on the closing night of the Republican convention when Rand Paul was famously swarmed?

Why are assertions this call was suddenly Trump's call to make being entertained at all?

Shouldn't any call for National Guard support have been from the Capitol police to the office of Mayor Bowser?

Doom Porn Star 2 hours ago (Edited)

Look at what actually happened all throughout 2020.

Mayor Bowser was the person who called in the National Guard or did not.

Bowser had/has the authority and has used it or not at her discretion:

Unknown User 1 hour ago

The first witness the defense should be the Ex-US Capitol Police Chief who already said:

"The entire intelligence community seems to have missed this", ... "I must add that I wish that before placing the blame on the USCP and on me as the Chief for the breach of the Capitol by an insurrectionist mob, more consideration would have been given to the impact of incomplete information provided by intelligence assessments, the denied National Guard request, and the subsequent delayed approval for National Guard assistance", ... "I still cannot fathom why in the midst of an armed insurrection, which was broadcast worldwide on television, it took the Department of Defence over three hours to approve an urgent request for National Guard support"

Doom Porn Star 1 hour ago (Edited) remove link

Exactly WHO had authority to call for the National Guard?

Exactly WHO called for the National Guard?

-Congress may not have the authority to call. -The Capitol police may not either.

-The MSM doesn't have any authority to call the National Guard, or to command troops to act or stand down.

Exactly WHO did they call and WHO did they speak to?

-There are facts behind all this hysterical rhetoric, newsroom caterwauling, and political puffery.

WHO decided when and which troops to deploy from where?

-Names, rank and serial numbers.

Was DC Mayor Bowser called and what did Mayor Bowser do?

-These questions are all painfully obvious and no one is asking...

SoDamnMad 17 minutes ago remove link

I saw a video which I saved which showed, NOT Capitol Police on the barricades of the Capitol but DC Metropolitan Police. If the Capitol Police are 2300 strong WHERE THE HELL WERE THEY?

holdbuysell 3 hours ago

Witnesses no longer mean anything. They've poisoned this well when they brushed away thousands of affidavits, signed under the penalty of perjury, citing massive election and voter fraud.

These people have destroyed any semblance of the rule of law.

GodSpeed 3 hours ago

call the BLM activist as a witness and let people see it wasn't just Trump Supporters in the Capitol.

TRUMP WON 3 hours ago


Foe Jaws 3 hours ago


boyplunger7777 3 hours ago

This spectacle of a show trial would make Stalin proud. Now we have a moron old man with Stage 2 dementia sitting in Oval Office surrounded barbed wire/steel fencing, and 15,000 troops. Think about what America has devolved into.

GreatUncle 2 hours ago

Can't recall a senator but I think a petition to enable into state law and constitutionally approved in the state the ability to expel a senator by a vote that is instigated by 20% of the population signing a petition would be a dam good start.

Reckon it is needed and not just in SC and not just for Republicans neither but for any that break promises or expose themselves too poor judgement.

So the Democrats may win more seats does it really matter anymore?

It can also restore accountability to the electorate that a fraudulent election may steal.

Samual Vimes 3 hours ago

Dominion executive admits fixing election to ensure 'Trump ...

Twitter censors Oltmann for revealing truth about Coomer, Dominion election fraud Dominion , which is tied to both Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein, appears to have in its upper ranks a diehard Trump hater who expressed a willingness to do anything possible to prevent Trump from winning reelection.

Samual Vimes 3 hours ago

The Italian Job: Explosive New Testimony on Dominion ...

The news connects the dots between Eric Coomer's actions for Dominion Voting Systems in the U.S., the CIA raid in Frankfurt, Germany to protect Dominion's servers and destroy the evidence of election fraud , and now the actions at Leonardo in Italy. It even ropes in the deep state in the U.S. government.

Samual Vimes 3 hours ago remove link

Forensics report on Dominion machines in Michigan claim ...

"We conclude that the Dominion Voting System is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results," Russell Ramsland Jr.,...

UnicornTears 2 hours ago (Edited)

Where were all the guns for this alleged 'insurgency' ? Surely in a country with half a billion guns there would have been one or two in this attempt to 'overthrow the government'? Do you ever ask yourself why you believe such obvious lies?

boyplunger7777 2 hours ago remove link

Rigged elections, rigged markets, state run media, censorship of opposing views, multi-trillion dollar fiscal deficits, central bank monetizing debt, and now a show trial that would make Stalin proud. This is America in 2021. Have a plan, things are going to fall apart very quickly from here.

WolfgangIffans101 2 hours ago

I see complicity everywhere, and at all levels. Why would it fall apart quickly from here? The USSR held together for quite a while, no?

chunga 3 hours ago

It figures a guy like Raskin is the face of this thing. I can't watch this today because yesterday I was boiling over.

nmewn 2 hours ago

"In a statement on Friday night, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, Republican of Washington, recounted a phone call relayed to her by Mr. McCarthy of California, the minority leader, in which Mr. Trump was said to have sided with the rioters, telling the top House Republican that members of the mob who had stormed the Capitol were "more upset about the election than you are."

She's going to testify to receiving second hand information, from McCarthy?

She's going to testify that McCarthy said Trump said that some Americans were "more upset about the election than you are."...meaning, McCarthy?...mmmkay, besides the Senate's complete lack of jurisdiction over "trying" a private citizen in the Legislature I guess we can add some... she-said-he-said-that-he-said ...nonsense for the 80yr old "Supreme Court Justice" Patrick Leahy to wade through, if he can stay awake ;-)

Posa 2 hours ago

Illegitimate? Yes. Five key swing states had no signature checks and validation for millions of mail-in votes. Doesn't prove fraud; then again, this doesn't prove there was no fraud. It does prove this was not a legitimate election when so many ballots were indiscriminately cast.

SWRichmond 2 hours ago (Edited) remove link

Trump "publicly and forcefully calling off the riot" would imply, of course, that he was in charge of it, would it not? Trump asked for the rally, not the riot.

I think he did the right thing by NOT doing that.

the_pencil 2 hours ago remove link

If Pelosi is called as a witness, she/they will all be toast. And they know it.
Keep digging your hole, Dems.

Baconeggs 2 hours ago

Must have been trump that ordered the cops to allow everyone into the capitol then right? Maybe we should have someone investigate that

Aquamaster 2 hours ago

And these clowns in the House, Senate, and the rest of the D.C. swamp STILL can't seem to understand why normal Americans hate them so much.

the_pencil 2 hours ago

"Hate" nowhere near strong enough. The whole bunch is pure filth.

cleg 2 hours ago

they have brought it all on themselves

Xena fobe 2 hours ago

They understand. They want to be hated. It means they are getting filthy rich.

Jim in MN 2 hours ago

Here, let me help....

We The People DEMAND TO SEE:

Seth Rich's laptop

Hunter Biden's laptop

Anthony Weiner's laptop

Epstein's tapes

The Soros/DNC riot conspiracy surveillance files

The bioweapon strike files

the_pencil 2 hours ago remove link

If Pelosi is called as a witness, she/they will all be toast. And they know it.
Keep digging your hole, Dems.

Baconeggs 2 hours ago

Must have been trump that ordered the cops to allow everyone into the capitol then right? Maybe we should have someone investigate that

Aquamaster 2 hours ago

And these clowns in the House, Senate, and the rest of the D.C. swamp STILL can't seem to understand why normal Americans hate them so much.

the_pencil 2 hours ago

"Hate" nowhere near strong enough. The whole bunch is pure filth.

cleg 2 hours ago

they have brought it all on themselves

Xena fobe 2 hours ago

They understand. They want to be hated. It means they are getting filthy rich.

Jim in MN 2 hours ago

Here, let me help....

We The People DEMAND TO SEE:

Seth Rich's laptop

Hunter Biden's laptop

Anthony Weiner's laptop

Epstein's tapes

The Soros/DNC riot conspiracy surveillance files

The bioweapon strike files

tyberious 4 hours ago remove link

Witnesses? To what?

I want hand counted votes and voter ID!
found our POTUS won CO and VA!

chiquita 4 hours ago

This opens the door to calling in Pelosi, Harris, Zuckerberg, and a whole laundry list of people who had their hands in what happened with the riots and the election fraud. It also means the impeachment hearing can go on for quite a bit longer, but now a whole lot of information will come out that might never have been shown to the American public. It's crazy because Trump will still never be convicted, but if they get out the election fraud information, people will know what happened.

Why they're doing this is to try to make it look like Trump put Pence's life in danger, which is absurd.

SoDamnMad 3 hours ago

Small but symbolic is Windam, NH found during autied hand count that the voting machines removed 300 votes from all Republican candidates.

SDShack 38 minutes ago

No one is going to remember the opening case the demorats presented, nor the boring opening response from Trump's team, especially his first attorney. All anyone is going to remember is how the demorats were exposed as lying hypocrites yesterday, and today how they tried undo the damage by gaming their sham to their advantage. Cheating is all they know, just like their election fraud. But all they did is actually score the biggest 'own goal' they could to lose in epic fashion, and as a result had to slink off the field humiliated once again by Trump. This is how their world ends...not with a bang...but with a whimper. I would love to see how their deranged base is reacting to this. Must be the biggest suicide watch in history.

USAllDay 32 minutes ago

I am not sure democrats are capable of being humiliated. One must grasp reality and have certain level of respect to experience the feeling.

Joe Davola 51 minutes ago (Edited)

Hey Mitch:

How's about prosecuting those who scammed the FISA court and spied on the incoming administration?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

champ2top 1 hour ago (Edited)

Nancy holds the keys. She knows who sponsored the riots this past summer, she knows who is part of the deep state, she knows where the dark money comes from, she knows who hired the agent provocateurs who led the Capitol incursion. The coup and voter fraud are now hidden away unless someone comes forth. We can only hope someone is brave enough.

Samual Vimes 1 hour ago

She is not alone in that knowledge.

champ2top 1 hour ago

Where are the witnesses? Where is Nancy? The deep state and swamp once again is successful in hiding the truth from the people. Our government is a sham government. Our media is a sham media. Neither is representative of the people.

Subsidence 2 hours ago

Meanwhile on main street.... we are losing our jobs, our culture and buried in debt. Our way of life has been deemed extremist and not compatible with the "new" America. The elites in charge see us as a throwaway and a useless group of people. We are dying out here and yet our government is more concerned about appeasing a group of coastal yuppies by placing the former president on a sham trial. They hate us! Its past sad and getting to the point of pure anger. We are at the breaking point.

hugin-o-munin 43 minutes ago

US elections need to be fully manual and with paper ballots only going forward. The way elections are stolen using electronic voting machine systems is so obvious and fraudulent that it can't be used any more. Even with all these sophisticated systems of fraud Biden couldn't win so they had to go full banana and van in loads of freshly printed fake ballots in the middle of the night and let teams rerun the tabulators many times to 'win'.

Kina 1 hour ago

  • Absolutely undoubted the USA has undergone a total coup by the Global Deep State.

America is now owned and run by a group of international oligarch from various countries, for their own ideological power purposes.

And people like Lindsay Graham are absolutely traitors to America.

Hard to witness Americans selling out their own country for some global world govt.

[Feb 14, 2021] Trump Legal Team Plays Scorching Montage Of Democrats 'Inciting' And Challenging Past Elections - ZeroHedge

Feb 14, 2021 |

" Insurrection is a term of art. It's defined in the law ," argued Castor. " It involves taking over a country, a shadow government, taking the TV stations over and having some plan on what you're going to do when you finally take power. Clearly this is not that ."

Update (1410ET): After spending much of the morning laying out their case for why the impeachment is a sham, former President Trump's legal team proceeded to play several montages of Democrats doing the exact same thing they've impeached Trump over - namely, calling for violence against Republicans. Interspersed throughout are clips of leftists committing violence against conservatives following the 'incitement.


They also played clips of Democrats objecting to election results :

As well as clips of Democrats gunning for a Trump impeachment at all costs:

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After Democratic impeachment managers spent the last two days dissecting videos and tweets - and in one case fabricating evidence to try and convince the world that former President Trump incited the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, it's now time for the defense to counter .

In what is expected to last just one day, Trump's impeachment lawyers will reportedly present a montage of prominent Democrats similarly 'inciting' their base , as BLM and Antifa extremists spent much of last year committing violent and destructive crimes throughout the country.

SeaDonkey 6 hours ago remove link

You guys keep reducing it down to democrats versus republicans. Both parties are in bed with each other. Both parties strike deals with corporations, special interest groups, lobbyists, and any other entity which provides wealth and power. Dan Crenshaw is the exact same thing as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. His job (like hers) is to attract right leaning voters which may be disenchanted with contemporary American politicians. He brings the outcasts and the exiled back to the party while reassuring them that they can trust him- since, he claims to not be 'one of them.' This country needs to hold ALL politicians accountable and clean house.


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Jim in MN 1 hour ago


That is the only thing they really need to answer.

hugin-o-munin 1 hour ago (Edited)

Do we have any irrefutable evidence that she really was shot and died? I'm mentioning this because there have been video reviews of what actually happened there and nothing makes sense unless it was a film op.

Everything wrong with the Capitol Shooting HOAX - Ashley Babbit

Jim in MN 1 hour ago

I had thought that the shooter was way down the hallway hiding behind a chair. Kind of understandable in a way.

But the video the Dems showed had the guy stepping in from the side and just point blank murdering her.

It is beyond anything any cops did to black folks in recent years.

Just sickening.

Jim in MN 1 hour ago

From that distance, he could have shoved her back out of the window.

Or maced her.

Or hit her with something.

But he shot her in the fcking neck.

[Feb 10, 2021] Fmr. Capitol Police chief sends letter explaining how Intel Community failed to respond to Jan. 6 protests

So, the fact is that at least three say before the event there were at least three assessment send to Capitol police.
Also it looks like Antifa is, at least partially a FBI-controlled organization, so FBI was involved not only in creating the assessment.
Feb 10, 2021 |

The former Capitol Police chief sent a letter to congressional leaders explaining why the Capitol Police appeared unprepared for the January 6 demonstrations. In the letter, which was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Steven Sund said the failure to respond to violence during the demonstrations was largely due to a lack of intelligence on the type of people that would be there.

Sund, who resigned after the demonstrations, noted he had relied on assessments from the FBI, Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security when preparing for potential unrest .

He said three days prior, an internal intelligence assessment showed a number of extremist groups, including Antifa, were expected to target the Capitol Building and "could become violent."

That's when Sund detailed a timeline of his many attempts to shore up support and expedite a mass delivery of protective equipment for his officers. Although 100 riot helmets were delivered on January 4, Army Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt allegedly told Sund he "did not like the visual of the National Guard standing in a line with the Capitol in the background."

This came despite several people in the crowd "wearing radio earpieces indicating a high level of coordination" and "carrying weapons, explosives and climbing gear."

In the letter, Sund recognized that a "number of systems broke down," adding that officials who violated policies or directives need to be held accountable. He went on to say the National Guard was far too slow, noting they sent in 150 troops about five-hours after his request for their support was approved by the Capitol Police Board and called for that process to be reformed.

On Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he truly appreciated Sund's letter and wished more people would come forward because the American public deserves to know what really happened on January 6.

The senator added, he's "suspicious" that Democrat leaders knew about the attack and are using the upcoming impeachment trial as a "diversion tactic."

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[Feb 10, 2021] ABSOLUTE PROOF

Feb 10, 2021 |

SamFox 1 day ago

Here is the site of Matthew DePerno, one the lawyers in the video. He needs financial aid to keep up the Absolute Truth about the fraudulent 2020 election.


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Reply thumb_up 0 thumb_down 0 TheCozmikTruth TheCozmikTruth 1 day ago

Is this the film everyone's talking about

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Great show.follow the money.

[Feb 10, 2021] Presidential Election Wasn't 'Rigged'; It Was 'Fortified', Says Time Magazine by JAMES DELINGPOLE

Feb 05, 2021 |

Time has published an explainer piece offering a fascinating insight into how the presidential election was won. It's titled "The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign that Saved the 2020 Election."

The fascinating part is what it tells us about the brazenness of the left in general and the corrupt, mendacious MSM in particular: they are now heavy-hinting that they cheated but want you to know that it's all OK because they were doing it to not to destroy democracy but to preserve and enhance it.
Here's the key paragraph:

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That's why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system's fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.

Do you see what they just did there?

The Democrats (and their sympathisers) didn't rig the election. They just fortified it by taking care to ensure the right guy won rather than the wrong guy won, regardless of what those pesky voters might misguidedly have wanted.

Could this have anything to do, you wonder, with President Trump's upcoming impeachment trial?!9&btvi=1&fsb=1&xpc=N3mR2JfVFr&p=https%3A//

My suspicion that Time's piece is both pre-emptive strike and damage limitation exercise. It anticipates the possibility that Trump will provide evidence in support of his claim that the election was "stolen."

This evidence will be much harder to brush under the carpet in the Senate.

I'm reminded here of an old article from the Times (of London), which described the process whereby political projects are advanced by stealth.

It is at first denied that any radical new plan exists; it is then conceded that it exists but ministers swear blind that it is not even on the political agenda; it is then noted that it might well be on the agenda but is not a serious proposition; it is later conceded that it is a serious proposition but that it will never be implemented; after that it is acknowledge that it will be implemented but in such a diluted form that it will make no difference to the lives of ordinary people; at some point it is finally recognised that it has made such a difference, but it was always known that it would and voters were told so from the outset.

This is where we are headed now with the"'stolen" election. Columnists who blithely assured us that the election was above board may now begin to finesse their position.

"OK, so maybe it was rigged," they will start to concede. 'But isn't that always the case with elections? And anyway it's a done deal now."

Sorry, my bad -- that use of the word "rigged" was a complete slip of the tongue.

What I meant to say is that the presidential election was "fortified." And what's not to like about that, eh?

[Feb 06, 2021] American Exceptionalism Is Back, except... by Michael Every

Feb 06, 2021 |

FEB 05, 2021

By Michael Every of Rabobank

"American Exceptionalism is Back", except...

"Oh say, can you see! By Dawn's early light; a pro-dollar trade; that puts the bears to flight?" Bloomberg Daybreak this morning boldly states "American exceptionalism is back" (baby). Apparently better-than-expected data and corporate earnings and the prospects of fiscal stimulus show the USA is still the global standout after all. As a result, bearish USD trades touted for the first month of the year need to suddenly be unwound: EUR is now back below 1.20, AUD is clinging to 0.76, and JPY is past 105.50, while as an EM proxy, MXN is back to 20.38 at time of writing vs. 19.55 on January 21.

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President Biden has called on the military in Myanmar to relinquish power after their recent coup. What happens when they refuse? A signature criticism of the Obama foreign policy team was its refusal to match US rhetoric (e.g., "pivot to Asia") with any substantive action (e.g., in the South China Sea or Syria). The new team gave interviews before assuming office saying they had learned these lessons. So what options with teeth does the US have for the generals in Naypidaw to back their demand? Sanctions are meaningless for a group who rarely travel abroad and whom can look to China for support if needed, despite their coolness towards Beijing to date.

This underlines the need for any top dog (or cat) to build up a pack (or clowder). Here again we see problems. Many articles have been written about the new US administration's call for the EU to stand alongside it to create new global frameworks favourable to the West (and by extension for USD) and not China (and CNY); and about how the EU is not willing to step up to that plate because of French exceptionalism and German Merkel-cantilism. Macron now says the EU should not gang up on China with the US : " This kind of common front against China risks pushing Beijing to lower its cooperation on issues like combatting climate change, and exacerbating its aggressive behaviour in Asia, including in the South China Sea, " he says. So will the US response then have to be Trumpian and EUR negative, like last time? If not, then what exactly?

Of course, the previous administration had been building bridges to India, which has its own issues with China. However, this relationship is still in its early stages, and India has traditionally looked to Russia for muscle, a role Moscow would be happy to play again. In that regard, the White House backing large anti-government protests in New Delhi against an agricultural reform programme ostensibly to the US's liking, and criticizing the government for cutting off the internet to try to disrupt them, is unlikely to help build bridges: indeed, India has already drawn comparisons to the events of 6 January in the US Capitol, showing the US is not as exceptional as it likes to project it is. These kind of shifts can matter, even if this is just one small step on a much longer journey (and USD trend channel).

Meanwhile, the Aussie government (which has also never and will never target house prices, "just land, bricks, mortar, etc.") might be wondering what the US will help do about a report that a Chinese company is planning to build a new city on a Papua New Guinea island near Australia's northern border . 'New Daru City' allegedly includes an industrial zone, seaport, business and commercial zone, along with a resort and residential area. Will Canberra regard this as a market-driven response to the well-known Chinese demand for lifestyle residences in the vibrant cultural hub that is the PNG hinterland, or as a Bond-villain project to develop a port just 200km from their Northern Territory? The PNG Prime Minister himself says he is "unaware" of this proposal(!) Yes, this may well not come to pass; but one can again see the paving stones being prepared for alternative paths for currencies like AUD, USD, and CNY (to say nothing of PNG's Kina) to travel over the course of the 2020s.

Meanwhile, the US can at least rely on the UK, as usual, where yesterday saw regulators ban China's CGTN TV news service, and the Telegraph also reports that three Chinese spies posing as journalists have just been expelled from the country. Somehow, along with the whole BNO passports issue, this is not likely to help ensure the "golden era" of Sino-British relations promised under previous UK leadership.

But will it ensure a golden era of Bido-BoJo relations? That is another path as yet untrod.

Happy Friday! "We love it so much, I think you do too."

[Feb 06, 2021] The essence of impeachment is similar to the recall of a government offical -- it is nothing more then a forceful removal from elected office

Feb 06, 2021 |

The first reason is that the impeachment proceedings aren't a criminal trial, so even conviction wouldn't establish guilt the way an actual criminal court might. Contrary to what the public thinks -- with its third grade–level understanding of American politics -- and what the media is happy to imply, impeachment is strictly a political process that does nothing more than remove a person from office. The Democrats' new interpretation that impeachment can be used to bar someone from holding office in the future is a rather novel approach.

Justus_Americans 6 hours ago remove link

Gaslight 1944 Movie both timeless and timely the gaslighting of America in 2021. Projection, accusing others of what they themselves do.

US Banana Republic 10 hours ago remove link

This "impeachment" is 100% a political move (10 RINOs not withstanding).

It is supported 100% by oligarchical propaganda.

It depends on mass hysteria, with no logic whatsoever.

karzai_luver 16 hours ago remove link

Keep it simple. Just go with whatever John Brennan says you can do.

Don't drone me bro.

Don't want to be branded a Domestic Terrorist or extremist.

Don't drone me bro.

[Feb 05, 2021] Maxine Waters- Trump Needs To Be Charged With Premeditated Murder - ZeroHedge

Feb 05, 2021 |

Authored by Jonathan Turley,

Over the last four years, there has been a type of race by politicians and pundits who seek to outdo each other in the most sensational claims of how Donald Trump could be prosecuted or impeached on an ever-expanding list of offenses. Each claim is stated with absolute certainty despite long-standing questions or constitutional barriers. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California has been a standout in this crowd -- calling for impeachments and prosecutions from the very beginning of Trump's term in office. She is now insisting that Trump can and should be charged with "premeditated murder" over the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th. The statement was made on MSNBC which has trafficked in such ridiculous theories without any pushback from the media or legal experts.

Waters made her statement in an interview with Joy Reid, who has had one of the most controversial records in television for her racially charged language , dubious legal arguments , and unsupported claims . Reid notably does not press Waters on her claim that Trump should be charged with premeditated murder.

Here is the interview:

In the interview, Reid refers to the 1990s and the "insurrections in Los Angeles." It is not clear from the interview what constitutes an insurrection in the 1990s but the term "riot" seems effectively barred today in favor of "insurrection."

When Trump or his allies made outlandish and unsupported claims about the law in the past, the media piled on with coverage stating that such claims were ridiculous or unfounded. I regularly called out Trump for such claims, including his call for changing whole areas of law like defamation. However, equally unsupported claims on the left are met with little or no push back from hosts or the media.

Waters states "He absolutely should be charged with premeditated murder because of the lives that were lost for this invasion with his insurrection,. For the President of the United States to sit and watch the invasion and the insurrection and not say a word because he knew he had absolutely initiated it – and as some of them said, 'he invited us to come. We're here at the invitation of the President of the United States."

In Washington, D.C., a person is guilty of first degree murder when he or she specifically intends to kill another purposely with premeditation and deliberation, or kills while in the process of committing a felony. See Section 22-2104 . Most states require that first-degree premeditated murder be proven as a willful, deliberate, premeditated killing. That is treated as a specific intent crime with the showing of a purposive act or an act with express malice. You must generally show a specific intent to kill and premeditation is usually shown by evidence that a defendant reflected on the act or planned for the act of murder.

Waters' home state courts have dealt with this issue recently:

"Murder, whether in the first or second degree, requires malice aforethought. (§ 187.) Malice can be express or implied. It is express when there is a manifest intent to kill (§ 188, subd. (a)(1)); it is implied if someone kills with "no considerable provocation . . . or when the circumstances attending the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart" (§ 188, subd. (a)(2)). When a person directly perpetrates a killing, it is the perpetrator who must possess such malice. People v. Gentile (Riverside County Court December 2020)."

In this case, there is no evidence that Trump directly murdered anyone or sought the death of anyone. He is being accused of conspiring in the commission of such murders. That sounds more like a claim of being an aider and abetter to murder. However, even in California where charges can be based on the the natural and probable consequence of the aided and abetted crime, courts have balked at such broad interpretations. "Under the natural and probable consequences doctrine, an accomplice is guilty not only of the offense he or she directly aided or abetted (i.e., the target offense), but also of any other offense committed by the direct perpetrator that was the "natural and probable consequence" of the crime the accomplice aided and abetted (i.e., the nontarget offense)."

This distinction was again recently drawn in California:

"In Chiu, we held that the natural and probable consequences doctrine cannot support a conviction for first degree premeditated murder. (Chiu, supra, 59 Cal.4th at p. 167.) We reasoned that in the context of murder, the natural and probable consequences doctrine serves the purpose of "deterring aiders and abettors from aiding or encouraging the commission of offenses that would naturally, probably, and foreseeably result in an unlawful killing." (Id. at p. 165.) But this purpose "loses its force" when an accomplice is held culpable for first degree premeditated murder under a natural and probable consequences theory. (Id. at p. 166.) First degree premeditated murder carries significantly higher penalties than second degree murder and requires the additional mental state that the killing be "willful, deliberate, and premeditated." PEOPLE v. GENTILE Opinion of the Court by Liu, J. 12 (§ 189, subd. (a); Chiu, at p. 166.) Whether or not the direct perpetrator killed with premeditation "has no effect on the resultant harm. The victim has been killed regardless of the perpetrator's premeditative mental state." (Chiu, at p. 166.) We further concluded that subjecting an accomplice to enhanced punishment based solely on the "uniquely subjective and personal" mental state of the direct perpetrator was inconsistent with "reasonable concepts of culpability." (Chiu, supra, 59 Cal.4th at pp. 166, 165.)"

In her interview, Waters was apparently referencing reports that some of the rioters had planned in advance to storm the Capitol. On the day of the riot, many of us noted that some of the rioters clearly brought ropes and other items that indicated preparation to the attack. Those reports however cut both ways. It certainly shows that those individuals had premeditation, but it also shows that the speech itself may not have been the incitement for those individuals. Critics can fairly note that the President had engaged in reckless rhetoric for weeks. However, there is a difference between reckless and criminal speech. More importantly, if such comments are now dispositive evidence of premeditation for murder, it would allow such vicarious charges for homicide in a wide array of cases involving politicians.

While Waters has defended her long list of impeachable offenses as based on the view that "impeachment is whatever Congress says it is ," the same is not true of the criminal code.

[Feb 05, 2021] Trump May be on Trial, but System That Produced Him Will Be Acquitted Consortiumnews

Feb 05, 2021 |

I t is a fitting end to four years of Donald Trump in the White House.

On one side, Trump's endless stoking of political grievances -- and claims that November's presidential election was "stolen" from him -- spilled over into a mob storming the U.S. Capitol. They did so in the forlorn hope of disrupting the certification process of the Electoral College vote, which formally declared his opponent, Joe Biden, the winner.

On the other side, the Democratic Party instituted a second, unprecedented impeachment process in the slightly less forlorn hope of foreclosing any possibility of him running again in 2024.

Barely concealing its alliance with the then-incoming Biden administration, Silicon Valley shut down Trump's social media megaphone. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lobbied the Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut an "unhinged" Trump out of the chain of command, in a move that was reportedly rejected out of hand by Pentagon officials because, they told The New York Times , it would amount to a "military coup."

And Biden, who boasts that he was the author the Patriot Act years before 9/11, has been touting a new "domestic terrorism" bill, as though the U.S. did not already have a plethora of ways to crack down on dissent, of both the legitimate and the illegitimate varieties.

With that as the backdrop, Washington, D.C., designated Biden's inauguration last month a "national special security event."

Authoritarian Tribes

None of this is just the latest sign that the U.S. political system has degenerated into tawdry theater. It is growing evidence that U.S. politics is devolving into a permanent confrontation between two authoritarian tribes. Both are convinced that the other side is un-American, perverting the true republic. Both are unwilling to compromise, believing they share no common ground. And ultimately both are fighting for a rotten cause.

This is not a divide between ethical and unethical politics. This clash is now a bitter grudge match. It is civil war by other means. Not only is the chasm between these rival camps widening, but the real criminals are making off -- as they always do -- with the loot.

Each tribe has been coalescing for a while now around a center of gravity. On the Republican side that became clear with the emergence of the Tea Party and the birther movement during President Barack Obama's tenure. But it took Trump's election as president in 2016 to create a proper oppositional center of gravity on the other side.

Those in the Democratic tribe who now disdain Trump and his supporters for their desperate refusal to accept November's result overlook how they greeted Trump's victory in 2016. They struggled against the legitimacy of that outcome too, even if they did not resort to the overt violence of the mob at the Capitol.

It began with arguments that, while Trump might have won the Electoral College vote, he lost the popular vote . Four years ago, the Electoral College also faced self-serving accusations that it had disenfranchised the majority.

The Democratic tribe took to the streets as well, in protest marches in cities across the U.S. under the banner of the Resistance, denying Trump was their president. That was understandable, given his personal behavior and the policies he advocated. But it did not end there.

Russian Conspiracies

The disavowal of the Trump presidency quickly regressed into a dangerous narrative -- one that has never properly gone away, despite the dearth of evidence to support it. The claim was not only that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump win, but that Trump himself had actively colluded with Russia to steal the election from his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Anything that had damaged Clinton -- including emails showing that the Democratic leadership rigged its own primaries to make sure she was the party's candidate rather than Bernie Sanders -- got sucked into that vast conspiracy theory. That included the messenger of these bad tidings: WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.

For years, the Democratic tribe has invested its considerable energies in fruitless efforts to prove its theory, including the first bid to remove Trump through an entirely self-defeating impeachment process.

None of this could be justified politically. It was a Democrat counterpoint to Trump's MAGA slogan: "Make America Great Again". Democrats promised the much less catchy SAPD: "Save America from President Deplorable."

Antagonistic Tango

For this tribe, Trump was an illegitimate president from the outset, one whose election to the highest office in the land revealed something unwholesome about their country they preferred to avert their gaze from because it might implicate them too. Removing Trump largely eclipsed the struggle to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.

The obsession with Trump above everything else seemingly rationalized any means -- fair or foul -- to be rid of him. Few thought about how this would look to his supporters or to those not already safely ensconced in one or other tribe.

To understand, they now need only look to the storming of the Capitol How they felt watching the building being ransacked -- a Deplorable putting his feet up contemptuously on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk -- was how Trump's tribe felt watching their president being denounced as a Russian agent and dragged through impeachment proceedings.

This mood is not likely to dissipate. The two political tribes are locked in an antagonistic tango, mirroring each other's moves, each other's grudges, each other's sense of victimhood. Much more unites them than they would ever care to admit.

Festering Culture War

This may be the pathology, but what of the cause.

What we see here is the culmination of a festering culture war stoked by an unhealthy investment by both sides in a simple-minded and highly divisive identity politics.

Much has correctly been made of the white supremacism of the most loyal sections of Trump's tribe, and that was on show again during the invasion of the Capitol. The Confederate flag, the neo-Nazi slogans, the T-shirts extolling the Jewish supremacy of Israel are all indicators of a toxic politics of white grievance that may be less articulated but is still felt by a wider swath of Trump's supporting constituency.

This ugly identity politics is rightly rejected by the other tribe, but is nonetheless mirrored in its equally deep commitment to identity politics. The progressive coalition of identities at the core of the Democratic Party may be more reassuring to modern sensibilities, but has served in practice to accentuate to parts of the Trump tribe the supposed threat to their white identity.

This is not to equate the justified struggle of Black Lives Matter against endemic racism, including in the police, with the reactionary forces seeking to preserve some notion of white privilege. It is to simply observe that when the political field of battle exclusively revolves around identity, then one cannot be surprised if each side continues to frame its struggle in precisely those terms.

Those who live by the identity sword are likely to die by that same sword.

The Trump tribe want their president, and the Republican Party more generally, to guarantee a white supremacism they fear is being eroded as the Democrat Party flaunts its progressive, multicultural credentials. The Democrat tribe, meanwhile, wants to challenge the old order -- and most especially reactionary institutions like local police forces -- that have been an oppressive bulwark against change.

This dynamic can lead only to permanent confrontation, bitterness and alienation.

Class Struggle

There is a way out of the dead-end culture war that pits one tribe against the other. It is to formulate an alternative, popular politics based on class struggle -- the 99 percent against the 1 percent. But neither the Republican nor the Democratic leaderships, or the respective medias that cheerlead them, has any interest in encouraging a political realignment of this sort.

The Democratic Party is not a vehicle for class struggle, after all. Like the Republican Party, it is designed to preserve the privileges of an elite. Its biggest donors, like the Republicans', are drawn from Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Big Pharma, the arms industries. The political battle in the United States is between two parties of capital united by far more than divides them.

The shadow play of U.S. politics is the enervating, antagonistic confrontation of identities described above. While ordinary Americans get stoked into a mutual tribal loathing by a corporate media that profits from this theatre of hate, the elite enjoys a free hand to pillage the planet and the commons.

While we fixate on identities that have been crafted to divide us, while we remain immersed in the surface of politics, while we are distracted from the real battle lines, those elites prosper.

Political paralysis may not harm the establishment. But it is profoundly damaging to us, the 99 percent, when our communities are being ravaged by a pandemic, when our economies are in meltdown, when the planet is on the brink of ecological collapse.

We need a functioning political system that reflects popular priorities, like Medicare For All, a dignified minimum wage and free college; that understands the urgency of the challenges posed by multiple crises; and that can marshal and channel our energies into solutions, not into endless, irresolvable confrontations based on grievances that have been cultivated to weaken us.

Trump is not the enemy. That target is far too small and limited. The class he belongs to is our enemy, as is the system of privilege he has spent the past four years upholding and his successor will defend just as assiduously.

Whether Trump is ultimately convicted or not in the Senate, the system that produced him will be acquitted -- by Congress, by the new president, by Wall Street, by the corporate media.

It is we who will pay the price.

Jonathan Cook is a former Guardian journalist (1994-2001) and winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. He is a freelance journalist based in Nazareth. If you appreciate his articles, please consider offering your financial support .

This article is from his blog Jonathan .

The views expressed are solely those of the author and may or may not reflect those of Consortium News.

[Feb 05, 2021] New Video Surfaces of Antifa-Insurgence Leader John Sullivan Training Antifa Soldiers and Selling Riot Equipment at his Website

Feb 05, 2021 |

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 16 hours ago (Edited) remove link

Exclusive: New Video Surfaces of Antifa-Insurgence Leader John Sullivan Training Antifa Soldiers and Selling Riot Equipment at his Website

By Jim Hoft
Published February 4, 2021 at 8:10am

This dude's father (he was adopted) is a retired general.

The embedded video shows him teaching people how to dress in black bloc. Is he behind bars? Don't make me laff. Also this AP (agent provocateur) was right next to the woman that was shot dead on Jan. 6.

Black bloc gear is right out of Germany. This guy didn't learn these tactics on his own. The scary part is that the MSM is ignoring the real history of black bloc, out of Germany, and how it migrated here to the US.

[Feb 05, 2021] Voting software firm Smartmatic files $2.7 billion suit against Fox, Giuliani Sidney Powell over election-fraud claims

Feb 05, 2021 |

Fox News is facing a rise of the machines, voting machines that is, as election software firm Smartmatic is suing the network, three of its anchors and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell for allegedly false claims of fraud.

The defamation lawsuit , which was filed on Thursday in New York state court in Manhattan, seeks $2.7 billion in damages. In addition to Fox and the two lawyers, Smartmatic names Fox hosts Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo as defendants, saying they falsely claimed that the company's technology was used to help 'steal' the November 3 election from former President Donald Trump.

Florida-based Smartmatic said the defendants knew the election wasn't rigged, "but they also saw an opportunity to capitalize on President Trump's popularity by inventing a story. Defendants decided to tell people that the election was stolen from President Trump and Vice President (Mike) Pence." The company added that "without any true villain, defendants invented one. Defendants decided to make Smartmatic the villain in their story."

Moreover, Smartmatic said its software was used in just one jurisdiction in the November 3 election – Los Angeles County. Democrat Joe Biden won California by more than 5 million votes. Trump made allegations of election fraud in decisive swing states where Biden had narrow margins of victory, such as Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

[Feb 05, 2021] We Got It! TGP to Release SMOKING GUN Video from TCF Center in Detroit! ...Update: OH BOY! Our Report WILL SHAKE the Political World!

Feb 05, 2021 |

The video can settle for once and for all:

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And after our initial review of the TCF security video, we can assure you -- We have evidence of illicit and likely criminal activity and we have it on video.

[Feb 03, 2021] Former Navy SEAL- The Miseducation Of Antony Blinken - ZeroHedge

Jan 29, 2021 |

Authored by Kenny MacDonald via The Libertarian Institute,

On January 19th, the US Senate held confirmation hearings for Joe Biden's Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken. Blinken has a reputation on both sides of the aisle for being exceptionally qualified for the job of America's top diplomat, which is surprising considering he was on the wrong side of every major foreign policy blunder of the last 20 years ; Iraq, Libya, and Syria .

When Senator Rand Paul asked Antony Blinken what lessons he has learned from his disastrous foreign policy record in Libya and Syria, Blinken replied that after "some hard thinking" he's proud that he has done "everything we possibly can to make sure that diplomacy is the first answer, not the last answer, and that war and conflict is our last resort."

Of course war is the last resort. Even the most hawkish war criminals would agree that war is the last resort. But the question is, war is the last resort to accomplish what? If war is the last resort to get a country to fully capitulate to Washington's demands then eventually the US will be at war with everyone. To Blinken, war as the last resort can only be understood in the same way a mugger considers shooting his victim as a last resort to stealing their wallet.

Via the AP

Blinken displayed his hubris a few minutes later when he said, "The door should remain open" for Georgia to join NATO under the justification of curbing Russian aggression .

Rand Paul informed Blinken, "This would be adding Georgia, that's occupied [by Russia], to NATO. Under Article 5, then we would go to war ."

Senator Paul is right. According to Washington, Russia has been occupying 20 percent of Georgia since 2008. Under the principle of collective defense in Article 5 of NATO, the US would be obligated to treat Russia's occupation of the country of Georgia the same way the US would treat a Russian occupation of the US state of Georgia. That sounds like a recipe for war. But don't worry, peaceniks, Antony Blinken has assured us that war is the last resort!

Blinken's framing of the issue exposes his disingenuous approach. Russian aggression is a term used by Washington insiders to describe a Russian reaction to western aggression. Blinken knows that the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia was not Russian aggression, he calls it that because it suits his agenda and the American press is dependably ignorant enough to not ask questions.

In the 2008 war, Georgia was the aggressor against the South Ossetians, a people who are ethnically distinct from Georgians, and who have never -- not even for one day -- considered themselves a part of Georgia. The Ossetians have a history of Russian partiality ; they were among the first ethnic groups in the region to join the Russian Empire in the 19th century and the USSR in the 1920s. Today, ethnic Ossetians straddle both sides of the current Russian border, and they are more aligned with the Russian government than with the Georgian government.

When Georgia gained sovereignty from the former Soviet Union in 1991, South Ossetia declared its independence. In response, Georgian forces invaded South Ossetia, initiating an armed conflict that killed more than 2,000 people . In 1992, a ceasefire agreement was signed in Sochi between Georgia, Russia and South Ossetia, which created a tripartite peacekeeping force led by Russia. Although the international community never acknowledged South Ossetia's independence, they have enjoyed political autonomy since the 1992 Sochi agreement.

The Sochi agreement held up until Georgia's ultra-nationalist President Mikheil Saakashvili came to power in the 2003 western-backed bloodless " Rose Revolution " coup-d'etat. The pro-western President Saakashvili advocated joining the EU and NATO, and insisted on asserting Georgian rule over South Ossetia. U.S. President George Bush supported the new Georgian president's effort to bring Georgia into NATO, which for Russia would mean bringing a hostile military up to its border. In 2006, President Saakashvili offered South Ossetia autonomy in exchange for a political settlement with Georgia. A referendum was held, and the South Ossetian people overwhelmingly reaffirmed their desire for independence from Georgia.

In August, 2008, After exchanging artillery fire with South Ossetia, Georgia invaded South Ossetia's capital city of Tskhinvali, killing 1,400 civilians and 18 Russian peacekeepers . Georgia's attack triggered a Russian invasion into South Ossetia and Abkhazia (another breakaway region) to restore stability and protect peacekeeping forces.

Russia is by no means innocent -- they used disproportionate force attacking targets inside Georgia -- but only a Russophobic shill would conclude that this war was somehow caused by Russian aggression. The idea that Russia had no business intervening is laughable. Under the 1992 Sochi agreement , Russia took charge of a peacekeeping coalition to help prevent exactly the scenario that happened in the summer of 2008.

If George Bush had succeeded in bringing Georgia into NATO, the United States may have been dragged into war with Russia in 2008. Antony Blinken claims that NATO membership deters Russian aggression, but does he really believe that Russia would have been deterred from intervening to protect its own peacekeeping force? Does Blinken believe that Georgia -- backed by the U.S. military -- would have acted more cautiously in South Ossetia, or is it more likely they would have been bolder?

It's undeniable that it is in Russia's best interest to have pro-Russian countries on its borders. But pretending as if Russia is going to march into Tbilisi and reabsorb the entire country of Georgia into Russia is a level of paranoia that should disqualify anyone from having an opinion on the subject. The military conflict in Georgia is about the two breakaway regions and their right to self determination. Russia's self interest happens to align with the wishes of the people in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. By supporting Georgia, America -- the champion of democracy and self determination -- has adopted the position that South Ossetians didn't really mean to repeatedly choose independence when given the option. This is a situation where America's professed values are diametrically opposed to its policy of countering Russian influence everywhere on the map.

Antony Blinken should pause to consider if America's policy objectives are worth fighting a war for. Is it worth confronting Russia in South Ossetia? Was it worth confronting Russia over Crimea and the Donbas in Ukraine ? Is it a good idea to withdraw from the INF Nuclear Treaty and the Open Skies Treaty ? Should we have spent the last 30 years marching NATO -- a military alliance hostile to Russia -- right up to the doorsteps of Russia ? Is any of this really making us safer?

Blinken has bought into his own propaganda. To Blinken, regardless of the stubborn details of history, every conflict on Russia's border is simply Russian aggression. Washington's solution is the expansion of NATO, which Russia describes as " NATO encirclement. " This is an unacceptable military threat to Russia, who has a deep distrust of western intentions due to a long history of western invasions into Russia. Antony Blinken still lives in a bipolar world in which the United States and Russia are existential threats to each other's existence. Every conflict and every alliance is only viewed through the lens of the New Cold War crusade against Russia. This maniacal crusade could thrust America in the unthinkable abyss of nuclear war.

Rand Paul got his answer, Antony Blinken learned nothing from all his mistakes! The danger isn't merely resorting to war too early, the danger is in sticking our noses in conflicts that we have no business being in. War should be the last resort to defending America's people and it's homeland from foreign invasion; it should not be the last resort to enforcing America's utopian vision on the world, and it certainly shouldn't be the last resort to prevent an ethnic group in the South Caucasus -- that almost no American has ever heard of -- from the right to self-determination.

Kenny MacDonald is a former Navy SEAL and Afghanistan War veteran. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in history. Youtube Channel . Medium . Facebook .

[Feb 03, 2021] The "accountability" rhetoric speaks directly to the broad base that really wants to stick events of Jan 6 to the Republicans, bipartisanship be damned

I would expect more courage from a former bartender,
Feb 03, 2021 |

I'm filing the AOC stuff here, for reasons that will become obvious in a moment:

Here is the entire AOC Instagram on the Capitol Seizure:

It's an hour-and-a-half long, and I just don't have time to listen to it all. It would be great any readers had to time and the inclination to pick out the highlights and put them in comments (and if you do, please include time codes).

"AOC on Instagram Live: Recounting Jan. 6 attack details draws more than 160K viewers" [ Staunton News-Leader ]. "[S]he laid out the fact that people knew violence was coming on Jan. 6. Members of Congress, trying to help her, sent messages as early as the Thursday before Jan. 6 that they expected bad things to go down as the Congress moved to certify the Electoral College results of the November election."

The News-Leader is a Gannet paper in the Shenendoah Valley, but they didn't pull the story from the wires, they had a reporter write it up. The last politician I can remember who made the story like this was, well Donald Trump.

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Opens Up About Trauma in a Moving and Powerful Instagram Live" [ Marie Claire ].

"On Monday night, in a brave and candid video on Instagram Live, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed her deep trauma following the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol, and the prior traumas that had made it even more triggering. Ocasio-Cortez shared that she is a survivor of sexual assault: 'I haven't told many people in my life," she said. She began crying during her retelling of the events of Jan. 6, but fought to continue to tell her story. 'All of your traumas can, kind of, intersect and interact,' she explained. Ocasio-Cortez compared Republicans' insistence on telling her and other survivors of the Jan. 6 attack to 'get over it' to the tactics used by abusers. She added: 'The folks [false note, there] who are saying we should move on, we shouldn't have accountability, etc., are saying: 'Can you just forget about this so that we can do it again?' I'm not going to let it happen to me again and I'm not going to let it happen to our country."

I have mixed reactions to this. On the one hand the "we should just move on" attitude has done the country a lot of damage. Obama's version of this was " we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards ," and as a direct result Gina Haspel, a torturer, headed the CIA.

On the other, I would want expert testimony on whether traumas "intersect and interact," and how they do. On yet another, I'm deeply suspicious of the concept that trauma conveys authenticity, especially political authenticity. If trauma did convey authenticity, then PSTD-suffering soldiers would make the best cops. Finally, it's a category error, exactly on the order of confusing government with a household, to equate personal trauma with political violence. They may have similar roots (say, deaths of despair), and they may feel the same to the person experiencing them, but they are products of difference systems.

"AOC: Ocasio-Cortez recalls Capitol raid, calls for accountability" [ Al Jazeera ]. "US Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has described being terrified for her life during the storming of the US Capitol, doubling down on calls for Republican politicians to be held accountable.

In an emotional broadcast on Monday night, New York House member Ocasio-Cortez said she was harassed by those she identified as fans of former President Donald Trump for days before the January 6 incident and was warned by other members of Congress to be "careful" on the day of the rally."

To me, it looks like AOC -- a very, very talented politician -- is picking up the power that's lying in the street. First, the "survivor" rhetoric, like it or not -- I don't; see my comment above -- speaks directly to the bourgeois feminists of the Clintonite wing of the Democrat Party. Who else is doing that?

Second, the "accountability" rhetoric speaks directly to the broad (albeit PMC) base that really wants to stick it to the Republicans, bipartisanship be damned. Who else is doing that? (The pink pussy hat brigade will, of course, do whatever the leadership tells them to, but that's their initial, default, setting).

Third, in a party with a weak bench thirsting for non-geriatric leadership, AOC is stepping forward. Who else is doing that? Finally, speaking directly to her fan base (i.e., one assumes, voters, ultimately) on Instagram -- as, apparently, she while cooking (!) -- bypasses the press entirely.

Who else is doing that? Again, one thinks of Trump. I wonder if she does A/B testing? (There are all sorts of reasons to dislike AOC on policy -- I notices a long time ago she was saying "working class" a lot less -- but there's no denying her talents as a politician.)

freedomny , February 2, 2021 at 7:08 pm

Really sorry that AOC was scared for her life. Was gonna look it up re how many politicians have been killed by Americans in the past 100 years but .just too much energy.

We've all been traumatized.

45,000 Americans.die every year from no insurance.

This girl needs to get over herself.

The Rev Kev , February 3, 2021 at 12:01 am

"AOC on Instagram"

There is a shorter video by AOC linked in the following tweet and I will say this for her. She knows how to project an image. In the video you will see the black borders on either side, a cream background, and AOC dressed in a grayish-black top with her face being the only colour in this 1:37 min video. If these were not her decisions, then she must have a very good media advisor-

[Feb 03, 2021] Make fire and police departments that receive federal grants have their members sign commitments not to engage in acts to overthrow the government.

Feb 03, 2021 |

Capitol Seizure

"'Be ready to fight': FBI probe of U.S. Capitol riot finds evidence detailing coordination of an assault" [ WaPo ]. "FBI agents around the country are working to unravel the various motives, relationships, goals and actions of the hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Some inside the bureau have described the Capitol riot investigation as their biggest case since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and a top priority of the agents' work is to determine the extent to which that violence and chaos was preplanned and coordinated." • And if so, by whom .

"'Blame Trump' defense from alleged Capitol rioters dovetails with Democrats' impeachment case" [ CNN ]. "One by one, die-hard supporters of former President Donald Trump are now blaming him for their actions that day, after being charged by federal prosecutors and facing possible jail time. A lawyer for one rioter who allegedly attacked police officers with a baseball bat said he was "inspired" by Trump's incendiary speech at a rally beforehand. The so-called QAnon shaman, whose horned bearskin headdress made him go viral, now claims he was "duped" by Trump, his lawyer said. At this point, the statements may be more of a public relations strategy than an articulated legal defense. But they dovetail with Democrats' case in favor of impeaching and convicting Trump; they agree that the former president incited the deadly insurrection that overwhelmed the Capitol on January 6."

"A 2009 warning about right-wing extremism was engulfed by politics. There are signs it's happening again." [ USA Today ]. "In April 2009, federal intelligence officials issued a prescient warning to police departments around the country. 'Right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat," experts in the Department of Homeland Security wrote. 'These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists – including lone wolves or small terrorist cells – to carry out violence.' It was one of DHS' most explicit mentions of homegrown terrorists since 9/11, one with a direct connection to the military. But the call to action was effectively buried after powerful Republican politicians and their allies in the right-wing media launched broadsides against President Barack Obama's administration and Democrats , alleging that they had disrespected the men and women in the U.S. military while attempting to surveil and silence conservatives. The blowback shifted the debate away from how to actually address the threat and into another partisan public spectacle." • Translating, the Democrats -- assuming good faith -- were weak. Yet another 2009 debacle from Obama.

"How to fix our domestic terrorist problem" [ Washington Examiner ]. "We saw five dead in the Jan. 6 attempted coup d'etat. We saw possible assassination plots against both former Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. We saw coercion designed to prevent certification of President Biden's Electoral College victory. We now see the Capitol necessarily secured behind razor wire. But we also see some Republican members of Congress trying to sneak guns onto the House floor. One has even called for violence. It is time to confront these putschists." One suggested measure: 'Make fire and police departments that receive federal grants have their members sign commitments not to engage in acts to overthrow the government.'" • Hmm.


"House Dems make their impeachment case in pretrial brief" [ ABC ]. "'The only honorable path at that point was for President Trump to accept the results and concede his electoral defeat. Instead, he summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue,' the managers wrote in their brief submitted ahead of next week's trial of the former president." •

[Feb 03, 2021] Pennsylvania official at center of Trump election concerns resigns

Feb 03, 2021 |

The Pennsylvania secretary of state who emerged as a villain to supporters of former President Donald Trump said Monday she will resign for failing to comply with an unrelated state election law.

Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, will leave office on Feb. 5. Her office botched the handling of a state constitutional amendment that would allow more sexual abuse victims to sue their alleged abusers.

In a statement, she said, "I've always believed that accountability and leadership must be a cornerstone of public service. While I only became aware of the mistake last week, and immediately took steps to alert the administration to the error, I accept the responsibility on behalf of the department."

Pennsylvania law requires that proposed amendments pass the state legislature twice. The secretary of state's office must publicize the proposed amendment in two newspapers in each of the state's 67 counties ahead of the election between votes, which her office failed to do.

Gov. Tom Wolf, also a Democrat, announced Boockvar's resignation in a press release that stressed the issue was separate from the presidential election.

"This change at the Department of State has nothing to do with the administration of the 2020 election, which was fair and accurate," Wolf said .

[Jan 29, 2021] 6 Warning Signs from Biden's First Week in Office OffGuardian

Jan 29, 2021 |

6 Warning Signs from Biden's First Week in Office The "progressive" candidate praised as a "woke bloke" seems to be carrying on where all his authoritarian Imperialist predecessors left off Kit Knightly

It's been a busy first week for the 46th President of the United States, there are the 20,000 troops occupying the capital city to organise, as well as the totally unprecedented show-trial of his immediate predecessor.

You know, usual democracy type stuff.

On top of that, Biden has now signed at least 37 executive orders in his first week . The record for any President, and more than the previous four presidents combined.

What do these orders, or any of his other moves, tell us about the future plans of the recently "elected" administration? Nothing good, unfortunately.


I still remember people claiming the introduction of vaccination passports (or immunity passes or the like) was just a "conspiracy theory", the paranoid fantasy of fringe "covidiots". All the way back in December, when they were getting fact-checked by tabloid journalists who can't do basic maths .

These days they are rebranded as "freedom certificates" which are "divisive, politically tricky and probably inevitable" .

Many countries are already preparing to roll it out, including Iceland the UK and South Africa . Biden's "Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel" adds the US to this list:

International Certificates of Vaccination or Prophylaxis. Consistent with applicable law, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of HHS, and the Secretary of Homeland Security (including through the Administrator of the TSA), in coordination with any relevant international organizations, shall assess the feasibility of linking COVID-19 vaccination to International Certificates of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) and producing electronic versions of ICVPs.


Biden's cabinet is praised as the "most diverse" in history, but will hiring a few non-white people really change the decades-old policies of US Imperialism? It certainly doesn't look like it.

His pick for Under Secretary of State is Victoria Nuland , a neocon warmonger and one of the masterminds of the Maidan coup in Ukraine in 2014. She is married to Robert Kagan , another neocon warmonger, co-founder of the Project for a New American Century and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and one of the masterminds behind the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The incoming Secretary of State, Antony Blinken , is also an inveterate US Imperialist, arguing for every US military intervention since the 1990s, and criticised Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria.

Biden's pick for Defence Secretary is the first African-American ever appointed to this role, but former General Lloyd Austin is hardly going be some kind of "progressive" voice int his cabinet. He's a career soldier who retired from the military in 2016 to join the board of Raytheon Technologies , an arms manufacturer and military contractor.

As "diverse" as this cabinet may be in skin colour or gender there is most certainly no "diversity" of opinion or policy. There are very few new faces and no new thoughts.

So, it looks like we can expect more of the same in terms of foreign policy. A fact that's already been displayed in


Despite heavy resistance from the military and Deep State, Donald Trump wanted to end the war in Iraq and pledged to pull American troops out of the country. This was one of Trump's more popular policies, and during the campaign Biden made no mention of intending to reverse that decision.

Then, on the very day of Biden's inauguration, ISIS conducted their deadliest suicide bombing for over three years , and suddenly the situation was too unstable for the US to leave, and Biden is being forced to "review" Trump's planned withdrawal .

The Iraqi parliament has made it clear it wants the US to take its military off their soil , so any American forces on Iraqi land are technically there illegally in contravention of international law. But that never bothered them before.


Turns out the US can't withdraw from Afghanistan either. Last February Trump signed a deal with the Taliban that all US personnel would leave Afghanistan by May 2021.

Joe Biden has already committed to "reviewing" this deal . Sec. Blinken was quoted as saying that Biden's admin wanted:

to end this so-called forever war [but also] retain some capacity to deal with any resurgence of terrorism, which is what brought us there in the first place".

As a great man once said , nothing someone says before the word "but" really counts. The US will not be withdrawing from Afghanistan, and if there is any public pressure to do so, the government will simply claim the Taliban broke their side of the deal first, or stage a few terrorist attacks.


Far from simply continuing the on-going wars, there are already signs Biden's "diverse" team will look to escalate, or even start, other conflicts.

Syria was another theatre of war from which Donald Trump wanted to extricate the United States, unilaterally ordering all US troops from the country in late 2019.

We now know the Pentagon ignored those orders. They lied to the President , telling Trump they had followed his orders but not withdrawing a single man. This organized mutiny against the Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces was played for a joke in the media when it was finally revealed.

There will be no need for any such duplicity now Biden is in the Oval Office, he was a vocal critic of the decision to withdraw , claiming it gave ISIS a "new lease of life". Indeed, within two days of his being sworn in a column of American military vehicles was seen entering Syria from Iraq .


We called this before the inauguration . They made it just too obvious. Before the dirty footprints had been cleaned from Nancy Pelosi's desk it was clear where it was all going.

Within 24 hours of being sworn in as president, Biden had ordered a "review of the threat posed by domestic terrorism" .

As usual, the press are laying down the covering fire for this. Talking heads have been busily comparing MAGA voters to al Qaida in television interviews. The Washington Post and New Yorker Journal have cut-and-paste pieces about this supposed threat. Politico published an article titled "Biden vowed to defeat domestic terrorism. The how is the hard part" , which outlines what Biden could do:

Direct the Justice Department, FBI and National Security Council to execute a top-down approach prioritizing domestic terrorism; pass new domestic terrorism legislation; or do a bit of both as Democrats propose a crack down on social media giants like Facebook for algorithms that promote conspiracy laden posts.

That last part is key. The "crack down on social media" part, because the anti-Domestic Terrorism legislation will likely be very focused on communication and so-called "misinformation".

Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has publicly called for a congressional panel to "rein in" the media :

We're going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so you can't just spew disinformation and misinformation,"

And who will be the target of these crack downs and new legislations? Well, according John Brennan (ex-head of the CIA and accomplished war criminal), practically anybody:

They're casting a wide net. Expect "extremist", "bigot" and "racist" to be just a few of the words which have their meanings totally revised in the next few months. "Conspiracy theorist" will be used a lot, too.

Further, they are moving closer and closer toward the "anyone who disagrees with us is literally insane" model. With many articles actually talking about "de-programming" Trump voters. The Atlantic suggests "mental hygiene" would cure the MAGA problem.

Again AOC is on point here, clearly auditioning for the role of High Inquisitor, claiming that the new Biden government needs to fund programs that "de-radicalise" "conspiracy theorists" who are on the "spectrum of radicalisation" .


As I said at the beginning, it's been a busy week for Joe Biden, but you can sum up his biggest policy plans in one short sentence: More violence overseas, less tolerance of dissent and strict clampdowns on "misinformation".

How progressive.

[Jan 29, 2021] Meet Antony 'Blinkered' Biden's Choice for America's Top Diplomat -- Strategic Culture

Jan 29, 2021 |

Blinken does not seem to have repented from his fundamentalist belief in American imperial goodness, notwithstanding his appeal for "humility".

Barring an earthquake in Washington, Antony Blinken is set to become the new U.S. Secretary of State and America's top diplomat. The youthful and telegenic Blinken (58) takes over from Mike Pompeo who was America's representative to the world under the last Trump administration.

The contrast could not be more stark. In place of Pompeo's thuggish, rough-edged style, Blinken has the appearance of consummate diplomat. He's fluent in French owing to a European education, he's urbane and sophisticated and comes from a family which has diplomacy in its genes. His father was an ambassador to Hungary and an advisor to President John F Kennedy. An uncle was ambassador to Belgium.

Blinken has Hungarian and Russian Jewish ancestry. His mother remarried a Polish-American Jewish survivor of the Nazi holocaust. During his confirmation hearing in the Senate this week, Blinken told the story of how his stepfather escaped from a Nazi death march in Bavaria and was eventually rescued by an American tank driven by an African-American officer.

That story has shaped Blinken's worldview of America's prestige and international role. He's a proponent of U.S. military interventionism with a presumption of moral duty. He's an advocate of America working with European allies and upholding the transatlantic alliance – in contrast to Trump's boorish America First sloganeering. Understandably, Blinken is imbued with an unshakable belief in "American exceptionalism" and "manifest destiny" as a world leader.

The Senators at his confirmation hearing this week swooned as Blinken spoke. He's certain to be confirmed as the new Secretary of State in the coming days. That's because he is seen to be perfect for the task of restoring America's international image which has been so badly tarnished under Trump and his grumpy gofer Pompeo. The Europeans will lap up Blinken and his transatlantic romanticism.

Blinken has said that America's foreign policy must be conducted with "humility and confidence", which may sound refreshingly modest. But it's not. Underlying this "quiet American" is the same old arrogance about U.S. imperial might-is-right and Washington's presumed privilege of appointing itself as the "world's policeman".

If Blinken's record is anything to go on, his future role as America's top diplomat is foreboding.

Previously, he was a senior member in the Obama administrations serving as national security advisor to both the president and Joe Biden who was then vice-president. Blinken rose to become deputy Secretary of State in the final years of the second Obama administration. In those roles he was a key player in a series of foreign interventions which turned out to be utterly disastrous.

He was a big proponent of U.S. military intervention in Libya in 2011 which led to the toppling and murder of Muammar Gaddafi. That intervention along with other NATO powers has left a ruinous legacy not only for Libya but for North Africa, the Mediterranean and Europe.

Blinken was also a point-man in Obama's intervention in Syria where the U.S. (and other NATO powers) supplied weapons to anti-government militants. The so-called "rebels" were in fact myriad terrorist groups affiliated with Al Qaeda and other extremist Islamists. Up to half a million people have been killed in the decade-long Syrian war and much of that blood is on America's hands from its de facto support for terror gangs. Maybe Blinken genuinely thought he was supporting "pro-democracy rebels". But even if we give him the benefit of doubt, the upshot is still a disaster of American interventionism.

Another catastrophic consequence of Blinken's policymaking is Yemen. Under his direction, the Obama administration backed the Saudi war on its southern neighbor beginning in March 2015 and continuing to this day. Yemen has become the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with millions facing starvation amid Saudi aerial bombardment carried out with U.S. warplanes and logistics.

The new Biden administration has indicated it will withdraw military support for Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen. But that doesn't absolve the U.S., and Blinken in particular, for having created the horrendous quagmire from which it is belatedly trying to extricate itself from.

What's rather perplexing, however, is that Blinken does not seem to have repented from his fundamentalist belief in American imperial goodness, notwithstanding his appeal for "humility". During his Senate hearings, he showed little regret about America's illegal bombing of Libya and its arming of jihadists in Syria.

He described the world with the conventional brainwashed American ideology as being a place where China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are enemies that must be confronted. He also told Senators he was in favor of increasing supplies of lethal weaponry to the Ukraine and its rabidly anti-Russian regime in Kiev. Recall that it was the Obama administration which instigated a coup d'état in Kiev against an elected president in February 2014. The new regime was and is dominated by far-right nationalists who laud past links to Nazi Germany. If Blinken has his way the war against ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine will escalate and could ignite a bigger confrontation between Russia and the U.S.

One of the hallmarks of the U.S.-backed regime in Kiev is its espousal of Neo-Nazi traditions and in particular antisemitic hatred.

Given Antony Blinken's own Jewish ancestry and his own intimate connection to the Nazi holocaust, you do have to question his competence if he becomes America's foreign policy leader. His boss President Joe Biden has fondly lionized Blinken as a "superstar" of diplomacy. Superficially perhaps, he has finesse and intelligence. But in much the same basic way of adhering to American imperialism, Blinken is as crude and thuggish as his predecessor Pompeo. He just projects a more plausible look and sound, which is most desirable as a moral cover for America's criminal imperialism.

Blinken is known to self-deprecate his "insatiable habit" for making up bad puns. For example, on one occasion when he was addressing an audience on policy regarding the Arctic, he began by joking he would be "breaking the ice". Given his ability to pursue destructive dead-end policies, he might therefore appreciate the moniker "Secretary of State Tony Blinkered".

[Jan 29, 2021] Were Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Involved In Planning, Executing The Capitol Hill Siege- - CD Media

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he direct evidence is Pravy Sektor's Sergei Dybynyn at the front of the violent Capitol groups yelling "Faster! Faster!" in Russian. At first, the media started trying to paint Dybynyn as a Russian propagandist and provocateur. But, the fact Dybynyn received a medal from former Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko for his work changed that story and big media dropped it. Because of his work for Poroshenko, he is wanted for supporting terrorism in the Donbass Lugansk People's Republic.

In August 2020, we reported on the ties between Ukrainian neo-Nazis and US Antifa. The Ukrainian fascists were given asylum in the US by the Obama administration working with John Brennan in the tens of thousands from late 2016 to 2020. When the FBI caught on to the violent groups relocating to the US from Ukraine, they stopped it. Over 17,000 Ukrainian nationalists emigrated during this timeframe.

According to the WaPo article, "an unlikely nationality has come to represent a disproportionate share of the refugees who have been entering the United States in recent years: Ukrainians.

The United States last year resettled more nationals from Ukraine, a country that barely registers in the United Nations' assessments of the global refugee crisis, than it did almost any other nationality Many of the newly arrived Ukrainians have ended up here in Washington state, near Seattle "

In that article series we warned the large groups of Ukrainian nationalists came to the US for the purpose of beefing up riots against Donald Trump after they started. This Obama policy brought the worst of the worst into the US under a false asylum claim until it was finally stopped.

Sergei Dybynyn self-identifies as a Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) member in the middle photo. The blood and soil (red and black) menorah is what Jewish members wear showing off affiliation.

The connection between Ukraine's radical nationalists (fascists) and AntiFa-BLM is they began their history together. Azov battalion which I'll be focusing on is another Pravy Sektor spinoff and US aid funding goes through Pravy Sektor leader Dmitro Yarosh hands.

Time Magazine's January 7 th article seems to be a lead-in waiting for the proof of Azov's participation in the Capitol siege. The article lays it out and makes that point.

"Outside Ukraine, Azov occupies a central role in a network of extremist groups stretching from California across Europe to New Zealand, according to law enforcement officials on three continents.

"Azov has been recruiting, radicalizing, and training American citizens for years," the letter said. Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, later confirmed in testimony to the U.S. Senate that American white supremacists are "actually traveling overseas to train."

In their letter to the State Department in 2019, U.S. lawmakers noted that "the link between Azov and acts of terror in America is clear." The Ukrainian authorities have also taken notice."

Former Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko has supported the work of Pravy Sektor and Azov since 2014 when they propelled him into power; they in turn support him. Poroshenko has worked non-stop to unseat Donald Trump since the 2016 election season.

Ukrainian MP Andrey Derkach published taped conversations between Poroshenko and then Vice President Joe Biden explicitly detailing how Poroshenko fabricated allegations about Paul Manafort in an attempt to derail the Trump campaign.

CD Media's investigation headlined "BREAKING: Ukrainian MEP Releases Further Biden Tapes JOE CONSPIRED WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENT AGAINST TRUMP ." The media claimed this was just an attempt to interfere with Joe Biden's campaign even though the proof was clear Biden was party to election interference in 2016 . From the 2016 until the impeachment vote in 2021, Poroshenko and the Democrats focused the Information Operations tools, methods, and assets the Obama-Biden administration set Ukraine up with on the Trump presidency.

What kind of opportunities requiring courage would Ukraine be looking for? The following Poroshenko tweet after the Capitol siege caught my eye for that reason.

The ICC is investigating Ukraine for atrocities committed by Azov and Pravy Sektor on his watch as president and even before any of the facts are known, he's condemning Donald Trump. Was he in on it? I started watching for a cookie to be thrown to him and didn't have to wait long for it.

On January 11 th , the US Treasury sanctioned the Ukrainians who exposed Poroshenko and Joe Biden's effort against Trump as well as Burisma ties. MP Andrey Derkach also exposed the details of the Biden-Burisma scandal at the same time. Exposing the Biden-Ukraine 2016 election interference is the same as the Russian election interference narrative in 2020.

Poroshenko did take advantage of every window of opportunity to make sure Biden made it past January 6 th .

What you are about to read raises serious questions for me. Is there such a thing as too many coincidences? When does coincidence line up to conspiracy? This is Maxim Yarosh (Макс Ярош). According to his own statements, his job in Azov is infiltration and crowd agitation. Yarosh is a Pravy Sektor member and very active in the violence in Ukraine from Maidan until now. As you can see in the photo, Poroshenko awarded him medals for his service. His reputation for thuggishness speaks for itself.

In the photo below, he is in the first row, second from the left, and on the right is former US Ambassador Geoff Pyatt. Ukrainian soldiers didn't take photos with Pyatt unless they have high enough standing with Petr Poroshenko. Poroshenko and Yarosh knew each other well going all the way back to Pyatt's tenure.

Around the January 9 th through the 11 th , Yarosh makes a point of establishing he was in Quito, Ecuador for a religious pilgrimage (his words). The timing itself raises an eyebrow and the proof he posted on Facebook are two photos showing him at the airport and this one placing him outside the Mayor San Jose Seminary showing off his neo-nazi tattoos.

Even if we know one Pravy Sektor member, Sergei Dybynyn, was videoed taking part in the Capitol siege, so far it's not newsworthy. But if Yarosh was there, then things change completely.

At the same time, according to Petr Poroshenko, he took his family (wife and children) to Ecuador. His story is they flew in under an assumed name (fake passports), rented a yacht, and toured the Galapagos Islands for a couple of weeks starting at the end of December until around January 11 th or 12 th .

The circumstantial evidence that points to the possibility Yarosh was involved in the Capitol siege, which involves Poroshenko, was reported in the news. Maxim Yarosh made a point of confronting Petr Poroshenko on the flight to Amsterdam and again after they landed.

CDMedia is being de-platformed and obviously too effective! We need your support to put more reporters in the field! Help us here!

In light of the events on the 6 th , this looks like a crude attempt at establishing an alibi for Maxim Yarosh. The following video is unedited and of poor quality. Unless you speak Russian, I'd suggest turning the volume off and concentrating on what's wrong with the video.

Petr Poroshenko was the President of Ukraine until 2019. Ex-presidents have State provided bodyguard details for life. If you google "Poroshenko bodyguard" you'll see why Poroshenko doesn't travel without bodyguards anywhere.

There were no bodyguards on the plane intervening or even visible. There were none at the airport to intervene for Poroshenko. The ex-president looks like he's playing a part.

Ukrainian Billionaires like Poroshenko that fly halfway across the world to rent a yacht for a few weeks don't fly business class on commercial airliners. Looking at the seating arrangement, he might as well have gone with economy class. His wife kneels in the aisle next to his seat to take part in the conversation. It makes you wonder if he moved to this seat just for the video.

Petr Poroshenko and his wife are the only two people not wearing COVID masks on the flight which makes them the only two people that were 100% identifiable on the video.

At the airport, for a few seconds, Poroshenko drops back a few steps talking with what might be another radical. Again, there are no presidential bodyguards to be found.

Here's the problem. Yarosh has the motive, method, time, and opportunity to have been part of the Capitol siege.

Yarosh is the right guy for the job, has the needed skill sets and mentality, and most importantly places himself with the one guy in the world that wants to make a Capitol siege event happen so he can claw back into power.

If anyone has facial recognition capabilities, this is a key person to look for at the Capitol.

Poroshenko's Ukrainian neo-Nazis and AntiFa

According to AntiFa, from the beginning of the group in pre-Nazi Germany, they were a socialist group fighting fascists like the Nazis. While the statement is almost true in a specific timeframe, they were never the social humanitarian heroes they pretend to be.

The leader of the political group Antifa belonged to at the time was an architect of the final solution during WWII. That's a little different than they like to present themselves.

AntiFa's history can be summarized like this -- the group started out as the military wing of the German Communist Party (KPD) . Before the rise of Hitler, they supported Stalin and Marxist socialism. Nazis were fascists. The KPD didn't like other socialist groups so they were labeled fascist too.

The KPD's armed group was AntiFa and they fought in the streets against every group the KPD labeled fascist. The KPD decided it liked Hitler so Stalin was fascist. Then Hitler was fascist again. After this they merged with the SA, better known as the Brownshirts and Stalin was fascist again.

The Waffen SS was formed as a subgroup by the SA (Antifa) which was demanding the socialism Adolf Hitler promised them.

"The Munich-born American historian Konrad Heiden was one of the first to document this phenomenon in his 1936 book Hitler: A Biography, remarking that within the Sturmabteilung (Brownshirts, SA) ranks there were "large numbers of Communists and Social Democrats" and that "many of the storm troops were called 'beefsteaks' – brown outside and red within." The switching of political parties was at times so common that SA men would jest that "[i]n our storm troop there are three Nazis, but we shall soon have spewed them out." Wikipedia

Hitler didn't like the political power the leader of the SA , Ernst Rohm was gaining or the AntiFa SA elements who were looting, robbing, and raping and demanding socialism while he was trying to consolidate power. He set up the Reichstag fire to deal with all the Nazi's undesirables and his competitor. The night of the long knives followed.

The Nazis prosecuted the KPD-AntiFa's top leader, Ernst Torgler. After Torgler was found innocent, he worked for Reinhard Heidrich in 1941. Hitler called Heidrich the man with the iron heart.

In 1942, they presented "The Final Solution to the Jewish Problem." Reinhard and the KPD-AntiFa leader Torgler were the architects of the Holocaust.

In 1941, Ukrainian nationalists formalized their relations in with the SA and SS Antifa groups with 3 Waffen SS Battalions.

In 1991, the last Ukrainian nationalist leader from that period (Slava Stetsko) immigrated to Ukraine and started her own political party with a militant wing. The militant wing called Trizub-Bandera is led by Dmitro Yarosh, the head of today's Pravy Sektor, Azov, and the other groups that came out of the 2014 Maidan.

German Foreign Policy notes the successors to Slava Stetsko's OUN (Ukrainian Nationalists) are Svoboda, CUN, Pravyi Sector, and UNA-UNSO.

Ultra-Nationalist UNA-UNSO also doubles as Ukraine's Antifa and has taken this mantle for a few decades.

Why would Ukraine neo-nazis help Antifa and the Democrats with the Capitol siege? In the photo they're working together in Lviv, Ukraine.

All three share the same politics. Imagine the 3 rd Reich without Hitler. Imagine.

It's not only the Ukrainian nationalists and US Antifa-BLM, but over 120+ Congressmen and Senators from both parties support the groups that made this happen and should be investigated formally.

[Jan 29, 2021] EXCLUSIVE- Independent Journalist Tayler Hansen- A Riot that Turned Deadly, What I Witnessed at the US Capitol Riot

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John Sullivan, ANTIFA organizer, and BLM Activist is seen telling Officers to "Go home." After being arrested he faced the following charges; civil disorder, disorderly conduct, and entering a restricted building without authority. Almost immediately after being detained, he was released with no bail.

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A man shifted Ashli's body after she fell from the window. Three Capitol Police Officers are seen on the stairs, none of which attempted to apply medical aide to Ashli's gunshot wound. For a brief moment I attempted to provide light so the gunshot wound could be found. When located, pressure was applied but there was nothing we could have done to save her.

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If Ashli Babbitt died in the hospital, why was she carried down the stairs, upside down, and with no pressure on her wound?

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In Conclusion

I, Tayler Hansen, in no way, shape, or form support the events that unfolded on the 6th. With that being said, it doesn't take a genius to know it's impossible for unarmed protestors to have successfully breached one of the most secure buildings on Earth, while the Vice President was inside. As time passes one thing becomes more clear, the Capitol was the perfect set up, and Trump supporters took the bait.

The Capitol siege was the biggest political power grab in modern-day history. The Left has officially shifted the spotlight, and this time they're coming for Trump supporters. We're witnessing the most intense roll out of Big Tech censorship we've ever seen. Which just so happens to be targeting President Trump, conservatives, and what's left of real journalists. Big Tech told conservatives to create their own platform if they didn't want to be censored, so they did. In response, Apple and Google removed that platform Parler, an app founded on free speech. Mainstream media is attempting to silence independent and fact-based reporting, forming the ultimate monopoly on the so-called "truth". They have Americans right where they want them.

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This was ANTIFA's proudest, and most accomplished moment yet. Known ANTIFA provocateurs have been exposed for causing the initial violence and unrest at the Capitol, but it doesn't matter. Left-wing extremist groups have caused over $2B in property damage, attempted to burn down Federal Buildings, and are responsible for over 30 deaths since last May of 2020. There were never any reports of an "insurrection" or "terrorist attack" when ANTIFA attempted to occupy Federal Buildings in Portland or the historic courthouse in Nashville. Left-wing terrorists have received nothing but praise from elected officials, celebrities, and mainstream media throughout their existence.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media has labeled everyone at the US Capitol "Domestic Terrorists" even the hundreds of thousands who were there in DC to listen to President Trump and then left the area after he ended his speech. We're bearing witness to the ultimate double standard.

MasterJedi_Yoda 5 hours ago ,

"The Capitol siege was the biggest political power grab in modern-day history. "

That's a negative, Sir. The biggest political grab in modern-day history was the theft of the 2020 Presidential election from President Trump right before our very own eyes.

Spike Springer MasterJedi_Yoda 5 hours ago • edited ,

It's the modern day equivalent of the Reichstag fire which allowed Hitler to rule without restraint, and let him crush all dissent toward the State.

thegentletruth Spike Springer 4 hours ago ,

And the indirect proof?
Now D.C. must be militarized indefinitely
because of all the violence on the right.
What violence had the right committed
over the previous 12 months? Almost none.
Who was rioting nonstop for the past year?
This violence is like "racism" in the universities--
yes, there is racism--but perpetuated by whom?

Reichstag Riot indeed.

ricocat1 thegentletruth 4 hours ago ,

The lying leftist media, and RINO Quisling enablers, will allow the Democrat Nazis to use this fake "Reichstag Fire" to impose a dictatorship upon the United States.

ZaSu Pitts ricocat1 4 hours ago ,

Was FBI informant Enrique Tarrio was running a off the books operation when he helped create the Proud Boys in 2016 around the time the RUSSIA!!! hoax was created by the FBI as well?

Brian Virgin ZaSu Pitts 4 hours ago ,

This is about painting a target on Tarrio's back. What other purpose could it serve? Just the kind of sleazeball tactics one expects from the Derp State. And even if it was true, so what? The people he allegedly help snag were "bad hombres."

ZaSu Pitts Brian Virgin 3 hours ago ,

He put over a dozen people in Fed were there is no parole.
The guy is a FBI snitch and he was being run by the FBI when he helped "create" PB.
The Proud Boys are a FBI creation.

ZaSu Pitts Brian Virgin 3 hours ago ,

You are a member of the FBI created Proud Boys!
Do you get a junior FBI agent badge with your membership?

CLM ZaSu Pitts 2 hours ago • edited ,

Who the heck knows. At this point. What's it matter. No one can be trusted. Not even you. You could be an Demokkkrat communist operative feeding false information to stir up conflict. That is what they want. The Demokkkrats sent Antifa in to stir up trouble at the Capitol. That is exactly what happened in Nazi Germany to protect the 3rd Reich. Now we have the Demokkkrats playing the same thing. We all all screwed. It isn't going to end well.

AgtOso ZaSu Pitts 6 minutes ago ,

Fed prisoners get good/gain time so your parole is moot.

Brian Virgin Psyops Vet 40 minutes ago ,

Already did. She was spewing nonsense. Proud Boys was started by Gavin McInnes. So I guess he's and FBI informant as well. The whole story stinks, and only serves the purposes of the Derp State. And yet this troll is desperate to blow it up out of all proportion. Cui bono? I like GP, but the commenters aren't necessarily the most sophisticated crowd, given the upvotes she's received.

[Jan 29, 2021] Five Days After Biden Inauguration, Judge Rules Late Changes To VA Election Law That Allowed Late Mail-in-Ballots Without Pos

Notable quotes:
"... not making news ..."
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One case that's not making news in the Democrat Party's mainstream media is a decision made by a Virginia judge on Monday. The judge ruled that last-minute changes made by election officials to allow absentee ballots with missing or illegible postmarks to be counted is illegal.

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Washington Examiner- "This is a big win for the Rule of Law," said Public Interest Legal Foundation President J. Christian Adams, who represented Frederick County electoral board member Thomas Reed in the case. "This consent decree gives Mr. Reed everything he requested -- a permanent ban on accepting ballots without postmarks after Election Day and is a loss for the Virginia bureaucrats who said ballots could come in without these protections."

The case was over a Virginia Board of Elections rule issued in August that allowed mail-in ballots without a postmark to be received up to three days after the November election.
The new Virginia Board of Elections rule notified county election boards that any ballots "received by the general registrar's office by noon on the third day after the election but does not have a postmark, or the postmark is missing or illegible" should not be rendered invalid. The elections board decided a week later that those ballots should be counted. One win for Virginia voters who care about election integrity. It's a pity this practice wasn't stopped BEFORE the ballots were tabulated in the November election.

[Jan 29, 2021] The Democrat Gaslight Express by Larry Johnson

Jan 29, 2021 |

TV | 28 January 2021 at 11:49 PM

The Democrat-media party made no secret of their plan to use Covid panic and junk mail balloting to manipulate the election.

The Trump campaign was asleep At the switch and let it happen.

Trump lost- hook or by crook, it doesn't matter.

Then the Giuliani/Powell foolishness only made the whole bunch look stupid and actually hurt any real arguments about fraud.

Now, we are in a very bad place thanks to Democrat criminality, Trump campaign incompetence and masses of uninformed, badly educated voters.

Next, "green new deal" taxes and job losses for the very middle class that voted Biden because Trump - the rude "orange man" - sent "mean" tweets.

Life's tough, it's tougher when you're stupid.

Seamus Padraig , 29 January 2021 at 04:50 AM

Good points all, Larry.

I also noticed two months ago how quickly the vital questions concerning the mail-on ballots got diverted into some wild goose-chase involving voting machine software from Venezuela. Another attempt at side-tracking the investigation and drumming up support for 'régime change'?

As far as the Q-Anons themselves are concerned, I always sympathized with them to a large extent, even though I thought their 'theories' were a little off. Most of them are good people by nature, but perhaps just a little too credulous. I agree with Larry here: put your faith in God, not man. When analyzing the events of this world, stick to evidence and logic as much as you can. At the end of the day, hope is just another drug--hopium--that can skew your judgment ... which is just what the enemy wants.

But I have to admit that I still like the Q-Anon motto: 'Where we go one, we go all' (WWG1WGA). I'd like to rehabilitate it for general use by us deplorables, if I may. ;-)

Mark Gaughan , 29 January 2021 at 10:11 AM

[Jan 29, 2021] The phenomenon of Donald Trump the villain President has been used as an excuse to destroy free speech and shoe horn in authoritarian policies\

Due to the immense power of propaganda, normal people who should identify politically as the "left" are actually supporting these dangerous policies and the erosions of liberty are accelerating in direct proportion to the level of resistance, such as r/Wallstreetbets and the immediate crackdown across several platforms to stop them.
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Rutherford82 , Jan 28 2021 18:40 utc | 5

I've seen an extraordinary erosion of rights and liberties over the past few years. It really started with the cover up after the Trump election, which sought to steer the narrative of public opinion away from the failure of the Clintons and the Democratic machine with obvious fantastic lies about Russia.

For a myriad of reasons probably understood best by likes of Freud, Jüng, and others, everyone on the left (who are supposed to be the smart and rational ones in society) bought these lies and repeated them.

Once this was allowed to happen, once Maddow was allowed to lead the vanguard of libel with no recourse, the snowball began to roll and now we are seeing the enforcement of that thought-policing, which is as unconstitutional as the libel itself, especially considering it is being perpetrated ubiquitously among media owners.

The phenomenon of Donald Trump the villain President has been used as an excuse to destroy free speech and shoe horn in authoritarian policies. Due to the immense power of propaganda, normal people who should identify politically as the "left" are actually supporting these dangerous policies and the erosions of liberty are accelerating in direct proportion to the level of resistance, such as r/Wallstreetbets and the immediate crackdown across several platforms to stop them.

This Wall St. favoritism is obvious, but will likely end without bankers taking much damage besides some short term outrage. They still control all the levers of currency and trade no matter the President.

The real dangers of the day are the clamping down on speech. Starting with imprisoning Julian Assange and then migrating to various corners of the Internet. I'll be very interested to see how things shake out with the stock market, but I imagine it will go back to the firm grip of those who control the money supply, which it was for a very long time.

In the meantime, shutting down the Reddit forums and Discord servers is a very serious danger and I hope we can shine a light on it.

[Jan 29, 2021] The System Is Rigged - Episode 4537- Game Stop Corp

Notable quotes:
"... "I am also reading the the next focus of the little people investors is the highly manipulated precious metals markets.....I love the smell of burning Wall Street in the morning." ..."
"... Back in the Oughts when the fraudulent mortgages were grossly inflating Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), there were many instances of naked short selling to keep honest REITs down, activities I learned firsthand. We formed a shareholders organization that lobbied the SEC to enforce its laws but to no avail--the regulators were well captured and did zip. ..."
"... There's short selling, and then there's naked short selling. Why do the markets require naked short selling? If those hedge funds already owned the stocks that they are selling short, they would not be in such trouble now. ..."
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psychohistorian , Jan 28 2021 18:47 utc | 6

Early this week a few amateur stock trading nerds decided to promote a stock that was heavily shortened by certain hedge funds. The idea was to raise the stock price of Game Stop Corp., a vendor for computer games, by having lots of small stock traders to buy into it. The hedge fund that shortened the stock, and thereby bet on a dropping stock price, would then make huge losses while the many small buyers would potentially profit.

These people, who had joined up in the sub-reddit /r/WallStreetBets, were not driven by greed but by rage against the financial machine :

Instead of greed, this latest bout of speculation, and especially the extraordinary excitement at GameStop, has a different emotional driver: anger. The people investing today are driven by righteous anger, about generational injustice, about what they see as the corruption and unfairness of the way banks were bailed out in 2008 without having to pay legal penalties later, and about lacerating poverty and inequality. This makes it unlike any of the speculative rallies and crashes that have preceded it.

The movement was successful. The stock price of Game Stop Corp. rose from some $10 to over $400 within just a few days. The short seller had to take cover under a larger firm:

Hedge fund Melvin Capital closed out its short position in GameStop on Tuesday after taking huge losses as a target of the army of retail investors. Citadel and Point72 have infused close to $3 billion into Gabe Plotkin's hedge fund to shore up its finances.

I'm shocked! Absolutely shocked to see that the game of finance is rigged!!!!/snark

There have not been market fundamentals since the beginning of financialization in 1971 when money became fiat instead of gold backed. I find it interesting that it has taken 50 years for the cancer of financialization to fully compromise the host. It will be interesting to see where this goes from here.

I think the speed of decline of empire is speeding up as noted by the increase in international investment in China.

I am also reading the the next focus of the little people investors is the highly manipulated precious metals markets.....I love the smell of burning Wall Street in the morning.

Rutherford82 , Jan 28 2021 18:50 utc | 7

@6 psychohistorian

"I am also reading the the next focus of the little people investors is the highly manipulated precious metals markets.....I love the smell of burning Wall Street in the morning."

Is Max Keiser going after the silver market again? I bet he was posting on r/Wallstreetbets to stir things up!

karlof1 , Jan 28 2021 18:50 utc | 8

Back in the Oughts when the fraudulent mortgages were grossly inflating Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), there were many instances of naked short selling to keep honest REITs down, activities I learned firsthand. We formed a shareholders organization that lobbied the SEC to enforce its laws but to no avail--the regulators were well captured and did zip.

We even ran full pages ads in the NY Times and WaPost to add visibility to our justifiable outrage, which was well proven when the bubble burst.

But Obama didn't do his job and enforce the law, and the entire mess is far worse now. This episode epitomizes the amazing amounts of corruption masquerading as well regulated markets and an equitable financial system.

I support Hudson's debt forgiveness for the main reason it will bankrupt the debt holders--the Financial Parasites--who are also the beneficiaries of the corrupt system; and with their destruction, will allow for the rise of the Public Financial Utility that will restore law and order to that realm of the economy. Yes, this must be seen as yet another episode of the longstanding Class War, one of the most brazen ever.

lysias , Jan 28 2021 19:41 utc | 18

There's short selling, and then there's naked short selling. Why do the markets require naked short selling? If those hedge funds already owned the stocks that they are selling short, they would not be in such trouble now.

Bemildred , Jan 28 2021 20:20 utc | 24

It's not over yet:

Triden , Jan 28 2021 20:55 utc | 29

Citadel and Point72 have infused close to $3 billion into Gabe Plotkin's hedge fund to shore up its finances.


How Robinhood was rigged:

Robinhood sells its orderflow to Citadel for execution. Citadel then chiselled the retail investor for pennies per trade by frontrunning (think high freq trading) before execution of retail order, inflating the price and cheating the customer. Citadel bailed out Citron, essentially inheriting the short position. Citadel then threatened Robinhood with refusing payment for orderflow

[Jan 28, 2021] This is all starting to feel like 2009 all over again.

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Dave , January 27, 2021 at 7:01 am

The Democratic Party controls the Presidency and both houses of Congress. Trump is out of public life (for now, maybe). This is all starting to feel like 2009 all over again. I feel as though the focus on understanding Trump voters is to distract away from a lack of a meaningful agenda to actually progress the country forward, or at worst, an excuse as to why nothing meaningful will get done. In 2009, the voters handed the Democratic party a gift to change the system in ways unthinkable and were amenable to such change given the fallout of the credit crisis. It was largely an opportunity squandered. In 2021, I think the focus on Trump is displaced energy whereas the focus should be on what the parties agenda is.

Martin Oline , January 27, 2021 at 9:26 am

That is a good point, Dave, and I think the next Congress will accomplish nothing of importance. The only changes we will see in the next two years will be executive orders that will immediately be tied up in Federal Court. Some have said that McConnell prefers to act as an obstructionist and enjoys a role as the minority leader. I think Schumer, on the other hand, desperately wants to be King. It's good to be the King!

Larry , January 27, 2021 at 7:11 am

The Republicans must look upon the democratic party and its control over its subjects with envy. Worship of feckless leaders and delivery for the PMC and Wall Street class. If a state party comes out and says this, how much longer can the Republican party exist as a viable entity without some sort of schism? Granted, Massachusetts GOP was blathering on about unfair elections and their own Republican disavowed him, so perhaps this is more about the minor state parties being home to wing nuts while more reasonable types retire to independent status.

[Jan 28, 2021] 'Where is the line between global business attempts to control society-' Putin asks Davos as he calls out power of Big Tech

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'Where is the line between global business & attempts to control society?' Putin asks Davos as he calls out power of Big Tech 27 Jan, 2021 12:10 / Updated 3 hours ago Get short URL 'Where is the line between global business & attempts to control society?' Putin asks Davos as he calls out power of Big Tech © Pixabay / Gerd Altmann 354 18 Follow RT on RT Technology giants have become powerful rivals to governments, but there are doubts over the benefits for society of their monopoly positions, Russia's President Vladimir Putin told the annual World Economic Forum, on Wednesday .

"Where is the line between a successful global business, in-demand services and consolidation of big data – and attempts to harshly and unilaterally govern society, replace legitimate democratic institutions, restrict one's natural right to decide for themselves how to live, what to choose, what stance to express freely?" Putin wondered.

"We've all seen this just now in the US. And everybody understands what I'm talking about," he added.

The Russian leader was apparently referring to the crackdown by Big Tech corporations like Twitter, Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon, mostly on Donald Trump and his supporters, during the recent presidential election in the US. The companies, which, according to some critics, sided with Democratic candidate Joe Biden, blocked President Trump's social media accounts over accusations of inciting violence, with the same being done to many pages of groups and individuals who'd backed him.

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However, one-sided bias claim voiced by some might be an overestimation – the accounts of Democrats supporters were also subject to restrictions, but on a much smaller scale.

Conservative Twitter-like platform Parler was also forced offline, and now there are calls to block the Telegram app as well.

These events have shown that Big Tech companies "in some areas have de facto become rivals to the government," Putin said.

Billions of users spend large parts of their lives on the platforms and, from the point of view of those companies, their monopolistic position is favorable for organizing economic and technological processes, the Russian president explained. "But there's a question of how such monopolism fits the interest of society," he stressed.

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shadow1369 8 hours ago 27 Jan, 2021 07:51 AM

This is a great opportunity for Russia to create some Big Tech operators which actually allow free speech. Russia certainly has the expertise and the means, and cannot be bullied by western regimes.
Proton1963 shadow1369 1 hour ago 27 Jan, 2021 02:54 PM
Sure.. But only after the Russians can build a drivable car or a decent smart phone or a laptop.
Election_Fraud Biden shadow1369 1 hour ago 27 Jan, 2021 02:12 PM
The West is surely giving Russia a lot of opportunities, through its own arrogance and stupidity, does not it ? It keeps going backwards in its effort to diminish Russia. And the same goes for China too.
JOHNCHUCKMAN 7 hours ago 27 Jan, 2021 08:45 AM
Putin is a remarkable statesman, and he sets a very high standard for political discourse. I can't think of any of our Western leaders who speak in these truthful and philosophic terms. What we hear in the West are slogans or whining or complaining.
Tenakakhan JOHNCHUCKMAN 3 hours ago 27 Jan, 2021 01:03 PM
The patriarch of the west has become extremely weak. It seems like our leaders lack any moral authority to speak truth and common sense for fear of being cancelled. What we see now is the virtue signaling dregs sponsored by extreme groups leading our nations down the toilet. If a real war was to break out now we would be cannon fodder.
Hilarous 7 hours ago 27 Jan, 2021 09:04 AM
I think there's a simple explanation. Big tech is afraid to lose section 230 of the communications act, which stipulates that online platforms are not legally responsible for user content. Trump and some Republicans have accused social media sites of muzzling conservative voices. They said undoing Section 230 would let people who claim they have been slighted sue the companies. So Big Tech has a strong interest to remove Trump and run down a few bad examples to convince people and politics that Section 230 must remain.
Count_Cash 8 hours ago 27 Jan, 2021 07:40 AM
In many cases they aren't rivals, but owners of government. Money controls everything in the west and big tech have it. They have taken control of, or are blackmailing governments. The Western Liberal Regime straddles both Big Tech and government!
RTaccount Count_Cash 7 hours ago 27 Jan, 2021 08:57 AM
Correct. Let us never forget that in America we are ruled by oligarchs just like the rest of the world, and that our oligarchs are largely hidden. They are our true government, and so it is meaningless to make this type of distinction.

[Jan 27, 2021] DuPage County Illinois Signed -Anti-Transparency Contract- with Dominion Voting Systems - Company Pushed County to Resist Rel

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When people are denied public records they routinely reach out to us for assistance and more often than not, we are able to request the same records and we get them. When this happens it is an indicator of a problem because if we are able to get those records, so too should others.

The DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek and her Chief Deputy Scott Mackay signed a contract with Dominion Voting Systems Inc. on January 24, 2020. After a copy of that contract was requested by an individual and denied, we were asked to assist in getting the same records. Our Freedom of Information Act request was granted and we find the Dominion Voting Systems encouragements to avoid transparency very troubling.

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There are exemptions under FOIA regarding trade secrets and we understand such exemptions and their applicability to certain information. However, the language in this contract focuses on encouraging, in fact, instructing the County that they " shall " take any and all action necessary or appropriate to assert " potentially applicable exemptions from disclosure " and to take all other legally permissible steps to resist disclosure of the information.

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[Jan 27, 2021] There will be adjustments at the margin, reconsiderations of method. There will be no consideration whatsoever of America's hegemonic objectives -- of the imperial project.

Jan 27, 2021 |

In a matter of hours, Biden's key national security people -- Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, and Lloyd Austin as defense secretary -- gave us a remarkably fulsome idea of what we are in for these next four years.

Haines and Austin, neither of whose records are to be admired, are at bottom functionaries who were nominated and swiftly confirmed because they do what they are told and do not think too much -- always a career-advancer in Washington.

It is instead Blinken, who is said to enjoy some kind of "mind-meld" with Biden, that we must consider carefully. (Such a meld must be odd terrain.)

Blinken's Senate testimony last Tuesday sprawled over four hours. It is best to scrutinize his remarks while seated in a chair with sturdy armrests, ideally to calm one's nerves with a pot of chamomile tea.

Seen or read as a whole, those four hours gave us an extraordinary display of how empire works and how it prolongs itself. One by one, Blinken's senatorial interlocutors told him in so many words, "Son, this is what you need to say if you want our confirmation. We want you to endorse our commitment to aggression, to unlawful interventions, to 'regime change' ops, to merciless sanctions, and altogether to the empire. But you must make it look nice. Make it look thoughtful and complicated and considered."

July 14, 2016: Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Air Force, Christopher Hubenthal)

I am convinced, having endured the entire C–Span recording, that what I watched was sheer ritual. Blinken won the Senate's support and now succeeds the shockingly bovine Mike Pompeo at State. He will do so, however, with the élan and faux sophistication our nakedly bankrupt foreign policy now requires if the American pantomime is to be sustained another four years.

Among Blinken's many rather sad-to-witness "Yes sirs," two standout: his finely chiseled endorsement of Pompeo's reckless assassination a year ago of Qassem Soleimani, Iran's revered military commander ("Taking him out was the right thing to do"), and his approval of the Trump administration's decision to send lethal arms to the manically corrupt regime in Kiev ("Senator, I support providing that lethal defensive assistance to Ukraine," when the Obama administration, from which he comes, did not.)

Late last year, Blinken appeared on "Intelligence Matters," the podcast run by Michael Morrell, the coup-mongering former deputy director at the Central Intelligence Agency and now -- of course -- a regular commentator on the televisions news networks. In their exchange, the two took up the question of our "forever wars" and Biden's well-advertised commitment to ending them. Here is a snippet from Blinken's remarks:

"As for ending the forever wars, large-scale deployment of large, standing U.S. forces in conflict zones with no clear strategy should and will end under his [Biden's] watch. But we also need to distinguish between, for example, these endless wars with large-scale, open-ended deployment of U.S. forces with [sic], for example, discreet, small-scale sustainable operations, maybe led by special forces to support local actors. In ending the endless wars we have to be careful not to paint with too broad a brushstroke."

This is what we are in for these coming years, the hyper-rational irrationality of the middling technocrat. There will be adjustments at the margin, reconsiderations of method. There will be no consideration whatsoever of America's hegemonic objectives -- of the imperial project.

Blinken's testimony reflected these bitter truths start to finish.

Changes to the Iran Deal

July 14, 2015: President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, announcing the signing of the Iran-nuclear agreement. (White House)

Of the various questions the new secretary of state took up during his confirmation hearings, Iran is the most pressing. Senator Bob Menendez, Blinken's interlocutor in this case, insisted that yes, the U.S. wants to rejoin the 2015 accord governing Iran's nuclear programs, but only if this includes prohibitions against Tehran's "destabilizing activities" and a missile program that Iran justly considers essential to its security.

An honest, clear-eyed diplomat who wanted to get somewhere with Tehran would have rejected the very frame of Menendez's line of inquiry, with its references to "support for terrorism" and "funding and feeding its proxies." But Blinken read his cues and tucked right in:

"The president-elect believes that if Iran comes back into compliance we would, too, but we would use that as a platform to seek a longer, stronger agreement and also, as you have pointed out, to capture these other issues, particularly with regard to missiles and Iran's destabilizing activities. This would be the objective."

This is sheer charade. Blinken knows as well as anyone else that the added conditions the Biden regime will require before rejoining the agreement -- an end to Iran's ballistic missile programs and its support for the Syrian government against Islamists and the illegal U.S. incursion -- effectively cancel all chances that the U.S. will rejoin the accord.

I predicted in this space shortly after Biden was elected that he and his foreign policy people only pretended to be serious about reviving the nuclear agreement with Iran. Blinken's testimony confirms this.

Over the weekend The Times of Israel , citing Channel 12 television, reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is sending Yossi Cohen, chief of Mossad and a close confidant, to Washington to "set out terms" for any revival of the nuclear deal. Israel purports to "set out terms," and Biden will receive this spook? This is getting completely unserious. Completely.

On China, Russia, and Venezuela: Blinken was putty in the hands of the Foreign Relations Committee's across-the-board hawks. A two-fronted new Cold War across both oceans -- Sinophobia and Russophobia all at once -- is to be our reality these next four years.

Over the weekend, to be noted, the American Embassy in Moscow had the gall to broadcast routes protesters could take to demonstrations in various Russian cities to dispute Alexei Navlany's arrest . A good start.

Marco Rubio, the coup-loving senator from Florida, wanted to know if Blinken thought the U.S. should continue backing Juan Guaidó, the buffoon Rubio and Pompeo puffed up as Venezuela's "interim leader" as part of a failed coup operation a couple of years ago. Blinken:

"I very much agree with you, senator, first of all with regard to a number of the steps that were taken toward Venezuela in recent years, including recognizing Mr. Guaidó and seeking to increase pressure on the regime . We need an effective policy that can restore Venezuela to democracy, and how can we best advance that ball? Maybe we need to look at how we more effectively target the sanctions that we have ."

Grim, grim times lie ahead if Blinken runs State as he promised the Senate he would.

There are those among us who look for shafts of light. People I greatly respect (some, anyway) thought it was good news when Biden named William Burns, a career foreign service officer, to head the CIA. At last diplomacy, not unlawful interventions!

Over the weekend, there were reports that Biden will review -- not more at this point -- the designation of Yemen's Houthis as terrorists, a label Pompeo affixed as he emptied his desk last week. Finally, we will stop supporting the Saudis' savagery!

People believe what they need to believe these days, I find, and belief overrides cognition in many such cases. I caution these people. At bottom Blinken demonstrated for us that no one who purports to alter our imperial course will ever be allowed to hold high office. For people such as Blinken, it is merely a question of wielding influence without having any.

This is where Americans live -- in a crumbled republic no longer capable of changing.

Patrick Lawrence, a correspondent abroad for many years, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune , is a columnist, essayist, author and lecturer. His most recent book is Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century . Follow him on Twitter @thefloutist . His web site is Patrick Lawrence . Support his work via his Patreon site .

John Allen aka Ol' Hippy , January 26, 2021 at 12:16

I'm 66, almost 67, and will, most likely, never see any real peace from the US government. A big portion of the economy is based on imperialist actions and the manufacture of conflicts around the globe mainly to keeps the arms makers in business. Or simply, war. And no, there is no nation willing to risk the wrath of the US government by trying to halt this insane posture of aggression, it's just too big and has a momentum all its own. Biden will continue unabated this absurd, insanely expensive machine to its eventual implosion in the near future. All the parts of the fall of the economy are in place, all that's needed is some ill defined tipping point to be crossed. Perhaps, a war with Iran?

[Jan 27, 2021] Blinken rose to become deputy Secretary of State in the final years of the second Obama administration. In those roles he was a key player in a series of foreign interventions including Libya and Syria which turned out to be utterly disastrous

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karlof1 , Jan 26 2021 18:47 utc | 17

Looks like continuity will be the rule with Blinken now confirmed as Sec of State if Finian Cunningham's assessment is correct :

"Blinken has said that America's foreign policy must be conducted with 'humility and confidence', which may sound refreshingly modest. But it's not. Underlying this 'quiet American' is the same old arrogance about U.S. imperial might-is-right and Washington's presumed privilege of appointing itself as the 'world's policeman'.

"If Blinken's record is anything to go on, his future role as America's top diplomat is foreboding.

"Previously, he was a senior member in the Obama administrations serving as national security advisor to both the president and Joe Biden who was then vice-president. Blinken rose to become deputy Secretary of State in the final years of the second Obama administration. In those roles he was a key player in a series of foreign interventions which turned out to be utterly disastrous."

The once upon a time manufactured aura of Virtue projected by the Outlaw US Empire that was swallowed by so many naïve nations has vanished with nothing other than its stark ugliness as a replacement. Refusal to see that reality is what Xi just referred to again as "arrogance" which puts Blinken into the same ideological camp as Pompeo. As Global Times notes , if the Outlaw US Empire's attitude's not going to change, than why should China's as Pompeo's constant lying is replaced by Psaki's:

"When White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question Monday about US-China relations, she said that 'China is growing more authoritarian at home and more assertive abroad,' adding that China 'is engaged in conduct that hurts American workers, blunts [US] technological edge, and threatens [US] alliances and [US] influence in international organizations.' She also noted that Washington is 'starting from an approach of patience as it relates to [its] relationship with China.'"

The editor's response to such inanity:

"Psaki's statement shows that the Biden administration's view and characterization of China is virtually identical to those of the Trump administration. Psaki stressed that 'We're in a serious competition with China. Strategic competition with China is a defining feature of the 21st century,' reflecting that the Biden administration only cares about a "new approach" to holding China accountable."

And Psaki's words are the same as Blinken's, which were the same as Pompeo's and Trump's. In other words, the hole digging by the Outlaw US Empire in its relations with the rest of the world will continue, which will cause further deterioration of its domestic Great Depression 2.0. Yesterday I posted a comment that highlighted Putin's expounding on the further enhancement of the educational component of Russia's Social Contract that is impossible for Navalny's backers to match. On the previous thread, a good comparison was made between the Yeltsin years and the ongoing drowning of the Outlaw US Empire. The Reset that's in the works isn't the one envisioned by Global Neoliberals like Klaus Schwab of the WEF/Davos crew. It's what Xi spoke of yesterday that I commented upon and Escobar reported on today. The Winds of Change are blowing again, but there's a gaping hole in the USA's wind sock so it can't see in which direction it's blowing.

james , Jan 26 2021 18:52 utc | 18

blinken is bad news.. i think that is very obvious from a superficial read on him.. the usa can't get out of the ditch it has made for itself.. nothing is gonna change...
michaelj72 , Jan 27 2021 0:51 utc | 89

'liberal interventionism' has always been the hallmark of the US Liberal Class and its foreign policy Establishment, especially since at least Wilson's jumping into WWI.

Has the US ever not intervened in Latin America whenever it felt like it or thought its "interests" were at stake?

I think Caitlan J. has a good grasp on what to expect from the Biden war mongering crowd that has recently moved into DC once again:

"....Trump's base has been forcefully pushing the narrative that the previous president didn't start any new wars, which while technically true ignores his murderous actions like vetoing the bill to save Yemen from U.S.-backed genocide and actively blocking aid to its people, murdering untold tens of thousands of Venezuelans with starvation sanctions, rolling out many world-threatening Cold War escalations against Russia, engaging in insane brinkmanship with Iran, greatly increasing the number of bombs dropped per day from the previous administration, killing record numbers of civilians, and reducing military accountability for those airstrikes....

....Rather than a throwback to "new wars" and the old-school ground invasions of the Bush era, the warmongering we'll be seeing from the Biden administration is more likely to look like this. More starvation sanctions. More proxy conflicts. More cold war. More coups. More special ops. More drone strikes. More slow motion strangulation, less ham-fisted overt warfare...."


Simply put, more small scale wars/ops mostly by proxy, more support for local wankers (like Guaido in Venezuela, who has incredibly little popular support), and more of these killing sanctions, which are especially pernicious to the civilian populations in vulnerable countries like Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Nicaragua and Venezuela, etc.

[Jan 27, 2021] America descends into virtual night by Israel Shamir

Notable quotes:
"... Likewise, the looting of BLM was 'largely peaceful', but selfie snapping in the Capitol was a work of 'internal terrorists'. The victors are so dishonest, that I feel pity for Trump – and for all of us. ..."
Jan 27, 2021 |

At 78, after a prolonged illness and without recovering consciousness, Joe Biden succumbed to the Presidency. The last hopes of the last QAnon believers vanished like smoke in the night, with Biden assuming the mighty US throne. This is truly a dark day for America and for the world, as the US example will be followed by many. It is also a farewell to the real world we were brought up in. The new world is virtual, like most of the inauguration. It is virtual and dark, ruled by digital companies fronted by old and tired politicians.

The creepy voice of Biden, the voice of a dirty old man offering sweets to a nine-year-old, delivered some platitudes. Biden was greeted by the dead – by flags marking those who died of Covid – all highly symbolic: he was elected by the dead, so he owes them. They say that a man was so annoyed because his in-laws voted for Biden that he stopped visiting their graves. The King of the Dead, a character out of Game of Thrones, came to govern America on behalf of lifeless machines.

The frail old man will lead the old women. Together, they are the Gang of Four: Harris, 56, Pelosi, 80, Clinton, 73. His first days, his first acts were ominous. He donned the mask, an attribute of Death, and obliged all federal officials and civil servants to wear masks. He invited Latin America to invade the US. He opened the gates for immigrants from the Middle East. He promoted sex-change for boys and girls. He returned the US into the climate-change impending disaster of the Paris Accord. He sent more troops to Syria. He started a new campaign against Russia and sent warships to the South China Sea.

At the same time, Pelosi eliminated the words mother , father , son , daughter , husband , wife from the vocabulary of Congress as 'sexist'. Such purged language would never allow a rendering of Virgil's miraculous prophecy ( Incipe, parve puer, risu cognoscere matrem ) into English, or any other sacred text. It does not matter much; in the Covid world, there will be no church anyway, no marriage, no woman or man; instead of making children locally, new Americans will be imported. Indeed, if everything else is outsourced, why stall at reproduction?

The Biden regime is just a front for the power of Big Data, of the five giants that removed Trump and installed Biden in the White House. We shall see soon whether the power-thirsty politicians will be satisfied with fronting for real power. Trump was the last wholly human statesman at the helm of the Republic, and he was defeated by the mail-in vote.

Whenever Trump complained that it is open to fraud, Bezos' Washington Post screeched, 'President Trump has peddled false claims or imaginary threats about voting by mail'. Three days after Trump's removal, Amazon (owned by the very same Bezos) rejected mail-in voting for its unionising employees as the mail-in vote is notoriously unreliable. "We believe that the best approach to a valid, fair and successful election is one that is conducted manually, in-person, making it easy to verify", said Amazon. The mail-in vote for the Presidency was a must because of the pandemic, but there is no outbreak when Amazon employees try to join a trade union.

Likewise, the looting of BLM was 'largely peaceful', but selfie snapping in the Capitol was a work of 'internal terrorists'. The victors are so dishonest, that I feel pity for Trump – and for all of us.

I do feel pity for Donald Trump, though his last days in the White House were anything but inspirational. He did not dare to pardon people who went for him into the Capitol, he didn't pardon Assange or Snowden, but surprisingly he pardoned a whole lot of Jewish cheats. The Jerusalem Post published the list of prominent Jews he pardoned. On the list is an Israeli spy runner Aviem Sella who was responsible for Jonathan Pollard; the rest are dishonest machers like Sholam Weiss (who stole US $150 million, sentenced to 850 years) or Eliyahu Weinstein (stole up to $200 million, sentenced to 24 years). See also a detailed analysis here . A devout believer in the demonic power of Jews, Trump had thought to make up to them to avoid their anger. In vain: there are already plenty of cases against him, from potential tax fraud to sexual assault allegations. A legal storm is brewing and Mr Trump may not be able to weather it as he has done in the past, say the US federal prosecutors.

He could be lucky to avoid prison; unless he asks Mr Putin to lend him his excellent if uncompleted Gelenjik Palace . On second thoughts, perhaps the palace was built for exactly such an occasion.

The Jews do not need him: they have very strong positions in the new administration, while gratitude is not a renowned Jewish trait. The Jewish news agency JTA boasted of the Tribe's achievements: the State Department, CIA, National Intelligence, Homeland Security, NSA, Treasury and in addition "Nine Jews are in the new Senate (including the new Majority Leader) and 25 in the House of Representatives, making up more than 6 per cent of the total Congress. That's more than triple the percentage of Jews in the general population. There are also two Jews out of the nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court."

This is not a good sign: Jews are good when allied with the oppressed. Then they use their energy to promote the cause of the downtrodden. While at the top, they oppress more vigorously than anybody; ask the Palestinians, if in doubt.

Mind you, I do not subscribe to the idea of Jewish supremacy and massive IQ. The all-Jewish country of Israel is devastated by three lockdowns, by the biggest vaccination drive in the world (86% already vaccinated), by an ongoing civil war of Zionist power against Orthodox Jews who refuse lockdown and vaccination; by the forthcoming fourth national elections, as liberals incessantly try to remove the Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu saying he is Israel's Trump. This week, Israel's only remaining international airport was closed down; the people were told nobody would get out at least until the summer. In this small country with its huge density of population and poor housing it feels too much like a ghetto for comfort.

If Jews were as clever as they think they are, they would not get themselves into this no-win Covid war. The Swedish way remains the only way to deal with it, as a recent study has proven beyond all possible doubt. Israeli Jews have been whipped into such a degree of Covid hysteria that there is no way to get out of it. Now they, and the Brits were told that "having a coronavirus vaccination is not a licence to abandon lockdown". Even if all will be vaccinated, the masks, lockdowns and social distancing will be with us forever, if the people who decide now remain in power, because Covid is just a justification for the Great Reset, or Digital Revolution, or the Brave New World or whatever you call it. Jews got convinced and convinced others, and now they are being screwed up like everybody else. If lockdown is a punishment meted out by the global force, as C J Hopkins says , perhaps it is Netanyahu's retirement they want to obtain.

The Jewish cause works fine when allied with the wishes of the real power. They could remove Jeremy Corbyn for his alleged tolerance of antisemitism because the bosses hated his plans to improve the lot of the workers and cut military spending. But Jews have to shut up or even support Alexei Navalny who expressed his dislike of Jews right before he learned to keep his mouth shut.

In this screenshot of his response in 2007, Mr Navalny bans somebody for being "a bugger and a kike". Still, Jews supported him all right when told by their betters. They didn't even mention his real anti-Jewish prejudice for they were (reasonably) afraid the Russian masses would see it as rather a feather in his cap. The Jews are in line with the obscure real power, and have to follow its demands, like the jesters before the king. The Covid plans for the world reset are more important for the Masters than Jewish sentiments, and Jewish leaders recognise that.

The Biden regime considers Russia its enemy Number One. Russia is in relatively good shape. Russians are on their way out of Covid mass hysteria. They have begun to dismantle the Covid measures. The rules are still there, but people sabotage them as they sabotaged Brezhnev's rules. They also have their own vaccine Sputnik-V which is an old-style vaccine without gene modification, as opposed to much of the Western stuff. I do not think it is necessary for health, but it could help citizens under the spell of Covid to recover and forget the lockdown nightmare.

Things began to move very fast after Biden was installed in the White House. After a year of delays caused by US sanctions, on Monday 25/01/2021 the Russian pipe-laying vessel Fortuna resumed its work off Denmark's shores on the undersea pipeline Nord Stream 2 to sell Russian gas directly to Europe bypassing the latest US colony, the Ukraine. The US wants Germany to stop the project and buy (more expensive) American gas instead. It would make Russia more vulnerable. Despite the sanctions, Germany refused to stop the project. At the same time, the Russians began to supply gas to Serbia creating a new line bypassing the Ukraine. At this time, the Biden regime employed the Navalny card.

The return of Alexei Navalny to Russia is part of a plan to undermine Russia. The immense power of Big Data and its social networks promoted his return as the new savior. But somehow it didn't work. Instead of the expected tens of thousands, only one or two thousand followers turned up at the airport, fewer than for a pop singer. He was promptly detained and arraigned for thirty days. It was anticipated, and his people published his new Gelenjik Palace film together with his call to demonstrate on 23/01.

The Russian internet had been saturated by YouTube pushing people to view it. The video had been offered endlessly, time after time, and the numbers of viewers allegedly grew into the billions. It was basically a psyops played by Google (the owner of YouTube) against Putin. Again, it didn't work.

I witnessed the demo on Saturday 23/01, and it was not particularly impressive. Being a day off, with a lot of people walking the streets and practically nobody carrying a poster or a slogan, it is difficult to estimate how many were actually demonstrating, but it was in the low thousands, as far as I could see. The police were well behaved; none of the rough justice we see meted out in Paris or Amsterdam, let alone Washington. The Navalny activists were also rather peaceful, excepting some marginal figures who were promptly arrested.

It seems that the Russians are not as silly as the Western planners expected them to be. In 1990 they, or their parents listened to Yeltsin's calls to throw off the privileged Communist rulers because they, the rulers, had it so good with cars, dachas, Western goods. They paid for this response with ten of the most awful years our generation experienced. Now they and their children are unlikely to smash their state and their life just because their president has (or has not) a palace. We shall see what the Russian state will do against inevitable future assaults.

Putin is a cautious statesman. He does not want to aggravate relations with the Biden regime, but the digital giants do not leave him many options. A Russian company gave a hand to the Parler social network that was deplatformed by Amazon, and it came back into being. Another Russian social network, Vkontakte , began to attract Western users. And Russia is not alone: Turkey's Erdogan hit Twitter , Pinterest and Periscope with advertising bans after they refused to follow Facebook and appoint a local representative to take down contentious posts under a new law aimed to pass the right to censure from the networks to the Turkish state. Russia plans to follow the Turks. China has its own networks and is immune to the Big Five pressure.

Now there is the World Economic Forum's annual meeting online, where the victors will decide how to proceed with their Great Reset. Trump is not invited. In a few days, we shall know more about their plans, and whether there are any forces we can hope and cheer for. At present it does not appear there are. Despite their multiple disagreements, they agree against us, so we all can disagree with them.

Israel Shamir can be reached at [email protected]

This article was first published at The Unz Review .

israel shamir , says: January 26, 2021 at 6:57 pm GMT • 21.9 hours ago

I've received a letter saying: This is Miguel from Florence You mentioned Trump's pardons

one of the only 143 people he pardoned, who knows why, was a tiny Florentine crook, who was not even in gaol, just being investigated for fraudulent bankruptcy, a certain Tommaso Buti.

Here is an article I wrote mentioning him, which touches a lot of other amusing personalities

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Source :
By Miguel Martinez
[Extremely entertaining but very complicated! Anybody knows how this crook connected to Trump?]

Dane Yorick , says: January 26, 2021 at 9:33 pm GMT • 19.3 hours ago

Bravo Sir! And very funny too. Should make CJ Hopkins and the wilting Fred Reed green with envy.

Diversity Heretic , says: January 26, 2021 at 10:30 pm GMT • 18.3 hours ago

I believe the Russian vaccine uses an adenovirus, which causes the body's cells to make a protein also present in the COVID-19 virus that the immune system suppresses. That may not be as innnovative and questionable as the use of messenger RNA (I'm no immunologist and both types of vaccines may prove safe and effective in the long run), but the Chinese vaccine is the traditional one that uses is dead or attenuated viruses to stimulate the immune system. If I had to take the jab and could choose the vaccine, I'd choose the Chinese one.

unit472 , says: January 26, 2021 at 10:57 pm GMT • 17.9 hours ago

Biden and Nancy seem to believe that Jay Powell can fix and fund anything they want to do. But real damage has been done. I see it in grocery stores. Missing items that used to always be available aren't. Auto Assembly lines shutttered because of the chip shortage.Empty store fronts. Millions out of work. Not just in America but around the world. There isn't a lot to reopen if they finally decide to reopen. Mothballed airplanes and cruise ships can't be just restarted and begin service again even if Fauci and that Ethiopian mountain monkey who runs the WHO declares it safe to resume travel. It doesn't work like that. Hysteresis sets in made worse because people are scared and demoralized by the tyranny being imposed on them.

israel shamir , says: January 26, 2021 at 11:46 pm GMT • 17.0 hours ago
@Diversity Heretic

"Chinese vaccine is the traditional one that uses is dead or attenuated viruses"

so does Russian Vector (not Sputnik V) vaccine.

Bragadocious , says: January 27, 2021 at 3:42 am GMT • 13.1 hours ago

Buti was one of the owners/founders of the Fashion Cafe which opened in NYC back in the 90s. He apparently skimmed from the till. The restaurant got a bunch of supermodels like Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell to invest and do PR appearances. Melania ran in these circles and probably knows Buti. Maybe she even liked that he (allegedly) stole from her modeling competitors!

R.C. , says: January 27, 2021 at 5:28 am GMT • 11.3 hours ago

He did not dare to pardon people who went for him into the Capitol, he didn't pardon Assange or Snowden, but surprisingly he pardoned a whole lot of Jewish cheats.

Trump could have assured himself a worthwhile legacy, but he listened to the same control tools as he did throughout his presidency.
I doubt I'm alone in feeling somewhat betrayed. I say 'somewhat' because I certainly would have been surprised if he did that – pleasantly surprised to be sure, but surprised.

Buzz Mohawk , says: January 27, 2021 at 5:34 am GMT • 11.2 hours ago

Before too many comments accumulate here, I just want to thank Ron Unz, the publisher, for highlighting this general subject, now consistently. Many of us readers do indeed feel in our bones that this is a turning point, and you, sir, deserve credit for recognizing the gravity of this moment in American history. Thank you for placing stories and columns about this at the top of your now-more-valuable-than-ever publication.

Do you have an alternate plan in case the powers that be try to silence you? I don't understand how this works, but it would be pretty crazy not to have an alternative way to publish "online" if you need one.

Maybe you could reassure us with some mention of the subject. (That would be edifying, if it would not be too revealing. Whatever works. Let's just hope UR can go on. Some of us can find no substitute.)

And thank you, Israel Shamir, for you work. This selection from today's seems particularly relevant:

Mind you, I do not subscribe to the idea of Jewish supremacy and massive IQ. The all-Jewish country of Israel is devastated by three lockdowns, by the biggest vaccination drive in the world (86% already vaccinated), by an ongoing civil war of Zionist power against Orthodox Jews who refuse lockdown and vaccination

Not quite masters of the universe. Just people with good PR.

notoneofthem , says: January 27, 2021 at 6:02 am GMT • 10.8 hours ago

You mean there is an obscure real power above the jews? The jews follow it's demands as jesters? Who is this obscure power before whom the jews dance as jesters? Who is this great king?

Dumbo , says: January 27, 2021 at 6:14 am GMT • 10.6 hours ago

They really are pushing this Navalny guy, especially in Germany. Who cares about that bozo.

Jews never forget and never learn.

Covid is a lie.

anon [625] Disclaimer , says: January 27, 2021 at 8:40 am GMT • 8.1 hours ago

thing is that like unz, they gather everything you write and use it against you in the long run. yeah we encourage you in every way. What they don't say is that everything you say will be recorded and examined by artificial intelligence.
One of the main reasons you can comment here while not being able to comment in any of the myriad fake sites of alternative right/left. Cuz they are absolutely designed, just like the to not allow anyone with open opiones to comment. They will close you down and delete your comments all the time to prevent ordinary people from commenting on things of importance. To everyone and how much we make and how hard we have to work for it and how much we hate the government taking it from us to spend on political wars and ecological destruction (while lying about it all the time) Like how piss poorly they handled Covid and how many lives that cost while those stupid shits fucked around with politics. Lot of us knew that back in Jan/Feb last year. Lot of us knew that back then and watched a tidal wave of protests from where? BLM and Antifa were cover stories financed by rich people to cover the real indignation of ordinary people about how piss poorly our governments were doing in relation to this virus which has pretty much smacked us back on our socks.
It is what turned me off of politics completely. It is what made me realize that I have a far better understanding of this virus than they do. It was commenting on the cbc with perhaps a dozen far sighted citizens and being completely over-whelmed by political bots and ignorance.
What is the answer? The answer is not to drink the koolaid. The answer is to look at your own country and your own culture and support that. It may be a few decades but that it is what it is going to return to. Or you could die. Good luck. You give that up and allow your culture to be overwhelmed by violent, religiously motivated cultures from centuries ago then you might just as well turn Hari Krishna, to avoid your criminal past and sell vegetarian recipe books to people who would actually eat that shit. Y'all have a great day.

Schuetze , says: January 27, 2021 at 8:58 am GMT • 7.8 hours ago

Jews are good when allied with the oppressed.

What a dog's breakfast of half truths and misdirections. Russians and Socialists are always ready to cuck for jews. They are virtual pornstars of the night.

anon [625] Disclaimer , says: January 27, 2021 at 9:22 am GMT • 7.4 hours ago

Y'all want a perfect example of a a fake left-wing site which is actually completely right wing? Try .
Looks left wing, smells left wing, has tons of trained porpoises and and other paid and unpaid fools which support them.
Say a single thing about changing the political status quo and you are banned my friend. Good luck arguing about it when when you are a monster in a horror flick and cannot say a single word.

Ilya G Poimandres , says: January 27, 2021 at 9:37 am GMT • 7.2 hours ago

Gold and silver, profit – materialism.

Diversity Heretic , says: January 27, 2021 at 9:39 am GMT • 7.2 hours ago
@israel shamir

Thanks for the information! I had not heard of that vaccine.

Ghali , says: January 27, 2021 at 9:56 am GMT • 6.9 hours ago

Navalny is an anti-Muslim bigot. He and his clique hate Russian Muslims. I am not sure why Shamir did not mention it.

Tom Welsh , says: January 27, 2021 at 10:25 am GMT • 6.4 hours ago

" surprisingly he pardoned a whole lot of Jewish cheats".

Has the word "surprisingly" reversed its meaning while I slept?

Temporary Insanity , says: January 27, 2021 at 10:31 am GMT • 6.3 hours ago

Putin is all too aware of Jewish perfidy for he knows the rotten treatment meted out to Donald J Trump by the very people who got the most out of him.

Vlad won't make the same mistake and perhaps he might even set the world free by launching a nuclear missile at the Silicon Valley to take out the "Big Five" before going down, unlike hapless DJT!

gotmituns , says: January 27, 2021 at 10:38 am GMT • 6.2 hours ago

He promoted sex-change for boys and girls.
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This is going to explode. Women are going to go crazy over this.
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Why is it everyone is angry over a man competing in women's sports but no one is angry over women competing in men's sports?

Tom Welsh , says: January 27, 2021 at 10:39 am GMT • 6.2 hours ago

"The police were well behaved; none of the rough justice we see meted out in Paris or Amsterdam, let alone Washington".

Or Britain.

Spender_CGB , says: January 27, 2021 at 10:47 am GMT • 6.0 hours ago

Lucifer/Satan probably.

Tom Welsh , says: January 27, 2021 at 10:48 am GMT • 6.0 hours ago
@R.C. at the hip.

Trump's great merit – to me and some others – is that he ripped back the cloth of gold that previously concealed the exalted office of the presidency, and showed everyone all the horrible rotten decay underneath. Messrs Obama and Biden and the Clintons, in sharp contrast, are enthusiastic guardians of the cloth of gold. In Jesus's day, they would have been precisely the scribes and pharisees whom he despised and rebuked for their extreme hypocrisy.

And that is equally the reason why so many hate Trump. They would have preferred the hypocrisy to continue unchallenged, the whited sepulchres to remain unbroached.

White Men Can't Jump , says: January 27, 2021 at 11:30 am GMT • 5.3 hours ago

I can count on my left-hand fingers people who write with empathy and correctly about those who got depleted uranium bombs on their heads. Thank you for your genuine and valuable service to the entire humanity and global justice. Good health.

Publius 2 , says: January 27, 2021 at 11:33 am GMT • 5.3 hours ago

Anonymous [661] Disclaimer , says: January 27, 2021 at 11:46 am GMT • 5.0 hours ago

Bravo to Shamir and Unz! Best article I've seen on Senile Joe and Kammy Ho.

Indeed, the new administration could be billed as a sequel to The Walking Dead .

Emslander , says: January 27, 2021 at 11:54 am GMT • 4.9 hours ago
@israel shamir

Like the dishonest servant in the parables of Jesus, Trump is a wise man. As a man of the world, he knows better than us how to make a place for himself after being thrown from the palace. All this dealing was for continued wealth and freedom from serious prosecution, is my thought.

Good for him. He can continue to poke at the pigs this way.

Rahan , says: January 27, 2021 at 11:54 am GMT • 4.9 hours ago

In 1990 they, or their parents listened to Yeltsin's calls to thr