Apr 292019
 


Pablo Picasso Head and guitar 1927

 

Ron Chernow At Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (G.)
Aaron Maté Shreds Rachel Maddow (RT)
Why Did Mueller Let Trump Off the Hook? (Mike Whitney)
Did the Russians Really Interfere in Our Elections? (Unz)
Warren Buffett Thinks Most Newspapers Are “Toast” (ZH)
Iran Appeals Directly To Trump: Your Advisers Drag You Into War (ZH)
IMF Warns Of Slowing Growth, Rising Unrest Across Middle East (CNBC)
UK Tories To Lose 800-1000 Seats In This Week’s Local Elections (G.)
Spanish Socialists Win Most Seats, Far Right Resurgent (G.)
Yellow Vests Mutilated By ‘Sublethal’ Police Weapons Unite (RT)
Conservative Bavaria Forces Bold Action on Protecting Nature (Yale)
Up To A Million Species Face Extinction, Many Within Decades – UN (AFP)

 

 

An“erudite defence of the freedom of the press” in front of almost all Washington reporters. And it doesn’t mention Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning even once.

To me, there is nothing more upsetting in our world today. These people care about themselves only, about their petty little freedom. The truth be damned. But they have no freedom if Assange doesn’t, it’s all or nothing. Or one could say they have the freedom to lie. And that’s the one thing Assange never did.

Ron Chernow At Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (G.)

In Washington, Chernow, biographer of founding father Alexander Hamilton and former president Ulysses S Grant, delivered an eloquent and erudite defence of the freedom of the press with some subtle barbs, winning a standing ovation from an audience that quickly forgot any disappointment over the lack of a comedian this year. “We now have to fight hard for basic truths that we once took for granted,” said Chernow, who mentioned Trump by name only once in an address that framed the current presidency as just one chapter in America’s epic novel. He told how the first president, George Washington, often felt maligned and misunderstood by the press but never generalised that into a vendetta. “Relations between presidents and the press are inevitably tough, almost always adversarial, but they don’t need to be steeped in venom.”


The second president, John Adams, used laws to crack down on the media and lost his re-election campaign in 1800, Chernow continued. “Campaigns against the press don’t get your face carved into the rocks of Mount Rushmore, for when you chip away at the press, you chip away at our democracy. The tribunal of history does not deal leniently with presidents who punish the free press.” Chernow insisted that, while America has taken some wrong turns throughout history, democracy has endured. He told how, towards the end of the civil war, a chastened but hopeful Abraham Lincoln, sitting at a campfire with Grant, quoted his secretary of state William Seward as saying: “There was always just enough virtue in this republic to save it; sometimes none to spare, but still enough to meet the emergency.”

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Cute, nice, see the Twitter thread at the link, but I must wonder: why bother? You’re just giving her more to talk about.

Question should be: how can this nutcase still have a TV show? And why do people watch it? Is this what ‘freedom of the press’ has come to mean? The freedom to lie?!

Aaron Maté Shreds Rachel Maddow (RT)

Journalist Aaron Mate has eviscerated MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for peddling “Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, falsehoods & innuendo,” after Maddow threw a tantrum when YouTube dared to recommend an RT video. Mate, a longtime skeptic of the mainstream media’s beloved ‘Russiagate’ narrative, was the subject of a recent interview with RT. When MSNBC’s Russiagater-in-chief Rachel Maddow found out that YouTube’s algorithm had actually suggested the interview to viewers, she saw more Russian meddling and proclaimed the recommendation “death by algorithm.” Mate unloaded on Maddow on Sunday, systematically destroying the MSNBC host for her two years as “the leading purveyor of now debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theories, falsehoods & innuendo.”

Buckle up. “Just recently you were caught in real-time lying to your audience,” he began. “You claimed Barr was handling the redactions by himself. But the chyron — on screen right below — told viewers the truth, that Mueller was in fact ‘assisting’ w/ the redactions.” With Maddow seemingly content to lie on live television, it fell upon her show’s producers to flash the truth on viewers’ screens. Mate then recalled the time Maddow suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin would use the ‘pee tape’ (the most far-fetched allegation in the Democrat-commissioned, internet-sourced Steele dossier) to force Trump into withdrawing US troops stationed near Russia. Of course, this never happened, and Trump recently announced plans to ramp up deployments to Poland. A swing and a miss for Maddow.

[..]Despite peddling baseless conspiracies and flagrant Russophobia every night, Maddow remains one of the US’ most popular news anchors, and one of the best paid. The MSNBC host regularly vies with Fox News’ Sean Hannity for the top spot on the cable news ratings, and earns a cool $7 million per year for her work. Although Maddow has been perhaps the most fervent promoter of Russiagate hysteria on television, her ratings have clumped after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report put most of her theories to bed last month. Maddow’s show slipped from its number one position after the report dropped, and lost half a million viewers in the space of a week. Mate, although reporting to a far smaller audience, has received an Izzy Award for his “meticulous reporting” that “challenged the way the public was being informed about the Mueller investigation.”

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Whitney back in conspiracy mode.

Why Did Mueller Let Trump Off the Hook? (Mike Whitney)

[Mueller’s] assignment was undermine Trump’s moral authority by brandishing the cudgel of criminal indictment over his head. This is how a D.O.J. appointee, who had never held public office in his life, became the most powerful man in Washington. My question is simply this: Why did Mueller give up all that power when he did? I think I can answer that, but first, we need a little more background. Check out this quote from candidate Trump in 2016: “We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past…We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments…. Our goal is stability not chaos, because we want to rebuild our country [the United States]… We will partner with any nation that is willing to join us in the effort to defeat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism …In our dealings with other countries, we will seek shared interests wherever possible and pursue a new era of peace, understanding, and good will.”

Imagine how terrified the foreign policy establishment must have been when they heard Trump utter these words. No more regime change wars? Are you kidding me? That’s what we do: Regime-Change-Is-Us., and now this upstart, New York real estate tycoon is promising to do a complete 180 and move in another direction altogether. No more destabilizing coups, no more bloody military interventions, instead, we’re going to work collaboratively with countries like Russia and China to see if we can settle regional disputes and fight terrorism together? Really? At the same time Trump was promising this new era of “peace, understanding, and good will,” Hillary Clinton was issuing her war whoop at every opportunity. Here’s candidate Hillary trying to drum up support for taking on the Russians in Syria:

“The situation in Syria is catastrophic. And every day that goes by, we see the results of the Assad regime in partnership with the Iranians on the ground, and the Russians in the air…When I was Secretary of State, I advocated and I advocate today a no-fly zone and safe zones.” Interesting, isn’t it? Here’s Hillary, the “liberal” Democrat, pushing for a no-fly zone in Syria even though the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, stated clearly that “Right now… for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia.”

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If they did we have no evidence of it. We have the word of CIA and FBI for it, but that has no value.

Did the Russians Really Interfere in Our Elections? (Unz)

The one issue that both Democrats and most Republicans seem to agree on, the issue which both say is “proven conclusively” by Mueller is that the Russians “attempted to interfere and did interfere” in our 2016 election. Interesting, is it not, that the Republicans who zealously defend the president and attack the obviously political nature of the Mueller Report would accept, as if on faith and without question, the accusations of Russian interference, also contained in the report? Turn on Fox and watch, say, Martha MacCallum (e.g., “The Story,” April 24, 2019) declare “we all know now without doubt that the Russians tried to interfere” in our elections, or listen to most any GOP congressman repeat that same narrative with unquestioning certitude.

But that assertion—is it truly backed up factually? Where is the evidence, other than largely questionable information sourced from our largely discredited intelligence agencies which, as we know, had a determined goal of overthrowing the president by any means possible? Almost three years have passed from the first fake news that appeared in the media on the subject of “Russian collusion,” a concerted effort launched to discredit at first the Donald Trump candidacy and then sabotage his presidency, including his efforts to stabilize Russian-American relations. As proof of Russian actions, the Mueller Report cites the indictments against twenty-five Russian citizens who were indicted for attempted “interference” (those Russians are, let us add, quite conveniently out of the country and thus not prosecutable).

When those indictments were issued, Russia pointed out the flimsy, unsupported and transparently made-up nature of the charges, and demanded that American authorities provide conclusive proof. Such requests were rebuffed. In order to evaluate the evidence, the Russian government proposed reestablishing the bilateral expert group on information security that the Obama Administration had terminated, which could have served as a platform for conversation on these matters. The American side was also invited to send Justice Department officials to Russia to attend the proposed public questioning of the Russian citizens named by Mueller. Additionally, Russia offered to publicize the exchanges between the two countries following the publication of the accusations of cyberattacks, exchanges which were conducted through existing channels between October 2016 and January 2017.

Our government refused every offer.

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“Not all papers are doomed, though. The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal will survive, he said.”

Did Buffet really completely miss the change in business model from reporting to manufacturing the news? Maybe at his age that’s to be expected?

Warren Buffett Thinks Most Newspapers Are “Toast” (ZH)

Buffett, who through his Berkshire Hathaway BH Media subsidiary owns a veritable print-media empire, said during an interview with Yahoo Finance (which will carry the live stream of Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting on May 4) released on Tuesday that the newspaper industry is “toast”, and that most print papers (including, presumably, the 30 daily newspapers and 47 weeklies owned by BH) will soon cease to exist as they lose more vital advertising revenue to Internet powerhouses like Google and Facebook. Fortunately for Berkshire, the decline of the industry won’t have much of an impact on its bottom line because BH bought its newspapers at a “reasonable” price, Buffett said.


As Buffett sees it, the problem with trying to shift to a subscription-based model is two-fold: Consumers once sought out print newspapers not just for the news content, but for the ads. The classifieds included vital information about job opportunities and housing, while supermarkets ran fliers about what products were on special that week. That functionality has largely been subsumed by Craigslist. “It upsets the people in the newsroom to talk that way, but the ads were the most important editorial content from the standpoint of the reader,” Buffett said. Between 2006 and 2016, the newspaper industry’s advertising revenue had fallen to nearly a third of what it once was, with newspapers bringing in $18 billion in ad revenue, compared with $49 billion ten years prior.

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History is a lousy teacher.

Iran Appeals Directly To Trump: Your Advisers Drag You Into War (ZH)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Chris Walls on Fox News Sunday that he believes President Trump’s own advisers as well as Middle East allies like Saudi Arabia and Israel are “dragging the United States into a conflict” with Iran. It comes just days after Zarif made similar statements about the possibility of US and Iranian ships clashing in the Persian Gulf, warning that a false flag “accident” scenario could “lure” Trump into war — something which he thinks Trump himself doesn’t want to see happen. It appears Tehran’s new strategy as it reels from the sanctions squeeze on oil and Trump ending the crude export waiver program is to try and delicately peel Trump away from the American ‘deep state’.


Zarif specifically named National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israel, Saudi Arabia, along with close Saudi ally the United Arab Emirates, all as seeking to escalate tensions leading toward a regime change war on Iran. Wallace asked if they’re “all trying to exercise regime change?” according to Fox, and Zarif responded, “at least, at least.” Iran’s top diplomat explained: “They have all shown an interest in dragging the United States into a conflict. I do not believe that President Trump wants to do that, I believe President Trump ran on a campaign promise of not bringing the United States into another war. But I believe President Trump’s intention to put pressure, the policy of maximum pressure on Iran in order to bring Iran to its knees so that we would succumb to pressure, is doomed to failure.”

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Saudi Barbaria has the solutions.

IMF Warns Of Slowing Growth, Rising Unrest Across Middle East (CNBC)

Slowing global growth and elevated tensions in trade and geopolitics are posing economic challenges for countries in the Middle East, according to the IMF’s latest report. “Global developments are affecting the outlook for this year, namely the slowdown in growth especially on trade, the volatility in the oil price, as well as also the global financing conditions, in additional to a certain number of country specific issues,” Jihad Azour, the IMF’s director of the Middle East and Central Asia, told CNBC on Sunday. The Regional Economic Outlook report — published each spring by the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department — also highlighted how volatile oil prices are negatively affecting some countries, while others are grappling with rising public debt.

“For oil-importing countries where debt is high, it’s very important to tackle it and to reduce the level of deficit. That will allow those countries to reduce their debt burden over GDP,” Azour added. Growth for oil exporters is projected to dip slightly in 2019 to 0.4 percent, from 0.6 percent the previous year, driven by an economic contraction in Iran following the renewal of sanctions. For oil-importing countries in the region, growth is expected to slow, declining from 4.2 percent in 2018 to a projected 3.6 percent this year. However, that figure is expected to rebound to 4.2 percent from 2020 to 2023. “Despite the current increase in prices, the medium-term price projections of oil remain in the corridor of the mid-$60s,” Azour said.

“Therefore it’s very important for countries to pursue and accelerate their diversification strategies and at the same time, maintain their pace of fiscal adjustment that will allow them to reduce their dependence, in terms of revenues on oil,” he added. [..] In the past 18 months, the IMF’s Reported Social Unrest Index — which calculates the share of articles in major news sources that include key terms relating to protests, demonstrations, and other forms of social unrest — has hit multi-year highs in some countries in the Middle East region. “Clearly, the inability of governments and countries to address the unemployment issue has led to the feelings, especially among the youth, of social unease and tension,” Azour said.

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Boris Johnson’s fortunes are rising. Imagine that.

UK Tories To Lose 800-1000 Seats In This Week’s Local Elections (G.)

The Conservatives can expect to lose 800 or more seats at the local elections this week, as voters punish Theresa May’s administration for failing to pass a Brexit deal, a leading Conservative analyst has said. In his latest projection for Thursday’s polls, in which more than 8,000 council seats in England are being contested, the Tory peer Robert Hayward suggested his party could lose about 500 to the Liberal Democrats, and 300 to Labour. He blamed his party’s failure to assemble a majority for the prime minister’s withdrawal agreement for his gloomy forecast, and predicted turnout would be unusually low because of “disenchantment” with all the major parties.


“I have heard of no canvasser of any party who has received a detailed dissertation re Brexit. It is therefore likely that had Mrs May’s deal, or anything like it, been approved the Tories would have fared markedly better than they are likely to,” he said, adding: “The elections might even have been about local issues.” A poor showing will be a fresh blow to May’s shattered authority, and increase the pressure on her to set out a timetable for her departure – and signal how she plans to break the impasse at Westminster. Cross-party talks are expected to resume on Monday, but Downing Street has been forced to delay a high-risk plan to table its key piece of Brexit legislation.

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Apparently, in Spain, too, democracy is a system for the not-too-smart. You know that if this is how your PM addresses you after winning, “We want a country that looks forwards and advances.”. As opposed to?

Spanish Socialists Win Most Seats, Far Right Resurgent (G.)

Spain’s ruling socialists won the most votes but fell short of a majority in Sunday’s snap general election, a contest marked by the breakthrough of the far-right Vox party and a disastrous performance by the country’s traditional conservative party. Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE) won 123 seats, the conservative People’s party (PP) 66, the centre-right Citizens party 57, the anti-austerity Unidas Podemos and its allies 42, and Vox 24. Despite it being the country’s third general election in under four years, turnout was 75.8% – well up on the 66.5% two years ago. Sánchez hailed the result and the high turnout as proof of Spain’s desire to move forward and reject the reactionary policies of some of his rightwing opponents.


“We made it happen,” he told supporters in Madrid, echoing the PSOE’s campaign slogan. “We’ve sent out the message that we don’t want to regress or reverse. We want a country that looks forwards and advances.” However, the PSOE will still need to seek the support of other parties to reach the 176 seats necessary to form a government in Spain’s 350-seat congress of deputies. Even with the support of Unidas Podemos and related groups, it would still be 11 seats short of a majority and would need the help of smaller regional and nationalist parties. Podemos’s leader, Pablo Iglesias, has already shown enthusiasm for a deal with the PSOE. He said that while his party would have liked a better result – it dropped 29 seats on the last election – “it’s been enough to stop the right wing and build a leftwing coalition government”.

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“..at least 154 people have been seriously injured by police use of non-lethal weapons during protests. Of that number, 22 people have lost the use of an eye due to flash balls. A further five have had their hand torn off by gas canisters..”

Yellow Vests Mutilated By ‘Sublethal’ Police Weapons Unite (RT)

Yellow Vest protesters who have suffered life-changing injuries at the hands of French police have launched their own association, promising fresh actions against police brutality. Called “the Mutilated for the edification of others,” the collective aims to accurately calculate the number of people who have been injured nationally by police during Yellow Vest protests. It also called for an end to the use of the non-lethal weapons deployed by French police — namely tear gas canisters and flashballs — and a large national demonstration is scheduled in Paris on May 26. Among those attending was Jerome Rodrigues, a prominent Yellow Vest leader who was hit in the eye with a gas canister during a demonstration in January.


“You have 19 people in front of you and you have only 26 eyes that look back,” he told the press conference. “Count, there is a small problem,” he added. We demand the truth, justice and the ban on so-called sublethal weapons,” said Robin Pagès, another activist. He accused French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner of “lying” when the minister suggested that only “10 people have been hit in the head by LBD [flashball] shots.” According to statistics gathered by the activist group Desarmons-les (“Disarm Them”), at least 154 people have been seriously injured by police use of non-lethal weapons during protests. Of that number, 22 people have lost the use of an eye due to flash balls. A further five have had their hand torn off by gas canisters.

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“Voters were surprisingly moved by a landmark study showing steep declines in flying insects in Germany.”

Conservative Bavaria Forces Bold Action on Protecting Nature (Yale)

Bavaria is known around the world for its Munich Octoberfest, beautiful alpine panoramas, old castles, and cars from the Bavarian Motor Works (BMW). But within Germany, Bavaria is known for something else: It is by far the most conservative of the country’s 16 federal states. Bavaria’s staunchly traditionalist governing party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), has been in power continuously since 1946, pursuing a conservative agenda relating to family, bioethics, immigration — and the environment. Over the years, it has restricted the construction of wind farms, thwarted new environmental regulations for farmers, and blocked imposing a speed limit for cars on autobahns.

In recent months, however, Bavaria has taken a surprising detour from its traditional path. Responding to a grassroots citizens campaign and overwhelming support for a state referendum, the Bavarian government agreed earlier this month to implement one of Europe’s most progressive laws on protecting nature and restoring biodiversity, primarily through changing industrial farming practices. The about-face began in earnest in February when Bavarian citizens — increasingly concerned about the loss of natural areas, destructive farming techniques, and widely publicized reports that the populations of flying insects in Germany had plummeted — overwhelmingly supported a “referendum for biodiversity” that called for the state government to implement fundamental changes in nature conservation.

State law required that 10 percent of Bavaria’s 9 million registered voters support the referendum for it to become the basis for negotiations on a new nature conservation law. In fact, nearly double the required number of voters — 1.75 million Bavarians — showed up at their town halls to support what had become known as the “save the bees” initiative. [..] Now, Bavaria plans to implement a sweeping set of conservation measures, including setting aside 13 percent of the state in special ecological zones, committing to establishing organic agriculture on nearly a third of all Bavarian farmland, and taking steps to protect wetlands, waterways, and threatened insect populations. On May 8, the state parliament in Munich is slated to pass what Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU leader Markus Söder calls “the most sweeping nature protection law in the whole of Europe.”

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It’s not about nature anymore, it’s about our own survival. As if that will stop us.

Up To A Million Species Face Extinction, Many Within Decades – UN (AFP)

Diplomats from 130 nations gather in Paris from Monday to validate a grim UN assessment of the state of Nature and lay the groundwork for an 11th-hour rescue plan for life on Earth. A 44-page, draft “Summary for Policy Makers” obtained by AFP catalogues the 1001 ways in which our species has plundered the planet and damaged its capacity to renew the resources upon which we depend, starting with breathable air, drinkable water and productive soil. The impact of humanity’s expanding footprint and appetites has been devastating. Up to a million species face extinction, many within decades, according to the report, and three-quarters of Earth’s land surface has been “severely altered”.


A third of ocean fish stocks are in decline, and the rest, barring a few, are harvested at the very edge of sustainability. A dramatic die-off of pollinating insects, especially bees, threatens essential crops valued at half-a-trillion dollars annually. Twenty 10-year targets adopted in 2010 under the United Nation’s biodiversity treaty – to expand protected areas, slow species and forest loss, and reduce pollution – will, with one or two exceptions, fail badly. Based on an underlying report that draws from 400 experts and weighs in at 1,800 pages, the executive summary has to be vetted line-by-line by diplomats, with scientists at their elbow.

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“I hate the indifferents. Living means taking sides…Some whimper piously, others curse obscenely, but nobody, or very few ask themselves: If I had tried to impose my will, would this have happened?”
– Antonio Gramsci

 

 

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    Pablo Picasso Head and guitar 1927   • Ron Chernow At Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (G.) • Aaron Maté Shreds Rachel Maddo
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle April 29 2019]

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    V. Arnold
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    An“erudite defence of the freedom of the press” in front of almost all Washington reporters. And it doesn’t mention Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning even once.

    But of course Chernow got a standing ovation; he didn’t make anybody uncomfortible; or fearful; or sweat, or angry (at least there at the dinner), or realize what corrupted bags of wasted flesh they are…
    …and the band played on…

    I fear to ask; how’s your Patreon going?

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    V. Arnold
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    Cute, nice, see the Twitter thread at the link, but I must wonder: why bother? You’re just giving her more to talk about.

    Question should be: how can this nutcase still have a TV show? And why do people watch it? Is this what ‘freedom of the press’ has come to mean? The freedom to lie?!

    • Aaron Maté Shreds Rachel Maddow (RT)

    Rhetorical question, no?
    I’m pleased Mate’ pilloried Madow; somebody had to do it.
    Will it matter? Not likely!
    And here we circle back on your question…

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    I’m pleased Maté pilloried Maddow; somebody had to do it.

    Sure, me too. But she’s been doing this daily for over 2 years now; someone should do a full exposé. And it really is nuts that she still has a show, and is most popular to boot. And with Chernow, these people are the first and the loudest to shout about freedom of the press.

    A president cannot be indicted, but he also can’t defend himself, and there’s no-one else to do it for him either. That “very fine people” in Charlottesvile nonsense is also still circulating, Biden even used it in his announcement. But, you know, stop calling it news.

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    V. Arnold
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    But she’s been doing this daily for over 2 years now; someone should do a full exposé. And it really is nuts that she still has a show, and is most popular to boot.

    Yes! But, that’s very informative; it’s the most accurate view of the majority of Usians thinking.
    And that should scare the holy shit out of all who think differently.
    It’s irrevocably broken; the whole bloody system is busted wide open.
    Madow rules and truth is dead and buried…
    I have no idea what form it will take, but; it’s going to take a catastrophy of unimaginable proportions to shake the sleepers awake to reality…

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    Dr. D
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    Don’t worry: the truth doesn’t matter here. It will never matter again.

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    Dr. D
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    “And why do people watch it?”

    Don’t worry: they don’t watch it. Anymore. Re-runs of Sponge Bob now have higher ratings (true fact). She’s only there because the billionaire that owns NBC and her soul WANTS these lies told. What’s the use of owning a newspaper if you don’t use it to lie to your advantage? Certainly not the profit margins, which are negative. Ask Bezos.

    Anyway, who owns NBC and Maddow’s formerly human soul? No longer GE, the weapons manufacturer, that was the Bush era. It’s Comcast, the nation’s most-hated company, and the one Biden genuflected for as the very first act of his campaign, in order to take the lobbyist money he said he wasn’t taking. So it goes in the land of lies and corruption.

    “Maddow remains one of the US’ most popular news anchors,”

    This is a bit outdated, she’s lost about half her audience in this fiasco. Anyway, isn’t this what Raul was saying week after week, month after month, in warning to Maddow and the Democratic party that the evidence wasn’t good, and if they kept up, they would go down with the ship and get Trump re-elected? Shouldn’t he get a DNC medal for his stiff warning in the face of heavy fire, and calling it correctly? Apparently not. Helping the DNC to win against Trump is now being a Trumpanista, and a Putin Puppet. And why not? Everything else is.

    “Why Did Mueller Let Trump Off the Hook? (Mike Whitney)”

    Excellent question I don’t have the answer for. The report is too slimy and also fake (in Russian interference) to be that he’s bought off by Trump in a deal to not hang Mueller for muling the Uranium to Moscow for the Uranium One deal (this actually happened). Mueller also extended long, long after he knew it was false – he may have always known, as Strozk certainly did (see his texts) – but long enough to try some open election tampering of his own, making sure the specter was out there to flip the midterm elections. And yet Mueller famously planted evidence on most of his FBI cases, famously Whitey Bulger and the Ft. Dix Anthrax Scientist, both of which were so egregious he paid reparations for them. –And I need not tell you, the U.S. railroads a dozen a day, so the fabrication must be terrible indeed for the government to say they’re sorry, by paying actual, open mafia members legal reparations. So why did he NOT just fabricate and plant evidence, like the FBI usually does?

    That leaves not my first choice, but Raul’s belief that the problem wasn’t fabricating – clearly that was fine – but that he would have to PROVE his case in an actual court of law. Which he couldn’t. So being a slimy weasel, he retracted that part, convicted anyone who couldn’t defend themselves, and left 350 pages of innuendo for Congress to follow. …How they can investigate what he already investigated, for crimes he couldn’t substantiate is another question, but that’s politics for ya. It doesn’t matter what’s true, only what s—t will fly.

    “Iran Appeals Directly to Trump: Your Advisers Drag You into War (ZH)”

    Certainly true, but also part of the good cop, bad cop. There are certain negotiations they are making now. My theory: like N. Korea – or ourselves! – there is a “Deep State” inside NoKo or Iran, which has a different agenda than the people or civil government. Trump is trying to put pressure on THAT group, perhaps inside the Revolutionary Guard? You’d have to follow very deep-intel people to see if this has merit, ’cause none of us on the outside can tell.

    “Rising Unrest Across Middle East (CNBC)”

    You mean different than starting multiple wars, a million dead in Rumsfeld’s U.S.-backed Iraq-Iran war, killing a million children in the ‘90 Iraq embargo, (“It was worth it” – Madeleine Albright) starting an Arab Spring that topples 5 nations like Tommy Franks said, causing a violent coup in Egypt, leveling Africa’s most prosperous and successful country with an open slave market in Libya, starting a new war in Syria, Yemen, and essentially Turkey, and killing a million civilians across MENA? You mean more unrest than that? ‘Cause I’m thinking with Al-Q and Isis down, and Syria contained again, it’ll be LESS unrest across the Middle East, Israel excepted.

    “We want a country that looks forwards and advances.” As opposed to?

    Sort of. They mean don’t look back or keep anything that worked from the past, that’s worked for 5,000 years of human nature, because that’s “Conservatism.” Anything: Isis, Stalinist Green Policies, collapsing economies, failed NIH in Bitain and Finland, anything, anything but Conservatism, anything but what’s been proven to work. Because we’re brilliant and everybody before me was an idiot!

    “You have 19 people in front of you and you have only 26 eyes that look back,” he told the press conference. “Count, there is a small problem,”

    This is why they wanted the pan-Euro army, tout suite. Get those Poles to shoot French rabble, and the Spanish soldiers to shoot the Polish rabble. Then the leaders shoot the rabble however the please with no resistance. Instead, at the rate they’re going, the French army will flip on Macron and push him out.

    “In recent months, however, Bavaria has taken a surprising detour from its traditional path.”

    Only to these guys’ false assumptions about conservatives. Conservatives are supposed to ‘conserve’. Also to love and therefore not destroy their hone nation. Even conserve the planet entrusted to us by God, heaven forbid, as they cannot stand the name to be in their mouths! Just like Roosevelt created the national parks and Nixon started the EPA and endangered species acts, and I’m sure others. As opposed to the non-conservatives deep progressives like the Soviet Union and Argentina, who are epically polluted. Or heck, liberal progressive Europe now loving on RoundUp now that it’s Bayer. All these parties have problems, but it’s amazing they can get away with reporting the opposite. Again. Go Bavaria!

    “If I had tried to impose my will, would this have happened?” – Antonio Gramsci

    They would have rightfully fought back against the violence of enforcing your will, and the while world would be blind and at war. The only alternative to that endless violence of telling others what to do, how to live, by raw force, is free speech. With it, we can debate and discuss and convince others to change. Without it, we can only beat them into being rebellious slaves to our iron will. I know which I choose, and it’s not well-meaning busybodies telling me how to be, or else.

    #47023

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Don’t worry: the truth doesn’t matter here. It will never matter again.

    Indeed, the most likely outcome of today’s policies…

    #47024

    I fear to ask; how’s your Patreon going?

    Why fear? Maybe hope works better. So far, 1 week in, 9 patrons for $84. We need about 50 times as many, would be my guess. And since 1000’s read TAE every day, that should be possible.

    People have gotten their news largely for free until now, and can’t really be expected to see the changes in the industry as fast as I do.

    What I see happening down the line is ever more people only getting it from the NYT, because they can’t afford scores of subscriptions. The EU copyright legislation that’s pending seems to work towards this as well: large corporations monopolizing what news is.

    For now it’s early goings. I’m going to have to write that piece explaining how I see this. But that comes down to asking for money, and that is not what TAE is for. Well, never was. I’m not a salesman.

    #47025

    Wow. That’s not me!

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-28/shipp-coup-against-trump-biggest-violation-constitution-history

    The danger for ‘We the People’ is the Dark Left and Dark Left violence. As these indictments begin to come out, and as the players are called out, the violence on what I call the Dark Left, the violence is going to increase to the point where it’s going to be very, very bad. There are going to be beatings and probably shootings, and shooting at police. . . . There is going to be a lot of violence coming from the Left in the next year or two. This is one of the reasons you need to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights . . . because of what the Left is going to do with these findings and what is going to be the death knell for the Democrat Party and the death knell for taking over our Constitution and culture. They will exponentially bring up their violence, and Americans need to arm themselves and protect themselves against that.”

    That’s not me.

    #47026

    seychelles
    Participant

    “Not all papers are doomed, though. The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal will survive, he said.”

    What else could come out of this dedicated globalist’s mouth?

    #47027

    zerosum
    Participant

    Evidence
    …. we have no evidence of it.
    Rule of law requires evidence.
    No evidence equals no respect.
    No evidence equals a kangaroo court.
    Did Meuller present evidence in his report?
    I thought that Meuller was representing the highest court of law with his special investigation.
    Since most politicians are lawyers that know how to speak with a forked tongue, we should not be surprised that they question all decisions by their own highest court.
    How to lose respect, present no evidence.

    Respect

    noun
    1.
    a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
    “the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor”
    synonyms: esteem, regard, high regard, high opinion, acclaim, admiration, approbation, approval, appreciation, estimation, favor, popularity, recognition, veneration, awe, reverence, deference, honor, praise, homage
    “the respect due to a great artist”
    2.
    due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
    “young people’s lack of respect for their parents”
    synonyms: due regard, consideration, thoughtfulness, attentiveness, politeness, courtesy, civility, deference
    “he speaks to the old lady with respect”
    verb
    1.
    admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
    “she was respected by everyone she worked with”
    synonyms: esteem, admire, think highly of, have a high opinion of, hold in high regard, hold in (high) esteem, think much of, approve of, appreciate, cherish, value, set (great) store by, prize, treasure, look up to, pay homage to, venerate, revere, reverence, adulate, worship, idolize, put on a pedestal, lionize, hero-worship, honor, applaud, praise, favor

    #47029

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Why fear? Maybe hope works better. So far, 1 week in, 9 patrons for $84. We need about 50 times as many, would be my guess. And since 1000’s read TAE every day, that should be possible.

    It’s mostly a figure of speech. Thanks for the update. After my unsuccessful battle with paypal, Patreon was easy.

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