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New Docs Contradict Biden Claim That Fired Ukrainian Prosecutor Was Corrupt (ZH)
Adam Schiff Epitomizes the Total Collapse of Democratic Party Integrity (PCR)
10 Reasons Democrats’ Impeachment Argument Is Falling Apart (Grabien)
Intel Community Secretly Nixed Whistleblower Demand of First-Hand Info (Fed.)
Pompeo Subpoenaed By House Democrats In Trump Impeachment Inquiry (BBC)
Everything the Press Gets Wrong about the Ukraine Call (Scott Adams)
A Dumpster Fire on a Garbage Barge (Kunstler)
Joseph Wilson, US Envoy Who Defied Bush Over Iraq, Dies Aged 69 (BBC)
White House Deliberates Block On All US Investments In China (CNBC)
Western Dominance Is On The Wane – Lavrov at UNGA (RT)
Establishment & Media Sympathize With Greta. So How Is That A Protest? (RT)
Assange Behind Bars (Felicity Ruby)



As I wrote yesterday: “John Solomon’s account is really important in the impeachment hearings.. And everything he says is documented.”

Solomon is the key figure here.

New Docs Contradict Biden Claim That Fired Ukrainian Prosecutor Was Corrupt (ZH)

Appearing on “Hannity” Thursday night, Solomon explained “These documents show, as I report tonight for the first time, that the very day that Joe Biden managed to get that Ukraine prosecutor fired, that very day his son’s company’s lawyers, the American company lawyers helping Burisma trying to fight this investigation were trying to urgently reach the new prosecutor, the replacement prosecutor.” “In that meeting, according to the official record from the prosecutor, the lawyers for Hunter Biden’s company stated to the replacement prosecutor, we know that the information calling Mr. Shokin was corrupt and was ‘False information distributed by U.S. Government officials and other figures. We would like to make this up to you by bringing you to Washington, you are not corrupt and you instigated numerous reforms.’ That is the official record of the meeting. Ukrainian prosecutors kept.” (via the Daily Caller). According to Solomon, the memos raise troubling questions (via The Hill):

1) If the Ukraine prosecutor’s firing involved only his alleged corruption and ineptitude, why did Burisma’s American legal team refer to those allegations as “false information?” 2) If the firing had nothing to do with the Burisma case, as Biden has adamantly claimed, why would Burisma’s American lawyers contact the replacement prosecutor within hours of the termination and urgently seek a meeting in Ukraine to discuss the case? What’s more, Ukrainian prosecutors attempted to get this information to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) since last summer – first unsuccessfully engaging a US attorney in New York who they say showed no interest, and then reaching out to Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s attorney.

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Schiff was a disgrace in the House- again.

Adam Schiff Epitomizes the Total Collapse of Democratic Party Integrity (PCR)

US Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat from California and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, had no qualms about lying through his teeth in his opening statement prior to the testimony of Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Everyone present had read the transcript of the telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, and everyone knew that what Schiff, who said he was reading from the transcript of the telephone call, was saying was not in the transcript. How can it be that the chairman of a House committee in a room full of newspersons and TV cameras has no qualms about intentionally misrepresenting the written record in order to make it conform to the lies the Democrats and their stable of corrupt presstitutes have spread about a telephone call revealed by an alleged whistleblower, a likely Democrat operative, who claimed to have heard it second hand.

When I was a member of the Congressional staff, any Representative who so dishonored a committee of the House and the House itself as Schiff has done would have been reprimanded, brought before the Ethics Committee, and forced to resign. But the Democrats have ground integrity under their heel in their fanatical determination to prevent Trump’s reelection. In his opening statement Adam Schiff further showed his total lack of integrity in his assault on the integrity and character of Joseph Maguire and made wild and irresponsible charges probably never witnessed previously in the halls of Congress.

The transcript of the telephone call shows that what the alleged whistleblower said is false. Yet in the face of the evidence Adam Schiff speaks as if the evidence does not exist and that the alleged whistleblower’s second hand statement is true. Once again we hear the Democratic Party say, “Evidence? We don’t need no stinkin’ evidence.” They don’t need evidence because the presstitutes support their lies and control the explanations given to Americans. The Democrats are betting their future on their lies being shielded by their media whores and that the insouciant American people will hear nothing but false allegations against Trump repeated endlessly, as was the case with Russiagate. If the people realize that the “impeachment investigation” is another hoax like Russiagate, Schiff will have destroyed the Democrats’ chances in the next election.

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Key feature: “..the Ukrainian delegation hadn’t even been made aware aid was held up until a month after the Trump call…”

10 Reasons Democrats’ Impeachment Argument Is Falling Apart (Grabien)

1. No quid pro quo. Despite Democrats’ initial claim, there was no quid pro quo. The call transcript shows the topic of aid only came up in reference to how well the U.S. treats Ukraine, particularly as compared to Euro nations, most specifically Germany. At no point does Trump threaten to withhold anything, as even some of Trump’s media critics conceded.

2. Ukrainians weren’t pressured. Democrats and the media have repeatedly insisted President Trump “acted like a mob boss” in applying pressure on President Volodymyr Zelensky. He, however, defended Trump, saying he felt no pressure. “ I think you read everything,” he told reporters in New York this week. “So I think you read text. I’m … I am sorry but I don’t want to be involved to democratic open, uh, hum… [..] .. elections of U.S.A. You’ve heard we had, um, I think good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things and I thought so. And I think and you read it that nobody push it, pushed me.”

3. Timeline. Politico’s Ken Vogel reported that the Ukrainian delegation hadn’t even been made aware aid was held up until a month after the Trump call. It’s hard to see they could feel they’re being “extorted,” as Democrats keep saying, if they weren’t even aware of the pressure supposedly being applied.

4. No Illicit Favors. When the White House released the call transcript, readers noticed that after some initial mutual flattery, Zeleznsky brings up buying more Javelin missiles; President Trump then asks for a favor and requests additional information into 2016 election meddling. Rep. Adam Schiff suggested Trump’s request for a “favor” actually referenced wanting dirt on Joe Biden, but Biden only comes up later in the conversation, and in a separate context. Nonetheless, the major media almost uniformly reported the “favor” line from Trump’s call in the same inaccurate fashion.

5. Whistleblower Complaint Lacks Credibility. This complaint, which Democrats for some reason insisted was more important than the call transcript itself, was basically a version of that original call that had been run through a game of telephone. The report had the basic story reasonably accurate, but then supplemented that synopsis with additional accumulated gossip. At least three key details in the complaint have since been shown to be false. As the document is itself a product of hearsay — the self-described whistleblower admits at the beginning of his report that he never witnessed anything — and the fact it contains demonstrable inaccuracies, its importance should certainly be subjugated to the call transcript itself. [..]

9. Rudy. It’s widely reported Rudy Giuliani was Trump’s go-to guy for actually carrying out this conspiracy. On his call, Trump told the Ukraine president to speak with Rudy (as well as AG Barr), about the investigation into an oil company on whose board sat Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son. But Giuliani first communicated with his Ukrainian counterparts more than a year before Biden entered the race. Yes, it’s possible they anticipated Biden eventually entering the race; but it’s also possible Trump actually thought there might be legitimate corruption worthy of investigating. Giuliani tries to prove this point by noting the State Dept. was helping coordinate his communications.

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This is too much.

Intel Community Secretly Nixed Whistleblower Demand of First-Hand Info (Fed.)

Between May 2018 and August 2019, the intelligence community secretly eliminated a requirement that whistleblowers provide direct, first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoings. This raises questions about the intelligence community’s behavior regarding the August submission of a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump. The new complaint document no longer requires potential whistleblowers who wish to have their concerns expedited to Congress to have direct, first-hand knowledge of the alleged wrongdoing that they are reporting.

The brand new version of the whistleblower complaint form, which was not made public until after the transcript of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and the complaint addressed to Congress were made public, eliminates the first-hand knowledge requirement and allows employees to file whistleblower complaints even if they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence and only “heard about [wrongdoing] from others.” The internal properties of the newly revised “Disclosure of Urgent Concern” form, which the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG) requires to be submitted under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA), show that the document was uploaded on September 24, 2019, at 4:25 p.m., just days before the anti-Trump complaint was declassified and released to the public.

The markings on the document state that it was revised in August 2019, but no specific date of revision is disclosed. The complaint alleges that President Donald Trump broke the law during a phone call with the Ukrainian president. In his complaint, which was dated August 12, 2019, the complainant acknowledged he was “not a direct witness” to the wrongdoing he claims Trump committed. A previous version of the whistleblower complaint document, which the ICIG and DNI until recently provided to potential whistleblowers, declared that any complaint must contain only first-hand knowledge of alleged wrongdoing and that complaints that provide only hearsay, rumor, or gossip would be rejected.

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You start to feel pity for them.

Pompeo Subpoenaed By House Democrats In Trump Impeachment Inquiry (BBC)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been ordered by Democrats to turn over documents relating to the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine. In a letter, the heads of three House committees subpoenaed Mr Pompeo to produce the documents within a week. It is the latest move in rapidly escalating impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. He is being scrutinised for allegedly pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. In a separate development on Friday, the US special envoy for Ukraine negotiations, Kurt Volker, resigned, US media reported.

Mr Trump has denied putting any pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a phone call in July, when Mr Biden was leading polls to win the Democratic nomination for the White House race in 2020. Mr Trump has alleged that Mr Biden pressed for the sacking of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin in 2016 to protect a business that employed his son, Hunter Biden. Mr Biden did call for the sacking of Mr Shokin, even threatening to withhold $1bn (£813m) in aid to Ukraine.

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Everyone understands why the US president needs the room to move, and they’ll grant it to every single one. Except for Trump.

Everything the Press Gets Wrong about the Ukraine Call (Scott Adams)

We give our presidents a lot of flexibility in dealing with foreign affairs because it works better to have one “boss” in these situations. Had Trump permanently withheld funds approved by Congress, that would be a system problem on our end. But temporarily putting a hold on those funds before speaking leader-to-leader is just smart presidenting. It creates the impression that the president is the only American the foreign leader needs to deal with. That’s “setting the table.” Does it matter exactly what Trump was going to discuss, negotiate, or request? Nope. If the only thing Trump did on the phone call was congratulate President Zelensky on his election victory, it would still be smart to hold the funds until then.

We want our president to go into every conversation with foreign leaders fully armed, persuasion-wise. When Trump brings the full weight of the office with him, it sets the table for the current conversations, and every one after that. When Trump withholds funds, pulls out of a deal, or otherwise transfers power from Congress to himself, it makes him a more effective negotiator. It puts him in charge. It is a strong psychological advantage. Compare that approach to sending a president out weak, dependent on Congress to wipe his nose. Those are not similar table settings. Trump knows the difference. So does everyone who read his book, The Art of the The Deal.

We’ve heard Trump say he was concerned about corruption in Ukraine, and that was why he put a hold on the funds. I’m sure that was at least a part of his concern. Probably every American has that same concern about foreign aid in general. But as I said, it doesn’t matter what reason he gives the American public. Regardless of corruption in Ukraine, it was still smart to withhold funds until after the leaders spoke, because it made Trump the only person Zelensky needs to satisfy. That’s what we want from our presidents. We want them going in strong, with the full weight of their office and influence, to every interaction with foreign leaders, every time.

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“Their ongoing campaign to undo the 2016 election is igniting a civil war.”

A Dumpster Fire on a Garbage Barge (Kunstler)

Others have pointed out that the whistleblower’s complaint was composed as a legal brief, leading to the inference that it was constructed by lawyers and perhaps a team of lawyers. The whistleblower’s lawyer is Andrew Bakaj, a former CIA employee who got his start interning for Senator Chuck Schumer and then Hillary Clinton. The Washingtonian said Bakaj “actually wrote the CIA’s internal rules on whistleblowing.” Is that so? Did he write Form 401 then? His client’s complaint states: “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described. However, I found my colleagues’ accounts of these events to be credible because, in almost all cases, multiple officials recounted fact patterns that were consistent with one another.” In other words, second-hand information. Dismissed.

Everyone and his uncle remembers the infamous threat issued to Mr. Trump by Senator Schumer during the transition period in January, 2017: “Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Perhaps Senator Schumer should have kept his pie-hole shut on that. He made it official that the Intel Community would act as an adversary and antagonist to the President, and that appears to be exactly what has happened. One suspects that this rogue agency has captured The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and several TV cable news networks as well. And now they are metamorphosing into an enemy of the people.

The moment approaches when Mr. Trump will have to carry out a severe housecleaning of the CIA and perhaps many other agencies under the executive branch of the government. Their ongoing campaign to undo the 2016 election is igniting a civil war. Clearly a part of the whistleblower gambit was an attempt to discredit Attorney General William Barr and set up a device that would force him to recuse himself from any further inquiry into shenanigans carried out in and around Ukraine since 2014, when the CIA and the Obama State Department overthrew the government of Viktor Yanukovych. Mr. Barr is a sturdy fellow. He may have seven ways from Sunday for countering their seditious monkeyshines. Wait for it.

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Literally lives destroyed by the Deep State.

Joseph Wilson, US Envoy Who Defied Bush Over Iraq, Dies Aged 69 (BBC)

The US diplomat Joseph Wilson, who defied President George W Bush over the decision to go to war with Iraq, has died aged 69. In 2003, Mr Wilson disproved allegations used by the Bush administration as grounds for invasion that then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had bought uranium in Niger. Days later, his then-wife Valerie Plame was outed as a CIA agent, in what some saw as an act of political revenge. He and Ms Plame divorced in 2017. Ms Plame told the Washington Post that er ex-husband had died of organ failure in a hospice in New Mexico, where they both lived. In a career spanning three decades, Mr Wilson held numerous postings, mainly in Africa. As acting ambassador to Iraq in the run-up to the First Gulf War in 1991, he was the last US diplomat to meet Saddam Hussein.

In 2002, by then a private citizen, Mr Wilson was sent by the CIA on a fact-finding mission to Niger to investigate reports that Iraq had bought a nuclear material – uranium yellowcake. Mr Wilson concluded that the reports were false, but 11 months later they reappeared in Mr Bush’s State of the Union address. They were used as evidence that Iraq was obtaining weapons of mass destruction, and justification for the 2003 war. In July of that year, the former diplomat wrote in the New York Times: “I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq’s nuclear weapons programme was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.”

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May not be all that practical. How about existing investments?

White House Deliberates Block On All US Investments In China (CNBC)

The White House is weighing some curbs on U.S. investments in China, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC. This discussion includes possibly blocking all U.S. financial investments in Chinese companies, the source said. It’s in the preliminary stages and nothing has been decided, the source said. There’s also no time frame for their implementation, the source added. Restricting financial investments in Chinese entities would be meant to protect U.S. investors from excessive risk due to lack of regulatory supervision, the source said. The deliberations come as the U.S. looks for additional levers of influence in trade talks, which resume on Oct. 10 in Washington.

Both countries slapped tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each other’s goods. The discussions also come as the Chinese government is taking steps to increase foreign access to its markets. Bloomberg News first reported earlier on Friday that Trump administration officials are considering ways to limit U.S. investors’ portfolio flows into China, including delisting Chinese companies from American stock exchanges and preventing U.S. government pension funds from investing in the Chinese market. Shares of Alibaba, Baidu and other Chinese companies plunged following the news. China’s yuan weakened to 7.15 against the dollar on the report.

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‘We’re liberals hence anything is permitted to us’”

Western Dominance Is On The Wane – Lavrov at UNGA (RT)

The West ignores reality by trying to prevent the formation of a multi-polar world by imposing its narrow “liberal” rules on others, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told the UN General Assembly. Lavrov’s speech on Friday at the UN headquarters in New York focused on global challenges but, unlike some of the speakers, he didn’t mince words, proceeding into a full-on rebuke of the Western ideal of world order. New centers of economic growth and political influence are emerging internationally, he said, but the US and its allies are trying to impede the rise of the multi-polar world. In order to achieve this, they “impose the standards of conduct based on narrow Western interpretation of liberalism on others. In short, ‘We’re liberals hence anything is permitted to us’” was how he characterized this attitude.

“It’s hard for the West to accept that its centuries-long domination is diminishing.” “The West has been increasingly forgetting about international law and more often dwell on rules-based order.”

As opposed to this counterproductive approach, lasting solutions to global challenges should be founded “on the basis of the UN Charter, through the balance of interests of all states,” the Russian FM recommended. The top Russian diplomat also expressed hope that Moscow and Washington would agree on an extension of the New Strategic Arms Treaty (New START), which is set to expire in February 2021. All the suggestions that Russia has made to establish additional communication channels to work on the issue are still “on the table,” Lavrov said, as is Moscow’s most recent proposal for NATO to impose a mutual moratorium on the deployment of short- and mid-range missiles in Europe.

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Oh, jeez…: “The Guardian comparing her speech on Monday to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address for its historical significance, and New York Magazine calling her “the Joan of Arc of climate change.”

Establishment & Media Sympathize With Greta. So How Is That A Protest? (RT)

As hundreds of thousands of people – many of them schoolchildren – take to the streets in another demonstration over climate change, one must wonder: at what point does protest become the status quo? Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s solo school walkout last August was little more than a sideshow to newspaper editors and TV crews. But the teenage crusader’s ‘school strike’ snowballed, and the ‘Fridays for Future’ movement grew. Now, after an emotional speech by Thunberg at the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday, hundreds of thousands of climate strikers worldwide are packing the streets on Friday, demanding their governments declare a state of emergency, slash carbon emissions, penalize meat-eating and kill the car, to pick but a few of their proposals.

But these radicals – as they would have been called not so long ago – aren’t being met by the batons, tear gas and rubber bullets the state usually deploys to quash dissent (not that any peaceful demonstrations should be). Media outlets aren’t smearing those within their ranks as racists and downplaying attendance numbers, and the crowds occupying city streets aren’t risking injury and mutilation to do so. The very idea of ‘protest’ implies some resistance, some injustice of state to be overcome. Climate protesters would argue that not enough is being done to heal our heating earth – and that’s a debate beyond the scope of this article – but government, media, and the world’s power brokers have aided Thunberg and co’s protest movement at every step of the way.

France’s ‘Yellow Vests’ protests began in opposition to a fossil fuel tax hike, and were met with all of the violence described above on a weekly basis. Thunberg, in contrast, was invited to address the French parliament in July. Likewise with her appearances at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, her speeches before British parliament and the US Congress, and her most recent UN appearance. On every occasion, the world’s political leaders rolled out the red carpet and held the door open for her to lecture them. Media coverage of Thunberg and the climate protests has been overwhelmingly favorable – with The Guardian comparing her speech on Monday to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address for its historical significance, and New York Magazine calling her “the Joan of Arc of climate change.” The Yellow Vests, to continue the comparison, were described as a rabble of anti-semites and “notorious Holocaust deniers,” based on the actions of a tiny minority of protesters.

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A visit to Belmarsh maximum-security prison. Hard to get through.

Assange Behind Bars (Felicity Ruby)

I have only ever known Julian Assange in detention. For nine years now, I have visited him in England bearing Australian news and solidarity. To Ellingham Hall I brought music and chocolate, to the Ecuadorian embassy I brought flannel shirts, Rake, Wizz Fizz and eucalyptus leaves, but to Belmarsh prison you can bring nothing—not a gift, not a book, not a piece of paper. Then I returned to Australia, a country so far away that has abandoned him in almost every respect.

Over the years I have learned to not ask, ‘How are you?’, because it’s bloody obvious how he is: detained, smeared, maligned, unfree, stuck—in ever-narrower, colder, darker and damper tunnels—pursued and punished for publishing. Over the years I’ve learned to not complain of the rain or remark on what a beautiful day it is, because he’s been inside for so long that a blizzard would be a blessing. I’ve also learned that it is not comforting but cruel to speak of sunsets, kookaburras, road trips; it’s not helpful to assure him that, like me and my dog, he will find animal tracks in the bush when he comes home, even though I think it almost every day.

It is the prolonged and intensifying nature of his confinement that hits me as I wait in the first line outside the front door of the brown-brick jail. At the visitor centre opposite I’ve been fingerprinted after showing two forms of proof of address and my passport. Sure to remove absolutely everything from my pockets, I’ve locked my bags, keeping only £20 to spend on chocolate and sandwiches. Despite the security theatre that follows, the money gets nicked at some point through no fewer than four passageways that are sealed from behind before the next door opens, a metal detector, being patted down and having my mouth and ears inspected. After putting our shoes back on, we visitors cross an outdoor area and are faced with the reality of the cage: grey steel-mesh fencing with razor wire that is about 4 metres high all around. I hurry into the next building before going into a room where thirty small tables are fixed to the floor, with one blue plastic chair facing three green plastic chairs at each.

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    Paul Gauguin Harbour scene, Dieppe 1883   • New Docs Contradict Biden Claim That Fired Ukrainian Prosecutor Was Corrupt (ZH) • Adam Schiff Epitom
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle September 28 2019]

    V. Arnold

    • New Docs Contradict Biden Claim That Fired Ukrainian Prosecutor Was Corrupt (ZH)

    Biden’s real problem was that the prosecutor wasn’t corrupt!
    I think it’s pretty clear Biden is toast!
    Rhetorical question: Why is it that only the most bought, corrupt, individuals are the ones running for office?
    No! Why are the least corrupt kept from the highest offices in the land?
    The U.S. is just so fucked; beyond redemption!
    Bye, bye empire; say hello to ancient Rome…

    Dr. D

    V. because the people themselves are #AntiLogos and love corruption more than air. They think they’re all clever to a man and will get away with their small crimes, not realizing instead they are tolerating and encouraging crimes that steal 10x what petty advantage they gain. I can’t save them from themselves and neither can God, as he is a supporter of free will. They can only come to themselves.

    “New Docs Contradict Biden Claim That Fired Ukrainian Prosecutor Was Corrupt (ZH) “

    Sadly Solomon is tracking this accurately – a single journalist doing his job – and that does not make a happy story for Democrats or America. Or Ukraine, I guess. But the truth should come out so we can deal with it and adjust.

    “Adam Schiff Epitomizes the Total Collapse of Democratic Party Integrity (PCR)”

    I wouldn’t go nuts about it, but it points out that in better times, this sort of behavior would be a scandal on the office, and support would vanish, but also how the present game is played. Put out hilariously, overwhelmingly, provably fake news, any way you want, then at 6am, just 12 hours later, retract it all and say “oopsie!” The clips that pretend this is even slightly credible circle on YouTube forever, such that the NY Times, and Schiff, are an enemy of the truth and any reasoned discussion, and thus a danger to the Republic and fomenting a Civil War, and should indeed resign to let others attempt to restore the credibility of the office. …But they won’t, so here we are.

    “Key feature: “..the Ukrainian delegation hadn’t even been made aware aid was held up until a month after the Trump call…”

    This is indeed a key feature, and one critical into driving the leakers into attempting this self-defeating gambit. Trump can put it about that he hid the transcript (true, to frustrate leakers) and withheld funds (true, helps support his guilt) and so the CIA non-whistleblower (you can’t be a whistleblower when you have no firsthand evidence, or evidence at all), would feel confident in Trump’s guilt, even though he has plugged the leaks and they can’t get the actual evidence anymore.

    They run with this, exactly as he warned them not to in “22-and-0” quote, and it’s a trap he leaked specifically. Tell me, really people! That this conversation just HAPPENED to mention Crowdstrike, HAPPENED to mention the servers, HAPPENED to mention he only wants to investigate the ‘16 election rigging, HAPPENED to mention Biden, and HAPPENED to leak exactly this distance from the Primary. Really? No wonder he called it “a perfect call.” And then the hammer falls, as they discover the transcript was mis-leaked, he never said anything 8 times, and Ukraine never knew anything about withheld funds.

    Now you don’t have to be a genius to try this – and they’re not – because apparently they are so deranged that when Trump goes on national TV and tells them “Warning: THIS IS AN AMBUSH”, and the GOP votes 100-0 to release the documents, they go ahead anyway. So they’re not all that smart, so just imagine how dumb the NYT and CNN must be. But half the country is below the bell curve, refuses to click the widely-circulated video clip, and despite 20 years since the WMD/Iraq War, believes whatever convicted serial liars Brian WIlliams and Anderson Cooper tell them. But less every day, because the people actually care about POLICY for workers and union guys, not so much because they give a hoot about about the truth of this or impeachment. And that’s okay.

    “Intel Community Secretly Nixed Whistleblower Demand of First-Hand Info (Fed.)”

    After decades, the CIA and only the CIA decided Whistleblowers could use legal hearsay two days before this was filed. As a coincidence theorist, I do not find that suspicious at all.

    “they have zero direct knowledge of underlying evidence”

    Good enough for me!

    “Their ongoing campaign to undo the 2016 election is igniting a civil war.”

    As planned since the ‘60s. Any reading of U.S. domestic history since MLK can pick this out pretty easily. However, these racists couldn’t get a race war started, since they’re the ones who – to antagonize the divide – told people to have interracial relationships and families. So they did. So what race are people when they are now 3, 5, 7 races by lineage? A: Pure American. And what are their spouse, their coworkers, their neighbors, their favorite stars are all of races? A: Allies. So thanks! Turned out pretty well after all, as most evil plans do come to bad ends. They are #AntiLogos, and therefore self-contradictory, like their lies.

    “Joseph Wilson, US Envoy Who Defied Bush Over Iraq, Dies Aged 69 (BBC)”

    There are many heroes and good guys in government, but they can’t get much press or they’ll be purged. There was a diplomat that lost her career preventing Cheney from invading Iran a month before 2008. Outing Plame more or less outed the front companies of the CIA in Africa and blinded them for years, possibly an impeachable offense, or if working with somebody (lookin’ at you, S.A. and IDF), then treason. Still time! They’re still alive, the evidence still exists.

    “White House Deliberates Block On All US Investments In China (CNBC)”

    I wonder if he can do that, but investments there are a loss since China must own part of the company and everything they own in China can (and I expect will) be confiscated at any time.

    “Establishment & Media Sympathize With Greta. So How Is That A Protest? (RT)”

    That is a good point. Who are they protesting? There’s some invisible enemy nobody’s met that wouldn’t clean the environment if they could? Since the Media and government, CEOs feverishly sign on, who does that leave? As they point out, their enemy is the Yellow Vests, because they are the poor people savaged by their Eco master plans, and gleefully shot and dismembered in the street while the same passionate, caring media cheers. Les Miserables vs. the Wealthy upper class government workers and media. When that happens you can guess which side I’m on.

    So their real enemy? Assange. And therefore the truth. If you have the truth on your own side, such measures as we see with Greta are superfluous.


    ” …. half the country is below the bell curve ….”

    half the country is below above the bell curve

    The “holier than thou” displayed by the upper half of the bell curve is disgusting.

    They, (the upper half of the bell curve), think that the lower half cannot do anything unless they have been led and been told what to think and what to do.
    For example:
    1. they, ( the upper half of the bell curve), think that the rif-raf cannot,and don’t know how to organize a demonstration.
    2. They, (the upper half of the bell curve), think that the rif-raf, (the lower half of the bell curve), will put up with any and all social/economic conditions imposed by the upper half without causing any problem ( the rif-raf are considered sheeps)

    3. They, (the upper half of the bell curve), cannot understand why there is such a thing as the yellow vest, the umbrella demonstration, and the students and their supporters demonstrating for mother earth.

    4. They, (the upper half of the bell curve), expect the rif-raf, (the lower half of the bell curve), to behave just like the North Koreans, the Haitians, etc. and to accept and to stay in their place.

    Are all bloggers, all commentators, journalist?
    Are all bloggers, all commentators, leakers?
    Are all bloggers, all commentators Whistleblowers?
    Are all bloggers, all commentators rebels inciting revolt against the establishment?

    Where is the acceptable red line?


    How would we know what is happening without bloggers and commentators?


    It is too easy to confuse and conflate how the media establishment, and its handlers, may or may not be handling Greta Thunberg, with the actual genuine (one assumes she isn’t a hologram) Ms. Grunberg herself and her young, terrified peers who are soon-to-be-enraged in a manner not seen since the Great Depression, and likely to far surpass it.

    She and her age grouping have every reason to be furious, and I mean furious in the real raw literal sense, like: ‘Step on those old whiny fuckers’ heads and stomp until they stop oozing!’ Let’s just let that fact sit where it is and not pretend it isn’t so.

    Did I say Great Depression? More like the 14th century and the Black Death.

    So, having gotten that untidy facet of reality tucked into its shelf niche, let us resume our adult musings and self-entertaining analyses and abstractions, however based on genuine concern, even terror, they may be.

    I see Greta, vis a vis the media/establishment/UN/3-ring manipulation frenzy that is today’s political processes and reportage thereof, as what the CIA calls a “limited hangout”. They know they can’t continue to keep the kids passively quiet and reassured with phony promises by foamheads like Elon Musk and Al Gore. (Remember this snake oil? )

    But the fact that they’re trying to manipulate her doesn’t mean they can control her or her potential audience. Look: the fact that a 15-year old girl stood in front of the UN and openly called them shitfaced poopoo-doodoo-cacaheads and Big Fat Poopy Buttheads, with a slightly murderous edge in her tone, does not bode well for the security and authority of the primary Powers That Be.

    Greta was not manufactured by assholes looking to make yet another killing selling eco-snake oil. She’s the kid down the street. Be grateful they haven’t killed us in our sleep yet.


    Meanwhile. bosco wonders if the increasingly rapid collapse of the DNC, sort of a disappearing clown car act, won’t happen so fast that it creates powerful vacuum of the kind that often brings in a black swan event. Specifically, the kind that looks like the whitest white swan anyone has seen since Disney’s Swan Lake.
    I don’t see partisan politics in USA lasting much longer. Either we go full Orwellian totalitarian like the left fears Trump will bring about, certainly with a major war accompaniment, or we go revolutionary, almost certainly via some kind of civil war.

    After all, as I always say:

    Why let the rich and powerful make fools of us when we can make fools of ourselves?


    This website like so many other astroturfing efforts, all the posts over the last few days and those yet to come rely on one thing that evidence overwhelming proves doesn’t exist, that Trump is an honest and loyal man.

    The evidence is overwhelming that Trump is anything but.

    The issue isn’t the Democrats, the issue is Trump and his incapacity to govern.


    At the 11 1/2th anniversary of TAE someone comes along and makes a comment about what was said here in “the last few days”. Problem is, you can never compress all that time into one article or comment. So they seem to win, always. Problem also is, though, that Trump is no more of a problem than the Democrats are. If you missed that, you’ve read too much MSM.

    But if I don’t go along with the NYT/WaPo view of things, I’m automatically a Trump supporter. US media is truly contorted. Independent views are viewed as suspicious. That’s not going to hold me back, but it’s scary nonetheless.


    This is too much.

    Epstein redux. Hubris. Unethical Ziogloalist “lawfare”. Sometimes the only answer to power is disempowerment.


    “I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq’s nuclear weapons programme was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.”

    An apt prelude to our Anti-Logos century. RIP Mr. Wilson.

    Doc Robinson

    “Establishment & Media Sympathize With Greta. So How Is That A Protest? (RT)”

    I don’t believe that the “Establishment” sympathizes with Greta’s message about the love of money and “fairy tales of eternal economic growth.” Some pretend sympathy, maybe, while they hope she goes away soon.

    The Establishment’s real attitude seems to be encapsulated in this quote from an article which is unabashedly against Greta Thunberg:

    There are only better and worse ways to deal with coming changes. Contra Thunberg, the better ways don’t demonize economic growth as a problem but as a solution. “The most inexorable feature of climate-change modeling isn’t the advance of the sea but the steady economic growth that will make life better despite global warming,” writes science journalist…


    We cant subsides solar panels on houses and windmills cause cancer and socialism as in increasing the efficiency of medicine by eliminating parasitic entities is wrong but this is ok.

    The youth are right and finally showing up — took long enough. Lets hope they keep it going.


    I don’t see partisan politics in USA lasting much longer.

    It’s been a circus simulacrum for a long time already. Even the Nazis and Bolsheviks are ultimately expendable actors cut from the same cloth by the BIG machers who worship and have entrained us also to subconsiously bow down to the subultimate power of god Mammon (second to themselves, of course). After all, their prime existential good is to maximize profit, and their gloves are off toward achieving that goal. Thus, expensive and increasingly unnecessary intermediaries like Epstein, Bolton, the main political parties, and central banks will be superfluous drains on profit once the alchemical man-mineral hybrid AI and overwhelming physical power become the penultimate hegemons. The cost-cutting is already underway, especially after enactment of FASAB56. The global power web is like an autophagous beast that devours its extremeties once they are deemed superfluous. I have been influenced in this line of thought by the clear thinking and factual knowledge of Catherine Austin Fitts (


    I think you are wrong on Greta. When it comes to Trump you need hard proof for any critical thought but when it comes to this girl you can insunuate handlers, people using her, not considering any agency on her part. Show us some proof of her inauthenticity. I think she is doing what she is doing out of choice, she is speaking to power the same message I have seen on this blog but of course in a childish way. At the start the elite wanted to share in her glow and they raced each other to virtue signal next to her, they probably thought they could get away from her critique or that people would tire of her by them inviting her in but now they see she is not holding back but growing fearser in her attacks. Maybe this is actually a similar figure to the legends you dont want to associate her to, only time and the young people swept up in this movement will tell. She might end up in the midst of the great or fade away if it (technique) manages to neutralize her. She might end up achieving change to the better on the environmental front but those who excpect her to bring some utopia will of course be dead wrong, technique will continue substituting the artificial for the natural and Greta and even Assange will in the end help the technical system improve itself instead of challenging it because they are both deeply embedded in technique a hacker and a mediastar. The best we can hope for of any of their work is for the technical system to manipulate the masses a little softer and destroy nature a little slower on its march toward complete totalitarianism and complete destruction of the natural world. Does that mean we give up on their visions, no, there is always the unexpected.

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