Nov 222019
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Dorothea Lange We’ll be in California yet. We’re not going back to Arkansas 1938


Ex-FBI Lawyer Investigated For Altering FISA Documents in Russia Probe (CNN)
FBIs Vetting Of Informants Like Christopher Steele Slammed By IG (Solomon)
Ken Starr: We’re ‘Nowhere Close’ To Impeachable Offenses (Fox)
Giuliani: “Massive Pay-For-Play” Soros-Ukraine Scheme Facilitated By US (ZH)
Trump Welcomes Senate Impeachment Trial, Wants Bidens, Schiff To Testify (R.)
The Civilian Government Doesn’t Owe Deference to Military Officers (McMaken)
Democratic Establishment Reaches Boiling Point With Tulsi Gabbard (Pol.)
Corbyn Declares War On ‘Rich And Powerful’ With Radical Manifesto (Ind.)
Greek Coast Guard Says 400 Refugees, Migrants Rescued From Sea In Past Day (K.)
Economics For The Future – Beyond The Superorganism (Nate Hagens)



Horowitz and Durham stir.

Comment I picked up: “It’s important to note the media source aspect because normally this type of leak would go to the Washington Post or New York Times first; ergo, it likely stems as a personal leak to one of the former allied FBI officials now working for CNN.

FBI officials are now working for the media outlet, CNN, that is providing the leaks; ie. former FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe; the spokesman for James Comey, Josh Campbell; a former FBI agent, Asha Rangappa; or the former FBI chief legal counsel, James Baker. All now work for CNN.”

Ex-FBI Lawyer Investigated For Altering FISA Documents in Russia Probe (CNN)

An FBI official is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN. The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign. […] Horowitz turned over evidence on the allegedly altered document to John Durham.

[…] It’s unknown how significant a role the altered document played in the FBI’s investigation of Page and whether the FISA warrant would have been approved without the document. The alterations were significant enough to have shifted the document’s meaning and came up during a part of Horowitz’s FISA review where details were classified, according to the sources. […] The identity or rank of the FBI employee under investigation isn’t yet known, and it’s not clear whether the employee still works in the federal government. No charges that could reflect the situation have been filed publicly in court.

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And there’s more FBI…

Also John Solomon, on Twitter, about the Dems’ latest hero of the day: “Fiona Hill suggested my Ukraine stories were Russian propaganda. If she’s such an expert she would know my main character Yuriy Lutsenko was a political prisoner of the Russian backed Yanukovych regime and the US pleaded for his release and applauded his appointment as prosecutor”

FBIs Vetting Of Informants Like Christopher Steele Slammed By IG (Solomon)

The most troubling revelation in the report, however, may be that some of the FBI analysts used to vet informants complained they were “discouraged from documenting conclusions and recommendations” about an informant’s credibility or reliability. One analyst, for instance, reported being told not to document a request to polygraph a suspect informant. And multiple FBI officials admitted efforts to keep the validation reports of informants void of derogatory information because FBI “field office do not want negative information documented” that could aid defense lawyers or stop informants from becoming government witnesses at trial. Such behavior “may have increased the likelihood that red flags or anomalies were omitted” about long-term informants, the 63-page report warned. Such concerns were widely held.

For instance, one member of a joint Justice Department-FBI committee known as the HSRC that approved long-term informants’ service reported being “deeply concerned that the limited scope of the long-term validation review may potentially be omitting important information or critical red flags.” The report also included one very important piece on the FBI’s reliance on informants: it showed the bureau spends an average of about $42 million a year on them. This IG report did not mention Steele, arguably the FBI’s most famous informant of recent years. But Horowitz is expected to release a massive report next month on possible failures and abuses by the FBI in the Russia collusion investigation, including efforts to use Steele’s dossier to help secure a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser.

The FBI’s reliance on Steele has raised significant public concerns, including that he was being paid to do his work to find dirt on Trump by the opposition research firm for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, had expressed a bias against Trump and had been leaking to the news media while working for the FBI. His source relationship was ended because of the latter concern. In addition, an FBI spreadsheet created to validate Steele’s allegations against Trump found most of the information in the dossier to be unconfirmed, debunked or simply open source information found on the Internet, sources have told me.

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That seems obvious.

Ken Starr: We’re ‘Nowhere Close’ To Impeachable Offenses (Fox)

The testimony from witnesses in the House Democrats’ impeachment hearings has come “nowhere close” to laying out impeachable offenses, former Independent Counsel Ken Starr said Thursday. Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Bill Hemmer, Starr said that the witness testimony does not “reach the level of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” “My assessment of the evidence [thus] far? Nowhere close. The evidence is conflicting and ambiguous,” he told Hemmer. Starr said that European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s testimony Wednesday falls into the same category since Sondland gave conflicting information about whether President Trump sought a quid pro quo with Ukraine involving military aid and an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

“Clearly in his opening statement, a quid pro quo. And then, he says later, ‘Well, the president said, ‘I don’t want anything. Right? President Zelensky should just do the right thing.’ [Those are] the words from the president himself,” he continued. “So, the record at the end of the day is likely to be ambiguous at best, conflicting at best … and you shouldn’t charge and you cannot convict a sitting president on the basis of conflicting and ambiguous evidence and destabilize the American government,” Starr argued. [..] “So, at least, I hope the Democrats will have that conversation about we don’t like the way foreign policy was conducted here, the delay [in providing aid] and so forth.

That’s debatable, but it is not the stuff of impeachment,” he told Hemmer. Later in the morning, after hearing testimony from David Holmes, a U.S. State Department official in Ukraine, and former National Security Council aide Fiona Hill, Starr said he does not believe a “corrupt bargain” by Trump is being proven. Starr said Hill’s testimony about Russian interference in the 2016 election was “eloquent,” particularly about the Kremlin trying to “sow seeds of discord” on both sides. He said it’s “willful blindness” for the president’s critics to dismiss allegations that Ukrainian officials were supporting Hillary Clinton.

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What came out again in yesterday’s hearing is the neverending RussiaRussia topic. Which is still presented as gospel, though its was debunked by Mueller, while at the same time the role of Ukraine, never investigated, is called a conspiracy theory.

Giuliani: “Massive Pay-For-Play” Soros-Ukraine Scheme Facilitated By US (ZH)

Rudy Giuliani claims that US diplomats have been acting to further the interests of billionaire George Soros in Ukraine in what he described as a “massive pay-for-play” scheme which included falsifying evidence against President Trump. “The anti-corruption bureau is a contradiction,” Giuliani told Glenn Beck, regarding Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), which Joe Biden helped establish when he was the Obama administration’s point-man on Ukraine. As a bit of background, in December of 2018, a Ukrainian court ruled that NABU director Artem Sytnyk “acted illegally” when he revealed the existence of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s name to Journalist and politician Serhiy Leschenko in a “black ledger” containing off-book payments to Manafort by Ukraine’s previous administration.

The ruling against Sytnyk and Leshchenko was later overturned on a technicality. In December, The Blaze obtained audio of Sytnyk bragging about helping Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US election. “They took all the corruption cases away from the prosecutor general, they gave it to the anti-corruption bureau, and they got rid of all the cases that offended Soros, and they included all the cases against Soros’ enemies,” Giuliani told Beck. “One of the first cases they dismissed was a case in which his [Soros’s] NGO, AntAC, was supposed to have embezzled a lot of money, but not only that, collected dirty information on Republicans to be transmitted, gotten by Ukrainians, to be transmitted to this woman Alexandra Chalupa and other people who worked for the Democratic National Committee,” Giuliani continued.

[..] Giuliani described his reaction when he discovered the Ukrainian collusion that undermined the accusations of the Democrats made against the president. “Hallelujah! I now have what a defense lawyer always wants: I can go prove somebody else committed this crime!” Giuliani said. Giuliani explained to Beck that he had gone to Ukraine seeking exculpatory evidence, that which would exonerate his client, the president, in the special counsel Robert Mueller investigation. When Giuliani was asked directly about the identity of the whistleblower, he said that he could not speak about the matter publicly, and could not indicate if he knew the identity or not.

He also claimed that there were several prosecutors in Ukraine currently who were willing to testify about the collusion, but they were being blocked by the U.S. State Department. When prompted by Beck, he said he would provide for him the names of those individuals off air.

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And Ciaramella the whistleblower.

Trump Welcomes Senate Impeachment Trial, Wants Bidens, Schiff To Testify (R.)

President Donald Trump wants an impeachment trial to go forward in the U.S. Senate because he would receive due process there and he expects Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden would be among the witnesses, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. “President Trump wants to have a trial in the Senate because it’s clearly the only chamber where he can expect fairness and receive due process under the Constitution,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. “We would expect to finally hear from witnesses who actually witnessed, and possibly participated in corruption – like Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the so-called Whistleblower, to name a few,” Gidley said, referring to House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff, who is leading an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

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Major point. All the way back to the Founders.

The Civilian Government Doesn’t Owe Deference to Military Officers (McMaken)

On Tuesday, Congressional impeachment hearings exposed an interesting facet of the current battle between Donald Trump and the so-called deep state: namely, that many government bureaucrats now fancy themselves as superior to the elected civilian government. In an exchange between Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Alexander Vindman, a US Army Lt. Colonel, Vindman insisted that Nunes address him by his rank. After being addressed as “Mr. Vindman,” Vindman retorted “Ranking Member, it’s Lt. Col. Vindman, please.” Throughout social media, anti-Trump forces, who have apparently now become pro-military partisans, sang Vindman’s praises, applauding him for putting Nunes in his place.

In a properly functioning government — with a proper view of military power — however, no one would tolerate a military officer lecturing a civilian on how to address him “correctly.” It is not even clear that Nunes was trying to “dis” Vindman, given that junior officers have historically been referred to as “Mister” in a wide variety of times and place. It is true that higher-ranking offers like Vindman are rarely referred to as “Mister,” but even if Nunes was trying to insult Vindman, the question remains: so what? Military modes of address are for the use of military personnel, and no one else. Indeed, Vindman was forced to retreat on this point when later asked by Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) if he always insists on civilians calling him by his rank.

Vindman blubbered that since he was wearing his uniform (for no good reason, mind you) he figured civilians ought to refer to him by his rank. Of course, my position on this should not be construed as a demand that people give greater respect to members of Congress. If a private citizen wants to go before Congress and refer to Nunes or any other member as “hey you,” that’s perfectly fine with me. But the important issue here is we’re talking about private citizens — i.e., the people who pay the bills — and not military officers who must be held as subordinate to the civilian government at all times. After all, there’s a reason that the framers of the US Constitution went to great pains to ensure the military powers remained subject to the will of the civilian government. Eighteenth and nineteenth century Americans regarded a standing army as a threat to their freedoms. Federal military personnel were treated accordingly.

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Michael Tracey: “Democratic senators anonymously trashing Tulsi because she has the audacity to debate other candidates… at a debate. “

Democratic Establishment Reaches Boiling Point With Tulsi Gabbard (Pol.)

Tulsi Gabbard trashed the Democratic Party as “not the party that is of, by and for the people,” accused Kamala Harris of trafficking in “lies and smears and innuendo” and attacked Pete Buttigieg as naive. Her performance at Wednesday’s debate earned an attaboy from the Trump War Room. And some rank-and-file Democrats are at wit’s end with the congresswoman who Hillary Clinton called “the favorite of the Russians.” “The question is whether she seriously hopes to be the nominee or if she has another agenda … her attacks on other candidates and her positions on issues seem very personal, not so much about a set of policies or worldview,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Bernie Sanders has “a coherent set of principles. Elizabeth Warren’s the same. I don’t perceive a fixed set of principles or worldview on her part.”

Demonstrating how divisive her campaign has become, the Trump War Room tweeted out a video clip of Gabbard attacking her own party with a “100” emoji. It received 4,500 retweets and 15,000 likes. “She sort of seems to be filling a pretty strange lane. Is there a part of the party that hates the party?” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). “It’s a little hard to figure out what itch she’s trying to scratch in the Democratic Party right now.” The Hawaii congresswoman’s presence on the debate stage is becoming a headache for the party as she uses the platform to appeal to isolationists, dissatisfied liberals and even conservatives. She has managed to secure a spot on the debate stage as more mainstream candidates like Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) failed to meet polling and donor thresholds to participate.

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I think something like this is inevitable, but I also think the timing is not quite there. Nice graph that shows it’s not really extravagant spending as is claimed.

Corbyn Declares War On ‘Rich And Powerful’ With Radical Manifesto (Ind.)

Jeremy Corbyn declared war on the “rich and powerful” with a general election manifesto that raises £83bn in new taxes on corporations and the wealthy to fund free broadband, the abolition of university tuition fees and a 5 per cent pay rise for public-sector workers. In a surprise move, the Labour leader announced an £11bn one-off windfall tax on oil and gas companies to pay for a “green industrial revolution” which he said would create a million environmental jobs and put the UK on track to achieve “the substantial majority” of necessary carbon emission reductions by 2030.

In a pugnacious address in Birmingham designed to breathe new life into Labour’s challenge for power and turn round its current deficit in the polls, Mr Corbyn said he was ready to accept “the hostility of the billionaires” in order to deliver what he termed “a manifesto of hope” for the bulk of the British people. He said Labour’s programme would bring an end to a system “rigged” in favour of big corporations and the super-rich. But Tories accused him of planning a “reckless spending spree”, while energy trade body OGUK warned that any additional taxes would “drive investors away and damage the long-term competitiveness of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry”.

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Not pretty.

Greek Coast Guard Says 400 Refugees, Migrants Rescued From Sea In Past Day (K.)

Greece’s Coast Guard said Friday it rescued 400 refugees and migrants in the last 24 hours in 10 different incidents in the sea area near the city Alexandroupolis and the islands of Lesvos and Chios. Authorities also arrested three people believed to be migrant traffickers. Meanwhile, two ferries carrying 96 refugees and migrants from the islands of Chios, zeros and Kos arrived at the port of Piraeus on Friday morning, as part of the government’s efforts to decongest migrant camps. The new arrivals will be sent to different accommodation facilities in the mainland.

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New study by my friend Nate Hagens. I haven’t been able to read the whole thing yet.

Economics For The Future – Beyond The Superorganism (Nate Hagens)

“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.”– E.O. Wilson

Despite decades of warnings, agreements, and activism, human energy consumption, emissions, and atmospheric CO2 concentrations all hit new records in 2018. If the global economy continues to grow at about 3.0% per year, we will consume as much energy and materials in the next ±30 years as we did cumulatively in the past 10,000. Is such a scenario inevitable? Is such a scenario possible? Simultaneously, we get daily reminders the global economy isn’t working as it used to such as rising wealth and income inequality, heavy reliance on debt and government guarantees, populist political movements, increasing apathy, tension and violence, and ecological decay. To avoid facing the consequences of our biophysical reality, we’re now obtaining growth in increasingly unsustainable ways.

The developed world is using finance to enable the extraction of things we couldn’t otherwise afford to extract to produce things we otherwise couldn’t afford to consume. With this backdrop, what sort of future economic systems are now feasible? What choreography would allow them to come about? In the fullness of the Anthropocene, what does a hard look at the relationships between ecosystems and economic systems in the broadest sense suggest about our collective future? Ecological economics was ahead of its time in recognizing the fundamental importance of nature’s services and the biophysical underpinnings of human economies. Can it now assemble a blueprint for a ‘reconstruction’ to guide a way forward?

Before articulating prescriptions, we first need a comprehensive diagnosis of the patient. In 2019, we are beyond a piecemeal listing of what’s wrong. A coherent description of the global economy requires a systems view: describing the parts, the processes, how the parts and processes interact, and what these interactions imply about future possibilities. This paper provides a brief overview of the relationships between human behavior, the economy and Earth’s environment. It articulates how a social species self-organizing around surplus has metabolically morphed into a single, mindless, energy-hungry “Superorganism.” Lastly, it provides an assessment of our constraints and opportunities, and suggests how a more sapient economic system might develop.

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    Dorothea Lange We’ll be in California yet. We’re not going back to Arkansas 1938   • Ex-FBI Lawyer Investigated For Altering FISA Documents in Ru
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle November 22 2019]

    V. Arnold

    Dorothea Lange We’ll be in California yet. We’re not going back to Arkansas 1938

    A stunning photograph of American history; early 20th century.
    A motorized version of the 19th century Conestoga wagon…


    I know I’m off topic but that last article by Hagens got me thinking of energy in decline right now.
    My chainsaw playing up and was talking to the old timer at the repair joint today, who told me that a life time of fixing small engines has brought him to the conclusion that the fuel is inferior to what it used to be and a major reason for the rising repair rates of high quality brands like Stihl and Husqvarna. But I guess now Morales is out we can get those battery operated ones and throw all the old ‘polluting’ ones in the bin. And anyway Australia is the worlds biggest producer of lithium so we’ll soon be able to visit the “Elon Musk future museum theme park” on our flying vac-bots all the way to Mars baby.


    “The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.”– E.O. Wilson

    Now *that’s* what I’m talking about.

    One Song

    Dedicated with affection to Dr. D., with whom I often beg to differ on details but with whom I feel a strong accord of core beliefs. Same roots, different branches.

    Returning Home by Aaron Paquette


    Returning Home by Aaron Paquette

    Remember when the internet wasn’t broken, when basic html reliably worked?


    “soon be able to visit the “Elon Musk future museum theme park” on our flying vac-bots all the way to Mars baby”

    Edison’s Anti-Grav Underclothes


    “In an exchange between Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Alexander Vindman, a US Army Lt. Colonel, Vindman insisted that Nunes address him by his rank. ”

    That caught my eye too.

    As I understand it, history shows that one sign an empire is about to crash in its chips is the prevalence of condottieri

    Italian prince states of the Renaissance, Roman swords-for-hire, Blackwater (or whatever it’s been re-re-named now), the many flavors of al-qaeda, ISIS, “freedom fighter” acronym of the week.


    Looks like Mike Pence… … staring across the SK/NK border sternly trying to show “America’s resolve”.

    “That’s Lieutenant Colonel Queenforaday, not Mr. Queenforaday”


    “The soldiers of the condottieri were almost entirely heavy armoured cavalry (men-at-arms). Before 1400, they had little or nothing in common with the people among whom they fought, and their disorderly conduct and rapacity seem often to have exceeded that of medieval armies. They were always ready to change sides at the prospect of higher pay – the enemy of today might be the comrade-in-arms of tomorrow. Further, a prisoner was always more valuable than a dead enemy. As a consequence, their battles were often as bloodless as they were theatrical.”

    Ah, the relatively bloodless days…


    And finally:

    “The age of firearms and weapons utilizing gunpowder further contributed to the decline of the “capitani di ventura”. Although the mercenary forces were among the first to adapt to the emerging technologies on the battlefield, ultimately, the advent of firearms-governed warfare rendered their ceremonial fighting style obsolete. When battlefields shifted from chivalric confrontations characterized by ostentatious displays of power to an everyman’s war, they were ill-prepared to adjust.”

    Dr. D

    Minnesota homeless rises 10%

    “a personal leak to one of the former allied FBI officials now working for CNN.”

    So they’re immediately getting paid to leak to CNN, with a cushy job? I’m guessing that, unlike Wikileaks, that’s not a leak, it’s a bribe, and prosecutable on both sides. And definitively not whistleblowing, ca-ching.

    The FBI’s reliance on Steele has raised significant public concerns”

    But not that he was MI6, working on behalf of Britain for U.S. election tampering? Ah, it’s only bad when the Russians do it, not Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, or U.K. …Or should I say, it’s only bad when it’s MY side, when it’s your side we’re undermining, it’s GLORIOUS!

    “Ken Starr: We’re ‘Nowhere Close’ To Impeachable Offenses (Fox)”

    Not that anyone should believe Ken Starr, since he pushed similarly wrong, untrue charges in the LAST impeachment (A thing I didn’t get to yesterday), but the witnesses themselves said they couldn’t find bribery or impeachment.

    “Giuliani: “Massive Pay-For-Play” Soros-Ukraine Scheme Facilitated by US (ZH)”

    Look out: Soros, He-who-must-not-be-named. Because it’s a “trope.” Therefore, all Jews, anywhere, worldwide, cannot commit crimes and CERTAINLY can never be investigated for them, right Mr. Netanyahu? They have never touched either money or matzo balls. It would be racist to say Germans are blonde or Brazilians play football.

    “presidential candidate Joe Biden would be among the witnesses”

    We’ve got a problem since he’s losing the ability to speak coherently. No slight to him, just google it and watch for 15 minutes. Yet the front runner of the fake polls until they fake-changed it to fake Warren and Buttigeig (possibly unfake).

    “The Civilian Government Doesn’t Owe Deference to Military Officers (McMaken)”

    Doncha know the military sets the policy and they remove the President (and even the citizens) if he doesn’t obey? That’s Democracy! When the generals-who-don’t-know-the-largest-company-in-Ukraine vote, and the people follow THEIR orders. Now go die in a foxhole, Joe Kentucky. So which is fascism: military government, or opposing military government?

    “Is there a part of the party that hates the party?” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

    Uh, yes. Like 2/3 of the party’s base hates the party. That’s how AOC got in and they’re ripping apart Biden and now hate Obama. If you weren’t in the D.C. bubble you might have noticed what your own party, own people, are doing every minute of the day on national T.V. Clue: It’s not Tulsi.

    What’s Tulsi planning? Well, I’m sure she wouldn’t mind being the DNC moderate but it’s still the Neo-libs vs the Communists there, so I expect she’s setting up 2024 when the party’s reformed some more and she’s not facing Trump. So in that way, good plan. This is what Trump did testing 2012 and backing out: it wasn’t time yet, he couldn’t break through.

    Chart on government spending: So you see why I say we’re ALREADY a socialist (Social-Democratic) nation? We’re barely below Sweden and yet savaged for being outrageously, irresponsibly, impossibly Uber-“Capitalist.” No mas. When 30-50% of the nation is government, you’re not Capitalist by any definition, and you’re also reaching the wall, as France, Sweden, Italy and U.K. show: their order is collapsing.

    “we will consume as much energy and materials in the next ±30 years as we did cumulatively in the past 10,000. Is such a scenario inevitable?”

    Nope. It will fix itself when the financial sphere comes unhinged. Millions will die. But that’s what you wanted, right? Then they won’t use resources and release CO2. Killing humanity to save humanity?

    About lying and double-cross everyone, every time:
    Live from the Carter campaign!

    “If, after the inauguration, you find a Cy Vance as Secretary of State and Zbigniew Brzezinski as head of National Security, then I would say we failed. And I’d quit….Of course, as soon as Carter entered office he injected no less than ten members of the globalist Trilateral Commission and numerous other elites into key positions in his administration, including Cy Vance and Zbigniew Brzezinski. And of course, his top aide never quit.”

    Well, the people caught on. Live from the Reagan campaign!

    “I don’t believe that the Trilateral Commission is a conspiratorial group, but I do think its interests are devoted to international banking, multinational corporations, and so forth. I don’t think that any Administration of the U.S. Government should have the top nineteen positions filled by people from any one group or organization representing one viewpoint. No, I would go in a different direction…”
    Reagan, like Carter, was touted as having no affiliations with the elites. He was pure and unsullied by the globalists. But alas, Reagan also quickly picked at least 10 Trilateral Commission members for his transition team once he was elected, and he served the interests of the elites throughout his two terms in the White House (for the most part) under the watchful eye of George H.W. Bush.”

    But people are beginning to suspect! Live from the Warren campaign!

    “Warren’s attacks on billionaires are gaining extreme media attention, and the media loves it. Her latest ad campaign criticized four rich guys by name, including Leon Cooperman, the former Ameritrade CEO Joe Ricketts, the former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and the investor Peter Thiel. Some of these men have responded publicly and angrily, and so another great farce of a wrestling match begins and propels another supposedly anti-establishment candidate into stardom.
    But here’s the thing – Warren’s wealth tax is not so anti-establishment. Elites like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have been openly calling for higher taxes on the super-rich. In tandem with the wealth tax, her climate change position is seen as a shot across the bow of oil companies and the financial power structure. Yet, her policies are almost exactly in line with the Green New Deal and the UN’s Agenda 2030, which the globalists greatly desire.

    Warren’s image as anti-establishment? It’s as fake as Trump’s image.

    Warren has been featured multiple times in the magazine Foreign Affairs, the official magazine of the Council On Foreign Relations. On top of that they published her article…”

    He missed that she took in endless donations as Senator Warren, so she can pretend she’s not taking them in as Candidate Warren. Similar to her bank stance back in Dodd-Frank, etc. Same re-runs for 100 years. Yawn.

    Speaking of sneaking and double-crossing, the DNC House wants TRUMP’S secret state to continue well-funded. “Dems Sneak PATRIOT Act Renewal Past the American People”

    Dems Sneak PATRIOT Act Renewal Past the American People

    Yay! Let’s give more power to Trump, Orange Man Bad, RussiaRussiaRussia. Which is why I’m shocked they’re not taking the people’s line in the impeachment and choice of charges, so they can win and then double-cross us. –I mean, not like any politician believes a word they speak. Do they?

    V. Arnold

    My chainsaw playing up and was talking to the old timer at the repair joint today, who told me that a life time of fixing small engines has brought him to the conclusion that the fuel is inferior to what it used to be and a major reason for the rising repair rates of high quality brands like Stihl and Husqvarna.

    Wow, snapped me back just over 40 years; my 041 Stihl w/28″ bar never gave me a lick of trouble. Plenty of good oil on the bar and she purred under a good load.
    It took 10 cords of good quality wood (more if not) to heat our house every year/winter.

    I live in the tropics now, so our energy use is really quite low; plus we’re old and need very little….


    Remember when the internet wasn’t broken, when basic html reliably worked?

    Well, guess who broke that code. When you click IMG, you get a box to put your code in that already has [http//] in it. Then people put their URL for the image in, and now they have [http://] twice. Simple. Fixed it.

    John Day

    Keep the ethanol out of your chainsaw. It eats the insides of the fuel system. Always use premium gas.

    8 minutes of Tulsi Gabbard. Her campaign says she was the most googled candidate again.
    ( I couldn’t find any tally yesterday when I looked)
    Glad to hear it. She’s righteous. No blinks or pauses. 8 minutes, one, single, brief “uh”.
    No slack for the swamp from this warrior-sister!
    She slays with truth. (They may have to JFK her.)

    Netanyahoo, Indicted For Bribery, Fraud And Breach Of Trust, Becomes More Dangerous
    The Attorney General of Israel just indicted Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahoo in three cases. The announcement comes at a time of political stalemate. It might help to resolve it.
    Israel had two parliament elections this year which both ended in a political stalemate. Neither Prime Minister Netanyahoo of the Likud Party nor Blue and White coalition leader Benny Gantz managed to form a government. Both were unable to find enough additional votes to form a coalition and to gain a majority.
    Now the parliament has 21 days to find a majority. It will likely fail and a third election seems inevitable…
    The charges have been known for quite some time and the timing of the official announcement seems political.
    Netanyahoo will now come under intense pressure to resign. It is very much his personality that blocked the forming of a new government. Should he be removed over the next 21 days it might be possible for the parliament to form a government and to avoid a third election.
    But Netanyahoo will fight tooth and nail to gain and keep immunity. He will try to delegitimize the judicative and he will use any available trick to stay in office.
    That makes him even more dangerous than he usually is.
    He might even decide to something, like starting a big war, to prevent his removal from power.
    Lebanon, Syria and Iran must watch out.

    ​Lebanon color revolution update:
    ​ It should be said at this point that Hezbollah is a responsible stakeholder in Lebanon’s stability and therefore understands the need to make tactical decisions in pursuit of the larger strategic end of preventing external forces from driving wedges between the country’s cosmopolitan socio-religious groups, hence why it’s entered into the certain political partnerships that it’s had out of its interest in working within the legal system to carry out responsible reforms to the best of its ability. These noble intentions have been deliberately misportrayed by those who have wanted to remove Hezbollah from the government for some time already as part of their never-ending campaign to delegitimize it, after which they believe that it’ll become more susceptible to the joint US-“Israeli”-GCC Hybrid War against it.

    The Lebanese Color Revolution Is a Defining Moment for the Resistance

    Let’s all talk peaceful co-existence in a multipolar world before the nuclear-weapons Jinni gets out of the bottle, OK?
    Three months after a major and still somewhat mysterious rocket explosion in Russia’s far north which caused radiation levels to spike at least sixteen times above normal, President Putin confirmed in statements Thursday that his military is developing a weapon that has “no equal in the world,” according to Interfax news agency…
    At the time Reuters cited dangerously high levels of radiation emitted from the military test facility: “Greenpeace has cited data from the Emergencies Ministry that it said showed radiation levels had risen 20 times above the normal level in Severodvinsk around 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Nyonoksa.”
    Enough official descriptions of the experimental weapon had been pieced together for analysts to speculate at the time that it had been a prototype nuclear-powered cruise missile known in Russia as the 9M730 Burevestnik and by Nato as the SSC-X-9 Skyfall.
    Putin had first unveiled the experimental technology during a 2018 speech showcasing Russian defense technology developments. The chief stunning claim behind the hypersonic missile is that it can traverse the globe indefinitely at “faster than Mach 5” based on its nuclear powered core.

    ​ The major Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun revealed this week that Chinese officials issued a stern to warning to Japan and South Korea against any move to host intermediate-range missiles on their soil.
    ​ ​Citing both Japanese and US sources, the newspaper said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued the message to his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in August — an action apparently triggered by President Trump’s announced official withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia.
    ​ ​Given a key administration criticism of the INF is that it doesn’t account for developing technology and advanced missiles of major powers like China, Beijing is said to be worried over the fallout of a potential new US-Russia arms race for southeast Asia.

    Doc Robinson

    John Day: “Tulsi Gabbard. Her campaign says she was the most googled candidate again.
    ( I couldn’t find any tally yesterday when I looked)”

    I didn’t find any news articles that mention who was the most searched candidate, which seems strange. So I checked at the google trends site, compared Tulsi with Pete, Kamala, Elizabeth, and Bernie, and the result was not surprising. Tulsi Gabbard was by far the most searched candidate at the November debate.

    Screenshot of my search result, the blue line is Tulsi (apologies if it doesn’t post correctly here):



    re: The Civilian Government Doesn’t Owe Deference to Military Officers
    I went back to the US last year after being away for 13 years. The society is totally militarized. Slogans everywhere exalt the troops. If you go shopping places, you get bennies with a military ID.
    If that’s not scary I don’t know what is.


    Today, will be the day for opinions. Lots of opinions. Some of the opinions will be propaganda. Some opinions will be wrong. Some opinions will be close to the truth.
    Today will be the day to make a good bowl of soup.

    My turn to add something to the soup.

    Dorothea Lange We’ll be in California yet. We’re not going back to Arkansas 1938

    Those were not the poorest of the poor. They could afford to buy a truck, fix it up, buy supplies for a family of 10, buy gas, oil, spare parts.
    The poor people stayed home to starve.

    How bad is it today?
    To compare to today, 2019, don’t look at the homeless tent cities but rather at the caravans of mobile homes RV trying to find places to park without being harrased by the cops.

    I’ve gone camping with my home made 5 x 8 camper and seen a contractor and buddy tenting for free in a campground to save money to be able to make a profit from his out of town contract.
    I know a salesman who sleeps in his car when on the road

    We don’t have a clue of the things that people have got to put up with, of how they got to hustle to put food on the table.
    I remember, growing up, negative comments about people living in trailer camps. You all heard it too. rif-raf, trailer trash etc.
    Today, the lucky ones will be those who still have a trailer roof over their head when they lose their job.

    Yep! Don’t ask. I’m lucky. I know it. I appreciate it.
    We, that are all here, giving our opinions, sharing our wisdom, are the fortunate few.

    John Day said
    Keep the ethanol out of your chainsaw.
    I’ll add, use super gas for all small engines especially outboard motors if you don’t want to get stranded.
    I’ll be back later, with my two cents. (Since cents don’t exits anymore, in Canada, that means that they are valuable)

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