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Jack Delano Residents of Miss Disher’s rooming house for rail workers, Clinton, Iowa 1943


Pelosi Threatens To Delay Senate Impeachment Trial (Pol.)
Mueller Report Was Based On CIA-Fabricated “Evidence” (Bill Binney)
Manafort’s Fraud Case In New York Dismissed (R.)
Democratic Debate: Seven Candidates To Face Off A Day After Impeachment (G.)
US Concedes Defeat On Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline (ZH)
US Is Bent On ‘Absolute Military Supremacy’ – Mikhail Gorbachev (NW)
Afghanistan War – The Crime of the Century (Ron Paul)
The Final Act (Dmitry Orlov)



The Democrats have unleashed powers yesterday (and the previous 3-4 years) that they cannot control.

Not long ago Pelosi said “We must hurry and impeach Donald Trump because he is a risk to National Security.” Not a priority anymore?

Paul Sperry: “The longer Democrats drag out the impeachment process, the longer Durham has to bring indictments, declassify documents, expose new evidence Trump was justified asking Ukraine to help investigate how Obama/Biden/Clinton sabotaged his 2016 campaign..”

Pelosi Threatens To Delay Senate Impeachment Trial (Pol.)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to commit Wednesday to delivering articles of impeachment to the Senate, citing concerns about an unfair trial on removing President Donald Trump from office. Senior Democratic aides said the House was “very unlikely” to take the steps necessary to send the articles to the Senate until at least early January, a delay of at least two weeks and perhaps longer. “So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” Pelosi told reporters at a news conference just moments after the House charged Trump with abuse of power and obstructing congressional investigations. “That would’ve been our intention, but we’ll see what happens over there.”

Pelosi’s comments, which echo suggestions raised by other Democrats throughout the day, inject new uncertainty into the impeachment timetable and send the House and Senate lurching toward a potential institutional crisis. Though the House adopted two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of congressional investigations, it must pass a second resolution formally naming impeachment managers to present the case in the Senate. That second vehicle triggers the official transmission of articles to the Senate. By delaying passage of that resolution, Pelosi and top Democrats retain control of the articles and hope to put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to adopt trial procedures they consider bipartisan.

McConnell has boasted that he has closely coordinated the planning of the trial with the White House and has repeatedly predicted Trump would be acquitted. He’s also suggested Democrats shouldn’t be allowed to call new witnesses as they attempt to present their case. The White House lashed out at the move. “House Democrats have run a fatally flawed process with fake facts, and now they want to deny the President his day in court with another procedural maneuver that proves anew they have no case,” said Eric Ueland, Trump’s top congressional liaison to Congress.

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Can we say the same about impeachment?

Mueller Report Was Based On CIA-Fabricated “Evidence” (Bill Binney)

[..] In other words, it looked like the CIA did this, and that it was a matter of the CIA making it look like the Russians were doing the hack. So, when you look at that and also look at the DNC emails that were published by Wikileaks that have this FAT-file format in them, all 35,813 of these emails have rounded off times to the nearest even second. That’s a FAT-file format property; that argues that those files were, in fact, downloaded to a thumb drive or CD-rom and physically transported before Wikileaks posted them. Which again argues that it wasn’t a hack. So, all of the evidence we’re finding is clearly evidence that the Russians were not in fact hacking; it was probably our own people.

It’s very hard for us to get this kind of information out. The mainstream media won’t cover it; none of them will. It’s very hard. We get some bloggers to do that and some radio shows. Also, I put all of this into a sworn affidavit in the Roger Stone case. I did that because all of the attack on him was predicated on him being connected with this Russian hack which was false to being with. All the evidence we’re accumulating clearly says and implies, the US government — namely the FBI, CIA, the DOJ, and of course State Department — all these people involved in this hack, bought a dossier and all of the information going forward to the FISA court. All of them knew that this was a fake from the very beginning, because this Guccifer 2.0 character was fabricating it.

They were using him plus the Internet Research Agency [IRA] as “supposed trolls of the Russian government”. Well, when they sent their lawyers over to challenge that in a court of law, the government failed to prove they had any connection with the Russian government. They basically were chastised by the judge for fabricating a charge against this company. So, if you take the IRA and the trolls away from that argument, and Guccifer 2.0, then the entire Mueller report is a provable fabrication; because it’s based on Guccifer 2.0 and the IRA. Then the entire Rosenstein indictment is also a fabrication and a fake and a fraud for the same reasons. The judges seem to be involved in trying to keep this information out of the public domain.

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Double jeopardy.

Manafort’s Fraud Case In New York Dismissed (R.)

Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, on Wednesday won the dismissal of New York state fraud charges, in a defeat for the Manhattan district attorney’s efforts to hold him accountable even if pardoned by Trump. Justice Maxwell Wiley of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan said at a hearing that letting the district attorney, Cyrus Vance, prosecute Manafort would violate Manafort’s protection against double jeopardy, or being prosecuted twice for the same conduct. “We will appeal today’s decision and will continue working to ensure that Mr. Manafort is held accountable for the criminal conduct against the People of New York that is alleged in the indictment,” Vance’s spokesman Danny Frost said in a statement.

Vance, a Democrat, announced the indictment of Manafort on 16 felony counts including residential mortgage fraud on March 13, less than an hour after Manafort was ordered to spend 7-1/2 years in prison on various federal charges. Those charges stemmed from former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and resulted in Manafort’s August 2018 conviction on tax evasion and bank fraud. Manafort, 70, has been serving his sentence at a federal prison in Pennsylvania, but was hospitalized last week for what his lawyer called a cardiac incident. He did not attend Wednesday’s hearing but his lawyer, Todd Blanche, said “obviously, we are very happy” with the dismissal. Manafort had pleaded not guilty. “This indictment should never have been brought, and today’s decision is a stark reminder that the law and justice should always prevail over politically motivated actions,” Blanche said..

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Leave it to the Guardian to say: “Looming over the high-stakes debate are those who won’t be in attendance”, and then not mention Tulsi Gabbard.

Democratic Debate: Seven Candidates To Face Off A Day After Impeachment (G.)

The final Democratic presidential debate of the year is bringing seven 2020 candidates to the stage in California one day after the House voted to impeach Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction. Facing off in Los Angeles on Thursday are the former vice president Joe Biden and senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren; the South Bend, Indiana mayor, Pete Buttigieg; Senator Amy Klobuchar, the entrepreneur Andrew Yang and the billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer. Looming over the high-stakes debate are those who won’t be in attendance. The Democratic National Committee said candidates had to hit at least 4% in four national polls or at least 6% in two early-state polls in the weeks leading up to the event in order to qualify.

The candidates also had to attract at least 200,000 donors. That leaves no black or Latino candidates among the nearly all-white lineup of Democratic frontrunners. Senator Cory Booker and the former housing secretary Julián Castro both failed to qualify for the debate, and Senator Kamala Harris recently ended her campaign amid polling showing her far behind in California, her home state. Also absent from the event will be Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and billionaire who made a late entrance into the race last month and has poured an estimated $13.5m into TV ads in California. Steyer, the other billionaire in the race, has spent roughly $1.6m on ads in the state.

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A Merkel win.

US Concedes Defeat On Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline (ZH)

A new Bloomberg headline reads “U.S. Concedes Defeat on Gas Pipeline It Sees as Russian Threat” just following new sanctions included in the House and Senate passed 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week. But two administration officials tell Bloomberg it’s too little too late, despite Trump’s heightened rhetoric of calling Germany “a captive to Russia” and charging Berlin with essentially giving “billions” of dollars to Russia: Senior U.S. administration officials, who asked not to be identified discussing the administration’s take on the project, said sanctions that passed Congress on Tuesday as part of a defense bill are too late to have any effect. The U.S. instead will try to impose costs on other Russian energy projects, one of the officials added.

The Bloomberg report sees this as a rare admission of defeat: “The admission is a rare concession on what had been a top foreign-policy priority for the Trump administration and highlights how European allies such as Germany have been impervious to American pressure to abandon the pipeline. It also shows how the U.S. has struggled to deter Russia from flexing its muscles on issues ranging from energy to Ukraine to election interference.” The resolution contained in the defense spending bill, expected to be immediately signed into law by Trump, are measures which specifically target companies assembling the pipeline — a last ditch US effort to block the controversial 760-mile, $10.2BN project that would allow Russia to export natural gas directly to Germany, depriving Ukraine of badly needed gas transit fees along the current route for Russian supplies.

Washington’s position has long been that it weakens European energy security, while Merkel’s Germany has rejected Trump’s “meddling” in European energy affairs, which the Europeans have lately sought to diversify. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a February visit to Poland said Nord Stream 2 ultimately “funnels money to Russians in ways that undermine European national security.”

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‘Their obsession with weapons is crazy’

US Is Bent On ‘Absolute Military Supremacy’ – Mikhail Gorbachev (NW)

Former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev has urged President Donald Trump’s administration to re-engage with Russia on landmark arms control treaties, warning that the collapse of Cold War-era nuclear weapon limits threatens global catastrophe. Speaking with Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun, Gorbachev lamented America’s withdrawal from two key arms control treaties signed during the Cold War—the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT) during President Geroge W. Bush’s tenure, and the more recent withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Russia has also since suspended participation in the INF Treaty, prompting concerns of a new arms race. The infographic below, provided by Statista, shows the estimated global nuclear weapons arsenals as of December 2017. Gorbachev is a prominent advocate of nuclear disarmament. He told the Asahi he is “still praying for” the destruction of all nuclear weapons, noting that the number of warheads in Russia and the U.S. has reduced by more than 80 percent since the peak years of the Cold War. But he warned that this “peace dividend” is now at risk with the collapse of the ABMT and INF Treaty. It is also unclear whether New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty)—the successor to START I that Gorbachev helped craft—will be renewed when it expires in 2021.

The Trump administration said last year that it would ditch the 1987 INF Treaty, which banned ground-launched nuclear and conventional missiles with ranges from 310 miles 3,417 miles. The White House accused Russia of violating the deal by developing the SSC-8 missile. But Gorbachev blamed Washington for the development. “The decision by the United States to withdraw from the INF threatens to unleash a sequence of events that would move to undo” the post-Cold War peace dividend, he said. “Out of the three principal pillars of global strategic stability—the ABMT, INF and START—only one is left,” he added, noting that the future of New START is far from certain.

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“.. the mainstream media has shown literally no interest in what should be the story of the century.”

Afghanistan War – The Crime of the Century (Ron Paul)

“We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan. We didn’t know what we were doing.” So said Gen. Douglas Lute, who oversaw the US war on Afghanistan under Presidents Bush and Obama. Eighteen years into the longest war in US history, we are finally finding out, thanks to thousands of pages of classified interviews on the war published by the Washington Post last week, that General Lute’s cluelessness was shared by virtually everyone involved in the war. What we learned in what is rightly being called the “Pentagon Papers” of our time, is that hundreds of US Administration officials – including three US Presidents – knowingly lied to the American people about the Afghanistan war for years. This wasn’t just a matter of omitting some unflattering facts. This was about bald-faced lying about a war they knew was a disaster from almost day one.

Remember President Bush’s Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld? Remember how supremely confident he was at those press conferences, acting like the master of the universe? Here’s what he told the Pentagon’s special inspector general who compiled these thousands of interviews on Afghanistan: “I have no visibility into who the bad guys are.” It is not only members of the Bush, Obama, and Trump Administrations who are guilty of this massive fraud. Falsely selling the Afghanistan war as a great success was a bipartisan activity on Capitol Hill. In the dozens of hearings I attended in the House International Relations Committee, I do not recall a single “expert” witness called who told us the truth. Instead, both Republican and Democrat-controlled Congresses called a steady stream of neocon war cheerleaders to lie to us about how wonderfully the war was going.

Victory was just around the corner, they all promised. Just a few more massive appropriations and we’d be celebrating the end of the war. Congress and especially Congressional leadership of both parties are all as guilty as the three lying Administrations. They were part of the big lie, falsely presenting to the American people as “expert” witnesses only those bought-and-paid-for Beltway neocon think tankers. What is even more shocking than the release of this “smoking gun” evidence that the US government wasted two trillion dollars and killed more than three thousand Americans and more than 150,000 Afghans while lying through its teeth about the war is that you could hear a pin drop in the mainstream media about it. Aside from the initial publication in the Washington Post, which has itself been a major cheerleader for the war in Afghanistan, the mainstream media has shown literally no interest in what should be the story of the century.

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The dollar?!

The Final Act (Dmitry Orlov)

Another net benefit for Trump is the never-ending impeachment saga. It has kept him in the media limelight and has allowed him to pretend that he is prevailing heroically against great odds while making his opposition look ridiculous in the eyes of his supporters. After the “Russian meddling” fable unraveled, an even more preposterous rationale for impeachment has taken its place. An attempt to impeach Trump for refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation is in the process of failing, since anyone with more intelligence than a bucket of California penis fish should know that it is up to the courts, not up to the legislature, to resolve disputes between the legislature and the executive.

All that remains now is an alleged abuse of power by Trump. Apparently, it is a no-no for a US president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a US presidential candidate for a variety of crimes such as corruption, bribery and money-laundering. This may all seem quite ridiculous, but it serves a purpose: it allows Trump to clean up on free publicity and to continue fiddling (tweeting, in his case) as Rome burns. But what has set fire under Rome is not the decrepitating state of US society, or the permanent and permanently worsening trade imbalance with China, or the never-ending impeachment farce. It is the incipient failure of the US dollar.

For those who have been paying careful attention, the surreal nature of the procedings, and the fact that results no longer matter—only appearances do—have become perfectly obvious, but they are a tiny minority. What has allowed the politicians and the media to exploit the general public’s innate normalcy bias and to keep the media replay loop going without too many people catching on to what’s really happening was (note the past tense!) the ability of the US government (with the assistance of the Federal Reserve, which is a government-linked but essentially private entity) to paper over the gaping chasm in the nation’s finances by issuing debt, in the form of US Treasury paper.

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    Jack Delano Residents of Miss Disher’s rooming house for rail workers, Clinton, Iowa 1943   • Pelosi Threatens To Delay Senate Impeachment Trial
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle December 19 2019]


    There is a high likelihood I’ll be interviewing Julian Assange’s father on public radio in the next week or so and I am nervous about it. Does anyone have key questions they believe I should ask him other than the obvious health issues and state of the man?. I want the listeners to get maximum benefit from the opportunity and I don’t want to screw it up – after all I’m not the towering intellect of Dr D 🙂

    V. Arnold

    There is a high likelihood I’ll be interviewing Julian Assange’s father on public radio in the next week or so and I am nervous about it. Does anyone have key questions they believe I should ask him other than the obvious health issues and state of the man?

    Listen. Forget your agenda, if any…
    Listen to what his father says; that should give you all you need to formulate questions…
    …and good luck…


    I would ask -also- about his youth and childhood, to try and paint a portrait of the man inside, what motivates him etc. May be the best way to get rid of all sorts of false narratives. Assange as a human being.

    Dr. D

    I don’t think you could ask questions or get answers to the really interesting, secret stuff, and he may not be need-to-know. Ex: was Wikileaks originally a honeypot for leakers set up by Obama/MI6 and he double-crossed them, which is why they’re so mad? Did he really leak Vault 7 as proof-of-consequence for when Congress what talking, but Comey double-crossed Congress to prevent Assange’s DNC testimony? Does Julian have a hidden inside deal right now he hopes goes through, which is why he’s got his lawyers two-timing their behavior? Such that with the entire worldwide deep state gunning drones for him, Belmarsh — and solitary — is sadly the only SAFE place? Impossible he could, or would, answer stuff like that.

    Enough to give him a platform for the obvious: you can’t hold journalists and publishers in solitary, incommunicado, without charges, forever, while killing them, and claim to be anything but a Stalinist, dystopian, dictatorial state, entirely devoid of sense, reason, or the rule of law, not just against Julian, but against all of us. Since he proves perfectly that’s what we are, that’s why they hate him. Since by inaction the people support a government they also know is wrong, abusing both them and him, they must hate him too. The rest only follows: our state doesn’t care about charges. Our state doesn’t care about evidence. Our state doesn’t care about rules. Our state doesn’t care about torture. Our state doesn’t care about treaties. Our state doesn’t care about doctors. Our state doesn’t care about lawyers. Our state doesn’t care about sovereignty in British courts or British laws. Our state doesn’t care about freedom of speech, and in fact, as Snowden said, does it not show that telling the truth is considered a worse crime than murder?

    “The espionage act in every case is a law the government exclusively uses against people who told the truth, right. That’s what it’s about in the context of journalism. They don’t bring the espionage act against people who lied, then they would use fraud or some other statute. They say, the government is arguing in the context of whistle blowing, that telling a important truth to the American people by way of a journalist is a crime worse than murder.” –Edward Snowden, Joe Rogan, 23 Oct 2019

    So there’s a quote he CAN comment on. Murders, governments — and ordinary folks, professional courtesy — get away with every day. Murder by numbers, one two three. Serve a year, probation, time served. How about the Blackhawk crew in Iraq? But telling the truth? Not so much.

    Not only can we not tell the truth, we can’t even ask QUESTIONS about the truth. And you wonder why I say these guys are anti-science, anti-logic, and antithetical to life itself.

    From above, if that’s all true, what DOES the state care about then? What do they support and defend with their last breath?

    Dr. D

    Back to our regularly-scheduled program:

    “Pelosi Threatens to Delay Senate Impeachment Trial (Pol.)”

    Ah, because they’re not stupid but I am, FINALLY figured out what they are doing: impeach, then pocket the indictment and NOT send it to the Senate, ever. That’s why it didn’t matter in the slightest what was in it. Why? To obstruct justice long-term. As has been going on since day one or before, (calls for impeachment before he was elected) IF Trump were to arrest ANYONE, pursue the rule of law ANYWHERE, they would say he was “Obstructing Justice” by trying to PREVENT his impeachment. Therefore stopping all arrests of anyone, anywhere, for anything, without their permission. This just enshrines the existing obstruction of the executive permanently.

    What did HRC say on public record? “If that b—–d gets in we’re all going to hang”?

    Not a bad play. However, I think they’ve found themselves past that point and the people will no longer back them. Trump may also just spend the next year RELEASING legal facts and NOT arresting them, to win the election their impeachment has just lost them, then follow up with arrests in 2021.

    Mueller Report Was Based on CIA-Fabricated “Evidence” (Bill Binney)

    As known from the day of the leak, but nobody cares. In #OppositeLand, truth is the only enemy. Besides, how is it nobody cares that not a single ugly fact from the leak has been disproven or even denied? Why would we care who leaked it if it’s the truth and allows us to make accurate decisions? A: for zealots of #AntiLogos, that is to say, all of America, The Land of the Lost, truth is the only enemy.

    Manafort’s Fraud Case in New York Dismissed (R.)

    Legally very complicated, but should err in this direction, if possible. Without spending a week exploring the case, he’s already serving time, possibly a life sentence. What would you want? This is good enough. Now is anyone going to look at WHY he got here? That is, the DNC sent representatives to Ukraine to give sell them this info to sink Manafort and election-tamper via a foreign (‘Russian’) operative. Wait, Rachael Maddow suddenly doesn’t care about ‘Russian’ interference? Why’d we have a two-year investigation then? Whatever. Like I care.

    That leaves no black or Latino candidates among the nearly all-white lineup

    Leave it to the racist Guardian to care about the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. Nice! Has that been a winning argument worldwide lately, for example in England?

    US Concedes Defeat On Russia’s Nord Stream 2 Pipeline (ZH)

    Halford MacKinder goes down. This time without a world war. …So far.

    US Is Bent On ‘Absolute Military Supremacy’ – Mikhail Gorbachev (NW)”

    I know, right? So weird for a guy who takes orders from Putin to attack Putin all the time. Those tricky Russians, attacking themselves! When you’re #AntiLogos, this makes perfect, indisputable sense. War is Peace! Ignorance is Strength!

    Eighteen years into the longest war in US history, we are finally finding out,

    No, we knew and told you before the first soldier arrived and every day since then.

    “Referring to Afghanistan, Bin Laden says: “We, alongside the mujahideen, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat … So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.” – The Guardian, 2004.

    But nobody knows what Osama says in 2001, reported by the New York Times and The Guardian. …Well since they lied about everything in the preceding 25 years, perhaps nobody believed them BECAUSE it was published.

    lying through its teeth about the war is that you could hear a pin drop in the mainstream media about it.”

    They sound like the Docktor.

    For dusty old quotes, Thatcher, 1992. Why are these things so, SO obvious?

    “If the divergence between different European economies is so great that even the ERM cannot contain them, [i.e. breaking the Bank of England] how would those economies react to a single European currency? The answer is that there would be chaos of the sort which would make the difficulties of recent days pale by comparison.

    Huge sums would have to be transferred from richer to poorer countries and regions to allow them to take the strain. Even then unemployment and mass migration across now open frontiers would follow. And a full-fledged Single currency would allow no escape hatch.

    The political consequences can already be glimpsed: the growth of extremist parties, battening on fears about mass immigration and unemployment, offering a real — if thoroughly unwelcome — alternative to the Euro-centrist political establishment.

    If in addition you were to create a supra-national European federation, and the people could no longer hold their national parliaments to account, extremism could only grow further.

    … the referendum is not a vote on whether we should have a European Community — but on what kind of European Community it should be.”

    Because being driven by religious zeal, not logic, leads to a perpetual blindness and destruction. But as planned, I would say. Armstrong was hired by them, told them exactly what Thatcher said, and they went forward saying “I don’t care. We’ll force it down their god d—–n Oiker’s throats if necessary.” Okay, then. How’s that working out for you? Remember: you can vote yourselves into tyranny, but it takes more than just a vote to get out.

    Camera Footage of Epstein’s First Suicide Attempt Has Disappeared, and Nobody Knows Why”

    Look kids! Another coincidence. In the same direction as the last 40 coincidences. I do not find that suspicious at all.

    Speaking of cameras and coincidences: “Bank of England “Hijacked” Audio Feed Was Used to Secretly Leak Confidential Information to Hedge Funds”

    You don’t say.

    John Day
    John Day

    Where is the factoid about “1000 times more transistors per year than grains of wheat and rice” from?
    It counts every transistor on an IC, which have come to be vanishingly small, but still, what a perspective!

    John Day

    How come Ukraine gets “no gas from Russia”, when they get Russian gas re-sold from other European countries?

    John Day

    Israel has at least as many nuclear warheads as the UK, and possibly more than China, but they won’t say it.


    “The espionage act in every case is a law the government exclusively uses against people who told the truth, right.”
    There are spies everywhere where there are secrets.
    • Mueller Report Was Based On CIA-Fabricated “Evidence” (Bill Binney)

    Reading this will require more that a grain of salt. For most people, proof, affidavit, documentation will not be sufficient to turn on their leaders for misleading them.

    “All the evidence we’re accumulating clearly says and implies, the US government — namely the FBI, CIA, the DOJ, and of course State Department — all these people involved in this hack, bought a dossier and all of the information going forward to the FISA court. All of them knew that this was a fake from the very beginning, because this Guccifer 2.0 character was fabricating it.”

    On the same note. People do not want to admit that they have been preyed upon and been scammed.
    Spying helps people from being taken advantage by the elites.
    Show people the way and I think revenge will come in the voting booth.

    • Afghanistan War – The Crime of the Century (Ron Paul)
    • The Final Act (Dmitry Orlov)
    “it allows Trump to clean up on free publicity and to continue fiddling (tweeting, in his case) as Rome burns.”

    Doc Robinson

    @ John Day:

    The invention of the transistor-based logic engine, the integrated circuit, turned 60 this year. Today, humanity fabricates 1,000 times more transistors annually than the entire world grows grains of wheat and rice combined. Collectively, all those transistors consume more electricity than the state of California.
    Energy and the Information Infrastructure Part 3: The Digital ‘Engines of Innovation’ & Jevons’ Delicious Paradox
    By Mark P. Mills, December 11, 2018

    John Day

    Thanks for the link, Doc Robinson. Very efficient little nano-transistors those are, to use so little electricity. (Not like the old metal-canned devices)
    Schrodinger’s Impeachment is half alive and half dead as long as it does not get looked at by the Senate, so it will be maintained in this condition by House Democrats​ for public relations purposes.
    This prevents it being declared “dead” by the Senate, or worse yet, the “autopsy” of the legal discovery process.
    This sort of contains the damage to the Democratic Party, but only sort of. It doesn’t help their cause, and it doesn’t hurt Trump’s cause. Trump can keep tweeting and writing letters about facts.
    Giuliani is supposed to spill his dirt on Ukrainian corruption after the Senate vote. What’s the new timeline on that?


    From Dimitri’s blog –
    “Let’s add one more salient detail. Over the course of 2020, $4.665 trillion of USTs will mature and will need to be rolled over into new USTs. This is an all-time record, and this is on top of new debt that will have to be issued in order for the US government to be able to stay open. Over the past year the US budget deficit has amounted to $1.022 trillion, which is a 15.8% increase over the previous year. If this trend continues, the new deficit will be around $1.183 trillion. In order to keep the wheels of finance from grinding to a halt, over 2020 the Fed will have to monetize, or print, close to $6 trillion.”

    So since Trump is the candidate most experienced with Bankruptcy, will people vote for him?

    I saw one lone statistic about Bernie that shows he is very close to Biden percent approval. News silence on Bernie, of course. In any case it seems very likely now that Trump with all his free advertising will become our next pres.


    What happens to the “transistor-based logic engine” when the lights go out? Our infrastructure is also about 60 years old and it’s time to retire it.


    Thanks so much for the suggestions and helping me relax re the tone…. I really appreciate the thoughtful response to my question and as always – to the crazy fucked-up world today.


    Oxymoron you can do it! I read a wonderful saying the other day. “Don’t listen with the intent to reply but with the intent to understand.”

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