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Robert Capa Capucine, French model and actress, on a balcony, Rome 1951


RBG Death At 87 Opens Supreme Court Seat Weeks Before Election (JTN)
From Smedley Butler to “7 Days in May”…to Trump Today? (Ehret)
Flynn Lawyer Powell Eyed to Replace Wray at FBI (NM)
Senate Ukraine Report On Biden, Burisma Expected ‘In Days’ (SAC)
Dalio: The World Is Going To Change In Shocking Ways In Next 5 Years (MW)
COVID: Can A ‘Circuit Break’ Halt The Second Wave? (BBC)
US MSM Reporters Silent About Being Spied On By Apparent CIA Contractor (GZ)
Tortured El Masri Stands Up To CIA, Supports Assange During Trial (Gosztola)
Trump ‘Approved’ of Pardon for Assange in Exchange for Source of DNC Leaks (Sp.)



So many things today about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and about how both left and right are adamant to defend their 180º diffferent positions on whether her seat should be filled before November 3. It’s just politics. But tons of people tweet “burn it all down” if the GOP even tries.

I find the argument interesting that if the Supreme Court is called into action past-election, with a 4-4 vote, that could lead to absolute mayhem and chaos, because no decision could be made either way.

Starbuck on RBG



Daily cases just short of the Sep 11 record.









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“Mitch McConnell said in a statement Friday night that now, unlike in 2016, the White House and Senate are both in the hands of the same party.”

RBG Death At 87 Opens Supreme Court Seat Weeks Before Election (JTN)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday. She was 87. Ginsburg, a feminist and liberal icon, had been diagnosed with cancer four times and had numerous health scares, including several recent hospitalizations. She died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. In July, Ginsburg announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the latest of her several battles with cancer. “Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement to the Associated Press. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her – a tireless and resolute champion of justice.

President Trump hailed Ginsburg from the campaign trail in Minnesota as “an amazing woman.” Ginsburg’s death opens up an unexpected opportunity for him to nominate a replacement for the seat – less than 50 days before the election. A Trump nomination will almost certainly set off a heated battle over whether he should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, Ginsburg’s replacement, or if the seat should remain vacant until after the outcome of Trump’s presidential race against Democrat Joe Biden is decided. The debate and will also energize the close race in its homestretch. Biden said that the person elected should choose Ginburg’s replacement. “There is no doubt, let me be clear, that the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider,” Biden told reporters.

When Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016, also an election year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to act on Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the opening. The seat remained vacant until after Trump’s surprising presidential victory. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement Friday night that now, unlike in 2016, the White House and Senate are both in the hands of the same party. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate,” McConnell said.

Trump on RBG

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Good history of attempted coups in the US.

From Smedley Butler to “7 Days in May”…to Trump Today? (Ehret)

Even though the financial elite of Wall Street had pulled the plug on the system four years earlier, the population had still not been broken sufficiently to accept fascism as the solution which Time magazine told them it was. Instead, the people voted for one of the few anti-fascist presidential candidates available in 1932 when Franklin Roosevelt was elected under the theme of taking the money lenders out of power and restoring the constitution. In his March 4, 1933 inaugural address FDR stated:

“Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men. True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish. The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.”

During FDR’s famous 100 Days, an all-out war was declared on the “economic royalists” that had taken over the nation. Audits and investigations were conducted on the banks in the form of the Pecora Commission, and the biggest financial houses which had spent billions on fascist parties of Europe were broken up while speculation was reined in under Glass-Steagall. Meanwhile a new form of banking was unveiled more in alignment with America’s constitutional traditions in the form of productive credit and long term public works which created real jobs and increased the national productive powers of labor. Many people remain totally ignorant that even before his March 4, 1933 inauguration, Franklin Roosevelt narrowly avoided an assassination attempt in Florida which saw 5 people struck by bullets and the mayor of Chicago dying of his wounds 3 weeks later.

Within days of the mayor’s death, the assassin Giuseppe Zingara was speedily labelled a “lone gunman” and executed without any serious investigation into his freemasonic connections. This however was just a pre-cursor for an even greater battle which Wall Street financiers would launch in order to overthrow the presidency later that year. This effort would only be stopped by the courageous intervention of a patriotic marine named Smedley Darlington Butler.

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But if Trump loses, wouldn’t she be replaced again within days?

Flynn Lawyer Powell Eyed to Replace Wray at FBI (NM)

Sidney Powell, the lawyer for Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, is on the White House shortlist of candidates to replace FBI Director Christopher Wray, reports Newsmax TV’s Emerald Robinson. During a Friday update on Newsmax TV’s “John Bachman Now,” Robinson said she was exclusively told that the White House “is formulating a list of replacements right now” for Wray. She said the list has been in the works for over a month, but a change won’t be made until after the election. Robinson shared Powell’s name as one being floated for the job. Minutes later, Powell made an already scheduled appearance on the show. She told host John Bachman that she has not been contacted about serving in the position, but said she has “seen comments like that on Twitter.”

“I am honored to be considered for it,” she said of Robinson’s announcement that her name could be on the shortlist, adding “I can only imagine the number of people in Washington, and elsewhere, that would need laundry service upon that announcement.” Powell, a former federal prosecutor, has been critical of Wray, especially when it comes to his handling of the Flynn case. Back in May, she retweeted a post that called for Wray’s firing, according to Axios. During her Friday appearance on Newsmax TV, she said she has “never been favorably impressed” by Wray. According to Robinson, Trump’s advisers are urging him to keep Wray in his role until after the election in order to avoid any fallout similar to what happened after the president fired James Comey from the position.

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Can anyone please ask Hunter?

Senate Ukraine Report On Biden, Burisma Expected ‘In Days’ (SAC)

An explosive detailed report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee, is expected to be released on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukraine gas company Burisma ‘within days,’ Sen. Ron Johnson told this reporter Friday. Moreover, Johnson’s Senate committee voted on Wednesday to authorize more than three dozen subpoenas and depositions of former senior Obama administration officials’ involved, or who had knowledge of the FBI’s probe into President Donald Trump. The issue, however, says Johnson, is that FBI Director Christopher Wray has refused to cooperate with his panel for information and documents that would aid in questioning witnesses.

The damning report is expected to detail Joe and Hunter Biden’s business connections to the Ukrainian gas giant Burisma, in which Hunter Biden was a paid board member. According to reports Hunter Biden was paid roughly $50,000 plus per month by the energy giant. His position on the gas company’s board has been questioned by both members of the GOP and some Democrats, who have noted that the former Vice President’s son has no experience in energy companies and does not speak Russian. Moreover, as previously reported by, Johnson’s committee has been investigating Hunter Biden’s employment to Burisma because it came at the same time his father was heading the Ukraine policy for former President Obama during his tenure.

“My game plan is to get this Ukraine report out as quickly as possible,” said Johnson, who chairs the Senate committee, and wants Americans to understand that there are numerous questions regarding Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden that have not have been answered or investigated. “I’m hopeful our report will turn some heads because my goal is to get the truth out to the American people,” he said. “The truth is a simple and important concept, don’t you think?” [..] the former official added that the connections between the former Vice President, his son and the Ukrainian gas giant are substantial and “shouldn’t be ignored. The real issue is what the Democrats aren’t discussing – if they try to blame Trump without any evidence of compromise with Russia, how can they ignore Biden and his very real connections with a foreign company connected to Ukraine, Russia.”

As for Johnson, he said he is also pushing FBI Director Christopher Wray to produce a slew of documentation that his committee has been requesting throughout the year so that the panel can appropriately question witnesses that are being subpoenaed. The chairman, whose committee has subpoenaed a number of former senior Obama officials, stressed that the FBI has done everything to keep the documents they’ve requested from the lawmakers and from being revealed to the public. Wray has put up roadblocks at every turn and used Attorney General William Barr’s appointed Connecticut Prosecutor John “Durham’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Trump Russia probe as an excuse,” said Johnson.

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The history of empires rhymes.

Dalio: The World Is Going To Change In Shocking Ways In Next 5 Years (MW)

There are three problems that are coming together, so it’s important to understand them individually and how they collectively make a bigger problem. There is a money and credit cycle problem, a wealth and values gap problem, and an emerging great power challenging the existing dominant power problem. What’s going on is an economic downturn together with a large wealth gap and the rising power of China challenging the existing power of the United States. It’s a fact that there has been a weakening of the competitive advantages of the United States over the last couple of decades. For example, the United States lost a lot of the education advantage relative to other countries, our share of world GDP is reduced, the wealth gap has increased which has contributed to our political and social polarization.

But we haven’t lost all of our competitive advantages. For example in innovation and technology, the United States is still the strongest, but China is coming on very strong and at existing rates will surpass the United States. Militarily, the U.S. is stronger but China also has come on very strong and is probably stronger in the waters close to China that include Taiwan and other disputed areas. Finances for both countries are challenging, but for the U.S. more so. The U.S. is in the late stages of a debt cycle and money cycle in which we’re producing a lot of debt and printing a lot of money. That’s a problem. As a reserve currency status, the U.S. dollar DXY, +0.03% is still dominant though its being threatened by its central bank printing of money and increasing the debt production problem.

[..] If you look at the history — for example, the Dutch Empire, the British Empire — both experienced the creation of debt and the printing of money, less educational advantages, greater internal wealth conflict, greater challenges from rival countries. Every country has stress tests. If you look at British history, the development of rival countries led them to lose their competitive advantages. Their finances were bad because they had accumulated a lot of debt. So, after World War II those trends went against them. Then they had the Suez Canal incident and they were no longer a world power and the British pound is no longer a reserve currency. These diseases almost always play out the same way. The United States’ relative position in the world, which was dominant in almost all these categories at the beginning of this world order in 1945, has declined and is exhibiting real signs that should raise worries.

There’s a lot of baggage. The U.S. has a lot of debt, which is adding to the hurdles that typically drag an economy down, so in order to succeed, you have to do a pretty big debt restructuring. History shows what kind of a challenge that is. I just want to present understanding and facts. There’s a life cycle. You’re born and you die. As you get older you can see certain things that are symptoms of being later on in life. To know the life cycle and to know that these symptoms are emerging is what I’m trying to convey. The United States is a 75-year-old empire and it is exhibiting signs of decline. If you want to extend your life, there are clear things you can do, but it means doing things that you don’t want to do.

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No. Stop it. We’ve seen an enormous amount of incompetence, but Britain sure is high on the list. How do all these people hold on to power? What’s the mechanism for that?

Many countries still don’t have enough tests, or facemasks. How is that possible? After 9 months?

COVID: Can A ‘Circuit Break’ Halt The Second Wave? (BBC)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the UK is “now seeing a second wave” of Covid-19. Expanding “local” restrictions mean more than 13 million people (one-fifth of the UK population) have extra curbs on their lives. And the surge in cases is not contained to just the hotspots, but is widespread across the UK. Local restrictions do not suppress a virus that is spreading outside of those areas. It is against this backdrop the government is deciding what to do next. One idea is a “circuit-break” – a short, sharp period of tightened restrictions for everyone to curb the spread of coronavirus. So why might a circuit break be needed and what could it achieve? Let’s do some rough maths.

Take 6,000 cases a day, double them every week – as the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) suggests is happening – and by mid-October you have more than 100,000 infections a day as we did at the peak. That is not sophisticated disease modelling, it is not written in stone and measures such as the “rule of six” should slow the spread. But that simple sum gives a sense of how quickly a small problem can be become a huge one. A circuit break is all about trying to change that trajectory. “The evidence is hospitalisations are increasing, it is a worry and the concern is what happens if we don’t do something,” Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick, told me.

He is part of the government’s disease modelling group of scientists, called SPI-M, which has been discussing circuit-breakers this week. Dr Tildesley added: “To be perfectly frank, none of us want this, but we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. “However, with a managed short-term lockdown you buy yourself some time.” A bout of tighter restrictions should result in cases falling instead of rising, but how far they drop is uncertain and will depend on how severe the restrictions are. It is suggested schools and workplaces would remain open, but the hospitality sector (think bars and restaurants) would be hit. This is not Lockdown 2.0.

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The US no longer has a press.

US MSM Reporters Silent About Being Spied On By Apparent CIA Contractor (GZ)

A Spanish security firm apparently contracted by US intelligence to carry out a campaign of black operations against Julian Assange and his associates spied on several US reporters including Ellen Nakashima, the top national security reporter of the Washington Post, and Lowell Bergman, a New York Times and PBS veteran. To date, Nakashima and her employers at the Washington Post have said nothing about the flagrant assault on their constitutional rights by UC Global, the security company in charge of Ecuadorian embassy in London, which seemingly operated under the watch of the CIA’s then-director, Mike Pompeo. PBS, the New York Times, and other mainstream US outlets have also remained silent about the US government intrusion into reporters’ personal devices and private records.

The Grayzone has learned that several correspondents from a major US newspaper rebuffed appeals by Wikileaks to report on the illegal spying campaign by UC Global, privately justifying the contractor’s actions on national security grounds. US Global spied on numerous journalists were with the aim of sending their information to US intelligence through an FTP server placed at the company headquarters and through hand-delivered hard drives. Nearly all of those reporters have so far ignored or refused invitations to join a criminal complaint to be filed in Spanish court by Stefania Maurizi, an Italian journalist whose devices were invaded and compromised during a visit to Assange.

Proof of UC Global’s illegal spying campaign and the firm’s relationship with the CIA emerged following the September 2019 arrest of the company’s CEO, David Morales. Spanish police had enacted a secret operation called “Operation Tabanco” under a criminal case managed by the same National Court that orchestrated the arrest of former Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet years before. Morales was charged in October 2019 by the Spanish court with violating the privacy of Assange and abusing his attorney-client privileges, as well as money laundering and bribery. A mercenary former Spanish special forces officer, Morales also stood accused of illegal weapons possession after two guns with the serial numbers filed off were found during a search of his property.

The documents and testimony revealed in court have exposed shocking details of UC Global’s campaign against Assange, his lawyers, friends, and reporters. Evidence of crimes ranging from spying to robberies to kidnapping and even a proposed plot to eliminate Assange by poisoning has emerged from the ongoing trial. [..] For the past four years, the Washington press corps has howled about Trump’s angry browbeating of the White House press pool, treating his resentful outbursts as a grave threat to press freedom. At the same time, it has reacted with a collective shrug to revelations that a firm that was, by all indications, contracted by the Trump administration’s CIA to destroy Assange had spied on prominent American national security reporters.

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For revealing this, Assange must hang. What a world.

Tortured El Masri Stands Up To CIA, Supports Assange During Trial (Gosztola)

Khaled El Masri, a survivor of CIA kidnapping, torture, rendition, and detention, submitted testimony in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during his extradition trial. The Central Criminal Court in London was prepared for El Masri to testify. An interpreter was lined up for the ninth day of proceedings. However, technical problems prevented him from addressing the court beyond his written statement. Prosecutors also objected to El Masri giving live testimony. According to Court News UK reporter Charlie Jones, that prompted Assange to stand up and declare, “I will not accept you censoring a torture victim’s statement to this court.”

El Masri’s testimony directly relates to the defense argument that Assange published classified information from the United States in order to reveal abuses and misconduct, such as torture and war crimes. In the United Kingdom, Assange’s legal team has been allowed to enter this evidence into the public record. However, during a potential trial in the United States, it will likely be excluded as irrelevant because the Espionage Act does not allow a public interest defense. Assange is accused of 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of conspiracy to commit a computer crime that, as alleged in the indictment, is written like an Espionage Act offense.

The charges criminalize the act of merely receiving classified information, as well as the publication of state secrets from the United States government. It targets common practices in newsgathering, which is why the case is widely opposed by press freedom organizations throughout the world. El Masri declared, “I record here my belief that without dedicated and brave exposure of the state secrets in question what happened to me would never have been acknowledged and understood.” He added threats and intimidation are “not diminishing but expanding for all concerned.” “I nevertheless believe that the exposure of what happened was necessary not just for myself but for law and justice worldwide. My story is not yet concluded.”

As El Masri noted, he submited testimony because “WikiLeaks publications were relied on by the [European Court of Human Rights] in obtaining the redress” he received. While reading parts of El Masri’s statement for the court, defense attorney Mark Summers said that, as a result of cables, it is known that the German government bowed to pressure from the U.S. to not seek the extradition of the CIA rendition team. El Masri also mentioned the WikiLeaks cables similarly showed that the U.S. government interfered in a judicial investigation in Germany and in Spain. (The rendition flight in question traveled from Palma airport in Spain.)

Assange stands up

Pilger changed mood

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Assange could and would never identify a source. Not one potential future source could ever trust him again. Rohrabacher appears to deny what Robinson said she heard him say.

Trump ‘Approved’ of Pardon for Assange in Exchange for Source of DNC Leaks (Sp.)

It has been alleged by members of the Democratic Party and elements of the press that the source of the DNC Leaks published by WikiLeaks is linked to the Russian state, a position that has been consistently denied by both Julian Assange and the Russian state. US President Donald Trump was “aware of and had approved of” US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Mr Charles Johnson meeting with Julian Assange in order to secure the source of the DNC Leaks, in exchange for some form of “pardon, assurance or agreement” which would “both benefit President Trump politically” and prevent a US indictment against and extradition of Mr Assange, the Old Bailey heard on Friday.

The assertions were read into open court on behalf of barrister Jennifer Robinson, who was present at the meeting in the Ecuadorian Embassy on 15 August 2015. This was before any indictment was issued against the WikiLeaks publisher, The US government’s representative told the court that they do not dispute the offer was made during the meeting but do appear that they will contest the truthfulness of the offer itself. Ms Robinson’s statement notes that Mr Rohrabacher and Mr Johnson told Ms Robinson and Mr Assange that they “wanted to resolve the ongoing speculation of Russian involvement in the Democratic National Convention” and that it was “damaging to US Russia relations and reviving old Cold War politics”.

Ms Robinson has represented Mr Assange on numerous matters since 2010, both as a solicitor and a barrister. Ms Robinson states that the Congressman made clear that “the source of the DNC leaks would be of interest value and interest” to the President. Mr Rohrabacher apparently described what would be a “win/win solution” for Mr Assange to leave the embassy and “get on with his life”. Ms Robinson’s notes that Mr Rohrabacher said he would “then return” and see what “would be done” to prevent Mr Assange’s indictment and extradition. Mr Assange did not provide the identity of any source”, the statement said.

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    Robert Capa Capucine, French model and actress, on a balcony, Rome 1951   • RBG Death At 87 Opens Supreme Court Seat Weeks Before Election (JTN)
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle September 19 2020]

    V. Arnold

    No. Stop it. We’ve seen an enormous amount of incompetence, but Britain sure is high on the list. How do all these people hold on to power? What’s the mechanism for that?

    Many countries still don’t have enough tests, or facemasks. How is that possible? After 9 months?

    Boy, do I wish I had an answer to those questions…
    …but, what I’ve learned is, I do not…

    V. Arnold

    Robert Capa Capucine, French model and actress, on a balcony, Rome 1951

    I was 6 years old when that picture was taken…
    I well know who Capucine was, she was everywhere, one couldn’t easily miss her if you read any media at all…
    Powerful, but powerless, in the end; a captive cocept, often leading to tragedy…
    …one is the better, for getting past that trivial aspect of life…
    True beauty is entirely something else………..

    Dr. D

    GaveKal, every word: (GaveKal direct site is paywall)

    Read theirs, of course, they say it better than I do.

    First, 5-nation solid proof lockdowns did absolutely nothing (besides kill more people via the economy) unless done extremely early. Wait: is that what CDC research already said? That it’s useless even beyond 1% spread? You know, the Science they contradicted and Medicine they malpracticed when they ordered us to do it anyway? So arrests and medical licenses pulled when?

    And: Death rates overall are equal the 2015 Flu season. As seen as early as July.

    “Here, the 2020 divergence between Sweden and Denmark is interesting: Sweden had an abnormally high death rate over the winter, while Denmark had a “normal” death rate. Fast forward to this summer, and Sweden registered a record low death rate, while Denmark registered a normal death rate. This would seem to indicate that a significant number of the people who died of Covid last winter may well have died of other causes come the summer.”

    That is: Covid pulled forward very-elderly deaths by a few months, and the year’s overall average is virtually unchanged. We’re weeks further on, and that matches Denninger’s (CDC’s) data showing sharp plunge in deaths which makes the year average equal out to normal. Flu has actually been MORE dangerous than Covid. For two months. Yet we go on killing people voluntarily with the economy. Killin’ more folks: That’s Science.

    The number of total weekly deaths is now hitting decade lows in Sweden, Switzerland and the US. France is not at a new low, but is close to one”

    That is, if there were barely equal 2015 Flu deaths before, now there are nearly no deaths at all. Yet we remain locked down, with total economic and life destruction, total loss of civil liberties that entails. –Just ask Australia. As Predicted. This did not last 15 days, but will last a 1,500 years because: government. It only expands. Rights and freedoms never given back. As Predicted. Never trust them. As is obvious. They are liars by every word. As known.


    President Trump Retweets Evidence COVID-19 Is Fizzling Out in the US If It’s Not Over

    Almost no deaths. All drama. All “cases”. That is, “Cases” so deadly that the person has no symptoms, no risk, and no idea they even had the disease without the test. So testing for what? So that I can do nothing? 99.96% the next guy will be unaware and won’t have any health consequences either. Testing in schools and colleges where the young and more likely to die by lightning? It’s like testing if I smell of peanuts. Yeah, so? What difference would it make? To save one of only 5 guys in the U.S. who would die if I met them?

    What was the known death rate again? 40,000 dead for each 1% rise in unemployment?(The Big Short) This is random and slow, deaths in drug abuse and delayed health care so impossible to track except in the widest view, yet very real. So now that NY, MI, and Tennessee can’t kill everyone in the nursing home system for which they are liable, they are killing everyone in the economic system instead. If Yelp numbers are similar, 60% of those restaurants in Nashville were bankrupted for no reason, taking the livelihoods and life savings of every small working family with them. To transfer via bailouts to Gates and Bezos. DeBlasio is trying the same thing: plunges real estate prices in NYC via unscientific, unconstitutional lockdowns and city-wide riots, then arranges massive $1T cash kitty for insider billionaires to buy up the intentionally arsoned, extorted property like some Kingpin mafioso in a Marvel movie. Or worse: RoboCop. 70% white BLM nods their heads and throw another brick, but they are sure helping black folks by burning their houses, stealing their businesses, and giving billions to white oligarchs, including 90% of BLM money to Act Blue which goes to old white insider Joe Biden. Letting insider billionaires buy up all Harlem and Inner Minneapolis on the cheap with poor folks’ tax money.

    Ah, the power of lies. Truly supernatural. As everyone is wearing masks which 100 years of data show don’t work, plus all the recent data since March. Harmful, actually. As Fauci said in March, before no new research came out and – without evidence – changed his mind. Not just the public, but Doctors join in despite total lack of data, supporting the total opposite of research. And then everyone nods when an expert says things like this:

    “I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine,” –Director Redford


    I guess you’re right: wearing a non-mask like that IS equal to taking a vaccine we don’t have. Non Sequitor + Non Sequitor = Science.

    Redford in February: there’s “no role for these masks in the community.” See? Science!

    Luckily masks don’t work and Covid isn’t dangerous, so it hardly matters. The only danger is self-harm via appalling, bare-faced, transparent lies. And that’s going briskly. Their god and master will be most pleased.

    “But tons of people tweet “burn it all down” if the GOP even tries.”

    They’re already burning it all down, so why bother? Do what you feel is right.

    Why PCR tests are so bad.”

    Yup, they use the bad testing (in several ways, e.g. actionable information) instead of the good ones for months. Golly gee why?

    Many countries still don’t have enough tests, or facemasks. How is that possible? After 9 months?”

    Golly gee how? Wouldn’t they make heaps of contractor golfing-pal money? Yet this one time they don’t want it. It’s almost like they’re a) lying b) up to something. You know like making more money with a much larger fascist power grab. Nah. Just ‘cause they’re now arresting mothers in their won houses for having opinions online is no reason to thing freedom and speech have been curtailed. That’s just cray-cray!

    Good history of attempted coups in the US.”

    Can’t happen here, right? Except it’s been happening since Aaron Burr rowed to Weehawken. We just…lie.

    “COVID: Can A ‘Circuit Break’ Halt The Second Wave? (BBC) “

    What second wave? If there is one, we already had it, see above. I fear a second wave of a virus with a 99.996% recovery rate if you’re under 70! Panic! Hair on fire! Aaaaiiiiii!

    “MSM Reporters Silent About Being Spied On By Apparent CIA Contractor (GZ)”

    The CIA is their primary employer, so…professional courtesy. Church Committee, Operation Mockingbird. Brennan Cooper highest positions.

    Forecast: Fires! In the West! In Western fire season! Aiiii! Snow! In the high Rockies! In early snow season! Aiiii! Hurricanes! In the south! In September hurricane season! No one could have predicted! The world’s come unhinged!

    Next thing all leaves will fall, all trees will die! In the North! And a new Ice Age begins! It may never stop! Who knows?


    Yes, indeed, another little Ice Age is coming to the northern hemisphere, but I predict it will end sometime in March.
    You heard it here first.


    I’m going to tell you lies.

    You have been so conditioned by your society, (any and all countries where you live), that when I tell you the truth that is in conflict with your conditioning, you will call it a lie.

    Example that you have been conditioned,
    ( chose #! or #2),

    Robert Capa Capucine, French model and actress, on a balcony, Rome 1951

    1. Beautiful, sexy, desirable, sexually arousing · sexually exciting · alluring · seductive · tempting · suggestive · inviting · tantalizing · titillating ·

    2. ugly, awful, grisly, grotesque, hideous, horrid, unseemly, unsightly, big, fat, bulging, bulky, large, meaty, obese, plump

    If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. – Joseph Goebbels

    madamski cafone

    Months of reading sites like this have convinced me that people really believe they understand something as chaotic and invisible as a swarm of capitalistically McDonaldized pathogens that have to hide inside our bodies to survive. Bold claims are made between brash refutations.

    Meanwhile, we have flagellants on the left, denialists on the right, both claiming to know the proper spin vectors to avoid being sucked into the black hole of the center where political failure is the driving force.

    Buster Keaton



    References to a ‘second wave’ irritate me. Regular flu dies back in summer. A ‘second wave’ would be if it re-appears in the following winter.

    C-19 does NOT die back in warm weather so this is still the FIRST wave. Lockdowns may have slowed the infection rate but eventually everyone will be exposed to the virus. In effect we are all ‘Sweden’, only the timescale differs.

    Lockdowns have dire consequences and should not be used lightly, which unfortunately they are. They do not save lives but DO cause deaths, both now and in the future.

    Probably the country in the worst position is Australia. They were able to ‘contain’ the infections but at the cost of one of the most vicious lockdowns in the world. It means that few Australians have had the virus so the lockdowns will need to be kept in place until a vaccine is available. I can not imagine the consequences of their actions.

    V. Arnold

    Stephen F. Cohen has died. He was a scholar of Russian studies.
    One of very few who could offer facts and a positive view of Russia…
    RIP; you will be missed…

    Doc Robinson

    Capucine and Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther (1963)

    Capucine and Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther (1963)

    John Turner, PM and Liberal leader who battled free trade with U.S., dead at 91

    Mr. House

    Something different then my usual rants

    “The truth is, Colonel, that there’s no divine spark, bless you. There’s many a man alive no more value than a dead dog. Believe me, when you’ve seen them hang each other…Equality? Christ in Heaven. What I’m fighting for is the right to prove I’m a better man than many. Where have you seen this divine spark in operation, Colonel? Where have you noted this magnificent equality? The Great White Joker in the Sky dooms us all to stupidity or poverty from birth. no two things on earth are equal or have an equal chance, not a leaf nor a tree. There’s many a man worse than me, and some better, but I don’t think race or country matters a damn. What matters is justice. ‘Tis why I’m here. I’ll be treated as I deserve, not as my father deserved. I’m Kilrain, and I God damn all gentlemen. I don’t know who me father was and I don’t give a damn. There’s only one aristocracy, and that’s right here – ” he tapped his white skull with a thick finger – “and YOU, Colonel laddie, are a member of it and don’t even know it. You are damned good at everything I’ve seen you do, a lovely soldier, an honest man, and you got a good heart on you too, which is rare in clever men. Strange thing. I’m not a clever man meself, but I know it when I run across it. The strange and marvelous thing about you, Colonel darlin’, is that you believe in mankind, even preachers, whereas when you’ve got my great experience of the world you will have learned that good men are rare, much rarer than you think.”


    Oh, V. Arnold, I just found out! I will miss his voice. He stood for a future we didn’t get. I am sad.
    Stephen Cohen, good-bye.

    V. Arnold

    Oh, V. Arnold, I just found out! I will miss his voice. He stood for a future we didn’t get. I am sad.
    Stephen Cohen, good-bye.

    Indeed. There is an astonishing lack of coverage of Cohen’s passing.
    His calm, accurate, non-politicized, writing and talks about Russia, was a voice often lost in the wilderness of the MSM graveyard of lies and bullshit!
    RIP Steve Cohen…

    Michael Reid

    I have appreciated the comments here today. I feel less alone in my world view.

    @ V. Arnold
    Do you comment first every day so you get emails of the blog comments?

    @ Dr. D
    I feel in agreement with what you said and I laughed out loud on a few occasions.


    I feel my father is afflicted by these lies as probably the majority of the population is and as I have been. One time I thought the truth was being mass shared and broadcast but these days I no longer believe that. I seek the truth. I hope that I can recognize it when presented.

    What steps should one take to avoid being sucked into the black hole that you refer to?

    @ Mr. House
    I am of the option that it’s all a matter of respect


    “Calm, accurate…” Yes.
    Cohen let me imagine a world where the US and Russia were no longer enemies. Embattled Europe could breath a sigh of relief and trade with east and west. NATO would fade into nothing. China would want to join the club.
    I used to think such things mattered.
    More important people didn’t want that world.
    I hope I die before the world I cannot tolerate materializes. It is the blessing and the curse of growing old.

    V. Arnold

    @ V. Arnold
    Do you comment first every day so you get emails of the blog comments?

    Absolutely not. I have not ever used that feature.
    I’m first because of my time zone, +8 Zulu/GMT; Ilargi’s posts are usually 16:00 – 17:00 my time.
    As you may recall, my first posts are always about the daily art postings…

    “Calm, accurate…” Yes.
    Cohen let me imagine a world where the US and Russia were no longer enemies

    Alas, that’s not to be: the west is psychotic in a most violent manner.
    I fear it will only stop when its been destroyed; at 75 and counting, I’m hoping I win the death bet…but not too soon… 😉


    Stephen Cohen was the last of the rational voices. Detente is dead. More troops and Bradley Fighting Vehicles sent to confront Russia in occupied Syria.

    War, Plague, Economic Depression, Firestorms are all tied together.

    As pointed out in the video, the point of virus testing is to determine if a person is infectiousness or not. If infectious, isolate them from the uninfected so the virus can’t be transmitted. Isolate all of the infectious persons, the epidemic ends. This basic point is ignored because the plutocracy has no interest in paying for a public health system.

    The Elite don’t care that Americans are dying. Lockdowns will be imposed if the local hospital system starts to be overwhelmed; otherwise, a thousand deaths a day in the USA is of no concern. Instead billions of dollars are given to the pharmaceutical industry for a vaccine that may or may not work next year. This lines their pockets.

    Climate change denial and not paying for forest and fire management are the direct cause of the destruction of five towns in Oregon. Again, the plutocracy will not voluntarily pay to mitigate this. Tax cuts and services privatization have destroyed democracy.

    Increasing inequality is the ultimate cause of the failure to alleviate nature and regulate corporations to ensure that humans survive.

    Mister Roboto

    The main reason I’m skeptical of lockdowns these days is on account of how very contagious Covid is. It’s because of this extreme contagiousness that whatever you gain with an economically debilitating lockdown could be lost again very easily when the contagion comes roaring back out of seemingly nowhere. Covid might not be the apocalypse many of us feared it might be back in the middle of March, but it nonetheless poses a serious threat to those over 80, people who live in places with very bad air quality due to pollution (this is why NYC was hit so very hard by severe cases and fatalities back during spring of this year), and poor people with one or more co-morbidities. (In Milwaukee where I live, the people who were ending up in the hospital with severe Covid in March and April were very disproportionately older, overweight black men.) In fact, I think that a lifetime of dire, abject poverty should be thought of as a sociological co-morbidity if not a medical one.

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