Oct 312020

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WHO Special Envoy On COVID Reiterates Caution Against Lockdowns (PFW)
Governments Closing Economies Worse Than Pandemic Itself – Jim Rogers (RT)
Swing States Face The Worst Postal Delays, Data Shows (F.)
Thousands Of Ballots In Pennsylvania May Be Missing (ET)
Polling Averages Show Trump Gaining On Biden In Most Swing States (USA Today)
Positive Trump Polls Spark Polling Circle Debate (Hill)
Trump Must Win Pa. By 4 Or 5 Points To Overcome Voter Fraud – Pollster (JTN)
Biden Advisers Sound Red Alert Over Black, Latino Turnout (ZH)
Michael Moore: Trump ‘Evil Genius,’ Biden’s Poll Lead Not Accurate Count (JTN)
Mueller Had Evidence DNC, Clinton Camp Made Up Russia Collusion Story (JTN)
Glenn Greenwald On His Resignation From The Intercept (Taibbi)
Intercept Abandoned Truth-Seeking Mission – And Lost Its Best Journalist (Q.)
Project Veritas To Sue New York Times Over Ballot Harvesting Story (JTN)
The Tech Antitrust Problem No One Is Talking About (Wired)




Who said Dems don’t know how to create memes?

BIDEN: “I’ll lead an effective strategy to mobilize trunalimunumaprzure.”






I’ve said 1000 times that Lockdown 2.0 is the worst idea ever. But here they come. The politicians who failed at 1.0 should resign, not get a shot at failing again.

“Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer..”

WHO Special Envoy On COVID Reiterates Caution Against Lockdowns (PFW)

WHO’s special envoy on COVID-19, Dr. David Nabarro, cautioned in a Thursday interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today that full national lockdowns should be used only as a “reserve” measure to control the coronavirus, describing such actions as very extreme. Nabarro, who was appointed in February as one of six special envoys tasked to deal with the coronavirus response, warned that national lockdowns are “a very extreme restriction on economic and social life” that temporarily “freezes the virus in place.” “You don’t want to use those as your primary, and I stress that, primary, means of containment. Because in the end living with the virus as a constant threat means maintaining the capacity to find people with the disease and isolating them,” Nabarro said.

The British doctor went on to recommend a robust test, trace and isolation system as the priority for government response with lockdown being “the reserve that you use to take the heat out of the system when things are really bad.” In early October, Nabarro also cautioned against lockdowns in an interview with the Spectator, saying, “we in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus.” Perhaps the most jarring part of his warning was when he described the economic impact of imposing strict lockdowns. “Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer,” he said.

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“I would suggest to you that maybe next time when we have a serious bear market it’s going to be the worst in my lifetime..”

Governments Closing Economies Worse Than Pandemic Itself – Jim Rogers (RT)

While the coronavirus outbreak triggered the deepest crisis in decades, “overreacting” politicians have only exacerbated the situation, legendary investor Jim Rogers has told an international forum hosted by Russia. “This is probably the worst [crisis] that I have seen in my lifetime, because everything collapsed and you had politicians and media and everybody overreacting in my view, and everybody closed down,” he told the 12th annual ‘Russia Calling’ Investment Forum in Moscow, when asked if he sees any parallels with previous financial crises. The business event is being held online this year for the first time due to the pandemic.

“We’ve had many epidemics in history, but never before did they close McDonalds, never before did they close all the airlines,” Rogers noted, adding that this overreaction has ruined many economies and the lives of many people. The investor believes that the current crisis is markedly different to previous ones as never in history have governments spent, printed or borrowed so much money. While the current situation might be good for the markets, he noted that it cannot be good for the future due to skyrocketing debt. “I caution all of you, it’s been 11 years since we’ve had a serious bear market… and I would suggest to you that maybe next time when we have a serious bear market it’s going to be the worst in my lifetime,” Rogers told the participants of the forum.

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It’s going to be such a mess.

Swing States Face The Worst Postal Delays, Data Shows (F.)

Battleground states in the presidential election are suffering from some of the worst ballot delivery delays in the country, U.S. Postal Service data analyzed by the Washington Post shows, and with state laws or court rulings requiring mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day, several states face a particularly high risk of voters having their ballots arrive too late to count, potentially impacting close races.

Michigan: Data analyzed by the Post shows that only 72.8% of ballots in Detroit and 84.3% of ballots elsewhere in Michigan have been delivered on time over the past five days, and an appeals court ruled that mail-in ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Wisconsin: Less than 85% of ballots are being delivered on time in the Lakeland district covering much of Wisconsin, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that ballots must be delivered by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Colorado: There’s a similar on-time rate in Colorado, which has been holding primarily mail-based elections since 2013 and has a number of established mail-in voting processes in place and requires ballots to be returned by Election Day.

Pennsylvania: While ballot delivery in Western Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia area is above 93%, on-time delivery is less than 85% in Eastern Pennsylvania, and though ballots can be delivered for up to three days after Election Day, late-arriving ballots will be segregated and could potentially be invalidated by the Supreme Court.

Georgia: Parts of Northern Georgia are experiencing less than 85% of ballots being delivered on time—mail elsewhere in the state is being delivered between 90% and 93% on time—and an appeals court has ruled that ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Only approximately 85% of North Carolina ballots were delivered on time, but mail-in ballots there can be delivered up to nine days after Election Day, and while not as bad as in other battleground states, ballot delivery is still below the USPS’s ideal service standard of 97% on time in parts of Florida, Ohio and Minnesota, where late ballots will also be segregated and potentially invalidated by the courts.

95.04%. That’s the average national rate of on-time delivery for completed ballots being sent from voters to election officials between October 24 and 29, according to USPS data filed in federal court Friday, while 98.2% of blank ballots were sent on average from election offices to voters on time. (On-time delivery for first class mail like election mail is classified as between one to three days.) The Justice Department, which is representing USPS in court, noted in the filing that the numbers aren’t a “representatively accurate measurement” of USPS service performance because they only include ballots sent using specific codes, and do not take “first mile” and “last mile” service into account, which could add time to delivery.

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“Butler County voted for President Donald Trump over Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in 2016 about 66% to 29%.”

Thousands Of Ballots In Pennsylvania May Be Missing (ET)

Thousands of voters in Butler County, Pennsylvania, said have they never received their ballots…Nearly 40,000 registered voters in the county requested mail-in ballots, but only about 24 percent of them have been returned back to the county so far, authorities said. “At first we thought that maybe it just was a delay in the postal system” due to the high number of requests, Leslie Osche, chair of the Butler County commissioners, was quoted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as saying. “And that could still be the case. But nonetheless, when we realized that, we changed our strategy and now have begun to tell folks that if they haven’t received a ballot, they still have multiple options.” “Our main focus—because it’s too late now to worry about this—we need to make sure we get these people their ballots,” Osche added.

A U.S. Postal Service (USPS) spokesperson told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the agency is “unaware of any significant delays or issues and is in regular contact with the Board of Election as we work to locate and deliver ballots as they are presented to us.” As of Tuesday, voters in Pennsylvania cannot apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot. A local county official, Aaron Sheasley, told CNN Friday that the county has received more than 10,000 phone calls about information related to the ballots that were requested but not received. “Somewhere between the post office and the Pittsburgh sorting facility something happened,” Sheasley told the network. “We don’t know what.” He added: “We haven’t given out any numbers” about the number of missing ballots “because we simply don’t know.”

Speaking to CNN, Chuck Bugar, president of the American Postal Workers Union Pittsburgh chapter, said there is no record that suggests the missing ballots in Butler County made it to a Postal Service facility. “There’s no pile of ballots that have been taken from the Butler County election committee that are sitting around,” Bugar said. “There’s no record or indication that they entered the mail stream. There’s paperwork that goes along with it.” Butler County voted for President Donald Trump over Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in 2016 about 66% to 29%. The county is located north of Pittsburgh and has approximately 150,000 registered voters. In 2020, both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden have been holding events and rallies, vying to secure the key battleground state with 20 electoral votes.

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“Biden’s polling average advantage is greater than 5 points in just four of twelve swing states and the race will hinge on what happens in the races where Biden’s margin is thin enough to leave the candidates in a virtual dead heat.”

Polling Averages Show Trump Gaining On Biden In Most Swing States (USA Today)

Election Day is four days away, and more than half the number of Americans who voted in 2016 have already cast their ballots, as polls continue to show Democratic nominee Joe Biden with a large national lead over President Donald Trump, along with a smaller advantage in several key states. The deadline for early voting ends Friday in several states where the race is tight, including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Texas – and on Saturday in the key states of Florida and North Carolina. Though early turnout appears to favor Democrats in many states, Republicans are gaining ground quickly in Florida and other early voting states. As the race enters the home stretch, the USA TODAY average of averages, which is based on data from RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight, finds Biden up 8.3 percentage points over Trump nationally. That is nearly a full point higher than Biden was at the end of September but 2 points lower than the 10.1-point edge he held in mid-October.

The polls were also shifting in Trump’s favor ahead of his upset win over Hillary Clinton in 2016, but that trend was more pronounced and her lead was not as big as Biden’s heading into the election. Four days before Election Day that year, Clinton’s average lead was about 2.1 percentage points. If the states end up breaking according to their current polling averages, and assuming the non-swing states go the way they did in 2016, Biden would win decisively in the Electoral College, even if he lost Ohio, which is tied. But Biden’s polling average advantage is greater than 5 points in just four of twelve swing states and the race will hinge on what happens in the races where Biden’s margin is thin enough to leave the candidates in a virtual dead heat.

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Trafalgar was right 4 years ago. The others, not so much.

Positive Trump Polls Spark Polling Circle Debate (Hill)

Most pollsters show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with a sturdy and stable lead over President Trump at a time when tens of millions of people have already voted and there is almost no time to change the course of the race. But a handful of contrarian pollsters believe Trump’s support is underrepresented and that election analysts could be headed for another embarrassing miss on Election Day. The battles have spilled on to social media, where some well-known political analysts have dismissed polls that show Trump leading Biden. The Trafalgar Group, which was the only nonpartisan outlet in 2016 to find Trump leading in Michigan and Pennsylvania on Election Day, shows Trump with small leads in both states, which would be keys to another Trump win in the Electoral College. Nearly every other pollster shows Biden with a comfortable lead.

Trafalgar’s Robert Cahaly says there is a hidden Trump vote that is not being accounted for in polls that show Biden on a glide path to the White House. “There are more [shy Trump voters] than last time and it’s not even a contest,” Cahaly said, adding that it’s “quite possible” that the polling industry is headed for a catastrophic miss in 2020. FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver and Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman are among those deeply skeptical of Cahaly’s polling. Both have dug into the crosstabs of Trafalgar polls and pointed to questionable breakdowns as evidence Trafalgar doesn’t know what it’s doing. For instance, the crosstabs in a Michigan poll, which are no longer online, appeared to show Trump leading Biden by 8 points among young voters, a Democratic stronghold.

“[Trafalgar] doesn’t disclose their ‘proprietary digital methods’ so I can’t really evaluate what they’re doing,” said Jon McHenry, a Republican pollster with North Star Opinion Research. “They’re far enough out on a limb that a year from now, we’ll all remember if they were very right or very wrong.” FiveThirtyEight’s model gives Trump about an 11 percent chance of winning — roughly equal to pulling an inside straight in poker — after giving him about a 30 percent chance on Election Day in 2016. Biden appears to have a more comfortable lead in the polls than Hillary Clinton had at this point in 2016. Polls show Trump is underperforming — in some cases dramatically — among the key coalitions that powered his 2016 victory. Biden is also a more popular candidate than Clinton.

McHenry said he does not think there are many “shy” Trump supporters who would lie about their intentions. Rather, there is concern about a “skewed response rate pattern,” whereby Trump voters would be less likely to participate in a survey or answer the phone when a pollster calls.

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More Trafalgar.

Trump Must Win Pa. By 4 Or 5 Points To Overcome Voter Fraud – Pollster (JTN)

Robert Cahaly, one of the few pollsters who correctly had Donald Trump ahead in Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan the day before Election Day in 2016, said on “Hannity” Friday night that Trump is going to have to win Pennsylvania by four or five points to “overcome the voter fraud that’s going to happen there.” Cahaly, the chief pollster with the Georgia-based Trafalgar Group, is predicting a Trump victory against Democratic candidate Joe Biden. He says the other pollsters don’t understand the so-called “shy Trump voters.”

“These [voters] aren’t straightforward when it comes to these polls,” Cahaly told host Sean Hannity. “[The other pollsters] don’t understand it, they refuse to understand it, and it seems actually logical. I think that the states that we had before for Trump — Florida, Arizona and North Carolina — are still there. I feel like Michigan is a win right now. Pennsylvania, he’s going to need to get further along than he is. I think he’s going to need to win Pennsylvania by four or five to overcome the voter fraud that’s going to happen there.”

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“..half of White voters have cast ballots [..] In Pennsylvania, nearly 75% of registered Black voters have not yet voted..”

Biden Advisers Sound Red Alert Over Black, Latino Turnout (ZH)

Senior Biden campaign officials are ‘becoming increasingly worried’ over low turnout among black and latino voters in key states such as Pennsylvania and Florida, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. “Despite record early-vote turnout around the country, there are warning signs for Biden. In Arizona, two-thirds of Latino registered voters have not yet cast a ballot. In Florida, half of Latino and Black registered voters have not yet voted but more than half of White voters have cast ballots, according to data from Catalist, a Democratic data firm. In Pennsylvania, nearly 75% of registered Black voters have not yet voted, the data shows.” -Bloomberg. “I would like to see turnout increase – and yes, we need improvement,” said Biden super PAC president, Steve Schale in a Tuesday blog post.

According to the report, top campaign leaders are confident that blacks and latinos will show up on election day, however some Biden advisers have expressed concerns about a lack of participation – and are urging the campaign to spend more money to target minority voters in the final stretch. Perhaps minorities found out that Biden didn’t want to raise his children in a racial jungle when he opposed desegregation? Or that he drafted the 1994 crime bill, which sent tens of thousands of black men to prison for minor crimes, something Biden was proud of as recently as four years ago. Or that his ‘guide and mentor’ was an ‘Exalted Cyclops’ in the KKK (who renounced his racist ways when it became a political liability he saw the light.)

Or that he equates being poor to being black. Or that rapper 20 cent endorsed Trump (until his ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler yanked his leash), while Lil’ Wayne, Kanye and Ice Cube have thrown their support behind Trump, or at least a new ‘platinum plan’ intended to help the black community.

Lil Wayne

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“He thinks he’s going to win, and I know he’s an evil genius and he’s smarter than all of us. And I know people hate to hear that, but I’m sorry.”

Michael Moore: Trump ‘Evil Genius,’ Biden’s Poll Lead Not Accurate Count (JTN)

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is warning that Joe Biden’s hefty leads in nearly every national poll is not accurate and is calling President Trump an “evil genius” who could well figure out a way to win reelection. The left-wing director told The Hill that 2020 is beginning to look a lot like 2016, when pollsters predicted Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide, prompting the Democratic candidate to stop campaigning in Wisconsin and Michigan — two states she went on to lose. “Biden is pretty much doing what Hillary did,” Moore said Thursday. “He’s come to Michigan a couple of times, but he hasn’t for the last 10 days. I’ve been, like, putting out there on social media and saying that ‘Where’s Joe Biden? Why isn’t Biden coming to Michigan?’

“Remember Hillary not coming to Michigan, not going to Wisconsin? Why is Pence here in Flint the other day? Why is Trump in Lansing, Trump in Muskegon? Trump everywhere!” Moore, known for films like “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Roger and Me,” said there are most definitely hidden Trump voters out there. “The Trump vote is always being undercounted, the pollsters, when they actually call a real Trump voter, the Trump voter’s very suspicious of the ‘Deep State’ calling them and asking them who they’re voting for,” Moore said. Of Biden’s lead, Moore said: “It’s all fake news to them, remember. It’s not an accurate count.”

“I think the safe thing to do, this is not scientific … whatever they’re saying the Biden lead is, cut it in half, right now, in your head. Cut it in half, and now you’re within the four-point margin of error.” Trump, Moore said, is “smarter than all of us.” “I wake up every morning with the assumption that Trump believes he’s going to win and that’s good enough for me,” the director said. “He thinks he’s going to win, and I know he’s an evil genius and he’s smarter than all of us. And I know people hate to hear that, but I’m sorry.”

Michael Moore

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“Tony Podesta, Manafort and Gates worked together on lobbying and political consulting projects..”

Mueller Had Evidence DNC, Clinton Camp Made Up Russia Collusion Story (JTN)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office gathered evidence suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee launched a political “smear job” in spring 2016 tying Donald Trump to Russia collusion through the lobbying work of his campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Ukraine, according to memos that were excluded from the prosecutor’s final report. The evidence, reviewed by Just the News, includes information obtained by State Department officials from a trusted Ukrainian source, a private investigator’s report, and an email exchange suggesting Tony Podesta — a Manafort business associate and brother of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta — tried at one point to slow down the opposition research project.

The evidence — which is additional to records showing the law firm for the Clinton campaign and the DNC funded the infamous “Steele dossier” given to the FBI — was never mentioned in last year’s vast, two-volume Mueller Report, which concluded that no Americans colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. The newly surfaced evidence bolsters separate intelligence reporting that Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe made public recently showing the Obama CIA also believed Clinton’s campaign had launched a political dirty trick to “vilify” Trump on Russia in an effort to distract from her own controversies.

“We did have evidence to show that early collusion allegations against Trump and Manafort were created or propagated by people who either worked for the DNC or the Clinton campaign, including some efforts that went beyond the Steele dossier,” a person with direct knowledge of the Mueller probe told Just the News. Asked why the Mueller report did not mention the Clinton campaign tactics, the source answered: “Our job was to report on and prosecute crimes, not write an essay on how political opposition research was conducted by the two parties.”

Unredacted emails and other documents gathered by Mueller’s team suggest the earliest hint of the Democrats’ Russia collusion smear campaign emerged in a May 2016 email exchange between Democratic super-lobbyist Tony Podesta and Manafort’s lead business manager in Ukraine, Rick Gates, who also worked as a deputy campaign manager for the Trump campaign. The thread appeared under the subject line: “DNC and Paul Manafort.” Though on opposite sides of the political spectrum, Tony Podesta, Manafort and Gates worked together on lobbying and political consulting projects related to Ukraine’s Party of Regions and former President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted from power in 2014.

“Last Friday APAC had a meeting at DNC organized by their ethnic outreach office, presenting Democratic Party strategies for presidential elections,” Gates emailed Tony Podesta on May 17, 2016. “One of the subjects was a smear campaign against Paul Manafort, which will be launched in a couple of days. The head of the ethnic outreach is of Ukrainian descent and has connections in Ukraine. “She was able to produce documents linking Manafort to Moscow during his time as adviser to Victor Yanukowych (cq), ousted former Ukrainian president. They will try to link Donald Trump to Putin through Manafort’s engagement and money trail of over [a] billion dollars. This was a formal presentation on the part of DNC — I am trying to obtain an audio tape from the meeting. I just wanted to share this with you to make you aware before they start.”

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Taibbi and Greenwald would seem to be a good team.

The Tucker video is excellent. And a strong sign of what US media has become, that Greenwald needs to go to Fox to be able to tell his story.

Glenn Greenwald On His Resignation From The Intercept (Taibbi)

Greenwald, after commenting pointedly about the reaction by press and Democratic Party officials to the New York Post story, reached out to Intercept editor Betsy Reed to float the idea of writing on the subject. The first hint of trouble came when Reed suggested that yes, it might be a story, if proven correct, but “even if it did represent something untoward about Biden,” that would “represent a tiny fraction of the sleaze and lies Trump and his cronies are oozing in every day.” When Greenwald retorted that deciding not to report on one politician’s scandals because those of another politician are deemed worse is a “corrupt calculus” for reporters, Reed expressed concern. Based on this, on his comments on Twitter, and other factors, she worried that “we are headed for a conflict over the editing of this piece.”

Greenwald insisted he wasn’t planning an overwhelming amount of coverage but wanted to do a single article, reviewing the available facts and perhaps asking the Biden campaign to comment on the veracity of the Post story. Reed agreed that he should write a draft, then they could “see where we are.” An aside: when reporters and editors interact, they speak between the lines. If an editor only ever suggests or assigns stories from a certain angle, you’re being told they don’t particularly want the other angle. If your editor has lots of hypothetical concerns at the start, he or she probably won’t be upset if you choose a different topic. Finally, when an editor lays out “suggestions” about things that might “help” a piece “be even stronger,” it’s a signal both parties understand about what elements have to be put in before the editor will send the thing through.

Reed explained that any piece Greenwald wrote on the Biden/Burisma subject would have to go through “the editorial process and fact-checking that we do with any story with this kind of high profile.” Peter Maass would edit, but Reed also noted that there was a lot of “in-house knowledge” they could all “tap into.” By “in-house knowledge,” she meant the work of Robert Mackey and Jim Risen, two Intercept reporters with whom Greenwald clashed in the past. Risen had already loudly denounced the Post story not only as conspiracy theory, but foreign disinformation. Essentially, Reed was telling Greenwald his piece would be quasi-edited by people with whom he’d had major public disagreements about Russia-related issues going back years.

To this, Greenwald responded that this was a double-standard: when Risen wrote an article credulously quoting intelligence officials like James Clapper, John Brennan, and Michael Hayden (more on the extreme irony of this later) describing the Post story as having “the classic earmarks of Russian misinformation,” he could do so willy-nilly. But when Greenwald wanted to write an op-ed piece questioning the “prevailing wisdom on Biden and Burisma,” a team of people would would be summoned. “The only reason people are getting interested in and ready to scrutinize what I write is because everyone is afraid of being accused of having published something harmful to Biden,” Greenwald told them. “That’s the reality.”

Tucker Greenwald

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From a colleague at the Intercept.

The Intercept Abandoned Truth-Seeking Mission, Lost Its Best Journalist (Q.)

Unfortunately, not everyone at the Intercept felt that we should be “aggressively anti-partisan.” As the election approached, many colleagues began to complain about my articles about Clinton. At the time, I should stress, I was a politics reporter. I didn’t write columns or offer my opinion in these articles. My reporting was fact-based and in the public interest, and at no point did my colleagues (or other credible critics) question the facts I presented. Rather, they simply didn’t like seeing Democrats facing bad press at a time when they were going up against Trump in the general election. These internal pressures grew by an order of magnitude after Trump went on to win the presidency. It was ruefully communicated to me, in various ways, that I had helped betray our unwritten mandate to help Clinton defeat Trump.

Over time, these discussions became more explicit, with the editorial line becoming increasingly partisan and ideologically skewed. It no longer felt like we were an independent outlet dedicated to telling the truth and investigating those in power. Our goal was to undermine the Trump administration. Yes, we occasionally criticized Democrats, but almost invariably for not being sufficiently progressive or militantly anti-Trump. Greenwald is a controversial figure, but my sense of him is that he’s extremely principled. Although he’s unabashedly a man of the liberal-Left—having spent years advocating for left-wing causes from animal rights to anti-war activism—he has developed an impressive (some would call it inflexible) commitment to what he sees as basic fairness.

He doesn’t care about the letter next to a politician’s name: Greenwald believes everyone in power should be held accountable at all times. For someone who’s so outspoken about his progressive politics, he’s remarkably consistent about refusing to do favors (including favors of omission) for any politician or party. In the current climate, this marks him as an exception. And no matter what others’ views on Greenwald might be, it would be hard for any informed media observer to deny that his newly published observations about the Intercept apply equally to numerous other journalistic outlets around the world [..]

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“The Times is being sued for defamation for calling the videos “deceptive,” “coordinated disinformation,” using solely “unidentified sources,” and for having “no verifiable evidence.”

Project Veritas To Sue New York Times Over Ballot Harvesting Story (JTN)

James O’Keefe, the founder and CEO of Project Veritas, announced Friday his organization intends to sue The New York Times and two of its reporters, Maggie Astor and Tiffany Hsu, for defamation. The announcement came after negotiations for an apology and a retraction failed. The lawsuit is based on a story that Project Veritas broke regarding the practice of paying cash for ballots, tied to Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar. As they often do, Project Veritas used undercover video and published footage of two people who state that it was Omar who “came up with” the scheme to purchase ballots.

[..] The Times is being sued for defamation for calling the videos “deceptive,” “coordinated disinformation,” using solely “unidentified sources,” and for having “no verifiable evidence.” The Times claims that the term “deceptive” is an opinion, and thus not defamatory. But Project Veritas points out that it was in the news, not opinion section of the paper, and that the Times violated its own standards by not contacting Project Veritas for a comment before publishing the story. The parties appeared close to resolving the matter to avoid a lawsuit. O’Keefe said Project Veritas worked in good faith to achieve that outcome, but in the end, negotiations failed.

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Third world.

The Tech Antitrust Problem No One Is Talking About (Wired)

After years of building political pressure for antitrust scrutiny of major tech companies, this month Congress and the US government delivered. The House Antitrust Subcommittee released a report accusing Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook of monopolistic behavior. The Department of Justice filed a complaint against Google alleging the company prevents consumers from sampling other search engines. The new fervor for tech antitrust has so far overlooked an equally obvious target: US broadband providers. “If you want to talk about a history of using gatekeeper power to harm competitors, there are few better examples,” says Gigi Sohn, a fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy.

Sohn and other critics of the four companies that dominate US broadband—Verizon, Comcast, Charter Communications, and AT&T—argue that antitrust intervention has been needed for years to lower prices and widen internet access. A Microsoft study estimated last year that as many as 162.8 million Americans lack meaningful broadband, and New America’s Open Technology Institute recently found that US consumers pay, on average, more than those in Europe, Asia, or elsewhere in North America. The coronavirus pandemic has given America’s gaping digital divide more bite. Children without reliable internet have been forced to scavenge bandwidth outside libraries and Taco Bells to complete virtual school assignments. In April, a Pew Research Center survey found that one in five parents with children whose schools had been closed by coronavirus believed it likely they would not be able to complete schoolwork at home because of an inadequate internet connection.

Such problems are arguably more material than some of the antitrust issues that have recently won attention in Washington. The Department of Justice complaint against Google argues that the company’s payments to Apple to set its search engine as the default on the iPhone make it too onerous for consumers to choose a competing search provider. For tens of millions of Americans, changing broadband providers is even more difficult—it requires moving. The Institute for Local Self Reliance, which promotes community broadband projects, recently estimated from Federal Communications Commission data that some 80 million Americans can only get high-speed broadband service from one provider.

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    Alfred Buckham Edinburgh c1920   • WHO Special Envoy On COVID Reiterates Caution Against Lockdowns (PFW) • Governments Closing Economies Worse Th
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle Halloween 2020]

    V. Arnold

    Alfred Buckham Edinburgh c1920
    I really like that photo; but; why the hell did he have to stick that damn aeroplane in it?
    (I know he liked to do that; but why, in this otherwise great picture?)
    The “election/vote” is just a vile, twisted, fascist, joke on a sleeping populace…
    It’s Loy Kratom here; the celebration of the end of the rainy season and the beginning of winter; and a thanks to the water gods for a plentiful water for the rice crops…

    Basseterre Kitona

    Trump will still be President on January 21, 2121. Election almost doesn’t even matter anymore.

    Firstly, there is a good chance Trump wins in a Reaganesque 1984 landslide. But secondly, should Biden squeeze out a victory then remember that the Electoral College votes take place on Dec 14th and Jan 6. Biden might be under investigation by then and if more corruption emerges then the Electors can legitimate disqualify him from the race. A lame-duck Trump admin could be very dangerous for the Dems. Fire Wray. Fire Haspel. Unleash the truth bombs. The finish line for Biden is not November 3rd.


    Will lockdowns become self-perpetuating?

    Lockdowns are damaging businesses : bars, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, sports, and shops. These areas were already under threat from supermarket drinks, food delivery, online streaming, TV and online shopping.

    When you think about it these are all reasons for leaving the house and for social gatherings. If most of these businesses disappear then there will be little reason to leave your house – there wil be no place to go! The effect will be as if it is a permanent lockdown.

    There is a large trend to remote working and remote learning – more reasons not to leave the house. Some blue collar workers are needed to move goods around and man the factories which are not yet automated. Unemployment is also a reason to not leave the house.

    We could end up with a society of isolated individuals.


    Will lockdowns become self-perpetuating?

    No, and for the same reason all these new lockdowns will be disastrous: people need people. When stores and bars close, people will find each other, because they need each other. Here in Athens, a one month closure of all bars, restaurants etc. was announced yesterday. People will gather in streets, stores, and especially homes. Where you can’t check on them, unlike in the places you just closed. The 1st lockdown, we were heading into spring, but now into winter. Here come the depressions and suicides. And where are the rapid test programs and the mass supplies of vit. D and zinc, which together could have prevented at least half of all new cases, hospitalizations, deaths? Nowhere to be found. We’re witnessing a giant political failure, and in many places it will be fought out in the street. In the US, the “peaceful protests” opened Pandora’s box on that one, and It can’t be shut anymore. The rest of the west will follow suit.

    Dr. D

    “Note that there really is no authority to postpone elections, for this is not an epidemic that is defined as a 7.7% death rate of the population. The US population is 328 million. The COVID-19 deaths, with all other complications included, amounts to almost 230,000. To be a real epidemic we would need to see 25,256,000 deaths.” –Armstrong.

    Still 25M short.

    That was German and U.S. elections, among others. Note “Pandemic” is for all diseases always. Like the common cold, pneumonia, staph, MERSA, herpes. We do not shut down the planet and double our suicides for those either. Because that would be retarded and more to the point, counterproductive. In fact we DON’T shut down for COVID either: they said so themselves! They only “buy time” to “flatten the curve”, like 15 days or something, because they said it can’t be stopped. And it hasn’t been stopped. Only our mental processes have. And all human rights.

    Fake death or no, they are about to run the Electoral College system with fine print you and I never heard of. …And like everything, makes no sense, but empowers wealthy insiders. You know, Like forced austerity on the poor, world-wide house arrest against the Gilet Jeunes, squealing on your neighbors, end of all free speech and fun stuff like that. WHILE riots kill the peasants in America, and Muslims kill the peasants in France. Diversity! It’s the only up with no down.

    Daily deaths. Huh. That looks a lot like I don’t trust your data. At all. But I ask you, HOW will mankind survive the deaths of TWO per million people? Who are over 80. Oh the humanity!

    “ WHO Special Envoy On COVID Reiterates Caution Against Lockdowns (PFW)”

    Does this make everyone anti-science yet? I mean more than they already were since January? Does make the poor, uneducated, uninformed protesters the champions of Science, while Science, Medicine, and government are universally anti-Science? I say yes. And therefore anti-reason? And anti-reason will make bad choices and kill millions? No need to hypothocate: they already have.

    Also as a Doctor, “maintaining the capacity to find people with the disease and isolating THEM,” Correct. That is, we quarantine the people who are SICK, not the people who are well and in no danger whatsoever. As we have for 10,000 years until now. When all authorities are in open rebellion against all science and reason.

    everything collapsed and you had politicians and media and everybody overreacting”

    Yes and no. Since it was entirely voluntary and 99.97% fake, you can tell the truth and open up in 30 minutes. That is, it’s not a collapse anymore than if I sent everybody home from work. Even if I SAID there had been a factory fire. The people could still return and we could still turn it back on because there was no fire. Nothing at all happened, nothing was destroyed. …Except the poor, I mean, when you unemployed them all and transferred their assets to Bezos. That’s real.

    We may or may not have a Bear market. If the currency is swapped, stocks will be infinite. To da moon as real assets, the Zimbabwe express. Bonds could even hold as people seek any parking place. But I expect when sovereigns fail – and I remind you they already have in Greece and elsewhere, while the EU is promoting “eternal” bonds i.e. “we will never pay principle and pay interest when and how we feel like” – AND a market-rigged delay in commodities boom in a world where the mines are shut and no one is exporting food – it’ll be what most people call a “bear” market. That is, a bull market in the other things: commodities. This is a 1/3 – 2/3 ratio, so commodities move far faster. Buffet is already in railroads and mines, and Soros is already in seeds and the food system. Cause they’re dummies who aren’t as smart as the Zoomers on Robinhood, of course.

    “Swing States Face the Worst Postal Delays, Data Shows (F.)”

    Is that ‘cause the swing states had mail-in forced down their throats? When DJT told them not to? And is now blowing up and backfiring on Democrats such that Holder is stumping for in-person votes? You know, it seems like we are against you when we say these things, but we’re not. We’re really telling you how to win. Get a policy, get a candidate, don’t change the rules mid-stream. Like filibuster laws and the 2/3 majority they needed for Judges that the DNC removed when they thought they would win. McConnell said they would regret it sooner than they thought. They did anyway it to run over the other side over all objections and tradition. Now it’s backfired beyond all imagination, but the GOP didn’t do that: they’re the ones who told you not to. As with mail-in. It wasn’t secure. Guess what: in about 40 ways it’s not, we now have hundreds of examples, and we’re not even to election day yet. Why?

    “Butler County voted for President Donald Trump over Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in 2016 about 66% to 29%.

    I’d say what a coinky-dink but since this level of incompetence and fraud is nationwide, in all systems, not just elections and government, I would need more to draw a pattern. Needs felony investigation, though. However I hear there is no level of evidence that could spark one.

    “Biden’s polling average advantage is greater than 5 points”

    This is all in the details. They have Biden landslide in Idaho, Texas, Wisconsin (where DJT is already winning by points) and like every other Red state in the Union. By 12 points or something. So will the polls be wrong? My God I cannot image how they COULDN’T be with idiot predictions like that. In reality, Biden campaign and Mike Moore have it: they are losing by a few points, already lost Florida and gave up, and are trying to hold even eternal-blue state of Minnesota thanks to their “hey, let’s play with riots”. But remember by our system, a small turn in unknown key areas can result in 30-elector states in swinging, leading to a “landslide”. President always claim a “landslide” and a “mandate.” Probably W. did, and his landslide was in the Supreme court by a vote. …Totally illegally, of course: The court has no jurisdiction at that time and manner. But Papa Bush and idiot sons of idiot sons, you know…can’t have Capitalism and Democracy.

    The results chart is hilarious, however, if it were really the same for all outcomes, what would they fight for? So there’s something at stake.

    “Most people have voted”

    Pundits say they – that is Bannon and Guiliani – don’t consider election day the target this year since they (DNC? China?) are targeting the courts and electors this time. That may be true. At least they believe it or they wouldn’t have released Hunter’s laptop now instead of a month ago. They want this to be flying around AFTER the election to decide not you and I – when did anyone care what us voters want? – but electors, prosecutors, and judges. You know, insiders. Ah Democracy! Where nobody even bothers with your vote.

    Biden Advisers Sound Red Alert Over Black, Latino Turnout (ZH)”

    Again with the lies. They BOTH say that Biden is up by 19 points and is a 99% victory, AND that Biden is losing both in general, in early mail-ins, and Latino, and Black voters. Pollsters? Get your lies straight, Biden is probably right and is indicating for you to get in line behind him. Like the entire U.S. and world media has. They’re haven’t got the memo and are still playing that Biden landslide, Trump steals, move to courts-n-riots. We already have 160 days of riots driving over policemen, so as if I care.

    Pollsters also were wrong in the midterms, proving they didn’t adjust. And they are clearly not adjusting for doubled Latino vote and tripled black vote, although that is abundantly clear in Florida. They’re like bankers. Or Economists. Or Professors. So long as everybody is totally, stupidly wrong TOGETHER, nobody takes any blame. Like ‘01. ‘08. The Gulf War. Asian “Dominoes”. Need I go on?

    THERE IS NO LEVEL OF WRONG OR INCOMPETENCE THAT CAN MATTER. For idiot sons, THERE IS NO CAUSE AND EFFECT. It’s always heads I win, tails you lose. This is why, as a certain Rockefeller said, “Competition is a sin.”

    Mueller Had Evidence DNC, Clinton Camp Made Up Russia Collusion Story (JTN)

    What did I just tell you? THERE IS NO LEVEL OF CORRUPTION THAT HAS CONSEQUENCES. Everyone in Milwaukee already knew this. And about Epstein. Who did not kill himself.

    Greenwald needs to go to Fox to be able to tell his story.”

    My God what levels we’ve fallen to. True though. Fox is the only one to have “diversity” on, hosting Democrats, Progressives, candidates…

    “The Left says the story is ‘disinformation’” because Joe Biden won’t.

    From that, the Quilette appears to be real true news now. All help is appreciated. I mean Fox? The tabloid Post? National Inquirer? And from wayback: a guy called Drudge? Really? Yes, really. When truth is outlawed, only outlaws will have truth.

    Project Veritas To Sue New York Times Over Ballot Harvesting Story (JTN)”

    The NY Times hasn’t been news since the 90’s and hasn’t learned their lesson yet. Destroy them utterly. So long as they exist a real newspaper cannot take their place.

    162.8 million Americans lack meaningful broadband,”

    You’re kidding right? Because you think we’re so math illiterate we don’t know what 99.97% is? 162M Americans is HALF THE COUNTRY, morons. More than half the country can get broadband just leaking from their neighbors. More than half the country live in high-paid urban fiber-optic areas. More than half the NON-urban areas, and probably 90% have hi-speed cable already. How about 16M people? Because even homeless guys get it at coffee shops and the library. Even gig economy couch-surfers have a all-data smartphone to get job offers.

    The lies. I can’t take the lies. My God, engage ANY part of your thought.


    What I was wondering was if Ilargi had felt the earthquake (though it was more near Turkey). It was a big one- Richter 7- and produced small tsunamis. A small tsunami may be one you could stand in, but it’s still gonna flood the basement and soak the carpet.

    I think what Biden was saying was “true leadership under pressure”. Irony…

    Giant asteroid (meteor) used to be a popular candidate on ZH.
    Here in the land of a ten thousand lakes, the weather is looking like it will be spectacular (compared to what it has been) on voting day. We’ve been a bit purple lately, not as blue as we once were.
    The snow might even be melted by then!

    a kullervo


    Remember that cherry-picking the elders’ wisdom has led us to the present-day predicament.

    There isn’t any other homo sapiens‘ sub-species who suffers as much with l’ennui de vivre as the Caucasian male. The time to reap the harvest we couldn’t help but to sow has arrived – may you be spared the bruxism.


    Bruxism: I’m hoping it will go away after the elections, but it could get worse.

    So Ilargi- did you feel the quake?


    “…. making poor people an awful lot poorer..”
    Why are the rulers not getting rid of poor people?

    “A lame-duck Trump admin could be very dangerous for the Dems.”
    You must have seen my opinion on that possibility.
    “We could end up with a society of isolated individuals.”
    Have you seen 2 or more people sitting together and all look like they have a neck problem?
    They are all looking down on their phone. They don’t know how to socialize like we do.
    Intimate contacts, between boy/girl bubbles, have been made difficult/different.
    Do you think bundling will come back in style?
    (Go read about it. 🙂 )
    “…. HOW will mankind survive the deaths of TWO per million people? Who are over 80. ….”
    Answer: From the early inheritance!
    “idiot sons of idiot sons”
    Look here …. the sons of ….
    electors, prosecutors, and judges. You know, insiders.
    Or bankers. Or Economists. Or Professors.
    “…. math illiterate…. 162M Americans is HALF THE COUNTRY, morons.”
    What!!! Neck problem!!!! Curved necks!!!!!


    So Ilargi- did you feel the quake?

    I did not. I know other people in Athens did though.

    Maxwell Quest

    Wow! Just watched the Carlson/Greenwald interview that Ilargi posted above. Now that his Intercept collar has been removed, Glenn is really letting loose with his true thoughts on the US state/media partnership.

    “162.8 million Americans lack meaningful broadband,”

    Ah, but as James Clapper would agree, it’s not really a lie when you insert the ambiguous adjective “meaningful” into the statement. Lawyers could haggle for months over exactly what constitutes “meaningful” broadband. So much of today’s news is crafted in just this way: to outright lie by using vague adjectives as an out. Look for it. It’s everywhere.

    Great work, Dr. D!


    “I believe Donald Trump will be “re-elected.” The consolidation of global governance we are witnessing needs civil unrest to continue unrolling.

    Trump voters are not going to supply that chaos if Biden is elected.

    It’s hard to imagine any other outcome.”

    The Great Reset Needs Trump

    That seems accurate to me: Those who Rule us are going for maximum sh!t-stirring.


    There’s a couple of wonderful passages today over at lockdown sceptics which deserve a repost:
    First Lord Sumption (condensed) on the UK:
    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, especially when fear is created as people crave security so the state creates more fear and obtains greater control. Yet Parliament is not ready and willing to act and to stand for its high callings, rather it seems to have abrogated its responsibilities.

    Fear is a potent instrument of the state. It promotes intolerant conformism and abuse. Fear was deliberately stoked up by the state and by selective use of statistics and modellers: these were not accidental matters but part of a strategy whose errors and failures assisted in success. Boris is sustained in power by appealing to the irrational and emotional in collective wisdom.

    Boris is in power only with the consent of Parliament on behalf of the People, which he side-lines and avoids, thus diverging from our constitutional past, and acts unlawfully whilst instructing the police to do likewise and with political discrimination in their actions.

    Appropriate powers were available in the Civil Contingency Act 2004 and the Coronavirus Act 2020 but were ignored as Parliament had powers of oversight.

    Boris unlawfully used Part 2a of the Public Health and Disease Act 1984, as amended 2008. Such actions required Parliamentary scrutiny and approval which Boris wanted to avoid. Boris’s actions are totalitarian as they did not get Parliament’s approval. (See Lord Hoffman in House of Lords Ex Parte Simms 2000.)

    Government by decree is not just constitutionally objectionable but bad government creating a delusion that authoritarian government gets things done. There is no detailed knowledge, no strategy, no wider thought, no research, no understanding of the all-round implications for the economy or health of the nation. The ministers act on the hoof, promote loyalty against wisdom, flattery against objective advice. These absences promote unfounded self-confidence, banish moderation and restraint. All these are vices seen in this Government.

    The British Public must wake from its failures to understand how these matters are an assault on social interaction eroding the glue of social wellbeing of a once united country and engage actively in politics, join political parties, and connect with MPs.

    And secondly, what it looks like when communities mobilise against excessive measures:
    Stop Press: The residents of Waynesville in North Carolina have shown some gumption when threatened with a local mask mandate. From Health Impact News.

    Waynesville leaders backed down from a proposed local mask mandate Tuesday night after nearly 100 people packed town hall to voice their opposition.

    Tensions rose before the meeting ever began when the assembled crowd — who were being held in the lobby until the doors opened — learned there wasn’t going to be enough room for them all in the town board room.

    Those wishing to speak were told to fill out forms and wait until their name was called. This didn’t sit well with many in the crowd, who demanded the meeting be moved to the sidewalk outside so that everyone could see and hear it — touching off a loud chant of “Take it outside.”

    Town staff and police officers eventually quelled the crowd and convinced them that waiting for their turn to speak was the only option. Another uprising ensued after the waiting crowd was told they couldn’t come in without a mask when their turn rolled around.

    The vast majority weren’t wearing a mask, given the whole reason they were there in the first place was to speak against the proposed mask mandate.

    Some claimed exemptions for religious and health reasons, but others simply said they weren’t going to wear one and it would violate their rights to be denied entry to a public hearing on that grounds.

    In the end, masks were offered but not compulsory.

    Wishful thinking on my part perhaps, but small things like these, and black/latino voters deciding it’s their own business if they decide to vote Trump rather than being gaslit into having their vote dictated, Greenwald taking a stand and receiving such strong roots-led support, and Craig Murray in the UK standing for leadership of the SNP.. I smell a whiff of prole rebellion stewing.

    John Day

    ​After all, you live in a system whose managers either are too dumb to understand the Vitamin D data (very unlikely) or have decided that they’d rather not promote it to the general populace for some reason. It’s a ridiculously safe vitamin with almost zero downside and virtually unlimited upside.
    ​ ​Either they’re colossally dumb, or this is a calculated decision. They’re not dumb. So we have to ask: What’s the calculation being performed here? It’s not public safety. It’s not your personal health. So… What is it?
    ​ ​This is our line of questioning and observation. It’s like the short story by Arthur Conan Doyle in Silver Blaze that many of us informally know as “the case of the dog that didn’t bark”. As the story goes, because of a missing clue – a dog who remained silent as a murder was committed – this conclusion could be drawn: the dog was already familiar with the killer!
    ​ ​The silence around Vitamin D alone is extremely telling. It is the pharmacological dog that did not bark.
    ​ ​One true inference suggests others. Here, too, we can deduce from the near total silence around Vitamin D that the health managers would prefer not to talk about it. They don’t want people to know. That much is painfully clear.
    ​ ​Such lack of promotion (let alone appropriate study) of safe, effective treatments is a thread that, if tugged, can unravel the whole rug. The silence tells us everything we need to know.
    ​ ​Do they want people to suffer and die? I don’t know. My belief systems certainly hope not. Perhaps the death and suffering are merely collateral damage as they pursue a different goal — money, power, politics? Simply the depressing result of a contentious election year? More than that?

    We Are Pawns In A Bigger Game Than We Realize

    ​Iran is giving Bitcoin an official capacity in bypassing the US dollar in paying for imports, and is turning over 4 power generating plants to Bitcoin production. Tom Luongo has the story and perspective:
    ​ ​The natural outgrowth of this is bitcoin competing in the open market locally for goods and services, regardless of the legality of it. But this will be a boon for Iran, who can now act as an international clearing house for money the U.S. can’t control.
    ​ ​This is a real-world use case for bitcoins in a world of financial repression and control. It jumps bitcoin from a store of value, where it resides now because of government restrictions on its use through tax policy to a medium of exchange for mediums of exchange.
    ​ ​Iran does this while the IMF is working on a digital SDR — the currency based on its reserves — that will only flow between central banks. This is a clear move to consolidate the financial power of the world in the unelected technocracy.
    ​ ​It’s a small step from here to Iran accepting bitcoins for oil and gas exports, if they aren’t doing so already behind the scenes.

    Market Friday: Iran, Bitcoin and The Sanctions That Won’t Be

    Why Propaganda is Vital In Upholding The Illusion of a Democracy​ Cynthia Chung​
    ​ ​The Arthashastra written by Chankya (350-283 BCE) who was chief advisor to the Emperor Chandragupta (the first ruler of the Mauryan Empire) discusses propaganda and how to disperse and apply it in warfare. It is one of the oldest accounts of the essentialism of propaganda in warfare.
    ​ ​Propaganda is vital in times of war because it is absolutely imperative that the people, who often need to make the greatest sacrifices and suffer the most, believe that such a war is justified and that such a war will provide them security. To the degree that they believe this to be true, the greater the degree of sacrifice and suffering they are willing to submit themselves for said “promised security”.
    ​ ​It is crucial that when the people look at the “enemy” they see something sub-human, for if they recognise that said “enemy” has in fact humanity, the jig is up so to speak.​”…
    ​ ​Mass propaganda is the very reason why in this so-called “age of information”, we are more confused and divided from each other than ever
    ​…​There a many different forms of warfare, but namely there is warfare that exists in the physical domain of aggression vs defense and warfare that exists in the mental domain of ideas.​..
    ​ Though we still use much of the same old strategies today, war is ever more located on the plane of ideas, and along with this the ever increasing focus on the manipulation of information and the populace’s perspective of who is good and who is bad.
    ​ ​The war that needs to be fought against the present tyranny is thus increasingly a mental war.​..
    ​ ​The higher battle ground is being fought on the plane of ideas and which proposed ‘new system’ will replace the current collapsing one we are presently in. On the one side the hegemonic rule of a one world government who thinks that they can use force and oppression to rule and on the other side a multi-polar system of cooperating nation states committed to progress that will offer a real qualitative return for the future.​..
    ​ ​Orwell identifies this under two forms of “doublethink”, which are “crimestop” and “blackwhite”. “Crimestop” meaning the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of a dangerous thought.
    ​ ​Orwell further states “It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments…and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop in short, means protective stupidity.”
    ​ ​“Blackwhite”, is the act of contradiction of plain facts, applied to an opponent. And when applied to the Party, it is the willingness to say black is white when the Party discipline demands it so.​..
    ​ Orwell continues “The splitting of the intelligence which the Party requires of its members, and which is more easily achieved in an atmosphere of war, is now almost universal, but the higher up the ranks one goes, the more marked it becomes. It is precisely in the Inner Party that war hysteria and hatred of the enemy are strongest.” ​…(Does anybody come to mind?)

    Why Propaganda is Vital In Upholding The Illusion of a Democracy

    ​Tulsi Gabbard’s interview with Pentagon Papers Journalist, Daniel Ellsberg commences with an Aloha Hug:

    Tom Luongo on “the disgust circuit” activating, at which point a person does something different.

    BidenGate – That’s Quite Enough of That

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