Oct 082020

Rene Magritte Memory 1944


Pence Responds to Charlottesville Very Fine People Hoax at VP Debate (Pollak)
Trump: All US Troops Should Be Withdrawn From Afghanistan By Christmas (JTN)
Mike Flynn Seeks To Remove Judge Overseeing Case, Alleging Bias (JTN)
“A Means Of Distracting The Public” (Turley)
Despite MSM And Establishment Bias Against Trump, He’ll Still Win (Feierstein)
Trump Orders Russiagate Documents Declassified (Ray McGovern)
Is Warren Buffett the Wallet Behind Black Lives Matter? (Tablet)
The Constitutional Reckoning of State Lockdown Orders (AIER)
Golden Dawn Leader And Ex-MPs Found Guilty In Landmark Trial (G.)
Why Did Golden Dawn’s Neo-Nazi Leaders Get Away With It For So Long? (G.)
Reporters Claim Facebook is Censoring Information on Julian Assange Case (MPN)
Movie-Going Could ‘Become Extinct’ Warns Director (BBC)



Didn’t see the VP debate, but did see the reactions, tons of them. Pretty sure nobody really listened, and nobody learned a thing. Because those reactions are as split along party lines as the whole country is. Dems think Kamala did great, Reps think Pence demolished her.

All perfectly exemplified by the “very fine people” hoax. Both Biden and Kamala brought it up again. There is no clearer illustration of America’s divide than them being able to use a long deconstructed line again and again. Their supporters simply haven’t seen or read how ludicrous the whole thing is. Because their media won’t tell them. This happens on both sides, obviously.

Another example is the very strange play around fracking, where both Biden and Harris have in the past said they would ban it, and now say they won’t. Apparently this is because of the battle for Pennsylvania. Opportunism.



Banning fracking





“Joe Biden will be a president who brings our country together ..”

There are people who believe that? Wow. Trump brings the people together, in that everyone focuses on him. But Biden?

Pence Responds to Charlottesville Very Fine People Hoax at VP Debate (Pollak)

At long last, the Charlottesville “very fine people” hoax has been deflated on the national stage. At the vice presidential debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) attempted to repeat the false claim that President Trump failed to condemn white supremacists on the debate stage, and the false claim that Trump called neo-Nazis in the 2017 Charlottesville riots “very fine people.” Harris said: “Last week, the President of the United States took a debate stage in front of 70 million Americans and refused to condemn white supremacists [sic].” She then proceeded to twist Trump’s words in which told the Proud Boys — whom Joe Biden had brought up — to “stand down and stand by,” using terms similar to those moderator Chris Wallace had used in his question prompt.

Harris then recited the infamous hoax, among other hoaxes: “He called Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals” [sic]. He instituted, as his first act, a “Muslim ban” [sic]. He — on the issue of Charlottesville, where people were peacefully protesting [sic] the need for racial justice, where a young woman* was killed, and on the other side, there were neo-Nazis, carrying tiki torches, shouting racial epithets, antisemitic slurs, and Donald Trump, when asked about it, said: “There were fine people on both sides.” This is who we have as the President of the United States — and America, you deserve better. Joe Biden will be a president who brings our country together and recognizes the beauty in our diversity, and the fact that we have so much more in common than what separates us.”

Wednesday night’s moderator, Susan Page of USA Today, gave Pence a chance to reply. He said: “You know, I think this is one of the things that makes people dislike the media so much in this country, Susan, is that you selectively edit — just like Senator Harris did — the comments that President Trump and I and others on our side of the aisle make. I mean — Senator Harris conveniently omitted, after the president made comments about people on either side of the debate over monuments, he condemned the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, and has done so repeatedly. You’re concerned that he “doesn’t condemn neo-Nazis”? President Trump has Jewish grandchildren! His daughter and son-in-law are Jewish. This is a president who respects and cherishes all of the American people.” Pence was correct. Trump said the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville should be “condemned totally.”

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Trump: All US Troops Should Be Withdrawn From Afghanistan By Christmas (JTN)

President Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the United States should withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan by Christmas. “We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!” the president tweeted. Reuters reported that earlier on Wednesday, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said that the U.S. presently has fewer than 5,000 troops in Afghanistan and will decrease the level to 2,500 by early 2021. Foreign forces are slated to depart from Afghanistan by May of next year in connection with an agreement struck between America and the Taliban, if a ceasefire between the Taliban and the Afghanistan government sticks, Military Times reports.

“war made the state, and the state made war”
– Charles Tilly

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The judge was quoting Rachel Maddow?!

Mike Flynn Seeks To Remove Judge Overseeing Case, Alleging Bias (JTN)

In a dramatic escalation of a long-running feud, lawyers for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday filed a motion to disqualify U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan from considering the request to dismiss their client’s case, arguing the jurist has demonstrated “contempt and disdain for the defense.” The filing by attorneys Sidney Powell and Jesse Binnall came after the defense and judge clashed several times at a hearing last week. It also follows Flynn, retire Army lieutenant general, having tried to get an appeals court to issue a writ of mandamus forcing Sullivan to immediately dismiss the case. The defense won an initial ruling by a three-judge panel before it was reversed by the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals after Sullivan appealed.

In the new motion, the defense lawyers argued that Sullivan met the standard for dismissal or recusal because he created the appearance of bias “when he actively litigated against General Flynn” in the appeals court. “He has since far exceeded it – rising to the level of demonstrating actual bias,” the lawyers wrote, citing Sullivan’s comments during last week’s hearing. “The court’s contempt and disdain for the defense was palpable throughout the hearing on September 29, 2020, including when defense counsel made an oral motion for his immediate disqualification, which he refused to allow even to be fully stated for the record.”

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“When asked about this referral involving a candidate for the presidency, then-FBI Director James Comey insisted that it “didn’t ring a bell.”

“A Means Of Distracting The Public” (Turley)

My interest in this story is not simply the serious underlying allegation but the lack of coverage by major networks or media outlets. This was clearly released at this time for political purposes, but that does not make it a non-story. We have often discussed concerns over the active effort by many in the media to downplay stories that would either help President Donald Trump or hurt the Democrats in the upcoming elections. This would seem such a case. Whether this is true or a complete fabrication, it should be major news. In the meantime, the responses from Clinton allies have not addressed the substance of the document before simply dismissed any inquiries. Brennan’s handwritten notes would seem extremely serious on their face. It certainly indicates that Brennan considered the issue sufficiently serious to brief the President of the United States on July 28th.

The notes state “We’re getting additional insight into Russian activities from [REDACTED]. . . CITE [summarizing] alleged approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.” There is also a notation reading “Any evidence of collaboration between Trump campaign + Russia” and margin references to “JC,” “Denis,” and “Susan.” If Brennan thought this was serious enough to brief the President, shouldn’t the media consider this sufficiently serious to investigate and report? This release further supports a newly-declassified document with the Senate Judiciary Committee revealing that, in September 2016, U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral on Hillary Clinton purportedly approving “a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections” in order to distract the public from her email scandal.

When asked about this referral involving a candidate for the presidency, then-FBI Director James Comey insisted that it “didn’t ring a bell.” Once again, my initial interest is in the utter blackout on the story. This would seem a major story regardless of the ultimate findings. If these notes have been fabricated or misrepresented, it would show a breathtaking effort to lie to the voters before the election. If these notes are genuine, it would indicate that the FBI was aware of an effort by the Democratic presidential candidate to tag Trump with a Russian collusion scandal. We know that Clinton’s campaign funded the Steele dossier and that Steele shopped the dossier with the media to try to generate coverage to influence the election.

Throughout the campaign, and for many weeks after, the Clinton campaign denied any involvement in the creation of the dossier that was later used to secure a secret surveillance warrant against Trump associates during the Obama administration. Journalists later discovered that the Clinton campaign hid the payments to Fusion as a “legal fees” among the $5.6 million paid to the law firm. New York Times reporter Ken Vogel at the time said that Clinton lawyer Marc Elias had “vigorously” denied involvement in the anti-Trump dossier. When Vogel tried to report the story, he said, Elias “pushed back vigorously, saying ‘You (or your sources) are wrong.’”

Times reporter Maggie Haberman likewise wrote: “Folks involved in funding this lied about it, and with sanctimony, for a year.” Even when Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was questioned by Congress on the matter, he denied any contractual agreement with Fusion GPS. Sitting beside him was Elias, who helped devise contract. Later, confronted with the evidence, Clinton and her campaign finally admitted that the dossier was a campaign-funded document that was pushed by Steele and others to the media.

Ron Paul: The Democrats have been caught

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“Biden scoffed and rambled non-sequiturs that had nothing to do with the questions asked, and the impudent ‘debate moderator’ Chris Wallace let Biden slide.”

Despite MSM And Establishment Bias Against Trump, He’ll Still Win (Feierstein)

A dark week has seen the MSM turn a blind eye to Democrat failings and exaggerate the extent and severity of Donald Trump’s illness. But I remain convinced that he will have the last laugh on November 3 when he is re-elected. As the battle for the White House intensifies, major storylines emerged over the last week that should have a major role in deciding the outcome of the election, but simply aren’t being given serious coverage by the MSM. The first came in the form of Joe Biden, a presidential ghost candidate who appeared on a debate stage refusing to answer any substantive policy questions. Instead of calling him out on this, the media ran cover for him by refusing to ask any probative questions.

Secondly, as Biden was proclaiming himself ‘the Democratic Party’, Congress was disclosing that a $3.5-million payment was made from the widow of Moscow’s ex-mayor for the benefit of his son Hunter Biden. More information also came to light regarding Hunter Biden’s employment by Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma. And thirdly, previously unseen documents were declassified that allegedly show Hillary Clinton was behind the Russiagate scandal, and that people in the US cannot trust the FBI. This is all dark, very dark. Not even Hollywood or Fellini could write a script like this. During the most contentious presidential debate in a hundred years, Biden refused to answer whether he or his administration would set objectives to end the US Senate filibuster, stack the Supreme Court, add four senators to the US Senate or end the Electoral College.

He even refused to identify his picks for the Supreme Court of the United States. Biden scoffed and rambled non-sequiturs that had nothing to do with the questions asked, and the impudent ‘debate moderator’ Chris Wallace let Biden slide. The US Senate released documents showing that Hunter Biden received a $3.5-million wire-transfer from Elena Baturina, the widow of Moscow’s ex-mayor Yury Luzhkov, who was fired for corruption. When confronted about this, Biden stumbled, repeating a lie: “That’s a lie…It has been debunked.”

No, Joe, it happened – as did Hunter’s employment by Burisma holdings, one of Ukraine’s most controversial corporations. Hunter, with no experience in the energy sector, was paid nearly one million dollars by Burisma. Why? Was it buying influence from the Obama administration’s vice president who was charged with distributing a billion dollars in aid to Ukraine? A vice president who boasted on national TV about threatening to withhold that billion dollars if the prosecutor investigating Biden’s son and Burisma was not fired. This is real banana republic stuff.

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“54 years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the CIA and FBI demanded more time to decide what secrets to keep hiding – and a chastened President Trump bowed to their power.”

Trump Orders Russiagate Documents Declassified (Ray McGovern)

Home alone yesterday evening, and apparently emboldened by the steroids he is now taking, President Donald Trump sent out a storm of Tweets that included a unprecedentedly bold challenge to the FBI and CIA to stop their foot dragging and declassify documents related to Russiagate and Hillary Clinton. It was probably his plummeting poll numbers as much as the steroids that accounted for his rhetorical forcefulness, but Trump has now openly thrown down the gauntlet to the National Security State. Yes, he is the president, but he is not likely to prevail. What the president-elect didn’t know on Jan. 3, 2017, when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer publicly warned that the intelligence community “has six ways to Sunday” to thwart a president, he does know now.

Trump understands that taking on the FBI and CIA is inherently risky. His public upbraiding and instructions to them on Twitter should be seen as a sign of desperation. Trump is likely to come across as impulsive and impotent in the weeks remaining before the election because — if past is precedent — the security agencies will probably double-down on slow-walking his declassification demands. The stakes are high for senior officials of the FBI, CIA and Justice Department. Remember: they fully expected Hillary Clinton to win in 2016; they took liberties with the law to make sure she did; and, when she didn’t, they had to hustle to hide their tracks.

[..] On Oct. 21, 2017, Trump tweeted that in accordance with a law passed by Congress, “I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.” Six days later, came a headline in The Washington Post: “JFK files: The promise of revelations derailed by CIA, FBI.” Trump’s decision to delay release of 30,000 of the potentially most sensitive files for another six months frustrated historians. The issue was supposed to be revisited in 180 days, but nothing further was heard of it. Thus, 54 years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the CIA and FBI demanded more time to decide what secrets to keep hiding – and a chastened President Trump bowed to their power.

It will take more than a presidential Tweet to get recalcitrant players like FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, and the powerful institutions they lead, to comply. Wray has been a major stumbling block and will remain inclined to give priority to protecting his former colleagues. Haspel, who reportedly was directly involved in the off-shore Russiagate operations from her perch as CIA chief of station, London, has her own derriere, as well as those of her fellow workers, to protect. Trump could have already fired both for slow-walking release of evidence. He could also fire them now, of course, but it is doubtful that, even on steroids, he would have the temerity to do so.

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The article says it’s Buffett’s son. Plus a lot of large companies.

Is Warren Buffett the Wallet Behind Black Lives Matter? (Tablet)

In July of 2013, the seeds of the most powerful protest movement of the modern era were planted. In a restless climate of nationwide demonstrations touched off by the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an activist named Alicia Garza uttered the phrase “Black lives matter.” A few months later, in October 2013, Garza took a job with an organization called the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the nonprofit immediately saw a dramatic increase in its funding from organizations tied to some of the wealthiest people in the world—people with names like Buffett, Soros, and Rockefeller.

This spring, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, the movement became a global interest: Some 1.1 million individual donations worth an estimated $33 million flowed into its coffers. Large corporations, especially in Silicon Valley and retail, have been quick to follow suit, with brands like Square, Ubisoft, Google, Spanx, Tom’s Shoes, Lululemon, Nike, and Anastasia Beauty all making six- and seven-figure organizational pledges.

The received wisdom, echoing the official mythology around Black Lives Matter Global Network Inc.—co-founded by Garza along with fellow activists Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors—is that BLM is a grassroots movement that rose up organically out of the widespread rage sparked by viral videos of Black American men killed by police officers. According to this account, the political priorities of activists in Brooklyn screaming at cops and calling to defund the police have been fused with those of suburban moms in Peloton T-shirts, hand-painting signs with their kids using the BLM hashtags of large multinational conglomerates—an unusual union of protesters and the corporate boardroom spurred on by nothing more than everyone’s shared outrage over racism.

There is, however, another version of events, in which the heartfelt dedication to racial justice is only the forward-facing side of a more complicated movement. Behind the street level activism and emotional outpouring is a calculated machinery built by establishment money and power that has seized on racial politics, in which some of the biggest capitalists in the world are financially backing a group of self-described “trained Marxists”—a label that Cullors enthusiastically applies to herself and the group’s other co-founders.

These bedfellows, whose stories and fortunes are never publicly presented as related, are in reality intertwined under the umbrella of a fiscal sponsor named the International Development Exchange. A modestly endowed West Coast nonprofit with origins in the Peace Corps—which for decades supported local farmers, shepherds, and agricultural workers across the Global South—IDEX has, in the past six years, been transformed into two distinct new things: the infrastructure back end to the Black Lives Matter organization in the United States and also, at the very same time, an investment fund vehicle driven by recruited MBAs and finance experts seeking to leverage decades of on-the-ground grantee relationships for novel forms of potentially problematic lending instruments . And it did so with help from the family of one of the most famous American billionaires in history—the Oracle of Omaha himself.

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“This unilateral and unauthorized exercise of power without legislative oversight was what the court deemed unconstitutional.”

The Constitutional Reckoning of State Lockdown Orders (AIER)

On October 3rd NPR reported that the Michigan Supreme Court struck down Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s state of emergency and the powers it granted. NPR writes: “In a 4-3 majority opinion, the state’s high court said she did not have that authority. “We conclude that the Governor lacked the authority to declare a ‘state of emergency’ or a ‘state of disaster’ under the EMA after April 30, 2020, on the basis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we conclude that the EPGA is in violation of the Constitution of our state because it purports to delegate to the executive branch the legislative powers of state government– including its plenary police powers– and to allow the exercise of such powers indefinitely,” wrote Justice Stephen J. Markman on behalf of the majority.”

Governor Whitmer has been one of the more heavy-handed executive figures during the pandemic. One of her policies went as far as to ban the selling of gardening supplies in stores that were still permitted to stay open. More importantly, however, this court ruling was not the first of its kind but the third in a series of legal victories against lockdown orders. The first was a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that declared parts of Governor Tony Evers’ stay at home order unconstitutional and the second was by a federal court that struck down Governor Tom Wolf’s policies in Pennsylvania. There is no doubt that the governors across the country have gone off the constitutional deep end in response to Covid-19, exercising powers that are not only unprecedented but unproven.

These cases, notably in Michigan and Wisconsin, all share some important legal themes that may suggest the beginning of a constitutional reckoning for governors across America. Back in March, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency in response to the pandemic, much like many others across the country. Unlike many other governors, hers was particularly strict and arbitrary. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, an organization that represented a number of healthcare firms in a suit against the state write: “One of the affected medical practices, Grand Health Partners, operates in the Grand Rapids area. It performs endoscopies and other elective surgeries, many of which were deemed nonessential by executive order. Due to the shutdown, many of their patients were not able to receive treatment and have suffered because of it.”

This is one of the many unintended consequences that come with policies such as stay at home orders and deeming certain businesses “nonessential.” Interestingly, this had little to do with the Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling. Such claims would be justified under the equal protection clause guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. However, the court decided to take a different route. The court ruled that the governor lacked the very authority to continue her state of emergency. The Michigan legislature authorized the governor to declare a state of emergency in March but only until April 30. Governor Whitmer decided to invoke the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act (EPGA) of 1945 as well as the Emergency Management Act of 1976 to grant herself virtually unlimited power. This unilateral and unauthorized exercise of power without legislative oversight was what the court deemed unconstitutional.

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Good day for Greece. Because it took five years, many had doubted it would happen.

Golden Dawn Leader And Ex-MPs Found Guilty In Landmark Trial (G.)

A Greek court has delivered an overwhelming conviction against Golden Dawn, finding the neo-fascist party guilty of operating a criminal gang that brutally targeted opponents under the guise of being a political group. At the end of a trial launched more than five years ago, the three-member tribunal headed by presiding judge Maria Lepenioti, announced that seven of Golden Dawn’s leaders were culpable of directing the deadly organisation. Others were found guilty of the lesser charge of participating in the criminal gang. The judgement was met with jubilation by thousands who had gathered around the heavily guarded court complex ahead of the verdict chanting “Nazis belong to prison.” Many broke into spontaneous applause as news of the decision reached the street.

“This is a very good day for the anti-fascist movement globally,” said Petros Constantinou, a prominent anti-racist activist. “The decision will send a very important message to the far right in Europe. A conviction today is vital if we are to end the fascist threat. The evidence against them is overwhelming.” The hearing has been the biggest trial of neo-fascists since the prosecution of the Nazis at Nuremberg after the second world war. Two thousand police officers, many brought in as backup from the countryside amid fears of violent clashes between the protestors and far right supporters, surrounded the area as helicopters and drones flew overhead. The leftist former prime minister Alexis Tsipras, who was in the crowd, said after years of sowing hate, poisoning Greek society and orchestrating murderous attacks, Golden Dawn fanatics would finally face justice.

“They are not innocent. We all know that,” he wrote on social media ahead of the three-member tribunal’s decision. “On Wednesday we ought to be there to shout it loud and clear. We owe it to the history of this country, we owe it to democracy, we owe it to our children.” The long-awaited verdict ends one of the longest court hearings in modern times. Golden Dawn’s entire leadership, including former MPs, were among 68 defendants accused of murder, weapons possession and operating a criminal gang while also masquerading as a political group. Those charged with directing the criminal organisation face sentences of up to 15 years in prison. If found guilty of additional crimes, the jail terms handed down by the criminal court are likely to be longer although justice officials said it may take several days of legal proceedings before they are formally announced.

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Countries with far-right regimes in their past always see remnants left over once that regime is toppled.

Why Did Golden Dawn’s Neo-Nazi Leaders Get Away With It For So Long? (G.)

In the end, the leader of a party whose supporters threatened “civil war” and to turn the skins of immigrants into lampshades could not even bring himself to face judgment in person. Nikolaos Michaloliakos, like other senior members of Golden Dawn, was absent from court in Athens yesterday as a judge read out a series of damning verdicts on the neo-Nazi party he leads. Golden Dawn, which shot to prominence amid Europe’s economic crisis a decade ago, and is responsible for a years-long campaign of violence and intimidation against immigrants, LGBTQ communities and political opponents, was found to be a criminal organisation.

Seven of the party’s former MPs, including Michaloliakos, have been found guilty of directing the organisation, while a range of members are guilty of crimes including murder, attempted murder and possession of weapons. Some now face sentences of up to 15 years in prison. It is the culmination of a lengthy court process that some campaigners have called the largest trial of Nazis since Nuremberg, triggered by the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, an anti-fascist Greek rapper, in 2013 – at a time when the party was Greece’s third-largest political force. The trial, which lasted more than five years, has already effectively stopped Golden Dawn from operating. The verdict now offers Greece the chance to close a painful chapter in its recent history.

Born of the fascist milieu surrounding the far-right military dictatorship that ruled Greece between 1967 and 1974, Golden Dawn was given its greatest opportunity by the global financial crash of 2008. As Greece struggled from a profound economic slump, and public anger grew at the remedy insisted on by the European Union – austerity – the party attracted unprecedented support. It chose familiar targets to blame for Greece’s predicament: immigrants and refugees, out-of-touch politicians and a global banking elite. But this far-right rhetoric was backed up by a paramilitary-style organisation that operated in parallel to the political party, and a cult-like devotion to Nazi beliefs. As Golden Dawn grew, assault squads of uniformed members, sometimes armed, sought to take over neighbourhoods in Greek towns and cities by attacking and intimidating parts of the local population. Much of the violence was carried out openly – yet for years it went unpunished.

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“I have never seen anything on this scale before. 90% of my traffic has just been cut off by what seems to be a general algorithm command of some kind to downplay Assange..”

Reporters Claim Facebook is Censoring Information on Julian Assange Case (MPN)

Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and longtime confidant of Julian Assange, has been fastidiously reporting on the Australian publisher’s extradition hearing to the United States. Yet few people have been reading it. This, according to Murray, is because of a deliberate decision by online media giants to downplay or suppress discussion of the case. On his blog, Murray wrote that he usually receives around 50 percent of his readers from Twitter and 40 percent from Facebook links, but that has dropped to 3 percent and 9 percent, respectively during the hearing. While the February hearings sent around 200,000 readers to his site daily, now that figure is only 3,000.

To be plain that is very much less than my normal daily traffic from them just in ordinary times. It is the insidious nature of this censorship that is especially sinister – people believe they have successfully shared my articles on Twitter and Facebook, while those corporations hide from them that in fact it went into nobody’s timeline,” he added. Asked about the situation by former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges, Murray explained that Anybody who is at all radical or takes any view of anything that is outwith the official establishment view gets used to occasional shadow banning, but I have never seen anything on this scale before.”“90% of my traffic has just been cut off by what seems to be a general algorithm command of some kind to downplay Assange,” he added. “I think it is as simple as that.”

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Theater owners say they can survive IF they are provided new movies to show.

Movie-Going Could ‘Become Extinct’ Warns Director (BBC)

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has said that movie-going is facing a real threat of extinction. Her new superhero movie has been delayed three times during the coronavirus pandemic. Jenkins is among dozens of top Hollywood directors appealing to the US government to provide a financial lifeline to cinemas. Her warning comes as cinemas in the UK are also struggling with a recent spate of delayed film releases. “If we shut this down, this will not be a reversible process,” she said in an interview with Reuters news agency. “We could lose movie theatre-going forever.” Cinemas across the world are struggling financially with tough Covid-19 social restrictions limiting customers, along with a lack of blockbuster movies to attract them.

In the US, the National Association of Theatre Owners said 69% of small and mid-sized cinema companies could be forced to file for bankruptcy or shut down permanently. America is the world’s biggest movie market in terms of box office revenues, with China catching up rapidly. Jenkins said widespread closures would lead Hollywood studios to stop investing in films for cinemas, and turn to online streaming instead. “It could be the kind of thing that happened to the music industry,” she added. “Where you could crumble the entire industry by making it something that can’t be profitable.”

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    Rene Magritte Memory 1944   • Pence Responds to Charlottesville Very Fine People Hoax at VP Debate (Pollak) • Trump: All US Troops Should Be With
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle October 8 2020]

    V. Arnold

    Rene Magritte Memory 1944

    I won’t pretend to unerstand this painting; I don’t…
    …but the date(1944) stands out as the war years…
    …there are also two versions of this painting…
    …again, I have no idea…


    There are more than two versions

    V. Arnold

    There are more than two versions

    Son of a gun; had no idea….
    Maybe make a series here; could be very interesting….
    Were they all done during the war years?

    I did poke around but not that much… 🙁


    “This is a very good day for the anti-fascist movement globally,” said Petros Constantinou, a prominent anti-racist activist.

    Petros Constantinou is a very, very shady character.

    Anyway the reason this trial took so long is that the Syriza gov dragged their feet (they supposedly could not find an appropriate court room) but the real reason was they needed the GD in order to instal their favourite person as the head of the Supreme Court. That’s why they changed the law and now the leader of a criminal organization gets the same penalty as the members. Plus they can participate in politics even from inside a prison.

    The irony is that TODAY Syriza is demanding an amendment to this law ASAP

    You can’t make these things up


    Memory problem
    “That’s a lie…It has been debunked.”

    No, Joe, it happened – as did Hunter’s employment by Burisma holdings

    Silence – MSM
    Best time ever to get braces!
    (If your are well-to-do middle class, born on third base, with a silver spoon in your mouth, and with a dental plan from your employer.)


    Virtual world:
    a computer-based simulated environment populated by many users who can create a personal avatar.

    Trump will not participate in a virtual debate to save Biden.

    John Day

    Hey, Ilargi.
    Does it cool off and get darker in Amsterdam in September? The graph looks like people quite sunbathing and started hanging out in bars.


    September’s a bit early for getting dark, but sunbathing would be rare. Not that sunbathers don’ go to bars after sundown. It’s just a mess there.

    Dr. D

    Ah, missed the chance to impeach over *not* doing this, Obama’s Executive Order 13526: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13526
    “Sec. 1.7. Classification Prohibitions and Limitations. 
    (a)   In no case shall information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to:
      (1)   conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error;
    (2)   prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency;
    (3)   restrain competition; or
    (4)   prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of the national security.

    4 years after it was legally required. Hey, government, media would never LIE to us, would they? Yes or No, only one thing’s for sure: nobody goes to jail.

    “The Constitutional Reckoning of State Lockdown Orders”

    Ruled unconstitutional (OBVIOUSLY) by PA, MI. Of course after destroying every small business in the state and doubling Bezos’ fortune. And a few months later than I expected. Just victory lapping here that we deal with these things by doing what’s totally, stupidly illegal (I protest) but then are later reversed in court at great human and financial cost. Sort of a safety valve for pandemics, attacks, wars, that sort of thing. Denninger brought up the legal term “Exigence”, that is, an urgent problem that need to be addressed. If aliens landed and created a cartoon-dimensional time-loop in town square, we don’t have laws for that. So we use the slack in the system until we can get some. Short-term. <30 days. Then you are required to PASS some LAWS with the LEGISLATURE, which no state has bothered to do and all of their orders attacking orthodox Jews in the streets of NY are ILLEGAL. And as we’ve seen, has that other problem they are being sued to Mars over, selective enforcement, a criminal violation of Civil Rights. Of course they are going to totally ignore the rulings. Forever, if they can get away with it. Hey, government, media would never LIE to us, would they? Yes or No, only one thing’s for sure: nobody goes to jail.

    Just pointing out that this is how America tends to deal with this. Illegally, in a sense, but functionally. Now they need to reverse all this in court, followed by restoring the 4th Amendment and repealing the FISA court, then letting Assange go under the now-defunct, illegal, and unconstitutional Patriot Act. Preferably with a ruling by the Supreme Court that we indeed have a Constitution.

    Also victory lap, the EU will never, ever let Britain leave, not for 1,000 years. They can only leave unilaterally:
    “UK Threatens to “Walk Away” from Brexit Talks If No Deal by End of Next Week”

    They’re trying to run down the clock on this PM, then the next, the next, the next, forever and ever, until “Remain” is back in power. Is that law? Voting? Democracy? Why have a Referendum at all since no one acts on it. “Justice deferred is justice denied.” As with declass and arrests, above. But we, Britain, haven’t had law in 100 years, why start now? Point being: they should have just left, 2, 4, 10 years ago. This gives business time for the adjustment, but at some point…

    Next week? Whatever. The real issue isn’t the thing, it’s who can we B L A M E for the thing.

    Europe wants UK to leave so they can blame the inevitable collapse on them. Britain wants EU to collapse first so they have an EXCUSE to leave. Lies, lies, blame. Mendacity.

    Speaking of blame: “States Overpaid Covid Claims, Now They Want the Money Back”
    They incompetently screwed up and it’s your fault. You know: like everything else. MERS, Ninja, Iraq I and II, the Bush era…

    On screwing up: New plan for not screwing up the election with disastrous mail-in voting tying up election past Jan in the courts: They’re goin’ WorldWide! Now they are going to ask the U.N. to overturn the election for them. (NYT) You know, like in Belarus and all the other color revolutions. Just like 4 years of the Purple revolution we’ve had from La Resistance. “The Coup has started,” — Mark Zaid, 2017. “Will you accept the results of this election?” Hillary to Trump, 2016, Press to Trump, 2020. No, of course not. The Democrats will never accept any election they don’t win and have tried to impeach all but 2 GOP Presidents.

    Anyway, the point is, they are going to demand the U.N. install Joe Biden when he “Does not concede under any circumstances” – HRC. And the U.N., which uses our army is going to, what? Roll up their reports into spitballs and shoot them out of their NYC conference rooms? You know, the U.N. caught human trafficking and lying about Chemical Weapons to incite world wars?

    Why? “Despite MSM And Establishment Bias Against Trump, He’ll Still Win (Feierstein)”

    Okey-dokey. You do you.

    And the upshot for the daily headlines? Suddenly Hillary, Obama, and Biden want all Democrats to vote in person. Almost like since the funeral.

    Covid chart: and the number of deaths remains dead flat? So we’re measuring how much testing we’ve done, and how much herd immunity we have? Science!

    Well, at least it’s an excuse to imprison all those dirty orthodox Jews. That’s a win, right DeBlasio? …First they came for the Christians and Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn while opening casinos…

    “Trump Orders Russiagate Documents Declassified (Ray McGovern)”

    Yeah, he already did that and they ignored him last time too. …And nobody went to jail.

    “It was probably his plummeting poll numbers”

    Lies, Blame, Mendacity, yes Joe is up by 21 points! Suuuuure he is. Da media told me so! And when we have rallies, Deplorables risk certain death according to them, while 6 Democrats show up at an airport for Joe. Not that it isn’t close, in a sense: It’s probably 30-30-30, but you have a gigantic (+10pt?) enthusiasm gap, BLM attacking Joe as a “White Supremacist” (not kidding), and the electoral college making all the DNC support in the coastal states, like 60-40. That’s no help at all. The point of making this up about Joe being 1,000 points ahead, and replaying 2016 A G A I N – while caught daily with the “oversampling of Democrats” – is to invent the narrative that Dum-Dum WILL win in a landslide at the Polls, but give time to stuff those ballots in Minnesota like Vertias just put on film and Jersey, Iowa, and Brooklyn have just publicly admitted.

    Plummeting” Are you high? He’s at his high for the Presidency, and above both 2016 AND Obama at this time. Wow, sounds serious. Don’t know how the Duke Boys are going to get away from Roscoe P. Coltrane this time. It’s just an election. Calm down and think straight. Or put another way: STOP LYING! His numbers are average in in the usual zone. Not a thing unique at all beside non-stop mendacious click-bait.

    “Golden Dawn Leader and Ex-MPs Found Guilty in Landmark Trial (G.)”

    Sounds difficult. If a Democrat murders his neighbor in lower Iowa, is Joe Biden responsible? Can we then erase the DNC? Prove it. I image they did, but it illustrates the legal challenges involved.

    Why Did Golden Dawn’s Neo-Nazi Leaders Get Away with It for So Long? (G.)” Because this.

    “90% of my traffic has just been cut off by what seems to be a general algorithm command of some kind to downplay Assange.”

    What? They’re lying? To the world? For political gain on political orders? When did this start?
    Everyone says nothing until they’re on the chopping block. Then it’s biiiiiig surprise, “Dude Who Stole My Free Speech?” You did: with your partisanship and gross dereliction of civic duty. You’re Next. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_&#8230;

    Then they came for uber-hyper Leftists like J.K.Rowling and career feminists who dare utter, “Men aren’t women, tho.” “How Dare You!!!”

    Oh and cutting the “algorithm” of the President. For anything. For every ad on Facebook. Of course. ‘Merica: Land of the Free!

    “Instagram Bans QAnon Accounts, But Refuses To Remove ISIS Accounts Celebrating 9/11”

    Mr. House

    I found this to be interesting

    I think Bret has the best feel for what is actually going on.

    madamski cafone

    @ John Day

    “What is the temperature in September in Copenhagen?
    The average high-temperature, in September, in Copenhagen, Denmark, is 16.7°C (62.1°F), while the average low-temperature is 9.7°C (49.5°F).
    What is the average humidity in September in Copenhagen?
    In Copenhagen, the average relative humidity in September is 78%.
    How much does it rain in Copenhagen in September?
    In Copenhagen, in September, during 13.6 rainfall days, 58.9mm (2.3″) of precipitation is typically accumulated.
    What is the rainiest month in Copenhagen?
    September is the month with the most rainfall in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rain falls for 13.6 days and accumulates 58.9mm (2.3″) of precipitation.”

    John Day

    RAIN, then? That will drive you indoors. Cold rain outside.

    Mr. House

    I think generally why i agree with Mr. Weinstein more then the other participants is due to the fact that i think he is taking more variables into his equation then those he is speaking with. He is using a mixture of history and what he see’s going on in current times along with how our financial system is operating. That is the largest problem when trying to discuss Americas issues with other Americans. You can argue until you’re blue in the face from one perspective and you may be correct with regards to that narrow viewpoint. But once you expand your field of vision, you can see that you were only arguing for a small slice of what actually matters. It all ties together, and without us all being on the same page with regards to what our actually problems are, we are a dog chasing its tail. Which is the general conclusion i took from listening to that roundtable.

    Polder Dweller

    Finally some Belgian journalists have woken up to what’s happening to Julian Assange (in Dutch):

    Polder Dweller
    Maxwell Quest

    “If the press was truly free, this would be plastered all across the mainstream media.”

    “A dark week has seen the MSM turn a blind eye to Democrat failings and exaggerate the extent and severity of Donald Trump’s illness.”

    After an early retirement, I went back to school to reboot those parts of my brain that had atrophied from lack of use in my career as a specialist. During the 2008 banking crisis it seemed like a good idea to use this current event as the topic for an ECON research paper. It was eye-opening to discover that the media’s reporting had little in common with the rampant fraud I was daily digging up in my research. WTF! Establishment pundits, in brightly lit studios with cameras rolling, were lying to the public – lies of both commission and omission. That was the catalyst which caused me to shitcan all establishment media sources and seek out independent media.

    Since then, Ilargi’s TAE has been a mainstay in my reading, along with many other indie sources. I still have friends who believe they are well informed because they also include PBS and the BBC in their info diet, as if buying your Twinkies at Whole Foods will be healthier for you. They are still trapped in the old paradigm that the US stands for truth, justice, and apple pie, and will fight tooth and nail to defend this illusion.

    Mr. House

    “They are still trapped in the old paradigm that the US stands for truth, justice, and apple pie, and will fight tooth and nail to defend this illusion.”

    I don’t think they believe that anymore. Otherwise they wouldn’t be trying to raise ID politics to that level.

    John Day

    Moon of Alabama figures Trump was sicker than announced, risked a lot to get better fast, “is not out of the woods yet”, but has put everything on the line to win the upcoming election. (I get to early-vote for Tulsi Gabbard next Tuesday, here in Texas.)
    ​ But Trump wanted to be back in the White House. He calculated that he needs to show that the virus can be beaten.
    He has no other chance to win the election. The people rightly believe that he screwed up the U.S. response to the pandemic. Even older voters who voted for Trump in 2016 are now saying that will vote against him:
    In a recent Washington Post-ABC poll, 52 percent of likely voters over 65 supported Biden, compared with 47 percent for President Trump. Four years ago, Trump won those voters over Hillary Clinton.
    Trump was warned of this early on. As Tomas Pueyo wrote back in April:
    The older you are, the more likely you are to both vote Republican and die from the coronavirus. Voters aged 80+ are 80 times more likely to die from the coronavirus than those under 40 (16% fatality rate vs. ~0.2%).
    This effect is strong enough that people who voted for Trump in the 2016 election are around 30% more likely to die from the coronavirus than Democrats. In some swing states from the 2016 election, such as Pennsylvania, if the coronavirus were to run wild, this effect alone could have wiped out up to 30% of the gap between Republicans and Democrats in the 2016 election.
    Trump can no longer convince the voters, especially the older ones, that he did everything to protect them from the virus. What he probably still can do is to convince them that it does not matter because the virus can be beaten.
    To do that Trump had to make himself the showcase.
    I do not want to suggest that Trump intentionally infected himself. But he did pretty much everything one should not do if one wants to prevent that.
    Trump is relatively old, he has additional risk factors and despite that he now can say that he has beaten the virus. Should nothing further happen to him there is no way that anyone can doubt that.
    His real message in this White House video is: “I have beaten it. You can beat it. The virus does not really matter. Just carry on.”

    ​I have maintained, based upon genomic sequencing information, and natural mutation rates and patterns, compared to cutting and splicing in a lab, that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a lab or labs, to hit targeted human hosts harder, and in a variety of ways. That’s what we see it to do.​ It attacks the lining of the blood vessels. That’s a completely new functionality. It evades the immune system with at least one of the tricks HIV uses. It shares some critical sequence homologies with HIV, the most researched virus ever. It has the “fingerprints” of gene splicing, the little patch sequences needed to integrate a segment into a genome after cutting out another segment.
    It is important to keep in mind that this Chinese scientist is now in US hands, beholden to the US. She has evidence that China was working on this weaponized virus, but, as we know from other sources, so were the US and Canada. A lot of the research got shared around pretty freely among the 3. Even funding got shared. It got out. I think the first leak was accidental, myself, but then it needed to be targeted quickly before it lost all usefulness as a weapon and instrument of national policy. It sure got around the world by November 2019, based on sewage analysis.
    ​ ​Li-Meng Yan, A Chinese virologist (MD, PhD) who worked in a WHO reference lab and fled her position at the University of Hong Kong, has published a second co-authored report, alleging that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, was not only created in a Wuhan lab, it’s an “unrestricted bioweapon” which was intentionally released.


    Moon of Alabama figures Trump was sicker than announced, risked a lot to get better fast, “is not out of the woods yet”, but has put everything on the line to win the upcoming election.

    Nice theory, but that’s all. I could theorize the opposite and be just as credible. Yeah, he’ll take risks, but will his entire medical team comply? All these people have sworn oaths.

    But Trump wanted to be back in the White House. He calculated that he needs to show that the virus can be beaten. He has no other chance to win the election.

    I don’t know, there’s so many different ways this could play. I get the ideas, but “the only chance to win the election”? Why?

    Mr. House

    But if the virus was here last fall then that means its so not deadly we didn’t even notice…………….

    Mr. House

    hypothetical question for the readers:

    At this point based on all the proven lies we’ve debunked from the US .gov

    Would they or wouldn’t they release a mild virus to cause a panic as an excuse to print and bailout?

    Doesn’t seem so out of the ballpark to me.

    Mr. House
    Mr. House


    Take this as an example. Where do these militias exist? Has anyone ever met a militia member and why would they kidnap the Gov? Its funny, where do the “ALT” groups recruit from? Where on the internet is it, because you would think that visiting “ALT” sites the last ten years i’d have come across them at some point. What would that accomplish? I feel like this junk is put out to set the stage for a crackdown at some later point.

    Mr. House

    And if the FBI was willing to lie to overthrow a president, when do we stop listening to anything they say?

    Mr. House
    madamski cafone

    It’s time we discussed something really important:

    Fly spotted on Mike Pence’s head during vice presidential debate

    This is serious.

    Fly On Pence's Head

    I mean super-serious.

    Fly on Hillary

    I mean really really super-serious.

    Hillary Clinton doesn’t even wince when a fly lands on her face in Presidential debate

    This proves Hillary is obviously an android and Pence is a zombie. Meanwhile deep in the combover depths of Donald Trump:

    Alien Under Trump's Wig

    There’s nothing under Biden’s hair, and Kamala Harris is obviously Sarah Palin in disguise.

    Kamala Palin

    Can I say ‘why so serious’ yet?


    ” In an email to Congressional reporters, Pelosi advised them of a press briefing that will be held at 1015ET on Friday to introduce a new bill called the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office Act.”(the 25th Amendment.”)

    Lets think about it.
    1. Democrats keep the house and win the senate and Trump wins the presidency
    Trump cannot discharge the Powers and Duties of Office Act because Nancy has all the power
    2. Republican win the house and get super majority in senate and Trump wins the presidency.
    Trump cannot discharge the Powers and Duties of Office Act because Nancy has Trump tied up in a loony bin.

    3. Same as #1 and #2 but Biden wins the presidency and Nancy has Biden tied up in a loony bin.

    Is popcorn fattening?

    Mr. House

    One positive of this pandemic

    Mass shootings seem to have stopped.

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