Nov 132020

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PA Court: Secretary Of State Lacked Authority To Change Voting Deadline (Fox)
Michigan State Senators Request Full Election Audit (ET)
Trump’s New Pentagon Sets Up Clash Over Afghanistan Pullout (Pol.)
Trump Could Be Banned From Twitter After He Leaves Office (Ind.)
Obama: ‘Americans Spooked By Black Man In White House’ (JTN)
This Is What Happens To Us When The Great Global Reset Comes (Kitco)
Three-Quarters Of England’s Care Workers Earn Below ‘Real’ Living Wage (G.)
Unemployment Fiasco in Europe Is Kept out of Official Rates (WS)
Introduction to The New Economics: A Manifesto (Steve Keen)
Watch This! (Dmitry Orlov)



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Limited impact.

PA Court: Secretary Of State Lacked Authority To Change Voting Deadline (Fox)

A Pennsylvania judge ruled in favor of the Trump campaign Thursday, ordering that the state may not count ballots where the voters needed to provide proof of identification and failed to do so by Nov. 9. State law said that voters have until six days after the election — this year that was Nov. 9 — to cure problems regarding a lack of proof of identification. After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that mail-in ballots could be accepted three days after Election Day, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar submitted guidance that said proof of identification could be provided up until Nov. 12, which is six days from the ballot acceptance deadline. That guidance was issued two days before Election Day.

“[T]he Court concludes that Respondent Kathy Boockvar, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Commonwealth, lacked statutory authority to issue the November 1, 2020, guidance to Respondents County Boards of Elections insofar as that guidance purported to change the deadline … for certain electors to verify proof of identification,” Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt said in a court order. This was in line with the Trump campaign’s argument, which was that there was no basis in the state’s law to extend the identification deadline, and that Boockvar did not have the power to unilaterally change it. The court had previously ordered that all ballots where voters provided proof of identification between Nov. 10 and 12 should be segregated until a ruling was issued determining what should be done with them.

Matt Gaetz: Dead people don’t always vote. But when they do, they prefer to vote by mail.

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“Every citizen deserves to have faith in the integrity of the election process and its outcome..”

Michigan State Senators Request Full Election Audit (ET)

At least two Michigan Republican state senators have requested a full election audit, asking the Michigan secretary of state’s office for a full recount before the election results are certified, according to a letter they sent to her office on Thursday. State senators Lana Theis and Tom Barrett wrote that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and canvassers that are reviewing allegations of irregularities and voter fraud made in lawsuits filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign. They are requesting a “full audit” of the election, saying it needs to be done before the state certifies the election results. “Every citizen deserves to have faith in the integrity of the election process and its outcome,” they said in letters.

“It is our responsibility, as elected public servants, to assure the people of Michigan of the process’s integrity through complete transparency and the faithful investigation of any allegations of wrongdoing, fraud, or abuse.” Their letters made reference to allegations made by Trump’s legal team, claims of witnesses about irregularities at polls, and a glitch that switched 6,000 votes from a Republican official to a Democratic official in Antrim County that was later corrected and acknowledged by the secretary of state’s office, although the Michigan GOP said the same software – Dominion Voting Systems – was used in dozens of other counties.

“The erroneous reporting of unofficial results from Antrim county was a result of accidental error on the part of the Antrim County Clerk. The equipment and software did not malfunction and all ballots were properly tabulated. However, the clerk accidentally did not update the software used to collect voting machine data and report unofficial results,” Benson said in a statement last week about Antrim County’s election results. Other allegations from the two lawmakers include ineligible ballots being counted, poll workers being told to backdate ballots, counting the same ballots several times, and other claims.

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The shameless backlash against bringing the troops home is stunning.

Trump’s New Pentagon Sets Up Clash Over Afghanistan Pullout (Pol.)

President Donald Trump’s decapitation strike on the Pentagon this week is raising fears that the U.S. will accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, putting newly installed leaders on a collision course with top generals and others who are urging a more deliberate drawdown. Current and former administration officials say Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper Monday in part over his opposition to accelerating troop drawdowns worldwide, and especially in Afghanistan. The upheaval accelerated on Tuesday with the resignation of three high-level civilians and the installation of loyalists who are expected to ram through Trump’s agenda, and continued on Wednesday when retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan, was brought on as senior adviser to new acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller.

Any move to accelerate withdrawals would set up a clash with the nation’s top generals and other civilians, who have argued publicly against leaving Afghanistan too quickly while the security situation remains volatile. It would also complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to leave a small number of troops in the country to guard against terror attacks.

“A precipitous and what appears to be near total withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan — not on a conditions-based approach advocated by our military, political and intelligence leadership but rather on an old campaign promise by President Trump now carried out by hyperpartisan Trump loyalists installed in a last-minute purge of DoD — is both reckless and will not make America safer,” said Marc Polymeropoulos, a retired CIA senior operations officer. Concerns are also growing within the national security community that the personnel churn portends other major policy shifts, such as military actions abroad and in the U.S. Yet current and former administration officials believe the moves were more about rewarding allies and punishing those who resisted the president’s agenda than they were about major changes in direction.

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And the New York Times will stop writing about him?

Trump Could Be Banned From Twitter After He Leaves Office (Ind.)

Donald Trump will no longer be protected by Twitter’s public interest guidelines when he leaves office in January, meaning he will be suspended or banned if he continues to break the platform’s rules. Twitter’s policy regarding public figures, which was formalised last year, means only “current or potential member of a local, state, national, or supra-national governmental or legislative body” receive special treatment . The US President’s Twitter account was flagged more than a dozen times in the days following the election for posting misinformation and misleading claims about the election. Several prominent Democrats called for Twitter to suspend Mr Trump’s account until all states finish counting the votes, however the platform’s public interest guidelines prevent it from being suspended or removed.

After his lead in several key states began to dwindle to challenger Joe Biden, Mr Trump attempted to undermine the electoral process by calling for a halt to the counting of mail-in ballots. “They are trying to STEAL the Election,” he tweeted. Democratic Congressman David Cicilline described Mr Trump’s tweets as a “threat to democracy”, while fellow congressman Gerry Connolly tweeted, “This is pure disinformation.” Warnings placed on Mr Trump’s tweets meant they were not immediately visible on his timeline and engagement with the tweets was restricted. One warning explained: “Some or all of the content shared in this tweet is disputed and might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process.” The rate of violations would typically lead to an account suspension, either temporarily or permanently. However, public figures are protected by a “public-interest exception” policy.

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Not by his politics?

Oh well, Barry has a new book out.

Obama: ‘Americans Spooked By Black Man In White House’ (JTN)

Just before President George W. Bush left the White House after two terms, he declared he wouldn’t be weighing in with thoughts on his successor, following the model of his father, George H.W. Bush. But Barack Obama made no such pledge. And now, just days after the 2020 election, the 44th president is hawking a new book so get ready to hear a lot more from him. Obama, the first biracial man to be elected president, makes an incendiary charge in his book, “A Promise Land,” which comes out Tuesday. President Trump, he claims, “promised an elixir for the racial anxiety” of “millions of Americans spooked by a black man in the White House.”

Those Americans – whom Obama implies appear racist – were prey to “the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican party – xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward black and brown folks.” Obama continues: “It was as if my very presence in the White House had triggered a deep-seated panic, a sense that the natural order had been disrupted. Which is exactly what Donald Trump understood when he started peddling assertions that I had not been born in the United States and was thus an illegitimate president.” Obama writes that “he came to regard Trump’s media ubiquity and characteristic shamelessness as merely an exaggerated version of the Republican Party’s attempts to appeal to White Americans’ anxieties about the first Black president – a sentiment he said ‘had migrated from the fringe of GOP politics to the center – an emotional, almost visceral, reaction to my presidency, distinct from any differences in policy or ideology,'” CNN reported.

The 768-page memoir is reportedly just volume one of his latest memoirs. Obama also writes about his shortcomings, like his failure to pass immigration reform, which he called “a bitter pill to swallow.” But he said his agenda was always correct, though voters swept out a slew of Democrats in the 2010 midterm election, two years into his presidency. “As far as I was concerned, the election didn’t prove our agenda had been wrong,” Obama writes of 2010. “It just proved that … I’d failed to rally the nation, as FDR had once done, behind what I knew to be right. Which to me was just as damning.”

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“..we have created so much debt and this is a worldwide phenomenon, so we can’t have normal interest rates anymore”

This Is What Happens To Us When The Great Global Reset Comes (Kitco)

We’re in the end game of a dollar-based system, and a new monetary system will emerge with gold as the anchor, said Willem Middelkoop, founder of the the Commodity Discovery Fund. “We’re in a rough period. It doesn’t matter which president will be next, he can only avoid a deep depression by printing trillions and trillions. As an investor, we concentrate on that part of the story,” he said. Fixing the fundamental problems in our economy, including excessive debt, will require more than just a continuation of past policies. “I think we have created so much debt and this is a worldwide phenomenon, so we can’t have normal interest rates anymore. We have seen the IMF coming out with a statement last week saying that we need a new Bretton Woods moment,” he said.

“We had a cover on Time magazine calling for the Great Reset. We had the World Economic Forum calling for a Great Reset. I wrote a book on the topic, published in 2014, it was called The Big Reset.” A new global system will require an overhaul of many monetary pillars that we currently have, Middelkoop noted. “We need a debt restructuring. IMF and the United Nations have been quite clear about that; we need debt restructuring first for the poor countries but later for the rich countries, we all have too much debt on our books. We need to find a new anchor for the world monetary system,” he said. Until then, trillions more in stimulus will be issued by governments around the world to avoid a global depression like that of the 1930’s, Middelkoop said.

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Without COVID, this would have gotten zero attention.

Three-Quarters Of England’s Care Workers Earn Below ‘Real’ Living Wage (G.)

Almost three-quarters of frontline care workers in England are earning below the “real” living wage, which experts say is the bare minimum to allow families basics such as a secondhand car and a week’s annual UK self-catering holiday, research has revealed. The proportion of care workers below the threshold is even higher in northern areas, where care homes have been hit hardest by Covid-19. In the north-east, 82% of care staff earned less than the England-wide real living wage of £9.50 per hour, while the proportion was 78% in the north-west. One care worker in Lancashire earning £8.72 per hour who recently had her pay cut told the Guardian some colleagues have been using food banks.

The figures apply to more than 832,000 frontline care workers, more than 600,000 of whom are earning below the minimum thresholds. In Hillingdon, the borough that contains Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip parliamentary constituency, more than 3,000 care workers earn so little that if they are the main breadwinner in a family of four with their partner on similar wages, they could not afford the £112 a week they require for food, according to analysis by Loughborough University that underpins real living wage calculation. When Johnson was London mayor he supported the London living wage campaign as “making economic sense”.

The figures were calculated by the Living Wage Foundation and come amid growing calls for reform of the social care sector to create parity with the NHS, where all nurses earn above the threshold. On Thursday, Jeremy Hunt, the chairman of the Commons health and social care committee, called for a 10-year funding plan for social care akin to the national consensus that established the NHS in 1948. New polling revealed 82% of the public now back government investment in social care to fund a pay rise for care workers according to new polling by Survation for Citizens UK.

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But what are the true rates?

Unemployment Fiasco in Europe Is Kept out of Official Rates (WS)

In Europe, people who are furloughed are paid under government programs via their employers. Many of these programs have been created during the Pandemic. In theory, these people still have jobs. In practice, they’re not working, or are working heavily reduced hours. But they do not count as “unemployed” and are not reflected in the “unemployment” numbers. So throughout the Pandemic, the official unemployment rates barely ticked up, compared to the last crisis, and remain low for the EU era, despite tens of millions of people who’d stopped working due to the lockdowns (chart via Eurostat):

The UK adopted a sweeping job retention program at the beginning of its last lockdown. Each government pays companies, who in turn pay employees between 60% and 84% of their monthly wage. In some cases, the workers work fewer hours for less pay; in others, they don’t work at all. The workers take a hit to their income but their jobs remain intact, at least for the duration of the program. Under the UK program, businesses can claim 80% of a staff member’s regular monthly salary, up to a maximum of £2,500. The money must be passed on to the employee and can also be topped up by the employer.

But the unemployment rate has begun to rise as people come off furlough, and those whose jobs disappeared entered official unemployment. The unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8% in the three months to September, from 4.5% in Q2 and from 3.9% a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In London, the unemployment rate surged by 1.2 percentage points from the previous quarter, to 6%. It was the largest quarterly increase in unemployment since the ONS started tracking the data in 1992.

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“I’m writing a book for Polity Press entitled The New Economics: A Manifesto. It has a long way to go, but this is the reasonably complete first chapter.”

Introduction to The New Economics: A Manifesto (Steve Keen)

Even before the Covid-19 crisis began, the global economy was not in good shape, and nor was economic theory. The biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression began late in first decade of the 21st century. Called the “Global Financial Crisis” (GFC) in most of the world and the “Great Recession” in the USA, it saw unemployment explode from 4.6% of the US workforce in early 2007 to 10% in late 2009. Inflation turn into deflation— inflation of 5.6% in mid-2008 fell to minus 2% per year in mid-2009—and the stock market collapsed, with the S&P500 Index falling from 1500 in mid-2007 to under 750 in early 2009. The economy recovered very slowly after then, under the influence of an unprecedented range of government interventions, from the “cash for clunkers” scheme that encouraged consumers to dump old cars and buy new ones, to “Quantitative Easing”, where the Federal Reserve purchased a trillion-dollars-worth of bonds from the financial sector every year, in an attempt to stimulate the economy by making the wealthy wealthier.

This crisis surprised both the policy economists who advise governments on economic policy, and the academic who develop the theories and write the textbooks that train the vast majority of new economists. They had expected a continuation of the boom conditions that had preceded the crisis, and they in fact believed that crises could not occur. In his Presidential Address to the American Economic Association in January 2003, Nobel Prize winner Robert Lucas declared that crises like the Great Depression could never occur again because “Macroeconomics … has succeeded: Its central problem of depression prevention has been solved, for all practical purposes, and has in fact been solved for many decades. (Lucas 2003 , p. 1 ; emphasis added). Just two months before the crisis began, the Chief Economist of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the world’s premier economic policy body, declared that “the current economic situation is in many ways better than what we have experienced in years”, and predicted that “sustained growth in OECD economies would be underpinned by strong job creation and falling unemployment.” (Cotis 2007 , p. 7; emphases added)

How could they be so wrong? Economists could be excused for this failure to see the Great Recession coming if the crisis were something like Covid-19, when a new pathogen suddenly emerged out of China. That such a plague would occur was predicted as long ago as 1995 (Garrett 1995). But predicting when the pathogen would emerge, let alone what its characteristics would be, was clearly impossible. However, the epicentre of the Great Recession was the US financial system itself: the crisis came from inside the economy, rather than from outside. Surely there were warning signs? As Queen Elizabeth herself put it when she attended a briefing at the London School of Economics in 2008, “If these things were so large, how come everyone missed them?”

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Good to see Dmitry!

Watch This! (Dmitry Orlov)

I first realized that the USA was going to follow the general trajectory of the USSR back in 1995. I also immediately realized that the USSR was rather well prepared for collapse whereas the USA was about to be blindsided by it, and so, as a public service, I thought I should warn people. “And a fat lot of good that did!” some of you might immediately exclaim. [..] And so I had my “Eureka!” moment in 1995, and a decade later, in 2005, I went public with my observations. I got a surprisingly sympathetic response from some particularly enlightened people (even if they said so themselves). And now, a quarter of a century after my initial insight, as the US enters national bankruptcy and institutional collapse, the whole world is being treated to an end-of-empire spectacular election extravaganza starring none other than the consummate showman and impresario extraordinaire Donald Trump.

He used to run beauty pageants, while this one is more of an ugliness pageant, but then beauty is rare and always fades while ugliness is commonplace and usually just gets uglier, making it a much safer bet. And so let’s accept it as a parting present to the world from a vanishing nation that gave us horror flicks, reality television and three-ring circuses with sideshow freaks. Within the sweeping panoramic tableau of the 2020 election, Trump (our hero) appears bathed in a golden sunset glow of nostalgia for lost American greatness which he forever promises to rekindle. Rest assured, Trump or no Trump, America will never be great again. But Trump’s magic halo extends out from his resplendent orange cranial plumage and enfolds all those who pine for the lost Pax Americana and fear and loathe what America is fast becoming—which is, to put it bluntly, a holding tank for degenerates of every stripe presided over by a freak show.

They pine for a time when men were manly and women womanly, when secretaries were flattered when their bosses took time away from their busy schedules to rub up against them, and when everyone was either a WASP, or worked hard on trying to look and act like one, or kept to their assigned station in life and knew better than to get too uppity. Arrayed against our fearless orange-hued leader, who at 74 is no spring chicken himself, is a ghoulish gaggle of geriatric gerontocrats. There is Joe Biden, 77, whose brain ran away and joined a circus some years ago but who imagines himself to be president-elect, or senator, or vice-president, or something. Having spent eight years lurking in the shadows as Obama’s VP, Biden is as fit to lead as a pig is kosher after rubbing its side against a corner of a synagogue. To assist Biden in his dodderings there is his party-appointed nanny, Kamala Harris, a mere slip of a girl at 56.

Also haunting the balcony of the American mausoleum is Nancy Pelosi, 80, who still runs the House of Representatives even though proper employment for her at this point would be up on a pole keeping the birds off the corn. There is also Bernie Sanders, 79, a sad pagliaccio whose permanent role in the political Commedia dell’Arte that the Democratic Party stages every four years is to simulate democracy by cheerleading crowds of young imbeciles in Act I, to feign death after falling off his pogo stick in Act II, and to stagger to his feet, wave and smile for the curtain call. Last but not least, there is the horrid harpy Hillary Clinton, who is relatively young at 73 but whose putrid smell and cadaverous, ghastly visage are not longer fit for public display except in most delicately contrived circumstances. Hidden even further backstage is the suppurating cadaver of George Soros who, at 90, is still pulling the strings and wreaking havoc in the US and around the world.

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    Pablo Picasso Les femmes d’Alger 1955   • PA Court: Secretary Of State Lacked Authority To Change Voting Deadline (Fox) • Michigan State Senators
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle November 13 2020]

    John Day
    Participant (featuring composted banana patch photo)

    This is pretty brief this morning before dawn. It was clearly laid out that the Democratic camp would not concede the election at any time, and that votes that favored Trump early, would reverse late, and Biden would win.
    The stated battle strategy was massive vote rigging, with a what’cha-gonna-do-about-it-? dare.
    Well, if the judges in the rigged states are all rolled up, and the deep state is running the show, you pretty much have to lie there and get your face punched, don’t you? That’s a thing I remember. I never had any allies as a kid.
    I tucked my chin and got forehead-punched.
    What if you secretly had a friend?

    The shenanigans in Michigan were barely hidden. Voting monitors were just kept out of vans and counting rooms.
    Michigan State Senators Request Full Election Audit Citing Voting Irregularities

    ​National voting tallies, state by state. A whole lot of ballots were thrown away. Here is state by state, and all added up. (site looks shabby)
    ​Based on this initial analysis over 500,000 votes were identified that were switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. In addition to this another 2,865,757 votes were deleted.

    Atomic Bombshell: Analysis of Election Night Data Allegedly Shows Over 500k Votes Switched from Trump to Biden and Over 2,86 MILLION Votes Simply Deleted

    News Flash: New management at Pentagram follows Trump’s orders, upsetting global imperial apple cart.
    Oh, NO! NOT withdrawal from Afghanistan!!
    What other dangerous disruptions might Trump try to pull in the next 2 months?
    (4 years?)

    ​Were the vote riggers being recorded the whole time from the air?
    Dominion (evil) computer software was widely used in swingin’ states.
    There are Dominion whistle-blowers ready to testify how the rigging went down.
    Whoa, Army vs. CIA? Whoa! (sharper tabloid look)
    ​-CAUGHT! Election data analyzed, producing detailed list of over 500,000 votes SWITCHED from Trump to Biden via voting machine software theft, with heavy fraud focused on swing states
    -Source reveals that the CIA ran the vote theft while Trump and the DoD documented the entire election coup
    ​-​Without the vote fraud, Trump wins with 307 electoral votes

    ​The Tale Of The Four Seasons Landscaping Press Conference, Thanks Marc
    (I have just stepped off a cliff, but I can’t unsee this 15 minutes of conspiracy theory video podcast from a guy’s apartment. What if he’s right?)​

    Mr. House


    Sorry Raul, hadn’t noticed you posted this. This article upsets me more then most, the “best” man of our time just really has no shame. If people are willing to stoop so low, how low will they go?


    Sorry Raul, hadn’t noticed you posted this.

    I did? They paid him a huge advance on the book -wait, it’ll be a whole series-, and then the marketing guys come in. “Let’s go with something juicy!” But isn”t saying ‘Americans Spooked By Black Man In White House’ in itself perhaps just a tad racist?

    I mean, how is that different from saying ‘Americans Spooked By Orange Man In White House’?

    Mr. House

    Its not any different, i agree. I still say the way trump has been treated is way worse then when obama was president. I’ve been reading zerohedge since 2009 and they never posted stuff about him like the MSM reports on Trump. Its been four long years of being gaslighted by the media and most people that think of themselves of the “left”. Rather emotionally exhausting, now throw covid and an election on top of that and i’m not really surprised the country is losing its minds. Yves Smith posted CJ Hopkins at NC today. Not really sure why cause now they’re all commenting on how terrible he is. I tried to stick up for him but low and behold they must have banned my email address. Such open minded and truth searching people!


    A master of penmanship
    “Watch this!”
    Thanks, Ilargi.
    For many reasons, Rome withdrew from their occupations, similarly the USA will go home.
    The USA withdrawal will happen with the troops wearing face masks.
    The USA will still control the high ground with satellites, missiles, drones, air force, etc.
    The military industries will not disappear, they will shift their production to other needed supplies.
    The defense of the homeland will still continue with modern tools, and not with occupation of allies or enemy territories.

    We will see if Biden will listen to reason or to the old school of pentagon advisors.
    Bring the kids home
    A “staggering 9.2 million jobs could be lost in the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector in 2020 if barriers to global travel remain in place.”

    The rif raf middle class has been sucked dry.
    What will the millions of foreign workers do with no tourists?
    If my gov. gave me a $2,000.00 travel voucher, I would use it to help the poor tourist workers

    Mr. House

    Elon Musk said he took four Covid tests, two came back positive and two came back negative. Jesus Christ when will the truth come out. But people aren’t that evil, they’d never do such a thing as to make up a virus or release one for their own selfish reasons. Nothing like that has ever happened in human history!

    Mr. House

    Who cares?
    Biden, the Media and CIA Labeled the Hunter Biden Emails “Russian Disinformation.” There is Still No Evidence.
    The same factions that constantly claim to abhor Fake News and disinformation continue to be the most aggressive and shameless propagators of it — especially the media.

    Glenn Greenwald
    Nov 12

    Yet again we find that the most prolific propagators of Fake News and disinformation are not the enemies of the mainstream U.S. media. It is the mainstream U.S. media itself that deceives, propagandizes and spreads disinformation on behalf of the coalition of the intelligence community and the Democratic Party far more than any other faction or entity.

    Where is the evidence that Russia was involved in this New York Post story? And how can media outlets who endorsed and spread this and now refuse any self-critique expect anything but distrust and scorn from the public when they do this?

    Mr. House


    Any thoughts on the WEF’s Great reset?


    RE: “Americans Spooked By Black Man In White House’ in itself perhaps just a tad racist? I mean, how is that different from saying ‘Americans Spooked By Orange Man In White House?”

    The two are not the same. An equivalent might be – ‘Americans Disgusted By Liar In white House’.

    Obama’s bottom line stated above is very intentional, especially with the choice of the word “spooked”. He is identifying the deep repulsion that existed at all times during his stint – and therefore drove the hate. Trump played his part in developing the fear early on (even before he started running) by stoking the whole Muslim and birther angle. It festered and was carefully massaged and managed. The result was seen in its full glory during the 2012 campaign; remember the lady at the John McCain town hall?

    Obama’s bottom line was written in response to a line of self-questioning and self-reflecting on – how did/what did I do that created the conditions for a Trump to emerge? It was not written as an excuse for his failures (and there were many).

    On a parallel note: Anything that you have a deep aversion to – that remains unaddressed – will eventually develop into something very destructive.

    madamski cafone

    Good old Elon. Always working both sides of a wager.


    Correction: 2008 campaign McCain.

    Mr. House

    A law firm representing the Trump campaign’s efforts to challenge the Pennsylvania election results gave notice late Thursday that they are withdrawing from one of the cases. While no reason was given for the decision by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, Bloomberg notes that it was one of two law firms targeted by the Lincoln Project – a group of ‘never-Trump’ Republicans devoted to removing Trump from office.

    On Tuesday, the group encouraged people to join LinkedIn and target individual employees of Porter Wright and another law firm, Jones Day, and “Ask them how they can work for an organization trying to overturn the will of the American people.”


    US Presidential elections are so complicated and bizarre, in their laws (States, Fed, etc.), policies, ways-of-doing, practices, controls, etc. as to seem to be set up to be a money-making opportunity, and/or for awarding status and possibilites of ‘influence’, being a top-dog or just notable, in the future.

    Ex. for the MSM — those being tasked with the logistics of the vote (Diebold machines, Dominion, keepers of registers, local authorities, etc. etc.) — those being bribed or paid for one or another action — those being tasked with influencing the vote on the ground, Twitter, Google, BLM protests, and more.

    Is straight up paying for votes still a thing? – > Maybe 20 a vote? .. ?

    It’s a money churning jamboree all on its own!

    (Without considering the donations from mega-donors who pay for X desired outcome, etc. -> other story.)

    It seems to be that the winner is a figure-head of the group (party, lobby, PTB..) who manages to manipulate the ‘vote’ the most succesfully.

    The Dems (plus neo-cons, etc.) were taken by surprise in 2016. They have been preparing for 2020 since Trump took office, if not before (Steele dossier, Russia Russia Russia, etc.)

    Maxwell Quest

    Even after all the chicanery of the last four years, I was still blindsided by the outright brazenness exhibited by the same parties to steal the 2020 election:

    – The Super Tuesday Switcheroo, that torpedoed Bernie’s campaign and elevated Biden’s.
    – The Weekend at Bernie’s propping up by the media of a deeply flawed and dementia-addled candidate.
    – The last-minute campaign to force mail-in ballots into battleground states.
    – The pre-election censoring of the Hunter laptop story, which in years past would have spelled doom to any presidential contender.
    – The banning of Republican poll watchers.
    – The massive campaign of ballot stuffing.
    – The algorithmic transfer of votes by the Dominion voting software.
    – The premature declaration of a Biden victory by the media.

    I’m sure that several points are still missing from the list, but it’s a start. I’m sure that most Americans would rather not see this. Would like to believe that nothing has changed. Home of the Brave, apple pie, and all that stuff. But America has changed, and I’m afraid it’s not for the better.

    It was good to see Kunstler highlight some of the statistical evidence available which shows the algorithmic voter fraud by Dominion, but he really only touched on it. Even the original presentation would have been more effective if only the MIT crew would have shown how the current data compared to historical (and thus untainted) results. I’m afraid that most Americans do not have the ‘maff’ skills to see what these graphs are saying, that results such as these are statistically impossible to achieve unless they were programmed into the software.


    Any thoughts on the WEF’s Great reset?

    That was in yesterday’s Debt Rattle. My comment then: “Dystopia 2.0.” Power hungry people dreaming on too large a scale. Who look at New Big Tech and think they can influence, manipulate and thought-control everyone from some far away place. But in the end people are just people, with families and friends and communities, just like they always were, like their ancestors were. You can’t take that away from them in just a few years. People don’t become the best technology they use. They may be overwhelmed by it, but they all still need love and water.


    “Americans Spooked By Black Man In White House’ in itself perhaps just a tad racist? I mean, how is that different from saying ‘Americans Spooked By Orange Man In White House?”

    The two are not the same. An equivalent might be – ‘Americans Disgusted By Liar In white House’.

    There’s still no difference, other than the specific subset of Americans who are disgusted by either one or the other.

    a kullervo

    Got mugged in the street?
    The wallet you must now
    graciously concede

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb mindtrips
    – Institutions are the product of the norm. Only outstanding individuals can exert human virtues in a consistent manner; mendacity is the rule, honor the exception.

    Low-spectrum epidemic
    – The more you test, the more false positives. (RIP critical thinking.)

    Pfizer “vaccine”
    – How can such an unstable agent (-70ºC refrigeration required!) be accepted as a solution? And what will happen once that criterion cannot be met? Will the “vaccine” become useless or will it turn into something potentially dangerous?

    Mr. House

    – How can such an unstable agent (-70ºC refrigeration required!) be accepted as a solution? And what will happen once that criterion cannot be met? Will the “vaccine” become useless or will it turn into something potentially dangerous?

    How is it that the virus can live at higher temperatures, but the vaccine can not?


    Add my questions on the vaccine.

    Dr. D

    Les Femmes in Algeria sure are colorful.

    “Michigan State Senators Request Full Election Audit (ET)”

    The States. Via the People’s Legislatures. The only large enough counterweight to the Feds. And by design. The Feds are supposed to be far smaller and never centralized.

    Free Rhode Island! Let them have all the gay marriage they want. And Alabama can have hush puppies and whatever it is they want. And we can all have diversity. Of lives, of customs, of PEOPLES. It’s not SUPPOSED to be the same.

    The President is not SUPPOSED to be this powerful.

    We are presently re-Federalizing, but people who apparently can’t read the Constitution – talkin’ to you, Libertarians – think the nation is breaking up and dissolving. That it’s ending. Yes, 2020: the End of an Error.

    Here we go with genius market timer Armstrong:

    Predicted decades ago.

    2020 Monetary Crisis.
    2024 Commodities Boom, probably as all production, especially food, has been shattered with their intentional shenanigans.
    2028 Food shortages allow unprecedented authoritarianism with food being stolen and allocated to friends-of-friends.
    2032 No one can tolerate this garbage and rise up and crush them at last.
    2036 As there is national in-fighting to settle this, all structures are being re-created and a lot is neglected and lost.

    In unrelated news: “Fauci says it’s the American Spirit that’s to blame. SO DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD.” Or else.

    Or else what? In unrelated news: “Chicago Mayor Lightfoot cancels Thanksgiving.” Yeah, I’m sure everyone will obey that. Like they do drug and gun laws. 17 shot one day alone last week. Jesus, does anybody learn? NOBODY’S FOLLOWING YOUR ORDERS.

    “the edges of the modern Republican party – xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward black and brown folks.”

    Guess Obama didn’t get the memo that black folks doubled their support for a party that you claim has antipathy towards him. Maybe should look into that. Sounds like you lie faster than you dropped bombs and deported people.

    …Trump has now deported only HALF as many people as Obama.

    News anyone? Tap tap, is this thing on? Helllo? That’s how you know it’s true: they DIDN’T print it.

    So just as Obama bombed brown people til they ran out of bombs, AND BLM had to be invented under him because the conditions were so bad, IT WAS OBAMA VOTERS WHO VOTED FOR TRUMP. Kind of ruins that “Spooked” narrative doesn’t it?

    “we can’t have normal interest rates anymore”

    As per Armstrong’s “Financial Crisis” chart above. What’s infinite compounding of a debt-based fiat system for $100, Alex? What is 1971 + 49?

    Gosh, if only we could have a worldwide forced austerity, martial law and unlimited house arrest supported by the people. IF Only! Then, THEN, we rich folks could survive such a thing and keep our power.

    …but seems like a pipe dream that it could just appear on schedule in 1971 = 49, doesn’t it? Oh well. I guess we’ll just give up our power and die then.

    “Cases nationwide are trending up more quickly than at any point in the pandemic.”

    And as Scientists this does not give them the slightest hesitation about their very amplified tests? After the test creator and 100 scientists plus a slew of statisticians write papers about it?

    Of course not. If a tree is murdered in the woods and we don’t report it, can we just get away with the crime?

    “Obama Warns Trump’s Election Fraud Claims Put US Democracy On “Dangerous Path”

    If you don’t want the allegations, don’t board up the windows and eject all the election monitors. Don’t commit the crime. I can’t help you after that. Once it’s tainted, then the Legislators have to vote instead, and nobody wants that. Didn’t Donald TELL you not to do this, not to use mail-ins? Whaddya want from us? We’re telling you how to win honestly; it’s not that hard.

    When the vaccine doesn’t work, now they’ll blame the healthcare workers for being too slow in handling it. …Where you place the blame. Or Legal version: where you place the burden of proof. They won’t find out until their CEO has sold another 62% of his stock after finding the world’s first cure. Possibly by exercising stock options he doesn’t own like Kodak just did.

    a kullervo

    @ Mr. House

    If you care to wacth this week’s “The Week in 60 Minutes #11 | The Spectator”, at about the 42:40 mark this Professor David Salisbury chap contends that the “vaccine” is more a chemical process than a biological process; apparentely the chemicals used requires the extreme refrigeration,
    Then again, at about the 49:12 mark, this professor also claims he “will be so happy if the virus disappear” and for the life of me I don’t know how can an educated person ever expect to make a virus disappear.


    Mr. House

    “Gosh, if only we could have a worldwide forced austerity, martial law and unlimited house arrest supported by the people. IF Only! Then, THEN, we rich folks could survive such a thing and keep our power.

    …but seems like a pipe dream that it could just appear on schedule in 1971 = 49, doesn’t it? Oh well. I guess we’ll just give up our power and die then.”

    DING DING DING we have a winner folks! Step right up for your prize Dr. D, Social ostracized

    Mr. House

    “apparentely the chemicals used requires the extreme refrigeration”

    Well that makes me feel better. Aren’t they not liable for any adverse reactions you might have from this?

    Maxwell Quest

    Remember what it was like being a kid on the first day of class? You’d look around the room at all the strange faces and suddenly spot someone a few rows over that you sense ‘gets it’. You then give each other a slight nod and settle back, knowing that things are going to be ok. Reading Dr. D is like that.

    V. Arnold

    The head of the World Health Organization praised a developing country for its success in handling the coronavirus pandemic on Friday and urged others to re-evaluate their approach to health care.

    Thailand of course…
    The link below explains a lot…


    The irony of Tedros bloviating about Thailand is soooo… exquisite. So, turns out it’s an excellent idea for your healthcare to be decentralised, widespread, well-funded and close to the consumer? Huh, who’d a thunk it? This from the head of a massively-centralised, inefficient idiocracy that bears much responsibility for the chaotic nature of the global covid response.

    Contrary to his statements and as multiple studies have shown, there is precisely zero correlation between lockdowns, mask-wearing etc and outcome. We’ve had the entire world as a real-timie laboratory for nine months now.. that’s a huge data set. If WHO’s measures worked, the trends would stick out like dog’s bollocks within the data. They don’t. Which means they’re either marginally effective, or ineffective.

    Thailand deserves to feel very good about their outcome. I’m not casting shade on that for a second. But as to what mixture (and type) of action and sheer dumb luck was responsible, we just don’t know. WHO doesn’t know. Or if they do know, they ain’t saying.

    The entire WHO leadership should be summarily dismissed and the organisation slashed and burned. All Tedros is trying to do with this slimey PR schtick is trying to associate the WHO name with Thailand’s successful outcome to avoid a justly deserved tarring and feathering.

    V. Arnold

    @ Huskynut
    WHO, like the UN, has failed miserably; agreed.
    I’ve been pretty clear on my views of Thailand’s response to the CV-19, so I won’t belabor that point further. Asia in general has done well handling this outbreak; all without a vaccine.
    The U.S. is the leading failure in dealing with this virus; full responsibility belongs to the Trump administration….but just what should they have done? Nothing? I haven’t a clue…
    I came here at the height of the SARS outbreak in 2003; no masks, no distancing, and no travel bans…
    I personally have no idea what concrete action is effective…I’m just continuing to live my life as I see best…
    The fact that the U.S. is the unhealthiest western nation (both mentally & physically) offers some clues…
    The ensuing chaos will not end well…


    “Fitness mirrors”. What more needs to be said?

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