Friday, December 9, 2016

The Goldman Sachs Stacking Continues



I thought he was already in, as this post suggests:


...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

The Real Fake News

Black Agenda Report was one of the publications placed on the so-called "Fake News" list.
When the narrative at the heart of a system of rule falls apart, when the flow of history runs counter to the story told by those in power, then we know the entire edifice is crumbling under the weight of its own contradictions.

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[M]ilitary superiority is the only card U.S. imperialism has left to play in its bid for global domination. The world is outgrowing the U.S.-led, rigged economic and political system that is the last vestige of half a millennium of colonialism and white supremacy. Washington’s endless wars of aggression and regime change are desperate, scorched earth campaigns to avoid eclipse -- to stop the future from happening.

[...]

Unlike some others among the 13 leftist sites cited in the Washington Post/PropOrNot list, we at BAR will not whine that we don’t deserve to be slandered in such a manner. The function of ruling class publications is to disseminate and perfect a false narrative, so what else are we supposed to expect?

[...]

Domestically, the deteriorating living standards and rising inequality that is the inevitable [...] blowback from the global Race to the Bottom is framed as an inescapable consequence of modernity, a force much like the weather, which can be successfully managed by a technologically enlightened (and ethnically diverse) corporate leadership.

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We have entered an epoch in which everything that is said by the regime’s mouthpieces in the Democratic and Republican parties and the corporate media is, at root, a lie.

American “exceptionalism” is a lie. The U.S. has no moral or legal right to set itself above all other nations on Earth. The very act of claiming such a distinction is an abomination to modern notions of civilization. American exceptionalism is rebranded “Manifest Destiny,” which is nothing but an assertion of white supremacy over darker peoples. Barack Obama is, therefore, a racist imperial goon, in the same category as Donald Trump. There will be no break in the continuity of the lie, or the crimes, on January 20.

The U.S. is not engaged in a “War on Terror.” Along with Saudi Arabia, Washington has been the patron and puppeteer of Islamic jihadist terror for nearly 40 years, since jointly creating the previously nonexistent international jihadist network in Afghanistan.

[...]

The United States is the biggest police state in the world, as measured by the number and proportion of its citizens that are imprisoned. It is also a fundamentally racist regime, based on the same prison numbers and the totality of its history of slavery, apartheid and genocide. Such overarching realities are in constant conflict with the official narrative and must, therefore, be delegitimized, along with those who dare to speak them.

  Bruce Dixon

Russia, the Election, and the GOP


Leading Senate Republicans are preparing to launch a coordinated and wide-ranging probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. elections and its potential cyberthreats to the military, digging deep into what they view as corrosive interference in the nation’s institutions.

  WaPo
Don't you mean the nation's corrosive institutions?
The fracture could become more prominent after Trump is inaugurated and begins setting foreign policy. He has already indicated that the country should “get along” with Russia since the two nations have many common strategic goals.
Not to mention the two nations could obliterate each other with nukes.

In reality, it would be highly surprising if Russia did not do some meddling in US political affairs. God knows we meddle in theirs (and scores of others).

And, one way the seeming conflict between Trump and the GOP pols who want to investigate Russia could be explained is if the GOP hacked the DNC and/or voting machines and need someone to blame it on.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

What? No Vacations?

Top adviser Kellyanne Conway says it is “doubtful” that the president-elect will collect a salary from being executive producer on “Celebrity Apprentice,” noting that he is foregoing most of his White House salary.

[...]

Conway said Trump is still consulting with ethics experts to determine whether it would be proper to stay on as executive producer on the NBC reality show he used to host.

“He’s a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he’s doing,” she said.

  The Hill
Perhaps with the exception of his tax returns.
"And the fact is that he’s conferring with all types of experts to tell him what he’s allowed to do and not to do as the president of the United States."
Perhaps with the exception of talking to the president of Taiwan.
Trump has said that he will only take one dollar in White House salary.
I should hope so considering the money he's going to make on his businesses due to his office. But someone should check on that, since he won't be producing his tax returns.
"[I]f this [producing the show] is one of the approved activities, perhaps he’ll consider staying on.”

[...]

Pressed on whether being an executive producer would distract from the more important role of being president, Conway compared it to President Obama’s frequent golfing trips.

“Okay, but were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president?” Conway said.

“I mean, presidents have a right to do things in their spare time or their leisure time, I mean nobody objects to that.”
In fact, Kellyanne, I think if you'll check, there were plenty of people, including one in particular, concerned about those golfing hours.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Fake News and the Clinton Machine

Back in October, when WikiLeaks was releasing emails from the John Podesta archive, Clinton campaign officials and their media spokespeople adopted a strategy of outright lying to the public, claiming – with no basis whatsoever – that the emails were doctored or fabricated and thus should be ignored. That lie – and that is what it was: a claim made with knowledge of its falsity or reckless disregard for its truth – was most aggressively amplified by MSNBC personalities such as Joy Ann Reid and Malcolm Nance, The Atlantic’s David Frum, and Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald.

[...]

As a result of this deliberate disinformation campaign, anyone reporting on the contents of the emails was instantly met with claims that the documents in the archive had been proven fake.

[...]

From the start, it was obvious that it was this accusation from Clinton supporters – not the WikiLeaks documents – that was a complete fraud, perpetrated on the public as deliberate disinformation. With regard to the claim about the Podesta emails, now we know exactly who created it in the first instance: a hard-core Clinton fanatic.

  Glenn Greenwald
To be fair, though, it might have been a fan who started it, but the Clinton team pounced on it (and perhaps even fed it to the fan in the first place?).
[The instigator] he was a devoted supporter of Hillary Clinton. In the Daily Beast, the person behind the anonymous “The Omnivore” account unmasks himself as “Marco Chacon,” a self-professed creator of “viral fake news” whose targets were Sanders and Trump supporters (he specialized in blatantly fake anti-Clinton frauds with the goal of tricking her opponents into citing them, so that they would be discredited).
Old campaign trick. Remember how Dan Rather took a dive?
Even though it was clear from the start to any rational and honest person that there was zero evidence that any of the WikiLeaks documents were doctored, and even though (as Chacon himself says) nobody minimally informed (let alone supposed “intelligence experts”) should have been fooled by his blatant Fake News, none of the journalists who lied to the public about these WikiLeaks documents have even once acknowledged what they did.

Their Fake News tweets – warning people to view the WikiLeaks documents as fake – remain posted, with no subsequent retraction or acknowledgment of the falsehoods that they spread about the WikiLeaks archive.

[...]

Every day, literally, you can turn on MSNBC and hear various people so righteously lamenting the spread of “Fake News.” Yet MSNBC itself not only spreads Fake News but refuses to correct it when it is exposed.

[...]

Complaints about Fake News are typically accompanied by calls for “solutions” that involve censorship and suppression, either by the government or tech giants such as Facebook. But until there is a clear definition of “Fake News,” and until it’s recognized that Fake News is being aggressively spread by the very people most loudly complaining about it, the dangers posed by these solutions will be at least as great as the problem itself.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Fake News, the Russians, and the CIA

This is a bit of a long read, but well worth it, I think.
Last month, the Washington Post gave a glowing front-page boost to an anonymous online blacklist of hundreds of American websites, from marginal conspiracy sites to flagship libertarian and progressive publications. As Max Blumenthal reported for AlterNet, the anonymous website argued that all of them should be investigated by the federal government and potentially prosecuted under the Espionage Act as Russian spies, for wittingly or unwittingly spreading Russian propaganda.

[...]

Because the PropOrNot blacklist of American journalist “traitors” is anonymous, and the Washington Post front-page article protects their anonymity, we can only speculate on their identity with what little information they’ve given us. And that little bit of information reveals only a Ukrainian ultranationalist thread—the salute, the same obsessively violent paranoia towards Russia, and towards journalists, who in the eyes of Ukrainian nationalists have always been dupes and stooges, if not outright collaborators, of Russian evil.

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The WaPo is essentially an arm of the American deep state; its owner, Jeff Bezos, is one of the three richest Americans, worth $67 billion, and his cash cow, Amazon, is a major contractor with the Central Intelligence Agency. In other words, this is as close to an official US government blacklist of journalists as we’ve seen—a dark ominous warning before they take the next steps.

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WaPo’s key source was an anonymous online group calling itself PropOrNot (i.e., “Propaganda Or Not”). It was here that the blacklist of American journalists allegedly working with the Kremlin was posted. The Washington Post cited PropOrNot as a credible source, and granted them the right to anonymously accuse major American news outlets of treason.

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Who is behind PropOrNot? [...] We may have to await the defamation lawsuits that are almost certainly coming from those smeared by the Post and by PropOrNot.

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The only specific clues given [on PropOrNot's "About" page] were an admission that at least one of its members with access to its Twitter handle is “Ukrainian-American”.

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One PropOrNot tweet, dated November 17, invokes a 1940s Ukrainian fascist salute “Heroiam Slava!!” to cheer a news item on Ukrainian hackers fighting Russians.

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Since the 2014 Maidan Revolution brought Ukrainian neo-fascists back into the highest rungs of power, Ukraine’s Nazi collaborators and wartime fascists have been rehabilitated as heroes.

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Since coming to power in the 2014 Maidan Revolution, Ukraine’s US-backed regime has waged an increasingly surreal war on journalists who don’t toe the Ukrainian ultranationalist line, and against treacherous Kremlin propagandists, real and imagined. Two years ago, Ukraine established a “Ministry of Truth”.

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One of the more frightening policies enacted by the current oligarch-nationalist regime in Kiev is an online blacklist of journalists accused of collaborating with pro-Russian “terrorists.”

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Besides PropOrNot, the Washington Post’s Craig Timberg relied on only one other source to demonstrate the influence of Russian propaganda: the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI).

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[W]hen Fortune’s Matthew Ingram correctly described the FPRI as “proponents of the Cold War” he was compelled to issue a clarification, changing the description to “a conservative think tank known for its hawkish stance on relations between the US and Russia.”

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In fact, historically the Foreign Policy Research Institute [founded by Robert Strausz-Hupé and set up on the University of Pennsylvania campus] has been one of the looniest (and spookiest) extreme-right think tanks since the early Cold War days, promoting “winnable” nuclear war, maximum confrontation with Russia, and attacking anti-colonialism as dangerously unworkable. One of the key brains behind the FPRI’s extreme-right Cold War views also happened to be a former Austrian fascist official who, upon emigrating to America, became one of this country’s leading proponents of racial eugenics and white supremacy.

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But it was Russian propaganda that most concerned Strausz-Hupe and his FPRI. In 1959, for example, he published a three-page spread in the New York Times, headlined “Why Russia Is Ahead in Propaganda,” that has odd echoes of last month’s paranoid Washington Post article alleging a vast conspiracy of American journalists secretly poisoning the public’s mind with Russian propaganda.

[...]

It was this history, and a 1967 New York Times exposé on how the Foreign Policy Research Institute had been covertly funded by the CIA, that led US Senator Fulbright in 1969 to reject Nixon’s nomination of Strausz-Hupe as ambassador to Morocco. [...] However, he gave in a couple of years later when Nixon named him to the post of ambassador in Sri Lanka.

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But Strausz-Hupe was the voice of reason compared to his chief collaborator and co-author at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Stefan Possony [another fascist Austrian emigre]. [...] He was [in the 60s] one of the most prolific contributors to Mankind Quarterly, the leading race eugenics journal in the days before The Bell Curve, and co-author[ed] race eugenics books with white supremacist Nathaniel Weyl.

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Possony wrote elsewhere that the “average African Negro functions as does the European after a leucotomy [prefrontal lobotomy] operation” In other articles, Possony described the people of “the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia” as “genetically unpromising“ because they “lack the innate brain power required for mastery and operation of the tools of modern civilization.

[...]

As late as a 1974 article in Mankind Quarterly, Possony was defending race eugenics loon William Shockley’s theories on the inferiority of dark skinned races, which he argued could prove that spending money on welfare was in fact a “waste” since there was no way to improve genetically inferior races. Around the same time, Possony emerged as the earliest and most effective advocate of the “Star Wars” anti-ballistic missile system adopted by President Reagan. The way Possony saw it, the Star Wars weapon was entirely offensive, and would give the United States sufficient first strike capability to win a nuclear war with Russia.

[...]

This is the world the Washington Post is bringing back to its front pages. And the timing is incredible—as if Bezos’ rag has taken upon itself to soften up the American media before Trump moves in for the kill. And it’s all being done in the name of fighting “fake news” ...and fascism.

[...]

[K]nowing how the Soviet Union eventually collapsed on itself without firing a shot—and seeing the same paranoid, sleazy lies being peddled again today, one is dumbstruck by just how stagnant our intellectual culture is. We’ve never thawed ourselves out from our Cold War pathologies.

  Alternet
If you're interested in the discussion about whether the Russians hacked the DNC, that's also in this article. Hint: Ukrainian source.

The article mentions the Ukrainian Nazis who were brought to the US after WWII to help in anti-Russian measures. It might also be useful to remember how the fear of Russia was implanted in top US ranks as WWII was being prosecuted. It was Russian soldiers, after all, who defeated the Germans on the western front, and it was Russia who put the fear into the Japanese when Russian soldiers were then sent to the Pacific front, pushing the Japanese government to seek to negotiate the end of the war. (It's reasonably arguable that the atomic bombs which the US dropped on Japan were totally unnecessary to end the war, given those Russo-Japanese negotiations, and were in reality a show to the Russians of what we were capable.) We still fear the Russians; thus our support for Ukraine, Nazi or not.

You should take the time to read the whole article.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Dems in La-La Land

Harry Reid gave a farewell speech. And then he gave some interviews. He probably should have stopped at the speech.
To hear Reid tell it, the party’s electoral collapse wasn’t a result of poor messaging or even a bad candidate. It stemmed from looser campaign finance rules, FBI Director James Comey and the influence of a few powerful individuals — namely the Koch brothers, his long-running nemeses. The outgoing Senate minority leader is unapologetic on behalf of his party, and remains resolute that Democrats don’t need to chart a new political course after their 2016 debacle.

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"I don’t think the Democratic Party is in that big of trouble,” Reid said in a half-hour interview with Politico on Wednesday, one day before he’ll deliver his farewell address. “I mean, if Comey kept his mouth shut, we would have picked up a couple more Senate seats and we probably would have elected Hillary.”

  Politico
He's old. Perhaps that's why he's tone deaf.

If Comey kept his mouth shut? Hey, if nobody realized what a crooked bag of shite they would be putting in office, Hillary probably would have won.
Though the filibuster is Democrats’ best weapon against Trump, Reid said it would be a “mistake” for his party to reflexively oppose whatever Trump proposes. But the outgoing minority leader also wants Democrats to stand firm for their core principles, urging lawmakers to do “everything in their power” to block “wacky” Supreme Court nominees and to not be “complicit” in supporting GOP priorities like tax cuts for the rich and repealing Obamacare.
Does he realize that they don't have the power to do much of anything now? By the way, just what are their core principles? It's not obvious that they have any principles.
And Reid called [Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming] a “loser” for his tirades against the Affordable Care Act, Reid’s signature legislative accomplishment as majority leader.
Harry, I would stay away from calling anyone in the other party a loser just now.
Reid’s most controversial move as leader — invoking the “nuclear option” on Senate confirmations — will leave his party essentially powerless to halt Trump’s Cabinet selections.
Nice move, Harry. 

When the Dems were in power, they seemed to think they always would be. Delusional people that they are, they vested even more power in the president, and Harry, in his great wisdom, got the Senate to change their rules so that confirmations could be made with a mere majority, and not the 60 votes necessary in the past.
Reid insisted that it was the right thing to do.

“I don’t know if it’s my biggest achievement, but I’m satisfied we did it. We had to. Look at why it was done,” said Reid, who turned 77 this month. “We got almost 100 judges approved … we saved the integrity of different agencies of government. No, think of what our country would’ve been without that.”
We can't, Harry. Because we're too flabbergasted over thoughts of what our country is going to be now with Donald Effing Trump as president and the GOP with control over both houses of Congress.
Reid’s decision to water down the filibuster prompted now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to declare that the Nevada Democrat will be remembered as the “worst majority leader ever.”

Three years later, Reid says he understands why McConnell responded the way he did.

“I have no ill will toward him. He was mad,” Reid said. “He got his rear end kicked, OK?”
Ah, the dignity of the office. And now, whose rear-end is going to get kicked?
Reid even admitted that while he disagreed with McConnell’s retaliatory tactics, which led to Merrick Garland being blocked from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, he had to give Republicans credit for the result: control of Congress and the White House and, in all likelihood, a more conservative Supreme Court in time.
Bingo, Harry. Bingo.

UPDATE:

And here's their answer to what just happened:
Four weeks out from Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, Democrats may soon be launching a few unorthodox, mega-rich candidates of their own.

  Politico
Tone deaf. And clueless.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

The Brits Surveilled UN Peacekeepers


Well, obviously, somebody needs to keep an eye on them. What is up with those uniforms? Who on earth designed those things they're wearing - whatever they are? They seem to think they're "one size fits all."  Clearly that isn't so.  But the woman's has a little cap-sleeve overlay.  Kudos to the gent for not choosing to wear that, because that would have been over the top, no?

Is this a joke?

Should those two on the right perhaps have opted for the pullover tunic like the woman at the big pot of gruel (or whatever it is)? Maybe switch helmets for a better fit?



Holy mother of pearl.

I can't concentrate on the spying story.  You'll have to go here to read it yourself.  Better luck at not getting distracted by the picture.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

It's Going to Be a Great 4 Years

Make America Hate Harder. That's the real Trump effect.
...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.


Christian Censors

They're always on the lookout for signs of the devil and the devil's worshipers.



Time tried to calm them down.
“Given the shape of the letter ‘M’ in the magazine’s name and its location on the cover, many other subjects in the past have also appeared to sprout extra features,” it said. “It’s happened to Hillary Clinton at least twice. It’s happened to Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, too.”

  RT
They're not into facts or history. Don't bother.



...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.