Saturday, February 17, 2018

The War on Troll Farms

"The War on Dissent: The Specter of Divisiveness" (Hopkins).  Rooskies.  "The party's long-term goal should be crafting a patriotic story about a new Cold War, a dangerous cyberconflict happening as we speak, one that demands the best America has to offer." (Stoehr) - as opposed to the ikky 'economic populism'.  In these dark days of Meathead, it's a way of getting Archie Bunker back in the fold without actually giving him anything.  It goes back as far as 1950s Jack Kennedy.  The virtue-signaling identity politics of Barry-Killary just washes over these white voters, or annoys them, so they are reaching back to Cold War fears.

"Pieces of the Coup Puzzle Fall Into Place by Publius Tacitus" (the dog that didn't bark; note, again, that they didn't fully commit to their story on the assumption that Killary was sure to win):
"What is so curious about all of this is the lack of a formal response by the intelligence community. In other words, if the Russians really were in a full court press beyond their normal propaganda activities, then the intelligence community should have been galvanized to collect more information and should have briefed the leaders of the Senate and House intelligence committees. That did not happen. Key Republican leaders DID NOT, I repeat NOT, receive such a briefing. For example, Devin Nunes, the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, did not get briefed by Brennan or any of his minions on this subject.
And where was Jim Clapper. If the CIA Director is raising the warning that Russia is marauding through our electoral system like some rapacious pirate, then it was up to the Director of National Intelligence, to make sure the President was briefed and that the vested intelligence agencies were alerted and focused on dealing with this new threat. That did not happen.
Barack Obama provides the final proof that the Russia threat was bullshit when he responded to Trump's persistent claim that there was an attempt to rig the election (which we now know is true). On October 18, 2016 (two days after the FBI submitted a FISA application insisting that Russia was meddling in the election via Donald Trump), Obama called Trump a crazy whiner:
"It doesn't really show the kind of leadership and toughness that you'd want out of a president. You start whining before the game's even over? If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose you start blaming somebody else? Then you don't have what it takes to be in this job," Obama said. 
 
And he said the warnings of a "rigged election" are entirely unprecedented in modern American political history.
"I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place. It's unprecedented,"
But, if you believe the Washington Post, Obama was warned in August 2016 by John Brennan:
Early last August (2016), an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.
Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
There was no other intelligence source besides the Christopher Steele dossier for this information. And, thanks to the unwitting reporters of the Washington Post, Barack Obama, courtesy of John Brennan, read what existed at that time of the Steele Dossier."

"An emphatic example shows how deeply the US establishment considers war a permanent and unquestionable situation".  Failures of the infinity wars just means Americans have to infinity spend more on them.

"The New Conspiracists" (Muirhead/Rosenblum).  Surprisingly lazy strawmanning.  I assume this is what is considered to be truth, or history:  "Mueller’s Investigation A Farce: Files Joke Indictment Against Russian Trolls" (Vos).

I'm sure you could predict 'Syrian government' gas attacks by charting where the White Helmets are based:  "Tip-off received on Al-Nusra, White Helmets plotting chemical weapons provocation in Syria – Moscow".

"Falsehoods and Lies: Inciting War Is a War Crime".

"Assange Hits Back At The Intercept - Claims "Obsessive And Obscenity-Laden" Campaign Against Him" (Durden).  "Op-Ed: Et Tu, The Intercept? Smear Of Assange Murderously Timed" (Vos).  Lee is obsessed with Assange.  The Assange letter.  I would not be surprised if both Boing Boing and Lee were CIA assets (actually, I'd be shocked if they weren't).

Reconstruction of the conspiratorial mechanics of the Assange persecution based on Freedom of Information Act requests:  "Few documents, many mysteries. How our FOIA case is unveiling the questionable handling of the Julian Assange case" (Maurizi). This has required considerable work by many very bad people, and much of it remains covered up.

"Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity" (Farrow).  Typical rigorous reporting from Farrow.  I've mentioned this sophisticated National Enquirer operation as covered by Popbitch (now, sadly, paywalled).  McDougal isn't a victim of Trump, but it sounds like she has an excellent case against David Packer's company, American Media, Inc.

"Fake news by omission—the Haiti example" (Blum).  The Aristide removal was one of the more outrageous acts by the Empire, completely indefensible and shameless.

"The IQ Gap and the Science Fair Project–Diversity Makes Even Smart People Stupid" ('Virginia Dare').  The comments correctly take everything sideways!

"A Russian Trump?" (Shamir).  Wild analysis of world politics on the differences between Bolsheviks (politics based on class) and Mensheviks (politics based on 'identity').

"Labour apparatchiks smear Black activist in “anti-Semitism” witch hunt" (Winstanley).  See:  "Alan Dershowitz: 'Intersectionality' is a code word for anti-Semitism".  Khazars gain a lot of their land-stealing power by playing the identity politics card, so pro-Palestinian non-white activists are their kryptonite.

"Palestinian Schoolteacher Mauled by Israeli Military Dog as Soldiers Watch" (Levy).  This sounds like the real-life reenactment of some of the propaganda the Khazars write about their heroes and true spiritual forebears, the Nazis.

"The US Is Observing The Return Of Afrin Into The Arms Of Damascus With Great Concern" (Magnier).  Doesn't seem like much of a choice for honest Kurds as the Americans have already betrayed them.

Yinon condominium?:   "Turks propose joint deployment with U.S. in Syria as allies aim to mend ties".  Sounds very unlikely, and is probably Reuters (i.e., Rothschild) Khazar propaganda:  " . . .a Turkish official told Reuters . . . "

"Putin’s Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It?" (Crooke).  It is hard to judge long-term effects, but Putin does seem to have successfully communicated with the Israelis.  Note the mischievous reference to Israel's other 'demographic problem': 
"And would then a preventive war to try recuperate Israeli air superiority be feasible or realistic from the perspective of the IOF? It’s a moot point. One third of all Jewish Israelis are culturally and ethnically Russian, and many admire Putin. In such circumstances, could Israel count on Russia not using its own highly sophisticated S400 air-defence missiles, stationed in Syria, in order to protect Russian servicemen stationed across Syria?"

Friday, February 16, 2018

On the tracks

"Former president of Modern Language Association resigns following decision to ban debate on BDS" (Ferguson).  There are some things you just can't talk about.

Virtue-signaling problems:  "Leaked Chat Transcripts: New York Times Employees Are Pissed About Bari Weiss".  Weiss is a Professional Khazar of long standing, for whom the usual rules are waived:  "Analysis: Columbia University Deals With Recent Charges of Anti-Semitism on Campus".  On the other hand:  "After Storm Over Tweets, The Times and a New Hire Part Ways" and "The Saga of Quinn Norton’s 7-Hour Times Career, Explained".  I hope everything is now completely clear.

"How Myanmar forces burned, looted and killed in a remote village".  It does not help that Reuters is most famous for its lying.

"Syria - New 'Chemical Weapons' Fake Planned - Chlorine Though Will Not Do" (Moon).

"Ira Greenstein: Jared Kushner’s White House Employed Conflict of Interest Behind The U.S. Attack On Syria For Genie Energy And Israel" (Zanting).

They don't like having their precious secrets released, and this is the complex way they have for punishing leaking:  "The Scourging of Julian Assange" (Wight).

"New Witness? Man Claims to Have Seen "Boys on the Tracks" Murders".  Early Killary:  "Kevin Ives and Don Henry (Murder of)".  "You’re seeing the downfall of my life. It’s women".


Thursday, February 15, 2018

To take the air

"A marine arrested in Serbia is an associate at Clinton’s special assistant’s firm?"  With a gun with the serial number removed.

"U.S. Supports the Influx of ISIS Terrorists into Afghanistan. Massive U.S. Bombings Directed against the Taliban" (Wadan).  Helicoptered through American-controlled airspace.

Rice's weird cya memo to self, and Comey's 'I spoke alone' deception:  "Declassified: Comey Had Secret Russia Meeting With Obama Amid "Unmaskings"".

Something bothers me about this:  "Digging in stark times: News researchers lead on big stories":
"An editor reached out to our investigative researcher, Sheelagh McNeill, saying he’d gotten a tip that a Facebook post existed with allegations of spousal abuse against a named White House official. That was it. Could she help?"
"US to raise Kurdish force in Syria ignoring Turkey’s warnings" (Bhadrakumar).

This could be the headline for the last couple of years, and the foreseeable future:  "Russian MoD: Al-Nusra, White Helmets Preparing Provocation With Chemical Weapons".

"All Western leaders were lying, promising not to expand NATO".

"Melania brought in 40 priests to cleanse White House of Evilness".  Understandable concern about Hillary's voodoo.

"Trump names George Soros acolyte as chargé in Havana" (Madsen).  "Ex-Cuba prisoner Gross criticizes U.S. plan to foster internet on island"!

"NDP marches with USA on Venezuela" (Engler).

"Judge Rejects Julian Assange's Bid To Drop UK Arrest Warrant" (Durden).  With a simply bizarre judgment - "He can sit on the balcony (I accept probably observed by the police and his supporters) to take the air." - signaling she is 'one of the boys'.

"New York bookseller bowed to Israel supporters after violent threats" (Abunimah). Typical behavior from the inventors of terrorism.  Also 'Jewish salad'.

"Boushie family promised 'concrete changes' in meetings with Trudeau, ministers".  Sadly, and predictably, they will mess with peremptory challenges of members of juries, thus making it easier for prosecutors to obtain convictions from juries.  With those in the dock more likely to be aboriginal, you just have to laugh!  It pays to increase your word power:  hangfire.

The Google Panopticon over Oakland to aid in ethnic cleansing:  "Surveillance Valley" (Levine)  (Wired and the writers associated with it seems to have been created to develop the phony history):
"Pick up any popular history of the Internet and you will generally find a combination of two narratives describing where this computer networking technology came from. The first narrative is that it emerged out of the military’s need for a communication network that could survive a nuclear blast. That led to the development of the early Internet, first known as ARPANET, built by the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (known today as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA). The network went live in the late 1960s and featured a decentralized design that could route messages even if parts of the network were destroyed by a nuclear blast. The second narrative, which is the most dominant, contends that there was no military application of the early Internet at all. In this version, the ARPANET was built by radical young computer engineers and playful hackers deeply influenced by the acid-drenched counterculture of the San Francisco Bay Area. They cared not a damn about war or surveillance or anything of the sort, but dreamed of computer-mediated utopias that would make militaries obsolete. They built a civilian network to bring this future into reality, and it is this version of the ARPANET that then grew into the Internet we use today. For years, a conflict has raged between these historical interpretations. These days, most histories offer a mix of the two—acknowledging the first, yet leaning much more heavily on the second.

My research reveals a third historical strand in the creation of the early Internet—a strand that has all but disappeared from the history books. Here, the impetus was rooted not so much in the need to survive a nuclear attack but in the dark military arts of counterinsurgency and America’s fight against the perceived global spread of communism. In the 1960s, America was a global power overseeing an increasingly volatile world: conflicts and regional insurgencies against U.S.-allied governments from South America to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. These were not traditional wars that involved big armies but guerrilla campaigns and local rebellions, frequently fought in regions where Americans had little previous experience. Who were these people? Why were they rebelling? What could be done to stop them? In military circles, it was believed that these questions were of vital importance to America’s pacification efforts, and some argued that the only effective way to answer them was to develop and leverage computer-aided information technology.

The Internet came out of this effort: an attempt to build computer systems that could collect and share intelligence, watch the world in real time, and study and analyze people and political movements with the ultimate goal of predicting and preventing social upheaval. Some even dreamed of creating a sort of early warning radar for human societies: a networked computer system that watched for social and political threats and intercepted them in much the same way that traditional radar did for hostile aircraft. In other words, the Internet was hardwired to be a surveillance tool from the start. No matter what we use the network for today—dating, directions, encrypted chat, email, or just reading the news—it always had a dual-use nature rooted in intelligence gathering and war."
Probably living in western Canada: "Toru Sakai - California - 1987".

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Portrait

Not everybody gets to jizz on the President of the United States - the withdrawn Hannity article:  "PORTRAIT PERVERSION: Obama Portrait Features ‘SECRET SPERM,’ Artist Joked About ‘Killing Whitey’".  Full props to the artist as nobody can admit seeing it, so it will have to stay there, on display, forever, and generations of school children will have a good laugh.  Gab (Adolf Joe):
"Let me get this straight. Obama hires a painter who is known for putting sperm in his art. He draws one on Obama’s face on the official portrait. Everyone in the press then mocks anyone who points out the obvious, and Hannity is pressured into deleting an article about it?"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Delusions

"Israel gets bloody nose in Syria. What next?" (Bhadrakumar):
"The pro-Israeli US media, which is heavily under the influence of the Jewish lobby, is conjuring up the spectre of a massive Israeli retaliation against Iran. But the fact of the matter is that the Israelis are hardcore realists. They’d have no difficulty to grasp the message that their plans to insert themselves into the Syrian endgame to extract concessions in terms of legitimizing their illegal occupation of Golan Heights as part of any settlement might as well be abandoned now.

Equally, the Israeli game plan to drive a wedge between Russia and Iran is simply not working. It comes as no surprise that amidst all this, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has chosen to defend Iran’s ballistic missile program. The Russian news agency Sputnik quoted Lavrov as saying in an interview with Russian TV, “There are other countries in the (Middle East) region with such programs. We must look at it as a whole. It is hardly justified to mix nuclear affairs with human rights and put the issue on the agenda that Iran should stop taking certain steps in the region… to my mind, a frankly discriminatory, biased and unjustifiably captious approach can be seen behind these US actions.”"
Good stuff. Contrast a remarkably stupid effort from Korybko in which he shoots down a pile of ridiculous straw men: "Dangerous Delusions: Syria Isn’t Going to Liberate Palestine Anytime Soon nor Is Russia Turning Against “Israel”".

"Untying the knot of the Israeli attack on Syria" (Macaron).

"Iraq Asks Russia to Help It Join Astana Peace Process" (Korzun).

"How American Media Spin-Doctored the Iranian Protests" (Narwani).

"The Jewish Timeline – From Moses to Bibi" (Atzmon).

"Poland to Israeli minister: Please, stay home" (Alexis).

"Dutch Finance Minister Admits He Lied About Putin's Plans For A "Greater Russia"" (Durden).  "Dutch Official Admits Lying About Meeting With Putin: Is Fake News Used by Russia or About Russia?" (Greenwald).  It is funny how straight-up lying to start WWIII, which should be the worst crime imaginable, with no penalty too severe, doesn't merit even the tiniest slap on the wrist.

"John Kelly: An American Viceroy and Imperialist" (Madsen). You don't usually get to read about Dutch neo-colonialism, particularly in a piece on minor American functionaries.

Yates created this bizarre theory that Flynn was a danger because he lied to Pence, and Putin knew it, thus making Flynn blackmailable by Putin threatening to disclose the lie, but it seems to have turned out that it was Pence who was lying!:  "Comey: FBI Agents (Including Peter Strzok) Didn't Think Flynn Lied".

"“Russian Hacking”, a dangerous delusion" (Kit).

"Unhinged Conspiracy Theorists: Leftwing Professor Lawrence Tribe Floats Theory that a Carter Page Associate Was Murdered in an Engineered Plane Crash, Then Deletes His Noxious Tweet" (Ace of Spades HQ).  Greenwald.  It's possible - the American government is certainly capable of doing things like this - but we still lack specifics.  As with the Litvinenko death, we end up with spectacular allegations against Putin that don't make any sense, even from a tactical perspective.

"The Israeli passport is a fraud" (Walberg).  Israel is better analyzed as a crime scene rather than as a country.

"Boycotting Israel Is the Right Thing to Do" (Giraldi).

"New War in the Middle East? – Washington Is Dancing To the Tune Being Played by Israel" (Giraldi).  Despite the presence of President Kushner, there is considerable nervousness in Israel about Trump.

"A President Held Hostage" (Raimondo).  "On Sending Troops And Bombs At Times Square" (Moon)  Trump's instinctive common-sense isolationism.

"Britain warned Sweden not to drop Assange extradition proceedings" (Mitchell):
"Britain’s pseudo-left groups fell into line, echoing the propaganda of the liberal media that the allegations of sexual assault have nothing to do with the campaign to silence Assange and destroy WikiLeaks. For more than a year, the Socialist Workers Party and the Socialist Party refused to defend Assange, finally and briefly breaking their silence to argue that he “must face rape charges,” or that the accusations against him “should be properly investigated.” Neither party has printed more than a passing reference to Assange since 2012."
'Socialism' in Canada:  "Canada’s New Democratic Party Seeks to Topple Venezuela’s Government" (Engler).

"Kushner Companies Decides to Fight Tenants in State Court Rather Than Reveal Its Investors’ Identities" (MacGillis).  President Kushner striving to protect his Chabad slumlord pals.

"In propaganda coup for Israel, NYT frontpager ascribes Gaza’s misery to Palestinian infighting" (North/Weiss).  Part of a series of outrageous lying from the NYT.

"Forensic Science Put Jimmy Genrich in Prison for 24 Years. What if It Wasn’t Science?" (Christ/Requarth).  Some voodoo called 'toolmark analysis'.  This kind of 'science' has become popular for prosecutors as it seems to remove the moral difficulties faced by jurors in making a decision - the decision is made for them by the irrefutable 'science'.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Ruin your weekend / Star Wars bar scene

"The UK’s Hidden Role in Assange’s Detention" (Cook).  From the emails that didn't get illegally erased:
"According to a new release of emails between officials, the Swedish director of public prosecutions, Marianne Ny, wrote to Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service on 18 October 2013, warning that Swedish law would not allow the case to be continued. This was, remember, after Sweden had repeatedly failed to take up an offer from Assange to interview him at the embassy in London, as had happened in 44 other cases between Sweden and Britain.

Ny wrote to the CPS: “We have found us to be obliged to lift the detention order … and to withdraw the European arrest warrant. If so this should be done in a couple of weeks. This would affect not only us but you too in a significant way.”

Three days later, suggesting that legal concerns were far from anyone’s mind, she emailed the CPS again: “I am sorry this came as a [bad] surprise… I hope I didn’t ruin your weekend.”

In a similar vein, proving that this was about politics, not the law, the chief CPS lawyer handling the case in the UK, had earlier written to the Swedish prosecutors: “Don’t you dare get cold feet!!!”

In December 2013, the unnamed CPS lawyer wrote to Ny: “I do not consider costs are a relevant factor in this matter.” This was at a time when it had been revealed that the policing of Assange’s detention in the embassy had cost Britain at that point £3.8 million. In another email from the CPS, it was noted: “Please do not think this case is being dealt with as just another extradition.”"
Newsweek 'journalist' falls for fake Twitter account.

"Lauri Love, Hacking and Extradition" (Kampmark).  The British judges actually took surreptitious judicial notice that this kind of defendant has a propensity, in American custody or surveillance, to commit 'suicide'.  You know you are in trouble when your standards of extra-judicial 'justice' no longer pass muster with crotchety old British appeal court judges.  I've noticed a slight recent shift from the years after 9/11 when the entire western judicial system decided to throw out all traditional notions of justice and became warriors in the 'war on terror'.  They are now taking back some of their old 'courts of equity' skepticism of the entire LE/IC boondoggle.  I still wouldn't piss on a judge if I came across one on fire, but some of them are getting (slightly) better.

"BREXIT: Soros and Others Guilty of Foreign Meddling, Not Russia". What George is doing is creating doubt in the British process, causing the seeming incompetence in creating and negotiating an orderly withdrawal, thus weakening Britain.  The standard Khazar trickery.  I'd take a wild guess that there is some shorting going on.

Heh!:  "Reports: "Trump Dossier" sources aboard the crashed Russian flight".  Not that anybody would be so evil as to destroy an entire civilian plane full of innocents to kill one or two inconvenient people:  "Evo Morales grounding incident".

They've identified the sole non-traitor in the FBI who 'flipped':  "Game Over – Judge Jeanine Interview With HPSCI Rep. Chris Stewart…".

It's true, and hilarious!:  "Russians Are Just Trolling the U.S. Deep State Now" (Sailer). Related, very closely related!:  "Adam Schiff pranked by Russians who offered nude photos of Trump".  The danger is that Americans aren't smart enough to understand satire, particularly satirical attacks on their own sense of self-importance in the Washington bubble.

"White House Official: Schiff Intentionally Sabotaged Democratic Rebuttal To FISA Memo" (Durden).  He wanted to force Trump to 'censor' it to score Washington political points.  See also:  "It is up to House Intel Committee, not Trump, whether to release Democratic memo on the Page FISA application" (Lederman).

Predictable shekeling:  "US Lawmakers Pushing to Cancel Lorde’s Upcoming Florida Shows".

"Countering the Quad: Chinese-Pakistani Relations" (Gunnar).  Again, as always, note the contrast between the slick and sleek Chinese, bringing development and prosperity, and the old, plodding, stupid Americans, with their assassinations, terrorism, Wars For The Jews, and attempts at electoral manipulation.  Sad!  See also:  "US feels uneasy about inter-Korean amity" (Bhadrakumar).

I'm predicting that Pakistan is going to quickly leapfrog over India in human development indices by throwing its lot in with the winning Chinese while India doggedly sticks with the losers.

"NYT fails to report that Netanyahu started air war over Syria as corruption probes close in on him" (North).  It would be funny/ironic if the Khazar land theft experiment was to end over Bibi's increasingly panicky attempts to change the subject and stay out of jail for his own personal thievery.

"Russia warns Israel on Syria strikes, danger to Russian Troops" (Cole).  I know I'm hard on Cole as a rather obvious CIA front, but props are due:
"Apparently Israeli sovereignty in the minds of the ruling Likud Party and cabinet allies (a Star Wars bar scene full of far-right weirdo little parties) extends beyond the still undefined Israeli borders to wherever they want it to. "
"Syria Does Not Fear War with Israel" and "Red Lines Are Crossed In Syria, Expect Israel To Be Shaken." (Magnier).  Also:  "Who is doing what in Syria and why" (Kadi).

"US Antiquities Dealer Lobby Silent as Israel Pounds Syria" (Barford).  I wonder why?

The layers of Khazar supremacism:  "Israel: DNA Tests May Provide Answers on Missing Babies" (Cook).

"Assad quietly aids YPG against Turkey" or "Kurdish-led forces openly say they will fight the Syrian Army and capture towns from them - VIDEO"?  The Kurds are faced with a striking choice - life or death.

Maybe, but this is complex as the Turks are MB, and ISIS is not (but al-Qaeda is):  "Turkey Accused of Recruiting Ex-Isis Fighters to Attack Kurds in Syria".

"Oxfam denies cover-up over 'Haiti prostitutes'".  Why the scare quotes?  "Charities Run By The Spies?" (Aangirfan).  It makes perfect sense - charities are a perfect cover for espionage work.

I usually don't link to videos, but the fact that Hillary can't avoid a severe coughing spell in a rare public appearance is striking:  "Democrats Clearly Studying Necromancy as Shown by Their Resurrection of Hillary Clinton’s Zombie".

The missing Guardian comments section:  "Comment set Free on: “the Guardian View on Syria: the suffering grows and the world turns away”".  The White Helmets are pulling double shifts in the Damascus suburbs.

"Scared of my Own Thoughts" (Murray):
"Then a couple of days ago I watched an uncritical BBC report of alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria based entirely on film provided by the White Helmets, which plainly had zero evidential value. Given that the origins and motivations of the White Helmets are today known to anyone with an internet connection, the continued retailing of this repetitive propaganda is extraordinary. I felt contempt for the BBC journalists who were retailing it. In the last 24 hours Israel has carried out large scale bombing attacks on Syria which are undeniably illegal, and for once has acknowledged them brazenly. There has been very little media reporting of this. In a two sentence report on BBC News as I type, the second sentence was that the attack followed the downing of an Israel fighter, without mentioning that plane was itself illegally attacking Syria. The Israeli statement was given verbatim and no balancing view from Syria was given."
We've reached that 1984 point in the propaganda wars where everybody knows that they are lying, but they continue as our not doing anything about it makes us complicit in the lies.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bays of Pigs

"Who Is Cody Shearer?" (Sailer).  Necessary family history of the ratfuckers.

"U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians to Buy Stolen NSA Documents — and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too" (Risen).  "U.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russian Peddling Trump Secrets" (Rosenberg).  "CIA Slams "Fictional" Report Of Payment For Trump Sex Tape, NSA Cyberweapons" (Durden).  This is a complex bit of anti-Trump propaganda, bringing the 'Shadow Brokers' back into play.  I suspect that Rogers got involved as the only truth-teller in the entire American IC simply because the backbone of this anti-Trump oppo is an attack on the sloppiness of the NSA in keeping its cybertools safe.

You can have the cybertools back for X million dollars, and, as a limited time offer, if you act now, we'll throw in a tape of some prostitutes hired by Trump pissing on Barry's bed.  Obviously fans of late-night knife ads.  Of course, Wheeler is all over this as it fits with her recent Trump/Putin Derangement Syndrome:  "How a Russian Dangle about Shadow Brokers Started Dictating NSA’s Twitter Feed".

You have to love the 'color' provided to the story by the NSA using Twitter to deliver secret messages to the Russians!

How, exactly, do you buy back cybertools? What stops the seller from immediately selling them to somebody else?  It is a serious question, as it seems to be the basis of the entire latest salvo in the War on Trump.  Risen seems aware of the issue and attempts to finesse it by claiming that the Americans wanted to find out the extent of the stolen materials, but how could they possibly know the sale would contain all of them?

To a large extent, the official sophisticated history of Russiagate, a series of bizarre lies, is following the template of the official sophisticated history of Watergate, also a series of bizarre lies.  In each case, it is a power play by 'liberal' Washington against 'conservative' Washington turning on greater Cold War implications of treason.  In each case, the 'unsuitable' man has to be removed as he is incapable of protecting America's precious bodily fluids (which, I assume, include urine).

I think it is interesting, just in terms of pure power, that the only person in the world who can order Bibi to stand down is Putin.  The US is powerless as its politicians are all obviously bribed and blackmailed by the Khazar billionaires, and Trump Derangement Syndrome has made things even worse by intentionally hobbling the President (who, of course, is also hobbled by the President Jared problem).

Comment by jdledell at Sic Semper Tyrannis:
"The F-16's came out of Ramat David air base. The plane that was shot down was an F-16 C from the 110th squadron. My nephew flys F-16 D's from the 109th squadron also based at Ramat David. He reports that his instructions were to watch out for (and run from) any Russian aircraft. Frankly, the IAF was not concerned with any anti-aircraft missiles and gave pilots no information about their location before the they entered Syrian airspace and no information on the S-400's at all. "
"More Mulling On Rachel Brand’s Departure" (Marshall).  She's supposed to be on Trump's side, but as we've seen, anti-Trumpism is bipartisan, and somehow I'm sure the mystery can be answered by her having been caught at something.  Walmart is Hillary's pals!  'Nuff said!

"WATCH: The White Helmets are a propaganda construct".  I have never seen a more obvious intelligence operation - they don't even try to hide it, knowing that they have media operations like the Guardian in the bag - producing such obvious Ziowahhabican propaganda.

"Purdue Pharmaceuticals Says It Will Stop the Aggressive Opioid Marketing That Made It Billions".  Not that there's anything wrong with that  . . .

"Downed Russian Warplane Illustrates Enduring Danger of US-Backed Terrorism" (Cartalucci).  Eventually one of these missiles is going to take down a passenger plane thus permanently ruining the commercial aviation business in much of the world.  Perhaps that's the plan.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rebels with a cause

The 'rebels' who (allegedly) took down the twin towers!:  "New York Times calls Al-Qa`idah terrorists "rebels": Anne Barnard calls them "insurgents" (Angry Arab).  "WaPo's Ignatius: "ISIS Is There - When The U.S. Needs It"" (Moon).

"New Gorilla Radio Broadcast – Roman Filippov’s Stand, Alexei Kudrin’s Crawl" (Helmer).  You have to wonder if the Russians finally said 'fuck it, we can't trust these Khazar stooges' and took their veto hand off the anti-aircraft weapons in Syria.  "Syria - Is War With Israel Imminent (Updated)?" (Moon).  Israel, its bluff called, now can't count on its illegal attacks on Syria going unpunished.

"Israeli bomb targeting a teacher in Sidon: Lebanese police identifies the Mossad terrorist. Lebanese and Dubai police now beats the Mossad. haha" (Angry Arab).  Another invisible - to the mainstream media - failed Mossad assassination attempt.

"WSJ Columnist: Why is the Media Ignoring the Real Bombshell FISA Memo?" (Benson).  The Nunes memo was a bit sloppy in describing the essential problem with the FBI approach to the FISA Court, a sloppiness pounced on by the Clintonista PR apparatus, and a sloppiness not in the Grassley/Graham product.

Sorositis:  "‘This is Nuts’: Liberals Launch ‘Largest Mobilization in History’ in Defense of Russiagate Probe" (Rowley/Parry).  Avaaz!  Letting it all hang out so openly is a sign of the panic in that #Russiagate is backfiring on the Democrat traitors.  See also:  "Russiagate Narrative Undercut by Nunes Memo" (Giraldi).  Russiagate has been completely and utterly undermined, but now has a life of its own apart from logic or facts (if pushed, you get the Wheeler assertions that there is some secret terrible hidden evidence, known only to the elite cognoscenti like Wheeler, that sadly can't yet be discussed, but which will really impress you when it eventually comes out at the appropriate time, whenever that may be), and continues unimpaired.

The attempted coup d'état, though, is slowly taking its toll:  "Rachel Brand, 3rd ranking official at Justice Dept., is stepping down".

"Grassley-Graham Memo Affirms Nunes Memo — Media Yawns"  (McCarthy):
"Rest assured: If a Republican administration had used unverifiable hearsay from a patently suspect agent of the Republican presidential candidate to gull the FISA court into granting a warrant to spy on an associate of the Democratic nominee’s campaign, it would be covered as the greatest political scandal in a half-century."
The world is still hoping on Trump, that he's the guy to stop WWIII:  "To War, To War, This Country’s Going to War” - TTG".

"Another Unnecessary War" (Landau).  The unassailable fact is, simply, that Khazars are kleptomaniacs, and will knowingly go to their self-destruction in another hopeless attempt at theft.

"Russian fleets control ports of Lebanon".  Another reason for the Khazars to hurry up with the thieving is that it is soon going to be difficult to kill Lebanese without also killing Russians.

"China’s latest move in the graveyard of empires" (Escobar).  To keep the Ziowahhabican proxy armies out of China!  It is funny how the things we can't even mention receive very serious defensive treatment from the serious people.

"At Canada’s New Democratic Party Convention, Palestine Is Set to Be Major Flashpoint" (Engler).  The two major candidates for party leader who lost are clearly woke, while the guy who won, Singh, received a right royal beshekeling, so we'll see if the shekelers can tamp down the inconvenient wishes of party members.

"Blind Item #12 - Mr. Hedge - Hello SEC - No This Is Not A Football Blind Item" (CDaN).  This is Musk, and it is about time.

"Student who says she flushed hamster down toilet in Spirit Airlines flap has a replacement rodent, lawyer says".  It's an emotional support animal for dealing with the trauma of murdering the previous one.

Rather not

"American Think Tanks Are Hired Purveyors of Fake News" (Roberts):
"A couple of decades or more ago when I was still in Washington, otherwise known as the snake pit, I was contacted by a well-financed group that offered me, a Business Week and Scripps Howard News Service columnist with access as a former editor also to the Wall Street Journal, substantial payments to promote agendas that the lobbyists paying the bills wanted promoted.

To the detriment of my net worth, but to the preservation of my reputation, I declined. Shortly thereafter a conservative columnist, a black man if memory serves, was outed for writing newspaper columns for pay for a lobby group."
"Now Mattis Admits There Was No Evidence Assad Used Poison Gas On His People" (Wilkie). Newsweek is obviously in big trouble, and, as shocking as it may seem, has been reduced to taking the emergency, last-gasp, refuge of the mainstream American media, telling the truth. By the way, is it even legal for a goy to own a mainstream American media outlet?  Perhaps that explains why American government authorities have been snooping around Newsweek offices.

Ha!:  "UNHCR in talks to send African migrants to ‘safe’ countries, let others stay".  They'll get around the non-refoulement problem by pawning the refugees off on countries run by western politicians bribed or blackmailed by the Khazars!!!

"Trump's Palestine deal is a real estate transaction" (Law).  The Africans are a trial run for mass transfer of Palestinians.

What is the United States coming to when a crooked slumlord agent for a very unfriendly foreign power can't get a security clearance (but acts like one is not needed)?:  "WTF is going on with Jared Kushner’s security clearance" (apologies for the revolting link).

Tweet (Gryper by the Pussy)"
"So wait.

Will they be given Israeli citizenship then?

This could be a good solution for everyone."
"A nation that is built on an ethnic definition of nationality and arose on the ashes of another people’s existence in the land is actually just the sort of country to deport refugees.  When one’s primary concern is to preserve ethnic purity and sovereignty, any admission of “others” – especially non-European others – is bound to be seen as dangerous contamination and to be avoided at all costs.  So that’s why I answer her rhetorical question with: “It’s the Nakba, Stupid!”"

A good start:  "Israel's Military Says One Of Its Jets Has Been Shot Down After New Raids In Syria".  Note that Syria needs to be punished for defending itself:  "Israel launches 'large-scale attack' in Syria after Israeli F-16 fighter jet shot down".

Wtf has happened to Counterpunch!:  "Germany Commemorates Auschwitz Liberation … with New Nazis".

A good summary, just missing the vital Ukrainian role, of the possible origins of the anti-Trump material:  "Is the Steele Dossier Full of ‘Russian Dirt’ – or British?" (Jatras).  It seems that it was a Shearer/Blumenthal product attached to Steele as Steele had a 'good reputation' with the FBI, thus giving the obviously partisan 'research' a veneer of objectivity.  It remains unanswered whether Steele was going rogue of his government, or whether the Brits were in on the anti-Trump conspiracy (I'd guess the latter, but of course they can't admit that now!).

"Cody Shearer: Who is the Clinton friend behind 'second Trump-Russia dossier'?" Note the Shaerer/Blumenthal connection over the lies involving the American attack on Libya.

Blumenthal's job, then, was to feed his own product directly into the DoJ (and thus to the FISA Court)!:  "Former Official Confirms Steele Dossier Was Shared With Obama State Department".

""Rather Not Have A Paper Trail" - Top Dem Texted Russian Oligarch Lobbyist For Access To Steele" (Durden).

The quintessential story!:  "Labour’s top Israel lobbyist accused of defrauding Jewish charity" (Winstanley).

Friday, February 09, 2018

Independent opinions

"Russia Officially Accuses The US Of Planning To Partition Syria".  Yinon makes the news.  "The US Plan to Partition Syria" (Mackler).

Ha!:
"The federal government has not been able to determine with any certainty that Canadian-made light-armoured vehicles sold to Saudi Arabia were used by that country to suppress the Shiite minority in the eastern part of the country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed Thursday that officials from her department did not find conclusive evidence that the Canadian-made vehicles have been used in human rights abuses.

That independent opinion from public servants was communicated to her after a “rigorous investigation” launched last August at her request.

Officials at Global Affairs Canada found no conclusive evidence that Canadian-made vehicles were used in human rights violations,” Freeland told members of the Commons foreign affairs committee."
"Devin Nunes is investigating me. Here’s the truth." by Jonathan M. Winer.  On his nice chats with Nuland and Blumenthal.

"Ohhh: "Intelligence" That Trump Cavorted With Prostitutes In Russia, and That the FSB Had Kompromat on Him, Was First Claimed in Cody Shearer's Memo, Before Migrating to the "Steele Dossier"" (Ace of Spades HQ).

Comment by ScribblerG1 to "Cody Shearer: Who is the Clinton friend behind 'second Trump-Russia dossier'?":
"Lol, talk about burying the lede. Shearer wrote the memo but it wasn't taken seriously due to his past shady associations and black bag ops for the Clinton's, like no journalist would use him as a trusted source. So, the Clinton's hire Fusion GPS to hire Steele, who then republishes most of the same content as the Shearer dossier contained. The Shearer dossier isn't corroboration - it's the original source of the Steele dossier. The Steele dossier is merely a regurgitation of the Shearer stuff with a bit of fluff added, and repackaged so it comes from "legit sources" like Steele and Fusion GPS. And even then, the Clinton campaign sought to hide that they did all this, paying for it through their law firm Perkins Coie.

The entire thing was oppo research as the Clinton camp grew more desperate. They could not bring down Trump. The women issue didn't work, the corruption angle didn't work, the racist issue didn't work - they were panicking. The Clinton's are legendary negative campaigners, they rely on it. They have an entire machine built to do it, and Shearer is a big part of it. So they focus on the Russian angle.

Remember, they didn't imagine they were really going to lose. They imagined they would be in the White House, so it didn't really matter if it was sloppy. But then after the election? Well those in FBI and DoJ who played fast and loose with all this had to create a real scandal to justify their actions so they do so. It's really beyond comprehension, it's so eminently and baldly corrupt."
"DOJ Official Who Was Supposed to Interview Hillary Clinton In the Email Investigation, But Seems To Have Had a Nice Friendly Quilting Bee Instead, Steps Down, Citing "Personal Reasons"" (Ace of Base HQ).

"Uranium One informant makes Clinton allegations to Congress".

"Mossad agents successfully sneak into Lebanon, fail to assassinate Hamas commander and then have their identities revealed" (Antonopoulos)

"If Left Unchecked, The Problem of Goyim Noticing Inevitably Becomes One of Goyim Knowing" (Diversity Macht Frei).

Thursday, February 08, 2018

From Mars

"The Nunes Memo Only Partially “Vindicates” Trump, but it Fully Indicts the FBI and the FISA Court" (Knapp):
"According to the memo, the FBI based the probable cause claim in its multiple surveillance applications  to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge on two pieces of “evidence”:

1) A “minimally corroborated” (the FBI’s own words) dossier of political opposition research on Donald Trump, compiled by a British former spy in the pay of Trump’s political opponents; and

2) A Yahoo! News article based — although the FBI denied it — on leaks from that same foreign operative.

The memo also claims that at no point did the FBI apprise the judge of the political origins or “minimal corroboration” of the memo.

If these claims are true, then what happened was the equivalent of  crazy Uncle J. Edgar going before a judge and using a picture of me with a Frisbee [TM] in the air behind me, taken by my angry ex-wife, as probable cause to believe that I’m from Mars, then asking for a warrant to search my garage for flying saucers.

As you may recall, this is the same FBI which (and the same FBI director who) amassed mountains of evidence that Trump’s opponent in the 2016 presidential election had committed multiple felonies in her grossly negligent handling of classified information as Secretary of State, yet recommended against prosecuting her because, well, she’s Hillary Clinton.

And as you may also recall, this is the same FISA court that, between 1979 and 2013 approved 35,434 warrant requests and denied 12."
Barry:  "FBI 'Lovers' New Texts Expose Obama Complicity: He "Wants To Know Everything We're Doing"" (Durden).

"Declassified Grassley Document Confirms FISA Memo's Explosive Claims" (Durden).

Cody Shearer, long-time Clinton Crime Family operative:  "The Other Secret Dossier".  Note the jogger story.

Sid!:  "A bad penny turns up again" (see "Libyan Oil, Gold, and Qaddafi: The Strange Email Sidney Blumenthal Sent Hillary Clinton In 2011"):
"Blumenthal’s involvement adds another layer. Team Clinton wasn’t just paying Steele to dig up dirt, it was providing dirt to Steele, via Hillary’s friend Blumenthal and, if I read the Grassley-Graham referral correctly, an unnamed official in the Obama State Department.

I’m interested in knowing who Blumenthal’s “foreign source” was. A Russian, perhaps?

Regardless, it now appears that Team Clinton didn’t just pay for the dossier, it helped manufacture it. And though its efforts weren’t sufficient to secure the big prize for Hillary, they provided the solace of making life difficult for the man who, as the Clintonistas want us to see things, stole the big prize from her."

"Did British Intelligence Try to Destroy the Trump Presidency? by Publius Tacitus".  "The insubordinate attitude of these people" caused a shudder in many places all over the world.

Comey and the Weiner emails:  "Recent revelations from the Strzok/Page archives" (Neo-Neocon). There is certainly much ammunition around should somebody want to take a legal run at Comey.

"Adam Schiff’s collusion with oligarch, Ukrainian arms dealer, exposed" (Christoforou)

"George Soros requested and was granted meetings with top EU officials in 2017".  "Leaked Document Reveals Soros Backing Secret Plot To Overturn Brexit" (Durden). Schiff is apparently not connected to Soros through his brother.

"Bernie Sanders Hits on Winning Message He Avoided in 2016" (Swanson).  I'm terribly sorry but it really is as simple as the fact that Bernie is a Khazar and war is 'good for the Jews'.  See also:  "Another Warmonger Rewarded for Being Wrong on Iraq War" (Johnson) and "Jews Claim “White Nationalism” Spreading Among Orthodox Jews" (Sol) and "Chomsky’s pro-imperialist Afrin petition" (Beams).

"Failed Mossad Assassination of Hamas Operative in Lebanon" (Silverstein).  Note how this cleverly looks like mild criticism of Israeli assassination policy, but is actually spreading Zionist propaganda (my emphasis in red):
". . . based on information conveyed to me by an Israeli security source, the target was Mohammed Hamdan, a Hamas operative based in Lebanon who was coordinating a weapons development project with Hezbollah which would import Iranian missile parts into Gaza.  The new weapons technology would be used to upgrade existing Hamas missile stocks, according to my source."
Another example of the ridiculous anti-Hezbollah propaganda from the media:  "Columbia Journalism Review--for humor and entertainment" (Angry Arab). Again, very simple.

"Former MK says Iran stole specs of Israeli submarines in hack". Note the connections to Netanyahu corruption.

Poor Bibi:  "How can the busiest prime minister on the globe relax at home with this kind of helpmate?"

"US-led coalition conducts ‘defensive’ airstrikes against Syrian forces".  "Syria - U.S. May Have Arranged "Self Defense" Attack On Syrian Government Forces" (Moon).  "Syria: Deir al-Zor attack on US Troops, allies, Shows their Vulnerability" (Cole).

"Israel Launches Attack On Syrian Military Facility After Unverified Gas Attack Claims" (Durden).

"Turkey Accused of Recruiting Ex-Isis Fighters to Attack Kurds in Syria" (Cockburn).

"Turkey's Offensive In Syria: The US Falls Into A Trap Of Its Own Making" (Korzun).  "Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown" (Bhadrakumar):
"For Turkey, the knot is three-fold. Firstly, it cannot come to terms with the new reality that Russia (which has civilizational ties with Greece and Cyprus) has today become the dominant power in the Eastern Mediterranean. Secondly, it disapproves of ongoing Syrian military operations, supported by air power, to regain control of Idlib from opposition groups that have enjoyed Turkish support. And, above all, thirdly, Erdogan’s grand design to establish a permanent Turkish foothold in Syria (which was ruled by the Ottomans), will remain a pipedream so long as Russia underpins Syria’s unity and territorial integrity. Turkey has all along viewed Moscow’s links with the Kurds in Afrin suspiciously.

Typically, therefore, Erdogan will now seek a modus vivendi with the US. Of course, it will be a dream come true for the US if the hairline crack in the Russian-Turkish axis in Syria widens and becomes a rift in the coming weeks. In their opposition to the establishment of Russian bases in Syria, Washington and Ankara are on the same page."

"BREAKING: Saudi government allows flights to use its airspace to reach Israel - reports" (Antonopoulos).

"Trump administration planning Pinochet-type coup in Venezuela" (Madsen).

"Professor Finds $21 Trillion In Unauthorized Government Spending".

"The Stephen Harper Bird Sanctuary in Israel is over budget and behind schedule".

"Sheriff’s Department Reveals New Leads in East Area Rapist Case".

Was DB CIA?:  "DB Cooper sleuth claims hijacker was CIA operative, FBI is 'flat-out lying' about case".

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The JQ

"Nomi Prins: Trump's New Dark Money Man Takes Over".  Another kind of dark money.  Is it a coincidence that the US has a gentile head of the Fed for the first time in decades - you know, 2% = 100% - and the market immediately collapses?

"Follow the Money: A Guide to Top Anti-Russia US Think Tanks and Their Operatives" (MacDonald).

"The US-ISIS Nexus in Afghanistan Becomes Hot Topic" (Bhadrakumar). When the problem-causing proxy army of the Americans loses, the Yanks just pick them up and move them somewhere else to cause problems there.  Now the Americans, certainly prodded by the Khazars, want mini regime change in the Afghanistan provinces that can cause problems for Iran and China.  Balkh is an old geographically important Silk Road City, and a major Shia religious site, and Farah borders on Iran, so the play is obvious.

"The JQ in the GOP" (Cole).  Cole is a bizarre outlier at both Taki and Utz, an ultra-Khazar supremacist fox in the hen house.  Nehlen is hopelessly trying to primary Paul Ryan (!), and is absolutely, unequivocally, honest on the JQ.

"Arab Neoconservatives and Peace in the Persian Gulf" (Mamedov).  Fucking Euro-trash can always be counted on to make the wrong choice.  Note that the long-term neo-con plan for all these protests and sanctioning is to push the Iranian government to the right, making it lose popular support and thus be easier to topple in a future color revolution.

"The Islamic Republic Stands Strong: Confused American Deep State Flops in Iran" (Maupin):
"As the crisis ended, a false news story began to circulate throughout US media. Reports that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been arrested for inciting protests circulated throughout western media. This story was confirmed to be completely false, first by Ahmadinejad’s lawyers, then by his sons. A few days after the protests ended, Ahmadinejad held a public event with Kurdish activists. Yet, no retraction was ever published and long after the story was disproven, it continued circulate across the internet."
"A lawyer’s and a judge’s reaction to the Nunes memo" (Neo-Neocon).  "Hugh Hewitt: The Failure to Confess That the Steele Rumor-Sheet Was Paid for By Hillary and the DNC is a "Damning Omission"" (Ace of Spades HQ).  I think we can assume that the FBI and DoJ are very skilled at making misleading presentations to the FISA Court, a group of judges who are just looking to whip out the ol' rubber stamp on the basis of documents which, at least on their face, aren't too embarrassingly crooked.

"Whitewashing genocide in Myanmar" (Baroud).  What happens if you have the misfortune to be the subject of a Ziowahhabican anti-China PR play.

"Why Is Nicaragua’s Homicide Rate So Far Below That of Its Central American Neighbors?" (Lovato) (each link goes to the same pdf):
"Of all the reforms initiated during the revolution, two stand out: One is Nicaragua’s rejection of US exports—specifically, the US-bred criminal gangs such as the Maras, along with the zero-tolerance US-style policing models that exacerbated their violence. A 2016 report by the Brookings Institution concluded that years of mano dura (heavy-handed) policing in El Salvador and Honduras had only served to exponentially enhance the prison gangs’ “projection of power”—their ability to consistently stage economic stoppages, control entire neighborhoods, and murder at will. Nicaragua has over 100 youth gangs, according to a study by Casa Esperanza, a Managua-based social-service agency. But these gangs have a fundamentally different culture from those of the more violent and homicidal Mara culture of similar groups in the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Also, mass migration to and from Nicaragua is now centered in Florida, not California, the birthplace of the Maras.

The second reason is the Sandinista revolution itself. Nicaragua is less homicidal than its neighbors in no small part because of the ways in which the revolution enabled the then youthful revolutionary leaders and subsequent non-Sandinista governments to experiment with and then institutionalize things like gun control, alternative policing models, and other policies and social programs, especially ones focused on altering Nicaraguan masculinity in ways first pushed by revolutionary Sandinista women."
"Who Is James Le Mesurier? – The Former British Army Officer Who Founded The White Helmets" (Wight).  The funny thing is that they don't even need to try to cover up the obvious intelligence front, as 'journalists' swallow whole every PR campaign they produce.

"When Is There Going to be Accountability for US Wars and Aggression?" (Sterling). Never, but the good news - getting back to the JQ - is that the country being wrecked by Yinon is not Syria, but the American Empire.

"The Legatum Institute: the charity and its offshored sponsor" (Davíðsdóttir).

"Academics Who Serve as Israel’s Useful Idiots" (Cook).  It is an easy calculation - the shekels you get for selling your reputation are worth many times over what your reputation might be worth.

"Guardian alleges Youtube algorithm bias in favour of Trump & “conspiracy theories”"!

"Government crackdown on 'McMafia' organised crime sees Russian billionaires ask Kremlin to return home".

"G20-related lawsuit on police brutality to begin Monday".  A civil suit.

"Having Russia at the Olympics shows the system is broken".  From the country whose most famous Olympic athlete, by far, is Ben Johnson.

"What the hell is going on at Newsweek?"  I'm wondering how these guys thought they could get away with doing investigatory journalism on their own (extremely) hinky owner!  What did they think was going to happen?

I was reading this and was struck by the fact that it was very smart, not in the least bit moronic, which, as you know, is extremely unusual, and then found it was written by Hopkins:  "The War on Dissent" (the War On Russia, Like the War On Terror, is actually the War On The Woke; my emphasis in red; I've removed separate links that, again, go to the same article):
". . .  it’s all just part of the “reality adjustment,” and the launch of a new official narrative, not a prelude to war with Russia. The USA is not going to war with Russia. The notion is beyond ridiculous. Have you noticed, despite all their warlike verbiage, that no one has put forth a single scenario in which war between Russia and the West makes sense? That’s because it doesn’t make sense. Not for Russia, the USA, or anyone else. This is why “the Russian threat” is being marketed as an “attack on democratic values” and “an attempt to sow division,” and so on. Because the war the corporatocracy is waging is not a war against Russia, the nation. The war they are fighting is a counter-insurgency, an ideological counter-insurgency. “Russia” has just been added to the list of “terrorists” and “extremists” who “hate us for our freedom.”

Thus, our new official narrative is actually just a minor variation on the original War on Terror narrative we’ve been indoctrinated with since 2001. A minor yet essential variation. From 2001 to 2016, the constant “terrorist threat” we were facing was strictly limited to Islamic terrorism, which made sense as long as the corporatocracy was focused on restructuring the Middle East. White supremacist terrorism was not part of the narrative, nor was any other form of terrorism, as that would have just confused the audience.

That changed, dramatically, in 2016.

The Brexit referendum and the election of Trump alerted the global capitalist ruling classes to the existence of another dangerous insurgency that had nothing to do with the Greater Middle East. While they were off merrily destabilizing, restructuring, privatizing, and debt-enslaving, resentment of global capitalism had grown into a widespread neo-nationalist backlash against globalization, the loss of sovereignty, fiscal austerity, and the soulless, smiley-face, corporate culture being implemented throughout the West and beyond. That this backlash is reactionary in nature does not change the fact that it is an insurgency … just as Islamic fundamentalism is. Both insurgencies are doomed attempts to revert to despotic social systems (nationalist in one case, religious in the other) and so reverse the forward march of global capitalism. The global capitalist ruling classes are not about to let that happen.

The corporatocracy wasted no time in dealing with this new insurgency. They demonized and hamstrung Trump, as they’ll continue to do until he’s well out of office. But Trump was never the significant threat. The significant threat is the people who elected him, and who voted for Brexit, and the AfD, and Sanders, and Mélenchon, and Corbyn, and who just stayed home on election day and refused to vote for Hillary Clinton. The threat is the attitude of these people. The insubordinate attitude of these people. The childish attitude of these people (who naively thought they could challenge the most powerful empire in the annals of human history … one that controls, not just the most fearsome military force that has ever existed, but the means to control “reality” itself).

The corporatocracy is going to change that attitude, or it is going to make it disappear. It is in the process of doing this now, using every ideological weapon in its arsenal.
The news media. Publishing. Hollywood. The Internet. Intelligence agencies. Congressional inquiries. Protests. Marches. Twitter’s “advisory emails.” Google’s manipulation of its search results. Facebook’s “counterspeech” initiative. Russiagate. Shitholegate. Pornstargate. The ruling class is sending us a message. The message is, “you’re either with us or against us.” The message is, “we will tolerate no dissent, except for officially sanctioned dissent.” The message is, “try to fuck with us, and we will marginalize you, and demonize you, and demonetize you, and disappear you.”

The message is, “we control reality, so reality is whatever the fuck we say it is, regardless of whether it is based in fact or just some totally made-up story we got The Washington Post to publish and then had the corporate media repeat, over and over, for fourteen months.” If that doesn’t qualify as full-blown Orwellian, I’m not sure what, exactly, would."
The problem they have to fix is wokenness + optimism, or the general idea that progress is possible if you identify the real problems.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Angles and facets

"Nuland pushed Obama toward a more aggressive response against "Russian hackers"".  Hilarious spinning of WWIII proponent and Khazar supremacist Nudelman-Kagan as an American patriot:  "‘The Hairs Really Went Up on the Back of Our Necks’" (Glasser).  "Revealed: The Criminal Referral for Christopher Steele" (Ace of Spades HQ):
"A possibility occurs to me: What if Steele is just the Front Man hired to put a presentable face on the detestable, dishonest mercenaries Blumenthal and Shearer? What if most of the crap in the "Steele Dossier" in fact originated with this repellent pair, with "widely-respected British spy" Christopher Steele hired just to do a very low level of checking on the claims and then slap his own much-more-credible name on the shoddy "research"?

What if Steele's involvement was mostly limited to telephoning wannabe-007 Sidney Blumenthal's dodgy contacts and talking with them for a bit?

What if Steele is really just a cut-out?"
"First we had “Clinton and Co. paid for the dossier.” Now we have…" (Neo-Neocon):
"Steele was just a useful instrument, a conduit through which information passed and who afforded plausible deniability to the Clinton campaign—which never expected any of this to come to light, anyway.

To recap: it appears that there is good evidence that the “Trump colluded with Russia” story was devised and disseminated by the Clinton campaign, which seeded the story in various ways—working through Steele, Fusion, the media, and the FISA court, not just to fund the report but to influence and supply information for its content. The actions of the Clinton operatives may have constituted collusion with Russia, as well."
"Grassley: "2nd Dossier" Fed To Christopher Steele By Obama State Dept, Routed Through Clinton Crony" (Durden). "Christopher Steele Wrote 2nd Dossier, Containing Rumors Fed to Him by Hillary's Hatchet-Men" (Ace of Spades HQ).  "Steele wrote memo based on information fed through Clinton campaign — released documents".

"The Nunes Memo Needs More Work" (Giraldi):
"Eleven months ago, shortly after Trump took office, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, speculated on how he had been “…led to believe that maybe even the Democratic Party, whatever element of it, approached John Brennan at the CIA, maybe even the former president of the United States. And John Brennan, not wanting his fingerprints to be on anything, went to his colleague in London GCHQ, MI-6 and essentially said, ‘Give me anything you’ve got.’ And he got something and he turned it over to the DNC or someone like that. And what he got was GCHQ MI-6s tapes of conversations of the Trump administration perhaps, even the President himself. It’s really kind of strange, at least to me, they let the head of that organization go, fired him about the same this was brewing up. So I’m not one to defend Trump, but in this case he might be right.”

Wilkerson is referring to the highly unusual abrupt resignation of Robert Hannigan, the Director of Britain’s version of the National Security Agency (NSA), referred to by the acronym GCHQ, which took place on January 23rd of last year. The British Official Secrets Act has meant that there was at that time little speculation in the U.K. media about the move, but some observers have wondered if it is somehow connected to possible collaboration with U.S. intelligence officers over Donald Trump. That remains an area of inquiry that has hardly been looked at, perhaps because the thought that the country’s top national security agencies were involved in a something like a grand conspiracy to subvert an election is still something that Congress would prefer not to consider."
"Were Fusion GPS' Payments to Bruce Ohr's Wife Really an Attempt to Pay a Government Employee for Government Action" (Ace of Spades HQ).

Defending Steele, incompetently:  "Even the recent Stormy Daniels saga is eerily similar to Steele’s reporting."

"Will Christopher Steele Be Charged in the UK as a Spy? by Publius Tacitus" (and good comment by Fred):
". . . Steele was not a mere consultant or sub-contractor for the FBI. He was being paid to provide information/intelligence to the FBI. There are two classes of FBI "informants." One is serving as a "criminal informant" and the other is as an "intelligence asset." Information from "criminal informants" can be used in a U.S. judicial proceeding and the informant called as a witness. Getting money under that circumstance can be problematic because the source's credibility can be impeached by defense counsel, who can argue that the testimony is purloined.

You do not have to worry about that with an "intelligence asset." In that case the priority is protecting the identity of the source. The fact that Steele had been on the FBI payroll for a while sheds new light on Glen Simpson's testimony (which was leaked by Senator Feinstein) to the U.S. Senate. Simpson testified that Steele told him in late September 2016 that the FBI wanted to meet him in Rome to discuss the dossier.  That struck me initially as quite odd. If Steele was just acting as an average "foreign" citizen who was trying to help the FBI then he could easily have met with the Bureau in London. That city hosts the largest number of FBI agents in the world outside of the U.S. But Steele was asked to go meet in Rome. That's what you do when you are meeting an intelligence asset that the Brits do not know about.

That is the problem.
The United States and Great Britain have had a long standing "understanding" or informal agreement to not recruit each others intelligence and law enforcement personnel as intelligence assets. I chatted yesterday with an old intelligence hand (a U.S. person) who was approached by British MI 6 during a TDY to London. My friend rejected the come on and reported the approach to the CIA Chief of Station (aka COS).  The COS was angry with the Brits. They were not supposed to do that, nor are we.  But sometimes a target is so attractive that very high level permissions to break the agreements are given.

The real irony here is that the Schiff memo is likely to compound the problem for Steele because it is likely to highlight Steele's prior activities on behalf of the Bureau that predate the 2016 election cycle (remember, Steele was hired by Fusion GPS in June 2016). This is the issue that had FBI Director Wray's panties in a knot. When you sign up a foreign source you vow to protect them. When you expose such a source you make it more difficult to recruit new sources.

There may be another twist to this. Was Steele actually operating as an FBI intel asset with the secret knowledge of the Brits? In other words, was he a double agent or an agent of influence? One way to tell will be watching the reaction of the U.K. authorities now that they know that Steele was a paid FBI informant. Imagine the outrage here if one of the former CIA or FBI talking heads that are appearing on punditry circuit was exposed as someone getting paid by the Russian version of the FBI or CIA. It would be ugly."