“In the meantime, the Daily Kos can fucking blow me.”

From Caitlin Johnstone

So It Turns Out Black Activists Were Tricked By Putin Into Thinking There’s A Problem. *Cough*

The Daily Kos, which these days seems to spend most of its energy stumping for the new cold war and promoting blog pieces with titles like “Putin crony Jill Stein”, has got some fantastic news for black activists all over America. You know how you guys have been laboring under the impression that you live in a country built upon slavery and kleptocratic Jim Crow laws, resulting in institutional racism and oppressive generational poverty which plague you to this day?

Well, it turns out you imagined the whole thing: you were actually tricked into thinking those thoughts by Vladimir Putin in order to influence the 2016 election. Turns out your activism hasn’t been needed after all! Yay!

Don’t worry though: the Daily Kos hastens to inform us that it wasn’t your fault. You organized events protesting police brutality and systemic racism on behalf of the Kremlin “unknowingly”.

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These manipulations wouldn’t be used if they weren’t expected to work. It’s up to us to keep pointing them out as they come up, but as we discussed last time, eventually we’re going to have to evolve to a point where we become immune to oligarchic propaganda. In the meantime, the Daily Kos can fucking blow me.

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/so-it-turns-out-black-activists-were-...

There is a Tweet in this article. A Tweet from Daily Kos:

Daily Kos
Daily Kos
@dailykos

Black activists unknowingly organized events for Russia, helping effort to create divisions in U.S.

https://twitter.com/dailykos/status/921370504677806080

The above is the link to the Tweet on Twitter. It will make make your day! A sample response is below:

roderick burrell
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This is condescending and idiotic. People didn't vote for HRC, because she is a lying corrupt corporate warmonger not Russia

You just have to read the article and the original Tweer to get the full effect. It’s worth it.

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But at least now we know that Markos isn't really at fault, he's just certifiably insane. Not that we didn't know that, but the world will now know to cut the poor bugger slack whenever he publicly drools.

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@Ellen North
Made a sock so I could post it at TOP but the best I could do would be to slip it into someone else’s thread, but then no one would see it.

And I agree. Moosetits is batshit crazy.

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@Amanda Matthews He's just bought and paid for. Like any good whore, he'll do whatever his client wants him to.

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@dervish
what you’d call mentally ‘healthy’. There’s some kind of problem there.

Sociopaths are not ‘normal’. But that guy is an extreme case of personality disorder who’s crazy enough to think most people believe his propaganda. I remember one guy who took old Moosetits to the woodshed on his dysfunctional nonsense.

An oldie but a GOODIE!!!

{UPDATED} Markos Moulitsas Zuniga is a Right Wing, CIA Loving Tool
Aug 23, 2009 2:04am CDT by Guy Caballero

No lefty would have ever supported the CIA. Proof of Kos doing so is now well-known, as he had a brain cramp in an interview with the Commonwealth Club in 2006. It is without a doubt that he called the CIA a liberal institution he'd have no problem working for. Maybe he already did? According to his own words, he went through a six month interview process starting in 2001. He said that he went all the way to the end and had to decide whether to become a clandestine spy or work for Howard Dean. We know what he decided on. Funny thing though about the timeline according to his own words. How does a six month process starting in 2001 end in the middle of 2003? Daily Kos was started in 2002. Did Kos run this blog while he was working for the CIA? He needs to explain this, or otherwise it is fairly clear what the answer is. At a minimum, he is no lefty. He is into making money. He was the worst thing that ever could have happened to progressives on the net

Update: Not one of you numbnuts debunked the content of this diary, because you can't. Also, there should be 276 comments. A rough count shows there are only 174 comments. You're nothing but a bunch of cheaters. Uhm, no I am not a wingnut. I am not working for Dick Cheney. I do believe Obama was eligible to run for President. Notice how not one of these buggers went into detail of what Kos said in the Commonwealth Club interview. Also, that was done in 2006, so Moulitsas Zuniga has no wiggle room as he seems to think he does for being an outright homophobe in his youth. You are all my bitches. Go Cheney yourselves.

If you look at his biography and on at least one of his diaries, he mentions those darn violent communist guerillas who forced his family to flee El Salvador. Can anyone show me where he has condemned the right wing death squads? We all know what will happen with this diary. If it isn't outright deleted, the sycophants will crow about tinfoil hats and decoder rings, not to mention cuckoo bananas. The instant hammerban will be applied. Not only that, anyone who supports what I have written will suffer the same treatment, as if they were a Mormon trying to escape their cult. All these new crap revelations are coming out against the CIA. I felt this was a good time to repeat what is so often censored or ridiculed at this dive. With that said, you can all now resume your normal sycophant schedules.

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2009/8/23/771144/-

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

@Amanda Matthews

Thanks, that was some nice writing!

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Wink

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"History is what the present chooses to remember" - Carl Becker

@mimi

I've been a little torn between your suggestion and my basic theory about it being a political 'sleeper' propaganda blog run to acquire some respectability before sacrificing it on a Clinton strategy but, really, there's nothing to stop it being both, as far as I can see.

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@mimi a spycraft term of art, fits the site pretty much all along.

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@mimi
so I will redact it.

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Eagles92's picture

@mimi Why?

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Can you get me her phone number, huh?

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@Alligator Ed
Markie Moosetits propaganda factory.

As for the phone number, after this there’s probably quite a number of people who would like her phone number. Pro and con, male and female.

This is a classic!

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

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They are even further gone than I had realized.

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@Dhyerwolf
I do hesitate to help them get clicks.

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/19/1708224/-Black-activists-unkno...

That is one delusional bunch of idiots. They fon’t get it that THEY’VE been ‘fooled’.

As usual there’s nothung but tales from ‘sources’ as the basis of their claims. Not a brainwave pattern to be had. From the groupies, that is. Luttle Markie and his trolls are smart enough to know how to push their buttons.

Truly amazing.

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

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@Amanda Matthews

that they hang on every word that Rachel spews and nod their heads at what she is saying because it fits their thinking and this is what they used to make fun of the people who watched O'Reilly.

Heh. Rachel went on one of her long winded epic rants the other day and decided that the 4 soldiers who were killed in Niger was because Trump added Chad to his travel ban. There were number of articles that stated that she was basically pulling things out of her ... and she had no idea what she was talking about.
I will refer to her as Rachel O'Reilly.
Geez, she has fallen so far from her Air America radio days.

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@snoopydawg than she did at Air America, and the requirements are different. I'm guessing that there's no Weinstein casting couch at MSNBC, but there are other things that you have to give up there to be a star, including your morals, ethics and values.

When they want her opinion, they'll give it to her.

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@snoopydawg
but think of how her credit rating has risen.

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@Dhyerwolf I would LOVE to see what DOV and BBB have to say about this. Lol

But no way in hell am I clicking over there.

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@Eagles92

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Eagles92's picture

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@Dhyerwolf
tribal loyalty above all

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@Dhyerwolf

I'm glad you made it out! Next time, bring protection - if you ever do that again.

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said with full respect.

"fucking blow me" hahahaha.
bless C. Johnstone. I must send her some cash.

up the irish!

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TOP hasn't reached bottom yet, but they're giving it their best shot! Thanks for posting this.

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@Raggedy Ann
I was reading. It was so tragicomic I almost got intellectual whiplash. It’s confusing, do you laugh or cry because your’re surroundef by such idiots?

Definition of tragicomic

1 :of, relating to, or resembling tragicomedy
2 :manifesting both tragic and comic aspects
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tragicomic#

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@Amanda Matthews
Perfect!

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@Raggedy Ann

Lol, I think they're still digging a new bottom to sink to. Rinse, repeat.

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@Ellen North @Ellen North
edited to add - not telling, just responding in INTERNATIONAL CAPS DAY style. However, it screams to me, so apologies.

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@Raggedy Ann

Lol, now I'm wondering if the depth of that hole is an indication of how they plan to invade China in the attempt to prevent the rest of the world from having a life.

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@Raggedy Ann
but getting there.
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@gjohnsit
'Nuf said about composting matter.

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...will name Billary as a Russian operative.

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"largest progressive blog" with this sort of BS. Caitlin Johnstone is incredible. No filters in her way.

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*donate *follow us on Twitter *like us on Facebook *dump Google

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I’ll be damned.

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

@Amanda Matthews
for ya' Amanda.

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@JtC

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

this tune goes out to Caitlin.

beth hart brings it.

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@irishking
to post. She didn’t just dissect that Tweet. She autopsied and buried it. Publicly.

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

or like CNN, haven't got a clue about what they're doing. Russian media are beating them badly at their own game. RT for example, is actually paying its critics to spout idiotic anti-Russian nonsense on Russian TV (about $8700 to $12000 dollars each month), all so that the audience can laugh at them! Modern-day Russia is definitely not like the Soviet Union.

The main difference was this: if the Soviet went out of their way to prevent western propaganda from reaching the Soviet people, the Russians are nowadays doing the exact opposite: they are going out of their way to make sure that western propaganda is immediately translated and beamed into every single Russian household.

By now, you must have heard about the CNN report about how the evil Russkies used Pokemon to destabilize and subvert the US. If not, here it is: (...report...)

In Russia this report was in instant mega-success: the video was translated and rebroadcasted on every single TV channel. Margarita Simonian, the brilliant director of Russia Today, was asked during a live show “be truthful and confess – what is your relationship with Pokemon, do they work for you?” to which she replied “I feed them” – the audience burst in laughter.

"One of the techniques regularly used on Russian talkshows is to show a short report about the latest crazy nonsense coming out of the United States or Europe and then ask a pro-US guests to react to it. The “liberals” (in the Russian political meaning of this word, that is a hopelessly naïve pro-western person who loves to trash everything Russian and who hates Putin and those who support him) are intensely embarrassed and usually either simply admit that this is crazy nonsense or try to find some crazy nonsense in the Russian media (and there is plenty of that too) to show that “we are just as bad”. Needless to say, no matter what escape route is chosen, the “liberal” ends up looking like a total idiot or a traitor."

USA propaganda mills are so far behind the times, it's actually kind of funny.

http://www.unz.com/tsaker/re-visiting-russian-counter-propaganda-methods/

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@native lightyears ahead of us. There was an ad on a Google search I did, that I didn't even see, that made -- not only me, but six people I met with that day in person -- vote Not-Hilary.

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@jim p
Remember that Putin haz time-travel and can make people do things based on things they'll hear about one day, long afterward. The way it works is too esoteric for me to follow, though, not being clever enough to be a Russian...

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@Ellen North

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

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Isn't that the site that fought all through the primaries about how blacks could make up their own minds on who they voted for?
Did not one of these idiots realize that the BLM protests started in 2014 in Ferguson after Michael Brown was killed? And that this was before anyone had declared that they were running for president? Oh wait, maybe Putin just knew that HerHeinous was going to run so he got the jump on this. Yeah that's it.

But wait, it gets better. Putin even infiltrated ToP and maybe some of the members here were Putin's puppets too. Think I am kidding? Good gawd, I wish I was.

When will the administrators of this site tell us how dailykos was also infiltrated by these Russian trolls? They seem to be awfully quiet, but it would make a lot of sense for Russian operatives to target a site like this to divide the left.
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Frankly I think that had a lot to do with the purge a while back.
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@snoopydawg
and start freaking out about Socialists in our midst. Expel them! OK, but then they get even more scared of Russia, and start seeing Russians under everybody's bed. Pretty soon they get the two things mixed up, so anybody who doesn't support Clinton must be a Russian stooge. Even if they don't know it. And finally along comes that Trump character, who gets transformed into being a Russian agent too! An Enemy of the State for sure. Lucky thing we've got the CIA and FBI to warn us about these types. Hell, they're even warning us about ourselves! What a relief to be so well guarded.

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@native

It's true. I was a Russian stooge and I only followed Bernie because Putin paid me to do so. Putin paid me to pretend that Bernie's socialistic views were what this country needed in order to start moving it into communism. I know the names of the others who were also stooges on ToP and was pushing the socialism/communism meme. I'm not going to tell you who they were because they too are here and it's up to them if they wanna come out.

And in case anyone's wondering if I'm a Russian stooge here too, I'm not. Once the checks stopped coming, I returned to my true self and my real political viewpoint that both parties are corrupt.

Hopefully, ya'll will still be my friend and not let this deception come between us.

This is just as ridiculous as people believing what native stated. Just absurd.

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@snoopydawg

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"Obama promised transparency, but Assange is the one who brought it."

@snoopydawg
And to think those Kremlin cheapskates never even paid me one red cent. Pikers, if they don't fork over pretty soon I may just go ahead and become a neoliberal. It might pay a little better anyway.

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Eagles92's picture

Thanks, Amanda.

The comments on that tweet are priceless.

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@Eagles92 "Fucked up how Putin invented racism."

Oh, my stars. There is hope after all.

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@Eagles92
Those people back up one of my pet theories, that the human race is devolving.

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

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@Amanda Matthews So many of the comments demonstrate otherwise, which is encouraging.

The gaslighting and red-baiting aren't working.

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@Amanda Matthews

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@snoopydawg
of things. Particularly about the posters at TOP. That’s must be why they seem straight out of Bizarro World.

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

@snoopydawg Isn't that pretty much the plot of Prometheus?

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Markos needs to blow me first.

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I recognized just 2 commenters, all the rest are unknown to me. Both commenters I used to really appreciate support the idea that Russia caused Hillary to lose the election.
I wish there was a way to distinguish my click so it would be understood by admin as a "just came by to read your stupid shit".

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@on the cusp

What i have a hard time believing are the ones who supported Bernie are buying this. Just unbelievable.

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@snoopydawg
would believe that the moon was made of green cheese, if some teevee talking head, or some WaPo wise guy assured them that it was. The sheer amount of drivel, lies, and disinformation being peddled by ill-informed media hosts is astounding. Apparently Australian television has joined this rousing chorus of intentional ignorance. Hillary and her stupid book are being much talked-about down under -- at least by the talking heads who try to sell this crap. John Pilger's lucid reflections on the phenomenon are well worth a read:

On 16 October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired an interview with Hillary Clinton: one of many to promote her score-settling book about why she was not elected President of the United States...

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/20/clinton-assange-and-the-war-on-t...

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Check out the Kos article's author.

Staff writer for @dailykos. Diversity practitioner. Adjunct professor. Part-time yogi. BlogHer Voice of the Year honoree.

You cannot make this shit up.

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@Eagles92
Guess full time doesn't pay the bills so she went to Kos, who "turned her out" like every good pimp does.

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"The gatekeepers must change."
Prince

@Deja wtf is that?

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@on the cusp It must mean "equally opportunistic neoliberal complicity."

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@on the cusp different every half hour.

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@Deja
Pic-a-nic baskets three days a week.

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Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

Big Al's picture

Regarding his Russian propaganda? I think she used to be a big supporter.

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@Big Al I don't always have a chance to stay current with her essays, but IIRC, she has mostly written him off -- or at least has warned her readers that he's politically neutered.

I don't know that I've seen anything specific regarding his buy-in (genuine or not) to the Russia BS. Now I'm interested enough to look.

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@Eagles92
did a report months ago about why it was important to refuse all efforts to support Sanders, based in part, as I recall, on his silence about anything touching on foreign policy and war. And silence on peace.

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@Big Al The Deep State has Digested both Trump and Sanders

It’s been excruciating to watch the man we progressive rebels lifted up last year praise the White Helmets, advance establishment lies about Russia and Syria, and spit on the Palestinian people with greater and greater intensity since that gut-wrenching day he endorsed bloodthirsty oligarch Hillary Clinton for Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military force in the history of civilization.

And

In a recent video which I openly admit to not being emotionally capable of finishing, Sanders monologued bald-faced lies straight into the camera, calling Assad a dictator who has “murdered hundreds of thousands of his own people,” saying that there is “no longer a debate” as to whether Russia manipulated the 2016 election “in a heavy duty way,” and that “no one now denies” such a thing happened and may continue to happen in America’s 2018 elections. We need to be perfectly clear: these are lies. Sanders knows that they are lies. There is no basis whatsoever for the assertion that Assad has “murdered” the hundreds of thousands of people who have perished in the war between the Syrian government and CIA-backed radical jihadists and terrorist factions that has ravaged his country. There is no basis whatsoever for saying that there is “no debate” that Russia interfered in the US elections in a significant way when we have to this day not be shown one single shred of proof that Russians hacked Democratic party emails and shared them with WikiLeaks.
Sanders is stating these things as though they are facts, and they are not. He is lying. He knows that he is lying. His lies have potentially world-ending consequences as they are used to manufacture consent for dangerous escalations with a nuclear superpower. Yesterday Sanders posted another video asking his followers, “Need a break from Russia? Join me for a conversation with comedian Larry Wilmore.” Yes, Bernie, I do fucking need a break from fucking Russia. No I will not be watching anything with Larry fucking Wilmore.

I don't know if the above violates fair use rights? I hope not ...

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@Eagles92 @Eagles92 Better late than never I guess.

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@Big Al Which is admittedly still late, but at least earlier than others.

Speaking from personal experience, many Bernie supporters experienced an extended period of grief and wound-licking before we were capable of seeing, let alone admitting, his participation in the Establishment propaganda. Now that Caitlin is "woke" in that regard, I don't expect her to back-track. And her readership is definitely growing. So we have that going for us ...

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@Eagles92 Smile

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@Big Al But I've been under deadline and staring at the screen too long today. Did I contradict myself? If so, don't let me off the hook! (I just can't find your reference).

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@Eagles92 a reply to snoopydawg,
"As for intelligent people buying in . . "

Maybe a can of worms we shouldn't open.

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@Big Al

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@Eagles92

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

SnappleBC's picture

Apparently there are at least a few blacks who are not entirely behind the neoliberal identity politics game plan.

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A lot of wanderers in the U.S. political desert recognize that all the duopoly has to offer is a choice of mirages. Come, let us trudge towards empty expanse of sand #1, littered with the bleached bones of Deaniacs and Hope and Changers.
-- lotlizard

Having got back on to read the rest of the Twitter thread, (now that there's room on there to get on, as there wasn't last night) my suspicions have solidified.

Markos must know the reaction that this bizarrely insane DNC strategy - especially in this phrasing - and the expressed pathological tendencies implicit within it would elicit and how many more people would swear off the Dems forever in revulsion, well before the next election. This is obviously (either snark/possible revenge? or) propaganda intended to ensure that the Dems get crushed by the Repubs in the next election - which is, importantly, I believe, not Presidential.

But taken in conjunction with the DNC purge and corporate Super Delegates, I am now reasonably certain that the purpose is to ensure that no matter what damage Trump and the merry bands of Bush League neocons, crazed billionaires and others running government does, the Dems will lose the next election in a landslide, this, under the Two-Corporate-Party Trap ongoing scam, giving the Repubs the majority required for a Constitutional Convention, and thereby changing from using the now-altered document (doubtless minus the Bill of Rights and anything mentioning 'we, the people' or implying that government might have any responsibility toward the country or people, such as Congress maintaining roads or the Post Office, so that they can 'Constitutionally' do as they please without international outcry,) as toilet paper, to even more freely and directly using the American people and country as flushable toilet paper.

Then, assuming that the game of the selection process is still being continued, with the Repubs taking the blame for enacting the most destructive joint Party corporate interest/billionaire objectives, Hillary can more plausibly Have Her Turn in the next Presidential selection.

Her and the Dems will, of course, be helpless against the Repubs and, in this scenario, there's no longer even any pretense to be made of anyone - other than Those Who Matter in the top fraction of the 1% - having any rights to not be upheld in the majority-corrupt Supreme Court.

But the American people can, while the scam's still required to keep them quiet, continue to be kept busily running back and forth between the two corporate/billionaire cats-paws, still voting for evil every time, while being clawed more deeply every time.

If another and actually democratic Party cannot be assembled in time, as seems likely, I'd suggest that what's available be researched to find those most suitable outside the Corporate Party and a National Strategic Vote be organized, also strongly urging voting only for non-corporate Progressives, together with an organized demand for citizen oversight of the entire electoral process to try to limit cheating.

There are far more Indies than either Dems or Repubs (even without adding in dissatisfied voters/non-voters from either wing of the Two-Faced Corporate Party) and as far as actual potential votes go, there should, at least theoretically, be plenty to assure a majority of votes for any party they'd coalescence behind, and the drastic reduction of seats for the corporate parties in each ensuing election.

But, obviously, in any such scenario, the voter suppression and electoral cheating must be addressed, and the corporate and corporate-captured once-left media blackout and smear campaigns be taken into account, as must the hostile take-over of the internet, the snowballing censorship and propaganda.

If, for example, there was any sign of Bernie considering another Presidential run, a massive smear campaign and media blackout would be immediately implemented, also thereby shutting out the painfully gained corporate media access to gently remind the American people that their government should be working for, not against, them and their country.

And the Psychopaths and Parasites That Be are evidently concerned about this, that being why they try so (often laughably) hard to discredit Bernie, Progressives and the concept of democracy (a Russian plot! US cops even have a right to murder citizens as they please! So there! People just should try harder not to be non-White/Poor, if they actually mind being police-murdered for breathing!) and even their own false advertising about American 'democracy' and the guaranteed Constitutional rights a few enlightened Founders fought so hard to include against the efforts of those deeply self-interested among their numbers.

But any effort to organize a Strategic Vote would need to be heavily promoted and conducted on the internet - on which a great deal of censorship is in the process of being implemented.

Which also means a lot of legwork, pamphleteering and such, in all States, needs to be organized. Fast.

And there have also been great propaganda efforts to quash the energy and hopes of not only Progressives but everyone frantic to vote for the chance of an improved life in a democracy, successfully leaving many feeling suckered - not necessarily by the interloping and globally powerful corporate/billionaire/lackey faction who cheated the entire US PTB-threatened world of Bernie's win, but instead often blaming Bernie himself for not being Rambo and single-handedly taking out a global octopus by spitting defiance at the DNC Coronation and wasting all chances at rousing the public consciousness by immediately trying to run Indie, in an utterly rigged system, against the corporate machine.

And many - even more than were already previously 'there' already - have simply decided to simply not vote in that thoroughly rigged system.

Thing is, there needs to be enough continuous fuss and voiced determination to vote against both wings of the Corporate Party and enough agitation for citizen oversight to make cheating even more obvious.

And it must also be made obvious that the results of evident cheating will never again be left to stand as a 'done deal' by the general public.

Can the so-carefully propaganda-divided Americans actually get together to literally fight for their lives, their country and government and the achievement of starting an actual democracy, at long last?

If we look at the citizen self-organizing done in the interest of getting a chance of the policies Bernie espouses being enacted, it would certainly seem so.

Can so-carefully propaganda-quashed Americans actually get it together to make a start at trying to initiate this?

Maybe if the more-aware people thought about what's likely to occur if they don't even try and just keep going with the toilet flow...

It's certainly a lot harder now than it would have been earlier, but will there be any chance at all after the next election, with that Repub majority required for a Constitutional white-out looking increasingly more likely, with the functionality of the internet doubtless completely gone for any useful purpose, with only State-approved propaganda 'legal' and the fascist gloves completely off?

There's a bunch of very nasty (and rapidly economy/health/life-destroying) stuff apparent now and more and worse coming, as has been predicted for some time by many, including some highly respected thinkers and writers, many of the effects of which having been already shown in previous history, and which has been survived because limited and/or quelled in time. Much of what's likely to occur, if not stopped now, is not likely to be survivable by most or even any of us.

But pacific mass protest, widespread boycotts of the most-criminal corporations while the people still have any money at all, to withhold in order to make them hurt, Strategically Voting for a non-corporate, of-the-people Party and against the corporate parties and pro-active actions regarding the notorious American Selectoral system all seems imperative to me.

Even some people on this very site, with the information available to us, sometimes still speak of America being 'in danger of' becoming wholly fascist, when full-blown fascism - a blatantly military/corporate lawless State stripping inalienable rights from its own people, on the pretext of keeping them safe, using a single, if horrific, incident in a heavily militarized country not subject to invasion, in order to use them and the country's resources to more fully implement a planned global corporate/military/economic hostile take-over - was very obviously implemented under Bush 2, via 9/11, with conditioning toward universal public acceptance of any abusive public/private or other State intrusion of privacy and basic human rights under that same pretense of 'safety' exported around the world, despite this failing to catch any non-FBI/State-initiated 'terrorists'.

It's been made obvious that this is all to watch us and to keep us, the people of the world, under control while we're being fleeced, poisoned and dispossessed by those who have already stolen much of the money and power of the people of America and various of the people of the world, in case any of us pacifically object before they've taken it all, from us all.

Just watched another great Jimmy Dore; in case anyone hasn't seen this yet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuCfmGyeAyM

Primary Cheater Donna Brazile Appointed To Rules Committee
The Jimmy Dore Show
Published on 22 Oct 2017

Primary Cheater Donna Brazile Appointed To Rules Committee

And also recorded while 'normalizing' pay-to-play access for donor cash and attempting to lump that in with giving activists - typically fighting for, rather than, like the donors, against - the citizens who their office actually exists to represent - access...

America needs regime change - starting now.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

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@Ellen North You make a compelling argument. And its implications are more frightening than a clown in a sewer.

So much of it makes sense: all of those "liberals" (many of my friends included) who now happily embrace the likes of McCain and Dumbya just because they "speak truth to" the Cheeto. (Of course, it's always prefaced by, "I never thought I'd agree with [insert name of odious Republican here], but ..."

Which tells me this particular psy-op is working.

Ellen, I hope you'll consider a dedicated essay on this, so that the argument (and supporting evidence) you make here doesn't get buried. This is worthy of much more discussion, IMHO.

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@Eagles92

"I never thought I'd agree with [insert name of odious Republican here], but ..."

While I don't 'participate' on Facebook, I do have an account, and have real-life friends (as opposed to FB pretend-friends) that have posted that exact line (most notably GWB).

The stupid is rapidly enveloping all in its path.

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This attack on black activists was bound to happen eventually. It started last year with Hillary and her claim that Putin was behind anti-fracking protests. The NYTimes published a straight piece about last year June or so that accused Putin of instigating anti-TPP opinions. It was clear from previous versions of McCarthyism that Russia would used to squash and marginalize any sort of dissent against the establishment. Putin was recently accused of being behind the Catalonia independence movement.

So basically white democrats are throwing black activists under the bus to further the Russia-gate narrative. Getting Trump through Russia accusations is more important than racial issues effecting their most loyal base.

This theme is reaching beyond TOP. It is reaching main stream credibility through articles like this in the Atlantic.

The History of Russian Involvement in America's Race Wars
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/russia-faceboo...

Also, found this. An article about a State department memo that listed out the Soviet propaganda they were spewing about race in 1963. Looking at what State thought was "propaganda" would hardly be questioned as untrue by current beliefs.

The democrats will end up shooting themselves in the foot with their largest most loyal base if they keep this shit up. Black establishment leadership will not be able to stem the resentment this will cause with younger black activists.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_vault/2013/07/09/civil_rights_coverage_ho...

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@MrWebster

of the black members of DK are buying into the Russian crap. I don't remember if they commented in the diary that Amanda linked to or not.
I ask again, how can so many intelligent people buy into this for so long? And keep saying yep, after another even more out there accusation is offered?
I'm not only talking about the ToPbots, but people like my aunt and uncle as well as my other family members?

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I’m betting billionaires taste like chicken. More research required…
Someone should put together a new cookbook with this in mind.

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@snoopydawg @snoopydawg But the author of that piece of shit is black!

This goes even beyond white democrats throwing black activists under the bus. It's neoliberals/neoconservatives of any stripe throwing black activists under the bus.

I need to read the article Mr. Webster links, because I suspect it's another attempt at gaslighting, rather than historical truth. The good news is, based on the responses to Markie Moosetits's [thanks, Amanda!] tweet, many people are well aware of previous attempts to link black activism to Russia/communism -- and the underlying reasons for it.

[Edit: fixed attribution for a link]

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@Eagles92
And asking if it's the '30s or '50s.

I retweeted many of the responses to @dailykos. Some were too good to pass up.

I was tempted to respond to a tweet the author made from her own account where she gave someone else a hard time about integrity and something else, dignity maybe, but I chickened out.

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"The gatekeepers must change."
Prince

@Eagles92 Had a special meeting with Twitter, FB, etc to talk about the pernicious effect of Russia meddling into their communities--basically buying into the narrative that AA activist groups were targeted by Russians.

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@snoopydawg I'm really starting to believe that they are lazy, and/or unwilling to challenge the official narrative. They either don't want to do the work required for a reality check (besides, they're hearing what they want to hear and already believe) -- or they don't want to know that a different reality exists.

In a sense, I almost can't blame them for the latter. I was a much happier individual when I was ignorant of all this shit.

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@snoopydawg Except for Jordan and Michael Tracey (who seems to have disappeared), everybody that I hear on TYT has fully bought into the conspiracy. Cenk literally foams at the mouth when he talks about it. One segment he used homophobic slurs calling Trump Putin's bitch. TYT are just as unhinged and irrational about Russia-gate as is TOP.

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@MrWebster I don't know Cenk's political provenance -- is he another Kos, who pretended to be progressive until someone showed up with a big paycheck?

I followed TYT during the primaries but tuned them out once they started toeing hoeing the party line.

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@MrWebster
TyT is usually ok but not when it comes to Russia

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@MrWebster I have wondered if American protesters will be written off as being Russian patsies and ignored or despised.

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@MrWebster hand behind Kos agenda is plain. Remember he claimed to be tightening up the site and aiming to attract more of the Black and Latino demographics, as well as the youth.
But he just basically shat them out. To further the Dem Leadership, er, Losership, plan. A plan that curiously avoids any actual appeal to voters who aren't in the Cult.

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@MrWebster
old poop chute along with Salon about a year and a half ago. When they decided to back the Money Grubbing Warmongers Party.

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

@MrWebster

(Since you and others here know more than I do in this area, much of this is intended more to cover some of the facts for any drive-by readers who might not be aware of the background - or to piss off any propagandists checking in - even though this thread will undoubtedly have fallen out of sight and mind by the time I've posted it... could barely even type much of yesterday, lol.)

Well, they've been accusing everyone not toeing their extremely crooked Party lines and/or not supporting Hillary in all of her myriad aspics of being all things to all people while they're actually there to be conned/milked, (assuming, jelly-like, varying forms depending upon whether votes [public - sour grape-shape] or money [private - fatty pork-malleable ooze] are being demanded,) of being 'Putin-puppets'. (Or possibly, based in claims regarding Facebook ads, Putin-puppies)

This is evidently either because wealthy psychopaths cannot imagine normal humans, never mind the Non-Billionaire Poors, as being real, or of having brain processes capable of accumulating information and reaching decisions based on a reasoned analysis of known facts and probabilities, and therefore must be controlled and run entirely by one of Those Who Matter,

(since the Clinton and related corporate factions thinks about everything in relation to Big Money, and that therefore money is not only the only speech that matters but the only thought that matters, as well,)

or because she, her billionaire and corporate interest paymasters and PR people are stuck somewhere in the past century, partly in their kindergarten name-calling years, partly wishing for the lucrative days of the Cold War and to revel in the McCarthism of their relative youth and keep rotating the same old strategies that worked before, even if these were only working up until before they were abandoned as the vicious, if ludicrous, lunacy they were and are, and believe that they'll work again, if they only repeat them enough. And the Big Lie does unfortunately work, on the already and heavily propagandized, as people tend to 'check themselves' against what are perceived as societal 'norms'...

Actually, I believe it to encompass both, psychopaths being like that, although we also know that this Russian!!! nonsense was using a strategy developed by the Clinton campaign team*, to also act as an excuse - such strategies often being multi-purpose - for attacking yet another country and killing their people to destroy/steal their stuff, for fun and profit, at American taxpayer and reputation expense, as usual. Not to mention the lives of some of those Disposables, often in the military in the first place because higher education is made otherwise unaffordable and there are few and shrinking numbers of living-wage jobs in America, thanks to Corporate Party policies.

Therefore we also know that they're lying both in the interest of yet another planned military mugging and really big home invasion for squatting in the whole country while killing/dispossessing the residents and milking its resources and in denying the myriad solid reasons for the American people to speak out not only against them and their various and myriad crimes at home as well as abroad, but the societal results of such crimes.

As with the Dept. of Justice abetting routine citizen murder-by-police by allowing cops to get away with citizen murder - police possibly only individually even keeping track of the appalling numbers of these murders in notches perhaps carved onto their own bedposts - while permitting such as Israel anti-terrorist tactics to be taught domestic police, to use against the American public.

The only war zone in America consists of a corporate/billionaire war on the American people, enacted through their own public service at all levels.

When even the lives of their country's own non-super-wealthy citizens are so cheap in further enriching and empowering the relative few Psychopaths and Parasites That be, how are the people to be conned into believing that their village is being destroyed and their possessions and rights stolen to 'keep them safe' without 'total information control' being exerted over them?

How sick does anyone have to be to think that people shouldn't demand that the routine police murder of unarmed citizens stops, with murderers and those enabling/encouraging them held accountable? Never mind to try to propagandize next-in-line-others into accepting this murderous and self-serving pathology of the relative few claiming open season on Non-Billionaire Americans they're further impoverishing, poisoning and dispossessing as rapidly as they can, in the process of looting the entire Earth?

Or to claim that it would be 'an act of war' for another country's government (a fossil-fuel dependent economy run by an initially American-electoral-interference-converted crony-capitalist government still being described as 'scary Commie!!!' because they have universal health-care and pensions that TPTB don't want Americans thinking about? or because they're using a play-book for a strategy that's a half-century old and out-of-date?) to run public service ads encouraging the people to be aware that their police have a habit of murdering those among them perceived as being vulnerable because their government - at best - allows this to be covered over to continue and spread?

In America, when claims are made of a foreign government or police killing their own people, the US PTB likes to go there (at great MIC profit drained from the American public) to bomb the people, to kill the citizens there first and take their country's resources; they don't stop at taking out FB ads or opening Twitter accounts... different strokes, I suppose? **

One problem for the propagandists, beyond the obvious, is that virtually everybody else they're accusing of being the mindless puppets of someone other than themselves all knows personally that they themselves aren't and that therefore false accusations are being flung about. Causing said propagandists/Psychopaths That Be to go to great lengths to enforce censorship on truthtellers verifying their criminality at home and abroad. ***

Another problem is that they are again projecting what they do onto others they wish to attack in deflecting attention from themselves - while thereby drawing ridicule as well as even more negative attention to themselves, making the problems with the stolen and psychopathic-lunatic-run US government even more clear.

The insulting claim that the Poors are mindless puppets of the more wealthy and powerful and incapable of thinking for themselves, of recognizing the difference between right and wrong, or of objecting strongly to injustice which people independently recognize and abhor as being wrong or of actually caring about other people is so obviously encompassing their own issues that their sickness and human incapacities becomes even more evident than they were.

Their various behaviours and attacks upon others are more revealing of themselves than they're capable of realizing... ****

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVmhj5zY3x4

Evidence Clinton Campaign Invented Trump/Russia Story To Cover Their Failures
The Jimmy Dore Show

Published on 23 Jul 2017

**
Going back a bit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpleyI8bwnM

Wolf Blitzer Worries Stopping Killing Kids Would Hurt Profits
The Jimmy Dore Show

Published on 14 Sep 2016
Wolf Blitzer, interviewing Rand Paul about the US-backed Saudi Arabia bombing of Yemen, worried that if we stopped selling arms to Saudi Arabia, defense contractors' profits would suffer.

Jimmy Dore breaks it down with the Ardent Atheist's Emery Emery and Heather Henderson.

***

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD39FslP6BY

Hillary Clinton Wanted To Murder Julian Assange With A Drone
The Jimmy Dore Show

Published on 5 Oct 2016
WikiLeaks revealed that Hllary Clinton suggested using a drone to assassinate Julian Assange.

****
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo1nLiiDRVA

Julian Assange Has A Long List Of Warmongers Who Want Him Dead
The Jimmy Dore Show

Published on 5 Oct 2016
Julian Assange has a long list of high-powered enemies who want him dead, including Hillary Clinton and other prominent war-mongers who are angry that their secrets have been exposed.

The lives of the relative (non-billionaire) Poors are held as cheap by The Psychopaths and Parasites That Be; stopping the drain creating the Poors now - and increasingly - forming much of the population of The World's Wealthiest County Ever by further enriching and empowering those already having the most, generally via theft from the people and planet, would be 'too expensive' according to those PPTB, having that predominately stolen most and wanting it all.

The PPTB are destroying not only societies, civilization/democracy and economies but the planetary life-support system out of pathological greed and control-freakery.

Even just in monetary terms - the control of the PPTB is globally unaffordable for us all.

And they're killing us all. At best, incrementally.

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The game plan is that only evil Berniebros and Trumpistas ever criticize anyone Black. Well, where anyone can hear them, anyway.

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The part of John Edwards could easily be played by a burnt out light bulb.
--strollingone

The issue is patriotism. You've got to get back to your planet and stop the Commies. All it takes is a few good men.
--Q

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@Cant Stop the Macedonian Signal
figured that someone(s) snapped and got carried away. Spreading hate does that sometimes.

I wonder if LMM will do one of his ‘retractions’ if this gets crazy?

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

KOS just sent me a plea for donations. It seems their fund raising goals are lagging behind too.

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@sandiapeach
all his other outlets easily pay for Deadly Kos.

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the little things you can do often are more valuable than the giant things you can't! - @thanatokephaloides. All about building progressive media. (-1.9) On Twitter @winkradio.

@Wink

It's not covered in the CIA Black Budget or the Clinton's? Markos is missing a trick or two...

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The English-speaking world is the new Soviet Union.

The best way to understand what has gone wrong with the Anglo world, and America in particular, is simply to think of it as a staggeringly ironic repeat of history. A few short decades ago, the Soviet Union fell, after thirty or so years of stagnation, which its complacent, pampered leaders, utterly divorced from lived reality, vociferously denied could ever be happening to begin with. That steadfast denial opened up the possibility of sudden collapse, and collapse it did: into authoritarianism, extreme inequality, superstition, cults of personality, tribalism, vendetta, violence, corruption, and kleptocracy. That is exactly what is happening to America, from the denial to the pampering to the sudden shock. Falling life expectancy, flat incomes, a shrinking middle class — short of war, or a giant meteor striking the earth, more severe indicators of collapse simply don’t exist...

There is very little point left in discussing the political economy, at least of the English-speaking world, only to say that the UK might yet escape what America cannot. America’s future, and those who follow in its footsteps, is very simple, very straighforward, and now almost inescapable. Like the Soviet Union, it is a fly caught in a web of stagnation, ideology, and perverse incentives. Thus, it is collapsing, and the end of that collapse resembles Russia: a tiny elite of cronies that control nominally privatized institutions, whether energy grids or healthcare, and jet off into the horizon, having used them as extractive mechanisms to siphon off the wealth of people who are trapped in social classes, dead end jobs, go nowhere lives, and those people then take their bitter frustration out on scapegoats, whom they have been zealously schooled to hate by the very people that laugh and thus doubly exploit them. All that, only with more guns.

Now, of course, just as after the fall of the Soviet Union, there will be bright spots. Just as Estonia is probably a nicer place to be than Russia, so New Zealand and Australia probably aren’t going to end up as badly off as America, which is going to be Moscow on the Potomac, more or less, if it already isn’t.

-Umair Haque, (Why) The English-Speaking World is the New Soviet Union
The Politics of the Obvious

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@arendt

Tomorrow Belongs to the Corporatocracy

The global elite have decided to take their masks off and go all in. The author covers all the issues that have popped up since Trump became president. This isn't only happening here at home, but in many other countries.
Many countries have started adopting austerity measures and becoming as much as a police state as we are.

Greece was the ultimate austerity laboratory when boom, people were unable to access their money in banks. Other countries are playing around with going cashless and there is talk about installing palm scanners at train stations for people to pay for their tickets without having to use credit cards or use their smartphone apps.

Plus there's the continuous state of emergency because of the terrorists boogeyman, the rolling back of rights and labeling protests movements as extremists.

I'm hoping someone will like to do an essay on this article. It covers important things that are happening globally, not just here in der homeland.

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I’m betting billionaires taste like chicken. More research required…
Someone should put together a new cookbook with this in mind.

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@snoopydawg  
heyday of the Red Army Faction / Baader-Meinhof gang.

Yet according to the political establishment, the presence in Germany of hundreds of thousands of persons from the Middle East whose identity cannot be verified — mostly young men — is Not A Problem.

No, the script the politicians and media are reading from insists that the biggest problem Germany faces is the presence of a few dozen newly elected right-wing populists in parliament.

“AfD bad” is the German equivalent of “Trump bad,” complete with rumors of Russian backing à la Russiagate puppies and Pokemon Go.

It’s obvious that the AfD only made gains as a protest vote — “It’s the immigration, stupid.”

Voters have explained this until they’re blue in the face.

Yet — except for a few isolated figures like the Green mayor of Tübingen Boris Palmer or Left party leader Sahra Wagenknecht — the entrenched political establishment refuses to hear it.

Instead, spearheaded by Social Democrat interior minister Heiko Maas, the establishment has decided to go with a pervasive public-private Internet censorship project, claiming the aim is to curb “fake news” and “hate speech.”

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@lotlizard

Do tell! Please?
Apparently, Canada is experiencing the same thing, I think. It, supposedly, has to do with negotiations, but involves interruption. Ask Ellen North.

D a r k w e b, here I come, I guess. Sad

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"The gatekeepers must change."
Prince

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@Deja  
even neocons can get some things right sometimes. This article of theirs describes pretty fairly what’s wrong with the new law:

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/11205/germany-official-censorship

A new German law introducing state censorship on social media platforms came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online "criminal offenses" such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether or the content is accurate or not. Social media companies receive seven days for more complicated cases. If they fail to do so, the German government can fine them up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law.

This state censorship makes free speech subject to the arbitrary decisions of corporate entities that are likely to censor more than absolutely necessary, rather than risk a crushing fine. When employees of social media companies are appointed as the state's private thought police and given the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who shall be allowed to speak and what to say, and who shall be shut down, free speech becomes nothing more than a fairy tale. Or is that perhaps the point?

The paradox of this particular essay is that, while the German government is selling the law as a weapon against right-wing populism, this Gatestone writer claims it’s being used to shut down anti-Muslim, pro-Israel speech while continuing to give radical Islam a pass.

For a rough idea of the folks and forces behind the Gatestone Institute:
https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Gatestone_Institute

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@lotlizard

I don't see many people making use of this resource. I have to admit that I have not actively tracked it since 911. Any resource that is old enough to have a good track record should be cherished, used, and supported - as long as they haven't been hijacked/turned.

Are you able to comment on SW's quality, its independence, its board/officers?

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...libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint — regardless of whether or the content is accurate or not. ...

That's particularly interesting since voicing/printing facts cannot be considered libel/slander or defamation.

Went to get definitions (all emphasis mine) and right there on the search page:

Defamation
Defamation, calumny, vilification, or traducement is the communication of a false statement that harms the reputation of an individual person, business, product, group, government, religion, or nation.
More at Wikipedia

Have the neos there altered the definitions to suit themselves, or are they simply lying in self-serving law again?

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@Deja

OpenMedia petition explains:

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Just when we thought we’ve seen everything from Bell Canada, the Internet and media conglomerate goes and pulls one of their dirtiest tricks to date.

They're trying to use closed-door NAFTA talks to sneak in a mandatory website blocking system and radical new copyright rules that would give an agency unprecedented power to dictate what you can and can't see online.1,2

The fourth round of negotiations is happening near D.C. as we speak and talks are heating up. U.S. trade representatives are tabling controversial topics, and Mexico and the U.S. are impatient to wrap up the deal.3 This represents a perfect opportunity for Bell to sneak in its radical copyright proposals behind closed doors without public scrutiny.

Bell's proposals are reckless and extreme, and would result in sweeping Internet censorship and criminalizing everyday online activities. But if we speak out now we can stop these outrageous proposals dead in their tracks.

Tell Minister Chrystia Freeland to reject Bell's plan to exploit NAFTA to impose Internet censorship and undermine our digital rights.

This is an unprecedented move – we've never seen an Internet service provider in Canada have the nerve to call on government to take an active role in censoring the Internet before.

Canada's copyright rules should be shaped democratically by Canadians, not decided in closed-door trade talks. Plus, Bell – being both an Internet service and media content provider – already has a stranglehold over a huge part of our online experience. We cannot let them go any further!

That website blocking, like other censorship, will, of course be aimed at people like us and sites like this, at WikiLeaks, the Intercept and the like - and make the internet irrelevant, something existing only for for entertainment and the dissemination of official propaganda; pretty much leaves Youtube and Solitaire for people like myself, which is hardly worth the cost.

Well prior to this, (obviously, lol,) Koch-sucking Harper (whose top-down administration thought that Canadians had 'too many rights', impeding regression) had had a chat with Google, explaining that there were some mysterious things that Canadians ought not to see on the internet. Rather like China.

And prior to that, I'd noticed that far more information relating to industrial pollution/toxins and their effects - including once freely available studies and sites - vanished under Obama...

The lousy reception with frequent service interruptions appears to be related to the impoverished inner-city area to which we've moved; an internally nicely set-up house (looks like hell outside, probably as protective coloration) in which the owner - a nurse working in a local hospital - lived prior to moving out of the city, where we can have pets and smoke and which is much cheaper than the mortgage payment of the old house, but where I suspect the low-income internet customers aren't deemed to merit the expenditure required for decent wireless. We had the same provider and no such issues in suburbia... but I doubt that standards would be so low without such as NAFTA and 'harmonization' with the crappy 'protections' the American people had even previous to the 'trade deal' corporate give-aways.

Not using Bell, of course - and I have warned people previously against using them, knowing their reputation in the US.

And if they're doing that here, they'll be trying it there. I rather doubt that that's one of their own ideas, as I can't see how that would increase their profits; more likely to lose them a lot of business (I'd hope). I personally think it likely that it's been suggested that they demand this censorship through NAFTA, to establish a precedent and 'normalize' censorship.

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@Ellen North
Frightening! And it sux!

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"The gatekeepers must change."
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@arendt @arendt
It pulls all the pieces together and now they make sense.

... Back in the U.S., back in the U.S., back in the USSR as Paul McCartney wrote in 1968!

More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_in_the_U.S.S.R.

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@Creosote.

for quite some time. His take is that, when the US crashes, its going to be a lot worse than when the USSR crashes - because Americans don't know how to do simple, life-sustaining tasks anymore. We have become totally dependent on big box stores, pre-prepared food, and automobiles.

When that shit isn't available or it becomes unaffordable, the bottom 80% of the population is staring at disaster.

Here's a link to a recent post on Orlov's blog. How many people have already done the things he suggests?

• If the electric grid collapses now and again, then you will eventually learn that you need to get yourself a 12V system, a generator, some solar panels, a wind generator, and install LED lights.

• If water pressure goes down to zero periodically, then you will learn that you need to put in some cisterns, a filtration system, a demand pump, and collect water off the rooftop.

• If garbage collection stops for periods of time, then you will learn to incinerate and to compost, and will try to minimize the amount of nonbiodegradable trash you generate.

• If paid work disappears for periods of time, then you will learn that you need to keep a few months' worth of savings around to ride out these periods.

• If stores run out of food on a semi-regular basis, then you will learn that you need to grow your own food, put a chicken coop in the back yard and figure out how many lazy beds of potatoes you need.

• If banks periodically confiscate all your money (that's called a “bail-in,” and it's actually been made legal not too long ago), then you will learn to keep an absolute minimum of money in the banks, and figure out other, more reliable forms in which to store your savings.

• If you were to periodically find yourself cut off from the medical system, then you would find out ways of staying healthy and of treating yourself.

• If you periodically found it impossible to buy gasoline, you would learn that you can't rely on your car, and would instead bicycle, or walk, or take public transportation.

• If your country's government periodically turned fascist and started detaining, torturing and killing people indiscriminately, then you'd learn that you need to get yourself a second passport, and practice getting out of the country in a hurry.

These are all examples of small, frequent collapses that are good for you.

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@arendt
That's brilliant and would work for people who have more than enough money to scrape by on.

But isn't it now around 60% of the US population who now couldn't come up with $500 for an emergency and can't save money to potentially save their lives because they have barely enough - or not enough - to keep a crappy roof over their heads and eat. And aren't these numbers growing, with much worse anticipated as coming?

This was last year, so I expect it's higher now.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2016/01/06/63-of-americans-do...

Jan 6, 2016 @ 06:42 PM 67,420
The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets
63% Of Americans Don't Have Enough Savings To Cover A $500 Emergency

The car brakes go on the fritz. The refrigerator stops refrigerating. The dog gets his paws on a batch of chocolate chip cookies and earns himself a trip to the vet ER.

These are just three of any number of things that could go wrong during the course of the year. Recovering from any one will set you back about $500, which means these scenarios fall closer to the "undesirable inconvenience" category than they do the "massive calamity" one. And yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans do not have enough money in savings to cover the cost of a single one of these unplanned expenses. ...

That's from a Bankrate.com survey.

Bankrate
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I suspect that this likely involves people able to afford Internet/cell-phones/financial services and probably not those who can't? So there's probably another... possibly 20-30%??? of the population such surveys are missing. Just guessing, of course, but we've likely all seen it pointed out in studies that the bottom 20% of the American population actually stands at an economic negative.

A side-graph here, under 'Statistics', indicates that the bottom 40% of Americans stands at negative 1%, due to debt:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealth_inequality_in_the_United_States

Distribution of net worth in the United States (2007).[18] The net wealth of many people in the lowest 20% is negative because of debt.[18] By 2014 the wealth gap deepened.
Top 1% (35%)
Next 4% (27%)
Next 5% (11%)
Next 10% (12%)
Upper Middle 20% (11%)
Middle 20% (4%)
Bottom 40% (

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The next economic crash that unbridled capitalism creates is going to be killing. Heavily so.

And one is expected quite shortly.

Edit: odd, might be my computer, but while the (

(edit: negative 1% ) shows in the edit area, it doesn't appear for me on the page (that being the point of the post...) vanished after hitting Save? Is this just to ensure that I have my traditional edit even before noticing any typos? Like an old horse on a milk-round, the computer comes to anticipate the usual route back to 'edit', lol?

Re-editing because I think the symbol for *negative 1% is causing the number and bracket following to disappear, as it did so again in the above edit... and also, as is usual with me after more than one edit, removing the excess pile of addressees added with both edits, since I do this a lot and produce enough verbiage as it is. And if that still doesn't show...

And edited again as I somehow must have 'blued-out' the word 'vanished' which had vanished, I'm guessing with my above addition of the written out 'negative 1%', since it'd again failed to show.

Sigh... if I've missed anything else, I'll be busy worrying about approximately half of the US population starving in the streets, while their social safety net continues to instead swell the off-shored (and presumably safe from bankster seizures? Unless banksters there do the same, I suppose - which actually seems quite likely) bank accounts of the war-mongers raining bombs down on the heads of citizens in other countries with desirable resources or geopolitical positioning for total global dominance...

That'll be what those New Zealand bunker retreats are ready for, I expect - where the 'fat-cat long pig' gourmands are awaiting their tender, juicy arrival.

And edited again, to move the missing portion of the sentence down a line and away from directly following the negative symbol - which had actually removed the rest of that line once 'saved', and which seemed to work; at least it's working in 'view'... I iz the Edit Queen, even beyond Typos. I ownz the starz. First time evah that my edits have exceeded my post size... maybe.

Has anyone else had a problem with such symbols doing odd things to text following, or am I just lucky like that?

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@arendt
and the suggestions are absolutely sound. In the 1930s many could still 'go back to the farm'; now try to find a bit of clean soil in most any neighborhood, or any non-power tools and expertise with them.

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doesn't mean Democratic anymore It means Dementia. The Dementia Party. Didn't watch the video but Hillary apparently claimed on Aussie TV that Putin's election meddling was worse than 9/11. Not watched because if she did say that .... that's brain-exploding.

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@jim p
flapping her jaws but by the time it hit Huffington Pustule, it was the former CIA Director...

CLINTON COMPARES RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN ELECTION TO 9/11

https://www.google.com/amp/www.newsweek.com/clinton-compares-russian-int...

Former Acting CIA Director Calls Russian Interference In Election 'The Political Equivalent Of 9/11'

https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_584eb2cde4b0bd9c...

Doesn’t matter. They’re all liars. Some crazier than others.

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

@jim p

You've nailed it! Who was that who recently posted quotes here about a Washington drug store exclusively for (Congress? Senate? both?) that did a brisk business in such as diabetes and dementia drugs, making those running the pharmacy wonder about involved decision-makers?

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.