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|The neoliberal experiment – lower taxes on the rich, deregulation of labor and product markets, financialization, and
globalization – has been a spectacular failure. Growth is lower than it was in the quarter-century after the second world war,
and most of it has accrued to the very top of the income scale. After decades of stagnant or even falling incomes for those below
them, neoliberalism must be pronounced dead and buried.
Vying to succeed it are at least three major political alternatives: far-right nationalism, centre-left reformism and the progressive left (with the centre-right representing the neoliberal failure). And yet, with the exception of the progressive left, these alternatives remain beholden to some form of the ideology that has (or should have) expired.
The centre-left, for example, represents neoliberalism with a human face. Its goal is to bring the policies of former US president Bill Clinton and former British prime minister Tony Blair into the 21st century, making only slight revisions to the prevailing modes of financialization and globalization. Meanwhile, the nationalist right disowns globalization, blaming migrants and foreigners for all of today’s problems. Yet as Donald Trump’s presidency has shown, it is no less committed – at least in its American variant – to tax cuts for the rich, deregulation and shrinking or eliminating social programmes.
must be pronounced dead and buried. Where next?
Note: for the analysis of previous Presidential election see November 2016 as a referendum on neoliberal globalization
A house divided against itself cannot stand
The lection of 2020 were less a referendum on neoliberal globalization then 1026 election. This happened mainly to COVD-19 epidemic and coursed by it recession. This combination of factors favored neoliberals to take back power from "national neoliberals" like Trump (although he governed strictly as a typical republican president, kind of Bush III, betraying most of his promises to his electorate)
But "COVID junta" which probably will come to power in 2021, if Trump legal maneuvers fail, faces litany of structural problems which they in no way are ready or willing to solve. Add to this the fact, that expected by neoliberal democrats the "Blue wave" that will give them not only both Presidency and the control of Senate and the House, simply did not happened. Despite all his blunders and "pro-rich" tax cut Trump retained large part of his voting base and that helped Republicans to preserve their standing in Senate and actually increase their block in House of representatives.
Looks like people were not exited about the idea of the restoration of neoliberal globalization and the return to the status quo which existed before Trump. People still hate neoliberalism and neoliberal Dems, and it looks like they managed to create a situation in which many people hate them more then Republicans. Which is not that surprising, if we think about neoliberal Dems as sellouts to Wall Street interests and financial oligarchy.
Those election are no about Trump or Biden (both are dismal candidates, with Biden being an actual war criminal, who should never be on the ticket) , but about the course the country should take to space from the crisis of neoliberalism which started in 2008.
Biden (who represent Clinton faction of Democratic Party) proposed the return to the "status quo" (which deceptively marketed as the "return to normal") which existed before 2016. Which is both impossible and dangerous idea, as you can't enter the same river twice.
But the most interesting part is that it look like neoliberal Dems tried to manipulate election in their favor resorting to voting fraud and this way they caused a constitutional crisis in the USA, which might have profound implications for the future of the country, independently of who will become the next President (and, in reality, Biden domestic program and, especially, foreign policy program, do no differ much from Trump. In foreign policy both are neocons and Zionists; in essence Biden is Trump-light or Trump with human face if you wish .) That's essentially de-legitimize COVID-19 junta and gives Republican opportunity to block most of their legislative initiatives with the goal to capture the House in 2022.
The same is true, if Thump by the miracle will get the second term. He had spend all his political capital and his legitimacy will be questioned even more forcefully than in 2016 when neoliberal MSM launched Russiagate hoax against him, supported by powerful factions within major US intelligence agencies.
While 2020 election was less then 2016 referendum on neoliberalism and neoliberal globalization the issue of collapse of neoliberal ideology remains and will affect the future of global governed from Washington neoliberal empire.
If we assume the Trump lost, this 2020 referendum went in favor of the neoliberal elite that supports neoliberal globalization and as such the result of this election represent not normalization, but a counterrevolution.
So they managed to return from zombies state they entered in 2016. And not without help from intelligence agencies which created the wave of Neo-McCarthyism and gaslighted the population of the country with "Russian threat" for four years.
And that happened despite the fact that we all now live in the period of collapse of neoliberalism and increase diverseness of the society. Part of this string turn of event can be explained by Trump flaws and the fact that he betrayed his voters both in his domestic policies and foreign policy.
In 2020 the market fundamentalism and neoliberal globalization both needs to go. They caused the slide of the standard of living of lower 80% of the USA population. They actually prevent realization of democracy, replacing the notion "one person one vote" with the notion "one dollar one vote" (money as free speech).
Neoliberals put economic growth above the value of having a healthy middle class, leading to century-high levels of inequality. It emphasized individuals over communities and divided us by race, class, and culture. And because it preferred markets to democracy, it looked away as the wealthiest people and corporations rigged the government to serve their own interests, even at the expense of everyone else:
This is not an ordinary political moment. Everywhere around us, the old order is collapsing. The golden age of postwar economic growth is over, replaced by a new Gilded Age of inequality and stagnation... People once united by common culture and information are now fractured into social media echo chambers.
The [neo]liberal international order is cracking as nationalism grows in strength and global institutions decay. The United States’ role as a global superpower is challenged by the rising strength of China and a new era of Russian assertiveness.
Optimists hope that generational and demographic change will restore inexorable progress. Pessimists interpret the current moment as the decline and fall of democracy.
.. we are currently in the midst of one of these epochal transitions. We live on the edge of a new era in politics — the third since the Great Depression and World War II. The first era is probably best described as liberal.... from the 1940s through the 1970s, a version of political liberalism provided the paradigm for politics. Charting a path between the state control of communists and fascists and the laissez-faire market that dominated before the Great Depression, liberals adopted a form of regulated capitalism. Government set the rules of the road for the economy, regulated finance, invested to create jobs and spark consumer demand, policed the bad behavior of businesses, and provided a social safety net for Americans. Big institutions—big government, big corporations, big labor—cooperated to balance the needs of stakeholders in society. In the United States, it was called New Deal Liberalism. In Europe, social democracy. There were differences across countries, of course, but the general approach was similar. ...even the conservatives of the time were liberal. Republican president Dwight Eisenhower championed the national highway system and warned of the military-industrial complex. President Richard Nixon said, “I am now a Keynesian in economics.” His administration created the EPA and expanded Social Security by indexing benefits to inflation.
...since the 1980s, we have lived in a second era — that of neoliberalism. In economic and social policy, neoliberalism’s tenets are simple: deregulation, privatization, liberalization, and austerity. Under neoliberalism, individuals are on their own and should be responsible for themselves. Instead of governments, corporations, and unions balancing the interests of all stakeholders, the primary regulator of social interests should be the marketplace. Neoliberals opposed unions and unionization, they wanted to pursue vouchers instead of public provision of services, and they sought to shrink the size and functioning of government, even if it meant a less effective government. Markets worked like magic, and market logic would be applied to all aspects of life. Around the world, the neoliberal era came with an aggressive emphasis on expanding democracy and human rights, even by military force. Expanding trade and commerce came with little regard for who the winners and losers were—or what the political fallout might be. ...It was President Bill Clinton who said that the "era of big government is over" and who celebrated the legislation deregulating Wall Street.
...With the election of Donald Trump, the neoliberal era has reached its end. While in control of the House, Senate, and presidency, Republicans neither repealed the Affordable Care Act nor privatized Social Security and Medicare. Their party is increasingly fractured between Trumpist conservatives, who are far more nationalist, and the never-Trump old-line conservatives like Bill Kristol or Jeb Bush. An increasing number of people recognize that neoliberalism’s solutions are unsuited to the challenges of our time.
The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics,… (Hardcover) by Ganesh Sitaraman
I would recommend to listen to the interview by John Anderson by Victor Davis Hanson -- US Election 2020 - YouTube. While he is Trump supported many of his point sound relevant to people who consider Trump a short-lived aberration, which sooner of later will be deposed by the neoliberal establishment (aka the "deep state"). And before that was fully cooped by Republican establishment and pushed "tax cut for the rich." For example, he pointed out that the primary role of pollsters is the suppression of votes.
PorkyPricklyPants, 2 days agoJoe Biden’s political Career by year: 1973 Biden enters politics 1974 1975 1976 1977 Biden fights to keep schools segregated because "allowing blacks to integrate would create a racial jungle" 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 Biden taxes SS 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 Ran for president but had to end it after getting busted for plagiarism 1989 1990 C’mon man, almost there 1991 1992 1993 Biden taxes SS again 1994 Biden writes the stop and frisk law which is what African Americans blame for systemic racism today 1995 1996 1997 Almost, not yet because y’know the thing 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Calls Obama the first articulate and clean mainstream African American 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 and now he’s ready to "FIX" the Country.
Imagine being so dumb that you think the guy in office for 4 years is the problem and the guy in office for 47 YEARS is the solution
Jeff Olp 1 day ago
President Trump is exposing the lie and corruption of the whole thing. That is why the old guard are so upset. Opening up the eyes of the people about the lie they live is part of the reason I voted Trump. They can not let the debt slaves wake up to the truth or their power is destroyed.
Every government on earth are part of the lie and corruption. They keep us divided so they can pit us against each other. Cruelty they created but blame on others so they can have their power hungry appetite fed.
Doug Sjogren 1 day ago
Since the days leading up to the election I've felt as if the air had left the room and I was slowly suffocating. I couldn't believe the world I was seeing. The poles were lying, legacy media was lying, big tech was lying, the FBI was lying and I was slowly dying inside. My hope was leaving for sure. T
he last hour listening to this man speak with such clarity, and intelligence has become a rush of fresh air into the room. I again have hope for the future of this country because the left has made such a huge mistake in ignoring the middle class in the election. They really thought that we couldn't see thru all of this bullshit. The people who stole this election from Trump and the conservative Americans will have their day of reckoning.
They will lose the race because they have lost every shred of their credibility. It will start in two years when they loose the House and in another two years when they loose the White House and the Republicans have a super majority with the House, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Thank you Donald Trump, for taking all of the rocks and arrows. You will never be forgotten for pulling the drain stopper in the swamp.
Crisis of neoliberalism will not magically disappear in 2021. It might get worse due to effects of the COVID19 pandemics.
In foreign policy Biden was always a neocon warmonger, so members of his cabinet probably will not differ much from Trump. So the Secretary of State might be less abrasive them Pompeo, but the policies stay the same: attempt to preserve and whoever possible to expand the global neoliberal empire governed from Washington.
But this will be a tough task. First of all Biden, has Chinagate waiting for him in the wings. Also relations with Russia are already at such a low point that the step might be, God forbid, shooting. In other words he has very few degrees of freedom. Biden was an important player in Russiagate hoax, so it is reasonable to expect that everything will be spoiled and toxic in this area in his administration.
Another important negative factor is that Biden probably incorporates way too many female chickenhawks in his administration. Suffering from "inferiority complex" those chickenhawks will probably be way too jingoistic, and will contribute to the adoption of the most dangerous and counterproductive policies. For example, in Syria.
On domestic front the key USA problem -- mass unemployment will not subside. As Biden is Wall Street stooge he will do nothing serious about it. Race relations, aggravating by BLM and antifa riots and destruction of monuments, will only get worse with "race-neutral" white American probably moving to the right.
The measure taken against COVID-19 epidemic by COVID-19 junta probably will worsen that state of the economic in the USA dramatically and increase unemployment to the levels of Great depression. Several important industries such as hospitality industry, restaurants, health clubs, theaters and entertainment industry in in general, and airlines already took severe hits and probably will not recover. Those hits will propagate down the food chain to cause additional shocks.
As The American Conservative put into the headline If You Thought 2020 Was Bad, Just Wait for the Next Ten Years A zoologist looks into his crystal ball (MICAH MATTIX NOVEMBER 13, 2020). He is a notable quote:
Graeme Wood talks to Peter Turchin about his model of the rise and fall of civilizations:
The fundamental problems, he says, are a dark triad of social maladies: a bloated elite class, with too few elite jobs to go around; declining living standards among the general population; and a government that can’t cover its financial positions.
...The problems are deep and structural—not the type that the tedious process of democratic change can fix in time to forestall mayhem. Turchin likens America to a huge ship headed directly for an iceberg: ‘If you have a discussion among the crew about which way to turn, you will not turn in time, and you hit the iceberg directly.’
The past 10 years or so have been discussion. That sickening crunch you now hear—steel twisting, rivets popping—is the sound of the ship hitting the iceberg.
Nov 23, 2020 | consortiumnews.com
American political leaders display a widening disconnect from reality intended to mask their complicity in the seizure of power by global corporations and billionaires.
By Chris Hedges
Joe Biden's victory instantly obliterated the Democratic Party's longstanding charge that Russia was hijacking and compromising U.S. elections. The Biden victory, the Democratic Party leaders and their courtiers in the media now insist, is evidence that the democratic process is strong and untainted, that the system works. The elections ratified the will of the people.
But imagine if Donald Trump had been reelected. Would the Democrats and pundits at The New York Times , CNN and MSNBC pay homage to a fair electoral process? Or, having spent four years trying to impugn the integrity of the 2016 presidential race, would they once again haul out the blunt instrument of Russian interference to paint Trump as Vladimir Putin's Manchurian candidate?
Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani are vulgar and buffoonish, but they play the same slimy game as their Democratic opponents. The Republicans scapegoat the deep state, communists and now, bizarrely, Venezuela; the Democrats scapegoat Russia. The widening disconnect from reality by the ruling elite is intended to mask their complicity in the seizure of power by predatory global corporations and billionaires.
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Compare this to how Hillary Clinton, during the recent primary campaign, warned that the Russians were "grooming" a female candidate, widely assumed to be Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, to run as a third-party candidate to serve Russian interests.
Previously, Clinton called the 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein a "Russian asset." She insisted, although Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors found no evidence to support her charge, that the Trump campaign worked closely in 2016 with Moscow and WikiLeaks -- which she insists is a Russian front -- to defeat her. Hillary's staff put together a "hit list" in the final days of her 2008 campaign, according to the book, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, listing those who were loyal to the Clintons those who were not. They used a scale of 1 to 7.
"Step back and think about it," Clinton wrote in her book, What Happened , about the 2016 election.
"The Russians hacked our election systems. They got inside. They tried to delete or alter voter information. This should send a shiver down the spine of every American."
Never mind that both ruling parties are silent about the massive interference in our elections by Israel, which uses its lobbying groups to lavishly fund political candidates in both parties and flies members of Congress and their families to Israel for junkets at seaside resorts. Israel's intrusion in our political process, including when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress in 2015, without informing then President Barack Obama, to attack the president's Iran nuclear deal, dwarfs that of any other country, including Russia.
Fictional & Dangerous Narratives
The two warring factions within the ruling elite, which fight primarily over the spoils of power while abjectly serving corporate interests, peddle alternative realities. If the deep state and Venezuelan socialists or Russia intelligence operatives are pulling the strings no one in power is accountable for the rage and alienation caused by the social inequality, the unassailability of corporate power, the legalized bribery that defines our political process, the endless wars, austerity and de-industrialization. The social breakdown is, instead, the fault of shadowy phantom enemies manipulating groups such as Black Lives Matters or the Green Party.
"The people who run this country have run out of workable myths with which to distract the public, and in a moment of extreme crisis have chosen to stoke civil war and defame the rest of us – black and white – rather than admit to a generation of corruption, betrayal, and mismanagement," Matt Taibbi writes.
These fictional narratives are dangerous. They erode the credibility of democratic institutions and electoral politics. They posit that news and facts are no longer true or false. Information is accepted or discarded based on whether it hurts or promotes one faction over another. While outlets such as Fox News have always existed as an arm of the Republican Party, this partisanship has now infected nearly all news organizations, including publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, along with the major tech platforms that disseminate information and news. A fragmented public with no common narrative believes whatever it wants to believe.
I first assumed t his job posting from The New York Times for a Moscow correspondent was a parody posted by The Onion . It wasn't. It speaks volumes about the self-immolation of The New York Times and the press.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Vladimir Putin's Russia remains one of the biggest stories in the world. It sends out hit squads armed with nerve agents against its enemies, most recently the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony in the West to tarnish its democratic systems, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out in his villa. If that sounds like a place you want to cover, then we have good news: We will have an opening for a new correspondent as Andy Higgins takes over as our next Eastern Europe Bureau Chief early next year.
Of course, every charge leveled here against Russia regarding foreign interference can be leveled in spades against the United States, both in the present and past, and even the implied criticism of its pandemic response seems like a textbook case of projection. More to the point, why should the Times even send someone to Moscow to report on what Russians think, feel and how they view themselves and the world if they have already decided they are a cartoon villain? Why have a Moscow bureau at all?
A parody response circulating on the internet imagined a parallel posting by Pravda for a U.S. correspondent:
JOB DESCRIPTION: Donald Trump's America remains one of the biggest stories in the world. It sends out its armies, its drones, and its agents around the world to kill its enemies. It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony, undermining and overthrowing regimes, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out on the golf course. If that sounds like a place you want to cover, then we have good news. We will have an opening for a new correspondent.
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The flagrant partisanship and discrediting of truth across the political spectrum are swiftly fueling the rise of an authoritarian state. The credibility of democratic institutions and electoral politics, already deeply corrupted by PACs, the electoral college, lobbyists, the disenfranchisement of third-party candidates, gerrymandering and voter suppression, is being eviscerated.
Silicon Valley billionaires, including Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, donated more than $100 million to a Democratic super PAC that created a torrent of anti-Trump TV ads in the final weeks of the campaign to elect Biden. The heavy infusion of corporate money to support Biden wasn't done to protect democracy. It was done because these corporations and billionaires know a Biden administration will serve their interests.
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More Targeting & Censorship Ahead
The election of Biden is also very bad news for journalists such as Matt Taibbi, Glen Ford, Margaret Kimberley, Glenn Greenwald, Jeffrey St. Clair or Robert Scheer who refuse to be courtiers to the ruling elites. Journalists who do not spew the approved narrative of the right-wing, or, alternatively, the approved narrative of the Democratic Party, have a credibility the ruling elite fears.
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The censorship and manipulation of information was honed and perfected against WikiLeaks . When WikiLeaks tries to release information, it is hit with botnets or distributed denial of service attacks. Malware attacks WikiLeaks' domain and website. The WikiLeaks site is routinely shut down or unable to serve its content to its readers.
Attempts by WikiLeaks to hold press conferences see the audio distorted and the visual images corrupted. Links to WikiLeaks events are delayed or cut. Algorithms block the dissemination of WikiLeaks content. Hosting services, including Amazon, removed WikiLeaks from its servers. Julian Assange, after releasing the Iraqi war logs, saw his bank accounts and credit cards frozen. WikiLeaks' PayPal accounts were disabled to cut off donations.
The Freedom of the Press Foundation in December 2017 closed down the anonymous funding channel to WikiLeaks which was set up to protect the anonymity of donors. A well-orchestrated smear campaign against Assange was amplified and given credibility by the mass media and filmmakers such as Alex Gibney. Assange and WikiLeaks were first. We are next.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told CNN during this campaign that Russian disinformation efforts are "more problematic" than in 2016. He warned that "this time around, the Russians have decided to cultivate U.S. citizens as assets. They are attempting to try to spread their propaganda in the mainstream media."
This will be the official mantra of the Democratic Party, a vicious red-baiting campaign without actual reds, especially as the country spirals out of control. The reason I have a show on Russia-funded RT America is the same reason Vaclav Havel could only be heard on the U.S.-funded Voice of America during the communist control of Czechoslovakia.
I did not choose to leave the mainstream media. I was pushed out. And once anyone is pushed out, the ruling elite is relentless about discrediting the few platforms left willing to give them, and the issues they raise, a hearing.
"If the problem is 'American citizens' being cultivated as 'assets' trying to put 'interference' in the mainstream media, the logical next step is to start asking Internet platforms to shut down accounts belonging to any American journalist with the temerity to report material leaked by foreigners (the wrong foreigners, of course – it will continue to be okay to report things like the 'black ledger')," writes Taibbi , who has done some of the best reporting on the emerging censorship.
"From Fox or the Daily Caller on the right , to left-leaning outlets like Consortium [News] or the World Socialist Web Site, to writers like me even – we're all now clearly in range of new speech restrictions, even if we stick to long-ago-established factual standards."
Taibbi argues that the precedent for overt censorship took place when the major digital platforms -- Facebook, Twitter, Google, Spotify, YouTube -- in a coordinated move blacklisted the right-wing talk show host Alex Jones.
"Liberal America cheered," Taibbi told me when I interviewed him for my show, " On Contact ":
"They said 'Well this is a noxious figure. This is a great thing. Finally, someone's taking action.' What they didn't realize is that we were trading an old system of speech regulation for a new one without any public discussion. You and I were raised in a system where you got punished for speech if you committed libel or slander or if there was imminent incitement to lawless action, right? That was the standard that the Supreme Court set, but that was done through litigation. There was an open process where you had a chance to rebut charges. That is all gone now.
Now, basically there's a handful of these tech distribution platforms that control how people get their media. They've been pressured by the Senate, which has called all of their CEOs in, and basically ordered them, 'We need you to come up with a plan to prevent the sowing of discord and spreading of misinformation.' This has finally come into fruition. You see a major reputable news organization like the New York Post -- with a 200-year history -- locked out of its own Twitter account. The story [Hunter Biden's emails] has not been disproven.
It's not disinformation or misinformation. It's been suppressed as it would be suppressed in a Third World country. It's a remarkable historic moment. The danger is that we end up with a one-party informational system. There's going to be approved dialogue and unapproved dialogue that you can only get through certain fringe avenues. That's the problem. We let these companies get this monopolistic share of the distribution system. Now they're exercising that power."
In the Soviet Union the truth was passed, often hand to hand, in underground samizdat documents, clandestine copies of news and literature banned by the state. The truth will endure. It will be heard by those who seek it out. It will expose the mendacity of the powerful, however hard it will be to obtain. Despotisms fear the truth. They know it is a mortal threat. If we remain determined to live in truth, no matter the cost, we have a chance.
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for 15 years for The New York Times , where he served as the Middle East bureau chief and Balkan bureau chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News , The Christian Science Monitor and NPR. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated RT America show "On Contact."
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Nov 24, 2020 | consortiumnews.com
A week after CN, Cable News Network reported that Donald Trump knows he lost but is holding out to get back at the Democrats for undermining his legitimacy with Russiagate.
By Joe Lauria
Special to Consortium News
L ast Thursday, CNN posted an article online that began:
"(CNN) -- President Donald Trump told an ally that he knows he lost, but that he is delaying the transition process and is aggressively trying to sow doubt about the election results in order to get back at Democrats for questioning the legitimacy of his own election in 2016, especially with the Russia investigation, a source familiar with the President's thinking told CNN on Thursday."
The article went on to say that Trump's refusal so far to concede the election to Joe Biden comes in part from his "perceived grievance that Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama undermined his own presidency by saying Russia interfered in the 2016 election and could have impacted the outcome, people around him have said."
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Hillary Clinton laid the groundwork during the 2016 campaign to undermine Trump by recklessly branding him a 'Putin puppet.'
That blossomed into four years of full-blown Russiagate, which was meant to question the validity of Trump's election, undermine his legitimacy and hamper his ability to act as president.
Now the Republicans are questioning the validity of Biden's election, undermining his legitimacy and hampering his ability to act as president-elect, and later as president.
This is tit-for-tat for the Russiagate gambit."
Missing the Point
The reliably pro-Democratic CNN could not resist the opportunity to insult Trump, as if sticking to the facts about his presidency isn't damning enough. And it threw a compliment Clinton's way that misses the point.
The CNN story said:
"Trump continues to hold a grudge against those who he claims undercut his election by pointing to Russian interference efforts, and he has suggested it is fair game to not recognize Joe Biden as the President-elect, even though Clinton conceded on election night in 2016 and the Trump transition was able to begin immediately."
First off, it's journalistic malpractice to speak of "Russian interference efforts" as if it's a flat fact, when the two core elements of Russiagate -- a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign and a Russian hack of Democratic servers -- have been debunked by none other than Special Counsel Robert Mueller and CrowdStrike president Shawn Henry.
The latter's sworn testimony to the House Intelligence Committee admitted to no evidence that anyone had hacked the servers, and Mueller reported no evidence of such a conspiracy. In case you missed it:
Frank Desantis , November 23, 2020 at 19:40
Joe right on. The cast of characters in the Obama and Hillary approved Deep State led 4 year campaign to delegitimize the Trump presidency is an unparalleled assault on the rule of law and the Constitution itself.
I am not a Trump fan but loathe the successor, another lap dog of the Isrseli state and the MIC. Pity this country.
Tom Kath , November 23, 2020 at 18:58
To question the validity of an election that has so far only been proclaimed by the MSM controlled by one side, is surely what real journalism should do.
Nov 24, 2020 | disqus.com
• an hour ago
Democrats the Media and Big Tech rendered the Voter obsolete.
QBall8 Archie Bunker • an hour ago ,
CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Facebook, Twitter, Google.
Enemies of the Republic.
Why should they not be extinguished.QBall8 • an hour ago ,
Actually, it was good old-fashioned voter fraud. Trump overcame the Big Tech censorship with his rallies.Fleetwood Factor • an hour ago • edited ,
Poll: 79% of Trump Voters
BelieveKnow 'Election Was Stolen Through Illegal Voting and Fraud'
There. Fixed it.ChardonnayJack • an hour ago ,
Count me among the 79%. I WILL NEVER BELIEVE that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election without MASSIVE CHEATING from Democrats and the Washington Swap - to INCLUDE a select number of RINOs, Never-Trumpers and Lincoln Project Scuumm, whose main mission, admittedly, was just to "get rid of Trump and then worry about Biden later" . That is more or less a quote from Turncoat, Michael Steele.
9:00pm......winning Biggest Ever
10:00pm....WON in a landslide
MAGA Deplorable • an hour ago ,CVG27 • an hour ago ,
Trump has got it right. Allow GSI to fund Biden transition team without conceding. Americans deserve to know the election results are counted properly. Dominion voting machines need to be audited. No signature authorization means no vote. Votes showing up after deadlines not acceptable. Ensuring a fair and free vote is essential in America. Given the mass of mail in votes due to covid America needs to follow the authenticity guidelines more than ever. Not less.
Washington Democrats don't care what America knows, what America thinks - they care about power and if stealing it is their only path then they will steal it and leave it to you and me to prove it.
Nov 24, 2020 | www.newsmax.com
The Trump campaign Saturday filed for a second Georgia election recount , saying the first failed to include signature matching and "other vital safeguards."
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Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp asked Raffensperger last week to conduct an audit of signatures on ballot envelopes because of accusations from the Trump campaign and others.
"It's important to note that this audit only looked at ballots, not the signatures of the absentee applications or the signatures on the ballot envelopes," Kemp said. "It seems simple enough to conduct a sample audit of signatures on the absentee ballot envelopes and compare those to the signatures on applications and on file at the secretary of state's office."
Nov 24, 2020 | www.newsmax.com
There has to be a deeper forensic audit done," Loudermilk told Monday's " Stinchfield. "
"What the Secretary of State is saying is we've already verified the signatures and we've separated the ballots from the envelopes. You still have to verify that people who are voting are people that should be voting.
"Whether you can discount their ballot or not in the last election, we need to know, if it's people who voted illegally, that they don't do it again in this runoff."
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Regardless, the fraud needs to be rooted out of Georgia, Loudermilk told host Grant Stinchfield.
"I believe there was fraud in this election," Loudermilk said. "People say, 'give us the evidence.' Well, you have to investigate to get to the evidence. We have a lot of circumstantial evidence. I mean, if you look in Georgia, Republicans won up and down the ballot, except for the presidential and the Senate race.
"Tell me how that has happened – when we Republicans held the House and the Senate. We made great gains in Georgia.
"A lot of interesting things will come out of this election, but we have to continue to fight to make sure future elections are trustworthy, that they have integrity."
Nov 24, 2020 | www.breitbart.com
DERSHOWITZ: Well, let me give you my completely objective, not wishful thinking, constitutional analysis.
They have two or three legal constitutional paths. For example, in Pennsylvania, they have two very strong legal arguments, one, that the courts changed what the legislature did about counting ballots after the end of Election Day.
That's a winning issue in the Supreme Court. I don't necessarily support it, but it's a winning issue in the Supreme Court. And Justice Alito has already hinted that's a winning issue.
They also have a winning issue on the Supreme Court on equal protection, that some counties allowed flawed ballots to be cured, while others didn't. Bush vs. Gore suggests that an equal protection argument can prevail.
The problem with that argument is, they don't have the numbers necessarily to support it. If it's right that Biden is ahead by some 70,000 or 80,000 votes, they have to show enough contested votes, under those two legal theories, to change the outcome.
The other legal theory they had, which is a potentially strong one, is that the computers, either fraudulently or by glitches, changed hundreds of thousands of votes. There are enough votes to make a difference, but I haven't seen the evidence to support that.
So, in one case, they don't have the numbers. In another case, they don't seem yet to have the evidence. Maybe they do. I haven't seen it. But the legal theory is there to support them if they have the numbers and they have the evidence.
Nov 13, 2020 | therightscoop.com
PBS Newshour had a 'white hat hacker' named Harri Hursti inspect the system and he said "they have set up a complicated system which is centralized; it doesn't seem to have any safeguards."
Nov 16, 2020 | www.worldtribune.com
A Denver businessman said he has received death threats after exposing a Dominion Voting Systems employee who boasted about being able to rig the 2020 election against President Donald Trump, a report said.
In an interview with the Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft on Sunday, Denver businessman Joe Oltmann said he was able to infiltrate Antifa and during a Sept. 27 conversation with Antifa members discovered "Eric from Dominion".
Oltmann told the Gateway Pundit that "Eric" was telling Antifa members they needed to "keep up the pressure." When one of the caller's on a September group call asked, "Who's Eric?" someone answered, "Eric, he's the Dominion guy."
As the conversation continued, Oltmann said someone asked: "What are we gonna do if F*cking Trump wins?" Oltmann paraphrased how Eric (the Dominion guy) responded, "Don't worry about the election, Trump's not gonna win. I made f*cking sure of that!"
Oltmann identified the "Dominion guy" as Eric Coomer. In 2010, Coomer joined Dominion as vice president of U.S. engineering, the report said. According to his biography, Coomer graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics.
Coomer was later promoted to voting systems officer of strategy and security at Dominion. He has since been removed from the Dominion page of directors.
Oltmann said he was banned from Twitter after exposing Coomer.
Oltmann also told the Gateway Pundit that Coomer's profile is in fact being completely "scrubbed from the Internet."
Nov 23, 2020 | www.rt.com
Biden signals US return to full-on globalism and foreign meddling by picking interventionist Anthony Blinken as secretary of stateJoe Biden has named Anthony Blinken – an advocate for isolating Russia, cozying up to China and intervening in Syria – as secretary of state, cementing a foreign policy built on military forays and multi-national motivations.
Biden, the nominal president-elect, announced his selection of Blinken along with other members of his foreign-policy and national-security team, which is filled with such veteran Washington insiders as John Kerry, the new climate czar and formerly secretary of state in the Obama-Biden administration.
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Blinken, a long-time adviser to Biden and deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, has been hailed by fellow Democrats and globalists, such as retired General Barry McCaffrey, as an experienced bureaucrat with "global contacts and respect." Enrico Letta, dean of the Paris School of International Affairs, called Biden's choice the "right step to relaunch transatlantic ties."
He was even praised for a 2016 appearance on the Sesame Street children's television program, where he explained to the show's 'Grover' character the benefits of accepting refugees.
While some critics focused on how Blinken " got rich working for corporate clients " during President Donald Trump's term in office, the new foreign-affairs chief's neoconservative policy recommendations might be cause for greater concern. He advocated for the Iraq War and the bombings of such countries as Libya and Yemen.ALSO ON RT.COM Michele Flournoy might be breaking a glass ceiling as Pentagon chief, but even feminists aren't buying
Blinken is still arguing for a resurgence in Washington's military intervention in Syria. He lamented in a May interview that the Obama-Biden administration hadn't done enough to prevent a "horrific situation" in Syria, and he faulted Trump for squandering what remaining leverage the US had on the Bashar Assad regime by pulling troops out of the country.
"Our leverage is vastly even less than it was, but I think we do have points of leverage to try to effectuate some more positive developments," Blinken said. For instance, US special forces in northeast Syria are located near Syrian oil fields. "The Syrian government would love to have dominion over those resources. We should not give that up for free."
Blinken also sees Biden strengthening NATO, isolating Russia politically and " confronting Mr. [President Vladimir] Putin for his aggressions."ALSO ON RT.COM The return of the Obama 'adults' in a Joe Biden administration is likely to spell ruin for America
As for China, Blinken has said Washington needs to look for ways to cooperate with Beijing. Reinvesting in international alliances that were weakened by Trump will help the Biden administration deal with China "from a position of strength" as it pushes back against the Chinese Communist Party's human-rights abuses, he said.
Nov 23, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Top Biden Advisors Flournoy & Blinken Promise More Secretive 'Permanent War' Policy - Zero Hedge
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Throughout his campaign, Joe Biden railed against Donald Trump's 'America First' foreign policy, claiming it weakened the United States and left the world in disarray. "Donald Trump's brand of America First has too often led to America alone," Biden proclaimed.
He pledged to reverse this decline and recover the damage Trump did to America's reputation. While Donald Trump called for making America Great Again, Biden seeks to Make the American Empire Great Again .
Joe Biden: "Tonight, the whole world is watching America. And I believe at our best, America is a beacon for the globe. We will lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example."
Among the president-elect's pledges is to end the so-called forever wars – the decades-long imperial projects in Afghanistan and Iraq that began under the Bush administration.
"It's long past time we end the forever wars which have cost us untold blood and treasure," Biden has said.
Yet Biden – a fervent supporter of those wars – will delegate that duty to the most neoconservative elements of the Democratic Party and ideologues of permanent war .
Michele Flournoy and Tony Blinken sit atop Biden's thousands-strong foreign policy brain trust and have played central roles in every U.S. war dating back to the Bill Clinton administration.
During the Trump era, they've cashed in through WestExec Advisors – a corporate consulting firm that has become home for Obama administration officials awaiting a return to government.
Flournoy is Biden's leading pick for Secretary of Defense and Blinken is expected to be the president's National Security Advisor.
Biden's foxes guard the henhouse
Since the 1990s, Flournoy and Blinken have steadily risen through the ranks of the military-industrial complex, shuffling back and forth between the Pentagon and hawkish think-tanks funded by the U.S. government, weapons companies, and oil giants.
Under Bill Clinton, Flournoy was the principal author of the 1996 Quadrinellial Defense Review, the document that outlined the U.S. military's doctrine of permanent war – what it called "full spectrum dominance."
Flournoy called for "unilateral use of military power" to ensure "uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources."
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As Bush administration officials lied to the world about Saddam Hussein's supposed WMD's, Flournoy remarked that "In some cases, preemptive strikes against an adversary's [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities may be the best or only option we have to avert a catastrophic attack against the United States."
Tony Blinken was a top advisor to then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Joe Biden, who played a key role in shoring up support among the Democrat-controlled Senate for Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq.
During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Biden declared, "In my judgment, President Bush is right to be concerned about Saddam Hussein's relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction."
As Iraq was plunged into chaos and bloodshed, Flournoy was among the authors of a paper titled "Progressive Internationalism" that called for a "smarter and better" style of permanent war . The paper chastised the anti-war left and stated that "Democrats will maintain the world's most capable and technologically advanced military, and we will not flinch from using it to defend our interests anywhere in the world."
With Bush winning a second term, Flournoy advocated for more troop deployments from the sidelines.
In 2005, Flournoy signed onto a letter from the neoconservative think tank Project for a New American Century, asking Congress to "increase substantially the size of the active duty Army and Marine Corps (by) at least 25,000 troops each year over the next several years."
In 2007, she leveraged her Pentagon experience and contacts to found what would become one of the premier Washington think tanks advocating endless war across the globe: the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). CNAS is funded by the U.S. government, arms manufacturers, oil giants, Silicon Valley tech giants, billionaire-funded foundations, and big banks.
Flournoy joined the Obama administration and was appointed as under secretary of defense for policy, the position considered the "brains" of the Pentagon. She was keenly aware that the public was wary of more quagmires. In the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, she crafted a new concept of warfare that would expand the permanent war state while giving the appearance of a drawdown.
Flournoy wrote that "unmanned systems hold great promise" – a reference to the CIA's drone assassination program. This was the Obama-era military doctrine of hybrid war. It called for the U.S. to be able to simultaneously wage war on numerous fronts through secret warfare, clandestine weapons transfers to proxies, drone strikes, and cyber-attacks – all buttressed with propaganda campaigns targeting the American public through the internet and corporate news media.
Architects of America's Hybrid wars
Flournoy continued to champion the endless wars that began in the Bush-era and was a key architect of Obama's disastrous troop surge in Afghanistan. As U.S. soldiers returned in body bags and insurgent attacks and suicide bombings increased some 65% from 2009 and 2010, she deceived the Senate Armed Services Committee, claiming that the U.S. was beginning to turn the tide against the Taliban: "We are beginning to regain the initiative and the insurgency is beginning to lose momentum."
Even with her lie that the U.S. and Afghan government were starting to beat the Taliban back, Flournoy assured the senate that the U.S. would have to remain in Afghanistan long into the future: "We are not leaving any time soon even though the nature and the complexion of the commitment may change over time."
Ten years later – as the Afghan death toll passed 150,000 – Flournoy continued to argue against a U.S. withdrawal: "I would certainly not advocate a US or NATO departure short of a political settlement being in place."
That's the person Joe Biden has tasked with ending the forever war in Afghanistan. But in Biden's own words, he'll "bring the vast majority of our troops home from Afghanistan" implying some number of American troops will remain, and the forever war will be just that. Michele Flournoy explained that even if a political settlement were reached, the U.S. would maintain a presence.
Michele Flournoy: "If we are fortunate enough to see a political settlement reached, it doesn't mean that the US role or the international community is over. Afghanistan without outside investment is not a society that is going to survive and thrive. In no case are we going to be able to wash our hands of Afghanistan and walk away nor should we want to. This is something where we're going to have to continue to be engaged, just the form of engagement may change."
In 2011, the Obama-era doctrine of smart and sophisticated warfare was unveiled in the NATO regime-change war on Libya.
Moammar Gaddafi – the former adversary who sought warm relations with the U.S. and had given up his nuclear weapons program – was deposed and sodomized with a bayonet.
Flournoy, Hillary Clinton's State Department, and corporate media were in lockstep as they waged an elaborate propaganda campaign to deceive the U.S. public that Gadaffi's soldiers were on a Viagra-fueled rape and murder spree that demanded a U.S. intervention.
Fox News: "Susan Rice reportedly told a security council meeting that Libyan troops are being given viagra and are engaging in sexual violence."
MSNBC jumped on the propaganda bandwagon, claiming: "New reports emerge that the LIbyan dictator gave soldiers viagra-type pills to rape women who are opposed to the government."
So did CNN.
As the Libyan ambassador to the US alleged "raping, killing, mass graves," ICC Chief Prosecutor Manuel Ocampo claimed: "It's like a machete. Viagra is a tool of massive rapes."
All of this was based on a report from Al Jazeera – the media outlet owned by the Qatari monarchy that was arming extremist militias in Libya to overthrow the government.
Yet an investigation by the United Nations called the rape claims "hysteria." Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch found no credible evidence of even a single rape.
Even after Libya was descended into strife and the deception of Gadaffi's forces committing rape was debunked, Michele Flournoy stood by her support for the war: "I supported the intervention in Libya on humanitarian grounds. I think we were right to do it."
Tony Blinken, then Obama's deputy national security advisor, also pushed for regime change in Libya. He became Obama's point man on Syria, pushed to arm the so-called "moderate rebels" that fought alongside al-Qaeda and ISIS, and designed the red line strategy to trigger a full-on U.S. intervention. Syria, he told the public, wasn't anything like the other wars the U.S. had waging for more than a decade.
Tony Blinken: "We are doing this in a very different way than in the past. We're not sending in hundreds of thousands of American troops. We're not spending trillions of American dollars. We're being smart about this. This is a sustainable way to get at the terrorists and it's also a more effective way."
Blinken added: "This is not open-ended, this is not boots on the ground, this is not Iraq, it's not Afghanistan, it's not even Libya. The more people understand that, the more they'll understand the need for us to take this limited but effective action ."
Despite Blinken's promises that it would be a short affair, the war on Syria is now in its ninth year. An estimated half a million people have been killed as a result and the country is facing famine.
Largely thanks to the policy of using "wheat to apply pressure" – a recommendation of Flournoy and Blinken's CNAS think tank.
When the Trump administration launched airstrikes on Syria based on mere accusations of a chemical attack, Tony Blinken praised the bombing, claiming Assad had used the weapon of mass destruction sarin. Yet there was no evidence for this claim, something even then-secretary of Defense James Mattis admitted: "So I can not tell you that we had evidence even though we had a lot of media and social media indicators that either chlorine or sarin were used ."
While jihadist mercenaries armed with U..S-supplied weapons took over large swaths of Syria, Tony Blinken played a central role in a coup d'etat in Ukraine that saw a pro-Russia government overthrown in a U.S.-orchestrated color revolution with neo-fascist elements agitating on the ground.
At the time, he was ambivalent about sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, instead opting for economic pressure.
Tony Blinken: "We're working, as I said, to make sure that there's a cost exacted of Russia and indeed that it feels the pressure. That's what we're working on. And when it comes to military assistance, we're looking at it. The facts are these: Even if assistance were to go to Ukraine that would be very unlikely to change Russia's calculus or prevent an invasion."
Since then, fascist militias have been incorporated into Ukraine's armed forces. And Tony Blinken urged Trump to send them deadly weapons – something Obama had declined to do.
But Trump obliged.
The Third Offset
While the U.S. fueled wars in Syria and Ukraine, the Pentagon announced a major shift called the Third Offset strategy – a reference to the cold war era strategies the U.S. used to maintain its military supremacy over the Soviet Union.NEVER MISS THE NEWS THAT MATTERS MOST
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The Third Offset strategy shifted the focus from counterinsurgency and the war on terror to great power competition against China and Russia. It called for a technological revolution in warfighting capabilities, development of futuristic and autonomous weapons, swarms of undersea and airborne drones, hypersonic weapons, cyber warfare, machine-enhanced soldiers, and artificial intelligence making unimaginably complex battlefield decisions at speeds incomprehensible to the human mind. All of this would be predicated on the Pentagon deepening its relationship with Silicon Valley giants that it birthed decades before: Google and Facebook.
The author of the Third Offset, former undersecretary of defense Robert Work, is a partner of Flournoy and Blinken's at WestExec Advisors. And Flournoy has been a leading proponent of this dangerous new escalation .
In June, Flournoy published a lengthy commentary laying out her strategy called " Sharpening the U.S. Military's Edge: Critical Steps for the Next Administration ."
She warned that the United States is losing its military technological advantage and reversing that must be the Pentagon's priority. Without it, Flournoy warned that the U.S. might not be able to defeat China in Asia: "That technological investment is still very important for the United States to be able to offset what will be quantitative advantages and home theater advantages for a country like China if we ever had to deal with a conflict in Asia, in their backyard."
While Flournoy has called for ramping up U.S. military presence and exercises with allied forces in the region, she went so far as to call for the U.S. to increase its destructive capabilities so much that it could launch a blitzkrieg style-attack that would wipe out the entire Chinese navy and all civilian merchant ships in the South China Sea . Not only a blatant war crime but a direct attack on a nuclear power that would spell the third world war.
At the same time, Biden has announced he'll take an even more aggressive and confrontational stance against Russia , a position Flournoy shares: "We need to invest to ensure that we maintain the military edge that we will need in certain critical areas like cyber and electronic warfare and precision strike, to again underwrite deterrence, to make sure Vladimir Putin does not miscalculate and think that he can cross a border into Europe or cross a border and threaten us militarily."
As for ending the forever wars, Tony Blinken says not so fast: "Large scale, open-ended deployment of large standing US forces in conflict zones with no clear strategy should end and will end under his watch . But we also need to distinguish between, for example, these endless wars with the large scale open ended deployment of US forces with, for example, discreet, small-scale sustainable operations, maybe led by special forces, to support local actors In ending the endless wars I think we have to be careful to not paint with too broad a brush stroke."
The end of forever wars?
So Biden will end the forever wars, but not really end them. Secret wars that the public doesn't even know the U.S. is involved in – those are here to stay.
In fact, leaving teams of special forces in place throughout the Middle East is part and parcel of the Pentagon's shift away from counterinsurgency and towards great power competition.
The 2018 National Defense Strategy explains that, "Long-term strategic competitions with China and Russia are the principal priorities" and the U.S. will "consolidate gains in Iraq and Afghanistan while moving to a more resource-sustainable approach."
As for the catastrophic war on Yemen, Biden has said he'll end U.S. support; but in 2019, Michele Flournoy argued against ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia .
Biden pledged he will rejoin the Iran deal as a starting point for new negotiations. However, Trump's withdrawal from the deal discredited the Iranian reformists who seek engagement with the west and empowered the principlists who see the JCPOA as a deal with the devil.
In Latin America, Biden will revive the so-called anti-corruption campaigns that were used as a cover to oust the popular social democrat Brazilian president Lula da Silva.
His Venezuela policy appears little different from Trump's – sanctions and regime change.
In Central America, Biden has presided over a four billion dollar package to support corrupt right-wing governments and neoliberal privatization projects, fueling destabilization and sending vulnerable masses fleeing north to the United States.
Behind their rhetoric, Biden, Flournoy, and Blinken will seek nothing less than global supremacy , escalating a new and even more dangerous arms race that risks the destruction of humanity. That's what Joe Biden calls "decency" and "normalcy."
naughty.boy , 14 hours agoDistant_Star , 14 hours ago
deep state will bankrupt the USA with forever wars.
Yes. As a bonus neither of these Deep State wretches has even seen a shot fired in anger. They are too "important" to be at risk.
Nov 23, 2020 | www.breitbart.com
Former Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly set to announce this week that Tony Blinken, who supported the idea of "Russia collusion," would be his Secretary of State.
Bloomberg News reported Sunday evening:
President-elect Joe Biden intends to name his longtime adviser Antony Blinken as secretary of State, according to three people familiar with the matter, setting out to assemble his cabinet even before Donald Trump concedes defeat.
In addition, Jake Sullivan, formerly one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, is likely to be named Biden's national security adviser, according to two people familiar with the matter. An announcement is expected Tuesday, the people said.
Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security advisor under President Barack Obama, has also been a New York Times opinion writer and a "global affairs analyst" for CNN. In that capacity, he supported the "Russia collusion" hoax.
As Breitbart News reported in 2017, Blinken told CNN: "The president's ongoing collusion with Russia's plans is really striking, intentional or not." He said that Russia had sown doubt about American elections and institutions.
(Subsequently, an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.)
Blinken also apologized earlier this year to left-wing anti-Israel radical Linda Sarsour, regarded by many critics ( even on the left) as an antisemite, after the Biden campaign tried to distance itself from her views.
He is also married to Evan Ryan, a former aide to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. Ryan worked for Clinton at a time when Clinton's chief of staff, Margaret Williams, acknowledged accepting a campaign donation from entrepreneur Johnny Chien Chuen Chung.
Chung said that the donation was meant to help Clinton pay for Christmas receptions for the Democratic National Committee at the White House, in exchange for "VIP treatment for a delegation of visiting Chinese businessmen," according to the Los Angeles Times .
Biden is expected to name several potential Cabinet nominees in the coming days.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). His newest e-book is The Trumpian Virtues: The Lessons and Legacy of Donald Trump's Presidency . His recent book, RED NOVEMBER , tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak .
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is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and author of ' SCORPION KING : America's Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump.' He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Schwarzkopf's staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991-1998 as a UN weapons inspector. Follow him on Twitter @RealScottRitter 21 Nov, 2020 13:52 Joe Biden thinks he can save America and the world from four years of Donald Trump. Instead, Biden will find himself in a foreign policy trap where his tough guy rhetoric compels him to finish what Trump started.
If one listens to Joe Biden and his closest national security advisors, all it will take to undo four years of Trump-era foreign policy is a few dozen strokes of the pen. According to the plan, the presumptive president-elect will sign off on a series of executive orders which reverse the course charted by Trump, returning America back to the path of greatness derived from undisputed global leadership that had been the trademark of the Obama years, when Biden reigned as vice president and Barack's right-hand man.
Rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, the Iran nuclear agreement and the World Health Organization are all actions Biden can take as soon as he takes office. Reversing Trump's troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and halting the redeployment of US forces from Germany are also high on Biden's 'to do' list. However, simply reversing a decision made over the course of the past four years does not reset the clock; for example, the world has moved on regarding climate change, with nations like China taking the lead in promulgating plans for reaching a "carbon zero" posture by 2060. Biden claims he can do this by 2050, but American domestic political reality, shaped by an economy fine-tuned by Trump and inherently resistant to the kind of economic change that would need to occur to make the Biden climate change plan viable, may have something to say about that timetable.The Iran deal
The Iran nuclear deal finds Biden trapped by his own hardline rhetoric, setting conditions that are as unrealistic as they are unobtainable (for instance, requiring Iran to renegotiate key aspects of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as a pre-condition for the US rejoining that pact). Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, recognizing the bad position Biden's mouth has placed its owner in, has wisely noted that Iran can return to its JCPOA commitments simply by Biden signing an executive order cancelling the Trump sanctions. This is one executive order Biden likely will not sign, because it requires him to certify the JCPOA as being good as written, something he has already articulated against.ALSO ON RT.COM Israel lovers Pompeo and Trump are burying Palestine as they know Joe Biden won't have the power to dig the nation up again Afghanistan withdrawal
One of the first decisions Biden will be compelled to make upon assuming the presidency is how to proceed on the issue of US troops in Afghanistan. If the Trump reductions are completed as planned by January 15 (a big 'if', given the proclivity of the US military to lie to Trump about actual troop deployments), Biden will be pressured by the Pentagon to immediately redeploy up to 5,000 troops in order to create the force structure the Pentagon believes necessary to ensure stability while Afghanistan transitions to peace. This, of course, would kill the peace plan the US has in place with the Taliban, setting the stage for even more 'forever war'.Regime change and more war
Other regional issues jump out – the ongoing effort to oust Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, and the ongoing Saudi-led war in Yemen, to name two. Biden's anti-Maduro rhetoric is every bit as strong as Trump's, meaning there is little chance of a policy re-direct on this front. Likewise, if Trump fulfils threats to name the Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist organization, it will be difficult for Biden politically to reverse that decision, or else be doing the bidding of Iran. Yemen will become another example of a 'forever war' living up to its name.Awkward in Europe
Another issue Biden will be called upon to deal with is the ongoing American redeployment of troops out of Germany. Trump has committed to sending thousands of these redeployed troops to Poland, a move Biden will have difficulty reversing. In the end, Biden will be pressured to not only halt the withdrawal of US forces from Germany, but also find fresh troops to replace those headed for Poland. But such a commitment must be measured in relation to the ongoing controversy over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connecting Russia with Europe. Trump has put in place sanctions designed to halt the pipeline from being completed; Biden is likewise opposed to the pipeline reaching fruition. Getting Germany to commit to taking in US troops while blatantly interfering with German economic sovereignty is a balancing act Biden may not be up to carrying out.Arms control deadlock
Likewise, Biden has indicated that he would be inclined to sign an extension to the soon-to-expire New START Treaty. Russia has long insisted that future arms control agreements must consider missile defense issues. The Trump administration has just tested a missile interceptor integral to the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system deployed in Romania and Poland in an anti-intercontinental ballistic missile configuration. The likelihood of Russia agreeing to any new arms control measures without a commitment on the part of a Biden administration to reduce and/or eliminate European-based missile defense systems is zero. So, too, is are the odds of a Biden administration doing away with missile defense in Europe. The result is an expensive arms race at a time when the US can afford it least.ALSO ON RT.COM US' successful ICBM intercept test brings us closer to a nuclear war and proves Moscow's concerns were well grounded No thaw in the new Cold War
Finally, Biden inherits a policy posture toward both Russia and China which is as hostile a relationship as has existed since the Cold War. Russia's force posture in Europe is such that NATO would need to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to be in a realistic position to take on the Russian military in any conventional ground war in Europe. Moreover, it is unlikely Europe will agree to either the formal endorsement of such an objective, or the economic commitment needed to underwrite it. Complicating matters further is that China and Russia have reacted to the aggressive policies of the US, which pre-dated the Trump era, by considering the possibility of a formal alliance against what they term "western hegemony." Such an alliance would complicate any effort on the part of a Biden administration to back up the president-elect's pusillanimous rhetoric with actual muscle, since any conflict in Europe would automatically trigger a Pacific response, and vice versa.China's dominance
Regardless of anything else, perhaps the biggest challenge facing a Biden administration will be in dealing with the consequences of Trump's decision to withdraw from the Obama-era Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an abortive free trade agreement designed to keep China out while promoting American economic leadership. China, together with 14 other Asia-Pacific nations, recently signed what amounts to the world's largest free trade agreement. The signatories to this agreement, known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), include the 10 countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), along with China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia, and together account for around 30 percent of global GDP. The RCEP cements China's status as the dominant economic power in the Asia-Pacific regions, and represents a stunning reversal of fortune for the US, whose precipitous withdrawal from the TPP in 2017 paved the way for China's stunning diplomatic coup.READ MORE Trump won, regardless of the election outcome because Trumpism is here to stay
The collapse of the TPP, when combined with the economic crisis brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, made the RCEP attractive to nations who looked to trade with China as the only viable means of rebuilding their stricken economies. The RCEP helps solidify the regional geopolitical objectives of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative by opening the economies of the Asia-Pacific region to Chinese-funded development projects. The diplomatic victory of China in bringing the RCEP to fruition represents a stunning defeat for the US, which had been seeking regional support in its ongoing trade war with China. Moreover, given the linkage between economic and security issues, the fact that major regional allies such as Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia have so decisively joined their economies to China's undermines ongoing US efforts to build a regional coalition designed to contain and eventually roll-back China's presence in the South China Sea. While President-elect Joe Biden has reached out to Japan and South Korea in an effort to reassure them of his administration's commitment to their security, a future Biden administration is ill-positioned to counter the economic influence China has locked itself into through the RCEP. From an economic perspective, the US 'pivot to Asia' has been effectively halted, with the Asia-Pacific nations now firmly in China's court.
From Europe, to South America, the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and on to the Pacific, President Joe Biden will be inheriting a world transformed by four years of Trump policies. While Biden has indicated that he is inclined to reverse many, if not all, of the Trump foreign policy "disasters" as soon as practical after assuming office, the reality is that he will find his hands tied by the combined impact of his own aggressive rhetoric, which in many instances paralleled the policies undertaken by Trump, or the fact that the geopolitical situation that exists today does not permit a return to the foreign policy of yore.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.
Nov 23, 2020 | turcopolier.typepad.com
Rick Merlotti , 22 November 2020 at 12:42 PM
High Tech neo-feudalism is a good approximation of what they seek. And now they have an open highway to get there.
Nov 23, 2020 | veteransforpeace.salsalabs.org
Demand Congress address Pentagon waste and excess.
When it comes to military spending, the United States' defense budget is astronomical. The U.S. spends as much as the next seven countries combined on the military. The staggering amount of money available has resulted in wasteful military spending.
Veterans didn't serve in the military to see our citizens hard earned tax dollars frivolously wasted on more so-called "defense" spending. As military veterans from WWII to the current era of conflicts, who have trained for, and in many cases, fought in U.S. wars, we know that endless wars, failed weapons and the Pentagon's corporate handouts do nothing to make us safe.
Veterans For Peace asks that we make good on the sacrifices we made and start reinvesting our overinflated military budget on domestic needs, infrastructure repairs, social safety net programs and an emphasis on diplomatic action that might keep us out of avoidable wars.
Military spending should be reduced by at least $200 billion annually, freeing up $2 trillion or more over the next decade for domestic and human needs priorities. With those spending cuts, the Pentagon's budget would remain more than enough to keep America safe at a level well above our nation's post-World War II historical average.
Hundreds of billions of dollars annually should be shifted away from the Pentagon and to pressing needs from education to health care to averting catastrophic climate change.
Doing so will make our country safer and more just.
Nov 23, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Reconciled , 57 minutes agokhnum , 54 minutes ago
Patrick Gomez is just a weak minded basement reporter who wishes he could tie the shoe of any president!
Governor and Secretary of State in Georgia Took Money From China to Steal Election from Trump:
Dominion Project Manager Signed $25 Million Contract While Serving As Mayor Of A Michigan County:
Largest Number of Cluster Votes In Wayne Co. MI Came From Psychiatric Hospital For Patients With Severe Mental Illnesses:
The economic destruction coming from a second wave of "covid" lock downs combined with the civil unrest from all the lies the media will spin out of this contested election will usher in the last 8 years that looks as though it will commence on or about the 20th anniversary of 9/11:
https://sumofthyword.com/2016/10/04/the-rapture-of-the-church-is-after-the-tribulation/bshirley1968 , 43 minutes ago
They are censoring the wayback machine the internets library, they are literally cyber book burning on a biblical scalemr1963 , 38 minutes ago
Orwell's 1984 Is Propheticjim942 , 32 minutes ago
I advise all of you. The day Biden is sworn in stop posting or at the least be careful what you post. A free internet dies that day.Unapologetic , 2 minutes ago
Might be a good idea to go dark now.GreatUncle , 49 minutes ago
Thats affirmative. _arrow
So big tech book burning is probably the best comparison.
No different to any other fascist.
What they are ushering in is a new dark age and they have chosen themselves to be new witchfinders.
Or a big tech inquisition.
Nov 23, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Kreator , 1 hour agoMtnrunnr , 59 minutes ago
I'm well past caring about what msm says or thinks. Been good 15 years now.
Wow. Aren't you a winner
Nov 23, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
vk , Nov 22 2020 19:14 utc | 34
I've been wasting some time accompanying some serious (read: sane) American political analysts, and they all seem to come to these same overall conclusions:
1) Trump's lawsuits to try to change the elections results will be unsuccessful (because he lost both Arizona and Georgia, so even if he flips Pennsylvania and even Michigan, the equation won't close in his favor). However, he lays the foundations for a future, more talented and serious far-right leadership to rise in the near future in the USA. Metaphorically, Trump is the Gaius Gracchus to the USA's (hypothesized) upcoming Julius Caesar. Or, if you want to be ideological and more recent, the USA's Paul von Hindenburg for the USA's upcoming Adolf Hitler;
2) Trump is still not the Messiah the American right-wing is waiting for. Most of his followers are more like fans of a superstar than a mass political movement. All those scenes of violence involving the BLM, Antifa and Trump supporters are actually still marginal ; most of the conflict is still all talk and no bark. Trump is not "the guy" - at least the 2020 version. Maybe he comes back on top in 2024; or it will be, most likely, another leadership, more ideologically pure than the opportunistic Trump.
3) The American far-right's problem right now is that the ideologically suitable successors to Trump are not in the ideal regions of the country, where a true national mass movement can be built up. They are all from the Deep South. The leaderships from the important regions of the country are not yet ideologically pure to be true successors of the Trump-initialized movement. The Nazis had to import their ideal leadership from Austria to the right place (Berlin and Bavaria) to make things work; this operation is harder to do in the USA, where localism (identity with one's State of birth) is much stronger.
4) The Democratic Party is in tatters. They don't know what to do now that Biden is President elect...
Nov 23, 2020 | hereistheevidence.com
Significance Claim State URL Type Timestamp Admissibility 1 - Voting Legislation 4 PA court rules against post-election vote curing Pennsylvania Source Court Ruling 12/11/2020 07:30 PM 4 2 Voting machine vendors are without regulation or security standards Nationwide Source Court Ruling 14/11/2020 04:51 PM 1 1 45 day after election, federal official assess if foreign governments had any effect Nationwide Source Document 16/11/2020 06:46 PM 4 2 - Illegal Votes 4* 353 counties in 29 states have more voter registrations than voting-age citizens Nationwide Source Material 19/11/2020 09:53 AM 4 4 32.6% of 1706 sample received absentee ballots without their request Pennsylvania Source Material 17/11/2020 08:07 PM 3 4 Rejected absentee ballots: 3.5% in 2018 to 0.3% in 2020 despite 500% more votes Georgia Source Statistical 14/11/2020 07:08 PM 4 4 66% of dead registered voters, born between 1800 and 1899, voted Pennsylvania Source Material 15/11/2020 01:38 PM 4 4 3,000 instances of alleged voter fraud filed with AG by Nevada GOP Nevada Source Witness 16/11/2020 11:14 AM 4 4 18,000 mail-in ballots didn't have a "Mailed Date" only a return date after Nov 3rd Pennsylvania Source Material 16/11/2020 12:40 PM 4 4 PA DoS removed signature verification from all mail-in ballots Pennsylvania Source Court Ruling 16/11/2020 01:49 PM 4 4 132,000 "Change of Address" flags in single GA county Georgia Source Material 16/11/2020 02:03 PM 4 4 "X" used for signatures for in fraudulent voter registrations Pennsylvania Source Witness 16/11/2020 06:29 PM 3 4 9,626 vote error discovered by recount monitor Georgia Source Witness 18/11/2020 03:29 PM 4 4 6,000 illegal votes in NV, according to NV District Attorney Nevada Source Material 17/11/2020 05:11 AM 4 4 1,600+ voters born 1800 and 1900 voted by mail in NC North Carolina Source Document 17/11/2020 12:07 AM 4 4 8,000 voter application submitted by couple on behalf of homeless and the dead California Source Material 18/11/2020 06:33 PM 3 4 223,000 intractable mail-in ballots sent to wrong addresses Nevada Source Material 18/11/2020 07:23 PM 4 4 109,421 mail-in ballots were "returned" for counting before they were mailed Pennsylvania Source Material 18/11/2020 09:02 PM 4 4 15,000 Nevada voters suspected to have also voted outside state Nevada Source Material 18/11/2020 11:36 AM 3 4 Claim that Maiden name was used to vote in election Nationwide Source Witness 16/11/2020 11:21 PM 1 4 2,000 ballots found in single sweep, despite numerous prior sweeps Pennsylvania Source Material 18/11/2020 10:03 PM 4 4 9,500 dead people returned mail-in ballots Michigan Source Material 18/11/2020 10:17 PM 4 4 834 counts of mail-in voter fraud prosecuted by OAG since 2004 Texas Source Court Ruling 19/11/2020 12:40 AM 4 4 40 of CO's 64 counties have more voter registrations than voting-age citizens Colorado Source Material 19/11/2020 10:01 AM 4 4 40,875+ ballots were cast in the name of another voter without their concent Pennsylvania Source Statistical 20/11/2020 04:09 AM 4 4 Determining the legality of a ballot is "optional" for absentee counting boards Michigan Source Document 21/11/2020 12:54 PM 4 4 135 AVBC precincts have 0 registered voters, leaving 173k untraceable votes Michigan Source Document 21/11/2020 12:56 PM 4 3 1994: Judge rules Democrat stole State Senate election in Philadelphia scheme Pennsylvania Source Historical Context 14/11/2020 04:42 PM 4 3 95% registered voter turnout in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Source Statistical 15/11/2020 11:51 AM 4 3 Jill Stein contested the results in 3 states 2016 for similar irregularities Nationwide Source Historical Context 16/11/2020 12:09 PM 4 3 1,298 proven instances of voter fraud with 1,121 criminal convictions Nationwide Source Historical Context 16/11/2020 12:11 PM 4 3 500 absentee ballots missing, never delivered by postal service Minnesota Source Document 17/11/2020 05:56 PM 4 3 143,379 vote dump at 3:42am had a 93% leaning towards single candidate Wisconsin Source Statistical 18/11/2020 11:44 PM 4 2 US decried Ukraine election due to expelled observers, mail-in ballots and 90% turnout Nationwide Source Historical Context 12/11/2020 10:14 PM 4 2 PA Auditors Warned of Dead People, Duplicates on State Voter Rolls Pennsylvania Source Historical Context 12/11/2020 10:34 PM 3 2 NYT FLASHBACK: Error and fraud at issue as absentee voting rises (2012) Nationwide Source Historical Context 13/11/2020 08:31 AM 3 2 782 more votes than than registered voters in Detroit from 2016 election Michigan Source Historical Context 14/11/2020 04:32 PM 4 2 Biden's Mail-in votes dramatically fail Benford Test Atlanta, all others pass. Georgia Source Statistical 16/11/2020 11:00 AM 2 2 Statistical anomalies in multiple states have a time correlation Nationwide Source Statistical 16/11/2020 06:36 PM 2 2 95% of Bellwether counties break voting pattern, creating statistical anomaly Nationwide Source Statistical 18/11/2020 11:56 PM 2 2 Lowest recorded mail-in ballot rejection rate in swing states Nationwide Source Statistical 19/11/2020 12:50 AM 3 2 139 unexplainable discrepancies in Clark County Commission race Georgia Source Material 19/11/2020 12:55 AM 3 2 Benford Analysis shows irregular Nationwide Source Statistical 19/11/2020 07:50 PM 2 1 FL precinct reports more than 100% voter turnout due to UCF Florida Source Material 12/11/2020 10:47 PM 1 1 Joe Biden states he put together the most "extensive... voter fraud organization" Nationwide Source Photo/Audio/Video 16/11/2020 11:57 AM 1 1 19,888 counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses from China seized by authorities Illinois Source Document 16/11/2020 02:14 PM 1 1 Double mail-in ballot received by around 1000 voters Virginia Source Document 16/11/2020 09:18 PM 3 1 Double mail-in ballots received by serval dozen voters Virginia Source Document 16/11/2020 09:20 PM 3 1 GA Secretary of State withholds ballot image from public viewing Georgia Source Document 19/11/2020 12:02 AM 1 1 Campaign offical ask for volenteers to track down ballot in PA Wisconsin Source Photo/Audio/Video 20/11/2020 10:47 AM 2 3 - Polling Place Irregularities 4 500 sworn affidavits and 11,000 reports of irregularities Nationwide Source Witness 12/11/2020 12:47 PM 4 4 234 pages of sworn affidavits for election irregularities from single county Michigan Source Witness 12/11/2020 10:26 PM 4 4 Pre-canvassing ballots in some counties weeks early, violating election laws Pennsylvania Source Witness 14/11/2020 05:19 PM 4 4 Poll observers forced to use binoculars to watch voting process, despite court order Pennsylvania Source Photo/Audio/Video 16/11/2020 06:45 PM 3 4 Recount protocol breached by workers silently passing on ballots Georgia Source Witness 18/11/2020 03:27 PM 4 4 39% of 1137 Republican ballots never arrived for counting, despite being mailed. Pennsylvania Source Material 17/11/2020 08:11 PM 3 4 2,600 new votes found in county's recount Georgia Source Material 18/11/2020 04:43 PM 4 4 70% of Detroit's 134 absentee counting boards had unexplained counting errors Michigan Source Digital (aka Glitch) 17/11/2020 07:43 PM 4 4 72% of Detroit's absentee ballot counts were off, Canvassers discovers Michigan Source Digital (aka Glitch) 17/11/2020 07:44 PM 4 4 200,000 mail-in ballots cast with the unverifyable "indefinitely confined" status Wisconsin Source Material 18/11/2020 06:48 PM 4 4 Observers forced to stand 30 feet away from ballot counting, despite state laws Pennsylvania Source Witness 18/11/2020 09:42 PM 3 4 Polling place illegally handed out handed out gift cards for absentee ballots Nevada Source Photo/Audio/Video 18/11/2020 07:50 PM 3 4 Poll Challengers were kick out for challenging suspect ballots Michigan Source Photo/Audio/Video 18/11/2020 10:27 PM 3 4 Recount monitors unable to track multiple tables with constant recount errors Georgia Source Witness 19/11/2020 01:08 AM 3 3 State and Election Officials acted against ballot curing Court Order Pennsylvania Source Witness 12/11/2020 09:32 PM 4 3 NV whistleblower describes Biden van vote factory Nevada Source Witness 12/11/2020 10:03 PM 4 3 89% failure rate with verifying signatures in Clark county Nevada Source Statistical 14/11/2020 05:11 PM 3 3 Dems receive new election after affidavits show an absentee ballot scheme North Carolina Source Historical Context 15/11/2020 01:06 PM 4 3 Dominion IT worker submits affidavit describing poll workers signing ballots Michigan Source Expert Witness 16/11/2020 11:15 AM 4 3 List of poll watchers being denied entry Pennsylvania Source Unlawful procedures 16/11/2020 10:56 PM 2 3 9,000 ballot counting error caught by recount moderators Georgia Source Material 18/11/2020 10:53 PM 4 3 6 recount monitors witness batches of ballots appearing to be marked by machines Georgia Source Witness 18/11/2020 11:09 PM 4 3 GOP Reps certified election on as an attempted to protecting their families Michigan Source Witness 19/11/2020 09:38 AM 4 2 FEC chair believes there may be fraud since observers banned Nationwide Source Expert Witness 12/11/2020 09:02 PM 2 2 MI state senators request a full audit of the election Michigan Source Expert Witness 12/11/2020 09:56 PM 4 2 Memory sticks used to program Philly's voting machines, stolen from warehouse Pennsylvania Source Witness 14/11/2020 04:54 PM 4 2 1 monitor for 10 tables of counters in recount Georgia Source Document 14/11/2020 05:07 PM 2 2 Detroit contracted poll workers from firm owned by key figure in corruption case Michigan Source Material 14/11/2020 06:40 PM 2 2 Poll worker instructed to adjust the mailing date of absentee ballot packages Michigan Source Witness 16/11/2020 06:35 PM 4 2 2,349 undated ballots counted after Board of Elections voted 2-1 against Elections Code Pennsylvania Source Material 17/11/2020 08:33 AM 4 2 200,000 ballots counted without human verification Nevada Source Witness 18/11/2020 07:56 PM 2 2 Email from Election Official Stressing Issues with Voters Using Sharpies Arizona Source Document 18/11/2020 02:44 PM 4 4 - Discarded or Destroyed Ballots 2 Ballot envelopes visibly identify the voter's party affiliation Florida Source Material 19/11/2020 09:39 PM 2 1 Discarded Mail-in Ballots Found Outside ATM California Source Material 11/11/2020 10:16 PM 1 1 Found Navy ballot envelopes in the dumpster. Georgia Source Material 11/11/2020 10:20 PM 1 1 18 mail-in ballots stolen from mailboxes Arizona Source Material 16/11/2020 09:01 PM 3 1 1,314 pieces of mail discard in wood by USPS working New York Source Material 19/11/2020 09:33 PM 1 5 - Voting Machine Irregularities 4 Dominion manual states high risk vulnerabilities, remedy is invalidate election Nationwide Source Document 14/11/2020 06:22 PM 4 4 Computer scientist proves voting systems can be hacked to steal votes Nationwide Source Expert Witness 14/11/2020 06:35 PM 4 4 Electronic voting systems rely on abandoned operating systems in PA counties Pennsylvania Source Digital (aka Glitch) 14/11/2020 07:00 PM 4 4 Electronic voting unprotected, has little accountability and not transparent Nationwide Source Expert Witness 14/11/2020 07:33 PM 1 4 CISA only did a critical product evaluation (CPE) on some vendor supplied systems Nationwide Source Document 16/11/2020 10:55 AM 2 4 ES&S misrepresented their machines as EAC Certified to US officials Nationwide Source Document 16/11/2020 11:10 AM 4 4 15,000 ballots found on flash drive after first being rejection by software filters Virginia Source Digital (aka Glitch) 16/11/2020 08:51 PM 4 4 Scanning results incorrect and officials unsure if it was hardware or software Georgia Source Digital (aka Glitch) 18/11/2020 10:08 PM 4 4 2,755 ballots found on memory card by recount auditors Georgia Source Digital (aka Glitch) 18/11/2020 11:30 PM 4 3 6,000 unofficial votes incorrectly show as votes for other candidate Michigan Source Witness 11/11/2020 10:10 PM 3 3 TX Officials rejected Dominion due to security concerns Texas Source Expert Witness 12/11/2020 09:37 PM 4 3 CIA expert explains how most electronic voting isn't secure Nationwide Source Expert Witness 14/11/2020 06:42 PM 3 3 Voting machine firm used in US: Venezuela vote rigged "without any doubt" Nationwide Source Historical Context 14/11/2020 06:48 PM 4 3 Litigation Smartmatic "glitches" alleges impacted in two Philippine elections Nationwide Source Historical Context 14/11/2020 06:56 PM 4 3 Voting machine "glitches" in Toronto election in Canada Nationwide Source Historical Context 16/11/2020 11:08 AM 3 2 PA DoS requested a function from Dominion to re-mark and re-scan ballots Pennsylvania Source Document 12/11/2020 10:20 PM 3 2 Confidential: Smartmatic is web of holding companies, suspected of fraud Nationwide Source Document 16/11/2020 10:27 AM 4 2 Dominion Security Chief states he "made sure" Trump would not win Nationwide Source Witness 16/11/2020 11:47 AM 2 2 93% of errors go unnoticed by users of ballot marking devices security Nationwide Source Statistical 16/11/2020 06:03 PM 2 2 Dominion licenses it's software to Smartmatic Nationwide Source Photo/Audio/Video 17/11/2020 12:08 PM 4 2 Dominion and Smartmatic have had contracts outside of public knowledge Nationwide Source Historical Context 17/11/2020 12:14 PM 3 2 Votes erased from memory card and story withheld from press Maryland Source Historical Context 18/11/2020 08:19 PM 3 2 1,127 ballots wrongly labeled through technical glitch Michigan Source Digital (aka Glitch) 16/11/2020 10:15 PM 2 2 Vulnerabilities give access to change the "Official" Databases Nationwide Source Expert Witness 18/11/2020 09:28 PM 2 6 - General 4 30 times lower rejection rate for mail-in ballots than in 2016 Pennsylvania Source Statistical 16/11/2020 06:49 PM 2 2 Dem Rep intimidates GOP Rep by insinuating his kids will become a public target Michigan Source Photo/Audio/Video 18/11/2020 04:30 PM 3 2 84,108 mail-in ballots were not counted or invalidated New York Source Material 18/11/2020 07:35 PM 2 2 20 seniors voted for canidate under pressure Wisconsin Source Witness 16/11/2020 09:23 PM 3 1 2016: GA had evidence that DoHS IP address tried to hack voter database Georgia Source Historical Context 14/11/2020 06:12 PM 1 1 Google searches for 'election fraud punishment,' increased ahead of election Nationwide Source Statistical 16/11/2020 10:33 PM 1
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JM Gavin , 22 November 2020 at 12:10 PMEric Newhill , 22 November 2020 at 02:50 PM
A remarkably appropriate movie scene:
"Anybody that looks at the rest of this is going to see that something happened, but no one is going to be able to figure it out. That's your objective, to make it so convoluted that anyone can have a theory, but no one's got the facts."
-Jedburgh (that's Captain Jedburgh to you, Senator)
The Edge of Darkness, 2010blue peacock , 22 November 2020 at 02:55 PM
This is extremely serious business, obviously. I expect massive social unrest being unleashed if it starts gaining legal traction/looks like the evidence is going to work.
Very dangerous times perhaps for all of us.
I too await the evidence.
There are allegations and then there are requirements to provide irrefutable evidence to a state court that there is material fraud that would change the outcome of the election in the state. My money is not on the Honey Badger to meet the state courts test. Who believes that SCOTUS would be willing to buck the "realpolitik" of the situation and send the Democrat run cities into riots unless there is incontrovertible evidence that a fraud overturned the election results in many states? Why would they risk the media-driven hysteria that they are a partisan court?
The Republican party is not gonna back Trump all the way through the media hysteria. They've got what they wanted with a stronger position in the House and likely a majority in the Senate after the GA senate runoffs. They'll get back to "old-fashioned" partisan status quo horse-trading and prepare for the 2022 mid-terms. The oligarchy have been the big winner and they'll continue to press their advantage.
Trump is on his own. His MAGA soldiers have shown no propensity to create the mayhem that Antifa did. He'll have time to reflect on what may have been if he's unable to prevail in the courts. Should he have hired the Swamp in his term to all the key positions? Should he have used the powers of POTUS more aggressively with declassification? He still has a few weeks to give the Swamp a big FU by pardoning Snowden and Assange. His Twitter platform may very well be cancelled or throttled. How is he going to continue to suck up the media oxygen? The Democrats, could very well get him all on the defense with prosecutions for tax violations. A very interesting question is what happens to the 72 million people that voted for him? Will they remain loyal for another run in 2024 or will another more competent & ruthless candidate come along to capture their imagination?
Nov 23, 2020 | www.msn.com
The appeal, filed Sunday, came about 24 hours after District Court Judge Matthew Brann issued a ruling that tossed out allegations included in the Trump campaign's legal complaint. In his decision, Brann noted that attorneys failed to provide sufficient evidence supporting their insistent claims that misconduct on the part of elections officials gave Joe Biden his projected presidential win.
Nov 23, 2020 | www.theepochtimes.com
2 Charged With Voter Fraud, Allegedly Submitted 8,000 Fraudulent Registration Applications BY JACK PHILLIPS November 17, 2020 Updated: November 18, 2020 Print
Two men were arrested and charged in Southern California on voter fraud charges after they allegedly submitted thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications on behalf of homeless people, said the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office on Tuesday.
Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro, 53, and Marcos Raul Arevalo, 34, were charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, eight counts of voter fraud, four counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, and other charges, said the DA's office in a news release .
The office said Montenegro allegedly submitted more than "8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications between July and October 2020." He's also accused of falsifying names, signatures, and addresses on nomination papers "under penalty of perjury to run for mayor in the city of Hawthorne."
Montenegro also faces another 10 counts of voter fraud, seven counts of procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, two counts of perjury, and five misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit, the office said.
If convicted, Montenegro can face as many as 15 years and eight months in prison, while Arevalo could face seven years in prison, officials noted.
The FBI, District Attorney's office, the Los Angeles Public Integrity Division, and other agencies are investigating the case.
Other details about the case are not clear. It's also not clear if their alleged voter fraud scheme affected the presidential election in some way.
It's not clear if either Montenegro or Arevalo have lawyers.
According to local news outlet The Daily Breeze in a report in August, Montenegro, who was running for mayor in Hawthorne, had "turned in paperwork to run for mayor but failed to meet the required 20 signatures by Hawthorne residents."
Over the past two weeks, since the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump's campaign and other Republicans have raised questions about voter fraud and irregularities that may have tipped the presidential race to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. The president's team has filed several lawsuits in key states including Pennsylvania, Georgia, and other places, while citing sworn statements made by hundreds of witnesses.
The Department of Homeland Security's cyber-security division, in a statement last week, said the past election was the "most secure" in history. Meanwhile, secretaries of state have disputed Trump's claims of fraud.
However, the chairman of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Trey Trainor told Newsmax several days ago that he believes "that there is voter fraud taking place in these places." Trainor, in a tweet , said a recent claim from Trump lawyer Sidney Powell about his team being able to overturn the election with their cases should be taken seriously.
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Eric Newhill , 22 November 2020 at 03:26 PMTV , 22 November 2020 at 04:11 PM
yes, the Georgian foxes recounted the hens and determined that none were missing, just like they said the first time. Hardly what one would call a true audit.
Trump is asking for a truly audited recount - https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-donald-trump-georgia-elections-7bba105439653d530ee8023d54d7ec89Deap , 22 November 2020 at 04:11 PM
Recounts are usually done by the same people who did the initial tallying.
How many of these people are going to admit that they submitted a bad count the first time?
If elections were subject to serious audit, I'm pretty sure that most would be dirty or just plain out of wack.
Look at the people counting the votes -low level political hacks and temps.Fred , 22 November 2020 at 04:27 PM
TTG - Guiliani in the press conference carefully explained why the Georgia vote counting would most likely come up with the same results.
Georgia threw away the mail in envelopes with the voter's signature, so there was no way to validate or recheck the authenticity of those mail-in ballots once the qualifying envelope was tossed. Hence their potentially illegal now naked ballot got mixed up with the qualified legal ballots. Therefore, the later count ---machine or by hand ----- would likely be exactly the same.
The issue in Georgia went well beyond the Dominion software counting process - it was their unverifiable intake process that was corrupted. Powell has claimed every possible level of voter fraud was exercised in Georgia. Not just one. Above is just one example of sloppy at best, corrupt at worst election process.Deap , 22 November 2020 at 04:40 PM
Counting every ballot just means the numbers add up, not that all the ballots were legal cast, nor legally recieved. Just like counting fake money mixed in with real money.
Moving from fact into this recently presented speculation - was Georgia election fraud an inside operation?
Georgia is a perfect state for Powell to start this legal process, since Georgia, along with other former Jim Crow southern states, have been under federal Voting Rights Act jurisdiction now for decades.
"Deep state" federal agents therefore would know every twist and turn, every screw to tighten, every lock box to unlock in the entire Georgia election process - for those who are now speculating this might have some sort of "CIA operation". The crowd with US blessings that allegedly used to assassinate winning candidates they did not like.
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Deap , 22 November 2020 at 04:20 PM
Our county in Calif which uses Dominion software admitted only 40% of the signatures can be validated by machine. The rest must be hand validated.
When you all the sudden have a massive number of "signed" mail in ballots to process, and the original envelopes got tossed, how does anyone get to observer or double check the mail-in ballots, once they have been severed from the signed envelope?
Known weaknesses like this can or will be exploited, so the burden falls on the election department to prove fraud or even incompetent handling of ballots could never take place. They cannot even claim any "mistakes" were in a reasonable margin of error.
There can never be a perfect election; but there are degrees of imperfect ones. This potential voting corruption was off the charts since this was such a heavy mail-in vote this year. When numbers of mail-in ballots, as in the past, do not rise to a material level then one can claim "mistakes" would not have affected the outcome regardless.
But this time? Whole different story.
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I I live in MA. I have an old fashioned landline phone and have had my current number since the 1990s.
My son lived in Philly briefly, but that was several years ago.
On Nov 3 theRichard W , 22 November 2020 at 11:32 AM
I I live in MA. I have an old fashioned landline phone and have had my current number since the 1990s.
My son lived in Philly briefly, but that was several years ago.
On Nov 3 the DNC left multiple messages on my voicemail asking me to vote in PA.
Posted by: Richard W | 22 November 2020 at 11:32 AM
Nov 23, 2020 | defyccc.com
There are those who always vote, those who never vote and those who may or may not vote. Maximizing voter turnout in the third group is the holy grail of the electoral official."
It is a holy grail of a leftist agitator. The US law recognizes a citizen's freedom not to vote as equal to the voting for a candidate of his or her choosing. Some people do not vote because they do not care, some because they do not know which candidate to choose, and some because they are angry at the society. Abstractly speaking, reluctant voters are not helpful to democratic process, just like reluctant jurors are not helpful for court proceedings. Practically, voter mobilization (from the word 'mob' ) is a tactic of the Left. People who do not care, or lack knowledge, or are angry, can be easily convinced to vote for the Left. Continue reading Dominion Voting Systems Corp →
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November 13, 2020 -d , Big Tech , cybersecurity , dems , Dominion - , extra , long
Dominion Voting Systems' Democracy Suite has features that allow for election results manipulation. The back-end software has an elections results editor, called Results Tally and Reporting ( RTR ). Its users are election officials. RTR is an equivalent of Microsoft Excel, but for election results. The software allows its users to enter "election results" from removable memory cards, local file system, and network. It allows you to merge multiple election results files. It allows the users to manually edit election result files. It allows users to reject election results files. In other words, it allows arbitrary change of results.
RTR runs not on a voting machine, but on an ordinary Windows laptop, which can be connected to the Internet, and even controlled remotely.
The Dominion's training video ( https://www.dominionvoting.com/training/rtr/index.html ) has a subsection Flexible management of results after the election occurred (starting at 4:20). Look at a few screenshots from it: Continue reading Dominion Voting Systems is Caught →
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Technical Vulnerabilities of EVS Systems
The voting software developers can easily insert code, changing numbers in favor of or against one candidate. No hacking is necessary. The malicious code can be designed to pass tests and to be triggered only at the time of a real election, automatically or manually. Both case are possible even the the machine is disconnected from the internet and has no ordinary I/O devices. The malicious code can be activated manually in real time by inserting a ballot or another paper with a pre-defined QR or image code. An audit of the source code is necessary, but not sufficient. Dominion software runs on Windows, and the malicious code can be hidden in any part of the operating system. Malicious code can be hidden in the firmware, too.
If a state wants to take risks and to rely on testing and the source code audit, they should be conducted with the participation of technically competent representatives of both parties. If the system passes testing and auditing, the machine image must be securely stored. All supplied machines must have exactly the same hardware and the software as the audited system.
As far as I know, thorough tests and source code audits are conducted very rarely, if at all. Further, the vendors are not required to use only the audited image, and are allowed to update the software almost at will. That means that election commissions are forced to blindly trust the vendors. Blind trust is always wrong and invites abuse. But even "trust but verify" is applicable only to trustworthy vendors. Dominion Voting is the opposite of trustworthy.
The only real solution to the vulnerability of EVS is not to use them at all. Manual ballot counting has no software vulnerabilities, and is much cheaper. Virginia appears to be the only state that decided to use only manual ballots.
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In August 2009 (corrected), the rough breakdown of the EVS market in the US was (per Brad Friedman ):40% ES&S 30% Diebold/Premier 20% Sequoia/Smartmatic 10% Hart Intercivic 0% Dominion Voting
Less than a year later, after the "antitrust" actions of Obama's DOJ, it became:50% Dominion 40% ES&S (restricted in competing against Dominion) 10% Hart Intercivic
Thus, the DOJ's actions did the exact opposite of its words.
An elections system vendor should be non-partisan, in a demonstrable way. Dominion is not just partisan, but hyper-partisan in favor of the Democrat party, or even its pocket vendor.
Dominion has many more ties to the Democrat party and its prominent supporters in the US and abroad, which are not covered in this article.Software Development in Serbia
Dominion develops much of its software in Belgrade, Serbia. Russia is a close friend to Serbia, if not its only one. If anybody sincerely thought that Putin wanted to hack American elections, their first location of interest would be the offices of Dominion Voting in Belgrade, rather than the Trump Tower in New York.
By the way, Serbian and Russian languages use the Cyrillic alphabet. Most letters have the same Unicode encoding in Serbian and Russian (the Basic Multilingual Plane, range 0410-04FF ). If any election officials found Cyrillic text on a Dominion voting machine in 2016, it was probably left by its developers in Serbia.Remarks
This is the Agreement between Michigan & Dominion , including specs of many Dominion products (PDF, 161 pages). Wi-Fi connection and even a dial up modem are offered as an option.
Some of the companies referenced here as foreign based or foreign originating re-registered in the US.
Dominion Voting Systems Series
Part II (this)
Pekařová November 22, 2020 at 4:10 am
Just few thougts
Dominion develops much of its software in Belgrade, Serbia. Russia is a close friend to Serbia
At the time when ten SW was developing, Serbia had long beenin the hands of Germany and the EU. Which is the same as writing in the hands of Soros and his NGO. Written Serbian is more similar to neighboring Greek than Russian, and this also applies to Cyrillic.
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eakens , 22 November 2020 at 11:40 AMeakens , 22 November 2020 at 12:00 PM
A previous head of Dominions software was one Eric Coomer. He is a member or avid supporter of Antifa, depending on how you view the group.
The same Eric Coomer was previously a skinhead when he was at Berkeley, based on ok'd message board posts.
Google Eric Coomer Skinhead and view some of what comes up online.
From skinhead to Antifa? He is now apparently nowhere to be found. Seems to me at least, that there may be a chance he may be CIA and that this may have been a domestic op to get rid of Trump.
Here are some sources as well:
Nov 23, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
Featherless , Nov 22 2020 18:18 utc | 26
An idea just occurred to me that might explain the "Dominion machines/Venezuela" connection :
If Venezuela is widely (bipartisanly) considered "electoral fraudsters", that taints these machines.
That makes IMPLEMENTING these machines a few years later in the US a WILLFUL electoral crime.
Featherless , Nov 22 2020 19:17 utc | 35Stonebird , Nov 22 2020 19:37 utc | 38
bevin, you're missing my point.
Here's an analogy : imagine the blues and reds both agree that I am a notorious thief, even if it's only a false narrative. Then they hire me as a security guard. That would be willfully, knowingly hiring a criminal, which would be criminal, not because of the facts, but because of the logic.
A couple of thoughts about the Venzuela gambit. Evidently Tucker Carson wanted Sydney to tell him all about the "Dominion" vote flipping in a public interview. Which would have been tantamount to giving away all the potential Republican case, and given the Democrats prior knowledge of what to expect. A no-go. Mentioning "Venezuela-Cuba" could have the effect of heading off a direct civil war if the US Dems and Repubs have a" common enemy" to blame. (Too late for Russia, China too touchy, not many other major targets). Note that Venezuela has a paper trail created at the same time as the electronic vote...
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Down South , Nov 22 2020 17:58 utc | 22
Interesting interview with Sidney Powell on Newsmax where she discusses voter fraud committed with Dominion
Nov 23, 2020 | www.breitbart.com
"They are very bad. If something goes wrong with one of them, you would basically never know, because you can't audit the results. And things have gone wrong," John Oliver said. "In one local New Jersey election, a husband and wife were both running for seats on their county's Democratic committee. The DRE machines said that they lost, but they were in the unusual position of actually knowing that that was a mistake."
"In one local New Jersey election, a husband and wife were both running for seats on their county's Democratic committee," Oliver continued. "The DRE machines said that they lost, but they were in the unusual position of actually knowing that that was a mistake."
The talk show host then played a news clip of the couple -- Ernest and Cynthia Zirkle -- explaining what had happened.
"I knew 33 of the people that voted for us, and we lost 33 to 10, and I knew that that wasn't the case," said Cynthia Zirkle.
The results had been switched with those of their opponents.
"We started calling people that we thought we knew voted for us, because it was just a in this district of this township, and we know everybody in this district," added Ernest Zirkle.
Oliver noted it was true that Cynthia Zirkle had "literally went around and got signed affidavits from people saying that they had voted for her."
"The fact is, unless you happen to personally know everyone who votes for you on a paperless DRE machine, there is no way to know the results," he said. "It's a pretty good case against them, which makes it, frankly, completely insane that New Jersey not only still uses them, but plans to keep using them for the 2020 election."
"And it's not just New Jersey, in 2016, 20 percent of voters voted on paperless DREs, and an estimated 12 percent will use them in 2020, meaning 16 million Americans, spread out across all these states, are set to be voting on machines that pretty much everyone agrees are deeply, deeply flawed," Oliver continued. "And if they malfunction, there could be no way of knowing, which is absolutely terrifying. What we have to do here is obvious, it's so obvious, in fact, even this guy understands it."
John Oliver then played a clip of President Donald Trump explaining why it is important to have a paper backup system with regards to voting.
"He's right. That's it. He's just all the way, completely right," said Oliver.
Dominion Voting Systems -- which has faced scrutiny in the wake of the 2020 presidential election -- has an ImageCast X model, which can be deployed as either a Ballot Marking Device (BMD) or a Direct Recording Electronic Device (DRE), according to The Verified Voting Foundation .
While Oliver has made his case for why he believes DREs are dangerous, Verified Voting has also explained why it believes BMDs can be as well.
In 2019, Verified Voting clarified its position regarding the use BMDs in elections:
Verified Voting believes that voters should vote on paper ballots, but we recognize an important distinction between hand-marked and machine-marked ballots. Hand-marked paper ballots are not subject to inaccuracies or manipulation from software bugs or malicious code. In contrast, machine-marked paper ballots produced using BMDs might not accurately capture voter intent if the software or ballot configuration is buggy or malicious.
Verified Voting specifically opposes the purchase and deployment of new voting systems in which all in-person voters in a polling place are expected to use BMDs. The trustworthiness of an election conducted using BMDs depends critically on how many voters actually verify their ballots, and how carefully they do it. All voters who vote on BMDs should be made aware of the importance of carefully and conscientiously verifying their ballots before casting them, and should be actively encouraged to do so. However, empirical research thus far shows that few voters using BMDs carefully verify their printed ballots. Moreover, if voters do verify BMD-marked ballots and find what they believe are discrepancies, there is no reliable way to resolve whether the voters made mistakes or the BMDs did. For these and other reasons (such as cost) Verified Voting recommends that the use of BMDs be minimized.
Verified Voting appeared to have since wiped clean the section of its website clarifying its position on the usage of BMDs, but an Internet archive shows what was displayed on the page in August.
You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Facebook and Twitter at @ARmastrangelo , on Parler at @alana , and on Instagram .HalloweenGuy • a day ago
It was and is insane.Allen M. Ease HalloweenGuy • a day ago
Vote in person.
It is, indeed, completely insane to use electronic voting machines unless the whole idea is to be able to commit massive voter fraud and steal an election.
Some of these machines can be set to throw a set number of --- say Trump votes -- into a certain folder that can just be deleted making all of those votes disappear as if they never existed.
The first video below highlights the couple that John Oliver was talking about:
A Hacker Shows Us How Easy It Is To Manipulate Voting Machines [2:16]
On this next one, it shows how many voters are just trusting these machines with EVERYTHING and no paper trail, basically saying to the computer, "Please mark my ballot the way I say and I trust you to do so".
Dominion Voting Machines have the ability to mark a ballot [2:16]
Electronic Voting Machine hacked by Computer Scientists (AcuVote-TS) [5:21]
All electronic software can be made to cheat with voter fraud, especially if that is the OBJECTIVE ALL ALONG. ComradeAdam cageysea • a day ago
It would depend on the voting machine, a machine can be built that has no real vulnerabilities and no way to change or input to voting data. And paper ballots are only as secure as the people that handle them and count them. The biggest problem with voting machines is that they keep processes of the machine secret so no one can trust what they are doing behind the scenes.Scottar ComradeAdam • a day ago
Personally, I think we need voter ID. Then the voting machines print out a paper ballot that you take from the machine over to a ballot box, present your ID for a second time and drop the ballot in the box.
The ballots must match the machines totals and the voter rolls and all partisan observers must agree.
And every voter gets a ballot copy to verify if election contested.− cageysea ComradeAdam • a day ago
Excellent idea. Simple, elegant, and verifiable. The only people who would possibly stand against it are people with something to hide.dima dareios HalloweenGuy • a day ago
in India, you have all that PLUS you affix your thumbprint to the ballot with indelible ink. The ink (apparently) is hard to wash off so that makes it harder for anyone to vote twice. A beautiful system.AMD_Afficionado HalloweenGuy • a day ago
Where I'm at, we had paper "Scantron" ballots and BMDs. Had a lot of older folk who did the BMD because they didn't think they could fill in the bubbles.
What I thought was odd was that the BMDs we had were designed for blind people but there was no way for blind people to verify their printout as it was just text, not braile.
Worst of all was that able-bodied younger people strideny thought that BMDs were electronic voting and that it was "more secure", so they would become irate when they discovered that they spent 15 minutes using a touch screen to print a ballot that they could've bubbled in 30 seconds by hand.− Southern Wolf HalloweenGuy • 8 hours ago
Closing the barn door after the horse is stolen. Why weren't Trump voters and Trump himself anticipating just this sort of election theft before the election? ohn Law Gwynedd • a day ago
"It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes."
Joseph StalinBe Happy! Gwynedd • a day ago
From John f'n Oliver of all people!Gwynedd Be Happy! • a day ago • edited
Yes. Did it slip out by accident? I've been critical, well more than critical, let's say completely objecting to the use of electronic voting machines for years. As somebody who worked in the tech industry, I realized that there is a belief in the minds of average people, that machines are objective and impersonal and cannot lie or make mistakes. Have you ever challenged somebody when there's an obvious data entry error and they rigidly stick by whatever the machine says versus what you're trying to tell them actually was the situation? Belief in the machine is almost a belief in an infallible oracle. Obviously data can be corrupted and falsified as anybody who has had their accounts hacked should realize. So voting systems that rely on electronics without some form of physical verification are subject to fraud, and any counting system that does not have oversight and is completely hidden from view electronically or otherwise is also subject to fraud or to quote Stalin, it's not who votes it's who counts the votes. Fraud in voting machines has been going on for decades. Even the very old paper punch systems used in the 40s through 80s could be gotten around by simply having certain precincts non-functional during the day and not tell the voters their votes would not be counted. I experienced this frequently in Philadelphia when I lived in a section of the city that did not like the mayor. doormouse • a day ago
Where's Durham's report?ricocat1 doormouse • a day ago
Bill Barr did a great job, FOR THE DEMOCRATS, stalling the Durham Report. President Trump has hired a lot of traitors.− libsrnazi ricocat1 • a day ago
Deep state is really, really deep...
Trump's mistake was trusting the experience of insiders...
He should have hired nothing but loyal people with no professional political experience, and not assumed those under the heels of the democrats weren't still beholden to them, (if not compromised), even if they publicly seemed to be enemies...
They had been in bed together for a century... Especially the petroleum industry, and Wall Street...
"Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen." - Huey Long
"The only difference I ever found between the Democratic leadership and the Republican leadership is that one of them is skinning you from the ankle up and the other, from the ear down." - Huey Long 101010011000 • a day ago
Analog voting machines. No more digital!− oldlady 101010011000 • a day ago
Why have machines at all? We have until Jan. 20 to seat new winners. What is the rush? Old fashioned hand counting may take longer but it is more secure with proper oversight. We can wait a few days or even weeks if it means honest elections. Networks will just not be calling winners before votes are all tabulated and certified. It is not a horse race and shouldn't be treated as such. Hold your tickets, please, we have a photo finish. We need voter ID and that number matched to each vote. caperick oldlady • a day ago
You're right. Any machine is corruptible. Hand counting with verified observers from both parties is totally doable. mrminwnc oldlady • a day ago • edited
people act like it's impossible to count 100 million+ votes, but it's not at all. it can be easily done precinct by precinct, then all it takes is an adding machine. the old-fashioned kind, with the paper tape. theresa • 12 hours ago
Hay, Hay all you shift for brains!
"Federal Statute Law Title 52 USC 20511: Criminal penalties Text contains
those laws in effect on November 9, 2020
Title 52-VOTING AND ELECTIONS Subtitle
II-Voting Assistance and Election Administration CHAPTER 205-NATIONAL
A person, including an election official, who in any election for
(1) knowingly and willfully intimidates, threatens, or coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any person for-
(A) registering to vote, or voting, or attempting to register or vote;
(B) urging or aiding any person to register to vote, to vote, or to attempt to register or vote; exercising any right under this chapter; or
(C) exercising any right under this chapter; or
(2) knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to
deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and
impartially conducted election process, by-
(A) the procurement or submission of voter registration applications that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the
laws of the State in which the election is held; or
(B) the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held, shall be fined in accordance with title 18 (which fines shall be paid into the general fund of the Treasury, miscellaneous receipts (pursuant to section 3302 of title 31), notwithstanding any other law), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both." Thomas737 theresa • 12 hours ago • edited
Good. Now let's see how it is applied. Crockett7 • a day ago
SOROS, One of the owners of Dominion and SmartMatic too...
Any one of these articles should be good for "Evidence".
Democrat Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Ron Wyden ALL
WARNED the USA about DOMINION being a Security Problem in the Elections!
Even the New York Times warned the US....
This is the DEFINITION of FOREIGN ELECTION INTERFERENCE that the
Democrats Complained about for the past 5 years!!!
naughtysheep • a day ago
Paper ballots. On Election Day. In person. Valid ID. If it's that important to people, they will find a way. Limited exceptions (deployed military, etc). Otherwise, make it a PRIORITY. Gary Eaker • a day ago
Our Voting Systems are antiquated and insecure.− CFLAP Gary Eaker • a day ago
Complete Makeover Desperately needed.
Actually, we need to go backwards BC. Before computers.
Nov 23, 2020 | www.rt.com
Trump's legal team distances itself from Sidney Powell after she suggests that Georgia's GOP governor conspired to help Biden win 23 Nov, 2020 00:58 / Updated 46 minutes ago Get short URL FILE PHOTO © REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst 15 Follow RT on Donald Trump's top lawyers disavowed Sidney Powell just three days after she joined them at a presser to help outline the president's election-fraud allegations, and hours after she lobbed fraud allegations at Georgia's governor.
"Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own," senior Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said on Sunday in a joint statement. "She is also not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity."
Giuliani and Ellis gave no explanation for the statement. Trump last week named Powell, a former federal prosecutor, among five well-known lawyers who would lead his legal team in challenging the results of this month's presidential election.
Powell was among three featured speakers when the Trump legal team held a press conference on Thursday to give an overview of its election-fraud cases in key states that the president apparently lost to Democrat rival Joe Biden.ALSO ON RT.COM 'I'm going to RELEASE THE KRAKEN': Michael Flynn's attorney vows to expose Dem collusion behind prominent voting machine firm
Powell focused largely on accusations that Dominion voting machines and Smartmatic election software were fraudulently manipulated to award thousands of fake votes to Biden. Her allegations went deeper, involving allies of the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez owning Dominion and having ties to Democrat billionaire donor George Soros.
But by Thursday night, Powell's story was being challenged by a conservative media superstar, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who said she had brushed off multiple requests to provide evidence of the Dominion-Smartmatic scheme for his show. She also was invited to be interviewed on his show, but "when we kept pressing, she got angry and told us to stop contacting her," Carlson said.ALSO ON RT.COM Doubling down: Tucker claims other Trump legal team members yet to see evidence on rigged election software from Sidney Powell
Powell responded by saying she told Carlson not to contact her again because he was "very insulting, demanding and rude." She also provided him with an affidavit and referred him to a witness who could help him understand her statistical evidence. Carlson followed up the next night, saying he had heard from Trump sources, including other members of the president's legal team, who said that they hadn't seen Powell's evidence firsthand.
If Powell's allegations in the press conference seemed a little wild, her interview on Saturday night with conservative news outlet Newsmax took the case to another level. She accused Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, and the state's secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, of receiving financial benefits to help Biden win the state's 16 electoral votes.
"Georgia's probably going to be the first state I'm gonna blow up," Powell said of her planned fraud cases. "And Mr. Kemp and the secretary of state need to go with it because they're in on the Dominion scam." She added that her Georgia lawsuit, which she hopes to file this week, "will be biblical."ALSO ON RT.COM 'KrakenOnSteroids': Sydney Powell says she 'understands' Trump's lawyers distancing themselves from her, vows to fight on
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pogohere 4 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 08:17 PMSome teams are harder to play on than others. Look at the Flynn case. The US Dep. of Justice surrendered to Powell et. al. and requested that its own case against Flynn be dismissed following the disclosure by Powell's efforts that the DOJ was withholding evidence-- a "Brady rule violation"-- of Flynn's innocence from the defense and the court. Flynn's prestigious Wa DC law firm earlier had Flynn plead guilty. The judge is holding up the dismissal of that case, against all precedent. Powell most likely isn't finished. Neither is The Donald.GoldMorgsCom 4 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 08:31 PMGiuliani and Ellis intimidated and gearing down? Powell least nervous at the presentation. Usually fraud by (voting)computers escapes the possibility of external proof. But a peculiarity in the Michigan-elections enabled it. See on the site vashiva (Shiva) MIT PhD Analysis of Michigan Votes Reveals Unfortunate Truth of U.S. Voting Systems. Its systematic fraud, save screenshots. Steven J. Miller Ph.D. published his testimony, that about 50'000 mail-in ballots of republicans have disapeared in Pensylvenia and 50'000 absentee ballots have been abused by others (in favor of Biden = +50000). It makes up about 150000 to the disadvantage of Trump in PA. Bidens surplus was about 75000. About Michigan and Pensylvenia it has been published that the number of fraud votes was sufficient for a fraud change of the outcome in favor of "the democrats". The signals are that the same happened in the other critical states . See also -- Trump lawyers allege 'MASSIVE' election fraud, point to sworn statements & efforts to threaten and silence them (VIDEO)-- 19 Nov, 2020 20:30 ( rt-search, on top at the right ) In the first ten minutes it is explained how the "democrat" bosses facilitated huge fraud with absentee ballots. In Pensylvenia 682'000 have been accepted without proper checks and with destroying the evidence of fraud. It is a federal offence not to store all election records (scans), even not collecting them, such as besiding mail-in envelopes and not checking them before opening them.JingsGeordie 4 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 08:18 PMDisavows? That's twisting the information (edit - they've now changed it to 'distances') From Gen. Flynn's twitter feed - ".@SidneyPowell1 has been suspended from Twitter for 12 hours. She understands the WH press release & agrees with it. She is staying the course to prove the massive deliberate election fraud that robbed #WeThePeople of our votes for President Trump & other Republican candidates."Thesheperd666 4 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 09:02 PMTrump fired Sidney Powell ? That is a huge mistake and might coast him the presidency. Trumps team looks weak now ! Sidney look more confident and much more calmer than Rudy Giuliani. I really don't trust Rudy as much as Sidney, wondering if they are afraid of spoiling the Republic party before the 12th amendment goes to the house for votes ? Either side your on this makes Trumps team look bad, and are starting to make up stories. I think Trump did win by a landslide and this years vote was stolen from the US citizens. Demarcates can breath a little more easier now that Sidney is gone, she was the strongest one on the team. Trump needs more Sidney Powell's not less, I don't trust Rudy nor do I think he has what it takes to win. Trump needs better Lawyers, Rudy is just a celebrity lawyer that will keep his image no matter what ! Trump needs tigers not mice !anastasia265 3 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 09:27 PMIt's not true. She was never a part of that team and had her own funding site. Their strategy was to keep the two matters separateJ_P_Franklin 4 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 08:49 PMMajority of Republicans are and have conspired against Trump since 2016. America First Trumpism is the opposite of Republican open borders/free trade treason.GoldMorgsCom 4 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 09:03 PMPeculiar is that the German chamber of commerce does not reveal any registration of the Dominions, neither of Smartmatic neither of Scytl neither of Amazone. These have not registrated or their registrations are being hidden on request. So who's prosecution by the German state prosecutors is to be requested?Gerald Newton 2 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 10:56 PMSidney Powell has not released her evidence yet but it is coming. She has an impressive record and probably will crush much of the federal justice system. That is what she does. Read her book, Licensed to Lie. It is about the way federal prosecutors lie to prosecute like they did to Senator Stevens of Alaska.Swanster6450 3 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 09:56 PMI guess Sidney Powell is finding what happens to people from outside the political loop when they seek to stick their nose in and point out a few inconsistencies. Chucked under a bus is the usual outcome. Julian Assange is also finding out the same thing and, incidentally, so too is Donald Trump. All shafted and all chucked under a bus for pointing out a few inconsistencies.RTreaderCaribb 3 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 09:56 PMI have one question and one question only: why would Sydney Powell who seems to be very bright and a good lawyer say something of which she would know will be exposed only in less than 14 days to be totally untrue? This makes no sense at all. And so I think we all should pray that this woman does not end up like Jeffrey Epstein. We should take our time. 14 days are nothing in comparison to the endless work she has to put in . And if she cant show any fact for her allegations then we can maybe say something went wrong with her. But right now let this woman work. All this prejudgment in the public court is irritating to me. And if Sidney Powell did the same then yes, she would be irritating to me too. And for Trump: If he can prove voter fraud then he should go to the supreme court. If he cant then at some point he must concede. I guess the latest is December 14th and until then he should just figure out what it is. That is his legal right. And for the American people: if you were so stupid to vote for Biden then please bear the consequences thereof because you will go down the tubes. The man is not well in his head.allan Kaplan 3 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 09:43 PMSidney Powell's stamina, her defiance and her antipathy is so real that those who have faced injustice by the hands of the powerful know what it takes to get such bullies sweating. The house of cards of the Democrat commies will come tumbling down once Powell gets to the podium of naming names, dates, places, and their coconspirators et al. I love her tenacity, determination, perseverance and her unflinching boldness that most of the dems are sweating about! Thank you Ms. Powell for a great American tradition and go full speed... the dissenting maverick you are!GoldMorgsCom 3 hours ago 22 Nov, 2020 09:27 PMThey are so scared that the president Trump will conduct the great cleansing, to start with removing the authority on the dollar from the Federal Reserve to the usa federal state of the people. They are already blocking the president Trump during four years to keep him from that. They know they can now only keep the president Trump from the great cleansing by removing him from office. They will do more than the high treason of the fraud against the federal elections, to remove the president Trump from office. Eventually they will detonate a smuggled-in nuclear bomb and allegate Russia or fire a missile with a nuclear bomb from an unindentified submarine and allegate Russia. You believe the spread of Covid-19 this year was a coincidense? If Russia is being attacked any more (with allegations) it is a good reason for conducting the great cleansing in Russia. Those probably sly covered Khodorovski-types who are pressing forward (exports of) GMM-injections "against Covid-19" are probably backstabbing Russia; catastrophic future compensation claims on Russia and confiscation of all export-incomes. This is a good reason for conducting the great cleansing out of Russia of all Khodorovski-types. We hope that the reorganized government of Russia will cleanse out all Khodorovski-types, no matter the president Trump will continue office and conduct the great cleansing in the usa or not.Marlin1091 12 minutes ago 23 Nov, 2020 01:06 AMGoogle did and is helping biden. That is why I don't use google any more, I use Yandex and for fackrok I use vk
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A123 , says: Next New Comment November 19, 2020 at 2:32 pm GMT • 3.2 days ago
Will the Georgia election have to be nullified?
Attorney Lin Wood lays out a fairly compelling case that this will be necessary.
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Reg Cæsar , says: Next New Comment November 18, 2020 at 8:18 pm GMT • 3.9 days ago@Brett Redmayne-Titley nce William Plumer in 1820. (Novelist and Humphrey elector James Michener wrote that he would have if necessary in 1968, as he much preferred Nixon to the House and Wallace.)
Inasmuch as the US -- and every state -- has a religious feast day like St Patrick's and St George's, it would be Dec 8. Perfect date for a "Hail Mary"!
*Seven of the ten deviant votes cast in 2016 were counted, the other three replaced. State law rules here.
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Featherless , says: Next New Comment November 20, 2020 at 5:43 am GMT • 2.5 days ago
I watched the Sidney Powell video, hoping to root for " them ".
But, Venezuela ? Cuba ? Possibly China ? Sounds like a HUGE crock.
I can't back that. It's just a bunch of commie-bashing.
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Wally , says: Next New Comment November 22, 2020 at 12:04 am GMT • 18.6 hours ago@Brett Redmayne-Titley dney-powell-staggering-evidence-of-vote-fraud-dominion-machines-engineered-by-china-venezuela-cuba/anonymous  Disclaimer , says: Next New Comment November 22, 2020 at 12:20 am GMT • 18.4 hours ago
Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Responds to Tucker Carlson: 'He Was Insulting, Demanding and Rude' : https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2020/11/20/trump-lawyer-sidney-powell-responds-to-tucker-carlson-he-was-insulting-demanding-and-rude/#
and more Powell interviews:
BRT 207, agreed that the interview was less than cathartic, but Sidney has a tighrope to walk. Her opponent is not the opposing campaign of Dem hacks. Her opponent is CIA. CIA stuffed all those ballots. Unfortunately for Sidney, in US law and regulation, CIA crime is secret. The perps are secret under the IIPA. The facts are secret under the operational files exemption. The law is secret under COG procedures. Flynn explained the birds and bees to her. Remember DIA is JFK's creation.
Now Sidney has to find a way to puke up evidence of CIA crime in court.
CIA ratfucked Chavez with their electoral malware, albeit ineffectually.
https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/06CARACAS2063_a.html (per that cheeky monkey PCR)
CIA put their Venezuelan proprietary through a couple of sheepdippings and turned it on Trump. Just like they used it on Kerry. Just like they do whenever you vote for the wrong guy. Honnête homme Hopsicker, offered a lifetime of hookers and blow to shut up, has the most synoptic take:
This is transnational organized crime by CIA. Sidney has to call CIA agents under oath. She has to protect them from DO's murderers. She has to explode everything you think about your bullshit fake democracy. I don't know if she can do it but I hope she can.
Nov 22, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
"It Defies Logic": Scientist Finds Telltale Signs Of Election Fraud After Analyzing Mail-In Ballot Data by Tyler Durden Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:30 Twitter Facebook Reddit Email Print
A most interesting thread popped up on Twitter Sunday from a data scientist who wishes to remain anonymous, regarding mail-in ballot data which strongly suggests fraud occurred in the wee hours of election night, when several swing states inexplicably stopped reporting vote counts while President Trump maintained a healthy lead over Joe Biden.
Using time series data 'scraped' from the New York Times website, the data - comparing several states (swing and non-swing) - clearly illustrates what fraud does and does not look like, and how several anomalies in swing states left 'fingerprints of fraud' as Biden pulled ahead of President Trump.
Presented below via @APhilosophae :
This is based on their proprietary "Edison" data source which would ordinarily be impossible to access for people outside the press. The CSV is available here ( updated). And the script to generate it is here . I suggest that everyone back up both of these files , bc this is an extremely important data source, and we cant risk anyone taking it down.
What we are looking at will be time series analysis and you will see that it is extremely difficult to create convincing synthetic times series data. By looking at the times series logs of the ballot counting process for the entire country, we can very easily spot fraud.
One of the first things noticed while exploring the dataset is that there seems to be an obvious pattern in the ratio of new #Biden ballots to new #Trump ballots.
As we can see on this log-log plot, for many of the counting progress updates, we see an almost constant ratio of #Biden to #Trump. It's such a regular pattern that we can actually fit a linear regression model to it with near-perfect accuracy, barring some outliers. How could this be possible? Is this a telltale sign of fraud? Surprisingly, as it will be shown, the answer is no! This is actually expected behavior. Also, we can use this weird pattern in the ballot counting to spot fraud!
Here is the same pattern for Florida . We see this linear pattern again.
And again (Texas)
And again (South Dakota)
And again all over the country. What appears to be happening is that points on the straight line are actually mail in votes . The reason they're so homogeneous across with respect to the ratio of #Biden vs #Trump votes is that they get randomly shuffled in the mail like a deck of cards. Since the ballots are randomly mixed together during transport, spanning areas occupied by multiple voting demographics, we can expect the ratio of mail-in #Biden ballots to mail-in #Trump ballots will remain relatively constant over time and across different reporting updates.
Lets dig a little deeper into this :
Here is a plot of the same Florida voting data, but this time it's the ratio of #Biden to #Trump ballots, versus time. What we see is that the initial ballot reportings are very noisy and "random".
The initial reporting represents in-person voting. These vote reports have such large variation bc in-person voting happens across different geographic areas that have different political alignments. We can see this same pattern of noisy in-person voting, followed by homogeneous mail-in reporting in almost all cases. What we see in almost all examples across the country is that the ratio of mail-in Dem to Rep ballots is very consistent across time, but with the notable drift from Dem to slightly more Rep.
This slight drift from D to R mail-ins occurs again and again, and is likely due to outlying rural areas having more R votes. These outlying areas take longer to ship their ballots to the polling centers.
Now we're getting into the really good stuff . When we see mail-in ballot counting where there isn't relatively stable ratios of D and R ballots that slightly drift R, we have an anomaly! Anomalies themselves are not necessarily fraud, but they can help us spot fraud more easily.
Now let's look at some anomalies:
This is the Wisconsin vote counting history log. Again, on the Y axis we have the ratio of D to R ballots in reporting batch, and on the X axis we have reporting time. Around 4am there, there is a marked shift in the ratio of D to R mail-in ballots . Based on other posts in this thread, this should not happen . This is an anomaly, and while anomalies are not always fraud, often they may point to fraud.
By 4am the D to R ratio was all thrown out of whack. That is because these ballots were not sampled from the real Wisconsin voter population, and they were not randomized in the mail sorting system with the other ballots. They inherently have a different D to R signature than the rest of the ballots quite possibly bc additional ballots were added to the batch, either through backdating or ballot manufacturing or software tampering. This of this being kind of analogous to carbon-14 dating, but for ballot batch authenticity.
Lets look at another anomaly (Pennsylvania):
Here is Pennsylvania's vote counting history. For the first part of the vote counting process, we see the same pattern for mail-in ballots that we've seen in every other state in the country, which is relatively stable D to R ratio that gradually drifts R as more ballots. But then as counting continues, the D to R ratio in mail-in ballots inexplicably begin "increasing" . Again, this should not happen , and it is observed almost nowhere else in the country , because all of the ballots are randomly shuffled in the mail system and should be homogeneous during counting. The only exceptions to this are other suspect states that also have anomalies .
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Lets look at another anomaly:
In Georgia we see pretty much the same story as Pennsylvania: increasing fractions of mail-in D ballots over time even though it defies logic and we see this pattern no where else in the country.
In Michigan , we see a combination of Wisconsin strangeness, together with the GA/PA weirdness. We see both signs of contaminated ballot dumping, and ballot ratios drifting toward dems when they should not be.
Now in fairness, VA is the only state out of the 50 that has anomalies but has not had accusations of voter fraud, yet. I think this is the exception that proves the rule. Yet to figure out what causes this anomalous shift, but here it is so no one accuses me of holding it back.
Lets wrap this up: It appears Dems shot themselves in the foot bc making everyone do mail-in ballots actually makes it easier to catch mail-in ballot fraud . Bc all of the ballots go through the postal system, they get shuffled like a deck of cards, so we expect reported ballot return to be extremely UNIFORM in terms of D vs R ratio, but to drift slightly towards R over time bc some of those ballots travel farther. This pattern proves fraud and is a verifiable timestamp of when each fraudulent action occurred .
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
anastasia , says: Next New Comment November 21, 2020 at 9:48 pm GMT • 20.9 hours ago
The system is set up for failure in proving election fraud. Firstly, the security agencies will not lift a finger unless there is "substantial evidence of voter fraud." This was as true in the past as it is now.
There is no way that a candidate can discover all the election fraud in the short time they have to do it, especially when there are obstacles in the fraud areas controlled by the other side.
The courts are reluctant to do anything unless you have substantial evidence that rises to the level of proof that would change an election. Cannot be based upon probabilities.
The overall concern of the government is for it not to appear illegitimate. This is a public policy reason for turning a blind's eye, by the government, by the media, by anyone who has the power to influence.
Voter Fraud and Election Fraud has been around a long time. Read Vote Scam, a book taken out of the Library of Congress. I am sure that there have been more than several candidates who have lost office because of it, but with the system in place, it's gonna be tough toogies for the candidate who lost..
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Patrick in SC , says: Next New Comment November 18, 2020 at 5:55 pm GMT • 4.0 days ago
My gut feeling is that this election was stolen by old fashioned, street level, ballot stuffing in 5 or 6 "inner city" (black) locations, including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit, and two less black but equally corrupt locations in Maricopa County (Phoenix) and Las Vegas.
I could be wrong, and I hope I am, but I think the Dominion corruption angle is going to end up unprovable and will just be further grist for the "debunking" articles in the MSM (liberal) media, along with the hoax about water marks on ballots.
"Occam's Razor" explanation:
At around the same time in all of these locations, with some adjustment for time zones, the voting ground to a halt. In Atlanta, they even came up with a now confirmed as false story about a pipe bursting. They sent the Republican poll watchers home, delivered the necessary 90,000 to 150,000 ballots needed to change the result, punched the totals into the machine, and that was it. Some Republicans actually caught them in the act, but they were physically threatened and ignored by the partisan media. Detroit was the most egregious, where they even saw boxes being delivered in the wee hours and they put up paper screens to hide what they were doing. None of these witnesses can really "prove" anything, of course.
I think Biden would have naturally closed the huge gap in PA just by virtue of the fact that the precincts around Philly genuinely were counted last (plus the mail in ballots, legitimate and fraudulent). This is why you see those weird, unprecedented spikes in Biden totals in the early morning hours: The boxes containing fraudulent and/or harvested ballots were dumped into the pot.
What enabled all of the above to really work was the "mail in" ballots.
And they're going to get away with all of this because it was predominantly blacks who were doing this and the fact that the media is the de facto Ministry of Information for the Democratic Party. In a country where blacks are permitted to loot, and in some areas get a misdemeanor citation if the stuff they steal is worth less than $1,000, and in other cases get away with murder when the victim is white, the media will simply not report this stuff. "If a tree falls in the forest and it's not on CNN or in the New York Times, did that tree really fall?"
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Skeptikal , says: Next New Comment November 18, 2020 at 9:47 pm GMT • 3.9 days ago
Brett, can you please comment on this?
Below is a comment from James Kunstler's blog (apologies if this breaks a rule):
"BOMBSHELL: The 2020 election took place under a Trump-declared "National Emergency" that set an Election Day trap for the "unauthorized accessing of election and campaign infrastructure"
** https://www.distributednews.com/474016.html **
Wow What a doozy . Could be the trap that folks have been commenting on, why Brennan seems to be coming unglued, maybe why Esper was fired and replaced, why some Democrats seem to be been freaking out even more lately
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"This story begins with the little-known executive order signed into existence on September 12, 2018, by President Donald J. Trump. That order, available at Whitehouse.gov, is entitled, "Executive Order on Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election." In that executive order, which almost no one has covered since the day it was signed, President Trump declares a national emergency. That emergency is still in play to this day, and the 2020 election was conducted under this state of emergency, which is a crucial point to understand what's coming next."
"Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says the US military just raided the server farm of Scytl in Spain
Lest you think this is all speculation and rumor, we now get to the part where the rubber meets the road. According to a video interview with Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) which aired earlier today, the US military has just conducted a raid on the server farm of the now-bankrupt Scytl company in Barcelona, Spain. The Gateway Pundit, which has been at the forefront of much of the bombshell reporting of the election rigging conspiracy that took place on November 3rd, reached out to its sources to confirm the military operations in Europe, as related to gathering evidence of election theft. Here's what TGP just reported: The US government, once they determined that this Dominion server was involved in switching votes, then the intelligence community began a search for the server and discovered that the server was in Germany. In order to get access to that server and have it available for use in a legal manner they had to have the State Department work in tandem with the Department of Justice. They had to request that the government of Germany cooperate in allowing this seizure of this server. The appropriate documents required to affect that kind of seizure were put in place, signed off on, and it appears there was also US military support in this operation. The US military was not in the lead. But this helps explain why Esper was fired and Miller and Kash Patel were put in place -- so that the military would not interfere with the operation in any way. By getting ahold of the server they now are going to have the direct evidence of when they were instructed to stop counting. They will also discover who gave the direction to stop counting and who initiated the algorithm that started switching votes. The CIA was completely excluded from this operation. Here's the interview with Rep. Gohmert, now on Brighteon.com , just in case YouTube tries to memory hole this video:"
Last, but not least:
"RECOUNTS no longer matter; the certification of votes is now irrelevant
The action plan to achieve all this is under way as you read this. Team Trump already has the full transaction logs of Dominion Voting Systems election alterations, and with raids taking place in Europe, more evidence of foreign interference is being secured. Importantly, this enormous cache of vote fraud evidence will be more than sufficient for President Trump to present this evidence to the American people, then declare an illegal insurrection attempt against the United States of America while deploying US Marshals or military police to arrest the treasonous actors in the United States who attempted to carry out this elaborate criminal fraud. No wonder John Brennan appears to be crapping himself every time he appears on live television. Once Trump's plan is fully activated, people like Brennan will need a lifetime supply of Depends. Once all the evidence is compiled and presented, President Trump merely needs to declare the entire election to be null and void as an artifact of a failed foreign coup attempt against the United States, aided by treasonous operators inside the Democrat party and certain dark corners of the intelligence community (CIA, FBI, etc.). As an immutable legal principle, any party that engages in a social contract (such as an election) and then cheats to try to unfairly "win" that contract, is disqualified by default. You cannot win an election by stealing it. There is overwhelming legal precedent for this in court decisions from both SCOTUS and Federal district courts. The recounts are irrelevant. The "certification" of the fraudulent votes is just theater. None of that matters once the overwhelming fraudulent nature of the entire operation is documented and revealed to all."
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Skeptikal , says: Next New Comment November 21, 2020 at 2:05 pm GMT • 1.2 days ago@Brett Redmayne-Titley Diebold?
Black Box Voting, Bev Harris, was in the forefront of that investigation, and alerted the public to the dangers inherent these machines and the scumbags who run the companies that make and program them. Harris's organization bills itself as nonpartisan.
And Jonathan Simon. Simon seemed like a very good guy, but he may be too partisan (high on the Trump-Hate-o-Meter) to throw his intellect and experience into the current fight. I don't know.
Some good info here:
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Ace , says: Next New Comment November 20, 2020 at 6:34 pm GMT • 2.0 days ago@El Dato
The wireless interface on these voting machines allows access by people sitting in automobiles outside. I don't know if (some of) the machines are connected to the internet but there is no "air gap" such as would prevent outside electronic access:
It's not a question of "mystery software" that can "hack voting machines." Try to keep up.
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Reg Cæsar , says: Next New Comment November 19, 2020 at 1:38 am GMT • 3.7 days ago@Robert Palmer
Also, some counties in Michigan use Dominion but most of them do not I believe.
Only about half the state. Of the top fifteen counties, Wayne, Kent, Ingham, Saginaw, St Clair, Jackson, and Berrien use Dominion. Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Washtenaw, Ottawa, Livingston and Muskegon use Hart InterCivic, and Kalamazoo uses ES&S.
Voting Systems Map
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Anonymous  Disclaimer , says: Next New Comment November 19, 2020 at 11:19 pm GMT • 2.8 days ago@Skeptikal ng all past Federal elections involving Dominion (and functionally identical) machines into question. The claims might, if aggressively followed up, significantly thin Democratic leadership. If the Democrats cannot quash this, it could be the end of the Democrats.
I have no particular objection to this, but the Democrats might (Who knows, ANTIFA might cheer.). If the Democrats were frightened before, they're much more frightened now. Frightened people act unpredictably. Unpredictable acts are particularly dangerous now because the Democrats still control the cities and several states. Remember that the Democrats, although visibly declining, are still immensely powerful. If a serious dispute arises, try not to get stepped on by the combatants. If you have any way to support Trump, this would be the time to support him.
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Loup-Bouc , says: Next New Comment November 18, 2020 at 11:25 pm GMT • 3.8 days ago
...Mr. Titley converts to mishmash much evidence and insight rendered by actual investigative journalists, competent attorneys', and expert data-analysts -- e.g. , one anonymous "data scientist's" prima facie credible argument respecting of the probability of election fraud, https://www.zerohedge.com/political/it-defies-logic-scientist-finds-telltale-signs-election-fraud-after-analyzing-mail-ballot
As in his first two articles concerning the 2020 election, in this third article, Mr. Titley utters false or questionable "facts" [ e.g. , misidentifies or fails to account accurately the voting apparatus or vote-tabulation software that particular counties or precincts used], and displays a deep, wide ignorance of pertinent law.
Mr. Titley's theme appears to misdirect attention to Dominion Voting Systems "voting machines" themselves. Dominion Voting Systems "machines" are not designed to be fraud-effecting devices. They were not devised to erase votes or create false votes or ballots -- though some experts argue that Dominion "machines" bear program-glitches that can cause tally-errors.
If (as seems to appear) massive fraud occurred with use of Dominion Voting Systems," either (a) individuals must have manually-manipulated or remotely-hacked the Dominion "machines" or (b) vote-count-altering software -- e.g. , "Smartmatic" -- must have been loaded into, and operated upon, particular Dominion "machine" systems.
According to Sidney Powell -- a previous Assistant United States Attorney and U.S. federal district Appellate Section Chief and now a private practitioner -- the problem is software named Smartmatic:
[S]oftware, dubbed Smartmatic, was designed for the sole purpose of shifting voting results.
"It was a feature of the system that was designed with a back door, so that people could watch in real time and calculate with an algorithm how many votes they needed to change to make the results they wanted to create."
Mr. Titley says Sidney Powell is Trump's lead attorney. She is not such, but a simply a Trump-legal-team member. Mr. Titley says Sidney Powell asserted:
"They need to investigate the likelihood that 3% of the vote total was changed in the pre-election voting ballots that were collected digitally by using the Hammer program and the software program called Scorecard. That would have amounted to a massive change in the vote."
But Mr. Titley does not link or cite any document or video in which Sidney Powell uttered such statement. And in several videos Sidney Powell has pressed the argument that Smartmatic software's use is the culprit. See, e.g. ,
(b) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpEnpUN6FQ4 [starting at 221
Sidney Powell has said also: (a) Evidence indicates that Smartmatic software was used not only in Dominion Systems "machines", but also in electronic voting/vote-tabulating "machines" other than Dominion; and (b) Smartmatic software's election-fraud-effect requires human operation seeking to alter vote-outcomes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95WWSQFBVCo
Mr. Titley closes his article with this:
Criminal charges and indictments must be brought against one and all proved to be involved in the attempt to circumvent the American election process.
That indictment: Treason.
Surely, much flagrant criminal conduct explains the egregious state of the 2020 election. But "Treason" does not -- cannot :
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
U.S. Constitution Article III, section 3, clause 1
Per Article III, section 3, clause 1, one cannot commit "Treason" against the United States unless either
(a) one wages war against the United States -- as by fighting for a foreign state attacking or attempting to attack the United States or by joining an armed insurrection (against the U.S. government)
(b) one adheres to -- adopts a supportive association with -- a foreign power engaged in open hostility against the United States AND renders ACTIVE aid or comfort to the troops or other belligerency-agents ( e.g. , spies, saboteurs) of that foreign power.
The Article III, section 3, clause 1 term "enemies,"applies only to troops or other belligerency-agents of a foreign power manifesting a state of open hostility against the United States; the term's denotation does not include U.S. domestic rebels engaged in insurrection against the U.S. government.
But if an insurrection's armed forces form a "body politic" (as did the Confederacy of the U.S. civil war), then such armed force's members are "enemies" per Article III, section 3, clause 1, since such belligerent body politic is effectively a "foreign" power. And if one adheres to such belligerent body politic and renders aid or comfort to its troops or other belligerency-agents, one commits "Treason." But such belligerent body politic is not an "enemy" unless its belligerency manifests as war (armed violent belligerence).
Article III, section 3, clause 1 applies only to disloyal acts committed during time of war or armed insurrection and in pursuit or support of such war or armed insurrection -- NOT to disloyal speech or anti-government conduct occurring in peacetime (rather than in war or armed insurrection).
Compare , e.g. ,
(a) pp.323-333 of https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2589&context=ylj
Despite Democrats and their individual and corporate supporters appear to have tainted, criminally, this year's voting or other election processes, the Democrats and their supporters have NOT levied war or armed insurrection against the United States or given aid or comfort to the troops or other belligerency-agents of a foreign power. Hence, their likely crimes cannot be "Treason."
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Dystopian , says: Next New Comment November 18, 2020 at 3:25 pm GMT • 4.1 days ago@Mish SAgent76 , says: Next New Comment November 18, 2020 at 7:09 pm GMT • 4.0 days ago
You misunderstand how scorecard works. It intercepts the data on the way to server and changes it. The NSA has access to all internet traffic and most likely a back door that allows them to defeat encryption. Recently, some hackers discovered a back door in RSA keys which are used to encrypt internet traffic. It was patched but I'm sure there was either another way in or a new one created. Since all data is transmitted to a known server they would intercept all traffic to the server and modify it. TCP/IP is a protocol that has nothing to do the originating operating system. By the way, although not necessary for scorecard to work, many voting machines are connected to the internet. In a recent independent audit the machines examined, which run Windows 10, were unpatched and open to many know vulnerabilities. Windows 10 a virus in it's own right, connects to Microsoft hundreds of times a day and transmits god knows what information. They also had unauthorized software installed indicating that local users had administrative rights to the system. Another little known fact is that modern Intel processors have their own cell modem. So even without an internet connection it is still possible to hack into a computer. Since the connection is low level, intrusion prevention software is unaware of the unauthorized entry.
Apr 27, 2016 US elections, RIGGED Computer Programmer TESTIFIES Congressional Meeting.
If anyone can provide any details as exactly when this took place, where and any detail as to who the people are in this video please comment and I'll fill in the details.
Nov 22, 2020 | www.unz.com
Curmudgeon , says: Next New Comment November 18, 2020 at 5:47 pm GMT • 4.0 days ago@AReply s, but not Trump's? Gore is every bit as much of a turd as Trump if not more so. The issue is the same regardless of who is behind it. It is wrong and has to stop.Curmudgeon , says: Next New Comment November 18, 2020 at 5:54 pm GMT • 4.0 days ago
It will not stop until electronics are removed. Who says that you have to know who has won the vote count before you go to bed? That is bullshit. More voting stations ensuring a voter is entitled to vote with paper ballots and the results counted where cast with observers signing off on the count will put a big screw into rigging. Elections ought not be instant gratification. Democracy is supposed to require work.
Yes, I am aware American style democracy is the best money can buy, but returning to hand counted paper is the first step of many, in re-claiming government.@Verymuchalive
From the site (emphasis added):
According to unconfirmed reports, the server of a Spanish company, which was used for large parts of the US election count, was in Frankfurt am Main.
Nov 22, 2020 | www.weaselzippers.us
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As anyone in computer security will tell you, once the attacker has physical access, it's game over.
And if the attacker is a contractor, you have bigger problems.
Nov 08, 2020 | marisol-nostromo.medium.com
According to Merriam-Webster , a "secret police" is "a police organization that is run by a governm e nt and that operates in a secret way to control the actions of people who oppose the government." Of course, in this day and age, it's not easy to define "the government". We live in an oligarchical society. There are elected officials, including the President, who stay in office for a fixed amount of time and have a certain amount of power to change the way that things are done. But on the other hand, there are permanent institutions, both within the government itself and within society at large, that also wield significant power and are responsible for safeguarding the interests of the oligarchy, should they be threatened by the policies of the temporary, elected government.
There are various ways to describe this superstructure of oligarchic rule. One term which has become popular of late is "Deep State." Because the term has been used by Donald Trump, it has been ridiculed in the press as a "conspiracy theory," an expression which is often used to identify an "unauthorized narrative". A more technical term, favored by the British and the neocons , is "Continuity of Government" (COG.) There has been plenty of analysis of this concept, some well-founded, some highly speculative.
But a few things are self-evident here. One is that there is a huge number of career civil servants working in all branches of government who don't leave their jobs at the end of a 4- or 8-year presidential term. They remain, offering their professional experience, as well as their established political allegiances and ideological habits, to the incoming administration. Secondly, these career professionals are connected in multiple ways to non-governmental institutions with which they have formed closed working relationships, such as the media and the financial community, or the arms industry (the famed " Military Industrial Complex .")
Agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) devote much of their efforts to covert activity, and these agencies have at times clashed with elected officials. There have been allegations that these agencies are more loyal to permanent oligarchic power centers than to any temporary occupant of the White House. There are even compelling reasons to believe that these secretive agencies have been deployed against U.S. elected officials and even presidents .
In the early 1970s there were troubling revelations about covert operations, including illegal spying on American citizens and assassinations of dissident leaders such as Fred Hampton. Growing public concern about these abuses led to the formation of the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, better known as the Church Committee after its chairman, Democratic Senator Frank Church of Idaho. Creation of the Committee was approved on January 27, 1975 by the U.S. Senate. It published an extensive final report in April of 1976.
The Committee investigated the activities of the CIA and FBI, as well as the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It investigated assassinations of foreign leaders, unauthorized surveillance of U.S. citizens, and other covert operations. Efforts were made by political leaders, including President Gerald Ford, to keep these findings secret. These efforts were only partially successful.
Some of the projects which were exposed by the Church Committee included:
- COINTELPRO, the FBI program to infiltrate and disrupt dissident organizations, including the movement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as many other civil rights or anti-war organizations.
- MK-ULTRA, the CIA program to develop mind control techniques including the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD
- Operation Mockingbird, the CIA program to manipulate the news media for propaganda purposes
Typically, the agencies under investigation would issue a mea culpa and assure the public that these naughty activities had all been discontinued. However, new revelations over the past decades have demonstrated that nothing could be further from the truth. Of particular interest is the case of Edward Snowden , the NSA whistleblower who revealed the truly staggering extent of the unlawful surveillance being carried out on American citizens.
Nov 14, 2020 | thegrayzone.com
An eye-popping array of corporate consultants, war profiteers, and national security hawks have been appointed by President-elect Joe Biden to agency review teams that will set the agenda for his administration. A substantial percentage of them worked in the United States government when Barack Obama was president.
The appointments should provide a rude awakening to anyone who believed a Biden administration could be pressured to move in a progressive direction, especially on foreign policy.
If the agency teams are any indication, Biden will be firmly insulated from any pressure to depart from the neoliberal status quo, which the former vice president has pledged to restore. Instead, he is likely to be pushed in an opposite direction, towards an interventionist foreign policy dictated by elite Beltway interests and consumed by Cold War fever.
Nov 22, 2020 | www.realclearpolitics.com
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me title=MARGARET BRENNAN: I was rereading your memoir before we sat down to talk and you said in your memoir, Joe Biden is impossible not to like.
Quote: "He's a man of integrity, incapable of hiding what he really thinks, and one of those rare people you know you could turn to for help in a personal crisis. Still, I think he's been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."
Would he be an effective commander-in-chief?
ROBERT GATES: I-- I don't know. I don't know. I-- I think I stand by that statement. He and I agreed on some key issues in the Obama administration. We disagreed significantly on Afghanistan and some other issues. I think that the vice president had some issues with the military. So how he would get along with the senior military, and what that relationship would be, I just-- I think, it-- it would depend on the personalities at the time.
MARGARET BRENNAN: He's a peer of yours. Does that mean you're older?
ROBERT GATES: Yes.
MARGARET BRENNAN: You think he's right for this moment?
ROBERT GATES: I think I'm pretty busy and pretty active but I think-- I think having a President who is somebody our age or older, in the case of Senator Sanders, is- I think it's problematic. I think that you don't have the kind of energy that I think is required to be President. I think-- I'm not sure you have the intellectual acuity that you might have had in your sixties. So, I mean it's just a personal view. For me, the thought of taking on those responsibilities at this point in my life would be pretty daunting.
Watch the full interview:
Nov 22, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
J W , Nov 21 2020 9:19 utc | 52
American libs are just as fundamentally imperialist as the right, and their obsession with IdenPol garbage is just a smokescreen to pretend that they aren't.
Nov 22, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Biden's Deep State
by Tyler Durden Sat, 11/21/2020 - 17:00 Twitter Facebook Reddit Email Print
Authored by Steve Brown via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,
Philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote about the banality of evil , and there's never been a more banal bunch than the foreign policy and security state crew Barak Obama surrounded himself with for eight years beside the possible exception of Bush's own Neocons .
Now after three years screaming about "Russian collusion" it appears the Evil Empire is about to regain its lost ground, championing new wars and more interventionist expansionism with a much greater role for the US military in the world.
Let's name names.Pentagon
For the defense chief post, the Washington Post has portrayed the banal face of Michele Flournoy as the pick to 'restore stability' to the Pentagon , an entirely false assertion. Recall that Fluornoy promotes unilateral global US military intervention, and advocated the destruction of Libya in 2011. By the military-industrial revolving door , Flournoy enabled many Corporate weaponry contracts amounting to tens of millions. Likewise Fluornoy is on the Booz-Hamilton board, where the swamp cannot get any deeper. As if this wretched example of an agent-provocateur for war and destruction were not bad enough, Biden is reportedly considering Lockheed-Martin banal kingpin Jeh Johnson for the DoD position, too.
Lockheed director Johnson was employed by Rob Reiner and Atlantic editor arch-Neocon David Frum to run the Committee to Investigate Russia which mysteriously blew up as soon as the Mueller Report was released. Jeh Johnson has continued to warn of "Russian interference" in the US presidential election until now. Biden's anointing as president-elect has ended that. As Homeland Security head, Johnson authorized cages for holding immigrant children. He also supported the assassination of General Suleimani, and has voiced support for US wars in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.State
From Libya to Syria, Yemen, Ukraine and beyond, the banality of evil is perhaps best personified by Susan Rice – apparently Biden's premiere pick for Secretary. Rice was an abject failure at the United Nations, but all seems forgiven, probably at the behest of Biden's donors. After her failure at the UN, Obama kicked Rice upstairs to be his National Security Advisor, a position that does not require Senate approval.
An obvious war hawk in the mold of the Democrat's donor class, a Rice appointment could reinforce the liberal mantra that women can be just as good at interventionism as men, and ensure full re-establishment of the Neoliberal agenda in Washington. John Kerry has been flagged as a potential for State (again) too, but at age 77 and subsequent to the failure of the JCPOA Kerry is an unlikely pick.
Another potential pick among the banal Daughters of Darkness is Victoria Kagan-Nuland , architect of the 2014 debacle in Ukraine (among other things). Outed at State in an embarrassing act of what she called impressive statecraft and other embarrassing incidents, Nuland seems an unlikely choice. But Kagan-Nuland is as banal as banal can be, and Biden may somehow wish to reinforce his solidarity with the JTF and his donor class, on Israel.National Security Advisor
Banality is certainly the mark of the beast here, in the form of Tony Blinken. Well in with Michele Flournoy (above) Blinken typifies the type of banality the Deep State engages in to promote its evil, with Blinken as successful as any other Deep State actor. A major hawk on Russia and war hawk in general, Blinken is an apologist for Israel . Blinken is a war hawk on Afghanistan and Syria too, and Blinken was directly involved in CIA operation Timber Sycamore . Oh, the banality.
Another model of banality is Leon CIA Panetta who so far claims that cruising the Monterey peninsula is more fun that being in Washington. But we know that's false and Panetta would be a logical pick. Besides being a hawk on everything, and laughing about the fact he has no idea how many wars Obama's America was fighting – because he lost count – Panetta is simply another sycophant for evil like Hannah Arendt portrayed in her study of Adolf Eichmann.CIA
Banal of the banal is of course Mike Morell. This incredibly vacuous excuse for a human being has been hate-mongering for years. Beside his blatant pandering support for another banal and brutal warmonger – Hillary Clinton – Mike Morell is one Neoliberal who still maintains that Saddam Hussein actively aided and abetted al Qaeda with regard to the 911 attacks. But Morell simply and ultimately represents the banality of evil, just as Arendt depicted Adolf Eichmann, but in Morell's case succinctly summarized here by Ray McGovern .United Nations
Outing the banality of the banal would be incomplete without mentioning Jen Psaki . Although a potential pick for White House Communications Director, why not promote an accomplished liar to a venue where accomplished lying really matters?Conclusion
There is no indication that the United States as an entrenched warfare state will ever change its course until forced to. Mr Trump was incapable of enforcing that change. Sidelined by Russiagate psychosis , as a Beltway Neophyte and his own worst enemy at times, that sank Trump's agenda. The actions of Mr Trump now – to end the wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen -- should have been undertaken in earnest and without compromise years ago. Point being that Mr Trump's new appointments to the Pentagon – and let's hope CIA – will hopefully blunt the efficacy of Biden's bad actors going forward.
Regardless, characters the same or similar to the ones listed above will definitely infest Washington's infernal Beltway cesspool once again via Joe Biden make no mistake. And they will be meaner and nastier than ever before! Guaranteed.
Creative_Destruct , 2 hours agoEndofTimes , 5 hours ago
And the same old swamp slime (Morell, et al) waits eagerly to burst back in through the doors of power. New boss, same as the old(er) boss(es). Uuuuuuggh.truth or go home , 4 hours ago
Obama's 3rd Term. Swamp will grow like a tumor. These demons are shaking with excitement to get into office and fulfill the desires of the founders of the UN. Kill off America and establish a global governmentCatInTheHat , 5 hours ago
Biden is 100% deep state puppet. He will say and do whatever they tell him to.
Dominion = Scytl = CIA = Deep State = Swamp
CIA threw the election. Trump team caught them.
Trump has already cut the CIA off at the knees. Getting ready to fill up Guantanamo again...
Giant war going on inside the gov right now - Biden enjoying the limelight before he is retired to his rocking chair.To Hell In A Handbasket , 4 hours ago
NICE JOB Biden voters!!
You MORONS electing Obama 2.0 on STEROIDS is WHY we got a Trump in the first placeBay of Pigs , 3 hours ago
The USSA electorate are idiots, and divided idiots at that. You got Trump because the electorate was desperate, and you got Biden because the other half was desperate. That adds up to a desperate population. Your enemy is not voters from the other side of the Uniparty. Please get off the GOP vs DEMOCRAT horse$h1t.SabOObas , 3 hours ago
Quite an impressive list of Neoliberal globalist ****bags.Jgault , 2 hours ago
The establishment demonizes Trump for 4 years.
The sheeple voted to put the guy with 40 years of corruption under his belt in office, because the establishment said its good for you.ReadyForHillary , 3 hours ago
It is always the small man, the inept man, the insecure man who has a need to demonstrate to the world his bravado with reckless and senseless gestures.
Biden and his brothel of advisors he surrounds himself with have perhaps the worst track record of international policy since Jimmy Carter, absolute proven failures and disasters in Ukraine, Syria, Lybia, and Egypt. This is the group that laid the intellectual groundwork for what would become the largest refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster in nearly 50 years.
Laughably, now the MSM is doing a complete 180 in their editorial view of troops in Afghanistan and Syria...what a shock!
Lacking foresight, insecure, lacking ethical standards and being given the ability to order troops, how could this possibly go wrong?
Trump was the first President in 30 years not to provoke any new millitary interventions, yet the world criticized him for his style. Let's see how long it takes for the world to start looking back to a more stable past.RumbleGuts , 4 hours ago
The Democrat party is the WAR party.Someone Else , 2 hours ago
Another article that doesn't realize red and blue are the same team. Make no mistake, big baby bonespurs is in deep with the deep state. Think epstein. ;-)flawse , 2 hours ago
Mike Morell, the most evil man to ever draw a breath, as CIA Director?
A Biden Presidency can never be allowed to happen.DebbieDowner , 3 hours ago
There will not be a Biden presidency. There is obviously some other plan.Little Johnny Jewel , 5 hours ago
This author's last paragraph fails to acknowledge that the CIA and FBI has not obeyed Trump's (or any President's) orders in quite some time. Now is the time for someone to finally make a change and it took such a massive plan to expose them all to drain the swamp.
Caitlin Johnstone covered this a week ago
swampy war mongerers
Nov 22, 2020 | www.worldtribune.com
Facebook's Zuckerberg funding election judges in Pennsylvania: 'What could go wrong?'
By World Tribune on November 6, 2020
by WorldTribune Staff , November 6, 2020
A federal lawsuit filed on Oct. 19 noted that Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg provided the funds to double the number of polling places in Philadelphia and that he is also paying for judges to oversee ballot counting.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, highlights how a grant for $10 million from the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) explicitly requires the City of Philadelphia open no fewer than 800 new polling places – and failing to do so may require the City to forfeit the grant money. The funding from Zuckerberg also pays for judges to oversee ballot counts and the outcome of disputes that arise regarding the eligibility of ballots in the election.
The plaintiffs in the case, the Pennsylvania Voters Alliance and several officeholders and candidates, previously filed a complaint against Centre County, Delaware County, and the City of Philadelphia, and Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Kathy Boockvar.
"Municipal leaders have ceded their role as a local authority to CTCL with powers that rightfully belong to the people of Pennsylvania through their representatives in Harrisburg by effectively inviting this partisan billionaire into the ballot counting room," said Tom King, the legal counsel representing the plaintiffs in the case."
Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough noted: "They are still voting in Pennsylvania. Three days after Nov. 3. Dems tried that in other states but judges said no. Continued voting after election day would be considered fraud by UN observers. News reports said more ballots coming in. No post mark required. Or matching signature. UN observers would also consider that evidence of fraud."
Phill Kline, Director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, which is supporting the litigation in Pennsylvania, said: "We are fighting Mark Zuckerberg around the country where he is using CTCL, a nonprofit founded and managed by Obama-affiliated operatives, to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to leftist strongholds in several battleground states to determine the outcome of the election. This is a scheme engineered by partisan activists under the guise of COVID-related support. The privatization of the election undermines the integrity of the election."
Political commentator Mark Steyn noted: "So swing-state elections are now a subsidiary of Facebook: Votebook. What could go wrong?"
Nov 22, 2020 | marisol-nostromo.medium.com
For those readers who may be unfamiliar with the term "Color Revolution", it refers to what has now become the standard technique for promoting "regime change" in targeted nations.
Nov 21, 2020 | www.breitbart.com
The pieces are finally coming together, and they reveal a masterpiece of electoral larceny involving Big Tech oligarchs, activists, and government officials who prioritize partisanship over patriotism.
The 2020 election was stolen because leftists were able to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to weaken, alter, and eliminate laws that were put in place over the course of decades to preserve the integrity of the ballot box. But just as importantly, it was stolen because those same leftists had a thoroughly-crafted plan, and because they were rigorous in its implementation and ruthless in its execution.
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Under the pretext of assisting election officials conduct "safe and secure" elections in the age of COVID, Zuckerberg donated $400 million -- as much money as Congress appropriated for the same general purpose -- to nonprofit organizations founded and run by left-wing activists. The primary recipient was the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which received the staggering sum of $350 million. Prior to Zuckerberg's donations, CTCL's annual operating expenses averaged less than $1 million per year. How was Zuckerberg even aware of such a small-potatoes operation, and why did he entrust it with ⅞ of the money he was pouring into this election cycle, despite the fact that it had no prior experience handling such a massive amount of money?
Predictably, given the partisan background of its leading officers, CTCL proceeded to distribute Zuckerberg's funds to left-leaning counties in battleground states.
... Zuckerberg and CTCL left nothing to chance, however, writing detailed conditions into their grants that dictated exactly how elections were to be conducted, down to the number of ballot drop boxes and polling places. The Constitution gives state lawmakers sole authority for managing elections, but these grants put private interests firmly in control.
... Philadelphia County alone, for instance, projected that the $10 million grant it received from CTCL would enable it to increase turnout by 25-30 percent -- translating to well over 200,000 votes.
The left didn't put all of its eggs into the CTCL basket, though. High-ranking state officials simultaneously took significant steps to weaken ballot security protocols, acting on their own authority without permission or concurrence from the state legislatures that enshrined those protections in the law.
In Wisconsin, Democrat Secretary of State Doug La Follette allowed voters to claim " indefinite confinement " in order to avoid having to provide a photocopy of their ID when requesting an absentee ballot. The exemption was intended for legitimate invalids, but COVID offered a convenient excuse for circumventing the law, despite the fact that Wisconsin had no pandemic-related lockdown rules that would have rendered anyone "indefinitely confined." The impact was far-reaching. About 240,000 voters claimed the exemption in 2020, compared to just 70,000 in 2016.
In Michigan, Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson unilaterally voided the legal requirement that voters provide a signature when requesting an absentee ballot, establishing an online request form. She then took things a step further by announcing that she would "allow civic groups and other organizations running voter registration drives to register voters through the state's online registration website," granting partisan groups such as Rock The Vote direct access to Michigan's voter rolls.
In Pennsylvania, election officials in heavily-Democratic counties that received CTCL funding allowed flawed mail-in ballots to be "cured" -- that is, altered or replaced -- prior to Election Day.
... This was particularly egregious when it came to ballot "curing," a process that actually involves election workers filling out brand new ballots on behalf of voters whose ballots purportedly could not be read by machine. This could have been due to something the voter themselves did, such as spilling coffee on the ballot. It also could have been due to something that election workers themselves did, such as crumpling ballots to prevent the machines from receiving them, just as a vending machine rejects crumpled bills.
... These election workers, it should be noted, were paid directly by CTCL's grants . These supposedly impartial arbiters of our electoral process are supposed to work for the people, but they were on Zuckerberg's payroll.
Ken Blackwell, former Secretary of State of Ohio, is the Distinguished Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance, at the Family Research Council. He served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission from 1990-1993.Jeff Schroer • 3 hours ago
Anyone with functioning grey matter knows that this election was a fraud! The question remains, are people going to just throw their hands in the air and say oh well or is this the line in the sand that patriots are drawing and saying no more it's time to take a stand for freedom and liberty! Stay tuned!127 1 • Reply • Share › Show 10 new replies − ping Jeff Schroer • an hour ago
The issue is auditing the votes.
Millions of ballots aren't any good. That's the issue.
The remedy is the Electoral College via State legislatures . If the Republicans won't keep Trump in the White House via the Electoral College than this is a Republican coup against Trump.
We know it's a Republican coup because the Republicans who were supposed to lose like Susan Collins all won easily. They rode Trump's coattails to victory, but the coat lost.
That's not how that works. Anyone trying to explain that is part of the coup ag
Nov 21, 2020 | www.rt.com
'I don't call on activists': Sparks fly at first White House press conference in over a month 20 Nov, 2020 19:46 Get short URL White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, November 20, 2020. © REUTERS/Carlos Barria 7 Follow RT on Returning to the Brady press room after a lengthy absence, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany faced heckling and questions about the election, while trying to focus on the pandemic.
Friday's briefing was the first since October 1, two days before President Donald Trump tested positive for the virus. McEnany herself had a positive test on October 5, and wasn't cleared for live appearances until October 16. Then came the hotly contested election that mainstream media called for Democrat Joe Biden, though Trump has refused to concede, claiming irregularities.
While the press conference lasted about as long as Thursday's event with Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware, the tone was completely different. McEnany tried to keep to the topic of Covid-19, but nine out of thirteen questions she acknowledged on Friday – not counting Brian Karem's heckling – were from reporters demanding to know why Trump hasn't conceded yet and arguing he really, really should.
Weijia Jiang of CBS did ask about the virus, framing the 250,000 deaths as a White House failure and accusing the administration of "mixed messaging" on masks and mitigation that, by implication, cost lives. McEnany's response was to remind reporters of the estimates that two million people would die, and defend her characterization of Democrat governors threatening people with jail time for Thanksgiving gatherings as "Orwellian."
She deferred the questions about the electoral lawsuits and campaign strategy to the campaign, pointing out that the White House is focused on battling the virus and "winding down wars in Afghanistan and Iraq," and bringing up a forthcoming announcement about drug pricing.
As Karem continued to shout from the back, McEnany declined to call on CNN's Kaitlan Collins, saying "I don't call on activists."
She did take one last question, from OAN's Chanel Rion, to deliver a mini-lecture to reporters as has been her habit. Noting that the FBI and the Department of Justice have been entirely silent on the election, McEnany reminded the press corps that Trump was never given a proper transition or recognition of legitimacy, but was instead spied on, investigated for 'Russiagate' and even impeached.
"There were no calls for unity, there were no calls for healing," she reminded the press, before leaving the room to the shouts of frustrated reporters.
Count_Cash 43 minutes ago 20 Nov, 2020 03:25 PMThe liberal regime media are desperate to try to close off their fraud of an election, before a conservative court gets involved and definitively determines their fraud and attempts to cover it before the whole electorate!StudsterUSA 1 hour ago 20 Nov, 2020 03:04 PMAfter they lose the election, they scramble to pretend they are doing the things that they had 4 years to do. Reminds me of a job I had 25 years ago, where I was in the process of being fired. Towards the end, there was a charity drive and I decided to sign up for a high amount taken directly out of my paycheck which was for the next 12 months. I knew I was (probably) leaving soon, so I thought that was a sound little trick that might help me.Count_Cash StudsterUSA 31 minutes ago 20 Nov, 2020 03:38 PMYour story reminds me how liberal propaganda media tries to mask a fraud with meaningless narrative, only to reveal their own history of fraudulent tricks - but as they say - as dull as a dem!Marcaribe 35 minutes ago 20 Nov, 2020 03:34 PMThe biggest problem Trump is facing is that the courts refuse to hear the case. When Adam Chiff produced the fake Russiagate conspiracy dossier by H Clinton every court was eager to hear the case and ready to impeach Trump, but now since is Trump whose producing damming evidence of massive voting fraud no court wants to hear it. This is how corrupt the whole system is
Nov 21, 2020 | www.rt.com
Georgia vote recount found 'unacceptable' errors, Governor Brian Kemp said, urging his secretary of state to conduct an audit of at least some mail-in ballots to ensure confidence in the upcoming US Senate runoff elections.
Kemp spoke on Friday evening, after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified Democrat Joe Biden as winner of the state's 16 electoral votes in the November 3 election, following a recount of the ballots. Both Kemp and Raffensperger are Republicans.
Acknowledging the "record number of absentee ballots" which he said was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Kemp said the audit revealed "significant errors" in a number of counties across the state, including Floyd, Fayette, Douglas and Walton.
"It's quite honestly hard to believe that during the audit, thousands of uncounted ballots were found weeks after a razor-thin outcome in a presidential election," Kemp said.
Nov 21, 2020 | townhall.com
O'Connor pushed her about her claims that computer software used in the election, particularly Dominion Voting Systems, has been tainted, and he wondered how she would prove it. For starters, Powell said that her legal team has pictures of votes being manipulated in real-time.
"It is terrifying, and it is a huge national security issue," Powell said. "Why the Department of Justice and FBI have not done something, Dominion is closing its offices and moving. No doubt they're shredding documents. God only knows what else. More than 100 Dominion people have wiped any connection with Dominion off the internet."
She also claims that they have testimony from witnesses opening military ballots and trashing them if they were for Trump, and substitute ballots were put in for Biden.
"I'm essentially staking my personal and professional reputation on these allegations, and I have no hesitation from what I've seen in doing so," she noted. "In fact, I think it would be irresponsible if not criminal of me not to come forward with it."
She also says she would LOVE for Dominion to sue her over her allegations so she can conduct civil discovery. Powell also reacted to Fox News host Tucker Carlson's criticism of her on his program on Thursday night.
You can listen to their full interview below.
Nov 16, 2020 | townhall.com
The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a statement last week defending the integrity of the 2020 election. The problem, however, is two of the main election software companies that have been called into question – Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic – sit on CISA. And that information was never disclosed, the Epoch Times reported.
Below is the the joint statement put out by the Executive Committee of the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council (SCC):
"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.
"When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.
"Other security measures like pre-election testing, state certification of voting equipment, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's (EAC) certification of voting equipment help to build additional confidence in the voting systems used in 2020.
"While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections."
The two election software companies are members of the GCC's Sector Coordinating Council:
- Amazon Web Services (AWS)
- Arrikan, Inc./Chaves Consulting, Inc.
- Associated Press (AP) Elections
- BPro, Inc.
- Clear Ballot Group
- DemTech Voting Solutions
- Democracy Live
- Democracy Works
- DMF Associates
- Dominion Voting Systems
- Election Systems & Software (ES&S)
- Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)
- Freeman, Craft, McGregor Group
- Hart InterCivic
- Microvote General Corp.
- NTS Data Services
- PCC Technology Inc.
- Pro V&V
- Runbeck Election Services
- SLI Compliance
- Tenex Software Solutions
- The Canton Group
- Unisyn Voting Solutions
- Voting Works
- VR Systems
According to the Election Infrastructure Subsector Coordinating Council Charter , the goal of the group is to "advance the physical security, cyber security, and emergency preparedness of the nation's election infrastructure, in accordance with existing U.S. law" and "serve as the primary liaison between the election subsector and federal, state, and local agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), concerning private election subsector security and emergency preparedness issues."
CISA's goal , on the other hand, is to work "collaboratively with those on the front lines of elections -- state and local governments, election officials, federal partners, and vendors -- to manage risks to the Nation's election infrastructure
State and local election officials decide what voting software and programs to use and CISA has no control over that.
Interestingly enough, I received an email tonight from Dominion about "setting the record straight." They cited the above statement as reason to trust them but failed to disclose their CISA connection.
Here's some of the bigger points made in their email:
Dominion Voting Systems categorically denies false assertions about vote switching and software issues with our voting systems.
According to a Joint Statement by the federal government agency that oversees U.S. election security, the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity, & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): "There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised." The government & private sector councils that support this mission called the 2020 election " the most secure in American history ."
3) Dominion is a nonpartisan U.S. company
Dominion has no ownership relationships with the Pelosi family, Feinstein family, Clinton Global Initiative, Smartmatic, Scytl, or any ties to Venezuela. Dominion works with all U.S. political parties; our customer base and our government outreach practices reflect this nonpartisan approach.
- As reported by the Associated Press , "Dominion made a one-time philanthropic commitment at a Clinton Global Initiative meeting in 2014, but the Clinton Foundation has no stake or involvement in Dominion's operations, the nonprofit has confirmed." The meeting included bipartisan attendees focused on international democracy-building.
- There have been no "raids" of Dominion servers by the U.S. military or otherwise, and Dominion does not have servers in Germany.
7) Assertions of voter fraud conspiracies are 100% false
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has debunked numerous claims , including claims about the existence of a secret CIA program for vote fraud called Hammer and Scorecard.
All U.S. voting systems must provide assurance that they work accurately and reliably as intended under federal U.S. EAC and state certification and testing requirements. Election safeguards -- from testing and certification of voting systems, to canvassing and auditing -- prevent malicious actors from tampering with vote counts and ensure that final vote tallies are accurate. Read more from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency .
This isn't the first time Dominion's software has been called into question. Democrats voiced concern over the software last December. The Denver Post warned about their election security earlier this year. The Michigan GOP said a software glitch caused 6,000 votes to flip from Trump to Biden, although the Michigan Secretary of State said that wasn't the case. It's one of the reasons Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the legal process needs to play out in the courts.
Nov 20, 2020 | www.counterpunch.org
Trump's Isolationism Masks Sinister Alliances
Was Trump an isolationist? Not really, though it's easy to see how he got this reputation, at first glance of his foreign policy.
He had an aggressive posture against Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela, with his illegal sanctions policy against these countries. He demonstrated total fealty to the Israeli project to annihilate Palestine. His "trade war" against China is sold as a way to rebuild the U.S. economy, but it is also about maintaining U.S. power; for what other purpose could instruments such as the Millennium Challenge Corporation and América Crece be used when they have been designed to advantage U.S. companies around the world?
Trump certainly attacked the Western military alliance system, trying to force NATO members to spend more on their military. But at the same time, Trump developed other military alliances: one of these, first developed by George W. Bush in 2007, is the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, which draws Australia, India, and Japan into a military alliance against China. At the same time, Trump drove an agenda in Latin America -- through the Lima Group (established in 2017) -- to create an alliance against Venezuela.
Why Biden Is Not a Multilateralist
The liberal media portrays Biden as a multilateralist -- but the evidence for this speculation on the president-elect's foreign policy is problematic, to say the least.
Biden wants to rebuild the Western military alliance system that Trump has eroded. An indication of Biden's enthusiasm was an early phone call to French President Emmanuel Macron, to suggest that the United States is back as a player in Europe. This is not an advance toward a multilateral world order, but rather a return to the old alliance system where the United States (with its Canadian and European allies) attempts to dominate the world system by the use of its military, diplomatic, and economic power.
Further evidence offered for Biden's multilateralism is his commitment to return the United States to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (or the Iran deal) and the 2016 Paris Agreement.
Why does Biden wish to return the United States to its commitments toward Iran? Obama entered this deal because the Europeans were desperate for a source of energy after the United States and France destroyed access to Libyan oil in NATO's 2011 war and hurt access to Russian natural gas because of the Ukraine conflict in 2014. Obama agreed to the Iran deal because the Europeans were desperate, not to line up with the demands of international law; Biden will give the Europeans this gift, welcomed by the Iranian people, in order to cement the Western alliance system. Meanwhile, Biden continues to talk about suffocating the Iranian people.
On climate, during the negotiations that resulted in the Paris deal during Obama's presidency, the United States watered down the text of the agreement, preventing a truly multilateral deal that would have accepted Western responsibility for a century of fossil fuel use. Again, there is no major commitment to save the planet in Biden's pledge to return to the Paris Agreement; the main agenda is to strengthen and subordinate the European countries to the U.S.-led alliance system.
Primacy Remains the U.S. Goal
The U.S. State Department's Policy Planning Staff wrote in the early years of the Cold War, "To seek less than preponderant power would be to opt for defeat. Preponderant power must be the object of U.S. policy." This desire for primacy remains the explicit U.S. policy. Trump, in his four years as president, did not depart from this policy. Nor has Biden in his five decades in public office. They might differ in their tone or in their strategy, but not in the pursuit of this goal. Biden's adviser Charles Kupchan has written a new book called Isolationism , which offers a clichéd view of U.S. foreign policy, and then concludes, "[T]he United States must reclaim its exceptionalist mantle"; this means that the United States must continue to seek primacy.
This goal of primacy has made it difficult for the U.S. elites to come to terms with the fact of the slow attrition of U.S. power since the illegal war on Iraq (2003) and the credit crisis (2007). Failure to acknowledge that the world will no longer tolerate one single superpower has led the United States to impose a warlike situation against China. This begins with Obama's "pivot" to Asia in 2015, and intensifies with Trump's "trade war."
Cold War on China Looms
Since 2015, not one U.S. Silicon Valley CEO has made a robust statement for comity between the United States and China. Apple's Tim Cook held a meeting with Trump in August 2019 merely to allow Apple to better compete with Samsung, which was not hit by the U.S. tariffs. There was no broad statement about Trump's "trade war," with which Cook seemed quite pleased.
Silicon Valley firms know that on certain technological developments -- such as 5G, robotics, GPS, and soon microchips -- Chinese firms have clearly produced next-generation technologies, and in many cases have leapfrogged over their U.S. counterparts. Silicon Valley companies are quite happy for the U.S. government to put the entire weight of the state against Chinese firms. This includes using the security apparatus to accuse Huawei of being involved in Chinese government espionage. It is a curiosity that none of the Silicon Valley firms worry about privacy per se, because -- according to the Edward Snowden revelations -- the National Security Agency uses the PRISM program to collect data freely from Silicon Valley internet firms; but the U.S. uses the privacy and espionage arguments to try to hurt Chinese tech firms and protect the intellectual property and market advantages of Silicon Valley. Since this is the real cause of the trade war, there is every likelihood -- and Biden has said so -- that a Biden administration would continue to prosecute the trade war.
In 2013, the Chinese government set up the One Belt, One Road (now Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI) to extend its commercial links across the world. The Obama administration responded in 2015 with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a platform to break China's commercial ties along the Pacific Rim. Trump jettisoned the TPP and went for a more direct trade war. To counter the trillions of dollars that China will mobilize for the BRI, the United States used the Millennium Challenge Corporation (set up in 2004) and América Crece (2019) to funnel billions of dollars to countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. All of this is a desperate attempt to undermine China and maintain U.S. primacy.
The United States is not yet prepared to acknowledge the changed world situation. This will take time. Short of that, it is important for people to speak up against an escalation of hostilities.
This article was produced by Globetrotter.
Vijay Prashad's most recent book is No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism (New Delhi: LeftWord Books, 2015).
Nov 20, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Trump campaign counsel repeatedly accused Dominion and its officers of criminal conduct and business improprieties. Those are categories of "per se defamation" under the common law. No special damages must be shown in such per se cases. Individual officers could bring defamation claims and the company itself could bring a business disparagement action.
Businesses can be defamed like individuals if the false statement injures the business character of the corporation or its prestige and standing in the industry. In Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. v. Greenmoss Builders, Inc ., 472 U.S. 749 (1985) the Supreme Court allowed a business to sue a credit reporting agency for defamation where the agency mistakenly reported that the business had filed for bankruptcy.
Restatement Second § 561 Defamation of Corporations states:
"One who publishes defamatory matter concerning a corporation is subject to liability to it
(a) if the corporation is one for profit, and the matter tends to prejudice it in the conduct of its business or to deter others from dealing with it, or
(b) if, although not for profit, it depends upon financial support from the public, and the matter tends to interfere with its activities by prejudicing it in public estimation."
Dominion appears to be a company with a Colorado headquarters.
There could be lawsuits in Colorado or the place of the alleged defamation. The lawsuit would likely be filed under state law but moved to federal court under diversity jurisdiction arguments.
The press conference was an explosion of potentially defamatory claims by individuals or companies. The only clear defense is truth. The team insists that it can prove these allegations. It may have to do so. Not only can the individual lawyers face such lawsuits but the Trump campaign itself could be liable under the principle of respondeat superior, where an employer is liable for the conduct of his employees when they are acting within the scope of their employment. Ironically, the Latin term means "let the master speak." The President or his campaign could be forced to speak in a defamation case if they have not spoken in the promised court filings.
Nov 20, 2020 | www.rt.com
He had to send out a correction shortly thereafter, however, saying that the certification process was still ongoing but would be completed later on Friday.
Raffensperger's announcement dropped hours after the Associated Press officially called Georgia in Biden's favor, a move the Trump campaign slammed in a public statement from senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis, who claimed the state recounted illegal ballots in their audit.
"This so-called hand recount went exactly as we expected because Georgia simply recounted all of the illegal ballots that had been included in the total," she said.
President Trump has claimed he would have won in Georgia if not for voter fraud. Thousands of new votes were found in the recount, but they did not sway the outcome in his favor. Trump previously tweeted he did not have faith in Georgia's recount and slammed it as a "joke."
Biden's victory in Georgia marks the first time a Democrat presidential candidate has won the state since 1992.
Trump continues to refuse to concede the race to Biden, claiming voter fraud occurred in multiple states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
The president's lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani, presented their case for fraud during a Thursday press conference, citing numerous allegations, including Republican poll watchers not being allowed to properly observe counting, that Trump ballots were dumped, and thousands more fraudulent ballots were counted.
Mickey Mic 1 hour ago 20 Nov, 2020 12:22 PMIf the elections were fair and nobody cheated, we should have both sides counting the votes, as they live stream it on the internet so everyone in the world can observe the count in real time. Monitors are rejected only to cover up the biggest criminal heist of votes in US history as there is no other motivation to exclude the monitors from viewing the ballots. PS: Receipts can take away most fraud by paper on electronically !
Nov 20, 2020 | www.quora.com
John Ohkuma Thiel , Never miss an opportunity to vote in an election. Answered August 31 · Author has 3.6K answers and 3M answer views
It's an interesting bit of history. When Black people gained the right to vote, a common voter suppression tactic was to require questions be answered correctly to qualify. So a White person would go to register and they would ask them a very simple question, like spelling their own name for example, but when a Black person tried to vote they would be asked something difficult like to exactly quote an amendment to the Constitution or the distance in kilometers to the Sun.
Literacy is fairly subjective. If you ask me most native English speakers are actually literate in their own language. They know the basics, but nothing more than that.
And yet they can vote. They can, they're permitted to vote, and obviously they do in great numbers. Richard Black , Ba Literature, Duke University (1974) Answered July 9, 2018 · Author has 4K answers and 1.1M answer views
Most illiterate voters (dropouts) vote democrat. Those simply ignorant of science vote republican. Other statistical likelihoods:
Mark Cascella , Licensed Professional Engineer at New Jersey Answered March 14, 2018 · Author has 276 answers and 186.7K answer views
- Welfare recipient (democrat)
- Racist (republican)
- Drug user (democrat)
- Social security recipient (republican)
- Doesnt speak English (democrat)
- Banker/oligarch (republican)
Yes, they can and they do.
The question is- what kind of information do they get you from where?
Nov 20, 2020 | off-guardian.org
The US Election is still a burning issue almost two weeks after the people went to the polls, and though the race has been called for Biden by every mainstream media outlet in the world, the recounts are ongoing and irregularities manifest.
Trump's legal team, and many in the alternate media, are claiming the election was rigged. With one voice the mainstream media – and the entire political establishment – denounce these claims as "baseless", and scream there is "no evidence".
This is incorrect. There is plenty of evidence, both circumstantial and direct, which breaks down into six basic categories:Precedent – It has happened before. Motive – Deep State/Military dislike of Trump's policies is widely known. Foreknowledge – Establishment voices predicted this exact situation. Opportunity – The voting system is highly susceptible to fraud. Voting Irregularities – Known software "glitches" & irregularities in the reporting of the results. Cover-up – Dishonesty in the reporting of the situation.1. PRECEDENT
There is plenty of evidence that US elections have been rigged before.
Nobody is talking about it much, but US elections have been rigged before. Everyone is more than familiar with the 2000 election, which was called for Al Gore before Florida flipped to Bush and swung the election. The controversy over "hanging chads" and misplaced votes was all people talked about for weeks.
One noteworthy "error" with electronic voting machines, switched over 10000 votes from Gore to an obscure third-party candidate.
After weeks of legal battles, Gore eventually conceded. Within a year the "attacks" of 9/11 had happened, and the US was at war in Afghanistan and planning six more wars within 3 years .
More recently, it was revealed the DNC had gone out of its way to hand Hillary the presidential nomination over Sanders in 2016. Then in the 2020 primaries, despite embarrassingly lopsided losses in the first few primaries, Biden's presidential campaign had a "miraculous turnaround", thanks largely to irregularities in postal ballots in Ohio , Wisconsin and New Jersey .
This is evidence of precedent.2. MOTIVE
The US Deep State has clear and publicly known motives for wanting to remove Trump from office.
It is no secret that many members of the US's political establishment oppose Trump and Trump's policies. This includes neo-con warmongers and chiefs of the military and intelligence agencies.
"The Resistance", billed as some voice of the progressive alternative, boasted former members of George Bush's cabinet as members.
The most strident opposition to Trump was on foreign policy – most specifically in the Middle East. Trump was committed to withdrawing from Syria, in direct opposition to the "Assad Must Go" crowd at the Pentagon and State Dept.
Just last week it was revealed that Department of Defense actually lied to Trump about their troop numbers in Syria , claiming to have pulled out almost everyone whilst they actually kept their covert war going.
Conversely, Biden has always been firmly in the establishment camp on Syria, and many warmongers are already predicting that Biden will want to "restore some dignity" to the Syrian people.
The US Deep State has carried out coups all around the world, many of them bloody and violent, in order to maintain Imperial ambitions and keep wars-for-profit going. They have every motive to want to remove Trump and put Biden in his place.
This is evidence of motive.3. FOREKNOWLEDGE
Establishment voices have been predicting, and planning for, this exact situation for almost a year .
In January of this year – well before anyone could have predicted the effect the "pandemic" would have on the world – legal scholars were Wargaming the outcome of a disputed Presidential election based on postal ballots in Pennsylvania.
In August a group naming themselves the Transition Integrity Project published a document predicting a "disputed" election, that the counting would take much longer than usual and that it would not be certain who was President until January.
More generally, the outcome of the election was widely "predicted", with multiple press outlets claiming there would be a "red mirage" and a "blue shift". Meaning it would look like Trump would win, and then suddenly Biden would win at the last minute.
This is evidence of foreknowledge.4. OPPORTUNITY
There is plenty of evidence that the US voting system is open to potential corruption.
Voting machines, for example, are owned and distributed by private companies . Many of which have political ties. An article in the Guardian, of all places, went into great detail about this just last year, when they were suggesting that Trump may have stolen the 2016 election.
Likewise, postal ballots are known to be susceptible to fraud. William Barr, the Attorney General, summed it up in a television interview in September, and written reports in 2007 and earlier this year , have gone into great detail about historical cases of postal vote fraud and possibilities of future occurrences.
This is evidence of opportunity.5. VOTING IRREGULARITIES
There are plenty of irregularities in the results which suggest the possibility of something strange going on.
The story of the election by the numbers doesn't really make logical sense. The turnout is said to be 72%, the highest in 120 years, and the first over 60% for over 50 years.
In the process Joe Biden, we are told, shattered Barack Obama's popular vote record by almost 10 million votes.
This Joe Biden?
got more votes than Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?
Meanwhile Donald Trump increased his own popular vote by over 10 million, whilst increasing his vote share in almost every ethnic demographic, as well as with women and LGBT voters .
Making him the first incumbent president to increase his popular vote but still lose in over a century, and the only one since all 50 states were part of the union.
Even if you believe that narrative is possible, there's more than enough evidence of voting irregularities to warrant at least questioning the result and investigating further.
In one Michigan county an error in the software configuration swung thousands of votes from Republican to Democrat and called a Congressional seat for the wrong party .
This error was only spotted because of the historically republican record of the county. In a more hotly disputed seat, this error could potentially never have been picked up.
Another Michigan county reported an error which switched 5,500 votes from Trump to Biden – a swing of 11,000 votes.
The software used in this county is used in 30 other states – including Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania, all of which were decided by less than 1% of the vote, and any two of which could swing the election to Trump.
In fact Dominion, the company which supplied the questionable voting software, was denied a contract by the state of Texas in 2019 when judges found there were "concerns" about "whether [it] is safe from fraudulent or unauthorized manipulation" .
A subsidiary of Dominion was kicked out of the Philippines for being too easy to hack .
This video clip appears to show CNN's coverage switching over 19,000 votes from Trump to Biden in Pennsylvania.
The graphed results of both Michigan and Wisconsin show decidedly odd jumps in Biden's vote.
The counting itself was also deeply suspect, with several states taking almost a week to count the last few percent of the vote, whilst managing to count over 90% of the vote on the first evening. In Wisconsin the National Guard were brought in to "transcribe" damaged ballots , whilst in Pennsylvania they were allowed to count postal votes with "no clear post mark" , fairly obviously
As Glen Greenwald wrote, the very fact the count was so arduous and complicated raises questions about the outcome .6. THE COVER-UP
The media are engaging in lies and censorship.
To state there is "no evidence" of election rigging is a lie. There is plenty of evidence. Every news outlet, channel and website is singing from the same hymn sheet on this – even Fox News, so often Trump's supposed favourite channel.
Even before the election, as discussed above, all the mainstream media were running articles defending mail-in ballots, and claiming that they are not historically weak to voter fraud. This is totally untrue , as anyone who cared to research the topic would tell you.
In fact many countries have incredibly rigid controls on postal voting for exactly that reason.
And then, after the election, social media companies and mainstream media outlets censor the President of the United States .
So, why are all the media telling the same lies? Why are people being denied a platform?
This is evidence of a cover-up.
Ask yourself:If, in 2016, some voting software used in 30 states had flipped 5500 from Hillary to Trump, and later been revealed to be financially tied to the Republican party, would that have been "just a glitch", or evidence of cheating? If the Brexit referendum had swung violently to Leave after dumps of suspect postal ballots were permitted into the count by a judge who was a known Brexit supporter, would the media have kept quiet? If, in Russia, the media denied a platform to the opposition to accuse Putin of voter fraud, would that be "responsible media practice", or evidence of bias and censorship?
We don't know exactly what happened, or how the election was result was controlled, but as of right now the specifics do not matter.
The point is there is plenty of evidence suggesting something happened, more than enough to warrant asking rational questions and expecting reasonable answers.
Every time the media ignores the evidence, or censors those seeking it, they only display further that there must be some fire behind all of this smoke.
John Ervin , Nov 18, 2020 3:57 AM
From the coda above: "The point is there is plenty of evidence suggesting something happened, more than enough to warrant asking rational questions and expecting reasonable answers."
Of course, but as Gore Vidal, no slouch as an historian and observer of the American scene, said on WBAI at this time of year in 2004: "our elections which are pretty much rigged from the get go."
I've spent thousands of hours on this American vote-rigging beat, and I will say straight up that historically, whatever vote tampering the Democrats have done in a retail capacity, the Republican Party owns many franchises on the wholesale end.
That's just a fact. I have too many thousands of now dusty pages on this to summarize, yet I have even been invited by Bev Harris back in the day to guest interview some of the principals, like Ion Sancho and Victoria Collier, though for now just two fun facts:
Sen. Chuck Hagel, hard core right wing Republican war hawk, is (or was) part OWNER of ES&S voting company, (out of Omaha, Nebraska, a frequent investment stop for Ken Lay, convict supervillain fraudster) which at one point has counted as much as 80% of the American "vote" -- and Hagel greatly benefitted by a 60% (SIXTY!) vote swing (cf. polls) thru his company's machines in his original race to unseat the incumbent Democrat.
The legendary Republcan huckster Wally O'Dell of Diebold in Ohio who "promised" the election to W.
Bob Ney, of Ohio, in cahoots with all this, was the Republican head of HAVA, and resigned a few years later in a thick fog of alcoholism and the Abramoff scandal and later confessed it was the drink that made him do it, too late to undo the very decisive damage to our voting process.
I could go on through literally hundreds of like scenarios, if not actually thousands –seriously–almost all of them by Republican perps.
Or, 99+%, like our Covid survival data.
And suddenly that has all shifted to the polar opposite, like the Mayan Calendar was purported to predict for the Earth's axis in 2012?
I can believe anything, as a chronic Conspiracy Realist, but seriously
Steve Rendall , Nov 18, 2020 12:02 AM
Gotta love the "Foreknowledge" section suggesting nefarious goings-on because people who followed the news knew that in-person election day votes favoring the GOP would be counted first, in most cases; and early and mail-in votes favoring Democrats would be counted later. Malice aforethought!
Seriously, this is stupid.
Sophie - Admin1 , Nov 18, 2020 9:48 AM Reply to Steve Rendall
Why would mail-in ballots be counted separately? And why would they necessarily favor democrats? You seem to be making big assumptions and using them to breezily dismiss a lot of actual data.
maxine , Nov 17, 2020 7:30 PM
The real rigging began way before the election when the Democratic National Committee rigged the primaries both in 2016 and 2020, making sure that Bernie Sanders (who was ahead in all the polls and whose goals matched those of the vast majority) lost .Instead they chose warmongering, corporate Neo-Liberals, Hillary Clinton & Joe Biden who cared nothing about the 99%.
I despise all these Neo-Liberal Democrats .I despise Donald Trump .But I get the feeling that you would have preferred a 2nd Donald Trump term .Could that be because he's on the same page as O-G regarding COVID? .Just wondering.
John Ervin , Nov 18, 2020 6:22 AM Reply to maxine
All that primary rigging stuff has been rendered suspect, and is almost surely false-flagging, like the Russky 2016 "hacks" are bufoonishly lame and easy to refute. Even guys at my gym who aren't even remotely afficionados saw how ridiculous the allegations were, and Dave Emory has broadcast chapter and verse exposing all that and its nonsensicality.
But now it's a canard firmly entrenched for years to come.
Right here, In the USA?! What a surprise.
Sophie - Admin1 , Nov 18, 2020 9:53 AM Reply to John Ervin
The DNC basically admitted rigging the primaries in 2016 for Hillary. The data is out there.
Ort , Nov 18, 2020 10:23 PM Reply to Sophie - Admin1
Indeed. In the lawsuit against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz for rigging the 2016 Democratic primaries, DNC lawyers successfully argued that the Democratic Party is a non-profit corporation. As such, and more to the point, its charter permits party officials to secretly rig their internal selection processes (primaries) as they please– it's all strictly legit.
The DNC position prevailed, thus establishing that in the US, political party officials are perfectly entitled to craft secret plans to preserve their grip on power, and can engage in as much jiggery-pokery as they please; the party has no legal obligation to play fair in its internal procedures, much less disclose its self-serving scams and schemes to its loyal constituency.
Although it's virtually superfluous to state this, moral and ethical considerations are simply irrelevant and immaterial; business is business.
Paul Vonharnish , Nov 18, 2020 2:49 PM Reply to maxine
Hello maxine: You are right. The Democratic National Committee has been rigging elections for decades. "Democratic" voters refuse to wake up and notice the burnt coffee. The electoral college has also become a rigged stage, and acts in gross conflict with the original functions of the 8th Amendment.
Ask Tulsi Gabbard about effective DNC stone walling of her candidacy. Tulsi was the only vocal anti-war candidate in the primaries. The CIA and military contractors won the selection -- again
Nov 20, 2020 | www.nytimes.comDNC PoliticalPrisoner 31 minutes ago Many wouldn't have believed there was election fraud except the media and Big Tech keep insisting that there wasn't. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Fox News, CNN, and more giant corporations keep screaming at us via notifications, messages, and broadcasts that there was no election fraud. Now, we're starting to think maybe there is something fishy going on.
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By Chloe Rafferty Global Research, November 18, 2020 Red Flag Australia 10 November 2020 Region: USA Theme: Intelligence In-depth Report: U.S. Elections
The US military establishment will breathe a sigh of relief at Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. Nearly 800 former high-ranking military and security officials penned an open letter in support of the Democratic candidate during the campaign. A who's who of former generals, ambassadors, admirals and senior national security advisers -- from former Secretary of State Madeline Albright to four-star admiral and Bush-era Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Steve Abbot -- backed Biden as the best bet to revive US power. A month earlier, 70 national security officials who served in Republican administrations threw their weight behind Biden (the list soon grew to 130), arguing that, on foreign policy, Trump "has failed our country" .
Why was Biden the war criminals' candidate of choice? The foreign policy chaos and controversy of the Trump years were a symptom of a global superpower in relative decline, with no real strategy out of the quagmire.
The US empire is at a turning point. It is the world's undisputed superpower; its reach is global, both militarily and economically . The US has been the world's largest economy since 1871, and its military has close to 800 installations in 80 countries around the world. But today, it is facing a growing economic rival in China, and several lesser powers challenging its ability to call the shots in every corner of the globe, most notably Iran and Russia.
The War on Terror, launched by the administration of George W. Bush , resulted in the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. It killed more than a million people and cost upwards of US$2.4 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. For the people of the Middle East, it was a massacre. For US empire, it was a disaster. The destabilisation of Iraq led to the expansion of Iranian influence across the region, rather than the regime change in Tehran the Pentagon dreamed of. The intervention in Iraq was meant to secure US dominance. It instead exposed the weaknesses and limits of US power right at the moment when China's dramatic economic expansion was beginning.
Tensions between the US and China have been increasing for years. Since its accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001, China has built its economic power, its diplomatic power and its military power, while the US became bogged down in endless wars and suffered economic crisis and depression with the 2008 financial crisis.
Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia", with its plan to increase US naval forces in the Asia-Pacific, was a signal that the US ruling class wanted to contain and encircle China. Obama's then classified Air-Sea Battle doctrine was an effort to create an operational plan for a possible military confrontation. Leaked cables made public by WikiLeaks reveal that Australia was in lockstep with US imperial strategy. In conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd confirmed Australia's willingness to "deploy force if everything goes wrong". But Obama's strategy was too little too late for containment. China became more aggressive in pressing claims in the South China Sea while beginning to close the enormous gap in military capabilities with the United States, engaging in the most rapid peacetime arms build-up in history.
Under Trump, these tensions further increased. Trump's confrontational rhetoric and trade war were a sharp break from the decades-long US strategy of integrating China into the international liberal order. Since the Republican administration of Richard Nixon -- who in 1972 became the first US president to visit Beijing -- the US ruling class thought it could ensure global supremacy by incorporating China into the world system. For a while, it appeared to work. China became the world's sweatshop and a key site of investment for US companies such as Apple and General Motors. But the strategy could be mutually enriching for only so long. Today, China is leveraging its meteoric growth to challenge the United States' leadership in the Asia-Pacific.
Obama's signature containment strategy was the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP would have been the largest free trade deal in history, lowering tariffs and other non-tariff barriers to trade between eleven Pacific countries and the US. Its goal was to lock out China and further integrate Pacific countries with the US economy. Obama's Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the TPP was "as important as another aircraft carrier".
But just a few years later, Donald Trump tore up the TPP. The move was at odds with the consensus among the US economic and military elite, but the new president had his own ideas about how to contain China. Trump railed against the US trade deficit, accused Beijing of currency manipulation and, as Obama did, of stealing technology from US companies. In the 2019 State of the Union address he said, "We are now making it clear to China that after years of targeting our industries and stealing our intellectual property, the theft of American jobs and wealth has come to an end".
By August this year, Trump had slapped tariffs on $550 billion of Chinese goods, with a targeted campaign against tech giant Huawei, which had been tipped to overtake Apple in global phone sales. While Republican and Democratic politicians have backed a hardline approach to China, Trump's erratic protectionist approach to trade has alienated large sections of the capitalist class otherwise happy with domestic tax cuts and deregulation. A Bloomberg Economics report, released before the pandemic gripped the country, estimated that the escalating tariffs on China would cost the US economy $316 billion by the end of this year.
More worryingly for the US establishment, Trump adopted a dismissive attitude towards US allies, particularly the European Union. Trump prided himself on his ability to cut deals with other nations that favoured the US. He signalled that the multilateral approach to trade was over when he tore up the TPP, and followed that by applying tariffs on German cars, Canadian steel and French luxury goods. For much of the US elite, these moves have simply created a void that Beijing is attempting to fill with its own free trade deals and the $1 trillion Belt and Road initiative, which aims to incorporate more than 138 countries into trade routes and production chains centred on China.
The International Monetary Fund, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the UN and other international institutions project US dominance by drawing allied nations behind US leadership. Trump's presidency delegitimised or sidelined those institutions as he focused on an "America first" posture. The military establishment believes that this has threatened, rather than strengthened, US power -- although there is now an acknowledgement that those institutions failed to keep China in check, something a Biden presidency will also grapple with.
The war criminals hope that Biden will restore political legitimacy to the office by rehabilitating the liberal ideology that manufactures consent for American imperialism, pitching US aggression as necessary to "make the world safe for democracy" and defending the "rules-based liberal world order". Above all, the US establishment hopes that Biden will restore relationships with US allies and construct a coalition of nations to confront China, after a disastrous four years that called into question US global leadership. As the National Security Leaders for Biden open letter bemoaned: "Our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us".
Biden has a proven record as a hawkish proponent of US empire. For decades, he served on the Senate foreign relations committee. He was an early proponent of the expansion of NATO to project US influence into the former eastern bloc after the fall of the USSR. He backed US intervention in the Balkan war, supported the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, voted for the war on Iraq in 2003 and, as vice president, backed the US intervention in Libya.
There is consensus within the US ruling class over the need to "get tough" with China. The military establishment expects Biden to turn the screws. On the campaign trail, he accused Trump of "getting played" by Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he called a "thug". This is consistent with Democratic Party practice in the Congress, which is to criticise Trump for not being tough enough. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, for example, accused Trump of "selling out" by cutting a trade deal with China. Schumer also spearheaded legislation to implement bans on Huawei when Trump appeared to back down.
Since his first days in Congress, Biden has also made a name for himself as a staunch supporter of the apartheid state of Israel. According to Israeli publication Haaretz , Biden is said to have a "real friendship" with Israel's far-right president, Benjamin Netanyahu. He was vice president when the US signed a $38 billion military aid deal with Netanyahu, which the State Department called the "single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in US history". So while Trump pushed pro-Israeli rhetoric far to the right, abandoning any pretence of support for Palestinian statehood, Biden put his money where his mouth is when it came to propping up Israeli apartheid in Palestine.
On Afghanistan, Biden may prove to be to the right of Trump. As vice president, he supported an enduring US military presence in the country. Trump, by contrast, shocked the US military when he announced on Twitter that he wants all troops out by Christmas. In contrast, Biden in an interview with Stars and Stripes , a military newspaper, said he would maintain a troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Anti-imperialists need to judge Biden by his blood-soaked record in Congress and by the company he keeps. The bulk of the US military establishment has backed Biden precisely because they think his multilateral approach will restore credibility to US interventions. It's for this reason that Forbes magazine senior contributor Loren Thompson predicted last month: "A Biden presidency would be more likely to use US military forces overseas than President Trump has been".
Global capitalism is facing a profound crisis that is reshaping international relations and putting pressure on the fault lines of existing conflicts. Open imperialist rivalry will be a feature of the coming period, along with wars over regional disputes. There is no length to which the US ruling class won't go to safeguard its position as global superpower. And Joe Biden is the commander-in-chief. He is now the most dangerous man in the world.
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While probably "less aggressively nasty" than Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden is still a "conventional politician," but it won't be easy for him to dismiss his party's progressive wing, Larry Sanders told RT's Going Underground.
Brother to US Senator Bernie Sanders and the Green Party Spokesperson on Health and Social Care (England & Wales), Larry Sanders told RT's Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi that while Biden was not his "choice" for president, he prefers him over the current incumbent, President Donald Trump.
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As a fixture of the establishment, Biden will follow the interests of corporate money and the military-industrial complex rather than anybody else's, Sanders noted.
"Biden is a conventional politician, he is beholden to big money, he is beholden to defense industries,
joe_go 13 hours ago 19 Nov, 2020 07:03 AMIf no one in America went to vote the country would still look the way it looks today. The big money and military industry would run the country the way it runs it when people vote and think it matters.Spirgily_Klump 20 hours ago 19 Nov, 2020 12:46 AMDo you know after Biden was out of the VP office the Chinese communist party had donated $70 million to one of his foundations at the University of Pennsylvania from which Joe drew a salary of over $900,000 per year? With his benefiting from the hundreds of millions his family took in from foreign powers and persons how can he gain the security clearance necessary for the presidency? The president needs the highest clearance. Even an applicant to the CIA get polygraphed.shadow1369 Spirgily_Klump 9 hours ago 19 Nov, 2020 11:00 AMJust one of many skeletons jangling in Bidet's closet, they will be used by his controllers to keep him on track.Iwanasay 19 hours ago 19 Nov, 2020 01:22 AMIt doesn't matter who is in power, America's destiny has been chosen by other behind the scene facesRedDragon 15 hours ago 19 Nov, 2020 05:27 AMAll USA presidents are beholden to big money entities, inclusive incoming Biden presidency. Trump is beholden to the Jewish money powers etc..
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Anyone who will not generate a bit of effort to get to the polls in timely fashion probably should not vote anyway.
The same imbeciles who camp out in front of a store overnight waiting for Black Friday sales or spend three days on line waiting to buy concert tickets, are often the ones who claim that getting to the voting booth is too great an inconvenience.
We ought to have accommodations for seriously disabled citizens and for citizens who are outside the country ie. our people in military service.
Nov 19, 2020 | www.rt.com
"I know crimes, I can smell them. But I don't have to smell this – I can prove it to you 18 different ways," Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor before he served as mayor of New York City, told reporters on Thursday.
What I'm describing to you is massive fraud.
He spoke of 682,770 mail-in ballots that witnesses swear were not properly inspected in Pennsylvania. There was also a worker in Detroit, Michigan who reported rampant illegal behavior – including backdating of mail-in ballots – in a sworn affidavit, he said.
Last but not least, some votes were allegedly processed multiple times, and there were precincts that recorded anywhere from 150 percent to 350 percent of voter turnout, which is "clear circumstantial evidence" of fraud, according to Giuliani.
The precinct discrepancy was cited by Republican election officials in Wayne County, Michigan in their refusal to certify the results – only to have them change their mind on Wednesday, and then again on Thursday, saying they were coerced into certification by threats against them and their families.ALSO ON RT.COM Wayne County election board members 'rescind' vote certification, say they were bullied and tricked into approving results
In multiple places where Trump led on election night but Biden surged ahead thanks to mail-in ballots counted later, Republican observers were not allowed to be present when the envelopes were opened, thereby making it impossible to verify their validity, Giuliani argued. In Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Democrats who sent in flawed ballots were given a chance to "cure" them, but Republicans were not, he added.
In Wisconsin, he said the campaign found some 100,000 absentee ballots that weren't actually requested in Democrat-heavy Madison and Milwaukee, which would be against state law.
Sidney Powell, best known for representing Trump's former aide General Michael Flynn, claimed that Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic software were involved in deleting Trump votes and "injecting" votes for Biden, alleging that they processed votes in Germany and Spain and that they were linked to Venezuela, Cuba and China.
Trump campaign legal aide Jenna Ellis told reporters that the elections in the several disputed counties were "irredeemably compromised," and that this will be demonstrated in the court of law – not the court of public opinion, where she said the members of the press would all be stricken from the jury as too biased.
The campaign's goal wasn't to overturn the election as such, but to ensure that the US had free and fair elections going forward, Ellis argued. If fraud succeeds, "no election will be secure from here on out."
Ellis wasn't the only one to clash with reporters. Giuliani said the conference's purpose was to "get around the Iron Curtain of censorship" in both mainstream and social media, accusing the press of failing to accurately cover the lawsuits and the allegations and outright lying about them.
Pushing back on a question that claimed multiple lawsuits have been dismissed, he said the campaign actually had only three right now, and had just dropped the one in Michigan because they got relief they sought.ALSO ON RT.COM Trump campaign withdrawing Michigan lawsuit – Rudy Giuliani
As for the lawyers "dropping like flies," as one reporter put it, that was because they and their families were receiving death threats, Giuliani said.
"We're headed to a very bad place," the former mayor of New York City warned, noting that the "vicious press" has intimidated witnesses as well as lawyers, and that the "censorship by Big Tech and Big Media is almost as bad" as the alleged election fraud.
Democrats have insisted there was no "widespread" fraud and that Trump's legal team had no evidence of any. While Trump has refused to concede, the mainstream media have called the election for Biden. Any claim that disagrees with that has been labeled by social media platforms as "disputed."
United_States_of_Fraud 3 hours ago 19 Nov, 2020 05:12 PMSo wonderful - US of Fraud is coming apart now at all seams. Great that Trump did not win outright on election night, or all of this fraud would have been concealed until the next election. But now, the whole world will have to take notice.
Nov 19, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
During the presser, Giuliani also said there is a pattern in the voting data that suggests "a plan from a centralized place" to commit voter fraud in Democrat-run cities. Giuliani also said the Trump campaign will likely bring a lawsuit to Arizona.
They also said they have testimony from an insider who they say unearthed provable fraud regarding voting machines and software used in multiple states.
They describe a process of vote switching as well as "trashing" Trump votes through a simple drag and click process.
Additionally, they say this election involved a manipulation of the ballot count in a foreign country.
"This is a massive, coordinated, well-funded effort to deprive we the people of the United States of our fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution to preserve this Constitution republic we all cherish."
- Sidney Powell
And they describe multiple incidents where the number of votes cast far exceeded the population of the public in that county, including children.
Democrats deny there is any evidence of "widespread fraud." They and the news media have broadly called the election for Joe Biden and urged President Trump to concede.
Surprise, surprise, not everyone was buying what Giuliani and Powell were selling.
"You are watching the last gasp of this legal effort by the president," Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, told ABC News .
"This has been a flailing legal effort that hasn't raised any real issues from the get-go. We all knew how this movie would end. If I was writing the screenplay I would end it here."
Below you can watch the entire news conference and hear the claims of evidence to make up your own mind as to what you think about it.
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In one post in a stream of tweets, Trump said the legal team will give an "important news conference today" and that they will explain their plans for a "very clear and viable path to victory".
"Pieces are very nicely falling into place," the president tweeted.
By one count, Trump campaign legal efforts to overturn election results or force recounts have been successful just once and suffered 26 defeats... so for the 70 million-plus Trump voters, we hope that Giuliani has a trick or two up his sleeve.
Eyeroller , 2 hours agojim942 , 2 hours ago
Whether Trump wins or loses, the Dominion grift of American elections is OVER!
All because they overplayed their hand when they had to stop the count and recalibrate the machines to overcome Trumps massive lead. If this election had been close we would have never known...JimmyJones , 50 minutes ago
The cat is definitely out of the bag on Dominion.truth or go home , 40 minutes ago
That was a refreshing press conference, everyone should watch it in it's entirety. I think Rudy G, has them by the "balls" Sidney Powells work on the Dominion side is huge with the inside whistle blower. The Dems are toast, be prepared for the Dems to unleash ANtifa and try to burn down the world once it hits the supreme court.GreatUncle , 26 minutes ago
It is not enough to know that Dominion is bad and the next election will be fair. They will whitewash right over that company and it will appear again with another name before you can ever think about it.
I said it two weeks ago, and I will say it again now. This is not a won or lost election. This was a Coup. It is time for Trump to declare marshal law, send the military in and take this thing back, assuming he knows for a fact that they won in a landslide - which is pretty obvious now.
This is not going to end well in a legal battle - the other side obviously has zero respect for what is legal or fair - they don't care - they will pay off whoever or do whatever they have to to get their way.
The hill is right here, right now. Send the military into the media offices and shut them down, until a new staff can be arranged who will give a fair account of news.
Takeover Twitter, Facebook and Google - throw out the owners and the leaders, and install a group of folks who will abide by the law.
Take control of the CIA, the FBI and the Justice department, plus the CDC and the NIH, which have all participated in this Coup.
Then - set up a new, free and fair election, and allow Joe to win on his own merits. No cheating on any side. An election by the people.HungryPorkChop , 1 hour ago
I liked the bit when Powell confirmed the German raid ... WTF!!! It was true.Mr. Bones , 1 hour ago
I think we can say the cat is out of the bag for ANY computerized voting machine. They will never be viewed the same again.
I'm still bewildered why everyone which votes is not given a 12 digit code they can visit a secure website that will show the results. They enter in their 12 digit code and it pulls up who they voted for.. Credit card companies have had this ability for 30+ years. All major retailers use this system worldwide on a daily basis 24 hrs non-stop. Not sure why the election process cannot use 30 year old technology to help validate and make sure votes were counted and counted correctly. Something smells...GreatUncle , 20 minutes ago
A voter couldn't be compelled to view a certain way. Granted, that all goes out the window with ballot harvesting or mail-ins so...jim942 , 2 hours ago
Fails mate ... they give you a 12 digit code so you can see your vote right?
AI will tell you what you want to know but run another set of books with the name of who the AI cast the vote for.
It is too the point ... any computerised electronic system is open to fraud that only voting in person at the box with a legitimate ID prevents.
Even then it is who the vote is finally applied too ... in this case we have found a machines can fraudulently apply votes a lot faster than a human.Herdee , 2 hours ago
Trump is not a quitter. The fight will go on.Dangertime , 2 hours ago
If you think that it makes any difference who sits in the Chair as the stooge master and puppet then I've got a bridge to sell you. It's all propaganda for the dumbed down sheeple American population. Welcome to The New World Order.eatapeach , 2 hours ago
By that blackpill logic we will never win.gmrpeabody , 1 hour ago
Herdee is right. The circus is scripted. They are both AIPAC/MIC candidates and they both do as their masters dictate.Another Comment , 1 hour ago
Just because you would rather rollover doesn't mean everyone else wants to...Omnibrad , 56 minutes ago
No one is saying that. But you have to make sure you're fighting the right battle. Watch what the magician is doing, not showing.aiinvestor , 1 hour ago
The American people have already rolled over for decades now. Wake up. The same people own the D party and the R party, and Trump is no exception. They own the schools. They own the press. They own the civil institutions. They own TV. They own Google and other big corps. They own the public square and censor you. And what have you done during these decades besides roll over?
"It may be inferred again that the present movement for women's rights will certainly prevail from the history of its only opponent, Northern conservatism. This [Northern conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always when about to enter a protest very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its "bark is worse than its bite," and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent role of resistance: The only practical purpose which it now subserves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it "in wind," and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy, from having nothing to whip."
-Robert Lewis DabneySDShack , 1 hour ago
Infrequent voters in precincts with high turnout. State says they voted early/abs, but told us they did not cast a ballot:
State/Counts/% of Sample (who answered the question)
AZ / 21 / 0.94%
GA / 24 / 0.85%
MI / 18 / 2.80%
NV / 25 / 2.22%
PA / 22 / 0.70%
WI / 23 / 0.66%
Absolutely nuts!ronin12 , 1 hour ago
Yep, that is what I can't figure out. It shows they are guilty because they are doing everything they can to hide it. Refusing repug poll watchers, refusing recounts, refusing absentee ballot signature matches, etc. and the list goes on and on. What ever happened to "it's the seriousness of the charge" that demorats said over and over when justifying all THEIR investigations even though they know they had NO EVIDENCE? In this case, there is REAL EVIDENCE of fraud that is being shown that has affected THOUSANDS of ballots, and the charge is this is just the tip of the iceberg. The potential for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS or even millions of fraud ballots not only can change the election, but will change the demorat party forever. This is why they are fighting this. This is their Pickett's Charge.Shut. It. Down. , 59 minutes ago
Just the stuff Rudy is talking about in Philly and Detroit is INSANE.
It's crazy how corrupt these people are.Feel it Reel it , 1 hour ago
Christopher Wray is too busy looking under rocks for non-existent "white supremacists" to be bothered with the theft of a presidential election.Hoax Fatigue , 15 minutes ago
Biden/Harris barley ran a Campaign knowing full fell the voter fraud scam was in......Biden/Harris were just going through the motions to give the Illusion of a legitimate campaign when in fact it was a massive fraud......Barnacles , 59 minutes ago
Yes. This is why they did the absolute minimum amount of campaigning. Zero sense of urgency against a guy drawing gigantic crowds because they deluded themselves into believing the fix was in.Totally_Disillusioned , 23 minutes ago
Holy wow. Sydney confirmed the Germany server was picked up by someone! Don't know if it's the good or bad guys.spyware-free , 1 hour ago
Don't overlook Rudy's response to CNN using lack of FBI investigating in smearing Trump's campaign lawsuits...
"Where are you FBI? I don't know where the FBI has been for the last four years. our country has had its ballots counted, calculated and manipulated in a foreign country with a company controlled by friends of an enemy of the United States. What do we have to do to get the FBI to wake up? Maybe we need a new agency to protect us."
Perhaps a prescient statement of changes to come.GreatUncle , 6 minutes ago
haha...Rudy doxxing Coomer now.
Pack your sh1t Eric. you're on the patriot radar now.herbivore , 13 minutes ago
Yep ... bragged he was number one kingpin at Dominion on this.
I so like technology nowhere you can hide in this world too escape this.
Here is his deal ... give up your handler or get 100 years inside like on the movies no parole.
Then lets see how fast they kill him.
But then let the state execute him to get the dead mans handle of data of everything.
Nowhere too go but a coffin.Nature_Boy_Wooooo , 46 minutes ago
This was a powerful presentation that Giuliani and his legal team put on. As one of them stated, it was an overview of what they would present to a jury, not an evidentiary presentation. If they have the evidence that proves their charges, they win before a jury, but if they have to rely on a corrupt-to-the-core judiciary, they probably lose.Nature_Boy_Wooooo , 30 minutes ago
So basically they used Nate Silver's crappy projections as a confidence interval for how many votes they assumed Trump would get. They then set the coefficient to adjust a certain amount of votes to Biden to move him slightly ahead of Trump without drawing attention to the fraud.
At 3 a.m. the number of Trump votes moved way outside of their projected confidence interval because Nate Silver's model sucks. At this point the 'educated' Democrats were soundly asleep and the stupid Democrats had to make adjustments to the vote adjustment coefficient..... that is when everything went wrong.Teamtc321 , 34 minutes ago
It's most likely some type of linear regression machine learning algorithm that they were using.
They trained the model either on past data or fabricated data based on Nate Silver's crappy projections. The model was over fit with Nate Silver's crappy projections so in their simulations their model made good predictions and was able to adjust the votes to slowly move Biden into the lead.
But over fit models perform poorly on outliers. Trump was a big outlier and over performed Nate Silver's crappy projections.
BOOM: Election Fraud Expert Russ Ramsland Files Affidavit Showing 'PHYSICAL IMPOSSIBILITY' of Election Results in Michigan
Nov 19, 2020 | www.nytimes.comDNC PoliticalPrisoner 31 minutes ago Many wouldn't have believed there was election fraud except the media and Big Tech keep insisting that there wasn't. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Fox News, CNN, and more giant corporations keep screaming at us via notifications, messages, and broadcasts that there was no election fraud. Now, we're starting to think maybe there is something fishy going on.
Nov 19, 2020 | www.youtube.com
Tucker: We heard you. It's hard to trust anything. Here's what we know.
Nov 19, 2020 | www.youtube.com
Tucker Carlson exposes American corporations for teaming up to censor political opponents.
Clare Breanna , 8 hours agojim hall , 8 hours ago
Seems like they want to isolate everyone. Makes us all vulnerable.
Electing buying is like having a Trojan horse coming into this White House
Kirk Patrick , 5 hours ago
Republican Senators to Big Tech: "Why are you censoring Americans?" Democrat Senators to Big Tech: "Why don't you censor Americans more?"
Nov 19, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
In a stunning development out of Wayne County, Michigan - two GOP members of the Board of Canvassers have rescinded their certifications of the Nov. 3 vote, claiming they were bullied into approving the election results in the state's most populous county, which includes Detroit and surrounding areas.
yerfej , 58 minutes agoAncient Handicapper , 43 minutes ago
I don't see how Biden could receive any votes as no one would be stupid enough to vote for a corrupt dementia addled bag man insider? Or are people on the left so desperate that they can't see through the con?
yerfej, People agree with your description of Biden, perhaps, but TRUMP IS WORSE! That's why they voted for Mr. Biden. (Thank goodness!)
Nov 19, 2020 | www.rt.com
An elite-led 'Great Reset' post-Covid? No, what we need first is to get rid of the globalist approach that got us into this mess Norman Lewis
is a writer, speaker and consultant on innovation and technology, was most recently a Director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he set up and led their crowdsourced innovation service. Follow him on Twitter @Norm_Lewis 18 Nov, 2020 16:24 Get short URL The WEF's vision for the future isn't a conspiracy, but a disingenuous, dishonest manifesto from an unelected ruling class. The virus has vindicated the national state and the need for ordinary people to be part of the solutions.
This week, the " Great Reset " has been trending on social media. For those not obsessed with such forums, the "Great Reset' is the title of a manifesto for worldwide social change in the post-Covid world, written by Klaus Schwab, the founder and director of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The "Great Reset" is an important manifesto. It articulates a vision of how the global elite see the future, and in particular, how they are seizing the opportunity presented by the Covid-19 pandemic – a world that will, apparently, "never" return to normal – to remake society in their image. It's an idea that's been seized on by 'progressive' politicians and leaders everywhere, from Canada's Justin Trudeau to Britain's Prince Charles .ALSO ON RT.COM 'Great Reset' trends on Twitter after Trudeau speech on Covid-19 hints it's not just a 'conspiracy theory'
On the surface, this might appear reasonable. After all, the challenges of the post-Covid world are certainly going to be huge. The economic fallout of the global lockdown, never mind the social consequences of mass unemployment and global poverty, will be unprecedented in world history.
However, the "Great Reset" is sophistry and dishonesty on an unprecedented level. Who is responsible, it may be asked, for creating yesterday's problematic 'normal' to which we will supposedly never return?
Of course, these difficulties have nothing to do with the billionaires, political leaders, captains of industry and top regulators who swan around Davos each year, pontificating over oysters and champagne about the world's problems, from which they benefit most.
And the idea of a 'reset' is at best disingenuous. This implies that the global economy and society was basically functioning OK before Covid-19. That it simply requires a reboot, like switching a computer off and on again.
This glosses over the reality, which is this: that the world economy and global society were in a sickly state before Covid-19, and now, being even more dependent on unprecedented state bailouts, which will take generations to repay, are in a still more parlous state. 'Reset' seriously underestimates the scale of the economic wreckage we face, the overhaul required, and the real barriers to the future.
The "Great Reset" vision from the WEF, presented as eight projections for 2030 , reveals how disconnected these people are from reality.ALSO ON RT.COM A ticket to digital slavery: Making access to music and sports events dependent on a Covid pass must be resisted
Its tone is that of the hectoring schoolmaster who knows what's best for the children, and tolerates no dissent. This is not a dialogue but a lecture we need to accept without question. Here they are:1. 'You'll own nothing and be happy'
We'll rent everything we'll need, and it will be delivered by drone. Does this mean we won't even own our ability to sell our labour? If we're renting this and everything else, who are we renting it from? Presumably from those who own everything, who doubtless will be much happier than we will be. And drone deliveries by 2030? It will take longer than that to get regulatory permission agreed, given how risk averse both industry and governments have become.2. The US won't be the only world's leading power
A handful of countries will dominate. This is a nice way of avoiding the obvious point that in a bipolar or multipolar world – the USA vs China vs the EU vs Russia – global decision-making is going to be even more elusive and tricky, not less. In the post-Covid world, autarkical tendencies, not cooperation, pose a threat to any notions of harmonious global governance, let alone coordination. That's a point I'll return to below.3. We won't die waiting for an organ donor
Transplants will be a thing of the past. New organs will be printed instead. This is a lovely notion and would be very welcome. But there's the pesky problem of a health system that can hardly cope with seasonal flu and has had to be protected from treating ill people by shutting down the entire economy. Solving this in 10 years will require the printing of more money (which we haven't got), never mind organs.4. We'll eat less meat
Meat will become an occasional treat, not a staple, and we'll eat less of it because it's good for the environment and our health. This is like the 'choice' offered by state telecommunications monopolies: you can have any phone you like as long as it's black. Goodbye, freedom of choice.5. A billion people will be displaced by climate change
In 10 years, we're going to have to do a better job at welcoming and integrating refugees. Do they mean we should be as welcoming as the EU, with its "Fortress Europe" approach? Or successive American governments' benevolent border wall with Mexico? Perhaps they're referring to the Prince of Wales opening up Buckingham Palace to refugees?6. Polluters will have to pay to emit CO2
The introduction of a global price on carbon with the aim of making fossil fuels history is the holy grail being held out here. Given the parlous state of all state coffers as a result of Covid-19, and the crisis of innovation, this idea is perhaps the most fanciful of all.7. You could be preparing to go to Mars
Scientists will have worked out how to keep us healthy in space, which will herald the start of a journey to find alien life. It might be a good idea to start by trying to keep us healthy on earth, especially dealing with all the post-Covid deaths, not from the virus, but from postponed treatments and operations. This is sheer fantasy.8. Western values will have been tested to breaking point
The checks and balances that underpin our democracies must not be forgotten. By this, they are surely not referring to the attempt to overthrow the Brexit vote or Trump's election in 2016 by an elite who didn't like these outcomes? They're not suggesting that global unelected bodies such as the United Nations or the World Health Organization should take precedence over national democracies, even over decisions as important as climate change? Do they want checks and balances on national governments, which should accede to the 'truths' of unelected experts and technocrats, rather than relying on their own citizens to make decisions? Perish the thought.ALSO ON RT.COM Build back better, a great reset & New Bretton Woods (E1614)
This "Great Reset" is not that great after all. Nor is it offering anything new or, indeed, realisable. Instead, it's a rehashing of a globalist project that seeks to use the Covid crisis to prioritise the concerns and fantasies of the elite, aiming to cement their positions of wealth and power and usher in a new era of top-down diktat.
The key point of unreality in all this is that the pandemic has repudiated the globalist assumptions underpinning this new utopia (or, rather, dystopia). Covid has vindicated the validity of the national state. Only nation states have had the authority to impose lockdowns and then provide – or, in some countries, try to provide – emergency financial aid to compensate businesses and families for the impact of the lockdown.
Contrary to the views of the WEF, everything has not changed as a result of Covid. The changes that have happened have merely accelerated and crystallised earlier tendencies. The true state of affairs is clearer – namely, that the world is still in a state (both literally and figuratively), and that precaution and risk aversion and a sense of vulnerability still dominate the elite's cultural zeitgeist.
Albert Einstein once quipped that "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it". The 'build back better' notion at the heart of the "Great Reset" – indeed, all government visions today – is a doomed project for this reason.ALSO ON RT.COM COVID-19 lockdowns are in lockstep with the 'Great Reset'
It is attempting to sidestep the most important lesson of the pandemic: that the future is much more dependent on the public's willingness to embrace disruptive change than on any concrete transformation programme.
We are part of the solution, not the object of elite largesse. We want to own the agenda, both now and in the future. Anything less will not make us happy, even as we order our groceries online, let alone print out a new heart or two.
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CouncilofLight 9 hours ago 18 Nov, 2020 01:19 PMMr. Schwab and all the politicians helping him to implement this "Not so Great for the masses reset" plan should be tried for crime against humanity. How about that for starters?Chelsea Yorkshire CouncilofLight 3 hours ago 18 Nov, 2020 08:16 PMBe sure to do the same with one of Schwab's co-founder: Bill Gates, The Eugenics Killer.Altruistic019 4 hours ago 18 Nov, 2020 06:23 PMDavos listens to monsters like Klaus Schwab because they offer the promise of yet more money to the obscenely rich and more control over the dispossessed masses. We are all consumers to them. We are all to be exploited, to be tricked by technology into believing we are in utopia, to be part of the gig economy, where owners of companies take no responsibility for their worker's rights or needs. Companies like Uber, AirBnB, Deliveroo, Just Eat, make vast profits because no-one is actually an employee - they are all self employed. Huge corporations like Amazon, Google, Disney etc. pay derisory amounts of tax. Meetings like Davos and Bilderberg should be classified as crimes against humanity.MOS6502 9 hours ago 18 Nov, 2020 01:21 PMBy elites you mean bankers and finance people? The least innovative people on the planet. People who innovated and created some great music or art made life better. Banksters want to change rules so everybody has to give them money even though they produce nothing. Most entitled crooks.omyomy MOS6502 7 hours ago 18 Nov, 2020 04:12 PMOh they produce, money from money . Its a hard job when governments give YOU the right to loan your paper to them as money then collect interest on that paper. Then they have the Bolas to brag they are so intelligent that no one can do what we do. A private business that has a monopoly on currency. You will never see anti trust laws applied to them ever.
Nov 18, 2020 | original.antiwar.com
Max Boot's Revenge: Biden's 'A-Team' in Their Own Words
by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.) Posted on November 17, 2020
Beware savvy, sophisticate liberals bearing gifts of evasive and ethically empty prose. Having, for my sins, spent a few weeks reading just about everything on offer from what unrepentant neocon zealot – and born-again Washington Post columnist – Max Boot dubbed Joe Biden's foreign policy "A-Team," I can vouch for the new transition team's vapidity and verisimilitude. Put another way, Boot's favored Biden Posse – the Iran nuke channeling , P4 (Tony Blinken, Avril Haines, Jake Sullivan, and Nicholas Burns) +1 (Michèle Flournoy) – have a rare gift for typing tons but saying little.
Worse still, what they do let slip drips with subtext of status quo-hawkishness – Biden's shadow team of five ground hogs spotting their shadows and predicting four more years of warfare winter. Moreover, these aren't just any Washington lowland creatures – they're being groomed , respectively, for national security adviser, director of national intelligence, a senior diplomatic role, possible secretary of state, and probable secretary of defense.
Only you're not supposed to look under the lid of Biden's national security transition team, because, well uh, Trump was worse, and there's, like, lots of ladies in the lineup. No really, "serious" people are saying that . With straight faces. And clear consciences. With no consequences. What a world!
This column's immediate genesis, though, was Glenn Greenwald 's vicious and vital responsive -evisceration of MSNBC contributor – and self-described "thriver on chaos" – Mieke Eoyang's recent nonsense Newspeak tweet . Here's her attempt to silence through shaming – and signaling by buzzword:
Nov 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
dave , Nov 17 2020 20:08 utc | 33
"Joe Biden's Foreign Policy Team"
Citibank's foreign policy Team would be much more accurate wouldn't it ?
That's like saying Obomber or Bush had their own foreign and economic policy.
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Nov 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
ptb , Nov 17 2020 22:04 utc | 60
If the Chinese decide to really mess with the Biden administration, I'd imagine they would do something like build a road or even a pipeline in Afghanistan, even though it is completely unnecessary, simply to force the US to stay longer. Doesn't seem like their style, though.
In regards to Russia, same as most of the last 100 years, really. If anything big happens at all, it would be Putin retiring. In that case, CNN will have wild fantasies about Boris Yeltsin 2.0, while in reality Russian oligarchs may have some kind of trial moment to figure out whether his successor can continue to enforce a balance or not, which is a big question. Team Biden brings nothing to the table in that situation other than talking sh#t and creating confusion. The EU on the other hand could, but it's looking less and less likely. Especially as they will likely be immersed in a post covid political crisis and renewed challenge from right wing parties.
Last but not least, look for Biden to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize before lunch on his first day in.
Nov 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.orgDown South , Nov 17 2020 18:44 utc | 3Jackrabbit , Nov 17 2020 19:21 utc | 14
here will be much pressure from the liberal hawks to finish the war they had launched against Syria by again intensifying it. Trump had ended the CIA's Jihadi supply program. The Biden team may well reintroduce such a scheme.
Susan Rice has criticized Trump's Doha deal with the Taliban. Under a Biden administration U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan are therefore likely to again increase.
One possible change may come in the U.S. support for the Saudi war on Yemen. The Democrats dislike Mohammad bin Salman and may try to use the Yemen issue to push him out of his Crown Prince position.
Biden and his team have supported the coup attempt in Venezuela. They only criticized it for not being done right and will probably come up with their own bloody 'solution'.
After four years of Russiagate nonsense, which Susan Rice had helped to launch, it is impossible to again 'reset' the relations with Russia. Biden could immediately agree to renew the New START treaty which limits strategic nuclear weapons but it is more likely that he will want to add, like with Iran's nuclear deal, certain 'amendments' which will be hard to negotiate. Under Biden the Ukraine may be pushed into another war against its eastern citizens. Belarus will remain on the 'regime change' target list.
Asia is the place where Biden's policies may be less confrontational than Trump's:China would heave a big sigh of relief if Biden picks Rice as his secretary of state. Beijing knows her well, as she had a hands-on role in remoulding the relationship from engagement to selective competition, which could well be the post-Trump China policies.
For the Indian audience, which is obsessive about Biden's China policy, I would recommend the following YouTube on Rice's oral history where she narrates her experience as NSA on how the US and China could effectively coordinate despite their strategic rivalry and how China actually helped America battle Ebola.
Interestingly, the recording was made in April this year amidst the "Wuhan virus" pandemic in the US and Trump's trade and tech war with China. Simply put, Rice highlighted a productive relationship with Beijing while probably sharing the more Sino-skeptic sentiment of many of America's foreign policy experts and lawmakers.
All together the Biden/Harris regime will be a continuation of the Obama regime. It's foreign policies will have awful consequences for a lot of people on this planet.
Domestically Biden/Harris will revive all the bad feelings that led to the election of Donald Trump. The demographics of the election show no sign of a permanent majority for Democrats.
It is therefore highly probable that Trump, or a more competent and thereby more dangerous populist republican, will again win in 2024 .
Obama-Biden 3.0 as Pepe Escobar put it with an added twist
The Rotten Alliance of Liberals and Neocons Will Likely Shape U.S. Foreign Policy for Years to Come
Jackrabbit , Nov 17 2020 18:51 utc | 4psychohistorian , Nov 17 2020 18:55 utc | 5
Was/is Trump so different?
Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Elliot Abrams, Nikki Haley, etc.
!!Thanks for the posting blysias , Nov 17 2020 18:58 utc | 6
I do not agree with the assumption that the new administration (either Biden or Trump) will start more wars, as you call them. I posit that Trump would have had his war if it were possible but we are in a MAD phase of a civilization war and Biden will be just as neutered as Trump.
We are not going back to Obama 3.0. That ship sank when Russia stymied Obama empire in Syria. We are in a brave new world that is unfolding before our eyes....the future is all around us but just not evenly distributed.The elite certainly acts as though Trump is that different.Kadath , Nov 17 2020 19:06 utc | 7H.Schmatz , Nov 17 2020 19:14 utc | 8
The Atlantic council this morning ("The way forward for transatlantic sanctions") is already discussing new sanctions the Biden Administration will bring in against Russia over the failed revolution in Belarus and the Navalny fraud. I'm amazed at how self-congratulating these fools are, they truly are blind both to the problems the US is facing and how the US is creating new international crisis that will destroy the nation.Down South , Nov 17 2020 19:15 utc | 10
I can not understand why you insist here that Trump ended jihadist´s support in Syria, when it was these past days that we knew by US envoy there, Jeffries, that the troops not only were not decreased, by augmented.
Anyway, I guess we can conclude that if not directly, jihadists support continues through Turkey, as we have witnessed in the past conflict in the Caucasus.
... ... ...
An article in Foreign Policy from a Bush era neo-con tells you what to expect:Russia under Putin poses an existential threat to the United States and other countries of the West, Russia's neighbors, and his own people. Biden seems to understand that, not least because he has been the target of Russian interference in the 2020 election, including a disinformation campaign tied to Russia that was designed to smear him and his son Hunter.
Earlier this year, Biden wrote, "To counter Russian aggression, we must keep [NATO's] military capabilities sharp while also expanding its capacity to take on nontraditional threats, such as weaponized corruption, disinformation, and cybertheft." He continued: "We must impose real costs on Russia for its violations of international norms and stand with Russian civil society, which has bravely stood up time and again against President Vladimir Putin's kleptocratic authoritarian system." In an interview with CBS News' 60 Minutes before the election, Biden said he considered Russia "the biggest threat to America right now in terms of breaking up our security and our alliances."
These instincts are sound, and Biden likely will appoint officials who think the same way he does when it comes to Putin's Russia.
The problem is Putin.
Anne , Nov 17 2020 19:27 utc | 16
The more articles and postings that I see that bemoan the Deep State restoration (horror!) and return of business-as-usual (horror!), the more I think that we are being set up for an eventual Trump win.
Recent history tells us that Republican Presidents do BIG WARS (invoking Republican's claim to patriotism and a strong military) and Democratic Presidents do small, covert wars.
Why else would Trump fight an EMPIRE-FIRST establishment that he largely agrees with (as demonstrated by his actions while President)?
... ... ...jayc , Nov 17 2020 19:28 utc | 17
Mr Wabbit - as I've written before (here and elsewhere): there is NO really existing difference between the which colored face(s) hang out in the WH (or in Congress) because they all belong to the same political stratum and, essentially, hold exactly the same positions, worldviews, attitudes, perspectives. All (aside from a tiny handful on occasion) support the MICIMATT, are intrinsically part and parcel of it. All get to fatten their bank accounts, get to revolve twixt this post and that in the MIC/TT/MA. At base most if not all (Blue/Red, it matters not at all) work for/along with/are part of the corporate-capitalist-imperialist plutocratic ruling elite.
Thus the warmaking will NOT stop without serious and continuous effort on the part of a large part of this country's population - and that isn't likely to happen: lots of folks earn their nice livelihoods in the MICIMATT industry; and most - overwhelmingly most - of the US population do not give a fuck what this country does to any other around the world, so long as a) doesn't affect them; b) their pension plans benefit; c) they can go back to sleep. How many even know where Syria, Libya, Iran, Ukraine ARE????
And they do not care - except when there is the occasional blowback - which is viewed as (what else?) terrorism, not simply retaliation. The real terrorism being projected, inflicted by guess which nations?
Kevin Gosztole on Grayzone; Patrick Lawrence on Consortium News; Danny Sjursen on Anti-war - all pieces give one despair, sheer and utter despair at the so-called electoral "choices" we had and the reality of the continuation of the imperial war machine, run by the utterly, completely grotesque, barbaric usuals (whatever their bloody sex, skin hue).Yul , Nov 17 2020 19:29 utc | 18
While lecturing the world over "international norms", the deliberate obliviousness over the astonishing rolling humanitarian disasters initiated by the USA is beyond disturbing.
https://consortiumnews.com/2020/11/16/a-convergence-of-calamities/Don Bacon , Nov 17 2020 19:32 utc | 21
Watch out for Eliot A Cohen and what Phil Geraldi coined as "Kaganate of Nulandia" ilks in that FP Team. In Obama's first year we had Dennis Ross at the WH and Jeffrey Feltman at Turtle Bay whilst the R2P women were at Foggy Bottom : we got the Arab Spring followed by the demise of Ghaddafi and the havoc in Syria.
Who will Susan Rice put in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs to give the middle finger to Abu Mazen?Laguerre , Nov 17 2020 19:50 utc | 26
While The Dem party is strongly anti-Russia, connected at it is to the Atlantic Council and NATO, the probable next SecDef Flourney is throwing down the gauntlet on China.
...from TaiwanNews:Flourney assessed that China is starting to believe it can achieve a quick strike that would disable all U.S. defenses in the region, paving the way for an invasion of Taiwan. "China's theory of victory increasingly relies on 'system destruction warfare' -- crippling an adversary at the outset of conflict, by deploying sophisticated electronic warfare, counterspace, and cyber-capabilities," wrote Flourney.
To boost deterrence capabilities, Flourney asserts that the U.S. must modernize and strengthen its forces in the region to raise the cost of "Beijing's calculus." Such is the buildup that Flourney is advocating, that it would enable the U.S. military to "credibly threaten to sink all of China's military vessels, submarines, and merchant ships in the South China Sea within 72 hours" . . here
This is quite a change from the current administration, which has followed the Taiwan Relations Act in stressing that the break-away province is responsible for its own defense, with no mention of US support. In fact the US does not have a mutual defense treaty with this Chinese province. Normally these treaties only include countries of course, and while Taiwan claims to be a country of course it isn't.vk , Nov 17 2020 19:51 utc | 27
On the question of war, it's no secret that Biden is likely to prove more hawkish than Trump, though Biden himself is a diplomatic man. However the world has changed since the days of Obama. The Middle East has ground to a stalemate, and there are no objectives to achieve by putting in more troops or air-strikes. Trump just tried and failed to bomb Iran. The military advice to Biden won't be different.
With regard to the "pivot to Asia", I doubt that the Chinese are much afraid of a US attack.Circe , Nov 17 2020 19:56 utc | 29
...Abstracting the factor of a new party naturally being inclined to reinitialize all the wars abandoned or paralyzed by the previous party at a first glance...
1) Venezuela: I would bet Biden should have learned from Trump's mistake, but fact on the field is the Southern Caribbean nation is a too appetizing target for him to to revisit it and do a real invasion with Colombia through the land as an auxiliary;
2) South China Sea/Taiwan: Susan Rice's little story is touching, but the Western-backed Asian MSM (SCMP, Asia Times etc.) is already preparing the psychological/ideological field for a hot war between China and the USA there, which means they were already briefed by Biden's team it will happen;
3) Afghanistan: at the heart of Central Asia (Heartland) + CIA opium = a matchstick will rule over the Cocytus before the USA abandon its occupation of that country;
4) Yemen: the war pays for itself as the Saudis are recycling USDs into American weapons, so I think inertia will prevail. When the Saudis say it's over, it's over;
5) Syria: game's over for the Americans there. The Russians imposed a no-fly zone to NATO/USA. Most they can do is to prop up Turkey (which they don't like right now) to fund terrorists in Idlib to try to drain the Russian coffers a little bit more but the Kremlin can push the nuclear button anytime if it really comes to that point (if ever);
6) Belarus: it was more a German affair than an American affair. Doesn't apply;
7) Ukraine: unfinished business will probably lead to another ramping up over the Dnieper, but the Donbassians have the geographical advantage and will never lose their territory as long as they have full-fledged support from Russia;
8) Russia: the problem here is the USA is in a position it has to choose - Russia or the European Peninsula? Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has already stated Germany's unconditional loyalty to the USA is directly linked to the continuation of NATO. If NATO's gone, then the European Peninsula may become a second Southeast Asia.dave , Nov 17 2020 20:08 utc | 33
If ... Tom Cotton is the Republican nominee, a Dem Presidential victory in 2024 will make Biden's 2020 landslide look like the small mound of sand sliding into the bottom half of an hourglass.
Welcome back Georgia, Arizona and hello Texas!karlof1 , Nov 17 2020 20:17 utc | 35
"Joe Biden's Foreign Policy Team"
Citibank's foreign policy Team would be much more accurate wouldn't it ?
That's like saying Obomber or Bush had their own foreign and economic policy.
The only reason DC puts on this shit show is to protect the owners from accountability.
No matter who the "president" is there will be more war, sanctions, and coup attempts because that's what the money/power cult needs to obtain more power and control.
These assholes successfully perpetrated a coup of the US government, why would they worry about which flunky gets (s)elected ??
*forgot to include fraud in my list, sorry.DFC , Nov 17 2020 20:53 utc | 40
Patrick Lawrence poses the same basic question as b in this article , with his title giving its contents away:
"Hillary Clinton at the UN? Whether or not Biden appoints her, things are getting very brazen and very bitter, very fast."
"Let us now send this conscienceless liar to the UN to make sure the world knows we're all for international cooperation so long as all others submit to our dictates and don't get in our way when we invade other countries, foment coups or otherwise breach international law.
"I confess to longstanding animosity toward the odious Clinton. In truth she is merely the apotheosis of what we've known for some time about the incoming regime's character.
"Biden's army of foreign-policy transition advisers -- 2,000 in number -- is chock-a-block with warmongers, Russophobes, Sinophobes, Iranophobes, exceptionalists, puppets of apartheid Israel, humanitarian interventionists, and others promising nothing but trouble. We've known this for some time."
Lawrence did some great digging to complement the work done by other investigators. The following is excellent:
"The Democratic 2020 platform published on the eve of Biden's nomination last summer, intended to bring Bernie Sanders' supporters on board, included these commitments on the foreign-policy side:
•"Bringing our forever wars to a responsible end."
•"Rationalizing the defense budget."
•Ending covert "regime change" operations in favor of "more effective and less costly diplomatic, intelligence, and law enforcement tools."
•"Right-sizing our counterterrorism footprint."
•Scaling back U.S. involvement in Afghanistan in favor of "a durable and inclusive political settlement" with a residual role for special operations forces.
"Didn't President Donald Trump attempt to achieve various of these objectives? Didn't hawks in his administration and at the Pentagon vigorously and illegally subvert these attempts? Didn't the mainstream press cheer on these subversions while lambasting Trump daily for jeopardizing "national security" as he tried (however inconsistently) to bring troops home, settle up in Afghanistan, negotiate with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and other such things?...
"Those who expected the Biden regime to give Americans a thoughtful, informed, post-exceptionalist foreign policy -- and I am not among these people -- are in for too many disappointments to list over the next four years. Let us consider a few of the more consequential."
Lawrence goes on to detail why there'll be no peace in Eurasia and no reduction in the Imperial Budget. I agree 100% with his summation:
"One principle will guide the Biden regime's foreign policies. Biden is a man of empire and those around him empire's lieutenants. This will determine all of what is to come."
Realistically that means the Outlaw US Empire will continue to drown as it spins around and slowly descends down the toilet bowl. Nowhere in anyone's analysis of this issue is there any mention of the fact that great domestic strength and vitality are a prerequisite for any attempt at Imperial Dominance, and nowhere in Bidenland is there any policy proposal to rehabilitate that fact. Sure, all sorts of hawks will populate the Pentagon and continue at the State Dept, but they might as well be doves since the Empire's industrial base can no longer support an aggressive Imperial Policy. Then there's the Human Capital that's in just as dire a condition as the Industrial Plant. Biden in many respects faces the same set of problems Trump was confronted with and allowed to fester/worsen. Plus, half the nation is dead-set against him and his regime, perhaps even more so than with Trump since there'll be no constant BigLie Media smearing.
The gap between the Outlaw US Empire and those nations it's chosen to demonize as competitors and worse continues to grow daily. The RCEP is only one manifestation. A second is the continuance of BRICS, which just held a Summit. If Biden launches an attack against Iran, he'll suffer a massive defeat for the same reasons as Trump. Same with North Korea. Same as with the South China Sea. Same as with Taiwan. Same as with Syria. And I'd say the last bullet within the Color Revolution gun available for use in Eurasia was recently fired to no effect. Latin America is rebounding again. In almost every respect, the Outlaw US Empire is weaker now than in 2017 when Trump took over. IMO, Biden's #1, most important and difficult job will be domestic since his donors will insist they be allowed to continue to eat away at the vitals that are the fundamental basis of support for the Empire--Following in the footsteps of Rome.Circe , Nov 17 2020 20:55 utc | 41
Russia will be the main target of the new US regime, expect to see the russian underbelly in flames in the Caucasus, in Central Asia and of course in Ukraine and Syria.
The russian regimen change project will be at full speed, economically, politically, domestic and external insurgencies, all in order to bleed to death the Bear that they see as a cultural, military, industrial and natural resources rival that has to be fully destroyed and reduced to smithereens, divided in corrupt satrapies much smaller and easy dominate "à la ukrainien" or georgian, to extract, on the cheap, all their natural resources with nice fees for the Biden family or many others american plutocrats. Win-win situation.
One of the pieces to "bleed the beast" project was the Pashinyan sororite hiper-corrupt regime, who sell large amounts of weapons to the jihadis in Syria to kill russians and syrians soldiers, this was the last straw for the russkies with them:
The only option to Russia, of course is to pay the US with the same coinWilliam Gruff , Nov 17 2020 20:56 utc | 43
So the DoD just announced that Trump is drawing down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2500 for each by January 15th 2020, and there are about 5,000 private military contractors in each which will probably increase to compensate. Easy call for Trump.
Nothing gained. Nothing lost.NemesisCalling , Nov 17 2020 21:17 utc | 46
US State Department budget
2016: $53.4 billion
2020: $44.12 billion
Good job, Trump! Nice cut of that regime change budget!
Who wants to bet that Harris and the dead guy try to hike this budget for 2021 back up above its levels in its glory days of color revolutions?@36 BNWKooshy , Nov 17 2020 21:19 utc | 47
Yes, I saw McConnel plead to be able to stay and "finish" Afghanistan. Such a tired show now. The same ol' tune, spoken a thousand times on that senate floor.
But to your point, not all Republicans are non-interventionists. There are many, many RINOs amongst them who actually loathed the idea of Trump as POTUS in 2015, so much so that it took the groundswell of support for DJT that these RINOs relented and hopped aboard the Trump-train.
Now that he has lost, they want to revert back to their prior and favored position as controlled opposition to the Dem establishment. It will at first be subtle, with feigned support for outgoing POTUS, but gradually, they will cease mentioning him at all.
It remains to be seen whether the constituents in these RINOs' districts will not see through the subterfuge.
As I have mentioned before, I think they will come for the RINOs if they disembark the Trump-train. They are sowing wind.Malchik Ralf , Nov 17 2020 21:30 utc | 50
As we move forward resistance to American hegemony becomes stronger, more broad and a more viable counterbalance to the western hegemony on world affairs. This is while US and her allies have and are becoming weaker and therefore more unbalanced. Political and economic unbalance as seen during the pandemic is much more difficult and costly for developed
nations as would be for the third world.
As has been seen in past few years this shifting power balance will naturally make the losing power, more reactionary and more violent to preserve and restore her power, both domestically and externally.
As this giant corpse start decaying her parasites start chowing more and demanding more to save themselves, which makes this dying giant even more unpredictable, and perhaps more reactionary and violent regardless who's the president and in power, Trump or Biden has not and will not make any change difference for the Deep state policies.
Fortunately this is, and has been, the trajectory we are on for some time now, and IMO this is unstoppable, no matter who and how much propaganda is leveled inside and outside of west.All three, together with Joe Biden, promoted the 2003 war on IraqFramarz , Nov 17 2020 21:31 utc | 51
I seem to recall that Bush was President back then...Biden and his appointees might have gone along with it, as did many American politicians.Biden has said that he will re-instate the nuclear agreement with Iran but with 'amendments'.jinn , Nov 17 2020 21:38 utc | 53
Wishful thinking by Biden and his faction, if he get into white house at all. The greatest obstacle for any US president to get back to JCPOA is the general disqualification of US governments to be part of any international agreement.
Obama signed, Trump teared in pieces, Biden signing again (are we in a Kindergarten?), who is going to guarantee that the next republican president (in 4 years?) doesn't tear it in pieces again or even the to-be president Kemala Harris (in 2 years?) doesn't trigger the snap back as a friendly pay back gesture to the Zionist Apartheid regime for getting the job as president?
Although Rouhani government has sent strong signals that they are ready for a new round of negotiation, with less then 9 months to the next elections in Iran, almost no chance that the next winner come from technocrat camp, theocracy not ready to support technocratic efforts for new negotiations and finally wide popular resistance to continue the JCPOA even in the current format. It would be more then a wounder to encounter JCPOA 2.0_K_C_ , Nov 17 2020 21:40 utc | 54
What occupies the fantasies of the populace does matter to the oligarchs who run the show. If it didn't matter to the elites they would not spend so much time and energy trying to shape those fantasies...
The elites are going to support the politicians that are most accomplished and adept at bolstering the fantasy of the two party system and American democrazy. There is no doubt that Donald Trump is the salesman of the year for the smoke the elites are blowing up your ass. There is no other politician that could get 150 million americans sucked into the fantasy.
And what that means is they will do whatever they can to make sure trump gets another four more years.AriusArmenian , Nov 17 2020 22:19 utc | 65
Can't say I disagree with much of this when taken at face value, but I'd appreciate some backing to this assertion, for which it's quite uncharacteristic of b not to provide right up front.....if true.Biden and his team have supported the coup attempt in Venezuela. They only criticized it for not being done right and will probably come up with their own bloody 'solution'.
I should note, and most MoA readers will agree, that it's nearly impossible to find any Western media organization - including erstwhile progressive outlets - who don't agree with the alleged status quo that Maduro is a "dictator" and "has to go."
Even when Venezuelans in Venezuela were asked about who they'd rather see become president the questions and answers were couched in this implicit "truth".
So what WOULD a Biden administration do differently? All's I can find of substance is that they'd use sanctions in a more precise manner, not the blunt force instrument that Trump has applied - and - that they would grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans wishing to flee (I'd bet there's a good mix of the Mestizo and Moreno poor, as well as the trust fund descendants of the colonial elite) to the United States whereas Trump refused or dragged his feet to the point that it didn't matter.
I think, then, that the decisions made will be less to do with Biden being a bad man (which, like Trump, he is), but instead all grounded in the accepted "reality" that "Maduro must go" and there must be a "peaceful democratic transition" (back to right-wing colonialist descendants from whom (some of) their stolen land and oil leases were stolen back under Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution. This falsehood has been cemented as truth and reality across both sides of the U.S. political spectrum as well as that of the UK, Canada and France: Maduro = Commie Dictator and Brutal Humanitarian Abuser. There is absolutely ZERO way that Joe Biden would go against it in any meaningful way. He'll just do it a little less roughly and mean spiritedly as Trump and Bush before him had done (no coups and fewer sanctions under Obama).
This is a good article on the intricacies of the politics of food (and resources - a good history lesson all the way around and recommended - written in June of 2018 and looking back not only on the Chavez years, but the colonial history that preceded him. I think it's required reading for anyone who wants to get into a debate or discussion (here or elsewhere) about Chavez and Maduro.Jackrabbit , Nov 17 2020 22:56 utc | 73
Trump is war monger lite compared to Biden that is war monger/criminal heavy. Greater chaos is coming inside and outside the US while liberals go back to sleep comfortable that another Obama like admin is in charge.
My prediction: in the next four years it will be near impossible to paper over the objective collapse of the US Empire of Insanity.michaelj72 , Nov 17 2020 23:34 utc | 78
Miami Herald on an issue important to many of its readership:Joe Biden said he 'confronted' Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. Is that true?
Biden's campaign said he "was among the first Democratic foreign policy voices to recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's legitimate leader and to call for Maduro to resign."
Even socialist Sanders, who refused to call Maduro a "dictator", is anti-Maduro:Sanders called Maduro a "vicicious tyrant" and said there should be "international and regional cooperation for free elections in Venezuela so that the people of that country can make -- can create their own future."
!!Don Bacon , Nov 17 2020 23:37 utc | 79
there's plenty of countries in the world where the US will continue and/or try to regime change legitimate governments.
some of these were already started by Mr. Hope and Change, and will continue or be ramped up by Mr. Sleepy/Rice/Flournoy - like Ukraine, a perfect pretext to irritate Russia with. And poor Venezuela, which both current and past administrations have attempted to strangle to death
Some of these came to fruition under Pompeo/Haspel/Trump like Armenia (2018); and some like Belarus have survived, so far.
some where successfully changed under Trump, like Brazil.
some were temporarily regime changed, like Bolivia (2019), but are now back in the hands of the real Socialists and indigenous peoples.
some were successfully carried out under Obama, like in Honduras and Paraguay.
The chinese finally learned and took action in Hong Kong which is now essentially out of the regime change column. Iran will never be regime changed either, nor Syria.
And some like Lebanon are still in play.
I expect economic sanctions/warfare to be increasingly used by this incoming democratic administration as much as the outgoing republican.
The way for all this nefarious and despicable activity by the US and the West to end is....??Venom , Nov 17 2020 23:43 utc | 80
Trump just didn't have the same amount of low hanging fruit that Obama did . . .like Ukraine and Syria
low hanging fruit: a thing or person that can be won, obtained, or persuaded with little effort.
Let's be clear that Obama's "fruit" turned out to be rotten apples (losses in Ukraine* & Syria**), plus Mr Hope & Change foolishly sent 70,000 more troops to Afghanistan, destroyed one of the leading countries in Africa (Libya) for no reason, threatened Iran every fortnight with his "all options on the table" BS then did an 'agreement' with Iran that was easily overturned,. .the list goes on.
*NATO wanted Russia's only warm-water port in Crimea, and didn't get it.
**Russia stepped in to prevent US-supported regime changeDon Bacon , Nov 17 2020 23:48 utc | 81
All of the linear and conventional predictions about the next administration's foreign policy will be proven wrong, because they neglect the near-fatal deterioration of the US economy and its social fabric in the last 4 years. In short, any return to the pre-Trump status quo is simply impossible. That ship sailed forever.
What is pretty much guaranteed, however, is significant and irreversible ratcheting up of economic tension between America and the rest of the world. The approach may undergo some finessing, but substance will not only remain but acquire additional urgency. The US is in desperate need of reducing its current account deficit, and that can't be accomplished without more threats, more brinkmanship, and more unilateral impositions. You can say goodbye to any prospect of international harmony, it won't happen. Sure, Democrats may attempt softening of rhetoric at first, but it will be proven counterproductive and abandoned rather quickly.
The only reason the Deep State brought Biden back to political life, is because he is one of the few remaining old Cold Warriors capable of achieving normalization of relations with Russia. It's of overarching importance at this point, as without it nothing really works for America and all possible geopolitical equations simply fall apart right away. It's also pretty clear that because Biden's mental and physical condition is in rapid decline, such normalization will be proceeding at breakneck speed. Expect Biden-Putin summit in first 6 months of the inauguration, ostensibly to sign new Start Treaty or prolong the old one. After that, "the dialogue" will kick into overdrive.
All in all, modeling next 4 years of US foreign policy based on op-ed articles in American MSM is just silly. These are written not to enlighten but to obfuscate. Expect secret entreaties to Moscow literally within hours of January 20, 2021.Prof K , Nov 17 2020 23:49 utc | 82
There may be some small cookies thrown Russia's way, but that country as a serious threat must remain. The 500,000 person US ground force, modernly equipped, depends upon it. There is no other justification, only a "dangerous" Russia.Don Bacon , Nov 17 2020 23:55 utc | 83
Look at Zionist-imperialist bitch Susan Rice berating the UN General Assembly for its overwhelming vote in 2012 on according Palestine non-member observer status:
Here is the UN announcement on the 'overwhelming' vote:
https://www.un.org/press/en/2012/ga11317.doc.htm_K_C_ , Nov 18 2020 0:04 utc | 85
Just as the US must have enemies, because there's so much money in it, it must also (for the same reason) continue to have Israel calling the signals in the Middle East.Haassaan , Nov 18 2020 0:58 utc | 90
By "low hanging fruit" (or poisoned apples), what I meant was from the PR angle. Situations in those places - by the CIA's making or not - were being reported in the West in such a manner so that they were more easily than usual sold as "humanitarian interventions" to "help democracy flourish" and the like. Whereas Bush had his 9/11 and fake WMD threats from Saddam, Obama had the "organic" "grassroots" uprisings in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Tunisia and other places which would be used as excuses to go in and steal gold, wreck nations who were a threat to the Franco or American post-colonial control structures, and otherwise instill chaos, which is one major goal of EVERY U.S. intervention - especially in the ME.
But yeah, what was done to Libya, Syria and the Ukraine is unforgiveable. I'm just saying that TPTB when Trump was in office didn't have the easy, made-for-humanitarian intervention news stories to excuse the next round of destruction. That's one reason they had to try so hard with Iran - going as far as designating their military and its leaders as terrorists and all that shit so they could bomb Soleimani while he was on a diplomatic mission. Can't have an outbreak of peace, now, can we? That is, unless it's a carefully scripted PR version of "peace" such as what we saw recently with the gulf monarchies and Israel.arby , Nov 18 2020 1:02 utc | 91
redictions for the Biden Regime...let us see.
Gonna have to say target numero uno has got to be Syria. Finishing off Syria, and chasing the Russians home will be the lynchpin to the rest of Biden's Middle East Policy. Once Syria is collapsed into chaos and ethnic cleansing, Lebanon/Hezbollah become much easier to deal with. Iran becomes further isolated and it's ability to project power seriously reduced. The whole point of JCPOA IMO was a delaying tactic, keeping Iran on the back burner while Iranian Proxies and Regional Influence are mopped up.
I expect the Mighty Media Wurlitzer of Pro-War Propaganda will soon begin spinning up and focusing on the brutality inflicted on the moderate head-choppers by the Assad Regime...another chemical weapons attack anyone?
The Russian presence in Syria is actually quite precarious, despite their military gains they don't project power very efficiently beyond their borders. The Biden Regime will therefore turn up the heat, possibly with a No-Fly Zone over both Idlib and Southern Syria/Al Tanf in conjunction with a well armed proxy offensive backed by air-support. DNC Dems/Deep State/NeoCon believe Russia to be bluffing and will either back down or be rolled over in short order._K_C_ , Nov 18 2020 1:12 utc | 95
Most everyone here is talking like it will be business as usual on foreign policy.
I am not so sure. I think that Covid19 has pricked the phony bubble created after the 08/09 collapse. I know the stock market is right back and everything looks fine but I think there is deep rot beneath.
Couple that with a lot of draws in their latest endeavours and I doubt that the machine can keep operating with such confidence/arrogance.Prof K , Nov 18 2020 1:34 utc | 98
Do you also remember how the 2000 presidential campaign played out? Gore was characterized by the MSM, straight up, as an "interventionist" while Bush - eager to distance his own foreign policy from the Balkan wars and Clinton/Gore tried to walk a fine line between isolationism (of which he was accused) and non-interventionism.During the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush announced that he would pursue a "distinctly American internationalism" in foreign policy (Bush i999a), largely in contrast to the liberal internationalism of the Clinton administration. He initially sought to have a foreign policy that placed greater emphasis on American national interests than on global interests.(look up George W. Bush and "classical realism")
So what do Trump and Bush II have in common? How about Trump and Obama? I'll tell you: The preceding administration of the opposite political party had a history of military interventions that were quite unpopular with the public, which was looking for a change. And guess what Obama said when he first stepped into office. That's right - he'd pursue a retrenchment based foreign policy dedicated to fighting existing terror threats in places and places near where the previous administration had already placed American troops - AND to wrap up the already existing wars. From the Atlantic's retrospective:It wasn't supposed to be this way. Although Obama never presented himself as a pacifist candidate, his 2007-2008 presidential campaign was predicated in part on the promise to end the war in Iraq and properly prosecute the war in Afghanistan. In March 2008, he declared of Iraq, "When I am commander in chief, I will set a new goal on day one: I will end this war." Later that year, he listed his first two priorities for making America safer as "ending the war in Iraq responsibly" and "finishing the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban." The president also promised a foreign policy that relied more on diplomacy and less on military might in his first inaugural address, telling his audience that "our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint." Well before the tumult of the Arab Spring and its aftermath, Obama famously offered to extend a hand to those willing to unclench their fist. (there are links embedded there)
Here's what Brookings has to say:I do not mean to overstate. Obama's presidency will not go down as a hugely positive watershed period in American foreign policy. He ran for election in 2007 and 2008 promising to mend the West's breach with the Islamic world, repair the nation's image abroad, reset relations with Russia, move toward a world free of nuclear weapons, avoid "stupid wars" while winning the "right war," combat climate change, and do all of this with a post-partisan style of leadership that brought Americans themselves together in the process. He ran for reelection in 2012 with the additional pledges of ending the nation's wars and completing the decimation of al Qaeda. Six years into his presidency, almost none of these lofty aspirations has been achieved. There has not been, and likely will not be, any durable Obama doctrine of particular positive note. The recent progress toward a nuclear deal with Iran, while preferable to any alternative if it actually happens, is probably too limited in duration and overall effect to count as a historic breakthrough (even if Obama shares a second Nobel Prize as a result).
And before you start to think that Trump said much different, here's a blurb from your own article:"We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with," Trump said. "Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS, and we will."
Hence, there hasn't been a President for the last 50 years that has campaigned on, or entered office with a PUBLIC plan to engage in foreign regime change activities. But nearly every one of them, especially since Ronald Reagan, have had "excuses" crop up for "humanitarian interventions" and that includes Bush II and Obama. The so-called Arab Spring began in earnest in mid- to late 2010 and Syria and Libya were in mid to late 2011 during their peak, at which point the U.S. and France got involved under the auspices of "humanitarian intervention."
So more than 3 years into his first term, Obama still hadn't "started any new wars." Three years is an incredibly short period of time when looking at history, even the history of the United States. Trump's only been in office for about 3 years and 9 months. Nothing like the Arab Spring has happened so far while he's been there. That is indisputable. What is also indisputable is that Trump DID try to spark a war by assassinating General Soleimani. Whether there was any plan AT THE TIME to end up invading Iran (a total fool's errand as you know well), I doubt, but the goal of that assassination was to prevent an organic, non-U.S. brokered peace between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which at the very least was a threat to Trump's precious arms sales, but also very much in line with his Zionist friendly Israel policy. At worst, who knows, but you can't make an unchallenged assumption that Trump and his advisors had fully thought through all possible Iranian retaliation options and concluded that there was no way the assassination would cause Iran to do something so bad that a new war was justified regardless of the cost. Sorry, but you just can't.
Yeah, yeah, Trump hasn't started any "new wars" but his rhetoric and public facing stated foreign policy goals were virtually the same as Obama's. Trump just didn't get any 9/11s, Eastern European or Middle East uprisings that would have been sufficient for him or ANY previous president to attempt to justify "humanitarian interventions" abroad. As I've said for a while, if he had a second term, there would have been a new war - even if it was the "deep state" and CIA who created the astroturf casus belli.Lex , Nov 18 2020 1:36 utc | 99
...Trump has also unleashed a mass proto fascist movement, which is based amongst the lowest scum of the working class, various billionaire factions, and the white suburban middle class and small business owners.
These genies will not go back into their bottles. Neoliberal hegemony is shattered.
All of this is the result of the 1% sucking the blood of the working class for the past four decades. 2008 was the spark. Covid was the explosion.
I see this every damn day in the US, even in a wealthy liberal city. The social fabric has largely fallen apart. Living in the US is daily suffering, dashed hopes, sadness, and rage. It is awful.
Biden won't have any room for major wars abroad. He might try to rebuild liberal alliances but he won't have any capacity to overthrow Asad or Maduro or to reverse the objective trends of global capitalism. How can he reboot US primacy if China and Asia account for 90 percent of world economic growth?
Covid has revealed the US as a paper tiger with little institutional capacity to manage itself or the world. It is in fact a threat to the world.
Biden and his neoliberal coterie will act like arrogant pricks. They are arrogant pricks. But we can laugh at them. They have a limited shelf life.
Well of course it will be awful. There has never been an administration in American history that hasn't been awful on foreign policy. We've always been an empire.
Biden will find a world different than the one he remembers from four years ago. The blustering incompetence of the Trump administration was the world's cue to move on. And the empire now has a lot of issues in the home territory that need immediate and drastic attention.
Few empires survive long after being forced to turn inward after a long period of expansion. We're beyond things that can papered better with a glorious little war.
Biden likely takes power with a collapsed health care sector and a real economy of misery for most. He'll have a federal government riddled wholly unqualified ideologues in a country that went ahead and delegitimized it's own elections for one man's vanity. Where half the country doesn't believe in the virus that crushed the health care system and wrecked the economy. It will all be terrible because the US has reached the historical point where terrible describes all the options.
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That Israel would blatantly and openly interfere in the deliberations of Congress raises some serious questions which the mainstream media predictably is not addressing. Jewish power in America is for real and it is something that some Jews are not shy about discussing among themselves. Jewish power is unique in terms of how it functions. If you're an American ( or British ) politician, you very quickly are made to appreciate that Israel owns you and nearly all of your colleagues. Indeed, the process begins in the U.S. even before your election when the little man from AIPAC shows up with the check list that he wants you to sign off on. If you behave per instructions your career path will be smooth, and you will benefit from your understanding that everything happening in Washington that is remotely connected to the interests of the state of Israel is to be determined by the Jewish state alone, not by the U.S. Congress or White House.
And, here is the tricky part, even while you are energetically kowtowing to Netanyahu, you must strenuously deny that there is Jewish power at work if anyone ever asks you about it. You behave in that fashion because you know that your pleasant life will be destroyed, painfully, if you fail to deny the existence of an Israel Lobby or the Jewish power that supports it.
It is a bold assertion, but there is plenty of evidence to support how that power is exerted and what the consequences are. Senators William Fulbright and Chuck Percy and Congressmen Paul Findlay, Pete McCloskey and Cynthia McKinney have all experienced the wrath of the Lobby and voted out of office. Currently Reverend Raphael Warnock, who is running against Georgia Loeffler for a senate seat in Georgia demonstrates exactly how candidates are convinced to stand on their heads by the Israel Lobby. Warnock was a strong supporter of Palestinian rights and a critic of Israeli brutality. He said as recently as 2018 that the Israelis were shooting civilians and condemned the military occupation and settlement construction on the Palestinian West Bank, which he compared to apartheid South Africa. Now that he is running for the Senate, he is saying that he is opposed to the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement due to what he calls the movement's "anti-Semitic overtones." He also supports continued military assistance for Israel and believes that Iran is in pursuit of a nuclear weapon, both of which are critical issues being promoted by the Zionist lobby.
There is some pushback in Washington to Israeli dominance, but not much. Recent senior Pentagon appointee Colonel Douglas Macgregor famously has pointed out that many American politicians get "very, very rich" through their support of Israel even though it means the United States being dragged into new wars. Just how Israel gains control of the U.S. political process is illustrated by the devastating insider tale of how the Obama Administration's feeble attempts to do the right thing in the Middle East were derailed by American Jews in Congress, the media, party donors and from inside the White House itself. The story is of particularly interest as the Biden Administration will no doubt suffer the same fate if it seeks to reject or challenge Israel's ability to manipulate and virtually control key aspects of U.S. foreign policy.
The account of Barack Obama's struggle with Israel and the Israeli Lobby comes from a recently published memoir written by a former foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes. It is entitled The World As It Is , and it is extremely candid about how Jewish power was able to limit the foreign policy options of a popular sitting president. Rhodes recounts, for example, how Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel once nicknamed him "Hamas" after he dared to speak up for Palestinian human rights, angrily shouting at him "Hamas over here is going to make it impossible for my kid to have his fucking bar mitzvah in Israel."
Rhodes cites numerous instances where Obama was forced to back down when confronted by Israel and its supporters in the U.S. as well as within the Democratic Party. On several occasions, Netanyahu lecture the U.S. president as if he were an errant schoolboy. And Obama just had to take it. Rhodes sums up the situation as follows: "In Washington, where support for Israel is an imperative for members of Congress, there was a natural deference to the views of the Israeli government on issues related to Iran, and Netanyahu was unfailingly confrontational, casting himself as an Israeli Churchill . AIPAC and other organizations exist to make sure that the views of the Israeli government are effectively disseminated and opposing views discredited in Washington, and this dynamic was a permanent part of the landscape of the Obama presidency."
And, returning to the persistent denial of Jewish power even existing when it is running full speed and relentlessly, Rhodes notes the essential dishonesty of the Israel Lobby as it operates in Washington: "Even to acknowledge the fact that AIPAC was spending tens of millions to defeat the Iran deal [JCPOA] was anti-Semitic. To observe that the same people who supported the war in Iraq also opposed the Iran deal was similarly off limits. It was an offensive way for people to avoid accountability for their own positions."
Many Americans long to live in a country that is at peace with the world and respectful of the sovereignty of foreign nations. Alas, as long as Israeli interests driven by overwhelming Jewish power in the United States continue to corrupt our institutions that just will not be possible. It is time for all Americans, including Jews, to accept that Israel is a foreign country that must make its own decisions and thereby suffer the consequences. The United States does not exist to bail Israel out or to provide cover for its bad behavior. The so-called "special relationship" must end and the U.S. must deal with the Israelis as they would with any other country based on America's own self-interests. Those interests definitely do not include funding the Israeli war machine, assassinating foreign leaders, or attacking a non-threatening Iran while continuing an illegal occupation of Syria.
Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is https://councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is email@example.com .
Nov 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
Don Bacon , Nov 17 2020 22:23 utc | 66
Applying any logic to the "threats" against the US "national security" AKA world hegemony becomes much simpler with recognizing two simple facts:
1. The US security state, with its huge military forces and techno-industrial base, and no diplomatic need nor capability, REQUIRES (fake) "security threats" in order to exist.
2. Those appointed "threats" are currently, probably not changing soon, in some order of "threat-size" . . .
China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Venezuela, & African "terrorists" -- did I miss anyone?
Nov 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
William Gruff , Nov 17 2020 20:56 utc | 43
US State Department budget
2016: $53.4 billion
2020: $44.12 billion
Good job, Trump! Nice cut of that regime change budget!
Who wants to bet that Harris and the dead guy try to hike this budget for 2021 back up above its levels in its glory days of color revolutions?
Geronimo Black , Nov 17 2020 21:24 utc | 49
2016 Dept of Defense budget $585.3 billion
2020 Dept of Defense budget $665.0 billion +
2020 OCO (imperialist war operations) 69.0 billion
Is this added $149 billion in defense spending a "peace president" dividend I wonder?
Nov 18, 2020 | www.unz.com
" The maintenance of Americans' constitutional rights should not depend on the good graces and sketchy ethics of a handful of well-connected corporations who have stonewalled Congress, lied to Congress, and have questionable judgment when it comes to security "
-Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore)
Barely two weeks ago allegations that the 2020 US Presidential election had been rigged on behalf of DNC presidential spawn Joe Biden were met with almost universal scepticism. This past week may have changed that.
In the article of Monday, Nov 9 the author examined the problems with the mail-in ballot totals in the five key swing states and the legal and legislative challenges to them including re-counts and the SCOTUS intervention of the PA Supreme Court.
The subject of alleged DNC election fraud has now shifted to an examination of the machines that count each ballot and render the results. The voter is supposed to believe that Joe Biden defeated Trump and at the same time lost seats in the US House and state legislatures. This is possible but highly improbable.
Today, Nov 17, in preparation for a multi-state legal challenge to results created by these voting machines, lead Trump attorney and former Assistant US Attorney Sidney Powell, said:
"They need to investigate the likelihood that 3% of the vote total was changed in the pre-election voting ballots that were collected digitally by using the Hammer program and the software program called Scorecard. That would have amounted to a massive change in the vote."
Here, begins that examination. As shown, there is reason for concern.
Numbers don't lie. Mounting evidence to date suggests that voting machines do, particularly the ones sold by Dominion Voting Systems Inc. As the third part of this chronology begins it has now become obvious that Trump's campaign operatives expected election fraud. They have since very quickly brought legal challenges to bear in AZ, GA, MI, PA, WI, and NV. However, most of this news first circled around only the mail-in ballots.
From Trump's perspective, as of this writing, 87,804 (WI-20,540; GA-14,045; PA- 53,219) are needed to flip the election. MI is the toughest and shows Biden up by a reported 146,123 votes.
Interestingly, regarding the numbers in each state- and AZ- the Dominion voting machine's results are in dispute in all. Whereas, the proceedings regarding the mail-in ballots may provide a switch of perhaps thousands of votes, issues with the Dominion machines, if proven, could be in the 100's of Thousands. Or More.
This past week, evidence is surfacing.
Before 2020: Warning Signs
Days before the 2020 election important news was buried. On September 30 a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer detailed that "a laptop and several memory sticks" used to program Dominion voting machines in Philadelphia had mysteriously vanished.
But concerns about Dominion had begun far earlier.
The U.S. Constitution leaves election management up to state and local officials, so voting systems and protocols vary across thousands of jurisdictions. Partly for this reason, a 2019 investigation was launched by senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and other Democratic lawmakers into the three largest suppliers of US digital voting machines, Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems & Software, and Hart InterCivic. Together they hold over 92% of all US distribution of voting machines.
In review, the Senate committee wrote to all three firms saying in part,
"(W)e have concerns about the spread and effect of private equity investment including the election technology industry -- an integral part of our nation's democratic process These problems threaten the integrity of our elections and demonstrate the importance of election systems that are strong, durable, and not vulnerable to attack."
The Committee revealed that the Dominion machines were vulnerable to internal and internet hacking. Because all these machines interface their ballot totals via wireless digital modem external interference is all too possible. Further concerns were provided by NBC news in very early 2020.
In the State of Texas , well before the 2020 election Dominion Voting Systems and their proprietary "Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5 " was rejected three times. From the summary:
"The reports identified multiple hardware and software issues that preclude the Office of the Texas Secretary of State from determining that the Democracy Suite 5.5-A system satisfies each of the voting-system requirements Specifically, [if] the system is suitable for its intended purpose; operates efficiently and accurately; and is safe from fraudulent or unauthorized manipulation."
A 2019 report by the Brennan Center for Justice highlighted a lack of vendor oversight, raising this Congressional concern about voting machines in general, according to The Associated Press
Previously, Federal regulation attempts on voting machines in 2018 were fruitless since this was opposed by some state election officials and the White House on the grounds that it would impose on states' rights.
A prudent measure that had some bipartisan support ( S. 2593 in the 115th Congress ) ended up going nowhere. Introduced by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) this bill would have required voting machines to produce a printout to let election officials confirm electronic votes. Lankford and Wyden had said that they intended to reintroduce paper-trail bills. They did not.
The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative published a report that explored their attempts to look into Dominion and other voting companies:
"Part of the challenge is that it is difficult to compile even basic facts about it. The industry earns an estimated $300 million in revenue annually is dominated by three firms [and is] limiting the amount of information available in the public domain about their operations and financial performance."
Nonetheless, Republicans and Democrats agreed in a 2018 omnibus bill ( Public Law 115-141 ) to divide among the states $380 million for voting system upgrades. Georgia's legislature also approved a plan to spend as much as $150 million on equipment that cybersecurity researchers say is still hackable . Most of that equipment was supplied by Dominion.
According to Business Insider , Georgia "became the only state in the country last year to overhaul its entire election system, paying Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems $106 million for new voting machines, printers and scanners."
The NY Times reported that some Democrats in the Georgia Legislature opposed purchasing the Dominion system and there is "some evidence that heavy lobbying and sales tactics have played a role in their adoption in Georgia and elsewhere."
In hotly contested Georgia, during 2019's test run a now-deleted Atlanta Journal Constitution article detailed "a glitch" that surfaced when six counties tested the Dominion system. The problem occurred in at least four of the six counties where the new voting system was being tested before being used statewide during the March 24 presidential primary. The problems weren't rectified by primary date, which was moved to June due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the New York Times :
"Georgia's statewide primary elections on Tuesday were overwhelmed by a full-scale meltdown of new voting systems Scores of new state-ordered voting machines were reported to be missing or malfunctioning, and hours-long lines materialized at polling places across Georgia. Some people gave up and left before casting a ballot Predominantly black areas experienced some of the worst problems.
Who is Dominion?
Dominion Voting Systems is a company from Toronto, Canada , that has headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and is one of the three major firms providing voting machines in U.S. elections. The others are Election Systems & Software, and Hart InterCivic with ES&C in the top spot and Dominion at number two.
A 2014 form filed with the State of California says Dominion was founded in 2003 in Canada and in 2009 moved to the U.S. Its principal officers were listed as John Poulos, CEO; Ian MacVicar, CFO; and James Hoover, vice president of product line management. Dominion Voting Systems , claims to work with 1300 voting jurisdictions including nine of the 20 largest counties in the nation.
Dominion produced the software used in MI , GA and all the remaining states in question.
Like many corporations, Dominion purchased influence in congress. Bloomberg reported in April of last year that Dominion hired lobbying firm, Brownstein Farber Hyatt & Schreck. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi's former chief of staff, Nadeam Elshami, is one of the lobbyists for that firm.
At the state level, Dominion employs eight registered lobbyists in GA alone. They include Lewis Abit Massey , a former Democratic Georgia Secretary of State, and Jared Thomas, former chief of staff for Republican Governor Brian Kemp.
ES&S also has its own lobbying effort recently adding Peck Madigan Jones to the lobbying firm Vectre Corp. ES&S paid Vectre $80,000 during the last three months of 2018 alone. According to the Washington Post, Dominion also reported donating in between $25,001-$50,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Why the Clinton Foundation?Locations of US voting machines: Dominion is shown in Orange; ES&S in Blue. (Source: Penn Warton)
The news site, Truthout, reported that Dominion "was recently acquired by New York-based hedge fund Staple Street Capital." An executive board member of Staple Street Capital, William Earl Kennard , is a former ambassador to the EU who was appointed to that position by Barack Obama. In 2018, Dominion publicly announced it had been acquired by its management team and Staple Street Capital.
Interestingly, on November 6, Deadline reported that Kennard was named to the board of WarnerMedia parent company to AT&T, which owns CNN .
Long ago, Dominion earned $44 million in 2012. It listed its addresses for manufacturing and development as Toronto; Belgrade, Serbia; Denver; Plano, Texas; and Baldwin Park, California. A 2020 filing lists their registered agent as Cogency Global in Florida. Its directors were listed as Hootan Yaghoobzadeh of Staple Street Capital, Stephen Owens , also of Staple Street, and Benjamin Humphreys. Yaghoobzadeh and Owens both have past ties to the Carlyle Group investment firm. In 2015, Carlyle was the world's largest private equity firm.
Beyond the reports of problems with the mail-in ballots, in the aftermath of the election two weeks ago, the independent reports of voting machine irregularities have in combination developed serious concerns about Dominion and their software that they feature as "Democracy Suite 5.5." All of these problems favored Biden, never Trump.
First, on Tuesday, in the wee hours of the morning Dominion machines erroneously gave Democratic candidate Joe Biden a 3,000 plus vote advantage in Antrim County, MI. After a manual recount of the votes, officials posted updated results showing President Trump won the county with 9,783 votes making up 56.46% of ballots cast. Joe Biden earned 7,289 votes or 42.07%. CNN "went blue" for Biden before the error was discovered.
With the machine results being utterly mathematically disconnected to the hand-count tally Antrim County officials have blamed the county's election software saying totals counted did not match tabulator tapes.
In Oakland County, Michigan, according to the Royal Oak Tribune another glitch in a completely different ballot counting system, Hart Intercivic, switched over 1,200 Republican votes to Democrat. The switch initially caused County Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer to lose. Once the glitch was found, and the votes were properly attributed, Kochenderfer went from losing by 100 votes to winning by over 1,100. Hart uses its proprietary system called Verity. Eleven Michigan counties use Hart's systems
Back in GA, voters were unable to cast machine ballots for a couple of hours in Morgan and Spalding counties after the electronic devices crashed, state officials said. In response to the delays, Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams extended voting until 11 p.m.
The companies "uploaded something last night, which is not normal, and it caused a glitch," said Marcia Ridley, elections supervisor at Spalding County Board of Elections. Ridley said that a representative from Dominion called her after poll workers began having problems with the equipment Tuesday morning and said the problem was due to an upload to the machines by one of their technicians overnight. Said Ridley,
"That is something that they don't ever do. I've never seen them update anything the day before the election."
There is a reason for Ridley's observation. By GA law the machines are supposed to be certified for accurate use by the state before the election day. How was this possible with Dominion uploading data unknown during that night?
This matter may be far from over in GA. Trump has already filed for an injunction, per state statute, which cites, "These vote tabulator failures are a mechanical malfunction that, under MCL 168.831-168.839, requires a "special election" in the precincts affected." The keyword here is precincts. Plural.
In Oakland County Michigan, Dominion machine errors resulted in a Democrat being wrongly declared the winner of a commissioner's race by 104 votes – only to have their seat flip back to the rightful Republican candidate after the error was caught.
More importantly, Wisconsin reports came in that showed that the vote totals for Rock County appeared to be switched between President Trump and Joe Biden. 9,516 votes were eliminated from President Trump and moved to Joe Biden. If this one report is proved true, then the 19,032-vote shift would nearly wipe-out, of its own, Biden's reported 20,540 vote lead in Wisconsin and his electoral votes.
Pennsylvania and its twenty electoral votes are also hotly in contention. Dominion machines are being used in Armstrong, Carbon, Clarion, Crawford, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Fulton, Luzerne, Montgomery, Pike, Warren, York counties.
State Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, says she started getting calls shortly after the polls opened Tuesday morning that the machines were jamming and causing delays.
Phillips also highlighted another problem. "If that ballot is rejected, for example, if they over-voted for county commissioner, and that ballot is rejected, then that person has no way of knowing that their vote has been invalidated. That's not acceptable," she said.
Due to Dominion machine delays, PA election officials admitted that if ballots could not be immediately scanned by the machines, those ballots were instead stored so they could be counted later in "emergency holding boxes will be scanned at the polling places."
Those "stored" ballots were not always scanned. The Pennsylvania GOP had to bring a lawsuit to ensure that all York County ballots were counted. These had been placed in suitcases quickly purchased by Dominion and none were scanned.
AZ is also reporting problems. Boasts Dominion's website: "Arizona: "Serving 2.2 million Maricopa County voters with Democracy Suite 5.5 "
Yep. Maricopa County. The contested county where this week, Arizona GOP Chair Rae Chorenky was been forced to resign after failing to sign the required Certificate of Accuracy for the Dominion voting machines.
The key difficulty in examining potential election fraud by Dominion and possibly their counterparts is in going beyond isolated incidents and establishing a systemic fraud. One safety mechanism Dominion and other providers tout is that while voters might make their choices on a touchscreen machine, a paper ballot with a bar code is printed out where the voter can confirm their choices before inputting the paper ballot into a machine. Here's the problem, according to a US News story :
"[The machines] register votes in bar codes that the human eye cannot decipher. That's a problem, researchers say: Voters could end up with printouts that accurately spell out the names of the candidates they picked, but, because of a hack, the bar codes do not reflect those choices. Because the bar codes are what's tabulated, voters would never know that their ballots benefited another candidate."
These bar codes are vitally important to the subject of election fraud. They are also of great interest to Ray Lutz of California based Citizen's Oversight.
For those unfamiliar with Lutz and Citizen's, his organization has garnered great respect across the state for, among other examples, championing the successful closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) and next the exposure of demonstrative election fraud in the 2016 California primary that tipped the scales for Hillary Clinton rather than Bernie Sanders. Lutz is no stranger to using the courts effectively for the public good.
To this end, Lutz just a month before the election announced the launch of Citizen's new ballot checking software called AuditEngine . In reply to an inquiry for data, Lutz said,
"We are still gathering information at this time. We may have a lawsuit in NC to get poll tapes data. Also, we will be seriously looking at PA."
In a press release this week Lutz forewarned:
"Ballot images can thwart changes to paper ballots, magically losing or finding new ballots in the recount. Citizens' Oversight today sent a request to keep the images By preserving the ballot images, we can make sure the paper ballots recounted in Georgia match ballot images that were made on election night, and are not modified by any unscrupulous campaign operatives."
As Citizen's takes a closer look at GA and possibly PA while others examine the swing states, the likely hood of this showing a massive shift towards Trump in every state is a difficult proposition. However, in the era of the citizen investigator, the work of one anonymous source is picking up traction, so much so that many alternative media sources are quoting it, as is the Trump campaign.
The methodology of this investigation is thorough but needs corroboration by experts. However, the person releasing this analysis obtained the same data as was captured by the New York Times on election night from Edison Research. It is the same data that was used for election coverage by ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NBC News. The report provides a careful and plausible methodology and a state-by-state list of votes switched from Trump to Biden and of votes simply erased by Dominion machines. His results show discrepancies- some very large- in every state and particularly in GA and PA where, if proven, those states would flip for Trump.
Following the Dots Down the Rabbit Hole?
For the reader who cares to look beyond "Plausible Deniability" and connect the dots of possibility, days before the election of Nov 3 Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (Ret.) cast his own suspicions that were in keeping with the charges levelled today by Sidney Powell.
McInerney stated he was warned in 2018 by Admiral James Aloysius "Ace" Lyons Jr., just before his death, that a plot to fix the 2020 election was in the works. Lyons served as Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1985 to 1987. He also wrote a column about Seth Rich being the one who leaked the 2016 DNC email tranche that blew HRC out of the water and which The Washington Times deleted.
McInerney, although previously discredited for his backing of the 2002 Iraq "weapons of mass destruction" claims, thus described the two US/ CIA covert operations called "Hammer" and "Scorecard." Both were designed for the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11.
The author has verified the existence of both programs.
" The Hammer" is a counter-intelligence surveillance program used to spy on activities carried out through protected networks (like voting machines) without detection. "Scorecard" is a vote-manipulation application that changes votes during data transfer.
Adding credence to the allegations of both men is a previous report by Alan Jones and Mary Fanning of the American Report that was published on March 17, 2017 . The claims in that report mirror those of Lyons and McInerney and refer to the information provided by the man who designed both Hammer and Scorecard, Dennis Montgomery, who has turned whistleblower.
Montgomery states that Hammer and Scorecard were designed by him under the supervision of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper and then CIA director John Brennan. In a subsequent article, The American Report connects the dots from Brennan and Clapper to Christopher Krebs, currently the head of the DHS's Cyber Security and Infrastructure Agency (CISA). It should be noticed that it is Krebs who has in recent days been the DHS point man for denying any and all allegations of election fraud as an MSM spokesperson on the matter.
[Breaking News: Moments ago, Trump fired Christopher Krebs effective immediately]
John Brennan, James Clapper and Krebs are all DNC disciples and have been vociferous in their public disdain for Trump over the past four years. With this and the week's aforementioned national news in mind, next came the news yesterday, that Sidney Powell considered the reports about Hammer and Scorecard credible, saying on Fox News, that,
" it explains a lot of what we're seeing All of those districts need to be checked for the software glitch that would change the vote for Michigan dramatically. The same thing is happening in other states. We've had hundreds of thousands of ballots appear for solely Mr Biden which is statistically impossible as a matter of mathematics. It can all be documented it is being put in files that we will file in federal court."
As if this all were not enough to create bi-partisan concern for the 2020 election, just moments ago it was revealed that a memory card was found during the audit in Fayette county GA with 2,755 votes, most of them for Trump. The news comes one day after 2,600 uncounted ballots were found on another memory card in Floyd County, GA – which were also mostly cast for President Trump.
The new margin total statewide in GA is now a 12,929 lead for Biden.
Observers might notice that there does not appear to be any sense of panic by the Trump campaign, nor their lawyers and that all have so far moved methodically via the courts and in announcing the steady stream of reported violations.
Certainly, Trump has lost in some court proceedings so far, but the big cases, such as the SCOTUS intervention with the rulings of the lower PA Supreme Court are still in play as are the states final vote certification, the results of which preclude further legal action.
[Breaking News: Officials in Wayne County, Michigan – home to the city of Detroit, have refused to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election.]
As suggested in the first article in this series, "Trump's (64Day) Election End Game" Trump continues to play the long game at least until the Jan 6 meeting of the Electoral College in Wash. DC. Since the time of that article, the subject of the Electoral College has been examined across the nation's news media and transformed from skepticism to probability.
What should become most important, if these many allegations come together as substantial truth, is that the issue of 2020 Election fraud must become a bi-partisan issue and quickly.
As was suggested in the previous article, "Of Color Revolutions, Foreign and Domestic," the advent of America's own color revolution may be at hand and become the most significant threat to America since the civil war. To view this only as an indictment of one party allows those loyal to that party to ignore consideration of facts. This will only split the country further.
To prevent a US color revolution, the one the Dems are already calling, "Purple," there must be a bi-partisan investigation by both sides of the aisle that transcends party loyalty to that of the priority of saving the country. Not Joe Biden. Not Donald Trump. Criminal charges and indictments must be brought against one and all proved to be involved in the attempt to circumvent the American election process.
That indictment: Treason.
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Nov 18, 2020 | www.theepochtimes.com
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Dominion Voting Systems has denied several times to media outlets that its software and devices are not secure or that they were used to switch votes.
"Dominion Voting Systems categorically denies false assertions about vote switching issues with our voting systems," the company said in a statement . "Vote deletion/switching assertions are completely false."
"No credible reports or evidence of any software issues exist," the company stated, adding, "Human errors related to reporting tabulated results have arisen in a few counties, including some using Dominion equipment, but appropriate procedural actions were made by the county to address these errors were made prior to the canvass process."
A national coalition that includes the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Association of State Election Directors said there is a lack of evidence supporting the claim that voting software deleted or switched votes in the election.
"There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised," a joint statement from the coalition said, and called the 2020 election "the most secure in American history."
Dominion Voting Systems is a member of CISA's Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council, one of two entities that authored the statement put out by CISA.
Trainor, in earlier remarks to Newsmax, said he believes locations where poll watchers were not allowed "meaningful access" to observe vote tabulation could be involved in voter fraud.
"I do believe that there is voter fraud taking place in these places," Trainor told the outlet . "Otherwise they would allow the observers to go in."
The official referred to a case in Pennsylvania, where a court ordered them to allow the Trump campaign to have poll observers watch from six feet away, but the order was defied.
"They have not been allowed that meaningful access," Trainor said, adding that if the law was broken in this regard, the election was "illegitimate."
Nov 18, 2020 | www.rt.com
Carrot and stick: Biden's campaign floats 'pardon for Trump' idea to disarm opposition Nebojsa Malic
is a Serbian-American journalist, blogger and translator, who wrote a regular column for Antiwar.com from 2000 to 2015, and is now senior writer at RT. Follow him on Twitter @NebojsaMalic 18 Nov, 2020 20:17 Get short URL Rumors of 'pardon' for Trump come after the 'Million MAGA March' in support of the current president on November 14, 2020. © REUTERS/Leah Millis 25 Follow RT on Using NBC News as a conduit, Democrats are trying to persuade President Donald Trump and his supporters to surrender and maybe expect mercy. Barack Obama's name-dropping of Genghis Khan offers a clue of what that might look like.
Citing five anonymous sources "familiar with the discussions" in the camp of Joe Biden, the media-anointed president-elect, NBC reported on Tuesday that he doesn't want his presidency to be "consumed by investigations" of Trump.
"Biden has raised concerns that investigations would further divide a country he is trying to unite and risk making every day of his presidency about Trump," according to the anonymous officials.
The Democrats just spent four years investigating Trump for phantom 'Russian collusion,' had the FBI spy on his campaign using the fabricated 'Steele Dossier,' and even impeached him over a phone call to Ukraine that mentioned something Biden publicly boasted about doing. If you believe they are going to drop this vindictive streak for the sake of "unity" now, you sound like someone who might be interested in helping a humble Nigerian prince share his wealth. So what gives?ALSO ON RT.COM What 'unity'? Republicans call out Ilhan Omar after she says Trump held 'Klan rallies' during campaign
Parallel to the "news" story – signed by the second presidential debate moderator Kristen Welker, by the way – NBC also ran a "hot take" think piece by a Democrat lawyer Michael Conway, making the exact same argument. Biden should pardon Trump, Conway argued, for the sake of peace and unity.
Keep in mind that Trump has not conceded the election and is trying to dispute the results in several states through litigation, while the mainstream media insist Biden won and social media platforms are suppressing any suggestions otherwise as "disputed" or "misinformation." Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Trump supporters rallied across America last weekend in what they called a 'Million MAGA March' to protest the "stolen" election.
The admission that some 73+ million Trump voters might get angry if Biden goes after him is buried midway through Conway's argument, between reminders that state and local prosecutors can still prosecute Trump and that a pardon would mean an admission of guilt. Go back to the piece co-authored by Welker and sure enough, the same exact reasoning is there as well – all the way at the end and attributed to Biden himself.ALSO ON RT.COM Biden should PARDON Trump to avert 'civil unrest' in the US, Democrat lawyer says
Of course, there's a stick behind the implied carrot, as one of the unnamed NBC sources made sure to note that the Biden DOJ will "look into" the actions of Trump officials between now and the inauguration should they not capitulate.
"While they're not looking for broad criminal indictments, they do want to make sure that people don't think there are no ramifications for any of their actions between now and the new presidency," the person supposedly told NBC.
Judging by the vitriol that Conway's proposal was met with online, it's not difficult to guess that the Democrat base is vehemently opposed to any notion of clemency for Trump or his supporters. However, if there is one thing we've learned about the Democrats during this election cycle is that they always fall in line and do what they're told. Recall the frightening speed with which the entire field of primary candidates bent the knee this spring, once the party decided Biden would be the nominee.
As for what the purported mercy towards Trump and his supporters might look like, however, the Republicans would be wise to heed the words of Biden's former boss. A day before the dual NBC stories, former President Barack Obama opened his interview with his Atlantic sycophant Jeffrey Goldberg by admiring Genghis Khan's policy of "mercy" for the conquered.
"If you open the gates, we'll just kill you quickly and take your women and enslave your children, but we won't slaughter them. But if you hold out, then we'll slowly boil you in oil and peel off your skin," Obama quoted to Golberg, in what the Atlantic editor interpreted as an indirect comment on the Trump presidency.
"In any case, Obama has more respect for Genghis Khan than he has for Donald Trump," Goldberg opined.
Could it be because for all of his tweets supposedly "directing" DOJ to prosecute political opponents, Trump never actually did? Quick, how many Obama-Biden administration people went to jail, or even suffered any sort of consequences, for manufacturing the 'Russiagate' scandal, spying on Trump's campaign using the fabricated 'Steele Dossier' or doctoring evidence to railroad his aides?
If you answered none, you'd be wrong – but only technically. The sole person sentenced, a FBI lawyer who altered evidence to clear the way for the FISA warrant to spy on Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and faces lesser punishment than any of the Trump aides caught up in Robert Mueller's witch hunt. The others made millions from book deals or got cushy cable pundit jobs.
There's a lesson in there somewhere, but only for people willing to learn.
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Nov 18, 2020 | blackagendareport.com
This week corporate Democrats and resistance to them were on your minds. We share your letters for " Corporate Democrats Want to Run Against Trump-like Republicans Forever " and " Freedom Rider: The Real Resistance Begins ."
" Corporate Democrats Want to Run Against Trump-like Republicans Forever " by Glen Ford argues that race-based politics allow the corporate rulers to ignore demands for economic relief and peace.
Drew King writes:
"Thank you for writing this crucial analysis and having the audacity to state the truth: "Race-based campaigns serve both corporate parties."
"As a young communist, I'm staring at these hoards of 'progressive/woke' identitarians on social media who are outraged that millions of working class whites in rural America didn't vote for Joe Biden, who is selling the status quo, corporate diversity and woke capitalism. Why would working class whites vote for Biden who offers absolutely no bold policies to improve their material lives or conditions ?
"It sounds kind of like wondering why they didn't just go to their local Barnes and Noble to purchase a copy of 'How to be an anti-racist' before the election. Millions of those people might well have voted for a Bernie Sanders instead of Trump."
In " Freedom Rider: The Real Resistance Begins " Margaret Kimberley for a genuine resistance to hold the probable Biden administration accountable.
Paul Billings writes:
"Terrific piece. As you point out, throughout his circa five decades of 'public service,' Joe Biden (aka 'Credit card Joe') has been a dependable representative of the State, carrying water for the Pentagon, Military contractors, insurance companies, large banks and Wall St. Biden's fealty to the lords of corporate capital were handsomely rewarded; the Biden/Harris campaign received the majority of Wall St. campaign donations, including Michael Bloomberg's $100 million pledge as well as support from prominent members of the military and intelligence agencies. No doubt, this reflects the anxiety the ruling elite feel about Trump's inept, incompetent handling of COVID-19 crisis and his erratic positions on foreign policy- exhibit A being his exit from the JCPOA and the humiliating vote at the UNSC on Iran last September, where the US was completely isolated.
"This election was held at a time when large cracks are appearing in American Capitalism. In 2008 the US experienced the largest financial crash since the Great Depression- a direct consequence of decades of neoliberal economic policies- multiple tax cuts for the wealthy, financial deregulation, attacks on the poor & labor, job outsourcing, spending astronomical amounts of taxpayer money bailing out Wall Street and subsidizing the Pentagon and war. Since that time, none of the structural problems giving rise to this crisis were resolved and returned with a vengeance from the Coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, the US faces the largest economic crisis since the Great Depression, with high unemployment and millions of American families faced with financial ruin, eviction from their homes, food insecurity and loss of medical insurance. In contrast, Congress has been very generous with Wall St and American billionaires. To put this in perspective, the FED has pumped circa $10 trillion of taxpayer-backed funds to Wall St for share buybacks and to purchase toxic corporate debt and mortgage-backed securities. As a result, the net worth of the nation's billionaires has increased circa $500 billion since April."
Confronting the Democratic Party remains essential to any serious progressive movement. Avoiding falling into their strategy requires ideological clarity on the part of the Left.
Jahan Choudhry is Comments Editor for Black Agenda Report. He is an organizer with the Saturday Free School based in Philadelphia, PA.
Nov 18, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
And unless the courts intervene - up to and including the US Supreme Court - the clock is running out on Trump's ability to claim victory in light of alleged fraud, as several states move to certify their results.
While Georgia is set to certify its election results on Friday, Nevada, Michigan and Pennsylvania are expected to follow next week. Arizona, meanwhile, has until Nov. 30, and Wisconsin until Dec. 1, according to Bloomberg .
States make their election results official through a certification after what's known as a canvass to account for every ballot cast and to confirm that every valid vote was counted, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Procedures and deadlines for certifying votes vary by state.
Certified totals can change if a state allows recounts after certification, which Georgia, Michigan and Nevada do , or if there is a challenge to the election. But certification amounts to a declaration of a winner , and the winning candidate will assume office unless a court intervenes, said Michael Morley, an assistant law professor at Florida State University who's worked on election emergencies and post-election litigation. - Bloomberg
"This is going to be a series of dominoes that fall sort of ineluctably toward the conclusion that we already know is true, which is that Biden is the winner of these states and is the president-elect," said NYU law professor, Richard Pildes, adding: "This will be the formal legal step that cements that."
As JPMorgan's Michael Cembalest notes , however, the US Supreme Court could hear appeals on state challenges , "such as late-arriving absentee ballots in PA (too few to change the outcome); complaints on transparency of vote counting (judicial relief could entail recounting certain counties); illegal acceptance of certain votes (votes in question too small to change the results); and complaints that the voting process suffered from pervasive irregularity and fraud (most of these claims have been rejected by lower courts over the last 2 weeks)."
Cembalest concludes that " a LOT of very unorthodox things have to happen for Trump to be re-elected, " adding that "Based on the uncertified vote results, Trump would have to reverse or impede results in three states to prevent Biden from reaching 270 electoral votes. "
That said, he's not ruling anything out.
Here's where things stand with state challenges:
In Pennsylvania , the Trump campaign continues to seek to block the certification of the results in the state over alleged unfair voting practices in which Democratic-leaning areas were given greater opportunities to correct mistakes on their ballots. A federal suit seeks to challenge over 680,000 mail-in ballots which were counted without proper oversight from GOP poll watchers - who say they weren't allowed within 20 feet of election counters.
Trump's campaign has also accused election officials of violating a judge's order to allow meaningful access to watchers - at minimum six feet - as long as they adhered to measures implemented to reduce the spread of covid-19.
Another challenge seeks to disqualify ballots received after election day - which would affect an estimated 10,000 votes, or not enough to overcome Biden's more than 70,000 vote lead over President Trump.
In Michigan , where Biden is ahead by approximately 150,000 votes, the Trump campaign is seeking to block certification of results in Wayne County - where the Board of Canvassers just overcame a major controversy in which two Republican members of the four-person body refused to certify the results of the election , only to reverse course three hours later and bend the knee.
State elections officials will meet on November 23 to confirm the final election results.
Nevada - also projected to go to Biden by a margin of more than 30,000 votes - has been served with a lawsuit as well, asking that Trump be named the winner or that the results be void with no winner declared and certified. Trump's team claims that "fraud and abuse renders the purported results of the Nevada election illegitimate," and alleges that 15,000 people living out of state illegally voted.NEVER MISS THE NEWS THAT MATTERS MOST
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In Georgia , a lawsuit was filed in Chatham County alleging ballot processing issues, while GOP party Chairman David Shafer tweeted that observers saw a woman "mix over 50 ballots into the stack of uncounted absentee ballots." The lawsuit was dismissed on November 5.
And in Arizona , the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit on November 7 claiming that legal votes were rejected based on poll watcher affidavits claiming that they had issues with voting machines.
( h/t BBC.com )
Shifter_X , 1 hour agoIridiumRebel , 1 hour ago
Any Secretary of State who certifies this fraud does so at their own peril. They will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
This election was a sting operation and these people walked right into it.
Wait and see.SolidGold , 1 hour ago
Hope you're rightIntercoursetheEU , 1 hour ago
He is right.Ajax-1 , 37 minutes ago
"fullest extent of the law" - no such thing, thanks to Barr. Not even a parking ticket.QABubba , 35 minutes ago
After waiting out the clock, Special Prosecutor Durham proclaimed last week that he doesn't want to criminally indict anyone. This is just more proof that we are living in a post constitutional banana republic with a a 2 tier justice system.Bring the Gold , 16 minutes ago
Why is it so hard to believe that Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary in 2016, but won the Electoral College, and yet in 2020 lost both the Electoral College and the popular vote? He lost the popular vote both times. The only difference was the Electoral College.J S Bach , 58 minutes ago
The numbers simply don't make sense. They imply Sleepy Pedo Joe Biden is VASTLY more popular with Black voters than Barack Obama, specifically 150% more popular in Milwaukee as in 150% more black people voted for Super Predator Joe than for Barack Obama an actual black man. The way in which Biden under-performed HRC in every major city...except four, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Detroit is beyond suspect.
Then there is no Biden coat tail effect. In fact 100x more voters who voted for Biden didn't' vote for the CRITICAL Senate races in Georgia whereas Republicans voted for their senators with a tiny amount only voting for Trump and no one else. Also, in MI and WI, there were ballots counted by Dominion that were straight Red ballots, but voted for Sleepy Joe in enormous numbers. Trump got over 9 million more votes than in 2016 and somehow Sleepy Joe got 13 million more votes than Barack Obama (easily the most popular President since Reagan, especially with his base). None of that makes sense. Also anyone with a lick of sense has known the voting machines are there to steal elections since 2004. Last point, how is it that ALL of the various errors, glitches, mistakes, missed vote piles, missing flashdrives that were found (or still missing in PA) ALL helped Biden? If it were true human error it should be split about 50/50, but all the reports are going one way.
If you don't see the Fraud, you're simply refusing to look.Reconciled , 33 minutes ago
Johny, I have a friend like you who denies that there is ANY fraud taking place with the 2020 election. Okay, that's a brick wall for any kind of honest discussion of facts and ideas. But, I ask that you please give us your HONEST answer to this question...
If the roles, data, video proof, sworn affidavits, etc... were reversed, what would your reaction be?
In other words... If hundreds of thousands of votes magically appeared for Trump hours after polls were illegally shut down... if Dominion software "glitches" accidentally occurred ONLY favoring Trump over Biden... if Republican vote counters brazenly denied access to Democrat poll watchers while truckloads of ballots were being dumped through their back doors... if Republican-run states then hurriedly pushed for certification of all of these disingenuous and highly questionable ballots... if EVERY mainstream media outlet (including CNN) called Trump's ultimate victory despite all of these illegal shenanigans...
Would you sit back and accept the result or would you scream from the rooftops for justice?
Please give us an honest and mature response without name-calling.
Sincerely, J. S. BachRoacheforque , 1 hour ago
Robert Steele expects 100 Resignations from Congress as Sidney Powell goes after BigTech:
Sidney Powell With Lou Dobbs: Release The Kraken:
No wonder Trump went golfing after the election:
The economic destruction coming from a second wave of "covid" lock downs combined with the civil unrest from all the lies the media will spin out of this contested election will usher in the last 8 years that looks as though it will commence on or about the 20th anniversary of 9/11:
https://sumofthyword.com/2016/10/04/the-rapture-of-the-church-is-after-the-tribulation/Teamtc321 , 1 hour ago
The article acts as if Dominion isn't on the table. Or Trump's 2018 executive order regarding foreign interference in US elections. Dominion is a Canadian company, and tabulations were made in Germany (and Spain I believe).
This first tranche of vetting the Deep State began with Esper, as he could have obstructed the investigation into HAMMER and SCORE (already blocked by Youtube on the annals, and I am blocked from embedding videos altogether there, or adding sidebar links).
Yes, Sydney Powell has the big guns, but Trump needs to dig a little deeper before making THE FINAL MOVE.Able Ape , 1 hour ago
Pennsylvania : Switched : 220,883 Lost Votes : 941,248
New Jersey : Switched : 80,242 Lost Votes : 20
Florida : Switched : 21,422 Lost Votes : 456
Michigan : Switched : 20,213 Lost Votes : 21,882
New York : Switched : 18,124 Lost Votes : 623,213
Georgia : Switched : 17,407 Lost Votes : 33,574
Ohio : Switched : 14,965 Lost Votes : 5,102
Virginia : Switched : 12,163 Lost Votes : 789,023
California : Switched : 7,701 Lost Votes : 10,989
Arizona : Switched : 4,492 Lost Votes : 0
Minnesota : Switched : 2,766 Lost Votes : 195,650
Tennessee : Switched : 2,330 Lost Votes : 0
Louisiana : Switched : 2,322 Lost Votes : 0
Illinois : Switched : 2,166 Lost Votes : 54,730
Wisconsin : Switched : 2,078 Lost Votes : 3,408
Colorado : Switched : 1,809 Lost Votes : 0
Utah : Switched : 1,627 Lost Votes : 0
New Hampshire : Switched : 973 Lost Votes : 116
Iowa : Switched : 938 Lost Votes : 477
New Mexico : Switched : 268 Lost Votes : 4,610
Missouri : Switched 0 : Lost Votes : 20,730
Nevada : Switched : 0 Lost Votes : 0
Alaska : Switched : 0 Lost Votes : 0
Washington : Switched : 0 Lost Votes : 0
Hawaii : Switched : 0 Lost Votes : 0
Kansas and Texas use Premier Election Solutions, owned by Dominion Voting Systems.
Texas : Switched : 14,954 Lost Votes : 30,557
Kansas : Switched : 1,674 Lost Votes : 2,154
Election Systems & Software :
Nebraska : Switched : 30,086 Lost Votes : 50
Kentucky : Switched : 8,129 Lost Votes : 23,849
Arkansas : Switched : 3,664 Lost Votes : 20,748
South Carolina : Switched : 2,779 Lost Votes : 2,119
Montana : Switched : 2,330 Lost Votes : 1,276
South Dakota : Switched : 1,347 Lost Votes : 1
North Dakota : Switched : 234 Lost Votes : 681
Maryland : Switched : 203 Lost Votes : 0
North Carolina : Switched : 0 Lost Votes : 15
District of Columbia : Switched : 0 Lost Votes : 0
DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/boom-trump-tweets-report-dominion-deleted-2-7-million-trump-votes-nationwide-data-analysis-finds-221000-pennsylvania-votes-switched-president-trump-biden/SybilDefense , 1 hour ago
Dominion election machines are highly suspect along with the huge deluge of mail-in ballots - this is NOT a typical election by any means... fasten your seatbelt, this is gonna be a bumpy ride...NotAGenius , 55 minutes ago
Why weren't any honest regular people chosen to count the votes?
I applied 3x to work the polls and never received a reply, yet on election day at my poll all I heard was how understaffed they were. When I mentioned this, one of the selected she/hers (obvious LBGTQ member) said PA had created a new paid position to find "volunteers". I can only assume my GOP registration prompted me from being appointed. Who are these unprecedented voter HR administrators, how did they get selected, and what criteria did they use to select volunteers? I can see the ad now...
O nly cheaters, activists, weirdos and never Trumper need apply. Must be willing to sacrifice your soul for the resistance. For further info, contact Brenda Snipes or John Podesta, head of Voter Security.
From every video I've seen on both MSM and alt-media including workers at my own urban district N of Philly it appears that only BLM activists, Antifa types and other assorted queer looking people applied for the volunteer gig. Its blatantly obvious, your can see the "I'm with Her" oozing from every poll worker. Hell, some even wore Biden shirts to work whereas I am forbidden from wearing a Red hat when I vote. WTF!Teamtc321 , 1 hour ago
He will be an illegitimate president for more than 1/2 of the country. First time for me I don't believe that voting matters as it was all planned and controlled by the democrats instead. Since I don't count anymore, I'm inclined to put them in that same position or 6' under, whichever comes first. So this will lead to extreme violence because many of those cheated Trump voters and supporters just plain aren't going to accept this vote theft, period. Ya know what:" Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." – H.L. MenckenSirBarksAlot , 56 minutes ago
Lin Wood Files Emergency Motion for Injunctive Relief Against Georgia Secretary of State
Last night attorney Lin Wood filed an Emergency Motion for Injunctive Relief against the Georgia Secretary of State.
The great Lin Wood filed an emergency motion for Injunctive Relief against the Georgia Secretary of State. Wood tweeted this out this morning:
Last night, I filed an Emergency Motion for Injunctive Relief against GA Secretary of State.
Relief sought includes an order prohibiting certification which includes defective absentee ballots & requiring that a hand recount be performed. https://t.co/rHOU0buzro
-- Lin Wood (@LLinWood) November 18, 2020
Bottom****ingline is we have Demshelvic activist counting our votes. Not allowing Patriots in the room to watch. Then Venezuelan designed software fixing the tabulation.Aquamaster , 1 hour ago
Watch the Pallets Full of Ballots to get the update on how The Atlantic Council is behind all of this. Some of the beginning is the Sidney Powell interviews, but move past them and get to the next clip to see how the Atlantic Council is the "Fact Checker" running the policies of Facebook and Twitter, etc.BugMan , 1 hour ago
I liked Gov. Kemp. Not anymore. He is getting his revenge against Trump for calling him out early in the pandemic. Tough to win when there is massive voter fraud, and then fraud on the recounts.
Trump just has no government entity of any kind on his side. They picked the States to screw him wisely.
Look for the Dems to now steal the Georgia runoff and then all future elections. We truely are Venezuela North now.DaBard51 , 1 hour ago
Karamo saw that there was no effective review of signatures on those ballots at the counting boards. She describes seeing ballots that should have been spoiled , instead counted for Biden, with poll workers saying "I think that should go to the Democrat." Her challenges to bad ballots were IGNORED .SurfingUSA , 34 minutes ago
" Arizona , the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit on November 7 claiming that legal votes were rejected based on poll watcher affidavits claiming that they had issues with voting machines.
( h/t BBC.com )"
Shameful, it is, that such news must arrive from overseas sources.BugMan , 38 minutes ago
Gateway Pundit's "drop and roll" video shows how in WI, MI, VA, GA & PA, the middle-of-the-night vote drops were followed by PERFECT, impossible-IRL fake vote counting giving for ex. 50% to Biden & 49% to Trump post-vote drop.
Under the guise of supposedly nonprofit, nonpartisan get-out-the-vote campaigns, Native American voter advocacy groups in Nevada handed out gift cards, electronics, clothing , and other items to voters in tribal areas, in many cases documenting the exchange of ballots for "prizes" on their own Facebook pages, sometimes even while wearing official Joe Biden campaign gear.
Simply put, this is illegal . Offering voters anything of value in exchange for their vote is a violation of federal election law , and in some cases punishable by up to two years in prison and as much as $10,000 in fines . That includes raffles, free food, free T-shirts, and so on.
but there's evidence that similar efforts, including gift card and electronics giveaways, were undertaken in Native communities in South Dakota , Arizona , Wisconsin , Washington , Michigan , Idaho , Minnesota , and Texas .
Nevada a corrupt cash for votes scheme is hiding in plain sight
Nov 18, 2020 | thefederalist.com
The Huffington Post lauded Abrams's work driving up turnout among minorities.
"Experts say Black voter turnout in Georgia during the 2020 election likely broke records," read captions of a three-minute video, only for the unnamed "experts" to be shown completely off.
According to a subsequent analysis of updated voter data from The New York Times Tuesday, the black share of Georgia's electorate fell to its lowest level since 2006.
The race in Georgia, the Times explained, was decided primarily by demographic changes in the suburban ring surrounding Atlanta, where Biden outperformed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among wealthy and well-educated suburbanites.
... "My heart is full," Abrams wrote as Biden took the lead the week of election day.
Nov 18, 2020 | thefederalist.com
The mass mailing of unsolicited ballots is of course a recipe for fraud, even more so in a state where the voter rolls contain tens of thousands of people who haven't voted or updated their records in more than a decade. This is how you get dead people voting, as we reported here at The Federalist and as Tucker Carlson noted last week .
But there's another, less sensational but perhaps more consequential election scandal in Nevada that hasn't yet made headlines, even though it's been hiding in plain sight for weeks now. Under the guise of supposedly nonprofit, nonpartisan get-out-the-vote campaigns, Native American voter advocacy groups in Nevada handed out gift cards, electronics, clothing, and other items to voters in tribal areas, in many cases documenting the exchange of ballots for "prizes" on their own Facebook pages, sometimes even while wearing official Joe Biden campaign gear.
Simply put, this is illegal. Offering voters anything of value in exchange for their vote is a violation of federal election law , and in some cases punishable by up to two years in prison and as much as $10,000 in fines . That includes raffles, free food, free T-shirts, and so on.
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There are about 60,000 eligible Native American voters in Nevada who make up about 3 percent of the state's total voting population. That's almost twice the current margin of Biden's current lead over President Trump in Nevada. So the Native American vote really does matter, it could even be decisive. It therefore matters how many Native American votes were influenced by an illegal cash-for-votes scheme, especially if funding for it came from American taxpayers via the NCAI.
It also matters because this didn't just happen in Nevada. Organizers there might have been more obvious about what they were doing, but there's evidence that similar efforts, including gift card and electronics giveaways, were undertaken in Native communities in South Dakota , Arizona , Wisconsin , Washington , Michigan , Idaho , Minnesota , and Texas .
All of this coordinated illegal activity, clearly designed to churn out votes for Biden and Democrats in tribal areas all across the country, is completely out in the open. You don't need special access or some secret source to find out about it. You just have be curious, look around, and report it.
Unfortunately, mainstream media outlets are not curious and refuse to report on any of this stuff. What's described above is an egregious and totally transparent vote-buying scheme in Nevada that was likely undertaken on a similar scale across nearly a dozen other states, but you won't read about it in The New York Times, or hear about it on CNN.
That's not because the story is unimportant, but because, for the media establishment, it's inconvenient. No wonder these groups didn't try to hide what they were doing.
Nov 18, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
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Several Georgia Recount Monitors Describe 'Odd Batches of Ballots' That Stood Out – Pristine Sheets with Perfectly Marked Bubbles – 100% For Joe Biden
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger recently ordered a statewide audit and hand recount amid overwhelming evidence of voter fraud.
The recount however appears to be rigged because elections officials are not checking signatures and now it is being revealed that the state is instructing officials to report original vote totals.
Hold on there, Aquamaster. What about this televised shot of votes disappearing from the Trump Count and being added to the Biden count in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania Dominion transfers 20,000 votes from Trump to Biden on live TV.
Kentucky Dominion transfers Votes from Republican to Democrat for Governor:
Nov 18, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com
Georgia Recount Monitor Catches 9,626-Vote Error During Hand Recount by Tyler Durden Wed, 11/18/2020 - 14:35 Twitter Facebook Reddit Email Print
Authored by Ivan Pentchoukov via the Epoch Times (emphasis ours),
A recount monitor in Georgia discovered a 9,626- vote error in the hand recount in DeKalb County, according to the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party.
"One of our monitors discovered a 9,626-vote error in the DeKalb County hand count . One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump -- an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards. The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump ," David Shafer wrote on Twitter on Nov. 18.
" Had this counting error not been discovered, Biden would have gained enough votes from this one batch alone to cancel out Trump's gains from Fayette, Floyd, and Walton ," Shafer added, referring to the three Peach State counties which discovered memory cards with uncounted votes on Monday and Tuesday.
Shafer said that two official counters signed off on the miscounted batch. GOP attorneys turned over an affidavit ( pdf ) on the incident to the Georgia secretary of state and requested an investigation.
" We were limited to one monitor for every 10 counting tables and we were kept some distance from the tables. There is no telling what we missed under these unreasonable restrictions," Shafer said.
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Fayette, Floyd, and Walton counties discovered uncounted votes on Monday and Tuesday with each batch favoring President Donald Trump. The discovered votes cut former Vice President Joe Biden's lead in the state by more than 1,400 votes.
Georgia's deadline to complete the recount is at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday. The state is scheduled to vote on whether to certify the results of the 2020 election on Friday.
The recount in progress was initiated by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger based on a new law that calls for an audit of one race after each election. The Trump campaign has challenged the recount process, asserting that it is meaningless unless it includes an audit of the voters' signatures .
The office of the secretary of state did not respond to a request for comment.
Georgia officials are probing the handling of the presidential election in the state's largest county. Officials are seeing "managerial sloppiness" and "chain of custody" issues in Fulton County, which has a population of about a million and includes Atlanta, Gabriel Sterling with the secretary of state's office told reporters on Tuesday.
Raffensperger said Tuesday that an audit of voting machines was completed with no signs of foul play. Voting systems testing company Pro V&V conducted the audit and "found no evidence of the machines being tampered."
The Trump campaign has alleged that voting machines and software by Dominion Voting Systems switched votes from Trump to Biden . Dominion denied the allegations.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov
Nov 18, 2020 | redstate.com
The "Secretary of State Project " was an American non-profit, progressive 527 political action committee focused on electing reform-minded progressive Secretaries of State in battleground states, who typically oversee the election process. The Project was funded by George Soros and members of the Democracy Alliance.
In 2008, Democrat House Organ Politico ran a story about the Obama campaign, calling the Secretaries of State the "Democrat firewall."
In anticipation of a photo-finish presidential election, Democrats have built an administrative firewall designed to protect their electoral interests in five of the most important battleground states .
The bulwark consists of control of secretary of state offices in five key states -- Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio -- where the difference between victory and defeat in the 2004 presidential election was no more than 120,000 votes in any one of them.
With a Democrat now in charge of the offices, which oversee and administer their state's elections , the party is better positioned than in the previous elections to advance traditional Democratic interests -- such as increasing voter registration and boosting turnout -- rather than Republican priorities such as stamping out voter fraud.
Perhaps more important, in those five states Democrats are now in a more advantageous position when it comes to the interpretation and administration of election law -- a development that could benefit Barack Obama if any of those states are closely contested on Election Day.
The effort began in 2006 when a group of liberal California activ