Thought for the day

"I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them"." -- Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

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So, the picture is becoming more clear on how the US government operationalized a propaganda campaign on its own people from the very beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.  They took these steps: 1) establish a single source of truth—the CDC, 2) weaponize CISA to declare “disinformation” their target, 3) enlist a legion of volunteer deputies without any official authority or accountability to operate within social media and all walks of life, giving public service messages telling Americans the CDC is the only trusted source of information.  The converse of this assertion–anything else must be considered untrue and up for being nailed as “misinformation,” “disinformation,” or “malinformation.”

Posted on: Nov 14 07:27

In 2014, a patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that outlines the future – which is now the present – of chemical and biological warfare.

Entitled “Toxic mosquito aerial release system,” the patent, which was issued as US8967029B1, outlines a system of spraying for biological, chemical, or other materials using “unmanned aerial vehicle[s] operable by remote control.”

“It carries a container holding a central processing unit and a mosquito breeding bin, which is a self-contained volume housing mosquitoes and a mosquito food having a toxin suitable to be transmitted by mosquito bite after the mosquito consumes the mosquito food,” the abstract further states.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:26

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Thursday’s admission by former US National Security Advisor and notorious Iran-hawk John Bolton, that weapons are being provided to those carrying out the latest regime change attempt taking place against Tehran, should come as little surprise.

Beginning on the 16th of September, less than 24 hours after Iran had joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - an alliance intended to foster political, economic and military development in Eurasia - protests that initially started in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year old Iranian woman who passed away suddenly following an interaction with a female police officer in Tehran, would rapidly escalate into violent riots that quickly swept the Islamic Republic.

The sudden, violent nature of these riots, and their coordinated coverage by Western media, bore all the trademarks of a CIA-orchestrated colour revolution, which would later be confirmed as such by the involvement of Masih Alinejad, a US Agent who previously held a meeting with former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – like John Bolton, another long-time supporter of regime change in Iran.

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Posted on: Nov 14 07:25

New Europol rules expanded the powers of the EU law enforcement agency while reducing human rights protections and oversight over its data processing operations, according to a report by Statewatch.

Enforcement of the rules started in June.

Europol processes data exchange between EU members and other entities. Therefore, the new rules increase the powers of all law enforcement agencies that work with Europol.

The new rules allow Europol to process “investigative data” that could cover anyone anywhere as long as it is related to a “specific criminal investigation.” The agency is, therefore, allowed to process large quantities of data transferred to its member states on individuals who might be innocent and with no links to crime, and as a result, legalizes an activity Europol was reprimanded for by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

The new rules also allow Europol to launch “research and innovation” projects, which will focus on the use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data to process sensitive data like ethnicity and genetic information.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:24

With the midterm elections mostly complete and Democrats projected to retain the majority in the Senate and a slight minority in the House, the 82-year-old Democratic leader said that Biden, who turns 80 next Sunday, should run again because “he has accomplished so much” and “has a great record.”

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:22

In April, when cryptocurrency guru and Democratic mega-donor Sam Bankman-Fried described how crypto tokens work on a Bloomberg podcast, the host remarked that it sounded a lot like being “in the Ponzi business.” Bankman-Fried, founder of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange, replied that this was “a pretty reasonable response” with a “depressing amount of validity.”

The conversation — which occurred days after one of the industry’s top regulators in Washington tweeted a picture with Bankman-Fried — probably should have set off blaring alarm bells throughout Washington, D.C., and the financial industry. It didn’t.

On Friday, FTX, which previously had $16 billion in customer assets, and was valued at $32 billion in its most recent investor funding round in September, filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. Bankman-Fried, 30, resigned as its CEO.

The collapse underscores how the $849-billion crypto industry — down by one fifth in the last week and from a high of $3 trillion a year ago — has been protected by regulators who are asleep at the wheel, while hapless ordinary investors, suckered in with slick ads from prominent celebrities and athletes, lose their savings.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:22

 Republicans will fail to gain enough seats to take back the Senate majority, according to a projection by DecisionDeskHQ. The Senate will remain under Democrat control, since ties are broken by the vice president.

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:22

 The Hill published a possible plan that could propel California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) directly to the presidency, passing by Vice President Kamala Harris, without it ever coming to a vote before the American people.

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Posted on: Nov 14 07:21

Stanford quietly dropped their vaccination requirements.

How did I find out?

I just happened to be browsing on their website.

There was no announcement as far as I know.

Since there is no benefit for community spread, since only 1 in a million kids might die from COVID, and many more reasons, this policy never made any sense.

I can’t believe they finally dropped it. I didn’t even get a phone call.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:21

 Officials in Maricopa County are still counting votes from last Tuesday’s midterm election — and the results of several races still hang in the balance — but they took a few minutes on Saturday to lash out at everyone from the voters and the candidates to bots and “disinformation super spreaders.”

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:20

We’re a week into this year’s UN climate summit, COP27, and the various agenda planned to roll out on the back of it are coming into focus.

None more so than the autumn offensive in the establishment’s war on food. There’s a big push on that front.

Today was “Adaptation and Agriculture” day at COP27, and you probably don’t need me to tell you what was on the agenda – a lot of talk of “sustainability”, “innovation”, “climate-friendly production” and so on.

As usual with these global meetings, the closed-door discussions and po-faced newspeak presentations are accompanied by a wave of synchronized propaganda.

One angle this propaganda is taking is that COP27 “refused to discuss” meat or farming in general, and therefore those people insisting we should kill all the cows in the world and eat lab-grown paste instead are somehow rebels speaking truth to power.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:20

Confronted with the downfall of financialised global capitalism, it would appear necessary in the eyes of its leaders to offer some kind of alternative—even a mythical one—that nevertheless allows for the continuity of the professional managerial class to which they belong.

The process which the global financialised economy is currently undergoing since March 2020 seems to indicate that its governance has begun carrying out a gigantic contraction of the world’s economy.

The virtual annihilation of small and independent businesses is planned, and even that of a large part of big industries. According to a short video from the World Economic Forum, Can the Economy Grow Forever?, most businesses must be shut down in order to switch to ‘post-growth to save the planet’ (under the guidance of AI!).

According to our policymakers, small and medium businesses have to step aside in favour of the major transnational corporations within a gigantic oligopolistic and captive market, therefore without any real competition. It’s the Robber Barons’ old dream come true. Carnegie, Morgan, Vanderbilt and of course Rockefeller—who supposedly said: ‘competition is a sin’—, all of them endeavoured some kind of ‘corporate socialism’ through a monopolistic accumulation of wealth (Antony Sutton. Wall Street and FDR: 1975).

Posted on: Nov 14 07:20

 Anna Paulina Luna was a standout in the red wave that swept over Florida on Tuesday night, flipping a blue seat in the 13th district by a healthy eight-point margin.

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:20

Project Veritas released a new video today exposing an educator working at a prestigious Connecticut private school, Iman Rasti, for sexually-explicit statements he made about his current high school students.

Rasti, who oversees Green Farms Academy’s Writing Center, teaches Middle School English, and is the Seventh Grade Dean, was recorded fantasizing about young female pupils. He even admits that his thoughts could get him in trouble at work.

“Every day, there is different panties on: green, black, white and they [students] make sure — it’s like they talk to each other, the three of them do that,” he said.

Rasti speaks of his students in a very descriptive way.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:19

 Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano conceded in his race for the state’s governorship Sunday evening after losing by more than 14 points to Democrat Josh Shapiro.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:19

While Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has publicly voiced support for diplomacy between Ukraine and Russia, other Biden administration officials are against the idea, CNN reported on Friday.

Citing unnamed administration officials, the report said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan disagree with Milley and don’t think it’s time to make a serious push for peace talks.

In a speech to the Economic Club of New York last week, Milley said that he saw an opportunity for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. “When there’s an opportunity to negotiate when peace can be achieved, seize it,” he said. “Seize the moment.”

The CNN report said that Milley has in recent weeks “led a strong push to seek a diplomatic solution” to the fighting. But his position is not a popular one in the administration, and one official said that the State Department has the opposite view of Milley.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:18

President Biden on Sunday said that he’s looking to establish what the US and China’s “red lines” are in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that is scheduled for Monday.

“We just got to figure out where the red lines are and what we — what are the most important things to each of us going into the next two years,” President Biden told reporters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he was attending the East Asia Summit.

China has made clear that one of its red lines is increasing US support for Taiwan, which Beijing believes goes beyond the one-China policy. But that hasn’t stopped the Biden administration from taking steps to forge stronger ties with Taipei.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:16

If the powerful leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senators Jack Reed (D) and Jim Inhofe (R), have their way, Congress will soon invoke wartime emergency powers to build up even greater stockpiles of Pentagon weapons. The amendment is supposedly designed to facilitate replenishing the weapons the United States has sent to Ukraine, but a look at the wish list contemplated in this amendment reveals a different story.

Reed and Inhofe’s idea is to tuck their wartime amendment into the FY2023 National Defense Appropriation Act (NDAA) that will be passed during the lameduck session before the end of the year. The amendment sailed through the Armed Services Committee in mid-October and, if it becomes law, the Department of Defense will be allowed to lock in multi-year contracts and award non-competitive contracts to arms manufacturers for Ukraine-related weapons.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:16

Since the start of the Ukraine war last February, many arguments have been deployed against the notion that the United States should engage in serious diplomatic efforts to negotiate an end to the war. One of the most persuasive has cast the idea as a form of neo-imperialism.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) has called it a “bad colonial habit” that assumes peace “depends upon the wishes of the great powers and the great powers alone,” as he renounced the letter he had signed calling for greater U.S. involvement in diplomacy. 

His words echo the charge of “Westsplaining” that has frequently been lodged against those calling for peace talks. The correct position, according to these voices, is for Washington and Ukraine’s other military backers relatively unaffected by the conflict to simply support Ukraine’s leaders as long as they are willing to fight ― even if, as the White House openly acknowledges, this path increases the risks of nuclear escalation.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:15

Thousands took to the streets in Jordan’s capital Amman on 11 November to protest the UAE-brokered “water for energy” agreement, which was renewed a few days ago between Israel and the Hashemite kingdom.

Protesters called for the Jordanian National Forum to resist all forms of normalization with Israel, including the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty signed in 1994 — known as the Wadi Araba agreement — which ended all land and water disputes between the two states.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:14

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah rebuked statements made by US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Barbara Leaf, and took aim at the US for its destructive role in Lebanon in a speech commemorating Martyrs’ Day.

During his live TV address on 11 November, Nasrallah called the US “the curse, plague, and epidemic” that afflicts Lebanon.

“If the 1982 [Israeli] invasion was a curse and an epidemic that we got rid of, it was a plague made in the US. You are damned,” Nasrallah added.

His words were in response to the statement made by Leaf on 4 November, when she said in no uncertain terms that the collapse of Lebanon and its destruction was the only way to “somehow rebuild it from the ashes, freed from the curse of Hezbollah.”

Posted on: Nov 14 07:14

Former Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) is expected to launch a leadership challenge against Kevin McCarthy.

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:14

Tens of thousands took to the streets in Mexico on Sunday to protest President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's plan to overhaul the country's electoral commission INE in what they fear would concentrate power in the hands of the government.

Lopez Obrador, who put the plan forward in April, has long criticized the country's electoral authorities, including accusing them of helping to engineer his defeats when he ran for the presidency in 2006 and 2012.

He has said that the reform would let citizens elect electoral authorities and reduce the influence of economic interests in politics. It would also cut financing for political parties and limit advertising time.

Last week, Congress started discussing the plan.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:13

On Sunday, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declined to comment on whether or not she will seek reelection as the House Leader but said, “I don’t have any plans to step away from Congress.”

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:13

Every time a neocon/warmonger policy produces a disaster – and they always do – the neocon authors of said policy begin canvassing for someone, anyone but them, to blame.

So it was with Vietnam, which they are still fighting. It wasn’t that it was an idiotic idea to kill a million Vietnamese civilians in the name of an imaginary “domino theory” that a hammer and sickle ten thousand miles away would unleash a communist virus that would soon have us all locked down with our Little Red Books.

No, it was the fault of the millions of Americans who saw through the lies and propaganda and finally, taking to the streets, brought a political anvil down on the heads of the warmongers. Americans who dared speak for the nearly 60,000 of their own brothers and sons killed for nothing. All their fault.

“We coulda won!” Yeah.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:12

 The 2022 election steal was a well-oiled machine between Trump-hating Republicans and the thieving, cheating Democrats.

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Posted on: Nov 14 07:11

During a recent appearance on FOX News, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist talked about the midterm elections and the red wave that failed to materialize.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:10

Bahrain heads to the polls on Saturday with a record number of people standing in the elections despite a ban on opposition candidates running in the Gulf state's parliamentary and municipal elections. 

More than 330 candidates, including 73 women, are competing to join the 40-seat council of representatives, the lower house of parliament that advises King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Images posted online showed Bahrainis waiting in line at polling stations across the country waiting to vote. 

The elections come more than a decade after a 2011 crackdown on protesters demanding political reforms. 

Posted on: Nov 14 07:10