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America In the Age of the Big Lie

by Oui Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 07:55:41 AM EST

The digital age of Big Tech, automation, algorithms, robots run by AI. The 2016 presidential election was decided by the whit of American oligarchs, Facebook in conjunction with Cambridge Analytics headquarted in the Lone Star state of Texas, supervised by rightwing maniac Steve Bannon.

Musk On Twitter: Conservative Unregulated Chats

Elon Musk's plan is to run Twitter off the top of his head | The Verge |

Mostly, though, employees told me that the conversation had reinforced the beliefs they had about Musk heading into the meeting. If I were to make a word cloud of employee responses, some bigger ones would be: incoherent; rambling; uninspiring.

Democrats are boring and should be banned.

Elon Musk Answers The Question, Why He Chose Twitter

Elon Musk had a thought provoking question about one of the hottest social media apps in the world, and even of the one he is purchasing.

"Is TikTok destroying civilization? Some people think so," he said in a tweet.

He went on to explain why he chose to purchase Twitter and not TikTok or another platform.

This week he had an "all hands" call with thousands of the company's employees and the call was leaked to Project Veritas.

"I think it's essential to have free speech," he said.

An advocate of more fake news and conspiracies.

Employees asked him what that meant for tweets about animal abuse, sexual content, and generally hateful or offensive messages.

"I think there's also, there's freedom of speech and freedom of reach, so I think people should be allowed to say...pretty outrageous things that are within the balance, the law, but, but then they don't, you know, get amplified."

His political views may be moderate, but this week he voted for a Republican for what he said was the first time.

"I voted for Mayra Flores - first time I ever voted Republican. Massive red wave in 2022," he said.

The American Dream evolves to the American Election Scam.

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First thought, they are describing our president Joe Biden ...

Calling America still a model for democracy?

The New National Congressional Map Is Biased Toward Republicans | FiveThirtyEight |

The case with the biggest potential repercussions is a federal lawsuit brought by Republicans in North Carolina that makes a radical argument: that only state legislatures, not state courts, have the power to draw new congressional districts. The Supreme Court will will decide in Moore v. Harper whether to take the case, and if they decide to embrace its argument to the fullest, every congressional map not enacted by a legislature could be invalidated. This would mean not only throwing out court-ordered maps in Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, but potentially also commission-drawn maps in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey and Washington. In other words, the 2020s could see a historic amount of mid-decade redistricting.

One Man, One Vote ... the flawed U.S. Constitution on many issues beyond repair in a divided society. The next Civil War.


Highly intelligent, candid and disingenuous ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 07:56:48 AM EST
How Did Russiagate Begin? | The Nation - May 30, 2019 |

The third possible explanation--one I have termed "Intelgate," and that I explore in my recent book War with Russia?: From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate--is that US intelligence agencies undertook an operation to damage, if not destroy, first the candidacy and then the presidency of Donald Trump.

More evidence of "Intelgate" has since appeared. For example, the intelligence community has said it began its investigation in April 2016 because of a few innocuous remarks by a young, lowly Trump foreign-policy adviser, George Papadopoulos. The relatively obscure Papadopoulos suddenly found himself befriended by apparently influential people he had not previously known, among them Stefan Halper, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, and a woman calling herself Azra Turk. What we now know--and what Papadopoulos did not know at the time--is that all of them had ties to US and/or UK and Western European intelligence agencies.

Stephen F. Cohen, adviser to Democrat Gary Hart during trip to Moscow | Harriman Institute |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 11:00:04 AM EST
Joseph McCarthy and the Loss of China: A study in fear and panic | Univ of Michigan - March 2014 |

While fears, such as anxiety over the followers of labor leader Luigi Galleani, had existed prior to The Great War, it was not until the war had concluded that a real panic set in. Panics rely on fear, which rely on anxiety, and anxiety often relies on what is known and what is hidden, or secret. Such secrets "act like a Rorschach ink-blot...any qualities may be attributed to it, and no basis for refutation exists." This is dangerous, creating an arena where opinion becomes as powerful as fact. Such secrets have other attributes, as well, including fostering a sense of community. Political hysteria works in insidious fashion.

    A despised, deviant and dehumanized outgroup secretly plots the destruction of the good, fully human men and women who make up the true society. The Red conspirators of 1919 were variously depicted as aliens, foreigners, Jews, vermin, lice, feces, disease, plague, epidemic, mad geniuses, scum, filth, rats, rodents, termites, snakes, criminals, idiots, anti-Christs, devils, sexually licentious, sadistic, perverse, and brutal...these attributes arouse feelings of fear, hatred, disgust, dread and less obviously, feelings of envy. The functions of defining conspirators in these ways is to dehumanize them for the purpose of `legitimizing' them as future victims, to ease the guilt that might ensue upon their eliminations, and to mobilize the masses in support of their extinction. The function of defining the outgroup as dangerous is to arouse anxiety.

Such secrets and their resultant anxiety and rhetoric drove the Red Scares, both in the 1950s and after the Great War. The first major investigatory body of the post-Great War period, dedicated to seeking out Communist influence, was the Overman Committee. Chaired by North Carolina Democratic Senator Lee Slater Overman, the committee existed between September 1918, and June 1919, and consisted of five members.

Joining Overman on his committee-which was never officially named-were four additional Senators: Knute Nelson, Republican from Minnesota; Josiah O. Wolcott, Democrat from Delaware; Thomas Sterling, Republican from South Dakota; and William H. King, Democrat from Utah.

Importantly, the press became very involved with reporting the findings of the body, which investigated suspected German and Bolshevik influences during the period of the United States involvement in The Great War.

The term "Witch Hunt" was used for the actions of the Overman Committee, and would be recycled in the 1950s.

Hysteria and demonizing an enemy in historical context leads to wars, massacres and genocide.

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20-843 New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen, Superintendent NY Police

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 07:59:57 PM EST
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Let it burn baby, let it burn.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 08:00:47 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 04:20:19 PM EST
Medieval Inequality ... men decide.

Texas Taliban Rule

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 04:21:44 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 25th, 2022 at 07:05:21 PM EST
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U.S. government's Afghanistan watchdog says State Dept. and USAID are no longer cooperating | NBC News |

The State Department and United States Agency for International Development have not provided information to a government watchdog about the fall of the Afghan government during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, according to a letter from the watchdog's director.

The information has been required by multiple congressionally mandated audits, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) director John Sopko said in the letter to Secretary of State Tony Blinken and the USAID Administrator Samantha Power on Wednesday.

While these agencies have typically provided assistance to the watchdog, Sopko wrote in a letter reviewed by media that "agency officials now appear to have adopted a premeditated position of obstruction."

He described the development as "particularly troubling" because the departments are legally required to share information with his office. He also quoted President Biden saying that the "watchdogs are back" in his administration.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 27th, 2022 at 06:56:39 PM EST
One-third of parliament failed.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jul 8th, 2022 at 11:02:19 AM EST
The usual gang of ECR and ID idiots plus half the PPE, so no big shock.  The Twitter comments are overwhelmed by Randofascist libertardians who claim to be in favor of individual rights but oppose this vote because "EUROPE HAS SOCIALIZED MEDINE!!!!!!"  And this morning the Federalist Society attacked the vote under the banner "Hey EU, Mind Your Own Business", totally oblivious to the irony of a bunch of fascist neocons taking a tack like that.
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 24th, 2022 at 08:19:50 AM EST
Bridgewater's Ray Dalio Sees U.S. on Path to Civil War as Political Polarization Rises | BNN Bloomberg - Feb. 3, 2022 |

Ray Dalio warned that the U.S. appears to be on a "classic path" toward "some form" of a civil war amid a dangerous combination of large deficits, high taxes, inflation and gaps in wealth and values that lead to political polarization.

"When that happens at the same time as there are foreign powers that are becoming strong enough to challenge the leading world power that is encountering this civil war dynamic, it is an especially risky period," he wrote in a post on LinkedIn. "That is the period I believe we are now in."

Dalio, the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates, said that both the left and right are "fighting to win at all costs," eliminating moderates and the ability to compromise as a result. He said that a "loss of truth" in the public domain was making some people "too afraid" to speak up or run for public office. 

"The biggest question is how much the system will bend before it breaks," Dalio said. "History shows that the biggest risk to democracies is that they produce such fragmented and antagonistic decision making that they are ineffective and disorderly which leads to bad results and revolutions."

From a capitalist view ...

Ray Dalio | Why Nations Succeed and Fail

Ray Dalio: There are five types of wars. There's a trade war. There's a technology war. There is a geopolitical influence war, which is influenced by the first two. There's a capital war. And then there's a military war. We are certainly in the first four of those and that's really a competition. And how competitive we are is almost everything in that game.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 24th, 2022 at 08:21:15 AM EST
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U.S.: On the Way to Right-Wing Coup and Civil War? | RIAC - Apr. 28, 2022 |

Today, amid heightening negative trends in the world economy, social and property polarization, the deepest crisis in international relations and the insufficient effectiveness of socially-oriented programs of national development, the prerequisites for coup d'état and civil war in various countries arise. For example, Africa reached last year an annual record (4) in the number of successful military coups in the 21st century. Currently, dozens of civil wars, minor internal conflicts, a skirmishes and clashes are lingering in the world, in the vast majority and with the largest number of victims - in the countries of Asia and Africa. Often, civil wars are accompanied by direct or indirect participation of external state and non-state actors.

Unfortunately, the threat of a right-wing coup and civil war has greatly increased in recent years to become the subject of heated discussions in the United States, not only in the academic environment, but also in the military, political and business circles, and in the media. Public opinion polls suggest that this threat is perceived as real by large sections of Americans. The purpose of the article is to find out the likelihood whether an ultra-right dictatorship could emerge in the United States in the near future, coupled with the possibility of their collapse during the civil war into a number of states with different regimes and aspirations.

The author does not consider the worst options inevitable, much less desirable, and capable of easing pressure on Russia. A right-wing coup and/or civil war in the largest economic and military powerhouse can have extremely negative consequences not only for Americans but for the whole world. At the same time, destabilization of political systems, coup d'état and civil wars due to the development of the global crisis may also take place in other developed countries. This requires a thorough analysis of negative scenarios within the framework of interdisciplinary international groups.

1) Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), together with Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), held a round table discussion on the new geopolitical and geo-strategic reality in Northern Europe. Experts from Russia and Sweden were invited to participate in the discussion.

More or less the Russian counterpart of NATO's think tank the Atlantic Council.

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I Was Wrong About Trump Voters | NY Times Opinion |
By Bret Stephens

The worst line I ever wrote as a pundit -- yes, I know, it's a crowded field -- was the first line I ever wrote about the man who would become the 45th president: "If by now you don't find Donald Trump appalling, you're appalling."

This opening salvo, from August 2015, was the first in what would become dozens of columns denouncing Trump as a unique threat to American life, democratic ideals and the world itself. I regret almost nothing of what I said about the man and his close minions. But the broad swipe at his voters caricatured them and blinkered me.

It also probably did more to help than hinder Trump's candidacy. Telling voters they are moral ignoramuses is a bad way of getting them to change their minds.

At BooMan I wrote a long article about Bret Stephens ... a reporter for hire for big bucks to serve a right-wing agenda.

Bret Stephens, WSJ/Murdoch Are Inseparable | Apr 30, 2017 |

More on Bret Stephens on this blog ...

Timeline Fascism: Silencing Criticism of Occupation

Bret is a writer with a right-wing fascist agenda in full support of apartheid in Israel and oppression of Palestinians on their own land. A Free Palestine 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 🇵🇸

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 24th, 2022 at 09:23:31 AM EST

Europe on the wrong path with Josep Borrell on Freedom, Sovereignty and Human Rights ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 24th, 2022 at 09:24:05 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jul 24th, 2022 at 11:03:21 AM EST
On the campaign trail, Republicans see a civil war | WaPo |

Days before Maryland's July 19 primary, Michael Peroutka stood up at an Italian restaurant in Rockville and imagined how a foreign enemy might attack America.

"We would expect them to make our borders porous," Peroutka told the crowd, which had come to hear the Republicans running for state attorney general. "We would expect them to make our cities unsafe places to live. We would expect them to try to ruin our economy." The country was "at war," he explained, "and the enemy has co-opted members and agencies and agents of our government."

Never mind, no fear because we have the guns and ammo ... survivalists. The enemy is out there, it's everywhere and can't always be sure where ... thankful for hero Ukrainians to keep the Russians away. It's gonna be one hell of a campaign to get Trumpistas elected across America.

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