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Saturday, December 7, 2019 4:03 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



disappeared from the news
Trump withdrawing troops from Syria - that's gone from the news. Did it not really happen? Was it not the disaster everyone predicted? Or is it a disaster that's somehow no longer important?


not being reported
https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/12/06/fake-news-by-omission%E2%80%8A
-%E2%80%8Athe-mass-medias-cowardly-distortion-tool
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Western mass media have continued their conspiracy of silence on the OPCW scandal, making no significant mention yet this month of the leaks which have been emerging from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons indicating that the US, France and UK bombed Syria last year in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack which probably never occurred, and that OPCW leadership helped cover it up.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019 4:17 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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How about they do their goddamned jobs and tell us why we're giving Ukraine a Billion dollars in the first place when they can't even keep the streets of California's big cities clean from shit and junkies in california are now suffering from flesh eating diseases from the needles they're using.

Oh... and Flint Michigan.



Fuck Ukraine. Fuck the Kurds.

Stop fucking giving our money away.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:45 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


After the coup in Bolivia, Evo Morales' ranking party members were being jailed or "disappeared".

*****

Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton spent many happy days over the course of several years at Epstein's "ranch".

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If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

I'd nuke a BILLION PEOPLE if it would save the other 7 billion from living under Putin. Hell, I might go all the way to the last 100 people on Earth to keep this planet from being under fascist rule.- WISHIMAY

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Sunday, December 8, 2019 3:11 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Is this the same as the Memory Hole thread?
Is there a linky?

Or did your memory forget?

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Sunday, December 8, 2019 3:34 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Is this the same as the Memory Hole thread?
Is there a linky?

Or did your memory forget?

My memory is (often) that bad but this is also about things of great importance we haven't even started to hear about in the m$m because ... narrative.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019 3:44 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Is this the same as the Memory Hole thread?
Is there a linky?

Or did your memory forget?

My memory is (often) that bad but this is also about things of great importance we haven't even started to hear about in the m$m because ... narrative.

I'm sorry if I misunderstand.

How is this different from the Memory Hole thread? And, I thought, another thread like it?

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Sunday, December 8, 2019 4:00 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Quote:

I'm sorry if I misunderstand.

How is this different from the Memory Hole thread? And, I thought, another thread like it?

AFAIK the memory hole if for things that were reported, but were quietly 'disappeared' afterwards.

This thread also includes things that should be significantly reported news - like for example, the two whistleblowers at the OPCW who that said the investigators do NOT agree with the report's conclusions and that the US interfered with the report - but aren't.

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Monday, December 9, 2019 12:32 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


CHINA orders all government offices and public companies to convert to Chinese-made PCs (and I presume routers etc) and software as "decoupling" continues (Dec 8, 2019)

RUSSIA says that it will treat being kicked off SWIFT as an "act of war".

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

I'd nuke a BILLION PEOPLE if it would save the other 7 billion from living under Putin. Hell, I might go all the way to the last 100 people on Earth to keep this planet from being under fascist rule.- WISHIMAY

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Monday, December 9, 2019 7:35 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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I didn't see any reporting about how cops in Miami used passenger vehicles as human meat shields and had a shootout with two criminals who hijacked a UPS truck in the middle of the expressway.

They killed the two criminals, along with the driver that they took hostage and a passenger who happened to be behind them in another vehicle.

You can watch the videos where people were trying to get the fuck out of dodge and the cops were ducking behind them for cover.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 1:12 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I never thought the phrase 'meat shield' would be used irl.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 2:28 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Is this "IRL" here?

Just asking because I'm pretty sure Wishy used it a month or two ago in another thread, and if you are referring to a news article in particular I'd like to see somebody actually report the facts about it.

Anything I've seen has seriously downplayed how terrible the behavior of the force was in that situation.

I'm usually one to side with cops, but the videos of the event were disgusting. It's as if these cops thought they were playing an RTS on the XBox or something.

They're all getting paid vacation right now. They should be stripped of their badges and guns and barred from ever working on any police force in the country again.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 2:47 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I guess I meant to say 'about something irl'.

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Monday, December 16, 2019 9:31 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


The OPCW creating a false report about Douma.

This has been bubbling up in reputable - though not mainstream - media from time to time, with links to original sources. But it's not been widely, repeatedly reported across the spectrum of media like the initial (false) claims were.

history of topic

Trump launches missiles against Syria; more false flags planned?
http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=61551&p=3

BBC producer says Douma hospital chemical attack scene was fake; secret OPCW report which concludes the same leaked to press
http://fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?tid=62960

OPCW inspectors accuse OPCW of evidence-tampering for USA regimechange, and M$M fails to report
http://fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?tid=63390

Chemical weapons: Are we detecting a pattern yet?
http://fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?tid=62348

Russia's and Assad's War Crimes in Syria
http://fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=60278&p=17




LINKS TO ORIGINAL SOURCES FOUND AT LINKED STORY

RELEASE: Third batch of documents showing doctoring of facts in released version of OPCW chemical weapons report on Syria. Including a memo stating 20 inspectors feel released version “did not reflect the views of the team members that deployed to [Syria]” https://t.co/ndK4sRikNk
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) December 15, 2019

Deluge Of New Leaks Further Shreds The Establishment Syria Narrative

It’s been a bad last 24 hours for the war propagandists.

WikiLeaks has published multiple documents providing further details on the coverup within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of its own investigators’ findings which contradicted the official story we were all given about an alleged chlorine gas attack in Douma, Syria last year. The alleged chemical weapons incident was blamed on the Syrian government by the US and its allies, who launched airstrikes against Syria several days later. Subsequent evidence indicating that there was insufficient reason to conclude the chlorine gas attack ever happened was repressed by the OPCW, reportedly at the urging of US government officials.

The new publications by WikiLeaks add new detail to this still-unfolding scandal, providing more evidence to further invalidate attempts by establishment Syria narrative managers to spin it all as an empty conspiracy theory. The OPCW has no business hiding any information from the public which casts doubt on the official narrative about an incident which was used to justify an act of war on a sovereign nation.

The following are hyperlinks to the individual OPCW documents WikiLeaks published, with some highlights found therein:

A first draft of the OPCW’s July 2018 Interim Report on the team’s findings in Douma.

Contains crucial information that was not included in either the final draft of the July 2018 Interim Report or the March 2019 Final Report, including (emphasis mine):

1. The symptoms of the alleged victims of the supposed chemical incident were inconsistent with chlorine gas poisoning.

“Some of the signs and symptoms described by witnesses and noted in photos and video recordings taken by witnesses, of the alleged victims are not consistent with exposure to chlorine-containing choking or blood agents such as chlorine gas, phosgene or cyanogen chloride,” we learn in the unredacted first draft. “Specifically, the rapid onset of heavy buccal and nasal frothing in many victims, as well as the colour of the secretions, is not indicative of intoxication from such chemicals.”

“The large number of decedents in the one location (allegedly 40 to 45), most of whom were seen in videos and photos strewn on the floor of the apartments away from open windows, and within a few meters of an escape to un-poisoned or less toxic air, is at odds with intoxication by chlorine-based choking or blood agents, even at high concentrations,” the unredacted draft says.

This important information was omitted from the Interim Report and completely contradicted by the Final Report, which said that the investigation had found “reasonable grounds that the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon took place. This toxic chemical contained reactive chlorine. The toxic chemical was likely molecular chlorine.”

2. OPCW inspectors couldn’t find any explanation for why the gas cylinders supposedly dropped from Syrian aircraft were so undamaged by the fall.

“The FFM [Fact-Finding Mission] team is unable to provide satisfactory explanations for the relatively moderate damage to the cylinders allegedly dropped from an unknown height, compared to the destruction caused to the rebar-reinforced concrete roofs,” reads the leaked first draft. “In the case of Location 4, how the cylinder ended up on the bed, given the point at which it allegedly penetrated the room, remains unclear. The team considers that further studies by specialists in metallurgy and structural engineering or mechanics are required to provide an authoritative assessment of the team’s observations.”

We now know that a specialist was subsequently recruited to find an answer to this mystery. A leaked document dated February 2019 and published by the Working Group On Syria, Propaganda and Media in May 2019 was signed by a longtime OPCW inspector named Ian Henderson. Henderson, a South African ballistics expert, ran some experiments and determined that “The dimensions, characteristics and appearance of the cylinders, and the surrounding scene of the incidents, were inconsistent with what would have been expected in the case of either cylinder being delivered from an aircraft,” writing instead that the cylinders being “manually placed” (i.e. staged) in the locations where investigators found them is “the only plausible explanation for observations at the scene.”

More on Ian Henderson in a moment.

3. The team concluded that either the victims were poisoned with some unknown gas which wasn’t chlorine, or there was no chemical weapon at all.

“The inconsistency between the presence of a putative chlorine-containing toxic chocking or blood agent on the one hand and the testimonies of alleged witnesses and symptoms observed from video footage and photographs, on the other, cannot be rationalised,” the unredacted first draft reads. “The team considered two possible explanations for the incongruity:
a. The victims were exposed to another highly toxic chemical agent that gave rise to the symptoms observed and has so far gone undetected.
b. The fatalities resulted from a non-chemical-related incident.”

Again, none of this information made it into any of the OPCW’s public reports on the Douma incident. The difference between the information we were given (that a chlorine gas attack took place and the strong suggestion that it was dropped by Syrian aircraft) and the report the inspectors were initially trying to put together (literally the exact opposite) is staggering. For more insider information on the deliberation between OPCW inspectors who wanted their actual findings to be reported and the organisation officials who conspired to omit those findings, read this November report by journalist Jonathan Steele.

A memo from a member of the OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) in Douma to the OPCW Director General Fernando Arais.

It’s worth noting that this memo is dated two weeks after the OPCW published its Final Report on the Douma incident in March 2019, because it further invalidates the bogus argument made by narrative management firms like Bellingcat claiming that the grievances of the dissenting OPCW inspectors had been satisfactorily addressed by the time the Final Report was published.

Clearly the concerns were not addressed, because the memo consists entirely of complaints, and according to its author “there are about 20 inspectors who have expressed their concern over the current situation.”

The memo’s author complains that the FFM report was made almost exclusively by team members who never even went to Douma, doing their research instead solely in “Country X”, which WikiLeaks speculates may be Turkey.

“The FFM report does not reflect the views of all the teams that deployed to Douma,” the memo says. “Only one team member (a paramedic) of the so-called ‘FFM core team’ was in Douma. The FFM report was written by this core team, thus by people who had only operated in Country X.”

“After the exclusion of all team members other than a small cadre of members who had deployed (and deployed again in October 2018) to Country X, the conclusion seems to have turned completely in the opposite direction. The FFM team members find this confusing, and are concerned to know how this occurred.”

The memo’s author is unnamed in the WikiLeaks document, but claims to have been “assigned the task of analysis and assessment of the ballistics of the two cylinders,” indicating that it was likely the aforementioned Ian Henderson. A concurrent publication by Peter Hitchens in the Daily Mail appears to confirm this. Hitchens reports that when Henderson lodged his Engineering Assessment in the OPCW’s secure registry after failing to get traction for his report, which the memo’s author also reports to have done, an unpopular unnamed OPCW official nicknamed “Voldemort” ordered that every trace of the report be removed.

“Mr Henderson tried to get his research included in the final report, but when it became clear it would be excluded, he lodged a copy in a secure registry, known as the Documents Registry Archive (DRA),” Hitchens reported. “This is normal practice for such confidential material, but when ‘Voldemort’ heard about it, he sent an email to subordinates saying: ‘Please get this document out of DRA … And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA’.”

So to recap, the OPCW enlisted a longtime ballistics expert with an extensive history of work with the organisation to run some experiments and produce an Engineering Assessment to explain how the alleged chlorine cylinders could have been found in the condition they were found in, and when he came to conclusions which were exculpatory for the Syrian government, his boss ordered every sign of it purged from the registry.

Again, not a whisper of any of this was breathed in the OPCW’s public reports on the Douma incident, despite somewhere around 20 inspectors having objections. The OPCW had no business hiding this from the public.

An internal email from May 2019 voicing further concerns.

This interesting email, sent to the OPCW’s Office of Strategy and Planning Director Veronika Stromsikova, defended Ian Henderson and objected to the mistreatment of a principled and respected team member.

“A member of the FFM team has been suspended from his post and escorted from the OPCW building in a less than dignified manner,” the email’s author complains. “After more than 12 years, I believe, serving the OPCW with dedication and professionalism, Ian Henderson’s personal and professional integrity have taken a knock in the most public of fora, the internet. A falsehood issued by the OPCW, that Ian did not take part in the Douma FFM team, has been pivotal in discrediting him and his work.”

Indeed, as soon as Henderson’s Engineering Assessment was leaked this past May, Syria narrative managers like Idrees Ahmad, Brian Whitaker, and Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins immediately set to work trying to spin him as merely a lone “disgruntled employee” who was “not a part of the Fact-Finding Mission”.

“The denial is patently untrue,” the email’s author writes. “Ian Henderson WAS part of the FFM and there is an abundance of official documentation, as well as other supporting proof, that testifies to that.”

But I don’t suppose we can expect to see any apologies or corrections from the usual suspects in light of this new information.

“We are not insisting on being right in our assertions, but we are demanding to be heard,” the email’s author writes. “We have desperately tried to limit expression of concerns to within the Organisation and will continue to do so. However, we have been stonewalled throughout by obfuscation, exclusion, and even thuggish and bullying behavior.”

The author wraps things up by explaining why they’re pushing so hard to be heard with a quote from Edmund Burke: “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Email communications between FFM members and their team leader Sami Barrek.

This July 2018 correspondence is significant mainly because it brings in hard evidence for the exchange described by the OPCW whistleblower “Alex” in the aforementioned Jonathan Steele report, which was described as follows:

“This request was rejected but Sami Barrek, the team leader, was put in charge of replacing the doctored version with what turned out to be a toned-down but still misleading report. During the editing four of the Douma inspectors, including Ian Henderson, the engineering expert, had managed to get Barrek to agree that the low levels of COCs [Chlorinated Organic Chemicals] should be mentioned. On the day before the new publication date, July 6, they found that the levels were again being omitted.”

The back-and-forth exchanges feature one or more anonymous team members arguing with Barrek that more information needs to be included in the Interim Report so that people won’t jump to conclusions that the team had found evidence it hadn’t. And sure enough, Moon of Alabama documented multiple mass media headlines which falsely claimed the Interim Report had asserted chlorine gas was used (that invalid claim wasn’t made until the Final Report in March 2019).

Here’s a sample exchange where one inspector tries to persuade Barrek to change the language in the report so readers will understand that the information they had about chlorinated organic chemical concentrations at the time hadn’t reached any “damning conclusion”, with Barrek throwing up inertia and saying he can unilaterally overrule them if he wants to:

Again, none of the findings which were inconsistent with the US narrative were included in either the final draft of the Interim Report or in the Final Report. Nothing about the low levels of chlorinated organic chemicals, nothing about the inconsistencies in symptoms with chlorine gas poisoning, nothing about the lack of damage to the cylinders, nothing about Ian Henderson’s findings. Nothing. The OPCW had no business withholding that information.

These new leaks take care of the latest spin jobs by establishment narrative managers, who were just the other day beginning to argue that the fact that there hadn’t been any more OPCW leaks in a while indicated that the whole OPCW scandal was bogus. Sorry to disappoint you, fellas.

The WikiLeaks documents and Hitchens’ Daily Mail article came out the same day as ex-Newsweek reporter Tareq Haddad shared emails sent to him by his editors forbidding him to publish information on the OPCW scandal, an important slice of information on the way mass media outlets stifle commentary on important stories that are inconvenient for US imperialism.

Newsweek’s foreign affairs editor Dimi Reider (who Haddad notes has Council on Foreign Relations ties) shot down Haddad’s pitch for a story about the OPCW scandal last month by falsely claiming that Bellingcat had “published a thorough refutation” of the story Haddad wanted to report on. In fact, as I documented at the time, Bellingcat had published an unbelievably pathetic spin job in which it tried to paint the whole OPCW scandal as a big misunderstanding.

Bellingcat argued that the concerns voiced in the leaked email published by WikiLeaks last month about the developing Interim Report in July 2018 had been fully addressed by the time the Final Report was published in March 2019, citing as evidence the fact that some slight adjustments had been made in the wording, like changing “likely” to “possible” and changing “reactive chlorine containing chemical” to “chemical containing reactive chlorine.” In focusing on this ridiculous, pedantic nonsense, Bellingcat tries to weave the narrative that because the whistleblower’s concerns were addressed with this pedantry, there was therefore no OPCW coverup. Never mind the fact that the multiple OPCW whistleblowers were still plainly so incensed by the organisation’s publishing that they felt the need to leak internal documents. Never mind that Bellingcat made no attempt whatsoever to address the aforementioned actual grievances by the OPCW whistleblowers like the low levels of chlorinated organic chemicals on the scene, the inconsistencies in symptoms and testimony with chlorine poisoning, or the Ian Henderson report.

But that’s what happens when mass media outlets like The New York Times and The Guardian publish swooning puff piece after swooning puff piece about Bellingcat; they grant a US government-funded narrative management firm so much unearned legitimacy that even a transparently bogus argument like the one they made about the OPCW scandal gets passed around newsrooms by credulous editors assuring each other that it’s a “thorough refutation” of facts and reality. Mass media outlets help puff up Bellingcat’s legitimacy, and in turn Bellingcat rewards them with an excuse to not have to ever challenge establishment narratives.

Reider also argued that Haddad’s report on the OPCW couldn’t be published because “not a single respected media outlet — many of whom boast far greater regional expertise, resources on the ground and in newsroom than Newsweek does — have taken the leak remotely seriously.”

That’s a great self-reinforcing system, isn’t it? MSM outlets validate US government-funded narrative managers like Bellingcat so they can tell them with authority why an unauthorised story shouldn’t be published, and each outlet sees the absence of other outlets reporting on it as evidence that it shouldn’t be reported on. And we wonder why no one’s reporting on the OPCW scandal.

And Newsweek’s Digital Director Laura Davis gave Haddad the same answer, regurgitating the absolutely bogus Bellingcat line that the leaked email wasn’t newsworthy because “it predates the final report” and because no one else has written about it. It’s a system fully locked down against any oppositional reporting, and we can surmise that this is the norm for newsrooms throughout the English-speaking world.

Haddad also published a similar email he’d received from International Business Times then-editor-in-chief Julian Kossoff, who rejected a pitch he’d made for an opinion piece he’d written about the Khan Sheikhun incident in April 2017.

“Thanks for the suggested opinion piece,” Kossoff wrote. “However, I do not think we will be able to use it. Its narrative is highly controversial and likely to offend and only a writer or expert of repute (e.g Noam Chomsky) could get away with such an incendiary thesis.”

And what was this “incendiary thesis”? Well, Haddad published it with CounterPunch, so you can see for yourself. He simply argued what in my opinion should be a completely uncontroversial position: that there wasn’t yet enough evidence to be certain Assad was behind the attacks, and the US has a known history of entering into military entanglements based on lies, so the warmongers demanding Assad’s overthrow shouldn’t be listened to.

This insight into the dynamics behind the mass media’s lies by omission are very valuable, and they help us paint a better picture about the reason we’re not seeing more discussion of these OPCW leaks.

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https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/deluge-of-new-leaks-further-shreds-the-establishment-syria-narrative-e5ba3ba9b44b

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 4:18 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


We *all* know that where you get your news determines what you think is reality.

Here's Salon, going ape-shit:

SALON:
BANNER HEADLINE:
Trump goes full cray-cary; media shrugs
UNDER-BANNER HEADLINES:
After impeachment: Way more Rudy - Heather Digby Parton
Every Democrat must vote to impeach - Amanda Marcotte
OUR PICKS:
It's a very bad week for Donald Trump — but he remains a dangerous foe - Chauncey DeVega
Top House Democrat kills effort to end "devastating" surprise medical bills - Jake Johnson
Are Republicans afraid of Trump? Hell, no — he's destroying democracy and they love it - Amanda Marcotte
Karine Jean-Pierre of MSNBC: If we get another four years of Trump, "then it's on us" - Dean Obeidallah
Donald Trump is being impeached — and then Democrats can finish him off - Bob Cesca
Press Watch: New York Times' political coverage implodes — at the worst possible moment - Dan Froomkin
Pro-impeachment protests sweep America on eve of historic impeachment vote in House - Matthew Rozsa

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 5:24 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Yup. That's why you've at least got to go to a place like RCP for your news.

They aggregate news stories just like they do the polls, but it's often quite humorous to just scroll down the list of stories, especially when you have two article titles that directly contradict each other.

Everybody is lying with their biases these days.



It's one of the biggest reasons I don't prescribe to one "religion" over the other. I prefer to be right.


I'll admit that I was wrong about impeachment if that likely outcome manifests itself tonight. Never in a million years did I think that Democrats could be THIS collectively stupid.



Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, December 19, 2019 7:08 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.




The Most Significant Afghanistan Papers Revelation Is How Difficult They Were To Make Public
https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/the-most-significant-afghanistan-papers-revelation-is-how-difficult-they-were-to-make-public-718a0003efc7


The Washington Post has published clear, http://archive.is/8L36t undeniable https:/ / www.youtube. com/watch?v=Ac5D6og9Z54 evidence that US government officials have been lying to the public about the war in Afghanistan ...

The frank comments of US military officials plainly stating that from the very beginning this was an unwinnable conflict, initiated in a region nobody understood, without anyone being able to so much as articulate what victory would even look like, make up an extremely important piece of information that is in conflict with everything the public has been told about this war by their government.

But the most significant revelation to come out of this story is not in the Afghanistan Papers themselves.

The most significant Afghanistan Papers revelation comes from The Washington Post’s account of the extremely difficult time they had extricating these important documents from the talons of government secrecy, as detailed in a separate article titled “How The Post unearthed The Afghanistan Papers” http://archive.is/ERG7Q . WaPo explains how the papers were ultimately obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests which, after they were initially rejected by the US government, needed to be supplemented over three years with two lawsuits.




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Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:48 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?tid=63442

The Aussies are Burning, Australia is attacked by a Fire Storm

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Friday, January 3, 2020 10:14 AM

SECOND

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly


Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump tweeted that in 2020 he is crazier than ever before:

A lot of very good people were taken down by a small group of Dirty (Filthy) Cops, politicians, government officials, and an investigation that was illegally started & that SPIED on my campaign. The Witch Hunt is sputtering badly, but still going on (Ukraine Hoax!). If this had happened to a Presidential candidate, or President, who was a Democrat, everybody involved would long ago be in jail for treason (and more), and it would be considered the CRIME OF THE CENTURY, far bigger and more sinister than Watergate!

5:58 AM - 2 Jan 2020
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1212734794762784768

The Joss Whedon script for Serenity, where Wash lives, is Serenity-190pages.pdf at www.mediafire.com/folder/1uwh75oa407q8/Firefly

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Friday, January 3, 2020 11:25 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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What's crazy about that tweet?

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Friday, January 3, 2020 1:10 PM

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Still no news about the faked chemical attack in Douma, and the OPCW higher-ups' blatant lying about the inspectors' reports in order to further the narrative that "Assad gassed his own people'.

The OPCW is THE international organization that is supposed to enforce chemical weapons treaties, and it has demonstrated (by internal memos and emails) that it is thoroughly corrupt and politicized at the top. Don't forget, the OPCW also wrote a "report" on the Skripal affair. I wonder if we'll see whistleblowers leaking on that report too.

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Friday, January 3, 2020 1:16 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Meanwhile, Assange is still rotting in solitary in a maximum-security prison (Belmarsh) apparently sedated, even tho he's a "remand" prisoner and could be free on OR or in a minimum-security jail while "they" decide whether he can be extradited or not. The UN has called the conditions of his confinement equivalent to torture.

As we can see from the OPCW whistlblower leaks, published by wikileaks, altho Assange is in maximum security prison, wikileaks continues to function. There is only one reason to stuff Assange into this kind of jail, and that's because they (MI6) doesn't want him out and making deals to testify about the DNC email leaks.

fuckin' A.

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Friday, January 3, 2020 1:18 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Chelsea Manning is ALSO stuffed into solitary maximum security, under conditions the UN has called equivalent to "torture", for refusing to testify against Assange.

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Friday, January 3, 2020 5:20 PM

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Looks like Pelosi's failed impeachment sham is being disappeared from the news.

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Monday, January 6, 2020 2:53 AM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record to have hit the Bahamas — and one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record. The Sept. 2019 storm caused extensive flooding that damaged homes and infrastructure on the northwest islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as widespread power outages.

September 2019

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Monday, January 6, 2020 10:09 AM

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Yeah. What happened to Puerto Rico? Did they ever get their infrastructure put back together?

What happened to the vote about becoming a State in the US? I'm assuming they made the wise decision not to do that for "free" money so the rich people could turn the entire island into Disney Island?

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Sunday, January 12, 2020 4:15 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020 5:52 PM

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And Salon.com said it, so you know it must be true.

lol

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Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:43 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Well, now HERE's a narrative that only Monty Python could have dreamt up.

Do you remember Juan "Random Guy" Guaido, the leader of the Venezuelan opposition who declared himself President of Venezuela and who engaged in other PR stunts hoping to (somehow) springboard himself into a leadership position? Well, it turns out that [some of] the National Assembly just voted him OUT as their leader (some retained him) but - not willing to take no/maybe/let'sdolunch for an answer, he broke into an empty Parliament building just to have a couple of his friends swear him in as President of Venezuela! Of course, Mike "Pompous Ass" Pompeo congratulated Guaido on once again crowning himself Queen of the May!

And just to complete the picture, as it turns out Bolsinaro (Brazil) had a terrorist plan all ready to depose Maduro, the Venezuelan leader. Now if THAT doesn't make for a madcap movie script, nothing will!

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Monday, January 20, 2020 11:31 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Yeah. What happened to Puerto Rico? Did they ever get their infrastructure put back together?

What happened to the vote about becoming a State in the US? I'm assuming they made the wise decision not to do that for "free" money so the rich people could turn the entire island into Disney Island?

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A little case of ask and ye shall receive?

But then again, we're only hearing anything at all because it was bad news. I'm REALLY surprised it's being reported on as heavily as it was since it not only isn't an attack on Trump, but it goes against another fake news narrative.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/01/20/puerto-rico-wareh
ouse-supplies-unused-after-hurricane-maria/4522472002
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EDIT: Posted in the Puerto Rico - U.S. Virgin Islands (Started on September 27, 2017)

http://fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?tid=61952

Quote:

Originally posted by SHINYGOODGUY: (September 27, 2017)
Governor Cuomo did a flyover in a helicopter, and where's Trump?...he's at home washing his toupee.SGG



Cuomo probably should have been keeping an eye out for warehouses with over 2 Billion dollars of aid that's been sitting around collecting dust (or worse) since we gave it to them.








Or maybe Trump dialed up CERN and they fired up the collider and sent it all there last week through a wormhole.



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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 5:05 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/the-establishment-doesnt-fear-trump-and-it-doesn-t-fear-bernie-it-fears-you-acb8fcd086b3

You wouldn’t know it from reading the billionaire media, but the Yellow Vests protests in France are still going on and have remained widespread for more than a year now. This lack of coverage is partially due to the fact that establishment narrative managers are responsible for conveying the idea that the only governments whose citizens dislike them are those which haven’t been absorbed into the imperial blob like China and Iran. But it’s also because the propagandists don’t want us getting any ideas.

And if democrats don't do anything different, how are they any better?

I've maintained for many years now that the US public hasn't truly tested the power of their vote.

http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=63032

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Friday, January 31, 2020 1:50 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


You wouldn't know it from the media, but the OPCW scandal about the "sarin attack" at Douma is just getting worse and worse ...



Of the approximately 30 bodies found in a stairwell ... "they must have been taken to a chamber and gassed... with Sarin" (9:38). Not by Assad, but by the "rebels" who were holding the area.

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