Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lists of the dead / clearly breaking the law / process the news

"Saudi Savagery: Kingdom Beheads 16-Year-Old For Sending Whatsapp Message" (Durden).  "Saudi Arabia executed 37 people: Here is who they were" (Barrett).  Underplayed, but this is basically repression of Shi'ite unrest in Shi'ite dominant areas (which happen to be where the oil is).

"Comedian Hasan Minhaj Calls out Jared Kushner at Gala, Demands Release of Saudi Woman Dissident".

Well presented:  "Will the Senior-Level FBI Agents, Who Placed Spies in the Trump Campaign, Ever be Held Accountable?" (Whitney).  "Strassel: Why Didn't Mueller Investigate Whether Steele Dossier Was Russian Disinfo?"  "Ukraine Tapped By Obama Admin To Hurt Trump, Help Clinton And Protect Bidens" (Durden).    I'm guessing a few lower-level FBI agents will end up with a few months in jail for what amounts to an attempted coup d'etat and the treasonous starting of a World War.

The two twists are that Trump won, so the operation seamlessly morphed into part of 'the Resistance', and those damn Trump staffers wouldn't take the bait, so there was never, and never could be, any basis for collusion (or for the entirety of the Mueller apparatus). The other thing that shouldn't have survived the revelations is the general Russian electoral manipulation story, but it hangs on as the need to preserve the ((('donor"))) model - and the ((('donor")))-hold on the Democrats has, if anything, increased in this nomination season - is so strong among the Savvy and Realistic Democrats.

Isn't the whole Democrat nomination shaping up that they won't be able to find a nominee with any chance against Trump, with Bernie, who could easily win, dying of knife wounds to the back which he will cheerfully shrug off, and Killary will descend on wires to the convention floor (the only safe way for her to get around these days), like a political angel (who they believe has already beat Trump once!) to save the day?

"Never Forget: The Towering Exposure of Hillary Clinton by Assange and WikiLeaks" (Coombes).  There are so many 'journalists' who either hate Assange and want the worst for him, damn the consequences, or hate him and realize the wider threat to real journalism and so say "I hate him, but . . . '.  All of this derives from the perception that Assange's truth-telling about Killary is what led to Trump as President.  There are a surprising number of authoritarian personalities in 'journalism'.

Goal post shifting:  "Obstructiongate!" (Hopkins) and "Supreme and Exalted Master President Robert Mueller" (Coulter).

"Saudi Arabia, Israel, US All Sought Bashir’s Ouster: So How Real Was the Sudan Revolution?" (Webb) (the last of the old-guard anti-Zionists):
"Notably, the very day of Bashir’s visit to Syria last December marked the beginning of the protests that would result in the end of his rule."
"The Snowden files: where are they and where should they end up? " (Electrospaces).

Greenwald has been bringing up emptywheel's bizarre ratting out of a source to the FBI, even stranger in light of the Mueller Report's revelation there was nothing there.  Of course, Greenwald lives in a bit of a glass house considering what The Intercept did to Reality Winner.  It is funny that here we are, years later, with the (((mainstream media))) installing all kinds of protocols ostensibly to protect the safety of whistle blowers, and WikiLeaks is still the only place in the world that can be trusted to protect the identity of a leaker.  Every single fucking 'journalist' has to be assumed to be an IC honeypot.

"Twenty Years Since NATO Massacred 16 Employees of Serbian State Television" (Carter).

Tweet (Dan Cohen):
"Convicted criminal, genocide-enabler and coup-orchestrator Elliott Abrams condemns peaceful protest in defense of Vienna Convention as “clearly breaking the law”"
Rothschild news:  "Reuters Bites Off Tongue in US War Against Venezuela – Rosneft Forces Withdrawal of News Fabrication" (Helmer) (note the internet revisionism) and "Rothschilds Liquidating Royal Heirlooms In Historic Auction" (Durden).

"PEPE ESCOBAR: War on Iran & Calling America’s Bluff".

"US, Iran tiptoeing toward engagement" (Bhadrakumar).  The fact there are some sane people on both sides won't help as long as Bolton is around, and Bolton is around as long as Trump is being shekeled/blackmailed by Sheldon.

"John Bolton Rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon. Going After Hezbollah Donors?" (Nimmo). "Israel Plans to Launch a Surprise War against Lebanon" (Magnier).  I think Bibi will wait til the dust settles from President Jared's eliminationist plan for the Palestinians.

"Israel to Release Two Syrian Prisoners in ‘Good Will Gesture’ Following Return of Israeli Soldier’s Body".

"U.S. Citizens Who Raided North Korea's Embassy In Spain Are "Dissidents"?" (Moon).

"BREXIT BLOCK: Brussels DENIES access to TOP SECRET second referendum talks with Tony Blair" (Barnes).

Tweet (Ben Norton):
"WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, just shut down the massive channel used by Spain's independent leftist political party Podemos. And it did this just days before the general election This is actual, extreme election meddling by a foreign corporation"
Note that this certain thesis is treated as another example of Labour 'anti-Semitism'!:  tweet (Iggy Ostanin):
"EXCL: Watch Seumas Milne suggest collusion between Israel and ISIS. At June 2015 event Milne responded to a question on “the ISIS franchise and its relationship to Israel”. He begins by saying “I think that’s a very interesting phenomenon myself”"
"Canada: Jews Caught Staging Yet Another Fake Hate Crime" (Anglin).  I love how the virtue signalers had to cancel their vigil but the church would be open for those who had to 'process the news'.  "Lawyers Drop Neo-Nazi Who Won’t Leave Hiding To Testify In Harassment Suit" (Pink).

Miraculous to find an honest judge, learned in the law, not completely buried in shekels, in Texas!:  "Federal judge blocks anti-BDS law in Texas" (Barrows-Friedman).  Now, Shlomo's going to have to get shlepping to those appeal court judges.

80!:  "Sarsour, Waters and Hill will ‘incite… violence’ against Jewish students, say pro-Israel groups" (Weiss).

"New Jersey Residents Keep Trying To Kick Orthodox Jews Out Of City Parks" (Pink).

"Notre-Dame Scaffolding Firm Admits Workers Were Smoking, Denies Starting Fire" (Durden).

This is awful until you realize it is a parody of this. Speaking of people having fun on the internet - see here and here [it's gone, suspended, but it was the phony idea that alt-right jokers were putting LGBTQ on their web presences, like the ok symbol or Pepe, with the secret meaning of Lets Go Beat Up the Queers]

Tweet (Tom Gara):
"This is so nuts. In *that* scene in "The Jinx", HBO selectively edited Robert Durst's "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course” lines - they weren't consecutive sentences, and they weren't said in that order. "
"Leonard Dinnerstein Is Dead" (Pennington).
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