Thursday, April 15, 2021

Don't do that

"Escobar: Russia "Would Really Not Want" Cold War 2.0".  Lavrov is the Russian big brain we usually hear from, but Russia is well equipped with wisdom.  Sadly, wisdom isn't much use if the Assholian neocons again manage to set up a war tripwire, as they now have in Ukraine.

"Greenwald: Due Process, Adult Sexual Morality And The Case Of Rep. Matt Gaetz".  What we're seeing is one of those rare situations where the blackmail victim calls the bluff of the blackmailer.  Usually that is done by acknowledging the truth of the alleged impropriety - remember when David Letterman was blackmailed and had to admit to an affair? - but Gaetz and his handlers seem to have constructed an even more elaborate story, which so far does not include the admission of guilt.  Basically, Gaetz is trying to force the government to back down for 'national security' reasons, which means revealing the existence of systematic Israeli blackmail of Assholian politicians.  It is fun that the 'national security' issue isn't the blackmail, but the threat of revealing the extent of the blackmail.  This is a dangerous game of chicken, and Gaetz is more likely to end up dead than arrested.

"'Is Biden Really In Charge?' Asks A Skeptical Sen. Cornyn" (Durden).  It is really quite something, right out in the open.  Like woke capitalism, it is something that is happening which is unimaginable, yet here we are.

Doubling down on strange corporate behavior:  "Woke Capital Unites Hundreds of CEOs, Corporations, Oligarchs, Wall Street Law Firms and Hollywood Celebrities Behind Assault On Democracy" ('Hunter Wallace').

"Biden’s Claim To Be Ending America’s Longest War Misleading" (Kuzmarov):

"The meaninglessness of President Biden’s announcement becomes apparent when we consider that the Pentagon employs more than seven contractors for every serviceman or woman in Afghanistan; an increase of one contractor for every serviceman or woman a decade ago.

As of January, more than 18,000 contractors remained in Afghanistan, according to a Defense Department report, when official troop totals had been reduced to 2,500."

Tweets by Richard Hanania on the extremely negative reaction, even to a phony withdrawal.  I'd also be expecting some terrible false-flag attack in the next few months, making any kind of withdrawal 'premature'.

"Joe Biden Reaffirms Washington’s Message to the World: Never, Ever Trust Us" (Knapp).

"Top 7 Most Ridiculous Hate Crime Hoaxes" (revolver).  No longer just rabbis!

"“Don’t Do That”: Reporters Tell Police Chief Not To Use The Term “Riot”" (Turley).  'Don't do that', i.e., don't tell the truth about what is happening and what you saw with your own lying eyes.  He should have listened, as telling the truth cost him his job.

"Is The DOJ Lying About The Ashli Babbitt Case?" (Techno Fog).  "Media Reactions to Daunte Wright and Ashli Babbitt: You Can't Get Much More Who-Whom" (Sailer).

"US Claims Preventing Fuel Ships From Docking in Yemen Is ‘Not a Blockade’" (DeCamp).  A series of extremely convoluted rationalizations.

"How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press" (MacLeod).  Knowing how people naturally feel about 'journalists', intelligence agencies find it increasingly difficult to get the PR lies out.  Everybody now assumes all words in the (((media))) are outright lies.  Bellingcat was an attempt to get around this with the addition of faux authenticity, supposedly deriving from the fact he was billed as a 'citizen journalist', and not just a 'journalist'.  We saw the PR transition in the incident documented by Maté where an already prepared piece of PR was to be published by the Huffington Post, but was pulled and directed through Bellingcat.

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