Saturday, April 17, 2021

The fools

"The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador’s “Free and Fair” Election" (Benjamin/Flores):

"Ecuador’s April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be.  On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But a fraud-free process for casting and counting ballots does not mean that the election was free and fair. Behind the scenes was a monumentally unequal playing field and dirty campaign designed to quash an Arauz win.

For starters, Arauz—a 36-year-old follower of the political leanings of former president Rafael Correa and his Citizens Revolution—barely even got on the ballot. The political party he tried to run under was banned by the National Electoral Council (CNE). He and his supporters formed a new political party and that, too, was banned. Eventually they found a small party that let them borrow their slot, but by then it was late December and the first round of elections was on February 7. The other campaigns had a four or five month head start.

Arauz, who was virtually unknown, wanted to have Rafael Correa as his vice president, but the CNE banned Correa from being on the ticket. Even more astounding, the electoral authorities actually prohibited the Arauz campaign from even using Correa’s voice or image. But in a show of blatant bias, they didn’t banish Correa’s image from being used in a negative way by his opponents.

Another intense obstacle was the role of the media. The corporate media dominate all the airwaves in Ecuador, and they were clearly in the Lasso camp. The media led a dirty campaign spreading fake news about Arauz, Correa and their supporters. They scared people by claiming that Arauz was going to de-dollarize the economy. Ecuador has been using the dollar as its currency since 2000, after a financial crisis saw the collapse of its former currency, the sucre. An economist, Arauz was well aware that dollarization had stabilized Ecuador’s economy and he never even suggested going back to the sucre."

"DIANA JOHNSTONE: The Imperialism of Foolery".  Some of the fools have their own political agendas, and are promoting these agendas by hitching their wagons to Empire, some are Zionists, and I'm sure some just like shekels.

"Journalists, Learning They Spread a CIA Fraud About Russia, Instantly Embrace a New One" (Greenwald):

"If you think that, upon learning yesterday's news, there was any self-reflection on the part of the media figures who spread this, or that they felt chastened about it in any way, you would be very, very wrong. In fact, not only did few if any admit error, but they did exactly the same thing on Thursday about a brand new evidence-free assertion from the U.S. Government concerning Russia: they mindlessly assumed it true and then stated it to millions of people as fact. They are not embarrassed to get caught spreading false CIA propaganda. They see their role, correctly, as doing exactly that.  

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, run by Biden’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, issued a short Press Release about its targeting of Russian-Ukrainian political consultant, Konstantin Kilimnik, with new sanctions. One sentence of this press release asserted a claim that the Mueller investigation, after searching for eighteen months, never found: namely, that “Kilimnik provided the Russia intelligence services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy” that he received from then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Is it true that Kilimnik passed this polling data to the Kremlin? Maybe. But there is no way for a rational person — let alone someone calling themselves a “journalist” — to conclude that it is true. Why? Because, like the CIA tale about Russian bounties — a claim they learned yesterday had no evidence — this is nothing more than a U.S. Government assertion that lacks any evidence."

"More US Troops Could Be Deployed to Afghanistan to Help With Withdrawal" (DeCamp).  Now they are just having a laugh.

"Ukrainian President: Proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline is war, “occupied territories” are worse than Chernobyl" (Rozoff).  The Ukrainians are looking at losing at least a good part of the billion or so dollars a year they earn in transfer fees.

"White House: Changing Cuba Policy Is Not a Priority for Biden" (DeCamp).  Cuba policy is one area where Barry clearly beats Biden.

"Facebook Censors New York Post Story On Black Lives Matter Founder Buying Multiple Luxury Homes" ('Hunter Wallace').  "“Terror By White Supremacists”: BLM Denounces Coverage Of Co-Founder’s Real Estate Purchases While Facebook Censors Story" (Turley).  Though had she been a white charity 'leader', no one would have batted an eye, and no story would have been written.  All charities are grifts of one kind or another.  What exactly do the 'woke' corporations giving these millions of dollars think they will be getting in return?

"The Boogaloo movement has a new strategy":

"Members of the anti-government Boogaloo movement are adopting a new strategy to achieve the end of the US government, members tell Al Jazeera.

Adherents are calling for cooperation with left-wing organisations – previously considered adversaries by some in the Boogaloo – to foster a mass withdrawal from the political and economic systems overseen by the United States government.

Based on the political philosophy “agorism”, it aims to bleed the government of tax funds through a “Counter-Economy”, compliance with laws and mandates given by voters.

The desired result: the collapse of the US government through “death by a thousand cuts”."

"Hiker Rescued After Man on Twitter Located Him From a Photo of His Feet" (Schneider).

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