Monday, October 11, 2021

Predatory journalism

"Report: Hunter Biden Sells 5 Pieces of Art for $75,000 Each in Los Angeles Show" (Husebø).  I wonder if the 'big guy', or what's left of him, gets his standard 10% vig.

"Funding Both Sides: How Jewish Money Controls British Politics" (Langdon).  Note the handy chart.  This is even more impressive when you remember there are hardly any Jews in Britain, many fewer than the 2% or so of the US population who run the US.

"Europa Scorned and Forsaken" (Crooke).  Europe has absolutely no bargaining position as everybody knows that, no matter what happens, no matter how much the Americans insult it, no matter how much power relations shift in the rest of the world, the Euro-trash will always stick like glue to the American Empire.

"Durham Probes Pentagon Computer Contractors in Anti-Trump Conspiracy" (Sperry):

"Cybersecurity experts who held lucrative Pentagon and homeland security contracts and high-level security clearances are under investigation for potentially abusing their government privileges to aid a 2016 Clinton campaign plot to falsely link Donald Trump to Russia and trigger an FBI investigation of him and his campaign, according to several sources familiar with the work of Special Counsel John Durham.

Durham is investigating whether they were involved in a scheme to misuse sensitive, nonpublic Internet data, which they had access to through their government contracts, to dredge up derogatory information on Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign in 2016 and again in 2017, sources say — political dirt that sent FBI investigators on a wild goose chase. Prosecutors are also investigating whether some of the data presented to the FBI was faked or forged. 

These sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive law enforcement matter, said Durham’s investigators have subpoenaed the contractors to turn over documents and testify before a federal grand jury hearing the case. The investigators are exploring potential criminal charges including giving false information to federal agents and defrauding the government, the sources said."

The Khazars have been on a roll recently, but one decent person slipped out of their clutches:  "Argentina’s Court Dismisses Case Against Cristina Fernandez".

"Bellingcat funded by US and UK intelligence contractors that aided extremists in Syria" (Klarenberg).

"Metropolitan Police Drop Latest Probe Into Allegations Against Prince Andrew" (Durden).  What a shock!

"The Octopus Lives: How Danny Casolaro’s “Suicide” Foreshadowed Our Current Dystopia" (Sucher).

"Stalking the Story" (Zakaria).  Predatory journalism.

"Taibbi: The Cult Of The Vaccine":
"As a student in the Soviet Union I noticed subscribers to what Russians called the sovok mindset talked in interminable strings of pogovorki, i.e goofball proverbs or aphorisms you’d heard a million times before (“He who takes no risk, drinks no champagne,” or “Work isn’t a wolf, it won’t run off into the woods,” etc). This was a learned defense mechanism, adopted by a people who’d found out the hard way that anyone caught not speaking nonstop nonsense could be suspected of harboring original thoughts. Voluble stupidity is a great disguise in a society where silence is suspect. 
We’re similarly becoming a nation of totalitarian nitwits, speaking in a borrowed lexicon of mandatory phrases and smelling heresy in anyone who doesn’t. This cult reflex was bad during the Russiagate years, but it’s gone into overdrive since the arrival of COVID. The CNN writer who thinks it’s necessary to put a disclaimer in the lede of a story about molnupiravir, of all things, is basically claiming he or she is afraid a theoretical unvaccinated person might otherwise read the story and be encouraged to not take the vaccine. 
Except, if that theoretical unvaccinated person could be convinced by anything CNN said or did, they’d have already gotten the shot, because the network runs ten million stories a day directly imploring people to get vaccinated or die. News flash: the instinct to armor-plate even unrelated news subjects with layer after layer of insistent vaccine dogma is not for the non-immunized, who mostly don’t watch outlets like CNN or read the New York Times. Outlets apply that neurotic messaging for their own target audiences, who’ve been trained to live in terror of un-contextualized content, which everyone knows leads to Trump, fascism, and death. 
I’d be the last person to claim there aren’t dumb people out there in America, but at least the audiences of channels like Fox and OAN know that content has been designed for themThe people gobbling down these pieces by Bloomberg and the Times that have the journalistic equivalent of child-proof caps on every paragraph that even parenthetically mentions COVID really believe that content has been dumbed down for some other person. They think it’s someone else who can’t handle news that vaccines work and that there also might be a pill that treats the disease, without freaking out or coming to politically unsafe conclusions. So they put up with being talked to like children — demand it, even. Which is nuts. Right? It is nuts, isn’t it?"

"Will Vaccine-Linked Deaths Rise Sharply This Winter?" (Whitney).  If so, the vaccine-caused deaths would dwarf the tiny number of deaths prevented by the vaccine.  Of course, it will all be blamed on those rogues, the unvaxxed.

"America’s Economic Divide In Two Stories" (Heisenberg Report):
". . . think about the middle class, to which she could have belonged had she made better decisions. Their plight (the plight of the middle class) isn’t much better and it’s getting worse in relative terms. Consider the figure (below), for example.

The middle class owned just 26.6% of America’s national wealth as of June, the latest Fed data showed. That’s the lowest ever and, as you can plainly see, it’s declined steadily since the beginning of the series.

Meanwhile, the top 1%’s share is now 27%. This is the first time the richest Americans’ total wealth has eclipsed that of the middle class.

That the convergence happened four quarters after the pandemic is no coincidence. Again, the value of real estate and corporate equities has exploded over the same period (figure below), and the richest people own the most assets.

Simply put, if you own assets (any assets, really), you’ve enjoyed a windfall."
From the rather active Twitter parody site (I'll be looking up):
Happy Thanksgiving!
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