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29 June 2020

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Deap

BillWade, good point about the world's changing currencies. Recently ordered my favorite potato chips (Zweifel Paprika) directly from a Swiss distribution company and was offered bit-coins as a payment option.

This order does mark a low point in my own Covid Quarantine - since Swiss shipping costs were more than the cost of the potato chips. But house bound, what is a poor soul gonna do. Now at least I have something to look forward to, in this currently bleak and monotonous landscape.

Artemesia

Barbara Ann, Eric Newhill: I disagree that the "zionist lobby does not have that much of a lock on things," perhaps because I've focused too closely on the activities of a small but massively funded (501c3) group of Jewish lawyers, Integrity First for America (IFA) whose sole purpose is civil prosecution of leaders of the Unite the Right (UtR) protest in Charlottesville.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?457758-1/countering-anti-semitism-racism-xenophobia

I may be the only person in the USA or even the Western Hemisphere who thinks that, in a general sense,* UtR voices deserve to be heard and that they are entitled to a strong defense. IFA, with its backing by ADL, which provided $100,000 seed money (IFA now has a $10 million war chest) plus access to its extraordinary database/research into "white supremacist - white nationalist - "hate" groups, has as a stated goal bankrupting and silencing UtR voices as a "message" that such speech will not be tolerated.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKSlO0RRkKQ&feature=youtu.be

Amy Spitalnick, head of IFA, is so smug and hateful it's difficult for me to listen to her for more than a few minutes at a time -- I have to 'walk it off' lest my head explode.

She and her colleagues are still riding the holocaust wave; their key complaints against UtR involve "antisemitism" and what IFA characterizes as their "Nazism." Nowhere in any of the three or four hours of Spitalnick videos that I've carefully reviewed does she mention Robert E Lee, secessionism, or the like: it's all about Jews and perceived "Jew hate."

I think that has to stop.
I think that German-Americans and even those who engage in historical revisionism as well as opposition to present-day zionist activities, are just as entitled to the protection of their civil rights as are BLM, not to mention the world-wide Jewish community, which has its own protective office in the US State Department
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLFGyrm9y6E
that spends taxpayer dollars in a campaign to "make people love Jews." https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-will-push-countries-to-love-their-jews-more-anti-semitism-monitor-says/
Now THAT, I consider a violation of fundamental Constitutional guarantees -- and a manifestation of the overweening power of the Jewish community in USA.

* I have no use for Richard Spencer; think Jason Kessler might be a plant; but I have to admit some sympathy for Matt Heimbach.

Jack
The "bailout" programs this time, like last time, will have no oversight, and will result in massive financial looting, as we saw, for example, with Kashkari's TARP & the Fed's ridiculously corrupt TALF program.

The only difference now is the magnitude will be many times larger.

https://twitter.com/rudyhavenstein/status/1243714796580675585?s=21

This is an important cause of the rising wealth inequality. The larger point being financialization. Private equity guys like Mitt Romney, Larry Fink, et al used credit to acquire American companies. Then looted them by loading them with more debt that Wall St firms got their fees on and took it out as special dividends and other fees. Made a massive profit. They retained ownership of this debt laden firm who promptly under the rubric of “restructuring” fired its workers and shuttered their plants and transferred the technology to the Chinese communists who would manufacture it cheaply. These zombie firms kept selling debt to investors for more special dividends. The investors who were once again Wall St firms were always assured of their return as Uncle Fed was captured.

This is how the societal fracture has been incubated over the past 50 years. Of course to keep those screwed over distracted & divided, we have the faux partisan battles and the left-right prism, while the looting happens right in front of us.

Deap

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi - -the story, and spin, that will not die, since the same names keep coming up over and over again even today:

......".However, FEITH said there were several larger issues that relate to the politicization of intelligence surrounding the mishandling of the Benghazi attack.

"One is downplaying that it was a preplanned terror attack because they didn’t want to highlight terrorism because they wanted to claim the administration was succeeding against terrorism," he said.

Additionally, the administration, mainly through White House counterterrorism adviser John BRENNAN, a former CIA analyst, has played down or ignored the Islamist nature of jihadist terrorism, Feith said.

"That has had a really harmful strategic effect throughout the administration," he said, "because there is an Islamist extremist problem in the world."

"The terror problem is a subset of the Islamist extremism problem and you can’t deal with either if you’re not clear on the nature of the challenge," Feith said.

The OBAMA administration "instinctively" looks for American actions—not those of the attackers—that they can blame for attacks that U.S. enemies take against the United States, he said.

"That is the frame of mind that leads you to say ‘What did we do to provoke them?’ And that is exactly what they [the administration] did." ......."

(FreeBeacon)

TV

Jack:
Based on what we've seen over the last 4 years FBI counterintelligence is just that - COUNTER intelligence.

Barbara Ann

Artemesia

AFAIK UtR did (does?) not have an anti-Zionist agenda. Like a lot of right-wing ethno-nationalists, the UtR folk may in fact be quite sympathetic to the motivations & goals of the wannabe ethno-state in the Levant.

I would make a distinction here between the core efforts of the Lobby - on behalf of Israel's interests directly - and ancillary attempts to combat imagined (and in this case, at least to some degree real) antisemitism. The example you cite has certainly garnered very significant backing.

The coming danger, I think, is a weakening core pro-Israel lobby casting about for ways to gin up support. My expectation is that they'll double down on the reliable Wunderwaffe of antisemitism, but for the reason set out above, UtR makes an imperfect target. The usual attack vector for this weapon is to conflate anti-Zionism with antisemitism. It doesn't work as well the other way around.

This leads to the question of what action the Lobby will take against the rise of the young & highly popular Dems who have the audacity to consider that Palestinian Lives Matter too.

Here they will need to tread carefully, as someone like AOC, with her 7.4M Twitter acolytes, calling out the Wunderwaffe for what it is, could be a watershed. A frontal assault is out of the question and as she genuinely seems idealistic they probably won't be able to buy her off. Even the Epstein style kompromat thing is out of the question, I expect. No, if they do decide AOC needs taking down it will have to be thru other means of discredit.

I have made the point here before that suppression of actions/thoughts critical of Israeli government policy, by applying the antisemite label may one day lead to catastrophic blowback. Perhaps young Jewish-Americans already feel this - it may help explain the loss of enchantment with the present government of the Homeland. I hope for their sake the Zionists' favorite tactic is identified and stopped, before it is too late. If someone like AOC is the one to finally do it, such that the scales fall from brainwashed people's eyes, then so be it.

Seward

Regarding your "new subject" Col. Lang, my experience in the IC was somewhat different, albeit many years ago, and at a lower level: After two years of Pre-Engineering in a small college, I joined the Army for three years, before I'd have transferred to an Engineering school. I worked as an intelligence collector in the Army (once originating a Critic, unusual for an EM). Then after getting a degree related to my Army work, I worked four years a an Intelligence analyst, eventually becoming technical advisor to my agency's JAEIC member. What I found there, before DIA was formed, was that one military service blatantly distorted and refused to accept observable facts that contradicted their "doctrine," a distant echo the missile gap, obviously to increase their appropriations. I also found back at my agency increasing pressure to find what the higher levels wanted, the motto being: "Get on the team." In disgust, I went back to engineering, getting in on the ground floor of the computer revolution, still in the IC, but insulated from politics.

turcopolier

Seward

Yes, it is an imperfect world and the conflicting interests of the IC chiefs make it more imperfect. Read my essay "Artists and Bureaucrats."

J

Colonel,

Epstein's Mossad partner Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested in New Hampshire and is in Federal custody.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/ghislaine-maxwell-arrested-jeffrey-epstein-aide/2495762/?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

Now the 64 dollar question, who has her suicide contract?

JP Billen

J: SDNY just announced the Ghislaine Maxwell case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit.

Interesting that sex trafficking cases are not normally prosecuted by DOJ's Public Corruption lawyers, unless of course there is some potential angle against a public official.

JP Billen


https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/ghislaine-maxwell-charged-manhattan-federal-court-conspiring-jeffrey-epstein-sexually

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