2016-08-25

Destroying the party to save the party: Donald Trump is the existential crisis the GOP needs

Clerk Note: Implosion of the RNC was an agenda item of the "Clinton Triagulation" and the business agreement with Trump. Just like Trump's many bankruptcies where his golden parachute saved him, after Trump implodes the RNC, his ROI will be name recognition and reality TV.

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Destroying the party to save the party: Donald Trump is the existential crisis the GOP needs

http://www.salon.com/2016/08/03/destroying_the_party_to_save_the_party_donald_trump_is_the_existential_crisis_the_gop_needs/

By: Sean Illing
Date: 2016-08-03

Trump's dredged up the racism lurking within the GOP for decades. The party can finally reboot after his defeat


Since Richard Nixon’s administration, the GOP has walked a thin line: They wanted to be the party of racists and ethno-nationalists without actually being racist or ethno-nationalist. It was called the “Southern Strategy,” and it was a smashing success. The party of Lincoln absorbed the segregationist white South and the GOP became the default option for nativists and cultural discontents. It was a risky long-term bet, but the string of electoral victories made it immediately rewarding.

And then Donald Trump happened.

Trump has violated the unwritten rule in Republican politics: You court the racists, but you do it discreetly. Trump has put his racism front and center, and it earned him the most primary votes in the history of the Republican Party. After 50 years of flirting with the “silent majority,” the GOP now has an intractable demand-side problem, and the election results prove it.

Flashback: Rove Erases 22 Million White House Emails on Private Server at Height of U.S. Attorney Scandal – Media Yawns

Clerk Note: Oh the hypocrisy of it all. "Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex."~Frank Zappa

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Flashback: Rove Erases 22 Million White House Emails on Private Server at Height of U.S. Attorney Scandal – Media Yawns

http://www.pensitoreview.com/2015/03/18/flashback-rove-erases-22-million-white-house-emails-on-private-server-at-height-of-u-s-attorney-scandal-media-yawns/

By: Jon Ponder
Date: 2015-03-18

Now that they’ve taken control of Congress, Republicans are wielding power much the same way they did in the Clinton era and for the six years afterward when they controlled the White House and Congress under George W. Bush: ineptly — examples: 1, 2 etc.

Then as now, it’s clear that the only thing Republicans do very well is inflame the media with bogus scandals — which is a handy way to distract attention from their ineptitude. They are doing this with their usual aplomb, and considerable success, in the matter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to send emails.

Clinton has said she deleted about 50,000 emails that dealt with personal matters, citing her daughter’s wedding and her mother’s funeral as examples. All the correspondence pertaining to official business was turned over to and archived by State. The deletion of the emails, though perfectly legal, has excited House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner, who has announced plans to deploy House committees to investigate what might aptly be called Servergate.

Chilcot report: key points from the Iraq inquiry

Clerk Note: Good to see more pieces of the government's fable about the Iraq war are coming to light.

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/06/iraq-inquiry-key-points-from-the-chilcot-report

By: The Chilcot inquiry
Date: 2016-07-06

The Chilcot inquiry has delivered a damning verdict on the decision by former prime minister Tony Blair to commit British troops to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. It says:

How the Super-Rich Will Destroy Themselves

Clerk Note: Humans, IMHO, have a horders mentality. "You never know when someday, I'll find this useful." The question becomes, "what are you hording?" The Elite horde wealth for its power. When is enough, enough?

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How the Super-Rich Will Destroy Themselves

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/07/11/how-super-rich-will-destroy-themselves

By: Paul Buchheit
Date: 2016-07-11

Perhaps they believe that their underground survival bunkers with bullet-resistant doors and geothermal power and anti-chemical air filters and infrared surveillance devices and pepper spray detonators will sustain them for two or three generations.

Perhaps they feel immune from the killings in the streets, for they rarely venture into the streets anymore. They don't care about the great masses of ordinary people, nor do they think they need us.

Or do they? There are a number of ways that the super-rich, because of their greed and lack of empathy for others, may be hastening their own demise, while taking the rest of us with them.

2016-08-24

Whistle-Blower, Beware

Whistle-Blower, Beware

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/26/opinion/whistle-blower-beware.html

By: Mark Hertsgaard
Date: 2016-05-26

SHOULD it be a crime to report a crime? Many top officials in Washington seem to think so, at least in the case of Edward Snowden.

June 6 will be the third anniversary of The Guardians publication of top-secret documents provided by Mr. Snowden that showed that the National Security Agency was collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans.

Outraged by this assault on the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure, Tea Party Republicans and progressive Democrats joined to block reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act’s surveillance provisions last year. Only after the N.S.A. was required to obtain warrants to examine such records was reauthorization approved.

But Mr. Snowden, the whistle-blower who set this reform in motion with his disclosures, is persona non grata in the nation’s capital. Democrats and Republicans alike have denounced him as a traitor.

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/22/snowden-whistleblower-protections-john-crane

By: Edward Snowden
Date:

Accusations that Pentagon retaliated against a whistleblower undermine argument that there were options for Snowden other than leaking to the media.

Edward Snowden has called for a complete overhaul of US whistleblower protections after a new source from deep inside the Pentagon came forward with a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing.

The account of John Crane, a former senior Pentagon investigator, appears to undermine Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other major establishment figures who argue that there were established routes for Snowden other than leaking to the media.

Crane, a longtime assistant inspector general at the Pentagon, has accused his old office of retaliating against a major surveillance whistleblower, Thomas Drake, in an episode that helps explain Snowden’s 2013 National Security Agency disclosures. Not only did Pentagon officials provide Drake’s name to criminal investigators, Crane told the Guardian, they destroyed documents relevant to his defence.

Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers

Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/12/swiss-banker-whistleblower-cia-behind-panama-papers.html

By: Eamon Javers
Date: 2016-04-12

Bradley Birkenfeld is the most significant financial whistleblower of all time, so you might think he'd be cheering on the disclosures in the new Panama Papers leaks. But today, Birkenfeld is raising questions about the source of the information that is shaking political regimes around the world.

Birkenfeld, an American citizen, was a banker working at UBS in Switzerland when he approached the U.S. government with information on massive amounts of tax evasion by Americans with secret accounts in Switzerland. By the end of his whistleblowing career, Birkenfeld had served more than two years in a U.S. federal prison, been awarded $104 million by the IRS for his information and shattered the foundations of more than a century of Swiss banking secrecy.

The Alternative to Fervent Nationalism Isn't Corporate Liberalism—It's Social Democracy

Clerk Note: Called to your reading attention, because too often well understood definitions of political words aren't well understood, nor is the direction the nation and world are heading.

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The Alternative to Fervent Nationalism Isn't Corporate Liberalism—It's Social Democracy

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/07/11/alternative-fervent-nationalism-isnt-corporate-liberalism-its-social-democracy

By: 2016-07-11
Date: Jake Johnson

In his 1946 essay reviewing former Trotskyist-turned-reactionary James Burnham's book The Managerial Revolution, George Orwell made several observations that resonate just as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.

"The real question," he wrote, "is not whether the people who wipe their boots on us during the next fifty years are to be called managers, bureaucrats, or politicians: the question is whether capitalism, now obviously doomed, is to give way to oligarchy or to true democracy."

Orwell recognized what many today fail to perceive: That free market capitalism is, in the words of Karl Polanyi, a "stark Utopia," a system that does not exist, and one that would not survive for long if it ever came into existence.

Extermination camps: When the Khazars Punked the World by Dr. Robert Faurisson

Extermination camps: When the Khazars Punked the World by Dr. Robert Faurisson

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/08/07/extermination-camps-when-the-khazars-punked-the-world-dr-robert-faurisson/

By: Robert Faurisson, Ph.D.
Date: 2014-12-31

In 70 years, no forensic study proving the existence and operation of the “Nazi gas chambers”


[ Editor’s note:  We have not run much holocaust material, as our VT readers are familiar with all aspects of the story. But we have to remind ourselves that we have new readers who may not be. When the early revisionists first began peeling the onion on this story, it was not against the law to “ask questions” about it.

But Europe, occupied Canada, and Australia have criminalized what they call “denying the holocaust”. This in itself is a hoax because in Germany the courts had to invent a “truth is no defense” new judicial concept to block those charged from being able to submit archival evidence in support of their challenges.

The legal reasoning went like this: “You are charged with having challenged the ‘official truth’ of WWII which the law states cannot not be legally challenged, but even a felony to do so. Therefore all the prosecutor has to prove is that you made statements or published material to that effect to sustain his charges. Whether the material you wish to submit confirms your position has no bearing on defeating the charge because truth is no ‘defense’.”

This concept entered the canons of Western jurisprudence without a whimper from the international judicial community anywhere. When I would ask Americans what they thought about Germany’s “Truth is no defense” laws, no one knew anything about them, plus… they thought I was pulling their leg.

Dr. Faurisson has suffered more than most in his attempt to defend scholastic freedom of inquiry, with fines and physical attacks that almost killed him. Rather than such people being treated as heroes for standing up against judicial fascism on a scale equal to anything that the Soviet Union or Red Guards Chinese ever produced, they are shunned out of fear of association, like the Soviets and Chinese people used to cower in fear. In years past, the West used that travesty in their anti-communist propaganda.

Ingrid with husband Ernst Zundel, who is stuck in Germany because he questioned details of the Holocaust

Ingrid with husband Ernst Zundel, who is stuck in Germany because he questioned details of the Holocaust

And now, sadly… in regards to historical inquiry about what happened in WWII, the West has swapped places with their former kangaroo-court communist opponents. The story of the “holocaust” was the seed from which all the following scams were born, be it Saddam’s hidden nuclear program, Iran’s nukes, or that two planes brought down three World Trade Center buildings.

The Twin Towers hoax lives on, despite VT having published the proof of the fraud with our excerpts of the 2003 Sandia National Labs investigative report. So I will leave you with my feeling that there is a string that connects all of these; that yes, this can be done and gotten away with simply by compromising the necessary institutions or putting the fear of Cain in anyone who would dare speak out.

America’s Next Gold Rush: Weed

Clerk Note: Cannabis and hemp never should have been made illegal in the first place.

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America’s Next Gold Rush: Weed

http://moneymorning.com/acq/weed/americas-next-gold-rush-weed

By: Money Morning Staff
Date: {2016-08-04}

A growing number of Americans, from all walks of life, are becoming millionaires from the legalization of marijuana in several states.

Think about this…

A single plant can produce as much as $14,000 worth of pot. The average grow room can hold well over 100 plants, which makes each room worth an astonishing $1,400,000+.

So while money may not grow on trees, there are piles of money to be made from the trees themselves.