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organized political upheaval

organized political upheaval

GEORGE SOROS CONJURES HITLER IN ATTACK ON ‘ASCENDANT POPULISTS’, WARNS “DEMOCRACY IS NOW IN CRISIS”

“Well before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I sent a holiday greeting to my friends that read: “These times are not business as usual. Wishing you the best in a troubled world.” Now I feel the need to share this message with the rest of the world. But before I do, I must tell you who I am and what I stand for. I am an 86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became a US citizen after the end of World War II. I learned at an early age how important it is what kind of political regime prevails. The formative experience of my life was the occupation of Hungary by Hitler’s Germany in 1944. I probably would have perished had my father not understood the gravity of the situation. He arranged false identities for his family and for many other Jews; with his help, most survived…..”

Read the whole nokedii, in George’s own words, here:

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3jSugm-4VE 

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This is a friendly observation from out here in the deep bleachers, aimed at the global socio-political-informational playing field: 

 

Can we back off on the usage of the concept and phrase ‘coup d’etat’ unless it is fully warranted and fully explained? A search for the term at Google News gained a massive response; five of the ten on the first page were about the possibility inside the United States given the election of Trump, and the top ten did not include Stephen Lendman’s column from earlier today. Nor did it include, at that time, at least, James Petras’ warning about a forthcoming coup against Trump and his military/Wall Street/Defense. Petras notes a crescendo of media hysteria.  

  

https://manchikforcongress.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/tjeffsmlr.jpg 

Source of graphic: 

https://manchikforcongress.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/the-corporate-coup-d-etat-of-america-and-the-end-of-democracy-in-america/ 

[Note that he’s a Jill Stein supporter.]

 

There has been a great deal of attention given to Trump’s generals recently (even by me).  That attention is most amusing when rendered by people who have stood silently by as a couple of bushes and an obomber have wreaked global havoc with their military toys.

That august and revered (not) but too-easily-used  (even by me) Wikipedia cites the august and revered (not) Samuel Huntington: 

 

“Writing in 1968, political scientist Samuel P. Huntington identified three types of coup d’état, which correspond to the role the military plays in three different types of praetorian society”. As society changes, so does the role of the military. In the world of oligarchy, the soldier is a radical; in the middle class he is a participant and arbiter; as the “mass society looms on the horizon he becomes the conservative guardian of the existing order”.

“During the Carter administration, Huntington was the White House Coordinator of Security Planning for the National Security Council. He is best known for his 1993 theory, the “Clash of Civilizations“, of a post-Cold War new world order. He argued that future wars would be fought not between countries, but between cultures, and that Islamic extremism would become the biggest threat to Western world domination. Huntington is credited with helping to shape U.S. views on civilian-military relations, political development, and comparative government.[1] He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University where he began teaching at age 23…. His first major book was The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations (1957), which was highly controversial when it was published, but presently is regarded as the most influential book on American civil-military relations.[8][9][10] He became prominent with his Political Order in Changing Societies (1968), a work that challenged the conventional opinion of modernization theorists, that economic and social progress would produce stable democracies in recently decolonized countries.

As a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, and in an influential 1968 article in Foreign Affairs, he advocated the concentration of the rural population of South Vietnam, via a strategy of carpet-bombing and defoliating the rural lands and jungles of Vietnam, as a means of isolating the Viet Cong…. He also was co-author of The Crisis of Democracy: On the Governability of Democracies, a report issued by the Trilateral Commission during 1976. In 1977, his friend Brzezinski – who had been appointed National Security Adviser in the administration of Jimmy Carter – invited him to become White House Coordinator of Security Planning for the National Security Council. He served in this position until the end of 1978….” [ Huntington

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At about the same time, another tactical Zio-NWO prong arrived out of the London School of Economics embodied in the persona of Edward Luttwak, who “has served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the United States Department of State, the United States Navy, United States Army, United States Air Force, and several NATO defense ministries. Working for OSD/Net Assessment, he co-developed the current maneuver-warfare concept, working for TRADOC, he introduced the “operational level of war” concept into U.S. Army doctrine, wrote the first manual for the Joint Special Operations Agency, and co-developed the Rapid-Deployment Force concept (later U.S. Central Command) for the Office of the Secretary of Defense International Security Affairs…. His book Coup d’État: A Practical Handbook has been reprinted numerous times, and translated into 18 languages. His well known book Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace is widely used as a textbook in war colleges and universities, has also been translated in several languages.”

Richaerd A. Posner, on page 142 of his book “Public Intellectuals” notes that “Luttwak described the United States as a country on the way down. He asked “When will the United States become a third-world country?” and answered “One estimate would place the date as close as the year 2020. A more optimistic prediction might add another ten or fifteen years. Either way, … all but a small minority of Americans will be impoverished soon enough….” 

Luttwak’s revised “practical” handbook on coups d’etat “offers an altogether new way of looking at political power one that considers, for example, the vulnerability to coups of even the most stable democracies in the event of prolonged economic distress. The world has changed dramatically in the past half century, but not the essence of the coup d etat. It still requires the secret recruitment of military officers who command the loyalty of units well placed to seize important headquarters and key hubs in the capital city. The support of the armed forces as a whole is needed only in the aftermath, to avoid countercoups. And mass support is largely irrelevant, although passive acceptance is essential. To ensure it, violence must be kept to a minimum. The ideal coup is swift and bloodless. Very violent coups rarely succeed, and if they trigger a bloody civil war they fail utterly. Luttwak identifies conditions that make countries vulnerable to a coup, and he outlines the necessary stages of planning, from recruitment of coconspirators to postcoup promises of progress and stability. But much more broadly, his investigation of coups updated for the twenty-first century uncovers important truths about the nature of political power.”

 

If the reader has an historical curiosity, he might consult Wikipedia’s list of coups d’etat and coup attempts as a starting point; you’re own historical analysis may offer an alternative. It reminds me of the old joke about what South Americans love most: futbol: “Isn’t it revolting?” “No, that’s their second favorite thing.” The wiki list talks a lot about military figures but fails to artioculate those shadowy figures flitting around near and sinside the military.  Note that there is no mention either of any of the real or imagined coups d’etat within the United States. 

Listverse.com has a more succinct list of the top ten significant historical coups detat

For fans of the UFC-style “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality, List25.com has the 25 most violent military coups. 

William Blum, the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, has his master list master list of instances of he United States overthrowing, or attempting to overthrow, a foreign government since the Second World War (* indicates successful ouster of a government).

Intellectuals and academics may be interested in this undated final copy of a paper (the most recent case study is 2011) from within NYU’s Deprtment of Politics entitled “Popular Protest and Elite Coordination in a Coup D’Etat” which presents a model that “suggests that protests in countries with media freedom better facilitate elite coordination”. 

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Perhaps you favor an alternative POV, one from Britain via  Jeff Bezos’ global monopoly bookstore: How to Stage a Military Coup: From Planning to Execution, “a unique textbook for the armchair revolutionary, as well as a practical guide for the idealist with a soft spot for the sound of artillery fire”

Note the OTPOR fist variant.

https://theinternationalreporter.org/2016/09/27/george-soros-false-flag-factories/ Gyorgy has been a prominent and active supporter of the near-moribund Clinton campaign. 

Pretend that you can hear the “whump” or mortar fire here

https://westernrifleshooters.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/generalissimo-jarrett.jpg 

Generalissimo Jarrett was said — by a known Satanist and seminal information wars strategist — to be involved in a “purge” of top-level U.S. military officers during the Obama administration.

 

If you want to take the pulse of an online community, see the discussion at Quora.com What-country-has-had-more-coups-and-coups-detats-than-any-other? but you may have to sign in with one of those social media giants which play such a huge and heavily-biased role in our socio-political milieu, either Google or Facebook.

 

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NEW YEARS 2017: COPS TO USE ‘MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENTS’ ON EVERYONE

Happy New Years and welcome to nightmare 2017. Last week, I warned everyone, that beginning next year cops will be using pot breathalyzers to arrest innocent people but what’s about to happen in Texas, should scare the ‘you know what out’ of everyone. According to an article in the ‘Dallas News’ beginning this spring, Texas cops will begin using ‘Mental Health Assessments’ (MHA) on everyone!

Nine bogus ‘risk assessments’ in use right now:

1 Firefighters are giving homes risk assessments

2 Police are giving homes ‘social disorder’ ratings

3 Our homes are given color-coded threat assessments

4 DHS and the FBI are giving our homes threat assessments

5 Americans being given threat assessments while travelling inside the U.S.

6 Risk assessments used to sentence people to death and jail

7 Probation officers give nearly 7 million Americans threat assessments     

8 American students being given threat assessments

9 Grade school kids are being given social and emotional mindset assessments

 

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Cops_to_use_mental_health_assessments_on_everyone/56010/0/38/38/Y/M.html 

media

media contamination

Star Wars: Lucas wrote a ‘false flag’ historical allegory about US devolution to rogue state empire. It’s true: US ‘leads’ ‘developed’ nations to war-poverty murder ~400 million in last 20 years as most evil government in world history

Posted on December 23, 2016 by Carl Herman

Star Wars’ Rogue One is a story of rebel leaders’ strategy development to stop a total-evil empire fooling many with “fake news” of bringing “safety and security” to the public after a history of false-flag terrorism (and here). In the story, insiders leak literally explosive data that unfolds to to escalating military engagement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frdj1zb9sMY

Our real world is a story exactly the same of a rogue state empire, but with an option for public awakening to Emperor’s New Clothes facts that could end the empire through lawful arrests of .01% criminal leaders.

Edited from what I wrote about Star Wars in 2015:

“How do democracies get turned into dictatorships? The democracies aren’t overthrown; they’re given away… Star Wars was really about the Vietnam War.” – George Lucas, creator of Star Wars

“The (Star Wars) Empire is like America ten years from now.” – George Lucas, 1973 

Adjusted for inflation, Star Wars is likely the most popular film series in history. Stories are popular because they communicate themes that resonate with the public. Creator George Lucas communicates that a powerful republic is overcome by false flag deception that devolves all into the most evil dictatorial empire possible.

“Dictatorship” literally means a government from what is dictated/said whenever government “leadership” says so. The US has lost almost all Constitutional rights to the dictates of “leaders” in government. In contrast, a constitutional republic is limited government acting within its constitution.

⇒ Keep Reading for many more links and two more videos

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“… “The information that current marketers can use in order to generate targeted advertising is limited to the input devices that we use: keyboard, mouse, touch screen,” says Michael Madary, a researcher at Johannes Gutenberg University who co-authored the first VR code of ethics with Thomas Metzinger earlier this year. “VR analytics offers a way to capture much more information about the interests and habits of users, information that may reveal a great deal more about what is going on in [their] minds.”

The value of collecting physiological and behavioral data is all too obvious for Silicon Valley firms like Facebook, whose data scientists in 2012 conducted an infamous study titled “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” in which they secretly modified users’ news feeds to include positive or negative content and thus affected the emotional state of their posts. As one chief data scientist at an unnamed Silicon Valley company told Harvard business professor Shoshanna Zuboff: “The goal of everything we do is to change people’s actual behavior at scale. … We can capture their behaviors, identify good and bad behaviors, and develop ways to reward the good and punish the bad.”….”

Read the entire long article here:

https://theintercept.com/2016/12/23/virtual-reality-allows-the-most-detailed-intimate-digital-surveillance-yet/ 

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THE MOST DANGEROUS PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET IN 2016

WRITTEN BY WIRED STAFF

DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12.22.16.

TIME OF PUBLICATION: 7:00 AM.

NOT SO LONG ago, the internet represented a force for subversion, and WIRED’s list of the most dangerous people on the internet mostly consisted of rebellious individuals using the online world’s disruptive potential to take on the world’s power structures. But as the internet has entered every facet of our lives, and governments and political figures have learned to exploit it, the most dangerous people on the internet today often are the most powerful people.

A Russian dictator has evolved his tactics from suppressing internet dissent to using online media for strategic leaks and disinformation. A media mogul who rose to prominence on a wave of hateful bile now sits at the right hand of the president. And a man who a year ago was a reality television star and Twitter troll is now the leader of the free world.

Vladimir Putin

Since experts pinned the Democratic National Committee breach in July on two teams of hackers with Russian-state ties, the cybersecurity and US intelligence community’s consensus has only grown: Russia is using the internet to screw with America’s electoral politics. The Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, followed by the leak of those groups’ private communications, injected chaos and distraction into the Democratic party at a crucial moment in the electoral season, and may have even helped tip the scales for Trump.

Even before those Russian hackers’ handiwork came to light, Putin’s government was already hard at work poisoning political discourse online. Its armies of paid trolls have been busy injecting false stories into online discussion forums, attacking the Kremlin’s critics on Twitter and in the comments of news sites. Taken together, that hacking and trolling makes Putin’s government one of the world’s most malevolent forces for disinformation and disruption online. And if anything, recent events have only emboldened them.

Donald Trump

When WIRED compiled its list of the internet’s most dangerous people in 2015, we called Trump a “demagogue, more interested in inciting backward fears and playing to Americans’ worst prejudices than addressing global problems.” None of that has changed. Trump still hasn’t officially renounced his promises of a ban on Muslim immigration or apologized for calling Mexican immigrants rapists. Now, he’s weeks away from becoming President of the United States.

As President-elect, Trump has continued to act as the world’s most powerful internet troll, telling his 17.6 million Twitter followers that anyone who burns the American flag should be unconstitutionally imprisoned and have their citizenship revoked, and arguing, with no evidence, that millions of fraudulent votes were cast in an election that he won. Trump’s Twitter account telegraphs his apparent disregard for the Constitution, spreads disinformation on a massive scale, and has baselessly called America’s electoral process into question.

Steve Bannon

Before Steve Bannon joined Donald Trump’s campaign as CEO, he was already in Trump’s corner as the publisher of the righter-than-right wing news site Breitbart.com. During his tenure running that site, Breitbart published the racist, anti-semitic and overtly misogynist content that made it the paper of record for the bigoted new political fringe known as the alt-right. Now, as the chief strategist for Trump’s transition team coming presidency, he stands to bring that fascist agitprop perspective into the White House itself.

James Comey

In the weeks before November’s election, FBI Director James Comey cemented his already controversial reputation by revealing that his agents would continue the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, after previously setting it aside in July. He did not explain anything about what a newly found trove of emails entailed, or why they might be significant (they weren’t). That half-clue was all the Trump campaign and its surrogates needed to start a wildfire of speculation, and even to claim that Clinton would be imminently indicted (she wasn’t).

But even before Comey’s unwarranted insertion of the FBI into the most sensitive political moment of a tense election, the FBI head had led the federal government’s war on encryption to a dangerous standoff: demanding that Apple write code to help the bureau crack its own device, the locked iPhone 5c of San Bernadino killer Rizwan Farook. That six-week battle, which finally ended in the FBI finding its own method of breaking into the phone, showed Comey’s willingness to compromise Americans’ cybersecurity and privacy in the interests of surveillance, and put a lasting strain on Silicon Valley’s relationship with the FBI.

ISIS

The pseudo-religious apocalyptic cult known as the Islamic State may be losing money, resources, and ground on its home turf in Iraq and Syria. But its tendrils still extend throughout the web and social media. The group showed in 2016 that it can still reach lone, disaffected, and even mentally ill people to inspire tragic acts of violence. Even as its direct power crumbles, ISIS’s propaganda this year contributed to horrific massacres from the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice to the Pulse night club shootings in Orlando. And unlike the rest of the individuals on this list, ISIS’ danger comes from what social media extremism expert Humera Khan calls “the ISIS Borg collective.” The deaths of dozens of top ISIS commanders in 2016, in other words, hasn’t dulled the group’s message.

Milo Yiannopoulos

The Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannpoulos in 2016 illustrated everything that’s wrong with Twitter. Not simply his role as an “alt-right troll”—a polite term for a race-baiting, misogynistic, immoral fame-monger. Yiannopoulos graduated from awful ideas to actual targeted abuse, gleefully turning his hordes of followers on targets like actress and comedian Leslie Jones, who thanks to Yiannopolous was drowned in so much nakedly racist, sexist abuse that she temporarily quit the site. Twitter eventually banned him, a decision Yiannopolous lauded as only increasing his fame. And there are plenty more people who still espouse his ideas on the platform. But it will at least keep his vile statements confined to the darker corners of the internet, where they belong.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

For a brief moment this summer, the world feared that a military coup would topple Turkey’s elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Then it watched in horror as Erdoğan used that failed coup to justify a internet and media crackdown rarely, if ever, seen in modern democracies. More than a hundred Turkish journalists have since been jailed, and access has been intermittently throttled or cut to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp. In response to protests that have since embroiled the country, Erdoğan’s regime has at times cut off internet access entirely to millions of Turks, denying them both the means to assemble and spread dissident information, as well as basic services.

Julian Assange

Julian Assange proved in 2016 that even from the two-room de facto prison of London’s Ecuadorean embassy, it’s possible to upend the powers-that-be. In WikiLeaks’ most influential and controversial moves since it first rose to national attention in 2010, Assange masterminded the leaks of emails from the Democratic National Committee and the email account of Hillary Clinton campaign staffer John Podesta. Never mind that those leaks appeared to come not from internal whistleblowers but from external hackers, believed by US intelligence agencies to be on Russia’s payroll. Assange has denied that his source is Russian. But it’s a curious claim: WikiLeaks is designed to guarantee sources’ anonymity, so that even he can’t identify them. He also promises those sources he’ll “maximize the impact” of their leaks. And in this election, he kept his promise.

Peter Thiel

After supporting Donald Trump’s campaign financially and vocally, Peter Thiel ended this year as arguably the most influential person in Silicon Valley, literally sitting at the left hand of the president-elect in the tech industry’s meeting with him earlier this month. The intelligence contractor Palantir, which he co-founded, will no doubt rise with him, and its powers for privacy-piercing analysis could become more broadly applied within America’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies than ever before.

But we’ll leave all that for next year’s “most dangerous” list. Thiel’s real demonstration of his power in 2016 came in the form of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, which the tech billionaire was revealed to have funded. The suit effectively wiped one of his personal enemies off the internet—which, as Thiel has calmly explained, was his goal. Given that win for censorship, his role on the Trump transition team, and Trump’s promise to “open up” libel laws, Gawker may just be the canary in the First Amendment coal mine.

Updated 12/22/16 2:30pm EST to include Peter Thiel.

https://www.wired.com/2016/12/most-dangerous-people-on-the-internet 

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December 22-23, 2016 — Snopes co-founder embezzled funds for prostitutes 

(in: WMR GENERAL ARCHIVES December 2016) 

Dec 22, 2016

Snopes called WMR a “disreputable web site” while it employed a porn actress and aberrant sex blogger.

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December 23-26, 2016 — “Fake News” and “Fake Intelligence” are the neocon stock-in-trade (in: GENERAL ARCHIVES December 2016) 

Dec 23, 2016

Neocons continue to lie about Russia as they did about the Soviet Union in 1981.

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Cybersecurity firm finds evidence that Russian military unit was behind DNC hack

Washington Post

somewhere around the turn of the solstice

A cybersecurity firm has uncovered strong proof of the tie between the group that hacked the Democratic National Committee and Russia’s military intelligence arm – the primary agency behind the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election.

[Ed.: Ayuh.]

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First, pizza…; now fried chicken

https://www.rt.com/viral/371518-snowden-tweet-kfc-confusion/ 

[Ed.: Does the future of covert communication lie in fast food?]

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“The US government is planning to quiz foreign travelers entering the country about their social media status.

Anyone entering the US from another country will face questioning about their Twitter and Facebook updates, in the hope that it will help to spot and curb security-related threats. Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) the US ask foreign travelers to provide their social media information. The VWP is for citizens of nearly 38 countries that do not require a visa for tourism, business or while in transit for up to 90 days when entering the US. However, they do need an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) as a valid travel document, during which time their social media information will also be requested….

However the proposal made by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in June had faced months of criticism from many tech giants and privacy campaigners, who believe this to be an invasion of people’s lives and privacy. Nonetheless, it was recently given the go-ahead by the Department of Homeland Security. ….”

Read more:

https://en.ria.ru/us/201612231048934370-us-foreign-travelers-quiz/ 

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How an Evidence-Free CIA Finding Alleging Russian Interference in the US Election was Turned into an Indisputable ‘Truth’

By Stephen Gowans

Global Research, December 19, 2016

What’s Left 17 December 2016

An excerpt:

“… The US newspaper of record reported that “two Russian hacking groups” were “found at work inside the D.N.C. network,” “Cozy Bear and “Fancy Bear.” Cozy Bear, according to the newspaper, “may or may not be associated with the F.S.B., the main successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B”

(emphasis added.) Fancy Bear, it turns out, also may or may not be associated with the Russian government, in this case, “the G.R.U., Russia’s military intelligence agency.” Nevertheless, the New York Times revealed that both groups are “believed” by Washington to be Russian government operations (though they may or may not be.) [4]

How was this belief arrived at? Through a process the New York Times describes as attribution, “the skill of identifying a cyberattacker.” This is a fancy way of describing conjecture. Attribution is “more art than science,” the newspaper concedes, while acknowledging that it “is often impossible to name an attacker with absolute certainty.” [5] Finding water with a divining rod, and predicting the future with a Ouija board, are also more art than science, and both involve the process of attribution, the skill of identifying hidden water and hidden events, though it is often impossible to find water, and foretell the future, with absolute certainty. Divination and CIA analyses apparently have much in common. ….”

Read the entirety here:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-an-evidence-free-cia-finding-alleging-russian-interference-in-the-us-election-was-turned-into-an-indisputable-truth/5563458 

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“Newspeak” and the Duplicity of Mainstream Journalism

By Julian Rose

Global Research, December 22, 2016

“… Real journalism can now only be found on discerning alternative media sites. Please note that I said ‘discerning’. Main stream journalists who knowingly distort the truth, especially in life and death situations, should be considered as directly complicit in crimes against humanity…..”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/news-speak-and-the-duplicity-of-mainstream-journalism/5563834 

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Seven Times [with video] The MSM Got Destroyed In A Debate In 2016

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/12/64454.html 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w42CTq5QZtI

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Edward Snowden: Don’t Rely on ‘Referee’ to Censor ‘Fake News’

Original article “Snowden did not state whether he believed the claims that ‘fake news’ had swung the election in any way but rather pointed out the dangers of companies using terms like ‘fake news’ to censor content with which they disagreed. Snowden stated that rather than waiting for gatekeepers to define what is and isn’t ‘fake news,’ people should have an open dialogue with each other and point out proven facts.”

via

http://www.strike-the-root.com 

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Ideas are welcome.

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/12/false-news-by-omission-misinforms-pointing-such-out-may-soon-be-censored.html 

Trump’s Generals

Trump’s Generals

“Democrats are growing uneasy with the number of generals President-elect Donald Trump has tapped for his administration, citing concerns about the amount of sway the military will have in the government. Trump has so far named three generals to top positions –– and there’s the potential for more.”

Read the full story here

music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAkGL-roQig 

 

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There seems to be a great degree of uncertainty, concern, queasiness or even disdain for the fact that Donald Trump appears to be surrounding himself with generals. The degree to which these people are accepted or cleared into key positions within his administration remains in the future; he hasn’t even been sworn in yet and there are a lot of people floating scenarios, ideas and suggestions for preventing that occurrence.  

While you wait for the calendar to flip, consider what a general must have learned by the time stars arrived for shoulder boards.

“Generals understand the scope and scale of large problems.”

http://www.physicianspractice.com/mentoring/how-military-general-became-physician-leader-expert 

Generals are “able and willing to coordinate their activities with a number of other” high-level and highly-capable individuals.

http://www.cmaconsult.com/generals-as-talent-management-experts/ 

It’s a maxim that a good general must understand logistics. Logistics must certainly be a major consideration in making a nation function efficiently. 

http://aitcinc.com/images/logistics.jpg

Generals have significant experience in the management of large and diverse organizations. 

“The willingness to allow yourself to be influenced by other people and to share your ideas openly enhances the know-hows, while being psychologically closed can cause problems. Leaders who are psychologically open seek diverse opinions, so they see and hear more and factor a wider range of information into their decisions. Their openness permeates the social system, enhancing candor and communication. Those who are psychologically closed are secretive and afraid to test their ideas, often cloaking that fear under the guise of confidentiality. They’re distant from their direct reports and have no one outside to bounce ideas off of or to provide information that counters their own beliefs. In the new environment of complexity, being psychologically closed makes it particularly difficult to reposition the business, because the leader lacks perspectives from diverse disciplines, functions and cultures….”

http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/on-the-job/6-traits-for-improved-leadership-skills.html  

Generals know how to recruit (enroll into his assigned mission), manage, trust, motivate, respect and push teams.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/220667 

 

If you want to study military leadership, start with this book by this man.  

 

Qualities of an Effective Leader 

There are five personal attributes or qualities of an effective leader: courage, will, intellect, presence and energy. Courage can be described as both physical courage and moral courage. Will is defined in terms of both boldness and tenacity. Intellect is explained as the use of innovation, flexibility and judgment. Presence is used to rally and to inspire. And energy is a characteristic that provides dynamism to the other qualities, animates those who are following, and as an intensity that gets things accomplished.

Physical courage in warfare is more important than it is in athletics. But if we think of danger less in terms of personal physical harm than as a threat to the competitive presence of the team, then courage in sports has more to do with hanging tough, sucking it up, sticking it out, taking one for the team, stepping up, and so on. Among soldiers and athletes, phoniness and the lack of guts are soon discovered.

In warfare, we think of physical courage in terms of the officer leading the charge up the hill. In sports leadership, we must think more in terms of moral courage. We must recognize and appreciate that the leader is under the scrutiny of everyone in or observing the contest. The leader has the ability to make a decision, and the courage to act on the decision. With time and experience, those decisions will increasingly be the right ones. The leader is one who, having made a decision, has the resolution and the determination to stand firm and not waver when the issue remains in doubt.

Leadership is, in part, visibility. But moral courage is quiet, the calm determination that exists in and operates in the minds — and hearts — of the team, and strengthens the will against uncertainties and frustrations. It is what makes the strong-minded appear that way and enables you to stand against anything the opponent can muster up against you.

Leadership and moral courage have to do with responsibility. In warfare, that responsibility is sobering. In sports, life itself does not hang in the balance. In a team context, the leader must be capable of making others accomplish their mission in spite of their shortcomings. Two opposing elements of will are boldness and tenacity.

Boldness suggests a daring action, one that balances the risks with the outcomes. Boldness suggests flair, and perhaps impetuous action, but boldness without effective use of the mind is rash behavior with potentially disastrous consequences. When is the time for boldness and when is the time for caution? How does the leader go about deciding where and how to be bold?

Proper boldness is a calculated risk. The situation has been carefully reviewed. Meticulous planning has been involved. Risk and potential have been weighed. The opponent’s situation, resources and weaknesses have been assessed. Thought has been given about what can be done. Wishful thinking has been eliminated. Every means available has been used to eliminate the possibility of error. Then a time and place for a bold action is selected, when conditions will be favorable. This is not to say that bold action cannot be instant. It can, but it must be based on skill, experience and knowledge, on awareness and intuition.

Tenacity is the characteristic that enables the leader and his or her followers to hold out, no matter how adverse the odds or conditions, until the mission has been accomplished. Tenacity arises from an underlying sense of duty, rests squarely on discipline, and is aided by will.  At such times, it seems the team cannot go on, but it must. Everyone has been pushed to their limits. Relief is nowhere in sight, unless quitting provides it. If you’re the leader, you can’t tell your group any baloney; they know what they’re up against. You can’t let talk or even thoughts of defeat creep into your mental fortress. You will improvise. You must continue to think, to strategize, to communicate. You

will squeeze every drop of value out of what your team has to offer.

Leadership in any major sphere is a clearly-defined professional discipline, but it is also a highly-personalized art.

Leadership is embodied in the individual, and no where is this more evident than in the area of presence. Presence in a military setting is again dominantly a physical and geographical concept; face-to-face contact is important in any relationship, but when the general shows up at the front, it has an immediate and visible impact. Presence as a means of rallying means using personal example and force

of character to bring order out of potential chaos during a critical turn of events.

At all times, the leader must be sincere. Insincere and repetitive appeals soon lose their value. A leader’s “presence” is best used when it is absolutely necessary to get people’s attentions, when it is useful in terms of changing people’s mindset or attitude, when it is essential to accomplishing the mission. In its most practical sense, the leader’s inspiration must produce the results he seeks before he arrives at the place and time where he thought his “presence” would turn the trick.

Pure brainpower is a critical element in leadership. In order to make judgment, flexibility and innovation work for you, you’ve got to be able to think clearly, you have to have done your homework, and you must develop and update an accurate assessment of and insight into what is happening in front of you.

Any of those qualities of intellect can help you produce a successful result.

Judgment is the ability to make a sound assessment of what is known about the opponent, the situation and capabilities of those on your team, to decide upon a practicable course of action, and to act.

Flexibility is the ability to shift mental gears under pressure without confusion of purpose. An accomplished leader has learned all of the principles or maxims of his craft. But the leader with experience learns to recognize the moment when the game’s maxims can be bent or disregarded. Innovation, of course, is the creation of change, of finding a new way of attacking the same problem. Having scouted and studied the opponent in front of him, having charted his tendencies, strengths, weaknesses and character, the leader has the information that will enable correct judgment when it is required. Having drilled his own team, with a clear and effective system of signs and signals, he is better assured of flexibility.

Energy does not stand alone as an attribute of leadership. It is the foundation and the cement that provide continuous support to the leader’s expression of courage, will, intellect and presence. Indeed, an energetic leader who cannot express the other four attributes will not achieve her goals; the followers will be aimless, or soon absent.

 

Spend a few dollars and a few hours; order the book and sit by the fireplace.

Leaders and Battles: The Art of Military Leadership, Lt. Col. William Wood, U.S.Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

http://www.alibris.com/Leaders-and-Battles-The-Art-of-Military-Leadership-W-J-Wood/book/3816400 

The whole idea of emotional intelligence comes into focus too. You need not spend a lot of time reading the history of battles past; you are immersed in a massive battle right now.  Look around you, and open your eyes.

I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.

-Talleyrand

yet another

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So let me repeat: The man who has been chosen to be the National Security Advisor to the president tweets dangerous, malicious, unproven conspiracy theories that have now led to a near disaster at a local family restaurant.

https://rewire.news/article/2016/12/04/gunman-acts-conspiracy-perpetuated-trump-nsa-advisor-michael-flynn/ 

Dec 4, 2016, 9:20pm Jodi Jacobson

 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zei3xnivwFk 

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“… No evidence has been found to confirm the theory, which has been debunked by Snopes, many news sites, including the New York Times, and also on Fox News. …”

“Welch has had a brief career in the film industry, according to an IMDB profile.

“An employee of the restaurant told the owner of a neighboring store, Bradley Graham, that Welch went into the kitchen of the restaurant, “presumably looking for the alleged tunnels” used to hide, torture and traffic children, the Post reports.”

http://heavy.com/news/2016/12/edgar-maddison-welch-comet-pizza-pizzagate-washington-dc-gunman-suspect-photos-pictures-facebook-conspiracy-north-carolina/ 

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“Pizzagate” Explodes After Man Arrested In Comet Restaurant Shooting

Written by Tyler Durden  //  Dec 04 2016  //  Zero Hedge

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-04/pizzagate-explodes-after-man-arrested-comet-restaurant-shooting 

“… One can’t help but wonder, as Congress considers a bill “to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence,” whether this is yet another false flag to raise awareness of what is a possible outcome of “fake news”? “

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Pizzagate IX

BY HERSCHEL SMITH

circa 11:30 PM GMT-5 12/4/16

In shotgun fashion, I’m throwing out a number of things for your consideration.

Back in January of 2015, J. R. Dunn had a prescient piece entitled Pedophilia And The American Future at American Thinker.  Read it all, and ask yourself the question, did you know about the extent of this back in 2015? [“In imperial Rome, homosexual and heterosexual rape, carried out as an expression of male potestas (dominance) was a commonplace.]

At Medium.com, Lori Handrahan has a piece entitled State Department Dan Rosen’s Arrest: Cheat Sheet For Journos.  I notice that WRSA also picked this up.  The article has an almost mind boggling list of recent arrests of other government employees for pedophilia.  Read the list and look at their government stations.  Warning.  The article is very long because the list is very long.

Well looky, looky looky here what the boys and girls at Voat have dug up.  James Alfantis – he goes by other names – of Comet Ping Pong is connected as business partners with Dr. Pong, a shady Berlin dive strongly suspected of the same sort of thing.

One painter,  Scot G. Brooks, is a collaborator with a photographer, Todd Franson, who took pictures for James Alfantis.  Here is a discussion of some of his work, with a one linked painting involving infants that will make you sick to your stomach if you care to look at it.

Here is a sordid discussion of these sorts of things at work in British history.  Disgusting, isn’t it?

Finally, to close this installment out, I mentioned to you that I had been getting some interesting visits to my web site, including Pizzagate posts.  These visits keep compounding: CIA, FBI Department of Criminal Justice, U.S. Senate, State Department, and on and on the list goes.

So I’ve been asking myself the question lately, why would these folks be interested in a small to medium size blog posting about “fake news?”  You know, it’s all “fake.”  So if it’s all “fake,” why would so many people in such positions be so interested to stop by my place on what is becoming a regular basis?

Prior:

Pizzagate VIII

Pizzagate VII

Pizzagate VI

Pizzagate V: Pizzagate In Theological Perspective

Pizzagate IV

Pizzagate III

Pizzagate II

Pizzagate

http://www.captainsjournal.com/2016/12/04/pizzagate-ix/ 

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“…. When a pedophile does act on his or her feelings or desires, they may be committing acts of child sexual abuse or molestation, child exploitation, child pornography, incest, kidnapping, statutory rape, or the prostitution of minors.

There is no definitive profile of a pedophile, as individual characteristics can vary significantly. A pedophile can be a man or a woman. Of those pedophiles that commit unlawful acts involving children, the perpetrator is much more likely to be a man (80-90 percent) than a woman (10-20 percent). A pedophile may be a trustworthy and respectable adult in the community, who shows no outward signs of their condition to others…..

Any sexual act that involves a minor and an adult is unlawful. Individuals who are below the age of consent are considered by the law to be unable to give consent to any type of sexual activity. It is commonly believed that any person who molests a child is a pedophile and that is not always true. According to research, only two to ten percent of all child molesters are pedophiles in the true definition of the word. The majority of child molesters are situational offenders whose motives and desires are different than those of a pedophile. Regardless of motive or offender characteristics (pedophile or not), any act committed by an adult or older child that is sexual in nature and involves children is an illegal felony offense.

A pedophile will typically not stop their behavior on their own, will not turn themselves in and will not take responsibility for or acknowledge their own wrongdoing. A true pedophile can be treated but not cured of their condition. A pedophile who commits any sexual act involving children can be charged with a felony crime and face years of prison time, heavy fines, and other penalties. A convicted pedophile is required to register with a sex offender registry upon release from incarceration and must do so for the rest of their lives in most cases.

A sex offender registry provides information to the public about sex offenders who live, work, or otherwise reside in their communities. This registry requirement is mandated by a federal law known as Megan’s Law which was passed in 1996. If you would like to learn more about pedophilia, please contact us to speak with an attorney.

http://www.criminal-law-lawyer-source.com/terms/pedophile.html

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8 U.S. Code § 2251 – Sexual exploitation of children

(a) Any person who employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor to engage in, or who has a minor assist any other person to engage in, or who transports any minor in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United States, with the intent that such minor engage in, any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct or for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct, shall be punished as provided under subsection (e), if such person knows or has reason to know that such visual depiction will be transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or mailed, if that visual depiction was produced or transmitted using materials that have been mailed, shipped, or transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer, or if such visual depiction has actually been transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or mailed.

(b) Any parent, legal guardian, or person having custody or control of a minor who knowingly permits such minor to engage in, or to assist any other person to engage in, sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct or for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct shall be punished as provided under subsection (e) of this section, if such parent, legal guardian, or person knows or has reason to know that such visual depiction will be transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or mailed, if that visual depiction was produced or transmitted using materials that have been mailed, shipped, or transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer, or if such visual depiction has actually been transported or transmitted using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or mailed.

(c)

(1) Any person who, in a circumstance described in paragraph (2), employs, uses, persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor to engage in, or who has a minor assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct outside of the United States, its territories or possessions, for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct, shall be punished as provided under subsection (e).

(2) The circumstance referred to in paragraph (1) is that—

(A) the person intends such visual depiction to be transported to the United States, its territories or possessions, by any means, including by using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or mail; or

(B) the person transports such visual depiction to the United States, its territories or possessions, by any means, including by using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or mail.

(d)

(1) Any person who, in a circumstance described in paragraph (2), knowingly makes, prints, or publishes, or causes to be made, printed, or published, any notice or advertisement seeking or offering—

(A) to receive, exchange, buy, produce, display, distribute, or reproduce, any visual depiction, if the production of such visual depiction involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and such visual depiction is of such conduct; or

(B) participation in any act of sexually explicit conduct by or with any minor for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct;

shall be punished as provided under subsection (e).

(2) The circumstance referred to in paragraph (1) is that—

(A) such person knows or has reason to know that such notice or advertisement will be transported using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means including by computer or mailed; or

(B) such notice or advertisement is transported using any means or facility of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means including by computer or mailed.

(e) Any individual who violates, or attempts or conspires to violate, this section shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 15 years nor more than 30 years, but if such person has one prior conviction under this chapter, section 1591, chapter 71, chapter 109A, or chapter 117, or under section 920 of title 10 (article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), or under the laws of any State relating to aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, abusive sexual contact involving a minor or ward, or sex trafficking of children, or the production, possession, receipt, mailing, sale, distribution, shipment, or transportation of child pornography, such person shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not less than 25 years nor more than 50 years, but if such person has 2 or more prior convictions under this chapter, chapter 71, chapter 109A, or chapter 117, or under section 920 of title 10 (article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice), or under the laws of any State relating to the sexual exploitation of children, such person shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 35 years nor more than life. Any organization that violates, or attempts or conspires to violate, this section shall be fined under this title. Whoever, in the course of an offense under this section, engages in conduct that results in the death of a person, shall be punished by death or imprisoned for not less than 30 years or for life.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2251 

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“… Unless the Satanic Pedophile Cabal (SPC) is able to neutralize the alternative press and reestablish the lost credibility of the Controlled Major Mass Media (CMMM), they will not be able to easily hijack the newly emerging, incredibly powerful populism in America and much of the world.”

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/12/04/satanic-pedophile-cabals-iron-grip-of-evil/ 

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