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58% of Americans Don’t Think Russian “Hacking” Changed Election … 56% Believe U.S. Should Improve Relations with Russia

Despite the evidence–free drumbeat of propaganda and hysteria, a new CNN/ORC poll finds that Americans are remaining level-headed about the Russian hacking allegations: Majorities say that … that the outcome of the election would have been the same regardless of … Continue reading

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Nothing Is Real: When Reality TV Programming Masquerades as Politics

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “There are two ways by which the spirit of a culture may be shriveled. In the first—the Orwellian—culture becomes a prison. In the second—the Huxleyan—culture becomes a burlesque. No one needs to be reminded … Continue reading

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Veteran U.S. Intelligence Officials Call for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof

MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, a pall hangs over his upcoming presidency amid … Continue reading

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Some Election Interference is More Equal Than Others – How Ukraine Meddled on Behalf of Clinton

Submitted by Michael Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, A couple of days ago, Politico published a fascinating piece describing how factions associated with the current Ukrainian government apparently interfered in the U.S. election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The findings … Continue reading

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The Titanic Sails at Dawn: Warning Signs Point to Danger Ahead in 2017

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters Despite our best efforts, we in the American police state seem to be stuck on repeat, … Continue reading

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Will the CIA Retaliate Against Trump?

By Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation. In a truly remarkable bit of honesty and candor regarding the U.S. national-security establishment, new Senate minority leader Charles Schumer has accused President-elect Trump of “being really dumb.” Was Schumer referring to Trump’s … Continue reading

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Gaius Publius: Who’s Blackmailing the President & Why Aren’t Democrats Upset About It?

By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius, Tumblr and Facebook. GP article archive  here. Originally published at … Continue reading

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A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India’s Brutal Experiment of Abolishing Most Cash

By Norbert Haering, a German financial journalist, blogger and PhD economist, who received the 2007 getAbstract Best Business Book award and the 2014 prize of the German Keynes Society for economic journalism. His best-selling book (in German) “The abolition of cash … Continue reading

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“I Did Give Donald Trump a Golden Shower … He Liked It Very Much”

Buzzfeed reports that a former British intelligence official said that Russia is blackmailing Donald Trump with evidence of his sexual peccadilloes, including liking “golden showers”. The story has gone viral, and CNN notes that intelligence officials say the reports might … Continue reading

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​The Democrats’ Conspiracy Theory

By Joe Giambrone, Political Film Blog. Democrats and their apologists have proven to be far more pathetic than previously witnessed. A quasi-fascist nationalism has erupted, and the blind rush to conflate Donald Trump with Russia has expanded the envelope of delusion. … Continue reading

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Inquiry Points Toward a Pentagon Plot to Subvert Obama’s Syria Policy

By Gareth Porter,  an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy, who received the UK-based Gellhorn Prize for journalism for 2011 for articles on the U.S. war in Afghanistan. His latest book is Manufactured Crisis: The Untold … Continue reading

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New York Times: American Report on Russian Hacking Has An “Absence of Any Concrete Evidence … But Rests Instead On What It Describes As Moscow’s Long Record of Trying to Influence America’s Political System”

The New York Times reports today: [T]he absence of any concrete evidence in the report of meddling by the Kremlin was met with a storm of mockery on Saturday by  Russian politicians and commentators, who took to social media to … Continue reading

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Lead U.S. Intelligence Agency Admits Wikileaks’ Democratic Emails Are Authentic

The U.S. government’s Director of National Intelligence – which directs and oversees the American national intelligence program and all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies – released a report today stating: We assess with high confidence that the GRU relayed material it … Continue reading

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The Same Officials Who Pushed the Iraq War Are Now Stirring Up Anti-Russia Hysteria

The main U.S. intelligence official pushing claims that Russia hacked the Democratic party is James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. But Clapper was responsible for a lot of the bogus intelligence which led to the Iraq war.  Newsweek reported … Continue reading

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DNC Refused to Give FBI Access to Its Servers … Instead Gave Access to a DNC Consultant Tied to Organization Promoting Conflict with Russia

CNN reports: The Democratic National Committee “rebuffed” a request from the FBI to examine its computer services after it was allegedly hacked by Russia during the 2016 election, a senior law enforcement official told CNN Thursday. “The FBI repeatedly stressed … Continue reading

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Top American Intelligence Official Debunks Fake News About Russia Hacking Votes

Due to incredibly sloppy reporting by the mainstream media – constantly repeating the phrase “Russia hacked the election” – many Americans believed that Russia literally changed votes on election day. A YouGov poll from last month found that half of … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Has An Enormous And Very Dangerous Wall Street Blind Spot

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, The biggest disappointment regarding Donald Trump since being elected President has been his total embrace of dangerous Wall Street thieves. As it is currently structured and incentivized, the financial services industry represents one … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

We hope for all the best for you and families … May 2017 bring prosperity and joy – or at least stability, safety and serenity – to you and yours.

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The Same Hackers Blamed for the DNC Email Hack Were Blamed for Hacking the German Parliament … But that Ended Up Being a Leak By German Insiders, Not a Hack At All

German security officials previously blamed Russia for hacking secret German communications and providing them to Wikileaks (English translation). And see this. The claim?  BBC reported: BfV [Germany’s intelligence agency] head Hans-Georg Maassen said Germany was a perennial target of a … Continue reading

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Pedophilia Is Disgustingly Widespread Among Those In Positions of Power

The British security services allegedly helped to cover up widespread pedophelia in Britain.  Indeed, a whistleblower alleges that the British security services supported and funded pedophile rings as a way to blackmail establishment figures. The Express reported in 2014: British security … Continue reading

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The Same Idiots Who Pushed the Iraq War Are Now Stirring Up Hysteria About Russia

The propaganda about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction was one of the most blatant examples of “fake news” in American history. Now, many of the same idiots who pushed the Iraq war lies are stirring up hysteria about Russia. … Continue reading

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Fakest News: The Iraq War

Majority Are Still Falling for Fake News A new poll from YouGov shows that most Americans still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction at the start of the Iraq war:That’s stunning, given that President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, … Continue reading

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When Did Democrats Turn Into McCarthyites?

It’s stunning how quickly the Democrats have morphed into Joe McCarthy … the right-wing nutcase who accused everyone of being a Communist. Now, simply asking for evidence when the government is accusing the Russians of hacking the election will get … Continue reading

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Creator of NSA’s Global Surveillance System Calls B.S. On Russian Hacking Report

We’ve previously documented that the hacking evidence against Russia is extremely weak, and the new report on Russian hacking doesn’t say much. Indeed – if Russia hacked the Democratic party emails (from the DNC and top Clinton aide John Podesta) … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Market Forecaster: Martin Armstrong

Martin Armstrong Martin Armstrong is a controversial market analyst who correctly predicted the 1987 crash, the top of the Japanese market, and many other market events … more or less to the day. Many market timers think that Armstrong is … Continue reading

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Mainstream Media is Now Whining About the “Fake News” Hysteria It Created

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, After coming under attack, the alternative media successfully appropriated and reassigned the now ubiquitous term “fake news” to a variety of disingenuous mainstream media outlets. The corporate media is not too happy about this, … Continue reading

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What The Russian Hacking Report DOESN’T Say

Today, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI released a report alleging Russian hacking. The report itself is only five and a half pages long in large print (with another 7 pages for future security recommendations). It’s important to note … Continue reading

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Behind the Real US Strategic Blunder in Syria

By Gareth Porter,  an investigative historian and journalist specializing in U.S. national security policy. His latest book is Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (Just World Books, 2014). Obama’s failed Syria policy was provoked by the … Continue reading

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Are We Doomed to Keep Making the Same Mistakes … Or Will We Learn from History?

We Should Have Known … We’ve known for 5,000 years that mass spying on one’s own people is usually aimed at grabbing power and crushing dissent, not protecting us from bad guys. We’ve known for 4,000 years that debts need … Continue reading

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History Shows How Rare and Valuable Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press Are

The Founding Fathers protected freedom of speech and freedom of the press as the most important liberties. They are protected in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  And as discussed below, the Founders recognized that the ability to speak … Continue reading

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Meet the REAL Santa Claus

Saint Nicholas was a real, historical person. But he didn’t live in some snowy Northern place like the North Pole or Scandinavia. And he probably wasn’t fair-skinned with ruddy cheeks. He lived in the town of Myra – on the … Continue reading

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The Radical Jesus: How Would the Baby in a Manger Fare in the American Police State?

By John Whitehead, the Rutherford Institute. “Jesus is too much for us. The church’s later treatment of the gospels is one long effort to rescue Jesus from ‘extremism.’”—author Gary Wills, What Jesus Meant Jesus was good. He was caring. He … Continue reading

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Rosneft Tries 3-Monkey Solution For Its Share Sale Problem, Italians And Swiss Too

By John Helmer, the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, and the only western journalist to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties. Helmer has also been a professor of political science, and an advisor … Continue reading

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Americans Aren’t Buying the Claim that Russia Hacked the Election

A new Morning Consult/Politico poll finds that Americans aren’t convinced that Russia hacked the election: This is not entirely surprising, given the extremely weak evidence of Russian hacking by anonymous CIA “intelligence officials” (air quotes) … and the CIA’s less-than-stellar … Continue reading

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Twice As Many “Faithless” Electors Dump Clinton As Trump

While there was a lot of buzz about faithless Republican electors dumping Trump, it turns out that more Democratic electors dumped Clinton. Specifically, two Republican Texas electors voted for candidates other than Trump:  one voted for John Kasich and one … Continue reading

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The Hacking Evidence Against Russia Is Extremely Weak

Last week, German security officials said that Russia hacked secret German communications and provided them to Wikileaks (English translation). But now, German officials say that the communications were likely leaked from an insider within the German parliament, the Bundestag (English … Continue reading

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Monopolization Is the Problem BEHIND “Fake News”

This brilliant tweetstorm by Matt Stoller – who has been a top Congressional Democratic aide for many years – discusses how monopolization is the underlying problem driving the symptom of “fake news” … (Twitter repeats the last tweet before each … Continue reading

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The Story That Russia Does Not Want You to See: The Rosneft Share “Sale” as a Sham Transaction

By John Helmer, the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, and the only western journalist to direct his own bureau independent of single national or commercial ties. Helmer has also been a professor of political science, and an advisor … Continue reading

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The Real Problem: At Least 6 In 10 Americans Read Headlines … and NOTHING ELSE

Slate pointed out in 2013: I asked Josh Schwartz, a data scientist at the traffic analysis firm Chartbeat, to look at how people scroll through Slate articles. Schwartz also did a similar analysis for other sites that use Chartbeat and … Continue reading

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If Americans Stop Criticizing Our Government, We’ll Stop Being American

There is a giant push by governments and mainstream corporate media to censor criticism of the American government as somehow helping Russia. That’s honestly one of the most anti-American, pro-Communist kinds of bullshit I’ve ever heard. In reality, dissent is … Continue reading

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Should We Blindly Trust the CIA On Its Claims About the Democratic Emails?

James Carden – former Advisor to the US-Russia Presidential Commission at the US State Department – writes in an article titled Why Are the Media Taking the CIA’s Hacking Claims at Face Value? The working assumption here seems to be … Continue reading

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Secretary of State John Kerry: We Should Ignore What Anonymous CIA “Intelligence Officials” Say

While anonymous CIA officials have told the media that they know for sure that Russia hacked Democratic party emails and gave them to Wikileaks, the CIA and other American intelligence agencies are refusing to brief Congress in their official capacities … Continue reading

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Happy Bill of Rights Day … Are There Any Left?

Today is Bill of Rights Day in America. Happy Bill of Rights Day! This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on … Continue reading

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Revealed: Who Gave Democratic Emails to Wikileaks

While all of the mainstream media and anonymous CIA sources claim that Russia was behind the hacks of the emails from the Democratic National Committee and top Clinton aide John Podesta, the truth has been revealed to be completely different. … Continue reading

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The Russian Bear Uses a Keyboard

By Craig Murray, former British intelligence officer, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, and Rector (i.e. Chancellor) of the University of Dundee. Originally published at CraigMurray.org.uk. I am about twenty four hours behind on debunking the “evidence” of Russian hacking of … Continue reading

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Self-Defense: Do You Know What a Weapon Attack Would REALLY Look Like?

I just watched Self-Defense: Tools of Attack. This short video shows you how an expert in street fights involving weapons – he’s been involved in scores of them, and has won every single one – uses a variety of common … Continue reading

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Not Just America: Germany and Other Countries Blame Russia for Losses By Status Quo

Glenn Greenwald notes that – in the face of Trump and Brexit (which were primarily caused by economic policies which have created massive inequality) – the Democratic National committee is trying to blame everybody and everything but their own status … Continue reading

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High-Level American Intelligence Officials: “Allegations of Hacking Election Are Baseless”

Republished with permission of the authors. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity MEMORANDUM Allegations of Hacking Election Are Baseless A New York Times report on Monday alluding to “overwhelming circumstantial evidence” leading the CIA to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize-Winning Economist: “The Euro Was a Mistake”

Nobel prize-winning Harvard economist Oliver Hart told Euractiv Spain: The Euro was a mistake …. He explained that that the EU member states are not “sufficiently homogeneous” to be considered one single entity, adding that trying to make the EU-28 … Continue reading

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Intelligence Officer Who Personally Met the Democratic Email Leaker Confirms Leaker Is with AMERICAN Intelligence Service … Not Russia

An American Leaker – Not Russian Hacker – Gave the Democratic Party Emails to Wikileaks The former intelligence analyst, British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, and chancellor of the University of Dundee, Craig Murray, wrote yesterday: As Julian Assange has made crystal … Continue reading

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