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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FANTASTIC POLITICAL BEASTS THEN AND NOW


https://futurism.com/images/fantastic-beasts/

WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS
(Original Vic Berger Super Deluxe video taken private)




Trump’s “drug infested nightmare” Feb 2017 initial press conference 
sounded very much like the “rusted out factories” Mad Max vision of 
America from his 2017 Inaugural speech aptly labeled American Carnage.  
It was delivered as if addressing and reassuring foreign Russian officials
that their economy, the size of Texas, couldn’t be nearly as bad as the 
one he, Trump, inherited. 

P45 assumed office eight years into an economic rebound.  The slowest
economic recovery in modern times was, as my sister recently reminded me,
testimony to the depth of the Bush Great Recession of 2007.  Nothing like
Weimar Germany or the 1929 Great Depression triggering WWII but with
many nasty lingering repercussions nationally and worldwide.

Slight regression:
The Republican generated 2007 recession along with two foreign Afpac
Iraq occupations caused Dick Cheney of the *Cheney Bush* administration
to predict that the next President, #44 Barack Obama, would be a one term
President.  Implying that anyone with the bad luck to assume power after
eight years of Republican induced hegemonic chaos would exhaust all
political capital in the act of recovery on both the foreign and domestic fronts.
Obama was elected twice.  Cheney was not quite dead wrong.  He’s still alive.

LET US NOW RESORT TO DEEP (state/ throat) THOUGHTS
(and even feelings) amid serious/ humorous comparisons between a
fictional movie and equally fantastic political reality.

Why do that?  Because, among other reasons, both the movie and
the Trump reality were released upon the world the same month
and year, Nov. 2016.  A particular famous actor co-stared in both.

The confusing jumping back and forth between fiction and
stranger than fiction reality might even be worth your time.
Starting of all places with David Chalmers PhD.  Rhodes Scholar, 
philosopher and cognitive scientist currently specializing in 
the areas of philosophy and language.

Chalmers work inspired the recent Tom Stoppard play,
“The Hard Problem” (of Consciousness) that played in Europe
and was seen by me in late 2018 at Lincoln Center, NYC.  The
relevance to the present Trump political farce will eventuate.

Dr. Chalmers famous thought experiments tried to track down 
the hard problem of consciousness by drawing comparisons 
with hypothetical entities that are by necessity without 
consciousness.  

Per Wikipedia:
philosophical zombie.[12] (pZombie) [or political zombie?]
“unlike the zombie of popular fiction, in philosophy of mind 
and perception is a hypothetical being that from the outside 
is indistinguishable from a normal human being but lacks 
conscious experience, qualia, or sentience.”

*behavioral zombie (bZombie), behaviorally indistinguishable 
from a human.

*neurological zombie (nZombie) has a human brain and 
physiologically indistinguishable from a human.[5]

*Put em all together and whattayaget? 

The Nov. 2016 U.S. and New York City premier of “Fantastic Beasts 
and Where To Find Them" coincided with the release of a different 
sort of Beast, the Nov 2016 Presidential election of Donald J. Trump.  

“Fantastic Beasts” movie summery:
The movie depicts William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) in the
guise of 1920’s NYC newspaper tycoon Henry Shaw Sr played by
Jon Voight.  His fictional son, US Senator, Henry Shaw Jr, is an
unstated stand-in for former State Senator and NYC Mayor, James
Walker, the subject of the 1950’s Bob Hope movie “Beau James.”
(And no, for Wiki Fandom followers, Hearst and Walker weren’t
related.  And yes, Fandom comparisons between the movie and
political reality are meant to look historically correct but it’s done
for the sake of convenience for those involved in making the movie.
Both the movie and historical reality deserve better.  My job is to
accurately reconcile both.

My grandfather used to talk about his “Blizzard of 1888” tough
Brooklyn neighborhood trick question, “wattaya want, pie or cake?”
This is the NYC Roaring 1920’s pie or strudel version...




FB main characters:
Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) whose name in the
movie is pronounced as one word, “Misterscamander” suggesting
a plural personality.  He has a “brother.”  Newt comes with
paranormal powers, out of focus eyes, itchy face, duck-toed
walk with no apparent need for eating, sleeping or getting along
with ordinary humans.  (Reminds me of myself except I love
eating and sleeping with toes pointing up)

Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), he of a suppressed destructive
monstrous id is an orphan with understated nasty abilities completely
opposite his look.  (The bigger the front, the bigger the back.)

Porpentina “Tina" Goldstein (Katherine Waterston) is the rare
1920's career girl who is tall, shown wearing double-breasted
men's suit jackets and is a possible forebear across fictional
barriers of Emmanuel Goldstein the alleged underground
resistance leader of George Orwell’s 1984.  No references to
Orwell necessary by anyone involved in the movie.

(Film makers keep referencing 1984, from Agent (Winston) Smith
of The Matrix to Orwell’s actor doppelgänger making a brief
appearance in Death of Stalin.  Ready Player One’s ioi (Room 101)
bad guys and back to John Wick’s Winston, manager of the
Continental Hotel.  The latter happened to be the name of hotel
where Orwell/ Eric Blair recovered after being shot or “plugged”
in the neck fighting Franco fascists and Stalinists in 1930’s Spain.
Then there’s the 1010 binary ominous dojo address that flashed
briefly in Jesse Eisenberg’s great 2019 movie, “Art Of Self Defense”)

Tina's sister, Queenie Goldstein, is a different sort of “witch.”
A “legilimancer” telepath who violates all rules of 1920’s propriety,
dress and magic by making eyes at “nomaj” baker-to-be, Jacob
“Muggles" Kowalski.  She knows the quickest way to Jacob’s heart
is through her own 1920's version of fast food pie or strudel, “double-
plus ungood” flirtatious duckspeak fast-talk and telepathic powers.

This is the fantastical Harry Potter prequel of meta-physicians
existing in and out of “our” natural world space-time continuum.
MACUSA or Magical Congress USA is assigned the task of making
sure their kind remain on the borders of superstition held by
ordinary humans.

MACUSA, is also a play on the very real Professor Herbert Marcuse of
1940's - 50's America that U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch
hunting HUAC made into a Communist devil incarnate surpassing even
that of Saul Alinsky stupidly billed by today’s Republicans as Hillary
Clinton’s evil wizard subversive mentor.  Prof. Macuse is depicted in
two recent movies, "Hail Cesar" and “Trumbo” about the Hollywood
blacklists of the 1940’s and 50’s.

Here is an excellent video of silent era star Buster Keaton.  Ezra Miller's
resemblance to Keaton was acknowledged by author and screenwriter
J.K. Rowling.  As mentioned characters of the movie have deliberate but
unacknowledged resemblances to actual well known historical personalities
of Prohibition Roaring 20’s New York City.  Like newspaper tycoon and
America’s first media celebrity, William Randolph Hearst and NY State
Senator and NYC Mayor James Walker.



The Roaring Twenties NYC gangster gambling parlors, gin mills and 
dance halls were typified by corrupt NYC Mayor Walker, the real-life 
subject of the rare 1956 Bob Hope drama, “Beau James."

Walker is depicted in Fantastic Beasts as US Senator from NYS, Henry
Shaw Jr played by Josh Cowdary.  The resemblances between the actor
and historical personage is obvious per old YT footage below.
(Wikipedia Harry Potter Fandom Fantastic Beast entries to the contrary)





Jimmy Walker was a New York State Senator until 1926, exactly
when the movie takes place.  His political mentor was the famed NY
Governor and 1928 Presidential candidate, Al Smith.  Walker was the
fancy dressing corrupt populist thrown out of office in his second term
as NYC Mayor in 1929 by then New York State Governor and future
President, Franklin D. Roosevelt.  (A Trump foreshadowing?)  Just in
time for the 1929 stock market crash and Great Depression made
worse by Republican President Herbert Hoover.  (A familiar scenario,
Republican deregulation into economic disaster and Democratic doing
the cleanup dirty work)

Even before assuming office in 1933 President elect Roosevelt
survived an attempted assassination in Florida.  His VP elect was
an “America First” isolationist hailing from Texas.  Roosevelt then
proceeded to take on the *unpossible* task of digging out of the worst
economic disaster in American history and then helping to defeat Nazi
Germany, Fascist Italy and Japan in World War II.

Below, complete with Chinese subtitles are You Tube scenes showing
Credence Barebone, his adopted family, the Barebones, U.S. Senator
Henry Shaw (James Walker), his powerful newspaper tycoon father,
Shaw Sr (W.R. Hearst) and JK Rowling dialogue from #2 son, Langdon
Shaw, “the people behind this aren't like you or me, this is witchcraft
don't you see."





The Harry Potter term "Muggles" or "Nomaj” refers to ordinary humans
(Orwell’s proles or proletariat) who can be bumped, taunted, mugged,
gaslighted, stepped on, made to trip over suitcases, be manipulated,
chased, humiliated, but unlike proles never killed.  As seen above and
below, Senator Shaw Jr is the unhappy exception.

(It’s also no coincidence that the name Shaw also happens to sound
like polite slang of the times for something else.  When cursing among
polite company in my grandfathers and fathers time or in science fiction
novels of the 1950’s you had only to put a silent p in front of shaw for pshaw.)

As shown above, Senator Shaw has the misfortune of calling Credence a
freak in front of his adopted family.  The resulting uncontrolled rage
manifests as a free floating monster of the id called an Obsecuret
or Obscurial unleashed on an unsuspecting Senator Henry Shaw Jr (Walker)
Wizard Graves, played by Colin Farrell, and fictional 1920’s New York City.

Pictures of Hearst are usually shown with darkened dyed hair.  The
grey haired Voight bears a resemblances Hearst whose pre-WWII
1930's newspapers ran unopposed columns by Germany's Hitler and Göring.

In the movie Jon Voight’s newspaper tycoon character Henry Shaw Sr
gives a fundraiser for his son a U.S. Senator from New York and
possible future President.  The fundraiser resembles the famous annual
NYC Al Smith dinners that in 2016 hosted Presidential candidates
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as seen in the video below co-staring
Cardinal Dolan, MC, Al Smith IV, Governor Cuomo, U.S. Senator Schumer,
ex-NYC Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, ex-NYC and Presidential
candidate, Mayor Bloomberg, ex-NYC police Commissioner Kelly and, if
you watch enough of the video below, Maria Bartiromo’s weirdly cleaving
fantastic breasts.




Judging by the laughs generated by candidate Trump together with the booing
he received no one should underestimate the mafioso-in-chief or the political
Party that, IMHO, arranged his Russian, Chinese and North Korean friendly
foreign policy (Chinese trade war or no trade war) years ago while assuming
what many including me seemed to forget, that they, the party out of power
would win in 2016.

My guess, the above was in place even before Ed Snowden gave away the NSA
software store to Russia in 2013.  2014, it was no coincidence that the year
after Ed Snowden took up residence in Russia we saw unelected Republican
proxies Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan and Franklin Graham publicly saluting Putin’s
“moral” leadership?

Later in 2014 Trump’s now unofficial lawyer and shadow Secretary of State
Rudy Giuliani saluted Putin’s Ukraine leadership on Fox News over that of
his own President.  *Showing uncanny restraint* candidate Trump waited
until 2015 to issue praise for Putin.  Totally unrelated events?

Back to fiction.  Like the Nov. 2016 election reality, the fictional movie fund
raiser for Senator Shaw doesn't turn out so well.  Shaw Jr is assassinated in
front of his father, brother and rich fund raisers by Credence Barebone in
nasty Obscurial form in ways that would be impossible to describe in real
life Hearst newspapers of that time or any time.






In stranger than fiction reality, the real Jon Voight gave the introductory
speech prior to the 2017 Washington DC inauguration of the 45th President
of the United States, Donald J. Trump.  This MAGA intro pic below replaced
the original video of Voight’s speech introducing the most obscure musical
talent to ever precede a Presidential Inauguration.  Which is still being
investigated along with Russia’s successful American campaign manipulation.




As Mark Twain probably didn’t say, history doesn’t repeat but it always rhymes.
Not to push the metaphor too far but should anything like Credence exist today,
say in the persons of Evangelical pastors or reverends, former Trump official
Steve Bannon or White House aid Stephen Miller who is no relation, but in
the obscurant looks department much “Better Than Ezra.”  Miller that is.
Let’s hope they show more restraint should they ever turn on their
“Blizzard Wizard of Lies, Autocrat45.”

January 2018:
Originally this posting was made shortly after actor John Voight introduced
Trump’s January 2017 inaugural celebration.  As predicted above, Steve
Bannon’s January 2018 exposé via Michael Wolf, “Fire and Fury, Inside
The Trump White House” had results similar to those in the movie wherein
Wizard Graves was unmasked for what he was, the nasty Grindelwald.

Except everyone, his administration, his voters already knew who and
what serpent Trump was which means the book’s exposé was muted and
further discredited by obvious erroneous assertions linking the President
with specifically named females in and out of the White House.

9/6/18
I doubt VP Mike Pence wrote the anonymous NYT “Deep (State) Throat”
NYT Op-Ed claiming to uphold true American conservative ideals
vs the mercurial anarchist and radical, President Trump.

My Guess: the above was a “Murder On The Oriental Express” Fox “News”
group effort.  The Trump administration again had months to prepare
for the publishing of Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear, Trump In The
White House.”  The subsequent NYT anonymous OpEd was probably
an attempt at Saturday Night Live humor via Fox “News” hosts Sean
Hannity, Geraldo Rivera, Greg Gutfeld and Lou Dobbs trolling the
non-Fox News MSM.  A very loose version of Thomas Friedman
OpEd theories on the anonymous OpEd.

Get a load of the cut and buff otherworldly Stephen Miller below who,
as SF novelist William Gibson noted on Twitter, doesn’t exhibit much of a
blink reflex when going at it with CNN’s Jake Tapper.  Is he amplified for
war while on roidrage “stamina” or is it Miller Time showing off for his boss
watching from Casablanca(WH), DC?  Miller is the point man on immigration.




Monday, February 27, 2017

FANTASTIC POLITICAL BEASTS NOW AND THEN


FORMER AG, JEFFERSON BEAUREGARD WHATEVER SESSIONS III



KATE MCKINNON AS FORMER AG JEFF “THREE STICKS” SESSIONS 

                                       



On a more serious note, there were seemingly few speculations
about the following: The country was attacked or attempts were
made during the first year of every President since Bill Clinton
right on through 2009 when an attempt was made to blow up an
airliner.  In 2016 Russian cyber and fight club Russian troll factories
attacked and interfered with US elections and helped elect the
70 year old Trump who in turn was likely propped up by what he calls “stamina.”

As President Trump signs off on 2017 easily overturned Executive
Orders, it's probable that many of his moves can be seen as setting
up his political opposition.  IF an airliner is attacked during the
Trump administration as was attempted during Obama's first year,
DJT can deflect and claim that his attempts to save the country
were thwarted and obstructed by the "lying liberal press” and judiciary.

On the other hand DJT represents the same Republican Party that
obstructed and blocked President Obama's TSA appointment during
the latter’s first year as President in 2009.  Yes, that Republican Party.
A "loyal" opposition that easily gets away with national security

obstruction in plain sight then and now.

When the 2009 “Christmas Bomber” airline attack failed Republican
Senator Jim DeMint, who blocked the TSA appointment, was the first to
criticize the President and FBI's handling of the attempt to bring down an
airliner over an American city.  Rumors and manufactured news by
right wing conspiracy bomb throwers claimed that team Obama arranged
the attack to fail.  Sound familiar?

6/6/17 - I wrote the above about Trump's EO's when he made them
in February 2017.  I was unaware of anyone else doing the same.
It turns out that Jack Goldsmith of the influential “lawfareblog” was
one of the few with nerve enough to call attention to what many are
aware of but dare not mention.

https://lawfareblog.com/does-trump-want-lose-eo-battle-court-or-
donald-mcgahn-simply-ineffectual-or-worse.
(EO = Presidential Executive Orders)

Per Jack Goldsmith:
"Last night I tweeted: “Increasingly apparent—from the 
way Trump rolled out EO to his attack on courts—that 
he wants EO struck down.  Not just incompetence.”"

"Here is what I meant.   The clearly foreseeable 
consequence of the roll-out combined with Trump’s 
tweets is to weaken the case for the legality of the EO 
in court.  Why might Trump want to do that?  
Assuming that he is acting with knowledge and purpose 
(an assumption I question below), the only reason I can 
think of is that Trump is setting the scene to blame 
judges after an attack that has any conceivable connection 
to immigration.  If Trump loses in court he credibly will 
say to the American people that he tried and failed to 
create tighter immigration controls.  This will deflect blame 
for the attack.  And it will also help Trump to enhance his 
power after the attack.  After a bad terrorist attack at home, 
politicians are always under intense pressure to loosen legal 
constraints.  (This was even true for near-misses, such as the 
failed Underwear bomber, which caused the Obama 
administration to loosen constraints on its counterterrorism 
policies in many ways.)  Courts feel these pressures, 
and those pressures will be significantly heightened, and any 
countervailing tendency to guard against executive 
overreaction diminished, if courts are widely seen to be 
responsible for an actual terrorist attack.  More broadly, the 
usual security panic after a bad attack will be enhanced quite 
a lot. ...Jack Goldsmith

Reaction to President Trump’s Inaugural speech by conservative Max Boot:

“GRAVE DANGERS AND DEEP SADNESS OF AMERICA FIRST”
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/01/23/the-grave-dangers-and-deep-sadness-of-
america-first-don

"Donald Trump’s caustic, ill-tempered, and divisive 
inaugural address sounded as if it came from a different world 
from the one I inhabit — or, to be exact, from a different 
America than I have known for the 40 of my 47 years that 
I have been lucky enough to live in this wonderful country." 

"Trump's America is full of “rusted-out factories scattered like 
tombstones across the landscape of our nation.” It is home to 
an education system “which leaves our young and beautiful 
students deprived of knowledge.” It is rife with “crime and 
gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed 
our country of so much unrealized potential.” And who is 
responsible for this “American carnage”? Trump heaped
blame on other countries and on disloyal American elites""...
Max Boot, Foreign Policy, 1/21/17 

George Bush’s reaction to Trump’s speech: “That’s some 
weird shit.” 

The depiction of America as a dystopian Mad Max landscape filled



with "rusted out factories scattered like tombstones" as if playing to an
RT, endtime Dominionist or an unofficial Russian Republican United
Petrostate consisting of Russia, Texas, Alaska, offshore oil, Exxon,
Saudi Arabia etc.

Czar Vlad Putin uses the RT network as a platform to carefully report
straight news mixed with disaster and novelty depictions of everything
imaginably negative regarding the U.S. particularly by in-house RT liberals
like Thom Hartmann.

Putin’s job made easier by America’s openly critical media with or without
the present administration.  RT and Sputnik play at straight news reporting
until events like the US presidential elections.  At which point they diverge
into carefully manipulated propaganda from both the right and left.

President Trump's inaugural speech assisted Putin in his years long strategy
of reversing media and internet news that puts closed authoritarian Fight Club
kleptocracies like Russia in a bad light.  Russia's size, history and system of
government before and after Stalin, always said to be in transition, leave
them no choice but to employ Big Brother censorship to the point of
murdering (vaporizing) journalists and opposition leaders right now,
today, not during Stalin’s rule, not 34 years ago when the KGB and Stasi
in East Germany’s GDR (German Democratic Republic) and the KGB’s
Col. Putin competed to see whose vision of hell was worse.

SLEIGHT DIGRESSION:  The movie Atomic Blonde spy thriller
was loosely based on events prior to the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.



It depicts an American tough blond female Bond-like W. German
spy working against the GDR in E. Germany.  A male spy named
Merkel is seen at the end of the clip outside the hotel room.  The
deliberately imprecise reference is to present day Chancellor of
Germany, Angela Merkel who was born and educated in the
Russian controlled section of Berlin.

Then there’s the bearded KGB stand-in for Col. Vlad “The Impaler”
Putin stationed in E. Germany in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down.
His character gets shot and bleeds out from the neck.  The Impaler
expires appropriately.

Russian troll farms of today with frequent assist from American
RT guests like ex-CIA Putin fan, Hillary hater and 911 truther,
Ray McGovern.  How can anyone dislike the smooth as silk ex-
CIA spy Irish jokester McGovern who pronounces Putin’s name
as “Puteine.”  They must pay very well on RT.  Right Ray?  Max?  Glenn?

Russian opposition media exists but is so diminished as to necessitate
books with titles like, "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible:
The Surreal Heart of the New Russia" a 2015 book by ex-Russian
journalist Peter Pomerantsev that summarizes Russian media and
propaganda strategies.  I read the glowing reviews in the NY Times
in 2015.  Apparently no one of any importance read the reviews or the book.

Robert Mueller, James Comey and all the “Never Trump” Republicans
didn’t have to read books to know what was coming if the GOP won in 2016.
2014 was when Rudy Giuliani endorsed Putin’s leadership in the Ukraine
over his own President on Fox “News.”  2014 also saw Ron Paul, Pat
Buchanan, Franklin Graham all praised Putin’s “moral” “Christian”
leadership before Giuliani.

What events of the year before, 2013, gave them the nerve to go public?
Was it a contractor named Snowden who gave away the NSA store and
proceeded to take up residence in Russia?  With plenty of help from pro-
Putin Republicans, possibly Republican Senators and I.C. luminaries
other than the corrupt General Michael Flynn.  Help us get elected and
intervene with N. Korea and we in turn will make sure sanctions against
Russia are never enforced and we’ll all benefit when price of oil hits $100.
And whose to say it will stop there?

The Russian local internet was polluted and turned upside down years ago.
At the same time Putin turned his attention to the world beyond Russia's
borders for similar results.  None of which is in any way new.  We do not
now live in a post fact, post truth world despite ten years of You Tube
video and comment manipulation by Religious Right, alt/ right, Alex Jones,
fake bizarre YT RW radio channels, 4-Chan, National Enquirer and especially
Russian troll farm YT channels.  Which of the above enabled Trump’s advance
on Casablanca (DC)?  No one thing.  All the above including the lefty tag team of
Max Blumenthal and Glenn Greenwald.

The full employment economy in the U.S. that greeted Trump on January
20th, 2017 was in sharp contrast to the 800,000 job loses occurring the
month before Barack Obama took office in 2009.  For the latter disaster
we can thank "excellent" chess moves of Dick Cheney of the Cheney Bush
administration and a Republican Party that left Democrats to their traditional
role of digging out from Republican deregulation which gave us a (1929 redux)
2008 Great Recession.  It took until 2013 for major banks to recover and
pay off fines.

Deutsche Bank, one of the few majors that would still lend to Trump Inc,
fined for LIBOR manipulation was also fined for laundering money for
Russian oligarchs (blamed on an American employee of course) and is
still paying off fines assessed in the billions by the Obama DOJ in 2016.

In reprisal Deutsche falsely announced before the 2016 election that the
US was entering recession.  Duly reported on bogus financial sites who mimic
Russian talking points.  Like “Zero Hedge” of right wing persuasion and
“Naked Capitalism” on the left.

Did I mention Glenn Greenwald?  *ucker Carlson of Fox “News” calls him
“a very brave man” for refuting MSM collusion claims.  Greenwald’s
favorite pushback response to charges of Trump campaign collusion with
Russia was to merely repeat the word “McCarthyism” over and over.  Likely
Russian troll farms labeled interference charges as US Cold War “Russophobia.”
A term our very brave man Greenwald never used.  Glenn Greenwald absolutely
refused to define himself that low.

IT’S WORTH REPEATING:
2008 left America's first African-American President with options both
bad and terrible.  Things were in such horrific shape that Dick Cheney
famously predicted that President Obama could only be a one-term President.
That the combination of two wars and near economic collapse would
overwhelm any administration so unfortunate as to follow 8 years of
Cheney and Republican controlled imploding deregulation.

Dick (DC) Cheney had eight years to deregulate, with help
from mortgage loan fraud specialists like Roland Arnall, the SEC
and Cheney's long time “friend" across three Republican Presidents,
Allan Greenspan, the “independent” head of the Federal Reserve.
Together they unleashed the free market “BEASTS” of unregulated
predatory economic mayhem upon the U.S. and the world in 2007.
Larry Kudlow refused to say the U.S. was in recession while Bush
was still in office.  He has been rewarded.  He again answered the
call of country and now works for Trump.

The main 2007 predators were fraud based subprime real estate loan
companies like Arnall's Ameriquest.  Arnall was the number one
2004 Bush campaign single contributor which is how he stayed ahead of
fines imposed by Democratic state Attorney General's.  Ameriquest
sponsored the Bush owned Texas Rangers baseball team until the
publicity, scandals and fines forced them to change the name of their
field from Ameriquest Field.

Cheney, as it turned out was very wrong in predicting four years for 44.
In 2012 Republican challenger Mitt Romney could not read his own
Benghazi press release soon after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack.  U.S.
Ambassador Stevens was killed but was not taken hostage which meant no
September surprise to match Reagan’s October surprise vs then President Carter.
Obama won his second term.

Secretary of State Clinton came to realize that everyone up the extensive
chain of command had failed to respond effectively which ultimately left the
blame for Benghazi on her.

Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz, however, was finally elected to Congress
in 2016 to offset her fathers failed powers of prediction.  Possibly as a challenge
to a faltering Trump and or Pence in 2020 as the first female VP.  Enough!  The
world can only handle so many horror reality shows at one time.

In 2008, elements of right wing America thought President Obama was
going to take away their *freedumbs* and guns.  This resulted in an
exponential uptick in death threats and the sale of guns and ammo.
Typical and expected from NRA “Purge Night” Skinheads.  How
many believed such hyperbolic crap?  (Is this blog equally hyperbolic?
Hardly)  Political power, oil and nihilistic party over country is what the
2016 GOP believed as per moderate heavyweight George Packer at the 2017
NYPL appearance.  Republican moderates Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein
rightly singled out their own party with worse descriptions.

Going from Cheney and Arnall to Fantastic Beast Obscurants like Trump,
Miller, Bannon and Jeff Sessions wasn't such a stretch after all.



Sunday, February 26, 2017

THE UNPOSSIBLE FILES






This blog is a mix of politics, humor and far-out philosophical musings.  
I start with some Loudon Wainwright III political humor to prepare 
myself for what's to come from President Trump, Religious Right, 
Putin, Netanyahu and the RW likes of Alex-ander "Zoolander" Jones.

"In Russia, farms of online trolls systematically harass democratic 
voices and spread false information on the Internet and on social 
media" - Eric Schmidt CEO, Alphabet (Google)

The above is far from confined to only Russia's local internet...

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html...Adrian Chen






http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/17/how-pro-trump-twitter-bots-spread-fake-
news.html?via=desktop&source=twitter...Gideon Resnick

The Paranoid Style As Weaponized Disinformation:
"In fact, the idea of the paranoid style as a force in politics would 
have little contemporary relevance or historical value if it were 
applied only to men with profoundly disturbed minds.  It is the 
use of paranoid modes of expression by more or less normal 
people that makes the phenomenon significant."
...The Paranoid Style in American Politics”, Richard Hofstadter, 1964

http://www.cjr.org/analysis/breitbart-media-trump-harvard-study.php 
From the above Columbia Journalism Review March 3, 2017: 
"What we find in our data is a network of mutually-reinforcing hyper-
partisan sites that revive what Richard Hofstadter called “the paranoid 
style in American politics,” combining decontextualized truths, 
repeated falsehoods, and leaps of logic to create a fundamentally 
misleading view of the world." 

"“Fake news,” which implies made of whole cloth by politically 
disinterested parties out to make a buck of Facebook advertising 
dollars, rather than propaganda and disinformation, is not an 
adequate term. By repetition, variation, and circulation through 
many associated sites, the network of sites make their claims 
familiar to readers, and this fluency with the core narrative gives 
credence to the incredible" ...benkler-faris-roberts-and-zuckerman, 
Columbia Journalism Review
                                                                                                        
NY Times, 9/7/16 - OXFORD, England — "Defense Secretary 
Ashton B. Carter lashed out at Russia on Wednesday, accusing the 
government of President Vladimir V. Putin of demonstrating a “clear 
ambition to erode” international order and warning Russia to stay 
out of the American elections.  Russia plainly ignored that admonition." 

https://www.buzzfeed.com/miriamelder/trumps-critics-are-letting-the-
bigger-russia-story-slide?utm_term=.ivkEvpYmK#.hcPWrde61

THE UNPOSSIBLE FILES:
IMO, this has been happening for a decade.  Russian troll network 
disinformation merging their message with elements of the U.S. 
and Israeli Religious Right, the Trump friendly National Enquirer, 
Murdoch media empire (worldwide tabloids, Fox “News”), David 
Icke and Alex Jones who intentionally or unintelionally merged 
their messages with Russian troll farm disinformation long before 
prominent Republican/ libertarians like civilian Ron Paul, Pat 
Buchanan, Rudy Giuliani, Ralph Peters, Gen. Mike Flynn, 
Rep. Steve King, Franklin Graham, Jim Bakker and the religious 
right praised Putin in 2014 for his moral and political leadership.  
How many other elected Republican conservatives like then 
newly elected Senator Rand Paul lent the power and influence of 
their office and family to aid Russia and undermine the Obama 
administration in 2013?  The same year contractor Ed Snowden 
gave away the NSA store to Russia where he now lives.  

GOP Senators and Representatives like Dana Rohrbacher hiding 
support and influence due to negative impacts on future election 
chances?  IMO, influential Republican proxies and electeds 
like those named are likely years ahead of Mueller’s investigation 
into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election.  Russia wanted 
to be “caught” undermining U.S. elections.  I wish Mueller luck.  
Snowden journalist, Russia defender and new Fox News star 
guest Glenn Greenwald appears confident when on Fox News
and RT in Russia along with Max Blumenthal among others. 

Putin is Christian.  At least he says he is.  The aforementioned 
more than take his word while in 2014 they questioned their 
own leader's religion and citizenship.  None dare call it_____(guess).  


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-13/will-putin-
and-trump-bond-over-oil
What else do all of them have in common?   Many are funded by oil 
and might want the price of same to go to "at least" $100 a bbl. to 
bailout oil economies of Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, Russia, Iran, 
Saudi Arabia and Russia friendly Venezuela.  Putin’s Russia wants 
Antarctica to melt for it's oil which means, at least for them and for 
oil red states, global warming doesn't exist.  They all know that it's 
caused by humans but economics causes them to "unknow" and 
deny that which is inconvenient.  Like facts.  

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas doesn't look like a genius 
promoting tax cuts and supply-side economics for his state.  
He recently quit as Governor to take a job with the Trump 
administration.  It doesn't hurt that his state of Kansas is the 
Koch Brothers home base.  The right wing put their faith in oil, 
in Putin, Koch, Exxon CEO and former Sec. of State, Rex Tillerson, 
in Donald Fucking Trump and, last but not least, in fear and doom 
ultra-nationalism.  potent combination.  A vindication of Czar Putin, 
Trump's financial, cyberpathic hacking and financial backer of last resort.  
They won.  They lost the popular vote (again) but they won. 

"In a report dated May 21, Internet Research Agency commercial 
director Svetlana Boiko discussed the progress of the trolling 
project’s $75,000 trial period, which began April 10. The report 
says that during that period, the trolls left more than 2,500 
comments on 30 different news websites, tweeted 1,220 times 
from 12 accounts, wrote 85 Facebook posts, posted 175 times 
in an unspecified number of forums, and made five bizarre 
YouTube videos attacking the U.S. government."
"Bizarre" YT videos attacking U.S. government?  Deliberately 
using "bizarre" "paranoid modes of expression" as a means of 
spreading not misinformation but disinformation by Psy-war 
troll farm networks whose deliberately demented content is 
offset by shear numbers of You Tube channels, deliberately 
psychotic You Tube supporting comments and further offset 
by officious British accented narrators.  Thousands of bogus 
"alternative" YT channels, fake comments, blogs, fake news, 
bogus forums (Above Top Secret) and websites with "news 
government (always stating or implying the U.S. government 
not the Russian Big Brother surveillance state) doesn't 
want you to know."  

That last is now referred to as U.S. Cold War paranoid 
“McCarthyism” by so-called journalistic gatekeepers like 
Glenn Greenwald and Max Blumenthal.  The term 
Russophobia is seen in what's left of comment sections 
used with exaggerated formality, feigned insult and pointed 
accusing finger of fake political correctness thrown back at 
US liberals.  Only slightly exaggerated: "At the end of the day sir, 
have you no shame with your insulting Russophobic baseless 
accusations.  Where's your proof?  It is indeed a sad day."  
IOW, trolling Army vs Joe McCarthy beyond satire and sarcasm.   
Which aligns perfectly with the Greenwald defense of Russia
when he repeats the charge of McCarthyism over and over at 
anyone who dares say the word collusion. 

FROM THE ABOVE 2014 BUZZFEED LINK
(prelude to much wider coverage):
"Russia’s campaign to shape international opinion around
its invasion of Ukraine has extended to recruiting and training
a new cadre of online trolls that have been deployed to spread
the Kremlin’s message on the comments section of top
American websites."

"Plans attached to emails leaked by a mysterious Russian 
hacker collective show IT managers reporting on a new 
ideological front against the West in the comments 
sections of Fox News, Huffington Post, The Blaze, Politico
and WorldNetDaily."  (Fake newspeak: "shocking, appalling 
and cause for concern")

"The bizarre hive of social media activity appears 
to be part of a two-pronged Kremlin campaign to 
claim control over the internet, launching a million-
dollar army of trolls to mold American public 
opinion as it cracks down on internet freedom at home."
Not to mention an army of Russian hackers and trolls
influencing the 2016 elections with help from the RNC,
Wikileaks, and DNC incompetence in failing to heed
repeated FBI phone calls in Sept 2015 that high ranking
DNC computers and emails had been breached.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/us/politics/russia-
hack-election-dnc.html?
_r=0

https://newrepublic.com/article/138019/right-giving-democracy
Explaining evangelical support for Trump via Jeet Heer of
The New Republic: "More recently, a virtual Vladimir Putin 
cult has arisen among religious conservatives longing for a 
return to cultural purity."
Putin’s macho bearing, his hostility to LGBT rights, 
and his fusion of nationalism with support for the 
Russian Orthodoxy all make him an attractive 
figure to right-wing Christians disenchanted 
with Obama’s socially liberal America. 
Franklin Graham, heir to the most influential
American evangelist, says Putin should be
celebrated for taking “a stand" to protect his
nation’s children from the damaging effects of
any gay and lesbian agenda,” even as “America’s
own morality has fallen so far on this issue.”
Rush Limbaugh cheers Putin for opposing “a
full-frontal assault on what has always been
considered normalcy.” Religious Right stalwart
Bryan Fischer, host of the radio program Focal
Point, has hailed Putin as a “lion of Christianity.”
Sam Rohrer, president of the America
Pastors Network, calls the Russian president
the moral leader of the world.”.....Jeet Heer Oct 24, 2016

Disinformation soft news and comments on YT videos and
on HuffPo’s old comment sections are the least of new Cold
War blizzard of lies tactics.  They are way down in terms of
importance.  Sowing fear and doubt by increments: hacking
the internet, large corporations, banks, candidate emails.
Soon to come: possible political blackmail of the Trump
White House via Wikileaks, Stormy Daniels, right wing
governments on Russia's border, a "big emergency" possibly
involving domestic terror in the US to reverse Trump's sinking
poll numbers or an emergency of the kind that will spike the
price of oil upward.

The 2016 NYC pre-election explosions on 23rd Street three
blocks from where I live where no one was killed and all
injured were released from the hospital the next morning
was prelude to something worse.  The Nov. 8th election of
Donald Trump.

The fact that the explosions occurred across the street
from the home of TPM editor and virulent Trump foe,
Josh Marshall and his family has to be an unfortunate
coincidence.  He and his family were elsewhere
at the time.  Marshall was writing editorial after editorial
critical of Putin's relationship with Trump and Russian
backing of New York City's Trump Soho hotel.

Now the Republican base grinds clenched teeth as a
Trump regime takes shape.  As liberal Keith Olbermann
and conservative David Frum have recently tweeted, the
25th Amendment Article 4 will be getting a lot of scrutiny
even as Trump concedes $25 million in restitution
regarding Trump U to ex-NYS AG, Schneiderman.  The only
reason it wasn't bigger was because statutes of limitations
had run out.  If Trump had been defeated he wouldn't have
paid anything.

My personal nightmare continues for four or eight more
years with Trump's Republican Party much more of a
danger than he is with legislative powers much greater
than the last time they lost the popular vote and assumed a
mandate to govern.  They will do so with or without the
Soprano level R/ E gangster unless he has something really
terrible on them or Fox News.

It's become a tradition for Republican's to use the #1 spot
as a foil to distract while the big boys, in this case Pense,
Nunes and Grassley, McConnell run the show.  While the
compliant mainstream and the subservient to insanity
right wing Enquirer, Globe, Breitbart and Drudge play
“what will Donald J, FLOTUS and First Daughter Vanky
Tweet today?"