Sunday 22nd of October 2017

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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2017-10-21 23:55


President Trump may block some of the classified documents relating to the Kennedy assassination from being released next week, according to administration officials. Social media users are pressing the president to release the files, saying that they 'may save Trump's life' and urging him not to become a 'deep state puppet'.

White House officials told Politico that among the 3,000+ secret assassination-related documents, which must be released later this month in accordance with a 1992 law, some documents from the 1990s may be kept classified. Officials did not comment on which specific details regarding John F. Kennedy's November 1963 assassination may be kept secret. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said only that the administration is working "to ensure that the maximum amount of data can be released to the public."

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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2017-10-21 18:19


Fact #5: Mike Pence was still repeating the “draw a line in the sand” line from the No Climate Tax pledge in 2015 at Thomas Pyle’s American Energy Alliance (AEA)

During a conference call organized by American Energy Alliance to unify resistance to President Obama’s pollution-cutting Clean Power Plan, Mr. Pence declared:

We’ve drawn a line in the sand and made it clear that the state of Indiana will not comply … We’ll avail ourselves of all legal remedies.

AEA, an organization that has received millions from groups linked to the Kochs, was founded in 2008 by Thomas Pyle, a former Koch Industries director of federal affairs. After the conference call, AEA issued a statement which reads:

We encourage other governors and state leaders to follow the lead of Governor Pence, as well as Governor Walker of Wisconsin, and protect their citizens by ceasing all efforts to comply with EPA’s regulation.”

On November 11, 2016, President Trump replaced New Jersey Governor Christie with Vice President-elect Pence as chairman of his transition. Pence was ready. Shortly thereafter, he chose Pyle to head up the new Administration’s energy transition team.

A roadmap to radically rewrite America’s energy future, written by Pyle, was uncovered the following month by the Center for Media & Democracy. It laid out a master plan of 14 policies — including withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement — that collectively amounts to a Koch Brothers wish list to boost the fossil fuel industry and cripple competitive climate change solutions.

But Mike Pence was only getting started. The Vice President’s influence over the federal government and his fealty to the Koch agenda is breathtaking. Ms. Mayer quotes U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) as saying:

If Pence were to become President for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers—period. He’s been their tool for years.”

She even quotes President Trump’s former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon:

I’m concerned he’d be a President that the Kochs would own.”

Today, the country is fixated on President Trump. Meanwhile, the Koch Brothers are getting stronger. Through the Vice President’s, who could soon become President, they are preparing for a final take-over of the federal government. 

Scott Peterson is executive director of Checks and Balances Project, a national watchdog blog that seeks to hold government officials, lobbyists and corporate management accountable to the public. Funding for C&BP comes from sustainable economy philanthropies and donors. 

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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2017-10-21 05:48

Still, at least the EU has now agreed to start internal discussions on how it will approach the second phase of talks on trade with the UK. This offer has all the bonhomie and promise of a captor telling his victim that while the torture bit is not yet over, they can start the desperate bargaining phase in parallel.

The problem, we keep hearing, is that we have a lame duck negotiating for us. Who do lame ducks negotiate with? Acas-trained foxes? Farmers-of-few-words bearing down on them with a ligature and a sack?

As she repeatedly stated, May called the snap election because “other parties” were trying to frustrate the Brexit process, and because a bigger majority would give her a “stronger hand” in negotiations with the EU. Anyhow … here we are now. Don’t sprain your eyeballs rolling them, but the greatest enemy to the Brexit process is the wingnuts in her own party, while No 10 briefings are suggesting her weakness is our ace in the hole.

According to the Times, government sources told them the prime minister had made a series of weekend phone calls in which she “stuck it” to EU leaders about the reality of her political predicament. Please don’t question this use of the term “stuck it”. If you’ve ever watched one of those wildlife documentaries where a zebra “sticks it” to a lion pack, you’ll know what a powerful line of attack that can be.

Even so, given the reliance on poker analogies that has sustained the government for over a year now, one has to ask: in what poker games do you see people using begging and weakness as a strategy? That’s right: games in which some stupid deadbeat has just lost the money for his kids’ food and is imploring the guys to go easy on him or his wife will sling him out.

What an adorable irony it is that the Brexiteers went into the referendum effectively casting the UK as 007 at the peak of his game. We are now literally begging Le Chiffre for our car keys back, while he cries bloody tears of laughter over our predicament. Yes, the Casino Royale villain’s lachrymal tic was the worst poker tell in the history of the game – until the UK premiered “Please help me: I am being propped up by the DUP and am holding a 2-7 off suit.”

Even after the Conservative party conference and that astonishingly brutal spectacle in the Coughosseum, it seems May’s torments are going to become only more exquisite. Not only is time causing her negotiating position to decay faster than most radioactive isotopes, but she is condemned to do it all with the least helpful noises-off possible.


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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2017-10-21 05:40


With the Trump-Russia scandal expanding—it now includes new revelations regarding Moscow’s use of social media in the United States to influence the 2016 campaign—Capitol Hill sources are questioning whether the House intelligence committee has devoted sufficient resources to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation of this wide-ranging matter.

The committee’s to-do list includes a long list of subjects to probe: the Russian intelligence hack-and-dump operations targeting Democrats and the Clinton campaign, the Russian effort to penetrate state election systems, the pre- and post-election interactions and ties between Trump associates and Russians, the financial links between Donald Trump and Russian entities, the memos compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher David Steele, the firing of FBI director Jim Comey, the Obama administration’s response to the Russian assault, the role of WikiLeaks and other possible cut-outs in Moscow’s information warfare against the United States, and more. Yet according to committee sources, only a modest number of staffers have been assigned the task of investigating all of this. These sources note that the Republicans who control the committee have only put four or five full-time staffers on the case. The Democrats, who are granted a much smaller share of the committee’s resources because they are in the minority, have fewer people working full-time on the investigation.

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Mother Jones found a bone... It's one of those plastic toys for dogs that whistles when you put your teeth on it. Okay. Putin and the Russian government did not interfere with the US Presidential elections. But the thought of such interference via devious channels keeps a few reporters busy, looking under any Facebook advert for people (Russians — no Ukrainians allowed) who did not want Hillary to win. Nor Donald for that matter... There would be some of these as well on Facebook, but let's not look here.

So how many people should the House Intelligence Committee put on this investigation? Six? Twenty? One hundred? As many as it takes to dig a hole and suddenly find that La Clinton was also a Uranium agent for Russia? Or find that Wikileaks got their info from within the DNC? Or find nothing that has not already been explored, including Trump's attempts at befriending Russia against the wishes of the "establishment" and of the MMMM (mediocre mass media etc) who need Russia as a boogey man to justify their own existence?


by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2017-10-21 05:20

artiste ou mad?

How the times have changed! Once praised as an opponent of the Russian state, "artist" Petr Pavlensky is now facing charges for setting a French bank's door on fire in Paris - the same "performance" he put on in Moscow when he burned down the door of the Federal Security Service.

Petr Pavlensky has been taken to a mental facility of police in the French capital. It seems the attitude to setting a door on fire could be different from condemnation and anger only in one case — when the door is of someone else.

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by Gus Leonisky on Sat, 2017-10-21 04:58


Fox News never announced that it was dropping its famous slogan “Fair and Balanced”. A reporter for Vanity Fair broke the story on June 14 this year.

These days Rupert Murdoch’s American cable network tags itself “Most watched, Most trusted.” That is also untrue: MSNBC now regularly outrates it, and Fox is the most negatively fact-checked news network in the United States.

Since no explanation has been given, we can only guess why the old tag was dumped. It seems improbable that Fox management decided they could no longer maintain the pretence. More likely, they realised their slogan had become a punchline.

In newsrooms everywhere, on evening comedy and satire shows, among reasonable and well-informed people in the US and around the world, to say something is “fair and balanced” now is to imply quite the opposite.

Yet despite this context, the Turnbull government introduced legislation into federal parliament this week to inflict the old Fox slogan on Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC. Indeed, the title of the bill brought into the house on Wednesday by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Amendment (Fair and Balanced) Bill 2017.


Around the corridors, though, people are apt to refer to it by a shorter title, “the One Nation Bill”. That’s who originally came up with the idea.

One Nation loathes the ABC. Loathes it for the Four Corners exposé that was done on the party’s dodgy governance, loathes it for its reality-based reportage on issues ranging from climate change to immunisation, for its championing of cultural diversity and for its general intelligence. As one critic summarised One Nation’s demands: “They want equal time for ignorance.”

Earlier, the party threatened it would not agree to support any government legislation unless the ABC budget was slashed by another $600 million over four years. There was no appetite for this, so Hanson has changed tack.

The “One Nation Bill” is one very small part of a bigger picture. But the fact that Fifield obligingly introduced what ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie calls “legislation designed to further a political vendetta” is seen as indicative of the government’s general lack of regard for the importance of public broadcasting and its willingness to sacrifice the ABC’s integrity at the behest of an array of vested interests.

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by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-10-20 17:20


According to Russia's Defense Ministry, the US State Department has finally admitted that the infamous Al Nusra Front, which controls Syria's Idlib Governorate through the umbrella terrorist group HTS and is still thought to be a front for al-Qaeda, "not only has, but uses chemical weapons against civilians."

"The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (HTS), linked to Jabhat al-Nusra, which uses 'small and heavy arms, improvised explosive devices, and chemical weapons', operates in that province [Idlib]. This is the first official recognition by the [US] State Department not simply of the presence, but, I emphasize, the use of chemical weapons by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in that part of Syria to commit terrorist attacks, about which we repeatedly warned," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Konashenkov said.

Igor Konashenkov also recalled that in Idlib province, "only one case of the use of chemical weapons is known — in Khan-Sheikhun."

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by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-10-20 17:06
This is the first part in our second season of videos and articles covering the downing of MH17, produced by MH17 Inquiry. The first season is available here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 and Part 6.

Series 1 covered and disputed the major “findings” of both the MH 17 official inquiries and those of the “citizen journalist” groups. Beginning with in-depth investigations into the sightings of a BUK convoy in Zugres, that mysterious Elderberry bush, BBC coverage, sightings of a MIG fighter and ending with the enigmatic “To Whose Benefit?”

Not being a group to sit on their laurels, nor on a cosy armchair like a Bellingcat … the MH 17 Inquiry authors have begun production of series 2, continuing their tradition of investigating on location, where the evidence is. The opening episode begins with a recap of the MH17 disaster, asking which countries have ever “accidentally” shot down a commercial passenger jet and how is it possible that such disasters happened?

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Noteworthy as well in the second headline about "generous" Crown Casino — now under investgation for tempering with the poker machines...

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-10-20 16:28

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast “fake media” for sweeping under the carpet revelations about a controversial Obama-era uranium deal with Russia that was tied to Hillary Clinton.

Trump, who often derides the mainstream media as "fake news," on Thursday lashed out at the networks again, this time for ignoring what he felt was a bombshell story. That day, The Hill published a report that the FBI had investigated corruption in the nuclear industry before the State Department, at that time headed by Clinton, and the Obama administration approved a 2010 deal giving Moscow control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the US.

According to The Hill, the controversial deal that made Russian atomic energy agency Rosatom one of the world's largest uranium producers, was inked despite substantial evidence obtained by the FBI during the probe. There was also speculation that Clinton, then secretary of state, approved the agreement benefiting Russia in exchange for donations to the Clinton Foundation from Canadian mining industry leaders involved in the deal. Clinton denied that she helped support the donors' interests.

"Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn't want to follow!" Trump tweeted Thursday, criticizing news outlets for keeping silent on the issue.

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently launched an investigation into the matter and sought permission to interview an FBI informant who helped agents uncover the scheme.


"To me what this shows is what Julian Assange has frankly been saying all along, that what he is seeing is not any collusion between Trump and his people and Russia, but that in fact Hillary herself was compromised, let's put it that way, in her dealings with folks in Russia," Dan Kovalik, human rights and labor lawyer, told Radio Sputnik in an interview.

He said he found it absurd that Clinton, who bears some responsibility for starting and promoting the RussiaGate witch hunt, is now being drawn into the narrative.

"She did start it. Her campaign folks, John Podesta, we know, intentionally came up with the RussiaGate claims within 24 hours of her concession speech… in order to deflect blame away from herself and her campaign for what seemed to be an impossible loss to Donald Trump."

Meanwhile, Clinton continues to accuse Moscow and WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange of conspiring to disrupt her presidential bid. The FBI's special counsel, Robert Mueller, as well as the US House of Representatives and Senate Intelligence Committees, are examining Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election and whether collusion with Trump associates took place.

Kovalik pointed out that in fact Trump's policy is in some ways more hostile to Russia than that of the Obama administration, during which major sales to Russian corporate entities of strategic commodities like uranium were approved.


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by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2017-10-20 15:00

Congratulations to Jacinda Ardern for this unexpected victory. Let's hope that The Aussie sourpuss do not try to interfere with her good work as they tried to do, prior to the New Zealand elections... For Julie Bishop to say that "should there be a change of government she would find it very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations designed to undermine the government of Australia", is a bit rich coming from a woman who has shifted allegiances between potential PMs more times than one can have hot dinners in a year. She should be sacked for interfering in another government's workings, far far more seriously that alleged Putin's influences in the US election of the Dumb One.