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    Modi: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

    John Oliver talks about India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, why he’s popular, why he’s controversial, and where things are headed for the largest democracy in the world.
    Feb 23, 2020

    18:47 minutes


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    Meanwhile ...


    “And tonight, live from Washington, it’s ‘America’s
    Funniest Conspiracy Theories.’ ”

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    Joking

    ♪ "Yeah, baby, when the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down
    (I'll be running this town, I'll tell you)
    When the shit hits the fan
    I'll be sittin on the can" ♪



    When The Whip Comes Down


    The Rolling Stones

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    The conspiracy plot (s) thicken ...



    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) waves to supporters at a campaign rally for Sanders on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Russia Isn’t Dividing Us — Our Leaders Are

    A last-ditch effort to derail the Sanders campaign fails
    as voters finally reject the Russia con ...


    By Matt Taibbi


    The latest act in the comedy began Friday, just before voting opened in the Nevada Democratic caucus. The Washington Post ran a story — sourced, I’m not joking, to “people familiar with the matter” — explaining that Bernie Sanders had been briefed that “Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest.”

    Sanders was quick to see through the gambit. “I’ll let you guess about one day before the Nevada caucus. Why do you think it came out?” He pointed to a Post reporter: “It was The Washington Post? Good friends.” The Post after all has spent years dumping on Sanders, a fervent critic of the paper’s billionaire creep of an owner, Jeff Bezos.

    Intelligence officials and pundits have been screeching for years that patriotism demands voters reject the foreign agent Donald Trump and the Russian asset Bernie Sanders, and support a conventional establishment politician. Voters responded by moving toward Trump in national approval surveys and speeding Sanders to the top of the Democratic Party ticket. A more thorough disavowal of official propaganda would be difficult to imagine.

    Russiagate will soon be four years old. For the first three years, it pushed parallel themes: that Russia had “interfered” in the 2016 election, and Trump conspired in the fraud.

    The latter theme at times garnered literal around-the-clock coverage. CNN and MSNBC especially (but also the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Daily Beast and other major outlets) preached to audiences that the fall of the Trump administration was imminent. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, news audiences were told, would reveal the Trump-Russia conspiracy and save the world.

    After this story died a violent death when Mueller’s probe ended with no new charges, conventional wisdom shifted to a new gospel: Russiagate was about foreign interference.

    Russiagate from the start smelled funny, like bad food. Multiple developments worsened the odor. Stories kept coming up wrong. There were too many unnamed sources, too frequently contradicting each other and/or overstating facts. Every hoofprint was a zebra’s. Outlets stopped worrying about relaying unconfirmed rumors, which is how terms like “blackmail,” “Trump,” “Russia” and even “Golden Showers” kept appearing in headlines, without proof there ever had been blackmail.

    Moreover, while ordinary citizens like Reality Winner went straight to jail for leaking, senior government officials in the last four years repeatedly and with impunity leaked Russia-related tales. The leaks often pushed still more incorrect narratives, like for instance that that Trump aide Carter Page was a foreign agent.

    But the biggest red flag of all was the way in which “Russia” over the last few years became shorthand to describe any brand of political deviance. I wrote this two years ago:

    “Since Trump’s election, we’ve been told Putin was all or partly behind the lot of it: the Catalan independence movement, the Sanders campaign, Brexit, Jill Stein’s Green Party run, Black Lives Matter, the resignations of intra-party Trump critics Bob Corker and Jeff Flake…”

    Unnamed “officials” have since added the Corbyn movement in England, the gilets jaunes, protesters in Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia, militias in Africa, pro-government disinformation campaigns in Hong Kong, the presidential campaign of Tulsi Gabbard, and countless other undesirables to what has amounted to an ongoing, cumulative blacklist.

    The extraordinary thing about this campaign to identify basically the entire universe of political thought outside of establishment Democrats in the U.S. as Russian assets has been the obvious projection involved.

    The plot running through all of these stories has been the idea that Russia is trying to “undermine our democracy” by “sowing division.” But these charges are coming from the same people who spent the last four years describing Republicans as deplorable fascists, and progressives on the other side as racist, sexist, Nazis, and “digital brownshirts.”

    This has resulted in a four-year parade of official cranks muttering about Russian efforts to “divide” us, when their own relentless message has been that America is besieged by a pair of Hitlerian movements on the left and right that must be put down at all costs. The only vision of “unity” they promote is one of obedience to the crackpot anti-utopia of neoliberalism that populations around the world are currently rejecting at the ballot box.

    The core of the argument about Russian interference rested upon two major news stories: the hack of the DNC in 2016, and a campaign by the “Internet Research Agency” to push “divisive” social media content.

    The former is a leak of true information about the correspondence of senior Democratic Party officials (Jeremy Corbyn was similarly accused of abetting Russian disinformation efforts when damning-but-real materials about the British National Health Service were leaked). The latter? A story about a group of silly memes, amplified a billion-fold by the American commercial news reports about these same efforts.

    Did the Russians actually do these things? Maybe. It’s not confirmed either way. The sourcing even today remains tied to the same people who’ve lied about a thousand other things, both in the course of this story and before, from WMDs to the missile gap. As we saw this week, when officials quietly began admitting their ideas about “what Russia wants” rested upon perhaps “overstated” interpretations of intelligence, many of these narratives have been elaborate exercises in reading tea leaves. And they won’t let us see the tea leaves.

    But if there is official Russian agency behind, say, the Internet Research Agency, those efforts pale in comparison to the enormous institutional effort in the United States to use the narrative for other ends.

    The United States, whose spending on intelligence and the military alone nearly equals Russia’s GDP, could crush Russia for breakfast and take the rest of the day off for beer and volleyball. But officials have spent the last few years furiously constructing a popular vision of the Russian enemy far bigger than the actual country, which the likes of Rachel Maddow and Barack Obama not long ago were correctly calling a “gnat on the butt of an elephant.”

    Last week was a perfect example. Intelligence officials briefed Sanders about a belief on their part that Russia wanted to “help” his campaign, although the nature of this assistance was not specific enough to be disclosed.

    The Post noted “U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost Sanders’s campaign against Hillary Clinton,” a typically deceptive construction.

    Prosecutors asserted a Russian effort to boost Sanders rather than finding it as true. Nobody has seen the “proof” of this story, not even the Russians charged by Robert Mueller with the conspiracy to help Sanders. In fact, that evidence was deemed so sensitive that Mueller sought to prevent the Russian defendants from seeing it in discovery. The proof was somehow so dangerous, we had to overturn centuries of legal tradition to keep it hidden.

    No matter, the press had no problem repeating the story, because why not? The notion that Russians want to help Sanders always fit nicely into establishment propaganda.

    As a result, we get situations like last week, where there was an assertion about an unknown level of Russian support — presumably, social media boosting — that could not possibly equal the impact of a single news story leaked to the Post on the eve of the Nevada primary. Every news consumer in America heard that story last week. Russians could only dream of such saturation.

    The logic of Russiagate is now beyond absurd. Vladimir Putin, somehow in perfect sync with American voting trends, seeks to elevate both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, apparently to compete against himself in the general election, in a desperate effort to suppress the terrifying political might of, say, Joe Biden. I doubt even Neera Tanden in the depths of a wine coma could believe this plot now.

    That this is a dumb story is characteristic. The people pushing it don’t have any smart arguments left for remaining in power. Through decades of corporate giveaways, trickle-up economics, pointless wars, and authoritarianism, they’ve failed the entire population. They are the ones directly threatened by any hint that the population is awakening to its decades-long disenfranchisement.

    They are also the ones who benefit most from “disinformation.” Who’s trying to divide us? Our own leaders, and as results like the Nevada primary show, the public now knows it.



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    Illuminati youth high jinks ...


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    The latest ...

    Interesting Jordan decided to travel to Northern Italy
    during all the Corona-virus/hype, the streets appear
    full of tourist partaking ... Will be interesting to see
    if he can travel freely when he finally departs ...

    1252 CARNIVAL of VENICE ITALY Costume Contest and Party -
    Jordan The Lion Travel Vlog (2/24/20)

    Feb 24, 2020

    19:08 minutes


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    And since it's Festival time around the world ...
    From Jordan's friend and fellow vlogger Adam the Woo ...



    My First Time at Mardi Gras in New Orleans -
    Fat Tuesday 2020 Parades & Full Street Experience

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    A visit to New Orleans Louisiana for Mardi Gras 2020 on Fat Tuesday . My first time every attending the event attempting to catch beads and coconuts .

    Feb 26, 2020

    17:53 minutes


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    Note start video at the beginning to find out ...

    And speaking of Jordan ...

    Am I On Lockdown For CORONAVIRUS?

    Live from Venice, Italy

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    “My name is Rachel, and it’s been twelve days
    since I engaged in political discourse online.”

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    To the new Corona/Czar ...



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    All aboard !
    The
    CRAZY TRAIN





    ♪ Crazy, but that's how it goes
    Millions of people living as foes
    Maybe it's not too late
    To learn how to love and forget how to hate

    Mental wounds not healing
    Life's a bitter shame
    I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train
    I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train ♪







    ♪ I know that things are going wrong for me
    You gotta listen to my words, yeah, yeah ♪




    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVovq9TGBw0






    ♪ I've listened to preachers,
    I've listened to fools
    I've watched all the dropouts
    Who make their own rules
    One person conditioned to rule and control
    The media sells it and you live the role

    Mental wounds still screaming
    Driving me insane
    I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train
    I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train ♪





    ♪ Heirs of a cold war
    That's what we've become
    Inheriting troubles
    I'm mentally numb
    Crazy, I just cannot bear
    I'm living with something that just isn't fair

    Mental wounds not healing
    Who and what's to blame
    I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train
    I'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train ♪

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    CDC warns men about facial hair dangers as coronavirus spreads


    Coronavirus Fears Are Reshaping Global Facial Hair Trends

    Feb 27, 2020

    !:50 moments



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    The latest

    GOVERNMENT WANTS TO BAN EVERYTHING! - #NewWorldNextWeek



    Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:


    Story #1: Posting Anti-Vaccine Propaganda on Social Media Could Become Criminal Offence
    https://bit.ly/3abK3zs

    Zero Hedge Suspended On Twitter
    https://bit.ly/32xr3sd

    Outrage as YouTube Reportedly Blocks History Teachers Uploading Hitler Archive Clips
    https://bit.ly/2VrzaVO

    UK Police Deny Responsibility for Poster Urging Parents to Report Kids for Using Linux
    https://bit.ly/37XIe7y

    Story #2: UNESCO Claims Climate Denial To Be Criminalized And Prosecuted
    https://bit.ly/388YvH2

    Jerome Ravetz on Uncertainty in Science
    https://bit.ly/3a9hXEG

    Story #3: Foreign Interference In Elections Is Unacceptable. Congress Must Make It Illegal.
    https://archive.is/jeBT5
    Feb 27, 2020

    19:32 minutes



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