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    “Every position here is ‘acting.’ As in, we’re all acting like he knows what he’s doing.”

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    Forget Me Nots ...


    Trump: Washington should have named Mount Vernon after himself ...
    Mount Aianawa.
    = DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =

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    The Homeless Man Who Made a Horror Movie


    VICE
    Published on Apr 10, 2019


    David Fussell’s dream was always to be a film director. Whilst living in a small town in Wales and working as a mechanic, misfortune struck - both of his parents died and the house he inherited from them flooded, costing him £90,000. Instead of dwelling on his misfortune, he saw the loss as an opportunity: freedom.

    He decided to put his remaining money towards living out his dream by self financing, writing, producing, directing and acting in the action-spy-horror movie he always wanted to make - Mystic Demon Killer. This decision eventually cost him a lot more than he had anticipated, including his home. It didn’t, however, dampen his spirits.

    After shooting the film, whilst living in a van, he took a train to London with nothing but the clothes on his back and a rough cut of his film on a hard drive. Since coming to London, David has managed to build a network of supportive people and organisations who have helped him out in various ways to realise his vision. He has spent the past four and a half years sleeping rough outside a department store in Central London by night, and editing his film by downloading some free editing software on a computer in the offices of a homeless shelter by day.

    VICE follow David in the build up to the cinematic premiere of his film. David takes us on a tour of his London, showing us the places which have been important in his journey. David’s optimism and determination are admirable, and through spending time with him and his friends it is clear that the preconception of homeless people which is often lazily pedaled out by the mainstream media doesn’t even come close to the rich and varied realities and experiences for the many different types of people who live on the street.

    Rent or purchase Mystic Demon Killer here: http://bit.ly/2U50bu4

    Support David’s GoFundMe for further films here: http://bit.ly/2P0spFg
    29:47 minutes


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    Can you hear me ...


    Doctor Wu

    Steely Dan



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    #NewWorldNextWeek ...

    Hallelujah! Government Allows Homeowners to Grow Vegetables!


    Welcome back 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 ...


    corbettreport
    Published on Apr 11, 2019
    All news items link listed below youtube show notes.

    19:38 minutes


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    Why the Assange Arrest Should Scare Reporters

    The WikiLeaks founder will be tried in a real court for one thing,
    but for something else in the court of public opinion ...



    Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England. After weeks of speculation Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by Scotland Yard Police Officers inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in Central London this morning. Ecuador's President, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange's Asylum after seven years citing repeated violations to international conventions.

    by Matt Taibbi



    "Julian Assange was arrested in England on Thursday. Though nothing has been announced, there are reports he may be extradited to the United States to face charges related to Obama-era actions.

    Here’s the Washington Post on the subject of prosecuting Assange:

    “A conviction would also cause collateral damage to American media freedoms. It is difficult to distinguish Assange or WikiLeaks from The Washington Post.”

    That passage is from a 2011 editorial, “Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Try Julian Assange.”

    The Post editorial of years back is still relevant because Assange is being tried for an “offense” almost a decade old. What’s changed since is the public perception of him, and in a supreme irony it will be the government of Donald “I love WikiLeaks” Trump benefiting from a trick of time, to rally public support for a prosecution that officials hesitated to push in the Obama years.

    Much of the American media audience views the arrested WikiLeaks founder through the lens of the 2016 election, after which he was denounced as a Russian cutout who threw an election for Trump.

    But the current indictment is the extension of a years-long effort, pre-dating Trump, to construct a legal argument against someone who releases embarrassing secrets.

    Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, said as far back as 2010 the WikiLeaks founder was the focus of an “active, ongoing criminal investigation.” Assange at the time had won, or was en route to winning, a pile of journalism prizes for releasing embarrassing classified information about many governments, including the infamous “Collateral Murder” video delivered by Chelsea Manning. The video showed a helicopter attack in Iraq which among other things resulted in the deaths of two Reuters reporters.

    Last year, we reported a rumored American criminal case against Assange was not expected to have anything to do with 2016, Russians, or DNC emails. This turned out to be the case, as the exact charge is for conspiracy, with Chelsea Manning, to hack into a “classified U.S. government computer.”

    The indictment unveiled today falls just short of a full frontal attack on press freedoms only because it indicts on something like a technicality: specifically, an accusation that Assange tried (and, seemingly, failed) to help Manning crack a government password.

    For this reason, the language of the indictment underwhelmed some legal experts who had expressed concerns about the speech ramifications of this case before.

    “There’s a gray area here,” says University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck. “But the government at least tries to put this at the far end of the gray area.”

    Not everyone agreed. Assange lawyer Barry Pollock said the allegations “boil down to encouraging a source to provide him information and taking efforts to protect the identify of that source.”

    “The weakness of the US charge against Assange is shocking,” tweeted Edward Snowden. “The allegation he tried (and failed?) to help crack a password during their world-famous reporting has been public for nearly a decade: it is the count Obama’s DOJ refused to charge, saying it endangered journalism.”

    Part of the case clearly describes conduct that exists outside the normal parameters of press-source interaction, specifically the password issue. However, the evidence about this part of the conspiracy seems thin, limited mainly to Assange saying he’d had “no luck so far,” apparently in relation to attempts to crack the password.

    The meatier parts of the indictment speak more to normal journalistic practices. In its press release, the Justice Department noted Assange was “actively encouraging Manning” to provide more classified information. In the indictment itself, the government noted Assange told Manning, who said she had no more secrets to divulge, “curious eyes never run dry.”

    Also in the indictment: “It is part of the conspiracy that Assange and Manning took measures to conceal Manning as the source of the disclosure.”

    Reporters have extremely complicated relationships with sources, especially whistleblower types like Manning, who are often under extreme stress and emotionally vulnerable.

    At different times, you might counsel the same person both for and against disclosure. It’s proper to work through all the reasons for action in any direction, including weighing the public’s interest, the effect on the source’s conscience and mental health, and personal and professional consequences.

    For this reason, placing criminal penalties on a prosecutor’s interpretation of such interactions will likely put a scare into anyone involved with national security reporting going forward.

    As Ben Wizner of the ACLU put it: “Any prosecution by the United States of Mr. Assange for WikiLeaks’ publishing operations would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations.”

    Unfortunately, Assange’s case, and the very serious issues it raises, will be impacted in profound ways by things that took place long after the alleged offenses, specifically the Russiagate story. It’s why some reporters are less than concerned about the Assange case today.

    About that other thing, i.e. Assange’s role in the 2016 election:

    Not only did this case have nothing to do with Russiagate, but in one of the odder unreported details of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, he never interviewed or attempted to interview Assange. In fact, it appears none of the 2800 subpoenas, 500 witness interviews, and 500 search warrants in the Mueller probe targeted Assange or WikiLeaks.

    According to WikiLeaks, no one from Mueller’s office ever attempted to get a statement from Assange, any WikiLeaks employee, or any of Assange’s lawyers (the Office of Special Counsel declined comment for this story). A Senate committee did reach out to Assange last year about the possibility of testifying, but never followed up.

    As Pollock told me in February, “[Assange] has not been contacted by the OSC or the House.” There was a Senate inquiry, he said, but “it was only an exploratory conversation and has not resulted in any agreement for Mr. Assange to be interviewed.”

    Throughout the winter I asked officials and former prosecutors why officials wouldn’t be interested in at least getting a statement from a person ostensibly at the center of an all-consuming international controversy. There were many explanations offered, the least curious being that Assange’s earlier charges, assuming they existed, could pose legal and procedural obstacles.

    Now that Assange’s extant case has finally been made public, the concern on that score “dissipates,” as one legal expert put it today.

    It will therefore be interesting to see if Assange is finally asked about Russiagate by someone in American officialdom. If he isn’t, that will be yet another curious detail in a case that gets stranger by the minute.

    As for Assange’s case, coverage by a national press corps that embraced him at the time of these offenses — and widely re-reported his leaks — will likely focus on the narrow hacking issue, as if this is not really about curtailing legitimate journalism.

    In reality, it would be hard to find a more extreme example of how deep the bipartisan consensus runs on expanding the policing of leaks.

    Donald Trump, infamously and ridiculously, is a pronounced Twitter fan of WikiLeaks, even comparing it favorably to the “dishonest media.” His Justice Department’s prosecution of Assange seems as counter-intuitive as the constitutional lawyer Barack Obama’s expansion of drone assassination programs.

    Both things happened, though, and we should stop being surprised by them — even when Donald Trump takes the last step of journey begun by Barack Obama."



    Source & reference links @: rollingstone.com

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    Eventually, George the parrot would accept these outburst
    as the desperate cries of a world just beyond his cage ...




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    'A super narcissist extreme dieting, routines' ...




    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey eats only one meal per day

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    PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO | Tourist Heaven or Hell?



    Gabriel Traveler
    Published on Apr 11, 2019


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    'Who ever thought we could be so lonely' ...



    Children Say


    ♪ I keep to myself
    what I might share with others
    but they don't seem to understand
    I open my mouth
    to rediscover
    that I don't have the words at my command
    holding out
    for a world so much better
    but I'm a stranger in a stranger's land
    all my friends have sold out
    couldn't handle the pressure
    counting their blessings trying to salvage what they can

    Children say - children say
    we open our minds as one
    but one more day - slips away
    why don't the dreams of the young never come to be

    When I overhear
    my parents conversations
    well I'm struck by the things they say
    it seems they traded the years
    for mere complications
    who ever thought it could end this way
    they close the door
    but they can't lock it
    'cause something of their childhood remains
    and they've felt it before
    when the man in their pocket
    counted the cost of their material gains

    Children say - come what may
    be strong for the friends you've known
    but one fine day - (not) far away
    will we remember the love we used to own
    Children say - children say
    we open our minds as one
    as one more day slips away
    why don't the dreams of the young never come to be

    ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪

    Well you knew what I was saying
    but did you know what it meant
    when you saw that look in my eye
    did you know it was heaven sent
    was it all a waking dream
    all that time we must have spent
    well I guess it must have been
    somehow that feeling came and went

    Children say - come what may
    be strong for the friends you've known
    but one fine day - (not) far away
    will we remember the love we used to own
    Children say - children say
    we open our minds as one
    as one more day - slips away
    why don't the dreams of the young never come to be

    When our children say ...

    When their children say ...

    Children say - children say ♪


    4:52 minutes


    Level 42

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    Real journalism is being criminalized by thugs in plain sight, says John Pilger. Dissent has become an indulgence. And the British elite has abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice.

    By John Pilger

    The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.

    That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for “democratic” societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear in the legal ruling of its Working Party on Arbitrary Detention.

    But to hell with that. Let the thugs go in. Directed by the quasi fascists in Trump’s Washington, in league with Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno, a Latin American Judas and liar seeking to disguise his rancid regime, the British elite abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice.https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/1...-from-history/

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2XRXK8DZJs

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    Real journalism is being criminalized by thugs in plain sight ...

    Coming from 'Russia Today' ...


    That's what i call being served up a real 'Mickey Finnsky' cocktail ...


    giggle

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    Quote Originally posted by giovonni View Post
    Coming from 'Russia Today' ...


    That's what i call being served up a real 'Mickey Finnsky' cocktail ...


    giggle
    Maybe I will support Tulsi, the only congressional Hindu?
    I have never been more willing to listen to interviews produced by RT. MAYBE it's all inside out upside down and backwards?


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4kWVE2M2h8



    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HJq0WxoK0c



    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnwC_1Pf9VQ
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