Under a decaying and decadent political system, there is often a dangerous tendency to select public officials based upon ideological factionalism or the blandishments of self-interested lobbies. During normal times, this may lead to the sort of inefficiency and corruption that saps the strength of a society, but during a severe crisis, survival itself may be at risk. Until a couple of weeks ago, I had never even heard of Dr. Sarah Cody, but I am greatly relieved that my local officials are still appointed based upon the highest standards of meritocratic competence. The contrast with America’s national government could not be greater.
via The Government Employee Who May Have Saved a Million American Lives, by Ron Unz – The Unz Review
The US is the world’s leading narco-terrorist state — an indisputable fact!
Venezuela under Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro is the hemisphere’s main enemy of illicit drugs trafficking.
The CIA and DEA are actively involved in facilitating the proliferation of heroin, cocaine, and perhaps other illicit drugs.
Major Wall Street banks profit hugely by laundering billions of dollars of dirty money from the trade — supported by Washington’s bipartisan criminal class by failing to stop it.
Close US ally Colombia is a narco-terrorist state. Other Latin American countries allied with the US are involved in drugs trafficking.
In 2018, the Trump regime falsely accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of “profiting from illegal narcotics shipments” — a bald-faced Big Lie.
The Big Lie that won’t die reared its ugly head again on Thursday. The Trump regime falsely accused Maduro and other Venezuelan officials of narco-terrorism — a longstanding US specialty, notably by the CIA since the 1950s, not how the Bolivarian Republic operates.
When repeated ad nauseam, Big Lies take on a life of their own, especially when establishment media suppress truth-telling by supporting the official narrative no matter how distorted, untrue and harmful to ordinary people.
As Trump regime’s CIA director from January 2017 to April 2018, Pompeo notoriously said: “We lied. We cheated. We stole.”
At State he operates much the same way, the latest example on March 26.
He falsely called democratically elected and reelected Venezuelan President Maduro “the previous president of Venezuela” —a bald-faced Big Lie.
via Phony Trump Regime Narco Terrorism Charges Against Venezuelan Officials – Stephen Lendman
Capitalism and the Pandemic, (ODT)
In recent weeks, investment bankers have pressed health care companies on the front lines of fighting the novel coronavirus, including drug firms developing experimental treatments and medical supply firms, to consider ways that they can profit from the crisis.
The media has mostly focused on individuals who have taken advantage of the market for now-scarce medical and hygiene supplies to hoard masks and hand sanitizer and resell them at higher prices. But the largest voices in the health care industry stand to gain from billions of dollars in emergency spending on the pandemic, as do the bankers and investors who invest in health care companies.
via Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Trump has declared it’s not his fault and is now considering bans on Australians from entering the country and embarrassing him.(ODT)
via Coronavirus: Peter Dutton tests positive to Covid-19 after returning to Australia from US | Australia news | The Guardian
Above are the “wonderful people of IRAN that Trump says he respects so much. Far greater numbers than Trump’s inauguration. (ODT)
“Over the past few days, I’ve spoken extensively with career U.S. government officials as they’ve worked around the clock to try and mitigate the damage from Trump’s ineptitude on Iran. With their permission, I’m sharing a small taste from our lengthy conversations. Enjoy.
- “One of Trump’s top Iran advisors got suckered into a honey trap, had their laptop/iPhone stolen and hacked before they woke up, and the White House refused to take precautionary measures regarding their security clearance. Ladies and gents, I give you the Trump administration.”
Trump Administration ‘Woefully Unprepared’ For What’s About To Happen In Iran | Crooks and Liars
The Fraudster Family caught in action. Any wonder they don’t want their Tax Returns made public. (ODT)
via Trump Ordered To Pay $2 Million In Charity Ethics Lawsuit | HuffPost Australia
Sixty-seven percent said they do not feel confident that our children’s generation will face a better life than ours; that’s up from the 61 percent who felt that way in 2017.
Respondents’ views of race relations were grim as well.
The poll finds that 60 percent believe race relations are bad in the nation. That view was expressed by 56 percent of whites, 81 percent of African Americans, and 61 percent of Hispanics.
Since President Donald Trump took office, 56 percent said race relations have gotten worse. While 47 percent of whites felt that way, 86 percent of African Americans and 74 percent of Hispanics said race relations worsened under Trump.
Views on the issue were markedly different under Trump’s predecessor.
via New Poll Shows ‘Deep and Boiling Anger’ Towards Political Establishment Still Widespread | Common Dreams News
People with psychosis don’t realize that they’re in a psychological crisis. America has similarly lost touch with reality. Much of the country doesn’t even realize that there’s a problem.
The election of Donald Trump was a stark reminder of all that is going wrong in the United States. Perhaps his defeat in the 2020 election, if the majority can once again make its voice heard, will be the first step in acknowledging the problem and beginning a much-delayed recovery.
via Is America Crazy? | The Smirking Chimp
The Trumpster handbook is the NRA Trump isn’t original he is a reflection of his voters (ODT)
In the aftermath of Saturday’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, President Donald Trump has been widely criticized for spreading hateful anti-immigrant hysteria. The blame is well earned, but Trump is not alone. For years, the National Rifle Association has pushed the false narrative that law-abiding Americans are in danger from an invasion of violent foreigners crossing into the country from Mexico. The only way to protect yourself and your family, the gun lobby warns, is to stock up on weapons and take responsibility for your own safety.
via The NRA Has Long Urged Americans To Arm Themselves Against An Immigrant Invasion | HuffPost Australia
Democratic presidential candidates spoke out Sunday against President Donald Trump’s racist and xenophobic rhetoric, linking it to the El Paso shooting as police are investigating whether the suspected gunman, a 21-year-old white man, was motivated by a hatred of Hispanic people.
For former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), Saturday’s violence that killed at least 20 people and injured dozens more struck the city he calls home.
“We’ve got to acknowledge the hatred, the open racism that we’re seeing,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “There is an environment of it in the United States. We see it on Fox News, we see it on the internet, but we also see it from our commander in chief. He is encouraging this. He doesn’t just tolerate it, he encourages it.”
via 2020 Democrats Link Trump’s Racism To El Paso Shooting: ‘He Is Responsible’ | HuffPost Australia
On March 12, 1938, the vaunted German army was to make its triumphant entry into Austria—the infamous Anschluss by which a compliant Austrian government surrendered to the Nazis without a shot.
A grand parade of the Third Reich’s might was scheduled for the Austrian capital Vienna but the army’s tanks were not as invincible as the generals bragged. They quickly broke down, clogging the roads, stalling the advance, and infuriating Adolph Hitler. And so, French author and filmmaker Eric Vuillard writes in his eloquent essay, The Order of the Day, “the German troops loaded as many tanks as they could onto railroad cars… the trains hauled away the armor the way you’d transport circus equipment.” The tanks arrived in Vienna and the parade went on as planned.
via Trump’s Big, Wet Fourth of July Picnic | The Smirking Chimp
White House officials blocked written testimony from a State Department senior analyst about “potentially catastrophic” climate change because it didn’t “jibe” with the Trump administration’s view, a source told The Washington Post.
Trump has called climate change a “Chinese hoax.” Asked in an Axios interview late last year about his attitude toward global warming, Trump said he believed there has been climate change. “Will it change back?” he asked, making a waving motion through the air with his hand. “Probably. That’s what I think.” He said many scientists “very much dispute” that humans are the primary cause of global warming. He reiterated those attitudes in an interview Wednesday with Piers Morgan.
via Official’s Climate Warning Blocked Because It Didn’t ‘Jibe’ With Trump’s View: Report | HuffPost Australia
In remarks that emphasized racial disparities and the risk of executing innocent people, Newsom described his decision as the culmination of “a 40-year journey” that began when he was just a child. His grandfather introduced him to Pete Pianezzi, who came close to receiving the death penalty in 1940 after being set up by the mob. Pianezzi was eventually pardoned in 1981, at the age of 79. But wrongful convictions remain a profound danger. “You had someone just last year that was released from death row after serving 26 years in San Quentin,” he said, referring to the case of Vicente Benavides, exonerated in April 2018.
via “There Are Innocent People on Death Row”
Trump wants us to believe he’s the Triumphant Individual. But in fact he’s a conman who inherited his wealth
The second tale is the Benevolent Community – neighbors and friends who pitch in for the common good.
The third tale is the Mob at the Gates – threatening forces beyond our borders. Daniel Boone fought Indians, described then in racist terms as savages. Davy Crockett battled Mexicans.
The fourth and final tale is The Rot at the Top. It’s about the malevolence of powerful elites – their corruption and irresponsibility, and tendency to conspire against the rest of us.
But the real Rot at the Top consists of concentrated wealth and power to a degree this nation hasn’t witnessed since the late 19th century. Billionaires, powerful corporations, and Wall Street have gained control over much of our economy and political system, padding their nests with special tax breaks and corporate welfare while holding down the wages of average workers.
In this, the rich have been helped by Republicans in Congress and the White House whose guiding ideology seems less capitalism than cronyism, as shown time and again through legislative and regulatory gifts to big pharma, Wall Street, big oil and coal, big agriculture and giant military contractors.
via Donald Trump tells a fake American story. We must tell the real one | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian
The very nature of this Potus is to hand his media to Murdoch and Fox News. Will Sanders be seconded to Fox-White House News ? (ODT)
The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association says the apparent end of the daily White House press briefing “sets a terrible precedent”.
US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with the daily briefing.
Trump tells press secretary ‘not to bother’ with White House press briefings
The Fasclican Party:
The Fasclican Party is a creative formation forged out of the old Republican Party and the Alt-Right. Its most renowned leaders are Trump, Bannon, Hannity, McConnell, King, Nunes, Limbaugh, Miller, Ingraham and Kavanaugh. They mix together functions such as governing, judging and reporting, all highlighted by the recent presence of Hannity and Limbaugh at Trump rallies,
via Defeating the Fasc-Lican Party
“These extremely poor and vulnerable people are desperate for peace. Who among us would walk a thousand miles with only the clothes on our back without great cause?”
Fanning and Rapone urged soldiers to disavow the president’s racist attempts to portray migrants as dangerous in order to galvanize his base ahead of the elections, and work together to show Trump that they will not participate in criminalizing and endangering the lives of asylum-seekers.
via Warning Trump Making US Soldiers Props in Racist Border ‘Stunt,’ Veterans Call on Active-Duty Troops to Refuse Orders to Deploy
The sell-off in US stocks accelerated, wiping out gains for the year in both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as mixed corporate earnings and weak housing data fueled anxiety that rising prices will crimp economic growth. Treasuries rallied for a second day on demand for haven assets.
via ASX set for heavy losses as Wall Street’s dive gets worse
Donald Trump literally made himself an international laughing stock today as he boasted about himself in his address to the United Nations. Fox News thoughtfully cut the clip so that Twitter followers didn’t hear the derisive laughter.
via Fox News Cuts Trump Speech Clip Just Before U.N. Laughs At Him | Crooks and Liars
The me before we in the crazy Capitalist structure. Free market unregulated competition forces me to oversupply, cause a major problem that then we have to pay and fix. Ergo I can’t lose in that never ending denier’s cycle.(ODT)
“Big Oil is asking tax payers to pay for protecting their refineries from sea level rise that they caused by keeping us addicted to oil? Yeah…no.”
Jon Queally, staff writer
via Fossil Fuel Industry Evokes Fury for Seeking Taxpayer Funds for Protection Against Climate Crisis It Created
The president’s lawyer’s comments came weeks after Trump himself tweeted that his campaign staff made an attempt to gather information from a Kremlin-linked lawyer about Hillary Clinton
via In Latest Sign That Trump Team Has Given Up on Denying Collusion, Giuliani Admits Purpose of Trump Tower Meeting
“Everyone who breathes should be worried about the tailpipe pollution Trump’s administration wants to unleash.”
—Paul Cort, Earthjustice
via In ‘Disastrous Wreck for Consumers and the Planet,’ Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Car Standards
US President Donald Trump has claimed, without evidence, that newly released documents relating to the wiretapping of his onetime campaign adviser Carter Page show that intelligence agencies misled the courts that approved the warrant.
via Donald Trump claims ‘illegal’ spying after Carter Page warrant papers unveiled – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The male passenger asked a Pakistani man and woman if they had a bomb in their luggage.
Source: ‘This is not Trump’s America!’: Passengers rejoice when man accused of racism kicked off flight
The president-elect plans to continue to own his global business while in office. This is a colossal mistake.
Source: How President Trump could use the White House to enrich himself and his family