Oh, my! A Pardon for the Clinton Foundation!
UPDATE: Links that I ‘lost’
Chaos out of Order, by James Corbett, The Corbett Report
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The fact that mainstream media “stars” lie in calling facts a lie – or they can’t distinguish between facts and lies – has contributed to a dangerous breakdown in the public’s ability to sort out what is and what is not real.
Beware of Trump U-Turns, by Finian Cunningham
. . . There’s more than a sneaking feeling that the billionaire property magnate turned politician says a lot of things which he subsequently flatly contradicts. It’s not clear if this trait is due to willful deception, or less maliciously, due to a feckless, short attention span. Either way, the upshot is a character of questionable integrity.
Over the weekend, following Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States, we got more of a flavor of his vacillating brand.
On Saturday, the first full day as president, Trump’s first official duty was to visit the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, at Langley, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from his White House residence in Washington DC.
There he lavished the agency with praise and gratitude, saying he was “1,000 per cent” in support of its intelligence work. Trump also scoffed at media reports that he was involved in a feud with the CIA. “No-one supports you as much as I do,” said Trump to cheering agency staffers.
Now hold on a moment. Trump was indeed very publicly running a battle with the CIA and other US intelligence agencies before and after the election on November. He had initially denounced their claims that Russia had hacked the elections as “ridiculous“. Later, he sort of retracted that, agreeing with their allegations against Russia.
Only weeks before his inauguration, Trump slammed the CIA for “Nazi” practices over leaks to media outlets that the agency had briefed him about allegations of Russian blackmail.|\
Some observers have noted approvingly that this abrasive attitude from Trump towards the CIA indicated a bold independence from the shadowy unelected power centers of the US – the so-called Deep State.
But instead what we saw over the weekend was President Trump making it a priority to coddle the spooks who act as the muscle behind the Deep State. Just remember the phrase: “I’m a 1,000 per cent behind you.” Rather different from John F Kennedy’s vow to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces”.
The CIA is one of the most criminal, murderous secret agencies ever in the history of the world – which has been essential for the projection of American power. It is involved in everything from assassinating foreign leaders, to overthrowing democratic governments in place of murderous regimes, to covertly arming terrorist proxies.
[. . . and the confusing too-long-list continues. What’s up, Donald? ~J]
The vast majority of participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos feel the horror of a coming political disaster, warns Anatoly Chubais, the head of the Russian nanotechnology corporation Rosnano, referring to the election of Donald Trump as US president.
Making The Chicken Run, Part 1
“Making the chicken run” is what Rhodesians used to say about neighbors who packed up and got out during the ’60s and ’70s, before the place became Zimbabwe. It was considered “unpatriotic” to leave Rhodesia. But it was genuinely idiotic not to.
I’ve written many times about the importance of internationalizing your assets, your mode of living, and your way of thinking. I suspect most readers have treated those articles as they might a travelogue to some distant and exotic land: interesting fodder for cocktail party chatter, but basically academic and of little immediate personal relevance.
I’m directing these comments toward the U.S. mainly because that’s where the problem is most acute, but they’re applicable to most countries. . .