Thursday, October 17, 2019

DRAIN THE SWAMP: What Trump’s 32-point plan actually looks like

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by Seraphim Hanisch, The Duran:

One of the campaign promises that President Trump made was to do what he called “draining the swamp”, that is, to get rid of the massive over-regulation, bureaucracy and overlapping organizational agencies in Washington D.C.

While this gets varying levels of attention or criticism from the media and politicians in D.C., it is usually not a clearly explored topic as to HOW he is doing this, or if there is any sense of structure. The media tends to portray Trump as a swaggering ignorant teenager, or bully that breaks things and has no idea what he is doing.

Time To Burn The Media

by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

The “story of the day” is of course about the alleged Catholic Racists.

There’s only one problem: It’s false.

The students initially were accused of mocking a Native American participant in the Indigenous Peoples March, which coincided with the March for Life. A snippet of video from the apparent confrontation quickly gained traction on social media, with many condemning the students — some of whom were wearing “Make America Great Again” apparel — and some calling for them to be identified and harassed. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and the high school issued a joint statement apologizing to the activist, identified as Nathan Phillips Saturday.

However, the emergence of longer video that appears to show some students being harassed prompted some conservatives to take back their earlier criticisms of the students.

ASSANGE MAY BE FREE TO LEAVE LONDON FEB. 6

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by Jerome Corsi, Infowars:

British tribunal to rule on lifting U.K. arrest warrant, freeing Assange to leave Ecuadorian embassy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As an apparent result of President Trump’s meeting on Thursday with U.K. Prime Minister Teresa May, a British tribunal is set to rule on Feb. 6 that Julian Assange is free to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without fear of being arrested.

Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers told Westminster Magistrates’ Court that the withdrawal of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) meant the British bail arrest warrant no longer applied.

According to Reuters, Summers’ argument to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court was a technical argument that the purpose of the arrest warrant in the U.K. was to allow the underlying legal proceedings in the Swedish rape case, assuring that Assange would appear in the Swedish rape case as required, not bail intended to assure Assange would appear in a British court for a separate offense.

 

In 2012, Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in the Knightsbridge district of London to avoid being extradited to Sweden.  By seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy, Assange skipped the bail he posted in London.

“In all the circumstances, it is respectfully submitted that any public interest in maintaining this warrant … has now been spent,” his lawyers said in written papers to the court.

Reuters further reported that when asked if a successful ruling could enable Assange to walk free, a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said, “Hypothetically yes, that would be our interpretation.”

Reuters noted Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said she would make her ruling on Assange’s U.K. arrest warrant on Feb. 6.

Ecuador extends diplomatic passport to Assange

Infowars.com previously reported that at a press conference heldThursday, Jan. 11, in Quito, Ecuador, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed both that Ecuador naturalized Julian Assange in granting him citizenship, and that Ecuador had extended to Assange diplomatic status as well.

With diplomatic status, Ecuador would be in a position to grant Assange an international passport that would give Assange the right to leave the United Kingdom with immunity.

During the course of the press conference in Quito, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs further revealed that Assange was naturalized an Ecuadorian citizen on December 12, 2017, some one month before the official announcement was made yesterday.

In the course of a 20-minute press conference, Ecuador’s foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa made clear Ecuador has appealed to international authorities to intervene in finding a solution for Assange to leave the asylum he has sought by remaining inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012.

“Julian Assange was granted naturalization on December 12, 2017,” Espinoza confirmed, adding that as a result of also extending diplomatic immunity status to Assange, Quito asked London to be recognized as an Ecuadorian “diplomatic agent”.

“We have asked the British government to deal with Assange as if he were part of Ecuador’s international diplomatic corps,” Espinoza stressed.

This revelation fueled speculation that Assange has already been extracted from London and transported to Switzerland under the protection of the United Nations and international law.

Trump’s attorneys argue Assange’s First Amendment right to publish

In a motion filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Dec. 29, 2017, in the case Roy Cockrum vs. Donald J. Trump for President, attorneys for President Trump argued that Julian Assange had a right under the First Amendment to publish the DNC and John Podesta emails, even if the emails were stolen.

The case was orchestrated by Project Democracy, a group run by former attorneys from the Obama administration, arguing that then former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone had conspired with the Russians to publish the DNC and Podesta emails.

In a 32-page motion defending the Trump Campaign, Michael A. Carvin of the Jones Day law firm and the attorney of record representing President Trump, argued that the Trump campaign – and by inference Julian Assange at WikiLeaks – could not be held liable under the First Amendment for a disclosure of stolen information if the information published deals with “a matter of public interest” and the speaker was not “involved” in the theft.

In making the argument, Trump’s attorneys relied upon Bartnicki v. Vopper. 532 U.S. 514 (2001), a labor union case in which the Supreme Court ruled a radio station had a right to broadcast a stolen tape of a phone call between the chief union negotiator for a Pennsylvania high school and the chief union negotiator together with the union president.

Technically, Assange has not yet been indicted of any criminal offense in the United States, nor is it clear he has committed any crime.  Under the Supreme Court Decisions New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964), and in the Pentagon Papers case, New York Times v. U.S. 403 U.S. 713 (1971), a journalist is allowed to accept and publish classified documents provided by other sources.

Read More @ Infowars.com

DATA ON EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICALS ONLY

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

DATA ON EXCHANGE FOR PHYSICALS ONLY// COMEX DATA COMPLETE EXCEPT INVENTORY LEVELS

the data today is only the preliminary numbers/ and final efp

plus some GATA stories and early morning impt events

I will try to give partial commentary on Monday

GOLD:$1506.35 DOWN $2.40 (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSING)

Silver:$17.55 DOWN 9 CENTS  (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSING)

NRA, Gun Groups See Membership Soar After Florida Massacre

from ZeroHedge:

As left-wing advocacy groups and its mainstream media allies continue their daily bombardment of the National Rifle Association (NRA), desperately seeking to make gun enthusiast groups a scapegoat for the Parkland high school massacre, it now appears their efforts have embarrassingly backfired, having only succeeded in dramatically boosting memberships in the NRA and pro-gun groups, according to Time (magazine).

Over the past two weeks, leftist organizations mounted an all-out assault on the NRA, terrorizing their corporate partners on social media who offer discounts for NRA members. We have seen this before; the tactic is part of a Democrat-led agenda, and for the most part, it worked, as major corporations across the entire United States were forced through public and internal pressures to sever their NRA relationship.

According to CNN, here are some of the companies that have distanced themselves from the NRA over the past few weeks: 

  • Delta Air Lines: Delta said it’s ending discounted flights for NRA members. The airline said the decision reflected “the airline’s neutral status in the current debate over gun control.” Since then, Delta has faced a backlash from Georgia Republicans, who have responded by saying blocking a state tax break that would benefit the carrier.

  • Avis Budget Group: Avis and Budget Rent a Car, which are owned by Avis Budget Group (CAR), said that both brands will stop offering discounts on car rentals to NRA members beginning March 26.

  • First National Bank of Omaha: The bank said it will stop issuing an NRA-branded Visa card. A bank spokesperson said “customer feedback” prompted a review of its partnership with the NRA, and it chose not to renew its current contract.

  • MetLife: The insurance giant said it’s ending discounts on home and auto insurance for NRA members.

  • TrueCar: The car buying service said its partnership with the NRA would end February 28.

  • United Airlines: United will no longer offer discounts on flights to the NRA’s annual meeting.

Left-wing organizations claimed immediate success and indeed won the battle over the past few weeks. Time (magazine) indicates the war is far from over, as the NRA and gun rights groups across the country have seen a surge in new members.

Well, that was not supposed to happen…

This is not surprising said Time (magazine), who indicate such increases happen whenever people feel their Second Amendment rights are under threat, and many groups reported similar surges after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.”

Here is an example: 

“Wake up people and see what’s happening!!!!,” Charles Cotton, a member of the NRA Board of Directors, wrote on a message board, TexasCHLforum.com, a site described as “the focal point for Texas firearms information and discussions, earlier this week. “[Former New York Mayor Michael] Bloomberg and Hollywood are pouring money into this effort and the media is helping to the fullest extent. We’ve never had this level of opposition before, not ever. It’s a campaign of lies and distortion, but it’s very well funded and they are playing on the sympathy factor of kids getting killed. If you really want to make a difference, then start recruiting NRA members every single day.”

“The NRA better be 15 million strong soon, or this is only going to get worse,” Cotton, who did not respond to a request for comment from Time (magazine), added on the message board.

Over a dozen plus leaders from gun rights organizations and shooting associations in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia told Time (magazine) their membership base has seen a dramatic increase since the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 killed and 16 wounded or injured.

According to Time (magazine), two sources familiar with the internals of the NRA, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said since the horrific shooting in Florida, memberships and donations have increased “more than usual.”

And two people familiar with the workings of the NRA, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss membership numbers, said that since the shooting the NRA has also seen more people than usual join, renew memberships or donate money as President Donald Trump and other Republican Party leaders have signaled an openness to gun control policies that are anathema to the powerful group. A spokesperson for the NRA, which says on its website that it has more than five million members, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

“As soon as anti-gun attacks started coming in on Twitter, Facebook, and in the media, we began to hear from people who didn’t even own guns who wanted to join up or contribute out of solidarity in defense of the Second Amendment to the Constitution,” said Patrick Parsons, who heads the Georgia Gun Owners, an independent gun rights organization in Georgia. Parsons added the group’s membership, which he estimated at 13,000, had increased by 1,000 after the Florida shooting, and that he had been “working around the clock taking calls, answering emails from interested people, sending out new member packets.”

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

STEEM: A Blockchain Media Platform Which Could Finally Make Alt-Media Financially Viable

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by Tom Luongo, Russia Insider:

“This is an ideological war. One in which those that feel they have a right, nay, a duty, to guide humankind to their preferred outcome for society.”

Just read a great article by Caitlin Johnstone over at Medium where she discusses the automation of censorship tools by companies like Twitter and Google.

Putting paid Julian Assange’s warning last year on this, Ms. Johnstone details just some of the abuses that Twitter and Google engaged in to subtly and not-so-subtly shift public perception of major issues that run counter to the narrative the power structure wants us to believe.

And it is for this reason that projects like Steemit are so very important.

I talked about how important Steem is after James O’Keefe’s latest expose of Twitter (read it here).  Watching people like Mrs. Johnstone wake up to the problem is great, but she also needs to take the next step.

You can’t hack something whose underlying content is stored in a distributed blockchain. Because the blockchain’s ledger is immutable, what you wrote is preserved in all of its glory (ignominious or otherwise) forever.

As she points out, type of censorship is far worse than simply throwing books into piles and burning them. With DRM and all digital assets, inconvenient truths can be memory-holed off your Kindle never to be seen again.

Abridged versions of books can be substituted for the original text and worse.

So, the blockchain as it pertains to how we communicate is a fundamental need to disrupt this communications super-state they are building.

I can’t stress enough how important this is today.

Now, more than ever, the information war is heating up. And the ability to control not just the validity of what people produce but what everyone consumes is the single most important issue of the age.

If we are to finally break the backs of the people working so hard to maintain their gravy train, we have to build systems that are beyond their control.

This is an ideological war. One in which those that feel they have a right, nee a duty, to guide humankind to their preferred outcome for society.

On the other side is the force of the individual and chaos and the beauty of decentralization to create order versus forcing it to.

The essence of the authoritarian mindset was expressed beautifully in the much-maligned film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

At his lowest point a paranoid, angry and bitter Batman is trying to kill that which he can’t control, Superman. And he says with all the fury of a frustrated villain, “The world only makes sense if you force it to.”

Read More @ Russia-Insider.com

GOLD RISES BY $1.40 TO $1312.00/SILVER FALLS BY 4 CENTS DOWN TO $15.68

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

ANOTHER BIGGY: TREASURY RECEIPTS ON A TRAILING 12 MONTH VENUE FALLS INDICATING RECESSION/BUDGETARY DEFICIT SEEMS TO BE HEADING TO 1.1 TO 1.2 TRILLION DOLLARS/ AND INCOME TAX RECEIPTS ON A PERSONAL AND CORPORATE LEVEL ARE FALLING; GOOD REASON FOR THE STOCK MARKET TO RISE

GOLD: $1312.00 UP $1.40 (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSING)

Silver:   $15.68 DOWN 4 CENTS (COMEX TO COMEX CLOSING)

Keiser Report: China’s Tiny Chip? Or anti-China Plan? (E1294)

from RT:

In the second half, Max continues his interview with Trace Mayer about bitcoin, altcoins and smart contracts.

Hundreds Of Transgender Young People Who Had Gender Surgery Seeking Help to ‘Detransition’

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by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

We’re living through one of the most insane times in all of human history.

From Sky News:

Hundreds of young transgender people are seeking help to return to their original sex, a woman who is setting up a charity has told Sky News.

Charlie Evans, 28, was born female but identified as male for nearly 10 years before detransitioning.

What Are People REALLY Cheering On?

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by Karl Denninger, Market Ticker:

The lament is that we should “stop treating tech jerks like gods”, they say....

When fans worship people like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs and aspire to be like them, they’re not saying that they’d like to make a device that the world uses. They’re not even saying that they’d like to be very wealthy. They’re saying that they’d like to achieve a level of wealth and power where no one can judge them and they can behave as horribly as they like — just as Jobs and Musk have done.

Gee, I wonder why that happened?

Maybe it’s due to not having the rule of law any more, eh?