Thursday, October 17, 2019

Will Social Media Expose & Destroy Both Biden & Warren?

Both Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are facing numerous scandals and getting caught at one lie after another; but if mainstream media reports on them at all they keep it to a low profile where most people never hear about it. They're creating the appearance of a massive lead in the polls by burying the truth & repeating propaganda over and over again!

Donald Trump has already demonstrated with his actions that he'll "beat Biden like a drum" in Minneapolis! The mainstream media is trying to claim that none of his allegations are true; however, this isn't entirely accurate, many of their claims may bee exaggerated, and some might be outright lies; but a lot are true, or close to the truth and Biden routinely makes his own blunders, virtually guaranteeing that his campaign will collapse.

Joe Biden has an incredibly long history, that has been documented over the decades, but the mainstream media is doing little if nothing to remind the majority of the public about the vast majority of it. Elizabeth Warren hasn't been reported on nearly as much but there's a growing number of scandals coming out against her, but they're only being reported at a relatively low level while mainstream media ignores the vast majority of it.

There should have been little or no doubt that Joe Biden's campaign would collapse long before the primaries begin; and many people at the grassroots level that were familiar with his record recognized this months if not years ago! the political establishment has a history of doing their own background checks so it's hard to imagine how they could have possibly not seen this coming. the truth of the matter is that despite all the rhetoric from the mainstream media Joe Biden was never a real front runner at all; it's only the media creating the image of a front runner as a result of flawed polls and obsession coverage of him without reporting on the scandals that are being spread widely on social media.

(Warning there's a massive data dump at the end of this article exposing an enormous amount of scams that both Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have been involved in, mostly coming from reliable sources. Those of you who want to check through it are welcome to; those of you who don't have time, need not worry about the possibility that a team of assassins might hunt you down and kill you if you don't, this is highly unlikely; however, you won't know what you're missing!)

I didn't waste much time looking into Joe Biden but I found plenty of stories about his record which I previously reported in Joe Biden Really Was Taken Off The Trash Heap and there's more listed below. The media establishment has done a far more effective job making Elizabeth Warren look like a progressive with their obsession coverage that dramatically increased in 2011, which made me suspicious so I wrote a dozen articles about her previously, the most recent was Is Elizabeth Warren A Wall Street Stealth Candidate? and one of the earlier ones that reported on how Elizabeth Warren is NOT a “consumer advocate!! exposes how she collected a lot of money from a dozen Wall Street corporations, including Dow Corning, in a lawsuit about breast implants, and Travelers insurance in an asbestos case, while she claimed that she was defending working families. she attempted to spin this by saying that she fought to ensure that the victims of both cases would be treated fairly, however Wall Street firms simply don't hire lawyers to look out for the best interest of those suing them; they hire lawyers to cut risk or costs!

Furthermore, even though most media pundits seem to agree that Joe Biden supposedly did nothing wrong in Ukraine, there's still something suspicious about family members of politicians in high places routinely getting high paying jobs with companies that are involved in epidemic levels of fraud. Even Ryan Grimm of the Intercept claims that Joe Biden's "demanding the firing of the country’s top prosecutor, did more to hurt his son’s company than anything else," but he dodges the question of if it was ethical to accept that high paying job in the first place; and he reports on much more fraud by the Biden family in the following article and there's more from other sources:

Democrats Must Admit Joe Biden's Family Profits Off Him 10/09/2019

WHILE DEMOCRATS PURSUE the impeachment of President Donald Trump for pressuring foreign countries to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden, they are left making an argument that is at once true and electorally and ethically compromising: What Trump did — and continues to do — was an impeachable abuse of power, and it should be considered separately from the question of what Hunter Biden did.

The problem for Democrats is that a review of Hunter Biden’s career shows clearly that he, along with Joe Biden’s brother James, has been trading on their family name for decades, cashing in on the implication — and sometimes the explicit argument — that giving money to a member of Joe Biden’s family wins the favor of Joe Biden. Democrats have been loath to give any credibility to the wild rantings of Trump or his bagman Rudy Giuliani, leaving them to sidestep the question of Hunter Biden’s ethics or decision-making, and how much responsibility Joe Biden deserves. Republicans, though, have no such qualms, and have made clear that smearing the Bidens as corrupt will be central to Trump’s reelection campaign. The Trump approach is utterly without shame or irony, with attacks even coming from his son Eric Trump.


I asked Warren if Hunter Biden’s position at Burisma was appropriate.

"I know that everyone wants to try to drag in other people. But what happened with Ukraine is about Donald Trump," she said in an interview.

IN 2006, BEAU Biden, who died of cancer in 2015, was roped into an investment meeting led by James and Hunter Biden, at the firm Paradigm Global Advisors. The family was considering acquiring the firm, and James Biden told executives there he’d have no problem bringing in people looking for an in with Joe Biden, who was a U.S. senator at the time. “We’ve got people all around the world who want to invest in Joe Biden,” James Biden told officials with the firm, according to a Politico Magazine investigation.

Beau Biden turned red in the face, telling his uncle, “This can never leave this room, and if you ever say it again, I will have nothing to do with this.” Hunter and James Biden denied the account to Politico, but the magazine stood by it, citing multiple sources with similar recollections. “We’ve got investors lined up in a line of 747s filled with cash ready to invest in this company,” a Paradigm executive recalls James Biden saying. Complete article

As the Intercept and several other outlets point out this is only one of many examples where Joe Biden's relatives or campaign donors have cashed in on policies that he's impacted. Elizabeth Warren even managed to get caught up in this scandal by simply declining to point out the obvious, that family members of politicians constantly getting high paying jobs with businesses that are impacted by policies created by the politician; part of the reason she may hesitate to speak out against it is that some of her own family members also have conflicts of interests, which might explain why she dodged the question when asked indirectly about Hunter Biden in this article:

Warren Stumbles When Asked If a Warren Admin Would Let a VP's Son Serve On a Foreign Company's Board 09/26/2019

Elizabeth Warren got visibly flustered when asked by a reporter Wednesday whether -- if she's elected -- her anti-corruption policies would include allowing the son of a sitting vice president to be paid as a board member for a foreign company, appearing to answer the question honestly before conveniently forgetting the details of her own plan.

"Can you say whether or not, under a Warren administration, would your vice president's child be allowed to serve on a board of a foreign company?" a reporter directly asked Warren Wednesday.

“No,” Warren immediately responded, before appearing to realize what she’s said and hastily backtracking.

"I don't — I don't know. I mean, I’d have to go back and look at the details on the plan,” Warren hedged.

“Do you think there could be a problem with that?” the reporter pressed.

“I — I have to go back and look,” Warren said before moving on. Complete article

The vast majority of the public don't have any chance to get jobs like this now could we get media coverage that we needed if we wanted to run for political office. This should be an obvious conflict of interest, yet it's routine for those in the political establishment so they want to act as if it's acceptable. Elizabeth Warren could make a legitimate point in her campaign against Joe Biden, but of course she may know that it may raise questions about her own family, as the following article points out:

Why Political Candidates’ Family and Friends Are Fair Game 09/08/2019

Elizabeth Warren’s daughter, Amelia Tyagi, with whom she has coauthored two best-selling books, has come a long way from her mom’s humble Oklahoma origins. Tyagi is now a founder and CEO of a consultancy called the Business Talent Group. Like Mayor Pete (BOOTEdgeEdge), she’s also worked as a consultant for McKinsey, a secretive consulting firm that has been rightly blamed for some of the worst miseries of working life at many major corporations. Journalist Duff McDonald, who wrote a book about the company, said McKinsey might be “the single greatest legitimizer of mass layoffs.” While the capitalist class already approved of layoffs in tough economic times, McDonald told Time magazine in a 2013 interview, McKinsey helped get them comfortable with the idea of layoffs in prosperous times “simply to juice profits.” Even the respectable Time interviewer couldn’t help observing that this sounded “evil.”

Tyagi also cofounded HealthAllies, a venture capital–backed health benefits firm which was eventually acquired by United Health Group. It makes you wonder: how likely is Warren to go all in for Medicare for All, a reform deeply opposed by most of the health insurance industry, when someone so close to her, an intellectual partner and colleague as well as a daughter, has been a heath care profiteer and still works as a management consultant to corporate America? Complete article

I also went into this in some of my previous articles which explained that she didn't support Medicare For All until the beginning of this campaign and that lots of her financial donors oppose it. Another recent article, When Elizabeth Warren ducked and dodged on Medicare for All 10/14/2019 also points this out saying, "Braude, the TV host, tried but failed to push Warren off her talking points. 'You do support single-payer, do you not?' he asked. Warren replied, 'No, what I’ve got right now … ' at which point he interrupted her and countered that she had expressed support for single-payer in the past. She shot back, 'Oh! I think you need to go back and take a look.'"

Elizabeth Warren hasn't been clear on this issue often putting out contradictory messages, so there's little reason to believe that she really does support it; her financial supporters donating to her campaign, while opposing Medicare For All clearly think they can count on her not to push for it!

Another surprising issue that Elizabeth warren seems to be avoiding going after Joe Biden on is the bankruptcy bill which was one of her strongest arguments to get elected to the Senate in 2012 yet she hardly mentions it during the current campaign as Ryan Grim points out in In Midst of Bankruptcy Fight, Elizabeth Warren Said “Joe Biden Should Not Be Allowed to Sell Out Women” 10/14/2019 Grim also points out another example of Hunter Biden profiting from his father's position when he writes, "While MBNA, the credit card company based in Delaware, was pushing the legislation, Biden faced charges of being too close to the company. 'I’m not the senator from MBNA,' he protested to the Washington Post in 1999. Three years earlier, his son Hunter Biden had joined MBNA as a senior official. In 2001, Hunter Biden became a federal lobbyist, but stayed on at MBNA as a consultant at a fee of $100,000 per year." And on top of this MBNA Corp was his second biggest donor according to Open Secrets!

Why not?

It would be a strong argument which would almost certainly get her an enormous amount of positive publicity advancing her campaign!

To understand why she's remaining silent on this issue during the campaign it may help to also understand that she's also remained silent on it simnce joining the Senate almost seven years ago; and this isn't entirely isolated. grim pointed out that Elizabeth Warren also criticized Hillary Clinton in the “The Two-Income Trap,” but in 2016 when Hillary Clinton said “Anybody who knows me who thinks that they can influence me, name anything they’ve influenced me on,” she remained silent and her book "A Fighting Chance," she mentions Hillary Clinton standing up to "that awful bill," without reminding people that she caved after taking money from the banks. This is a pattern of behavior which goes beyond that; she also opposed the repeal of Glass Steagall during her 2012 campaign, yet endorsed many politicians and economists that supported the repeal, including Lawrence Summers who she praised, even though the media was giving her credit for standing up to him, which she wasn't actually doing, and has done little or nothing to draw attention to bankruptcy profiteering since then!

And apparently prior to the 2016 elections season Warren’s Top Donors Included Individuals From Firms That Represent Corporations 06/28/2016 Received hundreds of thousands of dollars from individuals in securities and investments; Wall Street lawyers. this may explain why she supported Hillary Clinton in that election despite the fact that she wasn't nearly as progressive as Warren supposedly was, and why she's done little or nothing to stand up to wall Street since being elected to the Senate, with the possible exception of some charismatic speeches that wasn't followed up by action, which is typical of traditional politicians.

She's doing the same thing that she criticized Hillary Clinton for standing up on principle for an important issue then caving once in office, and taking money from Wall Street corporations and helping raise more money for the Democratic Party, including many candidates opposing progressive issues she pretends to support!

There are an enormous number of additional stories being reported about Elizabeth Warren on the internet that are hardly receiving any coverage on the maisntream media, including a recently released video, Watch Elizabeth Warren’s 1991 Speech to the Conservative Federalist Society 10/08/2019 with an article saying, "Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren gave a speech for the conservative Federalist Society in 1991, and the group has recently posted video of the event online. During the nomination of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Warren delivered a floor speech in which she called the Federalist Society 'a radical, right wing group deeply committed to overturning Roe v. Wade,' but in 1991, Warren was their honored guest." Elizabeth Warren must have been well aware that they were committed to overturning Roe v. wade and many other extreme positions when she gave that speech which was almost certainly a paid speech, yet she didn't object to that then.

This is part of a much larger pattern of behavior of telling many lies, some important, which I've often covered in past articles, others petty ones that she should have know better than to tell, or could have explained away, yet instead they decline to mention them at all, and mainstream media helps them by not saying anything in a high profile manner either. One of them is another example of possible planted questions as exposed in Warren's viral answer at town hall might have stemmed from question asked by supporter 10/12/2019 this is a common practice by mainstream media one of the most famous examples was in 2016 when Donna Brazile was caught red-handed by Wikileaks leaking questions from CNN, and several of the earlier town hall forums also had examples exposed of packing the audience, although I don't have the links handy, I remember several of them clearly.

Michelle Malkin isn't the best source that I'd cite, but I recently came across this article by her, CNN’s long history of allowing Democratic town-hall plants 01/06/2016, and even though I would prefer more reliable sources, I knew she was describing a constant pattern of behavior so I did a search and found numerous more examples including a planted question to smear Bernie Sanders which I remember when it happened, Did CNN Stack the Audience Against Bernie Sanders at His Town Hall? 02/26/2019, and there were several more in the town halls shortly after this wher more questions were raised, although I don't have sources for those. But I Googled the subject and found many more which I listed below; the person that got caught with the most planted questions by far seems to be Hillary Clinton in both the 2008 election and the 2016 election, but this is standard operating procedure, although they probably don't get caught more than a fraction of the times they do it.

Elizabeth Warren also got caught red-handed lying about why she was fired for a teaching job early in her career where she claimed she was fired for being pregnant but ahd previously given another explanation on camera and records from the school also contradict this claim yet she dug in her heels sticking to he story as reported in Warren stands by claim she lost teaching job because of pregnancy 10/08/2019, and additional details in other articles listed below; another incident involves an old cook book which she contributed to with recipes allegedly from native Americans but according to Canned crab? Elizabeth Warren is unfit to lead. 10/16/2018 three of of five "were apparently cribbed from the New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens."

Lies about an old cook book or her pregnancy decades ago may seem trivial to some; however they're part of a pattern of behavior of lying to advance her career and often not even doing a good job at it or keeping track of her lies, yet the media can be counted on to minimize the coverage of these lies, if they mention them at all.

Joe Biden probably has an even worse history of getting caught in incredibly obvious lies, which is why I find it so hard to understand why they're trying to present him as front runner when it's inevitable that his campaign will collapse. He doesn't even seem to be able to tell good lies, and even encouraged people to discover the obvious ones when he recommended that we check his record. I checked his record before he recommended it; which is how I knew he was lying so often as he told them. Does he actually believe his record would support his obvious lies? Or is he counting on complacent people assuming that it must be true and not bothering to check his record?

In one absurd example he blatantly accuses Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren about lying for Medicare for All which Jake Johnson was easily able to expose in For Supporting Medicare for All, Biden Accuses Sanders and Warren of "Playing Trump's Game and Trying to Con the American People" 10/17/2019 pointing out that Biden didn't even have a source for his claims and they reported on how the current system is costing much much more than medicare for all would save, so as Bernie Sanders has repeatedly and accurately pointed out, taxes will go up, but the savings in premiums would be much higher so there would be a net gain for consumers, and everyone would be covered.

And, of course many other countries in Europe and Canada have proven that a single Payer system is far more efficient, even though they have a different name for theirs. Our current system; which enables for profit corporations to take an enormous amount of money that is pooled to pay for health care, and use it for deceptive ads, campaign donations enormous CEO salaries, massive amounts of money that go to think tanks to dream up propaganda to distract public from flaws in the system, and since the media gets an enormous amount of this money, they have an incentive to skewer their coverage; and most politicians collecting their share also have an incentive to hedge on it. Joe Biden was actually right about his claim that Elizabeth Warren lying, but not for the reasons he claimed she was lying. She was actually distorting her position on Medicare for all by claiming that she was supporting it but also making other contradictory claims that appease her donors from the health care industry!

One of Biden's most absurd lies was a recent Tweet saying Our Constitution begins with three simple words, “We the People” — not “We the Donors.” But for too long, corporations and special interests have corrupted our political process and rigged it in their favor. Today, I’m releasing my plan to change that: 10/14/2019 which drew an enormous amount of laughter from the vast majority of responses from Twitter becasue everyone knows that he's one of the most corrupt ones when it comes to collecting Wall Street funds. I could only wonder "Is this a satire?" in my response. My past articles ahve reported on dozens of lies and there's more listed below including a recent one reporting on how he's wasting his own campaign money, Joe Biden, Bleeding Cash, Spent Nearly $1 Million on Private Jets 10/16/2019

His record with African Americans is just as bad yet he supposedly has an enormous amount of support from them, according to most polls; however, they're slowly coming to admit that this might not be quite true. apparently they've been repeatedly over-polling older people which helps him make look popular, and a couple articles finally reported that young African Americans are much less likely to support him, and are trying to convince their parents to change their mind, perhaps with some degree of success. One of the reason for this might be that younger people are much more likely to check alternative media for their news and the following article is just one of many that show how bad Joe Biden has been for the African American community; segregationists simply didn't offer to help rig media coverage to enable those standing up to segregation to get elected:

Joe Biden and the Dixiecrats Who Helped His Career 05/01/2019

Long-time cotton planter James O. Eastland puffed on a bulging cigar in the U.S. Senate dining hall in Washington, D.C., during dinner one evening, or as the balding 73-year-old senator called it, "sup'uh." In a few short months, the powerful Mississippi Democrat would retire, closing the book on a political career that he began and grew by using overtly racist appeals and outspoken opposition to civil rights.

On that evening in 1978, though, the powerful Dixiecrat would once again offer counsel to one of his favorite young mentees. Soon after 35-year-old Delaware freshman Sen. Joseph Biden joined him, Eastland sensed something was amiss.

"Son, what's the matt'uh?" Eastland asked a visibly dejected Biden.

Biden, a member of the prestigious Senate Judiciary Committee that Eastland chaired, explained that he faced tough re-election odds in November, and feared he might lose his seat.

"What ole Jim Eastland can do for you in Del'uh'wah?" offered Eastland, whose history of explicit white-supremacist rhetoric included warnings years earlier that integration would lead to "mongrelization" and a lowering of educational standards.

"Well, some places you can help, Mr. Chairman, and some places you'd hurt," Biden replied, knowing Eastland's endorsement would, if anything, cost him votes in the more liberal northeast.

"Well, I'll come to Del'uh'wah and campaign for you or agin' you, whichever will help the most," the man known back home as "Big Jim" replied knowingly.

"I promise."

'He Called Me Son'

Former Vice President Biden shared that story at a campaign stop for 
Alabama Democrat Doug Jones in October 2017, telling a Birmingham crowd of more than 1,000 that it illustrates "what the system needs today."

"Even in the days when I got here, the Democratic Party still had seven or eight old-fashioned Democratic segregationists," Biden told those gathered, many of whom were African American. "You'd get up there and argue like the devil with them, and then you'd go down and have lunch or dinner together. We were divided on issues, but the political system worked." Complete article

The vast majority of the news about corrupt politicians is only reported in low profile manners often by alternative media outlets that get little or no coverage on Cable TV or network news and other traditional media outlets. But social Media is helping to spread the word on this and it's exposing an enormous number of lies from the political establishment.

This is especially true about young people and older people that aren't as accustomed to social media are steadily either learning to use it more or dying off to be replaced by those that are, which means that the establishment may not be able to use the same old propaganda tactics to rig elections. there's an enormous amount of this going on discrediting establishment candidates going on already including both Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden along with many of the other candidates that aren't polling so well. And this isn't limited to presidential candidates, not only are there a few more progressives that got elected in the last couple elections cycle to Congress, but social media is also exposing establishment candidates efforts to rig elections and expose corporate ties to many more relatives of politicians of members of the CIA or military industrial complex. Cofer Black a former CIA agent who went to work for Blackwater is apparently also a board member of the same company that Hunter Biden represented; and Nancy Pelosi's son is also on the board of an energy company doing business in Ukraine and he also founded a company that was charged with securities fraud; and Nancy Pelosi herself was previously caught at insider trading.

Could the reason that Nancy Pelosi finally decided to support impeachment be because he was drawing attention to energy companies that were tied to her own son or business deals of her allies? I wouldn't rule it out, although the verdict is still out.

These are just a small fraction of the stories that are being exposed in a low profile manner that mainstream media is almost completely ignoring; even those of us becoming more familiar with Social Media can't keep track of it all, but there are so many of us that, even if we can't track it all as individuals we may be able to do so as a group, no matter how loosely organized.

I provided additional stories and another data dump about Joe Biden in Joe Biden Really Was Taken Off The Trash Heap and took a much closer look at Elizabeth Warren in a series of articles going back to 2011, the most recent one is Is Elizabeth Warren A Wall Street Stealth Candidate? which also has links to at least eight or nine of my previous articles and each one has many more sources.

The following is a list of sources for issues discussed in this article followed by a long list of additional articles about Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren on other subjects:

Mitt Romney adviser, CIA spook, & Blackwater, employee, Cofer Black, sits on Burisma board of directors 09/26/2019

Pelosi’s son hobnobs with the Trumps at Mar-a-Lago 01/07/2019 Paul Pelosi Jr. son of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (left), in an Instagram photos of himself with first daughter Ivanka Trump, celebrating the New Year 2018/9 at President TrumpÕs Mar-a-Lago golf resort.

VIDEO: Nancy Pelosi’s Son Also Board Member of Energy Company, Traveled to Ukraine and Nancy Featured Prominently in Company’s Ad 10/04/2019

Company co-founded by Nancy Pelosi's son charged with securities fraud 07/17/2014

Biden is creating a generational divide among black voters 10/10/2019

Young Black Voters to Their Biden-Supporting Parents: ‘Is This Your King?’ 09/20/2019

Watch Elizabeth Warren’s 1991 Speech to the Conservative Federalist Society 10/08/2019

The woman to Warren’s right is Edith Jones, one of the most rightwing federal judges in the country. She routinely sends her clerks to clerk for Clarence Thomas. She once said that blacks and Hispanics are “predisposed to crime” 10/08/2019

Warren's viral answer at town hall might have stemmed from question asked by supporter 10/12/2019

Warren stands by claim she lost teaching job because of pregnancy 10/08/2019

County Records Contradict Warren’s Claim She Was Fired Over Pregnancy 10/07/2019

WATCH: Elizabeth Warren Lied About Losing Public School Teaching Job Because She Was ‘Visibly Pregnant’ 01/05/2019

Canned crab? Elizabeth Warren is unfit to lead. 10/16/2018 It inevitably draws attention to her contribution to the ’80s cookbook, “Pow Wow Chow: A Collection of Recipes from Families of the Five Civilized Tribes.” Under “Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee,” it lists five recipes, three of which were apparently cribbed from the New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens.

Elizabeth Warren's Pow Wow Chow 'Cherokee' recipes were word for word COPIES of famous FRENCH chef's techniques 05/18/2012

CNN’s long history of allowing Democratic town-hall plants 01/06/2016 By Michelle Malkin

CNN accused of stacking audience vs. Bernie Sanders in town hall event 02/27/2019 CNN admitted fault on Wednesday after being accused of failing to disclose Democratic Party ties of several attendees who were able to ask 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders questions during the network’s town hall on Monday. “Though we said at the beginning of the Town Hall that the audience was made up of Democrats and Independents, we should have more fully identified any political affiliations,” a CNN spokesperson told Fox News.

Did CNN Stack the Audience Against Bernie Sanders at His Town Hall? 02/26/2019 Editors note: we reached out to CNN for a statement on this before publication, and a CNN spokesperson provided us with the following statement the next day: "Though we said at the beginning of the Town Hall that the audience was made up of Democrats and Independents, we should have more fully identified any political affiliations."

Do Campaigns Routinely Plant Questions? 11/13/2007 Clinton answered the question -- and suggested that "somebody obviously sent" it to him, since she had "been asked the very same question in three other places." Rolph said he was offended by the implication and that the question came from his own research. .... Now Clinton is once again dealing with the concept of planted questions, though this time it is her own campaign that is coming under fire. A sophomore at Grinnell College named Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff told CNN she was encouraged by a Clinton staffer in Newton, Iowa to ask the candidate a question about climate change -- and was discouraged from asking the question she had come up with.

People Are Losing Their Minds Over ‘Planted Questions’ Theory at CNN’s Town Hall 01/26/2016

Montgomery County senator denies daughter's question was planted by Clinton 10/08/2019 State Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, vigorously denied that a question his daughter asked at a Hillary Clinton town hall event was planted by the Democratic presidential nominee's campaign.

Clinton Under Fire for Planting Fake Questions 11/26/2007

Great Question. Glad I Asked It. Hillary Clinton gets snared by a planted question. 11/13/2007

Student describes how she became a Clinton plant 11/13/2007

Surprise: Hillary Camp Planted Suggested Questions at 'Unscripted' Events 06/03/2016

Clinton's 'Planted Questions' Flap Is Fodder for Opponents 11/14/2007

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders couldn't be more different — and the Squad know it 10/17/2019

FLAG: Senator Elizabeth Warren appears uncharacteristically flustered when asked if her ethics plan would allow her Vice President's son to serve on the board of a foreign company: "No," she said. "I don't know. I mean I’d have to go back and look at the details." #nhpolitics 09/25/2019

Question For Elizabeth Warren: Would You Let Your VP’s Son Sit On The Board Of A Foreign Company? 09/26/2019

Kamala Harris would 'probably not' let her VP's child serve on foreign company board like Hunter Biden 09/28/2019

How a Young Joe Biden Turned Liberals Against Integration 08/04/2015

Joe Biden and the Dixiecrats Who Helped His Career 05/01/2019 "Well, I'll come to Del'uh'wah and campaign for you or agin' you, whichever will help the most," the man known back home as "Big Jim" replied knowingly. 'He Called Me Son'

When Ukraine’s Prosecutor Came After His Son’s Sponsor Joe Biden Sprang Into Action 10/04/2019

We need to talk about Hunter Biden Kate Aronoff 10/05/2019 The growing scandal around Ukraine shows that the gamble of a Biden nomination is big – and one Democrats would be foolish to make

Here is the dirt Trump wanted from Zelensky about the Bidens and why Zelensky doesn’t want to give it to him — hidden by rampant falsehoods in the press 09/28/2019 by Eric Zuesse

Wherever Joe Biden went, son Hunter cashed in 09/26/2019

Solomon: These once-secret memos cast doubt on Joe Biden's Ukraine story 09/26/2019 For instance, Burisma’s American legal representatives met with Ukrainian officials just days after Biden forced the firing of the country’s chief prosecutor and offered “an apology for dissemination of false information by U.S. representatives and public figures” about the Ukrainian prosecutors, according to the Ukrainian government’s official memo of the meeting. The effort to secure that meeting began the same day the prosecutor's firing was announced.

Elizabeth Warren Interview: Conversations with History; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley 03/08/2007

The following are additional articles about Joe Biden:

Democrats Impeach Joe Biden, Fiddle as the Planet Burns 10/11/2019 The Delaware credit card company MBNA was Joe Biden’s largest campaign contributor when he promoted and passed the 2005 bankruptcy ‘reform’ bill that made it virtually impossible to discharge credit card debt in bankruptcy. Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter, was a paid lobbyist for MBNA at the time of the bill’s passage. While lawyers can parse explicit from implicit quid pro quo, 1) the company hired Hunter Biden, 2) its executives were Joe Biden’s largest campaign contributors, and 3) it got what it wanted in terms of legislative outcomes.

BERN NOTICE: Bernie's Medical Debt Plan Challenges Biden, Debt Collectors & Credit Agencies 09/20/2019

Tennessee businessman says he was conned by Joe Biden's brother and a hedge fund owner 08/02/2019

Biden Campaign Urges TV Networks to Stop Booking Giuliani 09/29/2019 Advisers to the former vice president wrote to executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News to “demand” that Mr. Giuliani not be invited on the air to discuss Ukraine and President Trump. Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s presidential campaign contacted top television anchors and networks on Sunday to “demand” that Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, be kept off the air because of what they called his misleading comments about the Biden family and Ukraine. “We are writing today with grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump,” a pair of top Biden campaign advisers, Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield, wrote in the letter. ..... Mr. Biden’s advisers have not been shy about offering advice to journalists. Earlier this month, the campaign sent a memo to an elite group of campaign reporters warning that any news story would be “misleading” if the Trump camp’s claims about Mr. Biden were unsubstantiated. The news networks had no comment on Sunday.

Biden says he wouldn't ban fracking, distancing himself from rivals 09/05/2019

Joe Biden Has Multiple Ties to Liquefied Natural Gas Pioneer Cheniere Energy 09/05/2019

Joe Biden reportedly praised pharmaceutical companies at a private party despite publicly railing against high drug prices 09/15/2019 Bloomberg reported Sunday that Biden told a gathering of donors at the Dallas home of David Genecov, a craniofacial surgeon, that there were "great drug companies out there — except a couple of opioid outfits." One of Biden's fellow 2020 hopefuls, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, criticized the comment in a statement provided to Business Insider, saying he disagreed with Biden for praising what he called companies that were "greedy, corrupt, and engaged in price fixing."

Former Biden Chief of Staff is Fox News’ Top Lobbyist 09/18/2019 A former key Biden official began lobbying for the rightwing news channel in July, a recent filing shows.

Joe Biden's story of confronting a gang leader named 'Corn Pop' while working as a lifeguard in 1962 draws skepticism 09/15/2019

BERN NOTICE: 5 Examples of Biden Literally Reciting Health Care Industry Talking Points 09/14/2019

Obama Repeatedly Tried to Get Biden Not to Run for President 08/18/2019

Joe Biden’s Racist Answer on the Legacy of Slavery 09/13/2019

Biden Take Iraq Lies to the Max at Democratic Debate 09/13/2019

The major pharma/insurance front group sent out a memo telling candidates to vilify @BernieSanders’ Medicare for All plan with dishonest tax talking points: Last night, @JoeBiden went on national TV and obediently followed the front group’s orders 👇🏻 09/13/2019

Why a DNC Vice Chair Bawled Me Out for Sharing Critical, Accurate Information About Joe Biden 09/09/2019 Ken Martin was angry that my colleagues and I were handing out a flier—providing some inconvenient facts about Joe Biden—to delegates and activists as they entered the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention on Saturday. The headline, next to Biden’s picture, quoted a statement he made last year: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we're in trouble.”

Why are reporters from 'The Young Turks' spending their time on social media promoting Elizabeth Warren instead of Bernie Sanders? Do you think this might be relevant? 👇 09/07/2019 This year Jeffrey Katzenberg has donated to: • Michael Bennet • Joe Biden • Cory Booker • Pete Buttigieg • Kirsten Gillibrand • Kamala Harris • John Hickenlooper • Amy Klobuchar • Beto O'Rourke • Elizabeth Warren He hasn't donated to: • Tulsi Gabbard • Bernie Sanders

After Climate Forum, Biden Heads to a Fundraiser Co-Hosted by a Fossil Fuel Executive 09/04/2019 Andrew Goldman, a co-founder of Western LNG, a natural gas production company based in Houston, Texas, is co-hosting one of two high-dollar fundraisers Biden will attend in New York on Thursday.

Biden, at Climate Town Hall, Says He’ll Rethink Fundraiser by Fossil Fuel Industry Executive 09/04/2019

Joe Biden tries to justify fundraiser with *co-founder of the fossil fuel company co Western LNG.* “I was told...he did not have any responsibility relating to the company.” Never mind the fact Goldman is a main beneficiary and co-founder. #ClimateTownHall 094/0/2019

'Details Are Irrelevant': Biden Says Verbal Slip-Ups Don't Undermine His Judgment 09/03/2019 "Immediately, that moment it started, I came out against the war at that moment," Biden told NPR. But in multiple public remarks made after the invasion began in 2003, Biden openly supported the effort. Biden publicly said his vote was a mistake as early as 2005, but not immediately when the war began in 2003. "Nine months ago, I voted with my colleagues to give the president of the United States of America the authority to use force, and I would vote that way again today," Biden said in a speech at the Brookings Institution on July 31, 2003. "It was a right vote then, and it'll be a correct vote today."

Biden taps influence industry despite pledge on lobbyists 09/03/2019

Biden’s Climate Adviser Earned $1 Million From Natural Gas Company 05/10/2019 Current 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden has a “middle-ground” climate approach that will promote natural gas, potentially enriching his adviser’s former employer.

Paternity suit in state lists Joe Biden’s son, 49 06/20/2019

Kamala Harris Has Nothing to Offer Progressives 08/22/2019 Herein lies the tension of Harris’ 2020 bid, a campaign that challenges Biden’s past opposition to federal busing only to walk it back days later, promises a break from the status quo while introducing a laughable student debt forgiveness plan, refuses to engage with legitimate criticisms of her record as a prosecutor and pays lip service to progressive causes as it boasts more billionaire donors than the three leading Democratic candidates combined.

Joe Biden is the front-runner by every measure — except big crowds 05/28/2019 Attendance at the former vice president’s launch rally paled next to some of his rivals. In his first Iowa visit, he didn’t match the crowds that greeted Elizabeth Warren or even the less well-known Pete Buttigieg in their initial visits. So far, he’s kept his events to smaller venues where there’s little danger of empty seats.

Joe Biden isn’t ‘gaffe-prone’, he’s losing his mind 08/16/2019

‘I Believe in Capitalism’: Kamala Harris Courts Big Donors in the Hamptons 08/19/2019 Harris’s event on Sunday night went head to head with one at musician Jon Bon Jovi’s house for Cory Booker. Pete Buttigieg will be in the Hamptons over Labor Day weekend. Joe Biden, who’ll be in the Hamptons next weekend, has already hit up Cape Cod, Aspen and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Biden jumps into damage control after upsetting Latino leaders 08/14/2019

Biden’s Newest Advisor Is a George W. Bush Appointee Who Supported the Iraq War 08/08/2019

Biden voted against a Wellstone amendment to condition permanent MFN on China stop imprisoning trade unionists. 05/05/2019 74 Nays 22 yeas 4 not voting in 2000 Bennet, Feinstein, Kerry, McCain, Reid, Dashle Edwards all Nays Kennedy, Leiberman not voting.

That Time Joe Biden Lied About His Academic Credentials 05/03/2019

Steve Ricchetti, Top Biden Campaign Aide, Was a Health-Care Lobbyist 07/18/2019

Joe Biden worried in 1977 that certain de-segregation policies would cause his children to grow up 'in a racial jungle' 07/15/2019 He then said: "Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle with tensions having built so high that it is going to explode at some point."

Protesters rail against Biden on deportations 07/12/2019

Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign? Joe Biden’s son is under scrutiny for his business dealings and tumultuous personal life. 07/01/2019

Medicare for All Sponsor Rep. Jayapal Challenges Biden's Comments on Labor Unions and Health Insurance 07/06/2019

Joe Biden keeps making things worse for himself 07/05/2019

Joe Biden Clarifies He's No Bernie Sanders: "I Don't Think 500 Billionaires Are Reason We're in Trouble" 05/09/2018

Joe Biden is a Collaborator 07/05/2019

Joe Biden's Record on Race Is Even Worse Than Kamala Harris Lets On When African-Americans arguably needed his help the most—Biden has repeatedly wielded his power to devastate the black community 07/02/2019

Friendly media paints Hunter Biden’s drug addiction as a plus to prop up his father Joe 07/02/2019 Does Hunter Biden’s crack use humanize his father, or serve as another black mark in the ledger against the Democratic frontrunner? Mainstream media has put the spin machine into top gear as Joe Biden sinks in the polls.

Biden doubles down on segregationist comments, says critics like Cory Booker 'should apologize' to him 06/20/2019

Biden and the Problem of Bipartisanship 06/20/2019 "You know, what I’ve found is rich people are just as patriotic as poor people. Not a joke. I mean, we may not want to demonize anybody who has made money."

Biden straight out LYING about marching in the civil rights movement 🤦‍♀️ 06/19/2019

Joe Biden Can't Stop Praising Vicious Segregationists 06/18/2019 Per the Washington Post: Biden’s campaign didn’t immediately return a request for comment about why it would be notable that the Dixiecrat — who thought black Americans belonged to an “inferior race” and warned that integration would cause “mongrelization” — didn’t call Biden “boy,” a racial epithet deployed against black men. Per Jack Crosbie from Splinter: In the same speech, Biden also reportedly shouted out his ability to work with former Sen. Herman Talmadge, another virulently racist segregationist.

Joe Biden Wagged His Finger At Me When I Asked Him About Abortion 06/12/2019

Joe Biden Raising Cash From Ocasio-Cortez-Hating GOP Donor, John Morgan, Former CA Official Who Tried to Help Domestic Abuser 05/28/2019 Apparently, Chahal took Westly’s advice: a later email penned from Chahal to Westly titled “Willie Brown” said that he had approached Willie Brown and Brown wanted $1 million in the event ” he can make this go away.”

Billionaires like John Morgan get special access to lawmakers like Nancy Pelosi. Morgan is one of Joe Biden's top fundraisers. He also donates to the GOP. 05/28/2019

Biden Nearly Flunks Climate Change on Greenpeace Report Card 05/30/2019

Biden Funneled $1.8 Billion To Ukraine While Son Bagged 'Sweetheart' Government Deal: Report 04/04/2019 Some of the details of this story cite Breitbart as a source, which has credibility problems; however some of it can be confirmed from more reliable sources.

Tiffany Trump hangs with Joe Biden’s granddaughter in the Hamptons 06/11/2018

Biden Lied About Marching with Civil Rights Movement, Claimed it Had No Policy Agenda 06/03/2019

Joe Biden, Prince of Prisons 05/04/2019

Biden's Climate Plan Not Nearly Enough, Say Green Groups 06/04/2019

Biden’s Draft Record Looks a Lot Like Trump’s. Do Democrats Care? 06/07/2019

Joe Biden Tried to Cut Contraception Coverage in Obamacare 06/05/2019

Chinese Fund Backed by Hunter Biden Invested in Technology Used to Surveil Muslims 05/03/2019

In 1991, Joe Biden Was Skeptical Clarence Thomas Would Be Extreme On Abortion 06/11/2019

After Addressing Poor People’s Campaign, Biden Asks Super-Rich for Campaign Cash 06/17/2019 Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Epstein tweeted a list of some of attendees at Monday night’s Biden fundraiser, which includes a former Trump (and Obama) cabinet official, a former Republican U.S. Senator, and billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis, who donated to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign when Romney ran against Obama and Biden. In 2015, Catsimatidis wrote a $70,000 check to a super PAC supporting former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R). The fundraiser is being held at the East 75th Street home of Jim Chanos, who poked fun at a group of protesters calling on Biden to support the Green New Deal, according to Epstein. Homes in Chanos’ building sell for roughly $2 million, according to Zillow.

Since being VP, Biden earned substantial wealth through a book deal and speeches--one speech he was paid $200k by family foundation of Republican candidate he campaigned for. Joe has filed for a 45 day extension on filing his personal financial disclosure. 05/23/2019

The 1994 crime bill is one of the worst pieces of legislation in the last 30 years. Biden helped write it and Biden denies it's negative impact. Even Bill Clinton admitted it was was a mistake. 05/22/2019

The health care industry is betting on Joe Biden in its war against Medicare-for-all 04/26/2019

Joe Biden Has Called for Social Security Cuts 3 Times 05/17/2019

Joe Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground 01/23/2019

Biden and Beto Boosted GOP Candidates in 2018. That’s Disqualifying. 01/23/2019

Biden Announces Deal with Hospitals to Cut Medicare, Medicaid Payments by $155 Billion 07/13/2009

Joe Biden's niece arrested for allegedly hitting cop 09/17/2013

Biden’s niece shows remorse after avoiding jail in credit card scam 06/26/2018 As part of the sweetheart plea deal, her felony conviction was tossed in June for the unauthorized shopping spree at a Greenwich Village pharmacy. She was allowed to re-plead to the lesser charge of petit larceny. The pampered Georgetown grad completed 10 days of community service at a children’s hospital and paid full restitution of $110,810.04. This wasn’t Biden’s first brush with the law. She landed in cuffs in 2013 after a clash with a roommate over unpaid rent at their $3,500-a-month Tribeca pad — and took a swing at responding cops. “I shouldn’t be handcuffed!” she railed to police at the time. “You don’t know who you’re doing this to!”

Robert Reich: Centrists Simply Cannot Win the 2020 Election 10/09/2019 I keep hearing that the Democratic primary is coming down to someone who’s “electable” (Biden) versus someone who has “ideas.” This is pure nonsense. Beating Donald Trump requires getting out the vote.

Protests Erupt Outside Fundraiser for Biden Co-Hosted by Natural Gas Executives 09/06/2019

Hunter Biden arranged meeting between father and Chinese business partner during vice-presidential visit: Report 07/01/2019

The Untold Story: Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration — Not the Other Way Around 09/17/2019

Biden Had Said He Worked the Coal Mines, Was Shot at in Iraq, and Marched in the Civil Rights Movement. He Has Not Done Those Things 08/30/2019

Biden Inc. Over his decades in office, ‘Middle-Class Joe’s’ family fortunes have closely tracked his political career. 08/02/2019

Biden Faces Conflict of Interest Questions That Are Being Promoted by Trump and Allies 05/01/2019

Joe Biden's past praise for Dick Cheney is suddenly getting attention one week into his 2020 campaign 05/02/2019

Biden "We talked about this in, in, in San Francisco's all about well, you know, gay, gay, gay bath houses, and everybody, it's all about round the clock sex. It's all. C'mon man." Nailed it. 10/11/2019

The following are additional articles about Elizabeth Warren:

Elizabeth Warren secured endorsement from far-left 'Working Families Party' after think tank where her daughter is chairwoman gave it $45,000 09/24/ 2019

Landslide Liz Warren ‘ready’ for Scott Brown showdown 06/03/2012 The so-called "landslide" wasn't decided by voters it was decided by political insiders who deprived voters of the opportunity to hear any more from her primary challenger or vote for her on the ballot by canceling the primary!

Elizabeth Warren's campaign clarifies she'll raise big-dollar money for the party as nominee 10/09/2019 Previously, Warren had said that her ban on high-dollar fundraisers was for the primaries — not the general election. But in a statement to NBC News, the Warren campaign clarified that the candidate would indeed attend high-dollar events for the party (where individuals can donate tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars) — though not for the campaign (where the maximum primary and general election donation is a combined $5,600).

Mark McKinnon Says All Warren Has to Do to Pull Black Voters is Win Iowa and New Hampshire: ‘They’ll Come Aboard’ 10/08/2019

Applauding Warren's Rejection of Privatized Water Systems, Group Calls On All 2020 Hopefuls to Follow Suit 10/09/2019 Another Democratic 2020 presidential candidate has previously spoken out against water privatization: Sen. Bernie Sanders

Elizabeth Warren on foreign policy 09/27/2012

Elizabeth Warren Helped Out Big Corporations Back Then, Does It Matter Now? 07/17/2019

Elizabeth Warren's rising popularity has been limited to Democrats 09/28/2019

Warren campaign fires senior staffer for 'inappropriate behavior' 10/04/2019 A person familiar with the investigation said that there were no reports of sexual assault, but could not comment further due to confidentiality. Rich McDaniel was one of the first hires announced by the campaign and was paid at the level of other senior staffers. He worked as the primary states regional director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the field and political director for Sen. Doug Jones 2017 upset victory in Alabama.

Elizabeth Warren — The Democracy Alliance’s Chosen One 09/24/2019

Why These Wall Streeters Are Giving to Elizabeth Warren 09/19/2019

The Prospect of an Elizabeth Warren Nomination Should Be Very Worrying 09/23/2019

Wall Street Democratic donors warn the party: We’ll sit out, or back Trump, if you nominate Elizabeth Warren 09/26/2019

Warren: Taxpayers must fund sex reassignment surgery 08/14/2019

Eric Blanc: Why Doesn’t Elizabeth Warren Have a K-12 Plan? 09/25/2019

Warren walks back claim Democratic primary was rigged 11/09/2017

How Elizabeth Warren Raised Big Money Before She Denounced Big Money 09/09/2019 Last winter and spring, she transferred $10.4 million in leftover funds from her 2018 Senate campaign to underwrite her 2020 run, a portion of which was raised from the same donor class she is now running against.

A warm reception for liberal presidential candidates, lion's den for moderates at CCI forum in Iowa 09/1/2019 At the event, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts specifically declined to endorse national rent control. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, faced a similar public option versus Medicare for All-style universal, guaranteed health care question. He only avoided the response Buttigieg experienced by qualifying his stance by adding he would make sure “everyone has Medicare who wants it.” Only U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose 2016 presidential campaign shifted Democratic politics in a distinctly more progressive direction, received an overwhelmingly positive welcome.

Thousands Pack NYC Park As Elizabeth Warren Promises A Grassroots Movement To Take On Corruption 09/19/2019 Warren’s campaign said more than 20,000 people attended her rally, making it her largest to date. A spokesperson for the city Department of Parks and Recreation told HuffPost that officials believe the park’s capacity is 10,000, and that Warren’s event had a permit for 8,000 to 10,000 people. The city said it could not corroborate Warren’s crowd estimate.

Why isn’t Elizabeth Warren more popular in Massachusetts? 07/30/2019 Why Warren’s home-state political standing makes some Democrats nervous, explained.

Elizabeth Warren’s Indian Casino Bill Would Bail Out Malaysian Gambling Giant 05/15/2018

Charter School Lobbyist Introduces Elizabeth Warren at Rally 06/04/2019

Elizabeth Warren isn't cosponsoring: S.309 - to expand the estate tax S.478 - to expand Social Security S.1389 - to limit credit card interest rates S.1587 - to tax Wall Street transactions S.J.Res.11 - to prevent war in Venezuela Why hasn't Sen. Warren cosponsored these bills? 05/25/2019

Here’s Wiki-Proof that the Clinton Machine Was Behind the Flood of New Democratic Presidential Hopefuls (Update — Elizabeth Warren’s Daughter and Her Connection to Health Insurance and Working Families Party) 08/13/2019

Sen. @EWarren has a largely white crowd here today at Clinton College - which is an HBCU. Here’s a story @apwillweissert and @emarvelous filed yesterday that explains why it's important for her to turn this around if she hopes to win South Carolina. 09/28/2019

Elizabeth Warren calls for 'gender-affirming health care' for transgender Americans 08/13/2019 The Democratic presidential candidate has endorsed the use of taxpayer dollars for gender reassignment surgery

Warren defends her vote for Carson amid liberal ire 01/25/2017

How Elizabeth Warren went from a regulation critic to Wall Street watchdog 08/17/2019 As a law professor in the 1980s and 1990s, Warren criticized the overabundance of government regulations, calling them "a tax," and spoke to conservative legal groups like the Federalist Society and the Manhattan Institute, a CNN KFile review of Warren's academic research, interviews and speeches in this period found. (Allegedly paid speeches, as most are from academic world, according to Twitter.)

David Brooks: When Elizabeth Warren agreed with Betsy DeVos 09/03/2019

Elizabeth Warren Is Making a Mistake By Trying to Win Over Democratic Party Elites 09/09/2019 As Bernie Sanders continues his ongoing battle with the party establishment, looking to “transform” the party from outside, Elizabeth Warren is reportedly attempting to win over party elites. The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin reports that she is telling party leaders that “far from wanting to stage a ‘political revolution’ in the fashion of Mr. Sanders, she wants to revive the beleaguered Democratic National Committee and help recapture the Senate while retaining the House in 2020.” And on Saturday, NBC News reported that Warren has been speaking with 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton since announcing her campaign, though little is known about their communications due to the “political sensitivity” involved.

Don’t Trust Elizabeth Warren’s Big-Donor Ban 09/10/2019

5 Elizabeth Warren Tweet 09/10/2019

The Legitimization Machine: Elizabeth Warren 09/09/2019

They tried to say Warren had a bigger crowd at the Iowa State Fair than Bernie...but look at the pics, they had to remove those white tents to make room for Bernie 08/29/2019

When Elizabeth Warren Agreed With Betsy DeVos How a heterodox professor became a predictable candidate. 09/02/2019

Warren Trashes 'Obscene' Profiting off Students, While Textbook She Wrote Costs $250 08/31/2019

Oil & gas industry money received: Bernie Sanders 2018: $2,633 2012: $2,650 Elizabeth Warren 2018: $38,152 2012: $52,600 Why would those in the oil & gas industry prefer Elizabeth Warren to Bernie Sanders? 🤔 08/27/2019

Warren is promising to disband her grass roots support and abandon them after she gets elected just like Obama did 08/27/2019

So, Warren outright lied when she said 'we need a movement'. She signs a pledge to absolutely NOT do exactly that. But at least we finally have the answer as to why she never got on board with Bernie ... more and more it's becoming clear, she is a fake. 08/28/2019

2020 Democrats hope powerful Nevada union can help serve them a win 08/23/2019 But Warren crossed the picket line repeatedly.

First Congress Took Sex Workers’ Websites. Now It’s Coming For Their Bank Accounts. 05/29/2018 But the broad bipartisan alliance that passed that legislation last month isn’t done. Now, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who both voted for the first bill, are pushing a proposal in the Senate that would impose similar restrictions on sex workers’ bank accounts — a move that sex workers say could further endanger their income, safety and lives.

In this video Warren says she'd be her state's first Senator with Native American heritage. Then TWICE avoids answering whether she'd do anything on Native American issues when in office. This would be damning, but she's no longer Native American, so whatevs. 10/11/2019

Report: Biden campaign plans to lose Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada 10/11/2019

Elizabeth Warren's Credibility Problem 10/10/2019

Democrats Deep Ties To Russia & Ukraine Corruption! 10/11/2019

Opinion: It’s time for Bernie and his bros to get behind Elizabeth Warren 10/1/2019 The author of this article, Rich Benjamin, has undisclosed ties to Elizabeth Warrens daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, he was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Fellows Program at the think tank Demos and she's still the chairman. This is one of many undisclosed conflicts of interests by many people writing positive propaganda for Elizabeth Warren.

Warren rakes in tech donations as she pledges to break up donors’ companies 10/1/2019

Kamala Harris’s Offices Fought Payments to Wrongly Convicted 10/14/2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rachel Maddow Gives Sheeple Permission To Think, For Now!

I decided to review Rachel Maddow's new book "Blowout," and while I'm at it I'll review her first one "Drift," even though I haven't completely read either one of them. All I've read are a few excerpts and some of the promotions for them, along with way too much of her show.

If you're not accustomed to reading good non-fiction books on a regular basis the first thought going through your mind about someone doing a book review about a book he hasn't even read might be, "What kind of asshole does that?"

Well, apparently me.

However, if you are accustomed to reading good non-fiction books on a regular basis, and you've read enough reviews from the mainstream media, you might suspect that they mass produce book reviews for promotional purposes and they have little or no credibility, since they're sold like a commodity, and the vast majority of these reviews just might be written by people that never read the book.

I mean no offense to the Sheeple that don't see through this scam; after all, for a long time, I was one of them, even though I thought I was well informed! I kept track of the news reading traditional papers every day and watching the nightly news, but for decades I wasn't aware of any alternative media outlets or the academic work that the mainstream media practically never covers. It wasn't hard to see that the Republicans were always favoring the rich, and I saw that many Democrats were as well; but I didn't realize how much I was missing until I started becoming more familiar with alternative media, and good authors the mainstream media practically never covers. This started when I read a book by Howard Zinn, and began looking at other sources, including many on the internet, and began reading far more non-fiction books.

Also, at least I'm admitting I didn't read Rachel Maddow's books and even though I only heard an interview by Chris Hayes and checked Google Books for an excerpt where she explains the "Resource Curse," I also read a lot of other good books including "Blood and Oil" by Klare and "Private Empire" by Steve Coll which did a far better job explaining this long before she did, but they couldn't get nearly as much media promotion as she did to surge to the top of the best sellers list so quickly. (Steve Coll did get some media promotion and eventually made it onto the best sellers list but never had nearly as much name recognition as Rachel Maddow and almost certainly didn't rise as fast.)

By reading enough good non-fiction book I was eventually able to recognize a trend, that the best books were almost never covered much by the mainstream media; and the ones they did cover where mostly celebrities that catered to the interests of the oligarchs that control the media.

David Swanson, who presumably did read this book, made a good point in his review (more below) of "Drift," her first book when he said "I’d love for a hundred million Americans or so who never read books to read this one. It wouldn’t be the first book I’d pick, but it would probably do a lot more good than harm." He had plenty of objections to this book though and one of them is that she's very selective about which wars she opposes and looks the other way at many of the lies leading us into war, including the one about "babies taken out of incubators in Kuwait" which was proven to be fabricated and raising major doubts about an enormous amount of additional propaganda to justify that war. It's also unlikely that she discussed the fact that just a few weeks before the invasion Saddam Hussein was still an ally and US Ambassador April Glaspie indicated they weren't concerned with his dispute with Kuwait over the border and even advised to do some public relations to improve his image.

If people don't give her too many brownie points for pointing out some of the problems, and they don't stop with reading this book, then he may be right about his belief that "it would probably do a lot more good than harm." However since the quality of her reporting has gone down significantly since 2012, and she was never as progressive as she may have seemed by mainstream media standards, it would be a bad mistake for anyone to trust her too much, especially since her bizarre obsession with the Russia election interference conspiracy.

I've never completely ruled out some interference by Russia or claimed that they weren't corrupt and Donald Trump wasn't involved in corrupt activities with them and many other people around the world; however, when it comes to rigging elections they couldn't possibly have done more than the mainstream media for one simple reason. In order to have a chance the first thing any candidate needs is a massive amount of name recognition, and this is almost completely controlled by mainstream media. If they don't give a candidate any coverage then that candidate has no chance, yet they give an enormous amount of obsession coverage to a small percentage of candidates running for office, including Donald Trump. there's more to it than that, of course, but you can't get past that when trying to use Russia as a scapegoat for manipulating elections. I went into more details in several previous articles including Psst, Elections Were Rigged By Oligarchy not Russia & Evidence Was Reported Before It Happened!

Rachel Maddow's first book was allegedly about how we wound up in a permanent state of war and presumably how to stop it; however as David Swanson points out she's very selective about which wars base don lies she opposes; and Glen Greenwald pointed out that her support for troops in Syria contradicts her alleged opposition to permanent war described in her book when he tweeted The most bizarre aspect of Rachel @Maddow's deep anger over troop withdrawal from Syria is that she wrote an entire book in 2012 denouncing illegal US Endless War without congressional approval - exactly what Syria is. I interviewed her about it here: 12/21/2018

Some of her points were good, but she almost always ignores many of the worst atrocities and lies when they implicate powerful people within the government and high positions in the business or media establishments, perhaps unless they're too obvious to ignore. She begins this pattern of behavior again in her interview with Chris Hayes describing the basics of the "Resource Curse,” which is well known in the academic world and alternative media but almost never mentioned in the mainstream media so few people relying on them will be aware of it, or the details behind it. And when they here it from her for the first time in listening to this interview or reading her book they might not realize that she's only telling part of the story:

Rachel Maddow interview with Chris Hayes about "Blowout" 09/30/2019

I mean they`re really – I mean, lots of countries are bad actors, right. Russia is a particularly malignant weird actor, why? And what I came up with as the sort of missing link was the fact that they have a really screwed up economy. And then, well, that doesn't really make sense either, because they float on a sea of oil and gas, so why shouldn't they have actually a good economy since that`s so remunerative, and then you get to the particularities of the oil and gas industry, which is that it often screws up your country. It very often co-opts and screws up any hope at good government. But in the hands of an unsavory dictator, it can also be used to deliberately create corruption and to turn the lights on and off at will in other countries, and that`s how Putin has manipulated Ukraine.


MADDOW: Well, it`s – I mean, extractive industries tend to do this, right. So there is this thing called the resource curse, which is that if you are a country that discovers resources that can be extracted and sold internationally, you are subject to the sort of paradox where you – the revenues that you get from that ought to help you out.

HAYES: Right. It`s like all this money. It`s money. It`s raining money.

MADDOW: Except what it tends to do is create a stream of money to the elites and to the government that is going to allow extractive industries to come in and take that stuff out. That elite and those government ministers then end up having no purpose on earth other than keeping themselves in power to cash in on that stuff. And it makes the government essentially serve only that one purpose.

So Equatorial Guinea, which you mentioned, they see, you know, $25 billion poured into that country in less than 10 years when they discover oil. $25 billion in a little poor country like Equatorial Guinea should have been like winning the lottery, right. And instead, infant mortality goes up, poverty goes up, health care and education go down, and the son of the president buys all the world`s Michael Jackson memorabilia, and they build three new capitol cities, and he becomes the longest sitting president in the world. And I mean, that`s the sort of influence that oil and gas companies can have in small countries. They can also do that in big countries.

HAYES: Yeah, I think it was actually today in the AP that the cars taken from the leader`s son were sold for $25 million.

MADDOW: They were. Nice cars.

HAYES: There`s the fleet of the ill-gotten oil.

And there`s – the other part of this, of course, is the fossil fuel companies themselves, who, you know, sort of throughout the book operate in this kind of like ruthlessly amoral space.

MADDOW: Yes, that`s a perfect way to put it.

HAYES: Where they – you know, they`ll deal with – if you`re the governor of Oklahoma, they`ll deal with you. If you are a desperate son, they`ll deal with you. If you`re Vladimir Putin, like, we`re just going to partner with you to get that stuff out of the ground and make our money.

MADDOW: What they want is, in Rex Tillerson`s memorable words, contract sanctity. They will operate anyway, anywhere, and in any environment as long as their contracts are honored.

And what they need is stability and assurance that they don`t have to do too much more for one-stop shopping when it comes to something that they need in your country. And it`s not that oil and gas companies seek to install dictators, but if there is one there, that`s actually going to be quite convenient for them in most cases.

HAYES: It`s simplifying.

MADDOW: It`s simplifying in terms of who do you bribe, in terms of who OKs things for you, and if you have some sort of local uprising that needs putting down, well, you know, exactly who to go to.

And so there`s no – it`s not a coincidence that you end up with a sort of corrosion of democracy in places where oil and gas companies have sway. And I think that we can see that close to home. I think we can definitely sort of more easily see it a broad.

But in Russia, I think, it contributed to them having this real weak spot in terms of what they can do to sway other countries and what Putin can do to get his way in the world. He ended up using oil and gas as a weapon, especially in Ukraine. It`s directly connected to what`s going on with the impeachment crisis right now.

But he also knows that unless he gets these sanctions lifted, unless he can get Exxon and Shell and BP and all these western companies in to help him drill, Russia`s one economic asset is something he`s not going to be able to get out of the ground. Complete article

One of the biggest problems is that neither she or the rest of the establishment media reports on this much sooner, nor do they report on the activities of many other companies and politicians that are also involved in this or that our economic system, and foreign policy allows this. She does implicate ExxonMobil and the Republicans, which she's been doing for a while, justifiably, but she doesn't report on how the Democrats aren't much better, although they're not quite as obvious. furthermore, like everything else she tries to spin everything as if Russia is responsible for almost everything!

Both Michael Klare and Steve Coll provide a far better description of the details behind the resource curse, often implicating powerful people, but as I said they can't get nearly as much coverage from the mass media, which has interlocking boards of directors and stockholders with the oil companies profiting off the resource curse. Nevertheless, her description from her book is a good start, although she doesn't do nearly as good a job as other academics citing her sources and fact checking, as indicated in this excerpt:

Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry On Earth By Rachel Maddow 2019

In February 2010, the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released its own 323-page bipartisan report titled “Keeping foreign Corruption Out of the United States: Four Case Histories.” The case study on Equatorial Guinea ran nearly a hundred pages, focusing entirely on Teodorin. This was the third headline-grabbing Senate investigation featuring Equatorial Guinea in five years, following on 2004’s “Money Laundering and Foreign Corruption: Enforcement and Effectiveness of the Patriot Act,” and 2008’s “the Petroleum and Poverty Paradox: Assessing U.S. and International Community Efforts to fight the Resource Curse.” By the beginning of 2010, Teodorin—“an unstable, reckless idiot,” according to one U.S. intelligence official—had become the poster boy for a paradox known as Dutch Disease, the Paradox of Plenty, or, most widely among academic circles, the Resource Curse.

By any name, the phenomenon is simple and demonstrable. The discovery of oil, you’d think, would be a Beverly Hillbillies-style windfall for any country. Next thing you know, Old Jed’s a millionaire—swimming pools, movie stars, the whole thing. But what actually happens is that many if not most countries that discover oil end up being poorer and in worse shape specifically because they found themselves in possession of that remarkable ruminative tradable commodity. Here’s how it reads in academia: “Proponents of oil-led development believe that countries lucky enough to have ‘black gold’ can base their development on this resource …. To the contrary … countries dependent on oil as their major resource for development are characterized by exceptionally poor governance and high corruption … often devastating economic, health and environmental consequences at the local level, and high incidences of conflict and war. In sum, countries that depend on oil for their livelihood eventually become among the most economically troubled, the most authoritarian, and the most conflict ridden in the world.”

The basic problem is that oil doesn’t happily coexist with other industries upon which you might build a reasonably stable national economy. This is true in the third world, the first world, and even in the world in between, e.g. Russia. It creates such a large up-front, sweat-free gains for connected elites that no one wants to do anything else but chase the oil jackpot. And as oil crowds out other industries, the profits don’t ever seem to end up redounding to the nation at large. Extracting oil takes a lot of up front capital investment, but the expensive initial, physical investment doesn’t create anything utile for any other purpose. The technology and infrastructure of pumping oil out of the ground don’t transfer usefully to any other follow-up industry. Worse, oil infrastructure is often environmentally destructive, which thereby screws up other economically productive things that could be done with that same land.

Complete article ExxonMobil’s various transgressions against the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Clean Air Act, as well as the underpayment of royalties from an American Indian p.376

Details of Qorvis's contract work for Equatorial Guinea and the Obiang family are searchable at the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agents registration Act website p.378

One of the problems that many media pundits have with their books, compared to good academic books, is that they do a terrible job citing sources. I'm not doubting her description of how this is portrayed, since I've read other sources that back this up, many going into far better detail, but I checked the end of her book to see what her worse notes look like and they're not nearly as good as you might expect from good academics, and her first book didn't even have any source notes at all. Some good authors don't do as good a job as they should citing sources, but mainstream pundits are far worse, in general, when they write books. Her description of the Resource curse starts with "Here’s how it reads in academia," as if it's a foreign country or different language, which it might as well be, for the majority of the public, because they typically never hear about good research, since mainstream media never covers it.

She makes a point of saying, "oil infrastructure is often environmentally destructive," which is certainly true but doesn't go on to point out that there's an enormous amount of support for this, often by looking the other way by politicians, economists and many other industries, especially since the victims of environmental destruction have little or no political power. One of the most blatant examples of this was the Lawrence Summers memo where he wrote, " I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that."

After it was published a few months later in February 1992, Brazil's then-Secretary of the Environment Jose Lutzenburger wrote back to Summers: "Your reasoning is perfectly logical but totally insane... Your thoughts [provide] a concrete example of the unbelievable alienation, reductionist thinking, social ruthlessness and the arrogant ignorance of many conventional 'economists' concerning the nature of the world we live in... If the World Bank keeps you as vice president it will lose all credibility. To me it would confirm what I often said... the best thing that could happen would be for the Bank to disappear." Sadly, Mr. Lutzenburger was fired shortly after writing this letter.

Mr. Summers, on the other hand, was appointed the U.S. Treasury Secretary on July 2nd, 1999, and served through the remainder of the Clinton Administration. Afterwards, he was named president of Harvard University. (As reported by Whirled Bank.) this may have been almost thirty years ago but the entire political establishment has been supporting a political agenda that continues to put this into practice, and the vast majority of the country never even heard of Jose Lutzenburger! The vast majority of the people that speak out about epidemic levels of corporate corruption are routinely marginalized and shut out of government or high finance and well paying jobs in the corporate world. Robert Bullard goes into far more detail of how oligarchs dump their pollution in neighborhoods where poor people, primary minority or African Americans in Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class, And Environmental Quality 2000/2018, but of course, he can't get any promotion form the mainstream media either!

This is pattern of behavior which is one of the most basic fundamentals of propaganda, "a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to especially if it's not challenged by more reliable sources, and since over 90% of the media is controlled by less than 1% of the wealthiest people in the world that's exactly what is happening and most of the Sheeple don't even suspect it!

Rachel Maddow, would presumably also be marginalized, but she only report this in a very low profile manner, and if past is prologue, As Glenn Greenwald implied, then she can be counted on to use what ever trust the majority of the public mistakenly give her to support the dominant political agenda, which is why she's paid so much money, not because she does a good job reporting on epidemic corruption. She also helped provide obsession coverage for Hillary Clinton, who caters to the oligarchy, including oil companies as much as Republicans, that was necessary for them to rig the nomination, while refusing to provide nearly as much coverage to any other candidate, including Bernie Sanders, which enabled Trump to get elected, since they were both rotten to the core.

David Swanson also does a far better job reporting on wars based on lies, and is much more familiar with the subject then she seems to be as he indicated in his book David Swanson "War Is A Lie" 2010/2016 and the following book review:

Catching Rachel Maddow's Drift 04/03/2012 by David Swanson

People who know better gave Rachel Maddow’s new book unqualified praise in blurbs on the dust jacket. Maybe they see more good than bad in the book, which is called “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power.” That’s a fair assessment. I’d love for a hundred million Americans or so who never read books to read this one. It wouldn’t be the first book I’d pick, but it would probably do a lot more good than harm. ......

Missing is the fact that U.S. wars kill people other than U.S. troops. The U.S. Civil War’s battles, in Maddow’s view “remain, to this day, America’s most terrifying and costly battles.” .......

Missing is resistance and conscientious objection. “War will exist,” wrote President John Kennedy, “until the distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today.” That day grows more distant with books like Maddow’s. In “Drift,” everything warriors do is called “defense” (except with the Russians whose actions are called “strategic (aka offensive)”; when the troops do things they are “serving”; they are “patriotic”; and in times when the military becomes widely respected that is considered a positive development. ........

War, in Maddow’s world, is not in need of abolition so much as proper execution, which sometimes means more massive and less hesitant execution. LBJ “tried to fight a war on the cheap,” Maddow quotes a member of Johnson’s administration as recalling. On the other hand, when Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf propose five or six aircraft carriers for the First War on Iraq, Maddow recounts that this “would leave naval power dangerously thin in the rest of the world.” Dangerous for whom?

Meanwhile advocates of ending war show up in a brief reference to “student activists and peaceniks,” and a characterization of publications favoring peace as those advertising “Oriental herbs, futons, prefab geodesic homes, all-cotton drawstring pants, send-a-crystal-to-a-friend, and the magic of Feldenkrais’s Awareness Through Movement seminars.”


.... Maddow quotes Bush’s claims about babies taken out of incubators in Kuwait, but does not mention that some congress members, including the late Tom Lantos (D., Calif.), knew but did not tell the U.S. public that the girl who told Congress the story was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States, that she’d been coached by a major U.S. public relations company paid by the Kuwaiti government, and that there was no other evidence for the story.

When Maddow gets to the Clinton wars in the former Yugoslavia, she writes of the urge to bomb as a humanitarian impulse: “Long years on the national security watch had given [Colin Powell] a much stronger stomach than the new president when it came to absorbing the daily press accounts of prison camp survivors, or of homeless starving Muslim and Croat refugees, or of the victims of Serbian artillery, snipers, and para-military knife-wielding thugs.” Somehow Navy SEALS are never “thugs.” Somehow Rwanda did not upset Clinton’s delicate stomach, even though police rather than bombs might have been appropriate in that case, and even though NATO wasn’t interested. Somehow the options are limited to war or nothing. Complete article

I'm sure a lot of people took offense to his statement that "Somehow Navy SEALS are never 'thugs,'" since the vast majority of troops join thinking they're defending their country and freedom, possibly accepting the propaganda they were raised with. However it is prejudicial to say that all of the enemies are "thugs" and none of our troops are "thugs;" and, some of the people who agree are the best veterans who often try to expose wars based on lies or corruption and abuse in the military. this also be comes clear all to often when many veterans have gone on mass shooting sprees.

I went into this much more in several articles including Teach a soldier to kill and he just might which also mentioned Rachel Maddow and a statement by her refuting the stereotype that some people might have come to about many veterans being violent, which didn't seem to involve any research at all. It certainly is true that the vast majority of veterans don't go on to be mass murderers, nor do the majority of other people, however statistically they are more likely to become murderers in general, as well as mass shooters as pointed out by my article, and several additional studies including one from the New York Times and David Phillips author of "Lethal Warriors," which started out as a series run in the Colorado Gazette before being turned into a book.

Since I went into more detail on that article I'll keep it brief her, but some of the leading causes of violence later in life often begin with early child abuse, often including corporal punishment, teaching violence at an early age, and this escalates throughout life with bullying hazing, including in the military, which makes it worse and leads to more domestic violence as well as other forms of violence.

The most common victim of veteran murderers are typically other veterans, and their won family members. In many cases they've been the ones most likely to acknowledge the problem, which is important to note. Even though some of the most emotionally unstable veterans are more likely to be killers, the other ones are more likely to try to solve the problem, which is good reason not to assume that all veterans are troubled and dangerous. This isn't something that many people want to acknowledge is a major problem so there's a lot of denial about it and in my past articles about it, when I tried to inform people on social media, I expected that I might encounter veterans that were outraged by this. But there was little or none of that that I encountered, although higher profile people encountered much more; in fact the opposite turned out to be true that many veterans were more likely to retweet it or like it, and in a few cases comment on it, although they often said that they might not agree with all of it but acknowledge there was a problems there. Part of the reason for this is almost certainly because I'm more likely to encounter progressive people, on social media but a at least one of them, who was married to a veteran, seemed very conservative.

The best statistical evidence of murders by veterans is incomplete at best and mixed in with a lot of propaganda, so it's difficult to sort through it and recognize who the most credible sources are but as my previous article explained Rachel Maddow hasn't done good work on this at all and is obviously biased, and another major propagandist for the military that I mentioned, David Grossman is even worse.

When it comes to mass shootings it may be a little clearer, as David Swanson points out in one of his other articles, Updated Data: Mass Shooters Still Disproportionately Veterans 06/04/2019 He took a sample of mass shootings from Mother Jones that wasn't compiled with the intent to use to find out if veterans were more likely to be mass shooters, and eliminated those that were too young to be in the military, those over 59, and women then found that 34 out of 97 were veterans which was more than twice the male veteran rate for that age group. I'm not sure I would have eliminated the other 14 people, but even if you consider it 34 out of 111 shootings it's still twice the rate of veterans for that age group.

In his articles about this subject he repeatedly claims that he hasn't found that any of the other shooters could be completely ruled out, so the total number of veteran shooters could be higher, which is technically true; however, since I've done the same searches myself and encountered the same problems, I looked a little closer and found records for most of them about activities during prime military years and usually found additional records that couldn't have taken place in the military. Therefore, if any more are in the military from the list of mass shooters, I can safely say it's probably very few. This is almost certainly a much bigger problem when it comes to murders that aren't nearly as high profile as mass shooters, since they don't investigate them as closely, which is why my review as well as the reviews by the New York Times and David Phillips are more likely to have this problem, which they also mentioned, and pointed out that their research was incomplete.

David Swanson was certainly right about Rachel Maddow not mentioning the lie about the incubators and after looking at that particular excerpt it's probably even worse than he indicated, especially since George H.W. Bush was trying to use this to create the appearance of a much higher moral ground:

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power By Rachel Maddow 2012

Human Rights Watch had reported that Saddam’s soldiers were murdering, raping, and generally brutalizing Kuwaiti citizens. “I mean, people on a dialysis machine cut off, the machine sent to Baghdad,” Bush had explained. “Babies in incubators heaved out of the incubators and the incubators themselves sent to Baghdad.” He was even hearing stories about Kuwaiti children being mowed down and killed on their way to hospitals, or Iraqi soldiers releasing the animals from the Kuwaiti zoo for target practice. “Their efforts, however, were not completely successful,” a Bush administration official told reports. “A lion escaped and mauled a young Kuwaiti girl.”

It wasn’t long before Bush, the old World War II fighter pilot, started turning his description of Saddam up to eleven. “Worse than Hitler!” he said. “I began to move from viewing Saddam’s aggression exclusively as a dangerous strategic threat and an injustice to its reversal as a moral crusade,” Bush later wrote. “I became very emotional about the atrocities. They really gave urgency to my desire to do something active in response. At some point it came to me that it was not just a matter of shades of gray, or of trying to see the other side’s point of view. It was good versus evil, right versus wrong. I am sure the change strengthened my determination not to let the invasion stand and encouraged me to contemplate the use of force to reverse it.” Additional excerpts p.129

Additional excerpts p.130

If he lied about the incubators how do we know he didn't lie about dialysis machine or the lion? Not that I would try to argue that Saddam Hussein wasn't a tyrant though; however just a few weeks before the invasion when he was still an ally US Ambassador April Glaspie apparently did just that on behalf of Bush!

An article How PR Sold the War in the Persian Gulf 10/28/2004 reports on how shortly before Iraq invaded Kuwait, "US Ambassador April Glaspie commiserated with Hussein over a 'cheap and unjust' profile by ABC's Diane Sawyer, and wished for an 'appearance in the media, even for five minutes,' by Hussein that 'would help explain Iraq to the American people.'" This shows how public relations people were controlling the message about one tyrant after another, including Saddam Hussein, depending on whether they're our allies or enemies, and in Hussein's case he switched from an ally that they were trying to help improve his image to the boogie man almost overnight; however thanks to control of the media the vast majority of the public isn't aware of this!

In the same interview April Glaspie told Saddam "We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait." as Stephen Walt reported in WikiLeaks, April Glaspie, and Saddam Hussein 01/09/2011. Walt refers to this as a "now famous interview," which for many people familiar with alternative media outlets might be an accurate description; however, the vast majority of the public is almost certainly not as familiar with news or history from alternative media outlets, and never heard of this meeting at all.

This is just a small fraction of the news that's most completely absent form traditional media, including the worst of it, and in many causes when traditional media does cover many of these stories they do so in a very low profile manner while promotion of the books or news stories they want to highlight are routinely featured over and over again as part of a massive propaganda effort. This even includes many media pundits that claim to be part of the reform movement, even though they give overwhelming amount of favorable coverage to traditional candidates that routinely make progressive promises during campaigns then break them after being elected.

One of the most brazen examples is an article last year, I'm Woke. Now What: Tarana Burke, Symone Sanders, Tamika Mallory & Luvvie Ajayi Discuss The Work Ahead In The Fight For Social Change 07/13/2018 If anyone thinks they're "woke" and has to get advice from Symone Sanders about what to do they're not nearly as "woke" as they think they are! this is a common practice among the mainstream media presenting the same people that rigged the primary for Hillary Clinton which enabled Trump to get elected as the "resistance" even though they catered overwhelmingly towards Wall Street, NOT the best interests of the vast majority of the public, which is why Hillary Clinton wasn't able to beat someone as bad as Trump.

I went into Symone Sanders more in a couple previous articles explaining that she was supposedly a campaign worker for Bernie Sanders in 2016, but while Hillary was in the process of rigging the nomination for her, instead of calling it out she started coming to Hillary is defense when Trump smeared her on cable news, which was also done by several other high profile pundits at the time, including Van Jones, who claimed to support Bernie Sanders as well. Bernie's most trustworthy supporters couldn't get nearly as much air time as these two, who spent more time defending Hillary Clinton than Bernie; and now she working for the Biden campaign which is obviously catering to Wall Street as much if not more than Hillary.

This is what "woke" people are protesting against, NOT supporting!

Being "woke" has become a popular rallying cry for some people that are just starting to become familiar with alternative media, often using the hash tag #StayWoke or something like that but actually being woke requires slow tedious research, which not everyone has the time for, although everyone can check at least a little bit with alternative media outlets and get more reliable sources than the mainstream media. Once people recognize that the mainstream media buries the most important stories and hypes the propaganda that benefits the wealthy, often pretending to be progressive, that's a major step in the right direction.

The entire media establishment, including Chris Hayes, spend an enormous amount of time flattering their own pundits talking about how great their work is; however anyone that is really "woke" and familiar with alternative media has to know that establishment pundits aren't even trying to do a good job explaining the truth to the majority of the public and are constantly putting spin on it pretending to be progressive, or something even though they're not!

Excessive promotion of books by pundits, isn't limited to Rachel Maddow, of course she did an interview with Hillary Clinton a couple days after her interview with Chris Hayes and a few weeks before this they provided obsession coverage for Samantha Powers, however that didn't even mention Toussaint Birwe a six year old African boy who was killed by her motorcade while speeding through his small village without even stopping, except for one ambulance, and the vehicle that hit him who stopped only briefly before being told to get back in the convoy. I first heard about this when someone at the grassroots tweeted about it during her book tour, but the media didn't remind the public of it at all.

When I Googled his name I didn't find any articles until two months after the incident; apparently they withheld his name that long, and the articles at the time were all relatively low profile, and there was, as far as I know nothing about it on cable news or the evening world news. They eventually compensated the family with $1,700 two cows and some food, which would have come to a total of less than $2,500, I imagine.

African life is cheap. There was another person killed by the wife of an ambassador in the UK where they have much more political power within the last week which got far more attention. The few articles from mainstream media spun it to minimize the damage. There was a reporter in the convoy that was born in Liberia and reported about it months later I Was in the Motorcade That Struck and Killed 6-Year-Old Toussaint Birwe 01/05/2017 Helene Cooper who "got a one-in-a-million lottery ticket" to become a reporter covering the administration and "somehow became one of the people whose lives are deemed so important that we need millions of dollars spent to protect us from people so poor they have no shoes on their feet." She described how she "was angry at the State Department aide who questioned why the reporters were writing about Toussaint, saying there were better things for us to cover. ... I was angry when, before the story ran, a top Obama administration national security aide asked me at the White House Christmas party why we were revisiting the story of Toussaint."

There's little or no chance that she'll become a high profile media pundit, and will probably be marginalized. Her article was printed but not circulated widely by the rest of the media, which doesn't like to remind the public about public officials that try to suppress coverage of stories like this, and manage to keep them to a minimum even though they don't completely censor them. She certainly won't get the obsession book tour coverage given to Rachel Maddow; that's reserved by those that support the agenda of the Oligarchy!

This is just a small example of how media coverage is heavily favored and spun to favor the wealthy.

My best guess is the vast majority of people reading this are already accustomed to reading alternative media and have learned how to sort through at least some corporate propaganda on their own, but there are millions of people still accustomed to relying on the mass media for their information, including many people that think they're well informed as I used to. Mark Twain once said "If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed." this is as true today as it was when he was alive; if anything it's much worse, since over 90% of the media is now controlled by a fraction of 1% of the wealthiest people in the world.

I've gone into a few suggestions about how to recognize propaganda tactics in the past, some listed below, but one of the most important things is to seek out alternative media outlets and, when possible look up the basics on any given subject that you might be interested, reading a few books, if you have time. If you read the good ones then it won't be long before there's little or no doubt that the media coverage of just about any subject is incredibly incompetent, and that you'll have to look into it yourself to know how bad it is.

Caitlin Johnstone has also written several articles below, and one of the things she recommends is to seek out individual news reporters to follow that you trust; however, if your new to alternative media, it would be advisable to check them carefully and be prepared to switch to more credible ones once you start to find flaws with them. Many people think that Rachel Maddow is still a progressive, and there are many more like that. The most credible ones are almost never in the mainstream media. Caitlin agrees that no news outlets are completely reliable but that some individual reporters are far better, but it would be foolish to trust anyone completely on all subjects all the time. When it comes to details on many different subjects it's better to find someone that researches that subject, although in most cases they won't have much to say about things outside their own specialty.

The more you become familiar with alternative media outlets, history and a variety of related subjects the more obvious it might be that the political establishment has been studying propaganda to manipulate the majority of the public for decades of not centuries, and that we've always fought one war after another based on lies and propaganda. Eugene Debs was right when he said "The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose—especially their lives." this was true a hundred years ago in his time; and it's still true today.

The same could also be said about just about any other including labor or environmental protection etc.; the working class does all the labor, and is stuck with all the pollution and risk to their lives in dangerous working conditions; while the ruling class takes all the profits and controls the media to ensure that the economy is rigged in their own favor.

But there's something even more absurd, and insane going on and this will be more clear for those accustomed to checking facts, and keeping up with the news, than those going along with the program and trusting the establishment media. they've known how to rig elections by only covering candidates they support, and how not to push people too far; yet they're doing what appears to be an incredibly bad job if it. Donald Trump never could have been elected unless the so-called Deep State allowed it; and even he knows how not to behave so insanely.

This looks like an absurd asinine charade for some bizarre reason or another. They've obviously demonstrated they don't care about the best interests of the vast majority of the public with their actions, yet they're willing to push our civilization to the edge with their epidemic levels of environmental destruction and wars based on lies that could easily approach apocalyptic proportions if it's not controlled, yet the charade goes on. They have to be smart enough at least to save themselves.

With all this insanity I wouldn't be surprised if eventually Giorgio Tsoukalos jumps out from behind the curtain and says "therefore aliens!"

Then when you ask him how he came to that conclusion he says, "there wasn't enough oxygen for the lighter to work" in Seti's tomb and before you have a chance to ask how they could breathe or what that has to do with anything he might jump out a window and disappear.

This sounds idiotic, of course but no less idiotic than the entire Trump presidency or the insane effort to rig the primary for Hillary Clinton and a large portion of the current political campaign.

As Bob Dylan might say "Something is happening And ya' don't know what it is Do you, Mister Jones?"

"Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall; I think she'll know!" JA

When billionaires and multimillionaires control all the most powerful institutions it would be foolish to trust the pundits they allow to virtually dictate the truth; however, that doesn't mean we should trust a demagogue form lower classes either. the following are some of my previous articles about manipulation tactics that are designed to enable people to think for themselves instead of trusting so-called experts, or potential cult leaders, along with Caitlin Johnstone's and some additional sources for this article:

Indoctrination Tactics and Educational Alternatives

Manipulation Tactics

Political Manipulation

THREAD Ongoing list of tips for navigating your way through the personal, cultural and international narratives we tell ourselves about what's going on in a world that is saturated with manipulation, cultural mind viruses and propaganda. 06/02/2019

Twelve Tips For Making Sense Of The World 06/11/2019 The push towards truth always starts with yourself. .... Always be honest with yourself. Find all the different ways that you are manipulating others and see them and acknowledge them. ..... If you are blindly partisan or loyal to a particular faction, that makes you gullible to propaganda because your wishful thinking and your desire to be right come into play. Get honest with yourself about who you are and what you want, and you will start to become an un-playable piece on the board.

Thirty-Two Tips For Navigating A Society That Is Full Of Propaganda And Manipulation 06/03/2019 14 – Find reliable news reporters who have a good sense for navigating the narrative matrix, and keep track of them to orient yourself and stay on top of what’s going on. Use individual reporters, not outlets; no outlet is 100 percent solid, but some reporters are pretty close on some specific subjects.

UN ambassador Samantha Power's motorcade kills child in Cameroon 04/18/2016 The motorcade moved at a significantly slower pace for the rest of the day.

Under capitalism: ‘They don’t really care about us’ 01/10/2017 Six-year-old Toussaint Birwe was killed by a 14-car State Department convoy that barreled through his hometown of Mokong in the African nation of Cameroon on April 18, 2016. ......

The State Department eventually paid Toussaint Birwe’s African family $1,700, two cows and sacks of flour, rice, salt, sugar and onions in compensation. (New York Times, Dec. 16, 2016) That’s more than the $120 that Vietnamese families got when their children were killed by U.S. armed forces.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon paid Michelin $600 for each rubber tree it destroyed during its carpet bombing of Vietnam.

The U.S. government refuses to pay any compensation to the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese people suffering from Agent Orange, which was sprayed by U.S. planes, .....

Rich people have been running over poor children since the days of chariots.

US diplomat’s wife suspected of involvement in crash that killed teenager leaves UK after claiming diplomatic immunity 10/06/2019

David Swanson "War Is A Lie"

I Was in the Motorcade That Struck and Killed 6-Year-Old Toussaint Birwe 01/05/2017 It seemed to happen in an instant. Our heavily armored 14-car convoy was barreling up the road from Maroua toward Mokolo, where Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, was scheduled to begin the first in a daylong series of meetings with people who had suffered at the hands of Boko Haram. ....... We didn’t slow down when we approached the village of Mokong, where more people lined the road to watch. And suddenly, in the corner of my eye, I saw a small body, two cars ahead, flip into the air before disappearing out of sight. As my vehicle roared past, I saw the boy on the ground, his head bashed in. Nearby, a man, looking horrified, was running toward the boy, both of his hands on his head. Then we were gone. While an ambulance in the convoy stopped to offer aid (there was nothing that could be done) and the S.U.V. that hit Toussaint briefly pulled over before being ordered back on the road, the motorcade did not stop.