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Tufts Professor: 'Vote all you want, the secret government won't change'

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The people we elect aren't the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University's Michael Glennon

The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA's warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited. Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated. Most recently it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America's nuclear weapons.

Why did the face in the Oval Office change but the policies remain the same? Critics tend to focus on Obama himself, a leader who perhaps has shifted with politics to take a harder line. But Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon has a more pessimistic answer: Obama couldn't have changed policies much even if he tried.

Alarm Clock

The seven Furies challenging the Western Empire: China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Philippines, Yemen and populist movements everywhere


The Furies take on the scourge of the American Empire.
'Nemesis, Winged balancer of life, dark-faced goddess, daughter of Justice'

Introduction

Seven is a winning throw of the dice. But in our civil society, seven now signifies the multi-thong scourge, the whip used by the Western world as its instrument of punishment and, in response; seven signifies Nemesis and her sisters, the inescapable agents of the West's downfall.

The seven scourges of the Western world are used against the people of Asia, Africa, Latin and North America. These whips are constructed, wielded and unleashed especially by the US and the UK.

The seven sisters of Nemesis, the Erinyes, are the Furies who pursue the injustices committed by the Western world against Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Those holding the scourge detest and fear Nemesis and the Furies, but are incapable of destroying them. Try as they might, their whip is in corrupt and feeble hands and, of course, it can only follow their orders: Otherwise, it just twitches and remains immobile, while Nemesis pursues the scourgers of humanity.

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60% of Americans can't stand Trump or Clinton


Good news, disillusioned American voters! You're not alone; in fact, you're in the majority...

If most voters reject all candidates, what does that mean for the central tenet of democracy, that the majority rules?

Will Democracy henceforth mean 'rule of the minority'?


US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton are both disliked or even hated by nearly 60 percent of Americans, a new poll has found.

According to the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey tracking poll which was published on Tuesday, 37 percent of the participants said they "dislike" Clinton while 39 percent had the same feeling about Trump.

This is while 21 percent said they "hate" the former first lady and 24 percent expressed the same sentiment toward the New York businessman.

In terms of support among voters, Clinton led Trump by a small 4-point margin, 47 percent to 43 percent.

The poll's findings highlight the two candidates' issue of favorability among voters after another ABC News suggested earlier this week that they were the least popular candidates to ever run for the White House.

Comment: American 'democracy': the institution that empowers the scum of the earth to rise up to the top in all their scum-like glory. The majority of Americans can't stand either of these creatures, yet one will be the next president. How absurd! If over the past decade any Americans have held out in their faith of this deeply corrupt system, perhaps this election season will finally cure them of their fantastical delusions.


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John Pilger interviews Julian Assange: 'Russia not source of Clinton leaks' (full transcript, VIDEO)

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Australian journalist and documentary maker John Pilger (L) and Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks
Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, in which he summarizes what can be gleaned from the tens of thousands of Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks this year.

John Pilger, another Australian émigré, conducted the 25-minute interview at the Ecuadorian Embassy, where Assange has been trapped since 2012 for fear of extradition to the US. Last month, Assange had his internet access cut off for alleged "interference" in the American presidential election through the work of his website.


'Clinton made FBI look weak, now there is anger'

John Pilger: What's the significance of the FBI's intervention in this last week of the US election campaign in the case against Hillary Clinton?

Julian Assange: If you go to the history of the FBI, it has become effectively America's political police. And the FBI demonstrated with taking down the former head of the CIA over classified information given to his mistress [that] almost no one was untouchable. The FBI is always trying to demonstrate that, "No one can resist us." But Hillary Clinton very conspicuously resisted the FBI's investigation. So, there is anger within the FBI because it made the FBI look weak. Well, we have published quite a number of different sets of emails, so, about 33,000 of Clinton's emails while she was Secretary of State. They come from a batch of just over 60,000 emails. In those 60,000 emails, Clinton has kept about half, 30,000, to herself, and we have published about half. And then there are the Podesta emails we've been publishing. Podesta is Hillary Clinton's primary campaign manager. So, there's a thread that runs through all of these emails. There is quite a lot of "pay for play," as they call it - taking... giving access in exchange for money for many individual states, individuals and corporations - combined with the cover-up of Hillary Clinton's emails while she was Secretary of State has led to an environment where the pressure on the FBI increases.

Black Magic

Sickos: Wikileaks reveals Podesta bros participate in disturbing, occult-themed "spirit cooking" involving copious bodily fluids?

Voters might want to see this before heading out to the polls on November 8th.

It's being called the "most bizarre Wikileaks email to date."

A leaked email from Clinton campaign manager John Podesta shows John's brother Tony inviting John and his wife Mary to take part in a "spirit cooking" dinner at the home of occult "artist" Marina Abramovic.

"Dear Tony, I am so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place," Abramovic wrote June 28, 2015 in an email sent to Tony Podesta. "Do you think you will be able to let me know if your brother is joining?"

Tony forwarded the message to his brother on the same day, writing:
Are you in NYC Thursday July 9
Marina wants you to come to dinner
Mary?
While you might assume spirit cooking to be something having to do with Native Americans, it's actually some weirdo sex magick involving buckets of blood and the consuming of all manners of human bodily fluids.

Comment: Wikileaks confirmed to journalist Craig Murray that the email is not a joke:
Might put this story in context: Large number of FBI agents view Killary as the "antichrist personified"

It's damage control time: No, John Podesta's Spirit Cooking Dinner Wasn't About Devil Worship. According to Ms. Katie Pavlich at Townhall, there's nothing to it. Abramovic just invited the Podesta's over for a promotional dinner for her Spirit Cooking cookbook.
Second, this dinner was about a "cookbook" and weird art, not devil worship. [SOTT: Says who?]

Marina Abramovic is an artist (a strange, extreme artist) and published a "cookbook" called Spirit Cooking in 1996. The "cookbook" was featured at New York City's MoMa art museum. She was hosting a dinner at her home promoting the "cookbook" and invited the Podestas.
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The dinner likely included a real dinner and Abramovic giving a presentation of her "art." [SOTT: What, you don't know for sure?]
So the dinner was about a "cookbook" Abramovic published 20 years ago? Gee, that sounds plausible. And no, the "cookbook" wasn't featured at MoMa, at least not according to their website. The only exhibition she had there in 2015 featured her "Transmissions" art series, and started on September 5, three months after the emails in question. The only good point she makes is that "we have no proof Podesta did or did not attend the dinner." But the very fact that Tony knew her and seemed geared up to go speaks volumes.

And lest readers think Abramovic is just another strange artist, check out the tweets above, and below:



Charming, no?


Boat

Former British Ambassador: DNC, Podesta leaks 'come from within official Washington circles'

© AFP 2016/ Brendan Smialowski
Clinton advisers Jake Sullivan (L), Nick Burns (2L) and John Podesta (2R) wait with Clinton Campaign Chairman, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on September 19, 2016 in New York.
According to former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, the now infamous Podesta and Democratic National Committee emails were not leaked by Russian hackers, but by a Washington insider.

In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Mr. Murray said:

"The source of these emails and leaks has nothing to do with Russia at all. I discovered what the source was when I attended the Sam Adam's whistleblower award in Washington. The source of these emails comes from within official circles in Washington DC. You should look to Washington not to Moscow."

USA

Pepe Escobar - The real November surprise

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at Craig Ranch Regional Park Amphitheater after the final presidential debate at the University of Nevada October 19, 2016 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
"As bad as it is the folks above the President make the decisions. They may have decided on Trump. These things do not happen by accident."

Thus spoke a high-level US business mover and shaker with secure transit in rarified Masters of the Universe-related circles, amidst the utter political chaos provoked by head of the FBI James Comey's latest bombshell.

It's virtually established by now that US Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Comey not to release his letter to Congress. But Comey did it anyway. If he had not, and a scandal would - inevitably - spring up after the US presidential election, Lynch would be perfectly positioned to deny she knew anything, and Comey would be on the firing line.

Lynch is a certified Clinton machine asset. In 1999 then-President Bill Clinton appointed her to run the Brooklyn US Attorney's office. She left in 2002, taking the private practice revolving door. She was back to the Brooklyn office in 2010, urged by Obama. Five years later she became the 83rd US Attorney General, replacing the dodgy Eric Holder.

A plausible case has been made that Comey took his fateful decision based on a serious internal revolt at the FBI - led by key people he trusts — as well as being egged-on by his wife.

Yet one of the key questions that refuse to go away is why the FBI waited until 11 days before the US presidential election to supposedly "find" an email trove on certified sexting pervert Anthony Weiner's laptop.

Comment: The bottom line for the Establishment: faith in the US system and global faith in the dollar.

Assuming he does have majority support, a Trump victory would have the same placating effect as Obama's election in '08 (though significantly watered down).

In the meantime, after decades of exploiting fracture lines in foreign countries, the fracture lines in the US come apart with each crisis.

Clinton (and her key supporters in the Establishment) is not going to go quietly.


USA

Podesta Congratulated on Nevada Fraud

This Clinton circle email has been highlighted because of its injunction that "Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp." But actually the last phrase might be more significant - "congrats on Nevada."


Pyramid

The Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump

The American journalist, Edward Bernays, is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psycho-analysis, it was Bernays who coined the term "public relations" as a euphemism for spin and its deceptions.

In 1929, he persuaded feminists to promote cigarettes for women by smoking in the New York Easter Parade - behaviour then considered outlandish. One feminist, Ruth Booth, declared, "Women! Light another torch of freedom! Fight another sex taboo!" Bernays' influence extended far beyond advertising. His greatest success was his role in convincing the American public to join the slaughter of the First World War. The secret, he said, was "engineering the consent" of people in order to "control and regiment [them] according to our will without their knowing about it".

He described this as "the true ruling power in our society" and called it an "invisible government".

Today, the invisible government has never been more powerful and less understood. In my career as a journalist and film-maker, I have never known propaganda to insinuate our lives and as it does now and to go unchallenged.

Propaganda

Chinese President Xi may be next in Western MSM's demonization campaign

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Better watch out, Vlad. When Western propaganda throws an “-ism” at you, the gloves have come off. Think Marxism, Leninism, Maoism, communism, socialism, extremism and “Islamic” terrorism, for starters. After all, behind the Great Western Firewall, they are all the same thing, right?
A recent cover and main article in the Economist, pictured above, reminds me of just how hyperbolic and ideological is the West's propaganda against Russian President Vladimir Putin. While maybe good polemical fodder as a cartoon on the editorial page, the fact that this demonic caricature merits front cover status, indicates just how programmed and institutionalized Western mainstream media is. Westerners love to insult the Anti-West press for being "party organs" and "government mouthpieces". But, why travel so far? They only need to stay home with their national New York Times, Radio France and BBC, to really appreciate Bernaysian psyops being passed off as serious journalism (as in Edward Bernays). I don't call it living behind the Great Western Firewall for nothing.

I have a friend whose email signature is "Blame it on Putin". For a while, he changed it to "Blame it on China". But that didn't last long and he recently changed it back. As we have seen with the most depressing predictability, President Putin, specifically, and Russia in general are the voodoo pin dolls of Western racism and demonization of another people (Slavs) and other religions (Orthodox Christianity, as well as widespread Islam and Buddhism in Siberia).

What is so remarkable is how unhinged and psychopathic the West's racist propaganda is against Putin & Co., compared to the attacks on China's President Xi Jinping (XJP) and the Chinese people. It transgresses irrational fear, to the point of being sick, black humor. Yet, about the most polemical front cover against XJP was Time magazine in April, 2016, seen below. Making China's leader look like a Mao Zedong-Blade Runner replicant is tame and almost quaint, compared to the Orwellian "Emmanuel Goldstein" tsunami being launched nonstop against Putin.

Comment: See also: The Rise of China: What it Means for the World - Interview with Jeff Brown