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America In the Age of the Big Lie

by Oui Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 07:55:41 AM EST

The digital age of Big Tech, automation, algorithms, robots run by AI. The 2016 presidential election was decided by the whit of American oligarchs, Facebook in conjunction with Cambridge Analytics headquarted in the Lone Star state of Texas, supervised by rightwing maniac Steve Bannon.

Musk On Twitter: Conservative Unregulated Chats

Elon Musk's plan is to run Twitter off the top of his head | The Verge |

Mostly, though, employees told me that the conversation had reinforced the beliefs they had about Musk heading into the meeting. If I were to make a word cloud of employee responses, some bigger ones would be: incoherent; rambling; uninspiring.

Democrats are boring and should be banned.

Elon Musk Answers The Question, Why He Chose Twitter

Elon Musk had a thought provoking question about one of the hottest social media apps in the world, and even of the one he is purchasing.

"Is TikTok destroying civilization? Some people think so," he said in a tweet.

He went on to explain why he chose to purchase Twitter and not TikTok or another platform.

This week he had an "all hands" call with thousands of the company's employees and the call was leaked to Project Veritas.

"I think it's essential to have free speech," he said.

An advocate of more fake news and conspiracies.

Employees asked him what that meant for tweets about animal abuse, sexual content, and generally hateful or offensive messages.

"I think there's also, there's freedom of speech and freedom of reach, so I think people should be allowed to say...pretty outrageous things that are within the balance, the law, but, but then they don't, you know, get amplified."

His political views may be moderate, but this week he voted for a Republican for what he said was the first time.

"I voted for Mayra Flores - first time I ever voted Republican. Massive red wave in 2022," he said.

The American Dream evolves to the American Election Scam.

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First thought, they are describing our president Joe Biden ...

Calling America still a model for democracy?

The New National Congressional Map Is Biased Toward Republicans | FiveThirtyEight |

The case with the biggest potential repercussions is a federal lawsuit brought by Republicans in North Carolina that makes a radical argument: that only state legislatures, not state courts, have the power to draw new congressional districts. The Supreme Court will will decide in Moore v. Harper whether to take the case, and if they decide to embrace its argument to the fullest, every congressional map not enacted by a legislature could be invalidated. This would mean not only throwing out court-ordered maps in Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, but potentially also commission-drawn maps in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey and Washington. In other words, the 2020s could see a historic amount of mid-decade redistricting.

One Man, One Vote ... the flawed U.S. Constitution on many issues beyond repair in a divided society. The next Civil War.


Highly intelligent, candid and disingenuous ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 07:56:48 AM EST
How Did Russiagate Begin? | The Nation - May 30, 2019 |

The third possible explanation--one I have termed "Intelgate," and that I explore in my recent book War with Russia?: From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate--is that US intelligence agencies undertook an operation to damage, if not destroy, first the candidacy and then the presidency of Donald Trump.

More evidence of "Intelgate" has since appeared. For example, the intelligence community has said it began its investigation in April 2016 because of a few innocuous remarks by a young, lowly Trump foreign-policy adviser, George Papadopoulos. The relatively obscure Papadopoulos suddenly found himself befriended by apparently influential people he had not previously known, among them Stefan Halper, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, and a woman calling herself Azra Turk. What we now know--and what Papadopoulos did not know at the time--is that all of them had ties to US and/or UK and Western European intelligence agencies.

Stephen F. Cohen, adviser to Democrat Gary Hart during trip to Moscow | Harriman Institute |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 11:00:04 AM EST
Joseph McCarthy and the Loss of China: A study in fear and panic | Univ of Michigan - March 2014 |

While fears, such as anxiety over the followers of labor leader Luigi Galleani, had existed prior to The Great War, it was not until the war had concluded that a real panic set in. Panics rely on fear, which rely on anxiety, and anxiety often relies on what is known and what is hidden, or secret. Such secrets "act like a Rorschach ink-blot...any qualities may be attributed to it, and no basis for refutation exists." This is dangerous, creating an arena where opinion becomes as powerful as fact. Such secrets have other attributes, as well, including fostering a sense of community. Political hysteria works in insidious fashion.

    A despised, deviant and dehumanized outgroup secretly plots the destruction of the good, fully human men and women who make up the true society. The Red conspirators of 1919 were variously depicted as aliens, foreigners, Jews, vermin, lice, feces, disease, plague, epidemic, mad geniuses, scum, filth, rats, rodents, termites, snakes, criminals, idiots, anti-Christs, devils, sexually licentious, sadistic, perverse, and brutal...these attributes arouse feelings of fear, hatred, disgust, dread and less obviously, feelings of envy. The functions of defining conspirators in these ways is to dehumanize them for the purpose of `legitimizing' them as future victims, to ease the guilt that might ensue upon their eliminations, and to mobilize the masses in support of their extinction. The function of defining the outgroup as dangerous is to arouse anxiety.

Such secrets and their resultant anxiety and rhetoric drove the Red Scares, both in the 1950s and after the Great War. The first major investigatory body of the post-Great War period, dedicated to seeking out Communist influence, was the Overman Committee. Chaired by North Carolina Democratic Senator Lee Slater Overman, the committee existed between September 1918, and June 1919, and consisted of five members.

Joining Overman on his committee-which was never officially named-were four additional Senators: Knute Nelson, Republican from Minnesota; Josiah O. Wolcott, Democrat from Delaware; Thomas Sterling, Republican from South Dakota; and William H. King, Democrat from Utah.

Importantly, the press became very involved with reporting the findings of the body, which investigated suspected German and Bolshevik influences during the period of the United States involvement in The Great War.

The term "Witch Hunt" was used for the actions of the Overman Committee, and would be recycled in the 1950s.

Hysteria and demonizing an enemy in historical context leads to wars, massacres and genocide.

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20-843 New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen, Superintendent NY Police

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Let it burn baby, let it burn.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 08:00:47 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 24th, 2022 at 04:20:19 PM EST
Medieval Inequality ... men decide.

Texas Taliban Rule

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U.S. government's Afghanistan watchdog says State Dept. and USAID are no longer cooperating | NBC News |

The State Department and United States Agency for International Development have not provided information to a government watchdog about the fall of the Afghan government during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, according to a letter from the watchdog's director.

The information has been required by multiple congressionally mandated audits, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) director John Sopko said in the letter to Secretary of State Tony Blinken and the USAID Administrator Samantha Power on Wednesday.

While these agencies have typically provided assistance to the watchdog, Sopko wrote in a letter reviewed by media that "agency officials now appear to have adopted a premeditated position of obstruction."

He described the development as "particularly troubling" because the departments are legally required to share information with his office. He also quoted President Biden saying that the "watchdogs are back" in his administration.

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