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Friday, January 01, 2100

BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, the official 9/11 story is very very wrong.

Please see here for an overview of the 9/11 Frame-Up. Summary: they faked the plane crashes, they faked the videos, and they nuked the towers.

"The powers that be" are very sick, evil creatures.


Please note that "Anonymous Physicist", who has contributed articles here in the past, is a different person from "Spooked", the owner of this blog. Also please see here for a note regarding the commenting policy on this site.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Pentagon Black Money Hole

This is nuts and it would seem to defy the laws of finance and maybe even physical laws:
The July 2016 report is not the only such report of unsubstantiated adjustments. Mark Skidmore and Catherine Austin Fitts, former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, conducted a search of government websites and found similar reports dating back to 1998. While the documents are incomplete, original government sources indicate $21 trillion in unsupported adjustments have been reported for the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the years 1998-2015.
While government budgets can be complex, our government, like any business, can track receipts and payments and share this information in ways that can be understood by the public. The ongoing occurrence and gargantuan nature of unsupported, i.e., undocumented, U.S. federal government expenditures as well as sources of funding for these expenditures should be a great concern to all tax payers. Taken together these reports point to a failure to comply with basic Constitutional and legislative requirements for spending and disclosure. We urge the House and Senate Budget Committee to initiate immediate investigations of unaccounted federal expenditures as well as the source of their payment. (snip)
The OIG link to the most report “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”, which indicates $6.5 trillion in unsupported adjustments, can now be found here....

Though some of the unaccounted $$$ is attributed to HUD, the article focuses on the unaccounted DOD spending/adjustments, which seems to be much bigger overall.

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Corrupt As Fuck

The ZTE phone scandal is where Trump's corruption impedes national security. This should be a huge scandal, also impeachable.
Trump Orders Help For Chinese Phone-Maker After China Approves Money For Trump Project
Trump will profit from Indonesian resort project that will get $500 million in Chinese loans in a deal sealed days before before his tweet ordering help for ZTE.
WASHINGTON – A mere 72 hours after the Chinese government agreed to put a half-billion dollars into an Indonesian project that will personally enrich Donald Trump, the president ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone maker. “President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump announced on Twitter Sunday morning. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”
Trump did not mention in that tweet or its follow-ups that on Thursday, the developer of a theme park resort outside of Jakarta had signed a deal to receive as much as $500 million in Chinese government loans, as well as another $500 million from Chinese banks, according to Agence France-Presse.
Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization, has a deal to license the Trump name to the resort, which includes a golf course and hotels.
Trump, despite his campaign promises to turn over his businesses and have no involvement with them, has still not fully divested himself of his businesses, and continues to profit from them. “You do a good deal for him, he does a good deal for you. Quid pro quo,” said Richard Painter, the White House ethics lawyer for former President George W. Bush and now a Democratic candidate for Senate in Minnesota.
“This appears to be yet another violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution,” Painter said, referring to the prohibition against the president receiving payments from foreign governments.
The White House did not respond to HuffPost queries asking if there was a connection between the “MNC Lido City” project and Trump’s directive regarding ZTE.

The ZTE Phone is a known security risk:
"Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat," Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted at Trump yesterday. "You should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs."
The head of the FBI and other intelligence chiefs in congressional testimony this year urged American citizens to steer clear of products from ZTE and its Chinese rival Huawei. And just two weeks ago, the Pentagon banned the companies' phones from being sold on military bases, saying they "may pose an unacceptable risk to Department's personnel, information and mission."
As the Post reported, the Commerce Department last month said it would bar U.S. firms for seven years from exporting critical microchips and other parts to ZTE, as punishment for violating a sanctions settlement over illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.
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Sunday, May 13, 2018

What Exactly Happened in the Cockpits of the 9/11 Hijacked Flights?

                          767 cockpit. The 757 cockpit is very similar.
                           On the 9/11 flights there was no crew in the navigator seat.

What exactly happened in any of the 9/11 hijacked cockpits is an almost complete mystery. Officially we have some radio excerpts from the cockpit of flight 93 which indicate a struggle but it really doesn't answer many questions. There is some speculation that the pilot of flight 11 left the radio on so ground control could hear the hijackers, but that's just a guess. The cockpits of flights 77 and 175 were taken over silently, with no clues to what happened (officially).

For each of the 4 flights, we do have calls from flight attendants and passengers describing that a hijacking has taken place, some hints about the hijackers and about the pilots being dead. Flight 93 has the most extensive number of calls, for reasons not entrely clear.

The big question is how exactly did a couple of boxcutter-armed hijackers take over the controls of 4 jumbo-jets?

The official story is that boxcutter-armed hijackers DID take over the controls of 4 jumbo-jets, of course, but like so many other parts of 9/11, it makes almost no sense. The calls from flight attendants and passengers don't really explain HOW the hijacking took place in terms of how the hijackers gained access to the cockpit without the pilots being aware of the hijacking, and how the hijackers got control of the plane.

Thus, there are 3 huge unanswered questions about the hijackings:

1) Why didn't any of the flight crew in the cockpits know a hijacking was taking place and signal via radio or the transponder what was going on to ground control?
--Some flight attendants should have warned the cockpit of the hijacking before the hijackers got to the cockpit.
--It seems impossible that all flight crew in the main cabin would be neutralized early on so they couldn't warn the cabin.
-- The official story says that pilots and crew were completely unsuspecting of hijacking so got caught totally off guard.

2) How did the hijackers gain entry into the cockpits? Possibilities are that:
--The cockpit door wasn't locked and the hijackers just walked after overpowering the flight attendants
--The hijackers rammed their way in by force without the pilots being alerted to a hijacking
--The hijackers coerced one of the flight attendants to open the door for them without the pilots being alerted to a hijacking by noise outside or a call from another flight attendant.
--All of these scenarios seem unlikely

3) what did the hijackers do with the pilots to get control?
--Plane cockpits are quite cramped and it's not clear how the hijackers engaged in murder or fighting effectively in that small space
--Some people have said that the pilots are quite vulnerable to attack from behind and could be killed easily while still in their seats by stabbing or throat slashing. Assuming this is true, it's very hard to see how the pilots would have been taken completely by surprise, and wouldn't their blood have gotten all over the controls, especially if the throats were slashed (which would have been the easiest way to kill) given how the pilots were sitting? Blood on the controls would have made using them difficult, to say the least, and the hijackers already had a difficult time flying.
--Also, how would the hijackers have gotten two large dead men out of their seats? Lifting them out seems very difficult given the configuration of the cockpit seats and the weight of large grown men.
--The pilots would have fought tooth and nail to give up control and many of them were combat veterans.

So this all still makes no sense.

So what's going on here?

Like most aspects of 9/11, we have 4 possibilities:

1) the public information is true and all that is known, the official story is basically true, no matter how unlikely or weird it seems

2) the official story is a pure fabrication, meant to cover up a huge false-flag operation by the government

3) the official story is true, and there is a large amount of information being withheld from us that helps explain the official story, but it is kept secret for "national security" reasons or for reasons that are embarrassing to the government.

4) the official "facts" are true, but the official story is wrong, and there is a large amount of information being withheld from us that is kept secret for "national security" reasons or for reasons that are embarrassing to the government.

The other conundrum we always face with 9/11 is:

1) the official story is ludicrous and flawed and not feasible

2) the idea that "9/11 was a false-flag hoax operation and the official facts are all fabricated" is too elaborate and complicated to be feasible

So options 3 and 4, seem more likely: there is a lot being hidden from us.  Given everything else we know about 9/11, I lean towards option 4. This would mean that the phone calls and radio data from the planes are real and there were some sort of real hijackings of real planes. But much is being hidden from us.

It's impossible to know what exactly happened, but I do like the idea of the 9/11 planes being involved in live-fly wargames that day, and that there was a mirror hoax plane for each flight (for reasons not quite clear). There may have also been an electronic spy plane that helped mimic the hijacked planes, since an oddity of the 4 flights is that one plane could have been in all 4 places within the sequence of the morning's attacks.

Anyway, it seems reason able to hypothesize that there were
1) live-fly hijacking drills
2) real hijackers
3) real planes
4) real passengers

and that somehow these got put together such that the passengers wittingly or unwittingly became part of the hijack drill, which went "wrong". The hijack drill explains how the hijackers took over the planes readily-- it was part of the drill. Maybe the hijackers thought they were really hijacking and the crew and passengers thought it was a drill.

The real rub comes in with what happened then with the planes and passengers.

For reasons I've gone over here for over 10 years now, it seems extremely unlikely that the official 9/11 planes hit the official crash sites, so the planes were either grounded at a secret military base and everyone killed, or the planes taken elsewhere and crashed, maybe over the ocean. What other options are there? 

I don't believe everyone really survived and was given a secret identity.

The only other explanation is some mystical supernatural force made the planes and passengers disappear.

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The Continuing Adventures of President Moron

This story is just un-fucking-believable:
President Trump pledged on Sunday to help Chinese telecom giant ZTE return to business, days after the company said it would cease “major operating activities” because of the U.S. government’s recent trade restrictions, a dramatic shift in tone for a president who has long accused China of stealing U.S. jobs.
“President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast,” Trump tweeted. “Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”
The comment could presage a reversal of one of the Trump administration’s toughest actions to date against a Chinese company. Last month, the Commerce Department penalized ZTE for violating a settlement with the U.S. government over illegal shipments to Iran and North Korea.
As a result, the Trump administration barred U.S. firms for seven years from exporting critical microchips and other parts to ZTE, the world's fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer. ZTE then halted major operations, stressing in a statement Wednesday that it is “actively communicating with the relevant U.S. government departments in order to facilitate the modification or reversal” of the Commerce Department’s order. Now the crisis for ZTE may be nearing an end, a development that stunned trade and national security experts.
The Treasury Department and the Commerce Department had been strongly aligned against ZTE as recently as several days ago.
It’s highly unusual for a president to personally intervene in a regulatory matter and could undercut the leverage of Treasury and Commerce officials seeking to enforce sanctions and trade rules.
It could send the signal to foreign leaders that anything can be put on the bargaining table as Trump seeks to cut trade deals, trade analysts said.
"It seems to cut across the concern about tech competition with China, supplying Iran, and jobs in China, so it all seems pretty confusing," Adam Segal, the director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, said of Trump's tweet. "That’s why everybody’s so flabbergasted by it. We’ve had from the beginning of this administration an increased drumbeat of warnings about ZTE and Huawei and the threat to U.S. security by having any of their products in the United States or U.S. supply chains. We’ve seen that from the FBI, the intelligence community and DOD that this is just too much of a threat, and that these companies are a threat to U.S. technological leadership going forward." ZTE's business in the United States has long raised concerns among national security officials.
Shortly after Trump's tweet, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said, "Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat. You should care more about our national security than Chinese jobs."
The White House did not respond to a request for comment. A ZTE spokesman also did not respond to an email seeking comment. Trump is trying to broker a historic agreement with North Korea in an attempt to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
The president has said that his economic approach to China is linked to his national security strategy, and China plays an integral part in any decision made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump's tweet on Sunday comes just days before U.S. officials are planning to meet with Liu He, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's closest advisers, to discuss the strained trade ties. That meeting is expected to be held in Washington this week or next.
Nevertheless, trade tensions between the United States and China remain sky high. Trump has proposed tariffs on as much as $60 billion in Chinese goods, and Beijing has responded in kind, prompting only continued threats from the president, who repeatedly lamented the trade deficit between the two countries during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Recently, the Trump administration also has sought to limit the encroachment of Chinese telecommunications firms in the United States. The U.S. government initially penalized ZTE in 2017, requiring it to pay $1.19 billion to settle charges that it violated U.S. sanctions in selling equipment to Iran and North Korea. As part of the settlement, ZTE also was required to punish employees involved in the matter and tighten its internal monitoring. But U.S. officials said this year that ZTE didn’t discipline all the employees involved in the violations. “This egregious behavior cannot be ignored,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said last month, as the U.S. announced its punishment to ban U.S. firms from supplying ZTE. The company, which is the fourth largest smartphone maker behind Apple, Samsung and LG, relies on microchip, glass and other parts from U.S. firms such as Qualcomm, Intel and Corning.
ZTE generally makes inexpensive smartphones, which have grown in popularity in recent years. “It was clear to me that there was a range of options between a handslap and ‘I destroy you as a company’ and Secretary Ross decided to go with ‘I destroy you as a company,’” said Chris Johnson, a former CIA analyst and a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
In addition, the Defense Department in April ordered military exchanges to cease selling ZTE phones on U.S. bases. And the Federal Communications Commission recently moved toward prohibiting U.S. Internet providers that receive federal funds from spending them on equipment made by companies such as Huawei, another major Chinese telecom player.
It was difficult to pinpoint what led to Trump's tweet on Sunday.
ZTE has been active in seeking to change the president's mind. It has been working with the law firm Hogan Lovells, among others, who sought advice from people close to the administration, according to a person familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity to speak freely about the matter.
In 2017, ZTE paid the Podesta Group $250,000 for lobbying as well as $200,000 to a firm called Appo-G LLC. This year it has continued to pay Appo-G and its lobbyist Jon Christensen $50,000. The counsel the company received was that it should alter its board of directors, change corporate governance, and make sure that Chinese President Xi Jinping was informed in case Trump brought the issue up in a phone call with the Chinese leader, the person said.
It was not clear if Commerce officials were consulted on the President's tweet.
A spokesman for the Commerce Department did not respond to a request for comment Sunday. "This whiplash-like approach to the Commerce Department's exercise of such far-reaching authority is unusual and unwise, particularly if it wasn’t the product of careful interagency discussion and analysis weighing all the pros and cons," said David Laufman, a former Justice Department official responsible for the criminal enforcement of U.S. export control and sanctions laws.
Trump’s international economic policies have been marked by ultimatums and threats that are frequently followed by exemptions and reversals. Foreign leaders often do not know whether he will follow through on something he vows to do or whether he will back down.

This is not normal.

These are the actions of an insane and/or senile and/or idiotic man in the presidency.

Just the thought of a US president trying to save Chinese jobs BLOWS MY FUCKING MIND.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

"Married to the Mob" and the Trump Crime Family

This is just perfect:

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Trump's Treason and Corruption Is Coming Into Sharper Focus

This weekend, the New York Times and the Washington Post published detailed investigations into the financial history Mueller is investigating. While carefully couching the findings within the bounds of the facts they were able to prove based on publicly available data, these reports made it perfectly clear that Trump’s business empire is not only dirty, but dirty in a way that leads directly into the national-security threat that produced Mueller’s investigation in the first place.

And, the case for collusion just got even stronger:
But the big revelation is Vekselberg’s money. Remember, we heard recently that he was the one who Mueller’s investigators stopped and questioned when he transited through a US airport. This is money, more or less directly from a top Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir Putin, putting money directly into a shell company controlled by Donald Trump’s bag man and fixer. The collusion is real and high level. We’re finding the money trail.

The bottom line is, as I have said since right after the election, Trump is a crook on a global scale. Trump illegally laundered Russian cash in the mid-2000s to fund his real estate deals, and Russia is blackmailing him over this. They helped him get elected and he has to do their bidding. He’s a traitor, pure and simple.
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Trump Backs Out Of Iran Nuclear War Clearing a Path for War

Bogus charges have been flying from Israel against Iran. Just watch for it. The rhetoric is heating up.

The other thing breaking the Iran deal does is piss off our NATO allies, which is exactly what Putin would want. What a coincidence....

Nat. Sec. Advisor Bolton of course wants war with Iran, as well as Trump's butt buddy Netanyahu.  And of course, Trump would love a war to distract from his legal troubles and the Mueller investigation.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

No Collusion? Or GOP Treason?

I'm still betting there was collusion, and if nothing else, GOP house members are engaging in corrupt and apparent treasonous behavior in covering up for Trump.
The GOP report does address that Trump Tower meeting, allowing that it showed “poor judgment” on the part of the Trump campaign. As we learned from Trump Jr.’s emails, those top Trump campaign officials went to the meeting in the full expectation of receiving dirt on Hillary Clinton, supplied by the Russian government. But the GOP report brushes this off, concluding there was “no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.”
But the Democratic response fills in some extremely important context — and it may involve the president himself, though we cannot know one way or the other right now.
According to the Democratic response, right after Trump Jr. set up the specifics of the meeting, he had two calls with a number in Russia belonging to Emin Agalarov. Between those two calls, the Democratic response recounts, Trump Jr. received a third call from a blocked number. Who might it have been?
Democrats wanted to find out, but Republicans blocked it from happening, according to the Democrats’ response. “We sought to determine whether that number belonged to the president, because we also ascertained that then-candidate Trump used a blocked number,” Schiff said during our interview. “That would tell us whether Don Jr. sought his father’s permission to take the meeting, and [whether] that was the purpose of that call.” Schiff added that Democrats asked Republicans to subpoena phone records to determine whose number it was, but Republicans “refused,” Schiff said. “They didn’t want to know whether he had informed his father and sought his permission to take that meeting with the Russians.”
Trump has denied he knew or heard about the meeting. So naturally, any investigator would want to find out if Trump Jr. spoke to his father at the very moment he was arranging the meeting.
Again, we don’t know who made that third call. But if Trump Jr. did inform his father of the meeting in between calls with Emin Agalarov, it would be absolutely explosive news. First, it would mean the president has lied about his knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting. Second, it would show he was an active participant in a manner of speaking, though he wasn’t in the room.
If the Democratic response is accurate, what we know is that Republicans didn’t want to find out one way or the other. “It speaks to all the majority was determined to ignore, and the fundamental unseriousness of what they did,” Schiff said.
There is at least some reason to suspect that Trump may have known about the meeting. As the Democrats point out in their response, on June 7, the day after Trump Jr.’s conversations to set up the meeting, Trump told a crowd: “I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week and we’re going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. I think you’re going to find it very informative and very, very interesting.”
The Trump Tower meeting happened two days later, and didn’t produce the promised dirt — and the “major speech” never took place.

The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016 on the premise that she would deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton has long insisted she is a private attorney, not a Kremlin operative trying to meddle in the presidential election. But newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.
Ms. Veselnitskaya also appears to have recanted her earlier denials of Russian government ties. During an interview to be broadcast Friday by NBC News, she acknowledged that she was not merely a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Y. Chaika, the prosecutor general.  

Rep. Adam Schiff lays out some evidence for collusion and this is new:
Russians sought to establish a secret back channel with Trump campaign through NRA in May 2016 according to an email from Paul Erickson to Rick Dearborn & Jeff Sessions. They sought to make “first contact” at the NRA convention.
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If This Happened in the Obama administration, This Would Be the Biggest Scandal Ever

... instead, it's totally lost in the corrupt madness of the Trump administration:

In Trump's first year, FISA court denied record number of surveillance orders
More surveillance orders were denied during President Donald Trump's first year in office than in the court's history.
Annual data published Wednesday by the US Courts shows that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court last year denied 26 applications in full, and 50 applications in part.
That's compared to 21 orders between when the court was first formed in 1978 and President Barack Obama's final year in office in 2016.

26 rejected in one year versus 21 over 38 years. That's a >50 fold increase in improper warrant applications.

This totally suggests that Trump is trying to spy improperly on political enemies that aren't legitimate surveillance targets, because his administration is corrupt and/or incompetent as fuck.

Funny how we used to care about such things.

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FunTime New Worst President Ever Happy Hour!

David Cay Johnston:
You have studied and written about Donald Trump for three decades. What does the public need to know about his background, to understand his behavior as president?   
Here are the key things people should know about Donald Trump. He comes from a family of criminals: His grandfather made his fortune running whorehouses in Seattle and in the Yukon Territory. His father, Fred, had a business partner named Willie Tomasello, who was an associate of the Gambino crime family. Trump's father was also investigated by the U.S. Senate for ripping off the government for what would be the equivalent of $36 million in today's money. Donald got his showmanship from his dad, as well as his comfort with organized criminals.
I think it is very important for religious Americans to know that Donald Trump says that his personal philosophy of life is revenge. He has called anyone who turns the other cheek -- which is a fundamental teaching of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount -- a fool, an idiot or a schmuck. Trump is a man who says things that are absolutely contrary to the teachings of the New Testament. He also denigrates Christians. Yet you see all of these ministers endorsing him.
I've followed Donald for 30 years. I don't see any evidence that he has changed, and he certainly hasn't repented, which is a fundamental Christian obligation.
He is a racist through and through. He has been found in formal judicial proceedings to discriminate against nonwhites in rentals and employment.
It's important to understand that Trump is aggressively anti-Christian, despite claiming to be one. He is bluntly a racist. Most importantly, he is literally ignorant about almost everything.
As Malcolm Nance and others have warned, Russia's interference in the 2016 election and likely infiltration of Trump's inner circle could be one of the worst intelligence disasters in American history, a failure of Benedict Arnold or Rosenberg proportions.  
Let me be very clear and quotable about this. At an absolute minimum, Donald Trump has divided loyalties, and the evidence we already have suggests that Donald Trump is a traitor. In fact, I would say that the evidence we already have, the public materials such as emails for example, strongly indicate that Donald Trump is a traitor. However, I don't even think he understands what he's done.

Charles Pierce:
The President Is a Few Bulbs Short of a Chandelier.
Trump melts down—and is cut off by the hosts of—Fox & Friends.
This is the most remarkable thing ever said to a President of the United States: “We could talk all day but looks like you have a million things to do.”
Brian Kilmeade is one of the co-hosts of the Fox News Channel’s morning show, Three Dolts on a Divan. The president* watches this show every day because what else does he have to do, right? It was one of the Fox shows that created him as a viable national political figure, and one of the few shows anywhere completely committed to sustaining him as such.
On Thursday morning, he called in, and, over the next several minutes, had what can be gently called an “episode.” In no particular order, he threatened to bring the Justice Department under his personal control; praised his magnificent performance in office; defended his nominee to run the VA even though said nominee already had pulled his name from consideration; threw Michael Cohen overboard; admitted he had spent that fateful night in Moscow at the Miss Universe pageant; ranted about the crimes of James Comey, the perfidy of Jon Tester, and the rank dishonesty of the media; and explained to the nation that Abraham Lincoln had been a Republican, which, “people don’t realize.” And then Kilmeade cut him off.  (snip)


Trump is very fucking corrupt:
More than at any time in history, the president of the United States is actively using the power and prestige of his office to line his own pockets: landing loans for his businesses, steering wealthy buyers to his condos, securing cheap foreign labor for his resorts, preserving federal subsidies for his housing projects, easing regulations on his golf courses, licensing his name to overseas projects, even peddling coffee mugs and shot glasses bearing the presidential seal.
For Trump, whose business revolves around the marketability of his name, there has proved to be no public policy too big, and no private opportunity too crass, to exploit for personal profit.
Nowhere has the self-enrichment been more evident than at his Washington hotel, which quickly filled up with the very lobbyists and swamp creatures Trump had railed against during his campaign. Oil companies, mining interests, insurance executives, foreign diplomats, and defense contractors all rushed to book their annual conferences at Trump’s hotels and resorts, where Cabinet members graciously addressed them. After hiking the nightly rate to $653 — 32 percent higher than other local luxury hotels — Trump collected $2 million in profits from the property during his first three months in office.
By last August, the hotel’s bar and restaurant had hauled in another $8 million in revenue. And although Trump has pledged to give away any money his hotels earn from foreign governments, the plan contains a lucrative loophole: Employees at his hotels admit that they make no effort to identify guests who represent other countries, meaning that much of the foreign money spent at Trump’s properties flows directly into his own pockets.
On March 28, a federal judge allowed a lawsuit to go forward that charges Trump with violating the Constitution by accepting money from foreign governments at his D.C. hotel. In fact, although Trump refuses to disclose the details of his myriad business operations, he continues to enjoy access to every dime he makes as president. Instead of setting up a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest, as other presidents have done, Trump put his two grown sons in charge of his more than 500 business entities. His sons regularly brief Trump about how the enterprises are doing, enabling him to personally monitor how his decisions in office affect his bottom line.
What’s more, only 15 days after this “eyes wide open” trust was set up, Trump amended the fine print to allow him to take money out of the operation any time he pleases. The loophole, buried on page 161 of the 166-page form, stipulates that any “net income or principal” can be distributed to Trump “at his request.” Far from putting his wealth in a blind trust, Trump asked the public for its blind trust, effectively sticking his money in a piggy bank in Don Jr.’s room that he is free to raid at any hour of the day or night.
Trump’s children are working hard to cash in on his time in office — especially with foreign investors. At taxpayer expense, they have flown to Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Dubai, and India in search of licensing and real-estate deals, trading on the president’s influence in exchange for investments.
But the biggest complication of Trump’s presidency — and the one he works hardest to keep secret — is the way his entire business operation is mired in massive debt. Rather than being independently wealthy, public records show, Trump and the business partnerships in which he is a leading investor owe big banks and foreign governments at least $2.3 billion — far more than his disclosure reports indicate.
His largest single loan — for nearly $1 billion — is from a syndicate assembled by Goldman Sachs that includes the state-owned Bank of China. If either Trump or Jared Kushner, who tried to shake down Qatar’s finance minister for a loan, winds up needing to negotiate new terms on his ballooning debt, America could find itself being dictated to by a foreign government — all because the White House, thanks to Trump’s business model, has become a true House of Cards.
What follows is 501 days of official corruption, from small-time graft and brazen influence peddling to full-blown raids on the federal Treasury. Given how little Trump has disclosed about his finances, this timeline of self-dealing is undoubtedly only a fraction of the corruption that will eventually come to light. But as even this initial glimpse makes clear, Trump isn’t draining the swamp — he’s monetizing it.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dean Radin-- Pan-Consciousness and Magic

This podcast interview with Dean Radin, who studies the paranormal, magic and pan-consciousness ideas, is really good and worth a listen.

He discusses the ideas in this article I posted a couple weeks back, that consciousness is a fundamental property of the universe.

It sounds crazy, of course, and easy to dismiss. But it does make some degree of sense as it can explain certain phenomena we don't understand very well. One thought I had in support of this concept is Remote Viewing. If RV is real, and it seems like there is some real phenomenon behind it (even though conventional science dismisses it), then the best explanation for it is some sort of pan-consciousness across the universe that people can tap into. It sounds nuts but clearly this whole field seems nuts at first.

Also this paranormal discussion still makes me wonder if there was some bizarre "magick" or mystical aspect to 9/11, since that day was so freaking weird.
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