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The Daily Mass Murder
« Reply #3495 on: October 27, 2018, 09:18:24 AM »
I used to live in Squirrel Hill and know this neighborhood.

Fatal shooting at Pittsburgh synagogue; multiple police officers also injured

At least three officers were wounded, according to AP. Dispatchers spoke of “bodies” multiple times on police radios and of the suspect speaking about killing Jews. Police have not confirmed the number of dead.



Pittsburgh police responding to active shooting in Squirrel Hill area

Pittsburgh police and first responders are outside a reported active shooter situation in the Squirrel Hill area.(AP)

A gunman attacked a Pittsburgh synagogue during services Saturday morning, reportedly killing at least one person and wounding several others — including police officers.

The suspect, who was in custody by noon, opened fire inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, according to the Associated Press.

It’s unclear how many inside were hurt, but police dispatchers mentioned multiple fatalities during the incident, as police warned residents in the neighborhood to stay indoors and shelter in place.

KDKA reported that officers confronted the suspect outside the synagogue, and three officers were wounded in a firefight.

During a standoff, the suspect spoke multiple times about killing Jews, police dispatchers said on the radio.

He surrendered to police around 11 a.m. Dispatchers said he had a pistol on his ankle and another in his waistband, and had been injured. KDKA reported that he came out crawling.

The Tree of Life synagogue is located in a leafy residential enclave near Carnegie Mellon University that has a significant Jewish population. Tree of Life’s congregants practice Conservative Judaism, a Jewish denomination that does not indicate political affiliation.

It is unclear how many were in the synagogue at the time of the shooting. According to an online calendar, there would have been a Shabbat service scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

The synagogue’s main sanctuary, a cavernous space with soaring stained-glass windows that depict the story of Creation, can hold up to 1,250 guests, according to the Tree of Life’s website.

President Trump tweeted that he is watching the events unfolding in Pennsylvania.

"This is an absolute tragedy, Pittsburgh Governor Tom Wolf wrote on Twitter. “These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans.”

This is a developing story.

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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3496 on: October 27, 2018, 02:03:09 PM »
Terrible,  I want to know all about the cretin.

My religious ancestry of record is New England protestant. Mainstream, nothing weird.  Jews were considered another denomination in my fathers faith.  They just saw Jesus a different way.  His opinion was they just did not get that part right.  They were respected for their ethics and their learning and were an essential part of the legacy of our own faith.  I think that is how it is has been for normal Americans for a very long time.  Centuries now.  Tolerance for others is a cornerstone of both Judaism and Christianity.

So where do these wackos come from?  Is it they just can't finish scool?
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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3497 on: October 27, 2018, 02:35:55 PM »
Terrible,  I want to know all about the cretin.

My religious ancestry of record is New England protestant. Mainstream, nothing weird.  Jews were considered another denomination in my fathers faith.  They just saw Jesus a different way.  His opinion was they just did not get that part right.  They were respected for their ethics and their learning and were an essential part of the legacy of our own faith.  I think that is how it is has been for normal Americans for a very long time.  Centuries now.  Tolerance for others is a cornerstone of both Judaism and Christianity.

So where do these wackos come from?  Is it they just can't finish scool?


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Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This
« Reply #3498 on: October 29, 2018, 02:07:40 AM »
Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This
The president and his supporters insisted that several thousand Honduran migrants were a looming menace—and the Pittsburgh gunman took that seriously.




On Tuesday, October 16, President Trump started tweeting.

“The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!”

"We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!,"

Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted:

"Spoke to President Hernandez of Honduras about the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. Delivered strong message from @POTUS: no more aid if caravan is not stopped. Told him U.S. will not tolerate this blatant disregard for our border & sovereignty,"

The apparent impetus for this outrage was a segment on Fox News that morning, which detailed a migrant caravan thousands of miles away in Honduras. That caravan began sometime in mid-October, made up of refugees fleeing violence in their home country. Over the next few weeks, Trump would do his best to turn the caravan into a national emergency. Trump falsely told his supporters that there were “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” in the caravan, a claim that had no basis in fact, which was meant to imply that terrorists were hiding in the caravan—one falsehood placed upon another. Defense Secretary James Mattis ordered more troops to the border. A Fox News host took it upon herself to ask Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen whether there was “any scenario under which if people force their way across the border they could be shot at,” to which Nielsen responded, “we do not have any intention right now to shoot at people.

Pence told Fox News on Friday that “What the president of Honduras told me is that the caravan was organized by leftist organizations, political activists within Honduras, and he said it was being funded by outside groups, and even from Venezuela … So the American people, I think, see through this—they understand this is not a spontaneous caravan of vulnerable people.”

The Department of Homeland Security’s Twitter account “confirmed” that within the caravan there were people who are “gang members or have significant criminal histories,” without offering evidence of any such ties. Trump sought to blame the opposition party for the caravan’s existence. “Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!” Trump tweeted on October 22. “Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.”

In the right-wing fever swamps, where the president’s every word is worshipped, commenters began amplifying Trump’s exhortations with new details. Representative Matt Gaetz wondered if George Soros—the wealthy Jewish philanthropist whom Trump and several members of the U.S. Senate blamed for the protests against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and who was recently targeted with a bomb—was behind the migrant caravan. NRATV, the propaganda organ of the National Rifle Association, linked two Republican obsessions, voter fraud and immigration. Chuck Holton told NRATV’s viewers that Soros was sending the caravan to the United States so the migrants could vote: “It’s telling that a bevy of left-wing groups are partnering with a Hungarian-born billionaire and the Venezuelan government to try to influence the 2018 midterms by sending Honduran migrants north in the thousands.” On CNN, the conservative commentator Matt Schlapp asked pointedly, “Who's paying for the caravan? Alisyn, who's paying for the caravan?,” before later answering his own question: “Because of the liberal judges and other people that intercede, including George Soros, we have too much chaos at our southern border.” On Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, a guest said “these individuals are not immigrants. These are people that are invading our country,” as another guest asserted they were seeking “the destruction of American society and culture.”

In the meantime, much of the mainstream press abetted Trump’s effort to make the midterm election a referendum on the caravan. Popular news podcasts devoted entire episodes to the caravan. It remained on the front pages of major media websites. It was an overwhelming topic of conversation on cable news, where Trumpists freely spread disinformation about the threat the migrants posed, while news anchors displayed exasperation over their false claims, only to invite them back on the next day’s newscast to do it all over again.

In reality, the caravan was thousands of miles and weeks away from the U.S. border, shrinking in size, and unlikely to reach the U.S. before the election. If the migrants reach the U.S., they have the right under U.S. law to apply for asylum at a port of entry. If their claims are not accepted, they will be turned away. There is no national emergency, there is no ominous threat. There is only a group of desperate people looking for a better life, who have a right to request asylum in the United States, and have no right to stay if their claims are rejected. Trump is reportedly aware that his claims about the caravan are false. An administration official told the Daily Beast simply, “it doesn’t matter if it’s 100 percent accurate … this is the play.” The "play" was to demonize vulnerable people with falsehoods in order to frighten Trump's base to the polls.

Nevertheless, some took the claims of the president and his allies seriously. On Saturday morning, Shabbat morning, a gunman walked into  the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and killed 11 people. The massacre capped off a week of terrorism, in which one man mailed bombs to nearly a dozen Trump critics, and another killed two black people in a grocery store after failing to force his way into a black church.  

Prior to committing the Tree of Life massacre, the shooter, who blamed Jewsfor the caravan of “invaders” and who raged about it on social media, made it clear that he was furious at HIAS, founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Jewish group that helps resettle refugees in the United States. He shared posts on Gab, a social-media site popular with the alt-right, expressingalarm at the sight of “massive human caravans of young men from Honduras and El Salvador invading America thru our unsecured southern border.” And then he wrote, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

The people killed on Saturday were killed for trying to make the world a better place, as their faith exhorts them to do. The history of the Jewish people is one of displacement, statelessness, and persecution. What groups like HIAS do in helping refugees, they do with the knowledge that comes from a history of being the targets of demagogues who persecute minorities in pursuit of power.

Ordinarily, a politician cannot be held responsible for the actions of a deranged follower. But ordinarily, politicians don’t praise supporters who have mercilessly beaten a Latino man, as “very passionate.” Ordinarily, they don’t offer to pay supporters’ legal bills if they assault protesters on the other side. They don’t praise acts of violence against the media. They don’t defend neo-Nazi rioters as “fine people.” They don’t justify sending bombs to their critics by blaming the media for airing criticism. Ordinarily, there is no historic surgein anti-Semitism, much of it targeted at Jewish critics, coinciding with a politician’s rise. And ordinarily, presidents do not blatantly exploit their authority in an effort to terrify white Americans into voting for their party. For the past few decades, most American politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, have taken care not to urge their supporters to take matters into their own hands. Trump did everything he could to fan the flames, and nothing to restrain those who might take him at his word.

Many of Trump’s defenders argue that his rhetoric is mere shtick. That his attacks, however cruel, aren’t taken 100 percent seriously by his supporters. But to make this argument is to concede that following Trump’s statements to their logical conclusion could lead to violence against his targets, and it is only because most do not take it that way, that the political violence committed on Trump’s behalf is as limited as it currently is.

The Tree of Life shooter criticized Trump for not being racist or anti-Semitic enough. But with respect to the caravan, the shooter merely followed the logic of the president and his allies: He was willing to do whatever was necessary to prevent an “invasion” of Latinos planned by perfidious Jews, a treasonous attempt to seek “the destruction of American society and culture.”

The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread, and that his followers chose to amplify.

As for those who aided the president in his propaganda campaign, who enabled him to prey on racist fears to fabricate a national emergency, those who said to themselves, “This is the play”? Every single one of them bears some responsibility for what followed. Their condemnations of anti-Semitism are meaningless. Their thoughts and prayers are worthless. Their condolences are irrelevant. They can never undo what they have done, and what they have done will never be forgotten.  

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An American President Bends to the Demands of Terror
« Reply #3499 on: October 29, 2018, 03:28:21 AM »
His casual bigotry and xenophobia are inconsequential to the violence. Instead, Trumpism demands that violence be solved by local militarization.

An American President Bends to the Demands of Terror
After the attack in Pittsburgh, Trump again expressed his inclination to meet violence with the machinery of a police state.





On Saturday morning, during Shabbat services, a gunman walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and opened fire. The investigation is ongoing, and early reports are often imprecise. But it appears that the suspect, a white male named Robert Bowers, killed and wounded multiple people and inflicted life-threatening injuries on police officers before being taken into custody. He reportedly shouted “All Jews must die” before shooting.

Later that morning, President Donald Trump responded. “Something has to be done,” he told reporters as he boarded Air Force One on his way to Indiana. The president denied that America’s gun laws had anything to do with this act of gun violence. He suggested that the victims would have averted disaster by arming themselves. “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better,” Trump said. With that, he expressed a position common in his responses to violence over the past two years: that the only way to combat terror is to yield to it.

Trump continues to argue that his casual bigotry and xenophobia, his exhortations of extralegal measures against political opponents, and his delegitimization of the media are inconsequential to the violence. Instead, Trumpism demands that violence be solved by local militarization: increased security at schools, the arming of teachers, and now, the adoption of guns in places intended quite literally to be sanctuaries from the scourges of the world. Taken altogether, what Trumpism seems to intend is the creation—or perhaps the expansion—of the machinery of a police state.

Violence has dominated the national conversation over the past week. Days before the Pittsburgh shooting, a gunman killed two black shoppers at a Kroger supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, just after he’d been seen unsuccessfully attempting to enter a nearby black church. On Friday, federal law-enforcement authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc, the suspect allegedly responsible for sending more than a dozen possible explosive packages to CNN and to Democratic Party leaders. A van belonging to him was plastered with pro-Trump propaganda, and a Twitter account apparently belonging to him brimmed with conspiracy theories, explicit threats of violence, anti-Semitism, and racism.

On Friday, in the very same speech in which Trump first addressed Sayoc’s arrest, he also laughed along to a chant from supporters to lock up George Soros, the liberal billionaire activist and philanthropist, who’d been one of Sayoc’s alleged targets. At a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, later that evening, despite a vow that “political violence must never, ever be allowed in America, and I will do everything in my power to stop it,” the president also repeated claims that he was a “nationalist,” derided “globalists,” and attacked the media. The very next day, the president suggested that armed guards should be stationed outside places of worship and that gun laws couldn’t prevent a mass shooting.

In facing what appears to be a rising tide of violence—a tide that Trump himself elevates and encourages—the prescription of arms merely capitulates to the demands of that bloodshed. The purpose of political violence and terrorism is not necessarily to eliminate or even always to create body counts, but to disempower people, to spread the contagion of fear, to splinter communities into self-preserving bunkers, and to invalidate the very idea that a common destiny is even possible. Mandates to arm people accelerate this process. They inherently promote the idea that society cannot reduce the global level of harm, and promote the authoritarian impulses of people seeking order. Historically, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism have been the three prongs of political violence that have destroyed democracies and brought along authoritarianism the quickest. Historically, police societies have been their companions, as opposed to their antagonists.

The gun-violence discourse will rage on. The National Rifle Association and its preferred politicians will continue to argue that the only way forward is to gird citizens with more firepower. Tensions over hate crimes—which themselves are always political violence—will increase.

The congregants hurt, killed, and traumatized at the Tree of Life are not martyrs created for another tedious American “debate,” nor are the black shoppers killed in Kentucky, nor the postal workers and politicians endangered by explosives. But the violences done to each of them are part of a narrative about the now of America. Hate crimes are on the rise, and have been since 2016. The national onslaught of gun violence still rages. And from Dylann Roof’s slaying of nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 to the massacre of 26 people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, to today, houses of worship are prominent targets of that violence.Today, there are lives to be mourned. There are people who were extinguished in a place intended by law and custom to be inviolate, while they celebrated an elemental holy day of rest and kindness. There are families now saddled with the cruel burden of grief. In the most fundamental way, a peace accord has been breached. If the people at Tree of Life had all been armed before the fact, Trump is right that there “could have been a very much different situation.” That accord would have already been broken. The unraveling would have already begun.

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VANN R. NEWKIRK II is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy.

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« Reply #3500 on: October 29, 2018, 08:57:44 AM »
Somebody should tell Trump the caravan only has a few kids and is mostly all young aspiring models who want to get into Show Biz and are more than eager to have a powerful strong manly man who can hook them up grab their pussy.

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Jair Bolsonaro: 6 disturbing things to know about Brazil’s new president.
« Reply #3501 on: October 30, 2018, 03:26:39 AM »
Jair Bolsonaro: 6 disturbing things to know about Brazil’s new president.
Brazil is the fifth largest country on Earth, and with the electoral victory of Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency, its politics just took a giant step to the right.




BY MELISSA LOCKER2 MINUTE READ

Brazil is the fifth largest country on Earth, and with the electoral victory of Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency, its politics just took a giant step to the right.

The former army captain has appalled critics with his horrifying pro-torture stance and his yearning for the “good old days” of Latin American dictatorships. He has even been charged with hate speech by Brazil’s attorney general. And yet as Brazil struggles to recover from the worst recession in its history, a government corruption scandal that took down political leaders, and an escalating crime rate, the electorate wanted change.

Despite an opposition campaign called “Ele Não,” or “not him,” rising up against Bolsonaro, he won 55.2% of votes cast in Sunday’s election, with a promise to restore law and order and promote his version of family values. Bolsonaro, who has earned the nickname the “Trump of the Tropics,” takes office on January 1.

Here are five things to know about Bolsonaro:

  • A thing for dictatorships. “The dictatorship’s mistake was to torture but not kill,” he told a radio interviewer in 2016, per USA Today.
  • Fierce homophobia. USA Today reports that in a 2011 interview with Playboy he said, “I would prefer my son to die in an accident than show up with a moustachioed​ man” adding that he “would be incapable of loving a homosexual son.”
  • Racism. He’s reportedly referring to black activists as “animals” who should “go back to the zoo,” according to The Independent, and in reference to a black settlement in Brazil that was founded by the descendants of slaves, he said: “They do nothing. They are not even good for procreation.
  • Misogyny. As the BBC notes, “In one infamous incident in 2015 he told a fellow lawmaker she was too ugly to rape.”
  • Stabbed during his presidential campaign, he kept campaigning during his three-week stay in the hospital, connecting with voters via Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. An investigation by Brazil’s largest newspaper, Folha De Sao Paulo, claims that “Bolsonaro’s WhatsApp offensive has been secretly boosted by several unnamed corporations” to the tune of $3.2 million to help promote pro-Bolsonaro messages, and attack his opponent Fernando Haddad with false stories.
  • The American right wing likes him–and he likes them. According to The Independent, Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo recently tweeted a photo with former White House strategist Steve Bannon, claiming to share “the same worldview” as Bannon. President Trump, meanwhile, reportedly called Bolsonaro to congratulate him on his win.

John Oliver tried to warn Brazilian voters against voting for Bolsonaro in a recent episode of Last Week Tonight.

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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3502 on: October 30, 2018, 09:17:18 AM »
A good time to read Zero.



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Against a backdrop of political corruption Jose lives an ordinary life, working a dead-end job catching mice in a dingy movie theater. Everything changes when he meets his wife Rosa thanks to the help of the Happy Heart Marriage Agency. They seem to have an understanding: Jose isn't bothered by Rosa's dishonesty, extra weight, and fantastically promiscuous past; Rosa isn't too put off by Jose's clubbed foot, periodic blackouts, or lack of direction--she just wants a house. Pragmatic, Jose sets out to get the money necessary to make that possible. And in doing so, he manages to become a robber, sniper, and political subversive wanted by the government. Deploying fast-paced, short chapters in a number of styles, Brandao deftly presents an array of engaging characters and conflicts, vividly depicting the absurdity of a repressive political regime with exceptional daring and humor.

I am reading it right now.  I picked up my copy for a buck in the sale section of a bookstore a few years ago when Homeland Security was following me around.  True story.  Now I'm finally reading it.  It could take a while.  I'm reading more books right now than I ever have before at one time.

The book has been banned and un-banned in Brazil many times though that could be more difficult now since it is considered a good book internationally.
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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3503 on: November 03, 2018, 05:25:37 AM »
You did well to buy it when you did. The paperback is $27 on Amazon. :icon_scratch:
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The White House Desperately Wants this Election to be ‘Us’ Vs. ‘Them’
« Reply #3504 on: November 03, 2018, 05:27:59 AM »
The White House Desperately Wants this Election to be ‘Us’ Vs. ‘Them’

As the midterms approach, the administration is ratcheting up its attacks on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, native-born Christian.

Jill Richardson

In the days leading up to the election, the news has been scary. “We” are under threat from all sides. “They” are threatening us.

There’s an actual threat from violent extremists motivated by racial and ethnic hatred. One white supremacist murdered two black people in Louisville and another murdered 11 Jews in Pittsburgh.

But then there’s the perceived threat.

Some people in power believe that a reliable way to get the “right” kind of Americans to the polls (white, straight, Christian, and born in the U.S.A.) is to tell them that other people are trying to take away something that is theirs.

It’s “us” vs. “them,” and we can’t let “them” have anything that is “ours.”

I live near the border, in San Diego. The migrant caravan Trump keeps talking about is nowhere near here yet — they’re far away in southern Mexico at the moment.

Why are troops headed to the border now, just before the election, when the caravan they are supposedly protecting “us” from is nowhere close to here? And what kind of protection do we need from women and children fleeing violence in their home country.

It’s just a big show to convince voters they should be very scared — and simultaneously relieved that Trump is “doing something.”

San Diego is home to a lot of refugees from all over the world. I’m glad my city welcomes people fleeing violence and gives them a safe place to raise their families.

When I recently had car trouble, the driver who came to tow my car was a refugee. He told me how his children had been kidnapped and showed me scars from injuries he sustained from violence in his home country. When people like him find asylum here, I feel proud to be an American.

In another election-season outrage, the Trump administration is also pursuing policies that will deny civil rights to transgender people.

I count a few transgender people among my closest friends. There’s nothing scary or strange about them. They’re just people. We’re friends because they’re funny and kind and empathetic and fun, and every other trait I look for in a friend of any gender.

The administration claims, against all available science, that gender is reducible to “immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” And so trans people deserve no protection. It’s gotten so absurd that the White House is actually a proposing a registry of Americans’ genitalia.

These attacks are one effort after another to convince people to vote based on fear of some made-up threat.

In other words, there’s no need to think about “us” vs. “them.” We’re all people. We’re all “us.” We should be suspicious of anyone who tries to convince people otherwise.

If somebody does want to draw a line in the sand between “us” and “them,” here is what I propose: “They” should be the perpetrators of violent hate crimes who just killed 13 people and anyone who seeks to commit more murder. Everyone else is “us.”


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Jill Richardson is pursuing a PhD in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in San Diego.

First published inOtherWords.Included in Vox Populi with permission.

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'You're So Easily Played': Paul Krugman Rips Reporters Who Fell for Caravan Hype
« Reply #3505 on: November 09, 2018, 10:24:04 AM »
Most of Trump's infinitely reprogrammable meatpuppets and bobbleheads will never noticed how they were played. But the journos should have known better.

'You're So Easily Played': Paul Krugman Rips Reporters Who Fell for Trump's Caravan Hype
There's a reason why coverage of the caravan had completely died ever since the election ended on Tuesday


November 9, 2018, 5:57 AM GMT

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Nobel Prize-winning economist andNew York Timescolumnist Paul Krugman on Friday raked mainstream news reporters over the coals afterthey spent days leading up to the midterms covering the migrant caravan hyped by President Donald Trumpas a massive threat to American security.

Writing on Twitter, Krugman said that the coverage of the caravan reminded him of the coverage of Hillary Clinton's State Department email server in 2016 -- that is,a phony issue pushed by Republicansand eagerly taken up by the news media.

"The midterms election feels like a mix-and-match combination of two ugly episodes from history," he explained. "For weeks it felt like 2016: Rs created a fake issue -- the caravan playing the role of emails -- and the news media happily went along with it."

Krugman then pointed out that coverage of the caravan had completely died ever since the election ended on Tuesday -- a sure sign that it was a manufactured issue Republicans used to gin up their voters.

"Notice that the caravan totally disappeared as an issue as soon as the votes were cast -- not just Fox News, but mainstream media too," he wrote. "Guys, you really need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask why you're so easily played."

Notice that the caravan totally disappeared as an issue as soon as the votes were cast -- not just Fox News, but mainstream media too. Guys, you really need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask why you're so easily played 2/

— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman)November 9, 2018

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Most of Trump's infinitely reprogrammable meatpuppets and bobbleheads will never noticed how they were played. But the journos should have known better.

'You're So Easily Played': Paul Krugman Rips Reporters Who Fell for Trump's Caravan Hype
There's a reason why coverage of the caravan had completely died ever since the election ended on Tuesday


November 9, 2018, 5:57 AM GMT

Paul Krugman
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Nobel Prize-winning economist andNew York Timescolumnist Paul Krugman on Friday raked mainstream news reporters over the coals afterthey spent days leading up to the midterms covering the migrant caravan hyped by President Donald Trumpas a massive threat to American security.

Writing on Twitter, Krugman said that the coverage of the caravan reminded him of the coverage of Hillary Clinton's State Department email server in 2016 -- that is,a phony issue pushed by Republicansand eagerly taken up by the news media.

"The midterms election feels like a mix-and-match combination of two ugly episodes from history," he explained. "For weeks it felt like 2016: Rs created a fake issue -- the caravan playing the role of emails -- and the news media happily went along with it."

Krugman then pointed out that coverage of the caravan had completely died ever since the election ended on Tuesday -- a sure sign that it was a manufactured issue Republicans used to gin up their voters.

"Notice that the caravan totally disappeared as an issue as soon as the votes were cast -- not just Fox News, but mainstream media too," he wrote. "Guys, you really need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask why you're so easily played."

Notice that the caravan totally disappeared as an issue as soon as the votes were cast -- not just Fox News, but mainstream media too. Guys, you really need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask why you're so easily played 2/

— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman)November 9, 2018



Hate to say it, because Krugman is a tool, but he's right this time. Probably delivered Texas for the slimeball Cruz.
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Most of Trump's infinitely reprogrammable meatpuppets and bobbleheads will never noticed how they were played. But the journos should have known better.

'You're So Easily Played': Paul Krugman Rips Reporters Who Fell for Trump's Caravan Hype
There's a reason why coverage of the caravan had completely died ever since the election ended on Tuesday


November 9, 2018, 5:57 AM GMT

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Nobel Prize-winning economist andNew York Timescolumnist Paul Krugman on Friday raked mainstream news reporters over the coals afterthey spent days leading up to the midterms covering the migrant caravan hyped by President Donald Trumpas a massive threat to American security.

Writing on Twitter, Krugman said that the coverage of the caravan reminded him of the coverage of Hillary Clinton's State Department email server in 2016 -- that is,a phony issue pushed by Republicansand eagerly taken up by the news media.

"The midterms election feels like a mix-and-match combination of two ugly episodes from history," he explained. "For weeks it felt like 2016: Rs created a fake issue -- the caravan playing the role of emails -- and the news media happily went along with it."

Krugman then pointed out that coverage of the caravan had completely died ever since the election ended on Tuesday -- a sure sign that it was a manufactured issue Republicans used to gin up their voters.

"Notice that the caravan totally disappeared as an issue as soon as the votes were cast -- not just Fox News, but mainstream media too," he wrote. "Guys, you really need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask why you're so easily played."

Notice that the caravan totally disappeared as an issue as soon as the votes were cast -- not just Fox News, but mainstream media too. Guys, you really need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask why you're so easily played 2/

— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman)November 9, 2018



Hate to say it, because Krugman is a tool, but he's right this time. Probably delivered Texas for the slimeball Cruz.

I don't share your assessment of Krugman, but I do of the outcome.

Also, along the lines of "What dafuq?" I was gobsmacked to see common Dreams and other ostensibly "librul" outlets calling for street protests yesterday to protest Sessions' dismissal.
What are they thinking?\
Although after a season of activism, or as much activism as a guy on a cane can muster, I have to think that the Ds could have picked up more seats without the help of the Democratic party. Locally, it's a lesson in clusterfuckery.
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Turkish police 'end search' for Jamal Khashoggi's body
« Reply #3508 on: November 10, 2018, 05:00:58 AM »
Turkish police 'end search' for Jamal Khashoggi's body
Sources say authorities will not continue search for writer's body, which is believed to have been dissolved in acid.


Traces of acid were found at the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul, sources told Al Jazeera [Emrah Gurel/AP]
Traces of acid were found at the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul, sources told Al Jazeera [Emrah Gurel/AP]

Turkish police are ending the search for Jamal Khashoggi's body, but the criminal investigation into the Saudi journalist's murder will continue, sources told Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera has learned on Friday that traces of acid were found at the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul, where the body was believed to be disposed of with the use of chemicals.

The residence is at walking distance from the Saudi consulate, where Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed on October 2 by a team of Saudi officers and officials.

Saudi Arabia attempted to cover up the killing by initially insisting that Khashoggi had left the consulate. It then changed its narrative, saying the journalist died in a fistfight. Later, Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder, but that to killing was an unplanned "rogue operation". 

Turkish and Saudi officials have carried out joint inspections of the consulate and the consul's residence, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said some Saudi officials were still trying to cover up the crime.

Erdogan, who has repeatedly demanded more information from Saudi Arabia, has also asked Saudi officials to say who in Riyadh sent the 15-strong team that is suspected of the killing.

Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal, reporting from Istanbul, said that Saudi officials, despite officially claiming that they would cooperate with their Turkish counterparts, so far have not only refused to do that but possibly tried to tamper with the ongoing investigation.

"They namely did this by sending in chemical experts[in the consulate and consul-general’s home] to destroy evidence," he said.

"They also denied Turkish requests to once again search the consul-general’s home, after Turks found samples of chemicals in the garden of the residence."

Istanbul's chief prosecutor said on October 31 that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate and that his body was dismembered, in the first official comments on the case.

Saudi Arabia has said it arrested 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of an investigation into Khashoggi's killing. Ankara also seeks extradition of the suspects.

Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, told Al Jazeeraafter Saudi top prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb left Istanbul, that the visit was a disappointment for the mutual investigation process.

"The agreement between the two sides to cooperate in the case raised expectations to shed light on the details of the killing of Khashoggi and who was behind it," Aktay, who was also a friend of the journalist, said.

"But the Saudi officials seem like they have come to Istanbul to be able to obtain the information Turkey has on the murder, rather than mutual sharing of information on the case."

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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Global GDP Still Propped Up By A Massive Amount Of Debt
« Reply #3509 on: November 10, 2018, 05:04:26 AM »
Tick tock, tick tock...

Global GDP Still Propped Up By A Massive Amount Of Debt

While the government agencies and economists continue to publish strong GDP figures, they seem to overlook how much debt it took to produce that growth. Or should I say, the “supposed growth.” The days of adding one dollar of debt to get one dollar of GDP growth have been long gone for more than 40 years. And, as global debt has increased, it has forced governments to lower interest rates.

Yes, it’s really that simple. I get a good chuckle when I hear analysts talk about rising interest rates to 10-15%. If the U.S. Government interest rate on the Treasury Bonds increased to just 5%, Uncle Sam would be paying over a trillion dollars a year just to service the debt. So, no… we aren’t going to see 10-15% rates again.

Well, we could… but, most of the global debt would have to collapse or be forgiven. Unfortunately, if global debt vaporizes or is forgiven, then the entire economy collapses as well. We must remember, GDP growth is also driven by oil production growth. There is no way in HADES that the oil industry can fund future production with 10-15% interest rates. IT JUST AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN.

Why? If it weren’t for the Fed dropping rates down to nearly zero, the Great U.S. Shale Oil Ponzi Scheme and the six million barrels per day of unprofitable shale oil production would have been a pipe dream. I can assure you that the shale oil industry could not fund operations or service their debt with 10-15% interest rates.

Most shale oil companies are paying on average between 4-5% interest to service their debt. If the companies’ interest rates double or triple, then it would make it extremely difficult to service the shale industry debt that is estimated to be $280-$300 billion.

However, this article isn’t about the about the Great U.S. Shale Ponzi Scheme; rather it’s about the global debt bubble propping up the economy.

Global Debt Increased More Than Five Times The GDP Q1 2018

According to data from the IMF and the Institute of International Finance, global debt increased four times more than the GDP growth during the first quarter of 2018. The IMF forecastsGlobal GDP to reach $84.8 trillion in 2018 and the Institute of International Finance reported total world debt increased by $8 trillion in the first quarter of 2018. Thus, I estimated that Q1 2018 GDP growth was $1.3 trillion, one-quarter of the $5 trillion increase from last year.

So, the world is now adding an astonishing six dollars of debt for each dollar of GDP growth:

Now, this is just an estimate as the quarterly GDP dollar figures aren’t released, but the debt is still rising at least fives times more than the GDP. It is quite amazing to see the global debt increase at such a rapid rate. The following chart (courtesy of Bloomberg), shows how much the global debt has grown over the past 15 years. However, since Q1 2008, global debt has jumped by more than $70 trillion.

Thus, the average annual global debt increase is approximately $7 trillion. So, to see world debt balloon by $8 trillion in the first quarter of 2018 shows just how much more the Central Banks are motivated in propping up the markets.

On the subject of Central Banks, the U.S. Government continues to rack up its public debt which has now reached $21.7 trillion… up $1.2 trillion since the same period last year. As I have mentioned, rising debt and interest rates forces Uncle Sam to pay a great deal more to service the debt:

Now that the U.S. Treasury has to pay more than a half trillion just to service its debt, I hardly doubt the Federal Reserve is going to allow rates to rise above 3% anytime soon. According to the TreasuryDirect.gov, the interest expense of $31.7 billion paid for October jumped by a stunning 30%, compared to $24.4 billion during the same month last year.

Even though $7 billion of additional interest expense in one month doesn’t seem like much compared to the trillions of debt being added, it adds up to a lot of stuff:

$7 billion = 30,000 homes (valued at $232,000)

$7 billion = 200,000 cars (valued at $35,000)

$7 billion = half annual Global Silver Mine supply

And again, this is just the additional U.S. Government interest expense for one month. Unfortunately, Americans have become oblivious to the staggering amount of debt in the system. Furthermore, the public and investors are also immune to the tremendous volatility taking place in the markets.

For example, one of the industrial bellwethers of the Dow Jones Index, Caterpillar, has seen its share price go into cardiac arrest over the past six months:

Caterpillar hit a high of $170 at the beginning of the year and a low of $112 last month. That is a 34% correction in a little more than six months. Moreover, if you look at the candlesticks on the upper right-hand of the chart, you will see the tremendous volatility not experienced in the past ten years.

In crazy October, Caterpillar’s stock traded between a high of $159 and a low of $112. That is a $45 movement from one of the leading manufacturing blue-chip stocks in just one month. Caterpillar is not supposed to trade in this manner, but this is the NEW NORMAL in a market that is about to go HOG WILD.

While the broader markets corrected higher from the lows last month, investors should not think the worst has passed. Oh no… the worst is yet to come. Nothing goes up or down in a straight line, but this economic cycle is nearly ten years long in the tooth and at some point will need to correct back towards reality. Caterpillar will likely have to fall back to its 200 Month Moving Average of $62, which is more than 50% lower from where it is trading today.

Forecasts For Much Higher Global GDP Growth By 2023 Means Gobs More Debt

The IMF forecasts that Global GDP will reach a staggering $108 trillion in the next five years. However, for Global GDP to rise by $23 trillion by 2023, then it makes sense that total world debt must also increase by at least 4-5 times:

As I have shown in prior articles, the world has been adding between 4-5 dollars of debt for each new dollar of GDP growth. If we assume the same with continue over the next five years, then world debt will have to jump by $100 trillion. Now, if we also consider a conservative 3% interest rate to service this $100 trillion of additional debt, the world will have to pay a mind-blowing $3 trillion a year, JUST TO SERVICE THE NEW DEBT….. LOL.

Lastly, the Central Banks will continue doing what they do best, and that is print money and kick the can down the road. Unfortunately, the debt and interest expense are getting to a level that is not sustainable for another decade. And if we add the coming disintegration of the U.S. Shale Oil Industry, Americans won’t have the growing energy supply to drive GDP growth. This is another factor not taken into consideration by economists.

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