Jerry Russell

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This next video suggests that China is preparing a small scale distractionary war against either Taiwan or India.
The video opens by saying that the Chinese military has been doing exercises in Guangdong province, but says their "exact movement and reason for being there is unknown." It also says that the US recently completed exercises in the South China Sea, accompanied or followed by Australian, Japanese and British forces. On July 27, it says, a US fighter plane approached within 100 km of Shanghai, causing unprecedented tensions. Towards the end of the video, it mentions that if the Chinese military had designs on invading Taiwan, it would make much more sense for them to be conducting exercises in Huadu district (directly adjacent to Taiwan across the South China Sea) rather than in Guangdong which is far to the south of the Taiwan theater.

At 1:13 in the video, an opening statement from the narrator says "it seems that the people's liberation army has taken the strategy of: 'If the enemy is retreating, I will advance. If the enemy is advancing, i will retreat." But from the actual facts as given by the video itself, it is impossible to say that the US and its allies have ever retreated from their aggressive positions in the South China Sea, nor has China ever advanced towards Taiwan.

At 2:38 the narrator acknowledges that "in fact, Beijing's greatest fear is that the US military will intervene directly... it is expected that the PLA would not dare to attack Taiwan directly. BUT many analysts also believe that Xi Jinping might attack Taiwan."

Who are these "many analysts" and why do they contradict the obvious analysis that the PLA would not dare to do this? The narrator continues: "For Beijing and especially for Xi Jinping waging a small-scale war is much needed... a war victory is desperately needed..." What kind of bizarre idea is this, that attacking Taiwan would lead to a quick victory against the US and indeed the entire Western world, that would unite against this?

The video briefly mentions the situation at the Indian border. The terrain there is said to be mountainous rather than densely populated, so that the scale of a war could be easily controlled. This seems more plausible, but how much domestic credit would Xi Jinping really get for conquering an uninhabited moonscape at the Indian border? I don't see the point.

The video is produced by "Vision Times", a shadowy entity whose You-tube channel "about" claims that it is "an independent media headquartered in the United States." Their website says "Vision Times is a borderless, largely volunteer community of writers, analysts, online media experts, and translators from around the world... we are a not-for-profit organization with a mission of creating a better world." Wikipedia says they are owned by "Vision Times Media (Australia) Corporation Pty LTD." which boasts proudly of their ability to sell advertisements. The Chinese logos of these enterprises appear identical. So is this a non-profit, or a massive advertising engine? Headquartered in the United States, or Australia, or around the world?

One author, Ben Hurley, claims that Vision Times is just another part of the Falun Gong media enterprise, which as we have already discussed is a CIA funding conduit. Looks that way to me. And, Hurley has much more interesting information about life inside Falun Gong.

https://medium.com/@Ben_D_Hurley/-10677166298b

This article is in no way an attempt to justify the Chinese government’s ridiculous and violent campaign against Falun Gong. The many outright lies the Chinese government has told about the group have in some ways helped Falun Gong by giving the organisation a human rights narrative that allows it to not focus too closely on its own practices and beliefs. If only the Chinese government had just stuck to the facts. Falun Gong in many foreigners’ minds is associated with other freedom movements abroad, when in reality Falun Gong doesn’t give a stuff about other groups or about reform in China. In the world view of most Falun Gong practitioners, any movement that is trying to achieve an outcome in the human world — apart from Falun Gong’s various projects, that is — is engaging in dirty human politics.
Unfortunately the sympathy that many uninformed Westerners have towards Falun Gong has led to a kind of exasperated stand-off with a lot of Chinese people who justifiably feel that Falun Gong is just plain silly and that Westerners can never really understand China. This kind of thing drives a wedge between China and the rest of the world which is the last thing we need in an increasingly tense geopolitical climate.
The way Falun Gong defines itself to the public and to its own followers — as a health-focussed spiritual group concerned about human rights — is just not true. It made me less healthy, less happy, less kind, less compassionate. And it made me less truthful — to myself and others.
 
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Richard Stanley

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Yes, it's all rather murky.

There is another China Observers on the other hand, which claims to be operating out of Czechia: https://chinaobservers.eu/about/

They claim to operate under the aegis of the Prague based think tank, Association for International Affairs (AMO): http://www.amo.cz/en/

I see no connection to Vision Times, so maybe there is a propaganda related effort to cuckold the name of the Czech group?
 

Richard Stanley

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I think the following revelation may confirm what is going on with these reports about China. Namely, there has been a plan for some time to confront China, evidenced perhaps first in the neocon community decades ago. Now it it has been witnessed at a recent powwow at the Trump DC Hotel with the Freedom Caucus and the evangelicals, and then a few days ago with Pompeo's speech at the Reagan Library.

The talk consists of a new cold war and regime change, and it is learned that it is now the CCP behind BLM, not George Soros.

I have que'd it to the right time:


And look who endorses Falun Gong's Epoch Times:

770
 
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Richard Stanley

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In line with the previous posts on what is going on with hardening attitudes towards China, the following discussion centers around Trump's appointment of arch-neocon Elliot Abrams to deal with Iran. Abrams, who is already the point man on Venezuela, was convicted of lying to Congress about the Iran/Contra business decades ago.

Besides Trump's economic betrayals of his populist base, this may rank as one of the highest Trump betrayals, this time of his claims to be a non-interventionist. He was already lying to begin with, because he supported the Iraq War, having told his pal Howard Stern so on air.

 
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Richard Stanley

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The following is an interesting interview with Andrea Bernstein, author of the book, American Oligarchs. The book goes into much greater detail over the family history than the material I have covered on this thread.

As such, we find out how both the Trumps and Kushners dealt with political donations to wend their way to business success. And this is what made The Donald tolerable in NY power circles and get kid glove treatment by the MSM. We find out that though Ivanka was fully accepted in NYC social circles, she turned out to be a more polished version of her father, viewing power the same and thus not becoming a mitigating factor in the WH for her father.

 
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Richard Stanley

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Another new book is exposing more about the Trump-Epstein relationship. For instance, that despite denials, Epstein was a member at Mar-a-lago. Played is the clip where Trump seems to threaten the jailed Ghislaine Maxwell. Why, unless he has some reason to be concerned? Also, a more serious linkage puts Trump's statement from decades ago about "their both liking women, but Jeffrey likes them on the younger side" into clearer perspective.

 

Richard Stanley

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Wow, it took no time at all for these conservative Republicans to come out for the Biden/Harris ticket, no caveats.

While Biden helped form the current prison environment of America, Harris helped fill the California prisons, one area that the country has maintained as a profitable growth industry. Her sister is a close Friend of Hillary and Kamala got slammed in the Democratic debates, I wonder what Trump will do?

 

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though Ivanka was fully accepted in NYC social circles, she turned out to be a more polished version of her father, viewing power the same and thus not becoming a mitigating factor in the WH for her father.
Was there not talk in the past of Ivanka running for President in the future to succeed her father, or is that all that it was?
 

Jerry Russell

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In the "WTF" department, Steve Bannon has been arrested by the US Postal Inspection Service. The Atlantic reports:

...federal agents had arrested Bannon on a yacht off the coast of Connecticut and brought him to New York City, where a grand jury had indicted him for a scheme to defraud donors to a crowdsourcing campaign that raised more than $25 million in private money to build a section of Trump’s southern-border wall. Prosecutors allege that Bannon and three co-defendants each took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the group, known as We Build the Wall, for their personal use, despite assuring the public that the money would all go toward the wall.
The details in the 24-page indictment describe a scam that was almost comically flagrant: The four men lied, over and over again, about not taking even “a penny in compensation” and then bilked the fund anyway. Bannon allegedly took more than $1 million for himself, while the ringleader of the effort, Brian Kolfage, an Air Force veteran, used some of the money to buy a boat named the Warfighter that was spotted in a recent Trump “boat parade” in Florida.
At the Daily Kos (where I first saw the story), "Dr Who" wonders if perhaps the recent appointment of Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General, had anything to do with an intent to derail this investigation. Whereas I also have to wonder if the Post Office undertook the research, in an effort to save themselves from Trump's budgetary and institutional attacks.

So far, no direct connection to Trump has been unearthed, but Donald Trump Jr. described the crowdfunding effort as "private enterprise at its finest... amazing."
 

Richard Stanley

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They probably learned how to run this operation at Trump University. I wonder if this had anything to do with the section of the wall that blew down? :)
 

Charles Watkins

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That's a devastating indictment. They pretty much have Bannon nailed. His best play is to rush his case through in time for a Trump pardon. But he can't embarrass Trump on his precious wall.
 

Richard Stanley

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One of the indicted is contradicting Trump's denials, saying that Trump did know of and approve of the grift operation. Also, Bannon and several others, like Don Jr. and Kushner, had criminal referrals for other matters delivered from the Senate to the DC US Attorney's offices in June of last year.

But Trump's Deep State must be sitting on them, like with the thousands of QAnon sealed indictments. I wonder why, with Barr in power of the DOJ and FBI, he doesn't arrest all those thousands of officials? Hmmm
 

Richard Stanley

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In the following a clip is played where Bannon makes a shocking joke admitting the grift. Also mentioned is various Trump involvement and knowledge including:

(See source at bottom of post)​
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Over a year ago, the Pentagon inspector general began looking into a suspicious $400 million contract given from the Department of Homeland Security to the construction company linked to Bannon’s group. The funds came at Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Trump’s urging
“On Dec. 2, the Pentagon announced a contract worth up to $400 million to Fisher Sand and Gravel for the construction of 31 miles of new border barriers along the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona,” said the Washington Post.
CEO Tommy Fisher launched an aggressive effort to try and score a contract, making several appearances on Fox News and paying at least $100,000 in lobbying. Fisher also personally lobbied the president, gave hefty donations to Cramer’s Senate campaign, and attacked the Army Corps of Engineers for excluding their firm. Fisher was then Cramer’s guest to Trump’s State of the Union Address in 2019.
“The company also has partnered with right-wing activist group We Build the Wall to construct fencing on private land with millions of dollars raised through online donations,” said the Post. ...
 

Richard Stanley

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While Trump, the Fake Populist, has surrounded himself, and acted upon, Neoliberal economists to the massive benefit of big corporate interests and their stockholders, ironically(?) the billionaire Neoliberal class and Republican Neocon warmongers are backing Joe Biden, a real nice ... Neoliberal corporate, socially regressive Democrat. Trump is continuing with the NeoJulian dictatorial vector by having the Republican Party Convention turned into the Trump Convention.


Strangely, the Democrats offered no governing substance at the convention last week, as the distractionary political dialectic focus is on the merits of Trump personally and Trumpism. Perhaps the epitome of the distractive focus so far this week was Kimberly Guilfoyle's hyperbolic rhetoric evoking Nazi Fascist propaganda slanderously accusing Corporate Joe, Hillary's Harris [sic], and Big Money friends of wanting to destroy (corporate) America:


Rather interestingly, several salacious bombs have been dropped in front of Trump's big week:

Trump's sister is recorded by his niece trashing Trump's lack of principles (except of course, in that of Trump Winning):


Affecting Trump's evangelical base, soon after Falwell (living down to his name?) was showing a picture of himself and his wife unzipped:


Ostensibly the political messaging target is those undecided voters stuck between two really bad choices. Somehow the Greens have been silenced, as with the Libertarians, leaving only the occasional bleatings of the bipolar Kanye West, who bizarrely admits he is a Trump tool.

As I've been talking occasionally and lately on other threads about 'elite staged history', is there a much better example than the above?
 
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Richard Stanley

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The following is a Majority Report interview with Jeff Sharlet, who I have mentioned several times before, sometimes regarding the pseudo-Christian political 'cult', The Family. Here Sharlet discusses his followup on the Trump Cult, as it pertains to Trump's deft use of oratorical skills to mesmerize his marks. He relates that he tells people that Trump is one of the greatest orators of all time, not in his (purposely downplayed) articulation , but rather in his extremely effective, targeted effect. At one point Sharlet admits that he was wrong before that this movement could not blossom into fascism.

Also mentioned is the messianic association with masters of chaos (ala Samson, etc.). Further below is an excerpt from Sharlot's related June article in Vanity Fair.

I have que'd it to the start of the interview past Seder's opening monologue:

Yusif Jones, standing in front of a long row of porta-potties, slides his plastic Trump mask over his face. “I’m him!” he exclaims. He puffs up his chest in his homemade Trump shirt. It’s a short-sleeved American flag pullover, onto which he has ironed black felt letters across vertical red and white stripes: GOT TRUMP? Then he flashes the O.K. sign, a silver ring on his pinky. “I’m him, dude!”
For Trump supporters like Jones, the O.K. sign—thumb meeting index finger, three fingers splayed—is a kind of secret handshake. It began as a joke—a “hoax” meant to trick liberals into believing that the raised fingers actually represent the letters WP: white power. The joke worked so well that it became real. Now, in certain circles, O.K. does mean white power—unless you say it doesn’t. Jones, a big, vein-popping, occasionally church-going white man burdened with what he calls an “Islamic” name by his hippie mother, revels in this kind of coded message, a sense of possessing knowledge shared only by a select few. It’s Möbius strip politics, Trumpism’s defining oxymoron: a populist elite, a mass movement of “free thinkers” all thinking the same thing. They love Trump because he makes them feel like insiders even as they imagine him their outsider champion. That’s what’s drawn Jones here, to the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana, two weeks before Thanksgiving. Like many of the president’s 14,000 followers waiting for the rally to begin, Jones believes that Trump is on a mission from God to expose (and destroy) the hidden demons of the deep state.
To attend a Trump rally is to engage directly in the ecstasy of knowing what the great man knows, divinity disguised as earthly provocation. Jones tells me about Jesse Lee Peterson, a right-wing pastor and talk show host who calls Trump “the Great White Hope.” He doubles over and slaps his knee, signaling to me that it’s another joke. “He’s black!” says Jones, meaning Jesse Lee Peterson. “I love that dude,” he says. He considers Peterson, like the White Hope himself, awesomely witty. Jones straightens up. “But it’s true!” he adds. Which is how racism works at a Trump rally, just like the president’s own trolling—signal, disavowal, repeat; the ugly words followed by the claim that it was just a joke followed by a repetition of the ugly words. Joking! Not joking. Play it again, until the ironic becomes the real. ...
 
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Richard Stanley

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Yusif Jones, standing in front of a long row of porta-potties, slides his plastic Trump mask over his face. “I’m him!” he exclaims. He puffs up his chest in his homemade Trump shirt. It’s a short-sleeved American flag pullover, onto which he has ironed black felt letters across vertical red and white stripes: GOT TRUMP? Then he flashes the O.K. sign, a silver ring on his pinky. “I’m him, dude!”

For Trump supporters like Jones, the O.K. sign—thumb meeting index finger, three fingers splayed—is a kind of secret handshake. It began as a joke—a “hoax” meant to trick liberals into believing that the raised fingers actually represent the letters WP: white power. The joke worked so well that it became real. Now, in certain circles, O.K. does mean white power—unless you say it doesn’t.
I forgot to mention the hilarious irony that the 'OK' hand sign is today considered by some of these same people to symbolize the number '666', the number of the AntiChrist.
 

Jerry Russell

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Falwell (living down to his name?) was showing a picture of himself and his wife unzipped:
This is a confusing story, but also very revealing. Falwell Jr. has explained that his young companion in this Instagram post is his wife's assistant. He says she's pregnant, and he's gotten fat, so neither one of them can get their zippers closed. Thus, the setup for a perfect gag shot, allegedly taken at a party on Jr's yacht. Like so many of the "young women" in Epstein's party photos, the girl seems to be enjoying herself, although it's possible the smile is a bit forced.



The Falwells' "business partner" featured in the above linked audio clip and photo montage from Reuters, is "a young pool boy named Giancarlo Granda". An article at GQ explains:

Giancarlo Granda says he was 20 when he met Jerry and Becki Falwell while working as a pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in March 2012. Starting that month and continuing into 2018, Granda told Reuters that the relationship involved him having sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell looked on.

And the GQ article also speculates that the Falwells have been working hard to keep this story contained since 2015, very possibly explaining how Donald Trump was able to get Falwell's endorsement early in the primary campaign season.

...Tom Arnold taped Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen claiming that the Falwells had engaged him in 2015 to recover personal “photos between husband and wife” that a “guy” (who has not yet been named) had somehow obtained from them. Cohen joked that “the evangelicals are kinkier than Tom Arnold” and called the photos “terrible.” According to Reuters, which broke the story, a source “familiar with Cohen’s thinking” said that Cohen had flown to Florida in order to meet with the attorney for the person in possession of the photos and resolved the issue; the photos were supposedly destroyed. Months later, Falwell Jr. endorsed Trump for president, shocking those who had expected him to back Ted Cruz.
Heavy reports that Granda admits that he enjoyed this relationship with Becki Falwell at first. And why wouldn't he? What twenty-year-old pool boy doesn't have fantasies about meeting a sexy rich cougar lady? Granda has since finished his master's degree in real estate finance at Georgetown, and the Falwells set him up as co-owner of a gay-friendly youth hostel in Miami. Now Granda wants to cash in his ownership chips, and Falwell calls it "extortion". Granda, for his part, says perhaps in retrospect he was taken advantage of in the sexual relationship.

Cultural Catholic conservatives are going to draw the wrong point from this story. It's not that there's anything inherently wrong with threesomes or open marriages, or that this is a sign of "cultural degradation" in general. As the Heavy article says, there's no need for kink-shaming or slut-shaming here.

The problem is that massive imbalances in wealth in our late capitalist empire are creating perverse incentives for young people to take part in such activities that they otherwise probably wouldn't, as well as for rich folks to take advantage. And, needless to say, that hypocrites like the Falwells made their fortune by heaping shame and hatred on the very behaviors that they privately enjoy.

And that the end result is that we wind up being ruled by a "fixer" like Trump. Falwell's endorsement might have been one of the critical factors that led to Trump's nomination, and his narrow election victory.
 

Richard Stanley

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Thank you for better contextualizing the Falwell mess. Yes, hypocrisy is one of the sins that Trumpian evangelicals invert into a virtue. As such, it likely will have little effect on the election. While Trump hung out and partied with Clinton, Epstein, and Grizlane for years, he is their hero now because he (supposedly) abandoned his 'pedo-cannibal' life (grifting is still OK with Jesus).

In any case, the Trumpublican Convention is running political messaging circles around the Dems, another repeat of last cycle:

 
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