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A cure for what ails yer ballot

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A story from the Guardian speaks to a task on my plate this morning:

Black voters in North Carolina are disproportionately having their mail-in ballots flagged for potential rejection in the battleground state, setting off alarms about disenfranchisement.

North Carolina requires mail-in voters to get a witness for their ballots and at least 7,000 mail-in ballots have been flagged across the state because of a deficiency, according to data collected by Michael Bitzer, a professor at Catawba College who closely tracks voting data in the state. As of Wednesday, 40% of rejected ballots – 2,871 – were from Black voters, even though they comprised only 16% of the overall ballots returned. (A spokesman for the state board of elections cautioned some of the data may be outdated because local election offices have not been entering rejection data into the statewide system while legal challenges are pending.)

That 40% number corresponds to what I’m seeing locally. The overall rejection rate seems (don’t quote me) about 2.3% so far, but significantly higher for Black voters. What adds to the confusion is the litigation surrounding absentee ballots that keeps modifying the rules even during the ballot review process. North Carolina has set up a ballot “cure” process but modified it since mailing out ballots. But this makes it difficult for reporting to keep up.

The New York Times has an interactive explainer for the different ways your ballot might be challenged or rejected. It’s informative, but out of date in spots where it comes to North Carolina’s rules. Double-check what you read in the news. The rules are a moving target this cycle.

NPR ran a story last week on groups attempting to help voters fix defects in their ballots. My assignment each morning now is to pull the county list of mailed ballots flagged for defects. Local activists are taking the list and working Black neighborhoods to contact voters whose ballots are in limbo. Fortunately, North Carolina allows a registrants to vote early (that started last Thursday). Finding these voters and taking them to the polls to vote in person means their flagged absentee ballots will be voided and their in-person ballots will count.

So it goes.

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Renewables have increased the capacity for electricity production : So, capacity utilization has decreased

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As we’ve discussed in a previous post, electricity production has outpaced sales. That suggests a growing number of households and businesses generate some or most of their own electricity. Today, a related idea sparks our curiosity: the ongoing decrease in capacity utilization of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution.

The graph above shows the annual industrial generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity (blue line). It’s measured as an index with a value of 100 in 2012. The positive slope of this line means that the production of electricity has increased over time.

The graph also shows the capacity utilization of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution (red line). It’s measured as the percent of total electricity production capacity that’s actually put to use. Between 1982 and 1999, this line also had a positive slope, meaning that utilities were using a growing percentage of the installed electric power generation and distribution network. Yet, since its 1999 peak, average capacity utilization has decreased.

Advances in renewable sources of electricity—for example, solar and wind—might help explain the diminished capacity utilization in overall electricity production.

  1. Solar panels and turbines depend on the weather, and the weather can be unpredictable.
  2. To ensure the lights go on at the flip of a switch, solar parks and wind farms that supply electricity are built over broad areas where sunlight and steady winds can be expected, but not always guaranteed.
  3. So, to meet periods of high demand (say, a hot summer) in times of low production (say, cloudy or windless days), excess production capacity must be built in.

Recommended reading: This Economics Synopses essay by Diego Mendez-Carbajo sheds more light on renewable sources of electricity and energy markets.

How this graph was created: Search for and select “Industrial Production: Utilities: Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution (NAICS = 2211).” From the “Edit Graph” panel, use the “Add Line” tab to search for and select “Capacity Utilization: Utilities: Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution (NAICS = 2211).” Next, from the “Edit Lines” tab, select Line 1 and under “Modify frequency” choose “Annual.” Repeat the same step for Line 2. Next, from the “Format” tab, under Line 2, select “Y-Axis position: Right.” Last, select “Mark type: Diamond” for both lines.

Suggested by Diego Mendez-Carbajo.

Rudy rolling in the mud

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Giuliani Attacks Hunter Biden With “Highly Suspicious” Leak | Time

One piece of Rudy Giuliani’s most recent grotesque smear job is the role of the NY Post and its willingness to pass on what may very well be foreign propaganda in order to help that dying whale known as Donald Trump. The NY Times takes a look:

The New York Post’s front-page article about Hunter Biden on Wednesday was written mostly by a staff reporter who refused to put his name on it, two Post employees said.

Bruce Golding, a reporter at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid since 2007, did not allow his byline to be used because he had concerns over the article’s credibility, the two Post employees said, speaking on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation.

Coming late in a heated presidential campaign, the article suggested that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had used his position to enrich his son Hunter when he was vice president. The Post based the story on photos and documents the paper said it had taken from the hard drive of a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden.

Many Post staff members questioned whether the paper had done enough to verify the authenticity of the hard drive’s contents, said five people with knowledge of the tabloid’s inner workings. Staff members also had concerns about the reliability of its sources and its timing, the people said.

The article named two sources: Stephen K. Bannon, the former adviser to President Trump now facing federal fraud charges, who was said to have made the paper aware of the hard drive last month; and Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, who was said to have given the paper “a copy” of the hard drive on Oct. 11.

Mr. Giuliani said he chose The Post because “either nobody else would take it, or if they took it, they would spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out.”

Seriously. He said that. Good lord…

Top editors met on Oct. 11 to discuss how to use the material provided by Mr. Giuliani. The group included the tabloid veteran Colin Allan, known as Col; Stephen Lynch, The Post’s editor in chief; and Michelle Gotthelf, the digital editor in chief, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting. Mr. Allan, who was The Post’s editor in chief from 2001 to 2016 and returned last year as an adviser, urged his colleagues to move quickly, the person said.

As deadline approached, editors pressed staff members to add their bylines to the story — and at least one aside from Mr. Golding refused, two Post journalists said. A Post spokeswoman had no comment on how the article was written or edited.

Headlined “BIDEN SECRET E-MAILS,” the article appeared Wednesday with two bylines: Emma-Jo Morris, a deputy politics editor who joined the paper after four years at the Murdoch-owned Fox News, and Gabrielle Fonrouge, a Post reporter since 2014.

Ms. Morris did not have a bylined article in The Post before Wednesday, a search of its website showed. She arrived at the tabloid in April after working as an associate producer on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, according to her LinkedIn profile. Her Instagram account, which was set to private on Wednesday, included photos of her posing with the former Trump administration members Mr. Bannon and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as well as Roger J. Stone Jr., a friend and former campaign adviser to Mr. Trump. (In July, the president commuted the sentence of Mr. Stone on seven felonies.)

Ms. Fonrouge had little to do with the reporting or writing of the article, said three people with knowledge of how it was prepared. She learned that her byline was on the story only after it was published, the people said.

The article goes on to outline the “charges” in the Post which amounts to showing some emails that purport to prove Hunter Biden introduced someone to his father, which Joe Biden’s calendar disputes and means nothing anyway, but mostly seems like an attempt to show Hunter Biden is a man with a serious drug problem, which we already knew, and Biden as a loving father who expressed love and support for his troubled son. That’s it.

It’s gross, public humiliation but it’s very much on brand for Trump, Bannon and Giuliani. These are the lowest of low lives. And, as the Times throws away in the last paragraph, “last month, two Republican-led Senate committees investigating the matter said they had found no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president” so it’s just a smear for smear’s sake. And the trio of Murdoch, Bannon and Giuliani were happy to get it out there.

Meanwhile, in case you haven’t heard, the US Intelligence services warned Trump last winter that Giuliani was almost certainly a Russian useful idiot, if not worse, and he should stay away from him. This happened during the Ukraine shenanigans last December. You’ll recall that Trump was being impeached at the time — for attempting to extort Ukraine to collude with him to smear Joe Biden.

They are still doing it. You cannot make this stuff up. It is insane.

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Giuliani Attacks Hunter Biden With “Highly Suspicious” Leak | Time

One piece of Rudy Giuliani’s most recent grotesque smear job is the role of the NY Post and its willingness to pass on what may very well be foreign propaganda in order to help that dying whale known as Donald Trump. The NY Times takes a look:

The New York Post’s front-page article about Hunter Biden on Wednesday was written mostly by a staff reporter who refused to put his name on it, two Post employees said.

Bruce Golding, a reporter at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid since 2007, did not allow his byline to be used because he had concerns over the article’s credibility, the two Post employees said, speaking on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation.

Coming late in a heated presidential campaign, the article suggested that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had used his position to enrich his son Hunter when he was vice president. The Post based the story on photos and documents the paper said it had taken from the hard drive of a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden.

Many Post staff members questioned whether the paper had done enough to verify the authenticity of the hard drive’s contents, said five people with knowledge of the tabloid’s inner workings. Staff members also had concerns about the reliability of its sources and its timing, the people said.

The article named two sources: Stephen K. Bannon, the former adviser to President Trump now facing federal fraud charges, who was said to have made the paper aware of the hard drive last month; and Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, who was said to have given the paper “a copy” of the hard drive on Oct. 11.

Mr. Giuliani said he chose The Post because “either nobody else would take it, or if they took it, they would spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out.”

Seriously. He said that. Good lord…

Top editors met on Oct. 11 to discuss how to use the material provided by Mr. Giuliani. The group included the tabloid veteran Colin Allan, known as Col; Stephen Lynch, The Post’s editor in chief; and Michelle Gotthelf, the digital editor in chief, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting. Mr. Allan, who was The Post’s editor in chief from 2001 to 2016 and returned last year as an adviser, urged his colleagues to move quickly, the person said.

As deadline approached, editors pressed staff members to add their bylines to the story — and at least one aside from Mr. Golding refused, two Post journalists said. A Post spokeswoman had no comment on how the article was written or edited.

Headlined “BIDEN SECRET E-MAILS,” the article appeared Wednesday with two bylines: Emma-Jo Morris, a deputy politics editor who joined the paper after four years at the Murdoch-owned Fox News, and Gabrielle Fonrouge, a Post reporter since 2014.

Ms. Morris did not have a bylined article in The Post before Wednesday, a search of its website showed. She arrived at the tabloid in April after working as an associate producer on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, according to her LinkedIn profile. Her Instagram account, which was set to private on Wednesday, included photos of her posing with the former Trump administration members Mr. Bannon and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, as well as Roger J. Stone Jr., a friend and former campaign adviser to Mr. Trump. (In July, the president commuted the sentence of Mr. Stone on seven felonies.)

Ms. Fonrouge had little to do with the reporting or writing of the article, said three people with knowledge of how it was prepared. She learned that her byline was on the story only after it was published, the people said.Election 2020 ›

The article goes on to outline the “charges” in the Post which amounts to showing some emails that purport to prove Hunter Biden introduced someone to his father, which Joe Biden’s calendar disputes and it means nothing anyway, but mostly seems like an attempt to show Hunter Biden is a man with a serious drug problem, which we already knew, and Biden as a loving father who expressed love and support for his troubled son. That’s it.

It’s gross, public humiliation but it’s very much on brand for Trump, Bannon and Giuliani. These are the lowest of low lives. And, as the Times throws away in the last paragraph, “last month, two Republican-led Senate committees investigating the matter said they had found no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president” so it’s just a smear for smear’s sake. And the trio of Murdoch, Bannon and Giuliani were happy to get it out there.

Meanwhile, in case you haven’t heard, the US Intelligence services warned Trump last winter that Giuliani was almost certainly a Russian useful idiot, if not worse, and he should stay away from him. This happened during the Ukraine shenanigans last December. You’ll recall that Trump was being impeached at the time — for attempting to extort Ukraine to collude with him to smear Joe Biden.

They are still doing it. You cannot make this stuff up. It is insane.

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How much money has he pocketed?

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Pay Trump bribes here' sign projected onto Trump's DC hotel - CNNPolitics

I don’t think we know the half of Trump’s rampant personal corruption while in office. The National Memo has the story:

Donald Trump makes a big show of giving away his annual paycheck to some agency each year. He can afford to, since the Secret Service has rewarded him with two years’ worth of pay just in the money it has spent on golf carts. Really. And then there’s the money that the Air Force has dropped at Trump’s Scottish golf resort. And how Trump has doubled the dues at several of his clubs so that people wanting insider access have to pony up at least $200,000 to bend his elbow in the buffet line (for the buffets that they are still having despite COVID-19).

Assembling the full list of all the ways Trump has tapped his position to line his pockets over the past four years, is a project that will probably still be occupying scholars in the year 3020. However, there is at least one government department that seems to have taken a shot at assembling a compendium. The State Department has put together a 450-page tome showing all the ways it slipped dollars to the boss.

That report is ready to go … they’re hiding it until after the election.

As The Washington Post reports (and by Washington Post, I mean David Farenthold), the documents were assembled in response to a public-records lawsuit which the Post won earlier this year. In response, the State Department had promised to release 300 pages on Thursday. Instead, they sent the Post two (2) pages. On those two pages: “the receipts of a single hotel bill from Trump’s Irish golf course, involving security for Trump’s daughter-in-law and campaign adviser Lara Trump.”

That single bill is a slap in the face to both the public and the whole idea of transparency. It’s also a reminder of just how wide a selection of documents the State Department has when it comes to Trump. It’s not just Donald Trump and his massive entourage that racks up six-figure bills every single day they’re parked at one of his properties. The entire extended first family is also traveling on the taxpayer dime, with those dimes often being channeled right back home by making sure they—and their advisors, assistants, and security personnel—stay at Trump properties.

The State Department also often picks up the tab for foreign dignitaries when they are in the United States, and they also of course pay the bill when Mike Pompeo or any of the department’s 13,000 employees are on the road. How much of that money goes back to Trump? We simply do not know.

We do know that Trump never misses an opportunity to pad his own accounts. The man who went out of his way to cash a $0.13 check raised room prices during the Republican Convention by 60% … and that was just a virtual convention. The prices anyone walking into a Trump hotel might face seem astoundingly fluid, with prices in December of 2019 shooting up to 13 times the normal rate, as Trump funneled money from a campaign event to his personal accounts. A hotel room that normally went for $500, was jacked up to $6,719 that night so that Trump could maximize his take.

How much has Trump been playing this game with government visitors, charging them beyond top dollar to maximize profit from his position? It’s unclear, but based on the contracts between the Trump Organization and the Secret Service, it is clear he’s not giving anyone a discount.

The Post had previously identified $1.2 million in government dollars that were mostly brought into Trump hotels by the travels of Ivanka, Don Jr, and Eric. That includes $245,000 from the Secret Service alone. But for an accurate look at just how much Trump is benefiting from the ability to tell everyone in the government when to travel, where to stay, and how much to pay, it will require more transparency. Which is not forthcoming.

The State Department was supposed to hand over the documents in two batches, one on Thursday, with the second batch on Nov. 16 … two weeks after the election.

Apparently the single receipt handed over now counts as the first “batch.” And if you’re waiting to see what’s in the remainder, don’t count on it arriving in November. Or on any other date.

Any thought that this stuff should be left to posterity is just wrong. This corruption is flagrant and unprecedented. The next congress has an obligation to audit everything.

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Yahoo group ending — Join new OUL google group

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Yahoo has decided to shut down all Yahoo groups on December 15, 2020

Please click the link below to join our new google group and to continue receiving alerts about our upcoming events.

https://groups.google.com/g/openuniversityoftheleft

Although OUL is in a COVID recess, we hope to resume events as soon as it is safe and feasible.

Average citizens put their money where their mouths are

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Lindsey Graham said the other day that he was coming around to campaign finance reform whining that he’d “like to know where some of this money is coming from.” They aren’t used to being outraised and it makes them unhappy. Of course, the Democratic money is coming from average citizens pouring money into ACT Blue (people have donated almost a billion just since RBG died…)

Anyway, it’s a lot of money and it isn’t coming from Sheldon Adelson and Robert Mercer:

The most shocking pre-election result neither side can dispute is in: Democrats are destroying Republicans in truly historic ways in fundraising. 

Why it matters: Money can’t buy elections, but it sure helps. And Joe Biden and a half dozen Senate Democratic candidates are bathing in cash, often with 2x or 3x advantages over their opponents.

A top Republican insider told me: “Fundraising is a barometer of voter support and intensity. Pretty clear from these numbers who has more support and enthusiasm.”

Let’s go to the tape: On the air, President Trump is being “vastly outspent” by Biden, who has maintained a nearly 2-to-1 advantage for months, the N.Y. Times reports on today’s front page.

Joe Biden and the DNC raised $383 million in September, compared to $248 million for Trump and the RNC. Biden’s campaign had $432 million in cash on hand, to $251 million for Trump’s campaign and joint committees.

In the top 14 Senate races, Democrats more than doubled Republicans’ fundraising haul, according to a Politico tally — $363 million to $143 million, for the quarter ending Sept. 30.

Democratic challengers are raking in so much money that seven of the 10 most expensive Senate races ever are happening now, CNN reported from Advertising Analytics data.

Some marquee destinations for Senate cash:

In South Carolina, Democrat Jaime Harrison, challenging Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham, shattered Senate fundraising records with a $57 million haul for Q3. Graham raised half that — $28 million, which itself was a record for Senate Republicans.

Also doubling up his opponent is Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D), who’s challenging Sen. Steve Daines. Bullock set a record for the most ever raised in a quarter for a Montana U.S. Senate race ($27 million to Daines’ $12 million) — beating his own record for the previous quarter, Lee Newspapers reported.

In Iowa, Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield raised more money in Q3 than any previous Iowa Senate candidate in an entire election cycle, according to Iowa Starting Line. She out-raised Sen. Joni Ernst 4-to-1, according to the Center for Responsive Politics ($29 million to $7 million).

Democratic challengers also raised eye-popping amounts for long-shot Senate races in Kentucky, Texas and Mississippi.

Money is also trickling down to once-unthinkable Senate races — including Kansas and Alaska — forcing Republican outside groups to spend money playing defense, AP reports from Kantar/CMAG data.

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RT America’s Lee Camp Raises Questions about Starmer’s Connection to British Deep State

Mike’s put up a number of pieces discussing and criticising Starmer’s demand that Labour MPs abstain on the wretched ‘Spycops’ bill. If passed, this would allow members of the police and security services to commit serious offences while undercover. Twenty Labour MPs initially defied him and voted against it, with several resigning in protest from the shadow cabinet. The Labour whips’ office has also broken party protocol to issue written reprimands to the rebels. If they defy party discipline, they will face a reprimand period of six months, which will be extended to twelve if they continue to break the whip. These letters have also been shared with the parliamentary committee, a group of backbench MPs elected by the parliamentary Labour party and currently dominated by the right. This committee will decide whether or not to inform the rebel MPs’ constituency parties and the NEC. The information could then be considered if an MP seeks reselection in preparation for a general election. As one MP has said, it’s intimidation, pure and simple. And a number of those MPs, who received the letters, are talking to union officials.

See: https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2020/10/17/starmers-tory-supporting-crackdown-on-his-own-party-makes-him-a-danger-to-people-with-disabilities/

Starmer’s conduct shouldn’t really be a surprise. He’s a Blairite, and Blair’s tenure of the Labour leadership was marked by control freakery as he centralised power around himself and his faction away from the party’s ordinary members and grassroots. But Starmer is also very much an establishment figure. He was, after all, the director of public prosecutions. In this video below, comedian and presenter Lee Camp raises important and very provocative questions about Starmer’s connections to the British establishment and the deep state. Camp’s the presenter of a number of shows on RT America, which are deeply critical of the corporate establishment, and American militarism and imperialism. The video’s from their programme, Moment of Clarity. The questions asked about Starmer are those posed by Mac Kennard in an article in The Gray Zone. RT is owned by the Russian state, as it points out on the blurbs for its videos on YouTube. Putin is an authoritarian thug and kleptocrat, who has opposition journalists, politicos, activists and businessmen beaten and killed. But that doesn’t mean that RT’s programmes exposing and criticising western capitalism and imperialism and the corrupt activities and policies of our governments aren’t accurate and justified.

Camp begins the video by explaining how there was a comparable battle in the Labour party over Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership as there was in the American Democrat party over Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for the presidency. Just as Sanders was opposed by the Democrats’ corporate leadership and smeared as a Communist in a neo-McCarthyite witch hunt, so Jeremy Corbyn – a real progressive – was opposed by the corporatists in the Labour party. He was subjected to the same smears, as well as accusations of anti-Semitism because he supported Palestine. Camp states that there are leaked texts showing that leading figures in the Labour party were actively working to undermine him. Jeremy Corbyn has now gone and been replaced by Keir Starmer, about whom Kennard asks the following questions:

1. why did he meet the head of MI5 for drinks a year after his decision not to prosecute the intelligence agency for its role in torture?

Camp uses the term ‘deep state’ for the secret services, and realises that some of his viewers may be uncomfortable with the term because of its use by Trump. He tries to reassure them that the deep state, and the term itself, existed long before Trump. It’s just something the Orange Generalissimo has latched onto. Camp’s not wrong – the term was used for the network of covert intelligence and state law enforcement and security services long before Trump was elected. Lobster has been using the term for years in its articles exposing their grubby activities. More controversially, Camp believes that the deep state was responsible for the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK. JFK was supposedly assassinated because he was about to divulge publicly the deep state’s nefarious activities. This is obviously controversial because the JFK assassination is one of the classic conspiracy theories, and one that many critics of the British and American secret states don’t believe in. It may actually be that JFK really was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, a lone gunman. But Camp’s belief in this conspiracy theory doesn’t on its own disqualify his other allegations and criticisms about the secret state.

2. When and why did Starmer join the Trilateral Commission?

The Trilateral Commission was set up in 1973 by elite banker David Rockefeller as a discussion group to foster greater cooperation between Japan, the US and western Europe. According to Camp, it was really founded to roll back the advances of the hippy era as the corporate elite were horrified that ordinary people were being heard by governments instead of big businessmen. They looked back to the days when President Truman could listen to a couple of businessmen and no-one else. The Commission published a paper, ‘The Crisis of Democracy’, which claimed that democracy was in crisis because too many people were being heard. Ordinary people were making demands and getting them acted upon. This, the Commission decided, was anti-business. They made a series of recommendations themselves, which have since been implemented. These included the demand that the media should be aligned with business interests. Camp states that this doesn’t mean that there is uniformity of opinion amongst the mainstream media. The various media outlets do disagree with each other over policies and politicians. But it does mean that if the media decides that a story doesn’t fit with business interests, it doesn’t get published. The Commission also wanted the universities purged of left-wing progressives. The Commission’s members including such shining examples of humanity and decency as Henry Kissinger and the former director general of US National Intelligence, John Negroponte.

3. What did Starmer discuss with US attorney general Eric Holder when he met him on November 9th, 2011 in Washington D.C.?

Starmer was the director of public prosecutions at the time, and met not just Holder, but also five others from the Department of Justice. This was at the same time the Swedes were trying to extradite Julian Assange of Wikileaks infamy. Except that further leaked documents have shown that the Swedes were prepared to drop the case. But Britain wanted him extradited and tried, and successfully put pressure on the Swedes to do just that.

4. Why did Starmer develop such a close relationship with the Times newspaper?

Starmer held social gatherings with the Times’ staff, which is remarkable, as Camp points out, because it’s owned by Rupert Murdoch like Fox News in America.

Camp goes on to conclude that, at the very least, this all shows that Starmer is very much a member of the corporate establishment, and that the deep state has been working to assure that same corporate elite that he’s safe, just as they worked to reassure Wall Street about Obama. At the time Obama had only been senator for a couple of years, but nevertheless he succeeded in getting a meeting with a former treasury secretary. But now the corporate establishment in the Democrats and the Labour party has won. Jeremy Corbyn has been ousted and replaced with Starmer, while Sanders can’t even get a platform with the Democrats. This is because the Democrats have surrendered the platform to the Republicans because Trump contradicts himself so much they just can’t follow him.

While these are just questions and speculation, they do strongly indicate that Starmer is very much part of the establishment and has their interests at heart, not those of the traditional Labour party. His closeness to the Times shows just why he was willing to write articles for the Tory press behind paywalls. His role in the British state’s attempt to extradite Julian Assange and meetings with Holder also show why Starmer’s so determined not to oppose the ‘spycops’ bill. He is very much part of the British state establishment, and sees it has his role and duty to protect it and its secrets, and not the British public from the secret state.

As for the Trilateral Commission, they’re at the heart of any number of dodgy conspiracy theories, including those claiming that the American government has made covert pacts with evil aliens from Zeta Reticuli. However, as Camp says, his membership of the Commission does indeed show that he is very much a member of the global corporate elite. An elite that wanted to reduce democracy in order to promote the interests of big business.

As a corporate, establishment figure, Starmer very definitely should not be the head of a party founded to represent and defend ordinary people against exploitation and deprivation by business and the state. Dissatisfaction with his leadership inside the Labour party is growing. Hopefully it won’t be too long before he’s ousted in his turn, and the leadership taken by someone who genuinely represents the party, its history and its real mission to work for Britain’s working people.

The family tell

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Five Reasons to Teach Kids Poker

“I don’t know why he would have ….”

I’m sure you remember that that’s the line Trump used when defending Vladimir Putin against charges of helping him get elected in 2016. Here’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump:

Why would the president knowingly test positive and go to a debate? Well, duh.

But the answer is less complicated. He didn’t bother to get tested at all. He doesn’t like testing, he didn’t want to know anyway and he figured that all of his minions were being regularly tested so he was safe. He didn’t do it. And he had the virus and exposed Joe Biden to it.

But perhaps I’m being naive again. Let’s just say that it would not surprise me to learn that he knew he had it, figured he was asymptomatic because he felt fine and didn’t give a damn about who he might spread it to, particularly Joe Biden. That is sort of how he’s dealt with the pandemic write large.

I feel very confident that he did not follow the rules one way or the other. And if we didn’t know it before, that proves that he is more than a narcissistic ignoramus. He is a sociopath.

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Humanism or racism

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from Hardy Hanappi and issue 93 of RWER The state of the global political economy is producing an extremely dangerous dynamic. The human species has conquered the planet, its productive forces are reaching ever more sophisticated levels and are arranged in a global network that would be able to transform growth of profits into growth […]

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