Sunday, December 11, 2016

Spy vs Spy: Bizarro Cold War, or Russians Am Coming

In am out. Wet am dry. Up am down in Bizarro America.

Billionaires iz Democrats. Republicans iz Populists. Democrats am McCarthyites in Bizarro America. 

And in the kind of irony only lousy pulp authors usually dream up, a guy whose mentor was Roy Cohn is the target of that new Bizarro-McCarthyism.  

I realize this isn't an original metaphor but comics were my beat so I'm borrowing it. And it's the only thing that can explain the madhouse this country has become.

But that's what happens at this stage in the timeline, or so I am told.

The fugue state I wrote about a few weeks back seems to be shifting, as the Democrats regroup and ready their response to a Trumpian future. Are they offering bold new leadership? Ambitious new proposals to reduce inequality and social stagnation? Brave gestures to unite a fragmented polity?

Not quite. 

Try the "Fake News" psy-op and McCarthyism 2.0. 

But I repeat myself.

There seems to be an attempt to upset the Electoral College as well, which meets on Dec. 19th to ratify the vote. One Republican elector, from Austin (of course), has declared his intention to vote for that hunk'a burning charisma and dynamism, Ohio Governor John Kasich (who may actually be the Bizarro Trump or the Reverse Trump), and claims other electors are secretly planning to join him.

There have been all kinds of stories about plans to sabotage the Electoral College- both by Democrats who support such a move and by Republicans, who obviously don't. It a tossup as to who's dreamed up the most florid conspiracy scenarios about it.

Of course, anything is possible, and we're well into Spy Agency vs Spy Agency blue water in this country, but any shenanigans by Electors would just throw the election into the House, which is still solidly under Republican control.

Getting to be what they call a "motif"


Do timeline predictions allow for runaway militarism? Ronald Reagan was a downright hippy compared to Trump, who of course never served in the military himself. I've written about the rising militarism in his circle but even his civilian cronies give off a strongly Praetorian aura.

The media, who was so heavily invested into the notion that Trump was going to staff his Cabinet with has-beens and punchlines like Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie, finally seems to have woken up to the reality that I had sussed out quite soon after the election, and that's that Trump's going to be building his Cabinet out of brass:

How unusual is Trump's Cabinet of generals?

President-elect Donald Trump has been busy staffing his Cabinet and White House, and it’s been duly noted that many of the top positions have been filled by generals.
Mr. Trump has nominated Gen. James Mattis (ret.) as defense secretary and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly (ret.) as homeland security secretary. He’s also picked Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.)to serve as his national security adviser. 
CBS News’ Major Garrett has reported that Mr. Trump is reluctant to have any more than three general occupying high cabinet and staff positions in his administration, so Gen. David Petraeus (ret.), who had been a top contender for secretary of state, may be the odd man out.
We're just looking at Secretaries here; I've no doubt that his Undersecretaries and Ass't Secretaries and on and on will look like George Patton's wetdreams.

When I'm right, I'm right

The media is squealing like stuck pigs at John Podesta's house but I think for the wrong reasons. Trump is assembling a bunch of hardcases and Alpha's Alphas who just reek of that Deep State bouquet. And I don't think it's for the piquant conversation.

The latest example? Trump's tapped the CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex (Rex!) Tillerson, for State. Yeah, that ExxonMobil.* 

What I told Gordon I believe he's assembling is essentially a 
War Cabinet. This should be more worrisome than most people think, but maybe not for the reasons people might suspect.

It should be worrying because I think the war he has in mind is a secret war, a War in Heaven. Those never seem to work out that great for those of us on Earth.


We also saw a lot of doomsday scenarios arise from the recount efforts mounted by Jill Stein but that train seems to have run out of coal. Personally, I have serious doubts that Stein was ever actually trying to throw the election back to Hillary.

She clearly hates the woman and her policies and a Democratic Administration certainly does the Greens no good.

Stein's true agenda might be elucidated by the distinct lack of enthusiasm the Dems showed for her push, starting with President Obama and running down the totem pole. Was she really trying to expose Russian hacking or was there something else afoot?

The Michigan Supreme Court shut down the recount (which would have been a second recount, in point of fact) so we may never know. But there were irregularities in pro-Hillary districts that may have revealed why the Dems weren't looking forward to this recount at all:

One-third of precincts in Wayne County could be disqualified from an unprecedented statewide recount of presidential election results because of problems with ballots. 
Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month. 
Most of those are in heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662. 
According to state law, precincts whose poll books don’t match with ballots can’t be recounted. If that happens, original election results stand.
Stein also cited "75,000 ballots cast without also making a choice in the presidential race," but didn't specify what counties those ballots were found in. She also may have had a personal bone to pick (California's fraudy primary continues to be a source of contention with Sanders supporters), and as Gordon White explained in his newsletter:
Another Deep State faction provided the money so that the recount shows up the millions of dead and double voters who stumped for Hillary and the persistent and widespread voting fraud perpetuated by the DNC that the Greens called out in their letter to Dr Stein. It's the open secret that led to Trump's ill-advised tweet about illegal voting. 
(He should just re-banner his twitter page as "Trump's ill-advised tweets" at this point. It's its own parody account.) 
This is why the Dems -right up to Obama- are against the recount. They know there is widespread and systemic fraud for the Hillary camp stretching right back to the California primaries race against Bernie. 
Questioning voter irregularities is now apparently the province of fake news, and all the (nakedly partisan) sources the MSM cite says it simply does not exist. But this is utter nonsense and they know it.

Both parties engage in election shenanigans, even if their tactics differ (GOP tend towards suppression, Dems toward fraud).

That hive of fanatical Trumpism, er...CBS News, reported that "hundreds of deceased voters in Los Angeles County were still on voter rolls and voting. This discrepancy should have been corrected by the 2002 Help America Vote Act, but California is the only state yet to comply."

That's just "deceased" voters in one county in one state. Trump also cited Virginia; the Public Interest Legal Group says of the Commonwealth:

In our small sample of just eight Virginia counties who responded to our public inspection requests, we found 1046 aliens who registered to vote illegally. The problem is most certainly exponentially worse because we have no data regarding aliens on the registration rolls for the other 125 Virginia localities. 
My strong suspicion is that Trump believes that he has no choice but to expose all of this. The Democrats are going full Alinsky and are clearly not going to let up on the popular vote issue and will use it to try to delegitimize his Administration.

I don't think that's a good idea, seeing that they're dealing with Donald Trump, a man who's proven himself to be not only extremely vindictive and vengeful, but not half-bad at payback. And is going to have a lot of really fucking dangerous people in his pocket.

But do I really give a damn either way? I have my own problems.

Oh yeah, they're getting skittish in Washington.


The Washington Post- aka DNC News and Views Today-- made a fool of itself trying to push the "fake news" psy-op along by pimping a ridiculous shill factory called PropOrNot, who will viciously attack anyone on the Left, Right or Center who fails to toe the DNC line.

The Post
have since attempted to walk back their endorsement of the fake political think-tank (predictably a product of CIAlicon Valley) but not before the damage was done.

I realize the newly-Bizarro McCarthy party and their propaganda outlets are fully onboard with this fake news psy-op here but I don't get the sense it's being very well run.

I think that fact might be concerning. Or should be.

That raging foundry of Trumpery, uh, The New Yorker, spoke for most observers (those who aren't embarrassing shills, I mean) when it observed that:
To PropOrNot, simply exhibiting a pattern of beliefs outside the political mainstream is enough to risk being labelled a Russian propagandist. 
Indeed, the list of “propaganda outlets” has included respected left-leaning publications like CounterPunch and Truthdig, as well as the right-wing behemoth Drudge Report. The list is so broad that it can reveal absolutely nothing about the structure or pervasiveness of Russian propaganda.

 In a scathing takedown on The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald and Ben Norton wrote that PropOrNot “embodies the toxic essence of Joseph McCarthy, but without the courage to attach individual names to the blacklist.”
Confirming the observation made by Obama adviser Ben Rhodes that most reporters are "27 year-olds" who "literally know nothing," the Post leaped onto PropOrNot's rickety jalopy apparently without even reading the fucking thing:
But a close look at the report showed that it was a mess. “To be honest, it looks like a pretty amateur attempt,” Eliot Higgins, a well-respected researcher who has investigated Russian fake-news stories on his Web site, Bellingcat, for years, told me. “I think it should have never been an article on any news site of any note.”
That persnickety Putin, jamming our wires with his rascally "fake news" monkeyshines! Why, we oughta bomb him back to the Yeltsin Era if he keeps it up! Listen here, you no-goodnik Russkies, we're on to your Jedi mind-tricks!

We're going to outlaw every damn news outlet that don't keep their damn noses clean! We're going to bring the blacklists and the internment camps and give every Russkie-lover a knuckle-sandwich just to show how much we love our freedom!

 That'll learn ya, Boris! Had enough or do ya want some more?

Because every legitimate thinktank uses emoticons

Let me be frank here: all news is "fake news," if you really want to get down to brass tacks. All news is packaged. Every major news outlet is terminally biased, every news outlet buries stories and mainstream journalists conspire- as a matter of course- with other journalists as well as with the political parties of their choice to manage and shape what people see, hear and read.

The only thing you can do is pick and choose from several sources and weigh the evidence until you come to a version of the truth you can live with.

Which may become more difficult with the bipartisan "Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act", an Orwellian title if ever there was one.

Or a Bizarro one. Ministry of Truth, here we come! 

Gordon digs to the roots of all this chicanery:

Probably everyone who reads this newsletter is aware that the term ‘conspiracy theory’ was created and deployed by the CIA in 1967. In April of that year, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories”  -and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.  The dispatch was marked “psych” -short for “psychological operations”-  and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit. 
The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.

Say this for the term "conspiracy theory." At least it is elegant. "Fake news" is just so… ugly. Ugly, clumsy, monosyllabic words. it is a sad indictment of just how stupid and lazy the West has become that the official update of the Deep State’s witches mark is just so primitive. You would say fake news if you were trying to explain conspiracy theory to a four year old whose first language wasn't English.


In the normal world, the CIA destabilizes foreign countries and manipulates their elections.

In Bizarro World, Bizarro CIA am destabilizes U.S. with States of American. Bizarro CIA am manipulating U.S. with States of America elections.

Is good! Am fun!

Just in time for the Electoral College, the CIA is accusing Trump of conspiring with Russia to manipulate the election. Glenn Greenwald, no fan of Trump, writes:

Without a shred of evidence provided, and despite Wikileaks' own on the record denial that the source of the emails was Russian, the WaPo attack piece claims the email messages were steadily leaked out via WikiLeaks in the months before the election, damaging Clinton’s White House run. Essentially, according to the WaPo, the Russians’ aim was to help Donald Trump win and not just undermine the U.S. electoral process, hinting at a counter-Hillary intent on the side of Putin. 
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” the newspaper quoted a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation last week to key senators as saying. “That’s the consensus view.” 
CIA agents told the lawmakers it was “quite clear” - although it was not reported exactly what made it "clear" - that electing Trump was Russia’s goal, according to officials who spoke to the Post, citing growing evidence from multiple sources.
And The Washington Post had to admit the evidence was thin:
The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered. 
Minor? Oh surely, that's no big deal, right?

For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin “directing” the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said.  
Well, maybe not so minor. I mean, we don't have specific intelligence, no. But we got a hunch, Buster. Boy, do we got a hunch!

Let's also remember the mind-numbing stupidity of the Russians electing the candidate whose nascent Administration has more brass around than an all-tuba orchestra.

Wow, those Russkies have been busy!

I don't think for a minute anyone with a triple-digit IQ actually believes any of this. If the Russians did the hacking the material would have gotten pulled off the Web before you could say "Spirit Cooking."

We have enough evidence this was all an inside job, but to admit to that is to admit that you have major agencies- far, far bigger than the CIA-- who want you out of town.

No one wants to admit that because the day they do they're over. This is all just face-saving on the part of the Rockefeller Republican Democratic Party, who, lest we forget, are still in control of the CIA.

But for the rest of us, this isn't about us. This isn't about party or ideology or any of those things people without power believe in. This is about major power blocs at war, fighting over turf and control over the idiots and deviants in Washington.

But stay tuned: this may yet end with tanks in the streets and a ruling council of generals and admirals constituting an "emergency provisional government."

It can happen here. Or is that actually the point to all of this?

POSTSCRIPT: This is absolutely extraordinary-

Trump dismissed the reports as an attempt by Democrats to excuse their embarrassing election loss, asserting that US spy agencies were fighting among themselves and there is "great confusion" over the issue. 
"Nobody really knows," he said. "They have no idea if it's Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place. They have no idea." 
Trump suggested he had little confidence in the US intelligence agencies and would clean house once in office. 
"We're going to have different people coming in because we have our people, they have their people. And I have great respect for them. But if you read the stories, the various stories, they're disputing. And certain groups don't necessarily agree."  

His people. When- and how- did a reality TV star get a foothold in the intelligence community, do you think?

There can no doubt that the Soros/Democrat-controlled CIA are playing their part in this Deep State drama and that the real target of this "Putin and his Russian Hackers" psy-op are wavering Electors. Trump obviously knows for a fact who is really behind the hacks, everyone in Washington does.

Trump seems confident he'll beat back this latest ratfucking but maybe he's just being Trump. But if he does, it's going to be a hot time in the old town.

UPDATE: Yes, this is a full-bore assault by the Democratic Party on the Electoral College.  

*However, proving Trump really doesn't care about social issues, Tillerson was instrumental in opening the Boy Scouts up for gay kids, which is probably confusing a lot of Daily Kos readers tonight. 


  1. This Pizza Gate is insane, even for me. I've been off the internet trying to live as normal as a life as I can in "the shadows"... This is the biggest story with the most obvious connections. You need to tackle this.

    1. It's been pretty well covered by literally thousands of other people. I don't have anything left to add to it right now. I see the story a bit differently than other researchers as well.

  2. Iz this drugs or didid this really git postids? WTF!

  3. You've mentioned a few times in the past that you thought that a breakup of the US into more manageable regions by the powers-that-be was something that was coming down the line. Is this how it starts? I've been seriously thinking about this of late, along with the fact that I (& most everyone I know) will probably never be able to retire! Social Security will most likely be privatized before then, because, hey, someone has to pay for whatever wars are down the road, at home or abroad (both?)

    More to the point, I do give serious credence to the idea that the hacks of the DNC came from within the ranks of the NSA, not Russia. If that ever hits the mainstream news as fact, not theory, watch out. Shit will meet fan.

    1. Also see:

      "The NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, who managed six thousand NSA employees, the 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency and the NSA’s best-ever analyst and code-breaker, who mapped out the Soviet command-and-control structure before anyone else knew how, and so predicted Soviet invasions before they happened (“in the 1970s, he decrypted the Soviet Union’s command system, which provided the US and its allies with real-time surveillance of all Soviet troop movements and Russian atomic weapons”) – confirmed to Washington’s Blog that the NSA would definitely know who the hacker was.

      Binney told Washington’s Blog in July:

      Snowden is right and the MSM is clueless.


      Do they have evidence that the Russians downloaded and later forwarded those emails to wikileaks? Seems to me that they need to answer those questions to be sure that their assertion is correct.


      You can tell from the network log who is going into a site. I used that on networks that I had. I looked to see who came into my LAN, where they went, how long they stayed and what they did while in my network.

      Further, if you needed to, you could trace back approaches through other servers etc. Trace Route and Trace Watch are good examples of monitoring software that help do these things. Others of course exist … probably the best are in NSA/GCHQ and the other Five Eyes countries. But, these countries have no monopoly on smart people that could do similar detection software."

      & Quote:
      "In October, Binney told us:

      If the idiots in the intelligence community expect us to believe them after all the crap they have told us (like WMD’s in Iraq and “no we don’t collect data on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans”) then they need to give clear proof of what they say. So far, they have failed to prove anything.

      Which suggests they don’t have proof and just want to war monger the US public into a second cold war with the Russians.

      After all, there’s lots and lots of money in that for the military-industrial-intelligence-governmental complex of incestuous relationships.


      If you recall, a few years ago they pointed to a specific building in China that was where hacks on the US were originating. So, let’s see the same from the Russians. They don’t have it. That’s why they don’t show it. They want to swindle us again and again and again. You can not trust these intelligence agencies period.

      That same month, Binney told Newsweek:

      U.S. officials “know how many people [beyond the Russians] could have done this but they aren’t telling us anything. All they’re doing is promoting another cold war.”

      Binney … compared allegations about Russian hacks to previous U.S. fabrications of intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the bombing of North Vietnam in 1964.

      “This is a big mistake, another WMD or Tonkin Gulf affair that’s being created until they have absolute proof” of Russian complicity in the DNC hacks, he charged during a Newsweek interview. He noted that after the Kremlin denied complicity in the downing of a Korean Airlines flight in 1983, the U.S. “exposed the conversations where [Russian pilots] were ordered to shoot it down.” Obama officials “have the evidence now” of who hacked the DNC, he charged. “So let’s see it, guys.“

      Last month, Binney explained:

      If it were the Russians, NSA would have a trace route to them and not equivocate on who did it. It’s like using “Trace Route” to map the path of all the packets on the network..."

      NSA/Military Intel/FBI vs. CIA/Rockefellers & Clintons/Wall Street? War with China vs War with Russia? This won't end well for anyone. Least of all us.

    2. American Imperialism and tyranny benefits from the enormous $$$ from taxing our collective incomes, therefore balkanization of the U.S. could actually be exactly what humanity needs to survive all this bullshit.

    3. You may be right. I think we've reached the point where anything is better than business-as-usual. This election proved we've hit the wall (figuratively & literally) as a civilization. Given the prevalence of Goldman-Sachs connected individuals hovering around both Clinton & Trump, its a safe bet now to assume that capitalism will eat itself (sans table manners). Wouldn't have mattered that much which one of them wound up president, I can see that now. Media was & is a sideshow in all this. The real story was always which multinationals were pulling whose strings.

    4. I don't believe the Russia hack story and never have. And I'm seriously depressed to see how controlled by the CIA the Democratic Party is these days. This election aftermath has simply pushed that fact out into the open.

  4. Thanks, Chris. Yours is the best explanation of the current state of media insanity I've read to date.

    The Great Truth is, as you wrote, "all news is "fake news" . . . all news is packaged".

    I agree, there is something twilight-language suspicious about this chant of "fake news". Maybe it's just me, but I'm hearing, "f*ck news".

    1. There is surely some NLP at work here. Really crap NLP, but all the same. It's also downright Orwellian. I really expected better of the Democrats but they really aren't your father's Democrats anymore.

  5. On the surface it looks like the new US government is stepping up for war with China. While the rhetoric is pretty blatant - such as the call to Taiwan, praising Duterte and the promise to label China a currency manipulator - Trump has advocated large scale-upgrades of aviation and naval capacity.

    More ships would be relatively useless against ISIS, though I guess they might come in handy in the event of conflict with Iran. Additional fighter jets seem a rather expensive waste of money when drones can do the job. A massively jacked-up navy and air-force does make total sense if a large-scale conflict in Asia is on the cards.

    It will be instructive to see how Trump's meetings with the tech titans goes this week. If they come onside and promise to move manufacturing capacity onshore quickly then it's probably time to say 'Uh-oh'. Am guessing the inducements would revolve around extra Deep State contracts, pre-war spending stimulus under a suitable cover.

    On a lighter note, this clip from Frasier featuring John Glenn has been making the rounds. It's pretty amusing but is noticeable that news sites have been running it with a sort of 'Haha, look at John Glenn mock the crazies' commentary. Quite why the writers opted for this specific theme and ignored the comedic possibilities of Glenn's recent shuttle stint as a 77yr old is left unanswered.

    1. Yeah, it's impossible to gauge just exactly what games are being played. There are so many games operating on so many different levels. I wonder if the players can even keep track of them anymore.

  6. I had a disturbing sense around this time last year that Trump was being elevated to sell the idea of martial law as a means of empowerment (America’s half-way there as it is) and re-structure our pretensions of liberty to an overtly Orwellian degree (they tested the water with 9/11... the water is fine) which will be necessary if the Maniacs Who Run the World want to forestall the threat of near-term Mad Maxification for as long as humanly possible.

    The rate at which the Empire of Homo sapiens sapiens (the ape so wise, we named it twize) has extracted resources to maintain its linear accumulation of momentary conveniences has overshot the planet’s ability to regenerate those resources by many miserable orders of magnitude. I suspect that within a decade (at most) we’ll jump the rails and sail off the edge of the cliff... O sweet Gravity, we barely knew thee... it will be during the free-fall that psyches will shatter, as Consensus Normality exceeds its expiration date; the illusion of a representative democracy will no longer suffice as a system of control; that’s what they’re preparing for: the shock-wave that pulses through the hearts and minds of oblivious billions will be met by a Wireless Fist (an infrastructure of surveillance and real-time AI many years in the making), wrangling, directing, weaponizing the chaos when (to lazily quote Yeats) “the centre cannot hold” and “mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” And since the boon of industrial civilization is a pathology to the 1-Percent, I suspect they will run it down to the wire before fleeing to their bunker-towns, before the Roaring Anthropocene is enshrined within a slight layer of plutonic strata, amid the fossil-beds.

    On a side note, I fear a traditional, boots-on-the-ground war with Russia cannot be ruled out during Grandfather Trump’s ascendancy. How better to dispel the “fake news” phenomenon and refute allegations of Kremlin collusion than to duke it out with Putin? Planet Earth is American stomping ground; you can’t have two bulls in one pasture.

    1. That certainly could be so. Maybe this is all an extremely dense and complex psyop. Who the hell knows anymore? I've given up on expecting any of this to make any sense a long time ago.

    2. The media's reaction to the potential Rex Tillerson appointment is very telling:

      -Rex knows Putin. Rex personally sealed a deal with Russia worth $500 billion. Therefore, Rex must, by definition, be more loyal to Mother Russian than the Homeland.


      It's like none of these media people have ever read a spy novel!

      Consider: there is no other American citizen alive today who "knows Putin" as well as Rex Tillerson does!

      Second only to Kim Jung Un, Putin is the most secretive, anonymous, and clandestine world leader on the planet. His children have never been photographed.

      With Tillerson as Secretary of State, Trump would be meeting daily with the ONE AMERICAN who "knows" Putin... or, in the very least, has plenty of intel on the Kremlin from the inside... I mean, Exxon is the world's largest oil company, right? So let's not pretend they can't afford an army of moles operating in Russian energy circles.

      With Tillerson at State, Russia tips its hand.

  7. Time to choose sides. You could, of course, get distracted by the carnival sideshow that's happening in the media space, which I'm convinced at this point exists solely as a distraction for the slowest to what's bubbling up below the surface. It's about time for the show to begin. It's Military Intelligence v. CIA, and while both sides have no lack for dirty laundry, I know where my allegiances lie and I think you all should too. The CIA has got to go. Too much drug smuggling; too much Zionist dealing; too much overt sadism gussied up as a scientific experiment. Whether or not they're allowed to retire peacefully with some amount of their ill-gotten lucre is probably going to depend entirely upon them retiring peacefully.

    1. Actually, time NOT to choose sides. Time to stand back and let the big dogs fight. That's their job. Choosing sides is a good way to get yourself killed for no good reason. And what exactly would you do anyway? Sit back and let the game unfold. I don't want anyone getting hurt.

    2. Well, perhaps it's just some of us are in a different place in life than others. I'm almost 34, no waifu, no kids, I've been working since I was 16 and all I have to show for it is a studio apartment and barely financial independence. Some interesting investments but only if the market returns to sanity, which doesn't seem like it's going to happen any day now. Seems like the only use I might have for my people is as a chess piece - but only if they're willing to make it count.

    3. "Actually, time NOT to choose sides. Time to stand back and let the big dogs fight. That's their job. Choosing sides is a good way to get yourself killed for no good reason. And what exactly would you do anyway? Sit back and let the game unfold. I don't want anyone getting hurt."

      If the war is in heaven,
      best to keep one's feet firmly planted on the earth.

  8. The mainstream media, who was distrusted to begin with, spent the entire 2016 election shitting on trump non stop, like non stop, they thought they had it in the bag, trump was a loser and they were the "good guys" on the "right side of history".
    Then he won.
    And they have cracked, they realize they no longer control the narrative. People use the internet, but they cant end it, so they will go out squealing and gnashing of the teeth, "the Russians are trying to poison our precious bodily fluids"!
    "Anything that disagrees with the neoliberal capitalist, establishment narrative is FAKE NEWS"!, says the real news™, which told us there were WMD's in Iraq.

    It is both amusing and scary how psychotic liberals have gotten just because corporate grandma didnt win

    1. The mainstream media is a racket, pure and simple. You can get some interesting information out of them just so long as it doesn't affect their bottom line. But anything of real importance? Forget it? Look to independent media of your choosing.

  9. What is your take on CrowdStrike? Think there CIA connected? Bought by the DNC? Legit?
    I say what is in the emails is important, not what country the hackers hail from.

    1. Question answers itself, doesn't it? Funny how they tried to say the emails were fake and now the Russkies did it. It's a joke.

  10. Fake news, the latest permutation of "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"

  11. His people. When- and how- did a reality TV star get a foothold in the intelligence community, do you think?

    Bannon, a Navy lifer who abruptly "retired" (LOL) to work in finance, then Hollywood was/is almost certainly ONI. (Ever notice how his Navy record is so seldom mentioned in his bio? Normally any job you served in for 7+ years would get mentioned, wouldn't it?)

    I've also had strong suspicions during the whole Snowden thing that it was more about competition between rival agencies than anything else. Maybe one day we'll find out.

    An old IC joke about Russian politics was to compare it to 'wild dogs fighting beneath the carpet'. You heard the snarls, you could see clear evidence of a fight going on underneath the carpet... but had no real clue at all until whichever Dog finally won emerged from beneath the carpet as the new Top Dog.

    The War you seek is not (yet) in Heaven... It's under the carpet.

    1. Good point- Bannon's background in milintel is never really explored since they're more hooked on the white nationalist narrative. Snowden may well have gone rogue on someone's direction. We may find out one day.

  12. Been meaning to share this with you. Four very important albums came out this 2016, the Year of Adult Undergarments (or crotch-grabbing them?) and the defeat of the almost-president who surely feeds on said - anyways -


    The four are of course

    David Bowie's 'Blackstar'
    Mogwai's 'Atomic'
    Pixies' 'Head Carrier'
    Radiohead's 'A Moon Shaped Pool'

    there are of course several deep magicks cast
    however the most pertinent to Secret Sun syncs

    be dis one hurr

    see what I'm sayin'?

    2017 - Party like it's Tzaddi.

    1. Oh, this year has been a corker. You don't know the half of it. And not even in a good way, either.

    2. Who knows the whole of it?
      I'm only just discovering higher forces are real, just discovering this ... thing happening (yea.) - What I don't know the half of I want to know the whole of. Perhaps you'll help. OF

  13. "Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power."

  14. Old dogs of war. No new tricks. How many times are we gonna recycle and consume the same bullshit? We're literally seeing set-dressing and scene changes in real-time, we're literally watching stagehands scurrying around on the stage while they try desperately to to keep this fucking horror-show on the road. But people will cling to their putrefying slave-narratives for as long as humanly possible. They'll self-edit and self-censor till they literally can't anymore. Bizarre times indeed. Excellent work, Chris, as ever.

    1. Excellent commentary Raj, as ever. :3

    2. And the hell of it is that I can't stand seeing all the manipulation because there's no margin in exposing it- you just make enemies. It does you no good to point out the Empire has no clothes. Because they're a lot better at persuading people than I am.

    3. Yes, exactly. I try, with varying degrees of success, to keep my mouth shut about the obvious propaganda we are drowning in. It just makes people uncomfortable, and you get labeled as tin foil hat guy.
      Another excellent piece Chris. I really appreciate all the work you do.

    4. Reminds me of what Kate Bush says about Wild Men (which is what you are in this description) - and I am only saying this to mirror what you say now -

      They want to know you
      They will hunt you down
      Then they will kill you
      Run away, run away

      Now I'm not saying to be silent - to run away - but isn't the point clear?

      The sword swings above our head.
      And sometimes all we can beg it to do is to fall.

      I've been reading too much Levenda lately.
      Gotta check out The Lovecraft Code - it's amazing.

  15. This election was a proxy war between the CIA and the FBI... and the FBI won.
    Chris, your brief analysis has more meat than the last months worth of prestige media coverage combined.
    Great work.

    1. FBI and then some. And then some after that.

      A bonafide war in heaven.

    2. I'm starting to think that we are witnessing a war waged by military intelligence against the fascists who have been running the government under the Bush and Clinton families since the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981.

  16. //*That persnickety Putin, jamming our wires with his rascally "fake news" monkeyshines! Why, we oughta bomb him back to the Yeltsin Era if he keeps it up! Listen here, you no-goodnik Russkies, we're on to your Jedi mind-tricks! *//

    Yeah. Shame on 'em fer taking advantage of the fact that we ain't got no knowledge of Jedi mind tricks cause them's evil. We're gonna fight 'em with incontinenteral nukyular ballistic missiles. Our missiles are gonna touch tips with their missles an then, an then, they're gonna get all fidgety and scared, cause they were supposed to bomb Mother Russia, not diddlying around over the north pole with some Russian fucking missiles, so an then, and they're gonna turn right back and bomb the fucking shit out of ourselves. Yep, mm Hmm.

  17. (I am posting this in two parts because it is too long for your comments, which probably means I should edit it, but I ran out of time to do so. I apologize in advance.)
    Chris, you know I have a ton of respect for your writing and ideas, and I hope to be--as you are--a critical observer and thinker about what we are told (whether by mainstream sources or otherwise). That's why I have taken the time here to challenge some of the assertions or assumptions I believe you've made here and in other recent pieces about our current--er--political situation in the US.

    Earlier, I felt like you went a little bit all-in on Pizzagate (even pointing in the comments to the vicious, and now thankfully defunct, subreddit as a source for why you tended to believe there was a "there" there). My objections to Pizzagate go way beyond the fact that it's become the de facto obsession of generic White American Crazymen, since their obsession isn't, by itself, disqualifying. Moreso, the whole thing feels like a psyop--and an ill-informed one, at that. The Spirit Cooking brouhaha especially smacks of the elite misdirecting people who have had zero exposure to the continual low level bullshit of the the art world, which is and has always been filled with idiots who want nothing more than to be dangerous, and who very rarely are. Podesta's receipt of invitations from these people (including his brother) means no more than did his receipt of various screeds and pleas fro UFOlogy fringe types. After all, if my character were being assessed by the type of email I merely receive, I could be indicted for all manner of thoughtcrime. I have been disappointed that you aren't examining this a little more critically. You know as well as anyone that sometimes, what one side or the other wants you to believe is actually true for once. And vice versa.

    Secondly, I live close to DC geographically,--but moreso I have been sort of immersed in the political subcultures of DC (secondhand) for many years.

  18. My business brings me in close contact with low profile agencies, lobbying organizations, and law firms. My closest social circles and family contain high level government and military and military contractor employees and officers, as well as people deep within labor unions and the parties and lobbying orgs. This is just the way it is when you live near the swamp--most of the work to be had is related to its business. I distrust pretty much everything about the federal government as a consequence; but at the same time I do so from the position of having some intrinsic sense of how things work. I feel like much of the fevered speculation I hear from all sides is poorly informed and over-elaborate when far simpler explanations suffice. The DNC and the RNC are nowhere--NOWHERE--near as powerful as to be able to control the WaPo or NPR or whatever. Which is not to say those organizations are not controlled (mostly passively, I expect), but it is by the oligarchy, not the political shills. Follow the money. (And Ben Bradlee's legacy speaks volumes about whose butter is on that particular bread to this day, and it ain't the DNC.)

    Finally, the Praetorian Guard--while certainly frightening in aspect and affect--should be less concerning than the presence of Goldman Sachs all up in that shit. Although I suppose what we are seeing is an open, naked and unworried comfluence and collusion between the forces we all (correctly) fear: military, banking, politics, corporatism, and the secret government. I think that is where you are truly going with all this: that they aren't even hiding it any more, and we should all understand the true implications of that.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this, though I know you are a busy man, and also to ask you what you think we should be doing at this point in the timeline of events? I have semi seriously considered moving abroad but I keep coming back to the idea that it makes no difference where my family goes, that this is global. I have flirted with prepperism in the past, and I guess there isn't anything wrong with having a go-bag and some canned food, but that too feels feeble, a waste of time. Do you have an end game--for them, and for us?