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Candidate Trump: ‘I Love Wikileaks.’ President Trump: ‘Arrest Assange!’ by Ron Paul

President Trump does a flip-flop 180 degrees the wrong direction. From Ron Paul at ronpaulinstitute.org:

“I love Wikileaks,” candidate Donald Trump said on October 10th on the campaign trail. He praised the organization for reporting on the darker side of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was information likely leaked by a whistleblower from within the Clinton campaign to Wikileaks.

Back then he praised Wikileaks for promoting transparency, but candidate Trump looks less like President Trump every day. The candidate praised whistleblowers and Wikileaks often on the campaign trail. In fact, candidate Trump loved Wikileaks so much he mentioned the organization more than 140 times in the final month of the campaign alone! Now, as President, it seems Trump wants Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sent to prison.

Last week CNN reported, citing anonymous “intelligence community” sources, that the Trump Administration’s Justice Department was seeking the arrest of Assange and had found a way to charge the Wikileaks founder for publishing classified information without charging other media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post for publishing the same information.

It might have been tempting to write off the CNN report as “fake news,” as is much of their reporting, but for the fact President Trump said in an interview on Friday that issuing an arrest warrant for Julian Assange would be, “OK with me.”

Trump’s condemnation of Wikileaks came just a day after his CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, attacked Wikileaks as a “hostile intelligence service.” Pompeo accused Assange of being “a fraud — a coward hiding behind a screen.”

Pompeo’s word choice was no accident. By accusing Wikileaks of being a “hostile intelligence service” rather than a publisher of information on illegal and abusive government practices leaked by whistleblowers, he signaled that the organization has no First Amendment rights. Like many in Washington, he does not understand that the First Amendment is a limitation on government rather than a granting of rights to citizens. Pompeo was declaring war on Wikileaks.

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Liberals Want To Kill Free Speech, So We Patriots Must Fight Back, by Kurt Schlichter

Those who would use violence and force to stifle others’ freedom of speech and the press  (including governments) had better except the same from their putative victims. From Kurt Schlichter on a guest post at theburningplatform.com:

Guest Post by Kurt Schlichter

Liberals Want To Kill Free Speech, So We Patriots Must Fight Back

Understand that if America is stupid enough to let liberals take power again, they will persecute and prosecute normal Americans like us who dare to dissent. That’s not a guess or a prediction – that’s a commitment they have made to their fascist followers. They’ve seen what the truth can do to their schemes. After 2016, there’s no way they are going to take a chance on another electoral rejection by us normals, so they don’t even pretend to support free speech anymore. It will be one gender neutral being-one vote, one more time, and then never again.

Hold on. That’s clearly nuts, right? This is obviously crazy talk that’s talking crazy, isn’t it? Don’t liberals love free speech?

No.

We know they don’t love free speech because they tell us they don’t, in both words and deeds. The whole free speech thing lost a lot of its luster for the libs when people like us decided to try it out. The liberals didn’t count on that – free speech was supposed to be their jam, a way to offend, annoy, and outrage us squares, to blow our bourgeois minds with their transgressive, no-holds-barred free thoughtery and critical thinkery. But they never intended for it to allow those banjo-strumming rubes living between I-5 and I-95 to express wrong thoughts and thereby win elections.

So now the progressives are trying to do something about it. Recently, every single Democrat voted to effectively repeal the First Amendment. You see, the words “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech” were too expansive for liberals’ tastes because they prevented Congress from making laws abridging the freedom of speech.

This creepy idiocy was in response to Citizens United, a Supreme Court case that, to people who actually believe in free speech and not liberal fascism, conforms to the First Amendment by telling the federal government that no, you can’t put people in jail for making a movie critical of Hillary Clinton.

To continue reading: Liberals Want To Kill Free Speech, So We Patriots Must Fight Back

Ready, Set, Splat. by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler talks about the coming debt crack-up, with which regular readers of SLL may already be acquainted. From Kunstler at kunstler.com:

As I write, the French stock market (the CAC 40), is doing a grand jeté (up 4.5 percent!) in celebration of Emmanuel Macron’s assumed slaying of the dragon Le Pen. But that was just the first round under the interesting French election system. Consider that two other candidates who were eliminated, Monsieurs Fillon and Mélenchon, got nearly 40 percent of the vote. Are we so sure about where their voters go in the second and final round two weeks from now?

I suspect that most Americans — even the ones who follow Rachel Maddow — are about as interested in French politics as differential calculus. Macron, 36, is a blank slate. He was finance minister under current president François Hollande, of the Socialist Party, but declared during the election campaign that he’s not a socialist, he only wanted to be of service to his country, and this time he ran under his own party, En Marche! He appears to represent the continuation of business-as-usual with the European Union, which seems to put him on the wrong side of history at this crucial moment — if you suppose, as I do, that the EU is so riddled with hopeless financial contradictions and centrifugal political tensions that it is unlikely to persist.

Yet, understandably, people are reluctant to change the system they’re living under. Le Pen wants to blow the EU up, especially the bureaucracy lodged in Brussels that has become a self-serving and self perpetuating monster. Blowing up the EU would necessarily, it seems, mean the end of the European Central Bank, and with it the scams and Ponzi schemes that have provided an appearance of normality, despite an official 10.5 percent unemployment rate in France and a constant chain of public massacres by resident Jihadistas of one sort or another, some of them perpetrated by radical refugees allowed in under EU policy.

To continue reading: Ready, Set, Splat.

 

The Honeymoon of the Generals, by Tom Englehardt

So far, President Trump’s warmaking looks identical to that of his predecessors. From Tom Englehardt at tom dispatch.com:

Or Why Trump’s Wars Should Seem So Familiar

MOAB sounds more like an incestuous, war-torn biblical kingdom than the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, aka “the mother of all bombs.” Still, give Donald Trump credit. Only the really, really big bombs, whether North Korean nukes or those 21,600pounds of MOAB, truly get his attention. He wasn’t even involved in the decision to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal for the first time in war, but his beloved generals – “we have the best military people on Earth” – already know the man they work for, and the bigger, flashier, more explosive, and winninger, the better.
It was undoubtedly the awesome look of that first MOAB going off in grainy black and white on Fox News, rather than in Afghanistan, that appealed to the president. Just as he was visibly thrilled by all those picturesque Tomahawk cruise missiles, the equivalent of nearly three MOABS, whooshing from the decks of U.S. destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and heading, like so many fabulous fireworks, toward a Syrian airfield – or was it actually an Iraqi one? “We’ve just fired 59 missiles,” he said, “all of which hit, by the way, unbelievable, from, you know, hundreds of miles away, all of which hit, amazing… It’s so incredible. It’s brilliant. It’s genius. Our technology, our equipment, is better than anybody by a factor of five.”
Call it thrilling. Call it a blast. Call it escalation. Or just call it the age of Trump. (“If you look at what’s happened over the last eight weeks and compare that really to what’s happened over the past eight years, you’ll see there’s a tremendous difference, tremendous difference,” he commented, adding about MOAB, “This was another very, very successful mission.”)
Anyway, here we are and, as so many of his critics have pointed out, the plaudits have been pouring in from all the usual media and political suspects for a president with big enough… well, hands, to make war impressively. In our world, this is what now passes for “presidential.” Consider that praise the media version of so many Tomahawk missiles pointing us toward what the escalation of America’s never-ending wars will mean to Trump’s presidency.

To continue reading: The Honeymoon of the Generals

The French “Political Class” Gets Crushed – on the Surface, by Wolf Richter

Good article that lays out the basics of yesterday’s French election and French politics. From Wolf Richter at wolfstreet.com:

It designed the rules to protect itself against an election like this.

According to preliminary results of the presidential election in France, the two candidates that came out on top during today’s first round and therefore made it into the second round, to be contested on May 7, are Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-wing anti-euro and anti-EU Front National, and Emmanuel Macron, leader of the centrist, pro-EU movement En Marche, which he founded just last year.

So congratulations to today’s winners.

This is the first time since the beginning of the Fifth Republic in 1958 that no candidate from the major establishment parties made it to the second round, and that neither of the two winning candidates are backed by parties that have ever held the presidency.

This is also the first time in the Fifth Republic that the winner’s party will have zero or practically zero power in Parliament.

According to preliminary results, Macron got 23.7% of the vote, Le Pen 21.9%, conservative François Fillon 19.9%, and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon 19.2%.

As expected, the biggest loser was the political establishment and the entire “political class,” as it’s called in France. At least on the surface.

After François Hollande’s dismal performance as President over the past five years, his Socialists practically disappeared during the campaign and in the election got only 6.3% of the vote. This left as sole representative of the “political class” the conservative and scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Fillon, who now lost too.

Just how frustrated is the public with the political class? Le Pen at the far right and Mélenchon at the far left obtained together 41% of the vote. That’s huge. They campaigned on leaving the Eurozone (the monetary union of 19 member states) and the European Union (28 member states).

To continue reading: The French “Political Class” Gets Crushed – on the Surface

Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History is Uncle Sam’s Way to War, by Finian Cunningham

Fake history can be even more dangerous than fake news. From Finian Cunningham at strategic-culture.org:

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the International Arctic Forum this week on the real and present dangers from falsifying history. He said such deliberate distortion of history erodes international law and order, creating chaos and leading to further conflict.

The Russian leader deplored the use of history as an «ideological weapon» to demonize others, and he said that without proper understanding of history we are bound to repeat mistakes of the past.

That also reminds one of the maxim Karl Marx once wrote: «History repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce».

As if on cue, while Putin was enumerating the dangers of false history, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko was being hosted in London by British premier Theresa May during a two-day visit.

The Kiev-based regime that Poroshenko leads came to power through an illegal, violent coup against an elected government in February 2014, with clandestine support from Washington and the European Union. The Ukrainian state military ever since have been waging a war on the eastern region of the country, resulting in a death toll of over 10,000 and up to a million displaced. All because the ethnic Russian population of the eastern Donbas region refuses to recognize the Kiev regime’s legitimacy owing to its illegal power grab three years ago.

However, the way Poroshenko and the Kiev regime tells it, Ukraine is fighting off an invasion by Russia. The Ukrainian president’s falsification of history was dignified by his British host who dutifully nodded along as Poroshenko claimed that his country was a bulwark of Europe’s defense against Russian invasion.

«This is not Ukraine’s struggle, it is Europe’s struggle. Sanctions and the resistance of the Ukrainian army are the only reason why Russian tanks are not much further in Europe», said Poroshenko whose asinine version of history received tacit British approval.

To continue reading: Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History is Uncle Sam’s Way to War

 

Paradigm Shift: RFK Jr Goes Off on Vaccine Safety Live on TV, No One Attacks Him, by Jack Burns

I’ve reposted the entire article by Jack Burns on theburningplatform.com, along with the video of Tucker Carlson’s interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Fox News, along with my comment on the article, a comment to my comment, and my comment to that comment (with minor edits). When you see my comments, you’ll understand why.

When Robert F. Kennedy Jr was a guest this week on Tucker Carlson’s show (FoxNews), he said it was only the second show he’d ever been allowed to discuss the topic of vaccination dangers. The reason why, he says, is because shows are paid billions per year by pharmaceutical companies in advertising dollars and they don’t want his message to be discussed.

RFK Jr., like many others, is sounding the alarm with respect to childhood vaccinations. Many of the vaccines are mandatory, and not vaccinating one’s children, as TFTP has reported, runs the risk of having one’s children taken away, and put into the custody of the state. Some parents are imprisoned by the State for not vaccinating their children. Still, others are made to appear unstable for even suggesting vaccines cause autism and are dangerous for the health of children, even though one executive-level Center For Disease Control researcher blew the whistle that the CDC knew they covered up information supporting that case.

He said he’d only ever received three vaccinations in his lifetime, but a child today receives dozens upon dozens of shots and boosters. The reasons why may shock our readers. The son of Robert F. Kennedy, of the highly respected Kennedy Clan, says the pharmaceutical companies became untouchable in 1989 when they were given blanket immunity from prosecution for their vaccinations. Claiming the industry then saw vaccinations as a potential “gold rush,” he said they then created shots for all types of illnesses, many of which no one will even be exposed to, all for the sake of profit.

During the interview, RFK Jr. stated only three vaccines have had the preservative made from mercury removed. That preservative is called thimerosal and it is still found in the flu vaccine as RFK Jr. accurately stated. Appealing to Carlson’s viewers’ common sense, he stated, “It is the most potent neurotoxin known to man that is not radioactive.” He said if when the nurse drops the vaccine and breaks it on the floor the building is supposed to be evacuated because it’s considered a hazardous material. The Kennedy son asked, “How can we inject that into a child?”

The vaccine safety advocate, who’s already met with President Trump, is calling for a commission to be created to study vaccines which can objectively look at all the evidence surrounding vaccine safety. RJK Jr. cited a Danish study, funded by the Danish government, which examined the safety of the Tdap vaccine when given to African children. “Virtually every kid in Africa gets it. What they found…they did a vaccinated versus non-vaccinated study…what they concluded was...they said that vaccine is killing more people than Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus combined (for which the Tdap vaccinated).”

He said the kids who got the vaccine were “ten times more likely to die from the vaccine” in the two months following the vaccination, than those children who did not receive the vaccine.

“I’m called anti-vax all the time because the pharmaceutical company gives so much money,” to quash his message. He praised Carlson and commended the talk show host/news mogul for allowing him to come on his show and help to start the debate on a national level. Carlson defended his decision to have RFK Jr. discuss the subject because he said, “I think you ought to be allowed to ask legitimate questions without being attacked,” and added he hopes RFK Jr. is actually successful in getting the debate going.

Comment by Robert Gore:
I can show you pictures of our only child, Austin, when he was a baby. He’s usually got a huge smile, and his eyes are bright and alert. After California’s vaccination regime, and one set of shots to which he had a particularly bad reaction, we received a diagnosis of autism when he was three years old. As vaccinations have taken off, so has so-called autism. It is not autism; it is mercury poisoning. As Mr. Kennedy notes, most vaccines are suspended in thimerosol (mercury), which is used as a preservative. Vaccination proponents conflate the two, and say that those who question vaccine safety are anti-vaccine. I am not necessarily anti-vaccine, although I think many of them are of no benefit. However, the safety of mercury is not in question, it’s dangerously toxic and damages the brain and nervous system.

 

If you know anyone who is expecting a baby, or anyone with an infant, inform them of the dangers of vaccines. They can, in some states, request vaccines without thimerosol. They can also insist that vaccines not be bunched together, so the child does not receive a concentrated dose of mercury all at once. If it is too late and your child has been labelled autistic, there are many things you can do. We undertook numerous therapies and activities for Austin, and he’s now a sophomore at UNM and just joined a fraternity (milestones for a kid who was in special classes up to fourth grade and had few friends). For more information, my wife wrote a short book, available on Amazon: Rescued: a story of hope & help for parents of children with autism.

Comment by reader T4C:

Here’s the link to Roberta’s…yes, Roberta and Robert…what are the odds?…anyways, it looks like a great resource:

https://www.amazon.com/Rescued-story-parents-children-autism-ebook/dp/B012MBMP3Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492995793&sr=8-1&keywords=Rescued%3A+a+story+of+hope+%26+help+for+parents+of+children+with+autism#customerReviews

While I haven’t read your wife’s story yet Robert, I would love to read any “clips” you may
have from that journey. You’re a very good writer so I know your “stories” will be worth my time.

Then again maybe you’ve already penned essays on that era in you life and I’m just not aware of it.

Loved what you wrote above.

Comment by Robert Gore:

T4C,

Thank you. I haven’t written much about Austin and his autism, or mercury poisining, not because it isn’t an amazing story, but because it is. It is so special that I have a hard time talking or writing about it, but I do warn expectant parents or parents with newborns whenever I have a chance. Roberta certainly does Austin’s story justice. When he was a child in special ed classes, we could have got a bet a very long odds that he would ever be able to function even minimally in the “normal” world, or as it is called by those in the austism community, the “neuro-typical” world. Both of us worked hard to bring him out from his isolation and to constantly put him in situations with other kids. I think just about every weekend for seven or eight years we would take him to parks, indoor and outdoor gyms, swimming, movies, arcades, miniature golf courses, play dates–anything to get him with other kids. He had speech therapy, autism therapy, socialization groups, piano lessons, horseback riding lessons, tennis lessons, swimming lessons, basketball lessons, and he played basketball, flag football, lacrosse, and ran cross-country. He picked up snowboarding instantly–the first day he went he was coming down blue square slopes (medium difficulty) by the end of the day.

You don’t know what’s effective and what’s not, but somehow it all came together and Austin has made incredible progress, to the point where if you didn’t know about his past, you probably wouldn’t guess that he was once diagnosed with autism. It helps that he’s so darn smart. Heavy metal poisoning tends to damage the part of the brain that governs socialization and responding to social cues. However, never underestimate the brain’s plasticity and adaptability. Austin on his own has learned social basics that come to most people naturally, almost unconsciously. As I said in the prior comment, Austin is in college and in a fraternity, and he is a great kid. He gets good grades and he’ll work this summer. No matter what I’ve achieved or what I do the rest of the my life, the thing I’ll always be proudest of is what Roberta and I did with Austin, and what he’s done for himself.