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Collection of 50 remote jobs - (non)tech

2020.10.22 12:03 remote-enthusiast Collection of 50 remote jobs - (non)tech

Hello friends! These are the open remote positions I've found that were published today. See you tomorrow! Bleep blop 🤖
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2020.10.22 05:09 Rebelspy212121 RED ALERT, the day of reckoning is within the next 3 weeks

DISCLAIMER: I have nothing illegal or classified, all sources used are public.
Warning I am being censored, I guarantee this post will be taken down soon. Save it now and start spreading it. I am going to prove the claims made in this video https://2020electioncenter.com/watch?id=5f8b7cca9d7ca5144824dc5e
Also do not link the post to any other sub reddits or share it with deniers, cause they will report it obv, this is just for the homies here and any homies they trust!
My fellow human's. Buckle your metaphorical seatbelts, because I am about to tell you a crazy story full of murder, drugs, sex, tax evasion, a bioweapon being released, billions of dollars of corrupt dealings, and much more sinister things. Unfortunately, I can factually prove most of it is true, and I will prove it here and now. Please note, I am not the original leaker. I simply put together a series of leaks together, and they fit together perfectly. I'm just a normal guy who likes to go behind the scenes of the News a little too much.
No matter what political side your on, please note what I am saying is mostly fact. I'll try as hard as possible not to be biased. These leaks involve both Republican and Democrat government officials, many well known Celebrities, Businessmen that lead Mega Corporations in the tech, energy, and medical sectors, Government Officials from other Countries such as Russia and China and many others, and the heads of many Major News Networks, and Social Media Outlets. The people I just mentioned will be referred to as "Controlling Elites" for the rest of this document.
By the end of this post I will prove to you the following:
A. Hunter Biden has made billions of dollars by corruptly using his families political power as leverage.
B. Hunter Biden has sexually assaulted minors and their are videos of it (He was honey potted by the CCP) and does Crack and Meth, so do many other "Controlling Elites". Most of which are compromised and do the bidding of the Chinese communist party for sex, money, drugs and because CCP has blackmail on em!
C. Joe Biden is also involved in these corrupt deals, and so is Obama, Hillary and many other "Controlling Elites", yes including some Republicans!
D. The information used in (Hunter Gate) was originally intended to be used as blackmail. Blackmail, from Chinese officials to democrat leaders, due to the anti Chinese sentiment in the USA. Sentiment the people of America have for China's corrupt handling of many things, China blackmailed many "Controlling Elites" to stay loyal to the CCP, and to quell the Anti-Chinese Sentiment.
E. The FBI, is actively trying to undermine Trump, and has had access to Hunter Gate and evidence of many other crimes committed by "Controlling Elites" (Example Epstein).
F. Their is political infighting in China, party officials are in a power struggle (You will see how this ties into Hunter Gate later). Party officials are planning to assassinate each other, freeze the oppositions financial assets, and much worse.
By the end I will make a good case for the following. (these are not yet facts, however, they are most likely true according to evidence.)
G. Corona Virus, is not a spontaneous natural disease. It was made in a lab. While it may not have been intentionally released, China decided to let it spread in order to distract people from Hong Kong so they could take it, cause chaos so they can invade Taiwan without opposition, have an excuse for the draconian measures currently taking place in China, and in the end gain allot of economic power since they had time to prepare a plan.
H. Qanon, is right to a certain extent. Their is a group of "Controlling Elites" that do abuse children (refer to Epstein). These "Controlling Elites" do perform weird rituals and do a ton of drugs. They are also right that the "Controlling Elites" actively monitor and censor much of the news and internet and do silence people that step out of line. They are partially false that Trump is not partially involved in some of these corrupt schemes (Probably committed some tax evasion), albeit, he is way less guilty compared to a majority of "Controlling Elites". However, they are right that Trump battling to try to expose some of these evil people (Maybe he had a change of heart and truly is a fighter for good now, or maybe he just wants to win his re-election and enlarge his ego, either way he is actively trying to "drain the swamp".) .
I. The US election will result in some sort of "day of reckoning" and possibly a guerilla style civil war. and eventually World War 3. This will be the result of 3 things. 1. Neither party will accept defeat, they will both claim the other party committed criminal acts and is rigging the votes, unfortunately both sides of that argument are right, Albeit the Republican is considerably more clean. 2. We will see groups like Antifa and Proud Boys clashing by voter stations, Mail in voting also will not work in states doing it for the first time, and we WILL have enormous amounts fraud. Most likely, we will never know who won the election of 2020. 3. The world is at a tipping point, no matter who wins the instability in America will create a ton of instability both financially, and politically for most of Planet Earth. The instability will most likely result in the following wars. {India vs Pakistan} {Europe vs Muslims} {American Conservatives vs American Liberals} {China vs most of the world} {Russia vs former soviet nations} {Greece/Armenia vs Turkey/Azerbaijan} and a huge list of other smaller wars and guerilla conflicts.
Before we begin, I will tell you the order in which I will state the evidence, so you can see how it fits together.
FIRST, I will show the bombshell reports dropped by Mainstream media on 10/15/2020+. We will talk about the claims being made.
SECOND, I will show you footage of whistleblowers talking about the information released by the mainstream media months and weeks prior to Hunter Gate, and Covid-19. Meaning they are credible sources. Their claims are being proven today, so the claims they made that haven't been proven yet are probably true too. We will talk about the specific claims and the damning evidence. Trust me, the evidence is damming, and the claims are horrific. I will also talk about how the Whistleblowers got this information, why they got it, and who has it now.
THIRD, we will evaluate the claims made by the "OG Leakers" that is what I will refer to this specific batch of leakers as for the rest of the document. We will tie in these leaks to many other pieces of the puzzle. We will prove that Epstein didn't kill himself, and much much much more.
Fourth, We will talk about the implications of this, and what the future holds.
CHAPTER ONE: HUNTER'S OCTOBER SUPRISE
On October 16th of the year 2020, just weeks away from the election, a political Nuke was dropped by the New York Post. They claimed to have access to a hard drive that including thousands of emails, photos, video's, and text messages belonging to Hunter Biden. We will talk about the way they received this information and why they received this information later.
https://nypost.com/2020/10/16/hunter-biden-emails-pics-reveal-wild-life-pained-soul/
http://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/10/16/new-york-post-hunter-biden-photos-claim-to-show-
before-and-after-dental-work-to-fix-meth-mouth/
https://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/10/15/photo-of-hunter-biden-smoking-crack-released-from-abandoned-laptop/
It started off, as some mildly corrupt dealings (Totaling in the millions) and some pictures of Hunter doing drugs. But later turned, into violent p0rn0s of Hunter sexually assaulting people, a list of secret deals between Russia, China, and the Biden's totaling the the BILLIONS, and many other corrupt schemes!
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hunter-biden-chins-firm-emails-deal
https://nypost.com/2020/10/15/emails-reveal-how-hunter-biden-tried-to-cash-in-big-with-chinese-firm/
The "Controlling Elites" worked to quickly silence this. On Twitter and Facebook posts mentioning the leaks where shadow banned, deleted, and censored. Their panic, partly contributes to the credibility of the leaks (Since they are trying really hard to censor them), and shows the media being a corrupt pawn in this sick game of power and sex. The Biden campaign is smarty choosing to completely ignore these claims, as if they outright deny them, they would have to prove their point. Which is impossible since you really cant deny these thousands of emails and photos that have valid timestamps and involve hundreds of people and lots of money. In fact, some media outlets are literally claiming this whole this is a crazy Qanon conspiracy lead by "right-wing-facist-whitesupremacist". They are deflecting, again they cannot logistically deny, they can only deflect/ignore/and discredit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hybkzCWb_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enyep7yAKxY
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-lashes-out-at-cbs-reporter-when-asked-about-ny-post-report-i-have-no-response-another-smear-campaign
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rnc-fec-twitter-complaint-claims-company-made-illegal-in-kind-contribution-biden-campaign
Look what happen if you search Hunter Biden on google, 90 percent of the results practically say FUCK TRUMP!
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS830US830&biw=800&bih=737&tbm=nws&sxsrf=ALeKk03HYPuBe_NpAF1h0JshvQ5mUOohxA%3A1603334820460&ei=pPKQX5TWG5P4-gSntr6wDw&q=hunter+biden+laptop&oq=hunter+biden+laptop&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i433i131k1j0l9.2950.6198.0.6412.20.13.0.7.7.0.124.896.11j1.13.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.19.907.0..0i433k1.184.4jvXFV8F_44
Okay so that's the whole story right? Honestly its already pretty terrible if you think about it. But if you dig deeper it gets much worse! Get ready for some P3d0philic activity, some murder, and power grabs.
CHAPTER TWO: INTERCEPTION
From now on I will try to include 2 links to each video, one to a mainstream source, and another to a different source. This is because I think the following YouTube Videos are going to be deleted or censored any minute now, hopefully we can use wayback software to see the deleted videos. The point is, the timestamps on these YouTube videos show information leaked by the "OG leakers" was made weeks and sometimes months in advance to the headlines of Mainstream media today, and they have access to other claims and evidence that have not been released yet.
The first video is a English translated version of a summary of claims made by Lude Media on September 24th. Lude is an independent Chinese journalist who usually focuses on exposing corrupt Chinese officials, not Planet Wide Evil Schemes. Lude is credible because he works with and has direct contact with a man named Guo Wengui, Guo was formerly the 73rd richest many in China (That's pretty damn rich). Guo defected from the CCP and fled to America, where he now exposes his former Chinese Comrades corrupt schemes from his apartment in New York. Here is a link to information about Guo and another to Ludes Twitter.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guo_Wengui
https://twitter.com/ding_gang
Mainstream media is slowly catching on to the fact that Guo Wengui and his associates knew about Hunter Gate and much more and where trying to ring the bells and blow the whistle on this months ago.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/chinese-billionaires-network-hyped-hunter-biden-dirt-weeks-before-rudy
Now what exactly where the claims Guo and Lude made? I will let you see for yourself. The following video is a summary of their claims, it was originally in Chinese but thankfully translated to English. It was posted on YouTube September 24th, and includes a string of clips made by Lude over the past few months. These claims include detailed evidence. Remember the date of this video, now read the headlines. The crazy statements he made are true, we will discuss the evidence later.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bXgULtz6cI
https://www.bitchute.com/video/HfcWb0AfsuOm/
Now that we have seen this sources credibility, and the claims he is making. Let's talk about how this information came to be. After all you would try really hard if you where part of a Pedophilic, Global, Crack eating, Cabal to keep that a secret right? So why was all this on a hard drive, and how did people find this hard drive. By the way, before we continue I need to clarify something important, the Cabal and the "Controlling Elites" Work together, but they are not a formal group (Not illuminati but all behave like it). Basically they all want similar things so they informally work together to get those things, unrestricted sex, ton's of Drugs, Loads of money, Egotistical Power, and a life of luxury. It's the extent they go, the fact they (As leaders of Humanity) do it, and the idea they informally work together to achieve this is important. Okay, so back to the point. This hard drive was originally indented to be used to blackmail mostly democrat government officials, and it was made by a prestigious group of people in the CCP. This is where the story gets complex. The prestigious group (which you will learn about in the following video) has 3 main motives. 1. They want American politicians to remain loyal to them, China rip's of America all the time, and they get away with it because they bought out politicians. Normal Americans are waking up to this, and their is allot of Anti-Chinese hatred not just in America but around the globe due to CoVid-19, Invasion of Hong Kong, Human rights violations, and Breaking many trade rules. They are afraid that democrats will try to appeal to voters by appealing to this sentiment, so they sent the blackmail to tell them, if you try to fight us, we will make you personally suffer. 2. This is also a power grab for this group of Prestigious Chinese people (Its complex so I will be simple.) This group wants Xi Jinping OUT, the hard drive contains many corrupt deals involving Xi and his gang and the Biden's. They are hoping they can squeeze out Xi and take the power for themselves. 3. They are trying to create unrest in America, unlike Russia, China is actually a real threat. They benefit off Americas Chaos, because it allows them to invade, and steal without repercussion sense America's attention is focused elsewhere. Here is a video detailing why the hard drive(s) where created and how they where located.
https://twitter.com/HimalayaGlobal/status/1316456905343074304
https://www.bitchute.com/video/OcaVxFJOTxzx/
Personally, I think the narrative that the hard drive was found by a computer fixer in Iowa months ago who stumbled upon a broken laptop is to good to be true (This is the narrative pushed by Mainstream Media.) However, it is true the FBI and many other big players had this information in their hands a long long long time ago. Their is evidence the FBI had a warrant to get this hard drive months ago from Hunter, for guess what (Child p0rn). We will talk about how the FBI is partially involved in fighting trump and some of these corrupt dealings later. Dear FBI if your reading this, seriously I'm just a normal dude that sits on my ass and mostly play's video games (But I write books about philosophy too). Also I support law enforcement and know all of you are not bad. Also I'm stating public information so yeah. Not tyrna get in trouble or anything, like just comment if you have a concern bro. Or like censor my posts Lmao. Also I am a kid believe it or not.
https://wearethene.ws/notable/152860
Here is evidence the FBI is working against Trump.
https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-race-and-ethnicity-archive-bdd3b6078e9efadcfcd0be4b65f2362e
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/14/fbi-agents-text-reportedly-disclosed-by-justice-watchdog-well-stop-trump-from-becoming-president.html
Anyways, the official story goes that the Iowa Computer guy made 4 copies of the hard drive (Damn thats allot of work) 1 Went to the FBI, and he sent another copy to Rudy Giuliani because he didn't trust the FBI (Who would have thought!?). Rudy, a former New York Politician who is responsible for Crushing crime in New York, (And has ties to 9/11, lol thats not important just funny Rudy is a key part in two of the biggest conspiracies' known to the human race.) Anyways Rudy is the guy who apparently got that hard drive, than gave it to the New York Post. This is partially true, he is the guy who got it into the hands of conservative mainstream media, but his story about how he got it is probably false. Guess what, Their is a picture of Rudy and Lude (The OG leaker I mentioned earlier) holding hands and its a fairly recent picture, but you need to follow my instructions to see it. Watch this video again, BUT MAKE SURE YOU PAUSE THE VIDEO ON THE VERY FIRST FRAME.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/OcaVxFJOTxzx/
Their is the iconic photo, I had another source of the photo, but I cannot find it anymore, I think it was taken down.
This is allot to take in I know, so lets take a laughing break together shall we? Here is a article I hope will make you smile.
https://pagesix.com/2020/10/17/matthew-mcconaughey-reveals-his-dad-died-while-makin-love-to-his-mothe
Damn, his dad is a legend, Anyways. back to the story.
CHAPTER 3: ANALYZING THE DATA
First and foremost, I have just given you access to a neat list of tons of evidence and sources. Please do your own additional research. So far we know Lude made the claim a hard drive was going to be released on Western media including a p0rn0 of hunter and a minor, Hunter doing illegal drugs, and a list of super corrupt business dealings, and information regarding the true essence of the Corona Virus. Lude also predicted Covid-19's impact on January 19th, months before the mainstream media of the world. If you want more info on that one, go look for yourself. In fact this is a short chapter. I challenge you to look at the list of Claims and evidence Lude, Guo, and now the mainstream media have on these corrupt dealings. Especially pay attention to the claims made by Lude that haven't come true yet!
Chapter 4: THE FUTURE?
Since the begging of the human race, people have fought other people to have a better life. As a philosopher and a biologist, I can tell you this is a natural concept. Most lifeforms do this. However, humanity is much more complex. Many humans in power have used their power in immoral ways to commit atrocious acts throughout most of history. But don't start saying yeah screw the rich and powerful. Remember people at the bottom "Normal/PooPeasants" do this too, but not to the extent of the Cabal. People at the bottom hurt each other and steal just for a loaf of bread, or a hit of dopamine, or a couple bucks. I believe in capitalism and am a Nationalist Libertarian. My point is this, the elite are corrupt! But that doesn't mean its communist time. Communism/Socialism is the worst form of government for the people and the best for the elite. CHINA is communist! This is because ironically Communism is just Capitalism, except the elite have a monopoly on everything, not just the economy, but also you. We must not allow America to fall for this trap. Our system can work, and it has worked. But democracy is only as good as the people who make it work. Its supposed to be We the people, yet for the past 40 years barely anybody shows up to the ballot box.
(Bias incoming)
I'm going to vote Trump, not because I support him personally, but because he is at least trying to really drain the Swamp. Life is special, we only get like 80 years on this planet. Like why we got to have all this evil stuff. We don't and it starts with changing our idea of success. We are taught to be successful you need to be surrounded by attractive sexual partners, have loads of cash, and be a cool party kinda guy. If you don't believe me go listen to some of the top music tracks in America over the past 5 years, mostly rap about (Hoes, Drugs, Power, and Chasin the Green). I ask you to stop sharing this idea. We are conscious animals on a rock floating through space, and their is science that can help us figure out why. I am an atheist and all this conflict (Which usually stems from Religion) makes me really depressed. With our technology, we could live forever. But my guess is that will be a honor only the elites will get.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SbF6rdpq24
My fellow humans, right now we are being divided by race, religion, and sexual orientation in order to control us. And Ill be honest, the solution is not necessarily to unite. I don't believe in judging people by race or sexual orientation as long as they keep it to themselves. But I do believe that religion is the root of all this chaos. Muslims/Jews/and Christians/Athiest cannot live in harmony. And before you say I am discriminating, remember that race is something you cannot control, but religion is a choice. Religion is the root of all of this. I don't think religion is bad for the common man, but its simply not true. And it empowers the big guys.
Anyways that's my 2 cents. I'm gonna sulk alone now. Btw for anybody struggling with depression due to similar causes please watch this video, its what keeps me going.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRqu0YOH14
If you made it this far, please save my post and share. Before it's ya know, maybe censored. Dear people, please PLEASE save my post and share, do your duty as a fight for truth and justice! I give you all permission to repost this document whoever you want without attribution, other boards websites social media etc. Please share how you see fit.
Have a good life my fellow conscious beings, "Truth is stranger than fiction"
This song inspires me and it should inspire you, it describes how I feel perfectly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYaSNZRbFsA
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2020.10.22 04:49 Rebelspy212121 Red Alert this is the big one my friends! Red Dawn style

DISCLAIMER: I have nothing illegal or classified, all sources used are public.
Warning I am being censored, I guarantee this post will be taken down soon. Save it now and start spreading it. I am going to prove the claims made in this video https://2020electioncenter.com/watch?id=5f8b7cca9d7ca5144824dc5e
Also do not link the post to any other sub reddits or share it with libtards, cause they will report it obv, this is just for spudgang and any homies they trust!
My fellow human's. Buckle your metaphorical seatbelts, because I am about to tell you a crazy story full of murder, drugs, sex, tax evasion, a bioweapon being released, billions of dollars of corrupt dealings, and much more sinister things. Unfortunately, I can factually prove most of it is true, and I will prove it here and now. Please note, I am not the original leaker. I simply put together a series of leaks together, and they fit together perfectly. I'm just a normal guy who likes to go behind the scenes of the News a little too much.
No matter what political side your on, please note what I am saying is mostly fact. I'll try as hard as possible not to be biased. These leaks involve both Republican and Democrat government officials, many well known Celebrities, Businessmen that lead Mega Corporations in the tech, energy, and medical sectors, Government Officials from other Countries such as Russia and China and many others, and the heads of many Major News Networks, and Social Media Outlets. The people I just mentioned will be referred to as "Controlling Elites" for the rest of this document.
By the end of this post I will prove to you the following:
A. Hunter Biden has made billions of dollars by corruptly using his families political power as leverage.
B. Hunter Biden has sexually assaulted minors and their are videos of it (He was honey potted by the CCP) and does Crack and Meth, so do many other "Controlling Elites". Most of which are compromised and do the bidding of the Chinese communist party for sex, money, drugs and because CCP has blackmail on em!
C. Joe Biden is also involved in these corrupt deals, and so is Obama, Hillary and many other "Controlling Elites", yes including some Republicans!
D. The information used in (Hunter Gate) was originally intended to be used as blackmail. Blackmail, from Chinese officials to democrat leaders, due to the anti Chinese sentiment in the USA. Sentiment the people of America have for China's corrupt handling of many things, China blackmailed many "Controlling Elites" to stay loyal to the CCP, and to quell the Anti-Chinese Sentiment.
E. The FBI, is actively trying to undermine Trump, and has had access to Hunter Gate and evidence of many other crimes committed by "Controlling Elites" (Example Epstein).
F. Their is political infighting in China, party officials are in a power struggle (You will see how this ties into Hunter Gate later). Party officials are planning to assassinate each other, freeze the oppositions financial assets, and much worse.
By the end I will make a good case for the following. (these are not yet facts, however, they are most likely true according to evidence.)
G. Corona Virus, is not a spontaneous natural disease. It was made in a lab. While it may not have been intentionally released, China decided to let it spread in order to distract people from Hong Kong so they could take it, cause chaos so they can invade Taiwan without opposition, have an excuse for the draconian measures currently taking place in China, and in the end gain allot of economic power since they had time to prepare a plan.
H. Qanon, is right to a certain extent. Their is a group of "Controlling Elites" that do abuse children (refer to Epstein). These "Controlling Elites" do perform weird rituals and do a ton of drugs. They are also right that the "Controlling Elites" actively monitor and censor much of the news and internet and do silence people that step out of line. They are partially false that Trump is not partially involved in some of these corrupt schemes (Probably committed some tax evasion), albeit, he is way less guilty compared to a majority of "Controlling Elites". However, they are right that Trump battling to try to expose some of these evil people (Maybe he had a change of heart and truly is a fighter for good now, or maybe he just wants to win his re-election and enlarge his ego, either way he is actively trying to "drain the swamp".) .
I. The US election will result in some sort of "day of reckoning" and possibly a guerilla style civil war. and eventually World War 3. This will be the result of 3 things. 1. Neither party will accept defeat, they will both claim the other party committed criminal acts and is rigging the votes, unfortunately both sides of that argument are right, Albeit the Republican is considerably more clean. 2. We will see groups like Antifa and Proud Boys clashing by voter stations, Mail in voting also will not work in states doing it for the first time, and we WILL have enormous amounts fraud. Most likely, we will never know who won the election of 2020. 3. The world is at a tipping point, no matter who wins the instability in America will create a ton of instability both financially, and politically for most of Planet Earth. The instability will most likely result in the following wars. {India vs Pakistan} {Europe vs Muslims} {American Conservatives vs American Liberals} {China vs most of the world} {Russia vs former soviet nations} {Greece/Armenia vs Turkey/Azerbaijan} and a huge list of other smaller wars and guerilla conflicts.
Before we begin, I will tell you the order in which I will state the evidence, so you can see how it fits together.
FIRST, I will show the bombshell reports dropped by Mainstream media on 10/15/2020+. We will talk about the claims being made.
SECOND, I will show you footage of whistleblowers talking about the information released by the mainstream media months and weeks prior to Hunter Gate, and Covid-19. Meaning they are credible sources. Their claims are being proven today, so the claims they made that haven't been proven yet are probably true too. We will talk about the specific claims and the damning evidence. Trust me, the evidence is damming, and the claims are horrific. I will also talk about how the Whistleblowers got this information, why they got it, and who has it now.
THIRD, we will evaluate the claims made by the "OG Leakers" that is what I will refer to this specific batch of leakers as for the rest of the document. We will tie in these leaks to many other pieces of the puzzle. We will prove that Epstein didn't kill himself, and much much much more.
Fourth, We will talk about the implications of this, and what the future holds.
CHAPTER ONE: HUNTER'S OCTOBER SUPRISE
On October 16th of the year 2020, just weeks away from the election, a political Nuke was dropped by the New York Post. They claimed to have access to a hard drive that including thousands of emails, photos, video's, and text messages belonging to Hunter Biden. We will talk about the way they received this information and why they received this information later.
https://nypost.com/2020/10/16/hunter-biden-emails-pics-reveal-wild-life-pained-soul/
http://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/10/16/new-york-post-hunter-biden-photos-claim-to-show-
before-and-after-dental-work-to-fix-meth-mouth/
https://www.shorenewsnetwork.com/2020/10/15/photo-of-hunter-biden-smoking-crack-released-from-abandoned-laptop/
It started off, as some mildly corrupt dealings (Totaling in the millions) and some pictures of Hunter doing drugs. But later turned, into violent p0rn0s of Hunter sexually assaulting people, a list of secret deals between Russia, China, and the Biden's totaling the the BILLIONS, and many other corrupt schemes!
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hunter-biden-chins-firm-emails-deal
https://nypost.com/2020/10/15/emails-reveal-how-hunter-biden-tried-to-cash-in-big-with-chinese-firm/
The "Controlling Elites" worked to quickly silence this. On Twitter and Facebook posts mentioning the leaks where shadow banned, deleted, and censored. Their panic, partly contributes to the credibility of the leaks (Since they are trying really hard to censor them), and shows the media being a corrupt pawn in this sick game of power and sex. The Biden campaign is smarty choosing to completely ignore these claims, as if they outright deny them, they would have to prove their point. Which is impossible since you really cant deny these thousands of emails and photos that have valid timestamps and involve hundreds of people and lots of money. In fact, some media outlets are literally claiming this whole this is a crazy Qanon conspiracy lead by "right-wing-facist-whitesupremacist". They are deflecting, again they cannot logistically deny, they can only deflect/ignore/and discredit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hybkzCWb_w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enyep7yAKxY
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-lashes-out-at-cbs-reporter-when-asked-about-ny-post-report-i-have-no-response-another-smear-campaign
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rnc-fec-twitter-complaint-claims-company-made-illegal-in-kind-contribution-biden-campaign
Look what happen if you search Hunter Biden on google, 90 percent of the results practically say FUCK TRUMP!
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS830US830&biw=800&bih=737&tbm=nws&sxsrf=ALeKk03HYPuBe_NpAF1h0JshvQ5mUOohxA%3A1603334820460&ei=pPKQX5TWG5P4-gSntr6wDw&q=hunter+biden+laptop&oq=hunter+biden+laptop&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i433i131k1j0l9.2950.6198.0.6412.20.13.0.7.7.0.124.896.11j1.13.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.19.907.0..0i433k1.184.4jvXFV8F_44
Okay so that's the whole story right? Honestly its already pretty terrible if you think about it. But if you dig deeper it gets much worse! Get ready for some P3d0philic activity, some murder, and power grabs.
CHAPTER TWO: INTERCEPTION
From now on I will try to include 2 links to each video, one to a mainstream source, and another to a different source. This is because I think the following YouTube Videos are going to be deleted or censored any minute now, hopefully we can use wayback software to see the deleted videos. The point is, the timestamps on these YouTube videos show information leaked by the "OG leakers" was made weeks and sometimes months in advance to the headlines of Mainstream media today, and they have access to other claims and evidence that have not been released yet.
The first video is a English translated version of a summary of claims made by Lude Media on September 24th. Lude is an independent Chinese journalist who usually focuses on exposing corrupt Chinese officials, not Planet Wide Evil Schemes. Lude is credible because he works with and has direct contact with a man named Guo Wengui, Guo was formerly the 73rd richest many in China (That's pretty damn rich). Guo defected from the CCP and fled to America, where he now exposes his former Chinese Comrades corrupt schemes from his apartment in New York. Here is a link to information about Guo and another to Ludes Twitter.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guo_Wengui
https://twitter.com/ding_gang
Mainstream media is slowly catching on to the fact that Guo Wengui and his associates knew about Hunter Gate and much more and where trying to ring the bells and blow the whistle on this months ago.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/chinese-billionaires-network-hyped-hunter-biden-dirt-weeks-before-rudy
Now what exactly where the claims Guo and Lude made? I will let you see for yourself. The following video is a summary of their claims, it was originally in Chinese but thankfully translated to English. It was posted on YouTube September 24th, and includes a string of clips made by Lude over the past few months. These claims include detailed evidence. Remember the date of this video, now read the headlines. The crazy statements he made are true, we will discuss the evidence later.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bXgULtz6cI
https://www.bitchute.com/video/HfcWb0AfsuOm/
Now that we have seen this sources credibility, and the claims he is making. Let's talk about how this information came to be. After all you would try really hard if you where part of a Pedophilic, Global, Crack eating, Cabal to keep that a secret right? So why was all this on a hard drive, and how did people find this hard drive. By the way, before we continue I need to clarify something important, the Cabal and the "Controlling Elites" Work together, but they are not a formal group (Not illuminati but all behave like it). Basically they all want similar things so they informally work together to get those things, unrestricted sex, ton's of Drugs, Loads of money, Egotistical Power, and a life of luxury. It's the extent they go, the fact they (As leaders of Humanity) do it, and the idea they informally work together to achieve this is important. Okay, so back to the point. This hard drive was originally indented to be used to blackmail mostly democrat government officials, and it was made by a prestigious group of people in the CCP. This is where the story gets complex. The prestigious group (which you will learn about in the following video) has 3 main motives. 1. They want American politicians to remain loyal to them, China rip's of America all the time, and they get away with it because they bought out politicians. Normal Americans are waking up to this, and their is allot of Anti-Chinese hatred not just in America but around the globe due to CoVid-19, Invasion of Hong Kong, Human rights violations, and Breaking many trade rules. They are afraid that democrats will try to appeal to voters by appealing to this sentiment, so they sent the blackmail to tell them, if you try to fight us, we will make you personally suffer. 2. This is also a power grab for this group of Prestigious Chinese people (Its complex so I will be simple.) This group wants Xi Jinping OUT, the hard drive contains many corrupt deals involving Xi and his gang and the Biden's. They are hoping they can squeeze out Xi and take the power for themselves. 3. They are trying to create unrest in America, unlike Russia, China is actually a real threat. They benefit off Americas Chaos, because it allows them to invade, and steal without repercussion sense America's attention is focused elsewhere. Here is a video detailing why the hard drive(s) where created and how they where located.
https://twitter.com/HimalayaGlobal/status/1316456905343074304
https://www.bitchute.com/video/OcaVxFJOTxzx/
Personally, I think the narrative that the hard drive was found by a computer fixer in Iowa months ago who stumbled upon a broken laptop is to good to be true (This is the narrative pushed by Mainstream Media.) However, it is true the FBI and many other big players had this information in their hands a long long long time ago. Their is evidence the FBI had a warrant to get this hard drive months ago from Hunter, for guess what (Child p0rn). We will talk about how the FBI is partially involved in fighting trump and some of these corrupt dealings later. Dear FBI if your reading this, seriously I'm just a normal dude that sits on my ass and mostly play's video games (But I write books about philosophy too). Also I support law enforcement and know all of you are not bad. Also I'm stating public information so yeah. Not tyrna get in trouble or anything, like just comment if you have a concern bro. Or like censor my posts Lmao. Also I am a kid believe it or not.
https://wearethene.ws/notable/152860
Here is evidence the FBI is working against Trump.
https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-race-and-ethnicity-archive-bdd3b6078e9efadcfcd0be4b65f2362e
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/14/fbi-agents-text-reportedly-disclosed-by-justice-watchdog-well-stop-trump-from-becoming-president.html
Anyways, the official story goes that the Iowa Computer guy made 4 copies of the hard drive (Damn thats allot of work) 1 Went to the FBI, and he sent another copy to Rudy Giuliani because he didn't trust the FBI (Who would have thought!?). Rudy, a former New York Politician who is responsible for Crushing crime in New York, (And has ties to 9/11, lol thats not important just funny Rudy is a key part in two of the biggest conspiracies' known to the human race.) Anyways Rudy is the guy who apparently got that hard drive, than gave it to the New York Post. This is partially true, he is the guy who got it into the hands of conservative mainstream media, but his story about how he got it is probably false. Guess what, Their is a picture of Rudy and Lude (The OG leaker I mentioned earlier) holding hands and its a fairly recent picture, but you need to follow my instructions to see it. Watch this video again, BUT MAKE SURE YOU PAUSE THE VIDEO ON THE VERY FIRST FRAME.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/OcaVxFJOTxzx/
Their is the iconic photo, I had another source of the photo, but I cannot find it anymore, I think it was taken down.
This is allot to take in I know, so lets take a laughing break together shall we? Here is a article I hope will make you smile.
https://pagesix.com/2020/10/17/matthew-mcconaughey-reveals-his-dad-died-while-makin-love-to-his-mothe
Damn, his dad is a legend, Anyways. back to the story.
CHAPTER 3: ANALYZING THE DATA
First and foremost, I have just given you access to a neat list of tons of evidence and sources. Please do your own additional research. So far we know Lude made the claim a hard drive was going to be released on Western media including a p0rn0 of hunter and a minor, Hunter doing illegal drugs, and a list of super corrupt business dealings, and information regarding the true essence of the Corona Virus. Lude also predicted Covid-19's impact on January 19th, months before the mainstream media of the world. If you want more info on that one, go look for yourself. In fact this is a short chapter. I challenge you to look at the list of Claims and evidence Lude, Guo, and now the mainstream media have on these corrupt dealings. Especially pay attention to the claims made by Lude that haven't come true yet!
Chapter 4: THE FUTURE?
Since the begging of the human race, people have fought other people to have a better life. As a philosopher and a biologist, I can tell you this is a natural concept. Most lifeforms do this. However, humanity is much more complex. Many humans in power have used their power in immoral ways to commit atrocious acts throughout most of history. But don't start saying yeah screw the rich and powerful. Remember people at the bottom "Normal/PooPeasants" do this too, but not to the extent of the Cabal. People at the bottom hurt each other and steal just for a loaf of bread, or a hit of dopamine, or a couple bucks. I believe in capitalism and am a Nationalist Libertarian. My point is this, the elite are corrupt! But that doesn't mean its communist time. Communism/Socialism is the worst form of government for the people and the best for the elite. CHINA is communist! This is because ironically Communism is just Capitalism, except the elite have a monopoly on everything, not just the economy, but also you. We must not allow America to fall for this trap. Our system can work, and it has worked. But democracy is only as good as the people who make it work. Its supposed to be We the people, yet for the past 40 years barely anybody shows up to the ballot box.
(Bias incoming)
I'm going to vote Trump, not because I support him personally, but because he is at least trying to really drain the Swamp. Life is special, we only get like 80 years on this planet. Like why we got to have all this evil stuff. We don't and it starts with changing our idea of success. We are taught to be successful you need to be surrounded by attractive sexual partners, have loads of cash, and be a cool party kinda guy. If you don't believe me go listen to some of the top music tracks in America over the past 5 years, mostly rap about (Hoes, Drugs, Power, and Chasin the Green). I ask you to stop sharing this idea. We are conscious animals on a rock floating through space, and their is science that can help us figure out why. I am an atheist and all this conflict (Which usually stems from Religion) makes me really depressed. With our technology, we could live forever. But my guess is that will be a honor only the elites will get.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SbF6rdpq24
My fellow humans, right now we are being divided by race, religion, and sexual orientation in order to control us. And Ill be honest, the solution is not necessarily to unite. I don't believe in judging people by race or sexual orientation as long as they keep it to themselves. But I do believe that religion is the root of all this chaos. Muslims/Jews/and Christians/Athiest cannot live in harmony. And before you say I am discriminating, remember that race is something you cannot control, but religion is a choice. Religion is the root of all of this. I don't think religion is bad for the common man, but its simply not true. And it empowers the big guys.
Anyways that's my 2 cents. I'm gonna sulk alone now. Btw for anybody struggling with depression due to similar causes please watch this video, its what keeps me going.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBRqu0YOH14
If you made it this far, please save my post and share. Before it's ya know, maybe censored. Dear people, please PLEASE save my post and share, do your duty as a fight for truth and justice! I give you all permission to repost this document whoever you want without attribution, other boards websites social media etc. Please share how you see fit.
Have a good life my fellow conscious beings, "Truth is stranger than fiction"
This song inspires me and it should inspire you, it describes how I feel perfectly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYaSNZRbFsA
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2020.10.22 00:46 artistique1 [EVENT] Retro: Presidential Elections: Primaries

United States Presidential Elections

Electing the 47th President of the United States of America
Checking out this post and that post for information on how the campaign has gone so far.
TLDR: President Joe Biden is not running for reelection. Vice President Kamala Harris is the Democratic Party's first choice for the nomination. Both the Dems and Harris have been challenged by other declared Democratic candidates, most notably Gavin Newsom, Stacey Abrams, and Cory Booker. Dems have been forced into holding proper primaries by Newsom who has threatened to otherwise split the vote come election day. On the Republican side, no clear frontrunners have emerged in a race packed with equally matched hopefuls although names such as Randy Weber, Ted Cruz, and Jeffery Hildebrand have garnered more media attention than the others.
Kamala in trouble
As soon as the Dems folded to Newsom's demands for a full-fledged primary, Vice President Kamala Harris's campaign has gone into overdrive, outspending all other opposition by a significant margin in marketing, advertisement, and in establishing grassroots support (to go with her strong Super PAC support). To be fair to the Veep, it seems that she has "target number one" for her opponents both in the Democratic field and from across the pond in the GOP. Attacked aggressively on television, in press conferences, and through Internet memes on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and even 4chan, the Harris campaign has had its hands full with simply putting out fires and formulating strategies to do much in the way of actual campaigning, being completely outplayed in that field by candidates such as Gavin Newsom and Cory Booker on the blue side, and by Republican candidates Randy Weber, Ted Cruz, and even Jeffery Hildebrand, all of whom have so far established strong campaigns prior to the primaries.
Coast-to-Coast
Announcing VP picks hasn't ever really been a requirement for campaigning. Former President Joe Biden himself only announced his VP pick, Kamala Harris, after winning nomination in 2020. However, given the unique nature of the 2024 presidential campaign, most candidates announced their VP picks early on, save for Democratic frontrunners Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom.
Addressing a massive crowd in Buffalo, NY - Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom announced his campaign partner and pick for the position of Vice President, ensuring the gathered crowd and the audiences watching on TV and streaming websites that he had made this choice following much deliberation and consultation with those closest to his campaign. He picked AOC, a move that would prove critical in the oncoming Democratic primaries.
Vice President Harris picked former rival Amy Klobuchar to be her running mate.
Democratic Primaries results
Governor Gavin Newsom built significant momentum for his campaign after winning the very critical primary in his home state of California, as well as successive primaries in Texas, Florida, and New York while Kamala Harris found victories in Illinois, Virginia, Delaware, and South Carolina, among others. Dark horse candidate Cory Booker managed to win a few contests of his win as he locked in states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Columbia, and Michigan for himself while candidates Stacy Abrams and Joe Kennedy won one contest each, the former winning in Wisconsin and the latter in New Hampshire.
Following a long and drawn out primary contest where no candidate chose to drop out or endorse another candidate until the very end, Governor of California Gavin Newsom won the Democratic nomination at the Democratic National Convention held soon after the final primary while AOC was confirmed as the Vice Presidential nominee.
Full map of states and delegates
GOP see-saw sees Weber upset
While the Democratic nomination process was described as "exhausting, draining, and ugly" by some, the Republican primaries were no less of a clusterfuck despite being overshadowed by the Harris-Newsom-DNC controversies.
As mentioned earlier, candidates Randy Weber, Ted Cruz, and Jeffery Hildebrand emerged as the frontrunners for the GOP nomination early on although none of the secondary candidates, including but not limited to Marco Rubio, Larry Hogan, Nikki Haley, and Donald Trump Jr. did not back down in their campaigns either. Similar to Hildebrand, Trump Jr. was also funded by enormous personal wealth rather than any notable political clout (although Hildebrand had contributed significantly to Republican politicians of choice in the past). On the other hand, Weber was propelled by the rapidly growing "Trumpist" Due Diligence Caucus of the GOP and espoused similar populist statements as former President Donald Trump although with a bit more nuance and coherence whereas Ted Cruz made use of his unrivalled experience in public office and extensive stay in the national spotlight to cement himself as a major candidate on name recognition alone.
In what many have called a major upset to establishment candidates, dark horse Randy Weber has secured the Republican nomination for both himself and his Veep of choice: Larry Hogan.
Full map of states won (ignore delegates, they're dem)
Summary
Dem nomination: Gavin Newsom & Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep nomination: Randy Weber & Larry Hogan
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2020.10.21 17:03 spacej3di Morning Market Synopsis - Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

US equities higher: Dow +0.35%, S&P 500 +0.43%, Nasdaq +0.53%, Russell 2000 +0.21%
Notable Gainers:
Notable Decliners:
09:44:55 AM CDT on 21 Oct '20
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2020.10.21 11:40 spitznainblog La meilleure équipe de golf de tous les temps

La meilleure équipe de golf de tous les temps
source: mon site: https://www.spitznainblog.com/2020/10/la-meilleure-equipe-de-golf-de-tous-les.html


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Canine Angels Service Dogs founder's regular golf group, Rick Kaplan, includes up to 20 former shelter dogs training to become service companions
Rick Kaplan is a highly valued, albeit unique, member of the Carolina Shores Country Club of Calabash, North Carolina. This 73-year-old man plays golf seven days a week, good weather, usually with 15 dogs of all sizes and shapes, from Labrador to small terrier.
When a video posted to Instagram Golfers Doing Things showed Rick on the course with his dog team, the internet was excited - and wanted answers.
Caleb Jago commented, tagging Rick and gathering thousands of similar images. ′′ It's the Canine Angels ", he wrote. ′′ It trains emotional support dogs and guide dogs for people with disabilities He plays on my golf course once a week. And these are the best ".
For nearly ten years, Canine Angels Service Dogs has been saving shelter dogs and training them to become best friends / service mates for disabled American veterans, rescue workers, and autistic children.
The founder, president and master trainer of the association, Rick Kaplan, says he comes from a military family, but never had the opportunity to serve because he was severely asthmatic.
Rick says he kept living a prosperous life owning a company where he worked as a jeweler in NYC, ′′ Then I realized at one point in my life, when I had enough time, enough health and enough financial security, that I would serve like an old man instead of being just a young man ".
′′ I've always had dogs, I've always trained dogs, I've always trained service dogs during my spare time ", says Rick, qualifying his training skills as a gift.
Rick says when he was running his business in New York, he had two dogs, ′′ who would work with me and shop, bring packages from Place A to Place B, and entertain customers ".
After retiring, Rick moved to South Carolina and created Canine Angels in 2011.
′′ I decided to serve in the army, so to speak, as an old man, training service dogs to help veterans who gave me the opportunity to live such a great life ", he says.
Since he created the organization, Rick says he has trained ′′ hundreds of dogs ", many of which come from local shelters.
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2020.10.21 06:25 Charvy_Photos I'm back and I'm looking forward to starting something new :)

Hello :) I'm going to keep things short and sweet, because I know how off putting a post can be when they are multiple paragraphs long and it takes you 5 minutes to read it.
What I like: 3rd person, Descriptive roleplay. I like romance with a mix of other stuff, but any genre is good for me. I prefer M and F when it comes to romance, and I don't mind playing either gender.
What I'm looking for: someone who likes to develop their characters and isn't afraid to make their characters flawed for the sake of realism. Someone who isn't super pushy about replying fast, i like to take my time and I work a lot so someone who's patient would help a lot.
I'd be up for hearing your ideas for plots and templates, generally I like to discuss plot after I've found a partner to RP with. If you are interested, I've put a few Templates down below in case you want to see some of the many ideas I have.
If you have any questions or you want to start an RP, please message me :) thank you!
Templates:
1: A military group known as the Nomads have been developing a new super weapon, and two highly trained spies/soldiers are sent in by the UN to take down the group and destroy the weapon. However, the two agents are from rival countries, and their superiors have sent them with secondary orders that the other is unaware of. This plot could be romantic or strictly action/mission based as well.
2: A modern day story set in New York City, where creatures like Vampires, Warewolves, Reapers, and other mythical creatures live among humans in as much harmony as you can expect from such a complex situation. This plot could go any which way depending on what you are up for, though I do have an idea of what kind of story could happen.
3: A war is brewing between the light and dark Elves, and your character is somewhere in between. This is a world that I've already created, set in the middle ages with fantasy and medieval elements.
4: A Small town on the coast that isn't quite as it seems. Your character would arrive with an interest in the strange rumors and stories that are coming from the internet. When your character arrives, they quickly realize that there's a lot going on just under the surface of things, and that many mysteries could be solved if someone is courageous enough to look deeper. This would be a very mysterious RP and it could also be dark if desired.
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2020.10.21 01:46 John_Charles_Fremont /r/neoliberal elects the American Presidents - Part 54, Obama v McCain in 2008

Previous editions:
(All strawpoll results counted as of the next post made)
Part 1, Adams v Jefferson in 1796 - Adams wins with 68% of the vote
Part 2, Adams v Jefferson in 1800 - Jefferson wins with 58% of the vote
Part 3, Jefferson v Pinckney in 1804 - Jefferson wins with 57% of the vote
Part 4, Madison v Pinckney (with George Clinton protest) in 1808 - Pinckney wins with 45% of the vote
Part 5, Madison v (DeWitt) Clinton in 1812 - Clinton wins with 80% of the vote
Part 6, Monroe v King in 1816 - Monroe wins with 51% of the vote
Part 7, Monroe and an Era of Meta Feelings in 1820 - Monroe wins with 100% of the vote
Part 8, Democratic-Republican Thunderdome in 1824 - Adams wins with 55% of the vote
Part 9, Adams v Jackson in 1828 - Adams wins with 94% of the vote
Part 10, Jackson v Clay (v Wirt) in 1832 - Clay wins with 53% of the vote
Part 11, Van Buren v The Whigs in 1836 - Whigs win with 87% of the vote, Webster elected
Part 12, Van Buren v Harrison in 1840 - Harrison wins with 90% of the vote
Part 13, Polk v Clay in 1844 - Polk wins with 59% of the vote
Part 14, Taylor v Cass in 1848 - Taylor wins with 44% of the vote (see special rules)
Part 15, Pierce v Scott in 1852 - Scott wins with 78% of the vote
Part 16, Buchanan v Frémont v Fillmore in 1856 - Frémont wins with 95% of the vote
Part 17, Peculiar Thunderdome in 1860 - Lincoln wins with 90% of the vote.
Part 18, Lincoln v McClellan in 1864 - Lincoln wins with 97% of the vote.
Part 19, Grant v Seymour in 1868 - Grant wins with 97% of the vote.
Part 20, Grant v Greeley in 1872 - Grant wins with 96% of the vote.
Part 21, Hayes v Tilden in 1876 - Hayes wins with 87% of the vote.
Part 22, Garfield v Hancock in 1880 - Garfield wins with 67% of the vote.
Part 23, Cleveland v Blaine in 1884 - Cleveland wins with 53% of the vote.
Part 24, Cleveland v Harrison in 1888 - Harrison wins with 64% of the vote.
Part 25, Cleveland v Harrison v Weaver in 1892 - Harrison wins with 57% of the vote
Part 26, McKinley v Bryan in 1896 - McKinley wins with 71% of the vote
Part 27, McKinley v Bryan in 1900 - Bryan wins with 55% of the vote
Part 28, Roosevelt v Parker in 1904 - Roosevelt wins with 71% of the vote
Part 29, Taft v Bryan in 1908 - Taft wins with 64% of the vote
Part 30, Taft v Wilson v Roosevelt in 1912 - Roosevelt wins with 81% of the vote
Part 31, Wilson v Hughes in 1916 - Hughes wins with 62% of the vote
Part 32, Harding v Cox in 1920 - Cox wins with 68% of the vote
Part 33, Coolidge v Davis v La Follette in 1924 - Davis wins with 47% of the vote
Part 34, Hoover v Smith in 1928 - Hoover wins with 50.2% of the vote
Part 35, Hoover v Roosevelt in 1932 - Roosevelt wins with 85% of the vote
Part 36, Landon v Roosevelt in 1936 - Roosevelt wins with 75% of the vote
Part 37, Willkie v Roosevelt in 1940 - Roosevelt wins with 56% of the vote
Part 38, Dewey v Roosevelt in 1944 - Dewey wins with 50.2% of the vote
Part 39, Dewey v Truman in 1948 - Truman wins with 65% of the vote
Part 40, Eisenhower v Stevenson in 1952 - Eisenhower wins with 69% of the vote
Part 41, Eisenhower v Stevenson in 1956 - Eisenhower wins with 60% of the vote
Part 42, Kennedy v Nixon in 1960 - Kennedy wins with 63% of the vote
Part 43, Johnson v Goldwater in 1964 - Johnson wins with 87% of the vote
Part 44, Nixon v Humphrey in 1968 - Humphrey wins with 60% of the vote
Part 45, Nixon v McGovern in 1972 - Nixon wins with 56% of the vote
Part 46, Carter v Ford in 1976 - Carter wins with 71% of the vote
Part 47 - Carter v Reagan v Anderson in 1980 - Carter wins with 44% of the vote
Part 48, Reagan v Mondale in 1984 - Mondale wins with 55% of the vote
Part 49, Bush v Dukakis in 1988 - Bush wins with 54% of the vote
Part 50, Bush v Clinton v Perot in 1992 - Clinton wins with 71% of the vote
Part 51, Clinton v Dole in 1996 - Clinton wins with 91% of the vote
Part 52, Bush v Gore in 2000 - Gore wins with 88% of the vote
Part 53, Bush v Kerry in 2004 - Kerry wins with 89% of the vote
Welcome back to the fifty-fourth edition of /neoliberal elects the American presidents!
This will be a fairly consistent weekly thing - every week, a new election, until we run out.
I highly encourage you - at least in terms of the vote you cast - to try to think from the perspective of the year the election was held, without knowing the future or how the next administration would go. I'm not going to be trying to enforce that, but feel free to remind fellow commenters of this distinction.
If you're really feeling hardcore, feel free to even speak in the present tense as if the election is truly upcoming!
Whether third and fourth candidates are considered "major" enough to include in the strawpoll will be largely at my discretion and depend on things like whether they were actually intending to run for President, and whether they wound up actually pulling in a meaningful amount of the popular vote and even electoral votes. I may also invoke special rules in how the results will be interpreted in certain elections to better approximate historical reality.
While I will always give some brief background info to spur the discussion, please don't hesitate to bring your own research and knowledge into the mix! There's no way I'll cover everything!
John McCain v Barack Obama, 2008
Profiles
  • John McCain is the 72-year-old Republican candidate and a US Senator from Arizona. His running mate is Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin.
  • Barack Obama is the 47-year-old Democratic candidate and a US Senator from Illinois. His running mate is US Senator from Delaware Joe Biden.
Issues and Background
  • The United States and other countries are in the midst of what many are describing as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The crisis was largely triggered by a collapse in home prices, which in turn caused securities tied directly or indirectly to real estate to plummet in value. In September, major investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. A day later, the Federal Reserve bailed out and essentially took control of insurance giant AIG. Credit markets were on the brink of meltdown. In early October, Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, which created an enormous government program to purchase "toxic assets" from banks and significantly increased the amount of insurance provided by the FDIC. Both McCain and Obama supported this rescue plan. Liquidity appears to have been restored, but the economic situation is still otherwise dire.
    • Senator Obama has described the current crisis as a "final verdict on eight years of failed economic policies promoted by George Bush, supported by Senator McCain, a theory that basically says that we can shred regulations and consumer protections and give more and more to the most, and somehow prosperity will trickle down." Obama has spoken of the importance of oversight over the TARP $700 billion, of the possibility of getting that money back, of making sure none of that money is going to executive pay or executive severance packages, and of following up the package with help for homeowners.
    • Senator McCain has said that what distinguishes him from Senator Obama on how he will lead the country out of the economic crisis is his commitment to get government spending under control. McCain has proposed a one-year spending freeze on "non-defense, non-veterans discretionary spending." McCain has criticized Senator Obama for supporting "pork-barrel spending" in the past.
  • The US occupation of Iraq continues. Last year, the Bush Administration oversaw a troop surge, and the conventional wisdom is that the situation has generally improved as a result. There are some indications that the security situation is improving and that the training of the new Iraqi military is working. That said, pressure on the US to withdraw has increased, as the Iraqi government has sought a withdrawal timetable and the US coalition partners have begun their own withdraw. Security responsibility for several provinces has already been transferred from US forces to Iraqi forces. However, earlier this year, General David Petraeus called for the delaying of troop withdrawals.
    • Both candidates accuse the other of failures of judgement. Senator Obama has criticized McCain sharply for supporting invading Iraq in the first place, while Senator McCain has criticized Obama for not supporting the 2007 surge. On the latter point, in January 2007 Senator Obama's stance was:
      The need to bring this war to an end is here. That is why today I am introducing the Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007. This plan would not only place a cap on the number of troops in Iraq and stop the escalation: more importantly, it would begin a phased redeployment of United States forced with the goal of removing all United States combat forces from Iraq by March 31, 2008.
    • Early this year, Democrats seized on a statement from Senator McCain in which he indicated that he would be comfortable with an American presence in Iraq for "maybe 100" years. He has stood by the comments, saying he was referring to a presence comparable to what the US has had in South Korea, Germany, and Japan.
    • Under the Obama plan for Iraq, a phased withdrawal of most troops would begin which would likely remove the US troop presence by summer of 2010. A residual force would remain "to conduct targeted counter-terrorism missions against al Qaeda in Iraq and to protect American diplomatic and civilian personnel."
    • Under the McCain plan for Iraq, the US would not leave Iraq "before Al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated and before a competent, trained, and capable Iraqi security force is in place and operating effectively."
  • Sarah Palin has received a significant amount of both positive and negative attention relative to most VP nominees. Supporters praise her history as a reformer, her advocacy for families with special needs children, and her ability to energize parts of the Republican base. However, critics have raised questions about her knowledge of policy and her readiness to be President if it became necessary. Some in the media have expressed frustration at their limited access to Governor Palin. This scrutiny increased following a poorly received interview with Katie Couric which included the following exchanges:
    COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
    PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land boundary that we have with Canada ... We have trade missions back and forth. We -- we do -- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where -- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to -- to our state.
    ...
    COURIC: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?
    PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s, of course in the great history of America there have been rulings, that’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but …
    COURIC: Can you think of any?
    PALIN: Well, I could think of … any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But, you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a vice president, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.
    ...
    COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?
    PALIN: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
    COURIC: What, specifically?
    PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.
    COURIC: Can you name a few?
    PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?”
  • Health care reform has come up frequently on the campaign trail. Both candidates recognize a need to increase coverage and lower costs.
    • The Obama plan includes requiring health insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, a tax credit to incentivize small businesses to provide health coverage, requirements on large employers to provide health coverage or otherwise contribute financially to their employee's health care, and "a National Health Insurance Exchange with a range of private insurance options as well as a new public plan based on benefits available to members of Congress."
    • The McCain plan is to offer "a direct refundable tax credit ... of $2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families to offset the cost of insurance" and promote health savings accounts. McCain also seeks to make it easier to purchase health insurance across state lines.
  • Attention has also been given to the candidate's differing tax plans.
    • The Obama tax plan is to cut taxes for the middle class further than the Bush tax cuts did, while increasing taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans back to levels as they were in the 1990s. Senator Obama also seeks to implement a universal 10% mortgage interest tax credit, the elimination of income taxes for seniors making less than $50,000 a year, and an expansion of the EITC.
    • The McCain tax plan is to preserve all of the Bush tax cuts, phase out the Alternative Minimum Tax, cut the corporate tax rate to 25%, and establish a large R&D tax credit. Senator McCain also pledges to keep the Internet free of taxes.
    • In October at a campaign stop, Senator Obama was confronted by Joe Wurzelbacher, who has since become known colloquially as "Joe the Plumber", with concerns that he would be taxed more if Senator Obama were to become President. More recently, Wurzelbacher has made joint appearances with John McCain on the campaign trail. The McCain campaign has in particular seized on Obama's comment to Joe that "I think when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."
  • McCain, currently 72, would be the oldest first-term President if elected. McCain gave reporters an opportunity to review his full medical records, which showed that he is generally in good health and has relatively low risk of heart disease despite slightly elevated cholesterol and past issues with skin cancer.
  • If elected, Senator Obama would be the first African-American President of the United States. Obama was born in Hawaii, the son of a Kenyan economist and an anthropologist from Kansas. While many find the possibility of the first African-American President inspiring, particularly when combined with the optimistic rhetoric of Senator Obama's campaign, his identity has also been related to unique challenges for him during the campaign. Members of his own party during the primary implied that his success in the race was mainly due to his race. Former VP nominee Geraldine Ferraro said:
    If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.
    Senator Biden, now Obama's running mate, said:
    I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man.
    In addition, Senator Obama has faced false rumors that he was born in Kenya and that he is not Christian. Some argue that the spread of these rumors is motivated partially or entirely by racism.
  • Republicans have argued that Senator Obama is connected to problematic persons and organizations.
    • Roughly 40 years ago, now-professor Bill Ayers was a leading member of the militant Weather Underground Organization, which conducted a bombing campaign of targeting government buildings and financial institutions. Ayers first met Barack Obama through a non-profit reform project's board of directors, and later hosted a small informal event where a departing State Senator introduced Obama as her chosen successor. Through each of their active involvements in Chicago events and initiatives, they would serve on a couple of the same boards and panels in the years afterwards. There is virtually no evidence to support some Republican claims that Ayers was some sort of political adviser to Obama, who has referred to Ayers as "somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8."
    • Senator Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright, has been the subject of controversy related to several sermon excerpts. The excerpts include claims that the government lied about its advance knowledge of Pearl Harbor, that the government lied about "inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color," and his comment that "America's chickens are coming home to roost," interpreted by some to be referring to the 9/11 attacks given the date of the sermon. President Obama addressed the issue in a broader speech on race in March of this year. Senator Obama stated:
      I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely—just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.
      ...
      I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother—a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.
    • Pro-labor NGO ACORN has been accused by Republicans of orchestrating voter fraud, though further investigation has revealed this claim to be overstated at best. ACORN has hired people in the past to assist in voter registration, and sometimes these workers have come up with phony registrations - however, this issue seems to be motivated by laziness of individual workers rather than an attempt to conduct voter fraud. Obama served as a local counsel for ACORN in the 90s, and was endorsed by the ACORN political action committee during the primary. The Obama campaign also hired an ACORN affiliate for get-out-the-vote efforts during the primary.
  • Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon, has received blowback for comments he made regarding the tone of the McCain/Palin campaign. Lewis accused the campaign of "sowing the seeds of hatred and division," and brought up the example of George Wallace never throwing a bomb or firing a gun but creating "the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans." McCain called the comments "hurtful" and called on Senator Obama to repudiate the comments. The Obama campaign has said that the comparison made by Rep. Lewis was inappropriate.
  • Senator McCain describes himself as a "free trader" and has criticized Senator Obama for opposing some free trade agreements. The Obama team has pledged to "use trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world and stand firm against agreements like the Central American Free Trade Agreement that fail to live up to those important benchmarks." Senator Obama has also pledged to "fix" NAFTA.
Debate Excerpts
First Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Obama on government spending:
John, it's been your president who you said you agreed with 90 percent of the time who presided over this increase in spending. This orgy of spending and enormous deficits you voted for almost all of his budgets. So to stand here and after eight years and say that you're going to lead on controlling spending and, you know, balancing our tax cuts so that they help middle class families when over the last eight years that hasn't happened I think just is, you know, kind of hard to swallow.
(2) McCain on Iraq:
I think the lessons of Iraq are very clear that you cannot have a failed strategy that will then cause you to nearly lose a conflict. Our initial military success, we went in to Baghdad and everybody celebrated. And then the war was very badly mishandled. I went to Iraq in 2003 and came back and said, we've got to change this strategy. This strategy requires additional troops, it requires a fundamental change in strategy and I fought for it. And finally, we came up with a great general and a strategy that has succeeded.
(3) Obama on meeting foreign adversaries "without precondition":
I reserve the right, as president of the United States to meet with anybody at a time and place of my choosing if I think it's going to keep America safe ... Now, understand what this means "without preconditions." It doesn't mean that you invite them over for tea one day. What it means is that we don't do what we've been doing, which is to say, "Until you agree to do exactly what we say, we won't have direct contacts with you."
(4) McCain on Iran:
My reading of the threat from Iran is that if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, it is an existential threat to the State of Israel and to other countries in the region because the other countries in the region will feel compelling requirement to acquire nuclear weapons as well.
Now we cannot have a second Holocaust. Let's just make that very clear. What I have proposed for a long time, and I've had conversation with foreign leaders about forming a league of democracies, let's be clear and let's have some straight talk. The Russians are preventing significant action in the United Nations Security Council.
Vice-Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Biden on what his administration would look like if a President Obama were to die in office:
God forbid that would ever happen, it would be a national tragedy of historic proportions if it were to happen.
But if it did, I would carry out Barack Obama's policy, his policies of reinstating the middle class, making sure they get a fair break, making sure they have access to affordable health insurance, making sure they get serious tax breaks, making sure we can help their children get to college, making sure there is an energy policy that leads us in the direction of not only toward independence and clean environment but an energy policy that creates 5 million new jobs, a foreign policy that ends this war in Iraq, a foreign policy that goes after the one mission the American public gave the president after 9/11, to get and capture or kill bin Laden and to eliminate al Qaeda. A policy that would in fact engage our allies in making sure that we knew we were acting on the same page and not dictating.
(2) Palin on what her administration would look like if a President McCain were to die in office:
And heaven forbid, yes, that would ever happen, no matter how this ends up, that that would ever happen with either party.
As for disagreeing with John McCain and how our administration would work, what do you expect? A team of mavericks, of course we're not going to agree on 100 percent of everything. As we discuss ANWR there, at least we can agree to disagree on that one. I will keep pushing him on ANWR. I have so appreciated he has never asked me to check my opinions at the door and he wants a deliberative debate and healthy debate so we can make good policy.
What I would do also, if that were to ever happen, though, is to continue the good work he is so committed to of putting government back on the side of the people and get rid of the greed and corruption on Wall Street and in Washington.
Second Presidential Debate (Town Hall) (full transcript)
(1) McCain on nuclear energy:
But we kept the debate going, and we kept this issue to -- to posing to Americans the danger that climate change opposes. Now, how -- what's -- what's the best way of fixing it? Nuclear power. Senator Obama says that it has to be safe or disposable or something like that. Look, I -- I was on Navy ships that had nuclear power plants. Nuclear power is safe, and it's clean, and it creates hundreds of thousands of jobs.
(2) Obama on McCain's criticism that he's being reckless on foreign policy:
Senator McCain, this is the guy who sang, "Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran," who called for the annihilation of North Korea. That I don't think is an example of "speaking softly." This is the person who, after we had -- we hadn't even finished Afghanistan, where he said, "Next up, Baghdad."
(3) McCain on Russia:
I said before, watch Ukraine. Ukraine, right now, is in the sights of Vladimir Putin, those that want to reassemble the old Soviet Union. We've got to show moral support for Georgia.We've got to show moral support for Ukraine. We've got to advocate for their membership in NATO. We have to make the Russians understand that there are penalties for these this kind of behavior, this kind of naked aggression into Georgia, a tiny country and a tiny democracy.
(4) Obama on spending priorities:
You know, you may have seen your health care premiums go up. We've got to reform health care to help you and your budget. We are going to have to deal with energy because we can't keep on borrowing from the Chinese and sending money to Saudi Arabia. We are mortgaging our children's future. We've got to have a different energy plan. We've got to invest in college affordability. So we're going to have to make some investments, but we've also got to make spending cuts. And what I've proposed, you'll hear Senator McCain say, well, he's proposing a whole bunch of new spending, but actually I'm cutting more than I'm spending so that it will be a net spending cut.
Third Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) McCain on Obama's economic plans:
I don't think there's any doubt that Sen. Obama wants to restrict trade and he wants to raise taxes. And the last president of the United States that tried that was Herbert Hoover, and we went from a deep recession into a depression.
(2) Obama on comments by Congressman Lewis:
I mean, look, if we want to talk about Congressman Lewis, who is an American hero, he, unprompted by my campaign, without my campaign's awareness, made a statement that he was troubled with what he was hearing at some of the rallies that your running mate was holding, in which all the Republican reports indicated were shouting, when my name came up, things like "terrorist" and "kill him," and that your running mate didn't mention, didn't stop, didn't say "Hold on a second, that's kind of out of line."
(3) McCain on Obama's connections:
I don't care about an old washed-up terrorist [Bill Ayers]. But as Sen. Clinton said in her debates with you, we need to know the full extent of that relationship.
We need to know the full extent of Sen. Obama's relationship with ACORN, who is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy. The same front outfit organization that your campaign gave $832,000 for "lighting and site selection." So all of these things need to be examined, of course.
(4) Obama on who he associates with:
Let me tell you who I associate with. On economic policy, I associate with Warren Buffett and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. If I'm interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate, Joe Biden or with Dick Lugar, the Republican ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO.
Those are the people, Democrats and Republicans, who have shaped my ideas and who will be surrounding me in the White House. And I think the fact that this has become such an important part of your campaign, Sen. McCain, says more about your campaign than it says about me.
Platforms
Read the full 2008 Republican platform here.
Read the full 2008 Democratic platform here.
Internet Resources
Obama/Biden Website
McCain/Palin Website
The GOP's BarackBook
The Obama Campaign's Fight the Smears
Videos
Debates
First Presidential Debate
Vice-Presidential Debate
Second Presidential Debate (Town Hall)
Third Presidential Debate
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2020.10.16 22:03 finnagains Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line Far More Dangerous Than What They Censor - by Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept)

Just weeks before the election, the tech giants unite to block access to incriminating reporting about their preferred candidate.
The New York Post is one of the country’s oldest and largest newspapers. Founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton, only three U.S. newspapers are more widely circulated. Ever since it was purchased in 1976 by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, it has been known — like most Murdoch-owned papers — for right-wing tabloid sensationalism, albeit one that has some real reporters and editors and is capable of reliable journalism.
On Wednesday morning, the paper published on its cover what it heralded as a “blockbuster” scoop: “smoking gun” evidence, in its words, in the form of emails purportedly showing that Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, traded on his father’s position by securing favors from the then-Vice President to benefit the Ukranian energy company Burisma, which paid the supremely unqualified Hunter $50,000 each month to sit on its Board. While the Biden campaign denies that any such meetings or favors ever occurred, neither the campaign nor Hunter, at least as of now, has denied the authenticity of the emails.
The Post’s hyping of the story as some cataclysmic bombshell was overblown. While these emails, if authenticated, provide some new details and corroboration, the broad outlines of this story have long been known: Hunter was paid a very large monthly sum by Burisma at the same time that his father was quite active in using the force of the U.S. Government to influence Ukraine’s internal affairs.
Along with emails relating to Burisma, the New York Post also gratuitously published several photographs of Hunter, who has spoken openly and commendably of his past struggles with substance abuse, in what appeared to various states of drug use. There was no conceivable public interest in publishing those, and every reason not to.
The Post’s explanation of how these documents were obtained is bizarre at best — they claim that Hunter Biden indefinitely left his laptop containing the emails at a repair store, and the store’s owner, alarmed by the corruption they revealed, gave the materials from the hard drive to the FBI and then to Rudy Giuliani.
While there is no proof that Biden followed through on any of Hunter’s promises to Burisma, there is no reason, at least thus far, to doubt that the emails are genuine. And if they are genuine, they at least add to what is undeniably a relevant and newsworthy story involving influence-peddling relating to Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine and his trading on the name and power of his father, now the front-runner in the 2020 presidential election.
But the Post, for all its longevity, power and influence, ran smack into two entities far more powerful than it: Facebook and Twitter. Almost immediately upon publication, pro-Biden journalists created a climate of extreme hostility and suppression toward the Post story, making clear that any journalist even mentioning it would be roundly attacked. For the crime of simply noting the story on Twitter (while pointing out its flaws), New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman was instantly vilified to the point where her name, along with the phrase “MAGA Haberman,” were trending on Twitter.
(That Haberman is a crypto-Trump supporter is preposterous for so many reasons, including the fact that she is responsible for countless front-page Times stories that reflect negatively on the president; moreover, the 2016 Clinton campaign considered Haberman one of their most favorable reporters).
The two Silicon Valley giants saw that hostile climate and reacted. Just two hours after the story was online, Facebook intervened. The company dispatched a life-long Democratic Party operative who now works for Facebook — Andy Stone, previously a communications operative for Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, among other DC Democratic jobs — to announce that Facebook was “reducing [the article’s] distribution on our platform”: in other words, tinkering with its own algorithms to suppress the ability of users to discuss or share the news article. The long-time Democratic Party official did not try to hide his contempt for the article, beginning his censorship announcement by snidely noting: “I will intentionally not link to the New York Post.”
Twitter’s suppression efforts went far beyond Facebook’s. They banned entirely all users’ ability to share the Post article — not just on their public timeline but even using the platform’s private Direct Messaging feature.
Early in the day, users who attempted to link to the New York Post story either publicly or privately received a cryptic message rejecting the attempt as an “error.” Later in the afternoon, Twitter changed the message, advising users that they could not post that link because the company judged its contents to be “potentially harmful.”
Even more astonishing still, Twitter locked the account of the New York Post, banning the paper from posting any content all day and, evidently, into Thursday morning. The last tweet from the paper was posted at roughly 2:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
And then, on Thursday morning, the Post published a follow up article using the same archive of materials, this one purporting to detail efforts by the Vice President’s son to pursue lucrative deals with a Chinese energy company by using his father’s name. Twitter is now also banning the sharing or posting of links to that article as well.
In sum, the two Silicon Valley giants, with little explanation, united to prevent the sharing and dissemination of this article. As Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Pearce put it, “Facebook limiting distribution is a bit like if a company that owned newspaper delivery trucks decided not to drive because it didn’t like a story. Does a truck company edit the newspaper? It does now, apparently.”
That the First Amendment right of free speech is inapplicable to these questions goes without saying. That constitutional guarantee restricts the actions of governments, not private corporations such as Facebook and Twitter.
But glibly pointing this out does not come close to resolving this controversy. That actions by gigantic corporations are constitutional does not mean that they are benign.
State censorship is not the only kind of censorship. Private-sector repression of speech and thought, particularly in the internet era, can be as dangerous and consequential. Imagine, for instance, if these two Silicon Valley giants united with Google to declare: henceforth we will ban all content that is critical of President Trump and/or the Republican Party, but will actively promote criticisms of Joe Biden and the Democrats.
Would anyone encounter difficultly understanding why such a decree would constitute dangerous corporate censorship? Would Democrats respond to such a policy by simply shrugging it off on the radical libertarian ground that private corporations have the right to do whatever they want? To ask that question is to answer it.
To begin with, Twitter and particularly Facebook are no ordinary companies. Facebook, as the owner not just of its massive social media platform but also other key communication services it has gobbled up such as Instagram and WhatsApp, is one of the most powerful companies ever to exist, if not the most powerful. In June, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law launched an investigation into the consolidated power of Facebook and three other companies — Google, Amazon and Apple — and just last week issued a sweeping report which, as Ars Technica explained, found:
Facebook outright “has monopoly power in the market for social networking,” and that power is “firmly entrenched and unlikely to be eroded by competitive pressure” from anyone at all due to “high entry barriers—including strong network effects, high switching costs, and Facebook’s significant data advantage—that discourage direct competition by other firms to offer new products and services.”
In his New York Times op-ed last October, the left-wing expert on monopoly power Matt Stoller described Facebook and Google as “global monopolies sitting astride public discourse,” and recounted how bipartisan policy and legal changes designed to whittle away antitrust protections have bestowed the two tech giants with “a radical centralization of power over the flow of information.” And he warns that this unprecedented consolidation of control over our discourse is close to triggering “the collapse of journalism and democracy.”
It has been astonishing to watch Democrats over the last twenty-four hours justify this censorship on the grounds that private corporations are entitled to do whatever they want. Not even radical free-market libertarians espouse such a pro-corporate view. Even the most ardent capitalist recognizes that companies that wield monopoly or quasi-monopoly power have an obligation to act in the public interest, and are answerable to the public regarding whether they are doing so.
That is why in both the EU and increasingly the U.S., there are calls from across the political spectrum to either break up Facebook on antitrust and monopoly grounds or regulate it as a public utility, the way electric and water companies and AT&T have been. Almost nobody in the democratic world believes that Facebook is just some ordinary company that should be permitted to exercise unfettered power and act without constraints of any kind. Indeed, Facebook’s monumental political and economic power — greater than most if not all the governments of nation-states — is the major impediment to such reforms.
Beyond that, both Facebook and Twitter receive substantial, unique legal benefits from federal law, further negating the claim that they are free to do whatever they want as private companies. Just as is true of Major League Baseball — which is subject to regulation by Congress as a result of the antitrust exemption they enjoy under the law — these social media companies receive a very valuable and particularized legal benefit in the form of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields them from any liability for content published on their platforms, including defamatory material or other legally proscribed communications.
No company can claim such massive, unique legal exemptions from the federal law and then simultaneously claim they owe no duties to the public interest and are not answerable to anyone. To advocate that is a form of authoritarian corporatism: simultaneously allowing tech giants to claim legally conferred privileges and exemptions while insisting that they can act without constraints of any kind.
Then there is the practical impact of Twitter and Facebook uniting to block content published by a major newspaper. It is true in theory that one can still read the suppressed article by visiting the New York Post website directly, but the stranglehold that these companies exert over our discourse is so dominant that their censorship amounts to effective suppression of the reporting.
In 2018, Pew Research found that “about two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) get news on social media sites. One-in-five get news there often.“ The combination of Facebook, Google and Twitter controls the information received by huge numbers of Americans, Pew found. “Facebook is still far and away the site Americans most commonly use for news. About four-in-ten Americans (43%) get news on Facebook. The next most commonly used site for news is YouTube [owned by Google], with 21% getting news there, followed by Twitter at 12%.”
While Twitter still falls short of Facebook in terms of number of users, a 2019 report found that “Twitter remains the leading social network among journalists at 83%.” Censoring a story from Twitter thus has disproportionate impact by hiding it from the people who determine and shape the news.
The grave dangers posed by the censorship actions of yesterday should be self-evident. Just over two weeks before a presidential election, Silicon Valley giants — whose industry leaders and workforce overwhelmingly favor the Democratic candidate — took extraordinary steps to block millions, perhaps tens of millions, of American voters from being exposed to what purports to be a major exposé by one of the country’s oldest and largest newspapers.
As the New York Times put it in an article in March about the political preferences of tech leaders: “Silicon Valley has long leaned blue.” Large numbers of tech executives, including Facebook’s second-in-command Sheryl Sandberg, were also vocally supportive of Hillary Clinton in 2016. At the very least, the perception, if not the reality, has been created that these tech giants are using their unprecedented power over political and election-related information to prevent the dissemination of negative reporting about the presidential candidate they favor. Whatever that is, it is not democratic or something to cheer.
The rationale offered by both Twitter and Facebook to justify this censorship makes it more alarming, not less. Twitter claimed that the Post article violates its so-called “Hacked Materials Policy,” which it says permits “commentary on or discussion about hacked materials, such as articles that cover them but do not include or link to the materials themselves”; in other words, Twitter allows links to articles about hacked materials but bans “links to or images of hacked material themselves.”
The company added that their policy “prohibits the use of our service to distribute content obtained without authorization” because, they said, they “don’t want to incentivize hacking by allowing Twitter to be used as distribution for possibly illegally obtained materials.”
But that standard, if taken seriously and applied consistently, would result in the banning from the platform of huge amounts of the most important and consequential journalism. After all, a large bulk of journalism is enabled by sources providing “content obtained without authorization” to journalists, who then publish it.
Indeed, many of the most celebrated and significant stories of the last several decades — the Pentagon Papers, the WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder video and war logs, the Snowden reporting, the Panama Papers, the exposés from the Brazil Archive we reported over the last year — relied upon publication of various forms of “hacked materials” provided by sources. The same is true of the DNC and Podesta emails that exposed corruption and forced the 2016 resignation of the top five officials of the Democratic National Committee.
Does anyone think it would be justifiable or politically healthy for tech giants to bar access to those documents of historic importance in journalism and politics? That is what the Twitter policy, taken on its face, would require.
For that matter, why is Twitter not blocking access to the ongoing New York Times articles that disclose the contents of President Trump’s tax returns, the unauthorized disclosure of which is a crime? Why did those platforms not block links to the now-notorious Rachel Maddow segment where she revealed details about one of Trump’s old tax returns on the ground that it was “content obtained without authorization”? Or what about the virtually daily articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News and others that explicitly state they are publishing information that the source is unauthorized to disclose: how does that not fall squarely within the banning policy as Twitter defined it yesterday?
Worse still, why does Twitter’s “hacking” policy apply to the New York Post story at all? While the Post’s claims about how these emails were obtained are dubious at best, there is no evidence — unlike the award-winning journalism scoops referenced above — that they were obtained by virtue of “hacking” by a source.
Facebook’s rationale for suppression — that it needs to have its “fact checking” partners verify the story before allowing it to be spread — poses different but equally alarming dangers. What makes Mark Zuckerberg’s social media company competent to “fact check” the work of other journalists? Why did Facebook block none of the endless orgy of Russiagate conspiracy theories from major media outlets that were completely unproven if not outright false?
Do we really want Facebook serving as some sort of uber-editor for U.S. media and journalism, deciding what information is suitable for the American public to read and which should be hidden from it after teams of journalists and editors at real media outlets have approved its publication? And can anyone claim that Facebook’s alleged “fact-checking” process is applied with any remote consistency given how often they failed to suppress sketchily sourced or facially unreliable stories — such as, say, the Steele Dossier and endless articles based on it? Can you even envision the day when an unproven conspiracy theory — leaked by the CIA or FBI to the Washington Post or NBC News — is suppressed pending “fact-checking” by Facebook?
Twitter is not opposed to hacked materials and Facebook is not opposed to dubiously sourced stories. They are opposed to such things only when such stories anger powerful factions. When those power centers are the ones disseminating such stories, they will continue to have free rein to do so.
The glaring fallacy that always lies at the heart of pro-censorship sentiments is the gullible, delusional belief that censorship powers will be deployed only to suppress views one dislikes, but never one’s own views. The most cursory review of history, and the most minimal understanding of how these tech giants function, instantly reveals the folly of that pipe dream.
Facebook is not some benevolent, kind, compassionate parent or a subversive, radical actor who is going to police our discourse in order to protect the weak and marginalized or serve as a noble check on mischief by the powerful. They are almost always going to do exactly the opposite: protect the powerful from those who seek to undermine elite institutions and reject their orthodoxies.
Tech giants, like all corporations, are required by law to have one overriding objective: maximizing shareholder value. They are always going to use their power to appease those they perceive wield the greatest political and economic power.
That is why Facebook accepts virtually every request from the Israeli Government to remove the pages of Palestinian journalists and activists on the grounds of “incitement,” but almost never accepts Palestinians’ requests to remove Israeli content. It is the same reason Facebook blocks and censors governments adverse to the U.S., but not the other way around. They are going to heed the interests of the powerful at the expense of those who lack it. It is utter madness to want to augment their censorship powers or to expect they will use it for any other ends.
Facebook and Twitter have in the past censored the content or removed the accounts of far-right voices. They have done the same to left-wing voices. That is always how it will work: it is exclusively the voices on the fringes and the margins, the dissidents, those who reside outside of the factions of power who will be subjected to this silencing. Mainstream political and media voices, and the U.S. Government and its allies, will be fully free to spread conspiracy theories and disinformation without ever being subjected to these illusory “rules.”
Censorship power, like the tech giants who now wield it, is an instrument of status quo preservation. The promise of the internet from the start was that it would be a tool of liberation, of egalitarianism, by permitting those without money and power to compete on fair terms in the information war with the most powerful governments and corporations.
But just as is true of allowing the internet to be converted into a tool of coercion and mass surveillance, nothing guts that promise, that potential, like empowering corporate overloads and unaccountable monopolists to regulate and suppress what can be heard.
To observe that those who are cheering for this today because they happen to like this particular outcome are being short-sighted and myopic is to woefully understate the case. The only people who should want to live in a world where Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai and Jeff Bezos have a stranglehold on what can be said and heard are those whose actions are devoted to the perpetuation of their power and who benefit from their hegemony.
Everyone else will eventually be faced with the choice of conformity or censorship, of refraining from expressing prohibited views as the cost for maintaining access to crucial social media platforms. The only thing more authoritarian than the acts of Facebook and Twitter yesterday is the mentality that causes ordinary people to cheer it, to be grateful for the power and control they have long wielded and yesterday finally unleashed.
Update: Oct. 16, 2020, 6:18 a.m. ET Late Thursday evening, Twitter announced changes to its ”Hacked Materials Policy” designed to address concerns that its policy as stated — and as applied to the Post articles — would result in the banning of crucial reporting based on hacked materials or other “unauthorized” disclosures. Explained by Vijaya Gadde, a top Twitter executive, the new rules now provide that Twitter’s policy applies not to articles by news outlets reporting on hacked materials but only in those cases when the hacked material “is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them.” Additionally, going forward, Twitter “will label Tweets to provide context instead of blocking links from being shared.” Gadde said specifically that the changes are intended “to address the concerns that there could be many unintended consequences to journalists, whistleblowers and others in ways that are contrary to Twitter’s purpose of serving the public conversation.”
There are still serious concerns about what Twitter did in this particular case and how these rules will be applied to future cases, but these changes are a commendably responsive effort to minimize the dangers of this policy and alleviate the concerns raised by journalists and transparency advocates.
https://theintercept.com/2020/10/15/facebook-and-twitter-cross-a-line-far-more-dangerous-than-what-they-censo
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2020.10.15 18:38 walkingonairglow I’m 27, work as an Administrative Assistant in Albany, NY, and this week I spent some of my money on cider donuts

(Oops, I forgot the flair...)
Assets and Debt:
Retirement balance: $7000. I started my 401(k) when I was eligible at my current company and have put in 13% since.
Savings account balance: $14,000
Checking account balance: $11,000
Credit card balance: $1100 when the diary starts, which is my spending since my August statement date. September’s statement balance gets paid off during the diary.
Student loan balance: $12,900 from a degree in English because I intended to be a technical writer. Currently on pandemic forbearance.
Car loan: $1900 when the diary starts
Income Progression
I really have nothing to say for myself. I had a $10/hour internship in technical writing when I was in college, and since then I’ve had one $17/hour job anywhere near that field (I did layout and proofreading), and otherwise worked retail while trying to get a job. Finally I got my current job which was $19/hour when I started and now closer to $20/hour.
Income
TWO PAYCHECK MONTH: $2100 after $410 to my 401(k), $64 for health/dental/vision insurance, and taxes
THREE PAYCHECK MONTH: $3250 after $615 to my 401(k), $96 for health/dental/vision insurance, and taxes (October is a three paycheck month for me.)
Side job monthly takehome: $100-$150, PRE-TAX since it’s paid on a 1099
My partner and I do not pool our incomes. After the household bills he pays and the ones I pay, we have about the same amount remaining. I’m being vague about his job and income partly for his privacy and partly because I think it would be identifying.
Monthly fixed expenses
My partner pays rent, gas, and electric in full, it’s $1500 or less depending on gas and electric use
Auto + renter’s insurance: $200 (I pay in full)
Internet: $75 (I pay in full)
Trash: $26 (I pay in full)
(Edit for clarity: Neither of us gives the other any money toward the bills we each pay. I do not give him any money towards rent. I effectively do not pay rent and he effectively does not pay the smaller bills.)
Phone: $25 (my line on a family plan. My parents pay for 30 gigs of data to be shared by everyone on the plan.)
Car payment: $300 minimum (but I’ve been paying $900 to finish it off)
Student loan payment: $205 (not due so I’m not paying it until the forbearance ends. I am saving it with the intent of sending it to the loans: $1640 so far.)
Donations: $10 per paycheck goes into a ‘donation fund’, which I use when I see something to donate to
Yearly fixed expenses
$50 Sam’s Club membership
$20 Microsoft 365 subscription (I pay my parents for my share of a family plan, and to be honest they refused the money this year because of the pandemic)
Financial background questions
Was there an expectation for you to attend higher education?
Yes, but I wonder how much of that was that we were interested in fields that required it. My mom has a lot of family members who were very successful in blue collar jobs, so I can’t imagine she’d have insisted we go to college if we had other plans.
Did you participate in higher education and how did you pay for it?
I have a bachelor’s degree in English. I had a half-tuition scholarship, took out the max in federal loans, put in what money I could, and my parents paid some. I would have had to take out a small private loan but other relatives loaned me the money with no interest. (I’ve paid them back.)
Growing up, what kind of conversations did you have about money? Did your parent/guardian(s) educate you about finances?
We never discussed my parents’ finances with specific numbers, but they were very clear about their philosophy of managing their spending on small things in order to afford the big things that mattered to them. When they gave us an allowance there were rules about saving and donating percentages of it, and they educated us on things like credit cards, student loans, and saving for retirement.
What was your first job and why did you get it?
Summer nanny because my parents knew the family and suggested it. After that, the internship because my parents suggested it and I wanted spending money while in college, since I’d spend most of my savings.
Did you worry about money growing up?
Only once that I can think of, when my mom mentioned she might have to get a job. (She’d always wanted to be a stay at home mom and we all knew it, so that was pretty jarring.)
Do you worry about money now?
I worry about everything, so yes. (And of course the pandemic has only made that worse.)
At what age did you become financially responsible for yourself?
Never, if you count being on family plans and not splitting household expenses evenly. In terms of paying household bills, buying groceries, etc, at 24 when I moved out of my parents’ house to be with my partner (who’d recently moved too).
Do you have a financial safety net?
I’m sure my family would give me/us money if we needed it. My partner’s family would probably offer too, but given their financial situation I wouldn’t want to accept.
Do you or have you ever received passive or inherited income?
$1,000 after a relative died. I wanted to use it toward a special trip in memory of him (to a foreign country), but then COVID happened so I guess I’ll have to find something else special to do with it. Or just throw it at my student loans.

Day 1- Thursday
Morning- My partner's alarm goes off. He snoozes a couple times, then gets up and ready for work, coming in to kiss me goodbye before leaving. I go back to sleep and have a nice dream about going to a dance with him, and going to a lake just outside the door to sit with our feet in the water. Then my alarm goes off and I wake up and get ready for work. I remember I still have laundry in the dryer that I forgot to fold last night-- oops. On the way to work I play along with a quiz on the radio-- I liked it more when it was more general knowledge questions, now it's mostly current events which I'm terrible at.
Lunchtime- Work's been quiet all morning. I got to chat with some coworkers about the storm and power outages last night. I didn't realize how much I need these little interactions until I went without them for two months due to the shutdown. We can't use the microwave or fridge at work due to COVID, so I'm glad I live close enough to head home for lunch. I have a leftover Korean Inspired Chicken Bowl (I used russets since my partner doesn't like sweet potatoes, and we ran out of gochujang so I added some sriracha) and a chocolate pudding cup. Check the New York Forward site for the latest COVID statistics.
Afternoon- A coworker shows me a gadget she brought in to heat up cups of water for tea. This is an awesome idea, since the hot water tap is also off due to COVID. I might have to get one myself.
After work- I head home, have an apple cider donut from a local farm for a snack, and work on my side hustle. My partner’s picking up chicken for dinner, and I cook Mrs. T's perogies to go with it, since my mom texted me that today is National Perogi Day. I would have liked to get homemade perogis, but the only place we know is pretty far away. Partner pays for the chicken, $28 with tip, and we eat when he gets home.
Evening- I go to get the clothes out of the driver and find I never turned it on. Eep. I dry them and fold them, and realize there's a hole in my jeans, so I order a new pair. I look to see if there's anything worth adding to get free shipping... and I end up adding some masks. I'd been not buying any that I liked as a safe smidge of rebellion (I'll wear it but I won't pretend to enjoy it!) and in hopes that maybe someday I can stop wearing them, but I guess I give up. ($60.34) I drink half a Sparkling Ice and write and play around online until bed. The fountain pen I'm using runs dry, so I clean it and change colors to Diamine Oxblood.
Daily total: $60.34
Day 2- Friday
Morning- Much the same as yesterday except I dream about a wild boarding school and a store of elaborate doll-sized clothes. Before heading to work I check the thermostat-- the house has been staying warm enough I still haven't turned the heat on. Looks like it might have to go on today but I'll wait until we're home for the evening.
Lunchtime- Another quiet morning. I head home and heat up leftover Chicken and Black Bean Soup (no tortilla chips and no jalapeno... but I wish I'd put in the jalapeno since I couldn't get Rotel so I used the Del Monte version and it's not as spicy). It is nice to be able to heat the soup on the stove. I start working on my grocery list for tonight. Normally I shop Sunday or Monday, we eat homecooked all week, and then get takeout (or eat out, pre-COVID) on the weekends, but my partner has to work late this month so we've shifted the takeout to during the work week. I get a notification from Prism that my credit card bill has been paid-- I have it paid three business days before the due date. The balance is now around $450. I eat a couple Cadbury candy-coated eggs (I bought a giant bag around Easter but didn’t open it until June) and check NY Forward for COVID stats.
After work- Oh good, no deluge of work at 4:05. I head home, have an apple cider donut, and work on my side hustle for a bit. I check the prompt for Flash Fiction Friday (a weekly event where you have 24 hours to write a 100-1,000 word piece inspired by the prompt) so I can start thinking about it while I shop and cook. Ooh, “blood on my name”? Interesting.
Dinnertime- I go to the grocery store and buy ingredients for four dinners (well, three and a bit: I have almost everything for tonight’s), and Polar Seltzer, plus a couple household items: CLR and Goo Gone. Also sugar and butter since I have coupons to get one of each for $0.99. ($72.28) I hate grocery shopping since the pandemic because of the masks and one-way aisles and because I have to pack my own bags so I’m always afraid I’m taking too long and the person behind me in line is judging me. I get home just as my partner gets home, and get to work on dinner which is Balsamic Mushrooms and Herby Kale Mashed Potatoes. While it’s cooking I wash dishes, since I’ve let my lunch containers pile up. It’s late by the time we eat.
Late evening- My partner opens an Ommegang Witte and sits down to watch video game streaming. I join him for a bit and share part of the beer. Then I do a little more work on my side hustle, and write and post my flash fiction piece. I see Birmingham Pen Co. has released some new inks– they’re rereleasing old colors, now made completely handmade– but not the one I’m most interested in so I [browser-]window shop but don’t order anything. Thanks to dinner and dishwashing the house has warmed up to 73– the furnace is staying off another night!
Daily total: $72.28
Day 3- Saturday
Morning- I get up around 9 on weekends. I take a shower, then work on my side hustle and play around online. My partner stays up late on weekend nights so he won’t be up for a while. I realize I should make the payment to my car loan while I’m thinking about it. The due date is the 15th, but my student loan due date was the 6th, so when I switched from focusing on student loans to focusing on my car I decided to pay everything around the 6th. Then student loans went on forbearance, extra payments pushed my car loan due date to like January ’21, and I’ve become super lax about when I pay it. I make the payment– now I should only have two left!
Noonish- I make slow cooker chili for dinner tonight. (My partner found the recipe originally, no idea where he got it, but I can tell you it calls for cocoa powder and sugar and we sub in chocolate chips instead.) and wash some dishes. I check NY Forward. Partner gets up and we order subs from an Italian deli for lunch. I spot my absentee ballot sitting on my desk, so I grab it, vote, and stick it in the mail when we leave.
Afternoon/Evening- We go pick up the subs– partner goes in and pays, based on past experience it’s around $25– and then go to a farm to pick a pumpkin ($8). While we’re there we stand in a long line for cider donuts ($8.75 for a dozen), and then go visit their animals– mostly goats and chickens plus a cow and a sheep. By the time we’re heading home we realize there’s no way we’ll want dinner if we eat the subs, so when we get home I turn off the slow cooker and eventually stick the crock in the fridge. We eat the subs and then I go back to my usual (side hustle, writing, playing around online, +/- Spotify and YouTube). I check the payment platform for my side hustle and have over $50 sitting there, so I withdraw $50 to my savings account. Head to bed at midnight.
Daily total: $16.75
Day 4- Sunday
Morning- Get up around 9, sit around in my pajamas for a while before convincing myself to get dressed. I have a cider donut (and a couple candy-coated eggs) and then watch livestream Mass from my partner’s old church. I haven’t been to church in person since the shutdown, and I’ve been rotating what church I watch every week: my church, my parents’, my college, churches I’ve been to on vacation. Then I play some Animal Crossing– I haven’t played in a while so I’ve been missing the fall features. My best friend and I had discussed playing together after she got her island set up, so I give her a text. She says she’s going to see her parents right now but maybe later.
Afternoon- Heat up leftover steak for lunch, grab a Sparkling Ice, and turn on the football game. I listen to the radio broadcast online while watching the animated game updates on the ESPN website. Really miss being able to watch my hometown teams on TV. (My parents let me use their cable subscription online, so I can watch if my team is being shown nationwide, but it’s a 1:00 game today so teams local to where I live now are also playing.) Put the chili back on for dinner tonight.
Late afternoon- Partner washes dishes. I write and watch YouTube. Consider texting my friend to ask if she’s ready for Animal Crossing but I told her to let me know and I don’t want to bug her.
Evening- Chili for dinner, and I open the last Ommegang Witte. After dinner my partner goes to the grocery store– I’d asked him to make chicken noodle soup or chicken broccoli and rice this week but he hadn’t gotten back to me on which so I didn’t buy the ingredients on Friday. He asks if I want anything, I say maybe maple cream Oreos? He returns with ingredients, gochujang, the Oreos, and Sun Chips, having spent $19 plus $5 in rewards points. After more of my usual I take a shower and head to bed at 11:30, my ‘work night’ bedtime.
Daily total: 0
Day 5- Monday
Morning- My partner snoozes, then gets up. He doesn’t kiss me goodbye and I hear him zoom off down the street, so I assume he just found out he needs to be at work ASAP. Before my alarm goes off I dream about using my telescope in my parents’ driveway. On the way to work I have to wait for someone to finish pulling out of a driveway, then let someone else pull out of their driveway to get in front of them… and after all that they both pull into a Stewarts a couple hundred feet down the road. I’m confused.
Lunchtime- Head home and eat leftover pizza for lunch, along with some Sun Chips and a couple of the candy-coated eggs. Check NY Forward.
Afternoon- I have a meeting with a manager to discuss a project I’m working on for his department. To my surprise, I find out that he also wants me to start doing some writing for his department! What?! I think I manage to be cool and matter-of-fact about this but I feel like jumping up and down.
After work- I’m making a pork roast for dinner, so– after quickly looking up how tightly to wrap it, the recipe is not specific and I’ve never done this before– I get it in the oven. Have more Sun Chips and a couple Oreos for a snack. Work on my side hustle. By the time I put potatoes in the oven to roast for a side, the smell of the roasting pork is about to make me cry. It’s my mom’s recipe so it smells like home, and during a pandemic when they live in a different state whose new cases have just gone over 10 per 100k so my state’s governor is about to announce a travel ban (well, not a ban, a required 14-day quarantine after returning, and I can’t afford that), that’s almost too much to take.
Evening- Obviously it takes a long time to roast the roast, so we eat late. I saw this coming, but Saturday threw everything off and I didn’t want to freeze the roast. My partner is super happy with the pork and with the side, garlic roast potatoes and asparagus. I only used half the potatoes and asparagus, figuring I’ll make the other half fresh to go with the leftover half of the roast. After dinner I drink half a Sparkling Ice and do my usual until bedtime. Saturday was warm and today the oven warmed the house, so I still haven’t turned on the heat.
Daily total: 0
Day 6- Tuesday
Early morning- Wake up after a dream about my grandpa dying. My mind goes straight to memories of my other grandpa dying, and it takes me a while to get back to sleep.
Morning- Typical morning routine. I remember to take the garbage out to the curb, which is not as typical as it should be.
Lunchtime- Head home, heat up leftover chili. My car is dinging about tire pressure so I’ll need to add ‘winter air’, but it’s clammy out today so I think I’ll do it tomorrow when it’s supposed to be warmer and sunny. Check NY Forward. Travel advisories not announced yet.
Afternoon- Work is dragging, and to top it off I hear a coworker tell another that she’s going to tell her a secret later. My brain being what it is, I quietly freak out that the secret is either gossip about me, or news that I’m going to be fired.
After work- Get home, bring in the trash can, check the mail and my clothing order is here. I spend a good 15 minutes trying on the jeans to decide if they fit weird and eventually decide I’m okay with them. On the bright side, they have full front pockets now! Full as in my entire phone fits into them! (This should not be so rare.) Also in the mail was the internet bill, so I schedule that in Prism. Snack on a cider donut, work on side hustle. I brace myself and check the travel advisories… and my parents’ state is not one of them? I check the Global Epidemics map– yep, it went back down to just below 10 per 100k.
Evening- Make Pork Chops in Mushroom Paprika Sauce, an old favorite– except not quite, my partner request I use cubed pork this time so it’s even more stroganoff-y. Partner gets home and we eat and then hang out for a while. Then I take a shower, a bit of my usual, and head to bed after finally turning on the heat.
Daily total: 0
Day 7- Wednesday
Morning- Morning routine and head to work. Unusually for me, I don’t remember my dream.
Lunchtime- Head home and heat up leftovers from last night. Eat a couple Oreos– we’re 2/3 of the way through the pack so I’m definitely going to be buying more of these when I shop on Friday. I remembered they were good but forgot how good.
After work: Get gas for the first time in a month. I think the farthest we’ve been from home is the cider donuts and goats farm, and we took my partner’s car both times we went there. The pump shuts off before the tank is full and I can't get it going again, so I leave with 3/4 of a tank. ($18.85) When I get home I put air in the tires, replace the worn-out twist tie on the compressor cord with a Velcro cord wrap, and Snapchat my mom thanks for letting me take some from her giant pack of cord wraps the last time I was home. (I knew I wanted them for something.) Cider donut for a snack, work on side hustle. Check Pocketguard to see if my car loan balance has been updated yet, which it hasn’t, but… uh… the employer contribution to my 401(k) has been made and it’s $700? That’s way more than I was expecting. I’m only 20% vested but still. A nice surprise. And more good news– the certificates for completing Writer’s Month (sorta like NaNoWriMo for shorter pieces– you have to fill 31 prompts in around 40 days) are out! I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing.
Dinnertime- Partner arrives home (much earlier than the last two days) with a pint of Pumpkin to Talk About ice cream he picked up while getting a coffee. Yay! I make the potato and asparagus side again and heat up the pork and gravy, and we have dinner. Then I drink half a Sparkling Ice and write for a bit, until the fountain pen I’m using– the one I didn’t clean and fill last week– runs dry.
After dinner: I always call my mom on Wednesday nights and she always puts me on speaker so I can ‘hang out’ with her, my dad, and any siblings who are around. I always put her on speaker too because of the length of the calls, and so if I have a pen to clean I can do that while we talk. I clean the pen and fill it with Robert Oster Gold Antiqua. We talk until almost midnight– the except to the work night bedtime is my calls with Mom.
Daily total: $18.85
Total spending:
Food & Drink: $67.55
Fun & Entertainment: $8
Home/Health: $13.48
Clothes & Beauty: $60.34
Transport: $18.85
Other: 0
Grand total: $168.22
This was an average-to-high spending week for me. I hadn’t bought clothes since March, and I only got gas every two to three weeks even before the pandemic. Between naturally being a saver and going a total of two years without a full-time job after college, I’m really good at not spending money on myself. Part of this is being really good at not buying things to try to fill a void they can't fill, which has been a useful skill since the pandemic began and left me with so much void that no thing can fill.
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2020.10.12 22:45 NamNguyen56 The US House of Representatives Report reveals the Chinese Communist Party's tricks to penetrate the United Nations

The US House of Representatives Report reveals the Chinese Communist Party's tricks to penetrate the United Nations

![img](rwdgj18d7qs51 " Recently, the US House of Representatives released a report exposing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) penetration methods at the United Nations and other international organizations, and proposed a response strategy. overview. The US media also presented relatively carefully about this penetrating behavior. On September 30, the \"China Task Force\" of the US House of Representatives released an investigative report, making 430 policy recommendations on 82 important findings about the CCP. One of the findings is: The CCP is adopting a coordinated strategy to overthrow the international system that the United States established after World War II, to enhance its ideological and geopolitical advantage. . 📷
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The House of Representatives report pointed out that the CCP seeks to place the people of their own choosing in important positions within the United Nations (UN) and then redefine the norms and norms that the UN is responsible for upholding. .
Specifically, how does the CCP work? The Wall Street Journal reported on September 29 that the CCP has used various unequal methods such as bribery and intimidation to place its people in key positions in the UN. Bullying UN agencies, distorting the international ideal of democracy
In March of this year, the CCP won a seat as a member of the five-nation UN Human Rights Council's core advisory group. This group is responsible for selecting UN human rights investigators. When the CCP forcibly enforced the "Hong Kong National Security Law" at the end of June, the UN Human Rights Council voted on the law, there were 53 countries supporting the CCP's act of repression and only 27 countries. excerpts of the law.
According to The Wall Street Journal, this is the latest example of the CCP's control over UN agencies and towards the goals of the CCP. The CCP used the UN to the fullest extent to aid its dictatorship, which caused many problems for the United States and its allies. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the democratic countries of the West expected the United Nations to become an organization promoting global democracy and human rights. But now, the CCP is using the UN as a tool to help them promote a different ideology to replace Western democracy.
The UN has 15 specialized organizations, but the CCP representatives occupy four leadership positions of four organizations, including: International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). While the remaining 11 organizations are led by representatives of 11 different countries.
National flags outside the UN headquarters in New York. (NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images) National flags outside the UN headquarters in New York. (NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images)
These leadership positions allow Beijing to shape international rules and standards at its disposal, The Wall Street Journal said. For example, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) listed Taiwan as one of China's provinces in its epidemic report. Zhao Houlin, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), gave a lecture on the CCP's 5G technology, defended Huawei and the CCP, and promoted the regulation of a new Internet treaty. Accordingly, Western governments will allow more surveillance and censorship.
The US House of Representatives report mentioned that those who were supported by the CCP and put in these positions completely defamed the required neutrality of UN officials. Once, the former deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (Chinese) boasted about using UN security personnel to expel Uighurs from a UN conference, he said: "We must be resolute. to protect the interests of the Fatherland ”.
US officials say the Trump administration believes the UN system has been divided into two parts, one side is irreversible and the other side is irreversible. In July of this year, the US government announced it would withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) and announced that when the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic began to appear, WHO shook hands with the CCP and caused the virus to spread. lan. Taking advantage of the UN's reputation to promote expansion policies
The US House of Representatives report shows that the CCP is using far-reaching influence to intimidate the UN system for the interests of the CCP, legalizing ideology of the CCP and enhances the credibility of the CCP's corrupt transactions.
In recent years, the CCP has strongly promoted the "One Belt, One Road" project (BRI), and international organizations have naturally become the stage for the CCP to promote the project. About 30 UN agencies have signed a memorandum in support of the "One Belt, One Road" project.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the CCP can use this to declare that the "One Belt, One Road" initiative has been recognized by the UN. But the reality is that these projects are decided by the CCP, mainly using Chinese companies, and often leaves poor countries in deep debt.
Mr. Moritz Rudolf, founder of Eurasia Bridges - a German consulting firm, after researching on the BRI project, said: "China (the CCP) can make the UN become more and more Chinese (CCP)." than. It has been systematically carried out.
The CCP's "One Belt, One Road" Initiative . (Stock Photo Epoch Times) The CCP "One Belt, One Road" initiative. (Stock Photo Epoch Times )
Taking advantage of loopholes, bribing, threatening leaders and representatives of countries
The CCP has taken advantage of the UN's regulations for developing countries - with relatively low costs (in 2018, the CCP spent $ 1.3 billion on the UN system, which is only a fraction of the commitment. US $ 10 billion annually), but has provided large sums of money and other assistance to dozens of developing countries in Africa, the Pacific and other regions to form a quitting corporation. votes at the United Nations, aimed at defeating the candidates and proposals of the West.
The US House of Representatives report specifically indicated that, in June 2019, the CCP candidate Khuat Dong Ngoc (Qu Dongyu) won the position of General Manager of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). . However, the CCP bribes, threatens commercial transactions and investment in the countries 'One Belt, One Road' project to secure votes, thereby defeating qualified candidates. the pro-democracies.
The Wall Street Journal reported that at that time Beijing tried very hard to seek support from developing countries for the CCP nominee Quat Dong Ngoc nominated by the CCP. In Uganda, Chinese diplomats met at President Yoweri Museveni's ranch and promised that if Mr. Museveni's government supported Mr. Khuat Dong Ngoc, the CCP would help build a beef slaughterhouse. cost 25 million USD and a textile factory.
Cameroon nominated economist Médi Moungui to run for FAO Director General. But after the CCP canceled Cameroon's $ 78 million overdue debt, candidate Médi Moungui abruptly announced to withdraw from the election.
US officials said that, at the polling place in Rome, the CCP sent a delegation of 80 to 100 people, while a typical delegation consisted of just over a dozen. The CCP representatives also brought with them cameras capable of zooming in to the polling place and recording video of the vote which had to be kept secret. American and European officials said that in some cases, the CCP also asked representatives of other countries to take pictures of their votes to prove that they support Khuat Dong Ngoc.
The event that Mr. Khuat Dong Ngoc was elected has set alarm bells for the US and its allies. The United States sent a Special Envoy to stop the CCP from doing evil
One of the US strategies to fight the CCP is to show the power of democratic countries; reaffirming its values ​​of democracy, human rights and the rule of law; united with its main allies, to push the CCP to change its behavior and stop transforming the UN.
The US House of Representatives report indicated that, after the FAO election, the United States increased its efforts to deal with the CCP's overthrow of the UN system. The US government has sent a new Special Envoy to the UN to coordinate work among UN agencies and organizations and to cooperate with allies. The US government has taken a more cautious attitude toward UN elections, having begun its efforts to support more American employees working at the UN.
The US efforts have yielded success. The Wall Street Journal reported that, the United States and its partners have launched a joint campaign to successfully stop the CCP from taking over the leadership of the fifth UN agency - the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). ).
Earlier this year, a coalition of the US, European countries and India ... joined together to oppose the CCP's taking over the leadership position of the World Intellectual Property Organization - the organization based in Geneva and is responsible for protecting copyrights, patents and trademarks across borders.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a written statement: "We cannot allow those who violate intellectual property rules to head the World Intellectual Property Organization."
The US officials focused on building election rules to avoid aggressive acts of the CCP like the Rome vote. The United States won support and formed rules: Limiting the number of delegates in the voting booth and ensuring the privacy of the vote.
On the 4th of March voting, the United States sent two delegations. One is a 6-person voting booth group, responsible for liaising with diplomats in Geneva. Another sideline event group includes Ambassadors and senior officials to keep the election short and not give Beijing time to exert diplomatic pressure on countries. This strategy worked.
On the day of the voting, Singapore's Daren Tang defeated the CCP candidate Wang Binying in the first round and won the majority of votes in the second round.
In response to the CCP's expansion in the UN, the US House of Representatives report made four recommendations, for example: Congress should pass the UN Transparency and Accountability Act (UNTAA) to against harmful actions in the UN system, etc.
According to the Chinese Epoch Times
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2020.10.12 21:00 portlane Gerald Ashley (Sept. 21, 1943 - Oct. 8, 2020)

Gerald Lee 'Jerry' Ashley
Sept. 21, 1943 - Oct. 8, 2020
Gerald Lee "Jerry" Ashley, 77, of Happy Valley, Ore., passed away Oct. 8, 2020.
Born Sept. 21, 1943, he grew up in Tygh Valley, Ore., where he graduated from Maupin (Ore.) High School. He attended and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA and Master's Degree in Mathematics. He met his future bride, Donna Louise Sayler at the University of Oregon, and they were married in 1965. They settled in Beaverton, Ore., with Jerry working as a middle school teacher before joining the Air National Guard. After completing basic training, he worked for Tektronix for the next 24 years.
Jerry was always fascinated with computers and information, often reading encyclopedia volumes cover to cover in the pre-internet days. While with Tektronix, he and his family lived in Amsterdam, Holland, for two years as he helped open a new office. They traveled extensively throughout Europe, often with relatives visiting from the United States. After returning to the United States, he continued his career with Tektronix.
When he wasn't working, much of Jerry's time was busy attending his kid's activities, skiing, jogging (the New York Marathon was a highlight in 1999), bicycling (Cycle Oregon and Seattle to Portland numerous times) and spending time at the family cabin in Pine Hollow, Ore. In 1990, he joined Sequent Computers until he retired in 2000. Retirement didn't fully take, as he taught math for 7 years at Clark Community College, Clackamas Community College and Columbia Gorge Community College. He and Donna also spent 15 years doing volunteer tax preparation.
Jerry and Donna traveled the world in retirement, visiting Nepal, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand, the British Isles, Greece, South America, Africa and countless other locations. Jerry was known for his sharp wit, corny jokes, and terrible sense of direction ("short cuts" with him were anything but).
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Fred L. Ashley; mother, Maxine F. Ashley; and brothers, Fred W. Ashley and Robert L. Ashley. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his son and daughter-in-law, Stuart and Jenna Ashley; his daughter and her partner, Andrea Ashley and Andrew Boone; and his three grandchildren, Owen Ashley, Hayden Ashley and Wyatt Ashley.
Donations may be made in Jerry's memory to the Oregon Humane Society. Jerry will be remembered in a private family celebration of his life.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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2020.10.12 20:42 jonisantucho Oscar Watch - Post Venice/TIFF/NYFF Edition

Several months ago, right after the last Academy Awards, I posted a long, long, long list of possible contenders that had prospects to fight for the next Oscars. It was a time of hope, of looking forward, and of positivity.
Then, COVID-19 happened.
And now, we find ourselves in a year that may change the movie industry forever, with the lack of safety of theaters in times of a pandemic accelerating the switch of mainstream audiences to streaming and VOD. These are times where some people are beginning to wonder, even after they pushed the eligibility date for two more months, why the Academy doesn’t cancel next year’s Oscars. And in this rocky terrain, we lost many contenders. Fire up the Hunger Games cannons, because these are some casualties of the season (so far).
Launched to 2021: Annette, Benedetta, Deep Water, Dune, In the Heights, King Richard, Last Night in Soho, Memoria, Nightmare Alley, Passing, Red, White and Water, Raya and the Last Dragon, The Last Duel, The Power of the Dog, Tick, Tick… Boom!, West Side Story.
Unknown status / missing in action: After Yang, Blonde, Breaking News in Yuba County, C’mon C’mon, Next Goal Wins, Stillwater, The French Dispatch, The Humans, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Those Who Wish Me Dead.
But even if this year isn’t as loaded with clear awards candidates, there are plenty of movies that are already drawing buzz for an Oscar season that started brewing a month ago, with the kickoff of the Venice Film Festival, and will go on for six and a half more months, when the Academy Awards take place on April 25, 2021. It’s gonna be a long, weird and rocky season, which is gonna be great to see in terms of the narratives that are coming up.
-Ammonite (trailer): When people were betting on the likelier contenders of this year, many people pointed in the direction of Francis Lee’s period drama, with previous Best Actress winner Kate Winslet and constant nominee Saoirse Ronan. Going into the premiere at Toronto, people had their eyes set in this queer romance between a paleontologist and a young wife in the coasts of England during the 19th century. But then, some things happened. First, Winslet started her promotion of the movie by talking about her regret for working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski that sounded unconvincing to the ominous Film Twitter. Then, another queer period drama, Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, started to take the attention away at Venice. And finally, the movie premiered. The reaction? Cold. Critics came out mixed with the movie, with many of them comparing it negatively to last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and saying that it’s too dull and alienating. Does that mean that all is lost? Not exactly. While the movie (which, considering the genre, really needs critics' support to get into the Best Picture category) has been dismissed, the acting by Winslet and Ronan has been received positively. Now that so many other contenders have been dropping out of the year, they might get some room to campaign from a (social) distance.
-Another Round (trailer): Speaking of TIFF premieres, a film that had a better time at the Canadian festival was the reunion between director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen, who reunited years after making the stirring drama The Hunt (not the one with Betty Gilpin carrying a bad political satire, the one about a Danish teacher wrongly accused of sexual abuse). This time, the material is lighter, being a dramedy about four teachers who decide to test out a theory about how people can live and work a little better if they increase the level of alcohol in their blood. Critics really liked the way the movie dealt with alcoholism, and Toronto audiences made it a runner up for the People’s Choice Award of the festival. In a year without so much exposure from other festivals, this Cannes 2020 selection could make a candidate for the Best International Film category.
-Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (trailer): Surprise, new Borat film! While Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines several times this year because of stunts that people assumed were about a second season of Who is America?, the Internet was shocked when, in early September, it was confirmed that it was actually a very niiiiice return from the journalist character that made him famous, shot during quarantine. In a matter of weeks after the reveal, the sequel got sold to Amazon Prime and got a release date for October 23. Why so soon? Well, apparently the movie, which got him in trouble with Rudy Giuliani and other people, is about Borat taking his daughter on a road trip to give her as a bride to VP Mike Pence. Even if this movie doesn’t manage to achieve the feats of the 2006 movie (which got a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, let’s remember), it will help Baron Cohen’s image a lot, because it will come a week after his big Oscar play.
-Cherry: While everybody knows them mostly because of their contributions to the MCU, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and actor Tom Holland are trying to branch out together. Now Apple has bought into their efforts, paying more than 40 million dollars to acquire their new crime drama, about the life of former Army medic Nico Walker, who started robbing banks after his days in Iraq left him with PTSD and a pill addiction. Will Holland manage this time to escape from the shadow of “oh, jeez, Mr. Stark” Spider-Man before Chaos Walking or the Uncharted movie come out? That’s a question for another day.
-Da 5 Bloods (trailer): Talk about timing. Merely days after the country was mobilized by the police brutality that continues to divide the United States, Spike Lee premiered his new war drama on Netflix. In a vibrant, disjointed but passionate portrait of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure, Lee struck gold yet again with his usual fans, even though the moving of the Oscar ceremony threatened to make it harder to remind Academy voters about this movie. However, with an astounding performance from Delroy Lindo (who is confirmed to be campaigned in the Best Actor category) and a supporting turn from Chadwick Boseman which got reframed with the news of his bravery in life and death, this has what it takes to fight for a spot in the Best Picture lineup.
-Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (trailer): When it became clear that quarantine wasn’t gonna be a breeze, the first movie in consideration wise enough to move a little further ahead in the calendar was this adaptation of the hit West End production about a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a release date on February 26, 20th Century Studios (man, it’s weird to not use Fox in that name) hopes to strike gold, with a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar names (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), now taking advantage of the move of other musicals like Annette, In The Heights and West Side Story. I mean, this has at the very least some Golden Globes nods in the bag.
-French Exit: Before its premiere as the closing film of the NYFF, many pundits were expecting this surreal comedy to be somewhat of a comeback for past Best Actress nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, who here plays a close to penniless widow who moves to Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) and cat, who also happens to be her reincarnated husband (Tracy Letts). However, the first reactions for the film adaptation of the Patrick deWitt novel were all over the place, with some people feeling cold by the execution of the weirdness and others being won over. Still, everybody had good things to say about Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance, but after the mixed reception to the rest of Azazel Jacobs’ film she really would need a lot of critics support to get anywhere near the Best Actress category. With a release date on February 12, it seems that Sony Pictures Classics is skipping the critics awards, and the distributor has a couple of big competitors above this one.
-Good Joe Bell: Every year, there are movies with big stars that go to festivals full of hope for praises and awards. Some of them work and go on, others don’t and get forgotten about. Mark Wahlberg tried to remind people that he occasionally is a good actor with a true life drama where he plays a father who decides to walk across America to raise awareness about bullying after his son, tormented for being gay, commits suicide. The film by Reinaldo Marcus Green premiered at TIFF, and the reaction was… not great. Some critics defended it, but most saw it as a flawed, baity product starring a man with a history of hate. Still, it got bought by a distributor: Solstice Studios, a new player in the game which just released its first movie, Unhinged (yup, the one about Russell Crowe road raging). While they paid 20 million dollars for Good Joe Bell, it’s clear that this won’t get near the Oscar telecast.
-Hillbilly Elegy: While many movies this year have some level of anticipation, Film Twitter is bracing for this movie in the “is this gonna be the next Green Book?” way. Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio has many fearing about the overuse of tropes involving what’s called white trash porn, but rarely, Netflix has kept silent about this release. Even though it has Oscar bridesmaids Glenn Close (7 nominations) and Amy Adams (6 nominations), the streamer has not even released a photo of the movie, which supposedly will come out in November. And if you want another bad omen, take a look at the lower levels of this list by a familiar voice.
-I’m Thinking of Ending Things (trailer): Speaking of Netflix, did you know that there is a new Charlie Kaufman there, right now? While his adaptation of the dark novel by Iain Reid, seemingly about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), got the usual reception of confusion and praise that follows his movies, the release was followed for what befalls most of the Netflix original movies: a couple of days in the Top 10, and then it fell into the void. While Buckley and Plemons deliver great work in this demented, melancholic story, it’s hard to see this movie getting anything else than a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Charlie. And that’s a long shot.
-I’m Your Woman: Following the little seen but critically acclaimed Miss Stevens and Fast Color, Julia Hart started 2020 with a Disney+ adaptation of the YA book Stargirl, and now she follows it with a drama for Amazon that will have its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI fest on October 15. In this movie, Rachel Brosnahan hopes to translate her TV success with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to the big screen, playing a woman in the ‘70s that has to go on the run with her kid due to her husband’s crimes.
-Judas and the Black Messiah (trailer): Even if this doesn’t end up winning any awards, it has a real shot at being the best trailer of 2020. Formerly titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, this biographical drama by Shaka King tells the tale of two men: Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader, and William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent to infiltrate the party and arrest him. While the trailer for this movie promised a release “only in theaters”, we shall see if Warner Bros backs down from that fight.
-Let Them All Talk: While we’re on the subject of Warner Bros, we have to mention what’s happening with HBO Max. While the start of the streaming service hasn’t been good (I mean, there are still people confused about that name) and it lead to some people assume will cause many firings, it has begun to make some buzzed titles on TV, like Close Enough, Raised by Wolves and the remains of the DC Universe failed streaming service. Now, to make a mark in the movie business, the streamer has a new Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges) in a cruise to find fun and come to terms with the past, while he flirts with a literary agent (Gemma Chan). While it doesn’t have a date yet, it’s confirmed to release in 2020, and at least we know that it can’t be worse than The Laundromat.
-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: While the expectations for the next film adaptation of an August Wilson acclaimed play were already high, the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman made this Netflix release one of the most anticipated movies of the season, considering this is his final movie. While past Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis takes the lead playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, Chadwick Boseman has a turn as the trumpeter Levee that was already being considered for awards, and now has even more people waiting to see. The thing is that one of the biggest competitions for Boseman this year will be Boseman himself, for his already acclaimed supporting turn on Da 5 Bloods, also released by Netflix. While the streamer will have to decide which of Chadwick’s performances will get the bigger campaign, this film by director George C. Wolfe has a cushy date set for December 18, and Viola is gunning hard for this movie to win.
-Mank (trailer): As you may have noticed by now, Netflix has a lot of plates spinning around this season, and this is the big one. After befriending the service with House of Cards and Mindhunter, David Fincher is going black and white to tackle a script by his late father Jack, about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane. More specifically, the making of the script, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, while accompanied by Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Charles Dance and Tom Burke. After watching the first trailer of his satire of 1930’s Hollywood (that will release on streaming on December 4), it’s clear that this is gonna be catnip to old Academy voters, and it would be really hard for this to miss the Best Picture line up. Unless it’s a complete cinematic disaster, Mank is bank.
-Minari (trailer): While the last edition of Sundance took place in January, quarantine makes you feel like it took place two years ago. This year, the big winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition was a dramedy by Lee Isaac Chung, about a Korean family in the ‘80s who suddenly gets moved by their father (Steven Yeun) to Arkansas, to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, distributor A24 hasn’t really had a big, Oscar nominated hit for the last couple of years, and the COVID-19 crisis made them delay all their releases. But when we were ready to write this off, a new trailer for the movie came out, confirming that it’s in the game of this awards season. Maybe the pandemic will be of help to A24, considering that one of the reasons they haven’t had success is that they divided their attention into too many releases, and ended up getting not much. This time, they are betting all on Lee who, even if this doesn’t go anywhere, also has a new gig coming up as the director of the live action remake of Your Name.
-News of the World (sneak peek): So much of this year has felt like a game of chicken between a virus and movie studios. While many movies chose to skip this year altogether, Universal remains firm (for now) with its plans to open a wide movie on Christmas Day, with a Western that reunites Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks in an enticing premise. In this drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel, Hanks plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War, who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. While the first sneak peek of the movie looks promising, the future is still in the air.
-Nomadland (trailer): While the world burns around Hollywood, Searchlight is betting big on Chloe Zhao’s new film. Using the strategy of taking the spotlight while the rest of the contenders is uncertain about how or when to be released, the indie drama began its journey at Venice, with critics raving about the story of a woman (two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. At the end of the fest, the movie won the coveted Golden Lion. To put that into perspective, the last three winners of the award were past Best Picture nominees The Shape of Water, Roma and Joker, with The Shape of Water (also distributed by Searchlight) also winning the big prize. After drawing critical acclaim following its virtual showing on TIFF and NYFF, Nomadland seems like the first lock in the Best Picture line up. Still, there are obstacles ahead. Will Zhao break the disappointment of the last few years, when deserving candidates for Best Director got blocked by the likes of Adam McKay and Todd Phillips? And will McDormand manage to get near a third Oscar, following a recent win for Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri? Time will tell.
-On the Rocks (trailer): While she hasn’t been near the Oscars for a while, Sofia Coppola is still a name that draws attention. This time, she opened the NYFF with a dramedy about a young mother (Rashida Jones) who reunites with her playboy father (Bill Murray, also reuniting with Sofia after Lost in Translation) on an adventure through New York to find out if her husband (Marlon Wayans) is cheating on her. The consensus seems to be that, while light and not near her best work, it’s still a fun and breezy movie, with a very good turn by Murray. While many would assume that this A24 production will disappear into the abyss when it releases on Apple TV+ on October 23, the dropping out of many candidates gives the movie a chance to, at least, fight for some Golden Globes.
-One Night in Miami (sneak peek): Following her recent Oscar and Emmy wins for If Beale Street Could Talk and Watchmen, Regina King is still striking hard, and this time, she’s doing it as a director. For her big screen debut as a filmmaker, she chose to adapt Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, when Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree) followed an iconic win with a hangout session with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Opening at Venice, the film received glowing reviews, with many praising King (even though some said that the movie doesn’t fully translate the play to the film medium) and the actors’ performances, especially Ben-Adir and Odom Jr. (who, it should be said, also wrote an original song for the end credits of the movie, which could help his Oscar chances). Amazon Prime is hoping that this is their big contender this year, with plans of a theatrical release on Christmas and a streaming release on January 15. Judging by the praise this got at festival season, it has a chance to go a long way.
-Over the Moon (trailer): In a year with not that many contenders for Best Animated Feature, Netflix is betting on a musical adventure directed by the legendary Glen Keane, a classic Disney animator who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for co-directing Dear Basketball. While our expectations were lowered by the first trailer for the movie, centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Goddess, it’s still safe to assume that it has a shot at being nominated for something. Netflix also hopes that you like its big candidate for Best Original Song, which really, really sounds like a Disney ballad.
-Pieces of a Woman: While this year doesn’t have the amount of surprise contenders that a regular Oscar season usually has, we still have some movies that sneaked through festival season. The first one was the new, somber drama by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, known for the doggy uprising pic White God, and the not-so-well-received sci-fi Jupiter’s Moon. This time, we follow a woman (Vanessa Kirby) whose life is torn apart after a home birth at the hands of a flustered midwife (Molly Parker) ends in tragedy, and then leads to a court battle that also makes her confront her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn). While the movie had mixed reactions, Kirby had plenty of raves in her direction, particularly concerning her performance during a 25-minute birth sequence that is said to be brutal. That brutality paid off, though, because Kirby ended up winning Best Actress at Venice, and Netflix bought the movie, which also has Martin Scorsese as an executive producer. If the Academy wants to crown a new face in the scene, Kirby is the one who will be targeted, following her acclaimed turn in The Crown and her supporting roles in blockbusters like Mission Impossible: Fallout and Hobbs & Shaw.
-Promising Young Woman (trailer): When theaters started to close because of the pandemic, Universal started the push of their movies going straight to VOD, with titles including Trolls World Tour and Never Rarely Sometimes Always. However, there was a title that was supposed to premiere in April, and then suddenly disappeared from existence. It was the directorial debut of actress Emerald Fennell, who wrote a black comedy with touches of a thriller, centered on a woman in her thirties (Carey Mulligan) whose bright future was derailed by a traumatic event, and who’s now looking for revenge. While the reaction to its premiere at Sundance wasn’t enough to consider a Best Picture run, the twisted performance by Mulligan earned her the best praise since the last time she was nominated for an Oscar, a decade ago for An Education. Now, Focus Features is planning to open the movie at Christmas, and are positioning Carey for a run at Best Actress.
-Rebecca (trailer): When the news came out saying that Ben Wheatley would adapt Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel for Netflix, many were shocked. Some people considered the chance that this was an awards play by the cult director, who is doing the same work that earned Alfred Hitchcock his only Best Picture win. But seeing the trailer for this new version, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife Rebecca, we have to wonder if there’s a point to the existence of this remake. We will find out if there’s any awards chances for this movie on October 21, when it releases on streaming. Let’s hope that Kristin Scott Thomas has something to play with as Mrs. Danvers.
-Respect (trailer): Every year, there’s one or two actors who announce to the world “I want an Oscar” and campaign like their lives depended on it. Last time, it was Taron Egerton (accompanied by Elton John, who actually ended up winning another Oscar). This year, it is the turn of Jennifer Hudson, who is playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy, and who’s hoping that this attempt at awards ends up more like Dreamgirls than like Cats. She has been doing announcement trailers (a year in advance), quarantine tributes, award show tributes, and every possible thing to get the industry to notice that she’s playing Aretha. Hey, Rami Malek and Renee Zellweger did it in the last few years, why can’t she. With a release date of January 15, Hudson wants that gold.
-Soul (trailer): Disney may be the studio that suffered the biggest hit because of the pandemic. Their parks are a loss, most of their big productions had to stop because of quarantine, and theaters in many parts of the world are closed. After the failure of Tenet for Warner Bros. and the experiment of the mouse house of charging people 30 dollars to see Mulan (which didn’t work at all), many wondered if Disney was gonna delay the new production by Pixar, written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a lot of promise, but the speculation of lost money was also a concern. Finally, Disney decided to release the movie on Christmas, but only on Disney Plus, causing another failure for theaters, but assuring that Disney at least can get more subscribers to its streaming service. And the movie? Well, it just premiered at the London Film Festival, and the critics are saying it’s Pixar at its best, with praises going from the look, to the script by co-director Kemp Powers (who also wrote the play of One Night in Miami, so he has many chances for a nod), to the score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste. That means that it’s already a top contender to win Best Animated Feature, and this may not be the only category in which the movie is gonna get nominated.
-Supernova (trailer): If there’s a theme this year in terms of Oscar contenders, it might be dementia. One of the examples of this is a small road movie directed by Hairy Macqueen, which premiered to good reviews at the San Sebastian festival. This drama centers on a trip taken by Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners for 20 years, who travel across England reuniting with friends and family, because Tusker was diagnosed with early onset dementia. While usually the big awards role is usually the one of the person who suffers the illnesses, some reviewers are calling Firth’s work as the supporting companion some of the best of his career. With Bleecker Street buying the rights for a US release, this is a little film that could still make some moves.
-Tenet (trailer): For the first five months of quarantine, the big narrative in the world of film was “Christopher Nolan is gonna save cinemas”. But after postponing the release of the mind bending actioner for months on end, creating big demands and expectations to theater owners, and finally releasing as the sacrificial lamb of Hollywood, Warner Bros ended up seeing the opposite effect. Even though Tom Cruise loved to be back at the movies, critics didn’t share enough excitement to make a spy movie that goes backwards worth the possibility of dying of coronavirus. The audiences didn’t show up as much, and those who did attend, mostly complained about the sound mixing and the plot. After all the sacrifice, it’s highly unlikely that Tenet goes beyond technical awards. Let’s start the “Travis Scott for Best Original Song” campaign now, before it’s too late.
-The Boys in the Band (trailer): The Ryan Murphy blank check for Netflix has been interesting to follow. On the one hand, we have his new TV shows, which go from not existing (The Politician), to alternate movie history that doesn’t know how alternate history works (Hollywood), to a challenge of how much TV will you stomach if Sarah Paulson and other middle aged actresses are campy in it (Ratched). And now, we are seeing his producing hand over the movie side, which starts with the new film adaptation of the cult play from 1968, which was already a movie in 1970 and recently jumped to Broadway in 2018. The cast from the recent Broadway production (which includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells) stars in Joe Mantello’s movie, telling the story of a group of gay friends in pre-Stonewall New York who reunite for a birthday party and end up revealing a lot of open wounds. While this movie got good reviews from critics, it kinda disappeared without a sound after beginning to stream on Netflix at the end of September. Unless the service wants to campaign for Golden Globes, this film is lost in the algorithm.
-The Devil All the Time (trailer): Another September release on Netflix was the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Christine) who didn’t manage to continue his streak of intense and terrifying character dramas with his messy adaptation of the dark novel by Donald Ray Pollock. Wasting a cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough, this twisted period piece managed to stay for a while in the Top 10, but the reactions from critics were mixed, and audiences were busy asking what was happening with Pattinson’s Southern accent (which with The King makes two years in a row, baby). The many prognosticators who had hopes for an awards play moved on a while ago.
-The Father (trailer): It’s safe to say at this point that Anthony Hopkins is a lock for a Best Actor nomination at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance, every prognosticator pointed in his direction, and for the next few months he swept praise for his harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). Sony Pictures Classics will make Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play its big contender of the season, using Hopkins (who this year got a nom for The Two Popes) as a starter to also get Colman, Zeller and the movie nominated.
-The Human Voice (trailer): And speaking of Sony Pictures Classics, it’s almost safe to say that they have another Oscar in the bag this year. That’s because they just bought Pedro Almodóvar’s short film, his English-speaking debut that is an adaptation of the play by Jean Cocteau. In his version (that was acclaimed by critics after premiering in Venice), Tilda Swinton plays the woman waiting at the end of a phone, expecting to hear from his ex-lover who abandoned her. Considering how the competition for Best Live Action Short Film has become somewhat lacking in the last few years (I mean, have you seen Skin), this should be an easy award to win, especially considering how beloved Almodóvar is in the Academy, which nominated him this year for the great Pain and Glory.
-The Life Ahead: While we’re talking about legends, it’s time to talk about Sophia Loren. 16 years after her last leading role in a movie, the Italian icon returns with a drama that was bought by Netflix, who plans to campaign for her as Best Actress and for the movie in the Best International Film category. Directed by Edoardo Ponti (who is also Sophia’s son), this movie centers on a Holocaust survivor who takes in a 12-year-old boy who recently robbed her, in a contemporary adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel The Life Before Us. Netflix has set a date for November 13 to release this movie, and the campaign seems to be about the narrative of seeing Loren winning another Oscar 60 years after she won her first one for Two Women, by Vittorio De Sica.
-The Midnight Sky: Based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight, this collaboration between George Clooney and Netflix is once again making us ask one thing. Are we gonna get the director Clooney of Good Night and Good Luck, or are we gonna get the director Clooney of Leatherheads, The Ides of March, The Monuments Men and Suburbicon? Let’s hope he breaks his streak of blandness with this sci-fi story, which makes us think a little bit of Gravity: A lonely scientist in the Arctic (Clooney) races to stop a group of astronauts led by Felicity Jones from returning to a devastated Earth. With a release set for December, we have to hope that this is more than some Top 10 filler that will evaporate from existence in a week’s time.
-The Prom: In probably the biggest blank check of the Ryan Murphy deal with Netflix, this musical he’ll direct is based on the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and James “boo” Corden) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. While it’s clear that this December 11 release is gonna sweep the Golden Globes, the emptiness of this year compared to others could clear the way for some Oscar nominations, including Meryl and the obligatory original song added to a preexisting musical for easy clout.
-The Trial of the Chicago 7 (trailer): When it was announced that Paramount was selling Aaron Sorkin’s new movie to Netflix, some people saw it as a studio dumping a failed awards vehicle to be forgotten. However, the excuse that Sorkin wanted to release this movie before the US presidential elections seems to be true, because critics really enjoyed his old school courtroom drama, centered around the trial on counter cultural activists in the late ‘60s. Everybody praised uniformly the huge cast, that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance, which guarantees a SAG awards nomination (but makes it difficult to decide which actors will actually get nominated for Oscars). With a reaction that brings to mind the days of A Few Good Men and is the best reception he got since his Oscar winning script for The Social Network, the film faces a couple of hurdles. First of all, it got positioned as the frontrunner in the Best Picture race by some people, which instantly puts a target on its back. Then, we have to consider that the movie releases on Netflix this Friday, October 16, which makes it the first big contender this year to face the world, and which in these times of lockdown will probably make the reception to Marriage Story and The Irishman from last year look like a walk in the park. I mean, there are some people who aren’t swayed by Sorkin, and for good reason.
-The United States vs. Billie Holiday: While Paramount was quick to hand The Trial of the Chicago 7 to Netflix, there’s another movie that the studio kept to play in the upcoming awards season. This biographical drama follows the life of another famous musician, Billie Holiday (Andra Day), and we see the journey of her career in jazz as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), with whom she had a tumultuous affair. While the movie counts with a screenplay credit by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, the big question mark is the film’s director, Lee Daniels, who hit it big with Precious and then had results that were disastrous (The Paperboy) or financially successful, but not awards-wise (Lee Daniels’ The Butler). However, Paramount trusts in this movie, and with a release date on February 12, they want to make a splash.
-Wolfwalkers (trailer): While the attempts by Apple TV+ to establish themselves as a player in the TV world go from trainwrecks (See) to forgettable (The Morning Show) to eventually great (see Ted Lasso, everybody, this is not a joke), their plans to make a name in the film business have something to do with this year’s Oscars. While Cherry can come or go, they have a solid contender for the Best Feature Documentary with Boys State, but their big dog this year is the new movie by Cartoon Saloon, an Irish studio responsible for the acclaimed The Secret of Kells, The Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner, all of which were nominated for Best Animated Feature. This time, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart direct a story about a young apprentice hunter who journeys with her father to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. After getting critically acclaimed following its premiere at TIFF, this is a surefire contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature category, and Apple is gonna parade it before its streaming release on December 11. Also, while you watch that, you could watch a couple of episodes of Ted Lasso, too. It’s a really good show, it’s all I’m saying.
Anyways, that’s all the news from the last few months of festivals. No matter what happens next, this is gonna be a long, long, long race.
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2020.10.10 08:16 theworkersrights COVID-19: British Embassy partners with UN to strengthen Kosovo's healthcare, education sector

The British Embassy in Pristina has partnered with the United Nations to launch an initiative in Kosovo with the aim of boosting the health and education sector in the country in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the $2.5 million project, the UK embassy seeks to support the recovery of Kosovo from the first COVID-19 wave and eliminate the threats from future waves of the disease. It has been developed after close consultations with officials from the Health and Education ministries in Kosovo.
Titled "Return to (New) Normal in Kosovo," the project will be implemented by the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund), UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), UN Women and the World Health Organisation (WHO) starting from October to March 2021. Under the project, various initiatives will be taken to enhance resilience in Kosovo and the healthcare sector and education sector will be safely and inclusively brought back to normal.
As per a UN statement, the project will work towards strengthening COVID-19 detection capacities in the health sector of Kosovo. In addition, efforts will be taken to create awareness about COVID-19 and its preventive measures using reliable and official information. Besides, COVID-related health services, the project will facilitate the advancement of e-health services which will be made available via phone or the internet. Immunization programmes for children and youngsters will be boosted to secure the health and wellbeing of the community.
In the education sector, steps will be taken to support the safety of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring that students, teachers, staff members and others in the public adhere to precautionary measures provided by the school authorities. Additional care will be ensured for children with special needs and those at risk of dropping out from schools due to financial or social obligations. Furthermore, the project will essentially cater to the needs of girls and young women.
A virtual signing ceremony was held on Monday in the presence of limited participants including British Ambassador Nicholas Abbott and Ulrika Richardson, the United Nations Development Coordinator Ulrika Richardson in Pristina, along with Jens Wandel, Designate of the Secretary-General for the UN's COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund in New York. Other officials from the UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WHO were also present during the ceremony.
Addressing the occasion, Ambassador Abbott expressed gratitude towards the launch of the ambitious project to support Kosovo amid the COVID-19 crisis. Ulrika Richardson reiterated the United Nations' commitment towards supporting all sections of society in the aftermath of the pandemic, adding that there must be a safe and fair return of normality in Kosovo as the country reopens for business.
Recently, Kosovo’s Health Minister Armend Zemaj announced that the number of PCR tests for COVID-19 will be stepped up across the country after the government received two testing devices as a donation from the WHO.
“After a continuous commitment to increase the number of testing devices, the goal is achieved. The PCR testing capacity will be tripled,” Zemaj posted on his social media.
https://www.theworkersrights.com/embassies/2020/10/10/covid-19-british-embassy-partners-with-un-to-strengthen-kosovos-healthcare-education-secto
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2020.10.08 03:15 IOB_llc iob.fi DAO Airdrop Sweepstakes #1

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Popular Vote token recipients are given up to three (3) chances to enter in an Airdrop Sweepstakes that gives away up to 200 ETH worth of FI tokens.
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Each sign-on receives 368 FI-POPULAR-VOTE tokens upon providing a valid Ethereum wallet address.

WINNERS:

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SWEEPSTAKES PROCEDURES:

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2020.10.06 01:11 John_Charles_Fremont /r/neoliberal elects the American Presidents - Part 52, Bush v Gore in 2000

Previous editions:
(All strawpoll results counted as of the next post made)
Part 1, Adams v Jefferson in 1796 - Adams wins with 68% of the vote
Part 2, Adams v Jefferson in 1800 - Jefferson wins with 58% of the vote
Part 3, Jefferson v Pinckney in 1804 - Jefferson wins with 57% of the vote
Part 4, Madison v Pinckney (with George Clinton protest) in 1808 - Pinckney wins with 45% of the vote
Part 5, Madison v (DeWitt) Clinton in 1812 - Clinton wins with 80% of the vote
Part 6, Monroe v King in 1816 - Monroe wins with 51% of the vote
Part 7, Monroe and an Era of Meta Feelings in 1820 - Monroe wins with 100% of the vote
Part 8, Democratic-Republican Thunderdome in 1824 - Adams wins with 55% of the vote
Part 9, Adams v Jackson in 1828 - Adams wins with 94% of the vote
Part 10, Jackson v Clay (v Wirt) in 1832 - Clay wins with 53% of the vote
Part 11, Van Buren v The Whigs in 1836 - Whigs win with 87% of the vote, Webster elected
Part 12, Van Buren v Harrison in 1840 - Harrison wins with 90% of the vote
Part 13, Polk v Clay in 1844 - Polk wins with 59% of the vote
Part 14, Taylor v Cass in 1848 - Taylor wins with 44% of the vote (see special rules)
Part 15, Pierce v Scott in 1852 - Scott wins with 78% of the vote
Part 16, Buchanan v Frémont v Fillmore in 1856 - Frémont wins with 95% of the vote
Part 17, Peculiar Thunderdome in 1860 - Lincoln wins with 90% of the vote.
Part 18, Lincoln v McClellan in 1864 - Lincoln wins with 97% of the vote.
Part 19, Grant v Seymour in 1868 - Grant wins with 97% of the vote.
Part 20, Grant v Greeley in 1872 - Grant wins with 96% of the vote.
Part 21, Hayes v Tilden in 1876 - Hayes wins with 87% of the vote.
Part 22, Garfield v Hancock in 1880 - Garfield wins with 67% of the vote.
Part 23, Cleveland v Blaine in 1884 - Cleveland wins with 53% of the vote.
Part 24, Cleveland v Harrison in 1888 - Harrison wins with 64% of the vote.
Part 25, Cleveland v Harrison v Weaver in 1892 - Harrison wins with 57% of the vote
Part 26, McKinley v Bryan in 1896 - McKinley wins with 71% of the vote
Part 27, McKinley v Bryan in 1900 - Bryan wins with 55% of the vote
Part 28, Roosevelt v Parker in 1904 - Roosevelt wins with 71% of the vote
Part 29, Taft v Bryan in 1908 - Taft wins with 64% of the vote
Part 30, Taft v Wilson v Roosevelt in 1912 - Roosevelt wins with 81% of the vote
Part 31, Wilson v Hughes in 1916 - Hughes wins with 62% of the vote
Part 32, Harding v Cox in 1920 - Cox wins with 68% of the vote
Part 33, Coolidge v Davis v La Follette in 1924 - Davis wins with 47% of the vote
Part 34, Hoover v Smith in 1928 - Hoover wins with 50.2% of the vote
Part 35, Hoover v Roosevelt in 1932 - Roosevelt wins with 85% of the vote
Part 36, Landon v Roosevelt in 1936 - Roosevelt wins with 75% of the vote
Part 37, Willkie v Roosevelt in 1940 - Roosevelt wins with 56% of the vote
Part 38, Dewey v Roosevelt in 1944 - Dewey wins with 50.2% of the vote
Part 39, Dewey v Truman in 1948 - Truman wins with 65% of the vote
Part 40, Eisenhower v Stevenson in 1952 - Eisenhower wins with 69% of the vote
Part 41, Eisenhower v Stevenson in 1956 - Eisenhower wins with 60% of the vote
Part 42, Kennedy v Nixon in 1960 - Kennedy wins with 63% of the vote
Part 43, Johnson v Goldwater in 1964 - Johnson wins with 87% of the vote
Part 44, Nixon v Humphrey in 1968 - Humphrey wins with 60% of the vote
Part 45, Nixon v McGovern in 1972 - Nixon wins with 56% of the vote
Part 46, Carter v Ford in 1976 - Carter wins with 71% of the vote
Part 47 - Carter v Reagan v Anderson in 1980 - Carter wins with 44% of the vote
Part 48, Reagan v Mondale in 1984 - Mondale wins with 55% of the vote
Part 49, Bush v Dukakis in 1988 - Bush wins with 54% of the vote
Part 50, Bush v Clinton v Perot in 1992 - Clinton wins with 71% of the vote
Part 51, Clinton v Dole in 1996 - Clinton wins with 91% of the vote
Welcome back to the fifty-second edition of /neoliberal elects the American presidents!
This will be a fairly consistent weekly thing - every week, a new election, until we run out.
I highly encourage you - at least in terms of the vote you cast - to try to think from the perspective of the year the election was held, without knowing the future or how the next administration would go. I'm not going to be trying to enforce that, but feel free to remind fellow commenters of this distinction.
If you're really feeling hardcore, feel free to even speak in the present tense as if the election is truly upcoming!
Whether third and fourth candidates are considered "major" enough to include in the strawpoll will be largely at my discretion and depend on things like whether they were actually intending to run for President, and whether they wound up actually pulling in a meaningful amount of the popular vote and even electoral votes. I may also invoke special rules in how the results will be interpreted in certain elections to better approximate historical reality.
While I will always give some brief background info to spur the discussion, please don't hesitate to bring your own research and knowledge into the mix! There's no way I'll cover everything!
Al Gore v George Bush, 2000
Profiles
  • Al Gore is the 52-year-old Democratic candidate and the current Vice President. His running mate is US Senator from Connecticut Joe Lieberman.
  • George (W.) Bush is the 54-year-old Republican candidate and the Governor of Texas. His running mate is former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.
Issues and Background
  • Roughly two years ago, President Bill Clinton became the first President in over 100 years to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was eventually acquitted in the Senate. Clinton was accused of grand jury perjury related to his extramarital sexual relationship with 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He was also accused of obstruction of justice. The full report from the independent counsel can be read here.
    • Vice President Gore has said that President Clinton made a mistake, and has even called Clinton's behavior "inexcusable," but has claimed that "the people" want to move on to other issues. Likely aware of some polling evidence that Clinton may be a drag on his numbers, he has distanced himself from the President during the campaign, emphasizing that he is his own man. Stories in papers like the Washington Post and the New York Times regularly describe leaked frustrations from Clinton loyalists and Clinton himself about this distancing. Joint appearances are being minimized. In one of the primary debates, Gore stated:
      As an American who was serving as vice president, I was critical of the president. As an American, I also defended the office of the presidency against an effort by partisan Republicans in the House and Senate to deliver a thoroughly disproportionate penalty for a serious and reprehensible personal mistake on the part of the president. He should not have been removed from office for that offense. And fighting against their efforts to remove him from office and undo the act of the American people in twice electing him, I think I was serving the public interest well.
    • The Bush campaign, and Bush himself, have emphasized that they will bring "honor and dignity" back to the White House. In his convention speech, Vice Presidential nominee Dick Cheney said:
      George W. Bush will repair what has been damaged. He's a man without pretense, without cynicism, a man of principle, a man of honor. On the first hour of the first day, he will restore decency and integrity to the Oval Office.
  • The federal budget is set to be in surplus for the third year in a row this year, and many government agencies and forecasters are expecting well in excess of $1 trillion in total surpluses over the coming decade. Thus, one major election issue is what each candidate will do with this surplus.
    • Governor Bush described his plan for the surplus in the first debate as follows:
      I want to take one-half of the surplus and dedicate it to Social Security. One-quarter of the surplus for important projects, and I want to send one-quarter of the surplus back to the people who pay the bills. I want everybody who pays taxes to have their tax rates cut.
      Vice President Gore's main criticism of the Bush plan has been that because the tax cuts are across the board, a large amount of the surplus dollars will wind up going to the wealthiest Americans. Bush has countered that as President, he doesn't want to be in the business of picking winners and losers when it comes to tax relief.
    • Vice President Gore says that for every $1 of the surplus he will use for tax cuts or new spending, he will use $2 for deficit reduction. Gore intends to set the United States on a path to eliminate the national debt by the year 2012. He also proposes $500 in targeted tax cuts intended to reach low and middle income families. Bush accuses Gore of intending to increase the size of government dramatically, which Gore denies.
  • Just recently, the FDA approved abortion pill RU-486. Governor Bush has said he will respect the FDA's independence, but is concerned this will lead to an increase in abortions. Governor Bush describes himself as pro-life, but says "a lot of good people disagree on the issue" and that the issue is not a litmus test for any potential Supreme Court nominations he could make. He argues there are pro-life objectives that can be accomplished which exist on broader common ground, like parental consent laws on abortion and the banning of "partial-birth abortions." Vice President Gore is pro-choice but says he would be willing to sign a law banning partial-birth abortions "provided that doctors have the ability to save a woman's life or to act if her health is severely at risk."
  • Following US participation through NATO in the Kosovo War and the overthrow of Milosevic in the recent Yugoslavian elections, the United States maintains a presence in the Balkans. Gore supports continued US involvement and support in the region "until the mission is complete," while Bush would like to see a more immediate reprioritization of where some resources are deployed, pending consultation with NATO allies. The New York Times summarizes their differences:
    Mr. Gore is an interventionist, and over the years has repeatedly pressed for more vigorous United States involvement in hot spots around the world, including Bosnia and Kosovo. Mr. Bush denies he is an isolationist, but says United States troops should not be used for nation-building abroad. He would start by bringing home the 11,400 troops in the Balkans, once this country's NATO allies had agreed.
  • Following reforms in the 1980s, the Social Security system is not in particularly dire shape, though the trust fund could eventually run out by the 2030s if no further changes are made. Governor Bush has proposed a dramatic reform of the system which would allow workers to divert 2 percentage points of their 12.4% payroll tax into personal investment accounts. The Gore campaign argues that this plan will mean that the Social Security trust fund will run dry over 10 years earlier than currently expected.
  • Over the next 10 years, Medicare by itself is expected to run significant surpluses. Vice President Gore proposes taking Medicare "off-budget" in the same way as Social Security, putting Medicare funds in a metaphorical "lockbox" so they cannot be used for new spending or new tax cuts.
  • This campaign has seen significant discussion on the topic of education. Unlike other prominent Republicans, Governor Bush does not want to get rid of the Department of Education. He is an ardent advocate for standardized testing and wants to help more states set up such testing. Under Bush's plan, a school which shows poor results for three years in a row will see its students granted the option of a voucher which can be used for tutoring or private school tuition - for each student who chooses a voucher, the school will lose a proportional amount of federal dollars. Gore's plan calls for universal preschool, and for schools which show poor results two years in a row to reorganize with new leadership and even potentially new teachers.
  • The Columbine High School massacre remains on the minds of many. On guns, the main difference between the candidates is that Gore supports licensing for new handguns at the state level, while Bush does not. Gore also supports restoring the three-day waiting period under the Brady Law. Both candidates support instant background checks at gun shows. Governor Bush argues for greater enforcement of existing laws and raising the age when one can carry a handgun from 18 to 21. For Columbine specifically, Gore argues that some gun control measures could have possibly prevented the school shooting. In contrast, Governor Bush argues "it's really a matter of culture," that "somewhere along the line we've begun to disrespect life."
  • A few years ago, Vice President Gore helped broker the Kyoto Protocol/Treaty, an international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement was signed by the Clinton Administration but effectively killed by the Senate via a resolution that strongly signaled they would refuse to ratify it. Governor Bush says global warming is "an issue that we need to take very seriously," but also says, "I don't think we know the solution to global warming yet," and that we need to have "the full accounting, full understanding of what's taking place."
  • Just days before the election, it has come out that 24 years ago, Bush was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Bush says that the report is true, but argues that he has always been candid and remorseful about the fact that in his youth, he occasionally drank too much. Asked about why he had not previously disclosed this particular incident, he said he did not want his daughters to find out and for it to undermine his parenting.
Debate Excerpts
Quotations in excerpt titles refer to moderator's prompt, block quotations are from named candidate(s).
First Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Bush on whether he would "try to overturn the FDA's approval last week of the abortion pill RU-486":
I don't think a president can do that. I was disappointed in the ruling because I think abortions ought to be more rare in America, and I'm worried that that pill will create more abortions and cause more people to have abortions. This is a very important topic and it's a very sensitive topic, because a lot of good people disagree on the issue. I think what the next president ought to do is to promote a culture of life in America ... I know we need to change a lot of minds before we get there in America. What I do believe is that we can find good, common ground on issues of parental consent or parental notification. I know we need to ban partial birth abortions. This is a place where my opponent and I have strong disagreement.
(2) Gore on the budget:
I think that we have got to balance the budget every single year, pay down the national debt and, in fact, under my proposal the national debt will be completely eliminated by the year 2012. I think we need to put Medicare and Social Security in a lockbox. The governor will not put Medicare in a lockbox. I don't think it should be used as a piggy bank for other programs. I think it needs to be moved out of the budget and protected. I'll veto anything that takes money out of Social Security or Medicare for anything other than Social Security or Medicare.
(3) Bush on "nation-building":
The vice president and I have a disagreement about the use of troops. He believes in nation building. I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders. I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the first place. So I would take my responsibility seriously. And it starts with making sure we rebuild our military power. Morale in today's military is too low. We're having trouble meeting recruiting goals. We met the goals this year, but in the previous years we have not met recruiting goals. Some of our troops are not well-equipped. I believe we're overextended in too many places. And therefore I want to rebuild the military power. It starts with a billion dollar pay raise for the men and women who wear the uniform. A billion dollars more than the president recently signed into law.
(4) Gore on education:
We agree on a couple of things on education. I strongly support new accountability, so does Governor Bush. I strongly support local control, so does Governor Bush. I'm in favor of testing as a way of measuring performance. Every school and every school district, have every state test the children. I've also proposed a voluntary national test in the fourth grade and eighth grade, and a form of testing the governor has not endorsed. I think that all new teachers ought to be tested, including in the subjects that they teach. We've got to recruit 100,000 new teachers. And I have budgeted for that. We've got to reduce the class size so that the student who walks in has more one-on-one time with the teacher. We ought to have universal pre-school and we ought to make college tuition tax deductible, up to $10,000 a year.
(5) Bush on what he would do in the event of a financial crisis:
Well, it depends, obviously. But what I would do first and foremost, is I would get in touch with the Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan, to find out all the facts and all the circumstances. I would have my Secretary of the Treasury be in touch with the financial centers not only here, but at home. I would make sure that key members of Congress were called in to discuss the gravity of the situation. And I would come up with a game plan to deal with it. That's what governors end up doing. We end up being problem solvers. We come up with practical, common sense solutions for problems that we're confronted with. In this case, in the case of a financial crisis, I would gather all the facts before I made the decision as to what the government ought or ought not to do.
(6) Gore on campaign finance reform:
And that's one of the reasons I've said before, and I'll pledge here tonight, if I'm president, the very first bill that Joe Lieberman and I will send to the United States Congress is the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill. And the reason it's that important is that all of the other issues, whether prescription drugs for all seniors that are opposed by the drug companies or the patient's bill of rights to take the decisions away from the HMOs and give them to the doctors and nurses, opposed by the HMOs and insurance companies, all these other proposals are going to be a lot easier to get passed for the American people if we limit the influence of special interest money and give democracy back to the American people.
Vice-Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Cheney on Iraq (full moderator question included):
MODERATOR: This question is for you, Mr. Secretary. If Iraq's president Saddam Hussein were found to be developing weapons of mass destruction, Governor Bush has said he would, quote, "Take him out." Would you agree with such a deadly policy?
CHENEY: We might have no other choice. We'll have to see if that happens. The thing about Iraq, of course, was at the end of the war we had pretty well decimated their military. We had put them back in the box, so to speak ... Unfortunately now we find ourselves in a situation where that started to fray on us, where the coalition now no longer is tied tightly together ...The Russians and French are flying commercial airliners back into Baghdad and thumbing their nose at the international sanctions regime. We're in a situation today where our posture with Iraq is weaker than it was at the end of the war. It's unfortunate. I also think it's unfortunate we find ourselves in a position where we don't know for sure what might be transpiring inside Iraq. I certainly hope he's not regenerating that kind of capability, but if he were, if in fact Saddam Hussein were taking steps to try to rebuild nuclear capability or weapons of mass destruction, you would have to give very serious consideration to military action to -- to stop that activity. I don't think you can afford to have a man like Saddam Hussein with nuclear weapons in the Middle East.
(2) Lieberman on whether gays and lesbians should have "all the constitutional rights enjoyed by every American citizen":
The question you pose is a difficult one for this reason. It confronts or challenges the traditional notion of marriage as being limited to a heterosexual couple, which I support. I must say I'm thinking about this, because I have friends who are in gay and lesbian partnerships who said to me, isn't it fair. We don't have legal rights to inheritance, visitation when one partner is ill, to health care benefits. That's why I'm thinking about it. My mind is open to taking some action that will address those elements of unfairness while respecting the traditional religious and civil institution of marriage.
(3) Cheney on the same question as above:
This is a tough one, Bernie. The fact of the matter is we live in a free society, and freedom means freedom for everybody. We shouldn't be able to choose and say you get to live free and you don't. That means people should be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to enter into. It's no one's business in terms of regulating behavior in that regard. The next step then, of course, is the question you ask of whether or not there ought to be some kind of official sanction of the relationships or if they should be treated the same as a traditional marriage. That's a tougher problem. That's not a slam dunk. The fact of the matter is that matter is regulated by the states. I think different states are likely to come to different conclusions, and that's appropriate.
(4) Lieberman on Hollywood:
Al Gore and I have felt for a long time, first as parents and then only second as public officials, that we cannot let America's parents stand alone in this competition that they feel they're in with Hollywood to raise their own kids and give their kids the faith and values they want to give them. I've been a consistent crusader on that behalf. John McCain and I actually requested the Federal Trade Commission report that came out three or four weeks ago which proved conclusively that the entertainment industry was marketing adult-rated products to our children. That is just not acceptable. One finding was that they were actually using 10 to 12-year-olds to test screen adult-rated products. When that report came out, Al Gore and I said to the entertainment industry, stop it.
Second Presidential Debate (full transcript)
(1) Bush on whether our country's wealth brings "with it special obligations to the rest of the world":
Yes, it does. Take, for example, Third World debt. I think we ought to be forgiving Third World debt under certain conditions. I think, for example, if we're convinced that a Third World country that's got a lot of debt would reform itself, that the money wouldn't go into the hands of a few but would go to help people, I think it makes sense for us to use our wealth in that way, or to trade debt for valuable rain forest lands, makes that much sense, yes. We do have an obligation, but we can't be all things to all people. We can help build coalitions but we can't put our troops all around the world.
(2) Gore on Iraq:
I was one of the few members of my political party to support former President Bush in the Persian Gulf War resolution, and at the end of that war, for whatever reason, it was not finished in a way that removed Saddam Hussein from power. I know there are all kinds of circumstances and explanations. But the fact is that that's the situation that was left when I got there. And we have maintained the sanctions. Now I want to go further. I want to give robust support to the groups that are trying to overthrow Saddam Hussein, and I know there are allegations that they're too weak to do it, but that's what they said about the forces that were opposing Milosevic in Serbia, and you know, the policy of enforcing sanctions against Serbia has just resulted in a spectacular victory for democracy just in the past week...
(3) Bush on Serbia:
I think it's a triumph. I thought the president made the right decision in joining NATO and bombing Serbia. I supported them when they did so. I called upon the Congress not to hamstring the administration, and in terms of forcing troop withdrawals on a timetable that wasn't necessarily in our best interest or fit our nation's strategy, and so I think it's good public policy, I think it worked, and I'm pleased I took -- made the decision I made. I'm pleased the president made the decision he made. Because freedom to go in that part of the world, and where there's a lot of work left to be done, however.
(4) Gore exchange with moderator on eight major interventions of the last 20 years:
MODERATOR: ...in the last 20 years there have been eight major actions that involved the introduction of U.S. ground, air or naval forces. Let me name them. Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Kosovo. If you had been president for any of those interventions, would any of those interventions not have happened? GORE: Can you run through the list again? MODERATOR: Sure. Lebanon. GORE: I thought that was a mistake. MODERATOR: Grenada. GORE: I supported that. MODERATOR: Panama. GORE: I supported that. MODERATOR: Persian Gulf. GORE: Yes, I voted for it, supported it. MODERATOR: Somalia. GORE: Of course, and that again -- no, I think that that was ill-considered. I did support it at the time. It was in the previous administration, in the Bush-Quayle administration, and I think in retrospect the lessons there are ones that we should take very, very seriously. MODERATOR: Bosnia. GORE: Oh, yes. MODERATOR: Haiti. GORE: Yes. MODERATOR: And then Kosovo. GORE: Yes.
(5) Gore on "nation-building":
This idea of nation building is kind of a pejorative phrase, but think about the great conflict of the past century, World War II. During the years between World War I and World War II, a great lesson was learned by our military leaders and the people of the United States. The lesson was that in the aftermath of World War I, we kind of turned our backs and left them to their own devices and they brewed up a lot of trouble that quickly became World War II. And acting upon that lesson in the aftermath of our great victory in World War II, we laid down the Marshall Plan, President Truman did. We got intimately involved in building NATO and other structures there. We still have lots of troops in Europe. And what did we do in the late '40's and '50's and '60's? We were nation building. And it was economic. But it was also military. And the confidence that those countries recovering from the wounds of war had by having troops there. We had civil administrators come in to set up their ways of building their towns back.
Third Presidential Debate (Town Hall) (full transcript)
(1) Bush on health care:
I'm absolutely opposed to a national health care plan. I don't want the federal government making decisions for consumers or for providers. I remember what the administration tried to do in 1993. They tried to have a national health care plan. And fortunately, it failed. I trust people, I don't trust the federal government. It's going to be one of the themes you hear tonight. I don't want the federal government making decisions on behalf of everybody.
(2) Gore on the estate tax:
I'm for a massive reform of the estate tax or the death tax. And under the plan that I've proposed, 80% of all family farms will be completely exempt from the estate tax. And the vast majority of all family businesses would be completely exempt, and all of the others would have sharply reduced. So 80% -- now the problem with completely eliminating it goes back to the wealthiest 1%. The amount of money that has to be raised in taxes for middle-class families to make up for completely eliminating that on the very wealthiest, the billionaires, that would be an extra heavy burden on middle-class families. And so let's do it for most all, but not completely eliminate it for the very top.
(3) Bush on morality and protecting children:
You bet there's things that government can do. We can work with the entertainment industry to provide family hour. We can have filters on Internets where public money is spent. There ought to be filters in public libraries and filters in public schools so if kids get on the Internet, there is not going to be pornography or violence coming in. I think we ought to have character education in our schools. I know that doesn't directly talk about Hollywood, but it does reinforce the values you're teaching.
(4) Gore on morality and protecting children:
I've been involved myself in negotiating and helping to move along the negotiations with the Internet service providers to get a parents' protection page every time 95% of the pages come up. And a feature that allows parents to automatically check with one click what sites your kids have visited lately.
Platforms
Read the full 2000 Republican platform here.
Read the full 2000 Democratic platform here.
Internet Resources
Bush/Cheney Website
Gore/Lieberman Website
Videos
Debates
First Presidential Debate
Vice-Presidential Debate
Second Presidential Debate
Third Presidential Debate (Town Hall)
Advertisements
Bush personal responsibility ad
Bush education ad
RNC prescription drugs ad
Gore anti-Bush energy ad
Gore anti-Bush Social Security ad
Gore "keep the faith" ad
Bonus:
SNL's Gore v Bush Debate
Strawpoll
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2020.10.04 15:45 LofTW Whatever

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ESSAY Why Europe Wins Everyone writes off the European Union as dull and prone to fracture. But the last decade shows that Brussels is smarter than Beijing, London, Moscow, and Washington.
Several months ago, when COVID-19 struck Europe, headlines portrayed overflowing hospitals in Italy, policy mistakes in Britain and Sweden, mismanaged senior care in Belgium, and misbehaving youth in Spanish discos. Two months later—after European governments imposed lockdowns, mask-wearing, testing, and tracing—the incidence of new cases plummeted. By July, vacationing Europeans were strolling through Piazza Navona in Rome, attending the opera in Salzburg, and dining in Paris.
Americans are not welcome to cross the Atlantic, however, because the United States has failed to match Europe’s resilience. Instead, new cases trended upward through the summer, leaving the average American 10 times more likely to contract the coronavirus than the average European.
Europe’s success is not coincidental. Studies show that countries with higher income equality and sound expert-based government regulation—areas in which European countries excel—tend to combat disease better. They are also desirable paces to live and do business: In a global poll, European countries grabbed seven of the top 10 spots on Forbes’s 2019 list of the nations with the best reputation for social, economic, and political success, whereas the United States barely cracked the top 40.
The coronavirus pandemic is only one of many examples of a general tendency among journalists, analysts, diplomats, and politicians to underestimate Europe.
The coronavirus pandemic is only one of many examples of a general tendency among journalists, analysts, diplomats, and politicians to underestimate Europe. For a generation, observers have bet against Europe’s future, arguing that it lacks the high growth, centralized political institutions, domestic legitimacy, and hard military tools required to have an effective global presence. Many observers confidently predicted that the euro would collapse, enlargement from 15 to 28 members would fail, and voters would reject European ideals. Yet the pundits were proved wrong: None of this came to pass.
Nowhere is Europe’s ability to confound the skeptics clearer than in foreign policy. Over the past decade, Europeans have faced four epochal foreign-policy challenges involving the strongest great-power competitors and most powerful forces of globalization in today’s world. In 2014, Russia attacked Ukraine. In 2015, waves of migrants flooded across the Mediterranean, and the next year, amid rising populist Euroskepticism, the Brexit referendum threatened to dissolve the European Union. And since 2016, Donald Trump, first as a candidate and then as U.S. president, has challenged NATO and trans-Atlantic trade.
In each case, newspapers published lurid reportage and think tanks issued dire predictions of Europe’s imminent collapse while politicians in Washington, Beijing, and Moscow wrote Europe off as strategically irrelevant. But in each case Europeans quietly prevailed.
Europeans have succeeded by deploying nonmilitary capabilities that they wield more effectively than anyone else in the world today: foreign aid, trade and employment agreements, the imposition of regulatory standards, the cultivation of international law and organization, firm but quiet diplomacy, and the promotion of democracy. Europe’s distinctive pragmatic use of civilian power may be too dull, slow-moving, and technocratic to attract attention. Yet in the end, it gets the job done more cost-effectively than other means employed by rival great powers.
In 2014, Russia attacked Ukraine, annexed Crimea, and covertly supported separatism in two of its eastern provinces—a flagrant violation of international law that posed the most serious security challenge to Europe in a generation. Since Russia enjoys unquestioned local military superiority and accords Ukraine greater historical, cultural, economic, and strategic importance than any other country, traditional realists such as Henry Kissinger and John Mearsheimer counseled Europe to let Ukraine go. Moscow, they warned, would respond ruthlessly, leading inevitably to a Western defeat.
European leaders ignored the naysayers and, instead, led a Western effort to face Russia down in its own backyard. Just six years later, the result is as favorable as is realistically possible. Ukraine—minus the 7 percent of its territory occupied by Russia and its sympathizers—is now an independent country forging an ever closer relationship with the West. The war in its eastern provinces is winding down: After more than 9,000 deaths by the end of 2015, Ukrainian military and civilian fatalities have dropped to around 100 per year. While Russia seems determined to stay in Crimea, negotiations over the eastern provinces inch forward, achieving an effective cease-fire and prisoner exchange this year.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is enjoying robust economic growth. Its democracy continues to consolidate: The election of Volodymyr Zelensky in early 2019 placed the country’s presidency in the hands of politicians far less tainted by corruption, oligarchy, or Russian ties. In separate polling, nearly 80 percent of Ukrainians now have a favorable view of the EU, and almost two-thirds believe that further external cooperation should be directed at eventual membership.
While primary credit lies with Ukrainians themselves, who sustained high military casualties, their sacrifice would have been futile without massive Western backing. Europe alone possesses the nonmilitary instruments needed to prevail against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
For decades, EU officials had been quietly helping the Ukrainian government integrate with the West by adapting its market legislation to EU standards—a process meant to culminate in an association agreement with the EU in 2014. Fearing that such an agreement would tie Ukraine to the West in perpetuity, Putin pressed then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to reject it. What no one could have foreseen was that, in response, pro-Western protesters would occupy Kyiv’s Independence Square for three months, many waving EU flags—ultimately triggering a revolution that ended only when Yanukovych fled to Russia and a pro-Western president took office.
If the soft power of European values helped spark the revolution in Ukraine, Europe’s coordinated economic, political, and legal aid sustained it.
If the soft power of European values helped spark the revolution, Europe’s coordinated economic, political, and legal aid sustained it. EU and member state aid has kept war-torn Ukraine solvent, providing about $20 billion since 2014, compared with less than $2 billion in economic aid from the United States. Europe supports about twice as much aid as the International Monetary Fund does as well. An estimated 4 million Ukrainians work abroad, most of them in Europe, remitting back nearly $16 billion annually—10 percent of the country’s GDP—whereas only a few thousand go to the United States. Under the EU association agreement, Ukraine has expanded trade with Europe, which now takes nearly $25 billion annually in Ukrainian exports, more than 20 times that which goes to the United States.
European governments have voted unanimously every six months to renew trade, investment, and travel sanctions on Russia despite Moscow’s punishing countersanctions. They do so despite the fact that while the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia all imposed common sanctions (and faced countersanctions from Moscow), 90 percent of the costs fall on Europeans, who are the ones with a traditional trading relationship with Russia.
The EU’s European Neighborhood Policy provides an extensive integrated program of economic, political, and legal reform, aimed at aligning Ukraine over the long term with the West. The EU Commission wields competition law and infrastructure spending to limit the power of Gazprom, the Russian fossil fuel monopoly, and to ensure continued energy supplies to Ukraine. Working through the Normandy Format, French and German leaders have led the diplomatic effort to defuse the military conflict—initiating, according to one study, eight times more high-level diplomatic communication with Russia and Ukraine than their U.S. counterparts.
To be sure, the United States does provide most of Ukraine’s military aid, yet such assistance totals just a 10th of EU civilian aid discussed above—and the Ukrainian government is constrained to spend it on U.S.-produced conventional arms, training, and medical supplies largely available on the open market. The Trump administration’s much-heralded sale of lethal military equipment—Javelin anti-tank missiles—to Ukraine arrived only in 2018, long after Russian forces had pulled back, unlikely to return. And the United States has imposed the explicit condition that the missiles must be stored almost a thousand miles from the front and cannot be used in combat. In contrast to European aid, U.S. military assistance is more symbolic than real.
In 2015, just over 1 million irregular migrants arrived in Europe—an influx higher than in any period since the immediate aftermath of World War II. Many were Syrian refugees seeking asylum. Hundreds of millions of people across the globe desire to migrate, and European countries remain some of the most desired destinations, leading many to view such waves of mass migration as inevitable and irresistible. Conservative pundits proclaimed “the death of Europe.”
Yet Europe’s spectacularly swift and successful response demonstrates that mass migration can be controlled. Since 2015, the flow of irregular migrants has declined by 88 percent—from just over a million to about 123,000 in 2019—and has continued to trend downward this year. Since fewer people brave the journey, fewer die at sea: Last year’s total of 1,319 dead and missing is lower than any year on record—though, of course, this calculation ignores the fate of those stuck in transit camps.
Europe’s spectacularly swift and successful response to the migration crisis demonstrates that mass migration can be controlled.
European governments achieved this goal by adopting tough but effective policies. They constructed walls, fences, and high-tech sensing systems. They criminalized the transport of migrants, even on commercial ferries or aircraft. They removed EU policing and rescue boats from the seas. They cracked down on NGOs that assisted migrants (and, allegedly, helped coordinate their movements) by placing police on their vessels, impounding boats, and initiating prosecutions. When European navies spotted migrant vessels in international waters, they towed them back to an uncertain fate in Africa or Asia.
Europe struck deals with transit countries such as Turkey, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt. All have agreed to police their shores, house millions of potential migrants, and work with the EU’s border control agency, Frontex. In exchange, they receive foreign aid, trade concessions, visa-free travel, and border control equipment. Further EU migration missions are now dotted through Chad, Mali, and the rest of Africa.
European idealists and migrant rights activists accuse European governments of hypocrisy: Are they not betraying the spirit of their ethical and international legal obligations to permit any refugee or migrant to seek international protection? Conditions in European detention areas are indeed often overcrowded and uncomfortable, as attested by the images that recently circulated from Greece’s burned-down Moria camp. Extra-European detention camps are especially troubling. This year, even before the pandemic, the United Nations suspended operations at its transit center in Tripoli, Libya, because it could not ensure safety. Ramona Lenz of Medico International—a public health NGO funded in part by the German government—has criticized European governments for enlisting neighboring states to serve as the “bouncers of Europe”—and then averting their gaze as those states abuse the human rights of migrants.
Yet European governments have remained unsentimentally resolute. Donald Tusk, then-president of the EU’s most important decision-making body, the European Council, declared when the policy was adopted: “We may not agree on everything, but we agree on the main goal, which is stemming illegal migration to Europe.”
European governments chose this strategy because they are pragmatic. Their citizens consider immigration the most important issue facing Europe, with majorities of up to 10 to 1 opposing more migrants, even before the 2015 wave. Migration threatens the stability of Europe’s moderate political systems: No government would last long today if it supported uncontrolled entry from culturally dissimilar regions. This would undermine other policies. In Britain, for example, citizens listed migration as one of the most important political issues facing the country in every year from 2001 to 2016, with a substantial majority of those polled wanting to reduce the number of migrants—a trend that eventually helped fuel the Brexit vote.
In the long term, European leaders view the reduction of uncontrolled migration, brutally if necessary, as the only way forward. Yet there is a silver lining. Doing so can create the political space to admit more migrants on selective economic and humanitarian grounds. Recent polls suggest that this may be correct: Public concern about migration is slowly declining.
Over the past two decades, extreme-right populist parties with anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-terrorist, and anti-Europe appeal have increased their vote shares across Europe. They now participate in government in six countries. In Britain, they spearheaded Brexit. And in the last two decades, scholars—and, it seems, journalists—have written more about extreme-right populist parties than all other European parties combined.
Leading foreign-policy pundits argue that homegrown extremism in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere—and not rising great-power challengers—now poses the greatest threat to the post-Cold War liberal international order. In Europe, many fear that extremist governments might win more EU exit referendums or join Trump and Putin in adopting protectionist and pro-Russia stances.
Yet this proved to be journalistic hype. Rather than panicking over populist threats, European leaders calmly drained their energy by dampening migration and terrorism and hanging tough in negotiations with Britain—to which they can now add the political benefit of managing the coronavirus pandemic well. Today, European unity—in any case, a practical necessity for small and highly interdependent states—is more popular than at any time in recent history.
In fact, populists were never as powerful as headlines made them seem. Consider the case of Marine Le Pen, who heads the French extreme-right National Rally party. When she ran for the French presidency in 2017, newspapers across the globe proclaimed, as one New York Times article put it, that “the next president of France will be Marine Le Pen” and speculated what her administration would do once in office. Yet her campaign was clearly hopeless from the start. All of her potential rivals, polls showed, could defeat her by comfortable double-digit margins, and Emmanuel Macron eventually did so by winning twice as many votes. Today, the National Rally holds just seven of 577 seats in the National Assembly.
Outside of Britain, extreme Euroskepticism enjoys scant support.
The impotence of the extreme-right in France is no exception. Outside of Britain, extreme Euroskepticism enjoys scant support. Of 27 EU members (plus Britain), 12 have no extreme-right or Euroskeptic party at all or none that scores above 10 percent in national elections. In 10 more countries, including France and Germany, other parties consistently exclude extremists from government coalitions. In three more—Latvia, Estonia, and Bulgaria—extremists participate only as minority coalition partners, which reduces their influence close to zero.
Only in Britain, Hungary, and Poland does an extreme-right or Euroskeptic party actually lead the government. Of course, their extremism poses threats to the quality of democracy and rule of law, as in the United States, but their effect on foreign policy is slight. Migration is the only EU issue on which policy has moved in a direction extremists favor—but this, as we have seen, is only because the position held by extremists happens to be that of large majorities of moderate voters in nearly every country. Otherwise, Poland and Hungary, both of which are among the biggest beneficiaries of EU policies and have exceptionally pro-EU populations, follow their neighbors on nearly every aspect of external policy, from sanctions on Russia to development aid to Africa—dissenting occasionally only on symbolic declarations. That leaves Brexit as the only major Euroskeptic achievement of a populist party in recent years.
Yet Brexit is, at best, an exception that proves the rule. That it happened at all reflects a perfect storm of astonishingly unlikely circumstances unrepeatable elsewhere. Britain is the only European country where Euroskepticism attracts more than a tiny fringe of the electorate. Even so, Brexit could happen only because a prime minister overruled his advisors to call an unnecessary referendum, which happened to fall at the only brief moment in the last five years when a majority of Britons opposed EU membership. Brexit was later ratified by an election in which a 44 percent vote share gave Boris Johnson a comfortable majority: Without Britain’s electoral institutions, the most biased in Europe, a pro-EU majority would have ruled instead.
Today, Brexit remains stalled. Britain is much smaller and dependent on Europe’s good will to gain access for nearly half of its exports, particularly of services like banking. This allows Europe to take a tough stance in negotiations over the terms of the U.K. withdrawal. British Brexiteers once hoped that Trump would bail them out with a quick trade agreement. Yet U.S.-U.K. negotiations have gone nowhere after the United States badgered the British about agricultural imports and aircraft subsidies. Trump embarrasses prime ministers on his visits, remains unpopular among the British public, and is struggling to be reelected. Britain is running out of options.
These realities, combined with the more general lack of support for their Euroskeptic views, have led populists elsewhere to moderate their ideas rather than follow London’s lead. Five years ago, 15 extreme-right parties, including Le Pen’s National Rally, advocated a Brexit-style withdrawal from the EU or the eurozone. Today none do. Even so, the most worrisome populist challenger in Europe, Matteo Salvini of the League party, is hemorrhaging popular support to the Brothers of Italy, a new and less Euroskeptic right-wing party. The wave of populist Euroskepticism seems to have crested.
Among Europe’s major geopolitical assets is its close partnership with the United States, which has formed the bedrock of Western defense and economic policies for 75 years. In 2016, as a presidential candidate, Trump called all this into question, declaring NATO “obsolete” and threatening to withdraw if Europeans failed to meet their informal pledge to spend 2 percent of their GDPs on defense—a threat he has repeated often since. He seems obsessed with Europe’s bilateral trade surplus with the United States—especially that of Germany.
Yet as president, Trump has been more bark than bite. European defense spending has risen only marginally, with just the United Kingdom and a half-dozen Eastern European countries likely to exceed 2 percent anytime soon. Nonetheless, within three months of entering office, the new president took credit for the problem being fixed and declared NATO “not obsolete.” Vice President Mike Pence, backed by cabinet officials, assured allies that Washington’s commitment remained “unwavering.” The most Trump has done was to approve plans in July to remove about 6,000 of more than 60,000 troops in Europe. But commentators agree that this bit of pre-election theatrics is unlikely to result in real policy change, which would take years to execute and cost billions of dollars and would be strategically insignificant even if it did.
Longer term, Europe need not worry that the United States will leave NATO. European countries remain America’s most trustworthy and capable allies. U.S. Defense Department planners, important domestic constituencies, and an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress favor both defending Europe and deterring Russia. Moreover, more than half of U.S. forces stationed in NATO countries are not there to defend Europe from Russia but to provide indispensable logistical support for the projection of U.S. power in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, and Eurasia. They man Air Force bases, transport hubs, headquarters, and hospitals in Germany, as well as the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet, based in Naples, Italy. U.S. Africa Command, for example, is headquartered in the German city of Stuttgart because the United States was unable to find an African country to host it. Without NATO, every delivery of troops or materiel, evacuation of a wounded soldier, naval mission in the Mediterranean, rapid reaction action, multinational training exercise, heavy bombing mission, or trip to headquarters would require an extra 6,000-mile trip to or from the United States.
Trump also took aim at European economic interests, grabbing headlines by repeatedly threatening to impose tariffs on EU exports. Pundits worried that trans-Atlantic disruption might upend the global trading system. Yet the administration has provoked only two small squabbles: In 2018, Trump imposed tariffs on European steel and aluminum, and last year he blocked a bundle of goods in response to European subsidies to Airbus. Neither was new. All but one U.S. administration since that of Richard Nixon has placed special tariffs on steel—a large unionized industry concentrated in U.S. swing states. And the World Trade Organization fully authorized the compensatory tariffs on Airbus products in October 2019 as part of a settlement of a 15-year dispute.
When Trump imposed tariffs, Europe swiftly retaliated with sanctions carefully targeted at voters in U.S. swing states.
Yet these two sets of tariffs targeted just $7.5 billion in European exports each—minuscule compared with the $300 billion in Chinese products hit by Trump tariffs. As a result—until the COVID-19 crisis—trans-Atlantic exports and affiliate sales continued to increased more than 20 percent after 2016, whereas U.S. trade with China declined significantly.
No trans-Atlantic trade war erupted because Trump did not dare provoke it. The backlash would be fierce since U.S. and European firms are far more heavily cross-invested than firms in any other part of the world: 61 percent of total U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) is in Europe, and 68 percent of FDI coming into the United States comes from Europe, so U.S. corporate interests are inseparably linked to Europe. Even when EU and U.S. economic interests diverge, Trump must tread even more carefully than with China because the world’s largest trading bloc with a population of almost 500 million is a powerful adversary. Trade authority is centralized in Brussels. When Trump imposed tariffs, Europe swiftly retaliated with sanctions carefully targeted at voters in U.S. swing states.
The EU plays offense as well. Quietly taking advantage of Trump’s diffidence toward globalization, Europe concluded ambitious trade agreements with Japan, Mexico, and Canada, with Australia, Brazil, and other countries to follow. Exploiting the threat of exclusion from the lucrative European market, the EU has become the world’s de facto regulatory authority—something the Columbia Law professor Anu Bradford calls the “Brussels effect.” Farmers in Nebraska, for instance, grow pesticide-free products so that they meet EU standards. Europe recently imposed tough privacy standards on U.S. tech giants and is considering new digital taxes. The Trump administration objected, but Europe did not back down. Instead, it helped convince California to adopt similar regulations, which went into effect in January.
Journalists, pundits, and politicians overlook Europe’s record of success because it is, in a word, dull. Europe’s quiet and patient style of foreign policy lacks the flash and charisma of old-fashioned crisis diplomacy conducted in the shadow of coercive force. Unlike Trump’s America, Europe does not grab headlines by precipitously launching trade wars—or real ones. Unlike Putin’s Russia, it does not subvert elections and pollute the internet. Unlike Xi Jinping’s China, it does not incarcerate ethnic minorities or provoke military clashes along its borders. Old-school geopoliticians are baffled (and often bored) by decisions taken by Brussels-based institutions where it is difficult to tell who is in charge—or even, as Kissinger once quipped, whom to call.
Europe’s pragmatism also often frustrates idealists. European leaders, knowing that they cannot solve all the world’s problems, pick their battles carefully. They eschew precipitous actions and hopeless causes that in retrospect so often seem ill-judged, such as toppling Saddam Hussein or ejecting Russia from Crimea. Instead, they slowly advance, often for decades, workable solutions to problems such as European enlargement, Iranian nuclear weapons, or climate change, punctuated by setbacks. In a case like Belarus today, it is perhaps overambitious to ask whether Europeans can topple the current authoritarian government tomorrow—but it seems reasonable to ask whether they can create incentives for its peaceful and positive evolution over the next decades. And what they do serves Europe’s interests.
Boring though this incremental and technocratic policymaking may be, it works. This has been shown not just by the examples above but in Europe’s recent decisions to provide 750 billion euros ($826 billion) in added financial firepower to stabilize the euro; to craft a system to screen Chinese investment in Europe; to switch to European-built 5G mobile networks; to promote peace and development in the Western Balkans; and now, without fear of a British veto, to coordinate tax policies.
In the wake of COVID-19, many in the United States have asked themselves whether democratic countries can sustain farsighted, data-driven, expert-based policies. Would-be Trumps and Putins question whether such policies are even desirable, preferring to appeal to national greatness. The answer is in Europe: In the 21st century, such policies are not only sustainable but successful. Europe is the future. This story appears in the Fall 2020 print issue.
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2020.10.03 20:15 Hitch42 Audio-Drama.com links from September 27 to October 3, 2020 - 31 Days of Horror edition

Audio-Drama.com is an online directory of audio drama and spoken word websites, with at least one new link added to it each day. As of this post, there are 5,000 published articles.
For the month of October, Audio-Drama.com presents 31 Days of Horror, normally featuring one new horror audio drama or spoken word link every day. However, this year the total has increased to one hundred links throughout the month.
You can see the previous years' listings in this post featuring almost 200 links. Visit Audio-Drama.com's horror category page for over 1,000 horror audio drama links.
Here are the newest articles from the previous week:
  1. Forgive Me! (Full Cast Comedy Series) Father Ben left his congregation in Binghamton, New York, in the cover of night for the smaller, quieter pastures of St. Patrick's. As our new, young, and at times progressive priest begins to acquiesce to his new surroundings, he finds himself butting heads with the eccentric parishioners who come to him seeking solace and advice. Whether he's trying to understand Old Margaret's "usual" confession; parsing out how Tom can better help care for his wife's pet pig, David; or getting to the bottom of the Christmas Eve Mass Incident, Forgive Me! explores the intertwined lives in Ben's new community and the funny, sad, and sometimes painful experiences that come out of confession and the Catholic experience.
  2. Short of Breath (Full Cast Drama Series) Short of Breath is a limited-run, small-scale socioeconomic thriller focusing on problems relevant to contemporary working-class American life. While rooted in real human interactions, the series has the tenor, structure, and tempo of a melodrama and thriller. Set in the days leading up to the election of Donald Trump, Short of Breath follows Olissa, a single mother and recovering addict in her early 30s who loses her factory job in the series' first scene. It's terrible luck and even worse timing. This event, happening at the end of a shift on a Friday, starts a ticking clock for Olissa, as a judge refuses to postpone a custody hearing for her young daughter scheduled just three days away. It's an all-or-nothing, last-chance situation for Olissa. She has only that weekend to find a decent job and clean up her act once and for all, or risk losing her daughter.
  3. The Boston Project Podcast (Full Cast Drama Series) SERIES 1: The Usual Unusual - The Usual Unusual is a scrappy and quaint bookstore where Boston's LGBTQ+ community has gathered to shop, organize, and flirt since the 70's. When the store's charismatic founder Penn announces his retirement, neurotic staff-member Charlie persuades him to pass leadership on, rather than close the store. The staff's efforts to unite a fractured community under one banner – or simply coordinate a weekly reading night — stoke generational disputes about identity, community, and trauma, and lead to fraught and hilarious results.
  4. Quantum Paradox (Full Cast Science Fiction Horror Series) Quantum Paradox is a 21st-century audio drama, released as a weekly podcast. Somewhere like here, sometime like now but far below the surface, lie strange and supernatural contradictions. If you think everything looks normal, look closer.
  5. Teddies in Lockdown (Full Cast Comedy Series) A scripted audio fiction about our suburban guardian angels: the teddies behind the glass. They're here to raise your spirits and pledge to keep watch in the window bay until the masks come off and this pandemic is declared over. Welcome to Teddies in Lockdown.
  6. The Hunt? (Full Cast Comedy Mystery Series) Anxious to validate her recently-deceased mother's wild conspiracy theories, a young podcaster recruits a poorly-reviewed private eye to help uncover the truth behind a ludicrous urban legend. But after witnessing a murder while searching the Santa Cruz Mountains, they find themselves at the forefront of a sensationalized investigation where every townsperson, news outlet, and internet rando has their own opinion about what really happened.
  7. Da Silva Linings Ghostbook (Full Cast Comedy Series) Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the psychic medium Sylvester Da Silva in the news recently. He will talk to only one person, and that's journalist Carrie Saxon. Will he talk about why he's in the news? Will he get to the point at all? Find out in this new comedy podcast. Devised and Performed by Jacqueline Davies & John Parry for Deliciously Bright Productions.
  8. The Afro-Existential Podcast (Full Cast Comedy Series) This season, we present DEAD WAIT: A JOURNEY IN AFRO-EXISTENTIALISM by Blaine Sparks-Teamer. A black comedy, DEAD WAIT tells the story of a modern all-American family: people who love each other but still wrestle with basic human fears: abandonment, poverty, death, and Los Angeles traffic.
  9. A Candle Against the Dark (Full Cast Drama Series) Done in the style of the radio plays from the early 20th Century, A Candle Against the Dark tells the story of one family's experience with polio in 1942. In addition, the stories of others who were affected by the disease — patients and doctors, parents and nurses — recall a time in our history when we were helpless against a seemingly invincible foe. We hope it becomes a memorial to all those who have worked so hard to achieve near-total elimination of polio from the world... Summit Theatre Group is a community theater company in Lee's Summit, Mo — a suburb of Kansas City.
  10. Through The Attic Door (Full Cast Urban Fantasy Comedy Series) Step through the attic door, and into the wacky and whimsical work of Hotel Elsewhere! Join the residents, The Scientist, The Gremlin, Brian the Robot, The Demon and more, within the upper most room of this elaborate building. Join them in their adventures as they attempt to figure out the truth about the Hotel Management... and all of the other mysteries that cross the path of the Attic Gang's rather short attention span, with the aid of their trusty radio.
  11. The Midweek Drama (Full Cast Multigenre Anthology) Bamalam Productions: Providing a platform and vehicle for new creative talent. Content perfect for those who don't have time to stop. Just press play. Listen and enjoy. A collection of audio dramas written by contemporary writers and performed by new acting talent. Connecting new talent across the world with the performing industry.
  12. The Exploring Series (Narrated Multigenre Folklore Anthology) Lore, mythology, and history summaries in easy to understand and easy to digest formats. The series aren't totally comprehensive, but they provide a great springboard for someone just dipping their toes into a new franchise or topic. So far, I've covered the Cthulhu Mythos, Middle-earth, Star Wars, The Elder Scrolls, Norse Mythology, Celtic Mythology, the SCP Universe, and Warhammer 40k, but I hope to continue doing this for many years.
  13. Love Don't Live Here Anymore (Full Cast Drama Series) "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," is a fictional, original audio drama podcast series by writers Terrell Jackson and Ember Stone. The lead, Naomi Martin, is a young woman from Kansas City, MO, torn between her dream of becoming a world-renowned vocalist, and the more seemingly realistic goal, set for her by her father, to finish school and have a practical, "safe" existence.
  14. Tales of What!? (Narrated Multigenre Anthology) Fiction from the weird side. The Twilight Zone meets Adult Swim. The Outer Limits directed by David Lynch. Franz Kafka doing Creepshow. Welcome... to the Tales of What!?
  15. The Other Stories (Narrated Multigenre Anthology) These aren't the stories your mother used to tell you ... no, these are The Other Stories. The Other Stories is a weekly short story podcast. A modern take on The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, or The Outer Limits. Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller, WTF stories delivered right to your podcast feed every Monday morning.
  16. The Harrowing (Full Cast Horror Thriller Series) A once-in-a-century storm hits the remote Scottish Island of Toll Mòr. As the isolated community take shelter, a barbaric crime sets off a chain of events which heralds the rise of an ancient evil and threatens to change the course of history. Starring Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt as Police Sergeant Jackie O'Hara, this 8-part supernatural crime thriller is created by celebrated writer and director Mark Healy and produced by Storyglass.
  17. The Forest (Narrated Horror Series) Have you ever wanted your life to be more like a fairy tale? Are you sure? In this terrifying and unique interactive story, brought to you by Richard MacLean Smith, you get to make the choices as you find yourself trapped deep inside one fairy tale you'll wish you'd never come across... Can you find a way out before it's too late?
  18. Creepers (Full Cast Horror Comedy Series) Creepers is a paranormal, horror comedy show. Lots of fun!
  19. Miscreation (Full Cast Horror Anthology) Each episode brings a scary new tale, performed by our band of actors at Acast's studio. So sit back, and witness our Miscreation.
  20. The Weird Tales Podcast (Narrated Horror Anthology) Tycho Alhambra is a lover of the weird and bizarre. Here are his readings of his favorite Weird Fiction. Lovecraft, Machen, Poe, Blackwood, Chambers. They're all here.
  21. Spooked! (Full Cast Horror Comedy Series) Join Damien Doepping and Cody Crain every Monday for.... SPOOKED! The improvised scary story podcast, where it's never scary and it's sometimes a story.
  22. Shadows of a Dark Past (Full Cast Horror Series) Claysville - a colonial town in Massachusetts, founded in the 17th Century by the wealthy and influential Clayton family. However, some say there is a curse on the family, as not a generation has gone by without horrible tragedy. Time and time again, the family pulls itself up, and time and time again the fates break them back down. It seems an endless cycle. Things have been relatively quiet since 1971, but it is not the tranquility of peace - rather, it feels like the calm before the storm. When local psychiatrist Mark McCain suspects the arrival of a supernatural presence in Claysville, the rumbles of that storm approach. The evil that seemed to be slumbering now stirs, and the calm begins to break down as the modern Clayton family is once again eclipsed by dark shadows from centuries gone by. Can the curse be overcome, or will the shadows of their dark past consume the Clayton family once and for all?
  23. On the Threshold (Narrated Horror Series/Anthology) Human understanding of the cosmos is like a tiny, flickering candle. This podcast follows Phil Glazer as he chases down accounts of those who have wandered to the edge of the candlelight, and becomes drawn ever further into the shadows himself.
  24. Unknown 9: Out of Sight (Full Cast Horror Series) Blake Elrich, an urban explorer with a haunted past, travels the country in an old RV with his partner and producer Lazari. At every stop along their journey, they encounter an inexplicable occurrence—something that could not be happening. What's more, they're beginning to suspect that someone is leading them to each strange case. Events intensify when an enigmatic figure emerges, terrorizing whole communities. Blake and Lazari must now race to undo the damage that's already been done and prevent a terrifying force from emerging...
  25. Scary Story Podcast (Narrated Horror Anthology) Scary Story Podcast features scary stories about darkness, unexplained phenomena, and the paranormal. A collection of short original horror tales made to unsettle you.
  26. Dead Sirius (Full Cast Horror Comedy Series) Follow the story of Sirius, a man who took matters into his own hands when the zombie apocalypse began, and joined the ranks of the dead before they could force him to. Now a walking, talking, thinking corpse, how will Sirius handle the later stages of the zombie invasion?
  27. Evil Zodiac (Narrated Comedy Horror Series) Humberto will be your guide to the future...for a Price. A comedy horror show that 100% guarantees that it will help you believe nonsense about your future. Using the powers of the occult and the stars.
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2020.09.30 01:04 shylock92008 The Kid Who Masterminded El Chapo’s Secret Phone Network Alan Feuer

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The Kid Who Masterminded El Chapo’s Secret Phone Network

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It came in off the street one day—a tip, a lead, a rumor—whatever you cared to call it, it was one of the strangest things they had heard in their careers. Chapo Guzmán, the world-famous drug lord, had hired a young IT guy and the kid had built him a sophisticated system of high-end cell phones and secret servers, all of it ingeniously encrypted.
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The unconfirmed report—perhaps that was the best way to describe it—had arrived that Friday in June 2009 when a tipster walked into the lobby of the FBI’s field division office in New York. After his story had been vetted downstairs, it made its way up seven flights of stairs and landed with a curious thud among the crowded cubicles of C-23, the Latin American drug squad.
For more than thirty years, the elite team of agents and their bosses had hunted some of the drug trade’s biggest criminals, and while tall tales of their antics circulated constantly through its squad room near the courts in Lower Manhattan, no one in the unit knew what to make of this one. The tipster’s account seemed credible enough, but it was sorely lacking details: The only facts he had offered on the young technician were a first name—Christian—and that he was from Medellín, Colombia. All sorts of kooks spouting all sorts of nonsense showed up all the time at FBI facilities, claiming they had inside information on the Kennedy killing or knew someone who knew someone who knew where Jimmy Hoffa was. In what were still the early days of internet telephony, it seemed a bit far-fetched that a twentysomething hacker had reached a deal with the world’s most wanted fugitive and furnished him in hiding with a private form of Skype. As alluring as it sounded, it was just the sort of thing that would probably turn out to be a myth.
In the middle of a drug war, chasing myths was not enough to send C-23 into the field: reality was keeping the unit busy on its own. Three years after Mexico had launched a crusade against its brutal cartel kingpins, the country had erupted into incomparable violence, and much of the chaos had rolled downhill into American investigative files. Just that winter, a psychopath who called himself the Stewmaker had been caught near Tijuana after having boiled three hundred bodies down to renderings in caustic vats of acid. Two weeks later, a retired Mexican general was murdered in Cancún, his kneecaps shattered, and his corpse propped up behind the steering wheel of a pickup truck abandoned on a highway. Since late 2006, the country’s seven drug clans had all been at war with one another or the government—or sometimes both at once—and ten thousand people had already lost their lives.
C-23 and other U.S .law enforcement agencies pitched in when they could, opening cases and offering intelligence to their counterparts in Mexico. But in the past several months, conditions at the border had only gotten worse and had metastasized from an ordinary security emergency into something that resembled a full-scale insurrection. From the American point of view, the Sisyphean struggle to end the bloodshed—and to stem the flow of drugs heading north—seemed increasingly impossible despite the constant seizures, the federal indictments and the helicopter gunships sent as foreign aid.
In this target-rich environment, Chapo Guzmán was an interest- ing case. While he was neither the wealthiest nor the most sadistic trafficker in Mexico, he was by a matter of degree the most illustrious. His famous alias, “El Chapo”—often rendered “Shorty” but more accurately a reference to his squat, stocky frame—was globally familiar, with a recognition level that rivaled that of movie stars and presidents. Not since Pablo Escobar had ruled over Colombia had la pista secreta—the secret path of the narcotics business—seen a figure who was both a major criminal and a mass celebrity.
For nearly twenty years, Guzmán had been at the center of the drug trade, involved in some of its best-known capers and disasters. In 1993, in his earliest brush with fame, he was sent to jail in Mexico for the murder of a Roman Catholic cardinal, Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo*, whose daylight killing at the Guadalajara airport introduced the world to the threat presented by Mexican cartels. Eight years later, in a move that earned him full folkloric status, Guzmán had escaped from prison, slipping out in a laundry cart after paying off his jailers.
Ever since, he had been on the run, moving back and forth among a half-dozen hideouts deep in the Sierra Madre mountains, in the Mexi- can state of Sinaloa. Though he lived like an outlaw, he was treated like a king—loved by some, feared by many and inarguably one of the most powerful men in Mexico. A single word from him from one of his mountain dens could set in motion tractor-trailers in Nogales, planes in Cartagena, and merchant freighters in Colón. At fifty-two—an improbable age in an industry that did not promote longevity—Guzmán had reached the height of his career, running his business freely and warring against his rivals, all while playing cat and mouse with those among the Mexican authorities who weren’t on his payroll.
While the American government was after him as well, a contrarian consensus had emerged in parts of Washington that at least he was contained in the Sierras, where he was spending exorbitant sums on his security and could not engage in the same bloody havoc that emergent mafias, like the Zetas or La Familia Michoacán, had recently been wreaking in the lowlands. It was also the case that no one—not the FBI, the DEA, nor their cousins in the intelligence community—had ever mounted a successful capture operation in the rugged region he had fled to. In the past two years alone, a panoply of American agencies had helped arrest Otto Herrera, Guzmán’s connection to Colombia’s cartels; Juan Carlos Ramírez, one of his top suppliers; and Jesus “El Rey” Zambada, the brother of “El Mayo” Zambada, his most important partner. The heir to Guzmán’s throne—Mayo’s son, Vicente—was in jail in Mexico City, and Pedro and Margarito Flores, the twin brothers who had handled much of his American distribution, were about to start recording him for U.S. drug officials. By mid-2009, Guzmán himself was already under indictment in San Diego and Tucson and would soon face further charges in Brooklyn and Chicago. But after all of this—countless hours of investigative and prosecutorial effort—he had never spent a single day in an American court of law.
That was why C-23’s new lead couldn’t be discounted, as crazy as it sounded. The possibilities it promised were simply too enticing. It stood to reason that a man in Guzmán’s position—on the lam, with far-flung operatives around the globe—would at least want a means of sending and receiving secret messages. Imagine the windfall if the drug squad in New York could hack into the system.
That is, if it actually existed.
While many of his coworkers shrugged at the story of the mythic cell-phone system, treating it like a piece of science fiction, Special Agent Robert Potash raised his hand and volunteered to run the rumor down. As the rookie in the unit, he had little else to do. Potash had joined C-23 only the year before and while he was as eager as anyone to succeed, he was still finding his feet among his older, more seasoned peers.
One of those anomalies who came to law enforcement late in life, Potash had attended the FBI’s academy in Quantico just before his thirty-seventh birthday, the outside age for new recruits. For a federal agent, his background was unusual. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Potash had spent fifteen years of well-paid boredom in the private sector, designing robots and lasers before he realized that what he really wanted to do was put together criminal cases, not expensive widgets. The son of a toolmaker from Connecticut, he had always been something of a tinkerer. Even approaching forty, he often still thought about himself as the handy little kid who built the neighborhood treehouse every summer and spent all winter working on a soapbox car in his garage.
Potash had never handled a cartel case before, but knowing of his technical bent, his bosses at C-23 had invited him to sit in on the interview with the tantalizing tipster. He left the conversation convinced there was something there and did not get much resistance from the squad when he stepped forward to investigate it further. Many of the unit’s top agents didn’t want the job, which, by the looks of it, was going to require studying encryption and reading up on arcane subjects like Voice over Internet Protocol. It was, to say the least, not the typical drug cop stuff of busting bad guys or grabbing kilos off the street. When you got down to it, it was more or less nerd work. But that was Potash’s lane.
Joining him in his new assignment was his partner, Stephen Marston. Marston was eight times as experienced as Potash and nearly twice as tall. An agent cut from the classic mold—big, broad- shouldered, stolid, methodical—Marston, a New Yorker, had been at C-23 for much of the decade. In his own time in the unit, he had mostly focused on Colombians, among them the remnants of the cocaine cowboys from Medellín and Cali who had since the 1980s supplied cocaine to Mexican smugglers like Guzmán who worked along the border. While Marston didn’t know much about technology—his computer degree from 1993 was obsolete—he did know quite a bit about investigating drug cartels. And something in the tipster’s report had caught his eye.
Under questioning, the tipster had explained that shortly before the young technician Christian had gone to work for Guzmán, he had built a beta version of his system for another trafficking group, the Cifuentes family, one of Colombia’s stealthiest and most successful smuggling organizations. Known as the “invisible clan” for their ability to work beneath the radar, the Cifuenteses were, like Christian, based in Medellín. The family had a long and tangled history with Guzmán and had for years been shipping him their product in everything from King Commander turboprops to long-range shark and tuna boats. Marston knew that the tipster’s story might have had a few implausible details, but he recognized its basic inner logic. If some of the Cifuenteses had acquired a new technology, it would certainly be reasonable to think that they had passed it on, through the man who had developed it, to their longtime friend and ally.
Meticulous as always, Marston was not about to raise an alarm—or his boss’s expectations—without first thoroughly confirming the account. In the FBI, if you were smart, you always promised less than you delivered. As he and Potash started on the case, Marston decided that he needed proof of concept: some hard evidence that the secret system was more than just a pipe dream.
What he really needed, when he thought about it further, was one of the damned phones.
They started with their colleagues in Colombia.
After squeezing the tipster for all that he was worth, Marston and Potash decided to run his story past the experts on the ground: the FBI’s legal attaché team and their DEA equivalents in Bogotá. They arranged a call with the embassy and to their surprise, when they mentioned Christian’s name, everyone seemed to know who they were talking about. A young technician—Christian Rodriguez, they were told—ran a small business in Medellín repairing computers and setting up communications networks. Rodriguez was also known to dabble from time to time in the city’s black-hat hacking scene. Though there wasn’t much in the way of solid proof, the agents in Bogotá were confident it had to be their man.
Signing off, Marston and Potash dwelled on their discovery: The young kid that Chapo Guzmán had brought in as his infotech consultant appeared to have a day job as Medellín’s Geek Squad guy.
*The murder of Cardinal Ocampo, on May 24, 1993, was a seminal moment in Mexico, awakening the public to the rising power and violence of the country’s drug mafias. It was also a seminal moment for Guzmán. He has always denied involvement in the killing; indeed, the evidence suggests that he may have been its target, not its perpetrator. Ocampo was likely killed in accidental crossfire when hit men from the Tijuana cartel tried to murder Guzmán. Guzmán never forgot that the cartel’s leaders, the Arellano-Félix brothers, attempted to assassinate him or that they let him take the blame for Ocampo’s death. The rancor spawned a bloody war between Guzmán and the brothers that raged intermittently from the early 1990s well into the first decade of the 2000s.
EXCERPTED FROM EL JEFE: THE STALKING OF CHAPO GUZMÁN. COPYRIGHT © 2020 BY ALAN FEUER.
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2020.09.29 21:04 mr_tyler_durden Notes and Highlights of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s Live Update September 29, 2020

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2020.09.24 19:37 MaximNurov ABOUT BITCOIN CUSTODY

ABOUT BITCOIN CUSTODY

How to Securely Store Bitcoin


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