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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hot info from a BFN tipster!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't even like Trump, but the media has a tendency to be like "we got em! The beginning of the end for bad orange man!" Every time it falls flat.

"How will he wiggle his way out of this one?"

*Trump easily wiggles his way out.*

I'm almost positive he has 2020, although there will be a lot of drama about it.
Gonna be a wild ride.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/06/21/tiktok-teens-kpop-fans-punk-trump-tulsa-rally/
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Sure, it’s possible that many of the emails are fake and that the ticket holders have no intention of voting for Trump in November. But while it’s possible that this “bad data” might prove useless — or even hurt the Trump campaign in some way — experts say there is one clear beneficiary in the end, and that is Facebook. That’s due to the complex, murky ways in which Trump’s political advertising machine is tied up with the social media giant. Facebook wants data on people, and whether that is “good” or “bad,” it will be used to train its systems.

“No matter who signs up or if they go to a rally, Trump gets data to train retargeting on Facebook. FB’s system will use that data in ways that have nothing to do with Trump,” tweeted Georgia Tech communications professor Ian Bogost. “Might these ‘fake’ signups mess up the Trump team’s targeting data? Maybe it could, to some extent. But the entire system is so vast and incomprehensible, we’ll never really know.”

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE IMPLOSION OF THE
ANTI-RUSSIA NEOCONS


I don't usually copy whole articles, but the background to
the downfall of John Bolton and now Sir Mark Sedwell is
just too juicy an insight into Anglo-American power politics.

Also because the author John Helmer is f**cking top class.


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THE FROG WHO GOT TOO BIG FOR HIS BOOTS AND WAS TURNED
INTO A TOADY — SIR MARK SEDWILL SACKED, BRITISH POLICY
ON RUSSIA FOR REVIEW


by John Helmer, Moscow @bears_with

The plot to rid the British Government of the man who combined more domestic and foreign policy-making powers than any British official in peacetime was not a clandestine Kremlin operation directed by President Vladimir Putin.

But the sacking of Sir Mark Sedwill, the grammar school head-boy who became Cabinet Secretary and National Security Advisor under Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018, removes the plotter-in-chief of the Skripal affair, the Novichok plot, and the campaign of British info-warfare against Moscow over the past two years.

The man who defeated Sedwill, Dominic Cummings, chief adviser of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is the only official in the prime ministry to have operated under cover in Russia. What Cummings’s cover was has never been publicly revealed from his counter-intelligence vetting. The rise of Cummings has also not been reported by the NATO propaganda unit Bellingcat and the Murdoch press to have been a clandestine Kremlin operation.

Between the two plots, Sedwill’s and Cummings’s, the outcome is now a small space in which the British will reflect on how far Sedwill, and co-conspirator Sir Alex Younger, chief of MI6, took Anglo-Russian policy past Germany and France to the one promoted in Washington by John Bolton. Sedwill’s term as supremo has run almost exactly parallel to Bolton’s. Sedwill’s removal would have been as swift as Bolton’s sacking last September if not for the corona virus pandemic. That was not a clandestine Chinese plot.

Younger, Sedwill’s old classmate at St. Andrews University, has now been in the secret intelligence service post for six years; that’s longer than any of his predecessors for the past half-century. If Younger follows Sedwill out the door, the cranny between the plots will be a little wider.

For Sedwill’s role in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, read this.

For Cummings’s role in Russia, read this.

Sedwill’s exit was announced as his resignation on Sunday evening. The London press had been reporting “it had been expected for some months amid rising tensions with the prime minister’s inner circle.” The BBC, the state propaganda organ, reported from Sedwill’s typewritten letter of resignation. It did not report that Prime Minister Johnson was in such haste to see Sedwill’s back he didn’t wait for a typist but scribbled an instant letter of acceptance.

The Murdoch press launched Sedwill’s defence the next day, claiming he was glad to be gone.


He is “relieved”, reported Rupert Murdoch’s spokesman, “to leave behind a dysfunctional and divisive Downing Street. ‘He’s fed up with them,’ the ally told me. ‘There’s only so much you can put up with and the way they operate is appalling.’” Domestic, not foreign policy, was the block on which Sedwill’s head was chopped. “The latest stand-off can be partly explained by the fact that a pandemic blame game is already under way. Downing Street wants to pin responsibility on the civil service but officials know what mistakes have also been made by ministers and political advisers.”

Sedwill is to be given a seat in the House of Lords; the job of shuffling papers on security policy before next year’s G7 summit meeting in the UK; and the promise that when the current NATO secretary-general retires at the end of 2022, Sedwill will be the British candidate for the job.

The Telegraph beamed the foreign policy implications from the mouth of William Hague, Foreign Secretary from May 10, 2010 to July 14, 2014, who declared himself an early patron of Sedwill’s rise. “Sir Mark has been a pretty good example of the risk-taking and expertise – on national security – that Michael Gove [Cabinet Office Minister] correctly wants to encourage. I first met him when he was Ambassador to Afghanistan – not exactly a cushy number with a full-scale war going on and the embassy itself often under attack…” Hague led the anti-Russian campaign after the US coup in Kiev in February of 2014, but he had left office a few days before the sanctions campaign escalated with the US claim that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 had been shot down by Russia.

By the time the Skripal attack occurred on March 4, 2018, Hague was publicly behind Sedwill and Younger, cheering them on.


“It is time for apologists to recant, optimists to become realists, and pacifists to slink away”, Hague wrote. “Whatever measures Britain takes against Russia, what will really count is a realisation, from Washington to Brussels to Berlin, that a full scale strategy of the West is needed to show strength and resolve in the face of unacceptable behaviour.” Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/

This week Hague has attacked the new National Security Advisor, David Frost, for being insufficiently supportive of Younger, whom he calls a “consultant surgeon who has spent a lifetime performing difficult operations.” Frost is a French and Greek speaker, with a long career in western Europe as a regular diplomat; Sedwill was an MI6 agent under diplomatic cover and is the current president of the Special Forces Club, a London watering-hole for spetznaz.

“The final issue I would take with the weekend’s changes,” according to Hague, “is that the appointment of David Frost as National Security Adviser – Mark Sedwill’s other position – sits uneasily with Michael Gove’s desire that top officials should be ‘as knowledgeable as a consultant surgeon’ about their areas of responsibility. Mr Frost is clearly very capable and has impressed the Prime Minister – there should indeed be a senior role for him. But out there in our intelligence agencies, there are a lot of ‘consultant surgeons’ who have spent a lifetime performing difficult operations. You can’t pass them all over while calling for more expertise without eyebrows being raised, or indeed daggers sharpened.”

So far, noone in the British Deep State has begun broadcasting Frost’s record on the war against Russia. If Younger is aiming to hold the line against Russia and hang on to his job, his spokesman, Mark Urban at the BBC, has yet to report it. Instead, Urban has been retweeting in solidarity with Sedwill, and in criticism of Frost.


Source: https://twitter.com/MarkUrban01

Sedwill’s and Younger’s supporters at the CIA are also biting their tongues. Their outlets at the New York Times and Washington Post , who fabricated their new Russian assassination plot last Friday, have yet to report the fresh blood spilled in London over the weekend. John Bolton has been too busy fronting for the sale of his memoirs to defend the back of Sedwill.



And now that you have that article, you might well
want to read more about Mr Domnick Cummings.

Who has a very interesting background:

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IS DOMINIC CUMMINGS A SLEEPER RUSSIAN AGENT?
THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER’S MIND CONTROL EXPERT’S
SECRET YEARS IN KGB MOSCOW



By John Helmer, Moscow
@bears_with

Dominic Cummings, presently a powerful and wealthy 47-year old special advisor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was hard at work in Moscow and Samara for three years, between 1994 and 1997.

He has acknowledged himself that “I worked in Russia 1994-7 on various projects.” This was no news to the Russian authorities then or since; it is also an advertisement to British critics and media investigators in London that however much Cummings’ role in plotting the Brexit referendum and Johnson’s no-deal ultimatums have antagonized many, Cummings once, and still now, enjoys the protection and confidence of the British secret services.

The three Cummings years in Russia were a period of fierce undercover combat between MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency, and Russia’s reviving foreign and counter-intelligence services, successors to the Soviet KGB — the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service), led by Yevgeny Primakov, and the FSB (Federal Security Service) under Sergei Stepashin and Mikhail Barsukov.

That was also the time a junior MI6 spy named Christopher Steele was running operations in the Volga region south of Moscow, starting in Samara. When his cover was blown in the spring of 1993, Steele was evacuated to home office to train replacements. Just over a year later, after graduating slowly from Oxford, Cummings’ time started in Samara. That too came to an abrupt and unsuccessful end. Cummings himself is behind the hint published in his Wikipedia profile that he “fell foul of the KGB”. Since then Steele has become more successful at running operations and agents in Washington; Cummings more successful on Downing Street.

But in the mid-1990s what exactly was Cummings doing in Samara and other places in Russia, for whom was he working, what contact did he have with Steele, and why was he ordered out of Russia – these are questions Cummings was asked to explain on Monday. He refuses to answer.

Cummings graduated in mid-1994 from Oxford with a degree in Ancient and Modern History; he was just shy of 23. In one of his authorized biographies, he claims that “on leaving university his adventurousness found its first outlet in going to Russia for three years. He helped set up a new airline flying from Samara, on the Volga, to Vienna. The KGB issued threats, the airline only got one passenger, and the pilot unfortunately took off without that passenger. Cummings is a Russophile, speaks Russian and is passionately interested in Dostoyevsky. In 1997 he returned to London.”

By the contemporary investigative standards for detecting Russian agents, sleepers and fellow-travellers set by the British Government’s Integrity Initiative, Cummings’ Russian connection ought to have attracted more attention than it has.

A month ago, the London Daily Mirror reported that it had found an American named Adam Dixon, currently living in Connecticut, who said he had employed Cummings in Russia, paying him to commute weekly between Vienna and Samara. According to Dixon, “I met Dominic Cummings in the 1990s, when I was working with a Russian partner to develop a regional airline Samara Airlines into an international carrier – in order to link the city of Samara (an economic and intellectual power on the Volga River) directly to Europe. For anyone who didn’t experience the total anarchy and fast-moving chaos of Russia in the ‘90s, it is hard to imagine now what it was like then – there was a deep fear that the country would descend into civil war or simply disintegrate, and it was a constant theme of conversation how, when, and by whom order would be restored.”

“Although he did not speak much Russian [sic], Dominic was fascinated by the anarchy and the potential for catastrophe, and willing to work in these bizarre and sometimes dangerous circumstances…Since we were a small team without much money, I gave him some responsibilities which he then quickly led me to regret, because he leveraged the fact that we now ‘needed him’ to sometimes behave as he liked, which included offending people that we needed to get on with – and this could be very counter-productive.”

“Left to himself, he would dress out of his laundry bag and had a silly objection to wearing a tie, and he was usually unshaven and often looked hung-over and unwashed. This was all an obvious liability when there was widespread concern that Russian airlines were negligent about maintenance. On the other hand, he was courageous, clear-thinking, and could really ‘hold his drink’, which, on several particular occasions, was much more of an asset than it should have been.”

“Although he did not leave us completely in the lurch, he certainly did go much too abruptly, and on his schedule, not mine. I made it plain that I felt I had been generous to him in every way, and therefore, that he should not think of me as a good reference for future jobs – and I never heard from him again. A few years later, I read in a bio-blurb that he had ‘started a Russian airline with a friend’, a distortion that was annoying, given the real circumstances.”



Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/

Sources in Moscow from the Anglo-American banking, investment and night-clubbing circles of the time say they never knew, and do not recognize, either Dixon’s or Cummings’ name. They are skeptical of Dixon’s Samara airline story and of Cummings’ role in it.

Samara sources are also skeptical of the published story. One, a lawyer, claims that “whatever Dixon and Cummings were up to, it was unlikely to have been legal. I suspect Samara Airlines may have taken them for a ride. In the 1990s, in order to get a Russian Airline Operations Certificate (AOC) an applicant must: 1. Have [had] at least 2 aircraft suitable for commercial carriage of passengers; 2. Have at least 4 aircrew certified for operating (1); 3. Have an agreement with base airport; 4. Have an engineering crew certified to service (1); and 5. Have an air carrier insurance policy. To operate an international route the applicant also had to be put on the list of authorised carriers of the relevant intergovernmental agreement (Russo-Austrian in this case). All of that required an investment of approximately US$5-4 million in the early 90s. I have a lot of doubts that any American guy would go to Samara, invest all of this money, get an AOC and allow his ‘baby’ to be shut down. I have a strong gut feeling the whole story is ‘fake news’.”

“Most probably these two guys chartered a [Samara airlines] plane and tried to set up an unlicensed quasi-regular service to Vienna. In the havoc of the 90s that could have been possible. A Belorussian adventurer operated commercial flights in a similar way between Bulgaria and Minsk for three years until he was caught in the act.”

An FSB source says that at the time in the Volga region, Samara, and especially Saratov, were gateways for opiates and hashish smuggled in from Central Asia, mixed with vegetable and fruit cargoes so that sniffer dogs couldn’t detect them. “Samara was also a convenient distribution point for synthetic drugs like ecstasy with the right connections,” the source adds.

The Samara sources express suspicion of a one-aircraft airline run from Vienna by an American, represented in Samara by an Englishman who couldn’t speak Russian. The FSB source made no claim about the legality of the cargoes such an airline might carry. A Durham city source claims that during Cummings’ time as a bouncer at a local nightclub owned by an uncle, the club had a reputation for drug dealing, and the club’s bouncers for their involvement. “I know,” according to the Durham source, “the door is a key location for keeping out drug dealers and sometimes for letting in preferred dealers. At the very least, a robust doorkeeper would be acquainted with the dealers if only by threats and established dealers pointing out new competitors.”

Noone in Samara or Moscow has been found to clarify what Cummings and his Wiki biographers mean by the claim that the Samara airline project “fell foul of the KGB”. The Wikipedia profile originated in June 2016, and the Russia claims by Cummings have been repeated in other British media, almost without variation, and without the reporters checking with Russians.

The British press has also failed to notice that in the years Cummings was in Russia, the entire British intelligence establishment in the country “fell foul of the KGB”. The trouble for the British started in 1993 with the arrest and exposure of Vadim Sintsov for spying. The Platon Obukhov case followed in April 1996. A British intelligence source believes that Steele was one of the MI6 agents rolled up in 1993. For more details on Steele, click to read.


Left to right: Christopher Steele, MI6 officer expelled from Russia in 1993; John Scarlett, MI6 station chief in Moscow expelled in 1994; Platon Obukhov, arrested for spying for MI6 in 1996. Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/

The period of Steele’s tour, then Cummings’ employment with Dixon, was disastrous for John Scarlett, the MI6 station chief in Moscow in 1993-94, and for more than 30 other British spies who were expelled in 1994. More expulsions followed from Moscow and from London in 1995 and 1996.

In the blog Cummings publishes for his essays and commentaries, there is only one inconsequential mention of Russia: Cummings refers once to President Vladimir Putin, but mocks the conventional Russia-hating line of the London press: “a conspiracy of baddies (Putin, Trump, Farage, hedge funds), dangerous sounding technology (that approximately nobody in politics/media actually understands), awesome superpowers wielded by secret forces (often a powerful meme historically) and so on — the perfect conditions for ‘unreason’ to flourish.”

Without directly addressing the allegations of Russian meddling in US elections through social media, Cummings is dismissive of the underlying claim. “Much of the political science world is dominated by bullshit ‘research’ and their claims cannot be relied on. One of the few reliable and interesting scholars in this field is David Broockman at Stanford. He recently published a big and interesting study including randomised control trials to detect campaign effects: The Minimal Persuasive Effects of Campaign Contact in General Elections: Evidence from 49 Field Experiments, Stoockman et al 2017. The conclusion? Almost everything campaigns do in America has no discernible effect when tested with RCTs. (NB. this finding was for US party elections — referendums are different.) This broad conclusion holds for digital marketing. Almost all claims you read are bullshit, particularly if they involve CA’s magic potion of Big 5 personality type marketing. Is everything rubbish? No. Is there a method demonstrated to have reliable big effects? No. Does CA have Jedi powers? According to the experts, no chance.”

Regarding Russian cyber-warfare and the KGB, Cummings wrote this in 2014: “The old Technical Faculty of the KGB Higher School (rebaptised after 1991) ran similar courses; one of its alumni is Yevgeny Kaspersky, whose company first publicly warned of the cyberweapons Stuxnet and Flame (and who still works closely with his old colleagues). It would be interesting to collect information on elite intelligence and special forces training programmes. E.g. Post-9/11, US special forces (acknowledged and covert) have greatly altered including adding intelligence roles that were previously others’ responsibility or regarded as illegal for DOD employees. How does what is regarded as ‘core training’ for such teams vary, how is it changing, and why are some better than others at decisions under pressure and surviving disaster?”

Last month the New York Times ran a commentary by a columnist for the London Times, attacking Cummings for his methods and for lying. “Mr. Cummings proved that stories and lies, allied to strategic cunning, conviction, secrecy, ruthlessness and upending convention, could be much more appealing than reason and fact. Years of studying and writing obsessively about the art of strategy, the failings of most institutions and the success of revolutionary thinkers like Otto von Bismarck had paid off. Now this single-minded insurgent is the most powerful individual in the British government, vaulted into Downing Street as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s chief strategic adviser.” Nothing was said about Cummings’ Russia connection.

The Prime Minister’s office in which Cummings works allows emails to be directed to him and the office’s media spokesmen through an internet form. Cummings also provides a personal email address at his blog. To both on Monday Cummings was sent these questions:



There has been no response from Cummings.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Her artistry suggests she may be channeling a very drunk Jackson Pollock!
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