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Late Night Comedy Shows are Handing Trump 2020 Victory

They cannot resist the topic: Colbert half the time is either reading out his tweets, reporting 1:1 what Trump said or did, or simply showing the original footage. This is not how to mount earnest resistance!

Much rather, it is the posture of a court-sanctioned Jester who in badder days the King kept on and tolerated because he performed a sacred duty: that of a ‘lightning rod’.
Court Jesters provide the illusion that “a problem has been handled”, reassuring a pampered class they can continue living as they are used to and deflecting any energy that may lead to actual change. It is the most valuable service you could provide to Trump!
Keep in mind there are no comparable mainstream shows on “the other side”. (I used quotes because the whole point here is to show how fiendish the very idea is that there ARE in fact sides. Or that it is easy to discern which is which, and that to prop up a “side”, sometimes you must pretend to be your own opposition. Case in point: Trump’s well-crafted statement on Bolton’s departure. He had to go because he was too tough, but not too tough, and I am tough, but really he, the weakling, was tougher and I tempered him, making me the toughest.)
Seth Meyers helped make one word mainstream: “lie”. To call a lie a lie may seem like speaking truth to power. But it isn’t. Meyers’ legal team makes sure he is telling the truth about the lying, but he still misses the point: Trump doesn’t lie because he feels the lie will succeed. He lies because he will succeed. The mechanisms at work are more interesting, but you won’t find them dissected on such a show, because their makers are employing the same tactics: basic stuff like controlling crowd applause. Trump, the reality show star, cannot be fixed by one more show!
Let’s look at a third and last example: Jimmy Kimmel. He cried after mass shootings in USA, but what of the warfare against official enemies?
Step one must always be to look at one’s own failings: where did I help this mess come so far? Best example: Democrats are still addicted to the idea of ‘Russian meddling’. In this fatal image, someone else is at fault, thus preventing the painful question, the one that should be most essential: what went wrong in 2016 and how can we change to prevent it from happening again?
If you fail to examine your failings, you often also fail to admire your enemies for what they do well. In the case of Trump, this is manipulation. Framing, non-verbal cues. Schwarzenegger recently mentioned how Trump used to ask him for advice. While we prefer to point fingers and laugh (worst of all: we call him “stupid”) he remains curious and keeps on learning.
Switch off the TV (and this blog, it’s nothing, really – believe me!) look in the mirror and find positive solutions you can enjoy developing. It’s fun!   -Mike

How I learned to stop worrying about Donald Trump and love the 4th of July

The following is a fictional account of President Trump’s 4th of July speech and the events that followed. We are releasing this as a leak sent backwards through time to prepare human kind.

President Donald J Trump on July 4th 2019:

“MY FELLOW AMERICANS,

I have been a lie and a fraud. I thieved and ripped you off till the cows come home, but now it’s time for the chicken to roost.

These crimes were my performance art, to show you how it’s done and what we are up against.

My esteemed colleagues on the other side of the aisle, attacking me on a daily basis, they are hypocrites too. They profited from every single one of my policies, their stock portfolios went up too at first.

I have been the clown to distract you people from the backstage movements worked out quietly amongst elite Democrats and Republicans and many in between.

More or less the same would have happened under Clinton, in essence. Albeit different in style and extent.”

(Trump reaches and spends a few moments on his smartphone)

“I have just posted a link to the complete tax and business history of myself and my family. Do not call this a leak. I did this myself and voluntarily. Time to spill the beans, folks.

It is the Democrats’ wet dream. However, I predict it will also be their nightmare. They and their wealthy donors, without exception, also benefit from corporations registered in Delaware. Their net worth is also dependent on this precious magic trick we call a stock market. Their pensions too are made stable by the constant flow of money from gullible fools – the upstanding citizens who all they want is to lead an honest, happy life, with one pot at the end of the rainbow.

They are the ones least likely to pull out of the markets when the crash comes or just inevitable fluctuations.

No high-speed hedging for them.

No massive tax deductions, write-offs, deferments and all that gibberish we’re supposed to not understand – but we do.

They are the bedrock on which to build an empire.

As the gap between rich and poor widens.

We steal your money.

Every day I was called a gangster – well what do you expect for a gangster country, in a gangster world?
We may never find our way out of this…

(pause)

I’m trying to say: my career was the American Dream. And now it’s time to save America from ‘America’

(he conducts his normal-sized hands into an attempt at air quotes)

Remember George Carlin, my fellow New Yorker? It’s called the American Dream… ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it.

Churchill said the best argument against democracy is a 15-Minute conversation with the average voter. I say screw you, Winston. That really only makes sense if you tack on an extra few minutes at the end with whomever it is that gave said voter his information.

The best argument FOR democracy is a 15-Minute conversation with those guys!

Or maybe 5 Minutes are enough.

Talk for five Minutes to the armies of specialists whose job it is to distract, deflect and generally misinform!

It’s a runaway train, and is all tax deductible. Talk to me some more about foreign meddling… of course I wanted to build in Moscow… that’s where the money went when capitalism – thanks a lot to CIA – ‘won’ against that form of communism. It was a new frontier and I had to be part of it, because here I had my back against the wall. I was turning into a joke, so I wanted to get rich for revenge.

Richer.

In fact richer in debt with more money stashed away and to die – as my mentor the batman villain said – with the greatest possible debt to the IRS.

(pauses to check twitter)

We won’t get out of this through business as usual.

The foreign influences from without and within… you know it’s all true… and my doctor … hmm. Well you know I am all about perception and popular culture. We’ve all seen Independence Day, and now I want this. I want to tell you I am still running for election next year. We really can beat this beast… I don’t know how – no perfect plan – but I do know I will need your help. The help of informed people who know what they are up against.

And I promise it ain’t Pizza Gate!

Now, we have established that elites everywhere benefit from the masses and that this is built deeply into the system.

I don’t take a dump without prior registration in some tax haven!

You’re all going to have to learn at least a little bit about this.

Next, about all this abortion business … I want you all to sit down and take a deep breath. Maybe take off those insane MAGA hats just for a second too. I learned this recently from a bloke, I think his name is Norman Chomintzki or something like that. Never heard of him coz he wasn’t on TV.

Chimy said that in the last few decades, both political parties have shifted so far to the right. The Democrats virtually abandoned the working class, and the Republican Party went completely off the spectrum. Wait, I have the link here somewhere. Jesus, this thing’s blowing up.. ah, here’s the quote.

Norman Chomsky: ‘Since the 1970s, during this neoliberal period (…) the democrats (…) became pretty much what used to be called moderate Republicans’, while we are blabla bla ah, here: ‘a radical insurgency that abandoned parliamentary politics,’ said someone else Chomsky is quoting here, please forgive me, I am new to this, but the next bit is easy enough to follow: ‘The Republicans have a primary constituency, a real constituency: extreme wealth and corporate power. That’s who they have to serve. That’s their constituency. You can’t get votes that way. So you have to do something else to get the votes. What do you do to get votes? This was begun by Richard Nixon with the Southern Strategy – try pick up racists in the South. [Then in the mid 70s a Republican had the brilliant idea to get votes from northern Catholics, a lot of them working class.] Republicans could pick up that vote by pretending – crucially: PRETENDING! – to be opposed to abortion. By the same pretense they could pick up the Evangelical vote. Those are big votes: Evangelicals, Northern Catholics.’

Are you still with me? Hey, slap grandpa real quick, he’s dozing off!

(Trump smiles to himself for a second… remember that: Trump smiling? What is it about this job?)

I just said that any voters calling themselves Republicans because they think these leaders believe in the sanctity of life are the victims of a massive LIE perpetrated on the American people to enact economic policies that squelch this very life from their bones, ok?

It’s true, believe me.

Or better still, don’t believe me: believe whatshisface Chamsy, Chancy dancy… I’ll come up with a good name for him too one day. You know that’s my single real talent, right? You’ve all been duped by a rancid old fart with the mental skills of a schoolyard bully. But hey even that has its benefits: the sanctimonious comedians on the left broke with their own PC tradition and suddenly fat jokes are okay again.

Never say I didn’t help you out.

Sorry where was I, ah, no… I mean where was I before I started tooting my own horn? Ah yes, I told you the truth about abortion. The Republicans faked their way into that one to turn the poor against themselves. They never really cared about it. Same about gun rights, believe it or not. Make a big stink about guns and pussy, while you hand out lavish gifts to the rich and the corporate sector. Tax bill, deregulation – everything Mitch and Paul were doing while the front page was blowing up over whatever my outrageous antics were that day.

One last Chomsky quote, folks.

In this respect, he actually called me ‘skillful’!

Tell that to all the Obama-whores who call me stupid every day.

Chomsky never praised Obama like this.

Only his PR firm. But about ME, …ah, what a nice word: me, me, me… he said: ‘As a political manipulation, it’s skillful. Work for the rich and powerful, shaft everybody else, but get their votes.’

Then he ads how I even got the Democrats to help me. That’s not an easy trick. Russia Gate, the hell if I know what that even was… maybe Steve Bannon had someone plant that for us, tapping into old memes from the cold war. Anyway, the Russia thing helped my administration punch through an agenda that would never have been possible without the frantic nonstop scramble for tidbits over internet trolls and golden showers.

So much for that.

Does this guy play golf? Free open-ended invite, Mr Chom!

And yeah, …

(regretfully)

Obama… it’s too bad most of my critics were unable to be half as critical towards him. You know we’re on the same side, right?

He handed out bailouts the Republicans never dreamed of, and let the execs do whatever they wanted with them. The auto industry, big oil, big banks, you name it. Mister Public Relations Obama, boy, do I feel sorry for that guy. In fact, I need to apologize to him for my childish rudeness over irrelevant questions like where the hell he was born. Blimey, that was low. But the nitwits ate it up, didn’t they? So sorry, Mister Barack Hussein.

And for Hilary also. Not because she wasn’t crooked, no she really sucks. But I would like to apologize to the People of America and the World for making it so easy for you to support this female nimrod. A true enemy of mankind, believe me, everybody knows that.

(Crowd chants ‘Lock her up’)

No, retards. You don’t get it…

(Trump instinctively touches his brow like Kevin Kline playing fake President in DAVE)

Our present system relies precisely on NOT locking up such people. ‘And justice for all’ – and the fairy godmother, for chrissakes. Look at her efforts for health insurance as First Lady. It’s basically what you’re gonna end up with eventually, anyway. Wars, drugs, pharmacare and lies… maybe that’s all you deserve…

I really must be heading out, before my constituency pulls the plug. Time I headed for the bunker. Does Amazon deliver to the bunker? My next few months will be a lot of reading. Like the movie American Dreamz, but sans gameshow. Been there, done that.

So long, ya shmucks.

And sorry again.

Vote Javanka 2020!”

Trump kept his promise. He basically fell off the planet for the next few months, ruling America from his bunker equipped with first-class WiFi and its own KFC.

 

Day 1
The nukes are gone. Let it be tweeted, let it be done. Anyone dumb enough to think this would change anything about America’s overpowering military was never a serious threat in the first place.

 

Day 2
converted the four major tech giants into public utilities. Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

That one was tricky. Private structures and a bonus system were maintained for human profit motive, and still it required new national emergency edict.

Concordantly, a further emergency was declared to fix the emergency caused by the previous national emergency: Instead of his blessed border wall, Trump heeded the words of his arch enemy Bill Maher: “Don’t build a wall, build a Wall-MART.” The decree read: “Anyone willing to walk through the bleeding desert in order to get here, deserves a fair shot. We will replace our hard line on immigration by vigorously dedicating ourselves to a reversal of the decades-long campaign of sundry injustices on South America which were largely responsible for the crisis in the first place. All options are on the table, including reparations. We will pay for wanting Mexico to pay for it.”

 

Day 3
Trump and Obama post a selfie to the newly open-sourced instagram, with Trump thanking Obama in the caption: “Hey, it was his idea. Bye bye nukes, we apologize for the inconvenience.”

(They sent a few to Iran just for laughs. I mean, seriously folks: what were they really gonna do with a nuke anyway, besides develop it because that was the rational thing in an irrational world…)

 

Day 4
Venezuela is one of the first countries to breathe a collective sigh of relief. For the next 30 days, in a weird resurgence of dictatorship, they try to invade Antarctica, but it’s Friday, and they are rejected by teenage climate strikers.

 

Day 5
Amazon hands over its cloud computing department to humanity as a gift, dedicates its distribution system to the workers, and uses all remaining funds to buy up the Amazon rainforest, for conservation – because “After all, we stole their name, and that’s why they love us. Ray Crock nicked McDonalds because of the cool-sounding name, remember?”

 

Also on Day 5
Speaking of McDonalds, the widow of Ray gave most of her fortune to the Salvation Army. Now they voluntarily hand over all their real estate to Scientology. Naturally, they quickly realize this was a mistake, but under a new, revived Tom Cruise, the Scientologist are good sports about it and stop annoying people in the streets.

Plus the food is now vastly more nourishing.

 

Day 6
America drops the indictment of Julian Assange. Trump nominates him for a Peace Prize and tweets a link to The Economist’s remark when Obama got his Nobel for “for not being George W. Bush.”

 

Day 7
Obama fires back. Gives his prize to Ilhan Omar “for not being an anti-Semite.”

 

Day 10
Harvey Weinstein admits to all his crimes, but no one listens.

 

Day 13
Israeli leadership announces it is “tired of winning” and makes one-sided concessions to Palestine. Two states, no ghettos, and head down to the Red Sea for a nice well-earned holiday. Thanks, Jared!

 

Day 22
A domino effect of uprisings against the most repressive Arab regimes, this time it is not quelched like Bahrain so UBS could have safe booths at Formula 1.

 

Day 27
Worldwide, banks commit to cease creating money out of thin air. National currencies again become the business of nation states. In lieu of negative interest rates, coordinated plans worked out to handle the surplus cash and neutralize it like nuclear waste.

 

Day 33
Because of lacking investment opportunities, wealthy people worldwide beg for people to take their money, but no one is up for the taking, because Thank you, an elegantly calculated Basic Income from tax money is really perfectly sufficient, Mr Sackler.

 

Day 34
Trump accepts it all anyway. He is now an international hero, with statues all around the planet – though not for the reasons he originally anticipated.

 

Day 38
Computing power no longer needed for excessive speculative trading is made available for safe online voting, but it turns out that wasn’t as complicated as it was made to look, so there is still way too much of it, for ever.

 

Day 55
Juan Guaidó: “I was promised a country, you gotta give me something.” He is given offical and irrevocable ownership of the Argentinian city Villa Gesell. Silvio Gesell, look that up. My Swiss bank has a bust in their office.

 

Day 80
Automobile factories retooled to convert their entire fleets to electro, using the plans they kept tucked away in the bottom drawer for so many decades. Not a single internal-combustion engine sold in US ever again. Remaining oil stayed in the ground, public transport making a big comeback and people even stop gazing at their smartphones for the answer (except for this posting, of course!)

Elon Musk offered to help, but they told him thank you, you enjoy the rest of your paypal money, ya ponce.

 

Day 100
Thanks to the release of Trump’s complete financial history, and many other families following suit, a plethora of loopholes came under greater public scrutiny. Some immediately started using them themselves, but mostly people came together to create public pressure to get them fixed, shut and locked up forever.

Because this renders most of corporate law redundant, legions of legal workers can reallocate their time to free the unjustly prosecuted and go after the real criminals: the producers of cosmetic products who intentionally make it hard to coax those last droplets of lotion from out of the bottle.

 

DAY X
July 4th 2020 is officially declared worldwide Donald Jay-Day, affectionately abbreviated Jayday to commemorate the hero who got the ball rolling.

The unearthed stock of tax-dodging tools is called ‘the rosetta stone of unjust wealth division’, the financial and real economies return to a healthy ratio of 1:1, international trade dwindles – horray for tariffs! – and the oceans become purer thanks to less shipping, with plastic extraction a positive replacement for fracking.

Donald Trump dies aged 104 in a tragic golfing accident. Still a compulsive cheat, he is struck by lightning while manipulating a golfball fitted with a secret GPS device. Doctors confirm he is the healthiest corpse they ever saw, its decay emitting only the purest ‘freedom gas’.

(Updated June 4th 2019)

 

Picture from CNNScreenshot_2019-05-28-23-22-40-1

not to wield power but to draw attention away

President of the Imperial Galactic Government

The President is very much a figurehead – the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.

Douglas Adams

Slightly abridged quote from http://hhgproject.org/entries/president.html

EU-Greece

Hi,
Here’s a video I found interesting


Chomsky mostly in the role of interviewer. Interviewee is the finance minister of Greece who resigned.
Pretty good run-down of relevant European history, some crucial points where US- and corporate power tie in!

C ya

Goldman’s Greek Gambit

http://www.thenation.com/article/goldmans-greek-gambit/

Generic news on the economy :-)

Click on the link and get ready to giggle!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN2iVe8_Ato

It’s very poignant, because it also includes the subtle lies we still encounter every day:

Bees are a bad metaphor for money. Bees (insofar as they have not yet been eradicated by modern agriculture) are self-organizing. Money, on the other hand, is NOT self-organizing. It follows paths very carefully crafted and maintained by people.

Furthermore, printing and minting money is NOT money creation. The fact that countries get to put their name on those things is merely to indicate who foots the bill whenever things go pear-shaped. According to a document you can find here, British TV did try to show the process of money being ‘made’ (i.e. created). If anyone saw this, please post a link here in the comments section. It would make for a refreshing change – THANKS!

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Austrian Association Against Predatory Credit files class-action lawsuit against Deutsche Bank

Since the current political class seems neither able nor willing to protect citizens from hazardous banking practices, the Austrian Association Against Predatory Credit ‘Kreditopferverein‘ (AAPC) is launching its first class-action lawsuit against systemic fraud by banks.
In November 2013, the European Commission fined a number of large banks for manipulating LIBOR and EURIBOR. As these two reference interest rates can be found in most credit contracts, the fraud affected millions of debtors. To date, no one has taken steps toward compensating the debtors. Worse still, debtors are expropriated when they have trouble paying and their property is forcibly auctioned off (foreclosure) – despite their having paid interest rates built on a manipulated base rate.
For too long, there has been no certainty regarding the full extent of the damage by LIBOR/EURIBOR manipulation. AAPC’s current class-action lawsuit wants to help achieve this certainty. One must also ask the question, whether contracts that are partly based on deceit can even be legally valid. For AAPC, this lawsuit is one step towards fixing fundamental flaws in our system.
Contrary to common knowledge, banks don’t lend out the money of savers, but create new money out of thin air whenever they make a loan – without a real asset base! The upshot of this is that our money supply is in the hands of a few banks – how undemocratic! Democracy is a farce without democratic money.

Original press release (German): “KOV Kreditopferverein klagt Deutsche Bank

Princes of Yen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Ac7ap_MAY

Thanks, RM, for the tip – a fascinating film about the power of central banks.

Save the 1%!

The wealth gap between rich and poor is widening. However, so is the gap between the elite and the super-elite. That’s right folks – they’re getting screwed too! More than half the wealth in the top 1% is going to the top 0.1%.°

Save the top one percent!

Of course, one must continue to pay attention to the 99%. They need support by organizations for human rights, worker rights and involvement, tax justice, freedom of the press, charitable organizations.°° However, helping them is a drawn-out, hard struggle. One not only fights for the cause, but also for money to support it. In a way, you’re an activist and a salesman. Not easy.

Saving the top 1% has no such drawbacks. One must simply start by making sure they know how they’re getting screwed (they rarely do), and then aid them in fixing the mechanisms. Because it’s all part of the same system, the 99% will benefit. Many of the same tools are being used to rob both groups:

* Value-added tax (it’s regressive!)

* Bailouts (too-big-to-fail and straight bailouts “to save jobs”)

* Dumb-down media (can you believe that some of the top 1% I met over the holidays didn’t even know about TTIP?)

(Neither did hardly any of them know the German “aid” money to Greece was just new debt, to repay wealthy banks/hedge funds. It ping-ponged right back to Germany and France, mostly the super-elite, and whoever’s selling two submarines to the Greek army.)

* Tax-avoidance tricks. Ranging from tax havens to simple over-use of business-expense accounts: Business-class flights, or going out for meals that are more about eating than meeting.

* Totalitarian corporations. Today’s technology would be perfect for integrating workers better in decision-making, not to mention profits! Instead, we have global tyranny.

* A propos technology: more often than not, it was developed at public expense (universities), and then handed over to private power for profit (patents). Sometimes, the patents on new developments are even bought up for the sole purpose of preventing progress.

* So-called “free trade”, which isn’t free trade. Just because money is crossing borders, doesn’t mean it’s trade. And what’s “free” about it, is primarily the freedom of lobbyists and lawyers to influence legislation behind the scenes on behalf of their paymasters.

* So-called “globalization”, which really is just one specific kind of global integration. Geared to suit the neoliberal agenda. When Marx addressed “workers of the world”, he was advocating a different (bad?) kind of globalization.

* The very system by which money is created and how it is destroyed, see banks-need-boundaries.net

* Financialization of the economy. Most of the money used to be in the real economy, now it’s zooming around the globe to turn money into more money, and to kill unloved social policies by capital flight (veto of the Virtual Senate). The average time a stock was held used to be months, now it’s seconds. High-frequency trading and other nifty programs also means brain-drain: these people could be working on green technologies, cancer, you name it…

* The public relations industry geared towards the “manufacturing of consent” (Lippmann) for the top 0.1%’s short-term needs. (The long-term ones, such as air for their grandkids, are excluded!)

* Privatization, public-private “partnerships”, death of the commons, rise of gated communities.

All of these points involve/reinforce an upwards redistribution, the legitimacy of which must be challenged by those losers in the top 1%. HELP THEM HELP THEMSELVES 😉

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Some mechanisms that rob only the bottom 99% – need to be challenged, too:

* Scientific methods of strike-breaking – mobilizing the community against unions.

* The lottery. It’s a tax on mathematical incompetence and desperation – more widespread at the bottom.

* Fees, e.g. for public transport (anyway just to clear roads for limos and SUVs). All fees are a regressive tax!

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° Numbers taken from The Trillion Dollar Meltdown, one of the first books about the crisis, page 140. In this section of the book, Charles R. Morris goes on to debunk arguments used by conservative lobbies to deny that the wealth gap is widening. Mainly US-based, and using numbers from 1980 to 2005. My feeling is that if you’d include other countries and numbers until today, we’d see it’s getting worse rather than better. This has to do with the lackeys of the top 0.1% working to rig the system in their paymasters’ favour (often even against their own…they just hope to one day be part of it) – they’re also rigging the system by which the system can be altered. Basically continuing what the founding fathers did, setting up “checks and balances”.

°° But: “Donating money and then deducting it from taxes is just a way of bypassing the government and assuming its role for yourself.”