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  1. #4606

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Claude Taylor
    @TrueFactsStated
    Trump: Chinese coronavirus 'totally under control'

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/0...control-102054
    Jeffrey Greer
    @BaculumKing

    Well, it's not like there are Chinese people sneaking into Mar-a-Lago or anything...
    I just checked my pantry to make sure I have canned beans, water and other staples.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  2. #4607

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Revealed: the true identity of the leader of an American neo-Nazi terror group
    The white supremacist group the Base has been a target of FBI raids and its members accused of planning a race war. The Guardian can now reveal the identity of its secretive leader

    Jason Wilson

    the Guardian has learned the true identity of the leader and founder of the US-based neo-Nazi terror network the Base, which was recently the target of raids by the FBI after an investigation into domestic terrorism uncovered their plans to start a race war.

    Members of the group stand accused of federal hate crimes, murder plots and firearms offenses, and have harbored international fugitives in recent months.

    The Base’s leader previously operated under the aliases “Norman Spear” and “Roman Wolf”. Members of the network do not know his true identity due to the group’s culture of internal secrecy.

    But the Guardian can reveal that “Norman Spear” is in fact US-born Rinaldo Nazzaro, 46, who has a long history of advertising his services as an intelligence, military and security contractor. He has claimed, under his alias, to have served in Russia and Afghanistan.

    The revelation of his identity comes after a months-long investigation by the Guardian into Nazzaro and the activities of the Base.


    While Nazzaro’s most recently used address is in New Jersey, there is evidence supporting his claims of being based in Russia, where he lives with his Russian wife.

    The Base – which is an approximate English translation of “al-Qaida” – began recruiting in late 2018. The white supremacy group, which has regional and international cells, extols the virtues of an all-out race war while specifically targeting African Americans and Jewish people.

    Using encrypted apps, members of the highly organized group planned terror campaigns; vandalized synagogues; established armed training camps and recruited new members.

    The US attorney for Maryland, Robert K Hur, speaking after the recent arrest of three members of the Base, said that they “did more than talk – they took steps to act and act violently on their racist views”.

    Few traces of him exist anywhere
    Rinaldo Nazzaro has maintained a decidedly low profile: he has no visible presence on any major social media platforms, no published writings under his own name, and no profile in local or national media.

    Few traces of him exist anywhere, except where a name is required in official business – such as real estate purchases and the registration of companies.

    Multiple emails and phone calls to Nazzaro went unanswered.

    But through a painstaking investigation involving freedom of information requests, the analysis of material provided to the Guardian by a whistleblower inside the group, and cross-examination of information found online and in databases, the Guardian was able to piece together his identity and some of his whereabouts.

    The Guardian was able to unravel Nazzaro’s identity due to his 2018 activities in a remote corner of the Pacific north-west.

    In chat rooms hosted by the Base, Nazzaro stressed the importance of in-person meet-ups and required members to attend training camps. The Base’s propaganda videos show young men undergoing combat training together in rural areas.

    Last August, an Oregon-based antifascist group, Eugene Antifa, warned that the Base was planning a “hate camp” in the neighboring state of Washington, and claimed Nazzaro (operating under the alias of “Spear”) had purchased land in Stevens county for training purposes. This warning came after a leak of the Base’s internal chats.

    Local media outlets picked up the story, which led local law enforcement to urgently seek information on the group.

    In emails obtained by the Guardian via public records request, the Stevens county Sheriff, Brad Manke, is seen contacting the FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for advice on the group.

    On 20 August 2018, Manke writes to an FBI agent, asking: “Do you have a name for the actual head of the group The Base or the address where the property actually is?”

    In a 20 September email responding to an SPLC researcher, Manke writes: “I have since learned that ‘The Base’ has purchased property in Ferry County, WA which is a neighboring county.”

    Property record searches revealed that three 10-acre blocks of undeveloped land were purchased in December 2018 for $33,000 in the name of a Delaware LLC called “Base Global”. In a telephone conversation in late November, Manke confirmed that this was the block of land he had been referring to.

    In recordings of two internal Base voice calls provided to the Guardian by the source, “Norman Spear” discusses his recent land purchase.

    When asked why the land had been inexpensive, he replied: “Because there’s no possibility of getting utilities in there. Ever.” He continued: “But to me, that was a good thing for my purposes. I looked at it like it was just naturally secluded.”

    In deeds of sale, the address provided for the company was a New Jersey post office – enough to conceal the purchaser’s identity. But separate tax affidavits associated with the purchase give a different address for Base Global.

    That address is for a New Jersey apartment that has belonged to an older family member of Nazzaro since 1998. Nazzaro and his wife have also intermittently resided at that address, according to database searches.

    The affidavits are also signed by Nazzaro, and dated “12/21/2018 Republic”. Republic is the seat and the only city in Ferry county, Washington.

    According to a source inside the Base, this date coincided with a trip by Russia-based “Norman Spear” to the United States, during which time he had in-person meetings with members of the group.

    Speculation that Nazzaro was a federal agent
    The location of the land is consistent with “Norman Spear’s” advocacy of a white supremacist strategy called the Northwest Territorial Imperative (NTI), which was promoted by the deceased white supremacist Harold Covington.

    The strategy argues for the creation of a separatist ethnostate in the Pacific north-west and encourages white supremacists to move to the region.

    In one of “Norman Spear’s” first public appearances, on a far-right podcast recorded in December 2017, he was introduced as a Northwest Front (another white supremacist separatist group) organizer and went on to spell out a four-state plan culminating in “achieving independence, realizing the ultimate goal which is an independent nation state in the Pacific north-west, an ethnostate”.

    The plan, he said, would trigger the relocation to the Pacific north-west of the white population in the United States.

    Around the same time, “Spear” filmed a series of short instructional presentations on the tactics and strategy of guerrilla warfare. In an archive of those videos on the far-right site Bitchute, he is identified as “Defense Studies expert and former CIA field intelligence officer Norman Spear”.

    This detail, coupled with other leads, compelled many to speculate whether “Norman Spear” was, in fact, a federal agent operating inside the Base.

    The Base has emerged at a time when far-right organizing is on the rise in the US. Last year saw a spate of terror attacks by white supremacists. In August, the gunman who killed 22 people at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, is believed to have posted a white nationalist manifesto online prior to the attack.

    In April, an attacker who killed one person after opening fire inside a San Diego synagogue killing posted a note online citing white supremacy influences and naming the gunman who killed 51 in an attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, as an inspiration.

    “We have a significant increase in racially motivated violent extremism in the United States and, I think, a growing increase in white nationalism and white supremacy extremist movements,” Jay Tabb, the head of national security for the FBI, said at an event in Washington recently.

    Under the motto “there is no political solution”, the Base embraces an “accelerationist” ideology, which holds that acts of violence and terror are required in order to push liberal democracy towards collapse, preparing the way for white supremacists to seize power and institute an ethnostate.

    Members remained defiant following the arrest of seven alleged members of the group in mid-January, calling it “an unjust political witch hunt” from the “Liberal Globalist System”.

    Was the Base a honeypot designed to entrap people?

    Beginning in 2009 and until as late as 2019, Nazzaro billed himself as an intelligence expert working with various government and military agencies.

    Nazzaro is the principal of an LLC called Omega Solutions International (OSI), a company offering a range of intelligence and security contracting.

    Its website, which was removed from the Internet some time after August 2019, boasted of the firm’s “experience conducting intelligence analysis for government agencies, military organizations, and private businesses”, as well as access to a network of seasoned security professionals with expertise in counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, homeland security, hostage rescue/negotiations, psychological operations, and more.

    The firm also has a Cage Code, which is an administrative requirement for military and government contractors.

    Materials inspected and sources consulted by the Guardian indicate that Nazzaro, as “Spear”, has faced persistent suspicions from current and former members of the group that he is a “fed”, or the agent of a foreign government, or that the Base is a “honeypot” intended to lure neo-Nazis out into the open for the benefit of law enforcement agencies.

    Former members have cited this as a reason for leaving.

    A connection with Russia

    New York marriage records show that Nazzaro and his wife were married in New York City in 2012, during the period when Nazzaro is recorded as maintaining a midtown Manhattan address. At that time, he was recorded as having one child.

    A Russian site that scrapes and archives social media accounts had captured a profile, and photos, posted by Nazzaro’s Russian-born wife to VK, the Russian social media site.

    She has since hidden that profile, but other social media archives confirm the prior existence of an account in Nazzaro’s wife’s name (using her married name).

    The photographs show the same person who has been presenting himself as “Norman Spear”.

    Meanwhile, a reverse image search yielded a photograph matching public photos of “Norman Spear” atop advertisements for English lessons in St Petersburg, Russia.

    The Guardian was only able to find one earlier photograph attached to his real name. It appeared above a vox pop in the Villanovan, the student paper of Catholic, Pennsylvania-based Villanova University, in 1994.

    At the time of the photograph, “Ron Nazzaro” was described as a junior in philosophy, which is consistent with a 1973 birthdate. A source who has met “Spear” in person believes that the 1994 photo of Nazzaro is the same person he met.

    A “Rinaldo Nazzaro” is also identified as a class of 1991 alumnus and donor of the prestigious New Jersey Catholic prep school the Delbarton School.

    Nazzaro’s approximate age, his Italian heritage, his family’s New Jersey location, his background in “counter-intelligence”, the nationality of his spouse, and the number of his children were relayed to the Guardian as characteristics of “Norman Spear” by an internally placed source.

    ‘I am on the terrorism watchlist’

    Richard Tobin, a Base member, is awaiting trial in New Jersey over allegations that he coordinated the September vandalism of synagogues in Michigan and Wisconsin. In a December custody hearing, the prosecuting assistant US attorney cited Tobin’s self-professed belief that “Norman Spear” was a Russian spy.

    The Guardian has discovered that all of the business addresses associated with Nazzaro’s OSI LLCs are “virtual offices”. This describes a situation where a second company provides a business address, and sometimes meeting rooms and greeting services, for businesses who do not wish to maintain their own premises.

    The addresses are often prestigious: OSI’s virtual address locations include Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and K Street in Washington DC, an address associated with federal government contracting and lobbying.

    Meanwhile, “Norman Spear” appears to have had no extended history in the neo-Nazi movement before emerging as leader of the Base.

    According to an internally placed source, the only people within the movement who vouched for “Spear” were connected to the Northwest Front (NWF). The NWF founder, Harold Covington, was himself the subject of persistent rumors within the white nationalist movement that he was a federal informant, and that NWF was itself a honeypot – a front organization routinely used by US law enforcement in order to entrap people.

    “Norman Spear” has told Base members that he remains in Russia. Law enforcement sources have indicated on background that Nazzaro is believed by some agencies to be working for the Russian government.

    The US government may have been monitoring “Norman Spear’s” activities for some time. In the April conversation planning a meetup in July, “Spear” was concerned that he would not be able to attend.

    “I have confirmed that I am on the FBI terrorism watch list. I mean, that doesn’t really matter in the context of the training. What matters is that I’m on it.”

    The Guardian’s investigation of the group continues.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...i-terror-group
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  3. #4608

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Lincoln's Bible
    @LincolnsBible
    a year ago, 22 tweets, 4 min read

    As MSM becomes more comfortable discussing Trump in the context of organized crime/mafia/mob, I'd like to give a simple review of how television polarized this issue about him, long ago.

    Let's explore what happened to US - you & me, when a mobster played CEO on TV...


    - THREAD -

    1. NYC is an incredible place. But it has a real problem. A dangerous problem.
    It's soaked in organized crime. In the mob.
    It has been for a century.
    So, folks there know the mafia all too well. It's in their family. Their businesses. It's on the ladder to their dreams...

    2. They touch the mob - day in, & day out. This is life for them. It's normal. The mob is the city and the city is the mob.
    So, Donald Trump - all his life - was just another mobbed-up crook to them. A con man. They knew his game, & shrugged it off.
    And then a TV show happened...

    3. "The Apprentice" - where the mobbed-up conman was presented as a CEO billionaire extraordinaire.
    This was pure bullsh*t. NYC knew it. The greater trip-state area knew it. Everyone in D.C. who'd ever encountered him knew it. And every NYC journalist & media outlet knew it.
    So..

    4. Trump became a colossal joke.
    Not that he wasn't 1 already - from all the John Barron, Genovese-Cohn fixing, Gambino-concrete building, Epstein-partying ridiculousness & horror.
    But "The Apprentice" was just over the top 4 New Yorkers.
    So, they shrugged him off completely...

    5. And here's the thing about New Yorkers: it's kinda unfathomable 2 them that the rest of the world doesn't know what they know. Especially, something as OBVIOUS and LONG-DOCUMENTED as Donald Trump & the mob.
    So, they didn't blare the alarm. Not really. Not en masse. In fact...

    6. Many are not alarmed about the mob themselves. Because it's in their families, & businesses, & on that ladder to their dreams.
    They've made themselves immune to the stakes of organized crime. Immune to the human misery that mobsters profit off of.
    Not all, but enough...

    7. They defend their mob friends on TV, even. Calling them good dads, and patriots. Near tears that their friends are finally facing accountability for a lifetime of profiting off organized crime.
    Perhaps, that mirror is just too tough to face.

    Meanwhile...

    8. For the rest of the country, Trump as a mobster was not a known thing. It wasn't.
    Most all Americans know him as the business CEO that The Apprentice presenting him as being.
    As unthinkable as this is for the trip-state area in which Donald was raised...

    9. It's true. The vast majority of Americans believed that Donald was a successful businessman. "The Apprentice" made sure of that.
    And the largely NYC-based, MSM press went right along with it. Despite what they knew was true.
    So, that coverage of him throughout his campaign...

    10. ...the repeated narrative of Donald as "the billionaire businessman" served to reinforce the only thing the majority of Americans knew (in addition to the birther stuff), from "The Apprentice."
    Just like that, in the eyes of the American voter, he became what he played on TV.

    11. Now, here is where it gets REALLY dangerous. On BOTH sides.
    For New Yorkers & tri-state, he's a joke. Combine that with how immune most of them are to the stakes of organized crime - because of how normal it is to them, and we have a real problem...

    12. The normalization, 4 those who knew Trump best, is blinding/distracting them from grasping the national security threat this a**hole presents.
    This includes the NYC press.
    For those of us who study organized crime, we get it. He's going to rip it all down 4 his overlords...

    13. The mob wants to traffic & exploit. They want the resources of our nation in their wallets. And they don't give a f*ck who or what they have to destroy to have it. In fact, they relish the misery. That's where the big money is - that's what they know how to do best.

    14. Anyone from NYC - especially in the media, who continues to joke or laugh about Donald's mob history - rather than report on it seriously (as they should have 3 years ago) is participating in the disinformation about him. They are polarizing, when they should be informing...

    15. Because that other end of the Donald spectrum - the rest of America, who were sold "the billionaire businessman" lie? Yeah. They're still in that confusion.
    I'm experiencing it everyday. Even out in Hollywood, where folks get that reality TV is a lie.
    Here's where they're at:

    16. They absolutely can't wrap their minds around the fact that it was known that Trump was mobbed-up, and no one reported on it. Or, if it was reported, it wasn't above-the-fold, 24/7 headline news throughout the election.
    They cannot fathom why MSM, especially NYC-based...

    17. Did NOT report on all his mob history, non-stop. This is a big deal - that a President launders money for global organized crime. This seems, to them, to be the biggest story in the history of stories.
    And for NYC, including the media? Yeah...

    18. The fact that no one already knew this about Donald seems unfathomable to them. Also, they're not quite sure if it's a big threat - or newsworthy, because it's their daily life, and they seem to be doing okay.

    So, that's our pickle. In a nutshell.

    19. I'm going to keep putting out information on not just donald and the mob behind him, but on the truth about organized crime as a whole: its history, its tactics, its goals, its role in Trump-Russia and beyond.
    If the MSM press were to start prioritizing the same...

    20. We might just find our way out of this...
    And back to each other. 🇺🇸
    - END -

    Lincoln's Bible
    @LincolnsBible
    PS - I promise "trip-state" is not my creation. It is Twitter, doing its spell-check thing.
    And, for once, I kinda love it. https://twitter.com/LincolnsBible/st...61338760175616
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  4. #4609

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo
    January 24, 20205:07 PM ET

    In an interview on Friday with All Things Considered co-host Mary Louise Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took questions about U.S. policy in Iran and about the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.

    Mary Louise Kelly: Secretary of State, good to see you.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Good to be with you. Thanks for having me on the show.

    Let's start with Iran. What is the plan? And on diplomacy, specifically, is there any serious initiative to reopen diplomacy with Iran?

    So we've been engaged in deep diplomatic efforts since the first day of the Trump administration. We've built out a coalition that is working together — Gulf states, Israel, many European countries — to deliver on the three central outcomes that we're looking for.

    But in terms of U.S. engagement with Iran, is there any talks underway, any plan for talks?

    You know, we never talk about private conversations that are taking place, but the diplomatic effort on this front has been vigorous, robust and enormously successful. We built out a significant coalition that has put pressure on the Iranian regime to do what we've asked: to cease its processing of uranium, reprocessing of plutonium, to stop its missile program and the development of its missile program. President Trump made clear they're not going to have a nuclear program that is capable of delivering these weapons around the world. And then finally, working to convince them that their model, this proxy model that they've used to conduct terror campaigns, assassinations in Europe, assassination attempt right here in Washington, D.C., is not tolerable.

    You use the word pressure. This is the maximum pressure campaign that President Trump put into place a year and a half ago when he pulled out of the nuclear deal. But in that year and a half, Iran has behaved more provocatively, not less. So is maximum pressure working?

    Absolutely working. To put it in context, this is 40 years. When you say worse, they held American hostages in our embassy in Tehran. They had our sailors kneeling. The previous administration gave them billions and billions of dollars to underwrite the very actions that they're taking today. When we came into office, it took a lot of work to fundamentally reshape the diplomatic, military and economic landscape. So it didn't happen instantaneously, but we made an enormous amount of progress in delivering —

    But in the last year, they have targeted tankers in the Gulf. They have shot down a U.S. drone, and they have attacked Saudi oil facilities. Is that the desired outcome?

    No, of course not. Of course, we don't want them to do those things. And we've raised the cost for doing this. The response in the previous administration when they undertook those actions was to reward them — to reward them, to give them billions of billions of dollars to allow countries to trade with them, to allow them to do all the things that you're seeing today, the ramifications, the tail, the end result of what the previous administration is the activity that we're seeing today. The money that underwrote Hezbollah, that underwrites Hamas, that underwrites Shia militias in Iraq is a direct result of the resources that were provided to them for the eight years prior to us coming into office. We are turning this around. We have reduced resources. We've seen it. They have fewer dollars available. This is beginning to place real choices in front of the Iranian regime. And you can see it, too. You can see in the protests inside of Iran. You can see the Iranian people not happy with their own government when they have to raise the fuel cost. All the things that are undermining this regime's ability to inflict risk on the American people are coming to fruition as a direct result of President Trump's strategy.

    President Trump's strategy has included pulling out of the nuclear deal. Since the president came to office, Iran has moved closer to a nuclear weapons capability. They are closer today than they were when he took office. They are spinning more centrifuges. They are stockpiling more enriched uranium. If the plan is to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, how do you do that when they're not abiding by the limits of the old deal and there's no new deal in sight?

    You're picking the wrong moment to start your analysis. This is the fundamental flaw of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] itself.

    I'm picking the moment [crosstalk] when the president pulled out of the nuclear deal, and since then, they are closer to having a nuclear weapon.

    This is a regime that has been working to develop its nuclear program for years and years and years. And the nuclear deal guaranteed them a pathway to having a nuclear program.

    It was a certainty. It might have been delayed for a month or a year or five or 10 years, but it guaranteed them that pathway. This administration has pulled the Band-Aid off. It's been realistic. We accept the facts on the ground as they are. This is a regime that lied to get into that nuclear deal. You can see that now. And what's going on at the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] in Turquzabad where we now know that they lied about the scope of their program. These are important, Mary Louise. These are important items. You can't talk about the Iranian nuclear program without acknowledging the facts of what this regime has been up to. They stored documents. They kept technology in place. They dispersed it as a result of the JCPOA. They didn't have it in a central research agency, but they continued to develop their program and this administration is determined to prevent them from getting that weapon. Not now, not a year from now and not 10 years from now.

    But again, you say you're determined to prevent them. How do you stop them? I was in Tehran two weeks ago. I sat down with your counterpart there, Javad Zarif, and he told me, quote, "All limits on our centrifuge program are now suspended."

    Yeah. He's blustering. Look, the truth of the matter is this is a regime that's never --

    Do you have evidence that he's blustering?

    This is a regime that has never been in the position that it's in today. One has to confront so many elements that challenge the central thesis of the theocracy and the revolutionary nature of this regime. And you can see it in protests, not just in Tehran. And you should know when you traveled there, I'm guessing you weren't permitted to travel freely. I'm guessing that you didn't get a chance to go out into these places where the life of the Iranian people, these are people who are suffering. Qassem Soleimani, who we removed from the battlefield, killed hundreds of Iranians, and the Iranian people know that. And it's been our strategy that has delivered this message of freedom for the Iranian people.

    But my question again, how do you stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?

    We'll stop them.

    How? Sanctions?

    We'll stop them.

    The president made very clear. The opening sentence in his remarks said that we will never permit Iran to have a nuclear weapon. The coalition that we've built out, the economic, military and diplomatic deterrence that we have put in place will deliver that outcome. It's important [crosstalk] because this will protect the American people.

    Is there any new deal being developed? A new nuclear deal, something that would rein in Iran, something that they would agree to.

    The Iranian leadership will have to make the decision about what its behavior is going to be.

    Change of subject. Ukraine. Do you owe Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch an apology?

    You know, I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran. That's what I intend to do. I know what our Ukraine policy has been now for the three years of this administration. I'm proud of the work we've done. This administration delivered the capability for the Ukrainians to defend themselves. President Obama showed up with MREs (meals ready to eat.) We showed up with Javelin missiles. The previous administration did nothing to take down corruption in Ukraine. We're working hard on that. We're going to continue to do it.

    I confirmed with your staff [crosstalk] last night that I would talk about Iran and Ukraine.

    I just don't have anything else to say about that this morning.

    I just want to give you another opportunity to answer this, because as you know, people who work for you in your department, people who have resigned from this department under your leadership, saying you should stand up for the diplomats who work here. [crosstalk]

    I don't know who these unnamed sources are you're referring to. I can tell you this, when I talked to my team here --

    These are not unnamed sources. [crosstalk] This is your senior adviser Michael McKinley, a career foreign service officer with four decades experience, who testified under oath that he resigned in part due to the failure of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the impeachment inquiry on Ukraine.

    I'm not going to comment on things that Mr. McKinley may have said. I'll say only this. I have defended every State Department official. We've built a great team. The team that works here is doing amazing work around the world.

    Sir, respectfully [crosstalk] where have you defended Marie Yovanovitch?

    I've defended every single person on this team. I've done what's right for every single person on this team. [crosstalk]

    Can you point me toward your remarks where you have defended Marie Yovanovitch?

    I've said all I'm going to say today. Thank you. Thanks for the repeated opportunity to do so. I appreciate that.

    One further question on this.

    I'm not going to — I appreciate that. I appreciate that you want to continue to talk about this. I agreed to come on your show today to talk about Iran.

    And you appreciate [crosstalk] that the American public wants to know as a shadow foreign policy, as a back channel policy on Ukraine was being developed, did you try to block it?

    The Ukraine policy has been run from the Department of State for the entire time that I have been here, and our policy was very clear.

    Marie Yovanovitch [crosstalk] testified under oath that Ukraine policy was hijacked.

    I've been clear about that. I know exactly what we were doing. I know precisely what the direction that the State Department gave to our officials around the world about how to manage our Ukraine policy.

    [Katie Martin, deputy assistant secretary, bureau of global public affairs at the State Department: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.]

    Secretary, thank you. Thank you.

    https://www.npr.org/2020/01/24/79857...ntent=20200124
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  5. #4610

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Daniel Dale
    @ddale8
    NPR's Mary Louise Kelly says the following happened after the interview in which she asked some tough questions to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  6. #4611

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Robbie Gramer
    @RobbieGramer
    Official response from Pompeo about his NPR interview. Haven’t seen anything like this before with a State Department seal on it:



    Helen Kennedy @HelenKennedy

    @RobbieGramer
    Is he trying to claim that someone with a master’s in European Studies from Cambridge would mistake Bangladesh for Ukraine? They are on different continents for crying out loud.

    Suzan Scott @NewsJunkieBlu

    He doesn't actually say that though.
    He's just insinuating, perhaps because that's all he had to go with. What a jackass he is.
    Judith
    @Judith_Nugget

    @RobbieGramer
    When you can't defend the indefensible...you get statements like this.
    This is SHAMEFUL, this is an EMBARASSMENT, this is pompous pompeo claiming autocracy over the press.
    This is what America has become, under the reign of trump and barr and pompeo.
    #HereRightMatters
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  7. #4612

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    VFW National HQ
    @VFWHQ
    "TBI is a serious injury & one that cannot be taken lightly. TBI is known to cause depression, memory loss, severe headaches, dizziness & fatigue — all injuries that come w/ both short- and long-term effects." - VFW National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz https://bit.ly/2RPXgpJ

    “The VFW expects an apology from the president to our service men and women for his misguided remarks. And, we ask that he and the White House join with us in our efforts to educate Americans of the dangers TBI has on these heroes as they protect our great nation...”
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  8. #4613

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    So Tiny tweeted this:

    Jon Cooper 🇺🇸@joncoopertweets
    Considering that dozens of far-right fanatics inspired by Donald Trump’s words have committed terrorist attacks — as well as other targeted killings and violence — I reported @realDonaldTrump to Twitter for both targeted harassment & threatening harm. You should report him, too!

    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  9. #4614

    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    John Bolton
    @AmbJohnBolton
    · Jan 3
    Congratulations to all involved in eliminating Qassem Soleimani. Long in the making, this was a decisive blow against Iran's malign Quds Force activities worldwide. Hope this is the first step to regime change in Tehran
    Lawrence O'Donnel @Lawrence
    ·
    7h
    John Bolton is an extreme hawk on Iran.

    2 days after Bolton submitted his manuscript to the White House, Trump killed Iran's General Qassem Soleimani.

    Coincidence?

    Or was Trump trying to influence Bolton not to testify to the Senate?
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





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