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The best present we should give every politician who supports our proxy war against Russia is a one way coach air ticket to Kiev

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Dec 20, 2022·edited Dec 20, 2022Liked by Matt Wilson

While everyone was focused on the World Cup the NYT birthed this propaganda piece. A new "boom" for arms makers!

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/18/us/politics/defense-contractors-ukraine-russia.html

"The combination of the war in Ukraine and concern about longer-term threats from Russia and China is driving a bipartisan push to increase U.S. capacity to produce weapons."

I am disgusted.

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Dec 20, 2022Liked by Matt Wilson

The worst gift politicians have given us this year is remaining in office.

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Dec 20, 2022Liked by Matt Wilson

Along with the Bushs, Obamas, and Clintons, I'd give each of them a nice palapa with a hammock on Little Saint James Island. They could forever enjoy the weather, the ocean, and the video tapes.

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Dec 20, 2022Liked by Matt Wilson

Get Adam Schiff a replica Howdy Doody doll off of Etsy so he can roleplay vs. himself in front of a mirror for media training sessions the next time he goes on the Sunday Mourning shows! It will help make him a more convincing and less sanctimonious sounding professional liar.

What are Aaron and Katie’s favorite latke condiments? Apple sauce, sour cream, jam/jelly, nutella, or something else?

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Maybe a wind-up Zelensky doll for every member of Congress: Just wind him up (in khaki green, of course), and he says, repetitively--"I want more Guns and Money! I want more Guns and Money! I want more Guns, Coke and Money!"

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Give Joe a new whip to hit Bernie with when he misbehaves.

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Should we accept Pelosi departing present of “unprovoked” WAR with Capitalist Russia?

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Every politician who voted for military aide to Ukraine should get an all expenses paid, fun-filled weekend in exotic Bakhmut, Ukraine. 3 days and 2 glorius nights. Any politican sending our money to continue the proxy war but not willing to visit themselves would send a powerful message.

And who wouldn't want to go? Ukraine is crushing the Russians in Bakhmut, the westtern press constantly says. Russia is out of missiles and ammunition everywhere. What is the danger?

If the thrill alone of seeing what our tax dollars are buying besides McMansions in Northern Virginia, here is a list of enticing activities for each congerssperson's weekend:

- Days will be filled with games everyone knows and loves:

--- Hide (from the drones) and seek (shelter);

--- Musical mines;

--- Pin the leg on infantryman; and

--- Everyone's favorite, "INCOMING!!"

- Nights will be spent counting shooting stars (aka incoming artillery shells) before bedding down on a damp yoga mat in a four star trench near downtown Bakhmut (or what's left of it).

- Meals ready to eat (MREs) provided by Uncle Sam.

- Parting gifts include Wolfsangel patches, prosthetic limbs and Swastika and/or Black Sun tattoos (maybe Jon Stewart will also give you an award at Disney World!)

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A private cell at Guantanamo without a cellphone.

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A gift for all politicians, besides a lump of coal that they could stick where the sun don’t shine?

It would have to be a year of living the life of an American citizen who after losing their low wage,no benefits job and home, due to Covid restrictions and mandates.

They must now live in a tent, eat at soup kitchens, showers at churches, gets up at dawn looking for another low wage paying job, has kids to feed, but is under threat of losing them to CPS because they live in a tent, live the misery that they put upon us!

As far as the gift they can give us? Wake up with some morals,integrity and a backbone.

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I think all our politicians should get a visit from the Ghost of Roy Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg along with the Ghosts of the Collateral Murder video. Maybe they'll come to understand what the First Amendment really means and drop the charges on Julian Assange.

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I’m not sure how after 3 weeks of ignoring the FBI corruption elephant in the room we are aghast that Elon is acting just like every other social media turd. Except his bent is right ish. Except for the whole, exposing the truth and informing the nation that no matter how fucked up you thought the fbi is, you picked the under. Jon Stewart, Robert Reich etc want me to see Donald Satan Hitler. All I see is patty hearst defending the cabal.

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re: everything is always worse than you thought it was going to be

Lee Fang on twschitter's so called monitoring of US security apparatus meddling:

https://theintercept.com/2022/12/20/twitter-dod-us-military-accounts/

Also see this classic piece about how the national security apparatus (spy agencies) have long invested in social media companies (!) and then used social media to spy on the american people:

re: Lee Fang on In-Q-Tel

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/14/in-undisclosed-cia-investments-social-media-mining-looms-large/

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archived version of the above, no paywall:

http://web.archive.org/web/20160414202028/https://theintercept.com/2016/04/14/in-undisclosed-cia-investments-social-media-mining-looms-large/

excerpt:

THE CIA IS INVESTING IN FIRMS THAT MINE YOUR TWEETS AND INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

Lee Fang

Apr. 14 2016, 10:57 a.m.

SOFT ROBOTS THAT can grasp delicate objects, computer algorithms designed to spot an “insider threat,” and artificial intelligence that will sift through large data sets — these are just a few of the technologies being pursued by companies with investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm, according to a document obtained by The Intercept.

Yet among the 38 previously undisclosed companies receiving In-Q-Tel funding, the research focus that stands out is social media mining and surveillance; the portfolio document lists several tech companies pursuing work in this area, including Dataminr, Geofeedia, PATHAR, and TransVoyant.

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Those four firms, which provide unique tools to mine data from platforms such as Twitter, presented at a February “CEO Summit” in San Jose sponsored by the fund, along with other In-Q-Tel portfolio companies.

The investments appear to reflect the CIA’s increasing focus on monitoring social media. Last September, David Cohen, the CIA’s second-highest ranking official, spoke at length at Cornell University about a litany of challenges stemming from the new media landscape. The Islamic State’s “sophisticated use of Twitter and other social media platforms is a perfect example of the malign use of these technologies,” he said.

Social media also offers a wealth of potential intelligence; Cohen noted that Twitter messages from the Islamic State, sometimes called ISIL, have provided useful information. “ISIL’s tweets and other social media messages publicizing their activities often produce information that, especially in the aggregate, provides real intelligence value,” he said.

The latest round of In-Q-Tel investments comes as the CIA has revamped its outreach to Silicon Valley, establishing a new wing, the Directorate of Digital Innovation, which is tasked with developing and deploying cutting-edge solutions by directly engaging the private sector. The directorate is working closely with In-Q-Tel to integrate the latest technology into agency-wide intelligence capabilities.

Dataminr directly licenses a stream of data from Twitter to spot trends and detect emerging threats. Screen grab from Dataminr’s website.

Dataminr directly licenses a stream of data from Twitter to visualize and quickly spot trends on behalf of law enforcement agencies and hedge funds, among other clients.

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Geofeedia specializes in collecting geotagged social media messages, from platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, to monitor breaking news events in real time. The company, which counts dozens of local law enforcement agencies as clients, markets its ability to track activist protests on behalf of both corporate interests and police departments.

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PATHAR’s product, Dunami, is used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to “mine Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media to determine networks of association, centers of influence and potential signs of radicalization,” according to an investigation by Reveal.

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TransVoyant, founded by former Lockheed Martin Vice President Dennis Groseclose, provides a similar service by analyzing multiple data points for so-called decision-makers. The firm touts its ability to monitor Twitter to spot “gang incidents” and threats to journalists. A team from TransVoyant has worked with the U.S. military in Afghanistan to integrate data from satellites, radar, reconnaissance aircraft, and drones.

Dataminr, Geofeedia, and PATHAR did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Heather Crotty, the director of marketing at TransVoyant, acknowledged an investment from In-Q-Tel, but could not discuss the scope of the relationship. In-Q-Tel “does not disclose the financial terms of its investments,” Crotty said.

Carrie A. Sessine, the vice president for external affairs at In-Q-Tel, also declined an interview because the fund “does not participate in media interviews or opportunities.”

Over the last decade, In-Q-Tel has made a number of public investments in companies that specialize in scanning large sets of online data. In 2009, the fund partnered with Visible Technologies, which specializes in reputation management over the internet by identifying the influence of “positive” and “negative” authors on a range of platforms for a given subject. And six years ago, In-Q-Tel formed partnerships with NetBase, another social media analysis firm that touts its ability to scan “billions of sources in public and private online information,” and Recorded Future, a firm that monitors the web to predict events in the future.

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Thank you !!

Glenn Greenwald Shows Record (2022 -- ):

Dec. 22 – Ep. 9 -- New CIA/JFK Revelations, The Latest from Brazil, & Answering Your Qs

https://rumble.com/v21xp6m-the-latest-in-brazil-new-ciajfk-connections-answering-your-qs-and-more-syst.html

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Mike Pompeo is rumored to have a problem with cannibalism of the worst kind: he loves children and he can't stop eating them. Let's skip him this year. No gifts for Mikey.

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