HOW THE BRITS, NOT THE RUSSIANS, FIXED THE US ELECTION 2016

…AND HOISTED TRUMP UPON THE WORLD

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This is a fascinating story from today’s Guardian (London).

This update includes two “must watch” videos – one by UK’s Channel 4, which did undercover recording to expose the Cambridge Analytica methods of data gathering and mass election manipulations. And another – a firsthand account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower about HOW they swung the election Trump’s way.

He went on to describe how political candidates are manipulated.

“They don’t understand because the candidate never, is never involved. He’s told what to do by the campaign team.” The reporter asks if that means the candidate is just a puppet, and Nix replies simply: “Always.”

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Execs from firm at heart of Facebook data breach say they used ‘unattributable and untrackable’ ads, according to undercover expose

Senior executives from the firm at the heart of Facebook’s data breach boasted of playing a key role in bringing Donald Trump to power and said they used “unattributable and untrackable” advertising to support their clients in elections, according to an undercover expose.

In secretly recorded conversations, Cambridge Analytica’s CEO, Alexander Nix, claimed he had met Trump “many times”, while another senior member of staff said the firm was behind the “defeat crooked Hillary” advertising campaign.

“We just put information into the bloodstream of the internet and then watch it grow, give it a little push every now and again over time to watch it take shape,” said the executive. “And so this stuff infiltrates the online community, but with no branding, so it’s unattributable, untrackable.”

Caught on camera by an undercover team from Channel 4 News, Nix was also dismissive of Democrats on the House intelligence committee, who had questioned him over Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Senior managers then appeared to suggest that in their work for US clients, there was planned division of work between official campaigns and unaffiliated “political action groups”.

That could be considered coordination – which is not allowed under US election law. The firm has denied any wrongdoing.

Cambridge Analytica said it had a firewall policy in place, signed by all staff and strictly enforced.

The disclosures are the latest to hit Cambridge Analytica, which has been under mounting pressure since Sunday, when the Observer reported the company had unauthorised access to tens of millions of Facebook profiles – and used them to build a political targeting system.

In Tuesday’s second instalment of an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News in association with the Observer, Nix said he had a close working relationship with Trump and claimed Cambridge Analytica was pivotal to his successful campaign.

“We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting. We ran all the digital campaign, the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy,” he told reporters who were posing as potential clients from Sri Lanka.

The company’s head of data, Alex Tayler, added: “When you think about the fact that Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 3m votes but won the electoral college vote that’s down to the data and the research.

“You did your rallies in the right locations, you moved more people out in those key swing states on election day. That’s how he won the election.”

Another executive, Mark Turnbull, managing director of Cambridge Analytica’s political division, was recorded saying: “He won by 40,000 votes in three states. The margins were tiny.”

Turnbull took credit for one of the most well known and controversial campaigns of the last presidential campaign, organised by the political action group Make America Number 1.

“The brand was ‘Defeat Crooked Hillary’. You’ll remember this of course?” he told the undercover reporter. “The zeros, the OO of crooked were a pair of handcuffs … We made hundreds of different kinds of creative, and we put it online.”

Turnbull said the company sometimes used “proxy organisations”, including charities and activist groups, to help disseminate the messages – and keep the company’s involvement in the background.

When the undercover reporter expressed worries that American authorities might seize on details of a dirty campaign, Nix said the US had no jurisdiction over Cambridge Analytica, even though the company is American and is registered in Delaware.

“I’m absolutely convinced that they have no jurisdiction,” he told the purported client. “So if US authorities came asking for information, they would simply refuse to collaborate. “We’ll say: none of your business.”

Turnbull added. “We don’t talk about our clients.”

Speaking to Channel 4 News before seeing the undercover film, Hillary Clintonsaid: “There was a new kind of campaign that was being run on the other side, that nobody had ever faced before. Because it wasn’t just all about me. It was about how to suppress voters who were inclined to vote for me … when you have a massive propaganda effort to prevent people from thinking straight, because they’re being flooded with false information.”

In the report, Nix also implied that it was possible to mislead authorities by omission, discussing his appearance in front of the House intelligence committee, for its inquiry into possible Russian election meddling.

The Republicans only asked three questions, which took five minutes, he told the reporter. And while the Democrats spent two hours questioning him, he claimed they were so far out of their depths that he didn’t mind responding.

“We have no secrets. They’re politicians, they’re not technical. They don’t understand how it works,” he said, when asked about whether he was forced to testify.

He went on to describe how political candidates are manipulated.

“They don’t understand because the candidate never, is never involved. He’s told what to do by the campaign team.” The reporter asks if that means the candidate is just a puppet, and Nix replies simply: “Always.”

In another exchange, Tayler describes an apparently planned division of spending on the campaign trail, with the candidate organising “positive” messages, with negative attack ads left to the super Pacs, which may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns.

“As part of it, sometimes you have to separate it from the political campaign itself … campaigns are normally subject to limits about how much money they can raise. Whereas outside groups can raise an unlimited amount.”

“So the campaign will use their finite resources for things like persuasion and mobilisation and then they leave the ‘air war’ they call it, like the negative attack ads to other affiliated groups.”

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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wiley: ‘We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles’ – video

This raises questions over whether Cambridge Analytica blurred the boundaries between official campaign groups, which have spending limits, and unaffiliated political action groups or super Pacs.

The latter can spend as much as they want but must not coordinate with the candidate they support.

The Campaign Legal Center has accused Cambridge Analytica over allegations of illegal coordination of this nature.

It has filed evidence with the FEC alleging that the super Pac Make America Number 1 made illegal contributions to Trump’s campaign, “engaging in unlawful coordinated spending by using the common vendor Cambridge Analytica”.

Cambridge Analytica said it had never claimed to have won the election for Donald Trump.

“This is patently absurd. We are proud of the work we did on that campaign, and have spoken in many public forums about what we consider to be our contribution to the campaign.”

It said there was no evidence of coordination between the Make America Number 1 super Pac and the Trump campaign. The company said it was not under investigation.

It has accused the Channel 4 News undercover investigation of grossly misrepresenting how the company conducts its business.

However, speaking to the BBC on Monday, Nix said he had “huge amounts of regret that we undertook this meeting and spoke with a certain amount of hyperbole”.

On Tuesday the website Politico reported that Trump’s 2020 campaign was moving to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica. A campaign official told Politico it had no existing contracts with the firm and no plans to hire it in the future.

For more, see… https://goo.gl/bYPCgj


Also see… HIGH COST SPYING AND BETRAYAL: FACEBOOK DOWN $60 BILLION! – 

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HIGH COST SPYING AND BETRAYAL: FACEBOOK DOWN $60 BILLION!

Facebook, Twitter shares tank in light of Cambridge Analytica exposé

Establishment duplicity: When Facebook ‘allowed’ Obama campaign to mine data in 2012, mainstream media, stock market cheered

Facebook and Twitter both took a beating on the stock market today. By early afternoon, Facebook had lost about $60 billion, or over 11% since its closing price on Friday. Twitter dropped by over 10% or $2.4 billion.

Why?

I would like to think it was because I quit Facebook on Feb 3, and Twitter in mid-2017. 🙂

“Why should I waste my time and emotional and intellectual capital on a platform which will eventually self-destruct and collapse?” – I wrote at the time {see I QUIT! – Feb 3, 2018 – https://wp.me/p1jFeo-2sd).

And now, Facebook has started doing just that – “self-destruct and collapse.”

Levity aside, the real reason both stocks are now tanking is actually the same as that which had caused me to quit them both. They sold our their users. They became  establishment whores, spying on and censoring its customers, while serving the interests of government and corporate advertisers.

In short, they killed their golden goose in pursuit of more gold. Greed 101!

This brouhaha broke out after the disclosure last week by a Facebook whistleblower that the firm Trump campaign used for data mining during the 2016 election – Cambridge Analytica – absconded with some 50 million Facebook user profiles while the social media giant looked the other way.

At first, Facebook lamely denied that it had any knowledge of it. But subsequent firsthand testimony by an ex-Facebook insider proved the company was lying and being dishonest in addition to greedy.

Sandy Parakilis, the platform operations manager at Facebook responsible for policing data breaches by third-party software developers between 2011 and 2012, confirmed that such covert data harvesting was routine at the social networking giant.

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Parakilis told the Guardian he had warned senior Facebook executives that its lax approach to data protection risked a major breach says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook executives told him to look the other way.

“They felt that it was better not to know, Parakilis said. “I found that utterly shocking and horrifying.” (for more, see… https://goo.gl/jixJKi).

WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE ISN’T GOOD FOR THE GANDER

‘They were on our side’: Facebook ‘allowed’ Obama campaign to mine data

The Facebook-Twitter debacle also exposed the hypocrisy and duplicity of the liberal mainstream media. As you saw, Parakilis said that harvesting of user data for profit and political gain was common practice at Facebook as far back as 2011-2012.

It turns out that the social media giant had allowed Barack Obama campaign to do the same thing in 2012 as what the Trump campaign is being vilified for.

Carol Davidsen, former director for media analytics for Obama’s 2012 campaign, has poured oil onto the fire by reveling in a series of tweets that Facebook allowed them to do “things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do.”

That reportedly included “suck[ing] out the entire social graph” – an individual’s network of friends on Facebook – in a bid to target more and more potential voters through friends’ friends on social media.

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/91gw


UPDATE MARCH 21, 2018

HOW THE BRITS, NOT THE RUSSIANS, FIXED THE US ELECTION 2016

This is a fascinating story from today’s Guardian (London).
This update includes two “must watch” videos – one by UK’s Channel 4, which did undercover recording to expose the Cambridge Analytica methods of data gathering and mass election manipulations. And another – a firsthand account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower about HOW they swung the election Trump’s way.

He went on to describe how political candidates are manipulated.

“They don’t understand because the candidate never, is never involved. He’s told what to do by the campaign team.” The reporter asks if that means the candidate is just a puppet, and Nix replies simply: “Always.”

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Execs from firm at heart of Facebook data breach say they used ‘unattributable and untrackable’ ads, according to undercover expose

Senior executives from the firm at the heart of Facebook’s data breach boasted of playing a key role in bringing Donald Trump to power and said they used “unattributable and untrackable” advertising to support their clients in elections, according to an undercover expose.

In secretly recorded conversations, Cambridge Analytica’s CEO, Alexander Nix, claimed he had met Trump “many times”, while another senior member of staff said the firm was behind the “defeat crooked Hillary” advertising campaign.

“We just put information into the bloodstream of the internet and then watch it grow, give it a little push every now and again over time to watch it take shape,” said the executive. “And so this stuff infiltrates the online community, but with no branding, so it’s unattributable, untrackable.”

Caught on camera by an undercover team from Channel 4 News, Nix was also dismissive of Democrats on the House intelligence committee, who had questioned him over Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

Senior managers then appeared to suggest that in their work for US clients, there was planned division of work between official campaigns and unaffiliated “political action groups”.

That could be considered coordination – which is not allowed under US election law. The firm has denied any wrongdoing.

Cambridge Analytica said it had a firewall policy in place, signed by all staff and strictly enforced.

The disclosures are the latest to hit Cambridge Analytica, which has been under mounting pressure since Sunday, when the Observer reported the company had unauthorised access to tens of millions of Facebook profiles – and used them to build a political targeting system.

In Tuesday’s second instalment of an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News in association with the Observer, Nix said he had a close working relationship with Trump and claimed Cambridge Analytica was pivotal to his successful campaign.

“We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting. We ran all the digital campaign, the digital campaign, the television campaign and our data informed all the strategy,” he told reporters who were posing as potential clients from Sri Lanka.

The company’s head of data, Alex Tayler, added: “When you think about the fact that Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 3m votes but won the electoral college vote that’s down to the data and the research.

“You did your rallies in the right locations, you moved more people out in those key swing states on election day. That’s how he won the election.”

Another executive, Mark Turnbull, managing director of Cambridge Analytica’s political division, was recorded saying: “He won by 40,000 votes in three states. The margins were tiny.”

Turnbull took credit for one of the most well known and controversial campaigns of the last presidential campaign, organised by the political action group Make America Number 1.

“The brand was ‘Defeat Crooked Hillary’. You’ll remember this of course?” he told the undercover reporter. “The zeros, the OO of crooked were a pair of handcuffs … We made hundreds of different kinds of creative, and we put it online.”

Turnbull said the company sometimes used “proxy organisations”, including charities and activist groups, to help disseminate the messages – and keep the company’s involvement in the background.

When the undercover reporter expressed worries that American authorities might seize on details of a dirty campaign, Nix said the US had no jurisdiction over Cambridge Analytica, even though the company is American and is registered in Delaware.

“I’m absolutely convinced that they have no jurisdiction,” he told the purported client. “So if US authorities came asking for information, they would simply refuse to collaborate. “We’ll say: none of your business.”

Turnbull added. “We don’t talk about our clients.”

Speaking to Channel 4 News before seeing the undercover film, Hillary Clintonsaid: “There was a new kind of campaign that was being run on the other side, that nobody had ever faced before. Because it wasn’t just all about me. It was about how to suppress voters who were inclined to vote for me … when you have a massive propaganda effort to prevent people from thinking straight, because they’re being flooded with false information.”

In the report, Nix also implied that it was possible to mislead authorities by omission, discussing his appearance in front of the House intelligence committee, for its inquiry into possible Russian election meddling.

The Republicans only asked three questions, which took five minutes, he told the reporter. And while the Democrats spent two hours questioning him, he claimed they were so far out of their depths that he didn’t mind responding.

“We have no secrets. They’re politicians, they’re not technical. They don’t understand how it works,” he said, when asked about whether he was forced to testify.

He went on to describe how political candidates are manipulated.

“They don’t understand because the candidate never, is never involved. He’s told what to do by the campaign team.” The reporter asks if that means the candidate is just a puppet, and Nix replies simply: “Always.”

In another exchange, Tayler describes an apparently planned division of spending on the campaign trail, with the candidate organising “positive” messages, with negative attack ads left to the super Pacs, which may engage in unlimited political spending independently of the campaigns.

“As part of it, sometimes you have to separate it from the political campaign itself … campaigns are normally subject to limits about how much money they can raise. Whereas outside groups can raise an unlimited amount.”

“So the campaign will use their finite resources for things like persuasion and mobilisation and then they leave the ‘air war’ they call it, like the negative attack ads to other affiliated groups.”

Play Video 13:04
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wiley: ‘We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles’ – video

This raises questions over whether Cambridge Analytica blurred the boundaries between official campaign groups, which have spending limits, and unaffiliated political action groups or super Pacs.

The latter can spend as much as they want but must not coordinate with the candidate they support.

The Campaign Legal Center has accused Cambridge Analytica over allegations of illegal coordination of this nature.

It has filed evidence with the FEC alleging that the super Pac Make America Number 1 made illegal contributions to Trump’s campaign, “engaging in unlawful coordinated spending by using the common vendor Cambridge Analytica”.

Cambridge Analytica said it had never claimed to have won the election for Donald Trump.

“This is patently absurd. We are proud of the work we did on that campaign, and have spoken in many public forums about what we consider to be our contribution to the campaign.”

It said there was no evidence of coordination between the Make America Number 1 super Pac and the Trump campaign. The company said it was not under investigation.

It has accused the Channel 4 News undercover investigation of grossly misrepresenting how the company conducts its business.

However, speaking to the BBC on Monday, Nix said he had “huge amounts of regret that we undertook this meeting and spoke with a certain amount of hyperbole”.

On Tuesday the website Politico reported that Trump’s 2020 campaign was moving to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica. A campaign official told Politico it had no existing contracts with the firm and no plans to hire it in the future.

For more, see… https://goo.gl/bYPCgj

 


Feb 3, 2018

I quit! J’arrête! Lo dejo! Уходить в отставку!

So that’s it. I am quitting Facebook. Ironically, it’s happening a few hours after they had released me from my latest stint in the FB jail. Oh well, at least now more people will find out that I quit and why.

Nine (9) years and three (3) months has been a good ride. I learned a lot. But now it’s time to forget and move on.

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NOT ALL “FRIENDS” ARE EQUAL

One thing I learned is that a Facebook “friend” is not necessarily the same as a real life friend. Here’s why not…

As of right now, Feb 3, 2018, I supposedly have 4,630 FB “friends.”  Guess how many bother to reply to my yesterday’s “QUIT FACEBOOK?” post as of this morning?

Three (3) directly. And three (3) through various groups I had founded for a total of six (6). Six out of 4,630! That’s 0.13%. In other words, only one (1) out of 772 of my DB “friends” cares whether or not I stay or go.

And I am not even counting here the 25,656 “friends” I have in the three groups I manage who also had a chance to see my yesterday’s post.

APATHY AND INDIFFERENCE REIGN

So what does that say? To me, it says, that APATHY and INDIFFERENCE reign supreme on Facebook as they do elsewhere in America (see my Nov 2014 election column – DISGUST & APATHY: BIG WINNERS IN 2014 ELECTIONS).

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Freedom, including the freedom of speech, is disappearing in America faster than a piece of cheese in a rat’s mouth. The US Constitution has become a dead letter, something that both our government and large corporations can trample at will.

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Yet, most people just shrug and carry on. Hoping for miracles? Or just that “crocodile would eat them last?” as Winston Churchill put it in reference to Hitler appeasers in 1938.

IF ALL OF US QUIT, FACEBOOK WOULD STARVE

As you saw from my yesterday’s post, I have been teeter-tottering on the decision to leave FB for over 4 years now. I was hoping things might get better. Instead, they’ve gotten worse. FB is abusing the trust of its customers. No wonder 60% of Facebook users are spending LESS time now “socializing” on it.

There is one absolute right every customer has: LEAVE. The right to QUIT. And the only thing businesses like FB react to is a loss of user base. Trust me on that. When I ran my own business, I used to consult for top executives of major multinational computer companies.

I am not frustrated or angry. Just pragmatic in how and where I want to spend my time. FB is not the only game in town. So why should I waste my time and emotional and intellectual capital on a platform which will eventually self-destruct and collapse?


UPDATE APRIL 11, 2018

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Facebook / Zuckerberg tells Senate hearing ‘we will fight election meddling’

Isn’t that also “election meddling?”

I thought the social media have duty to stay out of the political fray and defend everyone’s right to free speech.

But maybe that was in another America, in another century.

For more on FB’s own meddling, check out my “I QUIT” editorial (Feb 3, 2018)


 

UPDATE 2 – APR 11, 2018

FIX FAKEBOOK – 100 ZUCKERBERG CUTOUTS ON CAPITOL HILL

As Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill for the first time, an unnerving sight greeted visitors outside: an “army” of 100 life-sized cutouts of the CEO.

The display was meant to protest “disinformation” ahead of the tech giant’s congressional hearing. The campaign organized by Avaaz, a global activist group, featured 100 cutouts of Zuckerberg wearing a t-shirt that said “fix Fakebook.”

For more, see… ‘Army’ of 100 Zuckerberg cutouts protests Facebook CEO on Capitol Hill https://fxn.ws/2qnQx97

 

TIBET: A CINDERELLA STORY WITH AN UNHAPPY ENDING

AMERICA’S “DIRTY WARS”

A Truth in Media editorial comment Re. “WIRED” MAGAZINE UNCOVERS PROOF THE U.S. HELPED ARM ISIS REBELS

LIKE REAGAN, LIKE CLINTON, LIKE OBAMA, LIKE BUSH’S: THEY ALL WAGED “DIRTY WARS”

I titled the above report “OBAMA’S (AND SAUDIS’) DIRTY WAR.” That’s because the blatant lying to, and the deception of, the American people happened on Obama’s watch and on his orders (2013-2017). But this is by no means an exception.

I remember covering an almost identical story in the mid-1990s in Bosnia. Only this time the Liar-in-Chief at the White House was Bill Clinton. And the arms were illicitly shipped to the Bosnian Muslims via various circuitous routes, including Saudi Arabia and Argentina.

Some of them even included Iran, a country with which the US has had no diplomatic relations since 1980.

On Apr 5, 1996, the Los Angeles Times revealed that Bill Clinton “directly participated” in a decision to let Iran covertly supply arms to the Bosnian Muslims from early 1994 through January 1996 (yes, even as the American troops were being deployed in Bosnia!?).

(See Truth in Media report “AYATOLLAH KLINTONMEINI,” Apr 1996 – https://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins/tim96-04a.html).

And the Argentine newspaper, the Clarin (www.clarin.com), reported in its Oct 2, 1998 edition that illegal arms sales to the Bosnian Muslims via Croatia took place in 1993-1995.

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REPUBLICANS’ “DIRTY WARS”

Nor is it just the Democratic presidents who have lied and deceived the American people to cover up their “dirty wars” overseas.

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan was also caught redhanded using Iranian weapons to arm the Contra rebels in Central America.

Reagan’s VP and successor, George H. Bush, lured Saddam Hussein into invading Kuwait, using it then as a pretext to start the 1st Gulf War. Bush Sr. also helped fuel the wars that destroyed the country of Yugoslavia and brought Islamic Jihad into Europe.

And, of course, George W. Bush’s failed deception about the supposed WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq has become legendary. It would be a real spoof were it not for the hundreds of thousands of lives that Bush’s deception had cost, including 4,424 American troops.

For more, see this Truth in Media 1998 story: https://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins/tim98-10-8.html

Also see… “WIRED” MAGAZINE UNCOVERS PROOF THE U.S. HELPED ARM ISIS REBELS IT CLAIMED TO BE FIGHTING
https://www.facebook.com/bob.djurdjevic/posts/10212445233820798

UNHEEDED WARNINGS ABOUT GROWING PLUTOCRACY IN AMERICA

“Plutocracy is alive and well in America,” (Truth in Media, Nov 1993)

AND IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE IF WE DO NOTHING

Nearly a quarter century ago, I used for the first time the term “plutocracy” to describe the system we have here in America.

What is plutocracy?

The rule of a few over the many. Or as Wikipedia puts it, “it is a form of oligarchy and defines a society ruled or controlled by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens.”

Four years later, I repeated the warning that the oligarchs are destroying the middle class and creating a new social order consisting only of have’s and have not’s:

Nowhere is this (class difference) more pronounced than in the U.S. This is where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the Great American Divide between the relative ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ has been growing wider and deeper in the last 30 years.”

That’s what this writer said over 20 years ago – in his March 9, 1997 WASHINGTON TIMES column, titled “Plutocrats of the New World Orderhttp://www.truthinmedia.org/Columns/Plutocrats%20of%20NWO.html

… and again about a year later…

The Great American Divide Widens –

IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE: UNHEEDED WARNINGS ABOUT PLUTOCRACY IN AMERICA

So what have we done about it since these warnings were published.

In a word – NOTHING. Apathy and indifference – have been trademark of American voters and citizens.

So no wonder every year we are becoming a little more enslaved by the plutocratic oligarchs. And in some years, such as right now, they tighten the nooses around our necks even more.

Check out this article in the Guardian’s interview with Bernie Sanders:

UPCOMING TAX CUTS ARE BARELY DISGUISED REWARD FOR BILLIONAIRE DONORS – https://goo.gl/Nn2aQZ

The Vermont senator tells the Guardian why the tax bill – which could become law next week – is the result of 40 years’ scheming by the Kochs and others

THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK

ALTZAR: As you read this Guardian article, it is important to be reminded that it is a left-wing “liberal” newspaper which had steadfastly supported Hillary Clinton in 2016.

It is also important to be reminded that Bernie Sanders, who is now casting stones at the Republicans, seems to have forgotten that he also ended up supporting last year that Queen of Greed – Hillary Clinton – who had raised records amount of money from the Wall Street and other international billionaires. As had her predecessor – Obama.

So as this writer has been saying for decades, both Democrats and the Republicans are working for the same rich oligarchs and AGAINST the interests of the American people.

Back to the definition of PLUTOCRACY.

But since we, the American people, keep voting our slave masters in election-after-election, all these warnings notwithstanding, we can only blame ourselves for the consequences.

From Feb 24, 2016 – IS TRUMP A TROJAN HORSE?

NEW WORLD ORDER CREED FITS TRUMP TO A TEE

The New World Order Creed fits Trump to a tee.

Here’s what I wrote on the topic of New World Order “religion” in my Washington Times column “CHRISTIANITY UNDER SIEGE, TOWARD – A ONE WORLD RELIGION” – Jan 1998 – http://www.truthinmedia.org/Columns/christianity_under_siege.html:

Their creed is ‘I believe in nothing!’ Their crest: The Almighty Dollar. Their object of worship: The Golden Calf. Their holy shrine: Wall Street. Their holy water: Coca-Cola. Their disciples: Washington politicians.

In their world, everything is for sale. Nothing is sacred. Faceless uniformity and blind loyalty are the norm, as in communist dictatorships. If God were to (re)create the world by the designs of the “Princes of the 20th Century” — the multinationals who sit at the head table of the New World Order, there would be only three kinds of creatures:aus-105.jpg

  • All two-legged creatures would be ostriches
  • All four-legged ones would be sheep
  • All sea-living creatures would be sardines, anxiously waiting in long lines at the Princes’ canning factory docks for their turn to jump into cans, and be exported to some distant low-cal, low-brow; low-IQ, but immensely happy consumer society. Thanks to a steady diet of CNN served with Coca-Cola.”

I repeated this assessment in my speech to the Reform Party Convention in May 2000, when Pat Buchanan was running for president…

 

…to a standing ovation by the delegates in attendance, including Pat Buchanan.

HOW INDEPENDENT IS TRUMP REALLY?

Which brings us back the full circle. Not only is Trump not an independent candidate.  He has publicly declared that he would not run as an independent. Trump signed a loyalty oath to the Republican Party back in September, pledging to support the eventual GOP standard-bearer.

And then in October of last year, Trump said…

 This could be the greatest Trojan horse. This (Syrian migration into Europe) could make the (original) Trojan horse look like peanuts if these people turned out to be a lot of ISIS. (Trump on “Face the Nation,” Oct 11, 2015 -http://nyp.st/1Qj0lGF )

But could Trump himself actually be a ‘Trojan Horse’ of New World Order plutocrats?

For, if he were really a reformist American so badly needs, why would he be trying so hard to prove that he is a part of the establishment?

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WHAT’S TO BE DONE?

Let me net it out the way I see it…

I have been saying for the last quarter “anybody but a Democrat or a Republican.” That truism also holds for election 2016. Which means neither Sanders to Trump – the two frontrunners are the moment.

As can be seen from this chart, both started more or less from the center of the American political spectrum some 15 years ago, and then drifted far to the left (Sanders) and far to the right (Trump).

More importantly, all candidates will say whatever it takes to get themselves elected. But once in office, how much can they be trusted to keep their promises?

All of those who voted Obama now know the pain of disappointment over broken promises. As do those who voted for the two Bush’s and Clinton before them. I have voted for none of them. So my conscience is clear.

Sanders, like the Clintons, is a party loyalist trying to look like an outsider to distinguish himself from Hillary. Trump is a card-carrying member of the billionaires club – the 563 plutocrats, out of 319 million of us, who have been getting richer while most of the American people are getting poorer.

“Those who deformed us cannot reform us,” read a crude white painted slogan on a Prague wall during the 1989 Velvet Revolution.

So the only person who can truly change the corrupt political system in America is an outsider, neither a Democrat or a Republican.

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Feb 24, 2016

WHAT TO DO ON NOV 8?

Bottom line? Vote for any third party candidate who emerges between now and November.

Or don’t vote at all. Which is what the majority of Americans has already done.

Over 63% of us boycotted the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest turnout since 1824 (see DISGUST & APATHY: BIG WINNERS IN 2014 ELECTIONS).

That’s because voting for either a Democrat or a Republican will only serve to legitimize the New World Order’s electoral farce and tighten the plutocrats’ noose around our collective necks. A silent protest is better than a vote for an oppressor.

What do I think would actually happen?

Trump will get the Republican nomination. And I will sit on my hands again come Nov 8 – see http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl

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UPDATE DEC 16, 2017

Feb 24, 2016 (see https://wp.me/p3QU1S-2P7)

WHAT TO DO ON NOV 8?

Bottom line? Vote for any third party candidate who emerges between now and November.

Or don’t vote at all. Which is what the majority of Americans has already done.

Over 63% of us boycotted the 2014 midterm elections, the lowest turnout since 1824 (see DISGUST & APATHY: BIG WINNERS IN 2014 ELECTIONS).

That’s because voting for either a Democrat or a Republican will only serve to legitimize the New World Order’s electoral farce and tighten the plutocrats’ noose around our collective necks. A silent protest is better than a vote for an oppressor.

And what DID I do on Nov 8?

I voted for Trump. Shame on me! I did not heed my own advice. And for the first time ever, I voted for an establishment party candidate whom I called a Trojan horse only 8 months before. 😦

Mea culpa, mea ultima culpa!

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UPDATE FEB 27, 2018

THE AMERICAN DEMO FARCE IS GETTING WORSE

85% of Americans think Congress serves lobbyists, not the people

Well, for the Truth in Media readers and followers of several decades, this is nothing new. But it is the new news base don the latest Associated Press poll.

The overwhelming majority of Americans, irrespective of party allegiance, holds a dismal opinion of Congress, a fresh poll shows. It found 89 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans disapprove of the legislature’s work.

The attitude to the Republican-controlled legislature does not change much across party lines. The number of Democrats that held an unfavorable view of Congress, 89 percent, is only seven percentage points higher than that of Republicans, at 82 percent.

In November 1996, I penned a column which the WASHINGTON TIMES titled “Demo Farce and the American Century.” In it, I wrote:

Election ’96 was a ‘demo farce!’ The U.S. democracy is turning into a New World Order plutocracy.”

 It was in October 1993 that I first deciphered the New World Order’s MO, and identified the real boss. I called David Rockefeller the “Big Chesse” at the time.

“David Rockefeller, the ‘Sir’ in the Milosevic-Eagleburger conversation (see below), is sort of Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 1.32.54 PMthe ‘Big Cheese,’ the grand patriarch of the American foreign policy, who ‘owns’ people around him. Using the CFR and the TLC as instruments of power, Rockefeller and his associates have nearly all the political and media bases covered. In the end, it does not matter whether Republicans or the Democrats win. Either way, it will be the (Rockefeller) ‘insiders’ who will run the show in Washington. (A quote from “Plutocracy Is Alive and Well in America,” Truth in Media, Nov 1993)

Four years later, I issued this warning about the oligarchs like Rockefeller, Soros and others destroying the middle class and creating a new social order consisting only of have’s and have not’s:

Nowhere is this (class difference) more pronounced than in the U.S. This is where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the Great American Divide between the relative ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ has been growing wider and deeper in the last 30 years.”

That’s what this writer said almost 22 years ago – in a March 9, 1997 WASHINGTON TIMES column, titled “Plutocrats of the New World Orderhttp://www.truthinmedia.org/Columns/Plutocrats%20of%20NWO.html

… and again about a year later…

The Great American Divide Widens – http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins/tim98-1-1.html (Jan 1998)

In November 1996, I penned a column which the WASHINGTON TIMES titled “Demo Farce and the American Century.” In it, I wrote:

Election ’96 was a ‘demo farce!’ The U.S. democracy is turning into a New World Order plutocracy.”

MY ELECTION 2016 FORECAST: TRUMP TO WIN ON NOV 8! One year later, I can only add one word: “REGRETTABLY” 

ON THIS DAY IN 2016… OCT 24

MY ELECTION FORECAST: TRUMP TO WIN ON NOV 8!

One year later, I can only add one word: “REGRETTABLY” 

One year ago today (Oct 24, 2016), Hillary looked invincible. With two weeks to go, “most polls project Hillary Clinton will thump Donald Trump on Nov. 8….” opined both the national and local pollsters.

“The rally continues for Clinton in national polls. In the four-way presidential race, Clinton holds an average lead of about six points, according to RealClearPolitics. An ABC poll over the weekend gave Clinton a 12-point national lead” (see https://goo.gl/ACyBef).

So you can imagine how shocking it was for most people, including the Truth in Media readers, to see my post the same day (Oct 24) in which I predicted that Donald Trump would win the election:

ELECTION FORECAST: OCTOBER 24, 2016 – “NEW WORLD ORDER SNAKES TO BE EXPELLED FROM AMERICA” – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1TK    

Perhaps even more stunning was the source of my forecast: “My Dreamtime Diary: A Stunning US Election Prediction in Three Dreams over Four Days (Oct 16-19, 2016)”

So can you blame those who shrugged it off and discounted my prediction?

Yet, the forecast did come true. Trump was elected president on Nov 8.

So what can I add to that a year later? Only one word: REGRETTABLY.

Regrettably, my prediction came true.

Regrettably, I ignored my own initial assessment of Trump as a “Trojan horse” published in February 2016 (see…  FEBRUARY 24, 2016 – “IS TRUMP ACTUALLY A “TROJAN HORSE?” – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-1fl).

Regrettably, I was also conned by the man whom I had later dubbed as “DON THE CON,” “LIKE RONALD, LIKE DONALD”… PUPPETS ON A STRING (Israel’s – in Trump’s case), “WHITE HOUSE EUNUCH” (when he capitulated to Congress over Russia sanctions in early August), etc. 

Sometimes, it is wrong to be right for the wrong reasons. My forecast from a year ago fits that description.

HILLARY WOULD HAVE BEEN EVEN WORSE

But there is a silver lining. Her name is Hillary. This would have been even worse. Because she is a real criminal, not just corrupt like Trump.

Once again, I should have stayed true to my old principles, Such as… “ANYBODY BUT A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN” (ALTZAR – 1992, 1996). Two decades ago, I penned this in my Washington Times column DEMO FARCE AND THE AMERICAN CENTURY – Washington Times – Nov 1996 – https://www.truthinmedia.org/Columns/DEMO%20FARCE.html:

“Fielding two horses from the same stable evidently suited the U.S. Establishment just fine. Election ’96 was a “demo farce!” The U.S. democracy is turning into a New World Order plutocracy.”

So Election 2016 was no different. The same plutocratic stable just fielded two different horses. The American voters were still given the same choices: BAD or WORSE.

Anybody but Democrat Republican pig trough


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From My Dreamtime Diary: A Stunning US Election Prediction in Three Dreams over Four Days of This Month (Oct 16-19, 2016)

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OCT 16: SHEEP & SNAKE DREAM

I had a dream on Oct 16 in which there was a sheep swimming in the pool that had a snake in its jaws. The sheep held it just behind the head. So the snake was powerless to harm the sheep.

And me, as I am also in the pool observing the scene. And feeling a bit apprehensive as I know the snake is poisonous.

Suddenly the sheep releases the snake. The snake swims away in terror with lightning speed toward the far end of the pool, slithers out and disappears out of sight.

I remember thinking in my dream, “wow, what an amazing speed. I had no idea snakes can be such fast swimmers.”

 

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INTERPRETATION OF DREAM 1 – SHEEP AND SNAKE

Oct 26, 2016

I received this interpretation of the dream from my Spirit guides while meditating in the spa this morning…

Like Saint Patrick in Ireland, Trump and the American people (sheep) will drive away the snakes of the New World Order into their burrows on Nov 8, 2016

  • The SNAKE represents the banking and corporate powers that be of the New World Order, and their servants – Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, the Bush family and all other vassals who think of themselves as the “elite” of the ruling class. The SNAKE symbolizes duplicity, treachery, ruthlessness, emotional coldness and lack of empathy of the slimy reptilians.

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In my dream, the SHEEP overpowers the SNAKE. And yet it does not kill it.  Because SHEEP symbolizes gentleness, kindness and a sense of community. So the SHEEP releases the SNAKE from its deathly grip. Frightened to death, the SNAKE frantically swims as fast as it can to get away from the sheep and and pool (and ME, the observer, who is also in the pool).

TRUMP WILL WIN AND TOGETHER WITH AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL DRIVE AWAY THE NWO SNAKES

Which is good news. For, it means that on Nov 8, the American people will start to liberate themselves from the snakes of the New World Order and drive them away from our shores. Which will inspire the rest of the world to follow suit. Let us hope, bloodlessly all around.

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DREAM 2 (Oct 18): HIGH TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS, LONDON MEDIEVAL STREET MARKET – RETURN TO PEACE AND PASTORAL LIFE

SCENE 1: OLD CASTLE RUIN

In this dream, I am in London, England in medieval time. It is early morning. I am walking through a ruin of an old castle toward the ocean shore. I can feel the spray from the waves reaching my face through the openings in the castle walls.

“The tide must be coming,” I thought in my dream state. “That’s probably why the waves are so big and crashing close to the castle walls.”

When I look through the opening, I see that the beach and the land are very flat. Like the Thames river banks.

“Wonder if this is the high tide pushing up the Thames?” I was thinking.

SCENE 2: MEDIEVAL LONDON MARKET

In the next scene, I am back in town at what looks like a street market. Still in medieval London. The streets are paved with round cobblestones.

I am engaged in a happy banter with several women behind their fruit and veggie stalls. There is also a man, a customer like me, who joins the conversation. Based on his accent, I figure out that he must be from Manchester.

After telling my market friend about my through the castle to the beach this morning and seeing a high tide, I say to the man:

“You guys in Manchester probably don’t even know what a high tide is,” :-)Manchester is deep inland]

Everybody laughs. Everybody is happy.

INTERPRETATION OF DREAM 2 – HIGH TIDE AND STREET MARKET IN MEDIEVAL LONDON

Oct 18, 2016

At first, I thought, “guess another trip to London is in the cards. But why medieval London?,” I wondered.

Of course, I have had a number of past lifetimes in London. For example, as King Phillip II of Spain while married to Queen Mary I, Henry VIII’s Catholic daughter.  And I lived there as King James I and VI, when I inherited the crown of England and Ireland after Elizabeth I died without an heir. And in the 19th century, I was back there again as Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s Consort.

But the market scene and the happy banter with London commoners did not fit those royal lifetimes.

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DREAM 3 (Oct 19): BLISS IN TROPICAL PACIFIC, HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

SCENE 1: SWIMMING, SNORKELING, SAILING IN THE OCEAN

I had a dream in which I was sailing, swimming and snorkeling somewhere in the tropics. The beaches are white sand. Water turquoise. The ocean warm. Maybe Tahiti? Or Northern Australia (Great Barrier Reef)? I am happy, having a great time playing in the ocean.

SCENE 2 – VIEWING THE SAME SCENERY FROM THE TOP DECK OF A CRUISE SHIP

In the next scene, I am now sailing on a huge cruise ship through the very same area where I had been swimming and snorkeling before. I am quite high above the ocean, looking down as if from a parasail.  It’s definitely a large ship.

I am leaning on a rail close to the bow and looking down into the ocean. But I cannot actually see all the way down to where the bow’s hull slices the waves, because I am so high up above it. I can see, however, that the captain is skillfully navigating around other small boats and snorkelers way down in the ocean.

Nobody seems to be perturbed that such a giant ship is sailing right past them through shallow waters. But I feel a bit of trepidation about what my reaction would have been if I were still snorkeling and then seeing this huge ship pass me by.

INTERPRETATION OF DREAM 3: HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

This is the third dream in four days in which the element of WATER figured prominently. And it was INCREASING IN SIZE (pool –> river –> ocean), just like when I had my three “wet dreams” in August 2008 which guided me to move from Arizona to Maui.

Unlike in 2008, however, we are now at the starting gate of the Age of Aquarius. So it’s all about the Water element, it’s cleansing, suppleness, fluidity, flexibility.  And everything is beautiful, peaceful and serene.

Happy days are here again. Or will be… after Nov 8. Just as the happy days returned after the Great Depression.

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SAUDI ARABIA SPURNS US SANCTIONS, SIGNS BILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS DEALS DURING KING’S VISIT TO MOSCOW

A game-changing diplomatic move

SAUDI ARABIA SPURNS US SANCTIONS, SIGNS BILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS DEALS DURING KING’S VISIT TO MOSCOW

Slap on the face of US diplomacy shows Washington’s waning global influence, rise of Russian power

But a wounded animal is the most dangerous

RT.COM: https://on.rt.com/8p2t

It was the first country the newly elected American president visited on his first foreign trip. It is the country that, along with Israel, owns and controls most of the US Congress not just the White Housel And now it is a country which has turned its back on its American vassals and has joined up with Russia in a slew of business deals signed during its king’s first visit to Moscow.

Spurning the US sanctions on Russia, which were supposed to punish not just Moscow, but also any country trading with Russia, the king of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was  the first state visit to Russia by a reigning Saudi monarch.

MULTI BILLION DOLLAR DEALS SIGNED

Following the meeting, the two countries launched a joint energy investment fund worth $1 billion. The fund could include investments in natural gas projects and petrochemical plants.

Saudi state oil firm Saudi Aramco signed a deal with Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and gas processing and petrochemicals company Sibur on joint projects in the area of oil refining.

The two countries also agreed to cooperate in nuclear energy, agriculture, information technology; trade, investments and social development.

“We have a vast potential for developing cooperation in nuclear power. Saudi Arabia plans to launch a major nuclear power program,” said Russian Energy Minister and Co-Chairman of the Russian-Saudi Intergovernmental Commission Aleksandr Novak.

“Nuclear power may become one of the basic sources and an extra catalyst for the development of various industries and innovation technologies in Saudi Arabia,” he added.

Relations between the two countries have reached a “fundamentally new level recently,” Novak said.

According to Novak, for the first time a substantial delegation from Saudi Arabia, including about 200 representatives and 85 CEOs of large companies has come to Russia.

“Eighty-five heads of the largest companies flew to Russia to establish links with Russian businesses and expand ties in all areas,” the minister said.

Vladimir Putin and King Salman are expected to focus on extending the commitment to cut crude oil output production, which has helped prop up oil prices.

Which is a 180-degree turn-about-face by Saudi Arabia. Less than three years ago, the Saudis fronted the USled Oil War against Russia which was supposed to bring Russia and the Ruble to its knees (see 2014 OIL WAR’S UTTER FAILURE – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-2II). Now the opposite is happening.

SLAP ON THE FACE AND STAB IN THE BACK OF THE U.S.

So much for the US sanctions and the American influence in the world. Washington is losing friends and allies faster than a snake can shed its skin.

With Russia gradually picking off the strategic US “partners” (first Turkey, now Saudi), real or perceived American power is quickly waning. It won’t be long before the Ruble and the Yuan start to supplant the Dollar as a global trading currency. Or maybe we are already at that stage now?

More than any rhetoric out of Moscow or Being, this single gesture by the Saudi king has sent a message to the world – the US is no longer the boss. Washington’s unipolar world is crumbling.

And that’s good news both for the world and for the American people. Because our government has long stopped being “a government of the people, by the people and for the people.” It has become an enemy of the American people;

(see the Truth in Media series of reports AMERICA IS AT WAR WITH THE WORLD AND ITS PEOPLE, Sep 2015 -http://wp.me/p3QU1S-18C, and  – NEW WORLD ORDER UNMASKED, Jan 2015 – http://wp.me/p3QU1S-N0).

Except…

WOUNDED ANIMAL THE MOST DANGEROUS

When is an animal the most dangerous?

When it is wounded, cornered and desperate. A wounded animal is the most dangerous when it is fighting for its last breath.

There is much to dislike about Saudi Arabia (human right abuses, brutal executions, lack of freedom, mistreatment of women…). But the fact that the US has been willing to swallow its pride and rhetoric about the virtues of democracy etc., and jump into bed with such an oppressive regime, speaks volumes about how important Saudi Arabia has been to Washington.

And now that Saudi Arabia has stabbed the US in the back, all that’s left is a wounded pride of a jilted oil whore.

Being spurned and betrayed by “friends and allies” is not a position the would-be masters of the world are used to. So look for Washington to become even more aggressive and more unpredictable in the near future.

So take cover instead of rejoicing.

Saudi King arrived in Moscow with 1,500 staff, golden escalator, gold-plated protective barriers and plush carpets

TRAVELING IN STYLE

Memories of Obama bowing before Saudi king

King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia brought a lavish entourage on his first state visit to Russia. As part of his latest trip he reportedly flew in 1,500 staff, plush carpets and gold plated protective barriers to Russia.

The 81-year-old monarch met President Vladimir Putin after his arrival in the Russian capital on Wednesday. He is expected to discuss trade and joint infrastructure projects with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday.

The Saudi Arabia head of state booked out both the Four Seasons Moscow and the Ritz Carlton in preparation for the discussions.

A premier room at the Four Seasons can cost upwards of $3,800, with the top Pozharsky Royal suite only available for booking on request.

Coinciding with King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s visit, the Ritz Carlton hotel, located just 1km from the Kremlin, shut down its entire car park until October 8. The facility has a daily charge of around $50 dollars per vehicle.

The Saudi royal’s entourage includes staff familiar with specific food preparations and how the monarch prefers his coffee. Reports suggest plush carpets were also brought in by Saudi officials to make the stay a comfortable one.

The House of Saud is estimated to be worth around $1.4 trillion, meaning King bin Abdulaziz has a vast fortune to dip into when travelling abroad.

The funds extend to a luxury planes, gold-plated protection and a customized escalator. While on a visit to Japan in March, the delegation of Saudi officials arrived on 10 aircraft.

Around 1,200 hotel rooms in Tokyo were reserved for the group during the stay, while some 500 limousines were also reportedly used on the four-day tour.

REMINDER: OBAMA BOWED BEFORE SAUDI KING

All this pomp and ceremony in Russia and the Saudis’ wooing of a new global partner to supplant the US influence in Arabia reminded this writer of an incident that happened in April 2009, during Obama’s first visit to Saudi Arabia.

In what was possibly the most embarrassing and ignominious moment for a President of the United States, ostensibly the most powerful nation on earth, Obama bowed before the (now late) Saudi king (see the photo).

Eight-and-a-half years later, it was the Saudi king that flew to Moscow in search of a more reliable partner than the US has been. So all this bowing and scraping by Obama was for naught. As was Trump’s glad-handing on his first overseas state visit in May of this year, also to Saudi Arabia.

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