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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

@DrJillStein & US Green's make the Left look like a clown act

Its outrageous that this authoritarian will soon be the President of the United States, but there are many forces that came together to cause this, so those looking for blame have a very long list. Even a short list would include the Democrat's poor choice for an opposition candidate, early Big Media profiteering off The Donald, the GOP's Operation CrossCheck which removed thousands of minority voters from the rolls, Wikileaks' dissemination of the stolen emails of only one side, and the FBI director's announced and then aborted new Clinton investigation.

Still, it's a tragedy that the Left had the power to stop this from happening, and it didn't. If Jill Stein voters in three swing states, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania had instead voted strategically against Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton would have won, white nationalist leader Steve Bannon wouldn't be the incoming White House chief strategist and senior counselor, white supremacist Senator Jeff Sessions wouldn't be picked for the new Attorney General, and Maddog "It’s fun to shoot some people" Mattis wouldn't be picked for Defense Secretary.
This data is from Politico [updated 22 Nov. 2016 - PA updated 2 Dec from http://www.electionreturns.pa.gov/ ] :

Candidate Count % Michigan [16] Wisconsin [10] Pennsylvania [20]
Donald Trump 61,201,031 47% 2,279,805 1,409,467 2,955,671
Hillary Clinton 62,523,126 48% 2,268,193 1,382,210 2,906,128
Difference 11,612 27,257 49,543
Jill Stein 802,119 0.7% 50,700 30,980 49,678
Unfortunately, much of the US Left refused the common sense that it was in the interest of working people and people of color to rally around the lesser of the two evils in this binary election 2016 to insure that this anti-democratic white nationalist regime did not win state power. Leading forces in the US Left argued that progressives should refuse to choose between Clinton and Trump by either making a symbolic vote or not voting at all. The result was that the remaining pool of less progressive voters was barely enough to put Donald Trump over the top. In spite of all of the other factors, the election was so close that the US Left, as rallied around the Green Party, held the balance of power.

Instead of fighting this fascist takeover, the US Left joined the #NeverHillary movement that elected Trump. Many supported Green Party candidate Jill Stein and generally argued along these lines:

1.) Clinton doesn't deserve our vote so its better to refuse to vote for "the lesser evil."
2.) The Left needs to focus on building a 3rd party in this way even if it means Trump wins.
3.) They're just using Trump to scare us into voting for Clinton. The fix is in for her.
4.) Trump doesn't really stand a chance of being elected. Its safe not to worry about that.

Most also had a strong, petty-bourgeois, personal revulsion at the thought of doing what was necessary to defeat Trump and refused to "get their hands dirty." As Andrew Levine put it in his post-election defense of these positions, Must We Now Rethink the Hillary Question? Absolutely, Not, counterpunch, 2 Dec 2016:
I would have rather bathed in vomit than voted for Hillary Clinton.
The Left has a very big problem with rethinking anything. It is doubly tragic to hear Left voices raised in opposition to self-criticism and re-assessment after such a colossal failure to provide progressive leadership, or even comprehend what was happening and why.

In many ways the Left acted like narcissistic children of the Democratic Party. That's why they could blame Hillary Clinton for not being good enough, and probably why they thought they could beat up on her to their heart's delight and not inflict a fatal wound. They were wrong. They thought, even with all the damage they were doing, she could never lose. They were wrong. The Green Party thought they could run an explicitly anti-Clinton campaign with their "Jill Not Hill" election slogan and not create a Trump presidency. They were wrong.

First, Jill Stein campaigned hard against Clinton in the three key battleground states, and after she spoiled the election by taking just enough progressive votes away from Clinton in those same three states to put Donald Trump in the White House, she raises millions for a recount, but only in the states she spoiled, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania; because she expected Hillary Clinton to win those states. We know this because she told the Alan Colmes Show:
They went the opposite way of what was expected...
Now Jill Stein thinks Hillary Clinton should have gotten more votes. Bill Palmer reported, 5 December 2016:
We reported last week that according to official tallies as many as 87,810 voters in Michigan had ballots which cast a vote for some downticket race but not for president.
...
Stein is now focused on these “undervote” ballots as well, which she pointed out during today’s press conference
...
Wayne County went heavily for Hillary Clinton, but not at the level expected, suggesting, some of Clinton’s votes may have indeed been scuttled.
Maybe they were scuttled by Green Party negative campaigning against Clinton? Jill Stein or her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, made no less than five personal appearances in Wayne County, MI in which they campaigned against Hillary Clinton. Does she now hope a recount will fix things, or is she just cashing in?

Andrew Levine expected Clinton to win too:
Along with nearly everyone else, I thought that Hillary would win. The pollsters said so, and they seemed to know what they were talking about; they certainly had enough data. Common sense said so too – this side of a real revolution, how could someone backed by the entire power structure lose?
The answer, Andrew, is that all of these Left assumptions were wrong, but don't trouble yourself to rethink anything. You're willing to say "I was wrong," about the election outcome because that has been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt, but you still think you are right about everything else? You worked hard, and even misled people to create this new reality:
In trying to persuade people, liberals especially, not to vote for Hillary, I did use the argument that it was pointless to pile on votes for her because she was bound to win anyway, so why not send her a message?
What he was doing is known as negative campaign by proxy and was key to Trump's victory. Trump's negatives were so high, his only chance of winning was to raise Clinton's negatives, but he was ill-suited to do that directly because 1) as her opponent, his bashing of her would be discounted, and 2) he's not creditable, his negatives are even higher. So the key to his victory lay in the proxy negative campaigns of the more credible members of the Never Hillary crowd, including FBI Directory Comey, WikiLeaks, and especially the Greens. Andrew and his fellow Greens got enough progressives not to vote for Clinton to put Trump in the White House. This was the net result of the Left's year long campaign against voting for the lesser of two evils, and even though the results were unexpected, this counterpunch author tells us:
Now is not the time to go back over the case for and against lesser evil voting.
Like I said, this Left doesn't do self-criticism. It is too arrogant for it. Besides, in truth, Levine really thinks Donald Trump is the lesser of two evils:
Neither is there much point in debating which of the two, Clinton or Trump, actually was the lesser evil.

For most liberals, the answer is obvious: Hillary was. I disagreed – mainly, but not only, because I thought that she was the more likely of the two to unleash a Third World War. I still do; and that trumps all.

[Hillary] favors “regime change” whenever and wherever neocons and “humanitarian” interveners deem it in the empire’s best interests.
This view is very common in the pro-Trump Left but it is doubly based on chauvinism, which is to say that it reflects the white chauvinist outlook of a certain segment of the white Left from two quite independent, if intersecting, perspectives:

1) They apply a false white chauvinist perspective on the revolutionary struggles in Libya and Syria that sees the Arabs thuwar (revolutionaries) as proxies of Washington "regime change" operations rather than agents of their own destinies. A fascist government is slaughtering its own civilians by the thousands from the air, and they label Hillary Clinton a "warmonger" for just calling for a no-fly zone to protect them, while they can't use the word humanitarian without putting quotes around it, and excuse Assad his sarin and barrel bomb attacks.. Here is an example of how Jill Stein campaigned [video @ 55:30] against Clinton in Detroit, 3 September 2016:
Yes, Donald Trump is very blunt and he says things in an extremely horrifying way, but I have to say about Hillary's track record, although she speaks much nicer, but when you look at what she's done, its absolutely terrifying, the war in Libya should not be the prototype of our foreign policy, and Hillary wants to start an air war over Syria, that's what a no-fly zone is, its an air war with Russia...
What Jill Stein calls Hillary Clinton's War in Libya, the Libyans call their Revolution!
Libyan Revolution 2011
Misrata post-Gaddafi
Libyan House of Representatives (مجلس النواب الليبي)
Ferchichi, Libya | June 15, 2012
With great courage and sacrifice, the Libyan people got rid of a 40 year fascist dictatorship that many on the Left fancied. Rebuilding has been slow and the struggle against counter-revolution daunting, but just Monday the UN-backed Libyan government announced that they have finally kicked ISIS out of its, and not co-incidentally Gaddafi's former, stronghold of Sirte, The so-called Islamic State at one time controlled 150 miles of the Libyan coastline, and may still be hanging on in Iraq and Syria, but their dreams of a caliphate in North Africa are now over.

A Libyan fighter allied with the United Nations-backed government waved the country’s flag from the ruins of a house in Surt after militias said they had driven out the Islamic State 12/05/16.   Credit Hani Amara/Reuters

While the Libyan freedom struggle could not take place without meddling and influence coming from the Clinton State Department and many other foreign quarters, it has always been, first and foremost, their revolution. They can't be removed from the picture by Jill Stein and the other "anti-imperialists" by labeling it Clinton's War for the purposes of the 2016 US elections.

2) In service of their "don't vote for the lesser evil" thesis, not only have they worked to make Hillary Clinton look more dangerous, they have been tireless in the efforts to make Donald Trump look less dangerous. This has meant downplaying or ignoring the racist foundations of the Trump campaign. Levine does that in his piece. How else could he conclude Clinton is the greater evil. Remembering Trump's promises to kick Mexicans and Muslims out while subjecting black communities to a national stop and frisk program, few people of color were buying what the Green Party was selling.

Apparently, the Green Party didn't care that their fundamentally pro-Trump role in this election was only further alienating this overwhelmingly white party from peoples of color.  They didn't do much to win new support in other quarters either. People will remember for a long time how they gave the election of Donald Trump, what Jill Stein is doing now makes the Left look like a clown act.

The one thing I think the Green's are right about is that bourgeois democracy, which they refer to in its current stage as "neo-liberalist", does trend toward fascist in the period of imperialist decay. It can be fairly argued that WWII was more than just a worldwide conflict between imperialist powers over the division of the world as WWI was, it was also the first worldwide fascist assault on bourgeois democracy and socialism. Fortunately this first assault was beaten back by a worldwide coalition of socialists and "neo-liberals."

We are currently witnessing the second worldwide fascist assault on bourgeois democracy and socialism such as it still exists. It already holds state power in Russia, has developed its barbaric practices in Syria, and is now making concerted efforts to win state power in the West, initially by non-violent means.

My other recent posts relating to this unique election cycle:
@DrJillStein now officially 'the Ralph Nader of 2016'
Where #NoDAPL covers for mass murder
Did Wikileaks call this election 10 years ago?
Did @DemocracyNow help elect President Trump?
Did the Green Party's @DrJillStein help Trump win?
How Green Party's Jill Stein tells two lies at once
Donald Trump wants to be the Last US President
Trump/Stein -- Stronger Together
Will Wikileaks "salt" the Clinton-Podesta emails before the election?
Trump Super Predator behavior is Workplace Sexual Harassment writ large
Is US Green Party's Jill Stein a holocaust denier?
Jill Stein now claiming Donald Trump is less of two evils
Did Dishonest Jill Stein change her Syria statement on the sly?
Republican support for Green Party @DrJillStein is emerging
Why "Jill not Hill" is a pro-Trump slogan
Donald Trump can only win if Jill Stein stays in
Does Donald Trump's secret plan to defeat ISIS involve using nukes?
Why doesn't "What's the Triad?" trump "What is Aleppo?"
Green Party Jill Stein's campaign in context
What should the Green Party do?
Greens could give White House to Trump as poll numbers even
Why Green Party's Jill Stein should drop her presidential bid
Amy Goodman should address this extremely important statement by her guest
How Jill Stein Tweets for Trump
HuffPost item shows how @JillStein campaign whitewashes @realDonaldTrump
Trump tells his '2nd Amendment people election will be stolen to prepare for insurrection
Trump didn't threaten Hillary, he threatened violent insurrection
Meet Green Party's Jill Stein, Putin sock-puppet & Assad apologist


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Friday, December 2, 2016

@DrJillStein now officially 'the Ralph Nader of 2016'

Although Democrat Hillary Clinton beat white nationalist Donald Trump by several million popular votes, the weird geometry of the slavery-compromised electoral college made Trump the new president. The electoral college math meant that less than 80,000 votes spread between three states made the difference between Hillary Clinton winning and what happened. Those three states are Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Those are the same three states Green Party ex-candidate Jill Stein is now fundraising for a recount in, and they are the same three battleground states that then candidate Jill Stein campaigned hard against Hillary Clinton in.
Jill Stein to visit Wisconsin Thursday, October 27
Stein, Green Party running mate to campaign in Michigan
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to visit Penn State on Wednesday
In an earlier post-election post we showed that votes for Jill Stein in two key states, Wisconsin and Michigan, were greater that the margin by which Trump beat Clinton, and in Pennsylvania they would have brought Clinton to within less than 20,000 votes of victory. At that time we speculated that Jill Stein's "JillNotHill" campaign of trashing Clinton and painting Trump as the lesser evil when she clearly had no chance of winning herself, could have easily discouraged that many PA progressives from voting at all.

Now the final vote tally is in and speculation is no longer needed. When the final count for Philadelphia was tallied, Hillary Clinton gained about 24,000 more votes, bringing her to within 49,543 votes of beating Trump in PA where 49,678 progressive voters opted out of the presidential contest by voting for Jill Stein.
This story has been on Tweeter for days but Linux Beach waited until the results were posted on the PA Department of State website this morning before declaring that what we warned about for months, that Donald Trump can only win if Jill Stein stays in has been proven by these results.

Jill Stein voters were enough to elect Hillary Clinton all by themselves, no stay-at-home voters were needed. It was Jill Stein voters, who apparently lacked the common sense to choose the lesser of two evils in a binary election, that allowed a less progressive pool of voters to hand state power in the most powerful country on the globe to a white supremacist regime.

This data is from Politico [updated 22 Nov. 2016 - PA updated 2 Dec from http://www.electionreturns.pa.gov/ ] :

Candidate Count % Michigan [16] Wisconsin [10] Pennsylvania [20]
Donald Trump 61,201,031 47% 2,279,805 1,409,467 2,955,671
Hillary Clinton 62,523,126 48% 2,268,193 1,382,210 2,906,128
Difference 11,612 27,257 49,543
Jill Stein 802,119 0.7% 50,700 30,980 49,678

The Independent is reporting:
Jill Stein 'handed Donald Trump the presidency' by splitting support for Hillary Clinton
Labelled 'the Ralph Nader of 2016', after Green Party nominee who split the left-of-centre vote in 2000, helping George W Bush narrowly defeat Al Gore

Charlotte England
2 December 2016
The total number of votes for the Green Party has exceeded Donald Trump’s narrow lead over Hillary Clinton in several US states, leading some commentators to suggest Jill Stein handed the Republicancandidate the presidency.

In Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, Ms Stein got 51,463, 49,678, and 31,006 votes respectively, whereas Mr Trump won by a margin of 10,704, 46,765, and 22,177 in the same states, new figures show.

Most people who voted for Ms Stein would otherwise have been more likely to vote Democrat than Republican, analysts have said, particularly in this election where Mr Trump's denial of climate change and far-right policy proposals were the antithesis of many Green Party values.

Ms Stein has been compared on social media to Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate who is widely believed to have split the left-of-centre vote in 2000, helping Republican candidate George W Bush narrowly defeat the Democrat candidate Al Gore. More...
Now we will have to struggle under much tougher conditions and this is all the more reason why we must learn from our mistakes and not just shine them on as many in the Left are now doing.

My other recent posts relating to this unique election cycle:
Where #NoDAPL covers for mass murder
Did Wikileaks call this election 10 years ago?
Did @DemocracyNow help elect President Trump?
Did the Green Party's @DrJillStein help Trump win?
How Green Party's Jill Stein tells two lies at once
Donald Trump wants to be the Last US President
Trump/Stein -- Stronger Together
Will Wikileaks "salt" the Clinton-Podesta emails before the election?
Trump Super Predator behavior is Workplace Sexual Harassment writ large
Is US Green Party's Jill Stein a holocaust denier?
Jill Stein now claiming Donald Trump is less of two evils
Did Dishonest Jill Stein change her Syria statement on the sly?
Republican support for Green Party @DrJillStein is emerging
Why "Jill not Hill" is a pro-Trump slogan
Donald Trump can only win if Jill Stein stays in
Does Donald Trump's secret plan to defeat ISIS involve using nukes?
Why doesn't "What's the Triad?" trump "What is Aleppo?"
Green Party Jill Stein's campaign in context
What should the Green Party do?
Greens could give White House to Trump as poll numbers even
Why Green Party's Jill Stein should drop her presidential bid
Amy Goodman should address this extremely important statement by her guest
How Jill Stein Tweets for Trump
HuffPost item shows how @JillStein campaign whitewashes @realDonaldTrump
Trump tells his '2nd Amendment people election will be stolen to prepare for insurrection
Trump didn't threaten Hillary, he threatened violent insurrection
Meet Green Party's Jill Stein, Putin sock-puppet & Assad apologist

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Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria

Thursday, November 24, 2016

@DrJillStein's "regrets" are too little, too late

Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein announced yesterday that she is calling for a recount in three critical states that made Donald Trump president. Since August this blog has taken the her to task. While warning that Donald Trump can only win if Jill Stein stays in, we asked her to withdraw her candidacy and join the campaign to defeat Donald Trump. She didn't, and the rest is history.

As we feared, it was Jill Stein's candidacy that put Donald Trump over the top. We showed, by analyzing the final vote, that if all the Jill Stein voters in just three states, WI, MI, and PA had voted for Hillary Clinton, and in PA another 20,000 voters had come out to vote for Clinton, she would be president instead of Trump. Since the Jill Stein campaign focused on denigrating Clinton as compared to Trump, and even claimed that Trump was the "lesser evil" with regards to relations with Russia, it's very likely that she suppressed a lot more Clinton votes than she won for herself. This data is from Politico [updated 24 Nov. 2016]:

Candidate Count % Michigan [16] Wisconsin [10] Pennsylvania [20]
Donald Trump 61,201,031 47% 2,279,805 1,409,467 2,912,941
Hillary Clinton 62,523,126 48% 2,268,193 1,382,210 2,844,705
Difference 11,612 27,257 68,012
Jill Stein 802,119 0.7% 50,700 30,980 48,912

We know this is the case because whereas Jill Stein was running between 2%-4% in the polls leading up to election day, she actually got less than 1% of the vote, so it it clear that many Jill Stein supporters didn't vote for her and since the ultimate betrayal of her would have been to vote for Hillary Clinton, they probably just stayed home and didn't vote at all. It was those stay at home progressives and Jill Stein voters in WI, MI & PA that put Donald Trump over the top.
This shows us that as tiny as the Left is, and insignificant as the US Green Party may appear to be, it held the balance of power in this election. That Left made Donald Trump president. There can be little doubt that had Jill Stein and her supporters on the Left, like Democracy Now, taken the tact advocated by Linux Beach and said "this time is different, this is a good time to choose the lesser evil, and then fight for change under a Clinton rather than a Trump administration," that is the future we would now be facing.
A quarter million people are under siege in East Aleppo. They
are being murdered by the flag Jill Stein celebrates here.

Apparently, Jill Stein has her "regrets" because now she is calling for a recount in WI,MI & PA. The hope must be to show that Hillary Clinton really did win the popular vote in those critical states even without the Jill Stein voters. Given the high stakes, we can only wish that she could succeed, but being of this world, and not of some alternate reality, we have to recognize that the chances of success of this recount effort are about the same as Jill Stein's chances of being elected president or even getting 5% of the vote.

Getting 5% of the vote was suppose to be the "realistic" Green Party goal. They asked progressives to opt out of the presidential decision making process so that less progressive citizens could decide who the next president is and so that the Green Party could get millions in federal dollars. Enough progressives did vote Green or stayed home to make Donald Trump president, but Jill Stein is still missing those millions, so a cynic might think that the real goal in raising millions to defeat Trump after the election is just a ploy to make up lost ground in the fund raising department. CNN is reporting:
Jill Stein, liberals seek voting hack investigation

By Tom Foreman, Tom LoBianco and David Gracey
24 November 2016
Washington (CNN)Green Party nominee Jill Stein launched a bid Wednesday to seek a vote recount in three key Rust Belt states as pressure builds among liberals to challenge election results.

The Stein campaign said it needed to raise over $2 million by Friday to pay for recounts. That goal was reached by early Thursday morning, and the campaign has now increased the target to $4.5 million.

"Over the last 48-72 hours, reports have come in from experts, cyberexperts, who are reporting to us some very troubling news about the possibility of security breaches in voting results across this country," Stein campaign manager David Cobb said in a video posted to Stein's Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

Stein and others are seeking an audit and recount of the November 8 voting results in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, following reports that voting security experts alerted Hillary Clinton's campaign to the possibility of hacks in key counties in those states.

President-elect Donald Trump claimed Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- wins that helped push him comfortably over the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory -- while Michigan remains too close to call, more than two weeks after Election Day.

While the loss of those states played a large part in Clinton's downfall, her lead in the popular vote has continued to grow. She now has close to 2 million more votes than Trump -- and pressure has been mounting among liberals for an investigation into what happened on Election Day.
"Demand an audit. Make the call," filmmaker Joss Whedon tweeted late Tuesday, with a picture of Clinton reading "She Won."
It's an ironic twist from just a month ago, when Trump was cautioning that the election results would be "rigged" and that he may not accept the outcome.

Stein, who ran as an independent, third-party candidate in 2012 and 2016, does not stand to benefit personally from the proposed recounts -- she received only 1.1% of the vote in Wisconsin and less than 1% in Pennsylvania.
She launched her effort after computer scientists reportedly told Clinton campaign officials that the election may have indeed been rigged -- in Trump's favor. More...

My other recent posts relating to this unique election cycle:
Where #NoDAPL covers for mass murder
Did Wikileaks call this election 10 years ago?
Did @DemocracyNow help elect President Trump?
Did the Green Party's @DrJillStein help Trump win?
How Green Party's Jill Stein tells two lies at once
Donald Trump wants to be the Last US President
Trump/Stein -- Stronger Together
Will Wikileaks "salt" the Clinton-Podesta emails before the election?
Trump Super Predator behavior is Workplace Sexual Harassment writ large
Is US Green Party's Jill Stein a holocaust denier?
Jill Stein now claiming Donald Trump is less of two evils
Did Dishonest Jill Stein change her Syria statement on the sly?
Republican support for Green Party @DrJillStein is emerging
Why "Jill not Hill" is a pro-Trump slogan
Donald Trump can only win if Jill Stein stays in
Does Donald Trump's secret plan to defeat ISIS involve using nukes?
Why doesn't "What's the Triad?" trump "What is Aleppo?"
Green Party Jill Stein's campaign in context
What should the Green Party do?
Greens could give White House to Trump as poll numbers even
Why Green Party's Jill Stein should drop her presidential bid
Amy Goodman should address this extremely important statement by her guest
How Jill Stein Tweets for Trump
HuffPost item shows how @JillStein campaign whitewashes @realDonaldTrump
Trump tells his '2nd Amendment people election will be stolen to prepare for insurrection
Trump didn't threaten Hillary, he threatened violent insurrection
Meet Green Party's Jill Stein, Putin sock-puppet & Assad apologist

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Where #NoDAPL covers for mass murder

In spite of being one of the biggest petroleum producers and pipeline users in the world, Putin's Russia has been a big supporter of the popular struggle in the United States against the Dakota Access Pipeline project. This is an important struggle in the US right now. It has brought progressives together with indigenous peoples to take up one of the central struggles of our time: Whether the people or the capitalists will control our energy sources, our natural resources, and our future on this planet.

The Russian government's English language propaganda outlet, RT.com has run dozens of articles in support of the #NoDALP movement. This support goes far beyond opposition to a competing energy source. They have had reporters on the scene of the protest sites, spoken out in support of indigenous rights, and against "genocide," they have interviewed indigenous leaders about the struggle, as well as prominent US Leftists like Jill Stein and Amy Goodman, and during the US election, they shined a light on Hillary Clinton's failure to support the anti-pipeline movement.

All the while, they have had over a million people under siege in Syria. In East Aleppo, they have 250,000 people surrounded, cut off from supplies and under constant bombardment by Syrian and Russian war planes. They haven't allowed any food or medical supplies into the besieged area in weeks and in the past week they have managed to destroy the last remaining hospital. They are methodically carrying out the destruction of the government opposition in East Aleppo, 90 thousand children among them. The New York Times reported yesterday:
Aleppo Bombs Leave Quarter Million ‘Living in Hell’ and Without Hospital Care

By Alissa J. Rubin and Hwaida Saadnov
20 November 2016
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The remaining hospitals on the rebel-held side of Aleppo, Syria, have been badly damaged and forced to stop providing care amid an intensifying bombardment, according to the World Health Organization.

Bombs launched by the Syrian government over the past three days seriously damaged two general hospitals that were providing trauma care in the war zone and hit the only children’s hospital, according to doctors, nurses and residents.

The destruction left more than a quarter-million people in eastern Aleppo without hospital care, the W.H.O. said. It is unclear if the hospitals will be able to reopen.
...
Dr. Omar, the last neurosurgeon in eastern Aleppo, who declined to provide his full name out of fear for his safety, sounded desperate when reached at the height of the bombing on Friday.

“We no longer have hospitals to operate in,” he said. “You can’t imagine what it’s like living in Aleppo right now. It feels like we are living in hell. Our neighborhoods are in flames, and bombs are raining down from the sky. We urgently call on the international community to send help.” More...
CNN posted this video to YouTube:



Today's headlines are even more ominous, and the involvement of Russian troops is revealed. Today The Telegraph reports:
Syrian regime advances on rebel-held eastern Aleppo

By Sara Elizabeth Williams, Amman
21 November 2016
Syrian regime forces have made a fast-moving advance in opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo, storming ahead in a new phase of the Russian-backed offensive that began last Tuesday.

Government forces backed by Iranian and Russian troops and fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah have penetrated the eastern part of the Masakan Hanano neighbourhood, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. More...
“I would say the worst scenario is that we will be martyrs,”
                       Abu Roma on the fate of the 250,000 people trapped in East Aleppo
So now the long feared ground invasion of East Aleppo is under way and the attendant slaughter of civilians growing, as the Syrian government and its allies make it clear that no one will stop them this time. AP is reportings today:
Syrian government refuses UN truce terms for Aleppo

BEIRUT -- The Syrian government refused the UN envoy's latest proposal for a truce in Aleppo on Sunday, calling on insurgents to withdraw and saying it would not grant autonomy to the rebel-held east in exchange for calm. More...
To many it looks like the first holocaust of the 21st century in kicking into high gear, but the reporting on these events on today's RT.com is, not surprisingly, very different. The last paragraph of a story claiming the Russians have proof that it is the "terrorists" who are using poison gas in Aleppo, and not the government as others have reported, says:
On October 18, Russia halted its airstrikes in Aleppo, which remains split between Syrian government forces and the terrorists, hoping the initiative would lead to a long-awaited ceasefire. It has also been regularly organizing 10-hour “humanitarian pauses” in the city.
These are simply boldface lies told by war criminals, with nothing said about these unexpected hospital closings at all. However they did have hypocritical outrage at how the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were treated last night. RT.com reported today:
400 DAPL protesters ‘trapped on bridge’ as police fire tear gas, water cannon (VIDEO)

21 November 2016
Demonstrators protesting against Dakota Access Pipeline say they are trapped on a bridge as North Dakota police fire tear gas, water cannon and concussion grenades at them, according to live reports on social media.

The demonstration is taking place on Highway 1806, just north of the main protest camp against the pipeline.

Officers have deployed water cannon on the protesters in below-freezing temperatures, and are using LRAD sound devices. Earlier, there were reports of rubber bullets fired. Vehicles which appear to be armored humvees have arrived at the scene. More...
Russia has used its support for the anti-DAPL movement to buy itself goodwill among US progressives, while prosecuting slaughter in Syria that they too often overlook. An examination of the record shows a clear pattern. Below is a chronological list of the major RT.com headlines on DAPL in green interspersed with headlines in red they didn't seem to have room for at the time from other news sources:

16 Nov What about DAPL? Obama administration cancels oil & gas lease on native land in Montana
15 Nov Russia bombards Syria hours after Putin speaks with Trump - Fox News
15 Nov Russian bombs rain down on civilians in Aleppo as warships and planes bomb city  - Mirror
15 Nov Anti-DAPL protesters hold ‘Day of Action’ across US
15 Nov Aleppo airstrikes restart as Russia announces major Syria offensive - The Guardian
08 Nov The Latest: Airstrikes in Syria Kill 21 Civilians - ABC News
05 Nov  Journalist hit with rubber bullet at DAPL protest (VIDEO)
05 Nov Huge Russian bombing in Aleppo kills dozens of civilians - The New Arab
The strikes hit predominantly civilian areas to the West of Aleppo [AFP]
05 Nov Russia and Assad to pound rebels as east Aleppo braces for attack - The Guardian
02 Nov A nation built on genocide: Dispatches from the DAPL protest (E352)
On this episode of Watching the Hawks, Tyrel Ventura is joined by independent journalist Derrick Broze to talk about his horrific experiences at the #DAPL protest. Jill Stein joins us with short commentary on the #DAPL protests.
02 Nov Police shoot rubber bullets at Dakota Access Pipeline protesters
01 Nov National Guard threatens Dakota Access protesters with arrest on public lands
01 Nov North Dakota DAPL protester charged with attempted murder of police officer

31 Oct Putin to launch full scale attack on Aleppo while world is distracted by US election - Metro UK
30 Oct Tribe leaders vow to protest Dakota pipeline through winter
29 Oct The saga continues: Clinton’s emails, Assange, & #DAPL (E350)

28 Sep Russia’s Brutal Bombing of Aleppo May Be Calculated, and It May Be Working - NY Times
Civilians and rescuers at the site of an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday.CreditKaram Al-Masri/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
28 Oct ‘Dakota pipeline is about big money, not indigenous people rights’
28 Oct Russian military ask Putin to resume bombings of Aleppo - Pravda
27 Oct Dakota Access pipeline protesters occupy Hillary Clinton campaign HQ
The campaign headquarters of Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn, New York, was taken over Thursday by protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline being constructed in North Dakota and three other states. They’re demanding the candidate declare where she stands.
While RT.com used the #NoDAPL movement against Hillary Clinton, as did Jill Stein and Amy Goodman, none bothered to expose Donald Trump's investment of more than $500,000 in Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, another half-million dollars he has with Phillips 66 which will own a quarter of the completed pipeline, and another $50,000 he stands to make off of interest, dividends and capital gains, according to his financial disclosure form. They used the DAPL to put Hillary Clinton in a no-win situation because any position she took would cost her votes, while they gave pipeline owner Donald Trump a free ride.
27 Oct Syrian airstrikes hit school, killing 20 children, rescuers say CNN
27 Oct Police warn of eviction 'at any time' as Dakota Access protesters refuse to leave private land
25 Oct Indigenous indignities at #DAPL & Rescinding pay for returning vets (E347)
25 Oct Oklahoma, Pennsylvania pipelines spill oil and gasoline over week-end

24 Oct Dakota Access Pipeline: Police fire on media drones, mass arrests, treaty rights declared
11 Sep Arrest warrant for Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman over North Dakota pipeline protest 


11 Sep Hopes fade for peaceful Eid in Syria as over 100 killed - Aljazeera
More than 100 people were reported killed in a series of bombing raids on rebel-held parts of Aleppo province in the north of the country, and in Idlib in the north-west.

The worst strikes were in Idlib city, the capital of the province of the same name, where they hit a market, killing 55 civilians.

"A Russian fighter jet targeted a residential area and a market in Idlib," said Al Jazeera's Adham Abu al-Husam, reporting from the city as civil defence forces, firefighters and paramedics worked to pull survivors from the rubble.

"The marketplace was full of civilians shopping for the upcoming Eid holiday."

In Aleppo, at least 46 civilians, including nine children, were killed in a bombardment of opposition-held areas, an Al Jazeera correspondent in the city said.

The raids on Idlib and Aleppo were believed to have been carried out by Syrian army fighter jets, or those of its main ally Russia.
10 Sep Polls are false, Bernie’s ‘Our Revolution’ sells out, DAPL protests get insane
08 Sep Obama dodges Dakota pipeline question, fails to back Native American protesters
06 Sep Aleppo under heavy bombardment from Assad regime and Russian jets - Daily Sabah
06 Sep Jill Stein charged for spray-painting bulldozer in Dakota pipeline protest
18 Aug Little boy in Aleppo a vivid reminder of war's horror - CNN

His whole family was wiped out by a Russian airstrike
16 Aug Syria/Russia: Incendiary Weapons Burn in Aleppo, Idlib - HRW
                   Increasing Attacks on Civilian Areas Since Joint Operation Began
12 Aug Arrests made as Native American tribes, landowners protest Keystone XL rival - CNN

The #NoDAPL movement should publicly repudiate this opportunistic Russian support and stand in solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Aleppo against their oppressors. The failure of the #NoDAPL movement, including prominent supporters like Jill Stein and Amy Goodman, to show solidarity with the people of East Aleppo and forcefully denounce the Russian backed offensive against them could lead some to believe there is something of a quid pro quo going on where silence on Syria is exchanged for favorable publicity on RT.com. While we know this is not the case, it is important that the Syrian struggle is given more exposure and the Russian role in the slaughter be condemned regardless of RT.com's position on #NoDAPL.

My other recent posts relating to this unique election cycle:
Did Wikileaks call this election 10 years ago?
Did @DemocracyNow help elect President Trump?
Did the Green Party's @DrJillStein help Trump win?
How Green Party's Jill Stein tells two lies at once
Donald Trump wants to be the Last US President
Trump/Stein -- Stronger Together
Will Wikileaks "salt" the Clinton-Podesta emails before the election?
Trump Super Predator behavior is Workplace Sexual Harassment writ large
Is US Green Party's Jill Stein a holocaust denier?
Jill Stein now claiming Donald Trump is less of two evils
Did Dishonest Jill Stein change her Syria statement on the sly?
Republican support for Green Party @DrJillStein is emerging
Why "Jill not Hill" is a pro-Trump slogan
Donald Trump can only win if Jill Stein stays in
Does Donald Trump's secret plan to defeat ISIS involve using nukes?
Why doesn't "What's the Triad?" trump "What is Aleppo?"
Green Party Jill Stein's campaign in context
What should the Green Party do?
Greens could give White House to Trump as poll numbers even
Why Green Party's Jill Stein should drop her presidential bid
Amy Goodman should address this extremely important statement by her guest
How Jill Stein Tweets for Trump
HuffPost item shows how @JillStein campaign whitewashes @realDonaldTrump
Trump tells his '2nd Amendment people election will be stolen to prepare for insurrection
Trump didn't threaten Hillary, he threatened violent insurrection
Meet Green Party's Jill Stein, Putin sock-puppet & Assad apologist

Syria is the Paris Commune of the 21st Century!
Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria

Did Wikileaks call this election 10 years ago?

The best party is but a kind of conspiracy against the rest
of the nation.
                                  - Lord Halifax
This quote comes from a blog written by Julian Assange titled Conspiracy as Governance almost 10 years ago, 6 December 2006, when Wikileaks was in its infancy. Fast forward to the US presidential election of 2016 and no close observer can doubt that the one-sided release of DNC and Clinton-Podesta emails by Julian Assange have had a very significant, perhaps decisive, influence on the outcome of the election. That makes something else he said in that paper ten years ago far more interesting:
Literacy and the communications revolution have empowered conspirators with new means to conspire, increasing the speed of accuracy of the their interactions and thereby the maximum size a conspiracy may achieve before it breaks down.

Conspirators who have this technology are able to out conspire conspirators without it. For the same costs they are able to achieve a higher total conspiratorial power. That is why they adopt it.

For example, remembering Lord Halifax’s words, let us consider two closely balanced and broadly conspiratorial power groupings, the US Democratic and Republican parties.

Consider what would happen if one of these parties gave up their mobile phones, fax and email correspondence — let alone the computer systems which manage their subscribes, donors, budgets, polling, call centres and direct mail campaigns?

They would immediately fall into an organizational stupor and lose to the other.
Apparently Clinton's email wanted to be freer than Trump's 
Of course the Democratic Party didn't voluntarily give up its email communications in some sick social experiment. They were "given up" by Julian Assange, and behind him, most likely Russian hackers. Since the GOP is not known for its technological sophistication, there can be little doubt whoever hacked the Democrats would have been equally successful if they had set their sights on the Republicans. The election was close enough that had they done that, the outcome of the election would have likely been very different. Donald Trump barely survived his public tweets and rants, one can only imagine the results if the scandals and outrages lurking in his private emails had been made public.

Julian Assange knew ten years ago how he could swing a US election. He used his mad tech skills and connections to target his old enemy, the Clintons, and in doing so he made Donald Trump president. He may still be a virtual prisoner, still hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, but Julian Assange is probably feeling very much like the king maker today, but he will have a lot to answer for on judgement day.

My other recent posts relating to this unique election cycle:
Did @DemocracyNow help elect President Trump?
Did the Green Party's @DrJillStein help Trump win?
How Green Party's Jill Stein tells two lies at once
Donald Trump wants to be the Last US President
Trump/Stein -- Stronger Together
Will Wikileaks "salt" the Clinton-Podesta emails before the election?
Trump Super Predator behavior is Workplace Sexual Harassment writ large
Is US Green Party's Jill Stein a holocaust denier?
Jill Stein now claiming Donald Trump is less of two evils
Did Dishonest Jill Stein change her Syria statement on the sly?
Republican support for Green Party @DrJillStein is emerging
Why "Jill not Hill" is a pro-Trump slogan
Donald Trump can only win if Jill Stein stays in
Does Donald Trump's secret plan to defeat ISIS involve using nukes?
Why doesn't "What's the Triad?" trump "What is Aleppo?"
Green Party Jill Stein's campaign in context
What should the Green Party do?
Greens could give White House to Trump as poll numbers even
Why Green Party's Jill Stein should drop her presidential bid
Amy Goodman should address this extremely important statement by her guest
How Jill Stein Tweets for Trump
HuffPost item shows how @JillStein campaign whitewashes @realDonaldTrump
Trump tells his '2nd Amendment people election will be stolen to prepare for insurrection
Trump didn't threaten Hillary, he threatened violent insurrection
Meet Green Party's Jill Stein, Putin sock-puppet & Assad apologist

Syria is the Paris Commune of the 21st Century!
Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria