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IS RAHM EMANUEL BEING SENT TO JAPAN TO QUEER THEIR ASSISTANCE TO TAIWAN ON BEHALF OF COMMUNIST CHINA?

We all know, or at least suspect, that the Obamacons are running the Presidency, probably under the direction of Susan Rice, Director of the United States Domestic Policy Council. Rice has little knowledge of domestic affairs and has specialized in foreign affairs. First, as the 27th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013 and then as the 24th U.S. national security advisor to President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. She is a duplicitous liar (9/11 attack on Benghazi, Libya) and complicit in domestic spying (unmasking).

So I need to ask…

Is nominating Rahm Emanuel, a duplicitous and ruthless political operative for former President Obama, to become the Japanese Ambassador a power play by the Obamacons to stop Japan from leading a coalition to protect Taiwan from Communist China? All at the behest of the Communist Party, who has deep ties to the Clintons and the Democrat Party?

Japan Talks of Defending Taiwan Against China Aggression

TAIPEI - Although Japan has in recent months hinted it would aid in any Taiwanese defense against China, it would only help defend the island from Chinese attack if called on by the U.S. or if the conflict affected outlying islands under Japanese control, analysts say.

China claims sovereignty over Taiwan and has not ruled out the use of force to bring the island under its control.

Tokyo would join a U.S.-led defense of Taiwan because of its historical alliance with Washington, including the 70-year-old Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, experts say, or if China struck in a way that threatened Japan’s islets, such as Yonaguni, that are near Taiwan’s east coast.

An annual Japanese defense white paper in mid-July calls Taiwan important to domestic and international security for the first time, and it adds that “it is necessary that [Japan] pay close attention to the situation with a sense of crisis more than ever before.” <Source>

Has Japan’s policy toward the Taiwan Strait changed?

Its approach is far more stable and nuanced than recent headlines suggest.

Japanese leaders in 2021 have made an unusual series of high-profile statements and comments concerning Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait. These appeared to crescendo last month, when global headlines asserted that July 5 remarks by Japan’s deputy prime minister meant “Japan pledges to defend Taiwan if China attacks” or marked a fundamental change in Japanese policy.

Given increasing U.S.-China frictions and tensions across the Taiwan Strait, the unusually blunt remarks regarding Taiwan from a cabinet minister of Japan — a key U.S. treaty ally, close neighbor of Taiwan and host to about 50,000 U.S. military personnelattracted significant global attention.

But the meaning and implications of the deputy prime minister’s remarks — which were delivered at a private political fundraiser — for Japan’s official policy are easily misconstrued. Japan’s government has never made an explicit commitment to defend Taiwan or to necessarily assist a possible U.S. military response if a cross-strait conflict occurs. <Source>

The White House Announcement…

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Rahm Emanuel, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan

Rahm Emanuel, former Mayor of the City of Chicago and White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, has had a distinguished career in public service. As Mayor, he oversaw increased economic development that revitalized the city and helped solidify its status as a global hub of culture and commerce.

He ensured Chicago was a leader on the global stage, hosting the 2012 NATO summit, leading the continent in foreign direct investment for six consecutive years, convening mayors worldwide to commit to the Chicago Climate Charter of 2017, and helping establish the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Mayors Forum on Global Cities.

He previously served as Chief of Staff to President Obama, where he helped secure the passage of landmark legislation, including Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act, and advised President Obama on all key national security decisions during the President’s first two years.

From 2003 to 2009, Mr. Emanuel served in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he held a number of leadership positions.

Mr. Emanuel also served President Clinton as Assistant to the President for Political Affairs and Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy.

He is currently national chair of the Advisory Council of Youth Guidance’s Becoming a Man (BAM) mentoring program.

He graduated with a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Northwestern University. <Source>

Bottom line…

I regard former President Barack Obama as the first Communist-in-Chief and a hater of America. A man that all but kept the Islamo-fascist government in Iran from economic collapse and provided a pathway to nuclear weapons that could strike the continental United States with ballistic missiles, which appear not to have been included in the Iran agreement.

Given the number of Obama-era scandals, the subversion of our nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and the rise of a domestic surveillance state, pardon me for not trusting Obama and his cadre of progressive communist democrats.

With Biden incapacitated and the Obamacons in charge, we are really well and truly screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



YAHOO! MY VOTE WAS RECEIVED, RETURNED, AND COUNTED

Now, will it be correctly tallied in the Democrat-Dominated People’s Republic of Kalifornia?

BALLOT

 

If you haven’t voted…

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Preparing for 2022 State Elections…

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Bottom line…

California is in decline, being overrun by a hoard of illegal aliens, decimated by political corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse, while our crumbling infrastructure is in urgent need of repair, replacement, and build-out.

CA-HSRWe are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



LARRY ELDER: ARE DESPERATE DEMS TRYING A KAVANAUGH, CLARENCE THOMAS SMEAR?

Are we to believe a last-minute smear attempt by a high-priced hooker, disgruntled ex-employee, political operative, and opportunist?

It appears that one of Larry Elder’s former employees and girlfriend, Alexandra Datig, is seeking revenge in the manner of the disingenuous bimbos that attacked Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas.

Datig, a longtime Los Angeles political activist, is no stranger to the rough and tumble Southern California politics — or even to human trafficking. She served as a longtime executive assistant to former L.A. Councilmember and state legislator Nate Holden— and also mounted an unsuccessful recall attempt aimed at Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2019.

Datig, 51, became well known in Los Angeles in the 1990s as a leading witness and informant in the prosecution of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. Datig described being paid $10,000 per day and getting First Class air travel as one of the women who worked in Fleiss’s network.

A conservative blogger and political commentator who writes and edits the Front Page Index political website, Datig has endorsed one of Elder’s GOP rivals, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. <Source>

Elder’s response…

“I have never brandished a gun at anyone. I grew up in South Central; I know exactly how destructive this type of behavior is. It’s not me, and everyone who knows me knows it’s not me. These are salacious allegations. People do not get into public life precisely because of this type of politics of personal destruction. I am not going to dignify this with a response—it’s beneath me. While my opponents and the Newsom campaign would love to keep voters distracted, I am going to stay focused on the issues that inspired 1.7 million Californians to petition for this recall.”

While Elder does not mention hard partying or the use of marijuana, he appears to be an excellent candidate for office, a commonsense conservative willing to fight for ALL Californians.

The opposition…

Assembly Member Kevin Kiley (R–Rocklin) -- “While I have no personal knowledge of these events, what has been reported is very disturbing. I believe that any woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, and Ms. Datig’s deeply troubling account should be treated with the utmost seriousness. Mr. Elder should be given every opportunity to respond.”

The person formerly known as Bruce Jenner -- “While Newsom is a failed governor with massive corruption and fraud we have another candidate in the recall that is a violent womanizer and too far right for CCA.”

For someone bound by an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement), Datig seems to have no problem shooting off her mouth…

POLITICO has obtained copies of the NDA and separation agreement between Elder and Datig.

Despite the NDA agreement, Datig chose to speak to POLITICO, saying there is “too much at stake” in the California recall election. A conservative blogger and political commentator who writes and edits the Front Page Index political website, Datig has endorsed one of Elder’s GOP rivals, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. <Source>

Even if released from the NDA, it is likely that the NDA is mostly boilerplate and does not describe any of the activities alleged by Datig. A damned if you do, damned if you don’t sort of document.

Bottom line…

I voted to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom and elect Larry Elder as his replacement. This crap is just another political distraction and a last-minute dirty trick. Even if true, I would not change my vote as the future of California is best served by a Larry Elder.

ELDER-VOTE

--steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THE QUESTION THE MEDIA IS NOT ASKING?

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Since the Communist Chinese invited selected leaders of the Taliban to China before the collapse of Afghanistan, is it likely that the Communist Chinese created the strategy and tactics used by the Taliban to preoccupy the United States and prevent an American response to the global pandemic that originated in China? Even to the extent of giving protection to the Taliban in the United Nations Security Council?

And will American drones and high-tech equipment wind up in China?

Considering our compromised intelligence agencies, the compromised Biden crime family, Mitch McConnell’s relatives and their Chinese shipping business, the tech tyrants doing business in China – we may never know the answer.

Remember Members of Congress are not vetted, do not need conventional security clearances, come from the hard left, and can be easily compromised by foreign powers. We need to remember Obama's military purge and now Biden's military purge -- so we wind up with Generals like Mark Milley and Admirals like Mike Gilday. Who can we trust?

Remember, while the Communist Party USA still has links to communist Russia, they are more aligned with the Chinese Communists. And guess what, they have great influence in the Democrat Party.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



IS AFGHANISTAN A STAGED STATE DEPARTMENT FAILURE?

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As we saw with the Obama Administration’s failure in Benghazi, Libya, the U.S. Department of State appears to be complicit in creating catastrophe and chaos in Afghanistan…

Even though Afghanistan was a NATO mission, it appears that the decision to withdraw precipitously was taken without any consultation with our NATO allies.  Leading me to believe that this was a State Department operation directed by the Obamacons in the White House.

Even while U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, claims that he lacks the resources to safeguard and retrieve Americans and their Afghan employees trapped behind enemy lines, the British and French are sending in their special forces to retrieve and transport their citizens and contractors.

Even while mainstream media propagandists ignore credible reports of beheadings, eye-gouging, maiming, torture, people being burned alive, women and children being raped, and families being killed, they suggest that this Taliban is unlike the old Taliban who operated under strict Sharia law.

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Internal State Department Cable Warned of Kabul Collapse

July memo shows that administration officials were cautioned about Taliban’s quick advance

An internal State Department memo last month warned top agency officials of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the U.S.’s Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. official and a person familiar with the document.

The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.

The cable, sent via the State Department’s confidential dissent channel, warned of rapid territorial gains by the Taliban and the subsequent collapse of Afghan security forces, and offered recommendations on ways to mitigate the crisis and speed up an evacuation, the two people said.

The cable, dated July 13, also called for the State Department to use tougher language in describing the atrocities being committed by the Taliban, one of the people said.

In all, 23 U.S. Embassy staffers, all Americans, signed the July 13 cable, the two people said. The U.S. official said there was a rush to deliver it, given circumstances on the ground in Kabul.

The cable was sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Director of Policy Planning Salman Ahmed. Mr. Blinken received the cable and reviewed it shortly after receipt, according to the person familiar with the exchange, who added that contingency planning was already under way when it was received, and that Mr. Blinken welcomed their feedback. <Source>

The crisis response team was defunded…

Joe Biden’s State Dept. Halted A Trump-Era ‘Crisis Response’ Plan Aimed At Avoiding Benghazi-Style Evacuations Just MONTHS Before Taliban Takeover.

The “Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau” – which was designed to handle medical, diplomatic, and logistical support concerning Americans overseas was paused by Antony Blinken’s State Department earlier this year. Notification was officially signed just months before the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

The document is dated June 11, 2021, though The National Pulse understands the decision to pause the program may have come as early as February, both undermining the original Trump-era date for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and certainly giving the Taliban time to threaten American assets and lives on the run up to Joe Biden’s September 11th date of withdrawal.

The subject line reads: “(SBU) Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau,” and the body of the document recommends:

“That you direct the discontinuation of the establishment, and termination of, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR), and direct a further review of certain associated Department requirements and capabilities.”

It goes on:

“That you direct the discontinuation of the establishment, and termination of, CCR, consistent with the applicable legal requirements, necessary stakeholder engagement, and any applicable changes to the Foreign Affairs Manual and other requirements.”

In a lengthy article in Vanity Fair from May 2021, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR) – also referred to in overlap with a predecessor/partner bureau called “OpMed” is described as a “little-known team of medics and miracle workers—hidden deep within the U.S. Department of State.”

“Even before COVID reared its head, OpMed was finding ways to do all sorts of things, serving as the hidden hand behind daring and often dangerous operations to rescue Americans from peril abroad,” the article states, before going on to quote Secretary of State Tony Blinken on the importance of the program’s goals.

“The Bureau of Medical Services’ Directorate of Operation—or ‘OpMed,’ as we call it—is a lifeline for the Department of State and the American people… Though perhaps lesser known outside of the Department, it’s vital to our operations. That’s because OpMed provides the platform and personnel to save American lives around the world, especially in times of crisis. During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, OpMed was integral to our evacuation and repatriation of 100,000 Americans to the United States as countries began locking down their borders.”

But The National Pulse understands that career officials inside the State Department objected to the Trump-era aim of creating a Contingency and Crisis Response bureau with the express purpose of avoiding a future Benghazi-style situation for Americans overseas.

Instead, Biden’s team revoked the funding and the approval for the plan, even as the COVID-19 crisis reasserted itself, and Afghanistan withdrawal loomed. <Source>

What plan?

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Conspiracy theory?

As we have seen over the past decade, many of the events derided by the Administration or its mainstream media propagandists as “conspiracy theories” were, in actuality, true as well as worse and more extensive than originally thought. Like Benghazi, Libya, where Americans in extremis were actively ignored by the Administration to hide an illegal joint State Department/CIA operation to supply military-grade weapons to al Qaida terrorists who promised to fight Syria’s Assad regime.

Considering the deep infiltration of the State Department by the Russians, Communist Chinese, and America-hating Obamacon, is it not reasonable that we might investigate the possibility that the Afghanistan debacle was staged – both as a distraction from the criminality and failures of the Biden Administration and its demonstrably incapacitated leadership and to convey an advantage to our enemies (China, Iran, and Russia) while weakening America and its military?

And that the power behind the throne might be Obamacon Susan Rice, Director of the United States Domestic Policy Council (a position that does not require Senate Confirmation)? She served as President Obama’s National Security Advisor with her Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken – now the Secretary of State.

For those who do not remember then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, she was the Obama Administration’s spokesperson who went on all Sunday news programs the same day and lied to the American public. Although the facts were known at the time and there was a real-time feed to the White House, Rice declared…

“But our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous -- not a premeditated -- response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.

We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to -- or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that as you know in -- in the wake of the revolution in Libya are -- are quite common and accessible. And it then evolved from there.”

Or, more currently, Rice was complicit in the unmasking of the identities of senior Trump officials to facilitate the Obama Administration’s domestic spying on Donald Trump’s campaign.

Rice has gone from claiming to have had no knowledge of Obama administration monitoring of Flynn and other Trump associates, to claiming no knowledge of any unmaskings of Trump associates, to admitting she was complicit in the unmaskings, to — now — a call for the recorded conversation between retired general Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to be released because it would purportedly show that the Obama administration had good reason to be concerned about Flynn. <Source>

Not to forget, her infamous “cover Obama’s ass” memo written to herself…

Rice sent the Jan. 20, 12:15 p.m., note (recently declassified) to herself at literally the last minute: President Trump was sworn in at noon that day; her administration was headed out the door.

The point? Ostensibly, to memorialize the meeting with her, Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, FBI boss James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, following a briefing on Russian hacking.

Obama, the memo claims, stressed that “every aspect of this issue” be handled “by the book” and then “reiterated” that law enforcement proceed “by the book.” Comey “affirmed” he’s “proceeding ‘by the book.’ ” That’s right: She used the term three times. The Obama folks knew full well by then that the FBI had found zero evidence of collusion or of Flynn betraying his country. Because they were listening in on his phone calls to foreign officials.<Source>

Rice cannot be trusted to do anything but Obama’s bidding…

Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice did not get along because Rice refused to abide by the State Department’s chain of command. There were many reasons for tension between then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Rice, who at that time was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Rice had been a close adviser to Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, when Clinton ran against him. Obama gave Clinton the post of secretary of state, but the two were not close. Rice, on the other hand, received the plum job of ambassador to the U.N., maintained her close relationship with Obama, and was given cabinet rank equal to that of Clinton. Rice’s tendency to go around Clinton and the State bureaucracy to work directly with the White House caused considerable tension with the secretary of state and her staff. A State Department officer who worked with Rice in the 1990s told me that the relationship between Clinton and Rice and their staffs was “poisonous.” <Source>

Rice is known to be very influential with Biden and was once under consideration as a Vice Presidential candidate.

Bottom line…

With American lives at risk, we have two choices: pay off the Taliban and hope for the best or send in overwhelming military force -- leaving by bombing all main facilities and weapons canches.

Something malignant and nefarious has appeared in the Executive Branch of government. Facilitated by a complicit Congress dominated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. And ignored by a feckless Supreme Court headed by John Roberts.

The shit has hit the fan, and there are no leaders present, only self-serving politicians advancing an un-American ideological agenda affecting foreign and domestic affairs.

No wonder the Administration is targeting domestic extremists who might object to the slow-moving takeover of the United States by our enemies, both foreign and domestic.

We are so screwed. Possibly beyond the point of recovery without mass public protests and a major regime change in 2022 through the defeat of the Democrats in the mid-term elections.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



CAN YOU TRUST FACEBOOK WITH YOUR MONEY IN THE AGE OF CANCEL CULTURE?

Facebook and Zuckerberg are fundamentally untrustworthy and beyond regulatory control…

fb-1THE BIG LIE: THERE IS NOTHING STABLE ABOUT ANYTHING LINKED TO A FIAT CURRENCY!

The head of Facebook's cryptocurrency project says the social media giant's Novi digital wallet is ready to come to market

Facebook is prepared to launch the Novi digital wallet tied to Diem blockchain-based payment system, said the head of the social media giant's payments project that's seeking necessary regulatory clearances.

[OCS: Facebook is not to be trusted as they appear to be an agent of the progressive establishment and engaged in censorship and cancel culture.

Stablecoins, as a digital currency, are not anonymous, it is subject to tracking, confiscation, and inflation, all controlled by the privately-owned Federal Reserve.]

David Marcus, chief of Facebook's financial services division, in a blog post Wednesday said Novi could play an instrumental role in fixing the global payments system that he said is, among other things, too slow and too costly.

[OCS: Most of the problems are related to establishment issues like the black market, tax evasion, forward currency hedging, inflation, etc. As for, slow and costly, they are mostly speaking about the costs of credit card processors and the speed of authentication.]

"Change is long overdue. It'll happen one way or another. Novi is ready to come to market," wrote Marcus, a former Paypal president and co-founder of the Diem Association. "We feel that it's unreasonable to delay delivering the benefits of cheaper, interoperable, more accessible digital payments."

[OCS: Sorry, I do not trust PayPal or any other of their past players, given their outrageous behavior towards ideological targets, problem vendor payment resolutions, and confiscatory policies.]

The Diem Association is a nonprofit consortium overseeing the development of the diem stablecoin. Stablecoins are digital currencies that are pegged to a fiat currency, or a currency issued by a central bank. Novi is designed to allow users to add money to their wallets that would be converted to a Diem digital currency that could then be sent to others worldwide.

[Nothing said about safety, security, recovery of digital wallets, handling of physical currency, conversion rates, internet outages, emergency access, vendors who accept payments, possible hackable linkages to smartphones, etc.]

Diem, which was first spearheaded by Facebook under the Libra name, is a blockchain-based payment system that has faced a number of roadblocks. Regulatory concerns over Facebook's data privacy and potential money laundering issues have contributed to delays for the program that was meant to launch in early 2021.

Diem was originally meant to be backed by a wide mix of currencies and government debt but it's now meant to launch as a single coin backed by the US dollar. 

"Let me be clear, if we only offered fiat money in Novi, it would bring people a lot of value," wrote Marcus, saying it could offer domestic and cross-border payments and it would benefit Facebook as the company would create a significant number of wallet accounts.

[OCS: Fiat currency is always subject to manipulation and inflation. All that blockchains do is eliminate the intermediate keeper of a database – not eliminate gatekeepers.]

"So why not just do that and call it a day? Well, we might. But before we do, I strongly believe if there was ever a chance to create an open, interoperable protocol for money on the internet and truly change the game for people and businesses around the world, it is now."

[OCS: It’s not the interchange protocol but the cryptographic strength of the blockchain and the reliability of the vendors at each end of the transaction. Let me know when “deposits” in the repository are reliably insured with actuarially sufficient funding.]

Facebook is already "an actor" in the payments industry, said Marcus. Facebook Payments has enabled more than $100 billion in payments volume in the last four quarters and is used in more than 160 countries for payments in 55 currencies, he wrote.

[OCS: What if Facebook doesn’t like your politics or comments on medical issues and decides to cancel your account?]

Novi has secured licenses or approvals in nearly every US state and it won't launch any place where it has yet to receive clearances, said Marcus.

He said the Diem Association is engaged in dialogue with US and global regulators. "It has addressed every legitimate concern that was raised on its journey to design and build a high quality stablecoin with extensive consumer protections, and a highly compliant payments network to support it — all within the US regulatory perimeter." <Source>

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Bottom line…

I do not trust Facebook. Especially if they can track and monetize transaction endpoint data.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ARE WE STILL AMERICA UNDER THE DEMOCRATS? DO THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CITIZENS NOT MATTER TODAY?

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While …

  • 11,000 – 15,000 American citizens are reportedly behind enemy lines in Afghanistan;
  • America is reluctant to use force and appears to be following the Jimmy Carter model of “wait and see;.”
  • The Taliban has confiscated some of our most sophisticated weaponry and especially anti-aircraft weapons, night vision goggles, and explosives’
  • The President and Vice President are in hiding, leaving the true leader of the nation in question;
  • The leadership of the military is equivocating and “standing by;.”
  • Billions in cold cash have gone missing as Afghan leaders flee the country with millions in U.S. taxpayer money;
  • America appears to no longer stand with our allies and friends;
  • China, Russia, Iran, North Korea are emboldened to take action;
  • The media is pumping out anti-Trump and anti-DeSantis propaganda on masks and vaccinations; and
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says that if his party wins a majority in the 2022 midterm elections, the GOP won't use impeachment as a political weapon against President Biden in 2023;

… I wonder if we are still America, who is in charge, and can we survive this malignant and incompetent Democrat Administration?

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Let us remember the basic tenets of war…

(1) You define “winning” and then kill the enemy and break things. If they chose to hide behind civilians, it is on them.

(2)  The enemy gets a vote;

(3)  You fight to dominate and win;

(4)   It is better to level the block than fight door-to-door;

(5)  You lead or get out of the way; and

(6)  Hope is not a plan.

It doesn’t take a military genius to stage a strategic withdrawal…

The woke warrior, General Mark Milley, should be court-martialed for dereliction of duty: “There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.”

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Bottom line…

PEOPLE ARE DYING FOR A DEMOCRAT PHOTO-OP THAT WAS TO BE USED FOR BIDEN’S LEGACY!

The Taliban lacks a true chain of command. They are a bunch of ragtag militias, any one of which could spark a full-on shooting war by shooting at Americans.

Lloyd Austin is a dishonorable liar -- While the Brits (SAS and special forces) are pulling UK citizens out of Kabul, Lloyd Austin, the U.S. Secretary of Defense says they do not have a similar capability. Amazing!

THE SAS will join a 'Dunkirk-style' rescue mission to save more the 6,000 Brits still trapped in Kabul, according to reports. So far 600 British soldiers have been flown out to the Taliban infested territory to rescue UK citizens. As Lloyd Austin claims, "We don't have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people."

How is it that the American people are so willing to be lead by demonstrably corrupt, incompetent, and clueless idiots without any pushback? Or accepting of the narratives crafted by dishonest actors and spread far and wide by the progressive communist democrat propagandists in the mainstream media?

We are out of leaders; only politicians are left!

We are so screwed.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Communist China uses America's humiliation to condition the battlefield in Taiwan...

We are in the midst of a generational global humiliation that will cost every American dearly. The Democrats have just empowered another source of state-sponsored terrorism while keeping our borders open to terrorists. And like the first action of the Taliban terrorists, they are trying to disarm the law-abiding civilian population. But it gets worse, and the media moguls and tech tyrants are censoring the news that the Chinese Communists are attempting to erode the Taiwanese confidence in America as an ally.

Communist China is using America’s humiliation as a warning to Taiwan. Are they conditioning the battlefield with propaganda?

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Afghan abandonment a lesson for Taiwan’s DPP: Global Times editorial

The US troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan has led to the rapid demise of the Kabul government. The world has witnessed how the US evacuated its diplomats by helicopter while Taliban soldiers crowded into the presidential palace in Kabul. This has dealt a heavy blow to the credibility and reliability of the US.

Many people cannot help but recall how the Vietnam War ended in 1975: The US abandoned its allies in South Vietnam; Saigon was taken over; then the US evacuated almost all its citizens in Saigon.

And in 2019, US troops withdrew from northern Syria abruptly and abandoned their allies, the Kurds.

Some historians also point out that abandoning allies to protect US interests is an inherent flaw that has been deeply rooted in the US since the founding of the country.

Taiwan is probably the US' most cost-effective ally in East Asia. There is no US military presence on the island of Taiwan. The way the US maintains the alliance with Taiwan is simple: It sells arms to Taiwan while encouraging the DPP authorities to implement anti-mainland policies through political support and manipulation. As a result, it has caused a certain degree of depletion between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits.

And what Washington has to do is only to send warships and aircraft near the Straits from time to time. In general, the US does not have to spend a penny on Taiwan. Instead, it makes money through arms sales and forced pork and beef sales to the island. This is totally a profitable geopolitical deal for Washington.

Once a cross-Straits war breaks out while the mainland seizes the island with forces, the US would have to have a much greater determination than it had for Afghanistan, Syria, and Vietnam if it wants to interfere. A military intervention of the US will be a move to change the status quo in the Taiwan Straits, and this will make Washington pay a huge price rather than earn profit. 

Some people on the island of Taiwan hype that the island is different from Afghanistan, and that the US wouldn't leave them alone. Indeed, the island is different from Afghanistan. But the difference is the deeper hopelessness of a US victory if it gets itself involved in a cross-Straits war. Such a war would mean unthinkable costs for the US, in front of which the so-called special importance of Taiwan is nothing but wishful thinking of the DPP authorities and secessionist forces on the island. <Source>

[OCS: Propaganda, of course! But there is a kernel of truth in the editorial. The feckless Biden Administration is weak and without true leadership. Behind the scenes are Obama’s social justice warriors advancing a socialist/communist ideological agenda.

Will the United States abandon Taiwan and then South Korea? Can a re-armed Japan step into the breach?

Is this all a distraction to deflect attention from the Chinese Communist Party’s engineered global pandemic? And calls for reprisals and reparations?]


China-US cooperation in Afghanistan depends on US' China policy: Global Times editorial

China doesn't take advantage of other's perilous state but hopes that Afghanistan can realize a peaceful transition and end chaos for good. Putting an end to battles as soon as possible is clearly conducive for the vision to bring all Afghan people to a better life.

In his conversation with Blinken, Wang Yi opposed the US move that it engages in deliberate all-around suppression of China to harm China's interests but asks China to cooperate with it.

It is very necessary at this moment to directly point out that the US is a strategic rogue. 

China will be keen to restore order in Afghanistan and promote reconstruction of this war-torn country, but it has no obligation to help the US get out of a strategic dilemma that entirely belongs to Washington. When the US is maliciously carrying out strategic coercion and containment against China, there is no need for China to win US favor by rendering good for evil. That will not work. <Source>

[OCS: The Chinese and Russians are already moving into the area to fill a power vacuum created by Biden’s precipitous actions. Of course, the Biden Administration is pouring millions into the Taliban’s pockets to maintain the appearance of relative peace for the rest of the withdrawal.]

Reinforced by an editorial cartoon…

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Warning: about the happy talk from the Taliban...

Consider for a moment what the Taliban is telling the media about freedom of the press, women's rights, not attacking innocents -- it's all bullpucky -- coming from a religion that teaches lying as a tactical strategy. To believe those true believers would instantly give up centuries of behavior to satisfy the sensibilities of unbelievers is both dangerous and foolish. Yet the American political pundits are repeating these falsehoods without critical commentary. Another liberal fantasy that will get people killed.

One reason they are not attacking our fleeing people is that they know that the Presidential Palace, Bagram Airbase, and other infrastructure can be instantly leveled with stand-off weapons without even entering Afghanistan's airspace.  When the cameras stop rolling, the beheadings, eye-gouging, and rapes of children will continue.

Bottom line…

Since the Obama Administration, we have seen that the Democrats have been weak on defense, defunding the military, and promoting officers more based on their politics than military competence. Does one wonder how effective they will be in curtailing the abandonment of our allies when it comes to NATO and other global initiatives? Biden was a known quantity to the Democrats: an empty suit that could be easily manipulated by the Obamacons. This is a Democrat disaster, no matter how much they might point at Trump.

While the tough-talking Trump Administration was feared, more for their unpredictability and impulsive reactions, Trump was too lazy, unfocused, or transactional to fully clean house, leaving Obama’s ideological friends buried within the administration. Many of them rising to greater influence and power during the Biden Administration due to the incapacity of President Joe Biden to fulfill his presidential duties.

The only question that remains is, Was the Afghan debacle deliberate and part of Obama’s anti-America, pro-Muslim strategy? Something, if it failed, that could be blamed on Trump?

Forget the Afghans; look what our government is doing to our own citizens, thousands possibly trapped behind enemy lines by Democrat perfidy.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



AFGHAN REFUGEES: WHAT NOBODY IS SAYING...

Have you noticed that the pictures of the chaos at the Kabul International Airport show an overwhelming majority of fighting-age men (18-24) with relatively few women and children?

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Many Afghan nationals helping the United States by day were actually pledged to the Taliban at night. What makes us believe that we are not opening our doors to terrorists or a future political force supported by CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) -- helping to form future no-go political enclaves such as those found in Minnesota and elsewhere?

Worst of all, eventually electing anti-America politicians like Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN), an American politician born in Mogadishu, Somalia, and serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district. 

A vector of terrorism whose second-generation disaffected sons and daughters may be susceptible to radicalization and become a threat to our nation.

The truth…

We really do not know, nor can we project, what might happen due to our humanitarian efforts. Many of these people are unskilled, co-existed with a 12th-century culture, and have existed on little more than American handouts. They are not carefully vetted about their religious beliefs – and observe a religion that condones lying to achieve a tactical advantage.

Progressive media craziness...

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Bottom line…

Another chaotic crap-shoot endangering America – courtesy of the Democrat Party and the Obamacons. And, before the progressive communist democrats scream "racism," please show me where the U.S. Constitution is interpreted as a suicide pact?

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



TURN CALIFORNIA AROUND -- RECALL NEWSOM & ELECT LARRY ELDER

Today, I took a step toward resolving some of California’s many self-inflicted problems, including political corruption…

  • Covid-related power grab and economic destruction;
  • Rising crime;
  • Education failures and union domination of education killing school choice and graduating functional illiterates for decades';
  • Mismanagement of water and unstable and unsustainable electric resources that cripple agriculture and generate brownouts on hot days' while pumping billions of gallons into the oceans;
  • Housing/Homelessness;
  • Decaying infrastructure in need of repair, replacement, or build-out while billions are squandered on useless projects like high-speed rail;
  • Crippling and burdensome regulatory restrictions;
  • Rising cost of healthcare;
  • Taxes, especially those which are not used for the specified purposes;
  • Union corruption of politicians bankrupting the state with sweetheart contracts and pensions unavailable in the private sector;
  • Dodgy accounting systems that are defective by design;
  • Big tech and surveillance programs;
  • Sanctuary policies with illegal immigration putting unnecessary pressure on healthcare, education, criminal, housing, employment resources; and
  • Political corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse.

ELDER-VOTE

It is about time Californians stood up to the malignant political machine that runs California on behalf of the special interests…

I VOTED TO RECALL GAVIN NEWSOM

I VOTED FOR LARRY ELDER!

LARRY_ELDER_FOR_GOVERNOR

WHEN TRUTH AND COMMON SENSE COUNT!

Bottom line…

“If not us, then who?

If not now, then when?”

Regardless of your politics, race, sex, or identity politics, join me in helping turn California around – for all Californians.

Thank you.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS