Russiagate Might Be Dead, but Big Tech Censorship Is Here to Stay

I have certain rules I live by. My first rule: I don’t believe anything the government tells me. Nothing. Zero.

– George Carlin

Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community and they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.

– Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in a 2017 interview on MSNBC

As someone whose website was slandered by the earliest manifestations of the hysterical Russiagate mob, I could go on and on now that’s the whole spectacle’s been disproven, but I’m not going to do that. Rather, I want to highlight how despite the whole thing blowing up, we’ll be living with severe direct consequences for years to come.

First, it’s important to point out that none of Russiagate’s most irresponsible grifters will face any serious repercussions for wasting the country’s time, money and energy on a fake story for the past two years. Russiagate was as much a business model as it was a conspiracy theory, and some of it’s most shameless peddlers made out like bandits over the past couple of years.

As Glenn Greenwald noted:

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The 737 MAX Saga Is a Total Disgrace for Boeing and the FAA

The Worship of Mammon by Evelyn De Morgan.

One of the first things to become apparent as I began reading about the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane on March 10th, was the fact that nobody seemed to trust U.S. authorities.

As Fortune noted:

Ethiopia’s aviation authority is unable to read the black box recorders from the Boeing 737 Max plane that crashed Sunday, but a row is brewing over just where the flight recorders will be sent for analysis.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is pushing to have its experts analyze the data and voice recorders, which were partly damaged, the Wall Street Journal reports, but Ethiopian authorities would prefer to work with the U.K.’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch to ensure that U.S. experts won’t have undue influence in the probe of the American-made plane.

At the same time, pretty much the entire world had started to ground 737 MAX planes as this was the second time this model had crashed within the span of five months. By early last week, Canada and the U.S. had become increasingly isolated in insisting the planes were safe to fly, and then Canada folded too.

This represented a huge rebuke to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which continued to defend the aircraft until the very last moment. In a ridiculous stunt, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao even rode in a 737 MAX two days after the latest crash.

Many people, including myself, saw this lack of trust in the FAA as a watershed moment. Politico noted:

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Liberty Links 3/17/19

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Footage Contradicts U.S. Claim That Nicolás Maduro Burned Aid Convoy (More government lies to start more regime change wars, The New York Times

NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda (The Intercept)

Yellow Vest’ Protestors Set Fires in France on 18th Straight Weekend of Demonstrations (Time)

Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation (The New York Times)

Facebook Backtracks After Removing Warren Ads Calling for Facebook Breakup (Politico)

News Corp’s Australian Arm Calls for Google Breakup (Reuters)

Facebook Reverses Zero Hedge Ban, Says It Made A “Mistake” (Shady, Zerohedge

Two of Mark Zuckerberg’s Most Important Executives Are Leaving Facebook, Less Than a Year After He Shuffled Their Roles (Recode)

Spotify Just Painted a Big Target on Apple’s Back, and the iPhone Maker Should Worry If Antitrust Regulators Start Aiming at It (Business Insider)

U.S. Regime Change Blueprint Proposed Venezuelan Electricity Blackouts as ‘Watershed Event’ for ‘Galvanizing Public Unrest’ (The Grayzone)

U.S. Tells Germany to Drop Huawei or It’ll Limit Intel Sharing, Report Says (CNET)

U.S. News/Politics

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Federal Reserve Chairman Appears on 60 Minutes – Why Now?

One of the most famous, and prescient, financial cartoons in American history is the above depiction of the Federal Reserve Bank as a giant octopus that would come to parasitically suck the life out of all U.S. institutions as well as free markets.

The image is taken from Alfred Owen Crozier’s U.S. Money Vs Corporation Currency, “Aldrich Plan,” Wall Street Confessions! Great Bank Combine, published in 1912, just a year before the creation of the Federal Reserve. 

Last night, the current high priest of money printing, asset bubbles and inequality, Jerome Powell, appeared on 60 Minutes. Interviewer Scott Pelley mentioned the fact that such discussions are rare and noted the last time a Fed head appeared for such a chat was Ben Bernanke back in 2010.

As such, what I find most interesting about this event wasn’t Powell’s boilerplate, bureaucratic propaganda about how the economy’s doing fine and how much central bankers love average Americans, but why he and the institution he heads felt a need to do this now.

There’s no doubt something has the Fed spooked otherwise Powell never would have done this. One factor is they know the economic ground’s starting to shift beneath them, and they need to push a particular narrative ahead of time so central bankers can once again do as they please when “the time to act” arrives.

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Liberty Links 3/10/19

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Amazon Is Flooding D.C. With Money and Muscle: The Influence Game (Extremely sleazy company, Bloomberg)

Elizabeth Warren’s New Plan: Break up Amazon, Google and Facebook (Slowly but surely politics is turning against the tech giants, CNN)

SEC Commissioner’s Report Reveals a ‘Very Troubling’ Pattern in Stock Buybacks and Insider Selling (Massive scam hiding in plain sight, Yahoo)

Trump Scraps Requirement to Report Some Air Strikes (Trump’s conversion to neoconism is almost complete, Politico)

ECB Surprises Dovishly: Announces New TLTRO, Changes Rate Guidance (Total central bank panic going on, Zerohedge

New York Considers Taxing Non-Resident Owners of Luxury Apartments (Every large city globally will eventually do something similar, Bloomberg)

ACA Premiums Rising Beyond Reach of Older, Middle-Class Consumers (The Washington Post)

Facebook Plans to Become World’s Biggest Central Bank? (One of the most dishonest and devious companies in the world plans to launch its own currency, Medium)

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search (The Intercept)

U.N. Predicts Disaster if Global Warming Not Checked (Check out the date on this article, AP)

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Don’t Believe the Hype – Expect a Worsening of U.S.-China Relations

If you receive your news via Donald Trump tweet, or courtesy of proclamations by Larry Kudlow, you’d be forgiven for eagerly anticipating a groundbreaking U.S.-China trade deal to be announced imminently, and thinking such a deal will save the global economy from rolling over into a serious downturn as well as pacify geopolitical tensions between the number one and number two economies in the world. However, if you expect these things, I don’t think you’re paying attention.

Before we get a little into the weeds, let me be clear that I have no idea what Trump and Xi will, or will not, announce regarding trade. Trump seems fanatically obsessed with the stock market, and Xi’s been dealing with an economy in a tailspin. It’s certainly possible they come up with some sort of agreement they think will restore confidence in the global economy and convince people the last few months were nothing more than a “glitch.” It’s also important to understand this positive outcome appears to be assumed by the stock market and investors generally. Anything less might be seen as a colossal disappointment.

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Liberty Links 3/3/19

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Modern Monetary Theory Isn’t Helping (Really worth your time if you’ve been wondering about MMT, Jacobin)

Trump Says Dollar Too Strong in Renewed Criticism of Powell (Bloomberg)

The Right May Finally Get Its War on Iran (Very disturbing, TruthDig)

Netanyahu to Stand Trial for Bribery, Fraud and Breach of Trust, Pending Hearing (The Times of Israel)

Powell Delivers a Subtle Message to Markets (Utterly pathetic, Bloomberg)

If Central Banks Are the Only Game in Town, We’ve Lost (Bloomberg)

Boeing Nominates Former Trump UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to Board (CNBC)

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Toll Brothers Orders Plunge as California Buyers Vanish (National Mortgage News)

Fintechs Help Boost U.S. Personal Loan Surge to a Record $138 Billion (CNBC)

Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood (NPR)

The Monster Pell Has Been Caged At Last (Sickening personal story about Catholic Church pedophilia by Caitlin Johnstone, Medium)

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You Can’t Stop the Cycle

2018’s valuation records are astounding in that they show the S&P 500 to be more fundamentally over-valued than it was at the prior two historic stock market valuation peaks in 1929 and 2000, bona fide speculative manias.

– From Crescat Capital’s recent investor letter

Cycles are perhaps the most natural and common occurrence in the universe. The planets orbit the sun, seasons change, day turns to night and night back to day, humans are born, grow old and die.

Some of these cycles are more pleasant to think about than others, but their consistent occurrence remains factually unassailable. Indeed, it could be said that a human life itself consists of an endless series of encounters with various cycles. Cycles of the natural world and cycles created by humans themselves. Human created cycles are the focal point of today’s piece.

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Liberty Links 2/24/19

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America’s 1% Hasn’t Had This Much Wealth Since Just Before the Great Depression (MarketWatch)

Americans Want a Less Aggressive Foreign Policy. It’s Time Lawmakers Listened to Them (Time)

Consumer Debt Hits $4 Trillion (CNBC)

House Launches Probe of U.S. Nuclear Plan in Saudi Arabia (Saudis with nukes — sounds like a great idea, BBC)

Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Victory for Asset Forfeiture Challenge (Some good news for once, Reason)

Nest Secure Had a Secret Microphone, Can Now Be a Google Assistant (Google had a hidden mic in one of its products, CSO)

How CNN Led Facebook to Censor Pages of Russia-Backed Video Company and Manufactured News Story (Excellent read, ShadowProof)

USAID Mulls Proposal to Train Aid Workers as Special Forces (They aren’t even pretending anymore, Devex)

Under the Boot (A U.S. veteran’s critique of endless war, empire and Max Boot, The Baffler)

U.S. News/Politics

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Important Changes at Liberty Blitzkrieg

From time to time, I think it’s necessary and healthy to take a step back and reflect on what you’re doing and why. I recently did that with regard to my work and website.

When I quit my job on Wall Street nearly a decade ago, I had no idea how life would unfold. I walked away from a highly paid position to pursue some unknown future, a simultaneously exciting and terrifying decision. I was a single guy living in NYC back then, with no pressing obligations to anyone other than myself. I’m now married with three kids in Colorado.

I decided to leave financial services upon becoming disgusted by industry practices and the unconscionable public betrayal perpetrated by the U.S. government and Federal Reserve via its massive bailout of the few at the expense of the many. In short, the most powerful players in our society sacrificed the long-term health of the U.S economy and the nation’s overall social cohesion to save a corrupt and unethical industry and reward the very people responsible for the calamity. We don’t have a meritocracy or competitive free markets, we have a rigged system based on corruption and cronyism where the most dangerous and destructive amongst us consistently fail upward.

The Wall Street bailout, including the failure to prosecute bank executives for the extreme fraud of the pre-crisis period and subsequent economic catastrophe, was the most formative event of my life. It forced me to confront the reality of the sort of country and economy I was living in, and what I saw wasn’t pretty. Since I could never look at the world the same way again, I couldn’t live my life the same way either.

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