Thursday, December 24, 2020

Machinations: what is happening to our country?

First, let's begin with the $900 BILLION dollar "stimulus" package that was pushed through by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who received roughly half of what President Trump proffered months earlier, but was refused by Her Highness. Back in October:
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that Congress is unlikely to enact economic relief legislation before the November 3rd election because Nancy Pelosi-led Democrats do not want to deliver anything that President Donald Trump could portray to voters as a win.
So Pelosi held up money which could have been distributed months prior, because she enjoyed playing politics with the lives of Americans. She literally said so. There's a new president, so she's willing to deal. Why? Because she couldn't give Trump a win before the election. It really is that simple. But Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas lays it all out with the truth.


It is one of the most craven, callous, cynical, despicable actions I've heard of, played for politics, by Demorats, in quite some time. And that's saying something. Refusing to open America up -- whilst simultaneously playing god, dangling money in front of Americans and then snatching it away "because OMB: Orange Man Bad." When in fact the proper play would have been to SAVE that money and allow Americans to do what they've wanted for months: to get back to work.


We all know the numbers. We all know, as Americans, that we've been sold a massive bill of goods and that we have been gaslighted for over four years.


A small aside for a BZ Reality Check. I've never worn gloves, a mask twice, I seldom wash my hands, I touch gas pump handles, groceries, goods in Costco, doors all over. I fear this like I fear the flu. When I die, which won't be that long, it'll be due to a heart attack because I'm so fucking fat. I don't fear death, and I'm not stopping living. Too many have. 

Because of unreasonable government demands. 

Which is why suicides have skyrocketed, OD's have skyrocketed, Valium and other psychotropic prescriptions have skyrocketed, we're ruining an entire generation of kids, keeping them from schools, from their pals and their friends, from necessary socialization. We've set nursing homes on fire because they're not the first priority, we're watching domestic violence arrests, injuries and deaths skyrocket, people are divorcing, losing their jobs, their homes, their apartments, their cars, their savings, going bankrupt, becoming homeless. 

All because government morons can't understand the consequences of their actions. 

And because THEY still have their jobs, have no skin in the game, go and do as they please despite their own orders -- which tells me they don't believe the bullshit they spew. 

You can't tell me there isn't a punitive aspect to their strictures when they "feel" they're being dismissed. Their edicts clearly take precedence over something as stupid as some ancient, worthless document.

They'll arrest "violators" of their Wuhan-19 regulations and put them in jail. 

But arsonists, rioters, assaulters, rapists, murderers, go free or with no bail. We're releasing felons, murderers, pederasts, but threatening normal people. 

Here in Sacramento County, the Board is Supervisors are considering TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR FINES for violations. Not for murder, but for Wuhan-19. That's insane. No business can afford that. No private person can afford that. It's simply punitive and oppressive. 

Unlock America. Let people live their lives. You can't stop this crap. People who are fearful should stay home. Period. More on this in a moment. 

Meanwhile, back at the ranch.  .  .

Congress unveils massive $900B COVID government spending bill after months of negotiations

by Megan Henney, 12-21-20

The deal comes at an increasingly perilous time for the nation as it teeters on the brink of another economic downturn

Congressional leaders on Monday unveiled a mammoth agreement on a roughly $2.4 trillion spending package that includes $900 billion in coronavirus relief after a half-year stalemate, securing another tranche of aid as a surge in COVID-19 infections threatens to further derail the nation's faltering economy. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged that lawmakers won't leave the Capitol until the bill is passed, giving lawmakers and their offices just a few hours to review the massive 5,593-page bill.
STOP. Any and every bill -- specifically like this and the ACA (Affordable Bill Act, which was everything but), which contains this number of pages -- almost 6,000 -- should be on its face immediately refused unless a sufficient period of time, which should be weeks, is allowed for its processing and, more importantly, discussing openly in chambers. 

This is simple insanity. No human can read a bill this large and totally understand it, much less be able to craft any form of a cogent series of questions about it, or even discuss it, in hours. 

There is ONLY ONE REASON for doing so, and that is to create arbitrary pressure -- which could have been relieved literally months ago -- in order to pass provisions in a bill of this size that would revolt even the strongest of stomach, to create emetic conditions. 

In other words, there are NO good reasons to remotely consider passing bills like this. It's sheer insanity, intended to confuse AND to slip things by members that they would, under normal conditions, object to vehemently. It's to pull the wool over your eyes and trick you. 

Particularly when we know something about its infamous contents.
The bipartisan, bicameral proposal — intended to blunt the continued economic fallout from the virus-induced crisis —  will be combined with $1.4 trillion in spending to fund government operations for the rest of the fiscal year, meaning the total package costs about $2.3 trillion. 
And so what else did we find contained within? 

$135 Million dollars to Burma 

$85.5 Million dollars to Cambodia 

$1.4 Billion dollars for the "Asia Reassurance Initiative Act." Hello? CHINA. 

$130 Million dollars to Nepal 

$700 Million dollars to Sudan 

$26 Million dollars to the Kennedy Center -- why does the Kennedy Center get precedence every year? I know why. So DC elites have somewhere to go, drink cocktails on your dime, show off to each other and talk shit behind each other's political backs. 

$1 Billion dollars to the Smithsonian. 

$154 Million dollars to the National Art Gallery 

$167 Million dollars to the National Arts and Humanities (nice places for cocktail parties) 

$10 Million dollars for “gender programs” in Pakistan. You know. The nuclear armed Muslim country that wants to wipe out India, forces women to wear veils, adores honor killings. You know, because Pakistani Muslims are some of the most understanding of "gender studies" on the planet. And that cash goes into the pockets of the bureaucrats to create more weapons against Pakistani enemies. 

$1.3 Billion dollars to Egypt 

$453 Million dollars to Ukraine 

$33 Million dollars to Venezuela 

$3.3 Billion dollars of Grants to Israel 

$3.36 Billion dollars to Bill Gates 

YOU get $600. 

YOU are an AFTERTHOUGHT. Why? Because so many of you reprehensible people both voted for Trump and refuse to wear your masks, sit down, shut up, and listen to your superiors.
The agreement was expected to provide $600 stimulus payments to millions of American adults earning up to $75,000. It would revive lapsed supplemental federal unemployment benefits at $300 a week for 11 weeks — setting both at half the amount provided by the original stimulus law. It would also continue and expand benefits for gig workers and freelancers, and it would extend federal payments for people whose regular benefits have expired. The measure would also provide more than $284 billion for businesses and revive the Paycheck Protection Program, a popular federal loan program for small businesses that lapsed over the summer. It would expand eligibility under the program for nonprofits, local newspapers and radio and TV broadcasters and allocate $15 billion for performance venues, independent movie theaters and other cultural institutions devastated by the restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Of course, the New York Times reminded us of this:

Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Relief Deal

by Coral Davenport, 12-21-20 The legislation calls for cutting the use of powerful planet-warming chemicals common in air-conditioners and refrigerators. In the waning days of the 116th Congress, lawmakers have authorized $35 billion in spending on wind, solar and other clean power sources while curtailing the use of a potent planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. They amount to a rare party rebuke to Mr. Trump on the issue of global warming, after he spent the past four years mocking and systematically rolling back every major climate change rule. The comity may also signal that while President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is unlikely to secure his full climate plan, he may be able to make some progress in curbing global warming. Advocates for climate change policy said passage of the climate measures — especially the limits on refrigerants — could signal to the rest of the world that the United States is ready to rejoin the global effort to slow the warming of the planet. The coolant phase-down would be one of the most significant federal policies ever taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions, according to an analysis by the Rhodium Group, a research and consulting firm. The new legislation would require the nation’s chemical manufacturers to phase down the production and use of coolants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. They are a small percentage of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, compared with carbon dioxide from the fossil fuels that power vehicles, electric plants and factories, but they have 1,000 times the heat-trapping potency of carbon dioxide.
You know. The things that actually work and keep you cool. Keep technology cool. Keep the massive server rooms of Google, Twitter, Facebook and others cool. 

But why is this in a Coronavirus relief package at all? 

Because Leftists and Demorats realize that "global warming" isn't resonating any more. You're more concerned with your stupid little jobs, your stupid little wages, you're stupid families, your stupid grandparents, your suicides that don't mean anything except to a small circle of friends, your puny apartments and houses, having jobs, running a business, all the ridiculously immaterial things. 

So if YOU won't pay attention, they'll just round up your money anyway. Fuck you taxpayers.

Everything is upside down in terms of the election as well. Patrick Byrne weighs in on the election and what's been happening. Things got stranger and stranger. From

Pentagon Blocks Biden from Meeting with Military Intel Agencies

by Jack Davis, 12-6-20 The Pentagon has so far blocked meetings between the Biden transition team and officials with the intelligence agencies that are part of the Department of Defense, according to two new reports. However, defense officials and the Biden team differ on the reason why the meetings have not yet taken place. Presumptive potential President-elect Joe Biden has formed a transition team to facilitate a transfer of power. The General Services Administration has been given a green light to assist the transition team and meetings have been taking place with various agencies. However, Biden’s transition officials have not yet met with representatives of the military intelligence agencies that are part of the Defense Department such as the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, according to CNN.
On December 10th, this was announced:

Pentagon weighs cutting most of its support to CIA's counterterrorism missions

by Luiz Martinez, 12-10-20

CIA counterterrorism missions rely on military for logistical support, personnel

In a surprising move, the Pentagon has told the Central Intelligence Agency that it is weighing an end to the majority of the military support it provides to the agency's counterterrorism missions, according to a former senior administration intelligence official. It is unclear how the decision would impact the spy agency's worldwide counterterrorism missions that often rely on the U.S. military for logistical support and personnel.
Is this because we're discovering that Gina Haspel is an impediment to freedom when she refused to release documents President Trump had declassified? 

Miller’s letter asked that the CIA provide a response by Jan. 5, according to a DOD official. 

So remember January 5th -- to see what occurs on this date between the CIA and the Pentagon. Curiouser and curiouser. 

Then we suffered the greatest hack of the century. 


The U.S. government is under the ‘hack of a decade’ after massive cyberattack grows

12-17-20 Hackers have breached America’s nuclear weapons stockpile, bringing grave risk to the U.S. government. Homeland Security issued a warning today. And a cybersecurity expert says there’s little doubt the hackers were from Russia. wrote:

How the US government hack happened, and what it means, explained by an expert

12-18-20 “This has only started,” Columbia University’s Jason Healey told Vox.

Suspected Russian government hackers breached the computer networks of the US Defense Department. The Commerce Department. The Treasury Department. The State Department. Homeland Security. Even the part of the Energy Department that oversees America’s nuclear arsenal.

And it appears they’ve had access since as far back as March.

It’s one of the largest and most brazen hacks in American history — and it may just be the beginning of a much larger global espionage effort.

What makes it even more troubling is that it’s still unclear precisely what they got access to. Some experts believe it may take years before the hackers are completely out of the US government’s networks and the full extent of their spying efforts are understood.

Some have said our nuclear launch codes were breached.
The FBI, the CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement on Wednesday night, December 16th, confirming they became aware "over the course of the past several days" of "a significant and ongoing Cybersecurity campaign" targeting US government agencies through SolarWinds software. wrote:
In the wake of the SolarWinds breach, the National Security Council has activated an emergency cybersecurity process that is intended to help the government plan its response and recovery efforts, according to White House officials and other sources. The move is a sign of just how seriously the Trump administration is taking the foreign espionage operation, former NSC officials told CyberScoop. The action is rooted in a presidential directive issued during the Obama administration known as PPD-41, which establishes a Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG) that is intended to help the U.S. government coordinate multiple agencies’ responses to the significant hacking incident.
So what happened?
The SolarWinds breach — in which suspected Russia-backed hackers concealed malware in software updates by SolarWinds, a company that serves U.S. government and private sector entities — has reportedly compromised targets in the National Institutes of Health and the Departments of Commerce, Treasury, Defense, State and Homeland Security. The breach is still being investigated. But the early signs indicate the reach of the stealthy supply-chain attack will have substantial aftershocks; SolarWinds claims to have 300,000 customers, including the National Security Agency, all five branches of the U.S. military, and entities in the health, technology, telecommunications, media and finance sectors.
Cybersecurity expert Jason Healey from Columbia University said:

The Russians, knowing they would struggle mightily to get into hard targets — the US government and also members of the Fortune 500 — instead found that they all used the same software for network management, made by a company called SolarWinds.

Rather than trying to come in the front door, they hacked SolarWinds and inserted their own code into the software. Then SolarWinds signed it and said, “Yes, this is authentic SolarWinds software.” Then all of those targets, and surely European and other democratic governments, also downloaded and accepted that Trojan horse unknowingly — and it’s been sitting there for months.

Oh. And they hit Microsoft also. Which means you. And me. Lou Dobbs spoke on the 17th with Morgan Wright, former Senior State Department Security Advisor.


Add to all of this the carrier groups that have been placed off of both American coasts, the rumors of Chinese troops in Canada, the indicator that an F-16 pilot was killed in a Michigan crash on Tuesday, December 8th -- and rumblings seem to suggest that he was shot down. 

There were also rumors of a nuclear Chinese sub captured off the coast of Nova Scotia. And that the Biden family is somehow linked to the cyber attack. Notions that I wouldn't kick out of my bed for eating crackers. 

And, Attorney General William Barr has indicated he is leaving the Trump administration soon, and that he would not be recommending an independent or Special Counsel to investigate Hunter Biden's laptop. Nor would he be going after any kind of voter fraud investigation. 

This story from might shed some light on that.

How Attorney General Bill Barr Built A $40 Million Fortune

by Dan Alexander, 7-19-20 William Barr made his name serving as attorney general for two presidents, George H. W. Bush and Donald J. Trump. But he made his fortune out of office, collecting more than $50 million in compensation as an executive and director for some of America’s largest companies. Today Barr, who did not comment for this story, has an estimated net worth of $40 million, after accounting for taxes, personal spending and modest investment returns. That figure is more precise than what’s on Barr’s public financial disclosure report, a document that deals only in broad ranges and shows assets worth somewhere between $24 million and $74 million.
Alright. When, where and how?
The money started piling up around 1993, when Bush left the White House and Barr reentered the private sector. The next year, Barr became general counsel at telephone giant GTE Corporation. When GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon in 2000, Barr stayed onboard as executive vice president and general counsel. From 2001 to 2007, he raked in an average of $1.7 million in annual salary and bonuses, according to documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission. Barr also received valuable stock options, some of which he traded while at the company, collecting an estimated $3 million after taxes from 2003 to 2007.
"The private sector been belly-belly good to me."
The Verizon job came with other benefits. Barr got a $31,000 flexible spending allowance, $10,000 or so for financial planning, plus use of the company jet for personal purposes. The biggest benefit, however, came upon retirement. Barr stepped down from the company at the end of 2008, receiving a $17.1 million distribution from Verizon’s income deferral plan, according to an SEC filing. On top of that, company documents also detail an additional $10.4 million separation payment for Barr.
One might conclude that William Barr is not hurting for cash.
Retiring did not mean Barr was done working. The year after he left Verizon, he joined the boards of two publicly traded companies, Dominion Resources and Time Warner. From 2009 to 2018, Dominion paid Barr $1.2 million in cash and granted him another $1.1 million in stock awards, according to SEC filings.
Wait. Did you say Dominion? The company that owns voting machines?
Time Warner paid him $970,000 in cash and $1 million in equity awards for serving on its board from 2009 to 2016,  when the company agreed to combine with AT&T. That deal was lucrative for Barr—he disclosed $1.7 million of income related to it on his financial disclosure report. But the merger was troubling to Trump, whose Justice Department tried to block it. During his confirmation hearing, Barr promised to recuse himself from the case as attorney general. Barr also served on the board of Och-Ziff Capital Management, joining in 2016, the same year a firm subsidiary pled guilty to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Och-Ziff agreed to pay $412 million in penalties. It also paid Barr $190,000 in cash and $530,000 in stock awards from 2016 to 2018. The attorney general no longer serves on the boards of Och-Ziff,  Dominion Resources or Time Warner.
The board. Of Dominion Resources. 

Ahem. Smell test? 

As I've said numerous time, "you can't write shit like this." 



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