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There Are Still Democrats Praying For A Deus Ex Mueller Ending

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Well it certainly hasn't taken long for the establishment narrative control machine to pace Russiagaters into a new arsenal of talking points. Now if you try to speak online about how Attorney General William Barr's letter says that the Mueller report contains the explicit phrase "[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," or mainstream media reports that there are no sealed indictments and that no new indictments have been recommended, you'll be inundated with comments telling you "We don't know what's in the report! You don't know! No one knows!"

"Mueller reported Trump did not collude with Russia to influence our elections," Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard stated on Twitter yesterday. "Now we must put aside partisan interests, move forward, and work to unite our country to deal with the serious challenges we face."

Peruse the comments on Gabbard's post and you'll see some 20 thousand furious responses all more or less saying the same thing: we don't know what Mueller reported. It's a complete and total mystery. There could be anything in there. For all we know Barr lied about the whole thing.

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"Mueller has not reported anything," tweeted journalist Soledad O'Brien to thousands of likes and retweets in response to Gabbard's post. "Why does anyone support this idiotic lady?"

Mueller has not reported anything. Why does anyone support this idiotic lady? https://t.co/FTHQEzSvOr

Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 29, 2019

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This lays out clearly where the victims of the Russiagate psyop are being herded in response to Mueller's report. A few days ago when I would talk on social media about the fact that Don Jr and Jared Kushner aren't being dragged off in chains as promised, there was deathly silence from the Russia-gate crew. Now when I talk about it (check out the responses to this post just for an example), I get a bunch of responders going on about the fact that we haven't seen the report, and that Barr's letter only contains partial sentences from the report (as though there's anything else that could be in those sentences which would change the meaning of "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities"). These are the arguments that the narrative managers have taught them to make.

Of course, these arguments are absurd. As other analysts have noted repeatedly, the belief that the full Mueller report contains shocking and incriminating evidence of Russian collusion is premised on the idea that Robert Mueller, the paragon of virtue and integrity according to these same people, is simply sitting on the sidelines allowing William Barr to lie about his investigation uncorrected. Mueller, who had no hesitation in coming out to correct BuzzFeed's false reporting about a single aspect of the investigation in January, has not stepped forward to say that Barr has lied about his entire two-year investigation as they are claiming. There has not been so much as a single anonymous leak from anyone on his team to the Washington Post contradicting anything Barr's said.

Mueller made it clear with the BuzzFeed debacle that he will intervene to prevent disinformation about his investigation from tainting public discourse, but he has not done so with Barr's letter, even after the investigation is over. This fact kills the argument that there might be some dramatic revelations about a Russian conspiracy in the report.

Luckily for us all, this idiotic argument won't last long. Barr now says that the Justice Department will be making the report available to the public by "mid-April, if not sooner," and that "there are no plans to submit the report to the White House for a privilege review."

Which of course means that by mid-April, if not sooner, Russia-gaters will be subjected to yet another loud "told you so" victory lap from Russia-gate skeptics like myself. And they will have brought it entirely upon themselves.

On the last-gasp conspiracy theory of the collusion dead-enders to keep the flock hooked: that William Barr is materially misrepresenting the Mueller report & Mueller and his entire team are just remaining quiet & not objecting about this wholesale distortion of their work: pic.twitter.com/ESq8Dw4nr1

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Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 27, 2019

The phrase deus ex machina comes from a common plot resolution technique in ancient Greek theater in which an actor playing a god (deus) was lowered onto the stage by a pulley system (machina) at the end of the play to save the day. The god would swoop in, rescue the heroes, mete out punishment to the villains, and deliver a monologue saying everything's fine now.

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Once the report is issued, few will have read it at all, and fewer in its entirety. It will have much to say, and nothing as it was never meant to be an honest investigation, because if it had it would have included interviews of Julian Assange and Craig Murray. Indictments were either meaningless and irrelevant click bate capitalists, or Russian Military intelligence doing no more than what the CIA does all the time. Mueller could have indicted them on anything, because he knew that it would never be processed in a court of law where evidence would be required.

It was a distraction which allowed the US to continue to do a lot of bad stuff, and make sure that Trump followed the policy mandates long ago established of America First, Last and Always...Full Spectrum Dominance or die!

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Meanwhile, every truly major issue facing us has been ignored while Trump and his goons have continued to wreak havoc on us and the world. At least we can now clearly see who the genuine morons are, and how many. They have lost all credibility and trust, in a way that can't be rebuilt, at least for me.

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Current Moron Thought: "Hey, Biden is a great guy! Let's nominate him!"

He's Trump-Lite and one Grope Away from self destructing.

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Same here Daniel. Russiagate has outed the fake progressives as authoritarian nationalists. I'm glad we found out who they are. And also glad the media has zero credibility except for the few who called this thing out for what it is from the get go, a psyop by the national security state to convince liberals that the alphabet intelligence agencies are needed to protect them from the bad enemies of the always pure USA. Never would have thought the brainwashing went that deep among people I used to consider political allies.

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Agree that it was all a coverup for the DNC corruption and what they did to Sanders (along with Hilary Clinton). - and that putting all the eggs of an "investigation" into the "Russian collusion to tamper with elections" was a waste of a lot of time and tax dollars. Otherwise sane and rational people are absolutely rabid on their insistence that there MUST be something - there isn't.

Because what SHOULD have been investigated is the pillaging, raping, and robbing of our lands, waters, and people in the 99%. THEN we would have maybe had actual grounds for jailing the MFs and getting them out. There is so much more than even that; the endless wars of aggression that tie in with the above-mentioned; the yuuuuuuge sharp increase in the military budget while slashing education (as it is, few people can critically think because our education system is broken). Agree with Caitlin Johnstone's perfect Oester analogy of eggs in one basket - that basket has no bottom. Scrambled eggs, anyone?

I just read a bunch of crap on Q's page; gave me chills. Is he not some shill for the pillagers and bigots, calling them "patriots," and calling the questioners of these criminals "traitors" at every chance he gets? I'm floored that this guy seems to have rabid following of like minded people, who fancy themselves some kind of grandiose vigilantes (no doubt owning high powered assault weapons), ready to take down the "traitors?" Sure, the DNC is rotten-corrupt; we all agree with Fox on that! But there's even more rot under it all and the attention is all turned away from THAT to false bread-crumb trails in the forest.

The world's gone mad - and the US IS already mad. We should have been investigating collusion with Israel; not Russia. But of course, since Israel owns our gov't that is never gonna happen.

What a shiite-show. It's either gonna be Mad Max or genocide of unimaginable proportions. If we're lucky, a plague or climate change will do us all in before someone pushes the button.

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Are you sure that it will be luckier to go by climate disaster than nuke flash? I take care not to wish for things I may not want.

The Mueller investigation has been a soap opera with its ups and downs and cliff hangers and all the assorted bs to keep rabid trump bashers in drooling frenzy for two whole years. Trump is a perfect lightning rod for all their progressive energy, absorbing and focusing it into the cold war with Russia that makes all those monsters, repubs, dems, deep state (Mueller types), and oligarchs very rich and powerful. Real progressives think these rabid fools are beyond hope so the left has been effectively destroyed.

1. Trump made more powerful than ever, almost assured for 2020.

2. The left split and weakened.

3. Cold war with Russia in full swing and weapons money spewing as from a volcano! Oil money gushing.

Mission accomplished Mr Mueller!


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Yes. This was not a failure for those who perpetuated it.

But we're at the end of the road, that is capitalism is unraveling. The blatant contradiction began with the Clinton administration. Reagan did what he said, more or less, but Clinton promised improvement with universal health care, but instead doubled down on capitalism - neoliberalism in every regard.

The system is facing a major block. China may have saved capitalism for a short while during and after the 2008 collapse. But China, even with it's differing form of governance, is meeting the same block to continuing growth.

The bigger view is that this trip down milking Russia/Soviet/Cold War was but a stop gap to "pay no attention" to what's really happening.

The fundamentals are collapsing - which is and has been compounding growth, this along with the existential threats of climate disruptions, nuclear war, and general prospects of species extinction, are fast approaching.

The Mueller episode was simply a means of keeping the nation distracted from the decline in their/our life.

The answer is what no one speaks to - de-growth, and rethinking our entire way of life. GND may sound like a threat to the status quo, but it is easy to stall and destroy with messages about costs. MMT is a faux answer. Why because money is not the problem. Hundreds of trillions are floating around the globe. We don't need more. The problem is that Capitalism cannot shift off of hydrocarbon. Money is easy to create.

I bring all this up because Mueller episode was and still is a distraction. The problem is what we have no answers for: how to shift from the current system to one that is sustainable.

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The heart of the matter indeed. It takes some real intestinal fortitude to confront this reality. Most don't have it, but thanks for articulating it just the same. It needs to be repeated as often as possible.

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You don't seem to understand the legal meaning of the words "did not establish".

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