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Seven Things That Astonished Me Recently

by John Kendall Hawkins

In Everything Must Change! Daniel Ellsberg told his interviewer that the Pentagon Papers were a report that covered the four administrations before Nixon; Tricky just had to keep the lie going, but it had nothing to do with his war policy. Ellsberg said the real reason Nixon hated him, and broke into his psychiatrist's office looking for kompromat, was because he thought the whistleblower had secret documentation of Nixon's plans to nuke North Viet Nam. Ellsberg feared Nixon would have him iced for knowing. (Ellsberg claims that Nixon actually had a launch date set and ready to go.) As we now know, Nixon had to settle for dropping 20,000 tons of explosives on NVN in December 1972, not long after his landslide re-election victory at the polls (that Ellsberg says only happened because presidential candidate George Wallace got shot, releasing his 'deplorables' to the Nixon campaign). 'Merry Christmas, Mr. President,' said Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger, here's your gift-wrapped carnage. We talk about the Pentagon Papers, because that's what the MSM pushes, but, in reality, Nixon was insane, and we can't handle that Code Red truth enough to report on it.

My beloved childhood Johnny 7 is still to be found for sale on eBay (please don't bid-war me). Who doesn't remember playing childhood games -- with guns and without? Cowboys and Indians, so much fun, until Zinn came along and told us how one time Colonel Custer got hisself (and others) surrounded at, ahem, Little Big Horn, and ended up having his nuts knacked off, and we stopped playing Colonel Custer. Cops and Robbers, we still play -- see Deep State or MIC. Down South, they played plantationist and runaway slave, but stopped when the Mighty Whitey ran out of blackface paint. And more recently, in 1968-ish, we were playing Cops and Protesters, kids doing rock-scissors-paper to decide who would be-bop and would be be-bopped. Guess we'll be be-bopping for a spell longer. Remember how much fun we had watching the apes fight over the watering hole and other limited resources in 2001: A Space Odyssey? Some things just never change. I mean, they could've negotiated a peaceful settlement. Or he coulda just used a harmless Wham-O gun and become the first politician.

Obama had in place a moratorium on gain-of-function virus research since 2014 because, we're told, he feared f*cking with nature (probably to make a buck) could lead to a pandemic. Guess what nitwit administration dropped the moratorium? Probably to tweak Obama's nose -- and, of course, if his history holds true, to make a buck. You can start a moratorium, but you can't always prevent a moron-torium. Stay tuned for future episodes of The Buck Stops Here.

It's remarkably easy to take a Certified Ethical Hacker course. Julian did. According to Kevin Mandia (now CEO of FireEye, a shell game sub-set of the CIA), 90% of all corporate breaches -- he actually told Congress this -- came as the result of government hackers. In 2012, right after he left the FBI, where he was in charge of global cyber counterintelligence, to start up CrowdStrike, Shawn Henry told WaPo that he didn't know of a network that hadn't been breached. DNC 2016? So much trouble in the world, Bob Marley used to sing before he got brain cancer and his oeuvre was reduced to a muzak version of "One Love." Where's my Johnny 7?

I just can't get over Ed Snowden's private revelation in his memoir, Permanent Record. His forebears owned a slave plantation (200 slaves) in Maryland; the American Revolution changed the owners' views on life, and "a century before the Civil War" they released the slaves. But the kick in the head is that Ed's forebears got their land eminent-domained (probably because they freed the slaves) and on that land today sits Fort Meade, the headquarters of the NSA. I sh*t you not, goes the old government saying, you're one of my favorite turds.

Deep Throat, the most famous 'whistleblower', emerged as a result of the power vacuum that opened up after J Edgar Hoover's death. Mark Felt, the associate director of the FBI at the time, felt passed over by Nixon, and, deeply offended, told Woodward and Bernstein what the FBI already knew about Watergate (and about which they were prepared to do nothing), making Felt (DT) an accessory to Nixon's criminality, not a whistleblower. Has any MSMer-izer ever reported on that? What about the fact that lefty darling Bob Mueller was the FBI director when the Bush administration implemented the all-hoovering Stellar Wind program, a story of lawlessness on which the NYT stomped, and enraged Ed Snowden so much he went rogue nine years later, after coming across classified docs. Are Bob's FBI doings in the Mueller Report?

Trump was installed by theft (Palast) to amplify our conspiracy-theory leanings nationally (me). How else to explain him taking a strongman cocktail of experimental COVID meds, we're told, in addition to the chlozatqueen he was already taking? And now a balcony address putting to rest any remaining doubt that we've become a banana republic. And when that cocktail kicks in and the side effects turn him further into a cartoon character (Richie Rich broken bad), he'll be back on the balcony making banana-republic demands. We've seen it before.

(Article changed on October 9, 2020 at 03:36)

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