Pandemic increased net worth of 643 richest Americans by 29%, March 18-Sept. 15, per Forbes study. Bloomberg +14%, Bezos +55% | Impeach Obama, McCain and Boehner Today

Comment by tonytran2015: I have never encountered any undeniable coincidence in my life. If something works quite well it must have been planned by someone.

https://impeachobamatoday.wordpress.com/2020/10/31/pandemic-increased-net-worth-of-643-richest-americans-by-29-march-18-sept-15-per-forbes-study-bloomberg-14-bezos-55/

… Oct. 9, 2020, New York’s Billionaires Are Doing Just Fine As Coronavirus Rages, patch.com, New York

“As the U.S. still reels from the pandemic’s economic fallout, the state’s billionaires all vastly increased their wealth, Forbes found.”

“The total net worth of 643 of the nation’s richest people increased from $2.95 trillion to $3.8 trillion [+29%] March 18 and Sept. 15, according to an analysis of Forbes data.

Anti-Semitism is unacceptable in France, why not Islamophobia?

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/anti-semitism-is-unacceptable-in-france-why-not-islamophobia-40954

… In France today it would be difficult, if not impossible, to criticise Jewish people for practising their faith and wearing kippahs, and to oppose orthodox Jewish men wearing long robes and long beards. The same, however, can not be said for Muslims in France.

For Muslims, their faith is often under Big Brother’s oversight.

French politicians regularly consider it as part of their public service to comment on what Muslim women can and cannot wear. They question whether private businesses should be able to sell hijabs or not; Muslim women with hijab can sing on TV; take their children to school trips; be in the student union; debate on TV; swim at the beach; even apply for a job

…The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that defaming the Prophet Muhammad “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate” and “could stir up prejudice and put at risk religious peace.”…
… Depicting caricatures inciting hatred of Jewish people in France would almost certainly land one in court. The same, however, is not the case for the country’s Muslim community…

Soviet-style thought-policing has come to America, outsourced to Big Tech corporations | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2020/10/30/soviet-style-thought-policing-has-come-to-america-outsourced-to-big-tech-corporations/

By Nebojsa Malic | RT | October 29, 2020

Social media were supposed to democratize speech, liberating the people of the world from the tyranny of gatekeepers. They failed. Seduced by vanity and ideology, they’ve become censors themselves, a Soviet-style thought police.

Once upon a time, Google’s motto was “Don’t be evil,” Facebook was all about connecting people, and Twitter executives proclaimed it the “free speech wing of the free speech party.” Fast-forward to 2020, and they’re all about ‘deplatforming’ voices the legacy media and the political establishment has denounced as unworthy of being heard.

“Who the hell elected you?” thundered Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, during Wednesday’s hearing, expressing frustration over the platform’s crackdown on a story about a major political scandal. In attempting to suppress the story of Hunter Biden’s dubious business dealings, Twitter has locked the account of America’s oldest publishing newspaper, and even gone after White House officials and members of Congress.

Yet anyone who didn’t see this coming in the months after the 2016 US election simply hasn’t been paying attention. The greatest irony is that Cruz and his fellow Republicans enabled it themselves, partly by preferring sound bites over legislative action, but also by validating the ‘Russian meddling’ conspiracy theories peddled by their political opponents in an effort to delegitimize the presidency of Donald Trump.

Make no mistake, ‘Russiagate’ is how Big Tech was pushed onto the path of censorship. By way of just one example, the Cambridge Analytica ‘scandal’ was used to bludgeon Facebook into hiring censors and partnering with outside ‘fact-checkers’. When it eventually turned out there had been no scandal and the whole thing was a manufactured outrage by self-serving ‘whistleblowers’ and the media… there wasn’t so much as an apology, and the mechanisms stayed in place.

Silicon Valley has been more than eager to go down that path, too. Public records show the vast majority of their employees donate to Democrats, while their executives have poured millions into the campaigns of Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden this year.

Nobody needed to pressure Google into embracing the role of the ‘good censor’, its executives and employees did so themselves. Not surprisingly, the president of their parent company at the time, Eric Schmidt, had been fully invested in Clinton’s campaign.

It took a mere suggestion of a crackdown by an influential Senate Democrat for Twitter to ban all RT advertising and overhaul its entire advertising policy, back in October 2017. Not surprisingly, the proposal by Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) went nowhere, but its purpose had been accomplished.

Like the proverbial frog being slowly boiled, the pressure to censor ‘objectionable’ content steadily rose over the course of the Trump presidency. It marched on regardless of the revelations that ‘Russiagate’ was a scam and that the real ‘collusion’ was between the spies, police, prosecutors, media, and the political establishment.

Things almost boiled over when the platforms started deleting any mention of the alleged ‘whistleblower’ who kick-started the Democrats’ impeachment proceedings against Trump – even those made by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

The Covid-19 pandemic the very next month saw an expansive effort to ban ‘misinformation’ about the virus – meaning anything not coming from ‘authorities’, even as those very authorities kept changing their line over time! That was probably when the ‘frog’ first began noticing the boiling water.

By then, however, Twitter had begun openly censoring Trump this spring. Condemning riots? “Glorifying violence,” restricted. Putting rioters on notice they can’t set up a lawless “autonomous zone” in Washington, DC? “Abusive behavior, threatening harm,” restricted.

Oh, granted, the same insane standard was later applied to a metaphorical statement by a self-identified socialist, but whether that was the exception that proves the rule or an effort to ‘both sides’ the issue, at the end of the day, Twitter had appointed itself arbiter of acceptable speech – and that was the point.

How can this happen in a country where free speech is the very first enumerated in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights? Because, as both Democrats and libertarian-minded NeverTrump Republicans have been quick to argue, the First Amendment applies only to the government, not to private companies! This is manifestly absurd, but hasn’t been challenged in the courts just yet.

This sophistry has enabled the champions of corporate thought-policing to argue that technically, the US doesn’t have the kind of censorship of word and thought once attributed to the Soviet Union. Because it has Big Tech, it doesn’t have to! Meanwhile, some lawmakers certainly aren’t shy about demanding for more censorship, either.

If you think the comparisons to the KGB or the Stasi are too much, note Twitter’s insistence that the New York Post – founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1801 – needs to delete the “offending” tweet [linking to the Hunter Biden emails] before its account can be unlocked, but it will supposedly be free to repost it then, because the rules have since changed.

In order to truly work, submission must be voluntary. That’s why Americans still file their tax returns, even though the IRS has been withholding taxes from their wages since the Second World War. That is why in George Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith couldn’t just be broken – he had to love Big Brother. That is why Twitter forces you to bend the knee before they will allow you to speak.

What started as anyone’s ability to compete with the New York Times, Washington Post, or CNN on equal footing has morphed into the neutral ‘platform’ choosing to promote their non-stories while shutting down legitimate lines of thought and inquiry under the guise of ‘protecting our democracy’ and fighting (phantom) ‘Russian disinformation’.

So Twitter is basically everything they claim Russia is: They’re manipulating what information people see to try to influence the election.

— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) October 28, 2020

It didn’t have to be this way. It doesn’t have to stay this way. But it will take more than just strong words to make speech in America free again.

Nebojsa Malic is a Serbian-American journalist, blogger and translator, who wrote a regular column for Antiwar.com from 2000 to 2015, and is now senior writer at RT. Follow him on Twitter @NebojsaMalic

Report: U.S. Border Chief Mark Morgan Locked Out of Twitter Account for Border Wall Post – Nwo Report

https://nworeport.me/2020/10/30/report-u-s-border-chief-mark-morgan-locked-out-of-twitter-account-for-border-wall-post/

A recent report from the Federalist states that Twitter has locked CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan out of his Twitter account for posting a tweet praising the effectiveness of the southern border wall in preventing illegal immigration...

UPS Suddenly Locates “Lost” Biden Evidence, Returning Docs To Tucker Carlson

https://nationandstate.com/2020/10/29/ups-suddenly-locates-lost-biden-evidence-returning-docs-to-tucker-carlson/

… UPS Senior Public Relations Manager Matthew O’Connor told Business Insider on Thursday afternoon that the documents are located and are being sent to Carlson.

“After an extensive search, we have found the contents of the package and are arranging for its return,” he said in a statement.

“UPS will always focus first on our customers, and will never stop working to solve issues and make things right. We work hard to ensure every package is delivered, including essential goods, precious family belongings and critical healthcare.”

It came after Glenn Zaccara, UPS’s corporate media relations director, confirmed Carlson used the company to ship the materials before they were lost…

Never Stop Lying | disturbeddeputy

https://disturbeddeputy.wordpress.com/2020/10/28/never-stop-lying/

Is apparently the Marxists’ mantra. I believe that they are liars because their father is the father of lies. And no matter how many times they get caught, they just can’t stop.

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/10/26/nyt-google-and-apple-formed-agreement-to-control-the-internet/

https://dailycaller.com/2020/10/26/gilligan-googles-monopoly-and-the-case-against-it-looks-surprisingly-like-standard-oils/

It’s not that they think they are above the law, it’s that no rules, even God’s, apply to them. But of course, to them there is no God because then they would have to acknowledge that they are not God, and that a Supreme Being can hold them accountable for their actions.

But their evil deeds keep being exposed.

https://thepostmillennial.com/project-veritas-exposes-ballot-chaser-pressuring-seniors

https://townhall.com/columnists/bruceabramson/2020/10/26/why-the-tech-giants-censor-conservatives–and-how-to-stop-them-n2578778

https://bongino.com/twitter-ceo-defends-decision-to-censor-trump-but-not-irans-ayatollah-calling-for-violence/

https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-ted-cruz-grills-jack-dorsey-for-censoring-the-new-york-post

They may say they don’t lie, but withholding information is the same as lying, so they don’t get a pass on that.

Thanks to Congress, Medicaid Is Spiraling Out of Control

https://nationandstate.com/2020/10/28/thanks-to-congress-medicaid-is-spiraling-out-of-control/

… Back in March, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA). Buried in the bill was a provision that gave states enhanced funding — a bump in what’s known as the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) — to deal with increasing enrollment on the program. But there was a catch.

To receive the FMAP, states had to give up control of their Medicaid programs.

… states were forced to agree to provide coverage to every single current and incoming enrollee on the program — even if they were determined to be ineligible. These are known as Maintenance of Effort (MOE) restrictions. So, if a Medicaid enrollee was caught committing fraud, or was simply no longer eligible for the program, states would be left powerless to remove them. And they remain powerless to do so today — creating a contradiction between federal law barring the removal of any enrollees and several state laws that require agencies to remove ineligible Medicaid recipients…

South China Sea: Vietnam ‘scraps new oil project’ – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43507448

OLD NEWS: 2018 Mar 23

… President Trump’s visit to Vietnam late last year and his subsequent conversations with the Vietnamese leadership seemed to suggest that the two governments were working together to counteract pressure from China.

Other countries in the region are also keen to develop their offshore oil and gas reserves.
Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines are all coming under pressure from China to concede “joint development” in areas where the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) gives them sole rights. So far all the South East Asian states have resisted the pressure…

DAS KAPITAL: Debt Deflation & The Neo-Feudal Empire – By Michael Hudson | RIELPOLITIK

https://rielpolitik.com/2020/10/27/das-kapital-debt-deflation-the-neo-feudal-empire-by-michael-hudson/

… The problem is that as people owe more and more debt service, they have less and less to spend on goods and services and so they’re not able to buy what they produce, and so employment shrinks and the economy shrinks. And part of the problem is not simply the growth of debt, but what the debt is for, and in the textbooks debt is supposed to be for productive purposes. The myth is that it’s for building factories and means of production and increases everybody’s prosperity, but that’s not what debt’s about. That’s what maybe stock issues are about, but it’s not what debt is about.

80% of debt is issued in the form of mortgages and they’re lent to real estate and the effect of real estate debt – making credit, loosening the credit terms more and more, lending more and more against properties, higher proportions, lower down payment, lower amortization rates – is that property prices are inflated. Housing prices are inflated. Commercial real estate prices are inflated.

So debt is being created for all the wrong things. It’s been decoupled from the economy at large, and it’s being taken on for things that really used to be considered public services like education. Used to be that all economies provided schooling free as a public service because they realized that education is how you increase productivity. But now, more and more, education is just to get a job sort of like a union card…