Dementia is real…

Asked if nukes could stop a hurricane

Suggested ‘raking leaves’ prevents forest fires

Suggested “windmills”(turbines) cause cancer.

Said Climate Change is a Chinese Hoax

Was a prolific anti-vaxxer

Fueled a racist conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya

Said he would run into a school unarmed to stop a school shooting

Proposed an “alligator moat” at the border

Stared directly at a solar eclipse

Tried to buy Greenland

Directed the EPA to investigate toilets

Threatened to deny emergency funding for deadly California wildfires, despite the majority of fires being on federal land

Autographed bibles during a visit to a disaster zone.

Posted a photoshopped photo of his head over Greta Thunberg’s Time magazine cover because he was jealous of a teenager

Claimed (without evidence) 3-5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote.

Extended a hurricane forecast with a sharpie because he couldn’t admit he made a mistake on Twitter

Some quotes for good measure:

“Women, you have to treat them like shit.”

“Nobody respects women more than I do.”

“Nobody loves the bible more than me.”

“I’m the least racist person you’ll find anywhere in the world.”

“There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have”

“Nobody’s ever been more successful than me.”

“There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”

“Nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump.”

“Nobody knows more about trade than me”

“Nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world.”

“I know more about renewables than any human being on earth.”

“I know tech better than anyone”

“This is the only musical: the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important.”

“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault”

“I’m very highly educated. I know words; I have the best words.”

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart”

“I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”

“I am the chosen one.”

“I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”

Conspiracy of the AstroTurfed Conservatives

Iowa: website leads to Iowa Gun Owners. That domain is registered by the same proxy LLC as reopeniowa, but was registered in 2007. Identical to Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

Maryland: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio.

Minnesota: website leads to Minnesota Gun Rights. That domain is registered to the same LLC as reopenmn, but was registered in 2013. Identical to Iowa, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

New Jersey: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio.

North Carolina: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, similar to Ohio.

Ohio: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Similar to Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, somewhat similar to Washington.

Oklahoma: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Identical to Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, similar to Ohio.

Pennsylvania: website leads to Pennsylvania Firearms Association, registered to the same LLC as reopenpa, but was registered in 2019. Identical to Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin.

Washington: Website lists no contact information or responsible group. Similar to Ohio.

Wisconsin: Website leads to Wisconsin Firearms Coalition registered to the same LLC as reopenwi, but was registered in 2016. Identical to Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania.

Conclusion: of 100 domains researched, 16 have active websites, including 1 Facebook group, and 6 quasi-legitimate looking domains.

There appear to be at least two campaigns here, one of which is definitely an astroturf. Iowa, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are identical and likely all maintained by the same individual or group. Maryland, New Jersey, and North Carolina are identical and could be maintained by the same individual or group, but there isn’t any real data to support that. Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington are outliers. They’re roughly similar to the previous group, but different enough that the domains may have been bought independently.

Conspiracy rating: 5/10 Comet Ping Pongs.

UPDATE: One of the domain squatters in Florida has now run his domains through the GoDaddy proxy service. Keep an eye on any websites that redirect from those domains, as he could have found buyers.

This isn’t any conspiracy, it’s just good old fashioned American business. There are indeed two campaigns:

PA, WI, OH, MN, IA – OCP’s branding is displayed proudly all over these sites, just look at the source and the stunningly obvious “contact your legislator” custom site widget. Seems to use uniform CMS. Ohio is not an outlier – they just altered their CMS presentation.

MD, NC, NJ – these were harder to ferret out, but they all use similar formats & different CMS They try to link directly to CHANGE.ORG, and up their “blog” when data can’t be autofilled. These “blogs” cross link with one-another. These sites seem to have a hard time dealing with privacy extensions, unlike OneClickPolitics.

  • Unknown data collection/provenance:

OK (OCOPA is a real but intensely partisan think tank, the reopenok site is, however, very new and looks to be aping the other sites instead of relying any CMS), WA (this is a true enigma – if someone really wanted their sites to be “grassroots” looking they would all look like they were designed by script kiddies that time-traveled from 1998). Hilariously, whatever software they are using in WA links directly to this reddit post as part of their “truth news feed” – so it’s not hand-curated.


I encourage you to read and examine the sites, mission statements, and services offered by One Click Politics, and UJOIN. They go out of their way to expound that they are masters at pretending to be grass-roots movements that can conjure up seemingly organic support at the drop of a check.

To quote OCP:

Are you launching a new coalition or association and need more members now? Want 10,000 signatures for your petition from residents of a certain state? Are you battling a legislative issue in a location where you don’t have enough advocates, who are constituents of the legislators you are attempting to influence? Or would you like to impress your boss by reporting a 15% growth in membership in less than 90 days? If your answer is yes, keep reading!

OneClick Acquisition is your solution for generating immediate legislative actions from new supporters within mere days. We deliver “on demand, organic supporters” through our proprietary digital ad placement technology.

So again, not a conspiracy – but definitely astroturfing. The real question though, isn’t who is doing this. It’s can they be definitively financially linked to these two professional astroturfing firms?

(probably not)

Both firms tout their ability to cycle news stories, facebook posts, twitter rampages, and texting so as to appear “grassroots” and not seem as if they are disseminating copy-pasted material.

And yes, there are many, many more professional astroturfing firms out there, willing to take whatever check comes across their desk in order to influence public opinion and legislation.

I suggest that if any of you want to stick it to OCP and UJOIN, take screenshots of their bogus sites, so that they’ll have to diversify their tactics in the future.

In conclusion, this isn’t something necessarily coming from ESLEWHERE. It’s a critical flaw in our political system. Private corporations can legally masquerade as normal citizens who are concerned about their “constitutional rights” being infringed upon by and you don’t know who wrote the check.

Here’s the thing: people on both sides of the aisle are going to be screwed by these so-called protests. People are going to die if this takes hold. This isn’t a right vs left thing. This is a normal people vs big-data-government-lobbyist thing. Even your racist uncle who may have gone to one of these protests may be hurt by this. It’s not you (if you disagree with him) vs him, or you vs his political views. It’s normal people vs THEM.

THEM isn’t your governor, or your representative or senator. THEM is whoever hired these ghouls. Also these ghouls themselves.

Wash your hands, wear a facemask, and P.S.:

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EDIT: I would be remiss if I did not take the time before logging out to mention that the states targeted by OCP – pennsylvania, wisconson, iowa, minnesota, and ohio are presidential election swing states. Make of that what you will.

Dr_Midnight explains how the Russian propaganda machine is messing with Trumpets…

There’s an imperial ton of astroturfing going on, and it’s quite visible in how those groups popped up literally overnight (hint-hint). The thing is that they targeted groups who were… how does one say… more receptive to the message who wouldn’t be inclined to look any deeper into what they were joining.

As an example, right now, this is happening in Los Angeles.

Now, here’s a screenshot of the description of the “Operation Gridlock Los Angeles” group when it was first spotted by Buzzfeed News.

Concurrently, here’s a screenshot of the description of the “Operation Gridlock Tennessee” group.

But, hey… it’s Buzzfeed News right? Cool-cool-cool-cool-cool…

Here’s a link to the group “Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine” – sitting 55,281 members deep at the time of this post.

Okay…

Now here’s a link to the group “Minnesotans Against Excessive Quarantine” – presently with 18,938 members.

Why do these groups have the exact same description?

Let’s not stop there. Following their own links: one is from the “Pennsylvania Firearms Association”, and the other is from the group “Minnesota Gun Rights” – both with the exact same layout.

Both of these domains are registered with the same registrar and were registered on the exact same day at the same time.[ ~]$ whois reopenmn.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com]

[whois.godaddy.com]

Domain Name: reopenmn.com Registry Domain ID: 2512322197_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-08T14:39:18Z Creation Date: 2020-04-08T14:39:17Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-08T14:39:17Z [ ~]$ whois reopenpa.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com]

[whois.godaddy.com]

Domain Name: reopenpa.com Registry Domain ID: 2512322050_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-08T14:37:30Z Creation Date: 2020-04-08T14:37:29Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-08T14:37:29Z

The rest of the whois information is obscured by a proxy organization that provides privacy for whois records (I even use them myself as do many others for privacy reasons), so I cannot tell who owns these domains.

Following the pattern of their sites, I checked for “reopenmd.com”, but it never resolved to anything. That said, the DNS lookup itself didn’t result in a NXDOMAIN error which tells me the domain does exist.[ ~]$ whois reopenmd.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com]

[whois.godaddy.com]

Domain Name: reopenmd.com Registry Domain ID: 2515645280_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-17T04:19:17Z Creation Date: 2020-04-17T04:19:16Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-17T04:19:16Z Registrant Organization: Registrant State/Province: Florida Registrant Country: US Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenmd.com

Registered a little more than week later with the same registrar. The thing is, they didn’t actually complete their whois information this time, and whoever set it up cheaped out or forgot to pay for the Domains by Proxy service. Although whois information is literally a public record, I’m not inclined to place my account at risk by opening myself up to accusations of doxxing. That said, anyone who feels inclined to can go to https://whois.godaddy.com and search for reopenmd.com. I myself would be personally curious as to why someone in Florida is registering domains claiming to be gun rights organizations in other states.

Seriously, even without that information – who or whomever is responsible for this astroturfing couldn’t make this more obvious if they tried. It honestly took me longer to type all of this up to present here than it did for me to find this all. Yet people have taken the bait hook-line-and-sinker.

Meanwhile, the President then starts tweeting “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”, “LIBERATE VIRGINIA…”, and “LIBERATE MICHIGAN”; and one of the major forces behind the group in Michigan was a political group that has direct ties to and has historically been heavily funded by the family of the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (though said family denies direct involvement in last weeks protest)?

In that regard, I’m not alleging some major conspiracy here, but l-o-fucking-l.


Edit: for the record, reopenva.com also exists and has the exact same registry info as reopenmd.com.[ ~]$ whois reopenva.com [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com] [Redirected to whois.godaddy.com] [Querying whois.godaddy.com]

[whois.godaddy.com]

Domain Name: reopenva.com Registry Domain ID: 2515650132_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com Updated Date: 2020-04-17T04:43:47Z Creation Date: 2020-04-17T04:43:46Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-04-17T04:43:46Z Registrant Organization: Registrant State/Province: Florida Registrant Country: US Registrant Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com Admin Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com Tech Email: Select Contact Domain Holder link at https://www.godaddy.com/whois/results.aspx?domain=reopenva.com


Edit 2: Apparently, others have found that a domain for pretty much every other state was registered in the same pattern at the same time.


Edit 3: Holy crap, this blew up! Thanks! I really just have a strong dislike for disinformation, and want people to be empowered to know who is involved with what; and I also want people to know to always apply critical thinking to these things.

DerekVanGorder explains Money for Nothing

All money comes from currency issuers: governments, central banks, and banks. These institutions create money by fiat, by spending or loaning new money into existence.

People like you & I can’t create money by fiat. We’re currency users; we use the money that our institutions create. So this sounds a little unfamiliar to us, but nevertheless, it’s pretty ordinary; new money is created every day, and finds its way into our economy in the form of government spending, or bank loans.

In normal times, the general public prefers to have currency issued to us for work. In our culture, wage labor is considered a morally just and righteous way to receive money, and there is a strong stigma against receiving money for free. Currency issuers go through a lot of effort to satisfy this demand of ours; they use monetary policy to try to achieve a full employment target, so that most people can receive money through wages.

During an emergency, where a lot of people suddenly have to stop working, full employment is no longer a tenable way to funnel money to consumers. The economy will shrink from the non-essential businesses to essential businesses only. But these essential businesses still need customers— even if not all of those customers can be workers for a while. So governments need to come up with another way to get money to consumers, so the economy can keep working…. or else the whole thing will crash.

One really efficient way to make sure people have enough money to spend, is to simply give consumers money.

Lots of people might ask “where is this money coming from?” because they’re used to getting money only for work. But the money comes from the same place as wages do: from currency issuers, who are always determining how much new money enters the economy– whether that’s through the government (3% of money supply) or through private bank loans to businesses (97% of the money supply).

Governments can issue as much or as little new money as they want. But they can’t do so without consequences. If they issue too much money, to allow too much consumer spending, then we get inflation; that means there’s too much money trying to buy too few goods– so the money just becomes worth less.

But if they don’t issue enough money, or don’t distribute it efficiently, we get a different problem: poverty. The economy is delivering less goods to people not because we’re short on goods, but simply because we didn’t print enough money for people to use.

In our society, people care a lot about unemployment, and not too much about poverty. Whenever we commit to reducing poverty, we usually try to have it occur through work (“higher wages,” etc.). People feel so strongly about this, that we come up with stories about how the “real value” of money comes not from goods, or production, but from work.

They warn that if governments “print money” this will cause inflation. Or they might say it’s necessary to tax people who don’t work as hard, before we do any new spending. But the truth is, the value of money doesn’t have much to do with work. And the government doesn’t need to tax anybody before printing money; we’re always printing money, one way or another.

A simple way of summing this up is: it’s not important where money comes from (that has an easy answer). The important question is: does the new money have somewhere to go? i.e. does the economy have enough productive potential, to respond to that new money with goods?

EDIT: this became a popular post. If you’d like to learn more about my perspective on the economy, you can check out my YouTube channel.

EDIT 2: If you’re interested in more on these topics, I recommend checking out Alex Howlett and his Boston Basic Income discussion group.

Biden…

I wanted Bernie. I wanted Warren over Biden. I wanted several candidates more than Biden. Nonetheless:

2020 is SO much bigger than Biden

A 2020 Trump Presidency would mean:

  • A conservative judiciary the rest of your life. A likely 7-2 SCOTUS, and another massive chunk of lifetime federal judge appointments.

This means unfavorable rulings for: climate change, abortion, gerrymandering, executive power, executive oversight, Congressional authority, civil rights, immigration issues (children in cages), and so, so much more. You can basically say goodbye to this for decades to come with a Trump Presidency. Everything Bernie, Warren, Democrats, and progressives ever stood for is going to take a sledgehammer with a Trump Presidency.

  • It would mean the continuing takeover of an authoritarian rule. Trump has argued he is immune from indictments, from oversight, from the courts, and he has a DOJ and Republican Senate to help him solidify his role as America’s King.
  • It would mean further emboldening of a worrying white nationalist, conspiratorial presence in America. Racism, sexism, xenophobia, wild conspiracies, and more would be given a green light.
  • The continued isolation of America on the world stage. Every country on the planet besides NK, Saudi Arabia, and Russia does. not. trust. us. anymore. We are a mockery on the world stage in everything we do.
  • The most corrupt cabinet in history. William Barr, Betsy DeVos, Mnuchin, Wheeler, Pence. It’s like a super team of unqualified, horrendous people with enormous conflicts of interest. Every position is basically hired to deconstruct the agency they work for. The intelligence community is being flat-out purged for loyalists.
  • A continuing WAR against climate change efforts and science. Undoubtedly the biggest issue humanity, including our children, grandchildren, and beyond will face.

No matter what your criticisms of Biden are,

Let’s remember who Trump is:

-Trump defrauded the government of $400 million dollars.
-Trump ran a fraudulent charity (one that supported veterans and children with cancer) and university.
-Trump cheated on his third wife with a porn star and illegally paid her to keep quiet before an election.
-Trump committed at least 5 felony instances of Obstruction of Justice., including trying to get Mueller (the man investigating him) fired… twice.
-Trump was impeached for Obstruction of Congress and Abuse of Power.
-Trump killed a top general of a hostile nation that posed no imminent threat.
-Trump has over twenty sexual misconduct/assault allegations.
-Trump tried to lie about a hurricane by extending a forecast with a fucking sharpie on a map because he couldn’t admit he made a mistake on twitter.
-Trump doesn’t believe in climate change.
-Trump thinks windmills cause cancer and raking prevents forest fires.
-Trump is a stable genius – The “nuclear” quote – Another classic
-Trump’s only “political experience” prior to becoming President was fueling a racist conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya.
-Trump told a group of minority Congresswomen (3 of which born in America) to “go back” to the countries they came from.
-Trump got on the stage at Helsinki to tell the world he trusts Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies.
-Trump is purging the intelligence community and replacing the positions with unqualified sycophants.
-Trump is exploiting a public health crisis for personal gain, and using the cover to remove oversight.

At the end of the day, we have a choice to make in November as reasonable adults and Americans.

– Quoted from a Redditor named CaptainNoBoat