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Odd tid-bit about the Nord Strean gas ipeline between Rusia and Germany.

From CJR:

?Trump insisted to me that while “I said nice things” about Putin, “I killed them with Nord Stream,” the German/Russian pipeline his administration sanctioned in 2019 until “Biden comes in and approves it.” (The Biden administration waived sanctions on the project in May 2021, and then, after Russia invaded Ukraine, reinstated the sanctions.)'

I had forgotten that the Trump Administration had sanctioned the pipeline and the Biden Administration waived the sanction. 

Russia has strange friends and enemies....

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19 hours ago, John Cotter said:

I see your point, Ron. Deregulation exacerbates the worst effects of capitalism.

My post was partly prompted by a WhatsApp message from a friend in Ireland yesterday complaining about her latest gas bill.

Deregulation over 20 years ago was the primary factor in our freezeout two years ago.  Poorly insulated and poorly regulated infrastructure would have prevented frozen gas lines and equipment.  Our state legislature approved of the price gouging, which we will be paying for the next 20 years.

I read a headline 2-3 weeks ago about natural gas prices falling 50%.  I thought maybe my electric bill would go down 20-30 even 40%.  I guess that hasn't gotten through the pipeline yet so to speak, given my new record Dec-Jan bill mentioned earlier.  Here's hoping it does soon, I can't keep up with it, property taxes, gasoline, eggs.  $9.70 per btu to 2.70?  Come on.  Give me a break.

Natural gas prices drop. Will electric prices follow? - Poynter

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2 hours ago, Benjamin Cole said:

MW-

You raise a forgotten point: Long before Russiagate hoax, intel agencies had a long, long, long track of vastly exaggerating perceived foreign threats. 

There are reasons big and small for this:

Exaggerated threats make for larger budgets, and there is some CYA going on. If a rare true defense threat is dismissed or overlooked, then heads might roll. Safer to define everything as threat. 

In a larger picture, a bit of 1984: You should be fearful of domestic subversives and foreign threats (it is sad today's "left" now subscribes to fear-mongering they way the old right wing did). 

Aaron Mate does careful, detailed work. 

 

That was nice of someone to link the 2018 article after the Maté thread so they could see for themselves that the article was click bait and that Reality Winner clearly is not a mentally stable person who made a sound judgement given what Maté reported. 

Here's another one for our Russian Colluder Myth believers to dismiss because of the source: 

Bob Woodward condemns media's Russiagate coverage, reveals reporters ignored his warnings about Steele dossier

Woodward says Post reporters had 'lack of curiosity' about criticism of Steele dossier

 

"Bob Woodward, of the Post, told me that news coverage of the Russia inquiry ‘wasn’t handled well’ and that he thought viewers and readers had been 'cheated.' He urged newsrooms to 'walk down the painful road of introspection,'" Gerth wrote.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/bob-woodward-condemns-medias-russiagate-coverage-reveals-reporters-ignored-his-warnings-about-steele-dossier

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20 hours ago, Benjamin Cole said:

Explain the Carter Page debacle. That poor guy was guilty of nothing, and yet was defined in the M$M as a Moscow stooge. On bogus FISA submissions to the FISA court. Hey, if they can do that to Carter Page, they can do it to anybody.

Yep, that was wrong. Doesn't negate everything else.

20 hours ago, Benjamin Cole said:

The Alfa Bank "link" turns out to been some sort of automatic pinging software impulse. 

Sorry, but that's still unresolved.

https://www.businessinsider.com/alfa-bank-trump-organization-link-remains-mystery-after-durham-indictment-2021-10

Nobody anywhere took the Steele dossier seriously, so whatever on that.

So is that it for the hoaxes? Carter Page?

20 hours ago, Benjamin Cole said:

Manafort evidently gave Trump campaign polling data to Deripaska---Manafort says limited basic info, but who knows? 

And? So what? An oligarch knows what polling data says? 

LOL

Maybe you're ok with a Presidential campaign passing info to the KGB to assist them in their influence operations against American elections, but most real Americans, real patriots, are not. No way in hell.

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2 hours ago, Matt Allison said:

Yep, that was wrong. Doesn't negate everything else.

Sorry, but that's still unresolved.

https://www.businessinsider.com/alfa-bank-trump-organization-link-remains-mystery-after-durham-indictment-2021-10

Nobody anywhere took the Steele dossier seriously, so whatever on that.

So is that it for the hoaxes? Carter Page?

LOL

Maybe you're ok with a Presidential campaign passing info to the KGB to assist them in their influence operations against American elections, but most real Americans, real patriots, are not. No way in hell.

Matt:

The Steele Dossier was at the heart of what instigated the Russiagate Hoax. 

Commissioned by the Donks, passed to intel, and then presented to media as as something intel had. 

Hardball, DC-style. 

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1 hour ago, Matt Allison said:

Here ya go!

It's all here.

Wrapped up with a ribbon and a bow.

Enjoy!

 

Matt:

 

It appears the 'Phant-led House Oversight Committee will be examining the political weaponization of federal prosecutorial and investigative agencies.

I assume the committee will conduct an investigation and then issue a report. 

Will this pending report be a document you can treat as solid and true? 

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1 hour ago, Matt Allison said:

Oh my

Steel yourself, Ben

You've been led astray, yet again

 

Matt:

But why did Kyle Pope block publication? 

What if Pope had good reason to block more Russiagate hoax-ery? 

CJR'er Pope is a long-time news veteran, as is Jeff Gerth, and neither has ever been said to be Moscow stooges. The CJR is usually a big-lib publication. 

Maybe Pope had legitimate concerns regarding M$M coverage of Russiagate, which even by mid-2020 was beginning to fall into disrepute. 

Can you find out if Pope was wrong to block coverage, or if not "wrong" or "right" why he blocked the story?

Who is Duncan Campbell? 

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On 2/2/2023 at 4:59 AM, Sandy Larsen said:

 

Russiagate is not a man or woman. It cannot be tried in a court of law.

Russiagate is an incident, which can be discovered or verified with an investigation. Mueller investigated Russiagate and concluded that it indeed did happen.

Of course, you don't need to believe what Mueller reported. But if you want to have any credibility you should at least show flaws in Mueller's report. Otherwise it is all just speculation on your part.

And you shouldn't make false claims, like saying that a Columbia Journalism Review  article is more or less saying Russiagate was a hoax.

 

Sandy,

       I noticed this morning that Ben and Mathew completely ducked the series of questions I posted for them about Trump's Russiagate scandal, while repeating the false Trumplicon trope that Russiagate was based on the Steele Dossier.  So much for meaningful dialogue.

       In reality, the Russiagate scandal began in earnest after Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his December 2016 phone calls to Kisylak-- which prompted Trump to fire James Comey and Andrew McCabe in an effort to obstruct the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn.

      

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