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    https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/...ncial-activity

    Thousands of documents detailing $2 trillion (1.55tn) of potentially corrupt transactions that were washed through the US financial system have been leaked to an international group of investigative journalists.

    The leak focuses on more than 2,000 suspicious activity reports (SARs) filed with the US government’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

    Banks and other financial institutions file SARs when they believe a client is using their services for potential criminal activity.

    However, the filing of an SAR does not require the bank to cease doing business with the client in question.

    The documents were provided to BuzzFeed News, which shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

    The documents are said to suggest major banks provided financial services to high-risk individuals from around the world, in some cases even after they had been placed under sanctions by the US government.

    According to the ICIJ the documents relate to more than $2tn of transactions dating from between 1999 and 2017.

    One of those named in the SARs is Paul Manafort, a political strategist who led Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign for several months.

    He stepped down from the role after his consultancy work for former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was exposed, and he was later convicted of fraud and tax evasion.

    According to the ICIJ, banks began flagging activity linked to Manafort as suspicious beginning in 2012. In 2017 JP Morgan Chase filed a report on wire transfers worth over $300m involving shell companies in Cyprus that had done business with Manafort.
    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/09/tru...hey-have-left/

    Former Vice President Joe Biden announced that his campaign brought in a massive campaign haul during the Democratic convention last month ahead of the August campaign finance filing. President Donald Trump has attempted to keep his campaign numbers hidden with a late filing, and by Sunday evening it was clear why.

    Trump’s total haul for August, when he got a week’s worth of free media from the Republican convention, was just $61.7 million. The campaign spent almost all of it, $61.2 million.

    The campaign still has about $900,000 in debt. His cash on hand is just $121 million in the bank.

    Trump’s big donor support has dropped by 61 percent as he refuses to turn out for virtual events.

    Trump has raised over $1 billion that he’s blown through.
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/redsta...-anthony-fauci

    The managing editor of the prominent conservative website RedState has spent months trashing U.S. officials tasked with combating COVID-19, dubbing White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci a “mask nazi,” and intimating that government officials responsible for the pandemic response should be executed.

    But that writer, who goes by the pseudonym “streiff,” isn’t just another political blogger. The Daily Beast has discovered that he actually works in the public affairs shop of the very agency that Fauci leads.

    William B. Crews is, by day, a public affairs specialist for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. But for years he has been writing for RedState under the streiff pseudonym. And in that capacity he has been contributing to the very same disinformation campaign that his superiors at the NIAID say is a major challenge to widespread efforts to control a pandemic that has claimed roughly 200,000 U.S. lives.

    Under his pseudonym, Crews has derided his own colleagues as part of a left-wing anti-Trump conspiracy and vehemently criticized the man who leads his agency, whom he described as the “attention-grubbing and media-whoring Anthony Fauci.” He has gone after other public health officials at the state and federal levels, as well—“the public health Karenwaffen,'' as he’s called them—over measures such as the closures of businesses and other public establishments and the promotion of social distancing and mask-wearing. Those policies, Crews insists, have no basis in science and are simply surreptitious efforts to usurp Americans’ rights, destroy the U.S. economy, and damage President Donald Trump’s reelection effort.

    “I think we’re at the point where it is safe to say that the entire Wuhan virus scare was nothing more or less than a massive fraud perpetrated upon the American people by ‘experts’ who were determined to fundamentally change the way the country lives and is organized and governed,” Crews wrote in a June post on RedState.

    “If there were justice,” he added, “we’d send and [sic] few dozen of these fascists to the gallows and gibbet their tarred bodies in chains until they fall apart.”

    After The Daily Beast brought those and other quotes from Crews to NIAID’s attention, the agency said in an emailed statement that Crews would “retire” from his position. “NIAID first learned of this matter this morning, and Mr. Crews has informed us of his intention to retire,” the spokesperson, Kathy Stover, wrote. “We have no further comments on this as it is a personnel matter.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/h...r-hhs-fda.html

    In a stunning declaration of authority, Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, this week barred the nation’s health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, from signing any new rules regarding the nation’s foods, medicines, medical devices and other products, including vaccines.

    Going forward, Mr. Azar wrote in a Sept. 15 memorandum obtained by The New York Times, such power “is reserved to the Secretary.” The bulletin was sent to heads of operating and staff divisions within H.H.S.

    It’s unclear if or how the memo would change the vetting and approval process for coronavirus vaccines, three of which are in advanced clinical trials in the United States. Political appointees, under pressure from the president, have taken a string of steps over the past few months to interfere with the standard scientific and regulatory processes at the health agencies. For example, a much criticized guideline on testing for the coronavirus was not written by C.D.C. scientists, and was posted on the agency’s public website over their objections. It was reversed on Friday.

    Outside observers were alarmed by the new memo and worried that it could contribute to a public perception of political meddling in science-based regulatory decisions. Dr. Mark McClellan, who formerly headed the F.D.A. and now runs Duke University’s health policy center, praised the agency’s work on vaccine development but said the policy change was ill-timed.

    “We’re in the midst of a pandemic, when trust in the public health agency is needed more than ever,” he said. “So, I’m not sure what is to be gained with a management change with respect to F.D.A. when they are doing such critical work.”
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    Politburopilled

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    Lol, you guys are so fucked

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phrixus Zephyr View Post
    Lol, you guys are so fucked

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    Nah, the USA is currently losing the race for the bottom badly to UK

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    There's alot more to lose here. More people, more bombs, more guns and more people that don't deserve this shit. Also if we lose the UK loses, leaving the EU not so fun an idea now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordstern View Post
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/redsta...-anthony-fauci

    The managing editor of the prominent conservative website RedState has spent months trashing U.S. officials tasked with combating COVID-19, dubbing White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci a “mask nazi,” and intimating that government officials responsible for the pandemic response should be executed.

    But that writer, who goes by the pseudonym “streiff,” isn’t just another political blogger. The Daily Beast has discovered that he actually works in the public affairs shop of the very agency that Fauci leads.

    William B. Crews is, by day, a public affairs specialist for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. But for years he has been writing for RedState under the streiff pseudonym. And in that capacity he has been contributing to the very same disinformation campaign that his superiors at the NIAID say is a major challenge to widespread efforts to control a pandemic that has claimed roughly 200,000 U.S. lives.

    Under his pseudonym, Crews has derided his own colleagues as part of a left-wing anti-Trump conspiracy and vehemently criticized the man who leads his agency, whom he described as the “attention-grubbing and media-whoring Anthony Fauci.” He has gone after other public health officials at the state and federal levels, as well—“the public health Karenwaffen,'' as he’s called them—over measures such as the closures of businesses and other public establishments and the promotion of social distancing and mask-wearing. Those policies, Crews insists, have no basis in science and are simply surreptitious efforts to usurp Americans’ rights, destroy the U.S. economy, and damage President Donald Trump’s reelection effort.

    “I think we’re at the point where it is safe to say that the entire Wuhan virus scare was nothing more or less than a massive fraud perpetrated upon the American people by ‘experts’ who were determined to fundamentally change the way the country lives and is organized and governed,” Crews wrote in a June post on RedState.

    “If there were justice,” he added, “we’d send and [sic] few dozen of these fascists to the gallows and gibbet their tarred bodies in chains until they fall apart.”

    After The Daily Beast brought those and other quotes from Crews to NIAID’s attention, the agency said in an emailed statement that Crews would “retire” from his position. “NIAID first learned of this matter this morning, and Mr. Crews has informed us of his intention to retire,” the spokesperson, Kathy Stover, wrote. “We have no further comments on this as it is a personnel matter.”
    Now this shit pisses me off, for a number of reasons obvi, but this whole thing of letting people of the hook with "retiring", "personal matter", "no more comments" makes me fucking rage!

    STOP DOING THAT! DONT LET THESE FUCKIN POS OFF EASY! Issue a fire fueled response, condemning their actions in the strongest possible way and file charges if possible. FUUUCK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liare View Post
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    If the Republicans in fact show the ultimate hypocrisy, and move forward on replacing RBG with a Conservative Justice, please consider ANY objections on my part towards adding additional justices to be revoked.

    If they do that, such blatant and dishonest hypocrisy (not uncommon in Politics, I know), then fuck um. Add away once (D) retakes power.

    They had 11 months for Obama's nom. They have less than 2 months now. In the first case they were replacing a deeply conservative justice (so "keeping the balance" at least accurate). Now they are replacing the Progressive leader of the Court (so totally unbalancing the Court).

    No fuck them if they do this. I've already changed from (R) to (D) because Trump, if (R) does this I will never, ever return to (R). It's vile. And I loathe hypocrisy no matter how common. Fuckers.
    McConnell has already said they're going ahead.

    applying the "worst possible outcome" theorem it's probably going to be Cruz or Cotton, so women's reproductive rights are probably a goner and you're gonna get a actual Friesler type on the supreme court. enjoy!
    "Freisler", mein Herr.

    Without even looking at the link I knew who you meant and that you got the spelling wrong.

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    Dear Mr. Romney:

    Kindly fuck yourself with a pineapple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordstern View Post
    Dear Mr. Romney:

    Kindly fuck yourself with a pineapple.
    Yeah well, at least he's never pretended to care about some arcane rules when someone else was in charge and then flip flop.


    But a pineapple might be good for him regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Coutu View Post
    There's alot more to lose here. More people, more bombs, more guns and more people that don't deserve this shit. Also if we lose the UK loses, leaving the EU not so fun an idea now.


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    It looks like Trump will get his supreme court justice. If a state bans abortion, I can see there being an abortion-pill mail service. Actually, I just googled and there already is one. I wonder what will happen if a pharmacist in an abortion-legal state mails a pill to someone in an abortion-illegal state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Approaching Walrus View Post
    You seem triggered, like really angry that people are worried about something they probably should be. Its ok son I'm sure they will be wiped out when the established and functional Tankie Party of the USA takes over and purges the leftist weakling elements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Not Larkonnis View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Coutu View Post
    There's alot more to lose here. More people, more bombs, more guns and more people that don't deserve this shit. Also if we lose the UK loses, leaving the EU not so fun an idea now.
    Yikes. Its ok m8 like I said it's not a secret what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Coutu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Approaching Walrus View Post
    You seem triggered, like really angry that people are worried about something they probably should be. Its ok son I'm sure they will be wiped out when the established and functional Tankie Party of the USA takes over and purges the leftist weakling elements.
    No more likely you and your fellow travelers are going to instigate a fascist revolt or legislative overthrow in the USA because you're fucking idiots with no ideological clarity or leadership that have been entirely co opted by the FBI and agent provocateurs. Congratulations on being the tools of corporate America.

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    Lol have fun jerking off over your pictures of Pol Pot and Stalin, I know you are so excited for a civil war and bitch endlessly about something you literally contribute nothing to. Keep advocating for the deaths of anyone that doesn't go full tankie with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Coutu View Post
    Lol have fun jerking off over your pictures of Pol Pot and Stalin, I know you are so excited for a civil war and bitch endlessly about something you literally contribute nothing to. Keep advocating for the deaths of anyone that doesn't go full tankie with you.
    The only person who unironically (irony, another social concept lobotomized by liberal training) who advocates for mass killings is Erich. I'm not excited to see things play out exactly as I imagined they would years ago, only lunatics want civil war. Not that I expect you to care or anything but I'm not a Stalinist.

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    At some point Jack (and whatever other hardcore neoliberals still lurk here like Don) you are going to have to face the fact that the current predicament is entirely the fault of liberals, specifically the ones that advocated for economic neoliberalism which is a hard right economic ideology. They have driven the country, especially the 'white working class' directly into the waiting arms of fascists.

    Liberals pivoted to the right under Clinton and gutted the working class with NAFTA and the tough on crime bill (thanks Biden!) and countless other measures, in the UK a similar process took place with 'New Labour'. Bush stole the election. Then when Obama failed to deliver on any of his campaign rhetoric and instead bailed out wall street and banks while millions were thrown out of their homes with no relief, liberals acted shocked when rust belt states that were traditionally blue flipped red and went for Trump who at least pretended to give a damn about workers (he doesn't).

    And now Dems chose to run a senile corpse and a ruthless career prosecutor as their ticket. They are this fucking close to actually losing in November, it almost makes you think that's their goal. On top of that, every small business that gets burnt down, every car that gets vandalized by BLM protesters and anarchists (or agent provocateurs) is another vote for Trump in November. A few hundred sweaty purple haired skinnyfat genderless anarchists clashing with federal law enforcement in Portland is not a revolution and actions like that send normal people (you know, the ones you want to convince) directly into the arms of Trump or into not voting entirely.

    Seriously which way do you think it will go when the shoe drops? This is the country that flies F16s over college football games and worships soldiers, the country that brainwashes its kids to say the national anthem every single day. The country that literally has fasces and other fascist iconography all over the government. It's definitely not going to be Marxist, there's no Marxist presence in the USA worth addressing. BLM? Anyone organizing it will be rounded up and vanish into the vast prison industrial complex. The FBI already is doing that as we speak.

    The US is already an oligarchy, at best, it's entering a new authoritarian phase. At worst, it's now one short chain of events from becoming a fascist dictatorship with the support of enough of the population to make it work. I'd love to be wrong but so far, all of my predictions have come to pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Coutu View Post
    You seem triggered, like really angry that people are worried about something they probably should be. Its ok son I'm sure they will be wiped out when the established and functional Tankie Party of the USA takes over and purges the leftist weakling elements.
    IDK who would be viped out but if AWalrus is somehow, hypothetically appointed a Beria type position as the head of internal security in the brand new tankie USA, anyone caught standing near a ventilation shaft is going to have a really bad day no matter their political affiliation judging from our last sessions in amongst us

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