Monkey-wrenching the #2020 (s)Election Circus

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02-11-19 08:30:00,

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James joins Ernest Hancock of Freedom’s Phoenix for their bi-monthly conversation. This time they discuss the issues that will (or could) be part of the 2020 (s)Election cycle and how activists can use the (s)Election distration to raise issues of importance.

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Israel election results: Netanyahu will pull out all the stops – including military action – to hold on to power | Opinion

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Israelis voted to save their democracy. But the country may soon face a severe constitutional crisis if Netanyahu, facing political failure and criminal prosecution, adopts Nixon-style desperate measures

The final results from Israel s do-over elections are not yet in, but barring entirely unrealistic developments, Benjamin Netanyahu s long reign as king-premier will soon be over.

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    Israel election: Time to replace Netanyahu | Opinion

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    17-09-19 07:19:00,

    Today’s election for the 22nd Knesset gives Israelis another opportunity to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s regime, which is beset by corruption and incitement. (For the latest election polls – click here)

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    The campaign, which began with the Knesset’s dissolution on May 30 and climaxed over the past two weeks, has revealed Netanyahu in all his ugliness: agitating for war, spreading lies, denying the rule of law and the authority of state institutions, and accusing the Arab community of wholesale voter fraud during the April election, while hinting that he won’t accept the results of this election if he loses it. Netanyahu’s conduct shows that there’s no limit to the damage and destruction he’s prepared to cause Israeli democracy just to remain in his position and evade the three indictments pending against him, subject to a hearing.

    Replacing Netanyahu requires a blocking majority of 61 MKs who will not support a government he heads and who will force him to yield his seat. The rival candidate, Kahol Lavan’s Benny Gantz, is more worthy of being prime minister than Netanyahu. While Gantz doesn’t have much political experience, he resisted diving into the sewer into which Netanyahu dragged this election campaign despite the character assassination he was subjected to by Likud. He displayed self-control, restraint, and respect for the state and its threatened institutions.

    Voters who want to save Israeli democracy, the rule of law, and civic equality must vote for parties committed to those values: Kahol Lavan, Democratic Union, Labor-Gesher or the Joint List – whose head, Ayman Odeh, presented for the first time terms for supporting Gantz and entering a government led by him, sparking a crucial debate on the role of Arab society in the political system.

    But there are two crucial conditions that must be met to form this blocking majority and end the Netanyahu era. The first is that the left-wing Zionist parties – Democratic Union and Labor-Gesher – pass the electoral threshold so their votes don’t go down the drain. Voters deliberating over whether to vote for one of them must consider this need. Even if Amir Peretz erred when he refused a Labor-Meretz union and thus put the entire bloc at risk,

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    Israel’s election, the corrupt and the corrupting occupation | Opinion

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    We are once again going to the polls. Because of the corruption, the battle this time is over the corrupt and the corrupters.

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      This election, it’s good guys vs. bad guys | Opinion

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      After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s shocking attack on Channel 12 television, it s clearer than ever who the good guys and the bad guys are, and the current election revolves around this choice. True,…

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        Big election business: Democratic candidates, even critical of Facebook, pour millions into platform

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        14-08-19 08:40:00,

        Though many Democrats have decried the role of social media giant Facebook in spreading ‘fake news’ during the 2016 presidential election, the party’s new debate rules are driving candidates to shovel millions into the platform.

        Even as a growing number of 2020 hopefuls get in line to suggest breaking up the tech firm – arguing it wields too much power and influence, and that it helps to spread misinformation online – their campaigns continue to spend lavishly on Facebook ads.

        In the last 90 days, billionaire-investor-turned-candidate Tom Steyer has spent $3.1 million on some 3,200 Facebook ads, blowing the next largest Democratic social media spender, Kirsten Gillibrand, out of the water by over $1 million, according to the site’s ad library. In the same period, several top Democratic candidates also spent in excess of $1 million on Facebook ads, including Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Julian Castro, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.

        The more recent figures are even starker in Steyer’s case, who, as of this week, is spending $140,000 on ads every single day, many of them pleading for a contribution of just one dollar.

        Tom Steyer spent $2.9 million in 30 days on Facebook ads begging for $1 donations. As of Aug. 11, he is spending $140K per day. Remember when Dems blamed Facebook for subverting democracy? They turned around and devised a system that is enriching Facebook at preposterous levels

        — Michael Tracey (@mtracey) August 13, 2019

        While it may seem odd to blow millions in exchange for a dollar at a time, the candidates’ spending habits are propelled by the Democratic Party’s debate rules – which mandate “donor thresholds,” or a certain number of individual contributions, before a candidate can step onto a debate stage. The newest requirements, however, are feeding the social media goliath and further entrenching its place in American politics: precisely what many Democratic lawmakers and candidates have criticized since the last election.

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        Privacy? What’s that? Facebook lawyer argues users have none

        Since the first two presidential debates in June and July, the Democratic Party has significantly tightened its rules for who qualifies.

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        Election? What Election? The EU Elite Will Censor Their Way Out of this Mess – Global Research

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        07-06-19 07:06:00,

        The neoliberal establishment is wringing its hands in the wake of European elections that proved a resounding victory for populist parties across the continent, casting around for someone to blame but utterly incapable of realizing their own interference has doomed them. Doubling down on the censorship, they are determined to provoke the catastrophe they need to make free speech history.

        The NGO-industrial complex was operating at maximum capacity in the weeks leading up to the election, shutting down hundreds of Facebook pages deemed “fake” or “hate speech” in the hope of controlling the messages reaching voters before they made the terrible mistake of voting for a candidate who represents their interests.

        Led by Avaaz, which claims to be a “global citizens’ movement monitoring election freedom and disinformation,” this well-heeled fifth column whipped the press into paranoid frenzies with reports like “Fakewatch,” which breathlessly documented 500 “suspicious” pages and groups it claims are “spreading massive disinformation.” The groups have little in common other than their alleged “link[s] to right-wing and anti-EU organizations,” a capital offense for the promoters of “democracy,” which can only be permitted where it doesn’t stray from the center-left path of most #Resistance.

        “Far-right and anti-EU groups are weaponizing social media at scale to spread false and hateful content,” the study warns, gloating that after sharing its findings with Facebook, the platform shut down an “unprecedented” number of pages on the eve of the election (77 out of the 500, according to VentureBeat, which has credulously signal-boosted every utterance of Avaaz as if it is divine truth from the Oracle of Delphi). Avaaz’s reports frame the problem as an affliction of the right wing only, even though disinformation is second nature to political operatives at both ends of the spectrum (and, more importantly, in the sanctified center).

        The Computational Propaganda Project, an Oxford-based research group, made no secret of its elitist leanings, declaiming, “On Facebook, while many more users interact with mainstream content overall, individual junk news stories can still hugely outperform even the best, most important, professionally produced stories,” as if users have no choice but to consume “professionally-produced” Oxford-approved material or wallow in junk content. And Facebook’s own statistics bear out the hypothesis that coordinated inauthentic behavior has surged – the site removed almost 3.4 billion “fake” accounts from October 2018 to March 2019,

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        What the Israeli Election Is All About – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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        What the Israeli Election Is All About

        “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s associates have reportedly told the premier that snap elections would likely deny him the time needed to pass legislation shielding him from prosecution in three corruption cases.”

        Trump’s favorite foreign “leader” is trying desperately to use an election to shield himself from the law.  No doubt Trump will issue a pardon for Netanyahu.

        https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-advisers-said-to-warn-elections-wont-give-him-time-to-secure-immunity/ 

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        The Worst 2020 Election Interference Will Be Perfectly Legal

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        27-05-19 06:54:00,

        “After the Mueller report was released, our president called Vladimir Putin, spent an hour on the phone with him,” Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said on CBS’s Face The Nation yesterday. “Described the report as a hoax, giving Putin a green light to further interfere in our democracy.”

        “Russia interfered in the 2016 election,” tweeted presidential candidate Kamala Harris the other day. “If we don’t do anything to upgrade our election infrastructure, we will leave our nation vulnerable to future attacks.”

        We’ve been seeing many such hysterical warnings about Russian interference in the upcoming 2020 elections, and as the election gets nearer we are 100 percent guaranteed to see a lot more.

        Lawmakers worry that elections will be held on woefully outdated voting machines and that any tampering by adversaries could lead to disputed results https://t.co/dVW2bqxndr

        — Roll Call (@rollcall) May 22, 2019

        Another concern people have been voicing, which has far more legitimacy, is the fear of election tampering from domestic actors. An article published the other day by Roll Call reports that experts are warning America’s 2020 elections “will be held on voting machines that are woefully outdated and that any tampering by adversaries could lead to disputed results.” An article published last month by the Guardian warns that new voting machines aren’t necessarily an improvement.

        “The purchases replace machines from the turn of the century that raise serious security concerns,” the Guardian reports. “But the same companies that made and sold those machines are behind the new generation of technology, and a history of distrust between election security advocates and voting machine vendors has led to a bitter debate over the viability of the new voting equipment – leaving some campaigners wondering if America’s election system in 2020 might still be just as vulnerable to attack.”

        Initiatives are sprouting up to bring more election security and reliability to the United States, which is currently ranked dead last in election integrity among all western democracies. Support for paper ballots is picking up steam with support from Senate Democrats and multiple presidential candidates, and rightly so;

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        Israel Wins 2018 Election

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        13-11-18 12:02:00,

        Judging from the mainstream media, Israel was not a major issue in the midterm election but it sure did come up a lot when candidates for office were wooing Jewish or Evangelical voters. To cite only one example, Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis criticized his opponent Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum during their gubernatorial race for receiving support from the Dream Defenders, a group favoring Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, and giving a speech welcoming members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to his city. DeSantis claimed in a video clip that “I can find anti-Semites around him, but it’s almost like ‘we don’t want to discuss that.’”

        DeSantis, who sponsored the 2013 Palestinian Accountability Act which called for the withholding of U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it recognizes Israel as a Jewish state, charged that Gillum would not be a “friend” of Israel. In 2017, he co-founded the Congressional Israel Victory Caucus, saying “Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East, as we share common national interests and possess similar national values. Israel is not the problem in the Middle East; it is the solution to many of the problems that bedevil the region. American policy must ensure that Israel emerges victorious against those who deny or threaten her existence.” Earlier this year, DeSantis drafted a proposal calling on the U.S. to recognize Syria’s Golan Heights as an ‘integral part’ of the State of Israel.

        DeSantis boasted about his presence in Jerusalem when the U.S. Embassy was moved to that city in May and has promised as governor to visit Israel’s illegal settlements on the West Bank, which he refers to by the preferred Israeli usage as “Judea and Samaria.” He threatens critics that “If you boycott Israel, the state of Florida will boycott you.”

        One might note at a minimum that for Ron DeSantis and ambitious slimeballs like him it is all about Israel due to their own political self-interest, with nothing actually in the mix for either Florida or the United States. The uninformed public buys into the narrative because it doesn’t know any better thanks to the media’s heavy slant in favor of Israel, allowing uncritical support for the Jewish state to continue under the radar unchallenged.

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        A Ridiculed Election Show of US-NATO on the Stage of Afghanistan – Global Research

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        29-10-18 08:51:00,

        On October 20, 2018, there were Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan. The election was fully funded and influenced by US-NATO to give legitimacy to their puppet regime in Kabul. Obviously, holding so-called election in an occupied country never represent the will and interest of the people of occupied country but rather it serves for the military, political and economic interests of NATO leading countries headed by US, UK, Germany and France.

        The current parliamentary election was held after three years delay, completely in contradiction to Afghanistan national constitution. The puppet government is not the outcome of election and votes of the people but, it is the yield of a compromise between the leading candidates of the presidential election 2014 and their foreign masters in NATO. The puppet government of Ghani-Abdullah which was created by John Kerry the US secretary of state in 2014, widely faced with the opposition from National Assembly as well the people who participated in presidential election and recognized this product of the John Kerry as an insult to their votes and will. So, the new illegal government which then named itself “the National Unity Government” to reduce the tension between the parliament and government, agreed to increase the salaries and privileges as well as extend the duration of the exiting parliament members by postponing the coming election for further three years. Through this unofficial agreement, while before most of the introduced candidates for ministries being rejected, but following this agreement, they were collectively accepted, and the level of opposition decreased.

        The US-NATO along with its puppet regime in Kabul held the election in circumstances where they have control on less than 60% of the territory of Afghanistan. And it means 60% of the citizens will not or cannot participate in the election. You can image that the government failed to well manage the polling station only in Kabul city where it was supposed to start the voting on 8 am but due to delay supplying of technical materials, it started 11 am and some regions 1 pm. That is why the Election Commission announced to continue the process for next day where they opened a way for potential fraud and corruption out of the sight of “independent observers”.

        The official report says that 12 million people are eligible to vote,

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        Election Meddling, Funding NGOs and Stirring Dissent in Russia | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

        Election Meddling, Funding NGOs and Stirring Dissent in Russia | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

        02-06-18 02:25:00,

        A special commission report on foreign meddling in the 2018 presidential election has been unveiled in Russia’s Upper House. The document highlighted the main methods of the elaborate campaign, spearheaded by the US.

        The report, presented on Wednesday in Russia’s Upper House (the Senate), was prepared by the Commission for State Sovereignty Protection in cooperation with leading experts and analysts. The publicly available document was presented by the head of the commission, Senator Andrey Klimov.

        The document pinned the blame for the meddling in Russia’s election directly on Washington, linking the ongoing surge in hostile activities with the domestic political struggle in the US. Attempts to interfere in internal Russian affairs, however, are not new, as they have been going on since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

        The US has been the “main violator of international law” since the founding of the United Nations, and has “interfered more than 120 times in the affairs of 60 countries on all continents.” Washington’s closest allies – the UK, Germany, France, NATO, and European countries – are also to blame, since they either participate directly or support US activities, according to the document.

        “We tried to show… the areas in which the subversive work took place. We’ve named 10 such areas. We have concrete examples for all of them based on absolutely reliable facts. It’s not someone’s guess, it’s not ‘highly likely,’ it’s something we can prove anywhere, it is backed up by testimonies, documents and it is, by great margin, not disputed by the other side [the US],” Klimov said at a press conference, which followed the hearings in the Upper House.

        The main purpose of the commission’s report, according to Klimov, is to show the public – both Russian, and international – the scale and systematic nature of the efforts to undermine Russia’s “electoral sovereignty.” The ultimate goal of these activities is to force changes of Russia’s political course, destroy its territorial and economic integrity, he said.

        Direct election meddling & stirring dissent

        The West has been trying to de-legitimize each and every election in Russia, routinely dismissing them as “undemocratic.” Ahead of the 2018 presidential election, both the US and EU condemned the barring of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny from the election.

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        Hungary Election Also Shows EU’s Days are Numbered | Armstrong Economics

        Hungary Election Also Shows EU’s Days are Numbered | Armstrong Economics

        10-04-18 09:11:00,

        Viktor Orban has clearly won the parliamentary elections in Hungary winning 74.6% of the votes on Sunday in Budapest. His party could take 134 seats in the 199-seat parliament giving it a constitutional two-thirds majority. This is an amazing landslide victory for Orban that no American president has ever reached such a majority. The record is 61.05% of the popular vote and that was a sympathy vote for Lydon Johnson after the Kenney Assassination. Even Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 only won 57.41% and Ronald Reagan even beat Roosevelt scoring 58.77%. This puts Orban’s victory at a truly historical level and it is decidedly anti-EU based upon the Refugee Crisis.

        After all, it was 1683 when the Turks invaded the Holy Roman Empire and sought to conquer Europe with the Battle of Vienna. That is a historical event that lives on in memory throughout that region. The Muslim invasion crossed from Istanbul through Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, to Austria. That event still lives on in the memories of the people in that region that Western Europe does not respect.

        Little by little, the European Project is being torn apart all because of the Refugee Crisis that was begun by Markel without ever putting anything to a vote for all of Europe who must suffer simply because Merkel tried to divert her critics from Greece. This has demonstrated that the European Project has been a complete failure. It allowed Merkel to affect all of Europe without any democratic process. The European Project has failed for it has tried to federalize Europe covertly, yet has undermined the political-economic structure necessary to accomplish that goal. The European Project should have remained a trade agreement rather than a political agenda. By trying to force their centralized agenda upon everyone, they are acting no different than any other conqueror.

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