The Big Lie & The Robinhood Rally

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24-08-20 07:08:00,

Authored by Kevin Duffy via LewRockwell.com,

As cities burn and statues topple, the Nasdaq races to all-time highs.  As unemployment explodes to levels not seen since the 1930s, gambling on dicey stocks soars.  As private property becomes less secure, titles to property are bid higher.  As businesses struggle to reopen, it’s business as usual for the great bull market in financial assets.

If the statisticians at the CDC are to be believed, 0.01% of the U.S. civilian labor force has died of the coronavirus in 2020.  For a risk that compares to driving an automobile, much of the population was scared out of their wits and a third of the economy put on life support.

The Big Lie

Official narratives have proven far more contagious (and lethal) this year than any virus, and the supporting lies keep getting bigger. 

Upon arrival of an unknown health risk in late February, the authorities promoted a top-down one-size-fits-all solution of universal isolation.  The centralization of knowledge was assumed and market solutions not even considered.  As “non-essential” businesses were shut down, corporate debt markets locked up and stocks lost one-third of their value. 

To deal with the economic mess, only top-down government solutions saw the light of day, this time at a price tag of over $5 trillion in borrowed and printed money (with plenty more on the way).

With the death of George Floyd on May 25, caught on video for the world to see, the narrative shifted overnight from gray lives matter and “shelter in place” to “black lives matter” and protest in public.  Never mind that Floyd had enough fentanyl in his body to kill him and that the officers on the scene may have acted to save him

The mainstream media went into overdrive, promoting the well-rehearsed narrative of systemic racism.  Keep in mind, 30% of the top 30 highest-paying celebrity endorsements last year went to blacks (even though they account for 13% of the population).  Consumers generally don’t buy products endorsed by people they hate.

The third act in this play,

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Tens of Thousands Rally Against War with Iran in over 70 Cities Across US – Global Research

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06-01-20 10:37:00,

People from across the United States heeded calls from the ANSWER Coalition and CODEPINK on Saturday, resulting in protests against a possible U.S. war on Iran in more than 70 cities across 38 U.S. states.

The protests, demanding for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and ending sanctions on Iran, were called for earlier this week in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s ordering of additional U.S. troops to the Middle East in response to protests following U.S. air strikes. Tensions quickly increased as the U.S. ordered the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the popular leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, and, as a result, the protests quickly morphed into an emergency mobilization aimed at stopping what some fear could become World War III.

Tensions between Iran and the United States are nothing new, but have been steadily increasing ever since Trump formally reneged on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—also known as the Iran nuclear deal—in May of 2018.

Protesters across the country joined together to demand an end to U.S. presence in Iraq and the Middle East and to no new war with Iran. During the past nearly 30 years, more than one million Iraqis have died as a direct result of U.S. occupation, sanctions, and bombing, with the U.S. government having spent trillions of dollars.

Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail and after taking office that he would put “America first” and would bring our troops home. Instead, he repeatedly and recklessly brings the U.S. on the brink of war with various nations time and time again. But this far, many believe, he went too far.

Americans are fed up with endless wars, concerned about the future for their children, are appalled at the cost of war while the funding of services at home continually falls short, and deeply concerned about the wellbeing of innocent lives in the Middle East, and more. And so they joined together with one voice on January 4 to tell the Trump administration: “No War With Iran!”

Alabama

Birmingham:

PSL Birmingham says no war on Iran. pic.twitter.com/kbvEphgFqv

— chance (@pronemortalform) January 4,

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Thousands rally in Moscow in support of candidates barred from city council election

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10-08-19 01:38:00,

A massive rally took place in Moscow, with opposition activists occupying one of the capital’s main avenues. The officially sanctioned event followed two unauthorized protests that resulted in scuffles and arrests.

Throngs of anti-government activists showed up at Sakharov Avenue on Saturday for the opposition rally, permitted by the mayor’s office. Russia’s interior ministry estimated that over 20,000 people attended the event, while crowd-monitoring NGO White Counter put the number at 49,900.

Traffic was suspended on the avenue, leaving it temporarily pedestrianized. A security perimeter with metal detectors was also set up to ensure safety, while riot police were positioned nearby.

Russian rap musicians Face and Oxxxymiron who encouraged people to take to the streets joined the rally, as they had promised before the demonstration.

Lyubov Sobol, a member of an unregistered party led by Aleksey Navalny, tweeted that she had been detained ahead of the rally.

The interior ministry claims that “some organizers” of the rally informed them that Sobol and other protesters were preparing provocations.

Russian opposition groups have held unauthorized, large-scale protests for the past two weekends, after 57 independent candidates were barred from running for seats in Moscow’s 45-member municipal legislature. Local authorities cited irregularities such as fraudulent signatures as the reason for their disqualification.

Opposition activists – including close allies of anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny – urged followers to take to streets and to storm the city council. Police increased security measures during both protests, which eventually resulted in over 2,300 people being detained.

While most of them were promptly released, some were charged with provoking mass unrest and for public disturbances. Separately, law enforcement agencies have opened a probe into the alleged laundering of $15 million by an anti-corruption NGO led by Navalny.

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Thousands rally in Moscow for freedom of the internet, but RT not let in to the party

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11-03-19 09:19:00,

A large protest took place in Moscow on Sunday against a bill that has stoked fears of the looming isolation of Russia’s internet. Their cause, freedom of speech, was sullied as organizers blocked all media they “didn’t support.”

The Sunday protest, in central Sakharov Avenue, had been called-for over fears that a draft law regulating autonomous operations of the Russian segment of the internet, which recently passed a first reading in the parliament, will put the World Wide Web under strict state control.

“Russia isn’t Iran or North Korea. We are part of the civilized world,” the Libertarian Party said in a statement in the run up to the rally, which the unregistered party organized. It accused authorities of “doing everything to keep Russia lagging behind the West” and warned that “the web of censorship keeps entwining our lives more and more.”

The authors of the proposed law insist that it’s not about introducing any restrictions; on the contrary, it ensures that Russians will still be able to access the internet, even if the country were disconnected from the Web as part of a Western sanctions policy.

Around 6,500 people took part in the action, greenlighted by the city authorities, according to police estimates. The opposition group the White Counter has, meanwhile, claimed that more than 15,000 were in attendance.

While the rally went off without incident, a notable and odd detail about it was the “face-control” imposed by the libertarian organizers in the media zone. RT, news agency Life and the Izvestia daily were among the outlets excluded from the event.

“People gathered to defend freedom of the internet in Russia, but, ironically, RT wasn’t allowed into this meeting, as organizers told us that we belong to the media that they don’t support,” RT’s Madina Kochenova reported from the scene. Meanwhile, the party’s press-secretary cited their belief in “private discrimination” as the grounds, apparently likening the thousands-strong rally to a private event.

Unfortunately, the liberties-savvy group didn’t do their homework on media affiliations, as the New York-based channel RTVi was also denied access, after being confused with RTTV.

All the journalists banned from the media zone were graciously offered a chance to provide a copy of their resignation from the blacklisted channels,

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