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The key point for me is that the media are more interested in the supposed leaker's background than in the substance of the messages our government was sharing internally.

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I ventured into the comments section of a couple NYT and WaPo articles today. They were rife with claims that the leaker is part of "the MAGA crowd," and they're basing that assumption on the fact that the leaker likes video games, guns, and "indecent humor."

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The left wants to criminalize conservatism and libertarianism.

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I don't know who ELSE needs to hear this, but the Democrats are not the fucking left.I know, because endless warmongering, crony capitalism, open borders (globalists' wet dream), censorship, propaganda, and rigged elections are not leftist. And I know that because I'm a leftist.

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Real lefties always quibble with this shorthand, but there needs to be a name for the collective that includes the democrats, feminists, LBGTQ activists, environmentalists, identity politics types, the MSM, academia, the administrative state, madison avenue, hollywood, corporate hr and pr departments etc.

The Borg needs a name, and it is called the left.

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Call them what they are: Neocons.

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I didn't come up with the name. It is what everyone else calls the Borg.

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Fascist or "the fascist center" are far more accurate than "leftist."

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"Fascist Left" is the term.

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Then you're not naming a thing that exists, which could be a problem if you want to communicate with other people. Here's what I suggest: don't call yourself or others by labels. Instead, say what the people you are describing are doing or want to do. That's really what matters.

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Look, the left quibbles at the term, but the rest of the people who aren't part of the Borg call it that.

It is what it is.

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Progressive fascists.

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How about "ruling class"?

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And it's not "shorthand" if it's so patently false that it's the opposite of the reality. That would be like saying old is a shorthand for young.

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disagree. the only difference is that the Borg wants to co-opt the private sector instead of nationalizing it. Other than that the differences are minor compared to the similarities.

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Tou left out vaccine nazis

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Apr 14, 2023·edited Apr 14, 2023

The moniker "Democrats" works for me.

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I do hear what you're saying - I grew up in the 60s, where we had anti-war protests, loved people, hated the government, deeply wanted freedom to say/do/sing/smoke whatever we wanted (as long as it didn't directly injure someone else.) That was the "left".

The free love kids of the 60s would never believe that their generation (and following ones) would turn into these twisted, obsequious apologists for draconian force. These brainless sheep that subsume their will underneath the dictums of a censorship industrial complex - a dark warmongering partnership between massive corporations and the voracious "security state." Surveilling their friends, reporting them to the authorities for stepping out of line.

I'd agree that the Democratic party bears ZERO resemblance to those idealistic (if unrealistic) young people. What I don't know, is how many of those leftists are left? Has the idea of "the left" just lost all meaning?

(And yes, similar arguments can be made for the right.)

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What about the groovy hippie vibing Crosby, Stills, Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc.? Who used to sing about sticking it to the man and living free and unfettered and then took their music off of Spotify because a guest on Joe Rogan questioned the official Covid/vaccine narrative!?!?

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They’re a great example of how the people who used to represent the left no longer do. To whatever extent they were sincere back then, their younger selves would be horrified.

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You mean those uber wealthy celebrities that wouldnt hesitate to squish a working person if it meant they couldnt fly charter, or live in a mansion. They may have LOOKED like hippies, but never really were.

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Why are you reaching back to the 60's for a definition of "the Left"? And mostly social and aesthetic features of the 60's at that? What about Bernie Sanders supporters? Or more to the point, the polling that consistently showed Sanders winning the general election in a matchup against Trump?

And by the way, we're winning the war on marijuana. But I figure Our Overlords gave us that so we'd spend more time in couch-lock, and less time on social media, checking them. Joke on them, here I am!

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Yes, these labels have been bandied about (and co-opted by opposing factions) so much now that they have indeed lost their original meaning.

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Apr 16, 2023·edited Apr 16, 2023

The idea of "the left" has lost all traditional meaning. Labels are so fraught with baggage and history and subconscious reactions, they're just not much use anymore. They've become weaponized as a tool in the propaganda arsenal.

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«The free love kids of the 60s would never believe that their generation (and following ones) would turn into these twisted, obsequious apologists for draconian force.»

Because they became affluent middle class class with real estate, they got their, and now their number one priority is to protect theirs, and in particular to ensure that real estate costs (and share prices) continue to rise, so their retirement funds are redistributed from the lower classes, instead of having to be saved by them.

http://www.enterstageright.com/archive/articles/0903/0903norquistinterview.htm

«The growth of the investor class -- those 70 per cent of voters who own stock and are more opposed to taxes and regulations on business as a result -- is strengthening the conservative movement. More gun owners, fewer labor union members, more homeschoolers, more property owners and a dwindling number of FDR-era Democrats all strengthen the conservative movement versus the Democrats. [...] Now if you say we're going to smash the big corporations, 60-plus percent of voters say "That's my retirement you're messing with. I don't appreciate that". And the Democrats have spent 50 years explaining that Republicans will pollute the earth and kill baby seals to get market caps higher. And in 2002, voters said, “We're sorry about the seals and everything but we really got to get the stock market up”.»

Today's democrats are heavily "sponsored" by finance and real estate, so they want to “get the stock market up” by any means too.

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angelO - Do you see yourself as a "democrat"? I have started feeling there's something hollow in being labelled as dem or republican? Both are now loaded up with stereotypical positions that most people don't really have, we just profess them because we want a flag to fly. You present an excellent point that the weirdness is the frequency with which they overlap across the parties.

Meanwhile we're fed issues like transgender by Fox/Reps and CNN/Dems. Yeah, we don't want to be bullies to people that are different to us. Yeah we don't want 6'8 testosterone loaded girls winning the fem Olympic 100m. But it's just incendiary trouble making on both sides. Just a false-flag distraction from more world-scale bad-opinions that both sides share.

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Apr 14, 2023·edited Apr 14, 2023

couldn't agree more! And I believe that the main thing that our overlords trying to distract us from is the fact that, issue by issue, the people have much more in common with each other than with them. "More divided than ever" is a lie, and they know it.

PS: I am SO not a Democrat. Mostly because they're not democrats.

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I still can't fathom why a majority of people make it so hard. I won't bully a dude who's not swimming in the women"s pool. Problem fixed, next issue

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I'm on a roll now. No bullying guys who don't take there penises in girls/women's bathrooms/ locker rooms. Damn, this running stuff is easy.

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There is no "left" or "right" only the Constitution and the citizen willing to defend it. Weaponized division by race, class, political ideology, disinformation, fear and propaganda in support of a class/culture war managed by unelected Federal official's in service to corrupt elite capital are working to supersede (soft coup) the Constitution, wipe out the American middle class, and install a world wide fascist totalitarian state. Corrupt element's primarily in the DNC but also within the Republican Party are perpetrating the travesty.

Recent RACKET NEWS/Taibbi articles, report's by TABLET'S Jacob Siegel, report's by the journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon, and Glenn Greenwald at SYSTEM UPDATE, confirm this.

Again: WE are living through a last ditch attempt by a venal and avaricious political/financial elite to maintain power after the sudden jump in tech and communication made their grift transparent to reality. Hence the assault on free speech and truth/fact based journalism, the object lesson imprisonment of whistle blowers, attempts to neutralize and control free speech platform's and the creation of a propagandist psyop to prevent and destroy all attempt's at the creation of the healthy American national dialogue that would put solutions to our problem's on the table. You are being looted. NO ONE argue's that the greatest upward transfer of wealth in the history of the world is underway. It's not something else.

All that matters is the survival of the Republic and the Constitution.

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Lots of good stuff in your post, but I will argue with this--

"Corrupt element's primarily in the DNC but also within the Republican Party are perpetrating the travesty."

This is all uni-party equality. Reps and Dems are equal partners. I would argue not to confuse those who are being sold as culturally ascendant with those who actually hold power.

Not too long ago we were told with incredible urgency that the Christian Right was about to take over the government and the country--turns out not only was that a complete lie, but what little of the Christian Right actually existed were smoking pot with their gay kids. People are just people.

Said another way:

Every self-identified republican who isn't saying the republican party is complicit in RussiaGate is also complicit in RussiaGate.

Said another way again:

Anyone within 10,000 miles of the democratic or republican party after RussiaGate is complicit in RussiaGate.

Unfortunately this includes a rather large percentage of RussiaGate researchers.

Partisanship is a hell of a drug.

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Well said!

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What about: uniparty authoritarian, coined by Matt, a couple of posts ago?

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Nah. You’ve got to dole out blame where it’s due. It’s the Hillary Clinton Democrats who brought on this fuckery, this 3rd world dictatorship (“but with iPhones😊!”) are presiding over it, and, of course, profiting obscenely from it.

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Cool. I believe you. Now as a public service make a similar list of where you lefties are different. Not being a wise guy. I'd sincerely like a lesson.

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To give you an idea, Glenn Greenwald was considered a "real lefty" before everyone lost their minds in 2016. Glenn didn't lose his mind and he held onto principles like defending civil liberties, being against endless war, etc. That's what lefties used to be about and--as someone who was on the left well before 2016--those of us who are still all about those things hate to see how the word "left" has become associated with the ideology of people like Dick Cheney and John Bolton.

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May I remind you that John Kerry was one of your 60s leaders and he is now a climate change millionaire trying to facilitate Iran getting nukes.

lt will be a good day when all the boomers are dead.

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Apr 15, 2023·edited Apr 15, 2023

«he held onto principles like defending civil liberties, being against endless war, etc. That's what lefties used to be about»

That's not the "left", that's the progressive "negative freedoms" right wing, the "victorian liberal" "radicals"/"whigs".

The "left" is easy to recognize, it is not just progressive whiggism, it is also for "positive freedoms": better wages, affordable housing, good social insurance, more options and autonomy for workers and the lower classes. The "New Deal" for example was a good start.

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Well, they certainly enjoy whoring out to the left: defund the police, antifa isn't a real "group", pro bono for the Gitmo detainees but cheer trespassers escorted through the Capitol getting no due process, we support "gender affirming care" for 5 yr olds w/o parental consent, we screamed for Title IX until it threatened 6'4" transwoman's "journey"....if you don't use approved pronouns we will ruin you (along with the DOD recruiting and Anheuser Bush.)

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The “left”-however it defines itself-needs to figure out a way to psychically separate themselves from the D tent. People can squawk about the GOP all they want-but the party has legitimate infighting and debate-to a severe degree. There is a reason why there isn’t an equivalent D perjorative term like RINO. And yes, I know that most American “socialists” don’t want socialism, they want a woke unicorn fart welfare state where all physical tasks are somehow accomplished by Twitter and TikToking as opposed to, you know, actual work.

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Suck it up. Now you know how libertarians felt when the left co-opted the word "liberal". The clowns who support open borders, censorship, and rigged elections call themselves leftists. Complain to them, not to those among their opponents who nevertheless oblige them in their preference.

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You’re right. As it turns out, two wrongs actually DO make a right.

Beam me up, Scotty.

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Jut the way it works, my friend. You might as well tell the tide not to come in.

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True. But why don't you real Democrats at least attempt to seize control of the machinery from the gatekeepers? Surely you must outnumber them.

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You’re joking, right? Or do you not recall the last three national elections?

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Daydreaming.

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They left you.

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Thank you for setting that straight. The term left is so misused now but the meaning of a lot of terms are being misused. It is aggravating.

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It’s totalitarianism 101: don’t believe your lying eyes or your own experience. Believe US. We told you we’re the Left, so that’s what left means now. We’ll tell you who’s good, who’s bad, what to care deeply about, and just generally, what to think.

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I don't think labels are useful anymore, because they've just become another football in the whole propaganda program.

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Well, they are certainly not Right of Center.

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Keep telling yourself that, comrade.

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Neoliberals is more accurate.

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It is accurate, but you understand that there's a lot of overlap? And that they're not mutually exclusive?

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Absolutely. A Venn diagram for sure.

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(Sigh) - they are liberals, not the left. Actual lefties' priorities are with class issues. These pieces of excrement are neoliberal warmongers.

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Well, I suppose this means the Supreme Court leaker wasn’t conservative.

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The lack of intellectual curiosity in the media and government over who it was says everything.

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She shares initials with the Schutzstaffel.

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This isn't 'left'...its corporate power over everything else.

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AKA fascism. But I would argue it's more accurately the Elites vs the rest of us.

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There is no Left. It’s Wrestling. Blue Trunks Vs Red Trunks meeting back in the dressing room to get paid along with the next script.

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They want to criminalize Liberalism as well. The left pushed out past Liberalsim a few years ago. We Liberals are now independents, or perhaps even conservatives in today's world.

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In the past two generations, no ideology has been more maliciously, irrationally and inaccurately portrayed than liberalism in America. And you’re carrying on that tradition

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Oh please. No ideology has had more sunshine blown up its ass than the liberal / left. You have the mainstream media, hollywood, madison avenue etc validating your worldview 24/7/365.

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The left should just criminalize stupidity---that would cover both categories not to mention a few others.

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The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so

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The left never passes up an opportunity to project. Alinski protocol.

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Apr 14, 2023·edited Apr 14, 2023

THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT THE LEFT. They hate the left more than they do the right. And if you don't believe me, compare their treatment of George W. Bush with that of Bernie Sanders and his supporters. As far as the Dems are concerned, Berniecrats were MAGA before there even was a MAGA.

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As an ex-Dem, they are the left in American politics.

Trying to call them anything else is a fools errand.

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Just because they call themselves the Left doesn't make them so. Deceitfulness is the very essence of today's DNC. "Left" is their brand, not their ideology. I'll be damned if I'll help them propagate that big lie.

And if you call the demand for truth in ideology "a fool's errand," you should probably avoid all politics.

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Did you know that if you turn around, your left hand is still your left hand?

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No, the Greens are - along with a few other, mostly local parties. The self-named Socialists have mostly faded away.

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Oh, I get it; all of that is important to you. Great. But the fact remains that all of that is The Left. You might want to talk about the taxonomy of liberal politics, of the splitters, the positions, the hierarchy, but many of us just. don't. care.

Outside the circle, it is all just The Left.

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Let's not argue about semantics. Your definition is just as correct as anyone else's. Let's call them the "Ruling Party" as the late, great Angelo Codevilla called them.

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Is GWB (and all the RINOs) really part of the right?

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They certainly are from where I sit. And more to the point, from where the Democrats USED to be. Or pretended to be? I haven't had time to contemplate the possibility that they non-DLC folks in the DNC were ideological cross-dressers all along.

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The real right always believed in civil liberties and small gov't. That disqualifies neocons, RINOs and anybody named Bush.

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Right on! Exactly

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Between two rigged elections, COVID and Ukraine, I find that I have more in common with Republicans than with the cultists that the Democrats have become.

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I actually see an intersection between real left and right as we are both anti intervention war and Tulsi connected us on this point . The docs should not have been so easy to access but I’m glad the kid did leak them cause we now know once again gov lied to us about proxy war. To your point the republicans are now the party of working clsss and Dems the elite . It’s reversed so I see your point but trump knows he lied about election fraud. The twitter files however reveal election interference by banning Biden laptop story

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I definitely find them easier to talk to now than trying to talk to Blue Anon. I know someone who's MAGA and is open about supporting Israel, which would have once made me outraged given how many people Israel has killed and how many homes they've bulldozed and so on. And I do wish that this person would see things the way I do on that issue, BUT I can talk to her about things like the Twitter Files and the dangers of censorship without having my concerns dismissed or getting called a conspiracy theorist or Trumper. Blue Anon members, on the other hand, *do* react that way to the mention of those topics.

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No, you don't. Don't fall into that trap. Republicans don't have good ideas about economic inequality or social freedom. They're trying to outlaw thinking about abortions, and making it illegal for physicians to prescribe approved drugs. Democrats are no doubt acting like neocons. But most Republicans are neocons, AND they hate freedom and opportunity, except for the privileged.

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Please keep the distinction between liberals and the Left clear. They are not the same.

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Bullseye ...

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It's always good to have a bogeyman to shift the narrative.

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That’s unfortunately what they’ve done to George Soros and his family, right?

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LOL! Gotta watch that “ indecent humor.” 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ The kid is 21, his brain is not fully formed!

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Let's start asking these folks to join the PEN 15 club. They'll never catch on.

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Include me! I’ll look it up!

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hahahahaha

You start by writing "PEN" on someone's hand. Once you get to the "1", you quickly write an "S" instead of a "5".

An old classic.

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I do this to myself every day as sort of an easy identifier for the massively confused dysphorics. Most are appreciative of my efforts.

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LOL! Most of my formative years were in Switzerland and Germany,,, my Dad working for Honeywell busy selling re armament products to NATO countries, I missed all this fun! 😝

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And they couldn’t wait to paint this kid as a “raycisssst.”

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You know... have any any recent mass shooters been slandered as gamers?

Perhaps the sheep miss an old favorite slur.

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Gamers!? Jumping Jehoshaphat, you mean they're back to playing those accursed "murder simulators" that Jack Thompson warned me about!?!

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After creating Spacewar!, the world's first computer game, Cain murdered Abel.

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FACTS! Abel should've learned to code.

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And not only a Catholic but a “devout Catholic”. And the walls empty of their woodworm-bigots in the comment section.

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I'm thinking I just might join the MAGA crowd. If tptb are that frightened, I think that Trump might be the only candidate I will support.

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RFK Jr is who I'm backing. But if they manage to keep him out, and the Dems are just the assholes to do it, then yeah, MAGA all the way. Anyone who has their sights set on the deep state/IC as the most present danger to our tattered republic at least has the right focus.

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"their sights set on the deep state/IC as the most present danger" - you do realize that part is a scam, right? How much did Trump actually do?

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He attempted quite a bit more than he achieved, largely due to his appointment of establishment lackeys who thwarted his priorities. He didn't start any new wars and is responsible for getting us out of Afghanistan. That's quite a bit better than any president since Carter. And Trump is a little wiser than he was at first, and has now directly challenged the IC and neocons. I'm not saying he's great, but if my choice is between Clinton, Biden or Trump, then Trump it is.

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That's what I'm mainly concerned about when it comes to a second Trump term: the appointment of establishment lackeys who are either going to steer him wrong because he's foolish enough to take their advice, or who will simply refuse to do what they're told. An example of the latter would be them saying "Yes sir, Mr. President, we withdrew all the troops from this area just like you told us!" when, in fact, there were still troops there.

So even if we assume that Trump is a principled man, how can we be sure he's learned from his past mistakes? That's not to suggest Biden or Harris would be better for the country and the world, but I just have trouble feeling optimistic if we once again face the same choice that we did in 2020.

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What about DeSantis?

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Any genuinely funny humor is "indecent" to this clownworld regime and their NPC bootlickers. "Hey, they're laughing at how absurd we are; they must be part of that crowd that wants to make America great again!"

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If they start to try convincing people that gamers are dangerous, in 2023 that's going to be as easy as trying to convince people that coffee drinkers are dangerous. So I hope they do try that so that everyone will see how full of shit they are.

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The NYT began managing or "curating" the approved comments back when the local organizer of MomsDemandAction was the assistant to the NYTs own gunblog.

She later went to work for Bloombergs Trace.

The fish in that goldfish bowl ...

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Along with most other young people in the armed forces.

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Indeed. What normal 20-year-old is interested in such things? 🙄

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There goes that “toxic masculinity”! And they wonder why they have difficulty recruiting.

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Smh

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The left never passes up an opportunity to otherize its ideological opponents.

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Gosh I hope the right never does that!

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Gee golly never would they ever.*

*unless they happen to be the ones in power

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They perfected it. Imitation is the sincerest form expressing incompetence

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The authoritarian utopians of the first half of the 20th century were all collectivists.

Not free-market / limited government type dudes.

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Please stow the same old he said she said "who genocided harder daddy" shit.

The only axis that matters is the authoritarian to libertarian one. The morons on the left AND the right, or whatever the hell passes for that in the USA, are bootlickers the whole way down.

Fuck 'em.

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Republicans are "free-market / limited government type dudes"? Knock me over with a feather.

Or pull the other one, whichever.

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Would hardly call the right free market/limited government dudes.

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If your post was satire, I apologize in advance for stealing your joke and repeating it back to you but...

"The out-group never passes up an opportunity to otherize its ideological opponents."

That's genius level satire and a wonderful example of the idea that all group identity is intellectual and moral suicide.

If it wasn't satire, then your subconscious mind is screaming at you, you might want to listen.

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You think the group that controls the mainstream media, hollywood, corporate HR and PR departments, K-12 education, Madison Avenue, the Administrative State, and the NGOs is the out group?

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The in-group/out-group distinction doesn't define who has power, it just has to do with who you consider your in-group and who you consider the out-group. Although it is a very common in-group belief that the out-group has all the power. We love seeing ourselves as rebels and scrappy underdogs.

So a person who self identified as a democrat might see the the out-group as people who identify as republicans, and I don't want to put words in your mouth but it sounds like you consider the "left" (however you want to define that word) as the out-group.

You don't have to play the in-group/out-group game, I would recommend against it because all group identity is intellectual and moral suicide.

So in this case my post was pointing out that you are "otherizing" the "left" in a statement condemning the left for otherizing. It's not only funny but blissfully unaware.

All group identity is intellectual and moral suicide.

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The left is the in-group. Anyone who disagrees with the Borg is the out group.

And according to the left's social justice logic, the right cannot "otherize" the left because it doesn't have the power. Otherizing is combination of power and prejudice, which is how the left views the world. Though they have a blind spot here.

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I'm going to go back to my satire comment. It sounds like this is just performative trolling (which I am not against) and that your point is to mock the whole in-group out-group dynamic.

I agree completely with that mocking.

I should have known that a person using the word 'otherize' obviously understands the in-group out-group dynamic.

I am sincere when I call that genius level trolling. It's perfect.

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Yes, the left is the in-group and geeks and losers like you are safely on the outside looking in. Perhaps a slick PMC haircut will get you in the door. And: You get slapped around recently at a mandatory work-related EDI session by a couple of Pam Grier types and a few look-alikes from the movie Hairspray? Just curious.

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Don't you remember when the media fixated on Deep Throat and ignored Watergate entirely?

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Of course! They're attack dogs, not journalists.

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Like the censorship industrial complex ignoring everything Matt/ Michael presented. Yep, ugly real fast.

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Same with Hunter Biden laptop. When do we learn what was on that thing? Or is it enough to know it was real and not a Russian plant?

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Nashville manifesto?

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Jan 5 pipe bomb, leaked Dobbs decision, sabotaged Russian pipeline - Clapper lied, Comey leaked, the whole damn gov lied about The Russia hoax, (and still is), in one day, we bombed the peeps who killed our 15 servicemen in Afghanistan, so many times our gov has outright lied to us about Afghanistan and every other lie they still tell. They were caught in several lies with this last leak, and are still lying about it.

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“ gun enthusiast”... and there ya have it.

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Exactly - we have troops on the ground in Ukraine and the big story is about the leaker.

It’s like Matt and the Twitter files - confirmed intervention of the government to suppress free speech and the media response is to demonize Matt.

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we do? I must have missed that part

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As Matt has so ably documented, the media class has stopped seeing itself as a watchdog and is now a guard-dog for the MIC.

It always has some with that tendency, but now it is rampant.

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The key point for me is that quite obviously Teixeira seems to be a young moron willing to wreck his life in order to simply look cool to his chat friends - if he even understood the risks he was taking, which is doubtful. He clearly didn’t do it as a political statement/whistleblowing (or else the documents wouldn’t have languished on an obscure gaming venue), but it’s a sign of America’s degenerescence that each “side” paints him in ideological colors. The woke establishment wants him to be at least MAGA-adjacent, while the isolationist right plus old-fashioned anti-American left (such as Taibbi) quickly embraces him as a champion of “freedom” and promotes him to “whistleblower”. Equal indifference to facts and willingness to spin it in their own narrative. Pretty disgusting.

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Where are you gleaning all your info about the motives of the leaker? MSM? Only a fool would believe what they are telling you.

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If you’re taking the nihilistic view that 100% of what ALL the MSM (including for instance WSJ) says it’s all lies, then how do you even know that a data leak has happened, that somebody has been arrested and who that is? You’ve really heard about it from the MSM!

For those of us who can still add 2+2, how the classified material was leaked says everything. If it was a spy, we would have never heard of it. If it was a Snowden, it would have blasted from Wikileaks or somebody like Glenn Greenwald. Instead, it was a dumbass who included in the pictures details from his home and posted the result on a game chat.

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Yup. One thing that dismays as I get older is the unwillingness of either side-woke/corporatist, MAGA-whatever-is a blanket refusal to acknowledge that sheer idiocy can and does exist outside of an ideological vacuum, and just b/c someone parrots the same talking points as you doesn’t mean they aren’t also a flaming moron.

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There were documents in that release that are simply not available outside a skif. This is a delibrate "leak" from within Government, the rest a cartoon level cover story.

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This is to ensure the proper political orientation is demonized. He'd better be a "far-right extremist radicalized by hate speech." This is the rationalization for the Digital Panopticon all these power-mad bureaucrats and their pimps in the press are drooling over.

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As usual. The narrative usurps reality. This is how its done. We know this, have known this forever. At this moment, tho, the intense, disorienting, and psychotic jockeying for power is just a tad concerning.

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The way I see it how did he get a clearance, who gave him the clearance and why didn’t they catch it before he posted it on social media? It’s a leadership problem. Heads need to roll

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Of course that’s what they were ordered to do.

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Minitrue does what the Party says. 🥳

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what else is new? reminds me of that song "this is how we do it..." I'm not going to tell you what to do, but I will say that I stopped paying attention to the MSM after 9/11 when they consistently lied to the world.

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This is clearly a false flag kind of thing. They’re going to rake this low level kid over the coals - a shiny object, look over there moment. Like a 21 year old reservist would have access to that level of intel - and if he did - the military is dumber than it already looks. They already failed with the Streisand Effect, so they’re moving to phase 2/3. “He’s definitely a Russian Asset”, rinse and repeat. Ask Ed Snowden how the process works. They can’t stand being exposed, but they revile the embarrassment.

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All the earmarks of psyops diversion.

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You are absolutely right. There's no way this kid would have the necessary security clearance to access this information. Andrew Napolitano has interviewed several people who DO have such clearance and have years of experience with military intelligence and all say this story is as fishy as they come.

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How old were Chelsea Manning and Reality Winner?

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Alphabet Ed: Hey kids, hold this bag while I wander off.

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He's an IT weenie, he'd totally have access. And I haven't seen anyone calling him a Russian asset, he's a moron who leaked classified documents (which have nothing that Russia, for example, doesn't already know) for discord cred, and that's how he's being portrayed. Not a reason to crack down on either discord generally or being a moron generally, although he's totally arrestable.

This entire episode occurred because people who have access to sensitive documents are about as dumb as the general populace, and the general populace is really remarkably dumb. See also the entire cold war, or like basically every episode involving intelligence or counterintelligence in the last 120 years. It's all Spy vs. Spy stuff only in real life, idiots slipping castro exploding cigars or putting soviet moles in charge of hunting down soviet moles. No one in the world is good at this.

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Marcus Wolfe was….

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Proof positive the smartest people do the dumbest damn things.

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Yes. I've seen this in people recovering from alcoholism. The smart ones always need the most help.

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no disagreement except one. They are dumber than they look.

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lol, what exactly is a "false flag kind of thing"?

You're clearly making a wild assumption based on very little information.

"They can’t stand being exposed, but they revile the embarrassment."

Wait, so... are you saying it's a false flag, or a legit leak? If the government did this on purpose, why would they be desperately trying to squash or discredit it? For that matter, why would they include damning info like details of the US spying on its allies?

Can a human being really be dumb enough to write such an incoherent, self-contradictory screed?

(and, btw, the military is not great at data security. this is a well-known thing)

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I’m not going to try to attempt to explain anything to a boot-licking imbecile who can’t be bothered to do the elementary book report level of reading/research on a given topic; and relies on ad hominem attacks. You’d rather toast the method of discovery vs. the underlying information and it’s ramifications. I’m jut a subhuman AI bot tho - Beep bop beep beep boop. But let me take a guess at your current status: you’re in the process of “transitioning”, but the docs can’t quite get the mix of HRT hormones “just right” in order for you to be a functioning member of society. I’d wager my diagnosis is pretty close if not exact.

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Do we think this is the sort of discussion Matt wishes to encourage here?

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To Mr. Taibbi's credit he does not share his "wishes," hopes, dreams or desires, if he has any of them, regarding his comment section and what is said and not said by his subscribers.

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Perhaps common decency and respect for others, then, would be sufficient?

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I mean, you know I'm not reading anything past "boot-licking imbecile", right?

I bet your asshole smells better than your dick, incel loser.

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Your mind went directly the anal region - see, I knew I could diagnose your mentally disordered state in the 30 seconds it took to type out the previous response. Sincerely - the incel loser responding from your mother’s bedroom.

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What the hell are you doing in my mom's bedroom if you're celibate? Jesus, be dumber.

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Representing Texas in expected fashion, I see.

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You are confusing the elected government with the intelligence beaucrats who don't need to be elected.

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Why do coherence when you can do the equivalent of a double negative with a conspiracy theory.

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Why did this low level guy even have access to these documents? Seems like he might have been set up and someone higher up wanted these docs leaked.

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Bingo! When something needs done like a leak every agency has their particular paper of record. The Washington Post is CIA/NSA. The U.S. government with all their surveillance couldn't find the leaker. But some journalists found him on a gaming site.

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His friend came forward, after he said good bye.

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Ya think!

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Ooooh, interesting!! That actually makes sense... take advantage of a 21 year old male . Sad.

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I have to agree. He's a fall-guy. A 21-year-old "cyber transport systems journeyman" working for the Air National Guard has access to this level of intelligence? How? The operating principle for intelligence operations is that people have only as much access as they need to do their jobs. Why would a junior Air National Guard enlisted person have this kind of access? If he was able to legitimately access this stuff on his own, US intelligence is totally broken. Remember: the simplest explanation is usually correct.

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Can you say pawn?

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Note to Jack Texiera: now is the time to tell the world you want to transition (I’d go with to female if I were in your shoes) it won’t help your sentence much but it will get the press off your back while your kangaroo show trial proceeds.

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Get an attorney

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I will laugh my ass off if they try to destroy internet privacy because DISCORD, of all things.

Everything you ever do or say on Discord is saved on their servers, forever. Discord has a soft requirement for a phone number to get an account (sometimes, it's weird). Discord has an activist mod team with a strong leftist bias. Discord does process spying, which is how it knows what game you're playing.

Discord is one of the least secure, leakiest, most easily surveilled forms of communication to ever exist. Exactly zero needs to be done for the government to spy on it as is. If anyone says otherwise, they're lying.

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Yep discord is fully onboard with nanny state ideals. It’s funny to hear experts talk about how dangerous it is. In reality any time humans communicate it’s “dangerous” based on these experts.

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I honestly think if these people were around during the revolution most of them would have been anti the right of free assembly. Maybe even no talking allowed outside government post messages. It is bizarrely Orwellian, just because you can eavesdrop on huge swaths of human communication due to technology doesn’t mean you should.

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They would have been Torries enforcing the King's writ.

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Indeed.

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Yeah I wouldn’t leak my barbecue sauce recipe on Discord, yeah with enough cross referencing from other platforms you can figure out who I am but anyone who knows even a modicum of cybersecurity knows to not leak things on damn Discord, unless he bought a prepaid card in cash in one state before buying a prepaid phone in another state to setup the account.

I don’t like to tinfoil hat things but, a bit odd.

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Holy shit ok I had not seen the reports about American troops in Ukraine being part of the leaks.

Teixeira, if what is been said is true here, thank you.

But Mincraft is still a stupid game.

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I like the fact that they'll use their own incompetence (letting a low level person walk off base with this classified information) as an excuse to try and enact tyrannical policies on the people. It's like your parent screws up and you get punished. Brilliant. I wouldn't expect anything less out of these clowns.

On another note, I write all sorts of zany commentary about our strange society on my Substack, for those who enjoy a bit of outlandish but fun writing.

https://theunhedgedcapitalist.substack.com/p/exception-making

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The other night on Rumble, Glenn Greenwald went through this. It sounds fishy as hell. Given that people are referring to the "RESTRICT Act" as Patriot Act 2.0, I'm having trouble believing this is legit and isn't a set up to, once again stampede the livestock. (And we all knew Ukraine was losing. That's not exactly a revelation.)

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We knew, but it was news to The Herd.

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It covers two pieces of ground valuable to the IC; Biden and his admin are idiots and unfettered communication is a source of pushback against the IC. This works on both fronts to further the goals of this group. Like you say, Ukraine is losing and everyone knows it, even if they wont admit it. This helps clear the way for other things.

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Whenever a leaker perfectly fits the bogey man profile of the people in charge, you can bet it is BS, and he is at best a cut-out for the real leaker.

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You know the kid had a handler playing him up to do this. They know the process well, and use it over and over again to create fall-guys to accomplish their dirty work. The better question is "why was THIS information leaked?" Watch what they DO, not what they say.

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Another better question: why has the populace been lied to?

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Because they can be lied to.

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When I returned home today, my dogs informed me that the russians took a shit in the hallway.

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I had some bumper stickers printed up;

I used to blame everything on the cat,

but now I know it's the Russians.

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Hey it’s no joke, not only did I find 2 Russians this morning in my closet, New Knowledge exposed my cactus as being secretly a Russian bot. They’re everywhere.

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Thank you for the best laugh I’ve had in years....my wife is totally annoyed.

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99% of what is classified could simultaneously fit in the category of "any idiot who is paying attention knows that." All of this spy crap is designed to conceal how bad they are at their jobs and the bad self-serving stuff they are up to and now we are have a corporate media who considers themselves part of the team. By the standards of today, half the Democratic party of the 80s were Russian (Soviet) assets! Just because you oppose a policy doesn't make you a traitor. Saying Ukraine is Europe's problem doesn't make you Putin's pal. One last thing, I have been meaning to write about redactions and the "sources and methods" cop out. Sources are redacted because they are biased, partisan, crazy, or simply suck. Methods are hidden because they dishonest, entrapping, or illegal probably.

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As others below note - how on earth did a 21 year old kid in the MA Air National Guard get these? I mean they were either really not "top secret" or the designation is meaningless.

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And how was it the Post and the NYT identified him? I mean what were the FBI, NSA, CIA and 15 other intelligence agencies doing? They didn't notice these months ago? Seriously?

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I mean the NSA could pull my info from this comment but those damn Minecraft Discord servers, only the crack team of elite investigators at newspapers probably half written by ChatGPT can find out what’s going on there.

Totally legit.

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Probably reading the Twitter Files while wondering what to do

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If he is such a low level youngster how did our incompetent government give him access to such "high level" information so he could leak it? If they put this kid in lockup there should be hell to pay. Creepazoid is a perfect description of these boobs.

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Agree, but spoiler alert: There will be no hell to pay. Not even a lick of hell.

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Don't worry, Matt, we're gonna get that Supreme Court Leaker any day now!

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I was thinking the same.

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Why was this stuff classified? Oh, right everything is classified. If there is a chance it could embarrass the Intelligence Industrial Complex, it is classified. Isn't it strange that a 21 year old Air Force Reserve member and defense contractor has this kind of access? Seems odd to me.

More sunshine, not less. More journalism (not MSM journalism, real journalism), not less.

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It is amazing how quickly journalists have sunk into this role as propaganda parrots. I wonder if Matt encountered any signals within the Twitter files that reporters have actually been deputized by IC spooks as paid-on-the-side CHS’s and operatives. As newspaper newsrooms were being cut back and financial shortfalls accelerated during my 40 years at major metro dailies, sure, it was obvious conservatives or contrarians that gave the pervasive leftish orthodoxy headaches were the first out the door with their “cardboard coffins.” But the resulting homogeneity cannot totally explain such a willingness to do the IC’s bidding. When I was RIFF’d from the Dallas paper in 2004, those I left behind still maintained an adherence to the “speak truth to power” philosophy. They were definitely lefties, but they had a conscience and considered themselves challengers to government agencies. They were working to get the truth to their readers, albeit their own slanted version. What vexes me about today’s most powerful news outlets is that they willingly spew such uncritical garbage on behalf of their “sources with knowledge of the situation.” It can’t be a coincidence. The key actors must be getting some handsome rewards.

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