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This sounds similar to the Russian Troll Farms CNN busted in April that was operating in Ghana

stirring up racial resentment and presenting themselves as Black Lives Matter.

CNN worked with two Clemson University professors -- Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren -- in tracking the Ghanaian operation. Linvill said the campaign was straight out of the Russian playbook, trying to mask its efforts among groups in the US.

"They were very closely engaged in the Black Lives Matter community," he said. "They talked almost exclusively about what was happening on the streets of the United States and not on the streets of Africa."

Kailee Scales, managing director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, said her organization was proactive when it came to protecting its voice online. "We are walking into the 2020 election cycle with eyes wide open to the fact that international and domestic actors are striving to undermine our organizing, and we are not going to let that happen," she told CNN.


Russian election meddling is back -- via Ghana and Nigeria -- and in your feeds

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/12/world/russia-ghana-troll-farms-2020-ward/index.html

Deep Down, Trump is Rupert Pupkin:

But it's also the underwriting of Trump loans by VTB

I'm actually more interested in this than the inflation/deflation of asset values, because it raises the question of why Putin would underwrite such risky loans. Was he literally guaranteeing Trump's debt? Was this repayment for the fact that Trump allowed billions of Russian dollars to be laundered into Trump properties? This could point directly to money laundering, the Rosetta stone some of us have been hoping to uncover.

Trump Deutsche Bank Loans Underwritten By Russian State-Owned Bank, Whistleblower Told FBI

Deutsche Bank’s loans to Donald Trump were underwritten by Russian state-owned VTB Bank, according to the whistleblower whose collection of thousands of bank documents and internal communications have captured the recent attention of federal investigators.

Val Broeksmit acquired the emails and files of his late father, Deutsche Bank executive William S. Broeksmit, after Broeksmit tragically took his own life in 2014.

Val informed the FBI in late 2019 about his knowledge of VTB’s underwriting of Trump’s loans, information he attributed to a network of sources connected to the bank he cultivated over the past five-plus years.

Underwriting is the process where financial institutions assess the ability of potential customers to fulfill their obligations. Underwriters have access to “credit and financial information, as well as the state of the [property],” according to US News, though underwriters can sometimes be unknown to the person seeking the loan.


https://forensicnews.net/2020/01/03/trump-deutsche-bank-loans-underwritten-by-russian-state-owned-bank-whistleblower-told-fbi/

Thank you. I've been tempted to get the audiobook, in spite of reading it already,

to hear her narrate it herself.

It is awfully well written and I absolutely believe she wrote it herself. She avoids the mistakes a lot of first-time authors make, and she knows how to conclude a paragraph powerfully, and to zone in on specific details while not getting bogged down in the peripheral or mundane. She has a sharp eye for what's important, excellent memory for particulars, and is honest when she can't recall something. It's an authentic and most valuable contribution to this genre.

I ordered a second copy because I want to re-read it and make some marks on the text, and I hate to mark up an "only copy."

I want to be able to lend it out to others as well.

Yes, exactly. There's another code too that also encompasses what is happening.

Did you know the USPS has its own Inspector General? I've been wondering if that individual should be contacted, or could be of any help?

USPS OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits the operations and evaluates the specific infrastructure of the Postal Service. The OIG also has the responsibility of protecting and maintaining the integrity of postal processes and personnel. To contact the OIG, please call 1-888-877-7644, email hotline@uspsoig.gov, visit USPS OIG Contact Form, or mail 1735 N Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209-2020.

https://www.prc.gov/consumer-assistance

I don't know anything about the process of contacting an Inspector General. It just seems like we have heard nothing about this, and that it could be of use.

Many people here have given up on getting tested. There was an article posted this morning,

but everyone has said the same thing for three weeks. Nobody wants to wait in 105 degree temperatures for six or eight hours to get tested (or turned away when they close or run out of tests). And there were reports of people in the Phoenix area coming the night before and camping out to get tested and still having to wait hours. And they know even if they get tested, it will take ten days to get the results.

My brother in law's mother has all the symptoms, and was just tested and they told her "ten days" for her results. (She's in her eighties, is in a long term health care facility and suffers from debilitating dementia and has other risk factors--still, ten days!)

I just found out the USPS has an Inspector General and here's the contact info

USPS OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits the operations and evaluates the specific infrastructure of the Postal Service. The OIG also has the responsibility of protecting and maintaining the integrity of postal processes and personnel. To contact the OIG, please call 1-888-877-7644, email hotline@uspsoig.gov, visit USPS OIG Contact Form, or mail 1735 N Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209-2020.

https://www.prc.gov/consumer-assistance

I'll write to him/her tomorrow. I don't know what else to do at this point. It's probably an exercise in futility, but I have to try to do something.

X-posted from another thread.

I just found out the USPS has an Inspector General and here's the contact info

USPS OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) audits the operations and evaluates the specific infrastructure of the Postal Service. The OIG also has the responsibility of protecting and maintaining the integrity of postal processes and personnel. To contact the OIG, please call 1-888-877-7644, email hotline@uspsoig.gov, visit USPS OIG Contact Form, or mail 1735 N Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209-2020.

https://www.prc.gov/consumer-assistance

I'll write to him/her tomorrow. I don't know what else to do at this point. It's probably an exercise in futility, but I have to try to do something.

I was half-seriously wondering if Swan had studied Steven Hassan's book

The Cult of Trump and Hassan's meticulous breakdown of techniques Trump uses to frame and reframe issues, because he was staggeringly good at grabbing the frame back from Trump and placing it where it belongs.

One of the greats.

Under the Volcano is an under-appreciated masterpiece.

Alan Parker passed away a few days ago. One of my favorite John Huston quotes is when he was talking about Parker's movie Angel Heart. He said, to the best of my recollection, "Angel Heart is ninety minutes of the greatest movie ever made, followed by twenty minutes of the worst movie ever made." (I respectfully disagree with the second part of his statement. )

John Huston was also the subject of Clint Eastwood's movie White Hunter, Black Heart. Eastwood portrayed John Huston during the making of African Queen.

It's a really good movie and a fascinating portrait of Huston.

Lastly, John Houston gave a remarkably haunting performance in Roman Polanski's classic, Chinatown.



By the way, if you thought Jacqueline Bisset was just a pretty face who couldn't act, you need to see Under the Volcano because her performance is a revelation.

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