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It’s Trump versus The Swamp

Win for Trump’s enemies would cast pall over democracy

Chris Kenny, The Australian.

If Trump’s enemies succeed, especially when their critiques are often so deceptive and dishonest, and after they have trashed processes and natural justice through episodes such as the Russia collusion hoax or the assassination of Brett Kavanaugh’s character, it will leave a dark pall over the world’s pre-eminent democracy. And it will leave a mass of disaffected mainstream voters feeling that even a democratically elected President promising to “drain the swamp” can fall victim to the ­revenge of the political, bureaucratic, academic and media establishment — the deep state.

We know he is unorthodox, ­polarising and crass, yet so many players and commentators never tire of pretending these observations are still worth fussing over.

If Trump’s enemies succeed, especially when their critiques are often so deceptive and dishonest, and after they have trashed processes and natural justice through episodes such as the Russia collusion hoax or the assassination of Brett Kavanaugh’s character, it will leave a dark pall over the world’s pre-eminent democracy. And it will leave a mass of disaffected mainstream voters feeling that even a democratically elected President promising to “drain the swamp” can fall victim to the ­revenge of the political, bureaucratic, academic and media establishment — the deep state.

We know he is unorthodox, ­polarising and crass, yet so many players and commentators never tire of pretending these observations are still worth fussing over.

Ultimately, The Democrats have become The Swamp. They oppose Trump so viscerally because he threatens their money stream and pops the fantasy bubbles that make their voter appeal. The Swamp makes their living off Big Government. The Business Swamp profit from the complexity of regulations to benefit from their own personal loopholes and deals. The Monopolist Swamp use their close relationship with politicians to keep their monopoly. The Welfare Swamp  just want more welfare, and The Washington Swamp depend on Big Government for their creamy rich salaries and two week long junkets to foreign holiday destinations like the COP Climate conferences. The Medical Swamps are battling now for expensive drugs against the cheap out-of-patent unprofitable treatments.

Then there’s the Republican Swamp — they don’t want small government either.

And now, success is partly in the hands of a virus.

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I’ll be away from the desk for a few days. Apologies in advance for late replies to emails. David Evans will be posting while I’m away.

 

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101 comments to It’s Trump versus The Swamp

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    Kalm Keith

    Thanks Jo,

    another incisive post that doesn’t fail to mention that “the swamp” includes troughers from both Democrats and Republicans: it’s a very important aspect of why the average person is best served by President Trump.

    Enjoy.

    KK

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    Serp

    Heady times indeed wondering how much worse than contemporary Victoria the whole world will be should the sneak attack china virus prevail.

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    Vladimir

    Jo et al, please!

    Does anyone anticipates a significant electricity price drop in Melbourne, Vic due to, say – demand drop?
    It is natural to hope that if the generation grows as much as they say (even, if not so reliable generation…) while the industry is slowly dying, at some stage the offer will exceed the demand.

    This a genuine question – just got a notice: a 25c per kwh, instead of 18c for the last 2 years – so do we install solar panels or immigrate North?
    Or what?
    Thanks ain advance,

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      Graeme No.3

      Vladimir:

      It is not just the rate per kWh; check the rest of your bill for things like network charges. Subsidies for renewables are supposed to last until 2030, and they are paid by the retailer who passes it on to you (with markup and GST).
      For all the talk about how cheap renewables are their cost is higher than coal fired, esp. brown coal as used in Victoria. They have to recover their construction cost (including backhanders), their running costs and depreciation, so wind isn’t going to drop the cost to you. And their on/off performance might make reliable generators unprofitable, but the reaction from our politicians will be a subsidy for the necessary backup slapped onto your bill. Batteries (small or large) are expensive, and gas fired PEAKER PLANTS (OCGTs) don’t seem to be interested in supply under $300 per MWh. [brown coal is under $40 and gas around $75).

      I haven’t worked the figures recently, but 25¢ per kWh is cheaper than SA where it’s around 45¢ per kWh. That makes a battery storage marginally useful if used to collect solar during the day and use it up in peak hour (4-8p.m.) when charges go up. A generator doesn’t seem worthwhile even in SA unless you don’t want to sit in the dark (I reckon you would need 53-55¢ per kWh to breakeven, without the factor of convenience).

      Sorry to carry on a bit, but the short answer is no-one knows. Our stupid pollies and moronic public servants are hell bent on policies that raise prices, but making blackouts more likely. The sooner a big blackout occurs the sooner some sanity could be returned.

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      Small Footprint

      Trump is in Victorian politics? Off topic and at number 3

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      Graeme#4

      Where would you go in Australia to achieve domestic energy costs less than 25c/kWH?

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    Nezysquared

    All just different shades of socialism. When dependence on the state is incentivised (by all parties) you don’t need to be a genius to predict ever expanding government and intrusion into almost every aspect of peoples lives. The swamp is thriving more than ever in Australia too and as long as a weak electorate permits untrammelled expansion we are all complicit in the outcome. We get the government we deserve – ask any Victorian…..

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    David Maddison

    Trump has proven socialism and corporatism are for the Elites and Trump’s brand of conservatism are for the common people, “Drplorables” as Killary calls them.

    Of course, thinking, well informed people always knew Leftism was for the Elites but it took Trump to clearly demonstrate it.

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    Geoffrey Williams

    When I was growing up ‘democracy’ used to be such a beautiful word. It meant freedom for the people to be governed openly and honestly and accounably by good people.
    In the United States today,the meaning of Democracy has been trashed !!
    GeoffW

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      The liberal concept of freedom turned into free stuff and greed took over.

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      Curious George

      Democracy is an inherently unstable system if its rules can be changed. National Socialists were democratically elected in Germany in 1930s and changed rules to make it a permanent victory, with a great success. Comrade Maduro in Venezuela packed the courts and a national assembly also with a great success – he is still in power. I should also mention an intimidation, which is an important part of overall strategy. Deplorables must be reminded daily that they are only deplorables.

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        sophocles

        Plato had a lot to say about it and so did Aristotle. They weren’t exactly enthusiastic. Then along came Machiavelli …

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    Serge Wright

    Trump’s chances of winning have fallen now he is out of action with COVID and the the stock market fall upon hearing this news provides the sentiment of investors of a Democrat win.

    A Democrat win will have enormous impacts across the entire western world. Once the GND is signed off we can expect a complete collapse of the USD as the USA effectively shuts down their productive economy and embarks up an economy run from a printing press. It will then become likely that all trade deals from Europe and the USA with other western countries will require the adoption of similar socialist 100% RE targets.

    The big winner from this mess will be China, as it has never had any intention of using RE in any significant % for grid power, but it will stand to make a fortune by selling solar panels and wind turbines to the west until they become bankrupted and failed states, after which time it will simply move to take over lands that it deems desirable, which would almost certainly include Australia.

    It’s a scary thought that now seems suddenly plausible. Hopefully Trump will make a miraculous recovery and claw back ground.

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      Peter C

      Trump’s chances of winning have fallen now he is out of action with COVID

      Not at all. Not only has he already received a post debate poll boost but he can expect a further boost from contracting Covid (at least according to Dr Steve Turley).
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yuoU6kUZJ0&feature=youtu.be
      He will be perceived as more human because he has shared the experience of so many who have suffered from this illness. Boris, Bibi and Bolsonaro all got a Covid Boost.

      Even better he is not out of action. He is working from his hospital room at the Walter Reed.

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        Peter C

        H/t to David Maddison for the video link.

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        Saighdear

        Well, I dunno…. look what’s happening with Boris ( Us in UK ) now.

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          Peter C

          Thanks Saighdear

          Boris got a polls boost after he contracted the virus but I take you point. Is he suffering from Post Covid Brain Syndrome?

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            Peter

            Yes, I would say he is, suffering frm pcbs, as he is not the same person as before the illness .

            Let us not forget he had a very bruising brexit experience, went through the drama of proroguing Parlament, had a massive tussle with the Speaker and the Supreme court, forced a general election, won it handsomely , is involved with an EU determined to ensure the UK is humbled because of our desire to leave their club, has had a divorce, has had a new fiancée, moved house to No 10, got a new dog, got a new baby, has tried to cope wth a pandemic and has been very near deaths door.

            Any of these could be life changing but collectively he must be exhausted physically and mentally.

            He does not look well from the interview I saw on the local news yesterday when he visited near by Exeter.

            Who knows if he will recover his verve and optimism.

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            Saighdear

            …. and I STILL ‘dunno’ ….. well, I can make up my own mind and have Ideas – I say to people: ” Wear the Shoes of the Fisherman to understand” but most in our Society do NOT seem to understand….. Never mind wha’s happening with Boris, what about the rest of US – the taxpayers, the Pensioners, ( never mind the rest !! ). I feel there MUST Be some external Players pulling strings: Where else would you get so many countries behaving in this ludicrous manner , and for so long. NOTHING adds up. STOP and right down the FACTS to analyse and then check. 1week Quar. now 2 weeks, 2m soc dist or 1.5m etc, now dogs may be able to smell presence:so its particle borne? particles can fly. etc etc etc. and so it goes on. We, in a rural backwater are completely fed up with it all.

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          Kalm Keith

          Boris is Boris: fence sitter, not unlike our own inscrutable Scomo: instead of acting on best advice they take action based on the whim of the latest shift in voter thinking.

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          GD

          look what’s happening with Boris

          Trump is a much stronger leader/politician than Boris. Trump plays hardball, whereas Boris can be all over the shop at times with his kowtowing to green ideas.

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        Richard Ilfeld

        The democrat platform is a hot mess.
        Their governance sucks.
        Since they can’t run on their record or their plans, they have to run against the devil incarnate.
        Now they have to pull their negative ads and mutter through clenched teeth that they wish the
        best to Donald and Melania. He is human. Americans in the middle don’t like it if you kick someone who is down.

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          Yes, the Democratic platform is full of hollow platitudes and outrageous demands. But what’s much more concerning is the Biden-Bernie Task Force Recommendations, which is the plan to achieve their outrageous demands (destroy free market capitalism) and that Trump properly characterized as a manifesto. Both of these can be found on joebiden.com.

          It’s not just one proposal capable of destroying all that’s good about America, but many, each capable on their own, of achieving this nefarious goal.

          Those claiming that Biden is a moderate and not a radical Socialist are clearly ignoring the obvious and this delusional behavior is a bad omen.

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            czechlist

            I don’t believe Biden is a socialist. I believe he is a puppet of marxists, just a demented old man who wants to be POTUS to satisfy his ego and protect himself, his reputation and family from the well deserved exposure and condemnation (and hopefully,but unlikely, prison terms)which await them when DJT is re-elected.
            Oh, and his wife is obviously desperate to be FLOTUS

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              TdeF

              From his video presentation, I suspect from day to day he does not know where he is, who his audience is and what to say. He is being coached at all times and not the man who twenty years ago could speak off the cuff for 2 hours straight. In the debate, even the moderator was at pains to cover up his lapses and incoherence at times. The question about which police unions supported him was met with a long embarassing silence until the moderator saved him.

              I also looked up the latest in cheap WiFi ear pieces even from Amazon, not the CIA/FBI. They are tiny metal discs, nearly as small as a black pepper grain and you drop them in. They are retrieved by a magnet on stick. $22.90. And they are very clear. Someone else was answering the questions. Otherwise he would have just stood there, mute.

              The Trump team should at least bring in a simple disruptor or pair the device. It would be very embarassing if they could tell Biden what to say and he said it. Comical but perhaps necessary. Technology has come a long way.

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                TdeF

                The problem is the large flat inductive loop you have to wear under your shirt, but these are men in suits.

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                TdeF

                Or better still, just record everything. And match it with what Biden is saying. If Australians can be banned and humiliated for a tiny bit of sandpaper, Biden can be exposed for cheating too. Trump was likely facing three people, not just two.

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        Slithers

        Could this all be planned?
        Thursday gets injected with serum from a SARS-CoV-2 recovered person, then tests positive the next day?
        has no symptoms, feels fine, but is effectively taken out of circulation. Best got into Hospital for a few days while we work out what to do next!
        Just Who is the we, and who is/are the planner(s)?

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        Hanrahan

        I’m very despondent about the world in general and the US in particular. I knew Trump was hated by great swathes of people but I never understood the depth of pure hatred. It seems half the world is openly hoping for Trump’s death. Hotcopper, Australia’s share trading chat site doesn’t even bother to moderate the death wishes posted there. There is a large group that couldn’t give a simple “get well”.

        It matters nought whether he gets reelected or not, he will have even less ability to govern than he has had for the last 4 years. The democrats are openly threatening to “burn the place down” if they are not elected. A new civil war may erupt but one with a decisive result may be the only way forward for the US. 🙁

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          TdeF

          There will be no ‘civil war’. The perpetrators of the Trump hate campaign are ruling classes. They never get their hands dirty. And they have Spanish speaking slaves looking after their gardens.

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          So much of this hate is because many still think Trump colluded with Russia to beat HRC while the MSM has been non stop purveyors of this unwarranted hate. Now we find out that Hillary not only commissioned the phony dossier, she did so as part of a scheme to use Russian disinformation to attack Trump in order to change the topic from her private email server that she and her comrades were illegally using in order to avoid being caught. According to Congressmen Devin Nunes, this is only the tip of the iceberg and additional declassification should be forthcoming revealing even more HRC malfeasance.

          It’s too bad the MSM hides this truth owing to an illicit political bias. If Americans only knew what the Democratic party accepts as ethical behavior, they would boot every one of them out of office, which is why the MSM, acting as the propaganda arm of the DNC, hides this truth.

          Watergate harmed Republicans for decades and the treasonous behavior perpetuated by HRC and the Obama administration, up to and including Obama and Biden, was so much worse. If they’re allowed to get away with this, then you certainly should be despondent about the fate of the world.

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    David Maddison

    According to Their ABC, President Trump is now being given the almost useless drug Remdesivir, in addition to the previously reported Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ dual antibody and also zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and aspirin.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-03/donald-trump-coronavirus-hospital-treated-experimental-drug/12728390

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      Peter C

      It would be great if he took hydroxychloroquine as Bolsonaro did. However he is on Zinc which is very positive.

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        But insufficient. Zinc requires an ionophore to get in to attack the virus, so it works well with HCQ. But I don’t see any sign of such an ionophore in this regime. Am I missing something?
        Or is this treatment one which is designed to fail?
        Cheers
        Dave B

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        I also find this disturbing:
        ” The medical team said Mr Trump had asked about hydroxychloroquine, but had not been put on it.
        Mr Trump had previously described the drug as a “game changer”, but scientific studies have shown it does not benefit people hospitalised with the disease.. ”

        https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-04/donald-trump-coronavirus-concerning-period-48-hours-critical/12729740
        Cheers
        Dave B

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          sophocles

          Go read Jo’s post of 12th September.
          You may change your mind.

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            David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

            G’day sophocles,
            Yes, I too like the vitamin D approach, and would have liked to have seen more detail in the report, as it’s the first time I’ve seen any reference to its use in MSM. And also yes, I have read Jo’s posts on it, including that of Sept 12.
            I would like to think his medical team are also on board, but if so, why is he sick? Sounds to me that same team has not ensured his blood levels were maintained at a safe level i.e. at greater than 40 ng/ml. Nor have they kept him on HCQ+zinc at sufficient levels. I suspect either would have kept the virus at bay, and both could have been used together at low cost and low risk.
            Meanwhile, why no zinc ionophore?
            Cheers
            Dave B

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              sophocles

              HCQ without zinc doesn’t work very well.

              I wonder if he’s ever had a vitamin D test? The fact that he contracted The Bug in the first place suggests a Vit-d Deficiency.

              Big Pharma can’t make any big money from vit-d. So they try to ensure the various health departments `forget’ about it. The best damage they can do is done by ignoring it.

              In my country (NZ) our health dept basically had hissy fits if anyone wanted to use vitamin D 3 at any strength stronger than 800 IU p/d. It’s recently been kicked into admitting more is not necessarily dangerous but the maximum “recommended” dose is not to exceed 4,000 IU per day. That’s just starting to get useful.

              The problem they carefully overlook is that too low a level of vit-D 3 is more dangerous than too high a level. 50,000 IU is not fatal. 20,000 IU seems to be routine as a booster dose, and 10,000 IU per day for the unwell like the covid infected.

              If you’re taking large doses of vit-d, take vit-K2, magnesium and zinc. It may be recommended to take calcium too.

              Vit-d 3 is very good at pulling calcium out of the gut, vit-K2 is very good at where and how it parks the calcium — which vit-d3 on its own gets a bit careless at, and magnesium supports the vitd3 and k2 and zinc rounds it out.

              You know when you’re taking enough when you don’t catch any more colds. Ever. And influenzas don’t want to know you. If you like the thought of no more coughs cold and flu’s then you’ll need to test your levels. I’m still shaking my supplementation down and my tests tell me I’m in the ideal range of 120-200 nmol/l (or 48 ng/ml to 80ng/ml). I tested at 161 nmol/L which is in the centre.

              Make a note of https://vitamindwiki.com — it’s very informative

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          David Maddison

          HCQ has been shown not to work in deliberately sabotaged trials when it was used too late, in too high toxic doses, or without zinc.

          When used correctly in accordance with the Zelenko protocol it works.

          It is disappointing that Trump is not allowed to use that but they are putting him on the useless drug Remdesivir.

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        Hanrahan

        High dose D3 is very positive if given intravenously as hydroxycalcidiol, the most immediately available form and in high enough doses.

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    Peter C

    Sense of Deja Vu!

    Did anyone else notice. Several paragraphs are repeated.

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    Furiously curious

    These guys have a slightly less jaundiced view about Trump, maybe being more Bernie inclined, and so their huge dislike is Wall St, Corporations, and the super rich, and they are saying the US Chamber of Commerce have moved away from the Republicans, and are backing Biden. They have X3 the lobbying funds of anyone else. They want stability, and to get back with China. They have previously claimed Wall St wants Biden. The market will be interesting in the next week. This is from just pre Trump’s covid.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW1AvzBGof8&t=83s

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    Jim

    But, Trump and the republican party are also part of the swamp. They are of the opposite,low part of the swamp. Business does not like democracy. It doesn’t like good wages, and could care less about your healthcare. Business is there for a profit, therefore, business needs to be regulated, to care for the consumer. No consumer, no need for business. An untold story of business 101. As a fact, even untold to business doctors. None study the consumer, but, a consumer is a necessary part of business.

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      Washington are mere amateurs in this field because If you want a swamp then Brussels is the place to go, where all the EU institutions are found.

      Perhaps swamp is too down market a word to cover the extraordinary number of expensive restaurants, hotels, lobbyists, obscure committees meeting in grand but obscure organisations etc. Does ‘Morass’ sound more up market ?

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    The insurance industry has really had a successful run in making governments deem it a necessity in many countries and in many forms. Even though they can change the rules and policies when not in their profitability favor.

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    I used to trust doctors 100%…
    Even in this Pandemic, they are business as usual…
    My wife’s doctor has changed her medications twice now even though last year the alternative doctor last year found that the one medications was double strength and causing overdose problems. She still goes for bloodwork where hundreds go in each day…
    My doctor wants me to go for a me to have up the bum chum scope, which I have had before. Had leakage for 2 years after. He failed to take into account my lungs are at 30% function now so any unnecessary surgery can be deadly…
    Are they working for us now?
    I don’t think so, it is a business.

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      Slithers

      Hi Jojo,
      I feel much the same.
      The last time I had a general anaesthetic, to have Gall bladder removed I had a Heart Attack while being operated upon, spent two weeks in Hospital instead of over-night. Now Dr suggests that a endoscopy to see if Bowel Cancer is indicated.
      No Thanks Doc

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    Deano

    Cheer up. Trump might well make a full speedy recovery. The MSM will of course, claim he’s near death but they shot their credibility to shreds ages ago. He could well use his COVID episode as an example of his ability to overcome adversity and lead.

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    Alex

    The Trump-hating swamp lie about everything to undermine Trump’s presidency and his election campaign. They ALSO lie about opinion polls, so as to give voters the idea that Trump is a loser, so voters would be more likely to vote for Biden, the real loser. Polls were faked in 2016 and are being faked even more for this election.

    Many Americans are #Walkingaway https://www.walkawaycampaign.com/ and Blexit-ing https://blexitfoundation.org/

    Also, some pro-Trump voters are refusing to participate in phone polls for fear of being victimised.

    Helmut Norpoth, was the only pollster who had predicted a Trump victory in 2016, even beating the then leading pollster Nate Silver. Norpoth had given Trump an 86% chance of winning. Now his prediction is at 91% chance for Trump. This university professor’s model has mathematically correctly predicted all presidential elections except two, since 1900. His method is not based on polling but on other factors.
    https://spectator.org/helmut-norpoth-trump-win-november/

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    Alex

    Trump is expected to make a quick, full recovery according to Dr. Qanta Ahmed. She also says that Trump’s Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) regimen may have helped him overcome the virus with minor symptoms https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-hospitalized-coronavirus-qanta-ahmed

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    dinn, rob

    `10-2    Argentina 14/127.6= 11% increase/day new cases/active cases https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/argentina/
    ………………………
    India 84/860= 9.8% increase/day https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/india
    …………………….
    Indonesia 4.2/57.6= 7.3% increase/day
    ………………………..
    Brazil 35.6/456= 7.8% increase/day https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/brazil   
    ……………………………..
    President Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcomed more than 150 guests as the president formally introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett, his nominee for the Supreme Court. A handful of Republican senators were there, including Mike Lee of Utah, who hugged and mingled with guests. So was Kellyanne Conway, the recently departed senior counselor to the president, as well as the Rev. John I. Jenkins, the president of the University of Notre Dame, who left his Indiana campus where a coronavirus outbreak had recently occurred to celebrate an alumna’s nomination.
    Spirits were high. Finally Trump was steering the national discussion away from the coronavirus pandemic — which had already killed more than 200,000 people in the United States and was still raging — to more favorable terrain, a possible conservative realignment of the Supreme Court.
    Attendees were so confident that the contagion would not invade their seemingly safe space at the White House that, according to Jenkins, after guests tested negative that day they were instructed they no longer needed to cover their faces. The no-mask mantra applied indoors as well. Cabinet members, senators, Barrett family members and others mixed unencumbered at tightly packed, indoor receptions in the White House’s Diplomatic Room and Cabinet Room.
    Five days later, that feeling of invincibility was (gone gone gone.) https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:yLQ8A8yU7RAJ:https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-virus-spread-white-house/2020/10/02/38c5b354-04cc-11eb-b7ed-141dd88560ea_story.html+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

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      Kalm Keith

      Don’t get too excited or condemnatory: this disease is going to eventually offer us all the chance to participate in the statistics.

      There are other more serious issues that are being ignored because of political correctness.

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      Peter C

      India 84/860= 9.8% increase/day

      Can you explain what you mean dinn rob.

      What is increasing at 10%/day?

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    John F. Hultquist

    There is an interesting physical (geography) link to the use of “swamp” in Washington D.C.

    See:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foggy_Bottom

    Foggy Bottom is thought to have received its name due to an atmospheric quirk of its low lying, marshy riverside location, which made it susceptible to concentrations of fog, and later, industrial smoke. The United States Department of State gained the metonym “Foggy Bottom”[1] when it moved its headquarters to . . .

    Google Earth will locate Foggy Bottom.

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    Furiously curious

    Redesivir, wow they’re really bringing out the big guns! Where can I sign up for a Mandarin class?

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    Travis T. Jones

    Body Language: First Presidential Debate 2020

    20 mins long, do you see what the body language expert sees?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG3AoawrYNk&feature=youtu.be

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      TdeF

      As I suggested in my post at #8.1.3.1.1 Following from 5:40 she observes there is information coming through an earpiece because he is clearly stumbling and listening to someone who supplies information. Eyes down, concentrating, not listening to anyone else. The body language and timing clearly confirms that Joe Biden is being coached with an earpierce, which is why they refused for Biden to be examined for an earpiece, despite previously agreeing.

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        TdeF

        And he looks into space, because “it’s hard to look at someone when you are listening to someone else”. So he keeps looking nowhere. “It’s like a phone conversation”.

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          TdeF

          You can never hide. Even hiding is a ‘tell’. This is a damning analysis of Joe Biden’s body language, not just the earpierce but his body language when the President moves onto the accusations of millions from Burisma and the Mayor’s wife in Moscow. And none of it is disproven. What else could Joe’s minder say?

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      r.b.

      The comments are more interesting

      Cheburashka
      October 3, 2020 at 11:45 am
      The CBC actually published an article saying that COVID seems to be targeting right-wing politicians. “Those who dislike them will see the hand of karma at work.” This is in the realm of serious WTF.
      Besides being medically unsound, COVID-19 doesn’t “zero-in” on anyone as far as I am aware, the article is in the worst of taste.

      https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trump-covid-diagnosis-bolsonaro-johnson-americas-populism-1.5748871

      Nicholas
      October 3, 2020 at 11:49 am
      It 404s right now. Did they take it down?

      Cheburashka
      October 3, 2020 at 11:53 am
      This is the text – I still had the page open (pls delete if not allowed).

      In a world with about 200 national leaders of every stripe and ideology, the COVID-19 virus has zeroed in uncannily on one group: the new breed of right-wing populists.

      It was true in Europe, where in addition to Boris Johnson’s near brush with death, the virus also struck former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi, a giant of European right-wing populism who, in many ways, was Donald Trump before Donald Trump…

      You can read the rest at the link. Just an excuse to throw bile around but not once addressing the elephant in the room – its more likely that the right would be the victim of a deliberate infection.

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    r.b.

    Bizarre conspiracy theory Trump is faking COVID-19 positive to swing election
    A tweet that predicted the President would announce his “infection” as an “October surprise” is fanning flames of a bizarre conspiracy theory.

    Trump COVID-19 treatment: President had stakes in Regeneron and Gilead, makers of antibody cocktail, Remdesivir

    Live updates on Trump and COVID-19: Mixed signals on Trump’s status; Chris Christie tests positive

    On President Donald Trump and COVID-19, just tell the truth to the American people…When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has hardly been transparent or truthful. On numerous occasions, top officials, and President Donald Trump himself, have withheld, underestimated, downplayed and outright lied.

    But when actual scientists and medical experts have been allowed to speak, they have generally been as accurate as possible. That ended Saturday when the the president’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, refused to provide meaningful disclosure on the president’s condition during a late morning briefing with reporters.

    Reassuringly, Conley said the “president is doing very well” and doctors are “extremely happy” with his progress. But the doctor undercut his credibility by saying he’d “rather not” give information on Trump’s fever before admission and where and when the president contracted the virus. Conley was evasive when pressed about the use of supplemental oxygen.

    Its amazing that the media will jump on anything as evidence of their own conspiracy theory but blatant evidence that Biden’s family did extraordinarily well for themselves when Biden was VP, or that there is so much bias in climate science that the F word should be peppered throughout any commentary rather than send me into moderation, gets labelled debunked automatically.

    The FBI also addressed the reports about extremists setting the wildfires . “Conspiracy theories and misinformation take valuable resources away from local fire and police agencies working around the clock to bring these fires under control,” they said on Twitter here on Sept. 11. “Please help our entire community by only sharing validated information from official sources,” they added.

    Re that Antifa (and rumours that it was the Proud Boys) were responsible for the wildfires. The evidence behind the rumours is better than most of the anti-Trump articles in the mainstream media, and especially that they would hinder the fire fighting in anyway (maybe, hopefully, they ae saying not to let on that they are being investigated).

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    frederik wisse

    Joe Biden is Obama on steroids . He is an harlequino , a playpuppet in the hands of Barack Husseyn , who is fighting for his last chance to regain power in the us society ! He has the support of the swamp , installed under especially Jimmy Carter , who inaugurated the Special Executive Services whose members are presently dominating the whole US burocracy , similar to the russian nomenclatura. Plus he has the support of most of the billionaires presently building a more limited oligarchy , cutting out the middle class under the present coronahoax and of the useful idiots of Black Lifes Matter and Antifa , who will be the first to be thrown under the bus when Biden-Obama succeed . Remember what Josef Stalin did to his partymembers when he became the secretary . Our nobelpriced peace-pigeon is responsible for the loss of more lives and more martyrdom than most of his precessors .His name should do well added to the following listing :Stalin ,Mao , Pol Pot . Trump should be very prudent as his opponent is capable of many dirty tricks and is a totally ruthless man fighting for his last chance to join the billionaire-club in which Putin and Xi Jin Ping also have a high ranking . This election is really the choice between good and evil and it is up to the US population to decide in which direction our future may go . The UK , Australia , Europe have already decided temporarily which way to go , that is in the direction of the fascist new world order of the billionaires .Let us pray the us people will block this path as otherwise the consequences will be dire .

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    r.b.

    No. My comment was still labelled ass being moderated well after you wrote this.

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    What makes Trump’s swamp better than the alternative?

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      Curious George

      Where have you been since 2016?

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      William Astley

      Trump believes he is on the side of all Americans and he will fix things..

      There is now peace in the Middle East. Israel has high technology and construction expertise both of which the Arab countries want and need.

      The current Palestine leadership wants to destroy Israel.

      Trump’s plan is going to bring real leaders to Palestine. Leaders who want a Palestine country.

      And a whole bunch of money real money, real construction management, to build real stuff, that ….

      … which includes an underground link between separated new Palestine territories. New roads.

      Jerusalem will be controlled by the Israels and the Palestines are going to get tons of tourism jobs along with 24/7 electricity, water, and new housing and money for business development.

      Which they do not have now or a country,. Palestinians will a new special country, lots of jobs, a great peaceful place that tourists will want to go to.

      Palestine can be one of the most beautiful and different countries in the world. Absolutely unique.

      Sort of a miracle.

      What people do not understand. Is Trump is a flawed person who is trying his best to be a good President and he believes the US should be on the side of good. What other reason could he have for bring peace to the Middle East?

      The Democrats controlled cities are corrupt, high drug, no jobs, what company would want to locate there. 19 out 22 cities that are having riots and high crime are Democrat run.

      And the same cities are bankrupt. Corrupt, stupid, angry socialism ends quickly.

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    Honey bee

    Chris Kenny omits Tony Abbott’s name. No politician has endured so much media abuse as he has. Of course Kenny was part of that pile on. Belatedly he came to have his blinkers partially removed as to the true nature of Turnbull. But I actually suspected his dislike of Abbott was related to Kenny himself Not achieving the roll of top public servant in the country-PM’s chief of staff. His loyalty to Turnbull meant he didn’t stay on with Abbott.

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    Furiously curious

    Craig Kelly facebooked this from a Dr Simone Gold’s site.
    “Issuing Emergency Use Authorisation for fast tracked Covid 19 vaccines would not be possible if the FDA and pharmaceutical companies accepted there were other effective therapeutics like HCQ, already available.
    EVA only applies when there are no alternatives.”
    !

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    Matty

    Going by DT’s video from hospital he is cruising through and should be back on the trail quickly. The optics are good compared to the dull sterile bubble they have manufactured for Joe Biden.

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    DOC

    The battle for the hearts and minds in the USA is exceedingly difficult for Trump and the GOP.
    There are three major forces to fight:

    1.The big business Globalists – incredibly, the social media and online, monopolistic business billionaires in particular. They harvest huge profits throughout the world and can arrange their tax affairs to pay minimal, if any tax at all, anywhere.

    2. The extreme left that aim to socialise the US into a marxist State. They have the major news outlets in their pockets. They have the Democrat Party in their pocket. It has policies to admit three further US protectorates into the US as States, seen as guaranteeing permanency of Democrat governance. They also are considering loading the Supreme Court with many more Justices which will be selected by the Democrats, so ensuring minimal Court obstruction to changes in the Constitution and in the laws of the land.

    3. The Bureaucracy, where there has already been use of the FBI, DOJ, CIA, Tax Office and the FISA Courts in futile attempts for 4 years to get rid of Trump. The Sally Yeates testimony even implicated the Obama WH in-so-far as knowledge of what was going on is concerned.

    The philosophies of these three groups may seem at variance, but it is a case of each using the other to advantage their own cases against the Republican governance which is all that stands between them and their take over of the USA.

    Their regard for the US citizens is zilch. The voters voting for the Democrats are seen as essential, useful, ignorant tools that see the world as the old mild forms of left vs right arguments and consider they will do better under their selected Party. Those voting against the Democrats are regarded as Deplorables, a simple headache to be ignored completely when this next election is won by the left. These are the country folk whose jobs went through Obama, ‘to save the planet’, with sympathy absent and coldly told they were never coming back.

    For big business, globalists, they want globalism back and their interests are their bank accounts; not the USA nor its people. They fund the left and investigation showed, and named, at least one billionaire funds the movement of the rioters around the country.

    The bureaucrats as usual, seem to be of leftist persuasion and prefer the leftist governance for the building always of huge bureaucratic edifices needed to run their policies.

    The blindness of the US citizens to what is going on is unimaginable here, but the media is so loathe to even publish about the happenings like riots and extreme poor governance of Democrat run States. My own experience recently of two phone conversations, to separate people, re worries about the social unrest and riots. Got two identical replies: ‘What was I talking about, and a question of where I got my news from.’ One of the people even lives and works in Minneapolis, was aware of the protests but not of the violence and riots! It shows just how effective have been the controllers of social media, let alone usual media, in censoring out anything they don’t wish to be public.

    Trump has a mountain of potent antagonists, people and funding working against him and magnifying any minor detail, true or false, that could be construed as working against him. It has him carrying the blame for major Democrat governance failures. To have beaten the odds last time was a miracle. It’s now up to the citizens to save themselves, to make themselves very aware of just where a Democrat aim to take them. The globalist moguls will not be affected, especially as their funding helps ensure such a government remains perpetually in power.

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      Kalm Keith

      DOC,

      That is a Great analysis.

      KK

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      Lance

      Add to your list:

      Social welfare programs have destroyed the family unit since 1964,
      The university Marxists of the 1960s have spent the last 50 years indoctrinating students
      Democrats have used Identity Politics to subdivide America into warring groups in order to obtain/maintain power.

      Journalism has become the propaganda wing of the Democrat/Marxist/Anarchist groups. Facts are hard to find in Media.

      Tech Giants ( Google, Twitter, Facebook, etc) are wholly controlled by Socialist/Marxist ideology. They have become coordinated, narrative engineers, and the de-facto mouthpiece of the Democrat party.

      Political Correctness: This has stifled needed discussion and driven conservative people to silently boil in cold anger for at least the last 10 to 20 years.

      On the bright side, do understand that China has the largest standing army in the World at 2.5 Million, but the US has some 70 Million licensed Hunters, nearly 400 Million firearms in private hands, and some 1 Trillion + rounds of ammunition in private hands. If the anarchist/marxist groups think imposing their will and ideology will be easily done, they are dumber than a sack full of hammers. As a result of the leftist violence, private firearm purchases have exceeded 1 Million /month for the last 6 months. Ammunition is near impossible to find as it sells out in hours of availability.

      In 30 days will be the Presidential Election. Whatever happens after that is going to be interesting, no matter how it turns out.

      The navel gazing college students and their aspiring marxist compatriots have no idea what exists outside their ideological bubble and are wholly unprepared for what the working class rural people have spent a lifetime preparing for. It won’t be pretty, but it will be final.

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    Trump was elected to drain the swamp. Biden is the swamp. Cheers –

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    Lance

    Trump just left Walter Reed Hospital on his way back to White House.

    He must be doing OK or they would not have discharged him.

    That said, he does have a personal doctor and a reasonably equipped medical center at the WH.

    Tough bird, that guy.

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      DOC

      Unfortunately Lance, it was just a drive around to give the supporters in the streets around the hospital a thank you. He’s now back in hospital and the derision has begun about those with him having to quarantine for 14 days. That’s no different from the problem those directly doing the virus patient-care in the hospital face every day of the week.

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    Lance

    Do Australians understand what recently happened in WA as of 12 Sept 2020? If completely true, this is a travesty.

    “The state of Western Australia has legislated to allow police officers or other “authorised officers” to restrain individuals and, if deemed necessary, forcibly remove their underwear in order to administer a vaccine.”

    https://www.technocracy.news/western-australia-can-restrain-citizens-and-forcibly-remove-clothing-to-vaccinate/

    Shortly after announcing the agreement with Astrazeneca, Morrison first said a coronavirus vaccine will be made “as mandatory as you can possibly make it” before quickly walking back the comments somewhat and saying the vaccine “is not going to be compulsory” and that “we can’t hold someone down and make them take it.”

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      Serp

      Truly bizarre development this matter of fact totalitarianism though not yet quite up to the high bar set by Victoria’s omnibus bill with its enabling of the permanent physical disappearance of selected persons chosen by a secret enforcement agency within the DHHS.

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    Another Ian

    “Trump On The Mend, CNN Hardest Hit”

    “@JackPosobiec – All of the anonymous sources just died”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/index.php/2020/10/04/trump-on-the-mend-cnn-hardest-hit/

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