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Misinformation Efforts Over Kentucky Vote Could Be Playbook for 2020 - ProPublica


False claims of misconduct in the race for governor in Kentucky are likely a precursor to the coming combat over the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential vote.

I'm sure the rUSSRian trolls are behind a bit of this. Altho the (r)epuglicons are evil enough already, they just aren't as smart.
That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It
(Thanks, G_j)

So Purdue Pharma funds the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

I wonder how much $$$s from opioid manufacturers, gun makers, prison corporations, military industrial complexes go to AEI and other RW spouts.


Inside Purdue Pharma’s Media Playbook: How It Planted the Opioid “Anti-Story
OxyContin’s makers delayed the reckoning for their role in the opioid crisis by funding think tanks, placing friendly experts on leading outlets, and deterring or challenging negative coverage.

In 2004, Purdue Pharma was facing a threat to sales of its blockbuster opioid painkiller OxyContin, which were approaching $2 billion a year. With abuse of the drug on the rise, prosecutors were bringing criminal charges against some doctors for prescribing massive amounts of OxyContin.

That October, an essay ran across the top of The New York Times’ health section under the headline “Doctors Behind Bars: Treating Pain is Now Risky Business.” Its author, Sally Satel, a psychiatrist, argued that law enforcement was overzealous, and that some patients needed large doses of opioids to relieve pain. She described an unnamed colleague who had run a pain service at a university medical center and had a patient who could only get out of bed by taking “staggering” levels of oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin. She also cited a study published in a medical journal showing that OxyContin is rarely the only drug found in autopsies of oxycodone-related deaths.

“When you scratch the surface of someone who is addicted to painkillers, you usually find a seasoned drug abuser with a previous habit involving pills, alcohol, heroin or cocaine,” Satel wrote. “Contrary to media portrayals, the typical OxyContin addict does not start out as a pain patient who fell unwittingly into a drug habit.”

The Times identified Satel as “a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and an unpaid advisory board member for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.” But readers weren’t told about her involvement, and the American Enterprise Institute’s, with Purdue.

If these murderers were held accountable for their crimes they'd never need to worry about hiding their filthy riches.

Garry Kasparov: Trump's behavior is disgustingly corrupt and impeachable

This is a powerful piece by an incredibly intelligent person.
The truth in front of our noses: Donald Trump’s behavior is disgustingly corrupt and impeachable, whatever his defenders do or say

It was foolish to hope that Donald Trump would be cowed into better behavior by the start of impeachment hearings last Wednesday. His type never admits wrongdoing, never apologizes, never changes for the better. Instead, they smear their accusers, attack the witnesses, and cause as much chaos as possible to distract from the growing pile of evidence against them.

Along the way, they drag their supporters down to their level, obliging them to twist the truth and contort their morals to defend the indefensible.

Thanks to the live feed of the hearings from the Longworth House Office Building, those with strong stomachs can watch this performative debasement in real-time. Just listen to the Republican congressmen during the hearings as they reel off denials, fabrications and distractions while never attempting to refute the core of the allegations against their master.

And how could they, since Trump’s lawyers, officials and Trump himself have already admitted to it all?

There is no limit to the possible number of lies and only one truth, so it’s easy for the facts to be lost in the rising tide of falsehoods. Instead of falling into the trap of refuting every conspiracy theory and slander, the best remedy is to keep repeating the truth, as often as necessary, like taking a medicine.

Imagine. Imagine a single day when trump acted like a real human, a real president.

Can we?

A day with dignity and humor and love for the country?
A day when personal gain is not the top of the agenda?
A day without tweets and tirades?
A day when experts are actually consulted? And advice headed?
A day where allies and other countries can understand our policies?
A day when the word "fuck" isn't uttered from the WH?
A day when "dog" isn't used as a term of denigration?
A day without one of the spawn/relatives aren't involved in a shady operation?

No, I can't either. As long as this family is around.

And I can't imagine most of these if the (R)epuglicons maintain power.

White House expects two new hires to bolster Trump impeachment defense -official

Source: Reuters

The White House is expected to recruit two advisers to take a more aggressive posture in defending President Donald Trump in the congressional impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

The two outside advisers are former Florida state attorney general Pam Bondi, a Trump ally, and former Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh, who had resigned earlier this year after joining the administration from its early days.

“Pam Bondi and Tony Sayegh are expected to join the White House communications team to work on proactive impeachment messaging and other special projects as they arise,” the first administration official said.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment-defense/white-house-expects-two-new-hires-to-bolster-trump-impeachment-defense-official-idUSKBN1XG2R8?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Who, in there right mind, would defend a psychopath while they are still actively engaging in their destructive behaviors?

What has this hold over the (R)epuglicons?

Lindsey Graham said a month ago there was no evidence of a quid pro quo. Now he's refusing to look

at the evidence that shows there was.


GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham is refusing to look at new evidence of a quid pro quo involving President Donald Trump and military aid to Ukraine.

In September, Graham said evidence of Trump withholding military aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden did "not exist."

A transcript of testimony from EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, released by House committees on Tuesday, offers evidence of an explicit quid pro quo in this regard.

Graham on Tuesday told a reporter he wouldn't look at the new evidence and said the entire process surrounding the inquiry was "BS."

Lot of (R)epuglicons and trumpers with heads stuck in dark, moist, smelly places.

Danziger: al-Baghdadi whimpers

Project much, Donnie-Boy?

John Pavlovitz: This Isn't Christianity


Keying of another discussion https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212648160 I was struck by the text and image of another from this pastor's site. FWIW, I am an atheist but appreciate truth-telling.

This isn’t Christianity

We need to be really clear on something, because there seems to be confusion out there lately:

This isn’t Christianity.

They may use the word and steal the iconography and cop the aesthetic, but that is where the resemblance diverges and where the similarities end. There remain no other commonalities with which to rightly associate the two.

This isn’t Christianity.

It is spiritual misappropriation: the violent hijacking of something helpful and weaponizing it in order to do the greatest amount of damage in the shortest amount of time. It is a hostile takeover of something beautiful and grossly disfiguring it to terrorize people with.

This isn’t Christianity—that is, not if Jesus was Christian.

If Jesus was Christian, then Christianity is:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
— Jesus (Matthew 5:3-10)

And there is nothing of mercy or humility or purity or peacemaking in this thing claiming to be Christianity.

No, this thing is the antithesis of all of it.

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