— Anonymous 4thEstate (@4thAnon) October 21, 2016
In an email discussion about the Dairy lobby’s plan to put Nutrasweet in school kids milk sent to John Podesta the sender, Don Kennedy asserts that Aspartame is a poison and that in 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle, the chemical company that held the patent to aspartame, the active ingredient in NutraSweet. Don Kennedy adds that “Monsanto was apparently untroubled by aspartame’s clouded past, including a 1980 FDA Board of Inquiry, comprised of three independent scientists, which confirmed that it “might induce brain tumors”.
On January 21, 1981, the day after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, Searle re-applied to the FDA for approval to use aspartame in food sweetener, and Reagan’s new FDA commissioner, Arthur Hayes Hull, Jr., appointed a 5-person Scientific Commission to review the board of inquiry’s decision. It soon became clear that the panel would uphold the ban by a 3-2 decision, but Hull then installed a sixth member on the commission, and the vote became deadlocked. He then personally broke the tie in aspartame’s favor. Hull later left the FDA under allegations of impropriety, served briefly as Provost at New York Medical College, and then took a position with Burston-Marsteller, the chief public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle. Since that time he has never spoken publicly about aspartame.
I don’t know how much you know about Nutrasweet, but I think it is poison. I drank so much of it in college, I developed exercise-induced asthma and severe headaches as a result (both went away when i got off of it, but if I drink even one ounce, I will have a horrible headache immediately.) Doctors will swear to me it is fine, and I will tell them, maybe i’m the only person in the world who reacts like this, but clearly it affects me, and then they’ll tell me again, it is fine. They are so brainwashed by the propaganda, they refuse to believe anything contrary. I also have a friend who worked for the researchers at University of Chicago (which has a top rated neurology dept) and the doctors there said when they gave nutrasweet to lab mice, it literally blew holes in their brains.
(ANTIMEDIA) Moscow is sending a blunt message to its American counterparts by dispatching a major aircraft carrier battlegroup to conduct operations in Syria, while another Russian spy ship appears to be surveying underwater internet cables in the region.
The Russian aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is currently conducting live-fire exercises with its escort vessels between Scotland and Norway and is expected to remain on-station off the coast of Syria for at least four months. It is leading a fleet of eight Russian ships.
The move comes as Russia and the United States continue to disagree over the fate of the Syrian conflict. It is speculated to be in anticipation of an expansion of the Syrian war. As U.S.-backed Iraqi forces look to liberate ISIS’ last major stronghold within Iraqi territory, many are rightly predicting the focus of the so-called war against ISIS will shift to Syria.
As observed by Kingston University historian and Russian navy observer, Dr. Alex Clarke:
“The war against Daesh will be moving into Syria, more focus will be on there – just as it is, there were will [sic] a large Russian led task force off its Mediterranean coast. This is going to shift the balance of power within the area, even more in favour of Assad; simply because it will complicate the task for other nations wishing to support their own allies within the conflict.”
Dr. Clarke also suggested such a move would represent a shift in the balance of world military power, particularly in light of the timing of joint Russian-Chinese exercises being conducted in the disputed South China Sea.
Although it is unclear whether the U.S. will be deterred by Russia’s military posturing in Syria (especially once the country has sworn in an all but certain President Clinton), Russia may have some hidden strategies in deploying these warships to the region. As reported by the New Zealand Herald:
“Author and military analyst H.I. Sutton is one of several observers who have noted the unusual activity of a suspected Russian survey ship, the Yantar, in waters between Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey in recent weeks.
“Pentagon officials last year noted a number of Russian submarines and warships had been lingering in parts of the Atlantic Ocean containing arterial undersea fibre-optic cables.
“If these cables were to be cut in such remote locations, it could take weeks – or even months – to repair them.
This could lead to enormous international economic and government disruption, Dr. Alexey Muraviev of Curtin University told news.com.au, as reported by the New Zealand Herald.
It appears the Russians have tricks up their sleeves that may ultimately shift the balance of power within Syria and the wider Middle East region. However, the U.S. and its allies are unlikely to back down from their regime-change agenda plans in Syria anytime soon, and the public should come to be prepared for the worst in this conflict.
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Detroit PD officer tells local reporter he witnessed kickback scheme at Chene Park
Did six Detroit police officers under federal investigation, set up a towing scheme at Chene Park?
This new allegation was brought to FOX 2’s attention by a DPD source after we reported that suspended officers could be part of a kickback scheme.
On August 27 at Chene Park, a number of concertgoers pumped to see Frankie Beverly and Maze left with no way to get back home.
A source from DPD says tow trucks from two towing companies hauled off several cars parked on Atwater, Jefferson, Franklin and in abandoned lots.
He says the same thing happened 10 days earlier during the Will Downing concert with the same towing companies. That makes him believe individual officers called the companies instead of requesting tows by calling central dispatch.
If central dispatch had been called, he says there’s no way the same tow truck companies would have showed up twice.
That source from DPD says normally cops put up special signs during big events so people know not to park on streets like this. That, however, did not happen the nights of these concerts, so people parked on Atwater even though it was technically wrong.
Police saw them do it, but according to FOX 2’s source they didn’t bother to stop them.
Written by Dustin Schoof
True artists take risks, even in the face of uncertainty.
After spending years fronting power rock trio The Almighty Terribles, singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Cahill tunes in to a much different frequency on his new concept album, Cahill vs. Kalma (due out Oct. 31).
The result is a fascinating, sci-fi sonic collision between Cahill (who provides the “human” perspective of the narrative, along with vocals and guitar) and fellow multi-instrumentalist Brian “Kalma” Herman (the “robotic” voice in the equation); The Matrix meets Her, scored by Gary Numan. More digital than dirge, Cahill vs. Kalma finds its balance in a fusion of acoustic guitars and electronic beats.
The album — a three-year undertaking — also features guest instrumentation from Alex Radus, Andy Janowiak and Dallas Vietty.
Standout track “Don’t, Man” is an up-tempo ditty that swings with a futuristic sock-hop beat. The lead single, “Future Shock,” slows down the tempo ever without losing punch or depth.
There is a subtle, Frank Zappa-esque nuance to the way Cahill approaches the music, while the song titles alone provide a quick, and clear, glimpse into the dystopian, machine-versus-man theme laid out in his lyrics. “Did you ever think that this day would come? The machines control everyone, super-intellgent and waiving a hundred guns” he ponders in the hypnotic “Singularity.”
Yet, it’s within that clash of ideals and scoffing at mankind’s disturbingly addictive dependence on machines that Cahill and Herman create a harmonious, symbiotic sound. In turn, the two have a created a new music sub-genre: Borgstep.
Cahill vs. Kalma is the kind of album that deserves to be heard in full. It is an experience more than it is a collection of songs and random thoughts, or blips and bleeps, if you will. Sure, it may seem a bit odd, surreal, trippy, spacey or a combination of all four. Yet Cahill vs. Kalma consistently sparks with creativity.
When artificial intelligence eventually enslaves us all, Cahill vs. Kalma is the soundtrack the robots will be slamming to.
Earlier today, we reported on the potential of a DNS DDoS cannon being used to commmit large scale DNS Distributed Denial Of Service (DDos) attacks against major internet trafficker DYN.
This journalist has reported on We Are Change about having a private conversation with someone a few months back that claimed they were working on what they called “the world’s largest DNS DDoS cannon.” Now DYN is reporting that they are now experiencing a third wave of attacks against their DNS servers.
Today’s internet blackout is potentially that individual hacker’s display of power. An unlikely alternative is that the United Nations has taken over the internet and will be disabling certain websites that you love because the UN hates fun. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly investigating this incident now.
DYN hosts several popular sites DNS so what is happening is essentially computers are failing to look up the website due to connection problems not on the user end but on DYN’s end.
What’s the problem? The problem is that DNS is what is used for your computer to communicate with a website if your DNS look up fails then you will be given a connection error page.
DNS is just a fancy way to say phone-book for an Ip Address, without a connection to DNS an IP address fails to call the IP address that you dial it to. Essentially its an attack in the middle of your computer and the web server itself as it’s not attacking a host server it’s attacking the DNS on the server that hosts the DNS resolve address that deciphers computer IP addresses back to your display as a domain name like www.wearechange.org.
We will continue to keep you updated on this throughout the day as hackers seem to be targeting DYN DNS servers preventing you from connecting to big websites that require DYN’s DNS server to function. As you can see in the pictures below from Level 3 Communications in the early morning around 6 a.m. the east coast was a target. During the afternoon the west coast became a target. This is a very sophisticated attack stay tuned.
“Our engineers continue to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed against the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.Our engineers are continuing to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed against the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.At this time, the advanced service monitoring issue has been resolved. Our engineers are still investigating and mitigating the attacks on our infrastructure.
Dyn Managed DNS advanced service monitoring is currently experiencing issues. Customers may notice incorrect probe alerts on their advanced DNS services. Our engineers continue to monitor and investigate the issue.”
LIST OF WEBSITES AFFECTED:
- Big cartel
- Business Insider
- HBO Now
- Iheart.com (iHeartRadio)
- Playstation Network
- Squarespace Customer Sites
- Starbucks rewards/gift cards
- The Verge
- Urbandictionary.com (lol)
- Wix Customer Sites
- Zoho CRM
- Credit Karma
- Fox News
- New York Times
- Elder Scrolls Online
- Eve Online
- Speed Test
- Blue Host
- Survey Monkey
- Paragon Game
Yesterday, in addition to releasing a batch of emails containing Obama’s secret email address alias (email@example.com), Wikileaks also tweeted out a threat to Donna Brazile and Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential choice Tim Kaine saying, “We have a surprise for Tim Kaine and Donna Brazile.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016
Wikileaks has been leaking troves and troves of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails for the last 2 weeks. Now up to nearly 24,000 emails since it’s release today of the 14th installment of John Podesta’s email dump, Wikileaks has made a promise that it has a surprise for Tim Kaine and Donna Brazile. This tweet followed with the RT (retweet) of an NBC reporter Kailani Koenig who said, “Tim Kaine’s been saying hacked Wikileaks emails might not be accurate, so asked him whether he had any examples or had heard if one wasn’t real,” to which he responded, “I read of one example yesterday but I can’t pin down which one it was.”
Prior to tweeting its threat to Kaine and Brazile, the Wikileaks twitter account mocked Hillary’s statement that “17 agencies have confirmed Russia hacked the U.S.”
Tweeting that Clinton’s “17 US intelligence agencies” include:
Coast Guard, DEA, Navel Intelligence, Department of Energy, Air Force recon, and then added that “Clinton’s ’17 US intelligence agencies’ may be the biggest, most immediately disprovable wopper ever intentionally made during a debate.”
Hillary Clinton's "17 US intelligence agencies" include:
*Department of Energy
*Air Force recon
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016
Clinton's "17 US intelligence agencies" may be the biggest, most immediately disprovable wopper ever intentionally made during a debate.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016
Wikileaks also threatened Secretary Of State John Kerry a few days ago when it tweeted out a cryptic hash tweet with pre-commitment-1 and John Kerry’s name attached to the message.
What could the anti-secrecy whistle-blower organization have on Tim Kaine, Donna Brazile, and John Kerry? At this rate of 2,000-some emails a day we won’t have to wait long to find out what Wikileaks and it’s founder Julian Assange knows.
The battle is heating up between Assange and the U.S. government who was alleged to have had a hand in cutting Assange’s internet access at the Ecuadorian embassy recently, a claim that a U.S. spokesman has strongly denied. Wikileaks first became a thorn in the U.S. side when they released U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010. Showing the corrupt U.S. policies and has now exposed the U.S. election fraud and questionable tactics by the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s campaign team.
“While our concerns about Wikileaks are longstanding any suggestion that Secretary Kerry or the State Department were involved in shutting down Wikileaks is false.” Also adding that the “reports that Secretary Of State John Kerry had a meeting with Ecuadorian Officials about shutting down Assange’s internet were also false,” State Dept. spokesperson John Kirby, said.
It seems that the corruption of the political elite is never-ending. That’s why we want to know: is billionaire George Soros planning to rig the U.S. election in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton?
Mark Malloch-Brown is a global board member of Soros’s Open Society Foundation. He also happens to be a chairman at Smartmatic — the election machine company that will supply at least 16 states with voting machines for the US election in November.
As we previously reported, the Democratic primaries were essentially rigged. So why wouldn’t the general U.S. election potentially be manipulated in favor of the elite’s preferred candidate?
The 16 states supplied with Smartmatic voting machines include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Other jurisdictions affected are California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Open Society, the Soros-run foundation, has previously been exposed by DCLeaks as wanting to expand U.S. Online Voting. A highly insecure process, according to experts. The question must be asked: if this voting procedure is known to be so vulnerable to outside influence, what is the potential for rigging the U.S. election?
Another puzzling revelation, thanks to Wikileaks, is how Clinton’s campaign wanted to ‘make George Soros happy’.
When a global board member of Soros’s Open Society Foundation is connected to the company that will be providing voting machines for this historic election, at the very least, a red flag should go up for Americans. The same was true for when Karl Rove freaked out on Fox News, after he tried to rig the election for Romney. Or what about the time the results of the general election displayed their victor too early?
Election fraud exists. It’s not a mythical monster; there is a plethora of evidence available. That’s why I’ve decided to dig up a few old cases.
The Obama administration continues to deny voting fraud exists. Despite several cases, including the previous Bush administration’s voting anomaly in the state where his brother Jeb Bush was formerly the governor, Florida. Investigations have also found that case to be fraudulent, and that Al Gore had actually won over George W. Bush in the 2000 U.S. general election.
Additionally, in 2004, during Bush’s re-election, former MSNBC reporter Keith Olbermann announced, “There are a group of reports that there may have been possible fraud in Ohio and Florida.”
In 2012, during another presidential incumbent’s re-election, a CBS News affiliate in Arizona prematurely called the race for Obama. At the bottom of its screen, the station aired that Obama had won — weeks before election day.
Relevant to one of the current candidates in this year’s presidential election, back in 2000, Hillary herself said that the election between Bush and Gore had been rigged, claiming that “Bush was selected not elected.” John Kerry has also suggested that the election between him and Bush, in 2004, was rigged.
Voting machines and online voting have both been proven to show that these processes can be rigged.
Take for instance the case where a whistle-blower for Diebold, an election machine manufacturing company, and a separate programmer Clinton Eugene Curtis — who testified under oath in court that he was asked to commit fraud — both exposed the potential of rigging voting machines.
Also, watch a Princeton University demonstration of how easy voting systems are to hack. It doesn’t require extensive technical knowledge, either.
Lastly, here is a video by another whistle-blower who worked for Diebold. Seemingly, voter fraud in U.S. elections is endless.
Demand Soros voting machines are removed as a conflict of interest against the American people by signing the petition started today on the White House’s website. On the petition’s home page, this credo has been stated: “We the people ask congress to meet in emergency session about removing George Soros owned voting machine from 16 states.”
“His ownership of voting machines in 16 states is [a] clear breach of [the] integrity of our electoral system.”
(Writing by Aaron Kesel; editing by Bryan William Myers)
Early Friday morning, US citizens awoke to large-scale internet outage via a massive DNS DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on DyN, a company that provides DNS for a number of popular websites. Subsequently, this resulted in the temporary take-down of several popular websites on the east coast. According to The Hacker news, those websites included Twitter, Etsy, Github, Soundcloud, Spotify, Heroku, Pagerduty, Shopify, Intercom, and Netflix.
If you were to visit any of the above sites early this morning, you would have been greeted with a “could not connect” error. No, it’s not just you. Much of the east coast was experiencing those problems this morning.
“This attack is mainly impacting US East and is impacting Managed DNS customer in this region,” DYN wrote at 8:45am EST. “Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue.”
DNS servers convert the domain names of websites into computer-digits or IP addresses, like 22.214.171.124 — Google’s DNS. But with a large DNS company like Dyn under attack, the system doesn’t work to translate IP addresses into domain names like www.twitter.com or www.netflix.com. Essentially, without DNS lookup to decipher those string of numbers the internet doesn’t work. There are 13 root DNS servers. If all were attacked, it could potentially bring the Internet to a complete standstill.
The attack appears to have started around 7 a.m. EST, affecting a huge chunk of the east coast and some parts of the midwest. Level3, which monitors internet activity, revealed the extent of the outage.
This issue has since been rectified, and the websites that were affected seem to be resolving the IP address and working again as of 9 a.m. EST.
“Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time.” DYN wrote.
So far, no single person or group has taken responsibility for the attack. However, a discussion in a private conversation from a certain hacker a few months back, who was working on what he called “the world’s largest DNS DDoS cannon,” comes to mind. That individual came to me and said that they would be attacking Twitter and avenging Twitter’s alleged shadow-banning of my Twitter account An0nKn0wledge.
It seems logical that this individual or individuals may have possibly been behind the attack, and that this may have just been a test of their power.
We’ll keep you updated on this developing story as more information becomes available.
(Writing by Aaron Kesel; editing by Bryan William Myers)
On Thursday afternoon, Wikileaks tweeted links to emails sent by Barack Obama’s secret email address. The revelation exposed how Obama used that secret address to email a former counselor to his administration, and the current head of Hillary Clinton’s presidential election campaign, John Podesta.
WikiLeaks reveals first batch of US president Barack Obama emails sent via secret address firstname.lastname@example.org https://t.co/Ni95WAl8a6
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016
The “secret” email address used by Barack Obama was “email@example.com”. Not so secret when your email has your name in it.
Among the leaked subjects were the topics of the G20, Economic Staffing Decisions, diversity, and contact information for someone named Eskine. (This was probably a typo. Erskine Bowles, a former White House Chief of Staff under the Clinton administration, was named as a co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, in 2010, by President Obama. Before that appointment, Bowles had served as the president of the University of North Carolina’s school system.)
Wikileaks promised to reveal more emails that were sent to Barack Obama’s secret email address. The international whistle-blower organization said this is only the first batch, putting the behind-the-scenes communication of the sitting US President in their targeted spotlight.
Among the leaked emails from John Podesta to then-senator Obama, there is one with a confidential attachment, discussing an economic transition team. The email mapped out why Obama needed to get to work and have the team up and running before his term was to begin in January 2009.
“Paulson and his subordinates do not believe they can responsibly defer until after January 20 significant decisions concerning both the use of TARP funds and other potential stabilizing measures,” the document reads.
In one email sent on election night in 2008, Podesta emailed Obama with last-minute thoughts on the upcoming G20 meeting. “I don’t want to bug you today,” Podesta wrote. “The memo pasted below concerns a possible invitation to the G20 meeting on November 15.”
“On the chance that President Bush would raise this with you tonight, I wanted you to be aware that it is the unanimous recommendation for your advisors that you NOT attend. As long as you are aware of that, we can review the contents of the memo tomorrow.”
Staffers weighed the pros and cons of accepting an invitation to the G20 meeting. In the memo, they wrote that, if they accepted, it could “afford you [Obama] an early and efficient opportunity to evaluate the positions of leaders from other economically important countries.”
Additionally, Wikileaks has exposed some of the nastier campaign tactics used by Hillary Clinton’s current presidential campaign. Some of those tactics have been revealed to be borderline illegal. Other emails raise the question of whether or not there were laws being violated, or if ethical standards were at all considered — such as media collusion and the preliminary feeding of debate questions to Clinton.
Wikileaks is currently on it’s 13th release of the Podesta emails. The organization has been wholly persistent on leaking a cache of those emails on a daily basis, with a total of nearly 22,000 leaked emails which have already been made publicly available. Julian Assange, the organization’s founder, has promised that 50,000 emails in total will be leaked before voters take to the polls in November.
With the new information that Obama may potentially be included in more emails, do you think that Wikileaks has anything that could be considered bombshell material on Obama or his administration?
Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Stay tuned to We Are Change for further updates and coverage.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 20, 2016
(Writing by Aaron Kesel; editing by Bryan William Myers)
The transmogrification of reality in America continued earlier tonight as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump engaged in the third and final debate of the 2016 presidential election. Clinton came out in Las Vegas, Nevada, dressed as a cream-colored corrupt criminal bureaucrat while Trump wore his usual attire of orange tear-gas tinted facial features and a blood-soaked tie tucked underneath his suit jacket. Fox News hardballer Chris Wallace was set to moderate. He wore glasses. I almost wrote class. There was very little to be involved.
First issue up for debate was debt and entitlements. (At least I think it was.) To me, this was strange. What do Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump know about debt and entitlement?
The debate started off boring as hell. Typical, you might say, for presidential elections — but unexpected for what we’ve seen this entire year, with 16 Republican candidates outrageously whittled down to a billionaire versus a millionaire. One has property and investments spanning more countries than the average American will ever visit in his or her dreams. The other has stipulated a private mandate to enrich herself with public service. In other words, the culmination of what used to be atypical for political standards across the U.S.A. is now a symptom of poetic injustice on a massive scale.
With the entire country now enshrouded in this political mystique (misery), or at least most of it anyway, the climax of the 2016 presidential election hit the Seventh Circle of Hell. Boredom in rhetoric. Claustrophobia in a country with over 300 million people. Fifty states and territories to boot. I almost said loot.
Then it was time to discuss immigration. We all know Trump’s policies, even our friends in outer space. What the hell’s going on here?
I began talking to myself, immediately, with Clinton’s first comments. As she doused the cameras, the moderator, the audience, and her opponent with her public experience, I came across this story from Reason. “Clinton’s 700-Mile Border Fence Is Just 300 Miles Shorter Than Trump’s.” It discusses her bragging, back in November of 2015, about voting for a wall on the Mexican border in 2006. Maybe.
To sum it up, here are Reason’s editor in chief Nick Gillespie’s final sentiments in the piece, from Sept 1:
“So the distance between Clinton and Trump on immigration, especially now that he has ‘softened’ his deportation language, is pretty narrow. Indeed, it might just be 300 miles of useless pork-barrel spending on fencing in the Southwestern desert.”
Clinton, at this moment in the debate, accused Trump of saying he’d send nukes to Saudi Arabia. Trump responded by calling Clinton a liar. Then, Clinton said that the “US has kept peace with alliances.”
During Barack Obama’s tenure as President of the United States, the US government has sold $115 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia. That’s more than the previous Bush administration by $30 billion. Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has indiscriminately bombed Yemen, the poorest country in the middle East. Multiple mainstream news media outlets have deemed these actions war crimes. Today, with regard to Obama’s responsibility in the middle East, US News and World Report called the ongoing attacks “unconstitutional and very unwise.”
Within the last two weeks, Saudi Arabia bombed a funeral in Yemen. The New York Times reported on this story, as well as a variety of other publications. In the horrific incident more than 100 people were killed, in addition to hundreds wounded.
As of August 30, Reuters/The Huffington Post reported that 10,000 people have died in Yemen’s civil war, nearly 3,800 of which have been civilians. Sixty percent of 3,800 equates to how many civilians have died in the conflict at the hands of Saudi bombs.
What does this have to do with immigration?
“… the conflict has displaced three million Yemenis and forced 200,000 to seek refuge abroad. The United Nations had information that 900,000 of the displaced intended to try to return to their homes.”
Next, Clinton stated that she wanted a “growing economy.” She wanted America to “compete.” She said she wanted to “raise the national minimum wage.”
“The money is going to the top.”
This, from a woman who gave three speeches to Goldman Sachs — one of the largest investment banks on the planet — at $225,000 a pop. You know, as a private citizen. According to Mic, and the rest of the public domain, Clinton gave over 90 speeches which aggregated nearly $22 million in speaking fees. The total for her speaking fees to big banks? One point eight million dollars. ($1.8 million.)
There’s something oddly strange about a candidate for president, who has become exorbitantly wealthy from her work in public service, in collusion with the private sector, informing the American public where their money is going.
Clinton continued, remarking that 3.5 million jobs would be lost with Trump’s tax plan. He’d add $20 trillion to the debt, she claimed. Could he possibly match Obama in that regard?
Trump responded that Clinton would “raise and double taxes.”
Clinton quickly retorted that Obama had cut the country’s deficit by two-thirds. She said that he had saved the economy.
Meanwhile, the national debt on the debt clock is set to stand at a whopping $20 trillion by the time Obama leaves office. That figure is nearly double from where it was when he began to “save the economy,” according to Clinton. Forty-three presidents came before Obama. In two terms, he doubled the debt they accumulated over the course of approximately 220 years.
Trump then referenced Clinton’s deletion of tens of thousands of emails, after she’d been subpoenaed by Congress. He intimated that a four-star general who now faces jail time for leaking classified information was abhorrently comparable. Trump called Clinton’s campaign “corrupt.”
What this all has to do with the economy, I couldn’t tell you.
Wallace then inquired Clinton about the Clinton Foundation. He questioned that, with recent Wikileaks revelations, it was concerning that there had been some quid pro quo going on. A la pay to play.
Clinton responded, without budging in her facial expression, that she was thrilled to be talking about the Clinton Foundation, and all the great work it has done. She droned on, that she could talk about it all night if she’d been allotted the time.
Trump characteristically responded that the Clinton Foundation was a “criminal enterprise.” He mentioned Saudi Arabia and Qatar, specifically, and how both countries had delivered millions of dollars in donations to the foundation. He questioned the humanitarian records of the two countries which, with the Wikileaks emails, equated Clinton to accepting money from countries she knew had hands in funding terrorism.
She was then asked, by Trump, to give back that money to both countries.
WHAT WASN’T MENTIONED
This is where my notes got hazy. I couldn’t take it any more. It’s what wasn’t mentioned by both candidates, that was getting to me.
One of the most important issues of our time, climate change.
And the longest war in the history of the United States, Afghanistan. Where two Americans were recently killed, with three more wounded.
“The shooting [in Afghanistan] comes as the Afghan government in Kabul has come under growing pressure from the Taliban and other armed insurgents despite 15 years of war.”
The fact that these two issues weren’t mentioned and discussed in the final presidential debate is hard to take.
Not to mention two of the other candidates, in the Libertarian and Green parties, who are both on the ballot in more than 40 states.
So we’re all left with the question:
What’s next for democracy in America?