Human genes ‘continue to function after we die’

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Cells in the body continue to function for a period after death, new Spanish research claims, with some genes even becoming more active when an individual shuffles off this mortal coil.

Scientists hope that this new discovery will help forensic scientists more accurately pinpoint the time of a person’s death. An international team examined 36 different types of tissue from 540 corpses to come to their conclusion.

Human genes and their activity are defined by two types of code, DNA and RNA. Essentially, DNA is a set of instructions, while RNA reads the instructions and translates them into actions and bodily functions. This new study has found that RNA continues to transcribe the DNA’s instructions even after the moment of death.

“There is a reaction by the cells to the death of the individual. We see some pathways, some genes, that are activated and this means that sometime after death there is still some activity at the level of transcription,” study lead researcher Roderic Guigó told the BBC.

This behavior is still puzzling scientists, but Guigó offers a possible explanation: “I would guess that one of the major changes is due to the cessation of flow of blood, therefore I would say probably the main environmental change is hypoxia, the lack of oxygen, but I don’t have the proof for this.”

The team, whose research is published in the journal Nature Communications, believe that understanding the changes in RNA transcription will be useful for forensic scientists and have even developed software capable of analyzing gene patterns to more accurately predict a person’s time of death, though Guigo says it’s not quite field ready just yet.

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Govt. shutdown: US military ops continue while civilian services heavily affected

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The US government shut down Saturday after failing to reach an agreement on an approved budget for federal agencies. Government funding expired midnight Friday, sparking the start of the first government shutdown since 2013.

A government shutdown results in large numbers of federal employees being sent home as agencies operate on a minimal basis with non-essential staff placed on furlough. Here RT.com looks at some of the areas affected.

SpaceX grounded

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has had to postpone a planned test of its Falcon Heavy Rocket as a result of the shutdown.

“Due to the shutdown removing key members of the civilian workforce, the 45th Space Wing will not be able to support commercial static fires taking place on KSC [Kennedy Space Center],” the 45th Space Wing Air Force unit said Sunday, WTSP reports. “Without our civilian workforce, the 45th SW is unable to support launch operations as well.”

Operations are also on hold at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

NASA

NASA has two spacewalks planned in the next few weeks, which will both be affected by the shutdown should it continue. The space agency estimated almost 17,500 employees, or 85 percent of its workforce, would be furloughed during a shutdown, according to a plan put together last November.

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“When it comes to station operations, we have a plan,” Kenny Todd, NASA’s ISS mission operations integration manager, said during a press briefing on Thursday. “Mission-essential, critical personnel will be on site, will be working, will be continuing the mission. So we don’t see that as any kind of impact going forward when it comes to our daily operations.”

Astronauts on board the International Space Station, as well as the support staff operating on the ground, will continue operations.  

National Parks and Statue of Liberty closed

National Parks’ employees are largely placed on furlough during a shutdown. During the last one in 2013, their closure sparked anger among citizens. President Trump is reportedly taking steps to keep a number of parks and monuments open during the shutdown in order to avoid a repeat of the outrage.

Despite this, parks began closing on Saturday, including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, big tourist attractions in New York. The Governor of New York is to use state funds to reopen the iconic statue of Liberty Monday, Reuters reports.

Zoos and Smithsonian

The shutdown could see zoos close, which would spell disaster for fans of the popular panda cam at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington.

The Smithsonian announced it still has funding from the previous year, and will use that to stay open as long as funds last. “The Smithsonian, including its museums, research centers & the National Zoo, will be OPEN Monday, Jan. 22,” it said. “The Smithsonian can use prior year funds still available to us to do so. We will update our status beyond Monday as soon as we know,” it said.  ‬

READ MORE: Baby panda meets media in US zoo

According to a statement by the Smithsonian Institution, a shutdown would stop the panda, lion and elephant cameras from filming. “National Zoo live-animal cameras, including the panda cam, will not be broadcasting,” it said. 

Luckily, the animals will still be fed. “A shutdown will not affect the Zoo’s commitment to the safety of staff and the standard excellence in animal care.”

Military

A government shutdown doesn’t affect the US military operations overseas. Active duty personnel remain working as normal, while non-essential civilian personnel are furloughed.

Should the shutdown go on past February however, many military personnel will be expected to work without being paid.

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9 more people killed, 100 arrested overnight as nationwide protests in Iran continue



 


At least 9 people were killed and some 100 were arrested overnight as unrest across Iran entered a sixth day, Iranian media said. The country’s supreme leader accused “enemies of Iran” of orchestrating the demonstrations.

Among those killed were six protesters who had attempted to steal guns from a police station in the town of Qahdarijan, Iranian state TV said, as cited by AP. Another two people were killed in the town of Khomeinishahr, and the ninth fatality was a member of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in the town of Najafabad.

The overall death toll after six days of unrest has reached 20 people, according to state TV.

About 450 people have been arrested in the last three days, security deputy governor of Tehran Ali Asghar Nasserbakht told ILNA news agency. About 100 of them were arrested on Monday, he added.

Pro- and anti-government demonstrations have been taking place in Iran since Thursday. Economic hardship and alleged corruption mostly prompted the anti-government rallies.

On Monday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to double efforts to resolve Iran’s economic problems, unemployment and inflation, Fars agency reported.

Later on Monday Rouhani said that the protests may have been partially stirred up by external forces interested in destabilizing the country. “The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are angry with the glory, success, and the progress of the Iranian nation; and they have vowed to bring the regional troubles to Iran,” he said, according to the Iranian Mehr news agency.

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council described the protests as a “proxy war against the Iranian people”. Ali Shamkhani stated that “Hashtags and messages about the situation in Iran come from the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia,” according to Tasnim news agency.

Earlier Rouhani stated that citizens are “absolutely free” to protest and criticize the government, but that vandalism was another matter. “Criticism is different from violence and damaging public property,” Rouhani warned.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also accused the Islamic Republic’s foes of instigating the protests. “In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic,” Khamenei said in a statement.

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Putin vows to continue supporting Syria’s sovereignty in New Year’s telegram to Assad

Russia will continue its assistance in “upholding its state sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, and promoting a political settlement and economic recovery,” President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar Assad in a New Year’s message. The Russian leader expressed hope that “the situation in Syria would continue changing for the better,” emphasizing that “defeating terrorists and rapidly bringing the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic back to normal” would benefit the “interests of the whole world and would improve security in the Middle East.”

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Witch-Hunt Russiagate Investigation to Continue Throughout Next Year

Witch-Hunt Russiagate Investigation to Continue Throughout Next Year



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special DOJ council in charge of investigating “any links and/or coordination between” Russia and Trump’s campaign team.



In over seven months, the probe cost taxpayers over $5 million, revealing no improper or illegal connection between Trump, his campaign team and the Kremlin – because there’s nothing to find, no matter how long the witch-hunt scam continues.



There’s plenty to hold Trump accountable for, nothing about any disturbing relations with Russia.



Yet according to individuals close to the investigation, it’ll likely last at least through next year, maybe throughout Trump’s entire term.



How many more millions of dollars will Mueller waste on a probe going nowhere? 



It’s part of the plot to denigrate Trump for the wrong reasons, along with endless Russia bashing – sustaining Russophobic hysteria, duping an uninformed public to believe most anything they’re told, as long as it’s repeated endlessly on television and through print media.



Mueller represents anti-Trump/anti-Russia dark forces, a reliable spear-carrier for deep state interests.



As FBI director from September 2001 – September 2013, he was part of the 9/11 coverup, a cheerleader for naked aggression on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria.



He enforced post-9/11 police state harshness, presiding over persecution of Muslims for their faith and ethnicity, the 2001 anthrax deception, and other disturbing activities demanding condemnation and accountability  not forthcoming.



As special council, his job is denigrating Trump’s campaign team and the president, along with providing ammunition for endless Russia bashing – based on nothing credible.



He’s accused of improperly, perhaps illegally, obtaining thousands of Trump transition team emails.



According to counsel for Trump for America (TFA) attorney Kory Langhofer, “career staff at the General Services Administration (GSA)…unlawfully produced TFA’s private materials, including privileged communications, to the special counsel’s office,” adding:



His office “was aware that the GSA did not own or control the records in question,” and had no right to produce them without TFA’s permission.



Its communications are private and privileged, Langhofer maintained. It’s not a federal agency.



Yet they’ve been “extensively used” by Mueller, learning nothing related to his probe.



“This morning, we sent a letter to Congress concerning the unauthorized sharing of private and transition emails with the Mueller team,” Langhofer said last Saturday.



It states in part that transferring documents is “unlawful conduct that undermines the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, and will impair the ability of future presidential transition teams to candidly discuss policy and internal matters that benefit the country as a whole.”



Trump’s lawyers will meet with Mueller’s team later this week to discuss the status of its probe.



According to Trump’s legal team, Mueller found no evidence of collusion, obstruction or other wrongdoing in TFA or White House documents.



Yet the endless witch-hunt continues. A better use of time and money would be to investigate the investigator’s ulterior motives along with Hillary’s wrongdoing.



A mountain of damning evidence exists to indict and prosecute her for high crimes. Yet no one dares lay a glove on her.



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Nurses Continue to be Justified in Refusing Mandatory Flu Shots







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This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of GreenMedInfoLLC. Want to learn more from GreenMedInfo? Sign up for the newsletter here.  It was written by Jeffery Jackson, a researcher, independent investigative journalist, writer and voice for health freedom on the front lines of society’s shift towards higher consciousness.  Visit his website here to learn more.

Similar to the general public, nurses are increasingly refusing dangerous and often ineffective flu shots 

Responding to nurses who exert their science-based vaccination choice, hospitals have used both heavy-handed public shaming and coercion tactics of making them wear masks. Every year, scores of images populate social media feeds showing nurses wearing masks forced upon them during their hospital shifts because they refused their flu shots. A popular mainstream message is that we must all get our flu shots to protect the elderly who may die from the flu or its complications. Yet, however ‘caring’ this PR strategy may appear, we should occasionally look at the results.

What does it say about the infallibility of the ‘safe and effective’ vaccine narrative when those working within the very system that delivers the shots are refusing to take them themselves? Is it because nurses see vaccine injuries firsthand? Are the nurses, or anyone else, justified in refusing the flu shot?

Every quarter, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issues a report to the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines on vaccine injuries and deaths based on adjudicated settlements in the Vaccine Court. The settlements for the flu shot, which is now part of the recommended childhood schedule, are topping several consecutive DOJ reports. Furthermore, according to the US Special Claims Court website, flu shot settlements increased from $4.9 million in 2014 to $61 million in 2015 – an increase of more than a 1000 percent, and the year of 2016 saw an over 50 percent further increasefrom the year before.

Even pro-vaccine mainstream media outlets are being forced to do their job reporting flu shot dangers. The Washington Post ran an article with a rare admission of what they deemed a “hint of a link” between the influenza vaccine during pregnancy an miscarriages. However, as J.B. Handley, Jr. Co-founder of Generation Rescue pointed out,

Women who had received the two flu shots in successive seasons were almost 8x more likely to have a spontaneous abortion than those who had not — a nearly 700% increase.

The Washington Post was forced to immediately change its headline, shortly after Handley, Jr’s message went public.

Miscarriages and chart-topping settlements for injury and death vs. authoritarian hospital policies — would you take the flu shot if your employer forced you to? With a dismal track record of safety, are we to believe that settled vaccine science has at the least worked out the kinks with respect to the flu shot efficacy? Not so. According to epidemiologist Michael Osterholm of University of Minnesota, the science behind the flu shot “…is much more complicated than we thought…” He further stated: “I know less about influenza today than I did 10 years ago” and that the flu shot is “…a terribly inadequate vaccine.”  Osterholm in effect has turned conventional medical wisdom on its head by admitting that the flu shot’s performance “may falter even when the right strains were used to make it.”

A recent study published in PLOS One has undermined the highly unethical practice of forcing healthcare professionals to take flu shots. The study found that, after further analysis, the outcomes of the four cluster-randomized controlled trials conducted in long-term care facilities, which were previously used to justify forcing flu shots on healthcare workers, are “exaggerated” and that “implausibly large reductions in patient risk” showed by the four studies in question cast “serious doubts on their validity.” The PLOS One study concluded that the research used to justify mandatory flu shots for health sector workers is flawed and that the policies cannot plausibly produce the benefits that had been widely assumed.

The lead author of the PLOS One study, Dr. Gaston de Serres told STAT:

I think the bottom line of our paper is to say there is no valid scientific evidence, even now, underpinning enforced health care worker immunizations.” De Serres further said: “… it’s one thing to say: ‘OK, on a voluntary basis, you get the vaccine despite all its weaknesses,’ and it’s another thing to say, ‘If you don’t get it, you get fired.’

Stepping back and looking at the large swath of evidence that continues to be discovered, it appears that healthcare professionals who refuse their flu shots are indeed justified to do so.  But due to the continued workplace discrimination against them, the courts have been asked to weigh in. In 2015, a case was brought against the Sault Area Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, ON after the hospital implemented a “vaccine or mask” policy, forcing nurses and other healthcare workers to wear uncomfortable surgical masks for their entire shifts for the duration of the flu season if they refused to get their annual flu shot. The arbitrator in the case called the “vaccine or mask” policy a “coercive tool” rather than a protective health policy.

If there was a genuine concern about preventing the transmission of the flu virus in the hospitals and if surgical masks were truly effective at doing that, any hospital worker would be required to wear them regardless of his or her flu shot compliance, given that the flu shot effectiveness can at best reach only 40 to 60 percent. Instead, healthcare workers appear to be, jointly with the general public, bearing the weight of an unscientific policy, aimed only at forcing vaccine rates up at all cost in a long-failed one-size-fits-all vaccine paradigm gone astray. Will we continue to see growing medical disobedience from multiple sectors of society and the workforce if their respective leadership continues to implement mandatory vaccination policies?

For additional research potential harms caused by the Influenza Vaccine, visit our database on the subject. 

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Fed Gov’t Just Admitted It Will Continue Warrantless Spying—Even If Congress Votes to Stop It

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As the United States Congress runs out of time to vote on a bill that would reauthorize one of the government’s most egregious warrantless spying programs, officials are claiming that those programs won’t end anytime soon—even if they are not reauthorized by the end of the year.

The USA Liberty Act will reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017. While the bill’s proponents have claimed it will help ensure “security” in the United States, privacy advocates have warned that will provide additional loopholes for the government to continue conducting warrantless surveillance of innocent Americans.

The assumption may be that if the USA Liberty Act is not signed into law, then the provisions from Section 702 will no longer be legal and the U.S. government will stop collecting data from innocent Americans without warrants—but intelligence officials do not see it that way.

A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Brian Hale, told the New York Times that “the government believes it can keep the program going for months,” even if it is not reauthorized.

Hale’s reasoning stems from the fact that every year, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorizes the program to operate for the next 12 months. Section 702 was last authorized by the court on April 26, 2017, leaving some lawmakers hopeful that even if the Liberty Act does not pass before the end of the year, Congress will find a way reauthorize Section 702 before it actually expires on April 26, 2018.

Hale cited the “Transition Procedures” for the provision, which accompany the law in federal statute books. He told the Times that the procedures make it “very clear” that “any existing order will continue in effect for a short time even if Congress doesn’t act to reauthorize the law in a timely fashion.”

According to the definitions of Transition Procedures for the Protect America Act of 2007’s provisions for “Challenge of Directives, Protection from Liability; Use of Information” concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Section 702 shall continue to apply with respect to any directive issued pursuant to section 702 of such Act.”

While this loophole may give hope to some government officials who are in favor of violating Americans’ constitutional rights while selling them a false sense of security, NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden referred to it by writing on Twitter, Bypass the Fourth Amendment with one weird trick.”

The Times also cited anonymous intelligence officials who reportedly said that the government is making no plans to immediately turn off the program on New Year’s Day, no matter what happens in Congress.”

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, told the Times that he is prepared to have “a full and open debate” over the legality of the USA Liberty Act, even if Congress delays that debate until next year.

We’ve seen this movie before: wait until the last minute, and then say, ‘crowded congressional calendar, dangerous world, we’ve just got to go along with it,’” Wyden said. “Anything now that creates an opportunity for several months of real debate, I’ll listen to.”

Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan, has also been critical of the USA Liberty Act. When it passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 27-8 last month, Amash noted that all privacy advocates should be concerned about the overwhelming support the bill is receiving from Congress.

“The Liberty Act passed committee 27-8. It allows the government to search our private data without a warrant—in violation of the 4th Amendment,” Amash wrote on Twitter. “It’s another bill, like the Freedom Act, that furthers violations of our rights under the guise of protecting our rights.”

While advocates of the USA Liberty Act will claim that it is necessary in order to ensure that Americans are “safe,” it is important to remember that the surveillance programs that were adopted after 9/11 have never actually stopped a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. In the same way that the USA Patriot Act was the opposite of patriotic in 2001, the USA Freedom Act also took away freedom in 2015. Do not be fooled by the title—the USA Liberty Act in 2017 has nothing to do with expanding “liberty.”

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Facebook Police Continue Attacks on Influential Conservative News Sites









 






After last year’s Presidential election, then President Barack Obama met face to face with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Although the minutes of their meeting are not publicly available, far-left publications shared that Obama warned Zuckerberg about ‘fake news’ –

Former president Barack Obama personally warned Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post-2016 election meeting to check the spread of fake news on the site, but he was told there was no easy fix, according to a Washington Post report on Sunday.

Soon after in January the Washington Free Beacon published a lengthy document relaeased by far left operative David Brock from far left radical website Media Matters. This liberal site is funded by controversial anti-American agitator George Soros.

At a January donor retreat it became clear that liberals weren’t for free speech, they were for liberal approved speech only. The 49 page memo from the retreat outlined how the George Soros-funded groups Media Matters, American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Shareblue planned to undermine President Trump’s agenda and help Democrats win control of Congress and the White House by 2020.

The leaked document claimed Media Matters was working with Facebook and Twitter to crack down on pro-Trump articles on social media.

Via The Daily Wire:

The memo decried the “fake news” that spread on social media as a reason why Hillary Clinton lost the election, and then went on to state something alarming: Media Matters obtained “access to raw data from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites” so they can “systemically monitor and analyze this unfiltered data.”

“The earlier we can identify a fake news story, the more effectively we can quash it,” the memo states. “With this new technology at our fingertips, researchers monitoring news in real time will be able to identify the origins of a lie with mathematical precision, creating an early warning system for fake news and disinformation.”

The memo went on to state that Media Matters had a discussion with Facebook on how to crack down on fake news, including Media Matters providing the social media giant with “a detailed map of the constellation of right-wing Facebook pages that had been the biggest purveyors of fake news.” The memo also bragged that Media Matters provided Google with “the information necessary to identify 40 of the worst fake new sites” that would be prevented from using Google’s advertising network.

It was soon clear that what Obama and the far left meant by ‘fake news’ was any conservative information that they did not like.

After Obama’s meeting with Facebook, the Columbia Journalism Review published an article in March that was entitled “Study: Breitbart-led Right-wing Media Ecosystem Altered Broader Media Agenda“.

The article stated that only Breitbart, The Hill and FOX News were more influential to conservative audiences in the months leading up to last year’s election than was the Gateway Pundit.

The conservative right was dominated with trusted online ‘new media’ outlets and liberal media critics that shared the real news that mainstream media would not share.
The left was dominated by biased liberal ‘legacy media’ outlets that have carried water for Democrats for ages.

President Trump tweeted in September that Facebook was never pro-Trump during the election and since –

Facebook was always anti-Trump. The Networks were always anti-Trump hence, Fake News, @NYTimes and @WaPo were anti-Trump. Collusion?

This did not sit well with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who rejected President Trump and per Facebook replied in part –

…After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea. Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive. But the data we have has always shown that our broader impact — from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote — played a far bigger role in this election.

We will continue to work to build a community for all people. We will do our part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections. We’ll keep working to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, and to ensure our community is a platform for all ideas and force for good in democracy.

Based on Facebook’s actions, Zuckerberg was not honest especially since the election and one of the entities Facebook wants to stop the most is conservative leaning Gateway Pundit.

Before the election it was reported that Zuckerberg and the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg were huge Hillary supporters in the 2016 elections. WikiLeaks released Hillary’s Campaign Manager’s emails which included emails from Zuckerberg asking creepy Podesta for a meeting.

Podesta emails also showed Zuckerberg was working directly with Hillary with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg declaring: “I Still Want HRC to Win Badly. I Am Still Here to Help”.
Here is our recent analysis of Facebook traffic.

In every single Facebook category our numbers are down. In page visits our numbers were sky rocketing before the election. Then in three distinct periods our numbers were cut off. This didn’t have anything to do with the quality of our posts as we have proof that our generic numbers are up and increasing.

The fact is Facebook is doing something to prevent our stories from being shared.

Our Facebook weekly total reach numbers are also way down.

In all statistical categories provided to us by Facebook our current numbers are below linear projections of where we should be even with their robust efforts to shut us down.

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are not being honest. They do not want conservative messages to be promoted or shared. President Trump again is right – Facebook always was (and is) anti-Trump!

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Russiagate Investigations Discredited, Continue Anyway

Russiagate Investigations Discredited, Continue Anyway



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



After months of investigations by Congress and special counsel Mueller, no evidence was found suggesting Russian collusion with Trump to harm Hillary and help him triumph last November.



No evidence exists. No collusion occurred, no Russian meddling in America’s electoral process or any others.



Ongoing sham investigations represent exercises in mass deception, exposing deep-seated Washington corruption, deplorable governance, and betrayal of the public trust – nothing else.



Fabricated accusations of Russian meddling in last November’s presidential election surfaced over a year ago. 



Yet not a shred of evidence proves them – lots of smoke, no fire, clear proof of a corrupt political system too debauched to fix, a bipartisan conspiracy against democratic values, rule of law principles, and public accountability.



Russiagate investigations continue ad nauseam, one of the greatest hoaxes in modern times, most Americans none the wiser. 



Polls show their minds have been manipulated to believe untruths, the power of media-supported repetitive persuasion, a virtual daily drumbeat of disinformation, Big Lies and fake news – failing to rise to the level of bad fiction. 



Congressional investigations since January uncovered nothing. Special council Mueller’s work began with his appointment last May.



All he’s been able to come up with are charges against individuals connected to lobbying for Ukraine – unconnected to Russia or Trump.



Putting it mildly, Russiagate investigations by him and Congress laid an egg, proving one thing only – that no Illegal or improper Russia/Trump connections exist, no Russian meddling in America’s political process, nothing but Big Lies claiming otherwise.



The indictment against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates said nothing about Trump or Russia, Ukraine mentioned repeatedly.



The so-called investigation into Russia hijacking America’s political process seems farcical, a bad joke, much ado about absolutely nothing.



It’s well known that Manafort lobbied for Ukraine from 2006 – 2016. Yet no accusations of wrongdoing were levied until over a year after Russiagate surfaced.



Mountains of evidence show Hillary guilty of war crimes, racketeering and perjury. Yet no one in Washington dares lay a glove on her – not Congress or Trump’s Justice Department.



No special counsel was appointed to investigate her high crimes and levy charges. The double standard needs no elaboration.



Former FBI director James Comey rejected recommending criminal charges against her on any number of credible charges, despite loads of evidence justifying them.



Yet groundless accusations let the Russiagate probe persist. Trump most often is dead wrong. 



He’s right about the “dishonest media” and “witch-hunt” investigations into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia, along with phony accusations of Russian meddling into America’s political process. 



Guilt is shared by both right wings of its duopoly governance – the shame of the nation.



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