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1Snookered again Empty Snookered again on 10/30/2020, 4:17 pm


Right-wingers keep right on getting fooled.  Wave some candy at 'em and they get right in the car with the strangers.

Fake Intelligence Firm Wrote The 'Hunter Biden Dossier' And Duped The Right Wing

A fake intelligence firm run by someone named Martin Aspen created the super secret dossier on Hunter Biden.
By Red Painter

Remember that crazy dossier on Hunter Biden that was being shopped around related to a leak of documents found on that rain-soaked laptop? Looks like it is a joke. A compete farce. Fake news, some may call it. NBC News is reporting that a 64-page dossier that was later distributed by close associates of Donald Trump appears to be the work of a fake "intelligence firm" called Typhoon Investigations.

The author of the dossier is someone who claims to be a Swiss security analyst named Martin Aspen. That person does not exist. His profile picture is fake and was created by an artificial intelligence face generator. Martin Aspen's fake resume states that he worked for another company in Switzerland prior to Typhoon Investigations. That company has never heard of him either. Oh, and no one by the name "Martin Aspen" lives in Switzerland.

Maybe if they had searched for the similar name, Aston Martin, they would have had luck?

So back to the dossier. NBC reports that "one of the original posters of the document, a blogger and professor named Christopher Balding, took credit for writing parts of it when asked about it and said Aspen does not exist."


Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, FOX and the entire right wing news machine have been peddling FAKE NEWS themselves. Conservative news outlets have been trying to smear Hunter Biden for months, most recently with a bananas leak related to a laptop that supposedly came from a repair shop in Wilmington, DE that had been left a year ago (even though Hunter Biden lives 3,000 miles away in California).

But this fake dossier was apparently produced months ago. It was supposed to be the basis for the "October Surprise" that would take Biden out. The document from Typhoon Investigations was posted in September to an anonymous blog called Intelligence Quarterly (an ironic name, considering how dumb they were to publish this garbage). The blog is run by someone named Albert Marko. He told NBC that he got the document from Balding, who is an associate professor at Fulbright University Vietnam. Balding told NBC that he was "handed a report about Biden activities in China the press has simply refused to cover. I want to strongly emphasize I did not write the report but I know who did."Balding later retracted that statement, telling NBC that he did write some of it.

Balding went further, admitting that Martin Aspen is a "fictional individual created solely for the purpose of releasing this report."

Not only was this fake news, but a fake person and a fake company were created to distribute this fake garbage.

I know, I know, Crooks and Liars is a partisan site (I just liked the way they summed it up), so here's a link to NBC's reporting.   (I know, I know, anyplace that reports facts that don't support right-wing narratives are gonna be called "partisan sources" but I can't help people's self-protective fantasies).

If you followed the backstory of that supposed laptop it should have come across as far-fetched already.  You wouldn't dare float such a story by anyone who was the least bit skeptical or understood the basic logic of things. But they aren't dealing with such people, they're dealing with people who buy things like "Q."

Okay, a water-damaged laptop is supposedly left at a Delware repair shop on April  12, 2019.  Nobody ever paid for the repair or picked it up and left no contact information... y'know, like people always do when they bother to take things in to be repaired.  Oh, and the guy who runs the repair shop is legally blind, so he couldn't see who brought it in.  

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Great story so far, huh?

Conveeeeeniently the laptop had a "Beau Biden Foundation" sticker on it (the way it never would have if it was just a planted prop). The repair shop guy decided (in a practice that would put his business in jeopardy but, he just decided to do it anyway) to go through the hard drive and read everything. Then he decided to call the FBI, but then had to be served a subpoena to turn it over, even though he called them. Why? Because right-wingers don't really know what "subpoenas" are, any more than they do "FISA warrants," but think they sound impressive so they like to throw 'em into their fantastic stories).

And, just like YOU would do if you were dicking around with the Feds on someone else's laptop, he made himself a copy of all the files!

And he gave it to Rudy Giuliani's lawyer, because of course he would.

And then Steve Bannon -- who's a nonpartisan man of integrity who'd never be involved in any kinds of dirty trick bullshit, oh no no never, leaked it to the press.

(By the way, the shop owner who supposedly did all of this neato stuff was a hardcore Trumper who believed in "Pizzagate" and that Hillary killed a bunch of people and other whackaloon whoopiemakin').

All sounds perfectly reasonable and nothing-to-see-here, eh? Smile

So that's where we were before NBC uncovered the stuff about Typhoon Investigations.

Guiliani's no stranger to made-up companies, by the way. He got between $150K and $350K for a company he was "ignorant of the purpose of." Oh, and there's these:

He probably learned it from his buddy Jacob Wohl. Remember that 'un? Surfire Intelligence!

There's not much Republicans won't stoop to, because they know there's not much too ridiculous for their followers to believe. When you have a base full of dupes, it feels like a waste not to take advantage of 'em.

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2Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 10/30/2020, 5:39 pm


FBI Investigating Hunter Biden for Money Laundering: Report

The FBI opened an investigation into Hunter Biden and associates in 2019 on suspicion of money laundering, a Justice Department official told Sinclair Broadcasting.

The criminal investigation is ongoing, the DOJ official said.

The revelation comes after Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, came forward with a trove of documents regarding the Biden family’s dealings with now-defunct Chinese energy firm CEFC. While Joe Biden has denied that he has ever spoken with Hunter regarding the latter’s overseas business dealings, Bobulinski claims the former vice president is lying.

Additionally, Bobulinski told Sinclair that he was interviewed by FBI agents for five hours last Friday and was listed as a “material witness” for the agency.

The interview “was a very cooperative deep dive into all the facts across that time period” during which Bobulinski conducted business with members of the Biden family, Bobulinski said.

The New York Post reported earlier this month that it was given materials purportedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop. While a subsequent Fox News report revealed that Hunter Biden’s laptop was subpoenaed by the FBI in connection with a money laundering investigation, the Thursday report by Sinclair marks the first confirmation that Hunter Biden himself is the subject of an ongoing criminal probe.

The Biden campaign has not denied the veracity of any of the materials revealed by the Post or Bobulinski. However, the campaign has stated that “Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any overseas business whatsoever.”

3Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 10/31/2020, 7:20 am


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4Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 10/31/2020, 12:59 pm


"Are Bobulinski’s claims credible?

There’s reason to be skeptical about Bobulinski’s allegations, which credible news organizations have not corroborated. The Associated Press, for example, reported that it could not independently verify Bobulinki’s claims. PolitiFact has not been able to, either.

The Wall Street Journal reviewed his documents and found no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden — or that he was active in his family’s foreign business endeavors, as Bobulinski claimed.

Bobulinski’s overarching claim is that Joe Biden was involved in, and may have profited from, his son and brother’s business dealings in China. He called Joe Biden’s claim that he never played a role in Hunter Biden’s foreign business endeavors "a blatant lie."

But the Journal reported that the text messages and emails Bobulinski shared from 2017 "don’t show either Hunter Biden or James Biden discussing a role for Joe Biden in the venture."

The venture in China "never received proposed funds from the Chinese company or completed any deals, according to people familiar with the matter," the outlet reported. "Corporate records reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden."

The Journal also quoted Gilliar, the British national involved in SinoHawk, as saying he was "unaware of any involvement at any time of the former vice president." Gilliar added that "the activity in question never delivered any project revenue."..."


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5Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 10/31/2020, 6:53 pm


He provided his computer (so did another associate) and there are identical communications to those on Hunters commuter. The FBI is in possession of that. The Biden campaign hasn't even denied it... but here you are. If the media were interested in the facts it's easily corroborated. Gawd comrades are easy.

6Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 10/31/2020, 9:21 pm



At the beginning of this thread, it was explained that this whole Hunter Biden scandal is a load of crap, and trying to link it to Joe Biden...well, that just isn't working. Maybe it was the ham handed way they tried to pass it off. Maybe you're just too stupid to see that.

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7Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 10/31/2020, 10:03 pm


The FBI has been investigating Hunter's highly irregular financial ties to China since last year. They interviewed his business partner for 5 hours last week and connected his electronic communications to match Hunters. On a positive note for you Biden is polling +99 over Trump in every province in China.

8Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 11/1/2020, 5:08 am


PkrBum wrote:The FBI has been investigating Hunter's highly irregular financial ties to China since last year. They interviewed his business partner for 5 hours last week and connected his electronic communications to match Hunters. On a positive note for you Biden is polling +99 over Trump in every province in China.

Trump is still polling 100% in Moscow.

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10Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 11/20/2020, 5:32 pm


You cannot help these dumbshits. This is Scientology-level crazy. These people are so invested in their delusion that they'll never let go of it, no matter how obviously Trump fails. If they admit he's a con man, then they have to admit that they're gullible and stupid and got fooled... and they'll never do that, because they fear a domino effect all the way to Jesus.

So they're gonna cling to this to the grim death, sacrificing themselves for a creep who couldn't give a shit less about them, thinking they're "patriots" when they actually hate the country because it's at cross-purposes to the cult their self-image is invested in.

Fucking FOX tries to wise them up... and they reject FOX and seek out a crazier source. They're going to dismiss any source of news that tells them anything they don't want to hear. That's not sanity.

Trump should be arrested for cruelty to dumb animals for doing this to these people.

Why Republican voters say there’s ‘no way in hell’ Trump lost
Brad Brooks, Nathan Layne and Tim Reid
Fri, November 20, 2020, 6:07 AM CST

By Brad Brooks, Nathan Layne and Tim Reid

SUNDOWN, Texas (Reuters) - Brett Fryar is a middle-class Republican. A 50-year-old chiropractor in this west Texas town, he owns a small business. He has two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree, in organic chemistry. He attends Southcrest Baptist Church in nearby Lubbock.

Fryar didn’t much like Donald Trump at first, during the U.S. president’s 2016 campaign. He voted for Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primaries.

Now, Fryar says he would go to war for Trump. He has joined the newly formed South Plains Patriots, a group of a few hundred members that includes a “reactionary” force of about three dozen - including Fryar and his son, Caleb - who conduct firearms training.

Nothing will convince Fryar and many others here in Sundown - including the town’s mayor, another Patriots member - that Democrat Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 presidential election fairly. They believe Trump’s stream of election-fraud allegations and say they’re preparing for the possibility of a “civil war” with the American political left.

"If President Trump comes out and says: 'Guys, I have irrefutable proof of fraud, the courts won't listen, and I'm now calling on Americans to take up arms,' we would go," said Fryar, wearing a button-down shirt, pressed slacks and a paisley tie during a recent interview at his office.

The unshakable trust in Trump in this town of about 1,400 residents reflects a national phenomenon among many Republicans, despite the absence of evidence in a barrage of post-election lawsuits by the president and his allies. About half of Republicans polled by Reuters/Ipsos said Trump “rightfully won” the election but had it stolen from him in systemic fraud favoring Biden, according to a survey conducted between Nov. 13 and 17. Just 29% of Republicans said Biden rightfully won. Other polls since the election have reported that an even higher proportion - up to 80% - of Republicans trust Trump’s baseless fraud narrative.

Trump’s legal onslaught has so far flopped, with judges quickly dismissing many cases and his lawyers dropping or withdrawing from others. None of the cases contain allegations - much less evidence - that are likely to invalidate enough votes to overturn the election, election experts say.

And yet the election-theft claims are proving politically potent. All but a handful of Republican lawmakers have backed Trump’s fraud claims or stayed silent, effectively freezing the transition of power as the president refuses to concede. Trump has succeeded in sowing further public distrust in the media, which typically calls elections, and undermined citizens’ faith in the state and local election officials who underpin American democracy.

In Reuters interviews with 50 Trump voters, all said they believed the election was rigged or in some way illegitimate. Of those, 20 said they would consider accepting Biden as their president, but only in light of proof that the election was conducted fairly. Most repeated debunked conspiracy theories espoused by Trump, Republican officials and conservative media claiming that millions of votes were dishonestly switched to Biden in key states by biased poll workers and hacked voting machines.

Many voters interviewed by Reuters said they formed their opinions by watching emergent right-wing media outlets such as Newsmax and One American News Network that have amplified Trump’s fraud claims. Some have boycotted Fox News out of anger that the network called Biden the election winner and that some of its news anchors - in contrast to its opinion show stars - have been skeptical of Trump’s fraud allegations.

“I just sent Fox News an email,” Fryar said, telling the network: “You’re the only news I’ve watched for the last six years, but I will not watch you anymore.”

The widespread rejection of the election result among Republicans reflects a new and dangerous dynamic in American politics: the normalization of false and increasingly extreme conspiracy theories among tens of millions of mainstream voters, according to government scholars, analysts and some lawmakers on both sides of the political divide. The trend has deeply troubling long-term implications for American political and civic institutions, said Paul Light, a veteran political scientist at New York University (NYU).

"This is dystopian," Light said. "America could fracture.”

Adam Kinzinger, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is among the few party members to publicly recognize Biden’s victory. He called his Republican colleagues’ reluctance to reject Trump’s conspiracies a failure of political courage that threatens to undermine American democracy for years. If citizens lose faith in election integrity, that could lead to “really bad things,” including violence and social unrest, he said in an interview.

David Gergen - an adviser to four previous U.S. presidents, two Democrats and two Republicans - said Trump is trying to “kneecap” the Biden administration before it takes power, noting this is the first time a sitting American president has tried to overthrow an election result.

It may not be the last time. Many Republicans see attacks on election integrity as a winning issue for future campaigns - including the next presidential race, according to one Republican operative close to the Trump campaign. The party, the person said, is setting up a push for “far more stringent oversight on voting procedures in 2024,” when the party’s nominee will likely be Trump or his anointed successor.

Other Republicans urged patience and faith in the government. Charlie Black, a veteran Republican strategist, does not believe Republican lawmakers will continue backing Trump’s fraud claims after Biden is inaugurated. They will need White House cooperation on basic government functions, such as appropriations and defense bills, he said.

"People will come to see we still have a functioning government,” Black said, and Republicans will become “resigned to Biden, and see it’s not the end of the world.”

The Biden campaign declined to comment for this story. Boris Epshteyn, a strategic advisor to the Trump campaign, said: “The President and his campaign are confident that when every legal vote is counted, and every illegal vote is not, it will be determined that President Trump has won re-election to a second term.”


Media outlets declared Biden the election winner on Nov. 7. As calls were finalized in battleground states, Biden’s lead in the Electoral College that decides the presidency widened to 306 to 232. (For a graphic explaining the electoral college, see: )

Many Republican voters scoff at those results, convinced Trump was cheated. Raymond Fontaine, a hardware store owner in Oakville, Connecticut, said Biden’s vote total - the highest of any presidential candidate in history - makes no sense because the 78-year-old Democrat made relatively few campaign appearances and seemed to be in mental decline.

"You are going to tell me 77 million Americans voted for him? There is just no way," said Fontaine, 50.

The latest popular vote total for Biden has grown to about 79 million, compared to some 73 million for Trump.

Like many Trump supporters interviewed by Reuters, Fontaine was deeply suspicious of computerized voting machines. Trump and his allies have alleged, without producing evidence, a grand conspiracy to manipulate votes through the software used in many battleground states.

In Grant County, West Virginia - a mountainous region where more than 88% of voters backed the president - trust in Trump runs deep. Janet Hedrick, co-owner of the Smoke Hole Caverns log cabin resort in the small town of Cabins, said she would never accept Biden as a legitimate president.

"There's millions and millions of Trump votes that were just thrown out,” said Hedrick, 70, a retired teacher and librarian. “That computer was throwing them out.”

At the Sunset Restaurant in Moorefield, West Virginia - a diner featuring omelettes, hotcakes and waitresses who remember your order - a mention of the election sparked a spirited discussion at one table. Gene See, a retired highway construction inspector, and Bob Hyson, a semi-retired insurance sales manager, said Trump had been cheated, that Biden had dementia and that Democrats planned all along to quickly replace Biden with his more liberal running mate for vice president, Kamala Harris.

"I think if they ever get to the bottom of it, they will find massive fraud," said another of the diners, Larry Kessel, a 67-year-old farmer.

Kessel’s wife, Jane, patted him on the arm, trying to calm him, as he grew agitated while railing against anti-Trump media bias.

Trump’s rage against the media has lately included rants against Fox News. He has pushed his supporters towards more right-wing outlets such as Newsmax and One America News Network, which have championed the president’s fraud claims.

Rory Wells, 51, a New Jersey lawyer who attended a pro-Trump “stop the steal” election protest in Trenton last week, said he now watches Newsmax because Fox isn’t sufficiently conservative.

“I like that I get to hear from Rudy Giuliani and others who are not immediately discounted as being crazy,” he said of Trump’s lead election lawyer.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said the network’s viewership has exploded since the election, with nearly 3 million viewers nightly via cable television and streaming video devices.

Ruddy said Newsmax isn’t saying that Biden stole the election - but they’re also not calling him the winner given that Trump has valid legal claims. “The same media who said Biden would win in a landslide now want to not have recounts,” he said in a phone interview.

Charles Herring, president of One America News Network, said in a statement that his network has seen three weeks of record ratings, as “frustrated Fox News viewers” have tuned in.


Some Trump supporters said they would accept Biden as the winner if that is the final, official result. Janel Henritz, 36, echoed some others in saying that she believed the election included fraud, but perhaps not enough to change the outcome. Henritz, who works alongside her mother Janet Hedrick at their log cabin resort in West Virginia, said she would accept the outcome if Biden remains the winner after recounts and court challenges.

"Then he won fair and square," she said.

In Sundown, Texas, Mayor Jonathan Strickland said there’s "no way in hell" Biden won fairly. The only way he’ll believe it, he said, is if Trump himself says so.

“Trump is the only one we’ve been able to trust for the last four years,” said Strickland, an oilfield production engineer. “As far as the civil war goes, I don’t think it’s off the table.”

If it comes to a fight, Caleb Fryar is ready. But the 26-year-old son of Brett Fryar, the chiropractor, said he hoped Trump’s fraud allegations would instead spark a massive mobilization of Republican voters in future elections.

Asked whether Trump might be duping his followers, he said it’s hard to fathom.

“If I’m being manipulated by Trump ... then he is the greatest con man that ever lived in America,” Caleb Fryar said. “I think he’s the greatest patriot that ever lived.

(This story corrects to delete reference in first paragraph to Brett Fryar teaching Sunday school and bible studies at Southcrest Baptist Church. He taught those classes at another church.)

(Reporting by Brad Brooks in Texas, Nathan Layne in West Virginia and Tim Reid in California; editing by Brian Thevenot)

Donald Trump... "the greatest patriot that ever lived."

Based on fucking what?

Is hating Mexicans and Muslims that important to these people?

There's a lot of veterans who might want to take issue with the idea that Trump is a greater patriot than them. We have a low bar for "patriot" these days if a self-serving childish piece of shit like Donald Trump qualifies.

Like I said, you can't help these people. They want to be fooled. I don't know what's going to become of them. They're going to stay stupid, miss out on everything good, and die angry.

11Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 11/20/2020, 5:43 pm


Meanwhile... you fucktards bought into everything you were fed about Trump... and I do mean everything. How'd that work out for ya? Russian collusion? Russian asset? Tax fraud? Hyde amendment? Emolument clause? Kickbacks? Abuse of power? 25th amendment? Fraud? Treason? Won't leave the WH... etc?

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12Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 11/21/2020, 3:14 am


Working out just fine now that the voters have corrected the great mistake of 2016. One term and out on his ass the bastard goes. Twisted Evil

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13Snookered again Empty Re: Snookered again on 11/21/2020, 3:33 pm


PkrBum wrote:Meanwhile... you fucktards bought into everything you were fed about Trump... and I do mean everything. How'd that work out for ya?

You may want to check the news, slow-gear. He's impeached and a one-term president. What would qualify as "not working out"? Do we have to send him on a rocketship to the heart of the sun before you'll admit he failed?

Besides, I don't buy into everything. There are plenty of things I never comment on.

Russian collusion?,with%20the%20intention%20of%20benefitting%20Mr%20Trump%27s%20campaign.

Collusion wasn't established as a crime, but they didn't say there was none. Not having sufficient evidence does not mean it didn't happen, nor does it not having reached a criminal level. You take Barr's word for things when you should be reading instead.

Meanwhile, we have this: Which Russia followed within a day or so with release of hacked info. Dismiss that because I know you need to, but we both know if Obama had done that, you'd never let up about it.

Russian asset?

You've already proven that evidence doesn't have any effect on your delusions so I'm not gonna bother gathering loads of examples, but it's pretty difficult to think of anything different Trump would do if he was a Russian asset.

Ah, hell, I can't help myself, I'll look up one:

Tax fraud?

Well, gee, ya got me there. No way could a guy worth TEN BILLION DOLLARS (his claim and his caps) only pay $750 a year in taxes and there be any kind of fraud involved. Rolling Eyes


Hyde amendment?

Don't remember addressing this, so there goes that "I do mean everything" part of your dumb lil' claim.

Emolument clause?

I doubt they'll bother chasing that much, but they could. The asshole's been charging secret service for space in Trump Tower and Mar-A-Lago and then staying in both as much as he can. He's a nickel-and-dime chiseler. He's also promoted all sorts of businesses on Twitter, including a lot of Ivanka's. Again, I could research this, but I've dealt with you enough to know that whatever I dubunk you're just gonna bring up again next week like it hasn't been debunked. You're not a rational person, or one I take seriously. I only bother talking to you at all when it looks amusing to me. And I really shouldn't even do that. You're worthless as a human being, and when I reply to you it makes you not understand that fact. So, it's dumb of me, but I had a few minutes to kill.


The examples you're ignoring there could fill a book all by itself. You're fine with it because you have no principles, but there are plenty.

Abuse of power?

Part of what he got impeached for. And, again, it'd take a book... and you don't read books, and lack the intelligence to understand 'em if you did. People have to explain Garfield cartoons to you.

25th amendment?

Hasn't been invoked but there's dozens of reasons why it should have been. Dude's nuttier'n a squirrel turd. Again, if you can't see it, it's only because of willful ignorance. Then again, an irresponsible deadbeat like you probably doesn't have any kind of standard for what bconstitutes being a sane adult is, anyway. To someone like you he might seem "reasonable."


We just talking while he was President or over his lifespan? Because we'd need more than a book. Enjoy your degree from Trump University....

Anyway, you really wanna fault anybody for making fraud claims after that performance from Meltdown Rudy? Laughing


Duly noted that you don't consider granting Putin all sorts of favors and stabbing Kurdish allies in the back to be anything bad. Or wrecking America's trade partnerships to benefit Russia. Or making half the country think he was "cheated" in an election when he wasn't. It goes on and on, but there's no case anyone can make against Trump that you'll accept. You probably figure not killing all your kids makes somebody a "good dad," too. Rolling Eyes

Won't leave the WH... etc?

Time will tell if he leaves the White House. So far, though, he's well on his way by not accepting the results of the election.

Just admit that you're obsessed with hating Obama and he didn't do a tenth of the shady shit Trump does in any given week. Everybody here knows that about you. It's part of what makes you such a pathetic fucking joke. You're so afraid of having a "liberal" be right and you be wrong that you'll even defend Nazis if you have to, just to remain in contention. That's who you are. You're a reflex action, nothing more.

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Here's a new one for our Profiles In Gullibility:

Parler, where conservatives have been fleeing to form their own fart-bubble echo-chamber because they consider Twitter fact-checking their lies to be "censorship" (only someone so reliant upon untruth would consider fact-checking to be "censoring" them), and because they felt hampered not being able to use racial slurs and words like "faggot" that Twitter frowns upon (nothing conservatives value more than the freedom to do things no decent person wants to do anyway), supposedly got hacked. Parler says it didn't get hacked, but I don't really think anything that comes out of Dan Bongino should be trusted, so make of that what you will.

But regardless of whether they got hacked or not, my focus is on something that is factual that came out regarding the story: to verify people and give them access to a lot of Parler's features, people were asked to provide Parler their Social Security number and a scan of their driver's license. Parler claims that info was all "destroyed" as soon as the account was verified. But let's use our brains about this a minute, shall we?

How are you going to "verify" someone by their SSN... when you don't have access to their real SSN, anyway? It'd have to be something government-connected to verify you with a Social Security number. Same deal with the driver's license. Neither of those work very well in online verification for some independent website. And you're a damn fool to give out either form of information to somebody via the web. And double-down on the stupid if you really think anybody who asked you for that non-verifying-verification-information is going to destroy it once they've got it. They asked you for it because they want it. And they wanted to see if you're stupid enough to give it to them.

God damn but you can't even help these people. Just low-end of the bell curve...

Parler is basically a septic tank and a safe-space for people who've surrendered in the war of ideas. Like every other conservative-based media platform (Gab, Bitchute, etc.) it's already turning into neo-Nazi central, overrun with racist shit and grifters selling crazy Q-level lies. And apparently you gotta give up crucial information -- basically dox yourself -- to get verified over there? "Here, Nazis, please play nice with my identity."

Lord, the levels of stupid. Just brutal.

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