Hirokazu Koreeda’s ‘The Truth’ Sets Korean Distribution

“The Truth,” directed by Japanese auteur Kore-eda Hirokazu, will be released in Korean cinemas in December this year. Rights were acquired by local distributor Tcast. The highly-acclaimed director was absent from the Busan International Film Festival’s opening ceremony, where he was Thursday named as Busan’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year award. But he has now […]

Biden snaps at reporter over Ukraine question, tells media to focus on Trump instead

Former Vice President Joe Biden snapped at a reporter Friday after being asked whether his son Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine — while the elder Biden was diplomatically involved with the country as vice president — represented a conflict of interest.

Joe Biden Explodes Over Question About Son’s Ties to Ukraine: ‘I’m Not Going to Respond to That’

Former Vice President Joe Biden exploded at the media on Friday when asked about his youngest son’s shadowy business dealings in Ukraine.

REPORT: Pompeo fails to provide Ukraine documents by House subpoena deadline

As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following information published by WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not meet Friday’s deadline for handing over Ukraine-related documents subpoenaed by House Democrats last week.

“Secretary Pompeo has failed to meet the deadline to produce documents required by the subpoena,” a House Foreign Affairs Committee aide told CNN. “However, the State Department has contacted the Committees on this matter and we hope the Department will cooperate in full promptly. Apart from the outstanding subpoena, we look forward to hearing from Ambassadors Sondland and Yovanovitch next week.”

The article goes on to state the following:

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, and House Oversight Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the State Department last week demanding that Pompeo turn over documents related to allegations that President Trump set up a quid pro quo deal with the president of Ukraine to investigate 2020 Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Pompeo had issued the following statement on Tuesday:

The Secretary of State has been out of the country for the past few days, meeting with a number of other foreign leaders:

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TRUMP TWEETS: Shares Twitter thread about whistleblower as ‘Obama holdover’

Late Friday night, President Trump picked up on a series of Twitter posts by conservative author and political commentator Paul Sperry, regarding emerging details about the whistleblower who filed the complaint that Democrats have used as the basis for their impeachment inquiry.

Sperry had tweeted on Thursday, “BREAKING: The Democrat whistleblower who complained about Trump digging up dirt in Ukraine was himself helping dig up dirt in Ukraine against Trump (and Manafort) while working in the Obama White House during 2016 campaign.”

President Trump responded Friday night, asking, “Where is the LameStream Media on this?”

Trump then re-tweeted additional posts by Sperry, with more details alleging the whistleblower is a former member of the Obama administration.

BREAKING: The whistleblower is a registered Democrat & CIA analyst who was detailed before the 2016 election to the Obama White House, where he worked on the NSC’s Ukraine desk & met w anti-Trump Ukrainian officials before being sent packing by the Trump NSC & becoming disgruntled.

The Obama admin launched an intelligence operation against Trump to derail his campaign & presidency in 2016-17, and now having failed, Obama holdovers r launching another intelligence operation to try to remove him from power. It will also fail –if the first op is fully exposed.

Once voters understand that Trump was set up and framed by intelligence ops like the whistleblower in 2016, falsely accused of being a Russian agent, then impeachment will be seen for what it is — a political putsch to cover their tracks.

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CJ Hopkins: Trumpenstein Must Be Destroyed!

CJ Hopkins: Trumpenstein Must Be Destroyed!

Authored (satirically) by CJ Hopkins via The Unz Review,

So here we go. Like a 1960s straight-to-drive-in Hammer Film Production, the 2020 campaign season has begun. Dig into your bucket of popcorn, pop the flap on your box of Good & Plenty, turn off your mind, and enjoy the show. From the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be a doozy.

That’s right, folks, it’s the final installment of the popular Trumpenstein horror movie series, TRUMPENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED! It will be playing, more or less around the clock, on more or less every screen in existence, until November 3, 2020 … or until Trump takes that lonely walk across the White House lawn to the Marine One chopper and flies off to Mar-a-Lago in disgrace.

Here’s a quick recap of the series so far, for those who may be joining us late.

When we last saw Trumpenstein he was out on the balcony of the White House South Portico in his Brioni boxers, ripped to the gills on Diet Coke and bellowing like a bull elephant seal. Having narrowly survived the Resistance’s attempts to expose him as a Russian intelligence asset (and the reanimated corpse of Adolf Hitler), he was pounding his chest and hollering angry gibberish at the liberal media like the Humongous in the second Mad Max movie.

The liberal mob was standing around with their torches and pitchforks in a state of shock. Doctor Mueller, the “monster hunter,” had let Trumpenstein slip through his fingers. The supposedly ironclad case against him had turned out to be a bunch of lies made up by the Intelligence Community, the Democratic Party, and the corporate media.

Russiagate was officially dead. The President of the United States was not a Russian secret agent. No one was blackmailing anyone with a videotape of Romanian prostitutes peeing on a bed where Obama once slept. All that had happened was, millions of liberals had been subjected to the most elaborate psyop in the history of elaborate deep state psyops … which, ironically, had only further strengthened Trumpenstein, who was out there on the Portico balcony, shotgunning Diet Cokes with one hand and shaking his junk at the mob with the other.

It wasn’t looking so good for “democracy.”

Fortunately, even though Russiagate had blown up in the Resistance’s faces and Trumpenstein could no longer be painted as a traitorous Russian intelligence asset (or as Vladimir Putin’s homosexual lover), he was still the reanimated corpse of Hitler, so they went balls out on the fascism hysteria, which kept the Resistance alive through the summer.

Which was all they really needed to do. Because these last three years were basically just a warm-up for the main event, which was always scheduled to begin this autumn. Russiagate, Hitlergate, and all the rest of it … it was all just a prelude to these impeachment hearings, and to the mass hysteria surrounding same, which the global capitalist ruling classes, the Intelligence Community, and the corporate media will be barraging us with until November 2020.

The details don’t really matter that much. They were always going to impeach him for something, and they were always going to do it now, and throughout the 2020 campaign season.

You do not honestly believe they are going to let him serve a second term, do you? He took them by surprise in 2016. That isn’t going to happen again.

Seriously, take a moment and reflect on everything we’ve been subjected to since Hillary Clinton lost the election… the unmitigated insanity of it all.

  • The Russiagate hysteria.

  • The Russian hacker hysteria.

  • The Russian Facebook mind-control hysteria.

  • The Hitler hysteria.

  • The mass fascism hysteria.

  • The anti-Semitism hysteria.

  • The concentration camp hysteria.

  • The white supremacist terrorism hysteria.

  • Russian spy whales.

  • Perfume assassins.

  • The endless stream of fabricated “news” stories pumped out by the corporate media.

  • Best-selling books, based on nothing.

  • Comedians singing hymns to former FBI directors on national television.

  • Celebrities demanding CIA coups.

  • Papers of record like The New York Times coordinating blatant propaganda campaigns.

The list goes on, and on, and on.

All of this because one billionaire ass clown won an election without their permission?

No, this was never just about Donald Trump, repulsive and corrupt as the man may be. The stakes have always been much higher than that. What we’ve witnessed over the the last three years (and what is about to reach its apogee) is a global capitalist counter-insurgency, the goal of which is:

(a) to put down the ongoing populist rebellion throughout the West,

and (b) to crush any hope of resistance to the hegemony of global capitalism … in other words, a War on Populism.

Not that Donald Trump is a populist hero. Far from it. Trump is a narcissistic clown. He has always been a narcissistic clown. All he really cares about is seeing his face on television and plastering his name on everything in sight, preferably in huge gold letters. He got himself elected president by being cunning enough to recognize and ride the tsunami of populist anger that was building up in 2016, and that has continued to build throughout his presidency. It is not going away, that anger. The Western masses are no more thrilled about the global capitalist future today than they were when voted for Brexit, and Trump, and various other “populist” and reactionary figures.

Which is precisely why Trumpenstein must be destroyed, and why Brexit must not be allowed to happen … or, if it does, why the people of the United Kingdom must be mercilessly punished. It is also why the Gilets Jaunes are being brutally repressed by the French police, and disappeared by the corporate media (while the Hong Kong protesters garner daily headlines), and why Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party must be smeared as a hive of anti-Semites, and Tulsi Gabbard as an Assad-apologist, and why Julian Assange must be smeared and destroyed, and why Bernie Sanders must also be destroyed, and why anyone of any ilk (left, right, it doesn’t matter) riding that wave of populist anger or challenging the hegemony of global capitalism and its psychotic, smiley-face ideology in any other way must be destroyed.

2020 is for all the marbles.

The global capitalist ruling classes either crush this ongoing populist insurgency or… God knows where we go from here. Try to see it through their eyes for a moment. Picture four more years of Trump … second-term Trump … Trump unleashed. Do you really believe they’re going to let that happen, that they are going to permit this populist insurgency to continue for another four years?

They are not.

What they are going to do is use all their power to destroy the monster … not Trump the man, but Trump the symbol. They are going to drown us in impeachment minutiae, drip, drip, drip, for the next twelve months. The liberal corporate media are going to go full-Goebbels. They are going to whip up so much mass hysteria that people won’t be able to think. They are going to pit us one against the other, and force us onto one or the other side of a simulated conflict (Democracy versus the Putin-Nazis) to keep us from perceiving the actual conflict (Global Capitalism versus Populism). They are going to bring us to the brink of civil war in order to prevent civil war. And, if that doesn’t work, and Trump gets reelected (or if it looks like he’s going to get reelected), they’ll probably have to just go ahead and kill him.

One way or another, this is it. This is the part where the global capitalist ruling classes teach us all a lesson. The lesson they intend to teach us is the same old lesson that masters have been teaching slaves since the dawn of slavery.

The lesson is, “abandon hope.”

The lesson is, “resistance is futile.”

The lesson is, “shut up, eat your tofu, get back to work at your three gig jobs, service your school loans and your credit card debt, vote for who and what we tell you, and be grateful we don’t fucking kill you. Oh, yeah … and if you want to rebel against something, feel free to take up identity politics, or to march around town with posters of Saint Greta demanding that we stop destroying the planet. We’ll get right on that, don’t you worry.”

What? You thought this had a happy ending, that Trumpenstein and the Bride of Trumpenstein were going to ride off into the orange sunrise at Mar-a-Lago in a Trump-branded golf cart, having made America great again … or that Bernie was going to storm the castle, vanquish Trumpenstein, and set up something resembling basic social democracy?

I told you it was a horror film, didn’t I?

*  *  *

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant Paperbacks. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.

Tyler Durden

Fri, 10/04/2019 – 23:45

Former Prosecutor: Chicago Teachers Union Failed to Respond in Child Sexual Violence Probe

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) did not respond to inquiries regarding an investigation into Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) system to protect children from sexual violence, says the former federal prosecutor who led the study.

Comment on Omar Accuses GOP of “Putting Party over Country” After Their Condemnation of Schiff by Christian Gains

Ihan, your declaration is a bit surprising…Here you, (as I assume, a FAITHFUL Muslim), are chastising a group that are attempting to hold a proven PATHOLOGICAL LIAR to accountability, and yet, you, a Muslim, are defending a NON Muslim LIAR??

I have studied the Qu’ran sufficiently to know that “Takyya”{sp?} please forgive me, I AM a poor speller} is practiced ONLY when NEEDED…and, that LYING is a SERIOUS matter, EVEN when it is an Infidel who is lying.

AND…YOU, as the FAITHFUL BELIEVER you are, MUST understand that “a people OF THE BOOK”, MUST PUNISH liars…ESPECIALLY when they WILLINGLY LIE & then FALSELY declare that they were just making a “parody” about something that someone NEVER EVEN INSINUATED to say, MUCH LESS said what the liar claimed they had said.

I read the ENTIRE “TRANSCRIPT” of the phone call, & conversation, and I found NOTHING even SIMILAR in tone, OR statement, that agreed with the liars’ “parody”…AND! (as you know), falsely representing another person’s statements, or words, or meanings, is SERIOUSLY WRONG.

SO, as I’ve said, I’m GREATLY SURPRISED that you would support a proven LIAR’S FALSE rendering of another person’s conversation. It certainly isn’t a good sample, nor reasonable, for you to do so.

And it’s ESPECIALLY SURPRISING that YOU accuse “people of the Book” of placing PARTY above NATION. Which is EXACTLY the opposite of what is being done! The NATION is being protected!

TRUMP TWEETS: Doubles down in more attacks against ‘sick puppy’ Adam Schiff

President Trump renewed his attacks on the main Democrat leading the impeachment effort against him – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, calling him a “sick puppy” and taunting him over the “Pinocchio” label which the Washington Post gave him. Trump tweeted:

“Adam Schiff’s connection to the Whistleblower is coming to light.” @FoxNews. These facts, and others, make it impossible for the ridiculous impeachment “scam” to go forward! Schiff has also committed a crime, perhaps treason, in making up a horrible statement and reading….

….it to Congress, and the American people, as though it was the statement of the President of the United States, me. He did it to fool Congress and the public in order to make me look BAD. He is a sick puppy!

The Washington Post fact-checker gave Schiff “four Pinocchios” for for claiming last month that he and his panel “have not spoken directly” with the whistleblower, whose complaint led to an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

President Trump re-tweeted a graphic originally posted by his Digital Media Director Dan Scavino, and announced, “Along with Pelosi and her boss AOC, the Do Nothing Democrat “leader.””

The president shared the following quote:

“It isn’t often I get angry at the dirty politics of the Democrats in Congress, but this time I am enraged and hope this impeachment charade will backfire on Reps. Pelosi & Schiff, & the Democrats. I have read thoroughly the telephone conversation between Trump & the President…

….of Ukraine, and cannot find any reason to charge the President with high crimes & misdemeanors. This is just a phony Witch Hunt, perpetuated by Democrats to get rid of Trump because they cannot beat him in a fair election.” Richard Ketay

Trump shared a quote from Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, and added his own response:

“Ex-Envoy testified Ukraine (or the President of Ukraine) never raised Quid Pro Quo concerns with him: source.” @seanhannity @FoxNews The President of Ukraine also stated that he was NOT PRESSURED by me in any way. END OF CASE!

The New York Times announced Friday evening that a second intelligence official is considering filing a “whistleblower” report regarding President Trump’s communications with the president of Ukraine.

“Thanks Jim. Would be great to just run our Country!” Trump tweeted, in response to Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit.

Pinned to the top of Trump’s Twitter page is a video mocking Rep. Adam Schiff after he received his “Four Pinocchios” label:

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Democrats Supoena White House For Ukraine Documents

Democrats Supoena White House For Ukraine Documents

Just one day after President Trump dared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold an impeachment inquiry vote – a move which would open Democrats up to Republican subpoenas, House Democrats slapped the White House with a subpoena first

Addressed to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, the subpoena demands documents and communications related to the case being constructed against Trump – namely that his request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son for corruption constitutes election interference and endangered national security. Of note, the Justice Department concluded that Trump’s phone call with Zelensky did not violate campaign finance law

How the White House, which has routinely rejected congressional requests for information, responds to the demands for documents could significantly shape the impeachment investigation going forward. Under normal circumstances, the White House could claim materials referred to in both requests were privileged, using that as a defense in court. –New York Times

What Democrats aren’t pursuing, by the by, is anything resembling due diligence on Biden – the (still) leading Democratic candidate trying to fend off accusations of nepotism in Ukraine and China while abusing his office as Vice President. 

As we noted earlier Friday, Vice President Mike Pence was hit with a subpoena  as well over, demanding information on “any role you may have played” in helping with the Ukraine effort against Biden. 

Pence press secretary Katie Waldman said “given the scope, it does not appear to be a serious request but just another attempt by the ‘Do Nothing Democrats’ to call attention to their partisan impeachment.”

Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) have warned that failure to comply with subpoenas will be viewed as obstruction of Congress – which the Times says is “itself a potentially impeachable offense.” 

“he White House has refused to engage with — or even respond to — multiple requests for documents from our Committees on a voluntary basis,” reads the subpoena, demanding information by October 15. “After nearly a month of stonewalling, it appears clear that the president has chosen the path of defiance, obstruction, and cover-up.” 

The actions came at the end of another day of fast-moving developments in the House impeachment investigation, which is centered on allegations that Mr. Trump and his administration worked to bend America’s diplomatic apparatus for his own political benefit.

Mr. Trump himself appeared resigned to the prospect that he would be impeached, and was gearing up for an epic political battle to defend himself, predicting the Democrat-led House would approve articles of impeachment against him and the Republican-controlled Senate would acquit him. –New York Times

They’ll just get their people,” Trump said of the Democratic-controlled House. “They’re all in line. Because even though many of them don’t want to vote, they have no choice. They have to follow their leadership. And then we’ll get it to the Senate, and we’re going to win.”

Trump also huddled with House Republicans on a Friday conference call, defending his efforts in Ukraine and gathering support for the upcoming battle. 

On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee questioned Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who first analyzed the whistleblower complaint by a CIA employee, on a recently altered form which allowed said whistleblower to provide second-hand information. 

Congressional Democrats are also trying to use a trove of texts between American diplomats and a top Zelensky aid, which came from former US envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, following his Thursday closed-door testimony. 

The ‘gotcha’ is a text from US diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor, who said in a Sept. 9 text message to US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland: “I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.

To which Sondland replies “Bill, I believe you are incorrect about President Trump’s intentions. The President has been crystal clear no quid pro quo’s of any kind,” adding “I suggest we stop the back and forth by text.”  

The moral of the story; it’s OK for Joe Biden to have allegedly steered millions, if not billions of dollars towards his son Hunter and his associates by abusing his office as Vice President. It’s not ok to question it – and shouldn’t be investigated if it means exposing said (alleged) wrongdoing and ruining Biden’s chances in 2020. 

Tyler Durden

Fri, 10/04/2019 – 23:19