Election board lists more general election votes than voters in Chicago

By Thomas Lifson of American Thinker

President Trump continues to receive scorn over his assertion last year that vote fraud accounted for Hillary Clinton’s raw vote majority. Democrats and their shills are unanimous in denouncing the “false claims” (The Amazon Washington Post recently called it a “zombie claim.”) When the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was announced, it was denounced as a waste, an attempt to intimidate minorities, and a scheme to violate privacy, which has caused states to refuse to release public data requested by the commission. Its investigator, J. Christian Adams, is being vilified. Even Republicans expressed reluctance to Politico over the investigation.

Senator Chuck Schumer bizarrely linked vote fraud to Charlottesville.

In the wake of the confrontation in Charlottesville, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for President Trump to disband the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on Aug. 24. In a Medium post, Schumer said the actions of the commission were “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and a “ruse” designed to “revive the old playbook and disenfranchise minority voters.”

They really, really don’t want anyone looking closely at vote fraud. They claim there is none of any significance.

That must be why this report from Chicago City Wire has been so thoroughly ignored by the mainstream media:

More than 14,000 votes were cast in Chicago during the 2016 general election than there were voters to cast them, based on separate figures released by the Chicago Board of Elections, the chairman of the Chicago Republican Party has reported.

Chris Cleveland told the Chicago Wire that “on a whim,” he filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the board, which provided him with a list of 1,101,178 people who voted in the general election. An earlier post on the board’s website said that 1,115,664 votes had been cast.

“There should be never be more votes than voters,” Cleveland said. “Every ballot cast should be recorded against a registered voter.”

The party did a breakdown of voting by precinct, and Cleveland said it found an uneven distribution of discrepancies. Fifteen precincts had 100 more ballots cast than voters, while others had fewer votes than voters. 

Judicial Watch is also on the case:

Washington-based Judicial Watch named Illinois among 11 states that have another kind of discrepancy in their voting rolls: The number of registered voters exceeds the number of voting-age citizens as determined by a review of Census data.

In April, the group sent a notice-of-violation letter along with a threat to sue the 11 states.

Robert Popper, director of Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project and formerly deputy chief of the voting section of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, said that not maintaining accurate voting rolls violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

“People remember the act as the ‘motor voter’ law because it requires the states to offer voter registration forms with driver license applications,” Popper said. “But what a lot of people forget is that as a compromise for getting the act through, it requires states to maintain accurate voting rolls.”

Judicial Watch identified 26 Illinois counties where voter registration was higher than the number of people eligible to vote, according to Census numbers.

But we can expect that Democrats will continue to dismiss the possibility that vote fraud worked for them on a significant scale. The fact that they resist investigation is telling.

Cresponian Approved list of useful PC and Gaming software

All software listed here is free.

Hardware and Monitoring

  • OCCT – hardware test (CPU, RAM, GPU and PSU) and monitoring.
  • HWMonitor – hardware information.
  • Open Hardware Monitor – hardware information.
  • CPU-Z – CPU, Mainboard and RAM information.
  • GPU-Z – GPU information.
  • Prime95 – CPU and RAM stability test (also produces maximum possible heat for CPU – can be dangerous for new processors, use with caution).
  • Linpack – CPU and RAM stability test.
  • HDDScan – HDD information.
  • CrystalDiskInfo – HDD and SSD information.
  • MSI Afterburner – hardware monitoring, GPU overclocking, fan control, video recording, fps monitoring.
  • Speedfan – Monitor Hard Drive Health and System Temps

System and Security

  • RUFUS – bootable USB creator.
  • Hiren’s BootCD – first aid kit for your computer.
  • Chocolatey – easy installation, configuration, upgrade, and uninstallation of Windows software.
  • Ninite – install and update all your programs at once.
  • Vivaldi Browser – web browser for power users.
  • Chrome, Firefox, Opera – web browsers.
  • 7-zip – archive creator and extractor.
  • QTTabBar – adds tabs to windows explorer (works on windows 10).
  • AOMEI Partition Assistant – partition editor.
  • Display Driver Uninstaller – for clean install (conflict-free) of graphics drivers.
  • SuperF4 – program to kill unresponsive game clients.
  • Vit Resistry Fix Free – clean registry and junk files, uninstall manager, startup manager.
  • SpaceSniffer – shows disk usage and folders structure.
  • WinDirStat – disk usage statistics viewer.
  • FolderSize – to find what’s taking all the space on your drives.
  • Sysinternal Process Explorer – process viewer.
  • Winaero Tweaker – an assortment of tweaks and registry edits for improving Win 10.
  • WinMTR – network diagnosis tool.
  • Voidtools Everything – Replacement for Windows Search in that it actually works and will find everything plus http and ftp server.
  • Comodo Firewall – advanced firewall and access rights monitoring.
  • Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool – system virus scanner.
  • Adware Removal Tool – adware removal scanner.
  • FileZilla – FTP server and client.
  • f.lux – it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
  • LightBulb – reduces eyestrain by adjusting gamma to the current time.
  • Everything – Replacement for Windows Search in that it actually works and will find… everything.

Gaming and Emulations

  • HilAlgo BOOST, SWITCH and CHILL – for better performance in games (newest version of CHILL is available through AMD Radeon).
  • GeDoSaTo – to play in any resolution you want.
  • Flawless Widescreen – to configure Field of View (FOV) in games that don’t allow configuring it.
  • CRU (Custom Resolution Utility) – for the games that don’t work with Gedosato (like Fallout 4 and Dark Souls 3).
  • ReshadeMe – custom shaders for d3d8, d3d9, dxdi (10-12) and opengl games.
  • MEMU – Android emulator.
  • NOX – Android emulator.
  • CEMU – Wii U emulator.
  • RPCS3 – PlayStation 3 emulator.
  • Xenia – Xbox 360 emulator.
  • PCSX2 – PlayStation 2 emulator.
  • Dolphin – Gamecube/Wii emulator.
  • Citra – 3DS emulator.
  • Retroarch – emulator for everything else.
  • LaunchBox – frontend for emulations and game collections.
  • Duranzo – is a must for older controllers, allows you to calibrate deadzones, remap any button to any other button, invert your sticks axis.
  • ArtMoney SE – program memory editor (mainly used for hacking currency or life in single player games).

Media and Playback

  • Virtual CloneDrive – mounting disk images.
  • WinCDEmu – mounting disk images.
  • Notepad++ – text editor.
  • IrfanView – image viewer.
  • STDU Viewer – TIFF, PDF, FB2, DjVU, etc viewer.
  • LibreOffice – office software.
  • Deluge – powerful torrent client.
  • qbittorent – lightweight but flexible torrent client.
  • PotPlayer – high-quality playback with built-in codecs.
  • MPC-BE – lightweight media player with built-in or external codecs.
  • MPV – lightweight and high quality media player.
  • VLC – plays everything.
  • LAV Filters – video and audio decoders.
  • MadVR – video renderer (for MPC-BE).
  • MusicBee – a modern and very customizable audio player.
  • foobar2000 – very flexible, customizable and powerful audio player.
  • Clementine Player – modern music player and library organizer.
  • TapingRadio Free – to listen radio stations online with reconnect feature.
  • Discord – voice chat.

Media Creation and Editing

  • Photofiltre Studio – image editor and optimizer.
  • Paint.net – image and photo editing software.
  • Paint Tool Sail / Krita – professional illustration and painting program.
  • GIMP – powerful image editing and creation software.
  • GraphicsGale – pixel art program.
  • Blender – open source 3d modelling, video editing, rendering and other features.
  • Piskel – lightweight pixel art editor.
  • ShareX – video and image capture software with auto-upload and copy link features, OCR and many many more.
  • Lightscreen – image capture software with upload function.
  • Lightshot – alternative to Lightscreen.
  • OBS Studio – very flexible and powerful video and audio recording/streaming software (supports AMD and Nvidia hardware encoding).
  • GeForce Experience – hardware-accelerated recording for Nvidia GPU.
  • AMD ReLive – hardware-accelerated recording for AMD GPU.
  • AMF Encoder – AMD hardware encoding plugin for OBS Studio.
  • Lagarith Lossless Codec – lossless encoding support for MSI Afterburner.
  • FFMPEG – video/audio decoding, encoding, transcoding with Nvidia hardware acceleration support.
  • As Video Converter – video/audio decoding, encoding and transcoding with AMD hardware acceleration support.
  • Audacity – audio editor.
  • MKVToolNix – mkv container joiner and extractor.
  • MP4Tools – mp4 container joiner and extractor.
  • Aegisub – subtitle editor (allows shifting time codes to match subtitle with video).

Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy Theory

Paul Craig Roberts

In the United States “conspiracy theory” is the name given to explanations that differ from those that serve the ruling oligarchy, the establishment or whatever we want to call those who set and control the agendas and the explanations that support the agendas.

The explanations imposed on us by the ruling class are themselves conspiracy theories. Moreover, they are conspiracy theories designed to hide the real conspiracy that our rulers are operating.

For example, the official explanation of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory. Some Muslims, mainly Saudi Arabians, delivered the greatest humiliation to a superpower since David slew Goliath. They outsmarted all 17 US intelligence agencies and those of NATO and Israel, the National Security Council, the Transportation Safety Administration, Air Traffic Control, and Dick Cheney, hijacked four US airliners on one morning, brought down three World Trade Center skyscrapers, destroyed that part of the Pentagon where research was underway into the missing $2.3 trillion, and caused the morons in Washington to blame Afghanistan instead of Saudi Arabia.

Clearly, the Saudia Arabians who humiliated Ameria were involved in a conspiracy to do so.

Is it a believable conspiracy?

The ability of a few young Muslim men to pull off such a feat is unbelievable. Such total failure of the US National Security State means that America was blindly vulnerable throughout the decades of Cold War with the Soviet Union. If such total failure of the National Security State had really occurred, the White House and Congress would have been screaming for an investigation. People would have been held accountable for the long chain of security failures that allowed the plot to succeed. Instead, no one was even reprimanded, and the White House resisted all efforts for an investigation for a year. Finally, to shut up the 9/11 families, a 9/11 Commission was convened. The commission duly wrote down the government’s story and that was the “investigation.”

Moreover, there is no evidence to support the official conspiracy theory of 9/11. Indeed, all known evidence contradicts the official conspiracy theory.

For example, it is a proven fact that Building 7 came down at freefall acceleration, which means it was wired for demolition. Why was it wired for demolition? There is no official answer to this question.

It is the known evidence provided by scientists, architects, engineers, pilots, and the first responders who were in the twin towers and personally experienced the numerous explosions that brought down the towers that is described as a conspiracy theory.

The CIA introduced the term “conspiracy theory” into public discourse as part of its action plan to discredit skeptics of the Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Any explanation other than the one handed down, which is contradicted by all known evidence, was debunked as a conspiracy theory.

Conspiracy theories are the backbone of US foreign policy. For example, the George W. Bush regime was active in a conspiracy against Iraq and Saddam Hussein. The Bush regime created fake evidence of Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction,” sold the false story to a gullible world and used it to destroy Iraq and murder its leader. Similarly, Gaddafi was a victim of an Obama/Hillary conspiracy to destroy Libya and murder Gaddafi. Assad of Syria and Iran were slated for the same treatment until the Russians intervened.

Currently, Washington is engaged in conspiracies against Russia, China, and Venezuela. Proclaiming a non-existent “Iranian threat,” Washington put US missiles on Russia’s border and used the “North Korean threat” to put missiles on China’s border. The democratically elected leader of Venezuela is said by Washington to be a dictator, and sanctions have been put on Venezuela to help the small Spanish elite through whom Washington has traditionally ruled South American countries pull off a coup and reestablish US control over Venezuela.

Everyone is a threat: Venezuela, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, tribes in Pakistan, Libya, Russia, China, North Korea, but never Washington. The greatest conspiracy theory of our time is that Americans are surrounded by foreign threats. We are not even safe from Venezuela.

The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, NPR, and the rest of the presstitutes are quick to debunk as conspiracy theories all explanations that differ from the explanations of the ruling interests that the presstitutes serve.

Yet, as I write and for some nine months to date, the presstitute media has itself been promoting the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump was involved in a conspiracy with the president of Russia and Russian intelligence services to hack the US presidential election and place Trump, a Russian agent, in the White House.

This conspiracy theory has no evidence whatsoever. It doesn’t need evidence, because it serves the interests of the military/security complex, the Democratic Party, the neoconservatives, and permits the presstitutes to show lavish devotion to their masters. By endless repetition a lie becomes truth.

There is a conspiracy, and it is against the American people. Their jobs have been offshored in order to enrich the already rich. They have been forced into debt in a futile effort to maintain their living standards. Their effort to stem their decline by electing a president who spoke for them is being subverted before their eyes by an utterly corrupt media and ruling class.

Sooner or later it will dawn on them that there is nothing they can do but violently revolt. Most likely, by the time they reach this conclusion it will be too late. Americans are very slow to escape from the false reality in which they live. Americans are a thoroughly brainwashed people who hold tightly to their false life within The Matrix.

For the gullible and naive who have been brainwashed into believing that any explanation that differs from the officially-blessed one is a conspiracy theory, there are available online long lists of government conspiracies that succeeded in deceiving the people in order that the governments could achieve agendas that the people would have rejected.

If liberty continues to exist on earth, it will not be in the Western world. It will be in Russia and China, countries that emerged out of the opposite and know the value of liberty, and it will be in those South American countries, such as Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia that fight for their sovereignty against American oppression.

Indeed, as historians unconcerned with their careers are beginning to write, the primary lesson in history is that governments deceive their peoples.

Everywhere in the Western world, government is a conspiracy against the people.

We live in an Odds world?

The phrase ‘what are the odds?’ is synonymous with ‘what are the chances?’. It can be used in several different ways to imply either incredulity, as in:

“damn! what are the odds of you and that deer wearing the same vest?!?” says the drunk hunter to the bleeding game warden;

or a rhetorical statement of certainty, as in:

“what are the odds.” mumbles the ingenue as she realizes she has just backed her car into that of the DMV inspector as her first act of driving after receiving her license.

It can also be a challenge to the statisticians, as in:

“what are the odds of Jamie Diamon receiving a Peoples’ Choice award for humanitarian banking?”

But all meanings hover around the central idea of the existence of ‘probability’ in universe.

Probability, as a concept, requires a couple of base components; first among them is the idea of a ‘range of potential’ for a ‘thing happening’. This range will always extend from ‘certainty’ to ‘unknown’ with the definition of ‘probability’ as being that distance between those two states. Further, there is the implication within the concept of ‘odds’, and ‘probability’ of a ‘neutral’, or ‘unbiased’ and ‘non-participatory universe’. This is to say that the whole idea of ‘odds’ or ‘probability’ requires a fundamental ‘level playing field’ in which the ‘odds’ apply equally to all the participants. This idea is based on the assumption that the universe is NOT participating in any way.

All casinos sell themselves on this principle; that is to say, that the ‘odds are even’ for all. They are premised on the idea that if you, or that strange looking guy to your left with the odd haircut were to go to the same table, the ‘odds would be even’ for both of you.

Yet, of course, we all acknowledge, especially those who live by the ‘odds’ and ‘gambling’, that the above idea is total bullshit. We even acknowledge this bullshit continually within the language that we use to define and discuss the idea of ‘odds’, and we call this refutation of the existence of ‘probability’ by the name of ‘luck’.

Note how all languages have the idea of ‘luck’ defined by numerous words and phrases. In most of these the idea of a ‘participatory’ universe is inherently stated or implied. If one has, in any language, ‘luck on their side’, or ‘lady luck smiling on them’, or ‘good joss’, or ‘jolly ancestors’, then they are somehow propelled outside of the ‘odds reality’ that we all presumably toil within most of our lives, and are magically transported to the area of ‘certainty’ where probability no longer exists. Their actions and choices are said to be ‘lucky’ as the results of those choices manifest in the reality around us.

The idea of ‘luck’ is variously refined as a ‘wave of luck’, that someone could ‘catch and ride’ (from Micronesia), to the ‘lucky winds’ of the sailing peoples globally, to ‘lucky spots’ found planet wide, and ‘rains (from heaven)’ in the dry parts of the planet, all as a ‘signal of luck bestowed’. But in all variants, the idea of ‘luck’ is accompanied by the concept of fleeting, temporary, and usually also as random, or undeserved.

We humans have even gone so far as to notice the existence of special kinds of ‘luck’, and have encoded these in our language as ‘beginners luck’ (always good), or ‘the luck of the Irish (usually bad)’, ‘a sailors luck on land (also usually bad)’, and dozens of other variants on the idea of special kinds of luck.

In some cases we note within the context of the language that the ‘luck state’ is temporary, and is due to ‘special circumstances’, such as being a novice at some skill (a beginner), rather than a state of being, such as ‘irish-ness’ with which one is stuck for all of their life.

In other ways, more subtle expressions, we note that universe is not at all random when we sarcastically state that some act of undeserved largess is the ‘luck of the rich’. This last also acknowledges within its context that the ‘system is rigged to favor the rich’. Note that ‘favor’ can be ‘curried’, or ‘cultivated’, and that this understanding lies at the heart of all the energies that the ‘ultra-rich/powerful’ put into such strange rituals as the ‘sacrifice of care’ at the Bohemian Grove, and other similar rituals practiced globally in an attempt to make themselves appear more ‘favor-able’ in the eyes of the gods of power.

So we humans, in our language, acknowledge that the universe of our experience is not one in which random ‘odds’ favor each individual equally. We may not actively contemplate the meanings of these concepts, but we usually live and act upon them, thus granting tacit supremacy to the ‘participatory universe’ model of reality. Those humans who gamble more than casually, will have, noted or not, come to the understanding of when ‘luck’ is with, or against them, and will react accordingly, even if grudgingly. These humans know they live in a participatory universe.

The casinos certainly know that ‘odds’ don’t really exist. In fact, their bottom line is built on the understanding that reality proves the house always wins. This is so, in spite of the understanding of statisticians and ‘odds makers’. It is due entirely to the nature of universe in which most people going to the casinos expect to lose. That is, the vast majority expect to have ‘bad luck’ at the gambling games, and therefore they manifest just that. casinos exist precisely to ‘harvest’ the monies associated with this expressed ‘bad luck’. We even state this premise explicitly with our nickname for Las Vegas, as ‘Lost Wages’….we expect to lose.

Note that they are also savvy enough to realize that energies are involved, and that they (the casino operators) have to provide some form of exchange in order to not be also harvesting the ‘bad luck’ itself, and so we see the ‘circus’ nature of the environment in which energetic stimulation is the actual level of what is being ‘purchased’ with the gambling loses. Thus a ‘contract’ exists, and the harvest of the monies from the ‘bad luck expressing humans’ is accomplished with the return being the ‘experience’ provided by the casinos, and not the actual loss at gambling itself.

Another expression of this same principle is found within the complexities that arise to ruin the lives of lottery winners. In these systems, the state harvests the greater portion of the gambling dollars, but astutely transfers the ‘bad luck’ of all the losers to the winning ticket, and ultimately the ‘winner’. This statement is easily understood if the lives of those winning large lottery sums is examined following their ‘wins’.

The idea of ‘luck’ is perhaps best typified by the cliche of the ‘country bumpkin’ (novice/beginner) who encounters the ‘big city’ (aka casino of chances of life), and is seemingly ‘stumbles’ into good fortune in spite of the ‘odds against’ any particular outcome. This story pre-dates all media, and is a sub plot of tales told so long that we extract our language and understanding from them. All of these stories go to the idea of a participatory universe.

In a participatory universe, ‘odds’ and ‘chance’ do not exist. In our reality, we acknowledge this is factual even at the scientific level of understanding. We can postulate a thought experiment in Las Vegas. In this experiment we have 100 slot machines, each primed to the same state. We further have our test subjects, 100 humans. Each is allowed to choose a slot machine and place a predetermined number of bets. In a random chance universe, our experiment should yield a typical bell curve spread of winnings and lose across our 100 participants. But wait you say, there are subtle differences between the machines at a quanta level, and that this is what really makes ‘gambling’ possible, and, that at a quanta level, the universe actually is not random, but entrained. Soooo…ok, our experiment does not work then.

We redesign the experiment to eliminate this issue. We place our 100 people in a random order, and then send them into a single machine, that is pre-primed to the same state prior to each person using it. Oh, no, wait again…that does not work! Well, ok the most common objection made to this form of our experiment is that there is yet another, subtle component, involved in this form of the experiment, and that is ‘time’.

Yes, time. The objection is that each person would encounter the machine at different times, and that somehow time is a component within the ‘odds’ of a thing occurring. In order to be a ‘fair’ test, the experiment would have to have each of our 100 humans at the same machine at the same state of being at the same time…..an impossibility in our current understanding. The argument here is that ‘time’ is an essential component of chance.

It is my contention, that it is the ‘time’ aspect of universe that proves it is participatory, and that the ideas promoted by statisticians, and other ‘odds makers’ are based on a false understanding of reality. It is also my contention that if it is impossible to create an experiment to test the premise of a ‘neutral’ universe, then this is due to the universe being participatory, and not neutral. As the LHC at Cern is presently demonstrating.

Our manifesting reality is continually participating in all choices presented. It is this active participation from universe that many humans attempt to cultivate in their lives with rituals. Thus the basis for superstitions of all kinds from mudras (hand rituals to ward off evil ‘luck’), to MMM (miracle money memes wherein ritual ‘documents’ are prepared superstitiously to cultivate universe favor in the form of money).

As an aside, religions would have one accept a neutral universe, but an ‘all powerful’ being within it who cares about your life. In their view, the ‘luck’ is ‘favor bestowed’ by their off-planet deity, probably using some form of digital tracking and giant remote viewing screen ala MIB movies.

So it is my conclusion, backed by nearly a decade in the ‘time, one-step removed’ business, that ‘odds’ do not exist, and that statements of numeric percentage ‘chances’ of any given outcome are usually a monkey-mind response to the uncertainties of life, universe, and everything. Things, events, happen. Or not. Demonstrably, it is a dualistic universe with two modes of expression, existence, or not. Attempts to state potentials as ‘odds’, or percentages provides complacency to monkey-mind, and has little relationship to manifesting reality. However, it is very useful when dealing with certain persons stuck in ‘monkey mind’, such as economists, or accountants, or statisticians, to pop off numerals frequently, and percentages are even better, as they quiet the excessive chatter by providing their monkey-minds something for chewing.

A story I heard a long time ago, in a country far far away, someones father would drop by occasionally. This person was a Sargent Major, and half Chinese by phenotype. Anyway, Sargent Major Bob  was a committed gambler. His gambling was always on horse races. He just could not get enough of the ‘sport’. He was astute about it, and self aware, as well as being self editorial with the kids around. He would always point out touts, and other forms of mental states (aberrant?) typified in the horse racing environment. He knew who played odds, and could point out those who ‘read the track’. For all these approaches to gambling on whip driven horse flesh, Sgt. Major. Bob had but one characterization, that ‘they may chose the winner by accident’, but that ‘joss chose which horse it rides before the race starts’. So reading the track, in his view, would only tell you about what the feet of the horse would encounter; and examining ‘odds’ would only tell you about old, past races reduced to numbers for monkey-mind. For Sargent Major Bob, if you wanted to win at gambling, you would walk through your day, ‘tasting the Way (he was a taoist)’, and then examine the field of participants, and answer yourself in asking “if i were joss, which horse do i ride today (this now)?”.

Sargent Major Bob was very a ‘lucky’ gambler. He lived long,and retired with more money from gambling ‘winnings’, than he would ever see from his pension. He was a great proponent of harmonizing with universe. He typified the expression ‘chance favors the prepared mind’.

Which comes back to the ultimate question, no, not life, universe and everything, but rather this: if, in our understanding of universe, ‘chance’ is able to favor anything, then what are the odds?

With respect, a gift of a small noodle…

Half-Life – Episode 3

From: GitHub

 

Dearest Player,

I hope this letter finds you well. I can hear your complaint already, “Gordon Freeman, we have not heard from you in ages!” Well, if you care to hear excuses, I have plenty, the greatest of them being I’ve been in other dimensions and whatnot, unable to reach you by the usual means. This was the case until eighteen months ago, when I experienced a critical change in my circumstances, and was redeposited on these shores. In the time since, I have been able to think occasionally about how best to describe the intervening years, my years of silence. I do first apologize for the wait, and that done, hasten to finally explain (albeit briefly, quickly, and in very little detail) events following those described in my previous letter (referred to herewith as Episode 2).

To begin with, as you may recall from the closing paragraphs of my previous missive, the death of Eli Vance shook us all. The Research & Rebellion team was traumatized, unable to be sure how much of our plan might be compromised, and whether it made any sense to go on at all as we had intended. And yet, once Eli had been buried, we found the strength and courage to regroup. It was the strong belief of his brave daughter, the feisty Alyx Vance, that we should continue on as her father had wished. We had the Arctic coordinates, transmitted by Eli’s long-time assistant, Dr. Judith Mossman, which we believed to mark the location of the lost research vessel Borealis. Eli had felt strongly that the Borealis should be destroyed rather than allow it to fall into the hands of the Combine. Others on our team disagreed, believing that the Borealis might hold the secret to the revolution’s success. Either way, the arguments were moot until we found the vessel. Therefore, immediately after the service for Dr. Vance, Alyx and I boarded a helicopter and set off for the Arctic; a much larger support team, mainly militia, was to follow by separate transport.

It is still unclear to me exactly what brought down our little aircraft. The following hours spent traversing the frigid waste in a blizzard are also a jumbled blur, ill-remembered and poorly defined. The next thing I clearly recall is our final approach to the coordinates Dr. Mossman has provided, and where we expected to find the Borealis. What we found instead was a complex fortified installation, showing all the hallmarks of sinister Combine technology. It surrounded a large open field of ice. Of the Hypnos itself there was no sign…or not at first. But as we stealthily infiltrated the Combine installation, we noticed a recurent, strangely coherent auroral effect–as of a vast hologram fading in and out of view. This bizarre phenomenon initially seemed an effect caused by an immense Combine lensing system, Alyx and I soon realized that what we were actually seeing was the research vessel Borealis itself, phasing in and out of existence at the focus of the Combine devices. The aliens had erected their compound to study and seize the ship whenever it materialized. What Dr. Mossman had provided were not coordinates for where the sub was located, but instead for where it was predicted to arrive. The vessel was oscillating in and out of our reality, its pulses were gradually steadying, but there was no guarantee it would settle into place for long–or at all. We determined that we must put ourselves into position to board it at the instant it became completely physical.

At this point we were briefly detained–not captured by the Combine, as we feared at first, but by minions of our former nemesis, the conniving and duplicitous Wallace Breen. Dr. Breen was not as we had last seen him–which is to say, he was not dead. At some point, the Combine had saved out an earlier version of his consciousness, and upon his physical demise, they had imprinted the back-up personality into a biological blank resembling an enormous slug. The BreenGrub, despite occupying a position of relative power in the Combine hierarchy, seemed nervous and frightened of me in particular. Wallace did not know how his previous incarnation, the original Dr. Breen, had died. He knew only that I was responsible. Therefore the slug treated us with great caution. Still, he soon confessed (never able to keep quiet for long) that he was himself a prisoner of the Combine. He took no pleasure from his current grotesque existence, and pleaded with us to end his life. Alyx believed that a quick death was more than Wallace Breen deserved, but for my part, I felt a modicum of pity and compassion. Out of Alyx’s sight, I might have done something to hasten the slug’s demise before we proceeded.

Not far from where we had been detained by Dr. Breen, we found Judith Mossman being held in a Combine interrogation cell. Things were tense between Judith and Alyx, as might be imagined. Alyx blamed Judith for her father’s death…news of which, Judith was devastated to hear for the first time. Judith tried to convince Alyx that she had been a double agent serving the resistance all along, doing only what Eli had asked of her, even though she knew it meant she risked being seen by her peers–by all of us–as a traitor. I was convinced; Alyx less so. But from a pragmatic point of view, we depended on Dr. Mossman; for along with the Borealis coordinates, she possessed resonance keys which would be necessary to bring the vessel fully into our plane of existence.

We skirmished with Combine soldiers protecting a Combine research post, then Dr. Mossman attuned the Borealis to precisely the frequencies needed to bring it into (brief) coherence. In the short time available to us, we scrambled aboard the ship, with an unknown number of Combine agents close behind. The ship cohered for only a short time, and then its oscillations resume. It was too late for our own military support, which arrived and joined the Combine forces in battle just as we rebounded between universes, once again unmoored.

What happened next is even harder to explain. Alyx Vance, Dr. Mossman and myself sought control of the ship–its power source, its control room, its navigation center. The ships’s history proved nonlinear. Years before, during the Combine invasion, various members of an earlier science team, working in the hull of a dry-docked vessel situated at the Aperture Science Research Facility in Michigan, had assembled what they called the Bootstrap Device. If it worked as intended, it would emit a field large enough to surround the ship. This field would then itself travel instantaneously to any chosen destination without having to cover the intervening space. There was no need for entry or exit portals, or any other devices; it was entirely self-contained. Unfortunately, the device had never been tested. As the Combine pushed Earth into the Seven Hour War, the aliens seized control of our most important research facilities. The staff of the Borealis, with no other wish than to keep the ship out of Combine hands, acted in desperation. The switched on the field and flung the Borealis toward the most distant destination they could target: Arctica. What they did not realize was that the Bootstrap Device travelled in time as well as space. Nor was it limited to one time or one location. The Borealis, and the moment of its activation, were stretched across space and time, between the nearly forgotten Lake Huron of the Seven Hour War and the present day Arctic; it was pulled taut as an elastic band, vibrating, except where at certain points along its length one could find still points, like the harmonic spots along a vibrating guitar string. One of these harmonics was where we boarded, but the string ran forward and back, in both time and space, and we were soon pulled in every direction ourselves.

Time grew confused. Looking from the bridge, we could see the drydocks of Aperture Science at the moment of teleportation, just as the Combine forces closed in from land, sea and air. At the same time, we could see the Arctic wastelands, where our friends were fighting to make their way to the protean Borealis; and in addition, glimpses of other worlds, somewhere in the future perhaps, or even in the past. Alyx grew convinced we were seeing one of the Combine’s central staging areas for invading other worlds–such as our own. We meanwhile fought a running battle throughout the ship, pursued by Combine forces. We struggled to understand our situation, and to agree on our course of action. Could we alter the course of the Borealis? Should we run it aground in the Arctic, giving our peers the chance to study it? Should we destroy it with all hands aboard, our own included? It was impossible to hold a coherent thought, given the baffling and paradoxical timeloops, which passed through the ship like bubbles. I felt I was going mad, that we all were, confronting myriad versions of ourselves, in that ship that was half ghost-ship, half nightmare funhouse.

What it came down to, at last, was a choice. Judith Mossman argued, reasonably, that we should save the Borealis and deliver it to the resistance, that our intelligent peers might study and harness its power. But Alyx reminded me had sworn she would honor she father’s demand that we destroy the ship. She hatched a plan to set the Borealis to self-destruct, while riding it into the heart of the Combine’s invasion nexus. Judith and Alyx argued. Judith overpowered Alyx and brought the Borealis area, preparing to shut off the Bootstrap Device and settle the ship on the ice. Then I heard a shot, and Judith fell. Alyx had decided for all of us, or her weapon had. With Dr. Mossman dead, we were committed to the suicide plunge. Grimly, Alyx and I armed the Borealis, creating a time-travelling missile, and steered it for the heart of the Combine’s command center.

At this point, as you will no doubt be unsurprised to hear, a Certain Sinister Figure appeared, in the form of that sneering trickster, G-Man. For once he appeared not to me, but to Alyx Vance. Alyx had not seen the cryptical schoolmaster since childhood, but she recognized him, instantly. “Come along with me now, we’ve places to be and things to do,” said G-Man, and Alyx acquiesced. She followed the strange grey man out of the Borealis, out of our reality. For me, there was no convenient door held open; only a snicker and a sideways glance. I was left alone, riding the weaponized research vessel into the heart of a Combine world. An immense light blazed. I caught a cosmic view of a brilliantly glittering Dyson sphere. The vastness of the Combine’s power, the futility of our struggle, blossomed briefly in my awareness. I saw everything. Mainly I saw how the Borealis, our most powerful weapon, would register as less than a fizzling matchhead as it blew itself apart. And what remained of me would be even less than that.

Just then, as you have surely already foreseen, the Vortigaunts parted their own checkered curtains of reality, reached in as they have on prior occasions, plucked me out, and set me aside. I barely got to see the fireworks begin.

And here we are. I spoke of my return to this shore. It has been a circuitous path to lands I once knew, and surprising to see how much the terrain has changed. Enough time has passed that few remember me, or what I was saying when last I spoke, or what precisely we hoped to accomplish. At this point, the resistance will have failed or succeeded, no thanks to me. Old friends have been silenced, or fallen by the wayside. I no longer know or recognize most members of the research team, though I believe the spirit of rebellion still persists. I expect you know better than I the appropriate course of action, and I leave you to it. Expect no further correspondence from me regarding these matters; this is my final episode.

Yours in infinite finality,

Gordon Freeman, Ph.D.

Retailers are scamming AMD and Customers

From: Buck-O on Reddit

It’s something not talked about very often, but many major wholesalers sell massive lots of video cards to mining co-ops. Usually to people they know, or family members, etc. They can get the cards at much lower volume pricing, then sell them on in bulk at slightly higher than what they would sell to retail outlets, which is still below MSRP, and walk off with a huge profit. Further choking supplies, and driving up demand, so that when the cards do hit retailers, they are massively over inflated. See: RX 580 the last year.

So if you ever see a Costco rack full of the same make and model of video card and wonder how the fuck they got them in the current market…that’s how. They are getting them from somewhere you can’t.

This brings us full circle to Vega and the Radeon Packs, which have a higher cost on the card itself at wholesale, with the margin being built into the pack items, not the GPU. So they are effectively paying $499 per V64.

Based on a conversation I had today with an old friend who works at a wholeseller I used to do business with, the deal was/is depending on the number of Radeon Packs you order, you would get __ amount of stand alone Vega cards at the regular wholesale price (around $399 for V64, or ~$100 margin). That is where this nonsense about “vouchers” for “cheaper” Vega cards came from. It was all to prevent back channel sales of inventory to miners for sub-retail prices in bulk. That there would be less incentive if they had to pay MSRP through the supply chain. And keep major retailers from simply buying up as much stock as possible, to control the market pricing, as they were capped on total quantity, and then there was the pricing of the Radeon Packs to further dissuade this behavior.

So once these vendors got their inventories, and ran out of their stand alone cards, not wanting to sell the high dollar Packs, they started selling the Pack cards as stand alone, but at the same markup, which was of course $100 higher because it was a Pack card, with the higher price. Which is where this “AMD Price Bump™” bullshit came out of.

Edit: To clarify, based upon a PM I received, regarding the claim that AMD has stopped selling these cards at the wholesale price, and that the $499 MSRP is dead and gone, and part of an elaborate bait and switch, that is a game of semantics. Presently, there are no more Stand Alone GPUs left for inventory that carry that $499 MSRP. All that is left, or was left at the time that statement was made, where cards for Radeon Packs with the $599 MSRP, that were being sold as Stand Alone. So while it is technically correct that “at this time you can’t buy a Vega card that you could sell at $499”, that is because the only cards you can buy are for Radeon Packs, and come with the higher price tag. And not wanting zero margin, the tack that onto the higher price, and maybe a little extra inflation for demand.

Essentially the vendors are mad that they are being forced to pay retail card prices, on Radeon Packs, for access to loose inventory, non-bubdle stand alone GPUs, at regular wholesale pricing. So they are blaming AMD for trying to keep wholesellers honest, and jacking up the pricing anyway, creating the problem this whole ideas was supposed to avoid.

Real rock and a hard place bullshit for AMD. AIBs are pretty much going to be the only saving grace of Vega. Let’s hope GloFo and Samsung can crank the fabs up to 11 and get some chip inventory for them, otherwise it’s going to be really bad for quite a while.

Yes I think AMD should just say this themselves, and yes I think it is absurd that I had to call someone I haven’t talked to in over 3 years to get some basic information about the whole situation. Clearly AMD wants to protect some portion of the supply chain, and not call them out on it. Again, a very awkward rock and a hard place for AMD.

The Washington Post Is Running A Propaganda Campaign Against President Trump. Writers Tied To Hillary Clinton And Her Agents.

From: OrwellianChronicle 

If you ever wondered why The Washington Post was so Anti-Trump, I have a simple answer for you.. The Podesta’s. After the 2016 Presidential Election, John Podesta, the former campaign head to Hillary Clinton and former Chief Of Staff to Bill Clinton and counselor to Barack Obama, John Podesta, took a job at the Washington Post as a “Contributing Columnist”. Yeah you really can’t make this stuff up!

Rosalind S. Helderman is a political reporter over at the Washington Post, constantly writes hit pieces on Trump and other Republicans was routinely having her articles passed around the Clinton Campaign as shown in the Wikileaks Podesta Email releases . This particular article was forwarded to John Podesta and Robby Mook by Adelle P. Cruz, Legislative Correspondent for Senator Harry Reid. 

Rosalind S. Helderman routinely cleared her stories by the Clinton Campaign and had direct contact with the Clinton Foundation!!!!!  Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for Obama from 2013 to 2015 worked closely for the Clinton Campaign and regularly opines for Washington Post stories and routinely in contact with Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s close confidante and Political Strategist, who is also connected to Erik Wemple of the Washington Post. Here is an article by Erik Wemple throwing shade towards the New York Times over a story covering details of the Hillary Clinton email scandal directly citing a letter from Jennifer Palmieri.

Amber Phillips of the Washington Post also worked directly for the Clinton Campaign while also working for the Washington Post. Her email address in many of the email exchanges with John Podesta is aphillips@hillaryclinton.com 

Hillary Clinton says Jeff Stein of the Washington Post is a good friend of hers.. The connections are mind-boggling. He writes for “SpyTalk” a Washington Post blog  He also has ties to David Brock’s Media Matters and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Both of which worked directly with the Clinton Campaign. He also writes for Newsweek.

Karen DeYoung over at WaPo is used to asking for direction from John Podesta and his people

Hillary Clinton kept close tabs on The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashema who was working on a story about Dyncorp hiring “Dancing Boys” in Afghanistan while she was Secretary Of State. “Dancing Boys” are underage Afghani sex slaves. I had to do some digging to find the article in question. I do believe that she maintained a working relationship with people in the Clinton Camp, cowrote the WaPo article covering the fake news story that James Comey was pressured by President Trump to drop the Flynn probe.  Lets get a look at that memo for ourselves! Oh, we can’t because the only known copies of said memo are at the Washington Post and The New York Times, that’s totally legit right? They are very Fake News.

Robert Kagan, of Brookings Institute writes a monthly piece for The Washington Post. He is a Neoconservative that backed Hillary Clinton. He is used to writing hit pieces on President Trump.

Greg Sargent of The Washington Post was caught up in the DNC Leaks also coordinating with the Clinton Campaign 

Fareed Zakaria CNN personality and Opinion Writer for the Washington Post constantly slams President Trump, just so happens to be in bed with The Clinton Global Initiative and has even moderated discussions for them!! I’m sure he was paid handsomely for his work with the Clinton Global Initiative. George Soros was also in attendance at this event.

Ronald A. Klain is an Opinion Writer at the Washington Post. He previously worked for Joe Biden.

I’d consider it safe to assume that the abundance of Clinton connected writers and columnists at the Washington Post, which is owned by Clinton insider and political supporter Jeff Bezos has a lot to do with its current position as the key disinformation and propaganda outlet for the Democrats and The Deep State.

Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, is the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, and has extensive connections and contracts with the C.I.A. 

Lets not forget.. OBAMA QUIETLY SIGNS THE ‘COUNTERING DISINFORMATION AND PROPAGANDA ACT’ INTO LAW

Is this all starting to make sense to you? It would seem that all of the writers at the Washington Post running the propaganda campaign against President Trump are all directly connected to Hillary Clinton either directly or through one of her lap dogs.

Many of these Journalist hacks seem to move between The Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, and CNN. “Fake News” writers might change employers but continue to tow the line for the Democratic Party and the Deep State.

You cannot trust ANYTHING coming out of these people, they are far from objective and have an AGENDA and are complicit in the ongoing Deep State COUP of President Donald Trump.

They are attempting to prolong and expand the Russiagate canard, despite the fact that there is still zero evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia. This is a direct smear campaign to try to alienate President Trump’s base from him. They will stop at nothing to prevent President Trump from enacting his Pro-America agenda that he was sent to Washington to accomplish. With people like this, it will become increasingly difficult to “Drain The Swamp”. In my honest opinion I think it’s time that President Trump take the gloves off and starts hiring a new communications and press team that will actually expose the traitorous actions of The Washington Post.

I will continue to dig up as much information on these ties as I can and will expand into the New York Times and CNN as time goes on. Stay Vigilant.

U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults — A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud

American democracy has a problem — a voting problem. According to a new study of U.S. Census data, America has more registered voters than actual live voters. It’s a troubling fact that puts our nation’s future in peril.

The data come from Judicial Watch’s Election Integrity Project. The group looked at data from 2011 to 2015 produced by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, along with data from the federal Election Assistance Commission.

As reported by the National Review’s Deroy Murdock, who did some numbers-crunching of his own, “some 3.5 million more people are registered to vote in the U.S. than are alive among America’s adult citizens. Such staggering inaccuracy is an engraved invitation to voter fraud.”

Murdock counted Judicial Watch’s state-by-state tally and found that 462 U.S. counties had a registration rate exceeding 100% of all eligible voters. That’s 3.552 million people, who Murdock calls “ghost voters.” And how many people is that? There are 21 states that don’t have that many people.

Nor are these tiny, rural counties or places that don’t have the wherewithal to police their voter rolls.

California, for instance, has 11 counties with more registered voters than actual voters. Perhaps not surprisingly — it is deep-Blue State California, after all — 10 of those counties voted heavily for Hillary Clinton.

Los Angeles County, whose more than 10 million people make it the nation’s most populous county, had 12% more registered voters than live ones, some 707,475 votes. That’s a huge number of possible votes in an election.

But, Murdock notes, “California’s San Diego County earns the enchilada grande. Its 138% registration translates into 810,966 ghost voters.”

State by state, this is an enormous problem that needs to be dealt with seriously. Having so many bogus voters out there is a temptation to voter fraud. In California, where Hillary Clinton racked up a massive majority over Trump, it would have made little difference.

But in other states, and in smaller elections, voter fraud could easily turn elections. A hundred votes here, a hundred votes there, and things could be very different. As a Wikipedia list of close elections shows, since just 2000 there have been literally dozens of elections at the state, local and federal level decided by 100 votes or fewer.

And, in at least two nationally important elections in recent memory, the outcome was decided by a paper-thin margin: In 2000, President Bush beat environmental activist and former Vice President Al Gore by just 538 votes.

Sen. Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat, won his seat by beating incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008. Coleman was initially declared the winner the day after the election, with a 726-vote lead over Franken. But after a controversial series of recounts and ballot disqualifications, Franken emerged weeks later with a 225-seat victory.

Franken’s win was enormous, since it gave Democrats filibuster-proof control of the Senate. So, yes, small vote totals matter.

We’re not saying here that Franken cheated, nor, for that matter, that Bush did. But small numbers can have an enormous impact on our nation’s governance. The 3.5 million possible fraudulent ballots that exist are a problem that deserves serious immediate attention. Nothing really hinges on it, of course, except the integrity and honesty of our democratic elections.