by Eric Zuesse
On November 7th, a Morning Consult and Politico poll of early voters showed Donald Trump to be overwhelmingly viewed by early voters as being the more dangerous of the two major-Party candidates. The mega-corporation Alphabet, formerly known as Google, deserves a lot of the credit for that result, on candidate Hillary Clinton’s behalf — against, first, Bernie Sanders, and, now, Mr. Trump.
Eric Schmidt, the billionaire Chairman and top executive of Alphabet Corporation, has been behind the scenes working for her campaign all along, and will be beyond being the most powerful person in the world (which he already was) if she wins.
On 1 February 2016, FORTUNE bannered, “Google’s Parent Seizes Apple’s Crown As Most Valuable U.S. Company”, and that understated the reality: it’s been actually the entire world’s most valuable company ever since that time (and not merely the “Most Valuable U.S. Company”).
Schmidt detailed in the recently wikileaked 2014 email to Hillary’s campaign, the means for winning both the nomination and the ultimate victory. It was an email to Hillary Clinton’s aide Cheryl Mills, dated 15 April 2014, and was promptly forwarded by her to John Podesta, Hillary’s campaign manager.
Here is just the opening of it, to indicate the types of matters it addressed:
1. Size, Structure and Timing Lets assume a total budget of about $1.5Billion, with more than 5000 paid employees and million(s) of volunteers. The entire startup ceases operation four days after November 8, 2016. The structure includes a Chairman or Chairwoman who is the external face of the campaign and a President who is the executive in charge of objectives, measurements, systems and building and managing the organization. Every day matters as our end date does not change. An official campaign right after midterm elections and a preparatory team assembled now is best.
2. Location The campaign headquarters will have about a thousand people, mostly young and hardworking and enthusiastic. Its important to have a very large hiring pool (such as Chicago or NYC) from which to choose enthusiastic, smart and low paid permanent employees. DC is a poor choice as its full of distractions and interruptions. Moving the location from DC elsewhere guarantees visitors have taken the time to travel and to help. The key is a large population of talented people who are dying to work for you. Any outer borough of NYC, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston are all good examples of a large, blue state city to base in. Employees will relocate to participate in the campaign, and will find low cost temporary housing or live with campaign supporters on a donated basis. This worked well in Chicago and can work elsewhere. The computers will be in the cloud and most likely on Amazon Web services (AWS). All the campaign needs are portable computers, tablets and smart phones along with credit card readers.
3. The pieces of a Campaign a) The Field Its important to have strong field leadership, with autonomy and empowerment. Operations talent needs to build the offices, set up the systems, hire the people, and administer what is about 5000 people. Initial modeling will show heavy hiring in the key battleground states. There is plenty of time to set these functions up and build the human systems. The field is about organizing people, voter contact, and get out the vote programs.
Then, for example, there’s this:
Partners like Blue State Digital will do much of the fund raising. A key point is to convert BSD and other partners to pure cloud service offerings to handle the expected crush and load. d) Media (paid), (earned) and (social), and polling New tools should be developed to measure reach and impact of paid, earned and social media. The impact of press coverage should be measurable in reach and impact, and TV effectiveness measured by attention and other surveys. Build tools that measure the rate and spread of stories and rumors, and model how it works and who has the biggest impact. Tools can tell us about the origin of stories and the impact of any venue, person or theme.
In the case where we can’t identify the specific human, we can still have a partial digital voter id, for a person or “probable-person” with attributes that we can identify and use to target. As they respond we can eventually match to a registered voter in the main file. This digital key is eventually matched to a real person.
It’s focused on controlling the outcome regardless of the actual merits of the competing candidates; and Schmidt was an ultimate insider in his knowledge of what companies Podesta should select to carry out the various parts of this operation. (Of course, those companies will then be in a privileged position, alongside Alphabet, serving a Clinton Administration.)
Schmidt also was proving to Hillary that in his work for her he was entirely objective in her interests, such as by his recommending Amazon, his big cloud-computing competitor, instead of Alphabet’s own cloud-computing service. This is a bipartisan operation, for her, against any and all other candidates.
Schmidt also was crucially involved in helping in 2011 to plan the coup in Ukraine that Hillary’s State Department was then working on, and which culminated successfully in February 2014. (Here’s Hillary’s protégé Victoria Nuland overseeing the operation and selecting on 4 February 2014 who would be leading the country after the coup: “Yats”.) This ‘democratic revolution’ “featured civic self-organization aided by the use of Internet-based social media, neighborhood initiatives, and online news sites”, and this online operation (directed mainly at rallying Ukraine’s anti-Russians, called ‘pro-EU’ people) fits precisely the “tech camps” that started inside the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine on 1 March 2013, after Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt and Google’s and the U.S. State Department’s Jared Cohen, had deceived wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange into informing them, on 23 June 2011, how to foment massive public demonstrations online. As planned (and, of course, Assange had no fore-knowledge of any of this), the coup ended in a very bloody ‘false-flag’ operation on 20 February 2014, in which Right Sector paramilitaries who had been trained by the rabidly anti-Russian racist Dmitriy Yarosh, and who were dressed as state-security police, shot down upon the crowd and murdered both regular policemen and the protesters, so that the bloodshed would be blamed on the man Obama was trying to oust, the democratically elected President, Viktor Yanukovych (who was lots more popular among Ukrainians than any of the subsequent top leaders of Ukraine have been).
Then these Right Sector mercenaries massacred an untold number of Crimeans who had been peacefully demonstrating there in Kiev against the anti-government (called ‘Maidan’) demonstrators, and who fled back into their eight buses that had taken them there from Crimea, back now to Crimea. Yarosh’s people blocked the buses at the town of Korsun and murdered some and injured others. This terrified the people in Crimea, which had voted 75% for the very person that the Obama Administration had just overthrown. That massacre was a key precipitating-event for the plebiscite that was then held in Crimea on 16 March 2014, at which over 90% of the residents voted for Crimea to rejoin with Russia, of which it had been a part until the Soviet dictator in 1954 arbitrarily transferred Crimea to Ukraine.
Right Sector thugs (now in plain clothes) were also behind the subsequent 2 May 2014 massacre of the new regime’s peacefully demonstrating opponents inside the Trade Unions Building in Odessa — the event that sparked the breakaway of yet another region of Ukraine: Donbass.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama wanted to control Ukraine because it has the longest border with Russia of any European country and would be ideal for placing missiles aimed at Moscow just a five minutes flight-time away. This was part of a plan that was started actually by U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush on the night of 24 February 1990 and which both Bill Clinton and Bush’s son advanced, as did Obama and as will Hillary — presumably to the plan’s ultimate conclusion, war against Russia.
It’s a massive, decades-long, team-effort, on the part of America’s billionaires and their allied billionaires around the world; and, if Clinton wins, then it will be culminated. Eric Schmidt is key to her success in it, and will probably benefit hugely from it, if the conquest can be carried out by non-nuclear means or by ‘bluffing’ (which, of course, is being carefully gamed-out). But, just in case it goes nuclear, the people who are on the inside have already invested in nuclear bunkers for themselves and their friends and their friends’ friends. They are prepared for the worst, but hope for the best (for themselves, at least).
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
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Just as the British people sang “Ding dong the witch is dead” at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, so may the American people sing it at the demise of Hillary’s ‘political funeral’………Good riddance.
Just what I was humming on my way to work this morning! “Ding dong the witch is dead” 🙂 🙂 I haven’t felt this good since…erm…Britain’s equally repulsive neo-liberal witch Thatcher died 🙂 🙂 Now hear ye, hear ye: Hillary Clinton’s political career is OVER. Think Kool and Gang folks! “Celebration time oh yeah!” –
The author’s theory appears to require a certain belief that a degree of power resides with the actors in charge and that they represent different agendas. I doubt Mr Schmidt has any loyalty other than to himself, as all who appeared to represent Mrs Clinton’s interests. Power and riches transcend all, the players may change but the intent remains. It seems their is but one constant, deception.
The intent to deceive is already of a mind deceived.
One can use deceit to hide from, evade, escape and camouflage or pass off as someone else – as to mask a hate or power agenda in forms of peace deals, trade deals or humanitarian aid or philanthropy – but more deviously in proxies and patsies set up or set off in such ways as to serve a hidden agenda against the very people who may be induced to bankrupt or waste themselves in futile conflicts – fund-raise or donate into false or captured charitable trusts operating as assets of fronts for corporate agenda.
In Big-Power game terms, deceit is controlling the narrative – the perceptions and limited thinking processes allowed to run without undue penalty. But in each our own lives, we also tend to run ‘the judge’ as a private agenda of self-seeking – albeit amidst the checks and entanglements of sense of limitation.
I suggest the intent to manipulate and deceive hollows out the mind of Soul-awareness or open presence in exchange for possession by the corruption of personal power.
The will to possess is the back door to being possessed. So a deceiving intent operates in place of a true witness.
The idea of being upstream in the ability to define, predict and control seems alluring – and initially may advertise itself as ‘do no evil’ – but the self-denials of our own hates and fears rise in the world as ‘evils’ that must be opposed or denied – and thus the ‘evils’ embraced and engaged in are ‘justified’ by some sort of fear agenda which includes humiliation and shame in ‘loss’ of the ‘power’ one has sacrificed to.
BTW if voting is a riggable as seems to be reported – those insiders with such ability may work – ‘upstream’ to any other kind of outer ring in the circus of pay for play. There is the trick of supporting both sides of any opportunity to divide so as to squeeze the middle into fear-polarized reactive identity.
In all of this – look much more intimately at the working of our own mind, our thinking, feelings, beliefs ad reactions. Only in a true vigilance can sanity be had, lived and shared. The takeover of the currency of our thinking is reflected in the takeover of currencies of our financial matrix.
Hi again. Off-topic. What books would you recommend and why? Thank you. Also could you post the link to your blog again?
I don’t mean to be evasive here but finding and being found in sources of information or reflection that open perspective in the participant, of an integration of understanding and experience, is the very nature of our life unfolding.
You are the book!
Here we are on the same page.
I feel my life holds a desire of bridging between the awareness of being that simply is – and the narrative layer of self and relation that passes off as true – which may be called ‘our reality-experience’, rising from a template of patterns of definition, identity and response – that by nature of their function are largely hidden and defended against exposure by the identification in what such a ‘mind’ is intended to provide, enable or protect against.
My sense is that the sense of identity which is adapted within its ‘reality-experience’ never really questions it – even amidst extremity of suffering – because we cannot question the self or reality made by belief – including belief in powerlessness, worthlessness and invalidity or dissonance of being – EXCEPT from a fresh perspective that the mind ‘lets’ into or allows to come in and through from a fresh, and indeed direct, source.
Yes we can seek to cover over such sense of self with self-inflations, assertions and deceits seeking validation – in an ever shifting power struggle of comparative ‘worth’ and ‘position’ – so as to arrive at powerlessness, a worthlessness and sense of invalidity in ever revolting cycles of seeming victories in vain hope that attacking a lie or hate seen in others will ‘correct’ them and validate an exclusive sense of self in ‘power’ of victory over, or of capacity to undermine and oppose as defiance embodying power of opposition.
I had my own opening into conscious awareness of what had been ‘unconscious’ and of subconscious learned patterns of denial – that solidify and protect an identifiction that was none the less my personality structure through which and with which to share in the reality-experience of humanity as uncovering of expanded perspective or embrace. All through my life have books, events, relationships and communications found resonance and synchronicity with inner recognition, acceptance and appreciation.
The ‘need to know’ basis operates as a natural function of mind – along the lines of active desire. Desire and need-fulfilled are not two – but a ‘need to not know’ operates the habit of a sense of protection in denial or exclusion – and the surface ‘self’ can say it does not want to be lied to – yet operate an underlying pattern that actively ensures the lie persists – because the illusion is considered the lesser evil.
There are many ‘mansions’ or dimensionalities of perspective within the human experience and we each have unique configurations of reintegration within a whole that is forgotten within a fragmented experience of wholeness unrecognized, wished for and ‘made real’ to the mind of such intent.
The mind of ‘thinking about’ can supply endless ‘answers’ and refutations in persistence of ‘why?’ to any answer.
But ‘thinking about’ operates a narrative upon a movement of felt being – whether it remains aware of its dependency or believes it has become a power unto itself through mutual reinforcement of thought-distortions that induce a segregated sense of separateness, conflict, threat and control, within a definitional structure of time and space. Perhaps a quantum leap here – because the presumption of the past as the template for the future is the ‘unquestioned mind’ and the control of narrative ‘history’ is the setting of a past by which the present is defined – (and lost to presence). Where does control come from but asking and receiving? But the illusion of personal power of control is not one’s innate balancing sense of being – so much as an imposition from outside by a sense of power over life, others and world. One cannot judge but be judged in the same measure. This ‘power over life’ operates both ways – but who sees they suffer at their own hand?
I seem to be writing a book here. I feel there is a Wave of a Shifted consciousness that is a rising tide lifting all boats – as a fresh and expanded ‘paradigm’ – and tuning into this ‘channel’ is participating in its unfolding the human perspective in new ways – though in some sense in a restoring and reclaiming of what always was and had been covered over – but always anew. The experience of exposure without an active participation in healing, is associated with ‘much wailing and gnashing of teeth’, albeit expressing modern sensibilities. Whatever is ‘going on’ we each experience it through the filters and distortions of our current beliefs. I haven’t a desire to control the narrative – though I have a feel for balance within wholeness of being – but I have a desire that the Feeling of being finds the willingness of any who no longer want an out-of-control sense of world and self.
Unlike an ideology, the true Feeling of your being is simply the recognition of who you know yourself to be. If this is not who you are living – why not? I don’t say that in reprimand – but simple curiosity that can find alignment in simple answer lived – rather than ‘thunk-about’ in rehearsal.
This seems to be an off-topic on off-guardian.
😉 yes the question I was asked was OT. I still feel that that mind-control of false framing is THE TOPIC beneath all apparent conflicts – so I don’t feel off topic in pointing that the tool we presume to USE operates as a tool by which we are USED. Google operates an outsourcing of mind for us in exchange for upstream access to micro and macro data that they have developed software to interpret and use as political and corporate leverage.
However, it could be said that despite all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, such media surveillance and control has not as of yet ‘won’ them the campaign – unless of course, like so many things, the agenda operates a subtler deceit. What is historically assigned to human error may in fact often be by design. But in any case, whatever happens will be looked at in terms of its opportunity to serve the purpose in hand. Not because one is all powerful, but because a highly disciplined purpose operates upstream from a fragmented and dissociated conflicted sense of reaction.
So likewise I look to appreciate everything within the active purpose that I accept true of me – which is not a sense of getting life by domination or protecting it as hostage to ‘control.
A grounded joy is vigilant to dissonance – but a reactive ad conditional ‘joy in victory’ is where vigilance is often lost to self-inflation and a genuine movement captured and subverted by clever tricksters.
Well…erm….the GREAT NEWS is that Trump won 276 to 218! Horrah! No 8 years of that neo-con witch Clinton 🙂 Sooooo happy 🙂
The doomsday clock just went back by a good 10 minutes!
Your cynical sarcasm is noted. As for myself I’m enjoying a most palpable feeling in the air today, i.e. a quite gutted feeling from all the neocons of HRCs pre-picked war cabinet. They’re shell shocked at their loss right now and I’m lovin’ it 🙂
What’s more Trump beats Clinton–despite a shitstorm of nonstop pundit predictions in the entire media establishment of Clinton victory assured by an 80-90% certainty. Even St Clair at CounterPunch predicted Clintons victory, and is now like the other know-it-alls eating crow, oh yeah! In yo’ face, big disgrace 🙂 🙂
The one thing you(we) can all be sure of, is, The Neocons will go away, regroup, and start working out another way to have another go at dominating the Presidency…. There people are like vampires. The only thing that will stop them is a wooden stake through the heart.
Maybe Trump will round them up, and put them in Gitmo, and throw the key away….
The secret vote is always to protect the conflict – hence the shifting ‘sides’ in a game of hate.
St. Clair bans me from CounterPunch.
Is that literally true? You are banned? Or just ignored?
Banned is what he told me.
Good grief. Did he say why?
Somehow, he assumed that I had low regard for Alexander Cockburn, and at that moment he told me that anything I email him will go straight into his spam. I was never influenced one way or the other by Cockburn’s writing, and I paid no particular attention to him or his writing; so, Cockburn certainly wasn’t someone for whom I had a low regard, nor a high regard, and I have no idea of why St. Clair came to that false conclusion and immediately cut me off from any further submissions to counterpunch. St. Clair didn’t even allow me to tell him that his assumption was false. I tried, but I suppose it just ended up in his spam folder.
That seems like very irrational – not to say dictatorial – behaviour. Counterpunch is morphing into a very odd outfit
Google got startup money from an outfit called ‘In-Q-Tel,’ which is the venture capital arm of the CIA.
OMG! Thank god there is a plan! Tubularsock was so worried that there was no plan in place!
Now with “THE PLAN”, order will prevail …… if there is anyone left.