: There are other shows. Betty's noted THE BOYS "Look, pressure does work" in passing. I'll get with her and see if she wants to cover it. If she does, I may join her in that.
: MS. MARVEL is new and airing on DISNEY+. I haven't watched yet. I'm waiting for someone I know to tell me they enjoyed it -- someone old that 9. I liked Carol Danvers in the comic books. I have no problem with a person replacing her as Ms. Marvel but I'm really not into teen dramas. Marcia was covering NATALIE regularly and noting how she hated the huge high school cast. I did too and that's why I gave up on that show after episode four. I didn't care who liked who and who wanted to date who and NATALIE trying to recreate Buffy's Scooby gang. There were too many characters and most of them were stereotyped teen characters. It bored me to death.
: I was not sad nor surprised when the show got cancelled. It had promise in that initial episode but then it became way too many characters. We had the evil ones. We had the ones helping Natalie. We had her parents. We had the US military characters. And then, on top of that, there are like eight or nine teenagers that keep popping up and wasting time each episode.
: Didn't need them, didn't want them.
: ROSWELL is also finishing out its final season on THE CW. I know that because I believe I have 2 new episodes in my cloud. :r>: So let's review: SUPERMAN AND LOIS, MOTHERLAND: FORT SALEM, ANIMAL KINDGDOM, MADE FOR LOVE, DYNASTY (returning with new episodes in July to wrap up its final season), ROSWELL, THE BOYS and MS. MARVEL.
: But I do get Braeden's point. I do prefer to come home, eat dinner, turn on the TV and watch something live -- usually call my girlfriend or a friend and watch it with them. Monday, for example, is THE NEIGHBORHOOD and I'm laughing with a friend on the phone as we watch it on CBS together.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
We now know, courtesy of a Yahoo News investigation, that through 2017 the CIA hatched various schemes either to assassinate Assange or to kidnap him in one of its illegal “extraordinary rendition” operations, so he could be permanently locked up in the US, out of public view.
We can surmise that the CIA also believed it needed to prepare the ground for such a rogue operation by bringing the public on board. According to Yahoo’s investigation, the CIA believed Assange’s seizure might require a gun battle on the streets of London.
It was at this point, it seems, that Cadwalladr and the Guardian were encouraged to add their own weight to the cause of further turning public opinion against Assange.
According to her witness statement, “a confidential source in [the] US” suggested – at the very time the CIA was mulling over these various plots – that she write about a supposed visit by Farage to Assange in the embassy. The story ran in the Guardian under the headline “When Nigel Farage met Julian Assange.”
In the article, Cadwalladr offers a strong hint as to who had been treating her as a confidant: the one source mentioned in the piece is “a highly placed contact with links to US intelligence”. In other words, the CIA almost certainly fed her the agency’s angle on the story.
In the piece, Cadwalladr threads together her and the CIA’s claims of “a political alignment between WikiLeaks’ ideology, UKIP’s ideology and Trump’s ideology”. Behind the scenes, she suggests, was the hidden hand of the Kremlin, guiding them all in a malign plot to fatally undermine British democracy.
She quotes her “highly placed contact” claiming that Farage and Assange’s alleged face-to-face meeting was necessary to pass information of their nefarious plot “in ways and places that cannot be monitored”.
Except of course, as her “highly placed contact” knew – and as we now know, thanks to exposes by the Grayzone website – that was a lie. In tandem with its plot to kill or kidnap Assange, the CIA illegally installed cameras inside, as well as outside, the embassy. His every move in the embassy was monitored – even in the toilet block.
The reality was that the CIA was bugging and videoing Assange’s every conversation in the embassy, even the face-to-face ones. If the CIA actually had a recording of Assange and Farage meeting and discussing a Kremlin-inspired plot, it would have found a way to make it public by now.
Far more plausible is what Farage and WikiLeaks say: that such a meeting never happened. Farage visited the embassy to try to interview Assange for his LBC radio show but was denied access. That can be easily confirmed because by then the Ecuadorian embassy was allying with the US and refusing Assange any contact with visitors apart from his lawyers.
Eight months later, Sadr seems to be walking away from the government-formation process, throwing Iraqi politics into uncertain terrain.
What’s his end game? Our interviews with senior figures within Sadr’s group suggest he may now focus on leading protests against political opponents. The protest space is where Sadr has been uniquely powerful as the leader of one of the largest Islamist movements in the region, organized around his personal authority as a charismatic, religious figurehead.
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