the season finale of dynasty

the season finale of 'dynasty' aired friday night on 'the cw.'

amanda found fallon at fallon's office with no booze left. she tells amanda that her marriage is over.  and that she's out of booze.  she heads over to ava's desk for some backup booze and finds liam's book.  she opens it and there are all these notes that ava's made in it as well as the photo of ava and liam at the event where he won the award for his investigative journalism.

she and amanda realize that ava has been plotting.  they do research and find out that ava stalked a married college professor and that she had changed her name.

fallon runs to liam with 'proof' - despite amanda's cautionary advice.  liam notes that he's used three different names and that all fallon's really telling him is that ava had a crush on a professor.

at another meet-up, he tells her he can't believe that she threw a coffee mug at ava (as ava told him).  she tells him ava is lying but he doesn't believe her and, oh, he has seen a divorce lawyer that morning and it's over.

fallon's an idiot.  that she thought ava plotting against them would excuse her own blowing off of liam repeatedly or her having sex with her old college roommate?  what an idiot.

later she catches ava in the office and ava sees that fallon has ava's copy of liam's book.  fallon calls it ava's 'love mainfesto written in the margins of my husband's book.'

to the tune of that waful song 'cherry bomb' (really, it wasn't a good song in real time, it's not a good 1 today - it was pud teasing by old men fronting young girls), fallon charges at her and the 2 get into a fight.

we're supposed to be in awe.  we're supposed to cheer it on like the original show's fights between alexis and krystal.

no, it's not the same.

this is work place violence.  fallon is the boss and she starts a fight with an employee.  it's not the same dynamic.

brady tells alexis he just wants to divorce dominique and take his 1/2 of her money.  she tells him, no, they're going through with their plan.  dominique must be publicly humiliated.  he must propose to her and then leave her at the alter.  that's what she deserves after all she's done, alexis insists.  alexis is mad at dominique for siding with blake on the mansion and so much more.

she tells brady, they are going through with the plan and he has to convince dominique.

'you know how to woo don't you?' she asks him.

she moves in to kiss him and he's ready for it but she pulls away.

'see how easy that is,' she tells him.

jeff is off his meds and dominique is worried about him.  she begs her son to go to the doctor with her and get back on his medication.  he's convinced brady is going to hurt her.  he handcuffs her to his metal bookcase and leaves.  michael finds her and they head off to blake's campaign event to try to find jeff who dominique notes is carrying a gun.

robert larson is the doctor adam fired this season at the hospital.  adam then took his work on memory loss medication and used it for a stury on age prevention.  it's now expected to make millions.  he showed back up recently because amanda and adam are at war and amanda wanted to know what went down.  thanks to amanda, he got the paperwork for the work he had done.

this episode he tells adam he wants five million dollars or he is exposing adam.  adam insists he doesn't have that kind of money  but then adam goes to alexis and tells her about the medication that can stop aging and how he needs five million from her so she can be a partner.

she agrees.

she then heads for blake's gala.  robert shows up to claim the money.  adam and he speak on the balconey.  adam gives him the check.  then robert informs him that's not enough.  he wants more money or he's going to the authorities.  adam's looking at robert and looking at the steep fall behind robert.

adam shows up at the gala.  he and alexis are talking when the police bust in.  robert larson's dead and they're at the event to arrest some 1.  who?  alexis.  a witness reports seeing a man and a woman on her balconey arguing before robert plunged to his death.

as alexis begs adam to do something, she's led away in handcuffs and he stops looking concerned as soon as every 1 is gone.

liam shows up at the event and stands next to fallon.  he tells her she was right about ava.  they're going to try to fix their marriage.

beto, crystal's brother, shows up at the event.  he wants crytstal to turn over their father's business to him.  she refused earlier.  he's vowed revenge.

alexis is locked behind bars - wearing a red dress that looks like 1 joan collins' alexis wore years before.

ava makes a hard pass at liam.  he realizes she was trying to break him and fallon up and tells ava this is goodbye.

jeff approaches brady on the street outside the event.  jeff tells him that he's been tracking him with gps.  and accuses him of trying to steal his space plan.  then he pulls a gun on brady.  michael shows up and knocks jeff to the ground.  brady runs off and michael tries to get jeff to go to the doctor.  'i should have known, you're in on this too,' jeff declares aiming the gun at michael.

ava shows up at the event.  she's got a gun too.

so does beto.

they both pull their guns. while outside jeff aims his gun at michael.  

we hear a gunshot.

beto runs.  ava is grabbed by security.

fallon is shot near the hips judging by the blood.

ava's grinning as she's pulled away by security.

i'm sorry am i supposed to care?

fallon's going to live.  the worst is we'll find out she was pregnant and she lost the child.

she's been a total bitch this year and the audience wanted her and liam together and saw that happen only to see fallon treat liam like s**t over and over.  i don't think we're going to fret or worry about fallon until the new season.

i think she's more than exhausted our good will at this point.

here's 'the gay gaston.'

let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

Friday, October 1, 2021.  Iraqis take to the streets as The October Revolution continues while in the US the war on journalism, freedom of speech and the First Amendment gets very little attention.

The war on Iraq has led to many other wars.  Julian Assange is part of that war.  WIKILEAKS published truths about Iraq that the US government didn't want known, that the US government had lied about.  Monday April 5, 2010, WIKILEAKS released US military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two REUTERS journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh.  Lies is what the US government had served up for ten years -- they lied to the American people, to REUTERS, to the whole world.  Tell the truth and watch them go after you.  It's appalling.  And now we've learned that the CIA plotted to kidnap Julian Assange and to assassinate him and that's appalling.  

Ed Snowdem Tweets:

BIG: On Sunday, a new report claimed the US secretly considered killing Julian Assange, and laid criminal charges against him primarily to "legalize" a kidnap operation. Now the former CIA Director who pushed the scheme has—in a failed damage control effort—confirmed it is true.

And he's linking to Michael Isikoff's Tweet:

Says the ACLU's : Pompeo “just verified the truth of the story. Because the only reason to prosecute someone is that they revealed legitimate classified information."

Jeffrey St. Clair (COUNTERPUNCH) explains:

The news that the Trump inner circle considered assassinating Julian Assange came as a shock to MAGA land, but not to anyone else who’d been paying the slightest attention to Trump’s hand-picked CIA director Mike Pompeo, who had publicly declared Wikileaks, and its founder, “a non-state hostile intelligence service.” As reported last week by Yahoo News, in the spring of 2017, just a few months after taking office, Trump himself asked the CIA to develop plans for whacking Assange. He demanded several options to choose from.  And the CIA promptly complied, developing several “sketches” for extracting Assange from the Ecuadoran embassy in London and disposing of the irksome journalist.

Of course, Trump had spent much of the previous year singing the praises of the Australian muckraker, as Wikileaks posted troves of damning emails and documents from the DNC and HRC’s campaign itself, disclosures which may have tipped the election to Trump. These campaign-stump encomiums to Assange by Trump led many of Assange’s supporters to believe that Trump might pardon Assange. But loyalty is fleeting in Trump World and it now seems likely that if Trump had pardoned Assange it would have been as the prelude to a hit.

Even though Obama’s crackdowns on whistleblowers rivaled Nixon’s in their ferocity, he backed off from indicting Assange, even after the DNC hacks, perhaps fearing that it might have left a permanent blemish on his record. Whether he, too, secretly contemplated covert actions against Assange is not yet known. Though both Hillary and Democratic Party insiders like Bob Beckel openly mused about droning both Assange and Edward Snowden.

Trump, however, showed no such fussiness or hesitancy.  Within weeks of Trump’s inauguration, the CIA’s new leadership team of Pompeo and “Bloody” Gina Haspel were plotting new ways to covertly disrupt Wikileaks. These efforts intensified after Wikileaks announced that it had acquired a huge set of files containing the CIA’s own hacking tools, which it had dubbed Vault 7.

One of the problems for Trump and Pompeo faced was that federal law would have required a presidential finding in order to initiate any kind of action against Assange and they preferred to go after him without leaving any documentary trail. Pompeo’s devious solution was to declare Wikileaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service,” a classification that magically turned Assange and Wikileaks from a “target of collection to a target of disruption,” without any inconvenient oversight from the congressional intelligence committees.

By summer it seems the assassination option had been supplanted by a rendition scheme, where Assange would be abducted from the Ecuadoran embassy, transferred to a third party, and then taken to the United States for interrogation and eventual trial. The problem was that Assange had not been indicted by the Justice Department and his kidnapping would likely endanger any future trial. As a consequence, Pompeo and Trump urged Jeff Sessions to expedite filing charges against Assange, which the Justice Department secretly did a few months later. As the weeks ticked by, Pompeo even considered renditioning Assange to a CIA black site, where he would receive the customary treatment of torture, interrogation, and perhaps even elimination.

The CIA’s obsession with Assange showed distinct signs of collective paranoia and its plans for neutralizing him quickly devolved from the sinister to the absurd, including bizarre scenarios involving car crashes and gun battles with Russian agents on the streets of London, all of this being spun out while the Congress, the FBI and a Special Prosecutor were probing the ties between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks. Sharper than a serpent’s tooth is the ingratitude of a potentate on the ropes.

Naturally, the explosive Yahoo report has received almost no attention in the mainstream US press. Even after the revelations of the Church Report, the fact that the CIA continues to kill people (or contract out their killing) remains a forbidden topic. George Carlin’s old routine about the 7 dirty words you can’t say on TV, left out the dirtiest word of all: assassination.

There are, of course, other, quieter ways to kill and Biden, no less eager to claim Assange’s head than Trump, seems to have settled on a more insidious method: allowing Assange to waste away in the dark chambers of a prison, whether in Belmarsh, where he is now confined, or, if extradited, in some even more austere Supermax in the American outback.

It's outrageous.

What's also outrageous is that outlets largely ignore the news and that certain outlets, WSWS being one, when they cover the story leave it at that.  They ignore the targeting of Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, the move to strip them of their rights by insisting they weren't journalists, they were "information brokers."  The US government plotted against journalists.  The US government declared war on journalism and on the First Amendment.  That's a big story.

Jimmy Dore speaks with Glenn Greenwald in the video below.

Jimmy highlights one of Mike Pompeo's embarrassing public appearances in the video above.  Caitlin Johnstone offers this analysis of Pompeo:

Mike Pompeo is a literal psychopath. He chuckles about lying, cheating and stealing with the CIA. He defends murderous sanctions and openly admits to using them to foment civil war in empire-targeted nations. He defends assassination. He strongly implied the US would interfere in UK politics if Jeremy Corbyn became Prime Minister. And yet somehow he escaped the Trump administration the mass media so despised with nary a scratch of media criticism on him.

This is because Mike Pompeo, as full of centipedes and demon spawn as his enormous head may be, is highly representative of the mainstream US power establishment. He is the embodiment of the empire’s values. He’s just one of its less-subtle representatives.

Moving to the topic of 'helping,'  many rightly condemn the International Money Fund.  Some insist, however, thta it helps struggling countries.  Sarah Lazare (IN THESE TIMES) covers reality:

Loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been widely criticized for saddling poor, desperate cash-strapped countries with debt, while requiring a host of damaging reforms as a condition, from the gutting of public health systems to the imposition of austerity measures. 

But on top of the debt principal itself, and the interest rates countries must pay on that principal, there is a lesser-known — yet deeply pernicious — cost that is tacked on for those countries most in need: surcharges.

Surcharges are extra fees that are imposed on borrowing countries on top of all the other costs, ostensibly to incentivize countries to pay back their debts more quickly, and to protect the finances of the IMF. But according to a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), a left-leaning think tank, these fees are predatory and punishing, imposing devastating costs on countries that — by definition — are most desperate for funds.

Despite raking enough money each year to make every Iraqi -- all forty million according to the CIA estimate (Iraq's not had a population census in decades) -- a millionaire many times over, Iraq went begging to the IMF.  Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali a-Sistani warned against doing that.  

As elections approach, al-Sistani has been urging Iraqis to participate in the upcoming elections.  THE NEW ARAB looks at the issue of women's quotas:

 As Iraq gears up for the approaching elections, one of the most noticeable developments is the fierce competition growing over the women's quota. Women have been allocated one out of the three parliamentary seats in every electoral district, and the fight is on to win these seats, especially in the north and west of the country, a region bearing the scars of the "War on Terror" and which has yet to see a return to stability.

According to the new election law in Iraq, the women's quota will ensure that the number of female MPs (83) will equal the number of electoral districts in the next parliament.

According to the Iraqi electoral commission, there are over 900 female candidates out of a total number of around 3,500 for the elections due to take place in October. Among the candidates are dozens of women who will be competing for seats in Anbar, Nineveh, Saladin, Kirkuk, Diyala, Baghdad and Babel. This will be the fifth parliamentary election since the American invasion in 2003.

Iraq's elections typically have some violence around them.  Dler S. Mohammed (KURDISTAN 24) reports on one measure being taken with the hope of tamping down on any violence:

The Supreme Security Committee for Elections in Iraq announced on Wednesday that all of Iraq’s airports and border crossings will be closed for three days during the October 10 parliamentary elections. 

“All Iraq’s airports, border gates will be closed for three days, starting October 9 until the morning of October 11,” Brigadier Ghaleb al-Attiyah, the committee’s spokesperson, told the Iraqi News Agency. 

In addition to these closures, al-Attiyah also said that the movement of vehicles between Iraqi provinces will also be limited and the use of motorbikes inside the cities will be prohibited. 

“The movement of vehicles inside the cities will be allowed during those three days to facilitate the movement of the voters between their homes and the polling centers,” he said. “Special procedures have also been taken to help the disabled people vote.” 

Al-Attiyah said that the security committee is prepared for election day and emphasized that it has reviewed all possible security challenges it might face. 

Security?  No security measures protected the protesters who are part of The October Revolution.  In fact, security forces are the ones who harassed them, who stalked them, who injured them and who killed them.  That's reality.  Another reality?  Not one person has gone to prison for any of that, not even for murdering the civilian protesters.  Layal Shakir (RUDAW) reports:

Hundreds of Iraqis demanded justice for demonstrators killed during the 2019 October (Tishreen) protests at a rally in Baghdad on Friday, the second anniversary of the protest movement and just over a week ahead of parliamentary elections. 

“This is my son. He went after his rights, his country … he was killed,” Muhamad al-Zubaidi, carrying a photo of his son, told Rudaw’s Dildar Harki.

The Tishreen protests condemned state corruption, failing public services, and high unemployment. They lasted several months and were met with violence and repression from state forces and militias backed by Iran that left at least 600 dead and thousands wounded. 

The protests forced the resignation of Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, reforms to the electoral law, and the October 10 parliamentary election that is taking place a year ahead of schedule. Abdul-Mahdi’s replacement Mustafa al-Kadhimi vowed to bring to justice those responsible for killing protesters and activists, but few arrests have been made.

The Opposition Forces Gathering, an umbrella group that was birthed from the Tishreen protests, called Iraqis to return to the streets for the anniversary.

Young protesters paraded around the square, carrying the Iraqi flag and chanting, “Ten die, a hundred die, we insist on the cause.”

Though the elections were a protest demand, many on Friday were calling for a boycott, carrying posters that read “Voting for the same people will turn the country into a slaughterhouse” and “Do not vote for those who killed me.”

ESTE Tweets:

Hundreds of Iraqis rally to mark protests anniversary #Esta #Iraq #IraqElections

On the anniversary of the October 2019 protests, known in Iraq as the "October Revolution," thousands gathered in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.

Iraqis marked two years since the anti-government Tishreen protests rocked Baghdad, nine days before the elections. Camera: Sabah Arar/AFP #Iraq

The early elections have only been scheduled because of the brave protesters. The October Revolution  kicked off protests in the fall of 2019 and forced the prime minister to step down and early elections to be announced.  As ARAB WEEKLY notes, "Tens of thousands of Iraqi youths took to the streets to decry rampant corruption, poor services and unemployment. Hundreds died as security forces used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse crowds."  This is what forced the resignation of one prime minister and has led to national elections which are supposed to take place October 10th.  (Members of the Iraqi military will vote October 8thTwo election simulations have been carried out by the IEC and the third and final one will take place September 22nd.)    that the candidates for Parliament include 951 women ("close to 30% of the total number of candidates") who are running for the 329 seats.  Halgurd Sherwani (KURDISTAN 24) has reported Jeanine Hannis-Plasschaert, the Special Representiative in Iraq to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, declared that Iraq's "Female candidates face increasing levels of hate speech, violence, and blackmail intended to force them to withdraw their candidacy." 

Sinan Mahmoud (THE NATIONAL) counts 3,249 people in all seeking seats in Parliament  BROOKINGS notes this is a huge drop from 2018 when 7,178 candidates ran for office.   RUDAW is among those noting perceived voter apathy, "Turnout for Iraq’s October 10 parliamentary election is expected to be a record low, with a recent poll predicting just 29 percent of eligible voters will cast ballots." Human Rights Watch has identified another factor which may impact voter turnout, "People with disabilities in Iraq are facing significant obstacles to participating in upcoming parliamentary elections on October 10, 2021, due to discriminatory legislation and inaccessible polling places, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Without urgent changes, hundreds of thousands of people may not be able to vote.  The 36-page report, “‘No One Represents Us’: Lack of Access to Political Participation for People with Disabilities in Iraq,” documents that Iraqi authorities have failed to secure electoral rights for Iraqis with disabilities. People with disabilities are often effectively denied their right to vote due to discriminatory legislation and inaccessible polling places and significant legislative and political obstacles to running for office."  And Human Rights Watch Tweets:

“Every election day is the most depressing day for me,” said Suha Khalil, 44, who uses a wheelchair said she has never participated in an election. “Everyone goes to vote and I am stuck at home waiting for the day to end.” #IraqElection Take action: bddy.me/3optQAG

Another obstacle is getting the word out on a campaign.  Political posters are being torn down throughout Iraq.  Halgurd Sherwani  (KURDiSTAN 24) observes, "Under Article 35 of the election law, anyone caught ripping apart or vandalizing an electoral candidate's billboard could be punished with imprisonment for at least a month but no longer than a year, Joumana Ghalad, the spokesperson for the Iraqi Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), told a press conference on Wednesday."  And there's also the battles in getting out word of your campaign online.  THE NEW ARAB reported weeks ago, "Facebook is restricting advertisements for Iraqi political parties and candidates in the run-up to the country's parliamentary elections, an official has told The New Arab's Arabic-language sister site."

THE WASHINGTON POST's Louisa Loveluck Tweeted: of how "chromic mistrust in [the] country's political class" might also lower voter turnout.  Mina Aldroubi (THE NATIONAL) also notes, "Experts are predicting low turnout in October due to distrust of the country’s electoral system and believe that it will not deliver the much needed changes they were promised since 2003."  Mistrust would describe the feelings of some members of The October Revolution.  Mustafa Saadoun (AL-MONITOR) notes some of their leaders, at the recent  Opposition Forces Gathering conference announced their intent to boycott the elections because they "lack integrity, fairness and equal opportunities."  Distrust is all around.  Halkawt Aziz  (RUDAW) reported on how, " In Sadr City, people are disheartened after nearly two decades of empty promises from politicians." 

How to address apathy?  Ignore it and redo how you'll count voter turnout.  RUDAW reports, "raq’s election commission announced on Sunday that turnout for the election will be calculated based on the number of people who have biometric voter cards, not the number of eligible voters. The move will likely inflate turnout figures that are predicted to hit a record low."  As for the apathy, John Davison and Ahmed Rasheed (REUTERS) convey this image

Iraq’s tortured politics are graphically illustrated in a town square in the south, where weathered portraits displayed on large hoardings honor those killed fighting for causes they hoped would help their country.

The images of thousands of militiamen whose paramilitary factions battled ISIS hang beside those of hundreds of young men killed two years later protesting against the same paramilitaries.

After the election, there will be a scramble for who has dibs on the post of prime minister.  Murat Sofuoglu (TRT) observes, "The walls of Baghdad are covered with posters of Iraq’s former leaders, especially Nouri al Maliki and Haidar al Abadi, as the country moves toward its early elections on October 10. Both men however were forced out of power for their incompetence, and yet they are leading in the country’s two powerful Shia blocks."  Outside of Baghdad?  THE NEW ARAB explains, "However, in the provinces of Anbar, Saladin, Diyala, Nineveh, Kirkuk, Babel and the Baghdad belt, candidates have focussed on the issue of the disappeared and promised to attempt to find out what happened to them."

Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has 90 candidates in his bloc running for seats in the Parliament and one of those, Hassan Faleh, has insisted to RUDAW, "The position of the next prime minister is the least that the Sadrist movement deserves, and we are certain that we will be the largest and strongest coalition in the next stage."  Others are also claiming the post should go to their bloc such as the al-Fatah Alliance -- the political wing of the Badr Organization (sometimes considered a militia, sometimes considered a terrorist group).  ARAB WEEKLY reported, "Al-Fateh Alliance parliament member Naim Al-Aboudi said that Hadi al-Amiri is a frontrunner to head the next government, a position that can only be held by a Shia, according to Iraq’s power-sharing agreement."  Some also insist the prime minister should be the head of the State of Law bloc, two-time prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki.  Moqtada al-Sadr's supporters do not agree and have the feeling/consensus that,  "Nouri al-Maliki has reached the age of political menopause and we do not consider him to be our rival because he has lost the luster that he once had so it is time for him to retire."

In one surprising development, Dilan Sirwan (RUDAW) has reported: "Iraq’s electoral commission aims to announce the results of the upcoming parliamentary elections on October 10 within 24 hours, they announced on Thursday following a voting simulation."

Meanwhile, as October begins, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) notes, "At least 149 people were killed, and 110 more were wounded during September. In August, at least 122 people were killed, and 110 were wounded."

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