Check this out—but don’t believe it:

http://huffingtonpost.com.co/the-fix-is-in-sanders-supporters-in-new-york-see-votes-switched-to-hillary/

Don’t believe it, because it’s doubly false:

1) That “Huffington Post” is not the Huffington Post, but a fake HuffPo that popped up just today (according to the people at the real HuffPo).

2) The “story” there cannot be true, because—as Brad Friedman has reported—New York doesn’t use e-voting machines, which means no New York voter could see his/her vote flipped either way. (New York uses optical scanners, which have their own problems, mostly imperceptible.)

So why would anyone contrive a fake Huffington Post, to spread the lie that Bernie votes are getting flipped to

Hillary? Probably to get that lie repeated all throughout the blogosphere and social media, so that it can shortly be “exposed” as false, in order to dismiss all claims of vote suppression and election fraud in Hillary Clinton’s favor as “conspiracy theory.”

It’s a great example of what the experts call “black propaganda.”


Brad Friedman tells us that he instantly saw through today’s fake story “because pretty much the EXACT SAME story, same language, was circulated two weeks ago during the Wisconsin primary. That story also had no links to any actual info, and said ‘Stay tuned here for more’ at the end. “Wisconsin, at least, had some places that used touch-screens. But after looking into it, and seeing it posted to a lot of Bernie-supporting sites, I realized that it was fake. Just like this one.”


New Yorkers: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has set up a hotline for voters to report problems at the polls. The number is(800) 771-7755 FREE. New York’s U.S. attorney’s offices will also be taking complaints at (718) 254-6323 (for Brooklyn, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, and Suffolk counties) and (212) 637-0840 (for New York, Bronx, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, and Westchester counties). The FBI is also fielding reports of election law violations at (212) 384-1000. — Please circulate this info widely to anyone living in New York.
ADDED NUMBER: Bernie wants you to call 347-379-4298 to report any issues. That’s Bernie’s Voter Protection Hotline
and/or e-mail NYVoterProtection@berniesanders.com

New York City primary voters outraged by broken machines, closed polling places

BY JASON SILVERSTEIN

New York primary voting at some Brooklyn and Queens polling places was a disaster Tuesday morning — with early morning voters arriving to broken machines and belated polling.

Queens resident George Mack said he came to P.S. 52 in Springfield Gardens to vote right at 6 a.m. He, and about 50 other early voters, learned all three machines on site were broken. Volunteers at the school told voters to place their ballots in a slot, and they would all get processed later.

“It’s a recipe for disaster,” said Mack, 55, who voted for Hillary Clinton.

“Somebody at the end of the day is gonna feed (the ballots) through a machine? I don’t have confidence in that.”

Meanwhile, voters at the Cooper Park Houses in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, couldn’t even get close to a machine. More than two hours after polls were supposed to open at 6 a.m., that site was still closed.

“Cooper Park Houses polling site not open yet,” voter Rebecca Keith tweeted.

Executive Director of the Board of Elections Michael Ryan outside Atlantic Terminal. He called the poll problems “absolutely unacceptable.”

“Good morning disenfranchisement.”

A similar snafu happened at the Atlantic Terminal site in Brooklyn, which didn’t open until after7:30.

“They told me the key to the building had not arrived yet,” voter Tara McCauley told The News.

“I came back at 7:30 and they had just gotten the key. Upon entering, there were no voting machines.”

A Board of Elections representative arrived around 8, she said, and told voters he had been busy tending to problems at other polls. Voting finally started at Atlantic Terminal around 8:30.

“I am sure there are many people who tried to vote and had to leave who will not be able to come back,” she said.

The ballot box blusters extended outside the five boroughs, too.

William Charpied, of Hempstead, said the first half hour of voting at Hewlett Elementary School was lost because the poll’s chairman hadn’t arrived, and no one else could unlock machines.

“I felt disenfranchised and dumbfounded,” Charpied said.

“It is difficult to understand how volunteers could be present while the single most important individual, the chairperson, was missing.”

New York City Board of Election Executive Director Michael Ryan called the mass voting mishaps “absolutely unacceptable.”

“You know it’s a big city,” Ryan told The News outside Atlantic Terminal.

“I’m not making an excuse for that, I’m just pointing out that like everything else in New York City it’s a very large process.”

He vowed he would “get to the bottom” of the polling problems.

Polls for New York’s closed primary close at 9 p.m.

More than 200 New York voters have joined a lawsuit claiming they were unfairly shut out of the primary after their party affiliation was changed without their consent.

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New York Primary’s Dirty Little Secrets Come Out of the Shadows

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: April 18, 2016

According to OpenPrimaries.org, 43 percent of Americans identify as politically independent. In New York state, voters who haven’t chosen a party affiliation total more than 2 million – more than 20 percent of all registered voters in New York. Unfortunately for them, they will be shut out of tomorrow’s New York primary where the stakes for the country’s future have never been greater.

New York state is one of only 11 U.S. states that hold a “closed primary,” meaning that unless you are registered as either a Republican or a Democrat, you are precluded from voting in that party’s primary on April 19 in New York. Not only will Independents be barred from voting but those registered as Greens (about 26,000) or part of the Working Families Party (about 48,000) will also be locked out. This hits the Bernie Sanders campaign hard because he has won by large margins in states with open primaries where independents were allowed to vote. According to a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted March 3-6, Sanders led Hillary Clinton 59 percent to 35 percent among independents. Sanders has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party which is actively engaged in his New York campaign.

What is particularly outrageous to the millions of Independents that have been barred from participating in closed state primaries this year is that all taxpayers pay for these primaries – and yet, only registered Republicans and Democrats get to cast a vote. That hits people as decidedly un-American and fuels growing anger at a system perceived as rigged for the benefit of the one percent.

But New York state has one other unique trick that is increasingly being viewed as a stealth form of voter suppression. In New York state, if you wanted to change your voter registration affiliation to Democrat in order to vote for Bernie Sanders, the cutoff was October 9 – a stunning six months before the actual primary. That’s the longest cutoff period of any of the 11 states with closed primaries. Most people are not even thinking about a primary election six months ahead of the actual date. The first Democratic debate which would allow people to become inspired about a candidate did not occur until after the cutoff for changing party affiliation in New York state.

The six-month cutoff in New York looks even more bizarre when contrasted against other closed primary states. In Florida, the cutoff to change your party affiliation is just 29 days before the primary. In New Jersey, it’s 55 days before the primary. It’s just a few weeks in other states.

Now allegations of outright voter suppression or voter fraud are coming forward in New York, sounding uncomfortably similar to what occurred in Arizona’s closed primary in March. In the Arizona matter, an online petition to the White House has drawn over 213,000 signatures asking for an investigation of potential voter fraud and suppression. The petition reads:

“Petition to have the Obama Administration investigate the voter fraud and voter suppression on 3/22/2016 in Arizona. Numerous voters who switched from Independent to Democrat could not vote and were turned away or given provisional ballots which in turn were never counted. We the people of the United States of America find this act alarming and would like a complete investigation to uncover the violations that occurred during the Arizona voting on 3/22/2016 and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Two weeks after Bill de Blasio jubilantly marked the start of his campaign for re-election

—with “a boisterous rally in Foley Square to celebrate the passage of key elements of his

affordable housing plan”—New York City’s notionally “liberal” mayor is taking endless flak,
“peppered with uncomfortable questions at news conferences and on national television,
at a time when he hoped to be acting as a liberal standard-bearer for Hillary Clinton ahead
of New York’s presidential primary on Tuesday.”
Thus the NYTimes portrays the mayor’s faux-tragic situation in “Inquiries Upend de Blasio’s
Bid to Reboot for ’17,” yesterday’s front-pager on the clutch of scandals suddenly bedeviling him,
“as four separate investigative agencies pursue inquiries into possible wrongdoing on the part
of his administration.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/nyregion/inquiries-cloud-de-blasios-bid-to-come-off-as-strong-
manager-before-17-race.html?_r=0
That’s very sad, for him; but not for any of the countless pressed New Yorkers who have
watched as he’s maintained Michael Bloomberg’s quasi-totalitarian tradition of enabling the
annihilation of their city—lot by lot, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood—by the
almighty real estate cartel.
Under Bloomberg, as Jeremiah Moss wrote in Vanishing New York at the end of 2013, “we
lost approximately 6,926 years of New York City history in only a dozen years” (http://
vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/12/master-list-2001-2013.html)—a suicidal process
that our “liberal” mayor has never questioned, and continues to abet, thus making New York
City ever less affordable and (therefore) less diverse (despite his much-hyped plan to solve
that problem), as well as darker, uglier, less green, and way less interesting.  
 
How many beloved sites have disappeared since his inauguration? We think of F.A.O. Schwarz
Cafe Edison, Roseland Ballroom and Famous Oyster Bar in Midtown; Rizzolli’s Bookstore on
the Upper West Side, and Subway Inn on the Upper East Side; Yaffa Cafe, Bowlmor Lanes and
Kim’s Video & Music in the East Village; Avignone Chemists, Gray’s Papaya and Bonnie Slotnick
Cookbooks in the West Village; Glasslands, 285 Kent, Death by Audio and the Domino sugar factory
in Williamsburg; Pearl Paint in Chinatown; Shakespeare & Co. in NoHo; Milady’s and Hair Box
Barber Shop in SoHo; Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO; and Barnes & Noble’s flagship store in
Flatiron—just to name a few.
Such high-profile closings and/or demolitions have been variously noted by the press, in elegiac
reportage that’s all too common nowadays. Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio has also been complicit
in the shuttering of countless other businesses less famous, yet even more essential to the
working people of this city—businesses whose vanishing the press does not lament so often, or
at all: supermarkets, grocery stores, bodegas, laundromats, dry cleaners, barber shops, and all
the other necessary places that have been replaced by the exclusive lobbies of more luxury
apartment buildings, and/or more banks, chain drugstores, nail salons and boutique outfits for
the tourists. Nor has our “liberal” mayor made any effort whatsoever to preserve those vital non-
commercial spaces—parks, libraries, public hospitals, playgrounds, community gardens—that
New York’s working people need at least as much as we need shoe repair and hardware stores.
That’s why Mayor de Blasio is so unpopular; although you wouldn’t know it from the press, because
they also serve the Lords of Real Estate. We therefore have to read between the lines to glimpse the
public outrage over his complicity—as in the (proper) scandal over his team’s (evident) collusion
with Allure Group in its plan for “flipping a nonprofit Lower East Side nursing home to a luxury
condo developer” *(to quote the New York Post).
Sparks of that same outrage also glitter through another article in yesterday’s Times—on p. A15,
far removed from that front-pager on the mayor’s predicament: “With Gas Station’s Closing, a Fuel
Desert Expands in Manhattan,” a long piece, vividly illustrated, on the shutting down of the long-bustling
gas station in SoHo, at the corner of Lafayette and East Houston, “to be replaced by a glass-and-steel
luxury office building” (“a seven-story, $200 million project of zigzagging glass designed by the architect
Rick Cook”).
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/nyregion/a-gas-station-closes-in-soho-making-lower-manhattan-a-
gasoline-desert.html?_r=0
It’s first-rate journalism, nicely catching the complexity of this particular erasure. “For many, the closing
is a nonissue,” writes Sarah Masin Nir, noting that it doesn’t bother “those who rely on the subway
system or believe New York is still too car-oriented.” (It was an outlet for BP.) “Many neighbors are
happy to see the station, which they see as an eyesore, go, including members of Community Board 2,
which approved the new building.”
While duly noting that complacent view (down in the 14th paragraph), Nir subtly devastates it through
careful placement of this closing in its proper context, which she lays out with rare bluntness:
 
As New York City’s molten property values have made selling off a parcel of land often more profitable 
than operating the grocery, hardware store or gas station sitting on it, the gas station’s passing appears 
to be the latest example of a common trope. And while Amazon and FreshDirect may fill the hole when 
the corner store goes condo, there is no doubt it is getting harder in Manhattan to get many of the
basics that make life livable. 
 
This latest disappearance, Nir suggests, will only add to New York’s traffic woes and air pollution, as
more cars and trucks drive ever further to converge, in ever longer lines, on ever fewer gas stations
citywide:
 
Today there is not a single operating gas station left on the city’s East Side from the southern tip of
the island to 23rd Street, a chunk of Manhattan that includes some of the most highly trafficked
portions of the city, like the truck-packed transverses between the bridges to the east and Holland
Tunnel to the west, and the taxi-filled corridors of Wall Street and NoHo. With the exception of a
small station in the West Village, the West Side is similarly parched.
And while “[Community] Board members did not respond to requests for an interview,” Nir got strong
quotes from some of those who will be hurt, or even ruined, by the closing: people like “Maqsood
Ahmad, 49, a former cabdriver who owns Little Lahore, a restaurant on Crosby Street next to the
gas station that has sold Pakistani cuisine to a mostly cabby clientele for two decades”—a restaurant
Ahmad will have to close, “when the cabs no longer have [that] pit stop.” (His monthly rent, which was
$1,100 twenty years ago, is now $10,000.)
Ahmad “believes gas stations have evaporated unchecked in part because their most loyal clients are
working-class immigrants who often feel voiceless. The city, he said, needs ‘the lower people, middle-
class people and upper-class people.”
“They need all the mix,” he added. “But right now they are running on the path that they need only money.”
Such New Yorkers have no ally in the would-be “liberal standard-bearer for Hillary Clinton”—and they know
it: “The mood at the gas station a few days before its closing was bitter,” Nir concludes,
“I worry about my mayor: Where is his driver going to fill up the gas?” Janusz Krawczynski, 65, said as he 
sat in his cab in the station’s lot, his voice loaded with sarcasm. “Right now, any place he goes, he’s late,” 
he said, referring to the mayor’s well-documented history of tardiness. “The driver is going to have to go to 
fill up the gas in New Jersey, Brooklyn, the Bronx,” he said. “He’ll never go to a meeting!”
Although the press observes it only now and then, that anger at our mayor is evident all over New York
City, where scores of groups have mobilized to save their neighborhoods, libraries, parks, playgrounds,
hospitals and other precious places from the players supporting him (and all too many other useful
“liberals”).

Mysterious foam fills the streets of Japanese city in the wake of the country’s second deadly earthquake this week

  • Foamy substance appeared in the centre of the southern city of Fukuoka
  • Videos and images of the foam were posted online by bewildered residents
  • One theory is that second earthquake caused an underground pipe to burst
  • Mystery comes as Japan suffers second quake, bringing death count to 41

By ALEXANDER ROBERTSON FOR MAILONLINE

A mystery layer of foam covered the streets of a city in Japan in the aftermath of an earthquake which hit the country this week.

The foamy substance appeared in the centre of the southern city of Fukuoka in the early hours of Saturday, following a 7-magnitude quake which shook the Kumamoto region.

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake had struck the same area on Thursday night, but residents of Fukuoka reported little damage in the aftermath of either.

People posted images and a video of the unexplained foam on Twitter, leading many to speculate on its cause, with one theory that a tremor may have caused a underground water pipe to burst.

The mystery comes as Japan woke up to scenes of devastation earlier today after a second huge earthquake struck the nation, bringing the total death count to 41 and rising.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake destroyed buildings and roads, causing massive mudslides that washed away entire bridges and dumped hundreds of tonnes of soil on buildings and roads.

More than 1,500 people were injured and 31 killed by yesterday’s quake in southern Kyushu island, and authorities say they expect the death toll to rise.

It struck just a day after another 6.4 magnitude shock, killing ten, and the country’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said it is now a ‘race against time’ to find survivors.

Mr Abe said: ‘Nothing is more important than human life and it’s a race against time. Daytime today is the big test. I want rescue activities to continue with the utmost effort.’

The disaster left 410,000 homes without water and 200,000 with no power, forcing crowds of people to queue for food and water at emergency aid centres set up in the wake of the aftershocks.

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Sanders’ Net Worth: Less Than Half of Clinton’s Honoraria from Goldman Sachs

Bernie Sanders Publishes Tax Returns Showing $205,000 Earnings Following Hillary Clinton’s Challenge

Hillary Clinton was paid $675,000 for just three speeches by banking giant Goldman Sachs

by Matt Broomfield

Bernie Sanders has revealed he earns $205,000 dollars (£145,000) a year, after being challenged by Hillary Clinton to publish his tax returns.

Mr Sanders’ annual income, which is shared with his wife, is less than his multimillionaire rival made for three recent speeches delivered to Goldman Sachs employees.

The banking giant paid Ms Clinton $675,000 (£475,000) for the appearances. She and her husband have an estimated net worth of $110m (£77m), far surpassing the Sanders, who are worth around $300,000 (£210,000).

Income inequality has been a key plank of Mr Sanders’ campaign, leading Ms Clinton to challenge him to publish his earnings. On Thursday, she said: “I’ve released 30 years of tax returns, and I think every candidate, including Senator Sanders and Donald Trump, should do the same.”

The veteran Senator rapidly fired back, saying: “They are very boring tax returns. No big money from speeches, no major investments.Unfortunately, I remain one of the poorer members of the United States Senate.”

Ms Clinton generally commands a minimum of $225,000 per speech, or over four times as much as the $52,000 (£36,000) the average American citizen earns in a year. She once pocketed $315,000 for a 20-minute address to Ebay staff.

Mr Sanders’ income, by way of contrast, is largely derived from his $175,000 Senate salary. His wife, Jane Sanders, makes $5,000 annually as a radioactive waste disposal commisioner, and the couple also receive social security benefits and a small annual pension.

With an estimated wealth of around $3m, the average US Senator is worth 10 times as much as Mr Sanders. While his income puts him in the top 5 per cent of US earners, the Vermont senator is one of the poorest 20 per cent of members of the Senate.

He also has tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt, a rental property in Vermont capital Burlington and a condo in Washington, DC.

Mr Sanders has raised nearly $140m to support his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, without recourse to big business or Super PAC backing. His campaign is almost entirely funded by an estimated three million small donors.

All 10 companies cited by Mr Sanders as “America’s biggest tax dodgers” have donated directly to Ms Clinton’s $220m campaign or the Clinton Family Foundation.

Neither Mr Sanders nor Mr Clinton, however, come close to matching Donald Trump. The tycoon has not published any tax returns, but is believed to be worth somewhere between $3bn and $10bn.

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