Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nothing-burger

"The Mad Chase For Russia-gate Prey" (Lazare).  Good summary of the nothing-burger.  They've been reduced to spinning variations on the same discredited theme:  "Comey Friend Unveils "Smoking Gun" Story" and "This Is Big" (Marshall is shameless; see also).  Wittes and Lawfare are highly suspicious (as you would expect).  Tweet (Yasha Levine):
"Well, we now we have it out in the open. Central cyber guy who used inane evidence to pin hack on Russia is a "former" spy."

November 2016!:  "It’s Time For MSNBC To Address Reports That Joe Scarborough Is Advising Donald Trump".  Another twitter distraction for Trump and ratings for Joe/Mika - it is quite possible the 'bleeding' is entirely pre-planned, cooked-up, PR.

The usual perfectly sensible and statesmanlike speech from Lavrov has caused the usual completely insane reaction.  Sanity:  "Threat Perceptions".  Anecdotal evidence suggests that a surprisingly large number of the deplorables who voted for Trump are completely woke on the issue that their own suffering is directly connected to the American exceptionalist inability to live peaceably and cooperatively in the world (and even that the essential problem is Wars For The Jews).

"Worried About Those Global Cyber Attacks? They Were Started by Washington".

"ISIS “Coincidentally” Appears Along China’s One Belt, One Road" (Cartalucci).  Redeploying the proxy army.

"Tillerson and Mattis Cleaning Up Kushner’s Middle East Mess":
"“The Saudis and Emiratis have told us repeatedly that they want to weaken Iran, but they’ve actually empowered them,” a senior Pentagon consultant who works on the Middle East told me. The Saudi actions, this official went on to explain, have backfired. Instead of intimidating the Qataris, the Saudis have “thrown them into the arms of the Iranians.” The result is an uneasy, but emerging Turkish-Qatari-Iranian alliance backed by Russia. “This isn’t just some kind of Gulfie dust-up, where we can go out and hold everyone’s hands,” this Pentagon consultant says. “The Saudis have handed the Iranians a gift and we’re on the outside looking in.”"

"The destruction of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is another example of the 'culturecide' we've become so used to" (Fisk).

"Only 2% of US Politicians Actually Want to Stop Arming Terrorists — Here’s Why".  The answer, of course, is shekels, but you won't find that here.  "Obamas under fire from the left for never ending, sizzling ultra-luxury vacations"!

"Sheldon Adelson, the Billionaire Who Bankrupted Me".  Note how he uses a scorched-earth policy of litigation in order to deter honest reporting about him.

"Russian radio takes over local DC station".

"The Rise of the Thought Leader".  Weaponization of the think tank.

"Lectureporn: The Vulgar Art of Liberal Narcissism".  Liberal contempt for the deplorables isn't working out well.

Tweet (Mark Ames) (you don't think Bellingcat works for free, do you?):
"US government pays UK's Bellingcat to smear American journalist Seymour Hersh's reporting—under guise of "fighting state propaganda""

"Barrett Brown Says Justice Department Subpoenaed The Intercept For Records On Him".  Brown's skill at lambasting and lampooning various government officials has infuriated somebody in the DOJ, so now they are just being assholes.  I snarkily add that, given it is The Intercept honeypot, they hardly needed a subpoena.

"One deep reason why the USA does not have a sane way to pay for health care for all".  There is a strange religious common thread to American attitudes to both health care and climate change, that whatever happens is God's will.  It is considered to be unfair to have to chip in to pay for somebody else's misfortune, and even close to blasphemous.  Who are we to challenge the harsh, but righteous, judgment of God?  Similarly, since God ordered man to have dominion over the earth, it is actually a sin to try to alter the effects of such dominion on the ecology.

Streisand Effect:  "McMansion Hell Responds to Zillow’s Unfounded Legal Claims".  The website under attack is fun and Veblenesque.
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