Monday, October 01, 2018

Kh-punch

"Dollar De-Weaponized?" (Escobar).  "Trump’s Middle East Policy Takes a Kicking at UN Assembly" (Reinl).  And the WASPs, who supposedly run things in the US, still allow themselves to be weakened by the sanctions which just deny them business opportunities being taken up by others, and are now allowing the destruction of the petro-dollar system which has made them trillions, all so a handful of crooked politicians and bureaucrats can add to their magnificent shekel collections.  It's quite something to watch!

"The US Military-Industrial Complex’s Worst Nightmare: The S-300 May Destroy and Expose the F-35" (Pieraccini):
"Given Tel Aviv’s tendency to place its own interests above all others, it would not be surprising to find them using the possibility of attacking the S-300 with their F-35s as a weapon to blackmail Washington into getting more involved in the conflict."
The Israelis can now blackmail Washington by threatening to demonstrate the issues with the F-35, revealing that the emperor is wearing no clothes.

"Buried in an Overloaded and Terrible News Cycle: The House of Representatives Just Voted to Expand the PATRIOT Act." (Cohn).  Remember that Americans still have that baffling mystery of the anthrax attacks to blame for the passing of the Patriot Act, you know the attack for which the FBI blamed one obviously completely innocent man, and then blamed another obviously completely innocent man, all the while the Camel Club laughed its way into the distance.

"To Russia With Love" (Levy):
"Russia has outlined for the world the way to treat Israel, using the only language Israel understands. Let those who truly care for Israel’s welfare, and for justice, learn how it’s done: Only by force. Only when Israel gets punished or is forced to pay a price does it do the right thing. The air force will think twice now and perhaps many times more before its next bombardment in Syria, whose importance, if indeed it has any, is unknown."
As part of The Clarification, it is striking, and sad, just how far Counterpunch has declined.  It is no longer even recognizable as the site run by Cockburn, while cranky St. Clair sports a pussy hat (although it appears he his too busy with other things now to be an editor, and has left that job to Frank and Proyect, who edit depending on whether you are an 'anti-Semite', or might have once associated with such types, thus turning it into Khounterpunch).  "How to Maliciously Smear Your Critics (And Not Get Away with It)" (Hopkins).

There's a conspiracy theory that once Kavanaugh loses on the basis that arrogant entitled frat boys can't be on the Supreme Court, Trump then pulls an even more conservative woman nominee out of his back pocket, who sails through the process without the slightest notice of politics but simply on the basis that she isn't an arrogant entitled frat boy.  Kavanaugh, literally a scapegoat, isn't lost - he goes back to his old position - and the principle is established, again, that irrelevancies trump over real-world consequences.

You have to give the State Department credit, as an autocephaly conspiracy is quite a step up from their usual brutality (though I'm guessing the idea came from Ukraine):  "For US, Meddling in Orthodox Church Affairs Is Just Another Tool Against Russia" (Jatras).

It remains unclear whether Blumenthal can redeem himself for various mortal sins, but he's trying:  "How an American Anthropologist Tied to US Regime-Change Proxies Became the MSM’s Man in Nicaragua".

Another potentially big thing - on the level of Weltgeist - that goes by unnoticed:  "Railroad link to connect Russia’s St. Petersburg with Germany’s Berlin".

Added:  "Russian-US tycoon boasted of ‘active’ involvement in Trump election campaign".  'Russian'.
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