Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Time management

"Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14" (Murray):
"I am very concerned about the obvious collusion of the prosecution and the judge to close this case down. The extraordinary conflation of “time management” and excluding evidence which the US Government does not want heard in public is plainly illegitimate. The continual chivvying and interruption of defence counsel in examination when prosecution counsel are allowed endless repetition amounting to harassment and bullying is illegitimate. Some extraordinarily long prosecution cross-examinations, such as that of Carey Shenkman the lawyer, have every appearance of deliberate time wasting and distraction.
Tuesday’s witness is Professor Michael Kopelman, the eminent psychiatrist, and the prosecution have indicated they wish to cross-examine him for an extraordinary four hours, which Baraitser agreed against defence objections. Her obsession with time management is distinctly subjective."
Day 11, Consortium News and Gosztola.

Tweet (Glenn Greenwald):
"Some US journalists are drowning in such extreme jingoism & American exceptionalism that they believe non-US-citizens can be “traitors” to the US — as though every human being on the planet owes supreme moral and legal loyalty to the US Government."
"How do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel? " (Baroud).  Not a shekel's-width of distance between them.

"Xi: No nation should act like boss of the world" (Baijie).  'Win-win', instead of the Asshole 'begger thy neighbor' strategy, is why China is destined to succeed, while Assholia, fittingly, circles the bowl.

"Silence reigns on the US-backed coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia" (Weisbrot).  Every failed regime change is an orphan which nobody wants to admit to.

"The U.S. Needs To Abandon Its Dead-End Venezuela Policy" (Larison).  Although this seems to be accepting of the concept and righteousness of Assholian regime change, just quibbling about the tactics.

"Gangster capitalism and the American theft of Chinese innovation" (Crichton):
"So what are we left with here in the U.S. and increasingly Europe? A narrow-minded policy of blocking external tech innovation to ensure that our sclerotic and entrenched incumbents don’t have to compete with the best in the world. If that isn’t a recipe for economic disaster, I don’t know what is."
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