Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Low standards

"Silicon Valley Has Effectively Banned the Freedom of Speech. It’s Time We Take It Back" (Bridge).  Good as it is, this would enter another level of Clarification with ((())).

"Government Mischief in an Age of Coronavirus" (Giraldi).  Note that the $38 billion is a minimum, and that Bibi, perhaps fearing the host won't last 10 years, is trying to get an advance.

"Impunity and annexation: 'Israel has its cake and eats it too'" (Gadzo).

"Why Wasn’t Netanyahu Ever Indicted in the US?" (Smith).  Again, shekels, and bribery.
"Given the amount of official information in the public domain, and that more is likely still under lock and key, Americans may well wonder why Netanyahu and Milchan were never indicted in the United States for violating the Atomic Energy Act. Curiously, neither appear in the US Department of Treasury list of "specifically designated Nationals" even though official U.S. information now circulating in the public domain about Netanyahu and Milchan’s activities easily meet the low standards of evidence used to generate the SDN list."
"FED’s $10 Trillion Defends Assets of the Rich" (Jay interview of Hudson) (it's funny how rare this kind of talk is, even on the 'left'):
"There is only one reason for a stock or bond prices to go up. And that’s because of the flow of funds into the stock market. What had been supporting the stock market for the last 12 years was very largely stock buybacks by companies using their revenue to sort of close down their business, disinvest and buy their own stocks to at least keep the prices up. Well, what’s flowing into the market right now? Obviously, it’s not corporate profits buying their own stocks, and it’s certainly not popular money coming into the market by small investors thinking that stocks are going to earn more. All this money is coming into the market from the 10 trillion dollar bailout via the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve is going out directly and is buying stocks, bonds, junk bonds, mortgages, junk mortgages, all to prop up the value of assets.
Now, when it’s putting this money into the stock market, it’s buying stocks that are already issued and have long since —the proceeds have been spent on building factories or enterprises or as means of making money. So none of this bailout money, none of this 10 trillion going into the stock market has any effect at all on the real economy of production and consumption. It’s solely to support the assets that are held almost eighty five percent by the wealthiest 10 percent of the economy."
and:
"Obviously, the stock market isn’t the economy. The real fiction and what the Federal Reserve, Powell was saying, was that somehow a recovery in the stock market means a recovery in the economy. And all it means is that the wealthy investors are bailing out of the market and moving into their gated communities and, essentially, they’re pulling out. The whole stock buyback program of the last 10 years has been disinvesting. All of the insiders and the big investors know that the game is over. That’s why there’s so much talk of moving to New Zealand. But the Coronavirus has, all of a sudden, provided a wonderful opportunity for the 10 percent. It’s enabled them to have an excuse for a huge bailout and an excuse to essentially make, enable them to get out of stocks, get out of bonds and avoid the crisis that’s coming, leading the Federal Reserve and the suckers, as they would say, holding the bag when the economy collapses. Obviously, there’s going to be a collapse, and there was going to be a collapse even before the Coronavirus. Everybody was talking about the decline in oil prices, which is not only going to hit the fracking companies and the oil companies with the low oil prices, but it’s also leading to very large defaults by Third World countries. Raw materials prices are going down. So they’re going to be a lot of third world debt defaults. They’re going to be a lot of breaks in the chain of payments. But what the Corona virus did was somehow give an excuse for the government to create all of this money, saying it was going to be for small business. Well, obviously, it has not been for small business. And, you know, just think what the Fed could have done with this 10 trillion dollars. It could have put money, revive the economy by putting the money into building means of production. Mainly in this case what’s needed is infrastructure rebuilding things like the New York City subway so people can get to work without their being so crowded that you’re probably going to catch a new virus when the regular service begins again. They could have begun rebuilding the economy, but none of this money has gone into the real economy at all. So the economy’s been left holding the bag. But at least the Fed has used this money. They did notice that they don’t call it taxpayer money for the bailout. “Taxpayer money”—-they only use that phrase when it’s for real production, or to support employment or social spending. But when when the same money is created by the same process, the support of the stock and bond market, that’s never called taxpayer money. But it’s all the same thing. So you see that all of the lobbyists have sort of been waiting with a wish list of what they would like the government to do to take all of the bad loans off their hands. And the thing to realize is that the one percent, 10 percent realizes that the game’s over and they’re trying to—

Paul Jay

What do you mean when you say the game’s is over? What do you mean the game’s over?

Michael Hudson

The idea that the debts can be paid. The idea that somehow you can put money aside, and the money will grow for you. It will give you interest. The money will somehow be pushed into the stock market by buybacks without much income and push up stock prices. The idea that you can put in a million dollars and have the money go up through stocks or bonds or real estate without having the economy grow at all. That was a game because it’s not realistic.And it was a decoupling of the financial and real estate markets from the economy, and that whole decoupling—now, finally, you can only decouple so far before the fact that the rents are not being paid, the taxes are not being paid. The states and localities are having a huge tax shortfall that is forcing them to cut back services. And the commercial real estate; half of the Empire State Building tenants have not paid their rents for March and April. About maybe 40 percent of tenants, generally in the New York City commercial buildings, restaurants, storefronts—they’re just not paying. So everybody’s expecting a break in the chain of payments. And at a certain point, the government can’t simply keep the pretense up when the economy’s plunging, and the stock markets are going up. People are going to realize, “wait a minute. Why isn’t this money creation being spent to actually revive the real economy?

Paul Jay

So what happens when, in theory, this virus comes to an end? Oh, that, who knows? It could be year, two, three. But even before the end of the virus, these back grants, as you say are piling up. Debt servicing is piling up. At some point there’s going to be mass evictions. As you’ve written, mass evictions, foreclosures, bankruptcies are going to be inevitable. You’re advocating that these deaths should simply be written off. Is that what you’re proposing? And can you imagine them actually doing that? 
Well, they’re not going to be paid one way or another. That’s the important thing. Imagine the 25 million unemployed. They’re not getting paychecks. How are they getting by? The only way they can get by is to run up their credit card debt. And by running it up, they’re going to be not paying the monthly usual charge. They’re going to be subject now to interest rates on the credit card that go up now from, maybe 20 percent to twenty nine percent or even more."
"The Murder of George Floyd is Normal for an Abnormal Society" (Prashad).  "As US Protests Show, the Challenge Is How to Rise Above the Violence Inherent in State Power" (Cook).

"Agent Provocateurs: Police at Protests All Over the Country Caught Destroying Property" (MacLeod).  "A Short History of U.S. Law Enforcement Infiltrating Protests" (Grim/Schwarz).

"Our Grim Future: Restored Neoliberalism or Hybrid Neofascism?" (Escobar):
"And even as a triple catastrophe – sanitary, social and climatic – is now unequivocal, the ruling matrix – starring the Masters of the Universe managing the financial casino – won’t stop resisting any drive towards change.

Diversionist tactics supporting an “ecological transition” fool no one.

Financial capitalism is an expert in adapting to – and profiting from – the serial crises it provokes or unleashes.

To update May 1968, what’s needed is L’Imagination au Pouvoir. Yet it’s idle to expect imagination from mere puppets such as Trump, Merkel, Macron or BoJo.

Realpolitik once again points to a post-Lockdown turbo-capitalist framework, where the illiberalism of the 1% – with fascistic elements – and naked turbo-financialization are boosted by reinforced exploitation of an exhausted and now largely unemployed workforce.

Post-Lockdown turbo-capitalism is once again reasserting itself after four decades of Thatcherization, or – to be polite – hardcore neoliberalism. Progressive forces still don’t have the ammunition to revert the logic of extremely high profits for the ruling classes – EU governance included – and for large global corporations as well.

Economist and philosopher Frederic Lordon, a researcher at the French CNRS, cuts to the inevitable chase: the only solution would be a revolutionary insurrection. And he knows exactly how the financial markets-corporate media combo would never allow it. Big Capital is capable of co-opting and sabotaging anything. 
So this is our choice: it’s either Neoliberal Restoration or a revolutionary rupture. And nothing in between. It takes someone of Marx’s caliber to build a full-fledged, 21st century eco-socialist ideology, and capable of long-term, sustained mobilization. Aux armes, citoyens."
Everything is just going to get a little bit worse every day, until we hit the climate apocalypse.

WFTJ

So funny!  The hilarious search for an explanation that isn't shekel bribes and MEGA Group blackmail!  "Wars without end: why is there no peaceful solution to so much global conflict?" (Tisdall).

All blacks in jail, or dead

Taibbi: "Where did policing go wrong?".  Note that the right, including 46 47, considers that there are dangerous levels of under-incarceration:  "Could The End Be Near For Trump-Subverter Jared Kushner?" (Washington Watcher II).

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Out go the lights

"Where Is Ghislane Maxwell Now?" (Bruney).  I really doubt the Rothschilds would risk hiding her - discovery would be just a little too close to the truth of the MEGA Group blackmail operation.  Almost certainly Israel, where she is reunited with Epstein (along with Atta and bin Laden).  "Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged “Little Black Book” Of Celebrity Contacts Was Leaked By Anonymous" (Allison).

"The knee-on-neck, long a staple of Israel’s occupation of Palestine"  "Israel Trains “Vast Numbers of Law Enforcement Officials” in Minneapolis" (Barrett).  "Jew York City Gives Rioters the Palestinian Treatment" (Knickerbocker).  Cartoon.  This should be extremely Clarifying, but (((nobody))) will mention it.  Throughout time and space, Khazars poison everything they touch.

"Racist Killing and Impunity" (Murray).  Palestinian lives don't matter, goyim, as they made the terrible decision not to leave the land (((we))) want to steal.

"Will Urban Uprisings Help Trump? Actually, They Could Be His Undoing." (Perlstein).  We'll have to wait for exit poles to get an idea, but the Republicans think they can manage this into a winning situation for them.  Trump 'saves the country from violence', the economy starts creaking back to life, and there is an October Surprise announcement of a vaccine (which won't work, but the victims won't start dying until after the election).  I can see a path to victory.

It appears the police has Floyd safely contained in a cop car, but he wouldn't stop mouthing off, so they decided to 'teach him some respect' with a little torture on the road.

"Minnesota prosecutor’s charges might lead to an unjustly easy sentence for George Floyd’s killer" (Tribe/Goins).  As we've seen over and over and over again, (((Tribe))) is a total fool, but this is certainly the Minnesota plan.  Our cops are tops.

More bizarre reporting from Bellingcat!:  "US Law Enforcement Are Deliberately Targeting Journalists During George Floyd Protests" (Waters).  Where's the NATO spin here?  Even as degraded a writer as emptywheel can ask a good question:  "Assaults on Free Speech and the Cities We Didn’t See" (although she's so intellectually decrepit I bet by 'white agitators' she means white nationalists, and not Antifa/agents provocateurs):
"It’d be nice to know if there is a more direct link between police brutality during protests and the appearance of white agitators."
"The Second Time as Farce: Donald Trump and James Madison and the Defense of the White House" (Cole).  I thought that turning the White House lights out - as if to indicate to protesters that nobody was home and they should go away, as if it was a bill collector at the door - was all the Assholian symbolism I need.  Tweet (Eli Stokols) (also) (also):
"It's official: the protesters were teargassed and cleared for Trump to walk to St. John's for a photo op."
"An Arrested Middle East – The ‘New Strategy for Securing the Realm’ Dissipates" (Crooke).  You'll probably see that there are all kinds of problems with this - al Qaeda is MB, the MB has long been a CIA tool, and the Soros-Gates-Pelosi vision is hardly a 'progressive' alternative to Trump.

"Susan Rice Goes Full Conspiracy Rant On CNN: 'Russians Behind Race Protest Mayhem!'" (Durden).  The VP for Biden will certainly become President. 

"Israelgate, Trump, and Russia" (Alexis).

The gift of bricks.

"US double standards on domestic riots and Hong Kong turmoil mocked on Chinese internet" (Sheng).  "Riots or Uprising? If this Turmoil were in Iran, Trump would be Cheering on Arsonists and Dreaming of Regime Change" (Ahmed).  Remember the Khazars gloating about the Covid deaths in Iran, and now the tables are turned for the Assholes?  Karma is becoming a bitch.

"Sweden's Triumph; Staying Free in a Lockdown World" (Whitney).  Whitney is now completely divorced from reality, literally insane!:  "Discredited policy of coronavirus “herd immunity” placed in stark relief" (Mateus).

"New coronavirus losing potency, top Italian doctor says" (Rothschilds).  The Khazars should learn from the virus - if you kill your host, you are not going to be a successful parasite.  The viruses that die when their host dies are going to disappear (unless, like Ebola, they are virulent in transmission strategies), and the weaker, less dangerous, mutations will carry on, as a kind of normal flu.  It's the way these things work.

"Who’s Trashing Downtown Every Night and Why?" (Rovics).  And yet there is a whole history of decades of protests, even riots, and things keep getting worse.  Why is that?  Are the infiltrators and agents provocateurs successful in their goal of changing the subject?

"China Secures Brazilian Soy As Trade War Restart Appears Imminent" (Durden).  The Chinese know where all of Trump's hot buttons are in the coming election.

Universities, hopefully some famous ones, are going to start to go out of business:  "US Lawmakers Propose Total Ban On STEM Visas For Chinese Students" (Durden).

Monday, June 01, 2020

Origins of Antifa

"The Original ‘Antifa’ Was A Jewish Anti-Nazi Militia" (Williams).  From 2017.

"Words We're Watching: 'Antifa'" (Merriam-Webster).

No indication - of course! - where this group, funded by Soros, got its name.

Antifa

There some interesting shit out there that either Antifa doesn't exist, or it is a 'leaderless' organization, or, if it does exist, it is only a force for good.  We've seen over and over again that what scares the Powers That Be is true socialism.  What clearly doesn't bother them is liberalism or 'anarchism' (it's why Noam is invited to speak at West Point and is treated with respect).  Of course, all Khazars, including Soros and Noam, are simply Khazars, blood-pouring-from-the-fangs murderers and land thieves, one-issue guys, though, for political purposes, they cloak themselves with labels all across the political spectrum, but it is all just larping.  In this case, larping at 'anarchism' is one of the few services the Khazars provide the American government in return for all those trillions of dollars. 

'Anarchists' are great as you can use them to create street violence against little people, crafted for whatever political purpose you like, while posing as opponents of the 'system', but while constituting absolutely no threat to that 'system'.  A little army of poor white urban trash people, who magically flit across the country wherever required though they don't have any obvious source of income, is very useful.  One thing you can do is hijack a legitimate political movement, with legitimate grievances, by adding that little bit of Antifa violence spice.  Antifa looting, which real Black protesters tried to block (though, to be fair, there were also some real Black looting sprees), without success, turned a legitimate political protest into TV news filmed scenes of looting, for the enjoyment and political manipulation of Middle America.

Antifa Elmo

"Tel-Aviv Trains Our Police and this is what we get." (Jadallah).  The Khazars train their police to assist in the only thing they have any concern about, killing people and stealing their land.  If that is not your agenda, sending your police to be trained by these (((monsters))) is senseless and counterproductive, as we can see in the shit-show going on now in Assholia.

"Caught on camera, police explode in rage and violence across the US" (Sottek). 

Anglin's collection:  "RiotQuest: The Endless Adventure Continues… Towards Eternity!".  Another part of the strategy is for the cops to disappear:  "Across the Entire Country, Cops Continue to Refuse to Stop Riots".

So, we've got:

  1. legitimate black (and white) protesters against police violence;
  2. sometimes, if they show up, violent Israeli-trained police thugs;
  3. mostly black looters, enjoying the advantages of convenient parking for multiple trips with clumsy boxes (the new development is that the looting has moved beyond local neighborhoods to luxury shops in the 'white areas', normally areas heavily protected by police who this time have disappeared);
  4. Soros' army of domestic terrorists called Antifa, who have been provided in many places with convenient piles of bricks to break windows, and who often start and participate in the looting, and play a big role in the violence and counter-violence game with the police (who show up);
  5. perhaps a smattering of 'white nationalists' (of course, heavily infiltrated by, and under the direction of, government agencies).

I assume the looters carry the shoes in the difficult boxes as they intend to sell them to a fence for resale.

Why isn't Soros in jail?  Oh wait, I know (((why)))!

The Khazars do have a gift for comedy writing:  "White supremacists, Soros, 'Russians,' and Antifa blamed for US protests" (Frantzman) (my emphasis - oh my sides! - in red):
"Some have pushed back against the conspiracies. Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted on May 29 that assertions George Soros is behind the violence is an antisemitic trope.
Michael Harriot at The Root argues that the assertion that protesters are “out of town” is a dog whistle that is linked to other racist claims, such as historic assertions that “northern abolitionists inciting slaves” or “MS-13 gangs” are responsible for violence. Harriot was right: By Saturday evening, some social media users were already claiming that “MS-13 gangs” were behind the protests in California. Like most of the theories put forward, there was no evidence for this.
The conspiracies put forward in the US to lay blame for the protests on a complex organized network is part of a pattern of shifting that has become increasingly common in America. Rather than seeing entrenched racism and police brutality as fueling protests, including police violence against journalists, there is a preference to see a hidden hand that can be more easily labeled as an enemy.
These are tactics that were once more common to the Soviet bloc countries and Middle Eastern regimes when trying to explain protests. For instance, the Assad regime asserted that legitimate protests in 2011 were an imperialist conspiracy. Today, the situation appears reversed: In the US across the political spectrum, there is a preference to see protests as part of a cartel, white supremacists, antifa, Russians and MS-13 gangs, as opposed to local grievances bubbling over after a very visible sign of police brutality."
"When Was Elmo Radicalized?" (jwz).

Piles of bricks

Piles of bricks:  "How to Stop a Riot and Put Out a Burning City in One Hour (The Secret Ingredient is Tear Gas)" (Anglin).  Also: tweets by Black Aziz aNANsi, particularly the piles of bricks.  Somebody - either Soros or the Trump administration - set this up.

"Officials Claim Far-Right 'Boogaloo Bois' Fanning Flames Of Chaos In Minnesota" (Neiwart).  Note that the Bellingcat article was part of the set up to prepare people for the PR blitz blaming the rioting on vague 'white supremacists' 'from 'out of state''.  A truthful article from Bellingcat is so bizarre I should have caught the deeper conspiracy.

Tweet (Panther Den):
"trump really put this sign up on the white house to make the rioters stop?"
"Protestors Criticized For Looting Businesses Without Forming Private Equity Firm First" (The Onion).

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Fear of a black party

"Democrats As "The Black Party": Inflicting The Sailer Strategy Supplement On Themselves" (Sailer).  The riots are good for Republicans, inclining elderly voters who otherwise would have voted for Biden to stay home and not vote due to a lingering concern about security, and the inability of the Democrats to provide it.

A Seth Rich story:  ""No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Ed Butowsky vs. the Deep State" Anon".  Includes an allegation that the family knows exactly what is going on.

Arms control:  "Marching Into Oblivion" (Robinson).  The Chinese would much rather spend their money on human development, but can match the Assholes if they have to.  The Assholes are such assholes!

Afghanistan after the Assholes:  "What Happens Next in Afghanistan? the Neo-Taliban" (Rall).

Riot riot

Other than the police provocateurs (one known case, but if one, there must be others), the only other major white presence in the current rioting is George Soros' private army called Antifa (is it even legal to run such a private army against the farm animals?).  The white nationalists are laughing about claims that they are heavily involved, and I believe them.  This is just Trump PR, changing the subject.  Obviously, there can't be black rioters, as that would imply they had something to riot about.  Soon it ill be blamed on Russians or Chinese!

Tweet (Jahd Khalil):
"The United Daughters of the Confrderacy appears to have been on fire. There’s a lot of smoke in front of the lights that light it up. Heavily armored police with rifles, what I assume is night vision equipment and gas masks here"
Sauce for the gander: "Watch out! 'Beautiful sight' in HK is spreading across the US" (Xijin).

"Outrage After Far-Left Pro-BDS Group Ties Israel to Minneapolis Police Violence" (Kerstein).  "Pro-Palestinian Group: Israel Trains U.S. Police to Be Racist" (Bandler).  Notice the spin to turn the issue into the 'outrage' at the remarks, rather than the deep truth of the story underneath.  It's the toxic combo of casual Khazar racism/anti-gentilism, distilled into LE tactics through specific training programs, and the sad history of Assholian race relations.  Police administrators like this kind of training as they regard non-white Americans in the same way that the Khazars regard Palestinians.

Tweet (joe kennedy III is a republican) (I note that the horse is more solicitous of the health of human beings that the asshole riding it):
"Tell me more about these “out of state agitators.”"

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Improvements

"Nothing Is Certain But Death, Taxes, And Police Infiltration Of US Protests" (Johnstone).  I guess the thinking is that more property damage makes the police action that precipitated the protests look less bad.

"Letter Demands Sweden Probe Misdeeds in Assange Case" (Lauria).  Sweden ≠ 'Sweden'.

Biosecurity, etc:
  • "How Biosecurity Is Enabling Digital Neo-Feudalism" (Escobar);
  • "Head of the Hydra: The Rise of Robert Kadlec" (Diego);
  • "The US Senate voted to let Trump spy on your search history. But all is not lost" (Timm);
  • "Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network" (Gellman).
There were a few who suggested that the shock of the pandemic and the subsequent complete collapse of legitimacy of the Assholian government, and in particular the abandonment of the idea of extreme scarcity of resources as the predominant metaphor for government, abandoned in order to allow for THE LARGEST THEFT IN WORLD HISTORY, might lead to the shattering of many of the old shibboleths, and some actual progress, a hope that seems to have already been lost in the usual political mediocrity.  Anyway, IMPROVEMENTS:

  • "COVID-19 Planning: Is It Time to Nationalize Big Pharma?" (Barker);
  • "The Time Is Ripe for More Socialism | Opinion" (Robinson);
  • "The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?" (Bregman) (I've been plowing through too many of the 'big idea' pandemic essays, replete with multiple references to simply awful French 'philosophers', and this is about the only one I can stand, or even make it to the end without the help of a sick bag);
  • "The Economics and Politics of Social Democracy: A Reconsideration" (Storm).

Roof Koreans

"US Media Failed to Factcheck Sweden’ Herd Immunity Hoax" (deMause).  "Sweden 'wrong' not to shut down, says former state epidemiologist" (Orange):
"For two days last week Sweden had the highest per capita death rate in the world on a seven-day rolling average, and the overall death toll is expected to pass 4,000 this weekend.
Per capita death rates in Denmark, Finland and Norway, which all put in place far-reaching lockdowns, are now, respectively, four, seven and nine times lower than that of Sweden."
"The Blue Plague and Black Death" (Ford).

"Europe's Covid predicament – how do you solve a problem like the anti-vaxxers?" (Oltermann).

"Coronavirus conspiracy theories are frustrating ER doctors" (Collins).  Tweet (Megan Ranney MD MPH):
"Here's a short list of things we do and don't yet know about #COVID19."
I know it's Bellingcat, and thus carries a strong overwhelming PR component, but this is interesting:  "The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think" (Wilson/Evans).  There is a curious - and I don't know how sincere - part of white nationalism that has decided that race is less important than fighting the government and the police (which Anglin calls 'badge niggers'), and the strikingly woke concept that American blacks are just the most oppressed of a country which is entirely oppressed.  Some terms:  "Boogaloo Bois", "Big Igloo Bois", "WTSHTF", "Vote from the rooftops", "roof Koreans", "icehouse".  It is also interesting how a lot of these groups have moved to Facebook, and will no doubt eventually be shut down.  

Alternate, very alternate, history!:  "The 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests Were Caused In Part By Feral Joggers" (Knickerbocker).

"Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's Press Conference Was Full Of Optimism For The Future" (Korybko).  China's belief in itself was reinforced by a successful campaign against the pandemic, while the West's failures are the final proof that the Assholian Empire is finished.

"The new cold war; The Industrial Dependence War:" (Kadi).  I wouldn't bet against China on this war.

Things are bad enough without making orange-man-bad shit up:  "WaPo’s Dirt On Trump’s ‘Rapid’ Nuclear Testing Is A Real Dud" (Ritter).  Yet . . .  "Trump’s War on Arms Control and Disarmament" (Goodman).  "Trump the Peace Candidate? This President Abhors International Treaties" (Giraldi).  "Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list" (Van Auken).  "Cuba Is Punished for not Emulating the U.S." (Wadi). "The US Rubbished Another Arms Control Regime As Part Of Its Risky Renegotiating Gamble" (Korybko).  "Trump White House ditches yet another disarmament deal, ponders new nuke tests and announces U.S. withdrawal from WHO" (Mason).  "Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization" (Ehley/Ollstein).

The extreme anti-globalism/anti-diplomacy is leading me to think that the Powers That Be will ensure a Democrat is the next President, as Trump is upsetting the balance too quickly.

"New Evidence of US Ties to Terrorists in the Middle East" (Kulikov).  "U.S. Syria Representative Says His Job Is to Make the War a 'Quagmire' for Russia" (Brennan).  "US military presence in Iraq aimed at protecting Israel’s security, interests: PMU leader".

"Yemen: When will its Miseries and Agonies End?" (Mikhin).  You can almost see this turning into a Saudi-UAE war.

"Israel’s Netanyahu says the Quiet Part Out Loud: Palestinians to be “subjects,” not Citizens in Apartheid Annexation" (Cole).

"The US Is Trying to Dismember China by Promoting Separatism in Its Regions" (Etler/Diary).  On the other hand, breaking California off from Assholia would be a huge boon for California, and the rest of the planet.  I hope the Chinese are working on it.

"Leaving out long-term care was medicare's original sin — and we're paying for it now" (Wherry).

"Exclusive images from inside British court expose Assange’s un-democratic treatment, physical deterioration" (Blumenthal).  I wonder if taking these pictures will be found to be contempt of court.

"Moral Outrage as a Sign of Trustworthiness and Long-Term Mate Value" (MacDonald).  "Competitive virtue signaling". This is all deeply flawed, as there is no 'left', and identity politics is presented in lieu of social/economic progress.  It is worth thinking about who is manipulating these sharply defined examples of competitive virtue signaling, reminding me again of A. Nolen and the CIA's deep behind-the-scenes involvement in steering social and cultural and even artistic norms.

"Mutually Assured Deconstruction"

Friday, May 29, 2020

Big failure

"What if China Promoted Hawaiian Independence?" (Petersen).

"The Big Failure of Small Government" (Mazzucato/Quaggiotto):
"Unfortunately, for the last half-century, the prevailing political message in many countries has been that governments cannot – and therefore should not – actually govern. Politicians, business leaders, and pundits have long relied on a management creed that focuses obsessively on static measures of efficiency to justify spending cuts, privatization, and outsourcing.

As a result, governments now have fewer options for responding to the crisis, which may be why some are now desperately clinging to the unrealistic hope of technological panaceas such as artificial intelligence or contact-tracing apps. With less investment in public capacity has come a loss of institutional memory (as the UK’s government has discovered) and increased dependence on private consulting firms, which have raked in billions. Not surprisingly, morale among public-sector employees has plunged in recent years.

Consider two core government responsibilities during the COVID-19 crisis: public health and the digital realm. In 2018 alone, the UK government outsourced health contracts worth £9.2 billion ($11.2 billion), putting 84% of beds in care homes in the hands of private-sector operators (including private equity firms). Making matters worse, since 2015, the UK’s National Health Service has endured £1 billion in budget cuts.

Outsourcing by itself is not the problem. But the outsourcing of critical state capacities clearly is, especially when the resulting public-private “partnerships” are not designed to serve the public interest. Ironically, some governments have outsourced so eagerly that they have undermined their own ability to structure outsourcing contracts. After a 12-year effort to spur the private sector to develop low-cost ventilators, the US government is now learning that outsourcing is not a reliable way to ensure emergency access to medical equipment.

Meanwhile, Vietnam’s successful approach to COVID-19 has emerged as a striking contrast to the US and UK responses. Among other things, the Vietnamese government was able to amass low-cost testing kits very quickly, because it already had the capacity to mobilize academia, the army, the private sector, and civil society around a common mission. Rather than simply outsourcing with few questions asked, it used public research and development funding and procurement to drive innovation. The resulting public-private collaboration enabled rapid commercialization of kits, which are now being exported to Europe and beyond. 
New Zealand is another success story, and not by coincidence. After initially adopting the outsourcing mantra in the 1980s, the New Zealand government changed course, embracing a “spirit of service” and an “ethic of care” across its public services, and becoming the first country in the world to adopt a wellbeing budget. Owing to this vision of public management, the government adopted a “health first, economy second” approach to the current crisis. Rather than seeking herd immunity, it committed early to preventing infection."
There should be a law that any politician who even whispers 'public-private partnership' should be immediately arrested, given a half-hour fair trial, and shot dead. Again, in any crisis situation, nobody has ever been able to afford a conservative government.  The inevitable disaster is built into their politics, which is basically selling ideological nonsense to justify grifting and grasping by the 1%.

"Intel: Top adviser signals Biden would keep troops in Syria as leverage" (Hagedorn).  Per adviser Tony Blinken, sorry, spelling, (((Tony Blinken))).

A lot of 'progressives' have suddenly turned into raging libertarians, and it is not a good look (Dissident Voice used to be better than this):  "Collaborators and Resisters" (Willers).  I'm getting a good dose of Clarification with each new day (46 47 0 is particularly disappointing, as he's completely lost the rootedness in the facts that was his signal strength).

"Bill Clinton Denies Having An Affair With Ghislaine Maxwell" (Allison).  "I did not have sexual relations with that woman".

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Terror gasoline

"A Death in Herzliya" (Giraldi).  The ridiculous deflecting defection story at the end is all the proof you need that the Americans are changing the subject away from the obvious, an assassination ordered by the out-of-control Fat Fuck.

"Confirmed: Trump Ordered Syria’s Wheat Crop Burned During Pandemic (Russian media strangely silent)" (Sahiounie).  "The US’ “Medical Terrorism” Against Syria Threatens to Make World War C Much Deadlier" (Korybko).  It why the Assholes are assholes.  Nobody else acts like this, it is practically medieval.  And you won't ever, ever, ever see the tiniest complaint about any of this from the Assholian 'left'.

"Russia, China won’t accept US nuclear superiority" (Bhadrakumar).  "U.S. Threatens New Nuclear Tests To Push China Into A Treaty It Does Not Want" (Moon).

"NATO rejects Russia’s offer to MUTUALLY freeze military drills amid Covid-19 pandemic".

Tweet (Rania Khalek):
"“Terror gasoline”?? 
Police keep killing black people in your country ON VIDEO and then gassing the people who protest. Shut up about Venezuela. You’re the ones who need humanitarian intervention."
"Media Ignores Israel Connection to Eric Schmidt’s Push for NY “Smart Cities”" (Webb).  Hymietown can't dodge the Khazar bullet that Toronto somehow managed to dodge.

"How the Rich Fled NYC (and infected America)".  What would have happened had the pandemic attacked the fly-over states first?  Almost certainly nothing, it would have been called 'the flu', and the deplorables left to die.

"U.S. Declares a Vaccine War on the World" (Purkayastha).  I'm not concerned about this as the Assholian model is so decrepit that it won't be Assholes who discover a vaccine (although, for profits, they may very well poison their own people with a fake one).  The Assholian Empire is in total free fall.

"Settler leaders produce map they claim shows Trump plan for Palestinian state" (Magid).  Once the thieves steal the next batch of land they will be 'surrounded' by the land they haven't yet stolen, obviously 'unacceptable', an 'existential threat' (you anti-Semites don't expect us to live that close to 'terrorists', do you?), and requiring the theft of that land too.  That, in a nutshell, is the story of Israel.  Khazars are, and always have been, fundamentally thieves.

"Operation ‘Addictive Candy’: How Israel Silenced a Spy Privy to One of Its Darkest Intelligence Debacles" (Greenhalgh).  (((They))) would regard this as an example of their essential humanity, as distinct from the farm animals, in that they didn't just kill him.

"Forgotten History of the Persian Corridor" (Zinin).

"Canada's progressives are easily impressed" (Mitrovica).  Ford benefited from extremely low expectations, so when he didn't come out like a Trump-style blathering idiot, and seemed to follow the science, people temporarily forgot that a lot of the pandemic problem was directly caused by Ford's cutting of services (in order to build, as conservatives do, a cache of 'savings' to be passed on as 1% tax cuts before the next election).

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Insanely high price

Tweets by Five Alive on the Meng Wanzhou case, asking "My real question is, for this insanely high price, what the fuck do we as a country gain from this?"  Simple, the Epstein pedo blackmail tapes don't get released.  That doesn't help Assholia, but it sure removes the pressure from Assholian politicians.

Fraud

Tweets (CBC News Alerts):
"B.C. Supreme Court judge delivers major blow to Meng Wanzhou, ruling that extradition proceedings against the Huawei executive should proceed. Judge rules the offence Meng is accused of by American prosecutors would be considered a crime if it occurred in Canada."
and:
"The BC ruling says the essence of Meng’s alleged crime is fraud. Meng, the 48-year-old chief financial officer of the telecommunications giant, is charged with fraud in the United States for allegedly deceiving banks into a possible violation of economic sanctions against Iran."
and:
"The BC court ruling on Meng Wanzhou means the proceedings and the extradition bid will proceed, but it does not mean that she will be extradited. Meng's legal team had argued that Canada doesn't have the same sanctions against Iran, so no crime had been committed."
The 'fraud' bit is one of the most crooked bits of judicial pettifoggery I've seen.

Surveillance cameras

"EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein had surveillance cameras hidden throughout his properties worldwide in a 'blackmail scheme' to extort his powerful friends, victims tell new Netflix doc about the pedophile" (Bates).

Closer, but still spinning it as if the blackmail were for money, rather than political favors for the Khazars.

Apologies

"In Ukraine and the Middle East, Canada is not an “honest broker”" (ceasefire.ca).  Tweet (Brazil Wire):
"Sound truck at a minor protest in São Paulo today flew the flag of Ukrainian Neonazis “Right Sector”. Members of the Brazilian extreme-right have been trained in Ukraine, as reported by the @FT in January 2017. https://ft.com/content/f9ee01ca-ce49-11e6-864f-20dcb35cede2"
"A Netflix Documentary On Jeffrey Epstein Is Providing Us With More Gross Stories About Prince Andrew" (Allison).  (((They)))'ve decided to put it all on Randy Andy.

Tweet (Max Blumenthal):
"Another racist police murder in the USA, all captured on camera. Meanwhile, over at
@KenRoth's Human Rights Watch, five tweets attacking Venezuela have been published in the past 24 hours. And strangely nothing has been said about this homemade human rights crime."
Clarified enough for you?: "Facebook appoints Israeli censor to oversight board" (Nassar).

"Canada’s military reports ‘extremely troubling’ conditions in Ontario long-term-care homes" (Campion-Smith).  Both Ford and Beardboy are shocked - shocked! - to learn that there is gambling going on in the casino.  It's a wonderful industry - your profits are directly tied to human suffering.  All the owners of these facilities, and all the politicians who took their bribes, should be in jail for decades.  Putting the foxes in charge of policing the chicken coop:  tweet (Nora Loreto):
"More than 100 residents and one staff have died at the agencies owned or managed by people Doug Ford appointed to his advisory committee to look into LTC staffing, appointed last February."
"Trudeau says China ‘doesn’t seem to understand’ Canada’s judicial independence" (Connolly).  China knows what a sniveling, groveling lackey looks like.

"'Everybody will love it': A four-day work week could help rebuild Canada's economy post-COVID-19, experts say" (Lindores).  You know things are shook when The World's Worst Newspaper publishes something like this, albeit just spreading the hours into fewer days.

"The FBI, the Fusion Center, and the Far Right: US creep in Brazil" (Viana)  Inviting the FBI to operate, illegally, in Brazil.

Tweet (Ben Norton):
"Huge: The ex US ambassador to China admitted Chinese President Xi Jinping didn't want to militarize the South China Sea and offered a peace agreement, but the Obama admin rejected his olive branch and continued militarizing the region  
USA is the aggressor"
"Left Gatekeepers Through the New Left: Monitored Rebellion (Part 2)" (Lerro).  More content here than anything else today, probably more content than anything else so far this year.

"RAY McGOVERN: Turn Out the Lights, Russiagate is Over".  "What Evelyn Fakas, Trey Gowdy and Some Others Dubiously Have in Common" (Averko):
"Solomon is in line with the U.S. Republican Party establishment which (grudgingly or otherwise) accept Trump. For these folks, debunking the belief of a Trump-Russia collusion is a paramount interest, unlike clearing Russia of wrongdoing. This mindset rightfully ridicules Adam Schiff for saying that he has proof of a Trump-Russia collusion against Hillary Clinton, while accepting the assertion of Russian government U.S. election meddling, without any conclusive proof given."
"The Harm of the Anti-Vaccination Movement" (Miller).

The CDC, squeezed out of virus decision making for the unpardonable sin of being honest, has worked its way back into Trump's good graces by creatively lying:  "‘How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?’" (Madrigal/Meyer) (I know it's The Atlantic, normally 100% farm animal tricking, but they seem to have the data, and it is striking that the CDC is back in the game after producing Trump-friendly numbers).

"Why Barnard Castle" (Murray).

"The "Lockdown" Has Turned America Into a Despotic, Cash-Strapped Basket-Case" (Whitney).  Some of the comments are infinitely better (smarter/saner), than this now typical Whitney lunacy.  The most striking thing is that Assholia would have been much, much better off, both health-wise and economically, had Trump not listened to the hedge fund managers - you know, the ones who received much of THE LARGEST THEFT IN WORLD HISTORY - and his idiot son-in law, and shut things down two - or, preferably, four - weeks earlier.

"How Covid-19 is Creating a Social-Distancing Version of War" (Sjursen).  You really have to wonder if Trump's relative lack of bellicosity, e.g., passing up the Iran tankers to Venezuela, is forced by the fact the Pentagon is not in fighting form due to the virus.

"Mike Pompeo Is the Worst Secretary of State Ever" (Friedman)!  It seems (((they))) have decided it would be Better for the Jews for Trump to keep that Kansas Senate seat by having Pompeo run there.

"What Google and Facebook Are Hiding" (Unz).  On the most recent wave of (((censorship))), under cover of virus, and Pompeo's message-sending assassination of a Chinese diplomat in Israel.

"Apology Day" (Hornberger).

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Pariah states

The sad diplomatic train-wreck that was Australia's attempt to act as lackey for Trump against the WHO and China:  "Truth Vaccine Kills Australian-American Campaign Against China in World Health Organisation Debate" (Helmer).

""The US Is Bluffing": China Claims Trump Too "Weakened" By Pandemic To Intervene In Hong Kong" (Durden).  Also the surprising lack of the formerly inevitable Assholian violence over the Iranian tankers supplying Venezuela.  Abrams much be having a fit!  The only two 'pariah states' I know of are Assholia and its boss Khazaria.

""Like It Was Designed To Infect Humans": COVID-19 'Cell Culture' Theory Gains Steam" (Durden):
"When asked why mainstream scientists are still clinging to the theory that the virus originated in a Wuhan wet market, he said that scientists "try not to be political" but that that scientists who support the lab escape theory risk negatively impacting their industry with tighter laboratory controls.
"For instance, if it was to turn out that this virus may have come about because of an accidental lab release that would have implications for how we do viral research in laboratories all around the world which could make doing research much harder," he said, adding "So I think the inclination of virus researchers would be to presume that it came from an animal until proven otherwise because that would have less ramifications for how we are able to do research in the future. The alternative obviously has quite major implications for science and science on viruses, not just obviously political ramifications which we’re all well aware of.""
"Disgraced Anti-Vaxx Child Abuser Andrew Wakefield Tortures History" (VT Editors).

"Zionists Have Feelings Too" (Giraldi).  (((Control))) of language is big.  It goes back to enforcing the use of the term 'anti-Semite' to refer to skepticism about people who aren't Semites!  "Memorial Day".

Epstein is more relevant than ever as it was his blackmail material that was behind THE BIGGEST THEFT IN WORLD HISTORY:  "Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly searched trailer parks to find Epstein victims" (Sheehy).

Monday, May 25, 2020

Grifting

"As 38.6 Million File for Unemployment, Wealth of Billionaires surged $435 Bn" (Ocampo/Collins).

"If Trump had Closed Down U.S. 2 weeks Earlier, 50,000 Lives would have been Saved"  And the hedge fund managers who told President Jared to instruct Trump to wait were punished for this mass slaughter by being allowed to share in THE LARGEST THEFT IN WORLD HISTORY.

"Trump and Pompeo Back Down From Iran as Second Tanker Reaches Venezuela".  "Iran surges in Venezuela in defiance of US sanctions" (Bhadrakumar).

"New NYPD press officer co-wrote The Intercept Russiagate story that landed source in prison" (Norton).  Unfortunately, this is exactly what we've come to expect from The Intercept.

Ha!:  "White House Imposes Travel Ban On Brazilians As US Nears 100k Deaths: Live Updates" (Durden).

"In the Midst of Total Economic Collapse, US Government Vows to Continue Sending Billions to Israel" (Anglin).  Blackmail works!  "US Senate Quietly Approves $38 Billion for Israel Amid Historic Economic Downturn" (Weir).  They are completely aware of how shameful it is:
"The bill was passed by the committee under two unusual circumstances and with almost no public awareness.
First, Senate Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) refused to allow a live stream of the meeting, despite the fact that the Senate Rules panel had recommended that extra efforts be taken to ensure public transparency while the Capitol is closed to the public and the presence of reporters is severely limited. The Senate’s Press Gallery Standing Committee of Correspondents had objected strongly to Risch’s decision.
Second, the bill was passed without being named, debated, or even discussed, even though it would set into law the largest such aid package in U.S. history. There has been no mention of the bill by most media in the United States.
The massive package is particularly noteworthy in light of the current devastation to the American taxpayers who will be footing the bill – over $10 million per day. In recent months approximately 30 million Americans have lost jobs, 100,000 small businesses have already closed forever, and over seven million are at risk of doing so.
The bill was voted on as part of a package of 15 bills that were voted on “en bloc” (all together).
After Senator Kaine said he didn’t know what the list contained, Risch responded: “I’m not trying to pull anything here… this was circulated among the staff.”
Risch then rapidly listed the numbers but did not give the titles. There was then a voice vote and the motion passed unanimously."
"Coronagrifting: A Design Phenomenon" (Wagner).

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Lesserevilism

"Why the Left’s Case for Lesser Evil Sounds Hollow" (Cook).

"The War Nerd: How Many Dead Yemeni Nobodies Does It Take to Equal 1 WaPo Contributor?" (Brecher).

You know:
  1. lesserevilism amongst political parties (not a problem in most places however much the locals would like their choices to be better);
  2. a professional 'journalist' having laughable problems writing about an imperial war; and
  3. the UK and USA being the world champions in promoting the success of the virus
are connected to imperialism.

The current hegemon, and former hegemon, now lackey/sidekick to the current hegemon, have an Empire to run.  The other complication is that a mini-imperialist, Israel, has its claws firmly around the neck of both through bribery/blackmail.  The Empire is Everything.  The fake 'alternative' party - which the UK is also now suffering under, both countries having cleanly removed the threat (Sanders/Corbyn) to the single-minded concentration on the imperial goal - the comical stylings of 'journalists' in both countries, and their shared complete incompetence at looking after the welfare of their own people, all these things are evidence that running an Empire requires full concentration, and can't be interrupted by party politics, facts, or the health and welfare of domestic populations.

We marvel at the consistent mediocrity of the Democrats (not to mention the obvious lying of 'journalists', and the spectacular virus problems), and the train-wreck spectacle that is Biden, made even more obvious by the fact that politics (journalism/public health) has been set up as a competitive space.  Don't they want to win?  Well, they don't.  They just want to do their bit to help out the Empire.  The only time they try to compete is when they think their guy would be better at running the Empire than the other guy, and that's been largely based on the perceived charisma of their guy - Bill Clinton, Obama - being better able to sell the Empire.  Trump's big failing is his unwillingness to start wars, particularly of course the all-important Wars For The Jews, but he can't be criticized in all the other aspects of running the Empire, were he has undeniably reached Peak Asshole.  In the Imperial Theater that is US party politics, everything is just fine (and this despite the fact in every respect China is eating their lunch, which is fine as long as the 'journalists' hide it and the public health debacle is blamed on China).

Living in the Empire isn't quite as bad as living as a victim of the Empire, but it is getting close.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Pandemic botox/vice-signaling

"America the Terrified: What Makes This Superpower So Sensitive?" (Armstrong).  You have to remember that most of this phony concern is just a way to gin up more Wars For The Jews, always predicated in the amazing 'self-defense' excuse - we had to slaughter them before they slaughtered us!

"Israel Perfecting Surveillance Tech" (Giraldi).  In thousands of years, nobody has developed the tech to be able to survive with Khazars.

"Laurence Tribe roasted for advocating herd immunity on coronavirus: 'You go first'" (Concha).  The Khazars are having trouble hiding their anti-gentilism, in this case, sending the farm animals out to die.  See also, 'vice signaling':  "As Bethany Mandel's 'grandma killer' tweet proves, vice-signaling is the right's newest and most toxic trend" (Berlatsky).  'Richard M. Nixon' on the Mandel family!

"How Private Equity Is Ruining American Health Care" (Perlberg) (see also).  Everybody, except for Assholes, and those influenced by Assholes (e.g., conservatives in Canada), has at least a vague understanding that there are certain fields that are not improved by being subject to turbo-capitalism.  Heath care should be part of the 'commons', and not turned into a series of profit centers and grasped to death at the expense of human life.

"Magic and voodoo versus science and medicine" (Madsen).  This strange anti-science is something you only see in rural areas of under-developed countries, and in Assholia, where it is constantly exploited for political purposes by the extreme right..

"Guccifer 2.0’s Hidden Agenda" (Leonard).  Guccifer 2.0 seemed to be trying to take down WikiLeaks by making WikiLeaks seem to be a Russian intelligence operation, or at least a stooge of Russian intelligence.  The American (?) spies weren't quite smart enough to hide all the 'tells'.

The class warfare of Russiagate:  "Why Russiagate Still Matters" (Urie).

"America Last as World Rejects Trump’s China Witch-Hunt".  You keep yelling 'jump', and one day the lackeys stop asking 'how high', and that's it.  You're finished.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Asian Century

"Leading Neocon Directs Pentagon Middle East Planning" (Giraldi).  On Ledeen's daughter Simone:
"Simone has now been appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense (DASD) for the Middle East, which is the principal position for shaping Pentagon policy for that region. Post 9/11, Ledeen’s leading neocon father Michael was the source of the expressions “creative destruction” and “total war” as relating to the Muslim Middle East, where “civilian lives cannot be the total war’s first priority … The purpose of total war is to permanently force your will onto another people.” He is also a noted Iranophobe, blaming numerous terrorist acts on that country even when such claims were ridiculous. He might also have been involved in the generation in Italy of the fabricated Iraq Niger uranium documents that contributed greatly to the march to war with Saddam.

Apparently Simone’s gene pool makes her qualified to lead the Pentagon into the Middle East, where she no doubt has views that make her compatible with the Trump/Pompeo current spin on the Iranian threat. The neocon Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) gushed “Simone Ledeen has worked at the Pentagon & Treasury and at a major bank. Exactly what we should want for such a position.” Of course, FDD, the leading advocate of war with Iran, also wants someone who will green light destroying the Persians.

Ledeen, a Brandeis graduate with an MBA from an Italian university, worked in and out of government in various advisory capacities before joining Standard Chartered Bank. One of her more interesting roles was as an advisor to General Michael Flynn in Afghanistan at a time when Flynn was collaborating with her father on a book that eventually came out in 2016 entitled The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and its Allies. The book asserts that there is a global war going on in which “We face a working coalition that extends from North Korea and China to Russia, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua.” The book predictably claims that Iran is at the center of what is an anti-American alliance.

The extent to which Simone has absorbed her father’s views and agrees with them can, of course, be questioned, but her appointment is yet another indication, together with the jobs previously given to John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Elliot Abrams, that the Trump Administration is intent on pursuing a hardline aggressive policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. It is also an unfortunate indication that the neoconservatives, pronounced dead after the election of Trump, are back and resuming their drive to obtain the positions of power that will permit endless war, starting with Iran."
"The COVID-19 Pandemic, Canada’s National Emergency Strategic Stockpile, Expired N95 Masks and Missing Masks" (Brett).  To be fair, they always need money to cover tax cuts for the 1% or to pay for the incomprehensibly high cost of Wars For The Jews, and every nickel spent on medical equipment is taken right out of the grasp of some starving billionaire or at the expense of an unstolen square inch of land.

"Coronafacts: IFR ≈ 1%, Spread Low" (Karlin).  As the numbers slowly ooze in, the consensus seems to be IFR of around 1%, and, in most places, disappointingly low infection rates no where near to any kind of 'herd immunity'.

"Sweden's former health chief says the country's coronavirus strategy 'hasn't been the smartest' and it should've spent at least a month locked down" (Brueck/Wyman).

"Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots" (Hao).  The title understates the numbers in the article.

"Flights continue to land in the US from Wuhan and the rest of China and Europe despite travel ban to stop the spread of coronavirus amid warning passengers are not being screened properly" (Sharp).

"Asian century began in May 2020" (Goldman).

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Working Computer & Controls

Lawfare and other Khazar assaults on their hosts, all in aid, of course, of killing people and stealing their land (a small selection of recent atrocities - remind me again why we put up with any of this crap):
  1. "How Israel lobby pressured a Pittsburgh university" (Barrows-Friedman) (all (((their))) tools on full display);
  2. "Pro-Israel group fails to have BDS supporting professor removed";
  3. "US threatens ‘consequences’ if ICC acts on Israel’s war crimes";
  4. "Rep. Ilhan Omar is challenged by the Israel lobby" (Towns);
  5. "Smear campaign targets Palestinians working with ICC" (Murphy);
  6. "What You Need to Know about the ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine" (Baroud/Rubeo);
  7. "Hardline settler to lead Israel’s fight against ICC" (Murphy);
  8. "Leading British Jewish group’s claim it is neutral on West Bank annexation should fool nobody" (Cohen);
  9. "Israel’s new US ambassador took credit for states passing anti-BDS laws" (Arria);
  10. "Agent for Israel drops lawsuit against National Lawyers Guild" (Barrows-Friedman);
  11. "Bipartisan lawmakers call on Pompeo to defend Israel against ICC probes" (Kelly);
  12. "Siding With Israel, Germany Says ICC Has No Jurisdiction in Palestinian Territories" (Landau) (the wise way to regard Germany, consistently from the 1930s to today, is that it is just a Rothschild tool);
  13. "ADL leader’s announcement that Jewish tomb in Iran was ‘set afire’ appears to be baseless" (Weiss/North);
  14. "State Department Outlines Wacky Scheme to Bully Foreign Countries Into Loving the Jews" (Anglin);
  15. "With Friends Like These…" (Alcott);
  16. "After Youtube and Facebook, Vimeo bans ‘Sayed Hasan’ & Nasrallah’s videos" (Vimeo = (((Diller)))); and
  17. "With Corbyn gone, the Israel lobby is targeting Palestinians directly" (Cook); and
  18. "New Labour purge against Israel critics" (Winstanley).
Cobban on imperial decline:
  1. "“Recovery” of nations from Covid-19";
  2. "US hegemony evaporates at “Warp Speed”";
  3. "Covid crisis brings new global influence for China?";
  4. "Pueyo and Haque on the effects of Covid-19"; and
  5. "Not Cold War 2.0. More like imperial collapse."
Truer words never spoken - what a complete shitshow!: tweet (FranklyMyDear):
"One thing shining through that Canadians will remember forever - is that when times were #COVID19 tough Canada's Conservative Reform Party was only a hindrance to us getting through it, and absolutely no help at all. No solutions, no vision, only pettiness and whining #cdnpoli"
There is no possible way to justify the conduct of Sheer and his party throughout the pandemic.  I don't like Conservatives, but the level to which they have sunk is simply unbelievable, even to me.

The Cayman Islands of Assholia:  "Billionaire divorce uncovers secretive world of trusts in South Dakota" (Frank/Connelly/Zamost).

"La Kosher Nostra Runs Ukraine" (Trey Knickerbocker).

"Michael Cohen to be released Thursday and will serve remaining prison sentence at home" (Shortell/LeBlanc).  This pos gangster is out, and Assange is still in.

"There's No Longer Any Question That Biden Carried Out A Cover-Up In Ukraine" (Korybko):
"The Daily Beast reported that suspicions are swirling over whether the leak was an inside job in Ukraine or the result of so-called "Russian hacking", but that's just an attempt to distract from the calls, just like the unproven claims that Russia was responsible for hacking the DNC's emails four years ago. The real Ukrainegate scandal therefore wasn't over the now-debunked allegations that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with current Ukrainian President Zelensky in an attempt to reopen this investigation for supposedly political reasons, but over Biden's attempts to cover up his son's corruption in Ukraine in order to not hurt the Vice President's future campaign prospects. This is similar in essence to how the real Russiagate scandal wasn't about Russia allegedly helping Trump, but about Hillary trading the US' strategic uranium deposits for Clinton Foundation kickbacks."
Tiny example of the huge 'scientific' astroturfing going on, the kind of thing that real conspiracy theorists should be all over, if they weren't themselves corrupted:  "JetBlue’s Founder Helped Fund A Stanford Study That Said The Coronavirus Wasn’t That Deadly" (Lee).  Whenever you see one of the 'maverick' but unheard of 'scientists' made up to be the most important researcher of all time I can guarantee there is astroturf money behind it.

"Anons grandpa is welsh" (r/greentext).  Another denier.

A house for sale in Pittsburgh.  Scroll through the pictures.  "Command Center Rear Wall opens up to the Spaceship Main Bridge-Working Computer & Controls".  The owners must be wonderful.

Yuger

"How the FBI's intelligence experiment went wrong" (Casey) (this whole except is philosophically superb in describing the fundamental contradictions which come up if a law enforcement operation is turned to attempting intelligence work):
"When the FBI became intelligence-driven, it didn’t have to stop being fact-driven. Exhibit A is Christopher Steele, who was never a collector of facts — he was a former foreign intelligence officer, and there’s a huge difference: A spy’s singular mission is to break the laws of the countries to which they are assigned and get citizens to commit espionage. Facts don’t matter — only results. The FBI agents who handled or listened to Steele should not have treated him as the confidential human source he never was but as a conduit for the transmission of unverified information.

When intelligence started coming into headquarters from Steele and other confidential sources, it was treated as part of a labyrinth of possibilities. Unlike a criminal investigation, where facts matter, none of what the bureau got was verifiable. Yet no one involved at HQ appears to have cared if the intelligence on Trump campaign allies Carter Page, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone was factually true. (The latter two later were prosecuted for crimes that occurred before and after the campaign.)

To the headquarters executives and lawyers running the Trump-Russia investigation, this was the best of both worlds: a criminal investigation into Russian collusion masquerading as a counterintelligence case, where information was not evidence and therefore fungible.

Former FBI Director James Comey, in testimony to Congress on national television, announced that a counterintelligence case had been opened on the Trump campaign. Think about that: The very announcement that a counterintelligence case exists is, de facto, the end of such an investigation; the “enemy” knows the jig is up. Did Comey really know that little about counterintelligence?

Even after President Trump took office, the FBI was running a criminal investigation under the rubric of a counterintelligence investigation. How do we know? Because it was perhaps the most important case in the history of the bureau and they didn’t tell the boss. If it really was a counterintelligence case — that’s what the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) is used for, after all — why hide it from the chief consumer of counterintelligence, the president?

On Jan. 13, 2017, the FBI interviewed Steele’s only sub-source and determined his dossier on which the entire Russia collusion case was built was bogus. Not only were the four subjects of confidential information not suspects in the crime, but the FBI now knew there was no crime. What law enforcement agency keeps investigating a crime it finds out didn’t happen? Answer: one that has parallel counterintelligence authorities.  
So, agents pressed on with three additional FISA warrants, a legally dubious approach to getting then-national security adviser Michael Flynn to lie about a conversation with the Russian ambassador, for which the FBI already had a transcript, in order to prosecute him for the lie or get him fired. And they opened a criminal investigation on the president of the United States for lawfully firing Comey. These tactics might have been laudable had the FBI been a foreign intelligence agency directing agents against a foreign target, not against American citizens and a presidential administration."