Thursday, April 02, 2020

'Normal' is insane

"Is the U.S. Able to Handle COVID-19? – Global Prospects Hang on This Question" (Crooke).  I would say overall that Crooke is the best writer on these big subjects, but this is disappointingly hidebound.  The problem isn't getting back to 'normal', the problem is that 'normal' is insane.

"COVID-19: The Capitalist Emperor has no Clothes" (Baraka):
"The dictatorship of the capitalist class has survived because the class reality of the dictatorship has been obscured. Limited democracy, social democracy, white nationalism in the form of patriotism, the corruption of unions, the post-war compromise between capital and labor, state subsidies for the expansion of the white middle-class, debt-driven consumption and cross-class white suppression of the democratic and human rights of African Americans provided the material and ideological basis for the perpetuation of the dictatorship throughout most of the 20th century and into the 21st.
However, the systemic failure of the capitalist order trigged by the coronavirus has reinforced the growing awareness among the population that extreme wealth inequality is not just a temporary quirk that can be remedied with tax and some redistributive policies but a fundamental characteristic of the system.
For example, the debate that took place leading up to the passing of the legislation by Congress to address COVID-19’s impact dramatically exposed a capitalist class agenda that was objectively opposed to the interest of the entire working class, the poor, and the declining middle-class.
The people saw that billions of dollars were allocated to business while millions of people are facing an increasingly desperate situation. They are facing their second pay period without a full check and they are weeks away from receiving any kind of meaningful relief. But the peoples’ bills continue to mount up while the multinational corporations get bailed out. April rent and mortgage payments are due and with everyone home and eating more but with less money for food, thousands are being forced to go without or rely on food pantries. The $1,200 payoff is an insult.
And with the tragic reality of the shamefully inadequate public healthcare system in the U.S. and the rumors that private insurance healthcare premiums might increase 40% next year, the capitalists want to shut down any discussion around Medicare for All along with any discussion on nationalizing the healthcare industry.
While millions are losing their employer-based healthcare coverage, Biden says that nothing has changed his opposition to Medicare for All. Another neoliberal Democrat.
This is not being missed by many people.
The demystification of capitalism and a realistic understanding of the role of the U.S. in the global order is a good thing and that will be the silver lining coming out of this current crisis."
One of the biggest parts of the insanity, and, in a way, the easiest to fix (tax rates, guillotines), is the existence of the 0.1%, and the accompanying bad political choices foisted on everybody else by over concentration of wealth, an evil in and of itself:   "It's Time to Make Jeff Bezos Pay" (Striker).

"The US Tax System is a vast Ponzi Scheme that only Benefits the Wealthy" (Stephenson).

Are you fucking kidding me?:  "Donald Trump - A Great President By Walrus."  It is extremely difficult to imagine him being any worse at this (he looks good in comparison with Bolsonaro, but that's about it).  Assholians always regret losing a king, so whenever a leader seems to be doing something, anything, they rally around.

"Coronavirus embarrassed Trump and Bolsonaro. But the global right will fight back" (Gerbaudo) (the attempts to place blame on China for the terrible incompetence of Assholian leaders and the decrepitude of the Empire, and quite possibly to deflect attention from an Assholian and/or Khazar biological weapons program gone awry, is key to understanding the 'populist'/teabagger response - it's pathetic, but it is just about all they have left as this magnificent bastard of a virus literally puts the lie to every single tenet of their modern perversion of libertarianism):
"The difficulties experienced by national populists are unsurprising given they are no friends of the issues at the heart of this crisis: health, welfare and science. On the health front, the crisis reveals the folly of decades of underfunding and privatisation of the health system. Trump, Johnson and Salvini have embarrassing questions to answer in regard to their record as enemies of public healthcare. Furthermore, the crisis calls for a sea change in economic policy that is at odds with the ideological premises of national populism, which combines chauvinism on the cultural front and ultra-neoliberal policies on the economic front.
The glaring need for state protection of strategic national industries, starting with health equipment and pharmaceuticals, is no anathema for national-populists who have already embraced trade protectionism. But the populist right has strongly opposed welfare measures that are becoming a matter of necessity to avoid social catastrophe. Having repeatedly branded these policies as “dangerous” and “anti-patriotic”, these politicians find themselves in the embarrassing situation of having to espouse them.
Another skeleton in the closet is national-populists’ disparagement of science. The coronavirus emergency confronts us with a threat that is best understood and measured through the lens of science. Epidemiologists and virologists have acquired media prominence and the public has been diligently following their recommendations. It is not clear whether this will lead to greater public trust in science and an erosion of the anti-science attitudes that national populist leaders have toyed with. However, it can be expected that citizens will take more heed of the risks flagged by scientists, including the climate emergency, which is also bound to exacerbate the spread of diseases.
National-populists are well known for stoking people’s fears. But the fears now prevalent are not of the kind these leaders are best positioned to exploit. Due to the urgency of health and economic worries, migration – the populist right’s main enemy – has fallen in the list of priorities. Travel bans, and the fact that Europe and the US are the present focus of the pandemic, are leading to a drop in migration to these regions. In fact, we are now witnessing a historic reversal, with Mexico aiming to block the border with the US and African countries suspending flights from Europe, while UK farmers are organising charter planes to fly in farm workers from eastern Europe to prevent fruit and vegetables being left unpicked. However, if the global economic crisis results in a new wave of migration like that of 2015, this scenario could drastically change – national-populists will try to validate their narrative of cosmopolitan globalisation as a dangerous vector of all sorts of ills.
If the coronavirus crisis has momentarily disoriented the populist right, this does not mean it is vanquished. It would be misguided for the left to believe that this crisis will work out in its favour. The health crisis is bound to be followed by a deep economic crisis, more similar to the Great Depression than to the 2008 financial crisis, and the populist right has already demonstrated its ability to prey on popular despair and find social scapegoats for economic ills. It can be expected that it will go down the same road, if anything becoming even more vicious.
The authoritarian measures implemented on Monday by Viktor Orbán in Hungary, with the suspension of parliament and the introduction of government by decree, may be the shape of things to come. In Italy, Salvini had no qualms about applauding Orbán’s move. We are also likely to see an exacerbation of anti-Chinese rhetoric. Trump made no apologies for calling Covid-19 “the Chinese virus”, while Steve Bannon argued that Covid-19 is a “Chinese Communist Party virus”. Salvini has proposed that “if the Chinese government knew [about the virus] and didn’t tell it publicly, it committed a crime against humanity”, and allies in Brazil and Spain are adopting a similar line.
Given the ties among national-populists, including their botched attempt to establish a “nationalist international” under the auspices of Bannon’s Movement, this synchrony should not be taken as accidental. It has all the look of a coordinated strategy to channel the rage and despair caused by the crisis’s brutal human and economic toll towards a racial and ideological enemy conveniently identified in the Chinese government. Along with self-proclaimed socialists, all opponents are likely to be smeared as “Chinese collaborationists”: centrist US presidential candidate Joe Biden has already been termed “China’s choice for president” by the conservative National Review.
What may be in store is thus something much worse than the populist right of the 2010s: an extreme right using the whole arsenal of the red scare and rightwing authoritarianism to intimidate opponents and defend its interests from demands for meaningful economic redistribution. Though it has been confounded by this crisis, the populist right has not been suppressed. It is just mutating."
'Excess deaths' seems to be a good way to get at the hidden problem (due to severe, and intentional, under-testing): "Is Italy's COVID-19 Mortality Rate Even Worse Than Officials Are Letting On?" (Durden) (also).

"China Did Not Deceive Us - Counting Death During An Epidemic Is Really Difficult" (Moon).  One of the paradoxes we're getting our fill of in the west is that the more incompetent the counting, and testing, the better the awful politicians look (in the short run).

"Why Quebec’s coronavirus cases have skyrocketed" (Perreaux).  With hilarious/mischievous photo from a woke editor.

"Coronavirus: 4/1" ('Hunter Wallace').  Note the tweet by Kirk!

""Sailors Don't Need To Die": Captain Of Nuclear Carrier With Over 100 COVID-19 Cases Pleads For Help" (Durden).  A nation that is in a constant state of prepping for Wars For The Jews is a nation that has many people packed together like sardines, with nowhere to social distance.  Ships and bases are incubators.

Of course (((Marshall))) wants a bail-out of the Khazar monstrosity of the cruise industry:  "It Will Haunt History".  It's the St. Louis, again!  The more people who die on these ships the less likely this awful business will continue, which is better for everybody in the long run.

It's every goy for himself:  "Mossad officer describes covert global battle to obtain ventilators at all costs" (Bachner).  This may not be true - they probably just bought the stuff on the open market - but is is politically popular with the Khazars to think they might live at the expense of the goyim.

The Swedish 'experiment' on the Swedes may not be going so well, but the added steps look like nothing:  "Sweden Begins To Abandon Liberal Coronavirus Approach As Deaths Surge" (Watson).

"“Elderly, Evangelicals, and Rich” falling for Bolsonaro lies about Coronavirus".

"The US was named the best equipped country to deal with a pandemic not a year ago — what happened there?" (Andrews).  So funny!

"Benjamin Netanyahu Reportedly Mistook Hallmark Show For Horrifying Pandemic Conditions in Iran" (Crucchiola).  Poor Khazars, somebody should send them one of the standard Hallmark sympathy cards - Sorry The Blood Pouring From Your Fangs Was For Naught.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Magnificent bastard of a virus

This magnificent bastard of a virus is bringing out a lot of the contradictions in capitalism, in this case demonstrating the fact that the Powers That Be consider rentier culture to be the ultimate value which requires preserving, even as they spread a tiny amount of money around to ameliorate every other issue (which is a very good reason not to believe in the utter denialist conspiracy theories - the 1% would never intentionally do anything to bring about this much Clarification):  "Day 15: Rent's Due" (Levine):
"One thing that COVID-19 is going to do in the coming weeks and months is reveal the depth of America’s rentier culture. This is a place where you can be fired for anything at anytime — even during a pandemic. And it’s also a place where you can be thrown out on the street if you can’t pay rent — even during a pandemic. It’s a mean, brutal system, and it’s so deeply rooted that it’s never really challenged. But if this lockdown continues for even a few more months, we’re going to see this culture fail on a national level — requiring bailouts for landlords like we’ve never seen.

I’ve been thinking about this side of America from a Soviet perspective. As a kid, I grew up hearing my mom’s stories about being raised in a cramped communal apartment in Leningrad. She had three generations living in a single room in a giant apartment that housed something like 40 people — with only one bathroom and one kitchen to share among them. It was a tough life with almost no personal space. As housing was built by the state, the number of communal apartments declined. When I was born in 1981, my parents had already moved to 2-bedroom apartment in a housing development way out on the fringes of the city. It was small and cramped and we still had six people from three generations living there. But cramped as it was, everyone was guaranteed a place to live.

This was a huge radical break from Russia’s czarist past, where even employed government clerks in St. Petersburg could afford little more than a dirty room and subsistence living — like Gogol’s Akaky Akakievich. And lowly laborers in the city had it real bad. They slept on wooden cots in pay-per-night slum dorms — and had no right to even that if they couldn’t pay.

Sure there were a lot of problems with the Soviet Union, but there were also a lot of great and radical things. One of them was that not everything was commercialized. As shitty as the housing might have been, you had a right to it. This was extremely radical politics a century ago in the Russian Empire, and it’s still extremely radical politics in our America Empire today. Even for me to say “housing for all, no matter what” sounds funny. It’s just “not serious.” And just look at the tens of thousands of people pushed to the streets here in Los Angeles. 
But if COVID-19 continues, this “radical” notion about housing might start making a lot more sense to a lot more people."
"Imagining How the World of Finance Really Works" (Vrettos interviews Hudson).

"Debt Collection Industry Deems Itself Essential to “Financial Health” of Consumers, Fights COVID-19 Shutdown" (Fang).

"The profit system is sabotaging the struggle against the coronavirus" (Martin).  It's funny how Trump constantly brings out the corporadoes, vouching for themselves and each other, when any fool can see it is all a big lie.

"This Huge Jewish Finance Firm Just Took Over the US Treasury and Fed (Blackrock, Transcript + Audio)" (Jazzhands McFeels/Allsup).  I'm coming to the conclusion that the real reason for ridiculous denialist virus conspiracy theories is to hide the real conspiracy, which involves a lot of ((())), and the single largest theft in world history.

Ah, 'journalism', the perfect job for congenital liars:  tweet (Carl Zha):
"Racist  @SkyNews and its editor @DominicWaghorn intentionally spread fake news about China and #coronavirus thinking people don’t know how to do reverse image search. #COVID19
Just another day of “China reporting” in Western Media"
Tweet (Max Blumenthal) (you have to give the Fat Fuck credit that he can say the things he says without breaking out into gales of laughter):
"Mike Pompeo says countries that "build bombs and missiles and nuclear capability all while their people are starving" deserve to be sanctioned during the #COVIDー19 pandemic.
Luckily for Pompeo, no country he represents on the world stage does things like this."
Tweet (Max Blumenthal):
"Pentecostal mega-church pastor and Trump ally Rodney Howard Browne was arrested for holding a massive service in violation of #coronavirus quarantine orders.
This is the kind of activity that takes place in his Florida church on a regular basis."
A guy from a religion that twirls live chickens in the air probably shouldn't talk, and at least you get real entertainment value for your tithe from Pentecostal preachers.

This is actually the big question of our time, and I would answer 'of course, no':  "Can the United States decline peacefully?" (Barrett).

Too vague/crazy to figure out:  "Today's Blind Items - No More Backing" (CDaN).

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Applauded and cheered themselves

Good way to start:  "Europe sends medical supplies to Iran in first INSTEX transaction: Germany".

"Firing of Whistleblowing Emergency Room Doctor Ming Lin By Blackstone-Owned TeamHealth Demonstrates Outsized Role of Private Equity in Hospital Staffing" (Smith).  "Hospitals Tell Doctors They’ll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear" (Carville/Court/Brown).  I thought that sort of thing was China's big problem, certainly not a problem in the land of the 'free', Assholia.

The Nazi, if you can believe it, doesn't like commie doctors from Cuba meddling around, providing the medical help she won't provide, in her reservations:  tweet (Aylan (AY like Day - LAN like LandBack) Couchie):
"This is bullshit. If the Chiefs felt Canada’s response capability would be adequate they wouldn’t have asked.
Canada would have to publicly admit - to the world- that they’ve kept some FN communities living in third world conditions if this happened. This is a gross coverup."
"The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve" (Capaccio). Excellent arguments, but the Jews got the tapes, man. What could I do?  I'd go to jail!  I'd be ruined!

"Sweeping Stimulus Law Is Golden Opportunity for Scam Artists" (Seiden).  In a way, this is quibbling, as the whole damn thing is a scam.

"Fool Me Once…" (Farruggio).  And it's none other than Mnuchin - sorry, spelling mistake, (((Mnuchin))) - who gets to hand out the latest grift checks to the 0.1%, essentially on his own say-so!  You have to laugh.

"UAE’s Rapprochement With Syria Aimed Against Turkey" (Antonopoulos).  Makes sense, as Erdoğan is the bull in the china shop, whose bellicose unpredictability is making everybody nervous.

Tweet (David Graeber) ('austerity' hasn't aged well, especially as it looked like shit at the time):
"not only that they actually applauded and cheered themselves voting down the pay increase"
"Portugal Grants Citizens’ Rights to Migrants During Pandemic".

Wrongthink tech:  "AI Mind-Reading Technology with 97% Accuracy Rate Can Translate Brain Activity Into Words" (Pomidor Quixote).  Ideally, they'll be able to scan you and execute you with one convenient machine.

Anglin, on the road to mainstream respectability, explains it was all a joke (I'd be more interested in what his employer, the Jew weev, has to say):  "Jews are Very Concerned About Christian Anti-Semitism".  I expect Anglin will take over Tucker's job when Tucker has to leave to be 47.

Natural experiments

"We’ve Met the Enemy and It’s a Tiny Virus" (Lindorff).  This is the most anti-Semitic virus imaginable, as, by removing air cover from the potential Assholian War For The Jews equation, it has temporarily completely blocked any possibility of WWIII.  It is worth bearing this in mind when we see people getting excited about ongoing (((neocon))) plans for a war on Iran.  The Assholes are physically incapable of it.  Of course, they still have planes at bases on the ground, but the entire Assholian military must be riddled with infection.  Both ships and military bases are the opposite of social distancing, powerful virus incubators.

"Trump’s Chernobyl Moment: the US May Lose Its Status as World Superpower and Not Recover" (Cockburn):
"US failure goes far beyond Trump’s toxic political style: American supremacy in the world since the Second World War has been rooted in its unique capacity to get things done internationally by persuasion or by the threat or use of force. But the inability of Washington to respond adequately to Covid-19 shows that this is no longer the case and crystallises a perception that American competence is vanishing. The change in attitude is important because superpowers, such as the British Empire, the Soviet Union in the recent past or the US today, depend on a degree of bluff. They cannot afford to put their all-powerful image to the test too often because they cannot be seen to fail: an exaggerated picture of British strength was shattered by the Suez Crisis in 1956, as was that of the Soviet Union by the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
The coronavirus crisis is the equivalent of Suez and Afghanistan for Trump’s America. Indeed, these crises seem minor compared to the Covid-19 pandemic, which will have far greater impact because everybody on the planet is a potential victim and feels threatened. Faced with such a mega-crisis, the failure of the Trump administration to lead responsibly is proving extraordinarily destructive to the US position in the world."
"As Washington privatized pandemic preparation, the national security state left Americans defenseless against coronavirus" (Porter).  On the bright side, Assholians were able to use the money saved to fund an almost infinite number of Wars For The Jews, every one of which has been a splendid success.

"The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand Gamble" (Kampmark).  "Sweden's Approach To Coronavirus: Do Nothing" (Durden).  "COVID-19 in Germany: Explaining a Low Death Rate" (Klikauer).  Being one of the hot spots doesn't seem to be the time for excessive patting oneself on one's back:  "SITREP: What the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Already Changed in Switzerland – and what not" (Schaller).  ""Coincidence?" - Japanese Questioning Sudden Surge In Tokyo Infections Following Olympics Delay Decision" (Durden)!  "Brace Yourselves: The US Is Setting Up a Ghastly “Natural Experiment”" (NewDealDemocrat).  "Wrong path? Scientist questions Italy's coronavirus strategy".

The northern European counties that are gambling are assuming that their superior health care systems will be able to weather the storm.  It's quite the gamble.  On the bright side, if they are wrong, the fury of the people just might dislodge some of the worst of the Euro-trash, who are otherwise set up as permanent dictators.

"Inside Israel's ultra-Orthodox Coronavirus Hot Spots – Where Even the Mayor Is Sick" (Pfeffer).  Concentration camps, or at least locking the ghetto doors, for the ultra-religious (where did they get ideas like that?):  "Virus Soars Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews as Many Flout Israel’s Rules" (Halbfinger).  "Arrest Warrant Issued For Florida Pastor Who Defied Order To Suspend Church Service" (Durden).  "Rodney Howard-Browne, Megachurch Pastor Who Flouted Virus Rules, Arrested" (Sommer/Connor) - they are safe as they have 'machines'!  "Brazilian pews become trenches in fight against quarantine" (Jeantet).

One would hope that righteous fury at the selfishness of various religious grifters,  and their role in mass killings due to the pandemic, might lead to some long term changes, including heavy, heavy taxation of their properties.

"The Flu vs. Coronavirus II" ('Hunter Wallace').  This seems fairly straightforward, yet I'm still seeing complete denialism from many of the usually sane conspiracy sites.  The sad thing is that the tin foil hats are covering up many extremely important conspiracies that are actually happening.

"Retailers Prepare For Civil Unrest; Boarded-Up Stores Seen From SoHo To Beverly Hills" (Durden).  Probably the most accurate prediction of future problems.

"Trump tiptoeing toward energy market management" (Bhadrakumar).  Something's got to give here - Assholia is too exposed, at exactly the worst possible time, to a huge economic shock, one big enough to instantly undo all the trillions being handed to the banksters.  Putin's long game is probably the US in OPEC in return for side-deal security understandings - no WWIII, back off on the War For The Jews in Syria, stop being jerks in misusing the hapless Ukrainians, etc - from the Assholes (not that you can trust a country so riddled with MEGA Group blackmail operations, whose political class literally has no choice but to follow an extreme Zionist imperialist path).

"Virginia Goes Zionist" (Giraldi) (I really think (((they))) get away with so much because it is literally mind-boggling, one of the advantages of chutzpah):
"A particularly egregious and also unique example of a state’s economic policies being manipulated by a dedicated Israeli fifth column in government is the Virginia Israel Advisory Board. Grant Smith, long a critic of the VIAB, heads the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP). He has written a new book entitled The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, which documents in considerable detail how the conspiracy by powerful Jews in Virginia to benefit Israel has actually operated, much of it secretly through special arrangements and deals. He has also had a long interview with Scott Horton of Antiwar.com regarding the book which is well worth listening to.
The VIAB is unique because it is actually part of the Virginia state government. It is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is able to access funds from other government agencies to support Israeli businesses. It is staffed by Israelis and American Jews drawn from what has been described as the “Israel advocacy ecosystem” and is self-administered, appointing its own members and officers. While there are many Israel business promotion entities active in the United States, only Virginia has such a group actually sitting within the government itself, ready to make secret preferential agreements, to arrange special concessions on taxes and to establish start-up subsidies for Israeli businesses. Israeli business projects have been, as a result, regularly funded using Virginia state resources with little accountability. Bear in mind that this agency exists not to promote Virginia businesses but rather to give an advantage to Israeli businesses, some of which might even be competing with existing Virginia companies and putting local people out of work."
"Joe Biden Now Hosting a Health Podcast" (Anglin).  With a collection of entertaining tweets.

This is astonishingly intelligent, even more so when found in CounterPunch:  "What’s Wrong with Ranked Choice Voting" (Kuzminski).  Note that the complete fuzziness of results, and the fact there is no way to correlate a vote with an outcome, is considered by the 'experts' to be a feature, not a bug.

"Open Letter to Chinese Government Highlights MSM Hypocrisy" (Lazare):
"But the letter would have been a lot more convincing if the three papers had spoken up on Mar. 2 when the Trump administration moved to expel sixty Chinese journalists working for five news organizations that the White House regards as little more than state propaganda outfits. 
Moreover, they’d be on even firmer footing if they had not actively cheered on the most dangerous anti-media effort of all, the U.S. crackdown on the TV news service RT, formerly known as Russia Today, that began in November 2017."
It's this sort of thing - well, besides the fact they cannot stop lying - that leads 'journalists' to be the most despised group in society.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Turf

Was Snowden too hard on the NSA?:  "Edward Snowden and the STELLARWIND report" (electrospaces.net).  If Snowden is CIA, maybe electrospaces.net is NSA.

HUGE issue

"Russia quizzes US on coronavirus’ parentage" (Bhadrakumar).  Both Russia and China seem to have gotten through to Trump that his deep state has done vile things of which he was unaware.

"Notes: The Industrial and Neoliberal Origins of COVID-19 (aka SARS 2.0)" (Levine).  I'm pretty sure this one came out of a lab, but the wider point remains valid.

"Beyond Chutzpah: US Charges Venezuela with Nacro-Terrorism" (Harris).  Assholia is by far the world's biggest narco-state.

"Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too" (Williamson).  Another example in the long line of the sheer destructiveness of organized religion.  I assume Liberty can now be sued out of existence by the victims or their families.  Some background on the grift:  "‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence" (Ambrosino) and  "Jerry Falwell Jr., and the allegations against him, explained" (Coaston), and Peak Christian Evangelism (!), "The Saga of Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Bizarre Relationship With a Miami Beach Pool Boy, Explained" (Bort).

"The Governors vs Bolsonaro: An interview with Brian Mier".  We should not forget that massively destructive crazies like Bolsonaro are in power only because of their support from Christian Evangelists.  On de Carvalho.

"The Contrarian Coronavirus Theory That Informed the Trump Administration" (Chotiner).  A rather brutal take-down of an idiot by his own words.  Epstein doesn't seem to be smart enough to realize what's happening.  A sobering example of how status in academia has nothing to do with actual ability, and that this status can be abused with horrible consequences.

"The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life" (Pilkington/McCarthy).  What you will never read is that Trump was too preoccupied at the time to concentrate on the issue, due entirely to:
  1. impeachment proceedings which were entirely run by Khazars (it is utterly amazing how almost nobody noticed that, when it was so strikingly obvious);
  2. Khazar billionaire pressure - no doubt from the MEGA Group blackmail - to assassinate Soleimani and start the War For The Jews against Iran.
The extreme luxury of hosting parasites led directly to the pandemic becoming much worse than it needed to be.

"Louisiana Governor: 'Never A Hint' From Feds That Mardi Gras Posed Virus Risk" (Red Painter).  This is just disgusting buck passing.  Mardi Gras and Spring Break went on when the politicians knew exactly what was happening, but local businessmen didn't want the gravy train stopped.  All these politicians committed mass murder.

"Black Swan author Taleb urges UK to let Branson’s airline go bust".  This should be the general rule.  The way things are set up now, the worst grifting and incompetence is rewarded!

"We Are All Totalitarians Now" (Durocher).

'Due to the Holocaust': tweet (Alexander Dukes):
"The issue with this whole thread is that the US and ESPECIALLY Europe would culturally have a HUGE issue with doing all that. We would rather be soft-quarantined for months than trace ppl. Europe especially is not going to let you trace people's whereabouts due to the Holocaust."
Hilarious collection by Niqnaq, including the advantages of having a religious nut as Minister of Health!:  "the haredim continue to congregate for weddings, brits etc as if the pandemic wasn’t happening".  This would be wonderful if we could only find a way to keep them away from the rest of us.

"The Hedge Fund Bailout Worked: Citadel, Millennium And Point72 Recover Most Of Their March Losses" (Durden).  (((Millennium))) and (((Point72))), which is the continuation of a criminal organization (and the real basis of the TV show 'Billions').

100% true:  tweet (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad):
"Hundreds of billions of dollars were injected into US businesses to counter the effects of Corona.If the money came from taxation, then the Americans are paying from their pocket , but if it comes from
the Federal Reserve, then all nations are paying ."
On the Trump/President Jared tax break: "The stimulus bill includes a tax break for the 1%" (McCaffery).

Tweet (Ajit Singh) (Switzerland is really getting slammed):
"let's hear it for Western liberal democracy 👏👏👏"
Tweet (Mark Ames) (I'm not sure how the massive hit to the insurance industry is consistent with the story that the industry will save money as so many people can't get access to medical attention):
"Next: Bailout bum Trump will feed a few hundred billion more to the health insurance industry. AOC will make a gesticulating speech that blue checks will retweet with commentary on how impressive it is. This country’s a fucking joke."
Tweet (Paul Graham) (also):
""Government officials and executives at rival ventilator companies said they suspected that Covidien had acquired Newport to prevent it from building a cheaper product that would undermine Covidien’s profits from its existing ventilator business.""
"Why Houthis offered Saudi POWs swap for jailed Palestinians" (Younes).  The Houthis are clever at PR.  Here they remind the Arab world that Saudi Arabia is run by crypto-Jews who persecute Palestinians.

Matthew Yglesias thread on Biden, which involves a visit by Chris Arnade, resulting in Matty's (preserved here):  "Seriously, fuck you".

'Lucky':  "Jeff Bezos sold $3.4bn of Amazon stock just before Covid-19 collapse" (Neate).

Sunday, March 29, 2020

19, or just any old corona

Here's the 'no available test for 19, specifically' argument (which is hard to find):  "Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19" (Rose).  A anonymous posting from an unnamed 'medical forum'.

Britain is going all out for blood testing:  "How does a coronavirus home test kit work, and how do I get one?"

Added: "Telluride Test First Wave: 643 Negative Out of 645" (Sailer):
"It sounds like they should have done the PCR test along with the antibody test to compare how they work."

USA USA USA

Tweet (Interviewer Aashutosh Kumar).  This one of the most exhilarating graphs I have ever seen.  The Assholes, given no chance due to their 'world class' health care system, and their 'first in the world' medical preparedness, and their general 'exceptionalism', not to mention the fact they have all the money and can print limitless amounts more, seem to be so, so far behind  Still, the Assholes, who by any rights should have given up hope, by dint of sheer pluck and doughtiness, and having their politicians encourage them to cough in each others faces in large social groups, persevered, only to pull way ahead in the end.  In a week or two they will have lapped the field.

What's even more impressive is that the Assholes still have enough energy in reserve to continue to fuck over the rest of the world, at an even accelerated rate!

Pro tip - it really helps the experience if you chant 'USA USA USA' while watching the graph.

The Rich Must Pay

"Putin Says 'The Rich Must Pay' for the Corona-Virus" (Whitney):
"What every American needs to know is that our crooked bought-and-paid-for Congress just passed a bill that transfers the credit risk for $4.5 trillion of corporate sludge onto the National Debt. A bailout of this magnitude could impact the nation’s credit rating (Fitch has already issued a warning), send interest rates to the moon, dampen economic activity for years to come, and pave the way for a long and painful slump. The much ballyhooed $1,200 checks for unemployed workers are merely a tactical diversion that’s being used to conceal the giant ripoff that is taking place right under our noses.
In contrast, Putin has settled on a more rational and compassionate plan. He’s going to launch a relief program that actually focuses on the people who need it the most. Then, he’s going to cover the costs by taxing the people who are most capable of shouldering the burden. His intention is not to “soak the rich” or to redistribute wealth. He simply wants to find the most equitable way to share the costs for this completely unexpected crisis."
"Italy Must Never Forget...Or Forgive" (Striker).  "The EU’s Betrayal of Italy May Be Its Undoing" (Giubilei) (though for some reason this suddenly turns into an attack on China).  The European - well, German - response to Italian pleas for help was extremely Clarifying.  Italy needs to flee the dangerous EU - and get out of NATO - as fast as possible.

Niqnaq collects tweets on the stinktank anti-China PR operation.

"Can COVID-19 Take Down NATO?" (Garrison interview of Gagnon).

Any such list that puts Assholia on top is simply hilarious, and everybody is going to know in a few weeks!:  "Global Pandemic Preparedness - Which Country Is The Most (And Least) Ready For COVID-19?" (Durden).

Tweet (Natalie Holme Elsberg):
"This article says some health insurance companies are betting they won’t lose money because COVID patients will be *unable to get medical care* even if they are sick with insurance. Unavailable healthcare = no bill for them. No, I am not making this up."
Spectacular record of failure in just a few weeks:  "How Mayor De Blasio Botched NYC's Response To COVID-19" (Durden).  See also here and here.

"What Went Wrong with the British Plan To Build Up "Herd Immunity"" (Sailer).  Insufficient ventilators.  That's no excuse - the Brits knew from the Chinese example that ventilators were going to be needed.

Clarifying:  "Coronavirus: All rough sleepers in England should be housed by weekend, government says" (Lovett).  It was simply impossible to shelter the homeless.  We'd love to - no money!  Suddenly the homeless are weaponized against the 1%/10% by the virus, and the money magically appears, and everybody is sheltered!  They can only cough on each other now.

"The Pandemic’s Toll on Federalism" (Madsen).  It is interesting how Cuomo, a terrible, terrible political hack by any standards, has managed to pull a 'Giuliani' - popping up in a crisis as the strong man in charge when everybody else is flailing around - thus putting him on the Biden-replacement list for Presidential nominee.

"Italy Coronavirus Deaths Pass 10,000: How Austerity and Anti-Immigrant Politics Created Europe’s Worst Crisis" (Hallinan).  One of the most amusing things is watching the globalists try to blame the problem on insufficient globalism!  Hey, if you just had more immigrants (carrying viruses), you'd still have the same number of deaths (or, probably, a lot more), but the rate of deaths would decrease due to the larger population!  This crisis is obviously a complete rebuke of globalism, but there is no way its proponents will lets the facts get in their way. I agree on the austerity issue, which is reducing spending on public goods in order for the 1% to pay less taxes.  We've seen an enormous number of examples of cuts to public programs which people now belatedly see as absolutely essential.  But at least Geffen has his yachts.

More Clarification - it appears the Khazars fear that they, and not 'Jews', have a particular propensity to catch the virus, and that fear is reflected in Israeli actions (this may explain why Gantz, who was literally just about to put Bibi down for good, caved):  "Jews Fear They’re Prone To Coronavirus—But Race-Denying Ruling Class Suppresses The Facts." (Welton).  Does the (((media))) not want Americans to know that Hymietown, the world's largest Khazar city, has a particular problem due to the failure of the Orthodox to socially distance even after they had been repeatedly warned?

"On Jews and Plagues" (Joyce):
"The question remaining is why some Jews were attacked and killed during the Black Death. Here, again, modern scholarship is reversing some of the received wisdoms of older Jewish historiography and casting doubt on some long-held assumptions. The German scholar Iris Ritzmann, for example, has argued that “there is no direct link between the massacres and the plague,” and has suggested that a much deeper undercurrent of socio-economic friction between Jews and Christians merely found expression during a time of heightened social anxiety. Ritzmann has gone as far as to argue that relations were so bad that massacres may have occurred even without the plague as a trigger event.[14] Mordechai Breuer concedes that “none of the traditional motifs” of religious anti-Semitism feature in the minutes of the interrogations of the Jews accused during the Black Death, adding “at most, they came up in connection with distant rumors about the matter.”[15] There were almost no attempts to convert the Jews, and Breuer further adds, quite contrary to some of his other assertions, that “the attackers had no intention whatever of forcing the Jews to change their faith and this was not the focus of what was happening.”

What, then, was happening?  
Again, in contrast to his overall conclusion and blanket accusations against the historical European masses, Breuer is forced to concede in the middle of his own study that “an analysis of what occurred during the days of the plague indicates that social, economic, and political factors were of much greater import in fanning the flame of antisemitism than is generally understood.” Most of the aggressors during the Black Death were craftsmen and artisans who had been lent money by Jews “at usurious rates of interest.”[16] These craftsmen, essentially the middle class of their day, resented the formation of a mercantile alliance between the aristocracy and the merchant class that exploited their labor and suppressed the prices of their goods. Moreover, underpinning this alliance was a system of Jewish loans that upset the natural order they were used to. Rather predictably, anti-Jewish violence was ruthlessly suppressed by urban elites everywhere because these elites were tightly connected to Jewish finance. Documents still survive from Cologne, Freiburg, Basel, Heilbronn, Strasbourg, and Erfurt showing that city councils interpreted all anti-Jewish actions as a more general attack upon the elite status quo. Breuer comments that “by the beginning of 1349 it was clear that a number of city councils wished to suppress the popular uprising from fear that the mobs might oust them.” The European “masses” described in Jewish historiography were in fact divided into factions, each with its own particular interests, and genuine adherence to “irrational” notions of well-poisoning was of minimal import. The bottom line was that Jews were regarded as having a negative effect on the social, economic, and political fabric of the nation, and not without cause.

One wonders if, decades or centuries from now, Jewish historians will lament the persistence of antisemitism by explaining that Europeans once “irrationally” blamed the Jews for COVID-19. As evidence, perhaps they’ll point to some excerpts from 8chan and argue that this was the belief of “the masses.” Here I’m employing a caricature of sorts, but one not totally detached from precedent. Many decades of Jewish effort have gone into pushing the idea that our ancestors were unsophisticated Borat-like brutes who subjected the Jews to countless irrational massacres. And, although modern scholarship is chipping at the edges of this edifice, new discoveries and arguments remain far from the mainstream. One persists in seeking immunity to the contrivances of Jews and plagues."
Fat Fuck/Wars For The Jews news: "Pushing for a third Iraq war - TTG".

Of course, with Trump preoccupied, we're seeing a sudden big increase in general American bellicosity.

"No, TYT, there is no Progressive Case for Imperialism- Part 1" (Esha).  Part 2.  Part 3.

"US ‘Narco-Terrorism’ Charges Against Maduro May Be Pretext for Panama-Style Invasion, Observer Warns".

"Rosneft Abruptly Exits Venezuela, Sells Assets To Russian State, Amid US Squeeze On Maduro" (Durden).  Looks like Putin protecting Rosneft from the Fat Fuck.

"Pompeo’s three sins in global virus fight: Global Times editorial".

"France, Czechs, & Other US Allies Exit Iraq Over COVID-19 Fears" (Durden).

No distracting crisis is wasted:  tweet (Cindy Blackstock) (also) (background) ((((Neil Bluhm)))):
"Holy Cow! In the middle of a pandemic, Trump's gov't decides to disestablish a Native American Indian reservation and take their land.  Disgraceful."
"Exposing the Bandera Lobby in the U.S." (Robeson).  See also, the Bandera summer camp!  A parallel to the Canadian example.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

And just like that

"As world hunkers down, Trump moves full-speed against US foes" (Tandon).  "It Is A Time Of Crisis And U.S. Foreign Policy Is Becoming Unhinged" (Moon).  Trump, busy with the virus, and, more importantly, with getting government cheese for his failing businesses, has obviously delegated all foreign affairs to the Fat Fuck, with the predictable disastrous consequences.

"Trump admin’s $15 million bounty on Maduro triggers explosive confession of violent Guaidó plot" (Flores).  The biggest joke about this is that the Americans included the very anti-Maduro general on their list, presumably at the instance of Guido, and Guido may finally find himself in jail because of the anti-government conspiring coming out as a result of the bounty.

This is surprising:  "Coronavirus hastens an Arab rapprochement" (Bhadrakumar).  Assad and MbZ.

Yesterday was almost certainly the largest single-day theft in world history.

"The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Is a $2 Trillion Slush Fund for Washington Cronies" (Auerback).

Tweet (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez):
"And just like that, the Congressional oversight provisions for the 1/2 TRILLION dollar Wall St slush fund (which were *already* too weak) are tossed away the day the bill is signed.  
This is a frightening amount of public money to have given a corrupt admin w/ 0 accountability."
Tweet (Marcus Stanley):
"There’s an outrageous lack of controls on the huge amount of corporate assistance provided in Section 4003 of the just passed stimulus bill. (1/9)"
Canada has done so badly at testing that all the Canadian political class should go to jail for decades for treason. Still, ten times better than the Assholes (who, I'm afraid, are in for a horrible surprise): tweet (Fuzzy Wuzzy):
"Canada has tested 185,000 people. About the same as (or a little more) than the U.S.  But we have 1/10 the population. America is failing miserably."
Tweet (southpaw):
"Thanks, David Geffen, for your thoughts."

Testing/quarantining

"Do try this at home: how one Italian town fought coronavirus" (Melville):
"The town, Vo Euganeo - population 3,300 - based in the heartlands of the most contaminated area of northern Italy, saw a cluster of cases of COVID-19 in the third week of February and was home to the country's first death from the virus, on February 21.

So, while the draconian measures taken in China to get the coronavirus under control may not be suitable for other countries, could we learn, instead, from this small Italian town?

Following the town's first death from coronavirus, the whole town was put under lockdown.

No one was allowed to enter or leave, while goods (medicines and food) could only reach the town if authorised to do so by the Prefetto, the central government representative in Padua. Then all of the town's 3,300 residents, including those with no symptoms, were tested for the virus starting from March 6.

This allowed quarantining of people who had been infected, before they showed any signs of infection and stopped any further spread of the coronavirus in its tracks.

Within 14 days, the virus had been eradicated from the community. This mass testing revealed that about 3 percent of residents were infected with the virus at that point, and, of these, about half were not showing any symptoms when they tested positive.

After two weeks of a strict lockdown of the entire town and the quarantine of infected patients, only 0.25 percent of residents were testing as infected. Vo Euganeo has not reported any new cases since Friday, March 13.

In the first round of testing, 89 people in Vo Euganeo tested positive. In the second round of testing, the number of positive cases had dropped to six.

Because of a combination of universal testing and lockdown across the entire town, Vo Euganeo managed to avoid the number of cases spiralling out of control, thereby minimising the risk of a huge demand on their health services. In effect, they nipped it in the bud by taking aggressive and decisive action early to stop the spread of the disease.
All of this was achieved with a 100 percent recovery rate for those previously infected."
We're still at the point where western governments won't mass test because they haven't got the tests available, and because lousy politicians fear the results would reflect badly on their inattention/corruption/incompetence (which includes not having the tests available, and thus a general inability to take the only steps that would end the crisis).

They are even lower than Italians

"The US Has Faced Decline Before – But Nothing Like What’s to Come" (Cockburn):
"The very real decline of the US as a global power, as exemplified by the coronavirus pandemic crisis, has less to do with guns and money than many suppose, and much more to do with Trump himself as both the symptom and cause of American decline.

Put simply, the US is no longer a country that the rest of the world wants to emulate or, if they do, the emulators tend to be authoritarian nativist demagogues or despots. Their admiration is warmly welcomed: witness Trump’s embrace of the Hindu nationalist Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and his cultivation of the younger generation of tyrants such as Kim Jung-un in North Korea and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia.

Democratic and despotic rulers will, at least at first, be strengthened by the pandemic, since in times of acute crisis people want to see their governments as saviours who know what they are doing.

But demagogues like Trump and his equivalents around the world are seldom much good at handling real crises, because they have risen to power by exploiting ethnic and sectarian hatreds, scapegoating their opponents and boosting their own mythical achievements.

An example of this is Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who accuses his opponents and the media of “tricking” Brazilians about the dangers of coronavirus. Such is the government’s laxity in enforcing any type of lockdown in Rio de Janeiro that in at least three slums, only the local drugs cartels have stepped in to declare and enforce an 8pm curfew.

Trump has always excelled in exploiting and exacerbating divisions in American society and producing simple-minded solutions to mythical crises, such as building the famous wall to stop the entry of Central American migrants into the US. But now he is faced with a real crisis, he is gambling that it will be of short duration and less severe than most experts predict. Polls show that his popularity has risen, probably because frightened people prefer to hear good news rather than bad. So far, the worst outbreaks of the illness have been in New York, Boston and other cities where Trump never had much support. If it spreads with the same intensity to Texas and Florida, then the loyalty of even Trump’s core supporters may evaporate. 
The reason why the US is weaker as a country is because it is divided and these divisions will get deeper as long as Trump is in power. Hitherto he has avoided provoking serious crises, and his mishandling of the coronavirus epidemic shows that he was wise to do so. He is polarising an already divided country and this is the real reason for the decline of the US."
Drone killing a civilian child, or torturing a freedom fighter, things that are done in fighting Wars For The Jews, just won't stop the virus:  "This Pandemic Is Exposing The Futility Of The National Security State" (Bacevich).  You Assholes went and spent all your money on a fancy umbrella during a drought.

You've heard of 'first world problems' but they've got nothing on Khazar problems:  tweet (Tareq Baconi طارق بقعوني):
"Israeli media reporting on the nightmare for israeli security forces who will have to shoot COVID patients from Gaza if they run to the fence for treatment. “No way to spin that footage”. #gaza"
No worries, their (((media))) will just hide it.

"Congress passes a money virus bill while Britain stealthily downgrades COVID-19 as no longer being a high consequence infectious disease" (Willmann):
"Today, Friday, the House passed it by a shifty, and possibly outlaw procedure, bulldozing past Representative Thomas Massie (Repub. Kentucky), who demanded that a quorum be proved and that a recorded vote be taken on the proposed law.  It is not clear at this time exactly what took place within the context of the House rules and the constitution. "
Note the level of the bipartisan attacks on Massie for doing his job:  tweet (John Kerry):
"Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an asshole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity. He's given new meaning to the term #Masshole. (Finally, something the president and I can agree on!)"
Google images search:  "Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans on Feb. 25, 2020".

In case you accidentally forget and assume there are some moral limits on the Assholes:  "Dreams of Extermination in Puerto Rico: U.S. Biological Warfare and the Legacy of Dr. Cornelius Rhoads" (Guzman):
"I can get a damn fine job here and am tempted to take it. It would be ideal except for the Porto Ricans. They are beyond doubt the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever inhabiting this sphere. It makes you sick to inhabit the same island with them. They are even lower than Italians. What the island needs is not public health work but a tidal wave or something to totally exterminate the population. It might then be livable. I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off 8 and transplanting cancer into several more. The latter has not resulted in any fatalities so far… The matter of consideration for the patients’ welfare plays no role here — in fact all physicians take delight in the abuse and torture of the unfortunate subjects.

Do let me know if you hear any more news. 
Sincerely, “Dusty”"
Tweet (Mark Ames):
"*Always believe the Mojahedin-e Khalq terror cult, so long as they pay you"
Tweet (Ben Norton):
"Mike Pompeo is one of the most evil political figures on Earth
The competition is very stiff. But few people can compare with the unimaginable death, torment, pain, and misery that Pompeo (at both the CIA and State Department) has unleashed on this planet"
"US State Dept accuses China of putting conditions on Covid-19 aid, cites media when pressed on proof".

It's the great circle of CIA bullshit: "Lockerbie’s Only Convict May be Exonerated Posthumously" (Fetouri) to "Devastating Revelations About the Truth Behind the Destruction of MH17" (O'Neill).

Tweet (Louis Allday):
"Iranian politicians contracting corona was used by the Western media to portray the Iranian Government as corrupt, irresponsible and unable to handle the outbreak. What does that mean for the UK Government now that both its Prime Minister and Health Minister have the virus?"
#PrayForBoris

Tweet (Matt Stoller):
"This isn't even an ideological critique. It's like, hey Democrats, you had ten other loser centrists none of whom have cognitive decline or sexual assault allegations or obvious nepotism. And you rallied around this one?"
Tweet (Matt Stoller):
"This announcement of layoffs by United Airlines came literally a few hours after they got $25B in grants from the government so they wouldn't have to lay anyone off.  
Congress is full of a bunch of fucking morons."

Friday, March 27, 2020

Risk stratification

'Risk stratification':  "Googly-Eyed Wop Cuomo Backtracks on Lunatic City Lockdown" (Anglin).

"Why is the U.S. so Exceptionally Vulnerable to Covid-19?" (Davies).  Many reasons, many ways of putting it, but it all boils down to a country filled to the brim with assholes.

Institutional Democrat #metoo corruption is the best thing ever!:  "New Allegations Surface" (MetaFilter).  Note that even this report is polluted with the ubiquitous PDS.

Tweet (Ben Norton) (very good friends, as the truth oozes out):
"The media portrays billionaire oligarch Bill Gates as a noble "philanthropist"—while he's trying to privatize global public health infrastructure and make it a for-profit scheme run by corporations
And don't forget he was good friends with Jeffrey Epstein"
The problem with universal masking is that it doesn't provide the protection people think it does, so they get even more sloppy with the interpersonal contact. Perhaps just mask the olds.

"Recognizing and Resisting the “Hasbara Pandemic”" (Sepahpour-Ulrich):
"But it was not just the timing that was odd. It was the orange prison uniform. Orange prison uniform is easy to process for Americans, and the West. Images of prisoners wearing orange jumpsuit in Guantanamo is embedded in our minds. More disturbing still are the images of prisoners captured by ISIS and wearing orange jump suits as they are being executed. I always wondered where did ISIS get all the orange jump suits their prisoner wore. But that is beside the point. In Iran, prisoners do not wear orange. The uniforms are different shades of blue depending on their status. Ordinary prisoners wear the striped while political prisoners the plain blue uniforms.

Aside from the wrong color uniform, I was struck by Levinson’s appearance as portrayed in Western media. It was hard to process the tanned face which contrasted so sharply with his pale hands. It didn’t make sense. It is not clear to me as to why America would choose this moment to stage this death. I can only imagine that it is to present an image of a ruthless Iran in order to justify its terrorism by way of sanctions at a time when Iran, like the rest of the world, is fighting this pandemic. But even the lies will not hide the shameless stain of America’s cruel madness. Hence, we must resist and fight the propaganda.

For decades, we have been victims of propaganda to the point that we are no longer aware of it. In spite of it, we have not managed to build an immunity to the lies. Quite the opposite — we have become more vulnerable as our resistance erodes with every shot of hasbara. But we are not broken – not yet. It can only affect us if left undetected. Like COVID-19, the hasbara virus goes undetected until it’s tested for and discovered. We must therefore learn to test for, detect, and reject it. We can do this by refusing to abandon our critical thinking. Pleasant or not, we cannot allow our underlying bias guide us and use commonsense. Don’t let the hasbara virus infect you — it is deadlier than you can imagine."
"US State Dept accuses China of putting conditions on Covid-19 aid, cites media when pressed on proof".  "Trump pledges cooperation with China's Xi after phone call" (Chalfant).

"Who’s behind the COVID-19 global pandemic" (Barrett).

Barrel of Monkeys

"Bailouts for the Rich, the Virus for the Rest of Us" (Urie).

"Corporate Socialism: The Government Is Bailing Out Investors & Managers, Not You" (Taled/Spitznagel).

Fine print:  "Bonanza for Rich Real Estate Investors, Tucked Into Stimulus Package" (Drucker):
"Among the possible beneficiaries of the change are real estate investors in President Trump’s inner circle.

In 2018, The New York Times reported that Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, likely didn’t pay federal income taxes for several years because of paper losses generated by depreciating his companies’ properties, despite his significant wealth and earnings from other sources, according to confidential financial documents.

Mr. Trump has also reported significant losses on his tax return. Portions of a 1995 tax return published by The Times showed nearly $916 million in losses, which could have permitted him to avoid paying any federal income taxes for almost two decades. 
The 2017 law restricted both men’s abilities to reap tax savings through only-on-paper losses; now, with those limits likely to be lifted, Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner, as well as other wealthy real estate developers, have the potential to score big tax savings."
Slumlord news:  "As the Coronavirus Hit, Jared Kushner’s Company Told Renters to Take Action to Pay “ASAP”" (Vicens) (Mother Jones, though).  "Kushner Cos. Defaults On Major Times Square Retail Property" (Neubauer).

Thread by Jason Hickel on the British version of the same kind of theft.

It is amazing just how cheap it is to buy off every individual to allow for the theft of trillions and trillions.

"The Senate's Coronavirus Relief Package Must be Stopped!" (Whitney):
"Do you understand why this bill is being rushed through congress?

It has alot to do with the falling stock market but more precisely with the hundreds of corporations that have been hawking bonds to gullible investors who thought they were buying the debt of responsible, well-managed companies that used the money to improve their product-line, train workers, or build new factories. But instead, greedy CEOs have been using the money to buy shares in their own companies to boost executive compensation and reward shareholders. It’s a multi-trillion dollar scam that blew up in their faces causing a complete freeze-over in the corporate bond market. That’s what’s really going on, there’s a massive credit crunch that has a stranglehold on the bond market and there are only two ways to fix the problem:
Let the failing corporations default and pick up the pieces after the dust settles or…
Launch a major $4.5 trillion bailout for busted corporations that drove their companies off a cliff. 
Those are the two choices. Naturally Treasury Secretary Mnuchin chose the latter which suggests that the real motive for giving working people the $1,200 checks was simply to divert attention from the massive trillion dollar bailout to teetering corporations. That’s the real objective of the so-called fiscal stimulus bill. It’s another giant welfare check for the plutocrats."
and:
". . . Mnuchin is transforming the US Treasury into a hedge fund. That’s what it means. It means that the Treasury is going to use the $450 billion that is obliquely allocated in the emergency bill, to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)–which is a sleazy, off-balance sheet operation that is used to conceal underhanded bookkeeping, that will leverage up by 10x (which means that the Fed will use the $450 billion to borrow tens times more than the original amount or $4.5 trillion) that will be stealthily used to bail out underwater corporations, financial institutions and, yes, banks. (Note–The fairy-tale about “well capitalized banks” is pure bunkum. These guys have serious exposure through “sponsored repo” which is lending to hedge funds via the repo market.) The Fed has already created one SPV for the Commercial Paper market under the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF) which is supposed to be used to mitigate volatility in global currency markets, not for bailing out failing corporations. It’s a complete misuse of funds. Unfortunately, targeted suspension of the Sunshine Act will prevent the public from figuring out who is getting money in what amount and for what purpose. This whole scam has been carefully worked out right down to legal provisions preventing transparency.

By the way, Mnuchin’s personal bio is worth reviewing. According to Senator Ron Wyden:


“Mr. Mnuchin’s career began in trading the financial products that brought on the housing crash and the Great Recession. After nearly two decades at Goldman Sachs, he left in 2002 and joined a hedge fund….
“In early 2009, Mr. Mnuchin led a group of investors that purchased a bank called IndyMac, renaming it OneWest. OneWest was truly unique. While Mr. Mnuchin was CEO, the bank proved it could put more vulnerable people on the street faster than just about anybody else around.
“While he was CEO, a OneWest vice president admitted in a court proceeding to ‘robo-signing’ upward of 750 foreclosure documents a week…between 2009 and 2014, a period during which the bank foreclosed on more than 35,000 homes. ‘Widow foreclosures’ on reverse mortgages – OneWest did more of those than anybody else. The bank defends its record on loan modifications, but it was found guilty of an illegal practice known as ‘dual tracking.’ One bank department tells homeowners to stop making payments so they can pursue modification, while another department presses on and hurtles them into foreclosure anyway.” (“Stimulus Bill: The Fed and Treasury’s Slush Fund Is Actually $4 Trillion”, Wall Street on Parade)

Does that sound like someone who can be trusted in the distribution of $4.5 trillion in government funds?"
and:
"Look: The Fed has always had the ability to print as much money as it chooses. (Remember: “Unlimited QE”??) So why did the Fed need to link-up with the Treasury for this operation? 
Because the Fed is unwilling to accept the credit risk. Who will ultimately be accountable for all the bad bets and worthless bonds that are being downgraded as we speak? Who is going to mop up the trillions in red ink created by crooked, scheming, cutthroat corporations (and their financial counter-party accomplices) who plundered their companies for the sole objective of enriching themselves and their shareholders? 
Who? 
The US Treasury backed by the American taxpayer. 
This is really the endgame. Wall Street has subsumed the US Treasury and turned it into a massively leveraged hedge fund that is controlled by an unscrupulous charlatan who made his bones evicting families from their homes during the worse economic slump since the Great Depression. 
We’re truly fu**ed."
So the Fed is now a huge lender to the worst credit risks, to the extent of trillions of dollars, completely independent, unless it fucks up (which it will, as the borrowers have already proven how feckless they are), in which case the Treasury is on the hook.  Khazar nirvana!  That's quite the use of a crisis to sneak in what amounts to a profound change to the entire system of government.

Also:  "Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country" (Carter).

"Donald Trump Says America’s Ventilator Shortage Was “Unforeseen.” Nothing Could Be Further From the Truth." (Turse).  If you can believe it, President Jared is taking his sweet, sweet time trying to Jew down the price!:  "After Considering $1 Billion Price Tag for Ventilators, White House Has Second Thoughts" (Sanger/Haberman/Kanno-Youngs).

Whenever they ask the Assholes who aren't social distancing what they think they are doing, they inevitably say 'I am not at risk, why should I inconvenience myself just for the benefit of others'.  This isn't some random sociopath, it is the Weltanshauung of an entire country.  It also explains why the endless series of Wars For The Jews, not to mention previous atrocities, goes down so easily.

Needless to say, the biggest sociopaths, by far, are those who loudly proclaim their religiosity:  "Prosperity gospel megachurches: close them down as health risks" (Madsen).

There's some good news:
  1. "After 5 years, Saudi Arabia is finally on the verge of defeat in Yemen" (Ahmed);
  2. "Canada to cut number of troops in Ukraine due to COVID-19 pandemic" (Berthiaume) (it is amazing how much outrageous fuckery is completely unnecessary, and can just be allowed to drift off);
  3. "Barrel of Monkeys now worth more than a barrel of Alberta oil" (Bekx/Seskus);
  4. on the attempted theft by Gilead:  "We Just Barely Averted a Gigantic Pandemic Grift by Big Pharma" (Day) - rare link to the (((Jacobin tricksters)));
  5. "Canada can ignore drug, device patents during outbreak under new law" (Globo-homo-Rothschild-o, which notes that the big pharma lobby group is 'concerned').
"Can social distancing hide Biden from voters until November?" (DeWitt).  In the few times he has appeared, he has noticeably deteriorated from his base line (which wasn't good to start with).  Remember Ol' Kil used to similarly disappear for a neurological tune-up. probably involving the blood of recently slaughtered children.  Can you imagine what happens if Biden has to disappear while campaigning (Trump will have a field day).  As bad as Trump as been during the crisis, at least he is available, Americans can't count on Biden to be fit to serve.

I keep forgetting, why do the nicest people in the world keep being oppressed by everybody else?:  "During the Coronavirus crisis, Israel confiscates tents designated for clinic in the Northern West Bank".  Oh yes, it's irrational ancient Jew-hatred, that's it!

"Netanyahu, forever! Gantz abandons his opposition" (Weiss).  Gantz looks just like Bernie - pretend phony opposition just there to help with the legitimacy of the entire system, but always no real threat to it.

The 'bright side' is that Bibi no longer has to pander to the ultra-right (not that there is any difference between the ultra-right and the mainstream):  "Israeli politics wins — thanks to coronavirus" (Bhadrakumar).

Tweet (Rob DenBleyker):
"have you talked to your grandparents about the benefits of Dying for the Stonks?"