Sunday, August 06, 2017

Half his mustache

"A Quick Note On Venezuela" (Welsh). "Against Chavez, and all heroes and great men." The people of Venezuela are up against all the money and power in Venezuela (except the army and the people), all the money and power in the world, and still stumble on, yet are insufficiently pure in their 'socialism' for the blogging commentariat, who seem quite pleased with themselves for suggesting to the poorest of the poor that they should just starve to death so the 'real' socialism can emerge.  Anything short of the finest distillation of anarcho-socialist-syndicalist-bolshevik-leninism-maoism is doomed to fail, don't you know?  It's Pol Pot, or fuck it!  Why do these fools even try?  As usual, the enemy of literally staying alive is the ivory tower platonic perfection of left-wing political science.

"Russian Sanctions Latest Betrayal of Post-Cold War Agreements" (Gunnar).  Very useful summary that the latest sanctions are just part of a series of senseless provocations against Russia using NATO/nukes that has been going on for years.

"‘Vast stupidity’: Oliver Stone slams ‘dumb’ US sanctions against Russia".  Good short introduction on the contradictions of Stone.

"Trump’s Objections to Russia Sanctions Law Suggest He Might Trade Crimea Away".  Mackey is an outlier in Crazy Pierre's stable of propagandists.  Lots going on here, including the consequences of failed lawfare.  Comment by Sara.

"White House ‘Enemies List’ Drove McMaster-Bannon Feud". I'm guessing there is no actual feud, and this kayfabe is an attempt to create some space for Trump officials to do their work.  It is telling that McMaster's problem as described by his critics is that he is insufficiently ass-kissing on Israel.

"Louise Mensch’s New Conspiracy: It Wasn’t the Russians; It Was the Jews".  If you remove Putin she's come dangerously close to the truth.

"Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture".  I hate to always be the conspiracy nut, but how do you write all this about Patreon without mentioning the key fact?:
"Founded in 2013, Patreon has raised $47.1 million of investment capital - $30 million of which was led by venture firm Thrive Capital, co-owned and managed by Joshua Kushner - brother of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. Of note, Joshua and Jared co-founded real estate firm Cadre - which got of the ground with a $250 million line of credit from George Soros)."

"Haftar: Israeli secret aid to Libya's strongman reveals a new friend in Africa". This is either true or pure Israeli disinfo, and I don't know how you would tell which is which.

"The political motive behind football’s biggest transfer". Qatar's program of buying friends in high places seems to have worked to perfection.

"Shut The Fuck Up, John Bolton" (Johnstone):
"He’d sound less psychotic if he’d accidentally shaved off half his mustache in 2003 and kept it that way for the next twelve years just so he could claim he’d done it on purpose."
"Should Toronto push to decriminalize all drugs? The city’s medical health officer ready to consider it". I am always going to find it hilarious that the obvious and easy solution to all major problems is inevitably called 'impossible'. Think how often this excuse is given!  Yet how could the 'experts' possibly know with absolutely no data to rely on?

38 percent! Seriously?!

"New Monsanto Emails Raise Questions On Safety Of RoundUp Products" (also):
". . . the EPA effectively declared Roundup safe for use without even conducting tests on the actual formulation, but instead relying on industry research on just one of the product's active ingredients."
'Ghost-write' the 'expert' conclusions that the toxic stew that is RoundUp is safe, for the paid-off scientists to sign.  It is funny that glyphosate may be safe, but the surfactant used in RoundUp is a deadly carcinogen.

"Dumbo".  The tragedy of air-gapping means you sometimes have to get physical access to computers, meaning you have to find a way to switch off treasonous security cameras.

"Google blocked every one of the WSWS’s 45 top search terms".  It is striking how seriously the IC - in which we have to include
Google, Facebook, Amazon et al. - is now treating the dangers of internet-provided access to information as a threat to all that is holy and good.

Cambridge Analytica and Alistair MacWillson, who is somehow connected to every shady, spooky fuck you can imagine.  What's with the two Cambridge Analyticas?

"It’s ka-ching for Jagmeet Singh as donors flock to stylish MPP: Walkom".  "For NDP candidate Jagmeet Singh, it’s not all about the base".  Trudeau still has full control of the besotted Canadian media, but there are problems starting to appear in his narrative (try not to gag, but note the stark environmental contradictions amongst the swooning), and I'm staring at a path to a Sikh prime minister, someone who can out-Trudeau Trudeau (but you've got to love Charlie Angus a lot, in the Corbyn-style 'real deal' authenticity mode).
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