Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Kept in the dark

"The geopolitics of oil in the Trump era" (Meyssan).  The factors:
  1. the US is producing enormous amounts of new hydrocarbons from shale (at terrible and irreversible cost to the environment);
  2. the shale hydrocarbon producers can't make money at current oil pricing, and in fact are all terribly overextended, with the entire industry being a kind of Ponzi scheme where enough cash is produced to cover the interest, and the loans rolled over on the hopeless hope that the oil price will eventually get high enough to produce payments to reduce the principle;
  3. the world is in a general depression, with the US about to suffer some big economic disruptions, and the price of oil is never going to get high enough to avoid an eventual shale crash, which will also take down, again, the 'too big to fail' American banking system.
So, it's not crazy to think that oil price management is in the minds of American officials.  On the other hand, evidence that we have suggests that Trump wants lowered oil prices for general economic reasons - the general squabbles with the Saudis are all about oil production levels - and this is inconsistent with the thesis that recent unnecessary American bumbling/meddling (Iran, Venezuela, etc.) is about taking huge blocks of oil production off the market.  Going back to the 'war for oil' nonsense proposed to protect the guilty Khazars from the repercussions of their constant warmongering, I see all this analysis as poor replacements for the real motivations, which turn on shekels and blackmail and the general assholery of a failing empire with nobody competent around to do anything about it..

"Even Saudi Arabia Threatens to Ditch Dollar for Oil Trade over US Bullying Policies".  Curious threat/bluff over a law that has no chance of being passed and one that nobody was pushing.

"On Election Eve Netanyahu Boasts Trump Designated Iran's Guards At His Request" (Durden).  Actually, on Sheldon's demand, but we get the picture.  "Don’t expect US-Iran war before 2021" (Bhadrakumar).

"IRGC Designation: More from the War-with-Iran Playbook" (DePetris/Sokolsky):
"The designation is part of a well-crafted game plan that Bolton and Pompeo have been peddling for years: apply enough economic, diplomatic, and military pressure to force the Iranian regime to either capitulate to American demands or fall apart. Before they joined the administration, both were vocal advocates of withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iranian regime change, and the preventive use of force against Iran. Since then, Pompeo has called for Iran’s unconditional surrender on the JCPOA. Both advisors successfully pressured President Trump to reverse his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria after proclaiming that U.S. troops will remain in Syria until “every Iranian boot” is expelled from the country.
The intent of Pompeo and Bolton is clear: provoke Iran into bolting from the JCPOA, re-starting its nuclear program, and escalating its regional behavior, thereby providing the United States or its regional partners with a pretext to use military force against the regime. They understand that the clock on the Trump administration is ticking and that their chance of overthrowing the Iranian regime will slip away in 18 months if the president isn’t re-elected. Both are pugnacious, stubborn, and ideological hawks. Even more worrisome, they know how to sell Trump on their agenda and play him like a violin—as they did in manufacturing the volte-face on Syrian troop withdrawal and pressuring Trump to propose a denuclearization deal at the Hanoi Summit that was far beyond the ability of Kim Jong Un to accept."

"Why Elizabeth Warren is Writing Those Lefty White Papers" (Studebaker).  The conspiracy theory would be that her hopeless Fauxcahontas campaign continues as it hurts Bernie and benefits 'savvy and responsible' (i.e., Republican) Democrats.  On the other hand, what if she forces Bernie to the left and it actually increases his popularity?  It is also not a bad thing for having a 'respectable' candidate say things that are widely considered too left for Americans to vote for.

"Battlefield Libya: Fruits of US-NATO Regime Change" (Cartalucci):
"Much of the terrorism the US claims it is fighting was only possible in the first place through the flood of weapons, equipment, and support provided to militants by the US and its partners amid regime change operations targeting nations like Libya.

The US-led NATO war in Libya is a perfect example of the US deliberately arming terrorist organizations - including those listed as foreign terrorist organizations by the US State Department itself - overthrowing a nation, predictably destabilizing the entire region, and using the resulting instability as a pretext to massively expand America's military footprint there.

The wider agenda at play is Washington's desire to displace current Russian and Chinese interests on the continent, granting the US free reign."
"Will Junta-Mastermind, John Brennan, Ever Face the Music?" (Whitney).  No.  The Washington Consensus is hang together or hang apart.  If they start prosecuting important people for high treason there won't be anybody left, from either party.

New sumptuary laws in Quebec:  "Quebec's religious symbols ban welcomed by some who left Muslim countries behind".  Note (bien sûr!):  "Jewish groups oppose Quebec bill prohibiting religious symbols at work":
"Polls indicated a clear majority, as high as 75 per cent, of Quebecers supported such legislation.

On the same day as the bill was introduced, the government passed a motion to remove the crucifix, which has hung over the speaker’s chair in the National Assembly since 1936, removed. The CAQ had resisted doing so despite criticism that it was hypocritical to retain such a Catholic symbol while making state secularism a vaunted goal.

Montreal recently announced it would take down the crucifix over its council speaker’s chair after extensive renovations to city hall are completed.

On the day before the bill was tabled, Education Minister Jean-François Roberge introduced new regulations regarding homeschooling that clearly have the many Hasidic children who are taught by their parents in its sights.

The new rules, which go into effect on July 1, contain stricter guidelines on what must be taught at home. These include minimal requirements in French, English, mathematics, science and technology, among other subjects, and success in exams.

The regulations add to those contained in Bill 144 introduced in 2017 by the Liberals, which strengthened the government’s powers to enforce compulsory attendance at a recognized school or homeschooling program by all children between the ages of 6 and 16.

This is the third year that Hasidic and other haredi children have been homeschooled in the province’s mandatory curriculum while attending religious schools during the day. They are monitored by a public school board.

Last year, there were more than a thousand such children, the great majority supervised by the EMSB and the rest the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, which is mainly concerned with the Tash community in Boisbriand, north of Montreal."
"Airbnb backpedals, will continue to list in illegal Israeli settlements".  This is exactly the kind of thing that Big Jew would never allow, and it is amazing it got as far as it did.  Airbnb is a particularly sleazy way to get around hotel regulation, and it is too much to hope it could maintain a moral position in anything.

"Zionist OA’s Mort Klein uses House Panel on White Nationalism to spread anti-Muslim Blood Libel" (Cole).  Ha!  This fits right into what we've been discussing concerning the peculiarities of the Tarrant manifesto, and also the odd relationship between Israel and the far-right in Europe.

"Kept in the dark: ‘Novichok’ poisoning survivor tells Russian ambassador he got NO info from UK govt"!  We still have this remarkable emperor's new clothes thing going on everywhere, where everybody, including the actual victims, knows certain things - like Russia wasn't behind any of these attacks - but nobody of official importance, and, of course, nobody in the corrupt/incompetent (((media))), will mention the truth.  We used to have to 'know' things in silence, by ourselves, but now the internet allows the 'knowers' to also know they are not alone, and in fact make up most of the people who care.

"Steve Bell on May requesting a Brexit delay from Macron – cartoon". "Portrait of Madame Récamier" + "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries".  I assume the tires are a reference to EU regulations, and the suicide vest is a nice touch.
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