Saturday, February 15, 2020

Mystery cults

Political manipulation is now such an industry they've got an annual award for the best liar (it is not clear that they know that Machiavellian isn't usually thought of as a positive trait, or maybe they are just reveling in the evil):  tweet (Peter Hitchens):
"My goodness. Do you think media studies dropout and former lingerie exec @eliothiggins knows who Niccolo Machiavelli was? I'm not sure the title 'Holder of the Machiavelli Award' would be one I'd necessarily boast about."
You'll soon be able to get a PhD in farm animal herding:  "Jerusalem's Hebrew U to Give Students Credit for Volunteering With Right-wing Group That Blacklists Academics" (Kadari-Ovadia).

"Fringe Candidates Are Integral to Election Manipulation" (Madsen).  Of course, almost all the big respectable parties now started as 'fringe', but there does seem to be much more contrivance in picking the candidates with the express purpose of drawing specific support from a feared candidate.  Vote splitting is all the rage.

Tweet (Saagar Enjeti) (first crack in the Clintonista dam, or damn):
"This is actually very significant. When establishment figures start endorsing populists out of opportunism you know you’ve entered a new power dynamic"
"Syria Imposes the Astana Deal by Force as Turkish, Russian Tensions Rise" (Magnier).  "AP Explains: Why Syria’s M5 is Assad’s highway to victory" (Karam). "Syria: M5 highway secured, time for truce" (Bhadrakumar):
"Turkey’s border security is best addressed by fortifying the cardinal principle in inter-state relationships — non-interference in the internal affairs of neighbouring countries."
"Regime Change Wars Have No Basis in International Law" (Taliano). It is the first principle of international law, and has been almost entirely wrecked by the Khazars.

"Erdogan’s Long-Coming Reality Check" (Kadi).

This could get interesting as al-Qaeda is MB/CIA:  "The Houthis may Side with the Muslim Brotherhood against Saudi Arabia" (Shakdam).  Unity through a shared hatred of the Saudis can only be a good thing.

"North Macedonia Is Being Used by NATO to Target Serbia and Russia" (Antonopoulos).  Note the massive amount of effort taken to get to this anti-climactic point.

This takes the trick used to get Soleimani in Iraq and turns it into the real basis of the assassination, stopping Iranian reconciliation with the Gulf States.  Israel has spent a lot of shekels on keeping the Gulf States and Iran at loggerheads, and buying crooked princes into becoming Zionist allies, and wasn't going to allow bleeding heart peaceniks to wreck the whole thing by calling off WWIII.  Thus the American stooge was ordered to kill Soleimani (also explaining why the American government still can't come up with a rationale for the kill)  "US assassinated Suleimani to quash Iran’s talks with Gulf monarchies" (Van Auken).  I'm a little shocked, what with their obvious (((donor))) problem, that WSWS dares publish this (of course, all the blame is put on the Americans).

"Lima Group Meets in Canada: Trudeau Consolidates His Position as Main Trump Ally" (August).

"Trump’s Rocky Relationship with the Mormon Axis" (Maupin). Romney's impeachment vote as part of the religious conspiracy.

"Iranian Hackers Hacked Dutch Schools to Steal Books to Use in School" (Anglin):
"Why the Iranians would not simply download pirated copies of teaching material on Sci-Hub, get them from the Chinese, or buy one copy and then violate the copyright by making many copies of it and distributing it, is not asked."
He ran the flag up the flagpole but the potential uproar over closeted gay #metoo stuff scared him off:  "John Baird will not run for the Conservative leadership".  There is still not one credible non-joke person in the whole country who is willing to take on the debasement of being Conservative leader.

"American Oligarchs II: Glenn Dubin, Patron of Modern Art and Child Sex Slaves" (Striker).

"Bolivia: An Election in the Midst of an Ongoing Coup" (Prashad).  The general abuse of power isn't working, so how are the coup plotters going to win?

"Sinn Fein's Election Victory Is Ireland's 'Brexit Moment'" (Cockburn):
"A further cause of instability is the British government itself: the highly regarded Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith was summarily dismissed in the cabinet reshuffle this week, despite winning plaudits from all sides for brokering the power-sharing deal between Sinn Fein and the DUP that reopened the assembly at Stormont. Smith’s was reportedly sacked due to pledging to investigate alleged crimes committed by British soldiers during the Troubles.

Getting rid of Smith may be an early sign that, under Johnson, English nationalist sensitivities will get priority over keeping Northern Ireland stable. The arrogance and ignorance of Brexiteers when it comes to Ireland has infuriated Irish opinion over the last few years with the Home Secretary Priti Patel famously suggesting that the Irish, who have vivid memories of the Great Famine, could be starved into making concessions."
Cultural appropriation: "Black Woman Apologizes to the Gays After Telling Them to Stop Wearing Women’s Clothes" (Anglin).
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