Monday, February 03, 2020

Wrong side of the road

Tweet (Afshin Rattansi):
""Reuter concession was a contract signed in 1872 between Baron Julius de Reuter,a banker & businessman, & Nasir al-Din Shah, Qajar king of Persia. The concession gave him control over Persian roads, telegraphs, mills, factories, extraction of resources..""
"EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton was Jeffrey Epstein's closest 'celebrity mate' and a frequent guest at his New Mexico ranch with wife Hillary, staying at the pedophile's cowboy-themed village, say estate workers" (White):
"When contacted by for comment,  Bill Clinton's press office referred us to a statement released over the summer. The statement denied he had ever visited any of Epstein's residences, apart from once at Epstein's home in New York City. reached out to Hillary Clinton's office for comment as well.

Kellogg said that at the time of his site walk of Epstein's property, he had barely any knowledge of Epstein's reputation but he said Gordon spent most of the time boasting about the Clintons' frequent appearance at the estate."
"Anti-Trump-themed ‘Immigrant Food’ restaurant owned by lobbyists for right-wing Latin American coup leaders who fueled migration crisis" (Rubinstein).

Here's a parody of what Stephen's take would be, and it was pretty darn close!: "Bret Stephens lectures the ‘Arab side’ on the terms it must accept" (Suarez).  Even with the AI we have now, it would be simple to generate all of Stephen's work, and perhaps that is how he does it.  Suarez takes him apart systematically.

"Non-Condemnatory International Reaction to Trump’s Bantustan Lite Palestine Plan Shows the “Two State” Solution Was Always a Lie" (Murray).  Ha (my emphasis in red)!:
"The failure to admit the Palestinian refugees were driven out of Israel panders disgracefully to the most extreme zionist propaganda, which claims that the land was empty before the Israelis settled it in 1948. This is a classic colonist origin myth, used repeatedly by the British Empire, by white settlers in the USA, and of course by apartheid South Africa. When the Trump deal was first published, I was genuinely astonished to find twitter awash with thousands of tweets claiming the Palestinians do not exist as a people. This is an extraordinarily prevalent racist trope among zionists and appears to be not policed on the internet at all. I have read hundreds of articles about the hateful phenomenon of anti-semitism in the mainstream media. I don’t think I have ever seen this extreme zionist racism of “there is no such thing as Palestinians” ever mentioned in the MSM as a problem. But zionist racism is a huge problem, and it underlies the fundamental analysis of the Trump paper.
If you cannot bring yourself to acknowledge, even once in 181 pages, that the Palestinian inhabitants were driven out of Israel, there is no chance the proposals built on these fundamentally dishonest foundations will be solid."
Tweet (Ben Norton):
"This is so outrageous. The US govt's thought police at Twitter restricted the account of
@OrlenysOV, one of the most prominent citizen journalists in Venezuela She is an independent reporter who exposes lies against her country. And Twitter is censoring her Why
So, all Americans are officially diplomats now (appropriate, as all their official dips are so spectacularly incompetent, or worse): "US refuses to extradite spy’s wife to UK over death of Harry Dunn".  Going to another country and refusing to drive on the proper side of the road - we're Americans dammit, and will drive as God intended! - is such an excellent metaphor for Assholia!

You have to wonder if this seemingly bizarre story is the tip of the iceberg, and MEK is being used to fund extreme right-wing parties throughout Europe:  "Iranian exile group paid salaries for two leaders of Spain’s far-right Vox" (Irujo/Gil).

"Salvadoran general admits army carried out infamous 1981 massacre" (Rentaria).

I may get back to the Freeland/Helmer stuff, but note this comment from Yves Smith:
"With all due respect, you are completely missing the point or choosing to misconstrue it.
The attacks in Canada on the Consortium News report are based on its reliance on Russian sources that are alleged to be connected to the Russian government. Strategic Culture Foundation promotes Russian nationalism and is so hidden about its funding sources that that charge will likely stick. That means that the Consortium News will have difficulty in court disproving that it was amplifying a Russian campaign, particularly if Helmer’s other contention is correct, that the supposed author isn’t bona fide.
I must also point out, without naming names (because I don’t want to waste time and energy documenting the point) that some of the authors from Strategic Culture Foundation that you mention approvingly are ones we would never link to, and are even loath to allow links to their works in comments because they have serious and regular problems with accuracy (either actual facts or greatly overstating the implications of their findings). And accordingly, we have not linked to Strategic Culture Foundation because it features too many dodgy writers and we do not want to lead readers to view it as a reliable source.
In addition, you promote the fiction that anyone in Russia must be an official stooge. Help me. Helmer is regularly writing pieces that embarrass the Russian government and its allies; he’s been barred entry as retribution. Had Consortium News written a piece that acknowledged Helmer as the source of the account, it would have been extremely difficult to depict them as manipulated by Russian government allies."
Naked Capitalism is useful, but is fundamentally an Assholian supremacist site, and burdened with 'economics', a horrible combination (not to mention run by people who are obviously extremely arrogant and full of themselves), but I wonder which of the group of 'Zuesse, Cloughly, Lazare, Crook, Cunningham, Madsen, Bridge, Madsen, Luongo and also LaRouchians like Ehret' have 'serious problems with accuracy'.  Definitely Zuesse (who I never link to once he seriously misconstrued Hersh), Madsen states wild things constantly, which may be true, but he never provides sources (ironically similar to Helmer himself), and Ehret, as a LaRouchian, is always going to be suspect.  Still, I'd take any of them, except Zuesse, over anything I might read from Naked Capitalism.  This kind of rejection for imaginary credibility problems is one reason we never seem to get anywhere.

Take a look at that Super PAC contributor graph again.  Add to it the fact that most Democrat funding comes from Khazars, and the fact that Adelson/Marcus/Singer basically completely fund Trump, and, it you add the MEGA Group blackmail industry, and the control of the (((media))) and (((stinktanks))), you have completely summarized Assholian politics.
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