Tuesday, December 15, 2020

One lunatic fever to the next

Tweet (Aaron Maté):

"Just noting that @JeffreyGoldberg is a former Israeli prison guard whose concept of “Jewish sovereignty” entails displacing and caging indigenous Palestinians. Also noting that @JakeTapper retweeted this garbage." 

Tweet (Mark Ames):
"There are gainfully employed DC-based progressive “populists” arguing that the Elites and Oligarchy are standing in the way of The People’s demand for a multi-trillion dollar Cold War with China. This fucked up culture lurches from one lunatic fever to the next."
The big mistake we seem to make is the assumption that complete insanity is unusual.

Various countries are being lined up to be the first Biden shitshow.  "Belarus on the Edge: Biden’s First Move?" (Boggs).  "Will Biden Wind down the Syria War or keep it Bubbling?" (Keller).

Tweets by Aaron Maté on Reality Winner, who I suppose will be forgotten even if a miracle occurs and Trump does some righteous pardoning. 

"The Case For a Pardon of Edward Snowden by President Trump" (Greenwald).  "Who’s Afraid of Glenn Greenwald?" (Smith).

While it would be nice to see a Snowden pardon, it is essential to see an Assange pardon.

"Who The #Resistance Was Actually #Resisting These Last Four Years" (Johnstone).  Biden's commitment to mocking anybody to the left of Schumer is quite impressive.

"Liberal Except for Palestine" (Giraldi).

"From TMAP to Warp Speed: How Big Pharma Algorithms Fast-Track Unapproved Drugs and Vaccines" (Klyczek):
". . . it should be noted that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never before approved human use of a vaccine for any previous strain of coronavirus due largely to severe inflammatory autoimmune side-effects in animal trials. At the same time, neither mRNA vaccines, nor DNA plasmid vaccines, nor genetically engineered adenovirus vaccines have ever before been approved for human use in the United States. Obviously, this begs the question: how is it that these experimental vaccines, which have never been approved by the FDA, are suddenly becoming safe and effective for the first time in history under less rigorous conditions when standard testing protocols are being shortcut at emergency “warp speed”? How does rushing a vaccine to market at the fastest pace in history increase its safety and efficacy?"
The pandemic is being marketed as a war, and this should be seen as the war profiteering that it is, and punished appropriately:  "Intellectual Property Monopolies Block Vaccine Access" (Chowdhury).  "Trudeau Chooses Big Pharma’s Rights over Health of Billions" (Engler).  Ha! those fucking Chinese bastards:  "Developing nations are first in line for China’s Covid vaccines. Analysts question Beijing’s intent" (Ng).

"Pfizer's CEO cashed out 60% of his stock on the same day the company unveiled the results of its COVID-19 vaccine trial" (Nagarajan)!  Some of this plutocrat shit is amazingly on point.

I't nice to know the Brits still have an Imperial use:  "New Documents Show How The British Government Secretly Created 'Regime Change' Protests In Lebanon" (Moon).

Speaking of Imperial lackeys, Germany has its role as well:  "Assertive Germany muddles Iran issue"  (Bhadrakumar) ("Without doubt, Germany has further complicated the situation by demanding new concessions from Iran concerning other “non-nuclear”  issues such as Iran’s ballistic missile program and its regional influence that did not form part of the 2015 agreement.").  "Iran’s Pres. Rouhani to Biden: We will Fulfill our Nuclear Obligations on Day One if you Return to 2015 Deal" (Cole).

"Bipartisan congressional group reveals threadbare stimulus plan" (Crosse).  The Christmas miracle is that the average person isn't much angrier than she/he is now.  I know what Mitch is up to, but what is Nancy doing, particularly as her game of stimulus chicken is no longer necessary after the election is over?  By dangling government cheese to Mitch's pals, she could wrangle an acceptable deal for the people who are suffering, but she just won't. 

Louis on Zenz, another of these one-man sole-source PR departments for the Empire, which seems to be the preferred style these days in warmongering.

Regardless of what anybody personally thinks is the right answer here, it is bizarre to accept that a private corporation - not to mention (((one))) with a warmongering horse in the race - should have the sole right to make this decision:  "Yet Another Major Escalation In Establishment Internet Censorship" (Johnstone).  "The YouTube Ban Is Un-American, Wrong, and Will Backfire" (Taibbi).

Speaking of Swamp-annoying pardons:  "Perfecting Tyranny: Mumia’s New Book Hot Off the Press!" (Prison Radio).

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