Monday, April 06, 2020

Theories of incompetence

"US pushes conspiracy theory on China’s coronavirus death toll to deflect from Trump administration failures" (Singh).  The big Anglo-American PR blitz hasn't been very effective as it is too obviously derived from government-controlled sources, but it is good enough for the low-information USA USA USA crowd.

"US Leads Global Wave of Nations Stealing, Seizing and Diverting Coronavirus Equipment" (MacLeod).  Theft in lieu of competence.  "Trump Weighs Legal Action Against China Over PPE Hoarding As International 'Mask Wars' Heat Up" (Durden).  By 'hoarding' Trump means having the common sense to be prepared, in marked contrast to Trump himself.

"China Prepares To Close "Oil Deal Of A Lifetime" In Iraq" (Watkins).  It's lucky for Assholia that all those 'Wars For Oil' were so successful.

"International Finance's Anti-China Crusade" (Striker).  Soros, Thiel, Bannon.  Henry the K:  "Henry Kissinger Calls for a New Post-Covid World Order" (Whitney) (see also).  The Imperial Thinkers are very tired, and repetitious.

Shamir is a denialist:  "Fighting the Worldwide War on Death".  If you think Sweden is doing a better job than Germany, you might want to rethink your entire system of premises.  Bonus! - blather about Israel.

Full-spectrum incompetence:  "Imperialism in Denial" (Lazare).

"Coronavirus: A Theory of Incompetence" (Smith).  This is awfully complicated, and the factors mentioned don't really distinguish Assholia from many other places.  Isn't the problem as simple as the fact that Assholia is a country completely filled to the brim with assholes?  It informs all their activities with respect to other countries, but also the way they treat each other.

"Eyes Wide Open: Will the ‘Masters of the Universe’ Notice No One Takes Them Seriously Anymore?" (Crooke).  Legitimacy requires a certain base-level of competence.  We've seen that in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore (maybe), and (probably) Germany, but almost nowhere else, and both Assholia and its lackey Britain have been particularly bad.

Meltdown

"Was the Fed just nationalized?" (Brown).  Actually, it was the Treasury that was swallowed up and Khazarized in the largest single theft in human history.

"How Generals Fueled 1918 Flu Pandemic To Win Their World War" (Porter).

"ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Assange Won’t Be Released Amid Virus Crisis, Australian Newswire Reports".  The official response has absolutely nothing to do with the public health reasons for release of non-violent inmates, and is bureaucratically ridiculous enough to be part of the tribute to the Empire by the lackey.

Is it a sin to hope that Boris survives the virus?  Yes, yes it is.  It would be hilarious if he croaked, as there would have to be a big state funeral, and the (((media))) would have to pretend he was a great man, without laughing.

"Yemenis still want answers about Ibrahim al-Hamdi's assassination" (Day).

As soon as the Venezuelan government turned down the 'friendly' offer of the Fat Fuck, Abrams moved the gunboats in, as 'friends' do:  "A Simple “Democratic Transition” Framework for Venezuela: End All “Sanctions”" (Pagliccia).

"Don’t threaten Afghans. It will be counterproductive." (Bhadrakumar):
"The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the US State Department, Alice Wells dropped a bombshell early morning today on the Afghan government and the country’s political elites — and caught by surprise the international donors, too — by linking all aid to that country to the formation of an inclusive government in Kabul. 
Wells wrote on the twitter page in a threatening tone: “It can’t be business as usual for international donors in #Afghanistan. International aid requires partnership with an inclusive government and we all must hold Afghan leaders accountable to agree on a governing arrangement.” 
Prima facie, it is a call by Washington to the international community to join the recent move, announced on March 23 by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, to cut back aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion and to reduce the aid by another billion dollars next year as well as to initiate a review of all US-aided programs and projects in that country to identify additional reductions, and to reconsider US pledges on the whole to future donor conferences for Afghanistan.
The punishing move on March 23 followed an abortive mission by Pompeo to Kabul on that day to persuade Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to agree on an inclusive government. Pompeo’s appeals fell on deaf ears. It now seems that Washington’s threat to cut back bilateral aid also has been largely ignored by the Afghan elites."
"Exposed: The UK’s Secret Meetings With The Bolsonaros" (McEvoy/Hunt/Urban).  The Brits are ashamed of pre- and post-election discussions with Bolsonaro over the usual right-wing crap.

"Brazilian democracy is dead" (Horta).  Replacement of the figurehead.

Israel's close connections to the worst of the world's governments goes back to its founding:  "Netanyahu’s embrace of Bolsanaro echoes hidden history of Israeli support for authoritarians in Brazil, cables reveal" (Mack). 

"AJC sided with Israel against U.S. on settlements, though officials privately thought White House was right" (Weiss).  The usual Khazar nonsense of consistently taking a turbo-Likudnik position all the while claiming that they have individual 'conscience' positions in reserve (as if Khazars had consciences!), which they sadly can't act on as they need to approach Assholia with one voice.

Sadly, the 'left' has ((('donors'))):  "Divided we fall: How the US left cannot agree on Palestine" (Such).

"Genealogy of a Pogrom" (Fazal):
"The BJP’s thumping victory in the general elections last year reflects the consolidation of right-wing hegemony in India. The party initially rose to prominence in the late 1980s, when it took up the cause of building a Ram temple in place of historic Babri mosque at Ayodhya (this is known as the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign). The eventual demolition of the mosque in December 1992, a crime in which several BJP leaders were implicated, only cemented the party’s newfound popularity among Hindus. The period also coincided with the liberalization of the country’s economy and the consequent expansion of the urban middle class, who became the BJP’s social base. Since then the party has advanced a two-pronged strategy—pathological nationalism that survives on minority-baiting on the one hand, and a fanatical neoliberal commitment to economic developmentalism on the other—that has come to find wider favor in the country, among both the affluent and the impoverished.
Yet it would be a mistake to measure the BJP’s power in purely electoral terms. Its ultimate aim has always been to reconfigure India—which is nominally a secular, democratic country—along principles of racial purity, religious nationalism, and ethnically differentiated citizenship. In pursuing these goals, through both political and cultural projects, the party has brought about an astonishing change to Indian society, weakening governmental institutions, unleashing communal demons, eroding the rule of law. Today it would be at best a half-truth to describe India as a constitutional republic: for foundational ideas of democracy, freedom, and justice have been turned upside down. Vigilante groups and lynch mobs are free to kill Muslims and instill fear in the community. BJP leaders are allowed to openly spew hate speech, even calling for violence on the Muslim community. Television media parrots and amplifies the government’s communal line. In courts, justice has come to mean reparation for imagined historical wrongs on the Hindu community. For instance, last year the Supreme Court ruled that a Ram Temple should be built on the site of the Babri mosque.
The speed with which India has embraced such virulent forms of Islamophobia cannot be explained by the BJP’s propaganda alone. The party has taken root in soil that was already communalized. The loyalty of Muslims, India’s largest minority, has been held suspect in the majoritarian narratives ever since Independence and partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Equating religion with a form of a nationality, Hindu nationalist thinkers have presented Muslims as a fifth column for Pakistan.
Yet this portrayal of Muslims predates Partition. Its origins go at least as far back as the nineteenth century, when a modern “Hindu” consciousness was being forged in the crucible of colonialism. Drawing on British orientalist historiography, which presented Islam as a “foreign” religion, Hindu reformist thinkers came to imagine the modern nation of “India” as a spiritual homeland for Hindus, besieged by foreigners both European and Muslim. Over time they developed a baroque, hoary mythology about the so-called Muslim conquest, focused on the forceful abduction, violation, and conversion of Hindu women by Muslim men. In the early twentieth century, as colonial institutions based on communal representation were opened to the natives, a panic around shrinking numerical strength, not to mention physical and political potency, became entrenched in the Hindu nationalist imaginary.
This form of “othering” has found its most virulent expression in the discourse of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the cultural outfit which essentially controls the BJP. Founded in 1925 in Nagpur by a group of upper-caste Brahmins, and explicitly modelled on Mussolini’s fascist party, it is the oldest, largest, and arguably the most successful far-right group in the world today. The RSS instills in its cadre a ferocious hatred of Muslims, who are viewed as a barbaric internal enemy—fanatically driven by the sword, hypersexual, and bearers of divided loyalties. Writing in 1939, one of the organization’s longest serving chiefs, M.S. Golwalkar, laid down the conditions under which the Muslim could be accepted into India: they would be “wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment, not even citizen’s right.”
For the RSS, stereotyping and demonizing of the Muslim has served the equally important purpose of cementing the Hindu nation, beleaguered as it is by its own internal segments of hierarchically organized caste groups, cults, and sects. V. D. Savarkar, perhaps the most influential Hindutva ideologue, spelled this idea out in his 1923 tract, Hindutva: Who is a Hindu, a founding document for the far-right Hindu movement: “Nothing makes [the] Self conscious of itself so much as a conflict with non-self. Nothing can weld peoples into a nation and nations into a state as the pressure of a common foe.”
The Hindu right remained politically marginalized for the first four or so decades of Indian independence. Yet during this period, the RSS spread its communal venom at the grassroots level, indoctrinating youth at its schools, spiritual camps, and “shakhas,” or training units in villages and towns across the country. (The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a cultural organization that provides the shock troops for the RSS, also participated in numerous communal attacks across the country.) Things changed in 1990, when L. K Advani—a RSS graduate and the then BJP president—embarked on a Rath yatra (roughly “chariot pilgrimage”), traveling with followers across North India, holding politico-religious rallies at which he exhorted Hindu youth to join the Ram Janmabhumi campaign.
Advani’s Rath Yatra, which left a trail of communal killings and destruction in its wake, was finally abandoned when he was detained in Bihar by the state’s secular chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. But by that time his task had been more or less achieved—the forging of a new Hindu public for whom secularism, a constitutional guarantee, was reinscribed as minority appeasement towards Muslims. Indoctrinated into the Hindutva ideology, right-wing Hindus began to demand sovereignty of faith over state in matters related to Hindu religiosity. In this pernicious new discourse, any advance in the protection of minority cultures or demands of parity between Hindus and Muslims came to be dismissed as “pseudo-secularism” (this remains a popular term of abuse in right-wing Indian circles)."
"Saudi Arabia Exploiting Wireless SS7 Flaw to Track Targets In The United States" (Bode).

"Libya’s Government of National Accord in its Death Throes" (Odintsov).  Lots packed in here.

I noticed that Stoller was swallowing the Assholian misdirection wholetweet (Louis Allday):
"Glenn Greenwald is having a meltdown defending the blatant racist imperialist Matt Stoller as not being racist and is repeating all kinds of anti-China propaganda talking points while doing so. Excellent stuff."
It's a double dose of Clarification, proving once again that amongst Americans there is no 'right' or 'left', just Assholes as far as the eye can see.

"Barbados Claims US Seized Ventilators En Route to Country" (Marshall).  "do russia today find it difficult to spell the six-letter word MOSSAD?" (Niqnaq).  "Ottawa looks to Kushner, other U.S. trade officials to resolve medical equipment dispute" (Simpson).  I wonder what Canada will have to give to get some consideration from President Jared.  And by 'give', I mean, needless to say, 'give to Israel'.

"Israel Blocks Coronavirus Respirators, Aid, to Gaza until Remains of 2 Israeli Invaders are Returned" (Dalloul).  The 'humanitarian needs' of the Khazars are lots and lots of dead Palestinians, even as that desire risks themselves.

Things are so obviously bad with the flouting of the law by the Haredi that the time has come for some PR:  "‘A failure of communication’: Haredi Jews at the epicenter of Israel’s coronavirus outbreak" (Zonszein).  This kind of crap exposes the flaws of 972.

"Joe Biden says he ‘doesn’t have enough information’ on Iran to have a view. How odd – he negotiated the nuclear deal" (Fisk).  Sidestepping the obvious moral answer to the Iran sanctions question, something which requires no information other than that many are dying.  Fisk starts with a discussion of Microsoft's oddly moral divestment from Israeli Panopticonists, AnyVision.  Fisk concludes:
". . . now the Houthis have popped up with an intriguing offer: a Saudi pilot and four other Saudi military prisoners in exchange for dozens of Palestinians on trial in the kingdom for “supporting terrorism”.
Now we all know that the Saudis are always putting some poor chap or other on trial. Foreign “terrorists”, Shia activists (“terrorists” again) and disloyal Saudis are always appearing at grotesque “legal” hearings – in secret, and with no defence lawyers – in the kingdom and, quite often, have their heads chopped off afterwards.
The Palestinians in question – and there are dozens of them – have been accused of collecting and laundering funds for Hamas. In other words, they were accused of “supporting terrorism”. But the men have been living in Saudi Arabia for years and the Saudi court might have more credibility if one of the accused was not retired doctor Mohamed al-Khudari, who is 81 years old and who, according to his family, is suffering from colon cancer.
But fewer folk will have heard of the Saudi prisoners in Houthi hands whom the Shiite rebel leader Abdul Malek Houthi is offering to swap for the Palestinians. The pilot is believed to be one of the two crew of a Tornado fighter-bomber – an aircraft purchased from the UK in the old al-Yamama deal – which was blasted out of the sky by the Houthis (supposedly with a homemade missile) during an air raid on Yemen in mid-February. His fellow crew member may – or may not – be one of the other three prisoners. The aircraft was shot down on a day in which at least 31 civilians are believed to have been killed and another 11 wounded in Saudi air raids.
There were renewed air attacks last weekend when talks over a Saudi-Houthi ceasefire appeared to break down – proving, I suppose, that some potential ongoing relationships simply have no future. Even in the age of coronavirus."
"Coronavirus: Why Dutch lockdown may be a high-risk strategy" (Holligan).  These aren't good numbers for a small country.

"Japan on 'brink of the brink,' minister says as coronavirus death toll jumps" (note the bizarre bureaucratic reason for not testing).  Japan got behind when it was trying to downplay the problem to keep the Olympics on schedule.

"Is Peter Nygard The ‘Canadian Jeffrey Epstein’?" (The Sharp Edge).  I see no evidence of blackmail, which is obvious if you contrast the Epstein operation.

"Mel Watkins, 87, was the compassionate heart of the Canadian left for more than a half-century" (Rubin).  It is often difficult to remember that there were once some seriously good people on the left.

Sunday, April 05, 2020

The goalposts are moving so fast

Tweet (Mark Ames) (also):
"Here's @washingtonpost 2 months ago—regurgitating official US state ideology, however suicidal: "China’s quarantine of more than 35 million people...is surprising and troubling experts who said such drastic restrictions rarely work and often backfire.""
Tweet (Wild Geerters):
"The goalposts are moving so fast"
Ha!: "George W. Bush in 2005: 'If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare'" (Mosk).

"Why can’t even a pandemic lockdown stop Americans from being gunned down in mass shootings?" (Sheppard).  The range of a gun is over 6 feet, so all is well.

"How coronavirus is fuelling American hate" (Massad).

"In the American South, a Perfect Storm Is Gathering" (Renkl).

Tweet (Nader Issa) (buying PPE should be a new Olympic sport, if only there were an Olympics):
"This is where we're at in buying PPE.
An Illinois official sped on a highway to get to a meet-up in a McDonald's parking lot, where she handed off a $3.4 MILLION CHECK to buy N95 masks from China with 20 minutes to spare, beating other bidders."
"Has the Trump/Putin Thaw Finally Begun?" (Luongo).  "Russia's Counter-COVID-19 Aid To America Advances Case For A New Detente" (Korybko).

Nudge units

"Does Brazil already have a new “acting President”?" (Rocha).

Bibi's one of us!:  "Netanyahu Behind Closed Doors: ‘Deep State’ Controls Israel" (Weitz).  Note the various tricks Bibi can now pull to stay out of jail.  Gantz is either completely crooked, or an idiot.

Is the big plan to rid the US of blacks? (see here and here):  tweet (Charles M. Blow):
"My god, I see I disaster brewing… #COVID19Pandemic #RacialTimeBomb"
"Can We Trust the WHO?" (Engdahl) (see the unfortunately similar Cartalucci).  This is just a longer version of 'Kung Flu', support for the Assholes who wish to blame China for their own mistakes.  I agree that The WHO has hinky donors.  I disagree, vehemently, that a guy with a doctorate in public health is less suited to lead The WHO than some medical doctor.  But the bottom line is that neither The WHO nor China has any role to play in current American problems.  Does anybody seriously believe that the Assholes wouldn't have squandered another ten days warning had they got it?  The proof of the problem is that other countries have already had remarkable success relying on the notice they received from China and The WHO, and from following protocols developed in China (and now western doctors are trying to be famous by repeating treatments first tried in China).  In the United States, what we're seeing is what happens if a country full of assholes finally turns the assholery inwards.  It's simply lovely to see them finally get some of their own medicine.

Thread by Ali Velshi on Trump and the pandemic (the mistakes the current anti-China PR blitz is supposed to hide).

While Trump should take the blame, he wasn't alone:  "Who’s Right: Donald Trump or the Media?" (Hood).

Tweet (Ben Norton) (note that Canada, despite following illegal Assholian orders on the extradition scandal, is using the pandemic to reestablish relations with China - Trudeau was lambasted by the right for sending medical supplies to China, and Canada has now received a larger quantity of medical supplies back from China, and now this):
"But there are still a lot of people regurgitating this CIA propaganda.
Yes, the false, baseless claim that China submitted false numbers is a literal CIA psyop. Corporate media outlets are admitting their source is the coup-plotting torturers at the CIA"
Tweet (Mark Ames):
"Our corrupt ruling class is failing us Chernobyl-style. Rather than accept responsibility for negligent mass homicide, they’re using official media propagandists to divert blame from our rotten ruling class—onto the Yellow Peril/Commie Menace/World Government triple-menace."
What, you mean Wars For The Jews aren't free?:  "The Blob Sucked Away Your Public Health And Gave You War Instead" (Smith).

One of the most hilarious parts of what passes for the the Assholian 'response' to the virus is the fact that the usual Assholian corporado 'free market capitalism' grifters can't keep their fingers out of the pie in ways which directly damage any attempts to fight back against the pandemic:  tweet (David Begnaud):
"This is so important for everyone to understand. This explains why Governors say: I'm not getting the supplies I need - yet @POTUS
says we are sending tons of supplies: It's going from the federal govt to commercial distributors who then deliver to the highest bidder: states!"
It's exactly the same thing we've seen so often with American military procurement scandals, which have left the Empire technologically behind in every modern piece of military equipment, as it is always corporate profitability prevailing over getting the job done correctly.

"What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You to Know About Hospital Emergency Rooms" (Appelbaum).  Note the blackmail of threatening to withdraw a hospital during a pandemic (in better times this would have been regarded as a crime so heinous the entire board of directors would have been immediately hanged)!:  "Hospital Bailouts Begin…for Those Owned by Private Equity Firms" (Appelbaum/Batt).  This is classic modern (((hedge fund))) operating procedure, derived from American (((organized crime))) (depicted in the Sopranos, but of course de-Khazarized; see also 'Billions') - split off the unit, load it up with debt, suck out the borrowed money to the hedge fund, then leave the rest as a bankrupt shell.  This is bad enough when it is any old corporation, but a tragedy in the making if it is a hospital.

Feinberg (Cerberus).  Schwarzman.  Milken ("“This is their golden age. You can leverage, you can borrow without covenants, and so for equity holders it affords you a very unusual rate of return.”").  Green.  This should be the Golden Age of 'anti-Semitism'.

Trump again moving well to the left of the Democrats (note though, in the bizarre nature of Assholian politics, he has to do it relatively quietly, lest he be called a commie):  tweet (jordan):
"Wait a second, so you're telling me the government can just pay hospitals directly for medical care? And that health insurance companies are just unnecessary middlemen out to make a buck? Well, I'll be damned...."
"The Financial Times Asks For Socialist Policies" (Moon).

So, so much Clarification, on so many levels.

I have a fan to which I have to give a few whacks to get going, but nobody dies if I don't do it: "Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots" (Corfield).

The whole Biden fiasco is playing out exactly as you might imagine a Clinton conspiracy would work:  "Coronavirus Props Up Cuomo as Madam Secretary Takes the #MeToo Axe to Biden and Bloomberg Yanks a Billion from Sleepy Joe" (Flores).  Interestingly, they will need a convention for Clinton to replace Biden, and conventions are currently hard to come by.  Btw, Cuomo is remarkably crooked, even by Assholian standards, and much of what he is doing is trying to fix his own mistakes in turbo-cutting.

The Brits have pretty much wrecked their health care system with austerity cuts, but luckily there is still lots of money for their PR system:  "Russian aid to Italy, dubbed an ‘influence operation’ by EU-partnered media outfit, is indeed shameful — for Europe" (Ryan).  People generally have pretty strong negative ideas about those thought of as 'ingrates'.

"Italy and Russia spar over alleged coronavirus spies".  "Coronavirus: Inside the UK government’s influential behavioural ‘nudge unit’" (Sengupta).

"Why the American Punditry Is Terrified of Russian Humanitarian Aid" (Kirby).

"The Chaotic Response to Coronavirus Mirrors the Failures of 1914" (Cockburn).  I'm terribly disappointed in a lot of usually reliable writers and sites, many of whom have gone all in with virus denialism and/or Assholian PR takes (all of which either hide or deny the real massive conspiracies going on), but Cockburn, who usually pulls his punches for the Empire, has gotten better in this crisis.

"UK: Facebook Group Organizing Burnings of 5G Towers Hysterical Lunatics Think are Causing the Flu" (Anglin).  I suppose it's an improvement over burning witches.  I'm sure this has another British PR firm behind it, as it is too stupidly pointed at China.  Having said that, 5G proceeds without any determination of health risks.

"Pakistan rearrests four men acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder case".  Outside (((pressures))).  Pearl is in the pantheon of Khazar saints.

"Trump’s Iran sanctions policy on the turn" (Bhadrakumar).  No, the MEGA Group still has the blackmail material, and blood pours from the fangs of every Khazar on the planet - they are simply enjoying Iranian suffering too much - so the sanctions aren't going anywhere.  "US sidestepped OWN SANCTIONS against Russia to save American lives from Covid-19… If only it cared as much about Iranian lives" (Ritter).

Tweet (M. A. E.):
"*#COVID19*Excellent work Marty getting this Kafkaesque admission from the UK's "Ministry of Justice":
"... #JulianAssange, who is being held on remand in Belmarsh prison, will not be temporarily released because he's not serving a custodial sentence and therefore not eligible""
"Trump brandishes tariff stick at ‘illegal OPEC cartel’ & vows to do ‘whatever it takes’ (but no US oil cuts!)".  "Trump Says Doesn't 'Care About OPEC', Will Put Tariffs on Oil Imports If He Has to".  "OPEC+ meeting delayed as Saudi Arabia and Russia row over oil price collapse: sources" (El Gamal/Soldatkin/Lawler).  The Assholes have been able to freeload off OPEC by taking advantage of the higher prices caused by supply management, while not themselves having to restrict their sales.  This was tolerable when the US wasn't such a huge producer, but both Russia and Saudi Arabia are tired of it.  The plan is to get the Assholes subject to the same negotiated supply cuts, so supply management even works better to force the price up for everybody. Because the US financial system is at risk of a complete collapse if the frackers have a complete collapse, Putin and MbS have Trump over a bit of a barrel, so to speak.

The CIA versus MbS:  "Who and what is behind the Crisis in Saudi Arabia?" (Kulikov).  If MbS identifies his main problem as the CIA - just as Erdoğan does - then a Putin-MbS conspiracy against Assholia, and not a Putin-MbS rift over OPEC+, seems likely.

"Outrage in Chile over Pinera photo at quarantined protest site" (Newman).  Taking a victory lap over the fact the virus stopped the protests!

"What We Lost in the Pandemic" (Van Buren):
"For the second time in about only a decade, we are seeing our homes endangered. Rent payments are hard. As mortgage payments slip the banks are sniffing around like hyenas. Some people will fail on rent payments on the same homes they used to own. Occupy Wall Street? No, occupied by Wall Street.

Like good boys and girls a lot of us did invest our money after the 2008 economic crisis, yet anyone contemplating retirement or college in the near term just saw 20 percent of all that go away. Again. The bailouts are here, in the trillions, again, for the airlines and other businesses. Of course the stock market will go back up, it always does. What occurs in the space between it going down and going back up is the wealthiest Americans, having money in reserve, buy cheaply once-expensive stocks you were forced to sell at the bottom to feed your family. In a few years you’ll start buying in again, you know, when you get back to work, to push up prices and fuel the rich folks’ gains. The wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of post-2008 financial crisis growth while the bottom 80 percent, whose wealth was in their homes not stocks, became poorer as their missing homes did not “grow.” Their wealth, such as it was, was a Potemkin vision in the form of their homes which they actually did not own. The last recession represented the largest redistribution of money in a century.

What about 2020? Since over half of all Americans now own no stock, the wealth in 2020 will be sucked out of the so-called 10 percent, the remains of what was once the upper middle class. They are the only ones who actually have money for the hyper-wealthy to take. The bottom 90 percent are basically too poor to steal from (except our labor; see above.) A month ago the richest 10 percent of Americans owned 84 percent of the total value of the market. The One Percent are in the process of taking from the Nine Percent below them right now. Fair enough in a way; much of the Nine Percent’s wealth was harvested out of the 2008 crisis."
This headline looks just like one you's see in The Onion: "Staff Said The Free Mask Kits At Jo-Ann Fabrics Are Just Scraps From The Clearance Bin" (Jamieson).

Tweet (Laura Alvarez):
"'My husband Jeremy Corbyn has been vilified - I will never regret our dream'"
Passive voice!  Vilified?  By who (sorry, forgive my grammar, by (((whom)))?)?

Everybody has to sacrifice, except, tellingly, rentiers:  "A plea from a small-business owner: Without immediate rent help, I will drown" (Agg).

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Happy Ending

You know, there could be some huge positive changes made out of lessons suddenly learned from the virus (but there won't be as long as the MEGA Group has the tapes and Assholes keep voting for the most blackmailable people possible):  "America, We Have To End The Wars Now" (Horton).

Why do I call them Assholes?:
  1. "Amid war threats, Washington blocks UN resolution demanding end to sanctions" (Van Auken);
  2. "Donald Trump is blocking exports of medical equipment. He’s putting Canada’s trust in the U.S. to a potentially deadly test" (Keenan); and
  3. "German Officials Accuse US of COVID Mask Piracy" (Marshall, who isn't criticizing Trump over this, as being a total Asshole is a bipartisan thing).
Tweet (Prasad Jallepalli) (at least there was a Happy Ending):
"This is absolutely nuts:  the Feds keeps seizing PPE ordered by MA.  In desperation the MA Gov creates a backchannel to Chinese ambassador to the UN and has the New England Patriots send a jet to pick the PPE up and finally get it to MA hospitals."
"Montgomery County receives 5,000 rotted masks from national stockpile" (Chandler).

The Americans have a literal retard in charge.

This is superb!:  "Here’s why large gatherings keep happening in Lakewood, as coronavirus rages in N.J." (Guion):
"From Newark to Penns Grove, police have been breaking up illegal gatherings across at least 10 New Jersey counties, involving those who continue to flout rules meant to serve as a firebreak in a viral epidemic that has so far killed 355 people in the state. But more than anywhere else, Lakewood — one of the state’s hotspots with 438 residents testing positive for COVID-19 — has found itself in an unwelcome spotlight, mostly over continued violations involving wedding ceremonies and other religious events.
While authorities keep snuffing out events as they flare up and town leaders are taking an increasingly firm stances against any and all events, including small weddings, brides and grooms keep coming together in primarily Orthodox ceremonies that all but ignore the realities of a virus that has so far taken the lives of five rabbis who live here."
and (did I mention superb? it's because of the Holocaust, goyim!!!!!!):
"Weddings are of particular importance in Jewish communities because Jewish law requires marriage before men and women can start a family and the first mitzvah — or commandment — in the Torah is “to be fruitful and multiply,” according to Deborah Lipstadt, a prominent Jewish scholar and current professor at Emory University.

Lipstadt said that the Holocaust, during which six million of Europe’s 9.5 million Jews were killed by Nazi Germany, is another reason Jews take the responsibility to start families so seriously and are loath to delay weddings.

“They feel they are observing something tremendously important,” Lipstadt said. “They see, if anything they’re put on this earth to do, is to replenish.”"
and (simply superb - notice that the proviso is there solely to protect Jews from damage from anger from the wider community!):
"But Lipstadt added that by holding weddings now, they’re also violating other Jewish laws.
“They are bringing damage to themselves and bringing damage to the larger Jewish community," she said. “Saving a life and protecting a life” takes precedent over other tradition, she added.""

Friday, April 03, 2020

Dark Winter

"A Catastrophic Failure of Leadership" ('Hunter Wallace').  "Pentagon Fires Navy Captain Who Spoke Out About Response To Aircraft Carrier Outbreak Of COVID-19" (Durden).  Tweet (Spencer Ackerman) (let's face it, he would have got a medal):
"As a veteran said to me just now, if Capt. Crozier had committed a war crime instead of trying to save his sailors, his command would be assured."
 Tweet (Julia Davis):
"Putin essentially says Trump is a liar. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov refuted on Thursday US President Donald Trump's claims about a phone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
"No. There was no such conversation.""
Tweet (Emily Baumgaertner):
"NEW: Two months before the novel coronavirus likely began spreading in Wuhan, the Trump administration ended a $200-million program aimed at detecting — well, novel coronaviruses. The staff had been working with the lab in — well, Wuhan. w/
@RaineyTime"
I've been largely supportive of Trump in his battles against the Deep State and the terrible warmongering pressures on him from the Khazars, but he has unquestionably royally fucked this up, sometimes for the usual Republican shit reasons (cutting essentials to obtain funds for 1% tax cuts), but with some fuckeries unique to Trump (a huge part of the problem, as usual, is President Jared, who is in charge of everything but who is an idiot).  It being Assholia, Trump's popularity increases the more mistakes he makes.

"Israel's Refusal to Test Its Arab Population for COVID-19 Is a Ticking Time-bomb" (Daoud).  Khazars hate the owners of the land they stole, and are stealing, so much they are willing to risk their own lives as long as they feel the real owners will suffer more!

India is looking like a parallel example of the same thing:  "The ‘Modi Migrants’ Are India’s Self-Inflicted Humanitarian Disaster During “World War C”" (Korybko).

"God and the Coronavirus" (Atzmon).  As usual, we lack information, so it remains unknown if Khazars are more, or less, susceptible, and whether we can draw conclusions from that about where the virus was made (if it was made).  There is no question that the Orthodox flouting of wider social norms is causing huge problems.

Is the War On Terror over?:  "Marine Corps returning to its roots - TTG".  If so, very 'anti-Semitic'.  Of course, this is anticipating replacing the Wars For The Jews with a war against China.

"Despite US Sanctions, Iran’s Revolutionary Public Health System Curbing COVID-19 Outbreak".  Although the medicine is needed, most of the efforts in fighting a pandemic are establishing social norms.  Despite the presence of the usual religious nuts, and the MEK saboteurs, Iran can fix this.

"10 Signs the U.S. Is Heading for a Depression" (Whitney).  It's funny, had they put the trillions towards really reimbursing consumers for their losses, they could have kept up the demand which keeps economies working, and avoided most of the problems, but instead they couldn't resist stealing 95% of the money for themselves, thus slaughtering the golden goose.

"China Rolls Out the Health Silk Road" (Escobar).  We have to consider that the reason Italy was so brutally attacked was that China has identified Italy as the gate for the Silk Road to Europe.

"The lies the U.S. is using to blame Covid-19 on China" (Shea).  "How disinformation really works: Activists linked to pro-NATO think tank smear Russian Covid-19 aid to Italy" (MacDonald).

Summary of what various countries are doing, and apparent success rates:  "Could COVID-19 reshape global leadership?" (Benjamin/Davies).  Russia:  "Follow China, Follow Russia, Follow America — the Politics of COVID-19 Alternatives without Choice" (Helmer).

"Coronavirus Missives from Costa Rica, Mexico, Macau and Lao" (Dinh).

"EU Demands Serbia to Help Kosovo During Coronavirus But Restricts Assistance for Bosnian Serbs" (Antonopoulos):
"While Serbia is expected to assist Kosovo on the behalf of the EU, despite not being an EU member and the EU insisting on Kosovo’s independence, Belgrade also cannot assist Republika Srpska without being accused of interfering in Bosnian affairs. It is little wonder then that Belgrade has lost interest in appeasing Brussels and no longer responds to promises of EU membership, and rather it continues to build its relations with traditional ally Russia as well as emerging superpower China."
"Senator Loeffler's COVID-Related Stock Trades Looking Even Worse, While Feds Start Investigating Senator Burr's" (Masnick) (also):
"So, to recap: they sold somewhere in the range of $20 million worth of mostly stock market and retail companies -- and bought into videoconferencing and protective health gear. All while telling the public that the government she's a part of has everything under control."
While most countries worked on dealing with the pandemic, American politicians worked on lining their own pockets.  The world is watching countries all over the world - many without much in the way of resources and many under profoundly immoral Khazar-directed attacks from Assholia - successfully applying political solutions to address the problem, while Assholia and its main lackey Britain stumble around in incompetence, crazed devotion to failed/insane PR, and corruption.  It's quite the message.

"Trump’s ‘Hospital worker stolen masks’ Found, in Massive alleged Hasidic Stockpile Seized by FBI".  The 'defamation' we're instructed to ignore is real, often enough that the libels, tropes and canards have strong basis in fact.  It is all rooted in the general disdain Khazars have for anybody else (anti-gentilism).

"Semitophobia" (Mackenzie).  The PR protection of anti-gentilism.

"Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Us Satellite Evidence and the MH17 Trial" (Helmer).  The problem with total surveillance is that the Empire ends up with evidence that doesn't fit The Narrative.  They will just stonewall on producing it until the seemingly very corrupt Dutch judge produces the answer they want.

"All Roads Lead to Dark Winter" (Webb/Diego).  It's not proof, of course, but the propensity of the Assholian Deep State to make big, evil plans with sick names like 'Dark Winter', and then game these plans with thought experiments and real experiments ('drills'), plus the eerie parallels to the anthrax attack, form the basis of suspicions that Assholia is behind the virus.  This is particularly so when we look at the main initial victims, China, Iran, and Italy, and the continuation of cruel sanctions against places like Iran and Venezuela.  Everything fits so well with the conspiracy theory.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Detained on a lapsed bail violation

The insider trading is actually more important as evidence of knowledge of an upcoming crisis not acted upon (well, for the country, they certainly acted with alacrity for themselves, and in so doing demonstrated a detailed knowledge of what was going to happen!), than as evidence of the insider trading crime itself:  "Another Expensive War, Another Intelligence Failure?" (Giraldi):
"And we now know that there was plenty of warning from the intelligence community regarding what might be coming, but the information was deliberately ignored. As a side note relating to both money and intelligence warnings, a classified briefing on the coronavirus was provided to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on January 24th. The Senators were so convinced by what they heard that a number of them proceeded to dump vulnerable shares in the stock market before it began its precipitous slide when the threat posed by the coronavirus eventually became too big a story to hide. Some have interpreted the sell-off, which involved both Democratic and Republican Senators, as insider trading, which is a felony. That the three leading Republican Senators involved were too intimidated by the White House that they were unwilling to go to the president and tell him that something had to be done is revealing, as is the fact that they acted secretly to protect themselves."
Tweet (Jonathan Cook) (those lapsed bail violators are a menace to society!):
"Julian Assange, detained on a lapsed bail violation, is one of two inmates of the 800 in Belmarsh not held on terror, murder, violence or sex offences. He is also among the most vulnerable to a Covid-19 outbreak. Yet Judge Baraitser refuses to release him"
Btw, has anybody figured out if Baraitser is actually a judge, or even qualified to act as a judge?  She gives no evidence of having even the tiniest sense of what she's doing.

Tweet (Jeb Sprague) (it's not that they are dumb, they are just evil):
"(1/4) #COVID19 spreads in C.America, but folks over at Human Rights Watch are celebrating the application of NEW sanctions on #Nicaragua. They lie by saying sanctions only harm government leaders.
Basically HRW could appoint any random person off the street & they'd be smarter."
To get a proper feel for typical Roth and typical HRW, you have to imagine Roth reading it with the buck teeth, the fingers slanting the eyes, and the stereotypical accent (yellowface):  "How Authoritarians Are Exploiting the Covid-19 Crisis to Grab Power" (Roth).  This is just anti-Chinese hate speech, and Roth would never get away with it, while pretending to be an advocate for 'human rights', were he not a Khazar.  Never!

"Why Western Elites Are So Incompetent And What The Consequences Are" (Welsh).  Fin de siècle.

Tweet (Akunjee) (the usual testing problem of the incompetent governments):
"Front pages of every paper today turn on Boris hard"
"EMTs have stopped taking people in cardiac arrest to coronavirus-strained hospitals" (Edelman/Fitz-Gibbon).  What the Italians were warning about.

"Comments on COVID-19" (mathbabe).  Every single one of the virus deniers relies on statistics based on insufficient testing.  Do they not see how foolish they are going to look, even in a couple of weeks?

"Pakistan Commutes Sentence of Man Who Killed WSJ Journalist" (Anglin).  Pearl was obviously a spy.  Still, he's become one of the Khazar saints, so this is pretty gutsy.

"Airbnb asks government to bail out hosts in Canada".

"Top US senator warns Saudi Arabia over oil price war with Russia".  This is a threat of regime change.

"Venezuela Blasts US 'Transition' Plan as 'Tutelage'" (Koerner).  Abrams threw Guido under the bus, though the bigger plan was to block a virus-caused reconciliation.

"Unsanitized: Bailouts, A Tradition Unlike Any Other" (Dayen).  I don't think he approves!

Tweet (David Sheen):
"Rare mention of Alex Odeh in the press, only to advocate erasing him from history: The @TheCJN criticizes a 369-page book for including 6 pages about Odeh: “narrative structure is… convoluted… spring-boarding readers into… the JDL’s alleged role in the murder of… Alex Odeh.”"

'Normal' is insane

"Is the U.S. Able to Handle COVID-19? – Global Prospects Hang on This Question" (Crooke).  I would say overall that Crooke is the best writer on these big subjects, but this is disappointingly hidebound.  The problem isn't getting back to 'normal', the problem is that 'normal' is insane.

"COVID-19: The Capitalist Emperor has no Clothes" (Baraka):
"The dictatorship of the capitalist class has survived because the class reality of the dictatorship has been obscured. Limited democracy, social democracy, white nationalism in the form of patriotism, the corruption of unions, the post-war compromise between capital and labor, state subsidies for the expansion of the white middle-class, debt-driven consumption and cross-class white suppression of the democratic and human rights of African Americans provided the material and ideological basis for the perpetuation of the dictatorship throughout most of the 20th century and into the 21st.
However, the systemic failure of the capitalist order trigged by the coronavirus has reinforced the growing awareness among the population that extreme wealth inequality is not just a temporary quirk that can be remedied with tax and some redistributive policies but a fundamental characteristic of the system.
For example, the debate that took place leading up to the passing of the legislation by Congress to address COVID-19’s impact dramatically exposed a capitalist class agenda that was objectively opposed to the interest of the entire working class, the poor, and the declining middle-class.
The people saw that billions of dollars were allocated to business while millions of people are facing an increasingly desperate situation. They are facing their second pay period without a full check and they are weeks away from receiving any kind of meaningful relief. But the peoples’ bills continue to mount up while the multinational corporations get bailed out. April rent and mortgage payments are due and with everyone home and eating more but with less money for food, thousands are being forced to go without or rely on food pantries. The $1,200 payoff is an insult.
And with the tragic reality of the shamefully inadequate public healthcare system in the U.S. and the rumors that private insurance healthcare premiums might increase 40% next year, the capitalists want to shut down any discussion around Medicare for All along with any discussion on nationalizing the healthcare industry.
While millions are losing their employer-based healthcare coverage, Biden says that nothing has changed his opposition to Medicare for All. Another neoliberal Democrat.
This is not being missed by many people.
The demystification of capitalism and a realistic understanding of the role of the U.S. in the global order is a good thing and that will be the silver lining coming out of this current crisis."
One of the biggest parts of the insanity, and, in a way, the easiest to fix (tax rates, guillotines), is the existence of the 0.1%, and the accompanying bad political choices foisted on everybody else by over concentration of wealth, an evil in and of itself:   "It's Time to Make Jeff Bezos Pay" (Striker).

"The US Tax System is a vast Ponzi Scheme that only Benefits the Wealthy" (Stephenson).

Are you fucking kidding me?:  "Donald Trump - A Great President By Walrus."  It is extremely difficult to imagine him being any worse at this (he looks good in comparison with Bolsonaro, but that's about it).  Assholians always regret losing a king, so whenever a leader seems to be doing something, anything, they rally around.

"Coronavirus embarrassed Trump and Bolsonaro. But the global right will fight back" (Gerbaudo) (the attempts to place blame on China for the terrible incompetence of Assholian leaders and the decrepitude of the Empire, and quite possibly to deflect attention from an Assholian and/or Khazar biological weapons program gone awry, is key to understanding the 'populist'/teabagger response - it's pathetic, but it is just about all they have left as this magnificent bastard of a virus literally puts the lie to every single tenet of their modern perversion of libertarianism):
"The difficulties experienced by national populists are unsurprising given they are no friends of the issues at the heart of this crisis: health, welfare and science. On the health front, the crisis reveals the folly of decades of underfunding and privatisation of the health system. Trump, Johnson and Salvini have embarrassing questions to answer in regard to their record as enemies of public healthcare. Furthermore, the crisis calls for a sea change in economic policy that is at odds with the ideological premises of national populism, which combines chauvinism on the cultural front and ultra-neoliberal policies on the economic front.
The glaring need for state protection of strategic national industries, starting with health equipment and pharmaceuticals, is no anathema for national-populists who have already embraced trade protectionism. But the populist right has strongly opposed welfare measures that are becoming a matter of necessity to avoid social catastrophe. Having repeatedly branded these policies as “dangerous” and “anti-patriotic”, these politicians find themselves in the embarrassing situation of having to espouse them.
Another skeleton in the closet is national-populists’ disparagement of science. The coronavirus emergency confronts us with a threat that is best understood and measured through the lens of science. Epidemiologists and virologists have acquired media prominence and the public has been diligently following their recommendations. It is not clear whether this will lead to greater public trust in science and an erosion of the anti-science attitudes that national populist leaders have toyed with. However, it can be expected that citizens will take more heed of the risks flagged by scientists, including the climate emergency, which is also bound to exacerbate the spread of diseases.
National-populists are well known for stoking people’s fears. But the fears now prevalent are not of the kind these leaders are best positioned to exploit. Due to the urgency of health and economic worries, migration – the populist right’s main enemy – has fallen in the list of priorities. Travel bans, and the fact that Europe and the US are the present focus of the pandemic, are leading to a drop in migration to these regions. In fact, we are now witnessing a historic reversal, with Mexico aiming to block the border with the US and African countries suspending flights from Europe, while UK farmers are organising charter planes to fly in farm workers from eastern Europe to prevent fruit and vegetables being left unpicked. However, if the global economic crisis results in a new wave of migration like that of 2015, this scenario could drastically change – national-populists will try to validate their narrative of cosmopolitan globalisation as a dangerous vector of all sorts of ills.
If the coronavirus crisis has momentarily disoriented the populist right, this does not mean it is vanquished. It would be misguided for the left to believe that this crisis will work out in its favour. The health crisis is bound to be followed by a deep economic crisis, more similar to the Great Depression than to the 2008 financial crisis, and the populist right has already demonstrated its ability to prey on popular despair and find social scapegoats for economic ills. It can be expected that it will go down the same road, if anything becoming even more vicious.
The authoritarian measures implemented on Monday by Viktor Orbán in Hungary, with the suspension of parliament and the introduction of government by decree, may be the shape of things to come. In Italy, Salvini had no qualms about applauding Orbán’s move. We are also likely to see an exacerbation of anti-Chinese rhetoric. Trump made no apologies for calling Covid-19 “the Chinese virus”, while Steve Bannon argued that Covid-19 is a “Chinese Communist Party virus”. Salvini has proposed that “if the Chinese government knew [about the virus] and didn’t tell it publicly, it committed a crime against humanity”, and allies in Brazil and Spain are adopting a similar line.
Given the ties among national-populists, including their botched attempt to establish a “nationalist international” under the auspices of Bannon’s Movement, this synchrony should not be taken as accidental. It has all the look of a coordinated strategy to channel the rage and despair caused by the crisis’s brutal human and economic toll towards a racial and ideological enemy conveniently identified in the Chinese government. Along with self-proclaimed socialists, all opponents are likely to be smeared as “Chinese collaborationists”: centrist US presidential candidate Joe Biden has already been termed “China’s choice for president” by the conservative National Review.
What may be in store is thus something much worse than the populist right of the 2010s: an extreme right using the whole arsenal of the red scare and rightwing authoritarianism to intimidate opponents and defend its interests from demands for meaningful economic redistribution. Though it has been confounded by this crisis, the populist right has not been suppressed. It is just mutating."
'Excess deaths' seems to be a good way to get at the hidden problem (due to severe, and intentional, under-testing): "Is Italy's COVID-19 Mortality Rate Even Worse Than Officials Are Letting On?" (Durden) (also).

"China Did Not Deceive Us - Counting Death During An Epidemic Is Really Difficult" (Moon).  One of the paradoxes we're getting our fill of in the west is that the more incompetent the counting, and testing, the better the awful politicians look (in the short run).

"Why Quebec’s coronavirus cases have skyrocketed" (Perreaux).  With hilarious/mischievous photo from a woke editor.

"Coronavirus: 4/1" ('Hunter Wallace').  Note the tweet by Kirk!

""Sailors Don't Need To Die": Captain Of Nuclear Carrier With Over 100 COVID-19 Cases Pleads For Help" (Durden).  A nation that is in a constant state of prepping for Wars For The Jews is a nation that has many people packed together like sardines, with nowhere to social distance.  Ships and bases are incubators.

Of course (((Marshall))) wants a bail-out of the Khazar monstrosity of the cruise industry:  "It Will Haunt History".  It's the St. Louis, again!  The more people who die on these ships the less likely this awful business will continue, which is better for everybody in the long run.

It's every goy for himself:  "Mossad officer describes covert global battle to obtain ventilators at all costs" (Bachner).  This may not be true - they probably just bought the stuff on the open market - but is is politically popular with the Khazars to think they might live at the expense of the goyim.

The Swedish 'experiment' on the Swedes may not be going so well, but the added steps look like nothing:  "Sweden Begins To Abandon Liberal Coronavirus Approach As Deaths Surge" (Watson).

"“Elderly, Evangelicals, and Rich” falling for Bolsonaro lies about Coronavirus".

"The US was named the best equipped country to deal with a pandemic not a year ago — what happened there?" (Andrews).  So funny!

"Benjamin Netanyahu Reportedly Mistook Hallmark Show For Horrifying Pandemic Conditions in Iran" (Crucchiola).  Poor Khazars, somebody should send them one of the standard Hallmark sympathy cards - Sorry The Blood Pouring From Your Fangs Was For Naught.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Magnificent bastard of a virus

This magnificent bastard of a virus is bringing out a lot of the contradictions in capitalism, in this case demonstrating the fact that the Powers That Be consider rentier culture to be the ultimate value which requires preserving, even as they spread a tiny amount of money around to ameliorate every other issue (which is a very good reason not to believe in the utter denialist conspiracy theories - the 1% would never intentionally do anything to bring about this much Clarification):  "Day 15: Rent's Due" (Levine):
"One thing that COVID-19 is going to do in the coming weeks and months is reveal the depth of America’s rentier culture. This is a place where you can be fired for anything at anytime — even during a pandemic. And it’s also a place where you can be thrown out on the street if you can’t pay rent — even during a pandemic. It’s a mean, brutal system, and it’s so deeply rooted that it’s never really challenged. But if this lockdown continues for even a few more months, we’re going to see this culture fail on a national level — requiring bailouts for landlords like we’ve never seen.

I’ve been thinking about this side of America from a Soviet perspective. As a kid, I grew up hearing my mom’s stories about being raised in a cramped communal apartment in Leningrad. She had three generations living in a single room in a giant apartment that housed something like 40 people — with only one bathroom and one kitchen to share among them. It was a tough life with almost no personal space. As housing was built by the state, the number of communal apartments declined. When I was born in 1981, my parents had already moved to 2-bedroom apartment in a housing development way out on the fringes of the city. It was small and cramped and we still had six people from three generations living there. But cramped as it was, everyone was guaranteed a place to live.

This was a huge radical break from Russia’s czarist past, where even employed government clerks in St. Petersburg could afford little more than a dirty room and subsistence living — like Gogol’s Akaky Akakievich. And lowly laborers in the city had it real bad. They slept on wooden cots in pay-per-night slum dorms — and had no right to even that if they couldn’t pay.

Sure there were a lot of problems with the Soviet Union, but there were also a lot of great and radical things. One of them was that not everything was commercialized. As shitty as the housing might have been, you had a right to it. This was extremely radical politics a century ago in the Russian Empire, and it’s still extremely radical politics in our America Empire today. Even for me to say “housing for all, no matter what” sounds funny. It’s just “not serious.” And just look at the tens of thousands of people pushed to the streets here in Los Angeles. 
But if COVID-19 continues, this “radical” notion about housing might start making a lot more sense to a lot more people."
"Imagining How the World of Finance Really Works" (Vrettos interviews Hudson).

"Debt Collection Industry Deems Itself Essential to “Financial Health” of Consumers, Fights COVID-19 Shutdown" (Fang).

"The profit system is sabotaging the struggle against the coronavirus" (Martin).  It's funny how Trump constantly brings out the corporadoes, vouching for themselves and each other, when any fool can see it is all a big lie.

"This Huge Jewish Finance Firm Just Took Over the US Treasury and Fed (Blackrock, Transcript + Audio)" (Jazzhands McFeels/Allsup).  I'm coming to the conclusion that the real reason for ridiculous denialist virus conspiracy theories is to hide the real conspiracy, which involves a lot of ((())), and the single largest theft in world history.

Ah, 'journalism', the perfect job for congenital liars:  tweet (Carl Zha):
"Racist  @SkyNews and its editor @DominicWaghorn intentionally spread fake news about China and #coronavirus thinking people don’t know how to do reverse image search. #COVID19
Just another day of “China reporting” in Western Media"
Tweet (Max Blumenthal) (you have to give the Fat Fuck credit that he can say the things he says without breaking out into gales of laughter):
"Mike Pompeo says countries that "build bombs and missiles and nuclear capability all while their people are starving" deserve to be sanctioned during the #COVIDー19 pandemic.
Luckily for Pompeo, no country he represents on the world stage does things like this."
Tweet (Max Blumenthal):
"Pentecostal mega-church pastor and Trump ally Rodney Howard Browne was arrested for holding a massive service in violation of #coronavirus quarantine orders.
This is the kind of activity that takes place in his Florida church on a regular basis."
A guy from a religion that twirls live chickens in the air probably shouldn't talk, and at least you get real entertainment value for your tithe from Pentecostal preachers.

This is actually the big question of our time, and I would answer 'of course, no':  "Can the United States decline peacefully?" (Barrett).

Too vague/crazy to figure out:  "Today's Blind Items - No More Backing" (CDaN).

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Applauded and cheered themselves

Good way to start:  "Europe sends medical supplies to Iran in first INSTEX transaction: Germany".

"Firing of Whistleblowing Emergency Room Doctor Ming Lin By Blackstone-Owned TeamHealth Demonstrates Outsized Role of Private Equity in Hospital Staffing" (Smith).  "Hospitals Tell Doctors They’ll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear" (Carville/Court/Brown).  I thought that sort of thing was China's big problem, certainly not a problem in the land of the 'free', Assholia.

The Nazi, if you can believe it, doesn't like commie doctors from Cuba meddling around, providing the medical help she won't provide, in her reservations:  tweet (Aylan (AY like Day - LAN like LandBack) Couchie):
"This is bullshit. If the Chiefs felt Canada’s response capability would be adequate they wouldn’t have asked.
Canada would have to publicly admit - to the world- that they’ve kept some FN communities living in third world conditions if this happened. This is a gross coverup."
"The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve" (Capaccio). Excellent arguments, but the Jews got the tapes, man. What could I do?  I'd go to jail!  I'd be ruined!

"Sweeping Stimulus Law Is Golden Opportunity for Scam Artists" (Seiden).  In a way, this is quibbling, as the whole damn thing is a scam.

"Fool Me Once…" (Farruggio).  And it's none other than Mnuchin - sorry, spelling mistake, (((Mnuchin))) - who gets to hand out the latest grift checks to the 0.1%, essentially on his own say-so!  You have to laugh.

"UAE’s Rapprochement With Syria Aimed Against Turkey" (Antonopoulos).  Makes sense, as Erdoğan is the bull in the china shop, whose bellicose unpredictability is making everybody nervous.

Tweet (David Graeber) ('austerity' hasn't aged well, especially as it looked like shit at the time):
"not only that they actually applauded and cheered themselves voting down the pay increase"
"Portugal Grants Citizens’ Rights to Migrants During Pandemic".

Wrongthink tech:  "AI Mind-Reading Technology with 97% Accuracy Rate Can Translate Brain Activity Into Words" (Pomidor Quixote).  Ideally, they'll be able to scan you and execute you with one convenient machine.

Anglin, on the road to mainstream respectability, explains it was all a joke (I'd be more interested in what his employer, the Jew weev, has to say):  "Jews are Very Concerned About Christian Anti-Semitism".  I expect Anglin will take over Tucker's job when Tucker has to leave to be 47.

Natural experiments

"We’ve Met the Enemy and It’s a Tiny Virus" (Lindorff).  This is the most anti-Semitic virus imaginable, as, by removing air cover from the potential Assholian War For The Jews equation, it has temporarily completely blocked any possibility of WWIII.  It is worth bearing this in mind when we see people getting excited about ongoing (((neocon))) plans for a war on Iran.  The Assholes are physically incapable of it.  Of course, they still have planes at bases on the ground, but the entire Assholian military must be riddled with infection.  Both ships and military bases are the opposite of social distancing, powerful virus incubators.

"Trump’s Chernobyl Moment: the US May Lose Its Status as World Superpower and Not Recover" (Cockburn):
"US failure goes far beyond Trump’s toxic political style: American supremacy in the world since the Second World War has been rooted in its unique capacity to get things done internationally by persuasion or by the threat or use of force. But the inability of Washington to respond adequately to Covid-19 shows that this is no longer the case and crystallises a perception that American competence is vanishing. The change in attitude is important because superpowers, such as the British Empire, the Soviet Union in the recent past or the US today, depend on a degree of bluff. They cannot afford to put their all-powerful image to the test too often because they cannot be seen to fail: an exaggerated picture of British strength was shattered by the Suez Crisis in 1956, as was that of the Soviet Union by the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
The coronavirus crisis is the equivalent of Suez and Afghanistan for Trump’s America. Indeed, these crises seem minor compared to the Covid-19 pandemic, which will have far greater impact because everybody on the planet is a potential victim and feels threatened. Faced with such a mega-crisis, the failure of the Trump administration to lead responsibly is proving extraordinarily destructive to the US position in the world."
"As Washington privatized pandemic preparation, the national security state left Americans defenseless against coronavirus" (Porter).  On the bright side, Assholians were able to use the money saved to fund an almost infinite number of Wars For The Jews, every one of which has been a splendid success.

"The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand Gamble" (Kampmark).  "Sweden's Approach To Coronavirus: Do Nothing" (Durden).  "COVID-19 in Germany: Explaining a Low Death Rate" (Klikauer).  Being one of the hot spots doesn't seem to be the time for excessive patting oneself on one's back:  "SITREP: What the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Already Changed in Switzerland – and what not" (Schaller).  ""Coincidence?" - Japanese Questioning Sudden Surge In Tokyo Infections Following Olympics Delay Decision" (Durden)!  "Brace Yourselves: The US Is Setting Up a Ghastly “Natural Experiment”" (NewDealDemocrat).  "Wrong path? Scientist questions Italy's coronavirus strategy".

The northern European counties that are gambling are assuming that their superior health care systems will be able to weather the storm.  It's quite the gamble.  On the bright side, if they are wrong, the fury of the people just might dislodge some of the worst of the Euro-trash, who are otherwise set up as permanent dictators.

"Inside Israel's ultra-Orthodox Coronavirus Hot Spots – Where Even the Mayor Is Sick" (Pfeffer).  Concentration camps, or at least locking the ghetto doors, for the ultra-religious (where did they get ideas like that?):  "Virus Soars Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews as Many Flout Israel’s Rules" (Halbfinger).  "Arrest Warrant Issued For Florida Pastor Who Defied Order To Suspend Church Service" (Durden).  "Rodney Howard-Browne, Megachurch Pastor Who Flouted Virus Rules, Arrested" (Sommer/Connor) - they are safe as they have 'machines'!  "Brazilian pews become trenches in fight against quarantine" (Jeantet).

One would hope that righteous fury at the selfishness of various religious grifters,  and their role in mass killings due to the pandemic, might lead to some long term changes, including heavy, heavy taxation of their properties.

"The Flu vs. Coronavirus II" ('Hunter Wallace').  This seems fairly straightforward, yet I'm still seeing complete denialism from many of the usually sane conspiracy sites.  The sad thing is that the tin foil hats are covering up many extremely important conspiracies that are actually happening.

"Retailers Prepare For Civil Unrest; Boarded-Up Stores Seen From SoHo To Beverly Hills" (Durden).  Probably the most accurate prediction of future problems.

"Trump tiptoeing toward energy market management" (Bhadrakumar).  Something's got to give here - Assholia is too exposed, at exactly the worst possible time, to a huge economic shock, one big enough to instantly undo all the trillions being handed to the banksters.  Putin's long game is probably the US in OPEC in return for side-deal security understandings - no WWIII, back off on the War For The Jews in Syria, stop being jerks in misusing the hapless Ukrainians, etc - from the Assholes (not that you can trust a country so riddled with MEGA Group blackmail operations, whose political class literally has no choice but to follow an extreme Zionist imperialist path).

"Virginia Goes Zionist" (Giraldi) (I really think (((they))) get away with so much because it is literally mind-boggling, one of the advantages of chutzpah):
"A particularly egregious and also unique example of a state’s economic policies being manipulated by a dedicated Israeli fifth column in government is the Virginia Israel Advisory Board. Grant Smith, long a critic of the VIAB, heads the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRMEP). He has written a new book entitled The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board, which documents in considerable detail how the conspiracy by powerful Jews in Virginia to benefit Israel has actually operated, much of it secretly through special arrangements and deals. He has also had a long interview with Scott Horton of Antiwar.com regarding the book which is well worth listening to.
The VIAB is unique because it is actually part of the Virginia state government. It is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is able to access funds from other government agencies to support Israeli businesses. It is staffed by Israelis and American Jews drawn from what has been described as the “Israel advocacy ecosystem” and is self-administered, appointing its own members and officers. While there are many Israel business promotion entities active in the United States, only Virginia has such a group actually sitting within the government itself, ready to make secret preferential agreements, to arrange special concessions on taxes and to establish start-up subsidies for Israeli businesses. Israeli business projects have been, as a result, regularly funded using Virginia state resources with little accountability. Bear in mind that this agency exists not to promote Virginia businesses but rather to give an advantage to Israeli businesses, some of which might even be competing with existing Virginia companies and putting local people out of work."
"Joe Biden Now Hosting a Health Podcast" (Anglin).  With a collection of entertaining tweets.

This is astonishingly intelligent, even more so when found in CounterPunch:  "What’s Wrong with Ranked Choice Voting" (Kuzminski).  Note that the complete fuzziness of results, and the fact there is no way to correlate a vote with an outcome, is considered by the 'experts' to be a feature, not a bug.

"Open Letter to Chinese Government Highlights MSM Hypocrisy" (Lazare):
"But the letter would have been a lot more convincing if the three papers had spoken up on Mar. 2 when the Trump administration moved to expel sixty Chinese journalists working for five news organizations that the White House regards as little more than state propaganda outfits. 
Moreover, they’d be on even firmer footing if they had not actively cheered on the most dangerous anti-media effort of all, the U.S. crackdown on the TV news service RT, formerly known as Russia Today, that began in November 2017."
It's this sort of thing - well, besides the fact they cannot stop lying - that leads 'journalists' to be the most despised group in society.