Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Biological experiments

Priorities, goyim!:  tweet (Dena Shunra) (oh come on, with President Jared on the case it was always going to be Facemasks For The Jews, even as your own health care workers bravely croak without):
"Israeli military radio reports that 1,000,000 face masks were sent from the U.S. to Israel, to be used by the Israeli army during the Covid19 epidemic. 
NY healtchare workers? Nah. that's for the state to buy."
"The Corona Travails Of Boris Johnson - A Timeline" (Moon). Trying to win the prize for the ultimate ironic death. Or perhaps it is all a lie and he's having an island holiday.

Peak Fat Fuck:  tweet (Ben Norton):
"These really are Goebbels-level lies.
You have to be a totally unhinged, monstrous sociopath to say this stuff with a straight face, as you are waging war across the planet, stealing protective equipment from your own "allies," and killing thousands of civilians with sanctions"
"Nassif: How the Generals took out the Captain".  To be fair to the generals, he was going to get a lot of people killed.

"Libertarian Leaders: a Recipe for Lethal Government Incompetence and Criminality" (Madsen).

"Jews Should be Held Responsible for Coronavirus" (Anglin).  Note how smoothly Singer segues from using two racial slurs about the virus to whining about 'anti-Semitism'!

Tweet (Andrew Neil) (you don't really want to be the neighbor of a country that has decided to conduct a biological experiment on itself):
"Sweden: 114 new deaths taking death toll to 591, rise of 24%. Finland orders tougher checks, controls on its open border with Sweden. Another 487 confirmed with the virus, taking Sweden's total case load to 7,693. There are 10m Swedes. Bars, restaurants, schools still open"
I've been wondering if European countries are going to have virus issues in their newly-created immigrant ghettos, where language and cultural issues, not to mention fear and anger at authorities, and the natural crowding together of the poors, may cause compliance issues with public health edicts.

Obstinacy and rage

Yeah, this mystery judge is CIA:  tweet (@MartySilk):
"Judge Baraitser says in her judgment the balance falls in favour of open justice to name Julian Assange's partner.
She lifts the order in imposing restrictions on naming his partner and children."
Now he's going to have to apologize for 'anti-Semitism', which is even worse, much worse, than kiddy diddling (also) (added:  "Pope Anus Compares Pederast Cardinal to Jesus" (Anglin)):
"Francis did not mention Pell by name at mass, but compared the suffering of those inflicted with “unjust sentences” to the way Jewish community elders persecuted Jesus with “obstinacy and rage even though he was innocent”."
Tweet (tim anderson) (similar):
"The ethical sensibility of British journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer @JuliaHB1 as applied to #BorisJohnson and #FidelCastro"
Corona Charlie.  He'll go down in history as doing one useful thing if he kills Boris.

The denialists live off this underreporting: tweet (Mark Ames):
""If you die at home from the coronavirus, there’s a good chance you won’t be included in the official death toll...200 city residents are now dying at home each day, compared to 20 to 25 such deaths before the pandemic"
I've been reading both utopian and dystopian/apocalyptic articles about what life is going to be post-virus, but it is not going to be that interesting.  They'll probably get to keep the extra surveillance - as they always do - and a lot of small businesses will disappear, largely due to the fact that almost no landlords have had to take any haircut (very Clarifying, considering the employment and tax revenue generated by small businesses, versus almost no employment or tax revenue generated by landlords).  Otherwise, though, life will just continue its descent under corrupt and incompetent leadership and the usual ongoing predations by the 1%.  Things will get worse, much worse, for most people due to climate change, and still nothing will be done.  There won't be any drama at all, just despair.  We'd need to hang a lot of people to get any movement, but we haven't the energy.

"Media Struggle to Defend Washington’s Cruelty Toward Venezuela and Iran as Coronavirus Spreads" (Emersberger):
"Another big problem with the IMF’s excuse for rejecting the loan was that in 2002, when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was briefly ousted in a US-backed military coup, the IMF rushed forward to offer loans to the coup-installed dictatorship. The dictatorship led by business leader Pedro Carmona was recognized by almost no other country in the world except the US. Carmona was only in power for two days, but the IMF managed to get out a statement saying that it was “ready to assist the new administration in whatever manner they find suitable.” The IMF spokesperson who said that, Thomas Dawson, is also a former US State and Treasury Department official. In fact, even the AP article about the IMF’s rejection of Maduro’s request says that the US is its “biggest shareholder and has a veto over major decisions.”"
"As talks founder again, Netanyahu caught between Gantz and right-wing base" (Gur).  "Blue and White calls off coalition talks over dispute on judicial appointments".  If you read the articles you'll see this is all part of a convoluted dance intended to lead to theft of Palestinian land.

This is hilarious, especially given Trump's cutting off supplies to Canada:  "Huawei sending millions of masks to Canada as supplies grow short" (Vanderklippe).  This is a gift, but note the concern of American lackeys, with the solution that Canada pay for the gift so it can stay firmly welded to Assholia.

Never let our democracy sakes second fiddle

"'Lives In Danger': Canada Lashes Out After US Blocked Export Of Millions Of N95 Masks" (Durden).  The Nazi - who is effectively now the Canadian PM, with Beardboy just the comforting figurehead - is getting a taste of the bite of sanctions, which she loves when applied to Iran or Venezuela!:
"Surely missed on Canada's leaders as they scramble to deal with the fallout of the US ban on crucial medical personal protective equipment for hospital workers, is the fact that they themselves previously willingly joined in Trump's sanctions on so-called 'rogue states' like Iran, Syria, and Venezuela."
One huge lesson that the world needs to learn from this - Assholes are assholes, and assisting them provides no protection from them, and makes you an asshole.

Assholes are assholes:  "Targeting Iran While America Locks Down" (Giraldi):
"In another move, on March 27th, the U.S. State Department’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency has announced approval of an $2.4 billion deal with Israel to buy eight KC-46A Pegasus aerial tankers.
The agreement is the first time the United States has sold actual purpose-built tanker aircraft to Israel. The KC-46A Pegasus is can carry 106 tons of fuel to refuel jet fighters and has a range of more than 6,000 miles. It will enable the Israeli Air Force to have sufficient refueling capability to directly attack Iran, its principal regional target. Israel has frequently stated its willingness to attack Iranian nuclear sites and might also exploit the opportunity afforded by the coronavirus and its aftermath to do so."
The Aussies will move heaven and earth to protect the kiddy diddlers, but Assange, who's he?:  "Pell to walk free after Australia court quashes convictions" (Walton).

Nicely done!:  "Assange vs Khodorkovsky: Arbitrary Application of Human Rights by British Courts" (Cross).

"Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic" (Haberman).  Navarro pretty much nailed it, in January.

"US Government's Handling of Coronavirus Crisis Has Led to Severe Undercounting of Deaths, Public Health Officials Say" (Conley).  These intentionally missed 'excess deaths' are a common problem, partly technical, but mostly a combination of making the responsible government not look quite so bad, and providing PR material to claim the crisis is over and the economy should be reopened.

"Donald Trump, Capitalism, and Letting Them Die" (Whitney).  If you let your government always act like an asshole to other countries, the danger is it will start acting like an asshole to you.

Trump always has time, no matter how serious the emergency, for shekels (though, to be fair, it is an American Presidential tradition to take the shekels and honor Khazar supremacism/racism):  "Trump proclaims national day honoring racist rabbi, Menachem Schneerson" (Weir).

There's needs to be a circle in one corner with the sign language interpreter, and another in the other corner translating Bidenese into English:  tweet (Max Blumenthal):
"Why don’t mainstream reporters faithfully transcribe Biden’s babbling like this? For several years during the GW Bush administration, papers would translate Bush’s nonsense into coherent English. Some changed their editorial policy only after he became extremely unpopular."
Each time we hear him say anything it is like he is in the middle of a stroke.  He must always be smelling toast.  He's even better than Killary, who at least, while upright, is coherent.

We'e about to get another dump of lies from the OPCW:  tweet (Max Blumenthal):
"After being discredited on Douma by several dissenting members of the OPCW investigative team, who were censored after uncovering a cynically staged attack, the award winning NY Times digital deception team slyly pivots to a previous incident (which is also extremely dubious)"
Tweet (Ben Norton):
"This stenographer is publicly admitting the NY Times created its "visual investigations" department to try to prove the US government's baseless accusations of so-called "chemical attacks" in al-Qaeda-occupied territory in Syria.
Example no. 8439076 of how the NYT is state media"
Thread by Aaron Maté.

Devastating thread by Yasha Levine on Matt Stoller's yellow peril (this just might be Taiwan Nationalist hate [this tweet has gone missing, but it noted Stoller was married to a woman from Taiwan, and I don't know if that is true], but Stoller is an idiot to ruin his reputation over it when his economic work is important; I think Greenwald is on board the hate train because of the great love of the Chinese for eating tasty animals).  Bannon.

"Captain Crozier Is a Hero" (Roosevelt) (nicely done, all around):
"As a descendant of the namesake of Captain Crozier’s former command, I often wonder, in situations like this, what Theodore Roosevelt would have done. In this case, though, I know exactly what he would have done. In 1898, he found himself in almost the exact same position."
"Amid coronavirus crisis, China demonstrates that an alternative to the US-led, neoliberal order is possible" (Singh).  "The Decade of Transformation: Remaking International Relations" (Zeese/Flowers).  Lots of excellent ideas, obvious ideas, necessary ideas, that Assholes have absolutely no chance of following, simply because they are assholes (well, and the MEGA Group blackmail).

Trash:  "Corona’s Biggest Victim Is Yet to Come. The EU Itself. But Don’t Worry, Top Officials Are Talking to Albania" (Jay).

"Coronavirus in Albania and the Presence of Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) in Tirana." (Fantina).

"On Turkey’s New Plans for Syria" (Sheikh):
"Turkey’s constant manoeuvers between the US/NATO and Russia illustrate the complexity of its foreign policy aiming to achieve a complex set of objectives. Its objective to set itself as a regional hegemon does not rest well with Syria, Iran and even Russia. Turkey, after all, remains a NATO member state, and allowing it to turn into a hegemon might in the long run become a stepping stone for NATO’s permanent footprint in the region—a situation that both Iran and Russia aim to prevent.
As such, whereas Russia, Syria and Iran may be able to accommodate Turkey’s interests vis-à-vis Kurds, the US would not do this. Similarly, whereas the US may be able to accommodate Turkey’s interests vis-à-vis creating a safe-zone, Russia, Syria and Iran see in this an eventual path for Syria’s permanent territorial division and an ultimate way for US/NATO presence in the region. Since Erdogan’s core interests somewhat ally with both Russia/Syria and the US, he continues to play on both sides of the geo-political chessboard i.e., eastern and norther Syria.
This was pretty evident when he recently made proposals for ‘jointly managing’ Syria’s oil.
Speaking to the journalists about his deal with Russia, Erdogan said that both Russia and the US have interest in Syria’s oil. To quote him, “I proposed Putin this: With the help of oil revenues generated there, we could assume the construction side, if you extend support in terms of financing. Let’s bring ruined Syria to its feet. And Putin said that this could be possible. I could make the same proposal to [US President Donald] Trump. Thanks to those resources, we have the possibility to reconstruct Syria instead of [letting] terrorists benefit from them.”
When we deconstruct Erdogan’s apparently ‘positive proposal’, his complex play of foreign policy becomes evident. The “terrorists” he is referring to here are the Kurdish militias that he ultimately wants to see wiped out and pushed away from Syria-Turkey border.
There is no gainsaying that the US wants to control Syria’s oil. In fact, it was not long ago when the US president said that the US military’s core objective in Syria was “protecting the oil”, although he wanted to “protect” it from falling into the hands of the Syrian military forces.
Secondly, by proposing to Putin a plan about bringing Syria’s oil under their control, Erdogan wants to strip the Kurdish militias of their critical source of revenue.
Thirdly, by proposing to jointly manage Syria’s oil and use the money to reconstruct Syria, Turkey wants to carve a permanent place and role for itself in Syria. This will help Turkey not only satisfy its somewhat hegemonic ambitions, but also give a crucial blow to Kurdish bids for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan.
Control of Syria’s oil by the Kurdish militias is a problem for Turkey in as much as it gives them a sort of ‘self-governing’ capacity, which Ankara sees as a vital source of their campaign for their own state. But the bid to take control of this oil puts Turkey at odds with the US in eastern Syria where the US wants to keep the oil away from Syrian control.
Also, by depriving the Syrian Kurds of their revenue sources and by bidding to use the oil money for Syria’s reconstruction, Erdogan eventually wants to pave the way for an eventual repatriation of refugees back to Syria, evidently in those areas where Kurds are predominant. By sending refugees to these areas, Erdogan certainly wants to ‘de-Kurdicise’ the region and thus weaken their ability to wage a struggle for Kurdistan."
"NEO – How Erdogan moved Uyghur terrorists into Syria with Turkish passports" (Vltchek).

"Saudi Arabia’s “Blitzkrieg”-fiasco in Yemen" (Kulikov):
"It should seem obvious to everyone now that assisting President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had fled Sana’a in January 2015, was not the actual reason behind Saudi Arabia’s armed intervention in Yemen – instead the nation’s strategic position and its fossil fuel resources were. While the United Arab Emirates prioritized their commercial and economic ambitions to extend their influence along the entire coast of Horn of Africa and to Yemen, Saudi Arabia was primarily interested in controlling Yemen’s crude oil riches. Further evidence to this hypothesis is added by the fact that, since the UAE announced the withdrawal of its troops from Yemen, Saudi forces have focused on territories with fossil fuel deposits, such as Shabwah and Ma’rib, in addition to Hadhramaut. One of Saudi Arabia’s aims is to gain control over Al Mahrah Governorate in order to then lay oil pipelines in this region, which will pass through Yemeni territories to the Arabian Sea, thus providing an alternative route for exporting oil from the Persian Gulf and mitigating constant threats made by Tehran to close the Strait of Hormuz."
Lawfare news:  "Jewish National Fund joins campaign to quash Palestine advocacy in the U.S." (Kane).  I see no other option - eventually we will have to bar all Khazars from being either judges, lawyers or plaintiffs in western court systems.

The Khazars, and their vile attacks on the real leader that Britain needs, Jeremy Corbyn, are directly responsible for this disaster, and this must never be forgotten:  "COVID19 – Can Britain Avert the Coming Catastrophe" (True Publica).  "Boris Johnson Released From Hospital After Defunding It, Shutting It Down" (The Onion).

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.


"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/
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.