Sunday, February 28, 2021

Miami vice

Thread by Borzou Daragahi:

"I don't think the US, France, and Germany realize how close Iran is from walking away from the JCPOA and ramping up its nuclear program. Tehran feels it has weathered the worst of "maximum pressure" and emerged stronger. It is in no mood to make concessions." 

Of course, we know that the (((neocons))) don't want a deal, and have set things up specifically so they can gloat when negotiations collapse, putting all the blame on Iran.

"‘Debt-trap diplomacy’ a myth: no evidence China pushes poor nations to seize their assets, says academic" (Nyabiage).  It is quite the outrageous claim when you consider that the alternative is having all your social programs hollowed out by the IMF.

Tweet (Imagine your block without cars) (Cuomo's idea of an 'independent' review):
"remember in late 80s when the feds invstigated Cuomo and pals for trying go take over a Miami Beach S&L bank and drain it of assets? lol #miamivice"
Tweet (Louis):
"Bill Gates’ so-called philanthropy has been shown time and time again to actually be a means of pushing through policies in the interests of corporations, in healthcare, education and beyond globally."
"Amazon Under Fire For Blocking An Anti-Transgender Book" (Turley).  And Clarence Thomas, during Black History Month!

Serious steps

"Exclusive: Biden in no rush to lift Venezuela sanctions, seeks 'serious steps' by Maduro" (Spetalnick).  I'm starting to see the brilliance of picking a goof like Guido as the Asshole stalking horse.  He is so ridiculous the Venezuelan government can't possibly "negotiate seriously" with him, meaning that Assholia can continue to keep its sanctions forever, at least based on their unilateral and unreasonable conditions.  Had they picked a far-right politician with even the slightest credibility, the Venezuelan government might have had to take the bait and at least pretend to deal with him.  The fact that he is a ridiculous figure is not a bug but a feature.

No-show

"Russia’s Policy of Peace Is Encouraging War" (Roberts).  "Biden’s Latest Strike on Syria. The S-300 No-Show. The Russia-Israel De Facto Alliance?" (Korybko).

Trump's illegal and immoral attack on Syria used missiles fired from ships, and he gave Russia, per the protocols in place to prevent accidental clashes, enough warning that the Russians were able to warn the Syrians.  The attack by Joe's (((teleprompter))) was smart bombs delivered by F-15s, and the Assholes gave Russia only minutes of warning, not enough to protect human beings at the target site.  Is Korybko suggesting that Russia should have shot down American planes?  That would be crazy.  Even intercepting the bombs would have been regarded as a very unfriendly act by Joe's (((teleprompter))).  I know Korybko has a theory that Russia has some dirty deal with Israel, backed by the 'alt-media', but Russia's failure to act does not reflect badly on Russia.  The S-300s are there primarily to protect Russian bases.  I don't know anybody who is suggesting that Russia ought to start WWIII in order to protect Syria.

Hitler or whatever

"Lee Camp: It’s Time for Major Wealth Redistribution — Yes, I Mean It." (Camp). 

"Media Completely Ignore American Secret Agent’s Trial for Terrorism in Venezuela" (MacLeod):

"Unless you read the local Venezuelan press, you are unlikely to know that an American secret agent is currently standing trial in Venezuela on charges of terrorism and weapons trafficking.

Matthew John Heath was arrested in September outside Amuay and Cardon oil refineries in possession of a submachine gun, a grenade launcher, C4 explosives, a satellite phone and bricks of $20 bills. The Venezuelan government also alleges that he was found carrying a small coin or badge that CIA employees use to prove their identity to one another without raising suspicions. On Wednesday, Heath pled not guilty to all charges.

Situated in Falcon state in the west of the country, the Amuay and Cardon facilities are the largest refineries in the oil-rich nation, considered an enemy of the United States since it elected socialist president Hugo Chavez in 1998. The facilities have been the site of controversy before: in 2012, a fire at the plants killed 55 people; after conducting hundreds of interviews with experts and witnesses and carrying out over 200 inspections and technical tests, the Venezuelan government claimed that the evidence of sabotage was “overwhelming.”

A former marine, Heath is also widely reported to have been a CIA agent, serving the agency as a communications operator between 2006 and 2016, at which time he took a job at security firm MVM (for obvious reasons, the CIA does not confirm or deny the identity of its staff). Although MVM is technically a private company, it was founded by three former Secret Service agents and continues to work closely with Washington. According to business directory Dun & Bradstreet, the firm “provides security staffing and consulting services, primarily to U.S. government entities.” Indeed, the only clients listed on its website are American government agencies. “Need a secret agent?” begins its description of the company."
Feedly won't let me add the Irish Savant's new site.  Glitch or the usual censorship?  I've never had this problem with any other site.

A false-flag attack to coincide with the Purim attack on Syria:  "Israel Says Iran Behind Blast On Israeli-Owned Ship In 'Initial Assessment'" (Durden).

Tweet (Murtaza M. Hussain):
"Real quote: "They immediately set out lionizing Khashoggi as some sort of Nelson Mandela so that they could turn MBS into Hitler or whatever.""
MbS has moved from being under the protection of President Jared to being under the protection of Bibi.  Protection ain't free.  

Sometimes a good bonesawing is just the right thing to do, goyim:  "The antisemitic tweets of murdered Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi" (Frantzman).  Tweet (Amal Saad):
"That the US refuses to sanction MbS for murdering Khashoggi despite holding him responsible, on account of “shared interests” between allies, is an acknowledgement that sanctions are not an instrument of diplomacy, but a form of siege warfare against civilians of enemy states"
Tweet (Jack Posobiec):
"Kamala Harris was not informed prior to the Syrian bombing and is very upset about being left out of the loop, per WH official"
Tweets (Carl Zha):
"So Chinese gov subjected her to systemic gang rape, forced sterilization and then issued her a 10 year passport so she could travel abroad to tell CNN. Got it!
CNN story made it sounds like she escaped frm #Xinjiang on foot across the border, then CNN editor made sure to blur out the issue date of her passport. That’s professionalism!!!"

 

 


Saturday, February 27, 2021

A room full of clowns looking back at me...

"Morocco's ruling party faces wave of resignations over 'drifting principles'":

"Earlier in February, MP Abouzaid el Mokrie el Idrissi froze his membership of the party after criticising what he called a recent "catastrophic" shift in its values under Saad Eddine el-Othmani. He was referring to Morocco’s normalisation with Israel in December, which critics called a betrayal of the Palestinians." 

Moon on the third wave.

Not All TV News Sources Are The Same”: Congress And The Slippery Slope Of Censorship" and "SUNY Suspends Student For Posting Views On Biological Gender" (Turley).  "I Can't Stand Fox News, But Censoring It Might Be The Dumbest Idea Ever" (Taibbi) (what the SJWs are prepared to do is scary).

"Mitch McConnell trying to redeem himself..."

"the haunted - 1-2-5"

"Gavin Bryars -- Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet" (Metafilter).

Speed-dial relationship

THERAD by Joe Emersberger on the Yaku Pérez election stunt in Ecuador. 

Tweet (Camila):

"Pérez has an incredibly close speed-dial relationship with the most reactionary of the rightist media (national & international), where he goes on and uses the platforms, steering clear of any trace of actual leftist economic policy while pushing anti-leftist rhetoric."

Twitter's latest micromanaging of the content of tweets by cancelling.

Normalization

"Biden Comforts Families Of Syrian Airstrike Victims With Eloquent Speech On Living With Heartbreaking Loss" (The Onion).  There comes a time when the SJW bullshit is intolerable.

Tweet (Ali Abunimah):

"Why did the US directly blame MBS for the Khashoggi murder but then exempt him for consequences (for now)? I suspect the price MBS will pay for such leniency is to push ahead with full Saudi normalization with the Zionist occupation entity in Palestine."

None of those killed

"‘At least 22 killed’ after President Biden orders first military strike" (Daragahi):

"None of those killed in the attack were Iranian, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a generally credible monitoring group based in London. So many deaths could prompt cries of revenge by the Iraqi militiamen’s comrades or extended families or tribes, possibly imperiling the moderate, pro-western Kadhimi government in Baghdad."

"Why the US won’t be leaving Afghanistan" (Sheikh).

"Lavrov: Russia Has Information that US Plans to Stay in Syria Forever, Destroy the Country" (Tsukanov).

Fire up the bone saws

"Amnesty International chiefs admit 'undermining' Alexei Navalny by stripping him of his prisoner of conscience status for ‘racism’ as they are tricked into Zoom call with pro-Kremlin pranksters" (Ibbetson).  Would any really oppressed person in the world be worse off if Amnesty were to be closed.?  Nope.  It is just another bunch of Imperial grifters, no better than Bellingcat.

Navalny and friends:  "Visions of "A New Political Nationalism"" (Lavinski).

It is interesting that the vaccines are sprung just after the covid rates naturally plummet, making them seem responsible for the improvement!

"Culpability and Recalibration: MBS and the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi" (Kampmark).  Recalibration = nothing, so Biden is again following Trump.  MbS has learned he can operate with impunity:  "Canada: après la disparition d'un dissident saoudien, des exilés craignent d'être en danger (média)".

"US exceptionalism surges again. Will it fly?" (Bhadrakumar):

"The US’ return to the UNHRC does not stem from noble intentions. It is primarily due to the worry over China’s increasing influence in the UN body during the US’ absence in the most recent years. Specifically, China stole a march over the US by bringing the pandemic under control and it has become an eyesore. Equally, China’s stance on human rights has growing resonance among the developing countries — that human rights should be relative to the situations of developing countries; that the concept of human rights should be diversified as there is no one-size-fits-all approach for human rights development; and that countries should not export their own model or use human rights issues to interfere in other countries’ domestic affairs. 

Indeed, the western concept of human rights, narrowly focused on freedom of speech or religion and democratic elections tend to overlook that the basic right for the bulk of humanity is about living and development. The Western countries refuse to accept the fact that there are many roads to development and prosperity for the developing countries, and their path is only one of them and, perhaps, not even the best or the most suitable path. 

Plainly put, human rights are being used as a tool to enforce and perpetuate the present global order in accordance with Western interests. However, it is a losing battle. A new world order is taking shape with a vastly different global humanitarian agenda, which will inevitably become the mainstream for human society. "

Friday, February 26, 2021

Those eternal, intrinsically right norms

Tweet (Daniel Larison):

"To sum up, we have to bomb targets in Syria without authorization to protect the troops that are in Iraq without authorization in order to pursue an unauthorized anti-ISIS mission that is really just an excuse to keep troops in the country for anti-Iranian reasons." 

Tweet (Glenn Greenwald):
"How anyone can believe the US is hostile to Assad because he’s a “brutal dictator” — while at the same time embracing regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt & UAE, to say nothing of their beloved dictators over decades — is one of those enduring mysteries: a testament to US propaganda."
Tweet (Mark Ames):
"We're ruled by utter fucking psychos who think having proper manners while murdering brown people makes them superior than the other ruling clan of psychos."
Tweet (The War Nerd):
"Amy Siskind runs a blog called "The Weekly List." It chronicles every violation of etiquette Trump every committed. Violations are defined as if the Clinton norms were eternal and true. 
Biden is the revival of those eternal, intrinsically right norms..."
Tweet (matt's idea shop):
"Biden taking his first step towards the Nobel Peace prize by bombing Syria."

 Tweet (Shant Mesrobian):

"The reason why so many extremely woke people turn out to have been bigoted in the past is because bigotry used to be the best way to bully and intimidate people, but now performative anti-bigotry is the best way to bully and intimidate people. An evolving toolset for sociopaths."

"Washington Post’s “Wuhan Lab” conspiracy theory stands exposed" (Damon).  If it was an Assholian bio-warfare attack on China, the issue then is whether the attack went terribly wrong, or whether the bigger pandemic was created to allow the capitalists to dig themselves out of their hole with the Great Reset.

"Facebook censors WSWS article exposing “Wuhan lab” conspiracy theory".

"Amid ‘political repression,’ Ukraine becoming American ‘colony’ in Europe: sanctioned opposition leader Medvedchuk" (Gavin).  It is difficult to imagine how Ukraine survives at all as a livable place without normalization of relations with Russia.  "Ukraine SITREP (as seen from Hungary)".  On 'Ze' as a stupid tool of the West:  "The Ukraine’s Many Ticking Time Bombs" (The Saker).

"Why Joe Biden Will Continue the US War on Nord Stream 2 till the Bitter End" (Ross).  Note that Biden's personal corruption plays a role.

"YouTube Removes a CN Live! Episode."   Palast, though:  "Greg Palast, the left wing of the Lobby" (Shamir).  I have avoided Palast as a blood-pouring-from-the-fangs Zionist ever since he tried to peddle the War For No Oil Theory, an attempt to deal with the ridiculous War For Oil theory of the attack on Iraq (you probably have noticed it is China that is financing/developing all the new Iraqi oil fields, as Iraqis naturally hate and despise Assholians), which itself was a way of parrying those of us who call it what it was, a War For The Jews.

There is clearly quite a bit of tetchiness about both the unlikely election results and the Capitol tourism incident.

Tweets (Ashton Pittman) (forensic 'science' is on par with witchcraft):
"THREAD: Eddie Lee Howard, a Black man, is free after spending 26 years on death row at Parchman for a rape/murder DNA now proves he didn't commit.

The primary evidence against him? 

INVISIBLE bite marks an alleged expert found using "special glasses.""

Such a quiet attack

Tweet (Confirmed Miscer):

"Bomb back better" 

Tweets (Aaron Maté):
"To remind Iran who’s boss — rather than conduct the diplomacy he promised — Biden opts to act as ISIS’ Air Force. (That’s who “Iranian-backed militia” have long been fighting)

And just as Obama greenlit a mass murder campaign in Yemen to assuage Saudi anger over the Iran deal, I wouldn't be surprised if bombing an Iranian target is Biden's way of making nice with Mohammed Bone Saw for the pending release of the Khashoggi report." 
Tweet (Kevin Gosztola) (you can break international law and start down the road to WWIII, but it's OK, as long as you are polite and respectful about doing it!):
"Liberal celebration of covert acts of war."
Tweet (Mike Cernovich):
"$2,000,000,000 for Raytheon. 
Oh by the way did you know their Secretary of Defense was on their Board? 
But he’s a person of color so it’s all good. 
P.S. You’re not getting that $2,000 check."
Tweet (Josh Marshall) (Greenwald is in superb form these days, and Marshall is brain dead with TDS, not to mention a WWIII-mongerer):
"it’s remarkable how @ggreenwald’s personal grievances and disputes with leading Democrats have led him to become a leading supporter of fascism in the US"
"Lab Rats to the Front!" (Armstrong).

Tweet (Alex Lawson) (can you imagine if you took a time machine back to 1972 and told people that Joe Biden would be the 'woke' Assholian President fifty years in the future, having won with 10 million more votes than anyone has ever received!):
"Reading “We’ve Got People” by @ryangrim and this is a ‘72 Joe Biden quote"
"Biden’s Journey: Change Is Imperceptible" (Giraldi).

Tweet (Sarah Abdallah):
"$1,500,000,000,000 stolen from American taxpayers to fund a F-35 warplane program that failed.

While 12 million American children live in poverty.

This is the military-industrial-complex at work."
Tweet (Ben Norton):
"In case it wasn't obvious who is really in charge in Ecuador, the corrupt right-wing Lenín Moreno regime (which has 8% approval) is trying to ram through a law privatizing the central bank. That law was written in the USA.

This isn't just US imperialism; it's neocolonialism"
"Cuba has assisted almost one third of the world’s population in health care".

Thread by Yaneer Bar-Yam on the pandemic and Dharavi.

"Repressed IRISH SAVANT Unrepressed" (Cleburne).

Tweet (Ben Norton) (Patreon is Kushner family, so there should be no shock at this) (see tweet by Hive Blockchain and "9 Decentralized, P2P and Open Source Alternatives to Mainstream Social Media Platforms Like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit"):
"Silicon Valley censorship never ends: Now Patreon is suspending users unless they delete political content that it doesn't like 
It doesn't matter if you disagree with the content or political viewpoint; this is a precedent that can & will be used to expand the censorship dragnet"
"Twitter’s Attempt to Suppress Grayzone Reporting Backfires as Warning Label Becomes Meme" (MacLeod).

The trots dabble in literary criticism (they are not wrong):  "Amanda Gorman at the Biden inauguration: “O sing, sweet lucre,” or, The poet wore Prada" (Clayton/Walsh).  "O sing, sweet lucre" might have been a better title for today's post.

"NBC pulls ‘Nurses’ episode accused of being anti-Semitic" (DeNinno).  "A dead goyim leg" would also have been a great title.

Tweet (Fredrick Brennan):
"I ordered Uber Eats and the delivery driver kind of looks like my grandmother and that makes me sad that people out here struggling so much they have to deliver cripples cheeseburgers to have heat"

"Op-Ed: There's A Difference Between 'Cancel Culture' And Wanting To Throw Commies Out Of A Helicopter" (The Babylon Bee).

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Remember what you're fighting for . . .

Some funny tweets.   This one won't last.  Remember what you're fighting for . . . 

WWIII has to start somewhere

"U.S. carries out airstrike in Syria after rocket attacks" (Seligman).  Shekels, goyim!  I'm getting tired of being right all the time.  Does anybody still believe there is any chance for a deal with Iran?  Note that this is ostensibly in 'retaliation' for militia attacks on Assholes in Iraq, attacks which could easily be false-flags (nobody knows), and in any event couldn't happen if Assholes weren't illegally occupying Iraq against the express wishes of its government.

“Kinetic” event

"The Capital Riot: Tourists, Terrorists, or Iranians-in-Disguise, Perhaps?" (Smith) (my emphasis in red):

"Another member of the ancien regime, modern American-style, is longtime Republican Senator from Maine, Susan Collins.  Collins’ initial take on what was happening at the Capitol was notably unusual:  “My first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol…” (Bangor Daily News, January 11).  Sounds outlandish, at first glance, but perhaps the Senator was referring to that ferocious flotilla of Iranian speed boats violently skimming Atlantic Ocean waves to harass the “sacred” Citadel of our “Demo-crashy” in retaliation for last January’s assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani?

In reality, Senator Collins was even further off-base, but entirely on-brand, in her “immediate” reactionary thought.  On the morning of January 6, a Wednesday, CBS News broke an “exclusive” story that on January 4, a Monday, several New York City air traffic controllers had heard a “digitized voice recording” claiming that Iran, presumably, would be flying a plane into the Capitol building on Wednesday, January 6, the precise day when president-elect Joe Biden’s election would be officially certified by the Congress, as revenge for the murder of Soleimani.  CBS also reported that U.S. intelligence agencies — not named — did not find this threat “credible.”  One can only assume that Senator Collins knew all of this, but still used the opportunity of the “Capitol Riot” to take a rhetorical stab at Iran anyway.  Why not?

Why not, indeed?  Nevertheless, the good Maine Senator’s initial cognitive response is also doubly illogical.  Donald Trump took — or was assigned — credit for Soliemani’s assassination; logically, you would think that the White House, and not the Capitol, would have been the imaginary Iranian plane’s target, at least according to the “digitized voice recording” referred to above.  After all, the Trump administration took a particularly hard-line against Iran, culminating in the Soleimani hit-job.  For its part, CBS re-reported it’s “not credible” morning story on its Evening newscast, after the Capitol melee, as if to say:  “Never forget those zany Iranians!”

It seems not unreasonable to suspect that the “digitized voice recording” reported by CBS News, and known to Senator Collins based on her self-reported immediate reaction, was a “false flag” operation.  Moreover, the CBS story indicates that U.S. intelligence agencies were aware that a “kinetic” event would be staged at the Capitol on January 6, yet did nothing to prevent it.  The CBS non-story also fails to account for who may have produced and transmitted the “digitized” Iranian threat message to NYC air traffic controllers, which presupposes some degree of sophistication, as well as concern that a nefarious actor could penetrate what should be a secure airport communication system; indeed, that should be the actual story here, or:  “9-1-1, we have another problem!”"

This was considered important enough that intelligence officials put in a briefing that Collins read.

"Can We Reform a FBI that Behaves Like a Gestapo?" (Johnson).  "U.S. Capitol riot: Top officials say they did not see FBI warning of calls for violence" (Wu/Johnson).  "The chief of the Capitol Police said he tried 6 times to call reinforcements to deal with pro-Trump rioters but kept getting blocked" (Bostock/Pickrell).  "Former Capitol Police chief describes "frustrating" call with Army official about reinforcements" (Kaplan).

Remember the 'failure to communicate' between CIA and FBI prior to 9/11?

"Understanding the Kennedy Assassination" (Hornberger):
"In his June 10, 1963, Peace Speech at American University, Kennedy threw the gauntlet down and declared an end to the Cold War and, implicitly, an end to the ever-growing budgets, power, and influence of the national-security establishment. Owing to what was considered JFK’s extremely dangerous conduct that supposedly threatened a U.S. defeat in the Cold War and a takeover of the United States by the communists, Kennedy was deemed to be a grave threat to national security.

The war ended with Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, in a regime-change operation that was no different in principle from those that preceded it and followed it (e.g., Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Cuba 1960s, Congo 1961, and Chile 1973)."
"Fred Hampton, internationalism, and Palestine: an interview with Jeffrey Haas" (Tamari).

Ferlinghetti, CIA.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Reparations

More common sense that will never happen:  "Michael Hudson Discusses the Economic Winds of [Non] Change Under Biden on Radical Imagination" (Vrettos interview of Hudson):

"Housing is the basic criterion for joining the middle class. And for a century, blacks were excluded, not only by banks but from the government mortgage-insurance programs dating from FDR’s reforms in the 1930s. That’s what made black buyers “more risky” and hence charged higher interest rates.

I grew up in Hyde Park, in Chicago. The University of Chicago and its property management companies were among the worst abusers. For them, a “free market” meant a market free of blacks. But in the late 1950s they saw that they could do “block busting,” that is, selling a home in a white neighborhood to a black buyer. This panicked the neighboring owners, who sold their homes. The buyers were largely the speculators, who flipped them to black buyers at marked-up prices.

That happened on my block, on 48thand Dorchester, a block from where Obama has bought his home. Once a few houses had changed hands, Mayor Daley condemned the block. My house was torn down, as were others, and the land is not gentrified.

To put the issue in perspective, think of the situation in 1945. That is when the great increase in middle-class wealth – today’s middle-class net worth – took off. It was limited to white people, because they were the only people who qualified for the great increase in net worth created by the house-price boom over the past 75 years.

The norm was that banks limited their mortgages to a level that would absorb up to 25% of a buyer’s salary. The buyer would get a self-amortizing mortgage, to be paid off in 30 years free and clear. This limit on debt leveraging kept housing affordable.

You and I have spoken about the issue of black reparations before. It’s very hard to pay reparations for slavery, because the enslaved families have died long ago. The reparations need to be paid to the living – and after all, it’s the living blacks who remain injured.

There is one way to make the black population economically as resilient as the white population has been. That is to give it the same deal that created most white middle-class wealth. The government should buy or build homes – private homes, just like white neighborhoods, not public housing. They should offer buyers the same deal that was given in 1945. Any black family would be given a home, with a mortgage of 25% of the household head’s income, to be amortized over 30 years.

Suppose the black buyer earns the minimum wage, or about $25,000 a year. Then 25% of this would be $6,250 – just about $500 a month. Over 30 years, the buyer would pay $187,500 – much of it in interest, guaranteed by the FHA.

As a practical political matter, of course, such a windfall would have to be offered to all Americans across the board. Hispanics and white poor would qualify.

That is the only way to create economic resilience of a class that has been excluded on racial lines, and which remains excluded today.

Without special subsidy of this sort, there cannot be any serious talk of equality. Minority buyers were the great victims of the junk-mortgage run-up and the Obama evictions.

In a recent N.Y. Times piece, David Leonhardt raises the question of why the U.S. economy has fared so much better under Democratic presidents than Republicans? In fact, he argues the gap is “startlingly large” when one measures annual growth rate, Gross Domestic Product growth rate, jobs, incomes, productivity – even stock prices.

Well, the New York Times has been the leader in “fake news,” not least for its support of real estate and financial interests, and of the Democratic Party.

The focus on growth rates as measured by GDP is a travesty of reality. Since 2008, GDP for 95% of Americans has actually declined. We are still in the Obama Depression – that was the state of affairs when the covid-19 crisis hit. Pavlina Tcherneva at the Levy Institute at Bard College has produced the statistics.

When debtors fall behind and have to pay penalty interest rates to banks and credit card companies, this is counted as an “increase in GDP,” classified as “financial services.” As if the banks are providing a service by charging higher fees to indigent debtors who are unable to keep current on their living costs.

About 7% of GDP is hypothetical “homeowners rental value” – what homeowners would have to pay themselves if they rented out their homes to themselves as tenants. As rents have risen (largely by absentee owners who bought homes that were foreclosed), this increases GDP. It leaves out minority owners, whose home ownership rate is much lower than that of whites.

What The New York Timesand others looking at GDP leave out of account is how unequal the distribution of wealth and income have become since 2008, and indeed since the 1980s. Economists are now talking about a K-shaped recovery: up for owners of stocks and bonds (about One Percent of the population owns something like 80 percent of these securities), and real estate. But wage earners are being squeezed. The “recovery” is not a recovery for them. It’s a boom for the wealthy, for the rentierclass, mainly in the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) sector.

That sector is the main audience for The New York Times. And most of the Democratic Party’s donor class comes from the FIRE sector. Despite this, the Democratic success at identity politics has created a political situation in which only the Democrats can enact anti-labor and anti-black policies, because their politicians are able to deliver the labor and black votes.

I don’t see how there can be real progress unless the Democratic Party is replaced, at least with the DNC leadership that has turned its politics into demagogy. Its identity politics is based on every identity exceptbeing a wage-earner."

Usually done with clowns

Tweet (Edward Dutton):

"The Woke left are now storm troopers of the powerful to such an extent that it is 'right wing' to seize the wealth of the greedy and give it to to the poor." 

Wiles is a nut, but he's advocating a 'Jesus program' of redistribution for the Republican Party!

I don't usually recommend videos, but this one is pretty good:  "Lavrov’s Scathing Assessment of the EU: A “Party Committee” Run by Buffoons" (Mercouris).  There comes a point when the unelected Euro-trash aren't even worthy of contempt.

Tweet (Q. Anthony (FKA Andray Domise)):
"A fun exercise for the Very Concerned China Watchers is to check their tweet history for "Haiti" and just watch the blank screen come up."
"How Ottawa's mistakes ensured you'll likely be vaccinated six months later than everyone else" (Hopper). The biggest public policy failure in Canadian history. Why? Because Canada decided to fight the War For The Jews against Iran by kidnapping Meng Wanzhou.  I sure hope Trudeau enjoys his shiny new shekels.  On the bright side, most of the country won't be vaccinated before the side effects kill off the rest of the world.

A comment by anti_republocrat to a vaccination skepticism article by Mike Whitney, responding to another comment wondering why politicians would want a mass culling of their populations (PCR is Paul Craig Roberts) (see also this mind control comment to an Atzmon article):
"In answer to points 3 and 4, you might want to consider the words of Maurice Strong when interviewed by Donald Gibson for his book Environmentalism: ideology and power (pg. 95):

What if a small group of world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the Earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? And if the world is to survive, those rich countries would have to sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment. Will they do it? The group’s conclusion is ‘no’. The rich countries won’t do it. They won’t change. So, in order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?

And on Sept. 1, 1997, Strong wrote in National Review,

If we don’t change, our species will not survive… Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.

Regarding PCR, he just today sent me an email linking to this very article by Mike Whitney.

Your complacency and minimization is one of the frightening things about 2020-2021.

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Maurice_Strong#:~:text=Maurice%20Strong%2C%20September%201%2C%201997%20edition%20of%20National,an%20agreement%20reducing%20their%20impact%20on%20the%20environment."

"‘NY Times’ finally investigates Dan Gertler, Israeli businessman who drained 100s of millions from DR Congo" (North):
"The front page of today’s New York Times has a long, valuable investigative report that explains how days before the end of Donald Trump’s term, U.S. Treasury Department economic sanctions that had hampered Gertler were mysteriously lifted. The report shows how celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz, along with “high-powered connections in Israel,” helped get the stiff sanctions rolled back for a year, which gave Gertler “access to money frozen in U.S. banks and allowed him once again to do business with financial institutions worldwide.” 

The Times quoted high U.S. government officials, even from the Trump administration, who were angered and stunned by the last-minute move. J. Peter Pham, who had a prominent post in Trump’s State Department, said that DR Congo is “one of the most poverty-stricken nations, with a population that has suffered incredibly over the last several decades, and we have worked to turn that around, so why do this?”

Back in 2017, the U.S. Treasury explained that it imposed tough sanctions because Dan Gertler:

is an international businessman and billionaire who has amassed his fortune through hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). . . As a result, between 2010 and 2012 alone, the DRC reportedly lost over $1.36 billion in revenues. . .”

Today’s Times exposé includes some new tantalizing details. The paper found that Gertler had connections in Israel to “people with ties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” including a prominent lawyer named Boaz Ben Zur, “whose client list also includes Mr. Netanyahu.”

Alan Dershowitz’s role in the scandal is not new. Back in 2018, the celebrity pro-Israel lawyer had officially registered to lobby the U.S. government on Gertler’s behalf, and called the corrupt mine owner “a very good person.”

The Times reported that Dershowitz slyly insinuated that Gertler should get a reprieve because he “had been of value to U.S. intelligence agencies.” Pham, the former State Department official, retorted: “The only value to national security that Gertler has comes from him being placed in the box that he was put into with the sanctions.”"
Tweet (Alan MacLeod) (there is also a bizarre 'These materials may have been obtained through hacking' Twitter warning!):
"This is not a joke. Twitter has deleted dozens of account for the crime of "undermining faith in the NATO alliance". 
https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2021/disclosing-networks-of-state-linked-information-operations-.html"
Usually done with clowns.

The past is never dead. It's not even past

"Lee Harvey Oswald was instructed by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to assassinate JFK, ex-CIA chief and former head of Romania's spy service claim in new book" (Alexander).  "Former CIA director claims the Soviet Union was responsible for the assassination of JFK".  Just in time for WWIII.

"How Did a Fateful CIA Coup—Executed 55 Years Ago this February 24—Doom Much of Sub-Saharan Africa?" (Quist-Adade).

Tweet (RedSea):

"Maurice Tempelsman is most directly responsible for Patrice Lumumba’s death. He is, currently, a board member at the National Democratic Institute. What a joke."

Tweet (Jonathon L. Earle) (also) (you need to scroll down to the four reports in his list of documents):

"In Patrice Lumumba's honour, I am pleased to offer 1 last lot of CIA reports produced just prior to the assassination. Here, we have 4 documents produced on 12 January 1961, 5 days before Lumumba's murder. These may be fully downloaded here: https://jonathonearle.com/resources 1/4"

"DRC: How the CIA Got Patrice Lumumba" (Soudan).

"New revelations of FBI and New York police conspiracy in the assassination of Malcolm X" (Mazelis).

"CAM Exclusive: CIA Adapts Database Software Called PROMIS with Back Door for Cyber-espionage" (Colhoun).  WebbWebb.

"Malta: Three suspects arrested over 2017 killing of journalist".

Attitudinal change

Samizdat in our Big Tech Orwellian dystopic nightmare.  It seems to me if people, er, (((people))), really don't want us to see things, those are exactly the things we should be trying to see.  It is unbelievably terrible how far we have fallen to become farm animal slaves in such a short time.  People were freer to speak and learn in what used to be called totalitarian states.

"House Democrats, Targeting Right-Wing Cable Outlets, Are Assaulting Core Press Freedoms" (Greenwald).  Greenwald is soaring since he left Crazy Pierre behind.  See also:  "The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot".

Tweet (Whitney Webb):

"The sooner you learn that US intelligence and organized crime are one and the same, the better off you will be."

"British MI6 agents accused of leading intelligence operations in Yemen" (beeley).  "Leaked docs reveal how news agency Reuters secretly serves as a tool for British influence across the world" (Klarenberg) (Reuters = Rothschilds).  "Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to “weaken Russia,” leaked docs reveal" (Blumenthal).  "Revealed: British royals met tyrannical Middle East monarchies over 200 times since Arab Spring erupted 10 years ago" (Miller) (to be fair, they have fuck all else to do, and this seems to provide some value for all the pounds they suck up, at least to British arms manufacturers).

Tweet (Theophilus Chilton) (I'm shocked this hasn't been taken down; I wonder what the record is for length of a thread):
"1/ Thread on one of the reasons why the Democrats were so desperate to get Trump out of office, which is that they were losing too many people to child pr0n/paedo investigations."
Tweet (Mike Cernovich):
"Most of the so-called rioters are charged with trespassing. They just walked in. 

They are being held without bail in many cases.

They’ll serve more time pre-trial than they would have been sentenced to under Sentencing Guidelines.

ACLU and NACDL went woke, don’t care though."
Some people have no rights, some have too many:  "Merrick Garland Is in the Dark about Antifa" (Sailer).

"Biden to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about Khashoggi report":  "could entangle one of the king’s sons without mentioning any names".  The CIA has a bone saw with MbS's name on it.

As always, I would really like to know what the going rate is, in shekels, for signing such a document: "Former leaders call newly-appointed ICC prosecutor not to probe ‘Israel’ for war crimes" (Jose Maria Aznar was the Spanish PM).

"Israel turns Mamilla cemetery in Jerusalem into Disneyland".

I call them Trash for a reason, although it is an insult to the relatively pure piles of trash in landfills:  "EU gives $15 million in “creative” aid to Israel’s war industry" (Cronin).

"Israel’s Anti-Palestine Campaign Includes Delaying Covid Vaccine and Bulldozing Olive Trees" (Cloughley).  Even when (((they))) have reached the nadir of human behavior, (((they))) still find new ways to top themselves.

Tweet (Rawan‏𓂆روان):
"Israel gets to decide who gets a West Bank or Gaza ID card, where we can travel, how much water we get, my grandmother can’t visit parts of her own land without a permit shes never gotten but when it comes to vaccinations we’ve apparently been a sovereign state for years huh?"
"Israel lobby demands firing of professor who opposes Zionism" (Winstanley).  More whining, besides khleptomaniac and genocidal tendencies, the most obvious genetic characteristic of the Khazars.  'I feel unsafe, boo hoo hoo!'

"Robert Kagan Sticks to His Guns" (Bacevich).  It is uncanny how much he resembles the drawing.

"Iran Picked Up the Glove Thrown by Israeli Secret Services" (Platov).  The (((media))) only tells us about the Israeli 'wins'.

"The Great American Hypocrisy – why Biden made a deal with Putin on START" (Moore).  Pentagon corruption is so vast the Assholes can't keep up with the Russians, who spend a fraction as much for equipment which is at least two generations ahead.

"Escalating the new Cold War with Russia via Ukraine: Biden’s Unprincipled Stands Involving Covert Operations, Blackmail, Corruption, Nepotism and State Terrorism" (Kuzmarov).  Summary of the amazing levels of personal corruption of the Bidens regarding Ukraine, and Biden's Cold War background.

"Amnesty International Rescinds Navalny's 'Prisoner Of Conscience' Status After Discovering His Past" (Durden).  'Prisoners of conscience' is one of the most successful grifting tools for Empire of our time.

"Why the 2020 violence in Delhi was a pogrom" (Khan/Chakrabarty).  The Hindus aren't unclear about their motivations.

"How India’s Government is Weaponizing Twitter" (Crowell).  The headline manages to underplay the evil that is Twitter.

The guy who owns the horse stable when the internal combustion engine arrives:  "What Planet Is NATO Living On?" (Benjamin/Davies).  Looking for new action to justify existence is exactly why you wind up your war machines when you no longer need them.

Australia had the clear winning hand . . .  and promptly folded:  "Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook" (Kampmark).  The only possible assumption is that Zuck bought off the politicians.

This bizarre fascination with China in the infantile right is ruining any chance they might have to present a case (which is already close to zero as the judges are on board with the woke agenda):  "Mike Lindell’s Absolute Proof: China Joe as the Real Manchurian Candidate" (McCulloch).  They make the same mistake that Killary makes with respect to the Russians, assuming China has a preference between two assholes/Assholes.

West and (((Harvard))).

Unexpected take (I guess nerd culture is supposed to create a lab of pure ability-driven success metrics, and thus insight around the nature-nurture controversy, making the lack of black tech billionaires a problem):  tweet (Peli Grietzer) ("mathematically informed literary theory" - yikes!):
"I think that people like Scott Alexander come to scientific racism through faith that the rise of the nerds untwists a twisted world. Faced with the observation that the rise of the nerds isn't lessening racial disparities, they conclude that racial disparities aren't twisted"
You know, he makes a strong case:  "The Vaccine (Dis)Information War" (Hopkins).  The shutdown, and consequent complete economic collapse (not yet completely visible), has created huge sunk costs for the political classes, whose utter incompetence at performing any part of their jobs has been clearly revealed, meaning, to save face, we have to stay on this road forever.

"US: Three dead in New Orleans gun store shooting".  "Bill Gates admits his ‘large carbon footprint’ makes him a ‘strange person’ to pressure others – as he plugs climate-change book".

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Stumbling on the truth

"Capitol Riots were a Dark Day for American Journalism" (Cockburn): 

"Events on Capitol Hill provided damning evidence of this decline in American journalism when Robert Moore, ITV News’s Washington correspondent, was the only television correspondent to make his way into the Capitol in the middle of the turmoil. He later expressed astonishment that, given the vast resources of US television and the thousands of journalists in Washington, that it should be “a solitary TV crew from Britain that was the only one to capture this moment in history – it’s bizarre”."

This was a set-up, so 'journalists' weren't there in case they should accidentally stumble on the facts which would have interfered with the Narrative (it is not clear they would know an actual fact if they ran into it, but nobody wants to take the chance).  This Narrative is extra important, as it has to bear the weight of Assholia turning into even more of a police state than it already is.

"Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It?" (Petersen).  Thus is a warmongering tale, like yellowcake, or Atta in Prague, or the Gulf of Tonkin 'incident', or babies thrown out of incubators (how many times must we allow them to get away with this, forgetting each previous whopper when the new one appears?!), so it requires more proof than bald assertions from some obviously crazed ideologue with a warmongering program, particularly in the face of considerable evidence to the contrary.  We've also got the use of terrorism as an imperial weapon, commonly used by Assholia, meaning that normal, careful, anti-terrorist activities by the Chinese government have been weaponized by the people who seek war.  We have to stop letting them get away with it.  As a reminder, the CIA sent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Dagestan to foment similar terrorism against Russian interests, just before they repurposed him and his brother as patsies in Boston.  Allowing Assholia to get away with this kind of bullshit just encourages them to keep doing it, causing untold human suffering.  The most bizarre thing is that this goes on constantly, like by rote, with no real purpose, as Assholia has no intention of fighting a war against China, a war they know they would lose, and a war against a country with an enormous economic connection to the functioning of the Assholian economy, not to mention the only important issue, which is that there are no shekels in it.

"Facebook Announces Plan To Break Up U.S. Government Before It Becomes Too Powerful" (The Onion).  A joke in Assholia (maybe), but much more serious in Australia (and Canada, and elsewhere), where it is the plan.

Merrick's revenge

Requisite pre-convention lynching:  "CPAC canceled a speaker after he was found sharing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, after declaring this year's theme is 'America Uncanceled'" (Porter).

'White nationalism' scar.  Asians are remarkably underrepresented in Assholian politics (as are Muslims), and it would be nice if these attacks change that.

"Deathbed Confession: FBI and NYPD Responsible for Malcolm X Assassination" (Neuburger).  There are lessons for the present day.

Tweet (Tom Elliott):

"Merrick Garland on domestic terrorism and social media: “We are facing a more dangerous period then we faced in Oklahoma City” before the 1995 bombing"

There was a white nationalist terrorist problem during the Reign of Barry (in fact, back to Clinton-era 'militias', often based on fear of gun confiscation), and news about it was suppressed, I assume so as not to encourage even more.  Most crackers learned a valuable lesson from Charlottesville, where authorities intentionally forced the white nationalists and Antifa together (the exact opposite of standard police kettling to keep warring groups apart), with the entire PR brunt of the inevitable confrontations falling on the white nationalists.  The larping in the Capitol happened as almost nobody amongst the larpers regarded larping as anything close to terrorism or even illegal activity (they were let in by the police in charge to a public building!), hence all the incriminating social media (although some were fooled by QAnon nonsense that this was part of Trump's plan to reverse The Steal).  One lesson the crackers should have learned as far back as Oklahoma City is that all protest groups, in particular, violent ones, are fed infiltrated, and the guy with the most violent ideas  - your Andy Strassmeir type (as far as I know, Strassmeier is still alive, but absolutely nobody wants to talk to him!) - is almost certainly a fed, leading you astray.  The woke Dem plan to turn a mythological fear of white nationalists into an anti-Deplorable police state is quite the escalation.

Some good ideas: "What to Do About Israel?" (Giraldi).  These would be a minimalist position if Assholia has any chance of surviving.  Shekels and blackmail mean none of it is possible.

"Biden: No New Cold Wars or Democracy Crusades" (Buchanan).  A little head fake from Biden's teleprompter.  Gosh, are Assholes ever going to be surprised when WWIII breaks out!  It will be due to some false-flag attack which is currently on nobody's radar, and the shekeled/blackmailed politicians of all parties will immediately fall in line.

46, and 46A

Instructions for the proxy army:  "Jihadist Perceptions of a Rising Superpower:  Troubles Along China’s Belt and Road" (Webber).

46, and 46A.  I've been noticing this too - the double isn't very good.  Occasionally, though, they need somebody who can react beyond what the earpiece tells Joe to say, so they roll out the unconvincing, but compos mentis, double.  The fact that Assholia is in such a state is completely appropriate.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Transitions

"The ‘Transition’ of the Élites" (Crooke).

"The GOP Is Becoming The Blue Collar Party" ('Hunter Wallace').

There is an isolationist hole big enough to drive election-winning trucks through, but can the GOP let go of those sweet, sweet shekels long enough to benefit from the chance that Biden's teleprompter is giving them?

The shift inspired by hopes of what Trump stood for, and the 'woke' addition to the mainstream Democrats, is an oddity, as it provides for the first time a glimmer of hope around the stranglehold the Khazars have had on Assholian politics for decades.  They have a separate set of pre-bribed and pre-blackmailed politicians for each party, meaning that Khazarian dominance is always bipartisan.  They have unwisely allowed their hatred of the 'deplorables' to cloud their judgement, and it is most easily seen in the 'insurrection' impeachment debacle, coupled, of course, with the return to full Wars For The Jews.

On the other hand, the Republicans have been playing with faux populism for years, and it is difficult to accept that Josh 'Wall Street' Hawley is going to make a miraculous transformation to Josh 'Huey Long' Hawley.

Hurts their feelings

"We must resist Israel’s war on British universities" (Miller):

"Israel and its apologists internationally are particularly sensitive to their ideological Islamophobia coming under scrutiny now.

That’s because in recent years, they have shifted their strategy – from relying on dry diplomatic talking points about the delineation of Israel’s borders or defending the Zionist terrorism that led to Israel’s establishment to talking almost exclusively about feelings and identity.

Criticism of Zionism or Israel “hurts their feelings,” “makes them feel unsafe” or “uncomfortable in this space.” A newer fad is to dispute the idea that white European Jews are white at all.

And of course, there’s the time-honored tactic of smearing any critic of Israel or Zionism as an “anti-Semite” or a “self-hating Jew” on the basis that Zionism is somehow a facet of Jewish identity rather than a racist, modern political ideology with secular origins premised on ethnic cleansing and anti-Arab racism.

The purpose of all this is to give cover to Zionist activists, allowing them to present themselves as part of a benighted ethnic minority facing racism when criticized and to mobilize those who would never previously have “come out” as Zionists to do so, all the while feeling virtuous about it despite the bloodshed they would be advocating.

Given the size of Britain’s Israel lobby and the extent to which it has already penetrated public institutions, this naturally has the effect of minimizing and sidelining genuine concerns about anti-Black racism and Islamophobia as well as shouting down the ways in which the state of Israel is deeply engaged in promoting both of those types of racism.

That’s the point of the anti-Semitism smear tactic, not just an incidental consequence.

But the facts about Zionism’s endemic anti-Arab racism, which began with the ideology’s founders, or about the sheer scale and prominence of funding from Zionist movements for Islamophobic causes, sits ill at ease with the desire of Israel’s lobbyists to play identity politics." 

Half

"Michael Che jokes that Israel is only vaccinating Jews, on ‘SNL’" (Weiss).  "The AJC wants ‘Saturday Night Live’ to apologize for vaccine joke" (Kampeas).  I can't believe this well-crafted line didn't get reviewed by producer (((Lorne Michaels))), so it is yet another example of some of the 'American' Khazars thinking the squatter Khazars are a little too crazed in their racist, genocidal acts.  Khazars seem to have a genetic inability to understand the Streisand Effect.

The End.

Lure

"Malcolm X's family releases letter alleging FBI, police role in his death" (Rabiee):

"The letter released at a news conference on Saturday was attributed to a former undercover NYPD officer named Raymond Wood. His cousin Reggie Wood joined some of Malcolm X’s daughters at the news conference at the site where the Audubon Ballroom once stood to make the letter public.

Raymond Wood’s letter stated that he had been pressured by his NYPD supervisors to lure two members of Malcolm X’s security detail into committing crimes that resulted in their arrest just days before the fatal shooting. Those arrests kept the two men from managing door security at the ballroom and was part of conspiracy between the NYPD and FBI to have Malcolm killed, according to the letter."

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Shut them up

Tweet (Bryan MacDonald):

"Surely the best way for Bellingcat to convince people it’s not connected to US intelligence would be for it to conduct a few major investigations into the CIA’s activities, in the same manner in which it has repeatedly focussed on Russia’s FSB? 

That would really shut them up?" 

An 'investigative journalist' who only investigates the enemies of the Empire is no more than a PR hack.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

A nail in the coffin

"Schwab Family Values" (Vedmore).   I'm sure Schwab is completely awful, but this very tenuous guilt-by-Nazi-association attack doesn't land at all.

Tweet (Matt Taibbi):

"What people who call @ggreenwald right-wing are actually saying is that his views - opposition to monopoly, surveillance, and censorship, skepticism of secret police agencies, belief in journalistic fairness - are incompatible with current Democratic Party orthodoxy."

The Intercept did its job, which is intercepting (while honeytrapping the occasional whistleblower):  "Lava Jato Hacker Walter Delgatti speaks" (Mier).

Added:  "Thirsty, Cold, and Scooping Feces With Their Hands: Crisis in Reality Winner’s Texas Prison" (Barnes).  Wow!  She's only there because of the honeytrap set up by The Intercept!

"Antifa’s Bravest Enemy" (Jackson).  This is the book whose editor was immediately fired.

Tweet (Peter Skipton):
"Why did Peter Mandelson, Keir Starmer's new "advisor", holiday with Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell in Caribbean in 2005?

Why is Keir Starmer employing advisors associated with pedophiles?

Why did Keir Starmer refuse to prosecute Jimmy Savile for sex crimes when he was DPS?"
"Damascus Says Biden Is Setting Up New Bases On Sovereign Syrian Territory" (Durden).  More Yinon for Syria is basically the first thing Biden did.

"Fauci champions Israeli medical apartheid" (Murphy).

Being a billionaire doesn't mean you are smart, but it does instill a certain foolish arrogance:  "Facebook makes a power move in Australia - and may regret it" (Ortutay/Arbel).  Is that you, Zuck?:  "Rape allegations throw doubt over future of Australian prime minister" (Head).

Google is definitely not woke:  "Google fires Margaret Mitchell, another top researcher on its AI ethics team".

"Review: HBO’s devastating ‘Allen v. Farrow’ is a nail in the coffin of Woody Allen’s legacy" (Ali).

"Palestine elections: A leap into the unknown for Fatah and Hamas" (Hearst).  Politics won't save the Palestinians.

Tweet (Bryan MacDonald) (hilarious, if true, and makes the whole sanctioning process look like the joke it is):
"According to @business, Washington could soon unveil a sweeping package of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. But, in an effort to avoid a diplomatic row with Berlin, Joe Biden's team could leave German construction firms exempted."
President Manchin may well be the second greatest Assholian President after, of course, Nobel Prize for Genocide winner President Jared.

Tweet (Samantha Edwards) (the pretense is that they are a fire hazard):
"NEW: The city of Toronto is officially taking legal action against carpenter Khaleel Seivwright, who's been building tiny shelters for encampment residents."