Thursday, September 30, 2021

Living dead

"The Living Dead Pax Americana" (Escobar). Following the Moon thesis that the sub deal is a backdoor way of allowing the Americans to use Australian ports for their military ships, although $60 billion - and it will be at least two or three times that, assuming anything is ever delivered - seems a steep price to pay just to create an excuse to allow the Americans in.

"Free Speech Immunity: YouTube Bans Channels Airing Criticism of Vaccines" (Turley).  What happens when it starts to become apparent to everybody that the ongoing 'boosters' are just creating new, more virulent, versions of the virus?  Will anybody want to ask YouTube what the fuck they were doing hiding the risks from everybody?  This isn't theoretical - we're seeing this play out in real time right before our eyes, but the Powers That Be continue on, unfazed by reality.

"Turkey to work with Russia on space, submarines and warships, says Erdogan" (Soylu).  NATO member Turkey!  No Turkish withdrawal from Syria, though.  "The Putin-Erdogan Summit Appears To Have Responsibly Regulated Their Competition" (Korybko).  Korybko always manages to find the best spin for Russia and China, even in cases like this, where Putin really has no answer for Erdoğan's complete intransigence.

"Top UAE officials named in illegal US influence operation" (Freeman).  Quite a list of crimes at the highest levels of the UAE.  I'm assuming Israel will make this go away.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Dangerous wolves

"Scenes from a Sukkot pogrom" (Abraham).  "Israeli Soldiers have Killed 73 Palestinian Children this Year: When will the Siege of Civilians in Gaza End?" (Winstanley).  Psychopathic even by (((psychopath))) standards.

"America is highly vulnerable to a missile attack" (Bryen).  This seems to be an ad for Israeli tech, but you'd like to think the Pentagon was minimally competent enough to fix their missile gap problem, which includes no defenses against the modern missiles (not to mention being about two generations behind in research by their peers on offensive missile technology), before starting WWIII.  To the consternation of the Americans, Turkey now has much stronger missile defense - bought from the Russians - than the Americans do.

"[VIDEO] Joe Biden Took His Booster Shot On a “Set” of a Fake “White House”" (O'Hara).  Fake set for a fake 'booster' for a fake President.  Is that short fat guy one of the doubles?  If so, we can add 'fake Biden' to the list.

"Military Leaders Saw Pandemic As Unique Opportunity To Test Propaganda On Canadians: Report" (Puliese).  Dangerous wolves:  "It’s utterly unacceptable that Canada’s military ran a secret psyops campaign to manipulate & control the public’s views on Covid" (Bartlett).  We throw the term 'fascism' around a lot in Trump and post-Trump days, but direct manipulation by the military of public opinion for goals of the military is the very definition of fascism.  Everybody involved in this should be fired.

"Global divisions over Covid a 'warm-up' for climate struggle" (Stickings).  If we 'pass' the first test, by failing to protest enough to block Australian-style attacks on people just wanting to live their lives, we'll get a double dose of the same thing as the Davos Men move on to world gretaization.  While I greatly appreciate individuals putting their lives and liberty on the line, this isn't going to work if the government is entirely unrepresentative and literally doesn't care how many people have to die or have their lives ruined to do the will of the Davos Men.  At some point we're going to have to realize that it is us or the Davos Men (and the scoundrel politicians like Morrison who work for them, and only them).  Who goes into the prison camps?  Who lives?  

"The Media Myth of ‘Once Prosperous’ and Democratic Venezuela Before Chávez" (Emersberger/Podur).

Judge Drain, the man who will be forever known as the evil fuckwit who let the (((Sacklers))) get away with the loot they gained through intentional mass murder, is retiring.  His work here is done.

Some 'philosopher' who knows absolutely nothing about conspiracy theories has written a book criticizing them:  "Epistemic Vice: A Critique of Quassim Cassam’s ‘Conspiracy Theories’" (Castagno):

"Cassam demonstrates the epistemic vices of intellectual arrogance and closed-mindedness when citing Lawrence Wright’s theory of failures of intelligence sharing between the FBI and CIA as the primary cause of 9/11 having “no deeper meaning” and “just how large bureaucracies work”. This theory fails to deliver conclusive explanatory power to those whose views are informed by the history of US support for Al Qaeda throughout the 1990s in Azerbaijan and Kosovo, the history of FBI assets Ali Mohammed and Anwar al-Alwaki, foreign intelligence connections to the hijackers, FBI leadership’s obstruction of Al Qaeda investigations throughout the 1990s up until 9/11, the “Phoenix Memo“, identification of hijackers by intelligence unit “Able Danger“, Pentagon Unit DO5, the NSA and numerous foreign agencies, and many other facts that render the simplistic “intelligence failure” hypothesis inadequate.

Cassam’s a priori assumptions regarding the possibility of insider involvement in 9/11 is rendered more questionable by his acknowledgement of the epistemic validity of Operation Northwoods, a 1962 false flag plot by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to carry out terrorist attacks in the U.S. and blame them on Cuba, which was rejected by JFK. Cassam holds Northwoods in a different camp than other potential conspiracies because the government has now admitted to its existence. By this standard, would Cassam have refused to contend with the strong evidence of US involvement in coups against Guatemala and Iran until CIA declassifications decades later?

Shortly after the Northwoods proposal and JFK’s assassination, Lyndon B. Johnson carried out the Gulf of Tonkin, a now publicly acknowledged subterfuge that facilitated the escalation of the Vietnam War. This pattern of manufactured pretexts for imperial wars can be viewed as a structural imperative, from the Mukden Incident false flag that justified imperial Japan’s invasion of Manchuria to the propaganda campaign behind Operation Desert Storm to Dick Cheney’s proposed false flag to start war with Iran and many more. While Cassam uses the history of antisemitism as an argument to discourage theorizing about potential conspiracies, timely exposure of false flags used by the Nazis in the Reichstag Fire and Gleiwitz Incident could have helped to impede Hitler’s imperial, fascist power grab, and historical awareness of such tactics can help prevent future atrocities.

One recent example of the reality of false flags can be seen by Patrick Clawson, a former IMF and World Bank economist and current director of the influential Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who illustrated the acceptability of suggesting such crimes in high level foreign policy circles in a speech to his think tank in 2011. After lamenting the difficulty of “crisis initiation” and listing a number of instances of what he implied were historical false flags, Clawson brazenly suggested carrying out a new false flag to start a war with Iran. Notably, former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski warned the senate in 2007 that a tiny group within the Bush administration might seek to cause a “provocation in Iraq or a terrorist attack in the US blamed on Iran” to start a war with the country.

This history should form a contextual background for the infamous “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” 2000 document by the neoconservative think tank Project for a New American Century, which called for a huge increase to the military budget and an expanded imperial presence in the Middle East and Eurasia. Ten of the twenty five signatories of PNAC’s founding statement of principles went on to serve in the Bush administration. They acknowledged that their agenda was politically unpalatable in the absence of “a new Pearl Harbor”: “the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

General Wesley Clark claims that the neoconservatives were already openly planning to take out seven countries in five years the days after 9/11. At a public event in 2008, Pentagon policymaker Doug Feith corroborated this agenda, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Somalia (Clark included Lebanon). These countries have all faced intense subversion throughout the “war on terror”, a global assertion of hegemonic political authority that coincided with a massive expansion of the U.S. military budget and national security apparatus, the erosion of civil liberties and international law, carte blanche for the US-Israeli reshaping of the Middle East, and the rejection of pre-9/11 calls for a “peace dividend” that would see the U.S. cut its military spending after the Cold War victory.

Cassam’s attribution of the “huge slices of luck that were needed for Mohammad Atta and his fellow hijackers to pull off their operation,” is an example of slothful induction, the fallacy of appealing to coincidence despite strong evidence for alternative inferences. It would seem wiser to examine the “huge slices of luck” that gave the neocons the “new Pearl Harbor” they needed to actualize their preconceived agenda.

One example of this “luck” can be seen by the post-9/11 anthrax attacks, which targeted the two senators opposed to the immediate passage of the Patriot Act and were used by the Bush administration to help fuel fears of Iraqi WMDs. The anthrax, originally blamed on Iraq, was found to have come from a US lab. The subsequent FBI investigation pinning blame on a single scientist was widely refuted by scientific review panels, DOJ attorneys, mainstream media investigations, elected officials, and the suspect’s colleagues. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen is among those who were tipped off beforehand of the coming anthrax attacks from a “high level government source” – how would this government source know in advance of the attack?

Consider the blatant lies NORAD commander Ralph Eberhart gave the 9/11 Commission regarding his agency’s failure to follow standard protocol and intercept planes veering off course, leaving the country “completely undefended” during “those entire 109 minutes”, as Senator Mark Dayton put it.

“We to this day don’t know why NORAD told us what they told us, it was just so far from the truth,” Chairman Thomas Kean told the Washington Post. “It’s one of those loose ends that never got tied.” Despite these lies and the total failure to protect the most heavily defended area of the nation, no officials responsible were fired.

As investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed noted, a number of military and intelligence experts have expressed bewilderment with the FAA and NORAD’s dereliction of the U.S.’ most restricted air space:

“As Lt. Col. (ret.) Robert Bowman, director of the Star Wars programs under Presidents Ford and Carter, has said, standard operating procedures were systematically violated. Many military and intelligence experts across continents — such as Stan Goff, US Army Special Forces Master-Sergeant (ret.); Andreas von Bulow, former State-Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Defence (1976-1980) and Minister for Research and Technology (1980-1982); Gen. Anatoli Kornukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force; among others — remain perplexed on this point, and dissatisfied with the 9/11 Commission Report’s inadequate explanations of this monumental failure.”

Another glaring inconsistency in the Commission’s report is the official explanation of Dick Cheney’s 9/11 response with the testimonies of other officials, such as Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta and Counter-Terrorism Chief Richard Clarke. The Commission Report states that Cheney did not enter the Presidential Emergency Operations Center, or “the bunker”, until 10:00 AM, around 20 minutes after the Pentagon attack. But Mineta, Clarke, official reports from Secret Service agents, White House photographer David Bohrer, and even Cheney himself in an earlier interview, claimed that he had been in the bunker before the attack.

This contradiction’s importance is shown by Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission. Mineta claimed that upon entering the bunker at approximately 9:20 AM, he found Cheney conversing with a young man. Mineta testified that the young man repeatedly informed Cheney that the plane was coming closer, and that he asked Cheney if “the orders still stand”. Cheney assertively said that they did. Considering the copious evidence that Cheney was in the bunker at the time Mineta testified, in addition to the Pentagon’s inexplicable lack of defense, the implication that Cheney could have issued a stand down order should be taken seriously.

The strength of the inductive arguments supporting the official JFK and 9/11 narratives is eroded upon acquaintance with the broad range of evidence ignored or glossed over by the conflict of interest-ridden Commissions that created them. They fail to adequately address the totality of the facts involved in the cases and remain cemented in improbable conclusions, demonstrating the epistemic vices of closed-mindedness and imperviousness to evidence rather than the epistemic virtues of intellectual humility and open-mindedness that could be exhibited by applying a more sophisticated, non-monotonic reasoning method capable of evolving with new information."

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

I’m not getting in the car, Tim

It makes perfect sense that psychopaths regard those who question them as psychopaths themselves: 

Even this late in the day, enterprising writers can still pick up the odd shekel:  "Assad the outcast being sold to the west as key to peace in Middle East" (Chulov).

This is very, very very, long and not very interesting, and Scott has some odd ideas about January 6, but the interesting part is the excerpts involving the common sense and bravery in defense of the constitution by . . . Mike Pence: "Stepping out of the Shadow of 9/11: Start by Ending the Post-9/11 States of Emergency" (Good/Howard/Scott).  "I’m not getting in the car, Tim".  It is like they say about situations where you are being kidnapped - whatever you do, don't allow yourself to get in the car!  You are going to have to put up a fight somewhere, and your chances are much better where you are than in the car or wherever the car might take you.

"In Height of Hypocrisy, Nuclear-Armed Israeli PM Bennett slams Iran, which has no weapons or program, for “crossing all red Lines”" (Cole).

Probably not the best idea to put 'professional thug' in your bio, but it does make it easy for Soros to find you when he is hiring:  "Antifa member charged with shooting anti-vaxxer in Washington"  (Ngo).

Retirement summary:  "Looking Back: 50 Years of Foreign Policy" (Hallinan).

"Democratic lawmaker smears anti-racist faculty at Rutgers University" (Barrows-Friedman).  Hello, Newman!

"Are the Taliban Russia’s Problem now? Moscow Rushes to Arm Tajikistan" (Mikovic).

Compelled Use of Pronouns

I'm surprised so many fell for the attempted resurrection of Russiagate using an old story about Assange:  "Isikoff’s Cops and Robbers Camouflage the Big Lie" (McGovern).  It was (((Isikoff))) and (((Corn))) who started Russiagate, presumably fed directly from the Clinton campaign.  The piece is first-rate PR, as it dangles Pompeo-Trump pig-like behavior, tempting to conspiracy theorists, to make it easier to swallow the underlying assumption that Russiagate is true.

"Pentagon Says It Won't Ask Taliban Permission For Future Afghan Airstrikes" (DeCamp).  Awesome!  As if anybody thought they would ask.  This isn't war, as we understand it.  It is exactly like terrorism, a surprise attack on civilians in order to encourage political change.

"Eurasia Takes Shape: How the SCO Just Flipped the World Order" and "Eurasia: the Revenge of the Heartland" (Escobar).

If you had told me ten years ago that you could lose your job, or even, in some Godforsaken places like Canada, go to jail (saying you might go to jail is just as bad, as it leads to their intended goal of self-cancellation), for some bizarre idea called 'misgendering' - essentially failing to share in somebody else's insane delusions - I would have told you things were bad, but couldn't possibly become that bad.  "Ohio Professor Wins Major Free Speech Decision on Compelled Use of Pronouns in Classrooms" (Turley).

"US Conservatives Condemn ‘Stop Antisemitism’ for Calling GOP Congressman ‘Jew Hater’".

"Let's Arm the Gazans!" (Giraldi).  I can't disagree with one word of this.

"Post 9/11 Spending by the Pentagon" (Viable Opposition).

The start of a thread on Puerto Rico's electrical system:

"Spectacular defeat for Israel lobby at Labour Party conference" (Abunimah).  The Jews who tell Starmer what to do - what blackmail do they have on him? - must feel that extracting all the morality out of the Labour Party is like a game of whack-a-mole - just when you think every decent person has been expelled from the party, something like this happens.

Monday, September 27, 2021

We've never sold anyone's data

Thus starts a thread about a lawsuit filed against Zuck and others involving lying to Congress, selling your data while claiming not to, various bits of corruption, and Cambridge Analytica:

The dollar stores defend China

"Corporate media stirred global terror hysteria to push postwar hostility toward new Afghan govt" (Porter).  Fear of 'terrorism' amongst the inhabitants of the main terrorist state in the world is the gift that keeps on giving.

"Korea Fires First Shots in War Against Tech Titans" (Salmon).  The Anti-Google Law.

Scofflaw Euro-trash news:  "EU Corruption? How did Ursula von der Leyen lose her vaccine text messages with Pfizer?" (Free West Media).  I imagine she feels that even Europeans might not like the ways they are described in the emails.

Umm:  "The antisemitic conspiracy behind the anti-porn movement" (Fox).  Related: "This Marjorie Taylor Greene meltdown reveals an uncomfortable truth about Christianity" (Berlatsky) (umm).  Related:  "Norm McDonald Schools Ignorant Anti-Christian Comic" (this is amazing as there is literally nobody else on the planet who would dare call this guy out).

"The Great Divide: Education, Despair and Death" (Case/Deaton):
"If the majority of Americans are failing to thrive while a minority prospers, why does the democratic process not work to improve their material and health outcomes? The question is important, not just instrumentally, but substantively, because living in a functioning democracy is good in and of itself, and the lack of effective political voice is one reason to despair. One answer comes from Woolhandler et al. (2021) in a Lancet Commission report on public policy and health in the Trump era. They describe a negative feedback loop in which “the neoliberal policies that inflicted economic hardship and worsened health” did not, as might have been expected in a well-functioning democratic state, generate a political demand for better safety nets and health provision, because less-educated whites see such policies as favoring minorities at their expense. Instead, the authors argue, less-educated whites vote for conservative candidates who oppose such programs, candidates who are suspicious of government in general and whose wealthy backers oppose the taxes necessary to pay for such programs. Blacks and more educated whites react in the opposite direction, widening political polarization, which on net favors the right and provides an opening for populist politicians such as Donald Trump. These ideas echo the literature on the loss of white-privilege to minorities, particularly African Americans, and its corrosive effects on white working-class self-respect, health, and voting preferences, Cherlin (2014), Wilkerson (2020), Siddiqui et al. (2019), Metzl (2019). Indeed, McCarthy (2017) argues that the unwillingness of whites to finance healthcare for Blacks was an important reason why the US, unlike other rich countries, has no national health system."
"The China Cold War Will Unstick America’s Glue" (Crooke).  The entire USA is addicted to cheap Chinese-made consumer goods which keep the potentially restive masses complacent.  Losing access to these goods could cause the class war that is the only thing that the plutocrats still fear.  Hence, no war on China.  The warmongers just need something to talk about until the American 'leadership' is sorted out (mainly to keep military procurement levels from falling), and the real War For The Jews, WWIII against Russia, can start.  We know for certain that this war is necessary as Russia is blocking the Khazar takeover of most of the Middle East.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Complicating the picture

"NYT: China Needs to Rethink Its Not-Letting-People-Die-From-Covid Policy" (Naureckas).  Also, American 'leadership' has had stunning success letting the US fall apart while it fights other people's wars.  And offshoring all your manufacturing is the best thing you can do.  I'm sure they have a lot of other great ideas which the Chinese need to hear.

"Times Reveals FBI Role in January 6" (Kelly). The retypists at the JYT retyped some revolver stories, presumably to help the FBI get in front of the embarrassing fact that its informant was leading the 'Oath Keepers', and manipulating those caught larping at the Capitol, while staying far away from the Capitol himself, one of the revelations which is 'complicating the picture': "Federal Protection of “Oath Keepers” Kingpin Stewart Rhodes Breaks The Entire Capitol “Insurrection” Lie Wide Open" and "Decision By January 6th Commission to Ignore Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes Just Unmasked Their Entire Investigation".
"This Is an Actual United States Senator Questioning the Actual Secretary of State" (Pierce).  They seem like reasonable questions to me.  Biden's obvious problems continue, but the most striking development is the degree of effort made by Biden's handlers to keep him away from situations, including questioning, where he might embarrass himself.  It was striking to watch the gregarious Boris Johnson actively looking for questions to answer, while Biden was whisked away before he could be tempted to do the same thing.

"If The ‘Iron Dome’ Controversy Was About A Fist Fight" (Johnstone).  Big Jew used the opportunity of the Squad having the audacity to deny 'Israel' some of its parasitic behavior to make its House toadies dance while rich Jews threw shekels at their feet.  This attempt by the Squad wasn't a wasted effort, as watching this spectacle should be very educational for regular, real, Americans.  "Democrats abandon Rashida Tlaib to racist onslaught" (Brown).  Greenwald on AOC's woke psychobabble attempt at explaining her 'present' vote.

"Philly activists target billionaire Jeffrey Yass over his connections to Israeli apartheid" (Arria).

"‘I have never been in such a position with a US leader before’":
"Referring to Turkey-US relations, Erdoğan said that "the current point of relations is unfortunately not good," adding, "I worked well with President Bush Jr., I worked well with Mr. Obama, I worked well with Mr. Trump. But I cannot say that we had a good start with Mr. Biden." He indicated that "the state of affairs" between Turkey and the US "doesn't bode well.""
"How big corporations and Bill Gates took over the UN food Summit" (McCune/Escalante).

"US Congress outlines new phase of economic attacks and hybrid war on Nicaragua’s Sandinista government" (Norton).


"Quad is turning & turning in widening gyre" (Bhadrakumar).  "De-Listed Anti-China Terror Group “Rises from the Dead”" (Berletic).  "The United States, United Kingdom, Australia Deal Contains Many Pitfalls" (O'Neill):
"India is playing a difficult game as a member of the Quad. As noted, the Quad is manifestly an anti-China arrangement, but that is a position that does not fit easily with India’s other arrangements in the Asian region. In particular, there has been almost no discussion of which I am aware of how India reconciles its membership of the Quad, which is clearly anti-China, with its membership of the Shanghai Corporation Organisation which is an arrangement it joined in 2017 and which clearly has China in a prominent role.

Another member of the SCO is Russia, with whom India has long had a good relationship and a country in a close relationship with China, a relationship that is in fact a military alliance although both countries are careful to avoid describing it as such. It is frankly very difficult to reconcile India’s alliance through the Quad with the United States at the same time as recognising its close and continued ties to Russia. The Indian Prime Minister Mr Modi was recently in Moscow and the Indians continue to buy Russian military equipment, including most recently an arrangement for India to buy a fleet of Russian fighter jets.

India will clearly have to make up its mind, sooner rather than later, precisely where its allegiances lie. The recent deal with Australia for the latter to buy eight United States submarines, a deal managed in secret that excluded not only the jilted French, but also the United States and Australia’s Quad partners of India and Japan. That deal certainly did nothing to cause the Indians to look more favourably on the Americans."
Umm:
A famous American cold case seems close to a DNA solution:  "Walker County Jane Doe--Possibly Identified?"  Also, a possible, but unlikely to go anywhere, development in the Maura Murray case:  "‘This Is Gut Wrenching,’ Family Of Woman Missing 17 Years Waits For Tests On Bone Fragments Found In New Hampshire".

Neither tool nor fool

I assume, as one does, that all judges in the West are irredeemably corrupt, but I may have been unfair to the judge in the Meng Wanzhou case, who terrified the Americans in mid August when she demonstrated clear signs that she saw through their trickery:  "Judge doesn't 'understand' US allegations against Huawei CFO" (Li) (first, how is a Chinese business leader supposed to be able to keep track of what is 'bad' Iran business, as set down by the Khazars to their American stooges each morning?; my emphasis throughout in red): 

"The US allegations against Meng Wanzhou are unclear, a Canadian judge said during the Huawei executive's extradition hearing.

Asking how the US addressed the allegations in the record of the case (ROC) supplied to Canadian authorities, Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes of the British Columbia Supreme Court — who will decide whether or not Meng can be extradited to the US — said Wednesday that it was difficult to understand the allegations. 

Holmes questioned Robert Frater, lawyer for the Canadian attorney general, whether the US had explained the essence of the crime it alleged Meng had committed — and in particular, its connection to sanctions against Iran.

"I've had great difficulty understanding what is about the commercial dealings of Huawei on one hand and Skycom on the other that is said to have engaged US sanctions," said Holmes. "What I don't understand is whether the simple fact of dealing with the government in Iran would be viewed as offside sanctions." 

Frater replied that it is clear there is "good" Iran business and "not good" Iran business. 

"Can you show me that in the ROC?" the judge asked.

"There isn't a clear statement of what's on either side of the line in the ROC. But it does describe how financial services go offside," Frater replied. "It's the export of financial services, dollar-clearing in particular. The ROC deals with what is generally said to be illegal. What is not said is what is generally found to be legal."

The judge said she has been troubled by the issue.

"What I'm trying to get at is how does the ROC make all of that clear? That certain things engage sanctions and other things don't. Because it's only with that background that one can assess what's said in the PowerPoint as to whether it was deceptive," said Holmes."

and (secondly, internal inconsistencies in John Bolton's case):
"She is accused of misrepresenting the Chinese telecom company's relationship with Skycom in a PowerPoint presentation to HSBC in 2013 and putting the bank at risk of violating US sanctions against Iran. Meng and Huawei have repeatedly denied the accusations.

The meeting between Meng and HSBC was arranged after Reuters published articles suggesting Skycom, which it said had "close ties" with Huawei, was violating sanctions. Holmes expressed "skepticism" several times that HSBC was truly put at risk by Meng's presentation after it received a clear warning of sanctions violations in the Reuters reports, according to The Globe and Mail.

The judge also asked about possible contradictions in Frater's summary of the case against Meng, that she told HSBC there was no risk of sanctions violations from Huawei or Skycom while failing to disclose the true relationship between the two companies.

"There are three alleged false messages. I wonder whether two of them are not inconsistent with each other," said the judge. "As I understand your theory, a false assurance that the bank had nothing to worry about as far as sanctions went (was) because they could assure Skycom was in compliance.

"Doesn't that run counter to the theory that she falsely misrepresented that Huawei didn't control Skycom? How would she be able to give that assurance of compliance in a convincing way unless Huawei was in control of Skycom?" asked Holmes.

"We see no conflict between that and the attempt to distance Skycom from Huawei. It's all about conveying a message of no risk," replied Frater.

"I suppose I'm wondering whether it's reasonable to assume that an international bank would rely on an assurance from one person about compliance by other companies not under Huawei's direct control," the judge continued. 

"It's clear Meng said we do business in Iran. And it's clear HSBC continues to do business with Huawei. That's fundamental. But is Meng the one reasonably to advise HSBC on dollar-clearing?" Holmes asked.

"No, but she has to convey a message and information they can use to make the determination. She said they are complying with all sanctions, and that Skycom is compliant," Frater replied."
The judge is exhibiting a rather steely intelligence here in shredding the inconsistencies in John Bolton's case, and the lawyer hired to represent John Bolton - and thus the Khazars (remember this is all about Iran) - isn't smart enough to keep up to defend his positions.  To be fair to him, the Bolton/Khazar position is a pile of self-contradictions.  Remember, as with cancel culture, which leads to self-censoring, the ultimate goal of all book burners, and knowledge haters, Sanctions For The Jews is supposed to lead to companies abandoning all commercial ties to Iran, on the basis that nobody can figure what the Khazars will instruct their American stooges to do in any given case.  This one is a Bolton two-fer, as he gets to attack China while earning his daily ration of sweet, sweet, shekels.

Also:  "Canada, China and US were all doomed to lose in Meng Wanzhou’s case" (Wintour):

Indeed, at a hearing in August, the judge in the case said that the case against Meng seemed very unusual. No one lost money, the allegations were several years old, and the intended victim, a global bank, knew the truth even as it was allegedly being lied to. 
Heather Holmes, associate chief justice, asked: “Isn’t it unusual that one will see a fraud case with no actual harm many years later? And one in which the alleged victim, a large institution, appears to have had numerous people within the institution who had all the facts that are now said to be misrepresented?”"
Once the judge proved she was no fool, and not a complete tool of the Empire, the Americans started to look for a relatively face-saving way of extracting themselves.

The Canadian Maxwell Smart's are clearly suggesting that the 'two Michaels' were indeed Canadian spies, as the Chinese have been insisting (also):
Were they actually spies, are the Canadians just trying to mess with the Chinese, are they trying to take credit for something they are not competent enough to do, or is this just a stunt? It reminds me of the smart-ass tweets of the Mossad. Admitting that these guys were in fact spies just paints a bullseye on every other Canadian in China, and CSIS is dumb enough that they may in fact have made the admission that they are running a spy network in China.

Here's the Americans, boasting about their face-saving deal:  "Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng Admits to Misleading Global Financial Institution":
"Under the terms of the DPA, Meng has agreed to the accuracy of a four-page statement of facts that details the knowingly false statements she made to Financial Institution 1. Meng also has agreed not to commit other federal, state or local crimes. If Meng breaches the agreement, she will be subject to prosecution of all the charges against her in the third superseding indictment filed in this case." 
Of course, the 'facts' are meaningless, as none of them address the legal and logical problems with John Bolton's case, problems raised by the Canadian judge, who is the real hero here (certainly not Trudeau, who must bear responsibility for this entire mess, including every second spent in jail by the 'two Michaels', who should have quietly told him to fuck off on the tarmac at his photo-op).

Saturday, September 25, 2021

The freeing of Meng Wanzhou

The first reporting was that she would have to agree to a statement of facts produced by the Americans, but even that disappeared. The Americans capitulated completely.  All she had to do was acknowledge that the Americans did, in fact, have a list of nonsense about her, but she made no admissions of facts or guilt.  

I have to assume this happened directly after the Canadian election as the Americans were waiting to ensure Trudeau was reelected, and they will be calling in some terrible promise made by Trudeau in order to get this mess off his back.

"China releases detained Canadians Kovrig, Spavor after extradition against Meng Wanzhou dropped" (Aiello).  The Chinese released these guys immediately, as they wanted to make it clear that if Canada outrageously breaches international law again in its rush to be the best, and most embarrassing, lackey possible, there will be more consequences.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Did the Dirtbag Left have a honeymoon?

"Is the Honeymoon Over for the Dirtbag Left?" (LeBlanc) (my emphasis in red): 

"Much of their ire is the result of the fact that Sean is not opposed in principle to working with the Right. In an interview with blogger Nicollo Soldo, Soldo and McCarthy had the following exchange:

Soldo: You are also known to engage Right-wingers like myself. Is a synthesis possible between disaffected Left-wingers and disenchanted Right-wingers in the USA? If so, how

McCarthy: The entire Bernie Sanders theory of change — and it’s one I agree with — is that the structural barriers to change in the US are so high that the only way anything will actually happen is through a mass popular movement that gets 60-70% of the population on one side. Every Leftist and socialist agrees with this in theory, but they don’t think about the second-order implications and the kinds of compromises necessary to achieve it. The United States is a country where Medicare for All, police officers, and the military all have a 70% approval rating. The actual coalition that changes things here is going to include a lot of Trump voters and a lot of people the media currently tells us are fascists

In terms of what this synthesis might look like, one party needs to win elections by the margins FDR was winning them by. It’s more than possible. If it happens, it’s probably going to be some national conservative version of the Republican Party. Woke identity politics has locked the working class out of the Democratic Party and its various “socialist” appendages. The workers are expected to give their votes and receive no representation . . . that’s not tenable forever.

That was a little too close to overt “red-brown alliance” advocacy for a lot of people on the Left.

So is Sean McCarthy’s banning from Twitter a sign that the honeymoon is over for the Dirtbag Left? Is this the beginning of the end for the online Bernie Left? Is Big Tech about to send them all to Dirtbag Dachau? Marxist Majdanek? Socialist Sobibor? Or was Sean McCarthy an exceptional case? He was certainly more edgy and his humor more outrageous that most Dirtbag Leftists."

"Meet Josiah Zayner, America's Most Censored Person" (Taibbi).

Then there is real world cancellation:  "Number of Environmental Advocates Killed in 2020 Hits New Record" (Gustin).

"Australian media condemns police over blackout on protest coverage" (Maas).  "Australian Government Attempts to Shut It Down as Melbourne Protestors Stand Their Ground" (Martel).  When Iran does this, the (((media))) has a fainting spell.

"Councillor and delegate’s blistering resignation letter lists Starmer’s crimes against Labour, democracy and the people" (Skwawkbox).  Nothing - absolutely nothing - seems to stop Starmer's Zionist cancellations.  He doesn't care how popular he isn't, or what his miniscule chances of ever being PM are, as long as the shekels keep flowing.

"It Isn’t Over When The Fat Lady Sings – The First Russian Strategic Assessment of the Australia-UK-US (Aukus) Submarine Deal" (Helmer).  It seems like a lot of money, and work, and pissing off countries like France and (probably) Indonesia, just for a far-into-the future temporary logistics problem - which will be solved - for the Chinese.

Note how Bush falls back on the standard 'freedums' line, rather than tackle the criticisms themselves:

An interesting and an admirable idea

"North calls South’s proposal to declare end of Korean War good idea" (Godder). 

"Putin the Poisoner? More Doubts Over Attempts to Delegitimize Russia’s Leader" (Giraldi).

"In Major Win For China, Huawei CFO Reaches Deal With DOJ To Return Home" (Durden).

Ugly and unnecessary

"You lost. Stop acting like you won" (White Hot Harlots) (my emphasis in red):

"Instead of taking a step back and examining their own tactical and moral failures, instead of owning up to their undeniable cowardice and naivety, instead of realizing that their messaging is at best confusing and at worse supremely alienating, instead of realizing that the other side doesn’t regard this as kayfabe but as a real issue they want to win… the Dems have done nothing. They’ve doubled down on failed strategies. They’ve retreated into their caverns of recrimination and mockery, wallowing the comfort of blamelessness even as they presently control the executive branch and both houses of congress.

The only firm stance I’ve seen liberals take over the last few weeks has been an even greater insistence upon language policing, of making sure that everyone centers the pedantic and frankly irrelevant point that trans men can get pregnant. Things have gotten to the cartoonish extent that the ACLU edited a quote from ur-failure Ruth Bader Ginsberg to be sure to remove any problematic references to “women” in regards to reproductive rights.

And this is perfect, really. A fictional account of the collapse of abortion rights could not have been published even a few years ago if it outlines the things that have actually happened, as it would have been considered too on-the-nose.

No one is actually daft or deranged enough to believe, deep down, that the phrase “pregnant women” is a priori offensive or exclusionary. This belief was crafted in the halls of pedantry, which liberals have recently embraced in lieu of any will toward developing policy. The entire kerfuffle is meant, very explicitly, to anger and exclude. The point, as always, is not to win. The notion of enacting anything broadly beneficial is the antithesis of contemporary liberal discourse. The point is to do something ugly and unnecessary as a means of establishing oneself as a member of a group that’s willing to become repulsive as a means of signaling moral righteousness. That’s it."
"“Emails Reveal Hunter Biden Requested $2 Million Plus ‘Success Fees’ To Help Dem Donors Unfreeze Libyan Assets” Jarrett" (Lang).

Greenwald video on the hypocrisy of AOC.  I know exactly what happened.  She intends to be President, and shared this with her bffs in the Squad.  She's promised she'll do all the good things once she's President, but she has to get there first.  Getting there means (((donor))) money, so she asked her new friend Benjamin Bronfman to check with his dad, Edgar, Jr., if (((donor))) funding for a Presidential run would be possible if she voted no to the Khazar leeching.  The answer was a resounding no, as no possible chink in the parasitical behavior can be tolerated, but (((they))) would, given the phony left politics she espouses, allow her a one-time 'present' vote.  Her conscience almost got the better of her when she voted 'no', but she immediately switched that to 'present' when the reality of the situation sunk in.  Thus the tears.  It is always rough when your ambition murders your humanity.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

A version of the lives they have left behind

Every time I think the US couldn't be creepier:  "Photographer Documents U.S. Military’s Fake Middle East Villages" (Lusina):

"Situated in the deep forests of North Carolina and Louisiana as well as in the great expanse of desert near Death Valley in California, these villages — built as clusters — are spread out over thousands of acres. These villages are referred to by as existing in the pretend countries of Talatha, Braggistan, or “Iraq” — the latter likely accompanied by air quotes and a knowing look.

The purpose of these villages is to serve as a way station for soldiers and personnel who are heading off to war and for those who have fled it. The village consists of pretend villagers, who are often immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan themselves, and now are employed to play “a version of the lives they have left behind.”

The rest of the village population is created out of local communities near the Army bases, including spouses of active-duty soldiers and military veterans, some of who are amputees and play the part of wounded villagers. Others include actors who play police officers, gardeners, café owners, and more."

 Sign up now to audition for the role of 'man with his intestines hanging out'.

An envoy resigns

Wow! (read the whole thread): 

The pinky/thumb extended gesture

"Sergio Ramirez on Nicaragua: Treason All Over Again…" (Sefton). 

"Member of CIA chief's team reported Havana syndrome symptoms on recent trip to India" (Atwood).  Being American, and in particular being CIA, is so toxic it is like an autoimmune disease.  We have to consider the possibility that these guys are zapping themselves with the beams meant for others.  "Havana Syndrome, Directed Energy Weapons, and the New Cold War" (MacLeod).

Amongst the stinking heaps of Euro-trash, Austria is uniquely moral.

"Billionaire Leon Black accused of raping woman in Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion in 2002, according to court documents" (McLaughlin).  To paraphrase Black's response:  'it didn't happen, but if it did, the statute of limitations expired years ago'.

"British cops charge third Russian national over dramatic alleged 2018 Salisbury poisoning of spy Skripal & point finger at GRU" (Tickle).

"The Elizabeth Holmes Line" (Zakaria):

"Holmes is also apparently planning to allege that she is not guilty because Balwani effectively made her lie by using the manipulative power he had over her. Holmes’s lies to investors, her subterfuge with employees, and her claims that Theranos had developed game-changing technology all took place, we are to believe, because of intimate-partner abuse. As one law professor writing on his blog put it, “I’ve been in this business for a long time and this is the first time I’ve heard of the mental disease or defect defense being used in a securities fraud case.”

The more common use of the defense is in criminal cases where a defendant facing criminal charges must prove that they cannot be criminally liable for an act because of a “mental disease or defect” which then prevented them from being able to “appreciate the nature and quality or the wrongfulness of his acts.”

In Holmes’s case, the introduction of this defense relies on the testimony and declaration of a Dr. Mindy Mechanic, who trial records say spent approximately fourteen hours evaluating the defendant at the behest of Holmes’s lawyers at the high-powered law firm Williams and Connolly. Mechanic’s actual report, which was attached to Holmes’s motion to sever her trial from that of her co-conspirator Sunny Balwani has been redacted. To find out how and why Mechanic decided that Holmes was a battered woman who should not be found guilty for her part in the vast scam that was Theranos, we will have to wait for Mechanic and Holmes (who is also expected to testify) to take the stand themselves.

It is necessary to take a minute here to appreciate how on-brand such a defense is for Elizabeth Holmes. Holmes has always been a master of illusion and stagecraft and her trial is merely one more opportunity to present a persona that jurors will exonerate. To look the part of someone who could pioneer a technology that would make blood tests almost bloodless, Holmes created a signature appearance. She dyed her hair blonde and wore black turtlenecks a la Steve Jobs, procuring the exact Issey Miyake ones that Jobs himself wore.  And then, because she likely still sounded like an average white woman with grand ambitions, it is said that she also allegedly changed her voice. Her supposedly new Theranos voice is a baritone, low and distinctive and perfect for the role that she had made out for herself.

Inhabiting this very particular aesthetic, the blonde, blue-eyed, and black turtle-necked Holmes positioned herself as the next Silicon Valley wunderkind; a female Jobs whose brilliance was so cosmic that she should never be asked stupid questions like does this technology work? or even where is my money? Choosing these particular attributes was a brilliant calculation, banking on the prejudices of mostly white Silicon Valley. Venture capitalists had seen many young white men peddling fantastic ideas, but Holmes created new excitement: her woman-ness just different enough, her whiteness just re-assuring enough to raise the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Just as Holmes constructed a persona that aligned with investors’ mental image of the next great prodigy, she is now creating a persona that is meant to play on the sympathies of a jury—that she was Sunny Balwani’s abused girlfriend, not a driven marketer for a fraudulent product. Astute as she is, Holmes realizes that people are no longer interested in distinguishing between the actual and the performative. For her, a studied impersonation of the brilliant entrepreneur, in charge of a large facility with brilliant workers, developing a machine that looks like it could change the world—not to mention a low voice, blonde hair, whiteness, and black turtlenecks—were all props, meant to dazzle a world obsessed with performance."

and (Debord territory):

"One way to look at United States v. Elizabeth Holmes is as an illustration and an indictment of a society where everything has become a representation to the extent that millions of people only do things to create shareable content. An image master like Holmes could only exist in such a society where the impression of doing something original and groundbreaking is happily embraced based on how well it meets aesthetic expectations of what such a person, such a company, would look like. Just like reality television stars, who with their producers intentionally create a reality that people will believe is unscripted and hence true, Holmes is using our reliance on what looks true and our relative disinterest in the actual truth to her advantage. In so doing, she has left us with what she likely knows is an impossible task; unearthing the real, the culpable, the knowing and the fraudulent Elizabeth Holmes, from the many other versions she has created precisely to confound and confuse those who must decide her fate."

"To Avoid 1st Amendment Concerns, Biden Administration Announces They Will Let Facebook Run The Gulags" (The Babylon Bee).

10 For The Big Guy

"Extra $1 Billion in Military Aid for Israel Stripped From House Stopgap Funding Bill" (DeCamp):
"US lawmakers were quick to assure Israel that it will get its money. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) promised to bring the extra $1 billion to a vote in the House as early as this week during a call with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. “This evening, I announced on the Floor that the House will consider legislation this week to fully fund Iron Dome,” Hoyer wrote on Twitter. Other members of Congress said the extra $1 billion will be included in the 2022 defense appropriations bill."
"Israel will be ‘gone’ in 20 years — Wilkerson" (Weiss).  "Number of Jewish Americans moving to illegal settlements increases ‘dramatically’" (MEMO).  "‘NYT’ glorifies an Israeli war crime, with reporting by AIPAC’s friend Bergman" (North/Weiss).

"Ex-Prisoners Recall US Torture at 'Afghanistan's Abu Ghraib'" (Wilkins).

"A Letter to the Taliban" (Akram, with Escobar).

"How Corporate America Cashed in on the Post-9/11 Pentagon Spending Surge" (Hartung).

"Eurasia Takes Shape: How the SCO Just Flipped the World Order" (Escobar).  We could give a back-handed compliment to the Empire that its 'rules based order' enforced by wars and sanctions has created a model of what not to do for countries that wish to advance.  "How US Administrations Support the "Axis of Resistance” Involuntarily" (Magnier).

"Ownership of Chemicals that Exploded at Beirut Port Traces Back to Ukraine" (OCCRP):
"Journalists and investigators have probed the possibility that the ammonium nitrate shipment was never meant to end up in Mozambique, but instead was abandoned in Beirut on purpose to be smuggled into Syria and used in explosives.

The theory was partly fueled by previous revelations by OCCRP, including that the Mozambican group that ordered the ammonium nitrate had been investigated for arms trafficking.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly concluded that only 20 percent of the Rhosus’ load of ammonium nitrate exploded, raising questions about what happened to the other 80 percent — and whether it may have been pilfered from the Lebanese port."
Izak Novák thread on Evergrande.

"More people are eating bugs, but is it ethical to farm insects for food?" (Shelomi).  You can't eat vegetables either, as any kind of farming kills insects.

From Bill Gates:  "Criticism of animal farming in the west risks health of world’s poorest" (Mugerwa/Iannotti).

"'10 For The Big Guy': Politico Confirms Hunter Biden's China, Ukraine Emails Are Legit" (Durden).  "New Proof Emerges of the Biden Family Emails: a Definitive Account of the CIA/Media/BigTech Fraud" (Greenwald):
"No matter how much you despise this sector of the corporate media, it is nowhere near close enough to the level of contempt and scorn they deserve."

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The election that wasn't

This is the best political cartoon I've seen on the ridiculous Canadian election: 

So, O'Toole, the Conservative leader (probably not for much longer!) is on the left, and Bernier, the People's Party of Canada (PPC) leader, is on the right.  The PPC, which is a more overtly crazy version of the Conservatives (pro-climate-change, anti-Vaxx, anti-mask, and so on), leeched enough conservative votes from the Conservatives that it may have decided the election result (although Conservative Alberta Premier Kenney's spectacular failure at handling the pandemic during the campaign, and O'Toole's inability to leave well enough alone and keep his mouth shut when he had a lead in the polls, didn't help), which consists of numbers of seats won remarkably similar to the previous election.  As usual, and despite the election consisting of 338 separate mini elections, first-past-the-post allowed for the collective wisdom to deliver a clear result:  a kick at Trudeau for calling an unnecessary ego-driven election when he still has lots of work to do on the pandemic (while acknowledging that, as bad as he is, he is still the only guy who could possibly be trusted with the job), a rejection of the Conservatives for incompetently trying to hide the fact that they are actually peddling icky American policies (Mulroney, the most despised of all Canadians, let the cat out of the bag), and an unconvinced shrug at the 'hip' NDP.  The Greens learned you can't get much traction in Canada running as the Khazar Genocide Party of Canada (we already have enough of those), and I hope they go away and be replaced with a real progressive environmental party.

Trudeau can probably hang on for a while, but he has lost his Trudeaumania, and is just another hack politician, very subject to some unrelated scandal being used by The Nazi to stick the proverbial knife in the back.  The next election, probably in about two years, would then consist of The Nazi losing to whatever new spokesmodel the Conservatives pick to flog and disguise their shit.

Zuck and Thiel

Unresolved vestige

"The Guantánamo Bay Internment Camp Is an Unresolved Vestige of the American Occupation of Afghanistan" (Lindh, aka, John Walker Lindt, probably the only non-glowie writer at The Intercept).  Also.

Permanent surveillance bureaucracy

"Russia Has an Opioid Crisis Too – One of Untreated Pain" (Danilova). 

"With Clinton Lawyer Charged, The Russiagate Scam Is Now Under Indictment" (Maté).  We've reached the Perkins Coie level of corruption, just one step away from the intelligence agencies, and the Killary campaign.  It was a huge strategic mistake to pick Alfa Bank as the patsy, as Alfa wasn't going to go away quietly.  Of course, the 'journalists' involved, who peddled this nonsense, are left completely exposed, and should, were the (((media))) even slightly functional, be summarily fired.

"What did he know and when? Biden’s National Security advisor implicated in Alfa Bank Russiagate scam" (Klarenberg).

"Academia Is Establishing A Permanent Surveillance Bureaucracy That Will Soon Govern The Rest Of The Country" (Tracey).  The perfect testing lab for totalitarianism.  The internet, especially social media, seems to have produced a particularly docile group of sheep in the students of today (the sad state of the world seems to have left them with psychological injuries similar to what is experienced by victims of torture), remarkably fixated on conforming to whatever they are told is 'woke'.  Accademia has rapidly turned into the source of all that is horrific in the world.  I can see the hard science labs eventually peeling off to private research institutes, along the lines of today's stinktanks, with government funding following, leaving the rest of the universities to wallow in their little dramas.

"That ‘Other’ Reset Unfolding Across West & Central Asia" (Crooke).  Except that the US, for various reasons, is not capable to taking on either China or Iran, and 'Israel' can't attack Iran without setting off a massive defensive missile attack against it, which would shortly result in a mass exit of knowledge workers, putting a blessed end to the murder and land theft.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

How

"How Did the Perpetrators Do 9/11?" (Giraldi).  Pretty solid.  I think there was quite a bit more agency from the American government than 'let it happen', but that is perhaps a quibble.  

There is absolutely no evidence that a plane crashed in Pennsylvania, and I've never seen a good explanation for what happened to it.  

From the comments, a good eye-witness video (note the mention of the size of the hole in the Pentagon from 9:45 on; there is also, before the wall collapsed, intact glass in the windows to the left of the hole, glass that would have had to have been hit by the plane's left wing if a plane somehow squeezed through that hole).

Monday, September 20, 2021

The ace of spades

It is still a bit of a shock when one of the monsters says the quiet bit out loud:  "The Strange China Feud of Soros and BlackRock" (Engdahl, rather down on China, but these Chinese financial 'crises' have been going on for years, and China just keeps improving) and  "Soros and China: the Vocabulary of Neoliberal Diplomacy in Today’s New Cold War" (Hudson).  The Soros business model has always been to take positions - usually on currency - where he can profit enormously on the economic collapse of a country, and then do everything he can to cause that collapse, including giving speeches.  BlackRock, by investing in China, is taking windfall profits, extracted by intentionally causing immense suffering, out of Soros' pockets.

"Trump said Jared Kushner was 'more loyal to Israel than the US,' employing the dual loyalty trope against his Jewish son-in-law: book" (Haltiwanger).

You know things aren't going so well when your most notorious war criminal goes from lucrative speaking gig to lucrative speaking gig, free as a bird, and supported mostly by your 'left wing' party.

"Likely Assassination of UN Chief by US, British and South African Intelligence Happened 60 Years Ago on Saturday" (Lauria):
"Also unexplained was why Mr. Hammarskjöld’s body was the only one not burned and why a playing card, possibly the ace of spades, was found tucked in the collar of his bloodied shirt."
"Australia’s Role in Chile Confirmed in Declassified Documents" (Wadi).

"A Consolation Prize for Two Pitiful Fools" (Karganovic). You'd expect that a Euro-trash medal for 'human rights' would be a dumpster fire.  Jeannine Añez (!) versus Alexey Navalny.

This is not right, relax

Rare (((media))) interview with Deplorables:

"Taibbi: Does America Hate The "Poorly Educated"?". 

"How Jake Sullivan Screwed Up U.S. Relations With France" (Moon).

"After Israeli snipers killed 40 Palestinians in 3 months, army chief said, ‘This is not right, relax’" (Weiss).

I like the petulant tone: 'U.S. sanctions must mean something.':