Monday, October 25, 2021

Over the horizon

I suppose Le Merchant is out - a quick search revealed no Le Merchant mask - but how about a settler wielding a chainsaw?  Or would that be cultural appropriation?

"Google sought fellow tech giants' help in stalling kids' privacy protections, states allege" (Nylen).  I'm surprised this is permitted in the new Ziolitico.

From a thread on Google:
"In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan" (Eban).  Fauci outright lied about this, repeatedly.  On the other hand, if the attack was really a bioweapon attack by the US against China and Iran, still by far the most likeley scenario, this is all a distraction.

Earlier color revolutions and other attacks against China:  "The USA’s decades long war against China" (Rodvik).  China has learned from this.

"Alleged Cyber Criminal Credited for Hacking Gab and Epik Has History of Being An FBI Asset; Admits "Anonymous" Has Support of US Intelligence" (Striker).  The intelligence agencies are actively recruiting 'hackers'.  Not really much of a shock.

"How Biden is trying to rebrand the drone war" (Turse).  'Over the horizon' sounds benign, almost progressive.

"Pyrrhic victories ring hollow in the Middle East" (Bishara).

"Meet Ray Epps: The Fed-Protected Provocateur Who Appears To Have Led The Very First 1/6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol" (revolver).  More January 6 agents provocateurs.

The philosophical background of Putin's big speech:  "Postliberalism, or a ‘Conservatism for Optimists’’" (Robinson).

"Lee Camp: The Four Layers of Reality — And Why We’re Only Allowed to Talk About One".

"Biden has pledged that ‘America is back.’ But as peace shatters in the Balkans, does that mean yet more US overseas misadventures?" (Fisher):
". . . what does America investing its resources actually look like? In early 1992, before the war that scarred Bosnia and Herzegovina, all parties involved had already come to an agreement, the Carrington–Cutileiro plan, to divide Bosnia and Herzegovina into cantons along Serb, Croat, and Bosniak lines.  

At the last minute, however, the then-US ambassador to Yugoslavia, Warren Zimmermann, met with the leader of the Bosniak majority, Alija Izetbegovic, in Sarajevo, reportedly promising him full recognition of a single Bosnia and Herzegovina. Izetbegovic promptly withdrew his signature from the partition agreement, and shortly thereafter the US and its European allies recognized Izetbegovic’s state. War ensued a month later, in April 1992. The US eventually worked its way back to new partition negotiations that echoed the talks held prior. 

As the New York Times reported in 1993, “tens of thousands of deaths later, the United States is urging the leaders of the three Bosnian factions to accept a partition agreement similar to the one Washington opposed in 1992.

Zimmermann is quoted as saying at the time that “Our hope was the Serbs would hold off if it was clear Bosnia had the recognition of Western countries. It turned out we were wrong."
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