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Here is a nice anti-NSA cartoon by Martin Kozlowski, WSJ


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[Sep 18, 2019] Who says Mr Trump is unpredictable? He predictably selected yet another rabid neocon for the National Security advisor position in this administration

Sep 18, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Sydney an hour ago

Who says Mr Trump is unpredictable? Is there anybody expected anything else from Mr Trump when it comes to picking his advisers or making thoughtful decisions? Let's be serious, Mr Trump did not pick Mr Robert O'Brien. The Bolton, Pompeo, Pence triumvirate picked Trump's NSA; naturally.

[Sep 18, 2019] Looks like the US> empire's best strategists reached the limits of their geostrategic talent playing the board game Risk

Notable quotes:
"... Henry Kissenger, Zibigniew Brezinski, James Baker, etc. what a crock! oh yeah, almost forgot about that other duped asshat... ..."
Sep 18, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

john , Sep 18 2019 12:46 utc | 125

William Gruff says:

To maintain this fiction they must overlook the fact that their empire's best strategists reached the limits of their geostrategic talent playing the board game Risk

hahaha, yeah, a million laughs...all of that brilliant geopolitical strategizing from starched suits bending our ears for the last how many decades turns out to be so much deluded horseshit. Henry Kissenger, Zibigniew Brezinski, James Baker, etc. what a crock! oh yeah, almost forgot about that other duped asshat...Oded Yinon.

[Sep 18, 2019] Jerry Nadler is aiming to become the Rachael Maddow of Adam Schiffs

Humor aside Corey Lewandowski Opening statement deserves to be listened. Just 5 min.
This was obviously a Dog & Pony show by Nadler and his gang who can't shoot strait
Sep 18, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Seminole Nation , 5 hours ago

"Jerry Nadler is aiming to become the Rachael Maddow of Adam Schiffs" – Dan Bongino (3-24-19)

Gilbert Perea , 9 hours ago

You have to laugh , I wonder if Mr. Cowen has a chicken wing in his jacket pocket.

RIC shady , 7 hours ago

"The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all." - Valery Legasov, Soviet chemist

ZENIGMATV , 3 hours ago

Nadler:Corey what time is it? Corey :It's 2pm. Nadler: The clock shows 1:59 . Charge Corey for lying to Congress! All a gotcha game by a group of angry haters.

ZENIGMATV , 3 hours ago

Nadler:Corey what time is it? Corey :It's 2pm. Nadler: The clock shows 1:59 . Charge Corey for lying to Congress! All a gotcha game by a group of angry haters.

Jim Carpenter , 6 hours ago

Nadler provides so much comic relief!!!! He is definitely one of my all time favorite oafs.

Forever Joy , 9 hours ago

40 million tax payer dollars wasted...boom! Pathetic, thanks Democrats!

Bobwehada Babyitzaboy , 3 hours ago

3rd time. If that were good for the left they wouldn't shut up about it. This is another witch hunt with attempt to deceive

Dr.Roberto Rodriguez Jr. , 5 hours ago

What a joke. Democratic live in a fantasy world

Ricky Alfaro , 5 hours ago

Corey is toast!

Teresa Upchurch , 8 hours ago

This is obviously a Dog & Pony show by the Nadler nerd group of Demonrats! Can't even follow the House rules. Sickening !!!

[Sep 18, 2019] Notes of Biden performance during the last debate

Sep 13, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org

+ Apparently, Obama and Biden only caged kids who deserved to be caged.

+ Biden continues to lie about his position on the Iraq war and he lies so badly that no one, not even Bernie, bothers to call him on it.

+ Whatever brain-eating disease Biden has seems to be contagious, gnawing inexorably through the gray matter of the other candidates

+ CNN: "Biden had his best debate." Ok, I know I didn't drop acid tonight. Did Wolf Blitzer spike the company water cooler?

+ Really, Baltz ? Biden was incoherent on NATFA, lied about the Iraq war, couldn't describe his health care plan, derided black families, stumbled over his immigration record & went completely loco at the end. Other than that

[Sep 18, 2019] F-35 Fighter as the ritual construction similar to Egyptian pyramids, the Cathedral for MIC.

Sep 18, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org

The Egyptians had pyramids. The Romans had roads, aqueducts, and coliseums. The medieval Europeans had castles and cathedrals. These days, America's pyramids, aqueducts, and cathedrals are those warplanes, among other deadly weapons programs , including a $1.7 trillion one to "modernize" the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

... ... ...

As ephemeral as the F-35 stealth fighter may prove in historical terms, it's already a classic symbol of America's ever more fruitless forever wars . Like them , the F-35 program has proven staggeringly expensive, incredibly wasteful, and impossible to stop, no matter the woeful results . It has come to symbolize the too-big-to-fail, too-sacrosanct-to-reject part of America's militarized culture of technological violence.

... ... ...

Harper's Andrew Cockburn recently used it to illustrate what he termed "the Pentagon Syndrome ," the practice of expending enormous sums on weapons of marginal utility.

[Sep 18, 2019] The groundwork is being laid for expensive new races in intermediate-range missile systems in Europe and Asia, which will likely decrease stability in both regions.

Sep 18, 2019 | nationalinterest.org

Nick Klaus 5 hours ago ,

Now we need to bury the agreement on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and on the ban on nuclear testing!
And the world will be truly safe!

[Sep 17, 2019] Stingray devices near White House with no consequences to Isreal might be a sign of "domesticated intelligence" Can you imagine if Russian devices had been found?

Sep 17, 2019 | www.unz.com

Justvisiting , says: September 17, 2019 at 12:33 pm GMT

@Anonymous At some point when an foreign intelligence service has a critical mass of politicians blackmailed it becomes "domestic intelligence" or "domesticated intelligence". :-)
JoaoAlfaiate , says: September 17, 2019 at 11:09 am GMT
It's amazing how little coverage this story got. Can you imagine if Russian devices had been found? It would be on CNN, etc. hour after hour and they'd be interviewing Nancy Pelosi non stop.
sally , says: September 17, 2019 at 12:19 pm GMT
@Cloak And Dagger I think you are correct there maybe many Americans in the USA.. It may take the few Americans who have been allowed to see the big picture at the USA

[Sep 15, 2019] Democracy is an idea with potential. The USA should try it one day !

Sep 15, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Unfortunately, Joe neoliberal Biden does not qualify. He wants to serve only the rich.

Gratified to read the phrase "carrying capacity" in a political discussion. One of the central drivers of elite power and asset hoarding is the perception of scarcity and the compulsion to ration (i.e. cut-off supplies of "nice things" to the proles and dusky-hued people).

[Sep 14, 2019] Our pundit class view that universal Medicare will require a tax increase and the ability to stay alive without a brain have something in common

Sep 14, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

anne , September 14, 2019 at 12:38 PM

http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/health-care-premiums-and-taxes

September 14, 2019

Health Care Premiums and Taxes
By Dean Baker

There's an old joke about a lawyer who is questioning a doctor on an autopsy they had done on someone who was allegedly a murder victim.

The lawyer asked the doctor, "did you check whether the patient was breathing?"

The doctor answers "no."

The lawyer then asks "did you check whether the patient had a pulse?"

The doctor again answers "no."

The lawyer then asks, "so how did you know that the patient was dead," to which the doctor responds, "because his brains were sitting in a jar on my desk."

The lawyer then triumphantly asks, "so he could have still been alive?" To which the doctor responds, "I suppose he could have been practicing law somewhere."

Our doctor may want to amend their answer to allow for the possibility that the patient could be a political pundit for a leading news outlet.

Our pundit class have to decided to make a crusade out of forcing Senators Warren and Sanders into saying that their proposals for universal Medicare will require a tax increase. Both have repeatedly responded by saying that total costs for the vast majority of people will fall, since Medicare for All will lead to a large reduction in costs by all accounts, because it reduces waste in the health care system.

[Sep 13, 2019] Clowns, AI and layoffs

Sep 13, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Bugs Bunny , September 13, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Clowns should be increasingly used in redundancy (layoff, firing) meetings until it becomes the norm and employers start to compete with each other to offer the best clown redundancy experience and promote it as a benefit.

It would also create clown jobs, which would probably require more clown schools, meaning that the tuition prices would go through the roof and young people dreaming of becoming redundancy clowns would either have to come from wealth or take out massive clown loans to fund their education for clown universities and grad schools. Shareholders can only take so much top line costs and Wall Street pressure would force corporations to improve return on investment and reduce redundancy clown labor expenses. Sadly, redundancy clowns would find themselves training their own replacements – HB1 clowns from "low cost" countries. Employers would respond to quality criticisms of the HB1 clown experience by publishing survey results showing very similar almost ex-employee satisfaction with the new clowns.

Eventually, of course, redundancy clowns will be replaced by AI and robots. It's just the future and we will need to think about how to adapt to it today by putting in place a UBI for the inevitable redundant redundancy clowns.

[Sep 12, 2019] Which countries concluded agreements and treaties with Hitler

Sep 12, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com
Moscow Exile September 4, 2019 at 4:38 am

1933 – Great Britain, France, Italy – four-power pact
1934 – Poland – Hitler-Pilsudski pact
1935 – Great Britain – Anglo-German naval agreement
1936 – Japan – Anti-Comintern pact
1938, September – Great Britain – non-aggression pact
1938, December – France – non-aggression pact
1939, March – Romania – economic agreement
1939, March – Lithuania – non-aggression pact
1939, May – Italy – pact of friendship and alliance
1939, May – Denmark – non-aggression pact
1939, June – Estonia – non-aggression pact
1939, June – Latvia – non-aggression pact
1939, August – USSR – non-aggression pact

Yet everyone only talks about the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Mark Chapman September 4, 2019 at 7:21 am
Well, people talk about Italy – they have to; it was one of the Axis powers, and the allies had to fight it to subdue it. But now Italy is totally rehabilitated and, aside from a certain carelessness with money, a valued friend. Just as Germany itself is totally rehabilitated.

It is only Russia which remains a place of evil, because it will not admit its Stalinist guilt and pay Billions in reparations to the Ukrainians for starving them all to death, and atone as the west demands for its sins. Then it will be broke and helpless but happy.

[Sep 12, 2019] Eloquent bitch slap retort to Esper gibberish by Lavrov

Sep 12, 2019 | www.checkpointasia.net

https://www.checkpointasia.net/lavrov-brilliantly-replies-to-mark-espers-comments-calling-for-russia-to-behave-like-a-normal-country-video/

If it means US-style bombings, coups ,and millions for subterfuge in other countries then Russia will have to remain ''not normal''

[Sep 12, 2019] Bolt. Off.

Sep 12, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

et Al September 10, 2019 at 11:22 am

Bolt. Off.
Mark Chapman September 10, 2019 at 11:37 am
Ha, ha!! Ever the wit.
Jen September 10, 2019 at 9:23 pm
The better moments in John Bolton's career:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/fQ-BOqQw_TQ?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

yalensis September 10, 2019 at 3:22 pm
It's pathetic how Bolton tries to save face (=his walrus face, such as it is) by insisting that he quit instead of being fired. It's that old canard, "You can't fire me 'cause I quit!" [snif sob]
A variant of "You didn't break up with ME, I broke up with YOU!" [snif sob]

[Sep 12, 2019] 'I don't think it will change a whole lot' - Ron Paul on Bolton's resignation

Sep 11, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Published on Sep 11, 2019

Firing National Security Advisor John Bolton gives US President Donald Trump a chance to move foreign policy in a more peaceful direction – as long as he's not replaced with another hawk, former congressman Ron Paul told RT.

[Sep 11, 2019] Is It Now Time To Discuss President Trump's Mental State

Sep 11, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Max Dominate , 1 day ago

Didn't Epstein fund the psychology department at Harvard?

[Sep 11, 2019] Hiring J>ohn Bolton as the National Security Advisor is like hiring Ghislaine Maxwell as a babysitter

Sep 11, 2019 | www.youtube.com

x3nine , 12 hours ago

Why would anyone appoint John Bolton as their National Security Advisor? It's like hiring Ghislaine Maxwell as a babysitter. You know it isn't going to end well.

[Sep 11, 2019] On possible Oleg Smolenkov connection to Steele dossier

Sep 10, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

librul , Sep 10 2019 19:54 utc | 19

Is someone brewing up some fresh Novichok nerve agent as we speak?

Don't touch those doorknobs, Oleg!

for future reference: this post was for amusement purposes only

[Sep 11, 2019] Peacemaker Bolton Quits by Walrus.

Sep 11, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

...Who should the Administration now call on to provide some restraint on the Presidents warlike impulses?

blue peacock , 10 September 2019 at 04:55 PM

How about another peacemaker and lady in waiting for the GOP 2024 nomination - Nimrata "Nikki" Haley. She will immediately call for a Peace & Friendship Treaty with that evil thug Vladimir Putin.
Barbara Ann , 10 September 2019 at 05:26 PM
I'm sure the Administration will give the matter much thought and due deliberation and using the same selection process as before, choose the candidate most highly qualified recommended by the Adelsons. Tell me it ain't so.

Lyttennburgh said... Reply 11 September 2019 at 07:05 AM

Subhān Allāh! Sultan Danuld at-Trumphoon al-Quincy dismissed his wazir Yahya al-Boltoni, for verily it’s said to all Faithful: mustache is Shaitan’s brush. /s

[Sep 11, 2019] Obama And Brennan Burned A Very Useful Spy And Now CNN Outs Him

Sep 11, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Arioch , Sep 10 2019 19:19 utc | 12

> Obama administration .... Russia had stolen .... Democratic National Committee and ..... John Podesta.

So we have to allege that Podesta's laptop between naked underage girls photos had list of CIA secret agents in Russian government? What else did it contain and where did Podesta stole those lists?

[Sep 10, 2019] Being called a narcissist by Jim Comey is akin to being accused of having sex with underage girls by the late Jeffrey Epstein by Larry C Johnsons

Highly recommended!
Sep 04, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Diana C ,

"Being called a narcissist by Jim Comey is akin to being accused of having sex with underage girls by the late Jeffrey Epstein."

As usual, your analogy here is spot on. I'm still giggling.

[Sep 10, 2019] What s wrong with you people ?

Mar 11, 2014 | independentaustralia.net

[Sep 10, 2019] CIA Crushes CNN's Latest Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theory

Sep 10, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

The Gladiator , 1 hour ago link

Tough choice. Who to believe? CNN or CIA.

[Sep 10, 2019] Consistency may be nice, but what about the actual substance of what Bolton believes and does?

Sep 10, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Steve Smith EliteCommInc. 19 hours ago • edited

"I have to think that NSA Bolton actually believes what he advocates."

There are and have been lots of people who believe what they advocate--Lenin, Trotsky, Mao, Robespierre, and the Neoconservatives in general among them.

Yeah, consistency may be nice, but what about the actual substance of what Bolton believes and does?

... ... ...

Sid Finster EliteCommInc. 19 hours ago
"He's consistent and sincere!" in that cause of evil, yes.

Heinrich Himmler also was a. consistent. and sincere. By your logic, that must mean that Himmler was a credit to the Nazi regime.

[Sep 10, 2019] If bombing is/was punishment for use chemical weapons, US would have to keep bombing itself to this day , as punishments for what they did to Vietnam

Sep 10, 2019 | www.unz.com

Paw , says: September 10, 2019 at 3:26 am GMT

If bombing is/was punishment for use chemical weapons , US would have to keep bombing itself to this day , as punishments for what they did to Vietnam ..And elsewhere.

On its own population as well..

[Sep 09, 2019] Will NPR Now Officially Change Its Name to National Propaganda Radio? by Edward Curtin

The main achievement of neoliberal and imperial (warmongering) propaganda in the USA is that it achieved the complete, undisputed dominance in MSM
Pot Calling the Kettle Black: "The Kremlin’s propaganda and disinformation machine is being unleashed via new platforms and continues to grow in Russia and internationally. Russia seeks to destroy the very idea of an objective, verifiable set of facts as it attempts to influence opinions about the United States and its allies. It is not an understatement to say that this new form of combat on the information battlefield may be the fight of the 21st century."
Notable quotes:
"... Back in the 1960s, the CIA official Cord Meyer said the agency needed to "court the compatible left." ..."
"... The CIA therefore secretly worked to influence American and world opinion through the literary and intellectual elites. ..."
"... Then in 1977, Carl Bernstein wrote a long piece for Esquire – “The CIA and the Media” – naming names of journalists and media (The New York Times, CBS, etc.) that worked hand-in-glove with the CIA, propagandizing the American people and the rest of the world. ..."
Sep 08, 2019 | off-guardian.org

Back in the 1960s, the CIA official Cord Meyer said the agency needed to "court the compatible left."

Right-wing and left-wing collaborators were needed to create a powerful propaganda apparatus that would be capable of hypnotizing audiences into believing the myth of American exceptionalism and its divine right to rule the world.

The CIA therefore secretly worked to influence American and world opinion through the literary and intellectual elites.

Frances Stonor Saunders comprehensively covers this in her 1999 book, The Cultural Cold War: The CIA And The World Of Arts And Letters, and Joel Whitney followed this up in 2016 with Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers, with particular emphasis on the complicity between the CIA and the famous literary journal, The Paris Review.

By the mid-1970s, as a result of the Church Committee hearings, it seemed as if the CIA, NSA, FBI, etc. had been caught in flagrante delicto and disgraced, confessed their sins, and resolved to go and sin no more.

Then in 1977, Carl Bernstein wrote a long piece for Esquire – “The CIA and the Media” – naming names of journalists and media (The New York Times, CBS, etc.) that worked hand-in-glove with the CIA, propagandizing the American people and the rest of the world.

It seemed as if all would be hunky-dory now with the bad boys purged from the American “free” press. Seemed to the most naïve, that is, by which I mean the vast numbers of people who wanted to re-stick their heads in the sand and believe, as Ronald Reagan’s team of truthtellers would announce, that it was “Morning in America” again with the free press reigning and the neo-conservatives, many of whom had been “converted” from their leftist views, running things in Washington.

... ... ...

...read Lansing’s July 10, 2019 testimony before the House Appropriations Sub-Committee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs: “United States Efforts to Counter Russian Disinformation and Malign Influence.”

Here is an excerpt:

USAGM provides consistently accurate and compelling journalism that reflects the values of our society: freedom, openness, democracy, and hope. Our guiding principles—enshrined in law—are to provide a reliable, authoritative, and independent source of news that adheres to the strictest standards of journalism…

Russian Disinformation. And make no mistake, we are living through a global explosion of disinformation, state propaganda, and lies generated by multiple authoritarian regimes around the world. The weaponization of information we are seeing today is real. The Russian government and other authoritarian regimes engage in far-reaching malign influence campaigns across national boundaries and language barriers.

The Kremlin’s propaganda and disinformation machine is being unleashed via new platforms and continues to grow in Russia and internationally. Russia seeks to destroy the very idea of an objective, verifiable set of facts as it attempts to influence opinions about the United States and its allies. It is not an understatement to say that this new form of combat on the information battlefield may be the fight of the 21st century.

Then research the history of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Voice of America, Radio and Television Marti, etc. You will be reassured that Lansing’s July testimony was his job interview to head National Propaganda Radio.

Edward Curtin writes, and his writing on varied topics has appeared widely over many years. He writes as a public intellectual for the general public, not as a specialist for a narrow readership. He believes a non-committal sociology is an impossibility and therefore sees all his work as an effort to enhance human freedom through understanding. His website is edwardcurtin.com

[Sep 06, 2019] Putin Trolls Trump

Sep 06, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Jen , Sep 5 2019 22:35 utc | 59

I see Vladimir Putin has added a new victim to his ever-growing list of things, objects and phenomena he weaponises ... the Art of the Deal.

[Sep 04, 2019] Lose a war, gain a restaurant

Sep 04, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

For the geopolitically minded in Washington, the grim quip goes: "Lose a war, gain a restaurant." That's why, according to Yelp, the D.C. area boasts 379 Vietnamese restaurants. Most of them, if not all, were established, of course, after the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, when hundreds of thousands of refugees fled communism and made their way to the U.S.

At the moment, only 30 Afghan restaurants grace D.C. That number will likely soon change -- upward. Why? Because the U.S., after 18 years, is headed towards the exits in Afghanistan, and so there's going to be a refugee influx from that afflicted country.

[Sep 04, 2019] Well, the first thing that came to mind upon reading about Boeing's apparent arrogance overseas - silly, I know - was that Boeing may be counting on some weird Trump sanctions for anyone not cooperating with the big important USian corporation!

Sep 04, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

dus7 , Sep 3 2019 23:53 utc | 32

Well, the first thing that came to mind upon reading about Boeing's apparent arrogance overseas - silly, I know - was that Boeing may be counting on some weird Trump sanctions for anyone not cooperating with the big important USian corporation!

The U.S. has influence on European and many other countries, but it can only be stretched so far, and I would guess messing with Euro/international airline regulators, especially in view of the very real fatal accidents with the 737MAX, would be too far.

[Sep 04, 2019] The Future of the Grand Spectacle which is the USA reality by C.J. Hopkins

Sep 04, 2019 | www.unz.com

If you want a vision of the future, don't imagine "a boot stamping on a human face -- for ever," as Orwell suggested in 1984 . Instead, imagine that human face staring mesmerized into the screen of some kind of nifty futuristic device on which every word, sound, and image has been algorithmically approved for consumption by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ("DARPA") and its "innovation ecosystem" of "academic, corporate, and governmental partners."

The screen of this futuristic device will offer a virtually unlimited range of "non-divisive" and "hate-free" content, none of which will falsify or distort the "truth," or in any way deviate from "reality." Western consumers will finally be free to enjoy an assortment of news, opinion, entertainment, and educational content (like this Guardian podcast about a man who gave birth , or MSNBC's latest bombshell about Donald Trump's secret Russian oligarch backers ) without having their enjoyment totally ruined by discord-sowing alternative journalists like Aaron Maté or satirists like myself.

"Fake news" will not appear on this screen. All the news will be "authentic." DARPA and its partners will see to that. You won't have to worry about being "influenced" by Russians, Nazis, conspiracy theorists, socialists, populists, extremists, or whomever. Such Persons of Malicious Intent will still be able to post their content (because of "freedom of speech" and all that stuff), but they will do so down in the sewers of the Internet where normal consumers won't have to see it. Anyone who ventures down there looking for it (i.e., such "divisive" and "polarizing" content) will be immediately placed on an official DARPA watchlist for "potential extremists," or "potential white supremacists," or "potential Russians."

Once that happens, their lives will be over (i.e., the lives of the potentially extremist fools who have logged onto whatever dark web platform will still be posting essays like this, not the lives of the Persons of Malicious Intent, who never had any lives to begin with, and who by that time will probably be operating out of some heavily armed, off-the-grid compound in Idaho). Their schools, employers, and landlords will be notified. Their photos and addresses will be published online. Anyone who ever said two words to them (or, God help them, appears in a photograph with them) will have 24 hours to publicly denounce them, or be placed on DARPA’s watchlist themselves.

The Alarmist , says: September 4, 2019 at 9:02 am GMT

@El Dato Dude, you watch RT? You may as well go turn yourself in at the local Federal Building.
The Alarmist , says: September 4, 2019 at 9:03 am GMT
I’d laugh, if this was actually satire and not the reality unfolding before our very eyes.

[Sep 04, 2019] What do all those "safe" for DNC candidates have in common?

After turning into the second war party neoliberal Dems do not need to win the elections to get the loot ; they will be royally fed by MIC and Wall Street anyway.
Sep 04, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

nippersmom , , September 3, 2019 at 4:17 pm

" the enduring questions surrounding Biden's age and fitness for office may mean Democrats will lack the "safe" choice they have had in the past, whether the candidate has been former Vice President Al Gore in 2000, former U.S. Senator John Kerry in 2004 or Clinton, the former U.S. senator and secretary of state, in 2008 and 2016."

What do all those "safe" candidates have in common? Oh, that's right- they all lost .

Pat , September 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm

That and they didn't upset the apple carts of the political consultants and the major donors.

Funnily I think the author is missing several 'safe' candidates still in the running, all of whom might secure the nomination on the second ballot depending on who the superdelegate darling is. All of whom would probably be able to uphold that loss record of the safe candidate.

NotTimothyGeithner , September 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm

I didn't click through to read if it was a joke, but I suspect "safe" for Team Blue types means "a candidate who most assuredly won't be criticized by the Republicans."

Al Gore would blunt whining about the deficit. John Kerry was for a "stronger America."

Hillary was so qualified and had faced all arrows including machine gun fire in Serbia. Yep, those moderate Republicans are going to eliminate the need for Team Blue elites to ever have to worry about the poors again.

[Sep 04, 2019] Economists had 'a far greater sense of confidence in their analyses than I have found to be warranted. They were best kept down with the surplus furniture and the rats

Sep 04, 2019 | www.economist.com

"Few economists worked at the Federal Reserve in the early 1950s. Those who were on the staff of America's central bank were relegated to the basement, at a safe remove from the corridors where real decisions were made.

Economists had their uses, allowed William McChesney Martin, then the Fed's chairman. But they also had 'a far greater sense of confidence in their analyses than I have found to be warranted'. They were best kept down with the surplus furniture and the rats." • Indeed!

[Sep 03, 2019] Russiagate as crocodile tears of western propaganda

Highly recommended!
Sep 02, 2019 | www.yahoo.com

Rob, yesterday

So all the fuss about "Russian hacking" was crocodile tears western propaganda.

[Sep 02, 2019] Where is Margaret Thatcher now?

Highly recommended!
Sep 02, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

ambrit , , August 31, 2019 at 11:55 am

Thatcher was an English politico. It is not what she said, but what she did that counts. She is probably down in Dante's Inferno, Ring 8, sub-rings 7-10. (Frauds and false councilors.) See, oh wayward sinners: http://danteworlds.laits.utexas.edu/circle8b.html

The Rev Kev , , September 2, 2019 at 12:37 am

Ring 8, sub-rings 7-10? She will probably find Milton Friedman in the basement there.

ambrit , September 2, 2019 at 7:09 am

Ah, you think that Milton should be at the bottom, eh? Then, I hope that he knows how to ice skate. (He was the worst kind of 'class traitor.' [His parents were small store owner/managers.])

Ring 8 of the Inferno is for 'frauds' of all sorts, sub-rings 7-10 are reserved for Thieves, Deceivers, Schismatics, and Falsifiers. Maggie should feel right at home there.

[Sep 02, 2019] The US went from victory to victory. Really?

Sep 02, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

simpson seers , 45 minutes ago link

'the US went from victory to victory,'.........fake news, fake victories, ..., fake economy, fake politicians, fake history ...

[Sep 02, 2019] Perceptions of Epstein's death: The USA as a conspiracy nation

Sep 02, 2019 | www.unz.com

The only other putative American conspiracy theory I'm aware of where a larger percentage of the public does not believe the official story than does believe it is JFK's assassination .

[Aug 31, 2019] Today I saw my first Biden bumper sticker.

The guy is a walking gaffe machine. And these "gaffes" increasingly fit the pattern seen in folks with mild cognitive impairment.
Aug 31, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Sid Finster 2 days ago

And to think that today I saw my first "Biden" bumper sticker.

It din;t say "vote for Halfwit Joe!" but it should have.

Salt Lick 2 days ago
You will love this, I promise. I got nearly everyone wrong. Biden and Trump are one in the same.
https://www.bloomberg.com/f...
ParkerPolhill 2 days ago
From the full article at the Washington Post:
One big question facing candidates and voters more than 30 years later is whether President Trump's routine falsehoods have changed the standards by which other presidential aspirants, including Biden, should be judged.
Charles Cosimano 2 days ago
As the old song went, "That's Uncle Joe, he'sa moving kinda slow..."

And he's the best they've got!

[Aug 31, 2019] Oh no, wait

Aug 31, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Sergeant Prepper 2 days ago

> "A four-star general had asked the then-vice president to travel to Kunar province in Afghanistan, a dangerous foray into "godforsaken country"..."

In the version I heard, Biden's helicopter landed under sniper fire, and he had to dodge bullets as he ran for cover. Oh no, wait, that was Hillary, in Bosnia.

One longs for the days when American presidential candidates had actually fought in major wars, but did not talk much about it.

[Aug 31, 2019] There is an important difference between McCabe and regular folk: Try that defense the next time you're pulled over "officer I didn't intend to speed" Im sure it will work."

Aug 31, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Freespeaker , 8 minutes ago link

When an FBI guy lies they call it "lack of candor". When someone else does they call it "lying to the FBI".

Harry Lightning , 32 minutes ago link

"Try that defense the next time you're pulled over "officer I didn't intend to speed" Im sure it will work."

A meeen, isn't that the truth !Jus say

James TraffiCan't , 3 hours ago link

" question: If Andrew McCabe's name were Michael Flynn, how much mercy could he expect from, say, Andrew Weissmann?

[Aug 29, 2019] A hell of a pitch!

Notable quotes:
"... "Joe Biden: It Would Be an Insult to My Dead Son for Everyone to Have Healthcare" [ Vice ]. ..."
Aug 29, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Biden (D)(2):

"Joe Biden: It Would Be an Insult to My Dead Son for Everyone to Have Healthcare" [ Vice ].

A Biden ad:

"In all, the ad is saying that healthcare is personal to Joe Biden because his son died; that as a father, he believes the best and most legitimate way to honor his dead son's legacy would be to implement further incremental regulatory reform, along the lines of what Barack Obama did; and that people who disagree and think that radical reform is necessary -- among them, presumably, the 80 percent or so of Democrats who say it's important to nominate a presidential candidate who supports Medicare for All -- are dishonoring his son's legacy. A hell of a pitch!"

[Aug 28, 2019] Russiagate: It really is that simple

How are "Russian Oligarchs" different than "American Oligarchs" who bought Trump? Inquiring minds want to know :)
Notable quotes:
"... The mass media is desperate to propagate a fake narrative, they keep making "mistakes." Over and over. For 3 freakin years. ..."
Aug 28, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Mike Krieger summed the farce up best:

Michael Krieger

@LibertyBlitz

Replying to @LibertyBlitz

The mass media is desperate to propagate a fake narrative, they keep making "mistakes." Over and over. For 3 freakin years. It really is that simple.

[Aug 28, 2019] https://www.wispolitics.com/2019/u-s-sen-johnson-comments-on-russia-visa-denial/

Aug 28, 2019 | www.wispolitics.com

Instead of holding free and fair elections, respecting the rule of law, and integrating Russia's economy with Western democracies, Putin has invaded Georgia, attempted to illegally annex Crimea, conducted war in eastern Ukraine where thousands have died, and supported a barbaric regime in Syria that has used chemical weapons on its own people in a war that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands," said Sen. Johnson.

Russian officials .... denied me entrance to Russia. Regardless of this petty affront, I will continue to advocate a strong and resolute response to Russian aggression.

~~~~~~~~~~~

Indeed, where else can such a noble person fight Russian Aggression than in the grimmest den of Moscow!
Indeed, who do those Russian subhumans think they are denying their massa the privilege to enter the country he is not citizen of!

BTW, Russian MoFa denied he even asked for visa, to start with.

Indeed, how dared Russian aborigines fail to read massa's mind and rush to implement his unspoken wishes before he moved his tongue.

The cherr yfor that pie comes form AP though: An email to the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., inquiring about the denial bounced back as undeliverable Monday. No one immediately responded to another email sent to a different address for the embassy. Calls to the building couldn't connect.

Wow, what an affront indeed!

Posted by: Arioch | Aug 27 2019 14:58 utc | 168

[Aug 28, 2019] I think Costanza rule applies to Trump Iran declarations: Whatever they say, truth is opposite.

Aug 28, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

jared , Aug 26 2019 16:30 utc | 111

Sorry for posting links, but I think these are interesting re. recent post on MoA.

Trump cited "good feelings" about Iran...

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-26/macron-trump-suggest-direct-meeting-irans-rouhani-could-happen-weeks

I think Costanza rule applies: Whatever they say, truth is opposite.

[Aug 26, 2019] If the USA to be dissolved, then lawyers should be barred from legislative branch, as being a conflict of interest, and they having an excessive bias in favor of laws that lead to a lot of litigating

Aug 26, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Ted Gale 4 days ago

As far as breaking up America, the there is a less drastic alternative, one that could let California be California, Kentucky be Kentucky, and Vermont be Denmark (or Andorra, or whatever else it wants to be).

What if we had a union of sovereign states, with a federal government exercising specific enumerated powers? In addition, we could have a separation of powers within the federal government. There would be a legislative branch, with a house representing the interests of the states as such and another directly representing the people. There could be an executive branch that saw that laws passed by the legislature were duly and faithfully executed, and a system of courts for the adjudication of disputes under the laws as written by the legislative branch.

Each branch of the government, being jealous of its powers, would act as a "check" or a "balance" against the others.

And the states, being guardians of their responsibilities, would prevent the national government from becoming overweening. There would of course be factions--its inevitable. But the competition between factions would prevent any one from dominating.

And, above all, the exercise of the franchise by a responsible, informed and virtuous citizenry would correct abuses. It could be a great . . .

. . . oh . . . wait . . . Hmmm . . . never mind.

jfmoris110 Ted Gale 4 days ago
I think a small tweak might be enough to avoid future corruption: Lawyers should be barred from legislative branch, as being a conflict of interest, and they having an excessive bias in favor of laws that lead to a lot of litigating - which is disastrous for anyone other than lawyers. And their adversarial "ethics" are a corrupting inffuence, too. And the new constitution should explicitly prohibit the courts from making law by deciding on the constitutionality of laws - just run the dam courts.

[Aug 26, 2019] Bush metamorphose of the USA

Aug 26, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Cascade Joe 4 days ago

Well, it has come to pass. Bush 43 wanted to remake Iraq in the USA's image. Looks like he ended up making the USA in Iraq's image.

[Aug 26, 2019] For those who do not like the US imperialism or national neoliberalism -- the easiest decision is to move. By where?

Notable quotes:
"... Better than that, I moved to the oppressive country against which we rebelled in 1776. ..."
Aug 26, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

kingdomofgodflag.info Magik13 3 days ago • edited

"Move to Russia if you dont like the United States or our government because we are not giving up even a single inch."

Better than that, I moved to the oppressive country against which we rebelled in 1776.

[Aug 26, 2019] A Modest Proposal: Forget Annexing Greenland, Start Breaking Up America by Doug Bandow

Aug 26, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

... ... ...

While the Examiner lauds the possibility of Greenland's "inhabitants joining our national family," they might not have the same desire to be ruled by the imperial city of Washington, D.C. Can't say I blame them. America remains exceptional in many ways, but it's ruled by an abusive, hypocritical, irresponsible, sanctimonious, and incompetent elite -- at best legal guardians, not parents -- living far distant and with only minimal concern for the "family's" welfare.

Power is increasingly concentrated in Washington. The federal government exercises ever more authority over ever more aspects of Americans' lives. Interest group politics has grown more feverish and vicious. In recent years the U.S. has even been moving in the wrong direction on economic liberty. Although it remains ahead of Denmark on the Economic Freedom of the World ratings, on the similar Index of Economic Freedom, Denmark is just one position and a fraction of a point behind America. Most of the Scandinavian countries are redistributionist rather than socialist, and employ less intrusive regulation than the U.S.

People have long been concocting new schemes to expand the American Empire. In the early days, Washington conquered nearby territories; then it acquired more distant possessions. These days, outright aggression is frowned upon, so expansionists must be more nuanced. For instance, before the possibility of Canada dissolving was mooted, even Patrick Buchanan, who had long argued against America's warfare state, listed the seceding pieces Washington should snag.

However, the U.S. already is too big. With nearly 330 million people, there is no "national family." California is a fabulous place, but a majority of its citizens want to base policy on dirigiste economics and identity politics. Why not let them go their own way, rather than whine when the Electoral College prevents them from imposing their self-absorbed fantasies on everyone else?

Equally caustic judgments could be made against other sections of America, such as the South, Rust Belt, and New England. Books have been written about breaking the U.S. into pieces. In this case, secession, or "separation," would have nothing to do with race and slavery. Rather it would be about community, commitment, family, communication, unity, compassion, responsibility, humanity, and scale. Americans from everywhere should live in peace. But there is no reason why everyone needs to be forced into the same massive political aggregation, with one faction or another constantly attempting to seize control of the whole.

Thinking creatively could yield additional benefits. Why not sell off California to the highest bidder? That could raise a good chunk of money to pay down the national debt. Put Hawaii on the market. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, or perhaps some Russian or Middle Eastern billionaire might make it worth Americans' while to yield the Pacific paradise. If not Hawaii, then perhaps American Samoa and the Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Islands.

The Midwest, with its big agricultural production, would be in high demand. China might pay a hefty price -- after all, it has a lot of people to feed! There might even be a market for progressive enclaves: San Francisco, Austin, Madison, New York City, Atlanta, and more. Bundle them together and see what the market will bear. Maybe a British government under Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn would make an offer. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire America's commanding heights of left-progressivism.

Another alternative would be to have U.S. communities go the way of Greenland -- that is, become autonomous territories under Danish control. For example, Springfield, Virginia, where I live, could offer to sell to Denmark. No more being forced to support the American imperium.

What is not to like about Greenland's situation? Once an active, militaristic, and colonial power, Denmark has left those days behind. Now it is a small, inoffensive, constitutional monarchy. It survived World War II and protected its Jewish population. It's a small, human-sized country, with fewer than six million people; it's wealthy, democratic, and, according to a UN survey, for what that's worth, the world's happiest place.

Perhaps most important, the Danish military has only about 27,000 people in uniform. New York City alone has 36,000 police officers. That means Denmark really can't wander the globe bombing, invading, and occupying other nations, unlike Washington, which seems to believe Americans cannot be happy unless they're at war.

Denmark exercised exceptionally good judgment by remaining neutral in World War I, perhaps the stupidest modern war with the greatest long-term consequences. In contrast, America, led by the sanctimonious megalomaniac Woodrow Wilson, voluntarily, even enthusiastically, entered that conflict. World War I brought forth communism, fascism, Nazism, and World War II. Had Washington stayed out, a compromise peace was most likely; the result would have been unsatisfying, but far better for humankind. Denmark's perspective was the right one, and American policymakers were wrong.

President Trump should leave Greenland alone. It isn't Denmark's to sell and it isn't in America's interest to buy. This nation's problems have resulted not from a lack of territory, but from its transformation from a democratic republic to a global imperium. No wonder Mute Bourup Egede, who heads a Greenland independence party, observed: "America will always have an interest in Greenland. Our country will always be ours." As it should be.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and the author of Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire .

[Aug 26, 2019] I m Not Going Nuts Biden Swears He s Sane Amid Senior Moments And Gaffes Galore

Aug 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

consider me gone , 14 minutes ago link

Rarely does the news make me laugh out loud but thank you Joe Biden: I'm Not Going Nuts - Vote Biden 2020. His presidency would be even funnier than Trumps and that is really saying something.

heavens-door , 19 minutes ago link

What are the odds? We have another stable genius running for president

[Aug 26, 2019] I can't help thinking that the Chinese would appreciate the irony that post Brexit they may be able to force the British to buy their surplus opiates, sorry 'fentanyl' as part of any trade deal.

Aug 26, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

PlutoniumKun , August 26, 2019 at 7:54 am

On August 2, Trump said Xi had welshed on his promise to halt fentanyl shipments. China objected, saying it had made "unprecedented efforts" and the US was to blame for its opioid crisis. On August 21, the US sanctioned three Chinese individuals it depicted as drug kingpins, eliciting more unhappy noises from China.

I can't help thinking that the Chinese would appreciate the irony that post Brexit they may be able to force the British to buy their surplus opiates, sorry 'fentanyl' as part of any trade deal.

[Aug 26, 2019] Israel: Love it or leave America

Aug 25, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

gjohnsit on Sun, 08/25/2019 - 10:23pm

Sounds fine to me. I've seen it work on Sharknado

@movie buff
Double-standards

Trump spoke to reporters as he departed from the White House in Washington and answered questions about his comments made the day before, which were widely condemned as employing anti-Semitic tropes of dual loyalty.

"If you vote for a Democrat, you're being disloyal to Jewish people and you're being very disloyal to Israel," Trump told US media. "Only weak people would say other than that."

He also said he hadn't heard of anyone calling his remarks from Tuesday anti-Semitic.

...

Omar herself caused uproar in March when she suggested that Israel's supporters wanted American lawmakers to pledge "allegiance" to a foreign country.

Omar was criticized by some as anti-Semitic, and her remarks was said to have revived a trope of dual Jewish loyalties. At the time, Trump called on her to resign from the House or at least quit her post on the Foreign Affairs Committee over her comments.

American Jewish leaders have condemned Trump over his Tuesday remarks.

[Aug 26, 2019] On a lighter note can you image Trump vs Biden debate.

Notable quotes:
"... Can you imagine the epic word salad that would be a Trump/Biden debate? It would make Lewis Carroll look like Strunk & White. ..."
Aug 26, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

movie buff on Sun, 08/25/2019 - 9:08pm

On a lighter note

Can you imagine the epic word salad that would be a Trump/Biden debate? It would make Lewis Carroll look like Strunk & White.

[Aug 25, 2019] The blow against Chinese fentanyl is spot on

Aug 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Piotr Berman , Aug 24 2019 21:19 utc | 21

The blow against Chinese fentanyl is spot on. Why should Americans consume Chinese fentanyl when they could use domestic meth, aiding industry that was thriving until recently

... ... ...

[Aug 25, 2019] Who fight whom in Aphganistan

Aug 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

There are no Afghan peace negotiations. There are peace negotiations between the U.S. and the (U.S. created) Taliban who will continue to fight against the (U.S. installed) government even while the U.S. wants the Taliban to fight the (U.S. installed) ISIS in Afghanistan. Robert Fisk: A century after the Anglo-Afghan peace treaty, the Fourth Afghan War is about to escalate - Independent

[Aug 25, 2019] Trump China policy is stupidity or what ?

"It has become harder than ever to claim that there must be some method to Trump's madness. The story line used to be that he couldn't have come as far as he has by being stupid; and therefore that what looks like stupidity run riot is actually cleverness in disguise."
Aug 25, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org

Newsflash: Trump is as stupid as he seems, maybe even stupider, and he got as far as he has thanks to his father's money and political juice, and to the largesse of some of the sleaziest crooks on the face of the earth. It used to be possible to say of those who thought otherwise that they were merely willfully blind. The kindest thing to say about them now is that they are stark raving mad.

All Trump's flailing about does is cultivate uncertainty, discouraging business investment while encouraging market volatility. This is the standard, timeworn recipe for bringing on long overdue, far-reaching economic downturns.

Ultimately, though, it is up to the gods whose playthings we are to determine when the proverbial shit will hit the fan. Those gods are mean bitches and sons of bitches and, lately they have been especially unkind.

Setting Trump loose upon the world was mischievous and cruel. Turning the less odious duopoly party over to Clintonites -- neoliberals, liberal imperialists, unreconstructed corporate stooges – was wicked and heartless as well.

[Aug 25, 2019] The official narrative of billionaire accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's death shifted faster than a New York subway rider when a homeless guy plops down next to them on a hot day

Aug 25, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org

The official narrative of billionaire accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's death shifted faster than a New York subway rider when a homeless guy plops down next to them on a hot day.

  1. First they said Epstein had been on suicide watch, then that he hadn't.
  2. Prisons are full of cameras yet there's still no video of Epstein's death.
  3. Then, suicide watch or not, they claimed he'd been checked on every 30 minutes. Then more like every three hours.
  4. The medical examiner said his injuries were consistent with strangulation by a second person but then thought better of it and ruled Epstein's convenient demise a suicide.

[Aug 25, 2019] Supposed talk between Bill Clinton and Netanyahu

Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Sean O'Farrell , says: August 24, 2019 at 6:56 am GMT

Netanyahu: "Bill, can I have a word with you?"

Clinton: "Sure, Bibi, what's up?"

Netanyahu: "Listen, I've got a bit of bad news. A tape recording has recently surfaced of you and Monica having phone sex. The good news is that one of my most trusted lieutenants has tracked it down. He assures me that he has the original tape and that there are no known copies. No one else knows about the tape but my lieutenant and me. Of course, I ordered him to destroy the tape and to never speak of it again. It will be like it never even happened. All that remains is our friendship."

Clinton: "Thank you, Bibi. Your friendship means the world to me."

Netanyahu: "I know, Bill. I feel the same way about you."

[Aug 25, 2019] Trump and the value of the 90 days probation period for any newly elected President

Aug 25, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

youshallnotkill , 2 hours ago link

The markets love nothing more than uncertainty. Anybody who says otherwise is spreading fake news. /s

Serious question: Is he shorting the market? Nobody can be this dumb or demented.

free corn , 2 hours ago link

Never underestimate a comedian!

steverino999 , 2 hours ago link

It's just too bad being elected President doesn't come with a 90-day probationary period that many employers use, because if they did Mike Pence would be considering a 2nd Term run right now.........

[Aug 24, 2019] Why not?

Aug 24, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Zhu , August 23, 2019 at 02:49

We Americans kill on an industrial scale; why wouldn't we F* ** on an industrial scale too? And the victims are all poor people.

[Aug 24, 2019] Imagine:

Aug 24, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Jeff W , August 23, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Thanks. Imagine:

Warren: Throw 'em in jail! Let's not make crime pay!
Crowd: Make crime pay! Make crime pay!

Warren: Power to regular "folks," not power to the oligarchs!
Crowd: Power to the oligarchs! Power to the oligarchs!

It's like some scene from Life of Brian .

Warren, who is invariably a bit tone-deaf to these things, would probably never even notice. And the crowd would be having a blast.

[Aug 24, 2019] Rachel Maddow, where are you?

Now there's something that could actually make the Mueller Report look legitimate.
Aug 24, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

anon in so cal , August 23, 2019 at 6:38 pm

Putin derangement syndrome:

"Putin's most innovative, and dangerous, weapon. The dogs will be handed out to Democrats on election night, suppressing the vote and guaranteeing a second Trump term. Rachel Maddow, where are you?"

https://twitter.com/RealScottRitter/status/1164939107610570752?s=20

hunkerdown , August 23, 2019 at 7:28 pm

It's Bull Connor redux, but nicer and more intersectional.

[Aug 23, 2019] Anti-China Cult Gets U.S. Government Money - Runs Large Pro-Trump Ad Campaign own rapidly growing newspaper

Aug 23, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Stephen Johnson , Aug 21 2019 20:15 utc | 6

Heh, I regularly get the Epoch times as bird cage liner, since it's free. Glancing at the articles and editorials, it is indeed a deeply weird publication. By preference, I get the Chinese language version- the birds don't mind and I get less of the crazy talk, since I can't read Chinese- though some of the pictures are pretty funky in there own right. Not as fun as Chick tracts, but an interesting read, if crazy is your thing

[Aug 23, 2019] Modern' comedians as the Court Jesters

Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

ambrit , , August 23, 2019 at 11:20 am

True. The function of the Court Jester was supposedly to speak truth to the sovereign and court in non confrontational ways. 'Modern' comedians fulfill the same function today.

sierra7 , August 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm

I keep telling my "TV" friends that the late nite comedy shows are just for poking fun at the serious issues that are mortifying our country. "Trivializing" the serious. Nothing more.

[Aug 23, 2019] I believe being oblivious is the main qualification for being a successful mainstream economist.

Notable quotes:
"... I believe being oblivious is the main qualification for being a successful mainstream economist. ..."
Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Skip Intro , , August 23, 2019 at 2:29 pm

I believe being oblivious is the main qualification for being a successful mainstream economist.

[Aug 23, 2019] Poorly targeted is in reality "richly targeted" under neoliberalism

Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Samuel Conner , August 23, 2019 at 7:30 am

"Government set to inject more than $1 Trillion into US economy this year, but poorly targeted and still isn't enough to improve the lives of most people".

fixed it.

Elspeth , August 23, 2019 at 11:16 am

"poorly targeted", no no my friend it's benefiting the ususally suspects.

Synoia , August 23, 2019 at 11:23 am

"richly targeted" would be most accurate.

[Aug 23, 2019] Is nonsense economic throes promoted by NYT a deliberate policy or are they really ignorant ?

Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

templar555510 , August 23, 2019 at 8:41 am

Spot-on . Whenever I read this nonsense in the NYT or elsewhere I always ask myself the same question ' Is this deliberate or are they really ignorant ? ' . I suspect the latter, but I could be wrong.

MichaelSF , August 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm

There's no reason it can't be both.

[Aug 23, 2019] Austerity is Prosperity

Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Ian Perkins , August 23, 2019 at 10:57 am

"War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength." And if Orwell were still around, perhaps he would add: Austerity is Prosperity.

Synoia , August 23, 2019 at 11:24 am

Warriors are Peacekeepers

[Aug 23, 2019] Checkmate, liberals

Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Dr. James Rustler , August 23, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Excuse me, how can the deficit be increasing [with Trump tax cuts]?

I was told that a simple bell curve graph called the 'Laffer Curve' indicates that cutting taxes increases growth which increases revenue. Its simply mathematics.

Checkmate, liberals

[Aug 23, 2019] I remember when Qaddafi was murdered and Libya fell. Within the first day or two a central bank was set up in Libya. And look how well that is working out for them.

Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

The Rev Kev , August 23, 2019 at 7:06 pm

Well, Lawrence H. Summers is right to worry when he says "Can central banking as we know it be the primary tool of macroeconomic stabilization in the industrial world over the next decade?"

I remember when Qaddafi was murdered and Libya fell. Within the first day or two a central bank was set up in Libya. And look how well that is working out for them.

[Aug 23, 2019] Investment advice from Wall Street for workers and their 401k just before the Great Recession: "Don't worry about the price. Invest now as much as you can. You can't predict the market "

Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Summer , August 23, 2019 at 7:32 pm

"It sure is weird that the labor market is the only place where the magic of the marketplace -- price! -- doesn't work."

I also hear weirdness about price considerations when I read investment advice for workers and their 401ks.
"Don't worry about the price. Invest now as much as you can. You can't predict the market "
(Looks down at Twitter feed).

[Aug 23, 2019] One can hope that Larry Summers will eventually convert to MMT, especially if he get a stipend for that

Aug 23, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Samuel Conner , August 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm

One can hope that Larry S will eventually convert to MMT, but I intuit that if that does happen, it will only be on his deathbed.

Synoia , August 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm

Or when receiving a huge stipend from a MMT adherent.

a different chris , August 23, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Haha so right and we mistakenly claim that economists don't know how the real economy works. They know, and part of that knowledge is that you need to shill the BS for those with the money if you wanna get your own piece of said pie.

[Aug 22, 2019] What have the Romans ever done for us that we launched a color revolution in Rome

Aug 22, 2019 | www.unz.com

Biff , says: August 22, 2019 at 3:58 am GMT

@lysias

Roman elites started to attack each other in 133 B.C., and the civil wars lasted a century. The Roman Empire survived several centuries after that.

" What have the Romans ever done for us?!"

[Aug 21, 2019] Manufacturing Mass Fascism Hysteria by C.J. Hopkins

Aug 21, 2019 | www.unz.com

If the neoliberal ruling classes expect to keep the American masses worked up into a white-eyed hysteria over "fascism" until November 2020, they're going to need to get some better Nazis. The current Nazis are just not going to cut it. They are neither scary nor Nazi enough. OK, the militia ones look kind of scary, and that "Based Spartan" guy looks kind of uh, weird, but most of them just look like regular old rednecks. How hard would it be to get them some brown shirts, or those khaki pants like they wore in Charlottesville, or some other type of Nazi-like uniform?

And some jackboots. People love those jackboots.

Seriously, the Resistance need to get their official narrative optics in order, and they need to do it without delay. Millions of liberals are standing by to be brainwashed into a year-long frenzy of manufactured mass "fascism" hysteria, but they are going to need some halfway convincing Nazis to spastically freak out over. A few hundred bozos in MAGA hats parading around with American flags does not exactly a Sturmabteilung make.

[Aug 21, 2019] Kamala Harris is militantly progressive

Aug 21, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Tom Stone , August 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Kamala Harris is militantly progressive

I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.

[Aug 20, 2019] Trump as the perfect president

Aug 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

Mulegino1 , says: August 20, 2019 at 1:31 pm GMT

Trump is like the old story of the bottle of whiskey which the southern planter gave to his slave as a present. When the planter asked the slave what he thought of the whiskey, the slave replied, "perfect." The planter then asked the slave what he meant by saying the whiskey was perfect.

The slave said, "if it was any better, you wouldn't have given it to me, and if it was any worse, I couldn't have drunk it."

That is Trump in a nutshell. He is certainly a "perfect" president, as he is palatable to both the Zionists and the kosher conservatives who are, at present, not attempting to accelerate the collapse of Euro-Christian heritage America, and totally odious to those who are attempting to do so.

Trump is no great statesman, as he has a very limited perspicacity in a world historical context. His only virtue is that he is not his Democratic rivals. The bar of American politics is set abysmally low in any case.

[Aug 20, 2019] BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!! OR...

Aug 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

War for Blair Mountain , says: August 20, 2019 at 12:59 pm GMT

BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!!

or

1)Draft the Chickenhawk-Warhawk Coward Sean Hannity into the US Army Combat Engineer .Sean gets to do IED locating and defusing duty

2) Draft every White Male sitting in every SEC Football Stadium this fall screaming:"WHAT A STUD TYRONE!!!" No Draft deferments ..US Army .Combat Engineer duty locating and defusing road IEDs in Afghanistan .

3) Draft the homosexual PEDERAST writers for The Nation Review Into the US Army Combat Engineer duty searching for locating defusing .road IEDs in Afghanistan

Sean Hannity .YOU YELLOW-BELLIED GD COWARD!!!!

[Aug 20, 2019] Something about Trump impeachment

Aug 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

Bill Jones , says: August 20, 2019 at 12:11 pm GMT

Ah, Phillip, You know damn well that starting wars is one thing that guarantees no impeachment ;-). Israel is the other.

[Aug 20, 2019] Something about Zionism

Aug 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

Paul , says: August 20, 2019 at 3:49 pm GMT

Why do the Zionists need Palestine? They already have Brooklyn.

[Aug 20, 2019] John McAfee on Twitter: I was stunned by Epstein s suicide, though probably not as much as Epstein himself.

Aug 11, 2019 | twitter.com

John McAfee ‏ 8:02 AM - 10 Aug 2019

I was stunned by Epstein's suicide, though probably not as much as Epstein himself.

[Aug 19, 2019] Now where can I find l'air du Novichoque ? This could ultimately shorten my Christmas shopping list the next year

These idiots just keep digging themselves deeper and deeper into that hole they're in. It's almost embarrassing, even if I didn't wish them the worst.
Aug 19, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

[Aug 19, 2019] In both Yemen and Syria, the War Party has found an ally that they can get behind, you know, one that really supports our values: al-Qaeda.

Aug 19, 2019 | original.antiwar.com

In both Yemen and Syria, the War Party has found an ally that they can get behind, you know, one that really supports our values: al-Qaeda. From time to time they have even managed to get President Trump to go along with this nonsense – presumably due to the baleful influence of John Bolton.

[Aug 18, 2019] Leaked FBI interview of one of the guards.

Aug 18, 2019 | off-guardian.org

Badger Down

Comparing Epstein with Jacob Rubenstein's murder of Lee Harvey Oswald is sheer antisemitism.
Tim Jenkins
Chuckle, still no mention of the Brothers Awan, so if we're gonna' indulge in distraction @TheZBlog . . .

Leaked FBI interview of one of the guards.

FBI: Where were you when you discovered Epstein was dead?

Guard #1: I was in his cell.

FBI: Before that. Before you knew he was dead.

Guard #1: I was in his cell strangling him.

FBI: I see. How about you, where were you?

Guard #2: I was making sure the camera was off.

FBI: Are you sure it was off?

Guard #2: Oh yeah, it was unplugged.

FBI: OK, well, I think we need to work on this story a bit more, but otherwise, good job fellas.

[Aug 18, 2019] Trump's main achievement in the office

Notable quotes:
"... Trump has made even doofus Uncle Joe Biden look like a viable alternative. ..."
Aug 18, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com
Hell, Trump has made even doofus Uncle Joe Biden look like a viable alternative. Sad!

[Aug 17, 2019] Putin-Trump Derangement Syndrome (PTDS)

Highly recommended!
Aug 17, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

ewmayer , July 31, 2018 at 6:05 pm

"Somebody called it Trump derangement syndrome."

I believe that the full and proper name of the psychiatric disorder in question is Putin-Trump Derangement Syndrome [PTDS].

Symptoms include:

[Aug 17, 2019] The FBI, like the Titanic, is in trouble

Aug 17, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

FBI Director Christopher Wray reminds me of one of the workers in the bowels of the Titanic who was furiously shoveling coal into the doomed boilers of the sinking ship.

The FBI, like the Titanic, is in trouble.

[Aug 17, 2019] Unleashing country-wide epidemic of Russophenia and anti-Russian hysteria as well as stifling debate regarding the US policy toward a nation armed with thousands of nuclear weapons might be not such a huge folly as some think

Aug 17, 2019 | nationalinterest.org

RAP999 2 years ago ,

Look at the bright side. If the Russkies nuke Washington and NYC think how much better off the rest of the country will be.

[Aug 17, 2019] On the availblity of survellance camera at time of Epstein suicide

Aug 17, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Marko , August 14, 2019 at 20:10

Too bad Epstein wasn't on Lolita Island when he committed suicide. At least then there would be a video of the event.

[Aug 17, 2019] Note on immigration

Aug 17, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

RC (Ron) Weakley said in reply to RC (Ron) Weakley... , August 05, 2019 at 12:56 PM

The Cherokees wish they had stopped immigration five centuries ago.

[Aug 16, 2019] Good to know

Aug 16, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

Joe Wallace , August 14, 2019 at 01:46

"Allegations unsupported by facts, gross or misleading factual errors and ad hominem attacks, and abusive language toward other commenters or our writers will be removed."

Good to know the president can't sully the site with his comments.

[Aug 16, 2019] On the superior quality of US propaganda

Aug 16, 2019 | off-guardian.org

The story goes like this: sometime during the height of the Cold War a group of American journalists were hosting a visit to the U.S. of some of their Soviet counterparts.

After allowing their visitors some time to soak up the media zeitgeist stateside, most of the Americans expected their guests to express unbridled envy at the professional liberties they enjoyed in the Land of the Free Press.

One of the Russian scribes was indeed compelled to express his unabashed 'admiration' to his hosts in particular, for the "far superior quality" of American "propaganda". Now it's fair to say his hosts were taken aback by what was at best a backhanded compliment.

After some collegial 'piss-taking' about the stereotypes associated with Western "press freedom" versus those of the controlled media in the Soviet system, one of the Americans called on their Russian colleague to explain what he meant. In fractured English, he replied with the following:

It's very simple. In Soviet Union, we don't believe our propaganda. In America, you actually believe yours!"

[Aug 16, 2019] Another definition of chutzpah?

Aug 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

When somebody smashes you in the face and breaks his hand

And sues you for his medical expenses.

[Aug 16, 2019] Maybe James Bond, did the deed, to save Prince Andrew?

Aug 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

Art , says: August 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm GMT

@Twodees Partain

"(Maybe James Bond, did the deed, to save Prince Andrew?)"

Yep. Good one. M assigned it a priority order, for sure.

Ya – they got 007 out of retirement to save the honor of the Queen. Her issue, Randi Andy never matured.

p.s. Who is his new Bond Girl (Teresa May is available)?

[Aug 16, 2019] This is a pleasant vision -- but improbable.

Aug 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

Colin Wright , says: Website August 16, 2019 at 12:58 am GMT

@Assad al-islam

' I believe that he[Epstein]is alive and this very minute he is being water boarded by our very own CIA Director Gina Haspel.'

This is a pleasant vision -- but improbable.

[Aug 16, 2019] RIH vs RIP

Aug 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

AnonFromTN , says: August 14, 2019 at 2:49 pm GMT

As far as Jeffrey Epstein is concerned, I'd say RIH (rot in hell) is more appropriate than RIP.

[Aug 15, 2019] You can't make this up: Ghislaine Maxwell was spotted reading a book called "The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives"

Aug 15, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Deschain , , August 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm

https://nypost.com/2019/08/15/jeffrey-epsteins-gal-pal-ghislaine-maxwell-spotted-at-in-n-out-burger-in-first-photos-since-his-death/

> Maxwell was reading a book called "The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives"

You can't make this up. It's like they are doing everything possible to give conspiracy theorists maximum ammo. All we need now is to find out that Maxwell's Twitter handle is '#M0554d4g3nt4L1f3'

Librarian Guy , August 15, 2019 at 7:38 pm

That is hilarious, thank you for the link– & at first I misread that title as “The Book of Horror”- perhaps more fitting to the actual topic.

Summer , August 15, 2019 at 5:33 pm

“Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s one-time girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator, was spotted Monday at an In-N-Out Burger in Universal City, California, of all places.”

I pass this place nearly every day…
Need me to grab her?

[Aug 15, 2019] There is a kind of clarity to a Trump-Biden general election.

Aug 15, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Off The Street , August 15, 2019 at 4:06 pm

Once people spoke of TINA. Biden's campaign now gives rise to VANITY.
Viabile
Alternatives
Not
Indicated
This
Year

edmondo , August 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

There is a kind of clarity to a Trump-Biden general election.

One is a racist Republican corporate tool who is way too old to be president. And so is the other one.

https://eus.rubiconproject.com/usync.html

https://acdn.adnxs.com/ib/static/usersync/v3/async_usersync.html

https://c.deployads.com/sync?f=html&s=2343&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nakedcapitalism.com%2F2019%2F08%2F200pm-water-cooler-8-15-2019.html <img src="http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&c2=16807273&cv=2.0&cj=1" />

Librarian Guy , August 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm

It doesn't acronym-ize so nicely, but the truth is "Viable Alternatives Not Allowed This Year" (or any, for that matter). It's still Wasserman-Schulz's and Tom Perez's & Pelosi's party– nobody even vaguely left is allowed in. ("The Squad" is an honorable exception which they will work to crush)

[Aug 14, 2019] Johnny Carson used to joke "do you know how bad the economy is these days?" [sidekick] "no, Johnny, just how bad is the economy?" "it's so bad, organised crime has had to lay off 5 judges this week "

Notable quotes:
"... This is doomed to dissolve. To a greater and significant degree, the public is finding true justice wanting, and thus holds no trust in Government, at All levels. ..."
Aug 14, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Clive , August 14, 2019 at 9:25 am

Then you get a tame judge assigned (and that's nothing new, even Johnny Carson used to joke "do you know how bad the economy is these days?" [sidekick] "no, Johnny, just how bad is the economy?" "it's so bad, organised crime has had to lay off 5 judges this week ") to let Epstein off with a slap on the wrist, a year at the Four Seasons low security penitentiary and early release through time served.

Much simpler than any of the other notions and achieves exactly the same result (Epstein is subject to "the full force of the law" but stays happily alive to tell the tale and keep his finger off the Dead Mans Switch).

If you were in charge of all this, which solution would you try first? If you've ever worked in a big, but incompetent, organisation (and if they're big, they're almost certainly going to be incompetence personified), you wouldn't even need to ask yourself that question.

polecat , August 14, 2019 at 3:11 pm

This is doomed to dissolve. To a greater and significant degree, the public is finding true justice wanting, and thus holds no trust in Government, at All levels.

But hey that's just conspiracy theory talk .. right ?

[Aug 14, 2019] Grandpa Putin Loses Another Bet

Aug 14, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

FZ , Aug 14 2019 1:02 utc | 100

@ B, you overlooked this one. . .

Grandpa Putin Loses Another Bet
TrueStory Gazette, Aug. 2019

Several anonymous, unverified, and possibly non-existent sources announced today that they know, might know, or could possibly have heard from unknown others, who they suspect might know or could have reasonably speculated that Vladimir Putin lost a bet he made with his 2-year old grandson, Vladimir, Jr.

We caught up with the young Putin as he emerged from his daycare school in central Moscow. "Yes, he said, it is true. Grandpa lost the bet we made last week. We wagered about how long Western media could cling to even a microcosm of credibility. Grandpa said it would last until the end of this year, but I bet him that it would be gone much sooner than that."

Two-year old Putin, who is an avid reader of Moon of Alabama, said that when he woke up this morning he read the latest article. He said, "I just rubbed Grandpa's face into that article. He shrieked. He was so embarrassed. He had to admit that western media's credibility is already totally kaput, not even a shred of credibility left, zero."

"Now Grandpa is the laughing stock of my daycare center. One of my classmates, who is four, said 'how could your Grandpa be so dumb. Even a two-year old could see that western media's credibility is in the dumpster. Your Grandpa is such a loser!'"

The young Putin, who stands only up to our reporter's waist, said that he is studying English but still struggles with difficult words like "history." But he is not shy. When asked what was the prevailing political view at his childcare center, he looked our reporter in the eye, raised both fists, and loudly proclaimed, "All of us kids agree that U.S. Empire is a hysterectomy!"

We asked Vladimir, Jr. about the stakes of his bet, what did he win? He said, "Grandpa said I could have a place called Camp Pendleton in California to make a playground for kids but I will have to wait a little while until he acquires it. I'm going to make it a playground for Russian and American kids and we also will invite all of the kids from Central America and Mexico."

Asked if he knew that Camp Pendleton was a U.S. military base, he replied, "I don't know what it is now, but it's going to be a great playground for kids." And he added, "Look Pal, my Grandpa loses lots of times. He loses his keys and his wallet and every bet he ever made with me. But one thing about Grandpa, he ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES!"

[Aug 14, 2019] It seems like Epstein suiside is the perfect storm to bring out the conspiracy theorist side of (almost) everyone

Aug 14, 2019 | www.unz.com

Jack D , says: August 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm GMT

It seems like this incident is the perfect storm to bring out the conspiracy theorist side of (almost) everyone on unz.

Many people here are already suspicious of Jews, Democrats, the Establishment, Israel, etc. and Epstein touched all the right bases.

There was a Mossad submarine waiting in NY harbor to spirit Epstein away to a kibbutz safehouse...

[Aug 14, 2019] Two words come to mind: Banana Republic.

And the classic, LatAm 'banana republics' were owned by the CIA.
Aug 14, 2019 | www.unz.com

Clifford Brown , says: August 11, 2019 at 12:28 am GMT

@Hail

Two words come to mind:

Banana Republic.

No, no, Epstein's financier, Les Wexner, is the owner of Victoria Secret, PINK and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Banana Republic is owned by the GAP.

[Aug 14, 2019] Who owns "Banana Republic"

Aug 14, 2019 | www.unz.com

Hail , says: Website August 11, 2019 at 12:36 am GMT

@Clifford Brown

Banana Republic is owned by the GAP.

Conceded.

And the classic, LatAm 'banana republics' were owned by the CIA.

Or at least the latter had 'veto power' over the former.

It feels like we are the new banana republic, in that we don't seem to have control over our own affairs, and an outside force intervenes to keep us on the intended path. Always.

Trump also bears all the hallmarks of the classic banana-republic demagogue, frankly, and we all knew it going in. It turns out he was kind of an elaborate political con artist (perhaps moreso than the usual 'demagogue,' but still). There are lots of parallels, and this without even mentioning "banana republic demographics "

[Aug 13, 2019] The danger of forecasting the future of Russia...

Aug 13, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Eighthman , Aug 13 2019 19:18 utc | 67

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2001/05/russia-is-finished/302220/

Here's a great article on how Russia is finished. Notice that it's over 18 years ago.......

[Aug 13, 2019] If our country wasn't a joke...

Aug 13, 2019 | www.unz.com

Hail , says: Website August 10, 2019 at 11:45 pm GMT

Former Trump speechwriter and pro-American commentator Darren Beattie on the proper reaction to the Epstein death :

Darren J. Beattie
@DarrenJBeattie

If our country wasn't a joke, there would be a Mueller level probe into Epstein's "suicide" that included extensive investigations into whether he was involved with a foreign intelligence agency -- and which one.

Chances of this happening?

[Aug 13, 2019] The Man Who Weaponizes And Loses Everything

Don't forget when Putin weaponized Beluga Whales
Also Putin said he wont do any deals with the US until they have become mature enough to hold on to them.:)
Aug 13, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org
Putin's Russia weaponizes everything , including humor, health information, giant squids, robotic cockroaches, tedium and postmodernism.

At the same time these outlets tell us that Putin is losing many things, or already lost them.

Which bears asking: Is there a causality between weaponizing and losing stuff?

[Aug 13, 2019] Note to aspiring US politicians

Aug 13, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Pliskin , 23 minutes ago link

You don't have to be a homosexual or paedophile to be involved in politics in America .... but it helps!

[Aug 13, 2019] One in five California lawmakers were mistaken for convicted criminals in an experiment testing the reliability of facial-recognition software in identifying potentially dangerous suspects

Aug 13, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

im1dc , August 13, 2019 at 09:50 AM

1 in 5

Once again the Software Gurus over sold their software...as they ALWAYS DO, eg., EHR

https://www.thedailybeast.com/facial-recognition-one-in-five-california-lawmakers-mistaken-for-convicts-in-software-experiment

"Facial-Recognition Software Mistook One in Five California Lawmakers for Convicts"

by Barbie Latza Nadeau, Correspondent-At-Large...08.13.19...9:08AM ET

"One in five California lawmakers were mistaken for convicted criminals in an experiment testing the reliability of facial-recognition software in identifying potentially dangerous suspects."...

ilsm -> im1dc... , August 13, 2019 at 02:24 PM
prescient!

[Aug 13, 2019] The 72 congressmen from both parties constitute one of the largest delegations ever to travel to to the Jewish state

Aug 13, 2019 | www.unz.com

Biff says: August 13, 2019 at 4:24 am GMT

The solution to the problem remains simple. Tighten up the Congressional travel rules

One-way tickets only.

frankie p , says: August 13, 2019 at 7:00 am GMT

@Anon2020 God works in strange ways...
Ludwig Watzal , says: Website August 13, 2019 at 2:35 pm GMT
It's well known that the US Congress is Israeli Occupied Territory...
Justvisiting , says: August 13, 2019 at 3:10 pm GMT
@Mr. Anon

US Representatives shouldn't be accepting money from any private source for any kind of travel. They shouldn't be accepting gifts of any kind.

In other news, alcoholics should not be drinking. :-)

[Aug 12, 2019] It is HIGHLY LIKELY the Kremlin used Facebook to manipulate the prison guards and interfere with their work

Aug 12, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Featherless , Aug 12 2019 4:18 utc | 63

It is HIGHLY LIKELY the Kremlin used Facebook to manipulate the prison guards and interfere with their work.

Featherless , Aug 12 2019 4:12 utc | 61

The 2 cameras in Epstein's cell malfunctioned. Obviously yet another example of Russian Malign Activities (Electronic Warfare + Hacking). DAMN YOU, VLADIMIR PUTIN !!!1

[Aug 12, 2019] Something about NYT

Notable quotes:
"... Ah yes, that self-admitted CIA linked, totally-not deep state propaganda puppet outlet lecturing the rest of us about the virtues of fact-checking and journalistic integrity... ..."
Aug 12, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

JW , Aug 12 2019 2:48 utc | 48

Ah yes, that self-admitted CIA linked, totally-not deep state propaganda puppet outlet lecturing the rest of us about the virtues of fact-checking and journalistic integrity...

[Aug 12, 2019] Clinton and to rush to Brexit? Why, the evil Russians, of course, are behind it all by Craig Murray

Russophrenia is rampant in the USA those days...
From comments: "I’ll say it again. Why aren’t progressive Dimocraps clamoring to have Hillary water-boarded so the truth can be heard?."
Aug 12, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Douglas Adams famously suggested that the answer to life, the universe and everything is 42. In the world of the political elite, the answer is Russiagate. What has caused the electorate to turn on the political elite, to defeat Hillary

[Aug 12, 2019] We are navigating through uncharted territory and pretending there are no risks.

Aug 12, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Ignacio , August 11, 2019 at 6:17 am

We are navigating through uncharted territory and pretending there are no risks. The captain is drunk, the pilot sleeping, the crew on strike and the passengers dancing. Everything is under control.

[Aug 12, 2019] If the authorities and the Ministry of Truth say that Epstein is dead I go to my Orwellian dictionary and it states that he is alive .

Aug 12, 2019 | www.unz.com

9/11 Inside job , says: August 11, 2019 at 11:33 pm GMT

Per ArcAngel "If the authorities and the Ministry of Truth say that Epstein is dead I go to my Orwellian dictionary and it states that he is alive . "

[Aug 12, 2019] After the Epstein episode, in the new batch of dollars printed

Aug 12, 2019 | www.unz.com

Ahoy , says: August 11, 2019 at 4:53 pm GMT

I don't know Duch, but in Miro23 #200 comment I thought I heard the banker Ronald Bernard (video) saying that after the Epstein episode, in the new batch of dollars printed the All Seen Eye was shown in a new mode. In Murder We Trust and sometimes Suicide.

[Aug 11, 2019] The poor fellow had deliberately climbed out the window

Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

Ron Unz , says: August 11, 2019 at 12:44 am GMT

I've recently been doing quite a lot of reading about the Syndicate gangsters of the 1930s-1940s, and another interesting historical parallel comes to mind

In 1941, Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, a senior figure in Brooklyn's Murder Inc. agreed to testify against America's top Syndicate bosses, providing detailed evidence about the 1,000 or so nationwide killings that his organization had performed on their behalf.

Obviously, the federal prosecutors were concerned about his safety in any ordinary jail, and stashed him in a suite of top-floor hotel rooms, where he was guarded 24-hours per day by rotating groups of six specially-selected police officers, who would keep him under constant surveillance. The doors were steel-plated and the rooms selected to preclude any long-range sniper.

Oops! Poor "Kid Twist" somehow decided to jump out the 5th story window and kill himself when all six of the on-duty guards happened to simultaneously doze off.

The Captain in command of the unit argued that it was accident rather than suicide, and the poor fellow had deliberately climbed out the window, intending to rappel down to the floor below, then walk back up the stairs and knock on the front door, thereby surprising his erstwhile guards with a amusing practical joke.

Syndicate killers planning to implicate their bosses should definitely avoid playing such "practical jokes"

[Aug 11, 2019] The likelihood of Epstein committing suicide reminds me of two other "suicide" stories

Notable quotes:
"... A black man's body is found wrapped in chains at the bottom of the Detroit River. The police were saying it was an accidental death caused by him stealing more chains than he could swim with. ..."
Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

Curmudgeon , says: August 10, 2019 at 9:58 pm GMT

The likelihood of Epstein committing suicide reminds me of two other "suicide" stories.

... ... ...

Finally, there is a greatly modified joke from my long ago misspent youth. A black man's body is found wrapped in chains at the bottom of the Detroit River. The police were saying it was an accidental death caused by him stealing more chains than he could swim with.

Looks like Jeffrey had too many chains.

[Aug 11, 2019] Extended definition of suicide

Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

Ron Unz , says: August 10, 2019 at 11:47 pm GMT

This reminds me a little of a almost forgotten incident from the 1960s

Some government inspector in Texas had agreed to testify about the details of a gigantic corruption ring that was closely connected with LBJ. I can't remember the exact details, but not long afterward, he was found dead, shot seven times.

The local Texas court ruled it an apparent suicide and that's exactly how it was reported in the Washington Post and the other national newspapers ;

[Aug 11, 2019] Maybe Putin should urge the Russian Paralament to pass an Epstein Act and start sanctioning the hell out of US leaders.

Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

The Alarmist , says: August 10, 2019 at 8:58 pm GMT

Maybe Putin should urge the Russian Paralament to pass an Epstein Act and start sanctioning the hell out of US leaders.

[Aug 11, 2019] It is my understanding that he is with Elvis now and there is a whole lot of shaking going on!

Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

iffen , says: August 10, 2019 at 8:38 pm GMT

@Anonymous Epstein is likely still alive.

There is no confirmation that body was his.

It is my understanding that he is with Elvis now and there is a whole lot of shaking going on!

[Aug 11, 2019] At least the Clinton's are safe now!!

Aug 11, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

ancientarcher , 11 August 2019 at 03:24 AM

Guys, look at the bright side. At least the Clinton's are safe now!! That was a close call!! Whew!

[Aug 11, 2019] BBC World News Jeffrey Epstein dead at 66>

Notable quotes:
"... That level of efficiency in making people vanish may apply to bone-saw wielding employees of MBS, ..."
Aug 11, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Dr. John Carpenter on Sat, 08/10/2019 - 10:57am

Oh, I get it now!

When they placed him on suicide watch they meant they were going to watch him "suicide". Yeah...that's the ticket!

DEDA CVETKO , 33 minutes ago link

I wish to personally thank the FBI and the Attorney General for finally, at long last, turning 100% of the American population into "conspiracy theorists" (sic) and making the conspiracy-deniers look like a bunch of inbred imbeciles that they really, truly are.

PRC90 said in reply to Eric Newhill... , 10 August 2019 at 01:06 PM
You mean doing that as a matter of principle regardless of the elapsed time since his 'heyday' ? That level of efficiency in making people vanish may apply to bone-saw wielding employees of MBS, however US standards seemed to have slipped in many ways.
Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 10 2019 15:05 utc | 32
Of all this kabuki we are witnessing, I keep asking

Who has the movie rights to what we are living?

Cui bono?

... ... ...

[Aug 08, 2019] On effectiveness of Banning US Agencies From Doing Business With Huawei

Aug 08, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

ExPat2018 , 7 hours ago link

NO Huawei for USA agencies. Still busy upgrading from Windows 98

[Aug 07, 2019] Trade wars are supposedly easy to wim. Until first back blow at the chin.

(If Xi is looking to supplant Mao in history, is Trump going after Lincoln or Washington, or just FDR, possibly setting for Hoover?
Aug 07, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

Fred C. Dobbs said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs... , August 05, 2019 at 01:48 PM

As we are given to understand, trade wars are easy to win.

Especially via bankruptcy of the entire world, maybe?

[Aug 07, 2019] Krugman on Trump and Trade: Not Tariffic

Aug 07, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

anne , August 05, 2019 at 08:31 AM

https://econospeak.blogspot.com/2019/08/krugman-on-trump-and-trade-not-tariffic.html

August 4, 2019

Krugman on Trump and Trade: Not Tariffic

-- Peter Dorman

[ This is a criticism of Paul Krugman on trade. I read the criticism carefully, but find no model and no actual refuting of the model of Krugman. Another reader may far better. ]

[Aug 07, 2019] 9-11 was a wonderful boon to the demolition industry. The demolition experts no longer use explosives, as WTC 7 proved that a building can be demolished in its own footprint much more cheaply with simple office garbage can fires and maybe a little bit of petroleum fuel

Aug 07, 2019 | www.unz.com

anon [632] Disclaimer , says: August 6, 2019 at 2:12 pm GMT

@c matt 9-11 was a wonderful boon to the demolition industry. The demolition experts no longer use explosives, as WTC 7 proved that a building can be demolished in its own footprint much more cheaply with simple office garbage can fires and maybe a little bit of petroleum fuel to accelerate the process of melting steel beams as perfectly even as a Weber grill charbroils steaks. Demolition explosives have gone the way of buggy whips, totally obsolete.

[Aug 07, 2019] I respect the fact that Marianne Williamson is a sorta-kinda truther

Williamson? Any relation to the Williamson of The Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation?
Aug 07, 2019 | www.unz.com

Digital Samizdat , says: August 6, 2019 at 7:05 pm GMT

I respect the fact that Marianne Williamson is a sorta-kinda truther. But let me be honest with you, Kevin: it would take a hell of a lot trutherism to make up for her zionism
eah , says: August 6, 2019 at 8:31 pm GMT
Marianne Williamson Is Right: We Need a Spiritual Awakening

That kind of shit didn't work for Jimmy Carter and it won't work for her -- campaigning for President isn't the same as appearing on Oprah.

[Aug 07, 2019] Snowden about litmus test of whether the country obey the rule of the law or is ruled by criminals

Aug 07, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

yalensis August 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Snowden: "When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals."

[Aug 07, 2019] X-37B space plane and evil Russians

Aug 07, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

et Al August 2, 2019 at 6:05 am

National Interest via Antiwar.com: The U.S. Air Force's Secret X-37B Space Plane: A War Machine?
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-air-forces-secret-x-37b-space-plane-war-machine-69861

The U.S. Air Force's Secret X-37B Space Plane: A War Machine?..

The fifth and latest X-37B mission could send the mini-shuttle over large portions of Russian territory for the first time

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I don't like Axe and these NI clickbaity/excitable articles, but several things spring to mind. considering it flies lower than any satellited and takes advantage of aerodynamic drag to manoeuver (much more efficiently) quickly than any satellite and is testing thermal systems, is this also could be used in future as an Orbital Bomber, i.e. loaded up with nukes and dropped on new targets as needed and at short notice? It doesn't need to make economic sense if it adds capabilities and there is profit to be made by LM/Boeing/Whomever.

My other thought, is the USA dumb enough to fly this low over Russia which would be asking for it to be shot down? I doubt it, but stupid seems to be the rule rather than the except in the US. We've already seen over the Gulf of Hormuz that there is a de facto and recognized disctinction between shooting down an unmanned drone (Globalhawk) and a manned spy plane (P-8a), particularly near, by or over someone else's borders. The X-37 is certainly no satellite and even for most of the Cold War the US did not fly a spy plane over the Soviet Union (apart from when they had the Brits do it for them instead – sic Gary Powers).

Still, it's interesting that it's popped up now despite being in the news over the last few years, yet another news item treated as a curiousity rather noted by Defense correspondents as yet another potential US treaty violation Optics, innit?

Mark Chapman August 2, 2019 at 6:34 pm
I'd like to see Russia put up a giant flying garage, maneuver the X-37B into it, close the door and take it. Keep it for about a week, and then send it back with a bear painted on the side, wrapped in a giant diaper, with a poster in the window that reads "Crazy Igor's Clearance Sale; Novichok Half Off! Everything Must Go!". And when the Americans opened the door to retrieve the payload, a concealed audio player would play "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" in farts. Trolled enough?

[Aug 06, 2019] Ukraine ex-president Poroshenko summoned for questioning. A person who led Ukraine to prosperity, fighter with corruption, liberator from Russia, and he is being questioned? How come? :-)

It true, also interesting is https://news.ru/en/world/petro-poroshenko-left-ukraine/
Notable quotes:
"... A person who led Ukraine to prosperity, fighter with corruption, liberator from Russia, and he is being questioned? How come? :-) ..."
Aug 06, 2019 | news.yahoo.com
Observer, 26 days ago
A person who led Ukraine to prosperity, fighter with corruption, liberator from Russia, and he is being questioned? How come? :-) I hope you get the sarcasm.

[Aug 06, 2019] Marianne Williamson Is Right We Need a Spiritual Awakening

Some biographic trivia: Marianne Williamson told New York Jewish Week late last year that "had she received a better Jewish education she might have become a rabbi." Williamson majored in theater and philosophy at California's Pomona College, but dropped out in her junior year, 1973, moving to New York City to pursue a career as a nightclub singer. By the mid 1980s, Williamson was preaching in Los Angeles, and attracting an audience among Hollywood's gay community, which was attempting to cope with the burgeoning AIDS crisis
Aug 06, 2019 | www.unz.com

Kolya Krassotkin , says: August 6, 2019 at 3:09 am GMT

A spiritual awakening has a lot of appeal, but always best to start out small: How about ending dual citizenship first?

[Aug 05, 2019] UN Report Shows US Forces Kill More Afghan Civilians Than ISIS Taliban...Combined

Aug 05, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

ThePhantom , 16 minutes ago link

i wonder how the mass shooters could be so callous towards human life....

sarcasm

Dont_Stop_Believin , 30 minutes ago link

Maybe Obummer should have went to Disneyland after his big Nobel peace prize win instead?

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2009/press-release/

runswithscissors , 23 minutes ago link

ISIS is the CIA so the civilians murdered by CIASIS should actually be credited to the US military.

[Aug 05, 2019] Note on in late stage decadence of the western empire.

Aug 05, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

donkeytale , Aug 4 2019 16:32 utc | 17

Noirette

I wish I had a dollar for every time someone on a comment board predicted the US bombing of Iran, WWIII, nuclear annihilation, etc.

This tendency should become (and maybe has for all I know) the focus for a sociological study in late stage decadence of the western empire. I hesitate to indict so many commenters as nihilists, but only because my schtick has matured from prior times...maybe this is the same as scaring ourselves at horror movies when we were kids, a sort of second childhood developing in old age.

Especially as the overhelming majority of commenters seemingly live uber-comfortable (relatively speaking) lives of retirement leisure (thanks to decadent social democrat state policies about which there are seldom any comments) which allows ample time, personal security and lack of material need to spend goofing around on the internet to our heart's content. And, please, before anyone comes in to tell me how rough THEY have/had it in life....ok fine. I'll cue the sad violins in my head everytime you post from now on.

Often, I wonder why the supposed malcontents of the Western World who spend so much time blogging in fury are never to be found commenting from the front lines of anything, anywhere?

ADKC , Aug 4 2019 20:21 utc | 38

... ... ...

Wow, donkeytale @17

Such snootiness! It's almost as if the West has never bombed Iraq or ever dropped a nuclear bomb or ever planed to annihilate 20 Russian cities with weapons of mass destruction? I would have thought this tendency of commentators (and b. which you don't mention) might be due to a concern about the general trend of western policy and the positioning of western forces, the racial stereotyping directed towards Russians, Chinese and Iranians.

[Aug 05, 2019] Something about Department of Homeland Security

Actually KGB is an abbreviation for the "Committee for State Security" --
Aug 05, 2019 | www.unz.com

Viral Architect , says: July 29, 2019 at 9:51 am GMT

[Aug 03, 2019] Tulsi wasn't supposed to do that

"Harris is the establishment's primary backup candidate after Biden. She was supposed to coast through the primaries while all the attention was on Handsy Joe. Now she's wounded, and the establishment is royally pissed."
Notable quotes:
"... Not only was she not supposed to attack Kamala Harris, but she most certainly wasn't supposed to have landed such an effective blow and lived to tell about it. ..."
Aug 03, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

gjohnsit on Fri, 08/02/2019 - 5:53pm

Not only was she not supposed to attack Kamala Harris, but she most certainly wasn't supposed to have landed such an effective blow and lived to tell about it.

... ... ...

[Aug 03, 2019] Name a job that you can completely suck at and still keep your job?

Aug 03, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Patrick Armstrong -> Andrei Martyanov (aka SmoothieX12) ... , 03 August 2019 at 01:10 PM

Somebody in the twitterverse asked the twits this question: "Name a job that you can completely suck at and still keep your job?" Instantly answered by Max Blumenthal "Beltway think tank senior fellow"


Patrick Armstrong

[Aug 03, 2019] Why Trump hates regulations

Trump converted himself from a "billionaire for working people" into Evil Orange Clown (TM) in less then 3 years.
Aug 03, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Tomonthebeach , August 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Trump clearly hates being regulated, as do most bus billionaire cronies. They want to drill for oil on the White House lawn if there is potential. They would mine sulfur from Old Faithful if it was profitable.

[Aug 03, 2019] And this is a world superpower: There are an estimated 26.5 million adults at level 1 according to PIAAC -- those who can read and write at the most basic level but couldn t read a newspaper or would have trouble filling out forms at a doctor s office.

Highly recommended!
Aug 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

someone somewhere , Aug 3 2019 0:49 utc | 38

43 million Americans -- said to include R. Kelly -- struggle to read and write

"The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, which is cited by the U.S. Department of Education, defines literacy as "the ability to understand, evaluate, use and engage with written texts to participate in society, to achieve one's goals, and to develop one's knowledge and potential." It divides the population into five levels -- with levels 2 and above being considered literate.

According to PIAAC , one in five U.S. adults has "low literacy" skills, which includes those classified as being either level 1 or below.

There are an estimated 26.5 million adults at level 1 according to PIAAC -- those who can read and write at the most basic level but couldn't read a newspaper or would have trouble filling out forms at a doctor's office. Another estimated 8.4 million people are below level 1 and considered "functionally illiterate." There are also 8.2 million others who were unable to participate in the survey because of either a language barrier or a cognitive or physical inability, and the PIAAC data classifies them as also having low literacy abilities."

[Aug 03, 2019] Kremlin propaganda was never so brutal and amassed!

Aug 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Arioch , Aug 2 2019 19:54 utc | 12

An NBC News analysis of the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii...........

Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on Jan. 11, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government....

So, 20 stories, on three media outlets. That is 6+2/3 per media.
Since January 11, that is 6+2/3 months.

IOW that is one story per media per month.

Kremlin propaganda was never so brutal and amassed!

I got it americans do not study basic physics or chemistry in schools, but multiplication table they shoulg know. Who is TA for so pathetic propaganda???

dltravers , Aug 3 2019 4:33 utc | 58

jackrabbit @ 52

To add to that, Gabbard and Putin have been having sex for years. The NYT has discovered a sexual relationship has gone on for years having been conducted off Hawaii on a Russian ship.

Seriously, send her a donation. I would love to see her demolish a few more candidates.

Kamala Harris: A Study in Showboating

Kamala Harris: Part 2

[Aug 03, 2019] Ouch, and so far I dwelled in USA with the blissful conviction that of all things, I do not need to be afraid of a foreign invasion. Now my nightmare-free sleep is gone.

Aug 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Piotr Berman , Aug 3 2019 14:22 utc | 92

I know you're addressing political-economy, but did you see this report about the continuing deterioration of USAF readiness, now below 70%? The accompanying chart shows USAF B-1 & B-2 strategic bombers at 51.75% & 60.7%, ...

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 2 2019 18:59 utc

Ouch, and so far I dwelled in USA with the blissful conviction that of all things, I do not need to be afraid of a foreign invasion. Now my nightmare-free sleep is gone.

Perhaps our Pentagon should get more inspiration from a movie "Il deserto dei Tartari". "Young lieutenant Giovanni Drogo is assigned to the old Bastiani border fortress where he expects an imminent attack by nomadic fearsome Tartars." Thus the lieutenant, and later captain etc. starts his long life of unceasing dedication. Weapons are checked and tested, patrols are regular, from time to time a "false positive" raises a few companies to enter more deeply into the desert and check more thoroughly, troops occasionally succumb to exercise mishaps, exhaustion on patrols etc. but the spirit of readiness never abates. The closing scene shows Drogo, now the fortress commander, on his death bed, and seeing, for the first and last time, Tartar galloping from the horizon, presumably a hallucination.

Now imagine the fate of the Empire if we replaced this dedicated unit with a bunch of slackers.

[Aug 03, 2019] In 2016, Sanders was Hillary's sheepdog. In 2020, the Democratic Party is Trump sheepdog

Aug 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Jackrabbit , Aug 3 2019 4:05 utc | 55

In 2016, Sanders was Hillary's sheepdog.

In 2020, the Democratic Party sheepdogs for democracy itself.

[Aug 03, 2019] Perhaps when the PLA finish in hongkong they can come over here and deal with antifa since our government at any level does not appear to have the sense or spine to do it themselves

Aug 03, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

ted richard , 03 August 2019 at 01:22 PM

Hongkong is no longer of great importance for bejing as a financial and trading locus. up and down the south china sea coast are many cities of far greater importance than Hongkong.

perhaps when the PLA finish in hongkong they can come over here and deal with antifa since our government at any level does not appear to have the sense or spine to do it themselves

[Aug 03, 2019] Hell's Top Banker Explains How To Destroy The Global Economy

Some of the other stuff we've encouraged, such as The EU, ETFs, Hi-Frequency Trading, Neil Woodford and Deutsche Bank look likely to be highly effective vectors of short-term economic destruction and destabilization
Aug 03, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

(Edited version of the speech given by the TJ Wormwood, Chief Demonic Officer – Finance, Lord of 3rd Ring of the 7th Circle, to invited audience at Davos.)

Dear Colleagues,

As you all know, I've been wrecking finance for millennia. [Pause for effect]

Nearly every major big idea, evolutionary leap forward, invention and discovery has improved the miserable lot of mankind only through their ability to monetise it. Forget the theft of fire – being able to monetise fire by attracting pretty and willing mates around a warm campfire, or cooking the food others have hunted, is what mattered. Strip out the noise, and the rise of mankind is largely due to improvements in the efficiency and ease of means of exchange.

From the realisation hunters could barter their furs for other goods, to the rise of complex products to finance global growth – the innovation of financial markets has been a major driver of success for the Other Side in raising the wellbeing and prosperity of mankind. Pretty much anything that holds back or disrupts trade, increases costs and holds back services is naturally positive for our goal of global destabilisation.

So, here is the big plan:

Since 2007 we've been turning the Other Side's successful innovation of financial markets against them. Global Financial Markets are incredibly rich in opportunities to distort truth, hide lies, and undermine mankind – generating immediate greed, envy, suspicion and anger. We've uncovered previously unimaginable ways in which to financially screw the World with consequences that impact everyone.

We've overlaid the programme with our mastery and understanding of temptation, human greed, avarice and pride, while adding subtlety and cunning. We merely suggest and advise. We are facilitating the train-wreck of the global economy by destroying asset values while confounding their understanding of money and wealth – the pillars of their society.

At its simplest form we are manipulating and driving constant market instability to keep mankind distracted. Uncertainty clouds their future expectations – so we keep it raining. A Mortgage crisis one year, followed by a Sovereign Debt crisis the next, spiced with a couple of bank failures, and threats of global trade war. Overlay with confusion and distraction such as social media, fake news, Bitcoin and populism, and it all works rather well.

Keep their leaders arguing. Keep the blame game going.

Our success can be seen in current financial asset prices. These are now hopelessly inflated and distorted by foolish post financial crisis policy decisions. They are bubbles set to pop. Empower the regulators and bureaucrats to compromise finance through zealous over-regulation, making banking safer by destroying it. Usher in a new era of trade protectionism, the end of Free Trade and increase the suspicion some countries are manipulating their currencies for economic advantage. Sprinkle some dust of political catastrophe, the collapse of law, undo the fair, just and caring society, while adding some eye of newt and complex environmental threats. Make the rich so rich they don't notice, and the poor so poor they become invisible. If the markets remain uncertain, then it distracts mankind from addressing these issues, making society less stable!

There as some things we're really proud of, including the Euro, Social Media, Investment Banks, the Tech Boom, and especially Quantitative Easing (which is still delivering confusion and pain). New Monetary Theory could prove even better – it shows tremendous potential to thoroughly unsettle confidence in money. Cybercurrencies are particularly fun – despite coming up with the idea, neither we, nor even the distinguished members of our panel of eternal guests, understand the why of them. They are libertarian nonsense – so, naturally we continue to encourage them as get-rich-quick schemes, but they also further undermine confidence in money and government. We made something up in a bar one night and called it a Distributed Ledger - the humans ran with it and invented Blockchain, whatever that might be..

Some of the other stuff we've encouraged, such as The EU, ETFs, Hi-Frequency Trading, Neil Woodford and Deutsche Bank look likely to be highly effective vectors of short-term economic destruction and destabilisation, triggering systemic market events and regulatory backlashes across markets. We are only now exploring the full potential of market illiquidity to rob billions of pensioners of their savings.

We've persuaded investors to overturn proven tried and tested investment strategies and wisdoms, nurturing a whole range of overpriced unprofitable US Tech "Unicorn" companies which we are confident will prove utterly over-hyped and largely worthless. The success of social media, data mining and new tech has increased levels of dissatisfaction and envy – especially in our target younger demography.

The way we successfully pinned the blame on banks for the Global Financial Crisis – despite the fact it was people who wanted mortgages to buy houses and fast cars - ensured global regulators would over-react. We've allowed regulators to focus on banks while we target the next financial crisis in other parts of the financial ecosystem.

Regulators forced the banks to de-risk. But risk does not disappear - it just goes somewhere else. While banks understood risk and had massive staffs to manage risk, risk is now concentrated in the hands of "investment managers" who are singularly ill-equipped to withstand the next credit crunch and global recession, (which we've planned for next October – Save the Date cards have been sent).

We are particularly pleased that many banks now exceed the 2.3 compliance officers for every profitable banker ratio. Compliance and regulatory costs now exceed 10% of income at some European banks – a stunning success and substantially decreasing the efficiency of banking and exchanges.

We've some great new financial ideas we are still experimenting with, some of which show great promise for further weakening society. Facebook Money is going to be a cracker, and I particularly like the Spaceship to Mars project if only they knew what awaits them

By hiding inflation in the stock market, we assisted the accumulation of massive wealth by a tiny percentage of the population to ferment income inequality dissatisfaction. When capital is concentrated and the workers under the cosh, it creates all the right conditions for weak disjointed government to aid and abet the rise of destabilising populism.

It's highly satisfying to watch the instability we've created in financial markets drive fear and distrust across society. The debt crisis we engineered led to global financial austerity, job insecurity, and rising inequality. We were surprised how easily we pushed the Gig economy concept to further exploit and cow workers through regulators and authorities – they barely noticed. Over this we've layered whole new levels of anxiety such as the unknowns of data theft, the rise in envy coefficients through social media, fake news while fuelling social distrust through resentment.

We've managed to persuade Governments to follow damaging and contradictory policies. As society reeled in the wake of the financial crisis, we persuaded policy makers to cut back spending through "austerity" spending programmes, simultaneously bailing out bankers while flooding the financial economy with free money through Quantitative Easing.

Effectively we've split the world into two economies. A real economy which is sad, miserable and deflating, and a financial economy that's insanely optimistic, massively inflated and ripe to pop on the back of free money.

The resentment, instability, fear and general sense of decay has paid dividends in our drive to break society by undermining the credibility of the political classes. Our approach to politics has been simple – deskill the political classes, reduce their effectiveness as leaders, while engineering economic, social and financial instability to drive rampaging populist politics – just like in 1932! Populism may ultimately prove short-lived, but it's difficult to see how the political classes will recover their power in time to reverse the damages being done to the global environment.

While markets have burned, society become increasingly riven, and politics has failed, we've distracted the humans from the rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which threatens to create global warming and rising sea levels, while plastics poison the oceans and soil erosion threatens agriculture.

Now I love the ravenous hunger and sharp pointy teeth of polar bears as much as the next demon, but needs must... needs must. I was also rather fond of the dinosaurs...

Our approach to ensuring destructive climate change has proved very effective. We've supported, financed and advised the loudest green lobbies to ensure their message looks ill-considered, wrong and economic suicide. We also paid big bucks to fund the loudest climate change deniers. Our innovation of fake news to discredit and mitigate anything positive means climate change remains a crank topic – even as our polar bears drown.

Meanwhile, through our dominance of global boardrooms and investment firms, we've made sure that large corporates have bought-out and stifled new technologies that could solve the environmental crisis.

Our future looks great – because their future is bleak!

Thank you for your kind attention.

TJ Wormwood,

Demonic Chief Office – Finance

[Aug 02, 2019] Who of the US politicians should travel to Idlib

Aug 02, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

DeDude , August 02, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Maybe someone should buy Rand Paul a ticket to Russia so he might come back and appreciate Democracy more.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/30/politics/rand-paul-ilhan-omar-send-her-back-somalia-trnd/index.html

ilsm -> DeDude... , August 02, 2019 at 12:03 PM
I suggest sending Omar and Harris (Gabbard is Assad apologist) to Idlib to hang out with the "peace loving" terrorists they and Obama support.

[Aug 02, 2019] BBC rejects complaints that Newsnight made Corbyn look 'more Russian'

Notable quotes:
"... Decision to show photo of Labour leader in 'Lenin-style cap' in front of Moscow skyline was 'based on sound news judgment' ..."
Aug 02, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

anne -> Fred C. Dobbs... , July 28, 2019 at 06:16 PM

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/may/11/bbc-rejects-complaints-newsnight-corbyn-russian

May 11, 2018

BBC rejects complaints that Newsnight made Corbyn look 'more Russian'

Decision to show photo of Labour leader in 'Lenin-style cap' in front of Moscow skyline was 'based on sound news judgment'

By Nadia Khomami - Guardian

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/4c4e8590a07beecb26567b04dc8a29744ab999e2/3_0_583_350/master/583.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=

[Aug 01, 2019] Voodoo candidate Williamson

Aug 01, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Williamson (D)(1): "Marianne Williamson isn't funny. She's scary." [ Vox ]. "In her book A Return to Love, Williamson wrote that "sickness is an illusion and does not exist," and that "cancer and AIDS and other physical illnesses are physical manifestations of a psychic scream.'"

[Aug 01, 2019] I could live with Gabbard replacing Bolton or Pompeo in a second Trump administration

Aug 01, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

spyware-free , 13 minutes ago link

I could live with Gabbard replacing Bolton or Pompeo in a second Trump administration.

AKKadian , 12 minutes ago link

You never Know, right!

Someone Else , 9 minutes ago link

A cancerous tumor would be preferable to Bolton or Pompeo, but then I repeat myself.

[Aug 01, 2019] One advantage of the two party system

Aug 01, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

Plp -> Plp... , July 31, 2019 at 01:48 PM

Even a compulsory choice between two poisons is preferred to being forced to take the designated poison

likbez -> Plp... , August 01, 2019 at 09:40 AM

> Even a compulsory choice between two poisons is preferred to being forced to take the designated poison

Wrong.

It's two batches of the same poison. One is artificially sweetened.

[Aug 01, 2019] The USA curiosities: so-called centre-left in the USA are establishment right-wing in Europe

Aug 01, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

Lagado , 31 Jul 2019 05:27

The Democrats are considered "Moderate republicans" and have been for a number of years. So the moderate moderate democrats are effectively republicans. Just like the so-called centre-left here, are establishment right-wing.

[Aug 01, 2019] Jack1917

Aug 01, 2019 | profile.theguardian.com

31 Jul 2019 06:43

"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." -Matthew 19:24

That either Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren might be considered left-wing is a mark of how skewed American politics is. Where the hell's the center!? And who decided, anyway?

When asked where the phrase "from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs" came from by a 2002 survey conducted by Columbia Law School, over 66% of Americans said the US Constitution.

[Aug 01, 2019] It's a bit hard to celebrate democracy in our land of political farce

Marianne Williamson for the Secretary of Happiness :-)
Jul 31, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

IndigoBleak , 31 Jul 2019 17:21

CNN retained control of what issues were addressed and when rather than the candidates, so the "clash" between the "moderate" and "progressive" wings of the party was largely orchestrated by the network. Given the number of candidates involved and the structure of what passes for debate during these spectacles they're largely a waste of time.
luciddays , 31 Jul 2019 17:29
The inevitable question in any US election is can the candidates really change anything? for all of the squealing about Trump he hasn't managed to do anything except give the rich a tax cut.

The out of control military spending, the growing void between those born rich and those born poor, the further consolidation of Corporate power...all seems to go unchecked regardless of the rhetoric of any President

Mary B -> Quantum Ape , 31 Jul 2019 13:06

Watch an interview with Corruptus Maximus from the 1980s or early 90s. He was always a dick and a narcissist, but he was articulate and able to speak in full sentences and follow a conversation. He can't do any of that now. Little Donnie Dumbass is the poster boy for cognitive decline.

[Jul 31, 2019] I don't know why anyone goes to the trouble of running for president just to tell us what we can't do

Jul 30, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Cripes , July 30, 2019 at 9:20 pm

"I don't know why anyone goes to the trouble of running for president just to tell us what we can't do", best zinger of the night-Warren

XXYY , July 30, 2019 at 9:22 pm

"Insurance companies do not have a god-given right to suck billions of dollars out of our healthcare system." – Warren

[Jul 31, 2019] Beto desperate in his desire to sound like a younger hip Obama.

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

ChuckW , July 30, 2019 at 10:44 pm

Beto held town hall meetings to remind himself of who he represented. Otherwise he would have forgotten.

Jeremy Grimm , July 30, 2019 at 10:47 pm

Carry 3×5 cards or tie strings around the fingers?

[Jul 31, 2019] If tonight's theme in neoliberals MSM was Let's Bash Crazy Bernie, imagine how it will be tomorrow night, when he's not there to call them on their BS.

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

3.14e-9 , July 30, 2019 at 11:01 pm

If tonight's theme was Let's Bash Crazy Bernie, imagine how it will be tomorrow night, when he's not there to call them on their BS. Hard not to think that was deliberate.

Lambert Strether Post author , July 30, 2019 at 11:06 pm

> Let's Bash Crazy Bernie

Didn't work, though.

[Jul 31, 2019] Is nuclear weapon proliferation the sovereign nation equivalent of open carry?

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Lambert Strether Post author , July 30, 2019 at 10:23 pm

Hickenlooper on nuclear weapons: " pullin' that trigger "

Warren's reactions on the split screen were just priceless.

(Could have been Bullock; they are both repellent in the same way.)

none , July 31, 2019 at 1:04 am

Trump's button is big, but mine will be bigger,
When I be pullin' that nukular trigger.

Dita , July 30, 2019 at 10:27 pm

Is nuclear weapon proliferation the sovereign nation equivalent of open carry?

pretzelattack , July 30, 2019 at 10:28 pm

with israel in the mix, you'd have to add in concealed carry

Dita , July 30, 2019 at 10:33 pm

Make that "concealed" carry, winky winky

WheresOurTeddy , July 31, 2019 at 4:36 am

guys guys guys! HR 246 passed, you need to be considerate of the feelings of our allies in apartheid as your comments could be construed as "destabilizing" and/or attempting " to exclude the State of Israel and the Israeli people from the economic, cultural, and academic life of the rest of the world."

[Jul 31, 2019] Strange association

Notable quotes:
"... Every time Delaney talks about national service, "Hitler youth" pops into my head. ..."
Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

nippersmom , July 30, 2019 at 10:39 pm

Every time Delaney talks about national service, "Hitler youth" pops into my head.

anon in so cal , July 30, 2019 at 10:47 pm

It's along the lines of Hillary's 2016 Hitlerly youth program for basement dwellers.

richard , July 30, 2019 at 11:46 pm

K. Kulinski tore it a new one yesterday.
John Delaney Releases Plan To Force You To Do Stuff

[Jul 31, 2019] Marianne is the dark horse just like Trump was 4 years ago: Sincerity is the secret of success. Once you can fake that, you're on your way.

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Paul , July 30, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Marianne is the dark horse just like Trump was 4 years ago. Mark my words. She sounds different than the generic politician. That matters. I'm convinced that the voting public wants more than pablum from their elected officials.

Or this is just me and my biases. Who knows.

scarn , July 30, 2019 at 10:56 pm

My pre-Trump Republican but post-Trump independent boomer mother loves Williamson, and so do many of her friends. Marianne's apparent sincerity resonates with a lot of people.

MichaelSF , July 31, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Sincerity is the secret of success. Once you can fake that, you're on your way.

[Jul 31, 2019] Birds of a feather flock together...

Jul 31, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

steverino999 , 10 minutes ago link

"Epstein is a prolific liar and manipulator who lies about his net worth, financial prowess and personal achievements."

I guess Trump isn't so unique after all.

[Jul 31, 2019] Wait ! Where are Russiagate questions?

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

anon in so cal , July 30, 2019 at 10:16 pm

Is Klobuchar the only one who mentioned Russia?

pretzelattack , July 30, 2019 at 10:20 pm

i'm guessing it will be mentioned more often tomorrow night. "the candidate that will stand up to putin" or something to that effect.

Lambert Strether Post author , July 30, 2019 at 10:20 pm

Too funny. I didn't even notice. What a debacle RussiaGate was and is. Not even CNN thinks it's important!

(Crossed fingers; the question could still come up.)

[Jul 31, 2019] The stage is set for CNN's Presidential Debates in Detroit

It's the Fox Theatre, built in late 1920s
Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Sadly, there will be no military fly-by.

skippy , July 31, 2019 at 1:14 am

Same initial reaction to the architecture, especially the gold deities lit up like their power was illuminating the room.

[Jul 30, 2019] It s not just America

Jul 26, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

"It's not just America. The whole world has sort of turned muddy. By and large, the world is increasingly run by ignoramuses, wackos and psychotics. This was long before Donald Trump. But we've got more crazy people running the world now than ever."

Seymour Hersh

[Jul 30, 2019] Bloody Putin's assassins crack down on desperate people craving for peace and love!

Jul 30, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Arioch , Jul 30 2019 7:30 utc | 73

Bloody Putin's assassins crack down on desperate people craving for peace and love!

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1268403813334569&set=a.239490036225957&type=3&theater

[Jul 29, 2019] Some people think the notion that Trump is a Kremlin spy is rather fanciful. But if you look more closely, all the evidence is there.

Jul 29, 2019 | off-guardian.org

mark

Some people think the notion that Trump is a Kremlin spy is rather fanciful. But if you look more closely, all the evidence is there.

He once got drunk on a bottle of vodka before he became a teetotaller. He often wears a red tie. He was once seen attending a film performance of "War And Peace." And (a dead giveaway) he has been seen talking to Putin and actually shaking his hand.

And if all that isn't conclusive evidence that he's a Kremlin spy, then I don't know what is.

[Jul 27, 2019] How you spell Schadenfreude

Jul 27, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Taras77 , July 25, 2019 at 12:07

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/wp-content/uploads/democrats-mueller.jpg

I think I can manage to spell Schadenfreude; what an absolute train wreck. Unfortunately, trump's gloating will be ever present thru 2020 elections.

Jeez, dimos, get a plan, forget his stupid tweets.

[Jul 27, 2019] All Hillary's emails are now in an art gallery show in Venice Italy

Jul 27, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Janet Abbey , July 25, 2019 at 20:19

Nor do I. All Hillary's emails are now in an art gallery show in Venice Italy. You can get a bound copy of all 6 0 ,0 0 0 of them. https://focusfree.blogspot.com/2019/05/hillarys-emailsall-of-them.html

[Jul 27, 2019] Russia interfered on a massive scale ($3,684 was spends on ads on which $1932 on promoting Trump) and is doing it again as we sit here! Just how massive? They spent $100,000 on clickbait ads from a company owned by a man who was in a photo with the evil mastermind!

Highly recommended!
Jul 27, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Glennn , July 26, 2019 at 12:16

Russia interfered on a massive scale and is doing it again as we sit here! Just how massive? They spent $100,000 on clickbait ads from a company owned by a man who was in a photo with the evil mastermind!

How evil? Well do the math. $43,000 to $46,000 of that was spent during the election and of those ads 8.4 percent were political. That's $3,684 dollars.

But the political ads were aimed in both directions so that's roughly $1,932 spent "promoting" Trump.

And now Mueller tells us the evil mastermind is at it again -- as we sit here -- probably spending even more this time. Let us know when he's spent a full thousand dollars Bob and we'll start loading the bombs.

Oh, and we found all this out for around thirty million dollars.

stephen kelley , July 25, 2019 at 22:34

think about it! with the myriad of problems we must contend with: growing social inequality, huge tax breaks for the rich, government deregulation of private business, a climate catastrophe, unending wars, nuclear annihilation spurred on especially by u.s. imperialism, the gutting of what little social safety net we have left and so on and so so on. and we are supposed to be outraged at supposed foreign interference with our supposed democratic process? please, this is total insanity!!!

John Wolfe , July 25, 2019 at 18:29

Of course, relatively speaking, it’s a nothing. Every knowledgeable person knows that we in the US orchestrated both the financing and the strategy of the 1996 Yeltsin campaign -- a political rescue so efficiently carried out that our operatives bragged brazenly about it to Time Magazine, which made it the cover story for its July 14, 1996 edition (“Yanks to the Rescue”).

The Lamestream Corporate media always underplayed the fact that Yeltsin ordered the execution of 1,100 demonstrators who protested the IMF backed “reforms”, and that Clinton approved of his deadly and heavy hand in implementing a neoliberal economic order. Clinton never threatened to suspend aid to the Russian Federation despite its numerous abuses of human rights.

Also forgotten is that Yeltsin ordered the Russian Parliament (Duma) shelled before it could vote on Yeltsin’s economic “reforms”, which were implemented at the point of a gun. At various times between 1993 and 1997, it was Yeltsin who declared martial law, suspended the Duma, and declared himself possessed of dictatorial powers.

How many Americans ever knew this? 20%? How many remember it today? Maybe 5%? That means there is no context for gauging Muellers’ testimony.

But, it is, by MSNBC standards, Vladimir Putin who is Evil Incarnate. Has Maddow ever mentioned Yeltsin, a tyrant of the first order? No, because at GE, Comcast, and NBC, tyranny in the name of enforcing neoliberalism is perfectly acceptable.

This post is a bit off topic, and is a bit relativistic, as I know we should be concerned if it is really true that Manafort was giving internal polling data to a Russian Federation person so that the IRA could better target swing states in our Midwest.

Bob Van Noy , July 26, 2019 at 08:26

John Wolfe, your comment is not off topic at all, it’s crucial to further understanding of the totality of the Russia did it mentality, and That is well documented in a small but powerful book called “Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance” by F. William Engdahl which I will link.

The American People have been propagandized so thoroughly that they can hardly recognize the truth any longer.

Too, I will link an article in Off Guardian this morning that is worth mentioning if one wants to see Real Reporting On MH-17.

https://www.amazon.com/Manifest-Destiny-Democracy-Cognitive-Dissonance/dp/3981723732

And:

https://off-guardian.org/2019/07/26/mh17-call-for-justice/

[Jul 27, 2019] Elizabeth Warren: The woman who predicted last financial crisis is sounding alarm again

Jul 26, 2019 | smh.com.au

Warren became a household name thanks to her prescient warning of what became a global financial crisis."

No, she became a household name when she claimed to be part indigenous American.

[Jul 27, 2019] Pornographic Democracy by Linh Dinh

Jul 27, 2019 | www.unz.com

Pornography multiplies frequency, duration, angles, positions and sexual partners, an endless and eternal sexual buffet, except that none of it is really happening. Similarly, American democracy gives the appearance of boundless participation by all citizens, for they can't just vote in caucuses and elections, but cheer at conventions, march in protest, write letters to newspapers, comment on the internet and follow, blow by blow, the serial mud wrestling between opposing politicians. Pissed, they can freely curse Bush, Obama or Trump without fearing a midnight knock on the door. Alas, none of their "political activities" actually matters, for Americans don't influence their government's policies, much less decide them. It's all an elaborate spectacle to make each chump think he's somehow a player, in on the action, when he's actually all alone, in the dark, to beat his own meat, yet again.

He has railroaded, premasticated opinions on everything, but without the means to act on any of it. Only his impotence is real.

[Jul 26, 2019] Tucker: Democrats believed Mueller would save America

Highly recommended!
He was like a deer in headlights. Mueller's testimony riddled with shaky moments, incomplete answers - YouTube
Looks like Mueller is not currently mentally capable of programming his microwave, never mind to be the primary author of his eport or supervise the investigation.
Shouldn't James Comey and Rod Rosenstein be sitting there, its obvious to me that Mueller is the patsy here.
Jul 26, 2019 | www.youtube.com

cannonball666 , 19 hours ago

Mueller: What page are you referencing? I can't find it"

Rep: "Sir, you have the report upsidedown"

Kris Roberts , 23 hours ago

"A daft old man blinking in the sunlight once the curtain has been opened"😅🤔🤣😂

Diana Seip , 1 day ago

Nadler should be charged with elderly abuse making Mueller testify today.

Louis Frost, 1 day ago

What's Fusion GPS???
Houston we have a problem,

[Jul 26, 2019] By his testimony Wednesday, Mr. Mueller gives new meaning to the term useful idiot

Jul 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

Who imagined that in the climactic scene of the blockbuster RussiaGate fantasy, when the curtain was ripped away, the Wizard at the controls would turn out to be Captain Queeg! We need not rehash all the depressing particulars of Robert Mueller's six-hour public humiliation in two House committee hearings in order to reach a set of conclusions about the conduct of his rogue investigation and the perfidious report issued in his name.

One is that Robert Mueller could not have run his investigation. There is even reason to question that he was briefed on the day-to-day developments by the people who did run it -- since, for instance, he apparently never heard the phrase "Fusion GPS," that is, the swarm of flying monkeys who delivered the whole shebang's predicate documents known as the Steele Dossier simultaneously to the FBI, The Washington Post , and The New York Times beginning in 2016. By his testimony Wednesday, Mr. Mueller gives new meaning to the term useful idiot .

[Jul 26, 2019] Deutsche Bank Flagged Jeffrey Epstein Overseas Transactions For Suspected Sex-Trafficking

"Imagine if all banks were truly clean, refusing to deal with shady characters...."
Jul 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Yog Soggoth , 3 hours ago link

"Following a series of investigative reports by the Miami Herald earlier this year, Deutsche Bank followed suit, severing ties with the wealthy financier. Doing so proved difficult for the bank, as its antiquated systems. " On a number of occasions, Deutsche Bank executives had thought they had shut down all of Mr. Epstein's accounts , only to learn that there were others that they had not previously been aware of," according to the Times . By late spring, there were still transactions occurring in Epstein's Deutsche Bank accounts, however company officials now believe they have closed them all down."

They had no investigative people working for them, and somehow did not read newspapers from Miami at the time. They also have, and always have had, antiquated systems even though they are a large bank. Who does this make sense to?

ItsAllBollocks , 4 hours ago link

Post deleted due to cognitive disodence.

[Jul 25, 2019] Almost the only people who think Boris Johnson a nice guy are those who do not know him.

Jul 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Laguerre , Jul 23 2019 13:27 utc | 13

Actually, a sense of humor is a sign of intelligence, I think.
Johnson's jokes all fall flat, witness today's poor attempt to call himself a DUD, and then add an E. That's no sign of intelligence. Anyway his former boss, Max Hastings, who knew him quite well said, "Almost the only people who think Johnson a nice guy are those who do not know him."

Jackrabbit , Jul 23 2019 15:08 utc | 26

Faux BoJo sings 'The Great Pretender'

Destined to become a classic.

Noirette , Jul 23 2019 15:13 utc | 28
= :) :) =

I can imagine this sketch: (Bojo impersonator)

quote:

Lift the ban on foxhunting, Tally Ho! Lower taxes for my friends, in arduis fidelis! Deliver Brexit, Do or Die! Tarrifs nought, qui audet adipiscitur!

(waves goblet of red and pulls a kipper out of his pants somewhere)

buses buses! National Health, shore it up, no spaffing money up or down the wall, oh my hobby, that hobby ..painting buses on boxes errr ?

(straightens, fakey serious mien)

Britain can be will be energised a will WILL make the way We will rise up and believe in self-achievement negativity is banned, banished, Britannia Rules the Waves, Merit will win out!

(in French with a fake plummy Brit accent)

Je suis la personne idéale pour faire comprendre à Michel Barnier que la menace de no-deal est absolument sérieuse, à 100 pourcent il n'y a qu'a..

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Bojo moved to Brussels when he was 9, his father worked for the European Commission. He speaks v. good French, with a ++ second from Oxford, Classics, his Latin is pretty good, and I have read (no idea?) he manages Classical Greek masterfully (i have none so didn't include quotes.)

Michael Droy , Jul 23 2019 15:40 utc | 37
The Ukraine elected a comedian for president. Great Britain felt a need to top that.
Or as i would say, the Ukraine elected a man who had pretended to be a president, and Britain elected a man who had pretended to be Trump.

... ... ...

Bronco_Kulitschka , Jul 23 2019 15:48 utc | 38
@4
I´m always amazed how easy it is to make people accept that they have no choice but pest and cholera.
William Gruff , Jul 23 2019 16:13 utc | 44
Just as Trump perfectly personifies America and Trudeau is the quintessential symbol of Canada-ness, BoJo is the ideal characterization of Britain. It is truly amazing that the western political world has become a caricature of reality.
Clueless Joe , Jul 23 2019 16:26 utc | 47
It seems logically inconsistent for anyone to back Trump's election but not BoJo's.

We are getting what we in the US colloquially term a "two'fer" here. They are part of the same package.

... ... ... William Gruff - 43
We just need Sarkozy and Berlusconi back in power to have quintessential French and Italian caricatures - though Macron is trying hard. Sadly, Schäuble isn't likely to succeed Merkel.

Perimetr , Jul 23 2019 16:38 utc | 49
Re Thomas @ 25 "It is starting to appear to be very much a contest of buffoons, which country has the more outrageous buffoon."

Indeed. Next question, which buffoon will launch their nuclear weapons first?

[Jul 25, 2019] Dems ratpack of reparations freaks, weird sexual curiosities, and race hustlers is actually a fifth column for Trump re-election by Fred Reed

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... The Democrats are fielding as candidates a roster of middle-school clowns and unflavored tapioca. Are they secretly in Trump's pay? Like Clinton with her "Deplorables" suicide line? ..."
"... Probably the Russians are behind it. ..."
Jul 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

They're going to do it, I tell you: The whole touchy-feely do-gooding ratpack of Microaggression worriers, reparations freaks, weird sexual curiosities, race hustlers, bat.-Antifa psychos, and egalitarian enstupidators of universities. They are going to elect Trump. Again.

Washington, where I shortly will be for a bit, is crazy. It has not the slightest, wan, etiolated idea of what is going on in America. The Democrats are fielding as candidates a roster of middle-school clowns and unflavored tapioca. Are they secretly in Trump's pay? Like Clinton with her "Deplorables" suicide line?

Probably the Russians are behind it.

[Jul 25, 2019] Everybody complains about politicians.

Jul 25, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Monty , July 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm

"Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope."

Never gets old.

Arizona Slim , July 23, 2019 at 7:07 pm

Source of this delicious quote, please.

WheresOurTeddy , July 23, 2019 at 10:51 pm

George Carlin, or as I think of him, 21st century Mark Twain

[Jul 24, 2019] And now it might be Obama turn

Jul 24, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

MoreFreedom , 50 seconds ago link

I'm glad Democrats are hanging their hat on the fact that a president can be indicted when he's out of office for obstruction of justice. So they won't object when Barr indicts Obama.

[Jul 24, 2019] Robert Mueller literally just said he wasn t familiar with Fusion GPS

Looks like Mueller currently is not capable of programming his microwave, never mind to write a report or supervise an investigation.
Jul 24, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

My Lord. My Lord. Drug test everyone in Washington. Everyone!

Velocitor , 8 minutes ago link

He never heard of Fusion GPS!?!?? Whaaaa????

That would be like Archibald Cox saying he never heard of Watergate! Does Mueller have Alzheimer's? If he doesn't know that much, what's the point of even talking to him?

Dems should have adjourned right then, to save further embarrassment.

RictaviousPorkchop , 37 minutes ago link

After that performance Mueller should be on street corner begging for change.

[Jul 23, 2019] Not The Onion NY Times Urges Trump To Establish Closer Ties With Moscow

Highly recommended!
Jul 23, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

2016 a Russia-Trump campaign collusion conspiracy was afoot and unfolding right before our eyes, we were told, as during his roll-out foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., then candidate Trump said [ gasp! ]:

" Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries. Some say the Russians won't be reasonable. I intend to find out."

NPR and others had breathlessly reported at the time, "Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the U.S., was sitting in the front row" [ more gasps! ].

This 'suspicious' "coincidence or something more?" event and of course the infamous Steele 'Dodgy Dossier' were followed by over two more years of the following connect-the-dots mere tiny sampling of unrestrained theorizing and avalanche of accusations...

Here's a very brief trip down memory lane:

2017, Politico: The Hidden History of Trump's First Trip to Moscow

2017, NYT: Trump's Russia Motives (where we were told: "President Trump certainly seems to have a strange case of Russophilia.")

2017, Business Insider: James Clapper: Putin is handling Trump like a Russian 'asset'

2017, USA Today: Donald Trump's ties to Russia go back 30 years

2018, NYT: Trump, Treasonous Traitor

2018, AP: Russia had 'Trump over a barrel'

2018, BBC: Russia: The 'cloud' over the Trump White House

2018, NYT: From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

2018, USA Today: " From Putin with love"

2019, WaPo: Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset

2019, Vanity Fair: "The President Has Been Acting On Russia's Behalf": U.S. Officials Are Shocked By Trump's Asset-Like Behavior

2019, Wired: Trump Must Be A Russian Agent... (where we were told...ahem: " It would be rather embarrassing ... if Robert Mueller were to declare that the president isn't an agent of Russian intelligence." )

Embarrassing indeed.

"The walls are closing in!" - we were assured just about every 24 hours .

It's especially worth noting that a July 2018 New York Times op-ed argued that President Trump -- dubbed a "treasonous traitor" for meeting with Putin in Helsinki -- should "be directing all resources at his disposal to punish Russia."

Fast-forward to a July 2019 NY Times Editorial Board piece entitled "What's America's Winning Hand if Russia Plays the China Card?" How dizzying fast all of the above has been wiped from America's collective memory! Or at least the Times is engaged in hastily pushing it all down the memory hole Orwell-style in order to cover its own dastardly tracks which contributed in no small measure to non-stop national Russiagate hype and hysteria, with this astounding line:

President Trump is correct to try to establish a sounder relationship with Russia... -- E ditorial Board, New York Times, 7-22-19

That's right, The Times' pundits have already pivoted to the new bogeyman while stating they agree with Trump on Russian relations :

"Given its economic, military and technological trajectory, together with its authoritarian model, China, not Russia , represents by far the greater challenge to American objectives over the long term . That means President Trump is correct to try to establish a sounder relationship with Russia and peel it away from China ."

[... Mueller who? ]

Remember how recently we were told PUTIN IS WEAPONIZING EVERYTHING! from space to deep-sea exploration to extreme climate temperatures to humor to racial tensions to even 'weaponized whales' ?

It's 2019, and we've now come full circle . This is The New York Times editorial board continuing their call for Trump to establish "sounder" ties and "cooperation" with Russia :

"Even during the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union often made progress in one facet of their relationship while they remained in conflict over other aspects. The United States and Russia could expand their cooperation in space . They could also continue to work closely in the Arctic And they could revive cooperation on arms control."

Could we imagine if a mere six months ago Trump himself had uttered these same words? Now the mainstream media apparently agrees that peace is better than war with Russia.

With 'Russiagate' now effectively dead, the NY Times' new criticism appears to be that Trump-Kremlin relations are not close enough , as Trump's "approach has been ham-handed " - the 'paper of record' now tells us.

Or imagine if Trump had called for peaceful existence with Russia almost four years ago? Oh wait...

" Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries." -- Then candidate Trump on April 27, 2016

Cue ultra scary red Trump-Kremlin montage.

[Jul 23, 2019] MH17 Evidence-Tampering Exposed Cover-Ups, Hiding Records, Witness Misreporting, FBI Seizures

Jul 23, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Mah_Authoritah , 7 minutes ago link

FBI seems to come up in every scandal.

I think I'm beginning to see a pattern.

Kartolas , 7 minutes ago link

I'm shocked...

[Jul 23, 2019] Some thoughts about Mueller testimony

Notable quotes:
"... Imagine you are a horny 15 year old boy and you have been promised sex with an incredible Hollywood talent. Driven by surging hormones your anticipation and excitement are off the scale. You are taken to the place where the tryst will happen. And you open the door. Waiting of you is Barney Fife. ..."
Jul 23, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Imagine you are a horny 15 year old boy and you have been promised sex with an incredible Hollywood talent. Driven by surging hormones your anticipation and excitement are off the scale. You are taken to the place where the tryst will happen. And you open the door. Waiting of you is Barney Fife.

That sort of sums up what is likely to happen tomorrow when Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary and the House Intelligence committees. I have shut off almost all cable news. I cannot stomach the relentless hype about tomorrow's supposed "big day."

Blackberet , 23 July 2019 at 02:18 PM

Hmmm, given how the legacy media has managed to completely misinterpret what Mueller's Report actually says, imagine what a field day they will have interpreting "nothing" to mean something. Now, I wonder what that something might be...?

[Jul 23, 2019] Jon Stewart for president

Jul 23, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

farm ecologist , Jul 23 2019 1:59 utc | 49

@27 curtis

I would vote for Jon Stewart, who seems to be a deep thinker and conscientious individual. (Colbert and Oliver, not so much.) Hey, if Regan and Schwartzenager and Trump could do it, why not?

[Jul 23, 2019] Neoliberalism and the USA

Jul 23, 2019 | www.unz.com

Amon , says: July 23, 2019 at 7:37 am GMT

There is something perversely funny in the notion that the greatest nation in history, with the best military in the world is really nothing more than just another occupied land.

[Jul 23, 2019] UK Caught As Trump's Useful Idiot In Dangerous Iran Policy

Jul 23, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

Eye-For-An-Eye: The UK fell for a US trap when it seized an Iranian ship on July 4. Iran struck back last Friday.

" Eye for eye and hand for hand is our Islamic ideology. An American eye or a European hand are not more valuable than an Iranian eye or hand ," said Mohammad-Sadegh Javadi-Hesar, a reformist politician.

[Jul 22, 2019] When the music stops, in terms of liquidity, things will be complicated

Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

"When the music stops, in terms of liquidity, things will be complicated. But as long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance. We're still dancing,"

Chuck Prince, CEO Citigroup, July 9, 2007

[Jul 22, 2019] A baited banker

Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

"A baited banker thus desponds,
From his own hand foresees his fall,
They have his soul, who have his bonds;
'Tis like the writing on the wall.

How will the caitiff wretch be scared,
When first he finds himself awake
At the last trumpet, unprepared,
And all his grand account to make!

For in that universal call,
Few bankers will to heaven be mounters;
They'll cry, 'Ye shops, upon us fall!
Conceal and cover us, ye counters!'

When other hands the scales shall hold,
And they, in men's and angels' sight
Produced with all their bills and gold,
'Weigh'd in the balance and found light!'

Jonathan Swift, A Run Upon the Bankers

[Jul 21, 2019] Merchants of Death business uber alles" as the new interpretation of "Drain the Swamp" election time slogan by Trump administration

"Drain the swamp" now means good times for Raytheon.
Jul 21, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

rwe2late , 1 hour ago link

Draining the swamp means hiring the lobbyists

- Orwell

...err, I meant Trump.

War is Peace

- well, now that's Orwell

(and many others in government and elsewhere)

Klassenfeind , 2 hours ago link

The Donald Trump Administration is looking more and more like George W. Bush's Administration: a dumb clueless idiot surrounded by neocons.

Remember Donald Rumsfeld , Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice, John Bolton , George Tenet, Henry Paulson, Paul Wolfowitz , and **** Cheney from the George W Bush Administration?

Tell me Trumptards, what's so "different this time" about Donald Trump hiring Bolton, Pompeo, Mattis/Shanahan/Esper, Haley, Haspel and Mnuchin?

[Jul 20, 2019] Corporate welfare and you

Jul 20, 2019 | failedevolution.blogspot.com

In 2013, for example, the state of Washington approved a record $8.7 billion handout to Boeing in order "to maintain and grow its workforce within the state."

What did Boeing do? In the following years, it laid off more than 12,000 workers in the state.

[Jul 20, 2019] Trade wars are good, and easy to win. Really?

Jul 20, 2019 | www.nytimes.com

Donald Trump's declaration that "trade wars are good, and easy to win" will surely go down in the history books as a classic utterance -- but not in a good way.

Instead it will go alongside Dick Cheney's prediction, on the eve of the Iraq war, that "we will, in fact, be welcomed as liberators."

[Jul 18, 2019] Not sure how to explain that to students in 101 History of the US

Jul 18, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Mina , Jul 18 2019 16:48 utc | 1

Not sure how to explain that to students in 101 History of the US. On one side it is ok fort he US President to sing "send her back" about an elected member of congress who is born in Somalia,
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49035505
But on the other side, according to the US embassy in Poland, it is 'promoting hatred' to have stickers 'LGBT freezone'.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49037275

[Jul 17, 2019] 13 Russian Indictments -- Letter From Putin to Mueller

Notable quotes:
"... I originally published this as a satirical Facebook Note on February 21, 2018, after the New York Times reported on February 16, 2018 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 13 Russians. ..."
Jul 15, 2019 | medium.com

Michael Weddle Follow Jul 15 · 3 min read

I originally published this as a satirical Facebook Note on February 21, 2018, after the New York Times reported on February 16, 2018 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 13 Russians.

February 21, 2018

The Honorable Robert Swan Mueller III
Special Investigating Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530–0001

Dear Mr. Mueller:

I read with great interest your indictments of 13 Russian citizens and three Russian corporations.

Please note that Russia encourages you to continue your investigatory efforts as we are confident you will find that neither myself or any representatives of my office and government have anything to do with what many of your politicians and media members are describing as "Russian collusion" or "Russian meddling" with the US 2016 elections.

Also, as a side note, please know that we in Russia are completely surprised at how you conducted your 2016 election. From the vantage point of anyone living outside of America those elections did not appear fair at all. We in Russia are surprised by this as we thought you were a better nation than what we saw from your 2016 national elections.

Although the United States of America and The Russian Federation hold no formal extradition treaty agreement, please be advised I am willing to use the powers of my office to contact those whom you've indicted and I will do my utmost to encourage them to come to America in order to stand the trial of your indictments. We are confident that your jurisprudence system for legal discovery will produce both remarkable and enlightening evidence for your investigation.

On a mundane matter, would you be willing to pay for the costs of their travel and housing expenses while they stand trial in America, or would you prefer that The Russian Federation to cover this expense?

Finally, please find attached a copy of the Constitution of The Russian Federation. You are welcome to share with your fellow citizens as we are confident they will become very surprised by what they learn from reading the contents of our Constitution.

http://www.constitution.ru/en/10003000-01.htm

Very truly yours,

Vladimir Putin, President The Russian Federation

PS: I strongly recommend that your FBI, NSA and DHS departments thoroughly examine the DNC computers in order to determine if they were actually "hacked." I'm confident you will discover that the documents published by Wikileaks were the product of an inside "leak" onto a thumb drive. Please note that I am shocked that the thoroughness of your investigation has not yet accomplished this simple and obvious task.

[Jul 17, 2019] NYT and legal terminology

Jul 17, 2019 | www.nytimes.com


sandgk
Columbus, OH July 8

"Nude photos of underage girls ..." This would be what the law also calls child pornogrpahy.

[Jul 17, 2019] Victoria's Secret Boss Wexner Swears He Didn't Know About Epstein Penchant For Pedophilia

Jul 17, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

arthgallo , 1 day ago link

Well I"m completely satisfied. Bill Clinton said he didn't know; now Wexler says he didn't know anything either. Guess that the end of all the speculation. Might have to just open up those videos huh?

[Jul 17, 2019] A major problem with US neoliberalism: unbelievably shallow people run for the highest office in the US

Degeneration of the USA elite really is getting speed.
Notable quotes:
"... I've been watching in complete dismay for more than two decades now how many unbelievably empty people run for the highest office in the US. These people are empty. No substance, no soul, no brain or heart. Nothing. ..."
Jul 17, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com
Hrant , 3 days ago

I've been watching in complete dismay for more than two decades now how many unbelievably empty people run for the highest office in the US. These people are empty. No substance, no soul, no brain or heart. Nothing.

[Jul 15, 2019] Paedophile, or pedophile, is not the right word for what Epstein is accused of. Espionage is.

Jul 15, 2019 | www.unz.com

Gordo , says: July 12, 2019 at 2:35 pm GMT

@Tono Bungay

paedophile, or pedophile, is not the right word for what Epstein is accused of.

Espionage is the issue here methinks, not a discussion of the age of consent in West Virginia.

[Jul 15, 2019] Jared and Ivanka

Jul 05, 2019 | unz.com
Real Buddy Ray , July 5, 2019 at 2:27 pm GMT

It's no fair. We can't criticicize Jared without being called antisemitic. Ms. Mercer experts us to believe Ivanka is the power player when Ivanka was off having a baby. Jared didn't have the meeting with the Russian lawyer.

It was Ivanka. Jared didn't rewrite Trump's immigration proposals. It was Ivanka. Jared didn't leak that Trump Junior was at the meeting with the Russian. It was Ivanka.

It was Ivanka who undercut Tillerson and had her own shadow state department. Ivanka who instructed Flynn to contact Russian diplomats during the transition.

I agree that all Trump's failures are Ivanka's fault. She's is his favorite child and the only the reason Jared is in the White House -- firing anyone remotely competent and dooming Trump to the biggest election loss since Goldwater.

Ms. Mercer doesn't see her own ethnocentrism by blaming Ivanka for all Jared's failures. She's scapegoating. So we are doomed to let Trump fail because his liberal (neoconnish) son-in-law is Jewish? We can't kvetch? And there is so much more.

Jared really is at the helm of everything. Trump suddenly raised tariffs on Mexico recently and they were worried. They called Jared as reported by vanity fair. They Mexicans did not call our president. They went straight to the source of power just like Kim Kardashian's did. Jared got back in town and talked his father-in-law out of those tariffs. He even convinced his father in law that he gained something from the Mexicans. That something was something the Mexicans were already going to do. And Trump left us with was another cave. Thanks Jared.

[Jul 13, 2019] The sequel to the movie "

From comments: Remember where you heard this first, "Current and former intelligence officials" tell me that Mueller has asked his mother to write a note to be excused from the field trip to Congress next Thursday, the 17th.
In my view, the only sympathy Mueller should be able to elicit at this point is the cruel reality that he chose to perform one last job for the Deep State after he had reached the age of statutory senility. Or... Maybe Mueller should ask Putin for asylum before he concedes the truth and implicates Brennan, Clapper, Hillary and Obama as masterminds of Intelgate. ... It should be interesting to see how this plays out, if the judiciary has the fortitude to stand up to the Den of Spooks.
Jul 13, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Stan W. , July 12, 2019 at 13:55

The myth regarding Russian influence in the 2016 election that enabled Donald Trump to "steal" the presidency from Hillary Clinton would make a good sequel to a movie from 1966. Its title: "THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!"

[Jul 13, 2019] Epstein-Barr virus epidemic strikes New York and DC; thousands stricken by Alligator Ed

Notable quotes:
"... primarily afflicts establishment democrats, in or out of office. For strictly show purposes, the Dems are allowed to have several (but no too many) Republican friends, but such companionship does not prevent infection. ..."
"... very similar to a case of Severe Trump Derangement Syndrome, which we professionals often acronymize* to STDS. STDS also stands for sexually transmitted diseases. ..."
Jul 11, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Epstein-Barr virus epidemic strikes New York and DC; thousands stricken

on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 11:47pm

This has been a helluva news week.

According to Q: The Storm Is Here. And if anybody thinks this Epstein deal is going to blow over--night, but not before the storm knocks over many stalwart denizens.

Now speaking as a physician of sorts (I think we all have experienced sorts), The Centers for Disease Control has not authorized me or anyone to say what I am going to say. And thank you very much. But clinicians at CDC* (* meaning not really official) are saying that first indications of this disease are sometimes extremely subtle, such as repetitively looking over one's shoulder.

Incubation period:

anywhere between today and 1/1/2020

Epidemiology

primarily afflicts establishment democrats, in or out of office. For strictly show purposes, the Dems are allowed to have several (but no too many) Republican friends, but such companionship does not prevent infection.

Symptomatology

very similar to a case of Severe Trump Derangement Syndrome, which we professionals often acronymize* to STDS. STDS also stands for sexually transmitted diseases.

*how do you like this new neologism (which is repetitive)?

... ... ...

[Jul 12, 2019] Neo iberalism is an oxymoron; it is not liberating, but rather constraining

Jul 12, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Kefeer , 4 hours ago

Liberalism is an oxymoron; it is not liberating, but rather constraining.

Mah_Authoritah , 4 hours ago

It liberates you from your mind & wealth.

Watch what liberals practice, not what they preach.

[Jul 12, 2019] Holding onto evidence was important

Jul 12, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Anunnaki , 4 hours ago

Yes Bill Clinton was a pedo President.

Moving and Grooving , 3 hours ago

So Monica was a MILF sort of thing?

SergeA.Storms , 3 hours ago

No, she was the only one old enough to understand holding onto evidence was important.

[Jul 12, 2019] A new place for a fair trial for Epstein

Jul 12, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Lumberjack , 3 hours ago

BREAKING:

Epstein's trial is being moved to Tel Aviv. His dream team claim he cannot get a fair trail... Even in New York.

[Jul 11, 2019] Epstein and Schumer "six ways to Sunday" quote

Jul 11, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Jackprong , 4 hours ago

I find it ironic that "the-intel-community-will-get-you-six-ways-to-sunday" Chuck U. Schumer telling Trump to fire his Labor Secretary who followed orders from the same Intel Community by giving a watered down sentence to Epstein.

[Jul 11, 2019] NYT publishes the article "Jeffrey Epstein Is the Ultimate Symbol of Plutocratic Rot"

Jul 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

nickels , says: July 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm GMT

That's funny because I always thought the New York Times was the ultimate symbol of plutocratic rot.

[Jul 11, 2019] Epstein and "City on a hill"

Jul 11, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Paco , 09 July 2019 at 01:46 PM

¿City on a hill?

Caligula an Nero look good compared to that tribe.

[Jul 10, 2019] Epstein vs Weiner

Jul 10, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Bunga Bunga , 2 hours ago

So there might be interesting stuff on the DVDs found in Epstein's vaults.

SergeA.Storms , 2 hours ago

They will be stowed with Weiner's laptop.

PGR88 , 2 hours ago

the Problem with blackmailing powerful people is that eventually you get killed

[Jul 10, 2019] Ann Coulter Thinks Epstein Had a State Sponsor

Putin probably gagged on his popcorn
Notable quotes:
"... Hmm...It's not the Russians??? What foreign government could it be? ... ..."
Jul 10, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

ken , 10 minutes ago

Hmm...It's not the Russians??? What foreign government could it be? ...

MagicCooler , 1 hour ago

Ann Coulter is like the proverbial "broken clock" -- right twice a day...

RealityColin , 56 minutes ago

Mossad.

cayman , 37 minutes ago

cia

Andrew G , 34 minutes ago

What's the difference between Mossad and the CIA???

Chupacabra , 7 minutes ago

*ding ding ding*

MushroomCloud2020 , 1 hour ago

Pedostein should be at Guantanamo, but if they take him down there for some non-kosher interrogation, we won't get updates. I'm sure Pedostein is working for Iran. s/c

[Jul 09, 2019] Pretty Please - - Trump Asked Iran To Allow Him To Bomb It

This is like fake wrestling on internati0nal arena. Typical negotiations before the fake wrestling event
Jul 09, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Don Bacon , Jul 8 2019 15:35 utc | 4

An Iranian general yesterday confirmed Magnier's take (also here ):

A senior Iranian general has revealed that Washington, through diplomatic channels, recently asked Tehran to allow it to conduct a small-scale operation in the Iranian airspace in order to save its face following the IRGC's shoot-down of a US spy drone.

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, the Head of Iran's Civil Defence Organization, said Iran vehemently rejected the US request, saying that it will respond to any act of aggression.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran responded that it views any operation as a war and will give a crushing response to it. You may initiate a war but this is Iran which will finish it," he said Sunday.

The idea that the U.S. would ask Iran to allow it to bomb some targets without hitting back sounds crazy.

Dear Mr. Rouhani,

could you please name me three targets in your country that I am allowed to bomb?

It is urgent as I need to look tough on Iran.

Pretty please!

Donald Trump

But this is the Trump White House and the only thing Trump really seems to care for is his own rating.

. . .that Trump be allowed to bomb one, two or three clear objectives, to be chosen by Iran,
Trump has experience in such a charade, when empty buildings were struck with US rockets after the fake Syrian "gas attack" in Douma, April 2018. Probably the details were worked out between US and Russia in that case. That it wasn't possible this time is a clear indication of Iran strength. Stronger than Russia! Imagine that.

bevin , Jul 8 2019 15:36 utc | 5

Alistair Crooke thinking about Iran and Israel
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/07/08/to-think-outside-box-helps-first-understand-whats-box/
Don Wiscacho , Jul 8 2019 15:42 utc | 6
That Trump would come begging hat in hand seeking for Tehran to let the US bomb the country unimpeded does not strike me as surprising or implausible. It fits Trump's trademark MO of "chaotic, incoherent" to a 't', with a heavy dash of megalomania thrown in as well. Just another day in the office for Trump.
The seizure of the Grace 1 is more intriguing for its brazen illegality as well as the reported circumstances (if one can believe the Brits in their claim of boarding 2.5 miles from shore). Was this another avenue of "maximum pressure" cooked up by Iran?
As for Iran seeking US military targets in the region, those sitting ducks will be the last targets sought. Not that they might not, but that certainly would be nuclear option for Tehran. There is much lower hanging fruit to target that would cripple the lackey Gulf states. Hitting the desalination plants of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain would ruin those economies overnight without risking environmental fallout. Iran would be hammered in the MSM, but would be no matter their course of action. Those countries would have strategic reserves of water, so I wouldn't imagine people actually dying of thirst in the desert, but the next day there would be a biblical exodus of the ex-pats that run those economies. The UAE would grind to a halt, there would be a possible overthrow of the monarchy of Bahrain, and massive unrest in Saudi Arabia, without risking immediate gloves-off war with the US.
Dan Lynch , Jul 8 2019 15:50 utc | 8

The cartoon has an element of truth, but mainly Trump is doing the bidding of his pro-Israel billionaire funders, Sheldon Adelson and Robert Mercer. They are frustrated that Trump has not been forceful enough with Iran.

Mercer">https://www.salon.com/2019/06/18/robert-and-rebekah-mercer-bail-on-trump-campaign-they-spent-49-million-in-2016/">Mercer bails on Trump

[Jul 09, 2019] One possible variant of 2020 elections

Jul 09, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Deniz , July 8, 2019 at 17:50

The Grabber in Chief vs Willie Brown's mistress -- wonderful.

[Jul 06, 2019] Neoliberal democrats for profit love of minorities

Nov 10, 2016 | discussion.theguardian.com

JamesWonnacott , 10 Nov 2016 11:18

"And of course, they answer it by bashing immigrants and people of colour, vilifying Muslims, and degrading women."

Muslims, of course, never degrade women do they?

[Jul 06, 2019] Which is worse - bankers or terrorists

Jul 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

John k , , July 5, 2019 at 1:27 pm

But consider Saudi us relations… who is kissing who’s ring?
Or consider Israeli us relations… ditto.
We’re a thuggish whore whose favors are easily bought; bring dollars or votes. Or kiss the ring.

[Jul 06, 2019] Washington consensus is now known as the Beijing consensus

Notable quotes:
"... Beijing has taken over support for the Washington consensus as they have thirty years experience telling them how well it works for them. ..."
Jul 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Sound of the Suburbs , , July 6, 2019 at 2:53 pm

A multi-polar world became a uni-polar world with the fall of the Berlin Wall and Francis Fukuyama said it was the end of history.

The Americans had other ideas and set about creating another rival as fast as they possibly could, China. China went from almost nothing to become a global super power.

The Americans have realised they have messed up big time and China will soon take over the US as the world's largest economy.

Beijing has taken over support for the Washington consensus as they have thirty years experience telling them how well it works for them.

The Washington consensus is now known as the Beijing consensus.

[Jul 06, 2019] Pompeus Maximus and the USA as a Pirate Nation

Notable quotes:
"... Yes. It's piracy. USA a Pirate Nation. UK a useful part of the gang. ..."
"... I mean, empires have always been expansionist, violently expansionist. I mean, this is bad, but the empire is the empire. What bothers me is the lying. The filthy unbelievable lies emanating from the likes of Hillaria Terroristica and Pompeus Maximus and even from Obama the Salesman emperor, Emperor Tex Bush the second, and our current Carnival Barker Emperor Trumpius the Rube Caller. Let alone the generals lying thru their teeth. ..."
Jul 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

divadab, July 5, 2019 at 10:57 am

Yes. It's piracy. USA a Pirate Nation. UK a useful part of the gang.

I mean, empires have always been expansionist, violently expansionist. I mean, this is bad, but the empire is the empire. What bothers me is the lying. The filthy unbelievable lies emanating from the likes of Hillaria Terroristica and Pompeus Maximus and even from Obama the Salesman emperor, Emperor Tex Bush the second, and our current Carnival Barker Emperor Trumpius the Rube Caller. Let alone the generals lying thru their teeth.

It makes the whole enterprise ridiculous -- no one but the stupidest and most brainwashed believes the filthy liars. Terrible that our ruling class are traitors to the country -- because why lie unless you have no respect for those ruled? Lie to the stupid cattle -- let them repeat the lies and laugh at their stupidity.

[Jul 06, 2019] Peace though procurement malpractice

Notable quotes:
"... The current batch of military hardware is so much garbage that when the President wants to use the "superb" pieces of crap (F35 and the new boats are prime examples) a general will have to become the sacrificial lamb and give the president the news that this stuff is for show only. ..."
Jul 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

cnchal, July 5, 2019 at 5:38 am

Peace though procurement malpractice. The current batch of military hardware is so much garbage that when the President wants to use the "superb" pieces of crap (F35 and the new boats are prime examples) a general will have to become the sacrificial lamb and give the president the news that this stuff is for show only.

[Jul 06, 2019] DJT is like a less-likeable Inspector Clouseau. Sometimes ineptitude is a blessing

Notable quotes:
"... Same old, same old, same old, same old. Prospective candidates spewing out the same tired old hot air about how, this time, it really, really, really, really will be different. There won't be any more crazy multitrillion wars for Israel. Honest. ..."
Jul 06, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Piotr Berman , July 3, 2019 at 14:49

Comparatively great?

Like the "withdrawal from Syria", a typically fleeting idea?

Breaking a few treaties? Ratcheting up support of the carnage and starvation in Yemen?

The "comparatively great" side of Trump is attention deficiency disorder, so it is hard for him to start a war, something that requires some degree of organization and coordinating different branches of governments, different countries etc.

Seer , July 3, 2019 at 17:02

Nailed it!

DJT is like a less-likeable Inspector Clouseau. Sometimes ineptitude is a blessing: this was my only hope when refusing to vote for HRC.

mark , July 3, 2019 at 00:17

Same old, same old, same old, same old. Prospective candidates spewing out the same tired old hot air about how, this time, it really, really, really, really will be different. There won't be any more crazy multitrillion wars for Israel. Honest.

Just like Dubya. Just like Obomber. Just like the Orange Baboon. Whilst simultaneously begging for shekels from Adelson, Saban, Singer, Marcus.

And this is the "new anti war movement." Yeah.

[Jul 06, 2019] Back to Roman numerals in the USA? 56% of American parents not wanting Arabic numerals taught to their children

This level of ignorance is actually is pretty typical and not only for the USA... Kind of death sentence for democracy.
Jul 06, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com
Turkey, NATO and Russia - Sic Semper Tyrannis

Lars ,

Until you fix the problem with, according to a poll, 56% of American parents not wanting Arabic numerals taught to their children. I suspect that an equal number would not be able to find any of the mentioned places on a map.

Where those with crystal balls find certainty, I find something much less.

We do know that containment polices can work very well, but any involvement in the world's longest contested area is not worth the cost, nor the risk.

The US has already spent a fortune, with very little to show for it.

Maybe it is all about learning?

[Jul 05, 2019] The Donald's Peculiar Problem- Ivanka by Ilana Mercer

Jul 05, 2019 | www.unz.com

Even Margaret Thatcher, a master of the manly art of the parliamentary joust, would have been left speechless at this American girl's audacious idiocy. Having no empathy for woman-centric whining, The Iron Lady would have hand-bagged Ivanka with that famous little bag of hers.

Ivanka at her serious best is Barbie doll hair, an overbite, Botox and mind-numbing banalities. The two brilliant women she's preening before are not in the habit of disgorging American-style jargon like "male-dominated," "intersectionality," "transsexuality." Neither do May and Lagarde rabbit on about "women in politics," "women in business," women in sport," "women in this or that."

[Jul 04, 2019] Now and then

Jul 04, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Don Bacon , Jul 4 2019 17:50 utc | 24

current news - TOLONews
> The Hour Has Come For Peace In Afghanistan: Pompeo . . here
old news, seven years ago - BBC
> Obama in Afghanistan: 'We must replace war with peace' . . here

[Jul 04, 2019] Is Warren an intelligence firepower?

Jul 04, 2019 | www.unz.com

Jim bob Lassiter , says: July 2, 2019 at 1:07 pm GMT

@renfro

"Intelligence firepower"? You mean like so smart that she just knew that there was no way a nine year old kid with an internet connection could debunk her Cherokee ancestry claims?

[Jul 02, 2019] A lot of wanderers in the US political desert recognize that all the two party duopoly can offer is a choice of mirages

Jan 02, 2019 | caucus99percent.co

--

A lot of wanderers in the U.S. political desert recognize that all the duopoly has to offer is a choice of mirages.

Come, let us trudge towards empty expanse of sand #1, littered with the bleached bones of Deaniacs and Hope and Changers.

-- lotlizard

[Jul 01, 2019] Tour d'horizon

Jul 01, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

6. Tucker Carlson as a replacement for the 'stache? Good idea! Make the 'stache ambassador to Turkey or Israel. pl

catherine ,

''Make the 'stache ambassador to Turkey or Israel. ''

Heaven forbid! Put him on a plane and drop him out over Houthis territory in Yemen instead.

[Jun 30, 2019] Two cheers for chickenhawks

Notable quotes:
"... And how many congresspeople served in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan? How many presidential candidates had boots on the ground in combat theaters? The answer is one. Here is the moral decay of America's ruling elites boiled down to a single word. ..."
Jun 30, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

And how many congresspeople served in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan? How many presidential candidates had boots on the ground in combat theaters? The answer is one. Here is the moral decay of America's ruling elites boiled down to a single word.

Giant Meteor , 5 hours ago link

Moral leaders, lead. There is your moral decay.

44_shooter , 5 hours ago link

It didn't matter when they did. McStain fought, and absolutely LOVED war. Plenty of the Hawks served and fought, it's like frat boys who were hazed, carrying on the hazing.

[Jun 30, 2019] Happenings in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave

Jun 30, 2019 | dissidentvoice.org

The Sunday newspaper had been left on the park bench. Its book page had lists of best-sellers, as if numbers two through ten could be the "best" along with number one. Absurdities were everywhere for the taking. On the Non-Fiction Hardcover list, numbers 3, 5, and 10 each had the word fuck in the title.

The books were published by two old and respected publishing houses: Harper and Little Brown.

However, something was odd, for the word fuck was spelled f*ck.

These books were about hope, acceptance, and living the good life, cliché topics in a feel-good culture: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Everything is F*cked, and Calm the F*ck Down.

It seemed you had to be fucked first before you could accept the hope that the good life was coming your way.

[Jun 30, 2019] Pessimists vs. optimists is an old dichotomy: "Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book" ~Cicero

Jun 30, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Jackprong , 5 hours ago link

"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." -Cicero

[Jun 29, 2019] John Bolton is that you? on ZH? cooool, maybe pompeo will show up later?

Jun 29, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

LaugherNYC , 2 hours ago link

You gotta love the SCI. This shallowly-disguised Russian propaganda arm writes in the most charming awkward idiomatic English, bouncing from a "false neutral" tone to a jingoistic Amercia-phobic argot to produce its hit pieces.

Russian propaganda acts like Claude Raines in "Casablanca" : "i am shocked, shocked to discover (geopolitics) going on here!" Geeeee, Europe and the US are in a struggle to avoid Europe relying on Russia for strategic necessities like fuel, even if it imposes costs on European consumers. If you have a dangerous disease, and your pharmacist is known for cutting off their customers' vital drugs to extort them, you might consider using another provider who not only doesn't cut off supplies, but also provides the police department that protects you from your pharmacist's thugs who are known to invade customers' homes using the profits from their own business.

The US provides the protective umbrella that limits Putin's adventurism. Russia cuts of Ukraine's gas supplies in winter to force them into submission. Gasprom is effectively an arm of the Russian military, weaponizing Russia's only product as a geopolitical taser. Sure, it costs more to transport LNG across the Atlantic and convert it back to gas, but the profits from that business are routinely funneled back to Europe in the form of US trade, contributions to NATO, and the provision of the nuclear umbrella that protects Europeans from the man who has publicly lamented the fall of the Soviet Union, called for the return of the former SSRs, and violated the IRM treaty to place nuclear capable intermediate-range missiles and cruise missiles within range of Europe and boasted about his new hypersonic weapons' theoretic capability to decapitate NATO and American decision-making within a few minutes of launch.

... ... ...

Anonymous IX , 2 hours ago link

Oh, for pity's sake, Laugher. Everything...absolutely everything you attribute to Russia in your post can be said of the U.S. I'm not much of a Wiki fan, but for expediency, here's their view on military bases.

The establishment of military bases abroad enables a country to project power , e.g. to conduct expeditionary warfare , and thereby influence events abroad. Depending on their size and infrastructure, they can be used as staging areas or for logistical, communications and intelligence support. Many conflicts throughout modern history have resulted in overseas military bases being established in large numbers by world powers and the existence of bases abroad has served countries having them in achieving political and military goals.

And this link will provide you with countries worldwide and their bases.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_with_overseas_military_bases

Note that Russia, in this particular list, has eight bases all contiguous to Russia. The U.S. has 36 listed here with none of them contiguous to the U.S.' borders.

[Jun 29, 2019] Hiring aircraft computer engineers at $9/hr by Boeing is a great idea. Who could argue with smart cost saving?

Jun 29, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Anonymous IX , 3 minutes ago link

I love it. A company which fell in love so much with their extraordinary profits that they sabatoged their design and will now suffer enormous financial consequences. They're lucky to have all their defense/military contracts.

[Jun 28, 2019] Why some people might still vote for Trump ;-)

Jun 28, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Bill Carson , June 27, 2019 at 10:44 pm

I might vote for Trump if, as Biden suggests, his reelection means the end of NATO.

[Jun 28, 2019] What's wrong with America

Notable quotes:
"... "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." Isaac Asimov ..."
Jun 28, 2019 | peakoilbarrel.com

Carlos Diaz says: 06/23/2019 at 2:37 pm

What's wrong with America, that believes the solution to any international problem is war?

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." Isaac Asimov

[Jun 28, 2019] Neoliberal MSM proposed set of debate questions for Bernie Sanders

Jun 27, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Chris , June 27, 2019 at 7:56 pm

Let's see if they can keep Bernie in the same cage they put Tulsi in. I can't imagine they'll be helpful or even polite to him. I expect "debate" questions such as:

[Jun 28, 2019] Proposal for 2024 Democratic debates

Jun 28, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL , June 28, 2019 at 3:55 am

For 2024 let's just have cage fights, contestants show up naked with their names and policy positions tattooed on their bodies, each gets a bucket of slime to smear on their opponent to try and cover them up. Then Sergei Brin's computer chooses the winner

Svante, June 28, 2019 at 6:28 am

...But I’d add corporate logo branding Irons...

[Jun 28, 2019] Tulsi Gabbard vs Bolton

Highly recommended!
Jun 28, 2019 | www.unz.com

Chris Mallory , says: June 28, 2019 at 2:04 am GMT

Miss Gabbard just served two tours in the ME, one as enlisted in the HI National Guard.

Brave Mr. Bolton kept the dirty communists from endangering the US supply of Chesapeake crab while serving in the Maryland Guard. Rumor also has it that he helped Tompall Glaser write the song Streets of Baltimore. Some say they saw Mr. Bolton single handily defending Memorial Stadium from a combined VC/NVA attack during an Orioles game. The Cubans would have conquered the Pimlico Race Course if not for the combat skill of PFC Bolton.

[Jun 27, 2019] Real men go to Teheran!

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Noirette , Jun 23, 2019 11:16:27 AM | 10

Trump strove for some foreign policy triumphs. The art of the deal!

Real men go to Teheran!

[Jun 27, 2019] The more things change the more they stay the same

Jun 27, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Sid Finster says: May 7, 2019 at 10:53 am

...Just as Obama turned out to be a slightly more articulate version of Dubya, Trump has turned out to be a meaner, more dysfunctional, more reckless version of Dubya.

[Jun 27, 2019] What Bolton needs most

Jun 27, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Uncle Billy says: May 7, 2019 at 9:44 pm Bolton needs a rabies shot. The man is a rabid neocon.

[Jun 27, 2019] Consistency in the US Presidents betrayal of their voters is simply remarable

Trump is the same "betrayer in chief" as Obama was. They both are variations of Bush II
Jun 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org
Josh , Jun 26, 2019 1:54:18 PM | 19
This dude (Trump) has spent more than two years, and a ton of money, trying to pull the undercurrent of dissent in the American population into his camp and under his wing.

In all of his 'fighting with the establishment' he has managed to change exactly nothing and bring exactly nobody to justice. He has gathered the entirety of the Bush/Rumsfeld faction directly into his tent, while miraculously failing to so much as arrest a single member of the Clinton faction. And to top it off he just ordered an armed attack on an independent nation (which failed in spectacular fashion as thr first targeting drone was vaporized while he was watching the livestream). Come on dude.

[Jun 27, 2019] Twitter To Censor Trump Tweets Ahead Of 2020 Election

Jun 27, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

[Jun 27, 2019] Something about the state of neoliberal MSM in the USA

Jun 27, 2019 | www.wsws.org

лидия3 days ago

When a FOX-news man is the most sane voice in USA foreign policy (regarding aggression against Iran and Venezuela) - it is the real madness!

[Jun 27, 2019] Something about neoliberal MSM

Jun 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Curtis , Jun 26, 2019 6:12:43 PM | 54

michaelj72 #37
I'm the Slime - Frank Zappa

I am gross and perverted
I'm obsessed 'n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I'm the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious
With the stuff that I say
I'm the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozin' out
From your TV set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't go for help . . . no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

[Jun 27, 2019] Western News Agencies Mistranslate Iran's President Speech - It Is Not The First Time Such 'Error' Happens

Notable quotes:
"... Give the MSM some break. They have translate it to Hebrew, and from Hebrew to English. Mistakes could happen. ..."
Jun 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Choderlos de Laclos , Jun 26, 2019 10:55:51 PM | 99

Give the MSM some break. They have translate it to Hebrew, and from Hebrew to English. Mistakes could happen.

[Jun 27, 2019] Glenn Greenwald: People Who Feel Inadequate In Life Get Purpose And Strength By Calling For War

Notable quotes:
"... Glenn Greenwald called out journalists and columnists pushing for a war with Iran and lamented that people who have been continually wrong are often hailed as the voice of authority and reason in an interview with FNC's Tucker Carlson on Friday. ..."
Jun 27, 2019 | www.realclearpolitics.com

Glenn Greenwald called out journalists and columnists pushing for a war with Iran and lamented that people who have been continually wrong are often hailed as the voice of authority and reason in an interview with FNC's Tucker Carlson on Friday.

Greenwald specifically took aim at Jeffrey Goldberg of 'The Atlantic' who he said got a promotion for being wrong about the war in Iraq.

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Posted by: John Smith | Jun 27, 2019 1:05:43 AM | 113

[Jun 26, 2019] Rules of the game

Jun 26, 2019 | www.rt.com

It was Charles De Gaulle who once said, " In order to be the master, the politician poses as the servant ." In the case of a US presidential election, his words should be amended to read: " In order serve corporate America, the politician poses as the servant of the people ."

[Jun 26, 2019] Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results: It's amazing that 19 years of Afghanistan occupation and trillion spend it without any return this has failed to teach The USA leaders any humility.

Jun 26, 2019 | www.reuters.com

Trump is massively overconfident .

Asked if a war was brewing, Trump told Fox Business Network: "I hope we don't but we're in a very strong position if something should happen."

"I'm not talking boots on the ground," Trump said. "I'm just saying if something would happen, it wouldn't last very long."

[Jun 26, 2019] What Boeing should be with already produced MAX planes

Jun 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Timmay , 38 minutes ago link

Who would ever want to fly on one of these planes ever again??

free corn , 36 minutes ago link

They should convert them to drones - turn problem to opportunity.

inhibi , 39 minutes ago link

Ahh, so 737 Plunge Machine wasn't all that off for accurate new name.

Vince Clortho , 46 minutes ago link

Very negative Headline. Implies that Uncontrollable Nosedives are a bad thing.

ted41776 , 56 minutes ago link

shut up racists, why do you hate murkans? FAA said they're airworthy, what else do you want to hear?

[Jun 26, 2019] From MAGA to MIGA -- Trump metamorphosis under influence of Adelson money

Jun 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

R19 , 13 minutes ago link

Please prioritize in line with our current game plan:

MAGA

MIGA

MSAGA

MMEGA

R19 , 13 minutes ago link

1. MIGA

2. MSAGA

3. MMEGA

4. MAGA

[Jun 26, 2019] The first rule of political hypocrisy: Justify your actions by the need to protect the weak and vulnerable

Highly recommended!
Jun 26, 2019 | www.unz.com

...If you bomb Syria, do not admit you did it to install your puppet regime or to lay a pipeline. Say you did it to save the Aleppo kids gassed by Assad the Butcher. If you occupy Afghanistan, do not admit you make a handsome profit smuggling heroin; say you came to protect the women. If you want to put your people under total surveillance, say you did it to prevent hate groups target the powerless and diverse.

Remember: you do not need to ask children, women or immigrants whether they want your protection. If pushed, you can always find a few suitable profiles to look at the cameras and repeat a short text. With all my dislike for R2P (Responsibility to Protect) hypocrisy, I can't possibly blame the allegedly protected for the disaster caused by the unwanted protectors.

[Jun 26, 2019] Trump vs Sun Tsu

Jun 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

DingleBarryObummer , 15 minutes ago link

Appear weak when you are strong, appear strong when you are weak.

Rusty Pipes , 12 minutes ago link

And you appear stupid, when you are stupid, grats on that.

[Jun 25, 2019] It is utterly bizarre to hear people who believe Trump is unfit to lead seem disappointed that he isn't taking us to war. by W. James Antle III

Notable quotes:
"... Trump staggers through his presidency like a pinball bouncing its way through the machine - first this side, then that side, then being flipped back up to the top by a comment he hears on Fox News to start it all over again. ..."
Jun 25, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com
Ken T a day ago
Trump staggers through his presidency like a pinball bouncing its way through the machine - first this side, then that side, then being flipped back up to the top by a comment he hears on Fox News to start it all over again.

[Jun 25, 2019] Tucker Carlson advice to Trump

Jun 25, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Ben Alberduin , 2 days ago

"Ill advised wars are like doing cocaine: The initial rush rises your poll-numbers, but the crash is inevitable." Wise words Mr Carlson

[Jun 25, 2019] CNN evolution

Jun 25, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Jigoku Kishi , 21 hours ago

CNN:

2016: He's gonna start WW3

2019: He should have started WW3

[Jun 25, 2019] Like a true ((American)) woman and mother

Jun 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Malla , says: June 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm GMT

@J. Gutierrez

Madeline Albright responded to the question "1 million dead Iraqi babies is that an acceptable number for the US"? Like a true American woman and mother she said, "yes its acceptable."

You mean 'Like a true ((American)) woman and mother'

[Jun 25, 2019] Who lost Iraq

Jun 25, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Michael Murry , June 24, 2019 at 01:16

You've fallen quite a bit behind unfolding events in the twenty-first century, Old Geyser. As Mark Twain once said: "History may not repeat, but it surely rhymes." Here, allow me to illustrate what he meant (from thirteen years ago, when this self-inflicted middle-eastern catastrophe began devouring America's breakfast, lunch, and dinner like a similar fit of stupidity hadn't done since Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia forty years previously).

Who Lost Iraq
(after the Bob Dylan song, "Who killed Davey Moore?")

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"It wasn't me," said the President,
With his hard head stuck in its hard cement.
"I just start fires in the minds of men;
Pour gas on the flames every now and then.
I accomplished my mission when I robbed the store,
Then to cover up the crime I went and started a war.
In a few more years someone else will want the fun;
I'll give the mess to them; then I'll say that I won!
They'll lose Iraq
Who couldn't see me handing them the sack."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"It wasn't us," cried the military brass.
"We just saluted Rumsfeld and kissed his senile ass.
We long ago swore not to think too hard or much;
Just do as we're told and to use that as a crutch;
So when the hopes go wrong and the shit hits the fan,
We can always just say: 'We took our orders from the man.'
With our medals and our pensions and our private jumbo jets
'It's the only war we've got' and that's as good as it gets.
They lost Iraq:
The suits who tied our hands behind our back."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"It wasn't me," said the rapping Secretary
Talking too dense and sounding real scary.
"We know we don't know what we don't know we know
But we do know how to stage a little dog-and-pony show.
The Senators and Congressmen whose districts get the pork
Think the meat's well done, so they stick in a fork.
The army's not the one we want, but let me tell you what:
We have to go to war with it or see our funding cut.
They lost Iraq
Who wouldn't cut me some semantic slack."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"Who the hell cares," shrugs the televangelist
Preaching at his pulpit and pounding with his fist
"I tell folks: 'vote Republican if you don't want to die'
(Watching cable television; lapping up the lie).
I feed the rubes on fantasies of Armageddon Day,
When Jesus in his spaceship comes to take them all away.
I scare 'em and they love it and they come back for more
To vote for someone else's kid to fight in their war.
They lost Iraq
Who wouldn't stop me selling Crusade crack."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"We had to hit someone," said the jaded journalist
Thumbing through his Rolodex and making up a list
Of contacts in the government who leak the names of spies
Whose husbands tell the truth sometimes, instead of packaged lies.
"My name is Tom Friedman and 'the world is flat;'
That shit about a globe you heard just isn't where it's at.
I cheered for Dubya's war just like the chicken hawk I am
And then when things went south I blamed a Lebanese imam.
They lost Iraq:
Who wouldn't buy my books from off the rack."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"I've explained it all," said the White House mouthpiece man
Mumbling in mantras with shameless élan.
"Our zigzag course takes us straight through the plots
If you just fit the curve to the scatter of dots.
In the sovereign state of the occupied town
We could "stand 'em all up" if they'd quit falling down.
But no matter what the carnage or the number who grieve
Just remember "Stay the Course" means we'll never leave."
They lost Iraq
Who hired as spokesman some tired FOX NEWS flack.

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"It wasn't us," cried the frightened Democrats,
As much an opposition as a dozen gnats.
"We voted for King George's war and never blushed.
With just a hint of nastiness, he left us hushed.
We bought into the syndrome of the sycophant
Who'd gladly ditch the donkey for the elephant.
But now that all our compromise has come to nought,
We're too ashamed to do the things we truly ought.
We love Iraq
And only wished to help Chalabi's claque."

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"Don't look at us," moaned the undecided block.
Reliable consumers of a total crock.
We love it when the government makes up those lies
And sells them to us like McDonald's greasy fries.
Just show us a commercial made by Thomas Hobbes
About our nasty, brutish lives with few good jobs.
Then scare us half to death with tales of married queers.
We'll swallow anything just like our lousy beers.
What is Iraq?
Is it a toothpaste that gets rid of plaque?"

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"It wasn't me," said Saddam Hussein,
Sitting in his court cage, shouting his refrain:
"I ran things better and we had a state;
Now we only have Maliki, an invertebrate
Who does the step-and-fetch-it as his daily toil
For Dubya and his crony friends who steal our oil.
But Mad Dog and his Englishman have come undone,
Parading 'round in circles in the noonday sun.
Bush lost Iraq
When he and Blair launched their unwise attack."

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"Who the hell do you think?" said Ehud Olmert.
"You mean you didn't know Israelis just don't care?
A busted, broken Arab land fits in quite nice
With Zionist delusions of a Paradise
Where Arab refugees profess to love the Jews
And swear to every statement made by Karen Hughes.
The goyim in America will foot the bill
Providing all the weaponry we need to kill.
Forget Iraq;
And take your marching orders from AIPAC."

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"Who talks of loss at all?" ask the Mullahs in Iran.
As far as we're concerned George Bush is just The Man.
He stumbles and he bumbles then he gives away
For nothing everything for which we'd gladly pay.
Dick Cheney writes the crap for him to catapult
Who never met a thought that he could not insult
The Shiites in Iraq will get our help, indeed,
To end the occupation that they do not need.
We won Iraq
Who let Bush do the work while we sat back."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"Who said you ever owned us?" cried the people of Iraq.
"Who asked you for your bloody war and unprovoked attack?
You seemed to think that killing us and wrecking all we had
Could win elections for George Bush and make him look less bad.
Our oil we'll sell to whom we please. Why don't you find your own?
And get yourselves a president at least a little grown.
In case you haven't noticed, he's the one that you should fear
Whose words smell like the noisome gas escaping from his rear.
Please leave Iraq
Then see if you can win your own souls back."

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright 2006

[Jun 25, 2019] Trump is not a Strait shooter

Jun 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Kristan hinton , Jun 24, 2019 4:44:12 PM | 53

Trump is not a Strait shooter.

Never has been one in his life.

His swamp is full of Israeli agents, Kushner, Bolton, Pompous, Hook, Adelson, who prefer Israel over the USA.

Oscar Peterson , Jun 24, 2019 4:48:24 PM | 55

@Kristan Hinton #52
"Trump is not a Strait shooter."

Nice Hormuz pun.

[Jun 25, 2019] Pompeo says God may have sent Trump to save Israel from Iran

Jun 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

John Smith , Jun 24, 2019 3:26:20 PM | 19

Pompeo says God may have sent Trump to save Israel from Iran

22 March 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said it is "possible" that President Donald Trump was sent by God to save Israel from Iran.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network during a high-profile trip to Israel, he said it was his faith that made him believe that.

He also praised US efforts to "make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains".

The comments came on a Jewish holiday celebrating rescue from genocide.

The holiday, Purim, commemorates the biblical rescue of the Jewish people by Queen Esther from the Persians, as the interviewer noted to Mr Pompeo.

What did Pompeo say?

He was asked if "President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from an Iranian menace".

"As a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible," said Mr Pompeo, a former member of Congress for Kansas and CIA director.

"I am confident that the Lord is at work here," he added.

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[Jun 25, 2019] It is utterly bizarre to hear people who believe Trump is unfit to lead seem disappointed that he isn't taking us to war

Jun 25, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Thursday night was the night Donald Trump became president. You can imagine the hyperbolic hosannahs that would have been sung if Trump had gone ahead with his planned strikes against Iran, adding to the list of undeclared presidential wars. Instead he pulled back.

Hugh Hewitt called it the "big blink," inviting Liz Cheney -- who is very much her father's daughter on foreign policy -- on his show to warn, "Weakness is provocative." Hewitt compared it to Barack Obama's failure to enforce his "red line" in Syria. "Much worse" argued Kori Schake in The Atlantic . Other reporting focused on a "total breakdown in process."

It was not a picture perfect approach to national security, to be sure. But it did sharply illustrate the Beltway's strange priorities. When Trump twice bombed Syria, few of those who fret about his erosion of constitutional norms or authoritarian tendencies protested his failure to seek congressional authorization as required by the Constitution. There was a much larger process-related panic when Trump said late last year he wanted to bring American troops home from Syria.

... ... ...

"How many more deaths? How many more lost limbs? How much longer are we going to be there?" Woodward quotes Trump as asking. One Post write-up folded these lines into a broader story about the White House's "nervous breakdown" and the national security team's impatience with the president. But these are morally serious questions, not exaggerated inaugural crowd size estimates.

[Jun 25, 2019] The Trump administration's special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook's Message: Trust Us, We're Unreliable

Jun 25, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

@ jayc 57
US Hook says Iran knew what getting into when struck deal
Yes they did, and now they regret it.
In 2013 Ali Khamenei said: "Certainly, we are pessimistic about the Americans. We do not trust them. We consider the government of the United States of America as an unreliable, arrogant, illogical, and trespassing government,"

The JCPOA was not a unilateral deal between USA and Iran, it was a multilateral deal
That's correct de jure, but not de facto. The US all by itself is leading the current attack on Iran, despite what the other members might think. Iran has not gotten any significant support from other JCPOA participants.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 24, 2019 5:10:10 PM | 66

The Trump administration's special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook...
______________________________________

Brian Hook is a "special" envoy in the sense that the "Special Olympics" are special.

Posted by: Ort | Jun 24, 2019 5:16:44 PM | 69

@68 Ort

Good one. Although Brian Hook is an insult to special olympians and humanity in general.

Posted by: Uncle Jon | Jun 24, 2019 5:22:51 PM | 71

[Jun 25, 2019] Bipartisan in US political jargon means that common men are skewed

Jun 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Kristan hinton , Jun 24, 2019 4:49:30 PM | 56

50

Whenever you see the word, trilateral, you know the common man is going to get screwed.

Same as "bipartisan". You know, like the Patriot Act and the Bankster Bailouts - bipartisan.

If both houses of congress think its a good idea, the commons are getting screwed hard.

[Jun 24, 2019] John Bolton "sleepwalking" into war with Iran? He'll be wide awake and so excited he'll probably have to relieve himself.

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

dltravers , Jun 23, 2019 2:45:58 PM | 66

The world was one step away from a long desired war with Iran when Trump decided to strike Iran. Bolton was so exited he peed his pants and had to leave the room. With him out of the room Trump backed down.

The only thing standing between war with Iran is a set of depends. He will be wearing them next time.

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[Jun 24, 2019] Isn't that amazing, that I've not seen a single Trump caricature with "devils horns"

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

PeacefulProsperity , Jun 24, 2019 6:25:13 AM | 221

It's pretty clear to benevolent, astute geopolitical observers that Trump's threats, sword rattling, pompous statements are just smoke and mirrors to confuse the enemy - "Third Force", global Borg, NWO, international conglomerate of "Deep states", military-industrial-financial complex - and to stir up things so that the scum would rise to the top where the public eye can clearly see it and learn about it mischievous operations.

In reality no real harm has been done by President Trump to Venezuelan, Syrian, Iraqui, Iranian, or Korean societies...

[Jun 24, 2019] New pirates of the Caribbean

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

OhOh , Jun 24, 2019 4:36:12 AM | 210

@ karlof1 #164

"Either the United State of America is an Outlaw Nation or it is not"

The certainly fall under the definition of "Pirates", as defined by UNCLOS.

[Jun 24, 2019] The Fact That Americans Need To Be Deceived Into War Proves Their Underlying Goodness by Caitlin Johnstone

Jun 24, 2019 | caitlinjohnstone.com

...Carlson's first guest, The American Conservative 's Robert Merry, plainly stated the likely reason for Bolton's deceitful manipulations, saying that Americans are typically reluctant to go to war and citing a few of the historical instances in which they were tricked into consenting to it by those who desire mass military violence.

"So, you're saying that there is a long, almost unbroken history of lying our way into war?" Carlson asked his guest rhetorically.

"Lying sometimes, not always lying, sometimes it's manipulations, but yeah," Merry replied. "America's warmaking history indicates that there's been significant instances of that kind of maneuvering, manipulations, and in some instances lying – Vietnam is a great example–to get us into wars that the American people weren't clamoring for."

[Jun 24, 2019] Bolton Argues War With Iran Only Way To Avenge Americans Killed In Upcoming War With Iran

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

John Smith , Jun 24, 2019 4:10:51 AM | 208

Bolton Argues War With Iran Only Way To Avenge Americans Killed In Upcoming War With Iran -- The Onion

Addressing the future casualties in a somber and often-emotional press conference, John Bolton told reporters Thursday that a war with Iran was the only way to avenge Americans killed in an upcoming war with Iran. "Sadly, I believe direct military conflict with Iran is the only suitable response for the heartbreaking deaths of our troops in that upcoming military conflict," said the national security advisor, noting that only by launching a ground invasion of the Islamic Republic could he ensure the thousands of U.S. troops who will perish in that ground invasion will not perish in vain. "It would be a dishonor to everything our brave men and women will sacrifice if we fail to send them into battle to retaliate for their eventual deaths. Then, and only then, can we truly close the book on this impending tragedy." Bolton also announced plans to issue 15 preemptive Medals of Honor to military spouses who will be widowed after losing their husbands in the 2021 Battle of Tehran.

[Jun 24, 2019] Beijing Say that Pompeo Can No Longer Play Role Of Top US Diplomat

Jun 24, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

... ... ...

pablozz , 18 minutes ago link

It's hard to feel like it's a fair negotiations when Pompeo takes advantage of the all you can eat buffet

[Jun 24, 2019] Americans as worshippers of the Our Lady Of Perpetual Innocence Church

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

wagelaborer , Jun 23, 2019 6:58:07 PM | 143

Americans are worshippers of the Our Lady Of Perpetual Innocence Church, where sins, if acknowledged at all, are quickly assigned to others and then dropped down the Memory Hole, and then we go back to proclaiming ourselves the light of the world, the city on the shining hill, the hope of all mankind.

And any new sins we are found to commit are quickly proclaimed unprecedented -- "Not the America I know", blamed on others, and then, once again, forgotten and our moral virginity miraculously restored.

Amen.

[Jun 23, 2019] Tea Party Placards, reading: (paraphrase) 'government get your hands off my Medicare'!

Mar 06, 2012 | discussion.theguardian.com

PSmd , 6 Mar 2012 09:43

NotWithoutMyMonkey

Indeed! I attended a public lecture by Thomas Frank (former young conservative-now left wing) at the LSE, and he was even describing Tea Party Placards, reading: (paraphrase) 'government get your hands off my Medicare'!

[Jun 23, 2019] Koch brothers are successfully getting Tea Party turkeys to vote for Xmas!

Notable quotes:
"... After all, the Kochs owe their family wealth to the Stalinist USSR... ..."
Mar 06, 2012 | discussion.theguardian.com

murielbelcher , 6 Mar 2012 09:41

Over the years, the Koch brothers have spent millions of dollars trying to undo both social security and medicare!

AKA the founders of the egregious getting turkeys to vote for Xmas Tea Party!

PSmd , 6 Mar 2012 09:27
It's not just Rand, seemingly, who was a hypocrite. After all, the Kochs owe their family wealth to the Stalinist USSR...

[Jun 23, 2019] Libertarian ideology and the threat of unemployment

Jun 23, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

NotWithoutMyMonkey , 6 Mar 2012 09:34

@Fissile
I've seen that before. Although hardly an anarcho-capitalist, my uncle in Australia; a music teacher in a private school would alway rail against unions and so-called union-power at every opportunity. The moment his job came under threat, he'd signed up for membership forthwith.

[Jun 23, 2019] Theory and practice of neoliberalism

Notable quotes:
"... Friedrich von Hayek, one of the creed's most revered economic gurus, spent his productive years railing against government old age pension and medical insurance schemes. When he became old and infirm, he signed on for both social security and medicare. ..."
Mar 06, 2012 | discussion.theguardian.com

murielbelcher , 6 Mar 2012 09:40

Friedrich von Hayek, one of the creed's most revered economic gurus, spent his productive years railing against government old age pension and medical insurance schemes. When he became old and infirm, he signed on for both social security and medicare.

Love it. When push comes to shove all those ideologies and beliefs crumble into the dust of practical needs. Another individual who cloaked the self-interest of the rich and powerful into some kind of spurious ideology.

George wrote a rather good article about Von Hayek a few years ago I seem to remember.

[Jun 23, 2019] On quality of Rand writings

Jun 23, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

Fortress -> conanthebarbarian ,