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[Nov 14, 2019] Never ask for permission, always ask for forgiveness. The Silicon Valley-Wall Street motto

"You've got no place else to go" is a unifying ethos of Silicon Valley and the liberal class.
Nov 14, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Louis Fyne , November 12, 2019 at 8:43 am

Never ask for permission, always ask for forgiveness. The Silicon Valley-Wall Street motto.

eg, Uber-Lyft and jitney laws, AirBnB/local zoning.

[Nov 13, 2019] Our famously free and objective press: the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get.

Nov 13, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

"Biden Helped Reform Ukraine. Trump Pushed to Make Ukraine Corrupt Again." [Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine ].

[Nov 13, 2019] In Washington you are judged by the men you've destroyed. By this criteria Trump is a weakling

Nov 13, 2019 | www.unz.com

Wilberweld says: November 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm GMT 100 Words Trump's problem was described in simple terms by John Connelly when talking with Henry Kissinger. "Henry", he said, "In Washington you are judged by the men you've destroyed". Trump has not destroyed anyone, not Comey, not Brennan, not Klapper. So he is viewed as weak, an easy target. So they just keep piling on. Attacking Trump is viewed as a "penalty-free activity

[Nov 12, 2019] The best argument for voting for young beautiful women as POTUS

Nov 12, 2019 | www.unz.com

Mick Jagger gathers no Mosque , says: November 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm GMT

@The Alarmist

The emperor is naked

That is the best argument for voting for young beautiful women as POTUS.

[Nov 12, 2019] Survivor

Nov 12, 2019 | www.unz.com

Carroll Price , says: Next New Comment November 12, 2019 at 8:31 pm GMT

@Lloyd JFK served from, January 20, 1961 till November 22, 1963 (about 1000 days). In December Trump will exceed JFK longevity.

[Nov 11, 2019] When bad things happen to bad people, it "proves the heavens are just."

Nov 11, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org

In his [Bill Clinton] circumstances, can anyone really blame him for falling for Monica Lewinsky or even, to save his ass, for lying about it. Now it is Trump's turn.. why would he [Trump] target the one Democrat without any chance of becoming the Democratic nominee who could blow an easy victory in 2020 just as surely as Hillary Clinton did in 2016? .. if he thinks Biden is all that stands between him and a second term, he is even more of an idiot than he seems.

Biden is cut from the same center-right cloth as Clinton. The difference is that he is goofier and even more inept. He is also more "moderate" and "pragmatic – in other words, more rightwing.

It took a Clinton to lose to Trump; what kind of "very stable genius" could think that Biden, a lesser Hillary by any measure, is the biggest threat to his reelection now?

Democrats who favor Biden because they consider him more electable than Sanders or Warren or any of the other contenders seeking their party's nomination are not exactly geniuses either. They are all confounding the skills of a political tactician with those of a snake oil salesman running a con.

[Nov 10, 2019] Liz Warren's Trans Train Whistlestop

At least Warren offers me something positive along with usual neoliberal "identity wedge" idiocy ;-).
Nov 10, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Thank you, @BlackWomxnFor ! Black trans and cis women, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people are the backbone of our democracy and I don't take this endorsement lightly. I'm committed to fighting alongside you for the big, structural change our country needs. https://t.co/KqWsVoRYMb

-- Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 7, 2019

Well, that's clarifying. "Backbone of our democracy." That's about what you would expect a Harvard faculty member to say.

JoeMerl 2 days ago • edited

People need to remember that we literally didn't even have democracy until the trans movement started and finally brought us to The Right Side of History.

[Nov 09, 2019] No comments

Nov 09, 2019 | www.unz.com

Originally from: The regime always wins, by Audacious Epigone - The Unz Review

First the percentages of Americans who believe Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election and then the percentages of Americans who think the US has ever interfered with an election in any other country ( ! ).

Belief in Soviet sabotage:

[Nov 09, 2019] Small problem

Nov 09, 2019 | www.unz.com

renfro , says: November 7, 2019 at 6:48 am GMT

It's time for honorable members of the Senate of both parties to do their duty.

Small problem ..there are no honorable members in the Senate.

[Nov 09, 2019] What old age does to people: Biden who fought for financial oligachy and insurance companies now thinks that he fought for the Democratic Party his whole carrer. Ohh wait, may be he did fount for Clinton Neoliberals Party who hijacked the old Demosctic Party

Nov 09, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

The Rev Kev , November 8, 2019 at 6:52 pm

"I Have Fought for the Democratic Party My Whole Career"

And when Biden said that, he chose the truth and not the facts, to paraphrase him.

MyLessThanPrimeBeef , November 8, 2019 at 7:13 pm

Maybe like Hillary, he distinguishes public vs. private statements.

Or maybe. I will give him the benefit of the doubt, someone else can cast the stone.

[Nov 09, 2019] Monti Pytho n and Biden's "I'm the most progressive candidate in the race!"

Nov 09, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Trisha , Nov 8 2019 16:26 utc | 1

@b in regards to Kushner's "plan", that Monty Python's parrot sketch is "dead" on. Here's another Python classic applicable to the arguments bandied about during the Democrat "debates".

vinnieoh , Nov 8 2019 17:21 utc | 5

Thanks Trisha - my facial muscles needed that. Ranks right up there with Biden's "I'm the most progressive candidate in the race!"

No you're not Yes I am No you're not Yes I am No you're not Yes I am No you're not

Compared to a Cro-Magnon maybe, but just by a tie pin. But Cro-Magnon's didn't wear tie pins! Exactly. Yes they did No they didn't...

[Nov 09, 2019] In this climate of Russia Russia Russia Russia I'm waiting for Hillary to say that Bloomberg is a Russian asset.

Nov 09, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

snoopydawg on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 9:55pm

Heh...

Says it all I should think! pic.twitter.com/3XcajxWn6R

-- Simon Sankoff (@SankoffSimon) November 8, 2019

Not that there was anything wrong with that meeting, but in this climate of Russia Russia Russia Russia I'm waiting for Hillary to say that Bloomberg is a Russian asset. This time she will have proof.

[Nov 08, 2019] I wonder how many Americans still think Ukraine is part of Russia?

Nov 08, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Roy G , November 8, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Regarding Bolton and Ukrainegate, what I wonder is, how many people think Ukraine is part of Russia? It's rather bizarre that Russiagate seamlessly morphed into Ukrainegate. The clown car kicker is that the Borg are dirty dirty dirty in Ukraine as well. From MH17 to supporting the Ukronazis to 'F the EU' Nuland, to Biden himself, there are plenty of skeletons to dig up on the 'opposition.'

[Nov 08, 2019] One simple question about the USA foreign policy for Trump accusers

Nov 08, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Drake , November 8, 2019 at 2:25 pm

"Trump is guilty of Bribery and Extortion."

I guess what I'm having trouble with is -- is there any foreign policy involving financial or military leverage that isn't bribery and/or extortion? The Marshall Plan? Alliance for Progress? Sanctions of any kind? Aid to Israel and Egypt?

What isn't bribery and extortion?

If it doesn't involve quid pro quo, then it's charity.

I just can't see what Trump is supposed to be guilty of except making this transparent.

[Nov 08, 2019] Who has Trump kept his promise to?

Nov 08, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Jackrabbit , Nov 8 2019 17:31 utc | 8

Who has Trump kept his promise to?

Tea Party foot soldiers?

Repeal and replace Obamacare on day one
Nope. Quietly dropped coverage for prior conditions.

Build a Wall - and Mexico's gonna pay for it!

Not really. Building sections of a wall that USA will pay for.

Drain the swamp

Nope - unless by "swamp" Trump means the Democratic Party.

"Lock her up!"

Nope. He says they're good people who have been thru a lot. Aww . . .
America?
End the "threat" from NK "Rocket man"
Nope. No follow-thru on the (sham) Summit.

End the new Cold War

Nope. Increased military spending; ended treaties; militarized space.

End "forever wars", bring the troops home

Nope.

Bring jobs home

Uncertain: trade War with China doesn't necessarily mean jobs coming back US.

= = = = = = = =

Republican Party?

Cut taxes
YES!

Cut regulations on business

YES!

Israel?

Move Embassy to Jerusalem
YES!

Recognize Golan Heights as part of Israel

YES!

End aid to Palestinians

YES!

Don't give up on Syrian regime-change

YES!

US MIC, Netanyahu, MbS?

End US participation in the JCPOA
YES!

McCain: "bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran"

"locked and loaded"
!!

[Nov 08, 2019] On Schumer's concern for the welfare of whistleblowers

Nov 08, 2019 | off-guardian.org

mark

Schumer's concern for the welfare of whistleblowers may appear somewhat belated and unconvincing, given his previous pronouncements about Snowden, Assange and Manning, but I suppose we should all welcome a sinner come to repentance (or whatever the kosher equivalent is.)
Seamus Padraig

Chuck is now the ' shomer ' (guardian) of wistleblowers.

[Nov 08, 2019] Between Scylla and Charybdis: modern version of am Ancient Greeks tale

Myth origin: Between Scylla and Charybdis - Wikipedia
Nov 08, 2019 | www.unz.com

dfordoom , says: Website November 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm GMT

@Rahan

it took Eastern Europe a decade (1990-2000) to undo 45 years of communism, and regain functional normality by local terms.

And it will only take slightly longer for neoliberalism, open borders ideology and globo-decadence to utterly destroy Eastern Europe. At which time they'll be wishing they still had the communists in power.

[Nov 07, 2019] Imagine I worked for Putin, who was arming MS-13, and then Putin put me on trial because, for whatever reason, I stopped arming MS-13

Notable quotes:
"... How many establishment Dems (or even non-establishment Dems) have indicated that they have any objections to arming the Ukrainians? ..."
"... The Democrats position is that arming the Ukrainians is a good and moral thing to do and that Trump is terrible for threatening to stop it, which is far simpler, far more logical and, if one ignores its flagrant immorality, far easier to 'swallow'. ..."
"... As always 'reversing the polarities' gives clarity (imagine I worked for Putin, who was arming MS-13, and then Putin put me on trial because, for whatever reason, I stopped arming MS-13 .what would we think of Putin?). ..."
Nov 07, 2019 | crookedtimber.org

Hidari 11.05.19 at 1:54 pm 96

... How many establishment Dems (or even non-establishment Dems) have indicated that they have any objections to arming the Ukrainians? That would be in the region of about 'none', I would imagine.

... ... ...

The Democrats position is that arming the Ukrainians is a good and moral thing to do and that Trump is terrible for threatening to stop it, which is far simpler, far more logical and, if one ignores its flagrant immorality, far easier to 'swallow'.

As always 'reversing the polarities' gives clarity (imagine I worked for Putin, who was arming MS-13, and then Putin put me on trial because, for whatever reason, I stopped arming MS-13 .what would we think of Putin?).

[Nov 06, 2019] Why partisans look at the same planet and see wildly different curvature by John Quiggin

Nov 06, 2019 | crookedtimber.org

At Five Thirty Eight, Maggie Koerth-Baker has yet another article bemoaning the way partisanship biases our views . Apparently, one side, based on eyeballing, thinks the earth is flat, while the other, relying on the views of so-called scientists, or the experience of international air travel, regards it as spherical, or nearly so.

In the past, before the rise of partisanship, we would have agreed on a sensible compromise, such as flat on Sundays, spherical on weekdays, and undetermined on Saturdays. Moreover, there was a mix of views, with plenty of Democratic flat-earthers, and Republican sphericalists.

Of course, there is no way to resolve questions of this kind, but apparently, ""warm contact" between political leaders" will enable us to agree to differ, which would be a big improvement, at least until we decided whether to risk sailing over the edge of the world.

[Nov 06, 2019] Wikipedia nobody trusts it, everybody uses it!

Nov 06, 2019 | www.unz.com

Dan Hayes , says: November 6, 2019 at 9:16 am GMT

Freeman Dyson: "Wikipedia – nobody trusts it, everybody uses it!"
Gall , says: November 6, 2019 at 9:22 am GMT
...Here is one of the few articles where the Onion wasn't being satirical as usual:

https://www.theonion.com/wikipedia-celebrates-750-years-of-american-independence-1819568571

[Nov 05, 2019] Trump campaign making banners in China moving fast to beat tariffs deadline

Nov 05, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Ford Prefect , November 5, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Make America Great Again.

Apparently, Americans don't need flag-making jobs as they will not Make America Great. Trump campaign making banners in China – moving fast to beat tariffs deadline. Although there is the possibility that these are for domestic consumption in China to help rally Chinese hackers to the cause of supporting the Trump campaign, including voting for Trump. That would prove there is No Collusion with Russia.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-2020-campaign-banners-are-being-proudly-produced-in-china-2018-07-25?mod=MW_story_top_stories

[Nov 05, 2019] Who wouldn't want to pay $35,500 for a selfie with Obama?

Nov 05, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Tickets for Obama fundraiser in Silicon Valley going for up to $355K" [ Mercury News ]. "Donors can get in the doors for $10,000 -- but to even snap a photo with Obama they'll have to pony up $35,500. The eye-popping top ticket price will get attendees access to a VIP reception and a premium attendance package for the party's national convention next year. The event with Obama and DNC Chair Tom Perez will be hosted by Karla Jurvetson, a psychiatrist and ex-wife of a prominent venture capital investor, who became one of Democrats' largest donors during the 2018 midterms. She gave more than $6 million to the party's candidates and groups during that election cycle, helping boost female candidates for key congressional seats." • That's nice. Of course, Obama is very articulate. Who wouldn't want to pay $35,500 for a selfie with him?

[Nov 04, 2019] Fast changeing narrative about the USA intervention of Syria

Nov 04, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Peter AU1 , Nov 3 2019 15:05 utc | 2

From Caitlin Johnstone's piece...
"We were told that the US must intervene in Syria because the Syrian government was massacring its people. We were told that the US must intervene in Syria in order to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East. We were told that the US must intervene in Syria because Assad used chemical weapons. We were told that the US must occupy Syria to fight ISIS. We were told that the US must continue to occupy Syria to counter Iranian influence. We were told the US must continue to occupy Syria to protect the Kurds. Now the US must continue to occupy Syria because of oil."

... ... ...

james , Nov 3 2019 18:54 utc | 33

@31 flankerbandit.. good overview.. i tend to see it in a similar manner.. thanks!

i got a kick out of one of the commenters on that southfront link -

"Latest News: Even though Vladimir Putin has promised to withdraw all Russian troops from the US, Russian forces still does not want to leave the US completely, arguing that it wants to secure oil fields in Texas from ISIS supported by Canada and Mexico, while helping Indians and Indian Democratic Forces (IDF) who did not want to rejoin the US government and refused an offer to dissolve the IDF and join the US army. Although initially Russian troops stopped their support for the IDF.
Wait, there seems to be something wrong with this news! :)"

[Nov 04, 2019] Something about Clinton Neoliberal Democrats prostitution to Wall Street

Nov 04, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

doug , , November 2, 2019 at 2:52 pm

The D party reminds me of the 'union' I belonged to while building refrigerated truck bodies in the south. On Sundays, the head of the 'union' sat in the same pew as the owner of the factory.

When real union folks started agitating from within, they were fired.

[Nov 03, 2019] Fast changeing narrative about the USA intervention of Syria

Nov 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Peter AU1 , Nov 3 2019 15:05 utc | 2

From Caitlin Johnstone's piece...
"We were told that the US must intervene in Syria because the Syrian government was massacring its people. We were told that the US must intervene in Syria in order to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East. We were told that the US must intervene in Syria because Assad used chemical weapons. We were told that the US must occupy Syria to fight ISIS. We were told that the US must continue to occupy Syria to counter Iranian influence. We were told the US must continue to occupy Syria to protect the Kurds. Now the US must continue to occupy Syria because of oil."

... ... ...

[Nov 03, 2019] List Revolutionary Quotes From Centrist History - McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Nov 03, 2019 | www.mcsweeneys.net

"No taxation without representation. I'm not sure how much representation, I don't have an exact number."
-- James Otis, 1761

"We hold these truths to be self-evident but just worry that the vast majority of Americans won't be ready to embrace them."
-- Declaration of Independence, 1776

"Crime butchers Innocence to secure a throne, and Innocence struggles with all its might to have a civil conversation with Crime."
-- Maximilien Robespierre, 1794

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. But maybe we should try politely asking again!"
-- Frederick Douglass, 1857

"A house divided against itself sounds expensive to rebuild."
-- Abraham Lincoln, 1858

"The only thing we have to fear is any fundamental change to the status quo."
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932

"We shall compromise on the beaches, we shall compromise on the landing grounds, we shall compromise on the field and in the streets, we shall compromise in the hills, and we will see if surrendering makes sense long-term."
-- Winston Churchill, 1940

[Nov 03, 2019] Russia's Lavrov: "Americans eliminated someone for whose emergence they themselves were responsible"

Nov 03, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

... Lavrov added that Washington facilitated the rise of ISIS in the first place.

The foreign minister said that Baghdadi "is or was if he is really dead a spawn of the United States," according to the Russian broadcaster.

TeraByte , 52 minutes ago link

Baghdadi could be most accurately described as an epitome of MIC´s successful marketing strategy. You create an enemy, arm him to the teeth, then fight him and the industry have to run on full capacity all the time.

TemporarySecurity , 6 hours ago link

We killed him at least three times already, how dare the Ruskies question our word?

JailBanksters , 8 hours ago link

The USA does not have to show any proof of anything.

The USA's word should be proof enough.

General Titus , 8 hours ago link

"Al-Bag-Daddy" = Emmanual Goldstein from orwell's 1984

[Nov 03, 2019] High IQ in action -- below is an actual argument just made by the 2016 candidate for POTUS: Russia controls US elections by promoting third-party candidates

Nov 03, 2019 | www.realclearpolitics.com

ph 10.19.19 at 6:04 am (no link)

On the topic of scholarship and the benefits of war, here's a reminder of what passes for elite leadership. Tulsi Gabbard wants to end endless wars and the knives are now out for her. Somebody takes Morris's thesis seriously. The world will be better off with the US the permanent military leader of the world.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/10/18/hillary_clinton_calls_jill_stein_a_russian_asset_implies_gabbard_is_being_groomed_by_russians.html

This is blowing up all over Twitter, with Gabbard slapping back, and the HRC loyalists calling Gabbard an Assad apologist and worse.

According to HRC logic, American third party candidates are necessarily Russian stooges placed to help the Kremlin's candidate win. The logic is "inescapable" according to HRC. BUT OF COURSE!!!! Now it ALL MAKES SENSE! 1992 Perot-Clinton, 2000 Nader-Bush, 2016 Jill Stein-Trump, and, 2020 Gabbard-Trump!!!!

It's all so clear now! The KGB wanted to keep HW Bush out of office as the former Soviet Union collapsed! That's how she and Bill entered the WH in 1992! Perot was a KGB stooge, and Bill and Hillary have been lifelong assets of the KGB. Of course!!! That's why Hillary sold all that uranium to the Russians! Lest, anyone believe the charge of dual-loyalty leveled against Gabbard is a fiction, check for yourselves.

The above is an actual argument just made by the 2016 candidate for POTUS. Russia controls US elections by promoting third-party candidates. The best part is that HRC, beneficiary of "obvious" Russian interference may yet end up running in 2020. Something to look forward to! Imagine if HRC had won in 2016. Conspiracy theories out the wazoo!

Kind of puts the Morris "scholarship" in perspective, doesn't it? my mother and sister have. Dipper, probably not)

[Nov 03, 2019] Election2020: Questions, questions...

Nov 03, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Rusty Pipes , 14 minutes ago link

Should Joe be the nominee, or should he be put in a nursing home? Too close to call...

[Nov 02, 2019] "We want Syrian oil" will not get Trump Peace Price like killing with drones did it for Obama, but at least he got some praise from unexpected source

Notable quotes:
"... What is great for America is our great president. Donald Trump. Honest and not so humble, but who wants a boring dolt. Let all American Citizens vote for our 2020 win. Trump. ..."
Nov 02, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

"When it comes to Trump you may ask me a question and I'll give you an answer which might seem strange. I tell you he's the best American president," Assad said, according to a translation provided by NBC.

"Why? Not because his policies are good, but because he is the most transparent president," Assad continued.

"All American presidents commit crimes and end up taking the Nobel Prize and appear as a defender of human rights and the 'unique' and 'brilliant' American or Western principles. But all they are is a group of criminals who only represent the interests of the American lobbies of large corporations in weapons, oil and others," he added.

hayits grass , 13 minutes ago link

What is great for America is our great president. Donald Trump. Honest and not so humble, but who wants a boring dolt. Let all American Citizens vote for our 2020 win. Trump.

[Nov 02, 2019] Women shouldn't support Old White Guys

Nov 02, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Wally on Wed, 10/30/2019 - 7:16am AOC got all kinds of centrist blowback upon her endorsement of Bernie and this young woman's critical response to identity politics is priceless:

//www.youtube.com/embed/1pfM4WcqL9A?modestbranding=0&html5=1&rel=0&autoplay=0&wmode=opaque&loop=0&controls=1&autohide=0&showinfo=0&theme=dark&color=red&enablejsapi=0&start=218

[Nov 02, 2019] Evil Russia Strikes Again!

Nov 02, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

gjohnsit on Fri, 11/01/2019 - 4:49pm Why are a million protestors out in the streets in Chile?
Could they have legitimate grievances and minds of their own?

Nope. It's all the doings of Putin .

[Nov 01, 2019] The Onion on Twitter: Bernie Sanders Holds Secret Campaign Meeting His Special Interest Group

Humor has a well known pro-Bernie bias
Nov 01, 2019 | Bernie Sanders Holds Secret Campaign Meeting With 15,000 Working-Class Democratic Donors

Also from Onion: .Bernie Sanders Clearly In Pocket Of High-Rolling Teacher Who Donated $300 To His Campaign

[Nov 01, 2019] According to Cohen, Barr is going to investigate the CIA. America's top cop is going to investigate America's top criminal organization. This should get really interesting. I wonder who's gonna win?

Nov 01, 2019 | www.unz.com

SwissArmyMan , says: November 1, 2019 at 1:21 pm GMT

@Biff "According to Cohen, Barr is going to investigate the CIA. America's top cop is going to investigate America's top criminal organization. This should get really interesting. I wonder who's gonna win?"

Few seem to remember the results of the big CIA investigation of the 70's, the rub then was the CIA got caught operating domestically against it's charter. Well, Bush Sr. was appointed to head the investigation when he was actually the HEAD of the domestic branch of the CIA at the time. Looking at Barr's background I can only conclude we are about to be fed another similar magic act. I have no doubt who will win the deck is stacked.

[Nov 01, 2019] The new deployment in Syria will leave almost the same number of U.S. troops in the country as there were before the "withdrawal

Nov 01, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

>

HenionJD 21 hours ago
Well, at least this operation will put and end to that silly idea that the only reason we're in the Middle East is for oil.

[Nov 01, 2019] Vindman testimony vs Ukrainian reality

Notable quotes:
"... Ha! Ukraine's trajectory is better likened to that of an out of control 737 MAX. ..."
Nov 01, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Bart Hansen , Oct 30 2019 21:32 utc | 21

Vindman: "...the election of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the promise of reforms to eliminate corruption will lock in Ukraine's Western-leaning trajectory, and allow Ukraine to realize its dream of a vibrant democracy and economic prosperity."

Ha! Ukraine's trajectory is better likened to that of an out of control 737 MAX.

[Nov 01, 2019] Russian trolls complain about pay

Nov 01, 2019 | off-guardian.org

Gwyn

I'm still quite annoyed about being called a "paid pro-Putin shill" on one of the Guardian's comment sections. "Paid"! If only!
mark
I've been trying to get my KGB back pay for years. I wrote to the accounts dept. saying I'd take roubles or bitcoin, but nothing has come through.
mark
We are all Russian assets now. I myself have been a Russian asset for years. I have had to do Putin's bidding ever since he threatened to publish old KGB photographs of me having sex with a rhinoceros.

Since then, I've been a Kremlin puppet, just like Trump. Gabbard and Jill Stein.

Seamus Padraig
I am a Russian asset and I approve of this message!

[Nov 01, 2019] Senior Moments: Biden want to rejoin the "Paris Peace Accords"

Nov 01, 2019 | thehill.com

Maureen Bold Solutions 5 hours ago • edited

Just watched your Quid Pro Joe bragging that he was going to sign the Paris Peace Accords = a treaty to end the Vietnam War that was signed in 1973. LMAO

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Jerry Mander ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ Maureen 4 hours ago
No you didn't.

You saw him talking about the Paris CLIMATE Accord. How do you remember to breathe?

https://www.nationalreview....

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Maureen Jerry Mander ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ 4 hours ago • edited
Want to bet? Biden just was talking about rejoining the PARIS PEACE ACCORD https://www.youtube.com/wat...

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Proud Communist Maureen 4 hours ago • edited
Senior Moments: Biden 3030...
Rejoining the "Paris Peace Accords".
https://www.youtube.com/wat...

They say that old folks with Dementia & Alzheimer's lose short term memory, but retain long term memory

[Nov 01, 2019] 'Hey You, Want To Be A Federal Judge' Says Mitch McConnell Pointing To Valet In Heritage Foundation Parking Lot

Notable quotes:
"... Remember, abortion's bad, corporations are good, and as for everything else, you just shut the fuck up and do as your told. Got it?" ..."
Nov 01, 2019 | politics.theonion.com

WASHINGTON -- After realizing there were still judicial appointments that needed to be filled during a meeting with the conservative think tank, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly pointed to a valet in the Heritage Foundation parking lot Thursday and asked him if he wanted to be a federal judge. "Hey, kid, how'd you like a lifetime appointment on the Ninth Circuit, huh?" asked McConnell, interrupting the 19-year-old temp worker's protests that he didn't know anything about the law to tell him that all he needed was "wipe that dumb look off your face" and he could be delivering rulings by the end of the week.

"You over 18? You got an ID? That'll do. Now just hop in this car with me and we'll head over to the Capitol right now.

Remember, abortion's bad, corporations are good, and as for everything else, you just shut the fuck up and do as your told. Got it?"

At press time, after the valet nervously informed McConnell that he was hungover and had illegal drugs in his system, the laughing Senate leader assured him that wouldn't be an issue.

[Nov 01, 2019] The return to the days before independence on a new level: US general about Syria policies "What we are becoming .... Pirates?"

Nov 01, 2019 | twitter.com

"The oil belongs to Syria," said General Barry McCaffrey (Ret.)

[Nov 01, 2019] Trump as the best US president since Kennedy

Notable quotes:
"... I say that he is the best American President, not because his policies are good, but because he is the most transparent president. ..."
Nov 01, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

ben , Nov 1 2019 3:02 utc | 86

From the link @ 79:

"About Trump, you might ask me a question and I give you an answer that might sound strange. I say that he is the best American President, not because his policies are good, but because he is the most transparent president.

All American presidents perpetrate all kinds of political atrocities and all crimes and yet still win the Nobel Prize and project themselves as defenders of human rights and noble and unique American values, or Western values in general.

The reality is that they are a group of criminals who represent the interests of American lobbies, i.e. the large oil and arms companies, and others.

Trump talks transparently, saying that what we want is oil.

This is the reality of American policy, at least since WWII. We want to get rid of such and such a person or we want to offer a service in return for money. This is the reality of American policy. What more do we need than a transparent opponent?

That is why the difference is in form only, while the reality is the same."

[Nov 01, 2019] Two Movies on despotism which would never be allowed to be shown in any classroom in the US today, nor on any TV network

Nov 01, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

AntiSpin , Oct 31 2019 20:32 utc | 48

Two Movies

In 1946, Encyclopedia Britannica produced a 10-minute classroom movie titled "Despotism," intended for showing to students in what used to be called "social studies" classes, which compared the characteristics of despotism with the characteristics of democracy, and showed how to recognize the clues that indicate where any given society falls on the scale between the two.
https://archive.org/details/Despotis1946

This movie would never be allowed to be shown in any classroom in the US today, nor on any TV network, as all the characteristics of despotism portrayed in the film have come true.
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There is a companion movie – "Democracy"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhiwswf4Jlg

Which claims, among other things, that democracy means shared power, which the US has never had, (although the people of Venezuela do) and that it depends upon "a large middle class," or bourgeoisie, outnumbering both workers and the wealthy. So -- no "Workers' Paradise" for us.
Oh, also – only men are qualified to participate in the governing of a society.

Thanks to my friend George who alerted me to the

[Nov 01, 2019] The fact that the "Gray Lady" has dementia is not material; she was and is MIC prostitute.

Nov 01, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Zedd , Oct 30 2019 22:06 utc | 23

It is Mockingbird media A to Z.

Intelligence controls ALL influential media, period. Nothing else would be permitted. This has been true in all English speaking countries for well over a century, much longer in the UK. It is presently a global phenomenon, with all large nations employing a raft of Lifetime Actors, posing as public figures, who determine the range of acceptable discourse by their pronouncements.

Kiza , Oct 31 2019 1:03 utc | 43

There is a specific kind of activity in most professions. The prostitutes lay to do their profession, the presstitutes lie to do theirs. We do not expect prostitutes to ever do an honest day's work, so why would we expect the presstitutes to ever tell the truth? I am a bit tired of this constant harping about journalists' and talking heads' lying - that is their profession, always has been. They prostitute their pen (now keyboard) and their brain.

As to The New York Times, when printed on paper it is good for wiping your bum in the outhouse if you happen to run out of toilet paper. Could not imagine using my tablet for the same purpose.

To pay 50c or a $1 for a newspaper and expect to get the truth, such expectation is good only for those who believe in free lunch. The huge hidden cost is always in the brainwashing. Here at MoA, apart from a few persistent trolls, there is no brain washing - this zine (and a few other) is the only way to get close to the truth. The society divided itself into humans (consuming this) and zombies (consuming main sewerage media).

[Oct 31, 2019] This fuzzy notion of "civilian" in the era of national security state

Oct 31, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Lost in translation , 9 minutes ago link

When I was a boy, anyone not currently serving on active duty was a civilian.

More recently, here in CA a civilian was redefined as anyone not possessing a military ID (active or reserve), and not law enforcement.

Now, a civilian is defined as anyone not possessing a military ID, not law enforcement, and not a firefighter.

My expectation is that in the future, a civilian will be anyone who does not hold a government job: be it military, law enforcement, firefighter, public school teacher, or DMV employee.

[Oct 31, 2019] Trump trade war blowback: hinese Patriotism Huawei Smartphone Sales Jump 66% In China As Apple iPhone Sales Slump

Oct 31, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

besnook , 2 minutes ago link

the chinese have a lot to learn from the usa. they can only become great if they destroy the family and celebrate deviant lifestyles. they need a couple hundred million single moms and 40% of their viable workforce on welfare. once they achieve those milestones they will see the superiority of apple products, gm cars and google search.

ted41776 , 16 minutes ago link

huawei is still behind apple though. they have yet to master the feature that makes your device incrementally slower with every mandatory update that also correlates with a release of a new version of the device

not-me---it-was-the-dog , 7 minutes ago link

i'm thinking they also haven't managed to steal the technology for non-customer exchangable batteries.

[Oct 30, 2019] Karma Three Months After Kamala Harris Made Fun of Her Polling Numbers, Tulsi Gabbard Edges Ahead of Her

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Oct 30, 2019 | www.redstate.com

You know what they say about karma being a (word that rhymes with "witch"), right?

At the second Democratic presidential primary debate back in July, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI) absolutely torched Sen. Kamala Harris' (CA) criminal justice reform record during her time as California's attorney general. It was the political shot heard round the world.

In case you missed it, watch it below:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/o1-CRrMDSLs

Understandably, Harris was none too pleased about it and let it be known in a post-debate interview in what Brandon Morse described at the time as a "childish and elitist" response :

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: Did you expect that from Tulsi Gabbard? Had you had interaction about that in the past? And how do you think it went?

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS: Well, I mean, listen, I -- this is going to sound immodest, but I'm obviously a top-tier candidate, and so I did expect that I would be on the stage and take hits tonight because there are a lot of people that are trying to make the stage for the next debate.

COOPER: For a lot of them it's do or die.

HARRIS: Especially when some people are at zero or 1%, whatever she might be at. So I did expect that I might take hits tonight.

Watch:

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It was a particularly cheap shot from someone who'd had such a disastrously poor debate performance. She actually stooped even lower during the same interview with Cooper, calling Gabbard an "apologist" for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Well, here we are three months later, and the tables have dramatically turned. Not only has Kamala Harris' campaign cratered , but in some national and state polls Gabbard is now ahead of her, in spite of vicious attacks on the Hawaii congresswoman earlier this month from failed 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

First up, the CNN/UH state poll out of New Hampshire:

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Here's how things have trended in that poll since July:

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Next, a national poll from Suffolk University and USA Today:

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The trend on that one looks like this:

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To be fair, there are other polls taken recently that show Harris ahead of Gabbard by a few percentage points, but it's still gotta sting Harris to know that the woman whose numbers she made fun of back in July is polling ahead of her in select polls now.

Daily Caller's James Hasson calls it for what it is:

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To make matters worse for Harris, Gabbard is just one poll away from qualifying for the November Democratic debate (which is scheduled for Nov. 20th in Georgia ).

Assuming Gabbard ends up qualifying, one has to wonder if she'll be prepared to use a rhetorical finishing maneuver on her political foe this time around (assuming the mods don't run interference ).

-- Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 16+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here . Connect with her on Twitter . –

[Oct 30, 2019] University of Kansas Apologizes for Launching its Family-Friendly Basketball Season with Stripper Poles and an R-Rated Rap Star

Oct 30, 2019 | www.redstate.com

you've taken your young son and daughter to a college basketball game to celebrate the beginning of the season. You've got your cokes, nachos, and those cancer-causing hotdogs .

Suddenly, out comes Snoop Dogg.

He tells the kids:

Top Dogg, bite em all, n*gga burn the sh** up
D-P-G-C my n*gga turn that sh** up
C-P-T, L-B-C, yeah we hookin back up
And when they bang this in the club baby you got to get up
Thug n*ggaz drug dealers yeah they givin it up
Lowlife, yo' life, boy we livin it up
Takin chances while we dancin in the party fo' sho'
Slip my hoe a forty-fo' and she got in the back do'
B*tches lookin at me strange but you know I don't care
Step up in this motherf****er just a-swangin my hair
B*tch quit talkin, Crip walk if you down with the set
Take a bullet with some d*** and take this dope from this jet

What do you do?

A) Wave your hotdog in the air, and wave it like you just don't care
B) Something less parentally enthusiastic

Well, Friday night, a crowd of over 16,000 at the University of Kansas Jayhawks 2019-2020 season kickoff got the opportunity to figure it out.

Watch (Language Warning):

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Eyebrows were certainly raised.

The stripper pole dancers also helped to liven the situation. Well, regardless of the strippers and vulgarity, everybody went home a little richer: Snoop used a cannon to shoot money into the crowd.

It may be hard to spend, though: Each bill sports the face of Tha Doggfather.

[Oct 29, 2019] If DeepState is such omnipotent, why should we bother with holding elections?

Notable quotes:
"... not sure why I still watch Bill Maher's show but this last weekend's Real Time had an absolutely jaw dropping moment for me. It started out with him having a former CIA agent as one of his guests (he even gushed over Brennan a few months back) and he then made a few stupid remarks about the Russians done it but the cherry on the whipped cream was when he referred to "the deep state heroes". ..."
Oct 29, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Norwegian , Oct 28 2019 17:23 utc | 15

If the deep state is allowed to make its own policies against the will of the elected officials why should we bother with holding elections?
"We" don't hold elections. The elections are required to buy the deep state legitimacy to do its thing.
dan of steele , Oct 28 2019 17:24 utc | 16
not sure why I still watch Bill Maher's show but this last weekend's Real Time had an absolutely jaw dropping moment for me. It started out with him having a former CIA agent as one of his guests (he even gushed over Brennan a few months back) and he then made a few stupid remarks about the Russians done it but the cherry on the whipped cream was when he referred to "the deep state heroes".

WTF?

[Oct 29, 2019] The paradoxes of democracy

Oct 29, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Oct 28 2019 17:53 utc | 20

What if the people, democratically (i.e. living and voting in a free society in honest election), elects (without any external pressure), a "totalitarian" government?

[Oct 29, 2019] Russian Defense Minister Publishes Evidence Of US Oil Smuggling From Syria

Oct 29, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Arising , 7 minutes ago link

Trump's The Art of the Steal - New chapter just added

piavpn , 41 minutes ago link

10 trillion dollar into the sand for nothing for past 16 or so years

Trump makes 30 million $ a month from the sand

Regardless of whether it is moral or not, its still better.

Even when Trump moved troops into Saudi Arabia, they are being paid by Saudi Arabia.

kbohip , 38 minutes ago link

Yep. Freedom isn't free.

spoonful , 1 hour ago link

Like Janis Joplin once sang - Get it While You Can https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju9yFA1S7K8

[Oct 28, 2019] The USA and the UN charter

Notable quotes:
"... October 24, 1945 is when the US-ratified Charter of the United Nations became law of the land. The US has been in violation of it pretty much every day since. ..."
Oct 28, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

William Gruff , Oct 27 2019 18:24 utc | 50

oglalla @42

October 24, 1945 is when the US-ratified Charter of the United Nations became law of the land. The US has been in violation of it pretty much every day since.

[Oct 28, 2019] As of Sunday morning, PG E confirmed that it had blacked out over 1 million customers, corresponding to roughly 3 million people.

Oct 28, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Boris Gudonov , 1 hour ago link

Californians don't need power lines. They have solar panels and windmills, which they assure me are all anyone needs.

[Oct 27, 2019] Congress moaning About Syria withdraval fromdeployment, they never authorizes in the first place

Looks like they forgot that it is Congress that actually has power over foreign policy, and especially foreign wars.
Oct 27, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

They're the first to condemn troops being withdrawn from deployments they never authorized in the first place.

..Curiously, this reticence doesn’t extend to voting on resolutions that seek to preserve America’s military presence in the Middle East. Legislators are more interested in stopping troop withdrawals from unauthorized conflicts than authorizing those conflicts in the first place.

Ask Congress to engage in an honest, open, and transparent national conversation before launching the first cruise missile and they run for the hills like villagers from a flash flood.

But ask them to spend an hour on the floor blasting the president for losing his “resolve” or upending American “leadership” (those favorite Beltway buzzwords), and they arrive with speeches in hand. It would all be hilarious if it wasn’t so depressing.

Sid Finster 3 days ago

Asking Congress to start acting principled?

Please. Might as well ask cats to become vegetarians, or Trump to be honest.

Our leaders are indistinguishable from sociopaths, because power attracts sociopaths the way cocaine attracts addicts.

[Oct 27, 2019] The nature of former Ukrainian president revealed on one small typo

He really proved to be pathologically greedy bastard.
Oct 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

uncle tungsten , Oct 27 2019 0:30 utc | 45

james #39
are you familiar with the name porkoshenko


Barfly award to you for best typo this thread. :))

james , Oct 27 2019 1:23 utc | 53
@45 uncle t - lol... porky for short! that is mostly how i think of him..

[Oct 27, 2019] What can we conclude about Trump?

Notable quotes:
"... If Obama was CIA, and GW Bush was CIA (via daddy Bush), and Clinton was CIA (via Arkansas drug-running and the Presidency), and Bush Sr was CIA ... then what can we conclude about Trump? 1) he's also CIA, or 2) he's a willing stooge. ..."
"... There is a third possibility. What if Trump wasn't supposed to become President, according to the CIA's plans? This seems plausible to me, because during the 2016 election, it seemed to me at least that almost nobody in the US political and media establishments took Trump's candidacy seriously. Clinton was so sure she could easily beat Trump that she used her influence with the media to get Trump media coverage, in order to weaken the "serious" Republicans, one of whom everyone thought would get the nomination, like Jeb Bush. ..."
Oct 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Jackrabbit , Oct 26 2019 23:51 utc | 41

jadan @32:
As we know from Wayne Madsen's little book, "The Manufacturing of a President", Obama has been a CIA asset since he was a suckling babe.
If Obama was CIA, and GW Bush was CIA (via daddy Bush), and Clinton was CIA (via Arkansas drug-running and the Presidency), and Bush Sr was CIA ... then what can we conclude about Trump? 1) he's also CIA, or 2) he's a willing stooge.
Glenn Brown , Oct 27 2019 0:32 utc | 46
Jackabbit @ 41

There is a third possibility. What if Trump wasn't supposed to become President, according to the CIA's plans? This seems plausible to me, because during the 2016 election, it seemed to me at least that almost nobody in the US political and media establishments took Trump's candidacy seriously. Clinton was so sure she could easily beat Trump that she used her influence with the media to get Trump media coverage, in order to weaken the "serious" Republicans, one of whom everyone thought would get the nomination, like Jeb Bush.

I know you believe that Trump was somehow exactly what the US deep state needed. I don't agree, but even if you are right, are you really sure that the CIA and the rest of the deep state were smart enough to understand and agree that they needed someone like Trump?

[Oct 27, 2019] Financial oligarchy and Silicon Valley moguls against Trump. They might get Warren as the result of their efforts.

Oct 27, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

They might get Warren as the result of their efforts.

Realignment and Legitimacy

"From Beverly Hills to Miami Beach: who are America's richest zip codes backing in 2020?" [ Guardian ]. "Americans who live in the country's 20 wealthiest zip codes have donated the most to the moderate Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Booker and Joe Biden, a Guardian analysis of presidential campaign finance filings for the first nine months of 2019 found. The vast majority of the fundraising from the 20 wealthy areas went to Democrats . Residents of these bastions of actual limousine liberals – including Westchester, New York, Beverly Hills, and Greenwich, Connecticut – have ponied up nearly $880,000 for Senator Harris and nearly $600,000 for Mayor Buttigieg. Booker and the former vice-president Biden raised more than half a million dollars each. Donald Trump cashed his share of checks, too. The president raised more than $500,000 in total across the 20 locales, and was the top recipient in three: Palm Beach, Florida; Newport Beach, California; and Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump spends significant time at his private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and his golf club in Bedminster. Meanwhile, the senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are among the frontrunners nationally, have amassed the largest campaign war chests of all the Democratic candidates while refusing to hold high-dollar fundraisers and calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. Their aversion to the rich appears to be reciprocal."

[Oct 27, 2019] DNC is converting the debates into a farce: Andr a Mitchell as a moderator as it MadCow presence is not enough to turn it into a farce.

The parade of neocons. Yes the same Andrea Mitchell, who pushed Iraq war...
Oct 27, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com
The Debate

"MSNBC names four renowned female journalists as moderators for November debate" [ NBC ]. "Moderating the Nov. 20 event, which is being co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, will be Rachel Maddow, host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC; Andrea Mitchell, host of "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on MSNBC and NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent; Kristen Welker, NBC News' White House correspondent; and Ashley Parker, a White House reporter for The Washington Post." • The count of journalists is off by at least one.

[Oct 26, 2019] Adam Schiff is not only a Hypocrite, he is a fool: how Adam fell pray to a obvious pranster

This Harvard educated lawyer fall victim of an obvious prankster, who promised him "goods" on trump...
Oct 26, 2019 | www.bing.com

Adam Schiff seems to have two standards - one for himself, and one for President Trump.

[Oct 25, 2019] Just in time for Halloween! : MadCow is crying agian -- now she is afraid of the sound of shoes dropping in the night

Oct 25, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Rachel Maddow's trademark pouty-face got a workout as she strained to imagine " what the thing is that Durham might be looking into." Yes, that's a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, all right with a sputtering fuse sticking out of it.

... ... ...

Over in the locked ward of CNN, Andy Cooper and Jeff Toobin attempted to digest the criminal investigation news as if someone had ordered in a platter of shit sandwiches for the green room just before air-time. Toobin pretended to not know exactly who the mysterious Joseph Misfud was, and struggled to even pronounce his name

... ... ...

As for impeachment, ringmaster Rep. Adam Schiff is surely steaming straight into his own historic Joe McCarthy moment when somebody of incontestable standing denounces him as a fraud and a scoundrel and the mysterious workings of nonlinear behavior tips the political mob past a criticality threshold, shifting the weight of consensus out of darkness and madness. It has happened before in history.

5fingerdiscount , 1 hour ago link

Out of 300,000,000 Americans how many watch cable news?

3,000,000 tops?

Rick Madcow averaged 432,000 this month.

[Oct 24, 2019] Proper replacement for Bolton: This administration doesn't need a national security advisor, it needs a psychiatrist

Oct 24, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Larry Kart , 24 October 2019 at 11:39 AM

"This administration doesn't need a national security advisor, it needs a psychiatrist." I think TTG speaks the truth.

[Oct 24, 2019] The NYT is not even safe for the bottom of bird cages.

Oct 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

psychohistorian , Oct 24 2019 3:44 utc | 46

Below is a ZH link to the lying NYT about b's posting regarding Hillary saying that the Russians were grooming Tulsi......they have changed the story to say that the Republican's are grooming Tulsi...the NYT is not even safe for the bottom of bird cages.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/nyt-stealth-edits-story-hide-hillarys-accusation-russia-grooming-gabbard

[Oct 23, 2019] Russian agents behind Gabbard, Russian agents behind Stein, Russian agents behind Trump, Russian agents behind Clinton's fridge. And it's not said by a 5-year-old girl

Oct 23, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Has anyone ever fine-tuned the business-ification of politics as have the Clintons? Their conquering of the Democratic Party over the past 25 years has often felt like a corporate takeover, the absorption of a nationwide political apparatus into a family syndicate that exists to build and burnish the brand of a single couple.

Alex (the one that likes Ike) 7 hours ago

Protecting the faded brand indeed. Because it's the sole explanation of a situation when someone starts dividing a party a year before the election and after an impeachment debacle, aside from idiocy in both colloquial, clinical and ancient Greek meaning.

Russian agents behind Gabbard, Russian agents behind Stein, Russian agents behind Trump, Russian agents behind Clinton's fridge. And it's not said by a 5-year-old girl. It keeps on being said by a grown-up woman who, basically, rules one of America's two biggest parties. It starts feeling like some tragifarce already.

[Oct 23, 2019] On Hillary attack of Tulsi

Oct 23, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Hillary is surrounded by advisers. This was planned. The only spontaneous thing she does is fall.

[Oct 23, 2019] The Big One CA Fault Line Is Moving Scientists Say It Could Be Bad

Oct 23, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

DirtySanchez , 34 minutes ago link

Weighing my options on what or whom to blame.....

I will go with the usual..... The godless and amoral cult of the satanic ***

ebworthen , 47 minutes ago link

They were warned in 1906, but despite this they kept building cities, towns, and communities on the fault line:

"The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American disasters." (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906_San_Francisco_earthquake ).

Not one damn thing any human can do about it, the Universe will have its way. Same with volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, asteroids - out of our control. This preoccupation with us "doing something about it" is deluded hubris.

new game , 48 minutes ago link

I propose a name change to the San Putin fault. of course, then the blame would be on Russia...

Bone-Machine , 23 minutes ago link

Putin is sooooo yesterday. I'd rather go with the Quid Pro Quo Fault. Has a nice shake, rattle and roll to it.

Pendolino , 52 minutes ago link

"Creep is our friend,"

Is this a Biden promo?

[Oct 23, 2019] Theocratic Virtue-Signaling Over Syria by all neoliberal Democratic Candidates

Oct 23, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

With a great weeping, gnashing of teeth, rending of garments and clutching of pearls, the Democrats have declared that the decision to withdraw troops from Syria was a mortal sin .

[Oct 22, 2019] Hillary and Harvey Weinstein

Oct 22, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

"Ronan Farrow says Harvey Weinstein used his relationship with Hillary Clinton to try to kill his exposé about the now-disgraced movie producer" [ Business Insider ]. • Perhaps the reason for changing the subject to RussiaRussiaRussia and Tulsi Gabbard.

[Oct 22, 2019] Hillary email server as Titanic

Oct 22, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

DEDA CVETKO , 1 hour ago link

Memo to: the passengers,

(First Class Only)

From: John Podesta, the Captain

HMSS Titanic a/k/a Clinton for President 2020

Date: 10-21-2019

Re: ****. Fan. Hit. Urgh.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

... ship had hit the lies-berg at whopping 65 knots, thus sustaining a massive, catastrophic damage... The $hit has hit Hillary's email server's cooling fan in earnest and we are tankin' faster than the consumer confidence index.

Please proceed to evacuate in orderly fashion along the decks toward the ship's stern, where you will be able to board the lifeboats. Bill and Chelsea, Debbie Wasserhead-Schulz, Donna Crayzille, George Sorosh, Madeleine Nobright and yours truly will have the boarding priority, followed (in this particular order) by the filthy rich Wall Street investors, followed by hedge-fund managers, followed by Saudi princes and princesses, followed by Hollywood celebrities, followed by Islamic mujahedeen, followed by media cronies and kneecap-smashers, followed by IMF and World Bank officials, followed by the skulls & boners, followed by the illuminati, followed by world's tyrants and mass-murderers, followed by neoliberal and neoconservative cabal, followed by the military-industrial lobby, followed by the prison lobby, followed by the global kleptocracy, followed by the globalist mafia, followed by Blackwater officials, followed by Bhig Phat Pharma, followed by Academia sycophants, followed by the MTV, CNN, CBS and other fake news, followed by assorted humanists and "philanhropists", followed by Cher and Barbra Straisand and finally, followed by Barack and Michelle, Chuck & Nancy and Adam "Shifty" Schiff & Johnny Bolton. The remaining rats and rodents can simply jump the ship, no boats needed.

Women and children last.

For your listening pleasure, the band will continue to play "Some Enchanted Evening" until the last rodent is safely evacuated.

... ... ...

[Oct 22, 2019] It's four more years of the Trumpian Reich folks, with Russian Spetsnaz patrolling the streets, gigantic banners with the faces of Trump and Putin hanging in the football stadiums, National Vodka-for-Breakfast Day, babushkas, the whole nine yards by CJ Hopkins

Notable quotes:
"... Authored (satirically) by CJ Hopkins vis The Unz Review, ..."
Oct 21, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored (satirically) by CJ Hopkins vis The Unz Review,

So, it looks like that's it for America, folks. Putin has gone and done it again. He and his conspiracy of Putin-Nazis have "hacked," or "influenced," or "meddled in" our democracy.

Unless Admiral Bill McRaven and his special ops cronies can ginny up a last-minute military coup , it's four more years of the Trumpian Reich, Russian soldiers patrolling the streets, martial law, concentration camps, gigantic banners with the faces of Trump and Putin hanging in the football stadiums, mandatory Sieg-heiling in the public schools, National Vodka-for-Breakfast Day, death's heads, babushkas, the whole nine yards.

[Oct 21, 2019] The invisible hand of "free market" would never let anything like this happen.

Oct 21, 2019 | news.slashdot.org

A Boeing pilot working on the 737 Max said in messages from 2016 that a new automated system was making the plane difficult to control in flight simulators , more than two years before it was grounded following two deadly crashes .

From a report:

The pilot, Mark Forkner, complained that the system, known as MCAS, was causing him trouble. "It's running rampant in the sim," he said in a message to a colleague, referring to the simulator. "Granted, I suck at flying, but even this was egregious," he went on to say, according to a transcript of the exchange reviewed by The New York Times .

The 737 Max was grounded earlier this year after crashing twice in five months, killing 346 people. In both cases, MCAS malfunctioned based on erroneous data, sending the planes into unrecoverable nose dives.

Mr. Forkner, the chief technical pilot for the plane, went on to say that he had lied to the Federal Aviation Administration. "I basically lied to the regulators (unknowingly)," Mr. Forkner says in the messages.

The messages are from November 2016. Eight months earlier, Mr. Forkner had asked the F.A.A. if it would be O.K. to remove mention of MCAS from the pilot's manual. The F.A.A., which at the time believed the system would only activate in rare cases and wasn't particularly dangerous, approved Mr. Forkner's request.

[Oct 20, 2019] How Dubya rehabilitated himself

Oct 20, 2019 | off-guardian.org

mark

Dubya rehabilitated himself by slagging off the Orange Man.

So he's now a jolly decent chap and all round good egg.

Certainly outweighs a little thing like a couple of million dead sand niggers.

[Oct 20, 2019] What If Hillary Clinton Was Right... by Graham Noble

Notable quotes:
"... Nothing a generous donation to the Clinton Foundation won't fix... ..."
Oct 20, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com
Authored by Graham Noble via LibertyNation.com,

The following is a transcript of what Russian President Vladimir Putin recently told President Donald Trump during a phone call. This transcript was provided by an anonymous Russian – possibly the same one from whom Rep. Adam Schiff tried to get compromising photos of Trump. Unlike Schiff, we have not doctored this transcript.

"Hello, Trump, this is Vladimir. Hah! Funny man. Vladimir Putin, president of Russia. Listen, we need to have serious talk. We had agreement. You tell me you cooperate if I help you win election in 2016. What's this make American great again sh*t? I thought that was joke. You start playing with the ball or I'm going to replace you next year with Tulsi Gabbard .

... ... ...

"You make America strongest country in world, now. You increase energy production – that's not good for me. You give aid to the sniveling Ukrainian dogs. You do nothing for Russia. No, that's not funny...

" So, listen carefully, Trump. You start helping me or Tulsi gets your job. Yes, she is secret Russian asset but we have problem. Clinton knows. Yes, she knows – I read it on the News Fox and the Washington Examination. I don't know how she knows. Probably those Ukrainian sh*ts told her – you know, the same ones who try to help her win election.

... ... ...


2banana , 13 minutes ago link

Nothing a generous donation to the Clinton Foundation won't fix...

Blackhawks , 5 minutes ago link

Yuck it up. This is what happened to Seth Rich. That lesbian **** and her syphilitic husband don't have a sense of humor

LEEPERMAX , 10 minutes ago link

Back to the Russia Russia Russia Scam just like this article . . . The Coup to Take Down Trump all started with Hillary's DNC & Chalupa's Ukraine.

tyberious , 20 minutes ago link

All this hysteria toward Russia is beyond stupid, when China is eating our lunch!

They aren't even communist, China is!

[Oct 20, 2019] Don't those people who are still kissing the hem of Trump's garments remember all that stuff he said during his campaign?

Oct 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

Liza says: October 15, 2019 at 4:11 pm GMT 100 Words @eah Yes, indeed. He is a loose cannon. Don't those people who are still kissing the hem of Trump's garments remember all that stuff he said during his campaign? Sure, we all know that politicians lie in order to get elected – but nothing on this level. Like the Scorpion and Frog poem, or at least his version of it (the Snake). Read More

[Oct 20, 2019] Quiz for the day: Does this whistleblower even exist? Or is it a composite creation of the CIA, Schiff and Co?

Notable quotes:
"... Do the Democrats and their allies in the deep state increasingly look like the Keystone Kops? ..."
Oct 20, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

dbriz Kyle Stirkenburg 5 days ago • edited

Quiz for the day: Does this “whistleblower” even exist? Or is it a composite creation of the CIA, Schiff and Co?

Did Schiff and friends turn ghostly white when Trump called their bluff by releasing the transcript?

Is Pelosi’s new found reticence a result of her self annoyance that she let herself get talked into this new debacle and payback is to let Schiff shift in the wind dangling over the thought that no one in the CIA wants to walk the plank for him?

Do the Democrats and their allies in the deep state increasingly look like the Keystone Kops?

[Oct 20, 2019] Adam Schiff now the face of the neoliberal Dems for 2020.

Highly recommended!
Oct 20, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Only a few months ago, the Democrats' drive to the White House began with the loftiest of ideals, albeit a hodgepodge from trans toilet "rights" to a 100 percent makeover of the health care system. It is now all about vengeance, clumsy and grossly partisan at that, gussied up as "saving democracy." Our media is dominated by angry Hillary refighting 2016 and "joking" about running again, with Adam Schiff now the face of the party for 2020. The war of noble intentions has devolved into Pelosi's March to the Sea. Any chance for a Democratic candidate to reach into the dark waters and pull America to where she can draw breath again and heal has been lost.

Okay, deep breath myself. A couple of times a week, I walk past the café where Allen Ginsberg, the Beat poet, often wrote. His most famous poem, Howl , begins, "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked." The walk is a good leveler, a reminder that madness (Trump Derangement in modern terminology) is not new in politics.

But Ginsberg wrote in a time when one could joke about coded messages -- before the Internet came into being to push tailored ticklers straight into people's brains. I'll take my relief in knowing that almost everything Trump and others write, on Twitter and in the Times , is designed simply to get attention and getting our attention today requires ever louder and crazier stuff. What will get us to look up anymore? Is that worth playing with fire over?

It is easy to lose one's sense of humor over all this. It is easy to end up like Ginsberg at the end of his poem, muttering to strangers at what a mess this had all become: "Real holy laughter in the river! They saw it all! the wild eyes! the holy yells! They bade farewell! They jumped off the roof! To solitude!" But me, I don't think it's funny at all.

Peter Van Buren, a 24-year State Department veteran, is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People , Hooper's War: A Novel of WWII Japan , and Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent .

[Oct 20, 2019] Neoliberal elite vs common citizens

Oct 20, 2019 | aim4truth.org

They send our sons to the Middle East. They send THEIR sons to Ukraine.

[Oct 20, 2019] Putin sarcastic remark on Western neoliberal multiculturalism

Highly recommended!
Oct 17, 2019 | www.unz.com

"If minorities prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that's the state law.

Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell "discrimination"

-Vladimir Putin

[Oct 19, 2019] It's quite ironic that the party that was in power when it was revealed that the NSA was spying on every US citizen (and a ton of foreigners) an obvious violation of the 4th Amendment now want to moan about the unconstitutionality of this phone call.

Oct 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

RLV , says: October 4, 2019 at 3:57 pm GMT

It's quite ironic that the party that was in power when it was revealed that the NSA was spying on every US citizen (and a ton of foreigners) – an obvious violation of the 4th Amendment – now want to moan about the unconstitutionality of this phone call.

[Oct 19, 2019] Project MKUltra gone right?

Oct 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

Biff , says: October 4, 2019 at 10:44 am GMT

@Ron Unz

But if someone would have told him that the people denouncing and blacklisting him would have been the *liberal Democrats* and some of their most "excitable" elements would be accusing him of being a "Neo-Nazi White Supremacist Russian Agent" he would have thought the entire country had gone on LSD.

Project MKUltra gone right?

[Oct 19, 2019] How Putin set up the Maidan in Kyiv

Oct 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

GMC , says: October 4, 2019 at 9:26 am GMT

Ran into a Ukie from Odessa yesterday on a beach i go to i go to Saigon n Vung Tau. He told me all about how Putin set up the Maidan in Kyiv, in order to invade and take Crimea. He was doing a great propaganda act, for this American, until I told him I live in Crimea. I gave some info how the US did Kyiv, then he stormed off. The Ukie nationalist are super brainwashed. Spacibo Unz Rev.

[Oct 19, 2019] Strange things that happen of Fox due to Tucker Carlson's show

Oct 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

Mikhail , says: Website October 4, 2019 at 8:33 am GMT

@Ron Unz Thanks to Tucker Carlson's show, some folks on the left like Cohen, Mate and Greenwald, are more likely to get air time on Fox News than MSNBC and CNN.

[Oct 19, 2019] How would the USA military dictatorship would behave toward MSM if it ever gets to power

Oct 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

Ozymandias , says: October 4, 2019 at 4:32 am GMT

@Dennis Gannon "If we ever get a dictator in the USA, I would not be surprised to see everyone in the lying mainstream media wind up in a gulag."

If we ever get a dictator in the USA, he will owe his dictatorship to the lying mainstream media. But that of course doesn't mean he won't turn on them. But it's more likely he'll enjoy their continued support.

[Oct 19, 2019] Without bogey enemy like Russia neocons and politicians would have to use Viagra instead of war to squirt out their poison.

Oct 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

renfro , says: October 4, 2019 at 4:31 am GMT

Russia is the excuse for US actions in the Ukraine as it was in the ME.

What is America without a big bad boogeyman like Russia?. Certainly not a "Superpower' defending the world. Without enemies like Russia we would be nothing but big rich country.

And all the Neos and Zios and politicians would have to use Viagra instead of war to squirt out their poison.

A lot of countries like the Ukraine have gotten a lot of US taxpayer money by 'standing up to a Russian takeover' .and are laughing all the way to their bank.

[Oct 19, 2019] Russian agents under every bed

Highly recommended!
Oct 19, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

S , Oct 19 2019 15:33 utc | 24

Okay, let's recap:

1) Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset (Clinton).
2) Jill Stein is a Russian asset (Clinton).
3) Donald Trump has been a Russian asset since 1987 ( Intelligencer ).
4) Rand Paul is "working for Vladimir Putin" ( McCain , Greg Olear ).
5) Bernie Sanders is "just a tool" to the Russians ( The Washington Post ).

I'm sure Bernie will turn from "just a tool" into "an asset" in no time if his poll numbers become too high. After all, nobody forgot his fraternizing with the enemy in a sauna in USSR !

[Oct 19, 2019] Karl Sharro on Twitter That's it, I quit. I can't be expected to compete with this.

Oct 19, 2019 | twitter.com

That's it, I quit. I can't be expected to compete with this.

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

October 9, 2019

His Excellency
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
President of the Republic of Turkey
Ankara

Dear Mr. President:

Let's work out a good deal! You don't want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don't want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy -- and I will. I've already given you a little sample with respect to Pastor Brunson.

1 have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don't let the world down. You can make a great deal. General Mazloum is willing to negotiate with you, and he is willing to make concessions that they would never have made in the past. I am confidentially enclosing a copy of his letter to me, just received.

History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen. Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!

I will call you later.

Sincerely.

/signature/

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

[Oct 19, 2019] New record for chutzpah: Butcher of Iraq tried to present himself as 'Peace-Expert'

This beats murdering your own parents and then claiming clemency as a orphan.
For those who don't speak fluent neoconservative, "isolationist" here means taking even one small step in any direction other than continued military expansionism into every square inch of planet Earth
Oct 19, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

"I don't think the Iranians believe a peaceful Middle East is in their national interest," said the former president according to The Washington Post 's Josh Rogin, whose brief Twitter thread on the subject appears to be the only record of Bush's speech anywhere online

[Oct 16, 2019] He's someone I can stand up for!

CNN journalists are "soldier of the Party" in best Bolshevik's style... They call it programming for a reason
Oct 16, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Itchy and Scratchy , 1 minute ago link

Biden's feckless, corrupt, dishonourably discharged, drug addicted, womanizing son should take Joe's place on the 2020 Presidential ballot!

He's someone I can stand up for!

[Oct 15, 2019] The two parties are clearly not the same. The Democratic Party is content to charge the wage class far less for the privilege of getting screwed over by corporations and elites than the Republican Party wants to charge the wage class for that privilege.

Oct 15, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

RC (Ron) Weakley said in reply to RC (Ron) Weakley... , October 12, 2019 at 06:59 AM

That said, the two parties are clearly not the same. The Democratic Party is content to charge the wage class far less for the privilege of getting screwed over by corporations and elites than the Republican Party wants to charge the wage class for that privilege.
ilsm -> RC (Ron) Weakley... , October 12, 2019 at 06:59 AM
not that much less, and the demrat pols need the money they get from wall st more than GOPster with family cash.

50 years, it has been almost unabated since Hoover.

[Oct 15, 2019] Marie Yovanovitch as an expect of her own loyalty to the Trump administration

Oct 15, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

Fred C. Dobbs

, October 11, 2019 at 09:32 AM

...According to a copy of her opening statement obtained by The New York Times, the longtime diplomat said she was "incredulous" that she was removed as ambassador "based, as far as I can tell, on unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives."

ilsm -> Fred C. Dobbs... , October 11, 2019 at 12:31 PM
A most unconstitutional posit:

"That harm will come not just through the inevitable and continuing resignation and loss of many of this nation's most loyal and talented public servants," ......"

These "loyal and talented" are deciding on loyalty to what?

Some image of "security" they (Obama?) define? Some definition of "national interest" they designed? Who voted for these "loyal and talented"?

... .... ...

likbez -> ilsm... , October 15, 2019 at 06:07 PM
"These "loyal and talented" are deciding on loyalty to what? "

That's the key issue. She might loyal to Obama neoliberalism, not to the Trump's "national neoliberalism"

And that's two different platforms ;-)

[Oct 15, 2019] The last thing this country needs is a Joe Lieberman with a smiling face serving as President which is basically what Joe Biden is.

Oct 15, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

JohnH -> kurt... , October 02, 2019 at 06:00 PM

... As I have said, I would be delighted if Trump went down and took Joe Biden with him. The last thing this country needs is a Joe Lieberman with a smiling face serving as President which is basically what Joe Biden is.

[Oct 15, 2019] With a bit of patience, the entire American military industrial congressional complex may fail, enhancing the world's security.

Notable quotes:
"... I wonder just how much % of US GDP is comprised of parasitic financial engineering ..."
Oct 13, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Vonu , Oct 13 2019 21:06 utc | 67

After Boeing commits suicide through incompetence and negligence, we can get to work on Lockheed. With a bit of patience, the entire American military industrial congressional complex may fail, enhancing the world's security.
Willy2 , Oct 13 2019 17:31 utc | 59
- Now I understand why the Trump administration wants to impose import tariffs on airbus planes...
jared , Oct 13 2019 16:15 utc | 57
@ Goldhoarder | Oct 13 2019 13:06 utc | 51

Excellent point and summary. But it's not that U.S. government are trying to destroy country it is rather that they were effectively influenced to look the other way.

Some people are becoming very wealth at the expense of the nation - zombie nation...

JW , Oct 13 2019 12:14 utc | 48
I wonder just how much % of US GDP is comprised of parasitic financial engineering. Going by healthcare costs versus other countries: At least half.

[Oct 15, 2019] Schiff... the bug-eyed face of desperation!

Oct 15, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

LurchUSA , 55 minutes ago link

Schiff ... the bug-eyed face of desperation!

[Oct 14, 2019] REMEMBER when they used to say once KGB always KGB?

Oct 14, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

REMEMBER when they used to say once KGB always KGB ?

Does that also apply to former members of organs of state security who are now all over US TV as "independent experts" ?

[Oct 13, 2019] The cat knows whose meat it has eaten...

Oct 13, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com
by Tyler Durden Sun, 10/13/2019 - 12:22 0 SHARES

Hunter Biden is stepping down from a controversial board position at a Chinese-based private-equity company, and has vowed to forego all foreign work if his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, is elected president in 2020, according to Bloomberg .

[Oct 09, 2019] Two Drowning Men Pulling Each Other Down to the Bottom

Oct 09, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Caught in a rip-tide and being dragged further out to sea, Mr. Brennan has hit the rocks and lost his ship. Floating with him, a hapless group of CIA and NSC Cold Warriors, all in way over their heads.

Having torn the sheets and smashed the hull, they bob in the waves. Lost is the wars they started far off over the horizon. Ukraine, Syria, who is to blame? Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, too.

Now, they have seized some bloated fat guy they are trying to turn into a raft. Two-faced, venal opportunist, he waded out into the water, seeing an opportunity to make a buck off the ship-wreck.

[Oct 07, 2019] The surprising return of a "very stable genius" style of Trump Twits. New bon mot is "In my great and unmatched wisdom

"I, in my own great and unmatched wisdom, consider this tweet to be off limits. Please destroy & obliterate it," said British television personality Piers Morgan.
Oct 07, 2019 | www.usatoday.com

As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over...

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019

[Oct 07, 2019] All of this [the past 40 months of media and democrat craziness, covering corruption and misleading] because one billionaire ass clown [Trump] won an election without their permission?

Oct 07, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

ilsm , October 06, 2019 at 05:32 PM

"All of this [the past 40 months of media and democrat craziness, covering corruption and misleading] because one billionaire ass clown [Trump] won an election without their permission?"

"No, this was never just about Donald Trump, repulsive and corrupt as the man may be. The stakes have always been much higher than that. What we've witnessed over the last three years (and what is about to reach its apogee) is a global capitalist counter-insurgency, the goal of which is:"


"(a) to put down the ongoing populist rebellion throughout the West,"

"and (b) to crush any hope of resistance to the hegemony of global capitalism in other words, a War on Populism."

"Not that Donald Trump is a populist hero. Far from it. Trump is a narcissistic clown. He has always been a narcissistic clown. All he really cares about is seeing his face on television and plastering his name on everything in sight, preferably in huge gold letters. He got himself elected president by being cunning enough to recognize and ride the tsunami of populist anger that was building up in 2016, and that has continued to build throughout his presidency. It is not going away, that anger. The Western masses are no more thrilled about the global capitalist future today than they were when voted for Brexit, and Trump, and various other "populist" and reactionary figures."

Read the whole post!

https://theduran.com/cj-hopkins-trumpenstein-must-be-destroyed/

[Oct 07, 2019] In the early days of the Republic, they were not always as civilized as the fat pig that currently occupies the WH.

Oct 07, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

anne , October 06, 2019 at 05:37 PM

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/07/c_138452100.htm

October 7, 2019

"You won't destroy me, and you won't destroy my family," U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post on Saturday, his latest response to President Donald Trump's call for an investigation into him and his son.

[ Has there been an American instance before, where a president has directly gone after the family of a possible rival? ]

Mr. Bill -> anne... , October 06, 2019 at 06:55 PM
Actually, yes.

In the early days of the Republic, they were not always as civilized as the fat pig that currently occupies the WH.

Biden is not a saint.

[Oct 05, 2019] Trumpenstein Must Be Destroyed! by C.J. Hopkins

Oct 05, 2019 | www.unz.com

The [neo]liberal mob was standing around with their torches and pitchforks in a state of shock. Doctor Mueller, the "monster hunter," had let Trumpenstein slip through his fingers. The supposedly ironclad case against him had turned out to be a bunch of lies made up by the Intelligence Community, the Democratic Party, and the corporate media.

Russiagate was officially dead . The President of the United States was not a Russian secret agent. No one was blackmailing anyone with a videotape of Romanian prostitutes peeing on a bed where Obama once slept. All that had happened was, millions of liberals had been subjected to the most elaborate psyop in the history of elaborate deep state psyops which, ironically, had only further strengthened Trumpenstein, who was out there on the Portico balcony, shotgunning Diet Cokes with one hand and shaking his junk at the mob with the other.

It wasn't looking so good for "democracy."

[Oct 05, 2019] Colbert to Hillary: it's your fault for coming on Ukraine week

Colbert does no even understand the depth of his joke and the level of connection of Clintons to CIArumorblowergate! ... The black hole around Biden in the media nothing burger universe might be collapsing!
Oct 05, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

Fred C. Dobbs said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs... ,

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton appeared on "The Late Show" to promote their new book, "The Book of Gutsy Women" and while there, the former presidential candidate addressed the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

"It's your fault for coming on Ukraine week," Colbert joked to Clinton when she arrived on stage.

[Oct 04, 2019] China Should Investigate Bidens Over 'Billions' Taken Out Of Country

Oct 04, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

ineluctable , 2 minutes ago link

You want dirt on Biden? Sure thing, how about a small reduction of America's naval presence in Asia. You'll get all the dirt you need Mr. Trump.

Love ya - Hypersonic Rocketman, Xi Jinping.

[Oct 03, 2019] Whistleblower tries to deny that he/she is "Full of Schiff"

Oct 03, 2019 | abcnews.go.com

Whistleblower attorney says complaint drafted 'entirely on their own' - ABC News
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/whistleblower-contacted-house-intelligence-committee-filing-complaint/story?id=66013379

[But] According to a spokesperson for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, the whistleblower contacted the committee before raising concerns about alleged wrongdoing with the intelligence community inspector general.

[Oct 02, 2019] An interesting analogy with Biden pushing his son into Burisma board

Oct 02, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

John A , , October 2, 2019 at 7:08 am

Imagine Trump were to overthrow Maduro in a coup. He installs his puppet Guido who immediately gives Ivanka a seat on the board of a Venezuelan oil company at 50K a month, or more. Would the Democrats be screaming 'nothing to see here' in that scenario?

[Sep 28, 2019] An open letter to Establishment Democrats by Not Henry Kissinger

Sep 28, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Dear Establishment Democrats,

Thank you so much for inviting me to your Impeachment Party. It's really great to hear you've finally found something to nail Trump with. Good for you! You've been looking so hard these past three years. So nice to see all that effort finally pay off!

(Of course, some might say you should have spent that time looking for solutions to all the problems the country is facing, but hey, let's not get crazy! Right?) And your amazing valor doesn't stop at Biden. Oh no. You are even willing to let Republicans dredge up Hillary's email scandal long after people had all but forgotten about Crowdstrike. The Romans who stood in front of the charging elephants at Cannae would be proud.

... ... ...

Of course, I understand your motives for Impeachment are not wholly altruistic. With corporate donations drying up and growing pressure from Progressive primary challengers making Establishment incumbents increasingly nervous, you need some way to excite your old school base for the important election season to come.

That's why it's even more testament to your pluck that you would choose such a transparently hypocritical and overtly political hill on which to take your final stand, especially after 2016 showed so clearly that going after Trump personally only makes him more popular.

So I say onward Impeachment soldier!

By the time the primaries roll around, your brave Establishment beserkers will have divided the party and discredited the leadership to such an extent that rank and file Dems will be begging for a Progressive intervention.

Carry On!

Yours in Impeachment,
Not Henry Kissinger

[Sep 24, 2019] A senile president, reading those words off a teleprompter, is the natural result of evolution of US politicians

Biden should be criticized for his failed policies – support for the Iraq War, Libya, Syria, criminal justice policy etc., as well as for corruption in Ukraine, that is, for substantive reasons.
Sep 24, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Ikallicrates , September 20, 2019 at 10:38

If Biden mental decline continues, he'll eventually be as senile as Trump. Then he'll be qualified to be president.

We have no influence over the decisions our elected representatives make for us in our name. Most of what we call politics is staged, and most of our recent presidents have been actors reading words written for them by someone backstage. A senile president, reading those words off a teleprompter, is the natural result.

[Sep 24, 2019] As the Washington Post has it, "Democracy Dies in Darkness" -- neglecting to add, "We supply the Darkness."

Sep 24, 2019 | www.unz.com

Mr McKenna , says: September 23, 2019 at 9:05 am GMT

Most of the surprising material presented here is hardly hidden or kept under lock-and-key. Nearly all the books are easily available at Amazon or even freely readable on the Internet, many of the authors have received critical and scholarly acclaim, and in some cases their works have sold in the millions. Yet this important material has been almost entirely ignored or dismissed by the popular media that shapes the common beliefs of our society. So we must necessarily begin to wonder what other massive falsehoods may have been similarly promoted by that media, perhaps involving incidents of the recent past or even the present day. And those latter events do have enormous practical significance.

Coincidentally enough, today the Guardian has published its own lengthy, soul-searching essay entitled, "Why can't we agree on what's true any more?"

Being the Guardian, of course, their prescription is that people should make a more sincere effort to support the Reporters of Truth, such as the Guardian. In their retrograde Left vs Right world, it's still up to the 'goodthinkers' to preserve our liberties from the Boris Johnsons and Donald Trumps of the world. Never in a million years would they entertain the possibility that Johnsons and Trumps come about because the Establishment–most certainly including its MSM lackeys–is corrupt to its core.

As the Washington Post has it, "Democracy Dies in Darkness" -- neglecting to add, "We supply the Darkness."

[Sep 23, 2019] Ukrainian Fatigue Syndrome (UFS) is a serious affliction

Sep 23, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

yalensis September 21, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Ukrainian Fatigue Syndrom (UFS) is a serious affliction. If you suffer from this affliction, ask your Doctor about Rid-Uk. Do not continue to take Rid-Uk if you experience the following side effects: Historical clarity, soundness of reasoning, logical interpretation, factual evidence, economic utility, diplomatic success.
Moscow Exile September 21, 2019 at 1:43 am
The head of the White House, Donald Trump, declared that American policy towards the Ukraine was senseless of and added that Moscow should be a friend of Washington, and that no one cared about the Ukrainians. The day before, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said that the European Union was experiencing fatigue from the Ukraine.

Source

Media: Trump considers senseless US actions in Ukraine
9/21/2019, 9:29:23 AM

US President Donald Trump considers US actions in the Ukraine senseless, which actions at the same time aggravate relations with Russia, The Washington Post reports, citing a former senior White House official.

According to the newspaper interlocutor, the president takes the position that "Russians should be our friends".

"What we do in the Ukraine is pointless and annoying Russia", he said, describing the president's opinion.

Earlier, former US Vice President Joe Biden called on Trump to publish a transcript of a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

So there you have it!

Trump is a Kremlin Stooge.

[Sep 23, 2019] I wonder when they find Putin's passport in wreckage of drones that hit Saudi oil stabilization plant

Sep 23, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

Northern Star September 17, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Probably had Death to the Great Satan etched on them right above made in Tehran.
https://nypost.com/2019/09/17/suspected-iranian-missile-debris-found-on-saudi-oil-field-after-attack/

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Patient Observer September 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm
I wonder when they will find Putin's passport.
Jen September 17, 2019 at 7:15 pm
" Probably had Death to the Great Satan etched on them right above made in Tehran "

Etched in English and in the Roman alphabet as well, of course.

[Sep 23, 2019] American exceptionalism in one picture

Actually any far right nationalism
Sep 20, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

[Sep 22, 2019] The Beeb continues to blather on about Smolenkov being an absolutely top-hole high-level aide to Vladimir Putin, practically running the place, Darling, probably called each other 'Vladdy' and 'Smoky' when the peasants weren't around.

Sep 22, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

J.T. September 21, 2019 at 5:32 pm

How contrived.

What will they claim next? That Putin and Smolenkov were lovers?

[Sep 22, 2019] This is what goes by "hate speech" in today's neoliberal societies

Sep 22, 2019 | www.unz.com

Anonymous [425] Disclaimer , says: September 22, 2019 at 1:05 am GMT

It's all so crazy. This is what goes by 'hate speech'. Truth is now hate. In a way, it makes sense because truth hates falsehood.

[Sep 22, 2019] Who Launched That Mystery Attack on Saudi oil stabilization plant

Sep 22, 2019 | www.unz.com

Mulegino1 , says: September 22, 2019 at 1:49 am GMT

Who Launched That Mystery Attack?

Given their age old fame for perfidy, corruption, cunning, mendacity and hatred of the nations, along with their proclivity for high technology, my money would be on the Amish or the Russian Old Believers as prime suspects and beneficiaries of the attacks.

[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 Israel 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 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 John 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." I'm 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] Uberhawk Johnson was really pissed off by the fact the he was denied Russian visa for which he never applied

Aug 28, 2019 | www.wispolitics.com
Arioch | Aug 27 2019 14:58 utc | 168

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.

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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!

[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, as they have an excessive bias in favor of laws that lead to a lot of litigation

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: 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 | 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: Why should Americans consume Chinese fentanyl when they could use domestic meth

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 Afghanistan: the US created Taliban fights against the US installed puppet government

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 availability of surveillance 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

####

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.