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Neoliberal war on reality

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false" ~ CIA Director William Casey (attributed)

"Empire of illusions": The  triumph of entertainment and fake news under neoliberalism

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"The truth is that the newspaper is not a place for information to be given, rather it is just hollow content, or more than that, a provoker of content. If it prints lies about atrocities, real atrocities are the result."

Karl Kraus, 1914

WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

1984

We are the world, we are exceptional, we cannot fail. The elite will lie, and the people will pretend to believe them. Heck about 20 percent of the American public will believe almost anything if it is wrapped with the right prejudice and appeal to passion. Have a pleasant evening.

jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com, Feb 04, 2015


Introduction

Controlling the narrative is how society operate -- it is a tool for preserving the society cohesion. Which is a good thing, unless the price is too high. If the question of controlling the narrative arise, that means  that the elite became too detached from the regular people ("let them eat cakes" situation), and there are cracks in the society facade, like now there are obvious cracks in neoliberals facade. They are patched with lies and distortions. In this sense Russiagate is a completely natural reaction  on the US neoliberal elite on the loss of legitimacy (which actually happened in 2008 and only accelerated under Trump) -- an attempt to find a scapegoat for the society ills. And such strategy works until it does not.  In this sense Trump provided to be a huge wrecking ball that created more cracks on the facade of neoliberal society and this is one of the few positive things about its administration.

In such cases the elite usually resort to policies which in the USA are called McCarthyism: attempt to smear and suppress dissidents claiming that they are associated with the particular (presented as hostile like Russia today, or really hostile like the USSR was) power.

While MSM supporting the "Party line" are masquerading as independent new outlets for all practical purposes they serve as an extension of the USA intelligence agencies and the State Department. This is especially visible in the area of foreign policy and the most contentious US internal issues like the question of the integrity of the recent US Presidential elections.

Correlation with the foreign power policies might  be actually accidental if this particular power "see future deeper" as unforgettable  Madeline "Not So Bright" Allbright quipped. For example, now RT coverage does undermine the US foreign policy. We need only decide whether this is a good or bad thing and whether the US imperial policies are good for American people, or only for large transnational corporations. I think Tucker Carlson also undermines the US foreign policy and as such you can find a correlation between his positions and RT position. Now what ?

In such case elite presents association with the foreign power as the "politically correct" reason for suppression. Which is a blatant hypocrisy. But that's how all societies work and in this sense there is nothing special in the fact that dissident voices are suppressed. In middle ages heretics were burned at the stake. They were send to the GULAG in the USSR.   If you are a dissident you fate in most societies are far from rosy.

The current situation in the USA is interesting because neoliberalism is definitely on the decline and as such represent now (unlike say 10 year ago) a rich target of attacks. And as the USA imperial power which it acquired since WWII, and expanded after collapse of the USSR is starting to collapse. Attempt to preserve the neoliberal empire necessitates the attack on dissidents, as dissidents usually undermine the legitimacy of the US foreign policy and ask inconvenient questions about neoliberal elite handing of foreign and domestic affairs.  The real question about dissidents is what alternative the particular dissident outlet proposes -- the return to the New Deal Capitalism in some form or shape, or new socialist experiment is some form of shape, or some far-right utopia.

We all agree that neoliberalism with its unlimited rule of financial oligarchy and lowering of the standard of living of lower 80% of population is bad and probably will self-destruct like Bolshevism in the past. But the real question is what social order will replace it ?  It this is a some variant of neo-fascism you might regret its destruction.

Meanwhile the US became "an empire of illusions", when both elite and common people entertain various myths, which have nothing to do with the reality, the process that started after WWII and entered a new phase in 1962, when an important historic event (JFK assassination) became distorted by the CIA and part of government bureaucracy who were discontent with JFK's policies, which fabricated a false narrative. The narrative which eventually became an official version of the event  (The United States of America’s Doll House, by Edward Curtin):

In a 1969 interview, Jim Garrison, the District Attorney of New Orleans and the only person to ever bring to trial a case involving the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, said that as a result of the CIA’s murderous coup d’état on behalf of the military-industrial-financial-media-intelligence complex that rules the country to this day, the American people have been subjected to a fabricated reality that has rendered them a nation of passive Eichmanns, who sit in their living rooms, popping pills and watching television as their country’s military machine mows down people by the millions and the announcers tell them all the things they should be afraid of, such as bacteria on cutting boards and Russian spies infiltrating their hair salons. Garrison said:

The creation of such inanities as acceptable reality and unacceptable reality is necessary for the self-preservation of the super-state against its greatest danger: understanding on the part of the people as to what is really happening. All factors which contribute to its burgeoning power are exaggerated. All factors which might reveal its corrosive effect on the nation are concealed. The result is to place the populace in the position of persons living in a house whose windows no longer reveal the outside but on which murals have been painted. Some of the murals are frightening and have the effect of reminding the occupants of the outside menaces against which the paternal war machine is protecting them. Other murals are pleasant to remind them how nice things are inside the house.

But to live like this is to live in a doll’s house. If life has one lesson to teach us, it is that to live in illusion is ultimately disastrous.

In the doll’s house into which America gradually has been converted, a great many of our basic assumptions are totally illusory.[1]Interview with Jim Garrison, District Attorney of Parish of Orleans, Louisiana, May 27, 1969, kennedysandking.com

That is not the case for most Americans. When approximately 129 million people cast their votes for Donald Trump and HilIary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, you know idiocy reigns and nothing has been learned. Ditto for the votes for Obama, Bush, Clinton, et al. You can keep counting back. It is an ugly fact and sad to say. Such a repetition compulsion is a sign of a deep sickness, and it will no doubt be repeated in the 2020 election. The systemic illusion must be preserved at all costs and the warfare state supported in its killing. It is the American way.

It is true that average Americans have not built the doll’s house; that is the handiwork of the vast interconnected and far-reaching propaganda arms of the U.S. government and their media accomplices. But that does not render them innocent for accepting decades of fabricated reality for so-called peace of mind by believing that a totally corrupt system works. The will to believe is very powerful, as is the propaganda. The lesson that Garrison spoke of has been lost on far too many people, even on those who occasionally leave the doll house for a walk, but who only go slightly down the path for fear of seeing too much reality and connecting too many dots. There is plain ignorance, then there is culpable ignorance, to which I shall return.

Does the cocoon of lies spread by MSM protects the society, or undermines  it, or it does both

In many respects, the media creates reality, so perhaps the most effective route toward changing reality runs through the media.  "Controlling the narrative" is the major form of neoliberal MSM war on reality. By providing "prepackaged" narrative for a particular world event and selectively suppressing alternative information channels that contradict the official narrative, neoliberals control and channel emotions of people in the direction they want.  Often in the direction of yet another war for the expansion of the global neoliberal empire led from Washington, DC.

libezkova said in reply to Fred C. Dobbs...  January 29, 2017 at 08:31 AM 

Neoliberal MSM want to control the narrative. That's why "alternative facts" should be called an "alternative narrative". https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/controlling-the-narrative/?_r=0

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Maybe this is the same kind of clinical detachment doctors have to cultivate, a way of distancing oneself from the subject, protecting yourself against a crippling empathy. I won’t say that writers or artists are more sensitive than other people, but it may be that they’re less able to handle their own emotions.

It may be that art, like drugs, is a way of dulling or controlling pain. Eloquently articulating a feeling is one way to avoid actually experiencing it.

Words are only symbols, noises or marks on paper, and turning the messy, ugly stuff of life into language renders it inert and manageable for the author, even as it intensifies it for the reader.

It’s a nerdy, sensitive kid’s way of turning suffering into something safely abstract, an object of contemplation.

I suspect most of the people who write all that furious invective on the Internet, professional polemicists and semiliterate commenters alike, are lashing out because they’ve been hurt — their sense of fairness or decency has been outraged, or they feel personally wounded or threatened.

It is hard to disagree with the notion which was put by several authors that American society is living  in a cocoon of illusion which conveniently isolates them from reality: entertainment and escapism infuse our society, economy, and political system with severe consequences. Among such authors are Aldous Huxley, C. Wright Mills, Sheldon Wolin, Ralph Nader, Karl Polanyi, Jared Diamond, Paul Craig Roberts, Chris Hedge and several others.

If we compare dystopias of Huxley and Orwell, and it clear that Huxley in his famous  New Brave World predicted the future much better:

"Huxley feared was that would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one... the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance."

The central idea here is that we now live as a society in which citizens become so distracted (and by extension detached) from reality that they lost any ability to influence their political or economic destiny. Droning anything inconvenient to the elite in a sea of irrelevance proved to be very successful tactic and less brutal then direct repression in the style of 1984.  It is the same phenomenon that later was described by the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin in 2003 under the label of Inverted Totalitarism

This is one of the truly malevolent aspects of today's modern neoliberal world order and we need to confront it. It allows the old game of blaming the weak and the marginal, a staple of neo-fascist and despotic regimes; this illusion empower the dark undercurrents of sadism and violence in American society and deflect attention from the neoliberal financial vampires who have drained the blood of the country

"The tragedy is that we have become a screen culture, televisions, computers, phones, tablets, etc. Our electronic hallucinations have produced a society that has little time or patience for introspection or deep thinking. It reinforced my decision to maintain a television free life. For some, what Chris has to say may cut to close to the bone. But those with the courage to do so are usually the ones that care the most."

The biggest and most invisible elephant in the American psyche is this: our government has long since abandoned the goal of managing this nation as a nation. Instead, America as a nation is managed as a means to global empire.

For example the loss of the critical skills of literacy (seven million total illiterates, another 27 million unable to read well enough to complete a job application, and still another 50 million who read at a 4th-5th-grade level)  have led large part of the US population to become incapable of thinking for ourselves.

In fact they have become as malleable as children. 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a single book in a year.  Despite technology and internet access we are becoming a society of functionally ignorant and illiterate people.

For example there is widespread illusion of inclusion. This is the illusion that we are or will be included among the fortunate few because misfortune happens only to those who deserve it. There are plenty of people who understand that the corporate model is one in which there are squeezers and those who are to be squeezed. So the illusion of inclusion provides what can be called "a plantation morality" that exalts the insiders and denigrates the outsiders. Those content with this arrangement obviously view themselves as insiders even when they work for companies that are actively shedding employees. Many of these people are happy to be making good money for digging graves for others, never stopping to wonder if maybe someday one of those graves might be their own.

One of the first recorded metaphors which explained this phenomenon of substitution of reality with  illusion was Plato's tale about cave dwellers, who thought the shadows on the wall were the actual reality. Illusion can also serve as a deliberate distraction, isolation layer that protects form unpleasant reality. The point is that now it is illusions that dominate American life; both for those that succumb to them, and for those that promote and sustains them. It is the use of illusions in the US  society that become  prevalent today, converting like into the cinema or theater, where primary goal is entertainment.

Modern MSM are driven by postmodernism which includes among other things substitution of reality with artificial reality, fragmentation of history and push for historical amnesia, substitution of the subject with emotions,  and juxtaposition of opposites. But the key feature is controlling the narrative.

Controlling the narrative means control and deliberate selection of the issues which can be discussed

The Journalist Udo Ulfkotte ashamed today that he spent 17 years in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...he reveals why opinion leaders produce tendentious reports and serve as the extended Arm of the NATO press office. ...the author also was admitted into the networks of American elite organizations, received in return for positive coverage in the US even a certificate of honorary citizenship.

In this book you will learn about industry lobby organisations. The author calls hundreds of names and looks behind the Scenes of those organizations, which exert bias into media, such as: Atlantic bridge, Trilateral Commission, the German Marshall Fund, American Council on Germany, American Academy, Aspen Institute, and the Institute for European politics. Also revealed are the intelligence backgrounds of those lobby groups, the methods and forms of propaganda and financing used, for example, by the US Embassy. Which funds  projects for the targeted influencing of public opinion in Germany 

...You realize how you are being manipulated - and you know from whom and why. At the end it becomes clear that diversity of opinion will now only be simulated. Because our "messages" are often pure brainwashing.

Gekaufte Journalisten - Medienwelt Enthüllungen Bücher - Kopp Verlag

Controlling the narrative means control and deliberate selection of the issues which can be discussed (and by extension which are not)  in MSM. It represents real war on reality.  Non-stop, 24 by 7 character of modern media help with this greatly (The Unending Anxiety of an ICYMI World - NYTimes.com):

We used to receive media cyclically. Newspapers were published once (or sometimes twice) a day, magazines weekly or monthly. Nightly news was broadcast, well, each night. Television programs were broadcast on one of the major networks one night a week at a specific time, never to return until a rerun or syndication. Movies were shown first in theaters and on video much later (or, before the advent of VCRs, not until a revival). There were not many interstices, just discrete units — and a smaller number of them.

Now we’re in the midst of the streaming era, when the news industry distributes material on a 24-hour cycle, entire seasons of TV shows are dumped on viewers instantaneously, most movies are available at any time and the flow of the Internet and social media is ceaseless. We are nearly all interstitial space, with comparatively few singularities.

Media became out windows to the world and this window is broken. The notion of 'controlling the narrative' points to dirty games played by PR gurus and spin merchants with event coverage (especially foreign event coverage) to ensure the rule of elite.  A good part of the White House budget and resources is spent on controlling the narrative. Creation of the narrative and "talking points" for MSM is the task of State Department. Former State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was a pretty telling "incarnation"  of the trend. 

And MSM are doing an exemplary job controlling the political narrative. This way they demonstrate their faithful service to the state and the ruling political class. Nowhere is more evident then in coverage of wars.

Only social media can smash the official version of events. And in some case that has happened. The USA MSM honchos are now scratching heads trying to understand  how to control their version of events despite Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.

On Ukraine, despite the most coordinated propaganda offensive of Western MSMs, the Western elite failed to fully control the narrative:  a sizable number of Europeans are still clinging to the notion that this story had two sides. You can see this trend from analysis of Guardian comments (The Guardian Presstitutes Slip Beyond the Reach of Embarrassment ). More importantly the EU political establishment has failed to maintain a central lie inside official narrative -- that the EU is benign and a force for good / peace / prosperity. EU elite has shown its ugly face supporting Ukrainian far right.

Another example were initially MSM totally controlled the narrative (the first two-three weeks) and then when the narrative start slipping away they need to silence the subject  Shooting down Malaysian flight MH17

The thing is, once you've lost control of the narrative, as happened with coverage MH17 tragedy, there's no way back. Once Western MSM lost it, no-one any longer believed  a word they said about the tragedy.

And little can be done to win back that credibility on the particular subject. Moreover, due to this Europeans are becoming more and more receptive of a drip of alternative media stories that completely destroy official EU narrative. They came from a multitude of little sources, including this site and they collectively  cements the loss of trust to the EU elite. 

More subtle nuances of controlling the narrative: the role of the scapegoat

 There also more subtle nuances of controlling the narrative. Actually controlling the narrative does not mean that you need to suppress all the negative news (like propagandists in the USSR often did -- leading to complete discreditation of official propaganda in minds of the USSR people -- it simply became the subject of jokes). As John V. Walsh noted:

There is a simple rule that is followed scrupulously by U.S. commentators of every stripe on world affairs and war – with a very few notable exceptions, Paul Craig Roberts and Pepe Escobar among them.

This rule allows strong criticism of the U.S. But major official adversaries of the U.S., Iran, Russia and China, must never, ever be presented as better than the US in any significant way. The US may be depicted as equally bad (or better) than these enemies, but never worse.

In other words, any strong criticism of the US presuppose scapegoating and vicious propaganda campaign against  major official adversaries of the US such as Russia. It  must never, ever be presented in a better light then the US in any significant way. In selected cases, the US may be depicted as equally bad, but never worse.

The most recent incarnation of this rule was during Hillary Clinton campaign for POTUS in 2016.

Chris Hedge book Empire of Illusion

 
The informational function of the media would be this to help us forget, to serve as the very agents and mechanism for our historical amnesia.

But in that cast of two features of postmodernism on which I have dwelt here -- the transformation of reality into images, the fragmentation of 'me' into a series of perpetual presents -- are bother extraordinary consolant with this process.

... We have seen that there is a way in which postmodernism replicates or reproduces -- reinforces -- the logic of consumer capitalism.

Frederic Jameson “Postmodernism and Consumer Society

Chris Hedge Empire of Illusion  is a penetrating analysis of this effort of "entertainment society" and converting everything including politics into entertainment. It was published in 2010. Hedges discuss  complex issues and a clear, succinct way. You might agree with him, you might disagree with him but you will enjoy his brilliant prose. 

Those who manipulate  from the shadows our lives are the agents, publicists, marketing departments, promoters, script writers, television and movie producers, advertisers, video technicians, photographers, bodyguards, wardrobe consultants, fitness trainers, pollsters, public announcers, and television news personalities who create the vast stage for the Empire of Illusion. They are the puppet masters. No one achieves celebrity status, without the approval of cultural enablers and intermediaries. The sole object is to hold attention and satisfy an audience. These techniques of theater leeched into politics, religion, education, literature, news, commerce, warfare, and even crime. It converts that society into wrestling ring mesh with the ongoing dramas on television, in movies, and in the news, where "real-life" stories, especially those involving celebrities, allow news reports to become mini-dramas complete with a star, a villain, a supporting cast, a good-looking host, and a neat, if often unexpected, conclusion (p. 15-16).

The first big achievement of Empire of Illusion was "glorification of war" after WWIII. As the veterans of WW II saw with great surprise their bitter, brutal wartime experience were skillfully transformed into an illusion, the mythic narrative of heroism and patriotic glory sold to the public by the Pentagon's public relations machine and Hollywood. The extreme brutality and meaninglessness of war could not compete against the power of the illusion, the fantasy of war as a ticket to glory, honor, and manhood. It was what the government and the military wanted to promote. It worked because it had the power to simulate experience for most viewers who were never at Iwo Jima or in a war. Few people understood that this illusion was a lie. p. 21-22.

Media evolved into branch of entertainment. He gives great insight on American society. Several chapters should be a required read for all sociology, film, journalism students, or government leaders. Much like Paul Craig Robert's How America Was Lost you might feel unplugged from the matrix after reading this book. This is the book that corporate America, as well as the neoliberal elite, do not want you to read. It's a scathing indictment against everything that's wrong with the system and those that continue to perpetuate the lie in the name of the almighty dollar. In a way the USA as the rest of the world are amusing itself into a post apocalyptic state, without an apocalypse. It is simply cannibalizing itself.

That books also contains succinct, and damning condemnation of globalization (and, specifically, the USA's role in it). You can compare it with Klein's 'Shock Doctrine', but it cuts a wider swath. 

The discussion the follows was by-and-large adapted from  D. Benor  Amazon review of the book

We consume countless lies daily, false promises that if we buy this brand or that product, if we vote for this candidate, we will be respected, envied, powerful, loved, and protected. The flamboyant lives of celebrities and the outrageous characters on television, movies,  and sensational talk shows are peddled to us, promising to fill up the emptiness in our own lives. Celebrity culture encourages everyone to think of themselves as potential celebrities, as possession unique if unacknowledged gifts. p. 26-7. Celebrity is the vehicle used by a corporate society to sell us these branded commodities, most of which we do not need. Celebrities humanize commercial commodities. They present the familiar and comforting face of the corporate state. p. 37.

Reporters, especially those on television, no longer ask whether the message is true but rather whether the pseudo-event worked or did not work as political theater for supporting particular (usually State Department in case of foreign events) talking points.  Pseudo-events are judged on how effectively we have been manipulated by illusion. Those events that appear real are relished and lauded. Those that fail to create a believable illusion are deemed failures. Truth is irrelevant. Those who succeed in politics, as in most of the culture, are those who create the most convincing fantasies. This is the real danger of pseudo-events and why pseudo-events are far more pernicious than stereotypes. They do not explain reality, as stereotypes attempt to, but replace reality. Pseudo-events redefines reality by the parameters set by their creators. These creators, who make massive profits selling illusions, have a vested interest in maintaining the power structures they control. p. 50-1.

A couple quotes: "When a nation becomes unmoored from reality, it retreats into a world of magic. Facts are accepted or discarded according to the dictates of a preordained cosmology. The search for truth becomes irrelevant." (p. 50) "The specialized dialect and narrow education of doctors, academics, economists, social scientists, military officers, investment bankers, and government bureaucrats keeps each sector locked in its narrow role. The overarching structure of the corporate state and the idea of the common good are irrelevant to specialists. They exist to make the system work, not to examine it." (p. 98) I could go on and on citing terrific passages.

The flight into illusion sweeps away the core values of the open society. It corrodes the ability to think for oneself, to draw independent conclusions, to express dissent when judgment and common sense tell you something is wrong, to be self-critical, to challenge authority, to grasp historical facts, to advocate for change, and to acknowledge that there are other views, different ways, and structures of being that are morally and socially acceptable. A populace deprived of the ability to separate lies from truth, that has become hostage to the fictional semblance of reality put forth by pseudo-events, is no longer capable of sustaining a free society.

Those who slip into this illusion ignore the signs of impending disaster. The physical degradation of the planet, the cruelty of global capitalism, the looming oil crisis, the collapse of financial markets, and the danger of overpopulation rarely impinge to prick the illusions that warp our consciousness. The words, images, stories, and phrases used to describe the world in pseudo-events have no relation to what is happening around us. The advances of technology and science, rather than obliterating the world of myth, have enhanced its power to deceive. We live in imaginary, virtual worlds created by corporations that profit from our deception. Products and experiences - indeed, experience as a product - offered up for sale, sanctified by celebrities, are mirages. They promise us a new personality. They promise us success and fame. They promise to mend our brokenness. p. 52-3.

We have all seen the growth of a culture of lies and deception in politics, banking, commerce and education. Hodges points out how this has been facilitated by our abandoning the teaching of values and analysis in our schools.

The flight from the humanities has become a flight from conscience. It has created an elite class of experts who seldom look beyond their tasks and disciplines to put what they do in a wider, social context. And by absenting themselves from the moral and social questions raised by the humanities, they have opted to serve a corporate structure that has destroyed the culture around them.

Our elites - the ones in Congress, the ones on Wall Street, and the ones being produced at prestigious universities and business schools - do not have the capacity to fix our financial mess. Indeed, they will make it worse. They have no concept, thanks to the educations they have received, of how to replace a failed system with a new one. They are petty, timid, and uncreative bureaucrats superbly trained to carry our systems management. They see only piecemeal solutions that will satisfy the corporate structure. Their entire focus is numbers, profits, and personal advancement. They lack a moral and intellectual core. They are as able to deny gravely ill people medical coverage to increase company profits as they are to use taxpayer dollars to peddle costly weapons systems to blood-soaked dictatorships. The human consequences never figure into their balance sheets. The democratic system, they believe, is a secondary product of the free market - which they slavishly serve. p. 111.

I quote Hodges at some length because of his cogent, clear summaries of the problems leading us to self-destruction and to ways we might someday restructure society to be supportive and healing to the individual - rather than exploiting people and viewing them only as valuable as they can be manipulated into being gullible consumers.

This is one of the clearest and best focused discussions I have seen on the problems of modern society that are leading us to societal suicide

Hedges points out how a cycle sustains itself between elite educational institutions (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc.), the Government (think Congress in particular) and Corporations. Ivy league schools basically turn-out lackeys that do whatever is necessary to maintain their elite, self-absorbed status. The last chapter is entitled, "The Illusion of America," and this is where Hedges does a fantastic job of pulling together all the elements of this dysfunctional society. Other books touch the same themes, sometimes more forcefully but in this book most important elements of this picture put together.

Among the booksHedges cites:

Gekaufte Journalisten by Udo Ulfkotte

The book Gekaufte Journalisten by Udo Ulfkotte was a revelation. Of cause, we suspected many things he  described, but now we know detailed methods and mechanisms of suppressing alterative opinion in German society, methods that are probably more effective that anything propagandists in the DDR and the USSR ever attempted.  One of the central concept here is the concept of "Noble Lie".

Guardian became neoliberal as soon as Tony Blaire became Prime minister. As any neoliberal publication is subscribes to the notion of "noble lie". The latter actually came from neocons playbook.   No they knowingly try to dumb down their reader substituting important topic with celebrity gossip and hate speech. Even political issue now are "served" to the public as dishes under heavy sauce of personalities involved, which is a perfect way to obscure the subject and distract the readers.

geronimo -> MurkyFogsFutureLogs 14 Mar 2015 12:31

Indeed...

Under the retiring editor, all politics seems to have been reduced to 'identity' politics. Forget about class, war, class war and so on... If it can't be reduced to Hillary's gender or Putin's, er... transcendental evil... then it's barely worth a comment above the line.

As I've said before, for the Guardian 'the personal is the political' - or rather, for the Guardian as for Hillary, the political reduces to the personal.

A marriage made, not so much in heaven, but somewhere in political-fashionista North London.

In reality most prominent journalists are on tight leash of "'deep state". As Udo Ulfkotte book attests this is a rule, not an exception. While this was known since Operation Mockingbird  was revealed, nothing changed. As revealed by Senator Frank Church investigations (Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities) in 1975. In his Congress report published in 1976 the authors stated:

"The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda. These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets."

According to the "Family Jewels" report, released by the National Security Archive on June 26, 2007, during the period from March 12, 1963, and June 15, 1963, the CIA installed telephone taps on two Washington-based news reporters. Church argued that misinforming the world cost American taxpayers an estimated $265 million a year.[20]

In February 1976, George H. W. Bush, the recently appointed Director of the CIA, announced a new policy:

"Effective immediately, the CIA will not enter into any paid or contract relationship with any full-time or part-time news correspondent accredited by any U.S. news service, newspaper, periodical, radio or television network or station." He added that the CIA would continue to "welcome" the voluntary, unpaid cooperation of journalists.[21]

But at this point only handlers and methods changed, not the policy. They are still all controlled by deep state. The most recent revelations of this fact were published by Udo Ulfkotte’s in his bestseller book  Bought Journalists. Here is one Amazon review of the book: 

Unicorns & Kittenson May 1, 2015

I've managed to read a bit of the German version ...
 
I've managed to read a bit of the German version and now I think I understand why this is still not available in English although it was supposed to be released in this and other languages seven months ago. I will be very surprised if this shocking and destabilizing book (which names names) is made available to Americans ... even though it's primarily about the abusive tactics of American intelligence agencies. Please keep asking why it isn't published - despite being a best-seller in Germany -- and how we can get it here on Kindle.

As one Amazon reviewer said "This book will change for ever the way you read and watch the mainstream media! " Here is some additional information from russia-insider:

... ... ...

Ironically, however, it’s likely that one of the biggest threats (especially in Europe) to Anglo-American media credibility about Ukraine and other issues is coming from a very old-fashioned medium – a book.

Udo Ulfkotte’s bestseller Bought Journalists has been a sensation in Germany since its publication last autumn. The journalist and former editor of one of Germany’s largest newspapers, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, revealed that he was for years secretly on the payroll of the CIA and was spinning the news to favour U.S. interests. Moreover he alleges that some major media are nothing more than propaganda outlets for international think-tanks, intelligence agencies, and corporate high-finance.

“We’re talking about puppets on a string,” he says, “journalists who write or say whatever their masters tell them to say or write. If you see how the mainstream media is reporting about the Ukraine conflict and if you know what’s really going on, you get the picture. The masters in the background are pushing for war with Russia and western journalists are putting on their helmets.” [8]

In another interview, Ulfkotte said:

“The German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia. This is a point of no return, and I am going to stand up and say…it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do, and have done in the past, because they are bribed to betray the people not only in Germany, all over Europe.” [9]

... ... ...

Apparently, Pomeranzev has forgotten that important October 2004 article by Ron Suskind published in the New York Times Magazine during the second war in Iraq (which, like the first, was based on a widely disseminated lie). Suskind quoted one of George W. Bush’s aides (probably Karl Rove): “The aide said that guys like me [journalists, writers, historians] were ‘in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality…That’s not the way the world really works anymore,’ he continued. ‘We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do’.” [12]

It’s a rather succinct description of Orwellian spin and secrecy in a media-saturated Empire, where discerning the truth becomes ever more difficult.

That is why people believe someone like Udo Ulfkotte, who is physically ill, says he has only a few years left to live, and told an interviewer,

 “I am very fearful of a new war in Europe, and I don’t like to have this situation again, because war is never coming from itself, there is always people who push for war, and this is not only politicians, it is journalists too… We have betrayed our readers, just to push for war…I don’t want this anymore, I’m fed up with this propaganda. We live in a banana republic and not in a democratic country where we have press freedom…” [13]

Recently, as Mike Whitney has pointed out in CounterPunch (March 10), Germany’s newsmagazine Der Spiegel dared to challenge the fabrications of NATO’s top commander in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, for spreading “dangerous propaganda” that is misleading the public about Russian “troop advances” and making “flat-out inaccurate statements” about Russian aggression.

Whitney asks, “Why this sudden willingness to share the truth? It’s because they no longer support Washington’s policy, that’s why. No one in Europe wants the US to arm and train the Ukrainian army. No wants them to deploy 600 paratroopers to Kiev and increase U.S. logistical support. No one wants further escalation, because no wants a war with Russia. It’s that simple.” [14] Whitney argued that “the real purpose of the Spiegel piece is to warn Washington that EU leaders will not support a policy of military confrontation with Moscow.”

So now we know the reason for the timing of the April 15 U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, “Confronting Russia’s Weaponization of Information.” Literally while U.S. paratroopers were en route to Kiev, the hawks in Washington (and London) knew it was time to crank up the rhetoric. The three witnesses were most eager to oblige.


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[May 05, 2021] Regularity of changes from "more stupid" to "more evil" in the US politics: Bush is more stupid. Obama is more evil. Trump more stupid. Creepy Joe -- more evil.

May 05, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

albrt , , April 25, 2021 at 7:20 pm

I view the 2008 election as the major failing-to-turn-back-when-we-had-the-chance point. Obama could have undone Bush's worst policies, but instead he cemented them into place forever.

Our elites are both stupid and evil, but Bush is more stupid and Obama is more evil .

[May 05, 2021] Institutional idiotism in full bloom: To Promote Equality, California Proposes A Ban On Advanced Math Classes

May 05, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

In the name of equality, the California Department of Education seeks to dumb down the brightest kids .

A friend of mine emailed an article the likes of which always prompts me to say "really?"

Please consider the Reason article In the Name of Equity, California Will Discourage Students Who Are Gifted at Math .

Culturally Responsive Framework

I like to verify things myself and you can do so as well by reading the California Department of Education Mathematics Framework .

In its framework, the Department of Education seeks " Culturally responsive mathematics education ."

Introduction Highlights Teaching for Equity Highlights Need to Broaden Perceptions of Mathematics

I did not go through all the chapters. Reason uncovered these gems.

Sabotage the Best

Reason concludes, and I agree " If California adopts this framework, which is currently under public review, the state will end up sabotaging its brightest students . The government should let kids opt out of math if it's not for them. Don't let the false idea that there's no such thing as a gifted student herald the end of advanced math entirely."

Instead, and in the name of "equity", the proposed framework aims to keep everyone learning at the same dumbed down level for as long as possible.

The intention is clear. The California Board of Education intends to sabotage the best and brightest, hoping to make everyone equal.

The public does not support these polices. Indeed, it is precisely this kind of talk that nearly got Trump reelected.

Biden should speak out against such nonsense, but he won't. He is beholden to Teachers' Unions and Boards of Education.

Care to complain? If so the California Department of Education posted these ways.

Phone Number and Address

Phone: 916-319-0598

Instructional Quality Commission
1430 N Street, Room 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: 916-319-0172

[May 04, 2021] Neoliberal MSM now rank in public trust a little below emailed pleas from deposed Nigerian princes

May 04, 2021 | www.wsj.com


It's easy to become inured to the daily procession of flagrant falsehoods, tendentious misrepresentations, deceitful exaggerations and narrative-driven editorial distortions from many of the nation's leading media outlets. As opinion surveys suggest that most of these organizations now rank in public trust a little below emailed pleas from deposed Nigerian princes, it's easy to think the power they once wielded has been so diminished that they are little more than a mildly diverting source of contemporary color in our lives.

[Apr 30, 2021] Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes me wary

Apr 30, 2021 | www.wsj.com

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Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes me wary D Donald Ross

Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes be wary. Justice has always been in the eye of the beholder, but now there is only one justice - the woke justice. It is catching on like a fire and there are few media outlets left to describe that it is anything but justice.
Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes me wary D Donald Ross
Anytime I hear the word "justice" it makes be wary. Justice has always been in the eye of the beholder, but now there is only one justice - the woke justice. It is catching on like a fire and there are few media outlets left to describe that it is anything but justice.

[Apr 27, 2021] McConnell warns stupid business leaders off political speech- -Republicans drink Coca-Cola, too- - CBS News

Apr 27, 2021 | www.cbsnews.com

"It's quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue," he told reporters.

The colorful language from the typically reserved Republican leader shows the dilemma ahead for the party in the post-Trump era. Many Trump-styled lawmakers are bucking big business and leaning more heavily into the populist, working-class themes championed by the former president â€" even as they rely on deep-pocketed business donors to fuel their political campaigns.

By wading into the debate, McConnell is situating himself in the emerging culture wars on the opposite side of progressive groups that are pressuring business not to sit by silently on voting rights, gun violence and other big issues before Congress.

[Apr 27, 2021] Please remove from the internet any content that displeases or otherwise causes any discomfort for Chelsea Clinton

Apr 27, 2021 | turcopolier.com

JerseyJeffersonian says: April 16, 2021 at 11:42 am

This is sort of like how Chelsea Clinton is thumping for the removal of Tucker Carlson from Twitter; she doesn't like the back talk, something captured succinctly in this response to her effrontery:

'Mocking Clinton, journalist Glenn Greenwald simply wrote: "Please remove from the internet any content that displeases or otherwise causes any discomfort for Chelsea Clinton."'

So, yeah, the same principle applies here. Screw these "whited sepulchres". How I conceive of them is as follows; those who wish these sepulchres to be venerated take great pains that they be thickly slathered with an oh so respectable, dissimulating coating of whitewash, but in reality, as tombs, their genuine function is as repositories for corrupt, rotting meat.

[Apr 27, 2021] But, they are long-term investors!

Apr 27, 2021 | www.wsj.com

But, they are long-term investors! J Domingo

Some of this is getting off the charts crazy. Tesla has a P/E ratio of 1,105.

An investor is paying for over one thousand years of earnings to acquire a share.

Not sure that’s a great deal.

But, they are long-term investors! J Domingo
Some of this is getting off the charts crazy. Tesla has a P/E ratio of 1,105.

An investor is paying for over one thousand years of earnings to acquire a share.

Not sure that’s a great deal.

[Apr 27, 2021] Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a stern warning to anyone threatening the national security of Russia, telling officials that those responsible will "regret their actions like they have never regretted anything before."

Apr 27, 2021 | turcopolier.com

Avatar J says: April 21, 2021 at 9:20 am

Putin spoke this morning to Russian legislators, appraising of the current items and events.

Putin also spoke to the idiot leadership of NATO and the asleep at the switch D.C., and he didn't mince words.

https://www.rt.com/russia/521688-putin-federal-assembly-speech-retaliation-measures/

Putin promises 'asymmetrical' response to any threats made against Russia, promises those provoking Moscow will come to regret it

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a stern warning to anyone threatening the national security of Russia, telling officials that those responsible will "regret their actions like they have never regretted anything before."

IMHO NATO and D.C. need to pull their heads out of their arses, for mankind's sake.

[Apr 26, 2021] What to outlaw first: coronavirus vaccines or butt implants?

Apr 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Occams_Razor_Trader 2 hours ago

" you're more likely to die from general anesthesia than you are to get severe blood clots from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine "

So outlaw Boob and chin implants, o'man of science .........................

Goldbugger 2 hours ago

https://thenewamerican.com/genetic-vaccines-are-they-the-new-thalidomide/

Genetic Vaccines: Are They the New Thalidomide?

JOHNLGALT. 2 hours ago

Try one & see.

[Apr 26, 2021] Matt Walsh on Twitter -- I saw this and now you have to see it

Apr 26, 2021 | mobile.twitter.com


Matt Walsh @MattWalshBlog · 14h I saw this and now you have to see it From Sandy C3E 1.7K 1.4K 4.2K Replies Brandon Harris @GoatExplosion · 14h Replying to @MattWalshBlog Christ, I've seen this three times, make it stop!

[Apr 26, 2021] Most Californians are more dumb than free

Apr 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

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WolfgangIffans101 2 hours ago remove link

Here in Kommiefornia, the majority are still driving around in their cars on their own with their masks on. More dumb than free.

Average age of death WITH covid: 80.

Lanka 1 hour ago

Same as without Covid.

DavidC 1 hour ago remove link

How can someone so 'educated' be so stupid?

Taleb's IYI - Intellectual Yet Idiot.

DavidC

[Apr 26, 2021] Speaking of "hygiene theater," think of all the billions of dollars of hand sanitizer that has been sold to prevent people from contracting the virus on surfaces

Apr 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Give Me Some Truth 40 minutes ago remove link

Speaking of "hygiene theater," think of all the billions of dollars of hand sanitizer that has been sold to prevent people from contracting the virus on surfaces. Which the recent study shows happens in only 1-in-10,000 cases!

Ah, "never mind" .... but the makers of hand-sanitizer are a thankin' you.

Give Me Some Truth 39 minutes ago

My wife is a high school teacher. It's surprising her elbow hasn't fallen off by now from all the scrubbing she's done of classroom desks. I guess it was good exercise for her.

Demologos 15 minutes ago

Would have been better to repurpose the alcohol as vodka.

[Apr 26, 2021] Fauci Flip-Flops Again about the nessesty of wearing masks outdoor. Karens are disappointed

The Tsunami of COVID-19 Bullsh!t and disinformation has Fauci's face on it. Looks like Anthony "surprise outbreak" Fauci took just 13 months to go full circle from no masks needed outside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRa6t_e7dgI to everyone should wear two masks, to no mask needed outside. The man is a national embarrassment...
Apr 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

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PGR88 2 hours ago

Didn't this twat say just 2 months ago we should be wearing TWO masks?

Krink26 2 hours ago

Unfortunately yes. So wear three masks...

cpt. carptastic 1 hour ago remove link

Have you been outside of your basement lately? There are idiots driving in their car alone wearing a mask. I see people riding their bikes with masks on, and people walking around my block wearing a mask.

So yes, plenty of morons still listen to him.

LetThemEatRand 2 hours ago

And the smug Karens who confronted people for failing to wear masks outdoors will go along without the slightest twinge of regret for having been wrong the whole time. And they will still be the first to be vocal and certain of the correctness of their next baseless Karanical instructions to the rest of us.

in4mayshun 1 hour ago

Dictionary Term

KAREN , noun (karanical, karanny, karenish): to direct exacerbation, frustration, or criticism at a person or persons while in a heightened state of illogical virtue signaling panic; the disphoria exhibited when victimizing ones self, while projecting unrealistic fears onto otherwise innocent bystanders, often fueled by the leftard media. 2. a person who is Gullible; will accept any and all propaganda delivered from "official" channels. 3. An insult, often labeling a person who overreacts. 4. A form of entertainment for politically right-leaning persons

beekeeper 2 hours ago remove link

The highest paid employee in the federal government is an idiot. That explains a lot.

Global Hunter 1 hour ago

All the brainwashed Karens in Canada will pretend they didn't see this as it doesn't fit their agenda. The masks have become part of their identity.

Suzy Q 1 hour ago

Do Canadian Karens have face masks made to match their outfits like Fancy Nancy does?

https://www.instyle.com/celebrity/nancy-pelosi-scarves-color-coordinating-masks-pantsuits

[Apr 25, 2021] I hate to admit it, but it sounds like Putin's got a plan

Nice Otto von Bismarck below.
Looks like neocon think that God is on the side of those with bigger guns...
Apr 25, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

ThePinkHole 15 hours ago

"Brussels and D.C. started to suspect that Russia doesn't 'want' Ukraine. What Russia wants is for this country to rot and implode without excrement from this implosion hitting Russia. West's paying for the clean up of this clusterf**k is also in Russian plans for Ukrainian Bantustan"

I hate to admit it, but it sounds like Putin's got a plan.

Volkodav 15 hours ago

"The Russians saddle their horses slowly but ride fast".

- Otto von Bismarck

Malkavian 13 hours ago

"God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America." - also Otto von Bismarck

jusstpassinthru 10 hours ago (Edited)

"The division of the United States into two federations of equal force was decided long before the civil war by the high financial power of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained in one block and as one nation, would attain economical and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world. The voice of the Rothschilds predominated. They foresaw the tremendous booty if they could substitute two feeble democracies, indebted to the financiers, to the vigorous Republic, confident and self-providing. Therefore they started their emissaries in order to exploit the question of slavery and thus dig an abyss between the two parts of the Republic." -- Otto von Bismarck, 1876

Somehow the US public school system left that part out.

[Apr 25, 2021] FBI Releases Documents On Investigation Into Death Of DNC Staffer Seth Rich

Apr 25, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Sugar Weasel 27 minutes ago

"Highly redacted document"

Black Highlighters Matter!

Eddielaidler 1 hour ago

That only took 5 years.

" Time flies like an arrow ; fruit flies like a banana" Groucho Marx

Dragon HAwk 19 minutes ago remove link

Takes a long time to sort thru documents deciding which ones are useless and can be released. come on man give the FBI a break they are on Our Side. /s

uhland62 9 hours ago

Maybe Ghislaine knows?

And why did the sketches of two 'wanted' in Madeleine McCann case resemble the Podesta brothers?

novictim 10 hours ago

So the FBI determined that the assassin was Jeffrinovich Epsteinokova, who, according to signal intelligence and bar chatter, subsequently hung himself, destroying all the evidence with him.

Which was a real shame because they really wanted to get to the bottom of it.

uhland62 9 hours ago

Good idea, but -ovich is the ending for a make and -kova for a female. Nothing is impossible these days, but it still reads bizarre, even though the direction is excellent.

[Apr 24, 2021] Cultural Deafness Defines the West by Alastair Crooke

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... The élites come to believe their narrative – forgetting that it was conceived as an illusion created to capture the imagination within their society. ..."
"... Harvard Business School ..."
"... "Over the last two decades, I've observed the consequences of our surprising metamorphosis into surveillance empires powered by global architectures of behavioural monitoring, analysis, targeting and prediction – that I have called surveillance capitalism. On the strength of their surveillance capabilities and for the sake of their surveillance profits, the new empires engineered a fundamentally anti-democratic epistemic coup, marked by unprecedented concentrations of knowledge about us and the unaccountable power that accrues to such knowledge." ..."
"... "This is the essence of the epistemic coup. They claim the authority to decide who knows [and] which now vies with democracy over the fundamental rights and principles that will define our social order in this century. Will the growing recognition of this other coup finally force us to reckon with the inconvenient truth that has loomed over the last two decades? We may have democracy, or we may have surveillance society, but we cannot have both. " (Emphasis added). ..."
Feb 15, 2021 | www.strategic-culture.org

The élites come to believe their narrative – forgetting that it was conceived as an illusion created to capture the imagination within their society.

Pat Buchanan is absolutely right – that when it comes to insurrections, history depends on who writes the narrative. Usually that falls to the oligarchic class; (should they ultimately prevail.) Yet, I recall quite a few 'terrorists' who subsequently to were become widely-courted 'statesmen'. So the wheel of passing time turns – and turns about, again.

Of course, fixing a narrative – an unchallengeable reality, that is perceived to be too secure, too highly invested to fail – does not mean it will not go unchallenged. There is an old British expression that well describes its' colonial experience of (silent) challenge to its then dominant 'narrative' (both in Ireland and India inter alia ). It was known as 'dumb insolence'. That is, when the performance of individual acts of rebellion are both too costly personally and pointless, that the silent, sourly expression of dumb contempt for their 'overlords' says it all. It infuriated the British commanding class by its daily reminder of their legitimacy deficit. Gandhi took it to the heights. And it his narrative ultimately, that is the one better remembered in history.

With global Big Tech's control of narrative, however, we have entered into an entirely different order of things, to those early British efforts at keeping down dissidence – as Harvard Business School Professor Shoshana Zuboff succinctly notes :

"Over the last two decades, I've observed the consequences of our surprising metamorphosis into surveillance empires powered by global architectures of behavioural monitoring, analysis, targeting and prediction – that I have called surveillance capitalism. On the strength of their surveillance capabilities and for the sake of their surveillance profits, the new empires engineered a fundamentally anti-democratic epistemic coup, marked by unprecedented concentrations of knowledge about us and the unaccountable power that accrues to such knowledge."

Narrative control has now jumped the shark:

"This is the essence of the epistemic coup. They claim the authority to decide who knows [and] which now vies with democracy over the fundamental rights and principles that will define our social order in this century. Will the growing recognition of this other coup finally force us to reckon with the inconvenient truth that has loomed over the last two decades? We may have democracy, or we may have surveillance society, but we cannot have both. " (Emphasis added).

This clearly represents a quite different magnitude of 'control' – and when allied with the West's counter-insurgency techniques of 'terrorist' narrative disruption, honed during the 'Great War on Terrorism' – is a formidable tool for curbing dissent domestically, as well as externally.

Yet it has a fundamental weakness.

Quite simply, that being so invested, so immersed, in one particular 'reality', others' 'truths' then will not – cannot – be heard. They do not stand out proud above the endless flat plain of consensual discourse. They cannot penetrate the hardened shell of a prevailing narrative bubble, or claim the attention of élites so invested in managing their own version of reality .

The 'Big Weakness'? The élites come to believe their own narratives – forgetting that the narrative was conceived as an illusion, one among others, created to capture the imagination within their society (not others').

They lose the ability to stand apart, and see themselves – as others see them. They become so enraptured by the virtue of their version of the world, that they lose all ability to empathise or accept others' truths. They cannot hear the signals. The point here, is that in that talking past (and not listening) to other states, the latters' motives and intentions will be mis-construed – sometimes tragically so.

Examples are legion, but the Biden Administration's perception that time was frozen – from the moment of Obama's departure from office – and somehow defrosted on 20 January, just in time for Biden to pick up on that earlier era (as if time was uninterrupted), marks one example of a belief in one's own meme. Whilst the EU's unfeigned amazement – and anger – at being described 'as an unreliable partner' by FM Lavrov in Moscow, is just another example of how élites have become remote from the real world and captive to their own self-perception.

"America is back" to lead, and 'to set the rules of the road' for the rest of the world, may be intended to radiate U.S. strength, but rather, it suggests a tenuous grasp of the realities facing the U.S.: America's relations with Europe and Asia were growing increasingly distant well before Biden entered the White House – and, therefore, from before Trump's (purposefully disruptive) term, too.

Why then is the U.S. so consistently in denial about this?

On the one hand, after seven decades of global primacy, there is inevitably a certain inertia that would hinder any dominant power from registering and assimilating the significant changes of the recent past. However, for the U.S., another factor helps explain its' 'tin ear': It is the wider Establishment's fixation on preventing the 2020 presidential election from validating the previous one's results. That really overrode all else. Nothing else mattered. The focus was so all-consuming it obscured notice of the world changing – right there – outside of their windows.

This is not unique to America. It is easy to understand why the EU was so blind-sided by FM Lavrov's labelling of the EU as 'unreliable partner' (which it patently has been). As former Greek FM, Yanis Varoufakis has written from his own experience of trying to get the EU to listen to his detailed summaries and proposals in respect to his country's financial crisis: 'They (the Euro Group) just sat grim-faced, taking not one jot of notice: I might as well have sung the Swedish national anthem, for all the attention they gave to my contributions', Varoufakis later related. His experience was standard EU modus operandi. The EU does not do 'negotiation'. Supplicants, whether Greece or Britain, must accept EU values – and its 'club house-rules'.

The High Representative Borrell, arrived with his long list of complaints, culled from 27 states (some of which have a historical list of complaints against Russia). He read the demands, and no doubt, expected Lavrov, like Varoufakis, to sit quietly, as he accepted the reprimands – and the 'club rules' appropriate to any aspirant contemplating some sort of working relationship with the worlds' 'biggest consumer market'. This is the EU culture.

And then, the following infamous press conference at which the EU was called 'unreliable'. Anyone who has attended a EU decision-making making body, knows the protocol – but let a former EU high official describe it: The Council handles Chefsachen – the stuff of high politics, not low regulation – in closed sessions. At these, van Middelaar can report, all 28 heads of government (pre-Brexit) call each other by their first names, and may find themselves agreeing to decisions they had never even imagined beforehand – before emerging together for a beaming 'family photograph' in front of the cameras of the one thousand reporters assembled to hear their tidings, whose presence makes 'failure impossible', since every summit (with just one upsetting exception) ends with a message of common hope and resolve.

Lavrov, like some 'rough-diamond' distant family relative, didn't know to behave in polite EU society; you don't call the EU names. Oh no!

Varoufakis explains : "Unlike nation states that emerge as stabilisers of conflicts between social classes and groups, the EU was created as a cartel with a remit to stabilise the profit margins of the large, central European corporations. (It began life as the European Coal and Steel Community). "Seen through this prism, the EU's stubborn faithfulness to failed practices begins to make sense. Cartels are reasonably good at distributing monopoly profits between oligarchs, but terrible at distributing losses". We also know that, unlike proper states, cartels will resist any democratisation or outside input into their tight circle of decision-making.

This incident in Moscow might all be faintly amusing, except for the fact that it underlines how Brussels' navel-gazing (in a separate way to that of Team Biden), produces a similar result: It becomes out of touch with the world beyond. It 'listens', but does not hear. The West's hostile strategy to Russia, as Pepe Escobar has observed in his strategic analysis of Russia's position, is conditioned on the notion that Russia has nowhere else to go – and therefore must feel pleased and honoured by the notion of the EU condescending to push-out an 'octopus tentacle' towards Eurasia. Whereas, now, with the centre of geo-economic gravity shifting to China and East Asia, it is realistically more a question of whether the Greater Eurasian heartland, with its 2.2 billion population, feels it worthwhile to extend its tentacle out towards the rule-bound EU.

This is no small matter: The EU having a hissy-fit over Lavrov's put-down of the EU in Moscow is one thing. The potential however, for the U.S. to listen, but not hear, on Russia and China, is quite another. Mis-hearing, mis-conceiving these two states, touches on matters of war and peace.

[Apr 24, 2021] Putin Is Keeping the West Guessing and That's Just Fine With Him

Apr 24, 2021 | financialpost.com

...The view from Moscow is very different, fueled by a sense of grievance that the West is determined to weaken Russia and stoke a pro-democracy "color" revolution to topple Putin. By this reading, the U.S. and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies have repeatedly betrayed Russia, abandoning missile treaties and expanding ever closer to its borders, since Putin became the first foreign leader to offer help to Washington after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S.

"The Kremlin feels in a fortress, under sustained pressure from the U.S. and the West in general. With its aggressive actions, Russia is trying to deter the U.S., but Washington is just responding with stronger measures," said Oksana Antonenko, a director at Control Risks in London. "We are certainly at the most dangerous point since the Soviet Union collapsed."

... ... ...

On Wednesday, the day before Russia announced its troop withdrawal, Putin warned rival nations not to cross Russia's "red line" in his annual state-of-the-nation speech, saying pressure on his country had become "a new form of sport." But he also held out an olive branch of talks on strategic security.

... ... ...

Prosecutors this month asked a Moscow court to declare Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and his campaign offices to be extremist organizations, which could subject staff and volunteers to criminal prosecution and imprisonment. They accused them of plotting to stage a "color" revolution in Russia on the instructions of unnamed foreign states.

A top Putin ally, Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, described Navalny as a "tool of American policy" that allowed himself to be used for interfering in Russia's domestic affairs.

... ... ...

In his call with Biden, Putin raised an alleged plot to stage a coup against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko hatched in consultation with the U.S., according to the Kremlin. Lukashenko, who's ruled Russia's neighbor and closest ally since 1994, has faced months of pro-democracy opposition protests since disputed elections last August.

"The practice of organizing coups and planning political assassinations, including of top officials, that's going too far," Putin said in his annual address. "They've overstepped all boundaries."

In talks with Lukashenko in Moscow next day, Putin said Russia is tightening military and security cooperation with Belarus.

... ... ...

Putin insisted in Wednesday's address that "we really don't want to burn bridges" with the West, before adding that anyone who mistakes Russian intentions for weakness "must know that Russia's response will be asymmetrical, swift and tough."

[Apr 22, 2021] Hilarious Viral Video Calls Out Hypocrisy In 'Woke' Movement by Jordan Davidson

Jul 20, 2020 | thefederalist.com

Comedian Ryan Long released a now viral video with Danny Polishchuk called "When Wokes and Racists Actually Agree on Everything," poking fun at the nation's unfolding debates on race.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1285208497517473793

The video depicts two friends, Brad and Chad, one "woke" and one "racist," agreeing on very fundamental parts of their ideologies.

"Your racial identity is the most important thing. Everything should be looked at through the lens of race," the men say before one of them jinxes another.

Whether it's about privilege, interracial dating, discrimination, segregation of cultures and arts, appropriation, the two men appear to agree on pretty much everything.

"We both have a lot of opinions about people of color," one of the men quips while the other nods in agreement.

The end of the video shows the "woke" character claiming that the only disagreement between the two is that one believes "white people are the root of all evil." The two eventually resolve the tension by agreeing that Jews should be the subject of their wrath.

"Technically I don't consider Jewish people white," the "woke" character says.

"Neither do I!" the "racist" character interrupts.

... ... ...

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.

[Apr 22, 2021] Market Cap Of Money-Losing Companies Surpasses Dot Com Bubble Record

Apr 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

DHS Fusion Center 6 hours ago

Is Paul Krugman available to talk about how great everything is now or is he still being investigated for distribution of child ****?

[Apr 22, 2021] In two years you could easily see a wall built to keep people IN.

Apr 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

The Bidet Administration Goes Haywire 3 hours ago (Edited)

We are ruled by wicked, immoral and un-intellectual idiots who are getting far too high on their own supply

I Write Code 2 hours ago

So Russia claims Donbas, China invades Taiwan, US annexes Greenland, Idaho claims half of Oregon, and Mexico reclaims California. And Quebec just sits there and stews.

williambanzai7 PREMIUM 2 hours ago

And BLM claims Manhattan...

Jade_Dragon 1 hour ago

My 77 year old mom is as upset as anyone but is also still optimistic. I have other reasons for spending May and possibly the summer in Mexico (if I get an English teaching job) but I see little if any reason to come back if things are going well down there. America has gone psycho. At the very least, I'm afraid the entire country will be run like California before long

dead hobo 1 hour ago (Edited)

Agree. I'm old and set. My home is paid for and I've lived in it for over 20 years. It's set up just like I want and a new place would have less going for it. Moving would be highly disruptive, not to mention expensive.

Yet, I am still considering possibilities. Mexico cartels vs Democrat incited BLM mobs? Hmm, which is better? Free states in the US offer alternatives. I live in Illinois, soon to be a California level mess. Belize is English speaking.

The next 2 years or so will tell the tale.

2thelastman 1 hour ago

In two years you could easily see a wall built to keep people IN.

[Apr 20, 2021] Five million people in this country die of natural causes every year. Some of them happened to have Covid when they passed. You might just as well say they died of tooth decay

Apr 20, 2021 | www.wsj.com

ALAN SEWELL SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago (Edited)

Five million people in this country die of natural causes every year. Some of them happened to have Covid when they passed. You might just as well say they died of tooth decay.

[Apr 20, 2021] Waters could prove to be the only witness that Trump needs to call to defeat her own lawsuit

Apr 20, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

With rioting continuing in Brooklyn Center , Minn. and around the country, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, went to Minnesota and told the protesters that they "gotta stay on the street" and " get more confrontational ." The statement is ironic since Waters is one of the House members currently suing former President Donald Trump and others for inciting violence on January 6th with his words on the Mall. Waters insists that Trump telling his supporters to go to the Capitol to make their voice heard and "fight" for their votes was actual criminal incitement. Conversely, Waters was speaking after multiple nights of rioting and looting and telling protesters to stay on the streets and get even more confrontational. There was violence after the remarks, including a shooting incident where two National Guard members were injured.

... ... ...

After Waters remarks, protesters confronted reporters in a tense scene. Also protesters descended upon the home of the prosecutor responsible for the second degree manslaughter charge against the officer who killed Daunte Wright. Also the Minnesota National Guard was fired upon , injuring at least two Guardsman. That is not to say that Water incited such actions but that the same claimed nexus could be raised in making such an allegation as was done in the Trump impeachment.

Carl Jung once said that "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves". That certainly seems to be the case with Waters and Trump. It is also why Waters could prove the only witness that Trump needs to call to defeat her own lawsuit.

[Apr 11, 2021] Dear God, please help me to stop spending money on Amazon and doing Google searches...

Apr 11, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Md4 1 hour ago (Edited)

"" Lord, if it be your will, harden my heart. Stop me from striving to see the best in people. Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better."

I wonder if this sick woman has any idea, how many good people trapped in the violence of hoods...could feel exactly the same way about blacks?

Justifiably...

Liesel 24 minutes ago

Dear God, please help me to stop spending money on Amazon and doing Google searches...

Liesel 27 minutes ago (Edited)

If we refuse to spend money at all these businesses that are "woke", there would literally be no place left to shop. It's really getting that bad. However, please remember the powers that be want people divided and hating each other. In their eyes, people who are united are the most dangerous them.

Darth-Budice 34 minutes ago

Been 7 years since I stepped foot into a Target.

If they think 13% of the population + the soy-infused can support them...

[Apr 09, 2021] Turkey Confirms 2 US Warships To Enter Black Sea As Ukraine Posturing Grows - ZeroHedge

Apr 09, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

yerfej 47 minutes ago remove link

Early indications are that the Russian destroyers in Lake Michigan will be there until the end of the summer.

spyware-free 42 minutes ago remove link

I'd feel safer it Russian subs and destroyers were patrolling the Potomac near D.C.

land_of_the_few 51 minutes ago (Edited) remove link

They should just mock them mercilessly.

Formation flypasts with rainbow colored smoke, Village People blasting from frigates buzxing them, that kind of thing.

land_of_the_few 40 minutes ago

"In the Navy", anyone?

VladLenin 1 hour ago

About f'ing time Crazy Joe retaliated for the Russian battlegroup operating in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

[Apr 09, 2021] Take back?

Apr 09, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com


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dbtunr 1 hour ago

I have a different take on this. The US should move to take back Cuba. Let Russia have Ukraine, we take back Cuba. After Cuba take back Venezuela. Then Russia and China have no ports in the Americas. Much bigger win for the US.

permanent victim 1 hour ago

Take back?

libfrog88 56 minutes ago

That is the usual word for Americans for stealing.

[Apr 07, 2021] One good sign that allow the USA to cut "defense" 25% or more

Who would thought the Wokism can be a cure for militarism...
Apr 07, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Dolus 3 hours ago

"Our education and health issues come together in this alarming statistic: Seventy percent of today's youth (ages 17-24) are not eligible for military service , essentially due to a lack of proper education (basic reading and writing skills) or health issues (commonly obesity or diabetes)."

When you have no standards, SJW everyone is equal, then you have ****ty results.

5G-Powered Nanobots 3 hours ago

Good. Lets cut "defense" by 25% a year for the next 10 years

[Apr 07, 2021] Alex from Clockwork Orange in modern world

Apr 07, 2021 | allrightsocialnetwork.blogspot.com

Priss Factor says: • Website April 2, 2021 at 8:31 pm GMT • 4.8 days ago • 100 Words ↑ @Turk 152

Clockwork Orange is complete, unbelievable nonsense. Our current leaders would not have cured Alex, they would have appointed him an Ambassadorship to Syria or made him Vice President, perhaps even given him a shot at Prime Minister or President one day.

Yes, but on condition that the 'Alexes' play the game. Deep State is full of sociopaths but they spent their years in elite schools, not stealing cars and invading homes. Go to school, get your degree, and then you can invade entire nations and kill many more people. Turk 152 says: April 2, 2021 at 9:33 pm GMT • 4.8 days ago ↑ @Priss Factor

I suppose it is pretty tough these days to be a mass murderer on a global scale without Harvard or Yale on your resume. In the old days, Truman was able to drop 2 atomic bombs and firebomb Dresden with merely a degree from Spalding's Commercial College.

[Apr 07, 2021] How the neoliberal MSM weaponizing ignorance to promote neo-McCarthism

It is difficult to find a black cat in the empty dark room, but neoliberal MSM jump over their head screaming Cat! Evil Russian cat!
I really like " Congress Can Do Better to Fight Weaponized Corruption "
Apr 07, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Mao Cheng Ji , Apr 5 2021 12:00 utc | 5

Other that that this ilist is just another sign of the crisi of neoliberlaism in the USA and elsewhere. That why neoliberal elite badly needs a scapegoat to avoid the possibility to be hanging from lampposts. The high level of hate toward neoliberal elite( parcially redirected by "woke" movement toward whites ) and the loss of legitimacy is not undeniable.

...Bryan MacDonald's thread is a good opportunity to update our list of all the issues, ideas and things Russia has weaponized.

Even while the list below now includes 111 entries - like robotic cockroaches, postmodernism and 14-legged squids - it is likely far from being complete:

  1. Was Noah Green the weaponized target of the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence) masked as the FBI Cointelpro?
    Russia News, April 2021
  2. Congress Can Do Better to Fight Weaponized Corruption
    Foreign Policy, April 2021
  3. WAR ON THE WEST West on brink of vaccine 'world war' as Putin 'weaponizes' Sputnik V jab to 'attack' the EU, warns Macron
    Sun, March 2021
  4. Secret Is Out: Russia Weaponized and Trained Dolphins and Whales
    National Interest, January 2021
  5. Russia 'is researching how to weaponise deadly Ebola virus as part of a catastrophic doomsday project', experts fear
    Daily Mail, December 2020
  6. Vladimir Putin wasted no time in weaponizing Trump's election conspiracies to spread Russian propaganda
    Busines Insider, November 2020
  7. How Russia Tried to Weaponize Charlie Sheen
    Foreign Policy, September 2020
  8. 'Beijing & Moscow have weaponized space through killer satellites, directed energy weapons': Defense Sec
    Sociable, September 2020
  9. Russia Weaponizes Increasingly Sophisticated Disinformation
    AFCEA, September 2020
  10. China and Russia 'have weaponised space with killer energy weapon satellites '
    Daily Star, September 2020
  11. Russia's Weaponization of Tradition : The Case of the Orthodox Church in Montenegro
    CSIS, September 2020
  12. Will Russia Weaponize Its Wheat As the World Combats the Coronavirus?
    National Interest, July 2020

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Yeah, little goebbelses of the western liberal establishment aren't too creative.

j. casey , Apr 5 2021 12:03 utc | 6

Brilliant, Mr. B. And funny, too. Gracias.
Carl , Apr 5 2021 12:11 utc | 7
Pathetic as this kind of propaganda is...it works. Which is very disturbing.
Stonebird , Apr 5 2021 13:02 utc | 12

Irresistable force: https://twitter.com/27khv/status/1378798225927380992/photo/1 (From b's first link above)

Virgile , Apr 5 2021 13:14 utc | 14

The Western media parrots in action!

ak74 , Apr 5 2021 14:41 utc | 17

I am deeply troubled that you conveniently neglected to include another fearsome Russian Super-Dooper Weapon: the children's cartoon Masha and the Bear .

Future shock: Ban threat for the new Russian superweapon Masha and shows that subverted all our minds
https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/16340356.future-shock-ban-threat-new-russian-superweapon-masha-shows-subverted-minds/

Children's show is propaganda for Putin, say critics
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/childrens-show-is-propaganda-for-putin-say-critics-j9wxcvslm?region=global&--xx-meta=denied_for_visit%3D0%26visit_number%3D0%26visit_remaining%3D0%26visit_used%3D0&--xx-mvt-opted-out=false&--xx-uuid=bbcdd521f8671d6ea5e55d42f09bbec8&ni-statuscode=acsaz-307

It's obvious that Masha and the Bear is a nefarious Russian plot to steal the precious bodily fluids of our children!

We must be constantly vigilant. The CIA, FBI, MI6, NSA, and Homeland Security must be notified about the Masha Threat. YouTube must censor Masha. And blue check-marked Twitter police must condemn anyone who watches Masha.

librul , Apr 5 2021 14:49 utc | 19

This one didn't have the word 'weaponize', close though: "opening a new front in its spy battles".

accusing the Kremlin of opening a new front in its spy battles with the West amid the worldwide competition to contain the pandemic.
...

American intelligence officials said the Russians were aiming to steal research to develop their own vaccine more quickly, not to sabotage other countries' efforts. There was likely little immediate damage to global public health, cybersecurity experts said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/16/us/politics/vaccine-hacking-russia.html

Fíréan , Apr 5 2021 15:08 utc | 22

Next they're weaponizing women's exotic underwear . God help the freemason who turns up at the changing rooms in the wrong attire.

/humor.humour.

jared , Apr 5 2021 15:26 utc | 24

The U.S. media is weaponizing ignorance. The more one absorbs their reporting, the more the brain is reduced to mush.

I can only manage a few hundred works and I become irritated and disoriented. My hat is off to people who can somehow look at that stuff and remain sane. Or are they...hmmm...

Jackrabbit , Apr 5 2021 16:55 utc | 28

Russia weaponizing vaccine resistance: Russian trolls blamed for spreading anti-vaccination propaganda

Because vaccine resistance in USA somehow makes Russia safer ... or something. Doubts about mRNA vaccines? You must be a Putin bot. !!

[Apr 05, 2021] Joe Biden's American Grandstand by Lance Morrow

Notable quotes:
"... Do Mr. Biden and his people claim that the dogmatic and occasionally hysterical certitude of the woke is sufficient warrant to turn the country upside down? ..."
"... If the 2020 election meant anything, it confirmed the irreconcilable differences -- a standoff of the cobra and mongoose. The election certainly didn't give Mr. Biden marching orders from the American people to open the southern border to all comers, or to redesign the natural order of biology (in regard to gender identity and all the social arrangements that have flowed from the difference between the sexes since time immemorial), or to change the country in a hundred other ways, bundling it off on an expedition to the far left fringes of reality and grievance. What the new administration proposes may be less a transformation than a hijacking. Half the country doesn't want to be reinvented -- not on Mr. Biden's terms. ..."
"... He and his people have gone into business with a bogus, echo-chamber mandate: They manipulate a media illusion of unanimity, and presume to impose a moral narrative. The Bolsheviks, a tiny but ferociously focused minority, proceeded in this way in 1917. ..."
Apr 04, 2021 | www.wsj.com

While Trump was rejected by electorate (Biden got 7 million votes more -- mainly in costal states and large cities), Biden was elected only because of extention of mail-in voting and because he was not Trump. Now people regret their choice, while main-in voting "irregularities" deprive Biden administration of the legitimacy. Moreover due to Biden neocon foreign policy and pandering to woke Bolsheviks, many people have "post-election remorse," But in two-party system you can do nothing about it: the train already left the station.

Now the Biden administration, headed by a man a few years too old to be a boomer, entertains ambitions to take a great leap forward. But wait. Does a transformation require a mandate? By what mandate does the Biden administration undertake the work of irrevocably altering American society? Do Mr. Biden and his people claim that the dogmatic and occasionally hysterical certitude of the woke is sufficient warrant to turn the country upside down?

There was no mandate in the outcome of the last election. November 2020 merely confirmed that the U.S. remains split precisely down the middle, 50-50, as it has been for more than 20 years, since the deadlock of Al Gore and George W. Bush and the hanging chads of Florida. If the 2020 election meant anything, it confirmed the irreconcilable differences -- a standoff of the cobra and mongoose. The election certainly didn't give Mr. Biden marching orders from the American people to open the southern border to all comers, or to redesign the natural order of biology (in regard to gender identity and all the social arrangements that have flowed from the difference between the sexes since time immemorial), or to change the country in a hundred other ways, bundling it off on an expedition to the far left fringes of reality and grievance. What the new administration proposes may be less a transformation than a hijacking. Half the country doesn't want to be reinvented -- not on Mr. Biden's terms.

He and his people have gone into business with a bogus, echo-chamber mandate: They manipulate a media illusion of unanimity, and presume to impose a moral narrative. The Bolsheviks, a tiny but ferociously focused minority, proceeded in this way in 1917.

... ... ...

Mr. Morrow is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His latest book is "God and Mammon: Chronicles of American Money."

Peter Von Nessi Peter Von Nessi SUBSCRIBER 29 minutes ago "A man of his age -- fearing that he may amount to nothing more than the great Obama's onetime sidekick -- is apt to react to the surprise of waking up in the White House by pandering to the flashiest ideas of the young people and their hero Bernie Sanders. Mr. Biden can, for a moment, forestall death if he veers way left and makes his mark, however chaotically."

I think the author gives too much credit to Biden and not his handlers. After all Pinocchio was made of wood. When was the last time you saw a piece of wood think....about anything? SHOW MORE REPLIES N Neil Steinhoff SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago Joe did not know which state he was in, what office he was running for and said 150 million Americans have died of Covid Here is an update from Joe. "I have been in government for 180 years". "I wake up every morning, look at Jill, and say 'where the he- are we?'" on February 17, 2021. What could possibly go wrong? Greg Caldwell Greg Caldwell SUBSCRIBER 58 minutes ago (Edited) Mr. Ferrara: Many people voted for Joe's ideas because he claimed to be more of a centrist while he was running for office. I know of quite a few people who voted for Joe (1) because he wasn't Trump, and; (2) he claimed he would govern from the middle-left.

Those people are now saying they didn't vote for anything he has done to the jobs, to energy, nor do they buy his lies about Covid Relief (only 9% of over $1.9T actually went to Covid); the Infrastructure bill (of which only 7% actually has anything to do with our infrastructure); or, finally the repeated outright lies about the Georgian Voting Law. People who voted for him are paying attention and many are not happy.
Like thumb_up Reply Share link Report M Melissa Firestone SUBSCRIBER 49 minutes ago Vote counting continued on and on in pivotal states in 2020. That's why 2016 was so different than 2020. And in 2020, pivotal states were decided by less than 21,000 votes - WI, AZ, and GA. And PA and MI were more competitive than the polls showed going into election night. Votes continued to be counted days after the election and as we know in some cases weeks. That's why this wasn't a mandate for Biden. It was a rejection of Trump by the marginal voter - the ones who in tight elections determine outcomes. The same was true for Trump when he won - Hillary was so hated by so many voting blocks the Republicans could have run any of their potential nominees and would have won. G George Nesterenko SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago Claiming the WH, and both chambers of Congress is, in deed a mandate.

The only measure by which the election was 'close' was the electoral college. By the number of.. you know... actual people... there was no, and is no contest. That's is also, indeed, a mandate.

And as demographics shift, the mandate deepens. Which is why the GOP is so adamant against preventing a DC or Puerto Rico statehood. An unpopular, shrinking minority is desperately holding on to any iota of power. Not 'half the country', as Mr. Morrow repeats on several occasions.

A national rebirth is desperately needed. Although I doubt it will happen under Biden, we can at least get on our way.

[Apr 04, 2021] An interesting undergraduate thesis from Munich put together a list of the adjectives and adverbs used in select articles about Obama (USA) and Putin (Russia) in the Frankfurter Allgemeine between 2000 and 2012 by Udo Ulfkotte

Notable quotes:
"... The adjectives used in the FAZ to describe Putin had overwhelmingly negative connotations, including: threatening, rough, aggressive, confrontational, anti-westem, power-political, untruthful, cool, calculated, cynical, harsh, abrasive, non-substantive (arguments) and implausible (arguments). ..."
"... The words used to describe Obama had a completely different tone: committed, fanatically welcomed, enthusiastic, conciliatory, praised, hopeful and resolute ..."
"... The former FAZ Washington correspondent Matthias Rub wrote the adulation to US President Bush cited above shortly before the Iraq War began in 2003, in violation of international law. One year later he received the Arthur F. Bums Award for a different article. The Arthur F. Bums Award is presented by Germany's Foreign Minister. So, who selects the winners today? ..."
Apr 04, 2021 | www.amazon.com

An interesting undergraduate thesis from Munich put together a list of the adjectives and adverbs used in select articles about Obama (USA) and Putin (Russia) in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung between 2000 and 2012.

The words selected were ones that implied a value judgement in their description of Obama or Putin. The adjectives used in the FAZ to describe Putin had overwhelmingly negative connotations, including: threatening, rough, aggressive, confrontational, anti-westem, power-political, untruthful, cool, calculated, cynical, harsh, abrasive, non-substantive (arguments) and implausible (arguments).

The words used to describe Obama had a completely different tone: committed, fanatically welcomed, enthusiastic, conciliatory, praised, hopeful and resolute :' In plain language: The reporting in the once renowned FAZ newspaper is definitely not neutral, independent, unbiased nor objective these days. So where is this bias coming from? Does this style of reporting possibly have anything to do with the closeness that the FAZ's writers have to certain elites and powerful circles? In the following chapters, we won't only be considering the FAZ when it comes to this question. We will also look into why the mainstream media doesn't even want you to imply that they're close to the elite.

Chapter one, scene two: A few years ago, the reporter Thomas Leif painted a rather conspiratorial picture in the ARD television documentary Strippenzieher und Hinterzimmer (Puppet Masters and Back Rooms). In it, journalists, ministers and party officials appeared to all be sitting in the same boat, isolated from the common folk and getting along like gangbustcrs. Viewers got to see how politics is made in secret meetings behind the scenes. The film was about a corrupt world of cozy connections.4 What was being shown, however, wasn't a conspiracy theory.

The film was controversial, because die people being shown in it were the perpetrators. They thought that this form of corruption was completely normal. The journalists portrayed in the documentary took it as an affront when they were simply asked about these secret networks operating in the background.

... ... ...

The manipulation of the readers has been noticeable at the FAZ for many years. Dr. Heinz Loquai gave a famous speech in 2003 where he said the following about the FAZ:

We learn from the FAZ's Washington correspondents that, among other things, Bush studies the bible every day, prays regularly and bases his actions on the question, "What would Jesus do?" The president is a "paragon of modesty and close to his people." There may be "an arrogant bone or two in Bush's body," but he is "a man of love." His "portion of missionary fervor" is "softened by statesmanlike prudence," through "patient waiting," the "natural political talent's decision" has been "expressed." Although Bush may know that he is not an intellectual, he can rely on "his political instinct, his wisdom and his natural wit."

So (...) lectured, we can continue to count on the judgement and objectivity of leading German daily and weekly newspapers' America correspondents! Embedded with the allied troops, embedded in the political-media network in Washington - what's the difference? 16

The former FAZ Washington correspondent Matthias Rub wrote the adulation to US President Bush cited above shortly before the Iraq War began in 2003, in violation of international law. One year later he received the Arthur F. Bums Award for a different article. The Arthur F. Bums Award is presented by Germany's Foreign Minister. So, who selects the winners today? The jury includes, for example, the journalists Sabine Christiansen and Stefan Kornclius (Sflddeutsche Zeitung).17 Keep these names in the mind. We will come across them and their interesting connections quite often.

[Apr 03, 2021] Sunlight Destroys COVID 8x Faster Than Scientists Believed

In 20 min or so. so spending 20 min in sunshine in openair equal to disinfection.
Apr 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

FreeSpeech1A PREMIUM 16 hours ago

When I see people masked up walking outside in the sun or driving, I know they are dumb. And most likely liberal.

[Apr 03, 2021] Understanding anti-Putin PSYOPs- Preparing for war by The Saker

Apr 03, 2021 | www.unz.com

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In truth, the West has a very long list of reasons for which to hate Putin and everything Russian, but I believe that there is one reason which trumps them all: the western leaders sincerely believed that they had defeated the USSR in the Cold War (even medals were made to commemorate this event) and following the collapse of the former superpower and the coming to power of a clueless, alcoholic puppet, the triumph of the West was total. At least in appearance. The reality, as always, was much more complicated.

The causes and mechanisms of the collapse of the Soviet Union are not our topic today, so I will just indicate that I believe that the USSR never "collapsed" but that it was deliberately destroyed by the CPSU apparatus which decided to break up the country in order for the Party and Nomenklatura to remain in power, not at the helm of the USSR, but at the helm of the various ex-Soviet republics. Weak leaders and ideologies which nobody really believes in do not inspire people to fight for their rulers. This is why the Russian monarchy collapsed, this is why the masonic democracy of Kerenskii collapsed and this is why the Soviet Union collapsed (this is also one of the most likely reasons for the final collapse of the US as a state).

Putin, who was not very well known in the West or, for that matter, in Russia, came to power and immediately reversed Russia's course towards the abyss. First, he dealt with the two most urgent threats, the oligarchs and the Wahabi insurrection in the Caucasus. Many Russians, including myself, were absolutely amazed at the speed and determination of his actions. As a result, Putin suddenly found himself one of the most popular leaders in Russian history. Initially, the West went into a kind of shock, then through a process reminiscent of the so-called " Kübler-Ross model " and, finally, the West settled into a russophobic frenzy not seen since the Nazi regime in Germany during WWII.

To understand why Putin is the Devil incarnate, we have to understand that the leaders of the collective West really thought that this time around, after a millennium of failures and embarrassing defeats , the West has finally "defeated" Russia which would now become a leaderless, culture-less, spiritual-less and, of course, history-less territory whose sole purpose would be to provide resources for the "Triumphant West". Not only that, but the AngloZionist leaders of the Empire executed the 9/11 false flag operation which gave them the pretext needed for the GWOT, but which completely distracted the West from its previous focus on the so-called "Russian threat" simply because by 2001 there was no Russian threat. So there was a certain logic behind these moves. And then, "suddenly" (at least for western leaders) Russia was "back": in 2013 Russia stopped the planned US/NATO attack on Syria (the pretext here was Syrian chemical weapons). In 2014 Russia gave her support to the Novorussian uprising against the Ukronazi regime in Kiev and, in the same year, Russia also used her military to make it possible for the local population to vote on a referendum to join Russia . Finally, in 2015, Russia stunned the West with an extremely effective military intervention in Syria .

In this sequence, Russia committed two very different types of "crimes" (from the AngloZionist point of view, of course):

The minor crime of doing what Russia actually did and The much bigger crime of never asking the Empire for the permission to do so

The West likes to treat the rest of the planet like some kind of junior partner, with very limited autonomy and almost no real agency (the best example is what the USA did to countries like Poland or Bulgaria). If and when any such "junior" country wants to do something in its foreign policy, it absolutely has to ask for permission from its AngloZionist Big Brother. Not doing so is something akin to sedition and revolt. In the past, many countries were "punished" for daring to have an opinion or, even more so, for daring to act on it.

It would not be inaccurate to summarize it all by saying that Putin flipped his finger to the Empire and its leaders. That "crime of crimes" was what really triggered the current anti-Russian hysteria. Soon, however, the (mostly clueless) leaders of the Empire ran into an extremely frustrating problem: while the russophobic hysteria did get a lot of traction in the West, in Russia it created a very powerful blowback because of a typical Putin "judo" move: far from trying to suppress the anti-Russian propaganda of the West, the Kremlin used its power to make it widely available (in Russian!) through the Russian media (I wrote about this in some detail here and here ). The direct result of this was two fold: first, the CIA/MI6 run "opposition" began to be strongly associated with the russophobic enemies of Russia and, second, the Russian general public further rallied around Putin and his unyielding stance. In other words, calling Putin a dictator and, of course, a "new Hitler", the western PSYOPs gained some limited advantage in the western public opinion, but totally shot itself in the leg with the Russian public.

I refer to this stage as the " phase one anti-Putin strategic PSYOP ". As for the outcome of this PSYOP, I would not only say that it almost completely failed, but I think that it had the exact opposite intended effect inside Russia.

A change of course was urgently needed.

The redirection of US PSYOPs against Putin and Russia

I have to admit that I have a very low opinion of the US intelligence community, including its analysts. But even the rather dull US "Russia area specialist" eventually figured out that telling the Russian public opinion that Putin was a "dictator" or a "killer of dissidents" or a "chemical poisoner of exiles" resulted in a typically Russian mix of laughter and support for the Kremlin. Something had to be done.

So some smart ass somewhere in some basement came up with the following idea: it makes no sense to accuse Putin of things which make him popular at home, so let's come up with a new list of accusations carefully tailored to the Russian public.

Let's call this a " phase two anti-Putin PSYOP operation ".

And this is how the "Putin is in cahoots with" thing began. Specifically, these accusations were deployed by the US PSYOPs and those in its pay:

Putin is disarming Syria Putin will sell out the Donbass Putin is a puppet of Israel and, specifically, Netanyahu Putin is a corrupt traitor to the Russian national interests Putin is allowing Israel to bomb Syria (see here ) Putin is selling the Siberian riches to China and/or Putin is subjugating Russia to China Putin is corrupt, weak and even cowardly Putin was defeated by Erdogan in the Nagorno-Karabakh war

The above are the main talking points immediately endorsed and executed by the US strategic PSYOPs against Russia.

Was it effective?

Yes, to some degree. For one thing, these "anti-Russian PSYOPS reloaded" were immediately picked up by at least part of what one could call the "internal patriotic opposition" (much of it very sincerely and without any awareness of being skillfully manipulated). Even more toxic was the emergence of a rather loud neo-Communist (or, as Ruslan Ostashko often calls them "emo-Marxist") movement (I personally refer to as a sixth column ) which began an internal anti-Kremlin propaganda campaign centered on the following themes:

"All is lost" ( всепропальщики ): that is thesis which says that nothing in Russia is right, everything is either wrong or evil, the country is collapsing, so is its economy, its science, its military, etc. etc. etc. This is just a garden variety of defeatism, nothing more. "Nothing was achieved since Putin came to power": this is a weird one, since it takes an absolutely spectacular amount of mental gymnastics to not see that Putin literally saved Russia from total destruction. This stance also completely fails to explain why Putin is so hated by the Empire (if Putin did everything wrong, like, say Eltsin did, he would be adored in the West, not hated!). All the elections in Russia were stolen. Here the 5th (CIA/MI6 run) column and 6th column have to agree: according to both of them, there is absolutely no way most Russians supported Putin for so many years and there is no way they support him now. And nevermind the fact that the vast majority of polls show that Putin was, and still is, the most popular political figure in Russia.

Finally, the big SNAFU with the pension reform definitely did not help Putin's ratings, so he had to take action: he "softened" some of the worst provisions of this reform and, eventually, he successfully sidelined some of the worst Atlantic Integrationists, including Medvedev himself.

Sadly, some putatively pro-Russian websites, blogs and individuals showed their true face when they jumped on the bandwagon of this 2nd strategic PSYOP campaign, probably with the hope to either become more noticed, or get some funding, or both. Hence, all the nonsense about Russia and Israel working together or Putin "selling out" we have seen so many times recently. The worst thing here is that these websites, blogs and individuals have seriously misled and distressed some of the best real friends of Russia in the West.

None of these guys ever address a very simple question: if Putin is such a sellout, and if all is lost, why does the AngloZionist Empire hate Putin so much? In almost 1000 years of warfare (spiritual, cultural, political, economic and military) against Russia, the leaders of the West have always hated real Russian patriots and they have always loved the (alas, many) traitors to Russia. And now, they hate Putin because he is such a terrible leader?

This makes absolutely no sense.

Conclusion: is a war inevitable now?

The US/NATO don't engage in strategic PYSOPs just because they like or dislike somebody. The main purpose of such PSYOPs is to break the other side's will to resist . This was also the main objective of both (phase one and phase two) anti-Putin PSYOPs. I am happy to report that both phases of these PYSOPs failed. The danger here is that these failures have failed to convince the leaders of the Empire of the need to urgently change course and accept the "Russian reality", even if they don't like it.

Ever since "Biden" (the "collective Biden", of course, not the potted plant) Administration (illegally) seized power, what we saw was a sharp escalation of anti-Russian statements. Hence, the latest " uhu, he is a killer " -- this was no mistake by a senile mind, this was a carefully prepared declaration. Even worse, the Empire has not limited itself to just words, it also did some important "body moves" to signal its determination to seek even further confrontation with Russia:

There has been a lot of sabre-rattling coming from the West, mostly some rather ill-advsied (or even outright stupid) military maneuvers near/along the Russian border. As I have explained it a billion times, these maneuvers are self-defeating from a military point of view (the closer to the Russian border, the more dangerous for the western military force). Politically, however, they are extremely provocative and, therefore, dangerous. The vast majority of Russian analysts do not believe that the US/NATO will openly attack Russia, if only because that would be suicidal (the current military balance in Europe is strongly in Russia's favor, even without using hypersonic weapons). What many of them now fear is that "Biden" will unleash the Ukronazi forces against the Donbass, thereby "punishing" both the Ukraine and Russia (the former for its role in the US presidential campaign). I tend to agree with both of these statements.

At the end of the day, the AngloZionist Empire was always racist at its core, and that empire is still racist : for its leaders, the Ukrainian people are just cannon fodder, an irrelevant third rate nation with no agency which has outlived its utility (US analysts do understand that the US plan for the Ukraine has ended in yet another spectacular faceplant such delusional plans always end up with, even if they don't say so publicly). So why not launch these people into a suicidal war against not only the LDNR but also Russia herself? Sure, Russia will quickly and decisively win the military war, but politically it will be a PR disaster for Russia as the "democratic West" will always blame Russia, even when she clearly did not attack first (as was the case in 08.08.08, most recently).

I have already written about the absolutely disastrous situation of the Ukraine three weeks ago so I won't repeat it all here, I will just say that since that day things have gotten even much worse: suffice to say that the Ukraine has moved a lot of heavy armor to the line of contact while the regime in Kiev has now banned the import of Russian toilet paper (which tells you what the ruling gang thinks of as important and much needed measures). While it is true that the Ukraine has become a totally failed state since the Neo-Nazi coup, there is now a clear acceleration of the collapse of not only the regime or state, but of the country as a whole. Ukraine is falling apart so fast that one could start an entire website tracking only all this developing horror, not day by day, but, hour by hour. Suffice to say that "Ze" has turned out to be even worse than Poroshenko. The only thing Poroshenko did which "Ze" has not (yet!) is to start a war. Other than that, the rest of what he did (by action or inaction) can only be qualified as "more of the same, only worse".

Can a war be prevented?

I don't know. Putin gave the Ukronazis a very stern warning (" grave consequences for Ukraine's statehood as such "). I don't believe for one second that anybody in power in Kiev gives a damn about the Ukraine or the Ukrainian statehood, but they are smart enough to realize that a Russian counter-attack in defense of the LDNR and, even more so, Crimea, might include precision "counter-leadership" strikes with advanced missiles. The Ukronazi leaders would be well-advised to realize that they all have a crosshair painted on their heads. They might also think about this: what happened to every single Wahabi gang leader in Chechnya since the end of the 2nd Chechen war? (hint: they were all found and executed). Will that be enough to stop them?

Maybe. Let's hope so.

But we must now keep in mind that for the foreseeable future there are only two options left for the Ukraine: " a horrible ending or a horror without end " (Russian expression).

The best scenario for the people of the Ukraine would be a (hopefully relatively peaceful) breakup of the country into manageable parts . The worst option would definitely be a full-scale war against Russia.

Judging by the rhetoric coming out of Kiev these days, most Ukrainian politicians are firmly behind option #2, especially since that is also the only option acceptable to their overseas masters. The Ukrainians have also adopted a new military doctrine (they call it a "military security strategy of Ukraine") which declares Russia the aggressor state and military adversary of the Ukraine (see here for a machine translation of the official text).

This might be the reason why Merkel and Macron recently had a videoconference with Putin ("Ze" was not invited): Putin might be trying to convince Merkel and Macron that such a war would be a disaster for Europe. In the meantime, Russia is rapidly reinforcing her forces along the Ukrainian border, including in Crimea.

But all these measures can only deter a regime which has no agency. The outcome shall be decided in Washington DC, not Kiev. I am afraid that the traditional sense of total impunity of US political leaders will, once again, give them a sense of very little risk (for them personally or for the USA) in triggering a war in the Ukraine. The latest news on the US-Ukrainian front is the delivery by the USN of 350 tonnes of military equipment in Odessa. Not enough to be militarily significant, but more than enough to further egg on the regime in Kiev to an attack on the Donbass and/or Crimea.

In fact, I would not even put it past "Biden" to launch an attack on Iran while the world watches the Ukraine and Russia go to war. After all, the other country whose geostrategic position has been severely degraded since Russia moved her forces to Syria is Israel, the one country which all US politicians will serve faithfully and irrespective of any costs (including human costs for the USA). The Israelis have been demanding a war on Iran since at least 2007, and it would be very naive to hope that they won't eventually get their way. Last, but not least, there is the crisis which Blinken's condescending chutzpah triggered with China which, so far, has resulted in an economic war only, but which might also escalate at any moment, especially considering all the many recent anti-Chinese provocations by the US Navy.

Right now the weather in the eastern Ukraine is not conducive to offensive military operations. The snow is still melting, creating very difficult and muddy road conditions (called " rasputitsa " in Russian) which greatly inhibit the movement of forces and troops. These conditions will, however, change with the warmer season coming, at which point the Ukronazi forces will be ideally poised for an attack.

In other words, barring some major development, we might be only weeks away from a major war.


macilrae , says: April 1, 2021 at 12:29 am GMT • 2.8 days ago

We must not forget President Putin's outrageous opinion piece in the New York Times of September 11th 2013: delivered at the same time as he had the impertinence to propose the voluntary relinquishment of all chemical weapons by Syria -- thwarting the traditional wholesale bombing campaign that the "Allies" were working up to. This was an unforgivable affront to the USA -- and to Obama in particular; who had only just invoked his "red line". It made him look ridiculous -- and a man in his position can't afford to look ridiculous.

This behaviour by Mr. Putin has never been forgotten or forgiven and it will be quite a while before the New York Times prints another oped by him.

Biff , says: April 1, 2021 at 1:04 am GMT • 2.8 days ago

Russia was "back": in 2013 Russia stopped the planned US/NATO attack on Syria (the pretext here was Syrian chemical weapons). In 2014 Russia gave her support to the Novorussian uprising against the Ukronazi regime in Kiev and, in the same year, Russia also used her military to make it possible for the local population to vote on a referendum to join Russia. Finally, in 2015, Russia stunned the West with an extremely effective military intervention in Syria.

Don't forget what Russia did the Georgia's American trained and supplied military in 2009.

Mulegino1 , says: April 1, 2021 at 1:37 am GMT • 2.7 days ago
@macilrae

This was an unforgivable affront to the USA -- and to Obama in particular; who had only just invoked his "red line". It made him look ridiculous -- and a man in his position can't afford to look ridiculous.

Excellent observation.

To deal with contemporary western elites is, to a great extent, to deal with Satan himself. The devil- and presumably, his minions- does not mind confrontation or opposition anywhere as much as he hates being the object of derision.

"The devil the prowde spirite cannot endure to be mocked." -- St. Thomas More

Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist , says: Website April 1, 2021 at 2:48 am GMT • 2.7 days ago

"why does the AngloZionist Empire hate Putin so much?"

I have an explanation, but that would tend to get me labelled a "sixth columnist".

It is obvious to anyone who does not believe that Putin is the Saviour Of Russia, but just a neoliberal politician who is moderately better than Yeltsin, and whose real alternatives, not Quislings like Navalny but real alternatives, are all far more nationalist and not beholden to international capital than he is. Since the 90s are now over, and the attempt to destroy Russia has failed, how does one ensure that the country does not become even stronger and, crucially, more assertive?

One possible answer is interesting: keep demonising the man in power, *even though you know that demonising him hardens support behind him*. Especially since it hardens support behind him. As long as you keep attacking him, the Russian people support him more, making it less likely for someone who would be more nationalist and less neoliberal to take charge.

Simple enough.

Greg S. , says: April 1, 2021 at 4:22 am GMT • 2.6 days ago

I've come to think that the whole "Putin the Devil" thing is pushed so hard by the corporate-communist-left (aside: I do struggle these days with what to call them) mostly as a distraction. "Hey! Look over there! A BAD MAN!" (and pay no mind to what I'm doing over here, flooding the country with replacements, thrashing the constitution, coming up with vaccine passports and enabling a totalitarian technocracy).

In fact, it's a necessary hallmark of ALL totalitarian leftist regimes to have a huge "outside enemy" who threatens the very existence of the state and is used to distract from domestic troubles. Try to find a single totalitarian state without one.

So the U.S. has everything to gain and little to lose (Biden gov thinks anyways) by goading Ukraine into "taking back Crimea." The U.S. is committed to fight that war down the very last Ukrainian.

anon [965] Disclaimer , says: April 1, 2021 at 4:43 am GMT • 2.6 days ago

Slightly old news from 10 days ago.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/20/ukra-m20.html

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced this week that the country's National Security and Defense Council had approved a strategy that is aimed at retaking Crimea and reintegrating the strategically important peninsula.

What could possibly go wrong?

SafeNow , says: April 1, 2021 at 5:47 am GMT • 2.6 days ago

Christopher Caldwell delivered what I thought was a good assessment of Putin in 2017, and this excellent piece by The Saker complements and updates it for me. I think Putin is even more reviled than ever by the U.S. Dems, because Putin = a national-sovereignty proponent = Trump.

I play online chess -- speedy games, and so I have a lot of experience with players from Russia and Ukraine. They tend to favor what chess players call "quiet moves." Is this a manner of thought, a philosophy, that can be extrapolated to government? (U.S. players, by contrast, tend to be more impetuous and impulsive in their chess style.)

The Caldwell essay:

https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/how-to-think-about-vladimir-putin/

[Apr 02, 2021] Neoliberal concept of freedom vs totalitarian concept of freedom

Apr 02, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Hoarsewhisperer , Apr 1 2021 19:35 utc | 16

One thing which separates Russia and China from Western 'thinking' is that the People's Government in each country has rules in place to prevent Billionaires from buying/owning politicians.

William Gruff , Apr 1 2021 19:56 utc | 19

Hoarsewhisperer @16: "...each country has rules in place to prevent Billionaires from buying/owning politicians."

And denying billionaires the "freedom" to buy the system is what makes those countries "totalitarian" .

If you fail to translate from newspeak and forget to account for doublethink then the empire's behavior can get confusing.

[Apr 01, 2021] Vaccination doesn't cure chronic grifters.

Apr 01, 2021 | www.wsj.com

THOMAS QUICK SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago I doubt it. Vaccination doesn't cure chronic grifters. Like thumb_up 1 Reply Share link Report N N Z SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago "Medical science is making such remarkable progress that soon none of us will be well.'' ---Aldous Huxley

[Mar 31, 2021] Two questions about one fake news source

Mar 31, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

jiri , Mar 31 2021 23:24 utc | 36

Who reads the NYT?

Why?

[Mar 31, 2021] I will bring up a "human right" that rarely is discussed in the MSM

Mar 31, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

norecovery , Mar 31 2021 20:35 utc | 22

I will bring up a "human right" that rarely is discussed in the MSM: the right to relieve one's bladder & bowels when traveling in public places. In many cities in the U.S., there are NO public restrooms, not even in the railway stations and bus depots! Oh, sure -- all the airports have them because they cater to the well heeled.

Here in the two biggest California cities SF and LA, one has to find a restaurant (good luck during the pandemic) or supermarket or else a secluded spot. I live next to an alley where the homeless people frequently dump, and we the neighbors have to clean it up because the city won't bother.

The authorities claim that setting out Porta-potties can't be done because homeless addicts would use them. WTF -- those people would do drugs in their own place if they had one. But this isn't just an issue about homelessness, which is an enormous violation of human rights in itself, but more broadly one of DECENCY that barely exists in this society.

uncle tungsten , Mar 31 2021 21:22 utc | 26

norecovery #22

The authorities claim that setting out Porta-potties can't be done because homeless addicts would use them. WTF -- those people would do drugs in their own place if they had one. But this isn't just an issue about homelessness, which is an enormous violation of human rights in itself, but more broadly one of DECENCY that barely exists in this society.

CHOLERA is gonna get ya.

It is sad but what has happened to the USA through neoliberal economic rules based society is the abdication of memory and learning over centuries.

[Mar 30, 2021] The US army now teaches social media trolling

Notable quotes:
"... It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is. ..."
"... It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is. ..."
Mar 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Paul , Mar 24 2021 17:56 utc | 8

The US army now teaches social media trolling:

ssi_tunnicliffe-tatham_170421.pdf

Bemildred | Mar 24 2021 17:58 utc | 10

ockquote>

@ maahaa , Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5:

“ I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none.”

It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is.

The truth is we have no way to know what underlies our "reality", if anything. We don't have the tools, the senses, yet. At the limits everything dissolves into probability mush, or the lack of time for anything to get from there to here at the speed of light, or complexity we have no way to impose order on.

If they want to go live in the computer, I say good riddance.

@ maahaa | Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5:

“ I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none.”

It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is.

The truth is we have no way to know what underlies our "reality", if anything. We don't have the tools, the senses, yet. At the limits everything dissolves into probability mush, or the lack of time for anything to get from there to here at the speed of light, or complexity we have no way to impose order on.

If they want to go live in the computer, I say good riddance.

[Mar 30, 2021] I guess that promoting the "simulatin hypothesis" is one way for Musk to avoid the guilt over those people his coup in Bolivia killed

Notable quotes:
"... It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is. ..."
"... It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is. ..."
Mar 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

maahaa , Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5

Through The Quantum Looking Glass or: Buckle your seatbelt Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye

"High-profile proponents of what's known as the "simulation hypothesis" include SpaceX chief Elon Musk, who recently expounded on the idea during an interview for a popular podcast.

"If you assume any rate of improvement at all, games will eventually be indistinguishable from reality," Musk said before concluding, "We're most likely in a simulation."

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees, giving "better than 50 -- 50 odds" that the simulation hypothesis is correct. " I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none."

William Gruff , Mar 24 2021 17:53 utc | 7

maahaa @5

I guess that is one way for Musk to avoid the guilt over those people his coup in Bolivia killed. They didn't really die because it is all just make-believe; a simulation.

Bemildred | Mar 24 2021 17:58 utc | 10

ockquote>

@ maahaa , Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5:

“ I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none.”

It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is.

The truth is we have no way to know what underlies our "reality", if anything. We don't have the tools, the senses, yet. At the limits everything dissolves into probability mush, or the lack of time for anything to get from there to here at the speed of light, or complexity we have no way to impose order on.

If they want to go live in the computer, I say good riddance.

@ maahaa | Mar 24 2021 17:46 utc | 5:

“ I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none.”

It is natural for bullshitters to think the world runs on bullshit. In a away, that capsulizes the entire problem that the US' establishment is having now. They have been relying on bullshit for so long that they think that's all there is.

The truth is we have no way to know what underlies our "reality", if anything. We don't have the tools, the senses, yet. At the limits everything dissolves into probability mush, or the lack of time for anything to get from there to here at the speed of light, or complexity we have no way to impose order on.

If they want to go live in the computer, I say good riddance.

[Mar 30, 2021] Biden's press conference was a triumph. I kid you not. They will lie and lie and lie again about Biden's dementia, until the bitter end

Remember "Dear Leonid Illich?" The shadow of the USSR over the USA became more dense.
Mar 30, 2021 | www.unz.com

Know Your Enemy , says: March 26, 2021 at 1:56 pm GMT • 4.1 days ago

Anyone see Biden's press conference?

TKK , says: March 26, 2021 at 10:50 pm GMT • 3.7 days ago
@Know Your Enemy

This is worth a 5 minute watch:

Mulga Mumblebrain , says: March 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm GMT • 2.7 days ago
@Know Your Enemy

According to the Austfailian media, it was a triumph. I kid you not. They will lie and lie and lie again about Biden's dementia, until the bitter end, and at his stage, once the meds lose their effectiveness, the end can come quickly. Perhaps he'll rip off his nappy and fling faeces at the fawning presstitutes. Dream on. Or, as in the comedy, Bidet will mutter 'I'm going to the toilet. I mean, I'm going to the toilet NOW!'.

[Mar 30, 2021] Small but important difference between two most powerful intelligence agencies

Mar 08, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

ThorAss 6 hours ago

Q: What's the difference between the CIA and the FBI?

A: The CIA destroys countries outside of America, while the FBI destroys America itself.

[Mar 28, 2021] It is always helpful to remember that under neoliberalism in the words of Margaret Thatcher "There's No Such Thing as Society

Notable quotes:
"... House of Cards ..."
Mar 28, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

SouthSideGT , March 27, 2021 at 8:14 am

It is always helpful to remember the words of "Arthur Jensen": "You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today."

Lee , March 27, 2021 at 10:39 am

"You may have all the money, Raymond, but I've got the men with guns."

-- Frank Underwood in House of Cards

And in addition to having the most lethal weaponry, most currencies are issued by nation states.

[Mar 28, 2021] The problem with Biden outsmarting Rachel Madcow

Notable quotes:
"... Apparently Biden was either too senile or too inherently stupid to realize what gangrenous filth the subhuman Clintonite scum Stephanopoulis is, was and always will be. And put his stupid senile foot into Stephanopoulis's clever little bear trap. ..."
"... Pretty sure this was exactly the message Biden's people wanted to send, whether because they really think this sort of thing will "work" on the world stage or because they've gunned up the Russia nonsense so hyperbolically for so long that their domestic audience now demands it. ..."
Mar 28, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

drumlin woodchuckles , March 27, 2021 at 3:18 pm

Apparently Biden was either too senile or too inherently stupid to realize what gangrenous filth the subhuman Clintonite scum Stephanopoulis is, was and always will be. And put his stupid senile foot into Stephanopoulis's clever little bear trap.

Darthbobber , March 27, 2021 at 7:22 pm

Well, those are hardly trick questions or subtle ones. And Biden temporizes perfectly well when he wants to. He didn't want to. I'd be mildly surprised if he hadn't been told to expect these particular questions. Stephanopolous has form for lobbing cooperative softballs at the right sort of democrats.

Pretty sure this was exactly the message Biden's people wanted to send, whether because they really think this sort of thing will "work" on the world stage or because they've gunned up the Russia nonsense so hyperbolically for so long that their domestic audience now demands it.

drumlin woodchuckles , March 27, 2021 at 7:52 pm

If your interpretation of "what Stephie-poo was thinking" and what Biden was expecting are correct, then Biden is indeed the same sort of Clintonite filth that Stephanopoulous himself is.

And that would be very unfortunate. It means that Biden is just as war-risky with Russia as Clinton would have been. And yes, the massed millions of "Putin stole the election" Pink Kitty Kap Klintonites want, need and demand this sort of agitprop. They and their precious spokes-creeps like that anti-Russianitic MSNBC news show hostess whose name I absolutely cannot remember just now.

drumlin woodchuckles , March 27, 2021 at 10:32 pm

Ha! Rachel Maddow. It just came to me.

The Rev Kev , March 27, 2021 at 10:48 pm

And do you remember who her mentor was? Roger Aisles. Yeah, him. And after an extensive education, including a Rhodes scholarship, she sells her integrity out on her program for about $30,000 a day now-

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/05/roger-rachel-friendship-made-heaven.html

drumlin woodchuckles , March 28, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Maybe she never had any integrity to begin with. Maybe she was always and only about working the media rackets, just like her reciprocal one-schtik-phoney opposite number Tucker Carlson over at Fox.

Harry , March 27, 2021 at 11:41 pm

I would be surprised if Stephanopoulos wasnt asked to ask those questions.

[Mar 28, 2021] The "leader of the free world" has pledged to prevent China from becoming the "leading" nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his "expectation" is to run again for president in 2024. Not as a hologram.

Mar 28, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Let's start with comic relief: the "leader of the free world" has pledged to prevent China from becoming the "leading" nation on the planet. And to fulfill such an exceptional mission, his "expectation" is to run again for president in 2024. Not as a hologram. And fielding the same running mate.

Now that the "free world" has breathed a sigh of relief, let's return to serious matters – as in the contours of the Shocked and Awed 21st Century Geopolitics.

[Mar 28, 2021] You know the perpetrator is a Black male and not a White male when the headline is a gun all by itself murdered a Black man!

Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

Luzzatto , says: March 25, 2021 at 9:33 pm GMT • 2.8 days ago

@Jack D

It goes back to The Democrat Run Mainstream Media's narrative that Black men can only be the poor helpless victims and NEVER the apex predators.

Which is why they only say that Black men are murdered by guns but NEVER that Black men are murdered by other Black men. The only time they do not blame the guns is in the much less common man bites dog White male on Black male murders.

You know the perpetrator is a Black male and not a White male when the headline is a gun all by itself murdered a Black man!

[Mar 28, 2021] If underfunded means you have to use old textbooks from the 1950s through the 1970s and have no tablets or computers on class, I d choose an underfunded school for a better education.

Notable quotes:
"... This whole process was intended to be for seriously delinquent kids/parents, but, you know bureaucracy – gotta check the boxes rather than just have a 30 second phone call "please email Mrs. ABC when your kids have been absent." ..."
Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

Anon [220] Disclaimer , says: March 25, 2021 at 11:46 am GMT • 3.2 days ago

If underfunded means you have to use old textbooks from the 1950s through the 1970s and have no tablets or computers on class, I'd choose an underfunded school for a better education.

Achmed E. Newman , says: Website March 25, 2021 at 11:54 am GMT • 3.2 days ago
@Jonathan Mason on an attendance remediation plan. The first words out of my mouth were "so this is where my tax money goes."

It went on for 15 minutes, signing forms and shit. This whole process was intended to be for seriously delinquent kids/parents, but, you know bureaucracy – gotta check the boxes rather than just have a 30 second phone call "please email Mrs. ABC when your kids have been absent."

After that BS, we got another certified letter, so I went to the school. "I thought we had this thing settled. What do we have to do now?" "Oh, nah, we just sent one to everybody. It was easier that way. You're fine." How much do certified letters cost now, Jonathan? Oh, it's free though, right?

They've got plenty of money, all of them. Wait until the SHTF. Then we'll see some frugality and some legitimate complaints.

International Jew , says: March 25, 2021 at 2:09 pm GMT • 3.1 days ago
@Achmed E. Newman

California public schools get their funding according to the number of students present. So if your kid is a half hour late, you get an urgent call from the attendance office. Every kid is worth money to them. Maybe something like that is driving the overreaction you describe.

[Mar 28, 2021] Steve here had a good handle on the reasons for the big uptick in violent crime half a year ago, without even hitting the taxpayers up for a lot of grant money. It s just that his was not the answer that the Establishment was looking for. Try harder, Steve.

Mar 28, 2021 | www.unz.com

ic1000 , says: March 25, 2021 at 11:39 am GMT • 3.2 days ago

Atlantic reporter Derek Thompson writes,

"While others reach for easy solutions and simplistic slogans, [Princeton sociology professor Patrick] Sharkey embraces complexity and uncertainty. "

Sailer finally gets cited and linked by the Upper-Class Media!

Thompson to Sharkey: "I want you to help me understand the relationship between poverty and crime, as you see it."

In the context of the interview, that's a pretty funny line.

Achmed E. Newman , says: Website March 25, 2021 at 11:42 am GMT • 3.2 days ago

I can see why this is unfinished work, with lots more research required, requiring quite a bit more grant money. It's hard work getting around the simple truth. Steve here had a good handle on the reasons for the big uptick in violent crime half a year ago, without even hitting the taxpayers up for a lot of grant money. It's just that his was not the answer that the Establishment was looking for. Try harder, Steve.

[Mar 26, 2021] Blinken exercise in controlling the narrative backfired spectacular

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d dan , says: March 24, 2021 at 5:02 pm GMT • 9.4 hours ago

@anonymous ay. A play to gain advantage, to publicly make the Chins look weak, subject them to a media diplomatic humiliation, and as usual control the narrative."

It is talked about in Chinese Internet that before Chinese diplomats attending the meeting, they went through 20 (or so) different scenarios of what the other side would say or do, and practiced the responses accordingly. So it is not a surprise they could handle this rather obvious case easily.

You think US would do such preparation? Probably not. They probably didn't even bother to look up basic things like Yang and Wang's backgrounds.

Like what Sun Tzu says, know yourself and know your enemy

[Mar 26, 2021] Goya and Sanctions: with some satirical nudity. Satire is a bellweather indicator of the sophistication and progress of a civilization. When satire and humor dies history teaches us so will that civilization. Sadly I don't expect this video to be allowed on US youtube.

Mar 26, 2021 | www.unz.com

John Hagan , says: Website March 25, 2021 at 6:58 am GMT • 1.6 days ago

I have written of the decline of the US likening it to a malignant tumour yet the recent gaffs with Russia and China make it likely the hospitalisation of the patient may be more urgent. Regarding sanctions and thier use on poor countries .

Goya and Sanctions: with some satirical nudity. Satire is a bellweather indicator of the sophistication and progress of a civilization. When satire and humor dies history teaches us so will that civilization. Sadly I don't expect this video to be allowed on US youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/hv3QznNJt1A?feature=oembed

[Mar 26, 2021] Their freedoms vs. our freedoms

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Anonymous [149] Disclaimer says: March 25, 2021 at 2:36 pm GMT • 1.3 days ago 500 Words ↑ @profnasty

Not the OP, but I'll answer. American expat here. I spent years trying to get people to at least talk with me on issues. They just wanted to watch TV and eat fast food and let the plutocrats run things into the ground. So I left, 10 years ago, to seek meaning and adventure elsewhere. Haven't looked back.

I settled into a "third world anti-freedom authoritarian regime", where I enjoyed all the freedoms I hadn't realized I had not known in America, and built a life for myself. When I'd talk to people back home they'd tell me I was crazy for wanting to stay in an "authoritarian nation", and ask wasn't I afraid? They didn't understand why I didn't want to come back home. I haven't visited America in ages. I can no longer relate to America's Afro-centric, virus-mania culture. Turning on American MSM shows is like watching the news from Mars.

Would I leave the life I've created for myself to go back to the place I grew up and help save the people there if I thought there was enough of them willing to fight? Maybe, if I could do it without jeopardizing my family here. A part of me would like to.

But the sad reality is, the people in the United States do not want to be saved . They're comfortable . Half the people I talk to back there brag to me about the vaccine they got. I just talked to one who boasted how it "wasn't available to the masses yet" and she had to trick her way into getting an mRNA shot. 130 million doses have been administered in the US already, to a nation of 330 million. That doesn't seem like something "unavailable to the masses."

So, do I want to go back to the US, to stand there screaming at people on the street like some homeless bum as they line up to get their COVID shots, as armies of them march with #BlackLiveMatters signs, surrounded by police protection, as the idiots on the left scream about Russia and the idiots on the right scream about China, while nobody talks about the #1 foreign influencer of American public policy by far, because to mention its name is to have one's life destroyed? I have better things to do with the precious few years I get on this Earth.

When enough of the people wake up, when they are ready to be led, I may yet answer the call to leadership when that call seriously goes out, 15 or 20 or 25 years from now. But at the present moment, the American people are still so far from wanting anything other than football, fast food, and racial equality that it really is not a place I have any interest in being, nor one I have anything much to offer.

[Mar 24, 2021] 17 intelligence agencies, when we only need one

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roach clipper 43 minutes ago

17 intelligence agencies, when we only need one.

A_Huxley 1 minute ago (Edited)

Stasi.

A file on everyone, international and domestic.

Five_Black_Eyes_Intel_Agency 2 hours ago (Edited) remove link

israel-firsters and the CIA love to milk their sugar daddy, meanwhile people are all choked up about the Left and Right charade

Weihan 59 minutes ago remove link

Great article from Greenwald! And remember: by "domestic terrorists" and "violent extremists," they're referring to anyone who still believes a country should have a recognizable and enforceable border.

[Mar 23, 2021] Starters or Main Course by Israel Shamir

Notable quotes:
"... Treasure Island ..."
Mar 23, 2021 | www.unz.com

This uncomfortable thought came to me while listening to Joe Biden talking about "soulless killer" Vladimir Putin. Smaller insults have sparked off wars. The "Footless, yellow earth-worm" slur moved Kaa the Rock Python to devour Bandar Log. Luckily, easy-going Putin replied with a smile. He said that in his childhood, kids responded with "I am rubber, you are glue; bounces off me and sticks to you"; he only wished good health for the American president and proposed to debate him online, so that Americans and Russians, as well as the whole world, could form their own opinion. Biden evaded the challenge. It's not clear he remembered who Putin is. An empty suit with a teleprompter, called him Donald Trump Jr . Biden said Putin meddled in the US elections and he will pay a price for it. Alas, Putin couldn't influence the US dead, and they swung the elections as they voted for Biden by whole cemeteries. Yes, Biden is a senile dummy that couldn't even board Air Force One without stumbling thrice the next day, but there is somebody who operates the teleprompter, and that is the problem.

The Russians were visibly furious. When US leaders drop such invective, it's like pirates passing a 'black spot' in Treasure Island . It's a signal that the foreign leader has to be deposed or killed outright. That's how they spoke of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gadhafi; both were killed and their 'rogue states' devastated. It was clearly a show of hostile intentions, not just from Biden but also from the US establishment speaking like ventriloquist through the current White House tenant.

Afghanistan is a great base from which to invade Central Asia and threaten Russia from the south. The country has been occupied by the US for 20 years, and Trump was determined to pull out the troops. Biden has already hinted that the US will renege on its agreement with the Taliban to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. The withdrawal was supposed to be completed by May 2021; it will be "tough" for the United States to withdraw forces from Afghanistan in six weeks, he said. Biden has also scrapped Trump's plan to withdraw forces from Germany, and with good reason. His administration wants Germans to drop the Nord Stream II project, and it is easier to convince a country if you have forty military bases there.

Fighting against Iran never stopped. When the US isn't doing it her best friend Israel is acting. It has emerged that during the last two years, Israeli frogmen sabotaged 12 Iranian tankers, reported the Wall Street Journal . But it all backfired. On February 16, the entire Mediterranean coast of Israel was covered with sticky black mess.

... ... ...

The blow to Israel was terrible – animals, plants and fish died; for a long time it will be impossible to swim and sunbathe on the oily shores. Only now the sad truth has begun to leak out: 'the worst pollution of the century' had been done by Israelis. The first to speak about the source of the pollution was Israeli Minister of the Environment Gila Gamliel. She said the oil was released by the Iranian tanker Emerald carrying a cargo of US-sanctioned oil products to Syria. This is Iranian eco-terrorism, she said. But Gila was quickly gagged – the Israeli military censorship forbade discussion of this topic, except in the most general terms. It appears Gila Gamliel was right – up to a point. The Israeli dissident Richard Silverstein wrote about it:

It was a deliberate attack by Israel on the Iranian vessel. Israel's naval commando unit, Flotilla 13 covertly attached a mine to the Emerald . The intent was to cause minor damage that would send a message to Iran that its own attacks on Gulf shipping would bring a cost. This Times of London report written by Haaretz columnist Anshel Pfeiffer confirms my source. However, the commandos didn't realize that the Emerald was a rusty old hulk in desperately ill-repair. The Israeli mine, which was supposed to cause minor damage, actually ripped a hole so big that much of the contents of the ship's hold leaked into the Mediterranean. This is what caused the Israeli environmental disaster: Israel itself.


Phibbs , says: March 22, 2021 at 3:20 am GMT • 1.9 days ago

Biden voted for Gulf War Two. Why? Because as he admits, he is a Zionist. Zionists are traitors, terrorists and murderers. Yet Biden the terrorist accuses Putin of being a killer?

anonymous [400] Disclaimer , says: March 22, 2021 at 3:58 am GMT • 1.9 days ago

The illusion of a US president having any actual authority is pretty much being dispelled by this ventriloquist's dummy Biden signing whatever is placed in front of him and parroting whatever is on the teleprompter. A stupid egotist his entire life, his mental decline isn't as apparent as it might be quite yet because he's been carefully stage managed so far. They're being extremely careful not to let the cat out of the bag in letting people get a glimpse of what he's really like. And it's downhill from here.

The virus hysteria has been a test case lab in assessing what works, what doesn't, how to improve on herding and suppressing the population, etc. Insofar as dead foreign leaders goes, who really knows?

When tens of millions of dollars are available lots of people in some leader's circle might be tempted to expose the target to some form of poisoning or lethal radiation. Hugo Chavez expressed suspicion at how he and other leaders opposed to US diktat seemed to come down with cancer.

The US itself has claimed some of it's diplomats were possibly targeted by mystery rays in Cuba so the idea of something like this is not far-fetched; it's just a case of projection, accusing others of what one is guilty of.

The Real World , says: March 22, 2021 at 4:37 am GMT • 1.9 days ago
@Petermx

LOL, you don't know how many times, since his campaign and now as (fake) POTUS that Biden has reminded me of Chauncey Gardiner. It's the perfect comparison.

(But, Jobotomy Xiden will be gone soon and then the bi-racial, sociopathic Hillary 2.0 will be inaugurated. Excuse me while I go hurl.)

TKK , says: March 22, 2021 at 4:43 am GMT • 1.9 days ago

Think of the hysteria and histrionic nation wide wailing and teeth gnashing over Trump calling it "the China virus" and the dead silence when Biden calls Putin:

A soulless killer. .

I wish Putin would take revenge and pull a Soleimani on Biden & Co. but perhaps he laughs & chalks it up to the senile, demented ramblings of a clown.

Is this more theater?

To add to the insanity, the embrace and total absolution of the pathological liar, war criminal and mass torturer and murderer, George W. Bush leaves me .stunned:

Bush on Putin, 2001:

"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul ; a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country."

Just another serf , says: March 22, 2021 at 6:19 am GMT • 1.8 days ago

Biden is a sociopath, one of limited intelligence. But a sociopath nevertheless.

If he is instructed by his controllers to initiate a nuclear war, he will do so unhesitatingly.

I would not be surprised if both Joe and Hunter were somehow benefiting from drug traffic across the border. Actually, I expect that is largely what is behind Biden's open border policy.

It's impossible for normal people to understand sociopathic behavior. The American political class has been selected for sociopathy now for generations.

Johan , says: March 22, 2021 at 6:55 am GMT • 1.8 days ago
@Petermx

"Americans should write a letter of apology to Putin, apologizing for our rude and senile leader (and the degenerate lunatics that surround him) and ask for President Putin's understanding and patience. "

Not a bad idea at all. I would formulate some things differently though, the idea is that the letter should also circulate, so mind the crude tone, show that even Americans can be tactful gentle-man. Even that would impress the whole world.

Mulga Mumblebrain , says: March 22, 2021 at 7:16 am GMT • 1.8 days ago

Thanatopia's attacks on Putin differ vastly from its deranged Sinophobia. Thanatopians want Putin gone, replaced by a New Yeltsin, and Russia vivisected for further pillage. But they don't want Russians dead, because this 'Free Russia' will be needed for the Great Purpose-the destruction of China.

The truly Evil campaign to entirely falsely accuse China of genocide in Xinjiang, is a call not just to war, but to genocide. A China devastated would still rise again, even if the USA and its villainous stooges succeed in breaking it up, again, as was nearly achieved in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The USA and the Western vassals promote, train and finance separatists in Xinjiang, Tibet, 'South' Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, even 'Manchuria'. Such civil discord would cause millions of deaths, but it gets worse.

The Imperial hatemongers never cease to vilify the CCP. The 'New Nazis', 'It is 1939 again, and 'appeasement' is treason', human organ harvesters etc. All lies, all the crudest projection. But the CCP is 100 million strong, and the Chinese CCP Government enjoys 95% satisfied or highly satisfied rating from the populace, according to the latest Harvard poll. So the entire population is complicit, 'Xi's willing executioners' etc, and must be punished. SARS CoV2 was obviously meant to kill millions of Chinese and devastate the economy, but the 'blowback' has been cosmic retribution, and that has only made the Western genocidists even more enraged.

Mulga Mumblebrain , says: March 22, 2021 at 7:22 am GMT • 1.7 days ago
@Johan

The Western oligarchy does not do mass high kultur. Kultur is a commodity and a venue for narcissistic display and mass kultur is base, exploitative and mind-destroying, keeping the plebs permanently obtunded, morally, intellectually and spiritually. 'Feed 'em muck' as Nellie Melba recommended.

thotmonger , says: March 22, 2021 at 7:34 am GMT • 1.7 days ago

Worldometer/coronavirus today: Tanzania population >60 million; CV19 cases <600. Dear Scott, that cannot be correct! (If all the brainwashing serves me right.)

RIP President Magufuli, the man who busted WHO with their fraud -- or scientific incompetence. Ha. This story could have been the lead paragraph, and no stone should be left unturned to find out if Magufuli was murdered. This especially includes death by a deadly viral infection, ala Operation Zyphr ?

Minor correction: Biden does not represent the American people. Those who think they support him are unaware of their Stockholm syndrome.

Now, let's arrest our schadenfreude about Israel's acts of sabotage spoiling their own coastline. Our fragile seas are too precious for that sort of vindictive spirit. Nevertheless, it is okay be encouraged about this colossal blunder, because it proves the controllers are really not in control at all. And they damn well know it.

Finally, forget not Shere Khan totally trumps Kaa. But as fate would have it even he loses in the end.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/PpC4a6jCxSA?feature=oembed

Dumbo , says: Website March 22, 2021 at 7:41 am GMT • 1.7 days ago

Unless neocons are insane, I don't think that they want to start a war with Russia and much less China. The U.S. can't even win a war against goat herders with homemade explosives. The U.S. military is more concerned about having black transgender soldiers than about being efficient.

Also, China practically owns the U.S. and Canada at this point.

This is probably just another distraction to keep people from noticing that they are (again!) being fleeced and raped.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/8-million-americans-slipped-poverty-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-new-study-n1243762

https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-italy-coronavirus-pandemic-financial-markets-milan-821336fb6b1fe6892fd178433de0fc70

Carlos22 , says: March 22, 2021 at 8:11 am GMT • 1.7 days ago

It now appears the Russians and Chinese are using our woke BS against us like a deflector shield.

Putin's speech of the US projecting its own psychology on others, mentioning BLM and racism plus the Chinese mentioning the US "persecution of blacks".

They inflict this woke shit on us but didn't realize it could also be used by their enemies.

Ultimate blow back for the dumb fuckers in Washington. Totally hilarious.

GomezAdddams , says: March 22, 2021 at 9:39 am GMT • 1.7 days ago
@Johan

"We came -- we saw–he died !!!!" Hillary Clinton at her finest.

onebornfree , says: Website March 22, 2021 at 9:42 am GMT • 1.6 days ago

"This two-pronged attack on Russia AND on China is not a coincidence. The Biden regime prepares for war. "

This just in: "War is the health of the state" Randolph Bourne

Alfred , says: March 22, 2021 at 10:25 am GMT • 1.6 days ago
@follyofwar class="comment-text">

I fear that Leviathan must act quickly before it loses its perch as the world's reserve currency.

Martin Armstrong's computer model says that the dollar's reserve currency status will be over by 2028. The model is usually correct.

The Reserve Status of the Dollar will End by 2028 (paywall)

[Mar 22, 2021] Locked-Down Americans Fatter-Than-Ever As Krispy Kreme Unveils 'Free-Donuts-For-The-Vaxxed' Promo

"Holy cow: 42% of Americans report undesired weight gain during Covid 19. The average weight gain is 29 lbs. And 41 lbs for Millennials! "
Individuals are limited to one donut, but the offer can be redeemed once per day. Meaning anybody who receives the COVID vaccine can swing by for a free glazed doughnut every day between now and the end of the year.
Mar 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

BTW " Bossche says that a mass vaccination campaign in the middle of a pandemic, with vaccines that don't prevent transmission , is disastrous at an individual -- and at a global -- level:" ... " " we are currently turning vaccinees into asymptomatic carriers shedding infectious variants ." We Are Going to Pay Huge Price for COVID Mass Vaccination - Principia Scientific

Let's hope Krispy Kreme is working on a vaccine for diabetes, because it's latest promotion isn't exactly a net-positive for the public welfare.

The donut-maker has announced that, starting Monday, anybody who presents proof of vaccination at any Krispy Kreme location can receive one free glazed donut per visit.

"Krispy Kreme is finding ways to be sweet as the U.S. continues to scale COVID-19 vaccinations. To show our support for those who choose to get vaccinated, starting Monday, 3/22, anyone who shows their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card will receive a free Original Glazed® doughnut."

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Ideology in Practice 4 hours ago

If you get vaccinated over a free donut, you deserve everything you get.

Donut included.

StuffyourVAXX 5 hours ago

Today, show your vaxx card to get a free donut.

Tomorrow, show your vaxx card to buy basic groceries.

Next week, show your vaxx card to keep your kids from getting taken away from you, you @#$@ing super spreader.

reddpill 4 hours ago (Edited)

1939: "Work Sets You Free"
2019: "Vaccination Sets You Free"

East: "Social Credit Score Passports"
West: "Vaccination Passports"

Same agenda, different coat of paint.

Automatic Choke PREMIUM 5 hours ago

Average weight gain 29 lbs ???? 41 for millenials ????

WTF??? That isn't trivial, that is huge. This a far bigger health risk than the wuphlu !!!!

espirit 4 hours ago

Welcome to the Gates of Hell.

Have a free donut...

neocons on meathooks 4 hours ago

One of the reasons the new feudalism has such a bright future is that the serfs are allowed to feast like kings and queens on rich animal-based, fiberless and highly processed foods 21 times (or more) a week -- and they have the gout, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancers and medical bills to prove it. Once you're woke you'll understand the sexism of thinking obesity and sickness shouldn't be accepted. But exercise, weight loss programs and public education (a la smoking cessation) aren't nearly as profitable as injecting Bill Gates's poison into 7 billion customers and tracking and controlling human movement. Sorry to cause dissension but I just got my paycheck from Vlad.

Automatic Choke PREMIUM 5 hours ago

Lemme know when the Heart-Attack-Grill starts offering free quadruple-bacon-chili-burgers free for the jab.

Rockatanski 5 hours ago

as Mussolinil said, the fusing of goverenment and corporate give you full facism and that is what we are seeing now.

[Mar 22, 2021] It's a FOX World why does their stupidity bother me so much?

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Christian J. Chuba , Mar 21 2021 20:09 utc | 46

It's a FOX World why does their stupidity bother me so much?

They develop the talking point first and then alter the 'facts' to support it. How can a brain survive on such a diet?

FOX on the U.S. meeting w/China in Alaska re-visited the consensus from all of the dimwitted hosts is that it was a dark day for the U.S. because ...

1. China insulted us because Biden is weak.
2. China insulted us because the Democrats have torn down our country for 4yrs
3. China insulted us because the Democrats helped BLM burn down our country
4. China insulted us because the Democrats emboldened them ! ! !

There is actually a much, much, more straightforward explanation that never occurs to these dimbulbs, China insulted us because we insulted them for 10 minutes. We accused them of aggression, genocide, crushing democracy and being evildoers. Only a Neocon slaps someone in the face and expects them to smile back at you.

Seriously, these people are demented.

[Mar 22, 2021] TRANSCRIPT- ABC News' George Stephanopoulos interviews President Joe Biden

Old neocon still is dreaming about imperial greatness and full spectrum Dominance, when the country is significantly and irreversibly crippled by neoliberalism and its accumulation by dispossession which eliminated a large swats of well paid workers and professionals. It is now the country where the Congress is now hiding from people behind barbed wall.
It is difficult to teach old dog new tricks. Intimidation of the opponent replaced diplomacy. Semi-Dementia mixed with arrogance in action. "White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would continue to look to cooperate on efforts to stem Iran's nuclear program and, more broadly, nuclear nonproliferation. But she said Biden did not regret referring to Putin as a killer and pushed back against suggestions that the rhetoric was unhelpful."
Mar 22, 2021 | abcnews.go.com

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Director of National Intelligence came out with a report today saying that Vladimir Putin authorized operations during the election to under -- denigrate you, support President Trump, undermine our elections, divide our society. What price must he pay?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: He will pay a price. I, we had a long talk, he and I, when we -- I know him relatively well. And I-- the conversation started off, I said, "I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, then be prepared."

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You said you know he doesn't have a soul.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I did say that to him, yes. And -- and his response was, "We understand one another." It was-- I wasn't being a wise guy. I was alone with him in his office. And that -- that's how it came about. It was when President Bush had said, "I looked in his eyes and saw his soul."

I said, "Looked in your eyes and I don't think you have a soul." And looked back and he said, "We understand each other." Look, most important thing dealing with foreign leaders in my experience, and I've dealt with an awful lot of 'em over my career, is just know the other guy. Don't expect somethin' that you're-- that -- don't expect him to-- or her to-- voluntarily appear in the second editions of Profiles in Courage.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So you know Vladimir Putin. You think he's a killer?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Uh-huh. I do.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: So what price must he pay?

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: The price he's gonna pay we'll-- you'll see shortly. I'm not gonna-- there's-- by the way, we oughta be able that ol' -- that trite expression "walk and chew gum at the same time," there're places where it's in our mutual interest to work together.

That's why I renewed the start agreement with him. That occurred while he's doin' this. But that's overwhelmingly in the interest of humanity, that we diminish the prospect of a nuclear exchange. But that and SolarWinds as well. He's been -- they've done some mischievous things, to say the least. And so we're gonna have -- I'm not gonna announce what I'm doing, but he's gonna understand that --

[Mar 22, 2021] I don't know whether to laugh or cry ...

Mar 22, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Francis , Mar 21 2021 13:19 utc | 1

I don't know whether to laugh or cry ...

Vladimir Putin issues new 'kill list' - and six of the targets live in Britain

EXCLUSIVE: The warning of a deadly post-pandemic campaign comes from same spy who alerted that Salisbury novichok victim Sergei Skripal was earmarked for assassination

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/vladimir-putins-issues-new-kill-23765739

[Mar 21, 2021] Biden does seem to be keeping one promise he made from the campaign, namely that "nothing will fundamentally change"

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Kadath , Mar 21 2021 2:26 utc | 173

Biden does seem to be keeping one promise he made from the campaign, namely that "nothing will fundamentally change", he is basically continuing all of Trump's terrible foreign policies (Iran, China, Russia, Syria & Venezuela). In many ways he's being even more hawkish, issuing clownish threats to both Russia and China and even to the steadfast US vassal Germany over Nord Stream 2. One has to ask the question, just how much of Trumps foreign policy was his own. Afghanistan and Suria I think yes; Israel and Saudi Arabia maybe; China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela and Germany; I think the interagency consensus (aka the "Deep State") is setting those policies and will push it into overdrive under the Biden/Harris Regime.

With Respect to Biden, I saw that Max Keiser is already comparing Joe Biden to Borris Yeltsin as a President who presided over the near breakup of the State and the rise of a economic oligarchy.

[Mar 21, 2021] "Biden slips while trying to 'walk and chew gum' at the same time"

Mar 21, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Mar 19 2021 20:09 utc | 21

[Fun Moment] Decrepit emperor:

White House: Biden 'Just Fine' After Falling on Air Force One Stairs, No Medical Attention Required


Forrest Gimp , Mar 19 2021 21:50 utc | 44

"Biden slips while trying to 'walk and chew gum' at the same time"

Piotr Berman , Mar 20 2021 0:13 utc | 71

recently installed "president" who can't make it up a flight of stairs or give a press conference, who has the nuclear football following him around 24/.7. <- Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 19 2021 22:55 utc | 54

History of American presidency had worse falls as we are reminded by New York Post .

"President Biden's wince-inducing series of stumbles while boarding Air Force One on Friday calls to mind Gerald Ford's 1975 fall on the same stairs -- a minor tumble that forever tarred him as a clumsy oaf.

Chevy Chase pilloried Ford in a series of ruthless and hilarious "Saturday Night Live" skits -- even though the object of his ridicule was just 62 years old, and an ex-University of Michigan football star who avidly skied and golfed."

It was the very athletic ability of Gerald Ford that magnified his fall, all the way down. When Biden started cautiously and kept his hand on the rail at all times, Ford climbed "with a spring in his step", but, alas, he missed one step.

[Mar 21, 2021] On rule based World order

Mar 21, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

foolisholdman , Mar 20 2021 23:57 utc | 166

ak74 | Mar 19 2021 21:31 utc | 40

Indeed! One might, for the sake of brevity, ask: which rules the US is planning to obey?

Yeah, Right , Mar 21 2021 0:01 utc | 168

I'm slightly curious: if the USA insists that there is a "rules-based international order" then - by definition - there must exist a rule-book i.e. a compendium of those rules.

That is axiomatic, because how else would anyone know if they are a rule-breaker, or when they are in compliance with the rules.

Otherwise this isn't a "rules-based" system at all, it is merely a world based upon US dictates.

Has any reptile of the press ever asked a State Department flunky for a copy of "the rules"?

[Mar 21, 2021] Wouldn't it be nice if the CPC starts backing the CPUSA with the kinds of resources that the US backs their regime change operations through NED and USAID

Mar 21, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

William Gruff , Mar 20 2021 21:57 utc | 150

Wouldn't it be nice if the CPC starts backing the CPUSA with the kinds of resources that the US backs their regime change operations through NED and USAID? That would be a game changer.

[Mar 21, 2021] Ha, but the weather is cold, the hotel is shoddy, and the Chinese delegate had to have instant noodle for lunch - that sounds like a very low budget "Hongmen Banquet" by the Americans. Maybe they are still waiting for their 1.9 trillion stimulus check?

Mar 21, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

d dan , Mar 20 2021 2:12 utc | 86

I suspect Blinken/Sullivan/Biden need to show that they are "tough" to the Chinese in public because otherwise, they will be roasted by the 78 millions Trump supporters for being "weak" to China compared with Trump. Behind the close door, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi characterized the talks to be NOT "very tense." I believe Biden actually is quite keen to get some "achievements" from the Chinese side, probably not realistically in this meeting, but hopefully in the near future.

Ha, but the weather is cold, the hotel is shoddy, and the Chinese delegate had to have instant noodle for lunch - that sounds like a very low budget "Hongmen Banquet" by the Americans. Maybe they are still waiting for their 1.9 trillion stimulus check?

[Mar 21, 2021] The narrative says that Putin's mother survived the siege of Leningrad, but it doesn't go into the details

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Grieved , Mar 21 2021 16:13 utc | 225

@202 Norwegian

That's a lovely little compilation about Putin and his family, thanks.

The narrative says that Putin's mother survived the siege of Leningrad, but it doesn't go into the details. You can get the story from one of the several Russian documentaries about Putin - I forget which one but I could dig for it if pressed.

Putin's father came back from the front, wounded and on crutches. He showed up just as medics were taking his wife out to whatever transport they were using to clean up the dead bodies - she was practically dead, and the witness to this says she was "washed up". Putin's father fought the medics away with his crutches and took his wife back into their home, and nursed her back to life.

Thus runs the story, and this is the woman who later gave birth to Putin, already with two brothers dead that he never knew. It sounds exaggerated when I write out the story like that, but I never disbelieved it when I heard it, and I still don't.

So this is the depth of the man who heads the Russian Federation. Personally touched by war, personally grieving for the losses of Russia, personally committed to the safety of civilians and to minimal death in general.

~~

While I'm on the subject, two other stories occur to me. One was when he first took command of Russia and addressed the war in the Caucasus - his famous episode with his military commanders in the tent, when he said they would not drink to success until they had achieved it (I paraphrase), and put his glass down untouched. To drink prematurely, he said, would be to dishonor all those who had already died in this war. First, to stop the dying.

But the story I wanted to say about that was that he also forcefully told his generals to be very careful how they conducted operations: they were entering places where civilians lived - old people, those who had fought in the Great Patriotic War, those to whom everyone present owed their lives. He was very serious about taking great care not to harm those most honorable people.

The second story is when the Berlin Wall went down, and crowds surged to invade the Stasi building, ripping its secrets into the open. They also came to the KGB building. The chief of that bureau fled, leaving by the back way. That left Putin as next in command. He went down to address the crowd. He stood in front of them and they asked who he was and he lied and said that he was "the interpreter". He said that this building was the property of the USSR. In his gun he had twelve bullets, he said, eleven for those whom he faced and the last for himself. The crowd understood that this building was not East Germany but the Soviet Union, and that this officer would defend it with his life. Whatever they thought, they turned away and left the building unmolested.

~~

I'm impressed with the character and caliber of this human being called Putin, for good reasons, I find. There's a heroic scale to him that comes from Russia itself and the experiences that Putin was born into and from. And yet he personally is a naturally modest man. He bears that heroic dimension of scale with the grace that comes from ordinariness. He loves ordinary people. He renews his own mental health from being in their company. The security state of Russia chose the best person it could find, in a last-ditch attempt to save their country. It worked.

[Mar 21, 2021] The 'takes one to know one' quote is not a direct quote from Putin, it is a claim by Biden

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Lurk , Mar 19 2021 19:23 utc | 4

The 'western' media reporting of the spat between Biden and Putin is typically bad.

The Guardian @guardian - 18:15 UTC · Mar 18, 2021

'Takes one to know one': Putin-Biden spat escalates over 'killer' accusation

That was not what Putin had said:

Ivan Pentchoukov @IvanPentchoukov - 16:56 UTC · Mar 19, 2021

Can't believe how many outlets are running with the same totally false translation of what Putin said.

The idiom Putin used is much closer to "the names you call others is what you should be called."

The official Kremlin transcript agrees with Ivan's formulation:

[D]ifficult, dramatic, and bloody events abound in the history of every nation and every state. But when we evaluate other people, or even other states and nations, we are always facing a mirror, we always see ourselves in the reflection, because we project our inner selves onto the other person.

You know, I remember when we were children and played in the yard, we had arguments occasionally and we used to say: whatever you call me is what you are called yourself. This is no coincidence or just a kids' saying or joke. It has a very deep psychological undercurrent. We always see ourselves in another person and think that he or she is just like us, and evaluate the other person's actions based on our own outlook on life.

There is an additional passage of interest which sets out rules for future talks that I have not seen reported in 'western' media:

I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms. Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code. But we know how to uphold our interests. We will work with the United States, but in the areas that we are interested in and on terms that we believe are beneficial to us. They will have to reckon with it despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults. They will have to reckon with this.

We, with our national interests in mind, will promote our relations with all countries, including the United States.

The 'takes one to know one' quote is not a direct quote from Putin, it is a claim by Biden.

Here is the Daily Beast's take on it. (Yeah, I know it's a ridiculous source, but it was the first source I found that correctly attributed that quote to Biden.)

Biden recalled: "We had a long talk, he and I, when we... I know him relatively well. And the conversation started off, I said, 'I know you and you know me. If I establish this occurred, then be prepared.'"

The president also confirmed that, some years ago, he was alone with Putin in his office and he brought up the topic of Putin's lack of a human soul. "I said, 'I looked in your eyes and I don't think you have a soul,' and he looked back and said, 'We understand each other.' The most important thing of dealing with foreign leaders... is just know the other guy."


Kapusta , Mar 19 2021 19:39 utc | 8

@ 6 Posted by: Peter Moritz

The Guardian's translation of "it takes one to know one," which has been amplified by western media and social media, is absolutely incorrect. It implies that Putin is admitting that he is a 'killer,' which he absolutely does not do. Anybody that has a working knowledge of Russian will be able to translate the saying that Putin uses to mean that he is suggesting that Biden is projecting. In fact, Putin provides context for this statement by referring to US History.

tucenz , Mar 19 2021 19:48 utc | 11

Re: Peter Moritz | Mar 19 2021 19:29 utc | 6

I say bullshit. "It takes one to know one" - suggests some equivalence for the two people. That meaning is not in Kremlin transcript of Putin's words. Putin is saying "you are projecting (your own problem)".

Kapusta , Mar 19 2021 20:38 utc | 30

@ 24 Posted by: Peter Moritz

I understand that this is just semantics, but something as widespread as this has become in western media can have a big impact on perception of lazy westerners if the interpretation is incorrect. This should be obvious, regardless of the supposed "elegance" of the phrase.

"Takes one to know one" does not imply projection, it rather implies hypocrisy. Putin is not accusing Biden of hypocrisy, he is accusing Biden of projection. "Takes one to know one" gives a western audience the suggestion that Putin qualifies an admission of being a killer with an accusation that Biden is also a killer. Putin, in fact, does not do this. He only suggests that Biden is projecting and only projecting.

Norwegian , Mar 19 2021 20:44 utc | 32

@Kapusta 8, 29
Thank you for the explanations and clarification of what Putin actually said, and what it implies. Facts matter.

alaff , Mar 19 2021 20:44 utc | 33
in a shabby Alaskan hotel

Haha, nice)

Minister Lavrov today confirmed Putin's words, saying " [We] will be ready to cooperate only in those areas that are of interest to us, and only on terms that are beneficial to us ".

In my opinion, the Chinese representatives gave a good answer to the American side, although this answer will obviously not be heard.
The Americans have completely lost the culture of negotiation. If there are no elementary human manners, then what kind of agreements can we talk about?
A sad picture. And dangerous. A madman with nuclear weapons (and chemical weapons, by the way) is not the best option for a reliable negotiating partner.

LeaNder , Mar 19 2021 21:04 utc | 37

...a few hints on Putin's comment.

https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/on-a-roll/comment-page-1/#comment-37067

Powerandpeople , Mar 19 2021 21:31 utc | 41

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/65172

For Pres Putin's EXACT words.

Yes, projection.

His words about the moral attributes of the US elites - he very carefully excludes the public are MUCH more significant!

karlof1 , Mar 19 2021 23:15 utc | 61

The editors at Strategic-Culture see it this way :

"In a desperate bid to thwart the strategic partnership between Russia and Europe, Washington is resorting to ever-more frantic threats of sanctions and other disruptive measures. Biden is playing the personal insult card in a gambit for blowing up bilateral relations with Russia as a way to sabotage Nord Stream 2.

"It's a pathetic move, one that actually speaks more of America's historic enfeeblement rather than pretensions of power. Russia would do well to stay calm and let the Americans make fools of themselves."

It seems Russia's doing just that--attending to the vital business of developing its nation and peoples. Russia's geared for numerous patriotic celebrations throughout the year, and Biden's comments were made on the eve of Crimean reunification with Russia, which only served to cement Russians closer and hold Putin in even greater esteem. Talk about an Own Goal!

Outlaw US Empire Nord Stream policy is close to being the same as literally torpedoing it, making it an act of war against the EU and Russia. Somehow, I don't think Blinken understands that fundamental fact.

vetinLA , Mar 19 2021 23:37 utc | 64

"I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms. Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code. But we know how to uphold our interests. We will work with the United States, but in the areas that we are interested in and on terms that we believe are beneficial to us. They will have to reckon with it despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults. They will have to reckon with this."

This statement is a positive, that is the mark of a government that adheres to real values, beneficial to the growth of humanity, and not just for the enrichment of a greedy minority of it's citizens.

How utterly refreshing....

bevin , Mar 20 2021 16:58 utc | 123

The most peculiar aspect of Biden's outburst is its timing.

If there was one moment in time when it would be ill advised for even the most brass necked, cynical American exceptionalist not to restrain himself from accusing anyone of murder, it would have to be that moment in which the bulkiest object in the "Out" tray on the Presidential desk happened to be a crude coffin like box containing the butchered remains of the Washington Post journalist and long established CIA asset Adnan Khashoggi.

Now there was the victim of a killer, the Crown Prince, acting with the permission of the US government and in the spirit of the Deep State which put Joe Biden in office.

Joe was perhaps thinking of Khashoggi-a beltway denizen he must have run into in one of the cocktail parties or brothels on the circuit- when he murmured admiringly, to himself, blissfully unaware of the presence of George Stephanopolous- one of the grande horizontales of American culture- and the TV camera, "That guy, whatsisname, the one from whatsitcalled, Russia, is a killer."

Though of course he's not in Obama's league.

Boogity , Mar 20 2021 19:42 utc | 142

Putin fell into a trap. He should have not said a damn thing after Biden spouted off about him being a killer. The western MSM on both sides of the Pond are now running with the incorrect translation and narrative that Putin admitted to being a killer. The western MSM is now also claiming that Putin's wishing Biden good health means he's threatening to poison him.

Putin should have heeded Mark Twain's wise words:

"Don't wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it."

Carver , Mar 20 2021 20:09 utc | 145

The western media was captured many years ago and serves only its propaganda business model.
America is number one instigator and developer of conflict across the entire planet and is increasingly unworthy of anyones trust or respect.

Carver , Mar 20 2021 20:24 utc | 146

The US media has degenerated into a slave to the propaganda business model that it has chosen to adopt.
The US is the Number One instigator and manipulator of conflict across the planet and is unworthy of anyones trust or respect. The American way defines all that is devious and corrupt.
None of this is new. There was some disruption for a few years recently, but now that all obstacles are permanently neutered the destruction of the future for personal gain can get back into top gear once again.

Bernard F. , Mar 20 2021 22:51 utc | 155

@Boogity | Mar 20 2021 19:42 utc | 141, and others Barflies...

Putin don't wrestle with the pig.

1) as b., and thanks for his Job, all of us must go to the original and extensive version. MSM and chats are narrative tools reducing and calibrating our souls.
2) with regards to China and Russia stay tune about context
3) be careful about "translation".

For this "WWE double smackdown" you must read here:
http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/65172


To Biden as an old man, Putin just wish him Good health.


"I would say "stay healthy." [... ] I am saying this without irony or tongue in cheek."

But "secondly, taking a broader approach to this matter"
"to the US establishment, the ruling class – not the American people who are mostly honest, decent and sincere people who want to live in peace and friendship with us",
he said something like [you are not qualified to speak to Russia from a position of strength]


their mindset [of US ruling class] was formed in rather challenging circumstances which we are all aware of. After all, the colonisation of the American continent by the Europeans went hand-in-hand with the extermination of the local people, the genocide, as they say today, outright genocide of the Indian tribes followed by a very tough, long and difficult period of slavery , a very cruel period. All of that has been part of life in America throughout the history of the United States to this day. Otherwise, where would the Black Lives Matter movement come from? To this day, African Americans face injustice and even extermination.

The ruling class of the United States tends to address domestic and foreign policy issues based on these assumptions. After all, the United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons , mind you, against a non-nuclear state – Japan, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WW II. There was absolutely no military need for the bombing. It was nothing but the extermination of civilians.

I am bringing this up, because I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms. Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code. But we know how to uphold our interets .
[...]
despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults. They will have to reckon with this.
We, with our national interests in mind, will promote our relations with all countries"


And he said that on March 18th, 7th anniversary of Crimea reuniting to Russia.

The next Day in Anchorage
https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1218870.shtml and scroll....

Yang Jiechi stated China's position at his opening remarks, saying China hopes this dialogue is sincere and honest.
Opening remarks were for 8mn (4x2mn),
But after Yang Jiechi spoke Blinken broke protocole agrement, recall journalists in order to show is strength. They came to 90mn press conference.

Strength was on chinese side:
"we thought the US would follow the necessary diplomatic protocol In front of the Chinese side, the US side is not qualified to speak to China from a position of strength"

"the US must focus on its own human rights issues -- like the Black Lives Matter movement -- and not meddle in the country's internal affairs "

Grieved , Mar 21 2021 0:31 utc | 169

Putin's elaboration of the history and founding culture of the USA was brilliantly well done, I thought. As an academic lesson it could hardly be more concise, nor more penetrating and accurate.

He was speaking to his home constituency of Russia, but he was well aware that the whole world would listen. The so-called Global South listens to these words for the same reason we do, to know what has now been said out loud and thus can now be referenced in future discussions and in future geopolitical positions and stances.

In this sense, all of these words, and words like them, are strength to the backbone of the world. It clarifies what Russia is now prepared to say out loud, and it suggests very clearly where a lesser nation might stand, perhaps, and even solicit the support of Russia - at the UN or in diplomacy at least, if not with S-400s.

And so as these words are sent out into the real world as things that can now be "noticed", to use the judicial sense of the word, the growing world alliance coheres around these words, and the world changes in its global attitude.

Those who believe that none of this matters - and this would obviously include the ruling class of the US, described so perfectly by Putin - are in for a shock.

I can't easily demonstrate how greatly these words matter, other than to remind us how things used to look half a dozen years ago, when the US was such an ogre, and how things look now, when the US is more literally a dotard than ever before, and when the fear of challenging the US is beginning to disappear from the world, overcome by disgust.

These are dangerous times - for the US. Being described accurately is a small step from being in someone's cross-hairs.

[Mar 19, 2021] I notice a lot of accusations that Washington is "stupid" but that's not true. Ig nsttstibr id contolled neocons have a complete freedom of actions in foreign policy

Notable quotes:
"... Since the CIA controls much of the European media and their ruling class it would take quite a lot for Europeans to drop their status as vassal states ..."
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Chris Cosmos , Mar 18 2021 21:43 utc | 29

I notice a lot of accusations that Washington is "stupid" but that's not true. You have to understand how Washington works before you make such statements. The Deep State knows that it can control the minds of most Americans by inventing "truths" without any need to prove anything. Since Washington is now in conflict with a goodly part of the public it sees that creating foreign policy crises and enemies as an excellent course of action to shore up support. Americans are always ready to react against enemies no matter how slender the proof of the wrongdoing ascribed to the enemy. There is never a penalty to pay for lying in the US if you are in the mainstream media or in the political arena.

Since the CIA controls much of the European media and their ruling class it would take quite a lot for Europeans to drop their status as vassal states . Remember, Washington can throw endless amounts of money around and fund everything from terrorism, crime waves, sexual indiscretions a la Epstein (the CIA had it's own whorehouse which my father pointed out to me decades ago--it was in Roslyn Virginia and it used underage girls and boys to improve its soft-power). So far, no one has paid a penalty for lying or corrupt practices in Washington if they were "made" men or women (Trump never got that far).

As long as Europe, Japan and some other countries continue to be vassal states the US can and will get away with anything. Nordstream 2 is the issue that may change all that. Once Germany rebels the rest may follow.

[Mar 19, 2021] Whom the Gods Would Destroy, They First Make MAD

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ak74 , Mar 18 2021 20:44 utc | 20

America summarized in one aphorism:

"Whom the Gods Would Destroy, They First Make MAD."

MAD also meaning Mutually Assured Destruction.

[Mar 19, 2021] I'm not a dog!

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FrankNada
1 day ago

"You want people to get the vaccine? Give them a reward "

I'm not a dog!

I don't want the vaccine and no amount of psychological trickery is going to change my mind! Stick the "rewards" up your ...

[Mar 19, 2021] The model of a dummy in the spotlight and the multiple string pullers in the shadow is not a stable model.

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Kiza , Mar 19 2021 0:23 utc | 44

Is not that what we see now was always the true cost of "electing" (via cheating) the greatest crook of them all plus a dementia sufferer? Both POTUS and the vice are completely useless but highly manipulable. This why they were pushed forward and why the presidency was delivered into their lap. But the main problem with manipulable is the inconsistency of the manipulation usually due to the disagreement amongst the manipulators due to their differing interests. Simply, the model of a dummy in the spotlight and the multiple string pullers in the shadow is not a stable model. It is a model on the opposite extreme of the good leadership, which is stable as long as the leader lasts (cough, cough ... Putin).

Regarding all the doomsayers on US who Martyanov joined lately and unoriginally (concept sold long ago and much better by another Russian - Dimitry Orlov), they are not completely wrong but wrongish. Whenever I read of some crap in the US, I think - was this the way it was in the Chinese Empire, the seemingly endless corruption, depravity and complete and constant lying? But look at China now. If US does not manage to destroy the World during its decline, it will come back better and stronger. But one or two generations will suffer and many contemporaries will run away, as they are running away from the cities right now. As things get even worse they will start running away from the country en masse.

[Mar 19, 2021] On 17 March Russia withdraws it's US Ambassador for consultations:

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powerandpeople , Mar 19 2021 0:33 utc | 45

  1. 17 March Russia withdraws it's US Ambassador for consultations:
    "Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has been summoned to Moscow for consultations in order to analyse what needs to be done in the context of relations with the United States.

    The new US administration took office about two months ago and the symbolic 100-day mark is not too far away, which is a good occasion for trying to appraise what Joe Biden's team has managed to do and where it was not very successful.

    The most important thing for us is to identify ways of rectifying Russia-US relations, which have been going through hard times as Washington has, as a matter of fact, brought them to a blind alley.

    We are interested in preventing an irreversible deterioration in relations, if the Americans become aware of the risks associated with this."

  2. Pres. Putin invite Pres. Biden for a live on-line public discussion of issues:
    "I want to invite President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do this actually live, as they say, online. Without any delay, but directly in an open, direct discussion. It seems to me that it would be interesting for the people of Russia, for the people of the United States, and for many other countries", Putin said on air on the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.
  3. The talk to be tomorrow (Friday). If not, then Monday, as he is spending free time in the Taiga (oblique reference to North Korea going up the sacred mountain to re-majorly rethink policy). This also places a live face to face in Prime media time, avoiding the dead news weekend.
  4. Biden is an intelligent man, but can't appear on an unedited live TV show with Putin - not because of his age-related related memory recall difficulty - this is normal - but because it risks exposing the cartoon-like tropes, lies, racism, & duplicity of the US Govt. approach.

    Especially when compared and contrasted with the serious and adult approach of the Russian President. Nearly 100 days in, USA Govt. has been given the chance, and it is clear USA Govt aggression and attempts to interfere in Russian domestic policy will continue. Should Russia abandon soft diplomacy and strategic patience with USA?

  5. Perhaps it is all theatre, coordinated by the Presidential envoys.

    Perhaps a 'crisis' is created, Ukraine creates a threat to Europe, climate must be cooperatively addressed, the Middle East could explode at any moment, a new peace treaty in the Gulf required, blah blah, blah.

    A live face to face airs the issues from both sides publicly, done respectfully, sensibly, no political point scoring or spittle-mouthed fabrications from the US Govt side.

    The Press filter is sidestepped - a Trump tactic. It would be intended as a circuit breaker, and the start of a new course for USA Govt. Russia is ready, has been for years, and repeated it over and over.

    If the USA Govt fails to step up it will hardly be the end of the world. But it will show what a lot of short-sighted, self-interested, careerist, and functionally useless time-servers most of the US political class are.

    They will identify themselves as impediments to the health and welfare of the American people.

[Mar 19, 2021] For those who have been waiting for Putin's response to Biden's "killer" slur, we now have it

Putin is trolling Buden ;-) It is no secret Biden is suffering from severe dementia.
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worldblee , Mar 18 2021 20:00 utc | 14

For those who have been waiting for Putin's response to Biden's "killer" slur, we now have it:

https://www.rt.com/russia/518521-putin-biden-live-debate/

The president named the fight against the pandemic, regional conflict resolution, and strategic stability issues as possible topics, noting that he would be ready to talk to Biden on Friday or Monday in an "open" chat.

"I would like to suggest to President Biden that we continue our discussion, but on the condition that we actually do it live, without any delays, directly in an open, live discussion," Putin told the Russia 24 TV channel on Thursday. "I think it would be interesting for the people of Russia and the people of the United States and many other countries," he added.

It would be so delicious to actually witness such a debate. By asking for it to be streamed live, Putin is subtly calling out Biden's lie that he "told Putin he had no soul" (whereas it's unlikely that Biden actually had a 1:1 meeting with Putin during the Obama administration) as well as making Biden look weaker when Crash Test Dummy doesn't respond to the invite.


oldhippie , Mar 18 2021 21:23 utc | 27

Biden"s time is limited. Cannot be trusted near a microphone, no matter how well prepared or how thoroughly edted. Has trouble walking, begins to have trouble standing up.

Kamala is still very much a problem. First, no one likes her. Not the public, not her peers. The public is not prepared for her accession. Her competence is possibly even lower than Biden's. She may be better able to read a TelePrompter, she still annoys everyone when she speaks. May turn out to have some aptitude for riding herd on the advisors, we shall see. She may be able to function as some sort of ringmaster but will contribute nothing, she knows nothing.

It shall be government by advisors and functionaries and hidden hands. The advisors and functionaries are all steeped in hegemony and exceptionalism. They have no idea of anything else. Anyone who ever had a thought in their head was weeded out of academia and out of public life a long time ago. That leaves the hidden hands. We will never know much about that. It does appear they are perhaps ready to close down the American project and move on.

karlof1 , Mar 18 2021 21:25 utc | 28

S @24--

If those within the US government were so stupid as to swallow Russiagate's bullshit thus resulting in a "deep hatred of Russia," why would Russia want to deal with such obtuse idiots incapable of logic or critical thinking?

IMO, the current goal of Russia/China/Iran is to completely ice-out the Outlaw US Empire from having any practical impact on global affairs. The new initiative to Re-ratify the UN Charter is a case in point for such a policy. The not agreement capable nation now has a figure head that can't be allowed to talk without minders, a fact Putin would like the entire world to observe. The world has no way to deny that it sees a nation talking like a Gangster and acting like a Gangster as its recent behavior's been very explicit and public. IMO, such behavior hasn't been observed since 1938, but there'll be no appeasement or betrayal of another nation this time. China's already invited Lavrov to Beijing once its diplomats return from Alaska. Yet the Empire lies to itself when it says it has more tools to deal with Russia. The reality is it has no more cards to play--not even its nukes.

Australian lady , Mar 18 2021 23:02 utc | 38

Absolutely no difference in foreign policy?
B, I think you're pandering to your audience.
I wonder what President Putin would think- or perhaps "feel" about teamBiden versus Trump?.
How would you like to be called a "killer, without a soul"? Not withstanding all the theatrical bellicosity of Pompeo, Putin at least understood that Trump admired him as a person. I contend this is a big difference.
Do you think the Dems want any comparison with the Trump administration? They are after contradistinction.
The Dems, the internationalists and the Blairites imagine themselves to be on a roll. Putin is in their crosshairs.
This time the belligerence is the real thing.

powerandpeople , Mar 19 2021 1:27 utc | 53

And...18th March..

in a circuitous way, Pres. Putin calls Pres. Biden the real killer:

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/65172

International Music Festival volunteer coordinator and representative of Crimea Federal University Polina Bolbochan: Mr President, I have a somewhat personal question for you. Yesterday, President Biden got quite tough in his interview, including with regard to you. What would you say to him?

Vladimir Putin: With regard to my US colleague's remark, we have, indeed, as he said, met in person. What would I tell him? I would say "stay healthy." I wish him good health. I am saying this without irony or tongue in cheek. This is my first point.

Secondly, taking a broader approach to this matter, I would like to say that difficult, dramatic, and bloody events abound in the history of every nation and every state.

But when we evaluate other people, or even other states and nations, we are always facing a mirror, we always see ourselves in the reflection, because we project our inner selves onto the other person.

You know, I remember when we were children and played in the yard, we had arguments occasionally and we used to say: whatever you call me is what you are called yourself. This is no coincidence or just a kids' saying or joke. It has a very deep psychological undercurrent.

We always see ourselves in another person and think that he or she is just like us, and evaluate the other person's actions based on our own outlook on life.

With regard to the US establishment, the ruling class – not the American people who are mostly honest, decent and sincere people who want to live in peace and friendship with us, something we are aware of and appreciate, and we will rely on them in the future – their mindset was formed in rather challenging circumstances which we are all aware of.

After all, the colonisation of the American continent by the Europeans went hand-in-hand with the extermination of the local people, the genocide, as they say today, outright genocide of the Indian tribes followed by a very tough, long and difficult period of slavery, a very cruel period.

All of that has been part of life in America throughout the history of the United States to this day. Otherwise, where would the Black Lives Matter movement come from? To this day, African Americans face injustice and even extermination.

The ruling class of the United States tends to address domestic and foreign policy issues based on these assumptions. After all, the United States is the only country to have used nuclear weapons, mind you, against a non-nuclear state – Japan, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of WW II. There was absolutely no military need for the bombing. It was nothing but the extermination of civilians.

I am bringing this up, because I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms.

Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code .

But we know how to uphold our interests. We will work with the United States, but in the areas that we are interested in and on terms that we believe are beneficial to us.

They will have to reckon with it despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults.

They will have to reckon with this.

My bolds, to bring out the essence.

Essentially, he is saying 'We reject your posturing and rudeness, do what you want. We are ready, and will go our own way. You are not worthy of our cooperation. It' over'.

So, the ball, once again, is in the USA Govt court.

[Mar 15, 2021] The number of sane adult males is not insignificant in the USA

The problem with coronavirus vaccine is similar to the problem with flu vaccine: the virus mutates and it is unclear how effective the vaccination will be against the next dominant strain.
Mar 15, 2021 | www.unz.com

Did you know that "49 percent of GOP men say they won't get vaccinated"? It's true. According to a recent article in The Hill:

"Nearly half of U.S. men who identify as Republicans said they have no plans to get the coronavirus vaccine, according to a new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll released Thursday. The study, which surveyed 1,227 U.S. adults from March 3 to March 8, found that approximately 30 percent of Americans overall said they do not plan on getting vaccinated.

The poll found a higher amount of opposition among Republicans, with 41 percent saying they would not get one of the three federally approved coronavirus vaccines and 49 percent of Republican men saying the same. Fifty percent of GOP men said they would get the vaccine or had already got it. One percent was unsure.

Comparatively, about 87 percent of Democrats included in the survey said they planned on getting the COVID-19 vaccine or had already received it ." (" 49 percent of GOP men say they won't get vaccinated: PBS poll" , The Hill)

Kumbaresu , says: March 14, 2021 at 6:48 pm GMT • 1.2 days ago

I believe that people who refuse to take the vaccine will be ridiculed, humiliated, scapegoated, deprived and isolated. Judging from the COVID 19 situation we are already living in fascist society where people are treated as the state property.

Once you you look at the vaccination statistics, it is clear that the psychopaths are winning. There is no escape from them. Sooner or later they will come for people like me. I am trying to prepare myself for a painful and slow death from starvation/disease/maltreatment in a detention/concentration/reeducation camp.

Wilrodx , says: March 14, 2021 at 7:13 pm GMT • 1.2 days ago

My hat is off to Mr. Whitney for an excellent article. And thank God for a real human being and American patriot as Gov. Kristi Noem. I thought there was no such thing in politics. This woman should be our president not the fake and false "woman of color" standing in the wings salivating. The media can't tell if she's African or from India. Does it matter that she was the least favored candidate in the primaries? Not to to demoncrats. All they do is pander to color and gender confusion. This should be an insult to any real person of color like me and it most definitely is. When are people going to realize that they are being exploited and manipulated? We are all citizens and those sincerely aspiring to be citizens. Not pawns in a politica chess game that no one wins but the politicians...

[Mar 15, 2021] Apparently Chuck Todd is a climatologist and virologist. He doesn't ASK Fauci if climate change will cause more pandemics - or how even soon that might happen - he simply states as fact that it will happen

Mar 15, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Jackrabbit , Mar 15 2021 15:39 utc | 18

Apparently Chuck Todd is a climatologist and virologist . He doesn't ASK Fauci if climate change will cause more pandemics - or how even soon that might happen - he simply states as fact that it will happen. For his part, Fauci largely avoids the issue, responding as generically as possible. LOL!

In this indirect way, Americans have now been put on notice: expect more pandemics and continuing restrictions in the not-too-distant future.

Who says our media aren't informative?!?!/sarc

Expert Chuck Todd fails to note that the world was long overdue a pandemic. Chuckie also fails to note that highly-paid health authorities - that planned for years for the next pandemic - failed miserably in protecting us. What health authority questioned Trump's early lies that SARS-COV-2 was no worse than the flu?

!!

[Mar 15, 2021] The number 1 priority for Biden admiistration is a highly misplaced priority

Of course Biden is senile, but from the speech it is clear that his clique is also far from being the sharpest knifes in the drawer.
The problem with coronavirus vaccine is similar to the problem with flu vaccine: the virus mutates and it is unclear how effective the vaccination will be against the next dominant strain.
Also it is unclear whether for people, say, over 70 the danger of vaccine outweighs the danger of the virus (especially if they live alone with no children in the household -- children usually bring new infection into the family). Half of Covid-19 deaths are over age 80 (median age of victims is 82). If you are over age 80 and live in a big city or in a family with children , you have elevated, probably a 1 in 6 chance of dying from Covid-19
And again big difference is whether you live in the large city like NYC or somewhere in the suburbs, say 70 miles from the nearest large city. People in the city are in much higher danger to get the infection.
Mar 15, 2021 | www.unz.com

"Trust the government", says Biden, and yet, in survey after survey, we see that trust in government is lower now than any time in our 245-year history. And, for good reason: the public health officials, the media, and their Democrat allies in the statehouses have consistently and deliberately misled the public on nearly every aspect of the pandemic...

Take a look:

"When I came into office you may recall I set a goal that many of you said was kind of way over the top. I said I intended to get 100 million shots in people's arms in my first 100 days in office . Tonight, I can say we're not only going to meet that goal, we're going to beat that goal. Because we're actually on track to reach this goal of 100 million shots in arms on my 60th day in office. No other country in the world has done this, none. And I want to talk about the next steps we're thinking about.

"Tonight, I'm announcing that I will direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adults, people 18 and over, eligible to be vaccinated no later than May 1. Let me say that again. All adult Americans will be eligible to get a vaccine no later than May 1. That's much earlier than expected.

"And let me be clear. That doesn't mean everyone's going to have that shot immediately, but it means you'll be able to get in line beginning May 1. Every adult will be eligible to get their shot. And to do this, we're going to go from a million shots a day that I promised in December before I was sworn in, to maintaining, beating our current pace of 2 million shots a day, outpacing the rest of the world "

What does that mean?

It means the virus is on its last legs . It means there is enough immunity in the community that the rate of infection is falling like a stone . Viruses don't suddenly decide to pack their bags and leave town. No. They run out of susceptible hosts to infect. And the reason they run out of susceptible hosts to infect, is because more people have already had the infection and either survived or died. Either way, the pool of susceptible hosts has shrunk dramatically. This is a long way of saying that ' At present, there is no reason to get vaccinated.' There is no reason to inject an experimental and potentially-lethal substance into your bloodstream to counter an infection that is nearly kaput. Capisce?

Biden knows this, his speech writers know this, and the deep-pocket oligarchs who shoehorned his sorry a** into the White House by dumping truckloads of mail-in ballots at voting stations around the country in the wee-hours of the morning; they know it, too.

...

Of course, he knows it. He knows the whole thing is a fraud, but that won't stop him from doing what he's been doing for the last 50 years; carrying water for corporate honchos and billionaire busybodies who see vaccination as an essential steppingstone to their glorious new order. Biden is merely the face-man for this sinister project; a pallid, inconsequential cog that helps to move the machinery of tyranny forward. That's Biden in a nutshell. Here's more from the speech:

"I need you, the American people. I need you. I need every American to do their part. I need you to get vaccinated when it's your turn and when you can find an opportunity. And to help your family, your friends, your neighbors get vaccinated as well. Because here's the point.

"If we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the 4, there's a good chance you, your families and friends, will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day."

Get it? In other words, either you get vaccinated or no 4th of July for you!

... Do these people have any idea how despicable they are? The government's job is to provide accurate, well-researched, empirical information on matters of public interest, like vaccines. The government has no right to employ private contractors to persuade, indoctrinate or brainwash the American people in order to promote the cynical and self-serving agenda of power-mad elites and money-grubbing corporations. That is a massive "overreach".

[Mar 14, 2021] Professor of Government Ethics helped cover up COVID nursing home deaths

Mar 14, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Last spring, the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered nursing homes to admit patients who had recently been treated for Covid-19.

This led to a spike in Covid deaths inside nursing homes, which are filled with elderly people in the highest risk category for serious Covid-19 cases.

When the State Health Department issued a report on the nursing home deaths, one of Cuomo's aides rewrote it to remove the total count of 9,250 deaths related to the policy.

The reasoning was that the death count outpaced New Jersey's -- with the second highest nursing home death rate in the county -- by almost 3,000.

The aide who rewrote the report with the intention to mislead the public worked as a Professor of Government Ethics at NYU's law school, before joining the Cuomo administration in "ethics and law enforcement matters."

There's government ethics for you.

Click here to read the full story.

Faeriedust 1 day ago remove link

"The aide who rewrote the report with the intention to mislead the public worked as a Professor of Government Ethics at NYU's law school, before joining the Cuomo administration in "ethics and law enforcement matters."

I worked in medical ethics for a decade, so I'm not surprised. Especially since he did that work at a LAW SCHOOL . If we didn't already know it, the focus at law schools is on teaching students that it is their professional duty to argue for any point of view they are paid for. And it is the professional task of "ethics experts" to make the argument that the course of action preferred by their bosses or their institutions is the most "ethical" among alternatives. Never mind that it's generally the most profitable as well. Pointing out the actual moral destitution of the chosen acts is NOT conducive to a long career. Trust me on that one.

The short-cut through the verbiage is generally, if someone refers to "morality", they're actually talking about what's Right or Wrong. When they mention "ethics", however, they're discussing what you can get away with.

Cityzerosix 1 day ago

Ethics; underlying morality.

Ethical- relating to beliefs that are morally right or wrong

Morality; the quality of being right or honest

How right or wrong can you be?

[Mar 14, 2021] Mediocrity Is Now Mandatory by Andy Kessler

"From stimulus to school admissions, leaders act as if ease is the only worthy goal."
Feb 07, 2021 | www.wsj.com
4 weeks ago I was just watching an NBA game and thought it would be so much more enjoyable if there was more diversity on the court. Maybe they could lower the baskets so more whites and Asians could play in the league.

[Mar 14, 2021] Plans. What plans?

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William Gruff , Mar 13 2021 21:11 utc | 28

Trump: "I want our kids out of Syria."

Deep State Operator: "I'll have the staff start drawing up plans for that."

Trump: "I want them out NOW!"

Deep State Operator: "Ah... that's complicated. We can't just leave right away and leave all of our stuff there."

Trump: "OK, then make those plans! Tell me why these plans were not prepared yet? You knew that I wanted the troops home. That was one of my campaign promises."

Deep State Operator: "But you never asked us!"

[six months pass]

Trump: "So, how about those plans?"

Deep State Operator: "What plans?"

Trump: "The ones about withdrawing from Syria that I ordered you to have ready."

Deep State Operator: "Oh, those plans. We have our best people working on them. I'll find out their status and get back to you."

[three months later]

Trump: "The plans!"

Deep State Operator: "What plans?"

Trump: "Do you have brain damage or something? The ones about withdrawing from Syria! You said you would look into their status and get back to me!"

Deep State Operator: "We're doing the best that we can! There have been some complications, but we'll have them straightened out soon!"

[three more months pass]

Trump: "The plans."

Deep State Operator: "What plans?"

Trump: "To get out of Syria."

Deep State Operator: "Oh, those plans! You never filled out the necessary paperwork. We cannot proceed without the orders in writing. You have to be specific about what you mean by wanting the troops out. Which parts of Syria do you want them out of and which troops do you want the operation to apply to? Like I said before, this is really complicated."

[incredulous look from Trump]

[six months later]

Trump: "The plans."

Deep State Operator: "What plans?"

Trump: "To get out of Syria."

Deep State Operator: "Oh, those plans! You wouldn't believe this but a dog ate the orders that you gave us. We couldn't tell which troops to get out of where, so the plans have been developing rather slowly."

Trump: "You are right. I don't believe you. You're fired!"

Deep State Operator: "You can't fire me! I am a civil servant!"

Trump: "I can't? OK then, you're promoted to cleaning toilets at McMurdo Station. Bye."

[six months later]

Trump: "Those plan? Or do you want to join your predecessor at McMurdo Station?"

New Deep State Operator: "You ask too much! It takes time to learn the intricacies of this interdepartmental work! I've just started!"

[six months later]

Trump: "Plans!"

Deep State Operator: "Can I go to McMurdo Station?"

[and so on]

[after deep state/business elites frauded election]

Deep State Operator: "Welcome Mr President, and can I say how please I am at your victory?"

Biden: "You can say whatever the hell you want, whoever the hell you are."

Deep State Operator: "I am your Deep State interdepartmental facilitator and liaison."

Biden: "Ah, good. They want me to ask you to get the troops back in Syria."

Deep State Operator: "Right away sir. The plans are already prepared and troops will begin moving before the end of the hour."

Everyone knows the Deep State works this way. Infinite resistance against what the Deep State doesn't want and immediate action on what the Deep State desires.

[Mar 14, 2021] Four recurrent themes in demonization of Vladimir Putin: Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy by Keith Gessen,

Jan 20, 2021 | www.theguardian.com

Originally from: From the archive- Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy- the many myths of Vladimir Putin – podcast - News - The Guardian

Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed, is everywhere. He has soldiers in Ukraine and Syria, troublemakers in the Baltics and Finland, and a hand in elections from the Czech Republic to France to the United States. And he is in the media. Not a day goes by without a big new article on " Putin's Revenge ", " The Secret Source of Putin's Evil ", or "10 Reasons Why Vladimir Putin Is a Terrible Human Being".

Putin's recent ubiquity has brought great prominence to the practice of Putinology. This enterprise – the production of commentary and analysis about Putin and his motivations, based on necessarily partial, incomplete and sometimes entirely false information – has existed as a distinct intellectual industry for over a decade.

...At no time in history have more people with less knowledge, and greater outrage, opined on the subject of Russia's president. You might say that the reports of Trump's golden showers in a Moscow hotel room have consecrated a golden age – for Putinology.

...

Compared to the 40-year cycle of US deindustrialisation, during which only the rich gained in wealth; the 25-year rightwing war on the Clintons; the eight-year-old Tea Party assault on facts, immigration and taxes; a tepid, centrist campaign; and a supposed late-breaking revelation from the director of the FBI about the dubious investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server – well, compared to all those factors, the leaked DNC emails must rank low on the list of reasons for Trump's victory. And yet, according to a recent report, Hillary Clinton and her campaign still blame the Russians – and, by extension, Barack Obama, who did not make a big issue of the hacks before November – for her electoral debacle. In this instance, thinking about Putin helps not to think about everything else that went wrong, and what needs to be done to fix it.

This evasion is the essence of Putinology, which seeks solace in the undeniable but faraway badness of Putin at the expense of confronting the far more uncomfortable badness in front of one's face. Putinology predates the 2016 election by a decade, and yet what we have seen in connection to Trump these past few months has been its Platonic ideal.

[Mar 12, 2021] H.R.1 (the "For the People" Act) Legitimizes Institutionalizes Ballot Marking Devices

Mar 12, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Tom Stone , , March 9, 2021 at 9:15 pm

Describing HR1 as "Fixing" the election process is a rare example of truth in advertising by our congresscritters.

[Mar 12, 2021] Always the first, the USA can claim having the f irst reanimated POTUS

Mar 12, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Piotr Berman , Mar 12 2021 14:41 utc | 16

I was joking about Biden being reanimated, but judging from campaign videos etc. he has troubles with longer answers to questions, looses track and temper and prattles, and he react badly to some trigger words. That said, like Trump, he cannot be an attentive boss, so whoever made that leak, clearance from the top was not necessary...

[Mar 10, 2021] What if Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epresin were Russians

Mar 10, 2021 | www.unz.com

?


Jon Halpenny , says: March 9, 2021 at 8:33 am GMT • 1.1 days ago

Just imagine how differently the Epstein story would be covered by the media if Epstein and Maxwell were ethnic Russians, and if Maxwell's father had received a State funeral in Russia.

Mustapha Mond , says: March 9, 2021 at 11:55 am GMT • 1.0 days ago
@Stan d Mute

"Isn't the germane question today, "Who has the film archive?" "

Netflix.

Insouciant , says: March 9, 2021 at 1:50 pm GMT • 22.2 hours ago

Maxwell's jacket --
Did Hillary clean out Qaddafi's closet, pick out all the Venimus Vidimus Mortuus labels and give them to her & Bill's friends?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlz3-OzcExI

[Mar 09, 2021] Repeasting State Department talking point the New York Times continues to disinform tts readers

When it comes to US foreign policy - the facts are fixed around the policy
Mar 09, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Bemildred , Mar 9 2021 17:25 utc | 4

What I notice is the State Dept. continues to hold absolute faith in the efficacy of bullshit.

[Mar 09, 2021] Biden condition simply means that someone else is currently enjoying the highest form of power: power without responsibility.

Mar 09, 2021 | www.unz.com

Lem , says: March 5, 2021 at 7:15 am GMT • 3.9 days ago

@Macumazahn

They look at our senile "President" and laugh

Not really. They know the President's condition merely means someone else is currently enjoying the highest form of power: power without responsibility.

They probably know who that is, even if we don't.

[Mar 09, 2021] Boomerang of sanctions may return and hit Google and Apple in the butt: The China hawks may be poking the wrong bear.

Mar 09, 2021 | www.unz.com

" Huawei's Harmony OS Extends to All Devices in 2021 in Bid for Tech Self-Sufficiency Amid US Trade War."

This is interesting. Tech commentators have pointed out, correctly but without too much insight, that Huawei will have a hard time selling phones with Harmony outside of China because Trump cut the company off from using the Android operating system's app store. Google." Huawei is now preloading Harmony on all of its product, making it independent of Google.

Now we have. Huawei May Allow Chinese Smartphone Firms to Use Harmony OS to Counter Trump Trade Bans,

This means that all of China's phone companies are independent of Android, at least in China, as, if threatened by the US, they just switch to Harmony. It also means that China, should it choose, could ban Android in Chinas as Trump banned Huawei in the US, and perhaps ban iOS also, thus losing the entire Chinese market for Google and Apple. Forcing a large, resourceful country to build competing products might charitably be called preternaturally stupid.

Which brings us to the new Cold War, which is exactly what Trump II is engaged in. The Beltway China hawks want to cripple China's tech industry by denying it advanced semiconductor technology, chiefly from America's vassal states of Holland, Taiwan, and South Korea. Will this work? I dunno. But there is a clear pattern in China's response. A sort of techy example, that sensible readers can skip.

There is a company in Wuhan, YMTC, Yangtze Memory Technology Company, that has developed an advanced 192-layer dual-wafer NAND ("flash") chip using Chinese technology. Flash memory is used in huge quantities in everything from smartphones to French fries (well, maybe not French fries.) There is some doubt as to whether the company will be able to produce in volume, but it is building a second fab line, so it must think it can.

If it does, American companies, notably Micron, will lose the (very large) Chinese market for flash. Then the Chinese, nothing if not commercial, will probably flood the world market with discount flash.

This tech-wide lunge for self-sufficiency, if Washington does not succeed in crushing it, will close the Chinese market progressively for American firms. Well, who needs 1.4 billion customers? The China hawks may be poking the wrong bear.


Macumazahn , says: March 4, 2021 at 8:14 pm GMT • 4.4 days ago

@bossel

Whether based on "stolen" technology or not, these things exist in China and they do not exist in America.

restless94110 , says: March 4, 2021 at 9:46 pm GMT • 4.3 days ago

The most important thing Fred wrote in an overall great piece:

Education. China finds its brightest students with a grueling entrance exam. America dumbs down elite high schools because they don't have enough unqualified minorities. Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia has already been enstupidated, and the NYC schools are on the block. The purpose of schools is to admit students who can't do the work.

Godfree Roberts , says: Website March 4, 2021 at 10:36 pm GMT • 4.3 days ago

Huawei's AppGallery has attracted over 530 million active monthly users, and 384 billion installs in 2020–an 83% increase YoY. There are 2.3 million registered developers working on mobile applications for AppGallery, up 77% over 2019.

Tibet, yes, that Tibet, has broader, faster 5G coverage than the San Francisco Bay Area.

Euripidoze , says: March 4, 2021 at 10:41 pm GMT • 4.2 days ago
@bossel

So they "steal " everything? They outperform Anglo students in the USA at every grade level. Is that all due to thievery as well?

Euripidoze , says: March 4, 2021 at 10:45 pm GMT • 4.2 days ago
@Uncle Al

Sure. Biden has been in office 5 weeks, and that's why China is ahead of us on all of these technologies. Maybe Marjorie Green can get us all caught up.

Patricus , says: March 5, 2021 at 4:13 am GMT • 4.0 days ago

Congratulation to the Chinese for the economic advances of recent decades. Not all their advances are brilliant.

Take Maglev trains. That is an extraordinary expensive technology for moving a few score people per car. Trains make sense for moving heavy loads long distances. Loads of coal, petroleum, cattle, lumber and manufactured goods are natural cargoes. It is a waste of resources to move human passengers in the massive trains. To engineer trains to travel at 300 or 500 mph is a fool's errand. Might as well attach lasers to ox carts. Trains are 19th century technology and still useful for limited purposes. If you want to ship people at hundreds of mph use aircraft. The only profitable passenger trains were a few of the trolleys early in the 20th century.

Fusion reactors: it is said to be the next big thing. Funny, it has had that status since the 1950s. I hope some practical application is developed by someone.

Hydrogen fuel: it is a wonderful clean burning fuel. Minor problem: where does the hydrogen come from? Answer: natural gas is the cheapest source but why not save a lot of expenses and just burn natural gas? Methane fuel cells are possible although perhaps not practical. There is a endless supply in water but the separation by electrolysis requires more energy input than the energy yielded when hydrogen is burned.

Solar panels: a great source of electricity when reliable electric power isn't desired. If Chinese rely on solar for 32% of their electricity they will face an imminent energy crisis. A coal burning plant has to be running hot 24 hours per day in case there are clouds. And there is no solar at night.

The clever Chinese do a lot of the dumb things Americans do. They imitate stupid things as well as practical technologies. I do not doubt the Chinese will make unique contributions eventually.

[Mar 09, 2021] The question of priorities

Mar 09, 2021 | www.unz.com

Miles of high-speed rail in the US: 0.

Miles of maglev rail in US: 0.

Likelihood of either any time soon: 0.

Cost of new B21 intercontinental nuclear bomber: $550 million. Each.

[Mar 08, 2021] All that's really missing are the german sheppards.

Mar 08, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Sizzurp PREMIUM 6 hours ago (Edited)

We have a criminal regime in power now, a junta, complete with troops and barbed wire. Laws don't apply to them because all 3 branches are corrupt. The press is a near total failure, and has simply become Pravda on steroids.

Gimmie My Stimmy 5 hours ago

Actually, razor wire. All that's really missing are the german sheppards.

ThorAss 6 hours ago

...the media and the alphabet [agencies] are all owned by the same people. Guess what, it's a big club ......

44magnum 6 hours ago (Edited)

it's a big tribe....

[Mar 06, 2021] Groups need uniting myths which are now called narratives

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Piotr Berman , Mar 6 2021 14:01 utc | 101

...Additionally, groups need uniting myths which are now called narratives -- perhaps someone can foresee the next word for myths to by used when narratives will became as discredited as myths. Yesterday I read about "ideogems", that was used in Ukrainian, prosecutors accusing someone of state treason committed by popularizing "ideogems that are convenient for the Russian Federation". with a phrase "false ideogem". Perhaps "ideogem" is a component of a "narrative".

[Mar 06, 2021] With main-in voting not only Califonia but every state can have powerful female politicians smart enough to marry investment bankers.

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goldhoarder , Mar 5 2021 15:59 utc | 96

All the democrats have to do is inact standard mail in voting as a federal law. They will never have to worry about losing another election. Who is going to stop them? It has done wonders for California. They have it down to an art form. Every state will have a Diane Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi. Mindless ramblings about the glories of democracy. Fairness and equality for all types! But especially powerful politicians smart enough to marry investment bankers.

[Mar 06, 2021] I dragged out my old DVD of a mid-1980s British comedy called "Whoops Apocalypse", about the events leading up to nuclear Armageddon. Hilarious, despite the grim plot.

Mar 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Yeah, Right , Mar 5 2021 10:59 utc | 88

Just as a pointless aside, I dragged out my old DVD of a mid-1980s British comedy called "Whoops Apocalypse", about the events leading up to nuclear Armageddon. Hilarious, despite the grim plot.

The US President is a man way out of his depth (obviously Ronald Raygun), while the British PM is clinically insane.

So far, so normal...

But it was the depiction of the Soviet leadership that is most striking: apparatchiks so interchangeable that when the Soviet Premier has a heart attack while meeting the US Ambassador they simply drag the body out and wheel in a replacement as if it were the most natural thing in the world.

But look at the world now: the recent Presidential election was between two men of pensionable age, with the "winner" showing definite the signs of dementia. While over in the Kremlin there is a man who - whatever faults he may have - is definitely not an apparatchik and certainly is not sclerotic.

Difficult to come by, but if you ever get the chance then do yourself a favor and watch the show. It is a work of absolute genius from start to finish.

[Mar 06, 2021] History repeats itself, first as a tragedy, second as a farce

Mar 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Castellio , Mar 5 2021 2:37 utc | 65

tungsten @33

Biden front of camera (and barely managing that) with Chief of Staff Klain running the show.

Reminds me of Obama front of camera (managing that extremely well) with Rahm Emmanuel running the show, ensuring the interests of those who put Obama where he was.

Rahm left the position after two years to run for Mayor of Chicago, following Richard M Daley, who's brother, William, took over the role of White House Chief of Staff (after Rouse was interim for several months), also to ensure the interests of those who put Obama where he was.

Why do people lose sight of Obama's political origins?

[Mar 06, 2021] Biden just beat Trump; why could't he, or his stuffed corpse, do it again?

Mar 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Ma Laoshi , Mar 4 2021 23:43 utc | 47

"This will likely cost them their House majority in 2022"
So what? Yes every congresscritter greatly cares about his own seat, but for the Dem Party it only leads to embarrassment. "It was politically unfeasible", "Those evil Repubs made us do it"--that's when Dems are in their element; Obama also ditched the overall majorities he rode in on as soon as he could. The Dems need to look relevant, and to have a little something to block Republican plans they don't care for, and all is good. And '24... who knows; one way or another, Biden just beat Trump; why could't he, or his stuffed corpse, do it again?

Anyway, the real arbiters here are the donors. And they like their pendulum swings, lest their puppets get too uppity, and because one-party rule would be too ... overt. This is what gloomy Repubs fail to understand these days.


"Neither the European U.S. allies, nor the Asian ones, have any interest in following the U.S. into a confrontation with China."
Beg your pardon? Both the Canadian and Dutch parliaments have just lobbed genocide accusations against China. Now that Bad Man Trump is gone, they're desperate to show their servility. Fundamentally, this is who they are.

[Mar 06, 2021] In the UK they have a government run by a buffoon surrounded by lightweights

Mar 06, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

DJG, Reality Czar , March 6, 2021 at 11:53 am

This post is an excellent diagnosis of the Anglo-American malady.

Quoting PlutoniumKun: "So in the UK they have a government run by a buffoon surrounded by lightweights, that has made an appalling mess of Covid, screwed up Brexit, has destroyed the UK's standing internationally, and has driven the country into an unnecessary steep recession. But is still incredibly popular."

In the U S of A, the Monoparty, Aqua Wing plus Mauve Wing, have driven the country into declining life expectancy, a constant petty low-level civil war, greater and greater income / wealth inequality, and visible decline–streets falling in, broken sidewalks, tatty post offices no longer maintained, and so on.

Yet there is no indication that the Monoparty can be broken up. Meanwhile, minimum wage is maintained at an obscene level, the government quibbles over unemployment benefits (let alone the manipulated unemployment rate), and the stimulus is a guaranteed shambles. Large numbers of Americans have a sense that the whole shebang is "rigged," yet being American, they want to fall into racial panic rather than breaking down the system of oppression.

And Joe Manchin, oh-so-conveniently, is president of this mess.

DJG, Reality Czar , March 6, 2021 at 11:56 am

Re: U.S. international standing

It doesn't take much to understand that the Iranian government has some eighty years of reasons for not wanting to deal with the U.S. government. Justifiable reasons. Yet the U.S. is still deluded enough to think that it is the center of Empire. Talk about lightweights–the U.S. foreign policy establishment and the "intelligence communit" have produced one disaster after another, with impunity.

Dick Swenson , March 6, 2021 at 12:52 pm

As a resident of Joe Manchin's country, it is pleasing to see that the discussion of the idiocy of what is happening politically in the US and that the discussion of MMT are finally being presented in a rational way.

The opening of this entire blog hit it on the head – money is not an issue for a sovereign monetary country. The EU could adopt the MMT point-of -view, whereas the individal countries making up the EU cannot. There is only one party in the US, the party of those who have enough money to buy the politicians.

With the above admitted, NC can now retire; there is nothing more to discuss except how do we get rid of these problems with the governments in power?

[Mar 06, 2021] Better for the oligarchs to go with the guy who confessed to grabbing women by the short and curleys than to throw your lot in with morons and where you had to share 'control' with the hacker universe:

Mar 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

uncle tungsten , Mar 4 2021 23:41 utc | 46

...Hillary failed. She was organised by self confident, privileged, idiotic fools, example: Podesta use 'password' as his password for his most confidential emailer. The hackers had both Hillary and Podesta by the short and curleys: they were extreme risk.

The likelihood of the entire Clinton home server contents being in the possession of more than two contending nations is quite high IMO. Add the Debbie Wasseman Shultz hacking debacle and you get a 'trust and confidence' deficit. Trump had none of that baggage.

Better for the oligarchs to go with the guy who confessed to grabbing women by the short and curleys than to throw your lot in with morons and where you had to share 'control' with the hacker universe:

Trump was elected by the democracy that the USA fears to amend. Live with it.

[Mar 06, 2021] DJT was supposed to be thrown under the bus more than four years ago. From that perspective it was the 2016 election that was stolen... by the electorate.

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William Gruff , Mar 4 2021 21:39 utc | 31

vetinLA @29

DJT was supposed to be thrown under the bus more than four years ago. From that perspective it was the 2016 election that was stolen... by the electorate. That wasn't supposed to happen which is why the establishment totally lost their shi... uh, cool.

[Mar 06, 2021] Biden is the most fitting US President in modern history.

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I know nothing , Mar 4 2021 21:35 utc | 30

Biden is the most fitting US President in modern history. He is a fantastic representation of the political system that has metastasized around the institutions of government. He's almost redundant, that's not intended as an insult.

An empty husk has its political uses and as simple continuation device for the forever war's he should do fine.

It looks almost certain that it's a question of when not if the cognitive wheels will grind to a halt. Despite his grim determination to remember his lines you're left wondering if the effort is even worth it. If the systems barely functioning meat suit simply drooled over the lecturn at his next engagement what would be the substantive difference for the US, it's people and policies.

Trump was nothing more than entertaining distraction but cucked almost every decision he had to make and was dealt with easily by the systemic, vested interests groups mitigating the slightest correction, the smallest bit of change. Biden is a real life deepfake, an illusion, just like the bona fides of the American political system claiming to represent the people.

The vested interests will continue to gorge themselves on wealth and power while Biden gazes vaccously into the nearest camera.

[Mar 06, 2021] If fencing around Capitol is a sign of "New Brave post-Trump World" junta, then the question of how long will remain is important

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arby , Mar 5 2021 19:11 utc | 32

A one minute video about the Capitol Hill barricades. The last person asked about his thoughts shows exactly how good the propaganda machine works.

Apparently this is not who we are.

How long will fencing remain up at the U.S. Capitol?

oldhippie , Mar 5 2021 21:35 utc | 39

Henry VI, part 2, Act 4, Scene 2

How many repeat performances with known end would be required and how many acts to conceal the crime, er, tort, before a lawyer stands up and says that pile of dead bodies was put there by a perp?

How many dead bodies before a journalist decides there is a story?

How many times will public be fooled before wising up? Well, that one I know the answer.

[Mar 06, 2021] Fun Fact: "Donors" rhymes with "Owners" and means the same thing...

Mar 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Hoarsewhisperer , Mar 4 2021 21:26 utc | 27

Former Vice President Joe Biden assured rich donors at a ritzy New York fundraiser that "nothing would fundamentally change" if he is elected.

One may safely assume that his rich donors are the same parasites whom Bush II addressed as "The Haves and the Have Mores" with a sly giggle.

Fun Fact: "Donors" rhymes with "Owners" and means the same thing...

[Mar 06, 2021] Dumbest Insurrection Theater -- Stunt-Of-The-Week

Mar 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Speaker Pelosi eagerly cancelled voting Thursday because of the bogus threat. This freed up Representative Al Green, a Democrat from the Houston area, to undertake a stunt of surpassing stupidity that was taken with deadpan seriousness by much of the media. The DC insider publication, The Hill , bought into the stunt:

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) is sending a message to QAnon and right-wing extremist threats by sitting on the Capitol steps on Thursday, the date authorities warned militia groups were potentially planning another breach of the building.

"I want to make a statement to let people know, those who would threaten those of us who cherish this freedom that we have here that we refuse to allow those threats to negate our freedom," he told The Hill.

Green himself touted his bravery:

... The only problem is that Rep. Green was sitting behind a large protective cordon, including National Guard troops and fencing, facing no danger, even if the phony insurrection reports had been true.

Tucker Carlson called them out in his introductory segment Friday. It's worth watching here .

https://www.youtube.com/embed/A-gCi0Y97eg 73,066 189 NEV

[Mar 06, 2021] Tulsi Gabbard Calls Out The US Dirty War On Syria

Mar 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

onemorething 1 hour ago remove link

She should avoid private aircraft.

Come to think of it, I'd prefer she not be a fellow passenger on any commercial flight I take.

[Mar 06, 2021] US announces sanctions on top Ukrainian oligarch Zelensky ally Kolomoisky for 'undermining democratic processes' in country

Mar 06, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

karlof1 , Mar 6 2021 0:11 utc | 57

"US announces sanctions on top Ukrainian oligarch & Zelensky ally Kolomoisky for ' undermining democratic processes ' in country." [My Emphasis] Here .

Okay, so when will the Democratic National Committee and its Republican counterpart be sanctioned for doing the same within the USA?

[Mar 06, 2021] Demonization works both ways :-)

Mar 06, 2021 | www.the-sun.com

Trump fans clash with Antifa & BLM supporters after unfurling huge flag of Pelosi as a demon outside NYC's Trump Tower

TRUMP fans clashed with Antifa and BLM supporters while carrying a massive flag depicting Nancy Pelosi as a demon during a march on Friday.

The MAGA supporters marched along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan towards Trump Tower with all sorts of pro-Trump flags waving.

Trump supports marched in Manhattan on Friday 8
Trump supports marched in Manhattan on Friday Credit: Alamy Live News
The MAGA fans unveiled a large flag depicting Nancy Pelosi as some sort of demon 8
The MAGA fans unveiled a large flag depicting Nancy Pelosi as some sort of demon Credit: Getty Images - Getty

One of those flags, unfurled right in front of the former president's namesake tower, featured House Speaker Pelosi fashioned as some sort of demon.

[Mar 06, 2021] The art of cover up

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librul , Mar 5 2021 15:33 utc | 3

Now comes the cover up...

AP: Biden did answer questions from House Democrats at virtual event

https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-afs:Content:9988483554


CLAIM: The White House cut President Joe Biden's feed at a virtual event with top House Democrats because they did not have confidence in him answering questions.

AP'S ASSESSMENT: False. Biden did take questions after his introductory remarks at the House Democratic Caucus Virtual Issues Conference on Wednesday but the event was closed to the press after the initial comments, so the video feed was cut.

THE FACTS: Posts online are suggesting that the video proves that the White House is limiting the president's talking time.

karlof1 , Mar 4 2021 19:34 utc | 7

This would be a revelation if it went viral:

"'Man Has No Idea What He's Doing': Biden Says He's 'Happy to Take Question' But WH Cuts Feed."

"' I'd be happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do , Nance,' Biden said. ' Whatever you want me to do .'" [My Emphasis]

I've refrained from calling Biden a walking corpse or otherwise making fun of his dementia because I cared for my mom during her losing battle with Alzheimer's, and it's extremely tragic and not at all funny. But given this evidence and the fact that his minders cut him off, it ought to be very clear that Biden is in no way in control of his administration or even of himself. So, there's absolutely no way that he ordered the missile strike on the Iraqi troops, or is making any other policy decisions. The voting public can rightfully say it was defrauded.

[Mar 06, 2021] The decline of the West can be measured by the level of constant BS.

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jayc , Mar 5 2021 19:03 utc | 31

...it started with Teresa May alleging a "chemical weapons attack" on European soil (re: the Skripals) and now has morphed into an alleged active Russian Chemical Weapons/WMD program requiring sanctions and public outrage (re: Navalny).

The decline of the West can be measured by the level of constant BS.

[Mar 05, 2021] 75% Of All Jobs Added In February Were Waiters And Bartenders

So much about re-industrialization
Mar 05, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, MAR 05, 2021 - 9:56

Call it payback for the December restaurant shutdowns.

It took a few minutes after the BLS reported the impressive February jobs report, which showed a whopping 379K total jobs added in February (and 465K private payrolls, or more than double the 195K expected), for traders to read between the lines and realize that there was much less than meets the eye in the latest jobs report.

To wit: of the 379K jobs, a whopping 355K, or 93%, were in leisure and hospitality, and within this category the one and only sector that truly boomed the most under the Obama admin was on top: employees food service and drinking places, i.e. waiter and bartenders, accounted for a massive 286K jobs, or 75% of the total job gains in February. Call it payback for the December collapse in restaurant workers when nearly 400K jobs were lost amid the latest round of restaurant shutdowns.

[Mar 04, 2021] Maybe Biden isn't much better, but it can't be good for the US when the same description is perfectly valid for both rivals for power.

Mar 04, 2021 | www.unz.com

Peter Akuleyev , says: March 3, 2021 at 9:08 am GMT • 1.7 days ago

@Trinity

Honest Joe is old, weak, frail, incompetent, corrupt, traitorous to his own people, and some say maybe even a little bit sexually perverted.

You meant to say Donald Trump. Maybe Biden isn't much better, but it can't be good for the US when the same description is perfectly valid for both rivals for power.

antibeast , says: March 3, 2021 at 12:52 pm GMT • 1.5 days ago
@foolisholdman

¡Viva el Presidente Trump!
¡Viva los Trumpistas del Mar-a-Lago!
¡Viva la República Banana de América!

annamaria , says: March 3, 2021 at 3:36 pm GMT • 1.4 days ago
@Peter Akuleyev

"but it can't be good for the US when the same description is perfectly valid for both rivals for power."

-- It is

[Mar 04, 2021] Putin Blasts W.E.F. Honchos at Davos Gabfest, by Mike Whitney

Mar 04, 2021 | www.unz.com

At the end of January, Putin was given the opportunity to address the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland (online). The WEF is a prestigious assembly of political leaders, corporatists and billionaire elites many of who are directly involved in the massive global restructuring project that is currently underway behind the smokescreen of the Covid-19 pandemic. Powerful members of the WEF decided that the Coronavirus presented the perfect opportunity to implement their dystopian strategy which includes a hasty transition to green energy, A.I., robotics, transhumanism, universal vaccination and a comprehensive surveillance matrix that detects the location and activities of every human being on the planet. The proponents of this universal police state breezily refer to it as "The Great Reset" which is the latest make-over of the more familiar, "New World Order". There's not a hairsbreadth difference between the Reset and one-world government which has preoccupied billionaire activists for more than a century. This is the group to which Putin made the following remarks:

"I would like to speak in more detail about the main challenges ..the international community is facing . The first one is socioeconomic .. Starting from 1980, global per capita GDP has doubled in terms of real purchasing power parity. This is definitely a positive indicator. Globalisation and domestic growth have led to strong growth in developing countries and lifted over a billion people out of poverty .Still, the main question is what was the nature of this global growth and who benefitted from it most ..

developing countries benefitted a lot from the growing demand for their traditional and even new products. However, this integration into the global economy has resulted in more than just new jobs or greater export earnings. It also had its social costs, including a significant gap in individual incomes . According to the World Bank, 3.6 million people subsisted on incomes of under $5.50 per day in the United States in 2000, but in 2016 this number grew to 5.6 million people.. ..

Meanwhile, globalisation led to a significant increase in the revenue of large multinational, primarily US and European, companies In terms of corporate profits, who got hold of the revenue? The answer is clear: one percent of the population .

And what has happened in the lives of other people? In the past 30 years, in a number of developed countries, the real incomes of over half of the citizens have been stagnating, not growing . Meanwhile, the cost of education and healthcare services has gone up. Do you know by how much? Three times

In other words, millions of people even in wealthy countries have stopped hoping for an increase of their incomes. In the meantime, they are faced with the problem of how to keep themselves and their parents healthy and how to provide their children with a decent education .

These imbalances in global socioeconomic development are a direct result of the policy pursued in the 1980s , which was often vulgar or dogmatic. This policy rested on the so-called Washington Consensus with its unwritten rules, when the priority was given to the economic growth based on a private debt in conditions of deregulation and low taxes on the wealthy and the corporations .

As I have already mentioned, the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated these problems. In the last year, the global economy sustained its biggest decline since WWII. By July, the labour market had lost almost 500 million jobs . In the first nine months of the past year alone, the losses of earnings amounted to $3.5 trillion. This figure is going up and, hence, social tension is on the rise." (" Session of Davos Agenda 2021Online Forum, Putin Addresses World Economic Forum, Jan 27, 2021)

Why is Putin telling his elitist audience these things? Does he think these fatcats don't know how the system works or how it was originally set up? Does he think they are unaware of the glaring flaws in a system that shifts all of the profits to obscenely wealthy corporations and scheming elites while working people slip further into debt and desperation?

Putin knows how globalisation works, just as he knows who it was designed to benefit. It's no secret. Check out this quote from the Russian president in a speech nearly 5 years ago:

"Back in the late 1980s-early 1990s, there was a chance not just to accelerate the globalization process but also to give it a different quality and make it more harmonious and sustainable in nature. But some countries that saw themselves as victors in the Cold War, not just saw themselves this way but said it openly, took the course of simply reshaping the global political and economic order to fit their own interests.

In their euphoria, they essentially abandoned substantive and equal dialogue with other actors in international life, chose not to improve or create universal institutions, and attempted instead to bring the entire world under the spread of their own organizations, norms and rules. They chose the road of globalization and security for their own beloved selves, for the select few, but not for everyone." (President Vladimir Putin, Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club)

"To the victor belongs the spoils"? Isn't that what Putin is saying, that Washington figured its Cold War triumph entitled them to create a system whereby they could pillage and loot the rest of the world with impunity?

Indeed, that is precisely what he's saying. And he knows what he's talking about, too. Putin has followed developments in global trade for over 20 years. He knows the system is rigged and he knows who rigged it. And now he's telling them in no uncertain terms that they are responsible for the mess the world is in today. "The world is in crisis, because you fu**ed up." That's what he's saying. It's not a subtle message, he's simply laying it on the line. Check out this blurb from an earlier speech by Putin where he shows that he's not just a capable leader but also an astute critic of social trends linked to globalization:

"It seems like elites don't see the deepening stratification in society and the erosion of the middle class (but the situation) creates a climate of uncertainty that has a direct impact on the public mood. Sociological studies conducted around the world show that people in different countries and on different continents tend to see the future as murky and bleak . This is sad. The future does not entice them, but frightens them. At the same time, people see no real opportunities or means for changing anything, influencing events and shaping policy. As for the claim that the fringe and populists have defeated the sensible, sober and responsible minority – we are not talking about populists or anything like that but about ordinary people, ordinary citizens who are losing trust in the ruling class. That is the problem . " (President Vladimir Putin, Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club)

In this one brief comment, Putin shows that he has a better grasp of 'what is going on' in the west than any of the numbskulls in congress today. And notice how he ignores the hype about "racial justice", BLM, "white supremacy" and the other "racialized" bunkum that's propagated in the media today. He's not hoodwinked by that nonsense. He knows it's just another diversion promoted by the cadres of dirtbags who use race and identity politics to conceal their role in the ongoing class war. That's what's really going on. The men that Putin is addressing in his speech are the very same men who are doing everything in their power to eviscerate democracy, skewer the middle class and grind America's working population into dust. It's plain old class war dolled-up to look like racial unrest. Here's more from Putin:

" During the past 20 years we have created a foundation for the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (AKA–"The Great Reset") based on the wide use of AI and automation and robotics. The coronavirus pandemic has greatly accelerated such projects and their implementation . However, this process is leading to new structural changes, I am thinking in particular of the labor market. This means that very many people could lose their jobs unless the state takes effective measures to prevent this . Most of these people are from the so-called middle class, which is the basis of any modern society.

. The rise of economic problems and inequality is splitting society, triggering social, racial and ethnic intolerance . Indicatively, these tensions are bursting out even in the countries with seemingly civil and democratic institutions that are designed to alleviate and stop such phenomena and excesses.

The systemic socioeconomic problems are evoking such social discontent that they require special attention and real solutions. The dangerous illusion that they may be ignored or pushed into the corner is fraught with serious consequences." ( Putin, WEF)

Putin understands that the Covid-related lockdowns and closing of "non-essential" businesses is merely prelude for the massive societal restructuring project elites have in store for us. They've already put millions of people out of work and expanded their surveillance capabilities in anticipation of the social unrest they are deliberately inciting. Putin thinks this futuristic strategy is unnecessarily reckless, disruptive and fails to account for intensifying social animosities and widening political divisions that are bound to have a catastrophic impact on democratic institutions. But Putin also knows that his appeal for a more cautious approach will be brushed aside by the billionaire powerbrokers who set the policy and call the shots. Here's more:

" Society will still be divided politically and socially. This is bound to happen because people are dissatisfied not by some abstract issues but by real problems that concern everyone regardless of the political views that people have or think they have. Meanwhile, real problems evoke discontent. "

This is a recurrent theme with Putin and one that shows that he has a deeper understanding of what is really happening in both the United States and Europe than any of his peers. Populist candidates, like Trump, have not gained momentum due to thier abilities and charisma, but because the financial situation of millions of Americans continues to deteriorate forcing them to seek remedies outside the establishment candidates. The economic distress is real and widespread and, as Putin notes, it is expressing itself in outbursts of discontent, frustration and rage. Here's more:

"So, the key question today is how to build a programme of actions in order to not only quickly restore the global and national economies affected by the pandemic, but to ensure that this recovery is sustainable in the long run, relies on a high-quality structure and helps overcome the burden of social imbalances. Clearly economic growth will largely rely on fiscal incentives with state budgets and central banks playing the key role.

Actually, we can see these kinds of trends in the developed countries and also in some developing economies as well. An increasing role of the state in the socioeconomic sphere at the national level obviously implies greater responsibility and close interstate interaction when it comes to issues on the global agenda.

Calls for inclusive growth and for creating decent standards of living for everyone are regularly made at various international forums. This is how it should be, and this is an absolutely correct view of our joint efforts.

It is clear that the world cannot continue creating an economy that will only benefit a million people , or even the golden billion. This is a destructive precept. This model is unbalanced by default. The recent developments, including migration crises, have reaffirmed this once again." ( Putin, WEF )

Putin's recommendations, of course, are going to be dismissed with a wave of the hand by the men in power. The last thing these sociopaths want is "inclusive growth.. and decent standards of living for everyone." That's not even on their list, and why would it be. After all, they know what they want. "They want more for themselves and less for everyone else." (George Carlin) Which is why the system works the way it does, because it was constructed with that one solitary goal in mind.

Putin also acknowledges the need for greater state intervention in the economy to counterbalance the more destructive effects of "smash and grab" capitalism. And, while he rejects the swift and far-reaching structural changes (The Great Reset) that would precipitate massive social upheaval, he does support a larger role for the state in providing essential fiscal stimulus, employment and a more equitable distribution of the wealth. This does not imply that Putin supports state socialism. He does not. He merely supports a more regulated and benign form of Capitalism that veers from the "scorched earth" model backed by powerful members of the WEF and other elitist organizations.

With that in mind, Putin makes these specific recommendations:

"We must now proceed from stating facts to action, investing our efforts and resources into reducing social inequalit y in individual countries and into gradually balancing the economic development standards of different countries and regions in the world. This would put an end to migration crises."

The focus of this policy aimed at ensuring sustainable and harmonious development are clear. They imply the creation of new opportunities for everyone, conditions under which everyone will be able to develop and realize their potential regardless of where they were born and are living

I would like to point out four key priorities , as I see them.

First, everyone must have comfortable living conditions, including housing and affordable transport, energy and public utility infrastructure. Plus, environmental welfare, something that must not be overlooked.

Second, everyone must be sure that they will have a job that can ensure sustainable growth of income and, hence, decent standards of living. Everyone must have access to an effective system of lifelong education, which is absolutely indispensable now and which will allow people to develop, make a career and receive a decent pension and social benefits upon retirement.

Third, people must be confident that they will receive high-quality and effective medical care whenever necessary, and that the national healthcare system will guarantee access to modern medical services.

Fourth, regardless of the family income, children must be able to receive a decent education and realize their potential. Every child has potential." (Putin, Davos )

What does it mean that the current president of Russia is now throwing his weight behind a program that is nearly identical to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's economic Bill of Rights? Doesn't that seem a bit odd? After all, Putin is a devout Orthodox Christian, a strong proponent of the traditional family, a self-avowed social conservative, and a hardscrabble survivor of the failed Soviet state. Who would have thought that such a man would support a program that provides a decent standard living to every member of society regardless of their circumstances?

But it makes sense, doesn't it? Putin is pushing for a return to the heavily-regulated "Heyday" of 20th Century capitalism, when workers' wages were still on the rise, when college tuition and health care were still affordable, and when the American Dream was still within reach of the average guy. People were happier then, because they felt that if they applied themselves, worked like hell, and stashed their savings in the bank; they'd eventually reach their goal. But that's not true anymore. People are much more pessimistic now and no longer believe that America is the land of opportunity.

Putin wants to rekindle that optimism. He wants to avoid social unrest by implementing programs that provide a more equitable distribution of the wealth. This isn't a return to Communism. It's sensible way to soften the harsher effects of unrestrained capitalism , which is presently ravaging the West. Here's Putin again:

"This is the only way to guarantee the cost-effective development of the modern economy, in which people are perceived as the end, rather than the means . A strategy, also being implemented by my country, hinges on precisely these approaches. Our priorities revolve around people, their families, and they aim to ensure demographic development, to protect the people, to improve their well-being and to protect their health. We are now working to create favourable conditions for worthy and cost-effective work and successful entrepreneurship and to ensure digital transformation as the foundation of a high-tech future for the entire country, rather than that of a narrow group of companies.

We intend to focus the efforts of the state, the business community and civil society on these tasks and to implement a budgetary policy with the relevant incentives in the years ahead ." ( Putin, Davos )

Imagine a political leader who actually put the needs and well-being of his people before the special interests of his deep-pocket donors and shady corporate buddies. Imagine a leader who stood eye-to-eye with the big money guys and told them that their system "sucked" and that they were taking too much for themselves leaving nothing for anyone else. Imagine a leader who invited more criticism, hectoring, demonizing and punitive