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Some not bad examples from Comedy Central (especially apt "Bullsh**t Mountain characterization of Fox network by Jon Steward):

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


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

Aug 22, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

@lysias

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

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

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

Aug 21, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

And some jackboots. People love those jackboots.

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

[Aug 21, 2019] Kamala Harris is militantly progressive

Aug 21, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

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

Kamala Harris is militantly progressive

I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.

[Aug 20, 2019] Trump as the perfect president

Aug 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!!

or

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

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

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

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

[Aug 20, 2019] Something about Trump impeachment

Aug 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

[Aug 20, 2019] Something about Zionism

Aug 20, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

Aug 11, 2019 | twitter.com

John McAfee ‏ 8:02 AM - 10 Aug 2019

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

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

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

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

Aug 19, 2019 | original.antiwar.com

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

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

Aug 18, 2019 | off-guardian.org

Badger Down

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

Leaked FBI interview of one of the guards.

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

Guard #1: I was in his cell.

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

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

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

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

FBI: Are you sure it was off?

Guard #2: Oh yeah, it was unplugged.

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

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

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

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

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

ewmayer , July 31, 2018 at 6:05 pm

"Somebody called it Trump derangement syndrome."

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

Symptoms include:

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

Aug 17, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

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

The FBI, like the Titanic, is in trouble.

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

Aug 17, 2019 | nationalinterest.org

RAP999 2 years ago ,

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

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

Aug 17, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Marko , August 14, 2019 at 20:10

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

[Aug 17, 2019] Note on immigration

Aug 17, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

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

The Cherokees wish they had stopped immigration five centuries ago.

[Aug 16, 2019] Good to know

Aug 16, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

Joe Wallace , August 14, 2019 at 01:46

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

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

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

Aug 16, 2019 | off-guardian.org

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

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

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

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

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

[Aug 16, 2019] Another definition of chutzpah?

Aug 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

When somebody smashes you in the face and breaks his hand

And sues you for his medical expenses.

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

Aug 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

@Twodees Partain

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

@Assad al-islam

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

This is a pleasant vision -- but improbable.

[Aug 16, 2019] RIH vs RIP

Aug 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

Aug 15, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer , August 15, 2019 at 5:33 pm

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

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

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

Aug 15, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

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

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

edmondo , August 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clive , August 14, 2019 at 9:25 am

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

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

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

polecat , August 14, 2019 at 3:11 pm

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

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

[Aug 14, 2019] Grandpa Putin Loses Another Bet

Aug 14, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

FZ , Aug 14 2019 1:02 utc | 100

@ B, you overlooked this one. . .

Grandpa Putin Loses Another Bet
TrueStory Gazette, Aug. 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 14, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@Hail

Two words come to mind:

Banana Republic.

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

Banana Republic is owned by the GAP.

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

Aug 14, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

@Clifford Brown

Banana Republic is owned by the GAP.

Conceded.

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 13, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Eighthman , Aug 13 2019 19:18 utc | 67

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

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

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

Aug 13, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

Darren J. Beattie
@DarrenJBeattie

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

Chances of this happening?

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

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

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

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

[Aug 13, 2019] Note to aspiring US politicians

Aug 13, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Pliskin , 23 minutes ago link

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

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

Aug 13, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

im1dc , August 13, 2019 at 09:50 AM

1 in 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 13, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

One-way tickets only.

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 12, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Featherless , Aug 12 2019 4:18 utc | 63

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

Featherless , Aug 12 2019 4:12 utc | 61

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

[Aug 12, 2019] Something about NYT

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

JW , Aug 12 2019 2:48 utc | 48

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 12, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Ignacio , August 11, 2019 at 6:17 am

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

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

Aug 12, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

Aug 12, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... ... ...

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

Looks like Jeffrey had too many chains.

[Aug 11, 2019] Extended definition of suicide

Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

Aug 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

@Anonymous Epstein is likely still alive.

There is no confirmation that body was his.

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

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

Aug 11, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

ancientarcher , 11 August 2019 at 03:24 AM

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

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

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

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

Oh, I get it now!

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

DEDA CVETKO , 33 minutes ago link

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

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

Who has the movie rights to what we are living?

Cui bono?

... ... ...

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

Aug 08, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

ExPat2018 , 7 hours ago link

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

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

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

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

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

Especially via bankruptcy of the entire world, maybe?

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

Aug 07, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

anne , August 05, 2019 at 08:31 AM

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

August 4, 2019

Krugman on Trump and Trade: Not Tariffic

-- Peter Dorman

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

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

Aug 07, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 07, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

yalensis August 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm

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

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

Aug 07, 2019 | thenewkremlinstooge.wordpress.com

et Al August 2, 2019 at 6:05 am

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

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

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

####

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 05, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

ThePhantom , 16 minutes ago link

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

sarcasm

Dont_Stop_Believin , 30 minutes ago link

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

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

runswithscissors , 23 minutes ago link

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

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

Aug 05, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

donkeytale , Aug 4 2019 16:32 utc | 17

Noirette

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

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

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

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

ADKC , Aug 4 2019 20:21 utc | 38

... ... ...

Wow, donkeytale @17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... ... ...

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

Aug 03, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

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

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


Patrick Armstrong

[Aug 03, 2019] Why Trump hates regulations

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

Tomonthebeach , August 3, 2019 at 1:40 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Arioch , Aug 2 2019 19:54 utc | 12

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

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

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

IOW that is one story per media per month.

Kremlin propaganda was never so brutal and amassed!

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

dltravers , Aug 3 2019 4:33 utc | 58

jackrabbit @ 52

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

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

Kamala Harris: A Study in Showboating

Kamala Harris: Part 2

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

Aug 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 03, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Jackrabbit , Aug 3 2019 4:05 utc | 55

In 2016, Sanders was Hillary's sheepdog.

In 2020, the Democratic Party sheepdogs for democracy itself.

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

Aug 03, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

ted richard , 03 August 2019 at 01:22 PM

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Colleagues,

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

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

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

So, here is the big plan:

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

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

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

Keep their leaders arguing. Keep the blame game going.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our future looks great – because their future is bleak!

Thank you for your kind attention.

TJ Wormwood,

Demonic Chief Office – Finance

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

Aug 02, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

DeDude , August 02, 2019 at 10:50 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 11, 2018

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

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

By Nadia Khomami - Guardian

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

[Aug 01, 2019] Voodoo candidate Williamson

Aug 01, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

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

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

Aug 01, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

spyware-free , 13 minutes ago link

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

AKKadian , 12 minutes ago link

You never Know, right!

Someone Else , 9 minutes ago link

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

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

Aug 01, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

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

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

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

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

Wrong.

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

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

Aug 01, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

Lagado , 31 Jul 2019 05:27

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

[Aug 01, 2019] Jack1917

Aug 01, 2019 | profile.theguardian.com

31 Jul 2019 06:43

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

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

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

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

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

IndigoBleak , 31 Jul 2019 17:21

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 30, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Cripes , July 30, 2019 at 9:20 pm

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

XXYY , July 30, 2019 at 9:22 pm

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

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

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

ChuckW , July 30, 2019 at 10:44 pm

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

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

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

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

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

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

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

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

> Let's Bash Crazy Bernie

Didn't work, though.

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

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

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

Hickenlooper on nuclear weapons: " pullin' that trigger "

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

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

none , July 31, 2019 at 1:04 am

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

Dita , July 30, 2019 at 10:27 pm

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

pretzelattack , July 30, 2019 at 10:28 pm

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

Dita , July 30, 2019 at 10:33 pm

Make that "concealed" carry, winky winky

WheresOurTeddy , July 31, 2019 at 4:36 am

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

[Jul 31, 2019] Strange association

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

nippersmom , July 30, 2019 at 10:39 pm

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

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

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

richard , July 30, 2019 at 11:46 pm

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

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

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Paul , July 30, 2019 at 10:28 pm

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

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

scarn , July 30, 2019 at 10:56 pm

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

MichaelSF , July 31, 2019 at 2:23 pm

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

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

Jul 31, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

steverino999 , 10 minutes ago link

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

I guess Trump isn't so unique after all.

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

Jul 31, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

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

Is Klobuchar the only one who mentioned Russia?

pretzelattack , July 30, 2019 at 10:20 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sadly, there will be no military fly-by.

skippy , July 31, 2019 at 1:14 am

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

[Jul 30, 2019] It s not just America

Jul 26, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

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

Seymour Hersh

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

Jul 30, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Arioch , Jul 30 2019 7:30 utc | 73

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

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

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

Jul 29, 2019 | off-guardian.org

mark

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

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

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

[Jul 27, 2019] How you spell Schadenfreude

Jul 27, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Taras77 , July 25, 2019 at 12:07

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

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

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

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

Jul 27, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Janet Abbey , July 25, 2019 at 20:19

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

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

Highly recommended!
Jul 27, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Glennn , July 26, 2019 at 12:16

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

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

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

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

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

stephen kelley , July 25, 2019 at 22:34

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

John Wolfe , July 25, 2019 at 18:29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And:

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

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

Jul 26, 2019 | smh.com.au

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

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

[Jul 27, 2019] Pornographic Democracy by Linh Dinh

Jul 27, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

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

cannonball666 , 19 hours ago

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

Rep: "Sir, you have the report upsidedown"

Kris Roberts , 23 hours ago

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

Diana Seip , 1 day ago

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

Louis Frost, 1 day ago

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

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

Jul 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

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

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

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

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

Yog Soggoth , 3 hours ago link

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

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

ItsAllBollocks , 4 hours ago link

Post deleted due to cognitive disodence.

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

Jul 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Laguerre , Jul 23 2019 13:27 utc | 13

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

Jackrabbit , Jul 23 2019 15:08 utc | 26

Faux BoJo sings 'The Great Pretender'

Destined to become a classic.

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

I can imagine this sketch: (Bojo impersonator)

quote:

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

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

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

(straightens, fakey serious mien)

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

(in French with a fake plummy Brit accent)

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

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

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

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

... ... ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Probably the Russians are behind it.

[Jul 25, 2019] Everybody complains about politicians.

Jul 25, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Monty , July 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm

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

Never gets old.

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

Source of this delicious quote, please.

WheresOurTeddy , July 23, 2019 at 10:51 pm

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

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

Jul 24, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

MoreFreedom , 50 seconds ago link

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

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

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

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

Velocitor , 8 minutes ago link

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

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

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

RictaviousPorkchop , 37 minutes ago link

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here's a very brief trip down memory lane:

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

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

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

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

2018, NYT: Trump, Treasonous Traitor

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

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

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

2018, USA Today: " From Putin with love"

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

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

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

Embarrassing indeed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

[... Mueller who? ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cue ultra scary red Trump-Kremlin montage.

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

Jul 23, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Mah_Authoritah , 7 minutes ago link

FBI seems to come up in every scandal.

I think I'm beginning to see a pattern.

Kartolas , 7 minutes ago link

I'm shocked...

[Jul 23, 2019] Some thoughts about Mueller testimony

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

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

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

Blackberet , 23 July 2019 at 02:18 PM

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

[Jul 23, 2019] Jon Stewart for president

Jul 23, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

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

@27 curtis

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

[Jul 23, 2019] Neoliberalism and the USA

Jul 23, 2019 | www.unz.com

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

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

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

Jul 23, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

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

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

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

Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

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

Chuck Prince, CEO Citigroup, July 9, 2007

[Jul 22, 2019] A baited banker

Jul 22, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com

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

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

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

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

Jonathan Swift, A Run Upon the Bankers

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

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

rwe2late , 1 hour ago link

Draining the swamp means hiring the lobbyists

- Orwell

...err, I meant Trump.

War is Peace

- well, now that's Orwell

(and many others in government and elsewhere)

Klassenfeind , 2 hours ago link

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

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

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

[Jul 20, 2019] Corporate welfare and you

Jul 20, 2019 | failedevolution.blogspot.com

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

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

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

Jul 20, 2019 | www.nytimes.com

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

Instead it will go alongside Dick Cheney's prediction, on the eve of the Iraq war, that "we will, in fact, be welcomed as liberators."

[Jul 18, 2019] Not sure how to explain that to students in 101 History of the US

Jul 18, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Mina , Jul 18 2019 16:48 utc | 1

Not sure how to explain that to students in 101 History of the US. On one side it is ok fort he US President to sing "send her back" about an elected member of congress who is born in Somalia,
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49035505
But on the other side, according to the US embassy in Poland, it is 'promoting hatred' to have stickers 'LGBT freezone'.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49037275

[Jul 17, 2019] 13 Russian Indictments -- Letter From Putin to Mueller

Notable quotes:
"... I originally published this as a satirical Facebook Note on February 21, 2018, after the New York Times reported on February 16, 2018 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 13 Russians. ..."
Jul 15, 2019 | medium.com

Michael Weddle Follow Jul 15 · 3 min read

I originally published this as a satirical Facebook Note on February 21, 2018, after the New York Times reported on February 16, 2018 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted 13 Russians.

February 21, 2018

The Honorable Robert Swan Mueller III
Special Investigating Counsel
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530–0001

Dear Mr. Mueller:

I read with great interest your indictments of 13 Russian citizens and three Russian corporations.

Please note that Russia encourages you to continue your investigatory efforts as we are confident you will find that neither myself or any representatives of my office and government have anything to do with what many of your politicians and media members are describing as "Russian collusion" or "Russian meddling" with the US 2016 elections.

Also, as a side note, please know that we in Russia are completely surprised at how you conducted your 2016 election. From the vantage point of anyone living outside of America those elections did not appear fair at all. We in Russia are surprised by this as we thought you were a better nation than what we saw from your 2016 national elections.

Although the United States of America and The Russian Federation hold no formal extradition treaty agreement, please be advised I am willing to use the powers of my office to contact those whom you've indicted and I will do my utmost to encourage them to come to America in order to stand the trial of your indictments. We are confident that your jurisprudence system for legal discovery will produce both remarkable and enlightening evidence for your investigation.

On a mundane matter, would you be willing to pay for the costs of their travel and housing expenses while they stand trial in America, or would you prefer that The Russian Federation to cover this expense?

Finally, please find attached a copy of the Constitution of The Russian Federation. You are welcome to share with your fellow citizens as we are confident they will become very surprised by what they learn from reading the contents of our Constitution.

http://www.constitution.ru/en/10003000-01.htm

Very truly yours,

Vladimir Putin, President The Russian Federation

PS: I strongly recommend that your FBI, NSA and DHS departments thoroughly examine the DNC computers in order to determine if they were actually "hacked." I'm confident you will discover that the documents published by Wikileaks were the product of an inside "leak" onto a thumb drive. Please note that I am shocked that the thoroughness of your investigation has not yet accomplished this simple and obvious task.

[Jul 17, 2019] NYT and legal terminology

Jul 17, 2019 | www.nytimes.com


sandgk
Columbus, OH July 8

"Nude photos of underage girls ..." This would be what the law also calls child pornogrpahy.

[Jul 17, 2019] Victoria's Secret Boss Wexner Swears He Didn't Know About Epstein Penchant For Pedophilia

Jul 17, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

arthgallo , 1 day ago link

Well I"m completely satisfied. Bill Clinton said he didn't know; now Wexler says he didn't know anything either. Guess that the end of all the speculation. Might have to just open up those videos huh?

[Jul 17, 2019] A major problem with US neoliberalism: unbelievably shallow people run for the highest office in the US

Degeneration of the USA elite really is getting speed.
Notable quotes:
"... I've been watching in complete dismay for more than two decades now how many unbelievably empty people run for the highest office in the US. These people are empty. No substance, no soul, no brain or heart. Nothing. ..."
Jul 17, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com
Hrant , 3 days ago

I've been watching in complete dismay for more than two decades now how many unbelievably empty people run for the highest office in the US. These people are empty. No substance, no soul, no brain or heart. Nothing.

[Jul 15, 2019] Paedophile, or pedophile, is not the right word for what Epstein is accused of. Espionage is.

Jul 15, 2019 | www.unz.com

Gordo , says: July 12, 2019 at 2:35 pm GMT

@Tono Bungay

paedophile, or pedophile, is not the right word for what Epstein is accused of.

Espionage is the issue here methinks, not a discussion of the age of consent in West Virginia.

[Jul 15, 2019] Jared and Ivanka

Jul 05, 2019 | unz.com
Real Buddy Ray , July 5, 2019 at 2:27 pm GMT

It's no fair. We can't criticicize Jared without being called antisemitic. Ms. Mercer experts us to believe Ivanka is the power player when Ivanka was off having a baby. Jared didn't have the meeting with the Russian lawyer.

It was Ivanka. Jared didn't rewrite Trump's immigration proposals. It was Ivanka. Jared didn't leak that Trump Junior was at the meeting with the Russian. It was Ivanka.

It was Ivanka who undercut Tillerson and had her own shadow state department. Ivanka who instructed Flynn to contact Russian diplomats during the transition.

I agree that all Trump's failures are Ivanka's fault. She's is his favorite child and the only the reason Jared is in the White House -- firing anyone remotely competent and dooming Trump to the biggest election loss since Goldwater.

Ms. Mercer doesn't see her own ethnocentrism by blaming Ivanka for all Jared's failures. She's scapegoating. So we are doomed to let Trump fail because his liberal (neoconnish) son-in-law is Jewish? We can't kvetch? And there is so much more.

Jared really is at the helm of everything. Trump suddenly raised tariffs on Mexico recently and they were worried. They called Jared as reported by vanity fair. They Mexicans did not call our president. They went straight to the source of power just like Kim Kardashian's did. Jared got back in town and talked his father-in-law out of those tariffs. He even convinced his father in law that he gained something from the Mexicans. That something was something the Mexicans were already going to do. And Trump left us with was another cave. Thanks Jared.

[Jul 13, 2019] The sequel to the movie "

From comments: Remember where you heard this first, "Current and former intelligence officials" tell me that Mueller has asked his mother to write a note to be excused from the field trip to Congress next Thursday, the 17th.
In my view, the only sympathy Mueller should be able to elicit at this point is the cruel reality that he chose to perform one last job for the Deep State after he had reached the age of statutory senility. Or... Maybe Mueller should ask Putin for asylum before he concedes the truth and implicates Brennan, Clapper, Hillary and Obama as masterminds of Intelgate. ... It should be interesting to see how this plays out, if the judiciary has the fortitude to stand up to the Den of Spooks.
Jul 13, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Stan W. , July 12, 2019 at 13:55

The myth regarding Russian influence in the 2016 election that enabled Donald Trump to "steal" the presidency from Hillary Clinton would make a good sequel to a movie from 1966. Its title: "THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!"

[Jul 13, 2019] Epstein-Barr virus epidemic strikes New York and DC; thousands stricken by Alligator Ed

Notable quotes:
"... primarily afflicts establishment democrats, in or out of office. For strictly show purposes, the Dems are allowed to have several (but no too many) Republican friends, but such companionship does not prevent infection. ..."
"... very similar to a case of Severe Trump Derangement Syndrome, which we professionals often acronymize* to STDS. STDS also stands for sexually transmitted diseases. ..."
Jul 11, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Epstein-Barr virus epidemic strikes New York and DC; thousands stricken

on Thu, 07/11/2019 - 11:47pm

This has been a helluva news week.

According to Q: The Storm Is Here. And if anybody thinks this Epstein deal is going to blow over--night, but not before the storm knocks over many stalwart denizens.

Now speaking as a physician of sorts (I think we all have experienced sorts), The Centers for Disease Control has not authorized me or anyone to say what I am going to say. And thank you very much. But clinicians at CDC* (* meaning not really official) are saying that first indications of this disease are sometimes extremely subtle, such as repetitively looking over one's shoulder.

Incubation period:

anywhere between today and 1/1/2020

Epidemiology

primarily afflicts establishment democrats, in or out of office. For strictly show purposes, the Dems are allowed to have several (but no too many) Republican friends, but such companionship does not prevent infection.

Symptomatology

very similar to a case of Severe Trump Derangement Syndrome, which we professionals often acronymize* to STDS. STDS also stands for sexually transmitted diseases.

*how do you like this new neologism (which is repetitive)?

... ... ...

[Jul 12, 2019] Neo iberalism is an oxymoron; it is not liberating, but rather constraining

Jul 12, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Kefeer , 4 hours ago

Liberalism is an oxymoron; it is not liberating, but rather constraining.

Mah_Authoritah , 4 hours ago

It liberates you from your mind & wealth.

Watch what liberals practice, not what they preach.

[Jul 12, 2019] Holding onto evidence was important

Jul 12, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Anunnaki , 4 hours ago

Yes Bill Clinton was a pedo President.

Moving and Grooving , 3 hours ago

So Monica was a MILF sort of thing?

SergeA.Storms , 3 hours ago

No, she was the only one old enough to understand holding onto evidence was important.

[Jul 12, 2019] A new place for a fair trial for Epstein

Jul 12, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Lumberjack , 3 hours ago

BREAKING:

Epstein's trial is being moved to Tel Aviv. His dream team claim he cannot get a fair trail... Even in New York.

[Jul 11, 2019] Epstein and Schumer "six ways to Sunday" quote

Jul 11, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Jackprong , 4 hours ago

I find it ironic that "the-intel-community-will-get-you-six-ways-to-sunday" Chuck U. Schumer telling Trump to fire his Labor Secretary who followed orders from the same Intel Community by giving a watered down sentence to Epstein.

[Jul 11, 2019] NYT publishes the article "Jeffrey Epstein Is the Ultimate Symbol of Plutocratic Rot"

Jul 11, 2019 | www.unz.com

nickels , says: July 10, 2019 at 7:50 pm GMT

That's funny because I always thought the New York Times was the ultimate symbol of plutocratic rot.

[Jul 11, 2019] Epstein and "City on a hill"

Jul 11, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Paco , 09 July 2019 at 01:46 PM

¿City on a hill?

Caligula an Nero look good compared to that tribe.

[Jul 10, 2019] Epstein vs Weiner

Jul 10, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Bunga Bunga , 2 hours ago

So there might be interesting stuff on the DVDs found in Epstein's vaults.

SergeA.Storms , 2 hours ago

They will be stowed with Weiner's laptop.

PGR88 , 2 hours ago

the Problem with blackmailing powerful people is that eventually you get killed

[Jul 10, 2019] Ann Coulter Thinks Epstein Had a State Sponsor

Putin probably gagged on his popcorn
Notable quotes:
"... Hmm...It's not the Russians??? What foreign government could it be? ... ..."
Jul 10, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

ken , 10 minutes ago

Hmm...It's not the Russians??? What foreign government could it be? ...

MagicCooler , 1 hour ago

Ann Coulter is like the proverbial "broken clock" -- right twice a day...

RealityColin , 56 minutes ago

Mossad.

cayman , 37 minutes ago

cia

Andrew G , 34 minutes ago

What's the difference between Mossad and the CIA???

Chupacabra , 7 minutes ago

*ding ding ding*

MushroomCloud2020 , 1 hour ago

Pedostein should be at Guantanamo, but if they take him down there for some non-kosher interrogation, we won't get updates. I'm sure Pedostein is working for Iran. s/c

[Jul 09, 2019] Pretty Please - - Trump Asked Iran To Allow Him To Bomb It

This is like fake wrestling on internati0nal arena. Typical negotiations before the fake wrestling event
Jul 09, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Don Bacon , Jul 8 2019 15:35 utc | 4

An Iranian general yesterday confirmed Magnier's take (also here ):

A senior Iranian general has revealed that Washington, through diplomatic channels, recently asked Tehran to allow it to conduct a small-scale operation in the Iranian airspace in order to save its face following the IRGC's shoot-down of a US spy drone.

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, the Head of Iran's Civil Defence Organization, said Iran vehemently rejected the US request, saying that it will respond to any act of aggression.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran responded that it views any operation as a war and will give a crushing response to it. You may initiate a war but this is Iran which will finish it," he said Sunday.

The idea that the U.S. would ask Iran to allow it to bomb some targets without hitting back sounds crazy.

Dear Mr. Rouhani,

could you please name me three targets in your country that I am allowed to bomb?

It is urgent as I need to look tough on Iran.

Pretty please!

Donald Trump

But this is the Trump White House and the only thing Trump really seems to care for is his own rating.

. . .that Trump be allowed to bomb one, two or three clear objectives, to be chosen by Iran,
Trump has experience in such a charade, when empty buildings were struck with US rockets after the fake Syrian "gas attack" in Douma, April 2018. Probably the details were worked out between US and Russia in that case. That it wasn't possible this time is a clear indication of Iran strength. Stronger than Russia! Imagine that.

bevin , Jul 8 2019 15:36 utc | 5

Alistair Crooke thinking about Iran and Israel
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/07/08/to-think-outside-box-helps-first-understand-whats-box/
Don Wiscacho , Jul 8 2019 15:42 utc | 6
That Trump would come begging hat in hand seeking for Tehran to let the US bomb the country unimpeded does not strike me as surprising or implausible. It fits Trump's trademark MO of "chaotic, incoherent" to a 't', with a heavy dash of megalomania thrown in as well. Just another day in the office for Trump.
The seizure of the Grace 1 is more intriguing for its brazen illegality as well as the reported circumstances (if one can believe the Brits in their claim of boarding 2.5 miles from shore). Was this another avenue of "maximum pressure" cooked up by Iran?
As for Iran seeking US military targets in the region, those sitting ducks will be the last targets sought. Not that they might not, but that certainly would be nuclear option for Tehran. There is much lower hanging fruit to target that would cripple the lackey Gulf states. Hitting the desalination plants of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain would ruin those economies overnight without risking environmental fallout. Iran would be hammered in the MSM, but would be no matter their course of action. Those countries would have strategic reserves of water, so I wouldn't imagine people actually dying of thirst in the desert, but the next day there would be a biblical exodus of the ex-pats that run those economies. The UAE would grind to a halt, there would be a possible overthrow of the monarchy of Bahrain, and massive unrest in Saudi Arabia, without risking immediate gloves-off war with the US.
Dan Lynch , Jul 8 2019 15:50 utc | 8

The cartoon has an element of truth, but mainly Trump is doing the bidding of his pro-Israel billionaire funders, Sheldon Adelson and Robert Mercer. They are frustrated that Trump has not been forceful enough with Iran.

Mercer">https://www.salon.com/2019/06/18/robert-and-rebekah-mercer-bail-on-trump-campaign-they-spent-49-million-in-2016/">Mercer bails on Trump

[Jul 09, 2019] One possible variant of 2020 elections

Jul 09, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Deniz , July 8, 2019 at 17:50

The Grabber in Chief vs Willie Brown's mistress -- wonderful.

[Jul 06, 2019] Neoliberal democrats for profit love of minorities

Nov 10, 2016 | discussion.theguardian.com

JamesWonnacott , 10 Nov 2016 11:18

"And of course, they answer it by bashing immigrants and people of colour, vilifying Muslims, and degrading women."

Muslims, of course, never degrade women do they?

[Jul 06, 2019] Which is worse - bankers or terrorists

Jul 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

John k , , July 5, 2019 at 1:27 pm

But consider Saudi us relations… who is kissing who’s ring?
Or consider Israeli us relations… ditto.
We’re a thuggish whore whose favors are easily bought; bring dollars or votes. Or kiss the ring.

[Jul 06, 2019] Washington consensus is now known as the Beijing consensus

Notable quotes:
"... Beijing has taken over support for the Washington consensus as they have thirty years experience telling them how well it works for them. ..."
Jul 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Sound of the Suburbs , , July 6, 2019 at 2:53 pm

A multi-polar world became a uni-polar world with the fall of the Berlin Wall and Francis Fukuyama said it was the end of history.

The Americans had other ideas and set about creating another rival as fast as they possibly could, China. China went from almost nothing to become a global super power.

The Americans have realised they have messed up big time and China will soon take over the US as the world's largest economy.

Beijing has taken over support for the Washington consensus as they have thirty years experience telling them how well it works for them.

The Washington consensus is now known as the Beijing consensus.

[Jul 06, 2019] Pompeus Maximus and the USA as a Pirate Nation

Notable quotes:
"... Yes. It's piracy. USA a Pirate Nation. UK a useful part of the gang. ..."
"... I mean, empires have always been expansionist, violently expansionist. I mean, this is bad, but the empire is the empire. What bothers me is the lying. The filthy unbelievable lies emanating from the likes of Hillaria Terroristica and Pompeus Maximus and even from Obama the Salesman emperor, Emperor Tex Bush the second, and our current Carnival Barker Emperor Trumpius the Rube Caller. Let alone the generals lying thru their teeth. ..."
Jul 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

divadab, July 5, 2019 at 10:57 am

Yes. It's piracy. USA a Pirate Nation. UK a useful part of the gang.

I mean, empires have always been expansionist, violently expansionist. I mean, this is bad, but the empire is the empire. What bothers me is the lying. The filthy unbelievable lies emanating from the likes of Hillaria Terroristica and Pompeus Maximus and even from Obama the Salesman emperor, Emperor Tex Bush the second, and our current Carnival Barker Emperor Trumpius the Rube Caller. Let alone the generals lying thru their teeth.

It makes the whole enterprise ridiculous -- no one but the stupidest and most brainwashed believes the filthy liars. Terrible that our ruling class are traitors to the country -- because why lie unless you have no respect for those ruled? Lie to the stupid cattle -- let them repeat the lies and laugh at their stupidity.

[Jul 06, 2019] Peace though procurement malpractice

Notable quotes:
"... The current batch of military hardware is so much garbage that when the President wants to use the "superb" pieces of crap (F35 and the new boats are prime examples) a general will have to become the sacrificial lamb and give the president the news that this stuff is for show only. ..."
Jul 06, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

cnchal, July 5, 2019 at 5:38 am

Peace though procurement malpractice. The current batch of military hardware is so much garbage that when the President wants to use the "superb" pieces of crap (F35 and the new boats are prime examples) a general will have to become the sacrificial lamb and give the president the news that this stuff is for show only.

[Jul 06, 2019] DJT is like a less-likeable Inspector Clouseau. Sometimes ineptitude is a blessing

Notable quotes:
"... Same old, same old, same old, same old. Prospective candidates spewing out the same tired old hot air about how, this time, it really, really, really, really will be different. There won't be any more crazy multitrillion wars for Israel. Honest. ..."
Jul 06, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Piotr Berman , July 3, 2019 at 14:49

Comparatively great?

Like the "withdrawal from Syria", a typically fleeting idea?

Breaking a few treaties? Ratcheting up support of the carnage and starvation in Yemen?

The "comparatively great" side of Trump is attention deficiency disorder, so it is hard for him to start a war, something that requires some degree of organization and coordinating different branches of governments, different countries etc.

Seer , July 3, 2019 at 17:02

Nailed it!

DJT is like a less-likeable Inspector Clouseau. Sometimes ineptitude is a blessing: this was my only hope when refusing to vote for HRC.

mark , July 3, 2019 at 00:17

Same old, same old, same old, same old. Prospective candidates spewing out the same tired old hot air about how, this time, it really, really, really, really will be different. There won't be any more crazy multitrillion wars for Israel. Honest.

Just like Dubya. Just like Obomber. Just like the Orange Baboon. Whilst simultaneously begging for shekels from Adelson, Saban, Singer, Marcus.

And this is the "new anti war movement." Yeah.

[Jul 06, 2019] Back to Roman numerals in the USA? 56% of American parents not wanting Arabic numerals taught to their children

This level of ignorance is actually is pretty typical and not only for the USA... Kind of death sentence for democracy.
Jul 06, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com
Turkey, NATO and Russia - Sic Semper Tyrannis

Lars ,

Until you fix the problem with, according to a poll, 56% of American parents not wanting Arabic numerals taught to their children. I suspect that an equal number would not be able to find any of the mentioned places on a map.

Where those with crystal balls find certainty, I find something much less.

We do know that containment polices can work very well, but any involvement in the world's longest contested area is not worth the cost, nor the risk.

The US has already spent a fortune, with very little to show for it.

Maybe it is all about learning?

[Jul 05, 2019] The Donald's Peculiar Problem- Ivanka by Ilana Mercer

Jul 05, 2019 | www.unz.com

Even Margaret Thatcher, a master of the manly art of the parliamentary joust, would have been left speechless at this American girl's audacious idiocy. Having no empathy for woman-centric whining, The Iron Lady would have hand-bagged Ivanka with that famous little bag of hers.

Ivanka at her serious best is Barbie doll hair, an overbite, Botox and mind-numbing banalities. The two brilliant women she's preening before are not in the habit of disgorging American-style jargon like "male-dominated," "intersectionality," "transsexuality." Neither do May and Lagarde rabbit on about "women in politics," "women in business," women in sport," "women in this or that."

[Jul 04, 2019] Now and then

Jul 04, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Don Bacon , Jul 4 2019 17:50 utc | 24

current news - TOLONews
> The Hour Has Come For Peace In Afghanistan: Pompeo . . here
old news, seven years ago - BBC
> Obama in Afghanistan: 'We must replace war with peace' . . here

[Jul 04, 2019] Is Warren an intelligence firepower?

Jul 04, 2019 | www.unz.com

Jim bob Lassiter , says: July 2, 2019 at 1:07 pm GMT

@renfro

"Intelligence firepower"? You mean like so smart that she just knew that there was no way a nine year old kid with an internet connection could debunk her Cherokee ancestry claims?

[Jul 02, 2019] A lot of wanderers in the US political desert recognize that all the two party duopoly can offer is a choice of mirages

Jan 02, 2019 | caucus99percent.co

--

A lot of wanderers in the U.S. political desert recognize that all the duopoly has to offer is a choice of mirages.

Come, let us trudge towards empty expanse of sand #1, littered with the bleached bones of Deaniacs and Hope and Changers.

-- lotlizard

[Jul 01, 2019] Tour d'horizon

Jul 01, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

6. Tucker Carlson as a replacement for the 'stache? Good idea! Make the 'stache ambassador to Turkey or Israel. pl

catherine ,

''Make the 'stache ambassador to Turkey or Israel. ''

Heaven forbid! Put him on a plane and drop him out over Houthis territory in Yemen instead.

[Jun 30, 2019] Two cheers for chickenhawks

Notable quotes:
"... And how many congresspeople served in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan? How many presidential candidates had boots on the ground in combat theaters? The answer is one. Here is the moral decay of America's ruling elites boiled down to a single word. ..."
Jun 30, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

And how many congresspeople served in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan? How many presidential candidates had boots on the ground in combat theaters? The answer is one. Here is the moral decay of America's ruling elites boiled down to a single word.

Giant Meteor , 5 hours ago link

Moral leaders, lead. There is your moral decay.

44_shooter , 5 hours ago link

It didn't matter when they did. McStain fought, and absolutely LOVED war. Plenty of the Hawks served and fought, it's like frat boys who were hazed, carrying on the hazing.

[Jun 30, 2019] Happenings in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave

Jun 30, 2019 | dissidentvoice.org

The Sunday newspaper had been left on the park bench. Its book page had lists of best-sellers, as if numbers two through ten could be the "best" along with number one. Absurdities were everywhere for the taking. On the Non-Fiction Hardcover list, numbers 3, 5, and 10 each had the word fuck in the title.

The books were published by two old and respected publishing houses: Harper and Little Brown.

However, something was odd, for the word fuck was spelled f*ck.

These books were about hope, acceptance, and living the good life, cliché topics in a feel-good culture: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Everything is F*cked, and Calm the F*ck Down.

It seemed you had to be fucked first before you could accept the hope that the good life was coming your way.

[Jun 30, 2019] Pessimists vs. optimists is an old dichotomy: "Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book" ~Cicero

Jun 30, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Jackprong , 5 hours ago link

"Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book." -Cicero

[Jun 29, 2019] John Bolton is that you? on ZH? cooool, maybe pompeo will show up later?

Jun 29, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

LaugherNYC , 2 hours ago link

You gotta love the SCI. This shallowly-disguised Russian propaganda arm writes in the most charming awkward idiomatic English, bouncing from a "false neutral" tone to a jingoistic Amercia-phobic argot to produce its hit pieces.

Russian propaganda acts like Claude Raines in "Casablanca" : "i am shocked, shocked to discover (geopolitics) going on here!" Geeeee, Europe and the US are in a struggle to avoid Europe relying on Russia for strategic necessities like fuel, even if it imposes costs on European consumers. If you have a dangerous disease, and your pharmacist is known for cutting off their customers' vital drugs to extort them, you might consider using another provider who not only doesn't cut off supplies, but also provides the police department that protects you from your pharmacist's thugs who are known to invade customers' homes using the profits from their own business.

The US provides the protective umbrella that limits Putin's adventurism. Russia cuts of Ukraine's gas supplies in winter to force them into submission. Gasprom is effectively an arm of the Russian military, weaponizing Russia's only product as a geopolitical taser. Sure, it costs more to transport LNG across the Atlantic and convert it back to gas, but the profits from that business are routinely funneled back to Europe in the form of US trade, contributions to NATO, and the provision of the nuclear umbrella that protects Europeans from the man who has publicly lamented the fall of the Soviet Union, called for the return of the former SSRs, and violated the IRM treaty to place nuclear capable intermediate-range missiles and cruise missiles within range of Europe and boasted about his new hypersonic weapons' theoretic capability to decapitate NATO and American decision-making within a few minutes of launch.

... ... ...

Anonymous IX , 2 hours ago link

Oh, for pity's sake, Laugher. Everything...absolutely everything you attribute to Russia in your post can be said of the U.S. I'm not much of a Wiki fan, but for expediency, here's their view on military bases.

The establishment of military bases abroad enables a country to project power , e.g. to conduct expeditionary warfare , and thereby influence events abroad. Depending on their size and infrastructure, they can be used as staging areas or for logistical, communications and intelligence support. Many conflicts throughout modern history have resulted in overseas military bases being established in large numbers by world powers and the existence of bases abroad has served countries having them in achieving political and military goals.

And this link will provide you with countries worldwide and their bases.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_with_overseas_military_bases

Note that Russia, in this particular list, has eight bases all contiguous to Russia. The U.S. has 36 listed here with none of them contiguous to the U.S.' borders.

[Jun 29, 2019] Hiring aircraft computer engineers at $9/hr by Boeing is a great idea. Who could argue with smart cost saving?

Jun 29, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Anonymous IX , 3 minutes ago link

I love it. A company which fell in love so much with their extraordinary profits that they sabatoged their design and will now suffer enormous financial consequences. They're lucky to have all their defense/military contracts.

[Jun 28, 2019] Why some people might still vote for Trump ;-)

Jun 28, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Bill Carson , June 27, 2019 at 10:44 pm

I might vote for Trump if, as Biden suggests, his reelection means the end of NATO.

[Jun 28, 2019] What's wrong with America

Notable quotes:
"... "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." Isaac Asimov ..."
Jun 28, 2019 | peakoilbarrel.com

Carlos Diaz says: 06/23/2019 at 2:37 pm

What's wrong with America, that believes the solution to any international problem is war?

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." Isaac Asimov

[Jun 28, 2019] Neoliberal MSM proposed set of debate questions for Bernie Sanders

Jun 27, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Chris , June 27, 2019 at 7:56 pm

Let's see if they can keep Bernie in the same cage they put Tulsi in. I can't imagine they'll be helpful or even polite to him. I expect "debate" questions such as:

[Jun 28, 2019] Proposal for 2024 Democratic debates

Jun 28, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

OpenThePodBayDoorsHAL , June 28, 2019 at 3:55 am

For 2024 let's just have cage fights, contestants show up naked with their names and policy positions tattooed on their bodies, each gets a bucket of slime to smear on their opponent to try and cover them up. Then Sergei Brin's computer chooses the winner

Svante, June 28, 2019 at 6:28 am

...But I’d add corporate logo branding Irons...

[Jun 28, 2019] Tulsi Gabbard vs Bolton

Highly recommended!
Jun 28, 2019 | www.unz.com

Chris Mallory , says: June 28, 2019 at 2:04 am GMT

Miss Gabbard just served two tours in the ME, one as enlisted in the HI National Guard.

Brave Mr. Bolton kept the dirty communists from endangering the US supply of Chesapeake crab while serving in the Maryland Guard. Rumor also has it that he helped Tompall Glaser write the song Streets of Baltimore. Some say they saw Mr. Bolton single handily defending Memorial Stadium from a combined VC/NVA attack during an Orioles game. The Cubans would have conquered the Pimlico Race Course if not for the combat skill of PFC Bolton.

[Jun 27, 2019] Real men go to Teheran!

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Noirette , Jun 23, 2019 11:16:27 AM | 10

Trump strove for some foreign policy triumphs. The art of the deal!

Real men go to Teheran!

[Jun 27, 2019] The more things change the more they stay the same

Jun 27, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Sid Finster says: May 7, 2019 at 10:53 am

...Just as Obama turned out to be a slightly more articulate version of Dubya, Trump has turned out to be a meaner, more dysfunctional, more reckless version of Dubya.

[Jun 27, 2019] What Bolton needs most

Jun 27, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Uncle Billy says: May 7, 2019 at 9:44 pm Bolton needs a rabies shot. The man is a rabid neocon.

[Jun 27, 2019] Consistency in the US Presidents betrayal of their voters is simply remarable

Trump is the same "betrayer in chief" as Obama was. They both are variations of Bush II
Jun 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org
Josh , Jun 26, 2019 1:54:18 PM | 19
This dude (Trump) has spent more than two years, and a ton of money, trying to pull the undercurrent of dissent in the American population into his camp and under his wing.

In all of his 'fighting with the establishment' he has managed to change exactly nothing and bring exactly nobody to justice. He has gathered the entirety of the Bush/Rumsfeld faction directly into his tent, while miraculously failing to so much as arrest a single member of the Clinton faction. And to top it off he just ordered an armed attack on an independent nation (which failed in spectacular fashion as thr first targeting drone was vaporized while he was watching the livestream). Come on dude.

[Jun 27, 2019] Twitter To Censor Trump Tweets Ahead Of 2020 Election

Jun 27, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

[Jun 27, 2019] Something about the state of neoliberal MSM in the USA

Jun 27, 2019 | www.wsws.org

лидия3 days ago

When a FOX-news man is the most sane voice in USA foreign policy (regarding aggression against Iran and Venezuela) - it is the real madness!

[Jun 27, 2019] Something about neoliberal MSM

Jun 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Curtis , Jun 26, 2019 6:12:43 PM | 54

michaelj72 #37
I'm the Slime - Frank Zappa

I am gross and perverted
I'm obsessed 'n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little has changed
I'm the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you

I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious
With the stuff that I say
I'm the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozin' out
From your TV set

You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't go for help . . . no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

[Jun 27, 2019] Western News Agencies Mistranslate Iran's President Speech - It Is Not The First Time Such 'Error' Happens

Notable quotes:
"... Give the MSM some break. They have translate it to Hebrew, and from Hebrew to English. Mistakes could happen. ..."
Jun 27, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Choderlos de Laclos , Jun 26, 2019 10:55:51 PM | 99

Give the MSM some break. They have translate it to Hebrew, and from Hebrew to English. Mistakes could happen.

[Jun 27, 2019] Glenn Greenwald: People Who Feel Inadequate In Life Get Purpose And Strength By Calling For War

Notable quotes:
"... Glenn Greenwald called out journalists and columnists pushing for a war with Iran and lamented that people who have been continually wrong are often hailed as the voice of authority and reason in an interview with FNC's Tucker Carlson on Friday. ..."
Jun 27, 2019 | www.realclearpolitics.com

Glenn Greenwald called out journalists and columnists pushing for a war with Iran and lamented that people who have been continually wrong are often hailed as the voice of authority and reason in an interview with FNC's Tucker Carlson on Friday.

Greenwald specifically took aim at Jeffrey Goldberg of 'The Atlantic' who he said got a promotion for being wrong about the war in Iraq.

VIDEO

Posted by: John Smith | Jun 27, 2019 1:05:43 AM | 113

[Jun 26, 2019] Rules of the game

Jun 26, 2019 | www.rt.com

It was Charles De Gaulle who once said, " In order to be the master, the politician poses as the servant ." In the case of a US presidential election, his words should be amended to read: " In order serve corporate America, the politician poses as the servant of the people ."

[Jun 26, 2019] Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results: It's amazing that 19 years of Afghanistan occupation and trillion spend it without any return this has failed to teach The USA leaders any humility.

Jun 26, 2019 | www.reuters.com

Trump is massively overconfident .

Asked if a war was brewing, Trump told Fox Business Network: "I hope we don't but we're in a very strong position if something should happen."

"I'm not talking boots on the ground," Trump said. "I'm just saying if something would happen, it wouldn't last very long."

[Jun 26, 2019] What Boeing should be with already produced MAX planes

Jun 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Timmay , 38 minutes ago link

Who would ever want to fly on one of these planes ever again??

free corn , 36 minutes ago link

They should convert them to drones - turn problem to opportunity.

inhibi , 39 minutes ago link

Ahh, so 737 Plunge Machine wasn't all that off for accurate new name.

Vince Clortho , 46 minutes ago link

Very negative Headline. Implies that Uncontrollable Nosedives are a bad thing.

ted41776 , 56 minutes ago link

shut up racists, why do you hate murkans? FAA said they're airworthy, what else do you want to hear?

[Jun 26, 2019] From MAGA to MIGA -- Trump metamorphosis under influence of Adelson money

Jun 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

R19 , 13 minutes ago link

Please prioritize in line with our current game plan:

MAGA

MIGA

MSAGA

MMEGA

R19 , 13 minutes ago link

1. MIGA

2. MSAGA

3. MMEGA

4. MAGA

[Jun 26, 2019] The first rule of political hypocrisy: Justify your actions by the need to protect the weak and vulnerable

Highly recommended!
Jun 26, 2019 | www.unz.com

...If you bomb Syria, do not admit you did it to install your puppet regime or to lay a pipeline. Say you did it to save the Aleppo kids gassed by Assad the Butcher. If you occupy Afghanistan, do not admit you make a handsome profit smuggling heroin; say you came to protect the women. If you want to put your people under total surveillance, say you did it to prevent hate groups target the powerless and diverse.

Remember: you do not need to ask children, women or immigrants whether they want your protection. If pushed, you can always find a few suitable profiles to look at the cameras and repeat a short text. With all my dislike for R2P (Responsibility to Protect) hypocrisy, I can't possibly blame the allegedly protected for the disaster caused by the unwanted protectors.

[Jun 26, 2019] Trump vs Sun Tsu

Jun 26, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

DingleBarryObummer , 15 minutes ago link

Appear weak when you are strong, appear strong when you are weak.

Rusty Pipes , 12 minutes ago link

And you appear stupid, when you are stupid, grats on that.

[Jun 25, 2019] It is utterly bizarre to hear people who believe Trump is unfit to lead seem disappointed that he isn't taking us to war. by W. James Antle III

Notable quotes:
"... Trump staggers through his presidency like a pinball bouncing its way through the machine - first this side, then that side, then being flipped back up to the top by a comment he hears on Fox News to start it all over again. ..."
Jun 25, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com
Ken T a day ago
Trump staggers through his presidency like a pinball bouncing its way through the machine - first this side, then that side, then being flipped back up to the top by a comment he hears on Fox News to start it all over again.

[Jun 25, 2019] Tucker Carlson advice to Trump

Jun 25, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Ben Alberduin , 2 days ago

"Ill advised wars are like doing cocaine: The initial rush rises your poll-numbers, but the crash is inevitable." Wise words Mr Carlson

[Jun 25, 2019] CNN evolution

Jun 25, 2019 | www.youtube.com

Jigoku Kishi , 21 hours ago

CNN:

2016: He's gonna start WW3

2019: He should have started WW3

[Jun 25, 2019] Like a true ((American)) woman and mother

Jun 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Malla , says: June 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm GMT

@J. Gutierrez

Madeline Albright responded to the question "1 million dead Iraqi babies is that an acceptable number for the US"? Like a true American woman and mother she said, "yes its acceptable."

You mean 'Like a true ((American)) woman and mother'

[Jun 25, 2019] Who lost Iraq

Jun 25, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Michael Murry , June 24, 2019 at 01:16

You've fallen quite a bit behind unfolding events in the twenty-first century, Old Geyser. As Mark Twain once said: "History may not repeat, but it surely rhymes." Here, allow me to illustrate what he meant (from thirteen years ago, when this self-inflicted middle-eastern catastrophe began devouring America's breakfast, lunch, and dinner like a similar fit of stupidity hadn't done since Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia forty years previously).

Who Lost Iraq
(after the Bob Dylan song, "Who killed Davey Moore?")

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"It wasn't me," said the President,
With his hard head stuck in its hard cement.
"I just start fires in the minds of men;
Pour gas on the flames every now and then.
I accomplished my mission when I robbed the store,
Then to cover up the crime I went and started a war.
In a few more years someone else will want the fun;
I'll give the mess to them; then I'll say that I won!
They'll lose Iraq
Who couldn't see me handing them the sack."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"It wasn't us," cried the military brass.
"We just saluted Rumsfeld and kissed his senile ass.
We long ago swore not to think too hard or much;
Just do as we're told and to use that as a crutch;
So when the hopes go wrong and the shit hits the fan,
We can always just say: 'We took our orders from the man.'
With our medals and our pensions and our private jumbo jets
'It's the only war we've got' and that's as good as it gets.
They lost Iraq:
The suits who tied our hands behind our back."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"It wasn't me," said the rapping Secretary
Talking too dense and sounding real scary.
"We know we don't know what we don't know we know
But we do know how to stage a little dog-and-pony show.
The Senators and Congressmen whose districts get the pork
Think the meat's well done, so they stick in a fork.
The army's not the one we want, but let me tell you what:
We have to go to war with it or see our funding cut.
They lost Iraq
Who wouldn't cut me some semantic slack."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"Who the hell cares," shrugs the televangelist
Preaching at his pulpit and pounding with his fist
"I tell folks: 'vote Republican if you don't want to die'
(Watching cable television; lapping up the lie).
I feed the rubes on fantasies of Armageddon Day,
When Jesus in his spaceship comes to take them all away.
I scare 'em and they love it and they come back for more
To vote for someone else's kid to fight in their war.
They lost Iraq
Who wouldn't stop me selling Crusade crack."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"We had to hit someone," said the jaded journalist
Thumbing through his Rolodex and making up a list
Of contacts in the government who leak the names of spies
Whose husbands tell the truth sometimes, instead of packaged lies.
"My name is Tom Friedman and 'the world is flat;'
That shit about a globe you heard just isn't where it's at.
I cheered for Dubya's war just like the chicken hawk I am
And then when things went south I blamed a Lebanese imam.
They lost Iraq:
Who wouldn't buy my books from off the rack."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"I've explained it all," said the White House mouthpiece man
Mumbling in mantras with shameless élan.
"Our zigzag course takes us straight through the plots
If you just fit the curve to the scatter of dots.
In the sovereign state of the occupied town
We could "stand 'em all up" if they'd quit falling down.
But no matter what the carnage or the number who grieve
Just remember "Stay the Course" means we'll never leave."
They lost Iraq
Who hired as spokesman some tired FOX NEWS flack.

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"It wasn't us," cried the frightened Democrats,
As much an opposition as a dozen gnats.
"We voted for King George's war and never blushed.
With just a hint of nastiness, he left us hushed.
We bought into the syndrome of the sycophant
Who'd gladly ditch the donkey for the elephant.
But now that all our compromise has come to nought,
We're too ashamed to do the things we truly ought.
We love Iraq
And only wished to help Chalabi's claque."

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"Don't look at us," moaned the undecided block.
Reliable consumers of a total crock.
We love it when the government makes up those lies
And sells them to us like McDonald's greasy fries.
Just show us a commercial made by Thomas Hobbes
About our nasty, brutish lives with few good jobs.
Then scare us half to death with tales of married queers.
We'll swallow anything just like our lousy beers.
What is Iraq?
Is it a toothpaste that gets rid of plaque?"

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"It wasn't me," said Saddam Hussein,
Sitting in his court cage, shouting his refrain:
"I ran things better and we had a state;
Now we only have Maliki, an invertebrate
Who does the step-and-fetch-it as his daily toil
For Dubya and his crony friends who steal our oil.
But Mad Dog and his Englishman have come undone,
Parading 'round in circles in the noonday sun.
Bush lost Iraq
When he and Blair launched their unwise attack."

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"Who the hell do you think?" said Ehud Olmert.
"You mean you didn't know Israelis just don't care?
A busted, broken Arab land fits in quite nice
With Zionist delusions of a Paradise
Where Arab refugees profess to love the Jews
And swear to every statement made by Karen Hughes.
The goyim in America will foot the bill
Providing all the weaponry we need to kill.
Forget Iraq;
And take your marching orders from AIPAC."

Who Lost Iraq?
Where did it go, and how to get it back?

"Who talks of loss at all?" ask the Mullahs in Iran.
As far as we're concerned George Bush is just The Man.
He stumbles and he bumbles then he gives away
For nothing everything for which we'd gladly pay.
Dick Cheney writes the crap for him to catapult
Who never met a thought that he could not insult
The Shiites in Iraq will get our help, indeed,
To end the occupation that they do not need.
We won Iraq
Who let Bush do the work while we sat back."

Who lost Iraq?
Where did it go and how to get it back?

"Who said you ever owned us?" cried the people of Iraq.
"Who asked you for your bloody war and unprovoked attack?
You seemed to think that killing us and wrecking all we had
Could win elections for George Bush and make him look less bad.
Our oil we'll sell to whom we please. Why don't you find your own?
And get yourselves a president at least a little grown.
In case you haven't noticed, he's the one that you should fear
Whose words smell like the noisome gas escaping from his rear.
Please leave Iraq
Then see if you can win your own souls back."

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright 2006

[Jun 25, 2019] Trump is not a Strait shooter

Jun 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Kristan hinton , Jun 24, 2019 4:44:12 PM | 53

Trump is not a Strait shooter.

Never has been one in his life.

His swamp is full of Israeli agents, Kushner, Bolton, Pompous, Hook, Adelson, who prefer Israel over the USA.

Oscar Peterson , Jun 24, 2019 4:48:24 PM | 55

@Kristan Hinton #52
"Trump is not a Strait shooter."

Nice Hormuz pun.

[Jun 25, 2019] Pompeo says God may have sent Trump to save Israel from Iran

Jun 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

John Smith , Jun 24, 2019 3:26:20 PM | 19

Pompeo says God may have sent Trump to save Israel from Iran

22 March 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said it is "possible" that President Donald Trump was sent by God to save Israel from Iran.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network during a high-profile trip to Israel, he said it was his faith that made him believe that.

He also praised US efforts to "make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains".

The comments came on a Jewish holiday celebrating rescue from genocide.

The holiday, Purim, commemorates the biblical rescue of the Jewish people by Queen Esther from the Persians, as the interviewer noted to Mr Pompeo.

What did Pompeo say?

He was asked if "President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from an Iranian menace".

"As a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible," said Mr Pompeo, a former member of Congress for Kansas and CIA director.

"I am confident that the Lord is at work here," he added.

<...>

[Jun 25, 2019] It is utterly bizarre to hear people who believe Trump is unfit to lead seem disappointed that he isn't taking us to war

Jun 25, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Thursday night was the night Donald Trump became president. You can imagine the hyperbolic hosannahs that would have been sung if Trump had gone ahead with his planned strikes against Iran, adding to the list of undeclared presidential wars. Instead he pulled back.

Hugh Hewitt called it the "big blink," inviting Liz Cheney -- who is very much her father's daughter on foreign policy -- on his show to warn, "Weakness is provocative." Hewitt compared it to Barack Obama's failure to enforce his "red line" in Syria. "Much worse" argued Kori Schake in The Atlantic . Other reporting focused on a "total breakdown in process."

It was not a picture perfect approach to national security, to be sure. But it did sharply illustrate the Beltway's strange priorities. When Trump twice bombed Syria, few of those who fret about his erosion of constitutional norms or authoritarian tendencies protested his failure to seek congressional authorization as required by the Constitution. There was a much larger process-related panic when Trump said late last year he wanted to bring American troops home from Syria.

... ... ...

"How many more deaths? How many more lost limbs? How much longer are we going to be there?" Woodward quotes Trump as asking. One Post write-up folded these lines into a broader story about the White House's "nervous breakdown" and the national security team's impatience with the president. But these are morally serious questions, not exaggerated inaugural crowd size estimates.

[Jun 25, 2019] The Trump administration's special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook's Message: Trust Us, We're Unreliable

Jun 25, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

@ jayc 57
US Hook says Iran knew what getting into when struck deal
Yes they did, and now they regret it.
In 2013 Ali Khamenei said: "Certainly, we are pessimistic about the Americans. We do not trust them. We consider the government of the United States of America as an unreliable, arrogant, illogical, and trespassing government,"

The JCPOA was not a unilateral deal between USA and Iran, it was a multilateral deal
That's correct de jure, but not de facto. The US all by itself is leading the current attack on Iran, despite what the other members might think. Iran has not gotten any significant support from other JCPOA participants.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 24, 2019 5:10:10 PM | 66

The Trump administration's special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook...
______________________________________

Brian Hook is a "special" envoy in the sense that the "Special Olympics" are special.

Posted by: Ort | Jun 24, 2019 5:16:44 PM | 69

@68 Ort

Good one. Although Brian Hook is an insult to special olympians and humanity in general.

Posted by: Uncle Jon | Jun 24, 2019 5:22:51 PM | 71

[Jun 25, 2019] Bipartisan in US political jargon means that common men are skewed

Jun 25, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Kristan hinton , Jun 24, 2019 4:49:30 PM | 56

50

Whenever you see the word, trilateral, you know the common man is going to get screwed.

Same as "bipartisan". You know, like the Patriot Act and the Bankster Bailouts - bipartisan.

If both houses of congress think its a good idea, the commons are getting screwed hard.

[Jun 24, 2019] John Bolton "sleepwalking" into war with Iran? He'll be wide awake and so excited he'll probably have to relieve himself.

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

dltravers , Jun 23, 2019 2:45:58 PM | 66

The world was one step away from a long desired war with Iran when Trump decided to strike Iran. Bolton was so exited he peed his pants and had to leave the room. With him out of the room Trump backed down.

The only thing standing between war with Iran is a set of depends. He will be wearing them next time.

... ... ...

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[Jun 24, 2019] Isn't that amazing, that I've not seen a single Trump caricature with "devils horns"

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

PeacefulProsperity , Jun 24, 2019 6:25:13 AM | 221

It's pretty clear to benevolent, astute geopolitical observers that Trump's threats, sword rattling, pompous statements are just smoke and mirrors to confuse the enemy - "Third Force", global Borg, NWO, international conglomerate of "Deep states", military-industrial-financial complex - and to stir up things so that the scum would rise to the top where the public eye can clearly see it and learn about it mischievous operations.

In reality no real harm has been done by President Trump to Venezuelan, Syrian, Iraqui, Iranian, or Korean societies...

[Jun 24, 2019] New pirates of the Caribbean

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

OhOh , Jun 24, 2019 4:36:12 AM | 210

@ karlof1 #164

"Either the United State of America is an Outlaw Nation or it is not"

The certainly fall under the definition of "Pirates", as defined by UNCLOS.

[Jun 24, 2019] The Fact That Americans Need To Be Deceived Into War Proves Their Underlying Goodness by Caitlin Johnstone

Jun 24, 2019 | caitlinjohnstone.com

...Carlson's first guest, The American Conservative 's Robert Merry, plainly stated the likely reason for Bolton's deceitful manipulations, saying that Americans are typically reluctant to go to war and citing a few of the historical instances in which they were tricked into consenting to it by those who desire mass military violence.

"So, you're saying that there is a long, almost unbroken history of lying our way into war?" Carlson asked his guest rhetorically.

"Lying sometimes, not always lying, sometimes it's manipulations, but yeah," Merry replied. "America's warmaking history indicates that there's been significant instances of that kind of maneuvering, manipulations, and in some instances lying – Vietnam is a great example–to get us into wars that the American people weren't clamoring for."

[Jun 24, 2019] Bolton Argues War With Iran Only Way To Avenge Americans Killed In Upcoming War With Iran

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

John Smith , Jun 24, 2019 4:10:51 AM | 208

Bolton Argues War With Iran Only Way To Avenge Americans Killed In Upcoming War With Iran -- The Onion

Addressing the future casualties in a somber and often-emotional press conference, John Bolton told reporters Thursday that a war with Iran was the only way to avenge Americans killed in an upcoming war with Iran. "Sadly, I believe direct military conflict with Iran is the only suitable response for the heartbreaking deaths of our troops in that upcoming military conflict," said the national security advisor, noting that only by launching a ground invasion of the Islamic Republic could he ensure the thousands of U.S. troops who will perish in that ground invasion will not perish in vain. "It would be a dishonor to everything our brave men and women will sacrifice if we fail to send them into battle to retaliate for their eventual deaths. Then, and only then, can we truly close the book on this impending tragedy." Bolton also announced plans to issue 15 preemptive Medals of Honor to military spouses who will be widowed after losing their husbands in the 2021 Battle of Tehran.

[Jun 24, 2019] Beijing Say that Pompeo Can No Longer Play Role Of Top US Diplomat

Jun 24, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

... ... ...

pablozz , 18 minutes ago link

It's hard to feel like it's a fair negotiations when Pompeo takes advantage of the all you can eat buffet

[Jun 24, 2019] Americans as worshippers of the Our Lady Of Perpetual Innocence Church

Jun 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

wagelaborer , Jun 23, 2019 6:58:07 PM | 143

Americans are worshippers of the Our Lady Of Perpetual Innocence Church, where sins, if acknowledged at all, are quickly assigned to others and then dropped down the Memory Hole, and then we go back to proclaiming ourselves the light of the world, the city on the shining hill, the hope of all mankind.

And any new sins we are found to commit are quickly proclaimed unprecedented -- "Not the America I know", blamed on others, and then, once again, forgotten and our moral virginity miraculously restored.

Amen.

[Jun 23, 2019] Tea Party Placards, reading: (paraphrase) 'government get your hands off my Medicare'!

Mar 06, 2012 | discussion.theguardian.com

PSmd , 6 Mar 2012 09:43

NotWithoutMyMonkey

Indeed! I attended a public lecture by Thomas Frank (former young conservative-now left wing) at the LSE, and he was even describing Tea Party Placards, reading: (paraphrase) 'government get your hands off my Medicare'!

[Jun 23, 2019] Koch brothers are successfully getting Tea Party turkeys to vote for Xmas!

Notable quotes:
"... After all, the Kochs owe their family wealth to the Stalinist USSR... ..."
Mar 06, 2012 | discussion.theguardian.com

murielbelcher , 6 Mar 2012 09:41

Over the years, the Koch brothers have spent millions of dollars trying to undo both social security and medicare!

AKA the founders of the egregious getting turkeys to vote for Xmas Tea Party!

PSmd , 6 Mar 2012 09:27
It's not just Rand, seemingly, who was a hypocrite. After all, the Kochs owe their family wealth to the Stalinist USSR...

[Jun 23, 2019] Libertarian ideology and the threat of unemployment

Jun 23, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

NotWithoutMyMonkey , 6 Mar 2012 09:34

@Fissile
I've seen that before. Although hardly an anarcho-capitalist, my uncle in Australia; a music teacher in a private school would alway rail against unions and so-called union-power at every opportunity. The moment his job came under threat, he'd signed up for membership forthwith.

[Jun 23, 2019] Theory and practice of neoliberalism

Notable quotes:
"... Friedrich von Hayek, one of the creed's most revered economic gurus, spent his productive years railing against government old age pension and medical insurance schemes. When he became old and infirm, he signed on for both social security and medicare. ..."
Mar 06, 2012 | discussion.theguardian.com

murielbelcher , 6 Mar 2012 09:40

Friedrich von Hayek, one of the creed's most revered economic gurus, spent his productive years railing against government old age pension and medical insurance schemes. When he became old and infirm, he signed on for both social security and medicare.

Love it. When push comes to shove all those ideologies and beliefs crumble into the dust of practical needs. Another individual who cloaked the self-interest of the rich and powerful into some kind of spurious ideology.

George wrote a rather good article about Von Hayek a few years ago I seem to remember.

[Jun 23, 2019] On quality of Rand writings

Jun 23, 2019 | discussion.theguardian.com

Fortress -> conanthebarbarian , 6 Mar 2012 11:01

She wrote on on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics to name but a few.

Lots of Cif commenters do that every day. Unfortunately, what they write is mostly crap.

[Jun 23, 2019] No daring escape - Rand was granted an exit visa in 1925. A staggering act of negligence for which I can never forgive the Soviets.

Mar 06, 2012 | discussion.theguardian.com

Gingecat , 6 Mar 2012 13:19

And Ayn didn't dig her way out from underneath the Iron curtain. No daring escape - she was granted an exit visa in 1925.

A staggering act of negligence for which I can never forgive the Soviets.

[Jun 22, 2019] With the requisite skills of Harry Houdini, El Trumpo is wriggling out of his self-induced Iran straight jacket.

Notable quotes:
"... I am surprised that only 20% of the world sees the USA as a source of trouble. Even 22% in Amerika. My vote is 100% that the US is a bully. ..."
"... So, see how we have improved under Trump? We just keep winning and winning. Wink ..."
Jun 22, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Alligator Ed on Sat, 06/22/2019 - 1:29pm

Drum roll, please

With the requisite skills of Harry Houdini, El Trumpo is wriggling out of his self-induced straight jacket.

Yay for Bolt-on and Pompous Mike.

I am surprised that only 20% of the world sees the USA as a source of trouble. Even 22% in Amerika. My vote is 100% that the US is a bully.

In the meantime, I play the drums.

dfarrah on Sat, 06/22/2019 - 9:11pm

@Alligator Ed

years ago the % was much, much higher, like close to 80. So, see how we have improved under Trump? We just keep winning and winning. Wink

[Jun 22, 2019] A new policy issued by the United States Department of Defense, in conjunction with online platforms like Twitter and Facebook, will automatically enlist you to New Departement of Defence rule: Internet Users Who Call For Attacking Other Countries Will Now Be Enlisted In The Military Automatically

Highly recommended!
Jun 22, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

interlocutor , Jun 21, 2019 6:13:43 PM | 186

The Babylon Bee: Report: Internet Users Who Call For Attacking Other Countries Will Now Be Enlisted In The Military Automatically

https://babylonbee.com/img/articles/article-4404-1.jpg

U.S. -- A new policy issued by the United States Department of Defense, in conjunction with online platforms like Twitter and Facebook, will automatically enlist you to fight in a foreign war if you post your support for attacking another country.

People who bravely post about how the U.S. needs to invade some country in the Middle East or Asia or outer space will get a pop-up notice indicating they've been enlisted in the military. A recruiter will then show up at their house and whisk them away to fight in the foreign war they wanted to happen so badly.

"Frankly, recruitment numbers are down, and we needed some way to find people who are really enthusiastic about fighting wars," said a DOD official. "Then it hit us like a drone strike: there are plenty of people who argue vehemently for foreign intervention. It doesn't matter what war we're trying to create: Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China---these people are always reliable supporters of any invasion abroad. So why not get them there on the frontlines?"

"After all, we want people who are passionate about occupying foreign lands, not grunts who are just there for the paycheck," he added.

Strangely, as soon as the policy was implemented, 99% of saber-rattling suddenly ceased.

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[Jun 22, 2019] That's why we are safe :-)

Aug 01, 2014 | discussion.theguardian.com

The1eyedman , 1 Aug 2014 10:11

...The CIA and security services have every right to know who is who on all and every politician and their staff. That's why we are safe. :-)
freeandfair -> Woodby69 , 1 Aug 2014 10:04

...They are so brave, they are pathologically afraid of everyone. And want to be "protected".

[Jun 22, 2019] Chuck Schumer 'The American People Deserve A President Who Can More Credibly Justify War With Iran'

Highly recommended!
Jun 20, 2019 | politics.theonion.com

In a pointed critique of President Trump's foreign policy leadership, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated to members of the press Thursday that "the American people deserve a president who can more credibly justify war with Iran."

"What the American people need is a president who can make a much more convincing case for going to war with Iran," said Schumer (D-NY), adding that the Trump administration's corruption and dishonesty have "proven time and time again" that it lacks the conviction necessary to act as an effective cheerleader for the conflict.

"Donald Trump is completely unfit to assume the mantle of telling the American people what they need to hear in order to convince them a war with Iran is a good idea.

One of the key duties of the president is to gain the trust of the people so that they feel comfortable going along with whatever he says. President Trump's failure to serve as a credible advocate for this war is yet another instance in which he has disappointed not only his colleagues in Washington, but also the entire nation."

Schumer later concluded his statement with a vow that he and his fellow Democrats will continue working toward a more palatable case in favor of bombing Iran.

[Jun 22, 2019] Bolton Calls For Forceful Iranian Response To Continuing US Aggression

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... "Iran cannot sit idly by as the American imperialist machine encroaches on their territory, threatens their sovereignty, and endangers their very way of life," said Bolton, warning that America's fanatical leadership, steadfast devotion to flexing their muscles in the region, and alleged access to nuclear weapons necessitated that Iran strike back with a vigorous show of force as soon -- and as hard -- as possible. ..."
"... "The only thing these Westerners understand is violence, so it's imperative that Iran sends a clear message that they won't be walked over. Let's not forget, the U.S. defied a diplomatically negotiated treaty for seemingly no reason at all -- these are dangerous radicals that cannot be reasoned with. ..."
Jun 22, 2019 | politics.theonion.com

Demanding that the Middle Eastern nation retaliate immediately in self-defense against the existential threat posed by America's military operations, National Security Adviser John Bolton called for a forceful Iranian response Friday to continuing United States aggression.

"Iran cannot sit idly by as the American imperialist machine encroaches on their territory, threatens their sovereignty, and endangers their very way of life," said Bolton, warning that America's fanatical leadership, steadfast devotion to flexing their muscles in the region, and alleged access to nuclear weapons necessitated that Iran strike back with a vigorous show of force as soon -- and as hard -- as possible.

"The only thing these Westerners understand is violence, so it's imperative that Iran sends a clear message that they won't be walked over. Let's not forget, the U.S. defied a diplomatically negotiated treaty for seemingly no reason at all -- these are dangerous radicals that cannot be reasoned with.

They've been given every opportunity to back down, but their goal is total domination of the region, and Iran won't stand for that."

At press time, Bolton said that the only option left on the table was for Iran to launch a full-fledged military strike against the Great Satan.

[Jun 22, 2019] US Department of State officials claimed Thursday that one of their drones was minding its own business on its way to church when Iran attacked it

Jun 22, 2019 | www.unz.com

RobinG , says: June 22, 2019 at 5:54 am GMT

@lavoisier https://politics.theonion.com/u-s-claims-drone-was-minding-own-business-on-its-way-t-1835695562

WASHINGTON -- Maintaining that the unmanned aerial vehicle was simply going about its day without posing a threat to anyone, U.S. Department of State officials claimed Thursday that one of their drones was minding its own business on its way to church when Iran attacked it out of nowhere. "This was an outrageous, unprovoked attack by the Islamic Republic of Iran on an innocent drone who merely wanted to attend mass in peace," said acting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, emphasizing the drone's upstanding moral character by pointing out its history of donating to charity, volunteering at soup kitchens, and making homemade cookies for school bake sales. "We're talking about a drone that sings in the church choir and coaches little league baseball games on the weekends -- an absolute pillar of the community. This is an upstanding family drone who did nothing to deserve any sort of attack. What kind of world do we live in where an innocent drone can't fly through Iranian air space on its way to church?" At press time, Department of Defense officials confirmed that their request for Iran to return the drone's body back to the U.S. for a proper burial had gone unanswered.

[Jun 22, 2019] Americans hardly care who dies wherever as long as they can find themselves shoping goods they do not need with the money they do not have

Jun 21, 2019 | www.unz.com

Amused , says: June 19, 2019 at 2:50 pm GMT

It is a very lightly written article but it touches on a very sensitive nerve rather hard. I liked the entire premise of this story and have ome to agree with the writer that Americans hardly care who dies wherever as long as they can find themselves shoping goods they dont need with the money they don't have and stuffing their mouth with food they don't deserve.

[Jun 22, 2019] H>ow dare Iran shoot down a US drone... That's a blatant violation of the US sanctions

Notable quotes:
"... "You think you can shoot at us [regardless of what we do]?? How dare you? YOU ARE GONNA BE SORRY FOR DISSING THE USA, BOZOS!" ..."
"... imagine if Iran was prowling US coast with war ships and drones, and sent 2000 troops to mexico, seeking to start a war, how would US respond? ..."
Jun 20, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

brian , Jun 20, 2019 6:40:44 PM | 164

how dare Iran shoot down a US drone...thats as bad as violating a US sanctions

Really? , Jun 20, 2019 6:41:08 PM | 165

@41

To me, Trump's "Iran made a mistake" is not about anything factual regarding international waters etc.

To me it sounds like a generalized bullying threat in the vein of

"You think you can shoot at us [regardless of what we do]?? How dare you? YOU ARE GONNA BE SORRY FOR DISSING THE USA, BOZOS!"

That is what I think Trump is "saying."

brian , Jun 20, 2019 6:42:10 PM | 166
imagine if Iran was prowling US coast with war ships and drones, and sent 2000 troops to mexico, seeking to start a war, how would US respond?

[Jun 22, 2019] Those dancing Iranians picked up by the FBI while celebrating and making a video of 911 were very suspicious

Notable quotes:
"... but more damning are those singed Iranian passports recently discovered at the site of WTC7 by son-in-law Jared. Want more proof of Iranian involvement? Dame Lindsey Graham has reported the CIA has traced the 911 box cutters back to a factory in Tehran. ..."
Jun 20, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Danton's Head , Jun 20, 2019 7:44:19 PM | 183

" ..and expect Trumpstein to reveal the 911 culprits any day now ."

Those dancing Iranians picked up by the FBI while celebrating and making a video of 911 are very suspicious

but more damning are those singed Iranian passports recently discovered at the site of WTC7 by son-in-law Jared. Want more proof of Iranian involvement? Dame Lindsey Graham has reported the CIA has traced the 911 box cutters back to a factory in Tehran.

Marco Rubio of Chippendale fame has revealed there are DIA recordings of incriminating phone calls from the Ayotollah to Osama high (as in hookah) in his hindu kush cave.

What more proof could any reasonable person need? This is just open and shut. We must defend ourselves against any further attacks on innocent civilians by the vicious aggressive Iranian nazis.

Note: comment above was found on Unz Review by commenter nsa, responding to a recent article by Vietnamese writer, Linh Dinh, called Mashed Potato and Another War for Israel

[Jun 22, 2019] Donald Trump likes to think of himself as a statesman, an author, an A-level negotiator but at heart, he's one thing: an insult comic

Add to this that he is in the pocket of Israel lobby and that helps to explain most of his actions.
Jun 16, 2019 | www.politico.com

President Donald Trump likes to think of himself as a statesman, an author, an A-level negotiator, but at heart, he's one thing: an insult comic.

Every day in D.C. is a roast, the insults and belittling nicknames wielded like tiny comedy bullets. And if you haven't seen enough of the fusillade on Twitter, all you need to do is turn on late night TV. Television comedy has a strange, symbiotic relationship with the real political world, something between a feedback loop and a funhouse mirror....

... ... ...

[Jun 22, 2019] Use of science by the US politicians

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... "the administrator uses social science the way the drunk uses a lamppost, for support rather than illumination." Scholars' disinclination to be used in this way helps explain more of the distance. ..."
Jun 16, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

The evidence suggests that foreign policymakers do not seek insight from scholars, but rather support for what they already want to do.

As Desch quotes a World War II U.S. Navy anthropologist, "the administrator uses social science the way the drunk uses a lamppost, for support rather than illumination." Scholars' disinclination to be used in this way helps explain more of the distance.

[Jun 22, 2019] Fake news are the only news worth reading and that's why Bolton in Onion sounds more realistic then in real life

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... John Bolton: 'When Has The Government Ever Lied About Attacks On Ships In A Gulf Somewhere Just To Provoke War?' ..."
"... "When has the government ever lied about ships being attacked, say in a gulf somewhere, for the purpose of getting involved in another foreign conflict?" he asked. "Can you point to a single time a lie about a minor attack resulted in a major unnecessary war? No, I didn't think so," he said. ..."
"... "These attacks in the Gulf of Tonk -- er, I mean, the Gulf of Oman, excuse me -- were definitely carried out by Iran, and we need to invade immediately before people start doubting the narrative." ..."
"... surprise surprise ..."
"... Bolton cites his avoiding war in Vietnam amid criticism that he's pro-war. ..."
"... Bolton went on to reference his distinguished record of not going to war, sources said. He presented reporters with a copy of his Yale 25th Reunion Book, in which he wrote that he avoided service in Vietnam because he "had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy." ..."
"... That last quote from the yearbook, is actually 100% true, by the way. ..."
"... Bleeding John Bolton Stumbles Into Capitol Building Claiming That Iran Shot Him. ..."
Jun 15, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

But most Americans would never even hear about the Gulf of Tonkin if it wasn't for fake news sites like Babylon Bee.

The headline reads : John Bolton: 'When Has The Government Ever Lied About Attacks On Ships In A Gulf Somewhere Just To Provoke War?'

Then it offers a fake quote from Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton:

"When has the government ever lied about ships being attacked, say in a gulf somewhere, for the purpose of getting involved in another foreign conflict?" he asked. "Can you point to a single time a lie about a minor attack resulted in a major unnecessary war? No, I didn't think so," he said.

"These attacks in the Gulf of Tonk -- er, I mean, the Gulf of Oman, excuse me -- were definitely carried out by Iran, and we need to invade immediately before people start doubting the narrative."

Most Americans might not know who notorious warmonger John Bolton is.

Bolton's been creeping around DC since the Nixon administration. He was involved in the Iran-Contra scandal and was instrumental in spreading the lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

In 2002, he gave a speech revealing his war wish list which, surprise surprise , included Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Syria (as well as North Korea and Cuba).

What else could fake news websites help us learn about John Bolton and the American policies he has contributed to?

Here's one from the Duffelblog : Bolton cites his avoiding war in Vietnam amid criticism that he's pro-war.

"If I like war as much as you all say I do, wouldn't I have jumped at the chance to take part in one, instead of joining the reserves to avoid being deployed?" Bolton challenged reporters during a press conference on Tuesday.

Bolton went on to reference his distinguished record of not going to war, sources said. He presented reporters with a copy of his Yale 25th Reunion Book, in which he wrote that he avoided service in Vietnam because he "had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy."

That last quote from the yearbook, is actually 100% true, by the way.

The classic fake news site The Onion also took the opportunity last month to hint at the truth , in a fake sort of way, with the headline: Bleeding John Bolton Stumbles Into Capitol Building Claiming That Iran Shot Him.

And finally, one more from Babylon Bee :

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[Jun 22, 2019] Trump on Iran threat now and then

Oct 22, 2012 | www.unz.com

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected--be careful Republicans!

11:43 AM 22 Oct 12 Twitter Web Client

[Jun 22, 2019] Can any neocons explain why America is in Syria?

Jun 22, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

vienna_proxy , 1 hour ago link

can any neocons explain why America is in Syria? i like hearing twisted logic on saturday nights

snowshooze , 1 hour ago link

Because Assad refused to contribute to the Clinton Foundation.

[Jun 22, 2019] I was shocked -- but not surprised -- to see visibly-pained CBS Pentagon flack David Martin on the boob tube this morning. Thank you, Vasili Arkhipov

Notable quotes:
"... Thank you, Vasili Arkhipov, for getting cold-feet, too! Madness, our nation is afflicted with madness. ..."
Jun 22, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Widowson , 21 June 2019 at 02:41 PM

I was shocked-- but not surprised-- to see visibly-pained CBS Pentagon flack David Martin on the boob tube this morning quoting an unnamed source that speculated that the reason Trump cancelled the bombing of Iran was that he got "cold-feet."

Thank you, Vasili Arkhipov, for getting cold-feet, too! Madness, our nation is afflicted with madness.

[Jun 22, 2019] In February, Iran allegedly hacked a U.S. drone in eastern Syria: The Air Force should of never used "password" for the password

Jun 22, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Offthebeach , 1 hour ago link

"...In February, Iran allegedly hacked a U.S. drone in eastern Syria , "

The Air Force should of never used "password" for the password. Seriously.

Hacked? The com, if any, is encrypted. I say if any com to the craft because they can and are, guess what, pre programmed for their flight. No com needed. Not even GPS.

[Jun 22, 2019] Tucker Carlson: John Bolton is a kind of bureaucratic tapeworm

Notable quotes:
"... "Try as you might, you can't expel him. He seems to live forever in the bowels of the federal agencies, periodically reemerging to cause pain and suffering -- but somehow never suffering himself." ..."
Jun 22, 2019 | nationalinterest.org

Someone whose confidence Bolton does not enjoy is Carlson, a rival for Trump's ear. Carlson, a true believer, took to the airwaves to savage the ambassador Friday night. "John Bolton is a kind of bureaucratic tapeworm," Carlson said.

"Try as you might, you can't expel him. He seems to live forever in the bowels of the federal agencies, periodically reemerging to cause pain and suffering -- but somehow never suffering himself."

[Jun 22, 2019] A new policy issued by the United States Department of Defense, in conjunction with online platforms like Twitter and Facebook, will automatically enlist you to fight in a foreign war if you post your support for attacking another country.

Jun 22, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

interlocutor , Jun 21, 2019 6:13:43 PM | 186

The Babylon Bee: Report: Internet Users Who Call For Attacking Other Countries Will Now Be Enlisted In The Military Automatically

https://babylonbee.com/img/articles/article-4404-1.jpg

U.S. -- A new policy issued by the United States Department of Defense, in conjunction with online platforms like Twitter and Facebook, will automatically enlist you to fight in a foreign war if you post your support for attacking another country.

People who bravely post about how the U.S. needs to invade some country in the Middle East or Asia or outer space will get a pop-up notice indicating they've been enlisted in the military. A recruiter will then show up at their house and whisk them away to fight in the foreign war they wanted to happen so badly.

"Frankly, recruitment numbers are down, and we needed some way to find people who are really enthusiastic about fighting wars," said a DOD official. "Then it hit us like a drone strike: there are plenty of people who argue vehemently for foreign intervention. It doesn't matter what war we're trying to create: Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China---these people are always reliable supporters of any invasion abroad. So why not get them there on the frontlines?"

"After all, we want people who are passionate about occupying foreign lands, not grunts who are just there for the paycheck," he added.

Strangely, as soon as the policy was implemented, 99% of saber-rattling suddenly ceased.

Note: The Babylon Bee is the world's best satire site, totally inerrant in all its truth claims. We write satire about Christian stuff, political stuff, and everyday life.

The Babylon Bee was created ex nihilo on the eighth day of the creation week, exactly 6,000 years ago. We have been the premier news source through every major world event, from the Tower of Babel and the Exodus to the Reformation and the War of 1812. We focus on just the facts, leaving spin and bias to other news sites like CNN and Fox News.

If you would like to complain about something on our site, take it up with God.

Unlike other satire sites, everything we post is 100% verified by Snopes.com.

[Jun 22, 2019] A case of shark calling barracuda a piranha.

Jun 22, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Insufferably Insouciant , 15 hours ago link

"The Communist Party of China has used its access to U.S. consumer and capital markets for a predatory economic strategy... "

... which is a threat to our monopoly on such activity.

Have they no sense of irony?

DEDA CVETKO , 16 hours ago link

"The Communist Party of China has used its access to U.S. consumer and capital markets for a predatory economic strategy... "

A case of shark calling barracuda a piranha.

[Jun 22, 2019] Trump: "We were cocked loaded"

Mild aphasia ?
Jun 22, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org
Oscar Peterson , Jun 21, 2019 11:26:15 AM | 75
Trump: "We were cocked & loaded"

Only Trump doesn't know that the actual phrase is "locked and loaded" (or occasionally "locked and cocked.")

[Jun 22, 2019] Last seen boarding a Boeing 737 Max

Jun 22, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Beowulf55 , 1 hour ago link

What ever happened to the Spanish air controller who saw the intercept of a Ukrainian jet with MH 17?

HowdyDoody , 1 hour ago link

Last seen boarding a Boeing 737 Max.

[Jun 22, 2019] Delusions of a typical neocon prostitute: Most Americans have this crazy notion that the U.S. government's primary responsibility is to the security and welfare of the United States, and neocons do not like that

Neocons work for MIC money...
Notable quotes:
"... Most Americans have this crazy notion that the U.S. government's primary responsibility is to the security and welfare of the United States, and Brooks wants you to know that he does not like it. ..."
Jun 16, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Most Americans have this crazy notion that the U.S. government's primary responsibility is to the security and welfare of the United States, and Brooks wants you to know that he does not like it.

He notes that there aren't many Americans that identify with what he calls traditional internationalism:

[Jun 20, 2019] Trump Says DOJ Investigating Whether Obama Tapped His Phone

Jun 20, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Why won't Obama live in Chicago?

JD Rock , 2 hours ago link

too much diversity...

[Jun 20, 2019] US gives military assistance to 70% of world dictoris whether they re using their free time to kill thousands of innocent people or to harmonize their rock garden.

Notable quotes:
"... If one does even a cursory check of what dictators around the world are up to recently, you'll find that the U.S. doesn't care in the slightest whether they are bad or good, whether they're using their free time to kill thousands of innocent people or to harmonize their rock garden. ..."
Jun 20, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

We now know that the invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction. We now know that the crushing of Libya had nothing to do with "stopping a bad man."

If one does even a cursory check of what dictators around the world are up to recently, you'll find that the U.S. doesn't care in the slightest whether they are bad or good, whether they're using their free time to kill thousands of innocent people or to harmonize their rock garden.

In fact, the U.S. gives military aid to 70 percent of the world's dictators . (One would hope that's only around the holidays though.)

[Jun 20, 2019] The difference between old and new schools of jounalism: old-school journalism was like being assigned the task of finding out what "1+1 =?" and the task was to report the answer was "1." Now the task would be to report that "Some say it is 1, some say it is 2, some say it is 3."

Highly recommended!
Jun 20, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org

A way to capture this change was thinking in terms of the traditional task of journalists to interview or consult a variety of sources to determine was is truth or true. The shift gradually became one of now interviewing or consulting various sources and reporting those opinions.

Old-school journalism was like being assigned the task of finding out what "1+1 =?" and the task was to report the answer was "1."

Now the task would be to report that "Some say it is 1, some say it is 2, some say it is 3."

[Jun 19, 2019] Mueller and Russiagate story: The Eternal Witch-hunt

Apr 12, 2019 | counterpunch.org

Mueller looks more and more like a man looking in a black room for a black cat that isn't there, and finding it.

[Jun 19, 2019] Trump has drained the swamp right into his administration

Notable quotes:
"... I suppose we deserve this but it doesn't do well for my blood pressure. ..."
Jun 19, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

ken , Jun 19, 2019 3:57:37 PM | 23

..Trump HAS drained the swamp,,, right into his administration.

Look at what we in the US have to look forward to,,, tyrants on the left,,, tyrants on the right. I suppose we deserve this but it doesn't do well for my blood pressure.

[Jun 18, 2019] I think i know who killed Jesus

Jun 18, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

TheLastMan , 1 hour ago link

I think i know who killed Jesus

lobro , 1 hour ago link

yes, Pontius Pilates passport was found under the cross.

[Jun 18, 2019] For the lack of better candidates s>ome aging Grand Wizard of the KKK would be a suitable candidate for high office in Trump administration

Jun 18, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

dus7 , Jun 18, 2019 4:31:33 PM | 23

Trump's list of Most Unsuitable Candidates for Higher Office is getting perilously short.

Assuming our most famous U.S. billionaire capitalists are not interested, what are Cheney and Condoleezza doing these days?

Erik Prince? Some aging Grand Wizard of the KKK? A random death row inmate?

The mind boggles.

james , Jun 18, 2019 4:12:29 PM | 19
b - thanks.. no speculation is too great! this reminds me of shuffling chairs on the deck of the titanic before it hits a major iceberg..

[Jun 18, 2019] Can the US launch a war without a Secratary of Defence in place? W>ell, they are not exactly planning to defend themselves.

Jun 18, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Norwegian , Jun 18, 2019 3:52:24 PM | 14

Purely euphemistic of course, though it actually did used to be called the Department of War.

Norwegian , Jun 18, 2019 3:52:24 PM | 15

It is unlikely that the U.S. would launch a war without a Secretary of Defense in place.

Well, they are not exactly planning to defend themselves.

[Jun 17, 2019] Cotton warmongering on Iran is easily explainable by the fact that he is running low of AIPAC dollars again

Jun 17, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com
Notafanoyall a day ago

Mr. Cotton must be running low on those AIPAC dollars again. Nothing like some good ol' Iran-bashing to keep the coffers full.

[Jun 16, 2019] Rule of law in Murrika is kaput

Highly recommended!
Jun 16, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

freedommusic , 23 minutes ago link

DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Agent Smith, you testified that the Russians hacked the DNC computers, is that correct?

FBI AGENT JOHN SMITH: That is correct.

DEF ATT: Upon what information did you base your testimony?

AGENT: Information found in reports analyzing the breach of the computers.

DEF ATT: So, the FBI prepared these reports?

AGENT: (cough) . (shift in seat) No, a cyber security contractor with the FBI.

DEF ATT: Pardon me, why would a contractor be preparing these reports? Do these contractors run the FBI laboratories where the server was examined?

AGENT: No.

DEF ATT: No? No what? These contractors don't run the FBI Laboratories?

AGENT: No. The laboratories are staffed by FBI personnel.

DEF ATT: Well I don't understand. Why would contractors be writing reports about computers that are forensically examined in FBI laboratories?

AGENT: Well, the servers were not examined in the FBI laboratory.

(silence)

DEF ATT: Oh, so the FBI examined the servers on site to determine who had hacked them and what was taken?

AGENT: Uh .. no.

DEF ATT: They didn't examine them on site?

AGENT: No.

DEF ATT: Well, where did they examine them?

AGENT: Well, uh .. the FBI did not examine them.

DEF ATT: What?

AGENT: The FBI did not directly examine the servers.

DEF ATT: Agent Smith, the FBI has presented to the Grand Jury and to this court and SWORN AS FACT that the Russians hacked the DNC computers. You are basing your SWORN testimony on a report given to you by a contractor, while the FBI has NEVER actually examined the computer hardware?

AGENT: That is correct.

DEF ATT: Agent Smith, who prepared the analysis reports that the FBI relied on to give this sworn testimony?

AGENT: Crowdstrike, Inc.

DEF ATT: So, which Crowdstrike employee gave you the report?

AGENT: We didn't receive the report directly from Crowdstrike.

DEF ATT: What?

AGENT: We did not receive the report directly from Crowdstrike.

DEF ATT: Well, where did you find this report?

AGENT: It was given to us by the people who hired Crowdstrike to examine and secure their computer network and hardware.

DEF ATT: Oh, so the report was given to you by the technical employees for the company that hired Crowdstrike to examine their servers?

AGENT: No.

DEF ATT: Well, who gave you the report?

AGENT: Legal counsel for the company that hired Crowdstrike.

DEF ATT: Why would legal counsel be the ones giving you the report?

AGENT: I don't know.

DEF ATT: Well, what company hired Crowdstrike?

AGENT: The Democratic National Committee.

DEF ATT: Wait a minute. Let me get this straight. You are giving SWORN testimony to this court that Russia hacked the servers of the Democratic National Committee. And you are basing that testimony on a report given to you by the LAWYERS for the Democratic National Committee. And you, the FBI, never actually saw or examined the computer servers?

AGENT: That is correct.

DEF ATT: Well, can you provide a copy of the technical report produced by Crowdstrike for the Democratic National Committee?

AGENT: No, I cannot.

DEF ATT: Well, can you go back to your office and get a copy of the report?

AGENT: No.

DEF ATT: Why? Are you locked out of your office?

AGENT: No.

DEF ATT: I don't understand. Why can you not provide a copy of this report?

AGENT: Because I do not have a copy of the report.

DEF ATT: Did you lose it?

AGENT: No.

DEF ATT: Why do you not have a copy of the report?

AGENT: Because we were never given a final copy of the report.

DEF ATT: Agent Smith, if you didn't get a copy of the report, upon what information are you basing your testimony?

AGENT: On a draft copy of the report.

DEF ATT: A draft copy?

AGENT: Yes.

DEF ATT: Was a final report ever delivered to the FBI?

AGENT: No.

DEF ATT: Agent Smith, did you get to read the entire report?

AGENT: No.

DEF ATT: Why not?

AGENT: Because large portions were redacted.

DEF ATT: Agent Smith, let me get this straight. The FBI is claiming that the Russians hacked the DNC servers. But the FBI never actually saw the computer hardware, nor examined it? Is that correct?

AGENT: That is correct.

DEF ATT: And the FBI never actually examined the log files or computer email or any aspect of the data from the servers? Is that correct?

AGENT: That is correct.

DEF ATT: And you are basing your testimony on the word of Counsel for the Democratic National Committee, the people who provided you with a REDACTED copy of a DRAFT report, not on the actual technical personnel who supposedly examined the servers?

AGENT: That is correct.

DEF ATT: Your honor, I have a few motions I would like to make at this time.

PRESIDING JUDGE: I'm sure you do, Counselor. (as he turns toward the prosecutors) And I feel like I am in a mood to grant them.

( source )

hooligan2009 , 14 minutes ago link

Brilliant! that sums it up nicely. of course, if the servers were not hacked and were instead "thumbnailed" that leads to a whole pile of other questions (including asking wiileaks for their source and about the murder of seth rich).

[Jun 16, 2019] It's hard to think of a bigger or more shameful betrayal by Arabs by fellow Arabs, or a more stupid policy by the US then Kushner proposals

Jun 16, 2019 | www.strategic-culture.org

And now we wait the all-time bad joke, the so-called 'Deal of the Century,' which Trump and his boys hope will get rich Arabs to buy off poor Palestinians in exchange for giving up lots more land to Israel.

It's hard to think of a bigger or more shameful betrayal by Arabs of fellow Arabs, or a more stupid policy by the US. But, of course, it's not a made-in-the-USA policy at all.

[Jun 15, 2019] Biden can keep his tax returns. I want to see his brain scan.

Notable quotes:
"... He just said that he would withhold the $1 billion that we promised them if they didn't fire the prosecutor who was going after his son. This sure seems to sound like an ultimatum to me. ..."
Jun 15, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

Pluto's Republic on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 6:30pm

He's starting to give me Reagan flash-backs.

@snoopydawg

He can keep his tax returns. I want to see a brain scan. You know, of all the things to call CT, I would advise against the Ukraine portfolio. It's been vetted by US intelligence, for starters. That's why we won't issue travel Visas to the Ukrainian attorneys involved.

snoopydawg on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 7:27pm
"Biden didn't throw down an ultimatum"

@Pluto's Republic

to Ukraine. Nope. He just said that he would withhold the $1 billion that we promised them if they didn't fire the prosecutor who was going after his son. This sure seems to sound like an ultimatum to me.

The other reason why the Ukraine attorneys won't be allowed here is because they might expose how Hillary got them to play along with Russia Gate. And those charges against Manafort? Obama knew all about that in 2014 , but he decided to hold on to them just in case he needed them down the road.

The thing is that Manafort was trying to get Yanukovich to take the EU deal instead of the Russian one. But again I want to know when Podesta is going to be charged for doing the same things that Manafort did? Oh yeah he's in the Clinton side of things.

[Jun 15, 2019] Now and then: sic transit gloria mundi

Sic transit gloria mundi sometimes shortened to STGM) is a Latin phrase that means "Thus passes the glory of the world".
Jun 15, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Clyde Schechter, says: June 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Back in the 1960's as the Cuban missile crisis was brewing, JFK conferred with then French president Charles DeGaulle and offered to show him the reconnaissance pictures showing the Russian missiles in Cuba. DeGaulle is said to have replied "No, I do not need to see pictures. The word of the President of the United States is enough."

It's impossible to imagine anyone saying that today, unless they still believe in the tooth fairy.

[Jun 15, 2019] The queen of RussiaGate is going to be asking questions at the debates

MadCow disease of neoliberal MSM is spreading...
Jun 15, 2019 | caucus99percent.com

snoopydawg on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 5:01pm

@skod

So a flaming Russia conspiracist is going to moderate the first Democratic presidential debates. What a joke https://t.co/6QWPrS2cZk

-- Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 11, 2019

Pluto's Republic on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 5:25pm
Scenes we'd like to see:

@snoopydawg

Anyone want to bet that she will ask someone a question about what they will do to keep Russia from interfering with the election again?

I would love to see that. All answers will be the wrong answer.

[Jun 15, 2019] China can nominate Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize

Notable quotes:
"... China has a great sweetener that I think President Xi Jinping should offer: It can nominate Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. We know that he wants what his predecessor Barack Obama got. And doesn't he deserve it more? After all, he is helping to bring Eurasia together, driving China and Russia into an alliance with neighboring counties, reaching out to Europe. ..."
Jun 13, 2019 | www.unz.com

Trump's Trade Threats are really Cold War 2.0 by Michael Hudson

President Trump has threatened China's President Xi that if they don't meet and talk at the upcoming G20 meetings in Japan, June 29-30, the United States will not soften its tariff war and economic sanctions against Chinese exports and technology.

Some meeting between Chinese and U.S. leaders will indeed take place, but it cannot be anything like a real negotiation. Such meetings normally are planned in advance, by specialized officials working together to prepare an agreement to be announced by their heads of state. No such preparation has taken place, or can take place. Mr. Trump doesn't delegate authority.

He opens negotiations with a threat. That costs nothing, and you never know (or at least, he never knows) whether he can get a freebee. His threat is that the U.S. can hurt its adversary unless that country agrees to abide by America's wish-list. But in this case the list is so unrealistic that the media are embarrassed to talk about it. The US is making impossible demands for economic surrender – that no country could accept.

What appears on the surface to be only a trade war is really a full-fledged Cold War 2.0.

... ... ..

China has a great sweetener that I think President Xi Jinping should offer: It can nominate Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. We know that he wants what his predecessor Barack Obama got. And doesn't he deserve it more? After all, he is helping to bring Eurasia together, driving China and Russia into an alliance with neighboring counties, reaching out to Europe.

[Jun 14, 2019] About modern methods of investigation of bombing insidents

Jun 14, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

uncle tungsten , Jun 13, 2019 5:40:39 PM | 149

There will be an inquiry, they will find either of the following:
- a bomb fragment with a hammer and sickle on it and blame Russia describing it as a buk bomb
- a bomb fragment with an Iranian graphic on it and blame Russia
- a bomb fragment with 'made in USA' on it and blame Russia
The inquiry will be very meticulous and comprise only Ukranian and USA personnel plus one clown from the OPCW.

Regardless of all that, the price of oil will rise and the frackers and shale oil miners in the USA will get some relief. Trump will blame the price hike on the Iranians so his republican voters stick to him and never notice Bernie Sanders or Tulsi Gabbard.

Its a Skripal puzzle so remain calm.

[Jun 14, 2019] Trump may be God's chosen one to save the Jewish people from "the Iranian menace," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in a baffling interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network

Jun 14, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

John Smith , Jun 13, 2019 8:10:09 PM | 173

Trump may be God's chosen one to save the Jewish people from "the Iranian menace," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in a baffling interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

LINK

[Jun 14, 2019] Which country, which Hitler?

Jun 14, 2019 | www.unz.com

Every time you think the corporatocracy's manufactured anti-Semitism hysteria cannot possibly get more absurd, they somehow manage to outdo themselves. OK, stay with me now, because this is a weird one.

Apparently, American Hitler and his cronies are conspiring with some secret group of "Jewish leaders" to stop British Hitler from becoming prime minister and wiping out all the Jews in Great Britain. Weird, right? But that's not the weird part, because maybe American Hitler wants to wipe out all the Jews in Great Britain himself, rather than leaving it to British Hitler Hitlers being notoriously jealous regarding their genocidal accomplishments.

No, the weird part is that everyone knows that American Hitler does not make a move without the approval of Russian Hitler, who is also obsessed with wiping out the Jews, and with destroying the fabric of Western democracy. So why would Russian Hitler want to let American Hitler and his goons thwart the ascendancy of British Hitler, who, in addition to wanting to wipe out all the Jews, also wants to destroy democracy by fascistically refunding the NHS, renationalizing the rail system, and so on?

Kirt says: June 13, 2019 at 2:40 pm GMT Very logical analysis! Obviously the work of a racist, anti-Semite, white, male, patriarchalist, Putin-puppet. Did I forget homophobic? That too!


SteveK9 , says: June 13, 2019 at 11:17 pm GMT

This is a classic, even for Hopkins. In the US most people cannot really comprehend that, if by some miracle, Bernie Sanders or Tulsi Gabbard became President, the same relentless attack visited on Trump by the 'Deep State' would be directed at them as well. It doesn't matter that they are very different from Trump. This article (in hilarious fashion) explains that perfectly.
Biff , says: June 14, 2019 at 2:41 am GMT
It's Godwin's law to the third power!
nomorexcuse , says: June 14, 2019 at 12:24 pm GMT
Who cares who "controls the world" C.J.???

The only relevant fact in the case of the U.K. (and Washington D.C.) is "Which lobby directly interferes with the governance of the country"?

It's the Israel lobby – doh!

Do stop trying to complicate and apologize for a disgraceful state of affairs. The parasitic Israel lobby needs to be monitored and called out wherever it finds a host.

[Jun 14, 2019] Perhaps Jon Steward had a welding job before comedy?

Jun 14, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Isotope_C14 , June 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Interestingly enough:

"Comedian Jon Stewart assails Congress for ignoring 9/11 first responders fund"

Yeah, because he realizes jet fuel doesn't melt steel beams.

Perhaps he had a welding job before comedy?

[Jun 13, 2019] Something about the Congress legitimacy one one more step toward "Congress as a joke"

Jun 13, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Realignment and Legitimacy

"House Democrats propose $4,500 pay raise for Congress" [ Politico ]. • Remember when Nancy Pelosi was going to pass the $15-an-hour minimum wage in the first hundred hours -- not days, hours -- after the Democrats took power? Good times.

[Jun 13, 2019] Our Famously Free Press and Madcow disease

Jun 13, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com
Our Famously Free...

"MSNBC and New York Times at odds over reporter appearances on Maddow" [ CNN ]. "New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and MSNBC president Phil Griffin met last week amid tensions between their two news organizations. But the lengthy lunch did not resolve the issues at hand, according to four sources with knowledge of the sit-down. The executives remain at an impasse. The specific issue is about television appearances by Times reporters on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show .

The dust-up dates back to May 30, when Vanity Fair caused a ruckus by reporting that Times management wants reporters to 'steer clear of any cable-news shows that the masthead perceives as too partisan.' 'The Rachel Maddow Show' is evidently one of those shows [ incroyable! ] -- and Maddow is not happy about it.

The prime time host prides herself on her support for newspaper journalists Complicating matters further: Numerous Times reporters are also paid contributors to MSNBC and CNN. For example, Matthew Rosenberg and Mark Mazzetti of The Times, who are also paid by CNN, have both appeared on 'CNN Tonight' in recent days. CNN declined to comment on the booking relationship with The Times."

• It's impossible for me to understand how the beacons of integrity at the Times could appear in a cesspit like The Rachel Maddow Show. T

These are strange times.

[Jun 13, 2019] 'Disorganized' DNC Dives Deeper In Debt As WikiLeaks Bombshells Haunt Party

Jun 13, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Dr Anon , 17 minutes ago link

I had no idea it was so expensive to run a party of losers.

Anunnaki , 46 minutes ago link

Time to hit up Hellary for another loan?

[Jun 11, 2019] Madcow will one of Democratic debates moderator

that's a real insult. Madcow is probably the worst person to sk any question you can imagine... she is kind of female McCarthy re-incarnation -- crazy Russiagater...
Jun 11, 2019 | www.thecut.com

Daxster 6 hours ago

Why have any moderators? They should have an auctioneer instead. He'll quickly determine who is willing to offer us the biggest bribes with our own money, in exchange for a vote.

And we'll learn how many different ways can one say "FREE! FREE! FREE!" 5 hours ago

XXX:

"The questions will be available for a small fee?"
DJT

Daxster, 5 hours ago

What's Donna Brazile selling over in the corner?

[Jun 11, 2019] As Steve Bannon might have said, beware the Red Chinaman for he is not like us.

These China haters are just rehashed Cold warriors who yesterday hated Soviets.
Jun 11, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Temporarily Sane , June 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

Wait, I thought the Russians are the defacto 4th Reich using unprecedented 5D chess tactics to undermine Our Democracy at every turn? Well thank God our rusty but trusty 5 Eyes and the Rules Based Global Order outed the diabolically devious Chinese so we know who the real culprit behind all our problems is. As Steve Bannon might have said, beware the Red Chinaman for he is not like us.

[Jun 10, 2019] If ever there were a candidate who might be inclined to rethink our relationship with the Saudis, it's Buttigieg.

Notable quotes:
"... He would be given a lavish reception in Riyadh, where he would deliver a speech thanking our Saudi allies for leading the brave fight against "Iranian homophobia." ..."
Jun 10, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Timothy Hagios , 09 June 2019 at 01:49 PM

On the bright side, if ever there were a candidate who might be inclined to rethink our relationship with the Saudis, it's Buttigieg.

Oh, who am I kidding? He would be given a lavish reception in Riyadh, where he would deliver a speech thanking our Saudi allies for leading the brave fight against "Iranian homophobia."

[Jun 10, 2019] Are Bonds Peaking-Interest Rates Bottoming

Jun 10, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Bam_Man , 3 hours ago link

One year ago, EVERYBODY was a bond "bear", predicting a long string of rate hikes that would bring Fed Funds up to 4.50%.

They were ALL wrong. VERY wrong.

They are probably just as wrong now that they are bond "bulls".

Greenspazm , 1 hour ago link

No, if you use kimble charting technical analysis you will get very rich.

Bam_Man , 1 hour ago link

Undoubtedly.

[Jun 09, 2019] What is so rare as a fake news day in June by Frank Scott

US for sure deserves better politicians and better media. but any change involved dismantling the yoke of financial oligarchy and MIC. As such it will be violently opposed. It is sad when the great nation (and the USA is a great nation) presents itself to the world as a sick joke.
Jun 07, 2019 | dissidentvoice.org
While the continued mental assault on what is left of public consciousness still features the idiot fiction of Russiagate, or how the evil Putin arranged to trash our great American democracy and defeat holy mother Hillary on behalf of cursed father Donald, the month of June offered not one but two major fictional treatments of historic reality to further reduce innocent minds to enslaved mentalities.

The fables of D-Day, celebrated every year in glorification of a war actually won by the Soviet Union but taught as America's gift to the global marketplace, and the unholy terror alleged by evil China in the infamous Tiananmen uprising treated here as a story worthy of creation by Disney, Spielberg, Mother Goose and Ronald Reagan combined.

[Jun 09, 2019] The Arrival of the Anti-Christ, Delayed by Israel Shamir

Jun 09, 2019 | www.unz.com

If the Jews have designs for world dominance, their plans had suffered a setback due to the petty rivalry of Israeli politicians. Now this minor setback threatens to upset the whole master plan. For the want of a nail the kingdom is lost. A small mistake can have great consequences; so said Eugene Scribe of a glass of water that it had ended too long a war.

'The minor setback' was the failure of Bibi Netanyahu to form his new government after successful election campaign. 'The great consequences' are the collapse of the ambitious Kushner/Trump's Deal of the Century. Russia's alliance with Israel looks less certain; and beyond that, the coronation of Messiah, the Jewish king and the world's foremost spiritual authority seems to be postponed indefinitely. Like in domino effect, these plans began to fail, one after another.

[Jun 09, 2019] Mueller's BullSt Press Conference Reveals His Dishonesty

"This whole thing would be a farce if it wasn't so serious" good sum up by Newt Gingrich
Jun 09, 2019 | www.youtube.com

vince kelly , 4 days ago

Is that the same Mueller who lied to congress that Iraqi had WMD'S ?

dad moditch , 1 week ago

After investigating Robert Mueller and although there is no evidence to convict or indict. It has become apparent that without concert evidence it is possible that Mueller may have committed crimes against humanity. It is also possible that further investigation may reveal that he is a Russian spy.

[Jun 09, 2019] The picture that captured the essence of Biden campaign

Jun 08, 2019 | unz.com

[Jun 08, 2019] Uses and Abuses of Tarps

Jun 08, 2019 | crookedtimber.org

The Soviets, eager to show that the camps are actually rather nice if you think about it sent Maxim Gorky to investigate. He was newly-returned to the Soviet Union and probably disinclined to rock the boat which currently supplied him with some vast apartment and a dacha (irrelevantly, haven't we all sort of wanted a dacha? They sound great. Perhaps Trump will get one eventually.)

[In summer 1929] The rumor reached Solovki before Gorky himself -- and the prisoner's hearts beat faster and the guards hustled and bustled. One has to know prisoners in order to imagine their anticipation! The falcon, the stormy petrel was about, to swoop down on the nest of injustice, violence, and secrecy. The leading Russian writer! He will give them hell! He will show them! He, the father, will defend! They awaited his coming almost as a universal amnesty.

The chiefs were alarmed, too; as much as possible they hid the monstrosities and polished things up for show. and they set up a "boulevard" of fir trees without roots, which were simply pushed down into the ground (they only had to last a few days without withering.) It led to the Children's Colony

Only in Kem was there an oversight. On Popov Island the steamer Gleb Boky was being loaded by prisoners in underwear and sacks when Gorky's retinue appeared out of nowhere to embark on that steamer! You inventors and thinkers! Here is a worthy problem for you given that, as the saying goes, every wise man has enough of the fool in him: a barren island, not one bush, no possible cover -- and right there, at a distance of 300 yards, Gorky's retinue has shown up. Your solution? Where can this disgraceful spectacle -- these men dressed in sacks -- be hidden? The entire journey of the great Humanist will have been for naught if he sees them now. Well, of course, he will try hard not to notice them, but help him! Drown them in the sea? They will wail and flounder. Bury them in the earth? There's no time. No, only a worthy son of the Archipelago could find a way out of this one. The work assigner ordered, "Stop work! Close ranks! Still closer! Sit down on the ground! Sit still!" And a tarpaulin was thrown over them. "Anyone who moves will be shot!"


oldster 05.31.19 at 11:26 am (no link)

Fascinating stuff, Belle. Makes me wonder whether I speak from above or below the tarp.

But who is the author of the long quotation?

Aardvark Cheeselog 05.31.19 at 1:06 pm ( 2 )
@1 I'm pretty sure that passage is from volume 1 of Gulag Archipelago .

Yep, see here , p65.

SusanC 06.01.19 at 11:26 am (no link)
It would seem that the current US wouldn't bother with the tarp, in most cases .e.g. We all know about GITMO.
dilbert dogbert 05.31.19 at 6:34 pm (no link)
I shared this with the US Border Patrol. They needed advice on how to use tarps when reporters, congress critters and mr rump visits the kids cages.
The US Navy uses tarps very effectively.

[Jun 08, 2019] Fake Donald Trump quoptation led to Bette Midler and Great President feud by César Chelala

Notable quotes:
"... "If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific." ..."
"... "I apologize; turns out to be a fake from way back in '15-16. Don't know how I missed it, but it sounds SO much like him that I believed it was true!" ..."
"... "was forced to apologize for a statement she attributed to me that turned out to be totally fabricated by her in order to make 'your great president' look really bad. She got caught, just like the Fake News Media gets caught. A sick scammer!" ..."
Jun 08, 2019 | www.informationclearinghouse.info

... ... ...

... The latest tweets reveal a feud between actress Bette Midler and him.

The origin of the feud is a quote that she attributed to him and that she shared with her 1.53 million Twitter followers that said,

"If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific."

After Midler shared the quote it was proved to be a fake. When she realized her mistake, Midler tweeted,

"I apologize; turns out to be a fake from way back in '15-16. Don't know how I missed it, but it sounds SO much like him that I believed it was true!"

Trump responded with characteristic acerbity. He called Midler a "washed-up psycho" who

"was forced to apologize for a statement she attributed to me that turned out to be totally fabricated by her in order to make 'your great president' look really bad. She got caught, just like the Fake News Media gets caught. A sick scammer!"

The reader cannot fail to have read the words in the paragraph before 'your great president,' as if Trump was referring to another person, not to himself. Anybody else in a similar situation would have written, " in order to make me look bad." Not Donald Trump...

[Jun 08, 2019] Trump has spent more time at the Wailing Wall than on our southern border.

Jun 08, 2019 | www.unz.com

Ace , says: June 7, 2019 at 1:20 pm GMT

@Tired of Not Winning

... As a wag on ZeroHedge observed, Trump has spent more time at the Wailing Wall than on our southern border.

And while every month 100,000 invaders are released into the interior of the US.

[Jun 07, 2019] US 7th Fleet Cruiser Ignores Rules At Sea - Nearly Collides With Russian Destroyer

From Moon of Alabama comments: "Somehow I do not believe the Ruskies allow idiots to con their warships...but about the US navy, well..." ... "In the larger sense, both the captains were behaving irresponsibly if they were not under orders to manufacture this sort of thing." ... "Ultimately, these games of chicken have been going on since, at least, the cold war."
"why hasn't the Navy made any mention beyond saying it was in the process of recovering it's helo, which was clearly in a stand-off position filming the entire event" ... "Given that the USS Chancellorsville is part of a carrier group as the Russian version says, and the fact that the US constantly lies... most likely the Russian version is what happened. The US ship broke of the carrier group which was travelling parallel and turned onto a collision course with the Russian ship."
This is most likely why the US ship turned to intercept the Russian anti submarine ship.
Jun 07, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Michael Weddington , Jun 7, 2019 11:46:11 AM | 10

The US is an exceptional country and takes exception to the law of the sea.

John Smith , Jun 7, 2019 11:47:50 AM | 11

Posted by: Michael Weddington | Jun 7, 2019 11:46:11 AM | 10

The US is an exceptional country and takes exception to the law of the sea.
---------------------

The law of the sea only?

b4real | Jun 7, 2019 8:23:41 PM | 84

OK, I'll post it then....


This is the transcript of a radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-95.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States' Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that YOU change your course 15 degrees north, that's one five degrees north, or countermeasures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.


b4real

[Jun 06, 2019] Why the NYT presstitute regrets about "mistakes made and in the best imitation of Orwell 1984 memory holed his previous writings about Gina Haspel deception of Trump

Notable quotes:
"... Barnes might as well have a tattoo saying "I'll write anything if the price is right". ..."
"... I suppose people whose jobs consist of slightly re-writing Deep State dictation don't have to be especially clever. ..."
"... A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.[1][2] The concept was first popularized by George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party's Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potentially embarrassing historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete and undetectable. ..."
Jun 06, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Harry Law , Jun 6, 2019 10:36:53 AM | 17

"I made a significant error in my April 16 profile of Gina Haspel. It took a while to figure out where I went wrong".

It was only when I found the horses head next to me in bed when I woke up, that I realized what a stupid mistake I had made.

Zachary Smith , Jun 6, 2019 12:01:15 PM | 25
@ Jay | Jun 6, 2019 8:37:49 AM @8
So Julian Barnes is a well established liar.

I'm glad I checked to see if anyone had mentioned this hack's article about Russia restarting nuclear testing. Using his name as one search item I tried a number of current issues. Like the fellows at local intersections holding up signs "will work for money", Barnes might as well have a tattoo saying "I'll write anything if the price is right".

That it took so long to come up with a half-assed "explanation" shows he's not the brightest bulb in the lamp. I suppose people whose jobs consist of slightly re-writing Deep State dictation don't have to be especially clever.

goldhoarder , Jun 6, 2019 12:44:22 PM | 28
Julian Barnes is like Winston Smith without the intellectual curiosity. He quote happily goes about his work. lol. What is the matter with you people? You are supposed to embrace the new narrative!

From wikidpeida...

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.[1][2] The concept was first popularized by George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party's Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potentially embarrassing historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete and undetectable.

bjd , Jun 6, 2019 1:32:38 PM | 32
Julian E. Barnes' humble confession (a self-incrimination) sounds like one made in a Gulag.
Ort , Jun 6, 2019 3:10:53 PM | 39
This is clearly a case of closing the Barnes door after the ducks have bolted.

[Jun 05, 2019] The USA claiming that Iran and its central bank use deceptive financial practices is akin to Stalin telling Mao to be nicer to his citizens.

Notable quotes:
"... Pot kettle black. No nation will ever be sovereign until the International Banking Tyrants and their relatives to the third cousin receive a very public guillotine haircut. ..."
Jun 05, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

JohnnyAmerica , 1 hour ago link

"Iran and its central bank use deceptive financial practices and haven't implemented minimum global safeguards against money laundering and terrorism financing, according to Bloomberg." This is akin to Stalin telling Mao to be nicer to his citizens.

Pot kettle black. No nation will ever be sovereign until the International Banking Tyrants and their relatives to the third cousin receive a very public guillotine haircut.

[Jun 05, 2019] If the country was run by shoe shine boys

Jun 05, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

besnook , 1 hour ago link

if the country was run by shoe shine boys there would be shoe shine palaces on every corner and a law requiring everyone to get a shoeshine 3 times/day.

the usa is run by banksters. you get the result described.

[Jun 02, 2019] GOP Targets Comey And Brennan As Investigations Heat Up -

Jun 02, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Volga German , 24 minutes ago

How do I volunteer to be a member of the firing squad...anyone????

whatafmess , 23 minutes ago

firing squad is too civilized for those two, should go medieval on them...

Volga German , 18 minutes ago

But I'm too old to wield a headsman's axe!

[Jun 02, 2019] Which reality show is the best

Jun 02, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

ben , Jun 2, 2019 8:03:39 PM | 34

P.S. The reality "show" of impeachment hearings, is the only vehicle that can counter the reality "show" that is the DJT regime...

[Jun 02, 2019] The Trump administration wants to discourage all those nasty foreigners who want to spend their vacation or education money in the United States

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Zachary Smith , Jun 2, 2019 3:50:32 PM | 9

We have a fair number of RNC trolls here, and it'll be interesting if they embrace this one. More likely they'll hunker down and pretend it's not happening.

The Trumpies have already had some success in other areas:

Sharp drop in international student visas worries some US colleges by Parija Kavilanz @CNNMoney March 14, 2018: 10:16 AM ET

[Jun 02, 2019] The reality of being a stable genius

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Zachary Smith , Jun 2, 2019 4:24:21 PM | 16

Headline

Trump denies calling Meghan Markle 'nasty' despite comments being recorded

Perhaps one of the Trump groupies will explain this aspect of being a Stable Genius.

NemesisCalling , Jun 2, 2019 7:04:39 PM | 25

@ zachary 16

C'mon, we all know that Trump is perfectly capable of making those kinds of remarks even without being goaded into them.

In this case, Markle made suggestions during Trump's run in 2016 that he was misogynistic and divisive. And Trump always repays those remarks by giving people the whatfor. It's a nothing-burger but of course the MSM is going to take the Royals side, a bleeding Monarchy, over a duly-elected President.

Typical of them, but let's play up to snuff around here and disregard this kind of "throw anything at the guy and see if it sticks" stuff.

I don't even know why I got roped into commenting on this.

[May 31, 2019] US energy department rebrands fossil fuels as 'molecules of freedom'...and this is in The Guardian and not The Onion

Highly recommended!
This is similar to renaming "French fries" to "freedom fries" after 9/11. You can't overestimate stupidity of government bureaucrats. They now exceeded the USSR level.
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Victor , May 30, 2019 3:12:19 PM | 10

US energy department rebrands fossil fuels as 'molecules of freedom'...and this is in The Guardian and not The Onion:

https://tinyurl.com/y5uyb28ghttps://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/05/open-thread-2019-30.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef0240a48ab852200d#c6a00d8341c640e53ef0240a48ab852200d

[May 31, 2019] Satire is no longer possible with the US neoliberal MSM constantly moving uyp the upper limits of stupidity

May 31, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

NUGGETS FROM THE STUPIDITY MINE.

A Beluga whale that hangs around people ; exactly the behaviour you'd expect from one of Putin's spy whales ! The NYT, welded to the lie, opines that Barr's inquiry might expose a "person close to Mr. Putin" . Oops!

NYT, you just did (shows that they don't even read the handouts they re-type). English needs a new vocabulary for the concept of "stupid".

[May 31, 2019] A> lifetime smoking opium might well be more rewarding than a lifetime smoking hopium

Notable quotes:
"... but how many opportunities to prosecute treasonous activity have we seen come and go over the years and decades without delivering even a semblance of accountability? ..."
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john , May 31, 2019 6:01:58 AM | 60

even though we've pretty much established that the cia is running the show, i share this link with some reluctance. by default i just don't trust any of these people, though in this case it is very clear that these treasonous crimes against the State have indeed been committed (yes, Circe, they have).

but how many opportunities to prosecute treasonous activity have we seen come and go over the years and decades without delivering even a semblance of accountability?

a lifetime smoking opium might well be more rewarding than a lifetime smoking hopium.

[May 31, 2019] The "Deal of the Century" in one picture

May 31, 2019 | www.unz.com

Franklin Ryckaert says: May 31, 2019 at 7:39 pm GMT

The "Deal of the Century" in one picture :

I.e. Jews negotiating with Jews negotiating with Jews negotiating with Jews about peace with the Palestinians who have not been invited. Will work !

[May 31, 2019] Using Mueller own logic we can state that R>obert Mueller is a pedophile

Same logic as in Mueller blabbing ;-)
Notable quotes:
"... We can't prove it false, so it must be true. ..."
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JoeG , May 30, 2019 2:56:46 PM | 8

Robert Mueller is a pedophile

We can't prove it false, so it must be true.

[May 30, 2019] Mueller is like sending a kid to the store to buy Lifesavers

DemoRats are so dumb, so bent on fueling neo-McCarthyism hysteria, so servile to their Deep State masters (and Wall Street financial oligarchy) that they've once again given Trump enough room to tell the truth. His May 29, 2019 tweet was on the money: "Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you"
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bSirius , May 29, 2019 6:03:11 PM | 4

Mueller is like sending a kid to the store to buy Lifesavers. He spends forty million dollars and comes home with no Lifesavers.

[May 30, 2019] Here is a clip from the speaker of the U.K. House of Commons (a Tory) which sugget how the world views Trump and the the USA as a whole

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Mark2 , May 30, 2019 4:40:05 AM | 2

Trump is just a bloody clown and maybe the American people deserve hold.
The American people are 'exceptional' in there delusional degenerate greed.
Here is a clip from the speaker of the U.K. House of Commons (a Tory)

This is what the world think of you and him.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP0c6smM_NM

[May 30, 2019] British political historian and thinker Lord Acton summed up Russiagate the best; namely "never underestimate the influence of stupidity on history

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GeorgeV , May 29, 2019 5:24:48 PM | 9

After reading numerous articles on "Russia gate," the 2016 presidential election and the rise of Generalissimo Bone Spur and President Chief Kaiser to the US presidency, Donald Trump, the 19th century British political historian and thinker Lord Acton summed it all up best; namely "never underestimate the influence of stupidity on history." What else is there to say?

[May 30, 2019] A new variation of the classic theme "pot calling kettle black"

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Don Bacon , May 30, 2019 2:18:06 PM | 118

The US has been demanding UN-supervised elections in Syria. I think Syria should return the favor and demand UN-supervised elections in the US.

[May 29, 2019] Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied

May 29, 2019 | news.sky.com

GCHQ has dismissed fresh allegations that it spied on Donald Trump's presidential campaign - describing the claims as "utterly ridiculous".

Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst, has accused the British intelligence agency of helping Barack Obama by spying on the billionaire businessman during the 2016 race.

The US president tweeted about the rumours on Wednesday after they were highlighted in a report on the right-wing One America News Network.

Mr Trump wrote: "'Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson accuses United Kingdom Intelligence of helping Obama Administration Spy on the 2016 Trump Presidential Campaign.' @OANN WOW!

"It is now just a question of time before the truth comes out, and when it does, it will be a beauty!"

[May 29, 2019] America will never be safe

May 29, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

beenlauding , 1 minute ago link

America will never be safe as long as 12 genius Slavs are able to subvert our entire election with $100 of ad phishing!!!

[May 29, 2019] Different levels of delusions. Same imperial mindset of Trump and Pompeo: US Threatens Europe With Loss Of Access To US Financial System

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HRClinton , 1 hour ago link

The issue isn't just SWIFT. It's "access to US markets".

Sayanim Pompeo is threatening them with the nuclear option: Financial MAD.

Bibbi doesn't mind.

Savvy , 1 hour ago link

Trump seems to think he's CEO of the planet and all the countries are just different departments of his corporation. Doesn't work like that Donny.

HRClinton , 1 hour ago link

It's worse than that. Thump thinks that Bibi is Chairman of the Board, and Adelson is a Senior Board Member of a small (((Board))).

[May 28, 2019] Compare two similar sentences

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alamac , 25 minutes ago link

"Comey Slams Trump's FBI Probe: 'There Was No Coup, These Are Lies, Dumb Lies'"

"Comey Slams Trump's FBI Probe: 'Please, No, I'd Look Terrible in an Orange Jumpsuit'"

[May 24, 2019] Deal with longstanding issues like government favoritism toward local companies

May 24, 2019 | theregister.co.uk

How is it that that can be a point of contention ? Name me one country in this world that doesn't favor local companies.

These people company representatives who are complaining about local favoritism would be howling like wolves if Huawei was given favor in the US over any one of them.

I'm not saying that there are no reasons to be unhappy about business with China, but that is not one of them. 6 0 Reply


A.P. Veening , 1 day

Re: "deal with longstanding issues like government favoritism toward local companies"

Name me one country in this world that doesn't favor local companies.

I'll give you two: Liechtenstein and Vatican City, though admittedly neither has a lot of local companies.

STOP_FORTH , 1 day
Re: "deal with longstanding issues like government favoritism toward local companies"

Doesn't Liechtenstein make most of the dentures in the EU. Try taking a bite out of that market.

Kabukiwookie , 1 day
Re: "deal with longstanding issues like government favoritism toward local companies"

How can you leave Andorra out of that list?

A.P. Veening , 14 hrs
Re: "deal with longstanding issues like government favoritism toward local companies"

While you are at it, how can you leave Monaco and San Marino out of that list?

[May 24, 2019] Trump grasp of history relating to trade wars can probably be measured on a pinhead

May 24, 2019 | theregister.co.uk

Rich 11 , 1 day

Re: Airbus & China
a pinhead

That's overly generous.

Michael H.F. Wilkinson , 1 day
Re: Airbus & China

Pin head ? The other end of the pin would be ample space

Michael H.F. Wilkinson
Re: Airbus & China

"Just trade wars?"

Well to be fair to him (sarcasm off), he was aware enough of the Vietnam war to avoid going there on 5 occasions

[May 24, 2019] Huawei equipment can't be trusted? As distinct from Cisco which we already have backdoored :]

May 24, 2019 | theregister.co.uk

" The Trump administration, backed by US cyber defense experts, believes that Huawei equipment can't be trusted " .. as distinct from Cisco which we already have backdoored :]

Sir Runcible Spoon
Re: Huawei equipment can't be trusted?

Didn't someone once say "I don't trust anyone who can't be bribed"?

Not sure why that popped into my head.

[May 24, 2019] The USA isn't annoyed at Huawei spying, they are annoyed that Huawei isn't spying for them

May 24, 2019 | theregister.co.uk

Pick your poison

The USA isn't annoyed at Huawei spying, they are annoyed that Huawei isn't spying for them . If you don't use Huawei who would you use instead? Cisco? Yes, just open up and let the NSA ream your ports. Oooo, filthy.

If you don't know the chip design, can't verify the construction, don't know the code and can't verify the deployment to the hardware; you are already owned.

The only question is, but which state actor; China, USA, Israel, UK.....? Anonymous Coward

[May 22, 2019] An interesting metaphor for Domand Trump foreign policy

May 22, 2019 | www.unz.com

Provoking a disastrous worldwide confrontation with mighty China by seizing and imprisoning one of its leading technology executives reminds me of a comment I made several years ago about America's behavior under the rule of its current political elites:

Or to apply a far harsher biological metaphor, consider a poor canine infected with the rabies virus. The virus may have no brain and its body-weight is probably less than one-millionth that of the host, but once it has seized control of the central nervous system, the animal, big brain and all, becomes a helpless puppet.

Once friendly Fido runs around foaming at the mouth, barking at the sky, and trying to bite all the other animals it can reach. Its friends and relatives are saddened by its plight but stay well clear, hoping to avoid infection before the inevitable happens, and poor Fido finally collapses dead in a heap.

[May 22, 2019] War with Iran could send oil prices to $250 per barrel

May 22, 2019 | www.rt.com

We should actually be a bit grateful to Prince Mohammed since without him America would clearly have the most insane government anywhere in the world. As it stands, we're merely tied for first.