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« Reply #1150 on: April 08, 2019, 08:03:19 AM »
Re: Cato Institute is an American libertarian think tank

I would not characterize them as libertarian, but i get your drift. Hence my low estimate of Thrall's tenure there.

Re:  just trying to understand the rules

I thought we were governed by our benevolent dictator Neven. The rules are what Neven says they are.

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« Reply #1151 on: April 15, 2019, 09:41:41 PM »
Haique at eudaimonics echoes Orlov on similarities between collapse of USSR and USA: "Yesterday, that society was the Soviet Union. Today, it’s America."

"You can’t exactly spend much time changing the system when you’re stuck on the breadline  ...  80% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck"

"The second way American collapse resembles Soviet collapse is through one party rule ... think about the opposition for a moment. What do you notice? They don’t oppose."

"my third parallel  ... structural corruption, or more simply, power-seeking ... corrosive levels of power-seeking are so transparent that lobbyists literally write many Congressional bills"

"my fourth parallel between Soviet and American collapse — self-referentialism. In the USSR, nobody much discussed anything that happened outside the USSR ... And that’s exactly the case in America ... America has an Iron Curtain, too. Nothing can ever be discussed except American political celebrities, American ideas, American institutions ... Self-referentialism, which is a product of exceptionalism, dooms it to never be able to learn from the world — hence, its public sphere is one big echo chamber of the same old ideas, profit, advantage, power, control, reiterated by the same old types, brutish, foolish, violent men, who’ve never learned anything about the world, and those who aspire to be like them."

" “ideological rigidity”, as academics call it. In plain English, though, we might simply call it brainwashing ...One set of ideas is allowed in public discourse, and just one. Predatory capitalism. Everything else is “socialism.” ... nothing else is really allowed  "

"American society has become a place where dissent isn’t really allowed ... The extremists are us"

"In the USSR’s case, these norms were — everything for the party, everyone for the party’s goals, every instant and moment devoted to party ideology ...  in America’s case, these norms are individualism, selfishness, greed, profit, advantage ... Everyone for capitalism’s goals. Everything for capitalism. Every instant and moment devoted to capitalism’s failed, ruinous ideologies ...Capitalism tells Americans to deny each other a decent life, to go without, to hurt and be hurt, in order to be true capitalists — but that is just what communism told Soviets, too. "

Read the whole thing:

https://eand.co/how-american-collapse-resembles-soviet-collapse-94773b44fe17"

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« Reply #1152 on: April 17, 2019, 10:01:55 PM »
There is one similarity that Haique does not dwell on: that life expectancy dropped and deaths of despair (drugs, alcoholism, suicides) skyrocketed in the USSR during the collapse, just as they are doing in the USA. If i recall correctly the signs were visible as far back as the '70s, but became horribly apparent during the yeltsin years, when the former USSR was being systematically looted by the vultures from the West.

And we now begin to see more and more suicides among the elderly in the USA. I guess suicide is better than lingering death through neglect. Sucide as a long term health care option. Whatta country !

https://khn.org/news/suicide-seniors-long-term-care-nursing-homes/

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« Reply #1153 on: April 20, 2019, 05:47:16 AM »
Kick out the foreign devils: Smart Chinese first in this case

Previously:

"The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently sent letters to dozens of major U.S. research universities asking them to provide information about specific faculty members with NIH funding who are believed to have links to foreign governments that the Bethesda, Maryland–based institute did not know about."

"at some institutions, every researcher flagged by NIH is Chinese-American."

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/03/nih-letters-asking-about-undisclosed-foreign-ties-rattle-us-universities

Now:

"MD Anderson Cancer Center here has ousted three senior researchers ..."

"among five MD Anderson scientists that NIH cited "

"invoked termination proceedings against three of the researchers"

"prompted at least 55 institutions to launch investigations"

"MD Anderson President Peter Pisters says all are “Asian”; Science has confirmed that three are ethnically Chinese. "

"MD Anderson has been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for several years on undisclosed national security investigations, which included searches of faculty email accounts and in one instance, video surveillance."

"No scientist has been charged with a federal crime. "

"at least three other institutions that have received letters from NIH."

"FBI received the cancer center’s permission to access employee email accounts"

"10 senior MD Anderson researchers or administrators of Chinese descent who have retired, resigned, or been placed on administrative leave ... a toxic climate and the perception of racial profiling hastened their departure."

" Institutions like the cancer center, he says, are “helping foreign countries to accomplish what they could not do by themselves.” "

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/04/exclusive-major-us-cancer-center-ousts-asian-researchers-after-nih-flags-their-foreign

This reminds me of Wen Ho Lee, whom the NYT crucified. And long before him, Qian Xuesen. I quote the Wiki entry:

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Secretary Kimball, who had tried for several years to keep Qian in the U.S., commented on his treatment: "It was the stupidest thing this country ever did. He was no more a Communist than I was, and we forced him to go."[2]

Immediately upon his return, Qian began a remarkably successful career in rocket science, boosted by the reputation he garnered for his past achievements as well as Chinese state support for his nuclear research. He led and eventually became the father of the Chinese missile program, which constructed the Dongfeng ballistic missiles and the Long March space rockets.
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« Reply #1154 on: April 22, 2019, 05:54:29 AM »
The Empire secures another major loss.

Ukraine’s president-in-waiting Zelensky vows to end conflict in Donbass

 Comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky, set for a landslide win in Ukraine’s presidential vote, stayed true to character at his first press conference, dropping some flashy promises but refusing to go into boring detail.

Shortly after claiming electoral victory, Zelensky held a Q&A session with reporters at his campaign HQ in a Kiev business center. While the official results of the elections have yet to be announced, multiple exit polls suggest he secured more than 72 percent of votes.

Zelensky addressed the media in an easy-going manner. He spoke in a mix of Ukrainian and Russian, switching between the two languages, sometimes in one sentence
. He also talked English a bit.

Bringing the civil war in eastern Ukraine to an end appears to be one of the top priorities for Zelensky.

    We will launch a very powerful information war to end the war in Donbass.

He then vowed to “act within the Normandy format,” referring to the French-German-Russian-Ukrainian talks on war in Donbass, saying that “we will continue the Minsk process, we will restart it.”

For now, Zelensky and his Servant of the People party – notably named after his own comedy show where he played a schoolteacher-turned-president – are promising to introduce the team “in the near future.”
https://www.rt.com/news/457172-ukraine-zelensky-powerful-infowar/
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« Reply #1155 on: April 22, 2019, 07:28:46 AM »
Poroshenko out, Zelensky in: West backed the wrong man in Ukraine & now it’s payback time

Bryan MacDonald is an Irish journalist based in Russia.

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The paradox of Ukraine’s 2014 Maidan was that it looked like a revolution, but its aftermath amounted to more of a re-arranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic than any real change of power.

Now, those chickens may finally have come home to roost. And that movement’s Western backers can only blame themselves for having prioritized their own geopolitical interests over the genuine desire of Ukrainians for change.


https://www.rt.com/op-ed/457175-ukraine-election-zelensky-victory/
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« Reply #1156 on: April 24, 2019, 05:33:22 AM »
Blast from the past: the late Gore Vidal on US Presidents and Empire



Vidal is a historian and a very fine writer. More, he had unparalleled access to the halls of power was the grandson of a senator, son of a cabinet member, was related to two presidents,  and personally knew most of the others in the late twentieth century.

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« Reply #1157 on: April 24, 2019, 06:25:44 AM »
tick tock

 The Russian Navy’s largest submarine designed to operate nuclear-tipped underwater drones, was set afloat in Russia’s White Sea, according to the Ministry of Defense.

The special-purpose 184m submarine was floated out at the Sevmash Shipyard in northern Russia. The 14,700-ton Belgorod submarine was built as a carrier of a new strategic drone propelled by a miniaturized nuclear reactor called ‘Poseidon’.

The long-range submersible drone reportedly has two speed modes, which makes it capable of traveling at low speed approaching the target, while greatly boosting its speed to escape if detected. Once within range of its target, it can detonate the nuclear payload, destroying an enemy’s coastal assets, such as naval bases or aircraft carrier groups.

https://www.rt.com/russia/457344-belgorod-sub-float-out/
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« Reply #1158 on: April 24, 2019, 03:14:45 PM »
 The Russian general who was widely blamed by Western media for inventing a new type of ‘hybrid warfare,’ says it is exactly what Western intelligence services have been waging against Russia for a long time.

Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov dismissed the concept of the so-called “Gerasimov doctrine” in a speech at a security conference in Moscow. “The methods of hybrid warfare were not invented by us. Western nations use them all the time, first and foremost against Russia,” he told an international audience of officials and security experts.

He added that by accusing Russia of inventing such methods Western powers try to distract public attention from the actions that they take against adversaries. “However, fewer and fewer people are prepared to believe these lies,” he said. [...]

 “Hybrid warfare” is another buzzword for the same idea. Galeotti, to his credit, later discredited his term, saying the “Gerasimov doctrine” does not exist.

Gerasimov highlighted the West’s long record of indirectly weakening governments they don’t like before launching an operation to violently topple them – which perfectly fits the “hybrid warfare” description. “Often under the guise of promoting democracy a so-called humanitarian intervention is launched to foment national instability,” he said.

The general said the US and its allies were conducting an aggressive policy against Russia. The increasing deployment of troops and military hardware in Eastern Europe under the guise of ‘deterring Russian aggression’ is one example of this hostility, he said. Moscow’s response will be a military build-up of its own, which will ensure its national security, he added.

Our actions are merely a response to the increased military activities of the US and NATO,” Gerasimov stressed.
https://www.rt.com/russia/457412-gerasimov-doctrine-security-conference/
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« Reply #1159 on: April 24, 2019, 06:27:36 PM »
Poor old Ukraine. McCain would be rolling in his grave for sure!

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Russia simplifies getting citizenship for people in breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine 
 People living in breakaway parts of Ukraine will now find it easier to apply for Russian citizenship. A decree simplifying the procedure for those living in rebel-held areas was signed by President Vladimir Putin.

The document – signed Wednesday – establishes a simplified procedure for acquiring Russian citizenship for any person with a permanent residence in parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The areas, which broke away from Kiev and declared themselves independent after the 2014 Maidan armed coup, are predominantly populated by ethnic Russians.

The simplified procedure lifts some of standard restrictions such as the requirement for applicants to have lived in Russia under a residency permit for at least five years and to have passed a formal language exam. The decree also demands that Russian officials process such citizenship requests within three months
https://www.rt.com/russia/457426-russian-citizenship-dnr-lnr/

If it was America (or Israel) they'd be building walls and shooting anyone trying to climb over them!  :P

Here's a good review by Jimmy of a Nation article history and stuff ... Ukraine the most unpopular disliked Govt/Politicians in the entire world with only a 9% approval. Good job America and NATO ... you really hit the sweet spot in Kiev. :D

Jimmy: "I don't know if you know this but when the world goes insane and politicians become a joke, voters turn to comedians for sanity! That is what's been happening."

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« Reply #1160 on: April 24, 2019, 10:56:48 PM »
Lawrence at salon interviews Narwani on Syria and implications for Empire:

" “The Syrian conflict constitutes the main battlefield in a kind of World War III ...  The world wars were, in essence, great-power wars, after which the global order reshuffled a bit and new global institutions were established.” This, in outline, is what Narwani sees out in front of us, now that the Western powers’ latest “regime change” operation has failed. "

"when I interviewed former al–Nusra and FSA [Free Syrian Army] fighters near the Lebanese border: They told me their salaries had been paid by the Israelis for the entire year before they surrendered, around $200,000 per month from Israel to militants in the town of Beit Jinn alone."

"Syria, Russia and Iran won. Turkey is crippled by its Syria losses and is desperately seeking a new geopolitical equilibrium. France and Germany are very worried about more refugees — and extremists — flooding their borders, and they are willing to break with the U.S.’ goals in Syria over this issue."

"In short, the “political process” is whatever Syria, Russia and Iran want it to be."

", in September 2015 the U.S. lost the conflict to Russia and its allies."

"it also seemed highly unlikely that Obama was prepared to turn this into a full-on U.S. air war. He was happy to do “regime change” in that passive-aggressive way Democrats do it: all “humanitarian intervention” and marketing spin and tragic soundbites. But the Nobel Peace Prize winner was not going to put U.S.–piloted planes in Russian-dominated airspace over Syria in any significant way ..."

"We have had a reshuffle in the balance of power in recent years, with Russia, China, Iran in ascendance and Europe and North America in decline. That’s not to say that Washington, London or Paris don’t have levers left to pull: They do. But it is on the back of the Syrian conflict that a great-power battle was fought, and in its wake, new international institutions for finance, defense and policymaking have been born or transformed."

"Syria triggered the great-power battle that unleashed the potential of this new order much more quickly and efficiently."

"The battle for global hegemony really began to unfold over Syria, though, when the Russians, Iranians and Chinese decided to draw a line and put up a fight. The world changed after that."

"All modern Western wars have been fought with manipulated imagery and disinformation. We call it propaganda and accuse the Nazis and Soviets of doing it, but the U.S. does it better than anyone. It’s literally the main tool in America's military kit: Otherwise, Americans would never accept the never-ending wars. There used to be laws forbidding the U.S. government from propagandizing the American people. The Obama administration undid many of those legal barriers. If you ever have a chance to read the U.S. Special Forces’ Unconventional Warfare manual, you will see how fundamental propaganda is to U.S. efforts to maintain hegemony. Everything starts and ends with “scene-setting” and “swaying perceptions” to prepare a population to support invasion, occupation, drone wars, “humanitarian interventions,” rebellion, regime change. "

"why wasn’t there a single other journalist out there asking the question, “Who is killing and who is dying?” If they had asked that elementary question, the way we view this conflict would have been very, very different."

" the U.S., U.K., France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Turkey are the main countries that armed, trained, financed and equipped the militants ... Weapons came into Syria from all five border countries at different parts of this conflict — Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Israel — but I would say the most weapons probably arrived via Turkey, arms transfers that were very much coordinated with its NATO partners."

"This paper shows that the U.S. and its allies had identified AQ as the strongest, most capable fighting force in Syria against the Assad government, that these extremists had intent to create a “Salafist principality” on the Syrian–Iraqi border, and that the U.S. and its allies basically supported this. Many tried to play down this document, but then Obama sacked Michael Flynn as head of the DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency], and Flynn came out and said the document was correct, that the U.S. had “willfully” supported this whole mess."

" The reason the U.S. won’t name the militant groups they funded and armed is because the moment they do, we will find atrocity videos and snuff films made by that group. The liability issues are huge. But mostly the issue is that the U.S. basically armed extremist groups in the Syrian conflict, and they don’t need the public knowing who these people are."

"Mainstream Western media were absolutely complicit in disseminating disinformation about the Syrian conflict to serve the political agendas of their respective governments"

"Journalists were not dupes in this conflict. Western journalists covering Syria were, for the most part, believers in the liberal order, U.S. exceptionalism, interventionism — these people are hired because they think that way. They quote their governments’ statements unquestioningly, despite the lies of Iraq, Libya, Vietnam, etc. They are fundamentally uninterested in the legalities of warfare — the U.S. and U.K. bombardment of Syria, the establishment of military bases there, the funding and arming of terrorist groups — all of it illegal under international law.  "

"A number of Western journalists who dared to probe deeper were sacked, silenced or smeared. I know a couple of journalists who lost their jobs. The Huffington Post stopped publishing my work once I started reporting from inside Syria — and then a year or so later, they quietly removed my entire archive from their site ... The intimidation tactics by our peers have been relentless in the coverage of Syria."

"Western media helped to stage and grow this conflict ...  I prefer to call them “media combatants,” "

"we had one of the most senior U.N. officials on Syria tell us, off the record: “Saudi intelligence was behind the attacks and unfortunately nobody will dare say that.” This official, we know, gave the same information to at least two other Western reporters — who did not report it…."

Read the whole thing:

https://www.salon.com/2019/04/21/reporter-sharmine-narwani-on-the-secret-history-of-americas-defeat-in-syria/

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« Reply #1161 on: April 25, 2019, 04:44:49 AM »
“I was a CIA director, we lied, we cheated we stole… like, we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment,” Pompeo told an audience in College Station, Texas April 15th amid self-amused chuckles.

While his audience seemed to get a rise out of the secretary’s comment, RT interviewed a few Americans who found it less funny and more disturbing. Predictably, that sentiment was shared by people from other parts of the world as well, who saw Pompeo’s claims about the “glorious American experiment” as little more than “bulls**t.”

See the video of Pompeo
https://www.rt.com/news/457452-pompeo-cia-moment-honest-interviews/

But to be fair, no one has time to address the climate crisis, be an important part of the UNFCCC Paris agreement, fix a health care system in crisis, or a dysfunctional delusional society, a corrupt political system, and corporate theft when your #1 job as a nation is to Lie, Cheat and Steal from the rest of the world with impunity in order to survive and protect your oversized egos.
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« Reply #1162 on: April 26, 2019, 11:53:19 PM »
Cold Warriors need money: JASON contract dropped by DOD, picked up by DOE

"the head of the Jasons, says that other government agencies still want advice and that the Jasons are determined to give it. "

Indeed.

"the group has no way of getting the several million dollars in funding it needs to operate annually."

So sad.

"The National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the nation's nuclear weapons, would be a natural fit for the group. Over the years, it has solicited numerous studies from the Jasons on the nuclear stockpile. "

Of course they have.

"they are rich in history"

No shit.

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/25/717225118/after-pentagon-ends-contract-top-secret-scientists-group-vows-to-carry-on

Here's some history.

https://fas.org/irp/agency/dod/jason/barrier.pdf

"We see the possibility of a long war."

Gee, really ?

"objections to involving US troops and suffering more US casualties than might otherwise be necessary"

"mine fields kilometers deep"

"large scale operations od reseeding and bombing with area-type weapons"

"Many Montagnard villages in the region are now deserted"

"Everything we do must satisfy the principle of deniability"


I have known some of the JASON members, and while i respected their scientific achievements, i have nothing but contempt for their ethical stance. The article above contains a link to a report which was the beginning of an attempt to interdict supplies from the north flowing into the south of Vietnam. I have met some of the authors of that report. It perfectly illustrates the Lewis quote below.

"The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices."

C. S. Lewis

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« Reply #1163 on: April 27, 2019, 07:47:38 AM »
 A Texas judge has blocked enforcement of a law forbidding state employees and contractors from boycotting Israel, declaring the measure threatens to "manipulate the debate through coercion rather than persuasion."

Calling the law "an impermissible content- and viewpoint-based restriction on protected expression" that "imposes unconstitutional conditions on public employment [and] compels speech for an impermissible purpose," US District Judge Robert Pitman ruled that the "plaintiffs' BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] boycotts are inherently expressive conduct" protected under the First Amendment and delivered a temporary injunction, barring Texas from enforcing the provision.

Reminding the state of Texas that "the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular" is "to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation—and their ideas from suppression—at the hands of an intolerant society," Pitman reserved special scorn for state attorneys' emphasis on the fact that 25 other states also have anti-BDS laws or executive orders on the books and the legislature's near-unanimous passage of the 2017 law, calling the deference to groupthink a "weakness."

https://www.rt.com/usa/457675-texas-judge-blocks-israel-bds/
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« Reply #1164 on: April 27, 2019, 06:17:05 PM »
What history looked like 20 years ago ...

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« Reply #1165 on: May 02, 2019, 10:48:25 PM »
Warm your heart at this!

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« Reply #1166 on: May 04, 2019, 05:08:59 AM »
A New Distraction ...

North Korea Appears To Be Officially Back In The Missile Test Firing Business 
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27818/north-korea-is-appears-to-be-officially-back-in-the-missile-test-firing-business
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« Reply #1167 on: May 04, 2019, 05:33:11 AM »
Divided minds, divided states: highly educated leaving the heartlands

" Highly educated Americans have increasingly moved to a handful of states over the last several decades, leaving other places behind."

" These talent-magnet states are along the West Coast, as well as the Boston-Washington corridor."

"These “brain gain” states are like an elite club whose members trade among themselves."

"Rust Belt states—Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Missouri—are particularly plagued by brain drain. Several Plains states—Iowa and the Dakotas—as well as states in New England—Vermont and New Hampshire—are also experiencing high levels of brain drain."

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/brain-drain-and-the-polarization-of-america/

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« Reply #1168 on: May 14, 2019, 12:10:35 PM »
 Donald Trump has reportedly been presented with a plan to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter the so-called Iranian threat, the New York Times reported.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan disclosed the updated military plan at a meeting of Trump's top security aides on Thursday, the publication said, quoting anonymous sources inside the administration.

Several options to tackle Tehran in the region were outlined to the president during the briefing, while "the uppermost option called for deploying 120,000 troops, which would take weeks or months to complete," the Times said.
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« Reply #1169 on: May 15, 2019, 08:06:01 AM »
Proof positive the USA GOP conservative fascist religious lunatics have gone completely bat shit crazy and are a threat to the entire world now?

 Alabama is poised to pass the strictest abortion law in the US after its Senate voted to criminalize the procedure even in cases of rape or incest and send doctors performing it to prison for up to 99 years.

The bill prohibits abortion in all cases except when necessary to save the mother’s life, declaring the procedure a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years in prison. Even attempting to perform an abortion would carry a one to 10 year sentence. The measure passed the state Senate 25 to 6 on Tuesday after a long, drawn-out debate that included filibusters, shouting matches and protests, and now needs only the signature of the governor – a pro-life Republican – before it becomes law.

The bill is draconian on purpose
, State Rep. Terri Collins (R), its sponsor, told the Washington Post after its passage, explaining that exceptions for rape and incest victims were specifically left out because the law’s backers want it to be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court.

They hope to force a legal battle with the ultimate goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Collins, who previously supported so-called “heartbeat bills” that ban abortion at any point after a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected, believes desperate times call for desperate measures: “I believe we can’t get a heartbeat bill until we get Roe v. Wade turned over,” she said.

Democratic presidential candidates took to Twitter to voice their disapproval.

    This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel—and the bill’s authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. I've lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back—not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win. https://t.co/WNlr7Ys73q
    — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 15, 2019


The American Civil Liberties Union has vowed to stop the law, which they have declared unconstitutional, issuing a statement promising that “abortion will remain a safe, legal medical procedure at all clinics in Alabama.” In 2016, they won a $1.7 million judgment after federal courts struck down a 2013 law criminalizing abortion in Alabama as unconstitutional.

    The last time Alabama threatened abortion rights, they lost and paid @ACLUAlabama and @PPFA $1.7 million.
    We really don't want Alabama's money. Just keep abortion legal and we're good. pic.twitter.com/BtGwDsfAPs
    — ACLU (@ACLU) May 11, 2019

https://www.rt.com/usa/459366-alabama-bans-abortion-felony/
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« Reply #1170 on: May 15, 2019, 08:13:43 AM »
Attending an Event in Lunaticfield, anywhere USA ....

 Secretary Of State Denounces Leaders ‘Eager To Delight Davos’

'President Trump believes it is right – indeed more than right – for America to unashamedly advance policy that serves our interests and reflects American ideals.'

By Mike Pompeo   
May 13, 2019

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo gave the following remarks at the Claremont Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala on May 11. Watch here or read the full transcript below.

The Bible describes John the Baptist as “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” And I sometimes think about the Claremont Institute that way.


https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/13/pompeo-america-first-foreign-policy-is-inspired-by-the-founders/

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« Reply #1171 on: May 15, 2019, 01:39:15 PM »
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Washington has ordered the withdrawal of its “non-emergency” staff from Iraq, the US Embassy in Baghdad said on Wednesday. The move follows an alert on tensions in the country.

Some government employees are set to leave the embassy in Baghdad, as well as the US Consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Normal visa services will be temporarily suspended.

American nationals were advised to avoid US government sites in Iraq and leave the country “as soon as possible.”

    @StateDept has ordered the departure of non-emergency USG employees from Iraq, both at the Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil. Additional information on this alert can be found on the U.S. Embassy website at U.S. Citizen Services. https://t.co/iX96dAkyhT
    — U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) May 15, 2019

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A UK military commander was rebuked by the US Central Command for questioning Washington’s claims that Iran poses an increased threat. Gen. Ghika, a senior figure in the anti-ISIS coalition, said none was evident in Iraq or Syria.

“There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” Gen. Ghika said on Tuesday during a video briefing from Iraq. “We’re aware of that presence, clearly. And we monitor them along with a whole range of others because that’s the environment we’re in.”

https://www.rt.com/news/459375-pentagon-rebukes-british-general/
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« Reply #1172 on: May 16, 2019, 12:10:45 AM »
Spanish Frigate Drops Out of Lincoln Strike Group Over U.S. Iran Stance 
https://news.usni.org/2019/05/14/spanish-frigate-drops-out-of-lincoln-strike-group-over-u-s-iran-stance

A Spanish guided-missile frigate is temporarily dropping out to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group over the U.S. shift in operations toward Iran, according to statements from Spanish defense officials.

ESPS Méndez Núñez (F 104) started operating as part of the strike group when it arrived in U.S. 6th Fleet in April and had planned to join USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for its deployment and homeport change to San Diego, Calif.

However, the U.S. repositioning of the strike group in response to increased risk from Iran has changed the situation for Spain
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« Reply #1173 on: May 16, 2019, 06:17:02 AM »
Have you wondered why politicians aren't what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems?

Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it's because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy. He believes that the mega-rich and corporations are cannibalizing the political sphere, causing financial crisis.



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Now let me give you two numbers.
Over the last three months, in the United
States, in Britain and in the Eurozone, we
have invested, collectively, 3.4 trillion dollars
on all the wealth-producing goods --
things like industrial plants, machinery,
office blocks, schools, roads, railways,
machinery, and so on and so forth.

$3.4 trillion sounds like a lot of money
until you compare it to the $5.1 trillion
that has been slushing around in the
same countries, in our financial institutions,
doing absolutely nothing during the same
period except inflating stock exchanges
and bidding up house prices.

So a mountain of debt and a mountain
of idle cash form twin peaks, failing to
cancel each other out through the
normal operation of the markets.

The result is stagnant wages, more than
a quarter of 25- to 54-year-olds in
America, in Japan and in Europe out
of work.

And consequently, low aggregate
demand, which in a never-ending cycle,
reinforces the pessimism of the investors,
who, fearing low demand, reproduce it
by not investing -- exactly like
Oedipus' father, who, terrified by the
prophecy of the oracle that his son
would grow up to kill him, unwittingly
engineered the conditions that
ensured that Oedipus, his son,
would kill him.

This is my quarrel with capitalism.

Its gross wastefulness, all this idle cash,
should be energized to improve lives,
to develop human talents, and indeed
to finance all these technologies, green
technologies, which are absolutely essential
for saving planet Earth.
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« Reply #1174 on: May 16, 2019, 10:31:15 AM »
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Huawei Technologies and 70 of its affiliates have been placed on a trade blacklist, the US Department of Commerce has confirmed, after President Donald Trump declared an emergency targeting telecoms owned by “adversaries.”

The addition of Huawei to the “Entity List” maintained by Commerce will make it more difficult for the Chinese telecom giant to buy parts and components from US companies and sell products in the US.

Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the move on Wednesday, shortly after Trump made public an executive order declaring a national emergency over risks allegedly posed to US security buy information and communications technology owned, designed or operated by “foreign adversaries.”

Justifying the decision, Ross said the Commerce Department had reasonable basis to believe Huawei was “engaged in activities that are contrary to US national security.”

    Under President Trump's leadership, Americans will be able to trust that our data and infrastructure are secure. #ICTSupplyChain
    — Sec. Wilbur Ross (@SecretaryRoss) May 15, 2019

The blacklisting will mean that US suppliers will need a special license to trade with Huawei and its affiliates.

While it did not specifically name Huawei or China, Trump’s emergency order is widely understood to have been written with them in mind, as the US seeks to erode Beijing’s lead in 5G telecommunications technology. Trump has said he “cannot allow any other country” to out-compete the US in the field of 5G technology, calling it a race “America must win.”

https://www.rt.com/business/459445-us-huawei-trade-blacklist/

Tell me again why China is designated or believed to be an adversary of the United States?
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« Reply #1175 on: May 16, 2019, 04:00:12 PM »
Hehehe, and people thought German's didn't have a sense of humour?

‘As if Germany is a US colony’
: Bundestag energy chief lashes out at Russia sanctions
Published time: 16 May, 2019 

 Only the US – not Germany or the EU – is interested in economic sanctions against Russia, the head of the Bundestag’s economy and energy committee has said. German MPs are looking at ways to lift the restrictions, he added.

Bundestag energy and economy chief Klaus Ernst of Die Linke party accused the US of behaving as if Germany is its colony, as Washington tries to bully Europeans out of buying Russian gas.

“Those measures don't only target Russians, they deliberately target Europeans, for example German energy companies involved in Nord Stream 2,” he said at a conference on the prospects of energy cooperation between Russia and the EU, organized by the Russian Gas Society

“The actions of the US ambassador to Germany are simply unacceptable,” Ernst said, as cited by Russian media.

The real goal, according to Ernst, is to make the EU buy American gas instead:
“The Americans are using politics to realize their own interests in this field.”

Speaking of other economic measures in place against Russia, Ernst noted that the US is the only party that wins from them.

“There are currently discussions about this in the Bundestag economy committee, and it is growing stronger – how sanctions against Russia can be lifted. Neither Germany, nor Europe is interested in these sanctions. The only ones winning from these sanctions are the Americans.”

https://www.rt.com/news/459487-germany-us-colony-nordstream/
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« Reply #1176 on: May 17, 2019, 10:51:23 AM »
 Retaliation over S-400? Trump cancels Turkey’s preferential trade status
Published time: 17 May, 201

 Donald Trump has terminated the preferential trade agreement which provided Turkey with partial tax-free access to US markets, in a move some see as Washington’s retaliation for the NATO ally’s increasingly independent policies.

More than two months after the United States threatened to end Turkey’s participation in Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, President Donald Trump on Thursday cut off Ankara’s access to the program, noting that the country is no longer a developing state.

It came amid heightened tensions which, in addition to a number of contentious points, have recently soured over Turkey’s refusal to give up the purchase of Russian S-400 missile air-defense systems, which the US apparently sees as a direct threat to its own national security and interests.

The US received $1.66 billion of Turkish goods in 2017 under the GSP program, roughly 18 percent of total US imports from that country. Duty-free status was set for jewelry, precious metals, and vehicle parts, in addition to certain agricultural and fishery products and other commercial goods

https://www.rt.com/business/459548-turkeys-preferential-trade-agreement-cancelled/

Desperate is as desperate does?
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« Reply #1177 on: May 17, 2019, 06:09:46 PM »
That Time John Bolton Said It’s Good To Lie About War

Link >> https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/that-time-john-bolton-said-its-good-to-lie-about-war-4b956c063caa

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« Reply #1178 on: May 17, 2019, 07:05:23 PM »
"Anything we can do we can't let anyone else do better."

 Kim Dotcom has slammed the US for hypocrisy over its Huawei ban given America’s history of “abusing technology” and “turning its entire tech sector into a spy machine.”

The Megaupload founder took to Twitter in the wake of the ban to highlight that the abuse of technology for mass surveillance is “exactly the conduct of the US” and said that “because the US does it, they think China will too.”

    The irony of Trumps Huawei ban is that the alleged conduct of abusing technology for mass surveillance is exactly the conduct of the US. It turned its entire tech sector into a spy machine against all people, everywhere. And because the US does it they think China will do it too.
    — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) May 16, 2019

Trump declared a “national emergency” for the telecommunications sector on Wednesday, citing risks from “foreign adversaries.”

https://www.rt.com/usa/459589-dotcom-us-spy-machine-huawei/
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