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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 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 #1155 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 #1156 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 #1157 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 #1158 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 #1159 on: April 27, 2019, 06:17:05 PM »
What history looked like 20 years ago ...


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« Reply #1160 on: May 02, 2019, 10:48:25 PM »
Warm your heart at this!

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« Reply #1161 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 #1162 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 #1163 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 #1164 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 #1165 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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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 #1167 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 #1168 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 #1169 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 #1170 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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 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/

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« Reply #1172 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 #1173 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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« Reply #1174 on: May 22, 2019, 07:34:57 PM »
China Raises Threat of Rare-Earths Cutoff to U.S.
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/05/21/china-raises-threat-of-rare-earth-mineral-cutoff-to-us/

With a simple visit to an obscure factory on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping has raised the specter that China could potentially cut off supplies of critical materials needed by huge swaths of the U.S. economy, underscoring growing concerns that large-scale economic integration is boomeranging and becoming a geopolitical weapon.

Beijing could slam every corner of the American economy, from oil refineries to wind turbines to jet engines, by banning exports of crucial minerals.

U.S. oil refiners rely on rare-earth imports as catalysts to turn crude oil into gasoline and jet fuel. Permanent magnets, which use four different rare-earth elements to differing degrees, pop up in everything including ear buds, wind turbines, and electric cars. And China dominates their production.

“It would affect everything—autos, renewable energy, defense, and technology,” said Ryan Castilloux, the founding director of Adamas Intelligence, a strategic metals consultancy. China supplies about 80 percent of the rare-earth elements imported by the United States, which are used in oil refining, batteries, consumer electronics, defense, and more.

The mere threat of China turning off the tap of critical industrial materials highlights a vulnerability that is increasingly worrying analysts and policymakers in Washington, Beijing, and other capitals. Globalized supply chains offer flexibility and lower costs for consumers of a wide range of products. ... But at times of geopolitical tension, those same efficiencies can suddenly become deadly vulnerabilities—for all countries.

Henry Farrell, a political scientist at George Washington University, calls this “weaponized interdependence,” a phrase he coined with co-author Abraham Newman. Globalization has created global economic networks of engineering centers, manufacturers, and suppliers, and countries are now examining these networks to find their weak points and exploit them for geostrategic gain.

... The one mine in the United States producing rare-earth minerals is itself reliant on China for processing the material it pulls from the ground into usable end products.
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« Reply #1175 on: June 01, 2019, 11:55:22 PM »
"a disgruntled city employee opened fire inside a municipal building Friday in Virginia Beach, killing 12"

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/virginia-beach-shooting-municipal-building-suspect-dead-injuries-2019-06-01-live-updates/

"we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians"

" he and a lot of his military peers have posed in photos with people they’ve killed"

"Congressman Hunter was simply trying to make a point "

"Hunter is the first combat veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan to serve in Congress"

https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/may/30/congressman-hunter-says-he-probably-killed-hundred/

Hey, mebbe, just mebbe, there might be a connection between attitudes that lead to coldblooded massacre in foreign lands and those that lead to coldblooded massacre at home ?

Naaa, can't be. Empire can do no evil.

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« Reply #1176 on: June 12, 2019, 06:30:19 PM »
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« Reply #1177 on: June 21, 2019, 01:30:40 AM »
Two wings of the same bird of prey: Democrats and Republicans unite to uphold mass surveillance

" an amendment to restrain domestic surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) crashed and burned in the House, failing by a vote of 175-252. Proposed by Reps. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) and Zoe Lofgren (D–Calif.), the amendment's numerous no votes were split almost evenly among Democrats and Republicans."

Roll call at:

https://www.c-span.org/congress/votes/?109001/House/116-1/345

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« Reply #1178 on: July 03, 2019, 10:35:40 PM »
Billionaires Against War Is Now A Thing?



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« Reply #1179 on: July 04, 2019, 01:01:51 AM »
Billionaires Against War Is Now A Thing?


Colour me highly, highly skeptical. They are also teaming up to "fight hate" on the internet, what could possibly go wrong with that?

My best guess is that war is costing them money, and if so, they are some of the few, or if war slows down, they can make a buck elsewhere.

*edit* At least two of the three have paid for climate deniers to spread the word, but now they want to save the world?

Something stinks!
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« Reply #1180 on: July 04, 2019, 07:31:06 AM »
Something stinks!

Yes, it stinks to heaven, Pragma.

The important point and the reason i shared it, is that Kyle telling unequivocally how this shouldn't even be a thing in the first place.

As to the Kochs, they are literally the worst. They are the most despicable people on the planet. Period. They can't possibly save more lives than they have already destroyed even if they would manage to achieve world freedom.

As to Soros, he is way too stupid to spend his money effectively when it comes to propaganda. He never did, and he will not learn anything in this life anymore. So he can piss off as well.

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« Reply #1181 on: July 04, 2019, 10:19:55 PM »
America's Finest News Source: Flag recall

"Representatives from the nation's leading flag producer claimed that as many as 143 million deaths in the past two centuries can be attributed directly to the faulty U.S. models"

"Despite fears about the flag's safety—especially when improperly used or manipulated in ways not originally intended—sales continued unabated over the years, potentially putting billions of unsuspecting people in danger."

"Frankly, we should have pulled it off the market decades ago."

" During the mid-1950s, the flags were found to have the bizarre side effect of causing fear, paranoia, and hysterical behavior among millions of Americans. This was dismissed as an isolated event until September 2001, when similar symptoms reemerged on a massive scale."

"When combined with alcohol, excessive patriotism, grief, or well-intentioned but ultimately misguided ideals, U.S. flags transform into ticking time bombs, just waiting to go off,"

"In the interim, I would recommend that all Americans switch to the Canadian flag, which seems to be working just fine."

https://politics.theonion.com/u-s-flag-recalled-after-causing-143-million-deaths-1819571445

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« Reply #1182 on: July 04, 2019, 10:26:02 PM »
LOL! LOL! Simply excellent!

About one quarter of the way through I knew it had to be either The Onion, or Der Postillon.

Thank you for a good chuckle.


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« Reply #1184 on: July 08, 2019, 08:31:04 AM »
Butler at LRB on borders and empire:

"The centrality of anti-migrant policy to Trump’s presidency, and the cruelty with which it is carried out, can tempt transatlantic observers into believing it is a uniquely American form of barbarism. But its continuity with policy elsewhere is striking: the third-party concentration camps run by Australia in Manus and Nauru, the miles of razor-wire along Hungary’s borders, the torture centres and slave markets of Libya to which desperate migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean are returned."

" The US is distinguished, if at all, only by the honesty of its cruelty"

"the coming century will see ‘climate apartheid’ and the disappearance of any shared sense of human obligation"

" the truth is, with at least 18,000 drowned in the Mediterranean since 2014 and children dying in cages in America, that future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed. The question is whether a different future is possible."

https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2019/june/they-are-concentration-camps

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« Reply #1185 on: July 08, 2019, 11:32:27 AM »
Yes, there are European concentration camps in Turkey and Greece.

When in America people are prosecuted because they leave water in the desert, you see a humanist saving people from drowning prosecuted in the EU.

When you see drowned people in the Rio Grande, multiply this by 1000 and you get the death toll in the Mediterranean sea.

When you see Americans not acting, you also see Europeans giving a shit.

This is not a question about America or Europe.

This is the question of why we collectively decided to abolish human rights when it's 'them'.

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« Reply #1186 on: July 08, 2019, 03:29:54 PM »
This is the question of why we collectively decided to abolish human rights when it's 'them'.


Probably when we evolved from Homo erectus or when Adam ate the apple. We've always done that, with rare, small exceptions.
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« Reply #1187 on: July 08, 2019, 05:48:24 PM »
This is the question of why we collectively decided to abolish human rights when it's 'them'.


Probably when we evolved from Homo erectus or when Adam ate the apple. We've always done that, with rare, small exceptions.
Ramen!
 And it probably predates "Handyman".
 We claim that we've evolved past these Base motivations, and while I'm sure that some have taught their children to embrace "The Other", it takes repeated indoctrination on a generational basis to overcome the instinctive urge to do terrible things to "Them".
Can we be taught to hug the stranger's child with the same warmth and intensity we reserve for our own?
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« Reply #1188 on: July 09, 2019, 06:31:44 PM »


Pentagon Looks to Virtual Reality to Prepare Troops for Nuclear War
https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2019/07/pentagon-looks-virtual-reality-prepare-troops-nuclear-war/158245/

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency on Tuesday began seeking information on virtual reality training systems that would allow troops to rehearse different scenarios involving “radiological threats.”

The agency, which focuses on countering weapons of mass destruction, could one day use the tech to train troops to intercept radiological weapons on the battlefield, respond to radioactive contamination and even prepare for full-fledged nuclear war, officials wrote in the solicitation.

https://www.fbo.gov/index.php?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7925a9c0ffff43ef6e8b4ba2aa86d39b&tab=core&_cview=0

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... This SSN seeks information on existing solutions for virtual training and testing platforms for DoD combat forces operating in a battlefield nuclear warfare (BNW) environment, or performing radiological threat objects find and interdict operations. ... Radiological/nuclear considerations may include everything from point radiation sources, area contamination, and nuclear weapon detonation.


Dr Strangelove - Major Kong Rides 'The Bomb'

... We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day
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« Reply #1189 on: July 09, 2019, 06:56:02 PM »

Vox

Knowing that our boys will be properly trained for Nuclear Warfare is certainly a great load off my mind.


Or Not
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« Reply #1190 on: July 09, 2019, 08:33:16 PM »
Safe & sound - Rest easy America ...

Why Are So Many Service Members Responsible For Safeguarding America's Nukes Reportedly Tripping LSD
https://taskandpurpose.com/nuclear-security-troops-lsd

The scientist who discovered LSD knew it, and apparently, U.S. service members know it, too: Nothing goes together better than acid and nuclear weapons.

At least 14 sailors assigned to the nuclear reactor department aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier are on the crosshairs "in connection to LSD abuse," Navy Times first reported on Tuesday, with another 10 Reagan sailors were disciplined on " LSD-related charges."

The incident comes less than six months after 14 airmen assigned to Air Force security units at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyomingresponsible for protecting the Pentagon’s nuclear missile silos were disciplined for dropping acid between shifts.
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« Reply #1191 on: July 09, 2019, 09:05:29 PM »
LSD departs the body much faster than, say, marijuana. Better chance of evading drug tests ...

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« Reply #1192 on: July 10, 2019, 02:46:09 AM »
... We'll meet again
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Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day




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« Reply #1193 on: August 24, 2019, 09:08:02 PM »
Gladstone interviews Immerwahr on the history of Empire and how it is concealed:

"a lot of the anti-imperialism was a racist anti-imperialism. The objection to Empire was that it would extend the borders of the United States in such a way that would include more non-white people in the country. "

"politicians debate how much of Mexico does the United States really seek to annex? The southern border of the United States was carefully drawn in order to give the United States as much of Mexico as it could get with as few Mexicans. "

"ultimately what the court decides is that constitutional rights apply in the mainland United States but they don't apply in Puerto Rico. And shockingly, this is still law today. You can have rights in Puerto Rico but they're not guaranteed by the Constitution because Puerto Rico exists in an extra constitutional zone. That's one reason, also, why if you're born in American Samoa, you're not a U.S. citizen. You're born in the United States but you're not born in the United States is covered by the Constitution, the 14th Amendment doesn't apply to you and therefore you're a U.S. national."

"even when they receive that citizenship, for example Puerto Ricans have been citizens since 1917, the citizenship that they receive is statutory–i.e. it's provided by law not by the Constitution which also suggests that it can be taken away. "

" I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off eight and transplanting cancer into several more. The latter has not resulted in any fatalities so far. The matter of consideration for the patient's welfare plays no role here."

"Cornelius Rhoads becomes the head of the Sloan Kettering Institute and one of the forefathers of chemotherapy."

" a pointillist empire which still endures today. "

https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/on-the-media-empire-state-mind-1#ember13141134

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« Reply #1194 on: August 25, 2019, 12:08:54 AM »
^^
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« Reply #1195 on: August 30, 2019, 09:31:26 AM »
Possibly OT but:


NYC is seriously considering ending gifted children's programs since some see them as racist?
This is serious BS that's racism at its worst, and is a huge disservice to the kids that might be most able to help in the next few decades, when we're going to need them most.


If you live in the City look into this issue & make your feeling known.
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« Reply #1196 on: September 06, 2019, 09:25:25 PM »
Warmongers to left, warmongers to the right : Stuck in the middle with ... Trump ?!

Boland at the american conservative lists a murderers row of bloodthirst across the spectrum: Politico, WaPo, National Review, Fox, dailybeast, Time, CNN, all united in call for war.

"the same voices that kept us in a war posture for nearly 18 years are still employing the same, tired battle tactics."

"59 percent of American adults say it’s not worth fighting"

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/highly-placed-leakers-swamp-creatures-blast-trump-taliban-deal/

DeCamp at antiwar has more: Nine reptiles from deep state call for continued massacre in Afghanistan by the USA

https://original.antiwar.com/Dave_DeCamp/2019/09/05/former-us-envoys-to-afghanistan-want-to-kill-peace-deal/
 
I followed the link in DeCamp to that mouthpiece of empire, the atlantic council, but I shall not repost it here. Suffice it so say that I was not at all surprised by the authors; Negroponte of central america infamy is one. That boy never saw a war he didn't like.

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« Reply #1197 on: September 07, 2019, 06:47:49 AM »
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I followed the link in DeCamp to that mouthpiece of empire, the atlantic council, but I shall not repost it here. Suffice it so say that I was not at all surprised by the authors; Negroponte of central america infamy is one. That boy never saw a war he didn't like.

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The Atlantic Council is one of the greatest threats to peace, and to our collective survival that the world has ever faced. If a Democratic Candidate would pledge to end their funding, incarcerate the ringleaders and scatter the followers, he or she would have my full support. I also believe that whoever was a beneficiary of their life insurance policy could expect a windfall.


The days when we believed that the MIC would hesitate to assassinate American politicians opposed to their views has past.


When faced with the immediate need for global cooperation as we are, these profesional warmongers need to be silenced.
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« Reply #1198 on: September 07, 2019, 10:07:12 PM »
They changed war from something that effected you like Vietnam to nice media stuff (look we are not even bombing the bridge until the moped guy passes which is probably Iraq 1) to well we are doing it on mercenaries so lets not talk about it at all.

But you must salute the flag at the games.
Can´t protests institutional racism.

No one cares about the wars. It´s a bloody mesh up of Huxley ,Orwell and Smedley Butler except they ran the last one in reverse.

You should care about wars or civil rights being eroded. Also a shared burden is a lighter burden.

And helping people out saves everyone money in the long run so yes there should be safety nets for citizens if you are a first world country. Not having them is unneeded destruction of wealth and also it adds suffering.

The problem is that no one talks issues they just talk puppets.
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« Reply #1199 on: September 10, 2019, 02:21:51 PM »
Refugees welcome