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February 25, 2016

Open Thread 2016-09

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Posted by b on February 25, 2016 at 18:51 UTC | Permalink

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Perhaps not news for MoA-ers, but still a must-read... plus the link to the Kennedy article (quite amazing that this gets published at all)

Posted by: GoraDiva | Feb 26 2016 21:21 utc | 101

@Virgile #99 - About Iran, Pepe Escobar just posted on his Facebook page something Claudio Gallo wrote. Gallo is on Tehran right now, and I suppose this was just written to Escobar in email or something - no link to an article, but let's hope one surfaces soon. Here's what Escobar quotes from Gallo:

"With much care, the intention of the Rahbar, the Supreme Leader, is similar to that of the politico-spiritual hierarchy in medieval Christianity; exercising power as a barrier against the forces of evil that want to destroy the world. But there’s a glaring difference; medieval Christianity was an organic universe while contemporary Iran is a small Shi’ite island surrounded by the miscreant sirens of the West."

Escobar adds this about Gallo:

"He also writes about the return of Persian pride. And why not. Signs include the cult of personality of Gen. Soleimani (well, Exceptionalistan always turns their generals into pop stars); a new multimedia museum about the Iran-Iraq war; and a video by rapper Amir Tataloo called “Nuclear Energy”, shot inside a military vessel in the Persian Gulf."

Thought you'd appreciate that.

Posted by: Grieved | Feb 26 2016 21:26 utc | 102

Living in the past ...

U$A PBS Saturday night movie "Lawrence of Arabia." It's WWI all over again volks.

Reality is it is 2016 and Russia has nukes.

Posted by: ALberto | Feb 26 2016 22:24 utc | 103


Putin shot down MH17, it's a 'citizen journalist' report being transmogrified through the ZioMedia, ahead of NATOs complaint that 'Russia broke the cease fire', so the Saints Go Marching In.

Buk this:

Posted by: Chipnik | Feb 26 2016 22:35 utc | 104

A slap to Saudi Arabia in the new UNSC resolution: There are no references to the Ryadh-based opposition coalition that the Saudis have setup hastily in the eve of Geneva.

Among the changes was the removal of two references to the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC), a Syrian opposition coalition that Russia and Iran do not consider to be a legitimate representative in the peace talks. (

Posted by: virgile | Feb 26 2016 22:37 utc | 105

Another twist in the bizarro Republican primary contest:

That's right. Chris Christie endorses Trump.

Posted by: Thirdeye | Feb 26 2016 22:59 utc | 106

in re 79

I don't know who you're talking with at 70, but it ain't me. Do I strike you as the sort that is incapable of making their own excitement, cowboy?

So I'm thinking it's 92 talking to themselves. That's one way to describe it, anyway.

Posted by: rufus magister | Feb 27 2016 0:03 utc | 107

Grieved | Feb 26, 2016 3:40:03 PM | 95 and Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 26, 2016 4:10:01 PM | 100

Me too. Once upon a time, I started my own blog writing posts about daily events. All I know is it was time intensive, hard work. No one in alt national security news, the niche 'b' has rightly carved out for himself, wishes to fall for the propaganda line, no matter how slight, but rather, reports to his readers his 'tell' on what is really happening, to the best of his ability, the mind numbing, gazillion different agendas that are in play on the ground in Syria.

To achieve such a worthy goal takes tons of reading multiple sources, talking to a cadre of like minded folk and sifting through an onslaught of information/intel. Then taking all of that information and writing a succinct post on it. 'b' is so far ahead of most who are reporting on Syria and that includes all in the lamestream media. To achieve this takes a real commitment to truth and facts, hours upon hours of work all while balancing all of the other responsibilities life throws at you.

Obviously, at least to me, his integrity is beyond reproach when reporting on the facts of the sheer evil were all witnessing in Syria (I've been a lurker for quite awhile now). Man, reading this shit everyday, seeing the horrors up close, watching the slow mo train of policy, it wears down the best man/woman.

I say good for 'b' for doing what is necessary to take care of himself when needed. It's so important to do weekly...and he does it all for lucky we are...

Posted by: h... | Feb 27 2016 0:08 utc | 108


I'm not surprised at Christie endorsing Trump.
There is a split within the American elite establishment going since 2013 (due the China and Russia rise in Eurasia).. Old school realpolitik vs the neocons. Rubio and Clinton are the neocons hawk while Trump besides his buffon bravado is a old school realpolitik..

Posted by: Nick | Feb 27 2016 0:11 utc | 109

does anybody here follow Venezuela?
Zerohedge periodically writes about the Maduro government's eminent collapse, but ZH is also a nutty libertarian hangout.

Posted by: aaaaaa | Feb 27 2016 0:12 utc | 110

Thirdeye at 107 --

Did somebody say Deal? AG or VP? He'd be insufferable as either, heavy use of the bully pulpit. I've seen several headlines suggesting the Establishment is making its peace with The Donald, this would seem fairly concrete evidence.

Posted by: rufus magister | Feb 27 2016 0:21 utc | 111

@107 So Trump gets Christie and Clinton gets Kagan....

Posted by: dh | Feb 27 2016 0:27 utc | 112

Hi Bernie lovers here is the latest Bernie fan.

Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova visits the Bernie Sanders' campaign headquarters

Pussy Riot

Posted by: Jack Smith | Feb 27 2016 0:45 utc | 113

Bernie Sanders is already finished. So, the Pussy chick is irrelevant these days.. He will not beat Killary in heavy Latino and Black populated areas..

Posted by: Nick | Feb 27 2016 0:53 utc | 114

it is all about russia not bombing ''moderate'' rebels after the clock strikes midnight in damascus.. no mention (by the west under the most honest of brokers - usa) how the moderates are blended with im-moderates, as that would interfere with the desired conclusion : "russia not honouring it's word and the resolution" which will be the headline in all of tomorrows msm... Toner: Syrian truce - What is the US 'Plan B'? 26 Feb 2016

Posted by: james | Feb 27 2016 1:03 utc | 115

ALberto @81:

In my President Bernie scenario, I think the teaching moments for the American public will be on economic side, when Bernie tries to push through his economic program and gets completely blocked by Congress, right down to appointments to the National Labor Board and so on. He'll get angry and go on TV, the mainstream media will be unanimous attacking his populist Keynesian deficit spending and sensible (and pro-growth) wealth redistribution (including a $15 minimum wage). I think that might drive a lot of folks to alternative media, might make a lot of folks question whose side their radio and TV station is on. At the very least the media/political complex loses credibility and influence, and more people 'get' that we need a democratic media.

I agree and said that I think the imperialists would generate serious overseas crises -- probably before he even takes office -- to distract Bernie from his economic policy and to delegitimize him.

Creating chaos and disorder and then blaming it on the guy in power is the standard capitalist PTB response to leftist mayors -- sometimes we elect them in the US -- and it would be the same with a leftist President. The idea is to create a link in people's minds: leftist = chaos/scary/incompetent, right-wing business as usual = calm.

Posted by: fairleft | Feb 27 2016 1:12 utc | 116


After a final orgy of bombing it appears mostly quiet on the Syrian Western Front with reports of minor violations. Russian jets have left most areas and areas that haven't been without gunfire and explosions for years are calm. Now the hard part begins.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Feb 27 2016 1:30 utc | 117

Pussy Riot, a Bernie supporter? ........for performing a crude "punk prayer" against Putin and his ties to the Russian Orthodox church in Moscow's main cathedral. Putin said. ".......they (Pussy Riot) were engaged in such disgraceful behavior, which in my view was degrading to the dignity of women."

Emily Ratajkowski could be the new "Susan Rice" in Bernie Sanders administration and soon regime change in Russia Federation Putin must go!

Posted by: Jack Smith | Feb 27 2016 1:34 utc | 118

Noirette @85: Yes, excellent article. Too bad he didn't say anything specific about the 'reforms' he thinks China needs to make to its financial institutions. Sometimes those reforms can be some very neoliberal crap. It's also very interesting that he doesn't include Russia in his forward-thinking plans for a Northeast Asian economic zone transforming into an East Asian zone and then transforming into an all-Asia and ME economic zone.

Trump has said before he thinks Christie would be a solid VP choice. It has to be somebody from outside DC, so Christie would work. Nothing at all surprising about the endorsement. I don't think the VP choice will be Palin -- that would look too much like pandering to the right-wing nuts, and Trump is all about his tough guy 'no pandering' image.

Posted by: fairleft | Feb 27 2016 1:47 utc | 119

Jack Smith

Found an interesting link about the possible discovery of the Americas by Zheng He;

Posted by: V. Arnold | Feb 26, 2016 7:20:04 AM | 61


This story is a serious blot on The Economist which is supposed to be a serious periodical. It is totally impossible that Zheng Ho accumulated in 15-th century nautical knowledge represented in that map, "18-th century copy of a 15-th century original". The map is a uniformly distorted compendium of European knowledge in 18-th century, so it has fairly decent contours of the Atlantic, complete with Brazil, isthmus of central America and Alaska. Australia is separated from the Antarctic, and so on and so on. The author of the map had surprising knowledge of the Arctic Ocean. If you have read some books about the history of geographical discoveries you realize enormity of the effort that was involved in knowing all those facts, many lifetimes of expeditions on land and sea.

In other words, this is a Chinese copy, not made by a cartographer and surely, not by a navigator, of an European map, and perhaps quite sensible as an illustration in a Chinese book about Zheng Ho, but that can be only a speculation.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 27 2016 1:58 utc | 120

Saturday 9PM PBS movie has been changed from "Lawrence of Arabia" to "The Right Stuff."

Posted by: ALberto | Feb 27 2016 2:10 utc | 121

DavidKNZ 41

yeah i knew that video.
even when reading the etan report yrs ago, its enough to make your blood boil..
*the river turned red with flowing blood and later it's clogged by the rotting corps*

this was *ambassador* green's words, sob almost sounded breathless ,choking with exitement,
“we have bonanza chance to nail chicoms on disastrous events in indonesia,”
green wrote the state department.
[sic !]

that son of bitch was talking about using cia cache of chinese arms to incriminate china for an alleged impending coup, his *brilliant* plan sent 3m to their grisly death !

bear in mind that the son of bitches wanted that *cia's greatest hit* to be a *template* for later regime change ops, cuz that was a *model operation*, successful beyond their wildest imagination !


chip 47

**There, fixed it for you. Thailand is not a democracy. Anyone wondering about the outcome of the Thai:China deal for the Thai people should Google Sukarno and Timor, or Marcos and Mindanao. China and the USA are butt buddies when it comes to hegemonic Tibetanization.*

nobody is talking about democracy except u ,
u believe in that democrazy crap ?

timor was invaded by clinton's *our kind of guy* suharto, with full consent from washington,
marcos was another murkkan puppet who's deposed when he had passed the used by date,
sounds familiar ?
[peoples power my ass !]

mindano was another cia's playground, paying both sides to kill each other to get murkkan boots on the ground, sounds familiar ?

so whats your point ??

*Red Army or Blue Army, same internationalist global mafia in Beijing as in NYC as in Brussels, doing G-d's work*

once more, speak for yourself. !
murkkans are the only ones invoking god the almighty in their killing spree !

so we've got another *china is just as bad if not worse * propagandist here !
anybody who could say this inspite of tons of evidence to the contrary can only be
a moron or a shill !
are u another grayling, that prof of philosophistry , or johnnie carlson ?

*When did MoA become a soft hangout for the Dong primitivists?*

thats a bit rich doncha think so ?
*the Mongols at least had a reason – their troops needed the leather of the bindings to make shoes.*">">

Posted by: denk | Feb 27 2016 2:16 utc | 122


Posted by: denk | Feb 27 2016 2:21 utc | 123

@ psychohistorian 40
Robert Reich discussed how the elites control the US on PBS News Hour last night. He also mentioned a report from 2014 "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens"
A lot of what they're pushing is that the elites to this to enrich themselves and their business interests but they leave out those who are on board with the overall ideology.

Posted by: Curtis | Feb 27 2016 2:22 utc | 124

@ 111 re: Venezuela.

There is a site called which is a bit like Russia Insider in that it publishes stuff from diverse sources but clearly defends the governments of Chavez and Maduro, while also voicing some criticism. ZH does not have a clue about what is going on in that country - the extent of US manipulation and the concerted efforts of business and the elites to hoard essential products and create artificial shortages. The wikileaks documents on Venezuela (just Google it) are very revealing about the efforts to get a full-scale color revolution going. As good a summary as I can find is by the unique Andre Vltchek (sorry for no html):

Posted by: Lochearn | Feb 27 2016 2:23 utc | 125

@ Curtis & Robert Reich stuff

What they leave out is any discussion of the historical implications of private finance, inheritance and ongoing private ownership of property. As is now obvious to many, politics is subservient to finance and has been for some time. The smoke and mirrors just don't make it look like that.

And yes, once again, a hat tip to the keep!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 27 2016 3:38 utc | 126

@ Lochearn 127:

Also see Mark Weisbrot at CEPR.

There is a filter available.

Posted by: wendy davis | Feb 27 2016 3:56 utc | 127

I do not know what to make of this??

VT editor Gordon Duff claims SCOTUS Justice Scalia had a meeting at the White House with President Obama and then was murdered in Texas. He does not name his sources?

Posted by: ALberto | Feb 27 2016 4:06 utc | 128

Washington Post article FEB 24, 2016

"High-ranking members of the elite hunting society, St. Hubertus, were staying at Cibolo Creek Ranch at the same time as Justice Scalia in the days leading up to his death. Here's what you need to know about the group." (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)


Posted by: ALberto | Feb 27 2016 4:34 utc | 129

@127 thanks re: Venezuela.. It's so easy to forget that there are many other flashpoints beyond syria, iraq, turkey, ksa, etc..
Hell, Palestine is now completely backburned, and it's worse than ever for the Palestinians now.

Posted by: aaaaaa | Feb 27 2016 4:42 utc | 130

In reply to aaaaaa who wrote, "Hell, Palestine is now completely backburned, and it's worse than ever for the Palestinians now."

Now you begin to understand the term obfuscation. Look at the new shiny thing over there and not the overall architecture.

Its all about the Kurds, Syria, Ukraine, Greece............BULL SHIT!!!!!

Its all about power and control wrought by the global plutocrats and their spawn who own private finance and everything else. Politics does not control the economy, but the inverse has worked for centuries. The public has been and continues to be brainwashed to not understand this salient detail.

And so it is going to take a global financial meltdown to move humanity past this private debt R2P of the world. I see the $3 billion that Russia can still not get out of the Ukraine as just one example of the global financial mechanisms locking up. A couple more breakdowns in trust like the Russia/Ukraine issue and maybe 2016 will be the year we see a new Bretton Woods meeting of the nations of the world. It would be a far cry from the original Bretton Woods meetings and agreement.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 27 2016 6:06 utc | 131

>> ZH link

I continue to skim every ZH headline but roll my eyes a LOT at their editorial slant.

Stuff like this:
>> the US faces the danger of being dragged
>> into World War III for the worst of
>> reasons

What's with the passive voice?? Oh, dear, look what we're being "dragged" into!

>> "Democracy Is Overrated"

As though that's what we have!? "Democracy" has been made impossible by the constant lying. With all the false flags, astroturfing, etc., it's been impossible for people to vote their conscience.

>> Tocqueville saw democracy and liberty
>> as almost polar opposites.

Yeah, more plutocrat propaganda masquerading under the "liberty" brand. "Drown government in the bathtub" they say, except for the part about enforcing oligarchs' claims to property. Property uber alles!

Posted by: dumbass | Feb 27 2016 6:14 utc | 132

@ aaaa, Lochearn

Totally. ZH is non-stop nonsense about Venezuela and the "socialism" bogeyman, with barely a whisper about other root causes that would undermine what seems to be their preferred narrative. It's disappointing, because they seem to *responsibly* speculate about foreign involvement in other world hotspots.

Posted by: dumbass | Feb 27 2016 6:33 utc | 133



exhibit p for philippines,
an amusing anedote from the marcos era.

*Edward Lansdale [a cia mole] had just installed Ramon Magsaysay as Philippine defense minister and planned to run him for president, but first he had to deal with the peasants. "In an area thought to be harboring a team of Huk guerrillas, Lansdale's ambushers snatched a peasant one night, punctured his neck with two holes, vampire-fashion, hung the body by the ankles to drain it of blood, then put the corpse back on the trail. When the peasants found the toothmarked bloodless corpse, the entire Huk unit moved away. The novelty of these games amused Lansdale, who slyly passed them on as combat anecdotes, enchanting his CIA superiors.... Lansdale's experiments were given top priority." *(page 145)

Posted by: denk | Feb 27 2016 7:00 utc | 134

Hey dumbass,

You think the editorial slant at ZH makes your eyes roll. What about the comments? AIEEEEE!, there is some real consistent ignorance represented there.

I just try to keep repeating with them......the enemy of my enemy is my friend........

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 27 2016 7:22 utc | 135


Let 100 Flowers Bloom!

"One Belt, One Road levers existing plans for Chinese investment up the East-African coast. Most notable is the $10 billion-plus loan for the Bagamoyo port in Tanzania. If realized, it would dwarf Mombasa, 300 kilometers to the north in Kenya, which currently serves as the naval gateway of East Africa. Chinese firms have also been awarded major contracts to build railways connecting the ports of Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam — Tanzania’s commercial capital, with inland countries."

So Tanzania gets stuck with the $10B credit-debt plus rollover interest, China gets all the construction contracts with token Tanzanian labor, and China gets all the tropical hardwoods and minerals, ripped out from under the feet of the Tanzanian people by armed mafia contractors, without any environmental regulations or worker laws whatsoever, and sold on the black market to Chinese middlemen.

That's the IMF:WB Zio Model, ...but because it's the softer, kinder Dongist flavor, that's OK. 让我们庆祝美好时光 !!!

Posted by: Chipnik | Feb 27 2016 8:37 utc | 136

@110, 112

Maybe Elizabeth Kubler-Ross provided the model for the Empire Republicans' relationship with Trump. Denial, anger, bargaining.....

Posted by: Thirdeye | Feb 27 2016 9:02 utc | 137


Thanks , I do appreciate. This confirms my personal experience with Shia Iran and Sunni GCC.

Posted by: virgile | Feb 27 2016 10:30 utc | 138

Talk about living in a bubble

Posted by: GoraDiva | Feb 27 2016 10:34 utc | 139

Hundreds of Thousands of Al-Sadr Supporters Protest Corruption in Baghdad

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslims, supporters of the influential cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, have taken to the streets of Baghdad to protest corruption in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The partisan Kurdish news agency Rudaw has claimed up to a million Sadarists took up the call for anti-corruption protests, however estimated numbers from Arabic language media outlets have been lower.

Hope the Iraqis are able to throw the bums ... US and their stooges ... out, and become a full-fledged member of the Syria-Iraq-Iran + friends and allies regional power.

Posted by: jfl | Feb 27 2016 11:10 utc | 140


Wow the Red Guard 100 Flower Children trolls are out in force tonight!
Let me restate for the disinformation trolls DONG XUE PING Primitivists:

Posted by: Chipnik | Feb 27 2016 11:19 utc | 141

The "ceasefire" started out great:

Posted by: Chipnik | Feb 27 2016 13:01 utc | 142

Oops wrong link. Sorry for that. Here´s the one:

Posted by: Chipnik | Feb 27 2016 13:01 utc | 143

in re 79
I don't know who you're talking with at 70, but it ain't me. Do I strike you as the sort that is incapable of making their own excitement, cowboy?
So I'm thinking it's 92 talking to themselves. That's one way to describe it, anyway.
Posted by: rufus magister | Feb 26, 2016 7:03:57 PM | 108

Well ... yes. Look at it this way:

1. "So long and thanks for all the fish."
2. X weeks of excruciating boredom...
3. Pretty soon, MoA starts to look better than any alternative soapbox a bored
'rufus' can think of.


Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 27 2016 13:27 utc | 144

The impersonations are getting boring. The guy has a sexual obsession, definitely lavatorial level.

Posted by: Laguerre | Feb 27 2016 13:42 utc | 145

chip 138

the economic hit men clan , after raping africa for centuries, fret about the africans getting a *raw deal* from the *primitive chinamen*.


Posted by: denk | Feb 27 2016 14:05 utc | 146

Thing is....

Here in Israel we hate Arabs with a passion that is hard to imagine for a gentile, or let me re-phrase that, we hate anything and anyone that fails to be Jewish with a passion that is hard to imagine and as long as that spirit is kept alive and the entire Middle East is in flames Israel will be just fine. So believe me, Syria will fall and Iran too, eventually. After that there will indeed be peace.

Posted by: Laguerre | Feb 27 2016 14:18 utc | 147


Posted by: Chipnik | Feb 27 2016 14:20 utc | 148

68;I read the guy everyday.He is a commie,and dislikes(hates)religion.I take info where I find it.And I don't hate God at all.
Wapo says US TOWs taking out Russian tanks.Well that's a nice admission from ziocentral.
This Russian animus in the USA is driven by the poison ivy league Zionists.
They hate Trump for saying he can get along with Vlad.
Its obvious.

Posted by: dahoit | Feb 27 2016 14:32 utc | 149

@ 150
You post utter nonsense and when you are challenged; you post a shit storm of nonsense to counter criticism to your nonsense.
Grow up. Your juvenile mentality is your tell...
It fools nobody...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Feb 27 2016 14:35 utc | 150

Re: Posted by: fairleft | Feb 26, 2016 8:47:28 PM | 121

You watch, Trumps' VP choice will be Tulsi Gabbard (D) Hawaii.

A military all-American young woman hero to take on the over the hill corrupt and depraved Hillary Clinton.

Game over Clintonbot.

Posted by: Jules | Feb 27 2016 14:36 utc | 151

in re 146 --

The second term of your syllogism is false and your proof fails, cowboy.

It seemed like a big wuss-out to let myself get run off by some uninformed asshole with OCD. Especially with Banderastan continuing its slo-mo implosion.

Posted by: rufus magister | Feb 27 2016 14:39 utc | 152

80;I think the American peoples eyes are being pried open by the Zionists naked hatred for Donald Trump.Sanders,great domestically,sucks internationally.
The hubris of the chosen knows no bounds.

Posted by: dahoit | Feb 27 2016 14:45 utc | 153

98;Israel is a fascist as one can get.Are they your buddies?F*ck fascism,f*ck communism.I hate those who plan the lives of others,as would be gods.

Posted by: dahoit | Feb 27 2016 14:51 utc | 154

Yeah,the Lying times says al Sadr is the provocateur.Jesus Freaking Christ.The native who wished we'ed stayed far away is the provocateur.
Boycott the MSM,Israel and all related propaganda.
Grumman ad at lyingtimes;America wins again!Sheesh.Again?No trulaine!Krupps incorporated?

Posted by: dahoit | Feb 27 2016 15:01 utc | 155

@54 @ Chipnik 138

@ denk 148 So right. We who are the lesser under-developed or developing nations accept the Chinese as a fair exchange for our resources. At least we are left with infrastructure: roads, bridges, hospitals, health clines, schools and stadiums. Our lack of capital deters, so we barter.
The 'hit men' tells us we're here to help but first we must kick down your doors and we want 105 acres for a military base
The western countries plundered with a straight face and forked tongue: 2 cents per lb for our sugar, cocoa, rice; and to avoid royalties, shipped our gold in used auto engines declared as scrap or "being sent overseas for repairs to be returned." Unlike the Chinese, " we need your lumber but you have no roads to bring it to ship; also we see you have no modern hospitals, schools, water supply too low and what are your other needs?"

Oh, btw in building these facilities, we gain and are taught technologies.

Posted by: likklemore | Feb 27 2016 15:08 utc | 156

likklemore 158

chip n his ilks always think they know better than the asians, africans, south americans, themselves how to run their own country, they always do....

*The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."
"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people.*
Henry Kissinger commenting on Chile, prior to Augusto Pinochet's U.S.-supported / CIA-facilitated military coup against Chile's democratically-elected President Salvador Allende

Posted by: denk | Feb 27 2016 15:56 utc | 157

Thank you likklemore and denk

I keep trying to get my fellow Americans to read books like the Shock Doctrine to understand what sort of "democracy" we are exporting around the world. Americans are brainwashed into the feeling of being better than others just like many/most of those that grow up with inheritance.

I am hopeful that humanity will gain clarity about how those who own private finance undeservedly run our world. We are in an ugly dead end and must evolve or perish trying.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 27 2016 16:17 utc | 158

o/t to the new thread
Syria reports Damascus is being shelled
yahoo/AFP: Shells hit Syrian capital despite truce: state agency

Damascus (AFP) - A number of shells hit residential neighbourhoods in the Syrian capital on Saturday, the state news agency reported, hours after a ceasefire agreed by world powers began.
Citing a military source, SANA said "terrorist groups" fired shells from neighbourhoods east of Damascus, but it did not report any casualties. It was the first reported attack on the capital since a ceasefire began at midnight.

So far "everyone" is impressed (and seemingly somewhat embarrassed) at how well the ceasefire is holding ...

nyt: U.S. Mulls Special Ops Mission to Support Nigeria's Boko Haram Fight.

Posted by: Susan Sunflower | Feb 27 2016 16:26 utc | 159

Jules at 152: Yeah, Tulsi Gabbard, and from what I remember she swings Republican/Democrat, doesn't really care about labels. Multi-racial, easy on the eye ... kills many birds with one stone.

Posted by: fairleft | Feb 27 2016 16:36 utc | 160

It was obvious the guy was going to start impersonating me, once I'd complained about him. How idiotic can you get? Lavatorial level.

Posted by: Laguerre | Feb 27 2016 17:39 utc | 161

@dahoit 154

It's kind of an irrational hatred because Trump is subjectively pro-Israel and Jewish in-laws. He makes an analogy between the way Israel manages its borders and
the way he wants the US to manage its borders. That pisses off the Israelis because so many of their supporters lean towards an open border policy in the US. There might
be a glimmer of recognition that Trump's spotty foreign policy realism - not much, but even that pittance distinguishes him - suggest that he would be more difficult to
manipulate by the Israel First crowd. Trump's stance on the necessity of recognizing Russia's interests and Assad's status as legitimate head of state could be construed to be
objectively against what Israel is trying to achieve.

Posted by: Thirdeye | Feb 27 2016 18:56 utc | 162

In your farewell speech/spectacle, you essentially made the point that NO ONE LIKES YOU.

The response here -- silence, except for one "congrats".

The only question, really, is: what do people dislike most about you?
a) That you are a pompous blowhard?

b) That you are a slippery, duplicitous dickhead?

c) That you are a zionist who supports neocon Hillary?

d) That you try to cover it all up with clever bullsh!t?

e) All of the above

For me, its (e).

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 27 2016 19:14 utc | 163

PS My previous comment was in response to rufus @153.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 27 2016 19:20 utc | 164

More duplicitous BS from rufus @153:

No one ran him off. He left of his own accord, saying (summarized):

> "I am wasting my time here";

> No one likes me [true];

> Hillary is getting a bum rap;

> I disagree with those of you who are anti-Zionist, deny climate-change, or believe in conspiracy theories;

> Snarky, "f*ck you" snub: "Thanks for all the fish".

Here was my response after reading rufus' farewell bullsh!t.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 27 2016 19:55 utc | 165

Like I said, OCD.

Posted by: rufus magister | Feb 28 2016 2:42 utc | 166

Just in case you were confused about which 3 not to vote for:

These are the worst quotes I've ever seen. Of course I do make it a practice not to follow the presidential campaign; how do you stomach it?

Posted by: Penelope | Feb 28 2016 3:36 utc | 167


What's up with the ID theft here? I did not post that comment.

Posted by: V. Arnold | Feb 28 2016 6:27 utc | 168

And...back in the real world, after the MoA nom de querre theft dustup, jebeezus, comes news UNSC has just declared war on PRNK with a naval blockade, that under Admiralty Law is exactly that, open act of war.

However, absent a loon PRNK attack across the heavily-mined and ranged-in DMZ, about all Lil' Il can do about it is blow up more ANFO aid, and launch his last transistor radio Sputnik II, which is prolly the reason for the naval blockade itself, as more and more nations realize that US military 'intelligence' is a grotesque hoax, and Lil' Kim is no more 'threat' than the inmates at Dachau or Gitmo or Grenada.

So by declaring war and imposing a naval blockade so close to Red China, the Pentagonal Church of Luciferian Anti-Christs can declare they found whatever they wish, declare Lil' Kim in 'violation' of the illegal blockade, even stage another Gulf of Tonkin, anything to salvage their $1,000Bs P2A 'redeployment', the greatest arms race since the Cold War, for the Next Generation of super submarines, strategic bmobers, stealth fighters, NSA spy satellites and massive military buildup in the West Pacific.

Because, as they say, you can never be too rich, too thin or too Mil.Gov pension-for-life war-profiteering scum-sucking self-entitled.

On to Mokva! Forward for The People's Party!!

Posted by: Chipnik | Feb 28 2016 8:01 utc | 169


Denk, I like you. I do, even if you're a Dong Primitivist.

I have three business associates in China, two in Russia, two in India and one in Brazil. I also have several associates in Thailand and Cambodia.
So you can fap,fap,fap on the Little Dragon all you want from your Red Book, but the Thais and the Cambodians (and my associates in Indonesia for
that matter) all uniformly hate the Chinese, the same way the rest of the world hates the IMF:WB, and everyone on MoA can see by your personal
flame attacks against me, the hollow charade of your vapid Dongist cheerleading.

Quit while you're ahead, close with some languid haiku about the beauty of Tibet, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

Posted by: Chipnik | Feb 28 2016 8:12 utc | 170

Chipnik | Feb 28, 2016 3:12:25 AM | 172
...but the Thais and the Cambodians (and my associates in Indonesia for
that matter) all uniformly hate the Chinese...

Where on earth do you come up with such rubbish? That is for a fact, as factually wrong as two left shoes.
Once again, you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. It might help to double check that your mouth is solidly connected to what little brains you exhibit here...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Feb 28 2016 8:51 utc | 171

Plan B?

Posted by: x | Feb 28 2016 9:53 utc | 172

115;Yes,the results in SC point out the antisemitism of the black voter.What fools,falling for the bitch from hell.Her daughter said a few weeks ago;Don't release the prisoners,I'm afraid!And they still vote for her.Uhgggg.

Posted by: dahoit | Feb 28 2016 14:39 utc | 173

PS;The NYlying times just printed an expose on the hell bitch's Libyan disaster.Weird timing.

Posted by: dahoit | Feb 28 2016 14:44 utc | 174

@171 Your business associates in Thailand and Cambodia are almost certainly ethnic Chinese so presumably they hate themselves..

Posted by: dh | Feb 28 2016 14:48 utc | 175

i've in fact rested my case but....

indonesians, cambodians *hated* chinese ?
i'd have thought they have 1001 reasons to hate murkkans gut, what with the 1965 bloodbath, the carpet bombing ! [1]

thais are amongst people most friendly to chinese, many in fact have chinese blood running their bodies.

given the kind of shit murkka has been dishing out to china , im surprised there aint any murkkan embassy burning so far !

fact is, im surprised there aint murkkan embassy burning anywhere right now, given the
kind of shit murkka is dumping on the world !

*the evil empire has the world in a death grip*

u'r detracting the fight to stop this monster.

as for my *personal attack* against u [sic]
i'd let the readers decide on that.

chinese dramas are very hot in combodia.
currently a period drama is showing in tv, practically every houshold is tuned in and every coffee shop
has a tv on to attract customers. people are glued to the tube even if they cant comprehend the language !


fuck tibet, free navajo !!

Posted by: denk | Feb 29 2016 1:41 utc | 176

thats was to chipnick 171

Posted by: denk | Feb 29 2016 2:22 utc | 177

Just why is Turkey spending $682,900,000 on BLU-109 2000lb penetrator bomb bodies and components with contract completion by December 31, 2020. The unit price for a BLU-109 bomb is $31,414 and at that price it means that Turkey is buying over 21,000 bombs. If they're only buying bodies and components, that suggests that they're providing the explosives so the unit price should be lower and the quantity supplied greater. What does Turkey need so many bombs for? Why is the United States selling Turkey so many bombs?

Posted by: blowback | Feb 29 2016 4:11 utc | 178

Re 71:

My comment (65) was about Washington's intentions, not about the current state of the conflict, so your reply was neither relevant nor responsive to what I wrote.

As for the Russians, they obviously want to save the Assad regime. Exactly how effective its efforts are remains to be seen. I see the same sort of overconfident, jingoistic pro-Russian comments here that I've seen from Americans regarding other conflicts in the region. Limited gains do not equate to victory in a long-term guerrilla insurgency. Neither do temporary gains. We saw this in Iraq after a seemingly successful and much longer war, where the gains of nearly a decade of conflict were erased in a short period.

Posted by: Emil Pulsifer | Feb 29 2016 8:41 utc | 179

Socialism and the Fight Against War

  Fifteen years after the United States launched the “war on terror,” the entire world is being dragged into an ever-expanding maelstrom of imperialist violence. The invasions and interventions organized by US imperialism have devastated Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. NATO is engaged in a massive rearmament program in preparation for war with Russia. Africa is the target of relentless US and European neo-colonial machinations. Border disputes between neighboring states are provoking tensions and outright clashes in Eastern Europe, the Trans Caucasus, the Indian subcontinent and South America. In East Asia, the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” is embroiling the entire region in the United States’ confrontation with China.

  The “war on terror” — riddled with imperialist deceit and limitless hypocrisy — has traumatized, maimed and killed uncounted millions, and triggered the greatest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. Sixty million people have been driven from their countries. The hundreds of thousands who have made it to Europe, after desperate and life-threatening journeys, are being herded into detention centers, compelled to live in appalling conditions, and even stripped of their meager belongings. To undermine working class solidarity, the imperialist governments, the capitalist political parties and the media are promoting national chauvinism and racist bigotry. In the 1930s, the Jews were made the scapegoats of political reaction. Today, in North America, Europe and Australia, it is Muslims who are the victims of media vilification, state-sponsored discrimination and racism, and fascist violence.

  For 15 years, the “war on terror” has involved crimes for which no government officials or military-intelligence personnel have been held accountable. International law is a dead letter, with the White House leading the way in asserting the “right” to kidnap, imprison, torture and assassinate its victims without legal due process. The pretext of fighting terror has served a critical political function within the imperialist countries. Terrorist acts, often involving individuals who had been under state surveillance, have been exploited to shred democratic rights. The lockdowns in Boston, Ferguson and other cities have amounted to dress rehearsals for martial law. All of France has now been placed under a “state of emergency” following the Paris attacks of November 2015. Intelligence agencies conduct unchecked spying, accumulating vast databases on tens of millions of people. Police brutality and killings are a daily reality in working class areas as the ruling class seeks to contain the explosive tensions produced by social inequality and prepares to answer opposition with permanent police state repression.

  The world stands on the brink of a catastrophic global conflict. The statements of heads of capitalist governments grow increasingly bellicose. The proxy wars in Ukraine and Syria have drawn NATO and Russia closer to a full-scale confrontation. Turkey, a NATO member, has already fired on Russian warplanes. At the start of 2016, a leading Swedish military commander, Major General Anders Brännström, issued the following warning to troops under his command:

    “The global situation we are experiencing … leads to the conclusion that we could be at war within a few years.”

  As in the years that preceded the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and World War II in 1939, political leaders and military planners are approaching the conclusion that a war between major powers is not a remote possibility, but, rather, highly probable and, perhaps, even inevitable.

  At a certain point, such military fatalism becomes a significant contributing factor to the outbreak of war. As a specialist in international relations has recently written:

    “Once war is assumed to be unavoidable, the calculations of leaders and militaries change. The question is no longer whether there will or should be a war, but when the war can be fought most advantageously. Even those neither eager for nor optimistic about war may opt to fight when operating in the framework of inevitability.”

  [ The Next Great War: The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict, edited by Richard N. Rosencrance and Steven E. Miller (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015), p. xi. ]

Of course those both eager for and optimistic about war will opt to fight when operating in the framework of inevitability.

Posted by: jfl | Feb 29 2016 10:21 utc | 180

@80 fairleft

I just read that Tulsi Gabbard has quit the DNC and endorsed Sanders. She would make an excellent VP on his ticket: fill up the military and feminist vacuum in the Bernie candidacy. So my guess is he won't put her on the ticket. The last thing he wants to do is win the nomination.

Posted by: jfl | Feb 29 2016 12:34 utc | 181

Yemeni infrastructure reduced to rubble in Saudi raids: Group

Yemen’s Human Rights Center, in a report released on Sunday, announced that more than 800 schools, 240 medical centers and hundreds of fuel depots and power plants have been targeted ever since Saudi Arabia launched its military strikes late March last year to bring fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansur Hadi back to power.

The rights group added that Saudi military assaults have also destroyed airports, docks, harbors, bridges and hundreds of roads across Yemen.

The report indicated that many tourism centers, historical sites, mosques, food warehouses, water reserve tanks, communications towers and stadiums have also been struck in Saudi attacks.

The Saudis are just like their mentors, arms suppliers, and hand-holders/'intelligence' providers : the USA. The rich showering death, devastation, and destruction on the poor.

Posted by: jfl | Feb 29 2016 12:40 utc | 182

Posted by: blowback | Feb 28, 2016 11:11:21 PM | 180

@ $15-70 per pound, a BLU-109 is considerably more expensive than a motor car.
Considering that the relative complexity of a motor car vs a bomb, Defense is the perfect gravy train (not to mention the built-in headroom for bribes, etc).

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 29 2016 13:46 utc | 183

Cruz being born in Canada and living there for the first four years of his life.
Remember the Obomba birther deal where they suspected him of being born in Indonesia?Here is an actual case,and not one word from the Zionists.And who were behind the Obomba rumors,of his parentage and birthplace?Zionists.
The hell bitch will pick Rubio for her Zioparty ticket!Wouldn't surprise me at all.

Posted by: dahoit | Feb 29 2016 15:46 utc | 184

Hoarsewhisperer @ 185
Get your point but I'd still like to know what they'll be used for. Additionally, Turkey could be buying replacements for bombs from stock that could be delivered n the very near future.

Finally, it would be nice to think that there is a factory in China that is turning out knock-off copies of the Joint Direct Attack Munition kt for $50 a piece rather than the $25,000 that Boeing charged the US DoD (total cost for the 250,000 manufactured between 1998 and 2013 being $6.25 billion)

Posted by: blowback | Mar 1 2016 1:59 utc | 185

California inmate firefighter, 22, crushed to death protecting Malibu mansions

Shawna Lynn Jones, sustained life-threatening injuries when a boulder rolled 100 feet down a hill and crushed her head. She was taken off life support Friday at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

A brushfire broke out Thursday in the early morning, threatening homes valued at $2 million to $8 million. Alongside more than 100 professional firefighters, 63 inmates were sent to fight the fire. Jones, who was serving time for drug possession, was scheduled to be released in six weeks.

Thirty percent of California’s firefighters are prisoners. The state has heavily relied on chain gang firefighters after years of budget cuts to state and federal fire prevention programs, with state officials boasting that the inmate firefighter program saves up to $100 million each year.

Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News, told Vice: “It’s not just slave labor, it’s very dangerous slave labor. … If they weren’t having the prisoners do the work for whatever pittance they pay them, they would be paying non-prisoners 15-20 dollars an hour plus benefits.”

Forcing prisoners to fight fires is so cost-effective that the state wants to keep prisoners incarcerated in order to force participation in the program. Arguing against a proposed 2014 reform to facilitate release of nonviolent offenders, California’s Democratic attorney general Kamela Harris’s office argued in court that releasing nonviolent prisoners “would severely impact fire camp participation, a dangerous outcome while California is in the middle of a difficult fire season and severe drought.”

Most inmates make between $0.23 and $1.25 an hour, with tens of thousands of prisoners producing material for the US military. By 2014, 37 states had legalized the exploitation of prison labor by private corporations, with corporations like IBM, Boeing, Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Dell, Honeywell, Intel, and Nordstrom’s making billions in profits from prison labor.

Shawna Lynn Jones, like thousands of prisoners in the US, never lived to see her release date. She spent her last day outside the prison, unconscious, and under observation by the police in a Los Angeles hospital.

Her firefighting crew accomplished their task. As the Los Angeles Times reported Friday after the fire was extinguished: “No structures were damaged.”

Under Barack Obama, slavery is making a big comeback in the USA.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 1 2016 14:36 utc | 186

Posted by: blowback | Feb 29, 2016 8:59:33 PM | 187

I agree with you. It's bizarre. BLU-109 are designed to be loaded onto aeroplanes and flown to (non-threatening) countries with inadequate defenses to destroy civilian infrastructure. I suspect that Russia and China have decided that ships, bombs and aeroplanes are a bit too 19th/20th Century for the 21st Century. It's the Missile Age and neither Russia nor China seem interested in bombing pissy little countries back to the Stone Age (for no particular reason), but they've both got AmeriKKKa's measure and seem to be saying that if America gets too uppity then they're Ready to Rumble.

Btw, did you read the China article which Noirette linked to? I've reposted the link in my # 101, above. It's an interesting blend of persuasive analysis, factoids and agitprop.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 1 2016 14:52 utc | 187

@33 Since when does the US President lead anything?

Posted by: Gene Poole | Mar 1 2016 14:56 utc | 188

Penelope linked to a long video compilation about Sandy Hook at the beginning of the year.

Although I have expressed skepticism that large scale false flags are viable (how do you keep everyone silent for years?), after seeing this video I wrote that they raised questions that should be answered.

Now Paul Craig Roberts has weighed in with much the same view: why haven't the media made an attempt to find answers to the questions raised? And he links to important video evidence:

... in this video made from the TV news coverage, the video’s creator makes a case that the person who is the grieving father who lost his son is the same person outfitted in SWAT clothes at Sandy Hook following the shooting. The person is identified as a known actor. Now, it seems to me that this is easy to test...

The “mainstream media” has the ability to make these simple investigations, but does not. Instead, the “mainstream media” calls skeptics “conspiracy theorists.”

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 1 2016 16:28 utc | 189

Neoconservatives Declare War on Donald Trump

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 2 2016 19:08 utc | 190

@191 jackrabbit

Haha, Trump must be doing something right by the looks of that. Kagan: 'The only choice will be to vote for Hillary Clinton."

Sweet, sweet lyric. Funny stuff.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Mar 2 2016 23:21 utc | 191

This is a question.

can anyone give me any ideas as to why ISIL commanders ...
(e.g. recent photo:
... are always wearing balaclavas.

If these people are in an existential struggle, why are the hiding their faces?

Are the concerned that they will get on a no-fly list, and dash their chances of visiting Disneyland?

Posted by: DM | Mar 3 2016 0:05 utc | 192

in re 190 --

If you're going to tout conspiracy theories, you could at least pick one that's minimally plausible.

The PC Roberts pc. you cite is one of his periodic jumps over the shark. I trust his views on the economy, but would recommend you stay far away from the conspiracy buffet. Especially with Fetzer, Dean of Conspiracy Studies at VTU, on offer as the Blue Helmet Special. I wonder why Counterpunch didn't pick it up, they usually reprint his stuff.... Must be part of the plot.

And what was supposed to be the result of this "hoax"? Increased support for gun control? Really? Isn't the arms lobby conspiracy much larger and more powerful? They've got the Illuminati on their side, from what I hear.

In any case, mass shootings in America are like public transport conveyances in Europe -- wait a minute, another will be along momentarily. Why fabricate material with an elaborate plot when you can easily obtain it from nature?

Personally, I always thought this incident in Amish country pinned the outrage meter on gun crimes. I would not think that our present patterns of firearms possession and use meet the Founders model of "a well-regulated militia" providing for the "security of a free State...."

Perhaps you feel some kinship for the movement's most noted spokes-crackpot, former FAU prof James Tracy. Don't know him? Too bad, I really think you'll dig his style.

Why not get in on the ground floor -- fracking mogul Aubrey McClendon's death in a one car crash couldn't be a suicide, could it? Suspicious, y'know, just one day after being indicted by the Feds for conspiracy.... Who wanted to silence him? Maybe it was Jill Stein and the solar industry, in league with Exxon-Mobil and the real Oklahoma City bombing conspirators (he's from there!) that rubbed him out. Or black drilling rigs from the Dept. of Energy and the BLM?

Oh wait - hold on - I've got it! It was Putin and the Saudis who done 'im in!

Hey, I'm just asking questions....

Posted by: rufus magister | Mar 3 2016 1:39 utc | 193

rufus @194:

I'm just asking questions...

Bullsh!t (as usual). Both PCR and I have made it clear that although we are each skeptical of 'conspiracy theories', there are legitimate questions that should be answered. Your comment strikes me as an attempt to shut down questioning.

You seem to be better at avoiding questions (like these @164) than asking them.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 3 2016 3:51 utc | 194

South Front has a piece on the potential flood of Ukrainian 'refugees' into the EU, 5-8 million over 3 years, they say.

Bibi Netanyahoo is explicitly labelling Gaza as his own personal Concentration Camp, the Final Solution will be celebrated there for Jews - oops, I mean Palestinians - polluting his pure Aryan - gosh, I mean pure Jewish - country.

Glen Ford sees the disintegration of the donkey-elephant menagerie as a result of the upcoming mudwrestling match between The Hil and The Donald. Well, the that of elephant party at any rate. The Demoplicans will be in the same position vis a vis the Republicrats as the USA was/is with the USSR/Russia following the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the USSR. Maybe an alternative will 'pop up'.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 3 2016 4:23 utc | 195

Jackrabbit @ 190,

Thank you for becoming open-mnded enough to at least consider what previously seemed unthinkable to you. I had seen the Wheeler
link before. Did you watch it til the end, where it appears he may be one of the patrolman actors at Sandy Hook?

Gene Rosen was only Little Theatre, hence his somewhat maudlin acting. There is an out-take of Robbie Parker available online
where he uses the old actor's trick of hyperventilating to make his voice all weak and thready. But the most dumb-founding is
the coroner, who says during his press conference, speaking of his employees, "I hope that they and I hope that the citizens of
Newtown don't have this crash on their heads later."

-- Outs a few participants. Legislation to block death certificates after official
refuses them to the AP & the Washington Post & other media. Start @37:00 for most outrageous.
A brand-new state law said children's autopsies didn't have to be revealed. When the AP and the Washington Post asked
at least for the death certificates, Newtown town clerk refused to supply them. (It's a felony to falsify one). She went so far
as to introduce a bill to ban release of ALL death records and witness information -- and marrriage records (!)
Today, in the state of Connecticut, the release of ANY unauthorized info about ANY homicide will get you 5 years in the State pen.
Truly, you can't make this stuff up!
If you ever decide you want more info on this topic, you've only to ask. The various demonstrations of falseness are comprehensive.

But if you want to find out in short order if any of these "occurrences" are phoney, I suggest the most efficient
use of your time is the Boston Marathon. There are two sets of photos of the actors taken from an office above the sidewalk
where they are awaiting their turn w the photographer/videographer. You see one woman put her blood makeup on. You see another
stop her "lookout" role in order to lie down & "become dead".
You've gone this far, Jackrabbit; you might as well resolve it to your own satisfaction.

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 3 2016 5:41 utc | 196

Jackrabbit, the DavesWeb link has been re-done on the John B Wells Show. I haven't looked at
it yet. It's at & doesn't begin til 7:30.

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 3 2016 7:15 utc | 197

Turkey Prohibits Helicopter With German Defense Minister From Landing

The Turkish authorities have not allowed a helicopter with the Minister of Defence of Germany, Ursula von der Leyen, to land at the airport of the city of Mytilene on the Greek Island of Lesbos.

Three billion euros - per year - don't buy what they used to, do they?

Former Google CEO Schmidt to head new Pentagon innovation board

Schmidt, now the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), the parent company of Google, said the board would help bridge what he called a clear gap between how the U.S. military and the technology industry operate.

Google's apotheosis. The privatization of the NSA is complete.

Romney calls on Republicans to reject ‘phony’ Trump

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for the 2012 White House race, has implored Republican voters to reject the candidacy of Donald Trump, who is “a phony, a fraud.”

The formation of the Democrat superpower is coming along nicely. Mittens hasn't yet endorsed The Hil, but who else is there?

Posted by: jfl | Mar 3 2016 23:18 utc | 198

in re 195 --

Those were questions? I thought they were badly punctuated accusations.

No surprise in your unwillingness to stand up for your half-baked beliefs. Not only are they foolish, they have been advanced with the tactless grandstanding. Tracy was fired not for his ill-founded views, but his graceless tactics in attempting to publicize them.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, the paper of record of academia, reports that "Tracy’s repugnant conduct has few defenders, none among the sane."

Irony alert – the bully complains about being bullied. Got an issue? Here’s a tissue.

Local reporting from Florida has some interesting detail. He’s dropped his union-funded attorney, an expert in wrongful termination, in favor of Louis Leo IV of Medgebow Law, whose expertise is said to be in “contract formation, business planning and organization and consumer protections....” But to judge from his People Over Politics website, it’s really in assorted conspiracy memes.

So it seems we have one less professor of "media studies" and one more "truther" huckster cashing in, doling out "inside information" to sullen low-information voters. Is this a great country, or what?

I expect we'll start seeing links from Louie the Lawyer's site here before too long.

Perhaps I'll retain him to look into the all-too-suspicious death of McClendon. Putin and the Saudis, I'm sure of it! It would make great reality TV -- "Louie Leo, Liberty's Legal Eagle." Or "Liberty's Lawyer;" classier, but will it work in this demographic? We'll focus-group it.

Posted by: rufus magister | Mar 4 2016 1:10 utc | 199

What a mess. The earlier presentations of the Boston Marathon photographic record were more
straightforward. At this point the quickest way to see something conclusive is Go to the 6th video regarding the Brassard family
re the Boston Marathon. This is brief & conclusive.

If you are then interested in the general photo coverage DavesWeb mat'l is now on John B Wells Show but it's much too spread out.
Begin to watch at 2:00:00.

Posted by: Penelope | Mar 4 2016 2:08 utc | 200

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