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December 31, 2016

A Happy New Year To All Moonkind

To all commentators here a big THANKS for giving me so much!

My wish: May the next year be more peaceful than this one.

A Happy New Year to all moonkind!

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Obama tells Trump to 'stop whining' over rigged election claims

"If whenever things are going badly for you and you start blaming somebody else, then you don't have what it takes to be in this job."
Barack Obama speaking at the White House, October 18, 2016

Posted by: Perimeter | Dec 31 2016 16:54 utc | 1

Your site was offline briefly, early this morning (along with Pat Lang's blog). I thought you both might have been target of retaliatory hackers from the empire, but both came back on in less than an hour. FELIZ AÑO NUEVO.

Posted by: Maracatu | Dec 31 2016 16:57 utc | 2


This morning about 2am plus Pacific Time MoA 404 switch to another laptop still same. Tested RT, Zerohedge etc. They're OK.

Take care and Best wishes, good health to you and love ones from Amerika.

Posted by: The Original Jack Smith | Dec 31 2016 16:59 utc | 3

Ditto! - The Original Jack Smith

Posted by: Maracatu | Dec 31 2016 17:12 utc | 4

thanks b! to you and all the folks at moa as well!

Posted by: james | Dec 31 2016 17:13 utc | 5

Thank you, b. May the new year be a healthy and prosperous one for you and yours and for all the commenters here.

L'shana tova.

Posted by: John Zelnicker | Dec 31 2016 17:13 utc | 6

Many thanks to you, b. I hope your New Year is a good one. Happy New Year to all. A cheer to the old timers around here , and to thoughtful and brilliant newcomers, who continue to make this bar such an insightful and wonderful place.

May 2017 be a better and more peaceful year!

Posted by: Copeland | Dec 31 2016 17:19 utc | 7

Goodbye 2016. We didn't have a nuclear war and that was a good thing. On the other hand we saw Obama turn into Sarah Palin. He could see Russia from his White House.
Happy New Year to all and a big Thank You to b for all of your work.

Posted by: Stephen | Dec 31 2016 17:28 utc | 8

We thank you B for keepring us informed. The Best to you and all sensible people who frequent this Blog.....Peace and Happiness in the New Year to all.

Posted by: georgeg | Dec 31 2016 17:49 utc | 9

I couldn't get the site to load, just now. So this has been going on for hours it looks like.

Anyway Happy New Year, bar people. May we continue to live, in slightly less interesting times.

Posted by: sejomoje | Dec 31 2016 18:21 utc | 10

to: support@typepad

subject: ; not asking for much, only the moon.


down, up, down, up again ... thanks for your perseverance last year and for the past ten and more years b.

hope for the best in 2017. it's time for the neo-cons to go down. fifteen years of death, devastation, and destruction ... and at the hands of the nobel peace prize laureate ... is fifteen years to many. keep supplying your relentless alternative to the tnc msm, please, b.

happy new year!

Posted by: jfl | Dec 31 2016 18:27 utc | 11

Live NOW!

Security Council: The situation in the Middle East - Syria (7855th meeting) Watch UN Security Council approves Russian-drafted resolution on Syria ceasefire Can't stands these motherfuckers hypocrite soundbites.

Viva Russia Federation

Posted by: The Original Jack Smith | Dec 31 2016 18:44 utc | 12

Best of luck for you and your folk. We all will need it badly. Denn es ist immer schlimmer als man denkt.

Posted by: Pnyx | Dec 31 2016 18:45 utc | 13

Happy New Year!

Posted by: NanaJones | Dec 31 2016 18:47 utc | 14

b, and all posters. Thanks for the years of discussion and therapy.

"Happy new year to all moonkind."

Love that!!

Posted by: ben | Dec 31 2016 18:55 utc | 15

Happy New Year to all Moonkind!

Thanks b for running a quite fine establishment. You should be proud of the past and optimistic about the future in whatever sense works for you.

E Pluribus Unum! & Drain the Swamp!

Will we see any REAL swamp draining in 2017? Doubtful in my mind. Just further polarization and manipulation. I do believe that a orchestrated financial meltdown will occur that will be used to try to justify more control in 2017........three more of the Roaring Teens to go!

I also saw the network blip hit MoA and other sites for a bit....Hmmmm

I can feel 2017 already encroaching on almost 1/2 of earthly reality as I post this........Cheers!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 31 2016 19:04 utc | 16

love you b.

Posted by: annie | Dec 31 2016 19:20 utc | 17

Hey B! You have taught me so much this year, and to me, that is the highest compliment I can pay someone and the greatest debt I have to repay! Some of the commenters here as well! So, I wish you a Glueckes Neues Jahr 2017! May it be your best year ever!

Posted by: mischi | Dec 31 2016 19:25 utc | 18

I wish everyone happiest New Year ever!

Posted by: Harry | Dec 31 2016 19:25 utc | 19

@12 - OJS

The UNSC has just unanimously passed the Russia-Iran-Turkey Syrian ceasefire.
BREAKING: The UN Security Council unanimously passes a Russian resolution for a Syrian ceasefire

The US did not veto the resolution. I don't know if it abstained from voting. Either way, the president of the US is humiliated in the global information space, while at the UN the formal US nation passively accepts the Russian initiative for peace.

These are good ways to end 2016. We continue to hold our breath as we tiptoe, cautiously optimistic, into 2017.

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 31 2016 20:17 utc | 20

@20 grieved, 'We continue to hold our breath as we tiptoe, cautiously optimistic, into 2017.'

things seem to be coming around, don't they? it's new years, and i'll join you in your optimism!

Posted by: jfl | Dec 31 2016 20:23 utc | 21

b, and all moonkind,

Thank you so much for helping us all get through another year! (Well, still have a few more hours to go here so stay alert.) Let's all be ready to jump to the cause of truth when those false flags and noxious memes start bombarding us as the Trumpification of our world unfolds. The Hegemon feels his armor dissolving, his tricks are showing, a pathetic and dangerous beast he will remain.

Protect those close to you...we are it and we haven't found unity...yet.

Posted by: kafkananda | Dec 31 2016 20:30 utc | 22

Happy New Year b and all Moonkind!

One of the few 'must read' blogs on the internet. A true achievement.

OTOH, I am getting fat on popcorn.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 31 2016 20:44 utc | 23

Many thanks to b for the quality (& quantity!) of research and input from all posters..
Here's to the New Year, may 2017 be the one for the emergence of a true multi-polar world..

Posted by: Lozion | Dec 31 2016 20:52 utc | 24

Happy New Year to B and all who moon about here regularly!

Thanks B for all your posts and thanks to everyone who has commented here and helped sharpen my thinking and debating skills.

Posted by: Jen | Dec 31 2016 20:53 utc | 25

To b, and everyone at MoA a Happy New Year, 2017.

Stay Well. Be safe.

Posted by: likklemore | Dec 31 2016 21:04 utc | 26

Happy MoA New Year to b and everyone else.

Posted by: WorldBLee | Dec 31 2016 21:37 utc | 27

in New Orleans to bring in the new year, what a fantastic town. if any fellow moonies are around, give me a shout out.

and thanks Bernhard for all your hard work, I will be in Hamburg in January. I really hope to see you then.


Posted by: dan of steele | Dec 31 2016 21:52 utc | 28

Happy = adj in high spirits; satisfied. Or, cheerful,contented,delighted,ecstatic,elated,glad,
joyful,joyous,jubilant,lively,merry,overjoyed, peaceful,pleasant,pleased,thrilled,upbeat, blessed,blest,blissful,blithe,can't complain, captivated,chipper,chirpy,content,convivial, exultant,flying high,gay,gleeful,gratified, intoxicated,jolly,laughing,light,looking good, mirthful,on cloud nine,peppy,perky,playful, sparkling,sunny,tickled,tickled pink,up,walking on air.

Well, ok ...

Posted by: rg the lg | Dec 31 2016 21:53 utc | 29

Too many well wishers for me to add anything salient b, except to wish all the MoA well wishers well in the New Year; and especially my old acquaintances, Copeland, annie, dan of steele and all other old time lurkers who aren't weighing in.

This site is so exceptional and y'all commentators are an integral part in supporting b.


Posted by: juannie | Dec 31 2016 22:16 utc | 30

B, you are the best! Get some rest this holiday .... 2017 is going to be gruesome. Fellow barflies, I am honored to be hanging out with such intelligent, insightful moonbats! Cheers to all ... Happy New Year!

Posted by: Trixie from Dixie | Dec 31 2016 22:21 utc | 31

And, OMG, how could I have forgotten Debs just because you hadn't yet posted on this thread. And I just finished reading your two posts on the last thread. Best to you Debs. I'm so glad you are still weighing in from time to time.

Posted by: juannie | Dec 31 2016 22:59 utc | 32

And, OMG, how could I have forgotten Debs just because you hadn't yet posted on this thread. And I just finished reading your two posts on the last thread. Best to you Debs. I'm so glad you are still weighing in from time to time.

Posted by: juannie | Dec 31 2016 22:59 utc | 33

Jan 21st 2017 is the day we get a final answer to how much power does the POTUS have in relation to the un-elected segments of the government.

Posted by: pA | Dec 31 2016 23:11 utc | 34

@Grieved #20 I viewed the photo and you can clearly see the lady sitting behind the United States sign with her hand raised. whuddathunkit?

Posted by: dan of steele | Dec 31 2016 23:12 utc | 35

Special thanks to b and all commenters for coverage and links concerning Syria's struggle this year. Nothing I saw anywhere else was so on point. What a difficult year it has been.

Peace and good cheer to all!

Posted by: juliania | Dec 31 2016 23:15 utc | 36


the us supported most every ceasefire(at least verbally), mainly as opportunities to slow government advances and resupply.

Posted by: pA | Dec 31 2016 23:25 utc | 37

Thank you, Bernhard.

Wholeheartedly agree: A Happy New Year to all moonkind!

Posted by: Outraged | Dec 31 2016 23:39 utc | 38

Best wishes to ALL!

May divisiveness end and let hope return for human kind in
cohesion between people leading to a more peaceful world.

Posted by: Oui | Dec 31 2016 23:47 utc | 39

Best advice for 2017, "Shelter In Place".

Posted by: Flatulus | Dec 31 2016 23:50 utc | 40

Dear b,

Thanks for another year of insightful analysis. Let’s hope the next year will offer some possibility of more cheerful developments.

A happy new year to you and all moonkind.


Posted by: Philippe | Jan 1 2017 0:15 utc | 41

A new year of false news? Dont feel celebrating really.

What will the fake msm say tommorow? "putin have plan to poison american school kids, anonymous sources say"?

Posted by: kraus | Jan 1 2017 0:30 utc | 42

Two hours ago the new year was rung in on the Plaza del Sol, and the world hasn't ended yet, but will wait and see what the morning brings. Best and prosperous New Year to 'b' and all.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Jan 1 2017 1:07 utc | 43

Best wishes and fortitude to all of us. This next year, we are going to have to find inventive ways of circumventing blocks on communication.

Posted by: Petra | Jan 1 2017 1:09 utc | 44

Happy new year!

Posted by: A swedish kind of death | Jan 1 2017 1:11 utc | 45

Ahh, it's not even the New Year, and they're already speaking in tongues, as I predicted. Oh sweet Jesus, it's Barnum and Bailey all over again.

This is the guy (Graham) whose father, "America's Preacher" (sic) stood right in front of me and 10,000s of Americans concerned about the illegal war crimes in Cambodia, raised his fist to the heavens, and shouted, "Bomb the gooks for Jesus!"

Now take the Nigerians, of Africa, you know. They audited their entire government in 2016 and got rid of 50,000 ghost workers, cutting their Federal budget by -10% in one year! When was the last time our Feds were audited, after Clinton-Bush-Obama have more than DOUBLED the size of Fed government and support contractors under Krugman and Reich!?

The Pentagon has NEVER been audited! There are 100,000s of ghost workers and 100,000s more foreign national workers at the 1000 overseas bases, living off USAryans' SS and MC payments. The Pentagon has LOST $6.0 TRILLION!!

USArya can't even match the Nigerians, never mind 'God and the Orange Jesuit', and Franklin sure won't save USArya once the Feds burn through their SS/MC trust funds!

Posted by: chipnik | Jan 1 2017 1:32 utc | 46

Happy new year to you, B, and to all of you, everybody else. Keep on keeping on. Things have been so bad, but I feel hopeful when I see all of you joining to try and push for better things (I don't want to sound pompous and say 'a better world', but that would be the general idea; in any case, we all could do with a world without bombs, Lockheed Martin, children missing limbs or war hawks. For what it's worth, that's my prayer.
Best wishes to all of you good people.

Posted by: Lea | Jan 1 2017 1:33 utc | 47

The new year may or may not be happy, but it will be interesting.
I appreciate your site and the work you put in b.

Posted by: Peter AU | Jan 1 2017 1:40 utc | 48

Thank you, b and everybody! I'm just a reader and this site is my place of sanity. Wish you all Happy New Year and Peace! С Новым Годом и Мира Всем!

Posted by: iegee | Jan 1 2017 1:45 utc | 49


I added to that by 'shelling' in place with a box of .40 cals, and always keeping the gas tank full. All it will take in our now 60% (peaceful) immigrant village is for that Orange Jesuit to make some bloviating derogatory pronouncement about EBT and Section 8 housing coupon cutbacks, or Bloomberg to announce a series of -1200-point flash-crashes, which it inevitably will in 2017, then this neighborhood will go up in flames. I'll have to fight out to the car with my i-Gear and winter clothes, as the torches go through the living room window,, then drive all night to the far boonies, where, by the grace of God and Franklin Graham, sure hope my plastic will still work, and the Khazars haven't turned my 1s into 0s at the bank!

Posted by: chipnik | Jan 1 2017 1:47 utc | 50

Happy New Year!

Posted by: sillybill | Jan 1 2017 1:50 utc | 51

To b and all; may this coming new year (2017) find you well and sufficient for your needs and occasional good cheer.

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jan 1 2017 1:56 utc | 52

To bid 2016 farewell, some timely wisdom:

Be careful what you wish for, as more tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

Too late--Trump won! There will be tears.

Happy New Year. Enjoy it while he's still President-in-waiting.

Posted by: Circe | Jan 1 2017 2:08 utc | 53

happy new year b & all - fantastic to see moa as strong and relevant as ever - figuring we'll get hit with a lot more craziness in the months to come - no chance of running out of crucial material, no doubt - peace to all - stay sane, sharp & safe enough to man the barricades

Posted by: b real | Jan 1 2017 2:09 utc | 54

Happy New all and thank you b.

Though I may never sound grateful, believe me, I am.

Posted by: C I eh? | Jan 1 2017 2:12 utc | 55

@ #35 -- Yes indeed, the USA lady raised her hand.
And to invert an old saw -- That was no Samantha Power, that was a lady!

By the way -- C Span moderator interrupted the Washington Journal program this morning with "breaking news" that a power plant had been, or maybe hadn't been, hacked, but whatever did or didn't happen, it was the Russians.

Thanks for this very informative site, b, a glimmer of sanity in a suffering world.

Felice anno nuovo lunumanita.

Posted by: Croesus | Jan 1 2017 2:58 utc | 56

I cant thank b enough for tolerating all my OT rants all these years.

banned by msm except wapo,
hmm, at least it has some saving grace hehehe

wsws, sakers and many other 'alternate media'etc etc.....

Posted by: denk | Jan 1 2017 3:04 utc | 57

Thanks to all the bar patrons who've kept this thing going, and going, and going for all these years. I don't comment like I used to, but I still lurk and read everything.

As always I gain perspective here I don't find anywhere else.

THANK YOU B and the rest of the gang!

Posted by: David Shinn | Jan 1 2017 3:54 utc | 58

Happy New Year to b, for making Moonkind possible, and to the Barflies whose contributions here so frequently enrich b's insights in adding an extra and valuable dimension to a thread.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1 2017 4:23 utc | 59


We don't celebrate the Luddite pagan holiday, so spent the day meditating with my guru and then after deep lucid dreaming about the Orange Jesuit, was able to see a little bit into the future of USArya, an even capture a faint vision of it with my new Siri-Oculus thought-camera. There is only the Trump Way now.

Posted by: chipnik | Jan 1 2017 4:43 utc | 60

Merry new year to all truth seekers.

Posted by: MadMax2 | Jan 1 2017 4:43 utc | 61

Dear b

Thanks to you and some other sterling bloggers, I have been able to thoroughly inoculate my batch of International Law students against MSM BS.

Thank you.

Best wishes for 2017.

Posted by: E | Jan 1 2017 4:46 utc | 62

guess i just cant help being an asshole, spoiling the fun again !

If you think 2016 is bad, you aint seen nuthin yet.

Im not a petty person, plugging for wsws even after they consign me to persona non grata over there,

Posted by: denk | Jan 1 2017 5:31 utc | 63

Happy New Year b and everyone on this blog.

And Thank God, that all you Americans there voted Hillary out by voting Trump in, as you may just have saved us all from a thermonuclear holocaust, by the skin of our teeth.

Whatever else comes, that alone gives me some faith in peoples innate sanity and hope for the future.

Doing anything other would in mind have been a death wish to commit mass homicide and suicide of which (if you've paid any attention) Putin has been warning us in the 'West' about over and over again.

Whatever Trumps failings, lets just count our blessings that he's NOT on the same psychopathic path of total destruction that Hillary Clinton has clearly proven by her performance and promised us more the same of doing if elected.

That's reason enough for me to celebrate with a sigh of relief 2017 new years coming in for the sake of my family and all humanity.

Ray from Canada.

Posted by: RayB | Jan 1 2017 7:11 utc | 64

Twelve nations start the New Year while under sanctions imposed by Israel, causing occasional dismay. Highly coveted meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Foreign Ministry will be suspended and planned state visits nixed.

Nowhere the news were met with more upset than in England. Prime Minister of the Kingdom, certain Theresa May, was particularly hard hit because her visit to Jerusalem was cancelled. In contrition, she made a speech condemning UNSC resolution that pronounced that Israeli settlements in occupied territories are a problem, and emphatically stated that they are not. But she stopped short of getting the scalp of Boris Johnson who instructed to vote for the resolution, as did other 13 UNSC members (USA abstained, so were spared of the sanctions, as some two countries that I could not find, probably not having diplomatic relationship with Israel). May is in a hard spot, she should remove Boris the Terrible to placate Israel, but he seems to be a twin, separated at birth, of president-elect of USA.

However, her timely contrition averts, I hope, a major disaster. About 150 years ago three countries severely offended Paraguay, resulting in Paraguay declaring the war on all three, and this was probably the bloodiest war in the post-Conquest history of South America. Paraguayans were nearly exterminated. And now Netanyahu bravely declared that the contumely of 12 countries (including China, Russia, Japan, Britain, and France) is a "declaration of war". War of Quintuple Alliance? (Paraguay got clobbered in the War of Triple Alliance.) But with UK offering apologies, and Trump being fully sympathetic, it does not look serious.

But something is rotten in the Kingdom of England.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 1 2017 7:18 utc | 65

@63 Sorry but that website's indictment of Germany's petty policy acts against the social customs of the refugees is ridiculous. I see that there's full on Trotsky love there as well. Gag!!

Posted by: aaaa | Jan 1 2017 7:20 utc | 66

Does anyboyd have good information on Mormonism's affects in the US government? The Mormon choir debacle with Trump made me wonder about it

Posted by: aaaa | Jan 1 2017 7:30 utc | 67

So here is my first link for 2017 and it is about the pope.....don't fall over.

I give him credit for talking about real loss of human potential and/or turned into rabid Drain-the-Swamp backlash. The rest of the Reuters feed was normal BS.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 1 2017 8:04 utc | 68

well, this was my first visit to the big easy and I am mightily impressed. It was on my bucket list and I just put a big check mark to it. what a fantastic place, even though there is a light rain they had a huge party, Bourbon Street is wall to wall bars with great music and high doesn't seem to be part of the USA.

some poster stated a long time ago that you had not lived until you drove a big ole V8 engined car down a gravel country road, well I had done that but it pales in comparison to spending a couple of days and nights in New Orleans.

tomorrow back to old europe, I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year.

Posted by: dan of steele | Jan 1 2017 8:33 utc | 69

@aaaa | Jan 1, 2017 2:30:18 AM | 67

Based on my own service, a close Mormon friend & relevant life experiences, Mormons are preferred for Federal service and agencies ... IMHO, because of a tendency to be excessively patriotic/jingoistic, poor critical thinkers & submissive to authority figures ... YMMV re that view ...

A good read for a laughs if even vaguely familiar with mormonism: The Book of Zelph
(PDF download from MormonThink)


The Book of Zelph is a volume of books, like the Book of Mormon, and is a supplement to the Book of Mormon. Since it takes two witnesses for something to be true, the Book of Zelph is a second witness of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas, and contains stories of the men and women who lived here. Whereas the Book of Mormon was mostly about religion and was from the Nephite point of view, the Book of Zelph is about the day-to-day activities of the non-christian groups living here at the same time, and tells their stories from their point of view. These non-christian, non-Nephite groups became known collectively as "Lamanites". The Book of Zelph contains the history of ancient America through their eyes. Their words, etched on metal, stone, and leather plates were quoted and abridged by a Lamanite warrior-historian named Zelph. Zelph was a great warrior, and many called him Zelph ?The Handcart Warrior? because his collection of plates was so heavy he had to wheel them around in a handcart. Zelph finally grew tired of wheeling around the heavy plate collection so he abridged their contents onto smaller, lighter, more convenient leather plates, and bound the leather plates in book format. Zelph's record gives an account of the people who could no longer tolerate the religious zealotry of the pompous, know-it-all Nephites, and therefore decided to annihilate them ...

Posted by: Outraged | Jan 1 2017 8:51 utc | 70

A full moon to one and all.!

A little reminder regarding Obama and expulsions...

Diplomats are expelled and withdrawn in the lead up to war.

Obama wants to start a war with Russia prior to 20th January....actually prior to resolution of who will become President.

Just because The Donald won doesn't mean they are going to inaugurate him.

People mistakenly believe Obamas moves are about boxing Trump in with respect to a Russia detente.

No...the moves are about war.

Diago Garcia is loaded.

War comes.

Happy New Year.!

Posted by: pubumwei | Jan 1 2017 9:00 utc | 71

@71 pubumwei, I hope you're wrong.
BTW I love this site. b is a genius, just as Paveway, Laguerre, etc.

Posted by: Peter | Jan 1 2017 9:56 utc | 72

Happy New Year all. Thanks for a great site. Methinks Palestine will feature in 2017.

Posted by: aniteleya | Jan 1 2017 10:25 utc | 73

an article at Sputnik earlier - no US aircraft carriers deployed
"According to Fox, this is the first time there has not been a US aircraft carrier in the Middle East since 2007, and the first time since World War II that there has not been a single US carrier deployed anywhere in the world"

Posted by: Peter AU | Jan 1 2017 10:27 utc | 74

My motto for 2017: 'When they go low, you go high', as stated by H Clinton but exemplified by V Putin.

Posted by: Shakesvshav | Jan 1 2017 11:04 utc | 75

The next 20 days ... there is speculation on PressTV about the US going to war against Russia before Obama leaves office and Trump takes over. That puts paid to the whole issue of a 'happy' new year.

Sadly, it wouldn't surprise me and this possibility may explain why there is such a muted response from Russia/Putin.

Obama has finally cracked ... that is evident ... the PressTV article may be found at:

So, maybe just enjoy 2017 as long as we can?

Posted by: rg the lg | Jan 1 2017 11:26 utc | 76

There is a mouth forming mad dog in the WH and will do anything making himself important and indispensable. I read comments from ZeroHedge, reason Trump refuses to move into the WH, b’cuz of the stench after 8-yrs and may need 10-yrs clean it up.

Happy New Year rg.

Posted by: The Original Jack Smith | Jan 1 2017 11:43 utc | 77

Happy New Year gang,

Good Hussle b keep up the good work

As for the rest of the gang, this blog wouldnt be what it is without you guys

woot woot

Posted by: deebo | Jan 1 2017 12:12 utc | 78

Best wishes to all beginning w/ Mr. B - thanks for the research and the forum. Thanks to posters such as PavewayIV for deep and detailed knowledge. Thanks to chipnic for doing the heavy duty raving and to Stephen (#8) thanks for the laugh.

Peace and Blessings Peeps

Posted by: norma lacy | Jan 1 2017 12:31 utc | 79

Thank you everybody for helping me stay informed and unidoctrinated. Now when I travel out into society and review the world with what I read and acquire here, people despise me. They beieve for example that Hillary is a wonderful person, and nothing will dissuade them. There's a spirit of mean-spiritedness in the US that will take a miracle to dispel.. Of course there are good and well-meaning people too, but the way looks perilous.

Posted by: Geoff | Jan 1 2017 12:56 utc | 80

No...the moves are about war.
Diago Garcia is loaded.
War comes.
Happy New Year.!
Posted by: pubumwei | Jan 1, 2017 4:00:05 AM | 71

LoL! They wish...
The chickenshit Yankees haven't attacked anything that could shoot back since WWII, except for Korea which fought them to a standstill, and Vietnam which scared the crap out of them - publicly. They and their proxies have been sidelined and humiliated in Syria by a Russian Expeditionary Force (a fraction of Russia's military capacity). The last thing the Yankees are going to do is start a real war with Russia. If they had the balls and brains to defeat Russia, then pushing the Russians out of Syria would have been a smart way to show the Russians who's Boss. But they already know, and it ain't AmeriKKKa.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1 2017 13:18 utc | 81

Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1, 2017 8:18:46 AM | 81

Ah, beware perceptions; they rule, perceived reality, and the U.S. insists to "perceive" they are, militarily, the strongest military on the planet.
I agree; history would call bullshit on that, but; be afraid, be very afraid of the U.S.'s perception of strength.
Historically, it's obvious how badly they've performed; but, "they" think they've cowed the world.
Syria is a lesson not learned; and that is the scary part, at least for me...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jan 1 2017 13:37 utc | 82

Syria is a lesson not learned; and that is the scary part, at least for me...
Posted by: V. Arnold | Jan 1, 2017 8:37:14 AM | 82

Get well soon.
When you hear a bunch of whingeing pussies roaring like lions you can be certain that someone's lost the plot. But suicide by provocation is as irksome as it ever was and self-preservation will ultimately prevail.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1 2017 14:12 utc | 83

Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1, 2017 9:12:02 AM | 83

What an unfortunate answer; pity.

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jan 1 2017 14:41 utc | 84

to start with, here in french and italian (i guess the english translation is easily available),
and if we've got to deal with reality, i'll hold to one word of one of trump's latest tweet: "smart". yes, let's be smart, that would be a good start for 2017... smarts vs dumbs.
big up everyone.

Posted by: alain b | Jan 1 2017 15:12 utc | 85

oops, i've been lazy... here's the english version of gramsci's text...

Posted by: alain b | Jan 1 2017 15:18 utc | 86

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jan 1, 2017 9:41:23 AM | 84

Oh, lighten up!
All the bluster is intended to scare 'someone'. We know it doesn't scare Russia (or China etc); nor does it scare "The Terrorists". So if it doesn't scare the entities whom the wonks and wankers claim it's directed at, who is it meant to scare?
My guess is that it's us (you & me) who are the real targets of the bluster and scary rhetoric. Don't you get just a tiny bit irritated by all the ter'rism alerts which cast a shadow over almost every major public event in the West?
Don't get scared. Get angry with the wonks and wankers and tell them to STFU and apologise for inventing the (immensely PROFITABLE) Fake War On Terror.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 1 2017 15:44 utc | 87

Happy New Year, y'all.

Posted by: dumbass | Jan 1 2017 16:06 utc | 88

Will 2017 be the year John Bolton explodes?

Posted by: dh | Jan 1 2017 18:33 utc | 89

New Year's Day has always been the quietest day of the year for me. Always. It's downright spooky. It makes me think my life is governed by unseen forces. Sounds nutty, I know.

These are interesting times to be sure.

Happy New Year to b and all the rest of my comrades here.

Posted by: blues | Jan 1 2017 18:40 utc | 90

thanks b for the work you put in to MoA.

great to see the old moonbats pop in to say howdy. being a patriotic American, it is my duty to identify where Russia may be involved in my day to day life, so I wrote up a report about Russian infiltration my new job with a bonus song about evil snowmen.

I'm not taking 2017 laying down, damn it!

Posted by: lizard | Jan 1 2017 19:09 utc | 91

whoops, forget to add the link

Posted by: lizard | Jan 1 2017 19:10 utc | 92

Same to you b. Your blog is the best anti-imperialist blog around.

Posted by: fairleft | Jan 1 2017 19:32 utc | 93

Hiya Lizard, a good poem to ramp up the paranoia. It should be more successful than the dems effort which just doesn't seem to be catching on. That's the dems always too late to the party - they don't get that retro is just so last year.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Jan 1 2017 20:44 utc | 94

A sincere thanks to you b for all your effort to make MOA a success and we all hope you will find sufficient incentive to keep the same pace in 2017.

Posted by: xor | Jan 1 2017 20:54 utc | 95

It has just come to me that since the election and before the inauguration is a curious time much similar to the following, as evidenced in some of our recent comments:

'I don't understand you,' said Alice. 'It's dreadfully confusing!'

'That's the effect of living backwards,' the Queen said kindly: 'it always makes one a little giddy at first--'

'Living backwards!' Alice repeated in great astonishment. 'I never heard of such a thing!'

'--but there's one great advantage in it, that one's memory works both ways.'

‘I'm sure MINE only works one way,' Alice remarked. 'I can't remember things before they happen.'

'It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' the Queen remarked.”
― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

"Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

"Consider anything, only don't cry!"
― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

"It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens...that whatever you say to them, they always purr."
― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Posted by: juliania | Jan 1 2017 21:01 utc | 96

2017 year of the old man. Be blessed.
Food for thought: Obama need to just say no: No proof just guessing.

Posted by: Rawdawgbuffalo | Jan 1 2017 21:30 utc | 97

love it lizard!

Posted by: annie | Jan 1 2017 21:42 utc | 98

Happy New Year B and your regulars also. I visit daily. Say nothing. But appreciate your articles and the conversation.

Posted by: Salamander Sam | Jan 1 2017 21:43 utc | 99

More myth-debunking to put to rest ol' sentimental 2016

The Gates Foundation, Ebola, and Global Health Imperialism

*ABSTRACT. Powerful institutions of Western capital, notably the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation, viewed the African Ebola outbreak of 2014–2015 as an opportunity to advance an ambitious global agenda.Building on recent public health literature proposing “global health governance” (GHG) as the preferred model for international healthcare, Bill Gates publicly called for the creation of a worldwide,militarized, supranational authority capable of responding decisively to outbreaks of infectious disease—an authority governed by Western powers and targeting the underdeveloped world. This article examines
the media-generated panic surrounding Ebola alongside the response and underlying motives of foundations, governments, and other institutions. It describes the evolution and goals of GHG, in particular its opposition to traditional notions of Westphalian sovereignty. It proposes a different concept—“global health imperialism”—as a more useful framework for understanding the current conditions and likely future of international healthcare

h/t via Club des Cordeliers

Posted by: ruralito | Jan 1 2017 21:45 utc | 100

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