December 17, 2017
Weekly Review And Open Thread 2017-46
Due to this week's network problems at my home you were offered too few posts. Most of the research I do is naturally online. So while I probably could have posted I lacked the material to write up decent pieces. I was told that my regular network and phone connections will be back by Monday afternoon. We'll see ...
Dec 12 - U.S. Surrenders On Syria - Resistance Turns Eyes On Israel
A New Yorker piece by a borg journalist suggests that the U.S. political heave mind has for now given up on regime change in Syria. The military junta in the White House still seems to disagree with that, but might be coming around. There will for sure be no clear-cut change, but a gradual move away from the senseless occupation of north-east Syria. Meanwhile the first truck convoy from Iran reached Syria by road. This new supply line will give the Israeli military some serious headaches.
Dec 14 - "Russian Influence" - $0.97 That Changed The Fate Of Britain
The "Russian influence" nonsense is dying a slow death for lack of any evidence that there is any "Russian influence" campaign. The subject is now changing to "Chinese influence". The Rothschild organ The Economist has a title story about that nefarious "Chinese influence" and laments its alleged attempts to move public opinion to its favor. That is of course something "the west" would never even do! To prove that this is a well coordinated campaign the U.S. Council of Foreign Relations adds a piece of its own on "Chinese Influence" . Australia just kicked out a minister for allegedly being to frendly with something Chinese. Trump's new strategic guidance for the military will emphasize China as the new potential enemy. This is a stupid move that will only solidify the Russian-Chinese partnership and further isolate the U.S.
Dec 15 - Haley Fails To Make Case About Yemeni Missiles - Ignores Saudi War Crimes
Haley tried to give her best Colin Powell imitation but failed. Defense Secretary Mattis has said that there will be no military move against Iran. Thus some sanity prevails on the issue. But only in the U.S.. Some Saudi organization put out a funny comic movie (vid) about a Saudi attack on Iran. In it the Saudis defeat the Iranian navy, air- and missile forces. They invade Iran, capture IRGC General Suleimani and are welcome by the people in Tehran with sweets and flowers. Clown prince MbS is overseeing the operation. It is hilarious fiction.
But why do the Saudi grunts talk in English?
Please use the comments as open thread ...
Posted by b on December 17, 2017 at 12:46 PM | Permalink
I also like to read articles like this from China
China calls for unity of int'l community over Jerusalem issue
And quotes like this from Wu Haitao, charge d'affaires of China's permanent mission to the United Nations, who said:
We support the just cause of restoring the legitimate national rights of the Palestinian people, support the establishment of a fully sovereign, independent State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Such a position of China will not change.
Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 19, 2017 2:35:24 AM | 101
V. Arnold | Dec 19, 2017 2:34:32 AM | 99
About 13-25 C here today, which is seasonably mild. Winters of '12-'14, I think we we had ~4 weeks of 5-22 C temperatures each, and several days with hail. Those were cold days. The last three winters have short and mild, with temperatures hitting 30-33 C by mid February.
Sorry things didn't work out with be4real. Online hating isn't easy. :->)
Posted by: Herk | Dec 19, 2017 3:50:31 AM | 102
Herk | Dec 19, 2017 3:50:31 AM | 101
LOL; be4real has to take responsibility for his-own-self; certainly not for me to worry.
I went the first 14 years here without air-con; acclimation being the goal; so much of anything below 24°c is chilling; and under 20°c is freezing for me (time for coats and sweaters.
We just got air-con last year; at 72, anything above 36°c becomes a bit uncomfortable anymore. We regularly hit 40° for a few days, with 38°c for many more.
I am aware you get higher temps in the summers up yonder.
Posted by: V. Arnold | Dec 19, 2017 4:19:50 AM | 103
V. Arnold | Dec 19, 2017 4:19:50 AM | 102
I'm with you on striving for acclimation, at least as much as individually possible. We, too, didn't have AC for a while (the first 3-4 years); but after two abbreviated, cold-less cold seasons, followed by hot seasons with 4-5 months of 37-42 C temps, we gave in and got a one-room AC.
OT, but did you see the story in Sunday / Monday's The Guardian, which attempted to whitewash the expose of "The White Helmets" fraud as simply more Russian fake news / disinformation / propaganda? Aligns very much with Don Bacon | Dec 18, 2017 11:19:37 AM | 44 comment: "U.S. President Donald Trump is set to present a new national security strategy that will take a hard line with China and Russia, saying the two countries are trying to “shape a world antithetical to U.S. values and interests.”
Posted by: Herk | Dec 19, 2017 6:11:48 AM | 104
Herk | Dec 19, 2017 6:11:48 AM | 105
Good for you; IME, not too many westerners try to acclimate; but limits are reached, after valient efforts; and succumb to the inevitable. Age being one element.
I no longer read the Guardian or much of western media (if it can be called such), but I am familiar with the ongoing white helmet fraud, and reject it at every turn.
Even Amy Goodman lauded their efforts to my great chagrin. It pretty much busted my regard for her as a responsible reporter; such a pity given her past excellence...
Posted by: V. Arnold | Dec 19, 2017 7:00:55 AM | 105
Finally V.Arnold finds another lonely farang to compare notes with. Just when you thought they'd all been bumped off by their wives!
Posted by: dh | Dec 19, 2017 8:56:13 AM | 106
dh | Dec 19, 2017 8:56:13 AM | 107
Posted by: V. Arnold | Dec 19, 2017 9:11:27 AM | 107
Finally V.Arnold finds another lonely farang to compare notes with. Just when you thought they'd all been bumped off by their wives!
Posted by: V. Arnold | Dec 19, 2017 9:16:28 AM | 108
@109 I know, I know, yours is different. :)
Posted by: dh | Dec 19, 2017 9:33:19 AM | 109
@ v. arnold.. i agree with you about amy goodman.. another disappointment in a long line of disappointments from the western msm..
Posted by: james | Dec 19, 2017 2:02:14 PM | 110
So the UN is calling a special session to vote on the Trump move of Israel capitol and the US is fuming
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, in a note on Twitter, warned the United States would remember those who voted for the resolution criticizing the U.S. decision.
“At the UN we’re always asked to do more & give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names,” she wrote.
The link from Reuters of reeking propaganda
After U.S. veto, U.N. General Assembly to meet on Jerusalem status
Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 19, 2017 8:57:16 PM | 111
psychohistorian | Dec 19, 2017 8:57:16 PM | 112
A pathetic, impotent, response; she who exemplifies the incompetence of the U.S..
The U.S. was the lone veto, even Britain voted against the U.S.; be still my fluttering heart... ;-)
Posted by: V. Arnold | Dec 19, 2017 9:34:23 PM | 112
james | Dec 19, 2017 2:02:14 PM | 111
At best, I'll skim one or two MSM print media; but my information comes mainly from non-western sources; SouthFront, Sputnik, Farsnews, Katehon, and Russia Insider to name a few.
Posted by: V. Arnold | Dec 19, 2017 9:39:55 PM | 113
Haley is a disgrace who should be fired, how can The Donald trumpet draining the swamp and keep that Bolton wannabe..
Posted by: Lozion | Dec 19, 2017 11:43:06 PM | 114
The comment I attempted to make was in regards to the failing of the American society. The NSAT&T phone I have to use canceled every attempt. The answer to the question who killed the Circus is the same as to the question of who killed the American society. It is irreparably broken. A Nation of zombies with pockets of sanity. How endlessly sad.
Posted by: nottheonly1 | Dec 20, 2017 2:50:11 AM | 115
Grieved at 2.
Well… Trump is the master of the failed performative as I said in another post. (Roughly, states X to create new state of affairs Y but fails. See also the contradictory / conflicting statements of Trump, Tillerson, Mattis, etc.)
What has taken place is that for a large part masks are being ripped off and hypocrisy revealed.
Jerusalem the ‘capital’ of Israel? Voted in a bunch of times by the Amerloques. (F slang for Amrikis ..) Trump supports…why not? It is an official, long lasting, USA position.
Why the screechy, pearl clutching, outrage? Many reasons, no. 1:
Because it puts paid to the hypocrisy of the endless jawing, ‘fake’ negotiations, about the two-state solution which was always a disgusting sham, a blatant cover for Israel building more settlements, killing Palestinians, etc. etc.
Balfour imho only bowed to powerful Zionist interests wrapped in cigar smoke and cash.., and history went on from there.
The EU big-wigs are mostly aligned against Trump because they want to keep the status quo (this is personal and has to do with money, nothing about their ‘people’) on the side of the PTB (positions, income) whom they no longer can identify, pin-point, correctly — are now hesitant and stumped, rudderless sniffing poodles with blocked imagination, lost in the lower ranks of the globalist ‘mafia.’
If a one-state paradigm for Isr. could arise…who would have control, what would the structure be etc. ? A clarification might be welcome.
As for Isr. using nukes to bomb its Arab enemies etc. that would lead to its own destruction. Heh, the Isr. pol./ corp / intl. class, the movers and shakers, the top ppl those in the shadows or sometimes on front stage, care absolutely nothing, zilch, about the ‘little, ordinary’ Jewish ppl who live in Israel. The only point is to manipulate all, exploiting ‘tribal’ connections, in-group themes, etc. which allows a slow form of genocide directed towards all ‘useless’ ppl.
Posted by: Noirette | Dec 20, 2017 11:24:57 AM | 116
No one really picked up the question on "Pentagon's aliens". Not only here but everywhere for the last 70 years or so. No wonder after all the force feeding of Hollywood-style BS and incoherent fantasies with no explanatory power except pointing at Nazis or weird scientists.
Instead we got two pages on taxation. Funny things in the skies sure can't compete with that (are you all bots?).
The US government might as well have released a cockpit video of a fairy blowing a kiss and vanishing in a puff of smoke.
So what does this mean?
0. Did the Pentagon feel like they had to one-up the South American "invisible flying gas-bag" thermal video that was released by the Chilean government some months ago? That shit is weird, and Chileans are far more trustworthy than the US by many orders of magnitude. There's tons of this stuff and has been for many decades despite all the bullshit that has been mixed in by "believers" and governments alike.
0.b. Does the US really believe they can get away with admitting there's strange things in this world after a century of ridicule, harassment, and worse without getting into an even worse position than they already are?
1. It for sure doesn't mean that anyone trusts anyone in any government (and perhaps not anyone else either) on this matter, and hopefully not on any other matter (like... oh I don't know, taxation? LOL) or at least not to the degree governments like to think. Something about constant lying having consequences.
That ought to be encouraging to any sentient beings reading this.
2. It could also mean that most people don't read any news at all because the value of doing so is nil. Good for them. It goes for most things written, sadly.
3. If The Powers That Be are lying (which one way or the other they are guaranteed to do) then I don't see that it gives them any significant benefit. No one is going to come running to them, "everyone" still hates them in every possible way and from every possible point of view no matter what they call themselves (and they call themselves everything and anything).
4. And if they are not lying about everything (a big caveat) then they and everyone else (as far as we know) are far less powerful and knowledgeable than they thought because the laws of physics in this case just aren't.
5. Perhaps this one is too general to include but our lying governments and humanity in general are all playing "king of the turd" over an assortment of turds ("power", "ideology", "justice", "religion", "truth", and a host of other turds). Either way (as with everything) it ends with the remains of a turd.
Anyone else have some thoughts?
Posted by: Outsider | Dec 21, 2017 10:35:52 PM | 118
Outsider @119, re: UFO
It's a distraction from something. I did notice that the Pentagon released info on their latest drone, MQ-25, that is capable of In-Flight Refueling (IFR) about a day later of the UFO video.
re: US State Department reaction to the UN vote on Dec 21 (Video)
I wanted to mention one more thing. Back to the initial line of questioning that you had about the UN vote that just took place. And I just wanted to reiterate what the President had said yesterday, and that was the UN vote is really not the only factor that the administration would take into consideration in dealing with our foreign relations and countries who have chosen to vote, one way or the other. So I just want to make that clear. In addition, I just received a note from our folks over at the White House and the NSC, and they tell me that the President's foreign policies team has been empowered to explore various options going forward with other nations. However, no decisions have been made.
Why is this vote which was 128...
You know she didn't only say individual countries, but the US would remember this when it determines it's contributions to the UN. So, is that a process that's already starting? We're...
Not that I'm aware of. I'm not going to speak on behalf of Ambassador Haley or her staff, but I'm not aware of any of that taking place.
LOL I don't know about you guys, but this sounded like some serious backpeddling to me. "Empowered to explore various options going forward", yeah, more like "Quick! We gotta find ways to rebuild that bridge we just burnt." How can Nauert not be aware of what Haley has said regarding "taking down names"? IIRC, both Australia and Canada abstained, Japan, South Korea and the UK supported the resolution, while Ukraine didn't show up to vote! Talk about isolated.
Posted by: Ian | Dec 22, 2017 3:43:08 AM | 119
Ian @120: serious backpedaling
“Options” isn’t code for backpedaling, it’s code for applying pressure to countries that voted against USA.
Haley’s remarks art the vote signal that gloves are off. The petulance is actually a very agressive posture. Expect double-down.
Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 23, 2017 9:56:44 AM | 123
They don’t generally lie outright but color the truth for their own benefit. Thus, those who call them out for ”lying” often look like crackpots.
They keep us distracted. They hype some things and barely mention others. They know just how much they can finesse. Nevertheless they can’t hide the bullshit. The stink of that bullshit seeps into everything. That’s why TPTB are distrusted so much.
Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 23, 2017 10:09:03 AM | 124
I’m also convinced that crackpot partisan opposition is encouraged. The devisiveness of “birthers” and Antifa is HELPS TPTB.
Another example might be anti-Jewish hate that is seen on blogs sometimes. What does that accomplish except solidifying Jewish support for TBTB and turning off blog newcomers?
Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 23, 2017 11:34:49 AM | 125
Only 2% Of Lawmakers Support The ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’
The Stop Arming Terrorists Act is so unique that it’s also the only bill of its kind that would also bar the government from funneling money and weapons through other countries that support (directly or indirectly) terrorists such as Saudi Arabia.
To our surprise — or should we say shame? — only 13 other lawmakers out of hundreds have co-sponsored Gabbard’s House bill. Paul’s Senate version of the bill, on the other hand, has zero cosponsors.
Posted by: MadMax2 | Dec 23, 2017 4:39:11 PM | 126
I think that China is being quite frank in its assessment of the West
Xi's vision for a responsible country
History does not lack crucial moments that call for responsible action from the world's major countries.
In the political sense, the modern world was shaped by Western powers through centuries of brutal and destructive wars as well as struggles for hegemony. Oftentimes, they would pursue their selfish interests in the guise of the "general good."
Edward Hallett Carr, a British political scientist and historian, wrote in his classic book on international relations, "The Twenty Years' Crisis," that "this kind of hypocrisy is a special and characteristic peculiarity of the Anglo-Saxon mind."
A telling example in recent history is the Iraq War. To guarantee its strategic presence in the region, the United States went to war in Iraq based on just one piece of fabricated intelligence and a false promise to liberate the country from tyranny.
Today, 14 years after the start of the war, Iraq still suffers crises on multiple fronts, and the peace prospects in the wider Middle East could not be darker.
The past year has also witnessed how a "go-it-alone" superpower can haunt the rest of the international community. In less than a year in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has cut Washington loose from one key international treaty after another.
Chanting the "America First" slogan, he has accused many -- if not all -- of his country's trading partners of taking advantage of the United States, and threatened to renegotiate for what he calls "fairer" deals.
Such a doctrine of unilateralism has given rise to widespread worries at a time when multilateralism is needed to accommodate the deeply intertwined interests of all nations.
Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 24, 2017 1:22:16 AM | 127