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January 29, 2019

Open Thread 2019-06

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ex-SA | Jan 29, 2019 4:26:10 PM | 26

I think the political leaders of the EU and other US allies like Canada frequently hide behind the notion that "we must go along with the US because it's a powerful friend", etc. as domestic cover for policies that those elites would prefer regardless.

To clarify though, I think those elites are more blatantly open about their political and policy preferences than they were in the past, preferring to say a big FU to their own citizenry.

Posted by: sleepy | Jan 30 2019 13:15 utc | 101

If some really believes that Chris Hedges would ever run for US presidency, please read his latest piece at truthdig about the already now upcoming election show:

The Election Circus Begins

The corporations that own the media and the two major political parties have a vested interest in making sure there is never serious public discussion about issues ranging from our disastrous for-profit health care system and endless wars to the virtual tax boycott that large corporations have legalized. The corporate system is presented as sacrosanct and the ruling ideology of neoliberalism as natural law. The corporations are funding the show. They get what they pay for.

So, Hedges knows Big Money will never ever allow someone like him to get somewhere near the power.

Posted by: Cemi | Jan 30 2019 13:21 utc | 102

Thus is the evolution of wo/mankind that it is no longer feasible nor possible to support further development of a species that refuses to come to terms about its place in this Universe. There was this sliver of a chance to grow, to develop empathy, kindness and community based on equality.

Watch how it will go out with, or without a bang. It won't matter much. Nobody else will ever know that there was a tiny window in time where homo sapiens existed.

Having said that, I like to make clear that propaganda in all its forms is a crime against humanity. Dooming any furthering of the sparse mental capabilities the species attained through its existence. The Fascists are stripping humanity of its niche in Life. There is no need in the entirety of this Universe for a life form that despises life, abuses it, tortures it and sells it out wherever possible.

The Fascist cesspool the US has become, sharing its trough of ill gains with decrepit vassals all over the planet, will be dissolved.

Of all the great delusions mankind is plagued with, the worst one is, that it can control life and the circumstances that make life possible.

Venezuela will be the poisoned chalice for the Fascist empire. Is there anything worse than overestimating one's own strength and underestimating the strength of one's opponent? Surely the devolved minds in the US regime never read Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War' - it would make obvious that they are on a suicide mission. And while the oppressed population might have no problem with that, they, and all the other people of the world will be dragged into the abyss as well.

Mankind had a chance and blew it. Maybe the robots it invented for all the wrong reasons will fare better.

Posted by: notheonly1 | Jan 30 2019 13:45 utc | 103

anon -

Interesting comments on Celine. He seems poised to have a moment in the increasing trend towards right wing anti-rationalism and self-destruction of the Western European Empire.

Brexiters should carry signs with his picture and the slogan "journey to the end of the night."

The greatest writer of 2,000 years as Bukowski aptly put it.

And of course the best part: he was the most "trollish" troll in the long history of trolling.

The best of the best always are both, eh Jesus of Nazareth?

Someone whose inchoate railing against all during the dissolution of "enlightened" Europe is one of the great psychological signposts of 20th Century history to be found anywhere in literature. Maybe he stands out along with only Kafka on the highway to Hell but he was also more entertaining, although possible less disturbing if that's possible. Kafka's schtick was jarring for being so strangely engrossing to the reader and then boom...abruptly unfinished. But Celine's work also has a similar quality. Although his nightmares come to a sort of end they still seem unending when you put down the book.

And of course he was the best stylist in the melange of constipation that passed for French literature. And yet he is largely ignored today when his vision permeates western civilisation as it self-destructs.

That he was also an anti-semite always seemed to me the cherry on top of his particular brand of trollish misanthropy.

I especially enjoyed Nord, part of the WWII trilogy you mentioned. The surreal life version of Waiting for Godot, deeper, demonic, way funnier.

Posted by: donkeytale | Jan 30 2019 14:11 utc | 104

Boy, this Craig Summers guy sure knew how to put a burr under folks' saddles here.
Jeez, get over it, rest up for the next guy you won't like.

Posted by: morongobill | Jan 30 2019 14:12 utc | 105

@102 yeah lying repeatedly and shamelessly will do that. your point?

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 30 2019 14:27 utc | 106

The reason elections matter is not because of laws or policies. Elections are about control of the budgets. Those budgets affecting you most are the ones closest to you about roads and schools, development and community. Having worked very hard to get democratically endorsed candidates elected who support working families, I know how important it is to keep ideologues shut out of power. If you don't vote then you say to your democracy that really you enjoy your right to bitch as the only right you fully possess. Budgets are moral documents. Every level of government has one. Approach the problem from this angle and you will get better results. I have.

Posted by: UnionHorse | Jan 30 2019 14:30 utc | 107

"Why Venezuela? ... It seems to me that the major blocs might be pulling back, and settling for easy gains.

An unjustified equivalence that attempts to justify what is outrageous." Jackrabbit@64

Think of it as 'housekeeping'. The US pauses in its attempts to take over the world to 'clean up its own backyard. You might find it outrageous, in fact it is simply Geopolitics 101.

As for your obsessive repetition of the nonsense that 'Trump was a faux populist running by arrangement with Hillary Clinton etc etc'
repeating a theory with insubstantial empirical foundations does not add to its validity.
I have no doubt that there are grains of truth in your insight but it does not constitute an explanation of events and leads you to ever more extravagant assertions to buttress your crumbling theory. In this case you are denying the obvious factional struggles among White House advisers that has ended up with a neo con dominance quite different from the Tillerson, Mattis, Kelly axis.

Posted by: bevin | Jan 30 2019 14:32 utc | 108

Venezuelan Opposition Won't Have Any Dialogue With Maduro - Guaido's Envoy to US

Meanwhile the traitor is still not arrested but apparently running around US embassy!
What is the venezuelan police thinking?!

Posted by: Zanon | Jan 30 2019 14:33 utc | 109

Union Horse:
Aneurin Bevan put it this way:
"Socialism is the language of priorities."

Posted by: bevin | Jan 30 2019 14:34 utc | 110

@107 bevin

Thank you I will look that fellow up.

Posted by: UnionHorse | Jan 30 2019 14:42 utc | 111

if he's in the u.s. embassy, attacking the embassy would be immediately used by the u.s. to justify an invasion. i know, probably won't make any difference anyway, but right now there seems to be substantial international opposition to this latest empire move; of course not domestically, as the equally warmongering democrats are all on board.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 30 2019 14:52 utc | 112

@107 bevin

At a glance I would say that Nye Bevan already knew what the rest of us are relearning the hard way. Thanks for the inspiration to keep learning more about him.

Posted by: UnionHorse | Jan 30 2019 15:01 utc | 113

Article VII USA Constitution. Explains how the older British Landed Aristocrat Barons (BLABs= possessors of wealth, contracts and vast acres of land given by foreign governments) ) eliminated the articles of confederation (AOC, democratic government, 1776) and replaced it with a BLAB invented constitutional government, 1789)). An invention transformed and destroyed administrative democracy(AOC) in America and replaced it with a BLAB created republic: of the BLAB, by the BLAB and for the BLAB. BLAB did not bother to amend the AOC administrative democracy, the BLABs just ignored (probably because the BLABs knew, Americas of the time, those who had fought in the Revolutionary war, would not stand for BLABs dictating anything). The AOC owed the American People and the American People owed the AOC and neither was particularly interested in what the BLABs expected.

Instead of amending: the {BLABs} circumvented due process and the American people by sending a group of representatives and advisers, to write up a constitution capable to enable the BLABs to rule. All of the powers to govern all of the people in Independent democratic America suddenly resulted from a BLAB designed constitution and BLAB staffed government. In other words, BLABs invented ratification, and used it to take governing control over independent America(1789).

But did the BLAB establish a precedent? Does a new constitution that survives a self proclaimed ratification process, negate the sitting government and replace the sitting government with the newly ratified one? Meet, create documents, ratify, take over.

A new constitution that has survived a self-proclaimed ratification process becomes the exclusive authority to form a government and to dictate that the BLABs shall govern?

Implication might be: when those who those governing arrange things that fixes or biases voting outcomes or that negates campaign obligations of those elected, then the question becomes: do the governed have the option, as described in the Declaration of Independence, and afforded by the right of self determination to ignore the BLABs and instead ratify a new constitution without consulting the BLABs ?

Self proclaimed by BLABs=> Article VII
The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution ...between these Nine States.

Done by Unanimous Consent of the States Present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of the of America the Twelfth.

Consider some points:
1. the governed people were not consulted.. no popular vote
2. Claims that ratification as a method, is requires just 38 signatures.

So my question is: if a body, any body of 38 or more persons met, designed, drafted and created a different or new constitution with a self-proclaimed clause for sufficiency of its adoption (ratification), what would be the result? If the new survived the ratification process, would it then be the sole authority to form and operate government?

Posted by: snake | Jan 30 2019 15:27 utc | 114


1) I didn't misunderstand the false equivalence you made, I rejected it.

Russia and China don't have an Empire to "pull back" from.

2) You are playing the "empirical evidence" game that tries to discredit anyone that sees what is going on but doesn't have a 'smoking gun'. That works well in MSM where the audience is largely ignorant but not at MoA. There are several knowledgeable readers here that have written in support of what I've described.

When faux populist Presidents do the bidding of the Deep State it is excused as 11-dimensional chess, or a measure that is forced upon the people's hero due to circumstances of the moment. That is baloney. Occam's Razor argues for Obama and Trump being front men for the Deep State.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 30 2019 15:36 utc | 115

Just saw EuropeanParliament hearing where Browder spoke. Asked q about suppression of Nekrasov film, he exploded in anger, lost it, and accused Andrei of being an agent/paid by the FSB. Quite libelous..


Posted by: Zanon | Jan 30 2019 15:43 utc | 116

from Military Times on Syria
US in ‘early stages’ of withdrawal, as ISIS squeezed into a few square miles

...While the SDF have conducted most of the fighting against ISIS, their forces are backed by U.S. troops, to include artillery teams, special operations advisers, reconnaissance drones and fighter aircraft. Those Americans, however, are in the “early stages” of withdrawal, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told reporters Tuesday.
“We are on a deliberate, coordinated, disciplined withdrawal,” Shanahan said. “99.5 percent plus of the ISIS-controlled territory has been returned to the Syrians. ... Within a couple of weeks it will be 100 percent.” . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 30 2019 15:46 utc | 117

UnionHorse re 50 and link to : a longstanding overarching military strategic guiding policy 'philosophy' of inflicting destruction and chaos. The RAND corporation and the 'legendary' but real-in-effect Report From Iron Mountain after the 2nd world war contributed to the 'justification' and the 'realism' of perpetual pathology/aggression by whatever means.

war everywhere! ... even the common use of the war word to give oomph to organized scams/shams : war on cancer, war on poverty, war on drugs, war on terrorism.

Note too the 'war' on the American people: most imprisoned people on Earth; tens of thousands of swat team raids per year; a debilitating diet (aspartame, Roundup, etc etc), massive vaccine assault, 24/7 disorienting mass media dishonesty and censorship, tens of millions on anti-depressants, etc; fluoridated water, financial control has been seized by concentrated private interest....

Posted by: Robert Snefjella | Jan 30 2019 15:49 utc | 118

I am well aware that neither China nor Russia commands an Empire. In fact it is a point that I have made so often that I am surprised that you did not know it.
What I said was that they were part of a bloc-a bloc which the US forced them to build to defend themselves against imperial aggression. A bloc which also includes Iran. But which no longer includes Brazil.
That fact might indicate something to you: Brazil has been reclaimed by the Empire intent on keeping total control over the hemisphere, for strategic depth. And to prevent the Belt and Road Intiative from spreading (for example a new canal in Nicaragua) into America.
So that is why, I argue, the US is now ramping up its attacks on dissident states, like Venezuela, in "its own backyard."
Perhaps you misunderstood my point. Perhaps you regard these forums as fun places to have arguments. I don't, I see them as opportunities to compare each others ideas and researches, thoughts and discoveries in order to assist in understanding political problems. You will have to look elsewhere to find someone to argue with.

Posted by: bevin | Jan 30 2019 16:32 utc | 119

Mintpress today has an interesting article on the links between Toronto and the Venezuelan regime change propaganda operation.
It turns out that the leading light in a Twitter offensive is:
"Giancarlo Fiorella | PhD Student | University of Toronto" Who says

"I am interested in the policing of dissent, repression, and civil violence. My doctoral dissertation examines the policing of protests by civilian groups in Venezuela, and engages with the themes of sovereignty, policing and repression. Law and Legal Studies."
He is Linked In too:
Giancarlo Fiorella - Investigator/Trainer for Latin America - Bellingcat ...View Giancarlo Fiorella's profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. Giancarlo has 2 jobs listed on their profile. ... University of Toronto. "
No doubt his lifestyle is enriched by his connections with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs whose head Chrystia Freeland, just happens to be the local Member of Parliament.

As the Mintpress piece explains Fiorella's twitter accounts are also linked to anti-Syrian, which is to say pro-Saudi/jihadi campaigns.
And of course, through Bellingcat, NATO and the Integrity (Don't Laugh!!) Initiative with Freeland's great passion- the Bandera Republic of Ukraine

Posted by: bevin | Jan 30 2019 16:40 utc | 120

I'm surprised that no one has suggested that it's the russians that are sending all that cold Arctic air over from Siberia to freeze the united states, and also causing the power outages in Minneapolis

“If Putin can put his man in the White House, why can’t he put a mayor in my town who will have the garbage picked up?”

Posted by: michaelj72 | Jan 30 2019 16:48 utc | 121

speaking of the russians,
a blast from the past.


.....America you don’t really want to go to war.
America its them bad Russians.
Them Russians them Russians and them Chinamen. And them Russians.
The Russia wants to eat us alive. The Russia’s power mad. She wants to take our cars from out our garages.
Her wants to grab Chicago. Her needs a Red Reader’s Digest. Her wants our auto plants in Siberia. Him big bureaucracy running our fillingstations.
That no good. Ugh. Him make Indians learn read. Him need big black niggers. Hah. Her make us all work sixteen hours a day. Help.
America this is quite serious.....

- America, Allen Ginsberg
from the collection Howl and Other Poems

Posted by: michaelj72 | Jan 30 2019 16:50 utc | 122

@ mourning dove , and number of others commenting on participation in electoral process

I have stopped participating in batting on horse races, as I see first by the post electoral system practised in UK, and its colonies like Canada, Australia ... number of years ago. The system is made for 2 parties only, and it allows that party achieves absolute majority in the Parliament by getting only 25% of eligible vote, or 33% of actual vote, as it happened in Canada during previous PM Harper. That does not have anything to do with democracy, and I am refusing to participate in that sham!

Posted by: ex-SA | Jan 30 2019 16:51 utc | 123

@ bevin | Jan 30, 2019 11:32:05 AM | 119

Brazil is so volatile that its reclamation by the Empire may be something of a will o' the wisp.

President Bolsonaro may not last: is already being linked to criminality.

Some element of Brazilian elite have embraced the concept of multi-polar-ism in endorsing BRICS. This may flounder temporarily, but it's now part of the debate. Some influential Brazilians want Brazil as second tier major global player, not just a supplicant or vassal to the Empire.

Brazil of late developed good relations with India, another emerging major second tier. Notable that India has supported Venezuela, not US, in recent stuff. Both big players but not permanent UNSC members. Rankles.

Brazil will have the chair in the BRICS organization this year. All the other members have supported V. In summary, perhaps Brazil is more 'in play' still than the current situation seems.

Posted by: Robert Snefjella | Jan 30 2019 17:09 utc | 124

Lecture about taxes at Davos by historian that's heartwarming but was likely ignored or tuned out as the WEF is mostly just a public relations stunt. As a fellow historian, I'd opine that before the question of taxes we need to change the wording of Corporate Charters from primarily serving investors to serving the public first and foremost, which would mean not trying to avoid taxes.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 30 2019 17:13 utc | 125

@ karlof1 | Jan 30, 2019 12:13:49 PM | 125
change the wording of Corporate Charters from primarily serving investors to serving the public first and foremost
That would require removal of investors and the profit motive, and changes including control by the state, a so-called Corporate State as under Mussolini (fascism) or as China is now.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jan 30 2019 17:26 utc | 126

yes, kadath, great quote.

Contemp. one, Guy Debord, 1957, apt for 2018.

"We are going through a crucial historical crisis in which each year poses more acutely the global problem of rationally mastering the new productive forces and creating a new civilization. Yet the international working-class movement, on which depends the prerequisite overthrow of the economic infrastructure of exploitation, has registered only a few partial local successes.

Capitalism has invented new forms of struggle (state intervention in the economy, expansion of the consumer sector, fascist governments) while camouflaging class oppositions through various reformist tactics and exploiting the degenerations of working-class leaderships. In this way it has succeeded in maintaining the old social relations in the great majority of the highly industrialized countries, thereby depriving a socialist society of its indispensable material base.

In contrast, the underdeveloped or colonized countries, which over the last decade have engaged in the most direct and massive battles against imperialism, have begun to win some very significant victories. These victories are aggravating the contradictions of the capitalist economy and (particularly in the case of the Chinese revolution) could be a contributing factor toward a renewal of the whole revolutionary movement. Such a renewal cannot limit itself to reforms within the capitalist or anticapitalist countries, but must develop conflicts posing the question of power everywhere. "


Posted by: Noirette | Jan 30 2019 17:32 utc | 127

The Making of Juan Guaidó: US Regime-Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader

Juan Guaidó has spent years at the forefront of a violent campaign of destabilization, write Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal of Grayzone.

By Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal

Posted by: mauisurfer | Jan 30 2019 17:32 utc | 128

Chris Hedges and Chomsky, to mention only those two, very different as they are (MIT Prof, ex NY-Times journo..) are allowed, enshrined oppositional / dissident / objecting voices.

They intellectualise, dress up, various matters, and put forward cogent analysis, yes they actually do (I appreciate and read ..) in the frame set for them. For which they are well paid, and admired.

The frame is quite narrow, constrained. Typically, neither of them will touch the topic of 9/11 for ex. - Except to blame muslim terrorists or heh it’s backlash, so devastating!

They know where the red lines are, and protect their bailiwick, their reputation in a narrow patch.

Posted by: Noirette | Jan 30 2019 17:45 utc | 129

Robert @124--

Escobar interviews former Brazilian foreign minister Celso Amorim on a number of current topics relative to your comment and the overall discussion.

Don Bacon @126--

The profit motive doesn't need to be removed; rather, what changes is who profits. Corporations become socially responsible instead of socially destabilizing.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 30 2019 17:55 utc | 130

@128 mauisurfer... that is the same link i provided @84 last night... hopefully some folks will read it, as it was interesting and informative..

Posted by: james | Jan 30 2019 17:59 utc | 131

Don Bacon @ 126

I think the point could be made that the system we have now could be described as a Corporate/Fascist state.

Just because we have investors and the profit motive doesn't mean that the state is not involved.

Think in terms of corporate welfare.

The state sets the laws under which corporations operate. They set the tax structure. They often build the infrastructure that is used. They can be prominent in enforcing decreased rights of workers including repression of collective bargaining and labor activism.

Also, austerity policies are part of a one-sided class war being waged by the wealthy against the elderly, poor, and middle class.

I think the goal should be reorienting many of these state policies towards workers.

Many of these ideas are well sorted out in

'Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World' by Bill Mitchell and Thomas Fazi

Posted by: financial matters | Jan 30 2019 18:01 utc | 132

@Noirette | Jan 30, 2019 12:45:25 PM | 129

In the book 'Towers of Deception: The media cover-up of 9/11, Barrie Zwicker titles a chapter "The Shame of Noam Chomsky and the Gatekeepers of the Left"

Zewicker had previously worked with Chomsky and like many of us began by admiring ....

Here are the two concluding paragraphs from that chapter:

"A study of Chomsky's stands on particularly dreadful actions such as JFK's assassination and 9/11, and the roles of the CIA and FBI, shows Chomsky to be a de facto defender of the status quo's most egregious outrages and their covert agency engines. He conducts his de facto defense of the Empire he appears to oppose through applying the very propaganda methods against which he warned, including use of the derogatory phrase 'conspiracy theorist', which in one context he has characterized as 'something people say when they don't want you to think about what's really going on'.

His recommendations that people practice 'intellectual self defense' is well taken. But how many could dream the person warning you is one of the most perilous against whom you'll need to defend yourself. That he is the fire marshal who wires your house to burn down, the lifeguard who drowns you, the doctor with the disarming bedside manner who administers a fatal injection? If Noam Chomsky did not exist, the diaboligarchy would have to invent him. To the New World Order he is worth 50 armored divisions."

Sometimes but rarely innocence defeats experience, but often it outshines it.

Posted by: Robert Snefjella | Jan 30 2019 18:07 utc | 133

I like this quote from Chris Hedges:

We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health,
lawyers destroy justice,
universities destroy knowledge,
governments destroy freedom,
the press destroys information,
religion destroys morals,
and our banks destroy the economy.

Personally, I flipped the Bozo bit on Uncle Sam Land some years ago when a public opinion poll showed a majority of Uncle Sam's peons are OK with torture.

There will be no revolution, televised or otherwise, in the heart of the empire. A decade ago *millions* of mortgages were foreclosed on, and Uncle Sam's peons took it. They have been almost completely pacified, even after being forced into extreme poverty and living under a bridge.

As for the ones who refuse to obey, well, there are blacklists to control who gets access to food, housing, education, healthcare, wage slavery, and transportation. If that *still* doesn't cool one's jets there are two million prison bunks always hungry for more bodies. Those human cages are controlled by 18,000 police agencies staffed by over 750,000 gunmen (and women) who all have a license to kill pretty much any time they feel "threatened" in any way. Police gunmen are supported by 250,000 police agency staff, 300,00 prison guards, 450,000 national guard, and about 1.5 million regular armed forces (regular Army units helped shoot up Detroit during the 1965 riots).

While few cops actually participate in the continuous bloodletting (the paperwork is a huge hassle), the ones with itchy trigger fingers kill three civilians a day. Every day. Three hundred and sixty-five days a year.

Posted by: Trailer Trash | Jan 30 2019 18:12 utc | 134


I am well aware that neither China nor Russia commands an Empire... What I said was that they were part of a bloc - a bloc which the US forced them to build to defend themselves against imperial aggression.

Yes, you did say "bloc" but my point stands. Russia and China have nothing to "pull back" from. (I have reproduced your full quote below for easy reference)

Furthermore, the suggestion that AZ Empire is "pulling back" is naive - especially when, in your eyes, the neocons have only just gotten hold of Trump. As you are no doubt aware:

- there is effectively no peace deal with North Korea;

- Trump's "immediate" pull-out from Syria has been delayed, leading to questions if it will ever happen;

- the rumored 50% reduction in forces in Afghanistan was merely a rumor;

- the US is still providing military support in Yemen;

-tensions with China continue to rise;

- and the US is arming Ukraine.

... opportunities to compare each others ideas and researches ... You will have to look elsewhere to find someone to argue with.

You want to engage but you also want to shut me down as argumentative? I've made valid points that you've ignored and/or failed to respond to.

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bevin @48 writes:

It represents a return of the Empire to its natural sphere of influence. It is as untenable for Russia to control Venezuela as it is for the US to run Ukraine. Or Syria. Or Afghanistan, for that matter. It seems to me that the major blocs might be pulling back, and settling for easy gains.

The Empire doesn't recognize any sphere of influence, natural or otherwise, by any other country. That has been explicitly states several times.

The perspective of Empire functionaries is that the Empire has already won (to wit, the talk of "end of history"); Russia and China are just butt hurt "recidivist nations" making a last futile attempt to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 30 2019 18:16 utc | 135

james @131

Yeah, its a must read IMO.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 30 2019 18:17 utc | 136


Moscow Will Do "Whatever It Takes" To Defend Its Interests In Venezuela

No "pull-back". AFAICT, Russia and China have only commercial relations with Venezuela. They have no bases there. I believe China has a base in Eritrea. AFAIK, other than a few former Soviet Republics, Russia's only foreign base is in Syria. AZ Empire has hundreds of bases in dozens of countries.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 30 2019 18:25 utc | 137

ex-SA @123
Yep, it's a scam. Systems of representative "democracy" were designed to preserve the status quo and to assure that the ptb are largely untroubled by the aspirations of the masses.

Posted by: mourning dove | Jan 30 2019 18:57 utc | 138

Robert Snefjella
That term "diaboligarchy" is fantastic, I love it. Thank you.
I also want to thank you for that description of the "war" on the American people. I hadn't thought of it in that context but you are right, and your assessment was spot on. I haven't been able to explain it, and I know it must be very hard for people who live outside the US to understand what it's really like here. I find many of the criticisms of the American public to be largely accurate, but incomplete.

Posted by: mourning dove | Jan 30 2019 19:13 utc | 139

Fed capitulates. This is the final nail on the neoliberal coffin, and a huge blow to the American middle and upper middle classes, who were hoping to alleviate their own bills by crushing the American working classes through interest rises:

Fed Signals End of Interest Rate Increases

This also represents the end of any hope the West can recover economically. WWIII against China-Russia is pretty much the only option now for the Western elites and their middle classes.

Posted by: vk | Jan 30 2019 19:29 utc | 140

reply to James 82
"@27 jen and @40 frances...
Venezuela congress slams oil deals with U.S., French companies
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s opposition-run congress on Tuesday issued a resolution calling deals between state-run oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and U.S. and French companies announced this week illegal, since they had not been sent to lawmakers for approval."
Now that is really interesting, who signed these contracts I wonder. Could they have been created as a "crime' for the newly appointed nobody to decry as is being done?
Could it have been a way for the outgoing PDVSA official to finance his retirement?
And importantly has any of the money from the US/Fr sides of the deal been posted to Vz accounts?
Thanks James!

Posted by: frances | Jan 30 2019 19:51 utc | 141

Posted by: ralphieboy | Jan 30, 2019 7:45:02 AM | 100

Why now? Wel it wasn't just now, it's been building toward this since Chavez came to power and nationalised US-owned oil companies. First the economy has to be 'softened up', then you have to wait for sanctions etc to do their work.

and then there was the attempted coup is 2002, so the Trump 'problems' are completely irrelevant.

The same process was used in Iraq, sanctions, soften them up, destroy the economy, make the poorest hurt. History!!

Posted by: William Bowles | Jan 30 2019 19:58 utc | 142

@ vk | Jan 30, 2019 2:29:39 PM

I think that that might be the final nail on the US$ as a World's reserve currency, next logical step should be 50% devaluation!

Posted by: ex-SA | Jan 30 2019 20:30 utc | 143

@141 frances.. good questions, and no available answers... in fact there are many questions, with few answers in all of this.. i am inclined to take the surface read on all this - the west is intent on regime change in venezuala to the point they have collectively stated, in such an open manner... never has this experiment been tried before where the heads of countries, politically, are calling to replace a sovereign leader, elected by his own people, and replace him with someone who has never been elected for the role! it is extremely unusual and really highlights how undemocratic these western countries are they profess to support this.. and it upends the whole concept of the UN and any respect for international law.. now, one could say that isn't unusual, given the lead role played by the usa-uk-israel and etc. etc. here.. but it is still shocking, non the less... this contract might be another game in play to up the ante when trying to bring down maduro and venezuala..

Posted by: james | Jan 30 2019 20:31 utc | 144

Too many post's to look through....important background on the hail mary pass wanna be president of Venezuela...

Posted by: notlurking | Jan 30 2019 20:39 utc | 145

@Uncle $cam | Jan 29, 2019 2:57:49 PM | 9 Went to the Guns and Butter website and noticed they have a broadcast featuring a discussion about a book by Michael Hoffman. Hoffman is a complete lunatic and moron. A Holocaust denier and anti-semite (and I don't throw that label around loosely). Reading anything by or about this guy is a complete waste of time. I am NOT a Zionist or otherwise defender of the State of Israel, but this guy is so ignorant of history and of Judaism in general that it's pathetic. If you're looking for enlightenment or other forms of edification, look elsewhere.

Posted by: BC | Jan 30 2019 20:43 utc | 146

Michael Hoffman is good. Any attempts to slander his name will fit right in with Amazon's having banned his books.

Hoffman is a former journalist, an historian and a scholar of immense depth, which is what is really needed to put the subject of Judaism and the other older religions into context. His work is very valuable - and of course, under attack, of the kind visible at #146.

Hoffman is referred to by the Saker as, "one of the foremost scholars of rabbinical Judaism". He has an interview with Hoffman, which I recommend. It's linked to in a more brief and accessible piece, the Saker's treatment of Amazon's censorship:
On the censorship of Michael Hoffman’s books by Amazon

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 30 2019 21:15 utc | 147

reply to Mandreau 85
"12 Their decision not to support any Venezuelan candidacy in regional and international mechanisms and organizations."
This item IMO is what the rush to judgement is all about. Vz becomes chairman of OPEC this year and Vz has said it will be advocating for an end to the petrodollar.
Then there is Ru and Vz announcement of Ru taking over Vz gold production, that had to come as an unpleasant surprise for the US.

Posted by: frances | Jan 30 2019 21:16 utc | 148

reply to Pestercorn 72
"The West is begging for war and the parallels now and before WW11 is scary."
I read quite some time ago that the US in the face of the loss of being the GRC would create a war to allow it to default on all of its debt. I thought that suggestion was absurd at the time, now I am not so sure.

Posted by: frances | Jan 30 2019 21:17 utc | 149

reply to Igfocus 87
"I'm pretty much in agreement with mourning dove. As an old protester from the sixties...."
The last protest I participated in was the very large, well organized Boston protest against the Iraq war.
I waited to see what action "we" would take after we were ignored but "we" faded away like Spring snow it was so odd. I came to wonder if/suspect the protest was govt planned/organized so that when they went to war anyway, without leadership the protest would dissolve...

Posted by: frances | Jan 30 2019 21:23 utc | 150

@ donkeytale 104

Céline was completely serious about his egalitarianism. After being injured in World War I, he became a physician just so he could work in clinics to help the poor

His misanthropy was tempered by a deep sympathy for the poor and the downtrodden. Journey to the End of the Night was so suffused with solidarity for the working man and hatred of capitalism that it was published in the USSR in 1934.

Céline was invited to visit the USSR in 1936.

But he was horrified by what he saw, and he denounced the Reds as just another gang of swindlers:

“The program of communism? In spite of all assertions to the contrary: completely materialistic. The claims of the brute for the usage of stuff the belly. Take a look at the mug of fat Marx, his belly full.”

Upon his return, he published Mea Culpa (1936), a short book about his experiences where he noted in passing the overwhelmingly oppressive nature of (((Bolshevism))).

After his visit to the USSR, Céline rejected the very idea of progress and the perfectibility of man.

Clearly he also believed that a non-utopian socialism was possible, but that this possibility had been aborted in Russia and that Communism had been turned into a means by which (((Bolsheviks))) expropriated the wealth of Russia and killed the best of the gentiles.

Céline's definition of hell was 20th-century modernism, which blinded man, lured him into materialism and exhausted him - all for the sake of profit.

“We are croaking because we have no legends, no mysteries ....Without artistic creation by everyone there can be no lasting society....The only defense, the only resource of the white man against robotism, and undoubtedly against to return to his own emotive rhythm.”

The raging French author would be ostracized for pronouncing the unthinkable: that God was "undergoing repairs" (Dieu est en réparation), and that human nature was terminally defective.

Posted by: anon | Jan 30 2019 21:45 utc | 151

James @ 82, Frances @ 141:

IMO, the National Assembly criticised PDVSA's agreement with EREPLA mainly because, being made up of opposition parties that boycotted the general elections in May 2018, it had no say in the decision-making process that led to that agreement and its approval by the Constituent National Assembly. That EREPLA may be a shadow organisation working for someone with US Republican Party and US government links would not have concerned the National Assembly. It would have done the same had it been in power.

Whoever in PDVSA approved and/or signed the contract are the people who should be investigated by the Venezuelan government for any potential conflicts of interest and charged with corruption should the investigation yield evidence that those people stood to benefit personally from such an agreement.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 30 2019 22:46 utc | 152

Does anyone know what Wm Browder was doing addressing the European Parliament?

Maybe trying to get a post office named after his crooked accountant?

Posted by: Bart Hansen | Jan 30 2019 22:51 utc | 153

Anon - There was certainly a sympathetic sense in Celine's providing medical services to the poor but to his everlasting credit in his writing he did not romanticise...he was as contemptuous of his downtrodden patients as with everyone else who felt the bayonet point of his pen.

But this nonstop sense of paranoia, hatred and fear heightened those precious few ellipses when a softer feeling slipped through...

Most of Bardamu’s progress mirrors Céline’s own postapocalyptic peregrinations. After the war, Céline trained as a doctor and then worked for the nascent League of Nations in the francophone African colonies. He lived briefly in America before returning to shabby obscurity doctoring among the impoverished Parisians, with their bedbugs and chancres.

But if this biography suggests a varied and sympathetic apprehension of the world, it was with a far darker palette that Céline came to paint his word-pictures when he began writing in the late 1920’s. Straightforward fear adumbrates his invective, which — despite the reputation he would later earn as a rabid anti-Semite — is aimed against all classes and races of people with indiscriminate abandon. Indeed, if “Ulysses” is the great modernist novel most inspired by a desire for humanistic inclusion, then “Journey” is its antithesis: a stream of misanthropic consciousness, almost unrelieved by any warmth or fellow-feeling. I say almost, because Céline does have some weaknesses, notably for children. As Bardamu puts it, when his concierge’s nephew is dying: “You never mind very much when an adult passes on. If nothing else, you say to yourself, it’s one less stinker on earth, but with a child you can never be so sure. There’s always the future.”

Posted by: donkeytale | Jan 30 2019 23:19 utc | 154

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 30, 2019 4:15:20 PM | 147 Yep, every Christian is supposedly an expert on Judaism. But that's to be expected given the attitude towards Jews by the authors of the NT and passed along by the Church. I have read some of Hoffman's treatises on Judaism so my criticism is not based on hearsay or just going along with the opinions of others. BTW, I don't condone banning books - that reeks of the type of Nazi fascism that sent 11 million people to their deaths in their concentration camps.

Posted by: BC | Jan 30 2019 23:20 utc | 155

Nicolas Maduro has released a short video in which he addresses the people of the US directly. It's on Facebook, but you can watch it through whatever news pages have embedded it, such as RT here:
Maduro to Americans: You are bigger than Trump, don’t let him start ‘Vietnam’ war against Venezuela

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 30 2019 23:27 utc | 156

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 30, 2019 4:15:20 PM | 147
BTW, Hoffman's books are currently on Amazon. So, apparently, if he was removed he has now been reinstated.

Posted by: BC | Jan 30 2019 23:32 utc | 157

The elites have done a masterful job of controlling the decline in living standards over the last 40 years. Not rapid enough to force folks to the street but significant enough to accomplish their looting of the middle class.

Part of that has been the ease of credit which allows people to go into debt to maintain the essentials.

The other part is the propaganda and fake economic statistics that make people think the problem is themselves since everyone else is doing so well. Look at the market. All is well. Meanwhile people limp into retirement laden with debt instead of savings struggling to pay health insurance until medicare kicks in as many of them are unemployed or underemployed, and the young are saddled with student loan debt and priced out of the housing market and facing a future where AI robotics remove more jobs from the economy

As for wars abroad none dare criticize them for fear of being unpatriotic and god forbid you dont appreciate those in uniform. The media does a good job not showing what conditions are like in the countries after we save them. The churches have been bought off or just corrupted and stay quiet.

There may at some point be some kind of popular uprising should the elites cause a catastrophic economic collapse but it seems more likely people will direct their anger against those who are different (right vs left, minorities vs white, etc). The end result would be a police state sanctioned by martial law.

The tools for suppressing any kind of uprising are truly impressive. Surveillance Technology. Wesponized Drones. A pretty much Cashless society. Troops trained in urban warfare that are prepared for such an eventuality.

The time for change was 40+ years ago. Disco , Drugs and Cable proved too much of a distraction then. Its even worse today since the country is much more divided. I suppose much of the above holds true for much of Europe, especially the EU and those in the Eurozone who are forced into austerity measures. Those who nationalize resources like Norway and avoid sanctions are on a different planet.

Posted by: Pft | Jan 30 2019 23:37 utc | 158


No interest rate increases is actually a good thing for the middle class. Might weaken the dollar in the short term but that means the yuan will strengthen against the USD , which is what the US wants. The BIS and the central banks of the other reserve currencies will work together to prevent too much of a fall.

I think the elites control of the global economy is pretty impressive. I see the capitulation of the Fed as just a timeout for popping the asset bubbles. The government shut down delayed a lot of the economic reports, I suspect the Fed may have some inside information about whats in them and the insiders can sell off some of their holdings in a more bullish market until they get released

I cant read too much into it myself

Posted by: Pft | Jan 30 2019 23:48 utc | 159

Dont think too much of Michael Hoffman. He blames the rise of todays usury on the Catholic Church. He claims Calvinists have been unjustly scapegoated . He ignores facts that don’t support his thesis of Protestants as foes of usury. I couldnt trust what he has to say on Judaism based on that alone

Posted by: Pft | Jan 31 2019 0:08 utc | 160

@140 The Fed has to be careful not to crash the stockmarket. Powell got a lot of flak after the last rate increase. He thinks the US economy is strong.

Actually it's the US/China trade war that is turning investors off.

Posted by: dh | Jan 31 2019 0:38 utc | 161

Good article on the Dems reaction to the Trump coup attempt in Venezuela

Aside from Gabbard they are all swamp creatures

Posted by: Pft | Jan 31 2019 0:42 utc | 162


The Dow is up 16% this past month. I dont see china-US trade negotiations affecting much. Indeed they may have some inside information its going to be resolved in a positive faction. Ivanka was just awarded a number of new trademarks by China. Its possible Hwawei and Venezuela are more about leverage in these negotiations. If the US gets what they want from China I can see them selling out Taiwan. Hope not.

Also I dont think people understand how 5G will stimulate the economy. An awful lot of money is going to be spent rolling out the infrastructure and putting up satellites in the next 1-2 years.

Posted by: Pft | Jan 31 2019 0:52 utc | 163

@163 The DOW has definitely recovered from the Christmas sell off. Most people expect the US/China trade war to be settled soon.

I think you're right about Huawei and Venezuela being leverage. It's typical 'Art of the Deal'. Just a question of Donald coming up with a way to show a win.

Posted by: dh | Jan 31 2019 1:27 utc | 164

The Venezuelan soldiers are very clear about what the US is doing. Here they are (video) comparing what happened in Libya with Venezuela.

Posted by: Zanon | Jan 31 2019 9:03 utc | 165

ashley albanese 6

The ABC news this afternoon reports the WA trains use Huwai comms and the state transport minister said the security concerns had been addressed, but wants to know if they can deliver the infrastructure given the US embargoes in place.

Posted by: Dadda | Jan 31 2019 12:27 utc | 166

Ahoy Trump fans and China-as-anti-imperialist acolytes! Own the truth as it finally is revealed from the still lying tongue of a Chinese multinational. The Trump campaign lies of "only he" can relocate blue collar jobs to the US continues to unravel. Bigly.

Former Gov Scott Walker engineered the deal to give Foxconn $3-4 billion in tax incentives to locate a "factory" in the blue collar environs of Racine County in the state which surprised the world and handed its electoral votes to a Republican for the first time in decades in 2016. The plant will be a research facility employing mainly white collar engineers. Now the lie is Foxconn still intends to somehow create 13,000 white collar technical research jobs. More realistic but still rosy estimates are in the 1,000 range....

A top executive at Foxconn told Reuters that the company determined a US plant "can't compete" with lower-cost flat panel plants elsewhere in the world.

Louis Woo, special assistant to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, told Reuters that the company now planned to create a "technology hub" in Wisconsin rather than a factory. That would largely consist of research facilities along with some packaging and assembly operations. Woo said three-quarters of Foxconn's eventual jobs will be in research and development and design, not blue-collar manufacturing jobs. He said it will not be a factory.

Asked about the comments attributed to Woo, a Foxconn spokesperson did not dispute them.
"We remain committed to the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park project, the creation of 13,000 jobs, and to our long-term investment in Wisconsin," said the statement from the company. "The global market environment that existed when the project was first announced has changed [donkeytale notes: no it hasn't. These market conditions have existed for decades which fueled China's export growth through low cost manufacturing]. As our plans are driven by those of our customers, this has necessitated the adjustment of plans for all projects, including Wisconsin. While the project's focus will be adjusted to meet these new realities, the Wisconsin project remains a priority for our company."

Foxconn is best known for its massive plants in China that make products such as iPhones for other companies.

The plan for a plant in Wisconsin was heralded by both Walker and President Donald Trump as a sign of manufacturing jobs returning to the United States.

"The construction of this facility represents the return of LCD electronics and electronic manufacturing to the United States, the country that we love," Trump said at the time. "That's where we want our jobs. To make such an incredible investment, Chairman Gou put his faith and confidence in the future of the American economy -- in other words if I didn't get elected he definitely would not be."

Posted by: donkeytale | Jan 31 2019 14:43 utc | 167

I think that you will find that Foxconn is a Taiwan company. Not that there are not plenty of ruthless capitalist concerns in China.
If you have an argument to make about China as an Imperial rival, rather than as a rival to the empire, it might make sense not to mix it up with arguments about sleazy politicians and deceitful corporations.

Posted by: bevin | Jan 31 2019 17:28 utc | 168

I don't doubt your facts. They agree with what I know. They in no way contradict the idea that the imperialists, held in check in the middle east, eastern europe and far east, are bent on 'cleaning up' the western hemisphere.
It is precisely those commercial and financial relations that China and, to a lesser extent, Russia have in Latin America, that the Imperialists find threatening. It is the Belt and Road initiative that is feared most.
Did you see that interesting map showing the potential Behring Strait land bridge between Eurasia and America?

Posted by: bevin | Jan 31 2019 17:40 utc | 169

Robert Snefjella@124
I'm sure that you are right about Brazil's volatility. the problem is that three successive election victories by the PT led to nothing when the commodity boom collapsed-nothing had really changed underneath, the cops were still murderers, the economy was still dominated by predatory capitalists, the military was still a law to itself and the judiciary remained, even after Lula and Dilma's appointments, basically unchanged, a tool of the oligarchs. And Congress was still dominated, as it had been throughout the PT's Presidencies, by thieves and local machines (thieves). This meant that though nominally in charge, the PT President had to compromise (and grease wheels) to get legislation passed. Which meant that no real changes were possible because they would have threatened the basis of the power of the politicians in Congress.
The situation is superbly summed up by Perry Anderson in the latest London Review Of Books- from which "my" insights come!

Posted by: bevin | Jan 31 2019 17:53 utc | 170


Thanks. I understand better your point. In terms of commercial links with other countries, China (primarily) and Russia pose a threat - if only because they offer an alternative to economic domination by the Empire.

But I don't think either side will "pull back" except as a short-term tactical retreat or feint. China and Russia will do what they can to help Venezuela and other countries and USA will continue to pressure China and Russia in every possible country/venue.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 31 2019 18:33 utc | 171

Bevin I stand corrected. Taiwanese company. My point regarding Trump and Walker still stands. I agree they are sleazy. Obviously, so is Foxconn. Thanks for pointing out my mistake.

Posted by: donkeytale | Jan 31 2019 19:45 utc | 172

Greetings from Finland.

My name is Aatolva, a girl’s name which in Finnish origin means: Old wolf. If you read my comment below, then you’ll understand why this is a good name for me

I'm blonde and have long hair in braids and I often wear the traditional Finnish folk dance dress

On a recent trip to Germany I was stopped by the police and questioned about my political views

Afterwards I started searching online and found the following article, and now I know understand why the German police questioned me

Germany: A Guide to Spotting "Nazi" Children

Excerpt from article: “60-page advice brochure for German kindergartens instructs teachers on how to identify and deal with children from "far-right" families.”

Comment: Whatever remains of the nation of Germany has its share of problems, from a massive invasion of fighting age immigrants to a culture of spiritual ugliness and degeneracy reminiscent of the Wiemar era, to a (((criminal government))) that, for reasons unknown, still enjoys popular support with much of the doomed indigenous population.

But worst of all, of course, is the long shadow of "nazzee" evil, ready to return at any moment, even as your typical German slouches toward the semitic mass grave.

Yes, we must be alert for signs of Hitlerism and fortunately we now have helpful guidelines for spotting National Socialist tendencies in school children.

Excerpt from article: "The guide is designed to help the kindergarten staff to detect and deal with children from far-right families in the wake of the "significant increase in the right-wing populist movements" in Germany, the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Franziska Giffey wrote in the brochure's introduction."

Comment: Let's not examine why these movements are rapidly gaining ground in Europe or try to understand why the average German suddenly isn't eager to see their own nation passed through the flames to the kosher Moloch. No, let's just keep locking people up for Crime Speech, this will solve everything.

Excerpt from article: "It offers advice on how to act in various scenarios. For example, what to do if a child draws swastikas in kindergarten and says it is "a good thing" at home."

Comment: LOL. If little Hans is drawing swastikas (correctly, even!) and talking about "the ultimate race war," maybe you should go get a kommissar. 

Excerpt: "Teachers are advised to be on the lookout for gender roles, too. It should be made clear "to what extent authoritarian and gender-stereotyped parenting styles limit the possibilities of children and complicate their development," the manual says.

Comment: "Normal healthy behavior is bad!" declares a pamphlet from the final days of a dying land.

Excerpt: One of such signs is described as: "The girl wears dresses and braids, she is directed to do house work at home, while the boy faces strong physical challenges and drills."

Comment: Any display of ancient traditions, strength or sanity must be punished.

Excerpt: "Teachers are advised to hold face-to-face conversations with the parents in such cases."

Comment: I'd like to ask you to come with me to Room 101...

Excerpt: "The critics argue that the well-meaning brochure encourages teachers to spy on children's parents, which would resemble the bitter atmosphere of the pre-reunification socialist East Germany."

Comment: "Well-meaning." No, really. This semitic venom directed at children in kindergarten had really good intentions for the shkotzim, you can be sure of that.

Excerpt: "We live in a free country. We shouldn't let the teachers to examine and correct the political views of the parents."

Comment: Muh free country. Sure, we imprison people for questioning Soviet propaganda from Europe's Second Suicide Attempt, but trust me, we have lots of rights that fell off the jewish plate to us, the dogs.

Excerpt: "The basic principle is: it is not the task of the state to check on how parents live and what they think," the Family Ministry explained, but instead the manual's goal is to merely help the staff in tackling xenophobia.

Comment: We just want to put this rat helmet on your child. You know, to stop "xenophobia."

Full article:

'Dresses & braids?' German manual shows how to detect 'far-right' KIDS in kindergartens

Posted by: Aatolva | Jan 31 2019 20:55 utc | 173

@ bevin | Jan 31, 2019 12:53:11 PM | 170 Thanks much for that reference: Perry Anderson's fascinating tour de intellect of the Brazilian political melee. "...egoism and opportunism accounting for more than any other ism."

At least their politics is not boring, thus not committing Voltaire's 'greatest sin'. Maybe I'm daft, but I came away from reading it slightly buoyed; for all its madness Brazil comes across as being a wild ferment capable of even pleasant surprises.

Posted by: Robert Snefjella | Jan 31 2019 21:22 utc | 174

Democracy was "invented" to trick the proletariat into thinking they had some control over those who rule .Seems many here do not yet understand that. Do you think that they will relinquish their control because we "vote" them out. Do you think we will be allowed to "vote" them out?

Posted by: The cycnic | Jan 31 2019 22:00 utc | 175

In this otherwise important article: How Russia-gate Rationalized Censorship, Joe Lauria makes a terrible mistake when he writes:

Part of this Russia-gate groupthink stems from the outrage – and even shame – that many Americans feel about Trump’s election. They want to find an explanation that doesn’t lay the blame on the U.S. citizenry or America’s current dysfunctional political/media process. It’s much more reassuring, in a way, to blame some foreign adversary while also discrediting Trump’s legitimacy as the elected president. That leaves open some hope that his election might somehow be negated.
IMO Russia-gate is a false narrative "psyop" that has been fostered on the American people by a media establishment that is in bed with the political establishment. The media bang on the Russia-gate drum at every opportunity. They've used every possible trick to convince the people that Russia is malevolent, and that Russian meddling and influence on Trump is real.

Strangely, I believe that in the article Lauria actually does a good job debunking what he wrote in this paragraph. But I think it was a mistake to give this excuse - an excuse which builds on bigger lies: 1) that MSM is neutral, 2) that US is a democracy, etc.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 1 2019 5:47 utc | 176

Big news on Russian gas and Ukraine

Announcement today, Turkstream gas pipe is all systems go both in Bulgaria and Serbia. Huge sigh of relief head in southern/central Europe whilst knashing of teeth heard in DC and sobbing in Kiev.

add this to front of link https


Also announced today is that Nordstream 2 is on target to fill with gas in November. The combination means that the EU will be able to get all its gas without Ukraine's pipeline system.

This makes the US move on Ukraine back in 2014 a bigger disaster for Ukrainians. They lost Crimea and now gas transit fees.

Posted by: JohninMK | Feb 1 2019 13:29 utc | 177

Robert S. @ 133, maybe I should read that book? Thx for the quotes.

Heh, we should recall that Manufacturing Consent was (afaik, imho) almost entirely written by Herman, who is the first author. I once saw Chomsky freeze up when a peon in the audience asked him about 9/11.. seeing his Xtreme disarray in RL was gripping. He didn’t expect it, he was floored, and it showed, it was excruciating, one of those moments, :) or :(

.. Hedges and Noam are incredibly popular in France, the most pop. US ‘intellectuals’ at present imho. They have no equivalent in F, and smartly fit the ‘leftist’ gloss, while encouraging the trad. love and admiration of the US, upped by the fact that Trump is to be loathed in the same measure that Obama was adored.

Posted by: Noirette | Feb 1 2019 15:55 utc | 178

We need fewer Whites in everything. Whites are bad and need to be eliminated. It's hard to imagine statements more accurately reflecting the beliefs of the jewish wire-puller aggressively campaigning for our destruction.

Simply being a Person Without Color is becoming a crime, something shameful. Our only acceptable depiction is as criminals, scumbags and "racists" in kosher fantasy. Showing happy Whites in their European homeland, for example, is automatically bad. They want us dead.

They're not even trying to hide it anymore. If you're not a Nationalist you're either an idiot or benefiting from the rot in the short term; no one can plausibly claim ignorance any more.

Posted by: anonym | Feb 1 2019 23:54 utc | 179

thirty years ago, jp was the 'threat'.

The book 'jp as no 1' sent a shock wave thru the 5lies, pax murikka was going to be usurped by those slit eye orientals..

Time to take jp down a few notches.
Toshiba, jp's top chip fabricating outfit, was targeted for the take down.
Its crime,.....violating US embargo of high tech to USSR.

The punishment was designed to kill.
fOR this, two Toshiba officials were slapped with a 10 years jail term.
Toshiba's factory in US was ordered to shut down.
Toshiba exports to US subject to 100% tariff.
Toshiba was not allowed to export to 14 countries.
Toshiba was fined an astronomical sum.
Toshiba CEO forced to resign.
Last but not least, Toshiba was required to share its state of art chip technology unconditionally with USA.

Toshiba never recovered from that blow.
So was jp.

Today's talk is China as no 1.
Huawei is the crown jewel of China's emerging high tech industry .

Huawei is our no 1 threat.
Trump sez,
China is our no 1 threat.

Its the jp/Toshiba saga all over again.

Forget about all these B.S. of potential security risk.

Its still the George Kennan doctrine at work....
We brook no peer competitor

Posted by: denk | Feb 2 2019 16:26 utc | 180

A former parking valet at a hospital in Wisconsin has been charged with the murder of a nurse who was found frozen and bleeding underneath a vehicle last Tuesday.

Kenneth Freeman, a 27 year old African American, of Milwaukee, has been charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide for the murder of 33-year-old Carlie Beaudin who was found in the parking structure of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Friday.

Under a vehicle a White women freezes, bleeds and dies.

Court documents obtained by Fox News alleged that Freeman crept up on Beaudin as she was walking to her car and knocked her to the ground.

Prosecutors then claim Freeman then kicked and stomped on her head and neck "almost 40 times"

Beaudin's body was then dragged out of the camera's view towards her own car.

After being taken into custody and discovered with the nurse's purse, Freeman later told authorities in a statement he said "he deliberately and purely murdered" her.

Comment: You're making it really hard for your (((attorney))) to paint this premeditated and horrific murder as a "non-violent drug offense."

Be sure to watch the Big Game this weekend! Spend money and chase materialism. Use narcotics. Everything is fine.

Posted by: anon6211219156 | Feb 3 2019 4:31 utc | 181

Breaking news: “A Nigerian national stabbed a 62-year-old wheelchair-bound woman more than 100 times, leaving her partially disemboweled, court documentsobtained by WISN 12 NEWS show.

Kehinde Afolayan, 31, was charged Tuesday with one count of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the Friday attack.

If convicted of the felony charge, he faces up to life in prison.

Comment: “We're all equal. Intelligence differences aren't supported by science. Jay-sus wants Africans in your home. This is merely a White with darker skin color caused by climate. Once we demonstrate our weakness and cowardice, they should start behaving. We hold these truths to be self-evident...”

Breaking: “The charging document says a witness peered through a window of the apartment on Clarke Avenue after being alerted by his sister to a commotion inside and saw Afolayan stab Deborah Lynch as she sat in her wheelchair.

Officers arrested Afolayan at the apartment after finding him holding a blood-covered undershirt. Investigators said they found three bloody knives in and near the building, one of which was missing the blade.

Afolayan's Federal Republic of Nigeria identification card was found in the living room, a search warrant said.

Comment: The most "America in 2019" sentence you could ask for, all that's missing is our other holy sacrament, sodomy.

Breaking: “Police said they were unable to interview Afolayan because he was not communicative, not even providing his name. He was, however, uttering statements such as, "Jesus forgives me."

Comment: Afolayan has definitely absorbed the core message of the Evanjellyfish Prog Church.

Breaking: “A medical examiner said Lynch received 116 stabs wounds, most of which were to the chest and abdomen.”

Comment: The blood that was shed for you and for all, so the endless shrieks of"racism" might stop for a few seconds before resuming, louder than ever.

The victims' Church made the following statement: We at the Oak Creek Slaves of the Jew, er, I mean the Oak Creek Assembly of God, are shocked and deeply saddened by [the horrific murder of victim number 51795214]. She listened to every single crazy thing we said, obviously.

Full story

Nigerian national accused of stabbing wheelchair-bound South Milwaukee woman 116 times

Posted by: anon6211219156 | Feb 3 2019 5:35 utc | 182

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