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March 24, 2019

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-16

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama:

They don't even hide their evilness: US official says cumulative sanctions have Venezuela in a "Darth Vader" style grip around the throat

The EU gave May two extra week to get her deal or something else through parliament. The next thing she did then was to postpone the vote for another week. Brussels will remember that when her next delay request comes in. Her attempts to run out the time to put parliament under pressure might well have catastrophic consequences.

Members of May's cabinet seem to plot a coup against her. Her potential replacement is Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, who is a remainer. How is that supposed to work?

Jonathan Pie with a wonderful rant: Brexit: What's the f**k is going on? (vid)

Druze in Golan Heights Protest Trump's Call for Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty

Elijah Magnier - The occupied Golan Heights is offered to Israel and yet the indignation is verbal, nothing more

Matt Taibbi - It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD:

Stories have been coming out for some time now hinting Mueller’s final report might leave audiences “disappointed,” as if a President not being a foreign spy could somehow be bad news.

The Russiagaters won't give up. They are not only moving the goalposts, but the whole stadium.

Cenk Uygur @cenkuygur - 22:48 utc- 22 Mar 2019
Let me be clear before we find out what’s in #MuellerReport, my contention has been that the collusion was after the election. I’ve said countless times that I don’t care about tweets sent during election. Hope Mueller investigated connections to Russia before & after election.
Cenk Uygur @cenkuygur - 12:03 utc - 23 Mar 2019
It means @realDonaldTrump has very likely been helping the Russians get money out of Russia for decades. And after the election they call in their favors. That doesn’t mean they rigged the election but it does mean Trump is doing favors for them. I’ve said this countless times.

The collusion to help Trump win the election was after the election? Trump helped(!) Russians to move money and they(!) are now making demands? What's the logic with that? And what are the favors?

Use as open thread ...

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Zachary Smith
Wow, thank you for making me aware of Palestine The Reality. I'm reading a download from my link @192. I'm only 4 chapters in and I've never read anything on this subject from that era, it's an entirely new dimension for me.

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 27 2019 17:54 utc | 201

I wonder if b and some of the German readers of this blog could get together and do an unofficial translation of Udo Ulfkotte's book?

I should think this would be very important work to do if one is seriously interested in changing the world for better.

Posted by: Non-German Speaker | Mar 27 2019 17:57 utc | 202

P.S. Surprised no one has so far. Could the impact be any greater than "Confessions of an Economic Hitman?"

Posted by: Non-German Speaker | Mar 27 2019 17:58 utc | 203

@ peter and karlof1... the usa dictating what relationships russia can or can't have with other countries is hilarious... kind of reminds me of parents telling their kids who they can, or can't be with... the usa trying to pull this on russia is fascinating..

@203 non-german speaker... confessions of an economic hitman is a great book! i picked up a copy in a 2nd hand book shop in trieste last fall.. tell me about this udo ulfkottes book... i am unfamiliar with it.. thanks..

Posted by: james | Mar 27 2019 18:08 utc | 204

Karlof1
I hate it when that happens! I've lost some comments too. It's frustrating.
I can take it as a positive sign that more and more people are really wanting the things that Bernie and AOC are promising, but I have absolutely no faith in either of them actually delivering. Medicare for All is,to me, already a compromise on single payer, and it's never a good sign when someone begins from a compromised position. I think the Green New Deal will most likely be another corporate giveaway. But I take your point.
Part of the problem I have with watching videos on my phone is that it eats up too much data, and I'm not on an unlimited plan. I should probably just get a home connection, and this might sound weird but I've been avoiding that because I'm kind of a sci-fi junkie and I don't want to get caught up in binge watching stuff. I should just practice some self control, but I'm weak. Lol.
Thank you, I do appreciate your input and info.

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 27 2019 18:13 utc | 205

@186 mourning dove

In this case, perhaps there is more of a thin line between indictment and understanding than you perceive.

Why has this book have yet to be translated? What is the fear of those who would seek to keep it away from consumption?

Things that are verboten have the most powerful allure. Do they not know that tying to hide the truth, they risk knotting themselves up so much so that in their end their guilt will be in no great doubt as we are presented with the already bound criminals?

Just as Jews must unhitch their wagon from the Zionists, so too do Christians need to unhitch their perception of Russia and the Bolsheviks.

Posted by: Nemesiscalling | Mar 27 2019 18:19 utc | 206

Karlof1
I had meant to reply earlier to your comment regarding the Depression. I did read The Grapes of Wrath as a teenager while I was living with my grandparents who had lived through it. It's always been an interesting subject for me. I take your point that there wasn't an economic theory yet or any precedent. From what I understand, Hoover was adamantly opposed to using the government to do what he considered charity work. That was the job of churches and private organizations. I hadn't heard before that the idea for the New Deal came from Mark Twain, but it doesn't surprise me, he was very politically active.

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 27 2019 18:22 utc | 207

Nemesiscalling
Don't get me wrong, I think it's inexcusable that the book hasn't been translated into English and I have no doubt that Zionists have suppressed it, and that is inexcusable as well. No group should have that kind of power.
I read the small part that is available and many of the claims that Anon made are not in the official translation. I had asked for links but received no reply.

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 27 2019 18:36 utc | 208

james-

As I don't speak enough German to read an adult level book, all I know is what I've read of it on the web. The topic and his subsequent "suiciding" certainly pique my interest.

mourning dove-

Its easy to get an ancient but working laptop for free, or almost so. Replacement batteries run about $10. Find a place with free internet (library, McDonalds, etc.) and do your downloading there.

A free program like 4k video to mp3 will separate the audio from the video for later listening while you do your housework.

Posted by: Non-German Speaker | Mar 27 2019 19:12 utc | 209

P.S.

Where is the outcry about suppressed/censored books in America from all the free speech, Democracy, open internet, etc. organizations and activists?

Ho hum...

Posted by: Non-German Speaker | Mar 27 2019 19:17 utc | 210

mourning dove @205--

The wife and I waited a month to read the full text of HR 1384 to see how it impacts her position with our county's Health & Human Services division, and I see it's finally been provided almost a month after its introduction in the House. At 120 pages, it requires several close readings. It promises to be much better than the current status quo.

There's a narrative that tells a tale of the impetus to better the human condition within the USA having exhausted itself at the end of WW2 which is supposedly exemplified by the difficulty in passing the 1946 Full Employment Act, deemed as the final piece of New Deal Legislation. However, my investigations show no such tiring on the part of the public, only enthusiasm for more. We do know of the great fear within the elite of a regression to Depression Era maladies and their general distrust of Keynesian economic theory which was unknowingly put into practice during WW2. Complicating matters was elite distrust in the fledgling UN and the great constraints placed on traditional US unilateral behavior by the UN Charter. Quick fixes were deemed necessary beginning with Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech swiftly followed by 1947's National Security Act that created the CIA and other undemocratic entities. At the same time a revolt of sorts was being fomented in the Southern tier of states aimed at putting Blacks back in their place after their gains during WW2, and so began the primary underlying feature of the USA's Culture Wars. Unfortunately, the immediate post-war years get little scrutiny in standard US history texts and classes at all educational levels making the seemingly sudden appearance of McCarthyism and the onset of the Anti-Communist Crusade hard to understand. The fundamental point being that the coming together of the citizenry to uplift themselves during the Depression and unite to defeat the Axis powers needed to be diluted as too much democracy was seen to be happening with more demands soon to appear. Henry Wallace's 1948 Progressive Party Campaign provides excellent evidence for that judgment along with the measures Truman employed to win.

Sure, as an historian, I'm biased about the importance of knowing the past. But when it comes to answering the Why question, there's no substitute as the How we got to this juncture needs to be explained to properly choose the correct future path: You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been is a longstanding adage. Socrates's maxim was The unexamined life is not worth living; and when faced with a future that denied him the right to examine things, he chose death--which is also why I believe Hemingway killed himself. So keep questing for knowledge as it's far more productive than watching canned TV programming or so-called news networks spouting narratives designed to control, not liberate.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2019 19:23 utc | 211

Non-German Speaker
Funny you mention that. I have an ancient but working laptop that I got from FreeGeek, a Portland, Oregon group that refurbishes used, donated laptops. It wasn't free, but it was very cheap. I do that sometimes, taking it to the library to download stuff. I haven't been as much lately, but when it gets a little warmer it's a lot easier to get out.
I'm using Linux, but I'll look for a similar program. I hadn't thought of that before. For when I'm doing my housework. Lol
Thanks 😊

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 27 2019 20:48 utc | 212

Karlof1
I'd rather be learning something than being propagandized, definitely. And I kinda think it's all propaganda as far as television and movies go. At least for the most part. I do enjoy good documentaries though, but even in that category, there is a lot of propaganda.

About Medicare For All, I'm sure it is something of an improvement, but that's not really saying much given the disastrous state of our health care system. The insurance industry is the big problem so without really eliminating that problem, the system can't really be repaired, only "improved". I'm curious, since you've read it, does it address Medicare's inability to seek competitive bids for equipment and the like? That dynamic creates so much wasteful spending. Medicare pays up to 10 times the actual value of things like equipment, and it only benefits the insurance industry. A $40 nebulizer costs Medicare about $400. It's obscene. I could give numerous other examples.
Thanks, as always, for your comments.

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 27 2019 21:03 utc | 213

@ james #204

Do you mean this one?

Gekaufte Journalisten (German)

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 27 2019 21:14 utc | 214

moiurning dove @207--

The term "new deal" came from Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Twain died in 1910. A little known fact is he wrote his autobiography and had its publishing delayed until 100 years after his death, and in 2010 it became a bestseller. Much can be learned by reading his works and following his own transformation as a person, particularly his view of American Exceptionalism and Imperialism.

I see from your other comments that you do have a nearby library and a laptop you can download ebooks unto. Here are a few links to online book sources, https://archive.org/ http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page and http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/ The best source for very inexpensive used books I've found is https://www.alibris.com/ A number of the presidential libraries have their materials online as are lots of important and unimportant federal government documents, including all treaties. I hope you'll find these useful accompaniments as you travel through life!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2019 21:32 utc | 215

@ non german speaker... thanks..

@214 zachery... i think that is probably it, by the looks of it... i am now more curious... thanks..

Posted by: james | Mar 27 2019 21:45 utc | 216

mourning dove @213--

Well, I said I just discovered the bill's publication as it wasn't available upon its being introduced--it took the government printing house almost a month to generate print and electronic copies of the proposal; so, I can't answer your question as yet. You'll have noted that Bernie now says that if the private for profit insurance companies need to be thrown under the bus to get efficient low-cost healthcare to all Americans, then so-be-it! I dealt extensively with Medicare while caring for my Alzheimer's afflicted mother, so we could easily swap stories about its inefficiencies, which is one of the reasons I want to read the proposed bill.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 27 2019 21:50 utc | 217

Karlof1,

I know that Mark Twain was an outspoken critic of imperialism, but I haven't read A Connecticut Yankee. I'll make a point of it now though. Interesting.

I don't put too much stock in what Bernie says, but I'd love to be proven wrong. I have to wonder though, if that's how he really feels, why not be pushing for single payer? That seems inconsistent to me. I would really appreciate it if you follow up with me about that issue though, after you've had the chance to read it.

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 27 2019 22:44 utc | 218

Karlof1
I forgot to thank you for the links. Text is really easy for me to download on my phone then transfer to my laptop for reading, videos not so much. They usually fail before completing.

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 27 2019 22:55 utc | 219

Peter AU 1 @197 (et alia):

The laugh-because-I-dare-not-cry funniest thing to me about the absurd posturing of the country I live in is the reaction of Marco Rubio. In his Monday morning tweet on the situation (as accurately reported by VenezuelAnalysis), the Senator from the Monroe Doctrine "called the presence of Russian troops on Venezuelan soil a 'direct threat' to US national security" (!).

https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/14402

Posted by: John Anthony La Pietra | Mar 27 2019 23:07 utc | 220

Gillets Jaune / Yellow Vests

Seems Macron is trying to stomp out GJ/YV prior to May Day. May will mark the 51st anniversary of the 1968 protests.

Will we see GJ/YV spread to more countries on May Day?

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 27 2019 23:34 utc | 221

Code Pink Rates 2020 Candidates on War & Peace in a compilation that's good but not complete. For example, Sanders's echoing Trump on Maduro and the regime change war is omitted; so, the reader must be aware of similar omissions for other candidates. Otherwise, I found the overview to be good and liked the very focused conclusion:

"We are calling for this debate most of all because we mourn the millions of people being killed by our country's wars and we want the killing to stop. If you have other priorities, we understand and respect that. But unless and until we address militarism and all the money it sucks out of our national coffers, it may well prove impossible to solve the other very serious problems facing the United States and the world in the 21st century." [My Emphasis]

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2019 0:00 utc | 222

Thanks to karlof1 for the CodePink link. I gave up on CommonDreams after the 2nd or 3rd renewal of my suspension from the Commons posting section for literally no stated reason but "Because". (I'm sure asking what happened to an announced but quietly disappeared early-fall round of Presidential preference polling, after Jill Stein had shown signs of catching up with Bernie Sanders the time before, had nothing to do with that....)

I'm glad to see at least one mention of the Green Party in the article, and several in the comments, though I wish the current crop of Green candidates had been covered too.

Posted by: John Anthony La Pietra | Mar 28 2019 0:29 utc | 223

Thanks to karlof1 for the CodePink link. I gave up on CommonDreams after the 2nd or 3rd renewal of my suspension from the Commons posting section for literally no stated reason but "Because". (I'm sure asking what happened to an announced but quietly disappeared early-fall round of Presidential preference polling, after Jill Stein had shown signs of catching up with Bernie Sanders the time before, had nothing to do with that....)

I'm glad to see at least one mention of the Green Party in the article, and several in the comments, though I wish the current crop of Green candidates had been covered too.

Posted by: John Anthony La Pietra | Mar 28 2019 0:29 utc | 224

John Anthony La Pietra @223-224--

Thanks for the kudos! I once was a rather prolific commentator at CD until I was banished for 157 years during the 2016 campaign. My moniker was EnemyofWar.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2019 0:46 utc | 225

The link below shows that China is standing up and starting to take control of the geo-political narrative.

Xi outlines 4-pronged proposal on global governance

This is a highly suggested read because it sets the ground for international discussion......China is stepping up, IMO

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 28 2019 5:44 utc | 226

Commiserations, karlof1. I wasn't exactly prolific on CD as jalp, but I was active until the fairly late stages of that same 2016 campaign.

(I don't know how I managed to repeat post #223 in one second as #224, but I certainly authorize our good host to trim down to one copy.)

Posted by: John Anthony La Pietra | Mar 28 2019 12:51 utc | 227

If you thought Marco Rubio was bad, he's just become evil:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has hinted the worst is yet to come, tweeting that Venezuela will soon "enter a period of suffering no nation in our hemisphere has confronted in modern history."
I'd like to see him go through a period of such suffering. Perhaps the Democrats will call for his prosecution for war crimes and he'll be placed in solitary confinement in a Supermax.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Mar 28 2019 13:25 utc | 228

Two interesting articles over at the NY Times magazine.

The first is about the CLT (Common Launch Tube) which although it's not really a new idea, allows the U.S. military to weaponize any aircraft. How long before the morons in the Pentagon decide to install a remote-controlled or autonomous one in a civilian airliner to carry out a secret op against a high-value target? With extended range standoff weapons, the Pentagon could strike miles away from the flight path of the civilian aircraft.

The second is about the setting up of "the committee tasked with drafting the new Democratic Party platform" back in 2016. This explains why anyone you thinks Trump is much more pro-Israel than Clinton would have been as president is an idiot.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Mar 28 2019 13:25 utc | 229

Ghost Ship@229
That bit about Jerusalem surprised me, in the second article you linked. It would be interesting to find out if a similar position had been adopted by previous committees. Still, I can't imagine that HRC would have moved the embassy to Jerusalem or would have recognized the Golan as belonging to Israel. I personally can't stand either one of them, and I'm not defending Clinton, but I just can't see it.

Posted by: mourning dove | Mar 28 2019 15:00 utc | 230

psychohistorian @226--

Thanks much for providing that link! China isn't just "stepping up," it's thrown down the gauntlet by indirectly challenging the entire unilateral behavior spectrum belonging to the Outlaw US Empire:

"It is advisable to uphold a new vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, discard Cold-War and zero-sum mentalities, reject the law of the jungle, and settle conflicts through peaceful ways, he said.

"He also called for rejecting such approaches as beggaring thy neighbor and seeking benefits at the expense of others." {My Emphasis]

That Merkel, Macron and Juncker agreed with Xi added additional force to the throwing of the gauntlet. I'm somewhat surprised Pepe Escobar didn't link to that report in his recap of the meeting. On the important point of Multilateralism, Pepe chose to cite Merkel's remark:

"Merkel, predictably, was careful to hedge to the hilt: 'The triangle between EU, China and US is very important. Without the US, we will not be able to have multilateralism.'"

Of course, the Neocon team running the Outlaw US Empire doesn't want to have anything to do with Multilateralism or Win-Winism as they're dead-set in trying to build their neofeudalistic system by constructing a modern version of the Divine Right of Kings. IMO Putin and Xi understand that the Outlaw US Empire must be tamed and made to accept the multilateral framework that was put into place via the UN Charter in 1945, but it's not clear if the EU 3 also see that necessity, although they did agree in principle with Xi. That China has forcefully declared that no nation owns the Western Hemisphere is a direct challenge to the neocons and announces China's solidarity with Russia in case it hadn't entered the neocon's extra thick skulls.


Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 28 2019 16:30 utc | 231

Brazil needs to be kicked out of BRICS. Bolsanaro is Zionist and can't be trusted. There is something fishy about his election win. Netanyahu was the first foreign leader to run over to Brazil to shake Bolsanaro's hand. Whatsapp was used to heavily influence the vote. Whatsapp is owned by Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg also helped Zionist Trump get elected. Like Trump closed the Palestinian diplomatic office in D.C., so too Bolsanaro closed same in Brasilia. Bolsanaro is also moving to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli territory and has not stopped undermining the cause of Palestinians since he took office. Bolsanaro is also on Trump's page regarding Venezuela. Precise parallels can be drawn between Bolsanaro's and Trump's Zionist influenced foreign policy. Was Bolsanaro helped by the same masters who installed Trump? Absolutely! I think he was installed not only to promote the cause of Zionism but to BREAK UP BRICS or report back whatever measures BRICS adopt to counter AZ hegemony.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 28 2019 16:50 utc | 232

@circe... i wanted to tell you that after reading your comments on that last thread, i am revising my comment about you being a one trick pony... clearly you are willing and quite capable of talking about more then just zionism-israel-trump 24/7.. that was refreshing to see!

for anyone who wants a laugh - this is hilarious.. hitler finds out the mueller investigation is over...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cVsmuxOj28

Posted by: james | Mar 28 2019 18:23 utc | 233

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