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July 28, 2019

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-43

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Peace in Ukraine? - The friends and foes of a Kiev-Moscow settlement - The Nation
There are rumors that the U.S. attempts to block the person President Volodymyr Zelensky selected as new prime minister.

The Two Jacobs - James Meek on Post-Brexit Britain - LRB
Brexit, Britain and the Permanent Crisis in the Gulf - Patrick Cockburn- Counterpunch

Other issues:

Craig Murray worked on the laws of the sea. He calls the British heist of an Iran tanker illegal:
Tanker Seizures and the Threat to the Global Economy from Resurgent Imperialism

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on July 28, 2019 at 19:08 UTC | Permalink

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SteveK9 @84:So, we have to keep supporting alternatives ...

Democracy Works! advocates insist that we have a democratic choice and even if the choice is flawed, they tell us, we must make use of it. They then proceed to focus on what they say is the best candidate ...

But most, if not all, of the duopoly candidates are establishment cut-outs and stooges. What we think of as the "better" candidates are often sheepdogs or window dressing (they won't get funding and/or will get relentlessly attacked by other candidates or the press).

Our democracy isn't broken, it's fixed. Money-based politics and controlled media = what's called "managed democracy" aka "the illusion of democracy".

"Democracy Works!" advocates and mainstream media's hyper-focus on the election farce distract from real alternatives like direct democracy. That is by design!

Environmental fanatics ...

We might learn something from these "fanatics". They have long distrusted the political system because they know that it works for the establishment of which Big Oil is a part.

Environmentalists are not content to simply vote - they demonstrate. They make a nuisance. They chain themselves to fences. Etc.

If only people cared about democracy as much as these environmentalists care about the planet.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jul 30 2019 16:21 utc | 101

"Environmental fanatics: The two essential factors in preserving Earth's ecosystem are: 1) limit to human population ... 2) widespread, near total replacement of fossil energy use by nuclear power, which can easily be made to have virtually zero environmental impact, while allowing a high standard of living for Earth's entire population.

Posted by: SteveK9 | Jul 30 2019 13:33 utc | 84

Nuclear Fantasies: Here is a link to a brief video showing part of the prodigious, neat but fraying effort by the Japanese to extract from the environment and contain a very small part of contamination of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe:

The real financial costs of nuclear energy, the health dangers, the societal implications including dangers and ethical shortcomings, military implications, and general environmental dangers need to be taken into honest and informed account.

We have been and are doing a lot of stupid things that could be discontinued with general benefit, and there are a lot of smart things we aren't doing enough of, if at all, and should and could be doing. More nuclear is more stupidity.

Posted by: Robert Snefjella | Jul 30 2019 16:23 utc | 102

"Chairman Cummings issued the following statement:

“Today’s report reveals new and extensive evidence that corroborates Committee whistleblowers and exposes how corporate and foreign interests are using their unique access to advocate for the transfer of U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. The American people deserve to know the facts about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s personal friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”"

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Posted by: arby | Jul 30 2019 16:29 utc | 103

Iranian ships detained by Brazil loaded, refueled, and now retuning to Iran thanks to what I assume was some intense dialog by Lavrov to Brazil during BRICS Minister's Meeting just held there.

And in case you missed it as is quite likely, here's the joint statement, pdf issued following the BRICS Foreign Minister's Meeting. BRICS is far from being dead or weakened because of Bolsonaro as some presumed. This excerpt shows the usual dedication to International Law and Multilateralism:

"The Ministers reaffirmed the commitment to upholding and respecting international law and to an international system in which sovereign States cooperate to maintain peace and security, advance sustainable development and ensure the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. They underlined support for multilateralism and the central role of the UN in international affairs, and the commitment to uphold the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. They reiterated the urgent need to strengthen and reform the multilateral system, including the UN, the WTO, the IMF, and other international organizations. The international system, including international organizations, in particular the United Nations, which Ministers stressed must be driven by Member States, should promote the interests of all. The Ministers reaffirmed the commitment to the principles of mutual respect, sovereign equality, democracy, inclusiveness and strengthened collaboration, and to build a brighter shared future for the global community through mutually beneficial cooperation. To this end, international governance should be more inclusive, representative and participatory."

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 30 2019 16:43 utc | 104

Interesting mantra Zarif employs today: "Diplomacy=prudence; never weakness," while also reminding Trump of the inferior position he's in: "For millennia, Iranians have outlasted every aggressor;" and whispering in his ear the wastage of himself and his predecessors: "the US has spent $7 trillion & rivers of blood in our region, in its biggest failure since Vietnam."

Saudis having second thoughts about war with Iran. Apparently, Saudi is treating Hajj pilgrims from Iran much better that in years past after Khamenei made an issue of that a few weeks ago. Other hints in article.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 30 2019 17:11 utc | 105

Partisangirl calls out Dershowitz for his very lame reasoning:

"I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument I offered in my controversial oped: if a 16 year old has the constitutional right to have an abortion without state or parental interference, how could she not have the constitutional right to engage in consensual sex?"

Birdbrain Dershowitz--a 16 year-old girl can have consensual sex with other minors under 18 years of age. There's nothing Constitutional involved you dolt! The issue is an adult having sex of any sort with a minor--gender isn't an issue either. Dershowitz's argument's with those who made the current laws decades ago; and until those laws are changed, Dershowitz and everyone else within the Outlaw US Empire are bound by them. Wow! Some law expert.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 30 2019 17:23 utc | 106

@ Noirette 94

From both sides there is the notion of control. From the right it is "to attract talent", they want to tailor access to nationality as a privilege they control. This is very establishment "church of UK" modernist cosmopolitan ideal dressing up control of UK identity and introduction of population management as acceptable. It is not nationalist or patriotic but globalist in essence. Gove suggested handing out 3 million passports to EU nationals for example, and he is quite far right. What May did was talk against migration and do nothing, that is just screwed up, as is the hostile environment we hear about, as is UK nationality law . I know about this and Whitehall attitudes (including under May and her half changes) because we are caught up (out) in this due to double descent law, I also know the history of UK nationality law well, it is fascinating but not for here and now to discuss. Points system? I don't think people have an in depth understanding of nationality issues and are likely to accept it if it does not cross any red lines, I don't think people are clamouring for it. The left are more for open borders, fine maybe but we are talking nationality and access to subsidy, national wealth and rights, which is something different. You can have open borders but no subsidised incentive to move, other countries do not hand out nationality like this, do not hand out their vote to outside. The average patriot (I think that is the more neutral term used nowadays) is caught in the middle of these two offers of direction, without representation. Modern politicians do not have a proper grasp of the topic themselves, they follow a certain protocol, interests or vision that exists or dominates establishment thinking (which tends to be closer to the right also out of tradition if nothing else, there are sides to the "left" that also fit in nicely with it)

I could talk of France also, but I think you are Switzerland based. The UK direction is likely to be still in the more recent modernist view of nationality, shared in EU, but under much more own control. We will see. This is getting long so I will reply to other parts of your reply in a seperate comment.

Posted by: gzon | Jul 30 2019 17:32 utc | 107

China more popular than Outlaw US Empire in Argentina!

"76 percent held a positive view of China. Furthermore, 54 percent of respondents said that, if necessary, Argentina should seek to prioritise its relationship with China over the United States."

Wonder how citizens of the other South American nations would answer, aside from Venezuela who we know would favor China.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 30 2019 17:50 utc | 108

@ Noirette 94

Yes, the UK has held hands well with EU in general, and it has managed well for itself out of it. EU is more socialist than UK though, the British have a hard irony to their character also which is down to earth and which does not like excess trimmings. The paths separated with the Euro and EU financial control and political management, there the superstate path becomes increasingly evident, and UK has only two choices, to merge with it in subservience or leave. That simple. UK has aligned too far with US as a consequence maybe, enjoying the support of both for position or to balance out. In future it will be obvious when it goes too far in any direction.

For entry into EEC, and I will try to look up links that give full analysis of the event which I have stored... somewhere, the primacy of EU law over UK law was known to be unconstitutional but legal advice by government council stating that was hidden by the then pm. A referendum before entry was abandoned due to (I think) Norway results, and held after entry when an economic upswing was in force. In short the whole sequence was managed and pre-planned without proper consent by the British, and outside of own laws.

I am not pessimistic, I see it as an opportunity to return to some kind of reason, but yes there will be some difficult adjustments. There is no reason the relationship with Europe cannot be simplified and work well for the average person, whether EU or British, or from outside of those.

Posted by: gzon | Jul 30 2019 18:08 utc | 109

@104 karlof1.. thanks for that interesting update on brazil and etc... i was unaware of that...

Posted by: james | Jul 30 2019 18:13 utc | 110

Great news from Brazil that karlof1 @104 reported on! I've been expecting evidence like this that the BRICS project is far from dead despite the empire's lawfare attacks, propaganda operations, and sanction threats.

Just because the empire succeeds in installing the colonial governor of their choice doesn't mean the empire can do as they wish with the target country. Bolsonaro's status in Brazil remains unconsolidated and he is even unable to neutralize Glenn Greenwald, something that previous Brazilian dictators serving the empire would not have had difficulty with.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 30 2019 18:29 utc | 111

@karlof1 | Jul 30 2019 17:50 utc | 108

Wonder how citizens of the other South American nations would answer, aside from Venezuela who we know would favor China.

Uruguay might be split, if asked that question. But it is most obvious that a look at the traffic reveals that the majority of vehicles are of Chinese provenance. Especially the commercial ones. For a long time, FIAT and Volkswagen - both manufactured under license in AR and BR respectively - dominated Uruguayan streets. No more. US vehicles are different from those in the US. They are all very small, something that can't be sold in the US. Because of fuel efficiency. With a 100% import penalty for people, cars like BMW and Mercedes are very rare.

A quick shopping spree also reveals that 95% of consumer goods originate in China. Most everything. What comes from the Eu is painfully expensive and only available in supermarkets catering to the tourists here.

So, yes, the small and proud Nation of Uruguay loves their Chinese connection.

Posted by: nottheonly1 | Jul 30 2019 18:58 utc | 112

nottheonly1 @112--

Thanks for your input! Uruguay is where you're domiciled?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 30 2019 19:39 utc | 113

@ gzon

Please tell me and other MoA barflies how you feel about private versus public finance.

I am getting a real mixed and confusing message reading your schtick and need more data about the underlying message.


Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 30 2019 19:59 utc | 114

Ben Norton's correct:

"These are the faces of some of the 6 Chavista activists who were just murdered in northwest Venezuela.

"If the government executed 6 people with a death squad, we would never hear the end of it. But when right-wing terrorists kill socialists, the corporate media is totally silent."

And why did Twitter deactivate the account of the social movement the murdered 6 were working for?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 30 2019 20:08 utc | 115

Big businesses (and Twitter is in that category) always align themselves with the fascist death squads against socialists. While Twitter's Jack Dorkey likes to utter platitudes about racism and diversity, he is still a crypto-fascist scumbag like Jeff Bezos.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jul 30 2019 20:30 utc | 116

Huge censorship campaign happening at Twitter right now. We need to think of an alternative..

Posted by: Lozion | Jul 30 2019 20:48 utc | 117

Circe, do you actually believe the POTUS gets to decide policies, either foreign or domestic? I, for one, do not. IMO, it's the big money behind the scenes that decide both.

bevin @ 93 said;" There is only one Democrat, among the announced candidates, who can beat Trump and his name is Sanders."

Yep! But, as I've opined many times, that will not happen. The people with mega-money can't allow it...

Posted by: ben | Jul 30 2019 20:53 utc | 118

@ Lozion | Jul 30 2019 20:48 utc | 117

Huge censorship campaign happening at Twitter right now. We need to think of an alternative.

Gab seems to be gaining traction.

Posted by: Ross | Jul 30 2019 21:08 utc | 119

fyi For the 'Nice Canada NOT' File:

How Canada Emerged As A Haven For Ukrainian Nazi Collaborators

"Earlier this month, Canada hosted the third Ukraine Reform Conference, a gathering of diplomats and officials from over 100 countries aimed at bringing Kiev even more directly under the geopolitical and economic domination of the Western imperialist powers. But Canada's intimate alliance with far-right Ukrainian nationalists did not begin in 2014, or even Dec. 1991..."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Jul 30 2019 22:33 utc | 120

@karlof1 | Jul 30 2019 19:39 utc | 113

Thanks for your input! Uruguay is where you're domiciled?

My pleasure. And yes, I will be here for three more month. It was and still is an adventure. Things are really different here - versus the other places I have lived. Unfortunately though, life had once more different plans than my own. First my friend had an accident and then a divorce. Which left me all by myself and that has been tough. Since a while I struggle with pneumonia and cannot be here in the winter time.

As a photo journalist I would like to report on the economic situation here, but that might not be in the spirit of hospitality. Uruguay is experiencing a severe recession and literally every other store has already closed, or is closing. Prices are through the roof for the most elemental items. Especially food and rent. I am very concerned that Uruguay has not taken steps to prepare for the next global economic contraction. People are already suffering and it won't get better the way it is running now.

The country and its people are adorable though. Very friendly still and while the neighboring Nations already experience an uptick in crime, here it is quite 'tranquilo' - as people love to say. It is worth a visit for sure. Just not in the winter time... ;-)

Posted by: nottheonly1 | Jul 30 2019 22:53 utc | 121

@121 nottheonly1.. thanks for the update on uruguay.. very interesting..

Posted by: james | Jul 31 2019 0:06 utc | 122

@ psycho 114

That is a difficult question, a very big question.

Private finance here is defined as the ends that can be obtained to be used for any project by voluntary agreement between individuals of use of own legitimate, recognised as fairly gotvor owned, property or funds.

Public finance is defined as a due to a corporate entity representing the whole which collects funds forcefully, by coercion, or by duplication, by assuming that the original owner of those funds subscribes to whichever political system the associated collective is also assumed to participate in or agree to have installed upon it, where those funds are to be used to the benefit of that collective in one form or another.


This is just to get the definition straight so we don't talk past each other. Obviously we can start with the rightful ownership of property, which is a much deeper philosophical discussion maybe, probably without a clear answer because it revolves around individual perception of claim, something people often fight each other over to decide, something I am not interested in doing here with you over ideology incidentally.

Posted by: gzon | Jul 31 2019 2:04 utc | 123

Wikileaks Innocent!:

"The DNC's lawsuit against WikiLeaks has been dismissed, with the judge noting that the publication of the DNC emails 'is plainly of the type entitled to the strongest protection that the First Amendment offers.'"

Deals a heavy blow to any attempt to prosecute Assange, but the fight's not close to being over.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2019 2:20 utc | 124

If those definitions apply then the short answer is:

The more directly voluntary (in the good and uncoerced sense), the less forcefully and/or deceitfully applied on behalf of the collective, or with the less use of force or coercion or deceit between individuals, the better.

Posted by: gzon | Jul 31 2019 2:26 utc | 125

@ gzon with the response to my question to them about private/public finance

Yes, we differ significantly in our definitions. I am reading Cobbett's "Paper against Gold" which you might want to read to understand about the birth of the City of London Corp and the almost 100 years of money backed by gold and then the turning of that money/specie into fiat money like we have now which is debt because it has no intrinsic value....not saying we have to go back to gold.

My definition of public finance is that which is not private at all but representative of a breadbasket of civilization states specie and includes one or more representations of value such as gold/silver/palladium/etc. In this world there is no private finance, and limits on the ownership of private property (see China) as well as inheritance. Some may accumulate a lot of public money during their lifetimes but in the public finance world the global commons "owns" most everything.

I understand that accepting this may be difficult for you but the question on the global table is socialism or barbarism.

I can only assume from your answer that you prefer barbarism just fine.

Arguments from you about the efficacy of private/public decisions and management will fall on "deaf ears".
And so yes, we can ignore each others comments.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 31 2019 4:12 utc | 126

Further to my comment to gzon

Yes, this will force civilization states to evolve and accept limits on that civilization. The field of Economic Geography will enjoy a resurgence as civilization states continually assess and manage their natural and human resources for the common good.

China has developed, implemented and evolved 13 five-year plans. I studied future planning 40 years ago and know the potential is out there to build a bottom up managed social system based on merit instead of inheritance. There just needs to be the social will to do so.

Socialism or barbarism is really who controls the lifeblood of human interaction, public or private. We have private control of the lifeblood now and it fails to work for the many. China and others find this heinous and are moving to challenge the social disorder it has caused.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 31 2019 4:39 utc | 127

Currency composition of China–Russia trade (export+import):

2018: 75.8% US dollars, 7.3% euros, 5.3% rubles, 11.6% other currencies (including yuan)

2019Q1: 55.6% US dollars, 21.9% euros, 7% rubles, 15.5% other currencies (including yuan)

The growth in ruble and “other” (yuan) transactions is not a true de-dollarization, though, because of low liquidity of ruble–yuan pair (most exchange still happens via US dollar), undeveloped system of ruble and yuan correspondent accounts, and reluctance of private Chinese banks to work with Russian companies due to US sanctions. However, these issues are being gradually resolved.

Posted by: S | Jul 31 2019 6:06 utc | 128

The MSM (except the BBC as the former colonist) are not interested in the Sudanese revolution as much as they were in Tunisia, Egypt, not to mention Syria. Hard no to see a bias against black people.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 31 2019 7:30 utc | 129

Ref Vicky Ward
One must admit that without her efforts, Acosta would still have his job.
The stories published in the Miami Herald last November did not get any attention until she gave it a renewed coverage.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 31 2019 9:36 utc | 130

The 'recruiter' mentioned in the new subpoena is certainly Maxwell. How come she's not in jail yet?

Posted by: Mina | Jul 31 2019 10:13 utc | 131

@ psyco 126

Yes we differ in our understanding and where we place our faith in the evolution of mankind. I am not sure if you are saying the public sphere actually owns finance already but is unfairly managed, and that socialism is the only feasible reply to that.

I agree that precious metals are limited by the fact that an as good as finite supply means a form of monopoly might take place, but on the other hand I don't say that any one form of money be obliged. For some people their word is as good, or if we look at cryptocurrency there is potential, or in Greece private credit systems due to cash shortage.

However the attrocities of the world, to my view, are generally product of public force, the unfairness due to misuse of public power, which is why I view that limiting that as far as possible is essential. I think that the grail of a perfect system is often used abusively, and in fact probably the largest problem we have now are these different oversize public systems in battle with each other. I don't have anything against people following any system, as long as it is not imposed forcefully on others, and yes I know most existing systems have their share of imposition. To say absolute global dominion of a system will avoid conflict is also to deny others choice, and I do not think anyone is in a position to know or decide to that extent. Simpler more organic communities often get by with very little management, and I find them far from barbaric.

State allocation by merit to my view is to put too much power in the hands of outside party, I prefer the people making decisions to be accessible to be subject to the thoughts and criticism of those most directly effected. When a decision apparatus is created that is possibly not answerable corruption often follows.

So we differ, and that is ok as well.

Posted by: gzon | Jul 31 2019 10:15 utc | 132

@ karlof1 104

"Iranian ships detained by Brazil loaded, refueled, and now retuning to Iran"

So glad about this development, didn't have much hope to be honest, but...

"thanks to what I assume was some intense dialog by Lavrov to Brazil during BRICS Minister's Meeting just held there"

I think your assumption is unfounded.

It's not the pompous gibberish in that featureless statement or Lavrov who saved the day for Iran and the crews on those 4 ships, but the regular Brazilian judiciary. State-owned Petrobras had declined to deliver fuel for the voyage back to Iran of those 4 ships, on the grounds of US sanctions and being listed at the NYSE etc. The counter-parties (whoever they are as individual persons or organizations) filed a complaint against this decision with some lowly court, which was rejected. They then took the matter to some appellate court which, miraculously, favored their fuel request. This surprising turn of events alerted the federal government of Brazil, who appealed the decision of the appellate court. So the matter was finally dealt with before the supreme court. Even more miraculously, Brazil's highest court ordered Petrobras to just supply the fuel and otherwise get lost. Would you believe it.

What may have helped is the threat that Iran's ambassador to Brazil made, namely to simply put an end to agricultural exports from Brazil to Iran. Such a measure would apparently be quite a blow to the agricultural sector there, what with all the corn and soy they get to sell to Iran.

The "Rio Times" - Forbidden to Refuel by U.S. Sanctions, Two Iranian Ships Stranded in Paraná Port and Supreme Court Justice Toffoli Orders Petrobras to Supply Fuel to Iranian Ships.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Jul 31 2019 11:19 utc | 133

Twitter has just suspended the non-blue-checkmark account of Russian Embassy in Syria after it posted photos disproving White Helmets' accusations of Russia "destroying Maarrat al-Nu'man's market".

Posted by: S | Jul 31 2019 12:05 utc | 134

The Democratic Party is at it again! Last night Bernie Sanders was the star of the debate and Warren was second as she was more subdued than Bernie. However, the Zionist media have been touting Warren over Sanders even though she clearly didn't have the night Bernie had and Dem Party acolytes have been doing same on media talk shows last night and this morning. Even though Sanders is clearly the stronger candidate to beat Trump, they are downplaying him at every turn. Warren can't beat Biden or Trump and so they're using her to derail Sanders. Their game is so transparent.

This is a clear strategy to derail Sanders out in the open in plain sight and no longer hidden in DNC emails. Everyone should think that whichever frontrunner these gatekeepers of Zionist corruption are trying so hard to sideline and derail IS THE BEST CANDIDATE AND THE ONE THEY FEAR THE MOST. They are messing with Sanders campaign success.

People should do the opposite of what the media and Dem talking heads are doing. DEFINITELY SUPPORT BERNIE SANDERS AND DERAIL ZIONIST CORRUPTION INSTEAD.

Remember, there's a reason they're doing this; Sanders is NOT with their program!

Posted by: Circe | Jul 31 2019 13:09 utc | 135

@ Noirette 94

I could not find the links stored. I researched this well before the referendum talk even started (I'm "disenfranchised" btw), and the information was presented independent of that, but now all searches online give Brexit motivated results, I don't mean to turn this into a partisan affair only explain the motives that exist, so will include those anyway to give an idea. My own study shows UK turning towards Europe from the late 19th century onwards, it was moving away from empire. The sequence of law changes very clearly show that preparation for merger into Europe had been unwritten policy for a long time, that public acceptance was assumed to be able to be managed.

This is on the Norway vote from Tidsskrift site which seems pro-EU, the one I had in mind was much more critical

"In light of the fact that most of the newspapers and most of the established elites were in favor of the membership alternative, a stronger swing in the 'yes' direction might have been expected."

The elites and politicians lost their shirts trying to win entry.

In UK private legal advice to government was that entry was a major infringement on sovereignty, Heath was told as early as 1960, and again in 1974 before the Rome treaty for example this link

Another released document is FCO 30/1048

Or this pro-brexit site gives a starting point of arguments

Which by some add up to membership of EEC being an act of treason. Sorry I had not the better and more historical links I had in mind to share. I'm not trying to convince, even if my own understanding is as stated, the above details are something to understand as a background to why the British feel how they do - many take this sort of political mischief seriously, there is a lot of resentment.

Posted by: gzon | Jul 31 2019 13:23 utc | 136

British intelligence agencies are preparing for the inevitable disclosure of their role in manufacturing Russiagate. They are taking preemptive action by intentionally leaking select information to their puppet The Guardian about communications between FBI and MI5: Secret texts cast light on UK's early role in Trump-Russia inquiry. The goal is to create an initial false perception that nothing improper occurred during these exchanges between FBI and MI5. “Since the information is going to come out anyway, it’s better that we tell the story ourselves.”

Posted by: S | Jul 31 2019 14:14 utc | 137

Continuing the theme of my comment #128, two days ago China has disclosed, for the first time, the share of US-dollar-denominated assets in its reserves, albeit, only for years 2005 and 2014:

By the end of 2014, US dollar assets accounted for 58 per cent of China’s total reserves, down from 79 per cent in 2005, the administration said, adding that the share of the assets in the US currency was lower than the global average of 65 per cent in 2014.

“The currency structure of China’s foreign exchange reserves has been increasingly diversified, and it is more diversified than the international average,” it said.

Posted by: S | Jul 31 2019 15:00 utc | 138

S they're awfully late to that party, it can't be for the people to whom it could be news because those are too stupid, too ignorant, too bought, too docile/comfortable, too disinterested, or too preoccupied with survival for it to be worth any effort. Instead it would be about trying to make the narrative into a lie they themselves can believe or stomach but that is a lose-lose situation where they either then disappear further down into private delusions or make their own trust them less and this in turn means they'll continue to attract the useless, the malignant, and the exploitative.

Take a look at nearly all political parties including opposition parties in the US, Canada, and Europe as a whole for a running example of this process which has been going on for at least the last four decades. Take a look at all the fake opposition or opposition riddled with and dominated by all sorts of problems and obstacles personified (like those around Corbyn who himself seems nice enough as a person).

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jul 31 2019 15:09 utc | 139

gzon 107. The UK direction is likely to be still in the more recent modernist view of nationality, shared in EU, but under much more own control.

The control leads to quarrels. Toffs don’t want their buddies to have to jump thru hoops, or be prevented from hiring some hyped needed ‘talent’ or lovely GF in pretend job.

Additonally they want, as a class, cheap / temp / submissive labor — fruit pickers for land owners, nannies for barristers with oh-so charming babies, etc.

At the same time > to be ‘fair’ to the British original inhabitants… !

Squaring the circle…the Bojo-Gove-Cummings line will be hard to settle, fix, steer, outside of economic growth or the ‘sure’ expectation of it.

A Brexit crash-out with neg. - disastrous econo results (i expect it) will lead to a huge surge in brain-drain and pleb-drain out of the UK. (I mean no insult with the word ‘pleb’ => lower class? working class?.. )

Plus, even more ppl educated at lower cost ‘poached’ from abroad, ex. Indian docs and nurses, will be shepherded in.

Many UK subjects who have some claim to other nationality (Irish..) or perm. residence (Spain ..) want to ‘leave’ and will, this is already going on.

Scattered points. Cheers from the barstool near the door.

Posted by: Noirette | Jul 31 2019 15:33 utc | 140

Scotch Bingeington @133--

Thanks for your reply!

Well, if not Russian diplomacy, than Iranian diplomacy. The point being a turning of the screws was applied and the situation altered to one of a normal commercial transaction.

S @128--

Thanks for the link and providing those figures. Based on 2Q preliminary figures, Putin seems pleased with the pace of the changeover knowing it wouldn't be total and immediate. IMO, what's important now is the realization by the vast majority of nations that a non-US controlled international commercial clearing system must be created and that the initial steps to do so were taken. Also, the IMF/World Bank Debt Traps are now well known and are being avoided for the most part. The same goes for the slavery imposed by the EUCB. Perhaps not many read Hudson's book on the subject, but Neoliberalism's Junk Economics are finally being recognized for what they are. IMO, global political-economy is changing again as nations can't help seeing what China's accomplished from its Command-Mixed Economy. Nor are those nations blind to the Outlaw US Empire's activities. During the last century, it was the Ugly American; now it's simply Ugly America.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2019 16:19 utc | 141

@133 Scotch Bingeington.. thanks for your few, but always informed posts - this one @133 another fine example..

karlof1 - thanks for all your work.. much appreciated!

Posted by: jamesa | Jul 31 2019 17:44 utc | 142

Greenland melting astounding as the heat dome that was over Europe has moved West to cover Greenland. The number and extent of melt lakes I've seen are beyond anything before as they move away from the coast and further up the sides of the ice sheet. Data posted here are always one day behind. The extent of surface melt and the spike on the accompanying graph tell the tale, and today's supposed to be worse than yesterday.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2019 17:49 utc | 143

WaPo: Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein partied together. Then an oceanfront Palm Beach mansion came between them.

Fifteen years ago, the two men squared off over the Palm Beach mansion. Just a few months later, local police began investigating allegations that Epstein was sexually abusing minors. Trump has also said — without providing details — that he at some point banned Epstein from Mar-a-Lago.


On Nov. 28, 2004 — less than two weeks after the mansion auction — Palm Beach police fielded a tip that young women were seen coming and going from Epstein’s home, then-Police Chief Michael Reiter said in a deposition. Reiter declined to comment.

Four months later, in March 2005, police received a complaint from a woman who alleged that her 15-year-old stepdaughter had been paid $300 by Epstein to massage the financier while partially undressed, according to the police report. The Palm Beach police investigation identified more than a dozen possible victims, the report shows.

The more I read the more I think the Trump admin is behind the recent Epstein arrest. Appears Trump may even be behind the initial Epstein arrest. If this is so he is going to bury this network. Federal death penalty has just been reintroduced.

Could everything with Iran just be smoke and mirrors? All in order to flush out the vipers buried deep in the USG? The baffling Trump admin staffing choices would make much more sense in this light.

Posted by: Zack | Jul 31 2019 18:00 utc | 144

Glaciologist Jason Box provides a snippet of a DW film showing the high latitudes ablaze which further fuels the melt. Box's Twitter is worth following just for his great photography. At the one he took of the NUK_U site at 3,671ft elevation note the little melt rivulets on the ground then take note of the elevation again.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2019 18:01 utc | 145

@ karlof1... that's interesting what you say about trump and epstein.. that is executions of death row inmate... it amazes me how the usa can do that in spite of the mistakes that have been known to happen with inmates being wrongly convicted..

Posted by: james | Jul 31 2019 18:16 utc | 146

typos... i really should proof read before i post....

on another note - does anyone have any thoughts on sam harris podcasts?? anyone know anything other then the little i can get off the net on renee diresta?? thanks.. it appears she is part of ''data for democracy'' which is funded by hopewell fund, which relies on gov't money... there is a little blurb on her on the data for democracy website, but that is mostly it..

Posted by: james | Jul 31 2019 18:19 utc | 147

More excellent work done unraveling the connections between Integrity Initiative and Russiagate actors done by Kit Klarenberg:

"Lots of anti-Trump content published by the account over the years. Bear in mind #IntegrityInitiative doesn't *just* receive FCO-funding - its a fully-fledged FCO program, so this is effectively the Foreign Office smearing the US President. Wonder whether Kim Darroch was aware."

Imagine if Kit had the funding and staff allotted to Mueller what he would uncover!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2019 18:33 utc | 148

and finally - as this is what it is connected to -

does anyone have a link that shows the usa paying for propaganda in it's present incarnation? i know they talked about this with regard to syria and i know they are involved in this, which makes the russia is meddling in our election quite hypocritical, but does anyone have a direct link from any usa publication release or? thanks!

Posted by: james | Jul 31 2019 18:33 utc | 149

Can't remember who asked, somebody I think, about the Epstein/Mueller connection. Here's the tweet and subsequent thread about Epstein becoming an FBI informant. Mueller was FBI Director and the entire affair was being run out of DC as noted. As Cernovich remarked, why didn't the media jump at the revelation?

james @149--

The House just voted on the massive War Department Budget which certainly contains monies to fund the numerous propaganda operations it runs, which one could probably tease out of the morass given some effort. Same goes for other appropriation bills for the various executive departments. The billions that go to the Zionists certainly fund propaganda aimed back at us along with monies to buy politicos. For example, just read about NED how its funded (Is a government funded NGO really "private"?) and all the other entities attached to it that it directs. And that's just one agency out of at least a dozen. Also look at how the UK's FCO runs the Integrity Initiative as it's similar to how other governments do such things. Yes, it's all quite sordid and not at all what democracies ought to be doing.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 31 2019 19:04 utc | 150

The Epstein story is not only about the US. It is about the global financial elite BUYING women and, yes, children, from the Eastern European countries more easily than from anywhere else on earth apparently. The fashion business is central to it. The whole capitalistic system could be shaken if the world MSM really looked into it.

Posted by: Mina | Jul 31 2019 19:57 utc | 151

@150 karlof1.. thanks.. i am aware of ned and the uk's fco and what they are doing.. i don't need convincing.. i was however wondering what type of information someone who is unfamiliar with all this would need, to alter there viewpoint..

Posted by: james | Jul 31 2019 21:30 utc | 152

NYT: Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA

Jeffrey E. Epstein, the wealthy financier who is accused of sex trafficking, had an unusual dream: He hoped to seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.

Mr. Epstein over the years confided to scientists and others about his scheme, according to four people familiar with his thinking, although there is no evidence that it ever came to fruition.

Mr. Epstein’s vision reflected his longstanding fascination with what has become known as transhumanism: the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding.

Gnostic Gospels: The Hypostasis of the Archons

Then the authorities came up to their Adam. And when they saw his female counterpart speaking with him, they became agitated with great agitation; and they became enamored of her. They said to one another, "Come, let us sow our seed in her," and they pursued her. And she laughed at them for their witlessness and their blindness; and in their clutches she became a tree, and left before them her shadowy reflection resembling herself; and they defiled it foully. – And they defiled the stamp of her voice, so that by the form they had modeled, together with their (own) image, they made themselves liable to condemnation.

Would say this Epstein stuff runs pretty deep.

Posted by: Zack | Aug 1 2019 0:57 utc | 153

Nothing on Puerto Rico? Subalterne US citizens deprives of vote, they have managed to kick out a corrupt governor. When do we see that in the Virgin Islands?

Posted by: Mina | Aug 1 2019 6:57 utc | 154

Zack, I would leave the 4th-century people who were reading what you pasted alone and not ascribe them responsibility for our modern depravity. If you look into any human myth for "sowing a seed" you will certainly find plenty to discuss. The text you quote was made by people still familiar with the Egyptian gods and some ancient Mesopotamian myths about the impure mixture of gods/angels with humans.

Posted by: Mina | Aug 1 2019 7:02 utc | 155

From the NYT article above
"At one session at Harvard, Mr. Epstein criticized efforts to reduce starvation and provide health care to the poor because doing so increased the risk of overpopulation, said Mr. Pinker, who was there. Mr. Pinker said he had rebutted the argument, citing research showing that high rates of infant mortality simply caused people to have more children. "

This and the Maxwell connection to the world of university publications uncover some major players in the abysmal way universities became disconnected from our daily realities.

Posted by: Mina | Aug 1 2019 7:13 utc | 156

From the NYT article
"Mr. Lanier, the virtual-reality creator and author, said he had the impression that Mr. Epstein was using the dinner parties — where some guests were attractive women with impressive academic credentials — to screen candidates to bear Mr. Epstein’s children."

I think I start to understand why the local papers of US Ivy League universities have ads asking for women donors "with a Jewish background, blue eyes fair skin" etc.

The problem is that the US elite has considered these the 'new normal' for a really long while, and imposed it on the European elites.

Posted by: Mina | Aug 1 2019 7:25 utc | 157

There are reports that Houthis have used long-range missiles to strike Dammam in Saudi Arabia. Dammam is the capital of the Eastern province and is right beside Bahrain. The implications are that Saudi oil fields and Bahrain are, or will soon be, within the range of Houthi missiles.

For many months the Houthis have been threatening the South-West of Saudi Arabia. This is the most populous part of Saudi Arabia (obviously mainly Sunni). The Houthis mountainous home range seems to lead right up into South-West Saudi Arabia and heads all the way up to Mecca. It must be the case that Saudi Arabia have moved forces (perhaps from the East [and, thereby, weakening their hold on the East]) to reinforce the South-West.

Now the East is under threat. This is where the Saudi Shiite population and oil fields are.

It seems to me that there will, at some point, be a large scale Houthi move on South-West Saudi Arabia and, at the same time, a Shiite uprising in the East (around Dammam). In the meantime the oil fields are likely to come under attack. Many more US reinforcements will be required!

Posted by: ADKC | Aug 1 2019 10:30 utc | 158

Zack, I would leave the 4th-century people who were reading what you pasted alone and not ascribe them responsibility for our modern depravity. If you look into any human myth for "sowing a seed" you will certainly find plenty to discuss. The text you quote was made by people still familiar with the Egyptian gods and some ancient Mesopotamian myths about the impure mixture of gods/angels with humans.

Posted by: Mina | Aug 1 2019 7:02 utc | 155

You may want to fully read the link I posted/pasted. Take special notice of the name Yaltabaoth because this same figure happens to be carved into Epstein's NY mansion right above his front door.

Epstein's crew are Luciferians and this is all part of a spiritual war that has been raging since the beginning of human history.

Posted by: Zack | Aug 1 2019 12:50 utc | 159

gzon at 136, I forgot to mention that your post 136 was very informative, before the Rome treaty... etc. It is always difficult to judge when something has been 'planned behind the scenes' or is an outcome of events in a kind of 'natural' reactive scheme. I didn't know about Heath being warned.

Posted by: Noirette | Aug 1 2019 13:26 utc | 160

Okay, I know I wrote Tulsi is finished when I read Saker's piece on her caving to Zionists, BUT, that doesn't mean I don't want her on the debate stage all the way though the primaries kicking everyone else's ass! Yesterday, she was top of her game and took Harris down in a spectacular way.

So, the zio-neo minions over at Dailykos are stewing about it and want to get Gabbard, not only out of the race, but out of the Congress.

I suggest anyone who thinks Tulsi should be heard go over there and crash the hate Tulsi party.

the sooner we cut Tulsi the better

Posted by: Circe | Aug 1 2019 16:38 utc | 161

It is not because a crazy guy starts a cult of Napoleon or one of Jack the Ripper (and at least those are historical) that you can blame Napoleon and Jack the Ripper for the crazy guy's deeds.
Yaldabaoth is one among many figures of the Demiurge. People in that time were trying to understand the origin of evil in the world. Check the Timaeus by Plato. He started the movement. You can also read those:
Adding one delirium to another (i.e. the biblical one and the gnostic one) won't help you find a rational explanation to Epstein's sickness. The pictures are very different. One is a bearded Dionysios, who could well have been chosen for the reference to orgies, but is also very common on neo-classic buildings. The drawing you provide is from Ostia, far from where the Egyptian gnostics were active. They did not leave pictures of their gods as far as I know.

Posted by: Mina | Aug 1 2019 16:58 utc | 162

Mina and Zack about the possible Gnostic link to Epstein. I had prepared a long reply but lost it..

In short, this a quite a rabbit hole that need the proper tools to go down into and I agree throwing elements without the right background may be counter productive for constructive argumentation but the main contention here is that the Elites have been at these acts (pedophilia, human traffickinf, ritualistic orgies, etc) for Eons and it is only now that the mainstream is getting aware through various scandals, the Epstein affairs being only the latest.

As for the "mystical" reasons behind such acts and their possible root causes, the texts of Gnostics (Nag Hammadi) and the Ethiopean Orthodox Church offer some interesting views..

Posted by: Lozion | Aug 1 2019 17:40 utc | 163

First the many cases of people pushed on the train railings, and now this:

Man is hacked to death with a samurai sword 'by his Syrian migrant ex-flatmate' in a Stuttgart street as hysterical witnesses scream in vain at the attacker to stop

If this isnt a warning sign about free immigration, what is?

Posted by: Zanon | Aug 1 2019 17:44 utc | 164

@164 Zanon

Zionist wars in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen have produced a refugee immigration blowback for all Western countries except Israel and the U.S. that shut them out. This is a deliberate strategy to burden other countries.

Posted by: Circe | Aug 1 2019 18:02 utc | 165

@Mina #162

Found a higher resolution picture of Epstein's door sculpture and agree with you that those 2 pics do not look similar. Apologies all around on that one. Thank you for the additional info and the reality check:) Got a bit carried away there.

Posted by: Zack | Aug 2 2019 0:08 utc | 166

@166 Zack, that would've been a little too easy, no? Apologies if I helped you getting carried away but If you explore mythology since the dawn of civilisation you find the same dualistic patterns emerge. Found out who Dyonisos/Pan is, who was it in pre-Greek times. Follow the Mythos. It IS revealing..

Posted by: Lozion | Aug 2 2019 0:49 utc | 167

Below is a Xinhuanet posting about the latest Houthi attack in Yemen

Houthi-fired ballistic missile hits military base in Yemen's Aden, kills 17

The take away quote
Brigadier Munir Abu Yamamah, leader of the 1st Armored Brigade, was killed while he was present during the military parade held for graduating a new batch of the UAE-backed Yemeni troops in Aden, a government official told Xinhua.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 2 2019 4:05 utc | 168

A snippet of good news via Niqnaq...

Media silent on dismissal of DNC suit against Julian Assange
2 August 2019

A federal court ruling last Tuesday, dismissing a Democratic National Committee (DNC) civil suit against Julian Assange “with prejudice,” was a devastating indictment of the US ruling elite’s campaign to destroy the WikiLeaks founder and of the entire “Russiagate” conspiracy theory peddled by the Democratic Party, corporate media outlets and the intelligence agencies for the past three years.
more at:

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Aug 2 2019 8:24 utc | 169


Stanisław Szukalski has done some interesting work that touches on this subject.

Wonder if the patterns outside Epstein's temple represent Pan's labyrinth?

Posted by: Zack | Aug 3 2019 14:42 utc | 170

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