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August 02, 2019

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Posted by b on August 2, 2019 at 17:36 UTC | Permalink

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With the INF Treaty now dead, here is an article that looks at which American defense contractors will benefit the most from Washington's ongoing expansion of America's nuclear weapons program:

On the upside, profits and executive compensation at these three companies and other companies involved in the nuclear weapon supply chain continue to grow unabated.

Posted by: Sally Snyder | Aug 2 2019 17:42 utc | 1

In response to the Israeli aerial and cruise missile attacks, why don't the Syrians state the if a new attack occurs, that an Israeli military base in the Golan Heights or some other target will be attacked?

Posted by: chet380 | Aug 2 2019 18:05 utc | 2

I have been investigating the layout problem in the comment section and learned a little CSS. When someone posts a long link that cant be wrapped properly the with of the comments body increases to fit it, making the page too wide for mobile phone displays. This is difficult to solve for mobile browsers because they are very agressive in scaling content.

I am using the following CSS in a custom userscript to modify this website's stylesheet and it works quite well to mitigate the problem:

div.comments-body {
max-width: 95vw;
overflow-wrap: break-word;

The max-width puts an upper limit to each comment's width in percent of the device screen width. I tried other possible solutions but only this works.

The oveflow-wrap causes very long words or hyperlinks to break no matter what, otherwise the text would flow out of its container.

Posted by: Joost | Aug 2 2019 18:21 utc | 3

Humanity imprints upon the abstract and this explains us.

If we can start to recognize this we can free ourselves from it. Every person can do this alone, no one has to wait for anything.

(And that's about as far as I've gotten).

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Aug 2 2019 18:25 utc | 4

Joost : GOOD WORK !

I’m on an ipad mini, and this problem happens regularly, regardless of browsers. Fixing that would be GREAT.

Posted by: Featherless | Aug 2 2019 18:25 utc | 5

US Navy’s most expensive ship ever can’t get ammo to deck, can’t launch new F-35 fighters

Compounding the snafu is the fact that the Ford has not yet been subjected to ‘shock trials.’ This testing involves detonating underwater explosives near a fully-crewed ship to simulate the forces and stresses of combat. If the trials were to find the Gerald R. Ford lacking, the Kennedy too would be scuppered, and the Navy would be left with two combat-unready ships and a $24 billion bill.
Despite the ambiguity surrounding the Ford-class carriers’ combat effectiveness and cost, one party in the story is likely pleased: manufacturer Huntington Ingalls Industries, a shipbuilding spinoff of defense giant Northrop Grumman. In addition to the Ford and Kennedy, the US Navy has awarded the firm a block contract for the construction of two additional Ford-class carriers. Before the contract was awarded, more than 100 lawmakers wrote a letter to then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pushing for the two-carrier deal.

During the years preceding WWII (1938-1945), FDR temporarily installed socialism in the USA and developed a "dual industry" in the country. The purpose of the dual industry is to develop a war economy which can be converted back to a "peacetime industry" when the war is over. The concept of dual industry is not revolutionary by itself and certainly wasn't an American invention (the Soviets also applied this concept, hence the myth it spent 18% of its GDP in the military). However, the Americans were, by far, the ones who benefitted the most from it in the aftermath of WWII.

This post-war "boom" made the subsequent POTUS to transform this vice into virtue. The difference was that FDR did what he did by necessity, while his successors did it because they thought that was the way to go for perpetuity. A successful tactic can become a disaster when transformed into a strategy.

Posted by: vk | Aug 2 2019 18:29 utc | 6

How many barflies have Zarif's Twitter in their favs? IMO, the world would be a better place if Lavrov also tweeted. Do check out Zarif's latest as they're quite good.

No New Arms Race--NATO:

"VIDEO: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance will avoid "a new arms race" with Russia and will not deploy new nuclear missiles on European soil after a Cold War missile pact ended."

Now if only European nations would finally begin to deal with the actual, genuine, true threat to their interests--which the documents show has been ongoing for 75+ years--the Outlaw US Empire.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 2 2019 18:40 utc | 7

vk @6--

I know you're addressing political-economy, but did you see this report about the continuing deterioration of USAF readiness, now below 70%? The accompanying chart shows USAF B-1 & B-2 strategic bombers at 51.75% & 60.7%, respectively, with B-52s somewhat better at 69.3%--a total of just over 100 serviceable bombers at any one time! No wonder Iran doesn't fear the Outlaw US Empire's capabilities. And the readiness slide continues--now 6+ years--despite ever increasing monies thrown at the problem.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 2 2019 18:59 utc | 8

While I am aware of Eric Zuesse being somewhat controversial to some people, I do concur with his assessment of the party that should be stripped of the 'Democratic' prefix. There is nothing democratic in this organization and its members are either willful stooges, or the most gullible people on earth - responsible for heinous crimes against humanity under the cover of 'humanitarian aid'.

To even consider to allow this organization to continue in its deception of the American electorate, shows the deepest infiltration of foreign influence, for whom this deception is not only natural, but also compulsive. You may have guessed it, it's not the Russians.

The Democratic Party’s AIPAC Candidates

However, an article by the Strategic Culture Organization, linked to on MOA yesterday

The 'Special Relationship' is collapsing, goes even further. It makes obvious the unholy filth that has been plaguing humanity for a very long time. And while some may find it questionable, it turns out that the Queen does appear to be the longest sitting Fascist in the history of mankind.

Sometimes it is necessary to connect the dots beyond personal beliefs in regards to the real conspiracy against working people all over the world.

Posted by: nottheonly1 | Aug 2 2019 19:08 utc | 9

The debate over Capitalism vs. Socialism is BS. The economies that work best are MIXED economies. Denmark, Sweden and Norway are prime examples. They're always referred to as Socialist