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August 18, 2019

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-48

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

The violence led to a backlash. Today was another pre-approved protest attended by less people than previous such assemblies. It ended peacefully. There were only few policeman around. A man from mainland China who passed by the protest was harassed. The black block now waits for the peaceful protesters to leave to cause trouble.

Turkey sent 'rebels' from the occupied Afrin to help the Jihadists in Khan Shaykhun. The Russian or Syrian airforce bombed some who were on their way. After repelling a counterattack the Syrian army operation continues as foreseen.

Is the war in Syria a civil war? The numbers answer that question.

Emmanuel @EmmanuelGMay - 12:17 UTC · Aug 18, 2019

#Syria / July 2019: based on #SOHR victims' statistic, 96% of #SAA + allies fighters are Syrians. For Jihadists / "opposition" fighters, foreigners are clearly the majority (60% - 40%)



bigger - bigger - source data

The borg sayz: "There is nothing to see here. Please move on."

Other issues:

737 Max: The Wall Street Journal produced a detailed piece on how MCAS came to be:

The Four-Second Catastrophe: How Boeing Doomed the 737 MAX
At the root of the company’s miscalculation was a flawed assumption that pilots could handle any malfunction

This is concerning:

In designing the flight controls for the 737 MAX, Boeing assumed that pilots trained on existing safety procedures should be able to sift through the jumble of contradictory warnings and take the proper action 100% of the time within four seconds.

That is about the amount of time that it took you to read this sentence.
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Regulators endorsed that determination, along with the single sensor. The FAA certification rules under which the MAX was allowed to fly assume pilots react correctly to certain emergencies 100% of the time.

The so called 'startle time', the moment it needs to react to unexpected complex events, is usually considered to be some 30 seconds.

And this is not only racist, but criminal:

The FAA is reassessing some of its key assumptions. The agency said certification procedures are “well-established and have consistently produced safe aircraft designs,” but it is rethinking reliance on average U.S. pilot reaction times as a design benchmark for planes that are sold in parts of the world with different experience levels and training standards.

Some 80% of FAA certified Boeing planes are sold abroad. If there is difference in the reaction time of "U.S. pilots" and foreign pilots, which I very much doubt, the safer number has to be applied. Also no safety criteria should ever be based on "average pilot reaction times" because that obviously means that 50% of all pilots will fail to save their own and their passengers asses.

Use as open thread ...

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If failure to agree with the climate change panic is the conservative bete noir, is anti-vaxxing the liberal's?
The CDC's report on measles in the US

From January 1 to August 8, 2019, 1,182** individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 30 states. This is an increase of 10 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

Measles can cause serious complications. As of August 8, 2019, 124 of the people who got measles this year were hospitalized, and 64 reported having complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis.
The majority of cases are among people who were not vaccinated against measles.
More than 75% of the cases this year are linked to outbreaks in New York and New York City. Measles is more likely to spread and cause outbreaks in U.S. communities where groups of people are unvaccinated.


4 of the 5 links in the page above are to Coastal/blue states: New York, California, Washington State. The 5th is El Paso, Texas.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 18 2019 15:02 utc | 1

yet another Gibraltar refusal?

Posted by: snake | Aug 18 2019 15:04 utc | 2

South Korea continues to deteriorate:

Major Korean firms suffer earnings shock

Korea's top 10 chaebol saw their combined operating profits more than halved in the January-June period from the same period a year earlier, data showed Sunday, mainly due to weak earnings of major tech firms such as Samsung and SK.

South Korea is an artificial country which was refounded practically from zero in the mid-1980s as a carbon copy of Japan. Innovation is not in South Korean blood (i.e. chaebols). Samsung, LG et al are desperately trying to enter the 5G market. They will fail, and their profit rates will continue to fall for the forseeable future unless they go full Apple (i.e. a hedge fund disguised as a smartphone factory).

But it seems their financial sector is not holding well either:

Korean financial markets losing resilience

The South Korean financial market was always a joke. It is fully liberalized and maxed out, and thus at complete American mercy. Just remember the crisis of 1997.

As I've posted in this blog many times on the recent Moon Jae-in's speeches: it's not about talking like you were China -- you have to be China. South Korea is not -- and never will be -- China.

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Now, this is getting depressing:

1.7 million people attend Hong Kong anti-government rally, organisers say

Those "organisers" now have a name: Civil Human Rights Front. No need to explain their origin here.

But, beyond the headline, here's the entire article:

The day after tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong, another massive rally is under way at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay on Sunday afternoon.

Relief spread across the city as anti-government protests ended relatively peacefully on Saturday, with no tear gas fired, on the eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest.

Sunday’s protest organiser, the Civil Human Rights Front, had applied to the police for a march from Causeway Bay to Central.

But police would only allow a rally within Victoria Park, saying the front could not ensure public safety given violence at recent protests.

Follow our live blog below for the latest updates.

The only photo available is a closeup one, at the exit of Victoria Park. If there were really 1.7 million people in the protest, you bet your ass this "Civil Human Rights Front" would be hiring helicopters right and left to take aerial pictures of this incredible mass -- which would be more than one fifth of the whole city's population.

Victoria Park, by the way, has 47 acres: if you're extremely generous and calculate four people per square meter (which would mean absolutely packed, with people being near crushed against one another), you have 760 thousand people. That's obviously not the case (we can infer that by the fact that the picture of the protest happened under heavy rain, and there are a lot of umbrellas) -- most probably it was 1-1.5 person per square meter, which would put the numbers nearer to 190,000-250,000 people, assuming the whole area of the park (including people floating over the ponds, gardens, roofs etc) was occupied (which we know wasn't the case).

Peter Lee retweeted a Western guy stating talks were being made with unions so that millions would protest in this weekend. That obviously didn't happen. First of all: if you have the unions on your side, you would organized general strikes -- which are much more devastating to capitalist governments and would quickly topple Carrie Lam -- instead of street protests. Second: we know general strikes wouldn't happen because the protests were scheduled for a weekend (general strikes are much more effective on a week day). The Hongkonger working classes are not on the protesters' side because they know they are arrogant upper middle class students who are accustomed to Filipino and Indonesian domestic slaves raising them. They do not seek justice of democracy -- all they seek is the absolute destruction of socialism in Mainland China. Yeah, spare me those crocodile tears.

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 15:17 utc | 3

channel 300, maxwell mega group mossad spy episode

discussion please.. what this about.?

Posted by: snake | Aug 18 2019 15:18 utc | 4

@ Posted by: c1ue | Aug 18 2019 15:02 utc | 1

It is a myth there's a "democrats/coastal, republicans/rural" divide in the USA. That's an illusion that arises from the fact vote in the USA is based on land (districtal), not on "one person, one vote".

If you look, e.g. at California's last presidential election map on a magnifying glass, you'll can guess that at least 40% of the Californian population is republican. California is only a Democrat stronghold now because of decades of gerrymandering. Remember: Reagan was from California.

The same is true for Texas, where Dallas, Austin and Houston are pretty much Democrat and make up for 40% of the Texan population. But Texas consistently elect republican because vote in the USA is districtal.

Donald Trump himself is from NY, and even he admitted he once paid Hillary Clinton US$ 100,000.00 for her to atend her daugher's wedding (or birthday) party. Those were the old times...

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 15:26 utc | 5

You have confused average and median.

Posted by: Herschel | Aug 18 2019 15:30 utc | 6

vk It has been pointed out recently what a contrast there is between wall to wall coverage of Hong Kong events and a complete absence of news from Honduras, where there have been massive daily protests in favour of actual democracy and Brazil where literally millions have been marching in protest against the Bolsonaro regime.
There hasn't been much in the MSM about Argentina, either, where the IMF, neo-liberalism and the "west" haver been decisively rejected in the recent primary elections.

snake@2 It appears that the Empire can be quite relaxed about the Grace: the ship seems to have lost both Captain and crew. No doubt the plan is to watch it rot while putting one bureaucratic barrier after another in the way of moving her.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 18 2019 15:35 utc | 7

vk @6: California is Democratic now because we took redistricting out of the hands of the people being elected, we have an independent redistricting commission put in place precisely to prevent gerrymandering. We get all Democrat elections in some districts, and that means the Democratic pols have to COMPETE with each other, which is great. Hacks like Harris don't get a free ride forever once in office. Primaries are REAL here. We used to be very Republican here, but that was Eisenhower and Nixon style Republicans that still gave a fuck about legality and the Constitution, as opposed to how much they could get away with.

https://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/

Posted by: Bemildred | Aug 18 2019 15:42 utc | 8

Asshat and hypocrite extraordinaire who pretends to be an atheist but has proven to be a bigotted mouthpiece for the racist religious cult, Zionism, BILL Stoopid MAHER, addressed the issue of Israel's ban on Tlaib and Omar on his show on Friday. He claims that BDS is unfair to Israel because BDS is a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke, but actually slept through history class.

Actually, Zionists, including Bill Maher, never met a history book they didn't try to rewrite, like trying to ERASE THE NAKBA from the pages of history and pretending the Palestinians never existed or owned property in what Zioshet call Israel today, and that theft and ethnic cleansing of over a million people never occurred.

Here's the karma I wish on Maher: If reincarnation exists, I hope he's born under military oppression, everything he owns is then taken away from him and he gets to live in a shack in a walled in ghetto where the oppressors who live on stolen higher land dump sewer waste on his land and crops and he gets treated like a head of cattle waiting in a cage in line in the baking sun at a checkpoint every day to get to another part of his land to work.

It's what the ignorant stinking bastard deserves.

Posted by: Circe | Aug 18 2019 15:44 utc | 9

I'll second that motion, Circe

Posted by: bevin | Aug 18 2019 15:56 utc | 10

Two very interesting pieces about the USA:

About the "NCL" (Non-Communist Left): The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left

About lawfare and protection of the big corporations: When Feds Demur, Judge Charges Ecuador Crusader Himself

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 15:56 utc | 11

@vk #5
Actually, your own data supports the rural/urban divide. The land area portion of California which is conservative is overwhelmingly in the rural areas: northern and Central California. It isn't clear to me that this is a result of gerrymandering - I personally see it more as a case of urban plus Latino overwhelming the rest of the population.
As for Texas - I lived there for some time. My experience was different than what you say: while Austin was unquestionably liberal, Dallas and Houston were more mixed. Dallas and Houston voted for Clinton in 2016, but the proportion wasn't overwhelming: 60% and 54%.
Compare with the Bay Area: The Bay Area counties overwhelmingly voted for Clinton (75% to 90%+): San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo. LA overwhelmingly Clinton: 71% but the rest of LA was a lot more mixed - in the 50% range.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 18 2019 16:09 utc | 12

@vk #5
As for Reagan: the coastal elites are actually inherently conservative, but push forward liberal causes as a front. Reagan, as an actor, neutralized the otherwise inherently liberal LA. His put-down of "unrest" in the UCs garnered him the 1% limousine liberals in the Bay Area.
The Latino demographic was also significantly smaller in the 1980s than today.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 18 2019 16:11 utc | 13

You have confused average and median.
Posted by: Herschel | Aug 18 2019 15:30 utc | 6

That thought crossed my mind too.
So did "What difference would it make?"

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Aug 18 2019 16:11 utc | 14

@ Posted by: Herschel | Aug 18 2019 15:30 utc | 6

This debate is irrelevant because the report is lying: it's not the pilots' fault that the 737 Max model crashes down sometimes.

To make a machine fool-proof is one of the golden rules of engineering; there is no "average user" theory: pilots are already preselected, so you'll never have a dwarf, a person without an arm, a mental deficient etc. etc. person piloting an airplane. Buildings don't fall because an abnormal number of obese people walk inside it -- civic engineers put the margin of error of the tolerance of the materials of the structure of the buildings up an order of the thousands, this kind of debate simply doesn't exist in engineering (unless it is absolutely cutting edge technology, such as space travel; or competitive sports areas, such as Formula 1 cars).

If a machine is not fool-proof (i.e. more people are able to use it, therefore rising competitivity in the labor market and thus the industrial reserve army), then labor productivity doesn't rise, which goes against capitalism's basic principles.

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 16:29 utc | 15

One more note on Maher's monumental hypocrisy. Maher bashes Trump on everything to the minutest detail, EXCEPT, on his Zionism and everything Trump has done for IZ. But that's not all Trump and Maher enjoy in common.

https://images.app.goo.gl/shwnkUHfedt4ccBx9

Sorry to the animals invoked.

Posted by: Circe | Aug 18 2019 16:33 utc | 16

vk @6
"California is only a Democrat stronghold now because of decades of gerrymandering."

No, CA is the poster child for changing demographics. The % of white vote in CA for Republicans in Presidential years has been reasonably constant since 1988, other than Obama outperformed. The D lean is due to massive demographic changes. Sorry I cannot provide a link from a quick search, but I remember the substance of an article describing this quite well.

As with most states, gerrymandering accentuates that in House races.

Posted by: Schmoe | Aug 18 2019 16:36 utc | 17

I'm with you Circe @9.

Revisionist history indeed. And a deliberate, considered "blindness" to Palestinian realities, beginning in 1917 and really getting going in 1947 with the Zionist terrorists (some of whose members became - guess what? - Israeli PMs; anywhere else and the west would be down on them like a ton of bricks and we'd never hear the end of it) initiating the ethnic-cleansing of the Palestinian people from their rightful homes and land, and worsening in 1948. It hasn't stopped in the 70+ years since. But do we hear (only radio MSM in this household and that on only because the silence of my late husband's absence is unbearable; and I need to have some firsthand idea about the Bernaysian-Orwellian-Huxleyan propaganda) about any of what Israelis - military (everyone essentially), settlers, government really do to the Palestinians on a daily basis?

No. Only when what "happens" can be twisted to blame the Palestinians in some way, position the Israelis as the "victims." Only then.

Posted by: AnneR | Aug 18 2019 16:39 utc | 18

To the complaint about Average versus Median

Please go back and read that b quoted a WSJ article that used Average which he then also used...can you handle that?

What difference does it make in the context of the discussion?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 18 2019 16:41 utc | 19

@vk #5

…he admitted he once paid Hillary Clinton US$ 100,000.00 for her to atend her daugher's wedding (or birthday) party.

An obvious typo, but a very funny one, because it fits Hillary’s psychotic personality.

Posted by: S | Aug 18 2019 16:44 utc | 20

The Islamic State vindicates the suicide attack at Kabul's wedding that leaves 63 dead and 200 wounded of the Hazara ethnic group of Shiite confession so far.

https://twitter.com/descifraguerra/status/1163034162481238021

Oh wait, who started bombing weddings and funerals in Afghanistan?

So as to go now believing they "print" their weapons with 3D technology....

Posted by: Sasha | Aug 18 2019 16:49 utc | 21

China announces market based interest rate reductions to stimulate its economy.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said it will improve the mechanism used to establish the loan prime rate (LPR) from this month, in a move to further lower real interest rates for companies as part of broader market reforms.

Analysts say the move, which came after data that showed weaker than expected growth in July and followed a cabinet announcement on Friday, underscores the government’s attempts to use reforms to support a slowing economy.

“By reforming and improving the formation mechanism of LPR, we will be able to use market-based reform methods to help lower real lending rates,” the PBOC said in a statement published on its website.

The central bank will “deepen market-based interest rate reform, improve the efficiency of interest rate transmission, and lower financing costs of the real economy,” it said.

Call CPC what you want, but this is capitalism 101 by the 2nd largest economy in the faltering globalisation club it inevitably wends its way into a global slowdown----hopefully before the 2020 US elections...not after. Four more years of Trump and a Trump created recession too? Lordy.

Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 18 2019 16:55 utc | 22

@ Hoarsewhisperer | Aug 18 2019 16:11 utc | 14

Should you find three people standing beneath an awning sheltering from the sun, one a collector of aluminium cans, another owning a haberdashery and the third Bill Gates, on average you have three very wealthy people but if you are looking for median then you are looking at the haberdasher who has an equal number of greater and lessor wealth.

Hope that helps.

Posted by: Formerly T-Bear | Aug 18 2019 17:10 utc | 23

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 15:17 utc | 3

The major economic players in SK has US capital infiltrated up to their necks as geopolitical leverage. It should surprise nobody about why every Western "Economists" are so eager for China to abolish its SOEs and capital controls...Unfortunately for them, the CCP has saw this neolib trap even back during the pre-WW2 days when the KMT was whoring itself out for Western interests.

Posted by: JW | Aug 18 2019 17:22 utc | 24

@ c1ue

The obvious similarity btw the two issues, infectious diseases and climate change, is that just as when certain areas around the globe are having a hot year, there seems the same amount of illogical panic and tailored messaging when the cdc comes out with slightly above average numbers for measles cases. OMG! Hide your children!

Just like you will never be able to eradicate measles, and as there are unexamined hidden benefits to not try to eradicate it via vaccinations, we will never be rid of hot years, the shrinking of and gross expansion of polar ice caps, and not to mention the net benefits of a warmer world if there even was a warming problem.


“Everybody wants to rule fix the world.”

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Aug 18 2019 17:33 utc | 25

@ Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 18 2019 16:55 utc | 22

Except it is not. The CCP has been talking about "reform and opening up" since at least 2012. Those moves the CNBC sells as a novelty/improvisation by the Chinese is actually old news.

Capitalism didn't invent the concept of interest. It exist since at least the Roman Republic. The existence of interest is not definitive evidence of capitalism.

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 17:45 utc | 26

Ideology is dead, long live ideology!

Economists like to say they’re immune from ideological influence. Our research shows the opposite

From the article:

More specifically, we find that changing source attributions from mainstream to less-/non-mainstream figures significantly reduces the respondents’ reported agreement with statements.

[...]economists’ self-reported political orientation strongly influences their ideological bias, with estimated bias going up as respondents’ political views move to the right. The estimated bias is also stronger among mainstream than among heterodox economists, with macroeconomists exhibiting the strongest bias. Men also display more bias than women. Geographical differences also play a major role, with less bias among economists in Africa, South America, and Mediterranean countries like Italy, Portugal, and Spain. In addition, economists with undergraduate degrees in economics or business/management tend to show stronger ideological biases.

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 17:54 utc | 27

b, stop it with the racism. US pilots grow up with technology around them, and have access to better flight simulators which have better software upgrades. There is no denying that.

I used to test experimental aircraft engines. Not inflight, but on the ground. We used to get a lot of maintenance engines that were fixed and tested before they were sent back to the customer.

Aircraft engines have chip detectors which detect metal in the engine oil to see if a part is being prematurely worn, i.e. broken. There is a light which goes on in the pilot's dashboard when the chip detector goes off. It is normal to have a lot of chips with a brand new engine when the engine is being broken in. Same with a car. That is why you change the oil very quickly after you break in your brand new car. Well, Ethiopian Airlines had a not so new engine that was setting off the chip detector. The engine was sent back to us to be fixed, and the engine passed our tests. Then it was shipped back and re-installed. It immediately set off the chip detector once again. The company sent an engineer to see what the problem was. Because this should not have happened. The problem: the trained mechanics had saved the engine oil from the first incident and put it back in the same engine.

So, never underestimate the problem with cultural differences. It doesn't mean one group is smarter than the other. It just means that people are different and interpret things differently because they do so based on their upbringing.

Posted by: Mischi | Aug 18 2019 18:00 utc | 28

One of the most interesting and as yet uncommented upon development in the D-Party nomination campaign is Gabbard's latest point:

"In a new campaign video posted on Twitter, Gabbard lists political correctness alongside things like overly powerful IT corporations and government overreach. All three infringe on Americans’ personal rights, she says.

"'Big tech, overreaching government, political correctness – our constitutional rights are under attack. As president, I’ll protect your rights to free speech, civil liberties and personal privacy, because they’re essential to our American values and must never be compromised.'"

Yes, Gabbard's an old fashioned Big Tent Liberal who values tolerance/acceptance/equality without anyone being "chosen" or "special." I hope that her stance gets exposure so her poll numbers rise to the needed threshold to qualify for the next round of debates.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 18 2019 18:02 utc | 29

Signs, augers, premonitions, portents. The FBI has declared that conspiracy theories are
a national security threat specifically singling out Qanon. If the Qanon phenomenon
is associated with Trump, and it is pretty certain it is, then this might be an
announcement by the Satanic Elect that they now consider Trump to be a threat to
themselves. Also consider the ominously titled soon to be released movie "Angel has
Fallen". I recall the rumors that on the day of 9/11 a threatening message was
sent: "Angel is next", angel referring to Air Force One and the president. So this
might be the satanic elect, also known in my lexicon as the unholy, luciferian
inquisition, signalling their intent to assassinate Trump, possibly involving an
incident with air force one.
Meanwhile the satanic vermin continue to mock us: Ghislaine Maxwell at the In N' Out
Burger, perhaps referring to the insertion and extraction of Epstein from jail. People
might wonder why the illuminated ones would stage such an elaborate hoax. Maybe it is
as simple as the illuminati mocking us, flaunting their contempt and how much they despise
the untermenschen and our values. The review of the CIA book that GM purportedly posted
is a profound, unspeakable delusion orders of magnitude beyond any human comprehension, a
glimpse into an unfathomable, apocalyptic evil, a vision into the abyss of the bottomless
pit of Hell. I also think Epstein's lawyers are in on the charade. They will now produce
fake video footage purporting to corroborate the necromantic fable, declare case
closed against the conspiracy theorists and the whole thing will blow over. I might be
wrong about some of the particulars in this speculation. Epstein might have been murdered.
But it is physically impossible for Epstein to have killed himself according to the necro-
mantic spell they are casting now.

Posted by: evilempire | Aug 18 2019 18:04 utc | 30

VK - Beside the point. Obviously, China has opened up its economy to market reforms for years, since the 1970-80s in fact, but the point is....China's is a capitalist market economy within the system of globalisation.

And as China's economy is slowing in concert with the other major global economies within the global capitalis system, the PBOC is deploying typical monetarist strategies, ie interest rate cuts for businesses, in order to mitigate the slowdown.

Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 18 2019 18:06 utc | 31

VK - and what CNBC is "selling" is a statement posted by the PBOC on their website, which acknowledges the Chinese slowdown and the need to further market-based economic reforms.

"Market-based economic reforms" = capitalist economic reforms.

Direct quotation posted in my comment.

Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 18 2019 18:18 utc | 32

I only just heard that Trump wants to buy Greenland.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-wants-to-buy-greenland-denmark-largest-island-report-2019-8

That's quite a novel notion of sovereignty. Also proves that Trump really does believe in the climate crisis and global heating anytime there could be profit and imperialism involved.

Posted by: Russ | Aug 18 2019 18:25 utc | 33

@9 Circe I've also often thought of people who champion the theft, torture, murder, brutal military oppression of the Palestinian people being reincarnated into the same situation so they can learn what their racism and disregard for human decency feels like first hand. The ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine sadly seems like a slow motion reenactment of some partially remembered atavistic nightmare that humanity is still karmically clinging to for reasons unknown. Shameless bigots like Maher are its visible spectres resurrected from people who always self identified with the position of the guards, now happy to cheerlead on the MSM, but who are tortured because they won't actually use their own hands in the violence perhaps until their next birth, when they may suffer the paradoxical misfortune of being on the receiving end of the systems they championed with their viscous rhetoric. Interesting to think about.

Posted by: Jason | Aug 18 2019 18:26 utc | 34

Russia invites NATO nations to participate in its International Army Games. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said:

"'We will be glad to welcome any NATO member at our games. We will be glad not only to greet them here, but also to take a look at their equipment, to see what they are capable of,' Shoigu said.

"'In other words, it would be better to learn more about each other here than to wait for another opportunity to emerge,' he continued. 'An opportunity of a different kind would be undesirable.'"

As the article notes, the competition isn't limited to maneuvering and marksmanship but also logistics and equipment maintenance. I very much doubt any NATO member other than Turkey will accept, however.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 18 2019 18:26 utc | 35

Oh wait, who started bombing weddings and funerals in Afghanistan?

Posted by: Sasha | Aug 18 2019 16:49 utc | 21

This is cultural hegemony, states and groups in contact with the hegemon may complain, bitch etc., but there is a tendency to copy the behavior of the hegemon, particularly the worst aspects. Thus bombing weddings became one of the "things to do".

I observed that first when I read about "basic dates" in history of Poland and Lithuania between 1918 and 1939: transition from military government to democratic, from democratic to de-facto authoritarian, adoption of an authoritarian constitutions -- Lithuanians did all of that with a small delay after Poland. Then I paid attention to other examples.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Aug 18 2019 18:30 utc | 36

@Posted by: Piotr Berman | Aug 18 2019 18:30 utc | 36

Well,...imitation was not what I was thinking about...
As well as NED now does part of the dirty job CIA covertly was doing in the past, ISIS is now doing the dirty job the US administration covertly was doing in the past.

For me it is clear, what i found strnage is why there are a lot of you here trying to missdirect/obfuscate what is clearly happening in the world and is well known by everybody since years ago.

Posted by: Sasha | Aug 18 2019 18:36 utc | 37

Latest Keiser Report on negative interest bonds:

"The negative yielding bonds are, in truth, an 'instrument of forced inflation' aimed at the 'destruction of purchasing power,' Karl Denninger of Market-Ticker.org told Max Keiser in the episode.

"'Negative yielding bond is forced inflationary instrument: you buy it, you’re guaranteed inflation in the amount of a negative yield,' he says, blasting the tool as plain 'theft' by any government that issues these bonds, which is done in an effort to nominally expand a country’s GDP." [My Emphasis]

The last several installments of this program have looked into this issue and the related issue of government and corporate debt that's driving it. Keiser also has a program on Sputnik Radio called Double Down which recently hosted Hudson on this issue.

The concept's quite novel, so I suggest it's important to learn what it's about and the sort of impact such an instrument and related policy might have.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 18 2019 18:42 utc | 38

@ Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 18 2019 18:18 utc | 32

The Chinese government has indeed stated, from day 1 of the trade war, that it would hurt its economy and that it would to punctual fiscal and monetary policies in order to weather its effects on the domestic economy. But that definitely doesn't mean it capitulated to capitalism and is becoming capitalist: on the contrary, it has also stated that the grand plan will continue.

Market is not an invention of capitalism either: it exists since at least the Bronze Age. Capitalism didn't even invent the concept of globalization, since it obviously existed both in the Late Bronze Age and in Antiquity. Market is not definitive evidence of capitalism, and the Chinese definitely know it.

China is making reforms to become a financial superpower since at least it entered at the WTO (2001). China's bidding to the post of world's financial superpower is definitely not news. China never officially declared it has a fixed fiat currency, nor that the 7:1 Renminbi to Dollar ratio was its official monetary policy -- there are all Western projections/interpretations of what China is (or should be). This debate only exists in the Western punditland.

Currency devaluation and revaluation is as old as walking forward and definitely not capitalist features -- unless you want call Roman Emperor Gallienus a Keynesian.

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 18:43 utc | 39

VK - The PBOC is definitely Keynesian. :)

Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 18 2019 18:48 utc | 40

On Woodstock's 50th anniversary, Pepe Escobar titles his latest:

"All along the watchtower: The follies of history: The ultimate American imperial dream is to engineer a Chinese vassal state"

So, play the soundtrack, watch the movie, listen to later CDs of those not included in either, or at least hum the tune as you read Pepe's prose.

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 18 2019 18:51 utc | 41

@ 31 donkeytale
China's is a capitalist market economy within the system of globalization.

This is not my field, so please tell me why the monetary policy being enacted by China is tied only to capitalism, since the latter is mainly characterized by corporate competition for profit, and not state-controlled as in China.
Further, the whole idea that China is, without choice, going to inevitably drift to the US economic system needs to be discarded. IMO.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 18 2019 19:01 utc | 42

Iran Navy may escort her ship from Gib, RT says Iran has said. See> "Gibraltar rejects new US demand to seize Iranian tanker" @ RT.

The Law of War and the Law of the Seas has, in the past, permitted ships to fly false flags (except in actual combat) and permitted many ships to be "auxiliary cruisers" (Seadler, Wolf, Atlantis, and of course Lusitania and many others. US liberty ships were armed with a good sized gun aft (sometimes a 5") and a smaller gun fore - generally a 3", I believe.

Perhaps we shall see "Q Ships" and perhaps Iran will arm her tankers...

War makes strange actions, eh?

Posted by: Walter | Aug 18 2019 19:16 utc | 43

Facts tell: Are there really that many Hong Kongers participating in the protest?

https://twitter.com/CGTNOfficial/status/1163104514561445891

Senior #HongKong resident alerts young radicals to the danger of foreign manipulation

https://twitter.com/CGTNOfficial/status/1163108747692036097

Posted by: Sasha | Aug 18 2019 19:21 utc | 44

Even information from the hospital and press conference have confirmed the girl who lost her right eye was caused by protesters themselves rather than the police, they still use her photo as a propaganda to against Hongkong police. So ironic!

https://twitter.com/Liam_Stone18/status/1163095597601021952

#Hongkong protesters painting on the wall "If you want peace, prepare for the war!"

https://twitter.com/Liam_Stone18/status/1163144733230686208

Ongoing: At least 20 protesters are pointing laser beams at the office buildings of both the PLA Hong Kong Garrison and the SAR government as thousands of people gather there

https://twitter.com/CGTNOfficial/status/1163070979364409344


Posted by: Sasha | Aug 18 2019 19:40 utc | 45

@Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 18 2019 18:51 utc | 41

Do you have a link to that movie?

Posted by: Sasha | Aug 18 2019 19:43 utc | 46

Shouldn't negative interest rates result in deflation, not inflation?

Posted by: lysias | Aug 18 2019 19:43 utc | 47

Sasha @44

Notice the stage with light show, sound system, and giant video display in some of the images in that thread. That is as close as you can get to certain proof that the "protests" are not organic and are instead professionally staged events that the "protesters" just show up at like a free concert.

Maidan all over again. Let's find out if Hong Kongers are as stupid as eastern Ukrainians? Only idiots think real protests have stages with entertainers on them. Those are concerts, not protests.

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 18 2019 19:45 utc | 48

Nice to have a day where i have the time to read comments again..
@VK: Thanks for the link. I would also agree to the point you made, but with a bit more balance: One reason why China did indeed open itself up to the world capitalist machine, was IMHO NOT that they thought the western capitalist system was somehow superior, and that they would go the way Japan did and clone it. No. AFAIK to parts played into the decision:

1. After the huge devastation of the "cultural revolution" that and Maos equally devastation called "Great Leap Forward" which both left millions dead, and the whole society traumatized, a process started for most party figures as well as citizens. The stalinist communist ideology lost its previous glamour, accelerated by the increasing hatred between Soviet Russia and China. Plus it was plain to see at least since the 1970s, that the communist economy was not able to compete equally for many high tech sectors like microprocessors.
While the european vassal countrys were not free to try their own "third way", China had both the freedom, but also stammina and ego to go its own way.
They successfully started a development, where in designated parts of China new economic initiatives could be tried, and successfully took what they deemed positive from the western economy, but also refrained from repeating the western errors.
What China created is unique, therefore any discussion trying to put a word on it is futile. It has - clearly - characteristics of western economy, but also clearly tried to embed them into its own ideology and system.
If one wants to call it communism, socialism, or capitalism is irrelevant. It is what it is.

2. Another point is, that China did open itself up to the WTO not only because of economic benefits and the conviction of this being the right way for Chinas development.
Also, because they rightly analyzed that the Soviet economic system was a dead end, which history proved some years later as true. The Soviet model of being totally self reliant made it easy to contain the Soviets. But China did the opposite, and both attracted big investors and invested herself in the west. Those webs of investments now protect China, as we see in Trumps trade war.
Without Google and all those others stakeholders in Chinas development in the west, China would not stand much of a chance. But now, the world financial system is so intertwined with China, that the US can not contain China without risking it own defeat.
This China has anaylzed rightly 30 years ago, and it may well have saved its country now.

Those 2 points may look conflicting, but they are equally important. And props to the chinese politicians, whos policys now pay off for the better of their country over 1/4 of a century later.
Most western people can not remember 30 years ago, let alone predict rightly 30 years into the future.

Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPr. | Aug 18 2019 19:54 utc | 49

@ Posted by: donkeytale | Aug 18 2019 18:48 utc | 40

Well, if lowering interest rates is Keynesian, then Trump is a big time Keynesian too. Shinzo Abe is an hyper-Keynesian. In fact, the whole world is Keynesian now.

Didn't know Keynes patented the concept.

Posted by: vk | Aug 18 2019 19:58 utc | 50

@ vk 15
I have read your comment three times but I fail to understand what you are trying to say.

“To make a machine fool-proof is one of the golden rules of engineering.”

Engineers used to run advanced manufacturing companies; they don’t anymore. We can go all the way back to the Ford Pinto of the 1960s with its gas tank so close to the rear of the car that it would explode when the car was hit from the rear. Engineers screamed that a small modification would shield the tank from impact. The accountants costed the price of the modification and then costed the likely payouts to the families whose member/s would be burned to death in a Pinto. Result: the payouts would cost less. So a complete deathrap was knowingly released onto the roads with the inevitable results. GM did similarly with the Corvair as famously described by Ralph Nader in his book “Unsafe at Any Speed.” And that was more than fifty years ago.

Posted by: Lochearn | Aug 18 2019 20:34 utc | 51

@29karlof1 I could use some help from the commenters: I'm doing a bit of digging into the Israel/Palestine issue and how it will impact on 2020 elections. American Jewish Congress has a "Jewish political guide"--- https://www.jewishpoliticalguide.com/ where they rate u.s. politicians on their positions and actions regarding Israel. I think it reveals to us some important perspective on how they rate our politicians. They like Trump (62-38), and do not like Gabbard (25-75).
Here is a quick list which you can see in detail on their website.

Rubio 71-29
Klobuchar 66-34
Trump 62-39
Biden 56-44
de Blasio 52-48
Ted Cruz 50-50
Warren 43-57
Booker 43-57
Buttigieg 42-58
Sanders 32-68
Harris 31-69
Gabbard 25-75
Castro 23-77
All the above are against BDS. Some in the middle were against moving the capital to Jerusalem but wouldn't push to move it back. I'm surprised that Harris and Castro were so low.

Your thoughts? Apparently the American Jewish Congress was considered a typical pro Israel group of liberals in the 1950s and 1960s but now they appear no different than AIPAC.

I support Gabbard and Sanders, more gabbard, but was disappointed in her anti BDS position. However, given how much she has been maligned in the press she would not have gotten into the first two debates if she had supported BDS.I hope she and Sanders bolt the dems--- doubt they will...

Posted by: michael | Aug 18 2019 20:35 utc | 52

From the NYT All the LIES (News) That’s Fit to Print edition (like there is any other edition available), "Firing more than 1,800 rounds of tear gas, Hong Kong police have repeatedly violated standards for safely dispersing crowds, experts said, putting protesters and bystanders in serious danger. We reviewed dozens of cases where it was used.

Gilets Jaunes protester, "amateurs".

What I want to know are there children gathering up spent tear gas containers to earn a few pennies so they can stave off starvation for another day, as in Honduras?

Posted by: Tom | Aug 18 2019 20:40 utc | 53

Further to my comment @ 51

In another macabre twist the Ford radio ads for the Pinto ended with the line: “Pinto leaves you with that warm feeling.”
It sure did!

Posted by: Lochearn | Aug 18 2019 20:44 utc | 54

For someone who "Doesn't Believe Either Propaganda"@49
You seem to have taken this on faith:
"1. After the huge devastation of the "cultural revolution" that and Maos equally devastation called "Great Leap Forward" which both left millions dead, and the whole society traumatized, a process started for most party figures as well as citizens. The stalinist communist ideology lost its previous glamour, accelerated by the increasing hatred between Soviet Russia and China. Plus it was plain to see at least since the 1970s, that the communist economy was not able to compete equally for many high tech sectors like microprocessors.
While the european vassal countrys were not free to try their own "third way", China had both the freedom, but also stammina and ego to go its own way...."
How much Kool Aid did it take to swallow all that?

Posted by: bevin | Aug 18 2019 21:06 utc | 55

The Authorities in Gibraltar have refused a US request to further detain the Iranian tanker, this must have shocked the US government since they believe their laws operate all over the world.
If the US detains the Iranian tanker on the high seas outside Gibraltar territorial waters on the spurious grounds they have offered Gibraltar, then that would immediately mean a blockade on Iranian oil, which would bring the Iranian threat into sharp focus whereby if they cannot sell [transport] its oil then no one can [Strait of Hormus]. Will the US take this fateful step?

Posted by: Harry Law | Aug 18 2019 21:21 utc | 56

Thank you karlof1 #29

The Tulsi campaign and her dialogue is very carefully crafted and communicated. I have been watching many of her site videos and interviews and she is a wordsmith of excellence. I too hope that she gets the necessary poll numbers to move to the next step. Failing that we shall see her again at the next presidential race should she live that long.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Aug 18 2019 21:28 utc | 57

Make what you will of this>

"The metadata in Hillary Clinton's emails contained a Gmail address with the name of a Chinese company: "carterheavyindustries [@]gmail.com" "


"Jeannette McMillian, an attorney for the intelligence community inspector general (ICIG), told Congress that this email with the name of a Chinese company appeared to serve as a "live dropbox" for all of Clinton's emails. "

If true, then it may be (duh) that somebody was selling inside information...making treason with foreign power? Geewhiz...

Posted by: Walter | Aug 18 2019 21:29 utc | 58

For DontBelieveEitherPr. @49, who has definitely swallowed some whale-sized propaganda, it would do one much good to forget everything one thinks one knows about the Cultural Revolution.

For instance, how did the Cultural Revolution kill millions? Firing squads? Nazi-style death camps?

That's not something you've ever thought about, is it? You just took it for granted because everyone else around you took it for granted.

Below is a link to a rather lengthy and detailed series of essays. Check them out and hopefully you'll realize that there is a great deal about the Cultural Revolution that almost everyone on the West knows nothing about. In fact, you'll discover that almost everyone in the West knows exactly zilch about China's Cultural Revolution.

A necessary revolution in discussing China’s Cultural Revolution: an 8-part series
(1/8)

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 18 2019 21:31 utc | 59

Yeah, I forgot> searchterm> "The metadata in Hillary Clinton's emails contained a Gmail address with the name of a Chinese company"


more than one hit...

Posted by: Walter | Aug 18 2019 21:32 utc | 60

@Circe 16 To know who your masters are, look at who you can't criticize. Voltaire BDS in a nutshell.
Maher is only on JTV because he is a jew.
If BDS was good enough for the apartheid state of South Africa, then it is good enough for Occupied Palestine. BDS was a main part of the collapse of the apartheid regime of SA and it will part of the reason for the collapse of the new apartheid state because people are getting tired of the problems that they cause.

Posted by: Tonymike | Aug 18 2019 21:44 utc | 61

Hillary a Chinese agent? Shades of the Manchurian Candidate!

Posted by: lysias | Aug 18 2019 21:50 utc | 62

@ Walter who wrote
"
Yeah, I forgot> searchterm> "The metadata in Hillary Clinton's emails contained a Gmail address with the name of a Chinese company"
"

I have only read one item sometime yesterday and it said quite clearly that the email address was not created by any Chinese company but by staff or related IT folk.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 18 2019 22:11 utc | 63

Boeing’s corporate sole purpose is to enrich shareholders and executives. Cost cutting in the design and production of airplanes, lowering wages and eliminating pensions came home to roost. Since WSJ is owned by the very people benefitting the most from predatory capitalism, it does not mention the true cause of the crashes – greed (not foreign pilots). The 737 Max grounding is having an economic cost. Pressure is building. The global economy is in a recession. The 2020 election and the oligarchs’ factional struggle is at stake. A safe response is to require simulator training with the new software and washout any pilots who fail to recover the plane. But that costs real money and a workable flight recovery sequence. Without a hardware redesign or pilot training, flying in a Max is a real risk. Fundamentally, the rich don’t give a damn about the little people. American and UK politicians are paid to look the other way as people die earlier as the rich get richer.

Posted by: VietnamVet | Aug 18 2019 22:13 utc | 64

to Walter # 60. You may have heard tidbits from an article posted on Zerohedge 15 August. The exact details, per author Ivan Pentchovkov are as follows: A person called Paul Combetta, an employee of Platte River Networks, set up the account for Killery. Mr. Combetta is said to have managed killary's private email account, which she used in emails which included classified documents for a number of years. This of course, according to US gov laws, is "illegal" but.... etc etc. Regarding the email address, it is not clear if Mr. Combatta knew that there is a chinese entity called Shandong Carter Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. The email address is simply "carterheavyindustries@gmail.com." When I saw it, my first thought is that they were goofing on Jimmy Carter.

Questions: was there a chinese connection at all? Why was this "drop file" needed, given that Killery had the habit of copying things to her assistant Humala - (sp?) to an email address shared (!) by Humala's (sp?) husband, the convicted pedophile? Did Killery know? or was this a little side bezel for Platte River Networks? Why hasn't Killery been called out for years and years of law breaking regarding her - illegal - private email account (s)? Given that the Us taxpayer is financing seventeen (17) "intelligence" agencies supposedly to "keep us safe" why would anyone in upper levels of government think that a gmail account is at all secure? Jeezzzz.

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Aug 18 2019 22:14 utc | 65

I stumbled across the link below and am interested in the opinion of such by other MoA barflies....bevin?

Three Corporations run the world: City of London, Washington DC and Vatican City

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 18 2019 22:16 utc | 66

Trump threatens to leave WTO. Again this points out to my analysis that the US seeks now to destroy the international system, as it no longer from benefits from it - under it the world is growing faster than the US.

Trump specifically pointed out that the world, on average, is growing faster than the US. So this is an attack on the world and the global economy.

Things can not continue like that or the US will lose power fast. Therefore the liberal globalist system that started after 1990 must be destroyed, as it is this system that benefits the rise of developing nations.

I suspect that US specialists have identified this as the only way for the US to save itself.

And i suspect that it is not Trump behind this strategy, but the military/intelligence circles. His bravado is just used in order to provide cover for changing the system and leading to a world of the jungle.

Jackrabbit, are you around? I remember that you mentioned something similar. Can you elaborate more on this, i think you are up to something.

Btw in my view the trade wars are working (everybody loses, but the point is to make others lose more that what you would lose, thus keeping the US relative power), as they are actively slowing down multipolarity. The latest estimates point to big cuts in developing nations growth. It is not enough to stop their rise completely, but they are being slowed down.

Posted by: Passer by | Aug 18 2019 22:20 utc | 67

But now, the world financial system is so intertwined with China, that the US can not contain China without risking it own defeat.

Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPr. | Aug 18 2019 19:54 utc | 49

Problem is, Chinese (and developing world) is being downgraded right now. According to latest estimates, China overtaking the US in GDP MER is being prostponed to 2032.

The US needs to slow down China until its bad demographics kick in.

Chinese gdp growth will slow down significantly after 2030 as its aging demographics kick in and the country moves into Japan mode, and the country is estimated to lose 27 % of its population by 2100, with a 50 year median age. Coupled with dramatic fall in its labor force.

Meanwhile OECD long term estimates point to the US starting to grow economically faster that China after 2040, and gradually catching up with China after that, due to its younger and growing population. In other words, a reversal of the situation.

Posted by: Passer by | Aug 18 2019 22:41 utc | 68

DBEP @ 49, William Gruff @ 59:

My sister-in-law grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution and her recollection of her childhood experiences is positive. She lived on a farm for some time and learned to care for animals - an experience she has tried to recreate with her own children here in Australia with varying degrees of success. (A guinea pig bought for her eldest child freaked out after narrowly escaping a cat attack and died shortly after. The goldfish fared better. A pet rabbit bought for the younger children lived 10 years, mostly indoors, and died just this year.)

If millions died during the Cultural Revolution, there either have to be mass graves near prisons or concentration camps or these institutions must have had crematoria working 24/7 every week, every month, every year. Presumably the Americans have satellite images of such buildings.

Much the same could be said for the supposedly notorious Saydnaya Prison in Syria whose administrators are said to be hard at work torturing and hanging up to 50 people each week, and disposing of their corpses in a crematorium that suspiciously seemed to be playing whack-a-mole over 2013 - 2015 in Amnesty International's interviews with people who claimed to have spent time in the prison.

Posted by: Jen | Aug 18 2019 22:42 utc | 69

I continue to posit we are in WWIII and it is all about who controls global finance into the future

Global finance interactions are processed currently at the central banking level by the BIS (privately owned/operated) and other international banking transactions are process by SWIFT (privately owned/operated)

In 2015 China created an alternative to SWIFT called CIPS

In 2018 the ECB/EU created an alternative to SWIFT called TIPS

In 2019 Russia created an alternative to SWIFT called SPFS

In 2019 the EU created INSTEX as a faux alternative to SWIFT for EU exchange on a limited basis with Iran

In the link below you can read about the US Fed announcement of the coming creation of RYGS/Fed Now

Lost Within the Rate Cut: The Fed’s Drive to Establish a New Payment System

WWIII is being fought over public/private control of the tools of global/local finance. If/when there is a meeting of "world leaders", not just what will comprise the new Reserve Currency will be decided.......who is going to want to trust their international transactions to a private organization when the alternative of a public one will be available?

Trolls here can write all they want about this "ism" or that "ism" and how those "isms" relate to this country or that but none of that theory has anything to do with the reality stated above....the reality of public finance challenges to centuries old private finance......the lifeblood of interaction among humans on our planet

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 18 2019 22:46 utc | 70

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 18 2019 22:46 utc | 70

I will add that i think that the US has declared a Cold War on the world, and not simply on Russia or China, and the point is to sabotage the world's economic development.

Looks like the US now wants the EU gone too, or at least severely weakened. This is what Europe will get for its boot licking. And this is what it deserves. Now they will be canibalised. The master must always feed better than the servants, including by taking their own food, if needed. This is what puppets fail to understand.

Posted by: Passer by | Aug 18 2019 22:56 utc | 71

@9 Circe
Regarding Reincarnation and Karma, it is really a matter of logic rather than embracing a faith. Atheists argue that the amazing complexity of life and the universe just developed by accident. As to religion consider this, why are some born into abstract poverty and live a life of misery whereas others are born into wealth and comfort? Why do so many avoid justice? God's will, God's favorites? It makes no possible sense.
Or do we get in life exactly what we have earned or deserve, and keep living lives until we have fulfilled what we need fulfill? How could we possibly experience all we can experience or learn in one life time.
As to wishing bad Karma onto others, that is counterproductive as thoughts also carry weight and is negative for us. Karma is impersonal and relentless, people will get exactly what they deserve, our thoughts one way or the other won't change that.

Posted by: Rancid | Aug 18 2019 22:57 utc | 72

"Also no safety criteria should ever be based on "average pilot reaction times" because that obviously means that 50% of all pilots will fail to save their own and their passengers asses."

That's not what it means but what it would mean if your said "median" pilot reaction times. With "average" you could have 100 pilots who reacted in under 4 seconds and one who took an hour. Math.

Posted by: Herschel | Aug 18 2019 23:05 utc | 73

This conclusionless, self-satisfied shriek "racism" suffers from a lack of factual data, and of course a surplus of emotion. How the writer feels seems the sole criterion for judging air traffic safety.

Pilot reaction times (motor skills), IQ (cognitive ability), impulse control, attention span, communication skills, and eyesight are not only eminently measurable, they are in fact measured, specifically and thankfully, for pilots.

Does the writer know how these measurements break statistically across segments (demographics, age, sex, and so on, including [gulp] race or ethnicity)? No, I think not.

Virtue signalling, the dreariest of drears.

Posted by: GatesWay | Aug 18 2019 23:06 utc | 74

US warrant for ship (declined by Gibraltar)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 16, 2019
Unsealed Warrant and Forfeiture Complaint Seek Seizure of Oil Tanker “Grace 1” for Unlawful Use of U.S. Financial System to Support and Finance IRGC’s Sale of Oil Products to Syria
...The documents allege a scheme to unlawfully access the U.S. financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The scheme involves multiple parties affiliated with the IRGC and furthered by the deceptive voyages of the Grace 1. A network of front companies allegedly laundered millions of dollars in support of such shipments.
A seizure warrant is merely an allegation. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty, and the burden to prove forfeitability in a civil forfeiture proceeding is upon the government. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 18 2019 23:14 utc | 75

The Gibraltar Legal Notice
Article 14.2 of the EU Regulation prohibits that any economic resource shall be made available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of the natural or legal persons, entities or bodies listed in Annex II and IIa of the EU Regulation.
The cargo aboard the Vessel, comprising crude oil, constitutes an economic resource for the purpose of the EU Regulation.
...In this time, investigations have been conducted which have produced evidence confirming that at the time of its detention the Grace 1 was indeed carrying its cargo to the Baniyas refinery in Syria.
...In light of the assurances* we have received, there are no longer any reasonable grounds for the continued legal detention of the Grace 1 in order to ensure compliance with the EU Sanctions Regulation.
. . .here

*Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo reportedly lifted the detention order and said the government has received “formal written assurances” from the Iranian government that the ship will not discharge its cargo in Syria, according to local newspaper the Gibraltar Chronicle. Britain said that Iran must abide by these assurances, and said it would not allow Iran or anyone to bypass European Union sanctions.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 18 2019 23:16 utc | 76

So UK is adamant that EU regulations, enacted by whatever means, must be obeyed worldwide. Does this apply after UK leaves the EU? (hah)

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 18 2019 23:20 utc | 77

While we are fed all the BS created around the USSR and China´s Cultural Revolution, we do not pay attention to our own real BS:

"Paesa tries his contacts in France, with one Kim Philby visiting Paris who asks him if he doesn't find it curious that they killed Carrero Blanco on the same day Kissinger was in Madrid. In front of the American embassy, area combed by the CIA"

https://twitter.com/LOQUEDIGAELFMI/status/1163087303381852160

The magic of Francisco Paesa: a secret history of Spain:

Taking advantage of the premiere of Alberto Rodríguez's last film, "The Man with a Thousand Faces", at CANINO, we decided to reread our Spanish past, so full of nebulas that they can only be explained with the use of magic. Looking at the almost supernatural figure of Francisco Paesa, we give a good review of the history of our country, since the last decades of Franco through the Transition and our most immediate present: the CIA, the Gladio Network, the GAL ... All conspiracies, united by one man: the spy of a thousand faces....

Posted by: Sasha | Aug 18 2019 23:21 utc | 78

@72 Rancid, you are badly mistaken if you actually believe that "atheists believe that the complexity of life just developed by accident." That's really an absurd straw man. In reality, the science of evolutionary biology, as originally conceived by Charles Darwin, and developed by the scientific community since then, provides an explanation of how life evolved into increasingly complex forms without the need for a conscious designer God.

Posted by: Glenn | Aug 18 2019 23:25 utc | 79

@72 Rancid
And if you actually believe we get exactly what we deserve in life, do you also believe the Jews who suffered horribly at the hands of the Nazis, and the Palestinians who are currently suffering horribly at the hands of the Zionists, both had some terrible karmic debt from a past life that justifies their suffering?

Posted by: Glenn | Aug 18 2019 23:39 utc | 80

I posted this on another blog but believe it has much relevance here, concerning the true nature of the 'Occupy Operation' now being conducted by Globalists in Hong Kong, and of the position of the Chinese elite relative to their supposed enemies in the West:

Yale group spurs Mao's emergence

http://letsrollforums.com//yale-group-spurs-maos-t31764.html?s=4b6a1c57b5efe87f30d87fb3608787ac&s=a8f0c4b670936f3e7a0d58d51b472e57&

Why did Yale and the United States government provide such critical support to Mao, and indeed abandon the Nationalists in favour of the Chinese Communist Party in the late 1940's?

This is a matter of history you apparently know not. Chiang Kai-shek and his wife went to the graves muttering about US and British 'betrayal' of the Nationalists.

Why did most industrial production in the Anglosphere get relocated to Communist China after the infamous visit of Nixon to China? Why did Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping subsequently declare it is glorious to grow rich?

This is a matter of more recent history you emphasize not. Only Nixon could go to China indeed, do you get the inside joke?

There are long standing ties between the British Empire and China going back to the Opium Wars of the early-middle 19th century. The British needed to sell opium to the Chinese but required the help of locals to do the job of street level drug dealing -- and that is the origin of globalist organized crime in China and of Triads in particular. Not long after this relationship between Anglo and Chinese criminals began, Chinatowns began springing up all over the Anglo-American space, because the elite that controlled the Anglosphere, and who built their empire literally on trade in Opium, found Chinese gangsters to be most useful partners in Crime.

Globalists, by definition, have no loyalty to any country whatsoever. Their primary loyalty is to money and power and so they conduct themselves as such, rising to the top of all systems just as reliably as scum always floats to the top.

There is nuance of course. There are Nationalists in China, as there are Eurasianists in Russia. Gangster-Globalists do indeed compete on some levels, because they are greedy and unscrupulous people, after all. Globalists and criminals have never been shy about playing the Nationalist card in any case and in China the situation is more complex still, because Northern Chinese gangster-elites generally support the CPC, while southern Chinese gangster-elites harken back to long standing relationships with the Anglosphere.

What is not arguable is that Globalists, from whichever country they may originate, have more in common with each other than they do with the common people over which they preside. When it comes to deciding who will take the hit, Globalists always agree it should be the serfs who take it on the chin, meanwhile opposition to Globalization, in alt-media for example, mostly consists of not opposition but support for Globalization and Capitalism - so long as it includes so-called Chinese characteristics.

Globalists organize Colour Revolutions for multiple purposes, not just to overthrow supposedly unfriendly governments. Sometimes they run Occupy-style colour revolutions to defuse public anger on the one hand, and at the same time turn the non protesting segments of society against the protesters, thus diving a society straight down the middle. When these sorts of protest were run in Russia, they caused the people to run into the arms of the government. When they were run in the Ukraine, they set the conditions for the overthrow and replacement of the local Yanukovych regime, who despite garnering support from mainly Russian speakers in Ukraine was still Gangster and Globalist to the core.

The current protests in Hong Kong pit Northern Mandarin Chinese speakers against southern Cantonese Chinese speakers, two languages that are mutually unintelligible. There is almost no support for the protesters outside of Hong Kong and the Cantonese speaking part of China. tEven in Hong Kong protesters have long over stayed their welcome with only Black Block types still attempting to engage with Police, with most locals now tired of the disruption and fearing they may be fingered as supporters of US sponsered regime change operations.

When the protests in Hong Kong have run their course, Chinese will be no more enthusiastic about supporting any protest whatsoever, legitimate or not, just as Americans no longer supported protests after the Occupy Operation had run it's course. Chinese, especially outside of Hong Kong, have an additional problem because with the Sesame Social Credit System already in place, merely having the wrong opinion can get you fired from your job, kicked out of your apartment and unable to board a train to get to the next jurisdiction and start a new life. Most people who are socially excluded in this way will end up killing themselves or emigrating to the West, which is again useful to Globalists wherever they may be.

If people cannot protest against their elites for legitimate reasons, or address genuine grievances, then we will have allowed a hitherto unimaginable kind of fascism to take root and we will have no ability to oppose it when the gangsters predictably begin going to far.

Posted by: C I eh? | Aug 18 2019 23:44 utc | 81

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 18 2019 22:46 utc | 70
Thnx for the link!
Yes we are currently living trough ww3, it is not gone hot yet but that will come next imho.

Posted by: Per/Norway | Aug 18 2019 23:49 utc | 82

Adrian Darya (Grace 1 ) on the move eastbound 6.0knots - 23.46 GMT .

https://www.marinetraffic.com/fi/ais/home/shipid:416354/zoom:10

Posted by: kk | Aug 18 2019 23:55 utc | 83

@ Posted by: Lochearn | Aug 18 2019 20:34 utc | 51

What I'm trying to say is that engineers don't imagine an ideal human when projecting their machines. In order to maximize its operationability, they project it to be the most foolproof possible, in order for more people to be able to use them and, thus, rising the pool of the population who can, potentially, operate said machine. This is necessary, because capitalism only decides to invest in new fixed capital (infrastructure) when the extra costs are compensated by and even greater rise in labor productivity (so profits increase instead of decrease).

An engineer will never project a machine having a super human in mind. It is only when physics and the technology itself imposes it that engineers do it (as is the case of manned space exploration, where technology is absolute cutting edge and you basically need to be a super human with years of training to be an astronaut/cosmonaut). It is dumb to project an expensive machine that only a selected few humans can operate (what if they suddenly die? What if, at a given point in time, knowledge is not passed to the next generation?).

Commercial planes are definitely not cutting edge anymore. They were in the 1950s/1960s, but not in 2019. The USA has more than enough capable engineers who can design a single-isle commercial plane, which already existing pilots can easily operate. By stating 737 MAX's fatal flaw comes from the fact that some pilots can't fix the problem in 4 seconds is a blatant lie for the simple reason it's not economically sound. What if the pilot who can do that in 4 seconds is in a bad day? What if, in that particular day, he didn't sleep well, had an argument with his wife, lost his mother, has a flu etc. etc. and can't fix the problem in 4, but now in 5 or 6 seconds?

It's simple: engineers work with high margins of human error in mind, they don't bet their designs -- which take years and years of development -- on the prowess of the human operator. The only exceptions are the ones I mentioned in my previous comment: 1) absolutely cutting edge or 2) when its propositally designed to be so (competitive sports, e.g. F1).

Posted by: vk | Aug 19 2019 0:10 utc | 84

Glenn @ 80:

I hate to tell you but a former Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Israel, Ovadia Yosef, did actually express the viewpoint that Jewish Holocaust victims were the reincarnated souls of sinners who were reborn in order to atone for past transgressions they had done.

The rest of Rancid's comment @ 72 is repugnant: how can we know what the nature of karma is, yet Rancid assumes it has a machine-like relentless quality that "balances" an "evil" act with some form of "payback".

Posted by: Jen | Aug 19 2019 0:10 utc | 85

c1ue | Aug 18 2019 15:02 utc | 1

"If failure to agree with the climate change panic is the conservative bete noir, is anti-vaxxing the liberal's?"

The "antis" have been strangely silent since the Danish study tracking nearly 660,000 children born between 1999 and 2010 showed no link between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Report of the study is here:
https://annals.org/aim/article-abstract/2727726/measles-mumps-rubella-vaccination-autism-nationwide-cohort-study
published March 5, 2019

Posted by: AntiSpin | Aug 19 2019 0:12 utc | 86

b, stop it with the racism. US pilots grow up with technology around them, and have access to better flight simulators which have better software upgrades. There is no denying that.
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Posted by: Mischi | Aug 18 2019 18:00 utc | 28

Not true in this case. As reported in a BBC documentary that b linked in an earlier post, Ethiopian Airlines was one of the few airlines with a dedicated flight simulator for the MAX. Meanwhile neither American nor Southwest, the two main users of the MAX, have one; indeed, some smaller US airlines are two generations behind.

I grant you that the US has comparatively strong maintenance. It also has solid initial pilot training, courtesy in good part of the mass of pilots the military-industrial complex retires each year. But US airlines don't have a particularly enviable safety record, at comparable fleet and route structure.

Posted by: fx | Aug 19 2019 0:49 utc | 87

michael | Aug 18 2019 20:35 utc | 52--

Without knowing the criteria of the survey leading to the posted results, there's little I can comment on other than I don't find them surprising.

Regarding Gabbard, there's this important development:

"Sanders Unveils Plan to End Cash Bail, Ban Private Prisons, and 'Fundamentally Transform' US Criminal Justice System"

Those issues were all an important part of Gabbard's plans. Gabbard was the only Dem to break with the D-Party Machine to support and campaign for Sanders in 2016. Sanders now has effectively adopted most of Gabbard's nomination campaign platform, including her vow to end the endless regime change wars.

While Gabbard continues to gain additional individual contributors, the last polling results I saw 2 weeks ago weren't good. I've yet to see any updated polling info, but we should get some info during the next week. She must poll better than 2% to get in the next debate. Gabbard will be doing her 2 week active Army Reserve duty which will impinge on her ability to campaign and increase her visibility and thus her poll numbers.

IMO, adding Gabbard's campaign issues to his own makes Sanders far and away the best candidate. He has a Movement behind him that's growing, and despite BigLie Media bias draws big crowds everywhere he goes even on short notice. Currently, the brewing Political Fight is over Medicare For All. Sanders continues to pound the following point everywhere he goes:

"If we stand together, there is nothing, nothing, nothing that we cannot accomplish."

Posted by: karlof1 | Aug 19 2019 0:51 utc | 88

I'm happy to have been wrong-pessimistic- about the Grace now under weigh towards the Levant.

Psychohistorian @66. I followed the link. The site seems to be run by a very nice guy. But he is wrong. This is a sample of stuff that is complete nonsense:
"The Fabian Society is one such entity which written in 1887 is a mixture of fascism, Nazism, Marxism and communism. It is not hard to now imagine that all these ‘ideologies’ would have also been engineered by the same people. It should come as no surprise then to discover that the Fabian Society is accredited with creating Communist China, Fascism in Italy and Germany and Socialism globally as well. How far people have been fooled and also explains the role played by the Fabian Society in formulating policies for the decolonized British Empire. It would also mean that quite a number of British educated natives given the mantle of leading the newly independent nations would have also been members of the Fabian society. The communist takeover of Russia too is said to be the work of the British Fabian Society financed by the City of London banking families...."

that last sentence is worth repeating:
"The communist takeover of Russia too is said to be the work of the British Fabian Society financed by the City of London banking families." Total rubbish.

C I eh?@81 However has even more ridiculous stuff. Of which this excerpt is a fair sample:
"Why did Yale and the United States government provide such critical support to Mao, and indeed abandon the Nationalists in favour of the Chinese Communist Party in the late 1940's?
"This is a matter of history you apparently know not. Chiang Kai-shek and his wife went to the graves muttering about US and British 'betrayal' of the Nationalists.
"Why did most industrial production in the Anglosphere get relocated to Communist China after the infamous visit of Nixon to China? Why did Mao's successor Deng Xiaoping subsequently declare it is glorious to grow rich?"

All of this is taken from old fascist propaganda tropes. Often mixed up and cut and pasted and updated. Old propaganda never dies. It hangs around waiting for people looking for a "theory of everything" to puck out of the garbage can of history, clean it up a bit then throw it onto the internet.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 19 2019 0:52 utc | 89

Is the SOHR claiming 96% or 46%?
https://www.moonofalabama.org/images8/syrjulstats1.jpg
Okay, Hezbollah is 4% but what color are they using for 'non-Syrian militias'. It' not clear and given that they are a propaganda site, I wouldn't be surprised if they were trying to claim 50% (a suspiciously round number that just edges out native Syrians).

BDS sponsorship of Senators
The bigger story that was ignored is now Israel sponsors trips that flatter their cause and deny access to Palestinians who have a different story to tell. The harpies like Mahar and Graham will put groups that want to sponsor trips to see Palestinians under a micro-scope so that they can bray 'Anti-Semiticism'. Every pro-Palestinian group can be linked by '3 degrees of separation' to some member of Hamas so in effect there is an embargo
on visiting Palestinians. Everyone has to wear a Yamuke and pray at the Western Wall.

BTW I don't blame Israel for doing this, I blame the sociopaths like Pence who play along with it. He has no interest in hearing info that would upset his version of reality. Pence stands for all of the Evangelical fanatics who lack empathy.

Posted by: Christian Chuba | Aug 19 2019 1:11 utc | 90

Hi Sasha.

You wrote:

I have not observed and taken part in the "alt-media" for so long as you have done it, just half the time, but you seem to be doing the same you are denouncing the "alt-media" are doing, say, telling some truth, that most "alt-media" ( if not all...) are owned by the US intelligence services, while taking the opportunity to slander Iran...

I understand how hearing contradictory opinions creates confusion and since I believe you are a sincere participant (it is often so very hard to tell) I want to key in on one aspect of your response, regarding Iran.

As you may or may not know, Iran-Contra was a scandal that hit the Reagan era government, in which necons such as Oliver North, were implicated in trading US arms for Iranian money and oil. US proceeds from the illegal sale of weapons to Iran were then used to enrich the participants and fund the Contra terrorists in Nicaragua.

Did you know the point man for Iran in these secret negotiations was Hassan Rouhani, who has previously studied law in Scotland?

Did you know Rouhani's main backer in Iran, Hashem Rafsanjani, became the richest and most powerful man in Iran as a result of that trade?

Did you also know that during the hard right necon days of the Stephen Harper regime in Canada, who broke diplomatic relations with Iran as a distraction, Hashem Rafsanjani made a large investment in a brand new $19 billion toll highway in Ontario, the 407? The highway was transferred to unknown persons for approximately $1 billion dollars, with the entirety of the debt left to local taxpayers, and after much digging it was eventually discovered that the largest share of the highway (I believe it was 40%), was owned by the Rafsanjani family now mostly resident in Quebec.

How's that for a positive link between Globalists and the Iranian elite?

Please consider the information above and at the link below before assuming the Iranian regime of Hassan Rouhani is an enemy of the West.

RE: Mullah Rafsanjani and his family’s foreign investment in Canada

http://iranzamin2500.blogspot.com/2007/01/re-mullah-rafsanjani-and-his-familys.html

There is more of course, as with the continuing business relationship between certain Iranian government linked individuals and interests in Israel. As reported by Thierry Meyssan, who lives in Lebanon and was essentially a supporter of Rouhani's predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran owns 50% of the Eilat-Ashkelon pipline in Israel.

Israel and Iran collaborate to exploit the Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline

https://www.voltairenet.org/article199332.html

Why have sanctions against Iran not caused this jointly owned operation, co-owned with Israel no less, affected the business and ownership of this project?

I could go on but I want you to consider that everything you know about the current regime in Iran has been told to you by people who are telling stupendous lies. The alt-media space is indeed a mostly Intel-run operation, with exceptions quite naturally. The backers of Trump, including Shelson Adelson, were excluded from the deals with Iran, which were essentially US Necon plus UK-Rothschild financed and supported deals, and so their threats against Iran are not about destroying that country but rather about ensuring that they (the Trump clan) get their cut. The conflict between the US and Iran therefore, though it has very real repercussions for the people who live there, is actually a phoney war.

You may also remember the Happy Dance psyop which caused large sectors of the Iranian electorate to get behind Hassan Rouhani two elections past. The Happy Dance psyop was a US-Israel run operation, baring all the hallmarks of electoral manipulation by social media, and so now Trump/Adelson/Netanyahu and their cadre want payment for the services rendered to the Globalist Clique in Iran headed apparently by Rouhani now that Rafsanjai is dead.

Sasha please take the time to look into the Iran-Contra scandal and make note of the main players. If you are sincere in your desire to know the Truth this is a very good place to start.

Posted by: C I eh? | Aug 19 2019 1:43 utc | 91

- Here's anotther explanation of why the Boeing 737 MAX is a disaster:

https://moneymaven.io/mishtalk/economics/boeing-737-max-unsafe-to-fly-new-scathing-report-by-pilot-and-software-designer-ed5jwi2s8kCuGTAgFXR0GA/

Posted by: Willy2 | Aug 19 2019 1:46 utc | 92

@NemesisCalling #25
I don't quite see the similarity you mention.
Rather, the similarity is that the liberals call for a top-down overhaul of the entire energy infrastructure in the name of averting climate catastrophe - for the common good, but refuse to vaccinate in the belief that vaccines carry risk of autism even though vaccination is clearly for the common good.

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 19 2019 1:55 utc | 93

"It's what the ignorant stinking bastard deserves."

Posted by: Circe | Aug 18 2019 15:44 utc | 9

You bet Circe, good post about Bill Mare, the FAKE progressive..

Posted by: ben | Aug 19 2019 1:56 utc | 94

@AntiSpin #86
There are many studies showing there are no appreciable population level effects from vaccination: to autism or anything else.
However, that doesn't mean that there cannot be actual effects at a small scale. The Danish study showed a 1% incident rate of autism in the population - but stated that the MMR vaccinated rate was actually slightly lower than the non-MMR vaccinated rate.
However, that study is easily attacked in at least 2 ways:
1) Funded by Novo Nordisk
2) Unvaccinated population was tiny compared to the vaccinated population - the ratio was 20 vaccinated per 1 unvaccinated.
3) There is very little documentation on the makeup of said unvaccinated population vs. the vaccinated group.
This is contestable because if there is a 10% increase in autism rate, for example, that would be the difference of 30 cases - well within the noise level.
The study also excludes something like 10,000 children that dropped out for various reasons.
The real point, of course, is that even if MMR had a 10% greater autism risk, the society benefits overall.
The anti-vaxxers just don't want to do their part...

Posted by: c1ue | Aug 19 2019 2:09 utc | 95

@93 c1ue

Hmmmm...you can't see how a top-down compulsion for mandatory vaccines doesn't infringe on liberty the same way that climate change legislation does?

Of course if you believe 100% that vaccine science and the push for mandatory compulsion is settled, excuse me for wondering why you would be so quick to dismiss climate change science and the need for mandates.

Seems a little incongruous.

I for one have done enough research on both topics to see the question in each and that those that suggest any kind of infringing and meddlesome legislation are dangerous harbingers.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Aug 19 2019 2:10 utc | 96

@psychohistorian from the previous thread.. (excuse the re post, made in error)

will write for myself and say that b has written time and time again not to feed the trolls because it makes his management job harder and so between that and not wanting to clutter up the comment thread with pissing matches

It is rich to see state sponsered sayanim trolls such as yourself claiming to be authentic participants. Authentic participants do not have unlimited time to monitor these threads and systematically manipulate the conversations in the way that you and your cadres always do. They do not engage in trickery, such as comment sliding (posting 30 comments of bullshit after a post appears revealing uncomfortable facts). They do not attempt to single out other individual commenters as 'loons' without ever daring to engage with the information presented. I invite you to engage with any of the links I have posted over the last couple days, but we know you will not because in doing so you reveal yourself and demonstrate your hypocrisy.

What you and your Security State Apparatus co-workers do is create noise and distraction so the most essential aspects of what is occurring: i.e. containing information highlighting the contradictions and crimes of Globalist-Gangster Intelligence system, are not noticed by more casual participants.

The Truth has a certain feel to it, so when people hear it it sticks in their brain.

Have a nice day;)

Posted by: C I eh? | Aug 19 2019 2:13 utc | 97

For those wishing to get a clearer picture of Sunday's rally in Hong Kong, I recommend the South China Morning Post's live coverage over several hours of the rally, which at the moment is accessible through:
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3022772/anti-government-protesters-hong-kong-flock-victoria-park
Although the SCMP this morning quotes the "1.7 million" figure claimed by organisers, which is widely repeated in the world's press, the photos and on-the-ground reportings indicate a much lower number - maybe a couple of hundred thousand?

Posted by: Hope | Aug 19 2019 2:14 utc | 98

Fellow MoA barflies will be interested/appalled to read that I have a 2nd drum to beat now at MoA Open Threads

My new drum is about mental health care in the for profit world and how to achieve metal health outside the profit focused system in place.

I have healed my mental health after, in 2006, taking the side mirror OFF a Chevy Avalanche going highway speed with the back of my bicycle helmeted head…..I lived because infancy trauma had me living in what is called reptilian freeze/shit mode.

Last Friday was my 246th and last neuromodulation session that has me finally both drug free and symptom free of the fear/bad thoughts of my TBI and early infancy trauma. As I have reported before, my therapy has stretched over 3 years, 3 providers and cost around $35K out of my fixed income and savings…I am worth every penny! And I am a worst case test of the neuromodulation therapies in use today.

Before I started this healing journey I was lent 5 books about the world of neuromodulation by an alternative mental health therapist I worked with until I was well into my neuromodulation healing path. Reading those books convinced me that the tools of neuromodulation was where I was going to find healing, if at all. I had no idea it would take this much effort but such is the intersection of my hurt and the state of neuromodulation techniques.

My new drum beat is repeatedly showing that the current health system, with PROFIT at its core, is holding back true mental health care for humanity.

I discovered two serious misrepresentations of current science that continue to be foisted onto the public as therapeutic.

1. In 1951 science, given what they could discern then, determined that neuronal activity in the synaptic cleft was bio-chemical instead of bio-electric….and big pharma was born. Now, science knows that there is a form of glia called astrocytes that set up the synaptic cleft (doesn’t do its bio-chemical thing if not set up) and clears out the junction after the bio-chemical event occurs….to leak into neuromodulation you should know that those astrocytes, while they are doing their thing for neurons, are talking to their neighbors in bio-electric waveforms that we know exist by are not yet able to measure well, or understand what they are “saying”. Why is the world of medicine still pushing drugs into the bio-chemical part of synaptic activity and ignoring the more important bio-electric waveforms that our body makes from birth to death?

2. The Cat scan doc's words in the report of my head injury after the crash in 2006 said basically that he didn’t think a brain could take that much contrecoup and not blow up or bleed to death….that stuck in my memory. One of the books that my alternative MH therapist lent me was a gnarly medical text book titled “The Polyvagal Theory”. This book was written by Steven Porges who has been studying infancy development and the evolution of our vagus nerve since 1970. Our vagus nerve was our brain when we were reptiles and our trauma response was limited to freeze/shit then because we didn’t have a respiratory system to do fight/flight which being mammals gave us. Porges discovered that infants that have trauma in the last trimester in the womb or in the first year out of the womb are prone to have compromised vagal control over their fear and emotional control…(more in the link provided below). The point I am making is that the profit forced ignorance over our bodies bio-electric rhythms and events leads to a whole casting of mental health malady’s as bio-chemical in nature instead of the dysregulation of and/or stuckedness of our neuronal networks.

The link below is to the immature outline of the one presentation I have made about what I have written about above. If neuromodulation therapies have helped me heal a serious amount of hurt stretching over 70 years, think about what it can do for others with anxiety, headaches, autism, ADD, DHD, OCD, PTSD, TBI, epilepsy, etc. characterizations of mental ill health.

The link is to an extension off the web site about my earlier breath work/vagus nerve discovery which b's web site is not previewing properly so if you want to view it go to the link in my moniker and add /neuromodulation to the end....sigh

Most of my neuromodulation healing came from use of neurofeedback QEEG with associated zscore/sLoreta techniques and tDCS use. You will have to dig into the presentation to see details of those therapies.

It feels magnificent to be in good mental health and have QEEG data to back up my qualitative remediation of my hurt symptoms feelings.

Us humans are stupid for allowing PROFIT to be in the middle of the advancement and provision of human health care.

How are the trolls here going to use this vulnerable reporting against me? It will say much more about them then it will about me, that I know.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Aug 19 2019 2:29 utc | 99

@ c1ue

I challenge you to look at measles rates in the hundred years before the MMR vaccine came to be in its current iteration, but especially before the 2nd generation in 1967.

What you will find is a culling of the rate at 95% before even the first dangerous form of the vaccine in the early 60s.

I find it very odd that those who push mandatory vaccination almost never bring up the wonder that is sanitation and proper education of nutrition. These two wonders of science have singlehandedly reduced infectious diseases to negligible, manageable, and acceptable rates. It is a fool's errand to assume and work towards full eradication. All you do is suppress the number of infections artificially, at great and unknown medical risk, and thereby giving the virus an impetus to mutate and reemerge on the scene in a far more dangerous iteration. You also weaken the vaccine recipients natural response to fighting infection by artificially triggering an immune response via vaccines that do not account for the ways that natural infections of viruses operate on the human defense system.

No, I am doing my part to educate about infectious disease and the need for choice when it comes to the very unsettled science of vaccinations.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Aug 19 2019 2:31 utc | 100

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