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October 23, 2019

Open Thread 2019-61

For all the stuff your host doesn't manage to blog about ...

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Someone posted this link
and it has a nice collections of old posters
but the captions are a good indication of the abysmal depth in which the Guardian has fallen
this one, for ex.
Women’s Emancipation Poster, 1977
It wasn’t only Christianity the Soviets attacked. This poster takes aim at Islam, depicting a Muslim man and his donkey riding on the back of a downtrodden woman. The caption reads: ‘The essence of his character is clear: it operates on two levels. Up above, he’s showing off his paper, down below, he’s true to Muhammad’

Posted by: Mina | Oct 25 2019 8:57 utc | 101

Have you ever stood back and taken a look at the shit that has occurred due to the religions that arose from the primitive beliefs of the hebrew tribe. Judaism Christianity and Islam. For whatever reason, the primitive superstitions of this tribe of the semitic peoples developed into religions that spread around the world.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Oct 25 2019 9:27 utc | 102

Precisely, I think that is the same drawing had been in Charlie Hebdo, the Guardian would have explained how fantastic it is.

Posted by: Mina | Oct 25 2019 10:04 utc | 103

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Oct 25 2019 9:27 utc | 103

Have you ever stood back and taken a look at the shit that has occurred due to the religions that arose from the primitive beliefs of the hebrew tribe. Judaism Christianity and Islam. For whatever reason, the primitive superstitions of this tribe of the semitic peoples developed into religions that spread around the world.

Don't forget Christianity's modern secular offspring, civil religions such as scientism, technocracy, "progress".

And then there's capitalist religion (including productionist communism), liberal individualism etc. Certainly all of these in a short time have racked up such body counts and records of destruction as already to rival the Abrahamic religions.

How many people besides myself are atheists toward "money", and the Mammon religion as such?

@ Mina

The second I read your post I thought of Charlie Hebdo, others who drew Muhammad in a deliberate provocation, and similar fake-"atheist" vermin.

Posted by: Russ | Oct 25 2019 10:22 utc | 104

I recently heard a comparison between European colonialism and the very common fear nowadays of "Chinese are going to take control of the world" where some wise man remarked that there was a messianist part in the Europeans desire to convert the whole planet to their hobbies, tastes, additions, etc.

Posted by: Mina | Oct 25 2019 11:23 utc | 105

corr: "addictions"
but maybe additions should be included as well!

Posted by: Mina | Oct 25 2019 11:24 utc | 106

Arioch "The report also found that 31 pages were missing from the aircraft’s October maintenance logs."

You haven't provided a link to the report. Was the log book in paper form that would have been carried in the aircraft, or was the log book kept electronically.
A paper log book that would have to be carried in the aircraft and recovered from the wreckage.

I had looked into the sensor replacement a bit and I thought the fault was more likely to do with computer problem - losing calibration or something like that.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Oct 25 2019 11:46 utc | 107

Mina 104

That's guardian quality. I don't even bother to scan it now to check on current narrative.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Oct 25 2019 11:49 utc | 108

@ : Arioch | Oct 25 2019 7:19 utc | 101

(about AOA sensors)

I confess that I know very little about how these are made, the Wright's bit of yarn I understand, and a potentiometer with repeater as in some gas gauges, and I have worked with machine tools which use resolvers - thus I am confused. I did a bit of looking, and I sort of guess there AOA sensor used in 737 under discussion is resolver-based.

Is this correct?

If so, how does it zero?

Posted by: Walter | Oct 25 2019 13:40 utc | 109

Link here has a bit in the resolver sensor in relation to the Lion Air crash.

Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Oct 25 2019 13:57 utc | 110

J. D. Alt has published his part 2 on the fed

Thanks J.D Alt for another excellent analysis of financial machinations.

I found this paragraph interesting.

“” In aggregate, then, the private banks decide how many bank-dollars are issued (based on their calculations for potential profits) and the FED responds by creating any new Reserve fiat dollars necessary to cover the resulting “clearing” processes in the system. The new Reserves are issued by the FED in exchange for collateral from the private banks. The collateral is held by the FED on what is known as its “balance sheet.” If it “expands its balance sheet,” it is creating new Reserves. If it “winds down” its balance sheet, it is trading collateral for existing Reserves—which it then simply “cancels,” erasing them from the system. (We’ll take a closer look at this odd-seeming cancelation of Reserves later.)””

I see this as a major problem with the current system.

In the 2008 crisis we had good T. Bonds traded for housing drek as ‘collateral’. This prevented a correction in the housing market that would have allowed an average person to buy an average house.

I think similar things are happening in the stock market preventing accurate evaluations.

And who knows what is going to happen with the Fed currently supporting the opaque repo market.

Posted by: financial matters | Oct 25 2019 13:59 utc | 111

Thanks for link to AOA stuff.

Will it come to pass that people speak of "the break-away region" in discussion of Oregon and California? Will they speak of this as they do, say, Catalonia? Or Crimea...and what about Alaska... (That's another event)

But this "BAR" has an incipient "movement"...

"State of Jefferson" (soj51 [dot] org )

They seem to be engaged in a process of discovery, and significantly, they're questioning basic assumptions in the political mythos of US.

In times of rapid change what may come of people's actions?

So far the pols in elected office flat refuse to have anything to do with SoJ...

Probably nothing will happen... yeah. repeat...

Posted by: Walter | Oct 25 2019 14:11 utc | 112

Norwegian @ 82. That might very well be the case (i.e. Utoya = fake / false flag / ..) My post sort of hinted at something like that, showing once more incredible manipulations and that in such matters an independent judiciary does NOT exist. As I don’t know all the details etc. I can’t judge. (Contrary to the Boston Bombings, which were set up, I am sure.) Certainly the bombing in Oslo was weird, v. suspicious.

One thing that struck me, in vid clips of the trial etc.: Breivik seemed very pleased with himself and even enjoying the whole show, and all the officials seemed to joke with him etc. I also did not see any families in the audience in these shorts, but that might be because I only saw some mainstream stuff (still available today, just checked..) I did read large chunks of his ‘manifesto’, other topic. Quisling, yeah, well according to some, the French did not fight…

-- juliana, that was interesting (re. Assange.) thx.

Posted by: Noirette | Oct 25 2019 14:14 utc | 113

If Democrats vote for Biden or Warren it's going to be more of the same neo-liberalism and servitude to Zionism, and more of the same in Syria IF either wins the Presidency. If Trump wins MUCH WORSE -- a disastrous outcome in so many arenas.

Sanders is the last chance to make significant change, but he's going to need a massive push forward and unparalleled, dogged, relentless commitment and support.

Posted by: Circe | Oct 25 2019 16:40 utc | 114

The Spanish acting PM claims moving the tomb of dictator Franco (1892-1975) "a great victory for democracy, while at the same time calling for elections to be held, as the acting PM has no majority and is unable to form a government.

Posted by: passerby | Oct 25 2019 21:36 utc | 115

Here's a shout-out for Pepe Escobar's latest previewing the upcoming ASEAN Summit and forcefully showing why the Hong Kong terrorists won't do anything to derail that organizations interactions with BRI or slow down Asian integration, while also introducing us to this week's economic confab:

"It’s quite refreshing to take a break from doom and gloom and forget about black blocs trying to destroy Hong Kong’s economy.

"A graphic illustration that serious business will proceed as usual is being offered this week by a forum, 'Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay: New Horizon for China’s Reform and Opening Up of One Country, Two Systems'.

"The Greater Bay Area is essentially the integrated vision for one of China’s three, key 21st century development nodes, centered on the south: the other ones are around Shanghai and Beijing."

And we learn another reason for the Outlaw US Empire-backed terrorist activity:

"The current forum should be interpreted as a follow-up to the fourth annual Hong Kong Belt and Road Summit last month – which drew nearly 6,000 guests – and virtually accelerated Hong Kong’s integration with BRI."

Lots of links within his somewhat short item. Yet again, the Outlaw US Empire fails to attain its objectives as Eurasian integration and increasing developmental ties continue unabated.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 26 2019 2:36 utc | 116

Circe @115--

And Sanders will need to overcome sabotage by DNC during primaries and at convention.

Posted by: karlof1 | Oct 26 2019 2:38 utc | 117

pale face INdian
speaking in forked tongue on RT...

'PEACE loving India'.,

Posted by: denk | Oct 26 2019 3:49 utc | 118

Ina Ifinogenova sets the record straight on what the alleged "Chilean neoliberal miracle", which places today Chile amongst the most unequal societies, ranking amongst Papua Nueva Guinea and Rwanda ( being Rwanda even ranked a bit more equal...) consisted on, that is, privatization of everything, including water, for the masses, while socialist privileges and no taxes for the elites and armed forces. The Chilean Armed Forces have go out into the streets beating, shooting, killing, raping and dissapearing people as fascists beasts as if there was no tomorrow since, as Ina tells us, they enjoy astonishing privileges, have their pension secured by a social security system, no private as the masses, while most of the revenues coming from nationalized ( during Allende´s tenure ) and most profitable for the nation copper industry go to finance these same Chilean Armed Forces who do not have any obligation to justify on what they spend these impresive budget coming from national income.

I will post this statement in Spanish, verbatim as it was said by his author...assasinated by fascist predecessors of current Chilean elites and armed forces with collaboration of CIA.

"...sigan ustedes sabiendo que, mucho más temprano que tarde, de nuevo se abrirán las grandes alamedas por donde pase el hombre libre, para construir una sociedad mejor..." (S.Allende 11-9-73)

Chile and the supreme resource of rebellion

Meanwhile, EU Foreign Affairs head, Spanish, alleged "socialist", Josep Borrell, the same who run to support usurper Guaido in Venezuela while being Spain´s Foreign Minister, has called for the protesters to show restraint....

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 11:07 utc | 119

Victor Jara presente en las protestas en Chile, "Te recuerdo Amanda".
La piel de gallina!! Bravo.

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 11:11 utc | 120

@ Peter AU 1 | Oct 25 2019 13:57 utc | 111

(AOA stuff)

it seems to me in my naive state that I would look at the repair history of the over-hauled transmitter assembly. ( I once ran an Fuel&Electric shop, and know how stuff that passes tests occasionally comes back)

I would also look for common mode currents in wiring harness environment - ie RF on the outside of coax runs that might induce DC bias in the transmitter signal out.

There is no reason to assume what you do not know, therefore I do not know there's a single cause, ie look for more than one...

Posted by: Walter | Oct 26 2019 11:13 utc | 121

Victor Jara alive in Chile!

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 11:18 utc | 122

Chile being the third Latin American economy in terms of Per Capita Income is the fifteenth most unequal country in the world, where the richest 1% controls almost 70% of the national wealth and 50% of the population only controls just over 1% of the wealth generated.

Since 73, the infamous year of Pinochet's criminal military coup, they have been talking about "the successful model of Chile". The rampant neoliberalism of the "Chicago Boys", tested in the Chilean laboratory and exported to the entire world. And the Chileans have said enough.

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 11:23 utc | 123

As confirmation that every action, no wonder how distant, leaves consequences...

In Chile,

"The military, they have bad luck, they just had a generation that is not afraid of death."
How are order, peace, private property maintained when death is no longer a punishment, when it is even a prize? | @ctxt_en

Primavera Cero

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 11:35 utc | 124

financial matters @ 112

""And who knows what is going to happen with the Fed currently supporting the opaque repo market.""

This support could be seen as a flailing effort to save financialized capitalism. A beast with no purpose other than to speculate.


financial matters
October 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Excellent essay, thanks.

I think it’s interesting to focus on your military points.

“”Marx had said nothing about the military dimension of the transition from progressive industrial capitalism to socialism. But Russia’s Revolution – like that of China three decades later – showed that the attempt to create a socialist economy had a military dimension that absorbed the lion’s share of the economic surplus. Military aggression by a half dozen leading capitalist nations seeking to overthrow the Bolshevik government obliged Russia to adopt War Communism. For over half a century the Soviet Union devoted most of capital to military investment, not provide sufficient housing or consumer goods for its population beyond spreading literacy, education and public health.

The Cold War has shown that capitalist countries plan to continue fighting socialist economies, forcing them to militarize in self-defense. The resulting oppressive military overhead is then blamed on socialist bureaucracy and inefficiency.””

I think we’re seeing that currently in the US military aggression against Iraq, Libya and Syria as well as its plans to destabilize China’s silk road such as in Myanmar.

Syria seems to have really brought that to a head with Russia, Iran and China emerging as more responsible actors for the middle east.

Iraq, Libya and Syria could be seen as attempting Arab socialism, the struggle between exploiting and exploited nations, as opposed to Marxism per se, struggle between an exploiting owner class and exploited worker class. But each is very threatening to the financial elite.

Largely as a result of self defeating sanctions of the US, not to mention self defeating military actions (things like the White Helmets showing their true colors), Russian, Iran and China are developing alternatives to the USD hegemony.

Goals of both types of socialism include free education and medical care as well as good employment and social security. The US is using a lot of money and bloodshed against these ideals.

China is probably best suited currently to lead this sort of economic reform. The US is turning into a pariah.

Posted by: financial matters | Oct 26 2019 11:54 utc | 125

@Posted by: passerby | Oct 25 2019 21:36 utc | 116

To answer you I leave these words by Jaime Bosch, magistrate and jurist:

"What I would like is for the victims of the dictatorship, who are still in mass graves, to have an exhumation like Franco's.

Why could the exhumation not occur before?
Why has it been done in the way it has been done?
Why do mass graves still not exhume?

Well, because the characteristics of our transition and the effects of the dictatorship prevented us from claiming accountability demands, legal responsibilities of all kinds, including criminal ones, and this explains why we are still in the situation we are in, and for this reason, the exhumation of Franco, can not be in any way a point of arrival, but must be a starting point, to eliminate all the aftermath of the dictatorship, expel the corrupt from the institutions, end certain privileges of the economic elites, and, of course, repair the victims of the dictatorship in a dignified manner.

The dictatorship generated great fortunes, through very powerful business networks, which continued immediately afterwards without any requirement of responsibilities, and, on the contrary, were reinforced through pacts with certain sectors of the new political elites of democracy through the phenomenon of revolving doors. These new economic elites have had important privileges that have generated great inequalities and have also had an enormous capacity to influence our society.

That there is satisfaction for a correct decision does not imply that we should be proud of the way in which it was produced.

I believe that the exhumation had to have occurred much earlier, had to have occurred at the beginning of the democracy, and, of course, probably, no such informative deployment or treatment that could not be interpreted as reparation to the victims of the dictatorship.
I believe that it should have been produced, perhaps, with less exhibition, with more private-type actions, because otherwise what it implies is a kind of recognition of a condition of head of state that cannot be recognized by a democratic society.

In our society there is still an important sociological franquism because of the way in which the pacts of the transition were made, and because there was no frontal rejection of what the dictatorship represented.

We are the only European country where there are people who can say they are democrats and not say they are anti-fascist or anti-francoist, and this is a democratic anomaly.

If francoism was only a thing of the past, we would not find so much resistance in withdrawing its symbols, and the problem is that all political forces, left, right, center, would have to have a minimum common denominator that would be blunt, taxative rejection and without palliative to the dictatorship, and it is notorious that this still does not exist in our society. And even still, the appeal to the inheritance of the Franco regime serves to try to catch votes in certain sectors of society. And before that, the only democratic solution is to dismantle one by one all the aftermath of the Franco dictatorship."

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 12:55 utc | 126

@Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Oct 24 2019 13:12 utc | 58

If you try hard to study what was the reality on causes of Spanish Civil War, instead of continue bleieving at your age on what you have been fed by the US anti-socialist, anti-communist, anti-democratic stablishment and educational system, or, may be, the US military books/doctrines, you will learn that it had nothing of stupid trying to fight for the legitimate constitutional order in power against a fascist coup d´etat instigated by a mediocre middle range complexed member of the military destined abroad, who, along with his minions and foreigner colonial troops, engaged in usurping the legitimate constitutional republican order to instal one of the most bloodiest, and longest in time, fascist dictatorships in the world, if not the unique on European soil, which, apart from stablishing 40 years of harsh fascist dictatorship, conveniently supported, or simply left doing, by at the times European and non European super-powers, constituted the spark to the most bloody conflit in European soil, WWII..

For stupid fight, one would conclude it was really worth the intent...not to mention that in front of the "methods", which you can today witness being agsin put in practice in Piñera´s Chile, say, harsh beating, free shooting ( aka hunting..), dissapearing, raping...the people fought for their very lives, in what was not but a genocide to wipe out any opposition to impose the fascist ideology and regime on the working vmasses who were mostly republican socialist, as the legitimate order was clearly showing.

People in the US alleging that the Spanish Civil War was stupid to be fought only deserve being awarded to live through the same experience...Beware of fiorvolization of thers´fight for their lives, may be you are not far from experience it...Of course, that may even not be a problem in your case, in these cases, there are always "pragmatic" people who change jacket as the winds are changing and keep always riding the loop, and, for that, they become collaborationist, delators, and if it is to catch great profit, even torturers and killers, whatever so as to conserve or gain income or privilege.

Where do you see yoruself? Amongst the stupid who fight for their very lives and freedoms or amongst the smart ones joining the mob, carnage and genocide?

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 13:31 utc | 127

I see the presumed expert, Dan Collins, on Keiser Report opines, at about 20:00, that the US is doing a soft oil embargo on Chin, and attempting to bankrupt the largest shipping company. (Chinese company) and so forth.

KR # E1454

I seem to recall MacBeth attempting to stop Time... see "The End of the Cold War and Shakespeare’s Macbeth" (Golstein)

And FDR pulling a stunt with Japanese oil supplies...

The British Royal Cryptopolicy in W1 was, according to some Grey's diaries etc) to prevent the unification of Eurasia. His Kingness was reported to have said: "Find a reason for War at any cost".

Well, here we are...

Keiser speaks to the zuswang...

Posted by: Walter | Oct 26 2019 13:56 utc | 128

Here's a story the Washington Compost will never acknowledge:
US smuggles Syrian oil to other countries - Russian Defense Ministry

The United States smuggles Syrian oil to other countries, the convoys are guarded by US private military companies and special operations forces, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

"Revenues from smuggling Syrian oil arrive at numbered bank accounts of US private military companies and intelligence services through brokerage firms that interact with it,"

The article never mentions where the oil is being sent to. Since the Russians have pictures, they obviously know who is on the receiving end but prefer a loud silence instead of telling us. I recall when the Russians photographed then bombed the tankers headed for Turkey. The news articles at that time did not hide the fact that Erdo's family was taking delivery of the oil.

Posted by: Trailer Trash | Oct 26 2019 16:09 utc | 129

To understand why Franco has been exhumed so late and why his victims remain still un-exhumed in the mass graves and ditches, a great article by Max Parry, which explains how from that mud they came this mire, who sets the record straight on the intent on rewritting history by current neoliberal elites in the EU, an intent in wich they come together the alleged and fake enemies, Sorosian neoliberals and populist far-right, for the same goals and purposes...

The EU Is Rewriting WWII History to Demonize Russia.

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 18:01 utc | 130

The more I watch the crowd, estimated in the million, who took to the streets to rise up in Chile, the more I wonder where all these people have been all these 30 years...well, one guess mostly growing up....and how it is impossible for the Evil Empire and associates to erradicate dissent, the left, and the people in general...

Meanwhile, Western media silent about scale of uprising...

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 18:07 utc | 131

Alejandro Cao de Benós, honorary consul of DPRK, opens YouTube channel after receiving dozens of requests. he says he accepts suggestions. He says trolls, trotskyites and perroflautas to abstain...

As introduction, he premieres with a video about the independence process of Catalonia and the events in Chile...

Posted by: Sasha | Oct 26 2019 21:06 utc | 132

My lazy "Murkin" tongue cannot pronounce "Adeyinka Makinde". Alas.
Nevertheless brother Adeyinka is a QC in London, and writes about things he wants to write about...these are always quite well reasoned and oftentimes of interest to thoughtful people generally.

Just now there are several pithy essays up on his site.

First 3 >

"Tulsi Gabbard and the Cost of Exposing American Militarism"

"Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi (1942–2011)"

""No Angels": Kurdish Militias, "Betrayal" and the Campaign to Destroy Syria"

Posted by: Walter | Oct 27 2019 0:43 utc | 133

@128 Sasha

Thank you for this. And for the Parry article @131.

And @132, especially for that hope, thank you. Maybe they were growing up but now, here they are. Some of us are still growing up, but there is hope that one day, there we will be.

Posted by: Grieved | Oct 27 2019 2:46 utc | 134

Via a link from ZH there is this link below that details a falling out between the US and India.....and coming trade war....if you combine China, India and Russia, et al against empire, seems like game over to me....but then Trump just twitted about some big announcement tomorrow at 9 am EST so more kabuki will cover this news

Who needs TV when watching the real world soap opera is more interesting?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Oct 27 2019 4:46 utc | 135

I have just read a very interesting and wideranging interview of President Assad. I recommend it particularly to the "Russians sold out the Syrians" brigade:

Posted by: foolisholdman | Nov 1 2019 18:44 utc | 136

Paco | Oct 24 2019 8:29 utc | 52

So many events happening that the ousting of the late spanish dictator from his pharaohnic burial site is going unnoticed by the international media, for the time being anyway.... champagne will be in high demand today all over Spain.

How right you are! Just today I see that Denmark has withdrawn its objections to Nordstream 2 and agreed to the shorter of two possible routes to its completion. This is, I take it, the Danes saying something like: "Up yer pipe!" to Uncle Schlomo.

Posted by: foolisholdman | Nov 1 2019 19:15 utc | 137

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