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December 21, 2019

Travel Notice

Dear Readers,

I am currently traveling to spend a few days with my wider family. New Moon of Alabama posts will therefore be fewer than usual.

b.

PS: Use as open thread ...

 

 

Posted by b on December 21, 2019 at 18:33 UTC | Permalink

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Enjoy your wider family. I'm the only surviving member of my family.

Posted by: Vonu | Dec 21 2019 18:38 utc | 1

Happy travels, b. Enjoy the holidays, barflies.

Posted by: robjira | Dec 21 2019 18:45 utc | 2

Don't be long, we'll sanction you

Posted by: albagen | Dec 21 2019 18:49 utc | 3

Travel safe b and enjoy your family.

Are there other barflies that are going to honor the Solstice Silent Minute today?

The why quote from the link below
"
The Solstice Silent Minute will be a demonstration of the power of united global cooperation to contribute to strengthening real change so that we citizens of the planet accept and fulfil our role as custodians in the shared responsibility for its health and well-being. The initiative is:
Simple: you are invited to give a minute of your time
Inclusive and global: whoever you are, wherever you are, you will share the exact same minute with citizens everywhere
Positive: focused unified thought is action that creates positive effects.
By focusing our highest intentions for our planet through a dedicated minute of unified silence we contribute to this global reservoir of thought that will inspire cooperative endeavours to create a better world for all.
"

1 pm PST and your time will vary.....see link

https://sydneygoodwill.org.au/faq-the-solstice-silent-minute/

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 21 2019 18:50 utc | 4

Merry Christmas B. Enjoy yourself, you deserve a break for all the hard work you do here every day.

What are the chances Hillary is going to get in the race? Right now the liberal establishment is not happy with the election situation seeing as that they don't trust Warren, they think Biden will lose, they love them some greasy mayo Pete but don't think he can win the primary, they love Klobuchar but she can't win either, and they of course hate Bernie, Yang, and Tulsi--and will do anything to stop them. That means Hillary would solve their problems, and a recent poll confirmed that she is more popular than any of them. Check this out about why Hillary attacked Tulsi, The Ballad of Tulsi and Hillary

Posted by: Kali | Dec 21 2019 19:05 utc | 5

Wesołych Świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Dec 21 2019 19:12 utc | 6

Merry Christmas b.

Posted by: Per/Norway | Dec 21 2019 19:13 utc | 7

And talkin bout Greasy Mayo Pete, this came out a few days ago The insider: How national security mandarins groomed Pete Buttigieg and managed his future

Posted by: Kali | Dec 21 2019 19:13 utc | 8

UPDATE Hong Kong Riots.

Hong Kong Police Arrest 4 Alleged Financiers Of The Protest Movement

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/hong-kong-police-arrest-4-alleged-financiers-protest-movement


Mysterious Bags of Cash Trigger Major Hong Kong Protest Arrests

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mysterious-bags-cash-trigger-major-032653021.html?guccounter=1

Posted by: JC | Dec 21 2019 19:22 utc | 9

psychoh @ 4; I'm up for that,thanks for the heads up...

Enjoy the time off b. As always, thanks for the therapy!!!

Posted by: ben | Dec 21 2019 19:52 utc | 10

Here in central Australia, I start my days with Moon of Alabama. It seldom, if ever, disappoints.
A quick thought on the Hong Kong riots: As an old adage (I am sure there is a Chinese equivalent) has it, give them enough rope and they will hang themselves.

Posted by: Hal Duell | Dec 21 2019 19:57 utc | 11

Thanks for all your work, enjoy some well deserved time off!
Merry Christmas b.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 21 2019 20:06 utc | 12

Good trip: have yourself a Merry Christmas, b.

Posted by: Copeland | Dec 21 2019 20:09 utc | 13

Here in central Australia, ...

Posted by: Hal Duell | Dec 21 2019 19:57 utc | 11


Wow! There are actually people there... Alice Springs? Merry Christmas and faultless air conditioning to you!

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Dec 21 2019 20:14 utc | 14

Merry Christmas b.

I have been reading your blog for years and years. It is an international treasure. Thanks for all you do.

Posted by: Mark Stoval | Dec 21 2019 20:15 utc | 15

Enjoy the holidays, b., and Winter Solstice today (11:19 pm here in Georgia USA). Thanks for your many years of work for a higher cause that is so important. Cheers!

Posted by: Kabobyak | Dec 21 2019 20:43 utc | 16

Happy Holidays to bernhard, and to you all!

Posted by: David G | Dec 21 2019 21:08 utc | 17

Please enjoy the time away! And big thanks for all you do for us, and the world.

Posted by: Bill Ziebell | Dec 21 2019 21:18 utc | 18

Have a safe and fun time. We'll be here when you return.

Posted by: jo6pac | Dec 21 2019 21:25 utc | 19

Every year i imagine B schooling a huge crowd of children on what lies their teachers, politicians, TV and MSM is telling them.. Instead of reading to them christmas stories, telling them about deep state, endless criminal wars, NATO controlled puppet politicians..
I for one would have loved such this.. Opposed to the hypocritical Christmas BS of pseudo love and happiness while being a neoliberal cover for shopping excess.

Anyway, a great time as every year, Bernhard! To the lesser content, while it will be missed same as yourself: Same procedure as every year.

I just hope next year will finally see Idlib liberated, Turks and Erdogan getting a bloody nose in his Syria and Lybia aggressions, more falling apart of MSM narratives like now with Douma, MH17, etc.. Zelensky and Putin being able to move ahead despite ukrainian facists minority and US inteference, further steps to the end of the undemocratic neoliberal EU, End of Merkels reign, Lybias Jihadis getting finally broken by Haftar, South Americas becoming more free from US coups..
But yeah. I guess i can be happy if 10% of that come true..
Same procedure as every year.

Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPr. | Dec 21 2019 21:30 utc | 20

Thank you for all you do to keep us in the know. Have a wonderful holiday!

Posted by: CD Waller | Dec 21 2019 21:37 utc | 21

There have been numerous smears of Tulsi Gabbard that have been repeated over and over the last few years after she went to Syria. She started to give the foreign policy blob a lot of grief for their support of the overthrow of Syria to install a theocratic jihadi government controlled by the usual suspects. One smear they like to use is to call Tulsi an Islamophobe. That began years ago when she criticized Our Savior Obama (pbaj) for claiming ISIS was not a religious extremist organization, that it was a criminal group and the US needed to give Iraqi men more to do and then they wouldn't join those criminal gangs like...ISIS. Anyways, this article goes into a deeper state (yup, deeper than usual) conspiracy by various actors to smear Tulsi for a variety of reasons subservient to foreign interests, with a surprise intro to another often unspoken of interest with a lot of hidden power in Washington. Anatomy of A Smear: How Liberals Have Become Willing Dupes of Foreign Political Psy-Ops

Posted by: Kali | Dec 21 2019 22:03 utc | 22

Happy solstice break b and I note that you no sooner zip off and Boeing blows its space launch: faulty clock they say.

Whilst NASA put it down to bad timing, I can only see it as perfect timing for a failed corporation. There goes the rescue plan B.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 21 2019 22:16 utc | 23

Have fun.

Now don't get disappeared.

Posted by: S.O. | Dec 21 2019 22:16 utc | 24

Wesolych Swiat Oraz Happy New Year to All. A

Posted by: ANNA . I | Dec 21 2019 22:23 utc | 25

vesel božič Mr b!

Posted by: Wvw | Dec 21 2019 23:25 utc | 26

Wonderful news, b - you deserve a holiday and the company of family. Have a blessed time!

Posted by: juliania | Dec 21 2019 23:43 utc | 27

Re: Ukraine games and the Democrats. There is much in this article I have not heard before. Many very specific and therefore potentially testable allegations.

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/plundering-ukraine-corrupt-american-democrats

Posted by: Dave | Dec 21 2019 23:43 utc | 28

Happy Solstice, b. Have a good break!

Posted by: Ash Naz | Dec 21 2019 23:57 utc | 29

Enjoy your family and Merry Christmas !

Posted by: Paul | Dec 22 2019 0:50 utc | 30

Posted by: DontBelieveEitherPr. | Dec 21 2019 21:30 utc | 20

>>I just hope next year will finally see Idlib liberated,

Very high probability for this to happen.


>>Turks and Erdogan getting a bloody nose in his Syria and Lybia aggressions,

This will happen too.

>>more falling apart of MSM narratives like now with Douma, MH17, etc..

This will too.

>>Zelensky and Putin being able to move ahead despite ukrainian facists minority and US inteference,

Russia got a bad gas deal, will be paying 3 billion $ fine to Ukraine and giving a 25 % discount for gas for 5 more years. From what i have seen from russian people commenting on this they do not like the deal.

>>further steps to the end of the undemocratic neoliberal EU,

The EU will decline gradually but probably it won't implode before 2025 - 2030, although this also depends on the severity of the coming recession.


>>End of Merkels reign

MiniMerkel will replace her, she is an Atlantic. You have another Merkel Atlantic in the EU comission. Personally i believe that europeans have degenerated due to their long puppetry and have Battered Wife Syndrome - learned helplessness. Do not expect anything big there.

>>Lybias Jihadis getting finally broken by Haftar,

It looks like it.

>>South Americas becoming more free from US coups..

This will not happen anytime soon. Maybe after 2030.

Posted by: Passer by | Dec 22 2019 1:36 utc | 31

Murder Mountain is an excellent documentary about pot growing in Humboldt County of Northern California. It documents changes in the county over six decades from the hippies of the 1960s to the big pharma takeover of the present day. In a way it charts the progress of man - the naked hippies and back to nature (Hunter Gatherers) through the Vietnam style crackdown of the Reagan era to criminals moving in and violence, to white coated men with test tubes. The documentary is exemplary in not taking sides, just showing us the stuff. The message is very bleak but then we know that already.

Posted by: Lochearn | Dec 22 2019 1:55 utc | 32

Have a great holiday season and a better 2020. Thanks for your always good research.

Posted by: Merca | Dec 22 2019 2:20 utc | 33

What would have happened if Trump actually succeeded in getting Joe Biden to drop out of the presidential race?

Why did the other candidates support impeaching Trump when his supposed crime was to try to get Joe Biden out of their way?

New article from Pam Ho called Impeachment For Dummies explores their idiocy.

Are they insane? Or just corrupt?

Posted by: Kali | Dec 22 2019 3:11 utc | 35

Mr. b

A Very Merry Holiday Tidings To You

.... just don't do anything rash during the festivities, or Krampus will give you one for good measure !
';]
See ya next year.

Posted by: mlnpohl@yahoo.com | Dec 22 2019 3:27 utc | 36

happy christmas and merry new year to b (more great work this year!) and all the fine barflies who buzz around and hang out here


Posted by: michaelj72 | Dec 22 2019 3:30 utc | 37

Very interesting and candid testimony by an American that lived through the transition period between the End of History era (1991-2008) and the Multipolar (?) Rise era (2008-):


The Day America Turned Bone Mean


Contrary to my perception, he considers the Invasion of Iraq as the end of the End of History era, and not the 2008 meltdown, as is my perception. Also interesting - which coincides with my own perception - is that he saw the whole process as a disease that spread quickly among the American people, i.e. it was a very quick process of descent. His metaphor of a virus, pandemia or disease never crossed my mind: from my point of view - a person from the "rest of the world" the metaphor that arose was that of a big house or big structure collapsing from its base, but not completely: it still resembles the old structure, but it clearly isn't the same as the old structure.

And, in fact, in the 1990s, me and the people I talked to in Latin America saw the USA as defintely invincible. We could easily see it lasting forever, like if it really was the End of History: the only debate left was if it was better to invest in a career in our native countries or try to immigrate to the USA.

I remember talking to an American at the time (it was already the 21st Century, don't remember the exact year), and, although he agreed that every empire ends, he said the USA could take at least more 830 years to fall. Maybe his prophecy turns out to be true, maybe the USA really pulls out another miracle like the one it pulled off in 1941-1945 - but it certainly doesn't look like that right now, and there is solid evidence it won't ever recover the status it enjoyed in 1992-2003.

Posted by: vk | Dec 22 2019 3:57 utc | 38

happy solstice b! love you ~ a

Posted by: annie | Dec 22 2019 4:12 utc | 39

Article from Chris Hedges on https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-end-of-the-rule-of-law/;

An excerpt;


"Bruce Fein, a former senior official in the Department of Justice and a constitutional scholar, has identified 12 impeachable offenses committed by Donald Trump. But, as he notes, many of these constitutional violations are not unique to the Trump administration. They have been normalized by Democratic and Republican administrations."

Posted by: ben | Dec 22 2019 4:41 utc | 40

Bio on Bruce Fein;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Fein

Posted by: ben | Dec 22 2019 4:44 utc | 41

A Happy Christmas to you B and all your family.

And a Happy Christmas to all MoA barflies, commenters and lurkers all.

Posted by: Jen | Dec 22 2019 5:12 utc | 42

No,vk @ 38, "America" didn't all turn bone mean on that horrible day. There were plenty of people demonstrating against that illegal war; plenty writing letters, townships passing resolutions against it. There was an ongoing protest movement worldwide as well. We all, including young people, had a brief moment of sheer joy - I remember it vividly - when Obama was elected. Because he was going to be the presider over change we could believe in, as was his Democratic party - and they were elected overwhelmingly as the anti-Bush remedy.

He had the chance then and there, with the people behind him, to bring us all back to peaceful times. He chose not to. And yes, that was a choice - only look at where he is now. He chose money; he chose to be one of the rich guys. He was so shallow as to betray his own chance to be one of the greats, and all so he could have millions and live like a king.

That's when the real rot, which had been festering under Clinton, though the Supreme Court started the ball rolling in the election of 2000 -- oh yes -- that's when the real rot set in.

You are interested in history. Get that straight. Those who were first time voters in 2008 weren't infected with any rabies. All they wanted was to stop that illegal rush to war, and they campaigned their hearts out and they voted their hearts out and they cheered their hearts out when he won.

And he turned around and shafted them.

Posted by: juliania | Dec 22 2019 5:26 utc | 43

uncle tungsten @23 re Boeing Starliner troubles

Will have to wait for b's take on this it seems, here's my meandering comment on the travails of Starliner and the Commercial Crew Program from the Nov Boeing thread for any space geeks out there.

https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/11/it-is-true-that-corruption-caused-the-737-max-accidents-but-it-was-not-foreign-.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef0240a4caaaae200d#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef0240a4caaaae200d

And many thanks to b and all the regulars for another great year at MoA.

Posted by: Paora | Dec 22 2019 6:00 utc | 44

I have expressed my doubts about surveys before but do find some showing interesting results like the one linked to below

Most Americans Lack Savings

The take away quotes to show the cognitive dissonance the US lives in

"
The economy might be strong in the U.S., but nearly 70 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 stashed away, according to GOBankingRates’ 2019 savings survey. The poll, released December 16, revealed 45 percent have nothing saved. The survey questioned 846 respondents November 25 to 26.

..................................

As he faces impeachment, President Donald Trump has lauded the strong U.S. economy, saying the American people care more about the economy than the impeachment inquiry.

“The Stock Market hit another Record High yesterday, number 133 in less than three years as your all time favorite President, and the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, want to impeach me. Don’t worry, I have done nothing wrong. Actually, they have!” he tweeted December 17. “The new USA Today Poll, just out, has me leading all of the Democrat contenders. That’s hard to believe since the Fake News & 3 year Scams and Witch Hunts, as phony as they are, just never seem to end. The American people are smart. They see the great economy, & everything else!”
"

I keep thinking of the phrase, "When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose". It looks like 70% of Americans have nothing to lose when the SHTF. How much longer will that SHTF inflection point be kept at bay?

And because this 70% are kept brainwashed and ignorant of the global private finance cult that put and keeps them in this position, the response will not be directed at them but who knows where......it won't be pretty and doesn't make me think of happy holidays when I live in such a repressed nation that is seen by others as the cause of the world's problems.

Ho, Ho, Ho! Bah Humbug!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 22 2019 6:03 utc | 45

Impeachment blues: Can you believe the empire cant even manage a decent impeachment. There is a broad debate going on in the crazed land of U$A and it turns on this contradiction.

THIS empire is a lethal threat to our planet and they cock up all they touch. Can you believe they held an impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives and didn't have the accused present? They relied on a whistleblower that was prohibited to attend because he may be revealed yet everyone knew Ciaramella was the leaker (whistleblower) relying on hearsay evidence. There are no rules of natural justice in the U$A empire. Mendacity uber alles.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 22 2019 6:14 utc | 46

Paora #44

Thanks for that reminder, humans have been doing launch technology for quite a while but it just looks dodgy. Given the failure is being attributed to a timer fail and the inability of the projectile to identify its absolute location, you have to wonder at the capacity of any contract manager to competently oversight these programs. Maybe its the lead or C8 in the municipal drinking water throughout the U$A. Not a Boeing software issue at all.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 22 2019 6:24 utc | 47

psychohistorian #45

Cheer up and happy solstice comrade. I have immense sympathy for the good people of the United States they have the great misfortune that instead of the emerald bird of paradise landing on their rooftop they have instead the blue and white pterodactyls of terror to deal with. Said pterodactyls could have landed anywhere but they predominate in your nook of the woods. For now.

I hear they make appearances elsewhere.

George Carlin will have something tasteful and relevant I am sure. This might give comfort for now. Imagine it applying to Hillary and today will look so much more cheery.

Peace and freedom to all barflies.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Dec 22 2019 6:43 utc | 48

@juliana #43 about obama

He had the chance then and there, with the people behind him, to bring us all back to peaceful times. He chose not to.

There never was any chance. Obama was an evil conman from the very beginning, groomed by the trilateral commision. Nine members of his administration were trilaterals. He reminds me of Gus Fring.

I admit I was conned too at the time and so was about everyone here in the netherlands.

Posted by: Joost | Dec 22 2019 7:41 utc | 49

Stay safe on the road b.
In Victoria, Oz, the Right Wing Cranks who Profitably Punish drivers for exceeding speed limits by 5kph have scared drivers into watching the speedometer instead of the road. As a result the number of fatalities, and crashes, in Vic, is increasing in 2019. Howzat for good intentions!?

Anyhow, Happy Christian Shopping Festival to b, & Barflies & Trolls.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Dec 22 2019 7:50 utc | 50

Merry Xmas to B and all! Seeing as it's that time of they year, let's get all Dickensian because in this little tale (which could also be called The Prince who was flown to an exclusive private hospital by helicopter and the Pauper Boy who was treated for pneumonia on a hospital floor)you can see that, and I'm sure it would be much to Mr. Dickens' disappointment, that things really haven't changed a great deal since the 19th century....

https://richardhennerley.com/2019/12/21/a-tale-of-two-cities/

Posted by: Richard | Dec 22 2019 7:56 utc | 51

Thank you b, for all your efforts over the last year and may you continue happily and successfully during
the next.

Posted by: Ok Rmd | Dec 22 2019 8:27 utc | 52

Merry Christmas everyone,

I enjoy MoA everyday and I am getting a feeling pride, everytime my PayPal notifies me of my monthly payment to this blog. It is truly rare content: Independent, thoughtful and solid reporting.

If you value this as much as I do, install a monthly payment as a gift for Bernhard this Christmas.

Doesn't have to be much. If 3k people spend one Euro a month, that would already totally suffice and it is peanuts compared to the mindless spending almost everybody has in its budget in some form.

Collectively we have to gratify, what we think is reliable journalism. Because MSM has its mechanism in place with a supportive business model even if we click with disgust on the sources like wapo, times etc. Here is, in my opinion, one of a few opportunities to crowd fund an alternative and set a positive example. Right now, everyone in the media business that still depends on his income, is hindered to perform truthful in this huge fake news machinery. We applaud Haddad, which is actually sad, considering the state of our media.

In my estimate there are at least 100k monthly visitors to this blog which could easily translate into a more than supportive regular financial base. The continuous, reliable part, is the important one. So please pledge a euro, dollar or ruble a month, or 10 per year. I know you can afford it.

Start with MoA, apply the principle to more and more projects you see a role model for the future in.

Frohe Weihnachten Bernhard
Keep up the good work

Posted by: Supporter | Dec 22 2019 8:53 utc | 53

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!🎄

To B. and to Everybody here! 🎅

From Sweden! 🎁

Posted by: Kaj Jakobsson | Dec 22 2019 9:09 utc | 54

Happy solstice (winter) when the sun is directly over 23.5° south latitude (the Tropic of Capricorn), to everybody.

Posted by: V | Dec 22 2019 9:49 utc | 55

This is an article about how The Liberal Elites conned the progressive Democrats into supporting their scheme to get Joe Biden elected by stopping Trump from having Biden investigated by impeaching him for it, its called Impeachment For Dummies: or How progressives were conned into supporting Joe Biden for President

Posted by: Kali | Dec 22 2019 10:39 utc | 56

Re: Wesołych Świąt i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku! Posted by: Piotr Berman | Dec 21 2019 19:12 utc | 6

Where is the Christmas in that? An earlier expression of "Happy Holidays"?
szczęśliwego - now that's the kind of Polish word us monoglot English speakers "love" to attempt to pronounce.

In the 19th century, in my country, tangata whenua likened the sound of Polish arrivals speaking to that of buzzing bees - no c,s,z sounds in standard Maori.

Meri Kirihimete!

Posted by: tucenz | Dec 22 2019 11:35 utc | 57

To our Ozzy "cousins" in the West Island "Have a Cool Yule!"

Posted by: tucenz | Dec 22 2019 11:38 utc | 58

Re: Richard | Dec 22 2019 7:56 utc | 51

I appreciate the general sentiment of your website posting, however it contains some errors

"The second is the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip; an unpleasant, misogynistic, racist 98 year old man who has led a life of privilege and leisure by poncing off British tax payers and who has given the world nothing (except fathering yet another generation of inbred, royal parasites) and achieved absolutely nothing of any import whatsoever despite being given every advantage life can offer. Now, Prince Philip fell sick yesterday and was rushed from the royal estate of Sandringham (in Scotland) by helicopter"

Sandringham isn't in Scotland. Phil allegedly didn't father Andrew and Edward. And he has given the world some outrageously offensive comments over his many years. A small example - about 6 years ago a relation of mine witnessed him ask a Polish scientist at a research laboratory he was opening - "Did you originally come over to pick strawberries?" hehhehheh..

I must say it was jolly decent of HRH Camilla's Tampon to stand in for both fathers at the Harry/Megan wedding. Did any prestigious British biscuit company issue by Royal Appointment chocolate covered gingernuts after the birth of the taxpayer parasite?

Posted by: tucenz | Dec 22 2019 12:28 utc | 59

If you happen to see the Christmas Star....recall these Christmas tales...of the working people...

Heavy rocket Long March * CZ-5 on launch pad. The CZ-5 will be key in China's space program, as it is capable of placing 25 tons in LEO (low Earth orbit) for the future Mir-type orbital station of the Asian superpower.

[*]: "Long March" or 'Cháng Zhēng' - hence CZ - was an epic displacement of more than 10,000 kilometers of the Red Army of the Communist Party of China in the 1930s, led by Mao Tse Tung and Zhou Enlai .

https://twitter.com/ciudadfutura/status/1208334842301165569


Not for snowflakes....

This morning in Baikonur: "—Huh, look, a snowstorm ... Come on, we, to our thing, let's put the rocket on the launching ramp."

'Voilà' the difference between Russian-Soviet technology and US one.

https://twitter.com/ciudadfutura/status/1208324987406503936

Merry Christmas to all ( except to nazis ),especially hard working people not confused by the nazi-capitalists into voting them!

Posted by: Sasha | Dec 22 2019 12:33 utc | 60

I would like to spend my Christams holidays in Syria....guess in what part...

On the left the Syria of Assad and the Baath Party, on the right the Syria of the opposition. Western governments, why do you support barbarism? #Syria #Idlib #Assad #socialism

https://twitter.com/PartidoBaaz/status/1038111745963945985

Posted by: Sasha | Dec 22 2019 12:37 utc | 61

And then there was the time Phil couldn't attend Betty's big jubilee, purportedly because he was hospitalized for urological problems. Taking the piss? "Bloody Betty and her fucking big fuss and bother with all those fucking people. I'm off to get some attention from some lovely coloured nurseys. Give the old fella some close personal attention. Could be a happy ending or two.."

Posted by: tucenz | Dec 22 2019 12:48 utc | 62

Merry Christmas...the US way....

Yesterday it was 30 years of the assasination by a US marine of Juantxu Rodriguez, Spanish journalist covering US invasion of Panama. He died camera in hand. He was 32 years old.

Juantxu Rodriguez once fallen dressed with characteristic press identifying stuff

Juantxu Rodriguez

Juantxu Rodríguez, the Spanish witness who denounced the US outrages in Panama

Posted by: Sasha | Dec 22 2019 12:50 utc | 63

Merry Christmas. Have a happy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVGl-psCiPs

Posted by: Deathevokation | Dec 22 2019 13:28 utc | 64

Although made by CIDOB ( Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, kinda Soros funded officialist Catalan think tank..), in partnership with EsadeGEO ( Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics ), not for that less accurate and out of focus in this information related to 2020 and next decade´s prospects, and not so useless for analysis by the resistance...

Thread an link to document: The 10 themes that will mark the global agenda next year (and the decade), with a Bonus Track at the end: mark these 60 dates in your calendars…. Elections, summits, anniversaries and major global events.

https://twitter.com/solerlecha/status/1207015035098275841

1. If 2019 has been the year of the protests, 2020 is the year of the responses. Accommodation or repression? It depends on the degree of violence and the solidity of the states. We will see learning processes between protesters, but also among security forces.

2. The politicization of the climate. The Paris agreement underway. Pressure on the defaulters? The force of the climatic movement faces in 2020 an increasingly uncompleted denialism. The urgency of change VS the politics of fear.

3. The UN will commemorate its 75 years between unfulfilled promises of reform and having faced major humanitarian crises with fewer resources. On the other side of the scale, agendas such as #SDO ( Sustainable Development Objectives ) as a mobilizing factor.

4. Economy: uncertainty and questioning of orthodox approaches. At the intersection between inequality, technological disruption and growth model, digital taxation will be one of the main themes of the year and the decadevvv.

5. Technology as a new frontier of power. The year of 5G and the decade of Artificial Intelligence and quantum computing technological bipolarity, competition for the control and use of data, cyber-vulnerabilities and tension between activism and technorepression.

6. China divides between those who fear it as a rival and those who see it as the alternative or as the indispensable partner. Africa is already in focus, but we will talk more and more about the divisions in Latin America and the European Union.

7. On November 3, the United States votes and the world watches expectantly. The electoral calendar will condition foreign policy, we will wonder what a second Trump term would be like and how it could change if a Democratic candidate wins.

8. The post-Brexit EU. Macron unleashed. Merkel leaving. Russia and Turkey challenging. And the transatlantic alliance in low hours. This is the area where the new Commission will try to realize the promise of a more geopolitical Europe. It will need allies and resources.

9. Afro-optimism and Afro-realism. Continent of opportunities, lung of vitality and with new hopes. But the bases are fragile and its appeal will increase competition between global and regional powers.

10. Many of these issues converge or affect the Mediterranean. In 2020 25 years ago of the launch of the Barcelona process, with the need to manage crises, adapt to a different context and the challenge of generating a positive agenda.

Bonus track: you can mark these 60 dates in your calendars…. Elections, summits, anniversaries and major global events. Via @maydeuO

[END] So far the 10 topics that we have thought the teams of @CidobBarcelona and @EsadeGeo. Which of the ten do you think is most important? Or which one would you add?

Link to the whole document with CIDOB 2020 Calendar of relevant events included at the end: The world in 2020: ten themes that will mark the global agenda

Posted by: Sasha | Dec 22 2019 13:56 utc | 65

Another imperial insurrection attempt in Venezuela?

https://twitter.com/invenezuelablog/status/1208735582303723522

"El Nacional reporting that a group of Pemon indigenous people and a "rebel military officer" took over two military base in #Luepa #Bolivar state during the overnight hours." 5:06 AM - 22 Dec 2019

Posted by: Russ | Dec 22 2019 14:19 utc | 66

Japanese scholar criticizes Abe over historical revisionism

Contrary to Germany, Japan was able to negotiate its surrender with the USA using the USSR as a leverage in 1945.

As a result, Japan never had to reform itself. It was allowed to keep its own narrative.

That's why I'm not invoking Goodwin's Law when I state Japan is a fascist nation. It literally is. The only difference is that the Japanese know they are a vassal of the USA, so they keep their fascist creed hidden from the rest of the world.

But make no mistake: the Japanese would be invading East Asia again if they could. They would genocide the Chinese again if they could. All the atrocities they did from the end of the 19th Century to 1945, they would do that all over again and be very happy to do so.

Posted by: vk | Dec 22 2019 14:32 utc | 67

Kali@35:

Excellent analysis in the impeachment article which contained this gem:
"
tHiS iS WhY wE cAnT HaVe niCE THINgs
Our progressive leaders in the media, in politics, and business, failed us. They allowed themselves to be taken advantage of by the Liberal Elites who want Joe Biden as president. The so-called progressives may have high IQs. But they are dumb. They prove it every day in how they treat Tulsi Gabbard. And now once again in how they literally threw themselves under the bus by impeaching Trump because of his trying to get Biden — their MAIN mf-ing competition, out of the mf-ing race!!!"

I suggest barflies read the whole article linked up at 35.

Posted by: Morongobill | Dec 22 2019 14:33 utc | 68

@Posted by: Sasha | Dec 22 2019 13:56 utc | 65

Discovered that the Twitter link I provided leads to the final Twitt of the Thread with the 60 items agenda ( compossed by a summary in three images you can keep in your mobile phone ).
To get to the first Twitt of the Thread, just role up...

Posted by: Sasha | Dec 22 2019 15:29 utc | 69

Fellow barflies

I am unable to get to the Catlin Johnstone web site as my browser says it has moved to a new server. I cleared my DNS cache and it still fails.

I would appreciate a fresh link to that web site, please and thanks

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 22 2019 16:16 utc | 70

psychohistorian 70

I just tried my usual link

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/

and it worked ok.

Posted by: Russ | Dec 22 2019 16:51 utc | 71

I saw this but can't find any other information on it.

https://twitter.com/invenezuelablog/status/1208735582303723522

"El Nacional reporting that a group of Pemon indigenous people and a "rebel military officer" took over two military base in #Luepa #Bolivar state during the overnight hours." 5:06 AM - 22 Dec 2019

Posted by: Russ | Dec 22 2019 16:53 utc | 72

psychohistorian "I am unable to get to the Catlin Johnstone web site as my browser says it has moved to a new server."

Same problem here, but this link works:

https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone

Posted by: Trond | Dec 22 2019 17:13 utc | 73

b, Thank you for all your insights; always the best.

I wish you a joyous festive season and Good Health throughout 2020.

Safe Travels.

Posted by: Likklemore | Dec 22 2019 17:23 utc | 74

Short-Term Thinking Is Poisoning American Business: Free-market capitalism won’t survive unless it makes structural changes toward long-term investing.

This is utopian, because capitalism is a system projected to be short-term thinking oriented.

The lesser the time of rotation of capital, the more it rotates in a given time frame, the higher the profit rate after said time frame. Many times, a smaller capital with, say, half the profit rate of a bigger capital with double the rotation period will accrue the same profit rate. That's why Walmart is as viable as Boeing as a capitalist enterprise: the first deals with much less advanced products in technological terms, but it rotates in one week what the second would take one decade to do.

Besides, short-term thinking is essential for the political organization of capitalism, which is the basis of the concept of "freedom". The beauty of the capitalist system is that the part is equal to the whole, which is greater than the union of the parts. To put it another way, the whole is structurally equal to the parts, but it reinforces the survival of the parts, which expand the whole. This is what Kant once called "commercial spirit" and, later, Adam Smith called "the invisible hand", that is, that the pursuit of the capitalist of his own wealth automatically generates the wealth (and thus prosperity) of the rest of society. The capitalist must think short-term if he is to exist as such.

The real problem with 21st Century capitalism is that it is old, its profit rates are secularly depressed, as per Marx's theory.

Posted by: vk | Dec 22 2019 17:23 utc | 75

=> psychohistorian | Dec 22 2019 16:16 utc | 70

If Caitlin Johnstone moved to a new web hosting service, then the DNS system that gets you to her website will likely change too, etc. Some system should 'resolve' this issue within about two days. Some systems are faster than others.

(I don't know very much about this crazy stuff.)

Posted by: blues | Dec 22 2019 17:35 utc | 76

Happy Winter Solstice (slightly belated), Merry Christmas, and Happy Other Than Christmas Holidays to B. and the barflies!

I trust that B.'s meatspace family also reveres him as a gift that never stops giving. ;)

PS: I hope Santa grants my wish and enables the non-functional underline tag on this forum; to date, if used the "U" tags just disappear and the text doesn't get underlined, to wit (pasted directly from "Allowed HTML TAGS:"): Text → Text

Posted by: Ort | Dec 22 2019 19:12 utc | 77

Happy Holidays B, may Christ bless you and your family.
Follow daily here in Rio de Janeiro your blog, and a worldwide reference.
Thank you for sharing the highest level information.

Posted by: Brunno | Dec 23 2019 12:12 utc | 78

@ Sasha | Dec 22 2019 13:56 utc | 65

Sasha, CIDOB is not simply a "kinda Soros funded officialist Catalan think tank", but in fact was listed on the Integrity Initiative website as a partner organization. Caveat emptor.

Posted by: Lurk | Dec 23 2019 18:33 utc | 79

Have a good one b and the best for the new year

Posted by: Barovsky | Dec 25 2019 13:25 utc | 80

Russ @72: That dustup in Bolivar state seems to have been the interim President Guano trying to re-assert his relevance. Aparently his secuity has not improved and it didn't get far, but I haven't checked today. Notable that the English media has little to say about it yet.

So my third offspring (son) with his girlfriend showed up to spend Christmas with us. I seem to be old enough that people want to take care of me now ...

Best wishes for the holidays and the new year. Let's hope things look up for all of us for a change. Let's hope for functional benign government and fewer selfish jerks in the mix.

Posted by: Bemildred | Dec 25 2019 14:00 utc | 81

I'll stick this in an older off topic thread since the current ones have active discussions and this isn't important.

There are no spoilers in the following micro-review.

I highly recommend "Knives Out" for anyone wanting to watch a story of the kind that might well have impressed Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle. Incredibly well written. Sure it has a message but maybe a lot of people (whether they like the movie or not) don't get it even though the movie spells it out in the end; it's about humans.

Recently I read an antagonistic review (maybe from one of those independent column writers in sputniknews) denouncing "Knives Out" as SJW and anti-white (racist). I completely forgot about that and by chance I have now seen the movie. That review is completely wrong in my opinion, about both that and everything else it claimed.

If one can excuse characters for trying to do what's right (and I sure can) and the plot device of a person who vomits if telling a straight lie (it only happens a few times but cleverly functions as a psychological equivalent of the "locked room" trope) then this is a really good movie that should keep you in suspense throughout. There's nothing anti-white or racist, quite the contrary if you pay good attention. There's a lot of people behaving as assholes in it but they're assholes first (self-serving) and "political" in several varieties second (and self-serving again, two sides of the same coin). I could write more about it but will let people make up their own mind :)

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Dec 27 2019 0:45 utc | 82

Bemildred 81

Thanks. Since I couldn't find anything about it anywhere else I figured it must be another nothingburger.

Best holiday wishes to you too.

Posted by: Russ | Dec 27 2019 1:02 utc | 83

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