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January 23, 2020

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@krollchem #83
The US may be a net hydrocarbon importer, but the fact remains that imports are heavily down.
Yes, fracking has environmental costs. Yes, fracking is not nearly so cheap as Saudi oil. Yes, it isn't as ideal to make gasoline. Yes, fracking production has heavily benefited from cheap money.
Yet none of these points detract from the fact: Fracking has fundamentally changed the role of imported oil in the US. It has fundamentally changed the energy mix in electricity generation - from coal to natural gas.
And the net reserves of oil and natural gas enabled by fracking is still far above the total amount of money burned in the creation of this industry - even at the low oil and historically low natural gas prices today.
As for panic in Italy - Italy is the closest EU country to Libya. A cutoff will affect some people, but there seems to be plenty of other sources happy to step in.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 23 2020 22:05 utc | 101

Tucenz @ 48
You write that “Putin may have fabulous sums of money tucked away - the evidence for this is unclear.”
No it isn’t. There is no evidence. Lots of - Everyone knows he owns such and such a telecom, or oil company blah blah blah. That’s all there is and ever has been.

Unless of course you know something the rest of us don’t, in which which case please share.

Posted by: Montreal | Jan 23 2020 19:33 utc | 63


Just to clarify, Montreal. Those words were from Canadian expert on everything Gwynne Dyer. I just copied and pasted a recent column of his so MOA readers could "enjoy" (his bullshit spinning).

Posted by: tucenz | Jan 23 2020 22:11 utc | 102

@Jon_in_AU #86
Most of what you wrote has nothing to do with oil.
Note I've never said Libya should have been taken down. That was and remains a crime.
But in oil terms, Libya is an extremely minor player by any objective measure.
As for fracking - you clearly have a view, and my view is totally different.
I've talked to a lot of people in the oil and natural gas industry; their view is the situation is a lot more nuanced and based on experience than any of us (you and me) armchair quarterbacks.
What they say is that the primary reason why fracking doesn't make money is the cheap money led too many incompetent producers get into the field, and more importantly stay in the field longer than they had any right to. The presence of these people didn't just suck up a lot of investment money - it drove up costs for the competent producers too - because everyone doing fracking competes for sand, water, lease rights, drill rigs etc.
If, and I do mean if, the cheap money spigot has truly cut off - the competition will reduce. The costs for the competent producers will fall, although some will fail too.
But oil consumption will keep growing; the question right now is if the prices will go up fast enough to prolong the losers' exits (or even save them).
As for the US military: no, they are not the largest consumers of oil in the world. That would be the nation of China. China was consuming 8 million bpd in 2009, they're now consuming over 13 million bpd with over 9 million bpd being imported.
A major reason why oil prices spiked in 2011-2014 is because of China's huge increase in demand hitting an otherwise fairly flat world supply - because China was not hardly at all affected by the GFC.
China is the largest customer for Saudi Arabia now. They're the largest customer for Iran and Iraq. They're the largest customer for just about every oil producer not located next to the United States.
If you are trying to say that the US military is ensuring the price of oil - they've failed pretty miserably, whether to keep prices high or low. Secondly, oil due to fracking is a very different economic equation today than it was prior to the fracking boom.
Prior to fracking, the US was the largest oil importer and high oil prices meant economic outflow from the US economy. Today, because of fracking, high oil prices mean more economic prosperity for the US. Fracked oil means jobs in the US: not just drilling but building pipelines, processing, payments, hotels, whatever.
And if the US military is truly about US economic interests alone, they should bomb Saudi Arabia. That would drive up prices real fast and help the US economy and people (and government).
So all in all, consider me unconvinced with your argument.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 23 2020 22:21 utc | 103

Pft @ 100

Sometimes it's just the result of human folly. Pandora's Box. Lots of research goes on in attempt to placate paranoia, paranoia that "others" are creating nasty things to take "opponents" out (and it's likely both are doing the exact same thing- defensive, but believe the other is doing it as offensive). And mistakes then happen... (and no one will admit to them, so we're left to make up stories)

Of course, there most certainly IS nefarious activity going on.

Posted by: Seer | Jan 23 2020 22:27 utc | 104

karlof1 #36

I do think many consciously ignore reality since it's so ugly and evil. But until humanity comes to grips with the Post WW2 Holocaust driven by the Evil Outlaw US Empire, it will continue and those currently responsible will never be held to account, even if it's a version of the Nuremburg Trials, as imperfect as they were.

Thank you, YES to that but I err on the side of optimism and whether brought to account or not, we will build a better world.

An interesting read on how a society constructs a social cultural ecological means to sustain over millennia is considered in Treading Lightly by aauthors Karl-Erik Sveiby and Tex Skuthorpe. The Australian Aboriginals had created a deep matrix of cohesive and multidimensional responsibilities that are now being revealed and reported after the genocide.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 23 2020 22:29 utc | 105

"The REAL 'terrorists'–-death is not a laughing matter, murder is a crime."

Vanessa Beeley provides a short, incomplete, list.

I look at the pictures of today's refugees and see the faces of yesterday's. I see the conditions they inhabit, the squalor and filth, and I see the same in pictures from the past. I read the words of hatred directed at those innocents and recall the same words being said of their predecessors. And the source of the words and plight of the innocents both present and past come from the same portals or power--The Imperialist West and its Zionist progeny. How many millions have died to enrich their purse, to increase the size of the estates, to serve as their slaves? How many more in the future will share their fate? Will humans ever evolve to become peaceful animals and save themselves?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 23 2020 22:33 utc | 106

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 23 2020 16:14 utc | 11

"i don't think he's a sheepdog, but then i'm left with the alternative that he is still naive and gullible about some aspects of the u.s. neither is really palatable."

Is it possible for a career politician to be that naive and gullible?

But let's look at it this way. Suppose a popular candidate did want to be a sheepdog. How could he improve upon Sanders' performance in 2016? The same performance he's already promised he'll repeat in 2020.

"well if bernie does win, he can appoint her. he needs a good vp, too--not somebody like lieberman, or some other shill. "

I wasn't surprised that none of the Bernie fans answered my question from yesterday:

If he's for real, he must have a full cadre ready to go, a government-in-waiting, fully loyal to Sanders, in full agreement with his agenda, ready to become executive appointees and hit the ground running from day one aggressively pushing this Sanders program, at least in the executive branch.

After all, it's impossible to assemble such a cadre as an afterthought. If you're a real insurgent who would have to overawe and where necessary break the existing executive bureaucratic cadres and structures, you need to be ready to go on the offensive from day one. Most of all you can't expect to find allies or good intentions or conscientious advice waiting for you there.

We've seen what happened with Trump, if he ever did have even the slightest desire to drain any swamps: He brought almost no one with him, and the few he did bring he quickly purged, at the insistence of the establishment. Of course the most likely explanation is that he never had any swamp-draining intentions in the first place.

So: Who are the people comprising the Sanders insurgent-government-in-waiting?

Posted by: Russ | Jan 23 2020 22:43 utc | 107

Posted by: Chas | Jan 23 2020 19:05 utc | 54

"Bernie doesn't want to take on the CIA, deep state, etc. until after he wins the election. He will be in a much stronger position then to go after them."

Just like Trump, right? He'll drain that swamp!

Posted by: Russ | Jan 23 2020 22:43 utc | 108

Posted by: Kali | Jan 23 2020 19:09 utc | 55

"There is a lot of people who see Bernie Sanders as lacking what it takes to take on the neocons and MIC. That may be so, but maybe he is following the advice in Sun Tzu's Art of War which prizes deception as the most effective tactic to win a war."

How many dimensions of chess playing does Sun Tzu recommend to get one's fanbots to believe in?

Posted by: Russ | Jan 23 2020 22:44 utc | 109

Circe #95 responding to jackrabbit

First, Tulsi resigned from DNC because of what the Hillary-Wasserman cabal were doing to Sanders!

Second, you got plently of cynical spin, outlandish conspiracy theories and no viable solution based in REALITY. Therefore, you may as well be shilling for Trump.

Yes to that. PLUS I notice that the most extraordinary espionage / blackmail conducted against Congresscritters by the Awan family mafia is studiously NOT prosecuted by Trump. To do so would give him extraordinary clout yet he defers to HRC and her attack dog Wasserman Shultz. What a steaming pile of turds.

Trump may well be a puppet of the Gaetani family but I guess Adelson has a bet each way in this game. Trump will not offend his creditors (for the time of the presidency at least, maybe).

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Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 23 2020 22:47 utc | 110

uncle tungsten @105--

Thanks for you reply and note of optimism; but as you see by my 106, I'm a sad case today. It's perhaps from reminders in articles like "Russia’s Auschwitz Archives: How the Soviet Army Liberated the Nazi ‘Death Factory’" that revive what I know and combine with my current investigations, all of which make a giant mockery of our claim to be civilized.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 23 2020 22:52 utc | 111

uncle tungsten @110

Yup. Prosecuting the Awan's would be the first order of business of any TRUE swamp-draining 'America First' President.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 23 2020 22:53 utc | 112

Main point, and worry, in Davos Summit of the rich elites, that the people is fed up of capitalism, as the last intenrational polls throw, and this is happening in places which could seem so distant in labor and life conditions and unequality like India ( where massive strike of the size of the whole population of countries like Russia have taken place lately, and take place periodically...without any echo in the MSM... )or Western Europe....

The World Population Is Tired of Capitalism

This only could be because labor and life conditions are worsening in the West to the point of equalying those in places where the population has been always submitted to lives of misery and slavery conditions of labor, even when having a job, which is currently the tendence amongst the Western working class, especially the youth...Of course, as the obscenely rich preview, this is untenable in the long term without an outbreak of rage...This is why they have tried to put the far-right in power, as a last resort, so that once grabbed power coerce the growing unrest by force... or direct extermination...as happened in the past...

But it does not seem to be working well, even people totally alienated by TV and mobile devices appear capable of showing some resilience and think that they can not get the numbers...

Simultaneously to the summit of the rich in Davos, it is taking place the International Forum on Human Rights in Chile

The International Human Rights Forum will be held in Santiago on January 23, 24 and 25...

....More than 100 exhibitors from 22 countries will participate in the meeting that will take place at the former National Congress. As detailed by the Executive Director of the Forum, Jonatan Díaz, the activity "has become one of the most important instances of Latin America in the field of Human Rights", emphasizing that the success of registrations realizes that it is an instance "that gives an account of the relevance and urgency that our peoples must address to move from reflection to action”.

....The Forum seeks to be the beginning of a series of meetings aimed at addressing citizen discontent in the world through a political, economic and social system, and seeks to consolidate itself as a space for conversation and debate that allows analyzing common challenges in order to draw initiatives joint for the defense and promotion of human rights in the region and in the world. It also intends to hold a second meeting in the coming months, in a country to be defined.


Posted by: Sasha | Jan 23 2020 22:54 utc | 113

If he's for real, he must have a full cadre ready to go, a government-in-waiting, fully loyal to Sanders, in full agreement with his agenda, ready to become executive appointees and hit the ground running from day one aggressively pushing this Sanders program, at least in the executive branch.

After all, it's impossible to assemble such a cadre as an afterthought. If you're a real insurgent who would have to overawe and where necessary break the existing executive bureaucratic cadres and structures, you need to be ready to go on the offensive from day one. Most of all you can't expect to find allies or good intentions or conscientious advice waiting for you there.

that's not a question, it's an assertion. then you laughably brought up obama's organization. sanders has formed an operation much more broad based than obama's, and much more effective. look at the donations, look at who is leading in the race now despite a widespread press boycott, and despite the very real ruling class prejudice and contempt for sanders. are you even in the u.s.? you don't seem to know much about the political scene, if you think obama developed a better organization than sanders, or if you think that nader could have done anymore than he did. that's a question, followed by an assertion, fyi.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 23 2020 23:03 utc | 114

The Senator character played by Alan Arkin in the movie "Rendition" certainly seems from the acting and writing to be based on Sanders. I suspect somebody involved in making the movie had personal experience of D.C. and Sanders.

Posted by: lysias | Jan 23 2020 23:08 utc | 115

In a day like yesterday....US merits to remain in Iraq getting 50% oil revenues while contributing zero to rebuilt the country they previosuly destroyed and funding and spreading chaos, unrest and terrorism...

On this day in 1991, the US bombed an infant formula production plant in Iraq as part of Operation Desert Storm. The US lied, calling it a biological weapons facility, but in actuality, “it was the only source of infant formula food for children one year and younger in Iraq.”

https://twitter.com/Americas_Crimes/status/1219824455712694272


Posted by: Sasha | Jan 23 2020 23:09 utc | 116

If in the UN it smelled of sulfur, in Davos it smells like shit...

Recicled Guiado in Davos...an ode to elocuency....

"El eelene", "las células de Esbolá", "la régimen", "la extracción de oro en el Amazonas" y "detener claro, el cambio climático".

https://twitter.com/Maryuale/status/1220382925390254086

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 23 2020 23:19 utc | 117

Circe | Jan 23 2020 20:06 utc | 76

"she lacks experience."

OK Hillarybot!

Circe | Jan 23 2020 21:15 utc | 90

"Hello??? I wrote AOC lacks experience NOT Gabbard!"

Who cares who you said it about?

The only "experience" you could be talking about is experience as a Washington gangster. What other "experience" is there in this context?

That's the mating call of Hillarybots, Bidenbots etc. - she/he is "experienced".

You just outed yourself yet again.

You just can't help yourself, parroting "centrist", "Adult in the Room" slogans and epithets, even where you're falsely pretending to be some kind of insurgent fellow-traveler. No wonder you're so schoolmarmish about Bernie punctiliously carrying out his "senatorial duties" at the impeachment geekshow.

How would a bona fide insurgent-minded person contract such Trump-Derangement, anyway? The only people I've ever known who suffer from TDS are right-wing corporate liberals. Like you.

Posted by: Russ | Jan 23 2020 23:21 utc | 118

This is already a hot war the US is prosecuting against Iran.

Posted by: Lurker in the Dark | Jan 23 2020 23:29 utc | 119

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 23 2020 23:03 utc | 114

"that's not a question, it's an assertion."

It is indeed an assertion based on extensive study of history and current events. So you're disputing the truth of it? You really think Bernie can walk in by himself with no plan and just "wing it"?

I guess you do.

Meanwhile sentient people understand how impossible that is, if a president really wanted to clean house.

But then I'm sure Sanders is a fraud, as are all his fanbots. Except perhaps for the terminally stupid ones.

As for Sanders' alleged organization? How come I saw it nowhere since 2016? Just today I drove past the Jehovah's Witnesses' "World Headquarters" and thought, "at least I frequently see them working it, year in year out." Like a really aspiring movement would.

Meanwhile I've periodically visited the Sanders website ever since latter November 2016, specifically to see if there's any evidence of movement-building, as opposed to the equivalent of, "we'll start improvising the status quo campaign in 2019".

Needless to say, I've never seen a shred of commitment to anything real.

Posted by: Russ | Jan 23 2020 23:34 utc | 120

c1ue@101

“Yes, fracking production has heavily benefited from cheap money.”
This is a ode word for malinvestment. As a result of poor planning these wildcat fracking operations fail to properly plan the resource extraction stream leading to failures to plan for such components as roads, fracking sand inputs and pipeline capacity.
https://mises.org/library/malinvestment-not-overinvestment-causes-booms

“Fracking has fundamentally changed the role of imported oil in the US.”
Fracking is just a short term stopgap as wells deplete rapidly. Once the condensate boom goes bust the US will have to invade a couple of other oil producing countries to promote democracy and the amerikan way.

“It has fundamentally changed the energy mix in electricity generation - from coal to natural gas.”

Yes, in the short term low natural gas prices have dramatically reduced the use of coal in the US (excepting metallurgical coal). Currently natural gas prices are at about $2.00/1000cuft or $71/1000m3. The price is so low that many producers are shutting down, as they cannot make money due to the massive short-term glut (malinvestment again).

In many places such as the Permian there is massive flaring to get rid of the excess gas rather than using it for the public good. This is not to say that no one is making money off this problem as gas pipeline operators are charging several dollars per 1000cuft to take it off the producer’s hands. There is a movement to use some of this gas to run well-head operations and the larger companies are better at it due to economies of scale.

As you know, Cheniere is doing well by helping Trump sell “freedom gas” to Europe at about $213 per 1000m3 on long term contracts. The US is covering this up by increasing foreign aid enough to cover the additional costs of “freedom gas”.

“And the net reserves of oil and natural gas enabled by fracking is still far above the total amount of money burned in the creation of this industry - even at the low oil and historically low natural gas prices today.”

Please elaborate on this statement as I am missing the point. Can you post a comprehensive paper on environmental costs into the fracking cost-benefit analysis.

“As for panic in Italy - Italy is the closest EU country to Libya. A cutoff will affect some people, but there seems to be plenty of other sources happy to step in.”

Posted by: krollchem | Jan 23 2020 23:50 utc | 121

krollchem@121

Here is the rest of my comment

“As for panic in Italy - Italy is the closest EU country to Libya. A cutoff will affect some people, but there seems to be plenty of other sources happy to step in.”

This is a lot of oil to substitute as indicated by the recent Trump threats to Haftar to turn on the spigot. In addition, changing the blend requires some refinery operation changes which might be expensive depending on the substituted oil composition.


Posted by: krollchem | Jan 23 2020 23:55 utc | 122

The mobilization of workers in France is of a general nature. Lawyers demonstrating in the High Court of Justice of Paris.

https://twitter.com/ciudadfutura/status/1220395778033770496

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 23 2020 23:57 utc | 123

The Gravelines nuclear power plant, the largest in Western Europe, has been blocked by workers for more than ten days. 500 strikers take turns to keep the picket. The workers' struggle continues in France.

#GreveGenerale ✊
#Greve23janvier

https://twitter.com/JeSuisEspe_/status/1220371813269737473

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 24 2020 0:00 utc | 124

A commentary about Sanders in The Week, showing the Overton Window in action:

Democratic presidential candidates have been weighing in on Trump's decision, with Sanders describing the strike as an "assassination" and a "dangerous escalation" that "brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars."

Though all of the 2020 Democrats were critical of Trump's decision, BuzzFeed notes that "Sanders took a different tone, one drawn from a wing of the party that has opposed American wars since Vietnam," while most other leading contenders "took more cautious" stands, being sure to begin their statements by condemning Soleimani.
....

Sanders was initially the only one of the Democratic candidates to describe the killing as an assassination, though Warren later on Friday did so as well.
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Implicit in the commentary is that Gabbard was "outside Overton Window", but she is right at the window frame, and Sanders seem to pay more attention to atrocities abroad than few years ago.

Right wing commentary (Washington Examiner)

OPINION
If it's Sanders versus Trump, Vladimir Putin will be a Bernie KGB bro

If Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, Russian President Vladimir Putin will go all in for him and against President Trump. Trump can expect cyberattacks, information warfare, and covert/semi-covert Russian efforts to support Sanders' organization.
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Privately, I expect a lot of cyber attacts, information warfare and galore of stunts in this scenario, directed at Sanders. In addition to a cool billion or two dollars spend on attack adds. BTW, Sanders did not refrain from using "Putin" as a boogieman, the opinion is in many ways a baseless smear, but it shows that mere scenario of Sanders as a candidate of a major party disrupts the cosy consensus.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2020 0:03 utc | 125

@Beibdnn 5

Yes, agree. Send a tweet to Trumpy. He is a simpleton; does not comprehend consequences of actions.

Now he is sending the patriot "duds" to Iraq. We were led to believe All is Well there were no injuries. Three weeks later, just headaches nothing serious.
The Commander-in-chief heard the injuries were not very serious, just headaches.

US To Deploy Anti-Missile Systems In Iraq As Trump Downplays Troop Injuries As "Headaches"

President Trump was dismissive of widespread reports of eleven US soldiers sustaining head injuries as a result of the Jan.8 Iranian ballistic missile attack on Ayn al-Asad airbase in Iraq. At least eight had been airlifted to a medical facility in Germany for possible "traumatic brain injuries", which the Pentagon and administration kept mum about in the days following.

While fielding questions at Davos on Wednesday, Trump downplayed what he likened as mere “headaches” when pressed about the issue and the administration's evolving narrative, which initially emphasized "no US casualties" as a result of the Iranian attack.

Trump explained at the news conference his view that the injuries were “not very serious,” and added that “I heard they had headaches.” This prompted some veterans groups to reportedly say Trump is “somewhat out of touch” with the seriousness of it.[.]

Posted by: Likklemore | Jan 24 2020 0:10 utc | 126

Russ@120

Great points as usual.

If I may add additional points:

Ron Paul pointed out that one has to reform the two parties from the ground up starting at the local level which Sanders has not done. Those who have never attended a party caucus have no idea how corrupt the process is.

Americans have a superhero syndrome and perhaps some see Sanders as the one who can save the day. In reality a president can only effectively impact foreign policy, mostly by starting wars as entertainment for the unwashed American masses.

Even if Sanders were even Jesus Christ he would be prevented from getting the required number of delegate votes by the mafia that runs the Democratic (and Republican) party in the first round. In the second round the super delegates get to vote and choose their "do not rock the boat" candidate.


Posted by: krollchem | Jan 24 2020 0:11 utc | 127


AAH leader Khazali: I call on All Iraqis to join the demonstration on #Friday to force American occupation to leave Iraq

https://twitter.com/IraqLiveUpdate/status/1220035122633879552

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 24 2020 0:11 utc | 128

Russ #120

Meanwhile I've periodically visited the Sanders website ever since latter November 2016, specifically to see if there's any evidence of movement-building, as opposed to the equivalent of, "we'll start improvising the status quo campaign in 2019".

Needless to say, I've never seen a shred of commitment to anything real.

I see solid and substantial evidence of Sanders building a movement for change and his election campaign. For these two runs he has created a wide and sustainable changemaking network and raised people's hope and commitment to make a better government for the USA.

This is the success model for all changemakers throughout history: build the base, establish a cohesive and committed network with resilience to continue even in the loss of a leader. I am sure as many others here That Bernie is really sticking his neck out in the assassination land of the USA. Just read the People's History of the United States by Zinn or the cover notes for many songs like Joe Hill etc.

Russ you are a negativist in the face of a great movement for change and that is not a contribution to change, rather a blockade. Sure Bernie may not be the magi to implement all aspirants needs, but he is mighty good navigation beacon to set sail for. I can only trust the millions of USians are on that journey for the next few decades.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 24 2020 0:15 utc | 129

@ 48 tucenz... thanks... it is soft propaganda which sells well and keeps the masses generally happy via the pablum...

irrussianality has an article going into the details of the russian political reforms some might be interested in reading.. paul is a canadian university prof specializing in russian history and etc. And now for the details

@ seer.. thanks for the link to yasha levines article/s..

saunder mania... he doesn't amount to much as i see it... i agree with @127 krollchem and others on bernie.. it is a reflection on the sad state of affairs in the usa political system... krollchem quote - "Even if Sanders were even Jesus Christ he would be prevented from getting the required number of delegate votes by the mafia that runs the Democratic (and Republican) party in the first round."

what i am listening to - johnny hammond playing a stevie wonder song - higher ground... i was listening to charles earland last week...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxHvzEb1UOs

Posted by: james | Jan 24 2020 0:25 utc | 130

krollchem #127

Ron Paul pointed out that one has to reform the two parties from the ground up starting at the local level which Sanders has not done. Those who have never attended a party caucus have no idea how corrupt the process is.

Reform from the ground up is usually renered impossible by thuggish machines.You can work your arse off at a branch level and maybe build a sufficient majority to get your team in control. Then come ballot time an extra fifteen people turn up fully credentialled and financial courtesy of 'head office' and you lose again. Or you get control of one or two branches in a state and then voila! like magic more branches spring up and they are all establishment cronies.

Ron Paul is BS. He is simply a diversion - a neutraliser - a red herring nonsense.

The Bernie machine has not fallen for that BS and is building BOTH internally and throughout the other partyless party the independent voters and the non voters and good luck to them. Read Rules for Radicals.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 24 2020 0:28 utc | 131

Mueller's cases down the drain.How many millions did Mueller rack up?
If I were Carter Page, someone would be making a direct deposit to my bankers.

DOJ: Surveillance Of Carter Page Based On Insufficient Evidence, No Probable Cause

The DOJ delivered its conclusion to the FISA court in December filing unsealed on Thursday.

The Justice Department now appears to have concluded that there was “”insufficient predication to establish probable cause” in the last two renewals in 2017. Probable cause is the legal standard to obtain a secret warrant against suspected agents of a foreign power.

The letter is classified, but is referenced in a new order declassified by a judge on Thursday. The Justice Department said it would sequester all the material it collected against Mr. Page pending further internal review of the matter.
-Wall Street Journal

"The court understands the government to have concluded, in view of the material misstatements and omissions, that the court's authorizations in (two applications) were not valid," wrote Judge James Emanuel Boasberg, a federal district judge in Washington who also sits on the FISA court.

As The Federalist notes, this could have far-reaching consequences for special counsel Robert Mueller's findings.

Posted by: Likklemore | Jan 24 2020 0:29 utc | 132

Xinhua repoted:

BAGHDAD, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iraq's paramilitary force Hashd Shaabi said on Thursday that it opened fire at an unidentified drone flying over its bases near the border with Syria in the western province of Anbar.
On Dec. 29, the Hashd Shaabi's 45th and 46th brigades belonging to Kata'ib Hezbollah in Iraq were attacked by U.S. airstrikes, leaving more than 25 Hashd Shaabi members killed and 51 others injured.

Other news happening at the same day:

"Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Israel on Thursday for a major Holocaust commemoration
Putin, Pence arrive as world leaders gather for major Holocaust..."

"Israel: Putin, Netanyahu inaugurate Siege of Leningrad "

"Amid Polish-Russian Row, Israeli FM Tells Putin: 'We Know the Historic Truth'
Katz, who is considered a persona non grata in Poland after accusing Poles of anti-Semitism, says Israelis 'know exactly who liberated' Jews ■ Polish president urges to stop distortion of Holocaust
Author: Ofer Aderet Jan 23, 2020."

I was doing some research on the mines and cave systems of region "Riese" in Poland (then part of Silesia region of Germany) , the area Nazis rushed to finish their own version of underground complex "Cheyenne Mountain in the US". Mountain of Giants. Evil Mountain were other names of the area in local lore.
It was from these research stations that a team of Nazi scientists was taken and was equally shared among US and USSR research camps at the end of the war.
Their research only months later produced the "flytrap" technology.
A Pandora's Box responsible for most modern achievents, in electronics, aviation, robotics and communication.
These scientists were later freed to travel back in Europe.

One question though...
Why did USSR laged behind EU(German) and US technological race the following decades?

Posted by: Qparticle | Jan 24 2020 0:32 utc | 133

I'm sure Sanders is a fraud, as are all his fanbots. Except perhaps for the terminally stupid ones. <-- Russ

Words cannot express my gratitude to Russ as he allows that I may be a real human, if rather feebleminded. On the other hand, i have some doubt what is his native planet (but blessing to this unknown world for giving birth to such a generous and talented individual). Take this sage advise that may well be practical where he comes from:

"If he's for real, he must have a full cadre ready to go, a government-in-waiting, fully loyal to Sanders, in full agreement with his agenda, ready to become executive appointees and hit the ground running from day one aggressively pushing this Sanders program, at least in the executive branch.

After all, it's impossible to assemble such a cadre as an afterthought"

Is this cadre bred for the occasion? Cloned? Trained in carefully organized camps -- with a bit of brainwashing to assure full loyalty? Not feasible on Earth, I am sorry to say.
The standard method in USA is to defer to few organizations for the bulk of the cadre, say, ask Goldman-Sachs to fill economic positions, Brookings to do it with the rest of domestic policy, and brainstorm with few confidantes what to do with foreign, military, and intelligence. If you are more of an insurgent, you should have at least one person working with you with an expert background for every key policy area, and let him/her sort through applications, of which there will be many.

I made a spot check on foreign policy. I observed that four years ago Sanders did not have much to say on those issues, staying "on message" that was fully domestic. But now he shows more opinions, and mostly good at that. Hear, hear! Sanders actually has a foreign policy adviser, Matt Duss, with Ph. D. in relevant area: on al-Sadr movement in Iraq, learned Arabic in the process, and his influence seems to be quite extensive according to observers. Matt was active as a journalist etc. and definitely has some network. Frankly, I am more of Gabbard man so it is only now that I did some checking. (I am not sure about her experts, but she has heart in the right place. And in best shape among the candidates.)

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2020 0:32 utc | 134

@krollchem #121
It seems to me that if what you say is true, nothing needs to be done in order to have the fracking revolution reverse itself. So what's the worry?
As for malinvestment vs. overinvestment: let's compare the actual return of energy vs. $ invested for fracked natural gas or oil vs. say, solar or wind. The comparisons are very unflattering.

I do find it interesting that the absolute success of fracking in producing low cost energy is considered bad...normally being able to drop prices and reduce energy costs across the entire nation, as well as net electricity production pollution levels, would be considered good. I guess some people would complain if you hanged them with a golden rope...

Sure, I actually agree on the ecological aspects to some degree - mostly because fracked oil and/or natural gas provides sooooo much more energy that the environmental impact has to be greater.

But as to reserves vs. investment: I don't remember the source offhand, but I did see a chart which showed the amount of money invested in fracking has produced 3x proven reserves in dollar values, even at existing low prices.

Ultimately, the desire to not pollute is admirable, but meaningless unless there is a clear willingness to also suffer reduced standards of living. Every time I see people say "there's a better way" - this bit is never mentioned. And most importantly, 51% of the population has to agree and vote for it.
They don't and they haven't. Until this vote passes, its all just hot air and sour grapes.

Posted by: c1ue | Jan 24 2020 0:33 utc | 135

uncle t.... if saunders was really up for it, i think it would have been wise to pull the plug on the dem machine back when he was steamrolled in the previous election... but he wanted to stay united to the sick reality... that to me reflects poorly on saunders and of course even more poorly on the dem party... either way, the usa has one choice only - the war party... no other choices are available as i see it.. now, this doesn't mean i wouldn't vote for bernie if i was in the usa, but the whole system is deeply in need of change.. going along with the status quo - what bernie did last time - just doesn't add up to a strong leadership trait or the type of person that is needed at this time as i see it.. but, i am a canuck so take it fwiw..

Posted by: james | Jan 24 2020 0:36 utc | 136

Google translation:

Vladimir Putin at a speech during the Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem proposed convening a summit in 2020 with the participation of Russia, the USA, China, France and the UK. Members of the UN Security Council should discuss current global issues together, the Russian president said.

The president said that world leaders should not miss the emergence of new sprouts of hatred and anti-Semitism. He added that the UN founding countries and permanent members of the Security Council have "a special responsibility to preserve civilization." They should become an example for other states.

Negotiations on such a summit have already begun, he noted.

https://www.rbc.ru/politics/23/01/2020/5e29a0d39a79470c16146fab

Posted by: Yalta 2.0? | Jan 24 2020 0:47 utc | 137

US industrial production has fallen from 5.4% growth in September 2018 to minus-1.01% in December. “Production has been negative for the last four months.”

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | Jan 24 2020 0:49 utc | 138

@ Russ | Jan 23 2020 22:44 utc | 109

"There is [sic] a lot of people who see Bernie Sanders as lacking what it takes to take on the neocons and MIC. That may be so, but maybe he is following the advice in Sun Tzu's Art of War which prizes deception as the most effective tactic to win a war."

How many dimensions of chess playing does Sun Tzu recommend to get one's fanbots to believe in?
____________________________________________

Good question. I have another:

Never having read Sun Tzu's oft-touted writings, I wonder if he also wrote an "Art of Politics" which prizes deception as the most effective tactic to "win", i.e. maintain and enhance, a prosperous and secure political career.

Posted by: Ort | Jan 24 2020 0:49 utc | 139

Bartender, please open your finest bottle of wine. White or Red. Make that two. Many Canadians are at the bar. RFLMAO.

Bout time. Consortium News fights back.


Investigative outlet Consortium News has sent libel notices to Canada’s Global News and Ottawa’s Communications Security Establishment (CSE) intelligence agency seeking an apology for claims that its reporting is part of a Russian disinformation campaign. One of its editors told Sputnik alternative points of view must be respected in a democracy.
Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria told Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear Thursday he was fighting for everyone slandered in the last few years by the Russiagate conspiracy.[.]

The story at the center of the accusation is a February 27, 2017, story run by Consortium News called “A Nazi Skeleton in the Family Closet,” which exposed Canada’s then-Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland as having lied about her grandfather’s past as an editor of a Nazi newspaper in occupied Poland during World War II.

The CSE report, published just this past October, claims that by publishing the story, Consortium News “very likely intended to cause personal reputational damage in order to discredit the Government of Canada’s ongoing diplomatic and military support for Ukraine, to delegitimize Canada’s decision to enact the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Offices Act, and the 2018 expulsion of several Russian diplomats.” [./]

a week after Consortium’s report, the Toronto-based Globe and Mail, Canada’s most widely-read newspaper, published a story titled which was even more damning than Consortium’s report, especially since Freeland had demurred when asked about it during a press conference by then.

“A CSE report says Consortium News was part of an attack from Russia on Chrystia Freeland’s reputation.” [.]

Any mention of Ukraine and Chrystia Freeland waves the flag. Where there is smoke, find the fire.

Posted by: Likklemore | Jan 24 2020 0:53 utc | 140

While Putin and Lavrov cry in Jerusalem with Netanyahu.....

Why to complain about decommunization in Ukraine and Poland, and then you remain silent about decommunization in the Russian Federation?

Via Konstantin Syomin Agitblog.ru

The building of the Moscow Polytechnic Museum was decommunizated: a commemorative plaque in honor of Lenin, who acted repeatedly in this building, disappeared from the facade. The reconstruction of the polytechnic takes 7 years under the supervision of Chubais. The work is carried out by Dom.RF, last year the workers were taken to an Italian strike.

https://twitter.com/KSyomin/status/1219956485310099456


Posted by: Sasha | Jan 24 2020 0:55 utc | 141

1#
Just to be sure ,one should ask mister Brian Hook,if this includes american assets,like Isis fighters,or just real americans?

Posted by: willie | Jan 24 2020 1:17 utc | 142

Russ has confirmed he has BDS Bernie Derangement Syndrome.

That's the mating call of Hillarybots, Bidenbots etc. - she/he is "experienced".
💤🙄Aye-aye-aye...OF COURSE I'D LIKE SANDERS TO PICK AOC AS HIS V-P, DUM-DUM. I COULD GIVE A RAT'S ASS IF SHE'S NEW TO WASHINGTON! I'M NOT THE ONE HE HAS TO IMPRESS WITH HIS JUDGMENT/CHOICE; I'D LOVE IT IF HE PICKED AOC OR GABBARD!

I JUST WANT HIM TO WIN!

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 1:21 utc | 143

On Wednesday, the Brexit Bill cleared the UK Parliament after the House of Commons had earlier rejected amendments submitted by the House of Lords.

Queen Elizabeth II has signed the Brexit Bill outlining the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January.

Earlier this week, the bill was approved by the UK Parliament after the House of Lords had backed down following the rejection of its amendments by the House of Commons.

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay took to Twitter to announce the news.

Her Majesty the Queen has now granted #RoyalAssent to the #BrexitBill which therefore becomes the #BrexitAct. Enshrined in law, this enables the UK to leave the EU on 31st Jan. pic.twitter.com/hzv2o2bMfr

— Steve Barclay (@SteveBarclay) January 23, 2020

https://sputniknews.com/uk/202001231078116640-queen-elizabeth-ii-approves-brexit-bill-/

Posted by: Mao | Jan 24 2020 1:24 utc | 144

uncle tungsten@131

Here are a couple of videos from Jimmy Dore show
pertaining to Tulsi Gabbard "legalize all drugs"
and Bernie Sanders Progressives frustrated with Bernie's capitulation strategy"
https://jimmydorecomedy.com/watch/

In the end it comes down to delegate votes at the Democratic Convention and I do not see anyone getting a majority of votes in the first round of the convention. Thus the Democrats will likely choose Biden as he is in bed with the security state.

If one does not change the mafia politics of the political parties the rigging of the system will continue. Smears of Ron Paul's stance will not change that.

Full disclosure: I was born in the Occupied Kingdom of Hawaii and drafted into the Vietnam war as a CO medic and medical laboratory specialist.

Posted by: krollchem | Jan 24 2020 1:27 utc | 145

Sasha@141

While Putin and Lavrov cry in Jerusalem with Netanyahu.....

Why to complain about decommunization in Ukraine and Poland, and then you remain silent about decommunization in the Russian Federation?

Too many Zionist Russian Oligarchs with too much power.

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 1:33 utc | 146

Russ @ 120

"But then I'm sure Sanders is a fraud, as are all his fanbots. Except perhaps for the terminally stupid ones.

"As for Sanders' alleged organization? How come I saw it nowhere since 2016?"


Don't you know? You don't have to win elections to take power anymore. Just look at Juan Guaido---all you have to do is wait until you lose the election, and then claim there were "irregularities" with the voting, even though there is no evidence of this; and then assert that the guy who received the most votes was ineligible to serve; and then convince some foreign governments to proclaim you as the legitimate head of state without bothering to hold a new election--you do this by promising the foreign governments that you will give them public assets; and then get a couple of thousand people out of a country of millions to hold some protests and cry to the media about oppression, even though you are fat and healthy walking around in public spaces.

See? It is really very simple to take control of an entire country, and it is much more efficient and a "sure thing" than actually campaigning and convincing people to vote for you. Easy peasy!

Posted by: Carson | Jan 24 2020 1:53 utc | 147

Tim Robbins on Democracy Now discusses his endorsement of Bernie Sanders:

Tim Robbins Bernie can beat Trump

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 1:55 utc | 148

North Korea declared Tuesday on the global stage that it will no longer adhere to its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, citing “brutal and inhumane” sanctions led by the United States on its regime.

“We found no reason to be unilaterally bound any longer by the commitment that the other party fails to honour,” Ju Yong-chol, a counsellor at North Korea’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva, reportedly said during the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/north-koreas-testing-moratorium-is-finished/

Posted by: Mao | Jan 24 2020 1:57 utc | 149

Seer @ 32

Read the Yasha Levine material.
Brilliant!
Thanks.
Weirdly (to me) this evidence and dot-connecting aligns very well with some delving done by the Canadian researcher Polly St. George, who goes by the moniker Amazing Polly. I find nothing to criticize in AP's research and speculations. (She is also getting material from Q, but since her own material is all heavily documented, I don't bother my head with the Q business, as I cannot assess it.)

In one of her recent videos she traces the background of Lieutenant Vindman and others who testified before Adam Schiff's committee about a month ago. Without recapping her work check this out where she asks: Who are the Vindmans? Where did they come from? What is their background? Why were they brought here? How and by whom?:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6L8ZSxbQBw (starting at about 30:00).

This whole impeachment farce, November 2019 chapter, relied on the testimony of Soviet Jews who are rabidly russophobic and who were brought to this country by . . . whom, exactly? I believe Yasha Levine should also check out these links that Amazing Polly has revealed.

Posted by: Really?? | Jan 24 2020 2:01 utc | 150

So: Who are the people comprising the Sanders insurgent-government-in-waiting?

Posted by: Russ | Jan 23 2020 22:43 utc | 107
++++++++++

This is really the crux of the matter, both now and in the (near) future. Because it is the cadre that will also help Sanders prevail. Voters need and have a right to get an picture of what a Sanders administration would actually look like. He must start addressing this now.
It would be a good idea to start to identify a few Reps. or independents who might occupy a cabinet post or two. Maybe a Repug female such as Carly Fiorina for something.

Posted by: Really?? | Jan 24 2020 2:27 utc | 151

'The Denver Post’s most read columnist says he was fired by the newspaper for his belief that there are only two sexes.

In a Facebook post, Jon Caldara said he was dismissed because his writing was too “insensitive.”

https://www.davidicke.com/article/562662/denver-posts-read-columnist-says-fired-newspaper-belief-two-sexes

Posted by: Mao | Jan 24 2020 2:29 utc | 152

Sanders had a chance to build a Movement but refused to do so.

No one that seeks to build a Movement would have stayed silent about Hillary's many issues or the collusion against him. Sanders didn't even make an issue of these things AFTER the 2016 Presidential election. As a Party 'sheepdog' with all the right connections, he's a 'good boy'.

He ran an election. And now he's running another. But electioneering is NOT Movement building.

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In any case, I very much doubt that Sanders will be chosen as the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential candidate.

That would be counter to the establishment's interests.

1) The Jewish establishment doesn't want a Jewish President whose every pro-Israel move would be attract loads of criticism;

2) The USA establishment doesn't want Americans to have a socialist option - too many might vote for it!


That means that Bernie's is simply:
- Window-dressing;

- Sheep-dogging;

- Dividing the progressive vote;

- Democracy Works! propaganda;


!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 24 2020 2:40 utc | 153

Zionists don't rely on voting

We are close to going to war with Iran because Zionism is a real Movement that exerts influence via money and relentless organizing.

Beware the disarming Democracy Works! propaganda bullshit. What we need are Movements not hope that some establishment-approved candidate will do the right thing.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jan 24 2020 2:41 utc | 154

Tick Tock.

Tick Tock.

What's that sound you are hearing?

It's the clock ticking on the American Evil Empire--in particular, the US Dollar Imperialist system, upon which America power and the oh-so-precious US "Way of Life" are based.

At long last, America will get a taste of its own medicine, as the US Dollar plunges into financial death spiral like a Boeing 737 Max....

US dollar collapse will happen this year, gold fund manager tells RT’s Keiser Report
https://www.rt.com/business/478814-dollar-collapse-gold-purchasing/

Posted by: ak74 | Jan 24 2020 3:11 utc | 155

@ Posted by: Really?? | Jan 24 2020 2:27 utc | 151 who wrote about Sanders
"
Maybe a Repug female such as Carly Fiorina for something.
"

I can only conjecture by that suggestion that you are not a techie. Carly led HP for a bit and all I knew that worked there had very, very bad things to say about her. And the techie press didn't think much of her capabilities either.

How about a woman like Dr. Jill Stein?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 24 2020 3:24 utc | 156

As Pft @100 suggested, the new Coronavirus hype is definitely aimed at alternative purposes. Perhaps its merely the media's regular attempt to drum up views with fear-mongering over any minor medical issue but I think the above suggestion that it is attempting to normalize stricter medical response that allow for population control (quarantines and vaccinations). An alternative could be that its aiming to damage China's economic influence by making countries more reluctant to welcome Chinese travelers. In Japan there has been a rapid and widespread wave of paranoia about the dangers of Chinese visitors that could impact the tourism exchange (worth $15 billion in Chinese spending in Japan) which has been playing aa role in changing Chinese attitudes toward Japan for the better. A longstanding platform of US foreign policy in Asia has been to avoid any rapprochement between the Koreas, China and Japan as any trilateral harmony would almost certainly cripple US power projection in the region. The US also loves to hammer on about Operation Infektion and how the USSR spread the rumor that AIDS was the result of a US weapons lab failure. Don't put it past the CIA to make use of such a tactic as part of anti-Chinese psyops.

What we can be sure of is that there is no evidence so far that the "Coronavirus" is anything to worry about. You've probably already had a coronavirus, versions make up about 10% of common colds. More importantly, with 25 deaths at present it is no cataclysmic plague. In 2003 SARS killed about 800 but that was still nothing so unusual. Respiratory diseases are usually most dangerous to the elderly and the weak, many of whom are inevitably going to pick up some illness during flu season and end up in dire straits whether the virus is a coronavirus or some other less novel type. While excess deaths are never a good thing it's important to keep perspective. In the USA every year about 18 million people get the flu. Roughly 150,000 end up in hospital and perhaps 11,000 die. The rates are far higher in China, both in total infections and proportion of deadly cases. Social media reports from China (almost all quickly deleted) have claimed that thousands of people had presented themselves at hospitals showing symptoms. If actual cases of 2019-nCoV it dramatically reduces its severity as the proportion of deaths would be significantly lower that then overwrought comparisons to the Spanish Flu of 1918.

Posted by: Glagaire | Jan 24 2020 3:26 utc | 157

It has been about 100 years since the last great viral epidemic that killed a few million people. The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet's population—and killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. Eventually the movie "Contagion" will be real. The viruses adapt a lot more quickly to modern medicine and get stronger. Eventually there will be a substantial die off in human population. It is probably just a matter of time before another great pandemic causes major deaths across the world much greater than the annual deaths caused by yearly flus. It may or may not happen in our lifetime but it will definitely happen. Like black death, tuberculosis in 18th century or spanish flu.

Posted by: Nick | Jan 24 2020 3:35 utc | 158

jb @ 18 asked;"Is there any equivalent to the money and organizing power of the Libertarians and the Kochs on the left? Any leftwing conferences of comparable impact?"

The only force that could be considered viable on the left are the Sanders people, other than that, NO!!

Circe @ 37: Agreed..

Seer @ 40: Yep!!

Sanders and Gabbard do it for me, despite jrabbit's rabid objections. Rabbit's choice of Biden/Gabbard is interesting. We'll see about that down the road.

Bottom line, IMO Sanders/ Gabbard don't have a prayer. The corporate masters will decide. The big organised $ people own the vote count, via voter suppression and machines that are hack-able.

"It's just business, get over it"

Posted by: ben | Jan 24 2020 3:40 utc | 159

Jackrabbit@154

Exactly. America and the other western countries are controlled by Zionists and Freemasons and want to continue the war against Iran. Perhaps Sanders could stop this ongoing war if elected and not killed while in office.

For those who want Bernie Sanders to win I would ask that they develop an understanding of how primaries and caucuses work. To be fair, here is a deep analysis of the democratic primaries and caucuses by district. The analysis has a major failing in that party hacks control/rig the process and tend to show up in greater numbers than the general population. The analysis may also be flawed by the fact that some primaries are open to independents that can swing the vote somewhat.
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-primary-forecast/california/

Based on this analysis, if Warren turns her delegates in the first round of the convention to Biden or Sanders that person owes her the nomination and all the perks from selling her delegates to the highest bidder. If Warren doesn't give her delegates to Sanders and keeps her delegates in the first round then Biden wins in the second round due to his support among the super delegates. In this second case Warren could still have worked out a deal with Biden but the blame for Sanders loss could be shifted to the super delegates.

Posted by: krollchem | Jan 24 2020 3:41 utc | 160

mao@149

Interesting. I do wonder if the recent events vis-a-vis Iran (JCPOA, the murder, more sanctions, etc) have had a catalysing effect on Kim Jong Un.
I think he would be wise to cosy-up to China and as many other nations as he can negotiate bi-lateral relations with, and just wait until the USA implodes.

Maybe he should put in an order for S300/400 with Russia, just so he can sit back and laugh at the USA whining about it.

The whole world knows, and largely agrees with, KJU's negative assessment of Pompeo also. He is one of the worst stains on the human soul ever shot out onto the face of the planet. I did enjoy the North Koreans telling Trump that they don't want to know about the lying turd.

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Jan 24 2020 3:49 utc | 161

Really?? #150

Youtube blocked Polly video. They used a fake ruse to tag her video 'private'.
here it is on bitchute. Polly address on bitchute is 99FreeMind

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 24 2020 3:52 utc | 162

After a heavy dose of well-deserved Me, myself and I Trump Karma, it's finally time for Us.

This could never happen to Trump.

https://youtu.be/vhezYYiTUm0

Bernie gets it. He's not a saviour.

Not me.Us 🕊

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 3:59 utc | 163

Fracking is hardly an "absolute success". Oil and gas wells created by fracking are producing more than a trillion (a million, million gallons) of toxic waste every year, enough to flood Manhattan, almost shin-high, every single day. Most wells produce far more brine than they do gas, and a great deal of the brine is significantly contaminated with radium. See America’s Radioactive Secret in Rolling Stone. They are dumping brine contaminated with radium on gravel roads for "dust control".

Radium, typically the most abundant radionuclide in brine, is often measured in picocuries per liter of substance and is so dangerous it’s subject to tight restrictions even at hazardous-waste sites. The most common isotopes are radium-226 and radium-228, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission requires industrial discharges to remain below 60 for each. More than 1/3 of the samples taken from brine sampled in Pennsylvania, which were measured by Duquesne University, registered combined radium levels above 3,500, and one was more than 8,500.

Brine can be radioactive whether it comes from a fracked or conventional well; the levels vary depending on the geological formation, not drilling method. Colorado and Wyoming seem to have lower radioactive signatures, while the Marcellus shale, underlying Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York, has tested the highest. Radium in its brine can average around 9,300 picocuries per liter, but has been recorded as high as 28,500.

Fracking is hardly profitable, either. In the last four years, roughly 175 oil and gas companies in the United States and Canada with debts totaling about $100 billion have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Posted by: Perimetr | Jan 24 2020 4:04 utc | 164

Below are the guts of a Xinhua posting about how the Mid-east plan will be released next week....sigh

"
JERUSALEM, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday during a visit to Jerusalem that the White House plans to release its plan for peace in the Middle East next week in Washington.

In joint statements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pence said that U.S. President Donald Trump requested him to extend an invitation to Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz to arrive in Washington "to discuss regional issues and the possibility of peace in the Holy Land."

Netanyahu and Gantz accepted the invitation, Pence said.

Netanyahu said he suggested the White House would invite Gantz as well, "because I think it is important that we not lose this historic opportunity with such friends in the White House."

"We should get as broad consensus as possible," said Netanyahu.

The statements were made ahead of a meeting between Pence and Netanyahu in the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

The unveiling of the long-awaiting peace plan comes as both Netanyahu and Gantz pledged to annex the Israeli-occupied West Bank if they win Israel's upcoming national elections on March 2.

The move is considered highly controversial among most of the international community and is likely to spark Palestinian protest.

Trump has postponed several times the publication of his "Deal of the Century" for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The economic part of Trump's peace plan was unveiled during a U.S.-led conference in Bahrain last June, a convention boycotted by the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas severed ties with the Trump administration in 2017 after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The last round of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians broke down in 2014 amid Israeli expansion of the settlements in the West Bank.

Israel seized the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and has since controlled or blockaded them despite international criticism.

The Palestinians wish to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
"

Failing empire is throwing anything and everything they have at the wall to try and get it to stick and help them control the global narrative again......it ain't going to work but makes for great kabuki

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 24 2020 4:06 utc | 165

Gucci Fall Winter 2020 Men's Fashion Show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB3gZssL10Q

The degradation of the so-called Western civilization continues...

Posted by: Sarah | Jan 24 2020 5:00 utc | 167

@154 Jackrabbit

What we need are Movements not hope that some establishment-approved candidate will do the right thing.

Okay. Here's someone who agrees with you.

https://youtu.be/DDGf39NkZe0

So some of you don't like Bernie Sanders? Whut? Don't tell me you've moved over to the Hillary dark side?! Small minds must think alike.

He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done.

https://youtu.be/Y2Kc38lrXXE

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 5:12 utc | 168

@167

How degradation?

In fact very un-original if a thing I see a lot of Italian Renaissance influence there, eccentricities, colours, homoeroticism. During the Renaissance, Florence developed a reputation for being pervaded with homosexuality.

Poor Gucci, the show was very un-original.

Posted by: Nick | Jan 24 2020 5:16 utc | 169

beyond being a farce, Bernie is a fraud. never did he want to be president. the damage he will inflict to the Left is huge: the country can easily elect a progressive president, he is planted there in order to stifle that possibility, playing the double role of sheepdog & defensive wall for the Judeo-Zionist clique at the DNC. eventually, he will be "awarded" his fourth seaside mansion.

Posted by: nietzsche1510 | Jan 24 2020 5:21 utc | 170

@165 psychohistorian

Trump's Deal of the Century equals Grand Larceny of the Century.

Yet another scam for his Scam Portfolio.

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 5:25 utc | 171

Libyan oil is low sulfur sweet crude so it is very easy to refine. In other words, a barrel of Libyan crude is very profitable compared to a barrel of a heavier higher sulfur crude found in Venezuela. Libya is also under explored so with the right investment it could crank out high numbers of exported sought after easy to refine oil.

Bernie's delegates will not fold in a convention floor fight nor will they switch sides lightly. He is a great talker but his age has weakened him considerably. The joke is he sounds like an angry old man yelling at the children to get off his law.

If they start calling witnesses in the Trump trial it will extend the trial and keep some of the front line candidates off the campaign trail for an extended period. It may end quickly with no witnesses called making the leadership feel that at least they extracted their pound of flesh out of Trump for their base.

Looking at it all, it is no wonder the Fed had to pump trillions into the system to keep it floated over the last two months of 2019. Nothing makes sense politically, socially, militarily, or economically. How long will the madness continue before an implosion? Who can predict?


Posted by: dltravers | Jan 24 2020 5:31 utc | 172

Posted by: Really?? | Jan 24 2020 2:01 utc | 150

This whole impeachment farce, November 2019 chapter, relied on the testimony of Soviet Jews who are rabidly russophobic and who were brought to this country by . . . whom, exactly?


Thank you for the link and a new name to me.


Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 24 2020 3:52 utc | 162

Youtube blocked Polly video. They used a fake ruse to tag her video 'private'.
here it is on bitchute. Polly address on bitchute is 99FreeMind


The same video on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSN_sZZovFA

Posted by: Sarah | Jan 24 2020 5:35 utc | 173

Re: the Gucci fashion show, perhaps it would have been a bit more interesting if Bruno had interviewed a few of the designers.

"Do you feel that consistency is important?" - LOL

Posted by: Lurker in the Dark | Jan 24 2020 5:52 utc | 174

eventually, he will be "awarded" his fourth seaside mansion.

Posted by: nietzsche1510 | Jan 24 2020 5:21 utc | 170

Hillary, is that you again???

Here's Bernie's seaside mansion:

Bernie's Vacation Home

Wow! Looks just like Mar-a-Lago! Good for Bernie NYT best-selling author!

😇

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 5:55 utc | 175

Posted by: Nick | Jan 24 2020 5:16 utc | 169

This type of fashion can be called as you like, but not for real men.

If the video was called 'Gucci Fall Winter 2020 Fags' Fashion Show', then there would be no ANY question. Where these fagots come from, from Florence to the Renaissance or not, is another matter. Whether their clothes are un-original or not is the third thing.

If your post is not sarcasm, then you may not agree with me and even be offended. But in this case, do not worry - you can wear anything.

Posted by: Sarah | Jan 24 2020 6:04 utc | 176

According to several hits on a quick DuckDuckGo search, AOC was born on October 13, 1989.

Which would mean she's only 30. She'll be 31 by election day -- but that's still four years too young to be President or VP.

Posted by: John Anthony La Piet | Jan 24 2020 6:25 utc | 177

(Dunno why, but my name got cut short . . . so I'll go with my initials instead for now.)

Posted by: jalp | Jan 24 2020 6:27 utc | 178

@176
Oh dear Sarah. In recent years, Gucci is famous for having as inspiration the Renaissance-era Florence. If eccentricities, colours, and homoeroticism are the so-called Western civilization degradation so the Renaissance-era Florence was the apex of the degradation of 'so-called' western civilization.

The first photo is where Gucci recent logo colors were inspired
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8f/85/8e/8f858ef3915c673787224b4d3cbb0442.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/04/7b/28/047b2825be2f5e5f7883954f5fc07f14.jpg
https://imgix.ranker.com/user_node_img/50084/1001670258/original/mantua-photo-u1?w=650&q=50&fm=pjpg&fit=crop&crop=faces
https://i1.wp.com/www.queerarthistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/DP-687-001-1.jpg

There is nothing original about the Gucci show, as it has been in recent years, than being inspired by ideas from 500 years ago

Posted by: Nick | Jan 24 2020 6:46 utc | 179

Additional U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq for closer evaluation of potential concussion injuries from the Iranian missile attack of Jan. 8, U.S. defense officials said Tuesday.

The exact number of troops flown to Germany was not immediately clear, but officials said it was a small number. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because some details were still being sorted out. Last week, 11 U.S. service members were flown from Iraq to U.S. medical facilities in Germany and Kuwait for further evaluation of concussion-like symptoms.

https://apnews.com/f2d6b4c3a9d496e58d528834b65748fd

Posted by: ... | Jan 24 2020 7:06 utc | 180

Posted by: krollchem | Jan 24 2020 0:11 utc | 127

"Even if Sanders were even Jesus Christ he would be prevented from getting the required number of delegate votes by the mafia that runs the Democratic (and Republican) party in the first round...."

Very true.

What's more, if he were Jesus Christ he wouldn't be performing occasional antics as a Democratic Party presidential "aspirant" the way he's doing.

Posted by: Russ | Jan 24 2020 8:36 utc | 181

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jan 24 2020 0:15 utc | 129

"Russ you are a negativist in the face of a great movement for change.."

If you mean I want the necessary and inevitable great natural transformation to be delayed by bunker-hunkering as little as possible, and therefore I loathe with every fiber of my soul anyone working to drag out Gaia's agony, then yes I despise your "movement". Which, as I said, isn't even a movement, just a run-of-the-mill product roll-out.

uncle tungsten 131

"Reform from the ground up is usually renered impossible by thuggish machines..."

So you, like your fellow bots, admit that you're already defeated in your own minds. Unless you're just rationalizing your own laziness and fraudulence. You do this against all the evidence of history, no doubt on account of your laziness where the phrase "long hard work" is evoked. How did Judaism do it? How did Christianity? Islam? Capitalism? Scientism and technocracy?

How did the American revolutionary movement do it? How did abolitionism do it? Suffragism? Prohibition? Civil rights?...

So I ask AGAIN: Why do you even bother?

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2020 0:32 utc | 134

Posted by: Russ | Jan 24 2020 8:46 utc | 182

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2020 0:32 utc | 134

"Is this cadre bred for the occasion?......." [Quoted from a sarcastic rant against my truth.]

No, you actually have to put in the time and work to organically assemble it.

Thank you for outing yourself as well as a system devotee. We'll see what your beloved US empire has in store for the Polish plain...

Posted by: Russ | Jan 24 2020 8:51 utc | 183

Posted by: Really?? | Jan 24 2020 2:27 utc | 151

"It would be a good idea to start to identify a few Reps. or independents who might occupy a cabinet post or two. Maybe a Repug female such as Carly Fiorina for something."

That wouldn't surprise me, and it's certainly what the Berniebots on this thread advocate.

Posted by: Russ | Jan 24 2020 8:53 utc | 184

Posted by: Qparticle | Jan 24 2020 0:32 utc | 133


One question though...
Why did USSR laged behind EU(German) and US technological race the following decades?

I don't think they lagged behind in the technological race (remember the cosmonauts?), the way they organized their economy did not work.

My hunch is that now neoliberalism has disintegrated Western economies in such a way, that Chinese and Russian economies who kept a mix of state planning and private enterprise, do have the edge.
This country - Germany - is incapable of finishing big long term projects like an airport or a train station. North Stream 2 will be finished because it is mainly done by Russia.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 24 2020 10:43 utc | 185

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2020 0:03 utc | 125

If Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, Russian President Vladimir Putin will go all in for him and against President Trump. Trump can expect cyberattacks, information warfare, and covert/semi-covert Russian efforts to support Sanders' organization.

Sanders will sure go for international law but he will also go for "outside rules" like democracy, human rights etc.

Putin has been invested in some international billionaire solidarity (I did not check the connections but am prepared to believe them as likely), so he will continue to prefer Trump.

The real Russian opposition is the Communist party. They will root for Sanders.

I would say USians need more solidarity. There is too much freedom for billionaires. Getting Sanders elected would be a first step but would obviously not solve the problem. That is why Bernie Sanders is more invested in a movement than in getting elected.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 24 2020 10:57 utc | 186

Some rumours in French Canard Enchaine about a plan to kill another military leader on the same day as Soleimani, this time in Yemen.

Posted by: Mina | Jan 24 2020 11:11 utc | 187

Apparently this is the new US policy in Iraq.

US seeking to carve out Sunni state as its influence in Iraq wanes

Incredible, isn't it? A policy of parcellisation which has already failed twice, in Iraq and then again in Syria. And now Trump is going to do it again, according to reports which could well be right. They're sufficiently stupid. They're actually expecting the poor suffering Fallujans, who suffered through more than a month of being tortured by US troops, are going to stand up and fight for the US.

It's a complete misappreciation of the situation, not unusual in the US. It is of course true that the Sunnis suffer from the unthinking policies of the Shi'a, and are treated like an occupied country. But that doesn't mean that the Sunnis think they can stand up an independent state. They don't, particularly if the US only stations a handful of troops there.

The US could of course militarily occupy the area, but that's not Trump's plan, as it would be too politically intrusive back home.

By the way I hear we're about to receive Trump's overall peace plan for the Middle East. Given that the first rollouts fell totally flat, I wouldn't be too optimistic about its new reception in the Middle East.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 24 2020 11:22 utc | 188

So sad people talking about US politics as if it means anything more than fake wrestling. Lol, Not really, wish I could but everyone seems totally captured by the matrix beyond a few leaks that matter not. Anyways, carry on (sadly).

Posted by: Pft | Jan 24 2020 11:33 utc | 189

The matter of disease cultured by deliberate scientific effort from 2015 @ The Scientist @ "Lab-Made Coronavirus Triggers Debate
The creation of a chimeric SARS-like virus has scientists discussing the risks of gain-of-function research.
Nov 16, 2015"

Gee whiz I love a freak show!

Posted by: Walter | Jan 24 2020 12:37 utc | 190

Laguerre
What is exacty Macron's role in this mess? Wasn't his big smile and "tout s'arrange toujours" with Netanyahu 2 days ago an indication that these criminals are once more helping each other out of the really big mess they are in? Netanyahu facing jail, Trump hiring Dershowitz, the French keeping their support to KSA (the Paris-Dakar is there!) and following Trump's lead when requested, as on Iran...
France has a lot to lose if people start looking closely into their role in the Syrian war, starting with Le Monde and its "journalists" who had an active role in exporting the samples that serve as so called proofs of chemical attacks.

Posted by: Mina | Jan 24 2020 12:54 utc | 191

@151Really?? @184 Russ

More stoopid sarcasm from the bitter leftovers in Trump's peanut gallery.

Carly Fiorina can go grovel on Trump's doorstep for a post while Trump is still in office since they have so much in common like sucking up to the Adelson oligarch. Trump did it better though.

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 13:23 utc | 192

Wasn't his big smile and "tout s'arrange toujours" with Netanyahu 2 days ago an indication that these criminals are once more helping each other out of the really big mess they are in?

Posted by: Mina | Jan 24 2020 12:54 utc | 191

I too was wondering about what Macron's policy really is. Yes, he took the time to join the ceremonies in Jerusalem, which he didn't really need to, but then he had that confrontation with the Israeli policeman outside St Anne's church, when said thug tried to enter French territory. My guess is no change, try to please everybody.

The big issue for the French, as you well know and as you say, has always been their partiality for the opposition in Syria. Having seen it in action in Paris, I have no doubt that's it's because the Elysées has important contacts with Syrian intellectuals, and still believes them implicitly, rather than take the obvious evidence that the rebels are nearly entirely a bunch of jihadis who are helping to provoke the very attacks in France which lead to armed military patrols in the shopping centres. It is bizarre; it would make much more sense to drop the policy. But I don't see any movement, though I'm much less in contact now.

Posted by: Laguerre | Jan 24 2020 13:30 utc | 193

Posted by: Circe | Jan 24 2020 13:23 utc | 192

"More stoopid sarcasm from the bitter leftovers in Trump's peanut gallery."

For such an expert you're strangely unable to tell me who comprises the Sanders executive team ready and able to go from day one once he's in power. Because Yes, you would need that.

Or, it's not so strange you can't answer that, since you're a Dembot fraud just like your Leader.

Posted by: Russ | Jan 24 2020 13:56 utc | 194

Yes Bank will not be allowed to fail: SBI Chief - State Bank of India chief said it would not be good for the country’s economy if a ‘significant player’ is allowed to fail

Shares of the troubled private sector lender Yes Bank, which has suffered a sharp erosion of market capitalization, rose more than 5% on Thursday when a prominent Indian banker hinted it would not be allowed to shut down.

Rajnish Kumar, who heads the largest state-owned lender State Bank of India, told the media that Yes Bank was a “significant player” in the market and “will not be allowed to fail.”

Posted by: vk | Jan 24 2020 14:27 utc | 195

surprise surprise surprise
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/01/ronald-reagan-october-surprise-carter-iran-hostage-crisis-conspiracy
and oss william casey, shortly to become cia director, had his hands all over that. joe biden later helped cover it up.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 24 2020 14:30 utc | 196

that jacobin article gets one thing badly wrong--no, russia didn't "hack" clinton's emails. jesus.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 24 2020 14:33 utc | 197

to perimetr #164 Please tell me how this is possible - the spraying of brine to "keep the dust down" ??? Are there no local/state authorities with over sight? Every time I think I have just read of/seen the absolute dumbest human act possible, some one comes along and tops it. I read somewhere (no citation. Sorry) that the average IQ for the entire world is 82. Yes,
I know - people will scream that IQ tests are unfair; inaccurate etc etc, but the empirical evidence seems to support the claim.

In other news: Having declared the right to murder any one any where for what ever reason or no reason at all - (I didn't like what he said and besides he looked at me funny) the murkans have now declared that the First Amendment only applies to (selected) murkans. I didn't hear Bernie saying anything, but maybe he's formulating his reply.

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Jan 24 2020 15:24 utc | 198

A minister of HMG is derided when USA refused to extradite a lady who killed a young Englishman by driving on the wrong side of the road. The woman claimed to have diplomatic immunity, being a wife of an intelligence agent. -- her husband was not a diplomat. Foreign minister protested and duly posted the outcome.

@DominicRaab
I have just called the US Ambassador to express the Govt’s disappointment about the US extradition decision on Harry Dunn’s case. We feel this amounts to a denial of justice, and that Anne Sacoolas should return to the UK. We are now urgently considering our options.

RT reports that most replies were scathing. "So what will he do? Light a cigarette?" (that actually helps to steady the nerves). Even so, the British Lion retired, Lion from Wizard of Oz was looking for another job, so now we have an imperial lion with a diploma for bravery but no actual courage. But what could UK do, if it only had the brain, the heart and the courage?

My option one: Inform the State Department that FO understands, with regrets, the scope of discretion of American authorities, and that Julian Assange will land in Hong Kong shortly, where he got a temporary visa.
5:52 AM - Jan 24, 2020

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2020 15:54 utc | 199

For such an expert you're strangely unable to tell me who comprises the Sanders executive team ready and able to go from day one once he's in power. Because Yes, you would need that.

Or, it's not so strange you can't answer that, since you're a Dembot fraud just like your Leader.

Posted by: Russ | Jan 24 2020 13:56 utc | 194

I wrote that Sanders has a team, I wrote the example that concerns foreign affairs, and and explanation to apparently extra-terrestrial Russ that on Earth, you cannot create a team "qualified to hit the ground running on day one, fully loyal to the Leader etc., and do it at least on year in advance", but there are other ways.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 24 2020 16:04 utc | 200

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