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January 05, 2020

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-01

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis during a battle against ISIS


Mohammad Ali Shabani @mashabani - 16:33 UTC · Jan 4, 2020
If you don't think this is a literal dream of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis come true, you have no idea about #Iran, #Iraq or the ties that bind them.
Sam @sonofnariman - 16:31 UTC · Jan 4, 2020
Mourners in Karbala welcome the bodies of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Suleimani this evening
Zahra Shafei 🇮🇷 @shafei_d - 16:09 UTC · Jan 4, 2020
Martyr Soleimani’s handwritten will: “My wife, I have chosen my burial place in the cemetery of the Martyrs of Kerman, Mahmoud knows it. I want my gravestone to be simple. Just write ‘Soldier Qassem Soleimani’ no more titles and phrases.”

Aerial videos (1, 2) of a gianormous crowd in Ahvaz, Iran, as the bodies of Soleimani and his comrades arrive. Ahvaz has a strong Sunni and Arab population which is not always supportive of the Islamic Republic. Soleimani's funeral will probably be the biggest the world has ever seen. Live TV of the mourning can be seen here.

Other issues:

Some dimwit of journalist at NPR let this 'U.S. officials' lie pass without any attempt to correct it:

Trump's Push For Lofty Nuclear Treaty Sparks Worry Over Current Deal
While it has far fewer nuclear weapons, China has been doing more testing than the rest of the world combined, U.S. officials have said.

For the record: Nuclear tests by country: U.S. 1032, USSR 727, UK 88, France 217, China 47.

Walrus is a volunteer firefighter in Australia. He writes:

The cause of these fires? Australian drought and the highly inflammable nature of the Eucalyptus tree - coupled with the forest management fantasies of inner city liberals who won't allow anything like the levels of fire reduction burning as practiced by our Aborigines for thousands of years. The greenies can't handle simple logic; Eucalyptus forests shed fuel all the time. You can have little "cool' fires every five years to clean up the fuel or a big fire every few decades, but you eventually will get a fire. You do the maths.

While I recently visited my rural home region I heard similar language about 'inner city liberals' who had voted for re-introducing wolves in that and other areas. Two local sheep breeders I know have since given up their hobby because the wolves, despite high fences, killed most of their sheep. Local hunters lament that all other game is now gone. My brother's children are told not to go into the woods in which I explored and played in throughout my own childhood. Dogs now have to be leashed during walks.

Our hundreds of years old family crest includes a wolf's hook, a strong piece of metal used to trap wolves. Wolves have no natural enemies. They kill even when they are not hungry. They leave the cadavers behind to rot without taking even one bite. There were sound reasons for my forbears to extinguished them. 'Green' city dwellers seem unable to understand that those reasons still exist.

Use as open thread ...

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Well it didn't take long for the next shoe to drop. Trump has now gone on the record saying that US forces will not leave Iraq unless Iraq "pays back" the US for a "very extraordinarily expensive" air base. Furthermore, he stated that "very big" sanctions would be imposed on Iraq if the US left on anything but a "very friendly" basis. There's really no way to interpret this as some 11-D chess tactic to get US forces out of the Middle East.

Posted by: Cynica | Jan 6 2020 1:04 utc | 101

@ Posted by: Eighthman | Jan 6 2020 0:46 utc | 94 with the Venezuela update about Guido being demoted....Thanks for that good news.

While empire just blew up Bolivia, it is good to see them stifled a bit in Venezuela.

The Dominoes or the House of Cards is shaking from so much bully bile coming out.

Are we living in seminal times, or what? Thanks to fellow barflies for sharing it

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 6 2020 1:05 utc | 102

Trump´s thugs in Hong Kong full to their own...

We demand "democracy" for Hong Kong but our thing is to brutally beat who does not agree with our "democratic" claims, even if they are pregnant women. Trump's sons of a bitch in full to their own.

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:08 utc | 103

@ frances

I have posted this elsewhere. At the very least, Trump is a buffoon and the at the most he is a dangerous buffoon. Either way he is not fit to lead this country any further. He has had ample chance to prove your theories right and has failed at every step. He just tweeted to Congress that he doesn’t need their permission to bomb Iran or go to war. You think someone tweeted that for him or he is trying to save face?

He is a zionist/Jewish tool and no more. And he will knock this country to the ground. He is a two bit mafioso who thought can get to this stage with improvisation and foolish shenanigans as distraction. But don’t be surprised that his usefulness is running out, in the minds of the neocons all over the senate and they will move to impeach him anyway. Read about Lindsey Graham’s declaration regarding the articles of the impeachment.

Posted by: Alpi | Jan 6 2020 1:11 utc | 104

Does China react in Hong Kong? It has just replaced its top representative in Hong Kong with a senior Communist Party official who has a history of strict enforcement of security policies. The HK rabble can have its days counted. We will see..

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:11 utc | 105

@frances (43)

Well, well you're woken up the peanut gallery, they all speak with one voice.
Methinks something is going on here ....

An article at well worth the read.


Posted by: haze | Jan 6 2020 1:12 utc | 106

@ADKC (100)

Bahrein was an interesting 'proposition' (LOL).
It would be a "kill a whole flock of birds with one stone" situation.

Posted by: bjd | Jan 6 2020 1:14 utc | 107

@Posted by: Cynica | Jan 6 2020 1:04 utc | 101

LOL! With all the destruction in infrastructure and lives the US caused in Iraq, not to mention to its Cultural Heritage ( there are videos of ISIS thugs, destroying, ransacking and transporting all the treasures of the Baghdad National Museum...and Trump himself told us Hillary and Obama created´s all recorded..), Trump will not have even for nuts with the alleged value of that base..To that, Iraq may add all the liters of oil stolen so far...

If I were he, I would pack asap, before the thing gets worse for his pocket.

Buitre Pesetero!

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:16 utc | 108

@Posted by: Cynica | Jan 6 2020 1:04 utc | 101

And forgot to add the millions of dollars in compensations for the hundreds of thousands of children born malformed because of his depleted uranium bombs and white phosphorus...

We have a say here..."la avaricia romep el saco"...

He sould shut up such bigmouth, pack, and pray for that the rest of the world forget.

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:19 utc | 109


I apologize for dragging this but Trump just proved my point and many others here. This is no groupthink hysteria. We are just fed up with this zionist government and a dangerous clown in charge of it.

His tweet: “ We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it [...] We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame”, Trump tweeted Sunday, while traveling back to DC from Florida, where he has been for several weeks.

Posted by: Alpi | Jan 6 2020 1:20 utc | 110

I'm no expert on wolves but from past reading of (admittedly primary school-age level) books and magazine and news articles about wolves and their social lives, and reading something of the work done by wolf researcher L David Mech on wolves in Yellowstone National Park (and how he later had to revise his work when he realised he drew the wrong conclusions from it ... but unfortunately not before the results were publicised widely in the MSM), I suggest the behaviour of the wolves in B's rural home area might stem from the animals being crowded in an area where food is also readily available in the form of rubbish bins so they don't have to hunt and end up not passing hunting skills to their young.

In their natural environment, one not close to humans, wolves live in family groups of a breeding pair with two generations of pups, the older pups helping to teach younger pups and pulling them into line, in a set territory. Family groups maintain a set physical distance from one another dependent on the food supply.

Possibly in B's area, authorities are releasing too many wolves, many of them unrelated to one another, in a restricted area near where people live and where food rubbish near stores or roads or public spaces can be found. This can lead to overbreeding and overcrowding, loss of hunting skills and knowhow, and animals will end up forming super-packs that will become a public menace. Bullying and fighting within super-packs will be rife and animals within these groups may end up killing each other, causing a public health concern.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 6 2020 1:22 utc | 111

@vPosted by: Alpi | Jan 6 2020 1:11 utc | 104

Read about Lindsey Graham’s declaration regarding the articles of the impeachment.

Ya, the problem is that Lindsay Graham was one of the few who knew about the strike on Soleimani...he should be held responsible of conspiracy too..

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:23 utc | 112

This mafias only thinks about money 365/24/7, but what an illness...

Nobody asked him to build such expensive base, thus, there is nobody to pay, unless he pays his overwhelming debts with the Iraqi people.

I doubt the US has the money, thus better to leave without making too much noise about money..

What about compensating Soleimani´s family?

I always thought he was a psycho, but now he is gaining points to confirm the diagnosis as the hours pass...

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:28 utc | 114

@Posted by: WJ | Jan 6 2020 0:56 utc | 98

All the Iranian officials and leaders of the Axis of Resistance, like Nasrallah have stated anybody will attack US civilians anywhere.


Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:31 utc | 115

@haze #106

While Trump's actions may end up having the consequences expressed by the article, it strains credulity to think that those consequences are intended. Trump is a glorified car salesman. It seems much more likely that there's been a lot of propaganda to try to keep Trump supporters from "going off the reservation". The "deep state" seems much more able and willing to play 11-D chess than Trump.

Posted by: Cynica | Jan 6 2020 1:32 utc | 116

Trump is a classic pathological narcissist, that's all you need to explain his actions. He's got all the behaviors in spades: extremely manipulative, driven by wounding others, hyper-sensitive to criticism, alpha power seeking, never admits failure, overblown sense of ego, basically a completely amoral and extremely violent bully.

Posted by: Trisha | Jan 6 2020 1:35 utc | 117

@haze 106

I read the article and its fantasy conclusions:

“ The world will change drastically between 2020 and 2024. Trump’s second and last mandate coincides with Putin’s last mandate as President of Russia. There may never be another coincidence like this for a long time, and both know that it’s now or perhaps never. Together, they have to end NATO, Swift, and the European Union should crumble. Terrorism and anthropogenic global warming will jump in the vortex and disappear with their creators. Trump will have to drain the swamp in the CIA and Pentagon, and he has to nationalize the Federal Reserve.

Along with Xi and Modi, they could put a final end to private banking in public affairs, by refusing to pay a single penny of their debts, and reset the world economy by shifting to national currencies produced by governments, as private banks will fall like dominos, with no more Obama-like servant to bail them out at your expense. Once this is done, unbearable peace and prosperity could roam the planet, as our taxes pay for the development of our countries instead of buying useless military gear and paying interests on loans by bankers who didn’t even have the money in the first place.”

The author forgot to mention two more things. Erasing Israel and cutting the Jewry out of the government. However, he might be able to accomplish the fantasy above if he can survive through 2021 with that agenda. Very unlikely. Call me cynical but two presidents have been assassinated and one attempted on, for those very same changes mentioned above.

Trump is not the man for the job above. Nice dream to have though.

Posted by: Alpi | Jan 6 2020 1:36 utc | 118

Sasha @115,

Yes. Nasrallah was very explicit about this. I don't think it will matter however given the Zionist media/ngo complex that writes the official narrative of modern US history.

Posted by: WJ | Jan 6 2020 1:38 utc | 119

@ Posted by: Trisha | Jan 6 2020 1:35 utc | 117 with a message that needs repeating

Trump is a classic pathological narcissist, that's all you need to explain his actions. He's got all the behaviors in spades: extremely manipulative, driven by wounding others, hyper-sensitive to criticism, alpha power seeking, never admits failure, overblown sense of ego, basically a completely amoral and extremely violent bully.

Trump is an actor in a big civilization circus war about how us humans should comport ourselves....a still like my Liberace Grifter characterization.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 6 2020 1:39 utc | 120

@Sasha 112

Graham and the rest of the homosexual pedophiles in congress are the untouchable class, don't you know?

Posted by: Alpi | Jan 6 2020 1:40 utc | 121

@Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:46 utc | 122

Wrong link, sorry...delete it.

Iranian hackers "punched Trump" on US state website | Photo

Hackers, allegedly Iranians, managed to take control of the US Federal Depositary Libraries Program website and post a photo with the disfigured face of US President Donald Trump on the home pag

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 1:50 utc | 123

@ me at #102 about Venezuela

I just read in a ZH posting
........Guaido was reelected president of Parliament by the majority of deputies hours later.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 6 2020 2:07 utc | 124

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 6 2020 2:07 utc | 124

I just read in a ZH posting
........Guaido was reelected president of Parliament by the majority of deputies hours later.

I am not sure what's going on in Venezuela, but this CBC article describes disarray among the opposition groups:

note - includes amusing video of Guaido trying to scale the fence outside the National Assembly building and being pushed back by security forces.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Jan 6 2020 2:33 utc | 125

Is it possible Trump did invite Soleimani to Iraq for talks, Israel got wind of it and killed him, and then at some point the US claimed responsibility for an act they didn't commit?

Posted by: mbh | Jan 6 2020 2:43 utc | 126


“Over the last few years I've started to suspect that the US MIC / Neoliberal economic order is secretly bankrolling the climate change panic as a way to undermine the Anti-war movement in the Western world.”

I have suspected this for some time as well, Kadath. Keep in mind, greenies aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, making them especially vulnerable to neoliberal manipulation. Either that, or they are just plain greedy. They can stand the thought of another organized movement on a global scale getting more media attention than their own. They are too greedy to share the stage with the antiwar movement, or any other likeminded movement for that matter. This is the only way explain why Greta and other high-profile climate crusaders never get around to saying a single word about the war machine’s role in creating climate change. I find this to be particularly egregious given that the US military emits more greenhouse gases than most countries.

Posted by: Cynthia | Jan 6 2020 2:45 utc | 127

@Posted by: mbh | Jan 6 2020 2:43 utc | 126

No, because the US is not such altruist country..

Stop looking for three feet at the cat...

Has something to do with Israel, but not all...

Posted by: Sasha | Jan 6 2020 2:50 utc | 128

Below is a Xinhuanet link to a posting that while generalized has a lot of detail in it

China's central bank outlines policy priorities for 2020

Under Stronger Fintech R&D there was this
The PBOC will steadily advance the research and development of China's legal digital currency.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jan 6 2020 3:09 utc | 129


I would raise a counter to your point.
The people you choose to condescendingly call 'greenies' as if it were a dirty word, then accuse them of lack of intelligence/integrity/whatever, fails miserably.

A great many people who are involved in environmental causes are also deeply anti-war.

I fact, a previous leader of the Australian Greens (Dr. Bob Brown), who had so many environmental victories (both large and small) in his time at the helm, was the only Australian Federal politician with any moral courage to speak of. Beautifully evidenced by the fact that when the US Chimpanzee-in-chief, G.W.Bush, came down here to swan about, the (at the time Senator Brown) stood up in parliament and turned his back in protest to Gee-Dubya when he was given the rostrum to speak.

Environmentally-aware people tend to be acutely aware of many issues: sustainability, social justice, law-reform, energy equality, education, racial and gender equality, to list just a few.

It is easy to tar anyone you wish to with regurgitated stereotypes, when you reside in a place of ignorance.

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Jan 6 2020 4:20 utc | 130


He was protesting the illegal, unjustifiable, Iraq war, that hundreds of thousands of Australians protested against our involvement in (myself being one of them).

Thank you Bob Brown, a true statesman.

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Jan 6 2020 4:23 utc | 131


True there have been a few devastating fires linked directly to poorly maintained electricity infrastructure, and privatisation is a primary cause of poor maintenance.

I saw this article a little while ago, which I thought you may find interesting. It must be said, however, that power-lines get fairly short-shrift whichs makes me suspicious.

This is how most bushfires in Australia start, and how we know

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Jan 6 2020 4:29 utc | 132

6o minutes showed photos of Epstein's jail cell in a recent report.
I believe these phots are fake:

"Consistent with national correctional standards, inmates on suicide precautions are now required to be housed in “suicide-resistant” cells which contain tamper-proof light fixtures, smoke detectors, sprinkler heads, and ceiling/wall air vents that are protrusion-free. Fiberglass-molded bunks in these cells have rounded edges and no tie-off points. Clothing hooks are now collapsible and towel racks, sinks, radiator vents have been modified to reduce their use as anchoring devices for hanging (Atlas 1989). Corded telephones, an obvious suicide hazard, have been replaced with cordless telephones in many jurisdictions (Hayes 2003; Quinton & Dolinak 2003)."

Posted by: evilempire | Jan 6 2020 4:42 utc | 133

@ Pynx 24
There is a lot of bullshit out there regarding climate change.
In my opinion Australia's devastating fires could well be the result of mismanagement of forest litter along with the current drought/heatwave. As the link shows this has been experienced before.
I have read an interesting article on how vegetation creates its own climate so the de afforestation of much of Australia's west coast has had the effect of desertifying much of the interior. This offers a possible way of improving Australia's climate by replanting forests in the west.I can't find that article but this link describes the principles involved.
This link describes w3hat we are actually doing.

Posted by: Ike | Jan 6 2020 5:09 utc | 134

"All discussing the apprehension of Iranian-Americans at the US border:

I think it is just as likely that this is being used as a ruse to prepare national sentiment for the false flag that is to come. The only way the US/Israel destroy Iran without destroying Israel is massive coordinated attack using tactical nukes in Iran and along Hezbollah line in Lebanon. The only way to get US populace to accept this is via a direct attack on American civilians featuring hundreds if not thousands of fatalities--a 9/11 level event. So I think it would be very naive not to suppose that at least a few (((members))) of Trump's cabinet and the DOD and CIA/State Department have already thought this operation through. Detaining Iranians at the US border is necessary to spark fear in populace that "Iran is planning something" (and I wouldn't be surprised to see anonymous intel sources confirm the same on CNN in the coming days and weeks) so as to make the false flag plausible to as many of the sheeple ad possible.

Posted by: WJ | Jan 6 2020 0:56 utc | 98"

Yup, a False Flag event should be a major concern and warnings about it should be raised throughout the alternative media.

And I am surprised that the American government and media haven't resurrected the Bush Era Color-Coded Terror Alert thingie yet. Those were the Good Ol' Days in the War of Terror. ;-)

Posted by: ak74 | Jan 6 2020 5:16 utc | 135

cynthia, if you think science is influenced one iota by greta thurnberg, or al gore, you're not a sharp knife yourself. it's not a "panic" if you want to do something about a very serious problem. but keep slinging the corporate propaganda, we all know the big corporations can't help themselves in our system.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Jan 6 2020 5:44 utc | 136

@ evilempire
The name "Palestine" comes from Philistia/Philistine but in Z-think it is in Jordan. Some people will believe anything.

Posted by: Keith McClary | Jan 6 2020 5:56 utc | 137

This thing is quickly getting out of control and we will be lucky if we live through it unscathed.

Iranians now have threatened that in the event of US strike on Iran, they will level the port city of Haifa and key Israeli targets. And Israelis are crazy enough to use nukes on Lebanon and Iran, albeit low yield nukes.

Posted by: Alpi | Jan 6 2020 6:00 utc | 138

Sincerely hoping for some real change in global affairs, but, just can't see it because of the empire's reserve currency

Living, as we do, in the "age of mammon", where $ drives everything, I just can't believe the nations of the globe can unite against the empire.

Christ, sounds like an episode from Star Wars, eh?

Wonder if the Iraqi Parliament understands what's at stake Globally..

Posted by: ben | Jan 6 2020 6:06 utc | 139

There are a few things going on here relating to the Australian Bushfires

Australia relies on Great Artesian Basin , which feeds the aquifers of the entire continent. This is being drained of its annual monsoonal waters by the frack wells of mining companies extracting coal seam gas.. As the continent becomes more dry, the temperature rises and entire river / forest ecosystems which depend upon the Great Artesian are dying out.

Then there are the multi-national agribusinesses of the Murray Darling Basin. The aquifers of this river system draw upon the Great Artesian and so have a lower volume to draw down due to the frackwell drainage in the North. The farmlands in the south are not getting enough water through their river and creek system because all of the water is being siphoned off to dams that are privately owned by mega agricultural companies and mega mining companies using this water for private operations.

So there is no drought based on precipitation, but there is less water.

Then of course one must consider the possibility of pyroterrorism. During very bad fires in 2009 this was treated as a real possibility. No speculation this time despite the government saying arson is behind some of the fires. Perhaps ecoterrorism to get countries to take “climate change” more seriously. Something to think about, even in the US and elsewhere

Posted by: Pft | Jan 6 2020 6:24 utc | 140

Pnyx | Jan 5 2020 19:09 utc | 24
Whats white racism have to do with it? For example, in Apartheid South Africa so called pre burns were continually conducted by the department of forest affairs in order to limit the scope of lightning-induced veld fires during the dry season. Its simply common sense. I'm sure it was the same in OZ in the 1960's and 1970's. Modern ecological iedeologues have prevented that and are directly culpable for the damages and lives lost

Posted by: langa | Jan 6 2020 6:40 utc | 141

A great might be destined to overtake in ubiquity the iconic one of nicely captures the inherent gentleness of a guy who spent his whole life on battlefields. There is a certain obscenity in such a dedicated ascetic being laid low...shot in the a disgusting libertine like Trump.

Posted by: Guy THORNTON | Jan 6 2020 6:51 utc | 142


I hear that in IRN, there will be a Crowdfunding Project to Assassinate Trump to be Valued at 80 Million USD in IRN - based on 1 USD Equiv per IRNian Citizen. ZH cite IRN_PressTV as a Project Called for by Funeral Attendees. have been hosting Crypto-Backed Death Pool Odds - including the Assassination of Trump. Covered in Vice Magazine; but I haven't been able to confirm the screenshot Odds Charts.

These are Acts of War by Trump and Company: A State Level Assassination. The more I hear Trump Backpedal about not wanting a War while threatening to bomb 52 Sites and Kill More People, as well as Threatening IRQ on not Leaving with Plans to Impose Sections on IRQ - the more I am Disgusted with him and his Administration.

Perhaps these Actions should be considered as Grounds for Impeachment; but Real Bounties and Talks of Retaliatory Assassinations and Foul Play will probably continue for awhile.

Considering that the DNC Hopefuls are losing out to Trump in 2020 Election Polls/OpEds, DNC/ANTIFA/Open-Borders and Biden-Clinton-CorruptionDealFactions may find it convenient to use this Situation to Assassinate Trump by Themselves. Bidens+Clintons don't wish to get Indicted/Incarcerated; and the DNC want to win the WH+Congress.

IMHO, Bloomberg and Gabbard are better qualified for the WH. I lean towards Gabbard since she's a Vet who Deployed to War Zones and experienced in Congress. She will bring home the Troops rather than continue the Hegemonic Global Reach if Elected.

Peculiar Times Indeed

Posted by: IronForge | Jan 6 2020 7:10 utc | 143

IMHO, Bloomberg and Gabbard are better qualified for the WH. I lean towards Gabbard since she's a Vet who Deployed to War Zones and experienced in Congress. She will bring home the Troops rather than continue the Hegemonic Global Reach if Elected.

Peculiar Times Indeed

Posted by: IronForge | Jan 6 2020 7:10 utc

Bloomberg is Uber-elitist authoritarian, perhaps with more brain than Trump, but he seems to be "we need to assassinate better, paying attention to elan, esprit d'corp and maintaining bella figura." Gabbard is most comprehensive: no wars, no sanctions, searching for global agreements for global problems, say, superpowers agreeing to cut the arms race?

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jan 6 2020 7:36 utc | 144

Pft 140

Where did you find that garbage.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 6 2020 8:01 utc | 145

They are not wolves. the Australian native dog is a Dingo.

The dingo is a dog that is found in Australia. The species name is debated: it is variously called Canis familiaris, Canis familiaris dingo, Canis lupus dingo, or Canis dingo. It can produce a hybrid by crossing with a domesticated dog. It is a medium-sized canine that possesses a lean, hardy body adapted for speed, agility, and stamina.
When the group is disrupted by shooting or poisoning solo dogs will kill sheep at random, but left alone they naturally form packs which hunt according to the modest needs of the group.
While they will cross with introduced dogs the hybrids are not as robust or drought tolerant, and the pack will breed out most of the introduced genes.
Australian farmers will kill anything that interferes with their introduced animals, they started with the aboriginal people 200 years ago and it hasn't stopped.
As a poster on an earlier thread said "Different stars, same mind".

Posted by: DeQuincey | Jan 6 2020 9:05 utc | 146

interesting thread from Reza Marashi. "THREAD: Over the past few days, I've spoken extensively with career U.S. government officials as they've worked around the clock to try and mitigate the damage from Trump's ineptitude on Iran. With their permission, I'm sharing a small taste from our lengthy conversations. Enjoy."

Scary, frightening “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” George Orwell

Posted by: Tom | Jan 6 2020 9:14 utc | 147

Posted by: Jen | Jan 6 2020 1:22 utc | @111
This will go on until some children are killed by wolves. Then there will be a confrontation between the greens and angry mothers. Angry mothers always win in the end.
Same thing with global warming. When a critical mass of urbanites can no longer afford their lifestyles due to exploding energy and transportation costs, people will again become interested in the next generation of nuclear power plants. Urban women will not give up their quality of life for green illusions.

Posted by: trill | Jan 6 2020 9:30 utc | 148

Vasco da Gama@99
You are right. Usually the UN is trigger happy with its condemnations. I guess that only applies to Iran Palestine N Korea etc...

Posted by: Kurious | Jan 6 2020 9:32 utc | 149

Try Michael Hudson's analysis of the Iran/US situation

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jan 6 2020 10:08 utc | 150

@b re: wolves...

I think you might be quite terrified to walk in the woods here in southern California. :) I more often than not see a bear or 3, and on 2 separate bike rides this week I've seen first cougar tracks in one direction, then bear tracks in the other a couple days later. I do fear cougars the most, but fear them far less than a car crash. But, as others have indicated upthread, the population density is an issue. If grizzly bear reintroduction were attempted in the nearby mountains, the issue would be the same...sadly, no more room at present.

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Jan 6 2020 10:08 utc | 151

B's regurgitation of lies about wolves, no doubt identical to what Trump thinks of them, fits familiarly enough here since it's identical in spirit to the lies of the imperial neocons/neolibs about "terrorists" and "socialism". All these lies ooze from the same source, Dominion theology in its de jure religious or secular ideological version. Same for the many forms of climate denial. (To reply to just one of the scribblers above, it's precisely those who are for real about the climate who emphasize among other things the US military as an extreme emitter and war as always ecocidal in the extreme; it's everyone else including many fake virtue-signalers who omit this.)

These all boil down to "We have a right to burn the Earth to a cinder and murder every person and other living being for the sake of our worthless health-destroying soul-killing binge."

Posted by: Russ | Jan 6 2020 10:11 utc | 152


You have not seen dogs in their natural state and what they do when they are not being hunted.

When dogs are not being hunted, they don't give a shit who's watching and they pull down anything that's moving.
I had a couple of dogs come in one time when I was moving a mob of feral goats. They would each pick out an animal and pull it down. When it stopped kicking and struggling, they would go back to the mob and pull down another.
I was flying and even when I was getting down onto the grass, I couldn't chase them off. I had to wait for a bike to get to me and even then, getting rid of the dogs took a bit of work.

Sheep and goats are sport for dogs. Calves are more tucker than sport as they generally have an angry mother.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 6 2020 10:13 utc | 153

(Forgot to include)

Wolves have no natural enemies. They kill even when they are not hungry. They leave the cadavers behind to rot without taking even one bite. There were sound reasons for my forbears to extinguished them.

Pure projection on the part of "civilized" Dominionism, exactly identical to the likes of Bolton or Pompeo accusing others of "terrorism".

Posted by: Russ | Jan 6 2020 10:14 utc | 154

From link posted by haze @ 106

"The timing is right for everyone to understand what Donald Trump is doing, and try to decrypt the ambiguity of how he is doing it. The controversial President has a much clearer agenda than anyone can imagine on both foreign policy and internal affairs, but since he has to stay in power or even stay alive to achieve his objectives, his strategy is so refined and subtle that next to no one can see it. His overall objective is so ambitious that he has to follow random elliptic courses to get from point A to point B, using patterns that throw people off on their comprehension of the man..."

Is that supposed to be a parody of the 11-dimensionalist Obamabots, er sorry Trumpbots? It's often hard to tell the difference.

Posted by: Russ | Jan 6 2020 10:17 utc | 155

Posted by: trill | Jan 6 2020 9:30 utc | 148

Urban women are also worried of the effect of car fumes on their children walking outside and lack of tap water. This (lack of ground water) has happened in the center of Germany the last few years and - believe me - this used to be a very wet place.

I cannot imagine how Australian urban mothers feel just now.

If you want to play the oistrich it is up to you but urban mothers cannot afford to. It has become existential very fast and the speed is increasing.

Posted by: somebody | Jan 6 2020 10:18 utc | 156

I had only known the wolfsangel as a nazi emblem but it looks an interesting dog trap. Will have to try it some time.
Will have to make a mini version for the neighbours pint sized barking mongrels.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 6 2020 10:21 utc | 157

Dogs and fires.

No domestic livestock smaller than cattle can be raised and farmed in dog country and even then the dogs will get a good number of calves. Wolves, like domestic hunting dogs gone wild here, would I guess be capable of also pulling down grown cattle.
Fires. There used to be prescribed burning in west australia so that all state forrest got burned around (off memory) every five years. One place I know of that had a treetop fire in that time was a national park which did not have controlled burning. Nothing survived in the national park, but state forrest all around was untouched.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 6 2020 10:33 utc | 158

Jon in AU @ 132:

It may be that Australian mainstream news media, even supposedly objective and even-handed outlets like the ABC and SBS, favour reporting individual acts of arson, be they deliberate or unintended, and play them up where possible. This lets governments or electricity suppliers off the hook for not foreseeing possible disaster and preventing it or at least minimising potential damage.

It seems significant that so far there has been very little discussion in the Australian MSM about how to prevent future bushfire catastrophes on the scale of the current one, by (among other things) governments finally admitting that a full-time professional fire-fighting force is needed and must be trained to international standards, and be recompensed accordingly. Given the magnitude of bushfires the country has had over the past couple of years, we can no longer rely on the self-sacrifice of volunteer fire-fighters and expect them to fight even bigger fires with the poor quantity and quality of equipment that they have: this is tantamount to abusing their goodwill.

Posted by: Jen | Jan 6 2020 10:35 utc | 159

Posted by: Pft | Jan 6 2020 6:24 utc | @140

Thx, very informative. This is the type of information which helps to understand what's really going on in AU.

Posted by: trill | Jan 6 2020 10:39 utc | 160

Posted by: somebody | Jan 6 2020 10:18 utc | @156

you intentionally diverted the argument from wolves to climate change. OK, then lets talk about that.
How is the expenditure of trillions of EURO in order to reduce warming by max. 0,1° going to offset your hysterical "reality"? You have to be an idiot to believe that. Daily temperatures here in Germany can swing up to 20° depending on the season, and you are seriously telling me that a temperature swing of 20,1° is now going to lead to our extinction? What's much more existentially threatening is wasting trillions of Euros (which are not there due to public/private debt) on politics backed up by junk science.

Posted by: trill | Jan 6 2020 10:46 utc | 161

Sorry if this makes me a sycophant asshole, it certainly makes me a hypocrite.

It's not that I can't be and many times have been stupid (and worse) when I disagree with anyone but let's be a bit nicer to Bernhard please and not take this place completely for granted.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jan 6 2020 10:48 utc | 162

Have you even bothered to research the shit Pft posted with no links.
For starters do a bit of research and find what rivers the artesian basin feeds. It will be a difficult task as the artesian basin does not feed rivers.

fracking. Look up fracking in AU. Find what sites are being fracked.. This too may be a difficult task.
Free flowing bores into bore drains was the main problem with the artisan basin. Water levels rose when these where capped and water piped to trophies.

Coal seam gas extraction is the thing that may be fucking up some potable water supplies in Au, but as far as I can make out, that operation produces water rather then uses it.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 6 2020 10:53 utc | 163

here is the main reason for the Australia's fires: ARSON

54 suspicious people have been arrested for 69 bushfire-related offences in NSW | 7NEWS

so, please stop the alarmist crap, thanks :-D

Posted by: karlitozulu | Jan 6 2020 10:59 utc | 164


Each year a few are caught deliberately starting bush fires. The majority in your link seem to be those burning a bit of rubbish or lighting a barbecue when they shouldn't. The copper doesn't seem to differentiate there so perhaps all the they've been able to nab are a few unlucky sods lighting up the bbq, or burning a bit of crap so they don't get burnt out. There is always one or two running around lighting things up, but not 69.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 6 2020 11:19 utc | 165

trill | Jan 6 2020 9:30 utc | 148

„Urban women will not give up their quality of life for green illusions.“
Could you please try to be more specific about what green illusions are connected with „...the next generation of nuclear power plants“?

Posted by: Hausmeister | Jan 6 2020 11:31 utc | 166

Pft | Jan 6 2020 6:24 utc @ 140

"There are a few things going on here relating to the Australian Bushfires"

A few days ago, I wrote a comment @ZH-Zerohedge concerning, what in my opinion is the best & most realistic 'reporting' from Australia, found below.

The Story is titled *State Of Emergency Declared In NSW Australia As Deadly Bushfires Rage; Military Deployed* :

3 days ago

Max Igan @the crowhouse has done excellent reporting from his home just outside of Brisbane.

The following was released 20 minutes ago:

***Australia - The Perfect Firestorm - Created By Design***

It's "Sparkler Dust" and 100% total govermental mismanagement, causing these fires!

Please look at Max's reports from the past few weeks HERE:

*Australia - Water Deprivation - Incendiary Fueled Fires*

*Drought by Design - The Genociding of Australia*

*Australia - Wake Up Or Die! - MAKE THIS VIRAL!*

Look's like Australia is the template for the rest of the World.

Yep. The tptb are evil.


btw, now I can watch this latest report.

additional sources:
Hope this is helpful for all.
It's quite clear what has happened for those that still can use....*critical thinking skills*.

Posted by: Veritas X- | Jan 6 2020 11:40 utc | 167

@ Posted by: karlitozulu | Jan 6 2020 10:59 utc | 164

Arson explains why fires happen, but not why they are so intense, fast and vast this specific season in Australia.

Climate change fits perfectly, as Australia has been registering its highest temperatures ever, which, in its ecosystems, will almost always invariably translate to even drier droughts, which makes wood (trees and bushes) more flammable.

Posted by: vk | Jan 6 2020 11:58 utc | 168

regarding the horrible fires, most recently in Australia. While people are listing the factors which cause these fires to rage way out of control (poor forest management, drought, high temperatures; and, in the case of Australia - appalling government mis-management. The PM was allegedly on vacation in Hawaii and essentially did nothing. Reminiscent of Bush-boy and hurricane
Katrina) The appalling fact is that many of these fires BEGIN through human actions, such as the criminal mis-management of PG&E in California, or downright malicious cruelty. Arson has been mentioned several times regarding Australia; arson was definitely the cause of three (!) major devastating fires in Chile, and the recent fires in the Brazilian Amazon region were set by humans, some of them underwritten by Blackstone, a huge 'murk based financial vampire.

Until someone figures out how to get the evil out of humans - as they say - the killing will go on until morale improves. Maybe a first step is to admit the truth.

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Jan 6 2020 12:11 utc | 169

"The Black Friday bushfires of 13 January 1939, in Victoria, Australia, were among the worst natural bushfires (wildfires) in the world. Almost 20,000 km2 (4,942,000 acres, 2,000,000 ha) of land was burned, 71 people died, several towns were entirely obliterated and the Royal Commission that resulted from it led to major changes in forest management."
"As a consequence of Judge Stretton's scathing report, the Forests Commission Victoria gained additional funding and took responsibility for fire protection on all public land including State forests, unoccupied Crown Lands and National Parks, plus a buffer extending one mile beyond their boundaries on to private land. Its responsibilities grew in one leap from 2.4 million to 6.5 million hectares. Stretton's recommendations officially sanctioned and encouraged the common bush practice of controlled burning to minimise future risks.[6]"

Did climate change cause the 1939 fires. Next major fire was was in the early eighties.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jan 6 2020 12:17 utc | 170

@ Posted by: Miss Lacy | Jan 6 2020 12:11 utc | 168

It is very important to highlight the fact that the case of the Amazon rainforest was completely different from this Australian bushfires.

There are no seasonal natural fires in the Amazon ecosystem. All fire there happens because of criminal action. President Bolsonaro signed a decree allowing for more deforesting in the Amazon for cattle, the very next day, ranchers from the State of Pará begun to burn the forest - we have the leaked whatsapp messages (they were only mentioned in the Brazilian alternative media), plus they broadly match the pattern (the fires begun at the borders of the forest, and only on the Brazilian side - south and east) of cattle raisers expansion. Later lab analysis from water contaminated by the ashes proved, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the fires were of industrial origin (i.e. by conscious human action, on a massive scale).

A lot of rumors circulated in the media, spread by Bolsonaro supporters, that the Amazon rainforest has seasonal fires. This is 100% false: the Amazon Rainforest is a permanent forest; once in a blue moon, very small fires happen because of lightning, but the sheer humidity of the forest ensures it never spreads too far.

Not only the Amazon is a permanent forest: it needs to be one in order to exist. Biologists already know the Amazon soil is very poor in nutrients and very "shallow", so the entire ecosystem depends on constant organic matter decomposition from the surface in order to sustain its massive biomass (which, for its time, decomposes and sustains itself, in a very fragile equilibrium). Once deforested, the Amazon cannot grow again - albeit it doesn't turn into a desert as early biologists thought, but instead into a scrubland.

Posted by: vk | Jan 6 2020 12:25 utc | 171

Frances @ 43 says "My thought is this SA effort was a Trump back channel .. the hit on the General was done by those ... who oppose Trump and are not going to give up on a war with Iran.

I agree with you Frances everyone accepts that Trump had nothing to do with murder of the defender of Dar al Islam except to either order it done or to authorize someone else to order it done. If Your Mr. Trump failed to order or did not authorize someone to order the murder, and instead an authorized person ordered it done, and another responded to the order of an unauthorized persons that took out five bases and the defender of Dar Al Islam, all without Your Mr. Trumps' knowledge then you have read into the record a very important fact. That fact is that Trump is not in command and control of the Article II section of the government. because it is up to the President to make those decisions or at least to be responsible for them when they are made and Trump cannot make or authorize decisions about things he is not informed about; and if he is not informed then he is not in command or control.
If Pompeo were a problem for Your flawless, innocent Mr. Trump, Pompeo would be a private citizen.
It might be possible that Pompeo represents private interests outside of the government, and it is not improbable that a private bankster, investor, Oligarch or third party government ordered the deeds that someone responded to but once the deeds were done, it is also possible Your Mr. Trump took the opportunity to claim responsibility in order to advance his electioneering effort. Its also possible Mr. Trump contacted the Iranian side and told them he had no idea these deed were going to be done, until after they occurred, and the Iranian side is trying to figure out how to respond.. I doubt that, but it is I suppose possible.

early on, on Bs first post about these events, I suggested to keep an eye on Saudi Arabia as possible a traitor to the safe conduct agreement that was suppose to protect those traveling to negotiate a settlement in peace between Iran and the western governments
The Sunni factions in Saudi Arabia most likely would not be happy to have a Shiite Major Gen Qaseum Soleimani who speaks for all of Islam to be the one too negotiate a settlement arrangement, and probably not interested either in terminating the very profitable on-going war ongoing between private interest in the USA, Israel, Britain, and the struggling governments in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, India and Iran.

Ode to a blind man? => I don't see Trump's hand in any of them. .by: frances @ 43

Most troubling is your dependence on belief instead of facts that can be authenticated and properly placed in their context. In the end your guess (belief) might be right, but without facts, you are like the ant on a log, yelling to the bridge tender raise the draw bridge.. .

Posted by: snake | Jan 6 2020 12:27 utc | 172

Brendan @62 - Couldn't agree more (aside from the Labradors because I don't know that it matters which breed of dog). My father was a cowman then for a brief while we had our "own" small dairy farm (well, really the bank did). Dogs were a bloody menace to the cows (and I'm sure easily as dangerous to sheep, if differently). Stupid dog owners would take their dogs for a walk and let them go in our fields - not realizing that a farmer has the right (in the UK) to both own a shotgun and use it against an intruding danger, like someone's dog.

Dogs chase cattle causing the latter to run which in turn causes them to collapse - and I imagine that the dogs are aware of this, somewhere deep in their canine memory. A collapsed cow would make for a nice meal, ta very much.

As for wolves and coyotes - we (European and European derived human animals) need to start learning to live with, alongside other animals, rather than thinking that *we* have the right to destroy everything we don't like. There are ways to frighten off wolves and coyotes without killing them. (Of course if we paleskins weren't so keen and eager to kill herbivores for pleasure - hardly for need - and if the *hunt* were the source of fun, then a camera would be all that was necessary, not a gun - and to "keep their numbers down to levels *we* have determined righteous," perhaps we would not have wolves and coyotes hanging around the sheep or back-yards.)

Posted by: AnneR | Jan 6 2020 12:30 utc | 173

Posted by: karlitozulu | Jan 6 2020 10:59 utc | 164

"suspicious people have been arrested for 69 bushfire-related offences in NSW |, please stop the alarmist crap"

On the contrary, industrial interests responsible for fires often have drummed up alarmist "war on terror"-style scare campaigns in the media to misdirect fear. This includes fires deliberately set by hired arsonists in order to drive indigenous peoples off their lands, or as insurance scams as in recent years in Chile. There too the timber companies and the government launched a media demonization campaign accusing the Indians themselves of setting the fires.

The Australian lies sound similar to those common in California, where wildfires commonly are blamed on vaguely defined criminal or dissident elements.

Posted by: Russ | Jan 6 2020 12:47 utc | 174

The USA is now at war, de-facto and de-jure, with BOTH Iraq and Iran.
From the Saker
headline→The USA is now at war de facto and de jure with both Iraq and Iran

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jan 6 2020 13:32 utc | 175

How Russia is reading the killing of Qasem Soleimaini is a good rundown that goes together with Saker's ideas, both of which seem to me to be very well reasoned.

Saker has lots to say, not just one article in re.

see al monitor.

Posted by: Walter | Jan 6 2020 14:28 utc | 176

Ok, now there's this:
So basically Johnson, Merkel and Macron cries about attacks from Iranian agents against the coalition, asks Iran to calm down, stay in the JCPOA and not to do anything against what it suffers, and they don't have any single word about the bloody executions that happened, as if Soleimani was still alive and kicking, as if Iranian and Iraqi peoples weren't treated like subhumans by the USA.
What a joke. They are complete scumbags, the 3 of us, exactly like Trump, none fit to be the mayor of even a modest countryside village.
I hope Iran sees this and knows that German, French and British officials and military are now de facto and de jure legitimate targets, just the the US ones - officials and military, not the civilians, of course.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Jan 6 2020 14:36 utc | 177

Concerning the wolf topic, I think I have to defend b to some extent. He is probably talking about one federal state “Brandenburg” in East Germany at the border to Poland. The whole area is pretty rural, and one must admit that, there, the wolf population got way out of hand.
The official numbers (and it is far from easy or accurate to estimate populations of wild animals) claim that in 2018/2019 the number of wolf packs has risen (almost doubled in one year) to 41, plus 8 pairs and a rather unknown number of singles. So we talking here about approximately 350 – 400 animals in a relatively small state with a lot of woods and farming.
For comparison: Finnland covers an area ten times as big, has only double the number of inhabitants but harbors only about 150 – 200 wolfs.
So, it is simply too much in Brandenburg and pretty obvious that something must be done about the situation. And I’m saying this as a self-confessed leftish “greeny”. ;-)
As to the “They kill even when they are not hungry. They leave the cadavers behind to rot without taking even one bite”, well, nope. Not naturally. This happens when sheep or cattle are trapped in a rather small fenced meadow and, understandably, panic with no way to flee. In such a chaotic situation a wolf pack indeed can kill a lot of animals for no apparent reason but this does not happen in the open woods. And, not even in Brandenburg, a human being was ever attacked by wolfs.
Taken together, it is my belief that in a populated area like Germany the number of acceptable wolf packs is limited and should be controlled by professional hunters. I definitely do not agree however that we again should extinguish them again, as b suggests. We simply do not have the right to decide this.

Posted by: Cemi | Jan 6 2020 14:37 utc | 178

Both Alistair Crooke and Frederico Pieraccini have interesting pieces at
Crooke blames Netanyhahu's malign influence- a reminder that there is something to be said for assassinations-
and US impatience, which had given rise to sponsorship of 'colour' riots etc around the region and aimed at Shiah
power. He suggests that Saudi Arabia has been financing these 'protests.'
"...Here is the point: The US was no longer content with mere sanctions on Iran. It has been covertly escalating across the board: orchestrating protests in Iraq, in Lebanon, and in Iran itself; mounting a major cyber offensive on Iran; and a ‘messaging’ operation aimed at turning genuine popular frustration with regional mis-governance and corruption, into a weapon aimed at weakening revolutionary Iran..."
Pieraccini sees the killing as an attempt to de-rail the integration of Eurasia exemplified in the alliance between Iran, Russia and China:
"...We must remember that whenever the US finds itself in a situation where it cannot control a country or a region, its tendency is to create chaos and ultimately destroy it.

"By killing General Soleimani, the US hopes to wreak havoc in the region so as to slow down or altogether scupper any prospect of integration. Fortunately, China, Russia and Iran are well aware that any conflict would not be in any of their own interests.

"No drone-launched missiles will be enough to save the US from decades of foreign-policy errors and their associated horrors; nor will they be enough to extinguish the memory of a hero’s tireless struggle against imperialism and terrorism."

Posted by: bevin | Jan 6 2020 14:47 utc | 179

There are now pictures circulating that seem to indicate that Epstein was indeed murdered. Ryan Dawson who is an anti-war activist gives his two cents to it in a short video.

Posted by: vato | Jan 6 2020 14:54 utc | 180

@ Posted by: bevin | Jan 6 2020 14:47 utc | 179

We should never individualize History. Human beings don't have superpowers, this is not the Marvel Universe.

The reasons behind Soleimani's assassination are very likely economic/geopolitical. Stephen Bryen, pro-American paid ideologue in the Asia Times, has just given the game up in today's column:

There’s a silver lining in a potential US-Iran war

Long story short, the USA has degenerated into a war economy (i.e. has become an empire). It needs to wage endless wars in order to keep its economy going. From now on, its status as the world hegemon is intimately tied to its economic (systemic) survival. However, those wars need to be hot, but not nuclear: a nuclear fallout would destroy capital, thus impairing capitalism's survival.

Posted by: vk | Jan 6 2020 15:02 utc | 181

@Russ (152, 154, 155, 174)

I'm with you on all points.

Posted by: bjd | Jan 6 2020 15:24 utc | 182

Sputnik fingers Pompeo:

Pompeo Sought to 'Take Out' Soleimani After Iran's Downing of US Spy Drone - Reports

Posted by: Bemildred | Jan 6 2020 15:32 utc | 183

to vk # 171 Yes I was aware of those details. My point, such as it was, is that there is much deserved discussion of the problems of drought, climate change, etc regarding these horrible fires, but much less about the, shall we say, direct human involvement. Another poster offered details, for example, of the diversion of available water in Australia to fracking activities. Also, I will say again, arson, through criminal moronic neglect (i.e. the assholes who had an out-of-control barbecue fire on their porch in Valparaiso and simply left - with out informing anyone) or actual viciousness, is a large factor. What to do? Well the innocent suffer as always.

Thank you for your many interesting posts.

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Jan 6 2020 15:46 utc | 184

Boeing looks for additional cash to stay afloat amid ongoing 737 MAX crisis – report

American aerospace giant Boeing is eyeing to raise more debt in a bid to cope with the consequences of the groundings of its once best-selling airplane, the 737 MAX, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Apart from fundraising, which could amount up to $5 billion in extra debt, it may also have to put off some investment and planned acquisitions, as well as cut spending on research and development, the report said citing sources.

If this turn out to be the case, then it practically proves, beyond all reasonable doubt, the Boeing's problem behind the MAX is structural, and, by "structural", I mean that it has been suffering from a chronic falling profitability problem.

Posted by: vk | Jan 6 2020 15:56 utc | 185

According to rogue economist Michael
"the assassination was intended to escalate America’s presence in Iraq to keep control the region’s oil reserves, and to back Saudi Arabia’s Wahabi troops (Isis, Al Quaeda in Iraq, Al Nusra and other divisions of what are actually America’s foreign legion) to support U.S. control o Near Eastern oil as a buttress o the U.S. dollar. That remains the key to understanding this policy, and why it is in the process of escalating, not dying down."

Posted by: Camelotkidd | Jan 6 2020 15:59 utc | 186

Wolves and sheep farmers? Get 2 dogs - Great Pyrennees, Maremma, Kuvaz or similar breeds. Great white dogs from the mountains of Europe. Or get two donkeys. The wolves will not want to meet either of these dogs or donkeys.

Posted by: Jerry | Jan 6 2020 16:00 utc | 187

About the fires, there always were issues with human stupidity, with human scum (aka arsonists) and with bad management of woodlands. It was already problematic before the climatic changes became obvious and had an impact, and it already required serious policies and measures. It is now far more important to address this human factor, because the risks of fires are greater, and ever-increasing. Therefore, we have to act on both sides, the global climate change one and the more local management of forests and human local responsibility one.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Jan 6 2020 16:01 utc | 188

According to that Sputnik News report, Trump approved killing Soleimani on Sunday Dec. 29. Soleimani was killed the morning of Friday Jan. 3. So, when Trump told the Iraqi prime minister that he approved Soleimani coming to Baghdad on a peace mission, the decision had already been taken to kill him.

Posted by: lysias | Jan 6 2020 16:12 utc | 189

Posted by: trill | Jan 6 2020 10:46 utc | 161
Thank you for telling the truth.

Posted by: Norwegian | Jan 6 2020 16:25 utc | 190

Interessant/komisch, dass ploetzlich Leute hier auftauchen, die auf deutsch schreiben. Das scheint mir etwas Neues zu sein. Oder, wart Ihr eigentlich die ganze Zeit da? Mulcahy hat frueher auf englisch geschrieben. Hmmmm.

Interesting/odd, that suddenly there are people commenting here in German. That looks to me like something new. Or, were ya'all here the whole time? Mulchahy was writing in English before . . . HMMMM

Posted by: Really?? | Jan 6 2020 16:31 utc | 191


„Wolves have no natural enemies. They kill even when they are not hungry. They leave the cadavers behind to rot without taking even one bite. There were sound reasons for my forbears to extinguished them. 'Green' city dwellers seem unable to understand that those reasons still exist.“
Outright wrong. There are circa 5-7 species of parasites for each potential host species. You must not like the well-known subculture of green city dwellers but you should not get rid of your brain over them.

Posted by: Hausmeister | Jan 6 2020 16:33 utc | 192

@190 really?? it seems to be happening more lately... it has happened before, but in very limited amounts.. maybe someone in germany discovered moa and is sharing it?

Posted by: james | Jan 6 2020 16:59 utc | 193

Jodå. Det är många olia språk som Vi använder utanför MoA.(Svenska/Swedish)
Yep. There are many languages which We use 'outside of' MoA.

Yes, *Really??* @190.

Concerning German readers & Everyone else, I have had a question I've wanted to ask but have been waiting for an appropriate time.
So, here it is:
I remember reading about a 1-2 years ago that Adolf Hitler wrote/said, "(?) was the most evil man he ever met".
The man-in-question, (?), was if I remember correctly a German-aristocratic type who had been living in Britain for many many decades(1880's), who was some type of high military officer who came to meet him a few years before Hitler became chancellor. The (?) had proposed/explained the necessity of 'genociding'/eugenics of the plebeians of Europe & Britain. Culling the Herd was the aristocratic 'main goal' for these conflicts.

Anyway, I forgot to save/write down this brittish-german military envoy's name.
Does anyone here know the name & circumstances of the *evil man*?

Posted by: Veritas X- | Jan 6 2020 17:02 utc | 194

with all due respect to "b" himself, both "walrus" and his pals in germany need to change their diapers and shut the f_ck up.

re: the fires in australia, it sounds like the same stupid nonsense trump spouted about the california wildfires (before threatening to cut aid). as if "liberals" were ever in charge of that right wing prison island shithole. if "walrus" doesn't like it he can go work at a gas station where he belongs. from a more reasonable aussie:

"While there are environmental groups who campaign to restrict hazard reduction burns, in terms of political representation, there are 1273 councillors in New South Wales. Only 58 of them are Greens. There are no Greens on my local council and not one in the state government."

as for the sheep farmers: get a real job, you twats. it's odd that "b" is so thorough and careful with facts regarding foreign policy but displays ingrained bias and ignorance when it comes to something so simple.

wolves do occasionally engage in "surplus killing" as a survival mechanism. i guess this makes them less perfect than humans who never ever kill for sport or slaughter more animals than needed to survive. and the wolves have "no natural enemies"? nice freudian slip, there. good to see you subconsciously acknowledge that the role you and your whining shepherd pals play is unnatural. jesus christ it's like this post was written by joe rogan.

but hey, if it goes back a century it must be great because "tradition". a "tradition" brought to us from the same folks who shit in ditches, screwed girls the second they hit puberty (if not before) and blamed their skin conditions on witches.

again: no disrespect.

Posted by: the pair | Jan 6 2020 17:04 utc | 195

apologies for double posting, but i couldn't help but recall some words of wisdom delivered by another fine aussie:

Posted by: the pair | Jan 6 2020 17:12 utc | 196

vk @8

B. quotes a certain "Walrus" as saying that fire reduction burning was practiced by the Australian Aborigines for thousands of years - presumably to protect the habitat they lived in from periodic wildfires. How does "Global Warming" change any of this?

Posted by: ziggie | Jan 6 2020 17:14 utc | 197

@193 Haushofer or Chamberlain..

Posted by: Lozion | Jan 6 2020 17:20 utc | 198

The future relationship between a sovereign Germany and a sovereign Russia hangs in the balance and depends largely on the outcome of the ME campaign by Empire Iran et sec, see also Hudson @ unz. When/if Empire leaves Germany, or not, this relationship will enter a phase-change. It's metastatic due to Muti. Probably some Germans have twigged to this. German and English are so close to one-another that it's trivial to translate in the sort of language we use here. I started studying the German scene with this in mind some years ago. "Muti" is, by the way, on the "list" see twitter of Sleboda or Maxim A. Suchkov, along with the little fella and Ornageclown, and of course the fella from zion, the charming mr "N"...


In another matter.

John Helmer has an essay that begs a question - what dog did not bark in Putin's presser? see "PRESIDENT PUTIN MAKES A PHENOMENAL REVELATION IN HIS PRESS CONFERENCE" at Helmer's site.

Now then, I listened and read the transcript. I'll be dam'd if I can prise out the nucleus of his claim.

Can you?


as to wolves and doggies...'round here if a rancher see a dog in the field that he does not know, or does not like, he shoots it. "dog" meaning any canine form except maybe the little breeds that people sometimes abandon in hinterlands.

The cats are as big as a man. So are the bears. The cats are dangerous. In hinterlands it's irresponsible to fail to carry a gun (with care!) It's also often illegal. See SoJ (State of Jefferson) as this reality no longer accords with the wise laws passed for our protection, it's creating political events and process...

Posted by: Walter | Jan 6 2020 17:21 utc | 199

Lozion | Jan 6 2020 17:20 utc | 197
Nope. Not Haushofer or Chamberlain.
The brittish envoy's surname had 4-5 letters, and had a military or aristocratic-title if I remember correctly.
Thanks but not the 'evil man' I'm looking for.

Posted by: Veritas X- | Jan 6 2020 17:29 utc | 200

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