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February 12, 2020

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@c1ue 91
"Could not disagree more."

Of course.
Well I wondered after our previous exchange why you didn't get my idea at first. I excluded dumbness because you had perfectly criticized the scientific value of the paper.

Therefore here's my lightly substantiated hypothesis: you're a genuine person who cannot imagine how much cunningly some humans could behave.

For myself I don't care what Bannon says. I watch his acts. Here in Europe he tried, and failed, to build "The Movement" which was nothing more than a kind of federation of these conservative groups who are at the same time nationalistic and Zionist... Can you see the snake oil trader?
Bannon teamed with Robert Mercer and Cambridge Analytica to help Trump win the election. The way they did it demonstrates a real talent for manipulating people. My guess is he was the author of the rumor quoted in the comment from Penelope 95. This became Q after the election.

I will not watch his show unless I need to guess the truth behind his bullshit. My prognostic is that I won't need because he will disappear at the same time than Trump.

Posted by: Parisian Guy | Feb 13 2020 2:26 utc | 101

Pete the Cheat is curiously dodging foreign policy questions. Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that Mr. Neoliberal, centrist Buttigieg has an unpopular interventionist point of view?


MayoCheat was not nice to the black community in South Bend, Ind. As a matter of fact he was downright condescending and disrespectful to the Black Community.: (watch video Democracy Now!)



Yep, Pete's an this from above link.

After college, the Democratic presidential hopeful took a gig with a strategic communications firm founded by a former Secretary of Defense who raked in contracts with the arms industry. He moved on to a fellowship at an influential DC think tank described by its founder as “a counterpart to the neoconservatives of the 1970s.” Today, Buttigieg sits on that think tank’s board of advisors alongside some of the country’s most accomplished military interventionists.

Buttigieg has reaped the rewards of his dedication to the Beltway playbook. He recently became the top recipient of donations from staff members of the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department, and the Justice Department – key cogs in the national security state’s permanent bureaucracy.

Feel free to read the rest on the ambitious mayor who was groomed by national security state apparatchiks. (I need a shower after reading the rest of it!)

Sneaky Pete skirts campaign finance violation.:


The tip of the iceberg? Buttigieg is far from the squeaky clean image he presents selling a bill of goods to the American people.

Buttigieg is as I've described him all along: NOT ATHENTIC AND VERY REHEARSED, and a Neoliberal in sheep's clothing.

Posted by: Circe | Feb 13 2020 2:40 utc | 102

@willie 94
As far as I know Le Figaro, they would never had published the letter from US, if Macron had not leaked it directly to the journal staff.

That's interesting....

Posted by: Parisian Guy | Feb 13 2020 2:42 utc | 103

Lochearn #97

What is it about your site that you invite such mediocre comments? I have thought about this a great deal.

Here Lochearn, do provide us with an erudite commentary on the role of the state and the populace in regard to the extract below:

French security agencies then more than adequately identified the “Charlie Hebdo shooting” perpetrators as potential threats and tracked them for years beforehand. More recently, British authorities were more than well aware of the danger Sudesh Amman posed to society.

The problem is instead what appears to be a deliberate effort to keep these terrorists roaming freely among society. Free to join Western-backed mercenary forces abroad to fight in the West’s various proxy wars, and free to commit heinous acts of terror at home, both serving the singular agenda of expanding Western hegemony abroad while preserving the primacy of select special interests at home through divide and conquer politics and the use of fear as a political weapon.

Do assist us all to raise the debate and discuss the human challenges that we can influence with our analysis.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 3:00 utc | 104

Lochearn #97

What is it about your site that you invite such mediocre comments? I have thought about this a great deal.

Here Lochearn, do provide us with an erudite commentary on the role of the state and the populace in regard to the extract below:

French security agencies then more than adequately identified the “Charlie Hebdo shooting” perpetrators as potential threats and tracked them for years beforehand. More recently, British authorities were more than well aware of the danger Sudesh Amman posed to society.

The problem is instead what appears to be a deliberate effort to keep these terrorists roaming freely among society. Free to join Western-backed mercenary forces abroad to fight in the West’s various proxy wars, and free to commit heinous acts of terror at home, both serving the singular agenda of expanding Western hegemony abroad while preserving the primacy of select special interests at home through divide and conquer politics and the use of fear as a political weapon.

Do assist us all to raise the debate and discuss the human challenges that we can influence with our analysis.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 3:00 utc | 105

Thanks Vig @ 79 for that factual link on Bernie's voting.

Posted by: Penelope | Feb 13 2020 3:02 utc | 106

I am a regular of links from ZH here so I guess I feel the need to defend my usage.

ZeroHedge now provides both aggregator and original postings, mostly related to finance, but less so then originally. They put up stories from Catlin Johnstone to David Stockman but seem to be evolving toward the right.

Yes, you have to filter their postings but I also continue to use and link to Reuters because their stories are timely and one can poke fun at their characterization of the "facts".


Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 13 2020 3:03 utc | 107

Uncle tungsten @ 96:

I haven't followed the terror attacks in Britain closely enough to evaluate them, but I did closely look at the one in Paris & quite a number of them here in the US. Every one that I researched was indubitably phoney.

It used to be quite easy to piggy-back one's own research on that of others. One would simply search "Nashville shooting hoax" or wherever it was, and all of the citizen videos & commentaries would come up at once. These usually included images of the location before the incident, often showing alterations that had been made to facilitate the "incident."

Alas, these citizen analytics proved so effective in persuading others that TPTB began abruptly to block them. (sigh)

Posted by: Penelope | Feb 13 2020 3:04 utc | 108

@ 106 psychohistorian... thanks... i hope all is well with you in oregon! i haven't seen you lately..

Posted by: james | Feb 13 2020 3:11 utc | 109

Oops. b's article of Feb 8 about how the coronavirus is under control was way off base. Zerohedge reports that Hubei Province has come clean and reported a huge increase in infections using the previous statistical gathering rules. Hopefully it will be less severe than the 1918 flu pandemic that caused the death of TENS OF MILLIONS.

Do not ever trust a government to communicate truthful information to you if they have something to gain by lying. It doesn't matter if it is your home country or an adversary country - they all lie when it is to their advantage. Truth is a very elusive commodity today.

Posted by: Don Wills | Feb 13 2020 3:11 utc | 110

@13 Vig

"Why should Bernie in a US election give a shit about us non US citizens?"

What a ridiculous thing to say. The U.S. has been responsible for the murder, crippling, torture, and displacement of tens of millions of human beings around the world just this century, but you're asking why a presidential candidate should give a shit about people other than americans? Go back to bed, Dick Cheney.

Posted by: Sharon M | Feb 12 2020 15:31 utc | 16

But I think your original comment was specifically in the context of health care for Americans. You accused Bernie of not giving a s--- about non-Americans. Now you bring in those injured by US weapons. Are you now saying that Bernie should propose medical benefits for all those injured in American wars? Just trying to get clarification on what your criticism is of Bernie's health-care proposals.

Posted by: Really?? | Feb 13 2020 3:14 utc | 111

zerohedge to the rescue, lol... it's good we had a conversation on zh...

Posted by: james | Feb 13 2020 3:22 utc | 112

On Afghanistan from NEO

However, according to some reports, the United States and the Taliban have recently managed to define the main terms of a future peace deal:

- The Taliban guarantee that they will not allow international terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda (banned in Russia) to use Afghanistan as a training ground for attacks abroad;

– The US must withdraw its troops from the country. In particular, the terms include the following:
About 5,000 US soldiers are expected to be withdrawn immediately after the peace deal is signed, and the remaining troops will leave the country within the next two years;

– Against the backdrop of an indefinite truce in Afghanistan, the conflicting parties should begin an internal political dialogue.

The Taliban must be naive not to insist on a total cessation to military air assaults and reconnaissance. There is no way the USA will stop bombing Afghanistan into the stone age - because it can AND good live training for its murderous home pilots.

And then the predictable USA treachery and ingredient to walk back the treaty:

The Kabul government, however, is not taking part in those talks at the insistence of the Taliban, which considers the current official government to be a puppet. But the US is in favor of Kabul reaffirming its commitment to the peace terms, because otherwise the last condition of the agreement will not be fulfilled.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 3:25 utc | 113

This is Jimmy Dore of Tucker Carlson show FoxTV.

You would not ever have seen this on Fox at the last election. Best high voltage spit by Jimmy Dore I have seen.
Tucker shows a great smirk especially when Jimmy dumps on Guaido.

five minutes of mirth

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 4:10 utc | 114

Now here is a good piece on Trump gangsterism by Gordon Duff.
I guess some is Duffy but most entirely believable.
Q wont reprint this.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 12 2020 22:34 utc | 77

My God, the Duff article is horribly depressing.

Posted by: Really?? | Feb 13 2020 4:19 utc | 115

eye care is not included, nor is dental care -- EXORBITANT: 500 to 700 francs (US$ 500 to US$ 700) to have a cavity filled, 6,000+ francs for bridge work...
. . .

Posted by: RJPJR | Feb 12 2020 23:19 utc | 83

Why are eye care and dental care NEVER covered by normal insurance?
Bad teeth can easily cost you your life through influence of unhealthy teeth on the rest of the body. And obviously, people need to see to lead normal non-"Challenged" lives. Why are these never covered?

Posted by: Really?? | Feb 13 2020 4:26 utc | 116

Really?? @ 115:

If you live in the United States, check this article by Nicole Spector: "The Reason Your Dental Work Isn't Covered by Medical Insurance: Why modern dentistry's roots are in the barbershop and its insurance system is like AAA for your mouth"

In other words, past custom, tradition and history have led to a situation where the health of your mouth is treated separately from the health of the rest of your body and we have all absorbed the assumptions and lessons accordingly.

Posted by: Jen | Feb 13 2020 4:45 utc | 117

Really?? #115

In my social democracy I have eye, dental and hearing as well as all the other things. I am also pushed to stay healthy and exercise etc. Its normal and easily achieved. The tax collection to fund services like these are readily applied. You could charge a fraction of a cent for every email, every facebook post, every financial transaction, every dollar earned, every dollar spent. You could tax the wealthy, the smokers, the alcohol drinkers, the income earned by financial investing, or mine profits on a yield at site calculation.

There will be screaming and gnashing of teeth at some of these suggestions but then that's what you hear with a minor pin prick.

One just have to overcome the decades of propaganda against tax raising. Its not a demon, not a drama, the fear mongering about taxes is just a means of carpetbaggers extorting wealth to sustain a fancy lobby operation. Like politicians extorting money to represent the MIC or hollywood extorting money to produce drivel.

Everytime you hear someone bellowing about taxes and too much and gimme a discount, you are hearing a social vandal self enriching.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 4:58 utc | 118

Below is a short posting from Xinhuanet and it has a quote from Erdogan that I have not seen so clearly made.

ANKARA, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Russian and Turkish presidents had a phone conversation and discussed the escalation in Idlib in northwestern Syria, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

Regarding his telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Erdogan said "we evaluated the ongoing process in Idlib. We especially dealt with the damage to our soldiers by Syrian forces and even by Russia."

"We reached an agreement about the meeting of our officials of foreign affairs, defense and intelligence in Moscow. We will hold these talks as soon as possible," he told reporters.

Erdogan recalled a refugee influx to Turkish borders from Idlib province of Syria, and said "we do not want to look at this asylum movement with much tolerance. We are carrying out some work on the Syrian territory to stop this. We want to settle people there."

A Russian delegation held talks in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday and Monday over the escalating tension in Syria's Idlib, but the talks failed to yield an outcome.

Turkey has recently sent reinforcements to Syria following several exchanges of fire with the Syrian government forces, which killed 13 Turkish soldiers in two separate incidents in Idlib since last week.

Let me get this correct:

In conjunction with empire, Erdogan recruited, trained and supplied these folks that he now wants to settle in the invaded country, Syria.

Lie, cheat and steal is a success strategy if you can get away with it.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 13 2020 5:00 utc | 119

Below is another short Xinhuanet posting about current political posturing and threats in the ME

TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi warned on Wednesday that Iran's response to any Israeli aggression against its interests in the region or in Syria will be "crushing."

Mousavi said over the past 70 years Israel has resorted to violence to occupy Palestine and target its neighboring countries.

Iran's presence in Syria has been at invitation with the aim of fighting terrorism, the spokesman added.

"Our country will not hesitate to protect its interests in Syria or in the region and will defend its national security," he noted, vowing "decisive and crushing response to any aggression or stupid act of Israel against its interests."

Sitting here on the West coast of North America all I can do is wish them well in working out the 70+ years of jamming the Occupied Palestine/Israel state into the middle of the ME...and then occupying more and into Syria....

And once again let me close by noting that the above is a proxy part of the current civilization war about public/private global finance in the social contract.....socialism or barbarism

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 13 2020 5:14 utc | 120

Below are quotes from two different postings at Xinhuanet that I think are related

WUHAN, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's Hubei Province, center of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, reported 14,840 new confirmed cases and 242 new deaths on Wednesday, the highest daily increases so far, local health authorities said Thursday.

The Hubei Provincial Health Commission said the number of new cases included 13,332 clinically diagnosed cases, which have been seen as confirmed cases from Thursday.

It brought the total confirmed cases in the hard-hit province to 48,206. The province had a total of 1,310 deaths as of Wednesday.

Clinically diagnosed cases are unique to Hubei statistically. The inclusion of those cases drives the surge in the number of new confirmed cases.

BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ying Yong has been appointed secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), replacing Jiang Chaoliang, according to a decision by the CPC Central Committee.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 13 2020 5:27 utc | 121

Don't be deceived by Sanders' demeanour. He's a little rumpled, a little reserved, a little too old, a little curmudgeonly making him evermore authentic and quite endearing. However, believe it or not, behind this long-suffering activist for social justice, painfully consistent servant of public interest, patiently, unassumingly waiting in the wings to inspire a significant movement at a transformational moment in time, lies an astute, battle-ready, hardened yet tender warrior who could not have picked a better time or waited a moment longer to make a final stand when America's democracy is crumbling and nothing has worked to avert certain disaster.

Could it be that all it will take to shut out the cacophony of white noise deception, hype and blanket corruption is what began as a quiet crescendo of humanity and will end in a blowout that stuns the world?

I feel like there is a shunned amorophous beast headed in the direction of Trumpian fascism and the complicit Ministry of Media Deception.

I invite you to read the excerpt of an article in GQ a long but important excerpt of which I copied below, followed by the link.

Why Does Mainstream Media Keep Attacking Bernie Sanders as He Wins?

Bernie Sanders keeps surprising cynical pundits in his second presidential run.

Poor Chuck Todd.

After a week of Todd using his MSNBC evening show Meet the Press Daily to assail the senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders has won—clearly—in New Hampshire. It’s not if Todd hadn’t tried.

On Monday, Todd quoted conservative outlet the Bulwark, characterizing Sanders’s online following as “digital brown shirts,” essentially likening a Jewish politician’s supporters to Nazis. The Friday prior, Todd led a panel in hand-wringing over class warfare against billionaires. He has long had his crosshairs on Sanders. In May, he told the senator “the right will hammer and sickle you to death.” In 2015 after a shooting, he called Sanders, who has a D minus rating from the NRA, “pro-NRA.” And in December, he balked at the idea of refraining from the unjournalistic phrase “Bernie Bros,” asking, “What do we call them, Bernie siblings? Bernie people?” His guest suggested the obvious: “Bernie supporters.”

Of course, Todd is one among many in an anti-Bernie chorus. After the New Hampshire debate last week, his colleague Hardball host Chris Matthews went on a socialism rant, warning of “executions in Central Park” and exclaiming that “I might have been one of the ones getting executed”—perhaps revealing elite pundit anxiety that a growing consciousness about wealth inequality and its enforcers might turn on them. Matthews continued: “I don’t know who Bernie supports over these years, I don’t know what he means by socialism. One week it’s Denmark...Well, what does he think of Castro? That’s a great question.” On Morning Joe, James Carville, the old Clinton strategist, warned: “That’s it. If we go the way of the British Labour Party, if we nominate Jeremy Corbyn, it’s going to be the end of days.” Nevermind that Corbyn is deeply unpopular in the UK, with a net favorability rating of -40 percent according to YouGov polling, while Sanders is America’s most popular politician.

And all of that was just MSNBC.

After the New Hampshire results came in, political reporters and pundits put facts into linguistic pretzels, instead of just stating what the numbers did: That Sanders had won, taking the popular vote for two straight contests in a crowded field. Not all of it was pure ideological offense. New York Times politics reporter Jeremy Peters, tweeted: “Pete, after winning Iowa, is almost beating Bernie in a state Bernie won four years ago by 22 points. Under any normal standard of assessing the Democratic race, Pete would be called a frontrunner.” Likewise, Trip Gabriel also of the New York Times, also asserted an upside-down analysis tweeting, that the number one story of the night was Amy Klobuchar (who came in third) and the number two story of the night was Pete Buttigieg (who came in second) coming closer to Sanders than expected.

Sanders has been a punching bag for the media establishment for some time. In explaining its decision to pass over Sanders to endorse, strangely, both Warren and Klobuchar, the New York Times editorial board wrote “we see little advantage to exchanging one over-promising, divisive figure in Washington for another.” Their competitors have been little different. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank and Jennifer Rubin have made Trump-Sanders comparisons a writerly tick. Last April, Milbank said both Sanders has emerged as “the Donald Trump of the left,” citing their “flair for demagoguery” and speeches with “Trumpian flourishes.” Rubin for her part has been banging that drum as daily practice, accusing Sanders in January of “playing Trumpian politics.” As if a politician advocating for healthcare and against student debt somehow equaled Trump's authoritarian and racist radicalism.

In 2016, the media watch group FAIR found that the Washington Post ran a stunning 16 negative stories on Sanders in just 16 hours. The Sanders campaign collated a string of “misinterpreted” polls, in which Sanders as leader was not the headline story, like the New York Times reporting that Sanders had been “eclipsed by Warren and Buttigieg” in a story about an Iowa poll that had him in first, and five CNN articles about a poll also showing Sanders in the lead which went unmentioned in the headline. Back in November, the Onion parodied the liberal network’s bias: “MSNBC Poll Finds Support For Bernie Sanders Has Plummeted 2 Points Up.” But it might as well have been said about any major outlet.

Pundits like to point out that Sanders carried New Hampshire by 60 percent in 2016 when his only opponents were Hillary Clinton (38 percent) and Martin O’Malley (under 1 percent). But Obama, who only won Iowa with 37.4 percent of the vote, lost New Hampshire by 2.6 percentage points in 2008. Heading into more diverse states of Nevada and South Carolina, with something of a tie and a win at his back in a crowded field, Sanders seems only to be growing stronger. After criticism about his white-dominated base, he now leads all candidates in support from voters of color, gaining 10 points from black voters.

What is still impressive is, during our Citizens United era, Sanders’s massive grassroots fundraising donor base, surpassed 5 million donors with an average donation of $18.53, hauling in $34.5 million in the last quarter of 2019,[plus 25 million in January alone!] and more than any other campaign. His biggest challenge may not be whether he’s a democratic socialist pushing universal healthcare, but whether a daily barrage of negative media attacks, even when the news is objectively good, can chip away his potential support on the margins in a few vital states.

And if Sanders does manage to win without corporate PAC money or the $2 billion in earned media showered on Trump, well, that would certainly be a story.


[my comment in these brackets]





Posted by: Circe | Feb 13 2020 5:42 utc | 122

Below is a recent Reuters quote
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Goldman Sachs head Lloyd Blankfein and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin both said that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would destroy the U.S. economy if he wins.
Blankfein is the guy who reported himself and his private finance buddies as ".....doing God's work"

and Mnuchin is working for his boss's boss.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 13 2020 5:57 utc | 123

Posted by: Tannenhouser | Feb 12 2020 22:20 utc | 75

You realize it speaks really loudly as to the intelligence of union members in Nevada, that they would believe that a so called socialist would do this. Mind you I guess if the info comes from a 'Trusted' source might do the trick.
I hope im wrong but Bern is the perfect fall guy for a crashed economy

I can't imagine why Bernie fans want for him and themselves to take all the blame for the coming economic collapse, but evidently they do. Speaks loudly as to their political intelligence.

Anyone with eyes to see what's happening, if they go into visible opposition at all, would comprise an unequivocal opposition from without, not a loyal opposition from within the way the Bernie fan club is doing.

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 6:23 utc | 124

On wall street crash and so on...

"The business of wall street is fraud" Bernie Sanders 2020

Sure it looks that the trap is set but what are you proposing? Sit on your hands? pull your punch? If the crash is engineered on Trump's re-election do you think Trump will look out for the dispossessed?

I am tired of this mega path web of reasons to fail Sanders and the movement. If/when wall street starts its rick/roll of the USA, I would want a leader who knows and says who the culprit is, can identify the real enemy and then at least there is a chance of setting things straight. Trump or the yapping dogs of the oligarchs such as Cheatin Pete Buttigieg would throw all else overboard.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 6:39 utc | 125

Anderson Cooper AND WEASELPETE get slam-dunked.

BLANKFEIN: Start cleaning out your desk!

Wall Street is the Wild, Wild West of hot Greed, while 500,000 sleep on the street, but soon the Sherrif will be coming to town. To think that Blankfein would deny every man, woman and child free permanent healthcare trying to stop Bernie Sanders from becoming the 46th President so he can continue to roll in the definition of depravity.

Posted by: Circe | Feb 13 2020 6:53 utc | 126

Interviewee: Professor Neil Ferguson, Director of MRC GIDA, J-IDEA, School of Public Health
Interviewer and Associate Producer: Sabine van Elsland, MRC GIDA, J-IDEA, School of Public Health

Feb 8 interview

Professor Neil Ferguson on the current 2019-nCoV coronavirus outbreak

Infectious disease scientist Neil Ferguson estimates coronavirus could be infecting 50,000 people a day.
For over a week, China has consistently reported about 3,000 new infections per day. The number has stayed suspiciously constant over the last ten days. A steady rate of 3,000 diagnoses per day points to the upper limit of detection kits that are available to the health workers.

China reportedly has quarantined hundreds of millions of people at this point. Not a response you would expect for something that is innocuous.

Posted by: Perimetr | Feb 13 2020 7:02 utc | 127

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 6:39 utc | 124

"what are you proposing? Sit on your hands? "

I'm through trying to teach history to the likes of you. No matter how many times these questions are answered you'll turn around and keep asking them. It's like arguing with a creationist.

It's crystal clear that you find the history of movements, or anything else outside the bounds of government-approved and government-produced electoralism to be literally inconceivable. (Or maybe it's just long hard work with no promise of short-run, let alone instant gratification, that many of you find inconceivable. Certainly our "alternative" Leader candidates are allergic to it.)

Even simple English - "unequivocal opposition from without" - is literally incomprehensible to you. You don't even disagree with it, you literally can't understand the concept of it.

"what are you proposing? pull your punch?"

The most pathetic thing about Berniebots is that even by your own lukewarm domesticated housebroken measure you do nothing but pull your punches. Bernie's steadfast unilateral loyalty to the oldest pro-capitalist party on Earth with the longest-running record of co-opting and destroying all dissident energy is just the most glaring example of a pulled punch. And in fact it's inexplicable unless he's really a sheep-dogging con artist, while most or all of his fans are non-political circus performers and entertainment seekers.

But again, to know and understand that would require caring about, knowing about and understanding history. But there I again become incomprehensible to American electoral-bots.

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 7:08 utc | 128

Circe, have you seen the doctor lately?

Posted by: albagen | Feb 13 2020 7:13 utc | 129

Posted by: Perimetr | Feb 13 2020 7:02 utc | 126

"China reportedly has quarantined hundreds of millions of people at this point. Not a response you would expect for something that is innocuous."

It's weird how many people here hold the schizoid position that, on one hand the epidemic is mild and nothing to panic about, but at the same time China's extreme measures have comprised an heroic campaign against an horrific danger.

Of course if the virus is not a great threat then China's actions themselves would constitute a form of panic, if not something more sinister. But if it is such a threat that the big lockdown is warranted, then whence comes the "it's not a big deal" rhetoric?

Sounds to me like these people are on the verge of panic themselves and are trying to calm themselves down, in no matter how incoherent a fashion.

(Not all that different from those who politically say or imply the US is in great existential crisis yet who assure themselves and everyone else that the sufficient, even necessary solution can be found within the Democratic Party.)

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 7:16 utc | 130

Posted by: Vato | Feb 12 2020 15:24 utc | 14

Seems like Uncle Sam is making himself popular again during a clash with local militias in Qamishli

A Syrian was killed and another was wounded when government supporters attacked American troops and tried to block their way as their convoy drove through an army checkpoint in northeastern Syria, prompting a rare clash, state media and activists reported.

Posted by: Mao | Feb 13 2020 7:34 utc | 131

Bubbles |Feb 12 2020 22:39 utc|@78

"Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz slammed the UNHRC for "trying to blacken Israel's name"

With the myriad fascist dog crimes against humanity Israel has committed over the past 7 decades, I really don't think they require any further help from the UNHRC to tarnish their already worthless name.

When ANY nation acts like a bunch of evil fascist pigs, expect to be called-out on it. You suck, Israel. Wake up!

Power to the Palestinians! Peace for the Levant!

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Feb 13 2020 7:42 utc | 132

@110 Really

"But I think your original comment was specifically in the context of health care for Americans. You accused Bernie of not giving a s--- about non-Americans. Now you bring in those injured by US weapons. Are you now saying that Bernie should propose medical benefits for all those injured in American wars? Just trying to get clarification on what your criticism is of Bernie's health-care proposals."

I was pointing out that Bernie will continue the imperialism which affects the lives and deaths of millions around the world. So the trade is healthcare for americans, death and suffering for non-americans;)

Posted by: Sharon M | Feb 13 2020 7:50 utc | 133

So first Biden was the Media shiny object. Then, they switched to ex-prosecutor Kamala, a female Obama, then it was Warren, a socialist Clinton. Then back to Biden, Obama nostalgia. Last week Buttigieg, a white, gay Obama, was their darling, and this week it's Klobuchar AND Buttigieg, two fresh faces, cause two might do better than one. Now they're adding Biden, Buttigieg and Klobuchar together to pretend that the Centrist vote will stop Bernie Sanders.

And when none of that works; enter Bloomberg and his heavy-duty billion-dollar campaign machine. Okay, so what's Bloomberg gonna say? I have 60 billion dollars, and I'll stop you, Bernie Sanders, from giving universal healthcare to millions of struggling Americans?

Oh yeah, I like the sound of that--just what working people and the poor have been waiting to hear.

Wasn't Bloomberg a Neocon Bush Republican?

...and slam those blacks and Latinos against the wall; fill the prison complex!

No doubt there's another skeleton in the same closet that one fell out of.

Bring it on Mr. Mayor! Bring on that debate.

Oh, and if Bernie can defeat an ex-mayor businessman who owns a 60 billion-dollar empire, is it possible he can defeat a billionaire who's really a fraud on a fascist ego trip?


Posted by: Circe | Feb 13 2020 7:53 utc | 134

A pair of Russian satellites are tailing a multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface, a top U.S. military commander tells TIME, underscoring a growing threat to America’s dominance in space-based espionage and a potentially costly new chapter in Washington’s decades-long competition with Moscow.

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the newly minted U.S. Space Force, says the Russian spacecraft began maneuvering toward the American satellite shortly after being launched into orbit in November, at times creeping within 100 miles of it. “We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing,” Raymond says. “It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space.” Raymond says the U.S. government has expressed concern to Moscow through diplomatic channels.

Posted by: Mao | Feb 13 2020 7:56 utc | 135

Sharon M@10

As you have said Sanders is a warmonger which is very bad as the President's main power is starting wars. Furthermore, none of the candidates of either party understand foreign affairs. Even Gabbard stupidly claims that Iran was responsible for killing some 600 US troops in Iraq.

Unfortunately, Trump is planning to cut the safety net by reducing the SNAP program, Medicare and even Social Security. Social programs are the one area where Sanders will defend against the billionaires looting. If he were president these programs would be safe, otherwise Trump and most democrats would make social cuts.

Given that Medicare and the SNAP program are in deep trouble, a Sanders presidency would have to cut the foreign aid to Israel, the security state and the "war" department to save these programs or stab the American people in the back.

Too bad the billionaires are running America as a neo-feudal state that will result in the collapse of the economy.

Posted by: krollchem | Feb 13 2020 8:19 utc | 136

Russ #127

Yeah I get your point that coming from outside the system approved party or movement is what you advocate. So do you have a party one can vote for?

Or to put it another way, Is that a revolution building up in your pocket or are you just excited to watch a futile election?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 8:21 utc | 137

Perimetr #126

China reportedly has quarantined hundreds of millions of people at this point. Not a response you would expect for something that is innocuous.

Thank you for that observation and if the coronavirus is anything like constructed from a mix of elements from other forms (deliberately or naturally) then it IS a serious threat. It appears that it is infectious BEFORE a person shows symptoms and so the threat is magnified immensely unless it is easily attenuated in open air. That is not likely from what I have read.

China has responded rationally and rapidly to date. Its response will certainly generate ill feeling and antagonism but people behave irrationally and are driven by self interest beyond the caring for the community when faced with these lethal unseen predators.

If/when this level of quarantine were to break out in the hysterical USA, could you imagine the response? The freedom brigades would be barricading streets, commandeering trains to escape and break quarantine. Hysterics like Rachel Maddow would weeping inanities on MSNBC every night. Chris Mathews would crapping his pants about it being a public execution virus ... russia russia russia.....

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 8:35 utc | 138

The Syrian Government and its armed forces have finally taken control and regained control of the M5 highway joining Damascus, the capitol, to the south with the major industrial city of Aleppo in the north. They have achieved what Turkey lacked the will and capacity to achieve.

Syrian soldiers and their leader President Assad have demonstrated their capacity to defend their country against huge malign odds. With any sense Turkey will withdraw its lunatic interference and work with regional governments to eliminate the jihadis and resettle the refugees currently in Turkey. I wont hold my breath but that would be the sane way out of its self created dilemma.

Finally Aleppo city is free from murderous jihadis at its doorstep. Thanks to Russia and Syria working together and their regional allies.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 8:52 utc | 139

Things are moving fast in the real world, while B & co gloat endlessly on the might of Iranian, Hezbollah & Houthis missiles, I never shared this view on the value of these weapons. They were about to be deprecated, now they are. This was in development since 30 years and starts to appear on battlefield and mark the beginning of the end for low atmospheric kinetic intruder (shell, missiles, drones, planes). Test in rainy conditions were conducted 3 months ago with success also, range for now is up to 20km.>DRONE DOME with LASER Intercepts Multiple Targets

For the record, each shot cost 3€. This new class of weapon are also effective against human being, unless they are resistant to a 3000°c beam. Portable system are on their way (oops laser gun). Too bad for Star wars fan, naked eyes don't see the beam.

Posted by: murgen23 | Feb 13 2020 8:52 utc | 140

uncle tungsten 137

"Is that a revolution building up in your pocket or are you just excited to watch a futile election?"

As a writer I've done all I can for going on eleven years now. Dedicated my life to it. As for your fake election, I suppose I'm as excited by that as by other symptoms of accelerating futility, chaos and collapse among your system's institutions. While I have little hope that Berniebots are educable, perhaps the 2020 debacle will convince more abstentionists to not just abstain from the fake-electoral system but to start organizing against it.

"So do you have a party one can vote for?"

Sorry, I'm not part of your electoral fundamentalist religion. If and when people like me ever could build a mass cultural movement against the system to the point we could extrude an uncorrupted political party, it will be a party against your fake-electoral system, against your Democrat Party etc.

That is, if enough of us ever were to exist, which looks unlikely. Which is why I no longer think in terms of mass movements but instead in terms of early communities built to weather the hurricane and make it through the flames once everything explodes.

Nevertheless I still sometimes point out that if people really wanted to reform the system there are historically proven ways to do it, and the fact that people refuse to do the necessary movement-building work, refuse to commit their lives to this work, is proof that they're just play-acting. Like everything else in America, electoral "politics" is a pure fake for the purely complacent and lazy sandheaders.

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 8:59 utc | 141

It's clear that the goal of the economic civilization is ecocide for the sake of ecocide, destruction for the sake of destruction. Modern economic governments are designed first and foremost to organize and maximize this destruction. Here's just one typical example of how the destruction imperative transcends even capitalist goals, let alone how such productionism is allegedly for human benefit.

(My emphasis, on how the whole system is driven not by capitalist "demand", let alone human need or even want, but maximal production/destruction for the sake of production/destruction.)

"RY is blaming environmentalists for what they claim is an insufficient supply of timber from National Forests. But two recent articles reveal that the basic economic principles of over-supply and over-production in the timber industry are the real problems.

As Julia Altemus, logging lobbyist and director of the Montana Wood Products Association, told the Missoulian’s Rob Chaney: “There’s been a lot of over-production across the board. We have too much wood in the system and people weren’t building. That will make it tougher for us. What would help is if we could find new markets."

When Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. cut back its mill production cycle from 80 to 50 hours weekly, manager Paul McKenzie told the Hungry Horse News: “It’s purely market driven… demand for lumber across the country is down…supply has actually been good.

In fact, the “supply” from national forests is more than just good. Last year the Forest Service received no bids on 17.5% of the timber if offered, up from 15.6% that received no bids in 2018. That’s 615 million board feet that weren’t cut in 2019 because the timber industry did not bid on it. The truth is that Region One of the Forest Service, which includes Montana, has increased the amount of timber offered by 141% in the last 10 years and the cost to taxpayers continues to climb to staggering heights.

A report by the Center for a Sustainable Economy found “taxpayer losses of nearly $2 billion a year associated with the federal logging program carried out on National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands. Despite these losses, the [US government] plans to significantly increase logging on these lands in the years ahead, a move that would plunge taxpayers into even greater debt.”

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 9:17 utc | 142

Steven Salaita says Sanders is no better for Palestine than the rest.

The whole thing's good. I'll quote just the part about US fake-politics.

Sanders has made his platform clear. By this point it’s not changing. He’s a two-stater who dislikes conservative Israeli politicians and frets about the government’s excesses. He won’t affirm the right of return. He won’t consider a one-state solution. He opposes BDS, but also opposes its criminalization. For all his talk of conditioning aid to Israel on its behavior (something George H.W. Bush also proposed), it will require more political capital then he’s willing to use. (An overlooked feature of this pledge is that Sanders also threatens to withhold aid from Palestinians.) Palestine will fall by the wayside. Sanders’ most vocal supporters will accept that result as the cost of doing business.

They’ll talk about holding him accountable, of course, but nobody should take it seriously...Electoralism doesn’t allow for the kind of responsiveness its advocates imagine. Anybody who tries to hold Sanders to account will be shouted down. (Electoral common sense always leads to liberal orthodoxy.) Accountability to the people is the most anti-human myth of this entire spectacle.

Attempts to prioritize the Global South simply can’t compete with fetishes of enfranchisement in the imperial core. (The Global South, uncoincidentally, manifests the world’s greatest revolutionary potential.)...What the system lacks in substance it replaces with myth. Electoralism is a heatsink of revolutionary politics. We select representatives actually seated by the elite. Everything that sounds nice about electoralism in fact reinforces the false promises of settler colonization.

Aren’t Sanders’ boosters setting themselves up for disappointment? Not really, because the logic of electoralism provides for delirious hope in the incredible. It also renders Palestine’s freedom (at best) a secondary concern...

Sanders says “respect and dignity.” His fans hear “liberation.” They’re not listening closely enough. (We’re incentivized to mishear by so many promises of minor celebrity.) Nothing in Sanders’ record as a politician suggests that he’ll fight for anything but the tired “international consensus.” And nothing in decades of US brokerage indicates that the “peace process” will result in anything but continued suffering for Palestinians.

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 9:40 utc | 143


is bernie an old flame of yours? if yes you should be a granny, no? if yes, where do you find the energy to be so passionate about an election? pills?

or, are you a troll for hire? if yes, how's the payday?

questions, questions...

Posted by: albagen | Feb 13 2020 9:46 utc | 144

the link itself <===the same link as amended for the bar ===>
Russia stops Syria so USA can get safely home
Maybe we now know Putin's position in Syria < == he is going to help the oil companies divide up Syria.

On the issue of Bernie.. might as well put Miss Julia my first grade teacher into the paint deceiving white house.. the problem Bernie cannot solve, is keeping the USA from using America and Americans to make the USA great. The USA has destroyed America, does not matter who has been elected its more of the same, just a different clown in a different clown suit.

Bernie cannot overcome the make the USA great syndrome he does understand the problem is how to return America to its Greatness, but he does not have the moxey it takes to deal with the mobster community? His legs will be broken before he gets installed. Even so no body is going to defeat the electoral college system, and Bernie ain't on the approved list.

Posted by: snake | Feb 13 2020 10:58 utc | 145

Pft 85 < The Constitution of the United States of America is a corporate charter. in form and substance, it redirected the distribution of profits from shareholders to feudal lords. What it has been doing since Lincoln was shot is to develop lordships (called monopoly possessing corporations) and making sure those lordships were vested by rule of law, war in foreign land, and other measures as needed, to make sure the feudal lords and their corporations were always profitable no matter what and to be sure that any need or want the feudal lords had need for, the USA corporation would extract from those (called Americans) that it governs. ..

When the feudal lords fail, the government is made to give the feudal lord the money it needs to keep going. until the failed feudal lord can realize by its bull shit existence to be profitable again.

Posted by: snake | Feb 13 2020 11:16 utc | 146

Yesterday’s briefing by the Russian Defense Ministry:

At 10:30 a.m. on February 12, 2020, at a checkpoint near Kharbat Khamo, located east of Qamyshlia, al-Hasakah province, a unit of the Syrian Arab Republic stopped a convoy of the US Armed Forces deviating from the route. There was a conflict between US troops and the local civilians, as a result of which the US military opened fire on civilians. One local resident was injured. Another, a 14-year-old boy, Faisal Khalid Muhammad, died. Only through the efforts of the Russian servicemen who arrived at the scene of the incident, it was possible to prevent a further escalation of the conflict with local residents and to ensure the exit of the US Armed Forces column in the direction of the base point in the area of the KhImo, al-Hasakah province.

Amid the general hype, the US military shot and killed a 14-year-old child in Syria. A simple, insignificant, unimportant incident.
I doubt that CNN will talk about it in prime time.

Posted by: alaff | Feb 13 2020 11:28 utc | 147

China reshuffles top officials in coronavirus epicenter Hubei Province

Faced with the sudden CODIV-19 outbreak, problems such as sloppiness and poor management of work have been exposed among Wuhan and Hubei authorities, reflecting severe loopholes in local governance. The appointment of new officials will not only enhance prevention and control measures against the outbreak but also aim to highlight the urgency of improving crisis-handling capability among officials, analysts said.

The new appointed official was responsible for containing the epidemic to Shanghai:

In his effort in combating the virus in Shanghai, Ying, also head of Shanghai's leading group for virus containment, emphasized grass-roots level units' strength in fighting the battle. He also conducted detailed and thorough discussion with people working in residential communities, hearing their opinions concerning the containment work.

He also underlined the role that science plays in this battle. Ying suggested Shanghai use its edge as a "scientific highland" to support the prevention and control of the virus. Speaking at a conference on Tuesday, Ying suggested scientific achievements should race against time, against virus, to gain initiative of fighting the coronavirus.

An anonymous Shanghai-based expert praised Shanghai's virus containment work. He told the Global Times that Shanghai, home to millions of migrant workers, could be the next epidemic center for the coronavirus.

However, with effective and scientific measures, which do not disturb people's normal life, Shanghai has managed to keep the infection at a moderate level compared with other provinces and municipalities. The city reported 311 confirmed cases of the CODIV-19 infection.

This is very far from the dictatorial and brutal scenario the western MSM is describing. To fight an epidemic from spreading without disrupting the economy, you need more - not less - democracy. And that's what the CCP is doing.

Also pay attention to the emphasis the new official gives to science as opposed to religion (i.e. superstition). This is not only a teaching moment for the Chinese people, but also an indirect jibe at Chinese paganism. The COVID-19 will be defeated with science (i.e. communism), not with religion (i.e. Chines paganism, or even Christianism or Islamism, depending on the province you go in China).

The Guardian described this reshuffling as a "purge". It continues to descend more and more to a pro-capitalist (liberal) pamphlet.


@ Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 7:16 utc | 129

What is most amazing is how many commenters here completely ignore Chinese media.

Xi Jinping literally made a speech where he stated the COVID-19 was a grave danger and crisis, that the battle against the virus would be very difficult, but that he had confidence the Chinese people was capable of fighting it off.

Before his speech, many editorials and other articles were published in the Chinese official and extraofficial media, all of them making extremely clear the crisis was grave, and that in no way the virus was a non-issue. It also highlighted the failures of the Chinese local governance and healthcare system, as well as its deficiencies in R&D in the medicine area. The Chinese media never downplayed the COVID-19 and its shortcomings.

It is only in the world of the Western MSM that the CCP is hiding the crisis from its own people, is falsifying the number of infected and dead, is brutally crushing a rebellion for free speech in Wuhan etc. etc.

The story of the millions of bodies cremated in Wuhan is even more bizarre, since it makes it clear commenters here do not research on Chinese media. There are inumerous videos on TikTok (Chinese Instagram) of people living in Wuhan documenting how their lives are going amid the quarantine. There's no rebellion there; people are compreensive of the graveness of the situation, and understand it is a necessary evil. They are not cut off from the internet or any other kind of media. Sure, the situation is shitty, and many non-infected people in Wuhan are pissed off with the situation (as is in the nature of any human being) - but that's far from being a rebellion to topple the CCP.

Wuhan was the birthplace of Chinese communism. In the 1920s, it was the first attempt to install a socialist republic in practice. It was brutally crushed by the Han supremacist forces of Chiang Kaishek - who personally ordered the massacre of all the communists there once he entered the city believed to be peacefully. It would take another 20 years for communism to recover from that episode. The people of Wuhan know their history, and they know they can trust the CCP.

Posted by: vk | Feb 13 2020 11:51 utc | 148

44 more on Diamond Princess cruise ship test positive for COVID-19

Of course the number of infected is rising - the Japanese cruise ship is moored since February 3rd!

The test kits come out with the results in 24 hours. Why is the damn ship isolated for ten days and counting?

The article states the passengers are kept in their own cabins, with masks. How is the Japanese government so shure this will keep the non-infected from being infected, if rumors from the media claim it can be transmitted even from contact with a piece of metal? Why isn't the westerm MSM publicly denouncing this potential death trap set up by the Japanese government?

The article also states that the people who are already tested negative are being freed from the ship. That means the Japanese simply don't have the means, that is, the human and material resources, to test all the passengers at once (that is, in 24 hours). A declaration by health minister Katsunobu Kato implies they can only test 200 people simutaneously. Why isn't the Japanese people angry with such inneficiency? Why isn't such government inneficiency not being publicly denounced by the western MSM?

Japanese ineptitude will cost dozens of lives in that ship.

Posted by: vk | Feb 13 2020 12:03 utc | 149

"Why isn't the westerm MSM publicly denouncing this potential death trap"

I bet nobody has an idea how to deal with COVID-19. If you have an idea we are eager to read you..

Posted by: murgen23 | Feb 13 2020 12:46 utc | 150

Comment les Etats-Unis ont demandé à la communauté internationale de soutenir leur plan israélo-palestinien.or look for then international,then moyen orient.
Posted by: willie | Feb 13 2020 0:48 utc | 94

Interesting willie. Yes the best about Trump is that it makes the US system so visibly transparent: The king and his servants (acolytes) looking for personal advantage ... Hillarious. Don't you second-rate allies/acolytes use the wrong words. We better give you talking points.

Posted by: Vig | Feb 13 2020 12:48 utc | 151

Everytime you hear someone bellowing about taxes and too much and gimme a discount, you are hearing a social vandal self enriching.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 4:58 utc | 117\


I am glad to hear that all health issues are covered where you live. I wonder where that social democracy is!?

Re bellowing about taxes: Not all such are social vandals self-enriching. Many are people who are paying their taxes and getting very little in return. Namely, most Americans. Average income stats mean very little when you have a monthly bill of hundreds of dollars just to maybe get bottom line medical care.

That is why I believe Bernie could make some headway and some waves if he clarified that using the country's tax monies to benefit all of its citizens, not to further enrich a few richies, is not "socialism." It's EQUITY, not to mention just common sense.

Bernie should state clearly that in this day and age it is guns OR butter. We cannot afford both.
Take your pick. The 99% will pick butter.

Posted by: Really?? | Feb 13 2020 13:02 utc | 152

Posted by: alaff | Feb 13 2020 11:28 utc | 147

Hmm, interesting. Without being the Carneval type: Kölle Alaaf!

Since I did not yet have time to look into Yavlensis' take, you might be interested:
or this:

Posted by: Vig | Feb 13 2020 13:22 utc | 153

Jen 116

Thanks for the link.

Posted by: Really?? | Feb 13 2020 13:35 utc | 154

@136 Krollchem

If americans can't be bothered about our imperialist foreign policy, which amounts to murder, crippling and displacement of tens of millions of people around the world, then fuck them. I don't hope that we all get affordable healthcare, I hope that it gets really really bad for americans so that they have no choice but to overthrow the regime that they keep voting for.

Posted by: Sharon M | Feb 13 2020 13:35 utc | 155

Circe's shouting about Bernie

If I really really wanted to shill for Bernie, I'd go to websites read by LGBT, women, and African-Americans to do so. Not Moon of Alabama, a small site focused on international relations.

I'm sure Circe knows that the biggest threat to Bernie's winning the nomination is LGBT, women, and blacks voting for Buttigieg, Warren, and other candidates. The Democratic Party set it up that way.

But Circe spends his/her time here.

Psyops like Democracy Works! electoralism require that everyone be exposed. Including foreign policy wonks.

Circe implores us to JUST BELIEVE in the goodness of Bernie. We shouldn't concern ourselves with Bernie's foreign policy. Or the possibility that his intended failure strengthens the Zionist establishment. Just relax and soak in the happy message: Bernie is our savior.

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I haven't seen anyone here arguing that Bernie doesn't offer the best platform for change. Yet Circe is still harping on the Bernie.

The sad fact is, if Bernie is willing to compromise his platform - as his focus on Party unity indicates - then his candidacy is just bait and switch 'sheepdogging'.

Only genuine, independent Movements will bring the change that people want to see.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 13 2020 13:51 utc | 156

Why are you trying to undermine the opposition to Trump ?

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 13 2020 13:55 utc | 157

Circe@102, who can't even see that the billionaires' preferred candidates are Trump, Bloomberg and Steyer, can read a foolish article which claims a college buddy of Buttigieg's is a senior anything in DC. The guy may be doing the actual work but the college buddy is no more a senior member of the State Department than Buttigieg is a senior stateman in the Democratic Party. The discovery that people who work for Trump in the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Department of Justice (that for the conspiracy minded among you is the outfit that murder Epstein, not the Pedophile Party aka Democratic Party,) would prompt any sensible person to think, "Aha! Buttigieg is being funded by Republicans as a stalking horse!" The presumption that recognition of Somaliland is a Deep State principle is even more deranged, given that the US encouraged the Ethiopian and Kenyan invasions of Somalia. That is imperialism in action but Circe supports it. That's passes hypocrisy, turning into open contempt for the reader. As a Rand Paul flunky, Circe is likely not only enraged by the presence of the gay guy, but wants Sanders to be the nominee, as the socialist is guaranteed to lose. But in these godless times, the gay guy might beat the god Trump? (The gay guy will not be nominated, not even if he won the majority of delegates, the party leaders would split first.)

Buttigieg's infamous racism is of course why he failed to win re-election in South Bend, which is forty percent black and Latino. (Latinx?) Given that Barack Obama supported rebels in Libya who started by hanging black Africans, it is stupid to rely on twitter's mental telepathy.

By the way, Seth Klarman, with his strong Republican background, being a major backer of Buttigieg, is also strong evidence a lot of Buttigieg's money is to split the Democratic Party, a few identity politics gays from Sanders et al., but even more the so-called moderates, who don't want an untested (aka not yet proven hopelessly corrupt) nominee, but who most especially will not tolerate a gay one.

Buttigieg not being "authentic" is a back-handed slash at him staying in the closet, personal abuse that is senseless save as an expression of homophobia. Warren who lied about being a Sanders-style progressive is the least authentic candidate in the Democratic Party race, so far as I can tell.

Lastly of course, Biden was always the favorite, but the new hope is...Amy Klobuchar!

Circe@133 in a vain attempt to catch up forgets that the Deep State is not flailing desperately to pick a favorite, previously pretended to be Buttigieg. Every indication is that Democratic Party has lost its the core of its donor base, mostly to Trump but a lot to would-be pirates like Bloomberg and Steyer.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 13 2020 14:24 utc | 158

Japanese ineptitude will cost dozens of lives in that ship. by: vk @ 150

I can't see why anyone would be released until the entire ship tests free for at least 14 days of the virus.. If the whole damn ship comes down with the disease, it provides the masses needed to study the disease and to develop antibodies. The ship is a laboratory crucible of the kind that cannot be assembled anywhere else.. There may be a few deaths, but not likely, more than will occur by releasing those falsely testing negative into the whole world, only to have them distribute the disease and incubate it in places it might not otherwise reach.

Posted by: snake | Feb 13 2020 14:25 utc | 159

Two thoughts ...

> Abby Martin and Chris Hedges discuss the way our history pretty much is. and naturally touch to the PPE (phony phuckin' e-lection) and the Sodomite Stooge whoz pals with Zukertube. YT Chris Hedges & Abby Martin: No Way Out Through Elections

> To-day, 13 Feb, might be a good time to discover Victor Klemperer's "I Will Bear Witness" two jolly volumes. To-day marks Klemperer's delivery from death, as his transport to the camps was prevented by the liquidation of Dresden...

In re my # 1 above, I note that the ungrateful and seditious Wet’suwet’en anti-pipeline protesters are interfering with the frakgaz pipe project simply because it's their own country that Freedom Loving Capitalist Fascists want to steal...with seems at least to dove-tail into Hedges' final implications... Worse yet! The ungrateful savages seek to stop the CN Railways!

Wet’suwet’en Nation never surrendered, never signed a "treaty"...

One may expect that they're Rooskie agents, or worse, Sympathisch für Putin, den brutalen Diktator.

Oh well, happy Dresden Day...

Posted by: Walter | Feb 13 2020 14:30 utc | 160

This might add to the natural joy > TheJimmyDoreShow
Facebook Censoring Reporting On Buttigieg Cheating (YT)

Harold Pinter, and also Charley Beard do rise in memory..

Pinter's Nobel Speech included something for Dore>

‘There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between
what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be
both true and false.’
I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of
reality through art. So as a writer I stand by them but as a citizen I cannot. As a citizen I
must ask: What is true? What is false?

Beard? "The Republic" Read it.


Posted by: Walter | Feb 13 2020 14:35 utc | 161

We may never know what Trump's first term would have looked like had he not been under attack. Trump advisors have been smeared, indicted, forced to recuse themselves...He was constantly attacked and pressured by the intelligence services, the MSM and Democrats.
Posted by: librul | Feb 12 2020 17:09 utc | 29

It is worse that you think. The true reason why Qasem Soleimani was killed is because Quds Force under his command committed grave atrocities upon American people. They have trained a dog that infiltrated White House and ate the the plan allowing "to repeal Obama's Affordable Care Act and replace it with something better" and many other marvelous plans.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Feb 13 2020 14:37 utc | 162

Mark2 158

"Russ Why are you trying to undermine the opposition to Trump ?"

If by "Trump" you mean the system of which Trump is the most typical product to date, then what opposition?

The only real opposition to the system has been from a handful of despised fugitives. Certainly not from anyone who's anywhere near the system's fake-electoralism.

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 14:39 utc | 163

@Taffyboy | 34
Akar is in Brussels at a NATO meeting today. I saw a report on Turkish CNN where the reporter was very negative saying that none of his comments regarding refugees, security threats had been met with anything than 'understanding'. The reporter is an AA (Anadolou Agency) reporter. Interestingly she said added that there was also talk about invoking Artcile 4, not 5 as is often reported. Jeffry’s words in the video are the usual empty – we’ll review the situation, we regret the loss of allied soldiers etc. More hot air it seems.

Article 4
The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.

Very early, of course, to say what will happen. But other talking heads have stated a few times that they do not see the situation in Idlib as being one that NATO involvement would be suitable. And I've said this before, would Turkey really want NATO invovement?

@Virgile | 35
Absolutely. And it is not a situation that was not foreseen years ago.

@ Bruce | 53
The tomatoes sanction took 20 years to be lifted! Previously even though Russia was Turkey’s biggest tomato importer, Russian consumers had long complained about tomatoes from Turkey - have you seen the spic 'Russian women throwing tomatoes at a wall' clip? Russian tomatoes squished and Turkish tomatoes bounced! Russia used the sanctions time to properly develop its own tomato production! ))))
Turkish produce is often seriously sub standard to the point that even the Ukraine which is desperate for cheap produce has on many occasions returned millions of Liras worth of produce because it does not meet health standards (hormones / pesticides etc.). Interesting to see what happens here.
And today’s Turkish tally or ‘Regime assets in Idlib eliminated’ is 55!

We are seeing the same daily tally game that has been going on for years regarding ‘PKK terrorists’. There is rarely any proof or corroboration of any kind.

Posted by: Egor68500 | Feb 13 2020 14:50 utc | 164

Re Mao | Feb 13 2020 7:56 utc | 135

"A pair of Russian satellites are tailing a multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite . . . Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the newly minted U.S. Space Force, says the Russian spacecraft began maneuvering toward the American satellite shortly after being launched into orbit in November, at times creeping within 100 miles of it. “We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing,” Raymond says. “It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space.”

LOL a Russian satellite is spying on as US spy satellite.

Like the US is worried about creating "a dangerous situation in space", yeah probably dangerous for the US satellite. The Russians are running circles around the US military technology these days, read Ivan Martyanov's books Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning and The (Rea)l Revolution in Military Affairs

The dangerous situation comes from the undeducated fools in the West, who have never studied war, don't understand math and science, and make policy while believing their own propaganda. It truly is the Matrix, the false narrative is so complete these days you can't have a conversation with most people because they are so thoroughly indoctrinated by the 24/7 propaganda masquerading as news. I mean, it's published in the NY Times and the Wash Post, the papers of record!

It's hard to recognized the US anymore, the crumbling infrastructure, the absolute destruction of the education systema and the absence of a middle class ( half the people here are living on less than $30,000 a year ) . . . notice when Trump bragged about the great American economy he said "the *median* income" was the highest in history, not the average income. Was that before he dragged out the "real" Venezuelan president (who got surrounded by a hostile mob when he returned home)?

All the arguments about who the best candidate is remind me of the Ghost Dance the plains Indians did shortly before the massacre at Wounded Knee.

Posted by: Perimetr | Feb 13 2020 14:53 utc | 165

2 years to lift the tomato sanction not 20 - apologies. I need to start using the preview button! )))))

Posted by: Egor68500 | Feb 13 2020 14:53 utc | 166

please forgive all the damn typos, I can write properly on a f*cking cell phone

Posted by: Perimetr | Feb 13 2020 14:56 utc | 167

Piotr Berman | Feb 13 2020 14:37 utc | 163 Obviously we will never know what did not happen, this is correct. The implication however is seditious and false. I agree it's about as bad as can be, but the reason Soleimani was murdered was that he was an able leader, not because of anything he did, but because of what he might be in the future - an able opponent of Imperial Domination...and the murder revealed the weakness of Imperial it didn't work.

Grave atrocities? Visit any US prison or city... No Soleimanis to be found. Lots of atrocities though... But speaking of atrocities>

But to happy thoughts> Perhaps it was the memory of Dresden that inspired the French so wonderfully for Science that they chose to-day 60 years ago to detonate their new gizmo>

HEUTE VOR 60 Jahren zündete Frankreich die erste Atombombe

"Hurra! Seit heute ist Frankreich stärker und stolzer!", so bejubelte Präsident Charles de Gaulle den ersten Nukleartest, mit dem sich das Land am 13. Februar 1960 bei Reggane 1800 Kilometer südlich von Algier in den Kreis der Atommächte bombte.

Let's hear a great big huraagh!

Wilfred Burchett's The Atomic Plague" online in pdf

Posted by: Walter | Feb 13 2020 14:56 utc | 168

@ Posted by: snake | Feb 13 2020 14:25 utc | 160

If the virus cannot be detected before it has passed its incubation period, the why did we see everywhere in the western MSM that it can be transmitted while still in its incubation period?

Either the western MSM is lying, or the Japanese are inept; or both (which is my opinion).

Posted by: vk | Feb 13 2020 15:07 utc | 169

@psychohistorian | 119
"In conjunction with empire, Erdogan recruited, trained and supplied these folks that he now wants to settle in the invaded country, Syria."
Yes. If you remember the first incursions into Al Bab there was an instant attempt at Turkification if you like, post offices, hospitals, schools etd.; shaved terrorists suddenly became trained up by Turkish police; etc.
There are two points that I think important a) construction – Assad made it clear that Turkey will not be awarded porfitable re-construction contracts; b) annexation. I have joked for many years that there will be a referendum in the areas and Erdogan will win and then ‘annex’ them ‘llegimimately’. Don’t forget that In many Turkish minds these are Turkish lands. Just today there was an interview with a sTurkish soldier in Idlib who said that ‘saving Idlib is a call from history! Among themselves it is often the case that veiled’ language is dropped whe talking among themselves and actual aims are laid bare.

Posted by: Egor68500 | Feb 13 2020 15:12 utc | 170

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 7:08 utc | 128

The problem with boo birds like you Russ is the field you seek to sow would be overrun by weeds before you even get your seed in the ground.

For what you advocate to happen a near total societal collapse would have to occur first and even then there's no guarantee of a Golden Phoenix rising from the ashes. One likely scenario would something akin to what happened to the Soviet Union when it broke apart. Maybe worse, maybe just an expansion of gangsterism, creation of territories ruled by individual gangs. Worse case scenario a dark ages style feudalism would become entrenched and harder to get rid of than couch grass.

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 13 2020 15:17 utc | 171

Re snake @ 160 and vk @ 170

Notice that one of the employees from the Japanese Health Ministry tested positive for the Coronavirus after surveying the passengers being held under quarantine on the cruise ship. And the employee was wearing a full body protective suit (!!). No, not very infectious at all.

Posted by: Perimetr | Feb 13 2020 15:20 utc | 172

Bubbles, The USSR collapse model was forecast by Szilard back when I was a kid, and Orlov has added to the idea a great deal. Collapse soon was what V. Putin recently said, though whether of "dollar" or "they" is something I can't say...either way general societal collapse seems like a sure thing. Interestingly it is in the geopolitical interests of both Chin and Rus that there be a stable and well-run situation in North America...this circumstance existed in 1860, and still does.

Thus do not consider the "Golden Phoenix" as necessary...rather the distressed and fractal post-bellum/post-collapse will decide to invite Chin and Rus to assist in stabilization and re-construction. The visible forms probably including military police units under the legal authority of international organization - perhaps the post conflict UN. Imagine Syria as a model...perhaps.

Some of the tasks assigned would naturally be the arrests of the major war criminals... Feeding the starving would be a beginning...and quite popular, one supposes.

Not that this seems realistic, or about to happen...but History follows a logic and pace and does not care what we want.


About TGM (That Good Man) Soleimani

La Turquie, en quête de puissance
par Thierry Meyssan (see 4- L’assassinat du général Soleimani (2020)) in that article.

"The whole world believed - wrongly - that the exhausted United States withdrew from the wider Middle East and left the field open to Russia. In reality, they were withdrawing their troops, but intended to retain control of the region via numerous and trained proxies, the jihadists.

Given the willingness of the United States to continue in North Africa the destruction it has started in the Asian part of the wider Middle East and considering that it is probably the Iranian government - and not Israel - that helped the Pentagon to assassinate General Qassem Suleimani, Ankara has once again reviewed his copy.

Turkey has returned to Washington's orbit. She who negotiated peace in Syria on January 13 in Moscow, brutally challenged the same Russia on February 1 by killing four FSB officers in Aleppo [ 3 ].

The Turkish army, the Misrata tribe (Libya) and the jihadists of Idleb (Syria) - already 5,000 of whom were transferred by the Turkish secret services in a month and a half - began to bleed Libya with complicity perhaps involuntary of the marshal Khalifa Haftar, until complete exhaustion of all the parts [ 4 ]. "

Posted by: Walter | Feb 13 2020 15:40 utc | 173

Circe @ 122, you are correct about one thing, and that is FIGHT.

I have three points of interest for the open thread.

One: As an oldie I loved a recent link I found to a video of Fred Astaire and partner Leslie Caron in a long and enjoyable dance sequence...

...when an irresistible force, such as you
meets an old immovable object like me...

Two: Scrolling through comments about the New Hampshire primary, first total silence...What? Finally after so much else (as here) somebody piped up that the emperor had no clothes. Who the emperor?Bernie, that's who. What the clothes? Young people, that's the clothes. Where were the young people?
In the universities, on the streets homeless, working at walmart or McD's. What happened to them? Stymied by a new rule, or old immovable objects.

Three: A fairly mindless travel bit in Czechoslovakia aimed at rich folk who can still travel. One glancing comment about what? Uprising. Young people. pouring into the main square in Prague. Keeping on going until it spread out into side streets, clogged the city.

And then a new leader. Axios!

When an irresistible force...such as you...

It's a long dance, but beautiful!

Posted by: juliania | Feb 13 2020 15:57 utc | 174

Bubbles @172: The problem with boo birds like you Russ ...

"The problem" doesn't lie with the truth-tellers, it lies with those who know better but willingly accept and/or promote the psyop fantasy.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Feb 13 2020 15:58 utc | 175

I forgot to mention the prisons! Young people in the prisons!

...fight, fight, fight,
fight fight it with all of your might!!!
Chances are some heavenly star spangled night
You'll find out as sure as you live
Something's gotta give, something's gotta give!

Posted by: juliania | Feb 13 2020 16:10 utc | 176

Jackrabbit 176

The other most often heard from boo bird at MoA, hence the defence. Both rather wordy too, excessively so IMHO.

Bannon style anarchy for the sake of anarchy benefits no one.

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 13 2020 16:14 utc | 177

Bubbles 172

Who said anything different? Of course that's the most likely primary succession, the most likely pioneer stage. History says so, and the indelible rot and residual pollution of the economic civilization renders it likely inescapable.

What of it? In itself it would be better than the totalitarian ecocide of Now, and it's the only way toward anything better.

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 16:15 utc | 178

First, a tutorial on stability. marinerdesk [dot] /ship-stability

Yes it is worth reading. It's a model. And useful to know. People reading here who are familiar with ships already know that (and this is very important) that in a storm when the ship rides smoothly the circumstance is on the cusp of instability, about to roll over. Ships are almost always, for sound reasons, highly metastatic...they can float right side up...or upside down...and do other gyrations, such as break. We are on a ship.

Then... KR Keiser Report: Lessons from history (E1501)

Stand by all hands, for the roll to end all rolls...(so far).

Posted by: Walter | Feb 13 2020 16:16 utc | 179


Sorry to post in segments but my attempts to follow the rules have failed. Scroll down the article for the video.

Posted by: juliania | Feb 13 2020 16:21 utc | 180

What of it? In itself it would be better than the totalitarian ecocide of Now, and it's the only way toward anything better.

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 16:15 utc | 179

What of what? What of decent into anarchy? What of a return to dark ages style feudalism? What?

If that's 'what' one desires, no need to bring it upon your fellows, Afghanistan might be a good choice for a new place to reside. Lot's of Warlords and tribalism thereabouts.

Can you point to an example of European feudalism where the people received Universal Healthcare and or generous sums of money for each child in your care? Be careful of that couch grass, it grows tall and thick and it's easy to get lost in those weeds.

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 13 2020 16:26 utc | 181

OMG -- this made me laugh... Had to share coz Priceless!!! Sometimes you just gotta say WTF is wrong with politics and this world... LOL

Dave Chappelle on Jussie Smollett HA HA

Posted by: Jayne | Feb 13 2020 16:43 utc | 182

Perhaps a small point but has anyone been able to find any up to date polling on the Dems Nevada caucus? I haven't been able to find anything since early January and as matters now stand those are irrelevant.

This is all I could find;

"Biden retains a small lead in most polls of likely Nevada caucusgoers, though many pundits and observers project Sanders will win the state's closely watched early caucus. " But still no polls

Begging the question, is there a blackout?

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 13 2020 16:45 utc | 183


If you want good takedowns of fake events go directly to Search engines mostly will never send you there.
Also be aware that not every single word you read there is true. Just as all the other conspiracy sites are mostly misdirection and fog, miles inserts plenty of intelligence tests and reading comprehension traps. He does not want followers.

Posted by: oldhippie | Feb 13 2020 16:53 utc | 184

casey | Feb 12 2020 19:15 utc | 48

You getting warmer.
It is designed to make it's consumer also a disseminator. It is called "crowdsourcing". Mossad is cheap.

Posted by: Qparticle | Feb 13 2020 17:03 utc | 185

b. What is it about your site that you invite such mediocre comments? I have thought about this a great deal.
Posted by: Lochearn | Feb 13 2020 1:24 utc | 97

Interesting question. Would you be willing the lead the perplexed among us out of/or into the wilderness? To help to keep the comment section clean? Or?

Mediocrity? I wondered about an earlier blog I read admittedly. I must have been a "mediocre comments" contributer/spammer there, indeed. Otherwise why would I have been wondering about frequent comments lavish praise on the wisdom of the commenters.

Ok in a nutsheLl: I am familiar with the flattery but not with the opposite so far. Otherwise new here.

Posted by: Vig | Feb 13 2020 17:29 utc | 186

Bubbles | Feb 13 2020 16:45 utc | 184 asked:

Begging the question, is there a blackout?

I think there probably is, because as things stand now it's all hands on the establishment deck to figure out a way to thwart the campaign of Bernie Sanders from continuing to gather momentum. I've been a Tulsi Gabbard supporter - and still am, both politically and financially - since 2015, but right now Bernie (who coincidentally and unlike Tulsi wasn't excluded from the debates and has not been treated as a persona non grata by the entire spectrum of mainstream media) is the one to watch.

The Nevada Democratic party (misnomer much?) has hired a heretofore member of Pete Buttigieg's campaign into the position of "defender of democracy" or some similarly Orwellian-named position. I think it's safe to assume the fix is in (again), and as a resident of New Hampshire I also believe - as in every election since I've been paying attention in 2000 - manipulation of votes was done around the periphery to keep things manageable. Move a little from column a into column b, a little from column a into column c, a little from column d into column b, etc.

Posted by: information_agent | Feb 13 2020 17:32 utc | 187

I warmly recommend the following analysis of the US political scene:

I would appreciate recommendations about where one can find reliable, well-sourced and substantiated information about what on earth is going on with Turkey/Erdogan. My simple, but healthy, brain is not capable of fathoming the actions of this man.

Posted by: JB | Feb 13 2020 17:33 utc | 188

Miss Lacy | Feb 12 2020 20:03 utc | 54

Indeed he also appears (a circulating rumor says) to have been involved in real estate projects at eastern Crete (island) involving Israeli clientele (!) eager to invest in tourism while others are saying that Israeli military proposed a location (?) they were interested in using for a radar technology that could "see" inside Iran (!?) The place is known since ancient times as Zagroscor Zakros also it has many caves... (!)

Posted by: Qparticle | Feb 13 2020 17:35 utc | 189

How do you know when your words have a real impact?

Answer: When you come back a few hours later and find that the trolls, the Zionist Trumpers, the choking, failing Neoliberal haters and the cynics who want people to heel to the status quo corruption are ALL BITING, condescending, mean and pissed! WHAT A SORRY LOT!

So if they're all on the same side by another bad mother, frenemies, trying undermine and push away what I wrote here earlier, then, DO THE OPPOSITE, you other free-minded people, EMBRACE IT, cause what pisses them the most is: IT'S THE TRUTH and it's hard to get around an obstacle like that!

They wouldn't get all hot and bothered if it weren't as impressive as the TRUTH is, and so everything they wrote to attack it feels, hollow, very boring, repetitive and personal and in some cases obvious troll weaselry in comparison.

When someone claims that Bernie's a war-monger, you know they're really desperate for attention and will say ANYTHING TO GET IT. THEY'LL LIE TO YOUR FACE, CHEAT YOU, AND WOULD BRAZENLY DISTRACT YOU ELSEWHERE TO EXPLOIT YOU AND KEEP YOU FROM YOUR BEST INTEREST. That's how low they'll stoop.

It's such a desperate, dirty, stinking, low-life tactic to call Bernie, a war-monger, a man who will spend almost the entire Congressional budget to alleviate the hardship and financial stress of the poor and working class heros. How pathetically unimaginative and fake is your strategy to tear him down!

Bernie won't have either the time or the money to waste on war. He's in this fight to SAVE lives, not throw them away on war!

After he clears the establishment muck trying to stay relevant on one side; Bernie will defeat Trump and restore dignity and power to the maligned and abused people; victims of a corrupt DUOPOLY.

Long live the truth! Onward and forward on the path to victory. 😇

Posted by: Circe | Feb 13 2020 17:42 utc | 190

Thanks perimetr @ 166 for reminding us of the reaction in Venezuela to the return of Guaido. If indeed a tipping point is imminent, with the forceful measures being directed within the US state at all us unmentionables, Venezuela is a hopeful sign of cohesion under duress.

As to your second comment on the shipboard inspection for corona virus gone awry, it is to be conceded, certainly, that exposure to the virus seems unstoppable. But deadly? Conflicting stories on that one. If one's immune system is compromised even a cold is a serious matter. Better than masks would be advice to eat healthy, take vitamin C and drink probiotics. I'm poor but I try to do these things because I cannot afford to see a doctor.

Posted by: juliania | Feb 13 2020 17:44 utc | 191

manipulation of votes was done around the periphery to keep things manageable. Move a little from column a into column b, a little from column a into column c, a little from column d into column b, etc.

Posted by: information_agent | Feb 13 2020 17:32 utc | 188

I observed a rather curious end to the count in NH after it stalled around 86% of votes counted the night of the primary. It took an extraordinary amount of time to count those few remaining votes and the result was @ 86% Sanders led Buttigieg by 5%, @ 100% Sanders lead had dropped to just over 1% which gave the punditatti cause to say things like Sanders 'squeaked' by, eked out a slim win, Buttigieg strong showing, Klobuchar! Klobuchar! Klobuchar! Hope, Change!!.. etc.

Posted by: Bubbles | Feb 13 2020 17:49 utc | 192

Thank you, Egor68500 @ 165 - I grow Russian named tomato seed, have always appreciated the quality! (I do have a Turkish bath mat however.)

Posted by: juliania | Feb 13 2020 18:08 utc | 193

Russia's military has declassified and released another trove of documents and photographs from its archives for those of us still interested in the events of WW2. Liberation of Budapest, after the siege of Leningrad and the battle for Stalingrad, the longest engagement made by the Red Army and seen as a rehearsal for Berlin. As expected, everything's in Russian, so it's an opportunity to work on your language skills. I hope Russia's military continues these releases so other governments will follow, but I won't hold my breath for the West to come clean.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 13 2020 18:08 utc | 194

Bubbles @ 182 says:

What of decent into anarchy? What of a return to dark ages style feudalism?

decent? the dark ages are where we are.

historically, anarchism's a workers movement. it's a bottom-up endeavour, not top-down. society without government. socialism without leaders. the essential cooperative commonwealth.

perhaps a bit utopian, but it seems like just what we need.

Posted by: john | Feb 13 2020 18:17 utc | 195


The documentary was produced by French investigative journalist Olivier Berruyer, founder of popular anti-corruption and economics blog Les Crises.

Part 1 – A Not So Solid Prosecutor

Part 2 – Not so “dormant” investigations

Part 3 – A not so noble president

Posted by: Ag | Feb 13 2020 18:25 utc | 196


Mass General Hospital researchers identify new “universal” target for antiviral treatment
Key Takeaways
Mass General researchers have uncovered a novel potential antiviral drug target that could lead to treatments protecting against a host of infectious diseases – creating a universal treatment
Their work suggests that the protein Argonaute 4 (AGO4) is an “Achilles heel” for viruses.
Researchers suggest that boosting levels of AGO4 could shore up the immune system to protect against multiple viruses

That it is a protein is in itself intriguing.

Posted by: Bruce | Feb 13 2020 18:25 utc | 197

Another great Dave Lindorff item, "The Red-Baiting of Bernie Sanders Has Begun and is Already Becoming Laughable," a topic we all knew was coming. Given his performances, Chris Matthews would be better off with a lobotomy. Many others are just as bad in their display of ignorance on the topic.

Meanwhile, Mnuchin admits before the Senate's Finance Committee that Trump's budget does gut Social Security and Medicare, proving Trump lied--again:

"Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, tweeted in response to the exchange that 'Mnuchin admits Trump's budget cuts your earned benefits in Social Security.'

"'Slowing the rate of increase' is Washington-speak for cutting benefits and breaking the Social Security and Medicare guarantee,' Wyden added.

"The Trump admin claims there are no cuts to Social Security in the budget. So why wouldn't Sec Mnuchin answer a simple yes or no question about whether there are billions in cuts to Social Security, hurting seniors?

"Answer: because there are cuts to Social Security in the budget."

Yes, you can bet Sanders will milk that for all its worth just in time for all those retirees living in Vegas to cast their primary votes.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 13 2020 18:27 utc | 198

> five minutes of mirth
>Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 13 2020 4:10 utc | 114

Definitely worth five minutes to watch Jimmy Dore on FOX plainly stating the US is a one-party system. ON FOX NEWS TV! Never thought to see the day when I had anything good to say about FOX.

Posted by: Trailer Trash | Feb 13 2020 18:30 utc | 199

Posted by: juliania | Feb 13 2020 18:08 utc | 194

"I grow Russian named tomato seed, have always appreciated the quality!"

There's some very good varieties. I've been growing and saving seed from my Black Krims since 2011.

Posted by: Russ | Feb 13 2020 18:34 utc | 200

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