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April 24, 2020

Exceptionalistic Claptrap

The graphic below was published in a January 27 piece in Forbes. It shows the U.S., followed by the UK, to be the country which is best prepared for an epidemic.


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Life has since debunked that assertion. The U.S. and the UK were evidently less prepared than most other developed countries.

But such delusions are typical for U.S. media. They are part of the constant sublime propaganda that indoctrinates the U.S. population to believe that their country is the best and greatest ever.

Today the New York Times offers up a related piece of extreme self deluded claptrap:


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BERLIN — As images of America’s overwhelmed hospital wards and snaking jobless lines have flickered across the world, people on the European side of the Atlantic are looking at the richest and most powerful nation in the world with disbelief.

“When people see these pictures of New York City they say, ‘How can this happen? How is this possible?’” said Henrik Enderlein, president of the Berlin-based Hertie School, a university focused on public policy. “We are all stunned. Look at the jobless lines. Twenty-two million,” he added.

“I feel a desperate sadness,” said Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European history at Oxford University and a lifelong and ardent Atlanticist.
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The pandemic sweeping the globe has done more than take lives and livelihoods from New Delhi to New York. It is shaking fundamental assumptions about American exceptionalism — the special role the United States played for decades after World War II as the reach of its values and power made it a global leader and example to the world.

No. The world is not missing American leadership. That's because most people of the world are not "ardent Atlanticists."

Their fundamental assumptions about the U.S. is that it is exceptional only in its warmongering and cruelty. Poll after poll have shown that "the world" does not have a widely positive picture of the U.S. It instead sees it as the greatest threat:

  • According to a 2017 Pew survey, 39% of respondents across 38 countries consider U.S. influence and power a major threat to their countries, compared to 31% for both Russia and China. That’s up from 25% in 2013, when the survey was conducted previously.
  • Approval of U.S. global leadership fell to 30% worldwide, per a January Gallup poll. That’s narrowly behind China (31%) and ahead of Russia (27%). It’s also the lowest score in the 10 years the survey has been conducted, and down from 48% in Barack Obama’s last year.
  • America’s favorability around the world has fallen sharply, particularly among key allies like Mexico, Canada and Germany. And that was before Trump's trade war and Iran deal withdrawal.

The NYT piece quotes four white European men from think tanks and universities who are all known for pro-U.S. views plus a French man of of Arab heritage who works for the Atlantic Council, a U.S. think tank financed by the U.S. government and U.S. weapon producers. A quote from one U.S. neoconservative is also included.

The NYT writer, Katrin Bennhold (pictured below), seems to think that their opinions represent "the world". Here is news. They don't.


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The delusion and fake historic views in that piece are breathtaking:

The country that helped defeat fascism in Europe 75 years ago next month, and defended democracy on the continent in the decades that followed, is doing a worse job of protecting its own citizens than many autocracies and democracies.

Bennhold can be happy that her editors have cleaned up that still bad paragraph. On Twitter she had formulated it as this:

Katrin Bennhold @kbennhold - 9:37 UTC · Apr 23, 2020

America, which liberated the Europe of my grandparents from fascism 75 years ago, has been a global leader for the past 75 years. Now it is leading in a different way: 842,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and 46,784 have died, more than anywhere else 2/6

The U.S. did not liberate Europe from fascism. The Soviet Union did that. Between 1942 and 1945 it destroyed the German Wehrmacht on the eastern front. One can reasonably argue that D-Day and the U.S. invasion of occupied France in June 1944 was a mere diversion for the much larger Operation Bagration the USSR was launching in the east.

And what please has the U.S. led but the wars on Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and numerous other countries?

Instead of defending democracy on the continent the U.S. launched coup after coup whenever majorities in Greece, Italy or other countries voted for too leftish parties. And who by the way helped to hold up Spain's fascist dictatorship under Franco?

Then this:

There is a special irony: Germany and South Korea, both products of enlightened postwar American leadership, have become potent examples of best practices in the coronavirus crisis.

The "postwar American leadership" killed 20% of all Koreans and supported fascist dictatorships in South Korea up to 1987. It has since opposed any South Korean leader who has tried to make peace with North Korea. What please was "enlightened" in that.

Someone should tell that ignorant and uneducated claptrap writer that the U.S. hegemonic 'leadership' is over and that the world has sound reasons to be happy about that:

Many defenders of U.S. hegemony insist that the “liberal international order” depends on it. That has never made much sense. For one, the continued maintenance of American hegemony frequently conflicts with the rules of international order. The hegemon reserves the right to interfere anywhere it wants, and tramples on the sovereignty and legal rights of other states as it sees fit. In practice, the U.S. has frequently acted as more of a rogue in its efforts to “enforce” order than many of the states it likes to condemn. The most vocal defenders of U.S. hegemony are unsurprisingly some of the biggest opponents of international law—at least when it gets in their way.

The relative decline of the U.S. is not a new development. It has been visible to outside observes for more than 20 years. But it is only now that some of the delusions that Hollywood,  main stream media and the establishment have held up for the last 20 years are finally falling away.

More such delusions will be buried when the extent of the new great depression the pandemic will cause becomes more visible.

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@ 196 disabuseer.. thanks i relate to your comments and overview... here is one that makes sense to me.. - "It only seems like a war between nations to those who don't own shares in multinationals or those whose jobs were tragically exported offshore." i personally don't have as sanguine a viewpoint on china as some of the other posters here like william gruff, karlof1, bevin and vk... it is too early to tell, but my impression is china will not be much different. it will be a different empire, but there will be many similarities... china doesn't look like the utopia it is presented by some here at moa... hopefully i am wrong, but at this point i kind of doubt it.. it will be different but there will be many similarities to the present system of exploitation..

@ 201 peter moorman .. thanks for your additional comments.. this quote - "This is why those who have wealth stored everywhere will stick with the USD as the reserve currency up until the time it is too late." is an interesting comment.. i see the logic in it and the end result too.. i suppose it is why there will not be a flight out of us$ as well.. that is really interesting what you have to say! how american exceptionalism came about - makes sense and was grounded in something relevant at the time.. fortunately, or unfortunately i don't have enough liquid assets to be concerned about what currency to put it into! we own our house and have enough to get by in a modest way... living a simple life has many merits.. the more complicated it gets, the more burdensome it seems.. cheers!

@ 215 jen... fascinating jen.. i was unaware of these background details.. it becomes more obvious to see why the bancor was not adopted.. thanks for giving these greater details.. where do you learn about all this? i am curious...

Posted by: james | Apr 25 2020 20:43 utc | 201

Russ wrote:
"Draft the immune"

Nobody knows if anyone is immune.
The only thing that seems to be known for sure is that some countries are not very well prepared while others are.

In the 1918 pandemic the first wave was in the spring and it was mild only some old and already sick people died. Then it seemed to go away in the summer but came back in the fall - this time it killed those who you would expect to be the most immune and a lot more of them.


Posted by: jinn | Apr 25 2020 20:53 utc | 202

jinn 217

That's a quote from the totalitarian "leftist" whose piece I linked. It's what he advocates.

Posted by: Russ | Apr 25 2020 21:24 utc | 203

jadan | Apr 24 2020 23:46 utc | 98


...The US is what its 1789 constitution plainly designed it to be: an oligarchy. Only wealthy male land owners were privileged to vote....

Thanks your viewpoint. How you spanned from 1789 to now in 4 tight paragraphs is an awesome and effective distillation.

Posted by: chu teh | Apr 25 2020 21:28 utc | 204

Funny to read articles condemning 5G conspiracy theorists right next to ones giving credence to the idea that China and the WHO are responsible for the damage caused by the coronavirus.

Two worthless conspiracy theories but one gets the okay because it dribbles out of the mouths of US officials.

Anyway, I'm off to shoot up some Pine-Sol as a health precaution.

Posted by: OHH | Apr 25 2020 21:46 utc | 205

If you're from Idaho, you're with luck today: there seems to be free potatoes available there:

Farmers in Idaho are dumping their potatoes

Courtesy of Carl Zha's twitter account.

Posted by: vk | Apr 25 2020 22:07 utc | 206

Walter #171

...our Persian Comrades have no doubt designed an evil plot and insidious propaganda campaign designed to sap and impurity our precious bodily fluids...

Not only that, these devilishly cunning Persians have taken a common off the shelf medicine used for treating Hepatitis C and are finding some success treating COVID-19.

Keeping in mind that both Hepatitis C (HCV) and SARS-CoV-2 are +ve sense RNA viruses (which means quite similar, in plain English) it would be reasonable to assume that nucleotide analogues (NUCs) proven to work for HCV might work on SARS-CoV-2. In simple terms, NUCs are fake letters in the RNA genetic alphabet CGAU.

Ribavirin, Remdesvir and Sofosbuvir are all NUCs and represent fake letters “G”, “A” and “U” respectively. The strategy of using fake genetic letters to impair the activity of critical viral polymerases (the thing that clones the genetic material) is well known and will not be discussed further.

This is a direct assault on the worlds richest murican citizen who works tirelessly to make wealth for his country. Bastards!

They even have the temerity to make these effective drugs in their home country!!! AND THEY ARE CHEAP!! Quarantine them, lock them up, don't let them out to play in the parks.

Send the class of '86 in to deal with these pesky Persian comrades.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 25 2020 22:14 utc | 207


Russ wrote:
"That's a quote from the totalitarian "leftist" whose piece I linked. It's what he advocates. "

You missed my point. neither you or the "leftist" have any solid data or knowledge. You both are making shit up and declaring it to be fact. And I agree that shit people are making up is based on their agenda.

This could turn into another nothing-burger in several weeks from now. That may mean its all over or it might mean that several months from now the virus will come surging back far more deadly and pervasive than before. At this point we can only guess what the future will bring.


Posted by: j | Apr 25 2020 22:28 utc | 208

Russ #199

From the Ted Rall story at Unz Review:


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are rolling out a pilot program of a testing kit that can show if you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus and thus have the antibodies to resist a repeat infection. Authorities are considering issuing “immunity cards” to citizens who have had COVID-19. The idea is that people who are cleared could return to work. So far so good.

The government should retool the Selective Service System to draft recovered COVID-19 victims to perform services needed to help people and restart the economy.

The term draft in this context is the same as 'employ' or 'recruit' to work.

A hasty cheap shot at 'leftists' is not warranted in the discussion that Ted Rall sets out. It is important to get the economy going again as there will be major disorder and distress for many people and deaths will rise if services aren't restored. I watched a video post a day ago as someone walked about a 'pleasant middle class suburb in USA' and the piles of garbage were striking. Uncollected garbage is a real nightmare. Ask the Lebanese what happens when that system collapses. Search the term 'Lebanon garbage piles'. But please use QWANT or anything but G...

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 25 2020 22:39 utc | 209

”Many defenders of U.S. hegemony insist that the “liberal international order” depends on it.”

The vaunted Liberal International Order is nothing more than an Orwellian euphemism for Anglo Liberal Imperialist Order--which is to say a world order dominated by Anglo colonizer states like the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

The Liberal International Order sure as hell does not mean leadership of the world by putative non-Anglo "liberal democracies" like South Korea, Luxembourg, Switzerland, or even major powers like Japan, Germany, or France.

You can be sure that Anglo nations—BOTH their citizens and elites—would be quite hostile to an Liberal International Order dominated by Germany, France, or Japan.

The Anglo Americans prefer to conceal the reality that this supposedly democratic world order is effectively *their* world order—disguised behind democratic propaganda slogans.

Posted by: ak74 | Apr 26 2020 1:19 utc | 210

@ 225 uncle tungsten... seems to be an american thing to rage at someone or something when it isn't to your liking... or maybe it is just an immature response...

regarding garbage pick up... that continues where i live.. i am a bit surprised that isn't happening in the usa at this point! it is one more of many reasons why people want to return to normal... i can't believe you don't have garbage pick up in the usa at this point! i didn't know that the people working picking up street garbage had to interact with others to do it!

Posted by: james | Apr 26 2020 1:20 utc | 211

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are rolling out a pilot program of a testing kit that can show if you have been exposed to the novel coronavirus and thus have the antibodies to resist a repeat infection
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That is an optimistic assumption. The presence of antibodies could mean resistance to another infection or it could indicate who is likely to have a severe immune reaction (often fatal) to a second wave of the virus, Such severe immune reactions is believed to be the cause of the enormous death toll of the 1918 pandemic.

Posted by: jinn | Apr 26 2020 2:14 utc | 212

Russ 156 shows a great insight by claiming that "The most bizarre thing about you wingnuts is how ardently you want the worst to be true, how you have some deep desire fulfilled by abjectly, fervently believing the lies of the government and mainstream media." It seems that Russ must be convinced that he has some supernatural abilities to know what my desires are and what I believe. Sadly, this mind reader Russ is somewhat delusional, or perhaps just a provocateur. In the good old days, such people were usually advised to seek a psychiatric help but nowadays there are too many such cases (e.g. also someone who calls himself "Norwegian"] to stick out of similarly minded crowd, which may make them appear, in some twisted way, somewhat exceptional.

Posted by: kare | Apr 26 2020 2:20 utc | 213

Posted by: ak74 | Apr 26 2020 1:19 utc | 226

You can be sure that Anglo nations—BOTH their citizens and elites—would be quite hostile to an Liberal International Order dominated by Germany, France, or Japan.
The Anglo Americans prefer to conceal the reality that this supposedly democratic world order is effectively *their* world order—disguised behind democratic propaganda slogans.

It is not really that concealed, if you know where to look.

Posted by: hopehely | Apr 26 2020 2:23 utc | 214

230 - S.O.D. !!!! I always knew why I read Moon of Alabama everyday about 50 times. Now I know. Like minded people. Rock on!

Posted by: lex talionis | Apr 26 2020 3:05 utc | 215

@are | Apr 26 2020 2:20 utc | 229

In the good old days, such people were usually advised to seek a psychiatric help but nowadays there are too many such cases (e.g. also someone who calls himself "Norwegian"] to stick out of similarly minded crowd, which may make them appear, in some twisted way, somewhat exceptional.

So in your supposedly non-authoritarian world you dream of lost times where you could "advice" people who present facts you disagree with to seek psychiatric help. Isn't that nice. When and where did those good old days take place?

The thing is that some people are unable to debate issues openly and instead try to shut down other peoples voices by any means possible, including sending them off to psychiatric institutions. This is not a sign of strength.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 26 2020 4:54 utc | 216

Posted by: j | Apr 25 2020 22:28 utc | 224

You both are making shit up and declaring it to be fact. And I agree that shit people are making up is based on their agenda.

This could turn into another nothing-burger in several weeks from now. That may mean its all over or it might mean that several months from now the virus will come surging back far more deadly and pervasive than before. At this point we can only guess what the future will bring.

And the shit you're making up boils down to, "We don't know so OBEY!"

Meanwhile I have not made up a single molecule of "shit". I go with the evidence record of history. The US and affiliated governments seek totalitarian control. Nothing could possibly be worse than totalitarianism. Nothing has ever been worse in the entire human experience. So sane people would deploy a very pronounced precautionary principle against any police state measure.

That was true from the onset of this current circumstance, where the rational thing to do would've been to shield the vulnerable but otherwise go about normal social life. And it's since become more clearly true as all the subsequent evidence demonstrates that lockdowns don't work and are accomplishing nothing but causing or escalating many gratuitous evils.

I and a few others are the only ones who thruout have wanted to apply the Hippocratic principle: First, do no harm.


Posted by: Russ | Apr 26 2020 5:22 utc | 217

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 25 2020 22:39 utc | 225

[Rall says]"The government should retool the Selective Service System to draft recovered COVID-19 victims to perform services needed to help people and restart the economy."

The term draft in this context is the same as 'employ' or 'recruit' to work.

That's obviously wrong. When one invokes the Selective Service system in order to advocate a "draft", that's self-evidently referring to conscription. If he had meant recruit in the usual employment sense, he would've said recruit, wouldn't have said "draft", and wouldn't have mentioned Selective Service, which obviously has no role to play in normal job recruitment.

A hasty cheap shot at 'leftists' is not warranted

There's nothing hasty and certainly nothing cheap about it. A large majority of leftists visible to me are supporting the mass terror campaign and police state escalation. Many like Rall are serving as aggressive propaganda deputies. They probably wish they could wear badges.

Here's the latest for the ever-lengthening list, Consortium News serving as propaganda amplifier for the lies and terror-mongering of Antonio Guterres.

https://off-guardian.org/2020/04/25/say-it-aint-so-consortium-news-deploys-the-cias-conspiracy-theory-meme/

Posted by: Russ | Apr 26 2020 5:32 utc | 218

It has frequently been observed that terror can rule absolutely only over people who are isolated against each another and that therefore one of the primary concerns of tyrannical government is to bring this isolation about. Isolation may be the beginning of terror; it certainly is its most fertile ground; it always is its result. This isolation is, as it were, pretotalitarian; its hallmark is impotence insofar as power always comes from people acting together, acting in concert; isolated people are powerless by definition.

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Posted by: Russ | Apr 26 2020 5:54 utc | 219

@ 230 hopehely... quite the tune there, lol... since you are in b.c. you must be familiar with doa and no means no! i have had some interaction with both groups..

Posted by: james | Apr 26 2020 6:19 utc | 220

I just had an idea precipitate out from a vague thought-cloud that's been hanging overhead.

For someone who doesn't know much about history, I think I know a little bit. Philip K. Dick wrote "The Empire never ended." If we start with the Holy Roman Empire, they were mostly out conquering other peoples. I'm supposing the Eastern part was a little too remote to represent much of a persistent enemy. And it's been said that the imperial torch ended up with the United Kingdom eventually.

And the U.K. was often at war with Spain or France or especially Germany, but it probably never quite came to be defined by those conflicts. It was still mostly in the business of empire.

But a bit later... the imperial torch was passed to the U.S. Empire. However, at that point, a transformation was consummated. The U.S. wasn't just an empire, it evolved into an Orwellianarium. Orwell wrote "Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia." An Orwellianarium doesn't merely HAVE enemies -- An Orwellianarium NEEDS enemies. Preferably permanent ones. The U.S.S.R./Russia became 'it'. Plus maybe Iran and China -- a little bit -- as of late.

So of course, the U.S. has to be better 'prepared' for the virus. Has to be better in every way. At least according to the Orwellianarian Mass Media System.

Posted by: blues | Apr 26 2020 6:40 utc | 221

229 Norwegian, like is sidekick Russ, or is it the other way around, also seems to posses some magical mind reading ability, which is pretty obvious from his statement
"So in your supposedly non-authoritarian world you dream of lost times where you could "advice" people who present facts you disagree with to seek psychiatric help."
I have to disappoint you because I have other dreams than sending you and your magical twin Russ to a psychiatrist. Seeking some professional advice is your own responsibility. I am often amused by yours and Russes prolific writings and wish you both well. I have no desire to see you being shut up (this is up to MOA anyway) even though your contributions bring nothing new. There is a Czech saying "Do not dance with a chimney sweep if you do not want to get dirty." I do not want to dance with you Norwegian, please find someone else who is more like you.

Posted by: Kare | Apr 26 2020 9:59 utc | 222

Sorry I meant to write 226 not 229 Norwegian

Posted by: Kare | Apr 26 2020 10:01 utc | 223

In fact Britain has now almost 50,000 excess deaths since beginning of coronavirus pandemic. Excess deaths of Ecuador 15 times more than their official coronavirus death figures. Same in Jakarta, Indonesia. Even New York Times made some mistakes claiming that numbers of Sweden and Belgium were well balanced with excess deaths. Not really. In Sweden official coronavirus deaths were actually 899 while excess deaths 1100 and in Belgium you still have to add 40% to official coronavirus deaths to reach the level of excess deaths since pandemic started in early March. Are figures of New York City now realistic? Not really. Excess deaths are still 5000-6000 higher than official coronavirus deaths. What is now true is that coronavirus has killed directly or indirectly much more than spanish flu. So much about "ordinary seasonal flu"...

Posted by: Mats | Apr 26 2020 10:05 utc | 224

@Kare | Apr 26 2020 9:59 utc | 232

I do not want to dance with you Norwegian, please find someone else who is more like you.

Well, I don't mind debating with people who see things differently than I do, that is kind of the whole idea with discussions. I do mind people pushing ideas of psychiatry when confronted with other ideas than their own.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 26 2020 10:20 utc | 225

Russ wrote:
And the shit you're making up boils down to, "We don't know so OBEY!"
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"We don't know" is indeed the part I created but never have I suggested obey. For one thing, whom to obey? I see all kinds of conflicting proposals from TPTB including the agenda that you are promoting. If the only criteria for deciding is do not do whatever anybody in the Government or media suggests that pretty much eliminates your agenda.

What I did say is that it is obvious that some countries are totally unprepared and acting like a chicken with its head removed. You see that response as
as a sinister plot by TPTB to establish totalitarianism. I can't see it as helping TPTB at all, but again I don't know.
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Russ wrote:
the rational thing to do would've been to shield the vulnerable but otherwise go about normal social life.
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Maybe that agenda would be effective or maybe not. I don't claim to know. But I don't see anything like that happening without a prepared and organized govt behind it. And if US govt was prepared and organized to make that happen I for one would be very suspicious that the agenda was to push the sheeple towards blind servitude.

Posted by: jinn | Apr 26 2020 12:13 utc | 226

Posted by: krypton | Apr 26 2020 12:17 utc | 227

Posted by: krypton | Apr 26 2020 13:28 utc | 228

Stonebird @ 184

Sorry, it was late when I read your post, but you warmed my heart with your Dad's account of your not-so-immaculate conception! Thanks for giving me something light to take to slumber on. Hah! That's really being 'a child of war'.

Posted by: juliania | Apr 26 2020 15:39 utc | 229

to Lizard 16:16 25 april. Hats off to you. And definitely a cocktail of your choice. Cheers!

Posted by: Miss Lacy | Apr 26 2020 15:52 utc | 230

Posted by: Kare | Apr 26 2020 9:59 utc | 232

There is a Czech saying "Do not dance with a chimney sweep if you do not want to get dirty."

Interesting proverb. Can you write it in original please?

Posted by: hopehely | Apr 26 2020 16:30 utc | 231

we have one as well----

"

I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

George Bernard Shaw"

Posted by: arby | Apr 26 2020 17:08 utc | 232

ernesto at 27 said
"If eastern front was "main front" then why great majority of German war effort (production, resources) was not targeting was against Soviet U?"

Armaments are sent to battalions that still exist, Not to those destroyed.

Posted by: Bill Jones | Apr 26 2020 18:48 utc | 233

Posted by: Russ | Apr 26 2020 5:54 utc | 229

It has frequently been observed that terror can rule absolutely only over people who are isolated against each another and that therefore one of the primary concerns of tyrannical government is to bring this isolation about. Isolation may be the beginning of terror; it certainly is its most fertile ground; it always is its result. This isolation is, as it were, pretotalitarian; its hallmark is impotence insofar as power always comes from people acting together, acting in concert; isolated people are powerless by definition.

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Best post of the entire discussion! B should elevate it to MoA's official subtitle, at least while Operation Covid is ongoing.

Posted by: Leser | Apr 26 2020 20:31 utc | 234

241 Hopely There are some, but slight variations of the proverb. The one used by my grandmother, if I could recall it correctly was

"Netanči s kominíkem pokud se nechceš ušpinit."

The proverb by Shaw, I did not know, is great, many thanks arby. It describes well some of the senseless daily struggles on this blog. Who wants to wrestle with a pig or dance with a chimney sweet when we can all enjoy an intimate encounter with this, rather nice, covid 19?

Posted by: kare | Apr 26 2020 23:12 utc | 235

further to my 245. My apology. There are not "chimney sweets" yet, as I erroneously typed, but perhaps this little error may provide a brainstorming seed for developing a totally new product, a magnificent disruptor that would destroy the stale market of the current confectionery products, once this epidemic ceases in one or two years.

Posted by: kare | Apr 26 2020 23:36 utc | 236

I've noticed - who couldn't - all the angst re: President Trump. Disclosure: I am not an American voter. As a matter of fact, I am not a voter, period. Voting is an excersize in hope over experience. Having said that, I hope dumb Donny gets a second term - hell, maybe even a third or forth term. Trump is less an idiot, as he is an idiot savant. He has done more to expose the vile nature of the American political establishment, done more damage to pax Americana, done more to dispel the claptrap that is 'American Exceptionalism' than anybody, including the hapless Julian Assange. America has, and is, the most dangerous threat to the peace and security of the world, bar none. While the damage he can, and will inflict on the world at large will not be insignificant, in the end, that is what it will be. The end. Not for the world in general, but for the vile American political establishment, and it's ignorant population.

Bush. Clinton. Bush the dumber. Obomber. Now Trump. If these people represent the best you have on offer, and actually put in power, then you've earned every malaise that comes your way. It ain't like you haven't earned it anyway.

Posted by: rgl | Apr 29 2020 1:31 utc | 237

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