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June 21, 2020

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2020-49

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

> Prime Minister Narendra Modi categorically said on Friday that neither has anyone entered Indian territory, nor is anyone present in Indian territory currently, and nor is any Indian post captured.
“Neither has anyone entered our territory, nor is anyone still there, nor is any of our posts under anyone’s capture. In Ladakh, our 20 jawans got martyred. But they taught a lesson to those who were eyeing Indian territory,” he said at an all-party meeting called to discuss the India-China border situation. <
> At a campaign rally in Tulsa Oklahoma, Trump said Saturday he has told his administration to slow down virus testing. He said the United States has tested 25 million people, but the “bad part” is that it found more cases.

“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases,” Trump said. “So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’″ <

Other issues:

The Racist Origins of Silicon Valley - Yasha Levine
The History of the “Riot” Report - New Yorker
Foreign Affairs: Unrest continues for a seventh day in former British colony - Thai Inquirer

Majority for Dementia:

Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally: poll - The Hill
Poll: 55% Believe That Biden Potentially Has ‘Early Stages Of Dementia’ - Daily Wire

Interesting toy:

Peresvet: a Russian mobile laser system to dazzle enemy satellites - Space Review


Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on June 21, 2020 at 14:02 UTC | Permalink

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I've read some of the shit in Bolton's hit-piece, and one thought keeps nagging at me: how can such a jockey-sized person manage to produce such gigantic turds on the world stage?

I mean, look at the little nitwit, knee-high to a bumblebee. A walking advert for small-man syndrome.

How on Earth did anyone consider such a chickenshit short-arse to be a "hawk"? Didn't anyone ever think to waggle their pinkie at him when he was in full-on bully-mode?

Posted by: Yeah, Right | Jun 22 2020 9:55 utc | 101

Yeah, Right @ 101:

That's why political cartoonists drew Bolton as Yosemite Sam: not only because of the moustache but also because he is a chicken-shit short-arse.

Posted by: Jen | Jun 22 2020 10:45 utc | 102

Peter AU 1 #80

Agreed on Matilda. I posted those two links after a search for urbancic and Aarons, then a quick scan to be sure of the contents. I read very little Oz media as comrades send me links or I am alerted to a topic.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 22 2020 11:31 utc | 103

@7 Hoarsewhisperer

There is a lot of air in between, so no it would not be a particle beam. Lasers generate a lot of waste heat so you need really good cooling for anything large. For example see the heat sink styropyro needs for his 100W laser array.

Posted by: TJ | Jun 22 2020 11:45 utc | 104

TJ #104

Wow. I want one of those laser chips. A fan mount heat sink will help. I bet they mess up cane toads :o

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 22 2020 11:56 utc | 105

Antonym 86
'It never ceases to amaze me that some in the West keep seeing Xi as a benign globalist while labeling Modi as a fascist nationalist.
Raw power attracts *


The vast majority of whiteys see you as guys have many
'shared values'
[cough cough]

World's largest democrazy and oldest democrazy.....a marriage made in heaven,
or is it hell, depending on your perspective. ?

Posted by: denk | Jun 22 2020 12:39 utc | 106

Richard Steven Hack @Jun22 1:46 #70

What's that song that goes, "He can't even run his own life, I'll be damned if he runs mine"?

The song was about a narcissist, not a social justice warrior.

Isn't a narcissist 'transhuman' in his own mind?


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 22 2020 13:30 utc | 107

follow up @Jun22 13:30 #107

Whoa! I was thinking of a different song.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 22 2020 13:41 utc | 108

Back to masks wearing.

It seems to me that while the wearing of masks may protect others, it will only indirectly benefit the wearer.

The main benefit will be that it will dissuade the wearer from touching his nostrils or stick a finger inside the nose. But it will not prevent the wearer from touching or rubbing his eyes, and herein lies the crux of the matter.

From a study published in the 70s on the publication called APPROACH, Volume 19, issue 7, we learned that the entry points for rhinoviruses is not by inspiration of somebody’s exhalation but from the virus landing in the eyes whence it is drawn through the lacrymal passages into the nasal cavity where it will reach stem cells that will then replicate the virus.

The mechanism of transmission is simple: Shake hands with a sick individual and then touch your eyes. Excess moisture from one’s eyes will drain trough the lacrymal passages and reach the nasal cavity so it will find the proper medium to replicate and thrive. And presto, you are sick too.

It appears then that goggles that shield the eyes such as the safety panoramic ones or the ones used by yesteryears motorcyclists would be the answer.

Shielding the eyes and wearing a mask and not rubbing or touching one’s eyes should keep us safe, So it appears.

Posted by: CarlD | Jun 22 2020 15:03 utc | 109

Peresvet could transmit a laser beam of microwaves, if Russia has found a way to do that. In that case the English translation of Peresvet would be "long-range multi-purpose cooker."
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 21 2020 16:40 utc | 10

Such a class of devices using microwaves do exist, and have existed for many decades. They are not lasers but MASERs - Microwave Emission by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Whether they would be suitable for this application I have no idea. Could be.

Surely you are not suggesting that the real purpose of the Peresvet is to cook food for the astronauts on the International Space Station?

The name Peresvet, according to the linked article, was selected using a public contest. It means "overexposed" as in photographic overexposure (i.e. burnt out, photographic description), but with a play on the name of an orthadox priest-warrier called Alexander Peresvet who saved Russia from the Mongols.

Posted by: BM | Jun 22 2020 15:15 utc | 110

Interesting excerpt from Marx & Engles found by Michael Roberts. Keep in mind it was produced in 1850 (11 years before the Civil War):

"That the decisive branch of English industry is based upon the existence of slavery in the southern states of the American union, that a Negro revolt in these areas could ruin the whole system of production as it exists today is, of course, an extremely depressing fact for the people who spent £20 million a few years ago on Negro emancipation in their own colonies.

However, this fact leads to the only 'realistic' solution of the slave question, which has recently again been the cause of such long and violent debate in the American Congress. American cotton production is based on slavery. As soon as the industry reaches a point where it cannot tolerate the United States' cotton monopoly any longer, cotton will be successfully mass-produced in other countries, and it is hardly possible to achieve this anywhere today except with free workers. But as soon as the free labour of other countries can deliver sufficient supplies of cotton to industry more cheaply than the slave labour of the United States, then American slavery will be broken together with the American cotton monopoly and the slaves will be emancipated, because they will have become useless as slaves."

Source: Neue Rheinische Zeitung Revue May-October 1850.

Here's the link: Review: May-October 1850

Posted by: vk | Jun 22 2020 15:31 utc | 111

Below is a Wall Street on Parade link

As Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Face Criminal Probes, Barr Fires Top Prosecutor; Tries to Replace Him with Banks’ Former Lawyer, Jay Clayton Trump is draining the swamp, right? by: psychohistorian 97 seems he is confused the swamp he is draining is America read this best article yet..
Is Trump confused, has he mistaken American for the swamp?

Posted by: snake | Jun 22 2020 15:31 utc | 112

Below is a good posting by Ellen Brown about BlackRock

Meet BlackRock, the New Great Vampire Squid

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jun 22 2020 16:05 utc | 113

Surely you are not suggesting that the real purpose of the Peresvet is to cook food for the astronauts on the International Space Station?
Posted by: BM | Jun 22 2020 15:15 utc | 110

No not food, satellites with metal components. I believe metal objects get hot in a Microwave Oven. I haven't tried it but have seen sparks on the gold decorative edge on a pricey dinner plate placed in a MO.

Thanks for the heads-up on MASERS. Google agrees with you - they've been around for many decades. I haven't found any reference to maximum power of a MASER yet. According to Google the mast common applications are very low power - one example being inside atomic clocks to enhance their performance.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jun 22 2020 16:22 utc | 114

WW2. A telling poll from France. (from O. Berruyer)

Which country contributed the most to the defeat of Germany in 1945?

-- UK is included. France is not as is is admitted sub rosa that it did not fight. China is left out. --

May 1945. USSR 57%, USA 20%

1994. (Russia) 25%, USA 49%

2004. 20% - 58%

2015. 23% - 54%

In 1945, ppl knew what went down. The sea change, near on 50! years later is due to re-writing history, e.g. school text-books, etc. But, imho mostly to fiction, most specially Hollywood movies, which present a kind of ‘reality’ that sticks through images, narratives of bravery, false 'sanitized' portrayals of war (the unspeakable sordidness, death, cruelty is washed away) with US soldiers as Valiant Defenders of Freedom, etc.

The other factor is the general French post-war admiration for the US (linked to the outcome of WW2!) its richness, economic devp., tech, its culture e.g. jazz, whiskey, modern authors, cinema, etc. Which lead in part to the setting up of the EU (as the US wanted that.)

The poll shows a slight change in 2015, imho that trend has augmented steadily, and will continue to do so. In conjunction with the loss of power of the US and the rise of others.

this poll 2018 (not historical) is interesting as well.

Posted by: Noirette | Jun 22 2020 16:37 utc | 115

"Iran's Cargo Ship Enters Venezuela's Waters "


Posted by: arby | Jun 22 2020 17:08 utc | 116

@ 115 noirette.. excellent graph you found there.. thanks..

Posted by: james | Jun 22 2020 17:20 utc | 117

On Cuba exporting heathcare versus weapons I quote part of the US Constitution's Preamble yet again: "... to provide for the common defence..." healthcare at the grassroots of communities is precisely what's meant and it's utter neglect and purposeful trashing by Trump forms the basis for charging him and his regime with Treason. Cuba through its efforts has earned the admiration of most of the world's nations and their people while the Outlaw US Empire does the exact opposite. China and Russia have both seen the immense power residing within what is the essence of soft power--concern for the health and wellbeing of people is the greatest consideration that can be shown, a trait conspicuously absent from the behavior of the former Colonial nations that still seek the subordination of peoples to their interests, not to help them with their development, health and wellbeing. China's announced Healthcare Silk Road and its recent conferences with African nations over COVID-19 show it seeks to emulate Cuba's practice by adding China's geoeconomic power--actions completely antithetical to Neoliberal dogma and thus not pursued by the Outlaw US Empire. And how can the Empire counter such practice without extremely negative consequences? IMO, there's only one way and that would be to try and do the same but somehow better; but again, that's the polar opposite of the dogma that drives Neoliberal Imperialism.

IMO, China & Russia have hit upon the formula for outwitting the Outlaw US Empire, and that's to provide as much support as possible to the 2030 Development Goals of the Global South's nations and in the years to follow. The Outlaw US Empire's parasitic practices don't stand a chance against nurturing promoting polices that aim for bottom->up development. Neoliberal parasitism may have extracted some wealth from the Global South but the price was the promotion of an alienation that will serve as a de facto embargo of the North and embracement of Russia and China.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 22 2020 17:27 utc | 118

Video of the MoA visitors who argue against wearing masks: Florida Man X People of Walmart on YooToob

Posted by: William Gruff | Jun 22 2020 18:10 utc | 119

@118 karlof1

I like how you describe it so compactly as "the essence of soft power" - indeed, we have seen these 3 nations all make gains by changing paradigms rather than fighting the enemy using his own weapons (although I get the impression the USSR did a pretty good job of fighting back with the same weapons, also).

I like this concept that a revolution wants to export itself, as a natural and even innocent consequence of its own existence - it's a new concept that only occurred to me as I read about Cuba, and to which I haven't yet applied any rigor. It almost seems sibling to the concept that the founding spirit of every institution will typically endure for a very long time in that institution.

Together, these concepts might, perhaps, suggest that as every system looks outside itself, it will attempt to transform its environment like unto itself - for good or ill.

And I was struck by China's "Health and Road" combination when reading about Cuba's revolution - glad you expanded on that. China will export revolution - but the revolution is made up of the dynamic for life to get better, everywhere that the revolution makes landfall. Just as we have seen from Cuba, a revolution can concern itself with creating rather than destroying.


In sum, we have many things to learn in the US from the successes of revolutions as we enter a new revolutionary possibility. One of the greatest I believe is the notion of not fighting the old guard but pouring energy into creating the new guard - while never losing sight of strategy. Ultimately the old guard is so overmatched that the new guard has access even to the old guard's weaponry, if even needed.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 22 2020 18:13 utc | 120

"I've read some of the shit in Bolton's hit-piece, and one thought keeps nagging at me: how can such a jockey-sized person manage to produce such gigantic turds on the world stage?

"I mean, look at the little nitwit, knee-high to a bumblebee. A walking advert for small-man syndrome.

"How on Earth did anyone consider such a chickenshit short-arse to be a "hawk"? Didn't anyone ever think to waggle their pinkie at him when he was in full-on bully-mode?"
Yeah, Right@101

There must be something in the whisky today: this clown hasn't heard of such people as Bonaparte or Hitler. And he fits right in with those, see above, who were unaware that Che was a Doctor.
There are other ways to pass time besides opinionating. Reading for example.

Posted by: bevin | Jun 22 2020 18:16 utc | 121

“Well done, all ruling classes are annoyed!”: A monument to Lenin unveiled in Germany (EurAsia Daily, June 20, 2020).

Posted by: S | Jun 22 2020 19:31 utc | 122

good rant by Vitchek

Posted by: arby | Jun 22 2020 19:33 utc | 123

@Posted by: bevin | Jun 22 2020 18:16 utc | 121

Goebbels was another "little" evil....Franco, with that ridiculous voice, another one...and so on...and so on...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 22 2020 20:14 utc | 124

Grieved @120--

IMO, there was a great fear that the nascent USA would spread its revolution within the New World and the Old; instead, its revolution rebounded onto it. The French used its ideology, but the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars created unsolvable predicaments for the Federalists and then for the Jeffersonians, led by the diminutive James Madison and produced some very reactionary laws--the Alien & Sedition Act being the worst of the bunch. The rhetorical battles and level of vituperation in that era's press make today's pale in comparison. Then there's the little studied within the Outlaw US Empire Revolution of Bolivar within Spanish America which also adopted much of the 1776 Philosophy. The nascent Empire certainly took advantage of Spain's weakness to capture Louisiana, the Floridas, Texas, then 1/2 of Mexico's territory, and during 1812 took a stab at British Canada which grandly failed, although few today know about that. Culminating the revolutionary blowback was the Civil War. The process was slow but eventually the USA became the very creature it revolted against, which is where we are today. Recall Chavez exported his revolution to the Empire by offering cheap heating oil to the poor of the Northeast and fuel through PetroCaribe to other neighbors. And nowadays only the naïve are fooled by the Outlaw US Empire saying it exports/promotes democracy. As I've written before, the fundamental difference is between hyper individualism and collectivism that's driving the current global and internal USA divide.

The number of nations promoting hyper individualism are dwindling as most European nations have collectivist histories. I count the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, and just the upper caste of India in the former camp with all other nations having differing degrees of collectivism with their developmental motion going in that direction. The USA's model is seen by most as dysfunctional and it's being shunned as proven through nation's behavior, not their rhetoric. As soon as the world's nations replace the US Dollar and the financial institutions under its control, the world's advance to a collective system will accelerate. The USA's Domestic Frontier was declared closed after the 1890 census; future historians will likely judge Trump to have closed the International Frontier with his Trade War that targeted the world despite the focus on China. Enterprising US citizens can still Go West, but they'll then become Russians if their desire's to Homestead in the manner of the rugged individualist.

My central question is, Will the Parasitical Rentier Class be content to continue to rape the USA or will they foment War to try to reestablish their raping the planet? And my follow up to that: Can they be ousted via a Second American Revolution aiming to resurrect the Spirit of '76?

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 22 2020 20:43 utc | 125

125 Cont'd--

I wanted to add some historical context to the above to show that there was once a very powerful and well articulated collectivist vision within the Outlaw US Empire. Its best example resides within Henry Wallace's 1942 speech, "The Price of Free World Victory" which is better known as "The Century of the Common Man." It can be downloaded freely in rich text format at the link and is only 6 pages long. Like most important speeches promoting collectivism as a public good, this very powerful speech was swept under the rug and isn't even mentioned in WW2 histories anymore. I was amazed, rocked out of my chair, when I discovered it in 1996, and prompted my deep inquiry into Mr. Henry Asgard Wallace. The following excerpt is about halfway through the speech; it may appear radical to today's reader but it wasn't considered so in 1942:

"The march of freedom of the past one hundred and fifty years has been a long-drawn-out people's revolution. In this Great Revolution of the people, there were the American Revolution of 1775, The French Revolution of 1792, The Latin-American revolutions of the Bolivarian era, The German Revolution of 1848, and the Russian Revolution of 1917. Each spoke for the common man in terms of blood on the battlefield. Some went to excess. But the significant thing is that the people groped their way to the light. More of them learned to think and work together.

"The people's revolution aims at peace and not at violence, but if the rights of the common man are attacked, it unleashed the ferocity of a she-bear who has lost a cub. When the Nazi psychologists tell their master Hitler that we in the United States may be able to produce hundreds of thousands of planes, but that we have no will to fight, they are only fooling themselves and him. The truth is that when the rights of the American people are transgressed, as those rights have been transgressed, The American people will fight with a relentless fury which will drive the ancient Teutonic gods back cowering into their caves. The Götterdämmerung has come for Odin and his crew.

"The people are on the march toward even fuller freedom than the most fortunate peoples of the earth have hitherto enjoyed. No Nazi counter-revolution will stop it. The common man will smoke the Hitler stooges out into the open in the United States, in Latin America, and in India. He will destroy their influence. No Lavals, no Mussolinis will be tolerated in a Free World.

"The people, in their millennial and revolutionary march toward manifesting here on earth the dignity that is in every human soul, hold as their credo the Four Freedoms enunciated by President Roosevelt in his message to Congress on January 6, 1941. These four freedoms are the very core of the revolution for which the United Nations have taken their stand. We who live in the United States may think there is nothing very revolutionary about freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom from the fear of secret police. But when we begin to think about the significance of freedom from want for the average man, then we know that the revolution of the past one hundred and fifty years has not been completed, either here in the United States or in any other nation in the world. We know that this revolution can not stop until freedom from want has actually been attained....

"We failed in our job after World War Number One. We did not know how to go about it to build an enduring world-wide peace. We did not have the nerve to follow through and prevent Germany from rearming. We did not insist that she 'learn war no more.' We did not build a peace treaty on the fundamental doctrine of the people's revolution. We did not strive whole-heartedly to create a world where there could be freedom from want for all peoples. But by our very errors we learned much, and after this war we shall be in position to utilize our knowledge in building a world which is economically, politically and, I hope, spiritually sound.

"Modern science, which is a by-product and an essential part of the people's revolution, has made it technologically possible to see that all of the people of the world get enough to eat. Half in fun and half seriously, I said the other day to Madame Litvinov: 'The object of this war is to make sure that everybody in the world has the privilege of drinking a quart of milk a day.' She replied: 'Yes, even half a pint.' The peace must mean a better standard of living for the common man, not merely in the United States and England, but also in India, Russia, China and Latin America — not merely in the United Nations, but also in Germany and Italy and Japan." [My Emphasis]

As we know, "We did not build a peace treaty on the fundamental doctrine of the people's revolution." The postwar leaders had in mind Luce's American Century and much more--they sought what Hitler sought--a way to keep consuming 60%+ of the world's resources without any objections. Those desiring that outcome were people from FDR's and Wallace's party--they flipped the stated War Goals on their head just 7 years after "Four Freedoms" and six after the above speech without any publicity whatsoever. IMO, we still must implement the "fundamental doctrine of the people's revolution" globally. And to those in the USA who think that doctrine was composed by Lenin, Mao, Fidel, or Che, they need to do some very deep soul searching for that doctrine was thought by a God-fearing Republican farmer from Iowa, whose only radicalness came from his adherence to the doctrine of Christian collectivity.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 22 2020 23:18 utc | 126

The headline is awful because they have been telling everybody, however the rest isn't as bad. Here's an article for anyone who still believes SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 is a lie, "just a flu", nothing special, some sort of conspiracy (of an enormous size), and so on.

Intensive care nurses and doctors are saying these things all over the world, and have been for months now.

Are people claiming that all the intensive care workers are liars?

It can ruin your life even if you survive. I would add that in my opinion:
· A lot of people ending up with some of the illnesses/complications described will end up killing themselves because they can't cope and are not stubborn enough to keep suffering.
· In the US many others with other illnesses/complications would die from not being able to pay for mitigating and life-prolonging treatment.

No one yet knows if other people like those without symptoms will also acquire long term health issues, one will likely only learn about that after several years of statistics have been gathered and studied.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Jun 23 2020 0:43 utc | 127

@ 123 arby... thanks for that.. i really enjoyed it...

Posted by: james | Jun 23 2020 0:43 utc | 128

@ 127 sunny r b... thanks.. that is pretty disturbing reading those testimonials.. covid is fooling a lot of people..

Posted by: james | Jun 23 2020 0:47 utc | 129

@125 karlof1

Thanks for this description of the historical process.

We so often wonder how the empire will go down, and who will take it down, and what damage will it cause on its way down. But I think we don't have to wonder too much, because it has all been happening and we can see it in real events and know how it will proceed.

What is happening is the building of the new world, which is a world not at all interested in fighting the US or even in picking up the filthy weapons of that campaigner and his parasite master - all ruled by greed. Ultimately, as I theorized above, the revolutionaries in my scenario have a new order so strong that it overpowers the old order simply from its existence, built from creating rather than destroying. Fighting the old order becomes irrelevant and a trivial thought. The new order barely pauses to consider if it should throw the old order a bone or wipe it out completely.

What the US chooses to do will determine what justice is meted out to it. And while this supposes a day of reckoning in the future, in fact those days are already here - Iran sends its ships to Venezuela and has already demonstrated to the imperial coward what will happen if it is obstructed. The bully has backed down, and this has marked a great turning point that perhaps historians will show as the tipping point for the arrival of the new order, and its ascendancy over the old.


@126 karlof1

Thanks for this story from the American revolution, which once saw itself as part of the global revolution, a leader in the great march forward of humanity. What I find compelling is that Wallace could speak this way in 1942, and that society could then think in terms of the US existence and effort as part of the revolutionary, universal progress of the world and its human race - as indeed you and I grew up believing, along with much of the world.

We don't think this way now, we who would call ourselves allies of Wallace and his view, and this is because we see what most people couldn't see at the time, I think, namely that the US was always the imperial oppressor but with much of its true nature concealed by its propaganda organs. We have our Internet now, and we see much more, and we have the passage of time, in which the full degradation of what the US ruling class has been up to all along becomes unmissable.

I've had this thought that we are still in the American Revolution, here in the US, as we fought once to throw off the yoke of the old empire. The argument can be made that we are still in this struggle. I personally find it useful to think that the US is still engaged in revolution, because it thereby avoids the need to declare one. I'm grateful to learn that Wallace thought so too.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 23 2020 1:32 utc | 130

LIVE now.... so far so good...
I'm watching successful China launches the last satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a 30-satellite navigation system, from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The final satellite is a geostationary earth orbit satellite of the BDS-3 system. This comes 26 years after the construction of the BeiDou-1 officially started in 1994.

Posted by: JC | Jun 23 2020 1:53 utc | 131

US is after the ex CEO of Nissan. At first when just the Japanese were after him, I took it as a simple case of white collar crime. Now that the yanks are after him, it looks like he was targeted for something else.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 23 2020 2:01 utc | 132

Apologies if this has already been mentioned.

I'd ask our Aussie companions how this is being addressed, given the fealty of the government to US dictate. The 60 Minutes piece ends by saying the government has offered consular help, but been ignored. It probably is because of said fealty.

Posted by: juliania | Jun 23 2020 3:34 utc | 133

Lukashenko is the man!

“Wash your hands more often, have breakfast in time, have lunch and dinner, you need to not only wash your hands with vodka,

but also, taking into account pure alcohol, take 40-50 grams and poison this virus.

But not at work … No panic, just work. Especially now in the countryside, it’s nice to see how people work on the tractor and no one talks about viruses. The tractor will cure everyone, ”the Belarusian leader said in March.

Read more as this story is weird yet amusing.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 23 2020 10:06 utc | 134

Canada's PM is a toady to U.S. policy and would rather 2 Canadian citizens face prison in China than negotiate a prisoner exchange that is done all the time by other more mature leaders. Trump is using Trudeau to get an ace for 2020 re-election. Once Huawei's Meng Wanzhou is in U.S. custody Trump will use her as a bargaining chip for a trade deal that will boost his re-election chances. Trudeau is a naive fool.

And imagine all the damage Canada would do on the international stage, especially, in the Middle East, and vis a vis the theft of the West Bank and further hostility towards Iran if Trudeau had scored a seat on the Security Council? Good thing he's not as respected as he imagines he is and he failed.

Trump doesn't even like Trudeau and he's playing him for the light-weight he is.

Posted by: Circe | Jun 23 2020 11:48 utc | 135

There is no bottom to the cesspool of US police state sadists. Here is a horrifying story finally getting some attention two years after publication:

At urging of Minneapolis police, Hennepin EMS workers subdued dozens with a powerful sedative

“In many cases, the individual being detained or arrested was not only handcuffed, but strapped down on a stretcher in an ambulance before receiving ketamine,”

“Multiple videos showed individuals requiring intubation after being injected with ketamine, and [police] reports indicate that multiple individuals stopped breathing and/or their hearts stopped beating after being injected with ketamine,” the report said.

The police encounters that led to EMS using ketamine ranged from cases of obstruction of justice to jaywalking, according to the report. One man was dosed with ketamine while strapped to a stretcher and wearing a spit hood.

The report found that officers regularly instructed the medical staff to administer the ketamine.

When the man began to regain consciousness, the officer asked the EMS responder — all unnamed in the report — how much more ketamine he had with him, according to the report.

“I can draw more,” said the EMS staff.

“You’re my favorite,” replied another EMS officer.

They injected him with another dose of ketamine.

“We’ll have to end up putting a [breathing] tube in,” the officer stated.

On the way to the hospital, the man lost consciousness and stopped breathing, according to the report.

There is no reason to think that this only happens in Minneapolis. It is probably happening every day. But since the victim has no memory of the injection, they can't report it. One wonders how many people are killed every year by this "treatment", and then covered up.

Posted by: Trailer Trash | Jun 23 2020 12:12 utc | 136

juliania 133

Assange offended against five-eyes. He will never be released.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Jun 23 2020 12:31 utc | 137

Lukashenko is the man!
Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 23 2020 10:06 utc | 134

Wonderful story Uncle Tungsten, thanks for that.

“In general, low mortality in patients with coronavirus infection in the republic is explained by early diagnosis and detection of infection in people who do not have symptoms, effective measures to isolate patients and contacts. Effective epidemiological measures to protect vulnerable groups of the population – the elderly and senile, as well as those with some chronic diseases, also explain the low mortality from Covid-19 infection, ” the Belarusian department noted earlier.

Finally someone talking some sense! This is what some of us here have been saying for months - it is not "lockdowns" - and especially not the stupidest forms such as those in the UK, France, USA etc - that get the virus under control but "early diagnosis and detection of infection in people who do not have symptoms, effective measures to isolate patients and contacts. Effective epidemiological measures to protect vulnerable groups of the population – the elderly and senile, as well as those with some chronic diseases".

It is the integrated system that is most important, not the isolated "lockdown" on its own, which becomes instead nothing but a suicide pack by virtue of the huge collateral damage. That's why countries such as the UK have excess deaths - not from the virus but from the restrictions and especially lack of normal essential medical services.

Lukashenko is indeed the man! Thank you Alexander Lukashenk0 for your services to humanity!
(But do please try to get on better with Russia, before you risk sliding into Ukraine vs. 2.0)

"... advising Belarusians, either as a joke or seriously, to be treated with vodka, butter, breathe the smoke of a fire and ride a tractor. ... The tractor will cure everyone."

The author of the article evidently fails to get her head around the success of a rational approach and in multiple points undermines her own story, the bottom line of only 331 deaths in a population of 10 million (35 deaths per million), with the virus widely distributed, speaks volumes. By comparison, UK with the stupidest and most brutal approach on the planet has 623 deaths per million, more by a factor of 20.

The country WHO representative attacks Belarus for not following the elite's death classification scheme (which is 100% contrary to long-established epidemiological practice) that classifies anybody who catches sight of Covid as a Covid death regardless of true cause, Belarus recognises the value of honesty and calls a spade a spade. The UK by comparison miraculously reduced heart disease deaths by 30% below the 5-year average - by fraudulently misclassifying them and many other deaths as Covid deaths. Tell me, which is the better version, Belarus or the UK?

Posted by: BM | Jun 23 2020 14:39 utc | 139

/cont. from above @139

5-liars will try to allege that Covid cases in Belarus are miscounted - doesn't work, because their death rates are so far below those of the "leader" nations like the UK. To be plausible, in line with the scaremongering of the "leader" nations, Belarus needs to have a real Covid death rate massively in excess of those of "leader" nations like the UK: thus it should be at least 10 times greater to validate the scaremongering. But to be generous, let's just give them double the UK's death rate at 1250 deaths per million - simply impossible! To achieve that the critics of Belarus would need to find 12500 misclassified Covid deaths, 200 times the actual Belarus rate. Sorry, ain't gonna fly!

Reuters claimed everybody hates Lukashenko for the "disastrous" Covid response (i.e. only a crop of 331 deaths in place of the 12500 desired by the elites). But with only 331 deaths and people still working ormally and living largely normal lives, what have the masses got to complain about, they are laughing to the bank. If those same workers were locked at home, unable to work, not paid (country cannot afford it), cannot pay their rent, no money to buy food - isn't that when they vote against Lukashenko? We shall soon see in August.

Posted by: BM | Jun 23 2020 15:02 utc | 140

Finally someone talking some sense! This is what some of us here have been saying for months - it is not "lockdowns" - and especially not the stupidest forms such as those in the UK, France, USA etc - that get the virus under control but "early diagnosis and detection of infection in people who do not have symptoms, effective measures to isolate patients and contacts. Effective epidemiological measures to protect vulnerable groups of the population – the elderly and senile, as well as those with some chronic diseases".

Thank you BM. Yes to this. Anyone who questions any part of the idiotic diktats is labelled a capitalist pig who wants to kill old people. I reject that polarization. Where I live the policy appears to be test and trace, but of course there is still no system to isolate and take care of the exposed and the sick, so dear leaders are still doing only half the job.

I've been out in the hayfield for the past week, and I don't have the evil virus, so obviously it is true that "The tractor will cure everyone", haha. But I'm not big on breathing diesel smoke. If the engine is smoking, it needs maintenance. Start by checking the air filter, then the injectors, and maybe the thermostat.

Posted by: Trailer Trash | Jun 23 2020 15:30 utc | 141

The only way you can avoid breathing in diesel smoke is to be a long ways away from a running diesel.

Posted by: arby | Jun 23 2020 15:35 utc | 142

Grieved @130--

Yes, in a sense we're still trying to throw off the old yoke since it's become the new yoke. I've long argued the Revolutionary appeal has never left as the purpose is "to form a more perfect Union" while continuing to improve its accessories--Justice, domestic Tranquility, the general Welfare, securing the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity--which although not articulated until 1787 was the embodiment of the Spirit of '76. And none of that's really been accomplished yet; thus the unfinished Revolution. (Wow! Talk about a basis to run a political campaign--lets deal with the unfinished business of fulfilling the ambitions of the original Patriots and Founder's!) We ought to take Dr. Cornel West's judgement of the USA being a failed social experiment as motivation to right the wrongs and get on with finishing the job beginning with a debt jubilee to correct the gross injustices delivered to the Rentier Class at the expense of the entire citizenry since 1971. No more Ds or Rs, just us. That would serve to reset the entire political fight as one correctly based on Class instead of a gaggle of individual identity points that are ultimately meaningless since as a nation we're all supposed to become ONE as psychohistorian continuously observes.

We've been stewing over this entire issue for over 6 years trying to find a pathway with the potential to lead to a solution to our political-economic crisis and all the ills stemming from that. What I've described is an appeal to Nationalism based on the historical ideal that should find few naysayers. It's not Communist, Socialist, Capitalist, Feudalist, Anarchist, or Clerical; rather, it ought to be seen as a Unitarian-Enlightened Renaissance of the founding political ideals residing within the three main founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution's Preamble, and the Bill of Rights, all of which collectively contain the social contract that's supposed to exist between all levels of government and the citizenry. It could be seen as a call for Commoners to reassert their dominance instead of allowing it to be further shattered by those intent on Dividing and Ruling while being 100% Parasitic as a most unpatriotic Oligarchy. Commoners are already standing up and more will join them. This election cycle won't provide that needed change, but in reality the people aren't yet ready as more bottom->up change must first occur at the local, state and House levels in preparation for 2024.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 23 2020 18:02 utc | 143

Just made a reply comment to Grieved that included my VK URL which was immediately sent to moderation. I could repost but I want my URL to be visible, so I'll await b's freeing it. Thanks b!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 23 2020 18:07 utc | 144

Hat Tip to Grieved! I turned our above discourse, including contributions by others, into this blog article that expands on the Unfinished Revolution concept that's been a thread throughout US History which began at the beginning with the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, Jefferson's "blood as fertilizer," Lincoln's House Divided, Theodore Roosevelt's Square Deal, FDR's "perpetual peaceful revolution," Wallace's "fundamental doctrine of the people's revolution," JFK's "those who prevent peaceful revolution...," and MLK's "I have a Dream" all of which continue on today floundering without direction.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 23 2020 22:11 utc | 145

Looks like there could be an emerging market for yellow vests in India.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 23 2020 22:19 utc | 146

karlof1 and Grieved

WOW thank you both, great writing.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 23 2020 22:56 utc | 147

#143 karlof1

Meanwhile, until it appears, I went over to your VK page and sure enough you copied your missing comment over there. I like what you did with our discussion, scraping the pertinent comments into one article of its own. This is an age that calls for redundant storage, because anything can disappear at any time.

But more than this, of course, you did what you've wanted to do for some time, which is to establish a platform for pointed discussion of themes. One day I may choose to converse directly over there, or may have to, but for now b is my co-pilot and this place remains hugely compelling, one of the few places I make time to talk.

I'm glad the concept fires you up, of the American Revolution having never yet expired, and still being in progress. I had hoped you would pick that up and form it into an actionable platform. I meant to inject that Matthew Ehret and the LaRouche school would jump on that concept in a heartbeat, and I suspect that many respecters of heritage such as Paul Craig Roberts and Pat Buchanan would join in also.

As I said once before, I see the future of the US as being left to the hands of the Millennials, in the first instance at least, and their descendants following them. I think it will be a building of the new rather than a destroying of the old, and it will happen over time. But they will need well packaged concepts with which to fight, and perhaps we discussants can help to create that heritage for them.

Strategically, I think, having a revolution already in progress is priceless because the trauma (and danger) of declaring one goes away. Paradigm shift. Thanks in advance for enlarging it for us. I look forward to future enlargements.

Posted by: Grieved | Jun 23 2020 23:20 utc | 148

karlof1 and Grieved, my thoughts have gone back to another revolutionary hero, Eleanor Roosevelt, and I have had an enjoyable time delving into her speeches and interviews, the best one being I think the interview Mike Wallace did with her when she was 73. She gave him a run for his money, as the saying goes. Here that is, digitally processed (which is the way I like to approach interviews.) Enjoy!

Posted by: juliania | Jun 24 2020 0:37 utc | 149

Grieved @146--

Thanks for making the assumption and discovery. But it's FDR and his gem at the end of his Four Freedoms that does the trick plus Wallace's fleshing it out further. IMO, it can become a very powerful tool. IMO, it can also become a germ for many since so few know of its existence.

juliania @147--

Thanks for your contribution! I too admire Eleanor for what she was able to accomplish after Franklin's death against very large odds. I need to incorporate her own revolutionary contribution for its importance and--if we're honest--its uniqueness since I rather much doubt anything as grand as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was on the minds of any male from any nation at that time!

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 24 2020 1:11 utc | 150

You are much welcome, considering all your efforts karlof1. Here's a tidbit saying I grabbed from Eleanor:

"A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is till she's in hot water." I found out lots I didn't know, so thanks to you both as well!

Posted by: juliania | Jun 24 2020 5:12 utc | 151

BM #139 & 140

Thanks and I also think Lukashenko is a nutter. A nice nutter. And I hope Belarus keeps a low COVID count. Right now it is under huge pressure from UKUSA with a colour revolution brewed up in the USA embassy.

May the good citizens of Belarus read that excellent piece by Andre Vitchek linked by arby #124

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 24 2020 10:12 utc | 152

I see my moderated comments @143 & 145 are now posted--thanks b! Also of importance is Asia Times decision to launch a paywall--AT Premium or AT+--that will hide Pepe Escobar's articles, although it's not yet known by him if it will just be some or all. I don't know how its price compares to other paywalls, but a yearly subscription goes for $100. I corresponded with Pepe this morning over this change at his FB, and he admits to being uneasy too, although we both understand the why behind Asia Times decision. I enrolled because I value his writing and can afford the price of entry. I don't yet know how that will affect my habit of copy/pasting his article's URLs and providing excerpts, but I'll soon find out.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 24 2020 17:02 utc | 153

We've had a number of discussion about slavery and the US civil war at moa (most recently in How to Change the Meaning of Monuments Without Removing Them. So when Pat Lang at SST called for a "Discussion on CW/WBS" I responded. I was hesitant about doing so because pl had attempted to smear me last fall as some kind of off-his-meds crank.

Here's my comment, which it appears that pl will not publish (comments that were made after mine have been published):

North and South elites fought over the spoils of slavery. The North was siphoning-off the profits of slavery via advantageous terms of trade and that siphoning was set to increase via tariffs. As usual, it was the ordinary people that suffered (both white and black) due to the greed of their elites.

Lincoln didn't issue the 'Emancipation Proclamation' until nearly two years into the war. The South made the fight about their way of life because no one fights to defend oligarch profits. The South made the issue slavery because they believed that Northerners wouldn't fight to free Negro slaves and they were mostly right. At that time virtually all white people were white supremacists, believing that American Indians, Africans, and Asians were inferior and strange.

So the South weren't traitors but their leaving the Union represented a long-term threat to the North.

At someone noted that most confederate statutes were erected in two waves that coincided with racial tensions. This indicates that the statues had a functional purpose beyond mere historical reflection. So those that see the statues as part of their heritage should think again.

America was founded on a set of ideals. That should be primary. Instead we cling to statues that mock those ideals. You can't celebrate white supremacists and racist oligarchs (via statues in their honor) and denounce them at the same time.

And so, I see the fight over statues and policing as benefiting those who want the populace divided. There are sensible reforms that could be made but each side is 'digging in' on their positions. This takes us back to class warfare, of which Warren Buffet famously noted: "My side is winning."

That 'winning' allowed for sending US manufacturing overseas. For breaking Unions and importing millions of undocumented workers from Mexico. That 'winning' allowed for the Iraq War - a 'war of choice' that severely undermined US standing in the world. That 'winning' allowed Bush to give tax cuts to the wealthy during the Iraq War and for faux populist Obama to make most of that permanent. That 'winning' allowed bankers to loot the economy via subprime loans and then walk away with no consequence.

I think a patriot is on the side of the people and the ideals. VietnamVet's comment above is a good example.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 24 2020 19:06 utc | 154

Jackrabbit #154

I assume your excellent post was deemed heretical in almost every sense at the langtrine plus you had the temerity to mention MoA. I appreciated every word, thank you.

Pat Lang is a turd and his acolytes just love rolling in it.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 24 2020 20:57 utc | 155

Thanks Uncle T


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 24 2020 23:02 utc | 156

Can anyone get a source that doesn't look photoshopped on the US dropping "heat balloons" on Syrian wheat fields possibly causing food insecurity for Syrians?
Really hope Reuters aren't just repeating dodgy reports here:
But I can't find any evidence of this, if indeed it happened, would be a international war crime.
Can anyone find the satellite images mentioned in the article?

Posted by: Hemmels | Jun 24 2020 23:15 utc | 157

To the attention of those in charge of soft-power in Africa...i.e. Bolshoi Theater....

Why there are not first ballet black figures? How much talent is wasted in the world?

"Dancing in the rain", Nigerian version.... Billy Elliot is black too...

Yes, there is racial discrimination a lot...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Jun 25 2020 10:53 utc | 158

Juliania @ 133:

Serious Australian journalists (as opposed to the airheads on TV news) are big supporters of Julian Assange. They can easily imagine themselves in his shoes. In fact one Australian journalist (Annika Smethurst, Rupert Murdoch / News Corporation employee) was subjected to a house raid by Australian Federal Police in 2019 who claimed they had a warrant to search her home. The Australian High Court recently threw out the AFP claim that their warrant justified raiding her home.

On other matters that don't directly concern them, they fall into lockstep with the Scott Morrison govt. Typical example is investigative reporter Kate McClymont who otherwise does excellent work chasing corruption in sport and politics, but in April this year published reports accusing China of nicking PPE from Australia during the recent lockdown here. Astute readers drilling into the reports would have seen in the fine print that China ordered PPE and masks from Chinese-owned company subsidiaries in Australia in January and February, BEFORE the lockdown.

Posted by: Jen | Jun 25 2020 23:57 utc | 159

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